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CONCISE , QUALITY – THE FUTURE OF INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM
Ne i n , B e rl i n e r i w e l c o m e s r e a d e r s o f
Sir Nicholas
Serota
A plan to open
up the arts
to everyone
Glenn
Close
on Weinstein,
divorce and
being an
introvert
P29
Ian Birrell
The rise
of Africa
P38
How to cheer up Mondays
by the Professors of Happiness
P20
P17
EXCLUSIVE
UK’s Brexit
arms deals
MONDAY
15 JANUARY 2018
Number 2,228
Exports to the world’s most repressive
regimes rise by nearly one-third
The wrong
button
Hawaiians lose
their cool after
missile attack
false alarm
P7
Ukip ultimatum
Your girlfriend
or your job,
leader is told
» Licences worth £3bn agreed in the year after vote to leave EU
» Controversial deals include £1.1bn sales to Saudis, military
equipment for Equatorial Guinea and Uzbekistan
» Government singles out arms as priority in post-Brexit trade push
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Can Trump
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Oliver Duff
DUA LIPA, SINGER
Adele?
No, not even Adele has
achieved that.
3
Letter from
the Editor
ThePage3Profile
Dua who?
Dua Lipa. Keep up. She was
nominated as one to watch by
the BBC in 2016, now she has
made Brits history as the first
female artist to receive five award
nominations in a single year.
i MONDAY
15 JANUARY 2018
i@inews.co.uk
‘New Rules’?
It is a ridiculously catchy song
about female empowerment on the
“new rules” on how to deal with a
break-up. Lyrics include “if you’re
under him, you ain’t getting over
him” a classy inversion of a Dorothy
Parker quip.
Dua Lipa: that’s a rather
interesting name.
She was born in London to Albanian
parents who had fled Pristina in the
1990s. They moved to Kosovo in
2008 but aged 15 she moved back to
London to pursue a music career.
She scraped a living working in
bars, became a model and then
got noticed.
That would be some feat. Even she
is a bit shocked by the nominations.
“How is this real?” she tweeted when
they were announced. Sheeran has
four nominations, including best
album. He’s the favourite to take
home the statuette for that.
Hang on, is she really expected to
beat the ubiquitous Ed
Sheeran to claim the
best album award?
So when do we find out?
The Brits awards ceremony is on 21
February at the O2 Arena.
Jane Clinton
OK, rattle them off then…
She is nominated for (deep breath):
best album, best female, best video,
best single and breakthrough act.
That’s pretty impressive for a
newbie.
She’s an old hand. She started
her musical career aged just 14,
inspired by her father, Dukagjin
Lipa, who is also a musician, and
posted covers on YouTube of her
favourite artists including P!nk and
Nelly Furtado.
She was signed with Warner
Brothers in 2015. Her album was
released in 2017. Her single “New
Rules” made it to the No 1 spot. She
won the NME best new artist in
2016 and the MTV Europe best new
act in 2017 among others.
She was the UK’s most streamed
female artist last year and the video
for “New Rules” has been watched
more than 892 million times on
YouTube..
RUSSIA
TRANSPORT
SWITZERLAND
PEOPLE
Cocktails celebrate
doping scandal
‘Please hold on,
we’ve hit a glitch’
Quality ad-free
magazine launched
Marathon runner in
record challenge
A building in the Black Sea resort of
Sochi where Russia doped its Winter
Olympics athletes in 2014 is now a
restaurant celebrating its notoriety
with cocktails with names like the B
Sample and Meldonium. “It’s [about]
history,” manager Elena Dyatlova
told AP, though the scandal was
“really unpleasant for Russia”.
Bus passengers have hit out at
Transport for London (TfL) for an
out-of-synch safety announcement.
A technical problem means the
warning, “Please hold on, the bus is
about to move”, often sounds well
after the bus has started moving.
TfL admitted it had “not quite got
the timing right yet”.
A team of journalists has launched
a new online magazine after
reportedly collecting more than 7.7m
Swiss francs (£5.8m) with the help
of a crowdfunding campaign. The
German-language magazine, called
Republik, is intended to provide highquality, advertising-free journalism
to paying members.
Becca Pizzi, a Massachusetts
marathon runner who won the
2016 World Marathon Challenge
– seven marathons in seven days
on seven continents – will attempt
to become the only person to
complete the odyssey twice, which
begins in Antarctica on 30 January
and ends in Miami on 5 February.
Should we be sniffy
about arms exports?
Welcome to another week of i,
Britain’s essential daily briefing. And
a special welcome to any readers of
one rival title who try us today, as it
scraps its old “Berliner” format.
A lively edition for you. Our chief
reporter has an exclusive cover story.
As Britain prioritises arms exports
post-Brexit, the value of weaponry
we sell to some of the world’s less
fragrant regimes is increasing (page 4).
Not everyone will feel comfortable
with the UK shifting more defence
hardware to Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan
and Equatorial Guinea. But with
defence exports worth £35bn a year
to the British economy and 900,000
jobs, ministers feel they can’t be too
sniffy. And they are determined to
reach new markets.
As the UK recasts its relationship
with the world, our team of reporters
will scrutinise these deals so that you
can make up your own mind.
****
If Mondays get your goat, help is at
hand. On page 20, two professors
of happiness – what a job! – offer
suggestions on how to cheer up
the start of the week. Naturally,
buying i helps.
Elsewhere in Comment you will
find Sir Nicholas Serota with ideas
on how to open up the arts to more
people. Ian Birrell, meanwhile, writes
persuasively on Africa.
Glenn Close is interviewed for our
arts lead story. In foreign, we learn
how to make human towers. There’s
a graphic so that intrepid readers can
try this at home.
In sport, can any of the drama in
football, cricket and rugby union
compete with yesterday’s golf?
Players at the Hawaii Open hid in
bathtubs after authorities sent a text
message by mistake, warning them
that they were about to be targeted by
a missile strike. Fore!
Til tomorrow.
Twitter: @olyduff
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NEWS
COVER STORY
Arms exports
to repressive
regimes rise
by one-third
By Cahal Milmo
CHIEF REPORTER
Britain has dramatically increased
the value of weaponry and defence
equipment it sells to the world’s
most repressive regimes since vows
by senior ministers to expand arms
exports after the Brexit vote.
Figures seen by i show that the
Government cleared export licences
worth £2.9bn in the 12 months after
June 2016 to 35 countries considered “not free” by Freedom House, a
respected international think-tank.
The figure represents a 28 per cent
increase on the 12 months before the
Brexit vote.
Among the countries to which
ministers have given the green light
for military equipment sales are
Equatorial Guinea, considered to be
one of the most corrupt and repressive countries in the world.
Licences worth £1m were also
granted for Azerbaijan, accused by
human rights campaigners of conducting a vicious campaign against
freedom of expression, while Uzbekistan, which is rated by Freedom House as one of the least free
countries in the world, was granted
a licence to import military vehicle
Helping Fox’s sales role
Britain has been reinforcing its military ties with controversial countries
including Turkey and the Philippines.
International Trade Secretary
Liam Fox (inset) this weekend visited
Turkey, with which Britain signed a
£100m military aircraft deal last year
despite concerns about thousands of arrests following
the failed coup attempt
against President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
When Mr Fox’s
Department for
International Trade
was created following
the Brexit vote, the
Government said he would
“personally lead on helping
the defence and security industries
to export”.
The department said: “The UK
Government takes its export control
responsibilities very seriously and
operates one of the most robust
export control regimes in the world.
Each licence application is rigorously
assessed against the Consolidated EU
and National Arms Export Licensing
criteria… Risks around human rights
abuses are a key part of our assessment. We will not grant a licence
unless the exports are consistent
with these criteria.”
components worth nearly £200,000.
The Government has singled out
arms sales as a priority area for
Britain’s post-Brexit trade push.
Prior to his resignation last year,
the former Defence Secretary,
Michael Fallon, vowed at the world’s
largest arms fair in London that
Britain would “spread its wings
across the world” with increased
weaponry and equipment sales.
The Government insists that the
UK has “robust” measures in place
to allow “ethical defence exports”
which are worth £35bn a year to the
British economy.
But campaigners claim that official figures for defence export
licences raise worrying questions
that Britain is “prioritising arms
sales to tyrants” as it seeks new
markets abroad.
Much of the increase in sales to
authoritarian countries is accounted for by a £1.1bn deal signed with
Oman last June for combat aircraft
and components.
But the data shows that the UK
also granted licences to sell tear
gas to the Gulf country, which is
accused of cracking down on freedom of assembly, as well as anti-riot
equipment to Thailand and crowd
control ammunition to the United
Arab Emirates.
Despite a military coup in Thailand in 2014 and subsequent criticism of heavy-handed army control,
UK military exports to the country
quadrupled to £16m last year. Britain’s biggest single export market
remains Saudi Arabia, with licences
worth £1.12bn granted last year
amid continuing condemnation of
British weaponry used by the
kingdom in its bombing
campaign in Yemen.
The Campaign
Against Arms Trade
(CAAT), which collated
the figures, said the
Government, including
Prime Minister Theresa
May, was courting favour
with authoritarian regimes
at the expense of human rights.
Andrew Smith, CAAT spokesman, said: “Theresa May has talked
about building a ‘global Britain’ but
it can’t be one that willingly ignores
human rights abuses and prioritises
arms sales to tyrants.
“The UK’s post-Brexit future
has to aspire to better than exporting weapons and war. These
arms sales could have devastating
consequences for years to come.
How low will the Government sink
in order to build its political and
trading relationships?”
The data, based on official
Government figures, shows Britain
increased its exports to 17 out of 35
countries considered by Freedom
House to be “not free” when judged
against human rights criteria. Uzbekistan is rated as scoring three
out of 100 on the organisation’s freedom index, while Equatorial Guinea
is rated at eight. The UK scored 95.
Among the largest arms sales increases was a doubling to £31m of
export licences to Bahrain, which
has been criticised for its repression
of pro-democracy protests, and a
year-on-year increase of £90m in
sales to the UAE.
In several cases, the exports were
granted for humanitarian reasons.
Licences worth £900,000 for South
Sudan, in the grip of a vicious tribal
conflict last year, were for protective
equipment to enable UN and NGO
personnel to operate in the country.
Of the £21m of exports to Afghanistan, £14m was for equipment
to detect terrorist bombs, while the
majority of the £1.5m of firearms
and equipment approved for Djibouti was for anti-piracy operations.
But critics argue Britain is turning a blind eye to abuses in some of
its export markets. “The Government’s back-of-the-envelope postBrexit industrial policy is to have
Liam Fox drum up as much new
international business for UK arms
manufacturers as possible,” said
Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle,
who sits on the joint arms export
controls select committee.
Value of increased defence exports to “non-free” countries
Types of
equipment
Country
Total value of
arms licences
(Jun 2016
-Jul 2017)
Freedom rating*
(out of 100,
0 least free)
25
Combat aircraft/
ammunition
Oman
£1.4bn
Sniper rifle
components/
crowd control
ammunition
United
Arab
Emirates
£280m
Military support
aircraft
Bahrain
£31m
12
IED detection
Afghanistan
£21m
24
Anti-riot shields/
small arms
ammunition
Thailand
£16.5m
32
Warship
weaponry/
imaging tech
Vietnam
£8.5m
20
Armoured
vehicles
Iraq
£8.5m
27
Anti-piracy
equipment
Djibouti
£1.5m
26
Body armour
military support
vehicles
South
Sudan
£970,000
27
Bomb suits/
targeting
equipment
Azerbaijan
£922,000
14
* FIGURES ARE FROM FREEDOM HOUSE
20
SOURCE: CAMPAIGN AGAINST ARMS TRADE
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i MONDAY
15 JANUARY 2018
5
POLITICS
Corbyn refuses to back
second Brexit referendum
By Shaun Connolly
Azerbaijan was
granted £1m in
export licences for
British military
equipment GETTY
Trigger happy Increased conflict boosts sales
What is the defence export trade
worth to Britain?
According to trade body ADS,
Britain’s defence industry
generates £65bn a year, of which
£35bn is exports. Critics say this
is heavily underwritten by the tax
payer in the form of export credit
guarantees and funding of defence
research and development. The
Government says the industry
supports 900,000 jobs.
What will happen once Britain
leaves the European Union?
The Government has been very
clear that it sees Brexit as an
opportunity to claim a bigger
share of the international defence
market. Former Defence Secretary
Sir Michael Fallon said demand for
equipment was going “through the
roof” because of increased conflict
and terrorism. Campaigners
and opposition politicians are
concerned that in its efforts to seek
new markets, the UK will expand
sales of weaponry to authoritarian
regimes without sufficient
safeguards.
Is every weaponry and defence
equipment sale to be criticised?
Ministers insist Britain operates a
tough licensing regime and that it
is in the national interest to avoid
a “uncontrolled and unregulated”
international arms trade. Not every
sale to results in the acquisition
of lethality – £900,000 of exports
sent to Sudan last year was in fact
to fund protective gear for the
United Nations and NGOs trying to
quell vicious ethnic conflict.
But do the safeguards work?
Britain has been repeatedly
accused of failing to stop the
licensing of advanced munitions to
Saudi Arabia despite evidence that
they are being used in the ongoing
bombing campaign in Yemen by the
oil-rich kingdom and its allies. The
Government nonetheless won a
High Court ruling that the exports
were legal after judges ruled that
evidence did not prove a “clear risk”
that the munitions would be used
in breach of humanitarian law.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has
stopped short of ruling out a second
EU referendum when the Brexit
terms are known.
Mr Corbyn insisted he was not calling for a new national poll on withdrawal from the European Union,
but he sidestepped questions on
whether he could change his stance
in the future.
The Labour leader told ITV’s
Peston On Sunday: “We are not supporting or calling for a second referendum. What we have called for is a
meaningful vote in Parliament.”
When it was put to Mr Corbyn that
he was not saying he would never
support another referendum, the
Labour leader said: “We are not calling for one either.”
Asked about a second referendum
on any Brexit deal, shadow Foreign
Secretary Emily Thornberry told
BBC 1’s The Andrew Marr Show: “If
90 per cent of the population was
now saying we must stay in the
European Union and we must not
leave, then that would be a challenge
that would be there for all of us who
are democrats.
“But at the moment and as things
currently stand, we proceed in good
faith – we do as we are instructed and
we are leaving the European Union.
“We have said that we must respect the result of the referendum
which means that we have to leave;
but we have to look after the economy which, in my view, means that we
don’t go very far.”
Deputy Tory party chairman
James Cleverly said the comments
showed that Labour was trying to
frustrate Brexit. He said: “Once again
Mr Corbyn said Britain’s
relationship with the US
was not the most important
Britain had with another
country, putting further strain
on relations with Donald Trump.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn hit back
at critics over the single market
Red lines ‘Rights at risk’
Jeremy Corbyn said Labour had set
down its lines about Brexit legislation.
“We have got the vote coming up this
week on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. We
have set down our lines on that which
are about democratic accountability.
“They are about protection of
workers, environment and consumer
rights. And are about human rights
across Europe, such as the charter
of fundamental rights, as well as the
European Court of Human Rights.
“If our tests are not met by the
Government then we will vote
against the Bill.”
Mr Corbyn also said he would
like to challenge some parts of the
single market set-up. “There are also
aspects of the single market one
wants to think about, such as the
restrictions on state aid to industry,
which is something that I would wish
to challenge.”
the very top of Labour – this time Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry
– have failed to rule out a second
referendum.
“Every step of the way Labour are
trying to frustrate the Brexit process
rather than make a success of it.
“Labour just can’t be trusted to deliver on leaving the European Union.”
Mr Corbyn also hit back at Labour
critics who are calling for the UK to
stay in the single market after Brexit.
The Labour leader said: “The single market is dependent on membership of the European Union.”
The comments came after some
Labour figures called for the party to
change tack and campaign to remain
in the single market and customs
union after withdrawal.
Mr Corbyn expressed concern
about some parts of the single market set-up.
“There are also aspects of the single market one wants to think about,
such as the restrictions on state aid
to industry, which is something that I
would wish to challenge.”
Mr Corbyn said Labour would
vote against landmark Brexit legislation which returns to the Commons in the next few days unless its
demands were met in areas such as
workers rights.
“If our tests are not met by the Government then we will vote against
the Bill.”
UKIP
SCOTLAND
Farage admits Brexit vote
could now be reversed
Hard Brexiteers
‘had their chance’,
says Sturgeon
By Lizzy Buchan
Nigel Farage has said that the Brexit
vote could be overturned if Leave
campaigners do not step up efforts to
fight for their cause.
The former Ukip leader said
he was increasingly worried
that pro-EU campaigners were dominating the
argument, while Leave
supporters had just
“closed the doors” after
securing victory in the
2016 referendum.
Mr Farage (inset), who
is seen by many as an architect of Brexit, also reignited
the debate last week when he said a
second referendum was necessary
to stop the “whingeing and whining”
of prominent Remain backers, who
have failed to accept the result
A snap poll conducted after his intervention found 55 per cent would
opt to remain in the EU and 45 per
cent to leave if there was another
vote. The original vote was 52 per
cent to 48 per cent in favour of Brexit.
In an interview with The Observer,
Mr Farage said: “The Remain side
are making all the running.
“They have a majority in Parliament and unless we get ourselves organised we could
lose the historic victory
that was Brexit.”
In a rallying cry to
Eurosceptics, Mr Farage
signalled the need to hold
the Government’s feet to
fire to ensure it does not
offer too many concessions
to Brussels. He said: “I think the
Leave side is in danger of not even
making the argument.
It comes as Theresa May’s Brexit
legislation was set to return to the
Commons, where it faces challenges
from opposition MPs before it heads
to the Lords in the coming weeks.
THE INDEPENDENT
By Graeme Murray
Hardline Brexiteers have had
their chance and failed, Scotland’s
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
has said.
Ahead of the publication of
a study on the implications of
leaving the European Union, she
said no clarity or certainty
has been provided about a
so-called hard Brexit’s supposed
benefits.
This, she said, “presented a
golden opportunity” for moderate
voices to keep Scotland and the
UK in the single market.
Scotland’s Place in Europe:
People, Jobs and Investment
looks at three options: continued
membership of the single market,
a preferential trade agreement, or
non-preferential access on World
Trade Organisation provisions.
6
Unless
a rescue
package can
be agreed
for Carillion,
tens of
thousands
of jobs could
be lost
NEWS
ECONOMY
Crisis talks resume in bid to
avert collapse of Carillion
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Crisis talks will resume today to avert
the collapse of the huge Government
contractor Carillion threatening tens
of thousands of jobs.
The company, which has contracts
to build the HS2 rail line and runs
schools, hospitals and prisons across
the country, is £1.5bn in the red.
It will hold talks with its creditor
banks, as well as Whitehall officials
responsible for overseeing more than
£1bn of contracts awarded annually.
Unless a rescue package can be
agreed, administrators could be
called in as early as today.
One possibility is the Government
offering guarantees to the banks
to cover Carillion’s debts or taking
some key projects back into the public sector.
T h e Wo l v e rh a m p t o n - b a s e d
group employs 20,000 staff in the
UK, with many more jobs dependent on its contracts. Labour has
Carillion’s high-profile
projects include the
redevelopment of Battersea
Power Station in south London
and the expansion of Liverpool
FC’s Anfield stadium
queried why the Government has
awarded it so many contracts – including a £1.4bn deal to build part of
HS2 – since the company’s financial
problems emerged.
Jon Ashworth, the shadow Health
Secretary, warned the collapse of
Carillion could affect the National
Health Service as it is running several building projects along with facilities management at several hospitals.
“We need some urgent clarity from
the Government about whether, if
Carillion sadly goes under, those hospitals will be able to provide meals to
patients on the wards this winter,” Mr
Ashworth said.
Brandon Lewis, the Conservative
chairman, told the BBC: “I would
hope to see that the working capital
they need will be there, working with
their partners. But of course ministers and the Secretary of State at
Business is keeping a close eye on it.”
TUC deputy general secretary
Paul Nowak said: “The Government
needs to step in, guarantee jobs and
services, and explain how they let this
mess happen in the first place.”
Why the company is so important
What is Carillion? The company
was formed in 1999 from Tarmac’s
construction division. It acquired
rivals including Alfred McAlpine,
Mowlem and Wimpey, as well as
several Canadian firms. It has since
expanded into services such as
cleaning and maintenance.
It employs 43,000 staff worldwide,
about half of them in the UK.
What is the problem? Carillion has
accumulated an estimated £1.5bn of
debt, including a £590m deficit in its
pension scheme. Its market value has
shrunk from £2bn at formation to
just £61m last week as its share price
dived. Analysts say it has become
over-stretched and had over-estimated the value of major contracts. It
has also suffered payment delays in
the Middle East.
Why is it so important to the
taxpayer? Its construction division
is responsible for building part of
the HS2 rail link, as well as roads,
houses and hospitals. It also cleans
many hospitals and prisons, runs
the catering in 900 schools, manages
50,000 military homes, and operates
traffic monitoring systems for the
Highways Agency. Its collapse could
be costly to the taxpayer.
MEDIA
BBC ‘could cap salaries at
Prime Minister’s level’
By Jon Vale
The new Culture Secretary, Matt
Hancock, has suggested the BBC
could follow the public sector and
cap staff salaries at the same
level as the Prime Minister.
Mr Hancock (inset)
said the corporation had
“missed a chance” to
bring in similar measures, as he contrasted
the salaries of BBC foreign editors with those
of ambassadors.
He also warned against measures passed by peers last week for
tougher media regulation, calling
them “the death knell of democracy”.
Mr Hancock’s comments come
in the midst of a dispute over Carrie Gracie, who has resigned as the
BBC’s China editor because of unequal pay.
In a BBC pay disclosure last
year, the North America editor, Jon Sopel, was listed
as having a salary of between £200,000 and
£249,999, while Ms
Gracie revealed she had
been earning £135,000
before the BBC offered
her a £45,000 rise, which
she rejected.
John Humphrys, who has been
criticised after a leaked tape showed
him joking with Mr Sopel about the
matter, was listed as having a salary
of between £600,000 and £649,999.
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i MONDAY
15 JANUARY 2018
7
Plane in
‘miracle’
cliffhanger
A commercial plane
that skidded off a
runway after landing
in northern Turkey
dangled precariously
off a muddy cliff with
its nose only a few feet
from the sea yesterday.
Some of the
168 people on
board the Boeing
737-800 described
it as a “miracle” that
everyone was evacuated safely. If it had slid
any further along the
slope, the plane would
have probably plunged
into the Black Sea in
the Turkish province
of Trabzon.
A passenger on the
Pegasus Airlines flight,
Yuksel Gordu, said
that words were not
enough to describe
their fear.
“It’s a miracle we
escaped. We could
have burned, exploded,
flown into the sea.”
UNITED STATES
MEDIA
Anger in Hawaii as missile attack alert
blamed on ‘pressing the wrong button’
By Audrey McAvoy
IN HONOLULU
A false alarm that warned of a ballistic missile heading for Hawaii
sent the islands into a panic, with
people abandoning cars and preparing to flee their homes until officials said the alert was a mistake
triggered by a worker pressing the
“wrong button”.
Officials said the alert warning of a
possible attack, most likely from the
nuclear regime of North Korea, was
sent when someone hit the wrong
button during a shift change. They
apologised repeatedly and vowed to
ensure it would never happen again.
The US Federal Communications Commission said the error
was “absolutely unacceptable” and
criticised state officials for not having “reasonable” safeguards in place
to prevent the false missile alert.
A 38-minute delay in issuing the
correction made the error worse,
the FCC said, and ordered officials
across the US to fix vulnerabilities.
The emergency alert, sent to mobile phones just before 8.10am, read:
“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT
INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK
IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS
NOT A DRILL.”
On a major highway north of
Honolulu, vehicles sat empty after
drivers left them to run to a nearby
tunnel, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser
reported. Workers at a golf club huddled in a kitchen fearing the worst.
Professional golfer John Peterson
tweeted: “Under mattresses in the
Students run for cover in the
University of Hawaii JOE WALKER
TWITTER / @_JOEWALKER/VIA REUTERS
‘Are we going to die today?’ 38 minutes of panic
On the island of Kauai, Tracia Padilla,
39, her husband and their two children, 10 and 12, hid in a steel shipping container on the lawn. The
family carried cereal, protein bars,
water and a five-gallon bucket to use
as a toilet to the steel container, Ms
Padilla said. “My 10-year-old was
kind of melting, sitting at my feet
rocking, saying: ‘Mom, are we going
to die today?’” she added.
For 38 minutes, many in Hawaii,
like her, feared the worst, as panic
and confusion spread. Then came the
second alert. Someone hit the wrong
button; there was no missile.
Rhonda Ramirez and Michael
Sterling, both 56 and from Los
Angeles, were staying at a hotel in
the Waikiki tourist district when the
state emergency agency issued the
bogus alert at 8.07am. Ms Ramirez,
a mortgage broker, “immediately
started crying”.
Ikaika Hussey, 39, a candidate for
Honolulu City Council, was at home
with his children when he got the
alert. They grabbed food and headed
for a room with a rock wall. He
blamed Hawaii’s status as a potential
target on its being home to the US
Pacific Command and the Navy’s
Pacific Fleet. “Militarism is reducing,
not enhancing, our security,” he said.
Stacey Bow, 56, of Honolulu, woke
her 16-year-old daughter with the
news after getting an alert via phone.
“She became hysterical, crying – just
lost it,” she said. AP/REUTERS
bathtub with my wife, baby and in
laws. Please lord let this bomb threat
not be real.” One US Air Force pilot
reported seeing people hiding under
café tables while others retreated to
sturdier buildings.
Many locals headed for tsunami
shelters or other concrete buildings
with basements. However, many
tourists, not linked to the alert system, were left walking around “with
no idea what was going on at all”.
The incident prompted defence
agencies including the Pentagon and
the US Pacific Command to issue
the same statement, that they had
“detected no ballistic missile threat
to Hawaii”. US President Donald
Trump was briefed on the false alert
at his private club in Florida.
State governor David Ige vowed
to make changes. “I am sorry for
the pain and confusion it caused,”
he said. “I, too, am extremely upset
about this and am doing everything
I can do to immediately improve our
emergency management systems,
procedures and staffing.” AP
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Hawaii said 93 per cent of
the state’s 386 sirens worked
properly, but 12 mistakenly played
an ambulance siren. At the tourist
mecca of Waikiki, the sirens were
barely audible.
Trump in
clash over
relationship
with Kim
By Darlene Superville
Donald Trump has denied saying he
has “very good” relations with North
Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The Wall Street Journal quoted Mr
Trump as saying: “I probably have
a very good relationship with Kim
Jong-un.” But Mr Trump tweeted
yesterday: “The Wall Street Journal
stated falsely that I said to them ‘I
have a good relationship with Kim
Jong Un’ (of N. Korea). Obviously I
didn’t say that. I said ‘I’d have a good
relationship with Kim Jong Un,’ a
big difference. Fortunately we now
record conversations with reporters
and they knew exactly what I said
and meant. They just wanted a story.
FAKE NEWS!”
White House spokeswoman Sarah
Huckabee Sanders and the newspaper have released separate audio
clips. The Wall Street Journal says it
stands by its reporting.
North Korea and South Korea are
due to hold working-level talks today
at the Panmunjom truce village. The
delegations will hold talks on the
prospects of North Korea sending a
performance art group to the Winter
Olympics in South Korea, the South’s
unification ministry said.
Officials from North and South
said last week they had agreed to hold
negotiations to resolve problems and
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Trump
branded
‘a racist’
‘Bailout’ of East Coast line shows
rail system is broken, says Labour
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Rail franchises across Britain could
be in jeopardy after the Government’s
decision to terminate the troubled
East Coast mainline contract three
years early, Labour has warned.
Andy McDonald, the shadow
Transport Secretary, said the rail
system was now so “broken”, with
rising fares and falling passenger
confidence in its reliability, that its
sustainability was in question.
He predicted that other franchiseholders could follow the lead of Virgin
and Stagecoach which successfully
applied to withdraw from running
East Coast services. Critics say the
Government’s move amounted to a
£2bn bailout for the two companies.
The Government has rejected the
claim and has said the line will “continue to deliver large sums of money
to the taxpayer”.
Mr McDonald told i he was worried
that other operators would now look
at the arrangement and say “what
about us?”. He added: “It’s hard to see
where the competition is if contracts
are just handed out and if they don’t
work out they are brought to a halt
without any redress and no risk being
borne by private companies.
“The system is broken. It just does
not function – we cannot continue to
bail out companies like this,” he said.
Franchises had been awarded
“against a backdrop of other companies over-bidding and assuming
growth rates that never materialised”, he said.
A National Audit Office
report last week said that
Govia’s franchise to run
Thameslink, Southern and Great
Northern services had failed to
deliver value for money.
WESTMINSTER
Commons to install tip-up seats for disabled
By Nigel Morris
Tip-up seats are to be installed in a
new-look House of Commons to enable disabled politicians to sit alongside other MPs from their parties.
Sir Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat leader, has called for reserved
spaces to be created in the chamber
when major building work is carried
out at Westminster.
The move has been backed by
David Natzler, the clerk of the House
of Commons, who admitted there are
“formidable challenges” in relation to
disabled access to the building.
“Wheelchair access in the Commons chamber is indeed poor and we
He said Dutch-owned Abellio’s
£3.7bn contract to run Greater
Anglia services for nine years and
FirstGroup’s contract to operate
TransPennine Express had been
based on the assumption that revenues would rise 12 per cent annually.
Labour says it would bring private
rail franchises back into state control
as their franchises expire.
Chris Grayling, the Transport
Secretary, has said that Virgin and
Stagecoach are being held to their
“full financial obligations”.
He has said there is “no viable legal
mechanism” to get any more money
from them.
have long planned to examine how it
could be better in a restored chamber,” he said in a letter to Sir Vince.
Wheelchair-users have to sit in
the middle of the floor in both the
Commons and Lords, but plans for a
£5bn overhaul of the building are to
include facilities for the disabled.
Sir Vince said: “The introduction
of tip-up seats is welcome news,
though it’s not before time.”
Labour’s Emily
Thornberry has
branded Donald Trump
a “racist”.
She told the BBC’s
Andrew Marr Show:
“He is an asteroid of
awfulness that has
fallen on this world. I
think that he is a danger
and I think that he is a
racist.”
The Labour
frontbencher added:
“I don’t want him to
come to the country.
I don’t think that he
should have been given
an invitation in the
way that he was. That it
was wrong for Theresa
May to so prematurely
offer him a state visit.
“I think that it
embarrasses the
Queen. I think that it is
a humiliation for her.
I think it is wrong to
have brought her into
this in this way.”
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POLITICS
Ukip leader urged
to quit over racist
texts by girlfriend
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
CRIME
Victims hopeful as Justice Secretary
challenges Worboys’ release
By Ryan Hooper and Aine Fox
Victims and campaigners have welcomed the possible reversal of the
parole board’s decision to release
John Worboys from prison, following a concession from the new Justice Secretary that the serial sex
offender may yet remain locked up.
David Gauke said on Saturday
that he had sought legal advice on
the prospect of kick-starting efforts
to keep the predatory rapist behind
bars following a mass public outcry.
The announcement that Worboys
would be freed, nine years after he
was jailed, prompted dismay from
victims’ groups and legal experts.
The former London cabbie (inset)
was jailed indefinitely in 2009, with
a minimum term of eight years, for
drugging and sexually assaulting
female passengers. He was
convicted of 19 offences
relating to 12 victims but
is suspected of being
one of the nation’s most
prolific sex offenders
after he was linked to
102 complaints in total.
Richard Scorer, a
specialist abuse lawyer at
Slater and Gordon, which
represented some of Worboys’ victims, said: “Our clients are pleased
that their fears and concerns are
finally being recognised. They feel
like they have been ignored, dismissed and deeply let down by the
criminal justice system in the way
they have been treated in the
past week. We hope Mr
Gauke’s comments are
followed up with action.”
A Ministry of Justice
spokesman said: “Mr
Gauke commissioned,
mid-last week, advice
on the plausibility of a judicial review and the prospect of success of any review.
“The Secretary of State is minded
to move forward only if there was a
reasonable prospect of success.”
DIPLOMACY
May slaps down Johnson for Yemen slip-up
By Jane Clinton
As Foreign Secretary, he might be
expected to know his Yemen from
his Lebanon. But in an embarrassing display, Boris Johnson repeatedly got the two countries mixed up
and was rebuked by Theresa May
for his gaffe.
The Prime Minister had to “butt
in” to correct Mr Johnson during a
Cabinet discussion on the Yemen
civil war. At the meeting, he said:
“We have got to do something about
the Saudi war on Lebanon…”
Putting it down to a slip of the
tongue, fellow ministers let him continue, but he repeated the mistake
– much to their surprise, given that
Lebanon and Yemen are 1,400 miles
apart and the former is not involved
in the conflict.
The Prime Minister had to intervene with: “Sorry to butt in here, but
I think you mean Yemen, not Lebanon.” Mr Johnson checked his notes
and apologised.
Yemen has been devastated by
a war between forces loyal to the
internationally-recognised govern-
ment of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the
Houthi rebel movement.
More than 8600 people have
been killed and 49,000 injured since
March 2015, many from air strikes
by a Saudi-led multinational coalition backing the president.
This is the latest in a long line of
gaffes by Mr Johnson. On a visit to
a sacred Buddhist site in Myanmar,
he was reprimanded by the British
ambassador when he recited the
“inappropriate” colonial-era poem
The Road to Mandalay.
Henry Bolton’s survival as Ukip leader is in the balance after his girlfriend
was suspended from the party over
“racist” remarks about Meghan Markle. He is due to make an announcement about his future today.
Senior Ukip figures called for him
to resign and the party’s chairman,
Paul Oakden, said Mr Boulton, 54,
faced some “difficult decisions”.
The former Army officer – Ukip’s
fourth leader in just 18 months – was
already facing anger within party
ranks after he left his second wife and
young children on Christmas Eve for
Jo Marney, a glamour model 29 years
his junior.
The crisis escalated after the Mail
on Sunday printed a string of texts
sent by Ms Marney during a discussion about the royal engagement. She
wrote that Ms Markle, Prince Harry’s
“black American” fiancée, will “taint”
the Royal Family with “her seed”
and pave the way for a “black king”.
She also said she would never have
sex with “a negro” because they are
“ugly”.
Henry Bolton left his second wife and
young children for Jo Marney (above)
All change ins and outs
The Ukip leadership has changed
hands five times since the historic
European Union referendum.
Nigel Farage stood down to “get
my life back” and was replaced by
the MEP Diane James. She resigned
after just 18 days, explaining that
she did not have colleagues’ support.
Mr Farage stood in until deputy
leader Paul Nuttall took over.
Mr Nuttall inherited a party
haemorrhaging support and lasted
seven months, quitting after the
general election.
Former chairman Steve Crowther
served as interim leader until Henry
Bolton was elected in September.
Ms Marney, 25, said: “The opinions
I expressed were deliberately exaggerated in order to make a point and
have, to an extent, been taken out of
context. Yet I fully recognise the offence they have caused.”
Mr Bolton – who had been accused
of covering up his new relationship
during the leadership contest – faced
demands to step down to limit the
damage to the party.
Bill Etheridge, a Ukip MEP, urged
him: “Go now. Go quietly and leave us
to deal with what’s left... It appears
we are now seeing Ukip resources,
which are at best scant, being used to
defend Henry’s private life.”
A former Ukip leadership candidate, Ben Walker, also called for his
resignation, accusing him of having
“deeply flawed judgement”.
The party’s ruling National Executive is set to discuss Mr Bolton’s
private life at a special meeting
this week.
Ominously for him, Mr Oakden
said: “Henry is increasingly in a position where he has got difficult decisions to make.”
SCOTLAND
Sturgeon’s independence
push hinges on Brexit deal
By Graeme Murray
Nicola Sturgeon said she would take a
decision on whether to hold a second
Scottish independence referendum
by the end of the year once the shape
of the Brexit deal became known.
Scotland’s First Minister made the
comments before the publication of
a detailed study by the Scottish Government on the implications of leaving the European Union.
Speaking on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show she said no clarity or
certainty had been provided about a
hard Brexit’s supposed benefits.
She said people wanted to see clar-
ity over the relationship between the
UK and Europe.
When asked if the timetable would
be between October and the end
of 2018, Ms Sturgeon responded:
“That’s when I will be able to look
at that and make a judgment about
what the next appropriate steps are
for Scotland,
She added: “At that point, what
I’ve said is that we will look at that
and determine at that stage if Scotland should then have the right
to choose between whatever that
new relationship with the UK is
going to be or choosing to be an
independent country.”
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TRAVEL
Passengers complain of being ‘held
to ransom’ by new Ryanair bag policy
By Simon Calder
Ryanair’s latest change to its cabinbag policy has triggered fury among
passengers, with one saying he feels
“held to ransom” by the airline. But
Europe’s biggest budget carrier insists the policy will benefit travellers.
The allowance of free bags remains
the same: a large case weighing no
more than 10kg and measuring 55cm
x 40cm x 20cm, plus a smaller bag no
bigger than 35cm x 20cm x 20cm.
Travellers take these through security to the departure gate.
But unless the passenger pays
extra for priority boarding, the larger
case will be removed at the aircraft
gate and placed in the hold. At the
destination airport, the bag will be
unloaded into the luggage system,
appearing on the baggage carousel.
The change was announced last
summer. It was initially planned to be
introduced on 1 November, but was
postponed until 15 January as the
airline sorted out the problems with
pilot rostering which led to mass
flight cancellations.
At the same time, the airline has
cut fees for some checked-in bags and
increased the weight limit from 15kg
to 20kg. A checked bag on an off-peak
flight will cost £25, down from £35,
except “during peak travel periods
(Christmas/Easter/summer) and on
selected routes”.
Many Ryanair passengers have
expressed frustration over the
changes. Robin Griggs, a frequent
flyer between Manchester and Carcassonne in south-west France, said:
“Frequent flyers do not like waiting at
the arrival hall to pick up their bags,
it adds 20 to 30 minutes to the journey time. Effectively you need to pay
more. How can they do this on existing bookings? I feel I am being held
to ransom.”
Others appear to have misinterpreted the rules, with one saying, “He
[sic] has changed the hand luggage
sizes”. Another called the change
“baffling”, asking: “Is this the dreaded ban of wheelie cabin bags we have
heard rumours of?”
James Robertson asked: “Can the
company change the terms like this
on flights already booked?”
It can, because passengers accepted, when buying the ticket, that the
bag might be placed in the hold. This
Passengers will have their bags placed in the hold unless they pay extra GETTY
has now changed from a possibility
to a certainty – unless the passenger
pays £5 for priority boarding.
Another passenger, Elizabeth
Thompson, asked: “Is this just
another Ryanair way of making
more money?” The airline says the
package of changes will cost it €50m
(£45m). THE INDEPENDENT
The airline has warned
its passengers that
any “failure to comply [with
the new cabin baggage size
rules] will result in a charge
of £50 per item at the departure gate” .
SOCIETY
Record 1.4m
attend driver
offence course
By Neil Lancefield
The number of drivers attending
retraining courses after committing a motoring offence reached a
record 1.4 million last year.
Speed awareness courses were
by far the most common with 1.2
million attendees, according to
official figures.
The money police forces receive
from each driver who completes a
course jumped from £35 to £45 in
September. This is designated as
a cost recovery fee to reimburse
forces for the expense of catching
speeding motorists.
Steve Gooding, director of
the RAC motoring charity, said:
“What might perplex drivers is
how the number of offenders sent
on speed awareness courses differs hugely by constabulary.
“In 2016, 80,235 drivers were
offered the courses in Avon and
Somerset. In neighbouring Wiltshire, nobody was.”
The total number of attendees
for all nine retraining courses
available rose by 2 per cent yearon-year. Mr Gooding believes this
“could be topped” this year.
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At last, the coffee cup you
can recycle – ‘breakthrough’
in war against plastic
By Tom Bawden
ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT
The war on plastic waste receives a
massive boost today with the launch
of the world’s first easy-to-recycle
coffee cup – which could soon be
available in Starbucks.
The coffee craze sweeping Britain means we plough through an astonishing 2.5 billion plastic-coated
paper cups a year – virtually all of
which end up in landfill sites or get
blown into the sea because they’re
so hard to recycle.
But MPs and campaigners are
hopeful that the coffee cup recycling
rate could be about to soar if the new
recyclable model takes off.
Caroline Lucas MP, co-leader
of the Green Party, said: “This is a
great example of the kind of creative
thinking and new ideas we need to
tackle the plastic crisis.”
“Alongside efforts to massively
reduce waste and plastic use in the
first place, cups like this can play a
role in helping to protect our natural
world,” she added.
Friends of the Earth chief
executive Craig Bennett
added: “Fully recyclable
coffee cups should be
the norm. So it’s good
to see products being
developed which will
help to achieve that.”
Only one in 400
of the seven million paper cups used
in Britain every day is
being recycled.
This is because they are so
tightly coated in plastic that only
two of the country’s 47 paper mills is
able to recycle them.
The new cup, however, can be recycled at any plant because the plas-
Cheers How the Frugal Cup works
Martin Myerscough, Frugalpac’s
founder, explains how his coffee cup
differs from conventional ones:
“Existing single-use coffee cups
are made by taking a sheet of cardboard and melting plastic on to it.
This means the plastic is extremely
tightly bonded to the paper. The
plastic-coated paper is then rolled
into cups.
“The problem with that is that
when it goes to the paper mill, the
plastic and the paper don’t break
down. It’s very difficult to separate
the two in normal recycling facilities
– only two of Britain’s 47 paper mills
have the technology to do it.
“With our cup, we make the cup
first out of recycled paper. Then
we make a very thin waterproof
plastic liner which we put into the
cup, as a separate unit. The process
uses the same amount of plastic
as an existing cup and, when we’ve
finished manipulating it, it looks like
an existing cup.
“But when our cups go to the
paper mill the plastic and paper can
be easily separated. It’s the same
process used to separate a plastic
magazine wrapper that’s slipped
into a load of newspapers. The other
advantage of our cups is that they’re
made from recycled paper.”
tic layer, which is needed to prevent
leakage, takes the form of a separate
liner. This is inserted into the cup
and fastened to it, so that the paper
and plastic elements can be separated and recycled after use.
The new cup costs the
same to make as existing takeaway cups.
“This cup is unique
and can make a real
difference to the coffee cup problem,”
said Martin Myerscough, who invented
the cup and has patented the design.
Frugalpac,
the
Suffolk-based company set up
by Mr Myerscough to make the cup,
is in advanced discussions with a
number of coffee retailers, including
Starbucks, with a view to trialling it
in its stores.
It has just finished setting up its
factory in Co Clare, Ireland, and is
about to begin full-scale production
of the cup – which is known as the
Frugal Cup.
The company is also trialling
the cup at Sheffield University and
shops around the country, the independent outlets Paddy & Scott’s
in Suffolk and The Colombian Coffee Company at Borough Market
in London.
Britain gets through 5,000
disposable coffee cups
every single minute - over the
course of a year that’s enough to
circle the world five times if put
end to end.
Comment
The latest sign that
anti-plastic revolution
is gaining momentum
Tom Bawden
ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT
T
he launch of the first
easy-to-recycle coffee
cup is the latest sign that
the war on plastic has
become a serious campaign.
Heartbreaking pictures of
plastic devastation in this and
other newspapers, on David
Attenborough’s recent Blue
Planet II series and in numerous
social media posts have led the
public to decide that enough
is enough.
And politicians are taking note.
Just last week, Theresa May
made a major environmental
speech in which she pledged to
eradicate the use of all “avoidable
plastic” in the next 25 years.
This will be achieved, in part,
by extending the 5p plastic bag
charge – already introduced with
huge success to supermarkets
across Britain – to all shops
across England.
The Government’s recent
conversion to the plastic
pollution campaign also
includes proposals that could
see taxes on throwaway items,
such as cups, and drinking and
the introduction of a bottledeposit scheme. This would see
customers charged extra for a
drink in a reusable bottle and
getting the money back when
they returned it.
There have also been
encouraging signs on the coffee
front, even before the new
recyclable cup.
A cross-party group of
MPs this month called on the
Government to introduce a
“latte levy” that would slap a 25p
tax on every disposable coffee
cup used. As with several of the
recent plastic proposals, the
Government is now looking into
the matter.
It will be interesting to see in
the coming weeks and months
how many of these initiatives get
the green light.
If most or all go ahead, it will
confirm what many are hoping –
that the Government has finally
got serious about plastic.
If they don’t, there will be
accusations that it’s merely
seeking to harness the change
in public attitudes to plastic
pollution for political gain.
Park voices dismay at celebrities
Oscar-winning animator Nick Park
has criticised studios for signing
celebrities to voice roles.
The Wallace and Gromit creator
cast British stars Tom Hiddleston
and Eddie Redmayne (pictured with
his wife, Hannah Bagshawe) in voice
roles in his new film comedy adventure Early Man, which premiered in
London last night.
But the director, 59, believes
too many films hire big-name
celebrities with no voice talent as a
“marketing exercise”.
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Scant data on illegal immigration ‘fuels anxiety’
By Hayden Smith
Anxiety about illegal immigration
has been allowed to “grow unchecked” because of a shortage of
official information on the scale of
the problem, a Commons committee has warned.
MPs said the lack of information about the matter has been
perceived as the Government
showing “indifference” towards
an issue of “high public interest”.
A report published by the
Home Affairs Committee today
describes the “long-standing paucity” of figures on the number of
people in the UK unlawfully as a
“serious concern”.
Officials insist it is not possible
to accurately quantify the number
of overseas nationals who are in
the country illegally. Last year a
former immigration enforcement
chief claimed the figure was likely
to run to more than a million.
The committee’s report says:
“To create an official estimate of
overall illegal immigration without any reliable evidence would
not add value to the debate.
“However, we also believe more
analysis of the scale and nature of
the problem of illegal immigration
is needed to develop appropriate
policy responses.”
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By May Bulman
Hundreds of teachers are being
forced into asking a charity for cash
handouts because they can no longer
afford to pay housing and transport
costs. Many are falling into rent arrears and are simply unable to afford
to get to work, with the number of
teachers applying for help from the
UK’s main education support charity
rising by 40 per cent in the past year,
figures show.
Labour described the figures as
“devastating”, while the Liberal
Democrats said they showed teachers were being “abandoned” by the
Government. It comes as numbers
of new teachers joining the profession plummet amid stalling wages.
Salaries for teaching staff in England
are worth 12 per cent less in 2015 than
they were in 2005.
One primary school teacher in
London, a single father-of-two, admitted he would have been made homeless without charitable help, saying
he was “down to the last few quid”
each month.
Figures provided by Education
Support Partnership (ESP), the UK’s
only charity providing financial support to education staff, show numbers of applications for grants from
teachers has surged by almost half in
the past year alone.
The charity received 494 applications for charitable grants in 2016-17,
while those for this year so far – received in the eight months between
April and November – already stand
at 531, a 40 per cent increase on the
same period last year. The charity
expects to award a record number of
grants to teachers by April.
Separate figures by Turn2us, a
charity which helps people in financial hardship, show the proportion of
Teachers are struggling to afford to
get to work, figures show PA
grants given to those in education has
doubled since 2010 – from 11 per cent
to 22 per cent.
Dr Mary Bousted, of the National
Education Union, said: “It sadly
comes as no surprise the number of
teachers in hardship has risen so dramatically. With inflation having shot
ahead of teachers’ pay for so long,
their pay is not keeping pace with the
cost of living and some are struggling
to make ends meet. For as long as this
remains the case, we will continue to
see teachers leaving the profession.”
She said there was a worsening crisis in teacher recruitment and retention. “Teachers urgently need a pay
rise,” she said. THE INDEPENDENT
Angela Rayner MP, shadow
Education Secretary, said:
“These show the devastating
impact of this Government’s
decision to impose real-terms
pay cuts on teachers year after
year since 2010.”
CRIME
Man charged with murder
of travel shop worker
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A man has been charged with the
murder of a travel agent who was attacked at her workplace.
Andrew Burke, 30, from St
Helens, will appear at South
Sefton Magistrates’ Court
in Bootle today.
Cassie Hayes (inset) was
attacked on Saturday afternoon at the Tui branch
in Southport where she
was assistant manager.
Police were called to the
town centre store at 1.25pm,
and shortly afterwards witnesses reported seeing a woman being
stretchered to a waiting ambulance.
Ms Hayes, 28, who lived in the
Southport area, died in hospital later
that day. A post-mortem investigation established she died after her
throat was cut.
Her former partner, Leah
McDonald, wrote a post on
Facebook saying that she
was “heartbroken and
numb” at the death of
Ms Hayes, who was
originally from Alnwick, Northumberland.
“There are no words
to describe the pain I have
woken with this morning,”
she wrote. “I just want to rip
my heart out from my chest. I cannot
bear it.”
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Vogue suspends photographers over sex claims
By Jane Clinton
Mario Testino, photographer to
the stars and royalty, has been suspended from working withVogue and
other magazines following allegations of sexual exploitation.
Mr Testino (inset), who photographed Princess Diana as well as
the engagement of the Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge and was appointed an OBE in 2014, has been
accused of sexually inappropriate
behaviour by a number of models.
The fashion photographer Bruce
Weber has also been suspended
after similar complaints.
Vogue’s publisher, Condé Nast,
said it would not work with either
man “for the foreseeable future”.
Anna Wintour, who is the magazine’s editor-in-chief and artistic
director for Condé Nast, said the
claims had been “hard to bear and
heartbreaking to confront”.
Ms Wintour and Condé Nast chief
Bob Sauerberg said they were “deeply disturbed by the accusations”.
In a New York Times article, 13
male assistants and models who
have worked with Testino allege he
“subjected them to sexual advances”
that in some cases “included groping
and masturbation”.
The allegations go back to the
mid-1990s.
Testino, 63, who recently photographed Serena Williams
and her baby for the February cover of Vogue, has
worked with brands such
as Burberry, Dolce &
Gabbana and Gucci.
Model Ryan Locke
called Testino “a sexual
predator” and said that
when he disclosed he was
going to meet Testino jokes were
made about the photographer’s allegedly “notorious” reputation.
Hugo Tillman, a photographic
assistant, said Testino pinned him
down on a bed before being removed
by another person. Roman Barrett,
another assistant, said the
photographer masturbated in front of him, and
that sexual harassment
was a “constant reality”.
Lawyers representing
Testino said the people
complaining of harassment “cannot be considered reliable sources”.
It said that several former
employees it had spoken to “could
not confirm any of the claims”.
Weber, 71, whose high-profile
campaigns include Calvin Klein
and Abercrombie & Fitch, was also
accused of alleged sexually predatory behaviour by 15 current and
former male models. They claim
there was “unnecessary nudity and
coercive behaviour”, including inappropriate touching. Weber denies
the allegations.
Anna Wintour said: “I
take the allegations very
seriously, and we have decided to
put our working relationship with
both photographers on hold.”
PEOPLE
Daphne Selfe
in Sky Arts’
‘Portrait
Artist of
the Year’
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nothing new to the
oldest supermodel
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C
laims of sexual
harassment in the fashion
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Daphne Selfe, the oldest
working supermodel.
“I had to run the gauntlet when I
was young,” recalls Selfe, 89, who
has been working for top brands
since 1948 and is still sashaying
down the catwalk. But I was able to
say ‘No’.”
Selfe, who won a magazine
cover girl competition when she
was 21 and has made background
appearances in 400 films,
stopped modelling and moved
to Hertfordshire to bring up her
children, but was rediscovered at
the age of 70 after her husband died.
She never posed for Terry
Richardson, the photographer
dropped by leading fashion
magazines after allegations of
sexual exploitation of models, which
he denies. But she is familiar with
camera-wielding “artists” who
overstep the mark.
“I don’t go to work to be harassed.
These men shouldn’t do it. But I
never suffered. You have to just get
on with it,” she said.
Selfe’s latest job is to be
immortalised in watercolour and
oils by the amateur and professional
contenders for Sky Arts’ Portrait
Artist of the Year competition.
Sitting alongside Noel Fielding and
Reggie Yates, it is Selfe’s silver hair,
high cheekbones and the natural
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CULTURE
By Jennifer Cockerell
Wahlberg
praised for
donating
reshoot fee
Gnarly, dude: swallowing sea water
‘makes surfers vulnerable to E. coli’
Braving icy water isn’t the only challenge facing those who surf at the
UK’s beaches. Hardy “waxheads”
are also three times more likely to
have antibiotic resistant E. coli in
their guts than non-surfers, a study
has revealed.
Surfers swallow 10 times more sea
water than sea swimmers, and scientists wanted to find out if that made
them more vulnerable to bacteria
that pollute seawater, and whether those bacteria are resistant to
an antibiotic.
A team at the University of Exeter
ask 300 people, half of whom regularly surf the UK’s coastline, to take
rectal swabs. They then compared
the faecal samples to assess whether
the surfers’ guts contained E. coli
bacteria that were able to grow in
the presence of cefotaxime, an antibiotic used to treat a number of
bacterial infections.
Cefotaxime has been prescribed to
kill off these bacteria, but some have
acquired genes that enable them to
survive this treatment.
The study, published in the journal
Environment International, found that
13 of 143 (9 per cent) of surfers were
colonised by these resistant bacteria, compared with four out of 130
Dr Will Gaze, of the
University of Exeter, said:
“We are not seeking to discourage
people from [being in] the sea, an
activity which has a lot of benefits
in terms of exercise, well-being
and connecting with nature.”
Icy water isn’t
the only hardship
faced by surfers in
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(3 per cent) of non-surfers swabbed.
That meant that the bacteria would
continue to grow even if treated with
cefotaxime.
Researchers also found that regular surfers were four times as likely to
harbour bacteria that contain mobile
genes that make bacteria resistant to
the antibiotic.
Last year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) described antimicrobial resistance as a “global health
emergency,” with health experts
warning that resistance to antimicrobial drugs could cause a bigger threat
to mankind than cancer.
Surfing UK Improving water quality
The marine conservation charity
Surfers Against Sewage, was involved
in recruiting surfers to take part in
the study.
Its science and policy officer David
Smith said: “While this research
highlights an emerging threat to
surfers and bodyboarders in the UK
it should not prevent people from
heading to our coasts. Water quality
in the UK has improved vastly in
the past 30 years and is some of the
cleanest in Europe.
“Recognising coastal waters as a
pathway for antibiotic resistance can
allow policy makers to make changes
to protect water users and the wider
public from the threat of antibiotic
resistance.”
He continued: “We would always
recommend water users check the
safer seas service before heading
to the sea to avoid any pollution
incidents and ensure the best
possible experience in the UK’s
coastal waters.”
By Sam Blewett
The actress Michelle Williams has
celebrated Mark Wahlberg’s decision to donate his $1.5m (£1.1m)
pay for reshoots of All the Money in
the World to Time’s Up in the face
of criticism.
Wahlberg was met with anger
from fellow actors and producers when it was revealed that
he earned the money to reshoot
portions of the film to erase disgraced actor Kevin Spacey, while
Williams reportedly received less
than $1,000.
Williams praised the move by
Wahlberg and the talent agency
William Morris Endeavours
(WME), which said it would donate
an additional $500,000 to the initiative set up to help fund accusers of
sexual harassment and abuse.
She also paid tribute to actor
Anthony Rapp, who opened the
floodgates for accusers to come
forward when he alleged he was
14 when Spacey sexually harassed
him. In a statement, Williams said:
“My fellow actresses stood by me
and stood up for me, my activist
friends taught me to use my voice
and the most powerful men in
charge, they listened and acted.
“If we truly envision an equal
world, it takes equal effort and
sacrifice. Today is one of the most
indelible days of my life because of
Mark Wahlberg, WME and a community of women and men who
share in this accomplishment.”
ENVIRONMENT
Regulator gets new powers to tackle fly-tipping
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
Environment chiefs are to be granted
new powers to tackle the menace of
illegal waste and fly-tipping.
Environment Agency officials will
be able to lock gates and block access to problem waste sites under
measures announced today by
Environment Minister Therese Coffey. The powers will also enable them
to force operators to clear all waste at
problem sites. Waste crime cost the
English economy more than £600m
in 2015 in lost landfill tax and clean-up
costs. It also blights neighbourhoods.
The Government has also launched
aconsultationtotacklecrimeandpoor
performance in the waste industry.
“Waste crime and fly-tipping blight
communities and spoils our countryside. We need determined action to
tackle it. These new powers will curb
the rise of waste sites that continue to
operate outside the law,” Ms Coffey
said, adding that “everyone needed to
take responsibility their waste does
not end up in the hands of criminals
who wilfully dump it”.
In next
Saturday’s
Silent Witness: Emilia Fox
I could have trained to be a pathologist
by now but I don’t think anyone would
want me looking after the dead bodies
More than 850 new illegal waste
sites were discovered by the Environment Agency last year. Two illegal waste sites are shut down on
average every day. Latest statistics
show that some of the worst-hit
areas include London, with more
than 360,000 fly-tipping incidents
last year, and North West England
with 128,000 incidents in 2016-17.
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COMMUTER’
Donald
Trump leads
the way
Those in
favour must
speak up
How much
longer will
she lead?
A plausible
candidate for
White House
Just say it.
The President
is a racist
Every inch a
Liam Neeson
caper
Sunday Telegraph
Daily Record
OZY
Al Jazeera
TheNewYorkTimes
New Yorker
Trump has announced
sanctions against 14
Iranian individuals and
entities as punishment
for their treatment
of recent protesters.
And yet, for all the
obvious criminality of
the regime, the world
continues to hold
back when it comes to
demanding reform.
(Editorial)
TheIntercept
As bad as online
freedom is in China,
challenges facing
Iranians today might
be even worse.
The government
has attempted to
place restrictions
on virtual private
networks that can help
Iranians circumvent
state censorship.
(Murtaza Hussain)
Quote of
the day
We don’t
need more or
better leaders.
We need
someone
willing to fight
Chelsea Manning
The whistleblower
confirms her
intention to run in
the Senate elections
as a Democrat
It’s hugely important
that those who
believe in a new
vote do not shrink
because of a lack of
mainstream political
representation for
their viewpoint.
Yes, there is voter
fatigue and apathy. It’s
easy to understand
why. But a new EU
referendum could be
the most important
poll any of us ever take
part in.
(Editorial)
TheObserver
What is required
to force a rethink
among the political
decision-makers is
clear evidence of
second thoughts
among a substantial
wedge of Leave voters.
(Andrew Rawnsley)
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. If
the stars are favourably
aligned she might see
out a four-year term.
Party colleagues doubt
it. Two years seems a
more likely timescale.
(Philip Stephens)
Economist
The conviction that
a stable government
with a mediocre
programme is better
than a wobbly minority
government, or new
elections prolonging
and not necessarily
resolving the
deadlock, is a perfectly
respectable one.
(Editorial)
Oprah’s detractors,
who claim that the
presidency is a serious
job reserved for
“serious” people, not
only pine for a return
to a time and place
in US politics that no
longer exists, but have
clearly forgotten two
presidents who ought
to disabuse anyone
of this nostalgic
poppycock: Ronald
Reagan and George
W Bush.
(Andrew Mitrovica)
Daily Beast
Her qualities would
help her turn out the
200,000 additional
votes in Milwaukee,
Detroit and
Philadelphia that cost
Hillary Clinton the
Electoral College.
(Joy-Ann Reid)
Donald Trump treats
black people and
Latinos differently
than he treats white
people. And that makes
him a racist.
(David Leonhardt)
Euronews
Trump the President
wouldn’t even exist
without immigration
fearmongering
and enforcement
tactics assists from
Bill Clinton (who
trumpeted his record
on border control),
George W Bush (who
sent the National
Guard to the Mexican
border in 2006) and
Barack “Deporter in
Chief” Obama (the
Democrat who set
the table for Trump’s
deportation efforts).
(Julio Ricardo Varela)
Characters have no
identity except what’s
constructed to fit the
plot; situations offer no
incidentals but merely
exist to motivate the
action; events occur
not because they
can (let alone might)
but because they’re
required to reach the
chosen conclusion.
When that conclusion
arrives, it doesn’t even
offer the analytical
satisfaction of a chess
game but the trickery
of a game in which one
player has changed the
rules midway through.
(Richard Brody)
GQ
Yep, the film is as
deliciously naff and
as thrillingly Neesonesque as it sounds.
(Eleanor Halls)
LifeInBrief
DAVID TOSCHI DETECTIVE WHO PURSUED ZODIAC KILLER
The letter arrived at the San Francisco
Chronicle in April 1978, like some
two-dozen others the paper had
received over the previous decade.
Its handwriting was slanted, lacking
capitalisation, and it was signed with a
symbol that resembled the crosshairs
of a gun. “This is the Zodiac speaking,” it
began. “That city pig toschi is good but I
am smarter and better he will get tired
then leave me alone. I am waiting for a
good movie about me.”
For nearly nine years, San Francisco
police detective Dave Toschi had led
one of the most widely covered murder
investigations in American history,
searching after a man who called
himself the Zodiac and claimed to have
killed 37 people.
In fact, authorities said the Zodiac
had fatally shot or stabbed five men
and women in the Bay Area and had
injured two others. The group of
victims included two teenagers parked
on the outskirts of Vallejo, two teens
at a nearby park, a pair of students
picnicking in Napa County and a taxi
driver, Paul Stine, who became the first
and only San Francisco victim when he
was shot in the back of the head on 11
October, 1969.
His murder — the last confirmed
Zodiac killing — brought the case to
the desk of David Toschi, who has died
at 86 at his home in San Francisco.
The cause was complications from
pneumonia, said a daughter, Linda
Toschi-Chambers.
Toschi, his partner Bill Armstrong
and their law-enforcement colleagues
were never able to pin down the killer,
but his efforts made him a hero to
scores of “Zodiologists”, a group of
conspiracy theorists and amateur
sleuths that includes former Chronicle
political cartoonist Robert Graysmith.
His research on the subject formed
the basis of director David Fincher’s
2007 movie Zodiac, which starred Mark
Ruffalo as Toschi.
David Ramon Toschi was born in
San Francisco in 1931. He served in the
army after graduating from high school
and saw combat during the Korean
War before joining the San Francisco
Police Department in 1953. In addition
to the Zodiac case, he worked on the
“Zebra murders” investigation in the
mid-1970s, in which a group of Black
Muslims were found to have killed 14
whites in racially motivated attacks.
He leaves a wife of 61 years,
the former Carol Bacigalupi, two
daughters, Toschi-Chambers and Karen
Leight, and two granddaughters.
Toschi retired from the police in 1985
to work in the private-security industry.
He told the Chronicle in 2009 that he
still visited the site of Stine’s murder,
near the junction of Washington and
Cherry streets, on its anniversary each
11 October. “I always park exactly where
I parked the radio car that night,”he said.
“I look around the intersection and I
wonder what the heck happened. Did we
cover all the bases?
“Why didn’t we get this guy? I ended
up with a bleeding ulcer over this case.
It still haunts me. It always will.”
THE WASHINGTON POST
Born 11 July 1931
Died 6 January 2018
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Africa still rising
A whole continent is on the up, yet our narrative of it shrinks. Why?
F
or a brief moment
Donald Trump
sounded presidential
on Friday as he signed
a proclamation to mark
the public holiday in
honour of Martin Luther King.
Speaking of a man who fought with
such dignity to win basic civil rights
for descendants of slaves stolen
from Africa, the property tycoon
talked about “the self-evident truths
Americans hold so dear: that no
matter what the colour of our skin,
or the place of our birth, we are
created equal by God”.
Yet these words were rank
hypocrisy as they fell from the
mouth of a man who has shown
such bigotry towards many other
human beings. “Mr President, are
you a racist?” asked reporters in
response to suggestions he had
just dismissed African nations as
“shithole countries”. He ducked the
question, but the answer is clearly
yes. This was just the latest example
of Trump making derogatory
comments and racial slurs, even
flirting with white supremacists.
The Republicans are stuck
in such a dark place that some
leading figures defended their
president even as the African
Union expressed “shock, dismay
and outrage”. Namibia (or Nambia
as Trump called the country last
year) was among several nations
issuing an angry response, saying
that such language had “no place
in diplomatic discourse” and
pointing out “the Africa we know
and live in is one that is recovering
economically and rising”.
For all the struggles and
setbacks, much of the continent
is progressing thanks to the
transformative power of capitalism,
consumerism and technology.
Africans are becoming better
educated, healthier and wealthier,
symbolised by an astonishing
increase of almost 10 years in life
expectancy for babies born since
the start of this century despite
soaring populations. Economic
growth is speeding up again – and
many star performers are nations
that do not rely on turbulent
commodity markets.
Trump’s contemptuous
comments sparked a firestorm on
social media, as with almost every
dribble of bile that spills from his
lips or display of stupidity in tweets.
Such is the intensity of America’s
culture wars that his shrinking
base of fans will probably love this
latest provocation from a disruptive
president who flouts usual rules. Yet
Africans are in
the main more
positive and
happy than
Americans
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for all the righteous outrage among
liberals, Trump’s outburst should
provoke wider soul-searching.
Many others have shared his role
in perpetuating similar false and
harmful stereotypes of Africa.
I remember my nerves before my
first visit off the beaten track there,
rapidly settled by reality within
minutes of landing in Mali. I have
since heard similar from several
musicians arriving on the continent
for the first time with Africa
Express, a collaborative music
project I helped to set up more than
a decade ago. “Everything about
Africa is normally preceded by
clichés of poverty and disease until
you go there and realise the energy
and beauty of the people,” said one
well-known artist shortly after
arriving in Kinshasa.
This is not to ignore serious
problems that exist, not least in a
country such as the Democratic
Republic of Congo, with its riches
being looted and a leader refusing
to cede power. But almost the sole
image we see is one that shores up
the old Dark Continent stereotypes,
fed by corrosive neo-colonial
attitudes and fuelled by self-serving
aid groups seeking cash with their
pictures of starving children. They
are joined in unholy alliance by
politicians posing as saviours of the
global poor, naive celebrities trying
to cloak themselves in compassion
and, yes, journalists and writers in
search of blood and chaos.
Many of these are the same
people expressing outrage over
Trump’s comment – although
few said anything when French
President Emmanuel Macron
spoke about the continent having
“civilisational” problems. Perhaps
they should listen to Owen Barder,
perceptive vice-president of the
Center for Global Development
think-tank, who told the bloated
aid industry that “if you paint
Republicans
defended Trump
even as the
African Union
expressed ‘shock,
dismay, outrage’
developing countries as potential
sources of terrorism, disease and
unwanted migration to justify
your budgets, don’t be surprised if
politicians join you in denigrating
those countries”.
Barder is right to point out
the discomforting link between
Trump’s overt racism and the
conspiratorial stance of those
benefiting from such stereotyping,
just as they stay silent in face
of appalling despotism to keep
funds flowing. In fact, Africa is
changing so fast that obesity is
now the growing problem, with
more people in poorer countries
going to bed having consumed
too many calories than go to bed
hungry. Yet many in the West still
perceive only a place tormented
by unique problems of corruption,
conflict, disease and poverty –
although the US is plagued by
corruption and tax-avoidance and
even Europe is hardly immune to
destructive conflict.
The impact of staying locked
into stale narratives while stymied
by migration fears is profound.
Britain is funding dictators, failing
to exploit soft power strength and
thwarting trade. I have heard from
infuriated Kenyans and Nigerians
vowing never to come to Britain
after hostile officials assumed that
prosperous people were desperate
to leave families for life as an illegal
immigrant. And as rival nations woo
this swelling middle class, many
of our businesses stay away from
fast-growing markets and tourists
ignore a continent of stunning
diversity in its 54 countries.
We will be the losers in this global
race. Already anxious Europeans
are highly sceptical over their
futures. Yet Africans are more
positive and happier than those
famously optimistic Americans.
This was highlighted by a Pew study
of 42,000 people in 38 countries
around the planet this month, which
found Nigerians the most likely
people to say they were having a
good day. Americans were twice as
content as Europeans, yet no match
for the median across six African
nations. It shows that President
Trump talks shit about Africa –
but sadly he is far from alone in
such attitudes.
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Branson well
within his rights
I am not sure if Jim Sokol
(i, 13 January) thinks
that Richard Branson
is banning passengers
on Virgin Trains from
reading the Daily Mail
on his trains. He is not,
he is just not selling it
to passengers. This he
is perfectly entitled to
do, just as most of the
newsagents in Liverpool
refuse to stock The Sun
due to the lies the paper
told about Hillsborough.
GEOFF KNEALE
PORTSMOUTH
Pointless
gadgets
Only a decadent race
of people, fetishists of
domestic convenience,
would require some of
the “must-have” digital
accessories promoted
at the CES exhibition (i,
13 January). Apart from
some less-abled people,
for whom some of these
devices might actually
be useful, only halfwits
require voice-activated
toilet seats, self-driving
suitcases, Wi-Fi
mattresses that decide
when to dim the lights or
open the blinds, fridges
that tell you what to
cook, wrinkle-analysing
mirrors, vibrating sofas,
or robot dogs.
GRAHAM CHAINEY
BRIGHTON
A backward
step?
The new self-driving
luggage (i, 13 January)
uses face recognition to
“follow you…”. Does that
mean one must walk
backwards?
RICHARD FINCH
WIGTON, CUMBRIA
No acceptable
context
So, glamour model
Jo Marney’s nasty
remarks about Meghan
Markle were, she
says, “deliberately
exaggerated” to make
a point and have been
taken out of context.
I wonder if anyone
believes that. It certainly
wasn’t apparent in any
of the texts reported.
And it begs the question,
what was the context of
these comments?
Ms Markle will be OK
because she’s protected
by the Royal Family.
But take a moment to
reflect on the reality for
millions of people of
colour in this country
having to tolerate that
kind of abusive comment
every day.
RICHARD INGLIS
KIRKCUDBRIGHT,
DUMFRIES&GALLOWAY
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By Jessica Barrett and Robert Meakin
Day-Lewis: the naked truth
the world’s greatest actor, he has the
worst taste in television.”
Recalling the enigmatic star’s
fascination with one US reality
show on the Discovery Channel, in
which naked contestants cope in the
wilderness, Anderson added: “He was
particularly obsessed with Naked
and Afraid... he would always be like,
‘You’ve got to see Naked and Afraid.’
Each week he’d tune in.”
How Beatty
was beaten
The outspoken actress Miriam
Margolyes has recounted an
outrageous encounter with the
notorious Hollywood lothario
Warren Beatty.
Recalling being “interviewed” by
Beatty for a role in his 1981 film Reds,
the 76-year-old told ITV’s Peston On
Sunday: “I was told I could only see
him in his trailer. So I knocked at the
door in the lunch hour… He looked
at me, up and down, and said, ‘Do
you f***?’ And I said, ‘Yes, but not
you.’ He said, ‘Why’s that?’ and I said,
‘Because I’m a lesbian.’ And he said,
‘Can I watch?’”
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Three 1D
singers
vie for
video
award
He may be renowned for his obsessive
preparation for roles – not least
staying in character for months
on end during filming – but Daniel
Day-Lewis’s taste in small-screen
entertainment is not what fans
would imagine.
Director Paul Thomas Anderson, at
the helm on Phantom Thread, billed
as Day-Lewis’s final film before his
“retirement”, has said: “Honestly, for
TV
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Margolyes, who clearly alarmed
host Robert Peston by using the
F-word on live Sunday morning
television, added: “I said [to Beatty],
‘Now pull yourself together and get
on with the interview!’ And I got the
job. If you’re tough enough – and I am
– it doesn’t affect you.”
While London-born singer Dua Lipa
has landed a record number of
nominations for next month’s
Brit Awards, there is also an
intriguing subplot to this
year’s event.
The best video category,
voted for by fans, will be battled
out between three former One
Direction members. Harry Styles’
“Sign of the Times” is up against Liam
Payne’s “Strip That Down”, and
Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift’s
“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”.
“The fact that we’ve just come
out of our band and everyone’s
already up for these things, it’s
fantastic,” said Payne (pictured),
modestly adding: “I’m not going to
put a bet on myself.”
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Reasons to be cheerful
It’s said to be the most depressing day of the year, but does Blue Monday ring true for the experts?
Two Professors of Happiness give their verdicts, with some tips to put the spring back in your step
It’s just
another
maudlin
Monday
Eat three
extra portions of
vegetables, and do a
bit of exercise
Andrew
Oswald
P
erhaps like you, I
confess I do not like
Mondays. Yet after
decades of statistical
research, there is still
no convincing scientific
evidence for the existence of one
particular “Blue Monday” in the
middle of January. Nevertheless,
many research teams have
documented day-of-the-week
effects on human happiness. And
Monday is definitely not the best
day of the week.
Here is what the latest scientific
evidence establishes.
First, an important study, called
Tell Me Why I Don’t Like Mondays,
was done on 80,000 British men
and women whose lives were
followed in detail through the 1990s.
This concluded that Mondays
were, marginally, the worst day of
the week. When asked in carefully
designed surveys, randomly
sampled employees actually
reported the highest levels of job
satisfaction and mental health on
Fridays and Saturdays.
That makes intuitive sense. When
you are stressed about tomorrow’s
looming deadline, you bring the bad
features of your job into the front of
your mind.
If asked survey questions on
a Saturday, you may be happily
concentrating on the idea that Harry
Kane will score another goal that
afternoon, and then life will generally
Sex ranks highest, then
socialising and relaxing
Nick
Powdthavee
W
hether we like to
admit it or not,
each of us wants
to be happy
(or at least not
unhappy). But
what is happiness and how do we
achieve it? According to Richard
Layard, a professor of economics
and director of the well-being
programme at the London School
of Economics, happiness is simply
“feeling good – enjoying life and
feeling it is wonderful”.
But when we dig a little deeper
into the meanings of the word, social
scientists like me have discovered
that happiness as we understand it
can be categorised in three ways.
The first is “evaluative” and is
measured by asking: “How satisfied
or dissatisfied are you with your
life overall?”
The second is “affects” (or daily
emotional well-being), measured
by asking questions such as: “How
often did you smile, or feel anxious,
or feel angry yesterday?”
And finally, there is “eudemonic”,
measured by asking: “Overall,
to what extent do you feel that
the things you do in your life
are worthwhile?”
Psychologists believe that a
happy life is made up of a balanced
combination of all three. In other
words, a happy life is one that
makes us feel satisfied with how
seem better, unless you happen to
be an Arsenal fan. Moreover, most
of us have white-collar jobs, and a
boss checking up on our work, and
a famous modern result in applied
psychology is that time spent with
the boss are the least-enjoyed hours
of the entire week.
Second, an examination of two
million Americans, published
recently in the open-access journal
PLOS One, confirmed one of these
conclusions. On weekend days,
people reported the highest levels
of happiness, less worry, less
stress and less anger. Again, that
accords with common sense. The
economist’s definition of work is
things are going in our lives, allows
us to spend most of our days
smiling and laughing and not feeling
anxious, angry and nervous, and
one that we can carry with us along
with the feeling that our lives have
some purpose and meanings.
But what are the important
ingredients for a happy life? Let us
begin with what most of us spend
a lot of our days pursuing first –
money. Can money buy happiness?
And if so, how much? Well, studies
have shown that the rich are indeed
more satisfied with life than the
poor. And yet, as all of us grow
richer, the average life satisfaction
of the population tends to remain
the same over time.
This interesting observation
– known as the “Easterlin Paradox”
after Richard Easterlin, of the
University of Southern California,
who discovered it in the 1970s –
suggests that money only makes
us more satisfied with our lives if it
makes us richer than other people.
But for every richer, happier
person, there will also be a poorer,
more miserable person, which
means that even though all of us
have become richer over time,
that it is an exchange of effort for
money; being home is different,
and intrinsically more relaxing.
However, the researchers did not
find that Mondays were any worse
than any other weekday.
Third, what about January itself?
There is empirical support for the
idea that, in a climate like ours, this
is not a cheery month. The best
study was published in 2015 and
looked in detail at all the counties
within the United States.
A key positive predictor of mental
well-being turned out to be the
amount of sunshine in a county and
almost all behavioural scientists
accept that the weather has causal
Money makes us
more satisfied only
if it makes us richer
than other people
the average life satisfaction of the
population won’t change very much.
Latest studies even show that the
rich spend more of their time
than the poor engaging in
activities likely to keep
them in bad moods,
such as working
and commuting.
So, if money only
buys us life satisfaction
when it makes us richer
than others (and buys
few daily good moods),
what else matters? The latest
research shows that time spent
engaging socially is great for both
life satisfaction and daily emotional
well-being. Marriage, employment
and having good health also rank
at the top of the “what makes a
satisfied life” league table.
But if you are more interested
consequences for happiness and
mental health, even though the
effects are not believed to be large
ones. If we go to the extreme, and
consider the sad case of suicidal
behaviour, a remarkable journal
article published last year took
data for Hungary and painstakingly
correlated 122,000 suicide cases
with the weather on that exact day.
There was a link. But it was tiny.
Finally, what might you do if you
are feeling low in January? The
simplest advice I ever heard on
how to be happy was given by the
late Michael Argyle, who was a
distinguished psychologist. When
asked for his best tip for improving
happiness, Argyle thought it over
for a moment and then replied with
a twinkle in his eye: “Sit down. Write
out a list of all the things that make
you happy. Then do them more.”
But if you want to know the
findings from the latest scientific
research, they suggest this: eat
three extra portions of fruit and
vegetables on Sunday; take a bit of
exercise before going into work on
Monday; and hide from the boss.
Andrew Oswald is professor of
economics and behavioural science
at University of Warwick. His work
includes the empirical study of
human happiness
in filling your days with positive
emotional experiences than just
having a satisfied life, you might
be interested to know that sex
ranks the most highly, followed
by socialising after work, dinner
and relaxing.
The four worst activities in terms
of emotional experiences include
childcare, commuting and working.
Studies have found that people
despise childcare but looking after
our children makes us feel
useful and worthwhile.
When it comes to
happiness, it depends a
lot on what you value
most out of having a
satisfied life, having a
day filled with activities
that you enjoy doing or
having a meaningful life.
But if you are still hung up on
money being the key to a happy
life, my advice is to spend it on
experiences rather than on things.
Nick Powdthavee is professor of
behavioural science at Warwick
Business School. He is the author of
‘The Happiness Equation’ and ‘The
Origins of Happiness’
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Calm
before
a storm
The UK is poised to be
on the receiving end
of a blast of polar air
bringing biting winds,
heavy rain and snow
across upland areas,
forecasters say.
The Met Office
issued a yellow
weather warning for
northern parts of the
UK from today with
frequent and heavy
hail and snow showers.
Scotland and
Northern Ireland are
most likely to face the
brunt of the wintery
weather. Experts
warned of travel
delays and a threat to
power supplies.
Ullswater, in the
Lake District, pictured
yesterday, is in one
of the regions facing
severe weather. PA
MUSIC
Cardiacs fans new and old rally to
give ‘humbled’ singer a better future
By Rhodri Marsden
A week ago today, i told the
story of the musician Tim
Smith, who, since a cardiac arrest 10 years ago, has lived with a
condition called dystonia which
almost completely restricts his
ability to move and speak. It heralded the launch of an appeal to
raise £40,000 to assist with his
rehabilitation.
No one could have predicted
the extent of the outpouring of
love that followed the announcement of Tim’s condition last week.
Thousands of fans of Cardiacs, the
band he fronted between 1977 and
2008, dug into their pockets and succeeded in raising the initial £40,000
in less than 12 hours. Yet more funds,
along with thousands of messages of
support, have been rolling in.
“We were obviously aware how
much Tim’s music is loved,” says his
partner, Sarah Maher. “But the response was so fast, and so far-flung.
We were getting messages from
How i reported last week on Tim’s
situation and the fundraising effort
Brazil telling us that they couldn’t
get the JustGiving website to work
and asking how they could send us
money. People tend to think of Cardiacs as being a very English band,
but we had donations arriving from
Argentina, India, Japan… It knocked
us off our feet, really.”
Closer to home, responses were
intense and emotional. BBC Ra-
dio’s Marc Riley, on whose
show Tim gave his last
performance just before
his accident in 2008, led
the tributes, along with
his 6Music colleagues
Shaun Keaveny and Stuart Maconie.
Pledges of support also
came from members of
bands including the Wildhearts, The Wedding
Present, Cocteau Twins,
Marillion, Napalm Death
and Franz Ferdinand,
along with snooker legend Steve
Davis, Channel 5’s Matthew Wright,
author Jon Ronson and comedian
Dawn French.
The man himself spent the New
Year battling a secondary infection,
but he has been showing improvement in recent days.
Sarah says: “Just like the rest of
us, he’s been processing the magnitude of all this. But we do know
that he’s felt really humbled by the
response, and that he finally under-
The fundraising
campaign to pay for Tim
Smith’s treatment can be found
at JustGiving: bit.ly/timcardiacs
stands the extent to which people
are there for him.”
This week plans will be put in
place for Tim’s ongoing treatment.
“It’s been an uncertain time,” says
Sarah, “but this money will remove
some of the question marks over
Tim’s care, and will help with so
many other things, like making the
necessary changes to his house if
he’s ever going to be able to live there
again. The only way we could have
turned things around was to weigh
in – and that’s exactly what his fans
have done this week.”
It hasn’t just been fans making
those contributions, though. One
donor wrote: “To be honest I’d never
heard of Cardiacs, but I’ve listened
to some of their tunes and, man, they
slapped me in the face.”
PEOPLE
Lady Lucan left estate to charity rather than her three children
By Jane Clinton
Lady Lucan, whose husband
vanished in the 1970s, cut her children out of her will and left her estate
to a homeless charity, her daughter
is reported to have said.
Police found the 80-year-old dead
at her home in London in September
after she was reported missing.
Lady Lucan severed relations
with her family in the 1980s. She had
three children, Frances, Camilla and
George, now the 8th Earl of Lucan.
Camilla Bingham, a QC, told the
Daily Mail after an inquest in London: “Mummy left her estate to the
homeless charity, Shelter.”
Despite this, her family said they
remembered her “lovingly and with
admiration”. They said in a state-
ment: “She had a sharp mind, and
when she spoke it, she did so eloquently. She was courageous and, at
times, outrageous, with a mischievous sense of humour. She was, in
her day, beautiful and throughout
her life fragile and vulnerable.”
PEOPLE
UK not a nation
of foodies, says
chef Hartnett
By Sherna Noah
Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett has dismissed the notion that
Britain has become a “foodie nation”
– saying that people do not even know
how to shop.
The former head chef at The Connaught, who trained under Gordon
Ramsay, criticised Britain’s food culture, saying it was all “about money”.
Hartnett, 49, who first honed her
skills by making bread and pasta with
her Italian grandmother, said it was
“wrong” to “patronise” people on low
incomes about organic food.
When people say we are a
“foodie nation, we have
a food culture, I genuinely don’t think we
do”, she said on
Radio 4’s Desert
Island Discs.
“I don’t think
we’re like the Italians or the Spanish,
where everyone from
the person who lives in
one flat [to the] villa will go
and buy a chicken and everyone can
afford that chicken.
“Our food culture is about money.
People who have money can afford
good food in this country.
“When you haven’t got any money
[and] you’re living on a low income,
to patronise and sit there and say,
‘You’ve got to have an organic chicken’ is wrong.”
Hartnett (inset) added: “We’ve lost
home economics in a lot of schools.
People aren’t taught to shop. People
don’t have the time to shop and the
time to cook.”
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The Amazon Echo is an unlikely speech therapist
IN SICKNESS & IN HEALTH
Rebecca
Armstrong
In 2014, Rebecca’s husband Nick
was hit by a car and seriously injured.
Here, in one of a series of columns,
she writes about the aftermath of
his accident
T
here’s a sheet of paper
taped to the cupboard
door in Nick’s room.
“Be the boss,” it reads.
“AALECKSAHHHHHHHHH!”
Nick has had an Amazon Echo
smart speaker for a while. If you’ve
yet to encounter one, it’s a futuristic
tube that is voice operated. It will
play music on demand, tell you
what the time is, what the weather
is doing and will, on request, share
terrible jokes. You wake it by saying
“Amazon”, “Echo” or “Alexa” and
then ask it to do your bidding.
When it first came out, I thought
that it could be a life-changing piece
of technology for Nick. It would
play him music, tell him interesting
facts and, if that went well, I could
look into the other bits of kit –
lights, thermostats – that he could
operate through the Echo, with his
voice. I didn’t tell him that you can
also order stuff through it, from
Amazon, because we’d be bankrupt
within the week.
I thought that it might work as a
hi-tech, 24-7 speech therapist for
him. Nick has dysarthria, which
is a fancy name for people who
have trouble speaking because of
brain damage. He has two volumes,
mouse and lion, and can be very
hard to understand, especially if
you’re speaking to him for the first
time, something which makes him
extremely frustrated and usually
results in him getting louder,
crosser and less intelligible. At least
if he shouted at Alexa, I reasoned,
he wouldn’t hurt her feelings.
It’s lucky that she doesn’t have
any feelings (although that doesn’t
stop me thinking that everyone
who uses her should say please and
thank you). Because more often
that not, she’s known as “F******
Alexa” in Nick’s room. She, like a
counsellor Nick met recently in
a bid to get his anger at not being
understood under control, usually
can’t make head nor tail of what
he’s saying (the therapy session,
unsurprisingly, was a disaster that
left both me and Nick in tears).
Nick will ask Alexa something,
I get it to play
Nick’s most hated
music – the ‘Rocky
Horror Show’ –
when I call him
“Sweet Transvestite” blaring out
in his room. He had to get a carer to
come and rescue him.
Recently, though, Nick’s been
making progress. He has been
seeing a speech therapist and
it’s her note that helps him get
through to Alexa. It’s not quite the
game-changer I hoped for, though.
Rather than asking her to read him
the news, or getting so good with
her we could think about voiceactivated lights, he tells me that
he has managed to make her do
two things. One is to play Depeche
Mode from Spotify (which I am
genuinely thrilled about). The other
is to tell him the time. Which given
that he has three clocks in his room,
plus an Apple Watch I spend hours
updating, charging and generally
fiddling about with on his behalf,
seems a bit redundant.
Oh well. I suppose I should be
grateful that he can’t get her to go
shopping for him – yet.
and she’ll respond with a “H’mmm,
I didn’t quite catch that.” I’ll ask
her the same thing and she’ll
understand every word. Which
is when Nick calls her names. If
I’m in a mischievous mood when I
phone Nick, I’ll threaten him with
the things I could ask Alexa to do.
Because his phone automatically
goes on to speaker mode, I can get
Alexa to play Nick’s most hated
music – the Rocky Horror Show
soundtrack – while I’m sitting at
home in London.
“NO!” he’ll bellow, because I’ve
done it in the past and left him with
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People power:
a castells
competition
in Tarragona,
Catalonia, in
2016 GETTY
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PM Abe honours
‘Japan’s Schindler’
Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo
Abe, has visited the former
Japanese consulate in Lithuania
to commemorate a diplomat,
known as the “Japanese
Schindler”, who saved 6,000 Jews
from probable death in 1940.
Chiune Suhigara was a consul
in Kaunas, then capital of
Lithuania, when he disobeyed
his superiors and issued
Japanese visas to Jews fleeing
Nazi-occupied Poland, despite
his country being an ally of
Nazi Germany. The visas gave
the refugees a route to escape
through Russia to Japan.
His actions remained largely
unknown in Japan for decades. AP
PORTUGAL
A tower of strength in trying times
Political crisis has led to the rebirth of
a Catalan tradition. By Jessica Jones
O
ne way to get under
the skin of Catalan
culture is to explore
one of its most unique
traditions. Set to remain
wracked by political uncertainty for
the foreseeable future, Catalonia’s
citizens, its castellers, are finding
stability in human towers.
In the Gràcia neighbourhood
of Barcelona, members of the
Vila de Gràcia colla , a group that
meets to form human towers, are
wrapping long lengths of black sash
around each others’ waists. Once
the material has been wrapped
and tightened it resembles a sumo
wrestler’s belt. The sash is integral
for a practice that is increasingly
popular in Catalonia, building a
human tower, a castell in Catalan.
are also increasingly popular among
young people in Catalonia. They
have come to symbolise much
more than just a feat of acrobatics;
their position as a uniquely
Catalan tradition has made them
an important nationalist symbol
and many members are staunch
supporters of Catalan independence.
Castells were first formed in
Valls, in the south of Catalonia in the
early 1700s, inspired by the ancient
religious street dances and human
pyramids of Valencia, known as
muixeranga. They spread around
southern Catalonia throughout the
18th century but did not take hold
further north until the 1900s.
They have never been more
A castell can reach 30ft (9.1m) in
some cases and is typically performed
during Catalan festivals. It is made
in several stages by close-knit teams.
First, a group called a pinya makes
a scrum at the bottom, providing a
foundation for the tower and a soft
landing if it collapses. Next, nimble
men and women make up the trunk,
then four children form the pom de
dalt, or top three layers: the smallest
child, called the enxaneta, scrambles
to the top, raising an arm in a salute
known as an aleta.
No matter how impressive the
tower, it is the dismount that counts
the most in competitions, both in
I would always watch
terms of safety and points.
castells on TV when I was
Often a family tradition, the skills little, and my sister and I
and love for human towers is passed
tried to make little towers
down the generations. But castells
How to build a castell
1
First, the
baixos form the
base
of the tower in
the centre of
the pinya
3
Quints
2
Castellers climb up
and form two more
levels to support the
tronc – the central
tower with up
to four more
levels
Quarts
Pom de dalt - the ‘‘top bunch’’ is the
highest part of the castell made
of three levels, usually children:
Dosos - two children who stand
together to make a base
Acotxador - one child who crouches
above them, locking the dosos together
and providing a platform for the
enxaneta.
Enxaneta - the child, usually small,
who tops the tower and raises his or
her hand when he or she reaches the top.
Manilles - a third base level
Folre - a second base level
Pinya ‘‘bulk’’ - the base of the castell,
made usually of men. It acts as
a safety net if the castell collapses
and is its foundation.
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popular. “What I find most
interesting is the enormous takeoff
in the last 20 years or so reaching far
away from southern Catalan towns
into urban areas,” says Catalan
historian, Enric Ucelay-Da Cal.
At new castell groups such as Vila
de Gràcia, people with no family
history of castells are taking up the
activity. Anna Escolà, 31, a technician
at Barcelona’s Autònoma University,
always wanted to join a castell but
her worried parents forbade it. She
has been a casteller for 13 years now.
“I would always watch castells on
TV when I was little and my sister
and I tried to make little towers
but we never succeeded,” said Ms
Escolà, a petite but strong woman
who usually goes in the middle of the
long trunk of the castell. “We aim
for there not to be a political side to
it but it is true that most people are
pro-independence.”
Watching a castell rehearsal is
nerve-wracking; the delicate tower
begins to shake as a tiny child,
wearing a helmet clambers nimbly
to the top. While the odd bruise is
par for the course, serious accidents
are uncommon. A 12-year-old girl
died after falling from a nine-storey
castell in 2006, and before that the
last death was in 1983.
And it is not only in Catalonia
where castells are becoming more
popular – the activity is going global
with groups as far afield as London,
Montreal and Hangzhou in China.
“At the beginning I was attracted
by the physical and psychological
challenge of climbing and finding
the balance while standing on
each other’s shoulders, but as the
group grows I appreciate the social
part more and more,” said Mads
Beedholm Eriksen, 31, who is,
fittingly, a civil engineer.
As the uncertain political situation
in Catalonia rumbles on, castellers
are finding a sense of stability in
their human towers.
Eight killed in card
tournament fire
At least eight people have been
killed and dozens injured in a fire
and stampede in a community
centre in Vila Nova da Rainha in
northern Portugal.
Mayor Jose Antonio de Jesus
said that more than 60 people
had been taking part or watching
a card tournament in the town
north-east of Lisbon when the fire
erupted.
“Several dozen people have
been injured, some lightly and
others gravely, and are still being
assisted,” he said.
Local media cited firefighters
on the scene as saying that the
explosion of a hot-water boiler
was the likely cause. REUTERS
CHINA
‘No hope’ for 29
crew on oil tanker
A burning Iranian oil tanker
listing for days off the coast
of China after a collision with
another vessel sank yesterday,
with an Iranian official saying
there was “no hope” of survival
for the 29 sailors on board.
Iranian state television
reported that the Sanchi had sunk
days after its collision in the East
China Sea.
The crew were all Iranian
except for two Bangladeshi
seamen. AP
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SOCIETY
Three in five adults drink
‘to cope with everyday life’
By Jennifer Cockerell
Almost three in five adults say they
drink alcohol because it helps them
cope with the pressures of day-to-day
life, a survey has found.
Research by Drinkaware looked
at the drinking patterns of 18- to
75-year-olds in the UK and found
nearly two in five (38 per cent) who
had drunk alcohol in the past year
said they had done so to forget their
problems at least some of the time.
Nearly half (47 per cent) said they
had done so to cheer themselves up
when in a bad mood, while 58 per cent
said it helps them to cope with the
pressures of day-to-day life.
Two out of five (41 per cent) said
that they had drunk alcohol because
it helps when they feel depressed or
nervous, with 54 per cent of these
people having done so at increasing
Joanna Rog, a 22-yearold from London, said:
“There are some weeks when
I drink every day just to keep
myself going.”
levels of risk. This trend was roughly
equal for both men and women and
was seen across all age ranges to
varying degrees.
But the charity said people in lower
social grades, who are more likely to
be experiencing financial and housing worries, are drinking to forget
their problems or when they are depressed or nervous, at a significantly
higher rate.
Drinkaware chief executive Elaine
Hindal said: “January can be a diffi-
cult time for many people and families up and down the country when
day-to-day concerns about finances
and debt come sharply into focus.
“What this survey shows is that
a worrying number of people are
drinking to help them cope with the
pressures of day-to-day life. While
people might think having a drink
after a hard day can help them relax,
in the long run it can contribute to
feelings of depression and anxiety
and make stress harder to deal with.”
HEALTH
Quit smoking programmes hit by cuts
By Jennifer Cockerell
Cuts to the public health budget
mean smokers in many areas can
no longer access stop smoking
medications from their GP, health
experts have warned.
There is now at least one local
authority in England where there
is a zero budget for addressing
smoking, according to a report by
Cancer Research UK and Action
on Smoking and Health.
They said they are “deeply
concerned” that disadvantaged
smokers are being hit hardest
after finding only three in five
(61 per cent) local authorities
continue to offer all smokers
access to evidence-based support
in line with guidance from the
National Institute for Health and
Care Excellence. They also found
one in nine areas report that GPs
are no longer prescribing nicotine
replacement therapy.
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Shadowed by a camera helicopter, the actor Tom Cruise runs along
London’s Blackfriars Bridge during filming for ‘Mission Impossible 6’. PA
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TUNISIA
SOUTH AFRICA
Arab Spring
protests prompt
spending boost
Ramaphosa
dampens Zuma
exit rumours
By Bouazza ben Bouazza
By Alexander Winning
IN TUNIS
IN JOHANNESBURG
In an attempt to placate protesters
after days of unrest across Tunisia,
the North African nation’s government announced plans to boost
aid to the poor yesterday, on the
seven-year anniversary of its Arab
Spring revolution.
A coalition of political parties and
associations called for peaceful protests on the anniversary to tell the
country’s new leaders that they have
failed to fix problems that encouraged the revolution and hopes of social and economic justice.
A new finance law raising prices of
essential goods sparked the unrest.
The Tunisian economy has
struggled since President Zine elAbidine Ben Ali fled into exile in
2011, transforming the country into
a budding democracy that inspired
the Arab Spring – then defied it by
being the only country to keep its
transition peaceful.
But six governments later, loans
continue to weigh on the economy,
extremist attacks have sapped the
tourism sector and regions far from
the capital remain neglected. AP
The new leader of South Africa’s ruling party, Cyril Ramaphosa, has said
the question of whether President
Jacob Zuma should step down would
be addressed “as time goes on”.
There had been speculation that
Mr Ramaphosa (inset) and
his allies are lobbying
ANC members to
remove Mr Zuma
as head of state in
the coming weeks.
Mr Ramaphosa
won an election to
succeed Mr Zuma
as ANC leader
last month.
In the interview to
South Africa’s eNCA television
station, Mr Ramaphosa said the issue
of whether the ANC would push for
Mr Zuma to step down as president
“will be dealt with, you know, as time
goes on”. In a later statement South
Africa’s presidency said Mr Zuma
and Mr Ramaphosa had agreed to
hold regular meetings “to ensure
synergy between the governing party
and government”. REUTERS
A demonstration in Tunis yesterday marked seven years since the revolution of 2011 HASSENE DRIDI/AP
FRANCE
Dairy firm widens recall of baby
milk following salmonella scare
Lactalis chief executive EmIN PARIS
manuel Besnier told Journal du
Dimanche his family company, one of
A worldwide recall of powdered
the world’s biggest dairies, would
baby milk produced in
“pay damages to every famFrance has involved more
ily which has suffered”.
than 12 million products
Salmonella infections
being recalled in 83
can be life-threatencountries.
ing and the families of
The products have
three dozen children
Number of countries
been subject to a rewho have fallen sick
across Europe, Africa
call since December,
as a result of the conand Asia where Lactalis
after salmonella bactaminated formula
products have been
recalled
teria was discovered at
have announced a raft
a factory. Yesterday, the
of lawsuits.
French dairy giant Lactalis
Mr Besnier’s promise
pledged to compensate victims
came two days after Lactalis
of a salmonella contamination in its widened a product recall to cover
baby formula but added that a judi- all infant formula made at its Craon
cial investigation to determine who plan, regardless of the manufacture
was responsible would continue.
date, in a bid to contain the fallout
By Richard Lough
83
from a health scare that risks damaging France’s strategic agribusiness in overseas markets. “Paying
compensation is good, but money
cannot buy everything,” government
spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said
in an interview.
The health scare intensified last
week after France’s biggest retailers including Carrefour, Auchan
and Leclerc admitted products recalled in December had still found
their way on to shelves. “It is the job
of the investigation to determine
where failings occurred and who is
to blame,” Mr Griveaux said, adding
that “responsibilities were shared”.
Implementing the global recall
will be challenging. Privately owned
Lactalis, one of the world’s biggest dairies, exports its baby food
products to 83 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia. “It’s not easy
to evaluate the number of items that
need to be returned because we
don’t know what’s been consumed
already,” Mr Besnier said.
Friday’s recall was the third in a
month and Lactalis has come under
fire for its clumsy response. Mr Besnier denied slowing the process to
curb losses. REUTERS
Teen Macron wrote steamy novel about romance with future wife
IN PARIS
A new biography of French first lady
Brigitte Macron says her husband
penned a racy novel inspired by
their early romance, when he was
still a teenager and she his married
drama teacher.
President Emmanuel Macron,
40, fell for his wife-to-be during
rehearsals for a school play at the
Providence high school in Amiens,
and defied his parents’ disapproval
to pursue the relationship with a
woman 24 years his senior. The
book, Brigitte Macron, The Liberated
Woman, to be published next week,
quotes a family neighbour from Mr
Macron’s home town who says she
typed up the 300-page manuscript.
“It was a daring novel, a little bit
smutty. Of course, the names were
not the same but I think he needed
to express what he was feeling at
the time,” the unnamed neighbour
is quoted as saying in excerpts from
the biography published by Closer
magazine said. A spokeswoman for
Mr Macron’s office declined to comment. In the excerpts, the typist said
she had not kept a copy of the novel
– perhaps sparing the blushes of a
Manning wants
to run for senate
as a Democrat
By Andrew Buncombe
IN NEW YORK
The Besnier family are
France’s 11th wealthiest,
according to a 2017 ranking by
Challenges magazine. Emmanuel
Besnier has long shunned the
limelight and schmoozing with
politicians.
POLITICS
By Richard Lough
UNITED STATES
leader who has promised to clean up
French politics and restore the dignity of the presidency.
But Mr Macron would not be the
only current French politician to try
his hand at adult literature.
In 2011, the then prime minister,
Edouard Philippe, co-authored
Dans l’ombre (In The Shadows), a
political thriller laced with steamy
encounters. REUTERS
Chelsea Manning, the transgender
army whistleblower who served
seven years for leaking material to
Wikileaks, is running for the US senate from Maryland.
Ms Manning, 30 (inset), is seeking
the Democratic Party’s nomination
for a seat held by Ben Cardin, who
has served two terms and said to be a
favourite to win a third in November.
Ms Manning was in 2013 convicted
of the largest leak of classified documents in US history and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Last year, President
Barack Obama commuted her sentence
to time served and
she was released
from a military
prison in Kansas.
Reports said Ms
Manning moved to
Maryland after her
release and friends
and family raised more
than $175,000 to support her. The
Washington Post said Mr Cardin, who
is Maryland’s senior senator, is not
considered especially vulnerable to a
challenge from within the state.
It said, however, an outside candidate with national name recognition could tap a network of donors
interested in elevating a progressive
agenda. THE INDEPENDENT
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LIBERIA
Floor collapses
at nightclub
Ruling party
ousts President
At least 26 people were injured
when a floor collapsed at a
Madrid nightclub. Eleven of the
injured revellers were taken to
nearby hospitals to be treated
for “bruises and light wounds”.
Emergency services say a
hole measuring about 16sq m
(170sq ft) opened up on the
upper floor of the nightclub
located in southern Madrid.
A similar incident occurred
in November on the Spanish
island of Tenerife when 22
people plummeted into the
basement after a hole opened
up in the floor. AP
Liberia’s ruling Unity Party has
expelled the country’s outgoing
President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,
over accusations she meddled in last
year’s presidential elections when
the party’s candidate suffered a
bruising defeat.
Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace
Prize laureate who has been in
power for 12 years, denies allegations that she held inappropriate
private meetings with election magistrates. Four other party officials
were also expelled.
Ms Johnson Sirleaf was not allowed to run for re-election due to
constitutional term limits. REUTERS
Hamas attack
tunnel found
and destroyed
By Nidal al-Mughrabi
IN GAZA
A one-mile cross-border attack
tunnel stretching from Gaza
into Israel and Egypt was
destroyed by the Israeli military,
dealing a blow to Hamas, the
militant group that controls the
Merkel may join Macron to
counter Trump at Davos
By Noah Barkin
SPAIN
MIDDLE EAST
GERMANY
Palestinian enclave. Residents in
Gaza said Israeli jets bombed an
area east of the southern town
of Rafah, by the Egyptian and
Israeli borders, late on Saturday.
Tensions have risen since
President Donald Trump
recognised Jerusalem as
Israel’s capital. Gaza militants
have launched 18 cross-border
rockets or mortar bombs.
The attacks from Gaza, which
Israel has blamed on groups
not affiliated with Hamas,
have drawn Israeli air strikes,
usually on targets that have been
evacuated. REUTERS
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
is considering joining France’s
President, Emmanuel Macron, at
the World Economic Forum in Davos
next week in what could turn into an
epic clash of competing world views
with Donald Trump.
MsMerkel,whohasbeenstruggling
to put together a government since a
German election in September, had
been expected to skip the annual
gathering of leaders, chief executives,
bankers and celebrities in the Swiss
Alps for a third straight year. But
after clinching a preliminary coalition
Sydney
When Australia said this
month it would allow exports
of medicinal cannabis in a bid
to dominate a global market set
to be worth more than £30bn
by 2025, investors scrambled
to buy shares in marijuana
companies, pushing several
of them, and the sector as a
whole, to record highs.
But convoluted and
restrictive licensing
demands, substantial finance
requirements and a guarded
medical profession mean even
Australia’s largest marijuana
companies are at least a year
away from a commercial crop.
And doubts linger about the
prospects for smaller entities.
Australia’s medicinal
cannabis sector, with 12 listed
companies, produces a range
of products that include pain
management and acne creams.
The businesses acknowledge
some barriers to growth but
say they are primed to profit
from a maturing market.
Australia already produces
50 per cent of the world’s legal
poppies, which are processed
into pharmaceutical opiates
such as morphine and codeine.
Only several hundred
patients have so far been
prescribed medical cannabis,
as local doctors remain wary of
the benefits of marijuana.
Critics say companies face a
“exhaustive and complicated”
process to export cannabis
products such as oil extracts.
REUTERS
Colin Packham
agreement with the centre-left Social
Democrats (SPD) on Friday, German
officials said Ms Merkel could travel
to Davos after all, possibly setting
Poetry
in motion
Dancers at the New
Year Ball at the
Bolshoi Theatre in
Minsk, Belarus, at
the weekend. The
main components
of the annual event
are dances, music,
poetry, jokes and a
masquerade. Audience
members join novice
dancers to take part
in the festivities.
AFP/GETTY
SAUDI ARABIA
Detained prince in talks to settle corruption inquiry
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi
Arabia, detained for more than two
months in an anti-corruption purge,
is negotiating a possible settlement
with the Saudi authorities, but so far
has not agreed on terms.
Prince Alwaleed, thought to
be worth more than £10bn, is
chairman and owner of international
investment firm Kingdom Holding.
“He offered a certain figure but
it doesn’t meet the figure required
from him, and the attorney-general
hasn’t approved it,” a senior Saudi
official said.
A second source said that the
prince had offered to make a
“donation” to the government, of
assets of his choosing, which would
avoid any admission of wrongdoing,
but this was refused. He is being held
in Riyadh’s Ritz Carlton hotel with
others from the Saudi elite detained
in a crackdown in November. REUTERS
IRAQ
PERU
SOUTH KOREA
By Rania el Gamal
IN DUBAI
Postcard
From...
United front: Emmanuel Macron and
Angela Merkel AFP/GETTY
up a major confrontation with Mr
Trump, who is expected to speak on
the final day of the forum.
An appearance would signal Ms
Merkel’s return to the world stage
after months of political limbo in
which she has avoided the limelight
and been dismissed by some in the
German and international media as
a spent force.
It would also allow Ms Merkel
and Mr Macron, who is scheduled
to speak at the forum two days
before Mr Trump, to reaffirm their
commitment to reforming the EU
after Brexit and to defend liberal
democratic values in the face of Mr
Trump’s “America First” policies.
Prime Minister to Quake prompts Double murder in
Hong Kong hotel
seek re-election tsunami fears
Iraq’s Prime Minister has
announced his re-election
campaign, claiming he will
lead a “cross-sectarian” list of
candidates in national elections
proposed for May.
Haider al-Abadi, from Iraq’s
Shia majority, assumed office in
2014, weeks after Isis stormed
across northern and central Iraq.
Mr Abadi’s main challenger is
expected to be Nouri al-Maliki, a
former prime minister. AP
A powerful earthquake struck
off Peru’s coast early yesterday,
prompting a tsunami alert for parts
of the country and neighbouring
Chile that was eventually called off.
The US Geological Survey
reported that the earthquake had
a preliminary magnitude of 7.3.
There were no immediate reports of
casualties or damage. The epicentre
was 26 miles south-southwest of
Acari, with the earthquake hitting at
a depth of about 7.5 miles. AP
A South Korean man was arrested
on suspicion of murder yesterday
after his wife and seven-year-old
son were found dead in a room at
the five star Ritz-Carlton hotel in
Hong Kong.
The man appeared drunk
when he was arrested, police
said, and he was sent to hospital.
The Ritz-Carlton is located on
the top 15 floors of Hong Kong’s
tallest building, the International
Commerce Centre. REUTERS
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Making coca
a superfood ‘as
nature intended’
The plant could have a lawful future –
despite the power of Colombia’s drug
cartels, reports Lucy Sheriff from Lerma
fellow farmers feel they are unfairly
punished by the government’s
attempts to eradicate cocaine.
“Coca is very rich in nutrients,”
explains Mr Ruiz. “It’s important
to see how we can use it for
other uses than cocaine. We can
prepare organic liquid fertilisers,
insecticides, and we can use it to
make flour. We know the magical
and beneficial properties of coca,
and it’s about applying this to your
family and communities. We are
guardians of the coca leaf.”
The plans of Mr Ruiz and others
like him to turn a $20bn (£15bn)
drug trade into a legal industry
may seem far-fetched, but he and
other growers from the region
have been working with Sena,
Colombia’s state-run university, to
research alternative uses for the
leaf. The plant was traditionally
used in indigenous culture for
energy boosts, as a painkiller, a
remedy for upset stomachs, as well
as providing vitamins and minerals,
including calcium, magnesium and
vitamins A, B1, C and E.
Diego García Devis,
an expert on Latin
American drug policy
at the New Yorkbased Open Society
Foundation (OSF),
has been working
to promote the coca
leaf industry as a
legitimate alternative to
the illicit cocaine trade.
“It’s an effort to dignify coca
farmers, and protect indigenous
rights in the region,” he explains.
The OSF has been working with
academics to produce up-to-date,
reliable research on the coca leaf
as a nutritional product. “We’re
helping promote farmers’ products.
Coca leaves were traditionally ground into flour to be used in cakes, juices and pastries LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/GETTY
Colombia Cocaine hub
Shedding Colombia’s reputation
as the world’s cocaine capital
has proved impossible for the
government of President Juan
Michael Santos (inset). Seizures such
as the 12 tonnes of cocaine found
buried in banana plantations
in November generate
positive headlines but
cartels control swathes
of an increasingly
poor nation.
The country has also
been producing more
cocaine than ever, UN
figures show. After a peace
deal with the Farc rebels who
grew cocaine, the government
set itself a target of eradicating
100,000 hectares of coca crops last
year. But cartels continue to grow.
More than 1,500 members of the Gulf
Clan were arrested last year and its
second-in-command was killed, the
BBC reported.
Coca flour, cookies, different
edibles,” Mr Devis says. “But it’s in
its experimental stage. There’s no
robust industry in Colombia yet,
although we have identified five
or six small companies who are
producing and selling coca edibles.”
One such company is the
Embajada de la Coca in Colombia’s
capital of Bogotá. It promotes
the traditional use of the coca
leaf through grinding it into flour
and serving it up in cakes, juices
and pastries.
“Using coca leaves as flour means
we can use it in a variety of foods,”
says Ximena Robayo, who runs the
restaurant. “In the future, I think
the leaf will be used as it was meant
to – for medicine and food – as it’s
so nutritious.”
Research into the coca leaf’s
beneficial properties by Harvard
University scientists suggests that
compared with 50 other Latin
American vegetables, coca leaves
are higher in protein, fibre, calcium,
iron, vitamin A and riboflavin. In
the summer of 2016, the Colombian
government issued, for the first
time, a permit in Cauca that
allows the purchase, transport
and stocking of coca leaves, with
the objective of industrialising
the product.
Mr Devis cautions against
simplifying the solution, however.
“It’s naive and unrealistic to think
the coca leaf industry can compete
with illicit consumption.”
María Ruedo, an adviser to the
government on drugs, said: “The
government could support some
of the families to look into using
coca in other, legal, products. But
not with all of the families that
produce coca.
“You would still have the issue
of gangs using intimidation to
get farmers to produce coca for
cocaine. You need a different
approach to every single farmer
involved in coca production. You
can’t just say – turn all the coca
crops into legal production. It
won’t work.”
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H
enry Ruiz rubs small
green leaves between
his fingers. A warm
breeze rustles across
the valley where one
of the world’s most reviled crops
is grown.
“We have been caught up in
the mistaken belief that we are
part of the cocaine manufacture
process when we are not,” says
Mr Ruiz, among the leaders of a
small village in the arid Colombian
Massif mountains, distinguished by
its ability to grow coca plants and
policed by cartels and guerrillas.
After the cartels took over
the hills surrounding the village
of Lerma in Colombia’s Cauca
department, it became normal for
bodies to appear on the streets
without explanation. “We have our
own natural plant, but man has
found another use for it and we have
lost out as a result,” says Mr Ruiz.
He, too, grows coca leaf in a region
that was the country’s top cocaine
producer in 2016. Farmers such as Mr
Ruiz are now fighting back against
the Colombian government’s drive
to eradicate one of the Andes’ most
prevalent crops. The government’s
determination to obliterate coca
is not in doubt, particularly in the
wake of US pressure to address the
recent boom in cocaine production.
Despite efforts to tackle the
problem, there was an increase of
52 per cent in coca growth from
2015 to 2016 nationwide.
Seven years ago, Mr Ruiz opened
a small shop, where shelves are
stocked with bread, biscuits, wine
and ointments made from ground
coca leaves. On a small plot on a
steep slope, Mr Ruiz grows his
coca – along with bananas, yuccas
and pineapple. Mr Ruiz and his
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ver since Donald
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British far-right group’s
anti-Muslim videos,
then doubled down
when he was ticked off by the
Prime Minister, calls for the US
President’s state visit invitation to
be rescinded have reverberated
through newspapers and in the
Houses of Parliament.
Some MPs went as far as to call
for Trump to be arrested in the
event he set foot on British soil.
Trump has now cancelled the
state visit himself, but both sides
are briefing that he will come to
the UK at some point this year. So
the question remains: if and when
he comes, could he be arrested?
This is where I come in.
Because, while the image of Trump
being wrestled to the ground
WWE-style and handcuffed on the
Mall has an undeniably gorgeous
aesthetic, legally it doesn’t appear
as plausible as politicians assume.
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Possibly. Trump retweeted to his
44 million followers three videos
posted by Jayda Fransen, the
deputy leader of Britain First,
bearing the titles: “Islamist mob
pushes teenage boy off roof and
beats him to death!”; “Muslim
destroys a statue of Virgin Mary!”
and “Muslim migrant beats up
Dutch boy on crutches!”
Parts III and IIIA of the Public
Order Act 1986 provide for
offences of racial and religious
hatred. Although popularly
referred to as “racist”, Trump’s
denouncements of Muslims would
not, under English law, amount to
an act of racial hatred.
Muslims are not presently
recognised as a racial group
(unlike Sikhs and Jews); but
would qualify as a religious
group. Therefore, they would be
protected by the provisions of the
Public Order Act prohibiting acts
of religious hatred.
RIGHT, SO WHAT SUCH ‘ACTS’
ARE COVERED?
First, there’s an offence of
publishing or distributing written
material intending thereby to
stir up religious hatred. It is wellestablished that posting content
online amounts for these purposes
to publishing and/or distributing.
Second, and perhaps more
fittingly, we can see an alternative
in section 29E – distributing,
showing or playing a recording
intending thereby to stir up
religious hatred. Each carries a
maximum sentence of seven years’
imprisonment.
The next issue is whether, in
retweeting the videos, Trump
intended to stir up hatred towards
a group of persons defined by
reference to religious belief.
“Hatred” has its ordinary meaning
here. It usually requires an
element of hostility. There is also
an inbuilt statutory protection for
legitimate free speech.
SO WAS TRUMP INTENDING TO
STIR UP HATRED?
The videos were posted by a
woman with a conviction for religiously aggravated harassment,
in her capacity as deputy leader
of a group committed to resisting
the supposed “Islamification of the
UK”. Her purpose in posting them
is plain. Trump has not suggested
that he disavows that purpose.
Furthermore, were I
prosecuting this imaginary trial,
I would be making a lengthy “bad
character application” to adduce
Trump’s proud and extensive
record of anti-Muslim comments
and policy initiatives, including:
the Muslim ban; his equation of
Muslim refugees with Isis fighters;
his baseless claims about watching
Muslims celebrate in New York
as the Twin Towers fell; his
proposals to shut down mosques;
obsessive and spiteful attacks on
the Muslim London Mayor Sadiq
Khan in the aftermath of London
terror attacks; and the fact that
he has not deleted the retweets
despite being informed, by the
Prime Minister, no less, that
Britain First is a far-right, Muslimhating group, and, particularly
pertinently, that the videos do not
even show what is alleged.
Against this background, what
possible other intention could
Trump have, members of the jury,
in disseminating these videos? If
I were defending someone with
Trump’s public record, I would
be advising him in the strongest
terms that this is an argument he
is not going to win.
SO THE OFFENCE IS MADE OUT?
Not quite. “Hatred”, if proved, is
not the end of the matter. There is
a final requirement with religiously
aggravated offences, as opposed
to racially aggravated ones, that
the material be “threatening”, not
merely abusive or insulting.
Again, “threatening” carries an
ordinary meaning. Were Trump’s
tweets threatening? I’m struggling
with this. They may have been
designed to incite hatred, they no
doubt play to the gallery of people
who would seize upon the videos
as justification for threats, but
without more, this threshold is
difficult to meet.
WHAT ABOUT THE FACT THE
ALLEGED OFFENCE WAS
COMMITTED ABROAD?
Cases involving internet communications, particularly where a party
lives or a website is hosted outside
of England and Wales, can be tricky.
Put simply, the test for whether
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our courts have jurisdiction over
an alleged criminal offence is
whether a substantial measure of
the alleged activity involved took
place within the jurisdiction.
Looking at the core of his tweets,
there is certainly an argument in
favour of a substantial measure
of the activity having taken place
here: the video was initially shared
by Jayda Fransen, a British citizen,
who was presumably based in
the UK at the time; and it was
intended for a British audience.
However, Twitter is based in the
US; Trump is based in the US and
was there when the tweets were
sent; and Trump would no doubt
contend that his retweets were
intended for a US audience. I am
confident the prosecution would
clear this hurdle.
APART FROM THAT, THERE ARE
NO OTHER OBSTACLES, RIGHT?
There’s the small matter of section
29L(1) of the 1986 Act: a prosecution for religious hatred may not
be initiated without the consent of
the Attorney General. So even if the
Crown Prosecution Service formed
the view that there was sufficient
evidence to prosecute and that a
prosecution was in the public interest (the two-part test applied), political considerations could win out.
The Attorney General is a
member of the Cabinet, and thus
vulnerable to political persuasion.
The Prime Minister’s views on
the desirability of attempting to
prosecute the head of a friendly
state I can only guess at. But I
would surmise that consent may
not be rapidly forthcoming.
BUT IF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
SAYS YES, WE’VE GOT HIM!
Absolutely. Apart from the fact
that, as a head of state, Trump has
immunity from criminal prosecution in England and Wales (section
20 of the State Immunity Act 1978).
This confers on heads of state
the same diplomatic immunity as
is extended to embassy staff under
the Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964.
As head of state, Trump enjoys
immunity for acts committed both
as part of his official function and
in private. The only exceptions
would be if he had committed
something akin to torture or a
war crime. In 2003, the Attorney
General told the Lords that no
action could be taken against
Saddam Hussein in UK courts as
long as he was a head of state. The
principle was further confirmed
during an attempt to arrest Robert
Mugabe for torture in 2004.
SO WHY DO SOME MPS THINK WE
CAN ARREST TRUMP?
That’s possibly something those
MPs may have wished to ask
themselves before their hollers in
the House of Commons for Trump
to be arrested and prosecuted.
But who has time these days for
something as minor as checking
the facts before speaking?
The Secret Barrister is an
anonymous award-winning blogger
Twitter: @BarristerSecret
t the Arts Council,
we’ve been talking
for a long time about
the positive impact of
diversity in the arts –
but diversity will also be critical to
our nation’s economic success.
In December, the latest World
Economic League Tables,
published by the Centre for
Economics and Business Research,
forecast that the UK’s economic
prospects over the long term
remain strong because of our
creativity and tech skills. This
follows its assessment in 2015 that
our cultural diversity and strength
in software and IT could make us
the fourth-largest economy in the
world in the 2030s.
The economists see our young,
diverse population as a national
asset, representing a multitude
of perspectives, ideas, talent
and creativity.
But the recent report by the
Social Mobility Commission
highlights how very much harder
it is becoming for young people
to overcome the socio-economic
barriers that hinder progress.
As a society, we are denying
opportunity to this young
generation. We aren’t making
the most of this valuable national
asset, and are obstructing our own
progress as a consequence.
More must be done to help
all young people realise their
potential. For the arts, that means
working in communities where
disadvantage is common, to break
down the socio-economic barriers.
We want to widen access to
cultural institutions, and will
continue to push for greater
representation within the arts
across race, disability, gender and
sexual orientation.
The arts are intrinsically a social
medium, where we exchange
creative ideas and skills, and form
the basis of mutual understanding.
It should be an inclusive world, not
a bastion of privilege. A building
open to all, not an exclusive club.
The Arts Council has started
to look at how we can accelerate
engagement in the arts, by
targeting socio-economic
barriers that cut across protected
characteristics. We’ve developed
pioneering programmes such as
Creative People and Places – 21
community-led projects that have
reached 1.45 million people who
would not ordinarily participate in
art and culture.
We have seen that where we
use our influence, we can make
a difference.
We are working with the
education sector to multiply our
impact. Together, we are looking at
how creative thinking and practice
can help to develop the skills of all
young people across a wide range
of disciplines – maths, sciences,
the humanities and the arts,
skills that will be crucial to our
future economy.
Later this month, we will
launch the Durham Commission
on Creativity and Education, a
partnership with the University
of Durham, which looks at how
creative thinking and practice will
be vital to future generations.
In the meantime, the Arts
Council will continue to report
on our sector’s diversity. Today,
The economists see our
young, diverse population
as a national asset for their
ideas, talent and creativity
the Arts Council published its
annual diversity report. The
latest data shows that while there
is progress, we need to do more
to make the arts and culture
workforce representative of the
nation as a whole.
In particular, disabled people are
under-represented. This is true of
the Arts Council workforce also.
We want to do better, and we’re
working on this with specialist
recruitment consultants.
By 2030, the population of
England may pass 70 million, with
a fifth of people identifying as
black and minority ethnic, and the
population of over-65s increasing
by a third.
Technology will bring huge
changes in the workplace and in
how people spend their free time.
In this era of change, I am sure
there will be an ever-greater need
for the arts in all our lives – in ways
that encourage the creativity of
every individual, regardless of
background, and provide a focus
for us as communities.
We’ll no longer be surprised to
see extraordinary productions
such as The Welcoming Party by
Theatre Rites at the Manchester
International Festival or Ballet
Black’s recent double bill at the
Theatre Royal Stratford East. I am
thrilled that Kwame Kwei-Armah
has been appointed director of the
Young Vic; one day this won’t be
so unusual.
One day, these events will be
intrinsic elements of a cultural
world in which all of society will
have a stake and a voice.
Sir Nicholas Serota is chair of Arts
Council England. The Arts Council’s
2016-17 diversity report, ‘Equality,
Diversity and the Creative Case’, is
published today
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By the time 71-year-old Jasmine
Harkness (left) came to be on an
operating table at Birmingham’s
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, her
abdominal tumour had grown to
represent a third of her body weight
and she was likening it to the
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bastard,” agrees her surgeon as his
team begins to remove Jasmine’s
sarcoma, which, if left undisturbed,
would have fatally crushed her
organs in a further four weeks.
This sensitively handled film won’t
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forget the sight of the excised
tumour – it’s literally the size of
a Christmas turkey.
3pm, Channel 4
What makes a great village? Is it
simply a case of having a pub, a
historic church and an annual fete,
or something deeper, like that often
nebulous “sense of community”?
Perhaps the identity of the judges
– archaeologist Alex Langlands,
garden designer Juliet Sargeant and
craft expert Patrick Grant – provides
a clue as to what this competition is
looking for as host Penelope Keith
opens proceedings.
Surgeons: At The Edge Of Life
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Trump Voters: One
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8.30pm, BBC1
Filming in Michigan, Wyoming,
Texas and Florida – all states won by
Donald Trump in the 2016 election
– over the course of the President’s
tumultuous first year in office, the
BBC’s flagship current affairs
programme hears from those
who voted for Trump and asks
whether they are happy with his
administration and whether they
would vote for him again.
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Silent Witness
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1.15 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 1.45 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (S). 2.40
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S). 3.45 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 4.55 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
6.00 Take Me Out
A receptionist,
a plumber, a
construction
worker and a
model take
part (R) (S).
Anjelica Huston talks
about James Joyce’s
life and work in ‘A
Shout in the Street’
9pm, BBC4
Mona heads to Lahore
in ‘Next Of Kin’
9pm, ITV
7.00 Car Crash TV
Events caught
on film by
dashboardmounted
cameras (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Great
Continental
Railway
Journeys (R) (S).
6.40 FILM: Congo
(Frank Marshall
1995) Jungle
adventure,
starring Dylan
Walsh (S).
8.00 How To Lose
Weight Well
People attempt
the most hyped
and written
about diets on
the market (S).
8.00 Police
Interceptors
The work
of a highspeed police
interception
unit (S).
8.00 Highlands:
Scotland’s
Wild Heart The
summer season
(R) (S).
9.00 Next Of Kin
Mona travels
to Lahore
to identify
Kareem’s body
(S).
9.00 The Undateables
A trainee
accountant
with a stammer
faces his fear
of talking to
women (S).
9.00 Celebrity Big
Brother The
housemates
continue their
on-camera
holiday (S).
9.00 Anjelica Huston
On James Joyce:
A Shout In The
Street The life
and work of the
Irish literary
giant (S).
10.00ITV News At
Ten (S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 School For
Stammerers
(R) (S).
10.00First Dates
Hotel An
87-year-old
fitness fanatic
looks for love
(S).
10.00Not So Sweet
Sixteen Part
two of two.
Freya holds a
soiree at her
mansion (S).
10.00Ireland’s
Treasures
Uncovered
Artefacts that
have helped to
shape modern
Ireland (R) (S).
11.05 Derry Girls
Sister Michael
announces a
school trip to
Paris (R) (S).
11.35 Hunted (R) (S).
11.05 Celebrity Big
Brother’s Bit On
The Side Rylan
Clark-Neal
presents the
CBB companion
show (S).
11.00 The Victorians
How the
era’s artists
portrayed
domestic life (R)
(S).
11.15 FILM:
Wanderlust
(David Wain
2012) Comedy,
starring
Jennifer
Aniston (S).
11.00 Family Guy (R)
(S).
11.30 The Cleveland
Show (R) (S).
11.55 The Cleveland
Show (R) (S).
12.35 SAS: Who Dares
Wins (R) (S). 1.30 The
Supervet (R) (S). 2.25
Cabins In The Wild With
Dick Strawbridge (R) (S).
3.20 Coast Vs Country (R)
(S). 4.15 Location, Location,
Location (R) (S).
12.05 Celebrity Botched
Up Bodies (R) (S). 1.00
SuperCasino (S). 3.10
Secrets Of The National
Trust With Alan
Titchmarsh (R) (S). 4.00
Get Your Tatts Out: Kavos
Ink (R) (S).
12.00 The Everly Brothers:
Harmonies From Heaven
(R) (S). 1.00 Top Of The
Pops: 1981 (R) (S). 1.40 Top
Of The Pops: 1981 (R) (S).
2.20 Anjelica Huston On
James Joyce: A Shout In
The Street (R) (S).
1.10 FILM: Hope Springs
(David Frankel 2012)
Romantic comedy, with
Meryl Streep and Tommy
Lee Jones (S). 3.20 Close
12.25 Timewasters (R) (S).
12.55 Two And A Half Men
(R) (S). 1.25 Superstore (R)
(S). 1.50 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 2.15 Teleshopping
5.45 ITV2 Nightscreen
12.10 Jackpot247 3.00 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
3.50 ITV Nightscreen 5.05
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Comical clips,
narrated by
Harry Hill (R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (S).
8.30 Superstore The
staff are locked
in overnight (S).
9.00 FILM: The
Grey (Joe
Carnahan 2011)
Wilderness
adventure,
starring Liam
Neeson (S).
9.00 Family Guy
(R) (S).
9.30 Family Guy
Death turns up
in Quahog to
claim Peter
(R) (S).
10.00American Dad!
(R) (S).
10.30 American Dad!
Roger acts
as the Smith
family therapist
(R) (S).
NEWS
2-29
novel A Portrait Of An Artist As A
Young Man, explains Anjelica Huston,
the actress who was a very affecting
Greta in John Huston’s 1987 film of
Joyce’s short story The Dead, her
father’s last movie. Huston, who was
raised in the west of Ireland and still
considers it home, receives some
heavyweight literary support from
the likes of John Banville, Colm
Tóibín and Anne Enright as she
chronicles Joyce’s upbringing.
Largely this was in a Dublin he
came to despise – somewhat
ironically, given the fact that the city
celebrates him at every turn – while
Dominic West calls Joyce’s short
story collection The Dubliners as “the
only one I can understand” and
Enright likens Ulysses to “being
punched in the head repeatedly… but
you come to like the feeling”.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
VOICES
16-20
TV
30-31
IQ
32-41
FILM OF THE DAY
===
10pm, ITV4
(Brian De Palma, 1983)
Along with Wall Street, this
outrageous, stylised, excessively
loud and violent film is one of the
definitive 1980s essays on the ugly
side of the American Dream: the
greed, egotism and vulgar
conspicuous consumption. It’s also
a classic rise-and-fall gangster
narrative, replacing Tony Camonte,
the Italian immigrant at the centre of
the 1932 Howard Hawks movie on
which it’s based, with one Tony
Montana, a Cuban refugee in Miami.
And Al Pacino (left) is unforgettable
as this trigger-happy, coke-addled
psychopath, who intends to take
what he thinks he is due: “The
world… and everything in it.”
7.10pm, TCM
(Tim Burton, 1988)
To drive a family out of their home,
deceased couple Alec Baldwin and
Geena Davis hire “bio-exorcist”
Michael Keaton, a fast-talking and
anarchic spirit with the power to
unleash the full force of early
Burton’s madcap imagination.
Scarface
Beetlejuice
===
The Grey
9pm, Film4
(Joe Carnahan, 2011)
The cold and a pack of glowing-eyed
grey wolves are the chief antagonists
in this man vs nature thriller. Liam
Neeson stars as the de facto leader
of a group of oil-rig workers who
survive a plane crash in Alaska.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 6.50 Heartbeat (R)
(S). 7.55 The Royal (R) (S).
8.55 Judge Judy (R) (S).
9.25 Judge Judy (R) (S).
9.50 Judge Judy (R) (S).
10.20 The Darling Buds
Of May (R) (S). 11.25 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).
3.50 On The Buses (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).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Coach Trip: Road
To Tenerife (R) (S). 7.30
Streetmate (R) (S). 8.00
Charmed (R) (S). 9.00
Melissa & Joey (R) (S).
10.00 Baby Daddy (R) (S).
11.00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 11.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S). 12.00
The Goldbergs (R) (S). 12.30
The Goldbergs (R) (S). 1.00
The Big Bang Theory (R) (S).
1.30 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 2.00 Melissa & Joey
(R) (S). 2.30 Melissa & Joey
(R) (S). 3.00 Baby Daddy (R)
(S). 3.30 Baby Daddy (R) (S).
4.00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 4.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 5.30 The
Goldbergs (R) (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.30 A Place In The
Sun: Home Or Away (R) (S).
10.30 Four In A Bed (R) (S).
11.00 Four In A Bed (R) (S).
11.35 Four In A Bed (R) (S).
12.05 Four In A Bed (R) (S).
12.35 Four In A Bed (R) (S).
1.05 A Place In The Sun:
Home Or Away (R) (S). 2.10
A Place In The Sun: Home
Or Away (R) (S). 3.15 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 3.50
Come Dine With Me (R)
(S). 4.20 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 4.50 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 5.25 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 5.55
The Secret Life Of The Zoo
(R) (S).
6.00 The Dog Whisperer
(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 Futurama
(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 face
a dilemma
over their
severely injured
cavachon (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama (R)
(S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House A
teenager’s
symptoms
baffle the
doctor (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
investigates
the death of an
accountant (R)
(S).
7.00 Hollyoaks
Maggie opens
up to Scott (S).
7.30 Coach Trip:
Road To
Tenerife (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
Revisiting a
couple who
transformed
a water tower
into a home (R)
(S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Maggie goes
missing (R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation (R)
(S).
8.00 Lewis A student
and a wellknown criminal
are murdered
(R) (S).
8.00 FILM: The
Karate Kid
(Harald Zwart
2010) Martial
arts drama, with
Jaden Smith (S).
8.00 David
Attenborough’s
Galapagos The
unique species
that live in the
isolated habitat
(R) (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods The
son of Frank’s
most outspoken
critic is killed
(R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Mission:
Impossible
2 (John Woo
2000) Action
thriller sequel,
starring Tom
Cruise (S).
9.00 Active Shooter:
America Under
Fire New series.
Cases of mass
shootings
across
America (S).
9.00 Car SOS Fuzz
Townshend
and Tim Shaw
restore a 1962
Jaguar Mk2 (S).
10.00Foyle’s War
The detective’s
son becomes a
murder suspect
(R) (S).
12.10 Inspector Morse (R)
(S). 2.05 ITV3 Nightscreen
2.30 Teleshopping
i MONDAY
15 JANUARY 2018
BUSINESS SPORT
42-45
52-64
10.40 Gogglebox
Viewers’
thoughts on the
Grand National,
Fifteen to One
and Antiques
Roadshow (R).
10.00Inside Jaguar:
Making A
Million Pound
Car The
creation of the
Lightweight
E-type (R) (S).
11.40 The Big Bang
Theory Amy
and Penny use
Bernadette to
spy on Leonard
and Priya (R) (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E A retired
dockworker
needs
immediate
surgery (R) (S).
11.25 The Force:
North East
Documentary
shining a light
on modern
policing in the
region (R) (S).
12.10 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 12.40 Tattoo Fixers
(R) (S). 1.45 First Dates
(R) (S). 2.45 First Dates
Abroad (R) (S). 3.10 Celebs
Go Dating (R) (S). 4.05
Rude(ish) Tube (R) (S). 4.30
Charmed (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 Car SOS (R) (S). 2.10
Grand Designs (R) (S). 3.10
8 Out Of 10 Cats (R) (S).
3.55 Close
12.25 Ross Kemp: Extreme
World (R) (S). 1.25 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 2.25 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 3.25 The
Blacklist (R) (S). 4.20 Stop,
Search, Seize (R) (S). 5.10
The Dog Whisperer (R).
6am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 The Matt
Edmondson Show 4.00 Greg
James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Greg James 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Ollie Winiberg 1am
Radio 1’s Drum & Bass Show
With Rene LaVice 3.00 Radio
1’s Specialist Chart With Phil
Taggart 4.00 Radio 1’s Early
Breakfast Show With Adele
Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
10.10 Meth Storm
6am A.Dot 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target
9.02 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Twin B 1am Radio 1’s
Drum & Bass Show With Rene
LaVice 3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00
Sian Anderson
BBC Radio 2
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Amol Rajan
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 The Blues Show With
Paul Jones 8.00 Jo Whiley
10.00 Will Young Essential
R&B 11.00 The Russell Davies
Archive 12mdn’t Johnnie
Walker’s Sounds Of The 70s
2.00 Radio 2’s Jazz Playlist
3.00 Radio 2 Playlists: Great
British Songbook 4.00 Radio
2 Playlists: Hidden Treasures
5.00 Vanessa Feltz
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. With
Clemency Burton-Hill. 9.00
Essential Classics. Suzy Klein
presents. 12noon Composer
Of The Week: Beethoven.
1.00 News 1.02 Radio 3
Lunchtime Concert. A live
recital by soprano Fatma Said
and pianist James Vaughan.
2.00 Afternoon Concert.
Highlights from the 2017
Lucerne Festival. 5.00 In Tune.
With live music by A4 Brass
Quartet. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape.
An imaginative, eclectic
mix of music. 7.30 Radio 3
In Concert. A performance
by the Sixteen at London’s
King’s Place. 10.00 Music
Matters. Behind the scenes of
the Royal Opera House’s new
production of Monteverdi’s
The Return of Ulysses. 10.45
Transformations: Five Stories
From Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
11.00 Jazz Now. 12.30am
Through The Night. Music by
Debussy, Vaughan Williams,
Elgar, Prokofiev and Zemlinsky.
BBC Radio 4
12.10 Heroin: Cape Cod
USA (R) (S). 1.40 Dexter (R).
2.40 Banshee (R) (S). 3.35
Girls (R) (S). 4.10 The West
Wing (R) (S). 5.00 The West
Wing (R) (S).
6am Today 9.00 Start The
Week 9.45 Book Of The
Week: In Search Of Mary
Shelley 10.00 Woman’s Hour
11.00 The Untold 11.30 Tom
Wrigglesworth’s Hang-Ups
12noon News 12.04 Niche
Work If You Can Get It 12.15
You And Yours 12.57 Weather
1.00 The World At One 1.45
Roger Law: Art And Seoul 2.00
The Archers 2.15 Drama: Stone
31
ONDEMAND
Love And Hate Crime
BBC iPlayer
The second episode of this
troubling series meets Sarah
Graves who was 18 when
involved in a racist murder.
Comedians In Cars
Getting Coffee
Netflix
Jerry Seinfeld’s web chat show
comes to Netflix.
Taken
Amazon Prime
The prequel series to the Liam
Neeson kidnap movie returns.
3.00 Round Britain Quiz 3.30
The Food Programme 4.00 It’s
Just A Joke, Comrade: 100 Years
Of Russian Satire 4.30 The
Infinite Monkey Cage 5.00 PM
5.57 Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock
News 6.30 The Museum Of
Curiosity. With host John
Lloyd and co-curator Sally
Phillips. 7.00 The Archers. Lexi
reaches an emotional decision.
7.15 Front Row. 7.45 How To
Survive The Roman Empire, By
Pliny And Me. By Hattie Naylor.
8.00 The Cameron Years.
David Cameron’s mission to
modernise and transform
the Conservative party. 8.30
Crossing Continents. Lucy Ash
meets the staff and customers
of a bakery in war-torn east
Ukraine. 9.00 PowerPointless.
Ian Sansom explores the
impact of PowerPoint
presentations. 9.30 Start The
Week. With Peter Carey, Afua
Hirsch and Geert Mak. 10.00
The World Tonight. With Ritula
Shah. 10.45 Book At Bedtime:
The Vital Spark: A Far Cry From
Kensington. By Muriel Spark.
11.00 Taken To The Cleaners.
11.30 Today In Parliament.
12mdn’t News And Weather
12.30 Book Of The Week: In
Search Of Mary Shelley 12.48
Shipping Forecast 1.00 As BBC
World Service 5.20 Shipping
Forecast 5.30 News Briefing
5.43 Prayer For The Day 5.45
Farming Today 5.58 Tweet Of
The Day
The Mind 2.30 Further Tales
Of The City 2.45 Speaking For
Themselves 3.00 Strangers
And Brothers 4.00 The 99p
Challenge 4.30 The Party
Line 5.00 Millport 5.30 The
Museum Of Curiosity 6.00
Undone 6.30 A Good Read
7.00 Hancock’s Half Hour 7.30
Dad’s Army 8.00 Agatha Raisin
8.30 The Print Master 9.00
Behind The Screen 9.15 Starry
Eyes 10.00 Comedy Club: The
Museum Of Curiosity 10.30
Comedy Club: Absolute Power
11.00 Comedy Club: The News
Quiz Extra 11.45 Comedy Club:
Hearing With Hegley 12mdn’t
Undone 12.30 A Good Read
1.00 Agatha Raisin 1.30 The
Print Master 2.00 In Siberia
2.15 In Search Of Ourselves:
A History Of Psychology And
The Mind 2.30 Further Tales
Of The City 2.45 Speaking For
Themselves 3.00 Strangers
And Brothers 4.00 The 99p
Challenge 4.30 The Party
Line 5.00 Millport 5.30 The
Museum Of Curiosity
BBC Radio 4 LW
BBC 6 Music
9.45am Daily Service 12.01pm
Shipping Forecast 5.54
Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Agatha Raisin 6.30 The
Print Master 7.00 Millport
7.30 The Museum Of Curiosity
8.00 Hancock’s Half Hour
8.30 Dad’s Army 9.00 The 99p
Challenge 9.30 The Party Line
10.00 Strangers And Brothers
11.00 Behind The Screen 11.15
Starry Eyes 12noon Hancock’s
Half Hour 12.30 Dad’s Army
1.00 Agatha Raisin 1.30 The
Print Master 2.00 In Siberia
2.15 In Search Of Ourselves:
A History Of Psychology And
Pick
ofthe
day
Woman’s Hour
10am, BBC Radio 4
Jane Garvey (above)
and Paulette
Edwards host
a phone-in to
launch a week-long
series devoted to
the menopause,
seeking to find
out what the
real impact is on
women’s lives.
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
The Emma Barnett Show 1pm
Afternoon Edition 4.00 5 Live
Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport 8.00
5 Live Sport: Premier League
Football 2017-18 10.00 Flintoff,
Savage And The Ping Pong Guy
10.30 Phil Williams 1am Up All
Night 5.00 Morning Reports
5.15 Wake Up To Money
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Steve Lamacq 7.00 Marc
Riley 9.00 Gideon Coe 12mdn’t
6 Music Recommends With
Lauren Laverne 1.00 The First
Time With Tom Robinson 2.00
Blues To The Bone: The Life Of
Etta James 2.30 6 Music Live
Hour 3.30 6 Music’s Jukebox
5.00 Chris Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm AnneMarie Minhall 5.00 Classic FM
Drive 7.00 Smooth Classics
At Seven 8.00 The Full Works
Concert. Jane Jones champions
the work of Antonin Dvorak.
10.00 Smooth Classics 1am
Sam Pittis
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00
Dave Berry 7.00 Danielle Perry
10.00 Pete Donaldson 1am
Chris Martin
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Sian Welby 10.00 Kat
Shoob 1am Simon Beale 4.00
Jenni Falconer
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast 10.00 Jim White 1pm
Hawksbee And Jacobs 4.00
Adrian Durham And Darren
Gough 7.00 Kick-off 10.00
Sports Bar 1am Extra Time
With Will Gavin
How to feel
miles
better
Walking 1,000 miles in a year may
sound like a lot. But this challenge
is catching on like wildfire – and
changing lives. By SiobhánNorton
I
Travel
Back to Basque
A visit to Gascony, the
unspoilt coastal corner
of France
Page 34
Arts
Glenn Close
On the role of her career,
working with her daughter,
and Hollywood’s women
Page 38
n the fitness world, sharing
yo u r p ro g re s s o n s o c i a l
media is almost a given. From
MapMyRun to the gym selfie,
marathons to Tough Mudder,
social media can help create
community and healthy competition.
But a quieter movement is under
way. A Facebook group comprises
25,000 people and counting who are
united in the same goal: to walk 1,000
miles in a year.
It’s a big, round figure, but a doable
one, breaking down to an average
of 2.74 miles a day. Some people
already cover 1,000 miles in a year
without even noticing. For others,
the challenge has been life-changing.
Michelle McDonald, a 33-year-old
dental nurse from Devon, walked
off 9st in a year when she took up
the challenge two years
ago. “I’d been verbally
abused in public
one day about
my weight when
buying ice creams
for my family,” she
says. “I thought
then ‘I’m not doing
this any more’.
“A n d a l m o s t
immediately, the
challenge made
me fall in love with
the outdoors.
Combined with
healthy eating,
the weight started
to fall off.
“Walking 1,000
miles has changed
my whole outlook
on life. The 2018-model Michelle is
fun-loving, an explorer. She’s not
afraid to be herself now, whatever
others think.”
The #walk1000miles campaign
was the brainchild of Guy Procter,
editor of Country Walking magazine.
He thought it might sell a few more
magazines, but had no idea how
popular it would become.
The campaign has been
championed by BBC presenter Clare
Balding and actor Brian Blessed, and
spawned an entire community, with
participants last year ranging in age
from seven to 86.
“The last time I saw anything on
Facebook to do with my friends or
family was about two years ago,” Mr
Procter says. “It ended up changing
lives – not least my own – and by the
magic of word-of-mouth, grew until it
has ended up expanding to a group of
over 25,000.
“A thousand miles is the sort of
number that stops people in their
tracks but when you break it down,
it’s only little under an hour every
day. It’s just a question of doing it.”
Britain is a country of two
halves when it comes to walking.
Organisations such as the Ramblers
have helped make walking accessible,
millennials are taking
to the trails and even
hiking boots are in
fa s h i o n , ye t we
are still largely a
nation of couch
potatoes.
A recent YouGov
poll commissioned
by Cancer Research
UK found that 52 per
cent of adults were
walking a mile or less
a day – and almost a
fifth walk less than
a quarter of a mile.
About a third said a
lack of time deters
them from walking,
wh i l e a q u a r t e r
put it down to bad
weather. A separate
report by Public Health England
warned that four in 10 adults are
failing to get in even a 10-minute
brisk walk once a month.
But anyone can find time to get
the miles in, if this 25,000-strong
group is anything to go by. The
execution is simple: walk as often as
you can, recording your progress on
a fitness tracker or app, or using the
magazine’s progress tracker. Or go
analogue with a map and a piece of
How to get going:
tips to achievement
Walk at lunch
A two-mile walk of 40
minutes each working day
will rack up 500 miles a year.
Grab a friend
Make it a date because it’s
great for motivation.
Start early, finish late
These corners of the day
are often made magical by
the best light and shyest
wildlife. You’ll feel great and
sleep well.
Give yourself a thinking
project
It’s amazing what your brain
can do when you take it for
a walk.
Vary your route
Pluck paths at random
from the map or reverse a
familiar trail.
A photo a day
Resolve to record each walk
with one photo and build a
gallery of micro-moments.
It could be the same thing
each day or different.
Plan a reward
A slice of cake, a half of
IPA, an episode of Game
of Thrones. Turn a guilty
pleasure into a virtuous
circle of reward.
string. Country Walking recommends
using the OS Maps app, which is
developing a mileage accumulator
feature specifically designed for the
challenge, called #walk1000miles.
Participants undertake it for
charity or for themselves, alone
or with family or friends. And the
magazine and Facebook group
are overflowing with testimonials
from people saying it has changed
their lives.
The health benefits of walking are
numerous: a study by the University
of Cambridge found that just 20
minutes a day can cut your risk of
premature death by a third. Regular
walking has been shown to be
important for heart and bone health,
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Health benefits: your
body will thank you
Francis Lawler
says the challenge
made him a better
person. Inset, his
first walking boots
AGEING IS OPTIONAL Walking
prevents muscle wastage,
triggers cells’ anti-ageing
processes and helps to repair
DNA. It also wards off brain
shrinkage and increases
memory, creativity, reasoning
and sociability.
BREATHE EASY An hour’s
walk a day can reverse 30
years’ gradual aerobic capacity
decline, according to a US
study in which 50-year-old
subjects regained the lungs of
their 20-year-old selves.
LEAN MACHINE Insulin
encourages fat storage.
Walking reduces insulin levels
but increases your muscles’
sensitivity to it. So you burn
energy more efficiently and
fat more readily – cutting your
risk of obesity in half and Type
2 diabetes by 60 per cent.
Michelle McDonald says she lost weight and gained confidence by walking
can boost mood and may even help
stave off dementia.
For 48-year-old Francis Lawler,
the challenge meant so much
more than clocking up the miles.
Stabbed, beaten and left for dead
by four attackers on New Year’s Eve
1998, he had struggled with anxiety
ever since.
“The attack left me scarred
mentally,” he says. “For 18 years
I’ve been scared of walking in the
dark and being in quiet places on
my own. It meant I wouldn’t go out
much in the winter months. I was
overweight, fearful and down.”
Francis started the challenge on 1
January last year. “I was determined
to finally face these these anxieties
head-on. I knew it really would be a
challenge not only because I’d have
to balance working life, children and
also supporting a disabled wife at
home, but I’d have to walk on my own
in the dusk and the dark.”
Soon, he began building up the
miles, and says support from his
I reached my
1,000 a fitter, lighter,
happier, calmer,
more fearless person
In Saturday’s
18 wellbeing trends for 2018
From vegan burgers to smart sleepwear
and strength training for the skin
friends and family made it feel like a
“team effort”.
“Every day it pushed me to get out
of the house, and even when I could
feel my fears rising, overcoming
them made me more and more
positive,” he says. “I reached my
1,000 in November, a fitter, lighter,
happier, calmer, more fearless
person – more grateful for what I
have in life.”
Like most people who undertake
the 1,000-mile challenge, it won’t be
a one-off for Francis.
“My next walking goal is to walk
the Peddars Way and the Norfolk
coastal path of 97 miles in 2018 – and
to complete the #walk1000 miles
challenge again.
“I’m looking to better myself in
life now the challenge has made me
realise there are big things to work
towards which I can accomplish.
“Staying strong in body and
mind can help you deal with so
much. The challenge has helped
me develop both. I’ve been tired at
times. I’ve felt scared at times. But
to push on through and get to the
other side feeling stronger is just an
incredible feeling.”
walk1000miles.co.uk; the February
edition of ‘Country Walking’
magazine is out now, £4.50
BUILT TO WALK The fact we
put our heels down first when
we step is an evolutionary
advantage that conserves
53 per cent more energy per
stride than running.
HIGH ON LIFE Walking
boosts circulation, triggers
endorphins and decreases
stress hormones. A metastudy of research concluded
that walking decreases the
symptoms of depression – at
least as much as medication.
BULLETPROOF Walking is
more than twice as effective
as running at fighting off heart
disease, and an hour a day cuts
your risk of heart attack in
your 50s and 60s in half.
CANCER FIGHTER 10,000
cases a year of breast and
bowel cancer are preventable
by an hour on foot a day,
according to Macmillan. For
those suffering the most
common cancers, it can cut the
risk of death by up to half.
BONES OF IRON Walking
boosts bone density in the
spine and pelvis, reducing the
chances of hip fracture by 40
per cent.
FRICTION-FREE Regular
walking increases the levels of
anti-inflammatory synovial
fluid in joints.
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Travel
Surf’s up
and the
bulls are
running
Les Landes is a region full of
quirks – from stilt-walking
shepherds to a dramatic
seascape that cannot be tamed.
Even its version of bullfighting
is unique – and tourists do yoga
before they surf. By Cahal Milmo
T
he rough-hewn concrete arenas that dot
Les Landes – filled to
the brim with spectators on sultry August
nights – are proof of the extent to
which the citizens of this idiosyncratic region take pride in their
tempestuous relationship with
nature. In other parts of France,
small town gatherings are likely
to focus on orthodox Gallic pleasures such as pétanque or a videgrenier – a community bric-à-brac
sale that translates as “empty
your attic”.
But in Gascony, the southernmost corner of the French Atlantic coast, people come together
to cheer an altogether different
spectacle – young men running
headlong at charging bulls before, at the last possible moment,
launching themselves into a
somersault over a half a tonne of
snorting, raging bovine.
Welcome to the toro défi or
course landaise, a sweaty palminducing extravaganza played
by tag teams of young men who
take it in turns to sprint away
from, swerve in front of or
launch themselves over a
creature that is, to say the
least, none too pleased to
see them.
The result is pulsating – not least because
each pause between the
teams is an excuse for a
local oompah-oompah
band in the stands to
raise the rafters as the
clock races past midnight
and the écarteurs” twist
their bodies into ever-more
balletic feats of courage with
little air between flesh and horn.
Unlike the Spanish corridas,
here the bull comes to no physi-
cal harm and its proponents insist that the animals, bred from a
long lineage of fighting bulls, are
doing only what comes naturally.
But the défi (challenge), witnessed by your writer and 500
others from toddlers to nonagenarians in an artfully fading arena in the coastal town of
Vieux-Boucau, is emblematic of
the wider story of how the natives
of Les Landes have battled for
centuries to tame the landscape
and the sea which remorselessly
pounds its beaches.
Until the 19th century, the vast
majority of this département
– now renowned for its hauntingly beautiful pine forests – was
swamp and poorly drained heathland (the meaning of the word
lande in French). The hardy few
that inhabited this harsh environment used it for sheep grazing
and tended their flocks wearing
stilts so as not to sink into the
boggy soil.
The stilt-walking shepherds
faded into folkloric obscurity
from the 1850s onwards when
the vast pine plantations which
now cover 3,900 square miles
stabilised the soil and allowed
the flourishing of industries from
paper mills and joinery, to the
more recent arrival of tourism.
Les Landes and the wider
region of Aquitaine is a secret
that the French have generally
preferred to keep to themselves.
While the foreign hordes fight it
out in Provence, the Côte d’Azur
or Brittany, the locals quietly
slip down the motorways to the
Atlantic coast.
Once there, they congregate
in places such as Moliets-etMaa, one of a chain of villages
and small towns in Les Landes
150km south of Bordeaux, where
the rustic Landes architecture
of timber-framed houses melds
with campsites and villas built
into the fragrant embrace of the
pinhadar – the Gascon dialect
word for the pine woods.
La Clarière aux Chevreuils is
one such place, a collection of
spacious luxury villas knitted
into tranquil knolls and hillocks
less than a mile from the dunes.
Similar complexes dot the
locality, fading in and out of the
woods with cycle trails running
for dozens of miles and a procession of markets where local produce is abundant.
The result is a place with a
tight centre of gravity where visi-
Les Landes is popular with surfers (inset); an apartment and pool at La Clarière aux Chevreuils GETTY
tors need not stray far and people
commute to the beach and vegetable stalls by bicycle. And where
stilt-wearing shepherds have
been replaced by locals and visitors alike, permanently attached
to their surfboards.
The one feature of this coastline that its human inhabitants
have not been able to tame is
its waves. Much of the time, the
sea is energetic but peaceable –
waves generally no higher than
a metre or so. But at others it is
nothing other than savage.
On the beaches watched by
eagle-eyed lifeguards, the power
of the sea at low tide – when the
waves are uninhibited by shelves
of sand that absorb their fury – is
such that bathers are officially
advised not to enter the water.
But such drama is also the reason why the beaches at Moliets
and beyond are regarded as offering some of the finest surfing
in Europe, with the endless expanses of sand and breakers to
cater for all talents.
Surfing lessons are thereby
plentiful at around €30 (22) per
two-hour session and students
are encouraged to exhibit a certain Zen fearlessness and shape
their bodies to match their foe –
in this case by attacking the surf
with the aid of a few yoga poses.
As Vincent, an instructor with
the Surf School Du Golf on the
Plage des Lièges, put it: “You are
only doing ‘sphinx’. You need to
also do ‘seabird’ and the ‘snake’.”
Such, apparently, is the secret to
staying upright on a surfboard.
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Travel
essentials
Getting there
Access Les Landes
from Biarritz
(Ryanair) or
Bordeaux (Ryanair,
easyJet, British
Airways); or by rail
to Dax via Paris
and Bordeaux.
Staying there
A week at Villas
La Clairière aux
Chevreuils for
a family of four
costs from £738pp
in August with
Summer France
(020 3475 4756,
summerfrance.
co.uk)
More information
tourismelandes.
com
Whatever the visitor’s tastes,
this corner of France accommodates them with an uncompromising celebration of its
surroundings and traditions.
Roadside boutiques selling foie
gras abound, while advertising hoardings for supermarkets
promote meat from bulls killed
across the nearby Spanish border in corridas.
Such delicacies may not be to
the taste of all but they are a fraction of so much else that comes
out of this region – sampling is
practically compulsory of the delectably artery-clogging “pastis
landaise”, a buttery yeast cake
flavoured with orange flower,
vanilla and rum.
Above all, Les Landes echoes
with reminders of a place where
Rustic
Les Landes
architecture
melds with
campsites
and villas
nature and humanity like to test
each other’s strengths before
sharing an embrace.
And it needn’t all be challenging. After an hour or so battling
with the waves on the main beach
in Moliets-et-Maa, head for La
Gourmandise – a neon-lit seaside snack dispensary and ask
for a dozen “chichis”, sugar-encrusted sticks of deep-fried batter known elsewhere as churros
and served with a dipping pot of
molten Nutella.
It may not have the authenticity of jumping over a rampaging
steer or the charm of cycling
through a silent forest – but a
more indulgently satisfying way
of spending €4 and admiring
the landscape at the same time
would be hard to find.
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Travel
Unravelled
BY SIMON CALDER
Safety issues in Istanbul and
new visa rules for transit
passengers flying via Canada
Q
I would be interested in your
opinion on the safety of visiting
Istanbul this March for a short break.
‘VS’
A
That sounds an excellent plan. I
was in Istanbul last March and
found it an ideal time to be in the city.
Spring had arrived, but the tourist
throngs had not, which meant that
great attractions such as the Topkapi
Palace were refreshingly uncrowded.
Prices are low, starting with air
fares: on Turkish Airlines, which I
regard as offering close to businessclass service at economy fares, I
paid slightly over £100 return from
Gatwick; this has increased to about
£150 in March 2018, but is still good
value. Hotels are offering excellent
deals in a bid to attract visitors. If
you are looking for something upmarket, as well
as the consumer
protection that
comes with an
inclusive trip, you
could consider a
package through
a city break
specialist such
as Kirker.
One strong
reason for the lack of
crowds and low prices,
of course, is concern about
dangers in Turkey, and in particular Istanbul. On 1 January last year, 39
people died in an attack on a nightclub
and, over the previous 12 months, 14
other terror attacks had taken place
across the country. The Foreign Office
warns: “Terrorists are very likely to try
to carry out attacks in Turkey.”
Statistically, though, the biggest
danger facing UK visitors over the past
few years has been road accidents. The
traffic in Istanbul is terrible and you
need to be very careful. But I would
happily return tomorrow, and I hope
you decide to go ahead with your trip.
Q
We had a horrific experience just
before Christmas trying to fly
from Santiago in Chile to London via
Toronto with Air Canada — only to be
told we needed visas. I have transited
many places and never needed visas
while in the “no man’s land” of the
transit lounge. Many of my fellow
travellers in the same group were
unaware and several people were left
behind. Please can you tell me why and
when Canada brought in a rule that
travellers need visas to transit?
Janet O
A
Canada has long been a good
stopping point en route to and
from Latin America, and Air Canada
often offers excellent fares. But since
the country brought in the Electronic
Travel Authorization (eTA) system
in 2016, changing planes in
Toronto has become a
nightmare for some.
For reasons best
known to itself,
Canada decided
to follow a rather
regressive US idea:
that anyone changing
planes between
country A and
country B must also
have permission to enter
country C — Canada — even
though their sole interest in
the country is to spend a couple of
hours drinking a Molson beer while
waiting for the flight home.
That means applying for an online
permit before you fly; to help you
avoid all the scam websites, I have
created a short link, bit.ly/CanETA.
If you booked through a travel agent,
they are supposed to tell you all about
the rules before you commit to the
trip — if yours did not, ask why. I am
glad, though, that you appear to have
been able to apply and get permission almost immediately. Sadly, not
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Dangerous Liaisons, as well as for her
less well-known ones – The Natural,
The World According to Garp (the last
named film was her first big screen
role, opposite Robin Williams ,in
1982.) Most recently, in 2012, she was
nominated for Albert Nobbs, playing a
woman playing a man.
Of course, the 70-year-old has won
two out of the 12 Golden Globes she
has been nominated for – in Damages
and The Lion in Winter, both television
categories. She also has three Emmys
and three Tonys. But the proper film
recognition she deserves has so far
eluded her.
Perhaps not for much
l o n ge r. I t’s a s a fe
prediction to say
that in a year’s
time we’ll all be
betting on Close’s
performance in
Bjorn Runge’s
The Wife finally
to bring home
recognition of her
formidable talents.
That’s ironic in
itself, because in The
Wife, based upon a 2003
novel by Meg Wolitzer, Close
plays a woman whose own formidable
talents are overlooked in favour of
her novelist husband Joe (played
by Jonathan Pryce). Joan is that
familiar baby boomer wife, brushing
fluff off her husband’s coat, making
sure he takes his medication, losing
herself to his whims. Inside, though,
she is seething. It has played to rave
reviews already at the Toronto and
Zurich film festivals, but won’t be
released until later this year.
Close is happy with the
acclamation she’s already received.
“Well, I’ve been making choices for
more than 40 years now of what
stories I want to tell and put out in
the world, so it’s incredibly gratifying
when others agree with you that
they’re important.”
Unlike her character, Patty Hewes,
in Damages, Close is softly spoken
and everything – hair, figure, face,
clothes – can be summed up in one
word: neat. She readily admits that
meeting people isn’t necessarily her
idea of a good time.
“I recently have accepted the fact
that I am an introvert,” she confesses.
“I exist very much in my head
and I don’t particularly enjoy going
into big groups of people. I prefer to
be at home with my dog and a good
book or with a group of good friends
having dinner.”
Perhaps anticipating that a lot of
fans expect Patty should they meet
her (if not Cruella de Vil, or even
Alex from Fatal Attraction), she
adds: “I think my personality is
very different from all my
characters; they give me
a chance to express
myself in the way
I rarely have the
chance to express
myself in life.
“I have found
life much more
challenging and
problematic than
my work.”
Though she didn’t
start working in film
and television until the
1980s, when she was already in
her 30s, Close had built a successful
career on Broadway. Her ultimate
role there, as Norma Desmond in
Sunset Boulevard (for which she won
a Tony, and would reprise on the
British stage in 2016), came in 1993.
She became consumed with acting
as a teenager because of a restrictive
upbringing; her parents joined a “cult
group”, MRA (Moral Re-Armament).
Her first marriage was over by the
time she was 22; her third marriage,
to biotech entrepreneur David Shaw,
ended in divorce in 2015.
S o m e o n e wh o q u a l i f i e s a s
one of the less “challenging and
problematic” aspects of her personal
life is sitting beside Close – Annie
I think my
personality is very
different from all
my characters
Starke, her 29-year-old daughter and
only child, the result of a relationship
with the producer John Starke.
Mother and daughter (inset)appear
together in The Wife –Starke plays the
younger Joan. It’s not the first time
they’ve been in the same film – Starke
also had a part in Albert Nobbs – but
they have no scenes together. In fact,
Close banned herself from the set
during her daughter’s scenes. “I can’t
think of anyone who would want
their mother turning up at work with
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it makes you get up happy in
the morning, why wouldn’t you
want that for your child?” Starke
chimes in.
Had the The Wife been released
in time for this awards season, it
would have inevitably found itself
in the sexism maelstrom that has
gripped Hollywood – certainly in
the past few months of the year, but
really since the women’s marches
took place across the world in
January this year. At The Wife’s
heart is a message of a woman who
is not publicly recognised for her
talent because the society at the
time only recognises success in the
shape of a white Christian male.
Close has said publicly of Harvey
Weinstein: “I know Harvey, and
he has never done that to me, but
people would say he was a pig. I
never knew that it was that bad
– and I don’t personally know
anybody who has endured that.
I would like to think that I would
have done something about it.”
As it is, she says she’s interested
to know what the women of 2018
will make of The Wife.
“When I first read the script, I
thought women would be saying,
‘leave him!’” she says animatedly.
“And that’s the easy answer
because that’s where we are right
now, but this story begins in the
1950s, pre-feminism, pre-women’s
movement when she is a girl in
college, with no support to help her
have the confidence in the voice she
is developing, the confidence and
self-belief in her talent.
“The Wife is the story of a woman
who has suppressed her anger for
many years, and I can understand
To have women
find their voices and
power can only be
good for humanity
In ‘The Wife’,
Glenn Close plays
a woman whose
formidable talents
are overlooked
them,” comments Starke, drily. “No
matter who they are.”
Starke is far feistier in public
than her mother. She’s more
extrovert, and also not afraid of
potentially giving offence – when
asked who supports her without
necessarily getting any credit,
she replies without hesitation:
“My father. He’s a hero of mine.
Even though he took a long
time to come to terms with my
profession of choice.”
“I wasn’t surprised by her
choice,” says Close of Starke’s
career. “You can’t be in this
profession this long and not be
nervous when someone you
love chooses it too, but I wasn’t
surprised at all.
“I think Annie chose the right
thing for her even though it’s a
difficult career, and as a parent
you just want her to be fulfilled
and happy.”
“If you love what you do and
that, I think that happens to a lot of
women. All of a sudden she realises
that she can’t do it anymore and
have a viable life, but it’s a journey
she has to make on her own. It’s not
so easy to say, ‘I am leaving.’”
But when the idea of a ‘male
crisis’ among all this selfempowerment for women is put
to her, Close snorts at the thought
that men are on the back foot.
“I think, culturally speaking, still
in most countries it’s men who are
in control, and many women either
decide to live through their man, or
they decide to live and find a voice
of their own – if that’s possible.
“This is what The Wife is about –
what happens when a woman finds
her voice.
“But to have women find their
voices and power, as they are right
now, can only be good for humanity
and for men as well – can’t it?”
Will Close win the ultimate
recognition for The Wife? Probably
the only person who won’t be
getting worked up is her.
Work, she says, “is all about
finding balance. I still feel incredibly
passionate about my craft. What
I value most is to find work that
is fulfilling, challenging and that
resonates – and that you spend
your professional life hopefully
with people who are worth leaving
home for.”
‘The Wife’ will be released later
this year
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The weekend’s
television
JEFF ROBSON
Reminiscent Queen
is a twinkly-eyed,
unstuffy natural
» The Coronation BBC1, Sunday, 8pm
» My Next Guest Needs No Introduction Netflix, available now
T
his weekend’s television
was dominated by two big
interviews – though one
technically wasn’t. One
was with a current monarch; the
other with a former president. Both
revealed a lot about their subjects
– and the countries of which they
were heads.
The Coronation was quite a
coup – the Queen giving the
closest thing she’s ever given to an
interview in any shape or form.
Of course, nobody involved
in the making of The Coronation
did anything so vulgar and
disrespectful as asking her a
direct question. This was merely
the granting of her personal
reminiscences of the ceremony
which, with the help of an ancient
phial of oil, literally anointed her
as our sovereign.
Fortunately, she proved a
television natural, giving twinklyeyed, unstuffy anecdotes not only
about the oil but about the 5lb
crown of Edward the Confessor,
which no one can tell the front and
back of (“My father was convinced
the archbishop put it on the wrong
way – he wasn’t very pleased”)
and about the discomfort of riding
“halfway round London” in a badly
upholstered state coach.
The jewels and frocks, plus the
sweeping music and unctuous
commentary, were manna from
heaven for the Buckingham Palace
tea towel collectors.
But there were enough quirky
human touches – the Cullinan
diamond which comprises a
Nobody did
anything so vulgar and
disrespectful as asking
her a direct question
chunk of the Crown Jewels was
first sent to Britain “in the post”;
some of the pearls belonged to
Mary, Queen of Scots, and were
bought by Elizabeth I after her
cousin’s execution – to satisfy the
general viewer.
All that plus home-movie footage
of the Queen and her ladies in
waiting – “we were the Spice
Girls of the day” as one rather
incongruously recalled – smiling
with relief when they got back to
the palace.
If the Royal Family is just a very
successful long-running soap, then
the nonagenarian beaming at the
memories of her 27-year-old self
on a unique day is its star. And this
was a standout episode.
The Queen beamed at recalling her
27-year-old self in ‘The Coronation’
Over on Netflix was a prestigious
new showcase for recently
retired talk show veteran David
Letterman. In the first My Next
Guest Needs No Introduction, a
series of standalone encounters,
he’d bagged Barack Obama for
his first broadcast interview since
leaving the White House.
He was clearly pleased as punch
with his scoop, and initially the
programme seemed a bit too
self-congratulatory, as the two
swapped bromancey anecdotes
about how they were filling the time
these days and how uncool their
children find them.
But Letterman’s stroll through
his subject’s remarkable life gave
Obama the opportunity to make
a few telling comments – “You’re
entitled to your own opinions but
not your own facts” – that were
all the more effective for their
undemonstrative delivery.
A lengthy digression in which
Letterman revisited the scene
of civil rights conflicts in Selma,
Alabama, initially seemed a
distraction until Obama told of
how much the movement had
inspired him: “Because of them,
when I started in politics nobody
was billy-clubbing me.”
Throughout the whole interview,
Obama’s intelligence, humility
and sense of calm were actually
profoundly depressing, because
they represent the key presidential
qualities in which his successor is
so lacking.
When Letterman rounded
things off by declaring that Obama
was “the first president I truly
respected” you believed him – and
felt he spoke for many.
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Arts
Arts
reviews
Ferocious wit: Chris
Rock returns to
the UK with a more
intimate perspective
ETHAN MILLER/GETTY
COMEDY
Chris Rock
MANCHESTER ARENA
HHHHH
In the decade since Chris Rock’s
last UK tour, he has starred in a
dozen Hollywood movies and a
Broadway show, produced a hit
television series, written and
directed a screenplay, and hosted
the Oscars for a second time.
OPERA
The Return
of Ulysses
ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON
HHHHH
Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in
patria is an ecstatically melodious
succession of recitatives, duets,
and arias telling of war, exile, love,
and revenge, with the Greek gods
busily interfering.
Christopher Cowell’s new
English version, which John
Fulljames directs for the Royal
Opera, dispenses with the gods
and greatly amplifies the part of
the crowd. He regards the opera’s
underlying theme – living with the
legacy of war – as our story, too:
Syria, migration, terrorism.
This show’s combination of
visual and musical beauty with
intense emotional immediacy puts
it in a class of its own. In the title
role, Roderick Williams profoundly
embodies the driven anguish of
his character; on opening night
Christine Rice was prevented
by illness from singing the role
of Penelope, but walked her way
through it while Caitlin Hulcup
sang for her – with a sepulchral
beauty of tone – from the pit.
To 21 January (0300 6789 222)
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
The comedian has also
been busy “raising kids”, and
the breakdown of his 16-year
marriage – and the ensuing
divorce and custody battle – gives
a more intimate perspective to the
blisteringly funny opening night
of his Total Blackout tour.
Rock owns the stage, exhibiting
a ferocious wit and relentless
energy across a range of topics,
including US politics, police,
race relations, gun crime,
religion, airport security, modern
technology and bullying. “You’d
think cops would occasionally
shoot a white kid, just to make it
look good,” he says.
Rock believes schools shouldn’t
lie to children, as telling them
they can be anything they want to
be doesn’t prepare them for life:
“The truth is, you can be anything
you’re good at. If they’re hiring.
And even then, it helps if you
know someone.” We need bullies,
he says, as they do half the work
of a school – the half you use
when you leave. “Who’s gonna
cure cancer, or poverty?” he asks.
“Some kid who’s getting his ass
kicked. Nerds rule the world. You
think kids were nice to Bill Gates?”
From life lessons to sex
education, Rock relishes dishing
out expletive-laden advice
on how to sustain successful
relationships to a squirming
crowd. There is no equality in a
relationship, he concludes, saying:
“You’re in a band. Sometimes
you’re lead singer, sometimes
you’re on tambourine.”
You don’t want to get divorced,
he says repeatedly. “If you have
somebody to love, hold tight.”
But he is never sanctimonious
about his marriage breakdown,
admitting: “My divorce was my
fault. I wasn’t a good husband.”
He also cheated on his wife
with three women and became
addicted to pornography – which,
as he irreverently observes, made
him “15 minutes late, everywhere”.
Now Rock has learned from
his mistakes, and he assures
fans his wayward days are behind
him. These days he is enjoying
dating, and says his friends
are surprised to learn he uses
Tinder under his own name. The
dating app will surely see a few
more sign-ups following this
rip-roaring performance.
‘Chris Rock: Total Blackout’ tours
the UK until 28 January
LOUISE RHIND-TUTT
THEATRE
Ovo
ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON
HHHHH
Cirque du Soleil, masters of
gravity-defying athleticism,
return to their familiar London
home with a show inspired by
the energy and playfulness of
insects. With a swarming cast of
53, it boasts a score by Brazilian
composer Berna Ceppas that’s
performed by a band dressed
as cockroaches — and at times
creates a carnival mood.
This may be a family-friendly
extravaganza, but it certainly isn’t
for people who shudder at the
thought of beetles and spiders. Its
plot revolves around a blue fly,
played with quirky exuberance by
François-Guillaume Leblanc. He
arrives in a colony of insects that’s
presided over by the eccentric,
chirruping Master (Gerald
Regitschnig) and brings along a
large egg that’s immediately an
object of curiosity.
Soon he is smitten with a sassy
ladybird (Neiva Nascimento) and
clumsily attempts to woo her,
but the natives are keen to drive
him away. There’s a message here
about the need for tolerance in
diverse communities. Yet it’s a
minor detail in this two-hour
spectacle, written and directed by
VISUAL ARTS
Impressionists In London,
French Artists in Exile
(1870-1904)
TATE BRITAIN, LONDON SW1
The first exhibition to map the
connections between French
and British artists, patrons and
art dealers during the FrancoPrussian war and afterwards.
The experience of artists such as
Monet, Tissot, Pissarro, Dalou,
Sisley and Legros in London
influenced their own work but
also contributed to the British art
scene. (020 7887 8888) to 7 May
Lubaina Himid:
Meticulous Observations
and Naming the Money
WALKER ART GALLERY, LIVERPOOL
This show by the 2017 Turner
Prize winner, Lubaina Himid,
features works selected by her
from the Arts Council Collection,
along with 20 figures from her
major installation Naming the
Money. (0151 478 4199) to 18 Mar
BP Portrait Award 2017
SCOTTISH NATIONAL PORTRAIT
GALLERY, EDINBURGH
The exhibition, which originally
ran at London’s National Portrait
Gallery, is now in Edinburgh,
showcasing work selected
from 2,580 entries by artists
from 87 countries, including the
winner of the £30,000 first prize,
Breech! by Benjamin Sullivan.
(0131 624 6200) to 11 Mar
FILM
Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri
15, MARTIN McDONAGH, 115 MINS
Golden Globe winner Frances
McDormand stars as a cussed
gift shop owner whose daughter
was raped and murdered, in
a perverse, comic and tragic
revenge story in which all the
characters defy our often very
low expectations of them. Writerdirector Martin McDonagh’s
film is a startling piece of work:
a blood-soaked shaggy dog story
that is also surprisingly moving.
Nationwide release
My Life Story
15, JULIEN TEMPLE AND
OWEN LEWIS, 96 MINS
This screen version of
Madness singer Suggs’s “stage”
autobiography is an eccentric,
wildly entertaining and very
inventive affair that combines
live performance and music hall
references with documentary
elements. Suggs is a wonderful
raconteur with a witty turn of
phrase who, amid the wisecracks,
deals frankly with troubling
elements in his family history.
Limited release
Playful creepycrawlies provide
a two-hour
spectacle
Deborah Colker, a Brazilian known
for her visceral choreography.
The emphasis is on acrobatic
daring. Butterflies perform a
balletic duet, swooping across
the stage. Alanna Baker, once
a gymnast who competed
for Britain at the world
championships, is one of a trio
of predatory spiders. Two of the
most striking acts are another
spider (Jiangming Qui) that steers
a unicycle along a slack highwire
and a family of crickets that
bounce off massive trampolines.
When it flirts with clownish
daftness, Ovo is a mirthless affair,
and Cirque du Soleil’s trademark
skills now risk feeling slick rather
than pulse-quickening. But this is
still a celebration of the wonder
of movement, and the performers
twirl and tumble gloriously.
To4 March (020 7589 8212)
HENRY HITCHINGS
EVENING STANDARD
All the Money in the World
15, RIDLEY SCOTT, 132 MINS
Ridley Scott’s absorbing new
film, about the kidnapping of the
teenaged John Paul Getty III in
Italy in 1973, is billed as a crime
drama but its real themes are
exchange and negotiation. While
Christopher Plummer (replacing
Kevin Spacey) is impressive,
Michelle Williams, the distraught
mother, is at the heart of the film.
Nationwide release
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THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
Hostiles
Peter May
Westerns don’t come much
more brutal tha Hostiles, in
which the homicidal behaviour
of the Comanches is matched
by that of the US army. This is
far too traditional to be seen as
revisionist, but the film stands
as a reminder of why westerns
continue to be made and it boasts
exceptional performances by
Christian Bale and Rosamund
Pike. Nationwide release
I’ll Keep You Safe, set in the Outer
Hebrides, is the author’s latest
standalone thriller. He talks
about the book at these events.
Eden Court, Inverness
(01463 233500) tonight 6.30pm;
Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow
(0141 353 8000) Tue 6.30pm;
Perth Theatre (01738 621031) Wed
7.30pm; Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh
(eventbrite.co.uk) Thur 7pm
15, SCOTT COOPER, 133 MINS
Molly’s Game
15, AARON SORKIN, 140 MINS
This film marks the directorial
debut of West Wing creator
Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote the
ingeniously crafted screenplay.
Jessica Chastain gives a blazing
performance as a former Winter
Olympics hopeful who is busted
by the FBI for running an illegal
gambling operation, in a film that
never loses its momentum or its
humour. Nationwide release
TALKS & POETRY
Afua Hirsch
DULWICH BOOKS, LONDON SE21
The broadcaster and barrister
is in conversation about her
first book, Brit(ish): On Race,
Identity and Belonging, with
Franco-Moroccan author and
journalist Leïla Slimani.
(020 8670 1920) tonight 7pm
VARIOUS VENUES
COMEDY
Fleabag
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s incredibly
funny but very painful account
of a young woman struggling
to navigate her life in London
was a revelation on BBC3.
Now it’s returning to its stage
origins with Maddie Rice in the
lead. (020 7478 0100) to Thur
DANCE
Gandini Juggling
LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO, SADLER’S
WELLS, LONDON EC1
In Sigma, Gandini’s dancerjugglers collaborate with
Indian classical dancer Seeta
Patel, while a mirrored set
and multimedia projections
amplify the intricate patterns.
(020 7863 8000) tonight and Tue
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David Ramirez
VARIOUS VENUES
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. Louisiana, Bristol
(ticketweb.co.uk) tonight; Bodega,
Nottingham (ticketweb.co.uk) Tue;
Duffy’s Bar, Leicester (gigantic.
com) Wed; Castle Hotel, Manchester
(ticketweb.co.uk) Thur; Broadcast,
Glasgow (seetickets.com) Fri
THEATRE
The Grinning Man
TRAFALGAR STUDIOS, LONDON SW1
A pared-back musical adaptation
of Victor Hugo’s 1869 novel,
L’Homme Qui Rit, devised at the
Bristol Old Vic by Tom Morris and
his creative team, starring Louis
Maskell as Grinpayne, who had
his face sadistically slashed from
ear to ear when he was a small
boy. Morris’s production unfolds
like a fevered, slightly bonkers
but luridly compelling fairy story.
(0844 871 7632) to 17 Feb
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Hamilton
VICTORIA PALACE THEATRE,
LONDON SW1
Sceptics wondered whether the
American subject matter and
idiom of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s
musical could survive the journey
from New York. But they have.
Hamilton is a knockout, and its
British cast is superb, with two
star-making performances from
Giles Terera and, in the title role,
magnetic newcomer Jamael
Westman. In short, believe the
hype. (hamiltonmusical.com)
to 30 Jun
Hedda Gabler
THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW
Henrik Ibsen’s drama is one
of the great portraits of a soul
in crisis. Lizzy Watts stars as
Hedda, a passionate woman who
rebels against the numbness
of a stifling marriage, spots
vulgarity unerringly yet dreads
the prospect of scandal. Ivo van
Hove’s National Theatre staging,
which uses a crisp yet somewhat
colourless new text by Patrick
Marber, sets out to make
this frequently performed
play seem unfamiliar.
(atgtickets.com) to Sun
First
Chance
Opening
this week
THEATRE
Long Day’s Journey into Night
WYNDHAM’S THEATRE, LONDON WC2
Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville
star in Richard Eyre’s Bristol Old Vic
production. (020 7492 0810) opens Thur
VISUAL ARTS
Antoine Caron: Drawing for
Catherine de’ Medici
COURTAULD GALLERY, LONDON WC2
Drawings by the 16th-century French
artist. (020 7848 1194) opens Thur
DANCE
English National Ballet
LONDON COLISEUM, LONDON WC2
A generous double bill of Roland
Petit’s chic Le Jeune Homme et la Mort
and August Bournonville’s La Sylphide.
(020 7845 9300) opens Tue
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ideological prison and excites
repellence at his ruthlessness
in Edward Hall’s production.
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PG, JOE WRIGHT, 125 MINS
Gary Oldman, who won a
Golden Globe for his role,
is in phenomenal form in
this drama about Winston
Churchill’s early days as
prime minister in May
1940. Oldman (left) doesn’t
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Labour force ‘hollowed out’
as low-paid men work less
By Jasmine Andersson
More men in lower-paid roles
are working fewer hours or parttime, while higher-paid men are
working more.
These changes have led to a
“hollowing out” of the male labour
force, with fewer middle earners,
according to a report published today
by the Resolution Foundation.
This means that the share of lowpaid men earning less than £175 a
week (a third of the typical male
weekly wage) has increased by 70 per
cent over the past 20 years.
Meanwhile, the share of higherpaid men earning more than £1,060
(double the typical weekly wage) has
increased by 15 per cent.
The proportion of those taking
home between £400 and £660 a week
– middle-earning men – has fallen
by 15 per cent. “When people talk
about the labour market ‘hollowing
out’, they’re normally referring to
mid-skilled jobs moving to other
parts of the world, or disappearing
altogether as a result of automation,”
Stephen Clarke, from the Resolution
Foundation, said.
“But Britain’s real hollowing out
problem has much more to do with
the hours people are working than
the rates of pay different jobs bring.
“T he i nc rease i n ea rn ings
inequality among men is about the
According to the OECD
index, British people
work 37 hours per week, which is
two hours below the European
average. Greece’s workers top the
list, working 42 hours.
increasing number of low-paid men
who are either reducing their hours
or moving into part-time work, in
some cases against their wishes.
“Women still dominate part-time
and low-paid work – but men are
increasingly joining them.”
He added: “For the sake of both
sexes, we should be concerned about
the numbers who find themselves
there when they desperately need a
full-time job.”
The report rejects the consensus
view that the growing polarisation
of pay is due to the loss of mid-skilled
jobs such as those in manufacturing.
It notes that there has actually
been relatively little occupational
hollowing out in the UK overall,
thanks to the rise of new professional
and service sector mid-skilled jobs to
replace the old ones.
The average number of hours
Higher-paid men are working longer
hours than 20 years ago GETTY
worked by low-paid men has fallen
from 44.3 hours in 1997 to 42.2 hours
in 2016, while increasing by 0.5 hours
to 37.3 hours for high-paid men.
There has been no such hollowing
out for female workers, with the past
20 years contributing to a small rise
in the share of higher-paid women.
Part-time and full-time female
workers have increased their hours
over the past 20 years.
RETAIL
December
footfall ‘was
the lowest
since 2013’
By Jasmine Andersson
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Briefing
TENCENT
What is Tencent?
Tencent, which translates as
“soaring information” in English, is
a Chinese technology firm that is
worth $500bn (£364bn). It is owned
by Ma Huateng (above), nicknamed
Pony Ma, who is the 14th-richest
person in the world with a wealth
of $50bn.
Why has it hit the headlines?
The company has become such a
dominant force in the global market
that it is now the world’s fifth-most
valuable listed company – even
more valuable than Facebook.
Why do we know so little about it?
A lot of Eastern companies
tend to fall under the radar in the
UK. Even Alibaba, which is said to
be neck-and-neck with retailer
Amazon, is not that well known
in Britain.
How will its rise affect us in the UK?
As Tencent is worth so much money,
it’s often on the brink of securing
a global deal. Although it has been
a few years since it attempted to
purchase WhatsApp, it owns entities
including Candy Crush Saga and Call
of Duty.
What other big names has it forged
links with?
Tencent’s biggest product is WeChat,
which is considered to be one of the
world’s most powerful apps. The
messaging service has more than
980 million active users, 90 per cent
of whom are Chinese.
What are the next steps for Tencent?
Although the group has struggled to
enchant a European and American
market that is still fascinated by
WhatsApp, the company is hoping
to expand its global horizons and
influence this year.
An analysis of Christmas shopping
habits has revealed that the
December footfall was at its lowest
rate since 2013.
The study, which has been carried
out by the British Retail Consortium,
saw December footfall decrease by
3.5 per cent, making it the biggest
decline since March 2013 when it
dropped by 5.2 per cent.
The sharpest reductions in the
UK affected Scotland (4.7 per cent),
the South West (5.2 per cent) and
Greater London (3.7 per cent) the
most, while just the South East
(0.9 per cent) and West Midlands
(0.1 per cent) experienced growth
during December.
“The sharp drop in footfall this
December, while sales grew overall,
underlines how shopping is being
transformed,” Helen Dickinson, OBE,
the chief executive of the British
Retail Consortium, said.
“In the past, shoppers would have
exclusively visited physical stores
to ensure stockings were filled
for Christmas. Improved delivery
options by both digital retailers and
those with stores and an online offer
mean purchases of last-minute gifts
are moving online.”
Ms Dickinson also believes the
national decline in disposable income
has contributed to the change.
“The squeeze on discretionary
spending means households had to
use their money more carefully, rather
than heading out to stores to browse,”
she said. “Retail parks fared better by
providing Christmas shoppers with
the draw and convenience of parking.”
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15 JANUARY 2018
43
on
Monday
IAN BURRELL
Correcting the gender pay gap will
increase the BBC’s financial burden
C
arrie Gracie has ended
her short but seismic
stint as guest presenter
of the BBC’s Today
programme, and who
knows if she will ever return?
Her presence was widely admired
by listeners but not by BBC
management, for whom Gracie’s
warm tone and skilful interviewing
were little compensation for the
pain she brought by resigning as
BBC China editor shortly before
going on air to host Radio 4’s
flagship show last week.
By quitting her post in order to
reignite her employer’s gender
pay gap crisis, Gracie may have
accelerated a revolution that could
change the sound and face of the
BBC. Already, female presenters
– including Jo Whiley – are being
given new roles and increased
salaries, while male ones – said to
include Chris Evans and Simon
Mayo – are being asked to take
pay cuts.
This costly issue also has the
capacity to end the aspirations
of the world’s most prestigious
broadcaster to compete at the
highest levels as a global provider of
news and entertainment.
Because the BBC, even with its
£3bn licence fee income, is dwarfed
in spending power by Amazon
(which is worth £450bn) and Netflix
(£69bn). In the critical space of
drama and entertainment shows,
these are the BBC’s rivals, along
with the new Disney behemoth that
could include the whole of Sky, itself
wealthier than the BBC.
In BBC News, where the gender
pay row is fiercest, eye-watering
cuts approaching £50m must be
found urgently. The payment of
Danny
Rogers
on PR and
advertising
Sense and
sensitivity:
the way to
avoid a gaffe
Carrie Gracie’s decision to step down may have accelerated a revolution that could change the face of the BBC PA
millions of pounds in increased
salaries and back pay to female
presenters (and lower-profile BBC
women) will increase pressures
on programme budgets, with all
that implies for the quality of the
BBC’s output and its reputation
both with licence-fee payers and its
international audience.
Which is not to say that the cause
of Gracie and the #bbcwomen
campaign (powered by a WhatsApp
group of more than 80 BBC figures,
including Kirsty Wark and Jane
Garvey) is not a just one. The BBC’s
current pay structure is very clearly
sexist and, as Gracie pointed out in
I
t didn’t take many days of
2018 for the first significant
marketing gaffes of the new
year to surface. After 2017’s
laughable imitation of a Black
Lives Matter campaign by Pepsi,
followed by Dove’s disastrous
body wash ad depicting a black
woman removing her shirt
to uncover a white woman
underneath, many of us were left
speechless last week at H&M’s
calamity. The Swedish retailer
had seen fit to advertise a hoodie
emblazoned with the words
“Coolest monkey in the jungle”,
modelled by a young black boy.
Within a day or two, H&M
had removed the image (inset)
from its website and issued
a statement, reading: “We
an open letter to the BBC audience,
“secretive and illegal”.
This is a scandal all of the
BBC’s own making. It is a legacy
of a swaggering leadership in
an era before the threat from
Silicon Valley, when the BBC had
“imperialist” ambitions on other
media territories and used its
comparative financial muscle to
poach presenters (overwhelmingly
male) at exorbitant rates
negotiated with talent agents (also
overwhelmingly male). It is reaping
the whirlwind of that macho
strategy now.
When Gracie ended her guest
role on Today, she reflected on
Twitter on a week that had been
“obvs a bit W1A”, referencing
the BBC satirical show on the
organisation’s peculiar culture.
Certainly, the latest controversy has
highlighted the difficulties the BBC
has in reporting on itself.
The bizarre situation of Today
host John Humphrys discussing
a story involving his co-presenter
while she sat alongside him
in silence added to the idea of
an organisation stymied by its
own rules.
Gracie should have been stood
down from that edition and been
sincerely apologise for this
image. We believe in diversity
and inclusion in all that we do.”
In reality, what these brands
need to apply is a modicum of
sensitivity and commonsense
in their communications.
Had someone with these
attributes been screening
such output, would it really
have got through?
Virgin Trains, on the
other hand, may be the
victim of over-sensitivity
in this febrile politicalcultural environment,
although again lacking
in common sense.
Last week, the rail
operator took the
risky stance of banning
sales of the Daily Mail from its
trains because – according to a
leaked internal memo to staff –
“we’ve decided that this paper
is not compatible with the VT
brand and our beliefs”.
It seems the
management looks
askance at the Mail’s
attitudes towards
immigration and LGBT
issues. While some have
praised Virgin Train’s
position versus the
Mail, many more
point out the dangers
of a transport
brand employing
censorship of what
its customers can
read, moreover
interviewed, as a figure in the news,
by a BBC specialist correspondent.
Humphrys (whose pay, at more
than £600,000, has made him
a target in the gender pay row)
was keen to question Gracie but
could not have benefited from an
encounter, no matter how hard or
soft his line of interrogation.
He now faces calls for his head,
after a leaked tape revealed him
joking cynically over the gender
pay row with BBC North America
editor Jon Sopel. If every aside
of a BBC star is to be leaked as a
“story” by colleagues, then this
organisation of around 7,000
journalists really is in trouble.
The BBC holds itself to
account better than any UK news
outlet. Its excoriating Panorama
investigations into the Hutton and
Savile failings were not merely
“W1A”. This current scandal is
very different but financially much
more damaging.
Lord Hall, the BBC DirectorGeneral, is genuine in wanting to
give women a fair deal and has
overseen female appointees as
director of news, editor of Today,
political editor and more. Public
support for Gracie, who remains in
the newsroom on an increased salary
of £145,000, has shown Lord Hall that
he needs to invoke pay parity fast.
But as well as fairly rewarding its
already well-paid presenters and
competing with Netflix and Amazon
in the market for ambitious global
hits, this overwhelmingly middleclass, metropolitan organisation
must make shows that cater for all
demographics of licence payer, or
risk a collapse in confidence in its
core funding model. Just where is
the money going to come from?
picking a fight with a powerful
media brand.
Indeed, VT’s move appeared
play into the hands of the
Mail’s narrative of a censorious
pro-Remain liberal elite,
personified by billionaire
Richard Branson.
All this rather sets the scene
for 2018, a year in which the
polarising world of politics
must be carefully navigated by
corporations and brands.
Businesses will have to decide
whether they take an ethical
stance or remain delicately
neutral. Some will simply have to
avoid making ridiculous gaffes.
Danny Rogers is group editor-inchief of Brand Republic Group
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PROPERTY
EMPLOYMENT
House prices rise
£2,000 in January
Union claims
backpay victory
The price of property coming
on to the market jumped by
just over £2,000 on average
in January, according to the
website RightMove. Asking
prices were up by £2,067, it
said, showing a similar increase
to the 0.6 per cent rise a year
earlier. RightMove said market
demand remained robust in
2018, with the average price tag
on a home standing at £297,587.
A union is claiming another
victory for workers fighting
“bogus” self-employment in a
settlement it says is worth tens
of thousands of pounds in back
pay. The GMB was preparing
to take an employment tribunal
case on behalf of a group
of Midlands-based drivers
working for logistics company
UK Express, which delivers
for Amazon.
WHAT THE SUNDAY PAPERS SAID
CVA on menu for
Jamie’s Italian
Vegan pub says
its time has come
The Jamie’s Italian restaurant
chain is serving customers
some food for thought as the
business may be forced to
take a company voluntary
arrangement (CVA). The chain,
which announced six restaurant
closures last year, may have to
agree to a CVA so that it can
pay its debts and still remain
in business.
The first all-vegan pub has set
its sight on the burgeoning
market in London. The Spread
Eagle in Homerton, east
London, said the Veganuary
campaign had catapulted
veganism into the mainstream.
“A year ago, we would have been
nervous about opening, but
not any more,” said 34-year-old
co-founder Luke McLaughlin.
Heathrow ‘should
get out of trains’
Paragon Time
Trading collapses
British Airways owner IAG has
said Heathrow needs to scrap
the Heathrow Express and
focus on running the airport
instead. Heathrow, which owns
Britain’s most expensive train
service, is due to reveal its
plans for a third runway at the
airport, slashing the cost of the
work from £18.6bn to £5bn.
Paragon Time Trading has
collapsed after the company
illegally sold shares to the
public. After marketing its
shares through an unlicensed
firm, the company faces
£417,220 in liabilities and a
further £382,120 from investors.
The figure is likely to rise as
more investors come forward.
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THE WEEK AHEAD
Airbus may settle
over Austrian jets
Amazon close to
Manchester deal
Airbus will enter talks with
German prosecutors over the
sale of fighter jets to Austria.
The company, which is under
investigation over the sale of 15
Eurofighter aircraft to Austria
for about €1.7bn (£1.5bn) in
2003, could be close to a deal
to settle the issue, costing it
between €70m and €80m.
Amazon is said to be close
to closing a deal to acquire
an office in Manchester. The
90,000 sq ft site on Corporation
Street will become the
company’s first regional HQ
in the UK. Although Amazon
has yet to confirm the reports,
the deal is expected to be
announced in the first quarter.
Lords to discuss
Hogan Lovells
Lord Mayor seeks
Scottish support
Law firm Hogan Lovells will be
discussed in the House of Lords
after criticism of a report it
produced for the South African
government. Lord Hain has
asked the Solicitors Regulation
Authority to investigate the
law firm in relation to its report
on the South African Revenue
Service.
The Lord Mayor of London
will travel to Scotland seeking
to forge a united front by
the financial services sector.
Charles Bowman will hold
meetings with companies
including Royal Bank of
Scotland and Standard Life
Aberdeen “specifically in a postBrexit context”.
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The Burberry fashion chain is expected to post rising sales next week
in its first update since new chief executive Marco Gobbetti announced
an overhaul that will see it focus on
luxury shoppers.
Barclays predicts that the company will post a 3 per cent rise in
like-for-like sales in the third quarter, marking its sixth consecutive
period of positive figures.
Julian Easthope, an analyst at the
bank, said Burberry’s sales could
have been boosted by Christmas.
In November last year, Mr Gobbetti unveiled a new vision for BurbThomas Burberry started
Burberry in 1856 at the
age of 21. The teetotaller and
devout Baptist also invented
gabardine, a tightly woven fabric
used to make windbreakers.
erry, aiming to “sharpen” the brand’s
market positioning.
The new strategy involves a store
closure programme, mainly affecting Burberry’s wholesale arm.
Burberry will also close outlets
within department stores, and
stores that are not in or near communities of luxury shoppers.
Nicholas Hyett, an equity analyst
at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “All
being well the group will emerge
both robustly profitable and with
more control over its own destiny.
However, we’re unlikely to get a
meaningful update this early on.
“For these results, sentiment will
be driven by sales numbers. We’re
hopeful the group can deliver a sixth
consecutive quarter of positive likefor-like growth.”
Mr Gobbetti’s shake-up came
after Burberry confirmed in October that chief creative officer
Christopher Bailey, who was chief
executive before Mr Gobbetti, will
step down from the board, ending
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NatWest has launched its first
switching offer in more than a decade.
The bank is offering £125 to new
and existing customers as well as
2 per cent cash back on bills. HSBC is
currently offer the highest cashback
incentive to new customers at £200
a switch.
***
Next week’s update will be the fashion chain’s first under Marco Gobbetti PA
his 17-year association with the highend fashion house.
That clears the path for Mr Gobbetti to stamp his mark on Burberry,
as he also embarks on an ambitious
cost-cutting plan.
Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre,
also expects the weak pound to play
a part in the third-quarter update.
While the Brexit-battered currency has resulted in a sharp rise
in business costs and damaged
consumer confidence, overseas consumers are enjoying the benefits.
Mr Spooner said: “We would
expect these dynamics to have remained for the last quarter, but will
there be pressure on Burberry from
the squeeze on the incomes of the
UK consumer?
“There could be an argument that
wealthier Burberry shoppers won’t
feel the pinch as much.”
Consumer blogger and campaigner
Complaining Cow has warned
customers to clear their website
searches when buying a Blue Monday
break today. Gloomy holidaymakers
should clear the cookies from their
computer so that travelling websites
cannot hike the price of your trip.
Today, which is considered to be the
most depressing day of the year, sees
holiday companies entice customers
looking for a cheerful break.
***
NPower will be switching customers
on to a new 18-month fixed price
tariff, making it £45 cheaper than
the current standard annual variable
tariff in place as of 1 March.
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Games&Puzzles
daily recipe
Spinach and ricotta
Spanish omelette
Kakuro
Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 53
RHYME LETTERS
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30
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5
4
23
MAN
3
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M GE T
ON A
DA RIA
Y N
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SELECT
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SERVES 2-3
This protein-rich omelette contains
green, leafy spinach, giving you one of
your five portions of fruit or vegetables a
day. Spinach is also rich in folate, which is
essential for a healthy immune system.
Cook the potatoes in boiling water
for six to eight minutes or until tender,
then drain. Place the spinach in a large
bowl, cover and microwave for two
to three minutes or until just wilted,
then squeeze the excess liquid out and
roughly chop.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a 23cm
frying pan and cook the onion for three
to four minutes until softened. Stir in the
potatoes. Beat together the eggs, ricotta,
milk and wilted spinach. Pour into the
pan, mixing to combine, and cook gently
for four minutes.
Place the pan under a preheated
grill for three to four minutes until the
omelette is golden and completely set.
Allow to cool slightly then slide out of the
pan, cut into wedges and serve with salad.
Cook’s tip: try grating over a little
cauliflower “rice” before popping it under
the grill for a crunchy topping.
HUGH
TRICK
6
150g small potatoes, sliced
260g spinach
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, sliced
4 medium free-range eggs, beaten
100g ricotta
3 tbsp skimmed milk
Mixed salad, to serve
SHY
COAT
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8
MEANING
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4
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5
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9
8 7
4
7
4
Killer Sudoku No 1185
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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∨
0 2
7
13
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2 <
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>
∨
>
1
3
3 3
7
< 3
∧
How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
18
16
✂
MEANING
3
20
17
11
LETTERS
Minesweeper
11
7
15
9
TRENCH
∧
How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
1
3
5 6 8
7 4
5 3
12
PILED
Futoshiki
16
GRAB
2
5
12
5
DUTCH
RHYME
1 9
14
MATCH
6
GENTLE
How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
12
6
5
Jigsawdoku
Tomorrow
Chicken tikka pancakes
with mango chutney
4
4
FINED
GRINS
Recipe from waitrose.com
SMELL
4
4
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4
4
1
1
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2
2 2
2
1
2
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1
NEWS
2-29
VOICES
16-20
TV
30-31
IQ
32-41
Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1906
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to Saturday’s codeword is on page 53.
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Or text THEI CLUE to 85100 to receive your clues. Texts cost £1 plus your
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9
10
12
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16
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21
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23
Feline (3)
Clothing item (5)
Rule (5)
Type of sports
match (3,3)
Senior diplomat
(10)
Trouble (6)
Type of terrier, in
short (6)
Advantageous (10)
Pitiable (6)
Workers’
organisation (5)
Mineral (5)
Bath (3)
DOWN
1
2
4
5
6
7
11
13
15
17
18
19
Abrupt (4)
Victory (7)
Tool (7)
Quick (5)
Peruvian Indian (4)
Attack from the
sky (3,4)
Verify (7)
Openly sexual (7)
Type of musician
(7)
Indistinct (5)
Malarial fever (4)
Rebuff (4)
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FAWN
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Maths Puzzle,
Word Ladder, Word
Wheel, Kakuro,
Minesweeper,
ABC Logic, Killer
Sudoku, Futoshiki,
Codeword,
Jigsawduko and
Wijuko created by
Clarity Media.
Terms &
Conditions
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20
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9 6 1
1
8
1
5
7 1
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Solution to Saturday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Cadge, 4 Old (Cajoled), 8 Aquaria, 9 Elect, 10 Help, 11 Madeira,
13 Ginger nut, 16 Leather, 17 Sofa, 19 Weird, 20 Engaged, 21 Get, 22 Deter.
DOWN 1 Cha-cha, 2 Double-glazing, 3 Earl, 4 Overdone, 5 Deep in thought,
6 Warm-hearted, 7 Steak, 12 On the dot, 14 Clown, 15 Gander, 18 Aged.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 22;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 11; One-Minute Wijuko, page 27
Puzzle solutions See page 53 and minurl.co.uk/i
5
2
3
5 7 9
2
4
4 9
2
4 5
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5
7 8
7 5 3
8
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4
3 8
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2
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1
3 4
ABC Logic
How to play Place the letters
A, B and C exactly once in each row and
column. Each row and column has two
blank cells. The letters at the edge of a row/
column indicate which of the letters is the
first/last to appear in that row/column.
Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
A
C
C
A
B
C
For more
puzzles,
see clarity-media.
co.uk
11
16
3 6
1
9
Tomorrow: Harder
Concise Crossword No 2228
ACROSS
8 5
8 4 9
22
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
30
How to play Each numeral from 1 to 9 must
appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Sudoku Easier
25
19
idoku Exclusive to i
WANT
23
7
How to play
Convert the word
at the top of the
ladder into the
word at the bottom
of it, using only
the four rungs
in between. On
each rung, you
must put a valid
four-letter word
that is identical
to the word above
it, apart from a
one-letter change.
There may be more
than one way of
achieving this.
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Word
Ladder
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Lingfield place
attracts elite to
Wolverhampton
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
There’s a touch of class on display
at Wolverhampton today as three
Group-placed horses, Frontiersman,
Curbyourenthusiasm and First Mohican, line up for the Betway Conditions Stakes.
This is not the first time that turf
elite have come to the Midlands
town for a blast on the sand: Toast
Of New York won his first two races
at the track a year before failing by
a nostril to conquer the world in
the 2014 Breeders’ Classic at Santa
Anita.
And Jack Hobbs, runner-up in the
2015 Epsom Derby before winning
the Irish Derby, also began his racing career on the bottom rung of a
Wolverhampton maiden.
But that was before they were famous. This is different; the main reason for such a fine gathering now is
the carrot of a guaranteed free place
to the winner in the £150,000 AllWeather Marathon Championship
on finals day at Lingfield on Good
Friday.
AYR
2.15
1
2
3
4
BEST BET
Brianstorm
(3.40pm, Plumpton)
Knocking on the door; extra
distance on this sharp track
could be ideal.
NEXT BEST
Humbert
(5.40pm, Wolverhampton)
Clear-cut winner of Kempton
maiden and looks a smart
handicapper in the making.
Jukebox Jive (left) is an attractive big-odds each-way proposition at
Wolverhampton today GETTY IMAGES
Frontiersman, runner-up to Highland Reel in the Group One Coronation Cup last April, is the stand-out
on form and if this race were over a
mile and a half on turf he would be
very hard to oppose.
But this is two miles on an artificial
surface and not even trainer Charlie
Appleby is sure how he’ll cope.
PLUMPTON
JUMP TO IT AND JOIN RACING UK HANDICAP HURDLE
(CLASS 4) £8,800 added 3m
113-78
U3-0P6
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1156-9
WOLVERHAMPTON
EVERYONE ACTIVE HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3)
£11,300 added 3m 2f
1
/1P6-3 ROYAL PALLADIUM Miss V Williams 10 11 12..............................
..............................................................................................................................C Deutsch (3)
2
P72475 NO BUTS (C) D Bridgwater 10 11 8................................................................
...............................................................................................Callum Mckinnes (10) C
3
2-PP21 THEMANFROM MINELLA B Case 9 11 8................................................
........................................................................................................Max Kendrick (7) B,T
4 3-U73R MORNEY WING (C) C Mann 9 11 0.......................P Brennan C,T
5
4P/745 INVICTA LAKE (CD) Miss S Smith 11 10 10.........................................
....................................................................................................................J Sherwood (3) C
6
P2F113 FRANK N FAIR (CD) Miss Z Davison 10 10 4T Dowling (5)
- 6 declared BETTING: 2-1 Themanfrom Minella, 11-4 Royal Palladium, 4-1 Frank N
Fair, 11-2 Morney Wing, 10-1 No Buts, 12-1 Invicta Lake.
3.05
AENGUS Jennie Candlish 8 12 0 ..........................Sean Quinlan C
CHEF D’OEUVRE (D) W Greatrex 7 11 12.. T Greatrex (7) C
TOO MANY CHIEFS (CD) Mrs S Watt 7 11 12 F O’Toole (3)
ROWDY ROCHER (CD) A M Thomson 12 11 10...............................
.........................................................................................................Rachel McDonald (7)
5
214-72 CONQUER GOLD (D) N Richards 8 11 10..............Craig Nichol
6
61/13F MAC N CHEESE (D) K Dalgleish 8 11 9 .....................B Hughes H
7
16-P4P ANOTHER MATTIE (CD) N Alexander 11 11 5...................................
.................................................................................................................Lucy Alexander T
8 PP14-0 TRANSIENT BAY (C) P Kirby 8 11 2..................................... A Nicol C
9
0-4041 TRONGATE (C) R M Smith 6 10 12................................D Irving (3)
- 9 declared BETTING: 9-4 Mac N Cheese, 3-1 Too Many Chiefs, 9-2 Trongate, 6-1
FORM VERDICT
Conquer Gold, 7-1 Chef D’oeuvre, 16-1 Another Mattie, 20-1 Aengus, 25-1
THEMANFROM MINELLA was hit with an 8lb rise for his Warwick
Rowdy Rocher, 33-1 Transient Bay.
win where he ground his rivals into submission, however, he may be
FORM VERDICT
capable of making light work of that extra burden to follow up against
A competitive contest but the marginal preference is for CONQUER GOLD, some standing dishes in these attritional staying contests. Morney
who bounced back to form when finishing second at Newcastle last Wing is one of those regulars who requires plenty of respect, but he
time out. The eight-year-old could take some beating if he arrives here somewhat blotted his copybook when refusing last time and comes
in the same form this afternoon. Trongate won well here last month with a mark of caution now, while Venetia Williams often comes into
and a 6lb rise for that victory is not overly harsh, although he does her own at this time of year and therefore Royal Palladium enters
have to prove his stamina today. Mac N Cheese and Too Many Chiefs calculations. Course specialist Frank N Fair missed out on the hat-trick
both have solid form claims but they have been hit hard in the ratings last time but could be capable of getting back on track over a slightly
reduced trip.
for previous victories.
HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY RICHARD DEAN MAIDEN
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £6,300 added 2m 4f 114yds
1
1-5323 BRIANSTORM W Greatrex 6 11 5...............................R Johnson H
1
1U9-33 STRONG ECONOMY (CD) R M Smith 6 11 8........C O’Farrell 2
P2-213 DOCTOR TIGER (D) Jack Barber 7 11 5.......................I Popham T
2
311/P9 IMPERIAL PRINCE (D) I Duncan 9 11 4......................... H Brooke 3
0 DON’T TELL GEORGE C Gordon 5 11 5....................T Cannon H
3
/6233- HILLS OF DUBAI D McCain 9 11 3.......................................B Hughes 4
05-5 FIGHT FOR LOVE Mrs L Mongan 5 11 5............T Dowling (5)
4
/46414 CELTIC FLAMES (BF) Miss L Russell 8 11 2.....Derek Fox C 5
213U JERSEY BEAN O Sherwood 5 11 5.......................................... L Aspell
5
2U-245 BUFFALO BALLET (D) N Alexander 12 11 1......................................... 6 0-6U42 LARRY G L Moore 5 11 5......................................................Jamie Moore
21-384 OVERWORKDUNDERPAID C Longsdon 5 11 5...Jonathan Burke
......................................................................................................................Lucy Alexander 7
48 PANDINUS IMPERATOR Martin Smith 5 11 5.....T Whelan
6
37-458 FORTY CROWN (D) G Bewley 12 11 0......................J Bewley (3) 8
1/ BELLE EMPRESS Miss E Lavelle 7 10 12.............N Scholfield
7
84-431 PADDLING M Hammond 7 10 9 ................................... F O’Toole (3) 9
10
/P143BOOLA RIVER J W Mullins 8 10 12...................Kevin Jones (5)
8
/P548- FIRTH OF BAVARD R Goldie 11 10 3..................J Hamilton (3)
11
JUDGE JUDY Mrs L Hill 5 10 12....................................C Deutsch (3)
- 8 declared 12
862
SUNDAY IN THE PARK D Bridgwater 5 10 12 ..A P Cawley
BETTING: 5-2 Paddling, 4-1 Hills Of Dubai, 9-2 Celtic Flames, 5-1 Buffalo
- 12 declared Ballet, 7-1 Strong Economy, 10-1 Forty Crown, 14-1 Imperial Prince, BETTING: 11-4 Brianstorm, 9-2 Belle Empress, 5-1 Jersey Bean, 11-2
20-1 Firth Of Bavard.
Larry, 7-1 Sunday In The Park, 8-1 Overworkdunderpaid, 14-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
FORM VERDICT
BUFFALO BALLET wasn’t beaten far in a more competitive contest than BRIANSTORM has gone well in some competitive contests since racing
this at Carlisle last time out and certainly shouldn’t be inconvenienced over hurdles and this looks a nice opening for Warren Greatrex’s
by this drop in distance. The 12-year-old brings consistency to the table charge to get off the mark in this sphere. A winner between the flags
and looks a solid value option. Hills Of Dubai comes back from a 298- over three miles, he is sure to appreciate the step up in distance and
day absence for a yard enjoying an excellent season and is respected, has Richard Johnson on board for just the second time. Larry is open
while Paddling has more on his plate here now upped 12lb after an easy to improvement for a trainer that does very well here, while Belle
Empress needs a market check for the in-form Emma Lavelle.
Catterick success last month.
2.50
CHASE (NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP) (CLASS 4)
£9,300 added 2m 4f 110yds
“We always wanted to try him
over two miles and we might as well
have a go on the all-weather as they
tend to go a bit steadier, which will
give him every chance of staying,” he
said.
Appleby is on a hot streak at the
moment, but so, too, is Anthony Honeyball over the jumps and his much
3.40
BET & WATCH AT SUNBETS.CO.UK CLASSIFIED
CLAIMING STAKES (CLASS 6) £4,800 added 7f
1
25604- AL KHAN (D) K Ryan 9 9 7...............................Nicola Currie (5) T 2
2
7665-2 LETMESTOPYOUTHERE (D) P Evans 4 9 4.... Fran Berry 7
3
3776-5 ACRUX (C)(BF) D O’Meara 5 9 2 ....................... J P Spencer H 10
4
14208- CRICKLEWOOD GREEN (D) S Kirk 7 9 2.......M Godwin (3) 1
5
2200-1 ENERGIA FLAVIO (C)(D) P Morris 8 9 2C Rodriguez (3) 11
6 44090- LUNAR DEITY S C Williams 9 9 2.................Aaron Jones (3) 6
7
5563-4 OUTER SPACE (D) J Flint 7 9 2.......................Rossa Ryan (5) C 5
8
82451- BALLYMORE CASTLE (C) R Fahey 6 9 1............ A Mullen C 4
9
2662-7 MAAZEL Miss J Feilden 4 9 0................... Shelley Birkett (3) 3
10 5/847- SMOKETHATTHUNDERS (CD) J Unett 8 8 13G Downing 9
11 2139-8 MEHDI (D) P Morris 9 8 12......................................................S W Kelly 8
- 11 declared BETTING: 4-1 Ballymore Castle, 13-2 Letmestopyouthere, 7-1 Al Khan,
Energia Flavio, Outer Space, 8-1 Maazel, Cricklewood Green, Acrux,
12-1 others.
SUNBETS.CO.UK HANDICAP (CLASS 3) £11,500 added
1m 1f
1
90655- MYTHICAL MADNESS (CD) D O’Meara 7 9 7 .....A Kirby V 4
2
1080-5 POET’S SOCIETY M Johnston 4 8 12..........................J Fanning 6
3
5155-3 HIDDEN STEPS A Balding 4 8 11.........................Oisin Murphy 5
4
26/1- HUMBERT H Palmer 4 8 9............................. Josephine Gordon 1
5
082-86 CHESTNUT FIRE D Loughnane 6 8 9.......................E Greatrex 2
6
6086-7 COILLTE CAILIN (CD) D Loughnane 8 8 7...............A Mullen 3
- 6 declared BETTING: 5-4 Humbert, 4-1 Hidden Steps, 9-2 Mythical Madness, 6-1
Chestnut Fire, 10-1 Coillte Cailin, 14-1 Poet’s Society.
5.10
5.40
FORM VERDICT
EACH-WAY
Jukebox Jive
(6.40pm, Wolverhampton)
Rare flat foray for in-form jumps
trainer and could give classier
rivals a run for their money.
improved Jukebox Jive, a thorough
stayer with a course win to his name,
might be a better, big-odds proposition, each-way
FORM VERDICT
Versatile with regards to trip, Sam Missile is dropping in class here and
should play a leading role, but may have to give best to STAR ARCHER.
Hugo Palmer’s charge showed plenty of promise in his juvenile
campaign, hacking up in a Haydock maiden before running with credit
behind the top-class Coronet in a Newmarket Listed race and although
a 15-month layoff is a concern, he should be up to beating these rivals if
the ability remains. Island Song rates best of the remainder.
BETWAY LIVE CASINO CONDITIONS STAKES
(QUALIFIER) (CLASS 2) £19,000 added 2m 120yds
FRONTIERSMAN (BF) C Appleby 5 9 6 .........................A Kirby 7
CAPE COVA M Appleby 5 9 3.............................................D Costello 5
COUNTERFEITER M Bosley 8 9 3................................R Havlin T 3
CURBYOURENTHUSIASM D M Simcock 7 9 3 ...............................
............................................................................................................................. J P Spencer 2
5
30176- DE CORONADO S Durack 5 9 3.....................................S W Kelly T 8
6
17070- FIRST MOHICAN (C) A King 10 9 3..................Hollie Doyle H 9
7
21331- FUNNY KID C Ferland (FR) 5 9 3................................M Guyon T 4
8
7803-1 VETTORI RULES Miss G Kelleway 5 9 3.................................................
.......................................................................................................Josephine Gordon 11
9
26023- WATERSMEET (C) M Johnston 7 9 3.........................J Fanning 6
10 31914- JUKEBOX JIVE (C) A Honeyball 4 8 12 ..................F Norton T 1
11 52164- ST MARY’S A Balding 5 8 12 .................................Oisin Murphy 10
- 11 declared BETTING:
Evens
Frontiersman,
9-2
Watersmeet,
6-1
Curbyourenthusiasm, 8-1 Funny Kid, 14-1 Cape Cova, 16-1 Jukebox Jive,
De Coronado, 25-1 First Mohican, 33-1 others.
6.40
1
2
3
4
23616/430210/
3/786-
FORM VERDICT
If taking to this artificial surface and getting the marathon trip,
FRONTIERSMAN should prove tough to beat here. Runner-up in the
Coronation Cup and Princess Of Wales’s Stakes in the summer, Charlie
Appleby’s charge sets a clear standard in this conditions events and
represents a yard in flying form at present. Watersmeet is match fit
and proven over this trip and at this venue so, along with the returning
Curbyourenthusiasm, looks most likely to capitalise if the selection
fails to fire.
HUMBERT returned from over a year off to land a 1m Kempton maiden
in style last month - form boosted by the second and third winning
since - and the manner in which he pulled clear suggests this extra
furlong could unlock plenty of further improvement from the lightlyraced four-year-old. An opening mark of 83 could well underestimate
his potential and he is taken to land the double, possibly at the main
BETWAY CASINO HANDICAP (CLASS 3) £11,500 added
expense of Mythical Madness, who has slipped to a mark 3lb lower than
1m 1f 104yds
when he won this race 12 months ago. Hidden Steps is also beginning to
1
4P021- MOUNT TAHAN (CD) K Ryan 6 9 9.......................................K Stott 1
look feasibly treated again.
2
1310-6 FAYEZ (CD) D O’Meara 4 9 6......................................................A Kirby 2
3 04800- FORCEFUL APPEAL (CD) S Dow 10 9 3.........P Bradley (5) 4
BETWAY NOVICE STAKES (CLASS 5) £5,800 added 1m
4 36300- PERFECT CRACKER (CD) C Cox 10 8 12...Martin Harley 3
1f 104yds
5
39431- MARATHA (CD) S C Williams 4 8 9.............P J McDonald T 5
1
5609-4 SAM MISSILE J Osborne 5 10 3.......................................D Costello 3
- 5 declared 2
2216/ STAR ARCHER H Palmer 4 9 9 .......... Josephine Gordon H 8 BETTING: 11-10 Maratha, 7-4 Mount Tahan, 6-1 Fayez, 16-1 Forceful
3
BETANCOURT J Ewart 8 9 3....................................................L Keniry 2 Appeal, Perfect Cracker.
4
THE ROOF HUB M Hammond 5 9 3............ C Rodriguez (3) 7
FORM VERDICT
5
DEOLALI David Loughnane 4 9 2..................................B A Curtis 1
6
4- ELITE TREATY Miss G Kelleway 4 9 2.................Fran Berry 6 MARATHA quickened up impressively when finally getting a gap to
7
5- ISLAND SONG Gemma Anderson 4 8 11.................A Mullen 5 score in style over this C&D last month and a 5lb rise doesn’t look
8
50- LITTLE MISS TANGO R Teal 4 8 11 ....................M Godwin (3) 4 enough to halt him as he bids for a double this evening. Mount Tahan
had to work harder for his victory over this track and trip last time out
- 8 declared BETTING: 6-5 Star Archer, 5-2 Sam Missile, 5-1 Island Song, 10-1 Elite but has scope for further progress over this sort of trip and is only 3lb
Treaty, 20-1 Betancourt, Deolali, 25-1 others.
higher now. Fayez could pick up the bronze medal.
7.10
6.10
Results service
KELSO
Going: Soft-good to soft in places
12.40 1. COOLE HALL (Craig Nichol) 4-9 fav; 2. Knockrobin 5-2; 3. Behindthelines 8-1. 10 ran. 33/4l, 10l. (Mrs R
Dobbin). Tote: £1.40; £1.02, £1.10, £2.00. Exacta: £2.00.
Trifecta: £7.10. CSF: £2.16. NR: Rowdy Robin.
1.10 1. CLONDAW CASTLE (C Gethings) 11-10 fav; 2.
Aye Right 15-2; 3. Some Reign 7-2. 14 ran. 4l, 13/4l. (T R
George). Tote: £1.90; £1.10, £2.40, £1.60. Exacta: £10.90.
Trifecta: £34.50. CSF: £10.31.
1.40 1. MIRSAALE (C Bewley) 33-1; 2. Katgary 18-1;
3. Monfass 16-1. 10 ran. 11-4 fav Dexcite (9th). nk,
31/4l. (K Dalgleish). Tote: £47.70; £9.40, £5.00, £5.20.
Exacta: £262.10. Tricast: £9471.68. Trifecta: £1576.50.
CSF: £501.68.
2.15 1. UN GUET APENS (C O’Farrell) 16-1; 2. Ramonex
5-2; 3. Jet Master 18-1. 7 ran. 7-4 fav Katachenko (6th).
nk, 31/4l. (J Ewart). Tote: £20.50; £6.00, £1.50. Exacta:
£59.70. Tricast: £745.29. Trifecta: £495.50. CSF: £57.14.
NR: Caraline.
2.45 1. LETEMGO (Mr B Lynn) 7-1; 2. Massini’s Lady
14-1; 3. Broadway Belle 11-2 fav. 14 ran. 11/4l, hd. (A
B Hamilton). Tote: £8.10; £2.90, £4.60, £1.60. Exacta:
£114.10. Tricast: £584.34. Trifecta: £786.30. CSF: £95.31.
3.15 1. BRIGHT PROSPECT (Ross Chapman) 9-1; 2.
Chidswell 2-1 fav; 3. Ueueteotl 8-1. 8 ran. nk, 5l. (Mrs
J Stephen). Tote: £10.70; £2.60, £1.10, £3.10. Exacta:
£29.70. Tricast: £156.80. Trifecta: £258.70. CSF: £29.75.
3.45 1. AL CO (Mr P Bryan) 13-2; 2. Cultram Abbey 5-4
fav; 3. Winged Crusader 18-1. 5 ran. 3/4l, 10l. (M Bowen).
Tote: £7.50; £3.00, £1.10. Exacta: £17.30. Trifecta:
£99.10. CSF: £15.74.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £7,560.92 carried over to Ayr.
Placepot: £539.40. Quadpot: £580.30.
Place 6: £582.74. Place 5: £561.82.
SOUTHWELL
Going: Standard
1.20 1. RAY PURCHASE (A Mullen) 5-2; 2. Good Impression 9-4 fav; 2. Istanbul Pasha 11-2; 8 ran. 41/2l, dht. (K
Dalgleish). Tote: £2.60; £1.20, Good Impression £1.10,
Istanbul Pasha £1.40. Exacta: Ray Purchase, Good
Impression £4.00, Ray Purchase, Istanbul Pasha £8.50.
Tricast: Ray Purchase, Good Impression, Istanbul Pasha
£11.77, Ray Purchase, Istanbul Pasha, Good Impression £15.37. Trifecta: Ray Purchase, Good Impression,
Istanbul Pasha £12.00, Ray Purchase, Istanbul Pasha,
Good Impression £25.50. CSF: Ray Purchase, Good
Impression £3.85, Ray Purchase, Istanbul Pasha £7.49.
1.55 1. LORD OBERON (C Lee) 2-1; 2. Kripke 6-4 fav; 3.
Night Spark 25-1. 7 ran. ns, 31/4l. (K Burke). Tote: £2.60;
£1.90, £1.20. Exacta: £5.50. Trifecta: £49.60. CSF: £5.02.
NRs: Blacklooks, Haverland.
2.25 1. PEARL ACCLAIM (T Marquand) 8-1; 2. Brother
Tiger 7-2; 3. Classic Pursuit 14-1. 7 ran. 3-1 fav Rosina
(5th). 1/2l, 3/4l. (D C Griffiths). Tote: £8.30; £4.60, £1.50.
Exacta: £33.70. Trifecta: £507.40. CSF: £34.03.
2.55 1. COSMELLI (T Eaves) 25-1; 2. Epitaph 5-1; 3.
Snowy Winter 5-4 fav. 8 ran. 6l, 1/2l. (Miss G Kelleway).
Tote: £31.70; £4.40, £1.20, £1.20. Exacta: £235.70. Tricast:
£279.69. Trifecta: £663.20. CSF: £145.18.
3.25 1. SPUN GOLD (S Donohoe) 11-8 fav; 2. Best
Tamayuz 9-1; 3. African Trader 12-1. 9 ran. 23/4l, 1l.
(C Fellowes). Tote: £3.60; £1.20, £2.00, £3.50. Exacta:
£17.00. Tricast: £105.29. Trifecta: £137.40. CSF: £14.33.
3.55 1. SHEARIAN (Ger O’Neill) 14-1; 2. Chaucer’s
Tale 7-1; 3. Break The Silence 9-1. 10 ran. 8-11 fav Mr
Coco Bean (4th). 2l, 11/4l. (D Carroll). Tote: £17.70; £3.80,
£2.60, £2.90. Exacta: £55.50. Tricast: £959.40. Trifecta:
£188.00. CSF: £104.00.
Placepot: £54.40. Quadpot: £35.50.
Place 6: £54.53. Place 5: £44.44.
SATURDAY’S WINNERS
Kempton
12.20 Redicean 8-13 fav. 12.55 Chef Des Obeaux 11-8.
1.30 Mercian Prince 11-4 fav. 2.05 Waiting Patiently
13-8 fav. 2.40 William Henry 7-1. 3.15 Fountains
Windfall 10-11 fav. 3.45 Jenkins 7-2.
Lingfield
12.15 Every Chance 1-7 fav. 12.50 Lady Perignon
2-1 fav. 1.25 Reflektor 25-1. 2.00 Goring 7-4 fav. 2.35
Cliffs Of Capri 7-4. 3.10 Karam Albaari 9-2. 3.40
Betsalottie 4-1.
Warwick
12.40 Vado Forte 14-1. 1.15 Big Jim 5-2 jtfav. 1.50 Ms
Parfois 9-4. 2.25 Black Ivory 5-1. 3.00 Mr Whipped 6-4
fav. 3.35 Milansbar 12-1. 4.05 Thebannerkingrebel 4-1.
Wolverhampton
5.45 Rock Icon 11-1. 6.15 Kelly’s Dino 9-2. 6.45 Indian Red 9-4 fav. 7.15 Amazing Grazing 9-2 fav. 7.45
Tavener 17-2. 8.15 Desert Doctor 4-6 fav. 8.45 Global
Academy 5-2 fav. 9.15 Mr Carbonator 4-1.
Wetherby
12.30 Noble Robin 5-2. 1.05 Hogan’s Height 4-1. 1.40
Gran Maestro 9-2. 2.15 Positively Dylan 9-1. 2.50
Westend Story 2-1 fav. 3.25 Newberry New 11-4 fav.
3.55 Maebh 13-2.
NEWS
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VOICES
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TV
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IQ
32-41
White
qualifies
in style
Snowboard superstar
Shaun White scored
only the second perfect
100 of his career as
he qualified for the
PyeongChang Winter
Olympics in style at
Snowmass, Colorado.
American White, a
double Olympic halfpipe champion, said:
“Man, I’m tripping out,
what a day. That was
unreal. I was almost in
tears, I shed a couple.”
GOLF
Hoge keeps his cool after
‘missile strike’ mistake
threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill,”
was flashed to phones across the
US state.
A second text message
from the Hawaii Emerge n c y M a n a ge m e n t
Agency confirmed it was
a false alarm – although
it did not arrive for 38
minutes.
Players expressed their
concern – and relief – on Twitter
once the threat had subsided.
Justin Thomas, who is joint-ninth
on 10 under, said: “To all that just
By Sports Staff
Tom Hoge kept his cool despite offcourse distractions to leapfrog fellow
American Brian Harman and top
the Sony Open leaderboard after the
third round.
Hoge (right) followed up two
rounds of 65 to go one better and sit
16 under for the tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Meanwhile, off the course a ballistic missile alarm warning which was
sent by mistake caused a brief panic
for players, officials and fans alike.
The message: “Ballistic missile
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LAWS
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LEFT TO RIGHT:
mac; high; pick;
small; pack; tall;
fill; fell; tell; mill;
snitch; grind;
snatch; mild;
ditch
5-CLUE CROSSWORD
Across: 1 PA’s-ca.-L, 3 Sk-inn-y, 4 A-p-pear
Down: 1 Plasma*, 2 La-W-yer
WORD WHEEL
NINE-LETTER WORD thundered
OTHER WORDS denture, denude, dud, due, duet, dun, dune,
endure, endured, hue, hundred, hunt, hunted, hunter, hurt,
hut, neuter, nude, nut, retune, rude, rue, run, rune, runt, rut,
tenure, tenured, thud, thunder, true, tun, tune, tuned, tuner,
tureen, turn, turned, udder, under, urn
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Talor Gooch added: “Birdies didn’t seem too important for a few minutes.”
John Petersen said:
“Under mattresses in the
bathtub with my wife,
baby and in-laws. Please
lord let this bomb threat
not be real.”
After receiving confirmation
of the false alarm, Peterson added:
“Man. How do you press the wrong
button like that. COME ON MAN.”
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Results Service
AMERICAN FOOTBALL
NFL: NFC Divisional Play-offs: Philadelphia 15
Atlanta 10. AFC Divisional Play-offs: New England 35
Tennessee 14; Pittsburgh 42 Jacksonville 45.
CRICKET
SECOND TEST MATCH
South Africa v India, Centurion: South Africa 335
(113.5 overs; A K Markram 94, H M Amla 82, R Ashwin
4-113). India 183-5 (61 overs; V Kohli 85no).
DARTS
BDO LAKESIDE WORLD CH’SHIPS, FRIMLEY GREEN:
Final: G Durrant (GB) bt M McGeeney (GB) 7-6.
GOLF
USPGA TOUR SONY OPEN, HONOLULU, HAWAII:
Third round (USA unless stated, par 70): 194 T Hoge
65 65 64; 195 P Kizzire 67 64 64; B Harman 64 63 68;
196 K Stanley 64 67 65; 197 C Kirk 63 67 67; 198 O
Schniederjans 66 65 67; R Knox (GB) 69 64 65; 199 C
Smith (Aus) 66 67 66.
EURASIA CUP, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: Final
day singles (Gbr & Irl unless stated): A Noren (Swe)
bt N Fung (Malay) 4 & 2; P Casey Lost to P Saksansin
(Thai) 1 down; T Fleetwood bt S.S.P Chawrasia (India)
2 & 1; H Stenson (Swe) bt H Tanihara (Jap) 2 & 1;
R Cabrera-Bello (Sp) bt G Green (Malay) 4 & 3; B
Wiesberger (Aut) bt P Khongwatmai (Thai) 2 & 1; A
Levy (Fr) bt K Aphibarnrat (Thai) 3 & 1; T Pieters (Bel)
bt B-H An (S Kor) 1 up; T Hatton bt A Lahiri (India) 2
& 1; M Fitzpatrick Tied to S-h Kang (S Kor); R Fisher
Lost to Y Ikeda (Jap) 1 up; P Dunne Lost to H Li (Chin)
3 & 1. Europe win 14-10.
RUGBY UNION
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP POOL ONE
Harlequins (12) ....................... 33 Wasps (21) .................................28
Harlequins: Tries: R. Chisholm, Lang, Care, Elia, J.
Chisholm. Conversions: Lang, Smith (3).
Wasps: Tries: Eastmond, Carr, Johnson, Macken.
Conversions: Cipriani (4).
Ulster (10).....................................20 La Rochelle (6)......................13
Ulster: Tries: Best, Stockdale, Timoney. Conversions:
Cooney. Penalties: Cooney.
La Rochelle: Tries: Bales. Conversions: Bales. Penalties: Bales (2).
P W D L
F
A
B Pts
Ulster
5 4 0 1 125
92
1
17
La Rochelle
5 3 0 2 140 114
4
16
Wasps
5 2 0 3 128 114
4
12
Harlequins
5 1 0 4 99 172
3
7
POOL TWO
Northampton (10)...............34 Clermont A (15)................... 21
Northampton: Tries: Harrison, Tuitavake, Foden,
Pisi, Reinach. Conversions: Mallinder (3). Penalties:
Mallinder.
Clermont Auvergne: Tries: Grosso, Toeava. Conversions: Parra. Penalties: Parra (3).
Ospreys (6)...................................15 Saracens (9).............................15
Ospreys: Penalties: Biggar (5).
Saracens: Penalties: Farrell (5).
P W D L
F
A
B Pts
Clermont A
5 4 0 1 141
97
2
18
Ospreys
5 2 1 2 145 124
5
15
Saracens
5 2 1 2 143 132
3
13
Northampton
5 1 0 4 101 177
2
6
POOL THREE
Exeter (7)........................................41 Montpellier (0)....................10
Exeter: Tries: Ewers, S. Simmonds, Woodburn (2),
White, Armand. Conversions: Steenson (3), J. Simmonds. Penalties: J. Simmonds.
Montpellier: Tries: Nadolo. Conversions: Cruden.
Penalties: Cruden.
Yesterday
Leinster (34)...............................55 Glasgow (7)...............................19
Leinster: Tries: J. Murphy, Nacewa (2), Cronin, Fardy
(2), Sexton, Lowe. Conversions: Sexton (3), R. Byrne
(3). Penalties: Sexton.
Glasgow: Tries: Matawalu (2), Ashe. Conversions: P.
Horne, B. Thomson.
Leinster
Exeter
Montpellier
Glasgow
P
5
5
5
5
W
5
3
2
0
D
0
0
0
0
L
0
2
3
5
F
153
117
116
100
A
79
89
140
178
B Pts
3
23
2
14
5
13
2
2
POOL FOUR
Yesterday
Castres (27)..................................39 Leicester (0) ...............................0
Castres: Tries: Urdapilleta, Combezou (2), Batlle (2).
Conversions: Urdapilleta (3), Le Bourhis. Penalties:
Urdapilleta (2).
Racing 92 (13)............................34 Munster (7) ..............................30
Racing 92: Tries: Nyanga, Andreu, Szarzewski. Conversions: Machenaud (2). Penalties: Machenaud (5).
Munster: Tries: Kleyn, Earls, Farrell. Conversions:
Keatley (3). Penalties: Keatley (3). Att: 16,155.
P W D L
F
A
B Pts
Munster
5 3 1 1 119
84
2
16
Racing 92
5 3 0 2 105
85
3
15
Castres
5 2 1 2 108 113
2
12
Leicester
5 1 0 4 98 148
2
6
POOL FIVE
Toulon (10)...................................36 Benetton Treviso (0) .......0
P W D L
F
A
B Pts
Toulon
5 4 0 1 132
95
2
18
Scarlets
5 3 0 2 132
96
5
17
Bath
5 3 0 2 104
93
1
13
Benetton Treviso 5 0 0 5 69 153
3
3
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP POOL 1
Bordeaux-Begles (8) ........36 Newport Gwent D (16) 28
Yesterday
Newcastle (24).........................64 Enisei-STM (0).........................7
P W D L
F
A
B Pts
Newcastle
5 5 0 0 196 103
3
23
Bordeaux-Begles 5 3 0 2 173 145
4
16
Newport Gwent D 5 2 0 3 123 116
3
11
Enisei-STM
5 0 0 5 72 200
1
1
POOL 2
Sale (5) ..............................................15
Yesterday
Cardiff Blues (10) .................18
P W D
Cardiff Blues
5 4 0
Sale
5 2 1
Lyon
5 2 0
Toulouse
5 1 1
POOL 3
Pau (28) ............................................42
P W D
Pau
5 5 0
Gloucester
5 4 0
Agen
5 1 0
Zebre
5 0 0
POOL 4
London Irish (7) ......................47
P W D
Edinburgh
5 5 0
Stade Francais
5 2 0
London Irish
5 2 0
Krasny Yar
5 1 0
Lyon (3).........................................13
Toulouse (10).........................13
L
F
A
B Pts
1 78
77
1
17
2 89
74
1
11
3 103 109
2 10
3 89
99
3
9
Zebre (7).......................................14
L
F
A
B Pts
0 173 101
4
24
1 229 105
5
21
4 118 182
2
6
5 95 227
3
3
Krasny Yar (10).................... 17
L
F
A
B Pts
0 272
81
4
24
3 134 156
5
13
3 145 137
3
11
4 89 266
1
5
POOL 5
Oyonnax (12)..............................19 Brive (15) ....................................29
Worcester (24).........................24 Connacht (14) ........................24
P W D L
F
A
B Pts
Connacht
5 4 1 0 175
88
3
21
Worcester
5 2 1 2 117 100
5
15
Brive
5 2 0 3 128 155
4
12
Oyonnax
5 1 0 4 88 165
0
4
SNOOKER
DAFABET MASTERS, ALEXANDRA PALACE: First
round: M Williams (Wal) bt M Selby (Eng) 6-5.
TODAY’S FIXTURES
FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Man Utd v Stoke (8)..........................................................................................
SNOOKER
DAFABET MASTERS (Alexandra Palace).
TENNIS
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne).
Cyclocross: Exciting TV sport, with knobs on
T
here are some in this
world who only listen
to music with bouldercrushing guitar riffs
lifted from the first four
Black Sabbath albums. There
are others who think nothing of
eating nothing but baked beans
every day. The former, known as
doom fans, would be tolerable at
parties. The latter, most commonly referred to as weirdos, would
be best left in a room alone.
But for most of the population,
variety is key to a well-rounded
life. It may be a cliché, but it
is also an adage which sports
television channels may wish
to consider. Because yesterday
there was little more on the paidfor channels fed to us other than
marathon stretches of rugby
union and similarly lengthy spells
of football. Sure, there was a bit of
cricket around, but it was in the
minority. And I am ignoring the
golf in Hawaii: that is not a sport.
It is worth asking: is there a
sane person around who sat down
yesterday afternoon to watch
seven hours of Champions Cup
Armchair
Fan
Matt Butler
applauds the
Beeb for offering
some variety
rugby? And how often do viewers watch all four hours of Super
Sunday? Thankfully on free telly
there is a little more variation: a
situation only made possible by
the subscription channels forking
out zillions to ring-fence rugby
union, football and cricket.
As is typical for the time of year,
pub games dominated: snooker on
the BBC and darts on Channel 4.
Still, just as a bit of Carole King is
a decent gear-change after a Ufomammut binge, the arrers were a
nice alternative to egg-chasing.
But it was on the BBC red
button that gave us a welcome
surprise. They broadcast a whole
day’s worth of cyclocross, the
muddy, chaotic cousin to road
cycling which is wildly popular in
northern Europe but still on the
fringes in the UK.
It shouldn’t be. It is exciting and
ideal for TV. Yesterday’s British
Championships took place on a
compact, lumpy course in a country park on the outskirts of
Sunderland, which made
following the action a
cinch. And it fulfils the
public service broadcaster’s remit in that it
looked immensely fun
to do – and accessible.
All you need is a bike
with knobbly tyres.
Sure, there are technical
aspects – ones which the commentators, Anthony McCrossan
Simon Burney, seemed all too
eager to broach. Tyre specifications were discussed at length
during the women’s Under-23
race (apparently the height of
your knobs are crucial – no sniggering), as were gear ratios.
The height of a rider’s knobs
were brought up again in the elite
men’s race. McCrossan said that
“as many may have just joined
us, we’ll go over some bits you
may have missed: tyres”. Burney
added after a convoluted explanation of knobs (I said no sniggering)
that it was an “interesting conundrum”. It was, relative to the chat
about gears, which sounded like
waist measurements: “3844 maybe? And perhaps
11-36 cassette at the
back.”
Still these quibbles
are minor and the
action unfolding on
screen more than kept
us entertained, particularly a couple of minutes
into the men’s race, when defending champion Ian Field – who finished second to Grant Ferguson
(above) yesterday – rode past a
man holding his dog aloft making
its paw wave to the camera.
Then there was the extended
exposure of the hapless Joshua
Jones, who was forced to run most
of a lap with his stricken cycle on
his back, after the tyre had fallen
off. It all made for a welcome
change to endless ball sports.
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RUGBY UNION
Vunipola’s fractured forearm
is a blow for club and country
By Jack de Menezes
Billy Vunipola is set to miss the majority of the Six Nations and possibly
the entire championship after suffering a fractured forearm in just
his second match back from a fourmonth absence.
The injury extends the Saracens
No 8’s horrendous run of luck over
the past year and deepens England’s
back-row crisis.
The 24-year-old did not appear
for the second half of Saturday’s
15-15 draw against Ospreys after
striking his wrist on the head of op-
posing No 8 Rob McCusker. Having
undergone an X-ray on Sunday, Saracens confirmed that Vunipola had
suffered the broken arm, which represents his fourth major injury in 14
months and could result in a fourth
surgery.
It not only leaves Saracens without one of their best players – having only deployed Vunipola (right)
four times this season in which two
of those ended in long-term injury –
but also robs England of their starting No 8 just three weeks before the
Six Nations. Eddie Jones is due to
name his squad for the champion-
Crunch time
approaches for
Saracens’ torrid
title defence
An option for England head coach
Jones is to play Exeter Chiefs’ Sam
Simmonds at No 8, having only
handed the 23-year-old his Test
debut last November and his first
start in England’s most recent game
against Samoa. Simmonds
is one of the form players
in the Premiership and
played a starring role in
Exeter Chiefs’ 41-10 victory over Montpellier on
Saturday.
Bath’s Zach Mercer
could be a contender,
but despite captaining the
England Under-20s to the
World Championship final last
year is yet to be given his shot at
Test rugby. Ercer has been a regular at England training camps as an
“apprentice”, but Jones has made no
secret that he wants more from the
20-year-old. Northampton Saints’
resurgence in 2018 under Alan Gaffney has seen Teimana Harrison deployed at No 8, and with five caps
to his name plus numerous training
camp inclusions, he would provide at
least more experience.
Jones could also look to
recall Gloucester’s Ben
Morgan, though the last
of his 64 caps came in
England’s defeat by Australia that led to Rugby
World Cup elimination
in 2015. Another option
would be to start flanker
Chris Robshaw at No 8, with
both Maro Itoje and Courtney
Lawes able to fill his role at blindside flanker and Bath openside Sam
Underhill making a welcome return
from a two-month concussion lay-off
last Friday night. THE INDEPENDENT
test ourselves against the best; we
unwitting part in Ospreys’ full-back
want to be the best. But we didn’t
Sam Davies being flipped over in
show that [against Ospreys]. The
midair.
most frustrating thing was the
To see Vunipola wince with
way we performed up
pain and cradle his right
front. We got frustrated
forearm –later confirmed
W
e
are
at
at the set-piece, and that
as broken – after an
affected the rest of our
our best when accidental collision with
game.”
we have Billy. the head of Rob McCusker
Several marginal
it was absolute in the 38th minute was
incidents went
dispiriting. The injurychaos, I have
against Saracens in an
ravaged England No 8 is
never seen
unremittingly scrappy
set for yet another spell on
match of five penalty goals so many chops the sidelines.
and no tries to each team and changes
“We are at our best
– from the back-rowers
when we have Billy,” said
to the team
Jackson Wray, Mike
George, who ended up as
Rhodes and Billy Vunipola
an emergency flanker. “It
pulling up injured before or during
was absolute chaos. I have never
the match, to the wing Chris Wyles
seen so many chops and changes in
being sent to the sin bin in the final
terms of the team.”
quarter, despite his apparently
But this was where Saracens’
famed strength in depth should
have kicked in.
And the way Ospreys’ front row
of Nicky Smith, Scott Baldwin
and Dmitri Arhip – the tighthead
prop who is Moldova’s best export
since whatever it is Moldova may
be famous for exporting – tore into
their English visitors’ internationalpacked scrum revealed a fault line
not befitting Europe’s finest.
Logic says Ospreys will fall short
in their bid for a quarter-final. They
need a win away to Clermont on
Saturday. But the Welsh region
promised to give it a lash.
“We believe we can go to France
and play some positive rugby,” said
Steve Tandy, Ospreys’ head coach.
“You can’t go there and cling on and
win 6-3 or 9-3. We’re going to have
to stress Clermont and score tries.”
ship on Thursday. To make matters
worse, Vunipola’s long-term deputy,
Nathan Hughes, will miss the start
of the tournament at least with a
medial knee ligament injury, and the
Wasps No 8 is no certainty to return
in time for the final two matches of
the championship in March against
France and Ireland.
Another option is Hughes’ club
team-mate James Haskell but he
looks set to be banned for at least
four weeks after being sent off for a
dangerous tackle on Harlequins centre Jamie Roberts in the 33-28 defeat
of Wasps on Saturday.
Saracens’ Richard
Wigglesworth reacts
after the 15-15 draw
with Ospreys GETTY
Jamie George says injuries and lack of
form are to blame, writes Hugh Godwin
T
ake a close look at the
possess a skinny plus-11 in that
European Champions
column. The odds are against their
Cup trophy and you will
progression.
see Saracens’ name has
As Saracens’ England and Lions
yet to be engraved on it
hooker Jamie George readily
to commemorate their retention of
acknowledged, it was not Saturday’s
the title in 2017. When the
15-15 draw with Ospreys – who
necessary needlework
have confounded most
eventually gets
expectations by retaining
done, it may be the
a shot at making the last
London club’s last
eight – that did most to
mention on the
undermine the defence
Toulon
are
the
only
much-prized pot
of the European title
side to have won the
for a while. For
Sarries won for the
European Cup three
Saracens to reach
first time when they
times in a row
the quarter-finals
beat Racing 92 in Lyon
this season, and
in 2016.
cling on to the chance
Rather, it was the 46-14
of emulating Toulon
thrashing Saracens suffered
as the only three-inat home by Clermont
a-row winners of
Auvergne in round three
the competition,
in December: a match
they need to beat
delayed for 24 hours by
Northampton at
a rare dump of a couple
Number of tries
Allianz Park this
of inches of snow on
by either side in
weekend and hope
north London.
Saracens’
scrappy
results in other
“That was the
15-15 draw at
pools fall their way.
worst performance
Ospreys
Predictions of
I have been involved
Saracens’ doom or
in, in a Saracens shirt,”
salvation in the coming
said George, who made his
weekend’s concluding round
debut in November 2009 and has
of pool matches are impossible to
shared in three Premiership titles
make with confidence. A bonusin addition to the European success.
point win over Northampton
“It was very, very disappointing;
may be sufficient to secure one
nowhere near good enough.
of the three spots in the last eight
“We are gutted, because we are
allocated to best runners-up. But
now relying on other people. Europe
points difference will be used to
means everything to me. The best
separate clubs who accumulate
memories I have had in a Saracens
the same match points in separate
shirt are winning those two finals.
pools, and Saracens currently
“As an aspiring club, we want to
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Castres add to Leicester’s misery in Europe
By Sports Staff
Leicester’s European misery continued last night when they were humbled 39-0 by Top 14 side Castres as a
much-changed Tigers side, already
bottom of Group Four, failed to make
an impression at the Stade Pierre
Fabre.
Almost exactly a year after losing
43-0 to Glasgow at Welford Road,
Leicester again suffered the humiliation of failing to put a point on the
scoreboard in the European Champions Cup.
Both sides’ chances of reaching the
quarter-finals had effectively disappeared shortly before kick-off, as Racing 92 beat Munster in Paris. But the
hosts came into the game defending a
five-match unbeaten run and the pattern was set from the kick-off when
Benjamin Urdapilleta made the most
of some clumsy defence to show off his
Argentinian football skills and score
the opening try after just 50 seconds.
The home side then capitalised
on sloppy play to extend their lead
with two further tries from Thomas Combezou and even when the
French team were reduced to 14
men, when Armand Batlle was sinbinned, the visitors were unable to
reduce the deficit. Batlle rubbed
Castres’ Yohan
Domenech makes
a break during
yesterday’s
European
Champions Cup
Pool Four game
against Leicester,
which the French
side won easily
GETTY
salt in Tigers’ wounds by returning
and scoring his side’s fourth try in
the second half and despite having
reasonable possession, the visitors
could not prevent him scoring his
second and Castres’ fifth with less
than three minutes left on the clock.
Meanwhile Glasgow head coach
Dave Rennie marvelled at Leinster’s
dominance in the Pool Three game in
the same competition, with his Warriors side being trounced 55-19 at the
RDS Arena.
Leinster secured top spot and a
home quarter-final by runningin eight
tries against bottom side Glasgow,
who were without Stuart Hogg, Jonny
Gray and Finn Russell among a raft of
others. Leinster captain Isa Nacewa
and Scott Fardy both touched down
in either half, and further tries from
Jordi Murphy, Sean Cronin, Johnny
Sexton and James Lowe left Rennie
admitting Glasgow fell well short.
“I thought Leinster were outstanding,” said the New Zealander.
“They out-muscled us up front and
used the ball really well. They were
clinical and we didn’t defend well
enough, giving them a couple of soft
tries. It’s such a tough pool and for
Leinster to be so dominant has been
really impressive.
“We had an awful lot of guys missing, there’s a dozen guys playing
their first European campaign and
the cavalry will come back in next
weekend [for the final round at home
to Exeter].”
A double from Fijian flyer Niko
Matawalu and Adam Ashe’s 61stminute effort salvaged some pride
for the weakened Warriors.
Rob Harley, who captained Glasgow added: “This is a lesson. There
are small margins at this level and
Leinster put in a world-class performance and that is the challenge
for us now to step it up a level.”
In the European Challenge Cup
Newcastle and Cardiff strengthened
their positions at the top of pools One
and Two after victories over EniseiSTM and Toulouse respectively.
Newcastle ran in 10 tries in the 64-7
thrashing of the Russian side with
20-year-old winger Adam Radwan
grabbing a hat-trick while the Blues
had to come from behind to secure
their 18-13 victory thanks to a brilliant
try from Gareth Amscombe.
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SPORT
TENNIS
AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Federer puts his
fitness down to
luck as injured
rivals struggle
to maybe have some signs of usage
of the body. But the players and
their trainers and the tour should
Men’s tennis has developed into a try their very best to make sure they
survival of the fittest, but the game’s can avoid injuries. Is that by playing
most successful senior citizen con- less? Is that by training different? Is
tinues to glide through the years. that by playing a different schedule?
Apart from six months off in 2016 to
“Whose responsibility is it at
rest an injured knee, Roger Federer, the end of the day? I think it’s the
36, has hardly had an interruption players’. Sometimes you do get
to his remarkable career.
unlucky. We’re professional, we
The world No 2’s fitness is all the know how to warm up, we know
more remarkable given the strug- what to do. Later on things become
gles of so many of his rivals, partic- a bit more tricky. But that goes with
ularly those in their thirties. Andy the business.”
Murray was missing when the AusFederer, who plays his first match
tralian Open began here
tomorrow against Aljaz
today, Novak Djokovic
Bedene, did not go along
It’s normal with a suggestion that he
and Stan Wawrinka confirmed their participa- not to be
had retained his fitness
tion late after six months always 100
because he is an attacking
out with elbow and knee per cent fit and player who likes to shortproblems respectively,
en the points, while Nadal,
and Rafael Nadal goes healthy. What Djokovic and Murray are
into the year’s opening is an injury?
baseline grinders.
Grand Slam tournament How bad is an
“Attacking tennis also
without any competitive injury? It’s all has a lot of wear and tear
matches under his belt interpretation on the body, because
after a recurrence of his
being highly explosive is
perennial knee problems.
a big challenge,” he said.
Nadal thinks the sport should “Playing more of a reactive game is
investigate the number of injuries maybe more physical in the sense
suffered by the top players – and
that you play longer rallies,
the Association of Tennis
you spend more time on
Professionals is monitorthe court, but it’s always
ing the situation – but
pretty much the same.
Federer (right) told reIt’s a similar rhythm.
porters: “I guess it’s norThere aren’t that
mal not to be always 100
many sprints.”
per cent fit and healthy.
He added: “We talk
The moment top guys are
about Murray and
hurt, you guys know about
Djokovic being grindit. It’s not like we can cover it
ers, but I think they acup so easily. There are maybe many
tually play quite aggressive.
other players that are injured right Everybody does. Even Rafa is
now, but we don’t talk about it be- standing closer to the baseline.
cause they’re playing on Court 25.
“Injuries can occur in one sin“From what I heard, there are gle moment. Sometimes it’s unexactually fewer injuries throughout. plainable. I’ve played thousands
What is an injury? How bad is an in- of matches in my life and I’m sure
jury? It’s all interpretation, I guess. I’ve gotten lucky throughout my
“[When] you reach 30, it’s normal career.” THE INDEPENDENT
Johanna Konta
trains ahead of
the Australian
Open GETTY
By Paul Newman
IN MELBOURNE
Touchy Tomic loses qualifier
Alex De Minaur, the world No
167, had played in the final of
These are changing
the Sydney International,
times in Australian
Tomic bowed out of the
men’s tennis.
qualifying tournament
For years it was
for the Australian
Bernard Tomic
Open. Tomic, who
who was touted
was denied a wild
Bernard Tomic’s
as a future
card, was beaten
world ranking, as of
champion, but as
6-1, 6-7, 6-4 by Italy’s
yesterday. He was
he took another
Lorenzo Sonego.
in the top 20 two
slide down the
Tomicwastypically
years ago
ladder here the
brusqueafterthe
country was lauding
match.“Ijustcount
the exploits of an
money,that’sallIdo,”hesaid
18-year-old who has taken the
ashewalkedaway.“Icountmy
game by stormt.
millions.YougodowhatIdid[on
Less than 24 hours after
court].Bye-bye.” THE INDEPENDENT
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Konta ready for another tough
start against ‘tricky’ opponent
By Paul Newman
After her experiences at the French
Open and US Open last year, you can
be sure there will be no complacency
from Johanna Konta as she prepares
for her opening match tomorrow at
the Australian Open.
In both Paris and New York
Konta fell at the first hurdle when
facing opponents whose game is
less predictable than most. She lost
to the world No 109, Hsieh Su-Wei
of Taiwan, at Roland Garros, and
to Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic, the
world No 78, at Flushing Meadows.
Konta describes her first opponent
here, Madison Brengle, as “a tricky
player”, so the world No 10 will need
to be wary from the start.
Brengle (right), the world
No 90, won her first three
matches against Konta, who
retired hurt in the first
two of them. Although
Konta won their most
recent encounter in
Indian Wells two
years ago for the
loss of only four
games, the
27-year-old
American has claimed some
how I’m feeling, just try to be my
significant scalps. In Auckland
own biggest fan and keep
12 months ago she beat
cheering myself on.”
Serena Williams, who
Although Konta lost
went on to claim the
in the first round in
Australian Open title
Sydney last week
later that month.
to Agnieszka
World
ranking
spots
Konta, who
Radwanska, who she
between British
dropped one place in
beat in the final of
No 1 Johanna
the world rankings
the same tournament
Konta
and
her
US
after failing to retain
last year, she believes
opponent Madison
her Sydney title last
the experience was
Brengle
week, said: “Her game
an important part of
style is definitely a tricky
her preparations for the
one to play. You never go up
Australian Open.
against her under-estimating her.
Not only did it give her the chance
She is incredibly tough in the way
to prove she had overcome the hip
she competes, the amount of balls
injury she suffered in Brisbane
she’s able to get back. I’m going in
the previous week, but it also
preparing for a tough match.”
reminded her of the need to keep
Asked what she had learned her composure in difficult moments.
from her defeats to Hsieh and
After struggling at times to cope
Krunic lst year, Konta said:
with Radwanska’s unpredictable
“I think it’s patience more than
game, Konta admitted she needed to
anything. It’s especially relevant
“panic less” in matches.
to my beginning of the season
“I think it’s really positive that I
this year.
“[I need to] trust in what I do
I need to trust in what I do
out there, try to keep my mind on
out there, keep my mind on
what I’m looking to achieve
what I’m looking to achieve,
and not so much on where
the match is scoreline-wise,
try to be my own biggest fan
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‘Middle-aged’ Talking Points
10 takeaways from
Watson finds this
weekend’s action
relief from
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the pressure
By Paul Newman
had a match like that because if I use
it the right way, I can learn from it,”
she said. “I don’t think it necessarily
works that you get it out of your
system and then you won’t face it
again. I think it’s more that if I face
it again – or not even if but when,
because you have these matches
throughout the year – I’d like to
think I’ll deal with it a bit better.
“It’s just acknowledging and
being aware enough of situations
in a match and then kicking back
into backing myself in what I do out
there. That comes with matches,
that comes with time, but it’s what
I’m trying to do.”
Konta has reached the semi-finals
and quarter-finals here in the last
two years but prefers to look ahead
rather than back.
“It’s a constant process of
building,” she said. “We’re like big
computers. We work from our
memories as well. We do work from
past experiences. We bring those
back if we’re faced with a similar
situation, but in terms of specific
results or titles, points and things
like that, you do move on, you keep
moving on week to week, not even
just year to year.
“The beauty of tennis is there is
always an opportunity every week
if you really want there to be. Not
many sports can say that. With how
long our season is, you’ve got to look
at it that way and, for me, trust in
the style of play that I have and the
game that I have.” THE INDEPENDENT
Heather Watson still has the exuberance of youth, but it is now nine
years since she won the US Open
junior title and six years since she
won her first title on the main tour.
“I feel middle-aged [in tennis career
terms],” Watson, 25, said on the eve
of the Australian Open, pointing out
that there are players on the tour
more than eight years younger than
her. “In life I still feel very young, and
I feel like I’ve got loads of tennis years
ahead of me, but I’m definitely not the
youngest any more.”
Watson, who faces Kazakhstan’s
Yulia Putintseva in the first round
tomorrow, believes experience has
given her a more mature attitude.
“As I’ve got older, I feel less pressure,” she said. “When I was younger
I used to be devastated and cry after
losing matches. Of course I give it
my everything out there but it’s just
a game at the end of the day. I don’t
need to beat myself up over it. I [used
to be] too much of a perfectionist and
that didn’t help me.
“It shouldn’t all just be about winning and losing. Everybody is out
here giving their best. You can’t win
everything.”
Watson said last year’s triumphs
by Jelena Ostapenko and Sloane
Stephens, who were unseeded when
they won the French and US Opens
respectively, had underlined how
open women’s tennis is now.
“It’s always changing,” she said. “I
couldn’t even name half of the [current top 10] because it changes all the
time. I think that’s a really positive
thing. In the men’s game, it’s stuck
a lot of the time because you’ve got
the ‘big four’ up there – although not
right now. The women’s game is very
up and down. So much can happen.”
Watson is pleased with her own
form, having climbed to No 68 in the
world rankings following her run to
the semi-finals in Hobart last week.
“Physically I’ve been fine, touch
wood, and feeling very fit out there,”
she said. “Tennis-wise, I’m just playing really aggressive. I’m in a really
good place.” THE INDEPENDENT
1
Real Madrid’s absence from
Champions League becoming real
“We have to think about qualifying
for the Champions League next
year.” That isn’t a statement from a
hard-bitten Valencia or Real Sociedad player, no disrespect to those
clubs, but Toni Kroos (right) of Real
Madrid. Real lost 1-0 to Villarreal
on Saturday, continuing an extraordinarily bad league season in which
they now lie 19 points off Barcelona,
following the latter’s 4-2 win at Real
Sociedad last night. Kroos is right
to look downwards – Real are eight
points off third, but only one point
in front of Villarreal. The prospect
of no Real Madrid in next season’s
Champions League is getting real.
2
3
Chris Coleman (below) will not save
Sunderland. On Saturday in south
Wales Cardiff were everything
Sunderland are not and need to
be: fast, physical, powerful and
with some skill added on the top. It
becomes more embarrassing when
you consider that Sunderland have
parachute payments to use, while
Neil Warnock has turned around
Cardiff quickly and on
a budget.
Perhaps Sunderland could look to
Blackburn Rovers, though, to see
that a seemingly inexorable slide
doesn’t have to last forever. Tony
Mowbray appears to have brought
solidity back to Blackburn, who
beat Shrewsbury 3-1 on Saturday to
move two points behind their opponents in the League One automatic
promotion race. Even with unpopular owners, there is a way back
prior to toppling into the abyss.
Cardiff highlight extent of problems
facing Coleman’s Sunderland...
5
6
Foles steers flying Eagles from
quarterback position
4
Ferguson should be careful before
shooting off at the mouth
How sorry should Darren Ferguson
(above) have to be for his rant after
Doncaster Rovers drew with Plymouth Argyle on Saturday? “What
can I do? Shoot them?” Ferguson
said of match officials after the
game. Ferguson didn’t mean it literally. But managers must be careful
when they engage in this kind of
language. Someone, someday, could
take a command like Ferguson’s to
its terrifying, illogical endpoint.
7
Such is the importance of the quarterback position, everyone had
written the Philadelphia Eagles off
before the NFC Divisional game
against the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday. Everyone except Nick Foles
and his Eagles teammates, that is.
Deputising for the injured Carson
Wentz, Foles belied a flaky reputation to lead Philadelphia into the
NFC Championship next weekend.
Row that would derail other teams
has no effect on Patriots
Reports that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (right),
head coach Bill Belichick
and team owner Robert
Kraft had fallen out would
have derailed a franchise put
together from flesh and bones.
But the Patriots are less human,
more stainless titanium – it’s
why they are so successful.
Raptors outshine Cavaliers as
worthy challengers to Warriors
8
9
10
South Africa might have finally
filled the hole at the top of their batting order left since Graeme Smith’s
retirement. Aidan Markram (below)
impressed again against India
before he was removed by Ravi
Ashwin. In four Tests, Markram averages almost 70. And given his
experience leading South Africa’s age groups, he may be
expected in time to captain
the Test team.
LeVeon Bell’s contract demands
formed an intriguing background
to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ playoff
game against Jacksonville. The prolific running back wants to be paid
what he feels he’s worth, which is
more than the Steelers want to give
him as someone playing one of
the sport’s most violent positions. Bell warns he will walk
away. What if more like him
start feeling the same?
Uriah Hall was scheduled to fight
Vitor Belfort in the main event of
UFC St Louis last night. That never
happened; instead Hall was hospitalised on Saturday after failing to
make weight for the bout earlier
in the day. Reports claimed Hall
had suffered a seizure. Fellow UFC
fighter Paige VanZant called his collapse the “scariest thing I have ever
seen”. Proper debate and action
over weight-cutting is well overdue.
Markram showing how he could
inherit mantle of Protea Smith
Heather Watson, more experienced
and ‘in a really good place’
...but Mowbray’s Blackburn show
deline is not always terminal
What will happen if Bell’s demands
and threat to leave spread to others?
It’s looking more plausible that
the Cleveland Cavaliers might
not be the greatest challenge
in the NBA’s Eastern Conference to the Golden
State Warriors. The
Toronto Raptors have
streaked ahead of the
Cavaliers in the standings.
Could Canada get its first
NBA Championship?
Hall’s ordeal highlights hidden
danger in combat sports
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SPORT
CRICKET
Record-breaker Roy cracks 180 as
England claim morale-boosting win
AUSTRALIA
Finch 107, Stoinis 60, M
Marsh 50; Plunkett 3-71
304-8
ENGLAND
Roy 180, Root 91no
308-5
England win by 5 wickets
By John Stern
AT THE MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND
Many of the missing elements of
England’s doomed Ashes campaign burst into life at the MCG in
a record-breaking victory over Australia to kick off the five-match oneday series.
Bat-jarring pace, mystery spin and
innings of true batting substance all
combined to deliver a hugely impressive result for England. It also gave a
much-needed emotional lift to those
Test players, like captain Joe Root,
who have been relentlessly ground
down by their ruthless opponents
these past couple of months.
Jason Roy had a chance to make
England’s highest individual oneday score in 2016 at The Oval and
when he fell five runs short of matching Robin Smith’s record of 167, he
admitted he wasn’t aware of the stat.
Ignorance would have been no
defence this time around since Alex
Hales’ benchmark of 171 was set only
a couple of months after Roy’s 162.
Hales, returning to the side after
missing two Stokes-related onedayers in September, made only
four but hopefully he can have taken
pleasure in his one-time opening
partner’s feast.
Records rattled around the cavernous MCG – shame there were
only about 37,171 here to witness this
most one-sided of victories. That’s
less than half who came for the Boxing Day Test and at least 10,000
below a recent T20 Big Bash crowd.
Roy’s 180 was also the highest
ODI score at the MCG, his stand of
221 with Root was England’s highest for the third wicket in ODIs and
England’s pursuit was the highest successful chase at the ground.
The locals were already sneaking
out when it was announced that
the train service was up the spout.
There was a mass exodus after that
unwanted titbit of information.
Roy’s gung-ho attitude is well
known and chimes with England’s
white-ball policy but his innings was
impressive, both because he saw the
job through but also because of his
shoddy recent form for Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash where his top
score was 21 in six innings.
He had some luck. Top edges and
England’s best ODI knocks
180 Jason Roy v Australia Jan 2018
171 Alex Hales v Pakistan Aug 2016
167 Robin Smith v Aus
May 1993
162 J Roy v Sri Lanka
Jun 2016
158 David Gower v NZ
Jan 1983
158 Andrew Strauss v India Feb 2011
154 A Strauss v Bangladesh Jul 2010
152 A Strauss v Bangladesh Jun 2005
142* Bill Athey v NZ
Jul 1986
142 Graham Gooch v Pak Nov 1987
The mood’s lifted,
smiles are back –
it’s job done for
Roy of the rovers
By John Stern
Seven months ago, Jason Roy was
cast out from England’s one-day
side after six single-figure scores
in eight innings. The previous
summer, he’d had a crack at
England’s one-day record score
only to see his opening partner
Alex Hales set the new mark of
171 at Trent Bridge. But Hales’
misadventure alongside Ben
Stokes one September night in
Bristol unexpectedly re-opened
the door for Roy.
“This has been a while coming,”
he said of his new England record
ODI score of 180. “I had a very
tough year in 2017 and being
dropped from the side gave
me a bit of a kick. You do start
questioning yourself.”
He says he’s not doing much
different, other than trying to
play the ball later. If anything,
the opposite looked the case
at the MCG. “He
chanced his
arm,” Australia
captain Steve
Smith said.
Mark Waugh’s
“It was an
ODI score against
exceptional
West Indies
innings.”
in 2001 - the
Smith
previous MCG
was admiring
record
of England’s
go-hard-or-go-home
strategy and acknowledged that
his own side, unlike the Test team,
was still finding its true identity.
“England have to be up there
as one of the best [one-day] sides
in the world,” he said. “They go
hard at the top and [Joe] Root is
the rock in the middle. Guys bat
around him. It’s something we
might have to think about.”
Roy’s historic innings – and the
victory – lifted the gloom that
hung over the England camp after
the Ashes. He said: “To be at the
MCG and get a score like that
in the first game of the series is
incredibly special – an absolute
honour. After the Test series it
was our job to lighten the mood.
We’ve done that and there are a
lot more smiles around the place
now.” THE INDEPENDENT
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Jason Roy shouts for joy after scoring his century in England’s win over Australia yesterday AP
mistimed shots fell safely. On 91,
he successfully overturned an lbw
decision against leg-spinner Adam
Zampa. Next ball, he launched a six
just over the head of Aaron Finch
at long on. That’s the way he – and
the team – play. The loss of Jonny
Bairstow and Hales in quick succession could have led to a careless collapse and Root’s contribution (91 not
out) should not be under-estimated.
It is too simplistic, of course, to
wonder what might have been. But
to see the bowlers, Mark Wood,
Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid –
none of whom were part of the Ashes
squad – all contribute vitally in their
different ways was as galling as it
was encouraging.
Finch, who made a superb but ultimately futile century, said he was
expecting Wood’s pace but knowing
it’s coming is one thing. Dealing with
it is another and the opener, who
looked in great touch from the off,
was regularly hurried by short stuff
from Wood. As was Finch’s opening
partner, David Warner, who fell to a
snorter in the second over that he
could only glove to Joe Root in the
slips. Wood regularly pushed 90mph
and it was something of a shock to
learn that he was only England’s second fastest bowler of this pedestrian
tour – Jake Ball had in fact briefly
bowled quicker in the first Test at
Brisbane.
Ben Stokes’s absence was still
felt, though, because Morgan had no
margin for error with his bowlers.
Woakes was wayward and continues
to struggle for rhythm since missing
most of the English summer – and
more recently the final Ashes Test –
with a side injury. Having conceded
44 off his first six overs, he recovered
well to allow only 21 off his last four.
Rashid, a man no longer trusted in
Test cricket but an integral activist
of the white-ball revolution, went for
seven an over with an assortment of
the ugly and the unplayable. Crucially, he winkled out Steve Smith for 23
– a rank failure by his recent standards – with a modest leg-break that
actually feathered the inside edge of
his horribly angled bat.
THE INDEPENDENT
MCG Scoreboard
MELBOURNE (One-day international): England beat
Australia by 5 wickets
England won toss
AUSTRALIA
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
107 3 10 119 138
A J Finch c Bairstow b Ali
2 0 0 5
6
D A Warner c Root b Wood
*S P D Smith c Buttler b Rashid
23 0 3 18 38
T M Head b Plunkett
5 0 1 8 11
M R Marsh b Rashid
50 2 2 68 87
M P Stoinis c Root b Woakes
60 2 5 40 53
†T D Paine c Ali b Plunkett
27 0 3 31 54
P J Cummins c Roy b Plunkett
12 0 1 10 11
M A Starc not out
0 0 0 0
3
A J Tye not out
4 0 1 1
0
Extras (lb7 w7)
14
Total(for 8, 50 overs)
304
Fall: 1-10, 2-58, 3-78, 4-196, 5-205, 6-285, 7-296, 8-300.
Did Not Bat: A Zampa.
Bowling: C R Woakes 10-0-65-1, M A Wood 10-0-49-1,
L E Plunkett 10-0-71-3, A U Rashid 10-0-73-2, M M Ali
10-0-39-1.
ENGLAND
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
180 5 16 151 186
J J Roy c Sub b Starc
14 0 2 11 21
J M Bairstow c Paine b Starc
4 0 1 3
4
A D Hales c Stoinis b Cummins
91 0 5 110 187
J E Root not out
1 0 0 4
8
*E J G Morgan c Smith b Cummins
4 0 0 10 13
†J C Buttler c Starc b Stoinis
5 0 1 4
2
M M Ali not out
Extras (lb5 w4)
9
Total(for 5, 48.5 overs)
308
Fall: 1-53, 2-60, 3-281, 4-288, 5-302.
Did Not Bat: C R Woakes, A U Rashid, L E Plunkett, M
A Wood.
Bowling: M A Starc 10-0-71-2, P J Cummins 10-0-63-2, A J
Tye 10-0-43-0, M P Stoinis 6-0-33-1, A Zampa 10-0-72-0,
M R Marsh 2-0-15-0, T M Head 0.5-0-6-0.
Umpires: S D Fry and C B Gaffaney.
Steve Smith admired the way Joe Root
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one after O’Neill says
no to manager’s job
Martin O’Neill has rejected the
chance to become Stoke’s new
manager.
The Republic of Ireland boss
looked set to move to the bet365
Stadium but has now removed himself from the running, it is understood. His decision leaves Stoke in
limbo in their search to replace Mark
Hughes after failing to land any of
their top three targets.
O’Neill, Quique Sanchez Flores
and Gary Rowett had all been targeted by Stoke after they sacked Hughes
last week. Rowett signed a new contract at Derby, while Sanchez Flores
opted to stay at Espanyol, despite
O’Neill’s
decision
leaves
Stoke in
limbo after
failing to
land their
top three
targets
holding talks with Stoke in the week.
O’Neill’s decision leaves him clear to
remain with Ireland, having reportedly made a verbal agreement to sign
a new contract.
The former Leicester and Celtic
manager has been in charge of the
country since 2013, but they failed to
reach this year’s World Cup, losing in
the play-offs to Denmark.
Stoke could now make a shortterm appointment until the end of
the season as they decide their next
move. The Potters have slipped into
the relegation zone after a run of
just two wins in 12 Premier League
matches and Hughes was sacked
after a shock 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Sky
Bet League Two Coventry.
Coach Eddie Niedzwiecki has been
in temporary charge since Hughes’
departure, taking training ahead of
tonight’s league trip to Manchester
United, and will pick the team at Old
Trafford.
He could give a debut to Austrian
international Moritz Bauer after the
right-back joined last week following
Hughes’ dismissal.
Meanwhile, Manchester United’s
manager Jose Mourinho has indicated that Manchester United are
seeking to extend goalkeeper David
de Gea’s contract. The Spain international continues to be a transfer
target for Real Madrid, the club he
almost joined in September 2015.
The 27-year-old has a contract that
expires at the end of next season, although United do have the option to
extend it for a further year. Mourinho
says that the club are keen to negotiate soon, with the club understood to
want to sign him up until 2023.
“We are not going to let the option disappear,” the United manager
said. “A keeper like he is, at a club
that wants to get better, we are not
going to let that year option go. We
are going to try to keep him for much
more than the length of that option.”
CHAMPIONSHIP
Karanka confident Forest have tools to improve
By James Mariner
Aitor Karanka saw positive signs in
the Nottingham Forest display on
Saturday, despite his managerial
reign at the City Ground beginning
with a 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa.
Scott Hogan’s first half header was
enough to win the points for the visitors, but Forest’s play gave Karanka
encouragement. “This was our first
game and, for sure, we need to improve,” the former Middlesbrough
coach (right) said.
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“There were positive things, but
obviously not as many as we would
like. There was a lot of expectation,
following the win over Arsenal [in the
FA Cup earlier this month]. But Villa
are a very experienced team.
“We have a lot of potential, but we
are young and we need to improve. I
saw the quality we have. We have to
be more aggressive and intense. We
have not had time to prepare in the
way that I like to. But now we have one
week to do everything and to keep encouraging the players.”
Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock spoke of his relief as the Bluebirds ended a four-match losing
streak with a 4-0 thrashing of bottom
club Sunderland.
“You could see we were apprehensive in front of goal. We just had
to work hard to get that goal and
fortunately we got that early in the
second half,” he said of Calum Paterson’s opener. “You could see that
relief. Then we were free to play. We
stepped up a gear then, it was great.
They looked sharp again.”
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Firmino 59
Bernardo Silva 84
Mane 62
Gundogan 90
Salah 68
Att 53,285
P W D L F A Pts
Man City
23 20 2 1 67 17 62
Man Utd
22 14 5 3 45 16 47
Liverpool
23 13 8 2 54 28 47
Chelsea
23 14 5 4 41 16 47
Tottenham
23 13 5 5 46 21 44
Arsenal
23 11 6 6 41 30 39
Burnley
23 9 7 7 19 20 34
Leicester
23 8 7 8 34 32 31
Everton
23 7 6 10 25 38 27
Watford
23 7 5 11 33 42 26
West Ham
23 6 7 10 29 41 25
Crystal Palace 23 6 7 10 21 33 25
Bournemouth 23 6 6 11 24 35 24
Huddersfield 23 6 6 11 19 39 24
Newcastle
23 6 5 12 21 31 23
Brighton
23 5 8 10 17 29 23
Southampton 23 4 9 10 23 34 21
Stoke
22 5 5 12 23 47 20
West Brom
23 3 10 10 18 30 19
Swansea
23 4 5 14 14 35 17
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Barnsley (0)................0 Wolves (0)...................0
Att 16,050
Birmingham (0).......0 Derby (1).......................3
Russell 19
Vydra 56
Weimann 89
Att 22,121
Brentford (1).............. 2 Bolton (0)....................0
Jozefzoon 40
Att 9,507
Maupay 90
Bristol City (0)..........0 Norwich (0)................1
Maddison 79
Att 21,282
Burton Albion (1)...1 QPR (1)...........................3
Dyer 34
Oteh 32
Washington 74
Luongo 87
Att 4,264
Cardiff (0)......................4 Sunderland (0).......0
Paterson 46, 80
Att 17,703
Ralls 55
Pilkington 90
Hull (0).............................0 Reading (0).................0
Att 14,300
Ipswich (0)....................1 Leeds (0).......................0
Celina 67
Att 18,638
Middlesbrough (0) 0 Fulham (0)..................1
Norwood 90 (pen)
Att 23,850
Millwall (1)...................1 Preston (0).................1
O’Brien 43
Robinson 80
Att 11,751
Nottm Forest (0).....0 Aston Villa (1)..........1
Hogan 18
Att 25,433
P W D L F A Pts
Wolves
27 19 5 3 50 20 62
Derby
27 15 7 5 44 23 52
Cardiff
27 15 5 7 40 25 50
Aston Villa
27 13 8 6 39 24 47
Bristol City
27 13 8 6 40 32 47
Sheff Utd
27 13 4 10 40 31 43
Leeds
27 13 4 10 37 29 43
Fulham
27 11 9 7 40 34 42
Middlesbrough 27 12 5 10 35 27 41
Preston
27 10 11 6 31 27 41
Brentford
27 10 10 7 41 35 40
Ipswich
27 12 3 12 40 39 39
Norwich
27 10 7 10 27 31 37
QPR
27 8 9 10 31 37 33
Nottm Forest 27 10 2 15 33 43 32
Millwall
27 7 10 10 29 30 31
Sheff Wed
27 7 10 10 30 34 31
Reading
27 7 8 12 30 35 29
Barnsley
27 6 9 12 27 37 27
Hull
27 5 10 12 39 44 25
Bolton
27 6 7 14 25 45 25
Burton Albion 27 6 6 15 21 46 24
Birmingham 27 6 5 16 15 38 23
Sunderland
27 4 10 13 29 47 22
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Blackburn (1) .............3 Shrewsbury (1) ......1
Mulgrew 14, 70 (pen) Nolan 35 (pen)
Graham 60
Att 13,579
Blackpool (0)..............0 Bristol Rovers (0)0
Att 4,001
Bradford (0)................1 Northampton (1) ..2
Taylor 90
O’Toole 43
Long 62
Att 19,343
Bury (0)...........................0 Charlton (0)...............1
Marshall 63
Att 3,295
Doncaster (1)..............1 Plymouth (0)............1
Beestin 37
Edwards 74
Att 7,494
Gillingham (1)............ 2 Rochdale (1)...............1
Garmston 41
Cannon 27
Martin 63
Att 4,352
MK Dons (0).................0 Wimbledon (0) .......0
Att 9,504
Oldham (1) ....................1 Rotherham (1).........1
Davies 31
Williams 7
Att 4,775
Portsmouth (1).........1 Scunthorpe (0).......1
Lowe 15
van Veen 53
Att 17,741
Southend (0) ..............1 Fleetwood T (0)......2
Kightly 86
Diagouraga 57
Madden 62
Att 6,489
Walsall (1)..................... 2 Oxford Utd (0) .........1
Bakayoko 33
Mowatt 70
Oztumer 48
Att 4,569
Wigan (0).......................0 Peterborough (0) .0
Att 8,602
P W D L F A Pts
Wigan
26 17 6 3 50 12 57
Shrewsbury
26 16 6 4 34 18 54
Blackburn
26 15 7 4 48 24 52
Scunthorpe
27 14 8 5 38 23 50
Bradford
27 15 3 9 43 36 48
Charlton
27 12 7 8 34 32 43
Portsmouth
27 13 3 11 34 31 42
Rotherham
27 12 5 10 45 36 41
Peterborough 27 11 7 9 43 37 40
Oxford Utd
28 10 8 10 43 41 38
Fleetwood Tn 27 10 6 11 38 41 36
Doncaster
27 9 8 10 30 29 35
Plymouth
28 9 8 11 30 35 35
Gillingham
27 8 10 9 29 30 34
Walsall
26 8 9 9 33 35 33
Blackpool
28 8 9 11 34 38 33
Bristol Rovers 27 10 3 14 36 43 33
Southend
28 8 7 13 32 47 31
MK Dons
27 7 9 11 28 38 30
Oldham
28 7 8 13 40 50 29
Northampton 28 8 5 15 25 48 29
AFC Wimbledn 26 7 7 12 22 31 28
Rochdale
26 4 10 12 26 37 22
Bury
27 4 5 18 19 42 17
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Cambridge Utd (0).0 Mansfield (0)............0
Carlisle (0)....................1 Crewe (0).....................0
Cheltenham (0) ........0 Acc Stanley (1) ........2
Chesterfield (2) ........ 2 Luton (0)......................0
Crawley Town (0)... 2 Barnet (0)....................0
Exeter (1).......................1 Coventry (0) .............0
Grimsby (0) .................1 Newport C (1)...........2
Lincoln City (1)......... 2 Notts County (1) ...2
Morecambe (1)..........1 Stevenage (0)...........1
Port Vale (0)................1 Yeovil (1) ......................1
Swindon (0) ................1 Forest Green (0)....0
Wycombe (2) .............. 3 Colchester (0)..........1
P W D L F A Pts
Luton
27 16 6 5 62 27 54
Notts County 27 14 9 4 46 28 51
Acc Stanley
26 14 4 8 44 30 46
Wycombe
27 13 7 7 49 36 46
Exeter
26 14 3 9 36 32 45
Lincoln City
27 12 8 7 37 26 44
Mansfield
27 11 11 5 38 29 44
Coventry
27 13 5 9 28 19 44
Swindon
26 14 2 10 39 34 44
Newport C
27 11 9 7 37 31 42
Colchester
28 11 8 9 37 34 41
Cambridge Utd 27 10 8 9 25 31 38
Carlisle
27 10 7 10 38 37 37
Crawley Town 27 10 6 11 27 31 36
Stevenage
27 9 7 11 37 40 34
Cheltenham
28 9 7 12 37 41 34
Grimsby
28 9 7 12 27 38 34
Port Vale
28 9 5 14 30 36 32
Morecambe
27 7 8 12 27 37 29
Crewe
27 9 2 16 29 42 29
Yeovil
27 7 7 13 37 48 28
Chesterfield
28 6 6 16 28 51 24
Forest Green 27 6 5 16 26 48 23
Barnet
27 5 5 17 26 41 20
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Brechin 0 Livingston 2; Dumbarton 0 St
Mirren 2; Dunfermline 0 Dundee Utd 0;
Inverness CT 3 Queen of South 1; Morton
0 Falkirk 1.
Leading Positions: 1 St Mirren P 22 pts
48, 2 Dundee Utd (21-40), 3 Dunfermline
(21-33), 4 Livingston (20-33), 5 Queen of
South (21-30), 6 Inverness CT (22-30).
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE
Arbroath 2 Queen’s Park 1; East Fife 2
Alloa 1; Forfar 4 Albion 2; Raith 1 Ayr 1;
Stranraer 3 Airdrieonians 2.
Leading Positions: 1 Raith P 20 pts 46,
2 Ayr (22-45), 3 Arbroath (20-33), 4 Alloa
(20-31), 5 Stranraer (21-29), 6 East Fife
(22-27).
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Berwick 0 Annan Athletic 2; Clyde 0
Stenhousemuir 3; Edinburgh City 0
Montrose 2; Elgin 1 Cowdenbeath 0; Peterhead 4 Stirling 3.
Leading Positions: 1 Montrose P 21 pts
44, 2 Peterhead (19-43), 3 Stenhousemuir
(20-35), 4 Annan Athletic (21-31), 5 Stirling (19-30), 6 Elgin (20-30).
FA TROPHY SECOND ROUND
Billericay 3 Stourbridge 2; Blyth Spartans 1 Bromley 4; Bognor Regis Town 1
Leyton Orient 1; Brackley 0 Barrow 0;
Dover 4 Marine 3; East Thurrock 1 Chester FC 0; Ebbsfleet United 1 Warrington
Town 1; Gateshead 3 Boreham Wood 3;
Kidderminster 2 Stockport County 2;
Maidstone Utd 2 Heybridge 1; St Albans 1
Harrogate Town 1; Sutton Utd 3 Hendon
0; Wealdstone 1 Hereford FC 0; WestonS-Mare 1 Workington 1; FC Halifax 1
Maidenhead Utd 4; Spennymoor Town 2
Solihull Moors 0.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
AFC Fylde 2 Guiseley 1; Torquay 1 Eastleigh 2; Woking 0 Tranmere 1.
Leading Positions: 1 Macclesfield P 29
pts 55, 2 Aldershot (29-51), 3 Sutton Utd
(29-49), 4 Wrexham (28-48), 5 Tranmere
(29-47), 6 Boreham Wood (29-47).
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH
Alfreton Town 1 Darlington 1; Curzon
Ashton 0 Chorley 2; Gainsborough 0
Nuneaton 1; Salford City 3 AFC Telford
0; Southport 2 Leamington 0; York 2
Bradford P A 1.
Leading Positions: 1 Salford City P 26 pts
58, 2 Harrogate Town (25-50), 3 Brackley
(25-48), 4 Spennymoor Town (24-44), 5
Blyth Spartans (24-42), 6 York (25-41).
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH
Chelmsford 1 Bath City 1; Chippenham 1
Braintree Town 1; Dartford 1 Havant and
W 0; Eastbourne Borough 1 Hampton &
Richmond 2; Hemel Hempstead 1 Hungerford Town 2; Oxford City 0 Whitehawk 1; Truro City P Concord Rangers P
(Postponed - due to waterlogged pitch).
Leading Positions: 1 Dartford P 26 pts
49, 2 Hampton & Richmond (26-47), 3
Havant and W (25-46), 4 Braintree Town
(26-45), 5 Truro City (25-43), 6 Chelmsford (25-42).
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‘I try to use
players who
are focused
on being at
the club’
» Continued from back page
had already admitted earlier
yesterday that wouldn’t be the case
for long, however.
“He [Sanchez] has always been
committed until now but he could
have gone yesterday and he could
go in the next 48 hours,” Wenger
said. “It was difficult for him because he was on standby. That’s
why I decided not to do it [play
him]. He did not refuse to play.”
Asked if Sanchez would be replaced if he leaves, Wenger said:
“Yes. Look, if Sanchez goes we
need to replace him. If players like
Sanchez go we have of course to
respond. Will he go or not, I don’t
know, but at the moment it’s the
transfer period.
“In this kind of period we try
to use the players completely focused on being at the club. I don’t
master the rhythm of that but it
could happen today, tomorrow, or
not at all. That’s why I didn’t want
to travel with him, and then suddenly he could go.”
On the defeat to Bournemouth,
Wenger was exasperated with
Arsenal’s unforced errors.
“Of course it’s frustrating, it’s
very frustrating,” the manager
said afterwards. “It’s a very disappointing result for us. Especially
when you’re 1-0 up and we made
mistakes in areas where you wonder where the mistakes come
from.”
Arsenal are now without a win
in five games, three in the league,
a run dating back to 28 December
last year. “We did the most difficult [part], and we were 1-0 up,”
Wenger said. “And after that we
made two very surprising mistakes, not even forced errors. It
was just a lack of the right decision-making. Overall we come out
of the game and you think ‘how did
we lose the game’, and that’s basically it.” THE INDEPENDENT
Sanchez has given
up on Wenger’s
misfiring Gunners
BOURNEMOUTH
Wilson 70, Ibe 74
2
ARSENAL
Bellerin 52
1
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
AT VITALITY STADIUM
Arsène Wenger said the defeat to
Bournemouth was ‘frustrating’
No wonder Alexis Sanchez is so desperate to leave. Arsenal threw away a
1-0 lead to lose 2-1 on the south coast,
a disastrous result from a performance lacking in quality, control, organisation and spirit.
Arsenal missed their best player
too, with Sanchez not even travelling as he is so close to a move. But
who can be surprised at Sanchez for
forcing a move away when the rest of
the team plays like this? He has spent
over three years exasperated at his
mediocre team-mates and nothing
he saw yesterday – if he was watching – will have convinced him to stay.
yet and without him Arsenal would
have been even flatter. But even
Wilshere is a player Arsenal tried to
sell last summer, who has six months
left on his deal and whose future has
still not yet been secured.
The last time Wilshere could claim
to be Arsenal’s best player was back
in 2012-13, before Sanchez and Ozil
were signed but after the departures
of Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie. For Wilshere to be to be ArseYes, they missed their second best nal’s main man again is credit to his
player here too, with Mesut Ozil still own hard work and resilience. But it
absent with a knee injury. Arsenal makes you wonder what the last five
have redoubled efforts to keep him, years have been all about.
knowing how bad it would be to lose
This was the third game of
Sanchez and Ozil together. But he Wenger’s three-match touchline ban
now finds himself at a team strand- and when he came into the press coned in sixth, a long way off
ference afterwards he looked
fourth. They have barely
defeated and infuriated.
put together a serious
This Arsenal fronttitle challenge in Ozil’s
line, without Sanchez,
five seasons at the
is desperately lacking
Emirates.
in goals. Alexandre
Minutes (over
Without Sanchez
Lacazette has not
11
hours)
since
and Ozil this is not a
scored in nine games
Alexandre
Lacazette
good team, and their
now, Alex Iwobi has
last scored a goal
best player here by
one goal all season and
far was Jack Wilshere.
Danny Welbeck has not
He played much better
scored in the league since
here in an Arsenal shirt than
September. None of those
he ever did in his season loan at
three ever looked like changing
Bournemouth. He won the ball in those records yesterday. Welbeck
his own area, skipped past tackles, had a chance late in the first half
played searching long passes and and Iwobi should have made it 2-0
wriggled through tight spaces. This but that was it. When Arsenal did
was his most complete performance take the lead, seven minutes into
685
Bournemouth
Begovic
Francis
A Smith
S Cook
Ake
L Cook
Gosling
Ibe
Fraser
Daniels
Wilson
Lacazette
Welbeck
Maitland- Xhaka
Niles
Holding
Iwobi
Wilshere
Mustafi
Bellerin
Chambers
Cech
Arsenal
Substitutions: Bournemouth Mousset (Daniels, 63),
Pugh (Ibe, 86), Afobe (Wilson, 90); Arsenal Ramsey
(Chambers, 74), Walcott (Iwobi, 76).
Booked: Bournemouth Gosling, Francis; Arsenal
Xhaka, Wilshere.
Man of the match Ibe.
Match rating 6/10.
Possession: Bournemouth 41% Arsenal 59%.
Attempts on target: Bournemouth 5 Arsenal 3.
Referee K Friend (Leicestershire).
Attendance 10,836.
the second half, it came from Hector Bellerin after a clever move between Wilshere and Granit Xhaka
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Callum Wilson nips
ahead of Arsenal’s
defence to level the
scores at 1-1 GETTY
which gave Iwobi the ball in space. He
threaded a pass through to Bellerin,
racing in behind Charlie Daniels.
Bearing down on goal his powerful
shot hit Asmir Begovic and looped in.
Leading 1-0 against Bournemouth
should have been enough. What really upset Wenger, more than the
lack of edge in the final third, was
the two unforced errors, the “lack of
the right decision-making”. Arsenal
went from 1-0 up to 2-1 down within
four minutes. Not because of any
great pressure, Arsenal just threw
the game away.
First Ryan Fraser whipped a cross
round the back of the Arsenal defence. Petr Cech decided to dart out
to get it but he was too slow. Callum
Wilson got their first at the near post,
leaving him with a simple finish into
an empty net.
So Wenger took off Calum Chambers for Aaron Ramsey to push for
a winner, and straight after Arsenal
conceded again. As the defence adjusted from a back five to a back four,
they left a huge space, and Lewis
Cook clipped a ball to Wilson which
flew straight over the head of Shkodran Mustafi. He laid the ball back
to Jordon Ibe, rushing into the box,
and he thumped the ball past Cech
to make it 2-1. Arsenal are only heading in one direction, which is why
Sanchez has given up on them. The
next question is whether Ozil will too.
THE INDEPENDENT
‘Football can
do more to help
black players’
» Continued from back page
between what’s unacceptable
abuse and what’s not. There’s
a difference between insulting
behaviour and abusive behaviour,
although one can often lead to
another. The networks should’ve
established that by now and
decided on appropriate action.
“It’s important these platforms
and their owners understand
their responsibility to help
eliminate this. It’s already bad
when we know they are a
mechanism used to bully
individuals, young people at
school. Very young people are
self-harming and even
suicide attempts
are being made.
Where’s the
responsibility?”
Ouseley
(right) praised
Bournemouth’s
Mings for
speaking out so
eloquently. “He
put it into context
and told the story but
placed it within the politics of
Britain and the world where hate
and prejudice are on the rise,”
Ouseley said.
Kick It Out is already working
with academy youngsters at clubs
to help them understand what is
unacceptable to post online and
encouraging them to report abuse
when they are subjected to it.
Ousley, 72, has also called on
clubs and the game’s stakeholders
to do more to help stop black
players being targeted online.
“Football can do more,” Ouseley
said. “Social media has helped
football reach around the world,
so football should also take
responsibility in dealing with it.
“I’ve been saying to the Football
Association, the PFA, the LMA,
the Premier League and Football
League, you have to come together
and deal with it in a collective
way. The FA is the governing body
and should take the lead, but they
should all be doing it together.”
ReactiontoMingsstory
‘If we needed reminders that there
are issues still in the English game,
then... [look at] the Tyrone Mings
interview with Sam Cunningham
in i about the racist abuse he has
received on social media.’
Dominic Fifield, The Guardian
‘Important words – we’re right
behind you. Racism is no less
damaging when online and it’s
vital anyone who sees it reports it.’
Kick It Out, anti-racism body
‘I don’t think we can underestimate the awful stuff players get
on social media. We’re not just
talking top players – we’re talking
young players who are 19, 20.’
Charlie Wyett, The Sun
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Premier League Saturday action
WATFORD 2-2 SOUTHAMPTON
Doucouré’s handball goal adds
weight to demand for video refs
Southampton manager Mauricio
Pellegrino wants video technology
to be fast-tracked into the Premier
League after Saints were victims
of a blatant injustice when Watford
midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré
scored a last-minute equaliser with
his hand.
The incident (right) was missed
by referee Roger East and assistant
Derek Eaton – and by most of those
in attendance at Vicarage Road. But
TV replays showed a clear handball
which the new Video Assistant
Referee system – trialled last week
in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup –
would have picked up instantly.
Even Watford captain Troy
Deeney admitted the goal would
have been disallowed had VAR
technology been used.
And Pellegrino said: “I’ve never
seen this type of mistake in the
Premier League before. To have
this injustice is really hard. I think
we have to try and analyse if it’s
possible to help the sport to make
HUDDERSFIELD 1-4 W HAM
better decisions, even for the
referee. We have to try using video
technology in the Premier League.
“In every single team sport
technology helps us to make better
decicisions. Why not football?”
There was another controversial
“handball” incident at
Newcastle, where Swansea
felt they were
denied a penalty
that would have
been awarded
by a video referee
when the home side’s
Mohamed Diamé appeared
to block the ball illegally.
Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal
said: “My assistant says it’s a
very clear penalty and a red card
also, so it’s another decision that
creates something important but
what can we do?”
Former England midfielder
Frank Lampard told BBC Match
of the Day viewers: “It’s another
advert for VAR. This is a penalty
– it’s very clear. It’s not accidental,
because he moves his elbow
towards the ball. VAR, hurry up!”
At Watford, Southampton were
on the verge of a first win in 10
league matches thanks to two
first-half goals from James WardProwse. But Andre Gray pulled one
back just before the hour and the
controversial late leveller
saved Watford from a
seventh defeat in eight
matches.
Hornets winger
Roberto Pereyra
was grateful for
their huge slice
of luck. “We
managed to get
a point which
will allow us to get
more confidence
for the next
games,” he said.
“We think they
will all be difficult
matches from now until May.”
Away-day delight
as Moyes joins
the PL 200 club
W BROM 2-0 BRIGHTON
SPURS 4-0 EVERTON
Rodriguez faces Achiever Kane
FA probe over tops Sheringham
alleged ‘words’ Spurs goals tally
Marko Arnautovic
scored one and
laid on two for
Manuel Lanzini
as West Ham’s
revival under
David Moyes
(above) continued with a win that
lifted them above Huddersfield.
It was Moyes’ 200th Premier
League win as a manager – only
Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsène Wenger
and Harry Redknapp have more
– and he said: “For us to beat one
of our rivals is a big thing. I don’t
think any of the teams are much
better than the other, but we’re
beginning to win on the road.”
The Football Association is to
investigate remarks allegedly
made by Jay Rodriguez to Brighton
defender Gaetan Bong as West
Bromwich Albion at last ended a
20-game run without a league win.
The alleged comment – which
Rodriguez denies making – was
reported during the game to
referee Martin Atkinson. Brighton
manager Chris Hughton said:
“I am aware of the allegation.
It’s been handled in the correct
manner by the referee.”
Bong later tweeted: “Some
words should not be said on a
football field... Rodriguez words
are unforgivable!”
Harry Kane’s 97th
and 98th top-flight
goals took him
past Teddy
Sheringham as
Tottenham’s
top Premier
League scorer. And boss Mauricio
Pochettino said: “Kane [above]
can achieve all he wishes. He is
always thinking to try to improve,
improve, improve for the team.”
Everton did not have a single
shot on target and manager Sam
Allardyce said: “But for Jordan
Pickford they would have had more
goals. I’m hugely disappointed in
the professionalism of my players.”
NEWCASTLE 1-1 SWANSEA
Olsson sees
hope for Swans
C PALACE 1-0 BURNLEY
CHELSEA 0-0 LEICESTER
Mee detects turn Whistling fans
for the better
upset Courtois
DeAndre Yedlin’s goal-line
clearance from Wilfried Bony
denied Swansea a second away
win under new manager Carlos
Carvalhal. And Martin Olsson
believes the Swans have the spirit
to get out of relegation danger.
“We haven’t created loads of
chances in the past, but now we
are showing that bit of attacking
threat as well,” the full-back said.
Swans led for seven second-half
minutes before Joselu cancelled
out Jordan Ayew’s header.
Bakary Sako’s first-half strike gave
injury-ravaged Crystal Palace a
deserved victory and left Burnley
without a win in seven games.
That run threatens to ruin the
Clarets’ fine start to the season,
but captain Ben Mee (below) saw
signs of recovery in their secondhalf display. He said: “We wanted
to put on a better
performance. We
had some good
pressure. We’re
not far away.”
Thibaut Courtois criticised
the fans who expressed their
discontent as Chelsea were held to
their third goalless draw in a week.
“I know we didn’t have a good
game, but we need the fans to get
behind the team and not, when
a player has a bad pass or a bad
shot, start booing and whistling,”
the goalkeeper said. “I don’t think
we’re playing a bad season.”
Leicester dominated until
defender Ben Chilwell was sent off
midway through the second half.
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Liverpool end City’s
run and show there
is life after Coutinho
LIVERPOOL
Oxlade-Chamberlain 9, Firmino 59,
Mané 61, Salah 68
4
MANCHESTER CITY
Sane 40, B Silva 84, Gundogan 90
3
Sam
Cunningham
FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
So there is life after Philippe Coutinho, after all. And Liverpool showed it
emphatically with their performance
of the season to end Manchester
City’s hopes of an unbeaten Premier
League campaign in their first match
without the Brazilian star.
Somewhere, Arsène Wenger will
have turned up the corner of his
mouth in his trademark wicked smile,
safe in the knowledge that his Invincible Arsenal side remain unmatched
for a 14th year.
Roberto Firmino, Mohamed
Salah and Sadio Mané are the envyinducing attacking trio that Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is
banking on filling the £142million void
left by their former team-mate, and
they all scored goals of the quality
you felt a team needed to in order to
become the first to defeat Pep Guardiola’s side in the league.
It was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain,
another with more responsibility
placed on his shoulders than a week
ago, who started it; shrugging off
Fernandinho and driving low from
the edge of box into the bottom left
corner. Moments like that are why
Oxlade-Chamberlain left Arsenal in
the summer.
He already has three Premier
League goals for Liverpool, more
than he managed in a single season
under Wenger’s tutelage and this
was one of his best performances in
years. He made a clever late run into
space away from preoccupied City
defenders but was not picked out
by Mané; he won a second and third
ball, bounced off Danilo and curled in
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a cross that Firmino tried to glance
in; in the second half he overlapped,
cut inside the sliding Kyle Walker and
shot low and hard, but Ederson reacted. This is the Oxlade-Chamberlain
that Wenger always insisted was hidden inside the 24-year-old. One that
could make a late play for Gareth
Southgate’s World Cup squad.
Liverpool could not have played
a better first 40 minutes until they
conceded out of nowhere to three of
their own errors: Walker’s cross-field
pass was misread by Joe Gomez, allowing Leroy Sane to chest the ball
inside where Joel Matip provided
no resistance and City’s German
thumped the ball hard at Loris Karius’s near post.
It was a powerful shot but Karius’s
Liverpool
Karius
Matip
Gomez
Lovren Robertson
OxladeChamberlain
Can
Wijnaldum
Salah
Firmino
Mane
Sane
Aguero
Sterling
Gundogan Fernandinho De Bruyne
Delph
Otamendi
Stones
Walker
Ederson
Manchester City
Substitutions: Liverpool Milner (Can, 79), Lallana
(Salah, 88), Klavan (Mane, 90); Manchester City Danilo
(Delph, 31), B Silva (Sterling, 71).
Booked: Liverpool Firmino, Milner; Manchester City
Otamendi, Sterling, Fernandinho.
Man of the match Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Match rating 9/10.
Possession: Liverpool 36% Manchester City 64%.
Attempts on target: Liverpool 7 Manchester City 4.
Referee: A Marriner (West Midlands).
Attendance 53,285.
FOOTBALL
Early Keita arrival at
Liverpool ruled out
RB Leipzig have officially ruled out
the possibility of Naby Keita joining
Liverpool this January, six months
ahead of schedule. Liverpool are
searching for a replacement for
Philippe Coutinho. Keita will arrive
on Merseyside as part of a £57million
deal in July Liverpool re-opened
negotiations with Leipzig in the
hope of bringing the midfielder’s
move forward. But the German club
said: “Naby Keita will remain an RB
Leipzig player until 30th June 2018.”
hands turned to jelly. The goalkeeper
buried his head in the turf; there were
some big mistakes there but he knew
his error was the biggest of them all.
Simon Mignolet was on the bench
but Liverpool have felt like they have
been missing a goalkeeper equal to
the quality of their expectations for
years. Guardiola had his own difficulties with keepers last season but
solved the problem by buying Ederson in the summer. Liverpool are a
club who have ambitions to win the
Premier League but Karius and Mignolet are so far beneath the elite pool
of David De Gea, Thibaut Courtois,
Hugo Lloris and Petr Cech.
Klopp has spent £75m on Virgil van
Dijk, who was badly needed yet absent with a tight hamstring, but some
of the Coutinho money must surely
be set aside for a suitable goalkeeper. If they had someone better, they
would not be 15 points behind City.
The visitors looked the likelier to
push on in the game at 1-1 until a moment from Firmino just before the
hour tipped the balance in the manner they used to turn to Coutinho for.
A ball inside John Stones from
Oxlade-Chamberlain found Firmino
who turned and clipped the ball over
City’s goalkeeper and off the right
post.
Three minutes later, Mané received
retribution of sorts for his red card
in the humiliating 5-0 defeat to City
back in September, thrashing the ball
left-footed into the top left corner.
Salah then cut out Ederson’s poor
clearance and sent the ball back over
the goalkeeper from around 40 yards.
Even then, Guardiola chopped
and changed. He took off Raheem
Sterling, on a yellow card and booed
at every moment by an unforgiving
Anfield crowd, and City created a
nervy finish for the locals: Bernardo
Silva and Ilkay Gundogan reeling Liverpool in to within a goal that never
came.
City will still go on to win the title
this season but Liverpool can use this
result as a marker for a future without their star player.
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it was all forced by us,” Liverpool
manager Klopp said. “It was
really brilliant. It is so difficult.
If it was not that difficult a lot
more teams would do it, so I was
really happy about that.”
Klopp also defended his
goalkeeper Loris Karius who
was criticised for letting in
Leroy Sane’s equaliser at his
near post. “People always find a
BOXING
Date set for Joshua v Parker
Anthony Joshua will fight New
Zealand’s WBO heavyweight
world champion Joseph
Parker at Cardiff’s
Principality Stadium
on 31 March, it has
been confirmed. The
28-year-old unbeaten
Briton, who already
holds the IBF and WBA
heavyweight titles, will
attempt to add a third
world crown when he takes
on fellow champion Parker in the
Welsh capital after Matchroom
Boxing reached a conclusion in
their drawn-out talks with
Parker’s camp. Joshua (left)
said: “These fights aren’t
easy because there is a lot
on the line, so respect to
team Parker for taking
the challenge. And you
know me, I love this game.
I am looking forward to it,
training camp is underway
and before you know it March 31
will be upon us.”
hair in the soup and I’m not like
this,” Klopp said. “The Man City
goalkeeper made Mo Salah’s
goal [with an awful clearance],
probably nobody will talk about
that.”
Liverpool midfielder Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain, scorer of
the opening goal, said: “We know
they like to play out from the
back and they are really good at
it, but at the same time we thrive
when teams try and do that.”
GOLF
Caddie wife helps
Paisley to first win
Englishman Chris Paisley appointed
his wife as a stand-in caddie and it
inspired him to his first European
Tour victory at the South African
Open. Paisley, 31, shot 66 in the final
round to finish 21 under par, three
ahead of South African Branden
Grace. Paisley’s regular caddie was
on holiday so his wife Keri took the
bag at the Glendower Country Club
in Johannesburg. “She never put a
foot wrong,” he said. “It’s the first
time she has ever caddied.”
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Reds’ dance past Pep’s
men a thrill to witness
goal arrived via an ambush in the
opening 10 minutes with OxladeChamberlain picking up a loose ball,
driving forward and delivering a
stonker of a strike.
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Consistency has always been the
issue with Oxlade-Chamberlain, who
ou dancing? You asking?
in moments when the pieces fall into
Not half. In the memory of place can look like a world beater.
those that witnessed this
Klopp took a punt out of necessity,
remarkable match Jürgen knowing that Coutinho was on his
Klopp with be forever pir- way, and the period of assimilation
ouetting down the Anfield
has been long.
touchline in eternal comPlayers capable of dipMaybe they ping a shoulder and beatmunion with the Kop.
knew that one ing a man, players of pace
Liverpool came to the
party as only they can,
and balance are rare birds
more goal
filling the dance floor with would have
indeed. Oxlade-Chamberthrilling moves before fall- taken them
lain is one. His challenge
ing over their feet at the
in this red shirt is to throw
end, a team drunk on thrill beyond United shapes like this with greatinto
second
of it all.
er frequency.
This is how it is destined place in
One player that has acto be under Klopp (below), the league
quired that very attribute
goals aplenty at both ends.
brought City level shortly
With eight minutes to go
before the break. Play like
and the score 4-1 in their favour,
Messi he was told by Pep Guardiola.
Liverpool went piling forward in
With more goals like this the instrucsearch of a fifth against the hitherto
tion might be reversed. Play like
unbeaten Manchester City.
Leroy Sane, Leo.
Maybe they knew that one more
It looked so easy. It was some ball
goal would have taken them above
by Kyle Walker and some finish by
Manchester United into second
the young German, accepting the
place on goal difference, two Manc
long, floated pass on his chest, taking
scalps on the same night too intoxiJoel Matip and Joe Gomez ice skatcating a pleasure to ignore.
ing before rifling a left-foot shot past
The next goal came, and the next,
Loris Karius at the near post.
both from City, who might have
Karius has probably ushered
nicked an astonishing draw
the return of Simon Mignolet
with the last attack of the
back into goal next week
game, Sergio Aguero
with his failure to prolaunching himself at antect his near post. That
other whipped cross.
said Sane’s strike was
What a treat this was,
pure and the ball was
Liverpool spreading
travelling.
their plumage wide for
City were pressing for
the visit of the Premier
a second when Liverpool
League’s most beautiful
sprung the trap again with
team. The futility of parking
two goals in as many minutes
the bus against City is proven, not
from Roberto Firmino and a ripper
that Liverpool under Klopp have any from Sadio Mané. When Mohamed
reverse gears.
Salah capitalised on an Ederson
Without Philippe Coutinho finderror to crack a cheeky fourth, that
ing the gaps, Liverpool have lost a
seemed to be that.
degree of precision and that showed
Enter Bernardo Silva and Ilkay
early on. Liverpool were most imGundogan to make the last dance a
pressive in the middle of the park
nervous affair for any in red. A first
where Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain,
defeat of the season changes little for
Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum City, but the result might just instil
were at City like a pack of indefatiga- in Liverpool the belief that next year,
ble wolves all afternoon.
a Premier League title might at last
Not surprisingly the opening
be theirs.
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Talking points
Oxlade-Chamberlain steps up
Speaking ahead of this game, Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain said: You can’t
think: ‘What are we going to do now
that Phil [Coutinho] is not here?’.
We still have amazing players who
can score goals.” Most expected
that to mean Roberto Firmino,
Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah.
Instead it was the Ox himself who
stepped up first, lashing in the
opener after nine minutes.
FOOTBALL
Berahino mocked
for mixing up days
Saido Berahino appeared to have got
his days mixed up as he arrived at
Stoke’s training ground ready for the
game at Manchester United.
The striker was mocked by teammates Kurt Zouma and Eric Maxim
Choupo-Moting on Instagram for
seemingly presuming the clash was
yesterday instead of tonight.
Zouma uploaded a story poking
fun at Berahino, who was wearing
a full Stoke tracksuit and holding a
washbag ready to board the coach.
By Evan Bartlett
Question marks over Ederson
City’s Brazilian goalkeeper has
been one of the league’s best
summer signings. But he made
two big errors here. For Liverpool’s
first, he sat deep in his box and was
on his heels as Oxlade-Chamberlian’s low drive came firing past
his right hand. He then let himself
down again with a poor clearance
which fell to Mohamed Salah for
Liverpool’s fourth.
New goalkeeper a must for Klopp
There was a tribute before the
game to legendary Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, who
passed away last week. What Reds
fans would do to have someone of
his quality between the sticks now,
rather than Jürgen Klopp’s chopchange-policy. Loris Karius was
at fault for Leroy Sane’s equaliser,
so it would be no surprise to see
Simon Mignolet back next week.
FOOTBALL
City v Arsenal in Continental final
Holders Manchester City Women
will meet Arsenal in the
Continental Tyres Cup
final after both came
through semi-finals
against Chelsea and
Reading respectively.
City edged out
Chelsea 1-0 at
Kingsmeadow as Nadia
Nadim’s (right) early
strike, off a Jill Scott cross,
was her second in as many
games. Scott and Nikita Parris then
had a chance to increase City’s lead.
Arsenal’s Jordan Nobbs scored
the winner after her side
had to come from behind
with two goals in the
last 10 minutes to beat
a determined Reading
3-2. Lauren Bruton had
made it 2-1 to Reading,
after Brooke Chaplen had
cancelled out Beth Mead’s
early strike for Arsenal. The
final at Manchester City Academy
is on 11 March.
DARTS
Durrant battles to
BDO title defence
Mark McGeeney missed two
darts for the title as Glen Durrant
successfully defended his BDO
World Championship crown with
a 7-6 victory at Lakeside. The first
eight sets went with the throw
before Durrant took a lead for the
first time in the ninth. He then
missed a string of shots at double
as McGeeney forced a decisive set.
However, a brilliant 149 checkout
finally put Durrant within a leg of
victory and he took out double three.
Sport on tv
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Cricket: South Africa v India
Sky Sports Cricket, 7.55am
T20 Cricket: Hobart v Brisbane
BT Sport 2, 8.30am
Snooker: The Masters
BBC Two, 1pm
Basketball: Wizards v Bucks
BT Sport 1, 7pm
Football: Man United v Stoke City
Sky Sports Premier League, 7pm
Cricket: New Zealand v Pakistan
Sky Sp Arena, 12.55am (tomorrow)
Sanchez is
‘on standby’
to leave with
United the
frontrunners
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By Miguel Delaney
Manchester United are confident
of beating Manchester City to the
signing of Alexis Sanchez, as Arsène
Wenger admitted the Chilean is “on
standby” to leave Arsenal.
While City have not yet walked
away from a deal for the player,
they have so far made it clear they
will not meet Arsenal’s £35m asking
price, or pay high agent fees of up to
£10m. United are willing to do so,
and pay Sanchez up to £400,000 a
week, while playing on the fact that
they know he is desperate to move
as soon as possible.
City are insisting on a patient and
resilient approach to strike what
they see as a fair deal for a 29-yearold, and are prepared to walk away.
Wenger, who left Sanchez out of
his squad for yesterday’s defeat at
Bournemouth, is ready to let the
player go and is understood to have
lined up Bordeaux’s Malcom as a
replacement.
City manager Pep Guardiola refused to talk about Sanchez after his
side’s 4-3 defeat at Liverpool, saying
“he is an Arsenal player”. Wenger
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RUGBY UNION
Jürgen Klopp claimed Liverpool made
Manchester City look “insecure” after
they ended Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten
Premier League run.
City remain 15 points clear at the top of
the table but had appeared unstoppable
in the league until Liverpool put four past
them at Anfield yesterday.
Three of those came in nine stunning
second-half minutes with the score level
at 1-1 and meant City’s two late goals were
not enough to prevent defeat.
“It looked like they were insecure, but
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Tech giants ‘should face
huge fines for racist abuse’
Kick It Out’s Lord Ouseley predicts million-pound penalties for social media firms
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FOOTBALL
Does anybody
want it? O’Neill
latest to turn
down Stoke
FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
Lord Herman Ouseley has warned
social media giants they could eventually face multi-million-pound fines
if they do not clean up the shocking racism and abuse on their sites,
which is particularly targeted at
footballers.
Speaking after Premier League
defender Tyrone Mings, 24, opened
up to i about the sheer scale of racist
abuse that black footballers are regularly subjected to online every day,
Kick It Out chairman Ouseley believes that new laws might have to be
introduced with tough punishments
to force companies such as Twitter,
Instagram and Facebook to act.
“At some stage we’re going to be
pushed down the legislative route
if this is not sorted out,” Ouseley
told i. “When that happens people
say you’re tying to gag others. We
get this in parliament all the time.
But it’s not about stopping freedom
of speech, its about highlighting
where the line is and when it’s being
crossed. Tackling abuse surely can’t
do any damage to these companies’
popularity and profitability.
“I think we’ll eventually get down
the road of legislation where if social
networks are not taking responsibil-
ity to eradicate it [abuse] they’ll have
to be punished; fined considerably.
Where it’s clear it could be avoided
and where it’s caused damage. Do we
want to do that? No. But they have to
do something.
“I’m talking massive, multi-million-pound fines. They have to have
an impact. These organisations have
to be responsible for drawing a line
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