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QUA L I T Y, C O N C I S E – T H E F U T U R E O F I N D E PE N D E N T JOU R NA L I S M
INVESTIGATION
Children
aged four
carrying
knives
at school
MONDAY
29 JANUARY 2018
Number 2,240
Federer
fairy tale
Roger wins 20th
Grand Slam
Miracle rescue
Six people and
baby found in
Pacific a week after
their ferry sank
P25
Corbyn pledge
8,000 homes
for the homeless
P4
Revealed
» Shocking extent of knife crime in UK’s classrooms
» 42% increase in pupils caught carrying a weapon
» Teachers plead for help to tackle growing problem
» Hunting knives, machetes and axes are seized
» South Yorkshire +150%, Manchester +90%,
West Midlands +30%, London +20%
Good news
for journalism
Trust in quality
media is rising...
and women are
getting the scoops
P39
Beat the
Germans
P50
Reserve your
holiday sunbed
for a week
INSIDE
‘It was horrifying
– a kid I teach, stabbing me,
trying to kill me’
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PEOPLE
How is this
countertenor
shaking up the
establishment?
See p.19
The day at
a glance
TECHNOLOGY
ISRAEL
29
JANUARY
Quote of the day
Egotist: a person
more interested in
himself than in me
AMBROSE BIERCE
Birthdays
Clare Balding, TV
presenter (below), 47; Tony
Blackburn, DJ, 75; Andrew
Loog Oldham, record
producer, 74; Miranda
Krestovnikoff, presenter,
45; Raymond Keene, chess
grandmaster, 70; Oprah
Winfrey, presenter, 64
Anniversaries
Monday 29 January 1996
France says that it
will no longer test
nuclear weapons. The
announcement by
President Jacques Chirac
came a day after France
exploded its sixth and
biggest nuclear device in
the South Pacific.
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Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu said yesterday that he
expects Poland will amend proposed
legislation that would outlaw the
blaming of the Polish nation for
crimes committed during the
Holocaust. But Polish officials said
the bill was being misinterpreted
and its wording would not be changed.
CYPRUS
WALES
Plan to lower voting
age to 16 in local poll
The Government’s pledge to give
95 per cent of the country access
to superfast broadband has been
met, according to the Culture
Secretary, Matt Hancock. According
to thinkbroadband.com, speeds of
24mbps or faster are now available
to 27.5 million out of 28.9 million
premises in the UK.
Incumbent Greek Cypriot President
Nicos Anastasiades, 71, will face
leftist candidate Stavros Malas,
50, in a presidential run-off on
4 February, results from 85 per
cent of ballots counted yesterday
suggested, in a race that could define
whether peace talks with Turkish
Cypriots can resume this year.
The voting age in Wales could soon
be lowered to 16 under plans to
modernise elections. If the Welsh
government plans are passed,
Wales would follow Scotland, where
the voting age was lowered for the
referendum. People aged 16 and 17
would be entitled to vote in Wales’
local elections in May 2022. PAGE 5
UNITED STATES
GERMANY
SOCIETY
Party members to
judge coalition deal
Young people dislike Home-schoolers
face-to-face contact
welcome change
NHS calls for plan to
eradicate hepatitis C
The leader of Germany’s Social
Democrats (SPD), Martin Schulz,
called on the party’s restive rankand-file to show readiness to
compromise when they vote on the
outcome of talks with Chancellor
Angela Merkel’s conservatives to
form a grand coalition, amid growing
nervousness about the ballot.
Young people would rather use
social media or talk online to people
they do not know than have a
conversation face to face. A YouGov
survey commissioned by Cancer
Research UK found those aged 18 to
24 are around 20 times more likely
never to speak to their neighbours
than those aged 55 and over.
NHS England has called on the
pharmaceutical industry to work
with it to provide best value for
money for new treatments so that
the NHS can commit to eliminating
hepatitis C in England. It would the
first country to do so, at least five
years earlier than the World Health
Organisation goal of 2030.
TRANSPORT
The List
Off track
HEALTH
Home-schooling advocates are
bracing for a stricter oversight of
their practice after the discovery of
13 malnourished siblings who were
allegedly being held captive by their
parents in California. They said they
supported mandatory medical visits
or regular academic assessments of
home-schooled children.
Trains currently running on the UK rail network have been in use for longer than at any time
since records began. Robert Stephenson’s Invicta was in its day the height of modernity when
it powered the first regular passenger service in the world in 1830. But in modern Britain
there are trains in operation dating back nearly half a century.
Gimme, gimme
Grammys...
7,000
Some of the biggest names in the
music business slugged it out at
the 60th annual Grammy Awards
in New York last night – but the
likes of Ed Sheeran and Kendrick
Lamar still have a long way to go
to catch up with the top Grammy
winners of all time.
6,400
1 Sir Georg Solti,
31 awards
2 Quincy Jones, 27
3 Alison Krauss
(pictured), 27
4 Pierre Boulez, 26
5 Vladimir Horowitz, 25
6 Stevie Wonder, 25
7 John Williams, 23
8 Beyoncé, 22
9 Chick Corea, 22
10 U2, 22
11 Vince Gill, 21
12 Jay-Z, 21
index
Crossword.............22
TV & Radio...........28
Arts..............................34
Business..................38
Puzzles.....................42
Weather...................45
The billionaire founder of Swedish
furniture chain Ikea has died aged
91. At 17, Ingvar Kamprad founded
the firm, using money his father had
given him for doing well at school
despite dyslexia. The firm called him
“one of the greatest entrepreneurs
of the 20th century”. PAGE 26
Run-off looms in
presidential poll
Anger at Poland over Broadband pledge
met, says minister
new Holocaust law
MONDAY
Billionaire Ikea
founder dies
New carriages to be
introduced on Britain’s
railway system
Extra services to operate
each week by 2021
ScotRail’s Caldonian Sleeper
runs Britain’s oldest trains
which have been in service for
the past 42 years
21
years
of
The average age
tly
carriages curren
in use
TransPennine Express, which
operates in northern England
and Scotland, has the newest
trains at an average of just
nine years old
Historical facts
21 February 1804
3 May 1830
22 May 1915
Richard Trevithick’s
Penydarren — used to
transport iron across
nine miles of track —
becomes the first
successful steam
locomotive run on rails
Robert Stephenson's
Invicta powers the first
regular passenger service
in the world, linking
Canterbury to the seaside
town of Whitstable
six miles away
A troop train collides
with a passenger train
near Gretna Green,
Scotland, killing 227
people. It is regarded as
the worst rail disaster
in British history
SOURCES: RAIL DELIVERY GROUP; OFFICE OF RAIL AND ROAD
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NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
ThePage3Profile
CAGNEY AND LACEY, TRAILBAZING TV DETECTIVES
IQ
30-37
BUSINESS SPORT
38-41
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SCOTLAND
Church condemns
Sunday cinema
A cinema on the Isle of Lewis has
opened on a Sunday for the first
time. About 250 people watched
a screening of Star Wars: The Last
Jedi at the An Lanntair arts venue
in Stornoway. Free Church minister
Rev James MacIver condemned the
opening, saying Sundays were for
the “spiritual side” of people’s lives.
UNITED STATES
Shuttle victim
honoured by state
New Hampshire has proclaimed
a day in tribute to a local teacher
who died in the Nasa space shuttle
Challenger disaster decades ago.
Republican governor Chris Sununu
said 28 January would be known as
Christa McAuliffe Day in honour
of the Concord woman selected to
become the first educator in space.
SPORT
Revolt against ban on
darts ‘walk-on’ girls
Haven’t I seen these two before?
If you remember the 1980s, then
most probably. For before Sarah
Lund had set eyes on her first woolly
jumper, these cops walked
the mean streets of New
York, and challenged
the perception of how
women are portrayed
onscreen. Now Cagney
and Lacey is set for a
return, with American
television network CBS
announcing a reboot of
the hit 1980s show, as well
as another iconic crime drama,
Magnum PI (inset).
He’s the one with the
moustache, right?
Tom Selleck? Yes, though sadly
neither Selleck, who played Thomas
Sullivan Magnum IV, the show’s
suave Hawaiian shirt-wearing
private investigator, nor Cagney
and Lacey stars Tyne Daly and
Sharon Gless, will be reprising
their roles.
Do we really need more
cop shows?
These are two genredefining dramas we’re
talking about here!
Cagney and Lacey is, at
its heart, all about female
friendship. Cagney (Gless)
is a gutsy and independent
career woman who likes a drink and
wears a cape whenever possible. Her
partner Lacey (Daley) is a workingclass mum, juggling her career with
her family. In the original show they
were regularly pitted against each
other and would often disagree,
though their loyalty was always
beyond question.
So, they are feminist pioneers...
The duo are regularly held up as
feminist icons for challenging the
male-dominated world the show is
set in. On the other hand, Magnum
PI, who drives a red Ferrari and
seems always to be solving crimes
committed against implausibly
beautiful women, was always a bit of
a chauvinist, though the series was
pioneering in other ways.
Magnum is a former Navy Seal who
served in the Vietnam War, and the
show was praised by ex-servicemen
for realistically portraying Vietnam
veterans as human beings and not
shell-shocked killers.
Russell Parton
More than 20,000 people have
signed a petition to reverse a ban
on so-called “walk-on girls” during
darts matches. Last week, the
Professional Darts Corporation
announced it would no longer
employ scantily clad models to lead
out the players in its tournaments.
But some fans and players objected.
CAMBODIA
Five Britons arrested
over ‘lewd’ singing
Five British nationals are among
a group of 10 foreigners facing up
to a year in prison after they were
arrested in Cambodia for “singing
and dancing pornographically”.
Cambodian police made the arrests
after raiding a party in Siem Reap,
near the tourist destination of
Angkor Wat. PAGE 25
i MONDAY
29 JANUARY 2018
3
Letter from
the Editor
Oliver Duff
i@inews.co.uk
Safer schools
We lead today’s front page with a
project from i’s investigations team.
Eighteen months ago, we
assembled this unit: reporters from
i’s offices in London, Manchester
and Scotland; and leading journalists
from Johnston Press newsrooms
around the UK.
The team’s work exposing secret
NHS cuts – and the biggest health
service shake-up in a generation –
was shortlisted for 2017 News Story
of the Year by the Foreign Press
Association.
Their investigation into lax
sentencing for people convicted of
causing death by dangerous driving
– which compounds the loss felt
by thousands of families around
Britain – persuaded the Government
to introduce life imprisonment for
the worst cases.
In today’s investigation, we
unearth shocking evidence showing
how prevalent knives and other
lethal weapons have become in
British schools. Children as young
as four have been caught carrying
a blade. We reveal a 42 per cent
increase in children caught in
possession of a knife or other
weapon over the past two years.
And they are the ones who have been
discovered.
Our kids shouldn’t have to face this
danger when they walk through the
school gate. The wrong word said to
the wrong person can spark a rash
act, impossible to undo.
Over the coming days, we’ll hear
from people affected by this increase
in knife use: teachers, pupils, family
and perpetrators.
We will also propose a plan to help
tackle this menace, seeking help from
police, schools and the justice system
to make practical recommendations.
Knowing how many i readers
we have in schools, our team
is especially keen to hear from
teachers, parents and students
about this problem.
Twitter: @olyduff
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NEWS
POLITICS
HEALTH
Corbyn pledges to
buy 8,000 homes
for rough sleepers
Doctors raise
concern over case
of sacked medic
By Chris Green
A Labour government would immediately buy 8,000 houses and
make them available to rough
sleepers as part of efforts to tackle
homelessness, Jeremy Corbyn has
announced.
Describing homelessness in 21stcentury Britain as “disgraceful” and
“wholly unnecessary”, the Labour
leader also said he would give councils the power to reclaim buildings
being kept vacant.
The party’s new policy was unveiled after official figures showed
that the number of people sleeping
rough in England has more than
doubled in the past five years.
Under the plans, a Labour govStatistics published last
week suggested that 4,751
people were rough sleeping in
England in autumn 2017, a 15 per
cent rise on the year before and
more than double than in 2012.
ernment would strike a deal with
local housing associations to make
properties available to rough sleepers as soon as they fall vacant.
The party would then fund
the replacements via its national
housebuilding programme, making
homes for rough sleepers available
much faster than if they were built
from scratch.
Labour would aim to be building
at least 100,000 affordable council
and housing association homes a
year by the end of the next Parliament, if it wins the next election.
The new homes would be a mixture of “move-on” housing for people leaving homeless hostels and
“housing first”, which sees rough
sleepers with complex needs given
permanent accommodation.
“We would give local authorities
the power to take over deliberately
kept empty properties,” Mr Corbyn
told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.
“There is something grossly insulting about the idea you would build
some luxury block and deliberately
keep it empty.”
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Jeremy Corbyn described homelessness as ‘wholly unnecessary’ BBC/GETTY
LABOUR
‘Trans women
should be treated
as women’
By John Vale
Jeremy Corbyn has said that transgender women should be treated as
women. There is disagreement in the
Labour Party over whether transgender women should be eligible to stand
in all-women shortlists.
“The position of the party is that
where you have self-identified as
a woman, then you are treated as a
woman,” Mr Corbyn told the BBC’s
The Andrew Marr Show yesterday.
“These people have been through a
big decision, a big process, with trauma. Let’s look at the human beings
in front of us,” he said. Labour activist Jennifer James has been barred
from holding office or representing
Labour; she created a crowdfunded
campaign to mount a legal challenge
against Labour’s policy on transgender women in female-only elections.
Mr Corbyn said he would talk to
feminist groups with concerns “and
see if we can find some way forward”.
More than 1,500 doctors have signed
a letter expressing their “deepseated concerns” about a doctor’s
striking off from the medical registar
after her mistakes cost the life of a
six-year-old boy in 2011.
Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was
convicted of manslaughter on the
grounds of gross negligence in 2015,
partly on the basis of evidence used
from her own electronic appraisal,
and sentenced to two years in prison,
suspended for two years.
The Medical Practitioner Tribunal
Service imposed a sanction of only
12 months’ suspension – a decision
that was quashed by the High Court
last week, which ruled that Dr BawaGarba should be struck off. The appeal had been brought by the GMC,
which had argued that its own tribunal was “wrong” to allow Dr BawaGarba to continue to practise.
The letter, signed by more than
1,500 doctors, said the ruling threatens the “culture of openness” which
is critical to learning from medical
error and that it would scare doctors
from giving honest self-appraisals.
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
BUSINESS SPORT
38-41
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i MONDAY
29 JANUARY 2018
5
CRIME
Man wanted over fatal crash hands himself in
By Russell Parton
A man wanted by police in connection with the death of three teenagers in London has been arrested
after handing himself in.
The 34-year-old attended a police
station in north London last night
and has been arrested on suspicion
of causing death by dangerous driving, police said.
Police had earlier released images of a suspect believed to have
fled the scene of the “horrific” car
crash in Hayes, west London on
Friday evening in which the three
teenagers died.
Police also named the victims as
Harry Rice, 17, and George Wilkinson and Josh Mcgunniess, both 16.
Josh had previously been named locally, and on his Facebook profile, as
Flowers and tributes left at the scene of the crash in Hayes, west London PA
Josh Kennedy. The victims were on
their way to a 16th-birthday party at
a five-aside football venue along with
a group of friends when they were
struck by a vehicle which mounted
the pavement.
Other teenagers who were
standing with the boys were
uninjured. The birthday party was
later cancelled.
A 28-year-old man, who was in the
black Audi car when it crashed and
detained by members of the public,
remains in custody on suspicion of
causing death by dangerous driving.
Detectives refused to rule out the
possibility of more passengers in the
car, which is believed to have been
travelling at high speed before it hit
a lamp post by an Esso petrol station
close to junction 4 of the M4.
George Wilkinson’s grandfather,
Nigel Goodhand, went to the crash
site yesterday. “I’m really cut up. It
hurts. George’s mother has lost the
plot. I wasn’t going to stop here, but
I had to in the end”, he said.
“I’m upset, but I’m pleased I’ve
seen him. He will be sorely missed.”
Among other tributes left at the
scene yesterday one read: “George
Boy, I love you so much, love
Kev, Vinnie.”
Post-mortem examinations are to
be held in due course.
Scotland Yard said last
night: “Inquiries are
ongoing to establish the full
circumstances. CCTV inquiries
and forensic analysis of the car
involved are under way.”
TRAVEL
Is race for the sunbed over?
Firm offers booking service
By Neil Lancefield
British holidaymakers have long
complained of rival sunseekers from
other European countries beating
them to the sunlounger.
The race to mark poolside territory with a towel has led to increasingly early mornings for thousands
desperate to reserve a spot.
Now, holidaymakers are being offered the chance to reserve sunbeds
ahead of time.
Thomas Cook customers willing
to pay €25 (£22) will be able to book a
specific lounger for their entire stay.
Holidaymakers will be able to book a
lounger for their entire stay PA
The package holiday company says
it is the UK’s first to provide such a
service. Managing director Chris
Mottershead said: “Holidaymakers
want to personalise their package,
mixing and matching the elements
that best fit their needs and lifestyle.
“We’re excited about the opportunity with Choose Your Favourite
Sunbed, particularly among families
that want to secure a number of beds
together in a specific spot.”
Travel firms receive numerous
complaints from customers unable to
use hotel sunbeds because many are
reserved by people leaving towels,
books and other belongings on them.
A number of videos have been
posted online in recent months showing holidaymakers waiting for hotel
pools to open in the early hours of the
morning so they can bag a sunbed.
The scheme is being trialled in
three hotels from next month, and
will be available in 30 hotels this summer. However, only a proportion of
a hotel’s sunbeds will be bookable,
to ensure there are still enough for
those who do not want to pay extra.
Markle to
break with
royal tradition
Meghan Markle is expected
to deliver her own speech at
her wedding to Prince Harry,
breaking with tradition.
The former actress is
reportedly planning to speak
during a reception at Windsor
Castle after the wedding
ceremony on 19 May which is
expected to be attended by 800
guests.
Ms Markle’s 73-year-old father
Thomas, a former Hollywood
lighting director, is likely to walk
his daughter down the aisle, but
is unlikely to make a speech at
the reception.
TRANSPORT
POLITICS
New law to put brakes on
ticket-happy parking firms
By Arj Singh
“Dodgy” parking operators will be
blocked from fining drivers and effectively forced out of the industry
unless they follow a “stringent” new
code of practice, the Communities
Secretary announced.
Sajid Javid confirmed the Government would support Tory former
minister Sir Greg Knight’s Parking
(Code of Practice) Bill, which is due
for its second reading in the House of
Commons on Friday, effectively guar-
anteeing its passage into law.
The legislation will provide
“fair, clear and consistent”
regulation of the parking industry and allow a
clampdown on “unscrupulous” and “aggressive”
private parking operators, Mr Javid said.
Parking firms are issuing nearly 13 times more
tickets than a decade ago and
nearly 10,000 people approached the
Citizens Advice Bureau for guidance
on parking tickets last year. Drivers
are increasingly complaining of inconsistent practices, substandard
signage, confusing appeals processes
and intimidating payment letters, the
Department for Communities and
Local Government said.
Parking firms falling foul
of the rules will be blocked
from accessing driver
data and issuing fines, effectively forcing them out
of the industry.
Mr Javid said: “For
too long, drivers have suffered from unjust fines at the
hands of dodgy parking firms.
“We need a fairer, clearer and more
consistent system.”
Welsh 16-year-olds to get the vote
By Arj Singh
Sixteen and 17-year-olds in Wales
will be given the right to vote in
council elections under plans announced by the Welsh Labour
Government.
Alun Davies, the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government, said the
proposals were designed to boost
participation. Labour’s national
party seized on the plans to urge
the Tories to give these teenagers the right to vote in UK general
elections, arguing that the current
rules which allow only those aged
and 18 and over to participate were
“inconsistent and unsustainable”.
Shadow voter engagement minister
Cat Smith said: “The Welsh Labour
Government is leading the way.
“However, we are now in an inconsistent and unsustainable position
where a 16-year-old living in Wales
and Scotland can vote in local elections, yet they are denied the right
to vote in UK general elections.
“The Conservative Party is quickly finding themselves on the wrong
side of history.
“The time has now come for the
UK Government to extend the franchise… and ensure equal voting
rights across the United Kingdom.”
6
INVESTIGATION
COVER STORY
Every morning, a child
somewhere will carry
a weapon to school
Safer
schools
INVESTIGATIONS TEAM
By Aasma Day, Dean Kirby, Cahal Milmo,
Ruby Kitchen, Chris Burn, Paul Lynch,
Oli Poole, Gavin Ledwith, Ben Fishwick and
Philip Bradfield of Johnston Press
Children as young as four are being
caught in school armed with knives
and other lethal weapons.
Every morning, somewhere in
the UK, a child will walk into a playground concealing a knife or other
weapon – including prison-style
“shanks” made by fixing razor blades
into felt-tipped pens. That statistic
is just the average number of pupils
caught: the real number with weapons is thought to be much greater.
Other weapons schoolchildren
were caught carrying last year included machetes, hunting knives
and axes.
The evidence released today –
obtained by i and Johnston Press Investigations Team – is the first time a
national picture has been compiled.
And it shows the problem of knife
crime in UK classrooms is growing.
Today, on the first day of i’s investigation into school safety, teachers,
victims’ families and politicians call
for tougher action before more lives
are lost. They also want better monitoring of knife crime, so that compiling a national picture of the problem
doesn’t fall to a newspaper.
A minister who sits on a Government taskforce charged with tackling knife crime called i’s findings
“frightening”, while other MPs warn
that a generation of children is growing up desensitised to knife attacks .
Robert Buckland QC, Solicitor
General for England and Wales,
said: “These are frightening
statistics. The message still has to
get through to young people that
carrying a knife for your own protection is probably the most dangerous thing you can do.”
JUSTICE
Prosecution of children for
carrying blades rises by 61%
Thousands of children were
prosecuted for carrying knives last
year as the number of under-18s
caught with blades rose for the fourth
consecutive year.
An estimated 4,290 10 to 17-yearolds in England and Wales received
either a caution or sentence for knife
possession in the year ending June,
2017. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ)
figure represented a 61 per cent increase in those dealt with over the
same period in 2013.
A fraction of the 4,290 under-17s
received an immediate custodial sentence, with just 563 jailed, compared
to 2,201 who received community
sentences. More than 80 per cent of
those caught were first-time offend-
ers. The MoJ recorded 16,319 knife
possession offences for the year ending June, 2013. The figure includes
both adult and young people.
The number rose to 20,105 after
four consecutive years of increase –
up 23.2 per cent.
A public consultation on new laws
on offensive and dangerous weapons
was launched by the Home Office in
October, including plans to restrict
the sale of knives online and banning
the possession of certain weapons
in private.
But the department said tackling
the “scourge” would take more
than new legislation, with £765,000
allocated to 47 communities as part
of its anti-knife crime fund.
Sarah Jones MP, chair of the All
Party Parliamentary Group on Knife
Crime, called for a 10-year plan to
tackle violent crime and warned that
cuts to youth services were piling
extra pressure on schools.
“My fear is that a generation of
young people are growing up desensitised to violence,” she said.
i’s investigation follows a series of
high-profile knife attacks in schools,
including the deaths of teacher Ann
Maguire at a college in Leeds in 2014
and student Bailey Gwynne, 16, at a
school in Aberdeen in 2015.
When i asked the Government if
parents would be rightly alarmed by
the findings, both the Home Office
and the Department for Education
(DfE) declined to comment.
A Department for Education
spokeswoman said it launched a
new community fund in October for
projects to tackle knife crime and
has since awarded £765,000 to 47
successful bids in England and Wales.
Ministers have launched a consultation on new legislation for offensive
and dangerous weapons, including
introducing an offence of having an
article with a blade or point, or an
offensive weapon, in educational institutions other than schools.
The DfE spokeswoman said: “This
Government has taken decisive action to put teachers back in charge
of discipline in the classroom by
strengthening their powers to take
action if they suspect a pupil has
brought prohibited items, including
knives, into school.”
Patrick Green, trust manager at
the anti-knife crime charity The Ben
Kinsella Trust, said: “These figures
are frightening and what is of greater
concern is that they don’t show the
full extent of the problem.”
Just last week, when
figures for England and
Wales showed a 21 per cent rise
in all knife crimes, a boy, 14, was
left permanently disfigured in an
alleged attack outside a Glasgow
secondary school.
CRIME
Huge jumps in knife possession figures
i’s investigation reveals a 42 per cent
increase in children caught in possession of a knife, blade or other weapon
over the past two academic years,
in areas where comparative figures
are available.
Some areas of the UK have seen
bigger increases, including rural
counties. Overall, reported knife
crimes in schools have increased
by 12 per cent. In South Yorkshire,
there has been a 151 per cent rise in
the number of children caught carrying knives in school over the past two
academic years.
In Greater Manchester, possession
has increased by more than 90 per
cent. The West Midlands has seen
an increase of nearly 30 per cent and
London more than 20 per cent.
The overall increase in possession
may be higher: Ten police forces refused to provide data, saying it would
cost too much. The information was
obtained by i from police forces and
local education authorities under the
Freedom of Information Act.
More than 2,400 pupils have been
caught with a knife or other weapon
in school since 2012, according to
the data obtained from two-thirds of
UK police forces. Officers have had
reports of more than 3,500 kniferelated crimes on school grounds, including more than 660 knife-related
assaults, in that time.
The rise of youth knife crime
61%
increase
Offences attributed
to 10 to 17-year-olds
since 2013 (year end June)
Knife incidents in schools
reported to the police
2,405
possessions
3,580
knife-related crimes
on school grounds
664
knife-related assaults
since 2012/13
How offenders were handled
4,290
10 to 17-year-olds
in England and Wales
received a caution or were convicted
for knife possession in the year ending
June 2017
4000
3000
2000
were first-time
offenders
of which
4,290
youth
offenders
2,201
563
1000
0
80%
were jailed
received
community
sentences
SOURCES: JOHNSTON PRESS INVESTIGATIONS; MINISTRY OF JUSTICE
GRAPHIC: PAUL McCALLUM
Youngest culprit Blade found on a four-year-old
A police chief has urged parents
to keep weapons out of children’s
reach after a four-year-old was
caught with a blade at school.
The pupil, just out of nursery, was
reported to be carrying a knife at a
school in Northamptonshire during
the 2015-16 academic year, it can
be reported.
The unidentified child is the
youngest found to have been in
possession of a knife or other
weapon on school grounds in the
i investigation.
In order to protect the identity of
the child, Northamptonshire Police
could only say the school was in the
county’s east division, covering the
towns of Oundle and Rushden and
rural villages.
The police could not reveal the
type of weapon, but the freedom
of information request has shown
that a blade was confiscated by
the school.
Detective Superintendent Dennis
Murray stressed the incident was
likely to be a “one-off”.
But the serving officer of 32
years urged parents to keep track of
missing household implements that
could be used as a weapon.
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CAMPAIGN
What can be
done? Urgent
measures that
could help
Breakdown of police
figures for knife
crimes in schools
People aged 18 and
under in possession of
a bladed weapon
Total figures
for all years
Crimes
reported
related to knives
2,405
526
Incidents
where a weapon
was seized
3,580
*Figures for 2017/18 are from June 2017 onwards
1200
From the nation’s most senior police
officer to ministers, those in power
insist they are alive to the rise in
knife crime and are taking steps –
from a £500,000 Home Office fund
for community projects to stationing police in hospitals – to tackle it.
But during our four-month investigation into knife crime in schools,
i has spoken to dozens of individuals
at the frontline of a problem that is
affecting communities from rural
Wales to well-heeled Surrey as well
as Britain’s largest cities.
These are the measures that those
– from campaign groups to victims
– who deal with knife crime in our
schools and its effects on a daily
basis have told us are badly needed.
ANONYMOUS REPORTING
SYSTEMS
Dr Vincent Uzomah was grievously
injured when a 14-year-old boy apparently motivated by racial hatred
stabbed him in a Bradford school
in 2015. The attacker had told his
friends what he intended to do but
none felt able pass on a warning to
teachers. Dr Uzomah and others
believe that a mechanism is needed
for students to feel that they can
provide potentially life-saving information without being penalised
and with anonymity. As Dr Uzomah
put it: “We have so many good kids
in schools; they would report if they
weren’t afraid to.”
1000
800
600
400
200
0
2012/13
2013/14
2014/15
2015/16
2016/17
2017/18*
LEGAL
Teenager’s fatal stabbing led to
crackdown on online knife sales
Bailey Gwynne died from a single
knife wound to his chest in his school
canteen from a knife bought online
for £40 by his 16-year-old killer.
Daniel Stroud told police he
bought the 8.5cm folding knife via
Amazon “because they don’t check
if you’re 18 or not”.
A jury would later hear evidence
that the attack occurred after a
row over a biscuit spiralled out
of control.
Stroud, who stabbed 15-year-old
Bailey at Cults Academy, in Aberdeen, in October 2015, was found
guilty of culpable homicide in the
city’s High Court and detained for
nine years. His name was finally revealed in 2017 after he turned 18.
While an inquiry ruled that the
attack “could not have been predicted or averted on the day”, it
Bailey Gwynne,
who was stabbed
to death at his
school in
Aberdeen by
a fellow pupil PA
CURRICULUM
Every secondary
school offers its pupils guidance on
citizenship and personal development.
Teaching unions
and headteachers
say this time should
be used to deliver the
message that, rather
than offering some form
of protection, carrying a knife increases the risk of injury, death
or imprisonment. But senior staff
warn that schools often struggle to
find room in the curriculum and the
resources to drive home this lesson.
One knife-crime-reduction charity,
Word 4 Weapons, said that half of
the schools where it offered to provide lessons responded that they
had no budget to fund the initiative.
OFSTED
was deemed “avoidable” had pupils
who had known Stroud was carrying weapons to school thought to
inform staff.
The case was among those to
prompt the Scottish Government
to talk to their Westminster coun-
terparts about the introduction of
a United Kingdom-wide ban on the
direct distribution to private addresses of knives bought online.
Buyers would instead have to
travel to a local shop and provide ID
to prove they were 18.
Campaigners and London Mayor
Sadiq Khan have said they would
like to see it made compulsory for
schools to have a plan to help prevent knife crime and to support students and families in the event of an
incident. The Ben Kinsella Trust,
which works to reduce youth knife
crime and was set up after 16-yearold Ben (inset) was stabbed to death
in London in 2008 , said it would like
to see the development of an adequate prevention plan introduced
as one of the requirements for a
school to pass its Ofsted inspection.
FUNDING FOR YOUTH SERVICES
It is a familiar but no less significant mantra from frontline workers
– the rise in knife crime has coincided with cuts to youth and education services and the availability of
youth mental health services. Unison, the trade union, reported that
£387m was cut from youth services
between 2010 and 2016. Youth workers argue that these interventions
with teenagers who are vulnerable
to being persuaded to carry knives
were vital in achieving a pattern
that meant knife crime was falling
until 2011. They would like to see
new financial resources to offer the
same or similar services.
POLICE IN SCHOOLS
Since 2006, it has been government
policy to dedicate a police officer
to schools in areas where there are
problems with anti-social behaviour.
The scheme was credited with halving crime within a 200-metre radius
of participating schools. But austerity has had an impact on this scheme.
In some places, such as London, the
number of these Safer Schools Officers is increasing and Scotland Yard
intends to have one such liaison
officer for every secondary
school in the capital. But
elsewhere the picture is
less positive. Research
last year showed a 20
per cent drop in the
number of schoolbased officers and
13 forces have none
at all. In Nottinghamshire, one school dipped
into its own budget to fund
an officer. Campaigners argue
there is an urgent case for funding
such schemes.
DATA
i’s investigation has established that
there is no single, comprehensive
source for tracking and monitoring the scale of knife crime in our
schools. Organisations have told us
of their shock at our findings. Many
local authorities told us they do not
collect relevant figures, arguing that
police are responsible for tracking
criminal offences and it is the job of
individual schools to report them.
i had to use freedom of information rules to collect information
from individual police forces. Campaigners have said they would like
to see a central database established so policy makers – from beat
bobbies to the Home Secretary –
know the true scale of the problem.
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INVESTIGATION
INTERVIEW
‘It was horrifying
knowing that
a kid could try
to kill you’
Vincent Uzomah tells Ruby Kitchen
of the lasting impact of pupil’s attack
T
eacher Vincent Uzomah,
had turned his back on an
unruly student to write
on the board when he was
stabbed in the side with a
six-inch kitchen knife.
It was an unprovoked, planned
attack by a 14-year-old boy who, it
was believed, had hidden the knife in
his bag for two days. Dr Uzomah had
been stabbed because he was black.
Meeting the doctor, now a
university lecturer, in a coffee shop
in Leeds, it is hard to imagine the
horrors he faced. He is soft-spoken,
a father of three, and smiles when
he talks about his eldest daughter’s
sporting success and the trials of a
daily commute.
It has been two and a half years
since he was left in his classroom
to die, crawling to the school’s
reception desk for help and
whispering final messages to be
passed to his wife. He was broken
by what happened, he says. By
the physical act, but also by the
knowledge that it had been a child
who wielded the weapon.
“It was a horrifying experience,”
he said. “To know that the kids, the
ones you are trying to educate, could
turn around and try and kill you.
“I actually thought I was dying. All
I could think of was all the things I
wanted to do. My wife, my kids, my
little one. That I didn’t say goodbye.”
Dr Uzomah, 52, is married
with three children. As he neared
completion of his PhD in 2015, he had
been doing supply work at Dixons
Kings Academy in Bradford. On 11
June as he was preparing his class,
he had been disturbed by a pupil
shouting in the corridor.
When he told the boy to sit down,
he took out his phone. When he told
him to put it away, the boy started
to walk to the door. Turning to the
board, he felt a sharp pain in his side.
“He came at me from behind.
A hand hit me, very hard, in my
tummy. As he held his hand out I saw
he was holding a knife, six inches
long, stained with my blood.
“He ran away. The students were
there, I just held my hand over it and
dragged myself to the reception.
They called an ambulance, tried to
resuscitate me. In court, his friends
said it was because I was black.
“Even if you don’t like me, I have
the right to live. Kids should be
taught to respect one another, and to
respect our differences.”
Dr Uzomah was saved, but he was
off work for months, frightened to
return to the classroom. His wife,
also a teacher in Leeds, became
afraid and, when a boy in her school
was caught with a knife, was too
frightened to have him in her class.
“My family could feel it,” he said.
“My children know that their dad
had been stabbed by a 14-year-old.
My son was 13, nearly 14 himself.
“I wonder what impact that will
have on them. They had first-hand
experience of knife crime in schools.
I’m just praying that it will not affect
their lives negatively.
“Financially, everybody washed
their hands of us. I lost wages, I
wasn’t going to work. I have lost, in
all aspects. We suffered alone.
“Sometimes, when I park my car
in a lonely place, I’m afraid to get out.
When I see kids, in the park, wearing
hoodies. I’m gradually coming out of
it, trying to move on. But the thought
is always there, the flashbacks.”
The teenager, who cannot be
named for legal reasons, was handed
an 11-year extended sentence after
he admitted causing grievous bodily
harm with intent. He had used a
racial slur just before the attack, a
court was later told, and boasted of
his actions on Facebook.
Explainer How child offenders are punished
Just carrying a blade on school
grounds can land a pupil with up to
four years in custody.
Youth defendants (aged 10 to 17)
can be charged with possession of
an article with blade or point, or
possession of an offensive weapon
on school grounds.
A youth convicted of their first
threatening-with-a-knife offence
faces a four-month minimum
mandatory detention and training
order sentence. A child convicted of
possession of a knife for a second
time faces a four-month minimum
mandatory sentence. Both offences
carry a maximum four-year term.
Children convicted twice of
possession or threatening offences
face a mandatory minimum fourmonth detention and training order.
But magistrates and judges
can waive mandatory terms if
they are “satisfied that there are
circumstances relating to the
offence or the offender that make
it unjust to do so in all of the
circumstances”.
By comparison, children aged
16 to 17 caught with prohibited
weapons – including certain
firearms – are subject to a threeyear minimum detention order in a
young offenders’ institute.
When courts sentence children,
their main aim is “to prevent
offending by children and young
people”, and they must pay “regard”
to their welfare, the Sentencing
Council says.
Children convicted of more
serious offences involving knives,
including attempted murder and
murder, face life sentences.
A child convicted of murder will
be sentenced to detention during
Her Majesty’s Pleasure, with a
minimum term of 12 years, instead
of 15 years for adults.
Analysis
Why has this problem
not been solved?
Cahal Milmo
I
n December 1995, headteacher
Philip Lawrence suffered a
fatal stab wound as he tried to
protect a pupil from assault
at the gates of his London school.
Two decades later, 16-year-old
Bailey Gwynne was killed by
a fellow pupil in his Aberdeen
school in a row over biscuits.
In those intervening 20
years, countless initiatives and
strategies have been launched to
try to wipe the scourge of knife
crime among young people from
Britain’s streets and halt its
insidious spread into institutions
including the nation’s schools.
And yet, the problem remains
stubbornly intractable in parts
of the UK. Figures released last
week showed a 21 per cent rise in
the number of knife offences in
England over 12 months to 37,443
per annum. It is the third year in
a row that the number of crimes
involving a knife or a pointed
instrument has risen.
And yet, research suggests an
uncomfortable truth.
A 2009 study by the Londonbased Centre for Crime and
Justice Studies found that law
enforcement strategies, from
tougher sentencing to searches
and seizures, had had little or no
long-term impact on the number
of knife deaths.
Nearly a decade on, the authors
of that study say little has changed
and that over a period of 40 years
the number of deaths in Britain
from fatal stab wounds has
remained broadly consistent.
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Crime A timeline
April 1991 Barbara Glover, 16,
stabbed fellow schoolgirl Diane
Watson twice during a playground
row at Whitehill School, Glasgow.
Glover was paroled in 2000.
March 1994 Nikki Conroy, 12, was
stabbed to death by a mentally
ill intruder at Hall Garth school,
Acklam, Middlesbrough. Stephen
Wilkinson burst into a classroom,
and ordered the teacher out before
lining the children up and stabbing
three of them.
December 1995 Headmaster Philip
Lawrence (right) was
stabbed to death
after intervening
in a gang fight
outside St
George’s school
in north-west
London. Learco
Chindamo, 15, was
convicted of murder
and jailed indefinitely.
July 1996 Nursery nurse Lisa
Potts was severely injured by a
machete-wielding attacker at St
Luke’s school in Wolverhampton.
She hid several children beneath
her long skirt. Horret Campbell,
31, who suffers mental illness, was
later detained indefinitely.
‘I thought I was dying’:
Dr Vincent Uzomah was
stabbed by a 14-yearold in his classroom
TONY JOHNSON
Richard Garside, the centre’s
director, said: “Our research
found that police actions alone are
unlikely to have a major impact
on the knife carrying and knife
violence. Indeed, crackdowns
and enforcement action are more
likely to be part of the problem,
not part of the solution.”
The think-tank is one of a
growing number of authoritative
voices, including police
themselves, who are calling for
a fundamental shift in policy
which recognises knife crime as
a complex, multi-dimensional
public health issue.
The adoption of the “public
health” approach has been
credited with helping to achieve a
dramatic drop in knife attacks and
related offences in Scotland. The
number of possession offences fell
from 10,000 in 2006-7 to 3,100 in
2015-16.
In Glasgow, where 12 years ago
stabbings were such a problem
that it was branded the most
violent city in the developed world
by the United Nations, the number
of children and teenagers killed by
knives fell from 15 in the five years
to 2011 to zero by 2016.
CHARITY
Cuts to football
and boxing
clubs blamed
A knife crime prevention charity
believes austerity cuts have contributed to the rise in knife crime.
The Ben Kinsella Trust, which educates young people about the dangers
of carrying knives, says knife crime
jumped to its highest level for seven
years in the 12 months to March 2017.
The charity’s manager, Patrick
Green, said: “If you look back to between 2012 and 2015, when knife
crime went down, the only significant
difference is the austerity cuts.
“When there are young people who
do not have positive role models at
home, activities in their community
and sports such as boxing and football can put them on the right track.
“Austerity cuts, such as youth
clubs and police numbers being cut,
has left a void, and this has maybe
led to these young people drifting
into offending.
“We think this has played a part in
the rise of knife crimes.”
November 2003 Luke Walmsley,
14, was stabbed to death by fellow
pupil Alan Pennell at Birkbeck
School, in North Somercotes,
Lincolnshire. He was sentenced to
a minimum of 12 years.
November 2005 Natashia Jackman,
15, was stabbed in the eye with
a pair of scissors after a row in
the dinner queue at Collingwood
College in Camberley, Surrey.
Her 14-year-old attacker, who
was later jailed for three and a
half years, was part of a gang who
bullied Ms Jackman.
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WEAPONS
Razor blades
being attached to
magic markers
Children are walking into classrooms armed with a shocking array
of weapons including improvised
prison-style knives or “shanks”, it
can be revealed.
The shocking haul of schoolyard
weapons identified by the i investigation includes foot-long carving
knives, jagged-edged hunting knives,
military-style smoke grenades,
machetes, axes, scalpels, knuckledusters, homemade stun guns and
an arsenal of air rifles and other
imitation firearms.
Pupils have even turned harmless school equipment such as paper
clips, geometry sets, scissors, pens,
and cutlery forks into weapons, as
well as taking knives into class from
their parents’ kitchens.
But most sinister of all is the discovery that some are improvising
homemade weapons similar to the
“shanks” used in assaults by prisoners in UK jails – by pressing razor
blades into felt-tipped pens and
magic markers.
Officers from West Midlands Police, who recently released a photograph of a stockpile of weapons
including four knives, a bladed
knuckle-duster and five spring-loaded BB guns collected from just one
school, say the force is preparing a
major operation to tackle knife crime.
Superintendent Ian Parnell, West
Midlands Police’s lead on knife crime,
told i: “The offences will include those
INVESTIGATIONS
TEAM
By Aasma Day, Dean Kirby, Cahal
Milmo, Ruby Kitchen, Chris Burn,
Paul Lynch, Oli Poole, Gavin
Ledwith, Ben Fishwick and Philip
Bradfield of Johnston Press
where knives have been seen, used or
threatened. In many cases no injuries
have been caused, but we do understand the impact knife crime has on
the community,” he said.
So far in this academic year, there
have been at least 173 cases of children possessing knives, 150 crimes,
10 assaults and 12 other incidents
where a weapon was seized.
In Rotherham, South Yorkshire,
for example a boy was found to have
taken a knife into school every day
for months to protect himself from
other pupils.
But the true extent of the problem
could be higher as nearly a dozen
police forces failed to provide data to
Johnston Press Investigations.
Among the most shocking reports
included at least three allegations of
rape and two sexual assaults involving knives and other weapons in
schools, the investigation has found.
Pupils have faced arrest for offences including grievous bodily
harm, malicious wounding, racially
aggravated assault, robbery and
threats to kill.
July 2010 Zac Olumegbon, 15, was
stabbed to death in what police
described as a “planned attack”
at the Park Campus school, West
Norwood, south London. A court
later jailed three teenagers.
April 2014 Spanish
teacher Ann
Maguire (left), 61,
died after being
stabbed by
Will Cornick,
15, as she
taught a class
at Corpus
Christi College
in Leeds. Cornick
was sentenced to life
with minimum of 20 years.
June 2015 Vincent Uzomah, 50,
was stabbed in the stomach by a
pupil, 14, in a pre-planned racist
attack Dixons Kings Academy,
Bradford. The boy was given 11
years in detention.
28 October 2015 Bailey Gwynne,
16, was stabbed to death by a
fellow pupil during a fight at
Cults Academy, Aberdeen. Daniel
Stroud, 16, denied murder but was
convicted of culpable homicide
and jailed for nine years.
Items seized by a school over a six-month period and handed in to the police
The victim
Girl expected present but was stabbed
A 14-year-old girl was stabbed by her
supposed best friend with a kitchen
knife after she was lured to a remote
corner of their school grounds on
the pretence of receiving a present.
The victim, who was told to close
her eyes, opened them just as her
attacker lunged at her and escaped
with a minor injury in April 2016.
Her attacker, who was also 14 at
the time of the attempted murder,
was sentenced to 10 years’ detention
at the end of her Winchester Crown
Court trial in December 2016.
The court was told that the
Hampshire defendant was
fascinated by serial killers such as
the architects of the 1999 American
Columbine High School massacre in
which 12 students and one teacher
were shot dead.
She also compiled a “kill list” of 60
people at school before later burning
it. Her victim’s mother told the court
in a statement that her daughter
now asked questions such as “how
will I know in the future if someone
is my friend or if they just want to
stab me?” and “how will I know if
they want to hurt me?”.
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INVESTIGATION
EDUCATION
Schools ‘hiding’
knife crime for
fear of harming
their reputations
By Aasma Day
Reputation can be everything for
schools and an anti-knife charity
believes some schools are too afraid
to discuss knife crime as they fear it
will lead parents to believe they have
a problem.
Patrick Green, manager at the Ben
Kinsella Trust, said: “Schools are
worried about sending out the wrong
message to parents. However, we
have found that schools which have
knife crime awareness are generally
safer and create a better environment for pupils.
“Schools need to talk openly about
knife crime rather than hiding it. The
challenge for schools is to get over the
stigma of knife crime.
“Far more needs to be done to
help young people and educate them
away from the dangers of knives. The
school environment is often the best
place for this work to take place.
“Knife crime awareness programmes help young people in terms
of reassurance, risk, resilience and
responsibility – the four ‘R’s.’”
Mr Green thinks Ofsted can play an
important role in influencing schools
to increase awareness of knife crime.
He explains: “As part of their inspection process, Ofsted should challenge schools by asking them what
they are doing to tackle knife crime.
“Schools need to not only look at
knife crime on school premises but
to support pupils on their journeys
to and from school to ensure they are
protected.
“All schools want a really good
Ofsted and if we can get knife crime
awareness higher up in the list of
Ofsted requirements, schools will be
more amenable to change.”
Andy Mellor, headteacher at St
Nicholas Primary School in Marton, Lancashire, and vice-president of the National Association of
Headteachers, says schools already
do a lot of work with pupils to raise
awareness of different issues and
equip them with life skills.
He says: “Every day, there are
teacher colleagues around the country delivering high-quality support
to children and young people to help
them become better citizens and a
part of society.
“However, although schools do
this, they are under pressure – particularly at high school – to deliver a
very academic education.
“My view is that there needs to be a
balance between academic skills and
key life skills.”
An Ofsted spokesman said: “We
do not explicitly inspect how schools
combat knife crime.
“Ofsted’s guidance document
Inspecting Safeguarding in Early
Years, Education and Skills includes
information about inspecting how
effectively leaders and governors
create a safeguarding culture in
their school.
“This includes whether appropriate arrangements are in place to protect staff and pupils from harm.
“Inspectors will consider how
schools support pupils to remain safe
when travelling to and from school.
“This might, for example pick up
on concerns about local gangs in the
area and what the school does to raise
pupils’ awareness of how to stay safe.
And also what, if anything, the school
is doing with others in the community
to help ensure that pupils are safe on
their journey to and from school.”
Knife detectors and body
scanners reassure pupils
that they are entering a place of
safety as well as being a deterrent
to potential offenders, Patrick
Green said.
NORTHERN IRELAND
‘No complacency’ call despite
low knife-crime numbers
Teachers in Northern Ireland are
tackling only a handful of knife crimes
in their schools each year compared
with elsewhere in the UK.
The Education Authority for
Northern Ireland said only one kniferelated incident was recorded in
schools in 2016-17.
It is consistent with other data
indicating an apparent trend of only
one prosecution for possession of a
knife on school premises each year.
From 2012 to 2014, there were less
than three convictions for possession
of an article with a blade or point in
Northern Ireland schools and, from
2006 to 2008, there were only three.
A request to Police Service Northern
Ireland under the Freedom of Information Act for data was rejected on
cost grounds.
Northern Ireland Assembly member Peter Weir, who was Stormont
education minister in 2016-17, said:
“While it seems the extent of the
problem isn’t the same here, it shows
we cannot be complacent.”
Police Service Northern Ireland relaunched an education programme in
2008 to tackle knife crime, targeting
boys aged 11 to 18 with cinema and
radio advertising.
Home Secretary Amber
Rudd inspects weapons
involved in crime that
have been recovered
by police PA
SCOTLAND
Headteachers more likely
to ask for help after fatal
stabbing of teenage pupil
Schools in Scotland have
other pupils had told teachers
inundated knife-crimethe killer was carrying a knife.
prevention workers with
Ms Dailly said: “We’ve seen a
requests for help after the
sharp increase in practitioners
fatal stabbing of a schoolboy,
requesting support.”
with campaigners hailing the
Backed by the Scottish
country as a beacon for the rest
Government, the £3.4m No
of the UK to follow.
Knives, Better Lives project
Headteachers who
has been tackling knife crime
feared earning a
since 2009 by training
bad reputation for
hundreds of school
their school have
teachers and youth
now opened up to
workers.
cost
of
No
Knives,
asking for support
A major part of
Better Lives
after the killing of
the project is to
project, which
Aberdeen teenager
ensure
teachers and
has been running
Bailey Gwynne.
youth workers do not
since 2009
Bailey, 16, was
unintentionally overstate
attacked at Cults
the problem, leading
Academy, one of Scotland’s
to children carrying blades
best-performing state schools,
to protect themselves. The
in October 2015.
campaign encourages teachers
Jane Dailly, senior
to focus on teaching the risks
development officer at
and consequences of carrying
campaign group No Knives,
a knife in a bid to encourage
Better Lives, said the killing
“bystander” youngsters to
had led to a dramatic change
report people carrying blades.
in schools’ views. A report
The campaign provides advice
found his death could have
including online training and
been “potentially avoidable” if
educational toolkits for schools.
£3.4m
Charity Schools and
councils ‘in denial’
School leaders and councils deny the
help of charities tackling knife crime
because they fear it will affect their
reputation.
That is according to former
Metropolitan Police officer Michael
Smith, who was awarded an MBE in
2016 and whose family-run Word 4
Weapons is struggling for funds –
despite helping to seize 30,000 blades
and guns in 10 years.
He says his small team still battle
to convince school heads to take up
his education programmes, even
when their own pupils have been
found with blades.
He said: “Because Ofsted come in
when they feel like it, schools often
say, ‘We are good thanks’ – they deny
there is a problem.
“Teachers are worried about the
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By Dean Kirby
effect it will have on the school’s
reputation.”
The charity provides 40 amnesty
bins across London and eight in
the West Midlands where people
can deposit weapons without fear
of arrest. But Mr Smith believes
some areas are reluctant to tackle
weapon use, and he even claims
councils regularly refuse to accept
a knife bin.
He said: “When we go to some
areas we are met with opposition, not
just from schools but from the local
authority. They think if you put a knife
bin on the street it means you have a
bad area.
“Sometimes I have to say to them,
‘But you do have a problem, you had
someone stabbed here last week’.”
The terrifying impact of knife crime
in schools was laid bare this week
when a court heard how a welfare
officer was stabbed in the face and
chest by a 16-year-old “ideal pupil”.
Joy Simon, 61, thought she was
going to be hugged when the teenager burst in to her office at Winterton Community Academy near
Scunthorpe in September last year.
Prosecutors said one knife wound
went into her lung. She also suffered
a gash across her cheek which went
through to her mouth and which has
still not healed, leaving her scarred
and constantly having to hold a towel
to her face.
Richard Wright QC, told Hull
Crown Court, where the case was adjourned for sentencing after the girl
had earlier admitted wounding with
intent to cause grievous bodily harm
and possession of a bladed article, the
girl had never been “in trouble or in
need of disciplinary intervention”.
Three teenagers also appeared at
Glasgow Sheriff Court on Thursday
charged with a knife attack on a boy
outside a secondary school in the city.
Prosecutors claimed the alleged
victim, 14, was punched and kicked
on the head and body and struck with
a knife, or something similar, leading
to his severe injury and permanent
disfigurement. Two boys aged 16 and
a boy aged 17, who cannot be named
for legal reasons, made no plea before
they were granted bail to return to
court at a later date.
Police were also called to high
school in Lancashire on Wednesday last week after a staff member
warned of an imminent threat that
boys armed with knives were making
their way to the campus.
Officers attended St Mary’s Catho-
A surge in knife crime was
identified in two separate
sets of recently released
national statistics
lic High School in Leyland and two
boys, who were not believed to be
pupils of the school, were found to be
unarmed in a terrifying false alarm
which led to the campus being placed
into lockdown. The headteacher,
Philip Mooney, later criticised the
slowness of the police response despite several phone calls being made
about the incident.
On Friday, a judge commended the
bravery of teachers who disarmed
a 13-year-old boy who went to a Lincolnshire school armed with an air
rifle and an axe on 13 November.
The boy was tackled by staff at the
school after firing one pellet into the
ground, a youth court was told. The
boy had admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of unlawful violence, and having an axe on
school premises.
These incidents come after a surge
in knife crime was identified in two
separate sets of recently released
national statistics.
The Crime Survey for England
and Wales data recorded a 21 per
cent increase in knife crime compared with the previous year and
the highest tally since comparable
records started in the 12 months to
March 2011.
Separate data published by
the Ministry of Justice on Friday
showed that 2,470 offenders were
behind bars at the end of December
after being given an immediate jail
sentence for possession of weapons
– up 11 per cent compared with the
previous year.
IN TOMORROW
‘Why we turned
down knife detectors’
Teacher who fought
off knife attack
Interview with
reformed gangster
The holes in the data
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POLITICS
May’s backbenchers join chorus of
criticism to question her leadership
By Chris Green
Conservative Party in-fighting over
whether Theresa May should tender
her resignation as Prime Minister
broke out into the open yesterday,
with senior backbenchers publicly
questioning her leadership.
Their comments came amid signs
of a bitter behind-the-scenes battle
over who should take over as Tory
leader, with Foreign Secretary Boris
Johnson and Defence Secretary
Gavin Williamson both said to be interested in the top job.
Former minister Grant Shapps
urged the Prime Minister to “name
a date” when she will stand down.
He claimed that an “increasing
number” of Tory MPs had submitted
letters to the 1922 Committee, 48 of
which are needed to trigger a leadership contest.
The normally loyal Tory backbencher Nigel Mills said Mrs May
had not delivered on her promises to
tackle “burning injustices” and the
former minister Rob Halfon, who
was sacked by Mrs May, suggested
the current Government resembled
a “tortoise” as it was too slow in
bringing forward policies.
“We have to be radical. We have to
stop seeing politics in transactional
terms,” he added. Tory MP Heidi
Allen also accused the party’s “old
guard” of clinging to power, writing on Twitter: “Good God we need
to get a grip and lead. We are letting
this country down.”
Mr Williamson increased speculation that he was on leadership
“manoeuvres” last week after giving a series of interviews in which
he made bold statements about the
threat of a Russian attack on the UK
and admitted to an office romance
while married.
Over the weekend several newspapers carried anonymous briefings
against Mr Williamson. Unnamed
sources accused him of inadvertently releasing classified material,
while the Foreign Office – which is
led by Mr Johnson – reportedly complained about his “tone”. Allies of Mr
Williamson said he was the victim of
a smear campaign.
Mrs May’s deputy David
Lidington urged his Tory
colleagues to “come together
in a spirit of mutual respect”,
pointing out that the party was
still level with Labour in the polls
after eight years in power.
CONSERVATIVES
Ex-ministers deny wrongdoing after offering Brexit advice for fee
By David Connett
Three former cabinet ministers
have denied wrongdoing after being
caught on camera offering to be paid
in exchange for advising a fictitious
Chinese company about the UK Government’s approach to Brexit.
Former health secretary Lord
Lansley and senior Tory MPs Andrew Mitchell and Peter Lilley were
secretly recorded offering their
services during meetings they believed were with a Chinese firm.
The recording broadcast last
night on Channel 4’s Dispatches,
shows Lord Lansley (inset)
saying he will provide “intelligence” for a fee of
€5,000 (£4,400) a day. He
suggests the firm employ
him through his wife’s
company, Low, apparently
to avoid scrutiny. “If you had
a contract with me, it would
have to appear on the transparency register,” he says.
The former ministers
deny wrongdoing, saying
they did not breach the
Nolan principles – guidelines for those in public office.
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PM will deliver
‘what people voted
for’, says deputy
By Chris Green
Theresa May’s deputy,
David Lidington, said
the UK could choose
where to diverge from
the EU BBC/GETTY
PARLIAMENT
Brexit Bill ‘fundamentally
flawed’, say Lords
By David Hughes
Theresa May’s flagship Brexit
legislation is “constitutionally un­
acceptable” and will need to be sub­
stantially rewritten, an influential
group of peers has said.
The European Union (Withdrawal)
Bill, which will be debated by peers
for the first time tomorrow, has been
heavily criticised in a damning re­
port by the Lords Constitution Com­
mittee. The peers said the Bill was
“fundamentally flawed” in multiple
ways and risked “undermining legal
certainty”. The Government wants
the Bill to transpose rules and regu­
lations from Brussels into domestic
law in time for Brexit.
The report says the task was com­
plicated not only by its “scale and
complexity” but also because “in
many areas the final shape of that
law will depend on the outcome of the
UK’s negotiations with the EU”.
“We conclude the Bill risks funda­
mentally undermining legal certainty
in a number of ways.”
Plans to grant ministers power
to amend regulations without full
parliamentary scrutiny are “overly
broad” and there is an “unaccept­
ably wide” emergency procedure for
short­term changes.
People will notice “big, big differ­
ences” in the way the UK operates
after it quits the EU next year, David
Lidington, Theresa May’s deputy,
said yesterday. He is seeking
to play down fears among
Leave­supporting Con­
servatives that Brexit is
being diluted.
He said a new registra­
tion scheme for EU na­
tionals coming to the UK
and the end of the suprem­
acy of the European Court of
Justice were examples of the Gov­
ernment delivering “what the people
voted for”.
The Cabinet Office minister also
suggested that Britain would “have
the option” to diverge from EU rules
during the two­year post­Brexit tran­
sition period, which is set to begin
on the official departure date of 29
March 2019.
Mr Lidington was speaking after
Theresa Villiers, the former North­
ern Ireland Secretary, warned that
the UK’s negotiating stance left it in
danger of remaining in the EU “in all
but name”.
Writing in a newspaper yesterday,
Ms Villiers (inset) said she had felt
“compelled to speak out” after Chan­
cellor Philip Hammond said the UK’s
trade relations with the EU would
change only “very modestly”. Ms Vil­
liers said yesterday: “There is only
so far you can go with compromise
without ultimately finding yourself in
a position where you’re selling out all
the people who voted to leave.”
Leading Tory Brexiteer
Jacob Rees­Mogg has also
voiced concerns over the
UK staying too close to
the EU, giving it the ac­
ronym “Brino” (Brexit in
name only).
However, Mr Lidington
said the UK would “have the
power to choose… whether or
not to diverge” from the EU.
“We will have, from next year, a
registration system that we’ve not
had before for EU nationals coming
to this country,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.
He stressed that after March 2019,
it would be up to Parliament and the
Government to decide on the areas
where Britain should diverge from
EU policy.
Brexit Minister Lord
Callanan said Ms Villiers
was “wrong” to suggest Brexit was
becoming diluted. “There’s been no
backsliding... we will be regaining
control of our laws, our money
and our border,” he told the BBC.
BREXIT
Corbyn rules out second vote
By John Vale
Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out a sec­
ond referendum on Brexit amid fresh
calls for a new poll.
The Labour leader also appeared
to distance himself from the so­called
“Norway model” of remaining in the
European single market outside
the EU.
He highlighted the importance of
influencing regulations in trade deals,
adding that Norway had no ability to
influence those in the single market.
“The referendum gave us the result
it did,” Mr Corbyn told the BBC’s The
Andrew Marr Show. “We wanted to
remain and reform, but that ship
has sailed.”
When pressed on his party’s
stance, Mr Corbyn said: “We’re not
asking for a second referendum.”
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News in brief
ENERGY
Peers warn of
rising power bills
Energy bills could increase
and projects such as Hinkley
Point nuclear power station
(below) could be disrupted as a
consequence of Brexit, a House of
Lords report warns.
The Lords EU energy and
environment sub­committee
said the UK was on course to
be outside the EU’s internal
energy market as a result of
plans to leave the single market
and jurisdiction of the European
Court of Justice.
“It is likely the UK’s withdrawal
from the EU will lead to less
efficient energy trade, which
could in turn increase the
price paid by consumers for
energy security.”
The committee also highlighted
a warning from energy giant EDF
that “without access to EU labour
it will be difficult to complete
the new nuclear power facility at
Hinkley Point” in Somerset.
HEALTH
Cancer treatment
under threat
Patients could find supplies of
their medicines will be disrupted
when the UK leaves the EU,
according to the Brexit Health
Alliance in a briefing paper
published today.
The alliance brings together
the NHS, medical research,
industry, patients and public
health groups to safeguard
patients’ interests and the
research they rely on.
Its report warns that, unless
a deal is reached, medicines and
medical technologies could be
delayed or even unavailable to
patients. Cancer patients could
be affected if Brexit negotiations
fail to find a solution for future
cooperation between the UK and
the EU, it warns.
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Tory unrest
over PM gets
more focus
Contentious
dinner fallout
continues
Weaning the
world off
bottled water
Larry Nasser
to spend life
behind bars
President
impresses
businesses
National’s
latest is long
and gripping
The Sunday Times
The Independent
The Observer
Sunday Mirror
Washington Post
Tory MPs do not
believe May can
possibly lead them into
the next election. The
more compassionate
of them claim she is
visibly wilting, weary
of a job she cannot
relish. (Adam Boulton)
Mail on Sunday
Waiting in the wings
is Jeremy Corbyn – a
man whose own
fitness for leadership
is underlined by the
repeated attempts
to remove him by
his own MPs. Things
are spiralling out of
control. And there is
nothing anyone can
do except tighten their
seatbelts, take a firm
grip on the seat in
front, and wait for an
almighty crash.
(Dan Hodges)
We’ve had Harvey
Weinstein, now this.
Sharp lessons are
being learnt. Change
is taking place. But not
everyone is moving at
the same speed. There
will be plenty more
Presidents Club-type
dinners and further
dreadful revelations
before this is over.
(Chris Blackhurst)
We need to go further:
let’s become the
first country to ban
bottled water. Will
anyone lament not
being able to fork out
for a bottle of San P
in Waitrose? Maybe.
Tough – they should
get themselves down
to Argos and shell out
for a £40 SodaStream.
(Sonia Sodha)
The Sun
Daily Mirror
It’s a shame that the
organisers felt that
in order to donate
money, men had to be
“tempted” by scantily
clad, underpaid
women. But perhaps
the biggest shame is
that Great Ormond
Street Hospital has felt
obliged to return the
money the club raised
for it. (Karren Brady)
Quote of
the day
Because plastics do
not fully decompose
they end up in landfill,
in the ocean and the
air, breaking down
into almost invisible
microplastics. The
extent of the damaging
impact these materials
are having on our
lives is becoming
ever more apparent.
(Antonia Paget)
That Nassar, still
only 54, should live
out the rest of his life
in prison is just and
right. But it can never
erase the pain and
loss bursting from his
victims’ statements. As
a woman, a mother and
a survivor of childhood
sex abuse myself, their
distress – and their
courage – broke my
heart. (Saira Khan)
The Pool
Perhaps these acts
of courage feel rare
because they are – we
know that sexual
assault and rape
cases are unreported,
not enough make it
to court and, even if
they do, the impact
of the crime is
overwhelming,
(Marisa Bate)
If the President
seems hostile to the
world, indifferent to
democratic values and
mercurial in temper,
that’s especially
dangerous today. So
when Trump behaves
better, as he did here
on Friday, everyone
breathes a sigh of relief.
(Fareed Zakaria)
TheNewYorkTimes
Mr Trump and senior
members of his team
insist that “America
First is not America
alone.” Except that
it is. The world is
moving on without
Washington. Of 35
new bilateral or
multilateral trade
accords now being
negotiated, the United
States is party to just
one. (Antony J Blinken)
Evening Standard
Annie Baker is one
of America’s most
fêted playwrights,
remarkable for her
emotional intelligence
and the glacial pace
at which she’s willing
to tell a story. John
is another slowburning portrait of
disappointment — a
claustrophobic piece
full of sticky silences
and conversations that
seem to go nowhere.
(Henry Hitchings)
The Stage
Neatniks may find the
play frustrating, but it
is wildly stimulating,
the wealth of
possibilities beneath
its unhurried surface
dizzying, and as rich
and mysterious as
life itself.
(Sam Marlowe)
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URSULA K LE GUIN BEST-SELLING NOVELIST
Nobody
makes me
cry like Roger
Federer. No
one. There
is no one
like him
Chris Evert
The former
tennis world
No 1 on Roger
Federer’s 20th
grand-slam win
With the death of author Ursula K Le
Guin, we have lost not only a proponent
of intelligent, thoughtful science fiction
and fantasy, but a giant of the literary
world in general.
Le Guin died at her home in Portland,
Oregon, aged 88. Despite her age,
Le Guin was a prolific writer right up
until her death, adding to a body of
work that is rightly being referred to
as a classic.
Le Guin’s fantasy novel A Wizard
of Earthsea was first published in the
United States 50 years ago. Set in the
fantasy world of the title – a world
Le Guin would revisit five times
more between 1971 and 2001 – it was
a coming-of-age story of a trainee
wizard called Ged.
But A Wizard of Earthsea and its
sequels, though ostensibly books for
children, were a world away from
Harry Potter, and subtly subversive in
their subject matter for the time, with
Ged being a dark-skinned protagonist,
and the themes of the book dealing with
philosophies of balance and power.
Born on 21 October 1929, Ursula
Kroeber was the daughter of a
Berkeley anthropologist father and
a writer mother, brought up with
three brothers in a liberal, bookish
atmosphere that encouraged her
writing from an early age – indeed, she
wrote her first science-fiction story
at the age of nine, and was submitting
material to magazines at the age of
11. She married the historian Charles
Le Guin in 1953, and her short stories
began to be published in various
periodicals from the early 1960s.
The novel that cemented her
reputation was 1969’s The Left Hand
of Darkness. Widely considered to be
one of the first feminist science fiction
books to be published, it won the Hugo
and Nebula awards. Her 1974 novel The
Dispossessed also scooped the Nebula; it
was a reaction against the Vietnam War
and an attempt to portray a society
best described as “an anarchist utopia”.
She also explored utopias – and how
efforts to create them can backfire, or
have unexpected results – in 1971’s
The Lathe of Heaven, in which a man in
a then-futuristic Portland of 2002 has
the power to create alternative realities
through his dreams.
She continued to write fiction, with
Lavinia, published in 2008, winning the
Locus Award for its tale of a character
from Virgil’s Aeneid. In recent years she
wrote articles and comment pieces for
a variety of outlets, and kept up a lively
blog with regular posts on society,
politics and literature. The best of these
were collected in a volume released
last month, the perhaps tellingly titled
No Time to Spare.
Unlike the work of many of her
contemporaries, Le Guin’s science
fiction is not just “of its time”. Her
books, like the best science fiction, are
not really about the future or distant
worlds, but about the here and now.
The themes she tackled are as relevant
today as they were then – perhaps more
relevant now than they have been since
their publication. That’s a sort of magic
in itself. THE INDEPENDENT
Born 21 October 1929
Died 23 January 2018
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The shocking chaos of a broken system
England’s jails are Dickensian, while Scotland leads progressive reforms
T
wo years ago, in those
far-off days before the
Brexit debacle, David
Cameron declared
prison reform “a great
progressive cause”
and set out his vision for a “modern,
more effective, truly 21st-century
system” offering hope for those who
made mistakes. Now we glimpse
reality behind such grand rhetoric
and it turns out we have barely
moved beyond a place familiar to
Charles Dickens. Life behind bars is
a world of squalor and suicides, of
desperation and drugs, of mentally
ill prisoners in dank cells, of fearful
guards working amid violence.
David Gauke, our sixth Justice
Secretary in eight years, has been
made to intervene over Nottingham
prison after eight inmates killed
themselves in two years, the Chief
Inspector repeating charges that
the prison was “fundamentally
unsafe”. A prison officer claimed
there were two suicide attempts
each week amid an epidemic of
self-harm. Then came a damning
report into Liverpool prison,
exposing inhumane conditions with
damp, dirty and blocked toilets,
broken windows, freezing cells,
cockroaches and rats in rubbish
piles. Many inmates were locked in
tiny cells for much of the day, the
prison swamped with drugs, and a
convicted killer managed to escape.
Inspection reports have twice
pointed out Liverpool’s problems in
the past five years. But as the prison
population swelled and budgets
were slashed, offenders were
stuffed into cells previously closed
as unfit for use.
So when Rory Stewart, another
new justice minister, faced MPs
last week, he pledged “to get back
to basics” rather than promise a
brave new world like his former
boss. “People want to talk about
grand issues of sentencing policy,”
he said, before adding that “making
prisoners feel they are in a safe
environment without broken
windows is really important”.
True enough. If men and
women are incarcerated by the
state, they should be kept in
better conditions than those of
battery hens. Yet the minister is
missing the point. Inmates were
crammed into reopened cells
because prisons are overflowing.
And this is because of decisions
taken by politicians to satisfy
populist pressures that have led
numbers to double in two decades
with endless new laws, serious
sentence inflation and fewer
community punishments. Chuck
in spending cuts, reduced staffing,
a stumbling probation shake-up,
rampant drug use, the dawn of
drones, miniature mobile phones –
and the result is prison chaos.
So yes, Mr Stewart, we should
talk about sentencing and judicial
policies. Why do England and
Wales lock up more people than any
other country in Western Europe?
Why is knife crime soaring – up
21 per cent in 12 months – despite
stiffer sentencing? Why is drug
use booming behind bars when
Westminster thinks it can be
thwarted in wider society? Why
does someone who goes to prison
come out more likely to commit
crime? And isn’t it a terrible waste
of taxpayers’ money when you
spend £35,000 a year to lock people
up and then almost half reoffend
within 12 months?
Spending cuts, reduced staffing and
a shake-up of the probation system
have all contributed to the prison
crisis IAN WALDIE/GETTY
Politicians have
bowed to populist
pressures, leading
to a doubling in
inmate numbers
It is not just broken windows
but a broken system. And since
the new minister of state at justice
is one of our smartest politicians,
Stewart must know something
has gone seriously awry. Privately,
few politicians still subscribe to
the silly stance that prison works.
Most see a system that crushes
staff morale while doing almost
nothing to help those individuals
with broken family backgrounds,
limited education, addiction
issues, learning disabilities or
mental health problems that make
up most inmates.
As a succession of ministers
serve short terms in the justice
department, there is constant talk
of reform but no real change. Yet
there is an alternative. Not just in
the Netherlands, which used to
match our incarceration rates then
saw it made more sense to solve
problems rather than just stuff
offenders in jail. Nor even in the
United States, where far-sighted
Republicans became unlikely
crusaders for rehabilitation. Simply
look over the border in Scotland,
where a left-liberal alliance is
stumbling its way towards a more
progressive approach.
This began eight years ago
when the Scottish National Party
government passed a presumption
against prison for sentences under
three months after two decades of
rising jail populations. Such short
terms are worse than useless,
disrupting family and work ties
with no chance of rehabilitation.
So Scottish judges must justify
in court why they wish to use a
sentence under 12 weeks, especially
if a suitable community scheme is
available. There has been an 8 per
cent fall in prison numbers as crime
and reconviction rates fell.
Now they plan to go much
further by extending this move to
12 months. “We must be even bolder
in our efforts to keep people out
of prison and reduce reoffending
further,” said First Minister Nicola
Sturgeon. Spot on. The move
was backed by a big majority
of respondents in consultation
– although opposed by Ruth
Davidson’s Tories, with traditional
scaremongering and absurd talk of
“soft-touch Scotland”. As her fellow
conservatives in America came
to realise, it is far tougher to force
people to tackle personal demons
than leave them sitting around
stoned in cells all day.
This means prison chiefs
can concentrate resources on
rehabilitation, as reoffending
rates rise among those serving
less than 12 months. Scotland has
also stemmed sentence inflation.
This has led to divergence in
punishments across the border:
fraudsters serve twice as long on
average in England and Wales, while
arsonists and vandals get more than
three times as long inside. Drug
sentences are some six months
shorter. “Are our drug offences so
much more serious than those in
Scotland?” asked Penelope Gibbs,
director of the charity Transform
Justice. “I doubt it.”
Scotland is showing a profound
stance on criminal justice:
politicians displaying genuine
leadership and standing firm
against synthetic outrage to
improve society. Sadly, it is so rare it
seems almost hallucinatory.
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I am surprised that
Theresa May has not
offered a ministerial
position to my MP, Jacob
Rees-Mogg, if she wishes
to head off a possible
leadership challenge
from him.
Surely she must
realise, from the rise
of Trump and Corbyn,
that the most dangerous
challengers are those
who have never had a
position where they have
had to implement the
policies they advocate
and, therefore, have
never failed?
Of course, it is a
gamble and Mr ReesMogg might be a huge
success – but she could
avoid this by making
sure the job is next to
impossible, such as
Secretary of State for
Northern Ireland.
NIGEL LONG
KEYNSHAM, BRISTOL
Jacob Rees-Mogg fears
that Brexit negotiations
risk our becoming a
European “vassal state”.
Given the decision to
change our relationship
with Europe, a trade deal
with the US assumes an
ever greater urgency.
Will we not be
transferring our vassal
status from one overlord
to another? Any trade
deal with Trump is
unlikely to be on terms
that see the UK cast,
again, as anything but the
junior partner.
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appreciated
I have been reading The
Independent and i from
the very first edition.
However, I do have
one gripe. You give good
coverage of English
rugby but very little of
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to draw viewers
Raked over
hot coals
Gavin Williamson
reminds me of a
candidate from The
Apprentice: arrogant
and well turned-out
but with no evidence of
competence – a classic
example of style over
substance. Is this really
what we want in a
prime minister?
STUART ACKLAND
MILTON KEYNES,
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
Princess finds
her tongue
Jenny Eclair says
disparagingly of
Princess Eugenie that
she “has never knowingly
spoken in public”
(i, 27-28 January).
Wrong! She was in
fact one of the speakers
invited to take part in
the Prudential Series
presented by the late
Sir David Tang at the
China Exchange. Jenny
can watch the event
on YouTube.
PATRICIA FRANKS
LONDON
Clubs for real
gentlemen
The fallout from
the exposure of the
behaviour of members of
the Presidents Club – and
the continuing discussion
about gentlemen-only
clubs – brings to mind
the comment by Groucho
Marx that he would never
join a club that would
have him as a member.
ROY DANIELS
STOCKPORT
Clearly the members
of the Presidents
Club were going to
be untrustworthy;
they couldn’t use
an apostrophe.
DICK EDWARDS
L-plates don’t
mean ‘London’
Possibly it is true that
those living in London
do not need to learn to
drive at 17. However,
with London and the
South East taking the
lion’s share of transport
funding, those of us who
live in the rural “oop
North” have suffered.
Fifteen years ago, our
village had a reasonable
bus service. Now we
have none because of
subsidy withdrawal.
The result is that
practically all 17-yearolds here need to pass
a driving test, even if
the only option is the
occasional use of a
parent’s car. It is still an
essential skill.
MICHAEL ROLLISON
TALLENTIRE,
CUMBRIA
I thought DJ Taylor was
harsh in his criticism of
history on television
(i, 27-28 January).
I think we’re lucky
to have so many
history documentaries
nowadays that invite
viewers in, especially at
a time when reflecting
on our national identity
has never seemed so
relevant. As Alice Jones
notes about poetry in the
same issue, “every poem
needs a reader”.
Every history
programme needs
viewers, too – and the
more, the better.
MIKE DAY
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When it comes to the celebrity
couple pecking order, Beyoncé and
Jay-Z reign supreme. That power
doesn’t come easily, however - and
neither does their marital happiness.
Jay admitted last year that he had
cheated on his wife of 10 years, an
incident which inspired Beyoncé’s
Lemonade album. Now he has
explained why they chose to try
and move past his indiscretion.
“It’s my soulmate – it’s the
person I love,” the rapper told
CNN. “For us, we chose to fight
for our love. For our family. To
give our [three] kids a different
outcome. To break that cycle
for black men and women.
“We were never a celebrity
couple – we were a couple that
happened to be celebrities. We
are real people.”
Endofanera
‘Gogglebox’ star
June Bernicoff has
confirmed that
she will not be
returning to the
Channel 4 show
following the death
of her husband,
Leon, last month.
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Cheating Jay-Z
tells why he
‘fought for love’
“I feel we’ve taken
so many steps
backwards and so
quickly. I used to
say, when I get to
60, it’s going to be
so cool, I can relax,
I can turn into a
Rastafarian comedian.
No way – I’ve got to be the
angry black poet again.” Benjamin
Zephaniah has lost the faith.
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Jail Weinstein,
urges Stone
She’s definitely not the only one
with this opinion, but Sharon
Stone has come forward to
declare publicly that Harvey
Weinstein should be locked up
for his alleged crimes.
“For people who behave
outrageously,
you just have to
tell them they’re
awful; but there
are other people
who are coarse
and mean and
violent and
abusive and
assaulting,
and these
people need
to go to jail,”
Stone said.
When
asked if
she meant
Weinstein, she
replied: “I do.
And I hope he
goes to jail.”
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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
I
was in the laundry of the care
home the other week. I’m not
supposed to go in there, but
I’d popped in to grab some of
Nick’s name labels to iron into a new
T-shirt. Anyway, it’s full of the kind of
mega washing machines and dryers
that my mates and I would dare each
other to sit inside when we were at
university. No wonder I’m not really
allowed in.
As I reached for the name tags
I clocked a notice on the wall that
had “deep clean” written at the
top, then a list of names and room
numbers. My heart sank. Every
year in Nick’s previous care
home, his room, like every other
resident’s, had to be emptied of all
his belongings so that the cleaning
staff could properly get at it.
This was a nightmare because
Nick had so much stuff covering
every surface and he hated anyone
touching it, let alone moving it.
The thought of a deep clean would
make him hysterical, crying and
ranting about wanting to leave and
not understanding why the room in
which he spent the majority of his
time needed a proper scrub.
I managed his terror of the deep
clean, to an extent, by getting my
stepmother to take him out for the
day while I boxed up his belongings,
waited until the clean was done,
then put them back. I photographed
everything before I packed it up so
that I knew where it should go. The
couple of times it had to be done,
he spent weeks stressing about it,
and once it was completed, he’d
return and scan the room to check
everything was just so. I would stand
by, covered in dust, with an aching
back, hoping that his room would
pass muster.
Seeing the deep-clean sheet
reminded me of all this, and lo,
it came to pass that a deep clean
was needed. This caused great
amusement among the carers, who
know how jealously Nick guards his
room. (They have to put his stuffed
creatures on the bed in a particular
order, otherwise there’s hell to pay.
They are very patient with him and
his menagerie.) I told Nick a few days
before, to minimise his pain, but even
so, each time I called him last week,
he’d tell me how worried he was.
What he didn’t do, though, was cry
or shout. He still wasn’t convinced
by the need to mop walls and
floor and bathroom, nor move the
furniture to get at the lurking dust
bunnies. But he accepted his fate
and, when asked what he’d like for
lunch while my dad and stepmum
minded him, answered “lobster
thermidor” with a glint in his eye.
It took me two hours to box up his
stuff. So. Much. Stuff. Mini fridges,
a cuddly R2-D2, face huggers,
Lego sets, models of Godzilla and
all of his framed pictures piled up.
The creatures filled a duvet cover.
Four hours and one deep clean
later, I spent three hours replacing
everything. The flamingo light
refused to turn on, and I moved his
Amazon Echo, which may amount to
treason. Otherwise, things are just
as they were.
At least, I hope so. In just over
an hour, I’m taking Nick back to
inspect the results. The flamingo is
already causing consternation, but
I’m hopeful, despite the hours spent
emptying, cleaning, and refilling his
room, he won’t notice the difference.
Pray for me, though, won’t you?
HATFIELD’S VIEW
course in Purley. There, after school,
I contorted myself into what passed
for a lotus position (a life goal when
one is a 6ft 4in second-row forward)
and attempted to rid my mind of
those damn monkeys.
I blush still. Lulled by incense,
sitar music and the melodic
exhortations of the teacher, I fell
asleep. Not once, but three classes
in a row – the third time, waking to
my own snoring. Pretty ironic, given
my current struggles. Mindfulness
hadn’t been invented but I was very
mindful of how embarrassed I was.
I could not return.
Mindfulness, to me, is an attempt
to be in the present. That can sound
highfalutin but there is a real truth
about contemporary life: we are
so often “elsewhere”, lost on an
electronic device or angst-ing about
the next problem. Many of
us need help in focusing
on the present – not
replaying the past,
or agonising about
the future.
How well we deal
with stress may hold
the key to personal
success. For me, the
greatest aid of all is to
share worries with those
I love and trust – to feel I am
not battling alone. But often we
are alone. Then what? How to
put mindfulness to practice and
simultaneously release endorphins?
Well, one could eat some chilli
peppers slowly, but I have found in
mid-life one thing that really does
that for me: yoga. Actually, I have to
get off to class right now. More next
week. Om!
Stefano
Hatfield
How to tame
that annoying
monkey brain
I
seem to have touched a nerve
last week by admitting I hadn’t
been sleeping so well. It was
clearly a subject to which a lot
of you can relate. So many admitted
to having the chitta vritti
or “monkey brain”. I’m
grateful for your sleep
suggestions – even
those of you trying to
sell me stuff. You may
care to know that it’s
got a little better this
week, perhaps as the
flu dissipated. Maybe it
was going to bed earlier,
fresh sheets, chamomile tea
and a belated binge-watching
of The Crown. It was certainly no
thanks at all to mindfulness and
meditation.
Meditation has always appealed
to me. I was an early adopter, way
back in the early Eighties when I was
a long-haired sixth-former trying to
“find myself”. To the chagrin of my
family and the Catholic priests at
school, I tried a Buddhist meditation
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‘Surprise’ as Duchess donates hair to charity
By Russell Parton
Jakub Jozef Orlinski (also inset) with his unique warm-up before singing
The breakdancing
tenor who’s turning
opera on its head
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Most opera singers warm up for the
stage with a light breathing exercise.
But the latest star of the concert hall
is a champion breakdancer who is
attracting a young audience to arias
with his head-spinning routines.
Jakub Jozef Orlinski, 27 and from
Poland, whose acrobatic skills and
model looks have been put
to use in advertising campaigns for Nike and Levi’s,
is shaking up the operatic
establishment.
A countertenor who
won a Metropolitan
Opera award for rising
stars, Orlinski’s passion is
17th-century Baroque music.
However, to his thousands of Facebook and Instagram followers, Orlinski is a member of breakdancing
collective Skill Fanatikz Crew.
“I discovered breakdancing at the
same time as my passion for the Baroque. The moves are actually very
good physical and mental preparation for singing opera,” said Orlinski,
who posted a Facebook video of his
back-flipping backstage warm-up
routine before performing Cavalli’s
Erismena at the Aix-en-Provence
Festival.
“Breakdancing is about freestyling.
There are no right or wrong moves,”
said the singer. “Stage directors love
performers with an acrobatic ability.
I included one of my power moves,
the windmill, when I sang Erismena
at the Château de Versailles.”
He added: “You need to know
which muscles to relax in a warm-up
before singing. You can’t do all the
breakdancing moves, like back flips,
before singing because you need to
tense your muscles for those.”
He hopes to combine his
twin passions. “I would
like to perform a hip-hop
opera, like Hamilton the
musical. I am working
with contemporary composers who can combine
these two worlds.”
His social media platforms are intended to spread
the word for his debut album of 17thcentury sacred arias. “I want more
young people to hear Baroque music.
It’s exciting when people say they are
going to a concert because they found
me on Instagram or saw a clip of me
breakdancing on YouTube.”
Jakub Jozef Orlinski is at
the Barbican in London
on 13 March and Wigmore Hall
in London on 13 June. His debut
album will be released on Warner
Classics/Erato in the autumn.
CULTURE
Spielberg to tell ‘West Side Story’
By Russell Parton
Hollywood director Steven
Spielberg is to make a new
version of the musical West
Side Story.
Spielberg, 71, who has
been nominated for an
Oscar for his latest film,
The Post, plans to make
an “ethnically authentic”
version of the 1961 film, which
itself won 10 Oscars.
The film is unlikely to begin shooting until 2020 at the earliest, as
Spielberg (inset) has said he will make
the fifth instalment of his popular
Indiana Jones films next year.
The Hollywood Reporter
said it was “striking” that
he was taking steps to cast
the movie in an “ethnically authentic manner, at a
moment when Latino activists are asking for more
on-screen representation”.
The orginal film featured only
one Latin lead actor, Rita Moreno.
Latinos make up almost 18 per cent
of the US population.
The Duchess of Cambridge has
reportedly donated her hair to
a charity that provides wigs for
children undergoing treatment
for cancer.
The Duchess (inset) is thought
to have donated her locks anonymously during a trip to the hairdresser’s a few months ago.
The Little Princess Trust,
which gives real-hair wigs to
children who have lost
their own hair through
cancer treatment or
other illnesses, called
the donation a “great
surprise”.
The charity re ceives anonymous
donations from time to
time. Its spokeswoman,
Helen Creese, said: “It’s such a
selfless act anyway to donate your
hair to help a sick child or
young adult.
“Obviously we’re all
absolutely delighted
that she donated her
hair, and we’re very
grateful, just as we’re
grateful to everyone
who chooses to support
the charity in this way, and
so many people do.”
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Trump on climate change,
cleanliness… and his hair
By Rob Hastings
“Can you bring that down a bit?”
Donald Trump asked the camera
crew shortly before his interview,
after seeing his image on a nearby
monitor. “I like it on my hair.”
Sitting directly opposite and disconcertingly close to his chummy
interrogator Piers Morgan, the US
President and his blond mane finally
got their moment on British television last night, after two days of his
opinions and pronouncements being
drip-fed into the media.
By the time the show aired on ITV,
scientists had already debunked Mr
Trump’s “alternative facts” about climate change; polar ice-caps are not
at “record levels” despite his claims.
However, at least now we know what
he does believe in. “I believe in clean
air,” said Mr Trump. “I believe in
crystal-clear, beautiful… I believe in
just having good cleanliness in all.”
The President dangled the prospect that he could opt back into the
Paris agreement on climate change,
but only if the “horrible deal” to cut
carbon emissions could be made
into “a completely different deal”,
which didn’t victimise the world’s
biggest economy.
He said he was not aware of any
Piers on Donald ‘A pretty good friend’
If there were any questions about
why Donald Trump gave Piers
Morgan this “world exclusive
interview”, their shared love of selfpublicity may provide the answer.
“It had taken more than a year in
the fixing, but finally my moment had
come,” Mr Morgan wrote yesterday
as he explained how he secured 30
minutes with the US President. Later
he tweeted: “It’s riveting... though I
say so myself!” And on the BBC, the
TV host told of how he considers Mr
Trump to be “a pretty good friend”.
However, it was hard to deny Mr
Morgan’s scoop. “Is it egotistical to
declare your own interview ‘breaking
news’?” one Twitter user asked him.
“Yes,” Mr Morgan replied, “but that
doesn’t mean I’m wrong.”
Donald Trump said a
US agency decision to
overturn a ban on ivory imports
was “terrible,” saying: “I didn’t
want elephants killed and stuffed…
I turned that order around.”
invitation for him to attend Prince
Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle.
When asked if he had been invited,
he said “not that I know of”.
Asked if he would like to go to
the wedding in May at Windsor
Castle, Mr Trump simply said: “I
want them to be happy. I really want
them to be happy. They look like a
lovely couple.”
When Mr Morgan pointed out
that Ms Markle had labelled the
billionaire “divisive” and a “misogynist”, he said: “Well, I still hope
they’re happy.”
French President Emmanuel Macron had more reason to be pleased.
“He’s a friend of mine – Emmanuel.
He’s a great guy. His wife is fantastic.
I like them a lot. You know, we had
dinner at the top of the Eiffel Tower,
and everything was closed.”
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claim ‘100% credit’ for boom in speech
IN WASHINGTON
When President Donald Trump first
addressed Congress, it was technically not termed a State of the Union
speech because he had only been on
the job for five weeks.
He largely stuck to the script,
claimed his election victory had been
a “rebellion” of the people, and outraged many by announcing a new
body to help alleged victims of immigrant crime: the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement. “We are
providing a voice to those who have
been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests,” he said.
Eleven long months later, Mr
Trump has been president for a year,
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POLITICS
Donald Trump has said he would
have negotiated Brexit with a “different” and “tougher” attitude to
Theresa May.
In their interview broadcast on
ITV last night, Piers Morgan asked
Mr Trump if Mrs May was in a “good
position” in Brexit talks.
He said: “Would it be the way I negotiate? No… I would have had a different attitude. I would have taken a
tougher stand in getting out.”
The US President said the European Union was “not cracked up to
what it’s supposed to be”.
He suggested he predicted Brexit,
“because of trade, but mostly immigration… I know the British people
and understand them. They don’t
want people coming from all over the
world into Britain, they don’t know
anything about these people.”
Mr Trump also claimed that Mrs
May invited him to make two visits to
the UK this year during their meeting
at the Swiss ski resort of Davos last
week. But a Downing Street source
did not confirm a report that an informal visit in July would be followed
by a state visit in October.
believes he has delivered on many of
his electoral promises, and considers himself to be a victim of “fake”
media coverage and of a witch hunt
by special prosecutor Robert Mueller
(inset), who is investigating possible
collusion with Russia during
the presidential election.
A senior administration
official told reporters that
when Mr Trump speaks
tomorrow night, laying
out future plans and reflecting on his first year in
office, he will be “speaking
from the heart”.
That official, who declined to
be named, said the President will
discuss jobs and the economy, infrastructure, immigration, trade and
national security. Experts say that
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with a booming stock market and
low unemployment rate that he inherited from his predecessor – and
following a recent corporate tax
cut that has resulted in a number of
firms announcing new hirings, new
projects and bonuses – Mr
Trump will start by claiming victory for the resilience of the US economy.
“Most people have no
idea how much a president influences the economy, but Trump will take
100 per cent of the credit for
the good news – of that we can
be sure. It’s all due to business confidence in him and his tax-cutting.”
said Larry Sabato, professor of politics at the University of Virginia.
THE INDEPENDENT
By Harriet Agerholm
Republican Senator Marco Rubio
has fired his chief of staff, Clint
Reed, after finding he “violated office policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and
their subordinates”.
A statement said Mr Rubio was
made aware for the first time of allegations of “improper conduct” on
Friday. He “immediately” began
an investigation into the matter, he
said, and by Saturday decided he
had “sufficient evidence” to conclude Mr Reed acted improperly.
On Saturday afternoon, he travelled from Florida to Washington
DC and terminated Mr Reed’s employment, effective immediately,
Mr Rubio said.
“We have taken steps to ensure
that those impacted by this conduct
have access of any services they
may require now or in the future,”
he added.
The Florida senator’s office would
provide no further details about the
incidents that led to Mr Reed’s firing
“pursuant to the wishes of those victimised by this conduct”, he added.
The statement did not name Mr
Reed, but he is listed as Mr Rubio’s
chief of staff in the Washington Information Directory. His Twitter
account also stated that he held
the position.
Mr Rubio rose to prominence
Marco Rubio was a Republican
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during his successful Tea Partybacked Senate bid in 2010. He ran
to become the Republican Presidential nominee in the 2016 election, but stood down his campaign
weeks before Donald Trump became the nominee.
Mr Reed managed the senator’s
presidential primary campaigns in
Iowa and Florida. After Mr Rubio’s
hopes of becoming US President
were dashed, he took control of Mr
Rubio’s successful re-election campaign for the Senate. He became
Mr Rubio’s chief of staff in late 2016.
THE INDEPENDENT
SOCIAL MEDIA
Trump tries
to set record
straight with
Jay-Z
By Oz Katerji
President Donald Trump has urged
his Twitter followers to inform rapper Jay-Z that “because of my policies”, unemployment among black
Americans is at the “LOWEST
RATE EVER RECORDED!”
The President’s tweet yesterday appeared to be in response to
a CNN interview in which the rapper said the President’s comments
about African countries and Haiti
were “disappointing” and “hurtful”.
Jay-Z said on the The Van Jones
Show on Saturday that lower unemployment doesn’t make up for the
President’s attitude. “It’s not about
money,” said Jay-Z. “It doesn’t
equate to happiness.”
The black unemployment rate
of 6.8 per cent is the lowest on
record and has reached levels not
seen since the end of Bill Clinton’s
administration. AP
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Ambulance bomber death toll passes 100
By Mohammed Harun Arsalai
The death toll from a suicide bomb
attack in Kabul continued to climb
yesterday, with reports of 103 dead
– a number expected to rise.
Another 235 were injured in the
massive explosion caused by an ambulance packed with explosives. The
Taliban claimed responsibility for
the attack, saying the targets were
police and government officials, but
eyewitness accounts suggest that it
was aimed at maximum carnage.
The ambulance passed through
at least one security checkpoint
near the former ministry of the interior compound by claiming to be
transporting an ill patient. It was
stopped at the next security check-
A victim being
treated after
an ambulance
packed with
explosives blew
up on Saturday
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point, where the suicide bomber
detonated his payload, sending a
huge mushroom cloud into the sky
that was visible across the city.
Saturday’s attack comes on the
heels of another Taliban attack at
Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel last
weekend. Reports indicate that
Taliban members had infiltrated the
building over the course of a week or
The Kabul suicide
bombing was the third
major attack in Afghanistan in
seven days.
more and presented themselves as
ordinary guests of the hotel.
Attackers opened fire on guests
of the hotel on Saturday 20 January, stalking and killing mainly Afghans, but specifically targeting
foreign guests.
The attackers went floor to floor
seeking out those they had kept
under surveillance. In all, 22 people
were killed at the hotel, bringing the
number of deaths inside Kabul city
in one week to 127.
Safe to return?
UK policy in the spotlight
Despite the staggering levels of
violence in Afghanistan, the UK
as well many other EU nations
continue to deport Afghans, claiming
that “Afghanistan is safe” and that
Afghans are not refugees but
should be classified as “irregular”
migrants, thus setting the stage for
a deportation process that would be
deemed illegal under international
law had the EU not first demoted
Afghans from refugee status.
To many, the policy is a symptom
of the UK refusing to accept its
share of the blame for the situation.
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Opposition leader thrown
into police van at rally
By Maria Tsvetkova, Denis
Pinchuk and Jack Stubbs
Alexei Navalny is
arrested in Moscow
yesterday EVGENY
IN MOSCOW
Russian police wrestled opposition
leader Alexei Navalny into a police
van yesterday, moments after he
appeared at a rally to urge voters
to boycott what he said would be a
rigged presidential election.
Mr Navalny has little chance of
influencing March’s election, likely
to be won comfortably by President
Vladimir Putin, but his ability to use
social media to mobilise crowds of
mostly young protesters in major
cities has irked the Kremlin.
The numbers who showed up at
protests across Russia yesterday
– some shouting “Putin is a thief”
– were lower than previous demonstrations Mr Navalny had staged,
according to estimates.
Video footage posted on social
media showed Mr Navalny appear
on Moscow’s main thoroughfare,
Tverskaya Street, a few hundred
metres from the Kremlin, to join
several hundred supporters taking part in the protest, which the
authorities had said was illegal.
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tance when he was surrounded by
police officers, who forced him to
the ground, and then dragged him
feet first into the police van, the
video footage showed.
Mr Navalny’s Twitter feed carried a post saying he had been
detained. “That does not matter.
Come to Tverskaya. You’re not
coming out for me, but for your
future,” the post said.
He was taken to a police precinct in central Moscow, Mr Navalny’s website reported. Police
said in a statement he would be
charged with violating laws on
holding demonstrations.
The maximum penalty he faces
is 30 days in jail. REUTERS
Sobchak’s Chechnya trip, page 27
Police forced their
way into Mr Navalny’s
Moscow office using power
tools yesterday, citing reports
of a bomb threat, an online feed
run by his supporters showed.
SOCIETY
Law catches up with gay Russians who married abroad
By Lydia Smith
A Russian same-sex couple who
had their marriage recognised
after finding an apparent legal
loophole have been charged with
“intentional damage to passports
or negligence”.
Eugene Wojciechowski and Paul
Stotzko tied the knot in Denmark
on 4 January and returned home
to Russia, where their documents
were stamped and approved, despite same-sex marriage being
illegal in the country.
Speaking to the independent
Russian channel TV Rain, the couple said their marital status had
been validated by a member of
staff “without superfluous questions”, who “did not even change
his expression”.
However, the press office of the
Moscow interior department said
the two men now face charges regarding their documentation, according to news agency Interfax.
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GERMANY
YEMEN
10 killed as army clashes
with separatists in Aden
By Mohammed Mukhashaf
and Stephen Kalin
IN ADEN
FRANCE
Police question Jihadist death
‘Nazi’ slur tourist penalty vow
By Harriet Agerholm
By Sophie Louet
German police have questioned
an American tourist after
she allegedly called officers
“Nazis” during a dispute at the
country’s biggest airport.
Police said 49-year-old
academic Carol Christine Fair
became “unreasonable and
irritated” when they told her
she could not take the liquids in
her luggage through security.
Ms Fair was taken to a police
station, where officers began
an investigation on suspicion
of slander.
Nicole Belloubet, the French justice
minister, has said that the country
would intervene if a French jihadist
were condemned to death in Iraq
or Syria.
This month, a court in Iraq
sentenced a German woman of
Moroccan origin to death for being
a member of Isis.
Asked in an interview yesterday
about how France would react if it
were in the same position, Ms Bell­
oubet said: “The French state would
intervene, by negotiating with the
other state in question.” REUTERS
At least 10 people were killed and
more than 80 others were wounded
as southern Yemeni separatists
fought government troops in the
southern city of Aden yesterday,
deepening a rift between forces that
had been on the same side.
The worst clashes yet between
southern separatists, who are allied
to the United Arab Emirates and
forces loyal to the Saudi­based
government, risk crippling their once
united war against the Iran­aligned
Houthi movement in Yemen’s north.
A separatist patrols a protest in Aden
yesterday REUTERS
The fighting subsided by the
evening after Prime Minister
Ahmed bin Daghr ordered a truce
and instructed forces loyal to the
government to return to barracks,
witnesses said.
Yemen has been torn apart by
three years of conflict between
the Saudi­backed government of
President Abd­Rabbu Mansour Hadi
and the Houthi. The factional fighting
in the south compounds the misery.
The fighting broke out after the
expiry of a deadline set last week
by separatists from the Southern
Transitional Council for Hadi to
dismiss the bin Daghr government,
accusing it of corruption and
mismanagement. The government
denies the charges.
Automatic gunfire and explosions
were heard across the city. REUTERS
BRAZIL
Gang feud
suspected in
shootings at
dance club
By Brad Brooks
IN SAO PAOLO
UNITED STATES
Reporter found
school ‘gunman’
was her son
By Emily Shugerman
A reporter who attended the
scene of a deadly school shooting
in Kentucky discovered that the
alleged gunman was her son.
Mary Garrison Minyard, the
editor of the Marshall County
Daily Online, went to a local high
Postcard
From...
Bhutan
For decades Bhutan had no
television, no traffic lights
and a culture that had barely
changed in centuries.
Today, bars dot the capital,
Thimphu, set in mist-covered
mountains, teenagers crowd
internet cafés to play violent
video games, and men smoke
and gamble in snooker halls.
There are still no traffic
lights after residents protested
against the installation of
one, but otherwise the onceisolated Buddhist country
tucked between India and
China is changing, and
bringing the modern world’s
problems in its wake.
school after hearing reports of
shots fired. It was only after she
arrived that she learnt police
had arrested her 15-year-old son
on suspicion of committing the
shooting.
One of Ms Minyard’s
colleagues told the Louisville
Courier Journal that she went to
comfort the editor and take over
the story.
Prosecutors say the suspect
opened fire in the common
area of Marshall County High
School on Tuesday morning last
week, injuring 16 students and
killing two.
Inside a gaudily lit
dance club, guests watch a
38-year-old woman swaying
to the songs they choose,
usually traditional folk music
but sometimes a Bollywood
number or two.
Signs of change are
everywhere, pulling the
country of snow-capped,
jagged mountains, forests,
rivers and clean air into the
modern world.
Smoke billows from
construction sites across the
country and a giant bronzeand-gold Buddha statue that
commands the entry to the
Thimphu Valley now shares
space with modern telecom
towers and on the streets and
even in the countryside, jeans
have become as commonplace
as traditional Bhutanese gho
robes and kira dresses. REUTERS
Cathal McNaughton
The rising
Seine
A boat on the flooded River
Seine in Paris passes the
Statue of Liberty replica
after days of almost nonstop rain in France caused
flooding. REUTERS
Gunmen shot and killed at least
14 people early on Saturday in a
crowded dance club in the north­
eastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza.
At least another six people
were being treated for injuries in
a hospital in the city, said Andre
Costa, who heads the Ceara state
security secretariat, which oversees
the police.
Mr Costa said a motive was not
yet known, but the attack could
have been part of a conflict between
drug gangs. No suspects were in
custody yesterday.
Eyewitnesses told the Globo TV
network that three cars full of armed
men arrived at the club at around
12.30am and fired rounds into the
front of the building for at least half
an hour before fleeing.
B ra z i l ro u t i n e l y h a s m o re
homicides than any other nation,
according to an annual United
Nations compilation of violence.
REUTERS
SYRIA
SOUTH AFRICA
EGYPT
Kurdish suicide
bomber killed
Cape Town
drought plans
Call for boycott of
presidential vote
A Turkish military vehicle was
targeted by a suicide bomber
belonging to the Kurdish femaleonly YPJ militia in the Kurdish
canton of Afrin in northern Syria
on Saturday.
Social media accounts
belonging to the group yesterday
confirmed the death of the
20-year-old woman in Jandaris.
Ankara launched an incursion
against Kurdish PKK-aligned
forces in Afrin on 20 January.
Police and military will help to secure
water collection sites in drought­
stricken Cape Town if authorities
turn off most taps as they are
expected to do for a day in April.
Hospitals, key economic and
industrial areas and densely
populated areas with a higher risk
of disease would be exempt from
a water cut­off, said municipal
authorities, who plan to open an
operations centre today to prepare
for the possible closure. AP
Opposition figures have called
for a boycott of the presidential
election in March, saying it has
lost all credibility.
Those protesting include a 2012
presidential candidate and two
aides of presidential hopeful Sami
Annan, who has been arrested,
They called on Egyptians not to
recognise the election’s outcome
if it goes ahead. The incumbent
president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi is
the only candidate in the race. AP
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NEW ZEALAND
Survivors rescued after four days in Pacific
By Nick Perry
Six adults and an unconscious baby
were rescued yesterday from a life
raft in the Pacific Ocean after drifting
for four days in the blazing sun without water. The survivors had scrambled on to the small wooden dinghy
after the ferry they were aboard sank,
according to authorities.
New Zealand Defence Force Air
Commodore Darryn Webb said the
crew on a military Orion plane had
used radar to locate the dinghy while
searching for survivors.
He said the ferry had been carrying at least 50 people while travelling
between two islands in the remote
nation of Kiribati.
Mr Webb added that there had
been no sign of any other survivors,
and it was not yet clear what caused
the ferry to sink. The rescue plane
dropped supplies to the survivors
including food, water and a radio, Mr
Webb said. The survivors used the
radio to tell rescuers they had managed to get off the ferry when it capsized and climb aboard the dinghy,
he said.
He said that the survivors had very
little time to react, and found themselves adrift without water or an
engine on the dinghy.
They did, however, have a blanket
or tarpaulin which they may have
been able to use to get some relief
from the sun.
Mr Webb said a fishing boat had
changed its course and picked up the
survivors on Sunday afternoon. He
said the dinghy was drifting more
than 112 miles from the nearest major
island when it was found.
“Our heart goes out to the baby and
to all those remaining of the 50-plus
people,” he said.
While thankful the life raft was
found, Mr Webb said it was also
heartbreaking the ferry had sunk
New Zealand Royal Air
Force rescuers say they
were not told about the missing
boat until Friday, eight days
after the ferry had left port on
Nonouti Island.
The New Zealand airforce found the survivors GETTY
PAKISTAN
French climber saved but friend feared dead
By Zarar Khan
IN ISLAMABAD
Volunteers rescued a French
mountaineer from a Himalayan
peak but have called off efforts to
retrieve a Polish climber, who was
believed to have died, a Pakistani
official said yesterday.
Karrar Haidri, a senior official
in the Pakistan Alpine Federation,
said four volunteer rescuers from
a separate Polish expedition were
CAMBODIA
British men
arrested for
‘porn dancing’
By Talia Shadwell
Five British men and five foreign
nationals, including two women,
have been arrested by Cambodian
not able to reach Tomasz Mackiewicz, who was suffering from
snow blindness and altitude
sickness, because of poor
weather.
E l i s a b e t h R evo l ,
who had frostbite on
her feet and could not
walk, was brought
from Skardu to Islama b ad ye s t e rd ay a n d
admitted to Shifa International Hospital, Mr Haidri said.
Authorities at the hospital said
she was in stable condition and
h e r wo u n d s we re n o t
life-threatening.
The two were attempting to summit Nanga
Parbat, the ninth highest peak in the world at
8,126m (26,660ft).
The French consul in
Islamabad was following
the rescue operation and was
in touch with Ms Revol’s family. AP
police for what officials describe
as “pornographic dancing” after a
raid on a party in the popular tourist destination Siem Reap.
A member of the group, whose
ages range from 19 to 35, told reporters from their cell, under condition of anonymity, that they were
confused over their arrest.
A Cambodian police website published photographs appearing to
show clothed and laughing tourists
demonstrating sex positions, but
the prisoner claimed none of those
arrested were in the photographs.
Most of the group were described by police as expats, but
some were travellers, including a
British tourist who claimed to have
been in the country two weeks
when arrested.
The prisoner said they were having a barbecue at a villa party on
Thursday afternoon when police
arrived and began picking out revellers from the crowd. PA
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and the others were still missing.
Searchers planned to regroup and
interview the survivors before deciding whether they should continue
the search, he added.
Questions remain as to why it
took Kiribati authorities so long
to tell New Zealand officials the
ferry was missing. Mr Webb said a
Kiribati plane had earlier searched
for the ferry but didn’t have sophisticated radar equipment.
Named the MV Butiraoi, the 57ft
wooden catamaran left Nonouti
Island bound for South Tarawa on 18
January, according to authorities. AP
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I
t started in 1943; a mailorder business founded by a
teenager. Dyslexic 17-year-old
Ingvar Kamprad, who
grew up in rural Smaland
in southern Sweden, decided
upon a unique name for his new
enterprise. His initials (I and K)
along with those of farm he grew
up on (Elmtaryd) and the village
he lived in (Agunnaryd) came
together to form a word that has
since become synonymous with
both design and affordability: Ikea.
Kamprad, who died at the age of
91 on Saturday, went on to become
one of the world’s most successful
entrepreneurs, changing the
world of home furnishings one
Billy bookcase at a time. Ikea was
built, piece by piece, from humble
beginnings to astonishing global
success story. Today, the retailer
has more than 350 shops in 29
countries across Europe, North
America, the Caribbean, the
Middle East and Asia. In 2017 it
made €38.3bn (£33.6bn).
Although the retailer has
become known for its easy, readyto-assemble furniture – a concept
now replicated by designers the
world over – the canny designs
didn’t come about until 1956.
Legend has it the idea of flat-pack
furniture was born when one of
Ikea’s designers, Gillis Lundgren,
struggled to get a table into the
back of a car. Lundgren realised
that if he cut off the legs, the table
would fit. The rest, as they say,
is history.
Flat-pack furniture has, in
many ways, been the secret to
Ikea’s success. Not only does it
make the products cheaper as
the buyers are the ones doing the
assembling, it also means Ikea
can ship and store its goods more
efficiently. That, and the fact that
flat-pack furniture lends itself
nicely to the clean Scandinavian
aesthetic which has since
become so coveted, suggests
the decision to cut off the legs
from the aforementioned table
is one which has since paid huge
dividends. (Although Ikea hasn’t
been entirely without criticism –
as anyone who has spent a fraught
Saturday morning trying to build
a table which looked simple on the
packaging will tell you.)
Ikea’s affordable, fuss-free
designs – found in almost every
Another
View
Hamish
McRae
Ten lessons
to take away
from Davos
D
avos is over for
another year and
the captains and the
kings have departed.
What have we
learnt?
student flat and first-time home
– are quite in keeping with its
founder. Kamprad was worth
$58.7bn, but shopped in flea
markets. Although Bloomberg
named him as the eighth richest
person in the world, he professed
to never flying first class, stayed in
cheap hotels, lived in Switzerland
to avoid Sweden’s high taxes,
and bought all of his clothes
second-hand.
In a documentary which aired in
Sweden in 2016, he said: “It’s in the
nature of Smaland to be thrifty,”
claiming that he wanted to “set a
good example”.
Ikea employers, it is said,
were expected to imitate his
frugal behaviour.
Kamprad’s life was not without
scandal. In 1994, a newspaper in
Sweden uncovered evidence that
showed the entrepreneur had
been involved in Sweden’s fascist
movement in 1942. Kamprad
apologised, saying it was “a part of
my life which I bitterly regret”.
But the impact that Kamprad
had on furniture design is
undeniable. The Swedish foreign
minister, Margot Wallstrom, said
yesterday that Mr Kamprad had
“put Sweden on the world map”.
Designer Jeff Banks described
the entrepreneur as “head and
1: Big business outside the US
would see that as a reasonable
counter to Chinese restrictions on
imports.
3: There is a reassessment of
China’s openness going on. Last
year, President Xi Jinping wowed
the audience: it was as though
China was seeking to take on the
global leadership that was being
abandoned by the US. This year,
the Chinese leader did not attend,
whereas the US delegation arrived
in force, with both the Treasury
Secretary and the Secretary of
State joining the President. This
was the biggest US delegation
ever to come to Davos and the first
serving president to attend since
Bill Clinton came in 2000. There
was a sense of relief that the US
was back, leading to the next point.
5: There is no substitute for US
leadership of the world economy.
No one else can provide it.
is content with Trumponomics.
The President sat down with a
group of business leaders, mostly
from Europe, and they purred.
There was little or none of the
embarrassment that US business
leaders have sometimes shown
towards the President.
2: The tax reforms introduced
by his administration are a large
part of this shift of mood. Though
the booming equity markets
are probably also part of it, the
administration is seen as being
able to get things done.
3: The President’s challenge to
free trade is now seen more as
an acceptable modification of
the present regime rather than a
retreat into hard protectionism. If,
for example, there are restrictions
on Chinese imports into the US,
many European business leaders
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Top: Ingvar Kamprad at the firm’s
head office in Almhult in 2002.
Left: An Eighties house party,
created in October 2017 to celebrate
30 years of Ikea in the UK TT; REUTERS
shoulders above the rest” and said
he has changed the way furniture
was designed for the home.
Design writer Kate WatsonSmyth, who runs interiors blog
madaboutthehouse.com, said Ikea
“has written itself into the fabric of
our national consciousness” since
it opened in the UK 30 years ago,
allowing people to furnish their
homes on a budget and develop
their own sense of style. “Here was
modern furniture that, crucially,
wasn’t brown like that of our
parents, and we could afford it,”
she said. “Ikea championed that
clean, modern Scandi look that has
been popular ever since.”
Entrepreneur and furniture
retailer Ning Li said: “He changed
the entire furniture industry, by
bringing functional furniture
to the masses… It’s about
democratising design.”
Ikea quickly became part of the
furniture in the UK after it opened
its first store here in 1987. The
retailer is, arguably, responsible for
many a marital dispute as couples
battle to assemble their new
furniture, and the meatballs served
in Ikea’s restaurants have garnered
their own loyal fan base. The shop
is so popular that when a new
superstore opened in Edmonton,
north London, in 2005, a riot broke
out as 4,000 customers clamoured
to get in.
The shop remains an institution.
Ikea has recently collaborated with
high-end designers including Tom
Dixon (whose line launches this
week), trendy Danish firm HAY
and British designer Ilse Crawford.
Next year, Ikea will launch a range
by Virgil Abloh, who worked as
creative director for Kanye West
before launching his own label.
And so the retailer continues
to innovate – 75 years after he
founded his company, Kamprad,
the thrifty billionaire, leaves behind
a legacy as simple as his furniture:
style need not be costly.
6: German business is very self-
There is solid
growth but
as yet little or
no inflation
regulation to that of Brussels.
Europe is a relatively small part of
the City’s business and is a slowgrowing market. Better to focus on
the rest of the world.
9: India will be much more
important over the next 30 years
than I had fully appreciated. It is
the fastest-growing large economy
in the world and will soon be the
most populous. It will want to exert
that power.
10. Finally, the world economy is
at an economic sweet spot. There
is solid growth but as yet little or
no inflation. It won’t always be like
this. As growth continues there
is a danger that the boom will get
out of hand. There were rumblings
of concern about this at Davos
from a number of speakers. At
some stage there will be a global
downturn. We just don’t know
when. THE INDEPENDENT
confident and that confidence was
increased by the strong likelihood
that Angela Merkel will be able to
form a government. But even if
there had had to be new elections,
the business community was
pretty comfortable. The problem
for German business is rising
labour discontent and rising costs,
not politics.
7: Big tech is worried. If most
segments of the business
community were reasonably
relaxed about their future, the
large technology companies
were concerned that they were
somewhat in the dog house.
Handling of private information,
their treatment of employees,
particularly women staff, their
relations with suppliers, abuse of
monopolistic power and excessive
dominance of the news media were
all among the areas where they
now realise that they are no longer
the heroes of the world.
8: There will be an acceptable Brexit
deal. The fact that it is so much
in the self-interest of both sides
means the deal will be negotiated.
There is, however, one Brexit
issue where there is more
ambiguity than before: financial
services.
The new information coming out
of Davos is that some people in the
City think it is on balance better not
to have full access to the European
market if it means aligning
t was supposed to take everyone
by surprise: a campaign trip
to Chechnya and Ingushetia,
volatile republics at Russia’s
southern border that are
considered political no-go areas to
all but the invited.
Ahead of Russian presidential
candidate Ksenia Sobchak’s trip,
the few details of the journey were
discussed in conspiratorial tones.
Journalists were sworn to secrecy.
After all, there was no guarantee a
visit by the liberal, pro-gay, celebrity
candidate would be welcome.
The reality on the ground, of
course, turned out to be very far
from it. Every step of the way, police
were waiting, checking passports
and filming the proceedings.
Meetings were cancelled before
they began. On one occasion, lights
were even turned out in the middle
of a discussion.
By the time Ms Sobchak arrived
in the Chechen capital of Grozny
yesterday, it was already clear she
would not be getting the scoop she
had looked for – a showdown with
the most irascible leader in the
region, Ramzan Kadyrov.
In the event, Ms Sobchak spent
barely an hour in the Chechen
capital before leaving for the airport.
In the absence of meetings, she
settled on two media narratives.
First, she presented herself as a
“one-woman” picket in protest at the
trial of local human rights activist
Oyub Titiev, 60, who was detained on
bogus drugs charges two weeks ago.
Second, there was to be a walkabout
on Putin Avenue (formerly Victory
Avenue), which runs off the capital’s
Akhmat Kadyrov Square.
Putin Avenue, however, was
deserted. The shops were shut,
despite advertising to the contrary.
It seemed no accident. One of the
only signs of life was a man minding
an espresso van, and Ms Sobchak
duly made her way to speak to him.
“Why are you drinking coffee?”
shouted a bearded man with rotten
teeth. “Coffee is bad for horses.”
The coarse joke referred to a
internet meme, now several years
old, which unfavourably compared
Ms Sobchak’s facial features to those
of a horse.
The candidate took the
prepared slight in her stride: surely
a self-respecting Chechen man
could not dare to be so rude to
women, she asked?
“Push off, leave,” said the
man. “My home is no place for
Ms Sobchak says the aim
was to highlight pressing
human rights abuses usually
ignored by the Russian media
Ksenia Sobchak planned to confront
leader Ramzan KadyrovGETTY
you.” He was one of a group of
perhaps a dozen men, aged 25
to 30, who all appeared to be
communicating with each other
via mobiles or walkie talkies.
They shouted “Go home”,
“Horsey”, and “Dom-2” – a
reference to the trashy Big
Brother-style reality show she
once presented.
The leader of the group, who
had been hidden under a hood,
finally confronted Ms Sobchak:
“Why have you come now?
You’re a failed journalist.”
Ms Sobchak says the aim of
her trip was to highlight pressing
human rights abuses in a region
usually ignored by the Russian
media. No doubt the visit was wellreceived by some.
In Ingushetia, raw emotion
often pierced through during
Ms Sobchak’s meetings. Many
complained of pressure from
the local authorities, whom,
they said, were unaccountable
to anyone but Moscow. As the
evening drew to a close, a man rose
to address the audience. “I have
three sons. One of them was killed.
No one said anything about it – no
information about the investigation,”
he said. “Then my second son
disappeared two years ago… It’s the
truth – Vakha, who is my relative,
will back me up. ”
“Vakha” turned out to be one
of Ms Sobchak’s local organisers;
he confirmed the tale, and before
too long he was in tears. “When I
said I wanted to help Ms Sobchak,
they started to threaten me and
my family. I hope that this publicity
will protect us.”
“I will be your microphone,” Ms
Sobchak offered in return.
It was, of course, hardly a security
guarantee. THE INDEPENDENT
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For most of us, photographs of
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shoot dead are repellent, but is
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preservation in Africa? That’s the
question posed by this documentary
as we meet a Texan hunter keen to
bag the “big five” (buffalo, leopards,
elephants, lions and rhinos) and John
Hume (left) who breeds rhinos,
sawing off their horns to deter
poachers and help finance his ranch.
“Name me one animal that’s gone
extinct while farmers were making
money out of them,” he says, but
what are the implications of treating
such beasts as commodities?
8.30pm, BBC1
Should we be worried about job cuts
at the BBC’s current affairs flagship
– its new editor recently announced
that she intends to make half the
full-time producers redundant?
Anyway, this week’s report goes
behind the scenes of Trevi House in
Plymouth, a unit where mothers who
are addicted to drugs undergo
treatment in an attempt to avoid
their babies being taken into care.
Trophy: The Big Game Hunting
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This week’s multiple storylines
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and a drowsy mother who crashes
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not drunk and not on drugs” is the
initial finding on the car-crash
victim, initially seen swerving on
and off the pavement, although the
two cases are inevitably related.
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The Pops: 1981 (R) (S). 2.40
Highlands: Scotland’s Wild
Heart (R) (S). 3.40 Close
1.10 FILM: Hector And
The Search For Happiness
(Peter Chelsom 2014)
Premiere. Comedy,
starring Simon Pegg (S).
3.35 Close
12.30 Timewasters (R) (S).
1.00 Two And A Half Men
(R) (S). 1.30 Superstore (R)
(S). 1.55 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 2.20 Teleshopping
5.50 ITV2 Nightscreen
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
Glenn looks
for the perfect
store Santa (S).
9.00 FILM: No Escape
(John Erick
Dowdle 2015)
Thriller, starring
Owen Wilson
and Pierce
Brosnan (S).
9.00 Family Guy
Part one of two.
Brian becomes
a sniffer dog (R)
(S).
9.30 Family Guy (R)
(S).
10.00American Dad!
(R) (S).
10.30 American Dad!
Francine tries
to teach Roger
the value of
hard work (R) (S).
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Army girl Janine is less fussy in her
requirements. She just wants to be
complimented on her feminine
appearance because apparently she
doesn’t get much of that at work.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
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Two Doors Down
10pm, BBC2
Good to see that neighbourliness is
alive and well in Glasgow suburbia,
although most people would be glad
if the likes of Doon Mackichan’s
monstrous Cathy didn’t come calling.
A new series begins on Burns Night
at Latimer Terrace where the
blessing of the haggis comes a poor
second to an inspection of Beth’s
redecorated “wee downstairs loo”.
Rab C Nesbitt veteran Elaine C Smith,
Arabella Weir and Alex Norton
round out the cast.
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FILM OF THE DAY
===
6.35pm, TCM
(John Frankenheimer, 1962)
Partly because its imagining of a
political assassination was to prove
prophetic so soon afterwards, and
also because its camera angles and
tone are so intoxicating, this brilliant
thriller had audiences believing in its
ultra-paranoid brainwashing plot.
Indeed, its title swiftly entered the
lexicon as a phrase to describe any
politician who may have been
corrupted or otherwise turned
into a puppet by a foreign state –
and the film continues to resonate
in our current political moment.
Frank Sinatra (left) and Laurence
Harvey star as Korean War veterans
who become unwitting victims of
the sinister Pavlov Institute.
10.45pm, Talking Pictures
(Russ Meyer, 1970)
This non-sequel to the soapy trash
hit Valley Of The Dolls, written by the
sexploitation auteur Russ Meyer
and the film critic Roger Ebert,
is an alternately comedic and
violent, camp and straight-faced
psychedelic freakout. Groovy.
The Manchurian Candidate
Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls
===
Escape From LA
11pm, TCM
(John Carpenter, 1996)
War hero-turned-criminal Snake
Plissken (Kurt Russell) is assigned to
hunt down the president’s daughter,
and fight a revolutionary group
aiming to bring down the American
government in this action sequel.
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).
10.15 The Darling Buds
Of May (R) (S). 11.20 The
Darling Buds Of May (R)
(S). 12.35 The Royal (R)
(S). 1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
3.45 On The Buses (R) (S).
4.15 On The Buses (R) (S).
4.50 Rising Damp (R) (S).
5.20 George And Mildred
(R) (S). 5.55 Heartbeat
(R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
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Tenerife (R) (S). 7.30 All
Star Driving School (R)
(S). 8.00 Baby Daddy (R)
(S). 9.00 Melissa & Joey
(R) (S). 10.00 How I Met
Your Mother (R) (S). 11.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) (S).
11.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 12.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 12.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 1.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 1.30 The Big
Bang Theory (R) (S). 2.00
Melissa & Joey (R) (S). 3.00
Baby Daddy (R) (S). 3.30
Baby Daddy (R) (S). 4.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) (S).
4.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 5.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 5.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.35 A Place In The Sun:
Summer Sun (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: Summer
Sun (R) (S). 2.10 A Place In
The Sun: Summer Sun (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 Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
The vet
must decide
whether a hip
replacement on
a cat is viable
(R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
Featuring the
guest voice
of Pamela
Anderson (R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House The
medic agrees
to treat Stacy’s
husband (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
An update on
the conversion
of a huge barn
in Essex (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Homer forms a
band (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation A
former boxing
star is found
dead (R) (S).
8.00 David
Attenborough’s
Conquest Of The
Skies Insects
capable of flight
(R) (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Danny becomes
the target of a
drug cartel (R)
(S).
9.00 Car SOS Fuzz
Townshend
and Tim Shaw
restore an
Aston Martin
DB6 (S).
9.00 A League Of
Their Own:
US Road Trip
2.0 Out-takes,
pranks and
behind-thescenes antics (R).
9.00 Active Shooter:
America Under
Fire A racially
motivated
shooting at a
historic church
(S).
10.00World’s Most
Expensive Cars
Ant Anstead
tracks the sale
of the very first
Shelby Cobra (R)
(S).
10.00FILM: Inside
Man (Spike Lee
2006) Thriller,
starring Denzel
Washington and
Clive Owen (S).
10.10 Real Time With
Bill Maher The
comedian and
guests discuss
the week’s
events (R).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Part one
of two. Jessica
receives a visit
from a rival
mystery writer
(R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks (S).
7.30 Coach Trip:
Road To
Tenerife (S).
8.00 Lewis A man
is found dead
in the Bodleian
Library
basement (R) (S).
8.00 FILM:
Transformers:
Dark Of The
Moon (Michael
Bay 2011) Scifi, with Shia
LaBeouf (S).
10.00Foyle’s
War Foyle
stumbles on an
international
cover-up (R) (S).
12.10 Inspector Morse (R)
(S). 2.05 ITV3 Nightscreen
2.30 Teleshopping
11.05 Gogglebox
Reactions to
programmes
including The
Apprentice and
Spider House (R)
(S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E An eightyear-old boy
falls 8ft onto
concrete (R) (S).
12.10 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 1.10 Tattoo Fixers (R)
(S). 2.15 First Dates (R) (S).
3.15 First Dates Abroad (R)
(S). 3.40 Celebs Go Dating
(R) (S). 4.30 Rude(ish) Tube
(R) (S). 4.55 How I Met Your
Mother (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 Uncut (R)
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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 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 7.00
Fish Town (R) (S). 8.00 The
Guest Wing (R) (S). 9.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
10.00 The West Wing (R)
(S). 11.00 House (R). 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).
BBC Radio 1Xtra
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
Twin B
11.20 Beware The
Slenderman
Documentary
exploring the
legend of The
Slenderman (R)
(S).
12.25 Ross Kemp: Extreme
World (R) (S). 1.25 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 2.25 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 3.20 The
Blacklist (R) (S). 4.10 Stop,
Search, Seize (R) (S). 5.05
The Dog Whisperer (R).
6am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 The 8th With Charlie
Sloth 11.00 Huw Stephens 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
1.35 Dexter (R). 2.45 Dexter
(R). 3.45 Girls (R) (S). 4.20
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.10
The West Wing (R) (S).
BBC Radio 2
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30
Ken Bruce 12noon Jeremy
Vine 2.00 Gary Davies 5.00
Simon Mayo 7.00 Celtic
Connections 8.00 Jo Whiley
10.00 Gary Osborne – Paul
Williams Special 11.00 David
Rodigan 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 9.00
Essential Classics 12noon
Composer Of The Week:
Handel 1.00 News 1.02 Radio
3 Lunchtime Concert 2.00
Afternoon Concert. The first
in a week of programmes
featuring performances by
the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
5.00 In Tune. With Lucy
Crowe, David Bates and La
Nuova Musica. 7.00 In Tune
Mixtape. In Tune’s specially
curated playlist. 7.30 Radio
3 In Concert. A concert by
the BBCSO as part of Total
Immersion: Leonard Bernstein.
10.00 Music Matters. An
interview with Canadian
baritone Gerald Finley. 10.45
The Essay: Looking Good 11.00
Jazz Now. A concert by ICP.
12.30am Through The Night
ON DEMAND
Black Lightning
Netflix
The latest superhero is a
black headteacher when he’s
not zapping evil-doers.
Search Party
All4
A group of low-achieving
Manhattan millennials become
unlikely sleuths in this comedy.
LAST CHANCE
Spiral
BBC iPlayer
The opening two episodes
vanish at midnight.
7.00 The Archers. 7.15 Front
Row 7.45 The Truth About
Hawaii 8.00 Shaking The
Magic Money Trees. Michael
Robinson looks at Britain’s
policy of quantitative easing.
8.30 Analysis. New series. The
bias against women in society.
9.00 In Their Element. How a
discovery in boiled urine led
to the trade union movement
and chemical weapons. 9.30
Start The Week. With Mohsin
Hamid, Carol Bohmer and
Bruno Macaes. 10.00 The
World Tonight. With Ritula
Shah. 10.45 Book At Bedtime:
Reading Europe – Turkey:
The Red-Haired Woman. By
Orhan Pamuk. 11.00 Word Of
Mouth. Michael Rosen is given
a vocal work-out. 11.30 Today
In Parliament. Political news,
presented by Sean Curran.
12mdn’t News And Weather
12.30 Book Of The Week: No
Place To Lay One’s Head 12.48
Shipping Forecast 1.00 As BBC
World Service 5.20 Shipping
Forecast 5.30 News Briefing
5.43 Prayer For The Day 5.45
Farming Today 5.58 Tweet Of
The Day
BBC Radio 4 LW
9.45am Daily Service 12.01pm
Shipping Forecast 5.54
Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am The Daughter Of Time
6.30 The Actor’s Gang 7.00
Millport 7.30 The Museum Of
Curiosity 8.00 Hancock’s Half
Hour 8.30 Dad’s Army 9.00
Quote – Unquote 9.30 The
Party Line 10.00 The Brothers
Karamazov 11.00 Annika
Stranded 11.15 Running
Before The Wind 12noon
Hancock’s Half Hour 12.30
Dad’s Army 1.00 The Daughter
Of Time 1.30 The Actor’s Gang
2.00 Brave New World 2.15
In Search Of Ourselves: A
History Of Psychology And
The Mind 2.30 Tales Of The
City: Significant Others 2.45
Someone Like Me 3.00 The
Brothers Karamazov 4.00
Quote – Unquote 4.30 The
Party Line 5.00 Millport 5.30
The Museum Of Curiosity 6.00
Pick
ofthe
day
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Start The
Week 9.45 Book Of The
Week: No Place To Lay One’s
Head 10.00 Woman’s Hour
11.00 The Untold 11.30 Tom
Wrigglesworth’s Hang-Ups
12noon News 12.04 Witness
12.15 You And Yours 12.57
Weather 1.00 The World At
One 1.45 Will Self’s Great
British Bus Journey 2.00 The
Archers 2.15 Drama: 4/4 3.00
Round Britain Quiz 3.30 The
Food Programme 4.00 Little
Shop Of Colours 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 Sindhu Vee,
Paul Nurse and Rowan Pelling.
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Will Self’s Great
British Bus
Journey
1.45pm,
BBC Radio 4
The author (above)
is in Plymouth as
he embarks on a
1,000-mile tour
of the UK by bus
and coach only,
exploring urban
Britain.
The Night Of The Triffids 6.30
A Good Read 7.00 Hancock’s
Half Hour 7.30 Dad’s Army
8.00 The Daughter Of Time
8.30 The Actor’s Gang 9.00
Annika Stranded 9.15 Running
Before The Wind 10.00
Comedy Club: The Museum
Of Curiosity 10.30 Comedy
Club: Ross Noble Goes Global
11.00 Comedy Club: The News
Quiz Extra 11.45 Comedy
Club: Hearing With Hegley
12mdn’t The Night Of The
Triffids 12.30 A Good Read 1.00
The Daughter Of Time 1.30
The Actor’s Gang 2.00 Brave
New World 2.15 In Search
Of Ourselves: A History Of
Psychology And The Mind 2.30
Tales Of The City: Significant
Others 2.45 Someone Like Me
3.00 The Brothers Karamazov
4.00 Quote – Unquote 4.30 The
Party Line 5.00 Millport 5.30
The Museum Of Curiosity
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:
The Monday Night Club 9.00
5 Live Sport: The Tuffers And
Vaughan Cricket Show 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
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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
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Lauren Laverne 1.00 The First
Time With Noel Gallagher 2.00
The History Of The Marquee
Club 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 pays
tribute to the work of Franz
Schubert. 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
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Jenni Falconer
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast With Joey Barton
10.00 Jim White, Danny
Murphy And Bob Mills 1pm
Hawksbee And Jacobs 4.00
Adrian Durham And Darren
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Sports Bar 1am Extra Time
With Will Gavin
A sense of loss
Travel
In treatment
Does Champney’s
Tring still offer a five-star
spa experience?
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Arts
Britain’s Jazz Age
A new exhibition explores
the impact of the US
import on these shores
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W
hen you’ve just
split the back of
your head open
on the gravelled
shoulder of a New
Zealand highway, breaking your
cycle helmet into two and losing several seconds of your life,
the first thing you worry about
isn’t, necessarily, if you’ll ever be
able to smell your baby’s head.
Nor whether you’ll ever smell
your mother’s perfume again.
You probably won’t even think to
worry that one day you might sit
calmly at the table as yet another
dinner burns to ashes behind you.
But that may happen. It happened
to me.
Anosmia – the loss or absence of
sense of smell – is a condition given
just a little more public attention
and sympathy than bunions. Over
the course of a scentless year and
a half, following said collision with
the tarmac of a Dunedin road and
a subsequent concussion, I was
told more times than I care to
remember how lucky I was not
to have lost my sense of hearing
or sight. It is certainly true that
the infrastructure of the modern
world is made far less accessible
to people with those disabilities
and it is far easier to navigate the
world without a sense of smell
After a head injury, NellFrizzelllost the
ability to smell. Here, she explains the effect
on her emotions, her ability to register risk
and anxiety about everything from body
odour to burning buildings
than a loss of sight. But comparing conditions is rarely tactful, nor
helpful. The fact is, the effect on
my emotional landscape, my sense
of self, my ability to register risk
and my anxiety about everything
from BO to burning buildings was
considerable.
While, like 15 per cent of all
sufferers of anosmia, I lost my
sense of smell following a head
injury, the possible causes can be
manifold – nasal or sinus diseases
(25 per cent), upper respiratory
viral infections (20 per cent), Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases
(2-5 per cent), congenital inheritance of the condition (1 per cent)
or that much-dreaded catch-all
term idiopathic anosmia – the
apparently unaccountable loss
of smell that no amount of blood
tests or brain scans can explain.
According to the NHS, an esti-
Nell Frizzell now
suffers from anosmia
after an accident in
New Zealand that left
her with concussion
GETTY
mated 6,000 people in the UK
are born without a sense of smell,
which merely hints at the scale of
scentlessness across Britain.
I was surprised, after mentioning my loss of smell online and to
friends, quite how many people
reached out to tell me a similar
story – people who had fallen
down stairs or been knocked out
by heavy doors only to realise a
few weeks later that their whole
world seemed to have disappeared
behind a sheet of cling film – there,
but not quite as it should be.
Luckily, the charity Fifth Sense
came to my rescue – explaining
more about the condition, giving support and practical help on
dealing with a life without smell.
They couldn’t peel off the cling
film, but at least they recognised
that it was there.
But it wasn’t quite as simple as
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not being able to smell or taste
anything. I also suffered from
phantosmia – strange smells or
tastes would come unbidden and
uncaused into a meal, a trip to
the shop that would render me
watery-mouthed and retching.
For a little while all food tasted
of burnt plastic, all men smelt of
sour onions and all women smelt
of burnt sugar.
Instead of the broccoli-andbrown-rice life I had imagined for
myself, unshackled by the temptation of flavour (after all, most
of what we call taste is actually
smell, plus the sensation of bitter, salty, sweet, sour or umami),
I in fact found myself reaching
for quick and comforting hits of
sugar, salt and fat to dance across
my tongue and give me the sense
of, well, something. I ate a lot of
crisps and drank a lot of very, very
cheap wine.
However, it was the emotional
impact that I found hardest. Sex
without smell can easily become
just horizontal exercise; your
home without smell is just a building; your own body seems somehow at a distance, unconnected,
unavailable to you in the way it
once was. During that time I had
no significant relationships, spent
much of the day sweating with unquenchable fear that I smelt and
washed a lot of clean clothes because I couldn’t remember or tell
if they were clean or just dry.
My mother would stop dead in
the street, turn to me with hope in
her eyes and ask: “Can you smell
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that?” I couldn’t. I never could.
But there is a miraculous end
to this story; one I told myself to
never hope for and was strangely
reluctant to admit. Two years after
returning to the UK in my bubble
of clinical, beige scentlessness,
something started to change.
One day, on a wet walk through
a damp Welsh wood I thought
absent-mindedly, “Oh, there
must be wild garlic here.” I then
stopped, fell to my knees and
sobbed. With relief, with recognition and with joy. I had smelt
I discovered that
sex without smell
can become just a
horizontal exercise
something. Something real. Over
the next few months as – I assume
– the bruising on my brain caused
by the injury finally healed, I
made conscious effort to relearn
the world of smells.
I forced myself to remember
and like ginger (for weeks it simply smelt of soil), I spent hours
with my eyes closed standing by
a hedge or bush or cupboard trying to unravel the knot of lost,
forgotten or misremembered
smells that had lain dormant for
more than a year. I learned how to
smell again.
A few months later I met a man
and fell in love. I knew it was love,
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not just because he was kind and
clever and handsome and took me
for a drink in a Travelodge on our
second date, but because I could
smell him. His hair, his neck, his
chest – I could smell him on my
bed in the morning and in my
arms at night. It was like drugs,
like heaven, like being reborn.
Talking of birth, as I write this,
my two-week old baby is asleep in
a Moses basket just inches from
my left knee. Wrapped in the
blanket my mother brought me
home from the hospital in, lying
on a sheepskin I had in my buggy,
I can smell his milky, bread-like
breath and peach-skin head from
here. Being pregnant was, I suppose, the booster shot my smelling
brain needed.
Suddenly the world was ripe
with scent both foul and fair. I
vomited in bins outside Euston
station at the smell of fried chicken, cigarettes and urine; I sat for
hours in bakeries filling my nostrils with the scent of cinnamon
and butter; at one point I could
even smell a cupboard full of clean
saucepans from across the room
so strongly I had to send my boyfriend in to check nothing had died
in there (nothing, it turns out, except my hope for domestic order).
And so here I am, out the other
side, with a smelling brain in my
body and baby on my breast. I have
finally peeled off the clingfilm and
the world has turned to colour. It’s
not a cure, of course. But hopefully,
if you are living in your own scentless world, it is a comfort.
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Travel
Travel essentials
Getting there
West Midlands trains
operate services between
London Euston and Milton
Keynes that stop at Tring
(nationalrail.co.uk).
Spa of wonder?
Staying there
An overnight spa break
at Champneys Tring
costs from £160pp. This
includes access to spa
facilities, fitness classes,
healthy buffet lunch, a
three-course evening
and buffet breakfast. A
Wellbeing and Rejuvenation
treatment at the Marine and
Wellness Spa costs £129
for two and-a-half hours
(champneys.com).
More information
For more details on the
Good Spa Guide Awards,
visit goodspaguide.co.uk
Champneys Tring has been pampering its
guests for almost a century. But has it kept up
with its more modern rivals?SiobhánNorton
put on her robe and went to test the water
I
t’s a great leveller, a white
towelling bathrobe. At
Champneys Tring, everyone
wears one – there are robeclad guests sitting at reception, strolling to the spa, perusing
the lunchtime buffet. It makes it
difficult to sort the celebs from the
plebs, those who landed at the helicopter pad from those who landed with a two-for-one voucher.
Because Champneys welcomes
all sorts, of course. Some famous
faces have been spotted in the
resort over the years – Kylie
Minogue, Barbra Streisand, um,
Tony and Cherie Blair. And, boy,
was I ready for some star treatment after a hectic December.
Perhaps my first mistake is
sticking out like a sore thumb at
lunch – having just arrived, I am
enrobed still in my coat rather
than terrycloth. The maitre d’
raises an eyebrow as I reach the
front of the queue (queue! Does
Kylie have to queue, I wonder?).
“Have you booked, madam?” he
enquires. “Er, well, no – I just got
here, you see, and I…” “Your stay
includes lunch tomorrow then,
not today.” “Oh, could I just pay
to have lunch today too?” “You
can book with reception.” “Can’t I
book with you?” “No.” Harrumph.
Doesn’t he know who I am?
Two queues later, I am led to
a table. “Let’s get you a glass of
wine,” my companion soothes,
reaching for the drinks menu. But
there is no booze at lunch – we’re
here to be healthy, after all.
Thankfully, Champneys lets you
choose how healthy you want to
be on a weekend away. They don’t
search your luggage for contraband, there is caffeine in the coffee
and the dinner service comes with
wine and even an optional chocolate pudding. Guests can choose
the low-calorie menu, spend their
downtime lolling in the sauna or
sweating it out in a fitness class.
Lunch done, I don my robe and
make for the impressive thalassotherapy centre. Couples chat awkwardly in the sauna, arms wrapped
around knees. Would Posh and
Becks deign to bathe with the
great unwashed, I wonder?
The sauna is sublime, and I settle in for a sweat, cracking open
one eye every time the door opens
– you never know when Daniel
Eventually I throw
myself into the
holiday camp vibe
and enjoy myself
Craig might wander in – but even
with my constant state of watchfulness I feel my shoulders start to
come down from around my ears.
There’s an ice-cold pool outside
too, although I’m too cowardly to
take the plunge. Padding through
the corridors, I spy a relaxation
room: behind a curtain lurks a
faux fireplace, cushioned loungers
and blankets, where people are
reading quietly. Heaven.
Champneys Tring is almost 100
years old, and is one of the grande
dames of British health resorts. It
has hosted UK and foreign royalty
and even played a small role in the
phone-hacking scandal. Just 25
minutes outside London, it is obvious why it has earned its stripes
as the go-to country retreat.
Tring recently won the “Best for
Wellness” award in the Good Spa
Guide annual awards, and is clearly still beloved by the public, with
many returning year on year for
their annual overhaul.
But while it boasts luxury, from
the Bentley in the driveway to the
plush reception, there is some
fraying around the edges. Some
rooms are Premier Inn plain (although touches like a Nespresso
machine make amends) and the
bathrooms are dated. One reviewer rather cruelly likened it to Alan
Partridge’s Travel Tavern. That’s
taking it a bit far, but at times it
feels more Pontins than posh.
While the main building has
an air of faded grandeur, the spa
facilities feel cutting-edge. The
wellness centre is equipped with
fancy gadgetry, and I embark on
the Wellbeing and Rejuvenation
“journey”. It begins with being left
for 20 minutes with a magazine
and a foot spa, and I begin to wonder if it is worth the £129 price tag.
A seaweed wrap, infrared sauna
and a salt room follow, but I spend
much of my time feeling a little neglected. Sometimes a journey can
be enlightening... sometimes it can
feel like being stuck in traffic on
the M25. Still, my skin feels softer
and my brain lighter as I leave.
Dinner is more formal – no bathrobes on this occasion. We are ravenous, and order plenty for fear
of measly portions, but we end
up with more than enough. The
meals are healthy, but indulgent.
Champneys Tring (top), its salt & oxygen room (middle) and spa (above)
Of course, not everyone comes
to Champneys to be pampered.
Days can start with meditative
yoga, a group walk in the countryside, or the daunting sounding Wake-up Workout. I try out a
challenging bootcamp class and a
hatha yoga session around treatments, but the choice is endless.
Eventually I throw myself into
the holiday camp vibe and really
enjoy myself. But the supplementary charges jar. A tasty buffet
breakfast is marred by the fact
that you have to pay extra if you
want eggs (seriously? Does Elton
have to pay for eggs?). The hatha
yoga class comes with a £6 supplement, denting my hard-won zen.
Considering Champneys is trying to cater to so many different
groups, it doesn’t do too badly.
There are people here who want
the full-on health farm experience, while others simply want a
mother-daughter break and a facial. The fact that all are welcome
is lovely, but where the hell do they
keep all the rich and famous people? Is there a separate wing?
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T
he jazz age is a term
we a s s o c i at e w i t h
the opulent, heady
world that F Scott
Fitzgerald famously
described emerging in
America after the First World War,
overflowing with money, confidence
and hot music. But a new exhibition,
Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz
in Britain reveals that, almost a
century ago, the American craze
also started a revolution in Britain’s
popular culture. Admittedly, in a
nation traumatised by war, Britain’s
jazz age was never going to be as loud
and ostentatious as the scene that
was under way in the United States.
But what jazz did was to germinate
a native British music industry and
youth culture long before rock’n’roll.
Rhythm & Reaction is an impressive
collection with hundreds of artefacts,
from 78 records and vintage banjos,
advertisements, photographs, sheet
music, clothing and a selection of
paintings (including Edward Burra’s
Harlem-inspired work).
Prior to jazz, spiritual singers,
ragtime bands and minstrel singers
(offering crude, comic caricatures of
plantation life) had brought elements
of early African American music to
Britain. The Fisk Jubilee Singers
sang for Queen Victoria in 1872, while
minstrels were a popular act on the
music hall circuit from the 1870s.
The arrival of ragtime, a precursor of
jazz, lead to crazes for dances such as
the Charleston, the catwalk and the
turkey trot.
In 1919, the Original Dixieland Jazz
Band toured the UK for the first time
and introduced a fresh mix of music,
dance and fashion. For young British
musicians it offered liberation.
Jazz brought with it the shock
of the new. It had groove, style
and character. And, in its frantic
dissonance, seemed to reflect
the speed and fury of a modern
world being forged by electricity
and technology. For a generation
traumatised by the loss of so many
young men in the trenches, jazz
allowed for an outpouring of energy
and ideas. And sex of course – with its
handsome young musicians, frantic
tempos and air of rebellion.
Inevitably, this upset the nation’s
moral guardians. The exhibition
features Daily Mirror cartoons that
depict crude caricatures of the
musiciansassavagesand theScottish
artist JB Souters’s 1926 painting, The
Breakdown, is included. This shows
a black musician in top hat and tails
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the 1942 plot
to assassinate
Reinhard
Heydrich, a
high-ranking
Nazi official
who was one of
the architects of the “final
solution”. Jason Clarke and
Rosamund Pike star.
An egg-laying
novelty drum
NATIONAL JAZZ ARCHIVE
It don’t mean
a thing, if it
ain’t got that...
…jazz age swing. Garth Cartwright explores an
exhibition on the American musical tradition
which conquered Britain in the 1920s
playing a saxophone on top of
a broken statue of Minerva,
the Roman goddess of reason.
Next to him, a naked white woman
dances. It caused such outrage that
it was removed from an exhibition
at the Royal Academy in London.
What Souter was tapping into
was both the popularity of jazz
and the fear, suspicion and
prejudice it provoked.
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band,
the first really famous jazz musicians
to emerge from the scene, were
actually a white ensemble because
no US record label dared record
black musicians. The band were an
enthusiastic, if musically limited,
group who imitated what they had
heard their black neighbours playing.
They were controversial – at their
debut in London, the comedian
George Robey demanded that there
were thrown off the bill if he was to
continue to headline (the promoter
acquiesced). But staying for several
months, the ODJB filled theatres,
played a command performance at
Buckingham Palace for King George
V and attracted tabloid attention:
a whip-wielding Lord Harrington
supposedly chased the band to
Southampton Docks in a fury after
finding out that his daughter was
intimate with the ODJB’s vocalist.
Just as decades later Elvis
Presley’s success helped open the
door for such acts as Fats Domino
and Little Richard here, the ODJB’s
fame fuelled a demand for more
American jazz, and many of the best
black players were soon crossing the
Atlantic. Sidney Bechet, the New
Orleans clarinetist, arrived as a
member of the Southern Syncopated
Orchestra and then stayed on.
Bechet, whose police mugshot is
in the exhibition, possessed both
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Clockwise from main image:
the Original Dixieland Jazz
Band at the Palais de Dance,
Hammersmith, London, in 1919
© MAX JONES ARCHIVE
The ‘Melody Maker’ Christmas
issue from 1929 © TIME INC (UK)
LTD COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL
JAZZ ARCHIVE
Enoch Boulton’s Jazz pattern
for lustre vase for Carlton Ware,
1930s © TERRY WISE
‘Brightest London and Home
by Underground’ 1924
poster, designed by Horace
Taylor LONDON TRANSPORT
MUSEUM © TFL FROM
THE LONDON TRANSPORT
MUSEUM COLLECTION
musical genius and a violent temper:
in September 1922 he assaulted a
woman in Clapham, was jailed and
then deported.
British enthusiasm for jazz meant
jazz dance classes became popular
and hats, suits and shoes were
manufactured for the hip young
things who loved to get out on the
floor. Rhythm & Reaction features
a pair of brogues made by Charles
Horrell that wouldn’t look out of
place on the catwalk today .
Louis Armstrong first played
in Britain in 1932; he and his
girlfriend, Alpha Smith, were a
supremely stylish couple. They were
championed by Melody Maker – the
UK’s first popular music paper was
launched to cover jazz in 1926.
Other publications subjected
Armstrong to virulently racist
reviews: the Daily Herald wrote of
Armstrong’s London debut: “He
looks and behaves like an untrained
gorilla”. Taking it in his stride,
Armstrong found British audiences
so enthusiastic that, when trying to
escape from the attention of Mafia
boss Al Capone’s thugs (who ran the
Chicago clubs Armstrong played
in), he chose to sit out much of 1934
in the UK.
Inevitably, British fans formed
their own jazz bands and Jack
Hylton, a Lancashire pub pianist,
became the first native superstar;
his fans called him “the British King
of Jazz”. Hylton, who sold millions of
78s during the 1920s and 30s, never
made any such claims for his soporific
music, but he did pay homage to the
American pioneers and introduced
Duke Ellington to Britain.
Hylton lived the life of a pop star
– fast cars, big houses, beautiful
women – just as the Beatles and the
Stones would three decades later.
Hylton’s rule – and the jazz age –
ended when Hitler invaded Poland:
the majority of musicians in his
band were conscripted. The Second
World War disrupted British jazz in
many ways: a photo in the exhibition
of black British band leader Ken
“Snakehips” Johnson is extremely
poignant for anyone aware that the
handsome 26-year-old had not long
to live: he and members of his band
were killed at the West End’s Café de
The band imitated
what they had
heard their black
neighbours playing
Paris in 1941, when a bomb exploded
on the dance floor.
The exchange between UK and US
musicians took decades to rebuild.
Jazz, while popular in the early
1950s with Chris Barber and Acker
Bilk’s “trad” bands, would soon be
overwhelmed by another American
import: rock’n’roll.
By looking back, Rhythm &
Reaction shows British music and
youth culture didn’t start in the
50s but from the end of the age of
Empire, shaped in both cases by
immigrants. And then, as now, the
kids were all right.
‘Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of
Jazz in Britain’, Two Temple Place,
London, to 22 April (020 7836 3715)
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The weekend’s
television
JEFF ROBSON
Beeb looks to find its
voice by spicing up
Saturday night
» All Together Now BBC1, Saturday, 7.15pm
» Chris Packham: In Search of the Lost Girl BBC2, Sunday, 9pm
J
ust when you thought it
wasn’t possible to work
any more variations on the
“singing talent show” theme,
the BBC has once again followed
the dream, given it 110 per cent
and conjured up what’s essentially
a new twist on New Faces – with a
better light show.
The premise of All Together
Now is that, instead of a few judges
giving their verdict, there are 100,
led by Geri Horner and signalling
their approval by getting up and
joining in. The acts with the highest
score each week go through to
a grand final and the chance to
compete for a £50,000 prize.
With The Voice having moved to
ITV, it’s clear the BBC is looking for
a new show to capture the nation’s
imagination before Strictly… comes
back. They may well have found it.
The production values are as
high as you’d expect. As head
judge/MC, Horner generates
enough positivity to power a small
town but co-presenter Rob Beckett
brings a nicely acerbic vibe to
counter the showbiz excesses.
And the judges are a nice
twist – a motley array of West
End performers, tribute acts, a
diva drag queen and a “medieval
banquet singer”. Apart from the
artist formerly known as Ginger
Spice, no one is exactly a household
name. But it’s clear some of them
regard this as a monstrous injustice
which the show will go some way to
redressing. Among those not shy of
As head judge/MC,
Horner generates
enough positivity to
power a small town
expressing an opinion were Divina
the drag artiste and “full-on”
musicals veteran Nathaniel.
Though my favourites were
Georg, the Brit School teacher who
takes it all a bit too seriously, and
Paulus, a hard-to-impress “cabaret
compere” who could emerge as the
Cowell-esque villain of the piece.
Of course, a show like this does
stand or fall on the quality of the
contestants. But a jaw-dropping
moment was duly delivered when
shy Hartlepool busker Michael
wrapped his tonsils around “Proud
Mary” and was transformed into
the sixth member of Take That.
The lack of any public vote
element may work against it
becoming a national talking point.
And one can only speculate what
Lord Reith would make of it all.
Chess Galea performs in front of 100
judges in ‘All Together Now’ BBC
Though I like to think he’d still
be spluttering that Chrissy, the
restaurant singer who mashed
up “Nessun Dorma” with Guns N’
Roses, was absolutely robbed.
Chris Packham: In Search of
the Lost Girl was another heartfelt
documentary from the wildlife
presenter, who returned to the
Indonesian island of Sumatra
to track down a young girl he’d
photographed 20 years ago while
making a film about the Orang
Rimba hunter-gatherer tribe.
It was a somewhat quixotic
quest but served as a vehicle for
exploring how, in the interim, the
palm oil industry has depleted the
rainforest which sustained the
tribe, forcing them to trade with
the villages. This left them prey to
criminals – such as the gang who
had robbed and murdered most of
the group Packham had originally
encountered.
As he tried to find out if the
young girl had survived, he railed
against an industry which was
destroying an environment and
driving a people to extinction, and
our complicity in happily using the
end product in 70 per cent of our
supermarket goods.
It was often (rightly)
uncomfortable viewing. But
there were moments of hope and
humour, as when he discovered
another group still living their
traditional life and found that their
words for “thank you” translate as
“I will drink your pee”.
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Taking her time:
Marylouise Burke
as landlady Mertis
STEPHEN CUMMISKEY
Arts
Arts
reviews
THEATRE
John
NATIONAL THEATRE, LONDON
HHHHH
“Breakneck” is an adjective that is
never going to be applied to the US
dramatist Annie Baker. Her plays
are magnificently unhurried, to
the despair of some audience
members and the delight of others.
She’s the laureate of lost souls,
giving her characters time to
pause or sit in ruminative silence.
She’s back at the National after
her hit a couple of years ago, The
Flick, with another play that runs
longer than three hours. John has
many of the trappings of a ghost
story but it’s quirkily funny and
disquieting. The mundane and the
supernatural are on teasing terms
in James Macdonald’s production,
and it’s beautifully acted.
The play is set in a bed and
breakfast in Gettysburg, site of the
bloodiest battle in the American
Civil War. A young couple stop
here on their way home from
Thanksgiving with her family.
Their relationship is not going
well. Elias (Tom Mothersdale) is
the buff; Jenny (Anneika Rose)
is humouring him, but she has
menstrual cramps, which means
he has to do the graveyard ghost
tour alone. She’s spooked to find
that the B&B has the same doll
that used to scare her as a child.
The establishment’s rather
desperate attempts to be cute and
humorous might be thought a tad
sinister, as could the eccentricity
of the landlady, Mertis, brilliantly
played by Marylouise Burke.
She captures the note of dithery,
plaintive chirpiness to perfection.
The cast is completed by June
Watson, who is wonderfully
imperious as Mertis’s blind
friend, Genevieve. She tells how
she became convinced that her
ex-husband had taken possession
of her soul. The story is funny but
has its place in a play where all the
women experience oppressive
marriages (Jenny’s is in the
process of disintegrating) and the
boundaries between the living
and the dead are up for dispute.
Is this house haunted?
Genevieve thinks so. Mertis
demurs – but she also refers to
the house’s past as a hospital
during the war when they had to
throw so many amputated limbs
through the window that you
could not see in or out.
Mertis does the meta-theatrical
honours by pushing the main
curtains open and shut between
acts and moving the hands of
the grandfather clock forward
between scenes. Taking her time,
of course – but then, this is an
Annie Baker play, and you savour
every moment.
To 3 March (020 7452 3000)
PAUL TAYLOR
THE INDEPENDENT
First
Chance
Opening
this week
THEATRE
Rita, Sue and Bob, Too
LAWRENCE BATLEY THEATRE,
HUDDERSFIELD
Kate Wasserberg directs Andrea
Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical
play. (01484 430528) opens Tue
DANCE
Jakop Ahlbom Company
and Alamo Race Track
PEACOCK THEATRE, LONDON WC2
Fresh from the comic hit Horror,
Jakop Ahlbom returns with
Lebensraum, inspired by the
silent comedy of Buster Keaton.
(020 7863 8222) opens Thur
VISUAL ARTS
Land, Sea, Life:
a British Art Collection
ABBOT HALL ART GALLERY, KENDAL
Seventy works by more than 40
artists help to explore recurring
themes in the work of British
artists of the 20th century,
emphasising trends in subject
matter and including still life,
the human figure, landscape and
abstraction. Among the artists
are Frank Auerbach, Wilhelmina
Barns-Graham, David Bomberg,
Barbara Hepworth, Laura Knight,
Eduardo Paolozzi, Christopher
Wood and Rosemary Young.
(015394 46139) to 17 Feb
FILM
POP
This is The Kit
O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE,
LONDON
HHHHH
“Thank you for the warm welcome,”
said Kate Stables, aka This Is The
Kit. “My numb hands are starting
to feel!” It was richly deserved; the
success of her latest album,
Moonshine Freeze, has seen her
emerge as one of the most exciting
voices in contemporary folk.
Stables’s lyrical themes are dark
and poetically profound. The
juxtaposition of that darkness
with the soaring lightness of her
voice on openers “Easy on the
Thieves”, “Silver John” and “Bullet
Proof” was fascinating to witness.
She employed more traditional
elements of folk in her lone banjo
or guitar fingerpicking, but also
showed off her unique take on
the contemporary side with a
combination of guitar, percussion
and brass. The result was a
layered, folk-psychedelia sound,
heard on “Moonshine Freeze”,
“Waterproof” and “Magic Spell”.
Stables talked often to the
audience on topics far and wide
and was an endearing, relatable
presence all evening. One of the
most thrilling folk acts around.
ELIZABETH AUBREY
EVENING STANDARD
DANCE
Night at the museum:
A cleaner polishes a
sculpture at closing
time DEGTIAROV OLEG
Mother
BARBICAN, LONDON
HHHHH
Watching Peeping Tom’s Mother,
maybe you should believe your
ears. A woman walks across the
apparently dry floor of a museum,
but with every step we hear a
splash of non-existent water. The
sound is unnervingly precise – a
dab of the foot here, the slosh of a
bolder step, until she plunges to
the floor, risking drowning.
Peeping Tom’s last London
visit won the Belgian physical
theatre company an Olivier award
for the memorably odd 32 rue
Vandenbranden. Mother (Moeder),
part of London International
Mime Festival, is a rich, strange
exploration of motherhood
and loss, with a cast of singers,
dancers and contortionists.
Gabriela Carrizo’s production
opens with a funeral in a
recording studio, a glassed-in
box at the back of Amber
Vandenhoeck’s naturalistic set.
Breath seems to be coming from
the coffin; with each sound, the
red recording light comes back on,
then vanishes.
The space outside the glass box
is both a home and a museum,
filled with artworks and a family
of museum staff. One sculpture
Downsizing
15, ALEXANDER PAYNE, 135 MINS
Alexander Payne’s ingenious new
feature is a little big film, a Tom
Thumb-style yarn that plays for
laughs even as it deals with such
hefty matters as climate change,
overpopulation and looming
environmental catastrophe.
Matt Damon gives a thoroughly
engaging performance as a
middle American everyman.
Nationwide release
The Cinema Travellers
NC, SHIRLEY ABRAHAM AND AMIT
MADHESHIYA, 96 MINS
shows a man poised over a coffin;
the cleaner polishes his leg, then
kisses it, before wrapping the
sculpture up for closing time. A
woman steals a painting and tries
to hide it under her dress. Too
embarrassed to confront her, the
staff follow her, dancing the twist.
The museum setting is both
an image of memory and a daily
round of chores and interruptions,
both within the family and
beyond it. The paintings bleed,
or threaten to swallow people.
When characters try to keep their
feelings under wraps, the art and
the soundtrack expose them.
Mothers are awkwardly present,
and absent: dead but talked about,
popping up when mentioned in
monologues. Mother’s imagery is
a mix of naturalistic observation
and weirdness – sometimes
gruesome, and often very funny.
ZOE ANDERSON
THE INDEPENDENT
This magical documentary
tells the story of the travelling
showmen who criss-cross India,
showing films on 35mm prints
in villages and at fairs. Writerdirectors Shirley Abraham and
Amit Madheshiya start and end
by showing the rapturous awe in
which the screenings are greeted,
but the documentary has an
elegiac feel overall and includes
many tragi-comic moments.
Limited release
COMEDY
Bill Bailey
VARIOUS VENUES
The doyen of musical comedy
promises to tell the real story
of Old MacDonald and create a
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two. Singer Stina Tweeddale and
drummer Cat Myers spike blissful
melodies with anti-romantic
barbs on Babes Never Die, here
revisited at a gig set to be livestreamed to venues countrywide.
(seetickets.com) tonight
If you only see
one thing today
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
WORLD MUSIC
Baba Zula
NELL’S JAZZ AND BLUES, LONDON W14
John Kearns
VARIOUS VENUES
Resplendent in trademark tonsure
wig and hideously discoloured
buck teeth, John Kearns manages
to wring unexpected wisdom
from surrealist meanderings in
Don’t Worry, They’re Here. Stand,
Glasgow (0141 212 3389) tonight;
Monkey Barrel, Edinburgh (bookitbee.
com) Tue and Wed; The Bread Shed,
Manchester (seetickets.com) Thur
Graham Fellows
VARIOUS VENUES
Ahead of a UK tour of Completely
Out of Character, Graham Fellows
looks back on 25 years in the
guise of Sheffield’s foremost
singer of domestic ditties, John
Shuttleworth, and sings a few songs
of his own. Bloomsbury Theatre,
London WC1 (020 3108 1000) tonight
and Tue; Bridport Arts Centre
(01308 424204) Fri
Lauren Pattison
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
Lady Muck, the cracking debut
hour from Newcastle comic Lauren
Pattison, is the tale of how her
boyfriend of four years dumped her
by completely cutting off all contact
– and of how Pattison decided to get
some closure by tracking him down.
(020 7478 0100) to Sat
TALKS & POETRY
Timothy Morton
ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS, LONDON WC2
In his new book, Being Ecological,
the philosopher argues for a
new approach to understanding
ourselves, our interconnectedness
with one another and the biosphere
that sustains us. He talks about the
book here. (020 7930 5115) today 1pm
Innovative and energetic, eclectic
and psychedelic alt-folk from
Turkey. The band merge traditional
Turkish instruments such as
the saz, oud and bendir with
electronica, reggae and dub.
(020 7792 1200) tonight
STUDIOCANAL
symphony from a ringtone in his
latest, typically skew-whiff tour,
Larks in Transit. Warwick Arts
Centre, Coventry (024 7652 4524)
tonight and Tue; York Barbican
(0844 854 2757) Wed and Thur;
City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne
(0844 811 2121) Fri and Sat
THEATRE
FILM
Guys and Dolls
PG, NICK PARK, 84 MINS
Director Michael Buffong has
moved the action uptown to
Harlem for Britain’s first all-black
production of the 1950 Broadway
classic. (0161 833 9833) to Sat
Early Man
ROYAL EXCHANGE, MANCHESTER
Eddie Redmayne and Maisie William provide voices for this stopmotion animation from Aardman, which, in spite of its prehistoric and
Bronze Age dressings, turns out to be a football film, crammed full
of puns and in-jokes that won’t make much sense to anyone not well
versed in British culture and humour. Nationwide release
Lady Windermere’s Fan
VAUDEVILLE THEATRE, LONDON WC2
Richard Kwietniowski
BFI SOUTHBANK, LONDON SE1
The film director takes part
in a Q&A session following a
screening of his 1997 adaptation
of Gilbert Adair’s 1990 novel,
Love and Death on Long Island.
(020 7928 3232) tonight 6.10pm
POP
Honeyblood: Digital Tour
BUSH HALL, LONDON W12
After drummer Shona McVicar’s
departure, Glasgow’s fuzz-rock
duo undergo an upgrade on album
Kathy Burke directs the second
major production in the year-long
celebration of Oscar Wilde’s work
that Dominic Dromgoole is bringing
to the West End. This revival helps
to rejuvenate the play with some
sparky casting, including that
of Samantha Spiro and Jennifer
Saunders. (0330 333 4814) to 7 Apr
Business
Business Editor Elizabeth Anderson
+4420 7361 5718
business@inews.co.uk
FINANCE
Carillion pension fund left
underfunded ‘since 2008’
By Arj Sing
Carillion has been accused of trying
to “wriggle out” of its obligations
to pensioners while paying out
tens of millions in dividends for
shareholders and “handsome pay
packets” for bosses.
The Commons Work and Pensions
Committee criticised the collapsed
outsourcing giant after publishing a
letter from Robin Ellison, chairman
of trustees of Carillion’s pension
scheme, which gives an account of
the firm’s pension scheme.
Carillion’s liquidation left in its
wake a £900m debt pile, a £590m
pension deficit reported by the firm,
and hundreds of millions of pounds in
unfinished public contracts.
Mr Ellison’s letter suggests the
pension deficit could be even higher,
at £990m, the committee said.
Carillion has been “falling short”
of what trustees expected it to
contribute to pension schemes since
2008, the MPs said after analysing the
letter. The company cited cash-flow
problems as a reason for not making
higher pensions contributions in 2011
and 2013, but paid more than £70m in
dividends in both those years.
The trustees were also “kept in
the dark” about the state of Carillion,
only having access to information
that was “largely” in the public
domain until May 2017.
Next month, a number of
former Carillion bosses
will be grilled by two committees
of MPs on the collapsed
company’s debts, pensions deficit
and unfinished public contracts.
Finally, the trustees “negotiated
away” pension deficit contributions
in the autumn in an effort to keep
Carillion afloat by enabling more
borrowing, the MPs said in comments
that will ratchet up pressure on Mr
Ellison, who is due to appear before
the committee tomorrow.
In a d amn i n g assessmen t ,
committee chairman Frank Field
said: “It’s clear that Carillion has been
trying to wriggle out of its obligations
to its pensioners for the last 10 years.
“ T h e p u r p o r t e d c a s h -f l o w
problems did of course not prevent
them shelling out dividends and
handsome pay packets for those at
the top.
“This culminated in negotiating
deficit contributions away
entirely last autumn to enable
more borrowing.
“Remarkably, this was endorsed
Carillion’s pension deficit could
actually be as high as £990m
by the trustees and the Pensions
Regulator (TPR).”
The Labour MP went on: “Once
again, TPR has questions to answer.
They have been sniffing around
Carillion – at the trustees’ behest –
since at least 2008, though it is not
apparent to what effect. When 10
years later the company collapses
with £29m in the bank and £2bn in
pension liabilities, it doesn’t look
good for them.”
ECONOMY
Confidence
in financial
services
slips again
By Alan Jones
Quote of
the day
When an
organisation
goes through a
really difficult
period... it can
go on to achieve
amazing things
Richard Harpin
Chief executive
of HomeServe,
the emergency
repair company
The 30
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BYRON
BURGERS
The Byron chain is awaiting a crucial
vote this week…
The firm’s creditors will give their
verdict on a proposed restructuring
package, which could lead to
hundreds of job losses and the
closure of around 20 restaurants.
Bryon has drawn-up a company
voluntary arrangement (CVA), which
would allow it to close loss-making
restaurants and secure substantial
discounts on rental costs.
go and expand very quickly, there is
always a risk some of those sites will
be marginal sites,” he added.
Is the posh burger boom over?
Not necessarily. Mark Edwards, a
partner at BDO accountants, said
the dining sector as a whole was
struggling as consumers have made
fewer trips to eat out over the past
few months. But he added that some
operators were faring better than
others. He pointed to in particular to
Bryon’s rival Honest Burger.
When will Byron’s future be
decided?
The vote is on Wednesday. For the
CVA to succeed it will need a 75
per cent backing from its creditors.
Professional services firm KPMG,
which is handling the CVA, has
sought to reassure staff that no
restaurants would close on day one
of the process and that employers,
suppliers and business rates would
continue to be paid on time and in
full. The CVA proposes that 51 Bryon
sites would keep their current rental
costs, while five would have them
reduced by a third.
What was less successful about
Bryon’s approach?
Mr Edwards said the chain’s
expansion was too hasty. ”When
restaurant groups [such as Byron]
Most firms see Brexit as the most
serious threat to the UK’s status as a
financial centre amid a continued fall
in optimism, a study shows.
A survey by the CBI found
that optimism in the financial
services sector dipped in the
final quarter of 2017, rounding off
two years of continuous flat or
worsening sentiment.
Banks, building societies and
insurers were “decidedly less
positive” than three months earlier,
while providers of specialist finance
and investment management
reported robust growth.
Business volumes are expected
to pick up in the next few months,
although with a mixed picture across
sectors, said the CBI.
Chief economist Rain NewtonSmith said: “With overall business
levels seen as broadly typical, and
demand and profitability continuing
to expand, the financial services
sector ended last year on a stable
footing. Scratch the surface, however,
and a different story is revealed.
“Optimism in parts of the sector
has been falling for the last two years,
while firms are nearly unanimous in
voicing concern about the damaging
impact of Brexit uncertainty and the
need for the UK to remain a vibrant
centre of fintech and innovation.
“To restore some confidence,
financial services firms must get as
much certainty as possible on what
the UK is aiming for in the Brexit
negotiations, the opportunities
of success and the consequences
of failure.”
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on
Monday
IAN BURRELL
Women often deliver the best scoops, so
why are there so few in the top jobs?
W
hen the Financial
Times reporter
Madison Marriage
donned high heels
and a tight dress to
expose the boorish and salacious
behaviour of some guests at the
men-only Presidents Club dinner,
she embodied journalism its best.
By going undercover as a
hostess at the annual charity
fund-raiser, she placed herself
in an environment where she
was repeatedly groped, in order
to expose a shameful fixture on
the London social calendar that
had been sanctioned by Britain’s
business elite for 33 years.
In doing this, she (and her
unnamed female colleague) showed
how the news media can be a potent
force in building a fairer and more
decent society.
Marriage’s investigation builds
on the work, three months ago, of
two other female reporters, Megan
Twohey and Jodi Kantor of The
New York Times, whose dogged
inquiries unearthed a litany of
sexual harassment allegations
against the film mogul Harvey
Weinstein, thus propelling the viral
#MeToo movement and creating a
watershed in gender relations.
Well done the media.
Except that it’s this same media
that is a bastion of inequality.
From the stark injustice of the
gender pay gap at the BBC, to sexual
harassment scandals involving
Fox News presenter Bill O’Reilly,
and the female political journalists
importuned by Westminster
politicians, there is clear evidence
that women in the media still do
not enjoy safe and equal working
conditions. It’s true that media
Danny
Rogers
on PR and
advertising
Good news:
Trust in
quality
journalism
on the rise
Clockwise from main:The New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey; Channel 4 News presenter Cathy
Newman interviews Professor Jordan Peterson; BBC’s Carrie Gracie; Madison Marriage of theFinancial Times GETTY/PA
women have a platform to speak
out; the FT’s story highlighted the
plight of vulnerable young women
in the service industry who have no
collective voice.
By contrast, BBC presenter
Carrie Gracie was recently able
to publicly criticise her employer,
and to carry on working at the
corporation (with a pay rise).
Her stand has contributed to
several male BBC journalists,
including John Humphrys,
Huw Edwards and Jon Sopel,
taking a pay cut. But it’s wrong
to think that highly paid female
media figures can campaign with
impunity. We saw that with some
of the reaction to Cathy Newman’s
recent interview with psychology
professor Jordan Peterson on
Channel 4 News. Newman faced
sexist attacks on social media and
the vitriol led her employer to call in
security specialists.
It wasn’t Newman’s best work; her
confrontational strategy backfired
as she sought to reinterpret
Professor Peterson’s positions
on equality issues, allowing the
unruffled academic to repeatedly
correct her. That’s no justification
for misogynistic abuse of a brilliant
journalist who led exposés of
sexual harassment claims against
Lord Rennard in Westminster and
uncovered historical sex abuse at
high levels in the Anglican church.
It appears some men want
women on television to be nothing
more than so-called “autocuties”;
witness the vicious trolling of the
television historian and classics
professor Mary Beard.
In a recent edition of Radio 4’s
Desert Island Discs Christina Lamb,
the esteemed Sunday Times war
correspondent, disclosed how
women are missing entirely from
key sections of the media. “I would
never have imagined I would be
Last week was a bad week for
advertising, a good one for
journalism, with one word
setting the agenda: trust.
Trust in advertising
seems to have hit a low tide
mark. This was the theme
of the UK industry’s most
influential conference.
It was the Advertising
Association’s Lead event last
Thursday. The packed line-up
included Alex Mahon, the CEO
of Channel 4, James Wildman,
CEO of Hearst UK, and Michelle
McEttrick, group brand director
at Tesco.
Speaker after speaker called
for more transparency in the
media buying process and for
more confidence in advertising’s
potential effectiveness and its
power as a force for good.
The punchiest polemic
came from the serial CEO of
media agencies, Nick Manning,
who told the industry there
was a “crisis of confidence in
advertising, both from the public
and business, too.”
Trust in advertising has been
devastated by stories throughout
2017 about a significant tranche
of digital advertising being
served to online bots, or big
brand ads appearing alongside
terrorist, child abuse or fake
news content.
A year ago packaged goods
behemoth Procter & Gamble
announced it was cutting up to
40 per cent of its digital ad spend
for these reasons. The producer
of Fairy, Gillette and Always
now says product sales have not
suffered as a result.
On Thursday, P&G’s marketing
director for northern Europe,
Stefan Feitoza, called for
improvements in both the
quality and transparency of ads
because this was now “a hygiene”
factor for the maker of Ariel.
This dwindling confidence
in digital media correlates to
a significant increase in trust
for traditional editorial media,
according to Edelman’s annual
Trust Barometer also launched
last week.
The report said that while
trust in “social media” had
tumbled to just 24 per cent and
saying this when I started out at 21,
that in 30 years I have never had a
female foreign editor,” she said.
Last week, in an interview with
The Drum, Polly Curtis, UK editorin-chief of HuffPost, argued that
change was coming but “not fast
enough” and that more needs to
be done to help women return
to media careers after having
children. “You can look across
news organisations and see close to
gender parity in terms of numbers
but who is getting the front page
bylines?” she asked. “Who is doing
the hiring? Having gender parity at
all levels of seniority is important.”
The change she mentions is
undeniable, even in senior roles.
Fran Unsworth (director of news
at the BBC), Rebekah Brooks
(chief executive of News UK, which
publishes The Times and The Sun),
and Katharine Viner (editor-inchief of The Guardian) are examples
of women at the top. In addition to
Curtis, the digital news industry
employs Janine Gibson (UK editorin-chief of BuzzFeed News).
But this progress is limited.
This is a field in which women
have excelled for generations.
Dorothy Thompson was the first
American journalist to be expelled
from Hitler’s Germany, while Clare
Hollingworth of The Daily Telegraph
scooped the world in reporting the
German invasion of Poland in 1939.
We must not allow today’s
scandals over harassment and
unfair pay to inhibit the young girls
who dream of their own careers
in media. It is to Hollingworth and
Marriage that they should look for
their inspiration.
Twitter: @iburrell
“search” to 47 per cent, trust in
traditional media had risen to 61
per cent.
It seems that trust in
broadsheet journalism – the
sort of titles that have made it
their mission to expose flaws
in tech firms such as Facebook
and Google – is at a six-year high,
while subscription levels to
everything from The New York
Times to the Financial Times
have seen a fillip on both sides of
the Atlantic.
Trust in digital and social
communication looks set to
dominate the media agenda
in 2018.
Danny Rogers is group editor-inchief of Brand Republic Group
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Shell to reveal
doubled profits
Hackers have stolen £380m
of cryptocurrency from one
of Japan’s largest digital
exchanges. Around 523
million of Coincheck’s NEM
coins were sent to another
account at about 3am on
Friday. Coincheck suspended
deposits and withdrawal of all
cryptocurrencies except bitcoin
yesterday.
Royal Dutch Shell is expected
to reveal this week that profits
more than doubled last year
as the cost of crude oil surged.
Brent crude has hit $71 a barrel
for the first time in more than
three years, boosted by supply
curbs from oil cartel Opec, a
record run of declines in US
crude inventories, and a weaker
US dollar.
TRADE
RETAILING
Business fears a
‘disorderly Brexit’
New shop
numbers fall
Business will assume there will
be a “disorderly Brexit” unless
there is clarity on transitional
arrangements between Britain
and the EU early this year,
leading lobby group TheCityUK
has said, ahead of what it
dubbed a “critical” meeting
of the EU’s General Affairs
Council that is taking place in
Brussels today.
Planning applications for new
shops have fallen for the ninth
year in a row. A study by lending
firm Lendy found there were
just over 6,000 applications in
England last year, compared
with 13,500 in 2008. The figures
highlight the shift from high
streets to the internet, although
Brexit uncertainties could also
be hampering store openings.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
41
i MONDAY
29 JANUARY 2018
BUSINESS SPORT
38-41
46-55
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
WHAT THE SUNDAY PAPERS SAID
The Financial Conduct Authority
(FCA) is warning people to
be vigilant about investment
fraudsters online. These
scammers typically promise high
returns and use images of luxury
items to entice people to invest.
Scammers might be claiming to
offer investment in things such as
binary options (allowing people to
make a bet on the expected value
or price of something that can be
measured in financial terms, such
as a stock), foreign exchange or
cryptocurrencies.
Figures reveal that investors
lost £87, 410 each day to binary
options scams last year, according
to the FCA. The FCA’s tips for
avoiding investment fraud
***
Nine in 10 Britons will overspend
on holiday this year, partly because
of confusion over foreign currencies.
According to a survey by currency
provider Travel Money Club, 75
per cent of respondents admitted
to not knowing the exchange rate
before converting their pounds.
High
-3.8
+10.5
-21.4
-52.8
+105.0
-12.0
+52.0
-13.2
-8.2
+9.5
+3.0
-31.4
+6.4
-123.0
-107.0
+6.4
-1.2
+31.0
+15.0
-35.0
-4.4
-6.0
-21.5
+42.0
-21.0
+15.0
-62.5
+1.6
+104.5
-9.1
-29.0
-35.0
-2.4
-3.4
-5.2
-3.0
-65.0
975.0
2184.0
1795.4
1071.0
3387.0
2185.0
5520.0
570.5
682.5
244.4
705.5
1662.4
536.2
5643.6
4270.0
695.0
349.2
2472.0
2024.0
5435.0
236.5
2682.0
1765.9
2955.0
4645.0
7762.5
2735.5
411.3
1695.7
401.3
1708.0
1746.0
342.6
449.5
413.0
1724.5
1341.0
Low
678.0
1698.0
950.1
11.1
2335.0
1476.0
4136.5
476.1
533.5
177.3
6.3
1103.0
436.9
4064.0
2791.0
574.6
242.2
1930.0
1543.0
4195.0
119.7
1782.0
1424.8
27.0
3300.3
6050.0
2170.0
328.4
906.4
169.8
1428.0
1231.0
247.8
3.0
270.0
1270.0
913.0
Markets
FTSE 100
7665.5
-65.2
FTSE 250
20615.6
-37.7
FTSE All Share
4209.4
-31.1
FTSE Eurofirst300
1574.0
Dow Jones *
26506.0
S&P 500 *
2857.4
+47.1
Nasdaq *
7458.9
+122.5
DAX
13340.2
CAC 40
5529.1
Hang Seng
33154.1
+899.2
Nikkei
23631.9
-176.2
-1.7
+434.3
-94.3
Company
Price
Chg
High
Hammerson
Hargrve Lans
HSBC Hldgs
IAG
Imperial Brands
Informa
IntCont Htls
Intertek
ITV
Johnson Matth
Just Eat
Kingfisher
Land Secs
Legal & Gen
Lloyds Bk Gp
Lon Stock Ex
Marks&Spen
Mediclinic Intl
Micro Focus Intl
Mondi
Morrison (Wm)
National Grid
Next
NMC Health
Old Mutual
PaddyPwrBetfair
Pearson
Persimmon
Prudential
Randgold Res
Reckitt Ben
RELX
Rentokil Initial
Rio Tinto
Rolls-Royce
RBS
Shell A
496.2
1900.0
770.6
650.0
2915.0
684.2
4778.0
5070.0
171.7
3294.0
819.4
354.1
1010.4
275.2
71.3
4024.0
312.5
611.0
2194.0
1895.0
226.9
807.0
5218.0
3360.0
240.3
8080.0
694.0
2631.0
1919.5
7130.0
6727.0
1561.5
297.0
3942.5
855.8
301.6
2510.0
-2.8
-28.0
-17.8
-8.4
-101.0
-17.6
-150.0
-204.0
+6.8
+42.0
+17.6
+18.0
+20.2
-1.0
-0.2
+273.0
+8.5
+4.0
+40.0
-76.5
-2.1
-23.5
+320.0
+80.0
+2.8
-370.0
+6.0
-3.0
-61.5
-42.0
-186.0
-85.0
-19.1
-74.0
-37.0
+4.3
-7.0
52338.0
1935.0
798.6
680.6
3956.5
773.0
4944.0
5470.0
221.8
3511.0
830.4
369.8
1217.1
279.9
73.6
4069.0
397.8
890.2
2970.5
2145.0
254.4
1174.3
5355.0
3540.0
242.0
8967.0
773.0
2901.0
1992.5
8255.0
8110.4
1784.0
338.8
4226.6
994.5
304.2
2579.5
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490.9
1258.0
518.2
472.5
2853.6
480.0
3656.0
3383.0
142.8
2681.0
495.1
285.3
912.0
231.6
61.8
2964.4
296.3
495.4
26.8
1684.0
205.0
793.7
3565.0
1620.0
184.2
6572.5
563.0
1884.0
1531.0
6320.0
6299.0
1397.0
220.7
2882.5
658.5
220.6
1982.5
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POUND
DOLLAR/
POUND
Company
Price
Chg
High
Shell B
RSA Insur
Sage
Sainsbury(J)
Schroders
Scot Mort Inv Tst
Segro
Severn Trent
Shire
Sky
Smith&Neph
Smith (DS)
Smiths Gp
Smurfit Kappa Grp
SSE
Stan Chart
Standard Life Aber
St James Place
Taylor Wimpey
Tesco
TUI AG
Unilever
United Utilities
Vodafone
Whitbread
Ferguson
WPP
2554.0
622.4
758.6
261.1
3719.0
471.0
578.2
2010.0
3439.0
1048.0
1292.0
509.2
1616.5
2528.0
1281.5
849.2
433.1
1224.0
199.3
211.5
1631.5
3994.0
748.0
225.6
3909.0
5572.0
1292.5
-6.0
-3.8
-60.0
+3.1
-4.0
+0.8
-1.0
-14.0
-22.0
+46.0
+47.0
-1.4
-57.0
-72.0
-9.5
+30.2
-4.6
-46.5
+1.4
+3.7
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-114.0
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-0.2
-96.0
-52.0
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2617.0
672.5
825.2
339.9
3743.0
477.4
590.8
2575.0
5067.0
1049.5
1442.0
565.0
1697.0
2662.0
1554.0
860.0
448.6
1279.5
211.9
217.1
1652.5
4557.5
1078.0
239.7
4333.0
5722.0
1928.1
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2037.0
568.5
595.0
222.4
2885.0
337.9
437.1
1990.1
3341.5
11.4
1143.0
5.3
1442.0
1712.7
1262.0
678.8
339.7
1008.0
164.6
165.3
934.4
3173.5
731.0
186.5
3499.9
4427.0
1238.5
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January posed a financial struggle
for many people, research
suggests. A survey by Nationwide
Building Society found that six in
10 say that their finances are out
of shape.
Of the 2,000 adults surveyed
across the UK, 31 per cent said they
had decided to spend less in 2018.
Lunches, takeaways and nights
out were three expenses that
people were intending to cut back
on, according to the survey.
Chg
930.2
1888.5
1734.6
941.0
2855.0
2124.0
5095.0
521.6
579.4
210.0
618.2
1582.4
516.3
4939.0
4114.0
686.4
262.9
2059.0
1611.5
4940.0
134.7
2418.0
1505.5
2725.0
4513.0
7560.0
2559.0
375.0
1689.0
383.7
1639.0
1368.5
288.9
436.0
401.9
1355.0
1265.0
$70.51
include: rejecting unsolicited
investment offers, checking the
FCA Register to see if the firm
or person you are dealing with is
authorised and seeking impartial
advice before investing.
Price
3i Group
Admiral
Anglo Amer
Antofagasta
AB Foods
Ashtead Group
AstraZeneca
Aviva
BAE Systems
Barclays
Barratt Dev
BHP Billiton
BP
BAT
Berkeley Grp Hldgs
British Land
BT
Bunzl
Burberry
Carnival
Centrica
Coca-Cola HBC
Compass
CRH
Croda Intl
DCC
Diageo
Direct Line Ins
Easyjet
Evraz
Experian
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G4S
GKN
Glencore
GSK
Halma
$1,352.6
daily
money
The Sunday Telegraph
Company
+ $18.43
The Sunday Times
* last week’s changes
FTSE 100 down 65.2* at 7665.5
+ 3.13c
Britan’s energy, water and
transport companies have been
ordered by the Government
to strengthen their cyber
defencies or risk fines in the
event of an intrusion, amid
fears that Russian hackers
are planning an attack on
critical infrastructure.
$1.4177
Japanese technology giant
Softbank is studying a plan to
create a global digital payments
system that could take on
PayPal, Apple Pay and China’s
Alipay. The investment giant
has evolved into the world’s
most aggressive investor in
new technologies.
+ 0.80C
Utilities told to
prevent hacking
€1.1409
Softbank plots
payments rival
+2.6
GOLD
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London pm fix
OIL
Brent crude,
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ieat
Games&Puzzles
daily recipe
Baked sweet potatoes with
chickpeas, spinach and houmous
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 47
RHYME LETTERS
12
19
12
12
24
GRID
3
9
6
TAIL
14
29
SAND
19
4
MEANING
22
15
HAIR
4
TRIP
18
24
11
4
SPLEEN
3
5
4
VE
M GE T
ON A
DA RIA
Y N
14
26
23
3
JOINT
6
17
17
17
12
16
17
4
3
9
4
8
5 7 6
4
6
7
2
6
1
2
9
5
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12
13
12
12
15
11
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12
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∨
0
2
16
5
3
8
3
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∧
∧
∧
∨
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1
1
2
2
1
2
5
3
1
1
1 1
1
2 2
2
2
3 2
1 2
4
1 2
4
17
∨
1
0
18
13
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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
4
9
MEANING
>
3
9
LETTERS
Minesweeper
3
4
9
✂
16
9
10
9
8
7
14
9
15
16
9
8
14
GRASS
FLIES
Futoshiki
Killer Sudoku No 1197
Tomorrow
Lemon & garlic chicken with salsa
PARSON
How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
5
5
SOAKS
RHYME
3
9
TICKET
4
FASTER
How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
8
4
4
Jigsawdoku
11
4
4
JILT
SHOCK
Recipes taken from aldi.co.uk
COLOUR
4
4
28
17
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas
Mark 6. Wash the potatoes then prick
with a fork and bake in the oven for about
45 minutes until tender when squeezed.
Mix the yoghurt, houmous and paprika
in a bowl and put to one side. Cut the
onion in half and peel then chop finely.
Peel the garlic and chop finely. Sauté
the onion in half the oil in a large frying
pan for a couple of minutes on a low heat.
Add the garlic and cook for another
minute. Drain the chickpeas, add to
the pan and heat through, mashing the
chickpeas a bit with a masher as you cook,
then add the lemon juice and the rest of
the oil. Then add the spinach leaves and
cook until slightly wilted, seasoning with
salt and pepper.
Cut the cooked sweet potatoes
in half. Divide the chickpea mixture
between them and spoon over the
houmous yoghurt. Sprinkle over the
seeds and pomegranate and serve.
5
8
SERVES 4
4 medium sweet potatoes
1 tin chickpeas
70g spinach leaves
1 small red onion
1 large clove garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
30ml rapeseed oil
40g Greek yoghurt
40g classic houmous
1tsp paprika
1 pack pomegranate seeds
20g Sunshine Selection seeds
Sea salt and black pepper
30
35
0
1
1 1
2
2
1
0
2
3
0
1
1
1
2
1
2
2
1 0
3
1
3 2
2 2 3
1
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1918
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 47.
Easier
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x
7
+
9
x
x
+
x
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7
17
22
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13
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26
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15
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6
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12
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11
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Z
Need a little help getting started? Then call for up to four extra clue letters on
0901 292 5204. Calls cost £1 plus your telephone company’s network access charge
(if you are having trouble with the phone service, call the helpline: 0333 202 3390).
Or text THEI CLUE to 85100 to receive your clues. Texts cost £1 plus your
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helpline: 0333 335 3351). Clues change each day at midnight.
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CABS
SOME
1
4
8
9
10
11
13
16
19
20
21
22
Meat (4)
Tear violently (4)
Sweet, of sound (6)
Crib (6)
Office machine (11)
Professional
cook (4)
Courage
(Informal) (4)
Judo, karate,
etc (7,4)
Rodent (6)
Marine mammal (6)
Excursion (4)
Skin disorder (4)
DOWN
2
3
4
5
6
7
12
13
14
15
17
18
Furnish (5)
Confront each
other (4,3)
Share (6)
Mexican snack (6)
Cab (4)
Red wine (6)
Small village (6)
Large ape (7)
Column (6)
Explode (4,2)
Red gemstone (4)
Reject with
contempt (5)
1
2
3
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Featuring 100 brand new
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Available on Amazon
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See inews.co.uk/codeword
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6
8
7
9
10
11
GILT
Maths Puzzle,
Word Ladder, Word
Wheel, Kakuro,
Minesweeper,
ABC Logic, Killer
Sudoku, Futoshiki,
Codeword,
Jigsawduko and
Wijuko created by
Clarity Media.
For more
puzzles,
see clarity-media.
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12
13
14
16
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Calls cost 80p per minute plus your network
access charge. If you are having trouble
accessing this number, please call our helpdesk
on 0333 202 3390.
4
18
19
20
21
5
22
Solution to Saturday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Logger, 4 Rhythm (Logarithm), 9 Knife, 10 Ailment, 11 Letter box, 12 Leo,
13 Porterhouse, 18 Ice, 19 Jet stream, 21 Bravado, 22 Growl, 23 Stress, 24 Anthem.
DOWN 1 Likely, 2 Guilt, 3 Element, 5 Helix, 6 Trellis, 7 Mutton, 8 Carburettor,
14 Open-air, 15 Octagon, 16 Nimbus, 17 Emblem, 19 Jeans, 20 Epoch.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 22;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 13; One-Minute Wijuko, page 21
Puzzle solutions See page 47 and minurl.co.uk/i
9
8
3
9 4
7 2
2 7
1
9
2
5
5 3
8 2
6 7
4
1
7
1
7 6
5 2
4
6
2
9 1 4
8 6
3
4
4
2
5
3
6
1
8 2
6 7 4
1
7
9
9 1
8 2
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
B
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C
B
C
A
B
A
B
B
B
Terms &
Conditions
15
17
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
Tomorrow: Harder
Concise Crossword No 2240
ACROSS
idoku Exclusive to i
Sudoku Easier
15
3
C
TEXT
6
2
-4
8
6
6
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.
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
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J
6
2
10
1
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÷
-5
2
6
22
52
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10
6
x
÷
18
20
Harder
8
17
7
x
x
15
21
12
x
4
17
Word
Ladder
43
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Gun Runner
blows away
Pegasus rivals
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Gun Runner saved his best till last
with probably the finest performance of his career in the Pegasus
World Cup in Florida on Saturday
night.
The recently crowned US Horse
of the Year was dealt a bad hand
with a wide draw in the world’s
richest race, but had an ace up his
sleeve in the form of the blistering
speed he produced from the gate
to secure a prominent position
before the tight first bend.
From that moment on he bossed
the race, easing to the front in the
back straight and then moving up
a gear. Only West Coast could get
anywhere near him in the home
stretch. It was a magnificent, dominant display and a fitting farewell
before his retirement to stud.
Reality bit for connections of
the English raider Toast Of New
York. “He was always on the back
foot,” said Frankie Dettori, who,
accepting the hopeless situation,
allowed his mount to coast home
stone last of 12.
Punters have a chance to get
their money back on Report To
Base in the Beginners’ Chase at
Hereford this afternoon after
his dramatic disqualification at
Exeter.
Evan Williams’ gelding
crossed the line in glorious
isolation at the Devon venue, but
unfortunately his jockey, Adam
Wedge, had mistakenly missed out
the third last fence. The odds-on
favourite was automatically
thrown out by the stewards, who
also slapped the rider with a
21-day ban.
top
tips
BEST BET
Report To Base
(2.10pm, Hereford)
Costly jockey cock-up last time;
consolation on the cards.
NEXT BEST
Goodtoknow
(Hereford, 3.40pm)
Recent form figures uninspiring,
but won this race last year off
higher mark.
ONE TO WATCH
Look My Way made the classy
Apple’s Shakira work harder than
expected at Cheltenham and has a
good prize in him.
BEST OF HEREFORD
ROA/RACING POST OWNERS’ JACKPOT BEGINNERS’
CHASE (CLASS 4) £9,603 added 2m
FACT FLOW D Burchell 9 11 2..............................................R T Dunne
MUFFINS FOR TEA C Tizzard 8 11 2...........................H Cobden T
REPORT TO BASE (D) E Williams 6 11 2......................... L Aspell
ROYAL ACT S-J Davies 6 11 2.........................................................J Banks
SHEAR ROCK Kerry Lee 8 11 2......................................Jamie Moore
MOONTRIPPER P C Dando 9 10 9..................Mr B R Jones (7)
OVER TO MIDNIGHT Lady S Brooke 8 10 9.........Miss L Brooke (7)
- 7 declared BETTING: 11-8 Report To Base, 2-1 Shear Rock, 9-4 Muffins For Tea, 25-1
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4
P36241 BECAUSESHESAIDSO V Williams 10 10 6.....C Deutsch (3)
5 4-4U86 NANSAROY E Williams 8 10 5....................................M Bastyan (5)
- 5 declared BETTING: 6-4 Becauseshesaidso, 2-1 Town Parks, 5-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
TOWN PARKS got the job done in gritty fashion at Uttoxeter and, with the
third since franking that form with an easy win, he is fancied to defy a 3lb
rise in the ratings. Becauseshesaidso looks the obvious danger following
his Chepstow romp while Perfect Pirate was disappointing at Sandown
latest but he might be worth another chance with cheekpieces fitted for
the first time.
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£23,190 added 3m 1f
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.........................................................................................................................C Deutsch (3) C
2
27-425 SCOTCHTOWN N Twiston-Davies 6 11 12.....S Twiston-Davies
3 P0-UPP GOODTOKNOW (CD) Kerry Lee 10 11 12...... Jamie Moore V
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7
12-391 REGAL FLOW (D) R Buckler 11 11 5........... Sean Houlihan (7)
8
3P3-94 STREETS OF PROMISE M Scudamore 9 11 1....T Scudamore C
- 8 declared BETTING: 9-4 Another Venture, 4-1 Houblon Des Obeaux, 5-1 Scotchtown,
6-1 Regal Flow, 7-1 Spookydooky, 8-1 Goodtoknow, 14-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
HOUBLON DES OBEAUX has been keeping better company than this and
was sent off favourite for a valuable veterans’ contest in a higher grade
at Sandown last time out. He rates the one to beat now his sights are set
on this 0-140. Another Venture looked on good terms with himself when
striking at Chepstow latest and commands respect in receipt of 14lb from
the selection, while a big run from recent Wincanton scorer Regal Flow
cannot be ruled out either.
FESTIVAL PREVIEW NIGHT 1ST MARCH OPEN
HUNTERS’ CHASE (CLASS 5) £5,000 added 2m 5f
4.40
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/PFP-4 DE BENE ESSE Miss C Packwood 8 12 6.......Mr L Williams (5)
2
736656 DRUMHART (D) D Ralph 9 12 6 .......Miss Josephine Banks (7) T
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211-12 FULL TROTTLE (D)(BF) L Thomas 9 12 6......Mr J Bailey (3) T
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5011-4 OPENING BATSMAN (D) H Fry 12 12 6.................Mr M Legg T
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6 514P05 SIR JACK YEATS Richard Spencer 7 12 6 ..Mr W Biddick C
7
/1213- TOBY LERONE (CD)(BF) D Skelton 11 12 6.....Mr S Davies-Thomas (3)
8 P-UPP6 PADDY THE STOUT (D) L Humphrey 13 12 2....Mr L Humphrey (7) T
9 U384-P BOUGGIETOPIECES (D) A B Leyshon 8 11 12....Mr James King
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12 /4440- LOUGHADERRA PRINCE (BF) T R George 9 11 12..... Mr N George (5)
13 0/UP-P ROUGE ET BLANC (D) O Sherwood 13 11 12 ...Miss P Glanville (7)
- 13 declared BETTING: 7-2 Opening Batsman, 4-1 Sir Jack Yeats, 5-1 others.
RUGBY UNION
Six Nations refs
will get tough on
the moaners, with
coaches’ blessing
By Hugh Godwin
RUGBY UNION CORRESPONDENT
Eddie Jones, Warren Gatland and
the other Six Nations Championship
coaches have given their unanimous
backing to players being punished
when they call for opponents to receive yellow cards during matches.
Alain Rolland, the Irish former
Test referee who is now World Rugby’s boss in charge of the Six Nations
match officials, met the six coaches
last Wednesday, as well as nationalteam captains Dylan Hartley of England, John Barclay of Scotland and
Wales’s Alun Wyn Jones, and the top
seven northern-hemisphere referees,
to discuss pressing concerns including high tackles and unsporting
behaviour ahead of the 2018 Championship kicking off this weekend.
The focus on players talking opponents into trouble was sharpened
when England’s leading referee
Wayne Barnes threatened to send
New Zealand centre Ma’a Nonu to
the sin-bin for just such an offence
during the Scarlets v Toulon European Cup match nine days ago.
Nonu was clearly heard over the
referee’s microphone being told off
by Barnes, who said if Nonu asked
for a yellow card again, he would be
the player to receive it. Now Rolland
has warned that a referee in the Six
Nations may go straight to the harsher sanction of sending the questioning player off, and that the coaches
are supportive and will be making
the clampdown clear to their squads.
“The coaches are 100 per cent behind it, no question,” Rolland told i.
“We have very high values within our
game and we have a job collectively to
ensure we keep a high standard.
“It’s not spiralling out of control
but there are one or two more occasions in high-profile games where
players might challenge. He [Nonu]
could have been given a yellow and I
don’t think anybody would have questioned it. Wayne made a decision to
manage it.
“What we’re talking about is getting the ones that matter, the ones
that question the integrity of the referee. We had a number of clips from
games in November where players
were questioning decisions or gesturing for a card. It is more prevalent
now than it was 10 years ago, partly
due to the fact there are 40-plus
cameras at a game now, there’s microphones everywhere, and even if it
may not have registered during the
course of the game, somebody will
find it and put it out on social media.
Players try to
influence the referee
at a recent match
between Toulon and
Treviso GETTY
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- 8 declared BETTING: 4-7 Saucysioux, 13-2 Jully Les Buxy, 8-1 others.
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BINT ARCANO (C) Julie Camacho 5 9 7......C Rodriguez (3) 6
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STELLAR SURPRISE (CD) S C Williams 4 9 2......P J McDonald T 5
PATTIE M Channon 4 9 0 .......................................................... C Bishop 3
DELLAGUISTA (CD)(BF) T Easterby 4 8 12.........J P Sullivan 1
- 6 declared BETTING: 11-4 Pattie, 3-1 Zest, 4-1 Carolinae, 6-1 Stellar Surprise, Bint
Arcano, 13-2 Dellaguista.
FORM VERDICT
PATTIE completed a belated brace when returning from a near five-month
layoff to score with a little in hand over 7f at Lingfield earlier this month.
Mick Channon’s filly has winning form at a mile so will have no worries by
today’s step up in distance and a 4lb rise may not be enough to halt the hattrick bid. Carolinae made a pleasing return from a spell off the track when
third here last month and is fancied for the forecast ahead of Zest.
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- 12 declared BETTING: 7-2 Muhajjal, 4-1 Murdanova, 5-1 Steal The Scene, 7-1 others.
GOLF
McIlroy left furious after he
throws away victory chance
By Phil Casey
Rory McIlroy made no attempt to
hide his frustration after squandering a two-shot lead with eight holes
to play as China’s Li Haotong claimed
the biggest win of his career in the
Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
McIlroy overturned a one-shot
overnight deficit with the aid of three
birdies in the first 10 holes at Emirates Golf Club, but bogeyed the 11th
and 16th as well as three-putting the
par-five 13th for par.
And although the four-time major
winner birdied the final two holes, Li
did likewise under enormous pressure to complete a closing 69 and win
by a single shot.
Li’s 23-under-par total is a tournament record and gives the 22-yearold a second European Tour title, as
well making him the first male Chinese player to break into the world’s
top 50.
Asked his reaction at missing out
on a first win since September 2016,
McIlroy said: “Yeah, pissed off. It was
Rory McIlroy looks
on as Li Haotong (left)
celebrates a birdie
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a couple of bad shots, a couple of poor
decisions, a couple of mental errors, a
few tentative putts out there, as well.
I kept leaving myself in places where I
couldn’t really give it a run at the hole
because they were downhill, downgrain, downwind.
“But I tried until the very end.
Made two good birdies. Made him
win it in the end, which was all I could
do, and he played very well.”
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ANGLO-WELSH CUP
North injury fears allayed after
late withdrawal from Saints
By Sports Staff
“We’ve gone through it with the
coaches, and the coaches are going
to share it with the players, so there
won’t be any surprises if a referee decides to take a stronger action than
he might have in the past.”
Rolland, an international scrumhalf before he became a referee and
handled the 2007 World Cup final
among many top matches, is also
concerned players are becoming
“cuter” in what they try to get away
with, having observed a sharp rise in
deliberate knock-ons.
Rolland told a Six Nations discipli-
It is more
prevalent than 10
years ago – players
questioning
decisions or
gesturing for a card
nary conference in London over the
weekend, attended by all the citing
commissioners and judicial officers, that 23 per cent of video-review
referrals in European Cup matches
were for knock-ons, where a player’s
intent can be very difficult to judge.
“There are times when a player is
not aware of his action,” Rolland said.
“But these players are professionals,
and they know there are times when
they might feel they can get away with
something. Players are getting cuter
now. If they take the risk, they’ve got
to take the consequences.”
Northampton interim head coach
Alan Dickens says George North’s
withdrawal before his side’s 24-20
win over Sale in the Anglo-Welsh Cup
was “a precautionary measure”.
Wales wing North was named in
the Saints starting line-up but pulled
out before kick-off, raising fears the
25-year-old had suffered a recurrence
of a long-term knee injury.
The British and Irish Lions star
has not started a game since October
but Dickens eased concerns over
North’s fitness after the Sharks clash.
“George North pulled out just before kick-off,” Dickens said. “He was
just tight so it was a precautionary
measure to hold him back.”
Warren Gatland’s injury-hit Wales
face Scotland in the first game of the
Six Nations next Saturday.
Dickens added: “He’s probably had
a tough week training with Wales. It
was unfortunate, a last-minute withdrawal so not ideal.”
Northampton’s victory, earned by
Nafi Tuitavake’s last-minute score,
means they will go into the final game
of the group phase as favourites to
qualify from Pool Three.
Meanwhile the injury-prone England centre Manu Tuilagi could
make his comeback from injury in
Leciester’s final Anglo-Welsh Cup
Pool Four match away to Wasps next
Sunday, according to assistant coach
Geordan Murphy.
Tuilagi missed last week’s Champions Cup defeat to Racing 92 with a
calf injury, but Murphy said: “Manu
will be back. I don’t know if he will
feature, we will see what bodies are
fit on Monday.”
Wales wing George North is likely to be fit for
their Six Nations opener against Scotland
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LEFT TO RIGHT:
grit; hail; hip;
green; hit; greet;
belt; felt; feet;
bolt; paws; jolt;
pass; fasten;
soars
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WORD WHEEL
Blue carpet relief from the hurly-burly of life
W
e live in a world
where bathroom
taps have names
like Get, Start
and Aspire.
We work in an era in which
Sky Sports News’s countdown
clock to a month-long football
transfer window is accurate
to hundredths of seconds.
Hundredths of seconds. Like we
really needed to know that Alexis
Sanchez’s move to Manchester
United was completed with a
mere nine days, eight hours, 16
minutes and 47.84 seconds to go.
Hundredths of seconds are for
100m sprints, not month-long
capitalist orgies dressed up as
football business.
A world of upwardly mobile
basin taps and unnecessarily
accurate countdown clocks can
get a little overwhelming. It can
give you an impression that our
non-stop shuffle towards the end
of this mortal coil is progressing
a little too swiftly for comfort.
At times there is just too much
background noise.
Thank goodness for indoor
bowls. It is resolutely sedate, with
blissful extended silences, even if
Armchair
Fan
Matt Butler
relaxes into
the world of
indoor bowls
innovations like 30-second shot
clocks have pepped up the pace.
That is not to say it is not
exciting at times. It has that
essential ingredient of a nearmiss that every televised
sport must have and a brilliant
crescendo of anticipation from
the audience every time a shot
heads towards the jack.
But – and let’s be frank here
– on an adrenalin rush scale of
one to 10, indoor bowls is more
snooker than supercross. Not
that a lack of white-knuckle
excitement is a bad thing.
Yesterday’s coverage of the
World Championship singles
final on BBC2 did not disappoint,
from the opening montage –
accompanied by a version of
Rudyard Kipling’s If over a bed
of Ennio Morricone’s “Ecstasy
of Gold”, from The Good, the Bad
and the Ugly soundtrack (I’m not
making this up) – to the finale.
Even newcomers to the
sport were taken care of by
commentators David Corkill and
John Price, a recent inductee to
the Indoor Bowls Hall of Fame.
The pair led us through
the tactics, rules and
even the meanings of
the markings on the
green (which was
blue, but let’s not
quibble).
The final, between
the Englishmen Mark
Dawes and Robert Paxton
– both seeking their first world
title – began with a dramatic
walk-on by each player. Dawes
(above) strode out to Simple
Minds’ “Alive and Kicking”,
which, given the demographic of
the audience at Potters Resort
in Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk, was
bordering on insensitive, while
Paxton’s choice was some ghastly
pop song from this decade. And
that was where the razzmatazz
ended and the ebb and flow of the
game could take centre stage.
The match was contested over
two sets of 11 ends each. There
was tension: the callipers were
unsheathed in the eighth end of
the first set to determine who
had won (Paxton), while in the
following one we were treated to
a technical time-out. No reason
was given, but the expressions
on the players’ faces were
fascinating. They chatted
in what looked like the
stilted way first and
second spouses do at
funerals.
After almost
three hours of semiwhispers punctuated
by thunderous applause
– and the occasional leap from
the players – it all came down to
the last end. “This is great stuff,”
Corkill said with understated
glee. He was spot on. And it got
even better, as we were taken to
a tie-break. Dawes won it, thanks
to a wild drive from Paxton going
wide. Paxton looked shocked and
later complained of a section of
the crowd being a “bit noisy”. We
felt his pain.
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OTHER WORDS delve, devil, dive, eleven, elven, endive,
enliven, envied, eve, even, evened, evil, levied, live, lived, liven,
livened, veil, veiled, vein, veined, vend, vie, vied, vile, vine
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SPORT
Talking Points
What we learned
from the weekend
EDITED BY TEDDY CUTLER
1
X Games bring the fun back into
the often anodyne world of sport
The X Games might just have been
the best sporting entertainment
on TV this weekend. Britain’s Izzy Atkin and James
Woods took silver and
bronze in the ski slopestyle
and ski big air respectively. But it’s the sense
of fun and adventure
that separates this
from the often anodyne
world of professional
sport. Big money and
sponsorship is obviously
involved but the X Games
remain thrillingly juvenile
and great to watch.
2
Wozniacki’s Grand Slam triumph
proves Sharapova’s agent wrong
Max Eisenbud, Maria Sharapova’s
agent, called Caroline Wozniacki
a “journeyman” player recently,
after the Dane spoke out regarding
Sharapova’s return. Eisenbud was
wrong at the time and history has
proved him more erroneous after Wozniacki
won her first Grand
Slam in a thrilling final
against Simona Halep.
Wozniacki’s Australian Open, after so many
years of getting close, was
certainly more fun than
Sharapova or Serena Williams steaming through.
3
4
Ligue 1 is ridiculous. Strip Paris
Saint-Germain and you would have
a compelling title race. Lyon are
hyper-cool – Nabil Fekir is sublime.
Marseille are good. Monaco are
less good than last season but still
exciting. But results like PSG’s
defeat last week against Lyon
mean nothing because the Parisians steamroll the rest. Domestic
football will die without
efforts at parity.
I wonder if those who complain
about boxing’s ‘alphabet soup’
could be sated. Oleksandr Usyk
beat Mairis Briedis on Saturday to
unify the WBO and WBC titles. In
the other semifinal of the cruiserweight tournament, Murat Gassiev
will fight Yunier Dorticos to unify
the IBF and WBA. There’ll be one
Cruiserweight champ, and every
fight will have had meaning. It has
to be the way forward.
5
6
If this wasn’t the end of an era, then
perhaps it signaled the beginning
of the end. Chris Gayle (above), who
defined twenty-over batting like no
other player, went unsigned twice
in the 2018 IPL auction. Finally
Gayle got picked up by Kings XI
Punjab for a knockdown price. He
will probably prove a bargain this
year as a result but the lack of demand suggests the end is nigh.
I woke up in a cold sweat dreaming
Wolves had pasted Aston Villa in
a game that isn’t taking place for a
few weeks. Maybe because Nuno
Espirito Santo’s side proved they
can grind out results as Wolves
went to Ipswich and won 1-0 and
made that defeat to Forest look like
the most minor of speed bumps on
their smooth road to
the Premier League.
7
8
One torn Achilles could change the
near future of the NBA. DeMarcus
Cousins (below), the best center
in the NBA, went down with that
season-ending injury during the
New Orleans Pelicans’ win over
the Houston Rockets. The NBA’s
grandest experiment – Cousins
playing with the lavishly gifted power forward Anthony
Davis – was just starting to
really work out.
Vince McMahon will have another
try at taking on the NFL. McMahon (above), the professional
wrestling ringmaster, announced
the second coming of the XFL
last week. His first effort folded
after one season 17 years ago. The
new XFL will have every player
standing for the national anthem, and will ban convicted
criminals from participating, said McMahon.
PSG’s limitless wealth
ruins the top tier of French football
Going once, going twice: Is time
almost up for Chris Gayle in the IPL?
Pelicans at a cross roads after
DeMarcus Cousins Achilles injury
Tournament boxing has finally
found the right formula in the ring
Wolves show they have what it takes
to reach the Premier League
Can Vince McMahon’s wholesome
vision seriously challenge the NFL?
CRICKET
Class from Curran
seals series win
and spoils the
party in Perth
ENGLAND
Root 62; Tye 5-46
259 Perth scoreboard
AUSTRALIA
Stoinis 87, Curran 5-35
England win by 12 runs
247
By John Stern
AT OPTUS STADIUM, PERTH
England’s Tom
Curran celebrates
his five-wicket
haul GETTY
England beat Australia by 12 runs
Australia won toss
ENGLAND
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
J J Roy c Hazlewood b Tye
49
1 8 46 53
J M Bairstow b Starc
44 2 4 48 83
A D Hales c Maxwell b Marsh
35
1 3 47 56
J E Root c Warner b Tye
62 0 2 68 125
*E J G Morgan c Stoinis b Marsh
3 0 0 10 9
†J C Buttler c Warner b Tye
21
1
1 25 29
M M Ali c Tye b Zampa
6 0 0 12 18
A U Rashid run out
12 0
1 16 16
D J Willey c Marsh b Tye
2 0 0 6
7
T K Curran not out
11
1 0
7 10
J T Ball b Tye
0 0 0 2
1
Extras (b4 lb2 w7 nb1)
14
Total(47.4 overs)
259
Fall: 1-71, 2-117, 3-151, 4-157, 5-192, 6-214, 7-238, 8-245,
9-258.
Bowling: M A Starc 9-0-63-1, J R Hazlewood 9-0-51-0, M
R Marsh 7-0-24-2, A J Tye 9.4-0-46-5, A Zampa 10-0-46-1,
G J Maxwell 3-0-23-0.
AUSTRALIA
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
15 0 2 11 14
D A Warner b Curran
22 0 2 30 61
T M Head run out
87 4 6 99 131
M P Stoinis c Curran b Rashid
12 0 0 23 31
*S P D Smith st Buttler b Ali
13 0 2 11
7
M R Marsh c & b Ali
34
1 3 39 54
G J Maxwell lbw b Curran
34
1 2 44 72
†T D Paine b Curran
0 0 0 2
1
M A Starc c Buttler b Curran
8 0
1 11 11
A J Tye c Morgan b Ali
11 0
1 17 37
A Zampa b Curran
0 0 0 3 8
J R Hazlewood not out
Extras (lb7 w4)
11
Total(48.2 overs)
247
Fall: 1-24, 2-86, 3-119, 4-133, 5-189, 6-192, 7-192, 8-203,
9-236.
Bowling: D J Willey 9-1-37-0, T K Curran 9.2-0-35-5, M M
Ali 10-0-55-3, A U Rashid 10-0-55-1, J T Ball 10-0-58-0.
Umpires: C B Gaffaney and S D Fry.
Tom Curran showed a sense of occasion with a magnificent five for 35
as his match-turning spell gave England a 12-run victory and a 4-1 series
triumph that seemed implausible at
the halfway stage and for much of the
Australian innings.
Curran also managed to upstage
what had been shaping to be the perfect unveiling for Perth’s sparkly new
Optus Stadium
The crowd was 53,781, a record for
any ticketed sporting event in Western Australia and their local boys did
them proud too.
No sooner had Andrew Tye completed a maiden five-wicket haul in
his home city of Perth than 4,000
miles away in Bangalore the gavel
came down on his £794,000 Indian
Premier League deal with King’s XI his 687 at 137 in the Ashes. Curran
Punjab.
returned in the 37th over and made
Marcus Stoinis, the muscular an immediate impact. He pinned
batsman, made 87 but his departure, Glenn Maxwell lbw and was insistent
caught by Curran off Adil Rashid, that the not-out decision be reviewed.
gave England a sniff.
Two balls later Mitchell Starc was
The partisan punters also got
caught behind by Jos Buttler.
a perfect dismissal when
That left Australia 192 for
David Willey was caught
7 but Tim Paine appeared
by Mitch Marsh off Tye.
to be taking his side to
All three players have
victory before Curran
been members of the
stole the show bowlThe first
Perth Scorchers T20
ing both Adam Zampa
international
team in the Big Bash.
and then Paine.
cricket match held
And to top it off,
After spluttering in
at the A$1.6bn
we had the ground’s
the last three matches,
Optus
Stadium
first streaker who sideJason Roy was back at
stepped around a few
full throttle. He had an imstewards, in the traditional
portant slice of luck. Having
manner, before being rughit Starc for four and six, he
by-tackled to the ground
was then caught behind
neck first.
off a no-ball.
England rested two
But having pumof their leading bowlmelled 49 from 46
ers, Chris Woakes
balls, Roy misjudged
Joe Root’s
controlled knock
a n d M a rk Wo o d .
one of Andrew Tye’s
of 62 for England
They were not injured
slower balls and was
included
just
two
but, said captain Eoin
caught. Bairstow’s
boundaries
Morgan, they had not
departure eight overs
recovered well from yeslater for 44, chopping on
terday’s three-hour flight
to Mitchell Starc, set the
from Adelaide.
tone for England’s innings. Some
That left Woakes to count his IPL got set but only Joe Root went on.
winnings – all £810,000 of them from
Snubbed by the IPL, Root showed
his acquisition by Royal Challengers that in this longer white-ball format
Bangalore.
at least, he has the intelligence to play
Curran produced a superb yorker the required innings. It was a shame
to dismiss David Warner and com- that no one could stay with him.
plete a poor series for the explosive
He hit two fours in his 62, one of
left-hander, who scored only 73 runs which was an upper cut off Hazlewood
at an average of 14 in the five matches. to third man. Root, who was earlier hit
Steve Smith fared only marginally in the ribs by Tye, became the Perth
better 102 runs at 20 compared to man’s fourth wicket. THE INDEPENDENT
1
2
‘It is a special day
– I’m just looking
to take it all in’
By John Stern
Tom Curran reflected on “an
unbelievable couple of months”
that started with him being called
up out of the blue to replace
Steven Finn in England’s Ashes
squad, then playing in the final
two Tests and now taking a matchwinning five-wicket haul for Eoin
Morgan’s one-day side.
The 22-year-old Surrey seamer
said: “I’m just looking to take it
all in – it’s a very special day. It’s
been crazy. I had most of October
off training for the Big Bash in
December. But then I got a call and
I hadn’t really started training.
It’s been a rollercoaster and has
just all happened so quickly.”
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Results Service
EMIRATES FA CUP FOURTH ROUND
Huddersfield (1)......1 Birmingham (0)......................1
Mounie 21
Jutkiewicz 54
Att 12,683
Hull (2) ............................. 2 Nottm Forest (0)....................1
Bowen 18
Vellios 88
Dicko 40
Att 13,450
Liverpool (1) ............... 2 West Brom (3)..........................3
Firmino 5
Rodriguez 7, 11
Salah 78
Matip 45 (og)
Att 53,342
Middlesbrough (0) 0 Brighton (0) ...............................1
Murray 90
Att 20,475
Millwall (1) ................... 2 Rochdale (1)................................2
Wallace 17 (pen)
Henderson 32
Thompson 90
Done 53
Att 8,346
MK Dons (0).................0 Coventry (0) ..............................1
Biamou 64
Att 14,925
Newport C (1).............1 Tottenham (0)..........................1
Amond 38
Kane 82
Att 9,836
Notts County (0).....1 Swansea (1).................................1
Stead 62
Narsingh 45
Att 9,802
Peterborough (0) ...1 Leicester (3) ...............................5
Hughes 58
Diabate 9, 87
Iheanacho 12, 29
Ndidi 90
Att 13,193
Sheff Utd (0)................1 Preston (0)................................. 0
Sharp 80 (pen)
Att 15,680
Southampton (1)....1 Watford (0)................................ 0
Stephens 4
Att 25,195
Wigan (1)........................ 2 West Ham (0)........................... 0
Grigg 7, 62 (pen)
Att 14,194
Yesterday
Cardiff (0)......................0 Man City (2)................................2
De Bruyne 8, Sterling 37
Att 32,339
Chelsea (2).....................3 Newcastle (0)........................... 0
Batshuayi 31, 44
Att 41,049
Alonso 72
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Barnsley (1).................1 Fulham (0)...................................3
Lindsay 31
R Sessegnon 49, 90
McDonald 90
Att 12,147
Brentford (0) .............0 Norwich (1) .................................1
Maddison 5
Att 10,252
Bristol City (1) .......... 2 QPR (0) .......................................... 0
Diedhiou 45
Att 21,492
Bryan 66
Ipswich (0)....................0 Wolves (1) ....................................1
Doherty 15
Att 15,971
P
W D L
F
A Pts
Wolves
29 20 5 4 51 22 65
Derby
28
15 8 5 44 23 53
Cardiff
28
15 6 7 40 25 51
Bristol City
29 14 9 6 42 32 51
Aston Villa
28 14 8 6 42 25 50
Fulham
29
13 9 7 49 35 48
Sheff Utd
28 14 4 10 42 32 46
Middlesbrough 28
13 5 10 38 27 44
Leeds
28
13 4 11 40 33 43
Brentford
29
11 10 8 42 36 43
Preston
28 10 12 6 32 28 42
Ipswich
29
12 4 13 41 41 40
Norwich
29
11 7 11 29 33 40
Nottm Forest 28
11 2 15 35 43 35
Millwall
28
8 10 10 33 33 34
QPR
29
8 9 12 31 42 33
Sheff Wed
28
7 11 10 30 34 32
Reading
28
7 8 13 30 36 29
29
6 9 14 29 43 27
Barnsley
Bolton
28
6 8 14 26 46 26
Hull
28
5 10 13 39 45 25
Sunderland
28
5 10 13 30 47 25
Birmingham 28
6 6 16 16 39 24
Burton Albion 28
6 6 16 21 52 24
His five for 35 sealed England’s
dramatic 12-run win and
4-1 series victory over
Australia in the very first
match at Perth’s new Optus
Stadium in front of a 53,000
crowd.
“What a stadium, what a
day and what a team to be a
part of,” he added, with a turn
of phrase as succinct as his
skilled reverse-swing
to close out England’s
unlikely victory.
Asked if he thrives on
pressure situations, he
said: “Of course. That’s why
we train as players. You want
to be asked to perform in the
big moments. You want to be
involved when it can go either
way. That’s when you get the
most satisfaction.”
England captain Eoin
Morgan added: “You look for
guys to take chances. It’s not
easy when you haven’t played
for a while. It did swing the
momentum nicely.”
Morgan (left) was still unhappy
with England’s fielding lapses,
including three dropped
catches. He said: “It’s certainly
something we’ll discuss. There
were mistakes we shouldn’t
make. In crucial moments you
want to be taking those half
chance because they don’t come
around very often.”
Australian captain Steve
Smith reiterated his desire
to remain one-day captain
despite the series result and
his own poor form. He said:
“I’d like to keep taking this
team forward.
“I haven’t done as well
with the bat as I would have liked
in this series. Both me and Davey
Warner haven’t stepped up and
that really hurts your team when
your two senior players aren’t
scoring the runs they ought to be.”
THE INDEPENDENT
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Blackburn (0).............1 Northampton (1) ...................1
Graham 74
O’Toole 12
Att 12,555
Blackpool ....................P Charlton ..................................... P
Postponed - due to waterlogged pitch.
Bradford (0)................0 Wimbledon (1).........................4
Abdou 14
Barcham 59
McDonald 65, 80
Att 19,103
Doncaster (1)..............1 Bristol Rovers (1)..................3
Marquis 4
Sweeney 24
Gaffney 50
Harrison 85
Att 8,021
Gillingham (0)........... 2 Fleetwood Tn (1)....................1
Eaves 53, 90 (pen)
Madden 13
Oldham (0)....................1 Plymouth (2).............................2
Songo’o 54 (og)
Sarcevic 17
Lameiras 19
Att 4,274
Portsmouth (0)........0 Shrewsbury (1) .......................1
Bolton 21
Att 17,779
Southend (1)............... 3 Scunthorpe (1).........................2
Kightly 37
Hopper 12
McLaughlin 53
van Veen 56
Turner 90
Att 6,723
P
W D L
F
A Pts
Wigan
27
18 6 3 53 13 60
Shrewsbury
28
17 7 4 37 20 58
Blackburn
28
16 8 4 51 26 56
Scunthorpe
30 14 9 7 42 30 51
Bradford
30 15 3 12 44 45 48
Rotherham
29 14 5 10 48 36 47
Charlton
28
13 7 8 37 33 46
Peterborough 28
12 7 9 46 37 43
Portsmouth
29
13 3 13 34 33 42
Gillingham
29 10 10 9 34 32 40
Bristol Rovers 29
12 3 14 42 45 39
Oxford Utd
29 10 8 11 44 43 38
Plymouth
30 10 8 12 33 39 38
Doncaster
30
9 10 11 34 35 37
Fleetwood To 29 10 6 13 40 45 36
Wimbledon
28
9 7 12 28 31 34
Southend
29
9 7 13 35 49 34
Walsall
27
8 9 10 34 38 33
Blackpool
29
8 9 12 34 40 33
Northampton 30
9 6 15 28 50 33
MK Dons
28
7 9 12 29 40 30
Oldham
30
7 8 15 41 55 29
Rochdale
26
4 10 12 26 37 22
Bury
28
5 5 18 21 43 20
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Carlisle (1).....................1 Forest Green (0).................... 0
Devitt 27
Att 4,176
Cheltenham (0) ........1 Barnet (1) .....................................1
Eisa 65
Santos 2
Att 2,609
Chesterfield (0)........0 Stevenage (0)............................1
Kennedy 48
Att 4,981
Crawley Town (2) ... 2 Acc Stanley (0).........................1
Boldewijn 15, 33
Yorwerth 57 (og)
Att 2,153
Grimsby (0) .................0 Luton (0).......................................1
Collins 49
Att 4,159
Morecambe (1)..........1 Mansfield (0).............................2
Lang 31
Rose 70
Benning 90
Att 1,416
Port Vale (1)................. 2 Colchester (2)............................2
Worrall 33, 87
Senior 12
Wright 45
Att 4,044
Swindon (1).................4 Crewe (2).......................................3
Richards 3, 89
Ainley 15, 29
Elsnik 66, 79
Wintle 51
P
W D L
F
A Pts
Luton
29
18 6 5 64 27 60
Notts County 29 14 9 6 48 32 51
Mansfield
29
13 11 5 43 32 50
Wycombe
28 14 7 7 52 38 49
Acc Stanley
28
15 4 9 48 34 49
Exeter
27
15 3 9 38 33 48
Coventry
28 14 5 9 31 20 47
Swindon
28
15 2 11 44 40 47
Newport C
29
12 10 7 40 33 46
Lincoln City
28
12 9 7 38 27 45
Colchester
30
11 10 9 40 37 43
Crawley Town 30 12 6 12 32 35 42
Carlisle
29
11 8 10 39 37 41
Stevenage
29 10 8 11 38 40 38
Cambridge Utd 28 10 8 10 27 36 38
Cheltenham
30
9 8 13 40 45 35
Grimsby
30
9 8 13 28 40 35
Port Vale
30
9 6 15 34 41 33
Morecambe
30
7 9 14 29 41 30
Crewe
29
9 2 18 34 49 29
Yeovil
28
7 7 14 38 50 28
Chesterfield
30
7 6 17 30 53 27
Forest Green 29
7 5 17 31 51 26
Barnet
29
5 7 17 28 43 22
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Aberdeen (0)...............3 Kilmarnock (1).........................1
McKenna 49, 52
K Boyd 28
McGinn 72
Att 13,723
Celtic (1)..........................1 Hibernian (0) ........................... 0
Griffiths 27
Hamilton (1)................1 Dundee (0)...................................2
O’Hara 2 (og)
Henvey 77
Leitch-Smith 90
Att 1,776
Hearts (0) ......................1 Motherwell (0)........................1
Milinkovic 80
Main 90
Att 16,717
St Johnstone (0) ......1 Partick (1).....................................3
Craig 74 (pen)
Lawless 13, Sammon 64
Edwards 90
Att 2,848
Yesterday
Ross County (0).......1 Rangers (1)..................................2
Ngog 90 (pen)
Candeias 21, Cummings 82
Att 6,541
P
W D L
F
A Pts
Celtic
24
17 6 1 51 16 57
Rangers
24 14 4 6 45 26 46
Aberdeen
24 14 4 6 36 27 46
Hibernian
24 10 8 6 32 28 38
Hearts
24
8 10 6 25 20 34
Motherwell
23
8 4 11 29 33 28
Kilmarnock
22
6 8 8 26 31 26
St Johnstone 22
7 5 10 22 33 26
Dundee
24
7 4 13 25 34 25
Hamilton
23
6 5 12 31 39 23
Partick
24
6 5 13 23 40 23
Ross County 24
4 5 15 22 40 17
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Dundee Utd 0 Morton 3; Falkirk 3 Inverness CT
1; Livingston 2 Dumbarton 0; Queen of South
3 Brechin 1.
Leading Positions: 1 St Mirren P 23 pts 51, 2
Dundee Utd (22-40), 3 Livingston (21-36), 4
Dunfermline (22-33), 5 Queen of South (22-33),
6 Morton (21-31).
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE
Airdrieonians 0 Arbroath 0; Albion 1 Stranraer
3; Alloa 0 Raith 0; East Fife 1 Forfar 2; Queen’s
Park 1 Ayr 4.
Leading Positions: 1 Ayr P 23 pts 48, 2 Raith
(22-47), 3 Stranraer (23-35), 4 Arbroath (21-34), 5
Alloa (21-32), 6 East Fife (23-27).
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Clyde 1 Peterhead 0; Cowdenbeath 1 Berwick
3; Edinburgh City 3 Annan Athletic 2; Elgin 2
Stenhousemuir 0; Montrose 2 Stirling 1.
Leading Positions: 1 Montrose P 23 pts 47, 2
Peterhead (20-43), 3 Stenhousemuir (21-35), 4
Elgin (21-33), 5 Annan Athletic (22-31), 6 Stirling
(20-30).
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Barrow P Sutton Utd P (Postponed - due to
waterlogged pitch); Bromley 3 FC Halifax 0;
Dag & Red 1 Solihull Moors 3; Dover 2 Guiseley
1; Eastleigh 4 Hartlepool 3; Ebbsfleet United 0
Boreham Wood 3; Gateshead 2 Maidstone Utd 1;
Leyton Orient 2 Aldershot 3; Macclesfield 1 Torquay 1; Maidenhead Utd 3 Chester FC 0; Woking
1 AFC Fylde 0; Wrexham 2 Tranmere 2.
Leading Positions: 1 Macclesfield P 31 pts 56, 2
Aldershot (31-55), 3 Wrexham (30-52), 4 Sutton
Utd (30-52), 5 Tranmere (31-51), 6 Dover (31-51).
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH
Boston Utd 2 Blyth Spartans 1; Brackley 2
Salford City 1; Chorley 2 North Ferriby Utd 2;
FC United of Manchester 2 Curzon Ashton 0;
Gainsborough 2 Alfreton Town 1; Harrogate
Town 2 AFC Telford 1; Kidderminster 3 Southport 0; Leamington 2 Darlington 3; Nuneaton 0
Bradford P A 0; Spennymoor Town 1 Tamworth
0; Stockport County 2 York 0.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH
Chelmsford 1 Hampton & Richmond 2; Concord
Rangers 2 Eastbourne Borough 1; Dartford
3 Whitehawk 1; Gloucester P Chippenham P
(Postponed - due to waterlogged pitch); Hemel
Hempstead 0 Poole Town 1; Hungerford Town
1 Bognor Regis Town 1; Oxford City 1 Bath City
1; St Albans 7 East Thurrock 2; Truro City P Havant and W P (Postponed - due to waterlogged
pitch); Wealdstone 2 Weston-S-Mare 1; Welling
3 Braintree Town 0.
BASKETBALL
BBL CUP FINAL: Worcester Wolves 88 Cheshire Phoenix 99.
CRICKET
THIRD TWENTY20 INTERNATIONAL
Pakistan v New Zealand, Mount Maunganui:
Pakistan 181-6 (20.0 overs). New Zealand 1636 (20.0 overs; M J Guptill 59). Pakistan beat
New Zealand by 18 runs.
HORSE RACING
SEDGEFIELD Going: Soft
1.10 1. BLACK ART (D Cook) 10-3 jt-fav; 2. Cape
Hideaway 9-1; 3. Red Ochre 18-1. 8 ran. 10-3 jtfav Tonto’s Spirit (4th). hd, 13/4l. (Mrs S Smith).
Tote: £3.00; £1.10, £2.00, £6.00. Exacta: £32.50.
Tricast: £457.39. Trifecta: £337.70. CSF: £31.04.
1.40 1. PRAIRIE TOWN (L Edwards) 4-1; 2.
Burrenbridge Hotel 9-4; 3. Beau Bay 11-8 fav. 4
ran. 1/2l, 7l. (A Carroll). Tote: £5.60; Exacta: £16.60.
Trifecta: £36.80. CSF: £13.08.
2.10 1. BLOTTOS (D Cook) 11-8 fav; 2. Aaron
Lad 9-4; 3. Just Bobby 8-1. 5 ran. 3l, 43l. (Mrs S
Smith). Tote: £2.30; £1.10, £1.40. Exacta: £5.00.
Trifecta: £16.00. CSF: £4.80.
2.40 1. ASCENDANT (Patrick Cowley) 2-7 fav;
2. Rock Of Leon 7-2; 3. Captain Sharpe 33-1. 7
ran. 31/2l, 3l. (J Farrelly). Tote: £1.10; £1.10, £1.30.
Exacta: £1.90. Trifecta: £7.50. CSF: £1.73.
3.10 1. CASH AGAIN (R McLernon) 14-1; 2. Never
Up 7-4 fav; 3. Viens Chercher 2-1. 5 ran. 7l, 6l.
(B Haslam). Tote: £16.20; £6.10, £1.60. Exacta:
£49.70. Trifecta: £133.10. CSF: £39.16. NRs: Dica,
Rear Admiral.
3.40 1. CAMRON DE CHAILLAC (Sean Houlihan)
3-1; 2. Le Drapeau 13-2; 3. Christmas Twenty
33-1. 14 ran. 2-1 fav Wazowski (6th). 13/4l, 11/2l.
(N Hawke). Tote: £3.70; £1.50, £1.70, £12.90. Exacta: £24.40. Tricast: £550.28. Trifecta: £588.90.
CSF: £21.84.
4.10 1. PRINCESS MONONOKE (Miss A McCain) 15-8 fav; 2. Theatre Act 9-4; 3. Bygones
For Coins 25-1. 8 ran. 6l, 7l. (D McCain). Tote:
£2.40; £1.10, £1.20, £4.70. Exacta: £6.80. Tricast:
£71.45. Trifecta: £76.20. CSF: £6.48.
Jackpot: £16,085.60.
Placepot: £255.30. Quadpot: £6.80.
Place 6: £97.09. Place 5: £37.55.
GOLF
OMEGA DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC, Emirates
GC, United Arab Emirates Final rnd (Gbr & Irl
unless stated): 265 H Li (Chin) 66 66 64 69; 266
R McIlroy 65 64 68 69; 268 T Hatton 64 72 66
66; 269 A Levy (Fr) 67 67 65 70; 271 C Paisley
65 69 68 69; 272 R Ramsay 70 69 69 64; A
Bjork (Swe) 65 68 70 69; Byeong-Hun An (S
Kor) 72 67 65 68; J Scrivener (Aus) 70 68 68 66;
A Sullivan 67 70 63 72; C Hanson 67 70 70 65;
T Fleetwood 69 69 66 68; J Wang (S Kor) 69
66 67 70; D Lipsky (US) 69 66 67 70; I Poulter
68 70 65 69; D Frittelli (SA) 69 67 66 70; R
Cabrera-Bello (Sp) 69 69 64 70; H Stenson
(Swe) 70 64 70 68; 273 H Porteous (SA) 66 68
65 74; M Angel Jimenez (Sp) 66 68 69 70; M
Kaymer (Ger) 68 69 67 69.
USPGA TOUR FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN,
TORREY PINES GC, UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA, 3rd rd (USA unless stated): 205 A
Noren (Swe) 70 66 69; 206 R Palmer 66 67 73;
207 J.B. Holmes 70 72 65; M Kim 69 68 70; 208
L List 69 66 73; T Finau 65 70 73; J Day (Aus)
73 64 71; J Rose (GB) 69 70 69; B Hossler 71
68 69; Cheng-Tsung Pan (Taiw) 70 70 68; G
Woodland 74 68 66; 209 E Grillo (Arg) 70 72
67; T Gooch 71 68 70; J Rahm (Sp) 68 66 75; M
Leishman (Aus) 71 69 69; L Griffin 72 68 69;
210 R Goosen (SA) 70 68 72; M Flores 70 67
73; K Streelman 71 68 71; B Steele 70 72 68; K
Bradley 70 69 71; J.J. Spaun 70 71 69; C Conners (Can) 72 68 70; B Harkins 70 70 70.
LPGA TOUR PURE SILK-BAHAMAS LPGA
CLASSIC, OCEAN CLUB GOLF COURSE,
BAHAMAS, 2nd rd(USA unless stated, par 73):
(a) denotes amateurs) Play suspended due to
darkness with 54 players still to finish their
rounds 141 B M. Henderson (Can) 68 73; 143
R O’Toole 74 69; D Kang 70 73; 145 A Munoz
(Sp) 74 71; C Masson (Ger) 74 71; L Salas 73 72;
146 P Reto (SA) 73 73; C Hull (GB) 74 72; 147
G Lopez (Mex) 75 72; K Kaufman 74 73; 148 L
Duncan 74 74; V Hurst 74 74; L Weaver (a) 70
78; Y Liu (Chin) 73 75; J Concolino 78 70.
RUGBY UNION
ANGLO-WELSH CUP
Saturday
Bath (0)......................21 Newcastle (0).......................... 8
Harlequins (14)..35 Scarlets (0) ................................7
Leicester (17) .....24 Cardiff Blues (0)............12
London Irish (33)66 Wasps (7).....................................7
Sale (8) ...................... 20 Northampton (0).............. 24
Saracens (20).......40 Newport GW (7) .................21
Worcester (12) ....31 Exeter (14)...............................21
P W D L F
A B Pts
Bath
3 3 0 0 80
61 0 12
Gloucester
3 2 0 1 114
53 3 11
Wasps
3 1 0 2 84 131 2 6
Cardiff Blues 3 0 0 3 28 107 0 0
P W D L F
A B Pts
Harlequins 3 3 0 0 110
73 3 15
Exeter
3 2 0 1 104
59 2 10
Sale
3 2 0 1 73
67 1 9
Newport GD 3 1 0 2 51
99 0 4
P W D L F
A B Pts
Northampton 3 2 0 1 93
70 2 10
Worcester
3 1 0 2 89 90 3 7
Saracens
3 1 0 2 91 80 3 7
Scarlets
3 0 0 3 25
98 1 1
P W D L F
A B Pts
Newcastle
3 2 0 1 118
62 2 10
Leicester
3 2 0 1 81
69 2 10
London Irish 3 1 0 2 95
80 3 7
Ospreys
3 1 0 2 58
95 0 4
GREENE KING IPA CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday Jersey 10 Richmond 9; London
Scottish 3 Ealing Trailfinders 25; Rotherham
27 Cornish P 24.. Yesterday Bristol 18 Bedford
13; Nottingham 6 Doncaster 27; Yorkshire C 20
Hartpury RFC 16.
TENNIS
AUSTRALIAN OPEN, MELBOURNE, : Men’s
Singles final: (2) R FEDERER (Swit) bt (6) M
CILIC (Croa) 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 3-6 6-1.
Women’s Singles final: (2) C WOZNIACKI (Den)
bt (1) S HALEP (Rom) 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-4.
Men’s Doubles final: (7) O MARACH (Aut) & M
PAVIC (Croa) bt (11) J SEBASTIAN CABAL (Col)
& R FARAH (Col) 6-4 6-4.
Mixed Doubles final: (8) G DABROWSKI (Can)
& M PAVIC (Croa) bt (5) T BABOS (Hun) & R
BOPANNA (India) 2-6 6-4 11-9.
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TENNIS: AUSTRALIAN OPEN
By Paul Newman
IN MELBOURNE
Roger Federer was in floods of tears
after lifting his 20th Grand Slam singles title by beating Marin Cilic 6-2,
6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to win the Australian
Open for the sixth time. The 36-yearold Swiss believed his extreme emotion was because he had got to the
final “very quickly” with the retirement of Hyeon Chung in the semifinal and his straight-sets victories
in the previous five rounds.
“I had a lot of emotions left in me
because I didn’t have to go to the
extremes like I did last year against
Kei Nishikori and Stan [Wawrinka],”
Federer said, recalling hat he played
three five-set matches en route
to the 2017 title. “When I started
thinking about what I was going to
say [at the presentation ceremony],
every subject I touched was actually
very meaningful and very
emotional.
“It was what it was.
I wish it wasn’t so
s o m e t i m e s . At
Grand Slam titles
the same time I’m
for Federer –
happy I can show
6 Australian,
emotions and
8 Wimbledon,
share it with the
5 US Opens,
people.”
1 French
Federer said he did
not think the decision to
play yesterday’s final under a
closed roof because of the sweltering
conditions was a factor in his victory.
He has long been regarded as the
world’s best indoor player, while Cilic
said he struggled to adjust. But Federer said: “I wasn’t sure if it was good
for me or not, to play under the roof.
Of course, I backed myself in indoor
conditions. This is where my first
success ever came. I do think usually
when I play indoors it’s good for me.
But I didn’t mind the heat, to be honest. I thought maybe for a bigger guy
like Marin, maybe it was also going
to slow him down faster.
“At the end, it’s not my decision.
They kept me posted along the way.
I was surprised to hear they had the
heat rule in place for a night match.
I never heard that before. When I
arrived at the courts, I was totally
ready to play outdoors, but they told
me they were thinking it would probably be indoors.”
Cilic said he had found it difficult,
especially at the beginning of the
match. “Throughout the tournament I had played all my matches
outdoors and I had been preparing
for a hot day, 38 degrees,” he said.
20
Tears and
endless
cheers as
Federer
rolls back
the years
(again)
“Then I had to play my first match
with the roof closed in the final.
“With the roof closed, it was way,
way cooler than I expected. That was
very, very difficult, especially to be in
that kind of situation in the final.”
Federer said he had not slept well
after his semi-final victory over
Chung, who retired at 6-1, 5-2. “All
of the next day I was already thinking about how I should play Marin,
how cool would it be to win 20, but
no, don’t think of it, but how horrible
would it be to lose it. I had it for over
36 hours, to be honest. It was a lot,”
Federer said. He said playing the
final in the evening meant he had had
all day to think about it. “At Wimbledon, you get it out there and get it
done,” he said. “Here it’s a long day.”
Federer, who famously broke
down in tears here after losing to Ra-
fael Nadal in the 2009 final – his only
defeat in his record seven appearances in the final – told the crowd as
he lifted the trophy: “Of course win-
I had it for over 36 hours,
thinking about how cool it
would be to win 20, but how
horrible it would be to lose it
ning is an absolute dream come true.
The fairy tale continues for me.”
A standing ovation followed, the
whole stadium rising to applaud
for several minutes while the big
screens showed the tears rolling
down Federer’s face. At 36 years and
173 days he is the oldest male winner of a Grand Slam title since Ken
Rosewall won here in 1972 at the
age of 37 years and 62 days. Federer
WOMEN’S FINAL
Back to No 1 – and Wozniacki will never again have to face the dreaded
By Paul Newman
Being one of the most popular
players in tennis for the best part
of a decade has never shielded
Caroline Wozniacki from
criticism. Ever since 2009, when
the now 27-year-old Dane became
world No 1 for the first time, she
has grown used to dealing with
barbed comments.
Wozniacki reckons she was
asked one question in particular
“100,000 times, probably more”.
The question ran along the lines
of: “How can a player be world No 1
without having won a Grand Slam
title?” In the early hours of Sunday
morning, as she reflected on her
achievement in finally winning
a Grand Slam trophy by beating
Simona Halep 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 in the
Australian Open final, Wozniacki
admitted that proving her critics
wrong “feels really good”.
She will return to the top of
the world rankings list for the
first time for six years when she
replaces Halep as No 1 today.
“It’s really nice to prove wrong
the people who doubted me. It’s
really nice not to have to answer
Caroline Wozniacki with the
Australian Open trophy
the ‘no Grand Slam’ question
ever again. Now, finally, I have the
world No 1 and a Grand Slam title.
It’s very special,” Wozniacki said.
Critics have also said she
played too many tournaments
and should focus more on the
bigger events; they denigrated
her game for lacking power and,
perhaps most painfully of all,
suggested she should replace her
father as her coach.
Piotr Wozniacki, a former
professional footballer who
taught himself how to teach
tennis, has coached his daughter
since she was seven. But those
who saw him as a controlling
father had it wrong, because it
was always Caroline who wanted
him to keep coaching her.
She said that finally making
her Grand Slam breakthrough
“means so much to the both of
us”. She explained: “Doing it
together makes it extra special. I
think we both deserve this.
“It’s been a long road for both
of us, but when I started playing
tennis. When I was 10 years old
and we were training at 10pm or
11pm, he was there. When it was
NEWS
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First Grand Slam
Federer won his first Grand Slam in
July 2003 when he won Wimbledon at
the age of 21 years and 11 months
Latest Grand Slam
Federer won his latest and 20th
Grand Slam yesterday winning the
Australian Open at the age of 36 and
5 months
Roger Federer
kisses his latest
trophy; inset,
in tears, with
Marin Cilic
REUTERS
said he had “no idea” how long he
could continue playing at the highest level. “I’ve won three Slams now
in 12 months,” he said. “I can’t believe
it myself. I’ve just got to keep a good
schedule, stay hungry, then maybe
good things can happen. Then I don’t
think age is an issue, per se.”
There were times in the final when
Federer wobbled under the pressure
of Cilic’s huge ground strokes. He did
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16
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not have the best serving day and
sometimes looked vulnerable on his
backhand but, as usual, showed extraordinary mental strength whenever his back was against the wall.
He raced into a 4-0 lead inside 13
minutes and wrapped up the first
set in 24 minutes. But Cilic clinched
the second on his third set point in
the tie-break. The Croatian needed
to keep the momentum in his favour,
but at 2-3 in the third set he played a
loose service game as Federer broke
to 15. Federer served out for the set
by holding to love.
When he rubbed salt into Cilic’s
wounds by breaking in the opening
game of the fourth set, many would
have expected him to close out victory with minimal fuss, but from 3-2
down Cilic won four games in a row,
serving out to love to level the match.
When Federer saved two break
points in the opening game of the
fifth set he appeared to be teetering
on the brink, but at deuce in the next
game he successfully challenged an
“in” call on a second serve and broke
on the next point when Cilic netted a
forehand. At 4-1 Cilic dropped serve
again when he netted a forehand on
break point, which gave Federer the
opportunity to serve out for victory.
On his first match point Federer hit a
superb kicking second serve wide to
Cilic’s backhand which the Croatian
was unable to return.
Cilic challenged in the hope that
the serve might have been out, but
the video replay showed that the ball
had just clipped the line. The margin
was certainly smaller than the gap
that now separates Federer from all
his rivals in the history of the sport.
Cilic will rise to No 3 in the world
rankings when they are updated
today. “My ultimate goal is to reach
No 1,” he said. “That’s what I’m working for.” THE INDEPENDENT
‘no Grand Slam’ question
raining, when it was hot, he was
an even playing field”.
always there by my side.
She said: “Kim Clijsters [in
“I’ve learned that I don’t
2009] had much more
need a huge team. I just
experience than me.
need a couple of special
I don’t think I had
people and someone
a chance to really
who’s always there,
comprehend what
whenever it’s going
was going on. Then
Wozniacki’s
first
well and when it’s
Serena [Williams,
Grand
Slam
title
not going well.”
in 2014] is obviously
came in her third
Wozniacki
a
great champion
final – while Halep
described Saturday’s
who
has won so
has lost three out of
final – against an
much. “I actually felt
three
opponent who like
like I had a legitimate
her had lost her first two
chance of winning this
Grand Slam finals – as “more of
one.” THE INDEPENDENT
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Pete Sampras (1993-2002)
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After the fuss, the women’s game
is ready to let Neville settle in
By Glenn Moore
AT KINGSMEADOW
There were no banners, no protests
and no chants. The attention at
Kingsmeadow yesterday was very
much on the 22 women on the pitch
rather than The Man Who Wasn’t
There. The Football Association’s
decision to appoint Phil Neville as
England coach surprised the women’s game, but now the feeling is it is
time to let him get on with it.
Having seen Liverpool beat Bristol City 2-0 on Saturday, Neville
watched Reading hold Arsenal 0-0
yesterday. He is expected at Kingsmeadow on Thursday when WSL
leaders Manchester City visit Chelsea, who remain two points adrift
after their 1-0 win over Everton.
His appearance is keenly awaited
by Chelsea’s Emma Hayes, who
would surely have had the job herself had she wanted it. “I’m looking
forward to meeting him,” she said.
“It is a fresh start and it is important
we move forward. The players are
relieved a manager is in place and
we need to give him all the support
we can. Some of them met him last
week [at England’s La Manga training camp] and they are excited.”
Andy Spence, the Everton coach,
said: “It is an exciting time for women’s football in general. Whoever is
in charge, we all want England to do
well. He’s a former Everton captain
and I wish him well.”
This view was mirrored among
the fans. With Chelsea’s men also
playing yesterday lunchtime, those
who chose to watch Crystal Dunn
ahead of Eden Hazard were the
committed.
Among them were Sophia and
Pedro Marcou. For Sophia the misogynist tweets were not a problem
– “they were six years ago” – but
Neville’s lack of experience was.
“He’s under-qualified,” she said, before conceding, “a fresh pair of eyes
might be good”.
Sara Doré was pleased the tweets
had been ‘“called out” and a message sent out that this was not acceptable, but felt Neville should be
given a chance. “I don’t believe it has
to be a woman. We will be holding
ourselves back if we always insist
on that,” said her friend, who pre-
Phil Neville (left) speaks to Reading Ladies general manager Russ Fraser
before the latter’s side’s game against Arsenal yesterday GETTY
The five questions that new
manager must answer today
By Glenn Moore
Phil Neville makes his public bow
today as the new coach of England
women, six days after his shock
appointment as successor to
Mark Sampson. Many within the
women’s game were bewildered by
the choice of Neville, then inflamed
by the revelation of sexist tweets
by the former Manchester United
player. Neville might be an inspired
selection, but he has a lot to prove.
1. How do you explain joking about
domestic abuse?
Neville is regarded by those who
know him well as a decent person
and an excellent husband and
father. But he still found it fit to joke
about domestic abuse and many in
the women’s game feel his apology
was insufficient. He is likely to win
people over quite quickly with his
diligence and amiable nature but it
was an unfortunate start.
2. What do you know about women’s
football?
It is thought Neville had never
attended a women’s match before
he was approached. He will have
been frantically mugging up on
who’s who, watching videos of
previous England internationals
and recent FA Women’s Super
ferred not to be named. Noel Kelly,
watching daughter Chloe on Everton’s wing, said: “I think it’s good. He
knows his football.”
On the pitch Everton could have
gained a shock win. Anita Asante,
making her Chelsea debut after returning from several years in Sweden in search of an England recall,
will have been grateful Neville was
not here to see her escape a 23rdminute dismissal for tugging back
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk. “I’ve
seen it [on screen] since and it was a
definite red card,” said Spence.
Chelsea escaped again as Sweetman-Kirk hit the post with the spotkick. And, with Everton goalkeeper
Lizzie Durack defiant, they had to
wait until the 84th minute for Jonna
Andersson to score on her full debut.
League matches, but has his
cramming been sufficient? Are
veterans Fara Williams and Laura
Bassett in his plans for the 2019
World Cup? Who is his No 1: Karen
Bardsley or Siobhan Chamberlain?
Are Manchester City’s Georgia
Stanway and Arsenal’s Beth Mead
ready to step up to the full England
side?
3. Who will be your coaching staff –
and will you listen to them?
When Neville left Valencia in
May 2016, he spoke of being a
manager and bringing in his own
staff. The FA want to involve
female assistants with a view to
them eventually succeeding him.
Favourites are Liverpool’s Casey
Stoney, and former international
Rachel Yankey. However, while
those two will be able to pass
on a wealth of knowledge of the
women’s game they have even less
management experience than
Neville, making for a trio of novices.
Will Neville insist on having a coach
he knows? Ex-player Marianne
He will have been
frantically mugging up
on who’s who, but has his
cramming been sufficient?
Spacey was assistant to Sampson,
but moved to a new role before
Euro 2017 – apparently because she
felt Sampson relied on his own staff
and her input was not valued. The
FA will not want a repeat.
4. Will you go on living in Spain?
Neville lives in Spain and has two
children at secondary school there,
with his son also on Valencia’s
books. Any reasonable person will
understand how important it is not
to disrupt schooling and ordinarily
a coach might be able to get away
with commuting from the continent
for six months. But Neville is
starting from scratch in the
women’s game; he needs to watch
matches and forge relationships
with key people, such as the
WSL coaches, some of whom are
perplexed at his appointment).
5. What happens if a men’s team
offers you a job?
Neville’s initial comments about his
new role focused on what a good
developmental opportunity it was
for him, rather than the prestige
of the position. This has created
the impression that he – and the
FA – see it as a stepping stone to
“greater things”. Let’s imagine
England do well at the Women’s
World Cup – and they should do,
given they are No 1 in Europe.
What happens then if an ambitious
Championship club, or even one in
the Premier League, offers Neville
a job? Does he insist he wants to
finish the job with the Lionesses?
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LIVERPOOL 2-3 WEST BROM
FA CUP
Pardew: VAR stoppages caused
injuries to two of my players
West Brom manager sees the down side of video system
despite his side’s FA Cup victory. Mark Critchley reports
Alan Pardew believes the Football
Association must investigate the
possible effect of VAR on player
injuries after referee Craig Pawson
turned to the new video technology
for three key decisions during West
Bromwich Albion’s pulsating FA
Cup victory at Anfield.
Pawson first used the system
to rule out a West Brom goal for
offside. Minutes later, he referred
to it again to award Liverpool a
penalty, which was then missed
by Roberto Firmino. Just before
half-time, Pardew’s side scored
their third goal, but they could only
celebrate with confidence after
VAR had taken two minutes to
confirm it should be allowed.
Though all three decisions were
ultimately correct, the new system
caused significant delays – almost
eight minutes in total. Albion’s
Kieran Gibbs and Hal Robson-Kanu
were forced off during the first
half with hamstring problems and
Pardew believes both injuries were
due to VAR-enforced stoppages.
“You are going from a high tempo
work rate to nothing,” he said. “We
had a hamstring injury just after
that, so now as coaches we have to
change. We have to get our players
to do a warm-up in that situation or
keep themselves ticking over.
“It is a massive thing, one of the
most important things they are
going to have to take from this trial
tonight. I think they must look at
that. We did get a couple of injuries
straight after the stoppages, and
they need to look at that.”
Jay Rodriguez, scorer of West
Brom’s first and second before
Joel Matip’s decisive own goal,
suggested the repeated use of VAR
had caused confusion among the
players. “It was a surreal moment,”
he said. “It was a strange one
because it stopped the game but it
is something we have to get used
to.”
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp
was less concerned than Pardew
with VAR’s teething problems but
You are going from a
high tempo to nothing; we
have to get players to keep
themselves ticking over
West Brom
players
surround
referee Craig
Pawson after
he awarded
a penalty to
Liverpool
having
referred to
the VAR
did believe Albion’s Ahmed Hegazi
should have been punished for a
late challenge on Firmino. “Harsh
challenges should be picked up,”
Klopp said. “If the video assistant
referee is not responsible for
something like that we should think
over the rules again.”
Liverpool could hardly blame
VAR’s problems for their defeat.
Klopp told his players they must
do better after familiar defensive
errors led to their elimination from
the Cup despite Firmino’s early
opener and Mohamed Salah’s
second-half strike .
“It’s not allowed to concede goals
like we conceded tonight,” Klopp
said, having seen his midfield
bypassed for both Rodriguez
strikes. “In a lot of other moments,
you saw that we are still able to do
this or that, but of course under the
pressure of being 3-1 down in a cup
game, you will never be able to play
your best football.”
The defeat was Liverpool’s
second in a week after last
Monday’s 1-0 reverse at Swansea
but also came less than a fortnight
after the impressive victory over
league leaders Manchester City
which Klopp had hoped would
provide a platform for the rest of
the season.
“Nothing in training gave me
a sign that the boys misjudged
the success or result against City,
or the performance. We took
it I think in the right way,” said
Klopp, who must now lift his side
for tomorrow night’s Premier
League trip to Huddersfield Town,
themselves smarting after being
held to a 1-1 home FA Cup draw
by Championship strugglers
Birmingham City. THE INDEPENDENT
NEWPORT 1-1 TOTTENHAM
WIGAN 2-0 WEST HAM
Pochettino bows to
Newport’s desire
‘Nice person’ Masuaku is
duly roasted for spitting
By Phil Blanche
Mauricio Pochettino admitted he
was relieved to be still in the FA Cup
after Newport County earned themselves a lucrative trip to Wembley.
Harry Kane’s 30th goal of the season eight minutes from time denied
the League Two side a famous win
after Padraig Amond headed them
into a deserved 38th-minute lead.
But Newport manager Mike Flynn
believes the tie could be worth as
much as £700,000 to the Welsh club.
And Spurs boss Pochettino conceded that his side “did not match the
motivation, desire, fight and challenge of Newport”.
Flynn said: “I’m sure the chairman will be happy. I’m hoping it [the
replay] is on TV again because the
money will allow us to lay foundations now for the future.”
By Chris Brereton
Arthur Masuaku was condemned
even by those closest to him after
his dismissal for spitting on Wigan’s
Nick Powell as West Ham crashed
out of the FA Cup to the 2013
winners, now of League One.
“I’m surprised that
Arthur (right) could do
something like that and
I think everybody, including the manager, is
surprised,” West Ham
defender Angelo Ogbonna
said. “It happened and he
has apologised already. I think
it’s not like him because he’s a nice
person. He made a mistake and he
has to take the responsibility.”
Referee Chris Kavanagh appeared to miss the incident but
Wigan’s protests, coupled with an
admission by Masuaku himself,
were enough to prompt a straight
red card. The DR Congo international could be looking at a lengthy
spell on the sidelines if the FA deem
his offence to be worthy of the
full six-game ban spitting
at an opponent can bring.
Will Grigg headed
Wigan into a seventhminute lead before
adding a penalty in the
second half following a
Reece Burke handball.
“I find the FA Cup easy
against all these Premier
League teams,” joked Grigg after
Wigan – who took a replay to beat
non-league Fylde in round two –
added West Ham to Bournemouth as
their Cup victims. THE INDEPENDENT
De Bruyne’s touch
of class helps City
weather the
storm in Cardiff
CARDIFF CITY
MANCHESTER CITY
De Bruyne 8, Sterling 37
0
2
By Sam Cunningham
AT THE CARDIFF CITY STADIUM
They all jumped – why wouldn’t they?
It is what you do to defend free kicks.
And Kevin De Bruyne, clearly working 10 moves ahead of everyone else
like a master chess player, thought;
why go high? Everyone always goes
high with free kicks, wouldn’t it just
roll into the bottom left corner if I
went low instead?
So he did just that, fooling everyone;
the wall; the Cardiff City goalkeeper
Neil Etheridge; their manager Neil
Warnock stood on the touchline; God,
probably.
There surely isn’t anyone else in the
world playing better football than De
Bruyne at the moment. If he doesn’t
win Player of the Year it is going to be
a gross miscarriage of justice.
That was it – Manchester City’s potentially tricky FA Cup fourth-round
tie killed in the eighth minute. The
rest was routine.
The problem for Manchester City’s
rivals is that De Bruyne is not the
only City player excelling. That goal
made the Belgian their fifth player
to score at least 10 goals this season,
joining Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus on
double figures for the campaign. Everyone else should just give up now.
We have become so used to City
scoring goals that one of the most
With VAR used elsewhere,
this was like having an
iPhone without the latest
operating system
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Protect the ‘artists’,
pleads Pep as horror
tackle injures Sane
That’s why you are here and why
I’m here. For the players. I’ve said
Pep Guardiola pleaded for referees many times here, do you believe
to start protecting his players after that the player who is stronger in
Manchester City lost Leroy Sane that sense is stronger? It’s not true.”
for up to a month with an ankle inCardiff manager Neil Warnock
jury in their FA Cup fourth-round said that Bennett was “disrespectvictory against Cardiff City.
ful” to his own team-mates
Sane was forced off at
for getting sent off late
half-time following a
on, but claimed that it
crunching late tackle
was not only his side
by Cardiff defender
who were guilty of
Joe Bennett, who was
poor challenges.
Cardiff’s
Joe
only shown a yellow
“They dished out
Bennett was sent off
card by referee Lee
a bit as well,” Warfor the second time
Mason. Sane will have
nock
said. “I think
in his professional
a scan on his left ankle
they had one or two
career
today but Manchester
naughty tackles. He’s
City manager Guardiola
in England, isn’t he?
said: “He will be out for a
What do you expect? I supwhile, minimum two, three weeks, pose when you’re like that you want
one month.”
everything to be nice and pretty but
Bennett was finally sent off in you don’t get that in England.” You
second-half stoppage time for a sec- get different challenges, don’t you?”
ond shocking challenge on City substitute Brahim Diaz. There was also
confusion around why a Bernardo
Silva goal was ruled out for offside.
Guardiola added: “I said many
times: the only thing they have to
do is protect the players. I can accept the second goal, that we didn’t
score, I don’t know why, but I will accept. But please protect the players.
“Not the Manchester City players, [all] the players. Or it will happen again. It happened once, it
happened with Brahim again at the
end. So please. For football in general, the players they are the art- Cardiff’s Joe Bennett only received
ists, you have to take care of them. a yellow card for this tackle
By Sam Cunningham
2
controversial talking points arrived
when they did not, when Bernardo
Silva had a goal ruled out for offside
in bizarre fashion.
City broke, Silva bent the ball in via
the crossbar. The linesman judged
that Sane was offside and – presumably – had blocked the goalkeeper’s
view. How he knew that from side-on
with play is anyone’s guess, and regardless Sane appeared to be in line
with Cardiff’s defenders when the
ball was hit.
City manager Pep Guardiola lost it
on the touchline, removing his massive scarf and lobbing it back into the
dugout. Soon after he was warned
about his further protestations by
referee Lee Mason. Where was VAR
when you need it?
They used goal-line technology to
rule out Nathaniel Mendez-Laing’s
shot from 30-yards, spilled by Claudio Bravo but clutched on the goalline (a firm reminder why Ederson is
far and away Guardiola’s first-choice
goalkeeper).
With video assistant referee technology used elsewhere in the competition, this was like having an iPhone
without the latest operating system
Manchester City are set
to sign Athletico Bilbao
defender Aymeric Laporte.
Laporte, 23, is due for a medical in
Manchester after City indicated
they were willing to match the
£57million release clause.
– there are bound to be frustrating
errors. None of it really mattered by
the time Manchester City made it
two, shortly before half-time.
An unperturbed Silva crossed,
Sterling was unmarked for the header. This is why supporters come when
City are in town. Cardiff had 17,703
when they hosted Sunderland in
their last match, 6,378 for Mansfield
in the last round, 17,751 for Preston
North End’s visit. Yesterday it was a
club record 32,339.
At that point, referee Mason was
probably hoping everyone would
move on, forget Silva’s ruled out goal
and the necessity for VAR. It was
firmly back on the agenda less than
10 minutes later when he gave Joe
Bennett only a yellow card for a cynical, potential ankle-breaking challenge on Sane to halt the German’s
rapid dribble from outside his own
penalty area. The foul was so bad the
German national team’s Twitter account tweeted Cardiff pleading with
them to stop hurting their players.
He could be out for at least a month.
Guardiola rather cruelly replaced
him with Sergio Aguero.
Manchester City played keep-ball
at the back for large spells of the second half, the players clearly hoping
to leave Wales without losing a limb.
Bahim Diaz almost didn’t make it and
Bennett was finally off 45 minutes too
late for another shocker. Sterling had
another chance, so too Aguero, but
the game finished at that. City are
so good they render the technology
superfluous.
Kevin De Bruyne’s expertly placed
low free kick deceives the defensive
wall and opens the scoring in a 2-0
victory for Manchester City at Cardiff
City REUTERS
Cardiff City
Etheridge
Richards Morrison
Manga
Grujic
Bennett
Ralls
Mendez-Laing Paterson
Hoilett
Zohore
Sane
Sterling
Silva
Gündogan Fernandinho De Bruyne
Danilo
Otamendi
Vince
Walker
Bravo
Manchester City
Subs: Cardiff Pilkington (Zohore, 67); Feeney (MendezLaing, 78); Damour (Ralls, 88) Manchester City Agüero
(Sane, 45); Diaz (Bernardo Silva, 89). Booked: Cardiff
Manga, Bennett; Manchester City Fernandinho. Sentoff: Bennett
Man of the Match Bernardo Silva. Rating 7/10.
Possession: Cardiff 23% Manchester City 77%.
Attempts on target: Cardiff 2 Manchester City 7.
Referee Lee Mason (Portsmouth).
Attendance 32,339.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Beckham ready to bring
his Miami dream to life
By Steve Brenner
IN MIAMI
It’s approaching four years since
David Beckham announced his
intention to bring Major League
Soccer to Miami. Now he is poised
to announce today that he’s finally
ticked all the boxes to become the
owner of MLS’s 25th franchise.
There have been too many false
dawns to mention since the idea
was mooted on 5 February, 2014.
Dreams of a swanky waterfront
arena sunk without trace long ago,
while the local government, stung
by the backlash following the building of the Marlins Park baseball stadium – a detested white elephant
that eventually cost the taxpayers
over $250million – have been giving superstars and their swanky
stadium plans short shrift.
The proposed site for a 25,000seat stadium in Overtown continues to fuel anger
among residents
who would rather
have affordable
housing and a new grocery store. A
raft of new jobs wouldn’t go amiss
either: the Miami Beckham United
ownership group (MBU) has only
promised around 50 thus far.
Those close to Beckham (below)
insist the ownership group which,
much to the pleasure of MLS, has
been boosted by the arrival of Jorge
and Jose Mas, local construction
brothers and magnates, whose contacts can help navigate any political
nightmares, are unperturbed by
all the red tape and legal wrangles.
They remain focused on Overtown,
despite the problems.
“We’re excited about creating
a world-class fan experience
at a purpose-built football
stadium on our current
site,” said Jorge Mas.
This is a city known
for the fickleness of its
sporting fans but Beckham’s razzmatazz would
sit nicely. The excitement,
however, isn’t shared
by everyone. THE
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SPORT
FOOTBALL
FA CUP
Lack of Newcastle ambition
CHELSEA
Batshuayi 31, 44, Alonso 72
Sport
NEWCASTLE UNITED
0
By Jonathan Liew
AT STAMFORD BRIDGE
29.01.18
P52
FOOTBALL
‘Protect the
players’ pleads
Pep after battle
at Cardiff
P50
TENNIS
Federer gets
emotional after
Australian
Open victory
P48
CRICKET
3
Curran ends
series in style
with five-for
against Aussies
A strange game, really: one that Chelsea won comfortably without getting
close to their top level, due in large
part to Newcastle never getting close
to theirs. Rafa Benitez’s team came
to stifle, and the opening half-hour, in
which they held their own, was their
best period of the game by a distance.
From the moment they fell behind,
however, their flimsy game-plan collapsed in a heap of laxity, lethargy
and ultimately apathy.
And so, for the 12th season in a row,
Newcastle have failed to get past the
fourth round of the FA Cup. It is no
longer a statistical curiosity but an
era of failure, and although the blame
cannot be laid solely at the paws of
their owner Mike Ashley, the fact that
he has been in charge of the club for 11
of those 12 seasons tells its own story.
In the 11 seasons before he arrived,
their record read two quarter-finals,
two semi-finals and two finals.
As for Chelsea, this was a case of
job done. Two goals for Michy Batshuayi turned the game into roadkill by
half-time, and although Davide Zappacosta and Danny Drinkwater were
some way short of their best, Antonio
Conte could take some satisfaction in
the way they negotiated a potentially
tricky tie, breaking down Benitez’s
cagey 5-4-1 system and reaping the
rewards during a languorous, downtempo second half.
For that first half-hour, as Newcastle defended stubbornly and tackled
with a salty urgency, it looked like
being a much tighter game than it
turned out. Equally, for all their industry in defence, it wasn’t entirely
clear how Newcastle intended to
score. So once Chelsea broke through
– Pedro’s quick diagonal to Eden Hazard, inside to Marcos Alonso, inside
to Batshuayi for the tap-in – Newcastle’s absence of ambition became
painfully evident.
Jonjo Shelvey was customarily
busy but waned in influence. Dwight
Gayle struggled to get into the game.
Matt Ritchie had an impressive start
before evidently popping into town to
The
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Matrix
The stories you
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do some shopping. The lack of attacking threat – even given the handful of
changes to the starting line-up – will
surely be a concern to Benitez, if not
necessarily to Ashley.
Batshuayi’s second goal, though
cruelly deflected off Jamaal Lascelles, will do his fragile confidence
the world of good. Again Pedro was
the architect, releasing Hazard for
the counter-attack. Yet despite trailing 2-0, it was Newcastle who wound
down, who began to disengage from
the game, whose minds perhaps
began to wander towards the crunch
games against Burnley and Crystal
Palace in the next seven days.
For the 12th season in a
row Newcastle have failed to
get past round four. Ashley
has been in charge for 11
CRICKET
Hales and Morgan fail in IPL deals
Joe Root was joined by Eoin Morgan
and Alex Hales in failing
to be picked up by an
Indian Premier League
franchise as England
cricketers experienced
mixed fortunes in the
player auction. Test
captain Root recently
decided to sit out the
Twenty20 Tri-Series
against Australia and New
Zealand, giving himself the
chance to appear in the IPL. He said
the financial side of the tournament
was an appealing factor, together
with the prospect of improving
his white-ball skills. Hales
(left) also failed to pick up
a bid despite lying eighth
in the T20 international
batting rankings. Fast
bowler Tymal Mills, 2017’s
second most expensive buy,
also missed out. Mark Wood
landed a deal with Chennai
Super Kings.
» Cricket, p48
This is what happens when you
have a squad so thin on quality that
it prevents meaningful rotation. The
need for reinforcements in the last
few days of the transfer window is
manifest. On these next few days, you
would imagine, rest not just Newcastle’s Premier League survival but the
future of Benitez and very possibly
the long-term health of the club.
Alonso’s direct free-kick on 70 minutes sealed the win, a just reward for
NETBALL
England finish Quad
Series as runners-up
England finished as runners-up
in the 2018 Quad Series after
winning 52-47 against South Africa.
Australia, the world champions,
beat New Zealand for the fifth time
in a row earlier yesterday to regain
the trophy but the Roses’ victory
in Johannesburg gave them their
best-ever finish in the tournament.
Tracey Neville’s side were eight
goals clear at half time and although
the home side rallied, England were
able to hold on.
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allows Chelsea a day of healing
A battle won for Conte but like his
predecessors he’s losing the war
Kevin
Garside
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Michy
Batshuayi
fires his and
Chelsea’s first
goal REUTERS
a fine performance at left wing-back:
elastic running, good feet in the final
third and the sort of sly late tackles
which have always been an underrated part of his game. It allowed Conte
to give Hazard a rest, and bring on
Ross Barkley for another inconsequential cameo. Batshuayi squandered a couple of good chances for a
hat-trick towards the end.
For Chelsea it was a restorative,
healing sort of game after the tur-
moil of recent days. Conte has at least
kept the show on the road for another
week, and for now that will have to do.
Batshuayi would not be drawn on
a possible move away in January,
insisting that he is working hard to
impress at Stamford Bridge. “When
I have a chance I take the chance
and I work every day to be here,”
he said. “It’s not for me to decide,
it’s the boss... it’s best that you ask
Conte!”THE INDEPENDENT
CYCLING
ATHLETICS
Kenny helps team to
gold in Nationals
Jason Kenny declared himself
right where he wants to be after
taking gold in the team sprint at the
National Track Championships.
Six-time Olympic champion Kenny
teamed up with Jack Carlin, Phil
Hindes and Ryan Owens to deliver
gold with a time of 43.593sec at the
velodrome in Manchester. Team
KGF suffered a disappointing end
to the weekend after their team
pursuit defence ended with a
mechanical to Chris Tanfield’s bike.
he most important thing
is the present not the
future, said Antonio
Conte. Though the
discussion was about
the prospects of striker Michy
Batshuayi, who cracked open a
stubborn Newcastle with two firsthalf goals, it was a clear sublimation
of his own position.
Such is the anecdotal certainty
among Stamford Bridge insiders
that we are witnessing Conte’s
last days as Chelsea manager,
there was little appetite to probe
the speculation filling the Sunday
morning papers, which had Luis
Enrique practicing his English in a
Barcelona language school.
All that is left for Conte, it
seems, is to ponder how to spend
his £9million severance deal for
the premature termination of
his three-year deal. It might be
considered a success should Conte
make it through to May, given
the treatment of Jose Mourinho,
who was sacked for a second time
by Chelsea in December 2015
seven months after winning the
Premier League. Before that Carlo
Ancelotti was gone a year after
leading the club to the double.
Conte was weakened by his bizarre
alienation of Diego Costa, a player
who as much as any other drove
the team to the title in 2015
and 2017. His lamentations
now about the lack of
strikers at the club
serve only to harden
sentiment against
him.
The transfer
window closes
on Wednesday.
Conte (right)
has all-but
given up on
adding the
Muir breaks Scottish 800m record
Middle-distance runner Laura Muir
warmed up for March’s World
Indoor Championships by
breaking the Scottish
record for the indoor
800 metres, running
1min 59.69sec at
the FPSG Senior
Championships in
Glasgow. Muir, who
also holds the British
outdoor record for 1500m,
beat the previous indoor mark,
set by Lyndsey Sharp in 2016, by
0.61sec. In breaking the barrier she
became the first athlete in history
to run indoors 800m under
2min, below 8min 30sec for
3,000m and under 15 mins
for 5,000m.
I just kept pushing hard
and I couldn’t believe the
time,” Muir (left) said. “It’s
all good race preparation.
When you run 1500m, you
need endurance and speed and
I’m really happy with where I am at
this point in the year.”
personnel he feels he needs to
go deep in the FA Cup and the
Champions League. “We don’t have
three, four, five strikers. We have
two. My task is to exploit every
single player in the best way.
“The club make the decision – do
they want to continue with this
squad or bring in players? To play
Champions League and FA Cup
three strikers is the minimum. We
are talking about another player
[Edin Dzeko] but I don’t know if we
are able to take him.”
Why the delay, Conte was asked.
The question produced his biggest
smile since celebrating last year’s
championship success, wholly
ironic of course. “The market is not
simple. I think the club is trying.”
In his puffa jacket and snood,
hands stuffed in pockets despite
an unusually mild late January
afternoon, Conte was even out of
step with the weather. Or perhaps
he was dressed to counter the
boardroom chill.
Conte passed the match between
states of high anxiety and quiet
resignation, at once immersed in
the immediacy of his profession,
waving and barking from his
technical area, and then stilled
as if the realisation of his political
position shunts him back into a
siding to ruminate in isolation.
In the periods of ragged
engagement he appeared
to be channeling his inner
John Travolta from
Saturday Night Fever.
One arm raised, the other
on his hip as he screamed
instructions to players
who could not hear him.
Their zoned out indifference
rendered his touchline dance
meaningless.
We don’t have three,
four, five strikers.
We have two. The club
make the decision – do
they want to continue
with this squad?
RALLYING
Ogier wins big
in Monte Carlo
Sebastien Ogier began the defence
of the World Rally Championship
title with victory in the seasonopening Monte Carlo rally. The
34-year-old Frenchman dominated
most of the race weekened and came
through some tough conditions to
take victory for the fifth successive
time in Monte Carlo. Ogier’s
M-Sport Ford came home almost a
minute clear of second-placed Ott
Tanak, the Estonian impressing in
his Toyota debut.
Chelsea
Caballero
Rüdiger Christiansen Cahill
Drinkwater Kanté
Zappacosta
Alonso
Hazard
Pedro
Batshuayi
Ritchie
Gayle
Shelvey
Saivet
Haidara
Clark
Hayden
Manquillo
Lascelles Mbemba
Darlow
Newcastle United
Subs: Chelsea Barkley (Hazard, 73); Ampadu (Kante,
78); Hudson-Odoi (Pedro, 81) Newcastle Joselu
(Gayle, 64); Murphy (Manquillo, 77); Atsu (Hayden,
83). Booked: Newcastle Mbemba.
Man of the Match Michy Batshuayi. Rating 6/10.
Possession: Chelsea 61% Newcastle 39%.
Attempts on target: Chelsea 8 Newcastle 6.
Referee Kevin Friend (Bristol).
Attendance 41,049.
And since commands necessarily
fade on the wind the result is always
frustration and disappointment, a
condition in Conte’s case captures
the present futility of his position,
a coach without a voice or an
audience in west London. When
Batshuayi’s goals went in there was
a muted, almost practiced, armsfolded response that expressed the
ever widening fracture between
Conte and the club’s hierarchy.
The third goal, a vicious, looping
gravity-buster scored by Marcos
Alonso, was some strike but
merited only a gentle clap, and a pat
on the back for Ross Barkley, who
was introduced immediately. Conte
was there yet elsewhere, resigned
to the inevitability of his fate.
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