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S H O R T L I S T E D
–
N E W S PA P E R
O F
T H E
Britain’s
World Cup
threat
to Russia
WEDNESDAY
7 MARCH 2018
Number 2,272
★★★★★
‘Unmissable’
Unseen
Picasso
New show
at Tate Modern
P34
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Y E A R
Katy Balls
The Tories’
latest relaunch
for young
voters misses
the point
P15
Europe will
be made to pay
Hammond’s
warning over
bad Brexit
» MI6 now leading inquiry
P9
into poisoning of Russian
spy Sergei Skripal as it is
confirmed his daughter
Yulia is the female victim
» Scientists from Porton
Down are still trying to
identify toxic agent that
was used in Salisbury
» Dignitaries including
Prince William unlikely to
travel to Russia to support
England team this
summer if any state
involvement is proven
Man down
Crisis in male
fertility baffles
scientists
P4
P5-7
Kim Jong-un
pitches offer
to give up
nuclear
weapons
P21
Trans model
became the
perfect target
Charlie
Brinkhurst-Cuff
Eureka!
Inspiring
science
for kids
P26
When a
woman’s
place is
in the
kitchen
P33
Make it for Mother’s Day
Gifts on a tight budget P27
PLUS LEGO - ‘WE MADE TOO MANY BRICKS’
P10
I OLDEST MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
P25
The
News
Matrix
SOCIETY
These
plants have
been developed
to grow with
less what?
See p.13
The day at
a glance
WEDNESDAY
7
MARCH
Quote of the day
Too many pieces of
music finish too long
after the end
IGOR STRAVINSKY
ADVERTISING
Wales has highest
levels of poverty
Nearly a quarter of people in Wales
are living in poverty – the highest
rate in the UK, a report has claimed.
Despite an overall gradual decline in
the number over the past 20 years,
the report, by the Joseph Rowntree
Foundation, says 30 per cent of
children in Wales are affected.
POLICE
COURTS
Family deaths lead
to murder inquiry
Suspended sentence Tower told it was
for Grenfell survivor telling a tall story
Scary Spice ‘joking’
about royal wedding
PEOPLE
The bodies of two young boys and
their father were discovered at the
foot of cliffs near Eastbourne, East
Sussex, an hour before their mother
was found dead at her home in
Twickenham, south-west London.
Police said a murder investigation
was launched after the woman was
found with stab wounds on Monday.
A Grenfell Tower fire survivor has
been given a 12-week suspended
prison sentence after the remains of
a cannabis factory were discovered
in the building after the blaze. Longterm cannabis user, Eamon Zada, 35,
was arrested after officers made the
discovery. Zada was ordered to do
200 hours of community work.
Singer Mel C has scotched
comments by bandmate Mel B that
the Spice Girls have invitations to
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s
wedding. Speaking as she joined the
Prince of Wales at a Prince’s Trust
award ceremony Melanie Chisholm
said she thought Scary Spice had
been “joking”.
The British Airways i360 attraction
in Brighton can no longer claim
it is the world’s tallest moving
observation tower after the
Advertising Standards Authority
ruled the description “misleading”.
It upheld a complaint that there
were other towers with moving
platforms that were taller.
NORTHERN IRELAND
PARLIAMENT
UNITED STATES
MEXICO
Swann rejects idea
of merger with DUP
MPs request prison
visit to ailing Morsi
Trump U-turn on
elephant ‘trophies’
Butterfly numbers
fall for a second year
Ulster Unionist Party leader Robin
Swann has rebuffed a suggestion
that his party could merge with the
DUP. Mr Swann said unionism in
Northern Ireland could not be seen
as a homogenous group. He was
responding to Labour MP Kate Hoey
at a meeting of the Northern Ireland
Affairs Committee.
A cross-bench group of MPs has
asked Egyptian authorities to allow
them to visit former president
Mohamed Morsi in prison,
over concerns that his health is
deteriorating. The group, headed
by Conservative Crispin Blunt,
made the request to the Egyptian
ambassador in London.
The Trump administration has
decided to allow the importation
of body parts of African elephants
shot for sport, despite presidential
tweets decrying the practice as
a “horror show”. US officials say
encouraging big-game hunters to kill
the threatened species would raise
money for conservation.
The number of monarch butterflies
wintering in Mexican forests has
declined for a second consecutive
year, a government official said.
Mexico’s commissioner for
protected areas said the monarchs
gathered in trees covering about
6.12 acres this winter – down 14.7 per
cent from the previous winter.
Birthdays
Bryan Cranston, actor,
62; Robert Harris,
novelist, 61; Rachel Weisz
(below), actress, 48; Piers
Paul Read, novelist, 77;
Sir Ranulph Fiennes,
adventurer, 74; Matthew
Vaughn, film director, 47
SOCIETY
The List
Mums tackle the
toughest questions
Changing lives
of the war babies
Survival to age 70
Born 1920
Anniversaries
Sunday March 7 1965
State troopers and police
in the southern US state
of Alabama break up a
banned rally of 500 black
and white civil rights
protesters in Selma,
injuring at least 50 as they
assault demonstrators
with whips and sticks.
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A group of mothers rated
the answers given by digital
“assistants” to tricky questions
asked by their children. Amazon’s
Alexa came last in a three-way
battle, with Apple’s Siri taking
the second spot behind Google
Assistant. These are 10 of the
most pressing questions mothers
reported being asked:
1 Are we nearly there yet?
2 Will you read me a story?
3 Why do I have to go to bed?
4 How come they’re allowed
that and I’m not?
5 What’s the time?
6 Why do I have to go to school?
7 Why can’t I stay up as late as you?
8 Can I play on the phone/tablet?
9 Why do I need to eat
my vegetables?
10 Where do babies come from?
78%
Marital status
Born 1946
Married
Divorced
Percentage of
babies born
that survived
to age 70
Widowed
Single
Men aged 70 to 79
1991
73%
2016
74% 12%
17%
Women aged 70 to 79
1991
40%
49%
30%
55%
2016
0
50%
100%
Financial situation
58%
Born 1920
Born 1946
Living comfortably
Life expectancy at 70
29%
48%
Average years of life remaining
Born 1920
15.3
Born 1946
17.3
14.3
Doing all right
Family size
23%
34%
Number of children to women aged 70
0
1
2
21%
21%
3
4 or more
Just about getting by
38%
16%
11.0
1990
SURVEY: MOONPIG
27%
16% 15%
Finding it quite difficult
7.4%
1.9%
index
Crossword.............22
TV & Radio...........28
Food............................33
Business..................38
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
People born just after the Second World War live longer and are better off
than those born following the First World War. Compared with their WWI
counterparts, who turned 70 in 1990, men can live a further 15.3 years (up
4.3 years) and woman 17.3 years (up three years). And since 1991, 19 per cent
more people say they “live comfortably”.
2016 9% 14%
Men
44%
21%
12%
Finding it very difficult
Women
3.4%
0.4%
SOURCE: ONS
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NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
i WEDNESDAY
7 MARCH 2018
3
ThePage3Profile
POLAND
NICOLA ADAMS,
BOXER AND ROLE MODEL
Anti-Semitic purge
remembered
Cahal Milmo
Poland’s parliament has approved
a resolution to mark mass anticommunist protests that occurred
50 years ago and to condemn an
anti-Semitic purge that ensued.
Both the right-wing ruling party and
the opposition backed the resolution
about the 1968 protests, when 13,000
Jews were forced to leave Poland.
Appeasement fails
UNITED STATES
Ship sunk in 1942
found off Australia
The wreckage of the aircraft carrier
USS Lexington, which was sunk
by the Japanese in the Coral Sea
in 1942, has been discovered by an
expedition funded by Microsoft
co-founder Paul Allen. It was found
on the seabed, two miles below the
surface, more than 500 miles off
Australia’s east coast.
GERMANY
Marx statue reaches
his birthplace
How’s life in plastic?
Why, fantastic, of course. A Barbie doll in the
likeness of Nicola Adams has been produced as
a tribute to the boxing champion. Barbie maker
Mattel created the doll as part of its “Shero”
programme, recognising women who inspire girls
with their achievements.
That’s got to be up there with winning an
Olympic gold medal?
It’s certainly a rare privilege. Mattel said it was
“proud to honour” women’s boxing legend Adams
ahead of International Women’s Day, which takes
place tomorrow.
Where can I get my hands on one?
The “boxer Barbie” is a one-off creation, for now.
Mattel said it was not planning to manufacture
the doll for general sale, but that the aim was to
“inspire conversation” around role models.
What does Adams make of the doll?
The reigning Olympic, world,
Commonwealth Games and European
Games champion said: “I am so excited
and honoured to be Barbie’s first UK
“Shero” and the first boxer Barbie.” She
continued: “Having my own Nicola Adams
Barbie doll is so amazing and my hope
is that everything I do helps more
people realise they can do anything they
put their mind to.”
Who else has Mattel immortalised in plastic?
Other women having dolls made in their
likeness include the US snowboarder Chloe
Kim, the Australian conservationist Bindi
Irwin, the French chef Hélène Darroze and
the Chinese actress and philanthropist
Guan Xiaotong.
Katie Grant
£12.
a month fo
No de
no inte
A 14ft statue of Karl Marx has
arrived in his birthplace of Trier,
in western Germany. The bronze,
donated by China, is to be unveiled in
May to mark the 200th anniversary
of Marx’s birthday. The philosopher
and economist was born in Trier in
1818 and spent the first 17 years of his
life in the city.
PEOPLE
Drunk man seeks
cash for Uber error
A New Jersey man who got drunk
in West Virginia and mistakenly
ordered a $1,635 (£1.177) Uber trip
to his home state says he’s seeking
help to pay the bill. Kenny Bachman
believed the car would return him
to where he was staying near West
Virginia University. He awoke two
hours into the 300-mile journey.
Letter from the
Chief Reporter
i@inews.co.uk
Twelve years after parts of central
London were cordoned off to
allow police hunting the killers
of Alexander Litvinenko to trace
the polonium-210 used to poison
him, detectives are once more on
the streets seeking a potentially
exotic toxin apparently used to
imperil the life of a Russian spy.
When the Government’s Cobra
emergency committee meets
today to discuss developments in
the case of former double agent
Sergei Skripal and his daughter
Yulia, the Home Secretary, Amber
Rudd, and other ministers will be
acutely sensitive to any evidence
that Moscow’s fingerprints may
be at this latest crime scene.
While detectives will keep an
open mind while trying to confirm
whether or not the toxin used in
Salisbury was self-administered
– or if the family were targeted for
a reason other than Mr Skripal’s
former occupation – many in
government believe it highly
likely that this was a Russian,
state-sponsored attack.
Moscow’s involvement could
sharpen criticism of UK policy
towards Russia in the recent
past. Alex Goldfarb, a friend of Mr
Litvinenko, said yesterday that
the British establishment had
effectively pursued a policy of
“appeasement” towards Moscow
and is now reaping the whirlwind.
London’s pusillanimity towards
Russian President Vladimir Putin
and his supporters was highlighted
by businessman Bill Browder’s
evidence to MPs yesterday.
Theresa May will be anxious to
avoid similar accusations.
If the Kremlin’s involvement
is proven, how the UK responds
will be a tricky matter. Diplomatic
sources say that sanctions are
proving a dull foil to Russian
machinations. The prospect of
Prince William boycotting the
football World Cup will certainly
not leave Mr Putin quaking.
4
NEWS
HEALTH
SNP
Male infertility
on rise as science
struggles to find
new answers
Sturgeon
tells sexting
MSP to quit
Holyrood
By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
Health experts are warning of a crisis
in male fertility that they fear is making it harder for couples to conceive
– a problem they say is compounded
by a lack of scientific understanding.
The average sperm count has
dived by 52 per cent in the past four
decades and men are leaving it later
and later before trying to have a child.
Yet scientists don’t know why
the sperm count is falling or even
whether the decline is reducing fertility, although logic suggests that it
is, leading academics said yesterday.
And while there is now evidence
to show that men become less fertile
with age, scientists know very little
about when and how this happens.
Sperm from skin cells
It is probably only a matter of time
before scientists are able to create
human sperm from the skin of an
individual – but that is a development
that must be treated with some
caution, a leading expert said.
“Look down the road and we have
to assume that it’s just a matter of
time... But wonderful though that
might sound, I think it opens up a
big can of worms,” said Professor
Richard Sharpe of the University
of Edinburgh.
“We’re increasingly concerned
about what information a sperm
is taking with it into the offspring
because we know there are genetic
changes that can be carried by the
sperm that can influence the health of
the offspring,” he added.
The density of normal
sperm ranges from
between 15 to 200 million per
millilitre. Anything less than
that is regarded as low and can
make it much more difficult to
conceive naturally.
Our understanding of the key male
fertility questions has moved on
very little from the 1990s, according
to Professor Richard Sharpe, of the
University of Edinburgh.
“We still don’t know what causes
most cases of male infertility, which
means we don’t have the tools to correct them,” he said.
“And the flip side of that coin is
that we can’t induce infertility for
contraceptive purposes. We haven’t
developed a new effective male
contraceptive since the condom,”
he added.
Scientists also know very little
about sperm production, the fundamental driver of male fertility.
“We know it’s absolutely dependent on high levels of testosterone. But
we should know how that works and
we still don’t,” said Professor Sharpe.
It’s estimated that around one in 6
couples, or about 3.5 million people in
the UK, are affected by infertility.
In more than half of cases the problem lies with the male partner. For
example, if he has a low sperm count
or his sperm are poor swimmers.
“Despite how common male fertility problems are, incredibly there’s
nothing that we can prescribe, nor
add to his sperm to cure it,” said
Dr Sarah Martins Da Silva, of the
University of Dundee.
Wayne Rooney and his ‘lookalike’ son Kai ANDREW YATES/AFP/GETTY
FAMILY
Babies who resemble their father
‘get more care and attention’
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
Infants who resemble their father
at birth are likely to spend more
time with them because their
fathers are more certain that they
are theirs, according to a study.
The extra parental contact, in
turn, means they are more likely
to be healthy when they reach
their first birthday, suggests the
research published in the Journal
of Health Economics.
“Fathers are important in
raising a child, and it manifests
itself in the health of the child,”
said Solomon Polachek, of
Binghamton University in New
York State.
“Those fathers that perceive the
baby’s resemblance to them are
more certain the baby is theirs,
and thus spend more time with
the baby,” he added.
He found that a father was more
likely to spend time an average of
2.5 more days per month with their
lookalike babies than those who
didn’t resemble their offspring.
The study also involved research
from Southern Illinois University.
Nicola Sturgeon has called for one
of her former ministers to leave
the Scottish Parliament after an
investigation found he deliberately exploited his position to harass
women over an extended period.
The First Minister said it would
be “appropriate” for her former
childcare minister Mark McDonald (inset) to quit as an MSP, hours
after he resigned as a member of
the SNP.
Her intervention came after
the party revealed the key findings of a two-anda-half-month
investigation
which examined
multiple allegations about his
conduct.
The SNP
said it had concluded that Mr
McDonald’s behaviour was “persistent”,
had taken place “over an extended period” and was “deliberate”
in nature.
I t s a i d i t h a d i nv o l v e d
“inappropriate and unwanted”
text and social media messages
a n d “ u nw a n t e d a t t e n t i o n
causing distress” and accused
Mr McDonald of exploiting
his position.
It added that a further allegation
of inappropriate physical contact
during a social event could not be
proven, with investigators unable
to reach a “definitive conclusion”.
The Aberdeen Donside MSP
offered an “unreserved apology”
to the women affected by his conduct, but insisted he would return
to Holyrood next week to sit as
an independent.
NEWS
THE SKRIPAL AFFAIR
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
i WEDNESDAY
7 MARCH 2018
5
CRIME
PROFILE
Prince William may be forced to
boycott World Cup in Russia
Daughter
recently came
from Moscow
By Richard Vaughan
By Cahal Milmo
CHIEF REPORTER
Prince William will be forced to boycott the World Cup if Russia is behind the poisoning of two people in
Salisbury, Boris Johnson threatened
in the Commons yesterday.
The Foreign Secretary insisted the
UK would respond “robustly” should
evidence emerge of any involvement from Moscow in the collapse
of former intelligence officer Sergei
Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.
Responding to an urgent question
in the House of Commons, Mr Johnson said there were “suspicions”
that Russia may be involved and
that if proven Britain would “take
whatever measures we deem necessary to protect the lives of the people in this country, our values and
our freedoms”.
Part of any possible response from
the UK would be, he warned, to prevent any VIPs from attending the
football World Cup, which starts in
Russia on 14 June. He originally appeared to say the England football
team could be barred from playing
but his aides later sought to make
clear he had only meant “officials
and dignitaries – those in the sphere
of soft power”.
He told MPs: “Thinking ahead to
the World Cup this July, this summer, I think it would be very difficult
to imagine that UK representation
at that event could go ahead in the
normal way and we would certainly
have to consider that.”
As President of the FA he said a
travel ban would mean Prince William having to stay away from any of
England’s games.
Mr Johnson said he wanted to
address speculation about the
“disturbing” incident, which has
left Mr Skripal and his daughter
in critical condition in hospital in
Salisbury, Wiltshire.
Noting that the case has “echoes” of the death of Alexander
Litvinenko, a Russian dissident who
was fatally poisoned in London in
2006, he told MPs: “While it would
be wrong to prejudge the investigation, I can reassure the House that
should evidence emerge that implies
The second person found
unconscious in Salisbury
alongside the former Russian
spy Sergei Skripal was his
33-year-old daughter Yulia. She
was discovered on a bench next to
her father on Sunday and is in a
critical condition in hospital.
She lives in Russia but was
visiting the UK, the BBC reported,
adding that relatives had not
heard from her for two days.
For much of the last decade,
Yulia Skripal has switched
between Britain and her native
Russia as she led a life inevitably
transformed by her father spying
for Britain.
According to her social media
pages, she currently works for US
Pepsico in Moscow. Previously she
worked for Nike in Moscow, and a
private school there.
She studied geography at
Moscow State Humanities
University, according to
social media.
After her father’s release
from a prison term in Russia
under a spy-swap deal in 2010,
Ms Skripal followed him and her
mother, Lyudmila, to Britain.
She was registered as living at
the same address as her parents
on Christie Miller Road in
Salisbury – a small estate of 1970s
semi-detached houses with neat
lawns and views of city’s soaring
cathedral spire.
Right: Yulia Skripal; above: an image
believed to be of Sergei and Yulia
Skripal on CCTV; below: Skripal being
detained on an earlier occasion
state responsibility, then Her Majesty’s Government will respond appropriately and robustly.”
Mr Johnson said it was clear that
Russia is now “in many respects a
malign and disruptive force and the
UK is in the lead across the world in
trying to counteract that activity”.
“No attempt to take innocent life
on UK soil will go either unsanctioned or unpunished,” he warned.
And he added that the UK was taking the lead across the world when it
came to attempting to counteract a
“host of malign activity” by Moscow.
REACTION
Russian media
accuses UK of
‘hyping’ news
By Oliver Carroll
The state media reaction in Russia
to the double poisoning was a hefty
dose of angry accusation.
Izvestia, a paper with strong links
with the country’s military and security services, led with a story
about Syria, while state news television covered the British story in detail – but the approach was to try to
debunk it. The British press were, it
said, actively “hyping” up the news.
A similar line was taken by Andrei
Lugovoi, the man British authorities
accuse of poisoning Mr Litvinenko
in London.
“The English suffer from phobias,” he told the Interfax news
agency. “If something happens with
Russians, they always look for a
Russia connection. There has been
no official statement yet, but you
shouldn’t rule out this being the latest attempt by [British] media to
create a scandal about Russian security services.”
Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov
said “certain” countries were prepared to use any pretext to increase
pressure on Russia. “We’ve even
seen freezing weather blamed on
the Kremlin,” he told journalists.
THE INDEPENDENT
INVESTIGATION
Scientists race to identify which poison was used
By Cahal Milmo and Florence Snead
The investigation into the suspected
poisoning of a former Russian spy
was dramatically escalated yesterday as counter-terrorism officers
stepped in to lead inquiries.
Former MI6 agent Sergei Skripal,
66, last night remained critically
ill as it was confirmed the woman
found collapsed beside him on a park
bench in Salisbury on Sunday is his
33-year-old daughter, Yulia, who was
visiting him from Moscow.
Both father and daughter were
fighting for their lives in intensive
care as doctors, including scientists
from the military research laboratory at Porton Down, raced to identify the toxic agent that caused the
pair to suddenly become “catatonic”
following a meal out. Experts at
Porton Down were instrumental in
identifying the radioactive isotope
– polonium-210 – used to poison and
murder Russian intelligence officer
Alexander Litvinenko in 2006.
A restaurant and pub in Salisbury remain sealed off as it emerged
emergency workers who tended the
Skripals also received treatment
after complaining of sore eyes and
breathing difficulties. A police officer remains in hospital.
The mounting gravity of
the suspected poisoning was emphasised by
Scotland Yard’s announcement that its
counter-terrorism
unit would lead the
investigation. Senior
officers stressed it was
not being treated as a
terrorist attack.
Assistant Commissioner
Mark Rowley (inset), said police
continued to have an open mind
about the incident, adding there
was no risk to the wider public.
T h e Ru s s i a n e m b a s s y
d e n i e d a ny Ru s s i a n
involvement,describing
suspicions against
Moscow as part of a
new phase of an “antiRussian campaign”.
It also emerged the
family had expressed
concern at the death of
the former agent’s son,
Alexander, 43, in Russia last
year. He died last year in St Petersburg in what was initially report-
ed as a car crash. The BBC reported
that family members then became
suspicious when it emerged that he
had suddenly fallen ill and died of
liver problems.
Unconfirmed reports last night
suggest Mr Skripal went to police in
Britain expressing fears for his safety. He has lost his brother, wife and
son within the past five years.
Experts warned it could be several
days before the substance to which
the Skripals were exposed is identified by scientists at Porton Down
or hospital laboratories in London
and Birmingham.
6
NEWS
THE SKRIPAL AFFAIR
CRIME
Former Russian spy and daughter
‘were poisoned at Sunday lunch’
By Cahal Milmo
CHIEF REPORTER
Holding hands and walking
nonchalantly after a weekend
meal out, there was nothing to
foretell the calamity that had quite
probably already befallen Sergei and
Yulia Skripal.
A CCTV camera recorded father
and daughter strolling – in apparent
full health – through a shopping
arcade in Salisbury at 3.47pm on
Sunday afternoon.
But within 16 minutes they would
be found collapsed and “catatonic”
on a park bench, a poison reducing
them from normality to slumped
forms mistaken by passers-by for
drug addicts.
In the previous few hours,
the 66-year-old former Russian
intelligence officer, who had spied
for Britain, and his daughter, 33, had
spent a carefree afternoon, visiting
a branch of the Italian restaurant
Zizzi and probably calling in at a pub
in the centre of the cathedral city.
The CCTV footage, from a camera
outside a gym showed Yulia, on a
visit from Russia after previously
living in Britain for several years,
smiling as she accompanied her
father and carrying a large red tote
bag over her shoulder. At 4.03pm,
Freya Church, a manager at the
gym, left work and saw the Skripals
on a bench in an adjoining park 100
metres away. The blonde-haired
Yulia was now unconscious and her
father, dressed in a black coat and
trousers, was fighting for his life.
Ms Church said: “They didn’t
seem with it. To be honest I thought
they were just drugged out as they
were in a weird state. They were
out of it. There are lots of homeless
people here, so I just thought they
were homeless.
“Now that I know what I know I’m
absolutely shocked, I just thought
it was a couple of people sat there
taking drugs.”
Last night, just what the Skripals
ingested, and where, remained the
subject of an investigation backed by
Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism
unit, Britain’s intelligence services
and scientists at Porton Down, the
top-secret weapons laboratory close
to Salisbury.
Such was the toxin’s potency that
two police officers – who responded
to a 999 call and investigated the
Skripals in the park – needed
hospital treatment for sore eyes and
Witness Freya Church (left) saw Sergei and Yulia Skripal collapsed in a park;
the Russians were taken to Salisbury District Hospital (right) REUTERS; PA
PEOPLE
Russian ‘traitor’ who wanted a quiet retirement
By Cahal Milmo
When GRU colonel Sergei Skripal,
regarded by MI6 as one of its most
effective agents of the past 30 years,
came to England he did not hide.
Whether he was offered a new
identity by British intelligence and
refused it, or simply decided that
it would offer him little protection,
is unknown but Mr Skripal did not
attempt to conceal himself. The
Russian “traitor” is on the electoral
roll and held a housewarming party
when he moved into his £260,000
detached home in Salisbury, bought
without a mortgage in 2011.
It seems that Mr Skripal chose to
fade into a background of ubiquity.
James Puttock, a neighbour, said
yesterday: “He was always walking
past but he did sometimes drive
his BMW 3 Series. He never really
looked smart. He looked very casual.”
If Mr Skripal had dreamed of a
peaceable retirement, it was not
granted to him. In 2012, he lost his
wife, Lyudmila, 59, to cancer and last
year his son died at the age of 43 in a
car crash in St Petersburg.
breathing difficulties, as did other
emergency staff. One of the officers
remained in hospital yesterday.
One former counter-terrorism
officer said: “Were this is a deliberate
act by a state actor like Russia, what
you have to remember is that it is
about sending a signal that goes way
beyond the targets.
“It is a particularly vicious and
appalling piece of theatre – its
authors want others to know they
are prepared to go very far indeed.
They are saying, ‘We never forget
and when we find you the world
will know’.”
If the events that put Mr Skripal
and his daughter in mortal danger
amount to a state-sponsored
assassination attempt, it reaches
back into the aftermath of the
Cold War, when Mr Skripal, then
a colonel in the GRU – the foreign
intelligence arm of the Russian
military – was posted abroad.
Russian prosecutors who tried
him on treason and espionage
charges in 2006 say the intelligence
officer was recruited by MI6,
Britain’s overseas espionage agency,
in 1995 while on a foreign posting.
In return for a monthly stipend
– paid into a Spanish bank account –
for each piece of information given,
Mr Skripal furnished the Secret
Intelligence Service with the names
of dozens of Russian spies working in
Europe. Prosecutors freely admitted
that the double-agent had inflicted
“substantial damage” on Russia’s
foreign spying operations. After
pleading guilty, he was sentenced to
13 years in a Siberian prison.
In the summer of 2010, Mr Skripal
received a pardon from Russia’s then
president, Dmitry Medvedev, and a
Cold War-style spy-swap at Vienna
airport. He was one of four UK and
US agents exchanged for the return
of 10 Russian agents.
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The spy deal that
swapped Skripal
for Chapman
Punish Putin via
UK oligarchs, says
critic of Moscow
By Jane Clinton
Anna Chapman is
now a model and
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Anna Chapman made headlines
around the world when she was
revealed as the key figure in what
the US dubbed “The Illegals
Program” [sic].
She was among a group of
Russian sleeper agents who were
embedded into American society
to spy on the FBI.
At the end of June 2010, the
FBI’s investigation into the spy
ring culminated in the arrest of
10 agents in the US, including
Chapman, who had gained British
citizenship through marriage.
They were accused of espionage
on behalf of the Russian
Federation’s external intelligence
agency, the SVR.
Chapman, 36, was among
the 10 Russian agents who
were subsequently involved in
a prisoner swap between the
US and Russia. At the time,
Washington announced it as their
biggest spy swap with Russia
since the Cold War.
The Russian agents were flown
to Vienna hours after admitting
in a US court to being agents for a
foreign country.
At the same time a Russian jet
carrying four prisoners freed
by Russia, including Sergei
Skripal, arrived in Vienna. The
two aircraft were positioned
side-by-side on the runway and
the aircraft stairs were covered
so none of the agents being
transferred could be seen. The
airport swap meant that no-one
had officially entered Austria.
Once transferred, the American
plane flew on Britain where
several people were seen leaving
the plane. The Russian aircraft
flew on to Moscow.
The Government later revoked
Chapman’s British citizenship.
She is now a television personality
and model in Russia.
By Richard Vaughan
A businessman who is one of
Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics
c l a i m e d ye s t e r d ay t h a t t h e
Government’s “inadequate” response
to the assassination of Alexander
Litvinenko in 2006 opened the door
to further Russian-backed murders
on UK soil.
Bill Browder (inset), a USborn financier who has
campaigned to expose
high-level corruption in
Russia, told MPs that
the apparent poisoning
of Sergei Skripal and his
daughter, Yulia, should
in the first instance be
treated as a Kremlinbacked assassination attempt.
Giving evidence to the
Commons Digital, Culture, Media
and Sport Committee – which
is investigating fake news – Mr
Browder also claimed that Moscow
officials wanted to see him dead.
He warned that Russia had become
emboldened by the lack of any UK
repercussions following the death of
Mr Litvinenko, who was found to have
been poisoned by polonium in 2006.
“ T h e co n s e q u e n ce s o f t h e
Litvinenko inquiry were laughably
inadequate and basically have
given the Russian government and
Vladimir Putin a green light to do
more hits on UK,” he added.
Mr Browder called on the UK to
take a government-wide approach to
tackle increasing Russian aggression,
and called for a much tougher
crackdown on Russian oligarchs.
“If it is determined that he [Mr
Skripal] was poisoned and there is
a reasonable amount of evidence
to show that it came from Russia,
then the Achilles heel of the Putin
regime is to go after Putin-connected
oligarchs in the UK by seizing their
assets,” he added.
The committee heard that there
is approximately $800bn-worth
(£576bn) of state-backed assets,
predominantly real estate, outside
Russia that could be targeted, of
which $300bn is in the US.
Speaking of his personal
experiences, Mr Browder
said the Russian state had
branded him a spy and a
tax cheat and accused
him of stealing £4.5bn
from the IMF. “I have
been threatened on a
number of occasions
with death,” he told MPs.
“What the Russians
would like to do more than
anything is arrest me and get me
back to Russia and then kill me in the
control of their own system.”
Red alert
Bill Browder has literally written the
book on Russian corruption, having
published Red Notice: How I Became
Putin’s No. 1 Enemy in 2015.
The US-born British financier was
instrumental in having the US pass
the Magnitsky Act to punish Russian
human rights violations.
It was named after his colleague
Sergei Magnitsky who was tortured
to death by the Russians in 2009.
In 2013, Russian courts tried and
charged Mr Browder for tax fraud in
absentia along with Mr Magnitsky
in the first case of the trial of a dead
man in the country’s history.
He told MPs that Dmitry Medvedev,
the prime minister of Russia, had
once said it was a shame “he was still
alive and running around”.
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ASYLUM
RUSSIA
MPs demand tougher stance on Russia
Widow calls for
increased safety
Murder suspect
accuses Britain
By Jane Clinton
By David Connett
The widow of Alexander
Litvinenko has called for political
asylum seekers to be “completely
safe” in Britain after the former
Russian double agent Sergei
Skripal and his daughter were
left critically ill.
Marina Litvinenko said the
safety and security of such people
had to be taken more seriously.
Her husband died in London in
2006 after drinking tea laced with
radioactive polonium-210.
She told the BBC:“We need to
be sure people receiving political
asylum here are completely safe.
Britain needs to be more serious,
particularly now, after what has
happened to Sergei.”
Andrei Lugovoi, a suspect in the
murder of Alexander Litvinenko,
said yesterday that the apparent
poisoning of Sergei Skripal and
his daughter were part of a British
campaign to demonise Moscow.
Mr Lugovoi, a Russian MP, told
reporters in Moscow: “I don’t rule
out that this is another provocation
by British intelligence agencies.
“Whatever happens in Britain’s
territory, they start yelling: ‘He was
killed, he was hung, he was poisoned!’
and that Russia is to blame for
everything,” he said.
Mr Lugovoi, who denies any
involvement in the Litvinenko
murder, is a former Russian
intelligence officer.
By Richard Vaughan
MPs called on ministers to take
tougher action against Russia as
they warned that the Kremlin was
waging a “soft war” against Britain.
Tom Tugendhat, a senior Tory
who chairs the Foreign Affairs Select
Committee, called on Boris Johnson
to lead a “whole of Government”
response to Russian aggression and
recent political interference.
Mr Tugendhat, the MP for
Tonbridge and Malling, told the
Commons: “We are seeing a pattern
of what the KGB would refer to as
‘demoralise, destabilise, bring to
crisis and normalise’.”
He warned that Russia was
“conducting a form of soft war
against the West”, adding that its
use of “so-called fake news – more
often known as propaganda and
information warfare – is part of
that”. Mr Tugendhat (inset) had
secured an urgent question in
the Commons after suspicions
emerged that Sergei Skripal and
his daughter may have been
victims of a Russian-backed
assassination attempt.
Speaking to i ahead of
the debate, Mr Tugendhat
said the UK had “yet to
wake up” to the growing
threat posed by Russia.
“For a long time I have felt
the Government needs to be
strong in its response to Russia.
So far it hasn’t been enough, this
isn’t a question of sanctions, counter
espionage or removing diplomats
from various embassies.”
There is a growing call for the
UK authorities to crackdown on
Russian-owned assets, including
real estate and to start refusing
Russian oligarchs visas to enter
the UK.
Mr Tugendhat was backed by
Labour backbencher Madeleine
Moon, who said it was “time
to have an open and
honest dialogue” with
the British people about
Russia’s tactics to use
“instability, uncertainty
and violence across the
continent as part of its
hybrid warfare, which is
not peace but not war”.
A n o t h e r To r y M P, P h i l i p
Hollobone said it was clear “Russia
has now reached the point where it
has little or no respect for Britain’s
foreign, defence and security policy”.
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May to confront Saudi prince on
nation’s human rights record
Transgender
model quits
as Labour’s
LGBT adviser
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Theresa May has promised to raise
Saudi Arabia’s human rights record
when Britain rolls out the red carpet
for the kingdom’s crown prince today.
Mohammed bin Salman (inset
right) is paying a three-day visit to
London during which trade deals
reportedly worth more than £70bn
could be clinched. He will also hold
talks on security and defence with
Mrs May and senior ministers.
His arrival in London is expected
to be marked by protests against his
country’s involvement in the civil
war in Yemen, which is entering its
third year. The United Nations has
said that the conflict has created the
world’s worst humanitarian crisis,
with thousands killed and Yemen
facing disease and famine.
Mrs May’s spokesman insisted that
she would not dodge questions about
Saudi Arabia’s human rights record
– both at home and abroad – during
Prince Salman’s visit. “You can expect
them to discuss Yemen and the Prime
Minister to raise our deep concerns
at the humanitarian situation,”
he added. “She will also reiterate
how seriously we take allegations
of violations against international
humanitarian law and emphasise the
On the agenda UK-Saudi talks
Trade links
The countries believe there is
potential to clinch trade deals worth
more than £70bn in sectors such as
technology and education. Saudi
Arabia has said it wants to step
up investment in the UK to help
diversify its economy away from oil.
Its state energy company, Aramco,
is considering London for
an overseas listing. It is also
among Britain’s biggest
customers for arms sales.
Security
Britain views the Saudis
as a valuable ally in a
volatile region, and
wants to boost
co-operation.
need to ensure these are investigated
swiftly and thoroughly.
“She will make clear that we
urgently need to see progress on the
political track, which is ultimately
the only way to end the conflict and
humanitarian suffering in Yemen.”
The crown prince will be guest of
honour at a lunch today hosted by the
Queen and later at a dinner that will
Human rights
Saudi Arabia has long had a grim
record for suppression of protest,
with political opponents locked
up and high levels of torture and
executions. Despite some reform,
women’s rights lag behind most of
the world.
Yemen
Saudi Arabia has unleashed
its military firepower against
Iran-supported Houthi rebels.
The fighting has led to a
humanitarian disaster, with
relief agencies warning
they cannot reach
areas where people
face disease
and starvation.
be hosted jointly by the Prince of
Wales and the Duke of Cambridge.
The 32-year-old royal will hold
talks with Mrs May and ministers
at No 10 and at Chequers, the
Prime Minister’s country retreat
in Buckinghamshire. He will also
discuss security in the Middle
East with the Defence Secretary,
Gavin Williamson, as well as
Prince Salman is also his
country’s first deputy
prime minister and defence
minister. In 2015, he broke
protocol at a meeting between
his father, King Salman, and
US President Barack Obama to
deliver a monologue criticising
American foreign policy.
intelligence experts. The visit will
establish a new UK-Saudi Strategic
Partnership Council, which will
meet annually to discuss boosting
trade between the two countries.
The potential listing of the Saudi
energy company Aramco on the
London stock exchange next year is
also likely to feature in talks.
Prince Salman is the driving
force behind reforms such as
allowing women to watch sports
events, to drive, the opening of
cinemas, and moves to reduce the
kingdom’s dependence on oil.
The country’s foreign minister,
Adel al-Jubeir, said the planned
p r o t e s t s we r e b a s e d o n a
misunderstanding of the war in
Yemen. He insisted the conflict was
“just” and demonstrations should
focus on the role of the Houthi
rebels supported by Iran.
DEFENCE
Corbyn calls for
ban on weapon
sales to kingdom
By Nigel Morris
Jeremy Corbyn has called
on the Government to
abandon all weapons sales to
Saudi Arabia while the war in
Yemen continues. The Labour
leader said yesterday: “Theresa
May should use this visit to
announce the UK will no longer
supply arms to Saudi Arabia
while the devastating Saudi-led
bombing of Yemen continues
and make clear Britain’s strong
opposition to widespread
human and civil rights abuses
in Saudi Arabia.”
Kate Allen, the UK director
of Amnesty International, also
said that Britain should suspend
arms exports to the country.
She added: “This visit is
an opportunity for the UK to
finally show some backbone over
human rights when it comes to
Saudi Arabia.
“Time and time again,
UK ministers have turned a
blind eye to Saudi Arabia’s
atrocious human rights
record – barely mentioning
the country’s crackdown on
peaceful opposition figures,
or the alarming prevalence
of torture, unfair trials and
grisly executions.”
Andrew Smith, a spokesman for
the UK-based Campaign Against
Arms Trade, said: “Despite the
spin surrounding the crown
prince, he is a figurehead for one
of the world’s most authoritarian
dictatorships. The regime has
carried out atrocities against
Saudi people for decades.”
SOCIETY
Wolf-whistling ‘should be made hate crime’
By Richard Vaughan
Wolf-whistling and cat-calling at
women in the street should be made
a hate crime, a Labour MP believes.
Melanie Onn called yesterday for
a pilot scheme by Nottinghamshire
police, which treats misogynistic
acts as crimes, to be rolled out
across the UK.
“Making misog yny a hate
crime will act as a point of early
intervention for the police, reducing
severe violent or sexual crimes
against women and would also make
clear that misogynistic behaviour
will not be tolerated,” she said.
The Labour MP for Grimsby will
lead a debate later today calling for
such public acts of sexist abuse,
Melanie Onn said she hoped her
proposal would give more women
the confidence to report sexist abuse
including taking photographs up
women’s skirts, to be classed as
hate crimes.
Ms Onn said that by taking the
issue into Parliament she hoped
that it would give more women the
confidence to report cases.
“Laws are instrumental in
changing attitudes, setting the bar
for expectations of treatment and
behaviour,” she added. “Our laws
are not stagnant. Our laws must
reflect the reality of today’s society.
“As the nature of harassment
and sex discrimination changes, so
must the laws which govern it. If
street harassment and continued
sex discrimination has no place in
our society, let us have laws which
fully and properly reflect that.”
In a YouGov survey of women
aged between 18 and 24, carried out
in 2016, 85 per cent said they found
themselves on the receiving end of
unwanted attention in public.
Ms Onn said the prevalence of
sexist abuse was the reason for
her calling on the Government to
“extend the current five strands of
hate crime to include misogyny”.
“This will mean that incidents of
street harassment can be formally
logged and women can have greater
confidence that their concerns will
be taken seriously,” she said.
A pilot in Nottinghamshire led
to police recording 79 misogynistic
acts, 31 categorised as hate crimes,
in eight months in 2016. Scotland
has outlawed such practices.
By Nigel Morris
A transgender model has resigned
as an adviser to the Labour
Party following criticism of her
social media posts including the
description of suffragettes as
“white supremacists”.
Munroe Bergdorf stood down as
an LGBT adviser to Dawn Butler,
the party’s women and equalities
secretary, after just nine days in the
post. She said: “This is a decision
that I’ve had to make due to endless
attacks on my character by the
conservative right-wing press and
relentless online abuse.
“I refuse to be painted as a villain
or used as a pawn in efforts by
the press, especially those at the
Daily Mail, to discredit the Labour
Party and push their transphobic
rightist agendas.”
Ms Bergdorf was dropped by the
French cosmetics brand L’Oréal
over her comments suggesting that
“all white people” were racist. She
also described gay male Tories as a
“special kind of dickhead”.
Senior Conservatives called for
her to be dismissed from her post,
and the row was fuelled by the
disclosure of further tweets from
2012 in which she called a Twitter
follower a “hairy barren lesbian”
and said she wanted to “gay bash”
a television star.
She sought last week to clarify her
past comments, but said yesterday
that she had decided to stand down
“with great sadness” and called Ms
Butler “nothing but supportive”.
She added: “I will not allow
myself to be centred in this
negative narrative but more
importantly I don’t want to stand
in the way of the board serving as
a catalyst for change within the
LGBT communities.
She added: “I refuse to be a
distraction from the upcoming
discussions concerning the Gender
Recognition Act.”
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Trans candidates can join
female poll shortlists
Labour has confirmed that party
candidates who self-define
themselves as transgender can
join its all-women shortlists for
Westminster elections. The ruling
National Executive Committee said
the move allowed people to selfidentify without medical proof that
they had changed gender.
The policy has been in place for
years but sources said Labour felt
the need to confirm it following
confusion on the issue. It has proved
contentious, with some activists
arguing that identifying as a woman
is not the same as being born female.
The recognition of transgender
rights is set to be endorsed by the
full NEC later this month.
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No deal on markets
will be damaging to
all, says Hammond
By Nigel Morris
Philip Hammond will today warn
European Union leaders that
failure to strike a post-Brexit deal
over financial services could lead
to more expensive loans across
the Continent.
He will argue that it is in the
“mutual interest” of Britain and
the EU to reach agreement on the
issue because their economies are
so “deeply interconnected”.
The Chancellor will say: “Our
businesses and citizens depend
on cross-border financial services
trade in their day-to-day lives, when
they buy a car, or take out a fixedrate loan.”
Speaking in London, he will
hit back at claims that financial
services such as banking, insurance
and accountancy can never be part
of a free trade agreement.
His appeal comes as French
economy minister Bruno Le Maire
became the latest senior EU figure
to reject the idea financial services
could be part of a final Brexit deal,
saying the best the UK could hope
for was an “equivalence regime”.
Mr Hammond’s address follows
Theresa May’s Mansion House
Munroe Bergdorf
said she was forced to
resign after attacks
by the tabloid press
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speech last Friday, in which she
accepted so-called “passporting”
rights for banks could not continue
after Brexit as Britain was leaving
the single market.
She instead argued for an
agreement that allows Britain
and the EU to access each other’s
financial markets based on a
commitment to maintaining the
same “regulatory outcomes”.
The Chancellor will point out
that the EU had previously sought
“ambitious financial services cooperation” in trade negotiations
with Canada and the United States.
Mr Hammond will say: “Our
markets are already deeply
interconnected and we have
demonstrated how we can work
together over the past decade as
we have repaired and defended the
financial stability of our continent.”
He will argue cross-border
financial services have become
woven into the fabric of daily life.
“A trade deal between the UK and
the EU must start from the reality
of today – that our economies are
interconnected; our regulatory
frameworks are identical; and our
businesses and citizens depend on
cross-border financial services.”
Guy Verhofstadt and David Davis are trying to hammer out a deal by 23 March
EUROPE
Davis ‘can’t remember all divergences’
By Rob Merrick
David Davis says Britain and the EU
still disagree on so many aspects of
the planned Brexit transition deal
that he cannot remember them all.
There are “about 11 areas of
difference” with a EU summit
intended to seal the deal just
over two weeks away, the Brexit
Secretary told MPs.
“I can’t list them all from
memory, but I could send you a list
if you want,” he told the Commons
European Scrutiny Committee.
It came as Guy Verhofstadt,
the European Parliament’s Brexit
spokesman, said he hoped that the
issue of citizens’ rights during the
transition could be concluded in the
coming weeks.
Mr Davis said the Irish border
was the “biggest and most obvious
issue”, but also pointed to the UK’s
demand to be able to challenge new
EUlawsandtherightsofEUcitizens
as other hurdles. Nevertheless, he
insisted: “The prospects of getting
to an outcome by 23 March are good
– the expectation is there.”
The deadline is crucial because
UK businesses have warned they
will start to implement contingency
plans to move some of their
operations abroad if it is missed.
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Lego profits fall
like tons of (far
too many) bricks
Price of new
housing ‘like
social cleansing’
By Benjamin Butterworth
Toymaker Lego said it made “too
many bricks”, resulting in a “challenging year” in which it posted its
first fall in sales since 2004 and its
profits plummeted.
The Danish company said the collapse in profits was partly due to the
company producing too many of its
colourful bricks, which it was forced
to sell off cheaply to make room in
its warehouses.
A Lego spokeswoman told the BBC
they had too much stock in shops and
stores, which made it hard to get new
products in front of consumers.
The company, founded
in 1949, is controlled by
the wealthy Kirk Kristiansen
family, descendants of founder
Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter
who made the first Lego toy – a
wooden duck.
“There wasn’t enough room to get
2017 toys into the stores, and the toy
trade is driven by newness,” she said.
The group admitted it had put in a
disappointing performance as it reported pre-tax profits of 10.2 bn Danish krone (£1.2bn) against Dkr12.4bn
the previous year.
The launch of The Lego Ninjago
Movie and strong demand for Lego
Star Wars products failed to halt a
sales slide, with revenues down 8 per
cent to Dkr35bn. Operating profits
fell 17 per cent to Dkr10.4bn. It employs 900 staff in the UK and sells 75
billion bricks and 700 million tyres in
more than 140 countries each year.
Niels Christiansen, Lego’s chief executive, said 2017 “was a challenging
year. However, we ended the year in
a better position”. He stressed there
was “no quick fix”.
Last year he announced 1,400 job
losses and a plan to overhaul the
group in a bid to boost flagging sales.
He said these “difficult actions” were
now complete.
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
Lego announced 1,400 job losses last year as a result of falling sales REUTERS
Manchester and other cities are allowing developers to plan huge developments with little or no affordable
housing, it is claimed.
None out of more than 14,600
homes in big developments granted
planning permission in Manchester in the past two years will be “affordable”, research by The Guardian
suggests. Just 97 homes out of more
than 6,900 approved in Sheffield in
2016 and 2017 met the governmental
definition of affordability, according
to the research.
Property adviser JLL warned last
year that Manchester city centre
has moved out of the price range of
young professionals. Liberal Democrat councillor John Leech said: “I
describe it as a kind of social cleansing because people who have grown
up in some areas of Manchester can’t
afford to live there.”
A report to the Manchester City
Council last week said the city’s affordable housing programme will
ensure more than 2,200 homes are
provided by March 2021 through a
£250m programme.
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COURTS
Accidents at
trampoline parks
on the increase
Ruling to end
life support
for toddler
upheld
By Katie Grant
Ambulances were called out to nearly
1,200 incidents at trampoline parks in
England last year. Trampoline parks
have become increasingly popular
since the first UK commercial venue
opened in 2014. i recently revealed
that ambulances were called to 68
trampoline parks from across the UK
on 760 occasions in 2016, compared
to 489 incidents in 2015.
It has now emerged that the
number of callouts rose to 1,181 in
England alone in 2017, the equivalent
of more than three per day.
The latest figures, obtained by the
BBC via Freedom of Information requests, show that the North West had
293 callouts to trampoline parks last
year, the highest number recorded by
any ambulance trust in that time.
And an audit at a major children’s
hospital found patients were more
likely to have suffered a broken
How i reported the story in January
bone if they experienced an injury
at a trampoline park than if they had
sustained one using such apparatus
at home.
Nearly 200 patients were treated
at Sheffield Children’s Hospital for
trampoline-related injuries in six
months, around 70 of whom had been
hurt at parks, figures showed.
Analysis found 44 per cent of patients at trampoline parks had suffered fractures, compared with 36
per cent from home trampolines.
Dr Catherine Rimmer, paediatric
emergency medicine consultant at
the hospital, expressed concerns over
the rise in the number of trampoline
parks that are “neither regulated nor
abide by basic safety precautions”.
She told the BBC: “I think the bigger parks are far better, but I know
anyone can open a trampoline park
in any kind of big open space and
they’re the ones parents need to be
particularly careful of.”
A voluntary safety standard was
launched in 2017 by members of the
International Association of Trampoline Parks UK, British Standards
and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
Since August, trampoline parks
have had to demonstrate compliance
to this voluntary safety standard in
order to join the body.
RoSPA told i it would continue to monitor injury rates at
trampoline parks.
By Brian Farmer and Sian Harrison
Rachelle Ann Go and Jamael Westman in ‘Hamilton’ MATTHEW MURPHY
THEATRE
‘Hamilton’ makes Oliviers history
By Laura Harding
The West End version of hip-hop
musical Hamilton has become the
most nominated production in
Oliver Awards history with 13 nods,
while stars including Bryan Cranston, Andrew Garfield and Imelda
Staunton were also recognised.
Hamilton, about the life of US
Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, picked up two nominations in
the best actor in a musical category
for Jamael Westman, in the title role,
and Giles Terera as Aaron Burr.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
and Hairspray set the previous
record with 11 nominations.
Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman
picked up eight nominations, including nods for Paddy Considine and
director Sam Mendes.
Catherine Tate will host the
awards on 8 April.
The parents of a seriously ill toddler
have lost their appeal against a High
Court decision to end his life support
but are considering taking their fight
to the UK’s highest court.
A High Court judge, Mr Justice Anthony Hayden, had ruled that doctors
can stop treating Alfie Evans, against
the wishes of his parents Kate James
(inset) and Tom Evans. Yesterday,
three Appeal Court judges upheld
that decision but lawyers
for the couple said
they might ask the
Supreme Court to
consider the case.
Ju d ge s h av e
heard that Alfie,
who was born on
9 May 2016, is in
a “semi-vegetative
state” and has a degenerative neurological
condition doctors had not
definitively diagnosed. Specialists at
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool said life-support treatment
could stop and the judge had said
he accepted evidence which showed
that further treatment was futile.
Lawyers for his parents argued
that “the State” had wrongly interfered with “parental choice”. They
want to take the child to a hospital in
Europe. However, the Appeal Court
judges said the parents were “unable
to accept what movements in Alfie
they see are not positive responses”.
COURTS
Lorry driver convicted over M1 collision that killed eight
By Aine Fox
A lorry driver has been found guilty
of causing death by dangerous
driving after a motorway crash that
killed eight people and seriously
injured four.
Minibus driver Cyriac Joseph died
along with seven of his passengers
when a lorry ploughed into him on
the M1 after he was forced to come
to a halt behind another lorry which
sat stationary in the slow lane.
Polish national Ryszard Masierak
stopped his vehicle on the motorway
for 12 minutes, despite miles of hard
shoulder being available to him.
Mr Joseph had been waiting with
his hazard lights on for the chance to
go around Masierak’s lorry, but was
hit by another lorry.
The minibus was taking Indian
passengers from Nottingham to London to catch a coach to Disneyland
Paris, and was forced into and under
Masierak’s vehicle by the crash.
Masierak claimed he had attempted to pull over on to the hard shoul-
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He denied he was drunk but a
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have been in the region of twice the
legal limit” at the time of the collision, Reading Crown Court heard.
The 31-year-old, of Evesham,
Worcestershire, gave no reaction as
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POLICE
Prisoners are
ordering drugs
‘Deliveroo-style’
‘Social media
firms key in
terrorism fight’
By Hayden Smith
Prisoners can get drugs flown
straight to their cell windows by
drones in a “Deliveroo-style” ordering scheme, the Justice Secretary
has revealed.
David Gauke also highlighted how
some inmates deliberately breach
their licence conditions after being
released so they are returned to
custody so they can smuggle in
illicit substances.
He said criminal gangs are exploiting the “captive market” behind bars
to reap lucrative returns from the
sale of drugs.
In particular the emergence of new
psychoactive substances such as
Spice have created a “perfect storm”.
Mr Gauke set out how new technologies have empowered gangs to
be more “sophisticated and brazen”
in their smuggling methods.
He said: “Spice, and other drugs,
ordered with a ‘Deliveroo-style’ responsiveness on tiny mobile phones
from prison cells and delivered by
drones direct to cell windows.”
Mr Gauke highlighted other methods including: “the paint used in
supposed children’s drawings laced
with liquid psychoactive drugs, or
the pages of fake legal letters from a
prisoner’s solicitor soaked in drugs.”
Giving his first major speech since
his appointment in January, Mr
Gauke said many attacks on prison
staff have been linked to Spice.
Under a drive to stem the flow of
contraband, technology is being installed at 30 jails which will allow officers to quickly download data from
mobile phones seized from prisoners.
This will mean staff can access
information on a device on the same
day that it is seized rather than having to send it away to be processed
– which can take months.
Mr Gauke said: “If a phone has details about an expected drone drop
later that day, officers will be able to
know where, how and when and can
act on that intelligence.”
By David Hughes
Thaw? What thaw?
Jonas Ershov clears the snow
outside his house in Nenthead,
Cumbria, after being snowed in
since last Wednesday. Despite
the cold snap, the UK enjoyed its
second sunniest February on
record, provisional figures show,
with 95.6 hours of sunshine. PA
Social media firms are failing to share
information about potential extremists with police, the outgoing counterterrorism chief has claimed.
Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Mark Rowley said internet
giants had been “slow to roll their
sleeves up” to deal with the problem.
Mr Rowley, who is retiring later
this month, said he wanted social
media firms to work with police in
the way banks had been made to cooperate on tracing dirty money.
Extremists have used social media
sites such as Facebook, Twitter and
YouTube for propaganda purposes.
Mr Rowley said: “We are working very hard with social media
and other companies across the
world who were, frankly, slow to
roll their sleeves up and take some
responsibility.
“We have seen some big progress
on that in the last year or two but
there is still a long way to go.
“We get great support on individual investigations, but when social
media companies come across suspicious behaviour they don’t report it to
us, they clean it off their sites.”
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Scientists modify crop to grow with less water
By Tom Bawden
ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT
A major agricultural breakthrough
is on the cards after scientists genetically modified a crop to grow with
less water.
By injecting extra copies of a key
gene into a group of tobacco plants,
researchers were able to cut their
water usage by 25 per cent.
This is the first time a plant has
been genetically modified to grow
with less water and has raised hopes
that the process can be applied to a
wide variety of food crops, such as
rice and soya beans.
This would go some way to solving
the problem of how to feed the growing world population while preserving dwindling water reserves – since
agriculture uses around 90 per cent
of global freshwater supplies.
“This is a major breakthrough.
This manipulation should be effective across all crops,” said one
of the researchers, Professor
Stephen Long of the University of
Illinois, Urbania, and the University
of Lancaster.
Crop yields have steadily improved over the past 60 years but
the amount of water required
to produce one ton of grain
remains unchanged.
In plant growth, the
stomata open to allow
carbon dioxide to enter
and fuel photosynthesis,
using sunlight – a process that releases water
into the air.
In their experiments, the
researchers increased levels of
a protein known as PsbS, which
determines how much light is used
in photosynthesis.
By increasing PsbS levels the plant’s stomata is
tricked into thinking
there is not enough light
for photosynthesis and
so it doesn’t open up to
let the carbon dioxide in
– or the water out.
This research follows
a study by the same team
which genetically modified a
tobacco plant to photosynthesise
more efficiently.
The research is published in the
journal Nature Communications.
The research team additionally included scientists working at the Institute of Plant Genetics in Poland
and the University of California
at Berkeley.
Now that the team has
managed to modify a
tobacco plant they will turn their
attention to maize, soya beans
and rice.
CONSUMER
ENTERTAINMENT
‘Rather brave’
Dyson stakes its
future on cordless
‘False prices’
on ticketing
sites banned
by watchdog
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Dyson has announced it is ceasing
development of full-size vacuum
cleaners as the company moves
on from the iconic bulky machines
which plug into the wall and shifts
towards battery power.
Speaking in New York, founder
Sir James Dyson said the business
saw the future as cordless and will
eventually dispense with the large
machines which made it a household name. “Today, we’re launching
a vacuum cleaner of a new genre,
which will replace the rather shady
characters in the background,” Sir
James said, gesturing at a picture of
the company’s older models.
“We’re going on making them, but
we’re not putting in any more development costs into making machines
that have a cord, because we believe
this is the future. It’s rather brave
step for us, but we think we’re doing
the right thing.”
Sir James cited the new Dyson
Cyclone V10 cordless vacuum as the
reason why Dyson had stopped developing corded vacuums.
The new battery-powered vacuum
is slimmer, lighter and sports 20 per
cent greater suction power than its
predecessor, the Dyson V8, he said.
It can also be used as a handheld
cleaner, and is priced at £399.
The machine is able to sense the
temperature, altitude and barometric pressure of its environment to
adjust its performance, sports a 40
per cent larger bin.
Its new digital motor V10 is Dyson’s fastest to date, requiring its
engineers to develop fully automated manufacturing processes to
create it. It spins at 2,000 times per
second, and is activated with a trigger rather than a conventional on/
off switch for a faster starting time,
which also helps to conserve battery
power. By taking your finger off the
trigger as you move the machine
around, it boosts the vacuum’s battery life from around 40 minutes to
60 minutes’ use on a single charge,
Sir James added.
The Malmsbury-based company,
which Sir James founded in 1987, is
the third largest company in the global vacuum market. Just over half
(54 per cent) of homes in the UK own
at least one Dyson machine, according to sales data.
Sir James Dyson’s son, Jake, with its new cordless vacuum cleaner AFP/GETTY
Tech pioneer Bagless revolution
Dyson is widely regarded as one of
the UK’s greatest tech success stories
of recent decades, and its attention
to detail and design often leads to
comparisons to Apple.
Frustrated by the machines on
sale, Sir James Dyson produced 5,127
prototype bagless vacuum cleaners
between 1979 and 1984 before
formally founding Dyson in 1987.
Its first upright vacuum cleaner,
the DC01, went on sale in 1993, and
featured a transparent plastic bin
through which the owner could see
the dust and debris it had sucked up.
Within 18 months, it was the best-
selling vacuum cleaner in the UK,
and its transparent bin and cyclonic
technology has been much-copied.
Now, Dyson is the third-best
selling vacuum company globally,
and has set its sights on expansion in
Asia, which accounted for 73 per cent
of its profits in 2017.
The “big four” secondary ticketing
agencies have been banned from
putting “misleading information”
about prices on their websites after
a crackdown by a watchdog.
StubHub UK, which is owned by
eBay, and the Ticketmaster-owned
Seatwave, Viagogo and Get Me In!
were found guilty by the Advertising
Standards Authority (ASA) of
making misleading claims.
The ASA responded to concerns
raised by MPs and the campaign
group Fanfair Alliance about “ripoff” secondary ticketing providers
exploiting fans.
The authority accused the ticket
companies of not making clear the
total ticket price at the beginning
of the customer journey, failing to
include the booking fee (inclusive of
VAT) upfront and not making clear
the delivery fee.
Guy Parker, the ASA’s chief
executive, said: “The message from
our rulings is simple and it’s clear:
the price you see at the start should
be the price you pay at the end.”
The ASA has also banned Viagogo
from using the claim “official site”
because it misleadingly implied it
was an official primary ticket outlet.
It can also no longer claim a “100
per cent guarantee” on tickets
after Ed Sheeran made it clear that
Viagogo ticket holders could not be
sure of entry to his shows.
SCIENCE
Alzheimer’s research pioneers share €1m Brain Prize
By Jane Clinton
A British dementia researcher is
among four scientists to share a ¤1m
(£892,000) prize for their “crucial”
work on Alzheimer’s disease.
Professor John Hardy, of University College London (UCL), is joined
by Professor Bart De Strooper, director of the UK Dementia Research
Institute at UCL; Professor Michel
Goedert, of the Medical Research
Council Laboratory of Molecular
Biology in Cambridge; and Professor Christian Haass, of the LudwigMaximilians-University of Munich
in winning the Brain Prize from the
Lundbeck Foundation in Denmark.
It is the most prestigious neuroscience award in the world.
The scientists have helped to map
out the genetics and biological processes underpinning the devastating
effects of Alzheimer’s – the most
common form of dementia. In the
1980s, Professor Hardy’s team used
blood tests to find a genetic mutation
in a stretch of DNA linked to the production of amyloid protein. One theory is that if a drug could be found to
block amyloid protein production, it
could slow down or halt the disease.
John Hardy and Michel Goedert were
part of the four-strong research team
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COMMENT FROM HOME AND ABROAD
BRITAIN AND
RUSSIA
DOPING IN
CYCLING
HOUSING
CRISIS
TRUMP’S
TRADE WAR
ITALIAN
ELECTIONS
PINK IPA
BEERS
Our paranoia
adds to
Putin’s power
Drugs can
corrupt
a sport
Building
houses isn’t
that hard
Ordinary
people will
suffer most
Berlusconi
laid the tracks
for this
Pink is
patronising,
even as a joke
The Spectator
The Guardian
TheDaily Telegraph
Daily Mirror
The Times
New Statesman
Western paranoia only
adds mystique to Putin
as a brilliant strategist
pulling the world’s
strings. If you want
to be paranoid about
a rising power from
another civilisation,
China is definitely your
better bet. And yet the
Russians appear to feel
quite free to murder
people on British soil
and we seem to allow
them to do so.
(Ed West)
Once past a
certain threshold,
performanceenhancing drugs
corrupt the whole
sport, as happened
with professional
cycling in the 90s,
when no one who
did not cheat stood a
chance of winning
(Editorial)
Almost 40 per cent of
residential planning
permissions granted
across the UK now
lapse. Until big
developers are fined
for undue delays, and
some land is reserved
specifically for small
firms, nothing will
change. Mrs May is
finally talking tough.
Now she needs
to deliver.
(Liam Halligan)
While Trump is
gung-ho about a trade
conflict, history and
experts fear it will be
ordinary people who
will suffer most. Prices
would rise on all sides,
hitting consumers
hard in the pocket.
This means they could
buy less, trade suffers
and a global economic
depression is the
ultimate outcome.
(Graham Hiscott)
If there is one clear
message from the
Italian election, it is the
howl of anger against
a political system seen
to have failed. Now
a party founded by
a comedian vies for
power with a coalition
including neofascists
led by a convicted
fraudster. (Ian Birrell)
While the brand does
intend to give women
a 20 per cent discount,
the offering is rendered
piecemeal when the
company can’t even
bother to get its tone
right. Stick whichever
jokey label you want
on it, but sexism still
exists in branding and
workforces across
the country.
(Jasmine Andersson)
MoneyWeek
EveningStandard
There’s little reason to
expect house prices to
rise further. Whichever
government runs
the country for the
next 10 years or so,
it is now clear that
increasing housing
supply is a major
policy goal.
(John Stepek)
Trade wars harm
everyone involved –
the consumers of the
countries that issue
them; the countries
they are directed at;
and the world as a
whole, which benefits
from the greater
liberalisation of trade.
(Evening Standard)
BBC News
Although Boris
Johnson was careful to
stress this was still an
ongoing investigation,
it’s clear he, and others
in government, believe
it’s highly likely this
was a Russian statesponsored attack.
(Norman Smith)
The Independent
What is so damning
is that the report
indicates more than
isolated incidents
of rule-bending
or individual
opportunism. It paints
a picture of a plan
hatched by the team
and executed not only
by Bradley Wiggins
but a small group
of riders.
(Lawrence Ostlere)
Marina
Litvinenko
The wife of Russian
dissident Alexander
Litvinenko
compares his case
with Sergei Skripal
By blaming Europe
for nearly everything
that went wrong,
Berlusconi and Renzi
paved the way for
Salvini and the Five
Star Movement by
instilling into the
minds of Italians the
anti-EU reflex on
which the League
and the Five Star
Movement capitalised.
(Mario Monti)
Gizmodo
It’s OK, one of Elon
Musk’s experiments
hasn’t caused a rip in
time and dumped us
all back to 1995 – it’s
being done ironically
to highlight gender pay
gaps. Ah, you see now.
It’s not or something
that might’ve been
given away free with
FHM. (Gary Gutlack)
LifeInBrief
Quote of
the day
It’s still all the
same. If there
is an order to
kill somebody,
it will happen
Washington Post
LEWIS GILBERT DIRECTOR
The scene should have been simple
enough: Michael Caine stands alone
on Waterloo Bridge; a stray dog
approaches him, they look at each other,
he smiles; he calls to it and together
they walk away.
But, on this rainy night in 1965, the
film crew spent hours shooting it – the
final scene in Alfie. Up on a crane .wet,
cold and miserable, was Lewis Gilbert,
the director. At six in the morning, he
finally got the shot he needed.
Lewis Gilbert was born in Hackney,
east London, in 1920, to dancers Ada
Gilbert, née Griver, who was of Jewish
Russian descent, and George Gilbert,
who was of Irish Catholic extraction.
Gilbert grew up touring with his
family, and attending school only
intermittently. His stage debut came at
the age of four, when he pedalled onto
the stage on a tiny bike where a trick
cyclist had just exited, making it look as
if the cyclist and his bike had shrunk.
But his father died soon after of
tuberculosis.. To make ends meet, Ada
started working as a film extra. Gilbert
followed suit, and soon he was the
family’s primary breadwinner.
Gilbert spent countless hours with
crew members, from whom he learned
“how you can make film dance along
and tell a story”, as he later wrote in his
autobiography, All My Flashbacks.
To do just that, Gilbert gave up acting
to became an assistant director. He
worked alongside Laurence Olivier,
Vivien Leigh, and Alfred Hitchcock.
At the outbreak of the Second World
War, he volunteered for the RAF,
but suffering from poor eyesight, he
became an assistant to Colonel William
Keighley, who was shooting war
propaganda for the US army.
Gilbert found success directing war
films in the 1950s and early 1960s, but
it was Alfie that would make his name.
To play the lead role, a modern-day Don
Giovanni who seduces then discards
women, he cast a young Michael Caine.
When he told Paramount, the studio
replied, “Michael who?”
But the project was cheap enough
that a potential flop mattered little to
funders, and Gilbert was given free
reign to direct as he saw fit.
Soon after Alfie was released, the
producer Albert Broccoli rang to ask
Gilbert whether he would direct the
next instalment in the James Bond
series. “You have the world’s biggest
audience and it’s waiting to see what
kind of a hash you make of it,” Broccoli
half-jokingly told a hesitant Gilbert.
Gilbert went on to direct three
Bond films: You Only Live Twice,
starring Sean Connery, and, with
Roger Moore, The Spy Who Loved Me
and Moonraker. The films became
some of the most extravagant in the
series. In the 1980s, Gilbert directed
Educating Rita, which introduced Julie
Walters to a wide audience.
By insisting on casting Caine and
Walters in his films, Gilbert did much
to introduce working-class voices,
carrying working-class stories, into
the mainstream. That may be his most
significant contribution to post-war
British cinema. THE INDEPENDENT
Born 6 March 1920
Died 23 February 2018
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Where is the young blue blood?
Conservatives need to find the right message
A
t this year’s
Conservative
party conference
in Birmingham,
expect to see a select
few wandering
the premises with a special pass.
Alongside the various lanyards
for MPs, press, members and
supporters will be one for some very
special guests.
This new category is designed to
alert Cabinet ministers to the fact
that they are walking past someone
important, someone that the party
wants them to stop and thank for
their support.
But this isn’t a cash for access
scandal in the making. Rather, it’s
a proposal designed to deal with a
far bigger problem for the Tories
than fundraising or campaigning.
At the last election, Labour could
get hundreds out onto the doorsteps
without breaking sweat. They
were able to take the fight deep
into Tory territory, with some
spectacular results. In Canterbury,
they overturned a 9,000-plus
Tory majority.
The Tories hope that they can
use these conference passes to
reward young campaigners.
Local associations will be asked to
nominate two or three people for
this access-all-areas treatment. It is
all part of a broader effort to revive
the party’s campaign machine.
One of the many missteps
Theresa May made last year was
catching her own party’s campaign
machine off guard with her decision
to call a general election. The party
was unsure how to campaign on
the ground as a controversy over
election spending limits and a
bullying scandal in the party’s youth
campaigning wing meant that the
successful 2015 model of bussing
young activists into marginal seats
with the lure of curry and latenight political positioning was off
the agenda.
As a result of the disastrous snap
election, the party now has 48 seats
with wafer-thin majorities of under
3,000. Were Labour to take this
number of seats, Jeremy Corbyn
would have 307 – more than David
Cameron had when he formed a
coalition government in 2010.
Making things worse for
the Tories is Momentum, the
grassroots Labour campaign group.
While the Conservative’s manpower
has dwindled, Labour’s has
multiplied. In London ahead of the
local elections, activists are open
about the fact they cannot match
Labour’s numbers or size.
Twitter bears witness to this
mismatch every weekend. The
average Tory photo consists of
half a dozen people in anoraks. By
contrast, in the Labour pictures
there are so many people that they
are struggling to fit them all in.
A poll this week ahead of the
local election found that 50 per
cent of Londoners have heard of
Momentum. Given that only 33 per
cent of Brits have heard of Jeremy
Hunt, it’s an impressive feat.
The Tories, though, are trying
to get back in the game. Brandon
Lewis – the new party chairman –
will announce plans for a new youth
organisation later this month at the
party’s spring conference. In a bid
to avoid a repeat of past scandals,
it won’t be hierarchical: there will
The average
Tory photo
consists of half
a dozen people
in anoraks
be no elections for positions. Part
of the motivation for this group is
to stop the emergence of unofficial
Tory groups.
These have ranged from the
cringeworthy Activate, with its
WhatsApp chat about gassing
chavs, to events where the police
have had to be called following
physical altercations. The hope is
that an official group will make it
easier for the party to distance itself
from these shenanigans. Along with
the return of campaign managers
and a more involved CCHQ, this
should sharpen up the operation. In
that vein, activists already report
a more positive energy since Lewis
took over.
But no campaigning organisation,
no matter how good, can create
electoral success without a
message. Just as the Tories find
with social media, even the best
machinery can’t work if there is
nothing to put in the tank. At an
event this week, Nicky Morgan
complained that her party’s bad
result was in part down to the fact
that no one had anything positive
that they wanted to share online.
The same can be said for motivating
would-be Tory supporters to get out
and campaign.
It’s still not clear what the party’s
message is. What are they about
beyond delivering Brexit? Theresa
May says she want to dedicate her
premiership to fixing the housing
crisis. Yet, as her speech on Monday
showed, she is still not prepared
to accept that this is inevitably
going to have to involve building on
some green belt land. They say that
they want to be the party of school
standards, but keep oddly quiet
about the free schools that they
have introduced that are setting a
new standard for state education.
The one education issue May wants
to talk about is her climbdown on
her party’s tuition fees policy.
Philip Hammond will deliver the
spring statement next week. He’ll
bring with him good news about
the economy: it is growing faster
than expected. But it isn’t clear yet
what the Tories want to do with the
proceeds of this growth – do they
want to balance the budget ahead of
schedule or use it to spend more on
public services such as the NHS?
Until the Tories have a clear
vision, activists – just like young
voters – will remain in short supply.
Katy Balls is the political correspondent at the ‘Spectator’ magazine
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Good to see Wiltshire
Police were keeping an
open mind about the
disturbing condition of
Sergei Skripal and his
daughter in Salisbury.
How different to the
haste with which, in the
same city, they seemed
happy to give credence
to the false allegations
concerning the late
Prime Minister, Sir
Edward Heath.
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A robust
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The hole in
the doughnut
Ian Birrell’s article
showed remarkable
prescience given the
dreadful events in
Salisbury (i, 5 March).
Furthermore, our
Foreign Secretary made
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proven then the “robust
response” promised by
Boris Johnson is truly
appropriate and not just
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I have read many books
and articles, similar to
the one on “doughnut
economics” (i, 6 March)
on how growth is
unsustainable, and the
need to adopt a fairer
and sustainable zerogrowth model.
Unfortunately, while
many of the rich and
influential still measure
their own worth in terms
of how much “power”
they wield and how
much “stuff” they can
accumulate, this model
will never be a viable
option. A zero-growth
world demands that the
wealthy become less
Raise standards
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I find it astonishing
that MPs have lectured
Bradley Wiggins
on ethical issues:
shades of black pots
vs kettles! When will
we see an Office for
wealthy. Can anyone see
this happening?
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Sam Cunningham is
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players are not getting
enough game time
before the World Cup (i,
6 March). Can I suggest
he looks at this through
the other end of his
telescope? For as long as
Your headline “May
promises to eliminate
‘shame’ of rough
sleeping within a decade”
(i, 6 March) left me
wondering whether the
Government will simply
lessen the shame by
making homelessness
more widespread and
therefore socially
acceptable and what
makes Mrs May think
she’ll be in office for even
a tenth of that time?
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is ethical to eat
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EDUCATION
When a school
isn’t a school
How unregistered
institutions avoid being
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Brooklyn’s
Joaquin refuses to
take a limp in his stride birthday is
spiced up
Cheryl inspired by Prince’s Trust heroes
Cheryl Tweedy rubbed shoulders with royalty yesterday as
she joined Prince Charles on
the red carpet at the Prince’s
Trust Awards in London.
The ceremony recognises
disadvantaged young people
who have succeeded against
the odds and the singer said:
“It’s inspiring for me because
you get to see the people that
are actually transforming in
front of your eyes.”
Joining Cheryl were Olly
Murs and Ant and Dec.
Joaquin Phoenix, at the age
of 43, has decided that he’s
been in the acting business
long enough now not to have
to take any rubbish from any
scriptwriters.
Playing the part of an
injured ex-Marine in his new
thriller, You Were Never Really
Here, he said: “One thing we
changed early on was that I
was supposed to have been
shot in the leg. To be honest,
I was like, “I’m not gonna be
that limping actor for threequarters of a movie. I f**king
hate that in movies. Maybe he
can get shot somewhere else,
like the face?
“I didn’t want to spend five
weeks doing a fake limp, you
know what I mean?”
Meanwhile, he said
he’s been trying out a
new class in his spare
time – yoga wearing
a karate outfit. He’s
equally positive about this:
“It’s horrible. I find no pleasure
in it whatsoever.”
He adds: “I can endure pain
if I feel I’m in control of it, and
if it’s brief moments, but the
idea of holding a position, that
makes me uncomfortable.”
Namas-take a week off,
Joaquin. Sounds like you need
a rest.
Poor Brooklyn Beckham. All
he - presumably - wanted for
his 19th birthday was one night
free from being told to “Zig
a zig ah”. So it’s with a heavy
heart that we report he was
forced to listen to
the Spice Girls,
yet again.
Beckham
(inset) was
out at a
restaurant in
New York this
weekend with
his girlfriend, Chloë
Grace Moretz, and some other
friends when the DJ clocked
the son of David and Victoria
Beckham, so started playing
songs from the girlband.
He took it pretty well
apparently, and even joined in
with his pals singing his mum’s
tunes, proving that friendship
really does never end.
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SOCIETY
Charlie
BrinkhurstCuff
W
hen it was announced
that Munroe Bergdorf
would be joining the
Labour Party’s LGBT+
advisory panel, alongside figures
such as journalist Owen Jones and
campaigner Phyll Opoku-Gyimah,
it was easy to predict what would
follow. Journalists from the rightwing press were scrabbling to hit
a double-whammy: discrediting
Labour while tearing apart an
outspoken transgender activist.
Yesterday, following the inevitable
onslaught, Bergdorf (inset) stepped
down from her role. In a statement
she said that she refuses “to be painted as a villain” by the press.
The witch hunt against Bergdorf
has been shocking to watch. Here
was the right-wing press’s perfect
target: a beautiful, young, black,
politically left-leaning trans model
and DJ aligned to an LGBT+ scene
that seems to scare people. First,
they destroyed her relationship with
L’Oréal by highlighting comments
she made on white supremacy in the
wake of the Charlottesville attack,
leaving her open to online abuse,
death and rape threats.
Now they have made sure
that her voluntary position
with Labour is untenable
by unearthing tweets
from 2010, when
Bergdorf called her
friend a “hairy barren
lesbian” and spoke
about “gay bashing”. At
a time when this type of
social media investigative
journalism is flourishing, her
treatment is par for the course. But
thanks to Bergdorf’s vulnerability
as part of various marginalised
minority groups, the right-wing
press has turned up the heat.
This week we have seen headlines
calling her “trans Taliban” and,
thanks to a fake-blood covered
Halloween picture, suggestions that
she practices voodoo.
There’s no need to defend
the unkind, lesbophobic tweets
Bergdorf sent eight years ago. As
she has acknowledged, “there really
is no excuse”. But most people
would accept that in eight years a lot
can change.
The reaction to Bergdorf’s
appointment and its direct
EDUCATION
Phoebe
Luckhurst
McJobs are
important rite
of passage
O
ne of my most formative
memories of employment
is leaning through the
McDonald’s drive-through
hatch, trying to “gaslight” a middleaged man. He’d ordered a Mayo
Chicken but I insisted that he had
actually ordered the Big Mac I’d
given him because I knew I’d entered
the wrong thing on the till.
Unsurprisingly, I failed and he
asked to see my manager, who
apologised and dealt me the sort
of bollocking you don’t forget. I
was 15, it was my first part-time
job and, while I’ve probably done
more edifying work since, the
period I spent there was a teenage
experience that I actually remember
amid the many months I must, I
presume, have attended school.
So I was surprised to learn that
a generation of ascendant parents
consequences are a reminder to
ignore the people who say that the
press is only reflective of society,
rather than a driver of its views.
The white-haired white men
looking down from their ivory
towers will be pleased that their
grasp on the public is still as strong
as ever. They don’t want to let brown
people who are “different”
get too uppity, to succeed
or have influence.
Letting someone such
as Bergdorf take on
a position of political
influence did not suit
their agenda, so they
flexed their muscles.
The first time Bergdorf
called me, the evening before
the L’Oréal story broke, to tell
me what was going on, I remember
responding with incredulity: “Surely
L’Oréal won’t actually fire her?”
I have lost that naivety now. I’m
just waiting for the next calculated
scandal launched against one of my
influential, outspoken, left-wing,
black or brown friends to break.
As a society, we are a long way
away from tolerance for people of all
races, gender and sexual identities.
I would beg people to remember
that we are not the enemy. Mainly,
we’re just trying to live – and make
it easier for people like us to live too.
#IStandWithMunroe.
Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff is deputy
editor of gal-dem magazine
would rather I’d skipped this lesson.
According to a report by Oxford
Home Schooling, while 60 per cent
of those aged 55-64 support weekend
jobs for teens, only 30 per cent of
those between 25 and 34 do, saying
that they distract from schoolwork.
Which, I’d argue, is the whole
point. Homework teaches you
plenty, but a myopic focus on it
at the expense of other rites of
passage is nonsense. In the same
way, at around the same age, it was
important for me to drink half a
bottle of vodka at a house party and
throw up on my doorstep.
While McDonald’s was hardly 12
hours down a coal mine, botching
my job and getting the acid feedback
of a jumped-up young supervisor
taught me that I wasn’t the centre of
everyone’s world. No one really liked
me at McDonald’s. Entirely fairly:
I did Latin homework in my breaks
and told the few colleagues who
tried to talk to me that this was “just
a temporary thing”.
After working 12-hour days in
a sandwich shop during my gap
year I swore always to be polite to
waiting staff. And the summer I
spent working in a pub where the
chef rated the female staff out of 10
confronted me with the sort of overt
sexism that I’d been cloistered from.
These lessons were emotional,
not practical. I didn’t learn about the
value of money – I spent everything
immediately – but I did learn I had to
turn upon time, even when I didn’t
want to. And that – rather than the
Latin – is the part I’ve remembered.
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Naked truth of
Picasso and his
teenage muse
‘Fleabag’ writer
brings ‘unique
voice’ to thrillers
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
It is the centrepiece of Tate Modern’s
blockbuster show, featuring Picasso’s “sexually charged” nudes – The
Dream, an erotic 1932 portrait of his
young mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter, with an erect penis over her face.
“Is this #MeToo Marie-Thérèse?,”
asks Diana Widmaier-Picasso,
Pablo and Walter’s granddaughter,
considering whether the groundbreaking artist might today be
considered another white male
“objectifying” women.
But Ms Widmaier-Picasso, an art
historian, rejects the notion. “What
I have learnt over the years is the
respect he pays to women,” she said.
“This traditional idea of Picasso
being kind of a monster has been
slightly modified.
“We understand now that he’s
using them [women] as a force to
The Dream (Le rêve) was
sold for $155m (£112m)
by casino owner Steve Wynn
in 2013. The painting required
$90,000 of repair work after
Wynn accidentally punched a
hole in the canvas.
By Adam Sherwin
The BBC has snapped up a new
female-led spy thriller series
from Fleabag creator Phoebe
Waller-Bridge.
Killing Eve, based on novellas
by Luke Jennings, stars Grey’s
Anatomy actress Sandra Oh
as a bored MI5 security officer
whose desk job does not fulfil
her fantasies of being a spy.
Doctor Foster star Jodie
Comer will play Villanelle, an
assassin clinging to the luxuries
her violent job affords her.
The eight-part series,
co-written and executive
produced by Waller-Bridge,
was commissioned by BBC
America, and is expected to be
sold worldwide.
Killing Eve will be screened
by BBC1 and online on BBC3,
which premiered the brutally
honest comedy Fleabag.
Waller-Bridge, who also
stars in the new Han Solo film,
will bring the Bafta-winning
Fleabag back for a second
series next year.
Damian Kavanagh,
Controller of BBC3, said the
series promised to be “one of
the most exciting of recent
times” and praised WallerBridge’s “unique voice”.
move forward... to explore a different
medium, including sculpture, print,
painting and drawing. He’s making
love with all these mediums, not just
Marie-Thérèse.”
Picasso spotted Walter when she
was 17 on a Paris shopping trip. “He
met her and says, ‘You have a very
interesting face’. And she did,” said
Ms Widmaier-Picasso. “There was
a physical presence, but also something inside her. He says, ‘I’m Picasso,
an artist, and I’d like to do your portrait’.” The relationship flourished
despite Picasso’s marriage to Russian ballet dancer Olga Khokhlova.
The exhibition, which opens tomorrow, focuses on Picasso’s work
from 1932 and features painting and
sculptures never shown in the UK
before, is timely. A portrait of MarieThérèse, Picasso’s “golden muse”, 28
years his junior, sold for £49.8m at
Sotheby’s last week, a European auction record for a painting.
Ms Widmaier-Picasso, who is seeking to catalogue her grandfather’s
work, said he would continue to attract high prices. “People want to
rely on works that are important for
art history and if you think about history, it’s always going to be Picasso.
It’s undeniable.”
Diana Widmaier-Picasso by her grandfather Pablo Picasso’s ‘Seated Woman by
a Window, Marie-Thérèse’ 1932 SUCCESSION PICASSO/DACS LONDON, 2018
Arts, page 34
BROADCASTING
Competitive tendering ‘could rob BBC of its ability to produce hits’
By Adam Sherwin
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The BBC could lose the skills to make
drama, entertainment and religious
shows under its policy of putting its
programmes out to tender, the National Audit Office (NAO) warned.
Independent producers can now
bid against the BBC’s in-house departments to win the contracts
to produce all of the corporation’s
shows, outside of news, current affairs and children’s programming.
So far, the BBC has lost the tender
for Songs of Praise. But BBC Studios,
its new programme-making powerhouse, has retained A Question of
Sport, Holby City and Doctors.
If BBC Studios lost Strictly Come
Dancing, the loss of income and expertise as staff jumped ship to inde-
pendent companies, could impact on
the BBC’s ability to produce its own
studio-based entertainment hits.
The BBC believes it can avoid this
by allowing BBC Studios the commercial freedom to bid to make programmes for rival broadcasters too.
Sandra Oh (left) and Jodie Comer
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UNITED STATES
Toxic space
station to crash
to Earth in weeks
Trump: I’ll
fire more in
search for
perfection
By Lucy Pasha-Robinson
A toxic Chinese space station is
expected to crash into the Earth
within weeks, experts warn.
Tiangong-1 has been out of
control since 2016, with experts
estimating it will re-enter the
atmosphere at the beginning of
April. Scientists have struggled
to pinpoint exactly where the
8.5-tonne module will hit.
The US-funded Aerospace
Corporation said there was “a
chance that a small amount of
debris” could survive re-entry
and make contact with Earth.
The organisation said it was
By Emily Shugerman
IN NEW YORK
The 8.5-tonne Tiangong-1 module, dubbed the ‘Heavenly Palace’, has been out of control since 2016 CNSA
highly unlikely that a person
would be struck by falling debris.
However, there is a chance it
could be carrying a highly toxic
and corrosive substance called
hydrazine. “For your safety, do
not touch any debris you may
find on the ground nor inhale
vapours it may emit,” Aerospace
Corporation said.
The Tiangong-1 station was
launched in 2011 as one of the
great hopes of the Chinese
ambitions in space, and as part of
a plan to show itself off as a global
superpower. Its space agency
referred to it as the “Heavenly
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Kim Jong-un may
give up nuclear
arms for security
By Christine Kim
IN SEOUL
Kim Jong-un may be willing to
abandon North Korea’s nuclear
weapons programme if his country’s
security were guaranteed.
The claim came from Seoul’s envoy
to Pyongyang, following a three-hour
dinner with the North Korean leader
on Monday.
In response, US President Donald
Trump tweeted that he saw “possible progress” and that “for the first
time in many years, a serious effort is
being made by all parties concerned”.
The potential talks “may be false
hope, but the US is ready to go hard
in either direction”, he said.
Some pundits noted that the North
has failed to stick to previous promises to halt its nuclear programme.
“North Korea made clear its
willingness to denuclearise the
Korean peninsula and the fact there
is no reason for it to have a nuclear
programme if military threats against
the North are resolved and its regime
is secure,” Chung Eui-yong , head of
the South Korean delegation, said.
North and South Korea, still
technically at war but enjoying a
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un meets
South Korea’s Chung Eui-yong KCNA
The first inter-Korean talks
in more than two years
were held this year to bring North
Korea to the Winter Olympics,
when South Korea and the US
also postponed an annual joint
large-scale military exercise.
significant easing in tension since
the Winter Olympics in the South
last month, will also hold their first
summit in more than a decade
next month at the border village of
Panmunjom, Mr Chung said.
Mr Chung cited the North as
saying it would not carry out nuclear
or missile tests while talks with the
international community were under
way. North Korea has not carried out
any such tests since November.
“The North also said it can have
frank talks with the United States on
denuclearisation and the normalisation of ties between North Korea and
the United States,” Mr Chung said.
Washington and Pyongyang have
been at loggerheads for months
over the North’s nuclear and missile programmes, with Mr Trump
and Mr Kim trading insults and
threatening war. North Korea has
regularly vowed never to give up its
nuclear programme, which it sees
as an essential deterrent and “treasured sword” against US plans for
invasion. REUTERS
President Donald Trump has suggested he may fire more people
from his administration, in a tweet
defending himself from reports of
chaos in the White House.
“The new Fake News narrative is that there is CHAOS in the
White House,” Mr Trump tweeted in an early-morning missive.
“Wrong!”
He added: “People will always
come & go, and I want strong
dialogue before making a final
decision. I still have some people
that I want to change (always
seeking perfection).”
It was unclear to whom the
president was referring, but at
least a dozen administration officials have resigned or been fired
since Mr Trump took office.
Mr Trump’s tweets followed
the resignation of Hope Hicks, the
White House communications
director and one of Mr Trump’s
longest-serving aides. This followed the departures of former
presidential adviser Steve Bannon and Mr Trump’s former personal bodyguard, Keith Schiller.
Reports suggested that national
security adviser HR McMaster
might be next to go. Mr Trump has
frequently clashed with him over
the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Meanwhile, Sam Nunberg, a
former Trump campaign aide who
spent much of Monday promising
to defy a subpoena from special
counsel Robert Mueller, has made
a dramatic U-turn. In an interview
on Monday night with The Associated Press, he said: “I’m going to
end up co-operating with them.”
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Russian military plane crash kills 33 passengers and 6 crew
By Nataliya Vasilyeva
IN MOSCOW
A Russian military cargo plane has
crashed at an air base in Syria, killing all 39 people onboard, the Russian
Defence Ministry said.
The An-26, with 33 passengers and
six crew members, crashed yester-
day just 500 metres from the runway
on which it was attempting to land.
The authorities blamed the crash on
a technical error and insisted that the
plane was not shot down.
All of the people on board were
Russian servicemen, the ministry
said. Russia, a key ally of Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad, leases
the Hmeimim military base in Syria,
near the Mediterranean coast.
The base is far from the front lines
of the conflict, but was shelled in
December. The Russian authorities
insisted that the cargo plane did not
come under fire and said they would
conduct a full investigation.
President Vladimir Putin offered
his condolences to the families of
those killed after receiving a briefing
from defence minister Sergei Shoigu,
the Kremlin said.
It it the second Russian military
plane to crash in Syria this year, after
a Su-25 ground attack jet was struck
by a missile over the northern Idlib
province last month. AP
Donald Trump has clashed with HR
McMaster, his national security
adviser, on Iraq and Afghanistan
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Five varieties of apples,
once thought to be
extinct, have been
spotted growing in the
United States.
The newly rediscovered apples include
the Shackleford, Saxon
Priest, Kittageskee,
Ewalt and McAfee. An estimated 17,000 named apple varieties are thought to have originated
in North America, but only about
4,000 still exist today.
The Lewiston Tribune newspaper
reports that “apple detective” David
Benscoter located the trees growing
near a butte in the rolling hills of the
vast Palouse agricultural area.
“I just love the history of these old
apples and what they meant to the
first homesteaders here in eastern
Washington and northern Idaho,” Mr
Benscoter said. “The apple was the
most important fruit you could have,
and it could be used in so many ways.
“Those apples have been forgotten
about in the back of someone’s
field or an old orchard
nobody has taken care
of in a hundred years,”
Mr Benscoter said.
“The search has been
somewhat successful,
and I think there are
still many apples out
there that can be found.”
Mr Benscoter thinks
he has found an additional
seven apples also thought to be
extinct or extremely rare, but they
have yet to be confirmed.
Those include the Autumn Gray,
Surprise No. 1, Flushing Spitzenburg,
Republican Pippin, Bogdanoff Glass,
Flory and Early Colton.
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FRANCE
Sex with under-15s ‘will automatically be rape’
By Jane Dalton
France will change the law so that
sex before the age of 15 is automatically considered rape, the country’s
gender equality minister has said.
Marlene Schiappa said that she
was “very glad” that the age of 15
years has been chosen. There had
been some backing for it being
changed to 13.
At the moment, prosecutors have
to prove sex under that age was nonconsensual to obtain a rape conviction, but that will change under the
new bill.
The law would create a threshold, said Ms Schiappa (inset),
under which it would be
considered the child had
always been coerced.
“I think we must
reaffirm the existing
law that sets the age
of sexual majority
at 15, and make sure
that there are trials
for rape and not for sex
assault,” she said.
If the child was under 15,
the new law would put the onus on
the adult to prove the minor gave
consent, instead of expecting the victim to prove they were coerced
or threatened. The reform
is part of new legislation
cracking down on sexual aggression such as
street harassment.
It comes after a case
in which a man of 29
who had sex with an
11-year-old girl was acquitted of rape because
there was no evidence that
she was coerced.
“What characterises a civilisation
is also what is outlawed,” the min-
ister said. “The ban on incest must
exist and the ban on sexual relations
of an adult with a child must exist.”
A debate over the age of consent
has been raging for several months,
with some, including justice minister
Nicole Belloubet, suggesting it be set
at 13. President Emmanuel Macron
has said he favours setting the limit
at 15.
“The bill will contain a clause stating an age limit below which it will
always be deemed that a child was
forced,” the minister told French
weekly magazine l’Obs. It will be presented to parliament for approval
after being considered by the cabinet today.
In the UK the age of sexual consent is 16, but children under the age
of 13 have additional legal protections. THE INDEPENDENT
Legislation varies across
Europe, with many
countries setting a legal age of
consent lower than the UK’s. It is
14 in Austria, Germany, Hungary,
Italy, and Portugal. It is 15 in
Greece, Poland and Sweden.
ITALY
Fashionistas
branch out
Ex-PM Renzi
tells party
not to govern
with Five Star
VIP guests at Paris Fashion Week
entered the Grand Palais hall to
discover a giant indoor forest
complete with dewy scents and
dry rustling leaves designed by
Karl Lagerfeld as a spectacular ode
to autumn. The Chanel show was
the last of 70 collections to hit the
catwalk. THIBAULT CAMUS/AP
By Jon Stone
After the electoral mess created by
Sunday’s Italian election, the best
hope for a competent and moderate
coalition government would appear
to be an alliance between the antiestablishment Five Star Movement
(M5S) and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), as weeks of political
horse-trading begin.
The M5S is the biggest single party
with 32 per cent of the vote. Together, the two groups would dominate
the lower chamber, having accrued
around 50 per cent of the vote. But
the parties hate each other.
Former prime minister Matteo
Renzi (inset), who led the PD to its
worst ever showing with 19 per cent,
and who quit on Monday, urged his
colleagues to rule out an alliance with
M5S in a bid cling to power.
“Five Stars [sic] and
the Right have insulted us for years
and represent
the opposite of
our values,” he
said. “They are
a n t i - E u ro p e ans, anti-politicians, they used
hate language.”
So far it is not clear
h o w many rebellious PD members would be willing to do a deal with
the M5S – or whether the M5S can be
tempted to work with the party it has
berated for the past seven years.
Meanwhile, the leader of the antimigrant League party has said he will
not support any candidate for prime
minister other than himself.
Matteo Salvini replied “no”, when
asked by reporters if he would make
way for another, more moderate, candidate – opening the possibility that
Italy could emerge from coalition
negotiations with a far-right head of
government. The League became the
strongest party in a broader rightwing alliance, the largest bloc in the
election with 37 per cent of the vote..
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SOUTH ASIA
India leads the
way in fighting
child marriage
By Hannah Mays
A significant fall in child marriages
in South Asia has reduced the rate
of marriage for girls globally, the UN
children’s agency has said.
More educational opportunities
for young girls, government investments in adolescent girls and strong
advocacy about the illegality of child
marriage saw 25 million fewer child
marriages in the past decade.
Unicef said progress in India
helped reduced the risk of a girl in
South Asia marrying before her 18th
PEOPLE
birthday to about 30 per cent from
nearly 50 per cent.
Some 650 million women living
today were married as children.
A girl forced to marry young is less
likely to finish school and more likely
to be abused and suffer pregnancy
complications, said Anju Malhotra,
Unicef’s principal gender adviser.
In India the legal age for marriage is
18 for women and 21 for men. Parents
responsible for under-age marriages
can be imprisoned and government
programmes aim to encourage girls
to stay in school, but the practice persists in a largely conservative culture.
According to Unicef data, about
one in three of the world’s most
recently married girls are now in subSaharan Africa, compared with one
in five a decade ago.
$112bn Bezos richest man in world
By Luke Rix-Standing
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the
richest person in the world
and the first person worth
m o re t h a n $ 1 0 0 b n ,
(£72bn) according to the
latest Forbes rankings.
Mr Bezos’s fortune
rose by $39.2bn to
$112bn over the past 12
months as Amazon’s stock
has jumped by nearly 60 per
cent during that time.
It was the biggest one-year gain
since Forbes started tracking billionaires in 1987. Mr Bezos (inset)
easily moved ahead of Microsoft
co-founder Bill Gates, who ceded
the top spot for only the sixth time
since 1995.
France’s Bernard Arnault,
the LVMH luxury goods
magnate, had the second-best year after Mr
Bezos, with his fortune
soaring by $30.5bn.
The gap between the
really rich and the merely
rich continues to widen, as
fortunes soar to new heights.
A record 2,208 billionaires made
Forbes’ 32nd annual ranking of the
world’s billionaires. Altogether they
are worth a record $9.1trn, up 18 per
cent from a year ago.
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JAPAN
Killed soldiers
acted alone
Eruption from
Bond volcano
An investigation into the
deaths of four American
service personnel in Niger has
concluded that the team did not
get senior command approval
for their mission to capture
a high-level Isis militant,
according to US officials.
Initial information suggested
the Special Forces team set
out in October to meet local
leaders, but was redirected to
assist the hunt for Doundou
Chefou. Officials say it now
appears they went after Chefou
from the outset, without telling
higher-level commanders. AP
A volcano in southern Japan which
featured in the James Bond film You
Only Live Twice shot smoke and ash
thousands of metres into the sky yesterday, prompting the cancellation of
flights at nearby airport.
Footage of Shinmoedake, the lair of
villain Ernst Blofeld in the 1967 film,
showed smoke and ash billowing high
into the sky, with lava visible deep
inside a crater. NHK public television
said the volcanic material had risen
as far as 3,650 metres in the peak’s
strongest eruption in seven years.
Japan has 110 active volcanoes
and monitors 47 of them around the
clock. REUTERS
Man continues
battle for ethnic
Chinese land
By Rina Chandran
IN BANGKOK
An Indonesian lawyer is to
appeal against a court verdict
upholding a ban on ethnic
Chinese people owning land in
Yogyakarta province, which he
called racist and discriminatory.
Suspected chlorine attack
by Assad in Eastern Ghouta
By Hannah Mays
UNITED STATES
INDONESIA
SYRIA
Handoko Wibowo called for a
repeal of the 1975 edict that gives
only indigenous Indonesians
the right to own land in the
central province.
Minorities are only given
usage rights.
“The Chinese are also
Indonesian citizens. To
discriminate even now on the
basis of ethnicity is racist and
unlawful,” he said.
Ethnic Chinese make up less
than 5 per cent of Indonesia’s
population, but they control
many of its large conglomerates
and much of its wealth. REUTERS
Emergency workers in the rebelheld Eastern Ghouta area of Syria
say they have treated the victims of
another suspected chlorine attack by
the Assad regime.
The news comes just after the first
aid delivery in weeks to reach the besieged eastern suburbs of Damascus
was cut short after Syrian government forces began shelling the area
while aid workers were still inside.
The latest suspected chemical
attack targeted the town of
Hammoria and led to the evacuation
of dozens of civilians, according to the
Syrian Civil Defence organisation,
A man and his eagle
during the Spring
Eagle Festival in
Ulaanbaatar, the
Mongolian capital.
The Kazakh ethnic
group celebrate their
6,000-year history of
hunting with the birds
at this annual festival
which aims to keep the
tradition alive.
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UNITED NATIONS
Australia and East Timor strike oil and gas rights deal
Australia and East Timor have
agreed the first maritime border
between them, resolving years of
wrangling with a deal that carves up
billions of dollars of worth of oil and
gas beneath the Timor Sea.
Australia and its impoverished
half-island neighbour signed an
agreement at the UN yesterday,
putting to rest a dispute that has
dominated and soured relations
since 2002, when East Timor became
independent of Indonesia.
The terms of the deal negotiated in
The Hague through the Permanent
Court of Arbitration have not been
made public. But the revenue split
from the new agreement is crucial
for East Timor, with a population of
1.3 million people who are among the
poorest in the world.
Unemployment there is high
and young people are increasingly
looking abroad for work. AP
GREECE
UNITED STATES
GUATEMALA
Strikers bring rail
service to a halt
Mother and son Another embassy
buried by snow for Jerusalem
All Greek train services were
cancelled yesterday as railway
workers staged a 24-hour strike
to protest at the privatisation of
the rolling stock maintenance
company and a lack of staff.
As part of its international
bailout, Greece has committed
itself to an ambitious
privatisation programme.
Separately, taxi drivers walked off
the job for nine hours to protest at
the ride-sharing service Uber. AP
A massive block of snow fell from
a roof and killed a mother and her
seven-year-old son just feet from the
front door of their Northern California mountain home on Sunday.
Olga Perkovic and her son Aaron
Goodstein were returning home to
Kirkland after they had been skiing
when a chunk about the size of a
trailer fell from the roof, burying
them under about 3 feet of snow.
“It was a freak accident,”
Undersheriff Spencer Pace said. AP
IN CANBERRA
Anchorage
Thanks to the lack of wolves
and bears, their natural
predators, moose thrive in
Alaska’s largest city. But
getting an accurate count
remains a challenge for the
state wildlife biologists who
manage their numbers.
Traditionally, low-flying
aircraft perform aerial surveys
once there’s snow on the
ground. That way spotters can
distinguish between the male
moose who have antlers (bulls)
and the female moose (cows)
who don’t. But new rules at
Anchorage’s international
airport now prohibit the
survey flights.
In response to those
restrictions, the Alaska
Department of Fish and Game
is experimenting with a new
method of surveying moose.
Biologists for three days last
month asked Anchorage
residents to call or text
whenever they spotted moose.
Trackers with dart guns then
hurried to those locations to
capture a DNA sample.
Analysis of the DNA allows
researchers to calculate the
ratio of bulls to cows. “Think
of it as building a family tree,”
said Sean Farley, a state
research biologist.
Residents are more used
to steering clear of moose.
Bulls are dangerous during
the autumn rut and cows will
attack to protect their calves.
They use their hooves to stomp
on people if cornered. AP
Dan Joling
known as the White Helmets. They
reported “more than 30 suffocation
cases”, including women and
children, in what they described as
Man of
many
talons
By Rod McGuirk
Postcard
From...
Wounded Syrians waiting at a makeshift hospital in Damascus AFP/GETTY
a “regime gas attack”. Meanwhile,
the Red Cross confirmed that its
joint convoy with the United Nations
had to leave before delivering all its
supplies due to renewed shelling.
Ing y Sedky, the Red Cross
spokeswoman in Syria, said most of
the aid from a 46-truck convoy was
delivered to the town of Douma in
eastern Ghouta but the mission was
cut short.
At least 50 civilians were killed
yesterday by shelling and air
strikes in Eastern Ghouta from
the Syrian government, despite a
UN Security Council resolution
passed on 25 February demanding a
30-day ceasefire.
Guatemala will transfer its
embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem in the second week of
May, in parallel with a similar, and
controversial, move by the US.
The announcement came a day
after the Guatemalan President
Jimmy Morales met Israel’s
Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu in Washington.
The US embassy is likely to
move in mid-May into a temporary
location in Jerusalem. AP
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CHILE
Soldiers and
police outside
a vandalised
building in Digana,
Kandy AP
Bachelet urges end to
Pinochet-era constitution
By Antonio de la Jara
IN SANTIAGO
Anti-Muslim
attacks lead
to state of
emergency
By Krishan Francis
IN COLOMBO
Sri Lanka’s president declared a state
of emergency yesterday amid fears
that anti-Muslim attacks in several
central hill towns could spread.
The areas where the violence
erupted on Monday, outside the town
of Kandy, remained under curfew yes-
terday, with soldiers and police patrolling the streets and no one allowed
outside except for emergencies.
A tweet from the office of President
Maithripala Sirisena said the decree
would “redress the unsatisfactory security situation prevailing in certain
parts of the country”. Life went on as
normal in the capital, Colombo, with
no signs of increased security. AP
C hile’s outgoin g Pres id e n t
Michelle Bachelet wants to replace
the country’s Pinochet-era constitution with one to guarantee equal
pay for men and women
and the right to strike
for workers.
While Ms Bachelet
(inset) will probably
not be able to push
the proposal through
Congress before her
term ends on Sunday,
it could force incoming
president Sebastian Pinera
to reckon with a long-standing
aspiration of the leftist and centrist lawmakers with whom he will
have to govern. Mr Pinera, a conservative billionaire and former
president elected to a new term in
December, has said he was open to
“perfecting” the constitution if a
climate of political unity prevailed.
Chile’s constitution dates from
the brutal 1973-1990 military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.
Although significant changes have
been made since the return to democracy, Ms Bachelet and
others have argued that
it must be redesigned
from scratch.
She said her proposal would allow Chileans to challenge in
court any violation of
their new constitutional
rights, from free education to the representation
of indigenous people in Congress.
“This bill establishes the inviolability of human dignity and the
respect and protection of human
rights, correcting a tremendous
omission of the current text,” Ms
Bachelet said. REUTERS
AUSTRALIA
World’s oldest message in a bottle
found after 132 years bobbing along
By Harriet Agerholm
The world’s oldest known message in a bottle has been discovered by a couple on a beach in
Western Australia.
Photographer Tonya Illman saw
the 132-year-old bottle by chance
while walking on a sand dune
next to a beach near Wedge Island
in January.
She said she picked up the bottle
because she thought “it might look
nice on display in my home”.
Inside the gin bottle was a note
written in German and dated
12 June 1886. Ms Illman’s husband, Tim, later helped translate
the note.
The Western Australian Museum (WAM) confirmed the authenticity of the find, saying it believed
the bottle was thrown from a German sailing ship attempting to find
efficient shipping routes. Between
1864 and 1933, German boats threw
thousands bottles into the sea in
attempts to track the currents of
the ocean.
The messages in the bottles included the ship’s coordinates, the
date and the name of the ship.
The notes also asked the finder
to write when and where the bottle had been found and return it to
the German Naval Observatory in
Hamburg or to the nearest German consulate.
Ross Anderson, from WAM,
The previous world
record for the oldest
message in a bottle was 108
years, four months and 18
days, according to the Western
Australian Maritime Museum.
used the name of the ship written on the note, Paula, to confirm the age of the message. He
matched the name to maritime
records of a German ship and
found the handwriting was similar to a captain’s entries in Paula’s
meteorological journal.
Ms Illman said of the bottle’s
discovery: “I picked it up thinking
it might look nice on display in my
home. When I got back to the car,
I handed it to my son’s girlfriend,
Bree Del Borrello, to mind while I
helped my husband get my son’s
car out of the soft sand.”
Ms Del Borrow looked inside the
bottle and saw what she thought
was a cigarette, but discovered it
was a damp, tightly rolled note tied
with string.
Ms Illman took the note home
with her, where she dried it out.
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bathtub with a splash.
It’s a symbol of how the
25-year-old attraction took its
name from the Greek scholar’s
exultant cry at making a sudden
discovery while immersing
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years ago. But it also simply
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in Halifax, West Yorkshire: that
learning about science can be fun,
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on Friday with events across
the country.
Now curators at Eureka! are
hoping to open a second site more
than 60 miles away across the
Pennines in Merseyside to inspire
hundreds of thousands more
children to find out about the joys
of scientific discovery.
“There is still a perception
that science is a bit boring, that
it’s about white laboratory coats
and safety glasses,” Eureka!
chief executive Leigh-Anne
Stradeski tells i. “But we can
change that. Science is part of
everyday life and it’s incredibly
important, but it can also be
incredibly fun.”
Plans for the museum’s new
site next to a ferry terminal
at Seacombe in Wirral, on the
opposite shore of the River Mersey
from Liverpool, are still in their
early stages and in need of funding.
However, if it goes ahead, it is
hoped the new museum could
draw around 240,000 young
visitors a year when it opens
in 2021.
The future museum will seek
to develop ways of giving children
hands-on activities to learn about
health and life scenes, advanced
manufacturing, low-carbon
technology and digital skills,
says Stradeski. They could, for
example, learn to operate an
assembly line or assemble a wind
turbine with a giant crane.
“It’s about helping them to grow
and thrive, raise aspirations and
getting the children interested and
inspiring them. Eureka! is fun and
educational, it’s meaningful and
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wants to turn
us into a
nation of
shop-dwellers
gets children engaged. Even at a
really young age, children find this
stuff really cool.”
Eureka! ambassador Maddie
Moate, a popular science and
education YouTuber and TV
presenter, agrees. “Every child is
curious about the world around
them and every child likes to play,”
she says. “Places like Eureka!
offer a positive experience
with learning.
“A child is far more likely to
remember something from being
hands-on. They won’t walk away
thinking ‘I don’t love science’.
They will walk away thinking
‘I loved that big nose where we
learned about the senses or all the
mechanics where we learnt about
cars’.”
A number of companies in
the field of science, technology,
engineering and mathematics are
already on board with the new
Eureka! project.
Engineers, scientists and
programmers could be brought in
to offer workshops at the museum.
There could also be a tie-in with
other museums across the river,
linked by the Mersey ferry.
During a recent visit to the Cern
laboratory near Geneva, she met a
scientist who said he was inspired
by visiting Eureka! as a child.
“We know that not every child
is going to be a scientist,” she says.
“But there are lots of fantastic
careers in science.
“It’s about building children’s
confidence and raising the
aspirations. After 25 years,
our dream remains is that the
scientists of the future will say
they were inspired by Eureka!”
N
eccentric measures as letting
councils build more homes.
My complaint is that she needs
to go further. She has restricted
her proposal to disused shops.
There are too many of those, of
course, and for that she blames
the growth of internet commerce.
She seems less willing to blame
the surge in commercial rents
and business rates which this
government, like those before it,
has done nothing to check.
But there aren’t nearly enough
disused high street premises to
answer the needs of the millions
who have a better chance of riding
an arthritic Tibetan mountain yak
to a Cheltenham Gold Cup victory
than ever being able to afford to
rent, let alone buy, a home.
The solution is to pass
legislation conferring the right
apoleon sneeringly
called us a nation of
shopkeepers. But if
Theresa May wins
her personal Waterloo
against the housing crisis, it may
not be long before Emmanuel
Macron dismisses us as a nation of
shop-dwellers.
Some detect a frisson of
let-them-eat-cakeism in her
pronouncement that high-street
shops double up as homes.
Perhaps they have a point, though
it would be asking too much for the
PM and her husband to relocate
a mile from Downing Street to a
porn emporium in Soho.
Meanwhile, council leaders,
who were already exasperated
at being unfairly blamed for the
chronic shortage, seem irritated
that May’s solution ignores such
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Make Mother’s
Day special,
not expensive
A home-made gift or card can often be
the best present of all. By Emily Morris
I
YouTuber and TV presenter Maddie
Moate (left) is an ambassador for
Eureka! museum, where children
get hands-on experience of science
projects JONATHAN POW
Top 10 Events to celebrate Science Week
1 Royal Holloway Science Festival
A day of science exploration and
discovery with a programme of
talks, hands-on activities and
demonstrations. 10 March, Royal
Holloway, University of London
main campus, Egham.
2 Holograms and History Explore
the Egyptian antiquities collection
using scientific hologram
technology in conjunction with
Kids in Museums. 10 March,
The Egypt Centre, Swansea.
3 Hidden Worlds A free event for the
Bangor Science Festival offering
a “little scientific something” for
people of all ages. 10 March, Brambell
Building, Bangor University, Bangor.
to live in used shops as well as the
boarded-up. Everyone will have
a preference, and as a habitual
problem gambler I’d go for one of
the 193 betting shops on every high
street. You would need earplugs to
cut out the noise of the fixed-odds
betting machines. But shove four of
those together, strap a futon to the
top, and you’d be snug.
Others would opt for a kebab
shop. The lamb-fat stink on the
clothes would be a nuisance. But
living there would save the bother
of tramping the streets in search
for one after a night in the pub, and
during a cold snap the heat from the
grill would be a boon.
The fashion-conscious could
opt for a Zara, where the easy
accessibility of soft materials would
compensate for any shortfall in
conventional bedding supplies.
4 Papay Island Lookout Post
A lookout post has been set up at
this heritage centre, with activities
including observing changes in the
weather. 10 March, The Kelp Store,
Papa Westray, Orkney.
5 Mad Science A trio of spectacular
scientists will astound, astonish
and amaze visitors with three
different “fun station” laboratories.
11 March, Portland Basin Museum,
Ashton-under-Lyne.
6 The Reconstruction of Richard III’s
Face Professor Caroline Wilkinson
will explain how she recreated
the face of Richard III. 12 March,
King Richard III Visitor
Centre, Leicester.
Although the maximum
utilisation of shop space is a retailing
imperative, some shopkeepers
would object. But a sharp reduction
in business rates – 10 per cent
per person, and 25 per cent for a
full family – might go a long way
By turning shops into homes, Mrs May
could revive the high street and the
Blitz spirit with a single policy GETTY
7 The Science Behind the BBC Wildlife
Camera Dr John Dutton looks at BBC
footage from the other side of the
camera. 13 March, The Hive, Worcester.
8 Exploring the Greenland Ice
Sheet Dr Danni Pearce introduces
a documentary on two scientific
expeditions. 15 March, University
of Hertfordshire, Hatfield.
9 The Man Who Climbs Trees James
Aldred talks about his adventures
as a wildlife flim-maker. 16 March,
Clevedon School Hall, Clevedon.
10 Discovery Bay, 2018 A day of
scientific discovery and pop-up
natural history. 17 March, The Works
and Science Beach, Sandown.
to assuaging them. And it cannot
be denied that the idea of people
sleeping on or beneath counters has
a stridently dystopian flavour that
might amuse and even gratify our
soon-to-be-former EU partners. In
their countries, or so it’s rumoured,
people in work can by and large
afford conventional accommodation.
But more strikingly dystopian
than that is the notion of sleeping
in Underground stations. Our
ancestors assured us they were
never happier than when singing
Vera Lynn’s songs while taking
refuge from the Luftwaffe there.
With this proposal, Theresa May
would revive not only the ailing
high street by repopulating it with
numbers unseen since the rises of
the supermarket and internet – she
would also revive the old Blitz spirit.
THE INDEPENDENT
t is nearly Mother’s Day: that
yearly scramble for gifts
which are thoughtful but don’t
break the bank. The shops
are overrun with mum-slogan
gifts, which, while harmless
enough, can never replace a unique
present chosen or made by a child.
A few years ago, my child bought
me a poo brooch in a matchbox. It
will always be one of my favourites,
because it reminds me of his toilet
humour years.
Imagine the gloriously daft tat
kids would choose if left to their
own devices and tastes – mums
everywhere would be in receipt of
dinosaurs, frozen merchandise and
Lego. Surely all of that beats a plain
old mum mug?
If the idea of letting children
decide what to buy fills you with
fear, you can involve them in
making mum’s present. Crafting
is so popular these days that you
don’t have to go to a specialist shop
to pick up materials, such as plain
wooden signs, that are easy and fun
to embellish .
If money is an issue, forget gifts
and just make a brilliant card. A
friend told me the best thing she
ever received from her son was a
concertina of paper, bookended
by a couple of cut-out hand prints,
which read, when expanded: “I
LOVE YOU THIS MUCH”.
Flowers are often the default
Mother’s Day gift, but the trouble
is they die. Towards the end of
March, women across the country
will be holding their breath as
they remove slimy stems from
murky water and tossing them
in the bin, leaving a trail of sad
petals in their wake.
It’s always made more sense to
me to pick a flowering houseplant,
shrub, or tree, something that can
be enjoyed year after year. Once
I bought my mum a cheap apple
tree in a supermarket and it now
provides blossom and fruit for
crumbles every year.
You can’t go wrong with a photo
in a frame , but too few of us print
off real photographs these days.
Remedy this and teach children
about the magic of processing
by purchasing a disposable film
camera. Spend an afternoon taking
pictures and choose one to frame
when you get them back; the photoshoot will be an experience in itself,
not least because most children
are amazed when they can’t look at
the shot in the back of the camera
Classic presents such
as smellies, posh chocolate
and candles will always be
fail-safe options
Chrysanthemum, £ 3.49, lidl.co.uk;
Mum In A Spin Bubble Spinner,
£4.95 uk.lush.com; ‘My Mum’ by
Anthony Browne, £5.99
immediately after it’s been taken.
Most of all, on Mother’s Day, mums
just deserve (and want) to relax.
Classic presents such as smellies,
posh chocolate and candles will
always be fail-safe options. Those,
and books. For mothers of little
ones, consider helping them pick
out a classic bedtime story for you
all to enjoy.
My son is 12 and all of his picture
books went to the charity shop
long ago, but I kept hold of the
wonderful My Mum by Anthony
Browne (and probably always
will) because of the memories it
conjures up.
Television Wednesday 7 March
CRITIC’S
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GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
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Lucy Worsley’s Fireworks
For A Tudor Queen
Immigration: Who Should
We Let In? – Panorama
9pm, BBC4
It’s not often that Lucy Worsley gets
upstaged on the dressing-up front,
but Amber Butchart’s recent A Stitch
In Time did so. But now Worsley
(left) is back, rigged out as Queen
Elizabeth I as she attends a
recreation of the Tudor era’s most
spectacular fireworks display, staged
at Kenilworth Castle in 1575 by
Robert Dudley in an attempt to win
the royal hand in marriage. Assisted
by materials scientist Zoe Laughlin,
such 16th-century specialities as a
fire-breathing dragon and
Babington’s rocket (“very few people
have been mad enough to make a
gunpowder rocket this big for
centuries”) are built from scratch.
7.30pm, BBC1
With Brexit just a year away, there
are still unanswered questions
about how any new system will
work when Britain leaves the EU.
Nick Robinson travels from the
heartlands of the Leave vote to the
frontline of the NHS to find out what
sort of immigration the public
wants, and what Britain’s businesses
and public services say they need.
in Switzerland, this week’s port of
call. “It looks like a monk’s room,”
counters Caroline Quentin, recoiling
from this brutalist boudoir and
encapsulating the counterpoint
casting that has him uttering things
like “I always think the most
important part of any building is the
way in” while she bursts through the
front door exclaiming: “I feel like
Goldilocks.” Also on their rounds are
a modern take on a traditional Swiss
chalet and an S-shaped home
sandwiched between railway
tracks and a main road.
to spin this story out over nine
hours but so far he’s doing a sterling
job, assisted by Darren Criss’s
brilliantly creepy performance as
psychopath Andrew Cunanan, this
week picking up an older
businessman on Miami beach and
doing unmentionable things with
masking tape and scissors. The
police are starting to post Cunanan’s
face around the city, while there’s a
power struggle within the Versace
household between Donatella
(Penelope Cruz) and Gianni’s lover,
Antonio (Ricky Martin).
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The World’s Most
Extraordinary Homes
8pm, BBC2
“I love the austerity,” purrs architect
Piers Taylor as he surveys the bare
concrete bedroom of a hillside house
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The Assassination Of Gianni
Versace: American Crime Story
One Born Every Minute
9pm, BBC2
It’s not entirely clear how writer
Tom Rob Smith (London Spy) is going
9pm, Channel 4
The latest series of the neonatal
observational docuseries moves to
Birmingham Women’s Hospital,
6.00 Caught Red Handed
(R) (S). 6.30 Coast And
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7.15 Wanted Down Under
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Zone: See Hear (S). 8.30
Sign Zone: Great British
Railway Journeys (R) (S).
9.00 Victoria Derbyshire
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Live (S). 11.30 Daily
Politics (S). 1.00 Perfection
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(R) (S). 2.15 Yes Chef (R) (S).
3.00 A Place To Call Home
(R) (S). 3.55 Pilgrimage
With Simon Reeve (R) (S).
4.55 More Creatures Great
And Small (R) (S). 5.25 Flog
It! (R) (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
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Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 James Martin’s
American Adventure (S).
3.00 Tenable (S). 3.59 ITV
Regional Weather (S). 4.00
Tipping Point (S). 5.00 The
Chase (S).
6.00 Countdown (R) (S).
6.45 3rd Rock From The
Sun (R) (S). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
8.00 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 8.30
Frasier (R) (S). 9.00 Frasier
(R) (S). 9.30 Frasier (R) (S).
10.00 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
11.00 Undercover Boss
USA (R) (S). 12.00 Channel
4 News Summary (S).
12.05 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 1.05 Posh
Pawnbrokers (R) (S). 2.10
Countdown (S). 3.00
Crufts Extra With Alan
And Clare (S). 4.00 A New
Life In The Sun (S). 5.00
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 5.30
Extreme Cake Makers
(R) (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15
The Wright Stuff 11.15
Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It
Away (R) (S). 12.10 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.15 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors (R)
(S). 1.05 Access (S). 1.15
Home And Away (S). 1.45
Neighbours (S). 2.15 NCIS:
Hit & Run (R) (S). 3.15
FILM: Love You To Death
(Brian Skiba 2016) Thriller,
starring Bree Williamson
(S). 5.00 5 News At 5 (S).
5.30 Neighbours (R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads (R) (S).
6.30 Great British
Railway
Journeys Goes
To Ireland
Navan to
Mullingar (R) (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
Homer
befriends
his cool new
neighbours
(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
6.00 Home And Away
Willow does
some digging
into Salt’s
accounts (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 Saving Lives At
Sea A kayaker
missing for an
hour off the
East Yorkshire
coast (R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale
Cain takes
matters into his
own hands (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street Tim finds
out the truth (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
With Lulu and
The Fratellis (S).
7.30 Immigration:
Who Should
We Let In? –
Panorama (S).
7.00 Extreme Winter
Road Rescue
Storms Doris
and Eleanor hit
the UK (R) (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days News and
analysis from
Washington DC
and London (S).
7.30 Sea City (R) (S).
6.30 FILM: Charlotte
Gray (Gillian
Armstrong
2001) Wartime
drama, starring
Cate Blanchett
(S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
8pm
8.00 DIY SOS: The Big
Build The team
helps a police
officer injured
in a terrorist
attack in 2017
(S).
8.00 The World’s
Most
Extraordinary
Homes From
Switzerland (S).
8.00 Britain’s
Brightest
Family (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street (S).
8.00 The Supervet
An overweight
boxer needs an
operation on his
knees (S).
8.00 GPs: Behind
Closed Doors
A patient with a
history of heart
problems visits
the surgery (S).
8.00 The Secret
History Of
Our Streets
Glasgow’s Duke
Street (R) (S).
8.50 Suffragette
Interview
Special With
Anne-Marie
Duff, Abi
Morgan and
Sarah Gavron.
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men Zoey and
her daughter
move in with
Walden (R) (S).
9.00 Earth’s Natural
Wonders
Rituals among
the Kamayura
People of Brazil.
Last in the
series (S).
9.00 The
Assassination Of
Gianni Versace:
American
Crime Story (S).
9.50 Live At The
Apollo (R) (S).
9.00 Benidorm The
wedding party
return after
spending a
night under the
stars (S).
9.00 One Born Every
Minute New
series. From
Birmingham
Women’s
Hospital (S).
9.00 Violent Child,
Desperate
Parents Laverne
Antrobus meets
Lisa and her
six-year-old
daughter (S).
9.00 Lucy Worsley’s
Fireworks For
A Tudor Queen
One of the
earliest firework
displays in
Britain (S).
9.00 FILM: Gladiator
(Ridley Scott
2000) Oscarwinning Roman
epic, starring
Russell Crowe
(S).
9.00 Hell’s Kitchen
USA New series.
Gordon Ramsay
invites 16 AllStars back to
the kitchen (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10pm
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 A Question Of
Sport (S).
10.00ITV News At Ten
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 Uefa Champions
League
Highlights (S).
10.00Damned (S).
10.35 24 Hours In
Police Custody
A man is found
dead in a park
in Peterborough
(R) (S).
10.00Most Shocking
Celebrity
Moments 2017
Memorable
moments
from the past
year (R) (S).
10.30 Clarissa And
The King’s
Cookbook
Britain’s oldest
known cookbook
(R) (S).
10.00Hell’s Kitchen
USA The 16 AllStars compete
in a bar menu
challenge (S).
10.55 Family Guy
(R) (S).
11pm
11.15 Film 2018 (S).
11.45 FILM: Memento
(Christopher
Nolan 2000)
Thriller, starring
Guy Pearce (S).
11.15 Nature’s
Weirdest
Events (R) (S).
11.45 Play To The
Whistle With
Ashley Cole,
Ore Oduba and
Kevin Bridges
(R) (S).
11.35 999: On The
Frontline New
series. The work
of ambulance
crews in the
West Midlands
(S).
11.00 The Man
Who Shot
Tutankhamun
The story of
photographer
Harry Burton
(R) (S).
11.25 Family Guy
Peter launches
his own
television
channel (R) (S).
11.50 American Dad!
(R) (S).
1.40 BBC News (S).
12.00 Live Women’s
International Football
(S). 2.05 Sign Zone: See
Hear (R) (S). 2.35 Sign
Zone: Flatpack Empire (R)
(S). 3.35 Sign Zone: Royal
Recipes (R) (S). 4.20 This Is
BBC Two (S).
12.35 Jackpot247 3.00
Tenable (R) (S). 3.50 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.30 Pokerstars
Championship Cash
Challenge (S). 1.25 FILM:
The East (2013) (S). 3.20 The
Question Jury (R) (S). 4.15
Coast Vs Country (R) (S).
5.05 Location, Location,
Location (R) (S).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Murder, Mystery And My
Family (S). 10.00 Homes
Under The Hammer (R)
(S). 11.00 Wanted Down
Under Revisited (S). 11.45
Caught Red Handed (S).
12.15 Bargain Hunt (R) (S).
1.00 BBC News At One;
Weather (S). 1.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
(S). 1.45 Doctors (S). 2.15
Shakespeare & Hathaway
– Private Investigators
(S). 3.00 Escape To The
Country (R) (S). 3.45 Coast
And Country Auctions (S).
4.30 Antiques Road Trip
(R) (S). 5.15 Pointless (R) (S).
6pm
9pm
Late
12.55 SuperCasino (S). 3.10
Cowboy Builders (R) (S).
4.00 Now That’s Funny! (R)
(S). 4.45 House Doctor (R)
(S). 5.10 Nick’s Quest (R) (S).
5.35 Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
Lolly Adefope plays the
intern Mimi in ‘Damned’
10pm, Channel 4
Penelope Cruz appears
as Donatella Versace
in the docudrama
‘American Crime Story’
9pm, BBC2
12.00 Sings Stevie Wonder
(R) (S). 1.00 Top Of The
Pops: 1982 (R) (S). 1.30
Top Of The Pops: 1982 (R)
(S). 2.00 Lucy Worsley’s
Fireworks For A Tudor
Queen (R) (S). 3.30 Close
6.00 The Planet’s Funniest
Animals (R) (S). 6.20
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 6.45
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 7.10
Dress To Impress (R) (S).
7.55 Emmerdale (R) (S).
8.20 The Cube (R) (S). 9.25
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
(R) (S). 10.15 Who’s Doing
The Dishes? (R) (S). 11.10
Dress To Impress (R) (S).
12.15 Emmerdale (R) (S).
12.40 You’ve Been Framed!
Gold (R) (S). 1.45 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (S). 2.35
The Jeremy Kyle Show (R)
(S). 3.40 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (R) (S). 4.50 Judge
Rinder (R) (S). 5.50 Take Me
Out (R) (S).
Piers Taylor talks homes
with Caroline Quentin
8pm, BBC2
12.00 FILM: Buffalo
Soldiers (Gregor Jordan
2001) Black comedy, with
Joaquin Phoenix (S). 2.00
FILM: Cameraperson
(Kirsten Johnson 2016)
Documentary (S). 4.00
Close
12.20 American Dad! (R)
(S). 12.45 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S). 1.15 Two And A
Half Men (R) (S). 1.40 Ibiza
Weekender (R) (S). 2.30
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where Samantha faces a challenging
birth because of her complicated
medical history, and Sharon is
hoping that her sister will be her
birthing partner.
FILM
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Damned
10pm, Channel 4
The Thick Of It meets social work in
Jo Brand and co-writers’ now firmly
in-the-groove sitcom set in Elm
Heath children’s services. As Ingrid’s
troubled foster son Limahl makes off
with Rose’s car, Al (Alan Davies) has
to accompany to the dentist a child
who has never brushed his teeth.
Bubbling under all this is the
growing rivalry between Nat (Isy
Suttie) and intern Mimi (Lolly
Adefope) – or “the moral compass”,
as Martin (Kevin Eldon) calls her.
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Memento
Falling Down
11.45pm, BBC1
(Christopher Nolan, 2000)
Nolan’s ingenious neo-noir thriller
is about a man (Guy Pearce, left) with
anterograde amnesia who tattoos
notes on to his body to remind
himself that he’s on a mission to
avenge the killing of his wife. It is both
intellectually and viscerally thrilling.
It takes multiple viewings to make
sense of the reverse-chronology
plotting – after that, you can begin
to appreciate the full tragedy of his
madness and his predicament; the
way that his entire identity is built
upon self-deception and a faulty
memory (just like ours are), and the
existential uncertainty that provokes:
“The world doesn’t just disappear
when you close your eyes – does it?”
9pm, ITV4
(Joel Schumacher, 1992)
A revenge fantasy for the white-collar
everyman, in which Michael Douglas’s
tightly wound defence worker finally
blows his stack while stuck in a traffic
jam, leaves his car and gets into a fight
with everyone who slights him.
Shane
1.10pm, Film4
(George Stevens, 1953)
This self-consciously mythic
Western appears full of clear-cut
rights and wrongs, but it’s more
subtle than that. Alan Ladd stars
as itinerant gunslinger Shane, who
says he would like to leave killing
behind but knows he probably can’t.
BBC Radio 1
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
tries to finish a
dead journalist’s
book (R) (S).
8.00 Endeavour
The detective
conducts an
investigation
while
suspended from
duty (R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S). 6.30
Hollyoaks (R) (S). 7.00
Rude(ish) Tube (R) (S). 7.30
How I Met Your Mother
(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). 12.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 12.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 1.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 1.30 The Big
Bang Theory (R) (S). 2.00
Melissa & Joey (R) (S). 2.30
Melissa & Joey (R) (S). 3.00
Baby Daddy (R) (S). 3.30
Baby Daddy (R) (S). 4.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) (S).
4.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 5.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 5.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.30 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 10.30 A
Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (R) (S). 11.30 Four In
A Bed (R) (S). 12.05 Four
In A Bed (R) (S). 12.35 Four
In A Bed (R) (S). 1.05 Four
In A Bed (R) (S). 1.40 Four
In A Bed (R) (S). 2.10 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 2.40
Come Dine With Me (R)
(S). 3.10 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 3.45 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 4.15 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 4.50
A Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (R) (S). 5.55 Walks
With My Dog (R) (S).
6.00 Monkey Life (R)
(S). 6.30 Monkey Life (R)
(S). 7.00 RSPCA Animal
Rescue (R) (S). 7.30 RSPCA
Animal Rescue (R) (S). 8.00
Send In The Dogs Australia
(R) (S). 8.30 Send In The
Dogs Australia (R) (S). 9.00
Road Wars (R) (S). 10.00
Warehouse 13 (R) (S). 11.00
Forever (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).
5.30 Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 7.00
Richard E Grant’s Hotel
Secrets (R) (S). 8.00 The
British (R) (S). 9.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 10.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
11.00 House (R) (S). 12.00
House (R) (S). 1.00 Without
A Trace (R) (S). 2.00 David
Attenborough’s Conquest
Of The Skies (S). 3.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 4.00
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.00
House (R) (S).
6.00 The Big
Bang Theory
Leonard’s
mother visits (R)
(S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
Noel Fitzpatrick
sets out to
mend a dog’s
squashed spinal
cord (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama Kif
gets pregnant
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Homer battles
killer mutants
(R) (S).
6.00 House The
medic treats
a facially
disfigured
teenager (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Sally
and Myra admit
their love for
each other (S).
7.30 My Hotter Half
(S).
7.55 Grand Designs
An update
on Ben Law’s
woodsman’s
cottage (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Homer buys a
gun (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Homer becomes
a football coach
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A battered body
is found on a
mountainside
(R) (S).
8.00 DC’s Legends Of
Tomorrow Zari
gets caught in a
time loop (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Frank is asked
to downplay the
significance of a
murder (R) (S).
6.30am 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
Benji B 3.00 Radio 1 Comedy
– Niki And Sammy’s Peachy
Podcast 4.00 Radio 1’s Early
Breakfast Show With Adele
Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Dotty 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Sian Anderson
4.00 MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target
9.02 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 1Xtra Residency 1am
Benji B 3.00 1Xtra Playlists
4.00 1Xtra Residency
BBC Radio 2
8.00 The Goldbergs
Beverly tries to
bond with other
mothers (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
9.00 Don’t Tell The
Bride A groom
plans a Wild
West-themed
wedding (S).
9.00 Vet On The Hill
New series. Dr
Scott Miller
tries to save the
damaged tail of
a cocker spaniel
pup (S).
9.00 A League Of
Their Own With
guests Frank
Lampard, Kevin
Bridges and
Judy Murray
(R) (S).
9.00 Save Me Claire
and Barry
stage a press
conference to
appeal for help.
10.00Law & Order:
UK An elderly
woman is found
dead in her flat
(R) (S).
10.00Celebrity First
Dates With
Samuel Preston,
Scarlett Moffatt
and Ashleigh
Butler (R) (S).
10.0024 Hours In
A&E Medics
treat three
women who
have been
stabbed in a
car park (R) (S).
10.00Bliss Andrew’s
long absences
are starting to
take a toll.
10.30 A League Of
Their Own:
Unseen (R) (S).
10.00Gomorrah
Genny is forced
to put a plan
into action (S).
11.00 Law & Order:
UK A gay man is
found brutally
murdered (R) (S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
asks the gang to
make life more
difficult (R) (S).
11.05 8 Out Of 10
Cats Does
Countdown
With guests
Miles Jupp
and Aisling Bea
(R) (S).
11.00 The Force: Essex
Officers help
two women
who have been
robbed at
machete-point
(R) (S).
11.00 Gomorrah Ciro,
Genny and
Enzo agree a
treaty with the
Confederati.
Last in the
series (S).
12.05 Unforgotten (R) (S).
1.05 Unforgotten (R) (S).
1.55 ITV3 Nightscreen 2.30
Teleshopping
12.05 First Dates (R)
(S). 1.10 Don’t Tell The
Bride (R) (S). 2.10 The
Inbetweeners (R) (S). 3.05
The Goldbergs (R) (S). 3.25
Timeless (R) (S). 4.10 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 4.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 Vet On The Hill (R) (S).
2.10 The Good Fight (R) (S).
3.15 8 Out Of 10 Cats: Best
Bits (R) (S). 3.55 Close
12.00 Ross Kemp: Extreme
World (R) (S). 1.00 Brit
Cops: Rapid Response (R)
(S). 2.00 Most Shocking (R)
(S). 3.00 The Force: Essex
(R) (S). 4.00 It’s Me Or The
Dog (R) (S). 5.00 Futurama
(R) (S).
12.00 Save Me (R). 1.00
Here And Now (R) (S). 2.10
Britannia (R). 3.10 Billions
(R) (S). 4.20 The West Wing
(R) (S). 5.10 The West Wing
(R) (S).
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6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 6.55 Heartbeat (R) (S).
7.55 The Royal (R) (S). 8.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.25
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.50
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.20
Inspector Morse (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). 4.20 On The Buses
(R) (S). 4.55 You’re Only
Young Twice (R) (S). 5.25
Rising Damp (R) (S). 5.55
Heartbeat (R) (S).
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6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 The Folk Show With Mark
Radcliffe 8.00 Jo Whiley 10.00
Carla Bruni’s C’est La Vie
11.00 Old Grey Whistle Test
40 12mdn’t Pick Of The Pops
2.00 Radio 2 Playlists: Country
Playlist 3.00 Radio 2 Playlist:
Easy 4.00 Radio 2 Playlist:
Radio 2 Rocks 5.00 Vanessa
Feltz
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. With
Georgia Mann. 9.00 Essential
Classics 12noon Composer
Of The Week: Rachel Portman
1.00 News 1.02 Radio 3
Lunchtime Concert 2.00
Afternoon Concert 3.30
Choral Evensong 4.30 New
Generation Artists 5.00 In
Tune 7.00 In Tune Mixtape.
An eclectic non-stop mix of
music. 7.30 Radio 3 In Concert
10.00 Free Thinking 10.45 The
Essay: Minds At War 11.00 Late
Junction 12.30am Through
The Night
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Only Artists
9.30 You’re Doing It Wrong
9.45 An Alternative History Of
Art 10.00 Woman’s Hour 10.56
The Listening Project 11.00
The Silence Of The Liberals
11.30 Boswell’s Lives 12noon
News 12.04 Home Front 12.15
You And Yours 12.57 Weather
1.00 The World At One 1.45
Political Thinking With Nick
Robinson 2.00 The Archers
2.15 Drama: The Unforgiven
3.00 Money Box Live 3.30
Inside Health 4.00 Thinking
Allowed 4.30 The Media Show
5.00 PM 5.57 Weather 6.00
Six O’Clock News 6.30 It’s Not
What You Know. New series.
Comedy panel show. 7.00 The
Archers. Joe turns detective
and Toby hatches a plan. 7.15
Front Row. Arts programme.
7.45 The Citadel. By AJ Cronin.
Dramatised by Christopher
Reason. 8.00 The Moral Maze.
Combative, provocative and
engaging debate chaired by
Michael Buerk. 8.45 Lent Talks.
Amazon Prime
French political drama filmed
during last May’s elections.
The Botox Bust
BBC iPlayer
Ellie Flynn poses as a botox
customer – the injections now
apparently considered a beauty
essential by twentysomethings.
Ben Ofakor remembers Jesus’
agony in Gethsemane, and
his own childhood trauma.
9.00 Costing The Earth. Why
Australia has failed to arrest
the decline of the Great
Barrier Reef. 9.30 Only Artists.
Two artists discuss creative
questions. 10.00 The World
Tonight. With Ritula Shah.
10.45 Book At Bedtime: The
Long Drop. By Denise Mina.
Dowdall struggles under crossexamination. 11.00 Domestic
Science. A combination of
maths, science and comedy
with Festival of the Spoken
Nerd. 11.15 John Kearns. The
comedian struggles to enjoy
his fantasy day off. 11.30 Today
In Parliament. Analysis of the
day’s developments. 12mdn’t
News And Weather 12.30 An
Alternative History Of Art
12.48 Shipping Forecast 1.00
As BBC World Service 5.20
Shipping Forecast 5.30 News
Briefing 5.43 Prayer For The
Day 5.45 Farming Today 5.58
Tweet Of The Day
BBC Radio 4 LW
8.30am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Sherlock Holmes
With Carleton Hobbs 6.30
International Women’s Day
On 4 Extra 7.00 The Architects
7.30 Bridget Christie’s Utopia
8.00 The Navy Lark 8.30 Round
The Horne 9.00 Many A Slip
9.30 The Right Time 10.00
April In Paris 11.00 Winston
Graham Short Stories 11.15
Chopin In Manchester 12noon
The Navy Lark 12.30 Round
The Horne 1.00 Sherlock
Holmes With Carleton Hobbs
1.30 Her Story Made History
2.00 A Delicate Truth 2.15
Grimm Thoughts 2.30 The
Old Curiosity Shop 2.45 A
Confession 3.00 April In Paris
4.00 Many A Slip 4.30 The
Right Time 5.00 The Architects
5.30 Bridget Christie’s Utopia
6.00 The Interplanetary
Notes Of Ambassador B 6.15
Five Ghost Stories 6.30 The
Pick
ofthe
day
Carla Bruni’s
C’est La Vie
10pm, BBC Radio 2
The actress, singer
and former First
Lady of France
(above) revisits
some of her
favourite songs
in French and
English, beginning
with tunes on the
subject of love.
Tingle Factor 7.00 The Navy
Lark 7.30 Round The Horne
8.00 Sherlock Holmes With
Carleton Hobbs 8.30 Her
Story Made History 9.00
Winston Graham Short Stories
9.15 Chopin In Manchester
10.00 Comedy Club: Bridget
Christie’s Utopia 10.30 Comedy
Club: The Secret World
11.00 Comedy Club: Danny
Robins Music Therapy 11.30
Comedy Club: The Remains
Of Foley And McColl 12mdn’t
The Interplanetary Notes Of
Ambassador B 12.15 Five Ghost
Stories 12.30 The Tingle Factor
1.00 Sherlock Holmes With
Carleton Hobbs 1.30 Her Story
Made History 2.00 A Delicate
Truth 2.15 Grimm Thoughts
2.30 The Old Curiosity Shop
2.45 A Confession 3.00 April
In Paris 4.00 Many A Slip
4.30 The Right Time 5.00
The Architects 5.30 Bridget
Christie’s Utopia
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
The Emma Barnett Show With
Anna Foster 1pm Afternoon
Edition 4.00 5 Live Drive 6.30
5 Live Sport 7.45 5 Live Sport:
Champions League Football
2017-18 10.00 5 Live Sport:
5 Live Football Social 10.30
Adrian Goldberg 1am Up All
Night 5.00 Morning Reports
5.15 Wake Up To Money
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe 4.00 Steve Lamacq
7.00 Vic Galloway 9.00
Gideon Coe 12mdn’t 6 Music
Recommends With Mary
Anne Hobbs 1.00 The First
Time With Yoko Ono 2.00 Wise
Women 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 highlights
the work of the Academy of
St Martin in the Fields. 10.00
Smooth Classics 1am Sam
Pittis
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00
Dave Berry 7.00 Danielle Perry
10.00 Pete Donaldson 1am
Chris Martin
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Sian Welby 10.00 Kat
Shoob 1am Simon Beale 4.00
Jenni Falconer
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast With David Ginola
10.00 Lynsey Hipgrave, Tony
Cascarino And Bob Mills 1pm
Hawksbee And Baker 4.00
Adrian Durham And Darren
Gough 7.00 Kick-off 10.00
Sports Bar 1am Extra Time
With Adam Catterall
The
Caucasus
effect
Food
Dinner ladies
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female chefs? And how
can restaurants diversify?
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Arts
Pablo Picasso
The Tate Modern’s first
show dedicated to the
artist is unmissable
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eorgia is on everyone’s
minds at the moment.
With Tbilisi reigning
as the hot “new” city
break, thanks to direct flights which launched from
Gatwick last year and new flights
from Luton to Kutaisi opening up
the north of the country, it feels
like everyone is going.
One place they aren’t going,
though, is Svaneti, in the far, mountainous north of the Caucasus and
in particular, to the four villages
that make up Ushguli, one of the
region’s most remote outposts and
Europe’s highest settlement.
Tough and taciturn, speaking
an archaic Georgian dialect and
Georgia is increasingly opening to tourism, but
the remote, mountain region of Svaneti remains
shrouded in mystery, writes NickRedmayne
practising a version of Orthodox
Christianity, Svan cultural identity is distinct. Isolated by an annual
six-month winter, until the early
2000s Svaneti remained a lawless
place; blood feuds and banditry
were widespread.
Stymied by its remote location,
Ushguli had long endured a terminal decline, as harsh conditions
combined with instability to drive
depopulation. However, as Georgia has emerged from post-Soviet
chaos, security has returned to
Georgia, including Svaneti.
Once the country’s most dangerous road, the route to regional
capital Mestia has now been
upgraded. It’s still a journey approaching five hours from Kutaisi, but with the new flights, it’s at
least possible to visit.
Travel
essentials
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‘This Country’
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profane and very funny
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Getting there
Wizz Air flies
direct from Luton
to Kutaisi (wizzair.
com).
TravelLocal
(0117 325 7898;
travellocal.com),
hooks users up
with local tour
operators. A
Long Weekend
in Svaneti tour
costs from £510pp
excluding flights.
More information
georgia.travel
In Zhibiani, one of the larger
villages, ancient Svan defensive
towers overlook the winding lanes
and wandering livestock. Substantial stone buildings fronted
by enclosed wooden balconies lie
in varying states of repair.
Marekhi Nijharadze’s house is
in good order, though, with Soviet
symbols recalled in decorative
fretwork. She invites Alex, my
Georgian guide, and me inside.
“I came here as a midwife,” she
says, laughing. “Life was very different in the 1950s. I was the only
medic. I had to extract teeth and
even perform small surgeries.
There was no money, no transport
and the road to Mestia was terrible. It wasn’t what I was expecting
but I wanted to help.”
These days Marekhi runs a
guesthouse. In one bedroom two
significant fissures track across
the wall – scars from the 1987 avalanche after which half Zhibiani’s
residents packed up and left.
“Just 50 people remained –
everyone was trying to escape,”
she says. “Finally, tourism has
brought them back.”
Despite its rough-and-ready nature, for centuries Svaneti proved
a safe and remote repository for
art and learning, usually under the
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Svaneti, in the mountainous
northern Caucasus region in
Georgia, has distinctive-looking
villages (below)
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protection of Orthodox monasteries. On a hill overlooking Zhibiani,
against the backdrop of Shkhara’s
snowy 5,000m massif, Lammeria
monastery remains home of the
Bishop of Upper Svaneti.
Past a pony-sized shepherd dog
is the entrance, where a bearded
and robed monk appears and rings
a peal of three bells. He opens the
door to a tiny 10th-century chapel
and motions us to enter.
“I was supposed to come for a
month,” he says.
Not everyone in Ushguli is so
straightforward. Surrealist artist Pridon Nijharadze also lives
in Zhibiani, leading a reclusive
existence. He’s rumoured to be
awkward and eccentric; but Alex
knows Pridon’s nephew, who’s
willing to make an introduction.
We walk along narrow alleys,
past abandoned Russian trucks
and silently wandering cows, to
a half-stone, half-wooden building. At the top of a flight of steps,
a whiskered elderly man eyes our
approach – Pridon, as it turns out.
“What do you think of the positions held by Stalin and Roosevelt
after the Tehran Conference?” he
demands by way of introduction.
Happy with Alex’s reply, he invites
us into his studio. “In the 1970s I
studied in Tbilisi, but they couldn’t
give me anything,” he says. “What
I wanted to paint wasn’t allowed.”
“I demonstrated against the Soviets when they banned the Georgian language. They put me in an
asylum, gave me drugs. I’ve had
health problems ever since.”
Little by little Pridon opens
more doors, allowing us further
into his studio’s inner sanctum.
“This,” he says, pointing at a
brooding canvas detailing multiple Svan towers, “is the Tower of
Babel”. He interprets other references for us – scissors are actually
a woman’s legs. Pridon’s art has
always been designed to provoke.
I ask the source of his inspiration: “The cosmos,” he replies.
As we take our leave, Pridon
tells me more about the impact of
prosperity on Ushguli. “It’s like a
resurrection,” he says and picks
up a psychedelic canvas. “This, it’s
special. I painted it in 1999 and if it
sells I’ll give the money to the people of Ushguli – those who stayed
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Food & Drink
A woman’s
place is in
the kitchen
The scarcity of female chefs
highlights the gender imbalance in
the food industry. SudiPigottreports
W
hy are there not more
female chefs? The statistics are shocking. In
the UK, only 18.5 per
cent of professional
chefs working in restaurant kitchens
are women. Clearly much about the
prevailing norms and perceptions in
the industry needs to change to create a more welcoming inclusive future
with greater gender balance.
The relative scarcity of women in the
professional kitchen is still attributed
to the physical rigour, the punishing
hours, the men’s club testosteronefuelled energy and the challenges of
combining it with a family life. Surely
such a black-and-white unconscious
bias is outmoded?
Vérane Frédiani director of a new
film that takes a global view on why
female chefs are less visible “A la recherche des femmes chefs” (or The Goddesses ofFood) which will be released
tomorrow for International Women’s
Day on DVD in English by RiminiArcades sees the problem partly as a
marketing challenge.
“Presently, we only really know about
a few famous top-end chefs, we need
to widen horizons to encourage more
women of all ages into the kitchen,” says
Frédiani, who recently launched the
#Michelintwo campaign in response
to the new French Michelin guide’s
apparent scant recognition of female
chefs. It’s true that the same, admirable
female role models are usually cited to
show that the restaurant kitchen can be
a place for women to thrive.
“Angela Hartnett really was a gamechanger for me,” says Marianne Lumb,
who trained at Gravetye Manor. Lumb
is now chef-proprietor of Marianne’s in
Kensington and recipient of Harden’s
gastronomic award 2017.
“We saw on TV how Angela won
respect from Gordon Ramsay. Then
she opened Murano independently,
providing the role model that women
should and could go it alone as
chef-proprietor.”
Angela is now one of three female
judges for the challenging Roux Scholarship, based on traditional French
cooking. Michel Roux Jnr explains:
“No female entrants made it through
to the cook-off stage this year, which
is sad. We’re encouraging senior chefs
to mentor their junior chefs and give
them the confidence to enter. With
Romy Gill (below)
offers an example
of how grit and
passion get
results; Helena
Puolakka (right)
is the executive
chef at Aster
restaurant where
she is known for
dishes like her
plaice (above)
KIRSTIE YOUNG;
THOMAS
ALEXANDER
We are
actively
pursuing
a 50:50
gender
ratio
our new judges Clare [Smyth], Rachel
[Humphrey] and Angela [Hartnett]
we hope to inspire more female chefs
to apply next year, too”.
“Should our definition of success in
the culinary world be redefined?” wonders Helena Puolakka, now executive
chef of D & D’s Aster restaurant who
started out determined to work in
Michelin-starred restaurants. She explains that Pierre Koffmann was her
idol. She was so determined to work
for him, that when she arrived in London from Finland, she called La Tante
Claire every morning for a fortnight
until she was asked to come in.
“I had an advantage as I could
speak fluent French so understood
Koffmann’s orders before my chef de
partie, and picked things up quickly.
Despite being such a tough kitchen, he
was caring, with a sense of humour and
if he saw talent, he gave you the opportunity.” Several roles later, Puolakka
is the happiest she can remember as
executive chef at Aster’s.
“Whether we like or hate cooking
reality shows, they’ve played an important role in bringing women forward and giving them a platform, look
at Nadiya Hussain’s success post Bake
Off,” believes Romy Gill, MBE.
Proprietor of Romy’s Kitchen in
New chefs to watch
PIP LACEY A Harnett
alumnus, is about to open
Hicce in central London.
Her restaurant promises
pickling, fermenting and,
importantly, what many
might perceive as a more
macho trend: cooking
over open fire.
ELIZABETH ALLEN
Formerly an architecture
student, won a Michelin
star working at Pidgin in
Hackney, east London. She
is about to open her own
restaurant Shibui, serving
fusion dishes themed
around fire.
GINA HOPKINS Has just
opened a South-east
Asian restaurant called
Nonya, mixing classics
and her own inventions in
Finnieston, Glasgow.
BENNY SULLIVAN A
sculpture graduate turned
pastry chef, who now runs
Chard an evening pop-up
at Rust Café in Brighton,
with intensely seasonal,
local producer-led food.
CASSIE WHITE Trained
at Marcus Wareing
in London and is now
shaking up Cumbria’s
dining scene at
Pentonbridge Inn, a
restaurant-with-rooms in
the tiny hamlet of Penton,
near Carlisle.
HENRIETTA INMAN
Formerly a pastry chef at
The Lanesbrough Hotel in
London, she has chosen to
set up her own business
outside the confines of a
restaurant kitchen. She
creates exquisite, bespoke
cakes using a wide range
of flours. Her book, The
Natural Baker, is published
in April.
Bristol, Romy is a shining example of
how grit, determination and passion
get results. The mother of two loved to
cook, wanted to share her recipes and
started out selling pickles and samosas at local markets. When customers
asked repeatedly for recipes, Romy
persuaded a local business to give
her space to run cookery classes. The
feedback gave Romy the confidence to
approach established cookery schools
to run her classes, and food festivals to
give demos and build her profile.
Eventually, and not without a battle, she found
a bank willing to provide a loan. Five years
on, she still runs the
kitchen. She admits
that she doesn’t see
her daughters as
much as she would
like, although she gets
incredible support from
her husband Gundeep.
The industry needs more role models such as Romy, and in order to speed
up such change in the culinary landscape we need to create more dialogue
and challenge conventional mindsets.
“Are the “best” chefs necessarily
those who’ve staged in the high end
Michelin kitchens?” asked Melina
Shannon-Dipietro, who led Noma’s
MAD symposium and recruitment at
last weekend’s Parabere Forum.
Organised by journalist Maria Canabal, this annual event brings together
not only chefs but bakers, food producers, academics and activists to make
the voice of women in the industry
better heard. Canabal explains: “We
believe that there are three ingredients
to empower women: training, mentorship and role models.” The mood at the
conference was certainly optimistic.
René Redzepi explained that the talent
of Mette Solberg, now head chef at reinvented Noma 2, was tangible as soon as
she arrived as an apprentice, “she had a
certain spirit and determination”.
Redzepi’s words were music to the
assembled audience. “We want to be
part of a seismic change and are actively pursuing a 50:50 gender ratio. We’ve
even considered only opening for lunch
to make our working conditions more
supportive of combining restaurant
and family life. With more women, we
feel a tangible change in the dynamics
of the kitchen, a better spirit.”
Arts
★★★★★
Picasso’s
greatest
year
An unmissable show of the artist’s 1932
output brings many of his best works to the
UK for the first time. By Claudia Pritchard
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the composers Darius Milhaud and
Francis Poulenc, and the top French
art dealers and collectors of the day.
There was room after room of work
by the leading artist receiving his first
retrospective: tender early pieces,
neo-classical portraits, Cubist still-lifes,
an explosion of new nudes, dominated
by an unknown blonde model.
T h e i n - c rowd k n o c ked back
Champagne cocktails to the value of
40,000 francs, and 2,000 viewers edged
around the influential Galerie Georges
Petit on Paris’s rue de Sèze. Only one
thing was missing: the painter and
sculptor himself. On 16 June 1932, when
the fashionable and influential revelled
in this landmark in modern art, Pablo
Picasso, even though he had personally
curated the show, went to the cinema.
Picasso’s Paris retrospective – he had
turned down offers from New York and
Venice – marked the mid-point in a year
when fame and fortune were manifest
in his chauffeur-driven car, two
apartments off the Champs-Élysées
(one to work in, one to live in), and a
mansion in the country. But the artist
could also be diffident and secretive.
At home, while relations with his
wife, the ballet dancer Olga Khokhlova,
were strained, in December 1931 family
Christmas traditions were conformed
to as the new year came into view: the
artist customarily made a sculptural
“Christmas tree” out of found objects.
Less traditionally, on Christmas Day
itself he went to his studio and painted
a nude with her face obscured, Woman
in a Red Armchair.
Although – and because – a heart
replaces her strong features, the
voluptuous curves and flick of blonde
hair are enough to identify the model as
Picasso’s muse and lover of five years,
Marie-Thérèse Walter. Throughout
1932 she would dominate his work, and
visitors to Tate Modern’s exhibition,
Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy,
which celebrates this pivotal year, will
get to know this lover pretty well.
They met in the street in 1927, when
Marie-Thérèse was 17 and Picasso was
45. Fixated on her strapping physique
and robust features, he painted
Fiixated on
Marie-Thérèse’s
robust features,
he painted her
repeatedly
her repeatedly and by 1935 she was
carrying his child, a daughter, Maya (He
already had a young son, Paulo, with
Olga). Marie-Thérèse diving, rowing,
posing with a ball… there is no end of
photographic proof of this sportive
young woman’s physical prowess. But
for the most part in Picasso’s extensive
Marie-Thérèse paintings she is seen in a
post-coital swoon, nodding off over her
book or mandolin, or placed, literally, on
a pedestal, first sculpted and only then,
in bust form, painted.
In March 1932, the already prolific
artist, with one eye on his forthcoming
June retrospective, produced a series
of gigantic nudes that amazed the
dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler.
They were “perhaps the greatest,
Picasso’s muse and lover Marie-Thérèse Walter was the model for ‘The
Mirror’ (above); the more complex ‘Girl Before a Mirror’ (top)
most moving things he has produced”,
Kahnweiler wrote to a friend. Reunited
at Tate Modern, they include Nude,
Green Leaves and Bust and Nude in a
Black Armchair. In a third, The Mirror,
he plays with an idea borrowed
from Manet, for Picasso was both
innovator and traditionalist, nodding
at his artistic forebears in his work and
adhering often to established genres –
still life, the nude, even in this year, it
transpires, landscape and religious art.
In The Mirror, a figure is painted
twice, once full on, once in reflection.
Since Marie-Thérèse was the model,
the reflected view is of her well-toned
bottom only, but in the captivating Girl
Before a Mirror, on loan from New York’s
Metropolitan Museum of Art, a more
complex composition shows Picasso
at his most virtuosic, flowing between
the dressed model on the left and her
reflection in the cheval mirror on the
right, every division and connection
both a conundrum and a solution.
That painting is dated 14 March, and
Tate curators Achim Borchardt-Hume
and Nancy Ireson consider Picasso’s
practice of precisely dating works
at this stage in his long career to be
significant. “The work that one does
is a way of keeping a diary,” Picasso
told a journalist who interviewed him
while he was hanging works at the
Galerie Georges Petit, adding, perhaps
worryingly, “Essentially, there is only
love. Whatever it may be.”
The retrospective, which opened the
day after the article appeared, included
works that have, to some extent, been
reassembled for the Tate show. Among
them are the neoclassical portrait of
his wife, Olga in an Armchair (1918), the
affectionate Paulo as a Harlequin (1924),
and the sculpture Woman in a Garden
(1929-30), with its giveaway spray of
bobbed hair.
Man Ray photographed Picasso with
Woman in a Garden; suited and booted,
now 50 he had come a long way since
first arriving in Paris 30 or so years
earlier. But although he now motored to
his country house Boisgeloup, he, Olga
and Paul lived in a handful of rooms
only, while he stuffed the outhouses
with bulbous sculptures of MarieThérèse, whose round cheeks, firm
chin and long nose translate into huge
clusters of spheres and arcs.
The June retrospective was followed
by what appears to have been a
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Dollops of poignancy
and profanity make
this a comedy classic
» This Country BBC1, 10.45pm
» Amazing Hotels; Life Beyond the Lobby BBC2, 9pm
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‘Nude Woman in a Red Armchair’ (above);
Pablo Picasso at rue La Boétie, Paris,
in front of another 1932 work, ‘Nude,
Green Leaves and Bust’ (left)
SUCCESSION PICASSO/DACS
relaxed summer – Picasso went to
Pourville in Normandy with Olga and
Paulo; enthusiastic swimmer MarieThérèse headed for water sports on the
Riviera. And that mermaid existence
leads to the Tate show’s disturbing
finale. In November and December,
possibly triggered by the viral infection
contracted by his lover in the sewagecontaminated river Marne, Picasso
turned to the subject of drowning, in a
final series of paintings, many entitled
The Rescue. By the end of 1932, in
Picasso’s life, in the world, storm clouds
were gathering.
In Tate Modern’s first show dedicated
to Picasso alone, three-quarters of the
100-plus works have never been seen
before in Britain. Many come from
private collections, and for these alone
the exhibition is unmissable.
‘Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy’,
Tate Modern, London, 8 March to
9 September (020 7887 8888)
oor Kerry. Resolving to
learn “how to be kind
to others” and inspired
by a YouTube video of a
“random act of kindness” involving
a pensioner who gets their
shopping paid for by a stranger
she goes about improving the state
of the world in her own village.
Naturally she fails, and naturally
watching her do so is funny, with
those dollops of bathos, poignancy
and profanity that made This
Country such a surprise hit, indeed
the comedy hit of last year. It’s back
now, for a deserved second series.
Starring and written by reallife brother and sister team Daisy
(Kerry Mucklowe) and Charlie
Cooper (Kerry’s ultra-nerdy cousin
Kurtan), it follows the Mucklowes,
who are eternally frustrated by life
in their little Cotswolds village, and
their inability to progress either
in it or beyond it. It is a classic
comedy trope – characters held
back only by the hand life dealt
them and their utter inability
to make the best of it, which of
course they can never quite bring
themselves to acknowledge.
Instead, they sublimate their
ambitions in fantasies.
And so we find that even when
Kerry carefully folds the ironing
for her mum, this simple, random,
human gesture of kindness is
thrown back at her. I can’t actually
bring myself to reproduce the line
here, but I confess I collapsed into
tears of laughter at this vision of
the Mucklowe utility room. Kerry’s
mum is voiced by Daisy Cooper and
sounds possessed.
Kerry also tries, rather ineptly,
to mend Kurtan’s fractured
relationship with his new girlfriend
Sophe, and also offers her services
as a “hard woman” doing “security”
at the village “secret cinema” night,
patting down old biddies for knives
and putting UV bulbs in the loos to
thwart “smackheads”.
In this second series, there
is more attention paid to the
colourful supporting figures. The
vicar, the fantastically bien pensant
Rev Francis Seaton, played by
Paul Chahidi, acquires a son, for
example. The intimidating “Big”
Mandy Harris, who specialises
in random acts of unkindness,
acquires martial arts skills, a back
story of stalking and a collection of
toy meerkats. And “Slugs” forms
a relationship of sorts with the
painfully introverted Kayleigh.
Ostensibly, it is a BBC
documentary about how
“young people in rural Britain
continue to feel marginalised
and disadvantaged”, but it is of
course an extremely well rendered
mockumentary.
Parts are unexpectedly bleak,
as when the vicar attempts to
explain to Kerry the concept
of selflessness, which she can
comprehend only through likening
it to saying “thank you” to the
automated check-out till at Tesco’s.
In a strange way This Country, in
its delusions, suffocating insularity
and cast of characters in a state
of arrested development, feels an
awful lot like some sort of allegory
for Brexit Britain.
I have never really “got” the
attractions of “hotel porn”, of
which one of the most extreme
examples is Amazing Hotels:
Life Beyond the Lobby. Its entire
function seems to be to provoke
feelings of envy and resentment in
those who happen across the warm
beauties of the Anantara Al Jabal
Al Akhdar in Oman. It’s £6,000 a
night for the best villa.
I don’t exactly resent having my
nose rubbed into the breathtaking
views and superb cuisine, but
maybe there was a bit of a problem
with the timing, having it beamed
into our homes during the bitterest
weather in years. That, of course,
and the fact that I can’t afford it
or, unlike, presenters Giles Coren
and Monica Galetti, go there on
the BBC licence fee-payer. I’m not
leaving a tip. THE INDEPENDENT
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‘This Country’
stars Ashley
McGuire (left)
as ‘Big’ Mandy
and real-life
siblings Charlie
and Daisy
Cooper as
cousins Kurtan
and Kerry
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Maureen Lipman and
Glynis Barber in Gore
Vidal’s ‘The Best Man’
PAMELA RAITH
VISUAL ARTS
William Blake in Sussex:
Visions of Albion
PETWORTH HOUSE AND PARK
Arts
Arts
reviews
THEATRE
The Best Man
PLAYHOUSE, LONDON
HHHHH
Set at a presidential nominating
convention, Gore Vidal’s The
Best Man, which premiered on
Broadway in March 1960, tells
the story of a race between two
fictional politicians – the upright
and experienced former Secretary
William Russell, and the ruthless, “plain spoken” Senator Joe
Cantwell. Nine points up, with the
former president’s endorsement
due any moment, the nomination
is Russell’s to lose.
The primary action of The Best
Man takes places before a single
ballot is cast. Vidal’s play centres
on the real power struggles: the
backroom deals, smear threats,
and outright blackmail.
THEATRE
DANCE
Frost/ Nixon
Sasha Waltz
and Guests
SHEFFIELD CRUCIBLE
HHHHH
David Frost rocketed into the
national conscience in the early
1960s. Then, despite, a handful
of good interviews, his career
went on a slide. Until he signed
up the disgraced former
President Richard Nixon for a
face-to-face encounter.
It was to become his most
famous meeting of all. Despite
a wobbly start, he finally got his
finger on Nixon’s pulse – here
was a man putting himself over
as a benevolent hero, rejected
by the warped ingratitude
of the electorate. Best of all,
however, was that there were
two monstrous egos in the same
room, with the camera running.
Two men believing that they were
implacably right.
Kate Hewitt directs Daniel
Rigby as Frost and Jonathan Hyde
as Nixon in a profoundly engaging
(and almost jaw-dropping)
evening of theatre that is a
model of restraint, disciplined
naturalism and integrity. They,
and the rest of the cast, inhale
Peter Morgan’s script as if it was
nourishing them.
To 17 March (0114 249 6000)
PHIL PENFOLD
As exciting as the premise
sounds, The Best Man falls slightly
flat. Taking some time to warm up,
the action is confined to conversation that should crackle with the
electricity of ideas bouncing off
one another, but at times feels like
a seminar. Moreover, the shocking
cynicism of the 1960s feels rather
tame now. The idea that candidates
do dirty deals in smoke-filled
rooms fails to shock in 2018.
Jeff Fahey as Cantwell is vibrant
as the morally lax populist. He
exudes the ambition and dogged
obsession of the demagogue politician – slick and ready to throw
dirt to get elected. Vidal based the
character on the upstarts of the
time – John F Kennedy, Richard
Nixon, Estes Kefauver and
Joe McCarthy.
Martin Shaw as Russell suffers
from the fact that Russell is
something of a bore – although
we’re repeatedly told how
charming he is, the Russell
presented to the audience is
something of a pious, sermonising
smart Alec.
Maureen Lipman as the representative of women in the party
has some of the best lines, and her
appearances are to be savoured
in what can at times be dry
exchanges.
Lipman, dressed in twinsetand-pearls, teaches Russell three
important, and timeless lessons
of politics; don’t be too smart,
have an inoffensive wife and don’t
ever get into an argument about
your mental health.
Depressingly, the issues feel as
true today as when Vidal wrote
about them 58 years ago.
But despite the topical political
discussion, the whole thing leaves
one unmoved.
It pales in comparison to
current White House melodramas, being too tame to entertain fully.
To 12 May (0844 871 7631)
JOE VESEY-BYRNE
THE INDEPENDENT
Rhythm & Reaction: the Age
of Jazz in Britain
TWO TEMPLE PLACE, LONDON WC2
The impact that jazz has had on
Britain since it first arrived in
1918, highlighting how the new
sounds in post-war nightclubs
and dancehalls provided exciting
and dynamic material for British
artists. The show brings together
paintings, prints, cartoons,
textiles, ceramics, moving film,
instruments and sound, with art
by William Roberts, Frank Dobson
and Edward Burra among others.
(twotempleplace.org) to 22 Apr
FILM
The Nile Hilton Incident
15, TARIK SALEH, 111 MINS
Corruption seeps into every
pore of Egyptian society in Tarik
Saleh’s impressive political
thriller, set in 2011 on the eve of
the Arab spring and taking its
inspiration from Roman Polanski’s
Chinatown. It manages the
feat of remaining a moody and
atmospheric private eye-style
mystery while offering more
insight into the final days of
Mubarak’s presidency than
any didactic, self-righteous
documentary could ever manage.
Limited release
A Fantastic Woman
15, SEBASTIÁN LELIO, 104 MINS
The transgender heroine of this
rousing Chilean melodrama fully
lives up to the film’s title. Marina
(Daniela Vega) is a wonderfully
complex, defiant and passionate
character, as we follow her over
a few tempestuous days in which
she experiences joy and sudden
bereavement – and then fights
with admirable tenacity to be
allowed to grieve properly for her
loved one. Limited release
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON
HHHHH
In Körper, Berlin-based
choreographer Sasha Waltz
prods at the idea of the body. She
literally piles up her dancers,
creating patterns or random
heaps, questions how they see
themselves or plunges them into
surreal activity. One dancer puts
on skis and a safety harness to
swoop down a vertical wall; when
the wall falls, it sends a gust of
wind through the theatre, ruffling
the audience’s hair.
Waltz crosses art/dance
boundaries, working extensively
in museums and with opera. Her
appointment as co-director of
the Berlin State Ballet, a role she
takes up next year, has already
proved controversial, since
she’s a contemporary dance
choreographer taking over a
classical ballet company.
The show starts as the audience
arrives, with dancers prowling
about the stage, working through
repetitive patterns. Two men lie
down or inch along a wall, holding
hands. Their bodies smudge the
chalk figure drawn on the wall;
Waltz keeps drawing marks
Sussex was the only area outside
London where William Blake
ever lived, settling with his wife
in a cottage in Felpham, which he
described as “the sweetest spot on
Earth”. This exhibition uses more
than 50 loans, complemented
by works from the Petworth
collection, to tell the story of the
artist-poet’s three years living in
the county between 1800 and 1803.
(nationaltrust.org.uk) to 25 Mar
TALKS & POETRY
Joanna Cannon
WATERSTONES, NOTTINGHAM
In ‘Körper’, Berlin-based choreographer Sasha Waltz prods at the idea
of the human body, literally piling up her dancers BERND UHLIG
around bodies, then erasing them.
Fingers, hands and faces poke out
from holes in the wall, in creepy or
surreal poses.
The dancers are quick and
agile, but they also have to fight
against the set design, by Waltz
with Thomas Schenk and Heike
Schuppelius. They squeeze
themselves into the narrow space
behind a window, wriggling and
climbing over each other.
Waltz is concerned with
the day-to-day experience of
inhabiting a body, in making sense
of it. Yet she also makes it strange.
Dressed in flowing skirts, one
dancer perches on another’s back,
creating a composite creature like
a centaur.
Measuring themselves, trying
to track how their bodies work,
the dancers become both literal
and dreamlike.
ZOE ANDERSON
THE INDEPENDENT
The author of the best-selling
The Trouble with Goats and
Sheep discusses her new novel,
Three Things About Elsie.
(0843 290 8525) tonight 6.30pm
Women of the World
SOUTHBANK CENTRE, LONDON SE1
The festival celebrating women
and girls and exploring the
obstacles that stop them from
achieving their potential features
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,
Laura Bates, Anita Anand, Vicky
Featherstone, Mei Fong, Janice
Galloway and Afua Hirsch.
(0844 875 0073) to Sun
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2-27
Arts
agenda
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
StAnza
VARIOUS VENUES, ST ANDREWS
The annual poetry festival
includes Douglas Dunn, Daljit
Nagra, Liz Lochhead, Gillian
Allnutt, Jacob Polley, Michael
Symmons Roberts, Sinéad
Morrissey, Mark Ford, WN
Herbert and Don Paterson.
(01592 611101) to Sun
Mick Herron
DULWICH BOOKS, LONDON SE21
The writer talks about the fifth
book in his Jackson Lamb series
of spy thrillers, London Rules.
(020 8670 1920) tonight 7pm
COMEDY
Rob Brydon
VARIOUS VENUES
Panel-show mainstay and serial
Ronnie Corbett impersonator
Rob Brydon offers some welcome
edge (and some choice audiencebaiting) in I Am Standing Up.
Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
(01270 368242) tonight; Parr Hall,
Warrington (01925 442345)
Thur; Harrogate Convention
Centre (harrogateconvention
centre.co.uk) Fri
Stand Up for Shelter
SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE,
LONDON W12
A cracking bunch – including
raggedy, none-more-deadpan Joe
Wilkinson, Seann Walsh, Shappi
Khorsandi, Russell Kane and
character comic Lolly Adefope
– gather to do their bit for the
homelessness charity Shelter.
(ticketmaster.co.uk) tonight
POP
Morrissey
VARIOUS VENUES
Like a one-man siege mentality,
he returns, ruffling more feathers
and losing more fans with his
political blurt-outs. But there is
a light that occasionally flickers
with sustained pop life on the
Moz-anthropist’s latest issue, Low
in High School. Royal Albert Hall,
London SW7 (royalalberthall.com)
tonight; Alexandra Palace, London
N22 (stargreen.com) Fri; Palladium,
London W1 (london-palladium.
co.uk) 10 Mar
CLASSICAL
Songs for Nancy
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
OPERA
IQ
30-37
THEATRE
From the House of the Dead
Sunset Boulevard
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON WC2
REGENT THEATRE, IPSWICH
Mark Wigglesworth conducts
the Royal Opera’s first ever
production of Janacek’s
Dostoyevsky-based opera, with
Willard White, Nicky Spence,
Graham Clark and John GrahamHall among the prisoners.
(020 7304 4000) tonight 8pm
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is
seamless and visually spectacular,
evoking vintage Hollywood
glamour with film clips, high
platforms and staircases and an
ingenious mix of cinematic and
mood lighting. Ria Jones as a
faded star of silent films drives
the piece with an unbelievable
stage presence, a brilliant range
of convincing emotions and a rich
controlled voice, while Danny
Mac’s Joe Gillis is charismatic and
believable. (atgtickets.com) to Sat
JAZZ
Kyle Eastwood Band
RONNIE SCOTT’S, LONDON W1
With Andrew McCormack on
piano, trumpeter Quentin Collins,
saxophonist Brandon Allen and
Chris Higginbottom on drums, the
bassist and band leader showcases
tracks from latest album, In
Transit, and his back catalogue.
(020 7439 0747) to Sat
Patrick Bebey
VORTEX JAZZ, LONDON N16
French-Cameroonian pianist
Patrick Bebey makes his London
piano solo debut, having worked
with the likes of Miriam Makeba,
Papa Wemba and Mory Kante,
as well as recently touring and
recording with the African
Salsa Orchestra and Arcade Fire.
(020 7254 4097) tonight
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i WEDNESDAY
7 MARCH 2018
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
First
Chance
Opening
this week
FILM
You Were Never Really Here
15, LYNNE RAMSAY, 90 MINS
Joaquin Phoenix stars in the UK
director’s US-based thriller. Opens Fri
Shrek the Musical
COMEDY
Glasgow International
Comedy Festival
HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE, ABERDEEN
VARIOUS VENUES
A delicious touring version of the
story of Shrek, a grumpy green
ogre with a Scottish accent who
lives in a swamp and is not a
typical fairytale prince. This is a
merry and surprisingly romantic
subversion of stereotypes about
love and beauty, driven by two
fine central performances by
Steffan Harri as Shrek and
Laura Main as Fiona.
(shrekthemusical.co.uk) to Sun
Early starters at this gathering
of big hitters and local heroes are
Katherine Ryan and Iain Stirling.
(glasgowcomedyfestival.com) opens Thur
TALKS & POETRY
Words by the Water
THEATRE BY THE LAKE, KESWICK
On the bill are Hunter Davies, Vince
Cable, Kate Raworth, Ben Okri and
Jenny Uglow. (017687 74411) opens Fri
Travel Offer
WORLD MUSIC
ST JOHN’S SMITH SQ, LONDON SW1
Raghu Dixit Project
Bampton Classical Opera
celebrates Nancy Storace, the
English soprano who was Mozart’s
first Susanna in The Marriage of
Figaro. Includes works by
Mozart, Haydn, Salieri, Sarti,
Martin y Soler and Storace’s
composer brother Stephen.
With sopranos Jacquelyn
Stucker and Rhiannon Llewellyn.
(020 7222 1061) tonight 7.30pm
VARIOUS VENUES
Derek Phillips
The ebullient, eclectic Indian
folk band from Bangalore sing
in Kannada, Hindi and Tamil,
their music rooted in Indian folk
traditions and culture but with a
contemporary, global sound. The
latest album is Jag Changa. The
Brook, Southampton (023 8055
5366) tonight; Marlowe Theatre,
Canterbury (01227 787787) Fri
If you only see
one thing today
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The Cumbrian Mountain Express
Steam over the Settle & Carlisle Line
Saturday 12th May and 14th July 2018
Departing London Euston 07:10, Watford Jn* 06:40, Milton Keynes 08:00,
Northampton** 07:40, Rugby 08:25 (times approx.)
KERRY HAYES
Take the journey of a lifetime including steam across the challenging Settle &
Carlisle Line and the dramatic Cumbrian Fells. Relax as we head to Carnforth to
meet a magnificent steam loco for an exciting journey up steep gradients to Grayrigg,
through beautiful Lune Gorge and to Shap summit. At ancient border city Carlisle,
stretch your legs with a visit to the castle, cathedral, museum or shops before heading by steam again for the breathtaking Settle & Carlisle Line, passing over the iconic
Ribblehead Viaduct and enjoying magnificent Three Peaks views. Our train will
leave its steam loco at Farington Jn for a fast run home hauled by electric loco.
FILM
The Shape of Water
15, GUILLERMO DEL TORO, 120 MINS
Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning cross between Cold War thriller and Disney-style fairy tale, albeit one
with its share of sex and gore. Sally Hawkins stars as a young mute woman who works as a cleaner at a
government laboratory in the early-1960s and is so utterly captivating here that even the strange, scaly,
Amazonian creature that is being kept in top secret at the lab falls for her. Nationwide release
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Enjoy The i £10pp discount when you book using code KWQ
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**Northampton travel to Rugby by service train – fares included. Buffet car available. Junior fares available.
Tables for two can be guaranteed in First/Premier for a £25pp supplement subject to availability. Organised by
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For more information or to book, please call:
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Business Editor Elizabeth Anderson
+4420 7361 5718
business@inews.co.uk
ENGINEERING
Union urges ministers to
intervene on GKN takeover
By Ben Woods, Holly Williams
and Ravender Sembhy
Pressure is mounting on the
Government to intervene in the
proposed £7.4bn takeover of the
engineering group GKN, with unions
warning that bidder Melrose is an
“asset-stripper”.
Parliament’s Business Committee
questioned bosses from both
companies yesterday as tensions
about the mooted deal increased.
During the hearing, Steve Turner,
assistant general secretary of the
Unite union, added his voice to calls
from 16 MPs who have written to
the Business Secretary, Greg Clark,
urging him to block the takeover.
Mr Turner said: “Melrose’s track
record is exactly that three- to fiveyear ‘transformation’, they would
call it. We would more rightly define
it as asset stripping. They take over
businesses, they compartmentalise
them and then flog them off to the
highest bidder in order to maximise
shareholder value. That’s the nature
of the business. It’s about maximising
shareholder value and trousering lots
of money. That’s the reality.”
Mr Turner said that Mr Clark, who
has the power to block the takeover,
should “absolutely intervene” on
national security grounds. Melrose
executives confirmed to MPs that
the firm had held meetings with
GKN’s pension scheme,
which is £700m in deficit
despite a £250m injection in
October, has 32,000 members
– including 17,000 who have
already retired.
the Government and the Ministry
of Defence, as well as US defence
officials, over its plans for GKN.
When asked if it would sell GKN’s
assets to an overseas buyer, the
co-founder and chief executive of
Melrose, Simon Peckham, said
it would not sell GKN’s military
protected assets to anyone “who is
not an appropriate buyer”.
GKN, which employs about 58,200
staff, has become a target after
profits warnings issued in October
and November revealed problems
at its US aerospace division and
sent the firm’s shares tumbling. Mr
Peckham insisted that the deal would
be “safer for everyone in the long
term, including the UK economy”.
He added: “We are not a charity, we
are a business, but we try to do the
right thing.”
Asked about concerns over GKN’s
GKN has become a target after profit
warnings last October and November
pensionsdeficit,DavidRoper, another
co-founder and vice-chairman of
Melrose, said it had an “exemplary
track record”. “Every single pension
scheme in our ownership has been
left in a much more stable financial
position than before,” he added.
But the committee called for more
assurances to be made on pensions,
as well as legally enforceable posttakeover assurances on the future of
the business.
CONSUMER
Australia
buyout bites
into profits
at Just Eat
By Holly Williams
Quote of
the day
Residents collect bottled
water from Thames
Water staff after mains
supplies were cut off in
Balham, south London,
on Monday REUTERS
The 30
Second
Briefing
This is starting
to get ridiculous.
Where’s my ban?
Nick Leeson
The man who brought
down Barings Bank
in 1995 comments on
the ban imposed on the
former Co-Op Bank
chairman Paul Flowers
WATER
SHORTAGES
Have big businesses been affected by
this week’s mains water shortages?
Yes. After last week’s cold weather, a
fast thawing of frozen pipes has led
to a 4,000 per cent rise in reports
of burst mains and leaks. In Kent,
13,000 homes were still without
water on Monday, and industry
across the UK has been affected too.
Which factories were forced to shut
down because of burst pipes?
Jaguar Land Rover had to close its
Solihull plant, which employs 11,000
people, while Mondelez, the owner
of the Cadbury’s chocolate brand,
reported that it had limited water at
its site in Bournville and had sent
workers home.
What was the reaction?
Ofwat, the water industry regulator,
said that water suppliers had “fallen
well short” in their planning and
communications, adding: “While the
recent severe freeze and thaw have
undoubtedly had an impact on pipes
and infrastructure, this weather
was forecast in advance.” However,
Severn Water said: “It is normal
procedure to work proactively with
a handful of large businesses who
use a lot of water to manage their
usage when we need to prioritise
customer supplies.”
So what could happen to the
water suppliers?
Ofwat’s chief executive, Rachel
Fletcher, said that firms found to
have underprepared for the freezing
temperatures could be taken to task.
She added: “When the taps are back
on, we will take a long, hard look
at what has happened here and we
won’t hesitate to intervene if we find
that companies have not had the
right structures and mechanisms in
place to be resilient enough.”
Tom Nicholson
The online takeaway delivery
company Just Eat said yesterday that
it swung to a loss in 2017 after taking
a mammoth hit on its Australian and
New Zealand business, but it was
buoyed by a record surge in orders.
The business – recently promoted
to the FTSE 100 index – reported
a £76m pre-tax loss for last year,
compared with profits of £91.3m in
2016, after it took a £180.4m charge
on the acquisition of its Australian
and New Zealand division. Just Eat
said that, with the hit stripped out, it
would have made a profit of £104.4m.
It posted underlying earnings of
£164m – up 42 per cent on 2016 – and
predicted that this would grow in
2018 to between £165m and £185m.
The newly appointed chief
executive, Peter Plumb, said that he
planned to step up investment across
the UK and in Just Eat’s overseas
territories. But he cautioned that
competition was “intensifying”
across some of its markets, such as
Australia and New Zealand.
In the UK, where Just Eat has
just snapped up rival Hungryhouse
after being given the all-clear by
competition watchdogs, underlying
earnings lifted by 28 per cent to
£155.4m for 2017 after sales also
jumped 28 per cent. Helped by its
sponsorship of The X Factor and a
recent marketing push, UK orders
rose by 19 per cent to 105 million.
Active UK customer numbers
rose 14 per cent to 10.5 million, while
85 per cent of orders were made on
mobiles and tablets, up from 80 per
cent in 2016.
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CONSUMER
ECONOMY
Inflation leaves shoppers
focused on the essentials
Insolvencies
forecast to
increase in UK
and worldwide
By Josie Cox
By Tom Nicholson
Inflation continued to eat into
shoppers’ budgets last month,
firgures from the British Retail
Consortium (BRC) showed yesterday.
Although overall sales increased
by 0.6 per cent on a like-for-like basis,
non-food sales, when measured
across the same shops as the previous
year, fell by 1.1 per cent in the three
months to February, which was well
below the 12-month average.
“Inflation is still eating into
shoppers’ budgets, pushing them to
spend a greater share of their income
on essentials and leaving less left over
to buy discretionary, predominantly
non-food, retail items,” said Helen
Dickinson, chief executive of the
BRC. “At the same time, weak growth
in household earnings is keeping
overall sales low.”
Paul Martin, the head of retail at
KPMG, the professional services
firm which compiled yesterday’s
data for the BRC, said: “Retailers
experiencing any growth in this
environment will be counting
t h e m s e l ve s l u c ky. S o f t e n i n g
consumer demand, rising costs for
retailers and the ongoing structural
changes within the industry, are
creating the perfect storm which is
uprooting the weakest players.”
Last week, two of the UK’s bestknown retailers – Toys R Us and
Business insolvencies are forecast
to increase by 8 per cent in the
UK – the second-greatest increase
worldwide – over the next year.
According to predictions
by the credit insurer Euler
Hermes, Britain will rank only
behind China, which could see an
increase in insolvencies of 10 per
cent, and ahead of Morocco (up 8
per cent), Romania (up 7 per cent)
and Poland (up 5 per cent).
Large insolvencies involving
companies with turnover of more
than €50m (£45m) rose by 21 per
cent worldwide last year, though
the forecast global trend is of a one
per cent decrease in insolvencies
in 2018. Last year, there was an
overall increase of one per cent.
The annual Global Insolvencies
Index, which predicts insolvency
trends in 43 nations, suggests
that the “first-round effects of
Brexit” are beginning to bite,
with higher input costs and a
weakening pound contributing
to insolvencies.
China’s potential increase in
business collapses would follow
the pattern of the past four years.
They rose by 35 per cent in China
last year, and more failures would
have a knock-on effect across Asia.
Ludovic Subran, Euler
Hermes’ chief economist, said:
“Insolvencies are stabilising
worldwide after seven years of
decreases. This confirms the
return of credit risk with the
economic recovery. In 2018,
companies in Asia, Latin America,
Eastern Europe and the UK
should be closely monitored. Mind
the domino effect.”
Consumers are changing their shopping habits and increasingly spending
money online rather than in stores, according to retail analysts JULIEN BEHAL/PA
Maplin – went into administration,
putting well over 5,000 jobs at risk.
Firms specialising in all sectors
have been battling tough market
conditions as consumers change
their shopping habits, increasingly
spending money online with the likes
of Amazon at the expense of trips to
bricks-and-mortar outlets.
“The retail shake-out will gather
further momentum in the coming
months, and retailers with large
physical store estates are particularly
under pressure,” added Mr Martin.
He also warned that the cost of one
of the coldest winters on record had
“yet to be factored in”.
THE INDEPENDENT
UK unemployment rates
rose in the three months to
December – the first increase in
almost two years – and average
wages increased by 2.5 per cent.
RETAIL
Aldi and Lidl threatening big-four dominance
By Josie Cox
Tesco and Morrisons were the fastest
growing of the big four supermarkets
in the three months to the end of
February, but the expansion of cutprice challenger brands continues to
threaten their market dominance.
Outlook
JAMES
MOORE
‘Nimby’ councils
not to blame for
housing crisis
T
heresa May seems to like
giving “major” speeches.
She’s delivering them
everywhere right now. The
latest one is on housing,
for which the over-used adjective
“crisis” is for once apt. Cue a tellingoff for developers and “nimby” local
authorities for failing to “do their
According to the analytics group
Kantar Worldpanel both Tesco and
Morrisons clocked sales growth
of 2.7 per cent in the 12 weeks to 25
February, outpacing Sainsbury’s
and Asda which recorded an
increase of 1.1 per cent and 2.3 per
cent respectively. The four retailers
continue to dominate in the UK
market, collectively accounting for
around 70 per cent of market share.
Aldi managed to increase its
market share by 13.9 per cent over
the period, taking it to 7 per cent.
Lildl grew its share by 13.3 per cent to
5.1 per cent. THE INDEPENDENT
duty” to foster the British dream of
home ownership.
Except that in this case local
government has been able to
decisively prove that council
planning departments aren’t at fault.
We, said Lord Porter, a council
leader and chair of the Local
Government Association, are doing
our bit and have the figures to prove it.
Nine out of every 10 planning
applications are approved and when
the rare refusals are appealed to the
Planning Inspectorate nearly three
out of every four (73 per cent) of
council decisions are upheld.
Some 321,000 new homes were
green-lit in 2016 to 2017. Just 183,000
were actually built. There is a bank
of 423,000 homes with planning
permission awaiting construction.
If there’s something stopping
housebuilding it wouldn’t appear to
be the planning system.
And by the way, Lord Porter is
a Conservative.
The figures supplied by his Local
Government Association would
certainly suggest that there is
something to the claim that the big
housebuilders have been sitting on
land banks with the aim of profiting
from rising values.
There are perverse incentives on
them not to build, not just through
those land values but also because
of the fact that a genuine increase
in the supply of homes might serve
Allowing councils to
revoke permissions after
two years if building fails to
start feels like a half measure
to reduce asking prices and thus the
developers’ profits, not to mention
the crazy bonuses they have been
handing to executives.
The PM, in her speech, railed
against the latter, and no wonder
given their companies have made
huge profits on the back of her
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7 MARCH 2018
35%
The increase in business
insolvencies in China last year
government’s Help to Buy scheme
without doing much to increase the
supply of homes.
Councils quite like the idea of
being given powers to force their
hands. Whether the limp measures
suggested by the PM would do that
is open to question, if they ever reach
the statute book. Allowing councils to
revoke permissions after two years if
a building doesn’t get started feels
like a half measure.
One thing that would help increase
the supply of available homes would
be to allow councils to borrow to
build so that they could pick up the
development slack. Another might be
a windfall tax on developers’ profits.
They might prove to be rather
p o p u l a r. B u t t h ey wo u l d b e
controversial, and require a PM with
some gumption to force through.
This one prefers to talk and talk and
talk, and to moan a bit about local
government while she’s doing it.
THE INDEPENDENT
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From the
business
pages
Three more leave
Bank of Ireland
The Irish Times
The shake-up of Bank of
Ireland which has followed
the appointment of new chief
executive Francesca McDonagh
is set to continue. Michael
Torpey, the chief executive of
the corporate and treasury
division, and Peter Morris, the
chief executive of governance
and regulatory officer, will both
retire in the summer, while a
third executive, Lewis Love,
will also leave.
CEO of scandal-hit
Kobe Steel quits
The Japan Times
Hiroya Kawasaki has resigned
as chief executive of Kobe
Steel after a data fabrication
scandal which laid bare a
culture of harsh deadlines
and an excessive emphasis on
profit. “I thought it’s best for
the company to proceed with
reforms under new managers
with speed, so that we can
show... that the company has
changed,” Mr Kawasaki said.
Deal to build Suez
wind farm sealed
Ahram Online
The Egyptian Electricity
Transmission Company has
signed a $400m (£288m) deal
to build a wind farm in the Gulf
of Suez which, it is hoped, will
generate 250MW of electricity.
Egypt plans to draw 20 per cent
of its electricity from renewable
sources by 2022, and 42 per cent
by 2035. The wind farm should
be fully linked to the Egyptian
national grid by 2019.
US firm wins Cuban
travel permit
Cuban News Agency
The first American travel
company to have been granted
a permit to operate in Cuba in
60 years will open its doors at
the end of the month. Charter
and tour leader Cuba Travel
Services opens in Havana on
31 March and plans to add
other offices in Havana as well
as in Camaguey, Santiago de
Cuba Varadero and Cienfuegos
to its books, as well as its US
offices in California, Florida,
New Jersey and Texas.
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+67.0
+21.4
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2184.0
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5520.0
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235.3
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7762.5
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416.9
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332.3
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169.8
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Hammerson
Hargrve Lans
HSBC Hldgs
IAG
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Informa
IntCont Htls
Intertek
ITV
Johnson Matth
Just Eat
Kingfisher
Land Secs
Legal & Gen
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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
454.2
1678.0
700.1
611.0
2576.0
706.0
4510.0
5092.0
153.6
3082.0
744.8
348.4
916.6
257.8
66.6
3877.0
286.6
575.0
2036.0
1949.5
225.7
757.9
4799.0
3358.0
253.0
8220.0
742.2
2650.0
1805.0
6070.0
5661.0
1482.5
258.7
3748.0
829.0
260.1
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+10.0
-2.3
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-1.5
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52338.0
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680.6
3956.5
773.0
4944.0
5470.0
221.8
3511.0
906.0
369.8
1217.1
279.9
73.6
4114.0
397.8
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2970.5
2145.0
254.4
1174.3
5355.0
3548.0
258.5
8967.0
773.0
2901.0
1992.5
8255.0
8110.4
1784.0
338.8
4226.6
994.5
304.2
2579.5
19690.3
+30.8
FTSE All Share
3945.7
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1453.5
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24900.8
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2728.3
+7.3
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7372.9
+42.2
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12113.9
+23.0
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5170.2
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30510.7
+624.3
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21417.8
+375.7
+123.3
+18.5
+1.4
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2569.0
624.5
3656.0
3551.0
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2681.0
498.1
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2046.0
1612.1
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5621.0
1399.0
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RSA Insur
Sage
Sainsbury(J)
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Scot Mort Inv Tst
Segro
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Smurfit Kappa Grp
SSE
Stan Chart
Standard Life Aber
St James Place
Taylor Wimpey
Tesco
TUI AG
Unilever
United Utilities
Vodafone
Whitbread
Ferguson
WPP
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680.0
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1342.5
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448.6
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211.9
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4557.5
1078.0
239.7
4333.0
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2037.0
568.5
613.0
222.4
3002.0
348.2
444.3
1664.0
2940.5
11.4
1173.0
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1712.7
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3678.5
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211.3
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3806.0
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238.2
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141.2
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1522.5
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4527.0
6740.0
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375.8
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3i Group
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Antofagasta
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Aviva
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Barclays
Barratt Dev
BHP Billiton
BP
BAT
Berkeley Grp Hldgs
British Land
BT
Bunzl
Burberry
Carnival
Centrica
Coca-Cola HBC
Compass
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Croda Intl
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Diageo
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GKN
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RETAIL
WAGES
House of Fraser
to be sold off
Hourly pay rises
at Sainsbury’s
The Chinese owner of House of
Fraser plans to sell its majority
stake in the troubled department
store chain, adding to the
upheaval on the UK’s shopping
streets. Nanjing Xinjiekou
Department Store will sell its
51 per cent holding to a tourism
development company named
Wuji Wenhua, according to a
Chinese stock exchange filing.
Sainsbury’s plans to boost the
base rate of hourly pay across its
stores from £8 to £9.20 as part
of a £100m investment plan.
The retailer added that it would
increase the hourly rate to
£9.80 in London. The pay rises
will mean that Sainsbury’s has
increased the base rate of pay
by 30 per cent, from £7.08 per
hour back in 2015.
TRANSPORT
EMPLOYMENT
Electric cab tax
relief advanced
Bereaved ‘feel
pressure’ to work
The Government is bringing
its planned tax exemption for
electric taxis forward by a
year. The move will now come
into force in April, and will be
worth an estimated £1,550
for zero-emission taxis worth
more than £40,000. Chancellor
Philip Hammond said: “This is a
victory for the environment and
new technologies.”
More than half of people feel
pressured to return to work
after a bereavement, according
to a report. Research by Co-op
Funeralcare also found that
two in five adults felt isolated
when they went back to their
job after losing a loved one.
A third of the 2,000 adults
surveyed said that they needed
more than two weeks off.
AVIATION
BREXIT
O’Leary attacks
Heathrow plan
Transition deal
‘critical’, says City
The boss of Ryanair has hit out
at the planned cost of Heathrow’s
third runway. Michael O’Leary
joked that it took “skill and
inventiveness” to spend as much
as £14bn on the scheme. He
called for an end to “grandiose
building schemes” by airports
and said the regulation of airport
charges was “ineffective”.
The City of London Corporation
warned that time was running
out for an “absolutely critical”
Brexit transition deal as it
geared up to sell the attractions
of the capital as a financial
centre. Its policy chairman,
Catherine McGuinness, said:
“We need to have the transition
agreed before the end of March.”
SECURITIES
RENTAL
BSL collapse
costs 80 jobs
Ashtead boosted
by US demand
The collapse of Beaufort
Securities (BSL) has led to the
the loss of 80 jobs and caused
nearly £800m of client assets
to be frozen. The administrator
PwC has slashed the Londonbased firm’s workforce from
120 to 40 and closed offices in
Bristol and Colwyn Bay.
The equipment rental group
Ashtead reported high demand
for its fleet in the US after
devastating damage caused by
hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
The group’s pre-tax profit rose
by 24 per cent to £194.3m in the
third quarter, while revenues
were up 22 per cent to £916.1m.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 continued
its good form yesterday,
to close marginally up by
31 points, or 0.43 per cent,
at 7,146.75.
***
The index was buoyed by big
gains for packaging manufacturer
Smurfit Kappa Group, which leapt
up by 19.7 per cent to 3042p after
a bid from its American rival,
International Paper.
***
The FTSE 100, while slow,
outpaced the German DAX, which
rose 0.19 per cent, and the French
CAC 40, which added 0.06 per cent.
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the financial services industry
by the City watchdog.
Paul Flowers, the chairman
of Co-op Bank between 2010
and 2013, oversaw its nearcollapse after the lender
revealed a £1.5bn black hole
in its accounts. He was forced
to step down amid allegations
that he bought and used illegal
drugs, as well as claiming
inappropriate expenses.
The Financial Conduct
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propriety” required to work
in financial services. Mr
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its and other legal, regulatory
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Co-Op Bank between
2010 and June 2013.
any future involvement by
Mr Flowers in the financial
services industry risked
“undermining consumer and
market confidence”.
Following the scandal, he
was also removed from the
list of Methodist Church
ministers and was stripped
of the title “Reverend” and
the power to lead services
for “seriously impairing the
mission, witness or integrity
of the church”.
Separately, the Treasury
has launched an independent
review into supervision
of the Co-operative Bank
between 2008 and 2013.
It will look at the “actions,
policies and approach” of the
former City watchdog, the
Financial Services Authority,
and the current Prudential
Regulation Authority.
It will cover a “significant
period” for the Co-op Bank,
including its aborted bid to
buy 632 branches from Lloyds
Banking Group in 2013.
Life is sweet for chocolatier Lindt
The Swiss chocolatier Lindt and Spruengli
said it benefited from an 8 per cent increase
in net profits, to SFr452.5m (£346.6m), last
year as markets for key materials such as
cocoa beans, cocoa butter and sugar improved
following good harvests. Its sales hit an
all-time record of SFr4bn, and the company
said that it regarded Japan, China, Russia,
South Africa and Brazil as its next growth
markets.
AUTOMOTIVE
Ford urges UK to remain in customs union
By David Hughes
Ford’s leader in Europe has
called for the UK to remain in
a customs union after Brexit.
Steven Armstrong, the
president of Ford Europe,
Middle East and Africa, said
any barriers to products
crossing borders would be an
“inhibitor” to the car maker.
But he said the company
would continue to operate
in the UK “as long as it
remains competitive”.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today
programme that he wanted
“some sort of customs union,
or at least tariff-free trade”.
He added: “We have been
very clear since the day of the
vote that it is important for
us that we get access to the
European market. It’s very
important for the trade flows
between the UK and the EU
and vice versa.
“So we have been very
clear that we want to continue
with tariff-free trade and that
any sort of border restrictions
or customs friction is
going to be an inhibitor to
us continuing to transact
business as we have done for
the past 40 years.”
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PERSONAL FINANCE
ENVIRONMENT
How can I ensure that I get some
of my pension as a tax-free sum?
British firms
‘under-report
plastic waste’
Ask
Harry
Businesses are underestimating
the amount of plastic packaging
waste they produce while paying
“barely anything” to deal with the
problem, research suggests.
The UK generated 2.26 million
tons of plastic packaging waste in
2015, government figures show.
But the true figure is likely to be
more than 50 per cent higher
(3.5 million tons), according to
the sustainability consultancy
Eunomia. It found that the system
for calculating recycling rates
was “structurally inclined to
overestimate” success.
Official figures state that 39
per cent of plastic packaging
produced is recycled but the
true figure could be just 23 to 29
per cent because of flaws in the
way waste is measured. Even
the highest rate the researchers
consider plausible would mean
Your questions
about money
Dear Harry,
What I would like to know is: Can I
get some of my pension tax free and
how will go about receiving this?
I am turning 61 in April but would
like to retire at 62.
Janice
Harry says: The ability to take up to
25 per cent as a tax-free lump sum
from your pension pot has long
been an attractive element of saving
into one. It can be a substantial
bonus when you retire after saving
throughout your working life.
In the past, it was usually your
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pensions, and a relatively simple
decision. But pension reforms have
muddied the waters, and there
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Throughout our working lives,
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pensions through tax relief –
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from pensions, however, is taxed,
so the Government effectively
postpones tax. The exception is the
tax-free lump sum.
The rules for taking this lump
sum vary according to the type of
scheme. You can take up to 25 per
cent of a defined contribution (DC)
pension tax-free once you pass the
age of 55. It’s more complicated
if you have a defined benefit (DB)
pension, also known as a “final
salary” scheme.
Whether you’re thinking of
taking money from a final salary
scheme or a defined contribution
plan, or both, getting financial
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Plus, you’ll need help with the next
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You can take up to 25 per cent of a defined contribution (DC) pension tax-free once you pass the age of 55 GETTY
income each year. An annuity will
provide a guaranteed income for life,
but no flexibility.
IF YOU HAVE A DEFINED
CONTRIBUTION PENSION
But it’s less so since recent pension
reforms. The option to take up to 25
per cent tax-free from a DC pension
means the scheme is “crystallised”.
This will prompt you to decide what
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for income drawdown, an annuity
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the pension changes, taking a taxfree lump sum was the only chance
to get a sizeable withdrawal before
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With more people now choosing
the greater flexibility of income
drawdown, there’s an argument for
keeping your pot intact to enable
maximum future investment
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daily recipe
Quick chicken and chorizo pies
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 49
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SERVES 6
320g puff pastry sheet
2tbsp milk
1tbsp olive oil
60g diced chorizo
500g leeks, sliced
1tsp fresh or dried rosemary
1tsp smoked paprika
2tbsp plain flour
750ml hot chicken stock
6 chicken thigh fillets, cubed
2 red skinned potatoes, peeled and diced
Green cabbage, steamed and
shredded, to serve
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Preheat the oven to 220°C, gas mark 7.
Open out the pastry sheet and, using a
cutter, stamp out stars or other shapes.
Transfer to a baking sheet, brush with
milk and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until
puffed and golden brown.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large
saucepan and cook the chorizo and leeks
together for five minutes until the leeks
have softened. Stir in the rosemary,
paprika and flour and cook for one
minute then stir in the hot stock.
Add the chicken and potatoes and
simmer gently for 15 minutes until the
potatoes are tender and the chicken is
cooked through, with no pink meat.
Divide the chicken mixture between
six shallow bowls and top each serving
with some pastry stars. Serve with
steamed cabbage.
CORN
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and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Futoshiki
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How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
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Killer Sudoku No 1229
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
Recipe from waitrose.com
Tomorrow
Smoked fish pie with crispy potato
and cauliflower topping
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How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1950
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 49.
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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.
DEEP
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appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Solution to yesterday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Mail, 3 Quire (Male choir), 7 Dyslexia, 8 Iris, 9 Fleet Street, 12 Rebuke,
14 Lean-to, 15 Elephantine, 18 Flee, 19 Rational, 21 Outer, 22 Here.
DOWN 1 Mayflies, 2 Ill, 3 Quarrel, 4 Itinerant, 5 Evil, 6 Axis, 10 Ebullient, 11 Stone Age,
13 Emperor, 16 Ante, 17 Also, 20 Ode.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 22;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 11; One-Minute Wijuko, page 25
Puzzle solutions See page 49 and minurl.co.uk/i
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Concise Crossword No 2272
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3 Hereditary class (5)
8 Saltpetre (5)
9 Foster (7)
10 Branch of maths (7)
11 Liver, kidney, etc. (5)
12 Zigzag pattern (11)
17 Article (5)
19 Portion (7)
21 Stipulation (7)
22 Fine adjustment (5)
23 Verse (5)
24 Imperial Russian
ruler (4)
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i racing
SPORT
‘Over-eager’ Walsh champing at bit
for Cheltenham after long recovery
top
tips
By Jon Freeman
BEST BET
Reiker’s Island
(2.10pm, Fontwell)
Challenging for the lead when
falling at Exeter on hurdles
debut. Compensation awaits.
RACING EDITOR
No trainer has enjoyed more success at the Cheltenham Festival than
Nicky Henderson and he will surely
be adding to his tally of 58 career
wins next week when he saddles the
favourites in the three main events,
the Champion Hurdle (Buveur
D’Air), the Champion Chase (Altior)
and the Gold Cup (Might Bite).
Gordon Elliott, Ireland’s shooting
star, was leading trainer for the
first time at last year’s meeting.
This time around he has fancied
runners in about half of the 28
races, including “bankers” Apple’s
Jade (Mares’ Hurdle) and Samcro
(Ballymore Hurdle).
But as it comes right down to it,
when the money goes where the
mouth is, punters are relying again
on Mr Reliable – Willie Mullins,
the leading Festival trainer for five
of the last seven years and pretty
much guaranteed to give the bookies
another shellacking on at least one of
these four frenzied days.
The layers know the score only
too well and are offering Mullins
at little better than evens to be top
dog again.
And they’re also running scared
of Ruby Walsh, 4-6 to claim a 12th
Festival riding title in 15 years (and
just 5-2 to ride six winners or more!),
despite the fact that the 38-year-old
CATTERICK
NEXT BEST
Gronkowski
(7.10pm, Kempton)
Highly regarded Irish 2,000
Guineas entry. On a hat-trick.
ANTE-POST
Dounikos (RSA) and Jury Duty
(National Hunt) are two Gordon
Elliott-trained Cheltenham
chasers attracting significant
market support.
Rugby Walsh’s first ride at
Cheltenham will be aboard Getabird
in the Supreme Hurdle GETTY
Nothing gets Walsh’s juices
record-breaker has not been
flowing like Cheltenham
seen in action since fracand he admits that his
turing his right tibia in
main concern when
a Punchestown fall
Mullins gives him the
last November.
leg-up on favourite
Walsh said yesOdds
that
Ruby
Getabird in Tuesday’s
terday that he’s “100
Walsh
will
ride
six
curtain-raiser, the Super cent ready” for
winners or more
preme
Hurdle, will be
his return (it could
at Cheltenham
keeping a lid on it.
be as early as Thurles
“My only worry is that
tomorrow) and nobody
I may be too sharp, maybe
close to him doubts it for
a bit over-eager,” he said. “At
a moment.
5-2
GOING:HEAVY-SOFT IN PLACES
RACING TO SCHOOL SELLING HANDICAP HURDLE
(CLASS 5) £6,892 added 2m
3.10
GOODWIN RACING TELEPHONE BETTING MAIDEN
HURDLE (CLASS 5) £4,800 added 2m 2f
BOOBOROWIE Ali Stronge 5 11 2 .....................................B J Powell
CAPPAWAY E Williams 5 11 2................................................C Ring (3)
CASTERLY ROCK P Hobbs 6 11 2....................................... R Johnson
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DREAM BAIE M Roberts 5 11 2 ............................Joshua Moore T
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EUXTON LANE O Sherwood 6 11 2........................................ L Aspell
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MARATT J W Mullins 5 11 2......................................Kevin Jones (5)
3 U462P3 DISCOVERIE (CD) Kenneth Slack 10 10 0....... B Hughes B,H
MONTYCRISTO P Henderson 5 11 2.....................................................
4 6B6956 JACARNO A Crook 6 10 0.......................................Ross Turner (7) V
................................................................................................Mr B Paris-Crofts (7)
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9P/P77 ATLAS PEAK V Thompson 13 10 0.................Mr K Yeoman (7)
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- 5 declared 8 SEA OF MYSTERY D Skelton 5 11 2..................................H Skelton
BETTING: Evens Hurricane Hollow, 7-4 Young Tom, 9-2 Discoverie, 25-1 9
10 P2-FP4 THE CANNISTER MAN Sam Thomas 6 11 2.....C Deutsch H
Jacarno, 50-1 Atlas Peak.
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U MAZALTO P Phelan 5 10 9...................................Sean Houlihan (5)
INJURED JOCKEY’S FUND NOVICES’ CHASE (CLASS 4)
12
7 CRUSHED (BF) A King 4 10 8......................................W Hutchinson
£9,800 added 2m 3f
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57 WAR AT SEA Ali Stronge 4 10 8 .................................. G Sheehan H
- 13 declared 1
-33153 CRACKING FIND (CD) Mrs S Smith 7 11 4........................D Cook
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3 25-PU3 SCORPO V Thompson 7 10 12........................................T Dowson (3) Cannister Man, 14-1 Sea Of Mystery, 20-1 War At Sea, Mazalto, 33-1
4
1/41-5 SOLID STRIKE Paul Collins 10 10 12........Ross Chapman (3) Maratt, Dream Baie, Powerstown Park, 50-1 others.
5
212-52 VERNI (D) P Hobbs 9 10 12 ......................................................T J O’Brien
TELEPHONE BETTING AT GOODWIN RACING
- 5 declared HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3) £11,000 added 2m 3f
BETTING: Evens Verni, 7-4 De Dollar Man, 4-1 Cracking Find, 50-1
Scorpo, Solid Strike.
1 82P45P DICOSIMO W Greatrex 7 12 0..........................................R Johnson H
2
/144P- NESTERENKO (D) Miss V Williams 9 11 12............C Deutsch
WATCH RACING UK ON THE GO MARES’ NOVICES’
3
/40-70 OKOTOKS F O’Brien 8 11 10................................................... P Brennan
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £6,900 added 2m
4
471611 CABERNET D’ALENE (D) N Williams 6 11 7.......................................
1
-31312 KALOCI (D)(BF) Stuart Edmunds 6 11 4.................. C Gethings
................................................................................................................ S Twiston-Davies
2
P-3558 DOCTOR THEA J O’Keeffe 5 10 12........................................ H Brooke 5
3135 CANYON CITY N King 5 11 2.......................................................T Whelan
3
LAMMTURNER Miss J Foster 6 10 12...................................D Cook
6
-731P6 BATTLE OF IDEAS C Tizzard 5 11 2 ..................................H Cobden
4
6-8 MAGIC OF MILAN Sam England 5 10 12.................... J England
7
5142
WAIHEKE
(D) P Hobbs 5 10 13 .....................................................L Heard
5
5-5424 QUICK WAVE Miss V Williams 5 10 12.........................B Hughes
12/87- KRUGERMAC (D) G L Moore 7 10 9 ........................Jamie Moore
6
3/24-2 STATE SOVEREIGNTY M Scudamore 6 10 12.........T Scudamore T 8
-12434 FREE RANGE D Skelton 8 10 9........................................ H Skelton B
7
14 ALOHAMORA (CD) J Nash (IRE) 4 10 10.................A Coleman 9
- 9 declared 8
36 HOT GOSSIP Mrs D Sayer 4 10 4........................................S Quinlan
9
2 ILAYA M Hammond 4 10 4 .........................................................J Colliver BETTING: 9-4 Cabernet D’Alene, 3-1 Waiheke, 8-1 Battle Of Ideas, Free
10
532 SHINE BABY SHINE (BF) P Kirby 4 10 4............T Dowson (3) Range, 10-1 Canyon City, Okotoks, 12-1 Nesterenko, Krugermac, 14-1
11
STYLISH DANCER D Skelton 4 10 4...........Bridget Andrews (3) Dicosimo.
- 11 declared INJURED JOCKEYS FUND HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4)
BETTING: 11-4 Alohamora, 3-1 Kaloci, 9-2 State Sovereignty, 6-1 Quick
£8,511 added 2m 3f 104yds
Wave, 7-1 Shine Baby Shine, 8-1 Stylish Dancer, 14-1 Ilaya, 33-1 Hot
Gossip, 50-1 others.
1
1PPP21 HOLBROOK PARK N King 8 12 7(7ex)...........................H Teal (7) T
2
1-F13F MASTER BURBIDGE (D) N Mulholland 7 12 0....N Fehily C
WATCH RACING UK IN STUNNING HD HANDICAP
3
3P-733 SANDY BEACH C Tizzard 8 11 12..............................H Cobden C,T
CHASE (CLASS 4) £11,800 added 2m
4 13F433 THE OGLE GOGLE MAN C Mann 6 11 4...........H Bannister C
1
679P-5 LEAP DEARG (D) J Nash (IRE) 10 12 2............. A Coleman C,T 5
P82555 TURBAN P Henderson 11 10 12 ......................................... P Brennan
2
321131 DICA (D) Paul Collins 12 11 12..........................Ross Chapman (3) 6
402153 SPOCK (C) Lady S Brooke 13 10 1..................Miss L Brooke (7)
3 P-3FP4 SQUARE VIVIANI M Hammond 7 11 12 ............... F O’Toole (3)
- 6 declared 4
-51233 UNO VALOROSO (CD) M Walford 10 11 5..............J Hamilton BETTING: 6-4 Holbrook Park, 3-1 Master Burbidge, 9-2 Sandy Beach, 8-1
- 4 declared The Ogle Gogle Man, 10-1 Spock, Turban.
BETTING: 13-8 Dica, 2-1 Uno Valoroso, 3-1 Leap Dearg, 7-1 Square
Viviani.
1.50
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94-52
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3572
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2.20
3.40
2.50
4.10
3.20
the end of the day, the horse has
to do the running. I only have to
ride them.”
Getabird is the first of numerous
top-quality rides for Walsh throughout the week, but there are still decisions to be made, including which
horse to ride in the Gold Cup.
Mullins has yet to win Cheltenham’s greatest prize and he doesn’t
appear to have an outstanding
chance this year either, but Walsh
would absolutely hate it if he picked
FORM VERDICT
STAR ARCHER won cosily over the extended 1m1f at Wolverhampton and
rates the one to beat as he bids to overcome a 6lb rise. Pactolus usually
runs his race on the all-weather and should be thereabouts, though he
holds few secrets from the handicapper. Of more interest is Intrepidly,
who may be coming to the boil on his third run back from a short break. 1
Any money for Dark Red, who was placed off this mark on turf in the
Balmoral but has been absent since November, would also be notable.
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STAKES (CLASS 5) 3YO £6,000 added 1m
6181-2
17386442
CHESS MOVE G Baker 9 9..........................................................L Keniry 1
LAWN RANGER (D) M Attwater 9 6........................................K Fox 6
HERECOMESTHESUN Archie Watson 9 4 ...... E Greatrex C 2
BRAEMAR Sir M Stoute 9 2............................................R L Moore 13
GRANDSCAPE E Dunlop 9 2......................................P J McDonald 5
LOVELY APPROACH H Palmer 9 2.....Josephine Gordon 11
MARTINEO W Haggas 9 2...........................................................A Atzeni 9
MOZZAFIATO J Gosden 9 2......................................................R Havlin 7
OPEN HANDED Miss Z Davison 9 2........................R Hornby 10
0 SOPRANOS ROCK R Hannon 9 2..........................................S Levey 4
9-0 STORM AGAIN P Hide 9 2.........................................................H Crouch 3
64 ZENITH ONE S Durack 9 2............................................. D Probert T 14
CULDROSE R Beckett 8 11.....................................................O Murphy 8
DONO DI DIO R Hannon 8 11 .....................................T Marquand 12
- 14 declared BETTING: 5-2 Herecomesthesun, 5-1 Lovely Approach, 6-1 Mozzafiato,
7-1 Braemar, 8-1 Lawn Ranger, Martineo, 10-1 others.
7.10
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STAKES (PLUS 10) (CLASS 2) 3YO £50,000 added 1m
52-223
4-1
62-11
1415721-1
81-1
75351-
AMBIENT J Chapple-Hyam 9 5 .................................... David Egan 2
BOBBY BISCUIT (CD) S Dow 9 5 .............................. T Marquand 7
COURT HOUSE (D) J Gosden 9 5 .........................................R Havlin 3
FORTUNE’S PEARL A Balding 9 5................................O Murphy 4
GRONKOWSKI (D) J Noseda 9 5.............................J P Spencer B 5
THREE WEEKS (D) W Haggas 9 5.................................R L Moore 1
VENTURA KNIGHT (D) M Johnston 9 5.........P J McDonald 6
- 7 declared BETTING: 5-2 Gronkowski, 11-4 Fortune’s Pearl, 4-1 Court House, 5-1
Three Weeks, 7-1 Ventura Knight, 14-1 Bobby Biscuit, 25-1 Ambient.
7.40
32RED.COM HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £11,200 added 7f
1
202-68 INTRANSIGENT (CD) A Balding 9 9 9..................W Cox (5) H 6
GOING:STANDARD TO SLOW
2
835/0- ILLUSTRISSIME I Furtado 5 9 7...........................G Malune (7) 12
3
9-3420 MR BOSSY BOOTS (CD) Mrs A Perrett 7 9 6.... J Haynes B,T 5
GOING:GOOD TO SOFT-SOFT IN PLACES
32RED HANDICAP (CLASS 2) £25,000 added 1m 2f
4 91-430 SHYRON (D) G Margarson 7 9 6 .........................Jane Elliott (5) 1
5
12-115 TITAN GODDESS (C)(D) Mike Murphy 6 9 6..........A Atzeni 7
AXIO NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4) £6,300 added 2m 6f
54035- PLANT POT POWER (CD) R Hughes 4 9 3 ........ S W Kelly 13
1
46134- DARK RED (D) E Dunlop 6 9 7 .................................P J McDonald 1 6
7
96250- WINK OLIVER (D) J Hughes 6 9 3..........Poppy Bridgwater (7) H 11
14-323 PACTOLUS (C)(D) S C Williams 7 9 4 ........... O Murphy H,T 2 8
1
05-441 BOREHAM BILL B Pauling 6 11 9 ..............................................D Jacob 2
43600- HIGH ACCLAIM R Teal 4 9 3................................................D Probert 4
423-53 KYLLACHY GALA M Botti 5 9 2................................ G Malune (7) 7 9
2
-73241 GOLDEN SUNRISE C Tizzard 5 11 9 .................................H Cobden 3
123125 SPARE PARTS (CD) P McEntee 4 9 2.....Nicola Currie (5) 2
38-589 FIRE FIGHTING (C)(D) M Johnston 7 9 2.......................A Kirby 5 10 24-684 FAST TRACK T D Barron 7 9 1 ........................................Ben Curtis 3
3
315-16 INDIAN HERCULES W Greatrex 6 11 9...................... G Sheehan 4
216/11 STAR ARCHER H Palmer 4 9 1..................................R L Moore H 3 11 712-34 ENVISAGING J Fanshawe 4 9 1.........................P J McDonald T 9
4
S51/36 MIGHTY VIC Miss S Smith 10 11 2.................J Sherwood (3) T 5
6
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(C)(D)
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Noseda
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Atzeni
6
5
48 PANDINUS IMPERATOR Martin Smith 5 11 2 .....T Cannon
12 54424- ZLATAN (BF) E De Giles 5 9 0.........................C Shepherd (3) C 8
482-12 FLIGHT OF FANTASY (C) H Dunlop 4 8 4 ............................................. 13 255-34 NEZAR (D) D Ivory 7 8 11.................................................. J Duern (3) 14
6
4231F REIKERS ISLAND P Hobbs 5 11 2...................................... R Johnson 7
....................................................................................................Josephine Gordon H 4 14 113-61 MAGIC MIRROR (CD) M Rimell 5 8 8................R Hornby C 10
7
0865 STOCKBURN A King 5 11 2.............................................W Hutchinson
- 7 declared - 7 declared - 14 declared BETTING: 15-8 Reikers Island, 5-2 Boreham Bill, 3-1 Golden Sunrise, 5-1 BETTING: 7-4 Star Archer, 4-1 Intrepidly, 6-1 Kyllachy Gala, 7-1 Pactolus, BETTING: 7-2 Magic Mirror, 6-1 Envisaging, 7-1 Fast Track, 8-1 Titan
Indian Hercules, 25-1 Stockburn, Mighty Vic, 50-1 Pandinus Imperator. 8-1 Fire Fighting, Dark Red, 10-1 Flight Of Fantasy.
Goddess, 10-1 Plant Pot Power, Spare Parts, Nezar, 12-1 others.
FONTWELL
2.10
KEMPTON
5.40
LINGFIELD
3.00
GOING:STANDARD
32RED HANDICAP (CLASS 6) 3YO £6,069 added 5f
5631 MARIETTA ROBUSTI (D) M Channon 9 10(6ex) .............................
.....................................................................................................................C Shepherd (3) 4
2040-6 ALASKA J Bradley 9 9......................................................................L Morris 2
657-6 SEA ESS SEAS (BF) J Osborne 9 8........................................A Kirby 3
643-57 PRANCEABOOTTHETOON J Bradley 9 7...............................................
...................................................................................................... Kerrie Raybould (7) 5
5
087-31 WARRIOR’S VALLEY (D) D C Griffiths 8 12(6ex)......O Murphy T 6
6
056-35 HORNBY M Attwater 8 10..........................................................R Havlin 1
- 6 declared BETTING: 7-4 Warrior’s Valley, 5-2 Sea Ess Seas, 3-1 Marietta Robusti,
8-1 Hornby, 14-1 Alaska, 16-1 Pranceabootthetoon.
3.30
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added 1m 2f
DE MEDICI (C) Archie Watson 9 9..............................E Greatrex 9
PETRUCHIO Ed Walker 9 9.......................................................L Keniry 3
LOOKING FOR CARL H Dunlop 9 2................................H Crouch 1
MOON OF BARODA C Hills 9 2........................................ O Murphy 2
NIBRAS GALAXY I Mohammed 9 2 ......................T Marquand 6
NIGHT STORY C Appleby 9 2...................................................R Havlin 8
NORDIC LIGHTS C Appleby 9 2 .........................................A Kirby H 4
JUNEAU M Johnston 8 11........................................................ J Fanning 5
7969-2 POLAR LIGHT D Elsworth 8 11 .......................................... S Levey C 7
- 9 declared BETTING: 3-1 De Medici, 7-2 Petruchio, 4-1 Nordic Lights, 8-1 Nibras
Galaxy, 10-1 Night Story, Juneau, Moon of Baroda, 14-1 others.
1
41
4
5
673-
4.00
1
2
3
4
32RED SPRINT HANDICAP (CLASS 3) 3YO £11,500
added 6f
HELVETIAN (D)(BF) M Channon 9 11...........C Shepherd (3) 4
DESERT DOCTOR (D) Ed Walker 9 7 ..............................L Morris 1
PRESTBURY PARK (D)(BF) M Johnston 9 3........ F Norton 2
JOEGOGO (C)(D) P Evans 9 1 .......................................G Malune (7) 3
- 4 declared BETTING: 7-4 Helvetian, 5-2 Desert Doctor, 10-3 Joegogo, 4-1 Prestbury
Park.
FORM VERDICT
GRONKOWSKI made all and won easily over this trip at Newcastle and,
on these terms, he narrowly shades the vote ahead of Fortune’s Pearl,
who is top-rated in the race on official figures but has been absent
since finishing fifth in a Newmarket Group Three in September. Court
House continues to improve with experience and also commands
respect, having won a Lingfield handicap very cosily when last sighted.
the wrong one. Killultagh Vic might
appear the obvious choice. That’s
the way the bookies see it; he’s the
shortest price of Mullins’ trio at 10-1.
But the Ladbroke Trophy winner
(and Grand National favourite) Total
Recall may not have finished improving yet, while Walsh would also
be loathe to discard old friend Djakadam, runner-up twice and then
fourth in the last three Gold Cups.
“I’m in a fair quandary,” confessed
the jockey.
04-213
12-115
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BETWAY HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £9,750 added 1m 2f
6647-1
07-422
34335040-51
184221-1413
8431-5
63062/
07-544
TOM’S ROCK (CD) J Butler 5 9 7.................................... D Muscutt 5
DUTCH UNCLE (CD)(BF) Archie Watson 6 9 6......L Morris B 7
BERRAHRI (C)(D) J Best 7 9 6 ...........Dayverson De Barros 9
OURMULLION (C)(D) J Best 4 9 6.................................J Haynes C 3
EXCEEDING POWER (CD) M Bosley 7 9 4.............. R Havlin 4
MISS MINUTY (CD) J Scott 6 9 2..............................J Watson (7) 6
CAMAKASI (D) Ali Stronge 7 9 1 ..............................T Marquand 8
MAJROOH (D) G Peckham 6 8 13.............................R Winston T 1
VAN HUYSEN (CD) D F Davis 6 8 12......Ben Robinson (5) 2
- 9 declared BETTING: 3-1 Tom’s Rock, 7-2 Dutch Uncle, 4-1 Ourmullion, 7-1 Miss
Minuty, 8-1 Exceeding Power, 12-1 others.
5.00
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2
3
4
5
6
7
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121312
6/4136/53541-436
9-1244
STAYERS HANDICAP (CLASS 5) £7,021 added 2m
AMANTO (CD) Ali Stronge 8 9 12.......................T Marquand T 1
JACK BEAR (C) R Teal 7 9 12................................................D Probert 4
MAMBO DANCER (D) M Johnston 4 9 11(6ex)............F Norton 7
THREE COLOURS RED Robert Stephens 6 9 1....J Watson (7) C 6
CLIFFS OF DOVER P Nicholls 5 9 1.............Megan Nicholls (5) 2
BERTIE MOON (C)(D) M Appleby 8 8 13............K Lundie (5) C 3
MARSHALL AID M Usher 5 8 10..................Nicola Currie (5) 5
- 7 declared BETTING: 11-8 Cliffs Of Dover, 7-2 Mambo Dancer, 6-1 Three Colours
Red, 8-1 Marshall Aid, Amanto, 12-1 Bertie Moon, 16-1 Jack Bear.
NEWS
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IQ
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BUSINESS SPORT
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i WEDNESDAY
7 MARCH 2018
49
TENNIS
RUGBY LEAGUE
Williams beats
Bartoli as they
roll back years
and play again
Wilkin sees
funny side of
knockout blow
By Ian Laybourn
still has some work to do, she is clearly in much better physical condition
It was as if the last five years had and in a happier frame of mind than
never happened as Marion Bartoli she was two summers ago.
faced Serena Williams across the
Having dealt with psychological
net in New York on Monday night. and health issues, Bartoli suffered a
While the 36-year-old American se- dramatic weight loss after contracting
rial winner is making her own come- a virus in India and was barred from
back after more than a year out of the playing an invitation event at Wimblegame to have a baby, it is the 33-year- don in 2016 because the tournament’s
old Frenchwoman’s return that is medical staff feared for her well-being.
raising even more eyebrows.
The Frenchwoman described that day
Bartoli has not competed since as the most difficult of her life.
announcing her retirement a month
While Bartoli insists that her weight
after her 2013 Wimbledon triumph loss was down to the illness rather
but believes she can still
than an eating disorder, she
compete at the highest level.
admits that she struggled
T
h
e
level
is
She is talking about winning
mentally during a relationGrand Slam titles, leading not so much
ship with a boyfriend dating
France to victory in the Fed better than
back to the spring of 2014.
Cup and competing at the when I won
Bartoli’s controversial
2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
father, who was her coach
Wimbledon.
The former world No 7 It might have
throughout her career, has
has been back in training
not been involved in her
since October and made her improved a
comeback, though she says
bit
but
I
think
I
first public appearance in
he is supporting her. She
Monday’s Tie Break Tens ex- can match that now works with Rodolphe
hibition event at New York’s
Gilbert, a former top 70
Madison Square Garden, in
player, and Cyril Brechbuhl,
which eight women played a series of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s former fitness
first-to-10-points tie-breaks. Bartoli coach. “I don’t think the level of tenwas beaten 10-5 by Williams, who then nis is so much better than when I won
lost to Shuai Zhang in a competition Wimbledon,” she said. “It might have
eventually won by Elina Svitolina.
improved a bit but I think I can match
While it was evident that Bartoli that.” EVENING STANDARD
By Paul Newman
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S D Z A R T O L K F
‘There were days I wondered,
how am I going to keep going?’
By Sports Staff
Serena Williams has revealed
preparing for her return to tennis
following the birth of her first
child has been difficult and she
still has doubts about how she can
“keep going”.
Williams makes her comeback
to the WTA Tour this week when
she takes on Kazakhstan’s Zarina
Diyas in the opening round of
the BNP Paribas Open in Indian
Wells. The 36-year-old was last
in action 14 months ago when she
won the Australian Open. She
gave birth to daughter Alexis
Olympia on 1 September.
“It’s been hard,” Williams said.
“There have been so many days,
even still, that I’m like, ‘How am I
going to keep going?’
“But I keep going and I know
that I might not be at my best yet
but I’m getting there.
“As long as I’m moving forward,
even if it’s at a turtle’s pace, I’m
OK with that.”
Results Service
Puzzle solutions
4
Serena Williams
and Marion Bartoli
embrace after their
match in New York
on Monday night AP
Y H P
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
ROUND OF 16 SECOND LEG
Liverpool (0).................0 FC Porto (0) .......0
Att 48,768
Agg: 5-0.
PSG (0).................................1 Real Madrid (0)2
Cavani 71
Ronaldo 51
Casemiro 80
Att 46,585
Agg: 2-5.
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
P W D L F A Pts
Wolves
34 22 7 5 59 28 73
Cardiff
35 21 7 7 52 28 70
Aston Villa 35 19 9 7 56 32 66
Fulham
36 18 11 7 62 38 65
Derby
36 16 13 7 55 34 61
Middlesbrough 36 17 7 12 50 34 58
Bristol City 36 15 12 9 53 42 57
Preston
36 14 15 7 45 35 57
Sheff Utd
35 17 4 14 49 43 55
Brentford 35 14 11 10 52 41 53
Millwall
36 13 13 10 43 37 52
Ipswich
35 15 6 14 47 44 51
Leeds
35 14 7 14 47 46 49
Norwich
35 12 12 11 34 37 48
Nottm Forest 36 13 5 18 43 54 44
QPR
35 10 10 15 39 52 40
Sheff Wed
36 8 13 15 38 50 37
Reading
35 8 11 16 40 49 35
Bolton
36 8 11 17 31 55 35
Hull
35 7 12 16 46 53 33
Barnsley
35 7 11 17 35 50 32
Birmingham 36 8 6 22 23 54 30
Burton Albion 35 7 8 20 26 62 29
Sunderland 36 5 13 18 38 65 28
Birmingham (0)..................0 Middlesbrough (1)1
Bamford 39
Att 18,301
Burton Albion (0)...0 Brentford (0) ... 2
McFadzean 60 (og)
Watkins 80
Att 3,464
Cardiff (1).......................... 2 Barnsley (0).......1
Paterson 31
McBurnie 60
Grujic 46
Att 16,176
Fulham (2)........................3 Sheff Utd (0).......0
Mitrovic 31, 44
Att 18,400
Cairney 61
Hull (0).................................1 Millwall (2) ......... 2
Hernandez 79
Saville 1
Cooper 33
Att 13,524
St Helens’ former England international, Jon Wilkin, will miss only
his third match in more than two
years after a clash on the field with
his business partner.
The 34-year-old loose forward
was knocked unconscious during
a clash of heads with Salford second rower Mark Flanagan during
Sunday’s Super League match at
the Totally Wicked Stadium.
The two are not only former
team-mates but close friends and
run a Manchester city centre coffee shop, Pot Kettle Black.
Wilkin (right) was
able to celebrate
a 34-2 victory
that maintains
Saints’ 100 per
cent start to
the season but
will be forced to
sit out Friday’s
derby with Warrington as a result.
“ We ’ v e p l a y e d
against each other before but this
is probably the first time we’ve
come into contact and it was quite
a vigorous contact at that,” he
said. “Mark had stitches but was
able to carry on and I was brought
off for concussion.
“We’ve just recorded our podcast, Whippets and Flat Caps, and
it was predominantly Mark gloating about knocking me out.
“There wasn’t a lot to cheer
from a Salford perspective so I
think Mark is clinging to my concussion as something to celebrate.
I’ll let him have that.”
BOXING
Norwich (0)....................0 N Forest (0) ........0
Att 25,184
Preston (1) ......................2 Bristol City (0)1
Browne 20
Diedhiou 67
Maguire 69
Att 11,264
QPR (0)................................1 Derby (1) ................1
Luongo 87
Weimann 38
Att 11,488
Reading (1)......................1 Bolton (1)..............1
Barrow 32
Le Fondre 45
Sheff Wed (0)................1 Ipswich (0)........... 2
Lucas Joao 69
Waghorn 51, 83
Att 22,733
Sunderland (0)..........0 Aston Villa (2)..3
Grabban 34
Chester 45
Oviedo 66 (og)
Att 26,081
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Walsall (0) .......................0 Rochdale (1) .......3
McNulty 16
Henderson 71
Alexandru Dobre 87
Att 3,505
BOTTOM
P W D L F A Pts
Walsall
36 11 11 14 47 52 44
Southend
34 12 8 14 42 54 44
Doncaster 35 10 12 13 43 44 42
Oxford Utd 34 11 9 14 49 51 42
Blackpool
34 10 12 12 42 44 42
Oldham
34 10 9 15 48 58 39
Wimbledon 35 10 8 17 34 46 38
Northampton 35 10 8 17 34 56 38
Fleetwood T 34 10 7 17 45 56 37
MK Dons
35 7 11 17 32 48 32
Rochdale
31 6 11 14 32 41 29
Bury
34 7 8 19 28 50 29
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Accrington (1).............1 Morecambe (0)0
Kee 45 (pen)
Att 1,769
Mansfield (0)................1 Lincoln City (0)1
Byrom 49
Palmer 90
Att 6,091
Newport C (3) .................3 Forest Green (2)3
Butler 9
Butler 6 (og)
Hayes 17, 38
Gunning 30
L Collins 82
Att 2,862
Cheltenham (0).............1 Notts County (1)1
Morrell 66
Hawkridge 42
Att 2,273
P W D L F A Pts
Luton
35 20 9 6 75 35 69
Accrington 35 21 5 9 59 38 68
Notts County 36 17 11 8 57 37 62
Wycombe
35 18 8 9 67 51 62
Mansfield
35 16 13 6 54 36 61
Exeter
33 18 4 11 44 37 58
Swindon
35 18 3 14 55 51 57
Coventry
34 16 6 12 38 28 54
Lincoln City 35 14 12 9 47 38 54
Carlisle
36 15 9 12 52 45 54
Crawley Town 35 15 6 14 41 43 51
Colchester
35 13 11 11 45 41 50
Newport C
35 12 13 10 44 46 49
Cambridge U 36 13 10 13 36 46 49
Stevenage
35 11 9 15 46 51 42
Cheltenham 36 10 11 15 49 53 41
Yeovil
34 10 8 16 46 55 38
Forest Green 35 10 7 18 42 59 37
Crewe
35 11 3 21 41 57 36
Grimsby
36 9 9 18 30 53 36
Morecambe 34 8 11 15 34 45 35
Port Vale
34 9 8 17 37 49 35
Chesterfield 34 8 6 20 35 61 30
Barnet
35 7 8 20 33 52 29
CHECKATRADE TROPHY
SEMI-FINAL: Shrewsbury 1 Yeovil 0.
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP:
Dundee Utd P Queen of South P; Dunfermline P Inverness CT P). LEAGUE ONE:
Albion P Ayr P; Alloa 5 Arbroath 3; Forfar
P Raith P (Postponed - due to snow).
LEAGUE TWO: Berwick P Stenhousemuir P; Cowdenbeath P Clyde P; Elgin
P Stirling P.
FA TROPHY FOURTH ROUND
REPLAY: Gateshead 3 Leyton Orient 2;
Brackley 2 Stockport County 1; Spennymoor Town P Bromley P (Postponed
- due to waterlogged pitch).
CRICKET
INTERNATIONAL TWENTY20 SERIES
India v Sri Lanka, Colombo: India 174-5
(20.0 overs; S Dhawan 90). Sri Lanka
91-2 (7.4 overs; M D K J Perera 51no).
HORSE RACING
SOUTHWELL
Going: Standard
2.20 1. SOMETHING LUCKY (A Rawlinson) 11-8 fav; 2. Crosse Fire 7-2; 3. Socialites Red 20-1. 7 ran. hd, 21/4l. (M Appleby).
Tote: £2.00; £1.20, £2.20. Exacta: £6.20.
Tricast: £54.37. Trifecta: £42.80. CSF: £5.77.
NR: Sir Hector.
2.50 1. GO ON GAL (Shelley Birkett) 16-1;
2. Ochos Rios 9-2; 3. Avocet 11-10 fav.
7 ran. hd, 21/2l. (Miss J Feilden). Tote:
£13.10; £4.20, £1.90. Exacta: £85.20. Trifecta: £343.00. CSF: £77.10.
3.20 1. THE RESDEV WAY (P J McDonald)
9-2; 2. Katie Gale 7-4; 3. Samtu 13-8 fav.
5 ran. 2l, 7l. (P Kirby). Tote: £4.50; £2.30,
£1.10. Exacta: £12.60. Trifecta: £22.80.
CSF: £11.89. NRs: Cousin Khee, Wordiness.
3.50 1. DEBEN (Phil Dennis) 12-1; 2. Coiste
Bodhar 10-1; 3. Hisar 2-1. 8 ran. 15-8 fav
Napping (4th). hd, 2l. (J Weymes). Tote:
£9.90; £2.30, £1.80, £1.10. Exacta: £58.80.
Tricast: £343.43. Trifecta: £220.00. CSF:
£120.38.
4.20 1. MISTER MUSIC (A Beech) 9-2; 2.
Trading Punches 8-1; 3. Monsieur Jimmy
10-1. 9 ran. 3-1 fav Spun Gold (4th). nk,
31/4l. (A Carroll). Tote: £4.40; £1.30, £2.90,
£3.10. Exacta: £43.00. Tricast: £339.68.
Trifecta: £332.30. CSF: £39.64. NRs:
Sooqaan, Zaeem.
4.50 1. POPPY MAY (P Mulrennan) 33-1;
2. Iconic Figure 4-1; 3. Princess Way 5-1.
8 ran. 11-4 fav Ertidaad (4th). 2l, 21/2l. (J
Given). Tote: £35.80; £6.70, £1.30, £1.60.
Exacta: £193.40. Tricast: £760.72. Trifecta:
£2172.30. CSF: £150.17. NR: Baron Run.
5.20 1. LIMERICK LORD (Shelley Birkett) 10-1; 2. Scotch Myst 5-1; 3. Mimic’s
Memory 15-8 fav. 9 ran. 3/4l, 3/4l. (Miss J
Feilden). Tote: £13.60; £3.30, £1.70, £1.10.
Exacta: £82.30. Tricast: £135.56. Trifecta:
£250.90. CSF: £58.37.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £45,222.21
carried over to .
Placepot: £524.30. Quadpot: £35.00.
Place 6: £201.66. Place 5: £161.81.
TODAY’S FIXTURES
FOOTBALL
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND OF
16 SECOND LEG
Man City (4) v Basel (0).................................................
Tottenham (2) v Juventus (2) ...................................
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Leeds v Wolverhampton...........................................
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Kilmarnock v St Johnstone......................................
TENNIS
BNP PARIBAS OPEN (Indian Wells,
California, USA).
Alvarez fights
on despite
positive test
By Sports Staff
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s rematch
against Gennady Golovkin will
still go ahead on 5 May, despite the
Mexican testing positive for trace
levels of Clenbuterol
The Mexican took part
in a voluntary testing programme
which found
evidence of the
drug “consistent with meat
contamination
that has impacted dozens of
athletes in Mexico
over the last years”.
Clenbuterol is used
to treat asthma but can also help
build lean muscle mass and burn
off fat. Alvarez (above) said: “I am
an athlete who respects the sport
and this surprises me and bothers
me because it had never happened
to me.”
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CYCLING
Froome mounts passionate defence
of Sky’s practices and Brailsford
By Alasdair Fotheringham
Tour de France winner and Team
Sky racer Chris Froome has made
an emphatic defence of the squad following the bombshell parliamentary
report on Monday which claimed that
Sir Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky
had “crossed an ethical line” by using
drugs allowed under anti-doping
rules to enhance performance.
Froome also denied as “absolute
rubbish” that he had been part of a
smaller team group building up for
the Tour de France in 2012 that had
allegedly used corticosteroids out of
competition to lean down for races, a
claim already strongly denied across
the board for all their riders by Team Sky.
“I haven’t seen the
report myself, I’ve
only seen the headChris Froome has
lines, I can only
won four Tours
speak from my own
de France with
experiences in the
Team Sky
team,” Froome said.
“I’ve been there
for eight years, since
day one when the team
started. I certainly have a very different picture to what’s been painted in
the headlines.”
Froome insisted that he was
“proud to be part of the team. I
wouldn’t have stayed so long, if I
didn’t believe in the team and in the
people around me”.
He also praised Sir David Brailsford, Sky’s team principal who has
faced growing pressure to resign following the series of controversies, for
his work in the team.
“Dave has brought all these people
together and we’ve got a fantastic
group of people,” Froome added.
Froome was talking on the day before the start of the Tirreno-Adriatico week-long race in Italy, his second
event of the year.
By Matt Slater
4
Chris Froome (right) ahead of Bradley Wiggins (yellow jersey) during the 2012 Tour de France GETTY
Even before the select commitee
report was published, Froome knew
he would face intense media scrutiny
at the race, given he returned an adverse analytical finding last autumn
for salbutamol, an anti-asthma product during the Tour of Spain.
A verdict has yet to be made , but
I am proud to be part of
the team. I wouldn’t have
stayed so long if I didn’t
believe in the team
if Froome is unable to explain the excess levels of salbutamol in his sytem,
he potentially faces a ban and loss of
his Vuelta victory.
Asked how difficult it was to race
with this news and with his own case
in the background, Froome argued,
“ That’s part of something I’ve been
dealing with over my whole career
as a pro cyclist. I’ve come up against
adversity and I’ve learn how to compartmentalise things. Right now I’m
hear to race Tirreno and I’m focusing
on that, and I’m building towards the
Giro d’Italia.”
As for shutting out the claims that
he should sit out of racing until his
case is resolved, the UCI, Froome
said that he was determined to prove
his innocence and ride on.
“There’s a process for me to follow
and a process for me to demonstrate
that I’ve not done anything wrong,
and that’s exactly what I plan to do,”
Froome argued.
“I understand it’s difficult for everyone. It’s not a good situation for the
sport, but we are getting on with it
and I’m working hard as I can to get
this resolved as fast as possible.”
Comment
So Team Sky pushed
the rules to the limit.
Is that really a surprise?
Matt
Butler
T
he shocking thing is
that people are shocked
that Team Sky, a sports
outfit whose reasons for
existence are to win bike
races and make money, has sailed
close to the wind when it comes to
anti-doping rules.
Who’d a thunk it? That a team
of cyclists – whose mantra back in
those simpler days before Fancy
Coe denies
he misled
MPs over
corruption
Bears, Jiffy bags and triamcinolone
was “marginal gains” – would do
whatever it takes to win a prestigious and lucrative series of races?
That they should have taken ethics into account when plotting their
path to world domination is quaint.
This is sport, for goodness’ sake. The
Corinthian era fell by the wayside
well before someone chugged a
glass of beetroot juice or ordered a
custom-made bed in order to claw
an advantage.
It is not just cycling where winning is everything. Try lecturing a
footballer who tumbles easily under
a tackle, or a cricketer who has run
someone out via a Mankad, or a
merely concerned with riding to
rugby union player who lingers on
“compete on the same level as I had
the ball a little too long about ethics.
done all year and with my rivals”.
Sports people may talk a good
And if that necessitated the use of
game, but when it comes to the
banned drugs administered by thercrunch, few will speak of the gallant
apeutic use exemptions, so be it. It is
chap who came fourth after the three telling, however, that Wiggins admits
cyclists ahead of him all
he probably wouldn’t have
received supposedly neceswon the Tour de France
That they
sary, completely legal and
in 2012 if he hadn’t been
coincidentally performgranted the TUEs.
should have
ance-enhancing drugs.
Froome said yesterday
taken ethics
Team Sky’s actions were into account
that he is still proud to
all taken with the idea of
ride for Team Sky. Why
when plotting wouldn’t he be? They
winning. Nothing more.
When Sir Bradley Wiggins their path
helped him to four Tour
was racing, you can bet that to world
de France wins. And, it
he didn’t think twice about domination
must be repeated, they
the morality of taking the
haven’t broken any rules.
is quaint
corticosteroid triamcinoloIt is not Froome’s fault
ne 13 times. Nor did Chris
that you can still drive a
Froome when he inhaled an eyepeleton through the loopholes in
opening (as well as airway opening)
TUE rules.
quantity of anti-asthma medicine
Yes, it is a sad state of affairs that
during last year’s Tour of Spain.
cycling is again the subject of difThey, as Sir Brad said in an inficult questions over drug use. But
terview on Monday, will have been
surprising? Not a bit. This is sport.
Lord Coe has denied
misleading parliament about
what he knew of Russia’s
doping conspiracy and
corruption within athletics
and said his sport is “not in
tatters”.
The president of the
International Association of
Athletics Federations was
speaking a day after a report
by the Digital, Culture, Media
and Sport committee strongly
criticised evidence he gave
MPs in December 2015.
The former London 2012
chief said: “We’ve read the
report and absorbed it and I did
not mislead the committee.”
When asked if it had damaged
his reputation, as claimed by
the report, Coe said: “No. I
cannot account for answers
that have been attached to
different questions.”
He then listed some of the
changes he has brought in since
becoming IAAF president in
August 2015. He added: “We
should take stock. There’s a lot
more to be done, but this sport
is not in tatters – it’s strong.”
The committee’s report did
acknowledge the work he has
done since taking athletics’ top
job in terms of punishing Russia
and restoring trust, but the
MPs said they believe he should
have acted much sooner.
The report also dismissed
his claims that he was totally
unaware of his predecessor’s
corruption until Lamine Diack
was arrested in November
2015, three months after Coe
succeeded him.
This hinges on his response –
or lack thereof – to efforts made
by London Marathon director
Dave Bedford in August 2014 to
warn Coe about a conspiracy to
hush up a Russian doping case
in return for money.
He said if people still
disbelieve the fact that he
does not “spend hours poring
over attachments” there was
nothing more he could add.
Sebastian Coe emphasised the
good work he has done at the IAAF
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Jamie George
will play against
France if Dylan
Hartley is ruled
out through
injury GETTY
Was Selhurst comeback a
key Mourinho moment?
By Kevin Garside
CHIEF SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
Captain Hartley a
doubt while Nowell
could miss climax
is here as a tighthead prop as well as
those are specialist positions so you
Dylan Hartley is a doubt for England’s need specialist cover.”
Six Nations clash with France, while
Nowell is also likely to miss the cliJack Nowell and Sam Underhill have max to the tournament against Irebeen ruled out of the trip to Paris.
land on Saturday week but Underhill
Forwards coach Steve Borthwick could be back for the final instalment
has revealed that Hartley is strug- of England’s title defence.
gling with muscle tightness in his
“Jack Nowell rolled his ankle in
leg, while Nowell and Underhill suf- training, the same ankle that he infered ankle and toe injuries, rejured earlier on this season.
spectively, in training over
He has returned to Exeter,”
the weekend.
Borthwick said. “It hapHartley, England’s
pened at the weekend
captain under Eddie
and we did a further
Jones, is being moniinvestigation late yesJack Nowell’s
tored on a daily basis
terday and a decision
points haul for
ahead of tomorrow’s
was made then.
England, from 26
team announcement;
“Sam took a knock
appearances
Jamie George is poised
to his big toe after
to start if he fails to resomeone trod on it. It’s
cover, with Owen Farrell
flared up so he’s not in
the likely skipper.
contention against France.
Another possible ab“He went back to his
sentee for the penultimate
club this morning and that
It is
round of the Six Nations
decision was made late
is replacement tighthead unlikely Jack last night as well after an
prop Harry Williams, will be fit for
investigation.
who is struggling with a Ireland but
“It’s been great having
neck injury.
whenever
Jack and Sam as part of the
“Dylan and Harry will there are
squad as they’re both excelbe monitored on a daily injuries
lent players who are great
basis and we’ll see how there are
to have around the squad.
that progresses,” Borth“We want them to reopportunities
wick said. “Dylan trained
cover from their injuries as
on Monday and felt a bit of
quickly as possible. It’s untightness afterwards. He reported likely that Jack will be fit for Ireland,
that and the decision of the medical but we hope Sam’s injury will calm
team is to monitor it daily.
down quickly. But, as we’ve seen in
“It’s meant that Luke Cowan-Dick- the past, whenever there are injuries
ie was called up to the squad yester- there are opportunities.”
day and trained fully this morning,
Underhill’s place on the bench is
as cover.
likely to be filled by James Haskell
“We have the two hookers, in Dylan while Elliot Daly, who has recovered
and Jamie, and we need the third from ankle and calf problem, plugs
hooker as cover. And Kyle Sinckler the gap created by Nowell’s injury.
By Duncan Bech
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A comeback victory stolen in Fergie
time, players in communion with
fans behind a goal, Romelu Lukaku
falling to his knees and making the
sign of the cross at full time. Has a
win at Crystal Palace ever meant so
much to a Manchester United side?
Was this the moment United
rediscovered something of their
essential self, the night when
Dark Lord, Jose Mourinho, was
touched by the United zeitgeist, the
untestable, unquantifiable spirit of
the place he has called home these
past 100 matches or so.
Mourinho has walked with Real
Madrid, Internazionale and Chelsea.
He did not want for experience Saturday’s game against Liverpool
of powerful institutions when he will reveal a lot about Jose Mourinho
arrived at Old Trafford. And in
abstract at least he had an apprecia- sociated United visits to the capital,
tion of Manchester United having had a transformative impact, as did
grazed his knees against them many the contribution of Juan Mata in the
middle of the park. Yet over
times in opposition.
and above these technical
But did he get it, could
he hear the siren call, had
adjustments something
It might
the club entered his soul? be a Rubicon
else was stirring, a shift in
Mourinho might reach for
mood, as if the players were
moment,
the whiteboard to explain
urged forward not by Mourthe Selhurst resurrection. the night he
inho’s imploring but a sense
Indeed, he accounted for learned as
of attacking abandon lost in
the 2-0 deficit in terms of much about
the post-Fergie apocalypse.
the team’s defensive or- the club as
This might be romantic
ganisation. He made a tac- he did about
twaddle. Or, if Mourinhohas
tical change at the break his team
truly absorbed the lessons
with the introduction of
of Monday night, it might
Marcus Rashford and with
just be a Rubicon moment
25 minutes remaining binned a back in hisstewardship of United, the night
four for a three.
when he learned as much about the
Rashford for the overwhelmed club as he did about his team.
Scott McTominay, who collapsed
The arrival of Liverpool in the
under the heavy loading uniquely as- Saturday lunchtime slot so disliked
by Mourinho ought to test the thesis.
The trip to Anfield last season when
he parked the bus in a big game
for the first time as United manager was informed by his inherent
pragmatism.
His repeat this season, coupled
with the retreat at home to Manchester City, was a terror to United
fans and suggested Mourinho’s
tenor might never escape his utilitarian tendencies. And then Palace
happened, a chaotic throwback that
could yet reshape the Mourinho period at Old Trafford.
Liverpool will not cross the Lancashire plains to suck on their pipes.
Jürgen Klopp is slowly ironing out
the inconsistencies in his frenzied
attacking template. The goals are
still flying in but the rate of reply has
slowed. His is the more evolved outfit, the players properly accustomed
to the Klopp demand and more than
anyone else Liverpool have demonstrated a willingness to at least try to
match the attacking intensity of City.
With City setting unprecedented
standards in the Premier League
United simply had to conjure a response. The win at Palace, though
small beer in absolute terms, was
significant in terms of its delivery.
The challenge now is to go again
against an historic rival on Saturday.
If Mourinho is to gain meaningful
traction in Manchester there can be
no rowing back. The days of advancing by stealth are over. The players
told him that much in the sacking of
Palace. And, you never know, a more
expansive Mourinho might be worth
more as a pundit. Would Pep settle
for $400k-a-World-Cup pop on Russian television? Doubt it.
WEST HAM UNITED
Hammers’ record
£43m profit
would have been
same at Boleyn
The London
Stadium holds
20,000 more
fans than the
Boleyn Ground
By Ken Dyer
West Ham have announced a
record £43million profit from
their first season at the London
Stadium but admitted they would
have made a similar amount had
they stayed at the Boleyn Ground.
In 2015-16, the Hammers made
a £4.8m loss after tax and they
credited the huge increase in the
2016-17 season to a £32.6m rise
in TV revenue as well as money
from player sales.
A significant section of the
club’s fanbase was unhappy when
the Hammers left their home of
112 years in the summer of 2016 to
move to the London Stadium.
The levels of profit revealed
yesterday are bound to further
anger those supporters, already
unhappy at what they perceive as
a lack of adequate investment in
GETTY
the squad since the move, despite
promises by the board of rising
to the “next level” now that their
stadium capacity has risen from
35,000 to 57,000.
The Hammers received £119m
in broadcasting fees in 2016-17,
the first season of the record
£5.1bn domestic Premier League
TV deal. The club also reported
a profit of £28m on player sales,
notably Dimitri Payet, who
moved to Marseille in January
2017 for a reported £26m fee.
West Ham would have had little
time to reinvest that amount on
players then but supporters will
want to know why there was not
a much more significant spend
on players last summer. The club
also revealed an £8.7m profit on
the sale of the Boleyn Ground.
Karren Brady, the club’s vicechairman, wrote: “It is worth
noting that the club would have
made a similar profit had it
remained at the old stadium and
the majority of the profit for the
year has been generated by the
new broadcast agreement and by
profit on player sales.” EVENING
STANDARD
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FOOTBALL
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
CHAMPIONSHIP
Cardiff stretch unbeaten run Fulham on
to close on leaders Wolves
march with
double from
control before the interval and Conor
Hourihane securing the points midway
Mitrovic
Cardiff City reduced the gap on lead- through the second period.
By James Mariner
ers Wolves to three points as goals
from Callum Paterson and Marko Grujic earned a 2-1 victory over Barnsley.
Neil Warnock’s side went ahead after
half an hour as Paterson found
the net after Kenneth Zohore
saw his effort blocked, before Grujic (right) doubled
the Bluebirds’ lead with a
fine strike early in the second half.
Oli McBurnie reduced
the deficit for the Tykes on
the hour but the hosts hung
on to make it nine league matches
unbeaten and keep the pressure on
Wolves, who travel to Leeds tonight.
Aston Villa eased to a 3-0 victory at
bottom side Sunderland to hold onto
third spot, Lewis Grabban and James
Chester putting Steve Bruce’s side in
Derby were held 1-1 at QPR, who
equalised with three minutes remaining through Massimo Luongo, while
Middlesbrough replaced Bristol City
in the final play-off spot after
winning 1-0 at Birmingham,
Patrick Bamford continuing his fine recent form
to ensure a miserable St
Andrews’ debut for new
manager Garry Monk,
whose side remain in the
relegation zone.
Millwall extended their
winning away form to five matches to continue their late season play-off
charge, George Saville and Tom Cooper inspiring a 2-1 victory at Hull, while
Brentford were 2-0 victors at Burton
Albion to leave Nigel Clough’s side second from bottom.
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AT CRAVEN COTTAGE
Fulham continued their
relentless pursuit of the
Championship automatic
promotion places as
Aleksandar Mitrovic’s double
inspired an imperious win over
Sheffield United.
Mitrovic crashed in his
fourth and fifth goals since
joining on loan from Newcastle
and Tom Cairney added a
third after the break as the
Cottagers posted an 11th win
out of 14 games, and ninth in a
row at home.
That run has catapulted
Slavisa Jokanovic’s men
into the hunt for the top two
and they trail second-placed
Cardiff by just five points.
Newcastle manager Rafael
Benitez may well be questioning
his decision to allow Mitrovic
to leave on January’s transfer
deadline day.
Visiting manager Chris
Wilder also has problems to
ponder as his side slipped to
ninth, following a fourth defeat
in seven games.
Given the reverse fixture
finished 5-4 to Fulham, there
was little surprise that both
sides had chances in the
opening 20 minutes.
Fulham were rewarded in
the 32nd minute as Mitrovic
continued his impressive
streak, ramming home off the
crossbar from close range.
They doubled their lead when
Stefan Johansen’s through ball
was deftly poked home at the
near post by Mitrovic.
He almost grabbed a
hat-trick but Fulham did not
let up after the break and made
it 3-0 just after the hour when
Cairney swept home following
good work from Lucas Piazon.
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‘Jewel’ of
Juventus
can still
rob Spurs
The return of Paulo Dybala
means Tottenham cannot afford
to be complacent at Wembley
tonight. Jonathan Liew reports
H
e’s falling. His legs are
At the turn of the century,
giving way. The sheer
Juventus were the second
effort of holding off
richest club in the world, behind
Marco Parolo, a man
Manchester United. Then came
four inches taller and
the 2006 Calciopoli match-fixing
seven kilograms heavier than him,
scandal, which saw them relegated
has cost him his balance. Paulo
to Serie B and lose many of their
Dybala’s last hope, in the fractions
star players. And though they
of a second before he sprawls to
subsequently fought their way
the turf, is that he can swing his left back on the pitch, winning six
boot through the ball with enough
straight league titles and reaching
precision to divert it towards goal
the Champions League final in
from a narrowing angle. The clock
2015 and 2017, in terms of finance
shows 92:28. The score is 0-0.
and stature they are still fighting
And as Dybala’s falling, the ball is
to recover their place in European
rising with a weight and a pace that
football’s very top tier.
should not be possible from that
It is against this context of decay
stance. From that angle.
and renaissance that the
From a player making his
rise of Dybala must be
O
n
ce
first start for two months
seen. At the age of just
Ronaldo
and
after injury. The ball hits
24, he is being invested
Messi have
the net and Dybala is on
with the task of restoring
his feet again. It is a goal retired, I have Juventus to its rightful
that may ultimately hand no doubt
place in the game.
Juventus their seventh
The first sign that things
it will be
scudetto in succession.
were not progressing as
Neymar and
The player they call La
planned came shortly
Joya – The Jewel – is back. Dybala who
after Juventus were
are the best
The Argentinian
mauled by Real Madrid
forward missed the first
in the Champions League
in the world
leg of the Champions
final. Over the summer,
League tie against Tottenham, a 2-2 Dybala broke up with his girlfriend
draw in Turin. His scheduled return Antonella, a business student who
for the second, at Wembley tonight,
he had been dating for three years,
is perhaps the main reason why
since his time at Palermo.
Tottenham’s slender advantage
Then in September Dybala
may be no advantage at all. For as
ditched his long-term agent
commendably as Spurs played in
Pierpaolo Triulzi, replacing him
Turin, a game with Dybala in it is an with his brother Gustavo. As
entirely different sort of game.
Dybala’s form began to dip in the
“With the ball, he’s a genius,”
autumn the Italian press began to
reckons team-mate Blaise Matuidi, suggest that Dybala’s brother was
another Juve player who will
holding up contract talks, touting
return for the second leg. “At his
him around the big European clubs
best, he is unplayable,” says his
ahead of the January window.
manager Massimiliano Allegri.
In December, in the midst of a
“Once Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo
run of just two goals in 18 games,
Messi have retired, I have no doubt club legend Pavel Nedved, now
it will be Neymar and Dybala who
a vice-president and hugely
are the best in the world.”
influential figure at Juve, publicly
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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Europe respects our brand
of football, says Pochettino
By Andy Sims
Paulo Dybala
celebrates
after scoring
an injurytime winner
(below)
against
Lazio at the
weekend
Mauricio Pochettino believes his
“brave” Tottenham side are ready to
take another major step in enhancing their reputations in Europe.
Spurs host Juventus at Wembley
tonight in the second leg of their
round-of-16 tie. They have every
chance of knocking out the Italian
champions – finalists in two of the
past three seasons – after coming
back from two goals down to draw
2-2 in the first leg in Turin.
Having already beaten Real Madrid in the group stage, Tottenham’s
reputation across the continent
continues to grow and Pochettino
has told his players to grasp their
latest opportunity to make another
big statement.
“It’s been step by step, a little
step every season,” said the Spurs
manager. “You can see the team
is more mature. We are going to
enjoy tomorrow.
“We know very well we are playing one of the best teams in Europe
but we are a brave team and we are
very positive people.
“We need to think that we can win,
we always think in this way. If we are
able to play in the way we normally
do, then we will be close to winning.
“After the group stage we im-
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proved our reputation in Europe.
Last season was a massive disappointment to be out in the first stage,
but this year, of course, the people in
Europe start to respect Tottenham.
“They respect the philosophy we
build and the football we play. We
feel we have respect for the brand
of football we show – they respect us
in Europe.”
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (below)
knows a clean sheet will be enough
to send Tottenham through to next
month’s quarter-finals. And he acknowledged the task facing Spurs is
to bridge the gap between them and
Europe’s elite.
He said: “The club
and team is growing stronger every
season. Most of
the players have
been here for
two, three or four
years together.
Now we must enjoy
it. We have arrived
at the most important
part of the season and we
win or lose everything.
“Our ambition is to improve,
to develop, and the first step is to
reduce the gap to the best teams
in Europe.
“That’s not just in one season, but
season by season and for the future.”
Toby Alderweireld will miss the
Wembley showdown due to his
hamstring problem while fellow defender Serge Aurier is suspended.
MANCHESTER CITY
Guardiola: City are
nowhere near level
of Barcelona yet
By Mark Critchley
warned Dybala to knuckle down,
burden in a team without a natural
telling him to “give his all in training” playmaker in the final third. At the
and “make sacrifices in his private
same time Allegri’s tactical tinkering
life” if he wanted to be “truly great”.
has occasionally forced him out of his
The move received the tacit
favoured No 10 position.
backing of Allegri, who warned
But perhaps the biggest demand on
Dybala to “stay focused” and
Dybala is temperamental. Juventus
dropped him for a key game
rely on him to seize moments –
against Internazionale.
and for the first time people
Dybala then suffered
began to argue that Dybala
a hamstring injury
was still missing the
against Cagliari
sense of occasion that
on the cusp of the
distinguishes the truly
For all his qualities
winter break. On
elite.
Paulo Dybala has yet
the face of things,
Which is why the goal
to score a goal for
it looked like the
against
Lazio meant so
Argentina
much: not a definitive
first major crisis of
Dybala’s career. For the
answer to his critics,
perhaps, but one hell of a
first time in years, they
were in a proper title race,
riposte nonetheless. He is still
feeling his way back to full fitness,
with Napoli surging into the lead.
And yet Juve’s irritation with their
and was left out of Jorge Sampaoli’s
most recent Argentina squad (most
star player was partly a reflection
of their own simmering angst, a
remarkably of all, Dybala is yet to
score at international level). But
recognition of just how heavily they
relied on a fully-fit, fully-firing Dybala. with a Serie A title race to reignite, a
In a sense, the Argentinian has
Champions League tie to rescue and
been a victim of his own versatility,
a World Cup to play for this summer,
Dybala’s return could scarcely have
expected not simply to score goals in
but to provide much of the creative
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Pep Guardiola believes his Manchester City side have some way to
go before they reach the level of his
former club Barcelona.
City are all but assured of passage
to the Champions League quarterfinals for the second time in their
history as they take a 4-0 advantage into tonight’s home leg of their
round-of-16 tie against Basel.
Guardiola’s side are favourites
to win the competition outright.
After lifting the Carabao Cup, City
need just 12 more points to win the
Premier League title. Guardiola,
however, believes that his side must
fill their trophy cabinet before they
can compare with Barcelona, where
he won three La Liga titles and two
Champions League crowns.
When asked whether City were
already at the same level as his
former club, Guardiola bluntly
replied: “No, because it is completely
different players. They won a lot in
the past. We are new.”
“It is not good for us comparing
with that team. That team dominate
the last decade, 15-20 years, with
different managers, different players. We won just the first title. To
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join this kind of team, you have to be
there a long time.”
Barcelona are the only side ever to
have overturned a four-goal deficit
in a two-legged Champions League
tie, against Paris Saint-Germain last
year, but that was at home. Even so,
Guardiola warned his players that
they cannot afford to show any signs
of complacency.
“Tomorrow we start again from
zero,” he said. “The most important
thing is it is in our hands. We are
almost in the quarter-finals, we
are almost champions of Premier
League, but we are not in quarter-
Pep Guardiola and assistant Mikel
Arteta (left) during training
finals, we are not champions, that is
the reality, that’s why we have to be
calm. That is the best advice I can
give to my players.”
Guardiola also made a point of
reminding his players to stay disciplined. City were eliminated from
the FA Cup at Wigan Athletic after
Fabian Delph’s red card changed the
game and Oleksandr Zinchenko was
perhaps lucky to escape with a yellow card for one forceful challenge
on Victor Moses during Sunday’s
1-0 win over Chelsea.
“What happened in Wigan, with
Fabian Delph – 44 minutes, red
card – you don’t win the Champions
League,” he said. “The action from
Zinchenko in the first half, the tackle
on Moses, it’s ‘orange’ – could be yellow, could be red. If it is red, you are
out of the Champions League.” THE
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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: ROUND OF 16
Ronaldo on
target as PSG
fall short
once again
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Cavani 71
1
REAL MADRID
Ronaldo 51, Casemiro 80
2
Paris Saint-Germain
Areola
Real Madrid win 5-2 on aggregate
Jonathan
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AT THE PARC DES PRINCES
Paris promised fire and fury, and on
a fiery night in the French capital,
their Champions League dreams
went up in flames. The grand project
will have to be deferred for another
year; their plans for the last week in
May can safely be shelved.
And in the months before PSG
launch their next extravagantlyfunded tilt at Europe’s top prize, perhaps they will reflect on the lessons
they were handed during these two
matches by a Real Madrid side who
may not be the equal of their illustrious predecessors, but still know
how to handle the thrust and parry
of these big games like nobody else.
You can buy a lot of things in football, but you can’t buy composure.
And perhaps the defining motif of
PSG’s ill-starred night was the sight
of their playmaker Marco Verratti
charging furiously at the referee,
earning himself a moronic red card
and firmly treading this tie into the
dust. The cause was already lost by
then,ofcourse.PSG’slatebrainfadein
the Bernabeu three weeks ago saw to
that.But somehowVerratti’s mindless
rage encapsulated the mindset of a
PSG side that can control games, control markets, control title races, but
still struggle to control themselves.
For Real, chasing a 13th European Cup, it was a case of job done.
Zinedine Zidane gambled with his
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Substitutions: Paris Saint-Germain Pastore (Motta,
59), Draxler (Di Maria, 76), Diarra (Mbappe, 85); Real
Madrid Kroos (Kovacic, 71), Bale (Benzema, 76), Isco
(Asensio, 82).
Booked: Paris Saint-Germain Verratti (twice), Cavani;
Real Madrid Kovacic, Ramos.
Sent-off: Paris Saint-Germain Verratti (66).
Man of the match Ronaldo. Match rating 6/10.
Possession: Paris S-G 50% Real Madrid 50%.
Attempts on target: Paris S-G 2 Real Madrid 6.
Referee F Brych (Ger). Attendance 46,585.
starting line-up, leaving out Gareth
Bale, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in
a young and inexperienced midfield.
But it was their big-ticket players –
the imperious Sergio Ramos, the
irrepressible Cristiano Ronaldo, the
pyrotechnic Marco Asensio – who
ultimately came through for them.
Ronaldo’s inevitable goal was his
117th in the competition. Casemiro’s
late winner was a delicious final insult. And most importantly of all,
amid the crackling Parc des Princes
atmosphere, they kept their heads.
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Warner and De Kock
charged over spat
Australia vice-captain David
Warner and South Africa’s Quinton
de Kock have been reported for
breaching the International Cricket
Council’s Code of Conduct, following
their altercation which was
captured on CCTV on the fourth
day of the Durban Test. Warner
has the full backing of Australia
coach Darren Lehmann, following
the 118-run victory, and will remain
in his position. “We’re certainly
supporting David,” Lehmann said.
Yet as PSG played out the game
without breakthrough, a certain
edginess even began to take hold.
They grumbled when Adrien Rabiot
or Kylian Mbappé gave the ball away.
They held their breath as Ramos
crept in at the near post and forced
a fine save from Alphonse Areola.
They howled when Ronaldo took a
wild swipe at Dani Alves after an offside call went against him, and somehow escaped without a card.
The game was getting scrappy, and
that suited Real just fine. Ramos and
Raphael Varane were dealing with
PSG’s front three easily enough, and
with the heft of Benzema up front and
the animatronic scarecrow dressed
as Ronaldo alongside him, they were
creating plenty of satisfying counter-
Cristiano
Ronaldo heads
home Real
Madrid’s first
goal in Paris
while PSG’s
Marco Verratti
(left) is sent
off after being
shown a second
yellow card
for dissent
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FORMULA ONE
FOOTBALL
McLaren run 38 laps in dismal test
Astori’s No 13 shirt is
retired after tragedy
McLaren are facing up to another
pre-season crisis after their
car broke down three
times on the opening
day of this week’s
concluding Formula
One test. Stoffel
Vandoorne (right) had
two electrical issues
inside the first hour
at Barcelona’s Circuit
de Catalunya – which on
both occasions resulted in his
mechanics pushing him back to the
pits – before a hydraulics failure
cost the British team further
valuable time later in the
day. Vandoorne stopped at
turn three shortly before
4pm local time and never
returned to the track.
By the end of testing
yesterday, McLaren had
completed just 38 laps.
Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes
team clocked up a mammoth
174 circuits, while Ferrari’s
Sebastian Vettel was not far behind.
Fiorentina and Cagliari have
retired their No 13 shirt in memory
of Davide Astori. The 31-year-old
was found dead in his hotel room
in Udine on Sunday, hours before
Fiorentina were due to face Udinese
in a Serie A fixture. All of Sunday’s
seven Serie A games were postponed
as a result and tributes from across
the footballing world poured in
for the defender, who won 14 caps
for Italy. Astori played for Cagliari
between 2008 and 2016.
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Liverpool coast through
with a minimum of fuss
LIVERPOOL
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Liverpool win 5-0 on aggregate
By Mark Critchley
AT ANFIELD
“There is a job to finish,” Jürgen
Klopp told his players in his
programme notes, but Liverpool’s
work here was done from the
first whistle.
No team has ever overturned a
five-goal deficit from the first leg in
the Champions League and Porto
did not come at all close to setting a
precedent, as Liverpool’s rout at the
Estadio do Dragao three weeks ago
comfortably carried them through
to the quarter-finals.
This goalless draw was a strange
game, not so much a football match
but an argument for automatic byes
when one team finds themselves in
such a commanding position after
playing the first leg away from home.
On a night of little intensity, and
even fewer chances, both sides
simply went through the motions
until, inevitably, Liverpool secured
their passage to the last eight. It had
never been in doubt.
Klopp suggested he would make
only “one, two, three changes” but
in the end it was five, with Mohamed
Salah among those to drop out
ahead of this weekend’s trip to Old
Trafford. For Porto, centre-half
Diego Reyes was the sole survivor
from the first-leg mauling as
visiting manager Sergio Conceicao
acknowledged the insurmountable
scale of the task.
His much-changed line-up at least
did a better job of keeping the Champions League’s most potent attack at
bay during a languid first half.
It said much about both sides’ lack
of urgency that the minute’s silence
provided one of the more interesting flash points. Sections of Porto’s
support were incapable of staying
quiet to honour Davide Astori, the
Fiorentina and Italy defender who
died, aged 31, on Sunday. The rest
of Anfield paid their respects, then
jeered their guests.
Events on the pitch in the first half
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play. Both squandered good opportunities either side of the break.
If Real had been kept up late by
the PSG fans besieging their team
hotel, they weren’t showing it. Indeed, six minutes into the second
half it was the home side who were
caught snoozing, as Real carved their
right flank to confetti. Lucas Vazquez
got a free cross, Ronaldo got a free
header, and you know how that usually turns out.
What did PSG have in their locker?
Not Neymar, of course. And for the last
quarterof the game not Verratti either,
receiving his second yellow card for
dissent after running at referee Felix
Brych and screaming right in his face.
With Thiago Motta also sacrificed,
PSG’s control of midfield vanished
into thin air, as their 10 remaining men
threw everything into their mountainous task. But fate had a gift for them.
With 20 minutes left, substitute Javier
Pastore stooped to head at goal. It was
a low-percentage effort, but after two
deflections, off Casemiro and Edinson
Cavani, the ball was nestling in the Madrid net, and PSGhad a thread ofhope.
It lasted exactly 10 minutes. And
there was a certain irony in the manner in which Madrid ultimately put
the tie to bed, Casemiro’s shot hitting
Marquinhos and looping over a helpless Areola. It was Real’s fifth goal of
the tie. What fate giveth, and all that.
Thing is, when you have spent a billion pounds assembling your dream
factory, the idea is not to leave these
things to chance. THE INDEPENDENT
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FOOTBALL
Farah claims racial harassment
Dulwich banned
from using name
Scotland win again
on World Cup trail
Scotland took another big step
towards World Cup qualification
with a commanding four-wicket win
over Hong Kong in Bulawayo. Tom
Sole was the chief destroyer, taking
four for 15 in his 10 overs as Hong
Kong were dismissed for just 91.
Scotland, who defeated Afghanistan
in their opening game of the
qualifiers, were far from convincing
with the bat, but an unbeaten 41
from skipper Kyle Coetzer helped
them over the line.
Mo Farah has claimed he was racially
harassed while travelling
through Germany’s Munich
Airport yesterday. The
four-time Olympic
champion left the
UK for Ethiopia on
Monday to train and
his journey took him
via Germany, where he
had an altercation with
a pushy law enforcement
officer. Farah (right) filmed the
exchange on Instagram Live, later
posting it with the caption “Sad to
see racial harassment in this day
and age. 2018!”. The 34-year-old
was giving a running
commentary as he was
pushed towards the gate
by the officer, claiming it
was “pure harassment”,
though there was no
evidence of any racial abuse
in the 47-second clip.
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Substitutions: Liverpool Ings (Firmino, 62), Salah
(Mane, 74), Klavan (Can, 80); Porto Oliveira (Andre,
62), Ricardo (Waris, 68), Paciencia (Aboubakar, 80).
Booked: Liverpool Henderson; Porto Andre, Dalot.
Man of the match Gomez.
Match rating 6/10.
Possession: Liverpool 62% Porto 38%.
Attempts on target: Liverpool 5 Porto 1.
Referee F Zwayer (Ger).
Attendance 48,768.
Dulwich Hamlet have been told
to stop using their own name and
initials by the owners of their
ground, who last night kicked the
125-year-old non-league side out of
their historic home. Meadow, the
property investment fund who own
Champion Hill, demanded via a
letter from solicitors that the club
no longer use their name, nor initials
or ‘The Hamlet’, as they had been
trademarked. Dulwich insisted they
would continue to use their name.
were not nearly as bad-tempered,
and only Sadio Mané came close to
stirring this somnambulant second
leg. After latching on to an incisive
James Milner pass, Liverpool’s hattrick hero from the first game fired
firmly past Iker Casillas but against
the base of the post.
Liverpool thus went into the break
wholly comfortable, their visitors
having registered just one wayward
shot on goal. Loris Karius was eventually called into action shortly after
the restart but had little problem in
pushing aside a long-distance effort
from Majeed Waris.
Roberto Firmino was fancied to
break the deadlock when Jordan
Henderson slipped the in-form forward through on goal, but centrehalf Felipe nipped in to block his
effort as he bore down on Casillas.
The biggest cheer of the night
was saved for Salah’s introduction
and the Egyptian soon raised the
decibels. His cross from the right
evaded all in the Porto penalty area
save Milner, but he could only direct
his header straight at Casillas.
The visitors threatened most
towards the close, and one Sergio
Oliveira effort dipped wickedly over
the bar, following a deflection, but
Conceicao’s side offered nothing
substantial. Job done for Liverpool,
though the quarter-finals will bring a
much tougher test. THE INDEPENDENT
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Williams and
Bartoli – happy
to be back
on court again
Pep Guardiola has accused Football
Association chief executive Martin
Glenn of failing to understand the
meaning of the yellow ribbon that
the Manchester City manager wears
in solidarity with members of Catalonia’s independence movement.
Guardiola accepted an FA charge
of “wearing a political message” on
Monday having breached the governing body’s kit and advertising
regulations. His response came a
day after Glenn compared the yellow
ribbon to the swastika or a symbol
of support for Zimbabwe’s former
president Robert Mugabe.
“Things that are going to be highly
divisive, and that could be strong
religious symbols – it could be the
Star of David, it could the hammer
and sickle, it could be a swastika,
anything like Robert Mugabe on
your shirt – these are the things we
don’t want,” Glenn said. “To be very
clear, Pep Guardiola’s yellow ribbon
is a political symbol, it’s a symbol of
Catalan independence,” he added.
“And, I can tell, you there are many
more Spaniards, non-Catalans, who
are p***ed off by it.”
Glenn apologised for his comments on Monday, particularly for
his equivalence of the Star of David
with the swastika, but Guardiola
believes the remarks betrayed an ignorance about the yellow ribbon and
its significance.
“Mr Glenn apologised but the first
impression when I heard that was
because he didn’t understand the
meaning of the yellow ribbon,” Guardiola said yesterday ahead of City’s
Champions League game against
Basel this evening. “It is not about
independence or not independence.
It is about four people who are in jail
when they didn’t do anything to be in
jail.” THE INDEPENDENT
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