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Roman blockbuster to
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Palace takes
revenge on
royal bra fitter
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Monarch’s
complaint
about ‘heavy’
crown
» Johnny Marr and Maxine Peake
» Ten to watch on TV
FR DAY
FRIDAY
12 JANUARY 2018
Number 2,226
Fairway
to heaven
In praise
of golf
By Simon Kelner
P20
Patients
dying in
hospital
corridors
» A&E doctors write to PM warning that ‘intolerable’
conditions are endangering lives – as it’s revealed
that waiting times are the worst on record
» NHS managers describe crisis as a ‘watershed
moment’ and say health service is no longer
able to deliver ‘constitutional standards’
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Supermarkets
back green
bottle plan
P4
True Bru?
Our verdict on
the new recipe
P15
SPORT
United ready
to hijack
Sanchez move
P6 & 7
P62
Ex-BHS boss
found guilty
Plan for UK roads
with a view
INSIDE THE ROBOT REVOLUTION
P5 & 9
P21
P22
I TV GUIDE
P38
Chappell hid details
of pension-pot crisis
I HOMES & DESIGN
P9
P45
I GAMES
P52
The
News
Matrix
ENVIRONMENT
Who will
get their skates
on in the new
‘Starlight
Express’?
See p.5
The day at
a glance
FRIDAY
12
JANUARY
Quote of the day
When you gaze
long into the abyss,
the abyss also
gazes into you
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
FINANCE
TERRORISM
MEDIA
POLITICS
‘Lessons to learn’
from arena attack
BBC boss given date
to face MPs over pay
Baroness highlights
abuse with c-word
Theresa May urged banking
leaders to “emphasise the benefits”
of preserving the UK’s status as
Europe’s key financial centre when
they hold talks with rival EU hubs.
Mrs May and Chancellor Philip
Hammond hosted a summit of
investment banks, insurers and
infrastructure firms yesterday.
Public bodies dealing with families
bereaved by attacks such as
the Manchester Arena atrocity
should adopt rules inspired by the
Hillsborough disaster, experts say.
An independent panel has been
looking at authorities’ preparedness
and response to last year’s bombing,
which killed 22 concert-goers.
Lord Hall, the BBC DirectorGeneral, will appear before MPs on
31 January to face questions about
the gender pay gap row at the
broadcaster. The Digital, Culture,
Media and Sport Select Committee
will demand to hear about the
corporation’s progress in narrowing
pay disparities between the sexes.
The word “c**t” was used for the
first time in the House of Lords
when a Tory peer complained about
abuse of Conservative candidates
by Labour and Momentum activists
at the general election. Baroness
Jenkin gave an example of the abuse
suffered by women trying to stand
for political office.
HISTORY
TECHNOLOGY
NATURE
PEOPLE
Churchill papers
released to public
Hackers ‘could spy
on WhatsApp chats’
Wild boar bites off
part of man’s finger
‘Govey’ becomes
a bit too familiar
Rare insights from people who
worked with Winston Churchill in
his underground war headquarters
have been revealed. Documents and
images showing life in the former
Cabinet War Rooms in London
were disclosed by the Imperial War
Museums to mark the release of the
film Darkest Hour. PAGE 28
A security flaw in the mobile
messaging service WhatsApp
could enable hackers to spy on
private group chats, it is claimed.
Cryptographers in Germany said a
vulnerability in the system enabled
all users to join a group chat or
insert other users without the
consent of the chat’s administrator.
A wild boar has attacked a dog
walker in the Forest of Dean. Clive
Lilley, 53, had a portion of his
finger bitten off by the animal as
he strolled with his Labrador in
Lydney, Gloucestershire. The area
has become overrun with feral pigs
which attack pets and knock over
dustbins to scavenge for food.
Michael Gove, the Environment
Secretary, raised eyebrows when he
referred to himself as “Govey” on the
Today programme. While discussing
the Government’s environmental
plan, he told presenter Nick
Robinson: “Your challenge and your
premise is ‘Ay Govey, you haven’t
done enough’.” PAGE 4
CONSUMER
The List
Where house prices
are rising fastest
The top 10 commuter towns for
house-price growth have been
ranked along with the cities they
connect to. The typical percentage
increases and average prices over
the past year are as follows:
How the ‘latte
levy’ will affect
UK coffee culture
Anniversaries
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1. Swanley/London,
£375,066 (10.78%)
2. Dursley (below)/Bristol,
£297,581 (9.71%)
3. Bromsgrove/Birmingham,
£301,384 (9.61%)
4. Berkhamsted/London,
£724,194 (9.18%)
5. Blaydon-on-Tyne/Newcastle,
£150,377 (9.09%)
6. Belper/Nottingham,
£252,308 (8.94%)
7. Ilkley/Leeds, £404,994 (8.52%)
8. Atherstone/Birmingham,
£236,734 (8.26%)
9. Warwick/Birmingham,
£383,488 (8.18%)
10. Bingley/Leeds, £231,536 (7.91%)
35%
33%
Cappuccino
23%
21%
18%
Hot chocolate
English Breakfast tea
Flat White
Mocha
Herbal and Fruit tea
Earl Grey tea
Japanese and Chinese tea
79%
UK coffee shops Market value (£bn)
Last year, Britons were estimated to have spent £3.4 billion
in coffee. Over the next five years, sales are expected to
increase a further 10% to reach £3.7 billion by 2022.
4.5
of Britons
believe coffee
shop outlets
should provide
recycling
bins.
of Britons
bought hot
drinks in
cafes and
restaurants
in 2017.
75%
73%
agree that
restaurants
should use
recyclable
packaging
for takeaways.
of coffee shop
drinkers say
price increases
would make
them cut back
on buying hot
drinks.
Best case
£4.0bn
4.0
Mintel forecast
£3.7bn
3.5
2.5
2010
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
82%
14%
12%
7%
7%
2%
Worst case
£3.4bn
3.0
Crossword.............24
TV & Radio...........38
The 10 Best...........47
Business.................48
Puzzles.....................52
Weather...................54
Coffee consumerism
Café Latte
SOURCE: ZOOPLA
index
While Britons are famed for their love of tea, the UK coffee market is worth
billions. As the Government aims to eliminate avoidable waste and launch a
‘‘latte levy’’ as part of their Environmental Plan to encourage the use of 100
per cent recyclable coffee cups, research reveals Britain’s caffeine lovers are
happy to do their bit for the environment, but it might cut coffee shop sales.
Most popular drinks bought
out of home in 2017
Espresso, macchiato, Americano
Saturday 12 January 1991
The US Congress votes
to authorise the use of
military force against Iraq.
The United Nations had set
a deadline of 15 January
for the Iraqi President,
Saddam Hussein, to order
his troops out of Kuwait,
or face military action.
One in 13 lorries examined as part
of a government crackdown on air
quality violations were fitted with
cheat devices. The most common
trick is to use an emulator which
stops a lorry’s emissions control
system from functioning, the Driver
and Vehicle Standards Agency said.
Emphasise City’s
status, urges May
Birthdays
Simon Russell Beale, actor,
57; Zayn Malik, pop singer,
25; Kirstie Alley, actress,
67; Christiane Amanpour,
journalist, 60; Georgia May
Jagger (below), model, 26
One in 13 lorries
cheats on emissions
2014
2016 2017 2018 2020
Forecast
Actual
Estimated
2022
58%
of consumers
think coffee
shops should
offer a discount
to those using
their own
travel mugs.
40%
of takeaway hot
drink consumers
wouldn’t mind
paying extra
for drinks
in 100 per cent
recyclable cups.
WORDS: VALERIE BROWNE SOURCE: MINTEL
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ThePage3Profile
WEATHER
JESSIE, SNIFFER DOG
Arctic blast ‘was a
freak of nature’
Nigel Morris
A study of the brutal Arctic blast
which has gripped North America
this month suggests it was not
caused by global warming but was a
freak of nature. Frigid weather like
the two-week cold spell which began
at Christmas is 15 times rarer than
it was a century ago, according to a
team of international scientists.
Is May’s green drive just
another policy stunt?
Who is this fetching spaniel?
She is a sniffer dog called Jessie,
who has found more than £1m
in cash being smuggled through
Heathrow Airport since August.
The two-year-old springer
spaniel is being praised by the
UK Border Force for having an
“unprecedented run of success”
since she first joined the team five
months ago.
TECHNOLOGY
Those achievements are certainly
not to be sniffed at…
Indeed. Jessie is specially
trained to detect the scent of
ink on banknotes. Recently, she
found £350,000 in freight at the
airport which was destined to be
smuggled abroad. She frequently
finds large, undeclared sums
of cash being brought into the
country in hand luggage on flights
from the Middle East.
EU hatches €1bn
computer plan
The EU has launched a €1bn project
to try to catch up with the US, China
and Japan in supercomputing and
build the world’s fastest computer by
2023. The planned supercomputers
will be next generation “exascale”
systems, capable of one billion billion
(or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000)
calculations per second.
What about drugs?
Although sniffer dogs are most
commonly associated with
detecting drugs, some are trained
to specialise in other items
including firearms, cigarettes,
human stowaways, animals or
contraband such as ivory. In the
past year, Jessie and the other UK
Border Force sniffer dogs have
discovered £8m in cash and £6m
worth of drugs – including 30kg
of heroin and 52kg of cocaine – as
well as five million cigarettes.
A crime-detecting canine that
Britain can be proud of?
Yes, and she may have prevented a
few crimes, too. The law says that
cash sums upwards of €10,000,
or their equivalent in other
currencies, must be declared at
customs when they are brought
into Britain. The main reasons
that people do not declare big
amounts of cash at border control
is to avoid paying tax. And in some
cases the money is procured from
or intended to fund crimes.
She must be the leader of the pack
Jessie’s achievements have
been striking. Her handler, the
UNITED STATES
Owl attacks skier
‘to protect nest’
Skiers have been warned to watch
out for an “aggressive dive-bombing”
owl which recently attacked a
man and cut his head open when it
attacked in New Gloucester, Maine.
The bird, believed to be either a
barred owl or a great horned owl, is
thought to be protecting a nest near
a ski trail at Pinewood Farms resort.
TRAVEL
Tourists visit Spain
in record numbers
Jessie and her handler, Catherine Jurczenko ALEX LENTATI/EYEVINE
Border Force officer Catherine
Jurczenko, said she had exceeded
expectations. “I love working with
Jessie,” she added. “She’s a wonder
dog and a natural at what she does.
I’ve no doubt she will continue to
prevent those looking to smuggle
cash into and out of the country
from succeeding.”
Valerie Browne
Spain attracted a record number
of foreign visitors last year and one
in five chose Catalonia as their main
destination. Tourism figures showed
that Spain had 82 million visitors
last year, an increase of nearly 9 per
cent on the 2016 total. Spain is the
world’s second most-visited country
after France.
Letter from the
Political Editor
i@inews.co.uk
Twelve years ago, the then opposition
leader David Cameron flew to the Arctic
to be pictured “hugging a husky”. The
memorable photo-call was ostensibly
designed to highlight the dangers of
climate change, but more important in his
eyes was to show off the green credentials
of a new-look Conservative Party.
When the Tories regained office, the
environment slipped down the agenda of
an administration preoccupied with the
aftermath of the global financial crash.
By 2013, the Prime Minister – who had
promised to lead the greenest government
ever – was reportedly telling officials to
“get rid of all the green crap”from energy
bills. According to one former aide,
Theresa May had a similar mindset a year
ago, and instructed a minister to make her
government’s 25-year environment plan
“as boring as possible”.
A lot has happened since then to
change her mind. The general election
campaign taught the Tories that a
significant section of the electorate cares
about such subjects as animal rights
and protecting the countryside. And
Michael Gove arrived in the Department
for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
demonstrating the same zeal for green
issues that his old friend David Cameron
once displayed. The result has been a
remarkable drive by the Government to
win back territory that it had ceded to
other parties.
It has pledged to boost help for
developing countries to cope with
global warming, increased sentences
for animal cruelty, outlawed ivory sales
and ordered slaughterhouse owners to
install CCTV cameras. The latest fruits
of the “greening” of the May government
came as she vowed to eliminate the use of
polluting single-use plastics.
The key test of the Conservatives’ bornagain environmentalism is whether they
have the commitment to take the difficult
choices to convert May’s promises
into action. Otherwise, yesterday’s
announcements will be written off as
simply another Cameron-style stunt
designed to win headlines.
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NEWS
ENVIRONMENT
Tesco backs plastic bottle deposit scheme
By Tom Bawden
ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT
MPs and campaigners are demanding that the Government introduce
a bottle deposit scheme as soon as
possible – as Britain’s biggest supermarket threw its weight firmly
behind the proposal.
The Government has been actively considering a “deposit return”
scheme for plastic bottles since October and is currently reviewing advice from retailers, manufacturers,
scientists and other parties.
However, the Prime Minister
made no mention of any such scheme
in a lengthy and wide-ranging
speech yesterday on her
“greenprint” for the next
25 years – raising concerns that the idea could
be rejected.
The initiative would
charge people extra
when they bought a drink
and refund it when they
returned the plastic bottle. It
has worked well in Germany, Norway and the Netherlands, boasting return rates of 95 per cent or
more – compared to a plastic bottle
recycling rate of just 57 per cent in
the UK.
Theresa May’s failure to
mention the bottle deposit
review in her speech
comes in stark contrast to
mounting calls from MPs,
campaigners and some
retailers to introduce one.
Advocates welcomed
Tesco’s decision to back a
scheme as a major breakthrough
after a long period of refusing to endorse the idea.
“It’s great news that Britain’s biggest retailer has come out firmly in
support of deposit return schemes,”
said Greenpeace UK senior oceans
campaigner Louise Edge.
“Instead of announcing vague aspirations for 2043, the Government
should be implementing a deposit
return scheme right now. Yet we
haven’t seen any mention of this
from Mrs May this week,” she added.
Green Party co-leader Caroline
Lucas added: “It’s very welcome that
a big beast like Tesco is now backing
a bottle deposit scheme, but it really
does show the Government up for
sitting on their hands on this issue.”
Tesco’s backing for a deposit
ENVIRONMENT
scheme follows endorsement by
the Iceland and Co-op supermarket
chains, although most of the other
major retailers remain opposed because it could be costly and problematic to implement.
The UK Government is
expected to give an update
on its deposit scheme review
soon. Scotland has already
decided to introduce a scheme,
Wales is considering one, and
Northern Ireland has rejected it.
ENVIRONMENT
Scotland to ban
plastic buds
By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
Scotland will become the first part
of the UK to ban plastic cotton buds
from being sold or manufactured, as
part of plans to cut levels of environmentally damaging waste.
The Scottish Government said the
planned legislation would reduce pollution and help wildlife by drastically
cutting the number of cotton buds
washing up on the nation’s beaches.
Most major retailers have already switched to biodegradable
paper-stemmed buds after calls
from environmental campaigners,
but plastic ones are still being sold in
smaller shops.
The plans, announced yesterday
by Environment Secretary Roseanna
Cunningham, will be put out to a public consultation before becoming law.
In 2014 a report for the European
Commission found that up to 10 per
cent of the marine debris in European seas could be accounted for by
plastic cotton bud stems.
Theresa May
birdwatching
at the London
Wetland Centre
GETTY
May’s green speech is ‘same old, same old’, say critics
By Tom Bawden
ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT
Theresa May’s green speech was
woefully lacking in the concrete actions that need to be taken immediately to tackle the environmental
threats already upon us, MPs said.
The Prime Minister’s critics ac-
cused her of re-announcing previous
policies and making general, aspirational statements about the future
as she laid out her environmental
vision for Britain over the next 25
years. Her failure to spell out specific actions to tackle air pollution,
climate change and the plastic crisis
drew criticism.
“The Government can’t keep
turning a blind eye to the urgent
action needed now to protect our
health and planet from toxic air and
climate-wrecking pollution,” said
Friends of the Earth chief executive
Neil Bennett.
“Ministers must pull the plug on
coal, gas and oil,” he added.
Mary Creagh, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee said:
“The plan delays answering... how to
tackle plastic pollution.”
The part of Mrs May’s speech
that was most welcomed was a
new announcement to extend the
5p plastic bag charge to all shops
across England.
is still being influenced by her former
right-hand man Nick Timothy.
The Prime Minister was forced
to sack Mr Timothy along with his
fellow chief of staff Fiona Hill for
the role they played in the Conservatives’ disastrous general
election campaign.
But Tory backbenchers have
raised serious concerns that Mr
Timothy (inset), nicknamed “Rasputin” on account of the beard he
once sported, still has the ear of
Mrs May and that he had a hand in
Justine Greening’s departure from
the Cabinet.
The 37-year-old currently works
as a columnist for The Daily Telegraph and The Sun, and last month
penned a column attacking Ms
Greening’s track record as
Education Secretary.
Just yesterday, he
wrote an article trumpeting the fact she
had gone, claiming
she was blocking key
policy decisions.
The suggestion he is still
manipulating Downing Street
has sparked outrage among Tory
MPs, leading many to start sharpen-
ing their knives. One former cabinet
minister told i: “He absolutely had
a hand in the reshuffle. There is no
doubt about it. The man clearly
thinks he is still running
things and the PM is listening to him.
“It must be a breach
of proper procedure. He
was fired. He ran a rubbish campaign, which
meant we lost our majority but he is still there influencing things. The PM has to
come out and say he no longer has
any involvement.”
POLITICS
Angry MPs say
sacked adviser
still has the
ear of No 10
By Richard Vaughan
Furious Tory MPs have gone to war
threatening to oust Theresa May
amid claims decision-making in No 10
BROADCASTING
Gove uses his
own nickname
By Shaun Connolly
Environment Secretary Michael
Gove raised eyebrows when he referred to himself as “Govey” during
a radio interview.
The Cabinet minister used the
nickname, which often features in
BBC comedy programme Dead Ringers, when discussing the Government’s new environmental plan.
Mr Gove told BBC Radio 4’s Today
programme presenter Nick Robinson: “Your challenge and your
premise is ‘Ay Govey, you haven’t
done enough’.”
Mr Robinson responded: “I would
never dream of calling you ‘Govey’.”
The minister also told the programme the British public was ready
to pay extra charges and taxes if it
helped to preserve the natural environment. He said the success of the
charge on plastic bags showed people
would be willing to take a financial hit
if the policy behind it worked.
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THEATRE
Women board
‘Starlight Express’
By Alistair Foster
The cast of ‘Starlight Express’ appear on stage at the curtain call during opening night in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2009 HANNAH PETERS/GETTY
ROYAL FAMILY
Queen’s bra fitter loses
warrant after tell-all book
By Serina Sandhu
An upmarket lingerie brand has
been stripped of its royal warrant
after nearly six decades – after the
owner wrote a book detailing Her
Majesty’s fittings.
June Kenton, Rigby & Peller’s
former owner, published her autobiography Storm in a D-cup last
year. The brand lost its royal warrant – given to brands and companies that officially supply goods or
services to the royal family – shortly after, the Daily Express reported.
A spokesperson for Ms Kenton
told i she “did not think that writing her memoirs would cause
such a problem as it is only her
life story which she wanted to get
down on paper”.
“However it is best that your
readers read the book to make up
their own mind,” they added.
In the autobiography, Ms Kenton
wrote about fitting the Queen, who
reportedly had her corgis present.
She also referenced Diana, Princess of Wales.
“I have never discussed anything
The Rigby & Peller store in London;
the company has been corsetière to
the Queen since 1960 GETTY
of a personal nature with any of my
clients, and I never would. The book
doesn’t contain anything naughty,”
she told The Daily Telegraph.
There would be a “gaping hole”
in her autobiography if she had
not mentioned her work for the
Queen, said Ms Kenton, adding
that she did not write the book
with the intention of upsetting anyone. “I’m proud of my life and what
I’ve achieved and I simply want to
share that.”
All brands are given a period of
time to remove the royal coat of
arms from their signs and anything
else it appears on.
Rigby & Peller said: “Rigby &
Peller is deeply saddened by this
decision and is not able to elaborate further on the cancellation
out of respect for Her Majesty
the Queen and the Royal Warrant
Holders Association. However, the
company will continue to provide
an exemplary and discreet service
to its clients.”
The Royal Warrant Holders Association said it does not comment
on decisions regarding individual
warrants or companies. Buckingham Palace told i it never comments on individual companies.
The brand was given the
royal warrant in 1960.
Ms Kenton and her husband
owned Rigby & Peller for 29
years and Ms Kenton stayed
on the board after selling their
majority stake in 2011
TRANSPORT
Express bus driver abused for not stopping
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
An express bus service is being
curtailed because passengers were
hurling abuse at the driver and trying to wrench open the doors and
jump out when it failed to stop.
Passengers in Manchester have
been mistaking the non-stop X92
bus for the regular 192 service,
which visits every bus stop on its
route from Stockport.
The X92 service, which misses
34 stops, has the words “non-stop”
on its electronic destination signs,
but even that has failed to stop the
confusion among commuters.
Bus drivers on the X92 have had
to put up with verbal abuse and
even death threats, according to reports, with some passengers banging on the doors and shouting that
they want to get off.
Travel company Stagecoach
Manchester has decided to stop
the four afternoon services.
The revival of Andrew Lloyd
Webber’s Starlight Express will
be updated with female “engines”
joining the cast, Arlene Phillips
has said.
The choreographer
and former
Strictly Come
Dancing judge
(inset) worked
on the original,
which opened
in 1984, and is
collaborating on the
new stage version with
Lloyd Webber.
The show about a toy train
set that comes to life featured
all-male “engines”, who executed
dance routines on rollerskates.
Phillips said “It was a little
bit sexist when you look back at
it. [The new show] has female
engines as well.” EVENING STANDARD
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NEWS
NHS CRISIS
HEALTH
COVER STORY
25 per day: the number of hoax
calls to ambulance services
By Paul Gallagher
Ambulance services dealt with
9,200 hoax calls last year, a rate of
25 a day with one call alone costing
taxpayers almost £2,500.
In the past three years more
than 31,000 hoax calls were made
to ambulance services in the UK,
figures compiled by the Liberal
Democrats have revealed.
Wales saw the largest proportion of hoax calls, with
one in 500 being from
hoaxers. London and
South West services
saw an increase in hoax
calls while other areas
saw a small decrease.
The figures were compiled through Freedom
of Information requests, with
responses from 11 ambulance
trusts across the UK.
East Midlands Ambulance Service highlighted one hoax call in
April 2017 which led to an
two ambulances being
sent at a cost of £2,465.
One was diverted from
a real call where someone was experiencing
chest pains.
The Lib Dems said
the number of hoaxes was
“appalling” given the struggles of the NHS to meet demand.
Patients ‘dying
in corridors’,
A&E bosses
warn May
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Patients are “dying prematurely” in
hospital corridors before they are
seen, according to 60 A&E bosses in
England and Wales who have written
to Theresa May with a warning that
safety is being compromised amid
chronic underfunding.
The letter, leaked to the Health
Service Journal and signed by consultants in charge of emergency
departments in 68 acute hospitals,
acknowledged the best efforts of
staff, trusts and clinical commissioning groups.
But it said the “current level of
safety compromise is at times intolerable” and warned: “The NHS is severely and chronically underfunded.
“Thousands of patients are waiting
in ambulances for hours as the hospitals lack adequate space. Some of our
own personal experiences range from
over 120 patients a day managed in
corridors, some dying prematurely.
There was, the letter said, “an average of 10-12 hours from decision to
admit a patient until they are transferred to a bed”.
Signatories of the letter asked the
Prime Minister “as a matter of urgency” to consider fresh strategies
to reduce crowding in A&E departments, including a “significant increase” in social care funding to allow
patients bed-blocking patients to be
discharged.
They also called for a review of
Theresa May said flu
was putting extra pressure on services and, with the
NHS launching its national flu
programme yesterday, the Prime
Minister encouraged staff who
have yet to do so to get the flu jab.
Some patients were having to wait in
ambulances, said A&E chiefs GETTY
the number of hospital beds that are
available for acute care.The signatories are from hospitals including
major London teaching hospitals
such as the Royal Free, King’s College and Guy’s and St Thomas’, as
well as regional trauma centres such
as the University Hospitals of North
Midlands NHS trust, which runs the
Royal Stoke hospital, and several of
the seven health boards in Wales.
A separate letter written by the
chief executive of NHS Providers
– the trade body which represents
NHS services – has called for Health
and Social Care Secretary Jeremy
Hunt to commit to increasing the
NHS budget to £153bn by 2022-23.
Chris Hopson said the pressures
on the NHS marked “a watershed
moment” and called for long-term
investment - and help with the immediate financial impact of “exceptional winter pressures” – to
address the “fragility of the wider
NHS”.
Mr Hopson added: “The NHS is
no longer able to deliver the constitutional standards to which it is
committed. We need to be realistic
about what we can provide on the
funding available.”
Case study
‘Stroke was possibly in ambulance’
JOSEPHINE SMALLEY, 88, from
Portsmouth
Ms Smalley died of a heart attack
after waiting five hours in an
ambulance then two hours on a
trolley in a hospital corridor to be
seen by doctors.
She was at home when her son,
Christopher, called an ambulance
on 30 December at 11.45pm as she
was “struggling to breathe” She
died on New Year’s Day. Queen
Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth
has launched and investigation.
On New Year’s Eve more than 20
ambulances were forced to wait for
up to five hours, 26 minutes to hand
over patients to the care of doctors
at the hospital.
Ms Smalley was finally moved to a
bed at 8am. After she was taken for
scans, staff told her family that she
had had a heart attack and a stroke.
Her granddaughter Jessie Hirst,
27, said: “They said they were
really sorry, she had a stroke first
– possibly in the ambulance while
waiting for five hours – then she
suffered a heart attack.”
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NHS IN NUMBERS
2,016,000
A&E performance level
people attended NHS England hospital
emergency departments last month, an increase
of 3.7 per cent on the same month last year.
Official target 95%
85.1%
16,600
30mins
Patients forced to wait more than
half an hour to be seen in emergency
departments in England in the first
week of the year
5,000
1hr
Forced to wait more than an hour
of patients at A&E
were admitted,
transferred or
discharged within
four hours.
1 percentage point
down on the same
month last year and
the equal lowest
figure on record with
January 2017.
However, an extra
39,400
The number
of flu
2016
patients
admitted to
hospital was
two-and-a-half times higher
than at the same time last year.
2017
The number of beds put
out of commission due to
norovirus or diarrhoea
and vomiting
December 2017
944
Five-year average
731
£2.8bn
68.7%
Increase in the number of A&E consultants since
2010, according to the Department for Health and
Social Care
The target of seeing
95 per cent of
patients within four
hours has not been
met since July 2015
Extra NHS funds
promised in the last
Budget, to be allocated
over the next two years.
HEALTH
Record high for missed waiting time targets
Missed A&E waiting time targets
are at a record high level according
to latest official NHS figures which
highlight the extreme pressures facing the health service.
Some 2,016,000 people attended
NHS England hospital emergency
departments last month, an increase of 3.7 per cent on the same
month last year.
Just 85.1 per cent of patients at
A&E were seen within four hours – 1
percentage point down on the same
month last year and the equal lowest
figure on record with January 2017.
In November, the figure was 88.9
per cent. The 95 per cent standard
You read it here first
In February last year i revealed
plans for mass closures of NHS
hospitals, A&E and maternity units
in a week-long series of scoops. These
were revelations with profound
implications for communities around
the UK.
We uncovered proposals for the
closure of 19 hospitals, the closure or
consolidation of 24 casualty units and
similar proposals for 11 maternity
units. The £22bn NHS funding gap
means there will no longer be beds
in some community hospitals, while
stroke care and GP provision will be
cut back in other areas.
target was last achieved in July 2015.
The figures are even worse for what
the NHS calls Type 1 A&E departments – a consultant-led 24-hour
service with full resuscitation facilities and designated accommodation
for emergency patients – where just
77.3 per cent of patients were seen
within 4 hours, compared to 83 per
cent in November 2017 and 79.3 per
cent for the same month last year.
This is the lowest Type 1 performance since collecting data in this way
began. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
NHS Trust was the worst performing
Type 1 A&E department in the country with just 40.1 per cent of patients
seen within four hours.
A spokesman for the Royal Col-
lege of Surgeons said: “December’s
A&E performance is disappointing
and shows a system under pressure.
It further demonstrates why it has
been necessary to cancel patients’
non-urgent procedures until the end
of January.
“Despite the best efforts and dedication of NHS staff to treat patients
quickly, waiting times for non-urgent
care have also deteriorated again in
the past year.
“Although [the cancelled operations] should help relieve some of
the pressures on hospitals and avoid
last-minute cancellations, it is a shortterm solution and will cause huge
disruption to those patients whose appointments and operations have been
More flu
victims in
hospital
By Jennifer Cockerell
patients were treated
in under four hours.
By Paul Gallagher
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cancelled. The fact remains that we do
not have adequate funding or capacity
in our health or social care services.”
An NHS England spokesman said:
“Despite the clear pressure on the
NHS in December, with rising levels
of flu and record numbers of 111 calls
and hospital admissions, we managed to hold A&E performance at the
same level as last January.
NHS England said that
figures for delayed transfers of care – when a patient is
ready to leave a hospital – were
lower than at the same point for
any of the past four years.
The number of people admitted to
intensive care with flu has risen by
65 per cent, figures show.
Public Health England (PHE)
said there had also been a 78 per
cent increase in the GP consultation rate for flu-like illness, and a
50 per cent increase in the rate of
hospital admissions for flu cases in
the first week of the year.
The main strains circulating
continue to be flu A(H3N2), known
as Aussie flu; A(H1N1), known as
swine flu; and Flu B. There have
been 48 flu-related deaths in England this winter.
Professor Paul Cosford, medical
director at PHE, said: “Our data
shows that more people are visiting GPs with flu symptoms and we
are seeing more people admitted
to hospital with flu.
“People suffering with flu-like
symptoms should catch coughs
or sneezes in tissues and bin them
immediately, wash their hands
regularly with soap and warm
water and frequently clean regularly-used surfaces to stop the
spread of flu. Avoid having unnecessary contact with other people if
you or they have symptoms of flu.”
Prof Cosford urged those who
are eligible to take up their offer of
the flu vaccine.
HEALTH
Corbyn: the
NHS is in crisis
year-round
By Claire Hayhurst
Jeremy Corbyn has said there
is now a “12-month crisis” in the
health service and called for
urgent investment .
The Labour leader (inset) met
NHS staff at a community centre
in Swindon to discuss additional
pressures on the service during
winter months.
He pledged more
funds, the re turn of nursing
bursaries and
the creation
of a National
Care Service, if
Labour returns
to power.
“It is no longer a
winter crisis – it is a 12month crisis in the NHS,” he said.
Mr Corbyn said pressures on
ambulance services, as well as
accident and emergency wards,
were part of a “wider problem”.
Nurses told him of patients
spending 12 hours in chairs while
waiting for beds, with up to 20
people in corridors at a time.
Community nurses spoke of
having to complete up to 25 visits
to patient homes in one shift.
A mental health nurse
described the care system as
“completely broken”.
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BREXIT
Williamson leaves Labour front bench
By Richard Vaughan
Chris Williamson has resigned
from the Labour front bench in
the wake of his decision to call for
council tax on expensive homes to
be doubled.
The Labour leader, Jeremy
Corbyn, did not immediately
announce a replacement for the
shadow fire minister position
but said he was grateful for Mr
Williamson’s work on fire safety
after the Grenfell Tower
tragedy. Mr Williamson
(inset) said: “I will
continue to loyally
support the leadership
of Jeremy Corbyn and
hope to be a voice for
the party’s members.”
Mr Corbyn said:
“ I k n ow t h at o n t h e
backbenches Chris will be a
strong campaigner, as well as
serving his constituents
with dedication.”
The decision leaves
the Labour leader with
a host of ministerial
posts to fill, including
finding a replacement
for Alex Cunningham,
who resigned before
Christmas after voting
against the party whip on Brexit.
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Nigel Farage has backtracked on his call for a second referendum AP
Farage calls for
new Brexit vote…
then backtracks
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Calls for a second referendum on
European Union membership gained
an unlikely boost when the move
was backed by Nigel Farage, a key
architect of the vote for Brexit.
The former Ukip leader suggested
staging a new national poll to end
the “whinging and whining” of antiBrexit politicians.
His move early yesterday, before a
volte face, made him briefly a surprise
ally of the Liberal Democrats and a
handful of leading Labour figures,
including Tony Blair.
Downing Street ruled out a Brexit
referendum, and the move is still
opposed by the Labour leadership
and by Ukip leader Henry Bolton.
Mr Farage attacked Mr Blair, the
former Deputy Prime Minister Sir
NickCleggandtheex-Labourminister
Lord Adonis for not accepting the
result of the vote 18 months ago.
And he argued that another
referendum could be required to
settle the issue for good. “What is for
certain is that the Cleggs, the Blairs,
the Adonises will never, ever, ever give
up,” he told Channel 5’s The Wright
Stuff. “They will go on whinging and
whining and moaning all the way
through this process. So maybe, just
maybe, I’m reaching the point of
thinking that we should have a second
referendum on EU membership.”
He received the support of the
millionaire businessman Arron
Banks, the co-founder of campaign
group Leave.EU, who claimed that
Leave would win a second vote by a
landslide. “If we do not act radically
now, we will sleepwalk into a faux
Brexit, in name only,” Mr Banks said.
H o w e v e r, s o o n M r Fa ra ge
backtracked. Writing for the Daily
Telegraph today, he said: “To be clear,
I do not want a second referendum,
but I fear one may be forced upon the
country by Parliament.
“That is how deep my distrust is for
career politicians.”
The Labour MP Chuka
Umunna, of the Open
Britain campaign, said: “For
perhaps the first time in his life,
Nigel Farage is making a valid
point. People have every right to
keep an open mind about Brexit.”
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The rate at which precancerous cells
in the cervix progress toward becoming cancerous varies according to a
patient’s race, a study suggests.
US researchers analysed the medical records of almost 5,500 women
who underwent a smear test in the 10
years to September 2016.
Progression was fastest in Hispanic (Latin American) women, with the
cells moving from innocuous to worrisome, high-grade lesions within 17.6
months typically.
In black women it took nearly a
year longer – 27.6 months – for the
cells to reach that critical state, according to the study, published in The
Journal of the American Osteopathic
Association. Progression and regression rates of precancerous lesions
for white and Asian women fell in between, the research found.
However, Hispanic women recovered faster too, with lesions regressing from high-grade to innocuous in
28.1 months on average, compared
with those in black women, which
typically took 49 months to regress.
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COURTS
Ex-BHS owner guilty of failing to provide pension data
By Aine Fox
The former BHS owner Dominic
Chappell has been found guilty of
failing to provide information about
the firm’s pension schemes to investigators after it collapsed into
administration with the loss of thousands of jobs.
The self-described entrepreneur
had claimed he did “everything and
more” to help The Pensions Regulator (TPR) but was convicted of three
charges under the Pensions Act
2004 after a four-day trial.
During the course of the proceedings at Brighton magistrates’ court
the 51-year-old, who confirmed ahead
of the verdict that he would appeal
against any conviction, was described
by his defence lawyer as a “scapegoat”
in the wake of the chain folding.
But he was found to have had
no reasonable excuse for
not providing the information requested by TPR.
Chappell (inset) had
been requested to provide information to
TPR under the Pensions
Act on two occasions in
April and May 2016 and a
third time in February 2017.
The third charge related to
a request by TPR for information about an alleged
leak of information from
a confidential “warning notice” sent out in
November 2016.
During the trial he
accused TPR of being
“hostile and deliberate” in
serving the section 72 notic-
MONARCHY
es, which require information to be
provided to the regulator under the
Pensions Act. He also said he spent
months locked out of the chain’s
headquarters with no access to crucial documents following its collapse.
Chappell was the director of Retail Acquisitions, the company that
acquired BHS for £1 from billionaire
Sir Philip Green in 2015.
Sentencing was adjourned.
BROADCASTING
TV used to
‘humanise’
Royal Family
By Adam Sherwin
The Queen
makes a rare
appearance
in a BBC
documentary
to comment
on the
experience
of her
Coronation PA
Queen’s wry commentary in an ‘almost
interview’ for Coronation documentary
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
The Queen has revealed that her
robes became stuck and she “couldn’t
move at all” due to the thick gold and
blue carpet laid along Westminster
Abbey’s medieval floor at her coronation in the closest she has yet come to
giving a television interview.
In a unique encounter, to be
shown in the BBC1 film The Coronation on Sunday, the Queen watches
footage of her 1953 investiture and,
prompted by the royal commentator Alastair Bruce, offers her own
wry take on the events. Reunited
with the “unwieldy” 1.28kg Imperial State Crown, worn at the end of
the coronation, the Queen said she
was fortunate that she has “about
the same sort of shaped head” as
her father, King George VI. “Once
you put it on, it stays,” she added.
The crown, set with 2,868 diamonds, is so heavy “you can’t look
down to read the speech”, she said.
“You have to take the speech up.
Because if you did your neck would
break, it would fall off.”
The Queen prods at the Crown
Jewels presented before her and oc-
casionally pulls faces, like an unimpressed Antiques Roadshow expert.
But she delivers a series of witty,
deadpan reflections.
Her progress down the 2,964
square yards of gold and blue carpet
laid at the Abbey was halting.
“At one moment, I was going
against the pile of the carpet and I
couldn’t move at all,” she said. “They
hadn’t thought of that.”
And travelling in the “not very
comfortable” leather-sprung Gold
State Coach was “horrible”.
The Queen said the four pearls,
possibly Queen Elizabeth I’s earrings,
COURTS
A woman has appeared in court
charged with murdering her father
12 years ago and burying his body in
her back garden.
Barbara Coombes, 63, is accused of
killing Kenneth Coombes on 8 January 2006, and with preventing his
The Coronation leads a
major BBC season on
the Royal Collection, which
includes an appearance by the
Prince of Wales, who discusses
his portrait commissions of
Second World War veterans.
HEALTH
Woman ‘killed father’ and
buried him in back garden
By Pat Hurst
hanging from the State Crown, look
“not very happy now”. Pearls are “like
living things, they need warming”.
The Palace said the Queen had not
given an “interview”, which would
breach Royal protocol.
The Queen’s intimate discussion
of her Coronation memories (see
left) is a fresh landmark in a Palace strategy to “humanise” the
royals through selected television
appearances.
The Duke of Cambridge and
Prince Harry (inset) spoke candidly last year about coping with
grief and loss on the 20th anniversary of the their mother’s death, in
an ITV documentary.
A BBC film, in which they spoke
explicitly about having
to walk behind Diana’s coffin and
their anger at
being thrust
into the public
gaze, demonstrated that
empathy would
replace the stiff
upper lip for the
next generation.
The Prince of Wales, who
chose not to appear, was grateful
for his sons’ declaration that their
father was “there for us” after
Diana’s death. Charles appeared
in the BBC’s gala show marking
the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death to deliver Hamlet’s
“To be, or not to be” soliloquy. He
has also pursued his environmental passions on screen, editing a
special edition of the BBC’s Countryfile. In BBC4’s Art, Passion and
Power: The Story of the Royal Collection, which starts next week,
Charles discusses the 12 portraits
of D-Day veterans he commissioned in 2014.
lawful burial. Ms Coombes, of Reddish, Stockport, made a three-minute
appearance at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
She is also accused of fraud between 15 January 2007 and 10 January 2018 after she allegedly sent
official letters in the name of Mr
Coombes with the intent of claim-
ing money that did not belong to
her. The final charge is making financial gain by deception between
7 January 2006 and 15 January
2007 by claiming that she was a carer
for Mr Coombes.
District Judge David Scanlon remanded her in custody to appear at
Manchester Crown Court today.
Ms Coombes was arrested on Sunday. Police then dug up the back garden of her home, and human remains
were found. The remains have not yet
been formally identified.
Why obese find losing weight hard
By Rod Minchin
The fat of obese people becomes
distressed, scarred and inflamed,
which can make weight loss more
difficult, a new study suggests.
An analysis of the health of fat
tissue in overweight people found
that their fat can cease to cope as it
increases in size and becomes suffocated by its own expansion.
Medics at the University of Exeter
examined samples of fat and tissue
from patients, including those with
weight problems. With fat tissue not
being able to do its most vital job,
storing excess calories, the excess
energy can be increasingly diverted
from fat tissue to vital organs.
The study, Lysyl Oxidase and Adipose Tissue Dysfunction, is published
in the journal Metabolism.
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MEDIA
WESTMINSTER
Government will
fight to reverse
new press laws
May’s support
for Young was
‘a mockery’
By Andrew Woodcock
Prime Minister Theresa May has
said the Government will overturn
House of Lords votes for tighter
regulation of the media.
Peers inflicted a double defeat
on the Government’s Data Protection Bill on Wednesday, passing two
amendments to tackle alleged media
abuses and backing the launch of the
second phase of the Leveson Inquiry
into press standards.
However, Culture Secretary Matt
Hancock said the proposed changes
would be a “hammer blow” to the
local press and quickly made clear he
The Lords backed a
measure that would see
newspapers not signed up to a
state-supported regulator pay
their own and their opponent’s
legal costs whether they won or
lost a data protection case.
would seek to overturn the changes
in the elected House of Commons.
Answering questions following
a speech in London, Mrs May said:
“I think that the impact of this vote
would undermine high-quality journalism and a free press.
“I think it would particularly have a
negative impact on local newspapers,
which are an important underpinning of our democracy.
“We want to have a free press that
is able to hold politicians and others
to account and we will certainly be
looking to overturn this vote in the
House of Commons.”
The Society of Editors welcomed
assurances that the Government will
seek to overturn the Lords votes.
Executive director Ian Murray said
it was “very worrying” that peers
have voted for measures that the
Society believes would undermine
the media and backed an inquiry
similar to Leveson but shorn of any
requirement to probe the actions of
police or politicians.
By Richard Vaughan
Battering ham: the butcher said the 1.5kg blood sausage ‘saved his life’ BBC
FOOD
Butcher saved by black pudding
By Katie Grant
A butcher trapped in a walk-in
freezer bludgeoned his way to safety by using a frozen black pudding
as a battering ram.
Chris McCabe became stuck
inside the freezer at his shop in
Totnes, Devon, when the door blew
shut behind him.
Mr McCabe, 70, attempted to es-
cape by pressing the door-release
button he discovered the switch
was “frozen solid”.
Searching for a tool with which
to batter the button, the butcher
found inspiration in the form of
a frozen black pudding, which he
used to batter the lock until it gave
way. The 1.5kg (3.3lb) sausage was
produced by the Queen’s butcher,
HM Sheridan of Ballater.
Theresa May’s support for Toby
Young made a “complete mockery”
of her efforts to crack down on sleaze
and bullying in Westminster, according to a key Labour frontbencher.
Dawn Butler (inset), who is shadow
Women and Equalities Secretary and
a member of the crossparty working group
on sexual harassment, claimed
the Prime Minister’s public backing of Mr Young
meant she was
not taking the
issue seriously.
Mr Young resigned
from the board of university regulator the Office for Students
after just a week in the role following
public outcry over offensive articles
and social media posts.
Her comments came as the Commissioner for Public Appointments
announced he is to investigate how
Mr Young came to be given the role.
“We have to call [misogynistic behaviour] out at every opportunity,”
Ms Butler said.
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HERITAGE
Pensioner saves
‘Dracula’ castle
By Shan Ross
A pensioner has saved a castle
that is internationally renowned
for its connections with Bram
Stoker’s Dracula.
Joe Allan, 83, has been fighting
for almost a decade to have Slains
Castle in Aberdeenshire listed by
Historic Environment Scotland.
The agency has now written
to him saying the imposing ruin
which dominates the cliff-top
skyline near Cruden Bay was to be
granted B-listed status.
Stoker was inspired by the
building and wrote part of the
1897 Gothic horror while staying
at a nearby cottage.
In Dracula, he wrote about a
castle “from whose tall black
windows came no ray of light”.
Experts say the floor plan of
Dracula’s lair matches the layout
of Slains.
The moody
exterior of
Slains Castle in
Aberdeenshire
helped inspire
Bram Stoker’s
famous Gothic
tale; Christopher
Lee (inset) as
Dracula ALAMY;
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SOCIETY
Three-year-old children on
council’s ‘danger database’
By Ryan Hooper
Centenarians and preschool children are among tens of thousands
of people whose details are stored
on internal council databases because they are deemed to pose a
potential threat to staff.
Authorities across England
identified more than 25,000 service users whose details are flagged
on registers that are sometimes
referred to as cautionary contacts
lists (CCL), designed to warn staff
of a potential risk to their safety.
In some cases, authorities highlighted residents’ criminal records,
history of violence against women,
religious fundamentalism and
aggressive behaviour towards
employees as a reason for their addition to the lists.
They include a man who keeps
a “samurai sword over his front
door and a mallet by his bed”,
another armed with “a machete,
catapult and axe” at their home,
and safety hazards within the clients’ homes, as well as examples of
racist and homophobic behaviour –
including a woman who expressed
anti-Muslim views and wanted to
choose the ethnicity of the staff
Dated files
member she dealt with.
T h e d at a we re o b t a i n e d
Some files date back to when clients from 76 authorities with details
were very young children,
t h ro u gh F re e d o m o f
while others are kept
Information laws.
without notifying clients
A 106-year-old man
about their incluwas kept on Central
sion due to concerns
Bedfordshire’s list
that exposing the
for almost 10 years
list could further
for being “a risk to
Age of one man on a
ignite tensions.
self and others”.
council database for
Many councils said
The council said it
being ‘a risk to self
they reviewed their
was
important staff
and others’
databases regularly,
knew the history of
although some disclosed
cases, even those that
examples of clients being left
were several years old.
on file for decades.
A four-year-old deemed “physAlmost 1,500 service users were
ically or sexually threatening” and
identified as not to be visited by a
two “violent” three-year-olds were
lone council worker, a woman, or
flagged on Essex Council’s social
at all.
services database.
and one man who attempted to
knock down two council workers
with his van.
Others identified dangerous pets
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CRIME
Serial child rapist referred for parole
By Jemma Crew
A man dubbed the “M25 rapist” has
been referred for parole just a week
after the decision to free another
serial rapist caused uproar.
In March 2004, Antoni Imiela (pictured), 63, from Appledore,
near Ashford in Kent, was given
seven life sentences at Maidstone
Crown Court for raping several
children and women across the
Home Counties. One was just 10,
and he attempted to
rape another 10-yearold in Birmingham.
His DNA on file led to
Imiela also being sentenced to 12 years at the
Old Bailey in 2013 after
being found guilty of another rape.
Last week it emerged
that cabbie John Worboys – who was jailed
indefinitely in 2009,
with a minimum term
of eight years, for drugging and sexually assaulting women – would
be freed. Some of his
victims were not told of
his imminent release,
prompting an apology
from the Parole Board.
A hearing to decide
Imiela’s parole is unlikely to take place for at
least six months.
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EDUCATION
Quarter of graduates
achieved a first
More than one in four university
students graduated with a first last
year, as the proportion awarded the
highest honours soared.
Official figures show that the
proportion with the highest possible
result has risen by almost 50 per
cent in five years. The statistics are
likely to spark fresh debate about
grade inflation and whether the
centuries-old degree classification
system is fit for purpose.
Overall, 26 per cent of graduates
who completed their first
undergraduate degree in the 2016-17
academic year achieved a first – up
from 18 per cent in 2012-13.
DIPLOMACY
Johnson makes plea
for jailed woman
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Boris Johnson has raised the plight
of imprisoned dual British and
Iranian mother Nazanin ZaghariRatcliffe (above) with his Iranian
counterpart on the margins of an
international summit.
The Foreign Secretary
highlighted the case as he attended
talks in Brussels focused on the
Iran nuclear deal amid concerns
about US President Donald Trump’s
opposition to the agreement.
Mr Johnson used the meeting to
discuss Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, as
well as other dual-national consular
cases and the treatment of the
BBC Persian service, with Tehran’s
foreign minister Mohammad Javad
Zarif. Mother-of-one Mrs ZaghariRatcliffe was arrested in 2016 during
a holiday visit.
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Philip Hammond’s “pinstripe
warriors” have been warned against
pushing for further major cuts to
Britain’s military.
Conservative former defence
minister Mark Francois voiced
concerns in a Commons debate
over Armed Forces morale, adding
he was alarmed by reports the
Treasury had floated a reduction
in the regular army from 82,500 to
as low as 50,000. Tory, Labour and
SNP MPs also raised concerns over
the prospect of other cuts, with a
major review of Britain’s security
capability now under way.
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CHINA
Two thieves on
run after €4.5m
Ritz robbery
Richest woman
accrues $6bn
in just a week
By Emmanuel Jarry
IN PARIS
Police say some of the jewels stolen
from the Ritz Hotel in Paris have
been found but that two thieves were
still on the run last night, after jewels
worth €4.5m (£4m) were snatched
during a robbery in the city.
Three hooded thieves carried out
the crime late on Wednesday at the
ultra-chic hotel on the city centre’s
Place Vendôme, next to the Justice
Ministry. But the three were arrested
after being blocked in the building, a
source close to the investigation said.
Two accomplices waiting outside
were thrown some of the jewels and
escaped by car and motorbike. The
In October 2016, reality
television celebrity Kim
Kardashian was the victim of a
robbery just 10 minutes’ walk
from the Ritz, in which millions
of dollars worth of jewellery was
stolen from her.
source said that the motorcyclist
however, dropped a bag with jewels
and hatchets when his motorcycle hit
a pedestrian during his escape.
The getaway car was found about
12 miles north of Paris in an area
where the three arrested came from,
the source said.
Officials were still determining the
value of the haul since some jewels
and watches had been recovered on
those arrested. A figure of €4.5m related to the total value of the jewellery in the display cases.
The hotel, owned by Egyptian billionaire Mohamed al-Fayed since
1979, opened in 1898 and was the first
Paris hotel to boast electricity on all
floors and en suite bathrooms.
It was at the Ritz that Diana, Princess of Wales, spent her last night in
1997 before the car crash that killed
her and her lover Dodi Fayed, Mr alFayed’s son.
The former home of fashion designer Coco Chanel and author Marcel Proust, the Ritz was a favourite
drinking haunt of the American writer Ernest Hemingway.
By Amy Harding
£22.5bn
A police car driving past the Ritz hotel in Paris yesterday after a robbery on
Wednesday night in which £4.5m worth of jewellery was stolen AP
Armed robberies targeting jewellery stores are not uncommon in
this area of Paris, the 1st arrondissement, where dozens of luxury
boutiques trade. Over the past few
years the Paris gendarmerie has
kept a permanent presence in the
area, but that has not deterred
potential robbers.
In December, a man was able to
substitute fakes for two diamonds
and two rings worth €5.5m in a jewellery store in the area.
REUTERS
PEOPLE
UNITED STATES
Weinstein ‘agrees £15m
divorce with British wife’
By David Garner
Harvey Weinstein and his wife have
agreed a divorce settlement worth up
to £15m, according to reports.
Georgina Chapman, 41, the Londonborn designer behind the Marchesa
fashion line, is expected to get primary
custody of their two children.
The deal was reportedly struck
last month, before the pair’s 10th
wedding anniversary.
According to a prenuptial agreement, the disgraced US film pro-
Yang Huiyan, China’s richest
woman, became $6.1bn richer
in the first week of market trading this year, according to the
Bloomberg billionaires index.
Ms Yang, 36, the controlling
stakeholder in Country Garden
Holdings, saw her wealth surge to
$29.7bn (£22.5bn) yesterday as shares of
her property company rose. She
trails only Amazon mogul Jeff
Wealth of
Bezos in expandYang Huiyan,
ing her personal
China’s richest
wealth this year.
woman
Mr Bezos added
$6.6bn this year to
bring his fortune close to
$106bn, the figures show.
China’s property boom has
made some of the nation’s biggest
tycoons much richer in recent
years, The property magnates
include Hui Ka Yan, the chairman
of developer China Evergrande
Group, and Wang Jianlin, who
leads Dalian Wanda Group.
Ms Yang is closing the gap with
Evergrande’s Mr Hui, whose
wealth is estimated at $39.3bn, and
has overtaken Mr Wang’s $28.7bn.
Harvey Weinstein struck a deal with
wife Georgina Chapman last month AP
ducer, 65, must pay Ms Chapman
£222,000 in maintenance for each
year of the marriage.
Assets that will be divided include
an £11m townhouse in New York’s
West Village and an estate in the
Hamptons worth about £9m.
Yesterday, footage emerged of Mr
Weinstein being attacked in Arizona,
where he is understood to have been
attending a clinic for sex addiction.
The website TMZ said the alleged
assault took place in a restaurant at
the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort. A video shows a man
telling Mr Weinstein “you’re such a
piece of shit for what you did to these
women”, before slapping him twice.
EVENING STANDARD
Ecuador grants Assange citizenship
By Alan Jones
Ecuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks
founder Julian Assange.
The foreign affairs
minister, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, confirmed the government
of Ecuador granted “naturalisation” to Mr Assange last
December after he made a request
in September.
Mr Assange, 46, has been living
in the London embassy of the South
American country for five-and-a-
In tomorrow’s
half years after being granted
political asylum as he
fought sex-related claims
in Sweden. The Ecuadorian government said
this week it was seeking mediation to resolve
the impasse.
The British Foreign Office said on Wednesday it
turned down a request from the
Ecuadorian government to grant
Mr Assange diplomatic status.
Sweden has dropped the sex
claims but he is still subject to arrest in the UK for jumping bail.
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First Taste
Lower-sugar Irn-Bru
loses none of its fizz
Reduced sugar Irn-Bru
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It’s a battle between Irn-Bru and
Coke, the health of nation versus
those who have helped ruin it,
Scotland versus the rest of the
world. The fate of new Irn-Bru
really is that big.
The lower-sugar
version, which contains
about four teaspoons
of sugar compared
to the 8.5 previously
in a standard can, is
being rolled out on the
shops this month but
i’s sister paper The
Scotsman was given a
sneak preview.
Designed to avoid a
sugar tax brought in
by the UK Government
as part of efforts to
tackle this country’s epidemic
of obesity, the drink could make
a significant difference to sugar
consumption. After a blind tastetest, the verdict of our panel
was unanimous. The new recipe
Irn-Bru tastes almost exactly the
same as the old one.
“My over-riding impression
was that one of the two was much
sweeter. It felt more full-bodied
and also was slightly darker in
colour,” said arts correspondent
Brian Ferguson.
“It also felt a bit more like the
taste of traditional Irn-Bru,
o I wasn’t overly surprised
so
hat this one was made
th
using the old recipe.
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However there was not
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a huge difference in the
ttaste between the two
and I would be amazed if
a
die-hard Irn-Bru lovers
d
ould definitely identify
co
which was which. I certainly
w
wouldn’t be put off buying
w
Irrn-Bru in future when the
occcasion demands it.”
Maker A G Barr stressed
M
drink was still made using
the d
the “same secret Irn-Bru flavour
essence”. The company added:
“The vast majority of our drinkers
want to consume less sugar so
that’s what we’re now offering.”
Ian Johnston
New to science, 18 species of pelican spider
Eighteen new species of a bizarre-looking spider
which resembles a pelican have been discovered
in Madagascar. Pelican spiders have elongated,
neck-like structures, with their mouth parts
protruding from their “head” like angled beaks.
After examining hundreds of pelican spiders,
Hannah Wood, of the Smithsonian Institution’s
National Museum of Natural History in Washington
DC, concluded that they comprise 26 different species,
18 of which have never before been described.
They hunt other spiders at night, impaling their prey
on long, fang-tipped “jaws”, or chelicerae, and holding
them away from their bodies for fear of counterattacks, until the victim dies.
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Quote of
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SMACKING
BAN
BRITISH
ARMY
NORTH
KOREA
TRUMP’S
HEALTH
ANGELA
MERKEL
CHANNEL 4’S
KIRI
It’s violence,
pure and
simple
Changing
face of our
military
The threats
have not yet
gone away
No test is
needed for
mental status
German
Chancellor in
rocky waters
Full marks for
social service
drama
The Times
The Daily Telegraph
TheGuardian
Chicago Tribune
Financial Times
Den of Geek
Talk of a “smacking ban”
trivialises a serious
issue: governments
should give children
equal protection
from assault in law.
Violence, or the threat
of violence, has no
place in a family,
especially when
inflicted on its most
vulnerable members.
(Peter Wanless)
Young people
today have more
opportunities. If
you get reasonable
qualifications at
school, you’re more
likely to want to go
to university and get
a job in IT than get
paid £17,000 to crawl
through mud in the
rain in North Yorkshire.
(Max Wharton)
The threats are not
cost-free. One danger
is that they erode US
credibility. Another
is that Pyongyang
believes the US will
carry them through.
Proposals for “small”
attacks, like “small”
nuclear weapons, are
perilous because they
make the dangerous
seem doable. (Editorial)
The most accurate
measure of a person’s
fitness, mental or
physical, is observable
function in the real
world — not expert
opinion. Americans
already have all the
data they need to
judge Trump’s fitness.
(Richard A Friedman)
As impregnable as she
seemed only months
ago, Ms Merkel can no
longer lay claim to the
future. Whether she
heads a coalition or a
minority government,
she is living in
the twilight of her
chancellorship.
(Philip Stephens)
Kiri lays bare the risks
to which those in the
caring professions are
exposed. Compassion –
something that is urged
by the writing – tells
us Miriam’s breeziness
is a response to the
unusually intense
pressures of her life
and job.
(Louisa Mellor)
Vanity Fair
New YorkTimes
Though Trump views
the whole mental
health kerfuffle as a
“joke,” at no point on
Tuesday did he exhibit
any of the behaviours
cited as evidence that
he should be removed
from office. He also
proved that a year
into the job, he’s more
liable to be swayed by
whomever has his ear
than by actual policy.
(Bess Levin)
Ms Merkel’s only
option is to rule as a
minority government,
which would mean
worrying about
an insurrection.
It’s unlikely that
Ms Merkel could
succeed in such an
environment, or that
she’d want to try.
Pundits are calling for
a fresh start at the top
of Germany’s parties.
(Alexander Gorlach)
Eastern Daily Press
Daily Mail
Discipline is about a
parent maintaining
control, not losing it.
A smack is violence
and violence can never
be tolerated.
It’s uncomfortable to think of a
mother choosing to
smack as a punishment over anything
more imaginative.
(Rachel Moore)
Recruiters feel a need
to promise that the
new entry should not
fear that they will
be forced to exert
themselves. And feel
able to have a good
cry if the mood takes
them, because that is
what we are all being
urged to do by the
compassion industry.
(Max Hastings)
South China
MorningPost
Nuclear deterrence
has worked well. The
US can’t accept a
nuclear North Korea,
but without risking
war, it can’t stop a
nuclear North Korea.
Washington shouldn’t
blow up the peninsula
after helping to keep
the peace for 64 years.
(Doug Bandow)
DigitalSpy
It helps that Thorne
has a brilliant cast to
call upon to deliver
his tricky balance of
dry humour and
weighty issues.
It’s not just the
Lancashire show, with
a standout moment
of the first episode
coming when Kiri’s
grandfather Tobi has to
identify her body.
(Ian Sandwell)
LifeInBrief
PEGGY CUMMINS ACTRESS
What other
broadcaster
would let you
call it secretive
and illegal on
equal pay, and
still let you
front a flagship
show? Despite
troubles, the
BBC is great
Carrie Gracie
The BBC’s former
China editor still has
good words to say
about her employer
“I’ve been kicked around all my life, but
from now on I’m going to start kicking
back ... I want things, a lot of things, big
things,” maintains Peggy Cummins’s
unhinged, trigger-happy Annie Laurie
Starr in the sensational film noir Gun
Crazy. The 1950 gem was the pinnacle
of the Irish actress’s brief but never dull
career, which also included a British
horror classic and a Carry On… movie.
Augusta Margaret Diane Fuller,
later to become Peggy Cummins,
was born on 18 December, 1925, in
Prestatyn, Wales. At the time a storm
prevented her parents – Margaret
Tracey, an actress, and Franklin
Bland Fuller, a journalist and music
teacher – from returning to their home
in Dublin where Cummins grew up
and was educated. Cummins was the
youngest of three and followed her
mother into acting after being spotted,
aged 12, by the actor Peter Brock in
1938, who introduced her to the Gate
Theatre Company. They cast her in the
lead role of Let’s Pretend, and she later
made her London stage debut on her
13th birthday.
In 1945, when she was just 18,
Cummins was spotted by a 20th
Century Fox scout while performing
in Junior Miss on the London stage.
It catapulted her into her first major
role, as the decadent Amber St Clair,
for Otto Preminger’s lavish Hollywood
period drama Forever Amber. However,
Cummins’s delight was shortlived. After nearly two months of
production, the movie mogul Darryl
Zanuck changed his mind, declaring
that the petite blonde wasn’t “sexy
enough” for the role, and she was
replaced by Linda Darnell.
She eventually made her 20th
Century Fox debut with Joseph L
Mankiewicz’s comedy The Late George
Apley (1947), before taking lead roles
in Moss Rose, and Louis King’s western
Green Grass of Wyoming and BritishAmerican thriller Escape, alongside
Rex Harrison.
But it was her role of manipulative
carnival sharpshooter Annie Laurie
Starr in Gun Crazy (1950) that Cummins
will be remembered for. Initially
dismissed by The New York Times as
“pretty cheap stuff”, Joseph H Lewis’s
film is now revered. In 1998 Gun
Crazy was preserved in the US Library
of Congress for being “culturally,
historically and aesthetically
significant”. It tells the story of Starr
and her husband, Bart (John Dall), as
they go on a crime spree across the US.
The handful of film roles that came
after – including the frivolous Your
Money or Your Wife (1960), of which the
Radio Times opined “Nice title… shame
about the movie” before giving it one
star out of five, Dentist in the Chair
(1960) and In the Doghouse (1961) –
never matched the potency of Night of
the Demon (1957) or Gun Crazy.
In 1961 Cummins retired from acting
and went on to devote her time to
the charity the Stars Foundation for
Cerebral Palsy. Her husband, Derek
Dunnett, predeceased her and she is
survived by their children, David and
Diana. THE INDEPENDENT
Born 18 December 1925
Died 29 December 2017
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Forget the reshuffle, what
Westminster needs is a revolution
T
he Prime Minister will
lament the unforced
errors of this week’s
calamitous reshuffle.
Public expectations
were not managed,
ministerial egos were not quietened
and the narrative was lost.
Time-wasters and game-players
remain around the Cabinet table.
This is a serious blow, both for
Theresa May’s leadership and for a
country that badly needs nuanced
decision-making at a time of
historic significance.
But even a well-orchestrated
reshuffle would have failed if limited
to personnel change. For the project
of renewal to succeed, Westminster
as a whole needs a reboot. This
is where Downing Street should
now turn.
It is a cliché, but nonetheless
true, that politics in this country is
broken, and has been for some time.
Thrice in three years the electorate
has returned results that have spun
on a sixpence. On innumerable
occasions, those who represent
us have been found wanting in the
unflattering glare of social media
and the investigative press. Again
and again, trust in politics plumbs
new depths. Again and again,
Westminster fails to respond.
We scoff when we hear sordid
tales from Donald Trump’s White
House, but our own political system
brims with misconduct, misogyny
and incompetence. During the
Westminster sex scandal last year,
it came as no surprise to anyone in
politics that there might be dozens
of members of parliament guilty of
sexually inappropriate behaviour.
The shock was that barely a handful
apologised, let alone resigned.
Politics should be a noble
profession. It is honourable to live
life in the service of others and to
represent the everyday concerns
of constituents. The sacrifices our
representatives make are grossly
underappreciated: the pain of living
away from family for much of the
week; the exhaustion of late-night
votes; and the stress of constant
and invasive scrutiny from the
media. In my experience, the vast
majority of candidates seek public
office for the right reasons.
But good intentions can quickly
falter when all the incentives point
the other way. With a politician’s
calibre judged in column inches
rather than character, it is
easy to see why the system
generates self-publicists rather
than serious lawmakers.
It is inevitable that the
electorate will suffer opportunists
and sycophants in key roles when
ministerial progression depends on
vassal loyalty over policy delivery. It
is impossible to make the argument
for a better politics when ad
hominem attacks and tribal pointscoring defeat reasoned debate.
A hung parliament – such as we
currently have – brings out the
worst of it. Parliamentary votes are
bought or bullied if they cannot be
won. Every power of patronage is
used to silence rebellion or shore up
support. Principles and priorities
are compromised as a war of
attrition to keep the government in
power becomes the order of the day.
So it was in the 1974-79 Parliament,
when more than a dozen MPs died
from the strains of daily knife-edge
votes. So it may be this time around,
worsened by divisions over Brexit.
That is unless those in charge
lead the change. It is possible
to transform the culture and
perception of politics. But it will
take sustained leadership and for
everyone affected, including civil
servants and the public, to create
space for meaningful reform.
To start with,
unimpeachable standards
on truth and civility
should be enforced
in public life. Those
Our political
system brims
with misconduct,
misogyny and
incompetence
who lie, as Labour MPs have done
repeatedly on the Government’s
animal welfare policies, should
apologise or face expulsion. Those
who bully or abuse staff, as MPs
and advisers of all parties have
been known to do, should face the
consequences that would apply in
any other profession.
Party funding reform, long
promised but always abandoned,
should be revisited. It is more than
a decade since cross-party talks
on capping donations broke down.
Until such a limit is agreed, the
whiff of undue influence – from
wealthy individuals or trade unions
– will hang over Whitehall. The
Conservatives, whose reputation
suffers most from accusations of
avarice, should make a virtue of
acting first.
Finally, the Government should
fulfil its manifesto pledge to
reform the honours system to
ensure meaningful public service
is rewarded, rather than political
fealty. Incumbency of a safe shire
seat or retirement from ministerial
duty are not, for example,
qualification alone for a knighthood.
The Prime Minister, who has got
on with the job with quiet dignity
and dedication for two decades,
is well placed to effect such a
revolution. If she does, her reshuffle
woes will be quickly forgotten.
Will Tanner was an adviser to
Theresa May from 2014-17 and
deputy head of the Policy Unit during
her first year in 10 Downing Street
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AND EMAILS
A mistake
about Marmite
Yesterday’s i included an
article about a hamper
of “British” products
presented to [the EU’s
chief Brexit negotiator]
Michel Barnier. Marmite
appears as the first item
and, it claims, Marmite
was invented by a
German. This is wrong.
Although the patent
was registered in Berlin
and credited to Professor
Justus von Liebig, of the
University of Geissen,
it was actually invented
by my great-grandfather
James O’Sullivan.
After leaving school, he
attended the embryonic
London Royal College
of Chemistry with his
brother Cornelius, who
was a student assistant
to its professor, August
Wilhelm von Hofman.
Professor Hofman
took James and
Cornelius with him to
Berlin, where they began
working on the various
aspects of the organic
chemistry of brewing.
Liebig is credited
with the invention of
beef extracts, and James
O’Sullivan had applied
this to brewing yeast.
He came up with the
still-secret formula for
Marmite, which was then
registered in Berlin.
In 1902, James started
a small company in
Burton which became
the Marmite Food
Extract Company, but
sold it for £5 (equivalent
to about £1,000 today)
after his friend died on
their way to register the
formula. He often said to
my grandfather that if he
had settled on a farthing
per jar instead of selling
outright, he would have
been a much richer man.
I think the confusion
has arisen because Prof
Liebig was probably cited
as the principal author
of the patent, with his
collaborator O’Sullivan
as a minor, being, at that
time a person of no real
prestige. An added irony
is that, although living
most of their lives in
Burton-on-Trent, both
James and Cornelius
were born in Bandon,
County Cork, which
became part of the
Republic of Ireland in
1922 – so Marmite was
invented by an Irishman.
FERGUS O’SULLIVAN
COLCHESTER
than fruit and veg?
ROSIE JARRETT
NOTTINGHAM
Off with
their heads
Gender
confusion
The recipients of awards
at the Golden Globes
classified themselves
as “actors” whether they
were male or female.
Why, then, do the Bafta
awards have categories
for Best Actress and Best
Supporting Actress?
Surely it should be
Best Actor and Best
Supporting Actor?
KATE NELSON
Why does anyone,
male or female, need a
title unless it is earned
through occupation or
qualification? I can think
of no situation other than
medical, when the doctor
can see that I am female,
where my marital status
or gender should be of
any interest.
KATHY MOYSE
COBHAM, SURREY
Armed Forces
need more cash
An article in yesterday’s i
indicated that our Armed
Forces are not fit for
purpose. The security
review, which has been
postponed, provides
an opportunity for the
Government to positively
state what the long-term
strategic aims of the
Armed Forces are. If it
is the current, jumbled
ideal of a global role, it
must provide not only
justification and clarity
but a significant ongoing
increase in the budget.
A review based on
current policy will only
result in further costcutting and leave the
Armed Forces even more
unfit for purpose.
C SLIGHT
CWMBRAN,
MONMOUTHSHIRE
An i reader’s great-grandfather, James O’Sullivan, was the inventor of Marmite
Arise, Sir Nick,
puppet master
A wonderful defence
of his knighthood by
Nick Clegg (Voices, 11
January). But he fails
altogether to address the
issues that he stated as
red lines before entering
the Coalition – namely
tax reductions for the
rich and increase for
student fees. Maybe you
should invite him to talk
about these derelictions
of the Liberal Democrat
manifesto that made
many people think he
was just a puppet looking
for a future accolade.
DR DAVE HARAN
Plastic is not
so fantastic
Charging for all plastic
bags might seem fine
in principle, but what
about people purchasing
meat at butchers who, on
hygiene grounds, need
something to put their
food in? Having said
that, I hope firms which
send out magazines to
subscribers revert to
using envelopes that
can be recycled, rather
than plastic. Surely more
shops could use paper
carriers, as they used to
when I was little.
TIM MICKLEBURGH
GRIMSBY
Why is the Government’s
solution to most
problems to slap a
tax on the public? The
plastic packaging of
goods is determined by
wholesalers and retailers
and the consumer has
little control over it.
Of course, there is a
chance that any tax will
just get passed on to the
consumer anyway, but
it is more likely to give
incentives to encourage
the use of biodegradable
plastics and other means
of packaging. Taxing the
consumer is the easier,
more high-profile, option,
but it merely increases
the cost of living.
JOHN FINAN
LOUTH, LINCOLNSHIRE
Am I being unduly
cynical about the
support from retailers
for compulsory charges
for plastic bags? Apart
from the few companies
who claim to donate this
income to charity, the
rest will be laughing all
the way to the bank. It
would be better to allow
customers to use the
empty cardboard boxes
in which products have
been delivered to shops.
My local supermarket
used to have piles of
these freely available
at the checkout and, as
a result, plastic bag use
was minimal. Nowadays,
these have to be disposed
of by retailers at vast cost.
JOHN HEIN
EDINBURGH
While Theresa May’s
promise to reduce plastic
waste may be nothing
more than a “cynical
attempt” to rebrand the
Tories, I believe it still
stands that the state
is a key component
in responding to
environmental problems
and expect that, if
implemented, the
strategy will be a
positive change.
EMILY JUBB
NEWCASTLE
UPON TYNE
I went to buy a cardboard
box of washing powder
at a supermarket today.
The aisle was at least
two-thirds full of large
plastic bottles of washing
liquids. Perhaps this aisle
could be chosen to be the
plastic-free one, rather
We have been hearing
a lot on the BBC this
week about the appalling
treatment meted out by
the Tudors to Lady Jane
Grey. How ironic that this
week we also learn of the
disgraceful treatment
meted out by the BBC to
two of its most capable
presenters, Winifred
Robinson and Carrie
Gracie. The BBC’s ethics
are apparently not very
superior to those of the
Tudors. It as perhaps just
as well that the Tower of
London no longer serves
as a prison for those who
have fallen out of favour
with the Establishment.
DOROTHY SPENCE
APPLEBY, CUMBRIA
Bricks and
mortar
In reply to your
correspondent William
Haines, (Your View, 11
January), I don’t know
many people who want to
live in a house that looks
like an office or a block
of flats. Once you factor
in the costs of external
cladding (often in brick),
fire prevention, detailing
to counter shrinkage
and settlement,
treatment against
internal condensation
and external moisture,
timber-framed and
other panelled forms
of off-site construction
take a similar amount
of time to produce and
cost as much traditional
masonry. Given the
shortage of supply, why
not encourage all forms?
JOHN COUPER
GUILDFORD, SURREY
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It wasn’t me... it
was us! Shaggy
and Sting unite
Hugh Grant has been reflecting on
the scandal that led to his eventual
break-up with Elizabeth Hurley. But
the benefit of 23 years’ hindsight
hasn’t really helped, as Grant now
wishes he had blamed his interaction
with Los Angeles sex worker Divine
Brown on a mental health issue.
The actor told People
magazine: “I was just
an idiot. I didn’t try
to say, ‘I’ve got this
psychological problem.’
I just said: ‘I did it’.”
Referring to himself as
“a booby” for his behaviour,
he said that when he was
arrested for lewd behaviour he
called his agent and asked if it was
bad. The agent replied: “It’s not great.”
He said the episode did not really
harm his Hollywood career, adding:
“As long as you make money, they
don’t care what you get up to.”
Which seems to be precisely the
problem in the industry today...
In 2018’s most unlikely pairing,
Shaggy and Sting have recorded
a duet. The Jamaican-American
musician, known for hits including
“It Wasn’t Me”, and the tantric-sex
enthusiast will release the song
“Don’t Make Me Wait” next month.
Shaggy, 49, claims he and Sting,
66, are actually very well matched,
because they run on the same cosmic
frequencies, or something. He told
the Jamaican newspaper The Gleaner:
“We share similar views of life, and
it transcended into a whole musical
connection, collaboration and a
marriage of sort.”
Sting added: “There are so many
variables in music. It’s like a soup
that you’re never quite sure what is
going to be in it. After one guy puts
in something, then another puts in
something else, sometimes it tastes
horrible. Sometimes, it is the greatest
soup you’ve ever had.”
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the Kardashians ditching their fullface sunglasses for eyewear with a
slighter frame.
Kim Kardashian says it was
orchestrated by her husband,
Kanye West. She said: “Kanye sent
me like a whole email: ‘You cannot
wear big glasses any more. It’s all
about tiny little glasses’.”
She added that West also emailed
her “millions of 1990s photos with
tiny little glasses”. Since then, she
has been seen in nothing but postage
stamp-sized specs.
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Boring? Golf is the most complete of all sports
KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
E
ven a three-year-old child
understands that, in the
modern world, boredom
is the worst thing that can
happen to a person. “I don’t want to
go to bed, it’s boring!” – a protest
that would chime with people of all
ages. The modern world demands
that we must be entertained at all
times, sometimes by three devices
at the same time. The proposition
that we might simply... be is
anathema to us.
This feeds into the idea that
something that isn’t immediately
thrilling is of increasingly limited
appeal. With this in mind, we get
to the finding that 70 per cent of
Britons find the royal and ancient
sport of golf boring. Thus say the
pollsters at YouGov, who have
surveyed 1,600 adults about which
sports they find interesting to
watch. Golf comes bottom of the list,
below even basketball, cycling and
Formula 1, the three most flawed
and tedious sports in the history of
the world.
None of this is in the least
surprising. Golf is so at odds with
contemporary tastes it almost defies
belief that it still exists. It is
slow, painstaking, quite
expensive, takes four
hours to play, and
still retains an air of
exclusivity. Yet it is, for
us devotees, the most
complete of all sports,
a majestic challenge
of mental fortitude and
physical ability.
But I get where the
respondents to this survey are
coming from. Like many sports it is
much better to play than to watch.
And indeed much better to watch on
television than as a spectator at the
actual event.
Professional golfers make very
few concessions to the watching
public. It’s an all-consuming game
that requires formidable levels
of concentration and singlemindedness, so the thought that
you could play golf with a view
to entertaining other people is
madness. The pros take just as long
as they want over their shots, and
it’s possible to finish a Sudoko puzzle
while they line up a putt. Watching
it live has further drawbacks, too.
Wherever you are on the course,
you have the disturbing feeling that
something more exciting, or even
interesting, is happening elsewhere.
Those who administer the game,
the forward-looking chaps at the
Royal and Ancient who only three
years allowed women to become
members, will be rightly concerned
by the results of this survey.
The sport has no future
unless young people
are attracted by it,
and there are enough
barriers to entry –
cost and accessibility,
primarily – without
the added aroma of
tedium hanging over
it. Cricket successfully
reinvented itself as a smashand-grab game, accompanied by
loud music and colourful uniforms.
Golf faces a bigger challenge.
There have been several attempts
to make the game more attractive.
A friend of mine is developing a
quick-hit version, over 90 minutes,
in which players have to score as
many points as possible in the time,
running to each shot. While it may
catch on, we golfing purists will
dismiss it as a gimmick.
This is a sport that requires
patience and resilience, qualities
in short supply away from the golf
course. We embrace its long-form
nature. And we rejoice in the fact
that it may seem to the outside
world, yes, a bit boring.
ARMED FORCES
be more concerned by a statement
made by Dr Julian Lewis, chairman
of the Defence Select Committee.
Yesterday, Dr Lewis told MPs that
“one can now become chief of staff
of any of the three Armed Services
and yet have no direct input into the
strategic planning process”. This, he
said, is because civil servants run the
department. As such, “professional
military advisers have become more
like business managers serving as
chief executives with an allocated
budget”. In essence: the bosses are
no longer the bosses.
Perhaps today’s papers will
prove me wrong, but last night
there had been no reaction to this
whatsoever. No outrage. No planned
demonstrations in Whitehall. If the
NHS was being attacked by MPs for
being stuffed full of hopeless civil
servants, a People’s March would
have been announced. Someone
would be making placards.
It is true that the MoD is not a
vote-winner. “MoD run by clueless
civil servants” isn’t front page news –
nor is it a surprise to anyone with an
interest in the topic. Nevertheless, we
need to wake up to the fact that the
Government no longer regards the
military as a priority.
This is neither conspiracy
nor cock-up, but the result of a
systematic destruction of the
Armed Forces. The conspiracy is
in convincing the public that it is
perfectly acceptable.
Eleanor
Doughty
Defence is
no longer
a priority
T
hey say that things
divide into cock-ups and
conspiracy. This week, the
British Army made a bit of
a cock-up, releasing its new advert a
few days early. This gave the general
public its token day of the year to
care about the military. At least now
it’s out of the way, eh?
Though the advert doesn’t quite
hit the spot, several officers have
commented to me that it is “not the
worst in recent years”. The reaction
was furious – or, at least, as furious
as public reaction ever gets about
the Armed Forces these days.
One Tory MP notes a conspicuous
silence from defence ministers –
Secretary of State Gavin Williamson,
veterans minister Tobias Ellwood
and newly-appointed “FoG” (friend
of Gavin) Guto Bebb – despite having
being allegedly told to support the
campaign by the Government.
Committed defence watchers will
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PEOPLE
Roads with a view: the innovative
plan to keep tired drivers safer
Motörhead
guitarist ‘Fast’
Eddie Clarke
dies, aged 67
By Neil Lancefield
Major roads will be designed to run
past beautiful landscapes in order to
reduce the number of crashes caused
by fatigue, Highways England said.
The Government-owned company will attempt to make panoramic
views visible as it designs £15bn
worth of improvements to motorways and major A-roads by 2021.
Highways England chief engineer
Mike Wilson said: “Creating different vistas, different environments for
people to consider, is a way of stimulating the road user. You might argue
they’re safer because of it.”
Asked if he was concerned that
drivers could be distracted by the
scenery, Mr Wilson replied: “They
should be focused on the road.
But fatigue is a real challenge for
road users.”
Interesting views can “help them
stay awake”, he added.
Sixty-seven people were killed in
crashes on Britain’s roads in 2016
when driver fatigue was a contributory factor, latest Department for
Transport figures show.
Enabling drivers to see “statement
structures” such as the Angel of
the North in Gateshead and the Willow Man in Somerset gives them “a
sense of location and how you’re
making progress on your journey”,
Mr Wilson said.
He claimed the cost of road
schemes, including maintenance
bills, could be cut if good design was
“at the heart of the process”.
Highways England unveiled 10 design principles, including making the
schemes innovative, environmentally
sustainable and long-lasting.
Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity the RAC Foundation said: “Driving long distances
in heavy traffic can be a monotonous
business, and that’s not good for helping drivers stay awake and alert.
“It is encouraging to see Highways
England building the journey experience – including the views along the
way – into its design thinking.
“The other part of the equation is
making sure that motorway service
By Kerri-Ann Roper
The Humber Bridge: scenic views can help motorists to stay alert on the road CHRISTOPHER FURLONG/GETTY
stations are welcoming and affordable so that when drivers tire of the
landmarks and landscapes there are
adequate places to stop.”
Jack Cousens, head of roads policy
for the AA, said: “Britain has some
of the best landscapes in the world,
so it’s good to see Highways England
play its part in showcasing the nation’s natural beauty to drivers.”
Other Highways England
projects include the use
of traditional dry stone walls to
“reinforce the A590’s connection
to the Cumbrian landscape” and a
“green bridge” for small animals
over the A556 in Cheshire.
Scene to be believed Roads with beautiful views
Humber Bridge, North Lincolnshire
and Yorkshire, England The 2,220
metre-long suspension bridge
spans the Humber and offers
breathtaking views of the estuary.
A82 towards Glencoe, Scotland
Two hours north-west of Glasgow,
the Glencoe road has a view of the
rocky moorland which is punctuated by icy lochs.
A4069 Black Mountain Road,
Powys, Wales The winding road
twists, dips and climbs through
the old red sandstone peaks of the
Brecon Beacons National Park.
A2 Portrush to Ballycastle,
Northern Ireland The north Antrim
Coast Road has views of Dunluce
Castle and the Giant’s Causeway.
The A3055, Isle of Wight, England
More than half of the road’s miles
are high chalk downs dipping to
leafy chutes, empty salt marshes
and ancient woodlands.
Bealach na Bà, (Pass of the Cattle),
Ross and Cromarty, Scotland The
hairpin ascents and narrow single
track section roads are rewarded
once travellers are on the other side
with views of Applecross Peninsula.
The former Motörhead guitarist
“Fast” Eddie Clarke has died,
aged 67. He was the last surviving
member of the band’s classic lineup, which reinvigorated Britain’s
hard rock scene in the late
Seventies and early Eighties with
albums such as Overkill, Bomber,
and Ace of Spades.
Founder, frontman and
bassist, Lemmy – real name Ian
Kilminster – died in December
2015, a month after drummer Phil
“Philthy Animal” Taylor. Clarke
(inset) joined the band, notorious
for its hard-living ways and fast
no-nonsense music, in 1976.
A statement on the band’s
official Facebook page said: “We
are devastated to pass on
the news we only just
heard ourselves
earlier tonight...
Edward Allan
Clarke – or as we
all know and love
him Fast Eddie
Clarke – passed
away peacefully
yesterday.”
“Fast Eddie... keep
roaring, rocking and rollin’
up there as goddamit
man, your Motorfamily would
expect nothing less!!! RIP
Fast Eddie Clarke 5 October
1950 – 10 January 2018.”
Phil Campbell, who joined the
band as a guitarist in 1984, said:
“Just heard the sad news that Fast
Eddie Clarke has passed away.
“Such a shock, he will be
remembered for his iconic riffs
and was a true rock n roller.
RIP Eddie.”
Former Motörhead drummer
Mikkey Dee said: “Now Lem and
Philthy can jam with Eddie again,
and if you listen carefully I’m sure
you’ll hear them, so watch out!”
Clarke left the band in 1982 and
founded rock band Fastway with
former UFO bassist Pete Way.
CULTURE
PEOPLE
Elgin Marbles and Rodin
to go on display together
‘I can’t get a ticket to see my film’
By Sherna Noah
The Elgin Marbles will go back
under the spotlight at the British
Museum in an exhibition that compares them with Rodin’s sculptures.
The Marbles, or Parthenon sculptures, have been the subject of dispute over their home in the British
Museum, where they have been on
permanent, public display since 1817.
Greek governments have called
for their return to Athens since the
1980s and have even enlisted Amal
Clooney to help their campaign.
An exhibition at the British Museum will see 18 of the treasures
removed from the space where they
are on permanent display, to be
shown alongside Rodin’s work.
Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece
will show how the French sculptor
Auguste Rodin was inspired by the
Marbles, which Lord Elgin acquired
from the ruins of the Parthenon in
Athens to bring to Britain about 200
years ago.
The sculptor Rodin (1840-1917)
travelled regularly to London to
sketch the sculptures and once
By Lucy Mapstone
A section of marble frieze sculpture
of the Elgin Marbles AFP/GETTY
said that “in my spare time I simply
haunt the British Museum”.
Many of the 80 works will come
from the Musée Rodin in Paris.
Actress Lupita Nyong’o has shared
her shock that advance tickets
for her new film Black Panther
sold out in 15 minutes.
The new movie, based on
the superhero of the same
name, is said to be in line
to become one of the biggest Marvel Comics films
ever as pre-sale ticket sales
rocketed in the initial 24-hour
sales period.
Nyong’o, who plays undercover
operative Nakia in the film, posted
a video on Twitter in which she told
of her struggle to buy tickets for the
film’s opening night in February.
The video was accompanied by
the caption: “@THR says @theblackpanther is @MarvelStudios best-selling movie
in terms of pre-sales after
JUST 24 HOURS! Don’t
I know it: I even tried!!!!
#Throwback to a video I
made last night.”
She told fans: “I was unable to buy tickets to see Black
Panther on opening night. That’s
insane – 15 minutes! Wow.”
Black Panther opens in the UK on
12 February.
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cope with the seismic shift
automation will unleash
upon the global workforce
than the US, Intel’s head of
artificial intelligence has warned.
With robots and AI expected to
bring significant changes to the
workplace, Naveen Rao claimed
European workers would adjust
better than their American
counterparts given they have
greater access to the education
required to make the transition.
He cautioned that many
industries were already making
rational decisions about their longterm future, how employees would
be affected and how certain roles
would be made redundant.
“We’re seeing new demand
created by industries that process
data, and that has to be at the cost
of some older skills. A company
like Intel is big enough to have an
influence on the world, and we need
to be thoughtful about such things,”
Rao told i during the Consumer
Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Rao joined Intel in 2016 after
it acquired his own AI start-up
Nervana Systems, and is heading up
the company’s ambitions to create
the go-to processors for AI deep
learning – teaching machines to
think like humans.
“We’re actually working with our
government in how we can inform
them, to say: ‘These are the things
you need to start thinking about.’
Maybe we do need to think about
retraining programmes, getting
people access to education that
allows them to be prepared for this
shift. I think Europe is much better
at this than we are,” he said.
“The skills training is better in
Europe than in the US, where we
tend to have one or two paradigms
that we go after: it has to be high
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Intel has ambitions to replace
firework displays with drone
light shows, following a
successful outdoor display in
Las Vegas.
Anil Nanduri, vice-president
and general manager of Intel’s
Unmanned Aviation Systems,
said the drones’ ability to tell a
story in the sky made them the
future of “night sky entertainment.” The company flew 250
of its Shooting Star drones
– programmed to fly in time
with the music – over Las Vegas’
Bellagio fountain in a glittering light show at the annual
Consumer Electronics Show.
The plastic quadrocopters
are capable of displaying more
than four billion coloured light
combinations, creating animations when flown in unison.
Buoyed by its successful
shows at last year’s Super Bowl
and Coachella music festival,
the company is confident they
could augment, or even replace
firework displays entirely.
“Fireworks have been around
for centuries. They create
a lot of pollution and noise,
but we all enjoy them,” Mr
Nanduri told i.
“Drones are a digital experience in the sky which can be
used anywhere, from the desert
to over water.”
school and college. I don’t think it’s
“There’s a huge hunger in
quite so strict [in Europe], but we
China right now for AI solutions,
need to think about that – that the
and they have a very nice
populous has access to the materials environment where they can test
they need to be prepared for jobs
things on a very large population.
that need to be filled.”
“Start-ups there are a little
Around 800 million people stand
different than in the US. They’re
to lose their jobs to automation by
funded by the government and they
2030, while between 75 million and
have a test population of 50 million
375 million workers (up to 14 per
users. I mean, how do you do that
cent of the global workforce) will be
anywhere else?”
required to switch roles, a report
The rapid acceleration of AI
from the McKinsey Global Institute
development in China, which
found in November.
recently saw Google announce plans
Research from analyst
to open a new Beijing AI
Gartner suggests AI will
centre in an effort to snap
create more jobs than it
up some of the country’s
destroys by 2020, with
brightest minds, is
around two million
formidable, he said,
entirely new roles
although one English
The number
expected to exist by
company in particular
of people who
2025 in relation to the
shines brighter
stand to lose their
widespread adoption
than most.
jobs to automation
of AI in the workplace.
“I do think that
by 2030
The shift towards
China is going to be very
automation is already
formidable, and frankly,
under way at a rate “faster
Europe is a little bit behind
than a lot of people thought,” Rao
– England excepted, because of
said, adding that ramifications on
Deepmind. It’s become an epicentre
worker skill sets will be clear within
there, and they’re attracting
five to 10 years.
incredible talent from around
While Europe may be ahead
the world.
in terms of preparation for the
“We’re going to see more of that
much-prophesied robot uprising,
happening in China. There is going
it’s lagging behind when it comes to
to be a few Deepminds. They’re
AI development, he said – with the
going after it hard.”
exception of England.
Intel announced new
“It’s going to be very hard to beat
sophisticated AI chips during
China. The US and North America
its Consumer Electronic Show
is probably ahead by a couple of
keynote presentation, while the
years right now, but in five, eight
company’s chief executive, Brian
years’ time that’s not going to be
Krzanich, announced that Intel
the case, is my prediction,” he said,
expected 90 per cent of its chips
echoing comments made by former
manufactured within five years to
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be protected against the Meltdown
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Marijuana farms expose owls to poison
By Katie Grant
Owls in California are being exposed to high levels of rat poison,
with illegal marijuana farms the
most likely source point, a study
has warned.
Proposition 64, which legalises
recreational marijuana in the state,
took effect this month and private
timberland in north-west California is increasingly being turned
into illegal marijuana cultivation
sites. These sites often overlap with designated critical
habitat for northern spotted owls.
The study, conducted
by the University of California, Davis, and the
California Academy of Sciences, supports accounts
that rat poison is contaminating the food web in the region.
Seven out of 10 northern spotted owls collected tested
positive for rat poison,
as did 40 per cent of
84 barred owls (inset)
tested, research published in the journal
Avian Conservation
and Ecology states.
Northern spotted owls are listed as a
threatened species.
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Troops sent
in as protests
strengthen
Tunisian protesters burnt down
the regional headquarters of a
national security agency near
the Algerian border, prompting authorities to send in troops,
as unrest over prices and taxes
continued.
More than 300 protesters were
arrested overnight and the army
was deployed in several cities to
help quell violent protests seven
years after the overthrow of autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in the
first of the Arab Spring revolts.
In Thala, near the Algerian border, troops were deployed after
crowds set fire to the region’s national security building, forcing
police to retreat from the town,
witnesses said.
Tunisia’s unity government–
which includes Islamists, secular
parties and independents – has
claimed the unrest is driven by
criminal elements and Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has accused
the opposition of fuelling dissent.
More protest marches are
planned for Sunday. REUTERS
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IN LOS ANGELES
YouTube has punished Logan Paul,
the video blogger who posted
footage showing the body
of an apparent suicide
victim in Japan.
The video network
said it was removing his
channels from its Google
Preferred platform and
putting future projects with
the vlogger on hold.
“In light of recent events, we have
decided to remove Logan Paul’s
channels from Google Preferred.
Additionally, we will not feature Logan
Paul’s channel, Logan Paul
Vlogs, which has more than
15 million subscribers, is still
active on YouTube and advertisers can still choose to advertise on his videos.
in season 4 of Foursome and his new
originals are on hold,” YouTube said.
G o o gl e P re fe r re d fe at u re s
YouTube’s most popular content in
packages for sale to advertisers. Paul, 22, is one of
YouTube’s top content creators, regularly drawing
millions of views from his
mainly youth-orientated
audience.
Paul apologised in a
YouTube video titled “So
Sorry” last week for posting
the video that showed him and his
friends laughing about the body they
filmed in the Aokigahara forest at
the base of Mount Fuji, an area well
known as a suicide site.
Paul (inset) said he had made a
“huge mistake” and deleted the video
after a social media backlash. In an
open letter on Tuesday, YouTube said
it was “upset by the video that was
shared last week”, saying that “suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever
be a driving force for views”. REUTERS
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Migrants
stranded
in Alps
‘Suicide’ video
blogger sidelined
by YouTube
By Piya Sinha-Roy
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Over the past three
months, at least 1,500
migrants have sought
to make the perilous
journey from Italy
into France, walking
through the Alps in
freezing temperatures.
Here a cross-country
skier calls a rescue
team as migrants are
left stranded following
a heavy snowfall in
Bardonecchia, Italy.
ROBERTO MINGUCCI/
REUTERS
IRAN
Johnson calls on US to uphold pact with Tehran
By Robin Emmott
IN BRUSSELS
Boris Johnson has challenged the
US to show there is a better alternative to the deal with Iran that limits
its nuclear programme.
The Foreign Secretary joined
senior figures from France, Ger-
many and the EU in Brussels to call
on Donald Trump to uphold a pact
curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions on
the eve of a sanctions ruling by the
US President which they fear could
torpedo an accord he has criticised.
The deal lifted economic sanctions in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear programme. It was
also signed by China, France, Russia, Britain, Germany and the EU.
Mr Johnson said the deal, which
is known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was a
“considerable diplomatic accomplishment”, adding: “I don’t think
that anybody has produced a better
alternative”. REUTERS
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Trump to take ‘strong look’ at libel
law after failure to stop book exposé
By Jill Colvin
IN WASHINGTON
President Donald Trump has said he
is going to take “a strong look” at US
libel laws, blasting the current standards as “a sham and a disgrace”.
Mr Trump, who is still smarting
from the claims made in Michael
Wolff ’s sensational White House
exposé, said that people shouldn’t be
able to say things that are false and
then “smile as money pours into your
bank account”.
The Wolff book Fire And Fury: Inside The Trump White House has portrayed Mr Trump as a leader who
does not understand the weight of
his office and whose competence is
questioned by all around him.
The President and other White
House aides have dismissed the book
as inaccurate. But it is currently
number one in the US best-seller
lists, after Mr Trump’s lawyers failed
to halt its sale or publication.
Speaking during a Cabinet meeting, Mr Trump said: “Our current
libel laws are a sham and a disgrace,
and do not represent American values,” he said. “We’re going to take a
very, very strong look at that. And
I think what the American people
want to see is fairness.”
Compared to the UK, it is much
harder to sue someone for defamation in the US, because it is up to the
complainant to show that a libel has
been committed; in the UK the onus
is on the accused to prove what they
published is true.
Brian Hauss, an attorney with the
American Civil Liberties Union, said
that Mr Trump’s threat lacks teeth.
“There is no federal libel law, and
the President does not have the authority to change state libel laws,” he
said, adding that the “First Amendment [of the Constitution] provides
strong protections against libel liability, particularly with respect to
statements about public figures or
matters of public concern.”
“Whatever President Trump
might think, he has no power to
override these constitutional protections,” Mr Hauss added.
Mr Trump’s legal impotence was
cause for celebration in the North
Korea media.
Yesterday, the communist state’s
main Rodong Sinmun newspaper
‘Fire and Fury’ portrays Donald Trump as a leader who does not understand the
weight of his office and whose competence is questioned REUTERS
carried an article about the book’s
subject matter, how Mr Trump reacted and why it is selling so well.
“The anti-Trump book is sweeping
all over the world so Trump is being
massively humiliated worldwide,” the
article said. The paper added that the
book’s popularity “foretells Trump’s
political demise”. AP
Released in the US last
Friday, ‘Fire And Fury’
sold 29,000 copies in its first
weekend. Digital sales of the book
already top 250,000 and audio
sales exceed 100,000, according
to Macmillan.
WHITE HOUSE
President has
first medical
check-up
By Amy Harding
US President Donald Trump yesterday underwent his first medical
examination since taking office.
But Americans may not find
out much about the health of the
71-year-old who has a taste for McDonald’s and an aversion to exercise. Nor will they gain insight into
the state of their leader’s mental
health, despite rumours that the
famously thin-skinned tycoon is
struggling to cope with the demands of his role.
Pyschological tests are unlikely,
and Mr Trump is not obliged to
make public the results.
However, the White House has
pledged that his doctor will soon
issue a report on the exam.
Mr Trump’s opponents, and
even some Republicans, have
recently questioned his fitness
for office.
A new book on Mr Trump’s
White House by Michael Wolff,
Fire and Fury, asserts that almost
all of his top staff and advisers believe he is mentally unwell.
Mr Trump hit back, declaring
himself a “very stable genius”.
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NORTH KOREA
Kim’s Olympic
olive branch
creates security
worry for South
By Hyunjoo Jin
IN SEOUL
North Korea’s last-minute decision
to send a large delegation to next
month’s Winter Olympics has eased
concerns over any Pyongyang
threat during the Games, but it has
created major headaches for organisers in the South, say analysts.
With Pyongyang and Seoul hoping to use the Olympics to signify a
thaw in relations, both governments
fear that members of the delegation
could try to defect.
Kim Kwang-jin, a North Korean
defector and researcher at the Institute for National Security Strategy, said the North was “expected
to divide its delegation into groups
and ask them to monitor and control each other so that no one would
leave the group”.
While there have been no known
cases of North Koreans defecting
during past Games in South Korea,
the South will also be keen to deter
Talks US in listening mode
President Donald Trump
said that the US was
willing to speak to North
Korea “under the right
circumstances”, after
news of the first intraKorean talks in over two
years broke.
South Korea said Mr Trump
had also said in a phone call with its
President Moon Jae-in (inset) that
there would be no military action
while North-South talks were going
on, and that a Wall Street Journal
article saying he was contemplating
a military strike against North Korea
was “completely wrong”.
“Who knows where it leads?” Mr
Trump told reporters at the White
House after his call with Mr Moon to
discuss the first North-South talks
since 2015. He added: “Hopefully it
will lead to success for the world,
not just for our country.”
For the 2002 Asian
Games held in Busan,
North Korea sent a 606-member
delegation in a cruise ship,
including 184 athletes, 288
cheerleaders and 134 officers. It
was by far the largest delegation.
potential defectors, said Hong Hyun-ik, a senior research fellow at
Seoul’s Sejong Institute.
“A defection of a single North Korean could pose a serious problem
for inter-Korean relations,” he said.
Ensuring the Olympics go off
without a hitch also means preventing any controversy over the North
Korean visitors, and protecting
them from possible attacks by extremist South Korean groups.
South Korea’s Unification Ministry said it hopes to hold talks to
sort out details of the visit. Ryu Seyeong, head of Allami Korea, one
of the private security firms hired
for the Games, said he was concerned about the lack of lead time
to prepare for additional security
for North Koreans. That includes accommodation.
“Some of the hotels are
already fully booked. I
am worried where to
accommodate such a
large number of North
Korean people.”
Another official said the
Olympics would be a “good
opportunity” for the North to sneak
spies into the South, and contact
other spies already operating in the
neighbouring country.
Seoul expects the North Korean
delegation to be comprised of 450 to
500 people.
Only a figure skating pair from
North Korea was qualified for the
Games, but they missed the registration deadline in November. Still,
the figure skaters and several other
North Korean athletes could qualify
through special places offered by
the Olympic body. REUTERS
Searching high and low for mudslide survivors
A firefighter surveys the damage from the roof of a house
submerged by mud and rocks in Montecito, California.
Eight people are confirmed to have died after mudslides,
brought on by heavy rainfall, hit an area of Santa Barbara
county scorched by wildfires last month. Eight people
are still missing. Houses were destroyed and cars were
swept on to the beach, with the mud waist-deep in some
areas. MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ/AP
PEOPLE
Mayweather boasts of wealth
in response to #MeToo query
By Bill Magee
Floyd Mayweather is famous for his
ability to punch other boxers.
But he also has a grim record
of hurling racist and homophobic abuse – and an even
worse one of punching
defenceless women.
Of all the people to deliberate on the #MeToo
movement, Mayweather
(inset), is probably one of the
least qualified. He was, nonetheless,
asked about his stance on sexual
harassment and the #MeToo move-
ment, in an interview with Men’s Health
magazine this week.
He replied: “The who?”
The reporter explained:
“The #MeToo movement.
Women speaking out about
sexual assault”.
The boxer, who has a
criminal conviction for
beating a former girlfriend
in front of her children,
replied: “When somebody
is like, ‘I got a Rolls Royce, I be
like ‘me too’. When somebody say they
got a private jet, I say, ‘Me too. I got
two. Me too’.”
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Wartime memories of
Churchill’s ‘darkest hour’
By Emily Beament
Rare papers and insights from people
who worked with Winston Churchill
in his underground war headquarters have been revealed by the Imperial War Museums.
Documents, testimo nies and images showing
what life was like in the
Churchill War Rooms
under central London
have been revealed to
mark the UK release of
the film Darkest Hour,
which recounts the early
days of his premiership.
They include a rare surviving
example of a letter confirming a typist’s appointment, and insights from
Churchill’s private secretary, Elizabeth Layton, and other secretaries
working in the underground bunker.
His private secretary’s reminiscences include details of the leader’s
working habits and routines, such as
his habit of having breakfast in bed,
and remaining there with a secretary
and typewriter near his bedside until
he got up, sometimes as late as 1pm.
Myra Nora Collyer, a secretary
working in the war rooms, remembered the “masses and
masses and masses of corridors” and the need for
“sun-ray lamps” once a
week because they were
working 12-hour shifts
underground.
M a rga r e t Wa l ke r,
employed as a typist and
secretary, recalled seeing
Churchill: “We used to see this
shortish, fattish, tubby man bouncing along in a siren suit.”
Similar to a boiler suit, a siren
suit was an all-in-one garment often
used by people who had to leave their
homes for air-raid shelters during
bombing raids.
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This poster was
produced around
1967, the year when
Britain’s Territorial
Army was reorganised and renamed,
becoming the Territorial Army Volunteer Reserve.
British political
and strategic
thinking changed
and rather than
being a war-fighting
force, the British
Armed Forces were
reorganised so that
they would no longer
go into conflict
independently, but
rather in support of
and alongside Nato
allies. Guaranteeing
peace in a Europe
threatened by the
USSR during the
Cold War became
a major role for
the Army, and the
renamed Reserve.
This proved
short-lived,
however. In 1979 the
Territorial Army
title was restored,
and many of the
previous reforms
were reversed.
Despite the end of the Second World War
in 1945, the Army maintained a system of
wartime conscription. National Service as
peacetime conscription was established in
1948 and meant that the Army received a
constant stream of new recruits.
But after 1963, when the last national serviceman was demobilised, the
Army had to attract volunteers like any
other employer.
The slogan “The Professionals” was
designed to enforce this break in the idea
of a conscript army, and convey a sense
of skill and purpose. This 1969 poster also
deliberately showcases the different roles
available to new recruits.
‘DADDY, WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE GREAT WAR?’
Recruitment posters were not always successful. This 1915
example used emotional bribery to encourage men to join up
during the First World War, but with poor results.
Set in the future, after the war had been won, the scene
features a father pondering an awkward question from his
daughter about his wartime service.
The message is clear; failure to act now and answer the
nation’s call would be a source of shame for ever.
Many potential recruits resented the bullying
tone and serving soldiers made up their own ironic
responses to the text of this poster. But the message
clearly resonated.
‘YOU’LL BE HAPPY IN THE WRAC’
Some British Army recruitment posters have not
aged well, as this one from 1960 proves.
From 1949 to 1992 all women who joined the Army
and didn’t opt for the medical, dental, veterinary or
chaplaincy services served in their own organisation,
the Women’s Royal Army Corps.
Keen to harness the growing social freedoms and
having learnt the benefits of having women in uniform
in the First and Second World Wars, the Army looked
to recruit more women. But this poster, claiming “a
girl can be independent and not be alone” by serving
her country, just looks horribly patronising today.
Dr Peter Johnston is a curator at the National Army
Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London
SW3 4HT; nam.ac.uk; @NAM_London
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‘BE THE BEST’
It was in 1994 that the British
Army first used their “Be the
Best” slogan. It was attentiongrabbing, designed to encourage the aspirations of potential
recruits and offer them the
chance to stand out.
The slogan also served as a
challenge to would-be recruits,
which is the tone of this 1996
poster, showing two soldiers preparing for a night ambush.
The image focuses on drama
and tension and the text is a deliberate challenge: “Or perhaps
you find a night in front of the
telly more exciting.”
Recent reports that the Army
was preparing to drop the slogan in December 2017 attracted
considerable criticism. Defence
Secretary Gavin Williamson apparently acted to keep the phrase.
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‘IN DEFENCE OF THEIR KING AND COUNTRY’
This poster from the late 18th century, depicting a
trooper of the Sussex Light Dragoons, appeals to
patriotism to find new recruits. It also promises
they will be “handsomely Cloathed, most compleatly Accoutred, mounted on noble Hunters,
and treated with Kindness and Generosity”.
Until the 20th century, manpower was the
responsibility of the various regiments that make
up the British Army, rather than the Army itself,
so it was common to see posters advertising
specific units. This regiment was created at the
outbreak of the American War of Independence
(1775-1783), and disbanded shortly after it ended.
This 1938 poster was for the
Territorial Army, the force of
part-time reservists that supported the permanent, professional Regular Army.
It appeals to Scottish patriotism and features a Highland
clansman alongside his modern
Territorial counterpart.
Similar versions appealing to
English and Welsh patriotism
were also produced.
In 1938, Europe seemed on the
verge of another war, and in the
UK efforts were made to expand
the British Army as the threat of
war grew.
The Territorial Army was
doubled in size and conscription
was reintroduced in April 1939.
By December of that year , more
than one million men had been
drafted into the Army.
‘DO THE DISHES’
The opportunities given to women in the
Army have changed in the last 100 years.
Whereas they were originally confined to
support roles, in July 2016 the ban on serving
in close-combat units was lifted, meaning
they could do virtually everything.
Recruitment posters highlighted these
changes and mocked previous, out-dated
stereotypes of women’s roles in the Army.
This example was an attempt to
attract more women to join by showing
them the reality of what they could do
in the Army. But it wasn’t until 2015 that
the first woman commanded an
operational brigade.
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nce in a generation,
a moment comes
upon those currently
occupying the great
offices of this land,
a moment that poses a genuine
challenge to the nation’s character,
ambition, values and resolve. They
are easier to identify in hindsight:
the wars, the creation of the welfare
state, the creation of the National
Health Service.
Our NHS is a wonderful thing,
the envy of the world. Jeremy
Hunt is not deluded – he is a gifted,
intelligent, and passionate advocate
of his charge. Simon Stevens, the
chief executive of NHS England,
has not been “bought off” to spout
Government propaganda – he is
a resilient apostle of the facts, the
quintessential public servant with
cast-iron integrity.
Only one government in history
has cut the budget for the NHS in
real terms, back in 1979: Labour.
The amount of money going into
health increases year on year; it was
ring-fenced by David Cameron and
George Osborne when austerity was
required in 2010.
In 2015, we spent £101bn on
healthcare (£35bn on defence for
comparison); by 2020 this will be
£120bn (£39bn on Defence), £2bn
more than the NHS themselves
said they needed to fund their
“five-year-forward-view”.
But clearly over Christmas we
reached a threshold. So what is
going on? Just ask anyone with zero
interest in politics, but a half-true
grasp of the facts.
We run a “free” service which is
used by more and more people every
year, each person accessing more
expensive treatments for longer,
because people are living better,
longer, more healthy lives than they
did the year before.
This is a triumph of the human
condition; the unrelenting desire
to extend life, the pursuit of
happiness – these are fundamental
to our existence.
The NHS is this arena
crystallised: the awesome medical
science on display as we do things to
each other that we never imagined;
the incredible human spirit of those
who work in the NHS as they fight
for every breath of someone they
have never met.
Politicise it, blame another
political party, misuse and distort
the facts of this wonderful,
humanity-affirming thing we have
created, and for what? Grow up.
Political leadership must now come
together and take the NHS away
from political discourse.
Exclude those children in the
House of Commons who would use
their dead mother as a political
football if it improved their Twitter
following. Get the grown-ups
together and figure this out. The
people need it, and the Government
needs it.
There are options, such as
hypothecated taxes – why is it called
national insurance anyway? It’s all
tax to most of us.
For all our humanity, we are often
very bad at understanding the true
value of something that is free. A
receipt for treatment? Should those
who can contribute towards their
care do so, so that those who can’t
afford to can still receive the same
quality of care for nothing?
I know I would. Most people
think that a society can only truly
be judged on how it looks after its
most vulnerable.
The whingeing and political
sniping at who did what when
and to whom will not lead to a
A society can only
truly be judged on
how it looks after
its most vulnerable
single cancelled operation being
reinstated. It will not lead to a
single patient in an ambulance
being seen quicker.
But it will make people disengage
with politics even more than they
already do, and then we’ll be in an
even worse position.
None of us know the long-term
answers – not those who govern,
not those who work in the NHS. Not
even Simon Stevens, Jeremy Hunt,
or that doctor down the pub who
drinks too much because we place
an unacceptable strain on him.
But between us we can. If we
engage more positively, more
honestly, we can.
This wonderful nation has met
harder challenges. We politicians
worked together for the common
good, for those that elected us and
pay our wages. It’s time to do so
again on the NHS.
Johnny Mercer is the Conservative
MP for Plymouth Moor View
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for Tibet error
Same-sex law
change backed
A hotel chain has apologised
to China’s government after
referring to Tibet and selfruled Taiwan as countries in a
customer survey.
Marriott International said
yesterday that it “respects
China’s sovereignty”. The poll
asked customers for their home
countries and included Tibet
and Taiwan as options.
The communist Beijing
government is intensely
sensitive about the status of
Taiwan, the self-ruled island
the mainland claims as part of
its territory, and of Tibet. AP
Same-sex spouses should have the
right to live and work in EU countries
that do not allow gay marriage, a
senior adviser to the highest EU
court said yesterday.
The European Court of Justice will
still need to rule on the case – brought
by a man whose American husband
was refused residence in his home
country of Romania – which could
expand legal recognition of same-sex
marriages across Europe.
Advocate General Melchior
Wathelet said the term “spouse”
should include partners of the same
sex when it came to the freedom of
residence of EU citizens. REUTERS
By Amir Vahdat
A series of earthquakes with a
magnitude of at least five have
hit the Iran-Iraq border and even
rattled Baghdad and parts of the
Iraqi countryside.
The earthquake struck in the
same area that saw a tremor in
November that killed more than
530 people.
A scientist with the US
Geological Survey confirmed
at least seven separate tremors
struck in the morning hours.
Geophysicist Randy Baldwin
said it appears that all were
aftershocks, which should be
expected in the region after the
November 7.2-magnitude quake.
Mr Baldwin added: “It’s
ongoing activity there. If there
was a stressed fault that’s ready
to move, they happen like that
until the stresses are relieved, so
it’s not too unusual.” AP
Bangkok
After spending more than
three decades cooking in an
unassuming outdoor kitchen,
a 72-year-old Thai chef has
achieved international
culinary stardom by having
her restaurant awarded a
Michelin star.
Supinya Jansuta, better
known as “Jay Fai,” is one of 17
Bangkok-based chefs whose
venue received the coveted
honour last month – Michelin’s
first foray into Thailand.
Her restaurant, also called
Jay Fai, is often featured in
foreign travel guides but is
mostly shunned by locals
because it charges high
prices for what is generally
considered cheap food.
But a closer examination of
the chef’s dishes reveals an
abundance of fresh seafood
and prime ingredients.
“The number one thing
with Jay Fai is people say it’s
too expensive,” says Oliver
Irvine, editor of the Englishlanguage weekly BK Magazine,
which regularly critiques
Bangkok’s food scene. “This is
a classic hole-in-the wall place
which charges 800-1,000 baht
(£19-23) for its famous crab
omelette, which is nowhere
near street-food prices. But
when you cut that thing open,
it’s literally bursting with the
freshest crab in the whole city.”
As the Michelin Guide notes:
“Jay Fai is a place that foodies
wax lyrical about and it’s easy
to see why. ”AP
Kaweewit Kaewjinda
BUSINESS SPORT
48-51
55-63
Government pushes again
for near-total abortion ban
Poland’s parliament has started work
on a new abortion law, in the conservative government’s second bid to
tighten rules that are already among
Europe’s most extreme.
The lower house voted late on
Wednesday to send the bill to a
parliamentary committee, a victory
for the ruling Law and Justice (PiS)
party whose plan for a near-total ban
on abortion was rejected after mass
protests in 2016.
The new bill would ban abortions
being carried out because of
irreversible damage to the foetus,
Pro-choice demonstrators on the
streets of Warsaw in 2016 GETTY
removing the main legal recourse
Polish women have to obtain
a termination.
PiS has been pushing to enforce
religious values in public life, with the
party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski,
long saying that abortions due to
damage to a foetus must be outlawed.
Parliament rejected a proposal
to liberalise the abortion law that
otherwise allows the procedure only
when the mother’s health or life are
in danger or the pregnancy resulted
from rape or incest. Of Poland’s 1,100
or so legal abortions in 2016, 1,042
were done due to a damaged foetus.
A p o l l c o n d u c t e d fo r t h e
Rzeczpospolita newspaper found only
11 per cent of Poles were in favour of
further restricting abortion laws,
while 46.5 per cent would like to see
them eased. REUTERS
Rohingya
baby on
the mend
A seven-month-old
Rohingya refugee
being weighed at a
feeding centre in
Balukhali camp in Cox’s
Bazar, Bangladesh.
More than 650,000
Rohingya have
crossed the border
into Bangladesh since
August last year,
fleeing the violence
engulfing Rakhine
State in Myanmar.
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VENEZUELA
Four die during attempt to flee Maduro regime
Four Venezuelans – two women and
two men – attempting to reach the
Dutch Antilles island of Curacao despite a travel ban by Caracas, died
when their boat broke apart.
C i t i z e n s o f c r i s i s - s t r i c ke n
Venezuela routinely travel to the
moreprosperousCuracaoinsearchof
work or staple products unavailable
due to the collapse of Venezuela’s
socialist economic system.
The regime of President Nicolas
Maduro last week ordered a halt to
all air and sea travel to the islands of
Curacao, Bonaire and Aruba.
The boat left from the western
coast of Venezuela but broke apart
several miles before reaching
Curacao. The island’s government
has criticised the travel ban, saying
the “unilateral closure of the border
with Venezuela does not fit with the
search for better relations with our
neighbour”. REUTERS
THAILAND
ZAMBIA
ISRAEL
Mafia suspect
regrets tattoos
Vaccines sent to ‘A thousand new
battle cholera
houses approved’
Thai police have arrested a
72-year-old Japanese mafia
suspect who was recognised
when his full-body tattoos were
circulated on Facebook.
Police said that Shigeharu
Shirai was arrested on
Wednesday in a province north
of Bangkok, where he has been
hiding for over 10 years to evade
murder charges in Japan in
connection with the death of a
rival gang member. AP
One million residents of Lusaka, the
capital of Zambia, are to be vaccinated in a bid to stem a deadly outbreak
of cholera.
Zambia’s health ministry said that
58 of the 63 deaths in the cholera
outbreak that began in early October
have occurred in the capital. Of the
2,672 cases across the country, 2,558
have been in Lusaka.
Doses of the cholera vaccine have
been delivered to the country by the
World Health Organisation. AP
By Umpi Welvaart
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An Israeli anti-settlement
group says the government has
approved over a thousand new
housing units in the West Bank,
which Palestinians seek as part of
their future state.
Hagit Ofran, of the Peace
Now movement, said 1,122 were
approved this week.
She said the government was
“trying to prevent the possibility
for peace and a two state solution”
to the Israel-Palestine conflict. AP
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Film
Music
Comedy
Theatre
GoingOut
Staying In
Television
Books
‘Game of Thrones
is prog rock.
We’re punk’
Jez Butterworth has turned Rome’s invasion of Britain into the tale of a man on a spiritual
quest. The playwright and star-studded cast of his new TV series talk to Sarah Hughes
I
t sometimes seems as though the
huge success of Game of Thrones has
left every channel scrabbling around
for an epic fantasy hit of their own.
From the news that Amazon intends
to bring Lord of the Rings to the small
screen to existing shows as varied (and as
varying in their success) as The Last Kingdom, Vikings, American Gods and The Bastard Executioner, TV is filled with dramas
that wouldn’t have existed before HBO’s
juggernaut roared into town.
On the surface, Britannia, which begins
on Sky Atlantic next week, is another
variation on this increasingly well-worn
theme. The setting is Britain AD43, a wild,
dangerous country filled with warring
Celtic tribes and all-powerful druids, on
the verge of a new Roman invasion headed by David Morrissey’s implacable Aulus
Plautius, who makes no secret of his desire
to assert the might of Rome.
So far, so straightforward. But hold it
right there, because Britannia is written
by award-winning playwright Jez Butterworth, the man behind the critically
acclaimed Jerusalem and current West
End hit The Ferryman, alongside his older
brother Tom. And this 10-part series is
about as far from being a pale Game of
Thrones knock-off as it’s possible to get.
“I’ve never actually seen Game of
Thrones… though I feel if I did I’d probably
get into it,” says Butterworth with a laugh
when we meet at his central London home.
“But would I want to write it? No, It feels
to me like a programme that’s prog rock
rather than punk, and I quite like the idea
that if you enjoy it, you probably won’t
enjoy this.”
In truth, it’s perfectly possible to
enjoy both shows, but Butterworth
is right, Britannia is a tricksier beast.
From the moment the theme song –
the trippy strains of Donovan’s “Hurdy
Gurdy Man” – kicks in, it becomes clear
that this is not your standard
period drama.
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“I hope people watch it without
getting too hung up on historical
accuracy,” says Mackenzie Crook,
who worked with Butterworth on
Jerusalem and here takes a key
role as skeletal head druid Veran.
“If people are hoping to see a realistic historical drama, they might
be frustrated because this isn’t
that sort of show – licence has
been used to tell a good story.”
Indeed, Butterworth is positively gleeful about that licence.
“It takes place in the Roman invasion of Britain in the same way
that something like Apocalypse
Now takes place in the Vietnam
War,” he says. “Neither are really
about the setting; what they’re
about is tone and character.
“It’s not really about the Roman
invasion or how the culture turned
from Celtic to Roman, because
I don’t really give a monkey’s
about any of that. It’s more about
Aulus – is he what he appears, a
Roman general? Or is the rogue
druid Divis right and he’s actually
a demon?”
Morrissey agrees that there is
far more going on than a simple
invasion story. “What appealed to
me about the character of Aulus is
that he’s both a man with his own
agenda and a man on a spiritual
quest,” he says. “On the surface he
appears to be a calm, competent
general, but he’s also marching to
the beat of a different drum from
his army; his obsession with the
druids and the spiritual side of
Britain is his driving motivation.
The central question of the show
becomes whether he is being controlled by outside forces.”
Nor is Aulus the only one with a
hidden agenda. Zoë Wanamaker’s
furious Queen Antedia magnificently introduces herself with the
words: “I shit on the souls of your
dead, I’ll drink your blood before
I let it pollute mine”, and is soon
proving that her actions speak
even louder.
Meanwhile, Kelly Reilly’s warrior princess Kerra pursues her
own secretive course and Julian
Rhind-Tutt’s Phelan lurks gloomily on the sidelines, wearing
the long-suffering face of a man
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unable to convince any of his relatives to listen to either progress
or reason.
“The whole thing really appealed to me because it felt like
such a leap of the imagination,”
says Wanamaker, adding that she
felt “like Tina Turner” when wearing Antedia’s raven-feather cloak.
“It’s a fantasy, an adventure story,
a mystery story. It’s witty but not
glamorous. It just felt very different to anything else I’d seen.”
The most different thing of all is
the depiction of the druids. Popular representations tend to have
them as long-haired and white
robed; by contrast, Britannia’s
druids are led by Crook’s shavenheaded and genuinely terrifying
Veran, a man whom you have no
difficulty believing might be in
possession of magical, possibly
demonic, powers. Not that Crook
himself quite sees it that way.
“Obviously Veran looks like a
baddie, but I don’t think he is one,”
he says. “He’s not doing this for
selfish reasons and I think that’s
quite important. There are a few
scenes where there are druid children in the camp and initially they
had them scuttling away when I
came along, and I said, actually, I
think the kids love me because I’m
this charismatic leader… I’m not
scary to them, I’m Uncle Veran.
With Veran, I think if he has to kill
someone, it’s because it’s the way
of the world rather than something he wants to do.”
Crook admits he did initially
struggle, however, with how real
the levels of magic might be. “I did
find myself asking Jez: does Veran
believe this stuff or is he making it
up? He said yeah, he does believe
it because it’s real to him.”
Morrissey agrees that the key
to understanding Britannia lies
in entering into the spirit of the
world. “You have to take seriously
the belief systems they had, and
the power that had over their rituals,” he says. “The Celtic tribes
believe in the druids’ power; the
druids believe in their power. The
big question is whether Aulus also
believes in it.”
Butterworth has already begun
work on the second series with his
brother, “sitting in a little cabin in
Cornwall just coming up with new
ideas. I’m already finding that
there’s the possibility just to throw
everything at it and see what happens. We’re having a blast.”
All episodes of ‘Britannia’ are
available on Sky Atlantic and
Now TV from Thursday
Leading man David Morrissey heads the invading Roman force
Filmof
theweek
Loss and
rage in
small-town
America
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE
EBBING, MISSOURI (15)
HHHHH
Martin McDonagh, 115 mins,
starring: Frances McDormand,
Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Reviews by Geoffrey Macnab
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Missouri is not going to win any
awards for punchiest film title of
the year but it’s a startling piece of
work: a perverse, comic and tragic
revenge story.
It shares some of the dark and
nihilistic humour found in writerdirector Martin McDonagh previous film, Seven Psychopaths. The
key difference here is that Three
ALSOSHOWING
A WOMAN’S LIFE (12A)
HHHHH
Stéphane Brizé, 116 mins, starring:
Judith Chemla, Jean-Pierre Darroussin,
Yolande Moreau, Swann Arlaud,
Nina Meurisse, Olivier Perrier
In the course of Stéphane Brizé’s
gruelling new film (adapted from
Guy De Maupassant’s A Life),
its young heroine is put through
the emotional wringer. Jeanne
(Judith Chemla) is an aristocrat
growing up in rural Normandy
in the early 19th century. There
is nothing to suggest her life will
be anything other than one of
bland contentment.
Brizé shoots A Woman’s Life in
detached style. If Jeanne’s ne’erdo-well husband is betraying
her, or if two lovers are caught in
flagrante and killed, he depicts
the scenes in the same sober
way as he shows Jeanne’s father
tending his garden. There are no
melodramatic flourishes, even
when you most expect them.
Brizé doesn’t judge any of the
characters, even if their actions
do leave Jeanne in a state of
increasing despair as the years
pass. Chemla’s performance is as
understated as Brizé’s direction.
She accepts her misfortunes
passively and without complaint.
One of the main points of the film
is that she has no control over her
own destiny. The menfolk make
all the decisions on her behalf and
invariably to her disadvantage.
This is a story of endurance
and quiet misery, a costume
drama in which a naive
young aristocrat endures an
increasingly wretched existence.
It doesn’t make for cheerful
viewing but, in its own downbeat
way, it is absorbing film-making.
ERIC CLAPTON:
LIFE IN 12 BARS (15)
HHHHH
Lili Fini Zanuck, 131 mins,
featuring: Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton was from a Home
Counties background but his life
has featured as much turbulence
as that of any old American
bluesman who sold his soul. In
this archive-based documentary,
we hear at great length about
Clapton’s years of alcoholism and
drug addiction, his bizarre racist
rants on stage and his boorish
antics off stage – though unlike
many self-destructive rock stars,
he managed to pull himself back
from the brink, after the tragic
death of his four-year-old son.
There is much here to relish,
but the film also often rambles,
uncertain as to whether its focus
should be on the music or the life.
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story is far more complicated. The
police chief isn’t the small-town
bigot he first appears. His most
violent and chaotic officer, Dixon
(Sam Rockwell), who lives with his
ageing battle axe of a mother, has
hidden reserves of decency. Mildred is racked with guilt over her
daughter’s death and isn’t above
being a bit of a bully herself.
McDormand’s performance
stands alongside the Oscar-winning one she gave in Fargo. She
is superb as the stoical, strongwilled but vulnerable mother.
Mildred isn’t just in search of
vengeance; she is trying to make
sense of an event so horrific that
it defies any easy rationalisation.
Harrelson and Rockwell are
also excellent. The former brings
unexpected tenderness to his role
as the wise old police chief, while
the latter clowns around at first as
McDonagh always
manages to find the
macabre humour in
his characters’ plight
Laying down the law
Woody Harrelson’s
Chief Willoughby
confronts Frances
McDormand’s
Mildred Hayes
Billboards isn’t just a blood-soaked
shaggy dog story.
Frances McDormand plays
Mildred Hayes, a cussed gift-shop
owner whose daughter was raped
and murdered. As the film starts,
several months have passed since
the crime and the police have
made no progress in tracking
down the culprit. (In the opinion
of Mildred and others, “they’re too
busy torturing black folks” to do
their job properly.) She therefore
pays to have giant posters hung on
the billboards asking just why police chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) hasn’t made any arrests.
Early on, we think this is a case
of a grief-stricken parent taking
on racist white cops. In fact, the
Film
Matrix
if he is one of the Three Stooges
but then develops a conscience.
Almost everyone here suffers.
Some characters are beaten up or
burnt to a near cinder. Some are
bereaved. Others have terminal
illnesses. People are intimidated.
They lose their jobs. Yet McDonagh always manages to find the
macabre humour in their plight.
Confusion reigns throughout
and McDonagh shows us the very
worst in human behaviour. With
its lines about anger begetting
anger and hatred feeding on itself,
the film resembles a bleak Old
Testament parable.
The darkness, though, is partially leavened by the slapstick
or by scenes of Peter Dinklage’s
character forlornly trying to woo
Mildred. There are hints, too, that
all the characters are learning
that forgiveness and reconciliation might be worthwhile concepts to explore.
McDonagh’s achievement is to
meld the horror and comedy while
dealing with the most primal
emotions. THE INDEPENDENT
Gary Oldman shines
as doubting Churchill
DARKEST HOUR (PG)
HHHHH
Joe Wright, 125 mins, starring: Gary
Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily
James, Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane
Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman)
is first seen in Darkest Hour in bed,
having breakfast. There is a massive plate of bacon, sausages and
eggs, a full English, but the food
is getting cold because he has a
cigar to deal with, and a big glass
of whisky too. He is dictating letters, answering telephone calls
and bawling out his new secretary.
He has barely been on screen for
a moment but we are immediately
given a sense of his childishness,
his pomposity, his eccentricity, his
way with words and his ability to
juggle multiple tasks at once. The
date is 10 May 1940 and he is on the
verge of fulfilling his lifetime ambition and becoming Prime Minister.
Oldman, who has just won a
Golden Globe, is in phenomenal
form as Churchill. He blusters and
bellows, makes V signs, smokes
cigars, and generally lives up
to everybody’s preconceptions
about the man voted by the BBC
as the “greatest Briton of all time”.
This, though, is acting that moves
well beyond caricature. Oldman’s
Churchill is devious, alcoholic and
conceited, but also resilient and
perceptive. He’s riven with guilt
about Gallipoli and also fretting
about household expenses.
Oldman’s great insight is that
Churchill was giving a performance. “Be yourself,” his wife Clemmie (Kristin Scott Thomas) tells
him as he prepares to take office.
“Which self should I be today?” he
replies. Oldman is a chameleon
playing a chameleon.
The “villains” aren’t just Hitler and Mussolini; in the two or
three weeks in May that the story
covers, Lord Halifax and Neville
Chamberlain are Churchill’s main
antagonists. Both men still want
to sue for peace. They may be
trying to stem the bloodshed, but
they’re always shown in a furtive
light, as if they’re traitors.
The first half is devoted to
Churchill’s foibles. In the latter
part, we see what made him so inspirational; it wasn’t just his rhetoric but the clarity of his vision.
For all his egotism, he paid attention to the public in a way other
politicians didn’t. He understood
that Britain had to fight, even if it
was facing likely annihilation.
The film largely steers clear
of jingoism. This isn’t an uncritical celebration of British bulldog
spirit but a nuanced portrait of
Churchill at a key point. At times,
he’s like a forlorn Samuel Beckett
characters, an old man consumed
with regret. We know, though,
that he’ll soon find the words that
won’t just banish his own doubts,
but those of the nation, too.
THE INDEPENDENT
Cigarchomping
Gary
Oldman
plays the
Prime
Minister in
blustering
mode
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE
EBBING, MISSOURI (15)
DARKEST HOUR (PG)
A WOMAN’S LIFE (12A)
ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS
(15)
“By turns darkly comic, blazingly
profane, flat-out hilarious and
shockingly violent, flippant, tender,
poetic and profound.”
The Wall Street Journal
“A soulful portrayal
of wartime leadership, tinged
with ego, doubt and the demands
of a terrible moment.”
Time Out
“Complex and poised. A sensitively
performed, fragmentary look at
one woman undone by the feckless
men in her life.”
Empire
“As a musical biography, this comes
up short; it plays substantially
better as a story of recovery and
recovered integrity.”
The New York Times
“The details aren’t as important as
“We warm to Jeanne’s plight not
the grand sweep; these historical
because it is so relatable or familiar,
figures are tools to illustrate themes but rather because every turn feels
of perseverance and identity.”
so vivid and enveloping.”
Vulture
Los Angeles Times
JESSICA BARRETT
Scott plans ‘Blade
Runner’ threequel
Ridley Scott (above) has not ruled
out another Blade Runner story
to add to his franchise, after last
year’s Blade Runner 2049, which
was directed by Denis Villeneuve.
The British director said: “I’ve
got another one ready to evolve
and be developed.”
Netflix returns to
panned ‘Bright’
Netflix has already confirmed
that Bright, its first blockbuster,
will be getting a sequel. The
$100m fantasy action film,
which stars Will Smith and Joel
Edgerton, had terrible reviews
yet drew 11 million viewers in the
US over its first weekend.
Cruella fast
forwards to 1970s
Information about Disney’s liveaction 101 Dalmatians spin-off,
Cruella, has leaked suggesting it
is set in 1970s, rather than 1950s,
London with a punk theme,
featuring music by the Sex
Pistols. Emma Stone (above) will
play Cruella de Vil.
WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NEW RELEASES
“McDormand is an unstoppable
force in a fiercely intelligent,
profanely poetic movie that shifts
tonal gears at breakneck speed.”
Total Film
REEL
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“Less about his personal life and
more about his professional
one would have made for a more
valuable document overall.”
Variety
Kaluuya slams
bolt-on ‘diversity’
British actor Daniel Kaluuya, up
for Bafta’s EE Rising Star award,
says he doesn’t like to put an
emphasis on “diverse” stories.
“Stories are just stories,” he
said. “I don’t think ‘diverse’ is an
add-on package. Things that are
not diverse are weird because
that’s not accurate.”
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What we’re listening
to right now
CAR SEAT HEADREST
NERVOUS YOUNG INHUMANS
Will Toledo, one of the best indie
songwriters of his generation, has
announced a re-imagined version
of the Seattle-based band’s 2011
album Twin Fantasy. The new
version ups the production and
is staggeringly different.
PALE WAVES
NEW YEAR’S EVE
The Manchester goth-pop band,
who have just made the BBC
Sound Of shortlist, have a mustlisten with this fantastic single.
Stream it today.
SUPERCHUNK
ERASURE
The second single from the indie
rockers’ album What a Time
to Be Alive (out 16 February),
“Erasure” is a magnetically
neurotic piece of synth pop.
THE VACCINES
I CAN’T QUIT
The British rock band are
making a comeback with this
singalong track. They play the
Community Festival at Finsbury
Park in north London on 1 July.
DANIEL GOFFEY
ANCIENT TEXT
A stompingly groovy,
Clash-sounding solo track from
Supergrass’s drummer.
MGMT
HAND IT OVER
MGMT’s new synth pop track is
a slow jam. It’s taken from Little
Dark Age, out later this year.
SUPERORGANISM
EVERYBODY WANTS
TO BE FAMOUS
The Brit electro collective made
a splash at the end of last year
with sessions for BBC Introducing
and Later… With Jools Holland.
Now, they’ve released the first
single from their self-titled debut
album, which is out on 2 March.
FRANZ FERDINAND
PAPER CAGES
The Scottish band’s (below)
drummer Paul Thomson
sported a T-shirt with the NHS
logo on it while performing
this intricate new track on The
Andrew Marr Show last weekend
– a neat postscript to the Prime
Minister’s interview.
Giles Bidder
H
e may have a successful solo career, but
Johnny Marr has always been a musical
collaborator. Since
leaving The Smiths in 1987, he
has teamed up with Kirsty MacColl, New Order, Bryan Ferry,
Pet Shop Boys and The Cribs –
though his latest partner is a little different, coming in the form
of Maxine Peake.
OneoftheUK’sfinestactresses,
Marr’s fellow Mancunian narrates “The Priest”, a spokenword track highlighting the
plight of homeless people in their
home city. The piece is based on
blogs by Joe Gallagher (see box,
right), a writer who was living on
the streets a few years ago.
“When Maxine and I first started working together, we met in
the city centre a lot and you just
couldn’t ignore the rapid escalation of the homeless community,”
says Marr now.
“I think everyone can relate to
it. These dire circumstances are
beyond political or ideological
opinion. Deep down we all know
that it’s not right that the situation has become so accepted.”
The accompanying video
‘Deep down we all
know it’s not right’
Johnny Marr talks to Harry Fletcher about how he
has teamed up with Maxine Peake for his latest track,
highlighting the plight of the homeless in Manchester
features Peake’s co-star in the
BBC’s hard-hitting Three Girls,
Molly Windsor, who portrays
a young woman in the grip
of homelessness.
Musically, the track is a real
departure, too, with the virtuosic guitar playing normally associated with Marr replaced by
emollient textures and an expansive feel. “My impulse was that I
wanted to do something different
to my solo stuff,” he says.
Talk turns to politics, and the
enduring affiliations of his music.
The Smiths’ era-defining back
catalogue continues to resonate
with those on the left of the political spectrum: there is a famous
image from 2011’s anti-austerity protests of a young woman
standing up to riot police wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the
Smiths’ Hatful of Hollow cover.
However, while his former
bandmate Morrissey might be
doing all he can to diminish the
left-leaning connotations of his
music with a series of increas-
I’m
m not thinking,
‘I’m going to make
a political record’.
If that aspect is in
there, it’s by accident
ingly outrageous public statements, Marr claims, somewhat
surprisingly given the nature of
his latest piece, to be doing all he
can to make sure his politics and
music are kept separate. “There’s
so much that you can do in music
that has magic in it and idealism and a sense of freedom,” he
says. “I’m not going to get bogged
down in bullshit and hypocrisy.
“Because I tend to sing about
external things, inevitably some
of life in this day and age goes into
the songs. In other words, I’m
not rolling my sleeves up thinking: ‘I’m going to make a political
record.’ If that aspect is in there,
it’s by accident.”
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12 JANUARY 2018
Avoicefrom
thestreets
Joe Gallagher (pictured below)
started writing a diary for
‘The Big Issue’ under the pen
name James Campbell
when he became homeless
in Edinburgh in 2015.
‘I don’t let things
get in the way of
a good riff’ Marr
believes the music
comes before the
message JON SHARD
He says that he “didn’t set
out with a plan to highlight a
particular social issue” with
“The Priest”, and only by letting
things happen organically can
you express complex ideas in a
nuanced way.
“You feel like you’re able to be
artistic and still be an artist without being entirely contaminated,
like certain people who shall
remain nameless I guess,” he
says coyly.
“If you’re lucky enough to have
people follow you and want to listen to you, you’re missing a trick
if other things get in the way of
great riffs. Seriously, I’m not
being glib. That’s probably one
of the best things that I can do in
this situation.
“You think about Joe Strummer and everybody knew where
he was [politically]. He’s come to
stand for something pretty big
now, but he’s always a good listen. If you can manage to [stand
for something] and it still be a
good listen, then you’re doing a
good job.” EVENING STANDARD
‘The Priest’ is out now; Johnny
Marr’s autobiography ‘Set the
Boy Free’ is out now in paperback
June 1. This is how it begins.
I am homeless in a major UK
city and I am on my way to
the Salvation Army to see if I
can get something to eat. I’m
skint and don’t know a soul.
On the street, where the Sally
Army is, I am approached by
two guys.
“D’you want to buy any
gear?”
I am asked.
“What sort of gear?”
“Skag, smack man.”
“Nah, no thanks – it’s not
my thing.”
“What about crack then?”
“Nah, not my thing either,”
I reply.
“Legal high?”
“Nope.” The boy waves
a bottle of white cider
towards me.
“What about a drink
then, eh?”
“Nah,” I reply. “I’m not
drinking at the minute, got
stuff to sort.”
“What!? Are you a
f**kin vicar?!”
Laughing, they make their
way onwards, leaving me to
scrounge a bit of breakfast at
the Sally Army.
The following day I am on
my way to another place that
provides food for homeless
people and once again I come
across the same two guys
with another couple of blokes.
They see me and one says to
the other: “F**k! Watch out,
it’s the priest!” They stand in
a prayer stance. I look round,
there is no priest anywhere.
There is no one else at all, for
that matter.
“Arite, Priest” one of the
guys says to me as I make it to
the doorway of the free food
place. They are talking to me.
“Arite” I reply and make my
way to the door in the full
realisation that I had been on
the streets of this city for four
days and I had already been
tagged. Maybe had a street
name: Priest.
This is an edited extract
from ‘The Big Issue’
ALBUMREVIEWSByAndyGill
Back to the
true spirit of
doom rock
BLACK REBEL
MOTORCYCLE CLUB
Wrong Creatures
Album
ofthe
week
HHHHH
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Faith; Echo; Calling Them All Away
breathy humming and the
faintest of occasional guitar
stabs: it forces one to listen more
closely, before paying off with the
low-slung raunch-rock prowl of
“Spook” – the muted howl of “a
dead-end soul with a dead-end
heart” – and the pulsing “King
Of Bones”, which manages the
unusual musical paradox of
swaggering torpor.
But it’s the languid love
plaint “Haunt” on which BRMC
really start blossoming anew.
With shivering strings behind
a desolate guitar twang, it has
a David Lynch-ian ambience,
setting up the mood for the
ensuing “Echo”, a deliciously
dark, miasmic swirling ballad.
“Calling them All Away”
is magnificent, singer Peter
Hayes’s haunted vocal adrift in a
psychedelic swirl of cello drones,
sitar and harpsichord, all slowly
subsumed within a vast fuzzguitar tsunami. It’s the stand-out
track on an album which
surprised me by restoring my
belief in certain dog-eared rock
clichés, and it speaks volumes
for BRMC’s enduring faith, too.
Like many rock classicists, Black
Rebel Motorcycle Club seemed
hidebound by their influences,
prevented from realising a truly
authentic rock’n’roll experience
by their mannered appropriation
of retro sounds and especially
antique attitudes.
I’m not sure if it’s they who
have changed or me, but
right now I’m enjoying Wrong
Creatures far more than any
previous BRMC album. It’s their
most accomplished clawing back
so far of the basic dark rock’n’roll
street smarts that were lost as
they cast fruitlessly around for
new directions with projects such
as the acoustic album Howl and
the awful noise-scape effort The
Effects of 333.
A large part of the success
must be down to new producer
Nick Launay, best known for
his work with Arcade Fire and
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
Launay has taken the BRMC’s
core sound, with its fuzzdrenched Goth-rock timbres and
sunglasses-after-dark attitude,
and highlighted the details
previously trapped within.
“Off” opens the album with
a rumbling tom-tom tattoo,
THE GO! TEAM
Semicircle
JONNY GREENWOOD
Phantom Thread
JOHNNY DOWD
Twinkle, Twinkle
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Semicircle Song;
Plans Are Like a Dream
U Organise
Download: The Hem;
Boletus Felleus;
Phantom Thread III;
House of Woodcock
Download: The Cuckoo;
St James Infirmary
Blues; Rock Of Ages;
Tom Dooley; Job 17:11-17
For this latest incarnation of The
Go! Team, bandleader Ian Parton
has doubled down on the streetbeat cheerleader mash-up mode
of earlier albums by searching
out a youth choir from Detroit to
accompany the marching-bandstyle brass that drives Semicircle.
Parton has even cannily emulated
the sound characteristics of a
school gymnasium, as if we’re at a
basketball match, blending horns
and drums with sleigh bells,
glockenspiel, flute, sitar guitar
and steel pans to create a splashy,
low-budget Wall Of Sound to suit
the choir’s “vigorous spirits”.
On the new Paul Thomas
Anderson soundtrack, Jonny
Greenwood seeks to evoke
the demi-monde glamour of
the post-war London fashion
scene surrounding the film’s
dress-designer protagonist.
There is a lush romanticism,
most engagingly in the limpid
serenity of “House of Woodcock”,
most arrestingly in the grand,
sweeping drama of “Phantom
Thread III”. In between these set
pieces, Greenwood embroiders
more intimate details which
presumably illuminate individual
characters or moments.
Always keen on testing musical
heritage with a perverse,
exploratory attitude, here Johnny
Dowd treats cornerstones
of Americana to sometimes
terrifyingly atonal avant-rock
and electronic makeovers
that expose the soft white
underbellies of songs such as
“John the Revelator” and “Tom
Dooley”. Folk standard “The
Cuckoo” becomes a menacing
electronic shuffle, while Dowd’s
abject narration, stalked by
a nightmarish swirl of noise,
restores real desolation to
“House of the Rising Sun”.
BOB DYLAN
The Music Which Inspired Girl
From the North Country
VARIOUS ARTISTS
The Transports
BRONA MCVITTIE
We Are the Wildlife
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THE INDEPENDENT
HHHHH
HHHHH
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Fellows; The Leaves in
the Woodland; Dark
Water; The Green Fields
of England
HHHHH
Download: Like a
Rolling Stone; Blind
Willie McTell; I Want
You; Lay, Lady, Lay
As Dylan anthologies go, this has
to be the weirdest. Compiled to
convey the various threads of
Conor McPherson’s acclaimed
play, the lack of that anchoring
narrative here means that the
music gusts randomly hither and
thither. In the stage production,
the use of a staple Depression-era
style smooths out the progress,
but here the stylistic switches
in Dylan’s delivery and
arrangements just exacerbate
the chaos. And while there are
enough classics to admire, the
overall song choices are quixotic,
to put it mildly. A rum do, all told.
Originally created in 1977 by the
most distinctive voice of 1960s
folk music, Peter Bellamy, the
ballad opera The Transports
told the true story of a hapless
18th-century couple separated
by penal transportation before
being reunited. This splendid
40th anniversary re-recording by
young luminaries of today’s folk
scene revises the work, with new
instrumental settings and more
collective vocal arrangements
backing up the individual
characters’ stories, which are
further explicated through the
addition of a spoken narrative.
Irish harpist Brona McVittie’s
debut solo release was inspired
by her return, after years in
London, to her native County
Down. It must be a place of
surpassing beauty, judging
by this gorgeous album. On
songs old and new, her silken
vocals and twinkling harp are
deftly augmented by subtle
instrumental tints. The tone
is set by “When the Angels
Wake You”, a twittering duet of
harp and birdsong cushioned
in a gentle ambient drone as
McVittie’s spirit soars aloft
with sun, sky and stars.
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Fell on Her; Broken Like
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TELEVISION
37
FR DAY
1
THE BIG FAT QUIZ
OF EVERYTHING
TONIGHT 9PM, CHANNEL 4
After covering the past year
with the New Year’s Eve special
Big Fat Quiz, this version is far
more wide-ranging, with Jimmy
Carr questioning three teams
about the past 100,000 years of
human history. The teams are
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer,
Claudia Winkleman and
Miranda Hart, and Jonathan
Ross and Nish Kumar. There
are the usual cameos from
Charles Dance, Jon Snow and
the children of Mitchell Brook
Primary School.
2
DISJOINTED
FROM TODAY, NETFLIX
The sitcom in which Kathy Bates
runs a Californian marijuana
dispensary returns for a second
series. Ruth Whitefeather
Feldman (Bates) and her team of
young “budtenders” are back in
business after being shut down
by the DEA in the finale of the
first series.
THIS WEEK’S
Tento
watch
Chosen by
Jessica Barrett
with each episode focusing on
a specific gun attack. It looks
at the precipitating factors
of each event, the bravery of
the first responders, and the
ongoing impact on the survivors.
The first episode is about the
2012 attack at a cinema in
Aurora, Colorado where 12
people died and more than
70 were wounded.
3
THE BRITS ARE COMING
SAT 5.45PM, ITV
An introduction to some of
the nominees at this year’s
Brit Awards. Emma Willis
announces the acts up for prizes
at next month’s ceremony, and
introduces music from acts
including Liam Payne, Clean
Bandit, J Hus, Paloma Faith,
and this year’s Critics’ Choice
winner, Jorja Smith.
4
ACTIVE SHOOTER:
AMERICA UNDER FIRE
MON 9PM, SKY ATLANTIC
An examination of active
shooter incidents in the US,
Clockwise from top Kathy Bates
returns in ‘Disjointed’; Nish
Kumar, Steve Allen, Ellie Taylor
and Rachel Parris present ‘The
Mash Report’; ‘Before We Die’
5
PORTRAIT ARTIST
OF THE YEAR 2018
TUES 8PM, SKY ARTS
Frank Skinner and Joan
Bakewell return to host a new
series of the competition that
aims to uncover the country’s
next great portrait artist.
Three judges – portrait artist
Tai-Shan Schierenberg, curator
and art historian Kathleen
Soriano and Kate Bryan, head
of collections for Soho House
– will make the final decision,
and offer the winner a £10,000
commission. Posing for the
hopeful contestants this week
are actor David Tennant, Bafta
award-winning actress Michaela
Coel and singer-songwriter
James Morrison.
6
ART, PASSION
& POWER: THE
STORY OF THE ROYAL
COLLECTION TUES 9PM,
BBC4
The Royal
Collection
includes
some of the
country’s
most
valuable
and historic
pieces of art.
It has been
collected by
sovereigns over
500 years, and
is now owned
by The Queen.
Andrew
Graham-Dixon
explores
the history
of the entire
collection over
four
episodes, beginning with items
accrued by the collection’s
founders, Henry VIII and
Charles I.
7
WALTER PRESENTS:
BEFORE WE DIE
TUES 11PM, CHANNEL 4
In this Swedish thriller, police
detective Hanna Svensson
steps in to handle an informant
when her colleague and lover
Sven goes missing, just as he
had been making headway
while investigating a criminal
enterprise. She finds out that he
had one contact he was using to
infiltrate the organisation and
begins to text them, discovering
a brutal plan.
8
MILLIONAIRES’
EX-WIVES CLUB
WEDS 9PM, BBC2
The divorces of
the mega-rich
don’t just deal
with the divide of
cash; they
also do
battle
over
yachts, ponies, Bentleys and
Mayfair homes. This film,
by Lynn Alleway, starts with
the case of Michelle Young,
who has clocked up 65 court
hearings and 13 sets of lawyers
in her crusade against her late
ex-husband, property tycoon
Scot Young. Eleven years on,
she says she still hasn’t received
the £26m she was awarded after
seven years of wrangling.
9
BRITANNIA
THURS 9PM, SKY ATLANTIC
From Jez Butterworth, the
man behind The Ferryman and
Jerusalem on stage and the
Naomi Watts thriller Fair Game
and Tom Cruise sci-fi film Edge of
Tomorrow on the big screen, this
huge-budget drama focuses on
the Roman invasion of Britain in
AD43. Led by General Plautius
(David Morrissey) the army
arrives to finish what Julius
Caesar had failed to do nine
decades previously. Also stars
Kelly Reilly, Zoë Wanamaker
and Mackenzie Crook.
See feature, page 31
10
THE MASH
REPORT THURS
10PM, BBC2
Another series of the
television incarnation
of satirical website The
Daily Mash. Hosted
by Nish Kumar
and his team of
correspondents,
Ellie Taylor and
Steve Allen and
Rachel Parris,
who offer their
scathing take on
the week’s news.
Television Friday 12 January
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
===
8.30pm, BBC2
“Hatch, match and dispatch”
summarises Matthew, one of the
vicars from the diocese of Hereford
followed in this new documentary
series when asked about his duties.
Matthew (left) is a born entertainer,
whose flamboyance goes down well
with his flock. But across Britain,
congregations continue to diminish,
unlike the crimes committed against
churches. Reverend Nicholas, whose
parish is dispersed across the Black
Mountains, is seen dealing with
one such break-in, while vicar Ruth
cares for a dying parishioner and
deals with the embarrassment
of her son, who doesn’t want her
to wear her dog’s collar on his
first day at secondary school.
7pm, Channel 5
Not since the glory days of Food
And Drink, and Jilly Goolden’s
much-loved tasting notes, has the
BBC catered to oenophiles, leaving
the field to actors Matthew Goode
and Matthew Rhys as they’re joined
by fellow thespian James Purefoy
in the South of France, with Jancis
Robinson providing the expertise.
A Vicar’s Life
The Wine Show
===
Room 101
8.30pm, BBC1
“I feel you need a hug,” says Scarlett
Moffatt when Black Mirror creator
Charlie Brooker claims that most
things aren’t worth bothering with
and nominates “anything I don’t
want to do” for oblivion. Brooker
makes a sparky guest for the show
that sometimes drags on host Frank
Skinner’s laid-back presentational
style and diversionary sight gags.
Pearl Mackie, meanwhile, discovers
she has something in common
with Donald Trump: a hatred of
mosquitoes.
===
Would I Lie To You?
9pm, BBC1
Room 101 seems stuck in first gear
when compared with Would I Lie To
You?, which continues to zoom
ahead, fuelled principally by the
hilarity engendered by Lee Mack’s
wild flights of fancy. David Mitchell
finds himself alongside The
Apprentice’s Claude Littner, who
claims to have a secret HarleyDavidson. “True” is my guess.
===
Rome Unpacked
9pm, BBC2
The Beaneater, a Baroque
masterpiece by Annibale Carracci,
unites the interests of Andrew
Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli
as they conclude their tour of
Rome. The duo also visit the site
of the Testaccio slaughterhouse,
where workers were once paid in
offal, and discover the city’s Fascist
architecture, which might have been
destroyed elsewhere, says GrahamDixon, but here remains standing in
a city that houses all of its history.
===
Lethal Weapon
9pm, ITV
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network TV was like in the 1980s,
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(R) (S). 6.30 The Farmers’
Country Showdown (R)
(S). 7.15 Antiques Road
Trip (R) (S). 8.00 Sign
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Victoria Derbyshire (S).
11.00 BBC Newsroom Live
(S). 12.00 Daily Politics
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Himalaya With Michael
Palin (R) (S). 2.15 Himalaya
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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).
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Gems (R) (S). 6.20 3rd Rock
From The Sun (R) (S). 6.45
3rd Rock From The Sun
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Loves Raymond (R)
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Raymond (R) (S). 8.35
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 (S). 5.00
Come Dine With Me (R) (S).
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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: The Perfect
Stalker (Curtis Crawford
2016) Premiere. Thriller,
starring Danielle Savre
(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 Quiz
show, hosted by
Jeremy Vine (S).
6.30 Great British
Railway
Journeys (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks Scott
tries to explain
to Damon about
what he saw (S).
6.00 Home And
Away Olivia is
horrified her
designs have
been stolen (R)
(S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
Team captain Lee Mack
attempts to hoodwink
his opponents in
‘Would I Lie To You?’
9pm, BBC1
Frank Skinner returns
to host ‘Room 101’
8.30pm, BBC1
7.00 Rick Stein’s
Road To
Mexico The
chef explores
Guadalajara
(R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street Chesney
prepares to
marry Sinead
(S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
The final edition
of the week (S).
7.30 A Question Of
Sport With
Emily Diamond
(R) (S).
7.00 The Wine Show
New series.
A guide to wine,
with Matthew
Goode and
James Purefoy
(S).
7.00 World News
Today; Weather
(S).
7.30 Top Of The Pops:
1985 Featuring
Madonna and
Band Aid (R) (S).
6.30 Darkest Hour
Interview
Special
6.40 FILM: GI Joe:
Retaliation (Jon
M Chu 2013)
Adventure (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold:
A-Z Harry
Hill narrates
camcorder
calamities (R)
(S).
8pm
8.00 EastEnders (S).
8.30 Room 101
With guests
Charlie Brooker,
Scarlett Moffatt
and Pearl
Mackie (S).
8.00 Mastermind
Specialist
subjects include
Leonardo da
Vinci (S).
8.30 A Vicar’s Life
New series (S).
8.00 River Monsters
(S).
8.30 Coronation
Street Eileen’s
faith in Phelan
is shaken (S).
8.00 Jamie And
Jimmy’s Friday
Night Feast
With guest
Warwick
Davis (S).
8.00 Costa Del
Celebrity The
sights and
cuisine of
Benidorm (S).
8.10 The Good Old
Days Featuring
Arthur Askey,
Sheila Buxton
and Billy Dainty
(R) (S).
8.50 Three
Billboards
Interview
Special
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Walden
has a date with
an accidentprone model (S).
8.30 Superstore (S).
9.00 Would I Lie To
You? With Ade
Edmondson
and Claude
Littner (S).
9.30 Mrs Brown’s
Boys (R) (S).
9.00 Rome Unpacked
Giorgio
Locatelli
and Andrew
Graham-Dixon
explore Italy’s
capital (S).
9.00 Lethal Weapon
New series. The
duo attempt to
finish off Tito
Flores (S).
9.00 The Big Fat Quiz
Of Everything
With Vic
Reeves, Bob
Mortimer and
Nish Kumar (S).
9.00 Celebrity Big
Brother: Live
Eviction Emma
Willis presents
the first
eviction show.
9.00 David Bowie –
Five Years In
The Making Of
An Icon (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: The
Gunman
(Pierre Morel
2015) Crime
drama, starring
Sean Penn and
Idris Elba (S).
9.00 FILM: Paul
(Greg Mottola
2011) Sci-fi
comedy, with
Simon Pegg and
Nick Frost (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.25 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.35 The Graham
Norton Show
(S).
10.00QI With Sarah
Millican, Cariad
Lloyd and Alice
Levine (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At
Ten; Weather
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 Take Me Out
(R) (S).
10.00Will & Grace (S).
10.35 Celebrity
Big Brother:
Live Eviction
Emma Willis
chats to either
India or Jonny.
10.30 David Bowie
And The Story
Of Ziggy
Stardust (R) (S).
11.25 Witless New
series (S).
11.50 Sticky Adults
animated
sitcom (S).
11.05 Deep Water
A guilt-ridden
Nick and Tori
investigate
the death of
Toohey (S).
11.55 Deep Water (S).
11.45 Through The
Keyhole With
guest Eamonn
Holmes, Emma
Bunton and
Jonathan Ross
(R) (S).
11.05 First Dates
Hotel
Singletons try
to find love at a
luxury hotel in
Italy (R) (S).
11.05 Celebrity Big
Brother’s Bit On
The Side
11.30 Glam Rock
At The BBC
Compilation
of the spangly
pop and rock
of the early
1970s (R) (S).
11.15 FILM: Insidious:
Chapter 3 (Leigh
Whannell 2015)
Horror prequel,
starring Dermot
Mulroney (S).
11.10 Family Guy
Peter’s father
moves in with
the family
(R) (S).
11.40 Family Guy
(R) (S).
12.20 BBC News (S).
12.50 Sign Zone:
Millionaire Bankrupts
Exposed – Panorama (R)
(S). 1.20 Sign Zone: Annie:
Out Of The Ashes (R) (S).
2.05 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.35 Jackpot247 3.00
Alphabetical (R) (S). 3.45
ITV Nightscreen
12.10 FILM: Amy (Asif
Kapadia 2015) (S). 2.30 Kiri
(R) (S). 3.20 Grand Designs
Australia (R) (S). 4.15 Coast
Vs Country (R) (S). 5.10
Location, Location, Location
(R) (S). 5.45 Kirstie’s Vintage
Gems (R) (S).
12.00 SuperCasino (S).
3.10 Celebrity Big Brother:
The Eviction (R) (S). 4.25
Lip Sync Battle UK: Rufus
Hound V Jorgie Porter (R)
(S). 4.45 House Doctor (R)
(S). 5.10 Wildlife SOS (R)
(S). 5.35 Nick’s Quest (R) (S).
12.30 Top Of The Pops:
1985 (R) (S). 1.15 Northern
Soul: Living For The
Weekend (R) (S). 2.15 David
Bowie And The Story Of
Ziggy Stardust (R) (S).
3.15 Close
1.10 FILM: Pusher (Luis
Prieto 2012) Crime thriller
remake, starring Richard
Coyle (S). 3.00 Close
12.10 American Dad! (R) (S).
12.35 American Dad! (R) (S).
1.05 Two And A Half Men
(R) (S). 1.35 Superstore (R)
(S). 2.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 2.30 Teleshopping
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Rip Off Britain: Holidays
(S). 10.00 Homes Under
The Hammer (R) (S). 11.00
Wanted Down Under
(S). 11.45 Close Calls: On
Camera (S). 12.15 Bargain
Hunt (S). 1.00 BBC
News At One; Weather
(S). 1.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather (S). 1.45
Doctors (S). 2.15 Father
Brown (S). 3.00 I Escaped
To The Country (S). 3.45
The Farmers’ Country
Showdown (S). 4.30
Antiques Road Trip (S).
5.15 Pointless (S).
6pm
9pm
10pm
11pm
Late
Celebs travel to France
in ‘The Wine Show’
7pm, Channel 5
6.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 6.25 Totally
Bonkers Guinness World
Records (R) (S). 6.55 Dress
To Impress (R) (S). 7.45
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.50
You’ve Been Framed!
Gold (R) (S). 9.25 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (R) (S).
10.10 Who’s Doing The
Dishes? (R) (S). 11.10 Dress
To Impress (R) (S). 12.10
Emmerdale (R) (S). 12.45
Emmerdale (R) (S). 1.15
You’ve Been Framed!
Gold (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).
i FRIDAY
12 JANUARY 2018
this movie spin-off gives you
a fair idea. The contemporary
action comedy is undemanding
entertainment, where weapons seem
to be anything but lethal and blowing
up cars is considered the height of
sophistication. Clayne Crawford
takes the Mel Gibson role of Martin
Riggs, down Mexico way when we’re
reunited, planning to avenge his
wife’s murder.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
David Bowie – Five Years
In The Making Of An Icon
9pm, BBC4
Francis Whately’s documentary
about Bowie and the ch-ch-changes
he underwent in five pivotal years
kick-starts a double-bill of
programmes marking the second
anniversary of the singer’s death.
FILM OF THE DAY
===
12.10am, Channel 4
(Asif Kapadia, 2015)
Even before she was hounded by
the paparazzi, it would seem that
Amy Winehouse (left) had spent
her whole life on camera. So this
documentary portrait, assembled
entirely from pre-existing footage, is
able to present Amy the precocious
London schoolgirl; Amy messing
about with her teenage mates; then
Amy enthusiastically embarking on
a music career. She was a prodigious
vocal talent, but ideally she would
have been a jazz singer not a pop star.
The particular mix of drugs, fame
and men in her life was toxic. At the
beginning of the film she is bubbly
and funny; the light goes out of her
eyes long before the end.
9pm, More4
(Wes Craven, 2005)
This taut suspense movie stars Rachel
McAdams as an airline passenger
who has the length of her long-haul
flight to decide whether or not to
comply with the demands of creepy
kidnapper Cillian Murphy.
Amy
Red Eye
===
Dreamgirls
10.15pm, Sky Movies Drama
(Bill Condon, 2006)
A fictionalised version of the Motown
story, with Jamie Foxx in the Berry
Gordy role, Beyoncé as a version of
Diana Ross, and Eddie Murphy as a
flamboyant James Brown type. It’s
slick and polished, but substitutes
Broadway show tunes for soul.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 6.55 Heartbeat (R)
(S). 7.55 The Royal (R) (S).
9.00 Judge Judy (R) (S).
9.25 Judge Judy (R) (S).
9.55 Judge Judy (R) (S).
10.25 The Darling Buds
Of May (R) (S). 11.30 The
Darling Buds Of May (R)
(S). 12.35 The Royal (R)
(S). 1.40 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
4.20 On The Buses (R) (S).
4.55 Rising Damp (R) (S).
5.25 George And Mildred
(R) (S). 5.55 Heartbeat
(R) (S).
7.00 Murder,
She Wrote
A missing heir
makes a sudden
reappearance
(R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
6.30 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).
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
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.00
House (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet A
couple discover
their German
shepherd has a
life-threatening
tumour (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
An invention
allows people
to switch minds
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House
Last-ever
episode of the
drama (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks
Grace tries to
take control of
Glenn’s job (S).
7.30 Coach Trip:
Road To
Tenerife (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
An update on
a prefabricated
home in west
Cumbria (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Bart steals a
mobile phone
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation A
man implicates
himself in his
wife’s death
(R) (S).
8.00 Rosemary &
Thyme A man
is found dead in
Malaga (R) (S).
8.00 The Crystal
Maze: Celebrity
Special With
Joel Dommett,
Jermaine Jenas
and Rylan
Clark-Neal (R).
9.00 Rosemary
& Thyme
A psychiatrist’s
body is found
in Regent’s Park
(R) (S).
9.00 FILM: American
Reunion
(Jon Hurwitz,
Hayden
Schlossberg
2012) Comedy
sequel (S).
10.00Foyle’s War
Foyle is drawn
into the world
of espionage
(R) (S).
12.10 Inspector Morse (R)
(S). 2.05 Love And Marriage
(R) (S). 2.55 FILM: Death On
The Nile (John Guillermin
1978) Agatha Christie
mystery (S). 5.15 Richard
Wilson On The Road (R) (S).
5.35 ITV3 Nightscreen
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills
4.00 The Official Chart With
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Radio 1’s Dance Anthems
With Greg James 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 Pete Tong 11.00
Danny Howard 1am B.Traits
4.00 Radio 1’s Essential Mix –
Palms Trax
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Nick Bright 10.00 Ace
12.45pm Newsbeat 1.00
Yasmin Evans 4.00 Sian
Anderson 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Sian Anderson 7.00 Seani
B 9.00 Semtex 11.00 Sir
Spyro 1am Kan D Man And
DJ Limelight 4.00 Diplo And
Friends
BBC Radio 2
8.00 The Simpsons
Marge
impresses Fat
Tony.
8.30 Modern Family
(S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Frank contends
with a
conflicted
priest (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Red Eye
(Wes Craven
2005) Suspense
thriller,
starring Rachel
McAdams (S).
9.00 Delicious
A member of
staff reveals
a long-kept
secret.
9.00 Game Of
Thrones Jon
organises the
defence of the
North (R) (S).
10.40 24 Hours
In A&E A
construction
worker who
was trapped
under a cherry
picker (R) (S).
10.00FILM: Mission:
Impossible
(Brian De Palma
1996) Action
thriller, starring
Tom Cruise (S).
10.10 Game Of
Thrones
Daenerys
receives an
unexpected
visitor (R) (S).
11.15 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.45 The Big
Bang Theory
Sheldon’s online
gaming account
is hacked (R) (S).
11.40 Ramsay’s
Kitchen
Nightmares
USA The
chef helps a
restaurant in
California (R) (S).
12.15 Gogglebox (R) (S).
1.20 Tattoo Fixers (R) (S).
2.25 The Crystal Maze:
Celebrity Special (R) (S).
3.20 Celebs Go Dating (R)
(S). 4.10 Rude(ish) Tube (R)
(S). 4.35 Charmed (R) (S).
12.40 Ramsay’s Hotel Hell
(R) (S). 1.35 Grand Designs
(R) (S). 2.45 8 Out Of 10 Cats
(R) (S). 3.30 Close
11.20 Game Of
Thrones
Daenerys holds
court (R) (S).
12.00 The Force: North
East (R) (S). 1.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 2.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 3.00 The
Blacklist (R) (S). 4.00 Stop,
Search, Seize (R) (S). 5.00
The Dog Whisperer (R).
12.30 Dexter (R). 1.40
Dexter (R). 2.50 Banshee
(R) (S). 4.00 The West Wing
(R) (S). 5.00 The West Wing
(R) (S).
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Amol Rajan
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Tony Blackburn’s Golden
Hour 8.00 Friday Night Is
Music Night 10.00 Sounds Of
The 80s 12mdn’t Anneka Rice:
The Happening 2.00 Radio 2’s
Funky Soul Playlist 3.00 Radio
2 Playlist: New To 2 4.00 Radio
2 Playlist: 21st Century Songs
5.00 Huey On Saturday
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. With Petroc
Trelawny. 9.00 Essential
Classics. 12noon Composer Of
The Week: Schubert. Donald
Macleod focuses on Schubert’s
life in 1826 and hears his
monumental final quartet. 1.00
News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert. A Brahms quartet,
and Schubert lieder from the
Dartington and Two Moors
Festivals. 2.00 Afternoon
Concert. Tom Redmond
introduces more performances
from the BBC Philharmonic.
5.00 In Tune. Sean Rafferty
presents. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape.
Featuring Korngold’s music for
The Adventures Of Robin Hood.
7.30 Radio 3 In Concert. The
BBC Philharmonic in music by
Saint-Saëns and Janacek. 10.00
The Verb. 10.45 The Essay:
Cornerstones. Poet Fiona
Hamilton contrasts clay’s
different states. 11.00 World
On 3. Featuring a live recording
of Indian classical musician
Hariprasad Chaurasia. 1am
Through The Night.
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Desert Island
Discs 9.45 Book Of The Week:
Auntie’s War 10.00 Woman’s
Hour 11.00 Butterbeer And
Grootcakes 11.30 The Pale
Horse 12noon News 12.04 The
Curious Cases Of Rutherford
& Fry 12.15 You And Yours
1.00 The World At One 1.45
Conflict And Co-operation:
A History Of Trade 2.00 The
Archers 2.15 Drama: Stone.
By Cath Staincliffe. 3.00
Gardeners’ Question Time
3.45 Short Works 4.00 Last
Word 4.30 More Or Less 4.55
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ON DEMAND
Michael Palin: A Life
On Screen, BBC iPlayer
John Cleese leads the
tributes to the likeable
actor-writer-presenter.
School For Stammerers
ITV Hub
Moving documentary
about a course run
by ex-stammerers.
Friends
Netflix
Chandler and co find their
way to Netflix for fans to
pick and choose episodes.
The Listening Project 5.00
PM 5.57 Weather 6.00 Six
O’Clock News 6.30 The News
Quiz. With panellists Angela
Barnes, Lucy Porter, Lloyd
Langford and Peter Oborne.
7.00 The Archers. Toby receives
a shocking instruction. 7.15
Front Row. Arts programme.
7.45 Shardlake: Heartstone.
By CJ Sansom. Last in the
series. 8.00 Any Questions?
Topical discussion from
Wyedean School in Sedbury,
Gloucestershire. 8.50 A Point
Of View. Reflections on a
topical issue. 9.00 Conflict
And Co-operation: A History
Of Trade. Part one of two.
An exploration of the UK’s
trading past. 10.00 The World
Tonight. News round-up.
10.45 Book At Bedtime: The
Vital Spark: A Far Cry From
Kensington. By Muriel Spark.
11.00 Great Lives. A profile of
politician Joseph Chamberlain.
11.30 Today In Parliament.
Mark D’Arcy reports from
Westminster. 11.55 The
Listening Project. A mother
and her son reflect on their
relationship with his father.
12mdn’t News And Weather
12.30 Book Of The Week:
Auntie’s War 12.48 Shipping
Forecast 1.00 As BBC World
Service 5.20 Shipping Forecast
5.30 News Briefing 5.43 Prayer
For The Day 5.45 IPM
BBC Radio 4 LW
8.31am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Secret Agent – X9 6.30
The Howling Terror Mystery
7.00 The Leopard In Autumn
7.30 The Break 8.00 I’m Sorry
I’ll Read That Again 8.30 Albert
And Me 9.00 The Motion
Show 9.30 After Henry 10.00
Lost Horizon 11.00 Behind
The Screen 11.15 Rosa Parks
12noon I’m Sorry I’ll Read That
Again 12.30 Albert And Me 1.00
Secret Agent – X9 1.30 The
Howling Terror Mystery 2.00
In Siberia 2.15 Five Hundred
Pick
ofthe
day
Friday Night Is
Music Night
8pm, BBC Radio 2
James and Oliver
Phelps (above), who
played the Weasley
twins Fred and
George in the
Harry Potter films,
present an evening
of magically
themed music.
Spellbinding.
Years Of Friendship 2.30
More Tales Of The City 2.45
Speaking For Themselves 3.00
Lost Horizon 4.00 The Motion
Show 4.30 After Henry 5.00
The Leopard In Autumn 5.30
The Break 6.00 I Am Legend
6.30 Soul Music 7.00 I’m
Sorry I’ll Read That Again 7.30
Albert And Me 8.00 Secret
Agent – X9 8.30 The Howling
Terror Mystery 9.00 Behind
The Screen 9.15 Rosa Parks
10.00 Comedy Club: The Break
10.30 Comedy Club: On The
Hour 10.55 Comedy Club: The
Comedy Club Interview 11.00
Comedy Club: I’ve Never Seen
Star Wars 11.30 Comedy Club:
Life: An Idiot’s Guide 12mdn’t
I Am Legend 12.30 Soul Music
1.00 Secret Agent – X9 1.30
The Howling Terror Mystery
2.00 In Siberia 2.15 Five
Hundred Years Of Friendship
2.30 More Tales Of The City
2.45 Speaking For Themselves
3.00 Lost Horizon 4.00 The
Motion Show 4.30 After Henry
5.00 The Leopard In Autumn
5.30 The Break
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
Chiles On Friday 1pm The
Friday Sports Panel 2.00
Kermode And Mayo’s Film
Review 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00 5
Live Sport: The Friday Football
Social 10.00 Nihal Arthanayake
1am Up All Night 5.00 5 Live
Boxing With Costello & Bunce
5.30 Fit & Fearless
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Steve Lamacq 7.00 Iggy
Pop 9.00 Tom Ravenscroft
12mdn’t Nemone’s Electric
Ladyland 2.00 6 Music Classic
Concert 3.00 6 Music Live
Hour 4.00 The First Time With
Roy Harper 5.00 Chris Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm AnneMarie Minhall 5.00 Classic FM
Drive 7.00 Smooth Classics
At Seven 8.00 The Full Works
Concert. Catherine Bott
presents music by German
composer Max Bruch. 10.00
Smooth Classics 1am Katie
Breathwick 4.00 Jane Jones
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Visual Arts
A NEW ERA: SCOTTISH MODERN
ART 1900-1950
Scottish National Gallery of Modern
Art, Edinburgh
More than 100 paintings,
sculptures and works on paper
charting Scottish modernism,
from the early years of the
century when JD Fergusson
and SJ Peploe experienced at
first-hand the radical new work
produced in Paris by artists
such as Pablo Picasso and Henri
Matisse, to the turn of the 1950s,
when emerging Scottish artists
were at the forefront of European
art. (0131 624 6200) to 10 Jun
Pick
ofthe
day
BOMBERG
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
The gallery marks the 60th
anniversary of David Bomberg’s
death, illustrating the
development in the artist’s own
work as well as his achievement
within British Modernism
through more than 60 works
representing all significant
periods of his career.
MANUEL HARLAN
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(01243 774557) to 4 Feb
MODIGLIANI
Tate Modern, London SE1
A fabulous exhibition of portraits
by the Italian-Jewish Amedeo
Modigliani, who arrived in Paris
in 1906 with a burning ambition
to be an artist. His works are
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Rachel Kavanaugh’s production of David Edgar’s politically charged new version of Dickens’ story, despite
labouring some of its points about the importance of social conscience, feels both plausibly Victorian and
sharply relevant. Scrooge is given an air of crabby sourness by Phil Davis. (01789 403493) to 4 Feb
distributed through 10 galleries
with tact, sobriety, care and
delicacy – from the wonderful
nine sculptures that he
made between 1911 and 1912
to the inexhaustibly lovely
paintings, with their elongated
noses, columnar necks and
unusual intensity of attack.
Duncan for the tale of a pair of
office drones making it through
the day at Rucks’s Leather
Interiors. A pratfalling, absurdist
treat. (020 7478 0100) to 20 Jan
which compensates for what it
lacks in self-reinvention with
stalwart reserves of galvanic
punk-pop snark. And a great title.
Dance
THIS IS THE KIT
Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
JOHN PIPER
Tate, Liverpool
A meaty double bill of Kenneth
MacMillan’s elegiac Song of
the Earth, set to Mahler, with
Bournonville’s entrancing
Romantic drama La Sylphide.
(020 7887 8888) to 2 Apr
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The hugely influential John Piper
(1903-1992) drew inspiration from
Britain’s landscape, its buildings
and its monuments – and was a
pivotal figure in the development
of abstract art in Britain. As such,
his work here – across a range of
disciplines – is placed alongside
the likes of Alexander Calder and
Picasso. (0151 702 7400) to 18 Mar
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Work produced by JMW Turner
during his various travels, stops
and periods of residence on the
Thames, the Wey Navigation
and in the old county of
Surrey, combining pencil and
oil sketches, finished oils and
watercolours. Also on display
are personal possessions of the
artist, including his fishing rod.
(01483 737800) to 4 Mar
Comedy
OMID DJALILI
Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2
There’s a lot to be said for Omid
Djalili’s boundless, noisy energy
and crowd-pleasing material,
which includes, in Schmuck for
a Night, stuff on his Iranian
heritage, middle England
and, yes, Donald Trump.
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TRYGVE WAKENSHAW AND
BARNIE DUNCAN
Soho Theatre, London W1
Brilliant physical comedian
Trygve Wakenshaw teams up
with his fellow Kiwi Barnie
ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET
London Coliseum, London WC2
(020 7845 9300) to Sat
RESOLUTION
The Place, London WC2
The UK’s biggest festival of
new contemporary dance has
helped to launch the careers of
choreographers from Wayne
McGregor to Kate Prince. It’s
a lucky dip of what comes next,
with work by 81 artists.
(020 7121 1100) to 23 Feb
THE NUTCRACKER
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Created by Scottish Ballet’s
founder Peter Darrell, the
company’s Nutcracker has
been lovingly restored, its
sparkling designs updated
by Lez Brotherston.
(0844 871 7647) to Sat
THE ROYAL BALLET
Royal Ballet School, London WC2
In Draft Works, the company
performs works-in-progress,
created by dancers and
guest choreographers.
(020 7304 4000) tonight
Pop
THE CRIBS
Engine Rooms, Southampton
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,
(eventbrite.co.uk) tonight
Beloved of Guy Garvey and the
National, This Is the Kit spin
lovingly lateral alt-folk stylings
around the warm, winning vocals
of Bristol-raised, Paris-based
bandleader Kate Stables. Vivid
lyrics, buoyant banjo-work, lively
hooks and wild sax breaks enrich
Stables’ Kit-bag on Moonshine
Freeze. (wegottickets.com) tonight
MOOR MOTHER
Headrow House, Leeds
Philadelphia’s Camae Ayewa
established herself as a
multi-disciplinary art-rap force
to reckon with on 2016’s Fetish
Bones and Crime Wave, an EP
with producer Mental Jewelry.
With focused rage, poetry and
politics merge in her fractured
hybrids of Afrofuturism,
industrial rap, punk and free jazz.
(dice.fm) tonight
DAVID RAMIREZ
St Pancras Old Church, London NW1
Fans of the National and
Springsteen (Darkness on the
Edge of Town vintage), check
in. Mexican-American singersongwriter David Ramirez
anatomises a divided nation
on the robust We’re Not Going
Anywhere, blurring the personal
and political in songs of great
heft and heart, fire and focus.
(stargreen.com) tonight
PLAID & FELIX’S MACHINES
Arts Centre, Norwich
In 2009, Warp’s brainy
electronica vets Plaid started
composing music for sculptural
artist Felix Thorn’s audio-visual
“machines”. Here, they showcase
the evolution of the collaboration
in synchronised displays of
electro-organic sound and vision.
(norwichartscentre.co.uk) tonight
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PARAMORE
02 Arena, London SE10
Trouble and intra-band strife
give way to fizzy catharsis for
Tennessee’s emo mainstays
on their 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.
THE RETURN OF ULYSSES
Roundhouse, London NW1
Baroque specialist Christian
Curnyn conducts and John
Fulljames directs the Royal
Opera’s new in-the-round (and
English-language) staging
of Monteverdi’s Homeric
homecoming drama, featuring
Roderick Williams as the
errant Ulysses and Christine
Rice as his faithful Penelope.
(gigsandtours.com) tonight
(020 7304 4000)tonight 7.30pm
Classical
Theatre
ELIAS STRING QUARTET
Wigmore Hall, London W1
MAMMA MIA!
Venue Cymru, Llandudno
In a celebration of two of
music’s most natural melodists,
Dvorák’s A flat major Quartet,
Op 105, is framed by Schubert’s
C minor Quartettsatz and
Death and the Maiden Quartet.
(020 7935 2141) tonight 7.30pm
Jazz
BINKER AND MOSES
Turner Sims, Southampton
Powerhouse sax-drums duo
Binker and Moses showcase
material from their recent album,
Journey to the Mountain of Forever,
with their signature freethinking
blend of heated improv, grime
and hip hop beats master. Here,
masterful sax don Evan Parker
joins the fray for added fireworks.
(023 8059 5151) tonight
Folk & Roots
EWAN McLENNAN
The Village Pump, Trowbridge
The Scottish guitarist, balladeer
and songwriter, a veteran of the
Transatlantic Sessions, has a
brace of acclaimed solo albums
on the Fellside label. His most
recent release is Breaking the
Spell of Loneliness, with George
Monbiot. (07941 611262) tonight
NINEBARROW
Burton Folk Club, Burton on Trent
After getting together in 2012,
the Dorset folk duo have released
two albums – 2014’s While the
Blackthorn Burns and 2016’s
excellent Releasing the Leaves,
which led to a Radio 2 Folk Award
Horizon Award nomination.
(01283 760575) tonight
THE TRANSPORTS
Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
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. (01935 422884) tonight
Opera
SALOME
Royal Opera House, London WC2
Swedish soprano Malin
Byström stars as the stripteasing
Judaean princess, with Michael
Volle as the soon-to-be-headless
Baptist, in a revival of David
McVicar’s 2008 staging of
Strauss’s biblical sex-shocker.
(020 7304 4000) tonight 8pm
The latest touring version of
Phyllida Lloyd’s production
of the great Abba tribute
musical looks as fast-moving and
brilliant as ever. As scripted
by Catherine Johnson, it’s the
absolute queen of jukebox shows,
and the one that demonstrates
just how it should be done.
(atgtickets.com) to Sun
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
Barbican Theatre, London EC2
Iqbal Khan offers a fluid and
confident reading that takes
its time to establish, crucially,
the luxury and opulence of
Cleopatra’s court that has lured
Antony (Antony Byrne) from
his Roman duty. Byrne makes
him a no-nonsense warrior
and pleasure-seeker, beguiled
by Josette Simon’s magnificent,
mercurial Cleopatra.
(020 7638 8891) to 20 Jan
THE TWILIGHT ZONE
Almeida Theatre, London N1
The American dramatist
Anne Washburn has created a
mash-up of eight of the original
shows from the cult Sixties
TV series The Twilight Zone,
weaving the strands in ways that
increase the tension and sense of
foreboding in these mixes of sci-fi,
supernatural fantasy and horror.
(020 7359 4404) to 27 Jan
GUYS AND DOLLS
Royal Exchange, Manchester
Director Michael Buffong has
moved the action uptown to
Harlem for Britain’s first
all-black production of the
1950 Broadway classic, which
brilliantly captures the spirit of
Damon Runyon’s original New
York wise-guy street fables,
with the talented cast of actors,
singers and dancers of the Talawa
Theatre Company serving up a
glamorous and colourful treat.
Ashley Zhangazha and Ray
Fearon dominate as the
zoot-suited rogues Sky
Masterson and Nathan Detroit.
(0161 833 9833) to 3 Feb
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
Playhouse Theatre, London WC2
Christian Slater is in cracking
form as Ricky Roma, the slickest
of salesmen in a hyper-macho
estate agent’s office in Sam Yates’
revival of David Mamet’s
drama. Roma is an amoral
monster, out only to make money,
but Slater floats light as cloud,
his devious confidence tricks
never seeming manipulative but
instead sweetly conspiratorial.
(0844 871 7631) to 3 Feb
Stop the music: lyrics
speak for themselves
With new lyric books coming from Florence Welch
and Scott Walker, Chris Mugan asks whether writing
down verses raises them to a higher art form
I
n the past year, the most powerful exhibit I saw was Ian
Curtis’s handwritten lyrics
for Joy Division’s “Love Will
Tear Us Apart”, a highlight
of Manchester Art Gallery’s True
Faith show of art related to the
Manchester post-punk greats.
Those scrawled lines viscerally
brought home the pain the writer
felt as he faced up to his struggling
marriage. Even if we know favourite songs backwards, seeing them
in unfamiliar formats can still
augment their power.
This summer, Florence Welch
is to reframe her own creativity
with Useless Magic, a compendium
of lyrics, art and, published for
the first time, her poetry. Illustrations come from the star’s sketchbooks, a reminder that before she
came to fame as Florence & The
Machine, Welch was a student at
Camberwell College of Arts, connecting with south London’s buzzing DIY gig and squat party scene.
With speculation growing
that Welch is due to unveil a new
album, Useless Magic could provide a link back to her anarchic
art-pop roots. Her reliance on
notebooks has been well documented, with selected interviewers allowed to view the sheets this
exuberant performer has filled
with drawings and words, often
in felt tip, evidence of a fecund
visual imagination.
Welch’s debut book should
certainly be more colourful than
the current crop of lyric
books, the latest of
which is Sundog, an
austere set curated
by the reclusive
auteur Scott
Walker. He joins
a select group of
artists celebrated
in this way, among
them Bob Dylan,
whose The Lyrics
first came out in the
mid-1980s and was most
recently updated in 2012.
Likewise, Lou Reed has been
honoured by the more playful Pass
Thru Fire, which uses typography
and visual effects, including what
appear to be teardrops on the page,
to bolster the inert nature of verses
divorced from music.
Walker, who has chosen the
songs depicted in his collection,
has gone for a straighter design,
with a few lines twisting or falling down the page. He certainly
avoids any explanation beyond
those already found in existing
sleevenotes. Also notable is how
he focuses more on recent material rather than his 1960s heyday,
even including unreleased songs
from the past couple of years.
Added colour Florence
Welch will highlight
her art and poetry;
Scott Walker (below)
curated his book
GETTY, HULTON ARCHIVE
Still, this remains a coup for
Faber, which is building an intriguing series of Selected Lyrics, with
help from editor-at-large Jarvis
Cocker. Faber first joined the fray
in the 1980s with Poguetry: The
Lyrics of Shane MacGowan, an illustrated
work dedicated to
The Pogues frontman’s songwriting, though the
co n ce p t o n l y
took off with
the success of
Mother, Brother,
Lover, a collection
of lyrics written and
selected by Cocker,
published in 2011. Its
title came from the preponderance of those rhymes in the Pulp
founder’s work. The book sold
well enough for Faber to use it as
a template.
In 2014, Billy Bragg’s A Lover
Sings again came with copious
background on his lyrical inspiration, while in the next year’s Lit Up
Inside, Van Morrison was happy
for his original words to do the
talking. Perhaps the best-received
example so far was also published
in 2015, So This is Permanence, a
set of writings by Ian Curtis, accompanied by an introduction by
the singer’s ex-wife, Deborah. For
this handsome artefact, each song
was printed to face relevant pages
from his notebooks.
Further editions in the series
are due this year from Happy
Mondays’ Shaun Ryder, and in
2019 from the American veteran
wordsmith of Wilco fame, Jeff
Tweedy. We are clearly living in
a time of reaction against digital
media, though it seems strange
that lyrics should be made available in fine hardbacks when they
are readily accessible online.
“People want to feel a more intimate connection with artists,”
explains Faber Social’s creative
director, Lee Brackstone. “There’s
an authority that comes with
these volumes and people want
stuff on their bookshelves from
artists they love.”
“We’re making a statement
about lyrics as one of the great late
20th century art forms. Dylan’s
Nobel prize caused incredible
controversy that I couldn’t understand at all. When you abstract
the lyrics from their musical context, you see different things.”
Welch’s arrival partly makes up
for Faber’s glaring omission: no
female artists. “There’s no dodging that one – we are conscious of
it,” says Brackstone. “For several
years we’ve been trying to and
struggling to make contact with
Kate Bush…” THE INDEPENDENT
‘Sundog: Selected Lyrics’ by Scott
Walker is out now (Faber, £14.99);
‘Useless Magic’ is published on
5 July by Fig Tree/Penguin, £20
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FR DAY
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BOOKS
Toxic tale of a White House in chaos
FIRE AND FURY: INSIDE
THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE
Michael Wolff
(Little, Brown, £20)
Review by Tim Walker
I
t’s difficult to recall the last
time any publication has
had as big an impact on the
news cycle as Fire and Fury,
journalist Michael Wolff’s account of a year inside the Trump
White House. It is horrifying, hilarious and hugely readable – yet,
if you’ve followed the travails of
the Trump administration at all
closely, it is rarely surprising.
Much of the discussion around
the book has centred on Wolff’s reliability as a narrator. Like Donald
Trump, the author is a creature of
New York and its gossip columns,
who – deservedly or otherwise
– has developed a reputation for
being relaxed with the facts. That
might just make him ideal casting
for the Bob Woodward role in this
reality TV presidency.
Trump neither wanted nor expected to beat Hillary Clinton,
Wolff reports, while almost all of
his close aides were dumbfounded
by a victory that they had hedged
against. Melania Trump, whose
husband had promised her a
quick return to the quiet life, was
distraught as the results rolled in.
The dysfunction of the Trump
campaign carried over into the
Trump White House, which, in
Wolff’s telling, was run for most
of Year One by all and none of Reince Priebus (nominally its chief of
staff), Steve Bannon (its so-called
chief strategist) and “Jarvanka”,
the President’s daughter Ivanka
and her husband, Jared Kushner.
All three had radically different
agendas: Priebus, the Washington
swamp-thing, hoped to keep the
shambling White House in lockstep with a Republican-run Congress; Bannon’s loyalties lay with
the nationalist-populist, alt-right
constituency; Ivanka and Jared
were Wall Street Democrats, who
in any other election year would
have gladly voted for a Clinton.
Each camp despised the others,
and expended vast amounts of energy spinning against their rivals.
Priebus and Bannon survived
in the West Wing for little more
than six months apiece. Kushner,
whom Trump apparently thinks
of as a Secretary of State-in-waiting, may not outrun Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
Trump himself, per Wolff, is deserving of superlatives: he is the
oldest, perhaps the stupidest and
probably the laziest of all US presidents. Most days, he apparently
reports for work in the Oval Office
at 11am and clocks off five hours
Walking towards trouble Donald Trump with First Lady Melania and their son Barron GETTY IMAGES
later. By 6.30pm, Wolff writes, the
Commander-in-Chief tends to be
alone in bed with a McDonald’s
cheeseburger and three TVs.
What passes for policy is cobbled together from the oftencontradictory pronouncements
in Trump’s tweets and his rambling campaign speeches. This,
erstwhile White House aide Katie
Walsh tells Wolff, is “like trying to
figure out what a child wants”.
Now managed with a modicum
of efficiency by General John
Kelly, this is a White House engaged not in the leadership of a
nation, but in the babysitting of its
chief executive.
The White House has, of course,
dismissed Fire and Fury as so
much bunk, but it is notable that
nobody has loudly refuted specific
incidents from Wolff’s account,
the majority of which chimes with
existing reporting by The New
York Times and Washington Post.
Even if Wolff’s sources did lie to
him, it is clear from their claims
that they despise each other, and
thus support part of his premise.
In fact, the book’s very existence
is evidence that the White House
is in chaos. How else would a journalist with his reputation have
been allowed to occupy a sofa in
the West Wing for months on end?
ALSORELEASED
A LONG WAY FROM
HOME
Peter Carey
(Faber & Faber, £17.99)
Peter Carey is an oddity. Some
of his books, such as Illywhacker,
Oscar And Lucinda and True
History Of The Kelly Gang, are
genuinely remarkable. Some,
such as the silly and sour Theft:
A Love Story or the leaden-footed
His Illegal Self, are less than what
he is capable of writing.
A word often used when
reviewing him is “Dickensian”.
On the basis of this new novel,
it is very much early Dickens. It
is picaresque, sentimental and
grotesque. When it does try to
deal with “issues”, it hectors as
much as it lectures. There is a lot
to be enjoyed, and as much to be
frustrated and bemused by.
The plot involves a woman
in Bacchus Marsh, just outside
Melbourne, in the 1950s. Irene is
married to “Titch” Bobs, one of
the best car salesmen in the area.
He is a dapper fellow and she a
devoted wife. Across the road
lives Willie Bachhuber, a local
schoolteacher who has just been
Top5
Books
suspended for dangling a pupil
out of the classroom window.
The first act unspools at a
leisurely pace, as we meet these
characters, and are alerted to the
simmering resentment of Titch
not getting a Ford dealership.
Bachhuber, meanwhile, is
moonlighting as the genius on a
radio quiz show, where he feels
longings for his female rival.
The second act involves
changes of perspective, as Titch
enrols in the Redex Trial, a
car race around the entirety of
Australia, in order to gain some
advertising traction. Willie is
taken on as navigator, as he has
a lifelong love of cartography.
Irene, it seems, is a bit of a speed
freak, and Titch needs to get all
this done as his investors have,
well, invested in it. It almost
seems as if it is a different novel
entirely, and that the characters
have metamorphosed overnight.
Patient Irene becomes driven.
Titch is less of a man. Willie is
a kind of sage, who fortuitously
finds out about his heritage. There
are coincidences aplenty and a
tour of Australian landscapes.
The third act is, well, all over
the place. This is a book which
1. Why We Sleep Matthew Walker (Penguin)
2. Midwinter Break Bernard MacLaverty (Vintage)
3. The Fat-Loss Plan Joe Wicks (Bluebird)
4. The Thirst Jo Nesbo (Vintage)
5. Sky Song Abi Elphinstone (Simon & Schuster)
cannot decide whether it is a
comedy or a tragedy or an elegy
or a pastoral.
Though most of the book
roughly alternates between being
narrated by either Irene or Willie,
a few new voices intrude, only one
with any narrative significance,
while the prose has an awkwardly
quaintsy feel to it. The characters
speak as if from a future point,
but where that point is we are
never told. At the same time, it is
creakily nostalgic.
The one adjective I would use
for this novel is “freewheeling”.
It jumps from idea to idea, plot
to plot, doomed romance to
doomed romance, as if it were a
collection of short stories hastily
put into the form of a novel.
Certain plot points are made,
cavalierly, and never mentioned
again. The good bits are very
good, but as Longfellow wrote,
“when she was good, she was
very, very good, and when she
was bad she was horrid”.
There is a mastery of voice and
pleasant surrealism, but it cannot
make up for a cobbled-together
book, which often reads like a bad
imitation of former glories.
Stuart Kelly
HER BODY AND
OTHER PARTIES
Carmen Maria Machado
(Serpent’s Tail, £12.99)
The eight tales in Carmen Maria
Machado’s exciting, if a little
uneven, collection are twisted
fairy tales from and for the
contemporary world.
Loosely based on the grisly
children’s fable “The Green
Ribbon”, the opening story “The
Husband Stitch” tells the story
of a woman who must deter
her husband from untying the
mysterious green ribbon around
her neck. “Why do you want
to hide it from me?” he asks,
claiming that a married couple
shouldn’t keep secrets from one
another. “I’m not hiding it. It just
isn’t yours,” she replies.
It’s the first example of a theme
that runs through the collection:
the bodies of Machado’s women
are constantly under attack.
The centrepiece of the
collection is the almost novellalength “Especially Heinous”,
which rewrites the episode
synopses of 12 seasons of Law
& Order: Special Victims Unit so
that the crimes are set among
an eerie world of ghosts and
doppelgängers. Though because
it is so long, and so fragmentary,
some of the shorter, more
coherent stories pack more of a
punch. THE INDEPENDENT
Lucy Scholes
WHEN
Daniel H Pink
(Canongate, £20)
When posits that timing is not
so much an art as a science.
Daniel Pink makes a convincing
case for being able to maximise
your potential in life by getting
the timing right. He unveils the
hidden patterns of our lives and
shows how you can study your
circadian rhythms to pinpoint
when you are at your best. He
says his book is a When-to title
rather than another How-to,
but really, it’s a fascinating
combination of both
Derek Watson
CLOSE TO HOME
Cara Hunter
(Penguin, £7.99)
Cara Hunter’s method of
presentation and writing lifts
this story of a missing eightyear-old girl from a run-of-themill crime thriller to a gripping
page-turner. The story is set in
the present day, with a series of
dated flashbacks to events before
Daisy’s disappearance. There are
press excerpts, police interviews
and social media posts included
in the text. The result is an
immersive experience.
Rachael Dunn
i FRIDAY
12 JANUARY 2018
A fresh
take on
mental
illness
LOST CONNECTIONS
Johann Hari
(Bloomsbury, £16.99)
Review by Barbara Speed
I
s everything we thought
we knew about depression
wrong? This is the question
that Johann Hari poses in
Lost Connections. The short
answer is no, especially if you’re
an expert in the field. But for the
average reader, this book has a
great deal to offer.
Lost Connections isn’t as much
about science and mental health
as it is about society, and the stories we tell around mental illness.
It starts by throwing doubt on
the effectiveness of antidepressants. Hari speaks to scientists
who appealed to see a full list of
drug effectiveness studies submitted to the US regulator. A
large proportion showed that
major antidepressants were
roughly as effective as a placebo.
All that it takes to get a drug ap-
Mind boggling Some antidepressants are only as effective as placebos
proved is two trials showing some
success, which could result, as
Hari writes, in “a situation in
which there are 1,000 scientific trials, and 998 find the drug
doesn’t work at all”.
Of course, doubts around antidepressants are nothing new. Nor
is the fact that depression and
anxiety aren’t believed by most
scientists to be caused by an imbalance in the brain – what Hari
decries as the “serotonin story”
fed to sufferers.
Critics have suggested that
most of the book’s claims would
not shock those in the medical or mental health profession,
but while these myths around
depression have been officially
debunked, many people still believe them. Humans love stories.
When we’re little, we aren’t told
about the world as it is, but stories
designed to help us understand it:
electricity flows like water, grandad has “gone to sleep”. Hari argues that the story of the “broken
brain” is compelling, but damaging. Stories have sticking power
because they are easier to consume than science’s messy reality.
The remainder of the book
looks at seven causes of depression, and methods beyond antidepressants which could help tackle
them. The causes won’t look unfamiliar: childhood trauma, unsatisfying work, genetics, loneliness.
The solutions include connecting
with communities, engaging with
nature and changing the way society operates as a whole (Hari is
reasonably positive about the idea
of a universal basic income).
Sounds obvious? If so, that
doesn’t explain why an extract
has gone viral and been endorsed
by Elton John, Hillary Clinton,
Simon Amstell, Emma Thompson
and Russell Brand.
A more valid criticism of the
book is that while it tries to explode the too-neat myths about
depression being an illness “just
like cancer”, or that pills will solve
everything, it can be a little too
cut-and-dried in its answers.
Realistically, antidepressants
are prescribed in such high numbers because the real-life causes
of depression aren’t easily tackled. A story of a housing project
in Berlin coming together to fight
rent rises is inspiring, but doesn’t
necessarily hold the answers for
a lonely widow in London.
Nonetheless, this book’s value
lies in its attempt to change the
stories we tell about the depressed
and anxious, and perhaps help
some of those suffering change
how they think about themselves.
Electricity isn’t like water. If
you cut a wire, it doesn’t leak. And
a depressed person isn’t, writes
Hari, “a machine with broken
parts – you’re an animal whose
needs are not being met”.
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CHOICE
ONEMINUTE
WITH…
James Rhodes,
pianist/writer
Where are you now and
what can you see?
In my living room in Maida Vale,
west London. I see my teenage
son demanding (more) food
and a stack of books and empty
coffee cups.
What are you currently reading?
House of Spies by Daniel Silva.
I’m unlikely to finish it, though.
Time to read is so sparse that by
the time I get back to whatever
book I’m reading, I can’t
remember what’s happening and
start a new one. It’s frustrating.
And reminds me how old and
distracted I’ve become.
Who is your favourite author
and why do you admire her/him?
I’d be dead suspicious of someone
who can answer that. It’s like
naming a favourite composer
or band. How can you choose
just one? Favourite author of the
moment would have to be Kinky
Friedman. Or Lee Child. Or JK
Rowling. Impossible. I told you.
Describe the room where
you usually write…
Imagine having a room where
one usually writes. The luxury!
It’s whatever plane, hotel room
or café I find a spare hour or two
in between concerts when I’m
on tour. If I’m very lucky, it’s at
my apartment in Madrid. Next
to my Steinway. And girlfriend.
Probably shouldn’t be in
that order.
Which fictional character
most resembles you?
The five-year-old daughter of my
best friend told me I reminded
her of Olaf from Frozen. I’ve
never seen it, but understand he’s
vaguely amusing and has a big
heart. That’ll do nicely. I’d prefer
Jack Reacher if I’m honest.
Who is your hero/heroine
from outside literature?
During his 85 years, New York-born Ward Bennett took on the role of costume maker, window dresser, milliner, sculptor, painter and
jewellery designer whose work was exhibited at Moma. But it was as a designer of homes and furniture that he was hugely influential, defining
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celebration of his work,including images of his 1964 architectural landmark, Southampton House (above right), and some of the 100 chairs
he designed (above left, with his brown leather Shelback chairs and sofas), which fused elegance and style with practical ergonomics.
Again, just one? Impossible. But
in no particular order: Teodor
Currentzis (the world’s greatest
living conductor), Grigory
Sokolov (ditto but pianist), Sir
David Tang (a dear friend who
died recently but who lived at
an inspiringly furious pace), and
David Bowie (obviously).
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You can employ all sorts of tricks
to create storage space, including
this wall-mounted box, which not
only frames some artwork but
also acts as a shelf
You don’t need cavernous
cupboards to have an
orderly household, but
you do need a place for
everything. Here are our
favourite organisational
tricks . By Julie Carlson
and Margot Guralnick
HANG IT
Lacking drawer space?
Hooks, pegs and peg rails
are the answer for keeping
things organised and
handy. The beauty of this
approach is threefold: these
solutions often cost next
to nothing, they’re goodlooking (even a nail has an
honest charm), and they’re
easy to use, so everyone
can be brought on board.
canning jars. Not only will you
gain shelf space, but you’ll also be
able to see what you’ve got, and
it will line up seamlessly. Then
employ this strategy all over the
house, for everything from paper
clips to Lego pieces.
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RIVER CRESCENT, NG2
Price: £390,000
What they say: Gorgeous
penthouse apartment within
an award-winning development. Two double bedrooms
and open-plan living area.
Call 0115 774 9298
GEDLING, NG4
Price: £625,000
What they say: A superb and
spacious property including
two reception rooms, breakfast/kitchen and an indoor
heated swimming pool.
Call 0115 774 9011
KIT IT
Just about all of us have kits for
certain everyday essentials:
tools, first-aid supplies, sewing
paraphernalia. Whether in a
drawer, box, or other container,
keeping related pieces in
established places is a boon.
We’ve discovered it makes good
sense to assemble more kits
for whatever it is you regularly
need to do: pack a suitcase, send
out a batch of thank-you notes,
or throw an impromptu dinner
party. You’ll discover our kits in
every room in the book.
TRAY IT
Grouping objects on
trays is the equivalent
of adding frames to
artwork: trays are the
finishing touch that
elevates what they
contain. Equally important, trays prevent things
from getting lost: they
provide a home for small,
loose items of all sorts.
CART IT
There’s a range of compact
wheeled storage ideal for
corralling collections of items
in one place. Carts, of course,
are easy to move, so they can be
rolled out as needed.
LABEL IT
Name it and you’ll know what
you’ve got – and where it goes.
How else do you think a cockpit
or an operating room functions?
Use a Sharpie and tape (we like
washi tape – made of rice paper
–because it’s removable). Or tie
on stationery store tags. Sold on
your label maker? Use it behind
the scenes. For displayed goods,
hand lettering is nicer to look at.
STACK IT
Kitchen tableware is made to
stack. Books and magazines
also stack well, both vertically
and horizontally. So does
firewood. And there’s a world of
stacking furniture worth
seeking out (such as Frosta
stools from Ikea). Stacking is
about using space efficiently, but
stick to small numbers:
you don’t want to be surrounded
by Jenga towers.
DOOR IT
Like walls, doors can be used to
hold hooks and all manner of
purpose-built shelves and racks
(the Container Store’s Elfa system
has good door-mounted options
for pantry goods, entryway
accessories, and more). Unlike
walls, doors have two sides, so
these solutions needn’t be in full
view. A word of advice: resist
outfitting every door; the goal is
to create a few jangle-free spots
for your most-used things.
DECANT IT
Stop the encroachment of
unappealing, bulky packaging the
way chefs and scientists do. New
to decanting? Start in the kitchen
by storing your olive oil, hand
soap, and other liquids in pretty
bottles and grains and pastas in
WRANGLE IT
A web of electrical cords is an
eyesore. Tackle the situation
like a gardener ousting weeds:
take both gentle and, as needed,
desperate measures. A simple
metal binder clip curbs unruliness (pictured left), as does
installing strategically placed
electrical outlets, including on
the floor near the sofa and in
the back of bathroom drawers.
Hide cords and routers in
boxes. And use storage space
to keep as much of the tangle
as possible out of sight.
LENTON AVENUE, NG7
Price: £775,000
What they say: Arranged
over three floors, it includes
a drawing room, dining
kitchen and four bedrooms,
two with en suite.
Call 0115 774 8837
SORT IT
Group like with like and use
matching storage items:
uniformity telegraphs cohesion.
Lining up identical things, such as
wooden hangers (white for shirts,
natural for pants), wire baskets,
and cardboard binders, is a trick
used by architects and designers
to create a look of order.
REPURPOSE IT
Think outside the box when
it comes to storage items: a
magazine file mounted inside
a cabinet door is exactly the
right size for a line-up of kitchen
wrap; covered enamel kitchen
containers make excellent bins
for cotton balls, swabs, and other
essentials. When objects are made
with care, it shows – and they can
be put to use just about anywhere.
Extracted from ‘Remodelista:
The Organized
Home’ by Julie
Carlson and Margot
Guralnick (Artisan
Books, £15.42).
Photographs by
Matthew Williams
BRAMCOTE, NG9
Price: £1,350,000
What they say: A fantastic
four-bedroom thatched
home in a premier residential area. Includes a wealth
of exposed timbers.
Call 0115 774 9011
BRADMORE, NG11
Price: £1,500,000
What they say: Beautiful
barn conversion set within
1.85 acres, with four reception rooms, five bedrooms
and an indoor pool.
Call 0115 774 9298
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Shoe racks
Accommodate boots, trainers and more with the
aid of some well-designed storage. By Riya Patel
{1} LAKELAND EXTENDING AND
STACKABLE STEEL SHOE RACK
This is a handy rack that extends
from 61cm to 107cm wide, so
you can make the most of it in
different spaces. The bars are
angled to make access easy, and
covered with anti-slip foam to
keep shoes in place. It’s designed
to stack, and comes in silver,
cream or wood-effect.
£17.99, lakeland.co.uk
{2} UMBRA IMELDA SHOE RACK
From US design company Umbra,
this stylish rack can be used
separately or stacked. £30 buys
two racks and shelves, which hold
eight to 10 pairs. Each shelf has a
metal frame that interlocks with
the other, and has rubber feet to
prevent slipping.
£30, johnlewis.com
{3} MAISONS DU MONDE OTIS
ENTRYWAY UNIT
For a more permanent solution,
the Otis Entryway Unit is solidly
built in wood with metal legs.
Touches like the label plates give
it an industrial, or reclaimed, look.
It only fits four pairs, but could be
used to organise other items and
function as a small bench too.
£172.50, maisonsdumonde.com
{4} IKEA TJUSIG SHOE RACK
Ikea’s rack is cheap and stackable,
so you can keep adding as your
shoe collection grows. A single
unit has two shelves, which
together store about eight pairs.
It’s made in wood painted black
or white, with contrasting bars in
stainless steel.
£20, ikea.com
{5} HABITAT REMMI
GREY SHOE BENCH
Habitat’s rubberwood shoe bench
looks smart in soft grey. It’s a
combination of bench and shoe
storage rack, but at 90cm wide, it’s
a little too small to function well
as either. It requires self-assembly,
which can make the piece a little
wobbly if not done well.
£80, habitat.co.uk
{6} A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING
FIVE-TIER METAL SHOE RACK
Big on capacity, this metal rack has
five tiers, and can fit about three
pairs on each shelf. It’s tall but only
75cm wide, making it a good choice
for a porch or odd corner. The
shelves are angled, making shoes
easy to access, and upturned
edges keep everything in place.
£45, aplaceforeverything.co.uk
{7} COX & COX LOW
WOODEN BOX UNIT
Inspired by traditional school
lockers, this well-crafted storage
unit is made from hard-wearing
spruce. There are eight cubby
holes (with metal-framed label
plates) to make a pleasure out of
putting your shoes away. It’s tall
enough to work as a hallway bench
– add cushions for extra comfort.
£250, coxandcox.co.uk
{8} JOHN LEWIS MID-CENTURY
SHOE RACK
Mid-century style isn’t all about
sideboards and starburst clocks.
This nifty shoe rack exudes 1950s
style. The cross ends and stained
beech make something special
out of an otherwise utilitarian
furniture piece. The two racks
have back ledges to stop shoes
falling off, but at 71cm wide you’ll
have to choose which six pairs get
pride of place. Requires assembly.
£90, johnlewis.com
{9} THE COLLECTION BY ARGOS
SHERWOOD 2 SHELF STACKABLE
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This is a compact and stackable
shelf that won’t break the budget.
The frame is finished with walnut
veneer, and the shelves have a
pleasing lattice design. With all
items that need self-assembly,
it can be unsteady if not fitted
together well.
£21.99, argos.co.uk
{10} LA REDOUTE INTERIEURS
AGAMA STORAGE
An elegant two-tier rack that
would make a nice addition to
a wardrobe or cloakroom. The
shelves are made of perforated
black metal. The lower one is
slanted and edged to present
shoes neatly, while the top is flat
for placing other accessories on.
At 83cm wide, the shelves together
hold about eight pairs.
£86.25, laredoute.co.uk
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M&S and Tesco shares fall
on poor Christmas results
By Holly Williams
Marks and Spencer and Tesco
slumped to the bottom of the FTSE
100 index yesterday after a mixed
bag of results from the key Christmas
period left investors disappointed.
M&S joined a raft of casualties
hit by tough high-street trading and
consumer belt-tightening, although
Tesco emerged as a festive winner.
M&S blamed unusually warm
weather in October for a 2.8 per cent
fall in like-for-like sales of clothing
and homewares during the three
months to the end of December.
Its food sales also disappointed
analysts, falling by 0.4 per cent, as it
admitted the division was suffering
“ongoing under-performance”.
Shares in the company dropped
by 7 per cent to 301.2p yesterday,
making the retail bellwether the
worst performer on the FTSE 100.
Laith Khalaf, a senior analyst at
Hargreaves Lansdown, said news of
a fall in food sales at M&S had dealt a
blow to shareholders.
“In recent years, the food business
has been the bright light of the M&S
empire, but its glow has definitely
dimmed of late. That’s probably
a result of consumers tightening
their belts when it comes to grocery
shopping,” he added.
M&S slashed prices on 200 lines
before Christmas, but Mr Rowe said
The German discount
chains Lidl and Aldi both
staked claims as the “fastestgrowing supermarket” over
Christmas. Sales at both rose by
16 per cent in December.
the group had not been competitive
enough on everyday lines.
While premium sales fared well,
it suffered on sales of produce such
as Brussels sprouts as shoppers on
“tighter budgets” defected to rivals.
Meanwhile, shares in Tesco fell
by 4.5 per cent to 202.3p yesterday,
making the retailer the second-worst
performer on the Footsie.
This was despite the supermarket
achieving record UK sales and
volumes in the four weeks leading
up to Christmas Day, which helped it
to record a 2.3 per cent rise in thirdquarter comparable sales.
James Grzinic, an analyst at
Jefferies, said: “Tesco’s update
confirmed a solid third quarter
and Christmas, but not quite the
dominant display expected by some.”
Tesco enjoyed its biggest-ever sales
week in the UK at Christmas, with 58
The Marks and Spencer Christmas
advert featuring Paddington bear
failed to boost festive sales
million customer transactions and
770,000 online grocery deliveries.
Festive food sales grew by 3.4 per cent
on a like-for-like basis. The only blot
on the landscape was a fall in sales
of general merchandise and tobacco,
which the firm blamed on the collapse
of wholesaler Palmer & Harvey.
RETAIL
Card Factory
slumps after
bad tidings
on profits
By Joanna Bourke
Quote of
the day
Once, Liam
Gallagher, Sir
Elton John and
former BP boss
Lord Browne
were all in our
shop at the
same time.
Sean Dixon
The co-founder of Savile
Row tailor Richard James
on memorable moments
The 30
Second
Briefing
BITCOIN
Has there been a new twist in the
volatile world of bitcoin?
Yes. Its price dropped yesterday
after South Korea pledged to
ban cryptocurrencies, a sign of
increasing regulatory scrutiny of
the financial phenomenon. At one
point, bitcoin fell by 8 per cent to
$13,699.19, although it showed signs
of recovery later in the day. But
it is still significantly down from
pre-Christmas highs when its value
almost topped $20,000.
What happened in South Korea?
The country has become a hub for
cryptocurrencies, with around
a dozen exchanges operating in
Seoul. Some of the biggest, such as
Coinone and Bithumb, were raided
by police and tax authorities earlier
this week over alleged tax evasion.
The South Korean government said
yesterday that it wanted to ban
cryptocurrency trading. Officials are
preparing a draft bill to put before
the National Assembly. A majority
vote of the total 297 members of the
assembly would secure the ban.
What about other countries?
Policymakers around the world are
struggling to regulate the currency,
which has soared in value after
starting last year at about $1,000.
China is currently moving to wipe
out its bitcoin mining industry, amid
concerns about excessive electricity
consumption used during the
process of creating the coins.
And what does Warren Buffett think
about bitcoin?
The billionaire US investment guru
became the latest to weigh in on the
topic, saying that his investment
company Berkshire Hathaway
had no interest in jumping on the
cryptocurrency bandwagon. “It will
come to a bad ending,” he predicted.
Card Factory tumbled to the bottom
of the FTSE 250 index yesterday
after the greetings cards retailer
issued its second profits warning in
four months.
Although the firm’s like-for-like
sales rose by 2.7 per cent in the 11
months to 31 December, it said that
the bulk of growth came from lowermargin products such as decorations,
with sales of its cards largely static.
That, coupled with higher wages
and import costs, hit profit margins.
The retailer, which sells many items
for less than £1 at its 913 UK shops,
said profits for 2017 were likely to
come in at between £93m and £95m,
whereas City analysts had been
expecting a figure of about £97m.
Kate Calvert, an analyst
at Investec, said: “It is
disappointing that there has been
another downgrade.”
Shares in Card Factory fell by 57p,
or 20 per cent, to 225.8p yesterday.
The chain’s boss, Karen Hubbard,
admitted that it had faced “significant
cost pressures in the year” but
signalled that cost headwinds should
ease unless there was a “further
dramatic shift in sterling”.
She added: “It is pleasing to report
that Card Factory has traded well
through the competitive Christmas
trading period, with customers once
again responding positively to our
card and non-card ranges.”
Card Factory was founded by
Dean Hoyle, the owner of
Huddersfield Town football club, and
his wife, Janet, in 1997.
EVENING STANDARD
NEWS
2-30
VOICES
16-20
FRiDAY
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RETAIL
John Lewis sales rise as it
pledges to keep prices low
By Ros Snowdon
John Lewis warned yesterday that
its annual profits would take a hit
because it was determined to keep
prices low for customers at a time of
soaring costs.
The department stores chain
reported good like-for-like sales
growth of 3.1 per cent in the six weeks
to 30 December, while its sister
company Waitrose booked a sales
increase of 1.5 per cent.
But the chairman, Sir Charlie
Mayfield, said that John Lewis’s
commitment to being “never
knowingly undersold” – the chain’s
price-matching promise – alongside
soaring costs linked to the Brexit-hit
pound, would dent full-year profits.
“The pressure on margins seen
in the first half of the year has
intensified because of our choice
to maintain competitive prices,
despite higher costs mainly due to
the weaker exchange rate,” he said
yesterday. “This will negatively
affect full-year financial results as
indicated previously.”
The plunge in sterling following
the June 2016 referendum has driven
up costs for businesses and hit
consumer confidence, hammering
retailers in particular.
Sir Charlie said that he expected
trading to be “volatile” this year
because of the economic environment
Gross sales
at John Lewis
stores rose by
3.6 per cent to
£1bn PA
and structural changes taking place
in the retail industry. On a brighter
note, John Lewis said that its “Black
Friday” week in November was the
busiest ever, including a record hour
for online trading.
Waitrose said it created a “real
festive buzz” as it launched 500 new
products, such as Heston Citrus
Sherbert Lazy Gin, which sold a
month’s worth of stock in one day.
Gross sales at the partnership rose
by 2.5 per cent to £1.96bn. Waitrose
recorded a 1.4 per cent increase in
gross sales to £928m, while John
Lewis reported a 3.6 per cent rise to
£1bn. The John Lewis partnership is
due to report full-year results for the
financial year ending on 27 January
on 8 March. As a partnership, John
Lewis is owned by a trust on behalf of
all its employees.
John Lewis has 50 stores
in the UK and is opening
another at Westfield White City in
March. It also controls about 350
Waitrose supermarkets.
Britons cutting back on overdrafts and loans
Britons are cutting back on
overdrafts and personal loans, with a
Bank of England survey showing the
first drop in demand since 2015.
Despite stable demand for creditcard lending, alternative forms
Outlook
DAVID
COKER
Kodak’s foray into
cryptocurrencies
is revolutionary
N
ew s t h a t Ko d a k , a
company that completely
missed out on the digital
photography evolution,
is now trying again
with cryptocurrencies has caused
its share price to surge in the past
few days. But is the excitement
warranted, and is Kodak’s move
BUSINESS SPORT
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55-63
i FRIDAY
12 JANUARY 2018
CONSUMER
AmazonFresh
delivers 20%
cut on main UK
grocers’ prices
By Kalyeena Makortoff
FINANCE
By Michael Bow
TV
38-39
of borrowing dried up in the final
quarter of 2017.
Banks also trimmed the availability
of non-credit-card lending to
spenders last year as they tightened
the criteria used to assess borrowers.
Lenders also expected to reject the
biggest number of applicants for
unsecured customer loans since the
last quarter of 2008.
However, household demand
for remortgage loans surged as
people looked to head off the Bank’s
interest-rate rise last year. The base
rate rose from 0.25 per cent to 0.5
per cent in November.
a sign of more cryptobranding to
come? The answer to both questions
is an unreserved yes.
By delving into cryptocurrencies,
Kodak promises to solve two longstanding problems in one fell swoop.
This is insuring that photographers
get paid for fair use of their work
while proving ownership.
Kodak has decided to develop
its own cryptotechnology. While
full details underlying this decision
weren’t disclosed, one can’t help but
wonder if bitcoin’s notorious price
volatility and high transmission
fees were factors. Many companies
have recently stopped accepting
payments in bitcoin for these
reasons. By creating a proprietary
cryptocurrency, Kodak avoids both
of these problems.
Regardless of the specific reasons,
the underlying cryptocurrency
technology will position Kodak as
agent, financial intermediary and
banker for photographers. Effectively
Kodak will be able to control the
full life cycle of a photograph’s use,
extracting a fee at every stage. This
is unprecedented.
At the genesis of Kodak’s services
will be ownership verification. Once a
photograph is accepted by Kodak for
management, a unique “hash” will be
calculated. Effectively a fingerprint
of the photograph, Kodak will be able
to not only prove ownership but also
scan the web for unauthorised usage.
Cryptocurrency
tech
hnology will position
Kodak as agent... and banker
for photographers
E ve n m o re exc i t i n gl y, n o t
only can unauthorised usage of
photographs be detected but full
negotiation and payment for the
rights can be automated by means
of what are called “smart contracts”.
These digital contracts eliminate
the need for human interaction,
AmazonFresh is undercutting UK
supermarket prices by up to 20 per
cent, putting further pressure on
grocers as the online firm increases its
dominance in Britain’s retail market.
A study by the Oliver Wyman
consultancy used a price-checked
basket of 50 different items to
compare the cost of shopping from
AmazonFresh against the cost of
online products at major grocers.
Accounting for both own-label and
branded products in the first week of
January, AmazonFresh was found to
be selling at an 11 per cent discount
to Tesco, and a 12 per cent discount
to Ocado. The price gap grew to
15 per cent compared with Morrisons
and 19 per cent
versus Sainsbury’s.
But
when
stripped of
promotions
including multibuy offers, that
gap widened
t o a ny w h e r e
between 15 and
25 per cent against
UK competitors,
who are already dealing with
tough competition and thin margins.
Nick Harrison a retail partner
at Oliver Wyman, said its analysis
proved that AmazonFresh had longterm and “very serious” ambitions
in the grocery sector. He added: “I
don’t think the supermarkets are
as aware as they might be, because
AmazonFresh is still relatively small
and it’s only available in a smallish
number of locations.”
The service is available in 302
postcode areas in London, Surrey,
Hertfordshire, Hampshire and
Bedfordshire. Mr Harrison said
that Amazon was taking a longterm perspective in drawing new
customers and was happy “not to
make money for quite a while”.
allowing Kodak to neatly undercut
legacy service providers with their
embedded cost structures.
So it looks as though the excitement
for Kodak’s decision is warranted,
and there is more cryptobranding on
the way. Recent developments have
proven that almost any company
claiming some association with
bitcoin or cryptocurrencies will see
their share prices soar.
This is reminiscent of the 1990s
“dot-com” bubble, with internet
substituted for cryptocurrency. But
l there is a shred of validity to the
excitement. As more people become
acquainted with its capabilities,
we’ll probably see additional, even
more startling, applications. The
KodakCoin shouldn’t be viewed as
a one-off, rather another sign that a
significant revolution is under way.
David Coker is a lecturer in finance at
Westminster Business School at the
University of Westminster
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From the
business
pages
Height restrictions
raise home prices
The Irish Times
The head of one of Ireland’s
biggest homebuilders has said
the cost of apartments in Dublin
could be lowered by about 20
per cent if it was allowed to
construct residential blocks
of up to nine storeys in the
city centre. Cairn is building
122 high-spec apartments
over seven storeys at the Irish
capital’s Grand Canal Docks
area, at an average price of
€600,000 (£531,000) each.
Indonesia aims to
invest $17bn in oil
The Jakarta Post
Indonesia is setting its sights
on $17bn (£12.6bn) of oil and
gas investment this year, but
there will have to be a big
improvement on 2017. The
sector recorded the lowestever investment in 2017 at only
$10.18bn, of which $9.33bn
was in the upstream oil and
gas business and $845.58m in
the downstream business. Oil
investment in 2014 was $20.7bn.
Germany’s building
boom about to end
Deutsche Welle
Germany’s building boom is
“coming to an end”, experts say,
despite a deepening housing
shortage. The German Institute
for Economic Research
said that private and public
investment in construction
will record only a “moderate
increase” in the coming years.
A number of other factors
will play into the construction
slowdown, the study found.
Montreal’s property
market heats up
Calgary Herald
Montreal was one of Canada’s
hottest property markets last
year, as low unemployment and
economic growth translated
into the area’s best sales growth
in a decade. Total sales rose
by 8 per cent to 44,448, with
growth in some of the city’s
most popular boroughs up by
20 per cent. That compared
with sales decreases of 18 per
cent recorded in the Greater
Toronto Area and 10 per cent in
Greater Vancouver.
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LEISURE
RETAIL
£35m of finance
saves Dreamland
House of Fraser
sales fall by 3%
One of the UK’s oldest
amusement parks, Dreamland
in Margate (left), has been
rescued from administration
after securing a £35m finance
package. Administrators
were appointed last year after
the park began to struggle
financially after reopening in
2015. The £35m was given by
asset manager Arrowgrass.
House of Fraser said its sales
slumped by 2.9 per cent in
the run-up to Christmas. The
troubled group – which revealed
it was asking landlords to cut
some of its rents – said the
drop came partly because it did
not offer heavy discounts over
December. Online sales fell by
7.5 per cent and it has recently
launched a new web portal.
RETAIL
OIL
Boohoo raises
forecasts again
Brent crude hits
three-year high
The online retailer Boohoo
has raised its sales forecast
for the year for the third
time. A series of acquisitions,
including PrettyLittleThing and
NastyGal, meant its revenues
doubled to £228.2m for the four
months to 31 December. Its
share price has risen by more
than 170 per cent since it floated
on the stock exchange in 2014.
The price of Brent crude hit
$70 (£52) yesterday for the
first time in three years, before
falling back slightly to $69.82.
The price of benchmark Brent
crude plummeted two years ago
because of an oversupply of the
commodity from oil-producing
countries. As a result, the price
fell to a low of less than $28 in
January 2016.
RETAIL
HOMES
AO World shares
jump as sales rise
Growing demand
boosts Barratt
Shares in AO World rose by
7.6 per cent to 141p after the
online retailer reported that
third-quarter sales over the
three months to 31 December
had risen by 16.6 per cent.
However, the company said
that it remained cautious
“given the uncertain UK
economic outlook”.
The housebuilder Barratt
Developments chalked up a
“strong” half-year performance,
driven by a rise in demand.
Forward sales rose by 2 per
cent to £2.4bn over the six
months ending in December, as
it cheered government policies
such as Help to Buy. But its
shares fell 2.7 per cent to 617p.
GAMBLING
MONEY
GVC’s rapid
growth continues
Savers are still
favouring bonds
GVC. the gambling giant soon to
take control of Ladbrokes Coral,
had a record end to the year
as its rapid growth continues.
The company, which owns
FoxyBingo, said revenues rose
21 per cent to €280m (£249m).
That means total revenue for
the year should top €1bn.
Savers continued to put
money in bond funds in
November, despite the rise in
interest rates, figures from
the Investment Association
show. “It’s hard to fathom why
bond funds have gained such
popularity,” said Laith Khalaf, of
Hargreaves Lansdown.
the
markets
The Christmas sparkle was wiped
off retail stocks after Marks &
Spencer served up a turkey by
reporting steep falls in sales of
food and clothing. M&S was the
biggest faller on the FTSE 100,
dropping by 22.8p to 301.2p.
***
Next and the owner of Primark,
Associated British Foods, also fell
foul of the retail sell-off. Their
shares fell by 77p to 4,963p and 23p
to 2,818p, respectively. However,
the FTSE 100 index still managed
a record a high, rising 14.43 points
to 7,762.94. The FTSE 250 fell by 22
points to 20,737.92, dragged down
by Card Factory’s slump to 225.8p.
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12 JANUARY 2018
51
PENSIONS
Retirement incomes ‘are
starting to bounce back’
By Vicky Shaw
People retiring this year have the
highest typical expectations for
their incomes in at least a decade,
a report has found.
On average, those retiring in
2018 expect to have an income of
£19,900 a year – the highest figure
since Prudential started collating
is annual research in 2008.
The “class of 2018” anticipates
having an average income which is
10 per cent higher than those who
ended their working lives last year,
whose average expected annual
retirement income was £18,100.
Expected retirement incomes
are now £1,200 higher than the
£18,700 people retiring in 2008
were anticipating.
The report found that expected
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How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 57
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Killer Sudoku No 1183
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Minesweeper
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Futoshiki
How to play
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once in each row
and column. The
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less than signs
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where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
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Peel the garlic and the ginger.
Finely chop them and put into a bowl.
Add the yoghurt, lemon juice, paprika,
turmeric and cumin.
Finely chop the chilli along with the
seeds and add to the mix.
Season with a little salt and black
pepper and mix well.
Make some cuts in the top of the lamb.
Rub the paste over the top of the lamb
and into the cuts.
Put the lamb into a roasting dish.
Pour some water in the bottom of the
dish – just enough to cover the base of
the tin.
Cover the lamb loosely with some tin
foil – roast in the oven for 120 mins.
Top the water up in the bottom of the
roasting dish as you’re roasting – this
helps to steam and roast the lamb at the
same time.
Take the lamb out of the oven –
cover with another piece of tin foil
and allow the lamb to rest for 15 mins
before carving.
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80g Greek yogurt
15g piece fresh ginger
1 small red chilli (about 9gm)
1 flat teaspoon ground cumin
1 flat teaspoon turmeric
1 flat teaspoon paprika
2 cloves garlic
Juice ½ lemon
Sea salt and black pepper
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How to play Fill the empty squares with
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ACROSS 1 Bow, 3 Sting (Boasting), 8 Incommunicado, 9 Xenon, 10 Details,
12 Toastmaster, 15 Also-ran, 16 Inert, 19 North Carolina, 21 Yield, 22 Yet.
DOWN 1 Bacon, 2 Womaniser, 3 Ski, 4 Imagine, 5 Grouse, 6 Jinx, 7 Fundamental,
11 Testimony, 13 Observe, 14 Jaunty, 17 Exist, 18 Thaw, 20 Hod.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 24;
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3 Courage (6)
7 Circumference (5)
8 Expert
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10 Conflagration (7)
11 Under (5)
12 Evade (5)
17 Urticaria (5)
18 Citrus fruit (7)
19 Predicament (7)
21 Bird of prey (5)
22 Small smooth
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RUGBY UNION
It’s tight at top, admits Blackadder
By Andrew Baldock
Todd Blackadder has underlined the
“real challenge” that awaits his Bath
team in tonight’s European Champions Cup match against the Scarlets.
Bath currently top Pool Five in
the race for a quarter-final place,
but three-time European champions
Toulon are level with them and Scarlets lie third, just one point behind.
It is the tightest of this season’s
five Champions Cup groups, and
Bath know that defeat against a side
they beat in west Wales three months
ago could destroy their last-eight
ambitions.
“It is a real challenge,” Bath rugby
director Blackadder said, ahead of
the Recreation Ground encounter.
“We did a lot of homework and
analysis on them before the first
game, and I can clearly see why they
are a quality side.
“They are a team that will come firing. They are still in this competition
with a lot to play for, so it’s a big game
for both teams.
“They are a quality team, and in
no way would we underestimate just
what damage they can do with the
ball in hand.”
Bath are boosted by the return of
international flanker Sam Underhill,
Scarlets full-back Leigh
Halfpenny will miss
tonight’s game against Bath after
failing a fitness test on a pectoral
muscle injury. Rhys Patchell will
start in the Wales international’s
place.
Sam Underhill returns for Bath for his first match since November GETTY
who has not played due to concussion
symptoms since England’s victory
over Australia in November, while
wing Matt Banahan also features
after recovering from a foot injury.
Johnny McNicholl is back for the
Scarlets, and centre Paul Asquith
has recovered from illness to partner
Scott Williams in midfield.
Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac
said: “We are really looking forward
to the occasion. It’s a must-win game
for both sides. We both know that. It’s
like a knockout game in itself. Competitive people like these sorts of
situations, so we are looking forward
to it.
“This week has been about trying to get our attacking game going
again. We just have to look back to
when we played Bath last time. They
were more disciplined and more
clinical than we were, and played the
conditions better than we did.”
Wales international back-row
forward Ross Moriarty, meanwhile,
makes only his second start of the
season when Gloucester continue
their European Challenge Cup campaign by tackling Agen in France
tonight.
Moriarty, who has been troubled
by a back problem, lines up in a side
showing 10 changes from the one
beaten by Aviva Premiership opponents Northampton last weekend.
Daley-Mclean:
Game for girls is
in ‘great place’
By Matt McGeehan
World Cup winner Katy
Daley-Mclean is leading the
recruitment drive to find more
female rugby players.
England Rugby’s Inner
Warrior Camps have already
attracted 10,500 women, 2,500
above the target, in their first
two years.
Now, the Rugby Football
Union is seeking to add to the
3,500 women and girls who
have picked up a rugby ball
for the first time which has
contributed to 41 new female
clubs being established.
Daley-Mclean, a World Cup
winner with England in 2014
and runner-up last year as New
Zealand won, said: “The World
Cup was another amazing
spectacle for our game. In
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creating a legacy, giving young
girls the chance to play, the
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“What you want is more
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Henderson’s tilt
at Triumph treble
rests on Style
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Nicky Henderson has already won
the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham a record six times and he has a
pretty firm stranglehold on the race
this time around, too, with classy recruits Apple’s Shakira and We Have
A Dream dominating the market.
And what odds a 1-2-3? Henderson
has a third potential live contender
in Style De Garde, who will also be
banging on his manager’s door for a
place on the Festival forward line if
he can score as stylishly at Huntingdon this afternoon, as he did at Newbury last month.
Henderson isn’t averse to going
mob-handed for the big prizes and he
has previous in the Triumph Hurdle,
having completed a clean sweep in
2015 with Peace And Co, Top Notch
and Hargam. And, unlike then, this
trio all have different owners.
The trainer was talking in glowing
terms about Style De Garde even before his English debut, while Harry
Herbert, racing manager to owners Highclere Thoroughbred Rac-
BEST OF HUNTINGDON
SMARKETS EBF ‘NATIONAL HUNT’ MAIDEN HURDLE
(CLASS 4) £7,000 added 2m
1
6-906 ARTHUR’S REUBEN Jennie Candlish 5 11 5 ....D G Noonan
2
80-4 CLASSULA Miss C Dyson 6 11 5...........................................I Popham
3
90U COBBLER’S SON H Daly 5 11 5................................................A Tinkler
4
1-77 COURT AFFAIRS J W Mullins 6 11 5 .............................J McGrath
5
0-89 ECHNATON Mrs L Wadham 5 11 5.................................. L Aspell H
6
4/34-3 FIRST DU CHARMIL S Drinkwater 6 11 5.......C Gethings (3)
7
1- LAD OF LUCK (D) Jonjo O’Neill 5 11 5...........Mr J J O’Neill (7)
8
54 LEAPAWAY P Hobbs 6 11 5 ....................................................T J O’Brien
9
468-40 MIDNIGHT CHILL J Snowden 6 11 5.............................. G Sheehan
10
6-44 PYRIOS P Hobbs 5 11 5.................................................................. R Johnson
11 4-35P7 SUPAKALANISTIC N Twiston-Davies 5 11 5.....S Twiston-Davies
12
3-39 TURTLE WARS N Henderson 5 11 5.................................... N Fehily
13
U WAHWONAISA D Bridgwater 6 11 5......................... T Cannon C
14 51F-22 ARIAN (BF) J Flint 6 10 12.................................................T Scudamore
15
1-8 MAIRE BANRIGH (BF) D Skelton 6 10 12.............H Skelton T
16
6244 ZOLTAN VARGA M Channon 4 10 7...................................D Crosse
- 16 declared BETTING: 11-4 Lad Of Luck, 4-1 Turtle Wars, 7-1 Maire Banrigh, First
Du Charmil, Arian, 10-1 Pyrios, 12-1 Midnight Chill, 14-1 Leapaway,
16-1 others.
SMARKETS CHATTERIS FEN JUVENILE HURDLE (CLASS
2) 4YO £25,000 added 2m
1
3-112 GUMBALL (D) P Hobbs 11 6 ..................................................... R Johnson
2
3-11 STYLE DE GARDE (D) N Henderson 11 6.Nico De Boinville H
3
311 AIGUILLE ROUGE G L Moore 10 13.........................Jamie Moore
4
43 EMBOLE D Skelton 10 12........................................................H Skelton H
5
5 ESPRIT DE SOMOZA N Williams 10 12 ..................Lizzie Kelly
- 5 declared BETTING: 11-10 Style De Garde, 11-8 Gumball, 8-1 Aiguille Rouge, 16-1
Embole, 25-1 Esprit De Somoza.
2.00
3.00
FORM VERDICT
BEST BET
Shyron
(2.20pm, Lingfield)
Strong finisher can gain fifth
track victory if he gets the breaks
late on.
NEXT BEST
Style De Garde
(3pm, Huntingdon)
Another hot Henderson juvenile
hurdler expected to underline
his Cheltenham credentials.
Jamie Moore, riding Not Another Muddle, on the way to winning the Novice’s
Handicap Steeplechase at Leicester yesterday GETTY
ing, couldn’t contain his excitement
post-race.
First things first, today’s test in
the Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle
isn’t simple with Philip Hobbs’s
grey Gumball likely to be a different
proposition to the horse outpointed
by Apple’s Shakira on deep ground
at Cheltenham in November.
Godolphin’s lightly-raced Mystique Moon will probably be a strong
fancy to continue Charlie Appleby’s
great start to 2018 in the Sunbets
Handicap at Lingfield.
But I’m not convinced this drop
back to seven furlongs will suit and
reckon it’s worth taking a chance instead that the still well-handicapped
7
3-1496 ACCORD D Bridgwater 8 10 6.......................................T Scudamore
FORM VERDICT
- 7 declared MYSTIQUE MOON had been off the track for a long time prior to his run
BETTING: 9-4 Terrefort, 5-2 Bentelimar, 6-1 Bobo Mac, Centurius, 8-1 over 1m here late last month. The drop back to 7f should be in his favour
and
he
is
fully
entitled
to
improve for that comeback performance.
Exitas, 12-1 The Boss’s Dream, Accord.
Early Morning was an impressive winner of a conditions event over
FORM VERDICT
C&D back in November and he was far from disgraced in a French
Nicky Henderson won this prize last year with O O Seven and stable Listed event a few weeks later. Swift Approval and Right Touch are
debutant TERREFORT has been found a nice opening here by others to note.
connections to make a winning start to life in the UK. A hurdling and
32RED.COM NOVICE STAKES (CLASS 5) £5,800 added 6f
chasing winner in France, the five-year-old has plenty of scope for
improvement and looks the type that this yard often thrives with.
Bentelimar was far from disgraced when third at Cheltenham last 1
34712- ENVISAGING (D) J Fanshawe 4 9 9................................A Kirby T 3
month, while Exitas could outrun his potentially lofty odds for Phil 2
0/V72- NAUTICAL HAVEN (D) K Ryan 4 9 6........................ C Noble (5) 4
Middleton.
3
67450- VOLATILE J Osborne 4 9 6....................................................D Costello 1
4
361- KARIJINI (D) Archie Watson 4 9 4.............................E Greatrex 6
SMARKETS MARES’ MAIDEN HURDLE (CLASS 4) £7,000 5
0- CATHEADANS FURY M Bosley 4 8 11.....................R Havlin T 5
added 2m 5f
6
4- DIRAYAH G Peckham 4 8 11...............................................K O’Neill B 2
- 6 declared 1
415/PP ATTRACTIVE LIASON N Mulholland 8 11 4 ..........N Fehily T
2
33/2- COSTANTE VIA N Twiston-Davies 7 11 4 .........J Bargary (3) BETTING: 15-8 Nautical Haven, 11-4 Envisaging, 3-1 Volatile, 6-1 Karijini,
10-1 Dirayah, 33-1 Catheadans Fury.
3
245 DIVA DU MAQUIS Noel Williams 5 11 4........W Hutchinson
4
172 DORY (BF) W Greatrex 5 11 4............................................... R Johnson
5
FROZEN MOTION C Longsdon 6 11 4...........Jonathan Burke
6
321-22 LITTLE MILLIE N King 6 11 4................................................T Whelan T
SUN BETS CONDITIONS STAKES (CLASS 3) £11,500
7
6/2-3 MYTHICAL LEGEND Miss E Lavelle 7 11 4................... L Aspell
added 7f
8 U44-54 NICHEINTHEMARKET C Fryer 6 11 4...........................H Skelton
53124- JALLOTA (D) C Hills 7 9 6..............................................P J McDonald 3
9
2623- OH MICHELLE (BF) N Twiston-Davies 7 11 4....S Twiston-Davies T 1
30710- AMAZOUR (C)(D) I Mohammed 6 9 2..................B A Curtis C 2
10 5833-5 POTTERS SAPPHIRE Mrs L Wadham 5 11 4 ......... D Jacob B 2
3
/1757BRITTANIC (CD)(BF) D M Simcock 4 9 2.........J P Spencer 4
11
05 SHE’S GINA J W Mullins 5 11 4............................................J McGrath
7700-4 MY TARGET (D) M Wigham 7 9 2.....................................F Norton 1
12
543-4 STONEBRIGG LEGEND Mrs S Humphrey 6 11 4.....N Scholfield 4
406/8- NELSON’S HILL W De Best-Turner 8 9 2......K Lundie (5) 5
13
57 STRAWBERRY SPIRIT Miss Amy Murphy 5 11 4.J Quinlan 5
- 5 declared 14
21-2 THE VOCALIST N Henderson 6 11 4 ......... Nico De Boinville
BETTING: Evens Jallota, 9-4 My Target, 5-1 Amazour, 7-1 Brittanic, 150-1
15
42-F YOUKNOWELL P Webber 5 11 4...................................R McLernon Nelson’s Hill.
16
79 I CARE DES SOURCES Jonjo O’Neill 4 10 5........K Moore (3)
FORM VERDICT
- 16 declared BETTING: 5-2 Dory, 10-3 The Vocalist, 5-1 Oh Michelle, 10-1 Little Millie, JALLOTA is the class act on show here and was last seen finishing
Costante Via, 14-1 Mythical Legend, Youknowell, 16-1 Frozen Motion, a good fourth in Listed company at Newmarket back in November.
Charlie Hills’ previous Group Three winner is fancied to prove a class
20-1 others.
above these rivals and can give weight and a beating to Brittanic. The
latter still has scope for further improvement and wasn’t disgraced
went sent off favourite for a handicap here last time, while My Target
could prove a live threat if transferring his strong Lingfield form to
PLAY STARBURST SLOT AT SUNBETS.CO.UK/VEGAS
this track.
HANDICAP (CLASS 2) £19,000 added 7f
3.20
4.00
BEST OF NEWCASTLE
6.45
Nicky Henderson has won two of the last six renewals of this and saddles
Newbury winner Style De Garde, an eight-length winner on his UK
debut and looks well worth his place stepping up in class for a yard that
have a fine record with their juveniles. Aiguille Rouge has done little
wrong on his last couple of starts at Fontwell but the aforementioned
pair need to step up to trouble GUMBALL. Philip Hobbs’ grey looked
to have excuses when beaten by Apple’s Shakira at Cheltenham in
80013- EARLY MORNING (CD) H Dunlop 7 9 7............H Crouch (3) 7
November, having stopped quickly compared to his first two efforts 1
98648- MR SCARAMANGA (C) S Dow 4 9 6..................................A Kirby 5
over timber, and is expected to return to his best with the yard 2
beginning to bounce back after a relatively quiet spell.
3
30703- SUZI’S CONNOISSEUR (D) S C Williams 7 9 2...S Levey H,T 6
4
1124- MYSTIQUE MOON (D)(BF) C Appleby 4 9 0T Marquand 4
SMARKETS CHASE (NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP)
5
0029-2 SWIFT APPROVAL (D) S C Williams 6 8 12Oisin Murphy B 1
(CLASS 3) £13,400 added 2m 4f
6
42492- RIGHT TOUCH (D) R Fahey 8 8 9 ...................................B McHugh 8
09112- UNFORGIVING MINUTE (CD) J Butler 7 8 8 ......... K O’Neill 2
1 3U2603 BENTELIMAR (D) C Longsdon 9 11 8............Jonathan Burke 7
03891- SHYRON (CD) G Margarson 7 8 6 .....................Jane Elliott (5) 3
2
F11382 EXITAS P W Middleton 10 11 5.................................M Bastyan (5) 8
- 8 declared 3
6-1313 TERREFORT N Henderson 5 11 4 .............................................D Jacob
BETTING:
11-4 Swift Approval, 7-2 Mystique Moon, 6-1 Suzi’s
4
11P7/6 THE BOSS’S DREAM N King 10 10 13.............................T Whelan
5
21-84F BOBO MAC (D) T Symonds 7 10 13..........................Jamie Moore Connoisseur, Right Touch, 13-2 Unforgiving Minute, 8-1 Shyron, 10-1
6
62154- CENTURIUS (C) Miss V Williams 8 10 6............C Deutsch (3) Early Morning, 14-1 Mr Scaramanga.
BEST OF LINGFIELD
2.20
3.30
7.15
1
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
SUNBETS.CO.UK HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £10,150 added 7f
76308- STEELRIVER (D) J F Levins (IRE) 8 9 7Sean Kirrane (7) H
/16003574-2
720280785-2
4154247737/332-6
7215-
GLORIOUS POLITICS (C) T D Barron 4 9 7.........B A Curtis 3
WAARIF (BF) D O’Meara 5 9 4...............Daniel Tudhope T,V 2
KREB’S CYCLE I Williams 4 9 2...............................................G Lee C 9
TOMMY G (D) J Goldie 5 9 1.....................................Phil Dennis (3) 7
DEANSGATE (D) Julie Camacho 5 9 0............P Mulrennan 5
MY AMIGO (C) K Burke 5 9 0 .................................... P J McDonald 4
EBTKAAR M Appleby 4 8 12 ..................................................A Mullen 6
SMUGGLERS CREEK (D)(BF) I Jardine 4 8 10 .... T Eaves 11
ONE TO WATCH
Veteran staying chaser
Milborough shaped nicely at
Catterick following his long
lay-off and may not be quite
finished yet.
Shyron will find the gaps as fortunately as he did when swooping fast
and late for a fourth course success
last month.
10 08822- MANSFIELD (D)(BF) M Wigham 5 8 9 ............. F Norton H 10
11 43221- SAMPHIRE COAST D Shaw 5 8 8...................... P Mathers H,V 8
- 11 declared BETTING: 4-1 Waarif, 11-2 Deansgate, 6-1 Tommy G, Samphire Coast,
7-1 Mansfield, 8-1 Smugglers Creek, 12-1 My Amigo, Steelriver, Kreb’s
Cycle, 16-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
WAARIF was touched off by a nose over 1m here earlier in the month
and has leading claims while competing off his old mark, which is
actually 1lb lower than last time, before his future 5lb rise comes into
play. Tommy G ran a cracker over an inadequate 5f here last time and
should give the selection plenty to think about now stepped back up in
trip. Deansgate rattled the crossbar over C&D when last sighted and
could also be difficult to keep out of the frame.
BEST OF SEDGEFIELD
1.40
BETFRED NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4) £6,300 added
2m 4f
IT’LL DO RIGHTLY Caroline Mccaldin (IRE) 10 11 9.....A P Cawley
QUICK PICK (CD) Jennie Candlish 7 11 9..........Sean Quinlan
BEAU SANCY Kenny Johnson 6 11 2 ...Ross Chapman (5) T
GRIMTHORPE Miss T Jackson 7 11 2......................................A Nicol
HENRY’S JOY D McCain 5 11 2................................................B Hughes
SCORPO V Thompson 7 11 2..............................Mr D Delahunt (7)
SHULAMMITE MAN Sally Haynes 5 11 2.......N Moscrop (5)
STEEL RUN N Mechie 6 11 2.................................Sam Coltherd (5)
TAB HOGARTH Kenneth Slack 5 11 2...C McCormack (3) H
FENCOTE BELLE J M Jefferson 5 10 9..............J Hamilton (3)
- 10 declared BETTING: 11-8 Quick Pick, 7-4 It’ll Do Rightly, 7-2 Henry’s Joy, 20-1
Shulammite Man, 33-1 Tab Hogarth, Beau Sancy, Scorpo, Fencote Belle,
50-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
F4/1-1
2-2U31
00-996
8-8P
32-24
P9/25P
PPP5U
70P
FORM VERDICT
QUICK PICK took the scalp of a useful Dan Skelton inmate when scoring
with ease over course and distance on Boxing Day and can follow up in
this. It’ll Do Rightly scored well enough at Catterick to suggest he could
be a player and he has to be respected for his Irish raiding handler
who runs her horses sporadically on these shores. Henry’s Joy was
not overly disgraced on his hurdles bow, but will need to improve to
land a telling blow here, however, he looks the one with most potential
in the field.
2.40
1
2
3
4
5
6
SEDGEFIELD WINTER CONFERENCE OFFER HANDICAP
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £7,749 added 2m 1f
8-4215
232258
113535
83-242
111-80
21
BULKOV (CD) M Hammond 6 12 3......Miss Becky Smith (7)
NICELY INDEED P Kirby 8 11 12 .............................................A Nicol H
PRINCE KHURRAM (CD) D McCain 8 11 10Will Kennedy T
BLACK ART Mrs S Smith 6 11 7.................................Sean Quinlan
MODULUS (CD) P Winks 9 11 5.........................Ryan Winks (5) V
CANNY STYLE K Ryan 5 11 3.....................................................B Hughes
- 6 declared BETTING: 13-8 Canny Style, 3-1 Black Art, 4-1 Bulkov, 11-2 Prince
Khurram, 8-1 Nicely Indeed, 25-1 Modulus.
Results service
CHELMSFORD CITY
Going: Standard
5.55 1. TITAN GODDESS (Nicola Currie) 15-8 jt-fav;
2. Ted’s Brother 20-1; 3. Nature Boy 3-1. 7 ran. 15-8
jt-fav Ross Raith Rover (4th). 4l, 11/2l. (Mike Murphy).
6.30 1. ESPRESSO FREDDO (A Kirby) 11-4; 2. Cainhoe
Star 4-1; 3. Amazing Grazing 7-1. 8 ran. 5-2 fav Arnarson (5th). 1/2l, nk. (Robert Stephens).
7.00 1. WIMPOLE HALL (R Havlin) 15-8 fav; 2. Maifalki
7-1; 3. Graceful James 9-2. 8 ran. 23/4l, 1l. (W Jarvis).
7.30 1. WESTERN WAY (A Kirby) 3-1 fav; 2. Spiritoftomintoul 9-2; 3. Too Many Shots 4-1. 8 ran. 1l,
4l. (D Cantillon).
8.00 1. MARSHALL AID (Nicola Currie) 7-2; 2. With
Hindsight 5-1; 3. Udogo 5-1. 8 ran. 15-8 fav Arcadian
Sea (4th). 5l, 2l. (M Usher).
8.30 1. SPARE PARTS (Nicola Currie) 9-4; 2. Mercury
11-8 fav; 3. Deben 12-1. 9 ran. nk, 7l. (P McEntee).
9.00 1. GOOD BUSINESS (A Kirby) 4-1; 2. Frank The
Barber 10-1; 3. Drop Kick Murphi 7-1. 9 ran. 9-4 fav
Black Truffle (5th). 13/4l, shd. (H Spiller).
Placepot: £39.50. Quadpot: £7.20.
Place 6: £26.25. Place 5: £11.06.
CATTERICK Going: Soft
12.30 1. CORNERSTONE LAD (H Brooke) 7-1; 2. Turning Gold 9-4; 3. Shine Baby Shine 28-1. 11 ran. 15-8 fav
Crushed (7th). 1l, 11l. (M Hammond).
1.00 1. CHU CHU PERCY (Ross Chapman) 11-8 fav;
2. Tailor Tom 9-4; 3. Gogo Baloo 18-1. 5 ran. 2l, 42l.
(A Whillans).
1.30 1. DRESDEN (B Hughes) 5-2 jt-fav; 2. Discoverie
28-1; 3. Cracking Find 11-2. 7 ran. 5-2 jt-fav Un Prophete
(Pulled Up). 4l, 8l. (Henry Oliver).
2.05 1. HEAR NO EVIL (H Skelton) 4-6 fav; 2. Sam’s
Gunner 20-1; 3. Planet Nine 4-1. 10 ran. 1l, nk. (D
Skelton).
2.35 1. I JUST KNOW (Sean Quinlan) 4-1 cofav; 2. Billy
Bronco 11-2; 3. Point The Way 13-2. 9 ran. 4-1 cofav Sun
Cloud (6th), 4-1 cofav Golden Investment (Unseated
Rider). 15l, 21/4l. (Mrs S Smith).
3.10 1. CRACKDELOUST (B Hughes) 4-1; 2. Niceandeasy
3-1 jt-fav; 3. Astaroland 10-1. 8 ran. 3-1 jt-fav Pokora
Du Lys (7th). 21/4l, 6l. (B Ellison).
3.45 1. STEEL CITY (Will Kennedy) 5-1; 2. Nendrum
11-10 fav; 3. Hit And Run 6-1. 10 ran. 1/2l, 23/4l. (M W
Easterby).
Jackpot: £3,045.10. Placepot: £53.60. Quadpot: £11.20.
Place 6: £24.57. Place 5: £8.02.
LEICESTER
Going: Chase: soft; hurdle: heavy
12.45 1. NOT ANOTHER MUDDLE (Jamie Moore) 5-4
fav; 2. Vocaliser 5-1; 3. Glance Back 25-1. 8 ran. 21/4l,
31/4l. (G L Moore). Tote: £1.80; £1.10, £1.20, £7.10. Exacta:
£8.60. Tricast: £106.35. Trifecta: £129.60. CSF: £8.24.
1.15 1. ROBIN OF LOCKSLEY (Sean Bowen) 6-5 fav;
2. Hansupfordetroit 4-1; 3. Hill Fort 8-1. 8 ran. 10l, 12l.
(Mrs C Bailey). Tote: £1.70; £1.02, £1.20, £2.80. Exacta:
£6.40. Trifecta: £21.90. CSF: £6.30.
1.45 1. ACTING LASS (N Fehily) 7-4 fav; 2. Ballyarthur
3-1; 3. Ballydine 5-2. 4 ran. 11/4l, 6l. (H Fry). Tote: £1.90;
Exacta: £5.30. Trifecta: £10.60. CSF: £6.80.
2.20 1. THE NEW PHARAOH (Mr J J O’Neill) 8-1; 2.
Banjo Girl 3-1; 3. Clash Of D Titans 13-2. 12 ran. 11-4
fav Dessinateur (4th). 21/2l, 6l. (Laura Morgan). Tote:
£16.80; £2.30, £1.40, £1.70. Exacta: £34.00. Trifecta:
£222.60. CSF: £31.62. NR: Well Smitten.
2.50 1. ZAYFIRE ARAMIS (T Scudamore) 10-1; 2.
Minella For Me 4-1 fav; 3. Caprice D’anglais 12-1.
15 ran. 3/4l, 11/4l. (M Scudamore). Tote: £8.40; £2.60,
£2.00, £5.60. Exacta: £59.30. Tricast: £497.88. Trifecta:
£398.30. CSF: £48.59.
3.25 1. MR ANTOLINI (S Twiston-Davies) 6-1; 2. Du
Soleil 7-1; 3. Shanroe Saint 8-1. 12 ran. 11-2 fav Balgemmois (4th). 13/4l, 1/2l. (N Twiston-Davies). Tote: £6.50;
£2.50, £1.90, £3.00. Exacta: £30.00. Tricast: £336.52.
Trifecta: £296.20. CSF: £46.10.
Placepot: £66.00. Quadpot: £38.90.
Place 6: £77.91. Place 5: £45.86.
NEWCASTLE Going: Standard
1.55 1. MAMBO DANCER (J Fanning) 3-1; 2. The Resdev
Way 8-1; 3. Gabrial’s Star 10-1. 7 ran. 9-4 fav Belle De
Lawers (Unseated Rider). 11/2l, 13/4l. (M Johnston). Tote:
£4.30; £2.10, £5.70. Exacta: £38.20. Trifecta: £202.70.
CSF: £27.10.
2.25 1. ESSPEEGEE (Miss J Cooley) 6-5 fav; 2. Henpecked 13-2; 3. Leonard Thomas 8-1. 8 ran. 11/4l, hd.
(A Bailey). Tote: £1.60; £1.10, £1.90, £2.20. Exacta:
£6.30. Tricast: £45.32. Trifecta: £31.70. CSF: £10.02.
NR: Best Example.
3.00 1. THEGLASGOWWARRIOR (P J McDonald)
8-11 fav; 2. Somnambulist 7-1; 3. Itlaaq 8-1. 9 ran. 11/4l,
4l. (J Goldie). Tote: £1.60; £1.10, £2.10, £2.10. Exacta:
£7.50. Tricast: £25.57. Trifecta: £19.50. CSF: £6.43. NR:
Falcon’s Fire.
3.35 1. FLAG FESTIVAL (T Marquand) 2-1; 2. Tabernas
2-1; 3. Battle Lines 7-4 fav. 4 ran. 21/4l, 33/4l. (C Appleby).
Tote: £3.30; Exacta: £10.90. Trifecta: £13.50. CSF: £6.48.
NR: The Jungle Vip.
4.05 1. WINDSOR CROSS (B McHugh) 7-2; 2. Jellmood
9-4; 3. Blue Harmony 7-1. 5 ran. 13-8 fav Joe’s Spirit
(4th). 13/4l, 1/2l. (R Fahey). Tote: £5.60; £2.00, £1.10. Exacta:
£11.80. Trifecta: £29.10. CSF: £11.46.
4.35 1. MEMORIES GALORE (T Hamilton) 4-1; 2.
Hakam 4-1; 3. Doc Sportello 8-1. 7 ran. 3-1 fav Aleef (6th).
ns, 1/2l. (Roger Fell). Tote: £5.00; £2.40, £2.30. Exacta:
£23.60. Trifecta: £129.80. CSF: £20.33.
5.05 1. THREE WEEKS (J Fanning) 6-4; 2. Native Appeal 5-4 fav; 3. Danzay 7-2. 3 ran. 2l, 8l. (W Haggas).
Tote: £2.50; Exacta: £3.30. Trifecta: £3.60. CSF: £3.67.
NR: Holy Shambles.
Placepot: £141.80. Quadpot: £28.80.
Place 6: £95.71. Place 5: £23.03.
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CRICKET
Hales has ‘learned
his lesson’ from
the Stokes saga,
insists Morgan
which brought a painful end to his
258-9 own Ashes campaign.
As well as Morgan’s anchoring
knock, a 76-ball stay containing seven
ENGLAND
259-5 fours and two sixes, Jonny Bairstow
Morgan 81no, Hales 52
England win by five wickets
(36) and Jason Roy (40) made
decent contributions.
By Rory Dollard
And there was an encouraging 52
AT THE DRUMMOYNE OVAL
from Alex Hales, in his first England
innings since September’s night out
England began to put their Ashes in Bristol, the ramifications of which
woes behind them as their one-day continue to keep Ben Stokes away
side beat a Cricket Australia XI in from the international set-up.
comprehensive fashion to kick off
Hales was interviewed by police
the limited-overs leg of the tour and suspended for the final two oneDown Under.
day internationals against West InJust three days after the final
dies at the end of the summer for
throes of their 4-0 Test dehis part in the altercation.
feat, the tourists switched
And Morgan was pleased
formats and recorded
with the batsman, who
a five-wicket victory
was cleared by the poagainst opponents
lice but could still face
featuring just one
ECB charges, in his
Runs scored by Alex
full international in
return to the side.
Hales yesterday,
Matt Renshaw.
Morgan said: “Obcoming off 35 balls,
including four fours
Having restricted
viously, there was an
and
three
sixes
the hosts to 258 for nine
issue around it and he
on the back of spinner
knows what he did was
Adil Rashid’s three for 45,
wrong and certainly I think
captain Eoin Morgan hit an unhe’s learnt his lesson coming
beaten 81 to ensure his side reeled the back into the side.
target in with half their wickets intact
“He’s been given another chance
and 9.1 overs unbowled.
to prove [himself]. He wasn’t hesiJoe Root was restricted to net tant at any stage. I thought he played
practice following the viral illness extremely well.” Against a toothless
CRICKET
TOUR MATCH
Australia Invitational XI v England, Sydney:
Australia Invitational XI 258-9 (40 overs; T J Dean
62, M W Harvey 59). England 259-5 (30.5 overs;
E J G Morgan 81no, A D Hales 52). England beat
Australia Invitational XI by 5 wickets.
DARTS
BDO LAKESIDE WORLD PROFESSIONAL
CH’SHIPS: FRIMLEY GREEN: MEN’S 2ND RD: J
Williams (GB) bt C Whitehead (Rep Ire) 4-3; M
Unterbuchner (Ger) bt M Phillips (GB) 4-2.
WOMEN’S QTR-FINALS: D Hedman (GB) bt S Prins
(Neth) 2-0; T Gulliver (GB) bt A de Graaf (Neth) 2-0;
L Ashton (GB) bt F Sherrock (GB) 2-0.
GOLF
EUROPEAN TOUR BMW SA: GAUTENG, SOUTH
AFRICA: FIRST RND: (Rsa unless stated, par 72):
65 C Koepka (US); B Grace; 66 C Paisley (GB); 67 N
Elvira (Sp); E Van Rooyen; B Neil (GB); R Sterne; 68
J Blaauw; M Wallace (GB); U Van Den Berg; J Kruyswijk; A Saddier (Fr); (a) K McClatchie; J Winther
(Den); (a) G Higgo; T Ferreira.
TENNIS
ATP & WTA APIA INTERNATIONAL SYDNEY,
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Men’s Quarter-finals: D
Medvedev (Rus) bt P Lorenzi (It) 6-3 6-3; (4) F
FOGNINI (It) bt (5) A MANNARINO (Fr) 6-7 (4-7) 7-6
(7-4) 6-2; A De Minaur (Aus) bt F Lopez (Sp) 6-4
6-4; B Paire (Fr) bt (2) G MULLER (Lux) 6-4 6-4.
Women’s Quarter-finals: D Gavrilova (Aus) bt
(1) G MUGURUZA (Sp) w/o; A Barty (Aus) bt B
Zahlavova Strycova (Cz Rep) 6-3 6-2; C Giorgi (It)
bt A Radwanska (Pol) 6-1 6-2; A Kerber (Ger) bt D
Cibulkova (Slovak) 6-3 6-1.
WTA HOBART INTERNATIONAL, HOBART,
AUSTRALIA: Women’s Quarter-finals: (5) L
TSURENKO (Ukr) bt A Sabalenka (Bela) 6-1 6-1;
M Buzarnescu (Rom) bt A Riske (US) 7-6 (7-5) 6-1;
H WATSON (GB) bt D Vekic (Croa) 6-0 6-4; (2) E
MERTENS (Bel) bt M Niculescu (Rom) w/o;
ATP ASB CLASSIC, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND:
Men’s Quarter-finals: R Haase (Neth) bt P Gojowczyk (Ger) 6-4 6-4; (5) R BAUTISTA AGUT (Sp) bt
J Vesely (Cz Rep) 7-6 (7-1) 6-2; D Ferrer (Sp) bt H
Chung (S Kor) 6-3 6-2; (2) J MARTIN DEL POTRO
(Arg) bt K Khachanov (Rus) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.
AUSTRALIA XI
Dean 62, Rashid 3-45
TODAY’S FIXTURES
FOOTBALL
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Sheffield Utd v Sheffield Wednesday(7.45)
52
BASKETBALL
BBL CH’SHIP: London v Cheshire, Newcastle v
Leicester, Sheffield v Surrey, Worcester v Bristol.
CRICKET
THIRD ODI: New Zealand v Pakistan (Dunedin,
10pm).
By Lawrence Ostlere
Tim Wellens, the Belgian cyclist
who refused to apply for a therapeutic use exemption during the
2017 Tour de France, has said the
public would be shocked by
the number of riders who
routinely use inhalers
and has called for an
end to “grey areas” in
the sport.
The 26-year-old
Lotto-Soudal rider
decided to abandon
last year’s Tour through
illness, despite having the
option to apply to use a Corticosteroid via a TUE similar to those
used by Bradley Wiggins prior to
three key races during his career,
which stirred controversy when
revealed in 2016.
Wellens reiterated his strong
stance for the abolishment of
TUEs in cycling – something
Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas
has also backed – suggesting he would not want to
benefit from the increased
breathing capacity they
provide, which he believes is “seven or eight
per cent”.
“I’m against inhalers, I have no desire
to improve my breathing by seven per cent
in that way,” Wellens
(right) told Belgian
radio station RTBF.
”When you start using inhalers then you can’t live without
them. I refuse to be dependent...
but a lot of riders use them.
“If the public knew the
number of riders who have an
inhaler... it’s huge.” His com-
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ments come at a time when debate
around the use of inhalers in the
sport is fierce, in the wake of Chris
Froome’s adverse analytical finding for excess levels of the asthma
drug Salbutamol found in a test result from the 2017 Veulta a Espana,
which the Briton has been asked
to explain to the sport’s governing
body, the UCI. Froome (far left)
maintains he stayed within the
prescribed dosage limits.
“Sometimes you have to make
decisions in life,” Wellens said.
“When I was a young cyclist, I
was on a team where five of my
seven team-mates used an inhaler. I can accept that a person
might need an inhaler, but not
five out of seven.
“I would prefer things to be
black or white, no grey areas.
We all know that cortisone
is in a grey area, it provides
many benefits in terms of
physical performance.
“When riders use it,
it’s obviously annoying. It’s called cheating.
Sometimes if you are
unwell then you have to use it.
But you can always decide to
[abandon the race] instead.”
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LGBT group in
renewed call to
change name of
Court Arena
“Mrs Court’s ongoing claims that
tennis has been infiltrated by lesbiTennis Australia is facing renewed ans and that older female players
calls to rename the Margaret Court have corrupted younger female playArena because of the former play- ers are homophobic at the very least
er’s repeated attacks on the LGBT and paint same-sex attracted people
community, ahead of next week’s as predatory opportunists.
Australian Open.
“These comments about the
Court, now a Christian minster, LGBTIQ community, more so than
has previously said that “gay
her stance on marriage
lobbyists” were influencequality, are the reason
ing the minds of chilthe Arena should be
dren to turn them into
renamed.”
homosexuals and
The court was retransgender people.
named in 2003 in
Grand Slam titles
She also avidly camtribute to Court, who
won by Margaret
paigned against gay
won 24 Grand Slams
Court – the most
marriage, which was
singles titles, more
won by any player,
introduced in Australia
than
any other male or
female or male
earlier this week.
female player in history.
“Mrs Court’s sporting
The Victorian Gay and
achievements are unquesLesbian Rights Lobby have
tionable, but her consistent attacks met with both Tennis Australia and
on the LGBTIQ community, includ- Melbourne and Olympic Parks in reing a fellow Australian tennis player cent months to voice their concerns.
and their family, fall well short of
Tennis Australia have previously
community expectation,” said Dale said that Court’s views “do not align
Park, the co-convenor of the Victo- with Tennis Australia’s values of
rian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby. equality, inclusion and diversity.”
By Tim Wigmore
24
Margaret Court
greets some young
fans during the
Australian Open in
Melbourne in 2013
GETTY
The Upshot Tim Wigmore
Changing name back will only be courting more controversy
S
trolling around Melbourne
Park, the site of the
Australian Open, at the
start of the year, there was
a plaque on the ground by
an outside court. It said, simply,
‘Yes!’, emblazoned on a background
of red, orange, yellow, green, blue
and purple tennis balls: a symbol of
the tennis community’s support for
equal marriage in Australia, which
became legal earlier this week.
A few hundred metres away,
one of the Australian Open’s show
courts is named after someone
who has called homosexuality an
ungodly “lust for the flesh”. She
has described LGBT tendencies in
young people as “all the devil”. And
she has said that LGBT activists
“get in the minds of the children”
in a way reminiscent of Hitler and
communism.
These are the words of Margaret
Court, who won 24 Grand Slam
singles titles, which remains more
than any other male or female
player in history. Her tennis
prowess, though, has long ceased
to matter. Instead, her incendiary
words about the LGBT community
– she has also pledged to boycott
the airline Qantas because of its
support for gay marriage, and
denounced women’s tennis as “full
of lesbians” – has caused a schism
in the sport and beyond.
Does her language matter? Or
should the third largest court
in Melbourne remain named
the Margaret Court Arena, out
of celebration of Court’s tennis
brilliance?
It is this brilliance in sport that has
afforded Court a national platform
to air her views, far exceeding that
which would ordinarily be granted to
a pastor. Court had been derogatory
about LGBT people before but
stepped up her campaign last year,
before the public vote on whether to
legalise gay marriage in Australia,
including writing a letter to The
Western Australian newspaper
stating her intention “to use other
airlines where possible,” after the
chief executive of Qantas signalled
the company’s support for same-sex
marriage, and giving a series
Margaret Court enjoys her moment of triumph after beating Billie Jean King to
her third Wimbledon title in 1970 (left) and in action in 1973 GETTY (2)
of radio interviews denouncing
Sam Stosur, Australia’s
LGBT people. She even criticised
No 1-ranked woman, floated the
Australian player Casey Dellacqua
possibility of players boycotting the
for having a child in her a same-sex
Margaret Court Arena in protest.
relationship. “It is with sadness
Martina Navratilova denounced
that I see that this baby has
Court as “a racist and a
seemingly been deprived
homophobe” while calling
of a father,” Court
for the court to be
wrote.
renamed. “Her vitriol
Little wonder
is not just an opinion.
that her words
She is actively trying
Years
since
the
have angered many
to keep LGBT people
court
in
Melbourne
within tennis. “I
from getting equal
was renamed ‘The
think it would be a
rights
(note to Court:
Margaret Court
good thing to see if
we
are human beings,
Arena’
the Australian Open
too). She is demonising
can maybe change the
trans kids and trans
name of the stadium,” the
adults everywhere.”
Dutch female tennis player Richel
Navratilova declared that
Hogenkamp, who is gay, said after
sporting venues should be named
hearing Court’s remarks. “Because
after athletes not only for their
I think if you’re in that kind of
athletic prowess but “also for who
position, maybe some players, they
they are as human beings”. These
don’t feel so comfortable playing in
views have been echoed by the
a stadium named after Margaret
Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights
Court.”
Lobby, who have called for the
Arena to be renamed and have met
with both Tennis Australia and
Melbourne and Olympic Park in
‘It is with sadness that I
recent months.
see that this baby has
And yet, when the 106th
seemingly been deprived
Australian Open begins on Monday,
of a father,’ Court wrote
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Draw underlines
tough task facing
Brits at Aussie Open
(below)won their most recent encounter, at Indian Wells two years ago, for
the loss of only four games. Konta or
Thanks largely to the exploits of Andy Brengle will face either a qualifier or
Murray, British hopes have usually Russia’s Margarita Gasparyan in the
been high going into the Australian second round, while the Czech RepubOpen, but yesterday’s draw for the lic’s Barbora Strycova is a potential
year’s opening Grand Slam event, third-round opponent. The world No
which begins on Monday, suggests
21 won her only previous meeting
that a difficult fortnight might
with Konta in Tokyo last year.
be ahead.
If Konta were to go all the
Unless Naomi Broady
way to the final, the Briton
wins two more matches
might face former or curin qualifying, there will
rent world No 1s in her
be only three British
last four matches. Since
players in the main draw
losing her last five matchof the two singles events,
es in 2017 Konta has taken
with form and world ranktime out to recover from a
ings suggesting that Johanfoot problem and replaced
na Konta might be flying the flag
her coach, Wim Fissette, with
on her own after the first round.
Michael Joyce. The early signs are
Kyle Edmund, the only Briton in the that the Briton can prosper under the
men’s singles, faces a first-round meet- American’s guidance.
ing with Kevin Anderson, who
Edmund has also started
was runner-up at the US
the year well, though the
Open last summer, while
British No 2 pulled out of
Heather Watson will
this week’s tournament
playKazakhstan’sYulia
in Auckland with an
Putintseva, who as the
ankle injury. Anderson,
Kyle
Edmund
is
the
world No 50 is ranked
the world No 11, will
only British man
24 places higher than
start as the favourite,
competing in the
the British No 2.
though
Edmund might
singles at the
E v e n K o n t a ’s
draw encouragement
Aussie Open
progress beyond the
from his performance
first round is by no means
against the South African
guaranteed. While her oppoat last year’s French Open in
nent, Madison Brengle, is ranked 83 their only previous encounter. Edplaces lower than her at No 92, the mund, now the world No 49, led by two
American has won three of their pre- sets to one until Anderson recovered
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after Margaret Court. “She’s one
of the greatest greats of tennis
and that’s why the arena is named
after her,” Malcolm Turnbull,
the Australian prime minister
and supporter of equal marriage,
has said.
It all highlights an impossible
burden sports organisations face.
They are not alone: think of the
protests over the statue honouring
the British imperialist Cecil Rhodes
at Oxford University.
That an arena is named after
Court is deeply offensive to the
LGBT community. Yet if it is indeed
renamed, it will not be long before
similar campaigns begin against
statues or grounds named after
other sports personnel with views
unacceptable today.
In sport, almost always a
bastion of conservatism, those
holding disreputable views have
long adorned not only stadia, but
also the administration of games.
Consider how, even today, the
English cricket establishment is
lined with figures who went on rebel
tours to apartheid South Africa, in
return for huge payments by the
apartheid regime.
And so, whatever the Australian
Open decides to do about Court,
the debate just foreshadows how
other sports bodies will increasingly
have to grapple with the same
awkward questions.
For while renaming an arena
because of someone’s private beliefs
might be denounced as bringing
even politics into sport, inaction is
itself a political act.
Invitation brings yet more
criticism for Sharapova
By Paul Newman
Controversy continued to follow
Maria Sharapova as tournament
officials defended their decision to
invite the Russian to be one of their
two player guests at yesterday’s
Australian Open draw ceremony.
Sharapova missed the tournament
last year because she was serving a
15-month suspension, having failed a
drugs test here two years ago.
Roger Federer, last year’s champion, was one of the guests, but with
Serena Williams not here to defend
her title, Sharapova, the 2008 champion, was invited to take the stage
and formally hand over the women’s
trophy.
Victoria A zarenka, another
former champion, is also absent –
because of a custody battle over her
child – which left Angelique Kerber,
who is playing in Sydney this week,
as the only other former women’s
singles champion playing in the
tournament.
Craig Tiley, the tournament director, defended the decision to invite
Sharapova. “In fairness to Maria,
the adjudication has occurred on
that,” he said when asked about
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LIVERPOOL
Leipzig insist Keita will
not head to Reds early
RB Leipzig are determined to
resist any approach from Liverpool
for midfielder Naby Keita to move
to Anfield earlier than scheduled.
The Reds have an agreement in
place for the Guinea international
to join them in July, having paid
a premium to secure his services
before a £48m buy-out became
active in the summer.
However, following the sale of
Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona
for £142m, Jürgen Klopp
would welcome an agreement
for the midfielder to arrive
this month, albeit with
another additional fee to pay
even though he would
be ineligible for the
knockout stages of the
Champions League.
The club wish
to retain a good
relationship with
the Bundesliga side
and will not force the
issue. While there
have been reports in
Germany that the player is keen to
move now, RB Leipzig head coach
Ralph Hasenhüttl has dismissed
the chances of a departure.
“The situation hasn’t changed,”
Hasenhüttl said in his pre-match
press conference, ahead of
tomorrow’s meeting with secondplaced Schalke.
“We have always said that there’s
no reason to let Keita leave early
and that’s the way it will be. Keita
will play against Schalke this
weekend and hopefully he’ll play
well. That’s the only thing I’m
interested in.”
The final fee Liverpool
will pay for Keita (left) is
dependent on Leipzig’s
final league position.
Should they qualify
for the Champions
League, the midfielder
will cost the Reds
£66m, with the price
£10m less should
they only make the
Europa League.
BURNLEY
SWANSEA CITY
Burnley manager Sean Dyche has
confirmed that the future of Scott
Arfield remains in doubt with
the midfielder yet to sign a new
contract at Turf Moor. Arfield, 29,
has six months left on his current
deal and is attracting the attention
of a number of the Premier League
clubs, including tomorrow’s
opponents Crystal Palace.
Dyche said: “We have had talks
with him and he has sat tight on an
offer so we will keep an open mind
and we will see what comes next.
“Scott knows where it all stands
and he knows the club’s situation.
He’s been a very, very good player
for us and he continues to be.”
Swansea manager
Carlos Carvalhal
said it will take a
£50m-plus bid to
sign their England
Under-21 defender
Alfie Mawson. The
23-year-old (above) has been linked
with a number of clubs including
Watford, West Ham and Everton.
But Carvalhal said: “We will not
sell the best players in January,
the message is clear. I have had
guarantees from the chairman, but
it depends if someone comes in and
gives £50m, £100m, £250m.
“Of course, then it is
completely different.”
ITALY
FA CUP
Former Manchester City and Inter
Milan manager Roberto Mancini
has confirmed his interest in taking
charge of the Italian national side.
The post has been vacant since
Giampiero Ventura’s departure
two months ago and 53-year-old
Mancini (right),
currently
manager of Zenit
St Petersburg,
said “it would be
an honour” to
coach Italy.
Attendances in the FA Cup third
round fell by 43 per cent this
month compared to last year. The
numbers show 328,436 fans went
to third-round games this season,
250,641 fans fewer than last season.
The figures do not include replays
and are based on attendance, as
opposed to tickets sold. Audiences
for the games televised on the BBC
and BT Sport are significantly up,
with a cumulative peak domestic
figure of 17.4million this year,
compared to 13.8million in 2017.
Unsigned Arfield Mawson ‘won’t
deal gives Dyche be sold’ for less
reason to doubt than £50m
Mancini keen on Attendances
coaching Azzurri fall alarmingly
Sharapova hands over Australian
Open trophy in Williams’ absence
her drugs suspension and whether
her presence at the ceremony was
appropriate. “Maria is an Australian
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NEWCASTLE UNITED
Anyone think playing
Chelsea in the Cup
might be a good thing?
If we lose then nobody
really expected anything and we go
back to concentrating on the league
but if we win, it creates a feel-good
atmosphere. Much better than our
history of losing to lower league
teams. Sir Bobby (Toon Forum)
What supporters
are saying
about your club
EDITED BY JAMES MARINER
SOUTHAMPTON
Pellegrino is going
nowhere as the board have
firmly buried their heads
in the sand. To salvage our
season, we now rely on recruits. I
feel Theo Walcott would be overpriced, overpaid and over the hill…
so it may be a foreign gamble – I’m
not hopeful. Nick Roberts
TALKING POINT...
ROUTLEDGE
RUBBISHED
Wayne Routledge is the best
example of why we [Swansea]
are where we are. A player who
should have been jettisoned two
seasons ago, yet can still start
for us. Unable to cross, tackle
or pass and his only attribute –
speed – is now diminished. The
very embodiment of all that is
wrong. A walking, talking football
nonentity earning great money
on an extended contract that was
viewed with incredulity outside
Huw Jenkins’ office. If the Americans got over £2m for Routledge
they would think asset-stripping
has just become incredibly easy.
He’s not even an asset. Midfield is
the major issue with this squad;
we’re high on quantity, but very
low on quality. perchrockjack,
Joe_bradshaw, Headmaster
(Planet Swans)
STOKE CITY
Thank you to Hughes
for all he has done – the
‘Stokealona’ era will
never be forgotten. A
replacement is expected to arrive
ahead of Old Trafford. O’Neill?
Flores? Expect the Potters to drop
further into relegation until the
club settles. Hugo Parrott
SWANSEA CITY
Twelve days in. No
new signings, let alone
sardines or lobsters. Our
opponents this week,
Newcastle, at least have a similarly
poor approach to transfers. Exhibit
A – Jonjo Shelvey. Jordan Ayew to
bag a confidence-boosting winner.
Nye Williams
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Comprehensive win in the
FA Cup and especially promising to see Lamela looking
bright and close to full
fitness. Our last Premier League
outing was disappointing but like
West Ham, Everton have gained
resilience of recent weeks. We need
to use this fixture to get our year
going. Charlie Taylor-Kroll
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BOURNEMOUTH
CHELSEA
HUDDERSFIELD
MANCHESTER CITY
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MANCHESTER UNITED
WEST HAM UNITED
As performances get
steadily more tedious
and it becomes increasingly clear our best
chance of Champions League
football is winning the Europa, I’m
hoping we go full Chelsea 2012/
United 2017 and throw the rest of
the league season. Fill your boots
here, Bournemouth. George Bond
Arsenal were there for the
taking when on a bad run
when we played them at
the Emirates, but we didn’t
turn up for that game. Hoping we
can get something Sunday but
I wouldn’t bet on it. I still have
nightmares about being 3-0 up last
season and not winning. bigfatolly
(Up The Cherries)
We cannot afford the
going rate for Premier
League-quality strikers.
Presumably, this is why
we keep buying Scandinavian kids
hoping that one will eventually
prove good enough. Otherwise, we
have to rely on players past their
prime with no sell on value.
Icy Gull (North Stand Chat)
Hendrick has plenty of
skills and quick feet as he
showed on a mazy run at
City. It’s a different position to what he has been used to.
His main fault is taking that bit too
long to make his mind up in possession; he gives the defender that
split second to tackle or dispossess
him..Targetman (Up The Clarets!)
Hopefully, tomorrow
will be more exciting
and Conte plays Kante
and Drinkwater. Morata
needs to score soon as his confidence has hit the floor and I want
to see Hazard playing with Pedro
again. We may be tired but I think
this will be a comfortable win for
us. Charlie Gould
Bit of a disaster Monday,
defeat and two injuries
added to our list. What
the game emphasised was
our lack of strength, something
we need to crack on with. Massive
game this week, a win would be
massive, especially given almost
every other side at the bottom
plays each other. Ollie Potts
Another loss at Anfield,
I was too young to
remember the last time
we won. But hope wasn’t
lost completely as for the first time
in a while we played decent football. Hopefully, clearing out all the
dross will continue and then if we
add to Tosun we could finally have
attacking threat. Marcus Bailey
Previously in the game at
West Ham, we were very
disappointing, considering the Hammers were
about to dispatch their manager.
Now well into the season and with
them in our peripheral, we really
do need something from this game
especially with the run we have to
follow. Olly Diamond
Looking forward to
seeing Mahrez and Silva
play together. Probably
need some game time
to get used to playing together,
but with Ndidi providing cover in
midfield they could be something
special. Just our luck if Mahrez ups
and leaves, deja vu with Heskey and
Collymore. drofmor55 (Foxes Talk)
As introductions go, a
winner at the Kop end
against the local rivals will
take some beating. And it’s
on that note that Mr Van Dijk has
taken the right first step into Reds’
hearts. He’ll need the help of his
other teammates to overcome the
runaway leaders this weekend.
Elliott Charles
We all know it’s gonna
be one of the trickiest
away games we face this
season. And our record
over there is poor to say the least.
Klopp made Anfield a fortress,
despite dropping various points by
drawing vs mediocre opposition.
They are however difficult to beat.
eversince 76 (Blue Moon)
After a week’s training
in Dubai the United
players are back down
to earth with the visit
of Stoke on Monday. Just three
points ahead of Liverpool in fourth,
it’s time to start looking behind us
at our top four rivals rather than
squinting into the distance at those
pesky neighbours. Gabriel Counsell
Sailing into the fourth
round of the FA Cup
provided necessary relief
from a relentless, poor
run. Southampton have been similarly hopeless and this could be
the final nail in Pellegrino’s coffin.
I’m expecting a cagey affair with
Deeney’s return potentially the
difference. Alex Keating
Think Pardew will bring
Livermore back in for
Barry or Krychowiak
and Evans back in for
McAuley. If Phillips doesn’t make
it, I fully expect Robson-Kanu to
start over Burke (even though Kanu
should be dropped), Would like to
see McAuley start over Evans.
Hull Baggie (Westbrom.com)
This weekend’s fixture
list takes us up north as
we visit Huddersfield.
The match against the
promoted side is the start of a
run of five fixtures against teams
around us, that’ll decide our fate.
No pressure then. Noble and Arnie
back in, if we’re to get a result.
Joe Light
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haul City’s extra-terrestrials to earth
Liverpool midfielder talks confidence and Coutinho with Simon Hughes
“T
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LIVERPOOL
hey’re still human,”
– his mind seemingly skimming
reminds Alex
over this season, which involves
Oxlade-Chamberlain
just one defeat: Shakhtar Donetsk
as he assesses his
away in the final group game of the
Sunday – one which
Champions League, when they were
he will more than likely spend
already qualified and understrength.
trying to find ways of trapping
“…but of course, they are beatable,”
the supposed extra-terrestrials of
he continues. “We saw Bristol City
Manchester City. He is reacting to a
do really well there the other night.
question which suggests Liverpool’s
Playing at Anfield, we’re always
opponents are unconquerable.
confident we’re going to win. That’s
Enthusiasm and
what I’ve felt from the
conviction is what
moment I came here.
You can’t
Liverpool really need right
“When I used to come to
start
thinking
now – particularly their
Anfield as an away player,
‘what
will
we
supporters, many of whom
I always knew it was going
do now Phil is to be a hard game, no
who are dealing with the
disappointment of losing
not here?’ We matter what kind of form
Philippe Coutinho to
your team was in. When
played great
Barcelona last week.
football when the fans get going and the
Many, indeed, would
boys play like they can, it’s
he was not
argue that Liverpool no
a really tough afternoon
in the team
longer have everything
for whoever we play.
they need but it remains
“We know we can beat
an encouraging sign that OxladeCity. We have to be good. We need to
Chamberlain is still able to reel off
defend well and attack like we know
the names of at least three teamwe can. We have everything we need
mates with the abilities to influence
to get the right result.”
important matches. It is significant
Oxlade-Chamberlain is respectful
too that even though City have had
in what he says about Coutinho, “a
more money, better players and
world-class talent,” but you get a
more success than Liverpool for
sense the Liverpool squad’s bonding
nearly a decade now, they have not
trip to Dubai has helped ease the
won at Anfield since 2003.
passage of his departure as well as
“They haven’t lost many games…,” integrate a new arrival in Virgil van
Oxlade-Chamberlain says, smiling
Dijk. Often, it is the players that
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are the harshest judges of abilities
going... really it is business as usual.”
and personalities. Given that some
On the subject of Liverpool’s
insight is offered here without the
recent history of selling their best
need for it to be requested
players and it clipping the
reflects that the most
development of the team,
expensive defender
Oxlade-Chamberlain
in the world has
adds: “For me I haven’t
already made a sharp
really even thought
impression.
about Phil leaving.
Years
since
“Great players will
You pay it attention
Manchester City
leave clubs and the
and you realise it
last won at Anfield,
clubs will bring in
happens but you can’t
a 2-1 triumph in
great players,” Oxladestart thinking, ‘What
May 2003
Chamberlain says on the
are we going to do now
issue of Coutinho not being
that Phil is not here?’ It
there any more. “We have just
can’t be that at all. When Phil
brought in Virgil and what
wasn’t playing in the team
an amazing addition he
for some games we still
has been in the short
played great football
time he has been here.
and we have still
He has brought that
amazing players who
League starts
air of confidence and
can score goals – the
for Alex Oxladehis persona. That
likes of Mo [Salah],
Chamberlain this
has been a big lift for
Sadio [Mané], Roberto
season. He has
us. At a massive club
[Firmino], everyone
scored twice
like Liverpool people
else. We have goals
are going to come and go
and creativity all over the
and whoever remains it is our
team. Obviously, Phil added to
job to keep the wheels moving and
that. He has gone now and we have
the momentum going. As I said, you
to think, ‘What have we got that is
don’t like to see friends leave – and
going to get the job done’. I have
Phil was a really good guy as well
every faith in the boys that we just
– but you wish them all the best.
move on now. I don’t think it should
Everyone has to do what they have
affect us at all.” THE INDEPENDENT
to do around it. It’s our job now as
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the players that remain just to keep
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Jack Wilshere expects to make a
swift return to the Arsenal team
after banishing any concerns over
his ankle worry.
The midfielder, captain for the
night, went off in the second half of
Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semifinal first leg against Chelsea.
He suffered an ankle
sprain when making a block, and
the setback
m ad e h i m a
doubt for Sunday’s Premier
League match
with Bournemouth, where he
spent last season
on loan.
But Wilshere (above),
26, believes he will soon be back in
action. He wrote on Twitter yesterday: “Thanks for all the messages and support after last night.
Good news is I should be back in a
couple of days.”
It remains to be seen whether
Wilshere is considered fit enough
for the Bournemouth game but
there seems little danger of him
being sidelined by the time Crystal Palace visit the Emirates Stadium on 20 January.
CHAMPIONSHIP
Luhukay ready
for Steel City
baptism of fire
By Jim van Wijk
New Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay is ready to
tackle tonight’s Steel City derby at
Bramall Lane head on.
Dutchman Luhukay has taken
over the Hillsborough hotseat
following the departure of Carlos
Carvalhal on Christmas Eve.
The 54-year-old, out
of work since quitting at Stuttgart
in September
2016, has been
handed a baptism of fire with
a trip to rivals
Sheffield United.
However, the
ex-Hertha Berlin
manager (right), who
won promotion to the Bundesliga
with three different clubs in Germany, is relishing the challenge.
“This is a special game for
everyone,” Luhukay said. “We
have a lot of respect for United,
but I have that for every opponent.
“You can come from the game
with so much motivation and
maybe that can be a turnaround
in results to the next game you
have in the league. With the players we have, we should be pushing
for promotion.”
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United ready
to hijack
City’s move
for Sanchez
with £25m bid
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How the Ox is
planning to bring
City’s high flyers
down to earth
Mourinho also ready to upset Liverpool by joining chase for Pulisic in summer
By Miguel Delaney
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under more
pressure to erase
Court’s name
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CRICKET
Stokes saga has
taught Hales a
lesson, insists
captain Morgan
Manchester United would be willing
to trump Manchester City in both fee
and wages in order to complete an
audacious swoop for Arsenal’s Alexis
Sanchez – and they will even offer
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, if they get any
signal that the Chilean would move to
Old Trafford.
And in a further sign that the club
is determined to exercise its financial
muscle in the transfer market it has
also become clear that Jose Mourinho is ready to challenge Liverpool
if, as expected, Jürgen Klopp targets
Borussia Dortmund’s much-admired
American teenager Christian Pulisic
in the summer.
While United are not yet actively attempting to hijack
the Sanchez deal to City
as they are well aware of
Sanchez’s desire to work
with Pep Guardiola, they
are fully prepared to jump
on any opportunity or take
advantage of any hiccup.
Sanchez is desperate to get
out of Arsenal and join up with his
former Barcelona boss Guardiola in
this window, but City are so far offer-
Leading clubs show
brand awareness in
the pursuit of Pusilic
Matt
Butler
A
part from Christian
Pusilic’s obvious football
talent, it is easy to see
why both Liverpool and
Manchester United
are extremely interested in the
American teenager. They are two
of the world’s biggest clubs. And
to paraphrase the old Coca-Cola
analogy, in order to increase revenue
streams, all they have to do is
convince more people to like them.
And in Pusilic, they have a ready
made new market – one which
English clubs have tried to crack
through pre-season tours and brand
ing only £20m, since they could get
him on a free in the summer.
United would be willing to go to
£25m and offer Mkhitaryan,
who has never really flourished under Mourinho
(left). That might be
more attractive to Arsenal, but the bigger challenge remains convincing
Sanchez. He still appears
to have his heart set on City.
Meanwhile United will
strongly challenge Liverpool if
the Anfield club go for Pulisic in the
summer as the American talent has
expansion but have yet to claim
an unbridled success.
With Pusilic, whoever gets
him – and at around £40m, he
will represent a significant
investment – will consider
themselves confident they
can make inroads in the US.
Pusilic (right), at the
tender age of 19, is the
country’s first genuine
superstar in the making – with due respect to
Clint Dempsey, Marcus
Hahnemann, Eric Lichaj,
et al, of course.
He has the sort of sublime skill that has had the
hipsters talking as
soon as he broke
emerged as a big target for the Old
Trafford hierarchy.
While the 19-year-old attacker is
seen as an excellent football signing
in his own right, who could easily find
a role in Mourinho’s side, an extra
angle is that his undoubted talent
could well make him the USA’s first
megastar in the sport, with all of the
commercial value that will bring.
United’s marketing side would see
him as another Paul Pogba in that regard, as do many other suitors.
Liverpool are expected to make
a move in the summer window with
Klopp a huge admirer of his former
into the Borussia Dortmund first
team. So if he were to join one
of world football’s superpowers,
club owners would hope
that they could be the
catalyst to the game
finally entering
the mainstream
Stateside.
Football – soccer –
is on the rise in America.
It is still under the gargantuan shadow cast by NFL
and basketball, but it has
grown: a survey this week
revealed that seven per cent of
the population regard football
as their favourite sport; a figure
that is close to matching that allAmerican pastime of baseball,
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STOKE CITY
Flores front runner
in field of two with
O’Neill for Potters job
By Phil Medlicott
Espanyol and former Watford
manager Quique Sanchez Flores
is Stoke’s first choice to succeed
Mark Hughes. It is understood a
Stoke delegation met Flores in Barcelona on Wednesday.
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is also under consideration.
Stoke, 18th in the Premier League,
sacked Hughes last weekend after
the 2-1 FA Cup loss at League Two
Coventry, which followed a run of
seven losses in 10 Premier League
games. They had been interested in
Derby manager Gary Rowett until he
signed a new contract with the Rams
on Tuesday.
Flores’ one season in English
football saw him guide Watford to a Quique Sanchez Flores led Watford to
13th-placed Premier League finish in 13th place in the Premier League
2015-16, with the Hornets also reaching the FA Cup semi-finals.
club management after just over four
The 52-year-old Spaniard took years with Ireland, while Stoke feel
charge at Espanyol in the summer of he has the experience to save them
2016, on a three-year deal, and
from relegation.
they finished eighth in La
O’Neill’s contract with the
Liga last season.
Football Association of
O’Neill and his coachIreland has now run out.
ing team agreed
While there had been
contract extensions
some talk that O’Neill
O’Neill’s games
with the Football Asmight be allowed do
as manager of
sociation of Ireland
both jobs since IreWycombe, Norwich,
last October. But the
land do not have a
Leicester, Celtic,
65-year-old said after
match until March, nor
Villa, Sunderland
the Republic lost their
a competitive game until
and Ireland
World Cup qualifying
September, Stoke would
play-off the following month
prefer an exclusive deal.
that he would need to have “a real
If Stoke do agree a deal with
think” about his future, and nothing O’Neill, it is expected that Irish
has been signed.
assistant manager Roy Keane
O’Neill has also had a first meeting would join him, as would most of his
with Stoke and is keen on a return to backroom staff.
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United face Yeovil
on Friday night
After being ignored in the FA
Cup TV picks for the first time in
13 years last round, Manchester
United will return to the nation’s
screens with their fourth round
trip to Yeovil set for Friday,
26 January, live on BBC One.
The channel will also screen
Manchester City’s trip to Cardiff
or Mansfield two days later, while
Tottenham’s trip to League Two
Newport County is on BT Sport
at 5.30pm on the Saturday.
WINTER OLYMPICS
CRICKET
Tasker ruled out
after minor stroke
Polosak makes
history in Sydney
Great Britain bobsleigher Bruce
Tasker will miss the Winter
Olympics in PyeongChang after
suffering a minor stroke last
week. The 30-year-old Welshman,
who was taken to hospital after
experiencing dizziness and
nausea, is expected to make a
full recovery. He said: “To me,
this was a completely freak
occurrence. I was unlucky to be
in this situation, but I’m lucky to
have come out of it unscathed.”
Claire Polosak became the
first woman to officiate a men’s
England match, in Sydney
yesterday. The 29-year-old, who
hails from Goulburn, New South
Wales, stood alongside Gerard
Abood at the Drummoyne Oval
as the tourists defeated a Cricket
Australia XI by five wickets.
Polosak said: “It was fantastic.
There’s no reason why females
can’t umpire cricket. It’s about
breaking down those barriers.”
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club’s player. It is possible that Mkhitaryan, assuming he is still a United
player, could prove significant in this
transfer, having left Dortmund in 2016
– and with the German club interested in re-signing him. As reported in i
this week Mkhitaryan is interested in
a return to the Westfalonstadion but
wages may be a problem.
United also have an interest in
Dortmund defensive midfielder Julian Weigl and Valencia midfielder
Carlos Soler, but Pulisic’s potential
value is seen as so high – both in terms
of on-field and off-field productivity –
that they would have to make a move.
Pulisic, who has 20 caps for the USA,
moved to Dortmund in 2016. THE
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yet still dwarfed by the 37 per cent
that prefer the American brand
of football.
It is no doubt no coincidence that
the two clubs interested in Pusilic
are both owned by Americans. The
Glazers at Old Trafford and the
Fenway Group, who own Anfield,
would love to be known as the people
who put soccer properly on the map
in the US.
And as a handy by-product, the
club who shells out for Pusilic will
also get a playmaker who not only
has two seasons of Bundesliga
experience and 20 international
caps under his belt, but also bags
of promise. The world could be his,
and his future club’s, oyster. Just two
words of warning: Freddy Adu.
NORTHERN IRELAND
Hategan: I was wrong to award
Switzerland play-off penalty
By Damian Spellman
The referee whose controversial
penalty decision ultimately cost
Northern Ireland their place at the
2018 World Cup finals has admitted
he made a “mistake”.
Romanian official Ovidiu Hategan
pointed to the spot for handball after
Xherdan Shaqiri had blasted a shot
against defender Corry Evans’
shoulder from point-blank
range during the first leg
of the play-off clash with
Switzerland at Windsor
Park in November.
Ricardo Rodriguez’s
s u cce s s f u l s p o t - k i c k
proved to be the only goal
over the two legs, and Hategan
has now admitted he got it wrong.
Hategan (right) said: “It was a sad
and unpleasant moment for me, sad
because I made that mistake, painful
because with my team, we had good
performances.
“In our world, the referees are the
same as the goalkeepers – everyone
sees the mistake. I’ve got over that
moment, I’m a strong man. My family was there for me.”
Rodriguez’s penalty secured a 1-0
win in Belfast and the return leg in
Basel finished 0-0, sending Switzerland through to this summer’s finals.
Hategan’s decision sparked fury in
Northern Ireland, with Evans later
describing it as “disgraceful”,
and their protests received
popular backing as replays
supported claims that the
penalty award against the
Blackburn Rovers centreback had been harsh in
the extreme.
The official was not
included in a list of 36 referees
announced for the finals by Fifa in
November last year, although he has
not yet given up hope of making it to
Russia.
He said: “I’m sorry I’m not among
the 36. We will see if I have a chance
as a video referee.”
FOOTBALL
Japanese striker signs new deal aged 50
Kazuyoshi Miura has signed a one-year extension at Yokohama FC,
taking his pro career into a 33rd season . The Japanese centre-forward,
who turns 51 next month, began his playing days in 1986 and has
represented 14 clubs in five countries. Miura earned 89 caps for Japan –
scoring 55 goals – and was the first player from his country to be named
Asian Player of the Year. He has played for Japanese second-tier club
Yokohama FC since 2005 and made headlines last year after beating
Sir Stanley Matthews’ record as football’s oldest pro.
AMERICAN FOOTBALL
Spurs host Raiders
against Seahawks
Tottenham Hotspur’s new
stadium will host only one NFL
game this year, despite the club
having a 10-year deal with the
US league to stage two games a
season. The £800m venue, which
is under construction, will stage
the Oakland Raiders against the
Seattle Seahawks on 14 October,
the first of three NFL games in
London that month.
Sport on tv
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BT Sport 1, 8.30am
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Ch 4, 12.05pm; BT Sport 1, 6.45pm
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Sky Sports Golf, 12pm
Rugby Union: Bath v Scarlets
BT Sport 2, 7pm
Football: Sheff Utd v Sheff Wed
Sky Sports Football, 7pm
T20 Cricket: Strikers v Scorchers
BT Sport 2, 12.15am (tomorrow)
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