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QUA L I T Y, C O N C I S E – T H E F U T U R E O F I N D E PE N D E N T JOU R NA L I S M
Cheltenham
2018
Tickled to
know you
STARTING TODAY
FOUR-PAGE TIP SHEET IN
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The comic genius of
Ken Dodd
P7
TUESDAY
13 MARCH 2018
Number 2,277
INTERVIEW
Vicky McClure
on Madonna,
keeping it real
and comedy
PM gives
Putin spy
poisoning
ultimatum
» 24 hours for Moscow to explain why Russian
nerve agent was used in Salisbury attack
» May demands to know: did Russia lose toxin –
or did it sanction assassination mission in UK?
» Russian state media claims allegations are
‘circus show in British Parliament’
Genes linked
to breast
cancer
identified
P13
Future of
Britain’s
media
Major review
opens into
the health of
UK’s quality
journalism
P12
Carragher
suspended for
spitting at
teenage girl
P9
P34
COMMENT
Jenny Eclair
Ainsley Harriott
Mark Wallace
Sam Leith
Tributes to
Givenchy
The man who
dressed Audrey
Hepburn, Jackie
Kennedy and
Grace Kelly
P26
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I PUZZLES
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News
Matrix
HEALTH
Why is there a
national fanfare
for work done in
this village
workshop?
See p.27
The day at
a glance
TUESDAY
13
MARCH
Quote of the day
MARK TWAIN
IMMIGRATION
TRANSPORT
IRAN
SCOTLAND
Millennials’ railcard
in short supply
BBC journalists
in appeal to UN
Panda breeding put
on hold for research
Foreign nationals have been kept
in Harmondsworth immigration
removal centre in west London
for as long as four years, a HM
Inspectorate of Prisons report
reveals. Detainees were held
in “prison-like” conditions for
unacceptably lengthy periods,
inspectors said.
A railcard for 26- to 30 year-olds
goes on sale today but only 10,000
will be available and they are
unlikely to save regular commuters
money. Aimed at leisure travellers,
the annual £30 discount card is
available on a first come, first served
basis and must be bought online and
downloaded on to a smartphone.
The BBC’s journalists will appeal
to the UN over the “persecution
and harassment” by Iran of those
affiliated with the broadcaster’s
Persian service. The decision by the
broadcaster comes after an Iranian
court last year froze the assets of
more than 150 people associated
with its Persian service.
There will be no attempt to breed
the UK’s only giant pandas. Tian
Tian (Sweetie) will not bear a cub
with Yang Guang (Sunshine) after a
decision from bosses at Edinburgh
Zoo. The move to halt breeding, the
first time since 2012, was made to
allow researchers to focus on the
animals’ mating process.
TELEVISION
The new Coronation Street set
includes a permanent tribute to
the 22 people who died in last year’s
Manchester Arena bombing. The
ITV soap’s new-look set features a
mosaic-covered memorial bench in
an urban garden in memory of those
who died, with a special mention for
Corrie superfan Martyn Hett.
With concerns over animal welfare, the
environment and health becoming more widespread,
vegan diets seem to be growing in popularity. More
people than ever before signed up for Veganuary this
year, with 168,500 vowing to spend the month of
January eating only plant-based meals.
FOOD
Growing
veggies
43%
Anniversaries
Friday 13 March 1970
The Tories celebrate a
record majority in the
Bridgwater by-election.
They won by 10,915
votes, the largest in the
constituency for 50
years. It was the first time
18-year-olds had been
allowed to vote.
HEALTH
Subscribe to i at
i-subscription.co.uk
The best passports
to travel with
10%
The Nomad Passport Index
has ranked 199 citizenships on
five factors: visa-free travel, the
ability to hold dual citizenship,
international taxation, perception,
and personal freedom. The UK
stands at No 22 this year, slipping
from No 16 last year.
TOTAL
PARTICIPANTS
BY YEAR
Worst passports
194= Syria and Libya
196 Yemen
197 Eritrea
198 Iraq
199 Afghanistan
index
Crossword.............22
TV & Radio...........28
The 10 Best...........33
Business..................38
Puzzles.....................42
Weather...................44
REASONS
FOR TAKING
PART IN
VEGANUARY
The List
Best passports
1 Luxembourg
2= Ireland (below) and Switzerland
4 Portugal
5= Sweden, Italy, Spain, Finland
and Denmark
10= Germany and New Zealand
168,500
39%
ANIMALS
Birthdays
William H Macy, actor, 68;
Kaya Scodelario
(below), actress, 26; Adam
Clayton, musician, 58;
Joe Bugner, retired boxer,
68; Fiona Allen, comedian,
53; Baroness Amos,
diplomat, 64
A quarter of the population take
up half of all GP appointments
and hospital stays and have
more than one long-term illness
such as high blood pressure or
diabetes, according to a report
published in the British Journal of
General Practice.
Detainees kept in
‘prison-like’ state
‘Corrie’ set honours
Arena bomb victims
Few things are harder
to put up with than a
good example
A quarter of people
use half of GPs’ time
The Church of Scientology has
launched a new television network
in the US and is marketing it via
Twitter as shedding light on the
secretive organisation. “The only
thing more interesting than what
you’ve heard is what you haven’t,”
a promotional video on the social
network claims.
HERITAGE
Tunstall first woman
to lead Tartan parade
?
8%
ENVIRONMENT
KT Tunstall will lead New York’s
Tartan Day parade, becoming the
first woman to do so. The musician
will be Grand Marshal for the event,
which marks its 20th anniversary
next month. Tartan Week celebrates
Scottish heritage and the parade
has previously been led by Sir Sean
Connery and Brian Cox.
OTHER
59,500
23,000
12,800
3,300
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
DIET BEFORE VEGANUARY
47%
22%
Omnivore
Vegetarian
PARTICIPANTS BY GENDER
Female
84%
Male
14%
Other
1%
Gender non-conforming
1%
17% 14%
Vegan
Pescetarian
62%
of previously non-vegan
respondents said they
intended to remain
vegan afterwards
66%
of respondents
reported improvements
to their health
SOURCE: VEGANUARY.COM
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
RELIGION
Scientology TV ‘to
shed light on church’
EGYPT
Row erupts over top
footballer’s beard
An Egyptian columnist has ignited
a firestorm on social media by
calling on the Liverpool footballer
Mohamed Salah to shave his beard,
saying he looks like a “terrorist”.
In an article in Al-Ahram, Salah
Montaser said Salah’s beard “puts
him in one basket with extremists
and terrorists”.
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13 MARCH 2018
3
Letter from
the Editor
TIM AND JEAN JEFFERY,
FOSTER PARENTS
Oliver Duff
i@inews.co.uk
Diplomatic warnings made in
public are a sign of the times
When one nation imposes
an ultimatum on another,
it is a sign that diplomacy
is in chronic ill health. Final
warnings delivered in public
rarely lead to a jolly outcome.
Theresa May was stuck
in a corner here, though: fail
to respond robustly and she
would rightly be castigated
for turning a blind eye to the
use of a Soviet “Novichok”
nerve agent – a toxin that
has either been allowed to
fall into the hands of rogue
actors, or been used with state
sponsorship on British soil.
The chance of Moscow
providing “full and complete”
disclosure of the Novichok
programme to international
inspectors, as Boris Johnson
demands, is nil. We await,
then, Russia’s response (if any)
– and tomorrow we find out
how Ms May intends to back
up her threat.
Are they off on a journey?
A couple who fostered 200 children
have had a tram named after them as
a reward. Tim and Jean Jeffery, who
have been described as “special and
extraordinary” people, were the guests
of honour at the unveiling of their
namesake at a special ceremony at a
tram depot in Nottingham.
gobsmacked” to win. “It sank in when
we saw our name on the tram. We
felt very humble. It was a little bit
overwhelming but very nice.”
She’s hoping to take a ride on their
tram soon as it makes its way around
Nottingham. “My husband saw the tram
out and about today,” she added. “You just
don’t know where it’s going to be.”
That’s an unusual prize.
Indeed. But every year, tram number
222 is set aside by Nottingham Express
Transit, to be named in honour of
someone special. The couple were the
winners of the coveted Community Star
Award, an annual contest run by the
Nottingham Community and Voluntary
Service. The Tim and Jean Jeffery could
now be coming to a Nottingham tram
stop near you.
So, 200 children in total. That sounds like
hard work.
There used to be a limit of five children
at a time and, nowadays, the rules say
three at most. But yes, it can be tough.
Jean, who first began fostering 45 years
ago, said: “You have good times and
bad times.” She also said you see some
“difficult” children who may have been
“very badly treated” in the past and “take
a while to settle”.
Other times, she explained, children
might “come into care because their
mother is unwell in hospital and there
Are they pleased?
Jean said she was “absolutely
are no relatives to help out, then you can
take the child to visit mum.”
I bet it’s rewarding too.
Yes. The couple, who live in Lenton,
Nottingham, have also been the last stop
for children who were in the process of
being adopted. “That is lovely because
you have them before they go to their
forever family. That is a happy ending.”
And though it is sad to say goodbye, she
said a lot of the kids have stayed in touch.
Would she recommend fostering?
Jean, who has since retired and now
volunteers for the Rainbow Parents
Carers Forum, which nominated the pair
for the award, said: “Really think it over,
it is a big thing and your life will never
be the same again. But if you think you
can do it then go for it as they are really
desperate for foster carers.”
Alina Polianskaya
****
I have owned my tattered
dinner jacket for nearly half
my lifetime, since it was
pressed upon me by my
well-meaning mother when
I left for university. Every
March the battle to fit into
the trousers becomes more
fraught. Bad luck to buy a new
one, I figure.
Think of me, then, around
7pm tonight, as I fumble
desperately with the clasp in
an attempt to coax one
more year’s service out of
the suit, to get ready for the
UK Press Awards.
Spring is awards season
for British journalism, when
we stop to recognise daring
foreign correspondents,
dogged investigative
reporters and unmissable
columnists – the hacks
on whom we all rely to
hold the powerful to
account, to inform us and
to entertain, too.
I approach these things
expecting us to win
nothing (so that any gong
is a bonus) and pleased for
our journalists to receive
recognition from their peers.
It’s also cheering to set aside
rivalries and to applaud
brilliant reporting.
The lineup for the 2018
newsawards was announced
yesterday. i is shortlisted for
National Newspaper of the
Year, inews.co.uk for News
Website of the Year, and our
new iweekend paper for
Printed Innovation of the
Year. i is also shortlisted for
the Grand Prix, for excellence
across print, digital and
commercial.
In the awards tonight, i is
shortlisted for Newspaper
of the Year and News Website
of the Year; arts editor
Alice Jones for Critic of
the Year; Stephen Bush
and Katy Balls for Political
Commentator of the Year;
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
for Columnist of the Year;
the late Steve Connor for
Science Journalist of the
Year; football correspondent
Sam Cunningham for Sports
Reporter of the Year for his
work before joining i; and
Kim Sengupta for Foreign
Reporter of the Year.
Good luck to all – and thank
you for your support. Without
you, none of this journalism
would exist.
Twitter: @olyduff
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NEWS
THE SKRIPAL AFFAIR
COVER STORY
May gives Putin ultimatum to
come clean over spy poisoning
By Nigel Morris
Theresa May has issued Vladimir
Putin with an ultimatum to come
clean on what he knows about the
poisoning of a former spy after concluding it was “highly likely” Russia
was responsible for the attack in
Salisbury.
Russia was given until midnight
tonight to either admit responsibility
for a state-sanctioned assassination
attack on British soil, or to explain
how it “lost control” of its stocks of
the deadly Novichok nerve agent.
In a Commons statement, the
Prime Minister told MPs it was highly likely Russia was responsible for
the poisoning of the former British
spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter
Yulia nine days ago with militarygrade Novichok.
Mrs May told MPs the Russian
ambassador had been summoned
to the Foreign Office to be given the
ultimatum, and that she will chair
a meeting of the National Security
Council (NSC) tomorrow to agree
follow-up action to what she described as an “indiscriminate and
reckless act against the UK”.
The diplomatic crisis deepened
last night as the Russian foreign
ministry denounced the “circus
show in the British Parliament” . The
Russian embassy accused ministers
of playing a “very dangerous game”
and warned of potential “serious
long-term consequences”.
Mrs May addressed the Commons after the NSC was updated on
the attack, which left the Skripals
critically ill and a police officer who
investigated the attack in a serious
but stable condition.
She told MPs: “It is now clear Mr
Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve
agent of a type developed by Russia.”
She said there were two options
– that “either this was a direct act
PM’s statement
Theresa May said it was highly likely
Russia was involved GETTY
by the Russian state against our
country” or that Vladimir Putin’s
government had “lost control of this
potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent”.
Russia has a “record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations” and views “some defectors
as legitimate targets for assassinations”, the Prime Minister said.
It is now clear that Mr Skripal and
his daughter were poisoned with
a military-grade nerve agent of
a type developed by Russia. This
is part of a group of nerve agents
known as Novichok.
Based on the positive identification of this chemical agent...,
our knowledge that Russia has
previously produced this agent
and would still be capable of
doing so; Russia’s record of
conducting state-sponsored
assassinations; and our assessment that Russia views some
defectors as legitimate targets for
assassinations, the Government
has concluded that it is highly
likely that Russia was responsible
for the act against Sergei and
Yulia Skripal.
Either this was a direct act by
the Russian state against our
country. Or the Russian government lost control of this potentially catastrophically damaging
nerve agent and allowed it to get
into the hands of others.
“This attempted murder was not
just a crime against the Skripals. It
was an indiscriminate and reckless
act against the UK, putting the lives
of innocent civilians at risk. We will
not tolerate such a brazen attempt
to murder innocent civilians on our
soil,” she added.
By speaking of an “attack” and
an “unlawful use of force” against
Britain, she raised the possibility of
a concerted Nato response.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, said: “We need to continue seeking a robust dialogue with Russia on
all the issues dividing our countries,
rather than cutting off contact and
letting divisions get worse.” The
Home Secretary Amber Rudd will
chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee in Whitehall today
to discuss the latest developments.
Mr Corbyn faced shouts
of “disgrace” from Tory
MPs as he attacked the party for
accepting more than £800,000
in donations from “Russian
oligarchs and their associates”.
CHEMICAL
World’s most potent nerve agents
By Cahal Milmo
Developed by the Soviet Union
from the 1970s onwards,
the Novichok nerve agents
represented an evolution in the
most potent class of chemical
weapons created by humanity.
The substances are said
to be up to eight times more
potent than VX – the nerve gas
developed by Britain in the 1950s
and until then regarded as the
most deadly chemical weapon
ever developed.
Named after the Russian word
for “newcomer”, the Novichoks
were “fourth generation” nerve
agents allegedly developed
with the key aim of being able
to circumvent the Chemical
Weapons Convention, which
banned all known nerve agents
in 1993.
Unlike previous nerve
weapons, the Novichok agents
come in the form of a very
fine powder instead of a gas
or vapour. They also have
the benefit of being “binary”,
meaning that they come in the
form of two separate chemicals
which can be stored and
transported safely. It is only
when they are combined that the
weapon becomes “active” and
potentially devastating.
The existence of the weapons
was brought to light in 1992 in the
wake of the collapse of the Soviet
Union when two scientists who
had worked on the programme
exposed its existence.
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13 MARCH 2018
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REACTION
Russia hits out at
‘circus show in
UK Parliament’
By Jim Heintz
Investigators
removing a van
in Winterslow
near Salisbury
yesterday PA
Will Britain act alone?
Not if it can help it. Officials and
ministers are in contact with their
counterparts in United States and
Europe to discuss joint action. The
Government could raise the issue at
the United Nations.
The White House press secretary
described the attack as an “outrage”
and said: “We stand by our closest ally
and the special relationship we have.”
What happened yesterday?
A meeting of the National Security Council, which concluded that
Russia was “very likely” to have been
behind the attack. Mrs May made the
decision to make public the name of
the nerve agent used in Salisbury
– and the conclusion that it was
Russian in origin.
Boris Johnson summoned the
Russian ambassador, Alexander
Yakovenko, to warn him that the
Kremlin has until midnight today to
provide an explanation.
What are the options?
The most obvious step is a round of
expulsions of Russian diplomats,
‘Ban Russian TV channel’
Russia hit back last night at Theresa May’s allegation that Moscow
was probably behind the poison
attack on a former Russian spy, declaring the charges were trumped
up and politically motivated.
“It is a circus show in
the British parliament,”
the Tass news agency
quoted Russian Foreign
Ministry spokeswoman
Maria Zakharova (inset)
as saying.
“The conclusion is obvious: It’s another political information campaign,
based on a provocation.”
Russian President Vladimir
Putin told the BBC he would discuss the Salisbury spy case once
UK authorities had dealt with it.
He was responding to a question
from Moscow correspondent Steve
Rosenberg on whether Russia was
to blame for the poisoning of Sergei
and Yulia Skripal.
But Russia’s Kremlin-friendly
media outlets have been joining the
counter-attack against the UK.
“If you think about it, well, the
only ones for whom the poisoning
of the ex-GRU colonel is advantageous are the British,” said Dimtry
Kiselev, one of Russia’s most powerful media figures.
The British motive? “Simply in
order to feed their Russophobia,”
Mr Kiselev said.
His weekly show on state-owned
television channel Rossiya-1, a
mixture of admiring coverage of
President Vladimir Putin and insinuations of Western deviousness
and incompetence, is regarded
MPs have called for a Kremlinbacked television channel to be
banned from broadcasting in the UK
following the Salisbury attack.
Theresa May faced repeated calls
to take action against RT, formerly
Russia Today, after the Prime
Minister said it was “highly
likely”Russia was behind
the attack. Speaking in
the Commons, former
Labour minister Chris
Bryant said: “Can we just
stop Russia Today broadcasting its propaganda in
this country?”
Fellow Labour MP Stephen
Doughty added: “Can I urge the Prime
Minister... to look at reviewing Russia
Today’s broadcasting licence.”
primarily as a voice of the Kremlin. Former special services agent
Mikhail Lyubimov was quoted in
Komsomolskaya Pravda, one of Russia’s most popular newspapers, as
suggesting Mr Skripal wouldn’t
have been worth the trouble of a hit.
“Skripal was sent to the West in
a swap; that means he’s absolutely
uninteresting to us. He’s a smallfry,” Mr Lyubimov said.
Komsomolskaya Pravda struck an
almost facetious tone in its coverage of the story.
“In Foggy Albion, the latest spy
scandal with anti-Russian tones
has ripened,” it began. The article
included a colourful Russian idiom
for unfair accusations in a line that
read, “It’s obvious that, following
the old tradition, all dogs will be
hung on Moscow.”
INVESTIGATION
Q&A What happens next?
What next?
The Russian response will be
discussed at a meeting of the National
Security Council tomorrow. After it
meets, Mrs May is likely to make a
fresh statement to MPs on Britain’s
next steps.
IN MOSCOW
Boris Johnson arrives for the National
Security Council meeting GETTY
which would be certain to provoke
tit-for-tat action by Moscow.
Existing economic sanctions
against Mr Putin and his allies could
be strengthened, and sporting and
cultural ties with Russia reduced.
Britain has already indicated that
English officials are unlikely to attend
this summer’s World Cup.
How bad are relations?
Before the attempted assassination,
relations between Russia and the UK
were already at their lowest point
since the collapse of the Soviet Union
and the end of the Cold War.
In November, Mrs May accused
Russia of trying to disrupt
international order by “meddling”
in elections and disseminating fake
news. Events of the last nine days and Russia’s hostile response to Mrs
May’s intervention – suggest that
relations can only deteriorate.
MPs tell Twitter to look
again at ‘Russian meddling’
By Alastair Reid
Twitter has been told to “look again”
for evidence of Russian interference
in UK politics as research appears
to show the social network underreported the problem to MPs.
Data unearthed by the Press Association shows more than 2,400
tweets about the UK, Brexit, the
refugee crisis and last year’s general election came from at least
154 accounts linked to the Internet
Research Agency, a Kremlin-linked
organisation accused of sowing disinformation on social media.
Twitter told MPs on a parliamentary committee investigating fake
news in February that it had found
49 such accounts tweeting specifically about Brexit, after months of
pressure from its chairman Damian
Collins. “There’s clearly been a lot
more activity than they acknowledged. So does that mean they were
unaware of it or that they just aren’t
looking for it?” he said.
He said he would be asking the
social media network to look once
more for evidence of Russian interference in light of the research.
“It confirms the view that Twitter
cannot be allowed to mark its own
homework,” said Ian Lucas, who
also sits on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
A Twitter spokesman stressed
that the shortfall had occurred because the company’s investigation
had focused on the Brexit campaign
specifically, not the 2017 election or
other issues around UK politics.
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NEWS
THE SKRIPAL AFFAIR
CRIME
Police block
the entrance to
Sainsbury’s car
park in Salisbury
yesterday AP
Doctors dealing
with poison ‘never
treated before’
By Cahal Milmo
The use of so-called “Novichok”
agent to poison Sergei Skripal and
his daughter will have presented
doctors in charge of their care
with unprecedented challenges,
experts said.
The two Russians remained critically ill but stable in intensive care
at Salisbury District Hospital last
night, nine days after they were
taken ill and specialists, including
experts from the Government’s
Porton Down toxicology laboratory,
were called in to lead their care.
Reports suggest that the 33-yearold Yulia may have been responding
better to the treatment being given
to her and her father as doctors try
to halt or reverse damage done to
their bodies by the agent.
But the disclosure that the chem-
COURTS
Man who broke
cordon jailed
By Rod Minchin
A drunken man who launched a
rant at police guarding the scene
where a former Russian double
agent and his daughter were
discovered critically ill has been
jailed for 16 weeks.
Jamie Knight, 30, of Wilton,
Salisbury, pleaded guilty to
four offences committed at
The Maltings in Salisbury,
Wiltshire on 9 March. Swindon
magistrates’ court heard Knight
breached the cordon around the
bench where Sergei and Yulia
Skripal were found.
ical is from a class of top secret
substances developed by Russian
scientists as recently as the early
1990s means doctors are probably
dealing with an agent not seen before in the West.
The standard procedure for treating those exposed to a nerve agent is
to administer two antidotes – atropine and pralidoxime – while providing “supportive” care for essential
cardiac and respiratory functions
during the time taken for the nerve
agent toxins to leave the body.
But scientists have speculated
that the developers of the Novichok
agent tried to make it resistant to
standard antidotes.
One medical expert told i that the
antidotes were designed to counter the effects of a nerve agent on
“autonomic” or unconscious bodily
functions such as breathing or salivation. But the enzyme interfered
with by any nerve agent is also associated with vital brain functions.
The specialist, who asked not be
identified, said: “If this is a Novichok agent, it is a very specialist
area – there isn’t really a standard
operating procedure to deal with
them because very little precise information about them is in the public domain.
“The care required will be quite
complex and very difficult. There is
a very delicate balance to be struck.
The speed with which the antidotes
are administered is important.”
British hospitals have held
stockpiles of nerve-gas
antidotes for years as part of
counter-terrorism plans. But
experts believe the risk of any
large-scale attack is remote.
SALISBURY
Scared public stay away from shops
By Jon Sharman
Independent traders in the centre
of Salisbury fear disruption to their
businesses may continue for at least
another week following the nerve
agent attack on Sergei Skripal.
The Maltings shopping centre is home to several small shops
whose staff said trade had collapsed
since Mr Skripal and his daughter
Yulia were found seriously ill last
Sunday week.
Retailers in the development said
shoppers were staying away because
they were scared after the pair were
poisoned and remain in hospital
where they are fighting for their life,
One business, the Cake Forge.
normally sees between 20,000 and
30,000 people pass by each week.
But since police cordons went up
at two of four entrances to the riverside path – outside the doors of
The Mill pub, and in the park where
Mr Skripal was found – footfall has
dropped hugely.
“People are just scared. Our takings were down by 60 per cent last
week. We opened in August so we’ve
got an average takings now,” said
Dan Mills, of the Cake Forge.
“Last week was our worst week
by far. Even our regulars haven’t
been in. I’m just glad it wasn’t on
our doorstep.”
The reported drop in trade came
despite bustling activity in the city
centre, where shoppers, builders
and others went about their day
seemingly unaffected by the developments in the case.
“The town is quiet,” admitted
Sarah Haydon, owner of Conker
Boutique in The Maltings.
“People are nervous but I don’t
know what there is to be nervous
about. They’re not interested in anybody else, whoever ‘they’ are.”
Marion Allen, speaking in the
Stonehenge tailor’s shop, said Public
Health England’s warning on Sunday
that anyone who had visited Zizzi’s
or The Mill, where the Skripals had
been, to wash their clothes to avoid
potential prolonged exposure to the
nerve agent, came “a bit late”.
Poppy White, a retail assistant at
Ganesha jewellery and craft shop,
said: “We’re losing a lot of trade
purely because no one is walking this
way. I’ve been told it’s going to go on
for another week.” THE INDEPENDENT
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After a lifetime of tickling helpless
audiences Ken Dodd bids tatty-bye
Sir Paul McCartney
”An icon, a one-off and a true
professor of comedy. One of the
greatest. How tickled I am to have
known him.”
Russ Abbot
“What a wonderful day for
sticking a cucumber through your
neighbour’s letter box and shouting
n Men’s legs have a terribly lonely life
standing in the dark in your trousers
all day.
n It’s 10 years since I went out of my
mind. I’d never go back.
n “You think you can get away, but you
can’t. I’ll follow you home and I’ll shout
jokes through your letter box” – when
he was still going strong at a show as it
approached midnight.
n I’ve seen a topless lady ventriloquist.
Nobody has ever seen her lips move.”
n Do I believe in safe
sex? Of course I do.
I have a handrail
around the bed.
n The French
didn’t object to
British beef in
1940.
n Honolulu: it’s got
everything: sand for the
children, sun for the wife, sharks for
the wife’s mother.
n Doctor: “How old are you?”
“I’m approaching 50.”
“From which direction?”
n How many men does it take to
change a toilet roll? Nobody knows.
It’s never been tried.
Sir Ken Dodd’s
madcap antics
made him popular
with audiences all
over Britain PA
n Fifty-five years in show business,
ladies and gentlemen. That’s a hell of a
long time to wait for a laugh.
n Tonight when you get home, put a
handful of ice cubes down your wife’s
nightie and say: “There’s the chest
freezer you always wanted.”
Blackpool, with bits such as the famous Diddy Men, the Broken Biscuit
Repair Works and the Treacle Wells.
This was followed by countless
BBC series, including The Ken Dodd
Show and Ken Dodd’s Laughter Show,
and he entered the big time in 1965
with the longest-ever run at the London Palladium (42 weeks).
Also a well-known singer, in 1964
he released his first single, HappiFan Samuel Ball places a floral tribute ness, followed by smash hit, Tears,
outside Sir Ken Dodd’s home PA
the following year, and then Promises.
Farewell Doddy ‘Entertainment legend’
“Farewell to my fellow Liverpudlian
the tattifilarious Ken Dodd. Beloved
by many people in Britain and a
great champion of his home city
and comedy. We met him on a
few occasions as The Beatles and
always ended up in tears of laughter.
Today it’s tears of sadness as well.”
Tickled The best of Dodd
n The trouble with Freud is that he
never played the Glasgow Empire on
a Saturday night after Rangers and
Celtic had both lost.
By Francesca Gosling
Sir Ken Dodd, master of tickling
sticks, Diddy Men and tattifilarious
comedy, reduced fans to helplessness with his bucktoothed grin, a
shake of the through-a-hedge-backwards hair and a cry of “How tickled
I am”.
Hands on hip and in full command
of his audience, he would demand:
“Do you give in?” and later say of a
successful show: “By heck, we took
no prisoners that night.”
Dodd, who died at the age of 90 on
Sunday, continued to perform right
through to his later years, bringing
the energy and stamina of a man half
his age to his manic routines.
Even when he was taken to hospital for a “minor operation” on New
Year’s Eve in 2007, it came just hours
after a four-hour sell-out gig at Liverpoool’s Philharmonic Hall.
But behind the hair, teeth and offbeat humour dwelt a mass of contradictions and insecurities.
Spending almost the entirety of
his life based at his childhood home
– a rambling mansion in Knotty Ash,
Liverpool – his carefully guarded
private life received an unwelcome
airing in 1989 when he endured a
five-week trial accused of tax fraud.
He was acquitted following a brilliant defence by George Carman QC.
The entertainer’s career kicked
off after his father bought a Punch
and Judy set for his eighth birthday, and he began charging school
friends twopence to sit on orange
boxes and watch the puppets.
He left school at 14 and worked
with his brother Bill, heaving Arley
cobbles and kitchen nuts for six
years as part of his father’s business.
But in his spare time, the former
choirboy was singing and developing
a stand-up comic routine at working
men’s clubs – script by his father,
costumes by Mrs Dodd. He would
describe himself as “Professor Yaffle Chuckabutty. Operatic Tenor and
Sausage Knotter.”
The Theatre Royal, Nottingham,
saw his £75-a-week debut in 1954 as
Professor Chuckabutty, and within
two years he was topping the bill at
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Over the 1960s, he entered the
Guinness Book of Records for the longest joke-telling session ever – 1,500
jokes in three-and-a-half hours.
Dodd married his partner of 40
years, Anne Jones, on Friday. His
first fiancée, Anita Boutin, died of a
brain tumour in 1977 aged 45 after 24
years together.
He was awarded an OBE in 1982
and was dubbed a knight in 2017 in
recognition of both his comedic legacy and his charity work.
millions, and although so many of
us are in grief and sorrow here, I’m
sure that there will now be a fresh
gale of laughter in heaven.”
‘The aliens have landed!’ Tatty-bye
Doddy. And thanks”.
Bishop of Liverpool, Rt Revd Paul
Bayes
Dawn French
“Writing jokes for Sir Ken Dodd was
an honour that I can only compare
to being asked to mix the paints for
Van Gogh.”
“Thanks for all the chats and
guidance, you always had time for
everyone... Dear Doddy, tatty-bye.”
Brian Conley
John Martin
“Best dinner companion I ever sat
next to. Don’t think I said a word.
Just laughed and laughed and tried
not to drown in my soup.”
n My dad knew I was going to be a
comedian. When I was a baby, he said:
“Is this a joke?”
n An official went to ask my big
Auntie Nellie to come off the
beach because the tide was waiting
to come in.
his wife. Anne. Tatty-bye Doddy.”
Les Dennis
“So sorry to hear that Sir Ken Dodd
has died. Thanks for all the laughs
Ken, you made me, and a lot of
people laugh for many years. R.I.P.”
Tony Blackburn
“Music hall great, entertainment
legend, Liverpool pride.”
Julian Richings
Ken Dodd during a rehearsal at the
London Palladium in 1976
gone and it’s a sadder world.”
Gyles Brandreth
Sandi Toksvig
“He had a genius for laughter. And
spread happiness wherever he
went. The human tickling stick is
n My act is very educational. I heard
a man leaving the other night, saying:
“Well, that taught me a lesson.”
“Liverpool today mourns one of its
most famous sons, the greatest ever
comedian, Sir Ken Dodd. We are
comforted by the joy and happiness
he brought the world.”
Liverpool Mayor, Joe Anderson
“His gentleness and his sustained
commitment to the joy and delight
of others will even outlive his jokes.
He brought joy and delight to
“He was an education to watch and,
afterwards, at 1.30am, he had beers
with me in the dressing room and
talked showbiz. A privilege, and a
loss. R.I.P.”
Dara O Briain
“Losing Ken means losing the last
music hall great. He was a true star
who lit up a theatre. Thoughts with
“May we all fill 90 years so well.”
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Sky Sports takes
Carragher off air
after he admits
to spitting at girl
By Lewis Smith
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Sky Sports has suspended its pundit Jamie Carragher after he admitted to spitting at a teenage girl in an
act which he described as a “moment of madness”.
The former Liverpool and England defender, 40, expressed regret
privately and publicly, and said he
had no explanation for his actions, which were filmed
from the car the girl was
travelling in.
The teenage Manchester United fan was in the
passenger seat while her
father was driving and
talking to the former Liverpool and England defender. Carragher said he had been
repeatedly “goaded” and “lost my
rag”. He told Sky News: “You can’t
condone that behaviour. No matter
what the circumstances, you cannot ever behave like that, it is just
unacceptable.
“I have no excuse and it is devastating for the family involved and
my own family - but it is my actions
which have brought that on.
“My biggest regret - there are lots
at what has happened - but certainly the biggest one is for a 14-year-old
girl to be caught in the middle of an
altercation with her father.
“That has devastated me more
than anything. This is a bad stain on
my character and my career.”
“All I can do is apologise and try
to get back to being the person I am.
“There is no doubt what I have
done is disgusting. I apologise
for it and am getting vilified - and
rightly so.”
He added: “I have brought shame
on the name of Sky.
“Hopefully I can show people
over these next days and weeks
the real me and hopefully a moment of madness will not cloud
their judgement.”
He has not, however, offered his
resignation and he said he hoped he
would be permitted to continue as a
sports pundit .
Sky Sports cut its Monday Night Football show
by half an hour following Carragher’s
suspension.
Coverage of Manchester City’s Premier
League trip to Stoke
was due to start at 7pm
from Sky’s studio in London.
However, with Carragher no longer
appearing, the decision was made to
move filming to Stoke’s bet365 Stadium with a start time of 7.30pm.
Gary Neville, his colleague at Sky
and a former Manchester United
defender, offered his support and
called for Carragher to be kept on
by Sky.
“No excuses he’s made a big mistake,” wrote Neville in a statement.
“He’s massively passionate about
football and he’s overstepped the
mark and shouldn’t have reacted.”
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Church tells pupils sex is a ‘good gift from God’
By Alison Kershaw
Sports minister
Tracey Crouch branded
Carragher’s behaviour after the
Manchester United vs Liverpool game as “disgusting” and
said Sky Sports was right to
suspend the former player.
Pupils should be taught at school that
abstinence and celibacy are “positive
life choices”, according to the Church
of England.
It also suggests that youngsters
should learn that sex and healthy
relationships are “good gifts from
God and should bring joy”.
In a blog the Church’s chief
education officer, the Rev Nigel
Genders, says that relationships and
sex education in schools should teach
students about “healthy relationships
and lifestyle choices”.
His comments, which come
alongside the Church’s response to
the Government’s consultation on
relationships and sex education, say
that the Church believes “healthy
relationships and sex are good gifts
from God and should bring joy”.
In its response to the Government’s consultation on what content
should be included in the guidance,
the Church says pupils should be
taught that “humans express their
sexuality differently and that there is
diversity in sexual desire”.
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Labour MP denies making ‘sexual’ comments
By Sam Lister
A shadow minister has
denied behaving inappropriately after claims
that he made offensive
sexual comments and
slapped a woman on
her buttocks.
Karl Turner is alleged
to have touched the party
member’s bottom in his constit-
uency office in 2015, according to
the Financial Times.
Anonymous witnesses
told the newspaper the
Labour MP for Kingston upon Hull East
said to the woman,
who had had a double
mastectomy, that she
“shouldn’t have got rid
of her real tits because
they were great”. He allegedly
added: “The ones you’ve got now
are nice enough.”
Labour insisted it takes all complaints about inappropriate behaviour “extremely seriously” and
appealed for anyone with a complaint to contact the party to allow
allegations to be fully investigated.
Mr Turner said: “I strongly reject any suggestion that I behaved
inappropriately or in a misogynistic manner.”
Bercow to face
questions in
bullying inquiry
By Richard Vaughan
Speaker John Bercow was under
mounting pressure last night after
Andrea Leadsom announced she was
launching a full, independent inquiry
into allegations of bullying by MPs.
Mr Bercow was among a handful
of MPs accused last week of bullying
parliamentary staff, and will
now face further questions.
Ms Leadsom (inset), the
Commons Leader, said
the allegations of abuse
were a “huge concern”
to her, adding that the
inquiry will hear from
former and current
staff members about
their experiences.
Responding to an urgent
question in the Commons,
the Cabinet member told MPs:
“I’m committed to stamping out all
kinds of bullying and harassment
in Parliament, in order to create an
environment in which everyone feels
safe and is treated with the respect
and dignity they deserve.”
She added that she hoped the
inquiry would provide staff members
with “closure where possible”.
Currently the complaints system
only covers MPs’ staff and not those
– like the clerks – who are directly
employed by the House.
Mrs Leadsom said the House’s
Respect Policy “may not be sufficient
to protect House staff” and she would
“take soundings” about whether
workers should have access to a
new grievance system. In a strange
twist, Mr Bercow himself chaired
the urgent question, which had been
tabled by Green MP Caroline Lucas.
She requested that a deputy speaker
take his place.
Ms Lucas called the debate
following a series of allegations
against the speaker and Labour
backbencher Paul Farrelly
made by BBC’s Newsnight.
The programme said
that Kate Emms, Mr
B e r c o w ’s f o r m e r
private secretary, was
forced to leave her
role after less than a
year, having suffered
post-traumatic stress
disorder. Mr Bercow
has denied the allegations
against him, as have the other
MPs named by the programme.
Ms Lucas said MPs and the public
had been “shocked” by the claims.
Mr Farrelly told the Commons
that he had been “flayed by selective
leaking” and said the Newsnight
report had been “one-sided”.x
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Ms Lucas, the Green Party’s
co-leader, said work to tackle
abuse and harassment in Westminster “risks being undermined if
we continue to allow sanctions to
be determined by a committee on
which MPs hold all the power.”
POLITICS
Abrahams vows
to fight ‘spurious’
Labour claims
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
A row has broken out at the top of
the Labour Party after a member
of the shadow cabinet claimed
she was removed from her post
against her will.
Debbie Abrahams said she has
been the victim of a “bullying
culture of the worst kind” after
the party announced she had
“stood down” as shadow Work
and Pensions Secretary while she
was being investigated over an
“employment issue”.
The Oldham East and
Saddleworth MP turned her
fire on Jeremy Corbyn’s office,
accusing “certain individuals”
of “aggressive, intimidating and
unprofessional” treatment.
“I have no details about the
complaint, who it is from, the
process or timescales. I have
not agreed to stand aside,” she
Debbie Abrahams has not ruled out
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said. “I will fight this spurious
claim and do not rule out taking
legal action.”
Shadow Defence Secretary
Nia Griffith told BBC Radio 4’s
Westminster Hour it would be
“wrong to apportion blame” until
an investigation had been carried
out, but added that she hoped the
the party would “make sure that
they do a thorough investigation”.
The stand-off threatens
to trigger the worst crisis in
Mr Corbyn’s leadership since
the mass shadow cabinet
resignations following the
EU referendum in 2016.
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Markle steps
out with the
Royal Family
Meghan Markle (white coat)
arrives at her first official royal
engagement with the Queen
for the multi-faith service to
mark Commonwealth Day at
Westminster Abbey, yesterday.
Ms Markle, who is to wed Prince
Harry in May, arrived with her
husband-to-be accompanied
by the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge into the abbey.
The Prince of Wales, the
Duchess of Cornwall and the
Prime Minister were also present
at the annual event.
In her Commonwealth Day
message, to the 53 members of
the institution, the Queen praised
the “Commonwealth connection”
that allows people from different
nations to bond and celebrate
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Hammond cautiously optimistic
but rules out relaxing austerity
Sir Vince faces
backlash over
Brexit comments
By Nigel Morris
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Philip Hammond will strike an upbeat note today about the health
of the economy but reject calls to
find more money for public services as he delivers a “no frills”
Spring Statement.
The Chancellor will be cautiously
optimistic, arguing that Britain’s
debt mountain is being reduced by
higher-than-expected tax revenues
and improved productivity.
But he will rebuff calls from MPs
of all parties for an immediate cash
injection into health or council budgets, although he might hint at easing
the financial squeeze in his Budget in
the autumn.
Mr Hammond will break with the
habit of his predecessors by making
today’s Spring Statement a deliberately stripped-back affair rather
than a mini-Budget.
There will be fewer photo-calls,
rhetorical flourishes and dramatic
announcements, but the statement
will contain important pointers to
the direction of government policies.
The Chancellor has hinted at his
overall message in interviews in
which he said there was “light at
the end of the tunnel”, but stressed
that Britain was “still in the tunnel
at the moment”.
His centrepiece announcement
is expected to be that Britain has gency cash for public services. He
finally balanced its current budget will spurn those calls, and has even
and now collects enough tax to cover told cabinet colleagues to look for
day-to-day spending.
savings in their department budgets
The cash surplus has been
for next year’s spending round.
achieved more than two
John McDonnell, the
years after the original
shadow Chancellor,
target set by the Chansaid: “Philip Hamcellor’s predecessor,
mond must use today
G e o rge O s b o r n e,
to act and end ausThe amount by which
in 2010.
terity. Our country
the Office for Budgetary
Mr Hammond is
cannot afford for him
Responsibility has
also expected to anto continue to ignore
revised government
nounce that strengththe problems facing
borrowing down
for 2017-18
ening public finances
working households in
mean that forecast govour country.
ernment borrowing in 2017“If his statement is one
18 is being revised downwards by
of boastful self-praise and not a
the Office for Budgetary Responsi- recognition of the devastation faced
bility by around £10bn.
by many in our country then he will
That gives him some welcome have failed.”
breathing space in his calculations,
But Nicky Morgan, the Tory chairand he will face pleas to find emer- man of the Treasury Select Com-
£10bn
mittee, told the ConservativeHome
website: “There may be spending
decisions which are now easier to
take – such as finding more money
where recruitment is becoming
a real problem such as for nurses
and teachers, and in financially
overstretched areas such as social
care, children’s social services and
mental health.
“But if we relax too much then we
undermine our criticism of the last
Labour government for not ‘fixing
the roof while the sun shines’.”
Mr Hammond is known to
be anxious to build some
cash reserves to cushion the
economy from any turbulence
following Britain’s departure
from the European Union.
Agenda What to look for in Spring Statement
Borrowing Mr Hammond is set to
announce that borrowing has been
cut by around £10bn due to higherthan-expected tax receipts and
improving productivity. Economic
growth was also larger than expected
in 2017.
The ‘extra’ cash MPs will press him
to use some of the money for public
services or to end the benefits freeze.
He is most likely to tell MPs they
will have to wait until the Autumn
Budget for announcements on tax
and spending.
Brexit The Spring Statement should
contain clues over spending bills
related to Brexit. His words will be
scrutinised for signals over where
he stands in the Conservative Party’s
Brexit battle.
Plastics He will launch a public
consultation on how the tax system
can discourage the use of plastics.
Company tax Moves could be
signalled on revising VAT rules
for small companies.
Sir Vince Cable has come under fire
from senior Tories for claiming that
many older pro-Brexit voters were
driven by nostalgia for a world where
“faces were white”.
The Liberal Democrat leader (inset)
denied accusing them of racism, but
added that the “simple truth of the
matter” was that there was a generation gap in the 2016 referendum.
In a speech to his party’s spring conference, Sir Vince argued that a “nostalgia for a world where
passports were blue,
faces were white
and the map was
coloured imperial
pink” had drawn
some older voters
to Brexit. He said:
“It was their votes
on one wet day in
June which crushed
the hopes and aspirations
of young people for years to come.”
Brandon Lewis, the Conservative Party chairman, denounced the
comments as “unbelievable, rude,
offensive to many”. Sajid Javid, the
Housing, Communities and Local
Government Secretary, said: “Sir
Vince should be trying to bring the
country together, not seeking to tear
it apart.”
Sir Vince told BBC Radio 4’s Today
programme nostalgia was a factor.
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regional and local titles closing since
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are expected to take 71 per cent of all
the money spent in the UK on digital
advertising, leaving newspapers with
an ever-shrinking share. They and
other tech firms reject arguments
that they are publishers.
The Culture Secretary, Matthew
Hancock, said he was “delighted” to
appoint Dame Frances as chair of
the inquiry.
Dame Frances, formerly a senior
editor at The Economist and principal
economic columnist for The Guardian, said she had seen first-hand
how the “digital revolution” had
changed both the fortunes of news-
papers and the opportunities for
distributing news.
She said: “This is a challenging and
an exciting time for the press, locally
and nationally. I hope the review will
clarify ways to ensure the future of
high-quality journalism and the options for public policy.”
Other issues to be considered include the role and impact of digital
search engines and social media on
high-quality journalism.
The review will not address “politically motivated disinformation
and propaganda”. However, it will
consider to what extent “fake news”
and “click bait” are used by websites
to generate income at the expense of
high-quality journalism.
Speaking at the Oxford Media
Convention, Mr Hancock said: “Although the internet has been an
immense force for good, it has torn
apart the established order and
raised real questions about the
sustainability and profitability of
traditional journalism.”
The review is expected to report
later this year.
Mr Hancock said: “Dame
Frances will bring her
experience in journalism and
academia to tackle these issues
with a view to examine the press
and protect the future of highquality journalism.”
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Genes that lead to
breast cancer have
been identified
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Scientists have linked 110 genes to
an increased risk of breast cancer in
a “vital” study that has been hailed
by experts as the most comprehensive investigation ever to unpick the
genetics of the disease.
Their findings could pave the
way for fresh treatments,
with 32 of the genes linked
to how long women survived and potentially offering targets for new drugs.
The study, by researchers at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and
published in Nature Communications, used a pioneering genetic
technique to analyse maps of DNA
regions linked to an inherited risk of
breast cancer and identify the genes
involved in raising a woman’s risk.
Finding the genes responsible
for the increased risk is difficult because small sequences of DNA can
interact with completely different
parts of the genome through a phenomenon known as “DNA looping”.
The team found that some of the
63 regions of the genome were physically interacting with genes more
than a million letters of DNA code
away. They were able to identify
110 new genes that could be causing
an increased risk of breast cancer
across 33 of the regions they studied.
The group studied DNA loops
in cells from four different types of
breast cancer and normal, healthy
cells to find out which genes were
consistently involved in looping.
Most of the 110 genes found in the
study had not been linked to breast
cancer risk before. One of these,
called FADD, has previously been
linked to head and neck cancer and
lung cancer and could be a promising target for new cancer therapies.
Dr Olivia Fletcher, team leader in
functional genetic epidemiology at
Discovery New hope
A groundbreaking discovery holds
out hope for treating deadly nonhormone sensitive breast cancers.
In laboratory tests, Swedish
scientists succeeded in transforming aggressive tumour cells so
that they become responsive to
standard hormone therapy.
They used an experimental drug to block a
signalling molecule that
transmits information
between breast cancer
cells and surrounding
connective tissue.
The lead scientist,
Professor Kristian Pietras, from
Lund University, said: “These findings have major implications in
the development of more effective treatments for patients with
aggressive breast cancer.”
ICR, said: “Identifying these new
genes will help us to understand in
greater detail the genetics of breast
cancer risk. Ultimately, our study
could pave the way for new genetic
tests to predict a woman’s risk, or
new types of targeted treatment.”
Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief
executive at Breast Cancer Now,
which funded the study, said: “We
urgently need to unravel how the
genetic changes in the building
blocks of our DNA influence a woman’s risk of breast cancer, and this
study adds another vital piece to
this jigsaw.”
Previous large-scale
genetics studies have
implicated 14 of the 110 genes
as playing a role in breast cancer
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Set a deadline ‘for everybody in UK to speak English’
By Jane Clinton
Ministers should set a deadline by
which “everybody in the country
can speak English”, the former integration tsar has said.
Dame Louise Casey (inset) insisted that a target date would
help to “heal rifts across Britain”.
Her gloves off comments come as
the Government’s delayed integrated communities strategy is to
be published this week. Speaking
to BBC Radio 4’s Westminster
Hour, she insisted that
integration should be
“one of the most significant priorities” for the
Government adding
that it needed to institute “big, bold policies”
in a bid to tackle issues
around integration.
“I would be quite old school
about this and say by ‘x’ date we
want a target of everybody
in the country to be able
to speak a common language,” she said.
“I don’t care how we’ve
got here, I don’t care who
can’t speak English... But
what I do know is everybody of working age and
of school age should be able to
speak one language.”
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Bercow needs to get the House in order
Commons Speaker must step down if bullying is to be tackled
B
ack in November, I
predicted in these pages
that the next scandal to
hit Westminster would
be about bullying. At the
time, the shockwaves
of the revelations about Harvey
Weinstein were still rushing round
the world. In country after country,
and industry after industry,
formerly all-powerful figures were
knocked off their perches as the
truth came out.
British politics had then only just
experienced the first tremors. Sir
Michael Fallon had resigned, and
Damian Green was to follow a few
weeks later. This week has seen new
allegations of deeply inappropriate
behaviour on the part of yet another
MP. The #MeToo movement shows
no signs of dissipating.
That fast-spreading, industrytraversing scandal was fuelled by
a remarkable and self-reinforcing
change: victims chose to defy
enormous social pressures and
opted to speak. Where some broke
open taboos, others took heart and
followed suit.
This is why I thought it likely that
bullying would soon be exposed in
Parliament. Those who mistreat
their staff in this way have a lot in
common with those who sexually
abuse others. The imbalances of
power and authority on which
their actions rest. The intimidation
inherent in the behaviour. The harm
and misery caused to victims. The
threat – implicit or explicit – of
social and professional damage,
even disgrace, which is used to
ensure silence.
What began with sexual abuse in
Hollywood has, in time, turned into
a far more widespread rejection of
the general tactic of intimidating
people into silence. Some victims
speaking out have inspired others,
and bit by bit there are signs of a
cultural shift against the ability
of people to threaten others into
silence. As part of that domino
effect, people who allege bullying on
the part of MPs have begun to tell
their stories. Over the last week, a
number of MPs’ staffers and direct
employees of Parliament have
opened up on the topic – and if past
history is anything to go by, a trickle
can easily and swiftly become
a flood. The predicted bullying
scandal appears to have started.
The first thing to note is that
this is emphatically not a partisan
issue. Inevitably, given the nature
of politics, some may try to make it
party political, but any attempt to
twist the issue into a my-tribe-good-
The risk of
wrongdoing in
Westminster is
far greater there
owing to the
circumstances
of employment
Speaker John Bercow
has vehemently denied
bullying staff in
Parliament GETTY
your-tribe-bad story will fail, and
deservedly so.
From those victims I have spoken
to, there are great bosses and awful
bosses in every party. On all sides
of the House there are MPs whose
staff live in dread of their moods,
and many others who would be
horrified if they knew how some of
their colleagues behave.
The second important thing
to appreciate is that bullying
in Westminster is the same as
everywhere else in some ways,
in that it happens for the same
reasons, but very different in others.
The risk of wrongdoing taking
place unpunished is far greater due
to the peculiar circumstances of
parliamentary employment.
There are few workplaces where
such endless pressures and giddy
privileges combine with irregular
conditions like disproportionately
young staff working extremely
closely with older (though often
managerially inexperienced)
employers, all in a setting where
personal reputations combine
with political loyalties and an
intense gossip culture to raise up
or demolish careers in the blink of
an eye. Now that some have bravely
punctured the silence, the question
is how their allegations can be fairly
and fully heard and investigated.
The temptation in some quarters
– for good and bad reasons – might
be to leap ahead to the task of
seeking solutions, but this would
be a mistake. It would be unjust
not to give victims a proper chance
to speak, and there can be little
hope of ending the problem until
politicians and the public are in no
doubt of its nature and scale.
With a cross-party scandal
on the working conditions and
employment practices of some
parliamentarians, the natural
person to look to for leadership
would ordinarily be the Speaker of
the House of Commons. But here’s
the greatest problem of all: John
Bercow is one of those alleged to
have bullied staff.
He denies the claims, but they
nonetheless enmesh him personally
in an issue which someone must
tackle institutionally.
We saw during the expenses
scandal that when the Speaker
is unwilling or unable to grip
and address a problem, it can
become far worse. For the good
of Parliament, and for the good of
victims of Westminster bullying,
Bercow must step aside and allow
someone else to handle the issue.
Mark Wallace is the executive editor
of the ConservativeHome website
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Making up and
making even
more money
There’s one upside to having a very
public marital bust-up if you are
Jay Z and Beyoncé: you can turn it
directly into cash.
The couple have announced a
second joint tour, On The Run II,
which will come to the UK in June,
complete with the usual berserk
ticket prices we have all come to
accept (that’s if you can get hold of
any before the touts).
This collaboration is the latest
twist in the public soap opera that
the couple (pictured right) have spun
out of their 10-year marriage.
It is five years since Beyoncé’s
sister Solange Knowles attacked Jay
in a lift in New York amid cheating
rumours. It is two years since
Beyoncé released her anthemic
album Lemonade, which was famously
inspired by her husband’s affairs.
And it is nine months since Jay
released his own album on the same
subject, 4.44. The rapper recently
said that instead of divorcing they
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‘I can’t believe I have
Oprah on speed dial’
decided to save their relationship
by working together. He added: “We
were using our art almost like a
therapy session.”
After working things out, and
having twins Rumi and Sir last year,
the couple now have an estimated
combined worth of $1.6bn.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw has walked an impressive
path to where she is today: sharing a screen
with Oprah Winfrey and Reese
Witherspoon in new Disney film A
Wrinkle In Time.
She went from the Royal
Academy of Dramatic Art to Doctor
Who to Beauty And the Beast and the
much-loved “San Junipero” episode
of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror.
Most recently, the 34-year-old
Oxford-born actress has had a
part in the Netflix blockbuster
Cloverfield Paradox. However, she
says that nothing can compare to
making it on to Oprah’s contacts
list. Of her first meeting with the
queen of chat, Mbatha-Raw (right)
tells Vogue magazine: “We were
both on the set on the same day
and she came and hung out in my
trailer for a little bit and we had a
chat, in her full character regalia
[she plays Mrs Which], which is
just goddess-like.
“I feel so thankful to have her in my
life and to have had her guidance. She’s a
very special human.”
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T
here are lots of different
ways of getting to sleep.
Some people swear by
hot, milky drinks and
lavender pillow mist; others like to
knock themselves out by drinking
whatever alcohol they can lay their
hands on. Sometimes, instead of
counting sheep, I try counting
Kardashian-Jenner sisters because
they’re like sheep insomuch that
there are loads of them and they all
look pretty much the same.
However, unlike most sheep, the
Kardashians wear a lot of make-up,
eat more dulce de leche Häagen-Dazs
ice cream and are not known for
jumping over dry stone walls.
On the nights when I really can’t
sleep, when insomnia has got me by
the eyeballs and those sea sickness
pills which are meant to cause
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drowsiness haven’t worked, I try to
remember the sisters’ names. There
are about 40 of them and they all
begin with K, apart from the boy
one, Rob, who has anxiety and “food
issues”, so legally he can’t be seen
on television because fans of the
Kardashians don’t want to see a big
blob of a bloke eating burritos and
burgers in the background.
Anyway, all the girls have lots
and lots of dark hair apart
from the blonde one who
is called Khloe and
is currently heavily
pregnant, a condition
she celebrates, or, in
Daily Mail language,
“flaunts” by wearing
skintight, skin-koloured
bodykon dresses which
kling to every kurve.
Recently, her sister Kim
(natch) took Khloe (daughter No 3)
to a mother and baby shop and spent
thousands of dollars on giant stuffed
giraffes for the child’s nursery (in my
head, these giraffes are called Ken,
Keith and Kraig). Personally, I was
disappointed that Kris didn’t keep
the K theme by buying koalas or
kangaroos, but you can’t have it all.
Khloe is not the only sister with
child this year; in fact, at the last
count, 23 of the Kardashian girls
were either pregnant or had recently
delivered a tiny family member,
although, just like when I’m counting
real sheep, I might have counted the
same one twice. The most recent one
to drop was Kylie, who, at 20, is the
youngest sibling and the hardest to
keep tabs on because she changes
her hair kolour quite often and I get
confused as to whether I’ve already
ticked her off as Khloe or Kendall.
The pecking order of Kardashian
sisters’ fame is confusing. Jostling
for second place behind Kim (so
famous that she once broke the
internet) is probably the
supermodel Kylie, who is
the second-youngest,
as well as half-sister
to Khloe, Kim and
Kourtney and full
sister to baby Kendall.
Kylie and Kendall
share a father who is
a transgender woman
called Caitlyn. At this point,
I have to get out of bed and write
everything down on a piece of paper.
In recent years, the Kardashian
lasses have been procreating pretty
constantly and konsequently there
is already quite litter of toddler
Kardashians, all of whom have their
own fashion and sunglasses ranges.
Sadly, because all the K letter
names have already been used up
by other family members, some of
these new-generation Kardashians
are being given names that begin
with other letters, which is a shame
as they could have saved a fortune
in school name tapes if they’d stuck
with tradition. THE INDEPENDENT
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and come here and ruin your
evening in person.” He joked that he
was late “because Jared [Kushner]
could not get through security”.
On détente with Kim Jong-un, he
said: “As far as the risk of dealing
with a madman is concerned, that’s
his problem, not mine.” Ha!
These jokes will have been
scripted. But even a good joke won’t
land if the speaker can’t put it across.
And Trump riffed off the audience,
feigning surprised interest at what
got a laugh – thus mocking the jokewriters and himself as a middleman.
Saying that Trump’s speeches are
“rambling” or “incoherent” misses
the point, just as saying Dan Brown
is a bad writer misses the point.
What is he doing right? In 2016,
linguists assessing Trump’s vocal
style pointed out that his digressions
and parentheses are much easier
to follow in person, when you
have clues of body language and
intonation. And the non-sequiturs?
“[The] thing about being a New
Yorker is that it is polite if you finish
their sentences for them. It’s a
natural part of conversation.”
Yes. Trump’s relationship with
the audience is conversational. He
doesn’t finish his sentences because
the audience finishes them for him.
And in this respect he really is like a
stand-up comic: a good stand-up lets
laughter spill into the silences where
– such is the speaker’s common
ground with the audience – nothing
needs to be spelled out. If someone
can make you laugh, whether you
like it or not, you’re to some degree
in their corner.
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can make
us laugh
A
word on Mr Trump. Like
all sensible people, I detest
anything he believes and
everything he represents.
He is narcissistic, proudly ignorant,
a crook and a liar, a stain on the
presidency of a great country and a
systemic pesticide working its way
through that country’s institutions.
He also has bad points.
So, it’s an observation about his
style rather than an endorsement
of his politics when I say that he
is sometimes, and intentionally,
quite funny. I think it’s important to
admit it, because it helps to make
his speeches connect with their
audiences. Being funny is a political
superpower. Just ask Boris Johnson.
At the Washington media’s
Gridiron Dinner on Saturday,
Trump said: “I know the Gridiron
is really an old tradition in
Washington, one that’s important to
many of you in the media. So, I was
very excited to receive this invitation
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dogged by
stress...
University bosses ‘earn more
than leaders in similar roles’
By Jane Clinton
Therapy dogs have
emerged as a major
source of stress
reduction for students
in Britain and the US.
The University of
Sussex has held 30
dog therapy events
this month, while
University College
London, Aberystwyth
and Huddersfield are
among the other UK
institutions using the
reassuring presence of
dogs to calm students.
A study published
in the journal Stress
and Health suggests
the animals could play
a vital role in lifting
people’s spirits.
University vice chancellors earn far
more than those in leadership roles
elsewhere in the public sector, it has
been reported.
According to analysis, their salaries were well above those
taken home by chief executives of councils and NHS
hospital trusts across
several major cities in
England.
The Guardian cited an
example in Birmingham,
where the city council’s chief
executive was said to earn
£185,000 compared with £378,000
for the University of Birmingham’s
vice chancellor, as well as similar
trends in cities such as Oxford, Cambridge and London.
Vice chancellors at universities in
Bath and Southampton were paid
more than twice the salaries of the
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British river has the world’s
worst microplastic pollution
By Jane Clinton
A British river has the most microplastic pollution in the world,
according to a new study by the
University of Manchester.
The River Tame at Denton,
Greater Manchester, came out the
worst in the study ahead of built-up
areas such as Hong Kong and South
Korea, and has led researchers to
call for tighter regulations on waste
flowing into urban waterways.
Microplastics are very small
pieces of plastic debris and include
microbeads, microfibres, and
plastic fragments.
They enter river systems from
industrial effluent, stormwater
drains, and domestic wastewater.
The Department of Geography
at the University of Manchester
examined the microplastics in river
sediments from 40 sites across
Greater Manchester, including
rural streams in the hills and urban
rivers in the city centre.
Microplastic contamination was
Clean
oceans
found in all parts of the network.
The worst of all was the River Tame
at Denton with the highest levels of
microplastics recorded anywhere
in the world at 517,000 particles
per square metre. The level was far
higher than some beaches in South
Korea or the Pearl River Estuary in
Hong Kong.
Researchers also found that
following a period of major
flooding further samples taken
at all of the sites showed levels of
contamination had fallen at the
majority of them, and the flooding
had removed about 70 per cent
of the microplastics stored on
the river beds. They argue that
this demonstrates that floods
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the oceans.
Professor Jamie Woodward, the
University’s Head of Geography
said: “Microplastics in the ocean
have recently attracted a lot of
attention, but until now science
knew little about the major sources
of this pollution and the transport
processes involved.
“We are only beginning to
understand the extent of the
microplastic contamination
problem in the world’s rivers.”
H e add e d that to t ackle
the problem in the oceans,
microplastics had to be prevented
from entering rivers.
Professor Woodward
said: “We welcome the
microbead ban introduced by
Michael Gove earlier this year,
and we hope that improvements
in wastewater management will
be put in place in the future.”
cities’ NHS trust chief executives,
the paper added. Analysis by the
magazine Times Higher Education
last month found vice chancellors
took home packages worth more
than £268,000 on average last year. A
dispute over staff pensions that has
prompted strikes at dozens of
universities in recent weeks.
Gordon Marsden, the
shadow higher education
minister, told The Guardian: “Vice chancellors cannot justify the fact they
are paid many times more
than their local council and
NHS trust chief executives, at
a time when their own staff have been
fighting for their pensions.”
Universities minister Sam Gyimah (inset) told the paper: “Our new
regulator, the Office for Students, will
require universities to publish the
justification for salaries of their most
senior staff .”
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Salt warnings
‘needed for
Chinese meals’
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
A daytime snooze among older people could be a sign of Alzheimer’s,
researchers have concluded.
Naps among pensioners are linked
to a build-up of beta amyloid proteins
in the brain that are an early sign of
the disease.
Almost 300 people aged 70 years
or older without dementia took part
in the study, published in Jama Neurology, investigating the effect of excessive daytime sleepiness.
Overall, 63 participants (22.3
per cent) experienced excessive
daytime sleepiness.
Those who took excessive naps
showed increased beta amyloid acEach study participant had
two scans between 2009
and 2016, and the changes in beta
amyloid levels were measured.
cumulation in three of the four brain
areas in question, researchers found.
“This finding supports previous
literature suggesting that [excessive
daytime sleepiness] is a risk factor
for cognitive decline or dementia,” Dr
Diego Carvalho, from the Mayo Clinic’s department of neurology, wrote.
He said further tests should be able
to determine any sleep disorders and
find out if treating them can reduce
amyloid accumulation in this group.
In a related editorial, a group of
experts at the University of California wrote that the study provides
important evidence that supports
sleep disturbance as a risk factor for
Alzheimer’s disease.
“Although a better understanding
of the role of sleep in the [Alzheimer’s
disease] cascade could soon lead to
effective sleep-based therapies, at
present, maintaining healthy sleep
and treating clinical sleep disorders must be a current priority for
mental health in older adults,” the
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Salt warnings should be compulsory
for Chinese takeaways and ready
meals, health campaigners have said.
Action on Salt said there was an
urgent need to reduce salt content in
popular takeaways and ready meals.
The comments come after the
campaign group performed analysis
on dishes from six Chinese restaurants which found that 97 per cent
contained 2g of salt or more per dish.
And 58 per cent contained more
than 3g of salt per dish – which is half
an adult’s maximum recommended
daily intake.
Graham MacGregor, professor of
cardiovascular medicine at Queen
Mary University of London and
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“Reducing salt is the most cost effective measure to reduce the number
of people dying or suffering from
strokes or heart disease.
“We are calling on Public Health
England to take immediate action.”
Dr Alison Tedstone, national director of Public Health England, said:
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over the last decade. However, some
products are still too high in salt.”
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Authoritarian
culture is here to
stay, says artist
By Euan Hammond
Ai Weiwei in Sydney with his ‘Law of the Journey’ artwork which consists of a 60-metre rubber raft filled with around 300 figures DAVID GRAY/REUTERS
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei
has said it doesn’t matter whether
or not China changes in leaders –
because the authoritarian culture
and the system will always remain
the same.
His comments came a day after
China’s lawmakers approved the
removal of the two-term limit on
the presidency enabling President
Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely.
“China has always been, you
know, emperor state... So [if it]
change leader or not change
leader, the system and as a culture
always stays the same,” Ai told
the Australian Broadcasting
Corporation in Sydney, where
he was launching an exhibition
to highlight the international
refugee crisis.
In 2011, Ai was detained by
Chinese authorities for his
outspoken views on human rights.
His passport was withheld for
four years but was returned to him
in July 2015. The artist now works
in Germany and has travelled the
world to document the plight of
refugees and migrants.
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Top-flight football suspended after
armed club owner invades the pitch
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Briton to win
Lincoln prize
By Euan Hammond
By Phil Blanche
Greece’s Superleague has been
suspended indefinitely after PAOK
Salonika’s match with AEK Athens
ended in chaos with the PAOK president Ivan Savvidis (inset) marching
onto the pitch, apparently carrying
a gun in a hip holster.
The Greek government took the
decision following the chaotic scenes
at the Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki that greeted the referee’s decision to disallow an 89th-minute
PAOK goal with the score at 0-0.
Yesterday, Greece’s deputy
sports minister Giorgos Vassiliadis
announced that the Superleague has
been suspended.
“We are going for an indefinite
suspension,” Mr Vassiliadis told
reporters. “We are expecting a new
set of stricter rules for soccer, after
spending three years trying to clean
the game up.
“We will not restart unless there is a new clear
framework with terms
and rules agreed by
everyone and care will
be taken to ensure that
the national team’s
playing obligations are
not undermined.”
Mr Vassiliadis was speaking after meeting prime minister
Alexis Tsipras at his official residence in Athens.
He said the government is in negotiations with the local and interna-
tional football authorities to agree on
a new set of rules and conditions.
“Everything is on the table and
in the coming hours we will make
our contacts with everyone,”
said Mr Vassiliadis. “We are
expecting the proposals
from the federations.”
An earlier PAOK
statement read: “After
what happened in Toumba Stadium, PAOK
FC president Ivan Savvidis is preparing to take
all necessary steps to protect
the club and all his executives and
associates from the threats and attacks they are suffering.”
Greek football has been blighted
by crowd trouble in recent times,
and last month PAOK’s league game
with Olympiacos was abandoned before a ball was kicked.
Olympiacos coach Oscar García,
the former Brighton and Watford
boss, was hit by an object thrown
from the crowd, which was reported
to be a toilet roll.
PAOK are third in Greece’s top division and could have moved within
two points of leaders AEK with a victory over their rivals.
The two sides could meet
again in the Greek Cup final,
but Mr Vassiliadis did not specify
whether that competition is also
to be suspended.
The former prime minister Tony
Blair has won this year’s Abraham
Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation’s Lincoln Leadership Prize.
The foundation says the honour is
given to those who have strength of
character, individual conscience and
commitment to democracy.
Mr Blair led Labour to three election victories but received savage
criticism for taking Britain into the
invasion of Iraq. He will be awarded
the prize on 24 April in Chicago.
Since leaving office in 1997, he has
spent time working in the Middle
East and Africa and with the Tony
Blair Institute for Global Change. He
is the first British citizen to receive
the Lincoln Leadership Prize.
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By Euan Hammond
Old cooking oil from Italian kitchens
is about to be put to a surprising use
when Venice authorities use it to fuel
the lagoon city’s public transport.
New environmentally friendly biofuel containing some of the recycled
oil will be soon be powering Venice’s
famous water buses.
A Venetian refinery will take used
cooking oil from local households
and create a special mix with the existing fossil-based oil that currently
powers the buses. The councillor
for economic development, Simone
Venturini, described the change as
“a moment of pride” for Venice.
“We’re sending a signal about our
attention to the environment, jobs
and economy,” he told news website
The Local.
Venetian companies will trial the
new fuel over a seven-month period,
between April and October, following a deal between energy company
Eni, transport agence AVM, utility
firm Veritas and local authorities.
Eni’s bio-refinery is the first of its
kind in the world to convert organic
fats and oil into usable biofuels. The
move is the latest in a line of commitments by the Venetian government
to improve air quality in the city,
with an electric water-bus already a
fixture in its fleet.
Elsewhere, large boats which contribute massively to air pollution in
the crowded canal-streets of Venice
are set to be banned.
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Musk will offer
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Mars in 2019
Colombians spurn leftist rebels in elections
Lurch right risks
peace deal. By
Manuel Rueda
in Bogota
to end a half-century of conflict. As
expected, support for their radical
agenda was soundly rejected, with
Farc candidates getting less than
0.5 per cent of the overall vote.
That means their political party
will get only the 10 seats guaranteed
them by the peace accord.
olombian voters turned
“The Farc are in a tough spot,”
said Leon Valencia, a former
to right-wing parties in
Sunday’s congressional
combatant who now runs the Peace
and Reconciliation Foundation,
elections in an apparent
snub to the country’s
a think-tank. “A long war has
peace deal with leftist rebels,
generated lots of fear and rancour
raising questions about the future of towards them.”
the accord.
By contrast, many of the peace
The vote was seen as a barometer deal’s critics picked up seats, with
for a fiercely contested presidential the Democratic Centre party, led by
election in May, in which former
the former president Alvaro Uribe,
rebel leaders are standing.
headed to being the biggest bloc in
It was also the first time former
the Senate.
members of the Revolutionary
Mr Uribe’s hand-picked
Armed Forces of Colombia, or Farc, presidential candidate, Senator
had competed politically since
Ivan Duque, easily swept an open
disarming under the 2016 peace deal primary among three conservative
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candidates in which more than
5.8 million people voted – a bigger
haul than either of the top two
finishers got in the first round of the
2014 presidential election.
President Juan Manuel Santos’
coalition, which supported the
peace deal, struggled. His Party
of National Unity, which was the
biggest political movement in the
outgoing Congress, finished fifth.
Mr Duque has said he would not
“thrash” the peace accord with
the Farc, but he would attempt to
modify certain aspects, such as a
provision that allows former rebels
with drug-trafficking convictions to
participate in politics. He has also
called for tougher controls on the
Farc’s finances.
“A true peace is built through
the triumph of the rule of law not
through the relativisation of justice,” Ivan Duque, presidential candidate of
the Democratic Centre party, after the
he said after the election results
results were announced REUTERS
came in. AP
By Chris Stevenson
Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of
SpaceX, says his company will be
ready to fly a rocket to Mars by 2019.
Speaking during a question and
answer session at the South by
Southwest festival in Austin, Texas,
the entrepreneur said that the “short
flights” could begin next year.
“I can tell you what I know... I think
we’ll be able to do short flights, sort of
up-and-down flights, probably some
time in the first half of next year,”
he added.
However, the Tesla founder did
acknowledge that he had a habit of
being a bit too ambitious with when
projects will roll out.
“People have told me that my timelines historically have been optimistic, so I’m trying to recalibrate to
some degree,” Mr Musk said.
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At least 50 killed
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By Binaj Gurubacharya
IN KATHMANDU
A plane carrying 71 people from
Bangladesh crashed and burst
into flames in Kathmandu, Nepal’s
capital, yesterday, killing at least
50 people.
The exact number of dead and
injured remained unclear amid the
chaos of the crash and the rush of
badly injured people to hospital, but
Gokul Bhandari, a Nepalese army
spokesman, said it was clear that
at least 50 people had died. Officials
The plane circled
Tribhuvan Airport twice
as it waited for clearance to land,
Mohammed Selim, the airline’s
manager in Kathmandu, told
Dhaka-based Somoy TV.
at Kathmandu Medical College, the
closest hospital to the airport, said
they were treating 16 survivors.
The US-Bangla Airlines flight
BS211 from Dhaka to Kathmandu
was carrying 67 passengers and four
crew members, according to an airline spokesman.
Witnesses said the plane was flying erratically and dangerously low
before crashing.
A journalist who arrived at the
scene soon after the crash saw the
twin-propeller plane broken into
several large pieces, with dozens of
firefighters and rescue workers clustered around the wreckage in a field
near the runway. Hundreds of people
stood on a nearby hill, staring down
at what remained of the Bombardier
Dash 8. The plane was 17 years old,
company officials said.
The plane swerved repeatedly
as it prepared to land in Kath-
The wreckage of
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American working in Nepal. The
crowded city sits in a valley in the
Himalayan foothills.
“It was flying so low, I thought it
was going to run into the mountains,”
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“All of a sudden, there was a blast
and then another blast.”
Fire crews put out the flames
quickly, perhaps within a minute,
she said. The US-Bangla spokesman
Kamrul Islam said the plane was
carrying 32 passengers from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal and one each
from China and the Maldives. AP
INDIA
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By Marilynn Marchione
Friendly advice from your
barber can help fight high blood
pressure, research suggests.
African American men are at
a particularly high risk of having
the condition, which increases a
person’s risk of heart disease and
stroke. Diet and other lifestyle
factors, as well as genes, are
thought to play a role.
Churches, beauty salons
and other community spots
have already been used in
America to reach groups that
often lack access to doctors, to
promote cancer screenings and
other services.
Dr Ronald Victor, a cardiologist
at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre,
wanted to test how effective
barbers could be in the field of
health promotion. Barber shops
are a “uniquely popular meeting
place for African American men”,
he said. Many have gone every
other week to the same barber
for years.
His team screened African
American male customers for
high blood pressure at 17 African
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out strategy
A planned summit with
North Korea over its nuclear
programme should include
talks about alleged human
rights violations there,
including torture, the UN says.
Its special rapporteur on
human rights in the country,
Tomas Ojea-Quintana, spoke
out at a debate in Geneva. A
North Korean delegation,
which does not recognise his
mandate, did not attend.
The EU voiced deep concern
at abuses, saying some “may
amount to crimes against
humanity”. REUTERS
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s
most senior opposition leader and
other figures opposed to President
Joseph Kabila are meeting in South
Africa to build a coalition ahead of
long-delayed elections.
Delegates gathering at a hotel near
Johannesburg said they would work
together to elect Moise Katumbi, who
fled the country in 2016 amid legal
troubles that he said were fabricated
to stop him challenging Mr Kabila.
Opposition activist Germain
Kabemba said the aim of the meeting
was to “fight against those who want
to maintain power” and to “accelerate the process of democracy”. AP
By Luke Rix-Standing
Japan’s finance ministry has
admitted doctoring documents
in a widening scandal linked
to prime minister Shinzo
Abe’s wife.
The altered documents
relate to the 2016 sale of state
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Jimmy Gata, 19, recites an
anti-drugs poem at Theatre in
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Harare, jumping and gesturing
on the stage, as spectators clap
and cheer on the former addict.
Before finding his passion
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to defeated centre-left
Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has called on the defeated
Democratic Party (PD) to help his
centre-right bloc form a government,
saying Italy has to avoid a swift return to the polls.
The 4 March election ended in
stalemate, with an alliance of centreright and far-right parties falling 49
seats short of a majority in the lower
house of parliament. The largest
single party, the Five Star Movement,
was 95 seats adrift.
Either group could govern if they
win the backing of the centre-left bloc,
Silvio Berlusconi said he had the right
and duty to lead the country REUTERS
dominated by the PD, which picked
up just 112 seats in the 630-seat lower
house. The PD could also provide
both camps with a majority in the
Senate. Its outgoing leader, Matteo
Renzi, has said his party will head into
opposition and has ruled out joining
up with either the conservative bloc
or the anti-establishment Five Star.
Mr Berlusconi told La Stampa
the election result meant he and his
rightist allies had “the right, and
above all the duty, to lead the next
government”, and he called on the
PD to show a sense of responsibility.
“Nobody... can ignore the country’s
need to be governed,” he said.
Centre -left politicians have
suggested the far-right League party
should break ranks with its allies and
join forces in parliament with the
Five Star Movement. REUTERS
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land to a school operator in
Osaka at one-seventh of its
appraised price with the alleged
involvement of the First Lady,
Akie Abe, who supported the
school’s ultra-nationalistic
education policy.
The finance minister, Taro
Aso, said yesterday that an
investigation by the ministry
and prosecutors has found
14 instances of alterations of
official documents.
Reports say Ms Abe’s name
and a phrase calling the land
deal “exceptional” were deleted
after the scandal surfaced.
For 19-year-old Innocent
Ndaramashe, an emerging
R&B and hip-hop music
star who was addicted to
substances like BronCleer, the
performing arts came to his
rescue just in time.
“As a young man who has
been taking drugs, I decided
to preach against the abuse
of drugs through my music
career,” he said.
As Zimbabwe battles
drug abuse made worse by
a shortage of jobs for young
people, the government
acknowledges the contribution
of the community arts scene.
“Groups that have of late
emerged have helped to keep
former drug addicts focused
on theatre or art,” said Dorcas
Sithole, deputy director of the
Ministry of Health’s mental
health department. REUTERS
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ITALY
IN ROME
DRC
Finance ministry
admits doctoring
land sale papers
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JAPAN
VOICES
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Macron visits Hindus’ holy city
India’s Prime Minister Narendra
Modi and French President
Emmanuel Macron arrive by boat
during a visit to Varanasi on the
banks of the Ganges. Mr Macron
visited the country’s most holy city
at the end of his three-day trip to
India. LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/GETTY
Cambodian police yesterday arrested 100 Chinese people suspected of
running a telecoms scam to defraud
victims in China, a senior official said.
China has been battling telecoms
fraud for years, with the losses
to victims running into billions of
dollars, authorities in Beijing say.
Hundreds of suspected scammers
were arrested in Cambodia last year.
Yesterday’s arrests at a sevenstorey condominium in the capital
of Phnom Penh included 81 Chinese
men and 19 women, said General Uk
Haiseila, chief of the Immigration
Investigation Bureau.
Police video footage of the raid
showed the suspects seated in front
of laptops on rows of desks in a room
with curtains drawn.
Cambodia has previously deported
suspected scammers to China, even
those holding Taiwanese passports.
Cambodia, like Beijing, does not
recognize Taiwan as an independent
nation. Mr Uk Haiseila did not say
which countries’ passports the
arrested individuals held. REUTERS
GERMANY
AFGHANISTAN
SLOVAKIA
‘Bild’ to scrap
topless photos
Troops take on
Taliban in west
Interior minister
quits over killings
Germany’s biggest-selling
newspaper is ending its decadeslong practice of commissioning
photos of topless female models.
The Bild daily said: “We will
show no more topless productions
of our own with women” as
“many women find these pictures
offensive or degrading”.
The announcement appeared
alongside shots of a scantily clad
woman “in the more contemporary
style of photography”. AP
Afghan forces backed by air strikes
were yesterday battling to recapture
a district centre in the western province of Farah after Taliban fighters
seized the town in an overnight attack that killed several policemen.
A spokesman for the interior
ministry said reinforcements had
arrived in Anar Dara town and
surrounded a group of Taliban
fighters. Eight police officers had
been killed and several wounded, he
added. REUTERS
The Slovakian interior minister,
Robert Kalinak, announced
yesterday that he would resign
from his post amid the crisis
following the murders of a
journalist and his fiancée.
Mr Kalinak’s resignation was a
key requirement of a junior party
in the government if it is going to
remain in the ruling coalition.
Thousands of protesters have
demanded the resignation of the
government over the deaths. AP
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ashion is a topiary
art. Count Hubert de
Givenchy, the legendary
French designer who has
died aged 91, understood
more than most the importance
of cut and mastered it to create
clothes of arresting simplicity for
the haute couture and ready-towear markets. “I love purity and
refinement,” he once said – his
very signatures.
Jackie Kennedy and Audrey
Hepburn became the embodiments
of his style, dressed in smallcollared suits with narrow, inset
sleeves, slim dresses with petite
shoulders and architecturally
precise evening coats with
dramatic dolman sleeves.
Givenchy’s candid, strict lines
were lightened by a raffine, offbeat
nonchalance which Chanel had
proved to be the height of worldly
sophistication. This understated
elegance once even influenced the
dress of the Queen.
Givenchy saw women in their
entirety, leaving nothing to chance.
He designed their shoes, bags,
gloves, hats and trinkets. Like
Cristóbal Balenciaga, his great
friend and mentor, he cut clothes
close to the body without ever
seeming to touch it, giving a woman
an insectile silhouette, in which the
shedding of a coat would seem like
the discarding of her shell.
Givenchy’s millinery was pure
fantasy: an overblown peony
balancing on a pillbox, a space
helmet knotted with a stiff
grosgrain bow under the chin, or
an eye-shading fringe of marabou
feathers tangling with her false
eyelashes. Worn by women with
a what-the-hell insouciance, they
were considered madly beguiling.
Reared in a fatherless
environment, he was inevitably
immersed in a feminine world in
which his beautiful mother was
addicted to exquisite clothes and
materials. These became a source
of inspiration to him.
Like many aspiring couturiers,
the young Givenchy designed
clothes for his dolls and would
accompany his mother to the
Parisian couture houses and
textile merchants to select her
wardrobe. “I would beg her to let
me see and feel those wonderful
materials,” he recalled.
His debut collection under his
own name, in 1952, was a daring
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am not surprised by a survey
revealing that eight out of 10
people in the UK could not
pick their neighbours out in
a police line-up. We all lead
gamble at a time when Dior’s
ultimate luxury dominated high
fashion. He sent his models down
the catwalk in simple, mix-andmatch cotton shirting separates –
a refreshing understatement.
Givenchy had only turned to
shirting because he could not
afford to invest in luxury fabrics.
Fortunately, the press thought it
was a darling idea and customers
flocked to buy his ready-made or
just-one-fitting casual wear.
Worldwide, Givenchy was
regarded as the last aristocrat
of couture, favoured for his regal
simplicity. He soon established
a leading couture house and,
following the retirement of
A cut above Tributes
such busy lives, rushing around
or glued to our mobile phones.
We just don’t communicate with
each other the way we used to.
It definitely feels like there’s less
human interaction than there was
10 or 20 years ago.
So, where has our
community spirit gone?
Most people you ask
would probably say
they feel a part of a
community at work;
they’ve got colleagues
around them all day.
But when they get home,
the key goes in the door,
the door closes and the world
is shut out. That’s when loneliness
can creep in for many people.
It’s crazy to think we live wallto-wall with some people for
years – even decades – and have
absolutely no idea who they are or
what their lives are about.
Coming from the Caribbean, my
mother believed it was important
to embrace her British community.
She was always cooking and
inviting people in for a bite
to eat or a bit of a natter.
So you can see where I
get it from.
Our household
was a melting pot of
cultures and shared
meals. It’s one of the
main reasons I got
into cooking, because I
saw how it brought people
together and the joy they got
from sharing her famous red bean
stew. That feeling will always stay
with me.
I know things change and we live
in different times now, but we’re all
“Not only was he one of the most
influential fashion figures of our
time, whose legacy still influences
modern-day dressing, but he
also was one of the chicest, most
charming men I have ever met.”
Clare Waight Keller, artistic director
of Givenchy fashion house
“He was among those designers
who placed Paris firmly at the heart
of world fashion post 1950, while
creating a unique personality for
his own fashion label.”
Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH
luxury goods manufacturer
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A life of style (clockwise from main):
Hubert de Givenchy pictured in
1957; applauded by his models
after his 1995-96 autumn-winter
collection in Paris; in his shop in
Paris in 1952 AFP/GETTY; AP
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MUSIC
A fanfare for the
best trumpet
makers in Britain
A two-man team provides the brass for
high-profile events. By Jeannie Swales
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Balenciaga in 1968, inherited many
of his craftsmen and clients.
Applauding impeccably simple,
sporty day clothes and ravishingly
luxurious evening dresses,
Givenchy combined an innate
sense of tranquil subtlety and
grand occasion dressing.
He also exhibited a keen
commercial acumen. He developed
180 licence operations throughout
the world, including scent,
hosiery, furs, sportswear and
home furnishings.
The height of his creativity
was the late Fifties and early
Sixties, when he amalgamated
the insouciance of the “beat” look
– knitted sleeved jerkins, short
tweed skirts and head scarves –
with the quiet tailored clothes of a
gamine duchess. His costumes for
Hepburn in films such as the “little
black dress” Breakfast At Tiffany’s
alluringly defined the image of a
modern, high-born, tiny-boned
waif, whose understated dress
suggested confident refinement.
Over 30 years he developed a
close and platonic friendship with
Hepburn, dressing her in public
and private, helping her with her
charities and offering tender care
when she was dying of cancer.
He sent a private plane to fly her
back from the US so that she could
spend her final days at her home in
Switzerland, surrounded by little
posies of sweet-smelling lily of the
valley – her favourite flowers.
Givenchy himself was a very
approachable and relaxed man, as I
found while visiting him on several
occasions at his couture house.
With a gentleman’s modesty, he
preferred to applaud the talents
and influence of his beloved
Balenciaga than to trumpet his
own successes. He was always
keen to impress the importance
of beauty as an uplifting and
civilising influence.
As he once said: “There will
always be women who want
beautiful clothes and who dream
beautiful clothes. And my clothes
fulfil that dream.” THE INDEPENDENT
still social beings. It’s such a shame
that we can’t make a bit more time
to get to know the people on our
own doorsteps.
I’ve got a dog, which is a great
way of seeing my neighbours.
We’re out on the common in the
early hours, leads in hand, having a
chat as our four-legged friends do
their business. But not everyone
has that and it can be hard to strike
up a conversation with someone
you don’t know, even if they live
next door.
So imagine what it would it be
like to stop the country for four
hours and have people sit down and
have lunch with their neighbours
on the same day? More than nine
million people did it last year and
even more are expected to take the
plunge when The Big Lunch comes
back this summer.
It’s a shame we
can’t make time to
get to know people
on our doorsteps
thriving and people enjoying their
neighbourhoods the world over.
Food has always been a great
way to connect with new people
and that’s why I love this idea.
Once you cook for someone and
they eat it, you’ve instantly made a
connection. It’s the perfect way to
embrace diversity and celebrate
the commonality we all share.
It sometimes feels like we live
in a big, scary world, but amazing
things can happen when you start
to say hello. So why not knock on
your neighbour’s door and offer
them a biccie and a cup of tea on
3 June? Or if you really want to
impress them with your culinary
skills, I can thoroughly recommend
my mum’s red bean stew!
Yesterday I was privileged to
join Education Secretary Damian
Hinds at No 10 for the launch of the
Commonwealth Big Lunches.
Created by educational charity
the Eden Project in partnership
with the UK Government, The Big
Lunch is rolling out to 53 countries
this year, encouraging people to get
together to celebrate friendship,
food and fun with the people they
live alongside. Celebrations are
happening across six continents,
which is incredible. I’m delighted
to see this sort of community spirit
Join the UK’s biggest get-together for
neighbours at thebiglunch.com
henever a
ceremonial event is
held in Britain, there
is almost always a
squad of trumpeters
ready to mark the occasion with a
fanfare. The extraordinary thing
is that the instruments they play
are invariably made by the same
two-man team in a village workshop.
From the marriage of Prince
William and Kate Middleton at
Westminster Abbey to the opening
of the 2012 London Olympics, the
trumpets made by Smith-Watkins
have been used at some of the
most high-profile dates in our
recent history.
Based in Sheriff Hutton, near
York, Richard Smith and his
technician, Richard Wright, are
working on a set of 20 fanfare
trumpets commissioned by the
Ministry of Defence to be used on
royal and state occasions – and the
pair are hopeful this will include the
next royal wedding when Prince
Harry marries Meghan Markle at
Windsor Castle on 19 May.
The silver-plated instruments
are embellished with bands of
decorative sterling silver ribbon
and are usually seen by the
public decorated with banners
I’d
d put a shed out in the
garden, then a second one.
There were instruments all
over the dining room
embroidered in gold and silver
thread. Fanfare trumpets are
usually “natural” trumpets – a tube
without valves, in which the air
column resonates to play a set of
perhaps just six notes, depending
on the skill of the player. Thirteenthcentury British examples show that
these were simple, straight tubes
and could be as long as 6ft.
Better technology in the 14th
century allowed the tubing to be
bent into the familiar paper-clip
shape that we know today, making
them more manageable in action –
although there are Smith-Watkins
versions of the less familiar, valved
fanfare trumpet, designed for the
coronation of King George Vl in 1937.
What sets Smith apart from
other brass instrument makers,
he believes, is his dedication to
researching the technology behind
the sound. He’s actually Dr Smith,
holder of an MPhil in the acoustics of
woodwind instruments and a PhD in
the acoustics of brass instruments.
His doctorate involved some
work with Boosey & Hawkes – at
the time, manufacturers of musical
instruments – and the company
offered him a job as its chief designer
of brass instruments.
Richard Wright working with one of
the new set of ceremonial fanfare
trumpets TURNSTONE MEDIA
In 1985 he took redundancy and
set up his own business at his north
London home, making instruments
from his kitchen table.
“It was a big risk,” he says now.
“But at Boosey & Hawkes, I’d met
Derek Watkins, who was wonderful:
one of the top trumpet players of
the day. He worked with me in an
advisory capacity, testing every
one of my designs, until his death
in 2013.”
By 2005, the Smiths’ home was
overflowing. “I’d put a shed out in
the garden, then a second one. There
were instruments all over the dining
room, and even the roof space was
full of packaging materials.”
Smith and his wife then decided to
move to a former farm in Yorkshire,
where he converted the cowshed
into the workshop he uses today.
He was joined by the second
Richard about a decade ago – a
bit of serendipity brought the two
together when Smith heard that
Wright, living nearby, had once
worked for a specialist in French
horns. A trained French horn player
himself, it is Wright who now spends
most time in the workshop. That
leaves Smith free to pursue his first
love – research. He’s happiest in his
“trumpet laboratory”, undertaking
research into the acoustics of
brass instruments – all the more
remarkable when you consider that
the trumpet has been around for
thousands of years.
The firm doesn’t just make
fanfare trumpets – £2,000 to
£8,000 will buy the symphonic or
jazz player a similarly fabulous
handmade instrument.
And yet Smith doesn’t play a
brass instrument himself – he’s a
bassoonist. “It’s the embouchure,” he
says, pursing his lips to demonstrate.
“It’s completely different – I just
can’t do it!”
Television Tuesday 13 March
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
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The Ruth Ellis Files: A
Very British Crime Story
The Great Celebrity Bake Off
For Stand Up To Cancer
9pm, BBC4
In July 1955, nightclub hostess Ruth
Ellis became the last woman to be
hanged in Britain after shooting
dead her lover, the playboy racing
driver David Blakely. But was it, as it
appears, an open-and-shut case of
murder? The US film-maker Gillian
Pachter (left) begins a three-part
forensic re-investigation, bringing
an outsider’s eye to evidence
seemingly overlooked at the time,
and painting a picture of post-war
Britain where domestic abuse was
acceptable, social class paramount
and “bottle blondes” like Ellis came
prejudged. With the help of retired
detectives, she discovers that Ellis
was probably not acting alone.
8pm, Channel 4
Diversity’s Perri Kiely demonstrating
backflips for judges Prue Leith and
Paul Hollywood is about the height
of any skills demonstrated this
week, the other contestants being the
former Apprentice (and current
Countdown) scowler Nick Hewer,
Stacey Solomon and Ricky Wilson.
“Where did it all go wrong?” asks
an exasperated Hewer. “Series four
of The Apprentice, I think,” replies
Noel Fielding.
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Shetland
9pm, BBC1
Having decided that Thomas Malone
didn’t kill Lizzie, Perez and Tosh
(Douglas Henshall and Alison
O’Donnell) suffer the indignity of
having their case taken over by a
new team of detectives from
Glasgow. The newcomers believe
that Malone needs re-investigating,
and the formerly exonerated jailbird
doesn’t help by seeming to have
done a runner.
this is the ultimate health resort. It
includes 80 on-site medical staff
offering everything from sleep
therapy and surgery to Olympicstandard sports facilities, swimming
pools filled with mineral-rich
mountain water and a menu of 14
types of pillow. Where to start?
===
Mum
Amazing Hotels: Life
Beyond The Lobby
10pm, BBC2
We are unlikely to see a more
delicately acted scene this year than
the one between Lesley Manville
and Peter Mullan, as Michael finally
confronts Cathy in her kitchen
following some devastating news
that has kept him up all night. It’s
amazing that we ever get to this
point because the interruptions
come thick and fast from Jason and
===
9pm, BBC2
Giles Coren and Monica Galetti
check into Bad Ragaz, a spa complex
in the foothills of the Swiss Alps that
looks more like a small town, what
with its two golf courses and four
hotels and restaurants. It’s slightly
charmless in appearance but that’s
not why guests splash out, because
6.00 Coast (R) (S). 6.30
Holding Back The Years (R)
(S). 7.15 The Sheriffs Are
Coming (R) (S). 8.00 Sign
Zone: Celebrity Antiques
Road Trip (R) (S). 9.00
Victoria Derbyshire (S).
11.00 BBC Newsroom Live
(S). 12.00 Daily Politics
(S). 1.45 The Super League
Show (S). 2.15 Coast (R) (S).
2.30 Yes Chef (R) (S). 3.15
Planet Earth (R) (S). 4.15
Into The Wild With Gordon
Buchanan (R) (S). 5.15 Put
Your Money Where Your
Mouth Is (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (S). 10.30
This Morning (S). 12.30
ITV News; Weather
(S). 12.55 ITV Regional
News; Weather (S). 1.00
ITV Racing: Cheltenham
Festival Coverage of the
opening day (S). 4.30
Britain’s Best Walks With
Julia Bradbury (R) (S). 5.00
The Chase (S).
6.00 Winter Paralympics
Live Further coverage
of day four from
PyeongChang, South
Korea (S). 8.00 Winter
Paralympics Breakfast
(S). 9.00 Frasier (R)
(S). 9.35 Frasier (R) (S).
10.05 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 A
Place In The Sun: Summer
Sun (R) (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 (S). 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). 1.10 Access (S). 1.15
Home And Away (S). 1.45
Neighbours (S). 2.20 NCIS:
Naval Killer (R) (S). 3.20
FILM: Missing Daughter
(Emily Moss Wilson 2017)
Thriller, starring Wes
Brown (S). 5.00 5 News
At 5 (S). 5.30 Neighbours
(R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads (S).
6.30 The Repair Shop
A Germanmade toy steam
roller from the
1930s is brought
back to life (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
Marge and
Homer seek out
guardians for
their children
(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
6.00 Home And Away
Ash fights with
Robbo at the
cottage (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
Live chat (S).
7.30 EastEnders
Karen’s sons are
angry when she
invites Mitch
for dinner (S).
7.00 Saving Lives
At Sea The
Tenby lifeboat
crew races to
a kayaker with
suspected neck
injuries (R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale
Gabby and Liv
accidentally
spike Lisa’s
drink instead of
Daz’s (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7.30 Winter
Paralympics
Today (S).
7.00 FIA World Rally
Championship
Highlights The
Rally Mexico (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Great Irish
Journeys With
Martha Kearney
(R) (S).
8pm
8.00 Holby City
Roxanna tries
to cure Oliver,
but in the
process opens
old wounds (S).
8.00 Back In Time
For Tea The
Ellis family
reflects on their
time-travelling
adventure. Last
in the series (S).
8.00 What Would
Your Kid Do?
Parents guess
what their
children will
do. Last in the
series (S).
8.00 The Great
Celebrity Bake
Off For Stand
Up To Cancer
Nick Hewer
and Perri Kiely
take part (S).
8.00 Secrets Of The
National Trust
With Alan
Titchmarsh The
host explores
Waddesdon
Manor (S).
8.00 Immortal Egypt
With Joann
Fletcher The
civil war that
fractured Egypt
(R) (S).
9pm
9.00 Shetland
Perez must
reassess the
investigation
following Jo’s
attack (S).
9.00 Amazing Hotels:
Life Beyond
The Lobby
Switzerland’s
Grand Resort
Bad Ragaz (S).
9.00 100 Years
Younger In
21 Days The
celebrities learn
about their
brains (S).
9.15 Seven Year
Switch The
newly switched
couples head
out on their
first dates
together (S).
9.00 Wild Britain:
Our Wondrous
Woodlands
Cameras
examine some
of Britain’s
forests (S).
9.00 The Ruth Ellis
Files: A Very
British Crime
Story New
series (S).
10pm
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 This Country (S).
10.00Mum Michael
has something
to tell Cathy (S).
10.25 The
Archiveologists
(S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At Ten
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 The Cruise:
Voyage To
Alaska (R) (S).
10.20 Gogglebox
Shows
including All
Together Now
are appraised
(R) (S).
10.00The Crown In
Crisis: Elizabeth
– Our Queen
The monarch’s
troubled years
during the
1990s (S).
10.00The
Prosecutors:
Real Crime And
Punishment
Behind-thescenes of the
CPS (R) (S).
11pm
11.15 Inside Britain’s
Moped Crime
Gangs (S).
11.55 Drugs Map Of
Britain (S).
11.15 The World’s
Most
Extraordinary
Homes From
Switzerland
(R) (S).
11.15 Piers Morgan’s
Life Stories The
host talks to
comedian Jim
Davidson about
his life. Last in
the series (R) (S).
11.00 Winter
Paralympics
Highlights
Action from day
four (S).
11.05 The Yorkshire
Steam Railway:
All Aboard
Marketing
manager Laura
devises a PR
stunt (R) (S).
12.30 BBC News (S).
12.15 Sign Zone:
MasterChef (R) (S). 1.15
Sign Zone: An Island
Parish: After The
Hurricane (R) (S). 2.15 Sign
Zone: Royal Recipes (R) (S).
3.00 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.15 Jackpot247 3.00
ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.15 Winter Paralympics
Live (S).
12.05 Left For Dead:
Weather Terror (R) (S).
1.00 SuperCasino 3.10
Cowboy Builders (R) (S).
4.00 Now That’s Funny! (R)
(S). 4.45 House Doctor (R)
(S). 5.10 House Busters (R)
(S). 5.35 Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Holding Back The Years
(S). 10.00 Homes Under
The Hammer (S). 11.00 The
Sheriffs Are Coming (S).
11.45 Caught Red Handed
(R) (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
A Place To Call Home
(S). 3.10 Escape To The
Country (S). 3.45 Coast
And Country Auctions (S).
4.30 Flog It! (R) (S). 5.15
Pointless (R) (S).
6pm
Late
Kerry gets threatening
letters in ‘This Country’
10.45pm, BBC1
Detective Jimmy Perez
(Douglas Henshall) has
his case taken over by a
new team in ‘Shetland’
9pm, BBC1
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
Who’s Doing The Dishes?
(R) (S). 7.55 Emmerdale (R)
(S). 8.20 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 8.55 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 9.25 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show
(R) (S). 10.15 The Bachelor
(R) (S). 12.05 Emmerdale
(R) (S). 12.35 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 1.05
Coronation Street (R) (S).
1.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (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).
Nick Hewer gets his
bake on in ‘Bake Off’
8pm, Channel 4
6.20 FILM: The Way
Back (Peter
Weir 2010)
Drama, starring
Ed Harris (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Walden
dates Rose,
despite Alan’s
warnings (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 FILM:
Terminator
Genisys (Alan
Taylor 2015)
Sci-fi adventure
sequel (S).
9.00 FILM: The 40
Year-Old Virgin
(Judd Apatow
2005) Comedy,
starring Steve
Carell (S).
11.00 FILM: A
War (Tobias
Lindholm 2015)
Premiere.
Drama, starring
Pilou Asbaek (S).
11.25 FILM: Hulk
(Ang Lee 2003)
Comic-book
adventure,
starring Eric
Bana (S).
11.25 Family Guy
The Griffins’
house becomes
haunted (R) (S).
11.55 Family Guy
(R) (S).
12.45 Top Of The Pops:
1982 (R) (S). 1.25 Top Of
The Pops: 1982 (R) (S). 1.55
The High Art Of The Low
Countries (R) (S). 2.55 The
Art Of Spain (R) (S). 3.55
Close
2.05 FILM: Safety Not
Guaranteed (Colin
Trevorrow 2012) Sci-fi
comedy, starring Aubrey
Plaza (S). 3.50 Close
12.20 American Dad! (R) (S).
12.45 American Dad! (R) (S).
1.15 Two And A Half Men
(R) (S). 2.10 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 2.20 Teleshopping
5.50 ITV2 Nightscreen
NEWS
2-27
Kelly (packing to go on holiday),
and Pauline and Derek, fresh from
a long play about climate change.
“Plays are meant to be boring,”
Pauline reassures him. “The more
bored you are, the better the play”.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
This Country
10.45pm, BBC1
And the top-class comedy continues
in the Cotswolds, where Kerry (Daisy
May Cooper) has been receiving
threatening letters through her
letterbox, which “probably means
they know where I live”. Neighbour
“Big Mandy” volunteers to move in
as Kerry’s minder, while Kurtan
(Charlie Cooper) gets a labouring job
with Kerry’s dad and delivers a
brilliant slo-mo sight-gag involving
a wheelbarrow and a skip.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
FILM OF THE DAY
===
A Fistful Of Dollars
Barbarella
2.10am, Sky Cinema Select
(Sergio Leone, 1964)
Fusing John Ford (epic landscape
vistas; the strong, silent hero) with
Akira Kurosawa (extreme close-ups;
the plot of Yojimbo), the Italian filmmaker Leone invented a vivid and
bizarre new form all of his own: the
spaghetti Western. Clint Eastwood
had been a cowboy on TV but became
a movie star in scene one of this film,
when his laconic sharp-shooting
antihero (left) rides into a Mexican
border town and demands an
apology from four bandits on behalf
of his mule. The script is sparse but
the visuals and Ennio Morricone’s
idiosyncratic score more than
compensate for any rough edges, bad
dubbing and poorly synched sound.
4.15pm, Sky Cinema Greats
(Roger Vadim, 1967)
In the course of tracking down the
evil scientist Durand Durand, a
41st-century space-adventuress in a
fur-lined spaceship (Jane Fonda) has a
succession of erotic adventures, while
clad in outfits by Paco Rabanne.
Stand By Me
5.40pm, Sky Cinema Classics
(Rob Reiner, 1986)
A middle-aged writer reminisces
about one summer day in the late
1950s, when he and his buddies
journeyed into the woods to look for
a dead body and came out a little bit
closer, older and wiser. A touching,
astute rites-of-passage drama.
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S). 7.00
Couples Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 8.00 Baby Daddy
(R) (S). 9.00 Melissa & Joey
(R) (S). 10.00 How I Met
Your Mother (R) (S). 11.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) (S).
11.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 12.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 12.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 1.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 1.30 The Big
Bang Theory (R) (S). 2.00
How I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 2.30 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 3.00 New
Girl (R) (S). 3.30 New Girl
(R) (S). 4.00 Brooklyn NineNine (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). 11.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.05
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 1.05
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). 3.15 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 3.50 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 4.20
Come Dine With Me (R) (S).
4.50 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 5.55 A
Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (R) (S).
6.00 Heartbeat
Bellamy falls in
love (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
tries to hide his
friendship with
Penny (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
A Staffordshire
bull terrier with
a badly broken
pelvis (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
Bender
competes in the
3004 Olympics
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House Part
one of two.
The doctor is
involved in a
bus crash (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
investigates a
literary murder
(R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks
Sienna tells one
of her biggest
lies yet (S).
7.30 My Hotter Half
(S).
7.55 Grand Designs
Building a fourstorey mansion
in Brighton (R)
(S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Bart and Lisa
co-host a news
programme (R)
(S).
7.30 The Simpsons
With U2 (R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation A
male stripper is
found dead (R)
(S).
8.00 Vera The
detective
investigates
a death in
a coastal
community (R)
(S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.30 The Big
Bang Theory
Bernadette
goes into labour
(R) (S).
8.00 The Flash
Cecile’s
pregnancy gives
her the ability
to hear people’s
thoughts.
8.00 Blue Bloods
Erin reopens
one of Frank’s
old cases (R) (S).
6.00 Monkey Life (R). 6.30
Monkey Life (R). 7.00
RSPCA Animal Rescue (R)
(S). 7.30 RSPCA Animal
Rescue (R) (S). 8.00
Motorway Patrol (R). 8.30
Motorway Patrol (R).
9.00 Road Wars (R). 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) (S).
5.30 Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 Urban Secrets (R) (S).
7.00 Urban 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 Blue Bloods (R) (S).
3.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
4.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.00 House (R) (S).
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Adele Roberts 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
Annie Nightingale 3.00 Radio
1 Comedy – Ed & Lauren Get
On 4.00 Early Breakfast with
Jordan North
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Dotty 10.00 Reece
Parkinson 12.45pm Newsbeat
1.00 Yasmin Evans 4.00
MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target 9.02
The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Jamz Supernova 1am
Annie Nightingale Presents
3.00 1Xtra Playlists 4.00 Jamz
Supernova
9.00 Tattoo Fixers
The team meets
a man who lost
his arm in a
mincer (S).
9.00 Hunt For The
Arctic Ghost
Ship The
expedition that
discovered the
HMS Erebus
(R) (S).
9.00 The Blacklist
Red goes on
the hunt for a
fabled stash of
money (S).
9.00 Here And Now
Audrey and
Greg go looking
for funding.
10.00Scott & Bailey
Part one of two.
The detectives
investigate two
murders (R) (S).
10.00Five Star Hotel
Ashley Cain
gets a warning
due to “afterhours antics”
with a hotel
guest (S).
10.00Titanic: The
New Evidence
New theories
on the reason
the Titanic sank
(R) (S).
10.00The Late Late
Show With
James Corden:
Best Of The
Week Highlights
of the talk show.
10.10 Divorce Frances
finds herself
inspired by an
unknown artist.
10.45 Crashing Pete
and Leif spend
a day together.
11.00 Scott & Bailey
Part two of two.
The detectives
face a wall of
silence in their
investigation
(R) (S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory Howard
questions his
engineering
abilities (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E A 75-yearold man is
treated after a
suspected heart
attack (R) (S).
11.00 The Force: Essex
A taxi driver is
beaten up by
two drunk men
(R) (S).
11.20 Gomorrah
Genny is forced
to put a plan
into action (R)
(S).
12.00 A Touch Of Frost (R)
(S). 2.00 ITV3 Nightscreen
2.30 Teleshopping
12.00 First Dates (R) (S).
1.05 Five Star Hotel (R) (S).
2.05 Tattoo Fixers (R) (S).
3.00 Gogglebox (R) (S). 3.50
First Dates Abroad (R) (S).
4.15 Couples Come Dine
With Me (R) (S).
12.10 8 Out Of 10 Cats
Does Countdown (R) (S).
1.15 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
2.15 The Good Fight (R)
(S). 3.15 8 Out Of 10 Cats
Uncut (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 NCIS: Los Angeles
(R) (S). 4.00 It’s Me Or The
Dog (R) (S). 5.00 Futurama
(R) (S).
12.20 Gomorrah (R) (S).
1.20 Dexter (R) (S). 2.35
Billions (R) (S). 3.45 Girls
(R) (S). 4.20 The West Wing
(R) (S). 5.10 The West Wing
(R) (S).
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ONDEMAND
Love
Netflix
Modern dating through the
eyes of Gillian Jacobs and
Paul Rust in the romcom.
Churchill’s Secret Affair
===
Radio
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 6.50 Heartbeat (R) (S).
7.55 The Royal (R) (S). 8.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.25
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.50
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.20
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).
i TUESDAY
13 MARCH 2018
BUSINESS SPORT
38-41
45-51
BBC Radio 2
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30
Ken Bruce 12noon Jeremy
Vine 2.00 Steve Wright In
The Afternoon 5.00 Simon
Mayo 7.00 Jamie Cullum
8.00 Ana Matronic 10.00
Bill Kenwright’s Golden
Years 11.00 Nigel Ogden: The
Organist Entertains 11.30
Listen To The Band 12mdn’t
Huey On Saturday 1.00 Huey
On Sunday 2.00 Radio 2’s Folk
Playlist 3.00 Radio 2 Playlist:
90s Hits 4.00 Radio 2 Playlist:
Wednesday Workout 5.00
Vanessa Feltz
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast 9.00
Essential Classics 12noon
Composer Of The Week:
Haydn 1.00 News 1.02 Radio
3 Lunchtime Concert 2.00
Afternoon Concert 5.00 In
Tune 7.00 In Tune Mixtape 7.30
Radio 3 In Concert 10.00 Free
Thinking Festival 10.45 The
Free Thinking Essay 11.00 Late
Junction 12.30am Through
The Night
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 The Life
Scientific 9.30 One To One
9.45 An Alternative History
Of Art 10.00 Woman’s Hour
11.00 Aftermath 11.30 The
Art Of Now: No Singing No
Movement 12noon News
12.04 Home Front 12.15 Call
You And Yours 12.57 Weather
1.00 The World At One 1.45
Horse Story 2.00 The Archers
2.15 Drama: When Last I Saw
You 3.00 Short Cuts 3.30
Costing The Earth 4.00 Law
In Action 4.30 A Good Read
5.00 PM 5.57 Weather 6.00
Six O’Clock News 6.30 Sara
Pascoe: The Modern Monkey.
The comedian explores the
concept of charity. Last in the
series. 7.00 The Archers. Joe
makes a shocking admission.
7.15 Front Row. John Wilson
presents. 7.45 A Small Town
Murder. By Scott Cherry. 8.00
File On 4. Private contracts for
prison maintenance. 8.40 In
Touch 9.00 Inside Health 9.30
The Life Scientific 10.00 The
World Tonight 10.45 Book At
All4
Winston Churchill’s
relationship with a socialite.
Sneaky Pete
Amazon Prime
A second season for the
underrated crime drama
about a cuckoo-in-the-nest
con artist (Giovanni Ribisi).
Bedtime: The Long Drop. By
Denise Mina. Manuel’s trial
reaches a critical stage. 11.00
Tim Key’s Late Night Poetry
Programme. The comic poet
and Tom Basden pick up a
hitchhiker. Last in the series.
11.30 Today In Parliament.
Presented by Susan Hulme.
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 Conjuring
Halie 7.00 Stockport, So Good
They Named It Once 7.30 Sara
Pascoe: The Modern Monkey
8.00 The Ken Dodd Show 8.30
The Men From The Ministry
9.00 The Now Show 9.30 Turf
Wars 10.00 The Raj Quartet
11.00 Five Stories By Penelope
Fitzgerald 11.15 Behind Closed
Doors 12noon The Ken Dodd
Show 12.30 The Men From The
Ministry 1.00 Sherlock Holmes
With Carleton Hobbs 1.30
Conjuring Halie 2.00 A Delicate
Truth 2.15 Grimm Thoughts
2.30 The Old Curiosity Shop
2.45 Perilous Question – The
Drama Of The Great Reform
Bill 1832 3.00 The Raj Quartet
4.00 The Personality Test
4.30 Such Rotten Luck 5.00
Stockport, So Good They
Named It Once 5.30 Sara
Pascoe: The Modern Monkey
6.00 Pattern Recognition
6.30 And The Academy Award
Goes To 7.00 The Ken Dodd
Show 7.30 The Men From
The Ministry 8.00 Sherlock
Holmes With Carleton Hobbs
8.30 Conjuring Halie 9.00 Five
Stories By Penelope Fitzgerald
9.15 Behind Closed Doors
10.00 Comedy Club: Sara
Pascoe: The Modern Monkey
10.30 Comedy Club: Elvis
Pick
ofthe
day
Horse Story
1.45pm,
BBC Radio 4
Clare Balding
(above) explores
the changing bond
between humans
and horses,
beginning by
finding out about
the story of the
domestication of
wild equines.
McGonagall Takes A Look On
The Bright Side 10.45 Comedy
Club: Richard Marsh: Love And
Sweets 10.55 Comedy Club:
The Comedy Club Interview
11.00 Comedy Club: Warhorses
Of Letters 11.15 Comedy Club:
Poets’ Tree 11.30 Comedy Club:
Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash
12mdn’t Pattern Recognition
12.30 And The Academy Award
Goes To 1.00 Sherlock Holmes
With Carleton Hobbs 1.30
Conjuring Halie 2.00 A Delicate
Truth 2.15 Grimm Thoughts
2.30 The Old Curiosity Shop
2.45 Perilous Question – The
Drama Of The Great Reform
Bill 1832 3.00 The Raj Quartet
4.00 The Personality Test
4.30 Such Rotten Luck 5.00
Stockport, So Good They
Named It Once 5.30 Sara
Pascoe: The Modern Monkey
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
The Emma Barnett Show
With Anna Foster 1pm The
Cheltenham Festival 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 Phil Williams 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 And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Tom Ravenscroft 7.00
Vic Galloway 9.00 Gideon Coe
12mdn’t 6 Music Recommends
With Tom Ravenscroft 1.00
The Radiohead Story 2.00
Higher And Higher – The Life
And Soul Of Jackie Wilson
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 Aled
Jones 5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics At
Seven 8.00 The Full Works
Concert. An evening to music
performed by the London
Symphony Orchestra. 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
Pete Donaldson 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 Ray Parlour
10.00 Jim White, Micky Gray
And Bob Mills 1pm Hawksbee
And Jacobs 4.00 Adrian
Durham And Darren Gough
7.00 Kick-off 10.00 Sports Bar
1am Extra Time With Adam
Catterall
Kind hearts
and minarets
The entrance to Glasgow
Central Mosque, which
was completed in 1983
I
Arts
Vicky McClure
The ‘Line of Duty’ actress
explains why she is taking
a role in a daft sitcom
Page 34
Reviews
Russell Maliphant
The choreographer
presents an evening
of duets and film
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am standing in a line of people
crammed on a narrow, rickety,
timberstaircase.It’saFriday,and
we are inside the corner building
of a Victorian terrace waiting to
enter a couple of rooms above a shop
where the congregational prayer is
to be performed. This is my distant
memory of the first mosque I ever
visited as a child, in Woolwich. It was
the only one in our area of south-east
London at the time, back in the mid1970s, and it was already too small to
serve its growing Muslim community.
Soon after this, my mother
launched a campaign to start another
mosque in a neighbouring borough.
Gathering support from like-minded
friends and residents, they started
raising money from the local Muslim
community. The fund-raising was to
go on for years, and alongside this
they would hold Friday prayers and
other religious and social events in
hired halls, despite periodic racist
attacks, as well as in our family home.
Eventually, by the mid-1980s,
enough money had been raised to
purchase a detached Victorian house
in Catford. The two bedrooms on the
first floor were knocked together
to create the main prayer hall, the
bathrooms became ablution facilities
for ritual washing before prayer, the
dining room became the bookshop
and the lounge a classroom.
The conversion was rudimentary
and piecemeal, and eventually a
large timber shed was erected in the
back garden to provide extra prayer
space as quite soon the mosque was
overflowing on Fridays.
This story of making do with
modest facilities, and of Muslims
banding together in their spare time
to secure new sites, is not unique; in
fact, it is typical of how many of the
now 1,800 mosques across Britain
were originally opened. It followed
Britain’s first mosques were set up in
people’s homes. Now they are created
by architects such as Shahed Saleem,
who reinterprets Islamic tradition
in a contemporary way
a historical trend that had already
been established by other religious
communities, such as Jews and
Nonconformists, in how they too had
created their places of worship at
various points in Britain’s history.
Mosques in Britain are grassroots, crowd-sourced, community
projects. There is no overarching
religious authority that directs or
funds mosque building, religious
congregations are independent and
self-organised, and anyone can start
a mosque, anywhere.
After India was partitioned in 1947
and Britain retreated from much of
its empire, the ensuing instability
combined with the post-war need
for labour necessitated large-scale
migration from former colonies
into Britain’s towns and cities. This
included Muslims from parts of India,
Pakistan and Bangladesh through the
60s and 70s, and it was this generation
who strived to recreate their cultural
and religious values and practices in
their new homeland.
Mosques played a big part in this.
Most of the early examples were
made through very basic conversions
of existing buildings, most often
houses, but also pubs, cinemas,
churches, factories. Wherever
possible, these conversions would
The Aziziye Mosque in Stoke Newington, north London, was originally a cinema
add elements of traditional Islamic
architecture, such as domes,
minarets, arches or arabesque
decoration. These symbols of Muslim
culture are not required under any
tenets of Islam, but they served to
identify the building as a Muslim
religious space and provide a sense of
comfort and familiarity to the users.
Through the 1980s and 1990s,
as Muslim communities across
the country were becoming more
established, they started building
new mosques from the ground up.
In most cases this would be the
rebuilding of an existing mosque in a
house or another converted building,
which was no longer able to cater for
a growing community.
Funds would be raised in the same
way, through local donations and
fundraising campaigns led by local
community members.
People were deeply connected to
and invested in their local mosques;
not only did they raise the funds for
them, they also directed the design of
them, and in a number of cases they
took part in actually building them.
This first wave of post-war
purpose-built mosques often had a
very particular architectural style.
They would combine elements of local
architecture with traditional Islamic
elements. So you might see a tiledpitched roof, or a gable, or a certain
brick, all typical of an English suburb,
combined with an exotic minaret or
dome, usually made from plastic as
this was the cheapest and quickest
way of replicating these features.
The result was that the mosques
that started appearing in the
townscape in this period were a
curious amalgamation of cultural
references and styles, evoking
Muslim history in a literal and
immediate way. This emerging
language of mosque design started
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First purpose-built
mosque is protected
A mosque has been granted
the highest protected building
status for the first time.
The Shah Jahan mosque,
which was Britain’s first
purpose-built mosque when
it opened in 1889 in Woking,
Surrey, has been elevated to
Grade I status.
It is one of five to be
recognised by Historic England
– including London’s Central
Mosque in Regent’s Park, and
8 Brougham Terrace in West
Derby, Liverpool, which is
believed to have been Britain’s
first functioning mosque.
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to attract criticism from design and
professional circles, who considered
it as being pastiche, imitative, clumsy
– reducing Muslim identity to simple
architectural clichés.
In the early 2000s I had set up my
own small architectural practice
in east London. I had started
working with some local mosques
in developing their buildings in
various ways, and eventually this led
me to commissions for new mosque
designs. As a researcher, I
understood how and why
the mosques around us
looked the way they
did, and I appreciated
that these were selfdesigned and selfmade buildings, and
their architecture,
which was a reflection
of this endeavour, was
in many ways admirable.
But as an architect
I could also relate to the
criticism levelled at this type of
architecture, that, through its
attempt to literally replicate Islamic
history, was failing to engage with the
contemporary urban and cultural
context in which it was situated.
Users seek to
connect to Islamic
history and represent
new Muslim identities
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Call to prayer: the Shah Jahan mosque
in Woking (above0 has been awarded
Britain’s highest protected building
status ; a Muslim (inset) at prayer
When I had the opportunity to
design mosques for myself, I wanted
to create a new type of mosque
architecture that was relevant to and
inspired by its British context – but
would also reflect the memories and
associations that the mosque users
from many parts of the world, could
identify with.
In the mosques that I have designed
in east London and Aberdeen, I have
used architectural references from
Islamic history, and reinterpreted
these in a contemporary way. With
the mosque on Hackney Road, a metal
mesh is used across the facade to
evoke the traditional fretwork screen
of Arab and Mughal architecture,
and the main facade is inspired by
a 13th-century Anatolian tile. The
mosque in Aberdeen uses granite
blocks on the façade at ground floor,
as this is a characteristic material of
the city, and the pattern work above
is of cast concrete, a quintessentially
modernist material, with inset
ceramic stars designed and
handmade by the London
artist Lubna Chowdhary.
Mosques in Britain
are deeply connected
to the people who
use them; they are
led, funded and
managed by local
Muslims, and they
serve the everyday
needs of diverse
Muslim communities.
Through these buildings,
their users seek to both connect to
a rich Islamic history and represent
new Muslim identities. The story
of the mosque in Britain covers
130 years of history, and the users
continue to diversify and evolve; its
history is far from over, with new
ideas and projects being explored
and developed. There promises to be
a fascinating future ahead.
Shahed Saleem is the author of ‘The
British Mosque: An architectural and
social history’ (£60, Historic England)
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Feed the whole family with a machine
that leaves bread perfectly browned,
as tested by Kate Hilpern
{1} SAINSBURY’S COPPER SHINE
FOUR-SLICE TOASTER
This stylish copper toaster is an
absolute bargain. It produces great,
evenly toasted slices from crust
to crust (even with tall slices) and
the carriage lifts high enough up
so you can easily retrieve smaller
slices or crumpets. The crumb tray
is smooth to remove and replace,
too. But it doesn’t have the bells and
whistles that many other toasters
have and there are better options
for really thick slices.
£35, sainsburys.co.uk
{2} DUALIT TWO-SLOT
LONG LITE TOASTER
This is our clear winner for homemade bread. Admittedly, it only has
two slots – but, unlike with many
toasters, bigger, thicker and longer
slices pose no challenge, and you
can easily fit in four normal-sized
slices simultaneously. Problem
solved. It’s quick, doing its job in
under two-and-a-half minutes, and
we found the warming rack a useful
addition.
£99.99, lakeland.co.uk
{3} NEXT FOUR-SLICE TOASTER
You won’t have any annoying
pale or burnt areas of your toast
with this retro-styled toaster that
produces golden-brown results.
It’s good for those who wake up
hungry, too, because it only takes
a couple of minutes. Each pair of
slots has its own control dial, along
with the usual stop, reheat and
defrost buttons and it’s available
in two colours. You can complete
the look with a matching kettle
and microwave.
£38, next.co.uk
{4} SMEG FOUR-SLICE
2-SLOT TOASTER
Mention Smeg and fridges probably
spring to mind. But this brand
makes a mean toaster, too, with the
same stylish, retro look, wide range
of funky colours and attention
to engineering detail that, in this
case, results in a robust machine
that produces evenly browned
toast. With two long slots fitting
two slices in each, you can also
buy a sandwich cage for toasties
and a bun warmer for pastries
and croissants. It’s not the fastest
though, taking more than threeand-a-half minutes.
£149.95, johnlewis.com
{5} RUSSELL HOBBS RETRO
TOASTER 21690
There’s no messing around with this
handsome four-slot machine that
produces nicely crisped toast in
under two minutes – the fastest of
all the toasters we tested. Moreover,
it has a countdown timer to show
you how long is left and if you want
to check how it’s getting on, you
can use the “lift and look” function
without beginning all over again. It’s
available in red, cream or black.
£39.99, currys.co.uk
{6} CRUX FOUR-SLICE TOASTER
This is one of the latest brands to
hit Lakeland’s shelves and we love
the stainless steel design with
hints of copper. It feels robust and
everything from the loading lever
to the removable crumb tray has
seriously smooth action. It’s wellsuited to those who enjoy thick
slices and teacakes as they fit in
easily and, in what will probably
be the deciding factor for some, it
has a gluten-free function, which
does its job a bit slower – about
half the time again – to suit the
denser texture.
£99.99, lakeland.co.uk
{7} KENWOOD KMIX
FOUR-SLICE TOASTER
This ticks all the important boxes
– quick (just under three minutes),
simple to work and good coverage
of browning. And unlike most
toasters we tested, it’s great at
taller slices and thick crumpets, as
well as bagels, toasting the cut side
beautifully while leaving the crust
side as it is. Available in cream,
red and white, it looks good, with
the cancel and defrost buttons
illuminated for extra pizzazz, but
beware of fingerprints spoiling
the look.
from £59.95, johnlewis.com
{8} BREVILLE CURVE
FOUR-SLICE TOASTER
This is a bit of a Marmite option
when it comes to aesthetics, but we
are giving this unusually textured
toaster a big thumbs-up, especially
the on-trend rose-gold version
(there are lots of other colours
available, too). Like other toasters
we’ve included, it produces great
toast quickly – in about two-and-ahalf minutes – and of all the models
we tested, we found this the easiest
to keep clean inside (easy to remove
crumb tray) and out (quick wipe
down). But read on if you have a
breadmaker as home-made toast
can protrude out of the top and
there’s only one browning control
for all four slots.
£39.99, johnlewis.com
{9} SAGE SMART FOUR-SLICE
TOASTER
There are a range of impressive
features here, including one-touch
automatic lowering, “Quick Look”
and “A Bit More” functions – the
latter two are particularly handy
if you’re prone to setting off the
smoke alarm by getting the timings
all wrong on your toast. The bright
LED sliders let you select your
level of “goldenness” and then
count down so you can have your
fried egg or tea ready all at the
same moment. And say goodbye to
disappointing crumpets as there’s
a special setting that toasts the top
but just warms the bottom.
£152.99, lakeland.co.uk
{10} ASDA GEORGE HOME
FOUR-SLICE TOASTER
This is a great price for a seriously
good toaster that gives even
browning every time. It handles tall
slices with no problem, although it
stops short of being able to squeeze
in large home-made bread slices.
We found it a boon for smaller
items like crumpets, too, thanks to
the high-lift lever. It comes in a large
range of smart colours and it’s
easy to clean, but it doesn’t feel as
sturdy as some.
£20, asda.com
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icky Mc Clure is
sitting curled up in a
cashmere tracksuit in
an armchair beside a
roaring fire, looking
snugly at home as if
she were in the living room of her
home in suburban Nottingham
instead of in the cathedral-sized
lobby of one of the swankiest hotels
in London.
“I like to dip my toe in and enjoy a
bit of luxury”, she says. “But I much
prefer going back to reality and
having a laugh with my mates about
it all. Not that we don’t all get a bit of
a kick out of my job sometimes, you
know when I come back and say: ‘Oh
I met Michael Caine the other day’ or
‘I was on a private jet’.”
The 34-year-old actress prefers
to keep it real in other words, which
you could also say about her work,
whether as mod/skinhead Lol
in Shane Meadows’ film and TV
trilogy This Is England, corruptionbusting detective Kate Fleming in
Jed Mercurio’s police saga Line of
Duty or as a psychopath taking over
another woman’s job and life in The
Replacement. She gives surprisingly
good psychopath.
I’ve never met her before, but we
once spoke over the telephone – her
in her Nottingham home - when I was
writing a feature in 2011 about “upand-coming actresses”, McClure’s
inclusion somewhat incongruous in
that she had recently won a Bafta for
This Is England ‘88.
“It still sits there on my shelf,”
she says, although the award didn’t
suddenly mean she was deluged with
offers. “I don’t think it’s the golden
ticket, I still audition now and I still
lose jobs I really want.”
One job she didn’t have to audition
for is her latest, a raucous, Naked
Gun-style spoof of spy thrillers called
Action Team whichstarted last week
on ITV2. Written by and starring
Tom Davis (DI Sleet in BBC3’s
Murder in Successville) as a secret
agent, McClure plays the Q-like head
of M16. After so many hard-hitting,
emotionally-draining dramas, was
Actress Vicky McClure tells
Gerard Gilbert why winning a
Bafta hasn’t changed anything
– and why she’s turned to
comedy for her latest role
she actively searching for a comedy?
“No, it’s just that people assume I’m
not going to be interested in comedy,”
she says. “Tom’s a friend and for some
reason he said ‘I always thought you
were really funny’.
“But it’s nerve-wracking reading
something your friend has written in
case you’re not keen on it. But I got to
page five and hadn’t even reached my
part but I rang him back because it’s
my kind of comedy, very silly...”
And if McClure didn’t have to
audition, it wasn’t the first time. In
2008 Madonna cast her without
meeting her in her directorial debut,
a critically-panned romcom called
Filth and Wisdom. “I thought it was
a wind-up but then I got a call from
one of her team,” says McClure,
who, at the time, was making ends
meet by working in the offices of a
Nottingham valuation firm.
“I said to the office: I need a couple
of weeks off unpaid. It was very
surreal because I’d be on Madonna’s
private jet one day and at my desk the
day after.”
Right up until she won her Bafta
at the age of 28, McClure has always
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for a valuation company
in Nottingham when
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worked outside of acting. A regular
at the Nottingham Television
Workshop that also produced
Samantha Morton, she spent two
years “piercing ears” at H Samuel,
before moving to Dorothy Pekins,
and then Boots. Finally, she spent
eight years working her way around
the valuation firm.
“My mum works in an office,
but she’s worked in shops and in
hairdresser’s,” says McClure. “My
dad’s a joiner, self-taught.” There was
never a lot of money sloshing around,
so when McClure was accepted by
the Italia Conti school in London, at
14, she couldn’t afford to go. However,
a year later she was cast as the title
character’s sister in local director
Shane Meadows’s 1999 comedy
drama A Room for Romeo Brass.
“I was at school and in my head I
was a massive star and it’s all going
to change,” says McClure. “I couldn’t
have got further from the truth. I
left school at 16, went to college in
Nottingham and dropped out after
four months... then the shops.”
Five years later, Shane Meadows
called again, casting McClure as
Lol in his 2006 film about skinhead
culture in 1980s Nottingham, This
Is England – a role she reprised in
Channel 4’s trilogy of television
spinoffs that saw Lol’s role being
expanded and deepened.
And then in 2012 along came the
second great role to date - that of
Kate Fleming in Jed Mercurio’s
police corruption drama Line
of Duty. There have been four
series so far, with five and
six already commissioned
but waiting on Mercurio to
finish editing his BBC1 thriller
The Bodyguard.
“I don’t know a thing
about series five... you
just hope you’re not
dead too soon,” she
says, referring to
Mercurio’s penchant
for killing off his
leading characters.
“Craig [Craig
Pa rk i n s o n , wh o
played ‘bad apple’
cop DI Cotton] was
in it from the start
and was killed off
in series three,
and I know it
hit him pretty hard
because he loves the
show. It’s all right
when it’s right for
your character but personally, it’s a
real shame.”
McClure’s Line of Duty co-star,
Martin Compston, who lives in Los
Angeles, recently joked that McClure
will never go to Hollywood because
she “wouldn’t want to be more than
20 minutes from a 24-hour Greggs”.
“Yeah, but he can’t eat anything
but chicken wings,” she responds.
“No, Martin’s like my annoying little
brother, I love him to bits, but he’s
probably right. I get great work here,
I have a very happy life here, I don’t
feel I’m missing out on anything. But
that doesn’t mean to say that if a great
job came in I wouldn’t pack a case
and then come back, but nobody’s
ever asked me. I had an American
agent once but it just didn’t work and
I was really nervous every time she
called. She’d say ‘right, I’m going to
get you to LA’. But to do what?”
And it’s not as if she’s short of work
here, this coming year seeing her
filming an as-yet-unannounced BBC
drama about an IRA bombing, a BBC
documentary about Alzheimer’s
(her grandmother was a sufferer)
and an improvised relationship
drama with Dominic Savage. She is
in fact too busy, she says flashing her
engagement ring, to get married to
Welsh actor Jonny Owen. The couple
met when she played his girlfriend in
the 2013 film Svengali. “It was love at
first sight... so quick”.
McClure has had the good fortune
to work surrounded by a family of
friends and trusted colleagues,
which has possibly protected her
from the #MeToo experiences
coming to light post-Weinstein.
“I’m very lucky that I don’t
have a story to tell,” she says. “If
something happens in the office
you file a complaint and there’s
a process to follow but in
this industry we don’t
have any safeguarding.
And if you’re having
an experience you
must feel very alone
about it.
“There are evil
people in this
industry who need
t o ge t ca u gh t
and need to be
punished and
that’s what’s
happening.”
‘Action Team’ continues
on ITV2 on Mondays
at 10pm
e are used to pundits,
campaigners and
politicians debating
the problems faced by
black Britons. Refreshingly, Molly
Dineen’s intimate documentary let
ordinary people do the talking. The
result was a rare directness and
honesty as we met reggae record
shop owner and music producer
Steve “Blacker Dread” BurnettMartin, his extended family,
friends and the wider community
in Brixton, south London.
On his arrival from Jamaica,
Blacker passed his 11-plus. He was
made to sit it again, however, as
no one could believe that a West
Indian child could be academically
inclined. When he got to grammar
school in Penge, south-east
London, his teachers would drive
him some distance away from the
school gates after lessons every
day so he wouldn’t be beaten up by
schoolmates. Casual racist abuse
followed him for most of his life.
Blacker, a charmer with a nice
line in patois (he began growing his
two-metre dreads when he escaped
from his parents’ “fusspottery”)
had been through the mill. His
first son was killed in a drive-by
shooting at the age 24. His beloved
mother had just died and he
was due to serve his first prison
sentence for money laundering.
The community’s camaraderie,
sense of extended family and
impish humour was always
evident, though. Above all, we
Th
his intimate
documentary was a
plea by a community
to help itself
got to hear real people, some of
whose thoughts might unsettle
white liberals. Blacker’s young
son Jamal, had been sent back to
Jamaica for old-school discipline.
His mother was contemptuous
of the “powerless” British
teachers who let him run wild.
After being treated in the UK as
just another unruly black child,
he is now thriving academically
with demanding teachers – and
higher expectations.
Back in London, painful
memories were etched on Blacker’s
face at the memorial gathering for
a friend’s son killed outside a school
in another black-on-black murder.
“Other cultures can be together,”
another pupil told the crowd. “But
we’d rather fight people and go and
stab and shoot people. And it’s for
Steve Burnett-Martin proved to be a
charmer with a nice line in patois
what…?” This film was also a plea
by a community to help itself.
Levity is in short supply in
Annihilation, another apocalyptic
sci-fi drama, directed by Alex
Garland (The Beach; Ex Machina).
Natalie Portman wears her
trademark expression of vexed
concern for the entirety of a
film whose interesting visuals
cannot make up for the ludicrous
plot and leaden dialogue. She
plays molecular biologist Lena,
part of a military expedition to
a shimmering energy barrier
expanding rapidly from a
lighthouse on a US nature reserve.
Previous investigators sent into
the mysterious zone, which may or
may not be the result of something
from outer space, disappeared
without trace. The sole exception
was Lena’s husband Kane, who
returned seriously ill and now lies
unconscious in a hospital bed.
The lifeforms in this twilight
zone are “stuck in a continuous
mutation”, according to Portman’s
character. Anyone with GCSE
biology is probably asking what on
earth that means. “The shimmer
refracts not just light, but DNA
– our DNA,” explains one poorly
developed female character as
people gradually turn into trees.
You don’t need Dr Lena’s PhD
from Johns Hopkins to know it’s all
complete nonsense.
Ironically, studio executives
deemed Annihilation “too
intellectual” for mainstream
audiences. It has gone straight
to streaming, like another recent
Netflix sci-fi drama, Cloverfield
Paradox. Annihilation is better than
that dud. But the film’s interesting
design, in part influenced by Hans
Ruedi Giger’s Alien sets, is no
compensation for its portentous
self-importance. Where’s Sigourney
Weaver when you need her?
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Russell Maliphant’s choreography
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do flashy: he and his dancers
reveal strength in effortlessly
sustained lines. Shimmering in
golden light, they remain poised
and thoughtful.
Since founding his own
company in 1996, Maliphant has
collaborated with Sylvie Guillem,
and the BalletBoyz. His dances
work particularly well in intimate
spaces, making him a good fit for
the distressed chic of the Print
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for the Nashville sound.
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committed crowd also cheered
the raw intensity of Ashley
McBryde and Lukas Nelson.
Purists may not have stuck
around for headliner Kacey
Musgraves, whose album Golden
Hour suggests ambitions to
emulate Taylor Swift’s transition
from country to pop.
The 29-year-old Texan charged
her way through “Stupid” and
reclaimed “Mama’s Broken Heart”
with a confident rendition.
She made Nashville tropes feel
fresh with smart lyrics on “Family
is Family” and “High Time”. But the
challenge was incorporating her
new record’s crossover pop.
There was still a twang to
“Space Cowboy” , though the disco
finale of “High Horse” seemed to
flummox the C2C crowd.
ANDRE PAINE
EVENING STANDARD
collaboration with this venue,
maliphantworks2, is an evening
of duets and film, from the 1998
Critical Mass to a new dance for
Maliphant and his long-time muse,
Dana Fouras.
The two male dancers of Critical
Mass can look like mirror images.
With Maliphant himself and the
marvellous Dickson Mbi, it’s
more of a study in contrasts,
between the choreographer’s lean
experience and the younger Mbi’s
rich power.
Maliphant’s duets often
emphasise the independence of
each performer. Two Times Two is
a double solo. Fouras and Grace
Jabbari each stand in a box of light
created by Michael Hulls, arms
whirling so fast that they blur, or
reaching out in gestures of etched
clarity. They’re both isolated and
overlapping. Arm positions chime;
one bends forward as the other
bends back.
In Still, the lighting and Jan
Urbanowski’s animation make
an aggressive partner for Mbi.
His moves are impossibly
slow and steady, turned into a
crackling, flickering image. It’s
both a celebration of his quality of
movement and a distraction from
it. Late in the piece, he’s joined by
Jabbari, who matches his moves
but stays a remote figure.
The new duet for Maliphant and
Fouras is all about connection.
There’s a sense of a couple with
bone-deep knowledge of each
other, played out with serene
assurance and hints of nostalgia.
The score brings together
fragments of a Donizetti aria,
sung by Caruso, emerging from
snatches of radio static.
Circling each other, Maliphant
and Fouras are as sophisticated
as tango dancers, but without the
sense of power struggle. Each is
independent and free, with an
extra softness suggested by their
fullness of movement. Perched
on his back or shoulder, she
reaches into space with floating,
balletic ease.
To 17 March (020 3642 6606)
ZOE ANDERSON
THE INDEPENDENT
WALKER ART GALLERY, LIVERPOOL
This show by the 2017 Turner
Prize winner, Lubaina Himid,
features works selected by her
from the Arts Council Collection,
along with 20 figures from her
major installation Naming the
Money. (0151 478 4199) to Sun
Modigliani
TATE MODERN, LONDON SE1
A fabulous exhibition of portraits
by the Italian-Jewish Amedeo
Modigliani, who arrived in Paris
in 1906 with a burning ambition
to be an artist. His works are
distributed through 10 galleries
with tact, sobriety, care and
delicacy – from the wonderful nine
sculptures that he made between
1911 and 1912 to the inexhaustibly
lovely paintings, with their
elongated noses, columnar necks
and unusual intensity of attack.
(020 7887 8888) to 2 Apr
Ed Ruscha
SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY OF
MODERN ART, EDINBURGH
Ed Ruscha has lived and worked in
Los Angeles for most of 60 years
and the city has been his constant
inspiration, in his photographs
and his paintings. This free show
of more than 60 artworks from
the Artists Rooms collection
includes photographic series,
paintings and drawings dating
from the early 60s to the 2000s.
(0131 624 6200) to 29 Apr
FILM
Sweet Country
15, WARWICK THORNTON, 113 MINS
Hamilton Morris gives a
performance of dignity and wry
fatalism in this Australian western
about an Aboriginal man who has
“shot a white fella” and knows he
has no chance of a fair trial. It’s a
film of immense power and pathos,
helped by the presence of such
dependable and battle-hardened
old-timers as Sam Neill and Bryan
Brown. Nationwide release
EVERYMAN, LIVERPOOL
HHHHH
Fiddler on the Roof heralded
the arrival of the Everyman
Company in rousing style last
year. So, to open season two, the
thinking was let’s find another
musical and do it, in director
Gemma Bodinetz’s words, “the
Everyman Company way”. I wish
she’d resisted the temptation.
This adaptation of Lerner
and Loewe’s 1951 gold rush
western is indeed done in the
Everyman Company way. Smart
choreography swaps high-kicks
for twisting physicality. Inventive
staging includes soil pits on the
stage in which the miners dig for
their yellow treasure.
The cast take on multiple
roles and identities with heart
and gusto, making this feel like a
bigger production than it actually
is. The problem is that the rarely
performed Paint Your Wagon is
rarely performed for a reason.
There are some nuggets of
gold here; a couple of memorable
tunes, of which “Wandr’in’ Star”
is probably the best known, and
some humour of which the likeable
and exuberant cast make good use.
VISUAL ARTS
Lubaina Himid:
Meticulous Observations
and Naming the Money
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
The Liverpool Everyman company return in Lerner and Loewe’s rarely
performed western musical about the gold rush JONATHAN KEENAN
But despite Bodinetz’s best efforts,
this is essentially a mainstream
western musical about an
undeveloped love story and the
rise and fall of a prospecting town,
imbued with the sexism both of
its 19th-century setting and its
1950s creation.
Gender-swapping actors
attempt to subvert central themes
but the plot remains one in which
women are sold, ogled or sit
waiting for their man’s return.
Emily Hughes, a stand-out star of
last year’s company, shines again as
Jennifer, the lusted-over daughter
of the mayor. Marc Elliott has a
powerful singing voice and does
a good job of making the Mexican
Julio into a believable romantic
interest. The production is at its
most enjoyable when the company
are on stage in force, belting out
numbers such as “I’m On My Way”.
To 14 July (0151 709 4776)
FRAN YEOMAN
TALKS & POETRY
Joanna Cannon
VARIOUS VENUES
The author of the best-selling
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
discusses her new novel, Three
Things About Elsie. Topping & Co,
Bath (01225 428111) tonight 8pm;
Waterstones, Cheltenham
(01242 571779) Wed 6.30pm;
Waterstones, Liverpool
(0151 709 9820) Thur 6.30pm
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2-27
Arts
agenda
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
A wistful sense of time’s passage
ripples through How to Solve Our
Human Problems, where B&S
redirect their wistful melodic
know-how to the tender tune of
midlife regret. Corn Exchange,
Cambridge (seetickets.com) tonight;
Brighton Dome (seetickets.com)
Thur; Troxy, London E1 (eventim.
co.uk) Fri and 17 Mar
Frightened Rabbit
VARIOUS VENUES
COMEDY
Glasgow International
Comedy Festival
VARIOUS VENUES
Coming up this week are David
Baddiel and Mae Martin (both
tonight), Larry Dean and
Tommy Tiernan (both Wed)
and Bridget Christie (Fri).
(glasgowcomedyfestival.com)
to 25 Mar
Bearpit Podcast
THE BILL MURRAY, LONDON N1
A bunch of brilliant, inventive
comics – including Adam Hess,
Fin Taylor and Edinburgh Comedy
Award winners John Kearns
and Richard Gadd – turn their
attentions to breakfast television
in this latest live recording.
(angelcomedy.co.uk) tonight
POP
Kylie Minogue
VARIOUS VENUES
She might struggle to squeeze
the coliseum-like stages and
massed chaps in togas of previous
tours on to these stages, but all
losses in scale will surely be met
with intimate compensations
as Kylie Minogue returns with
country-pop frolic “Dancing”. Café
de Paris, London W1 (livenation.
co.uk) tonight; Gorilla, Manchester
(livenation.co.uk) Wed
Tune-Yards
VARIOUS VENUES
Four years on from the fervent
self-analysis of Nikki Nack, Merrill
Garbus returns with her vision
expanded for the fourth TuneYards album. Joined by new
bandmate Nate Brenner, Garbus
channels themes of power and
politics into hybrids of springy
Afropop and squelchy synthfunk on I Can Feel You Creep into
My Private Life. Sage, Gateshead
(sagegateshead.com) tonight; Liquid
Rooms, Edinburgh (seetickets.
com) Wed; Albert Hall, Manchester
(seetickets.com) Fri
Even if you wouldn’t look to
Selkirk’s bleak beauties for a
celebratory tour, this one’s just
that. Expect catharsis by the
strapping and searingly anthemic
bucket-load as Frightened
Rabbit give the 10th-birthday
treatment to 2008’s The Midnight
Organ Fight, a break-up album
couched in stinging specifics.
Cluny, Newcastle (thecluny.com)
tonight; Ritz, Manchester (seetickets.
com) Thur; Forum, London NW5
(seetickets.com) Fri
DANCE
Macbeth
Susanne Sundfør
WILTON’S MUSIC HALL, LONDON E1
VARIOUS VENUES
Mark Bruce Company return to
the faded glamour of Wilton’s, and
to themes of gore and madness,
with this danced staging of
Shakespeare, starring Jonathan
Goddard and Eleanor Duval.
(020 7702 2789) to Sat
Norway’s avant-pop explorer
takes a left turn after the
synth-pop melodramas of Ten
Love Songs. Songs of personal
and collective crisis unfurl over
jazzy, folksy backdrops on the
introspective and empathetic
Music for People in Trouble, her
crystalline voice the connective
tissue. Colston Hall, Bristol
(gigsandtours.com) tonight; Glee
Club, Birmingham (livenation.co.uk)
Wed; Stroller Hall, Manchester
(gigsandtours.com) Thur
Belle and Sebastian
VARIOUS VENUES
Twenty years after their
breakthrough EP series, Stuart
Murdoch’s lit-pop classicists tour
last year’s three-EP collection.
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THEATRE
Frost/Nixon
SHEFFIELD CRUCIBLE
A recreation of the bruising faceto-face TV encounter between the
disgraced former US president
Richard Nixon and David Frost in
1977. Kate Hewitt directs Daniel
Rigby and Jonathan Hyde in a
profoundly engaging evening of
theatre. (0114 249 6000) to Sat
The Sound of Music
MANCHESTER PALACE
Bill Kenwright’s touring
production of Rodgers and
Hammerstein’s gloriously upbeat
1959 musical, with Lucy O’Byrne
as junior nun-turned-governess
Maria. (0333 0095390) to Sat
Beginning
AMBASSADORS THEATRE,
LONDON WC2
Polly Findlay’s National Theatre
staging of David Eldridge’s new
play is a wry, funny and touching
meditation on the loneliness of the
singleton in the era of the dating
app, written with a real depth of
insight, humour and compassion.
(020 7395 5405) to 24 Mar
First
Chance
Opening
this week
VISUALA RTS
Created in Conflict:
British Soldier Art from the
Crimean War to Today
COMPTON VERNEY
Artwork from 200 years of warfare.
(01926 645 500) opens Sat
TALKS & POETRY
Aye Write!
VARIOUS VENUES, GLASGOW
On the bill are Chris Bonington, Peggy
Seeger, Sayeeda Warsi and Jo Swinson.
(0141 353 8000) opens Thur
JAZZ
Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival
VARIOUS VENUES
With Get the Blessing, Tommy
Smith, Lee Konitz and Asaf Sirkis.
(bristoljazzandbluesfest.com) opens Thur
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WORLD MUSIC
Niladri Kumar
BARBICAN, LONDON EC2
Niladri Kumar has worked with
Talvin Singh and his adventures
in fusion extend to the zitar, a
hybrid electric guitar-sitar of his
own design. Here, he embraces
the traditional sitar style for an
evening of ragas accompanied by
tabla and jori player Sukhvinder
Singh. (020 7638 4141) tonight
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M&A
GKN rejects last-ditch
£8.1bn offer from Melrose
By Michael Bow
Engineering giant GKN has
rejected a final £8.1bn takeover offer
from Melrose Industries, saying
it “continues to fundamentally
undervalue” the business.
Melrose launched its final assault
on GKN yesterday with a sweetened
£8.1bn offer to try to seal the bitterly
fought deal.
The Mayfair firm, under fire from
politicians and unions for trying to
buy GKN, added £710m of Melrose
shares to its offer, boosting the
price to 467p per share from 430.1p,
or £7.4bn. That would give GKN’s
shareholders 60 per cent of the
combined group, up from 57 per cent.
But GKN chairman Mike Turner
said: “The board believes that
Melrose’s revised offer continues
to fundamentally undervalue GKN
and has no hesitation in unanimously
rejecting it. Melrose is not the right
owner of GKN. Its management
lacks relevant experience and
its short-term business model is
inappropriate for GKN’s customers
and its investors.”
Melrose’s bid was designed to
convince GKN shareholders to
snub a shake-up by the incumbent
management team, led by chief
executive Anne Stevens. The shakeup was given added impetus on Friday
with a deal to sell its car parts business
The bid battle has a
political dimension after
the Commons Business Select
Committee began a review of the
proposed takeover’s affect on jobs
and pensions.
to the US giant Dana Corporation.
“It is now time for you to decide,”
said Melrose executive chairman
Christopher “Jock” Miller. “We are
more convinced than ever that the
Melrose team, who have decades of
experience... are the only real choice
of team to re-energise and refocus
GKN to unlock its full potential.”
GKN shareholders have two weeks
to decide who to support ahead of a
deadline on 29 March. The 260-yearold company, which makes parts for
the likes of BMW and Boeing, says the
company is worth closer to £8.6bn, or
503p per share, much higher than the
Melrose offer.
In a sign of the increasing hostilities
between the two sides, Melrose took
aim at GKN’s board for rebuffing
talks, attacking the decision as
“surprising and disappointing”.
After Melrose launched its bid
GKN’s plan to sell Driveline to Dana
has given the shake-up added impetus
in early January, GKN prepared a
three-pronged defence. It plans to
sell the Driveline business, which
makes driveshafts, to Dana in a cashand-shares deal, sell off the powder
metals business and other smaller
bits for £2.5bn and then shake up its
aerospace arm with a overhaul on
margins dubbed “project boost”.
In comparison, Melrose wants to
dispose of the business over a longer
period. EVENING STANDARD
ENERGY
Record
numbers
switch
suppliers
By Josie Cox
Quote of
the day
The 30
Second
Briefing
We are migrating
to online shopping
faster than any
other country in the
world and retailers
are not keeping up
Bill Grimsey
Former chief executive
of Wickes and Iceland on
consumer habits
JUST EAT
The place where you can order
pizza at 1am?
That’s the one. The business, which
was founded in 2001 in Denmark,
but is now headquartered in the UK,
plummeted to the bottom of the
FTSE100 yesterday. The fall came
after the firm was downgraded to a
“sell” by analysts at Deutsche Bank.
What prompted the downgrade?
Last month, Just Eat published
a plan to invest £50m in the
business, with a substantial part
of this going towards expanding
its delivery operations. However,
analysts said this had “substantial
implementation risks, additional
costs and an uncertain return”.
Is it not already a delivery company?
It has been trialling a courier service
for chains, such as Burger King
and KFC, in the UK. But its primary
business is a website for ordering
food. It doesn’t handle the deliveries.
Why has it decided to add them on?
It wants to take on growing
competition from the likes of Uber
Eats and Deliveroo, which do offer
delivery services. But analysts
suggest it lacks a first-mover
advantage in this area.
What do Just Eat’s results look like
at the moment?
Earlier this month it reported a
45 per cent surge in revenue for
2017, spurred by both international
and domestic expansion, as well
as its recent £200m acquisition
of Hungryhouse. Meanwhile,
its customers reached 21.5
million globally. But, overall, Just
Eat recorded a statutory loss
before tax of £76m because of a
£180m provision relating to the
acquisition of its Australia and
New Zealand businesses.
A total of 660,000 people switched
energy suppliers across the UK in
February, representing the highest
monthly number ever recorded.
Taking February’s figure into
account, Energy UK said yesterday
that more than one million customers had now switched supplier so
far in 2018. Last month’s number
represents a 60 per cent increase
on the total who switched during the
same month in 2017 and, on average,
almost 24,000 people switched each
day during February.
“The energy market has never
been so competitive and it’s great to
see record numbers of consumers
engaging in the market to get a better deal,” said Lawrence Slade, chief
executive of Energy UK.
The data underscore the continuation of a trend. In January, Energy
UK said that more than 5.5 million
energy customers had switched electricity supplier during 2017 – an alltime annual record.
There are now over 60 suppliers across the UK market, and
smaller companies are increasingly
launching competitive offers to win
over customers.
Despite the switching trend, however, consumer groups continue
to raise concerns about the high
number of people who are still on
standard variable tariffs (SVTs)
which are often the most expensive.
In a report published in December, Ofgem said that, as of the end of
September 2017, around 57 per cent
of customers were still on SVTs.
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VOICES
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INSOLVENCY
Consumers still tightening
belts rather than spending
Company chiefs
‘are playing the
system to avoid
clearing debts’
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From the
business
pages
By Vicky Shaw
By Ben Chapman
Consumer spending has got off to its
weakest start of the year since 2012,
according to new figures.
Households’ spending showed a
1.1 per cent annual fall in February,
following a 1.2 per cent decline in
January, according to Visa’s UK
Consumer Spending Index.
Visa said the past two months
have seen the strongest spending
reduction for the start of a year since
the opening two months of 2012.
For the tenth month in a row,
face-to-face spending on the high
street fell annually, with a 2.5 per
cent decrease.
Online spending increased slightly
compared with a year ago, with a 0.2
per cent uplift.
The index uses spending on Visa
cards as a base and then adjusts
the figures to reflect all consumer
spending, not just that on cards.
Recreation and culture spending
plunged by 6.1 per cent annually
in February – the biggest fall since
April 2010. Spending also fell
annually on clothing and footwear,
household goods and transport
and communication.
This was followed by miscellaneous
goods and services, which includes
health, beauty and jewellery.
Spending in this sector increased by
4 per cent.
The figures for
face-to-face
high street
spending fell
for the tenth
month in a
row GETTY
Mark Antipof, chief commercial
officer at Visa, said: “Britons have
been in belt-tightening mode since
last summer.
“February’s cold snap didn’t
alleviate this situation, particularly
when we shine a spotlight on high
street spending, and recreation and
culture in particular, which saw its
biggest decline since April 2010.
“On the other hand, hotels,
restaurants and bars experienced
another strong month. The resilience
of this sector is somewhat unique,
having reported uninterrupted
growth since February 2011.”
“As we look ahead into March,
consumer spending is at risk of
posting one of the worst ‘quarter one’
results on record.”
Hotels, restaurants and
bars were the strongest
performing sector, according to
the report. Spending in this area
was up by 4.4 per cent annually.
COURTS
Music and sports firms fight illegal streaming
By Ben Chapman
Music and sports bodies are flooding
the High Court with copyright
claims to combat the rise of illegal
streaming, new research shows.
The three organisations with the
most claims for copyright infringe-
Outlook
JAMES
MOORE
Water failings and
the watchdog
that didn’t bark
D
id you know that Britain’s
water companies have
a regulator? You could
have been forgiven for
wondering after the
events of the past few weeks.
The recent cold weather was even
colder for some customers of four of
the privatised water companies who
ment in the High Court last year were
all in the music or sports industries,
according to data compiled by the
professional services firm RPC.
Football rights holders such as Sky
and BT have launched a crackdown
against pub and restaurant companies, who are allegedly showing unli-
censed TV channels or using illegal
streaming services.
The music licensing company
Phonographic Performance Limited
brought the most copyright cases in
2017, with 88, while the Football Association was the second most litigious
with 36 cases.
were left without supply. But wait,
what’s this? Ofwat, the “economic
regulator” that says its aim is to
“help build trust and confidence in
water”, has pledged to “review the
water sector’s handing of recent
supply interruptions”.
“Through this review, we are
aiming to get to the bottom of why this
happened and to identify what lessons
can be learnt so customers experience
minimum disruption in these kinds of
circumstances in future,” said chief
executive Rachel Fletcher.
One wonders if the team assigned
to the project will take on a review of
Ofwat’s own performance. If Ofwat
doesn’t want to ask that question,
someone else should. Failings such as
those that occurred during the cold
snap might not have happened had
the sector been properly overseen,
and had more of its handsome profits
been diverted towards investment.
Ofwat’s own data indicates that
water companies took in £11.7bn from
domestic and business customers
for the financial year ending in 2017.
They made a profit of just under £2bn
on it. That represents a margin of an
eye-popping 17 per cent.
From those profits, £1.4bn in
dividends were paid out to the
owners. Between 2007 and 2016
the total payout amounted to about
£18bn. Unacceptable in the wake of
recent events? Many would say “yes”.
The questions raised over profits
Diisruption during the
colld snap might not have
happened had the sector
been properly overseen
versus investment aren’t new.
Consider Thames Water. Just last
year it was fined £8.5m for missing
leak targets. There was another
fine of £20.3m after huge leaks of
untreated sewage into the Thames.
Thames Water, with a corporate
structure that has been described
Company directors are dodging
measures designed to stop abuse of
the insolvency system so that they
can avoid paying their creditors, research suggests.
Experts have expressed concern
about the number of “phoenix” companies, which are created by directors
after a firm is put into what’s known
as a “pre-pack” administration.
In a pre-pack, a company’s assets
are sold before an administrator is appointed. The company can then legally start up again under a new name,
but often with the same directors, or
people linked to them. It allows them
to buy up the assets, leaving creditors
with unpaid invoices.
Despite the potential
for abuse, just 23
such sales were
referred for
scrutiny in 2017
by the Pre-Pack
Number of
‘pre-pack’ sales
Pool, the indereferred for
pendent review
scrutiny to
body set up to
review body
police the system,
research from accountancy firm Moore
Stephens shows. The number was
down by more than half from the 49
recorded in 2016, despite the total
number of corporate insolvencies
rising 4 per cent in that time.
Half of the 371 pre-pack administrations between November 2015 and
January 2017 involved a purchase
by a connected party, the Pre-Pack
Pool found.
Moore Stephens said phoenix prepack administrations can, when done
correctly, give businesses a second
chance to succeed and save jobs.
The fall in 2017 suggests the
connected-party purchasers of the
business concerned have become
increasingly wary of opening these
deals up to examination, Moore
Stephens said. THE INDEPENDENT
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as being as murky as the water in
the river whose name it bears, may
be a poster child for the industry’s
problems. But it’s hardly alone in
having customers with a view of
their water provider polluted by poor
performance. All this serves to raise
questions about the body charged
with overseeing Thames and its peers.
Aspartofapreviousexaminationof
water industry profits and behaviour,
I found myself in receipt of a fierce
defence of privatisation from Ofwat.
I found myself wondering whether
this was entirely appropriate from
a watchdog that says its vision is “to
be a trusted and respected regulator
working at the leading edge”.
O f w a t s ay s i t fo c u s e s o n
“what matters to customers, the
environment and society, both now
and in the future”. What matters
to them is a consistent supply at a
sensible price. Recent events have
contributed to the view that they
aren’t getting it. THE INDEPENDENT
Domestic workers
to be protected
The Times of India
The Labour ministry is creating
a policy to protect the interests
of domestic workers and
guarantee them minimum
wages and social security, a
change that has been pending
for almost three years. The
policy plans include a minimum
salary of 9,000 rupees (£100)
per month, compulsory paid
leave of 15 days per year and
maternity leave benefits to fulltime domestic helpers.
Trade war ‘a risk to
economic growth’
NZ Herald
New Zealand’s small and
trade-reliant economy faces
“considerable fallout” if US
tariffs on steel and aluminium
trigger a trade war, say ASB
Bank economists. The local
economy is expected to report
a faster pace of growth in the
December quarter. But ASB
warns growth may be at risk
if the US’s trade protectionist
stance stokes retaliation.
Immersive VR hits
stock markets
The Irish Times
The holding company for
Waterford-based start-up
Immersive VR Education has
begun trading on the London
and Irish stock markets.
Trading for shares in VR
Education Holdings kicked off
on the AIM in London and the
ESM in Dublin, with the firm
raising £6m, placing 60 million
new ordinary shares at 10p each.
McGrath reduces
profit expectations
The Sydney
Morning Herald
The board of the embattled
property agency McGrath Ltd
has vowed to get the business
back to its former glory after
moving swiftly to forget the
past by slashing its expected
profit for the listed company.
McGrath said it now expected
the firm to generate underlying
profit before tax, depreciation
and amortisation of between
$5m and $5.5m. This more
than halves the figure it flagged
in January.
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Matrix
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Next
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Rentokil Initial
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RBS
Shell A
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1730.0
705.6
628.0
2553.0
712.6
4586.0
5040.0
152.1
3250.0
781.6
351.1
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263.4
67.5
3945.0
279.5
616.4
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1984.0
226.4
783.8
4820.0
3438.0
257.1
7840.0
767.0
2584.0
1847.5
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1521.5
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221.8
3511.0
906.0
369.8
1217.1
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73.6
4114.0
397.8
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2970.5
2145.0
254.4
1174.3
5355.0
3558.0
259.6
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2901.0
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338.8
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304.2
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20117.5
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3991.0
-9.8
+32.5
-2.4
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+598.1
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2037.0
568.5
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222.4
3002.0
350.5
444.3
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1712.7
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140.8
2543.0
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BHP Billiton
BP
BAT
Berkeley Grp Hldgs
British Land
BT
Bunzl
Burberry
Carnival
Centrica
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Compass
CRH
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DCC
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GOLD
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London pm fix
OIL
Brent crude,
per barrel
EMPLOYMENT
RETAIL
Companies hiring
ahead of Brexit
Eve Sleep dreams
of profitable year
A survey of 2,102 employers
by recruitment company
Manpower shows that the
national outlook for hiring is
up by 6 per cent for the coming
quarter. Hospitality emerged as
the best-performing sector, but
Manpower said this is a sign of
“desperate employers” filling
vacancies as post-Brexit skills
fears take centre stage.
Online mattress retailer Eve
Sleep expects to be in profit
by the end of 2019 after a 132
per cent surge in sales. The
company’s pre-tax losses grew
from £11.3m in 2016 to £19m
over the year to December 31,
knocked by heavy investments
in marketing and £2.1m in
one-off costs associated with its
initial public offering last May.
DINING
WEALTH
Public loses taste
for Casual Dining
No Europeans in
richest top five
Casual Dining Group, the
owner of Café Rouge and Bella
Italia (pictured), saw losses
widen last year in a further
sign of the malaise affecting
the eating-out market. The
company, which also runs La
Tasca and Belgo, posted a
£60m loss for the year to May
2017, 18 per cent worse than
losses the previous year.
A list of the top five billionaires
no longer features any
Europeans. According to
Billionaire Index, last week
French business magnate
Bernard Arnault fell two places
to seventh spot. This means
that the top five spaces are
now filled by four Americans
and a Mexican. In sixth place
is Spain’s Amancio Ortega.
BANKING
FOOD
Schwartz to retire
from Goldman
Gusto delivers on
bid to raise funds
Goldman Sachs president
and co-chief operating officer
Harvey Schwartz, 53, is going
to retire in April, the bank
accounced yesterday. David
Solomon will become sole
president and chief operating
officer. Mr Schwartz started
work at the bank in its
commodities trading division.
Meal-kit delivery firm Gusto has
raised £28.5m from investors,
following an earlier round of
equity funding in which it raised
£28m. Founder Tim Boldt said
the cash will be used to “allow
us to continue transforming
the grocery market… by
prioritising investment in AI
and automation.”
CONSTRUCTION
IT
Carillion losses
rise to over 1,500
Dropbox offering
36million shares
Another 78 people will lose
their jobs following the Carillion
crisis, the official receiver has
said, bringing the total number
of job losses to over 1,500.
But 305 people who work on
facilities management, defence
and construction contracts have
been found employment.
File-sharing business Dropbox
filed for an initial public offering
of 36 million shares yesterday,
giving the company a value of
more than $7bn (£5bn). A series
of funding rounds had valued
Dropbox at £10bn. It expects its
debut price to be between $16
and $18 per share.
the
markets
Engineering firm GKN and miners
dragged the FTSE 100 into the
red on Monday, with a broker
downgrade for Just Eat also
weighing on the index. It closed
down 0.13 per cent or 9.75 points,
at 7,214.76 with GKN the biggest
faller, ending the day down 11p or
2.53 per cent at 424.1p.
***
The pound was trading higher
against the US dollar, up 0.3 per
cent at 1.397. It was also up 0.2 per
cent against the euro to 1.127.
When Chancellor Philip
Hammond delivers his Spring
Statement today it could put sterling on a rocky ride .
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2-27
VOICES
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TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
BUSINESS SPORT
38-41
45-51
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13 MARCH 2018
41
TRADE
No-deal Brexit ‘would cost UK firms £27bn’
By Ben Chapman
A no-deal Brexit would cost companies in the UK and the EU £58bn a
year, with Britain’s financial services
sector taking the biggest hit, according to new research.
The additional direct “red-tape
cost” of tariff and non-tariff barriers would be £27bn to UK firms and
£31bn to their EU counterparts, a
report from the consultancy Oliver Wyman and law firm Clifford
Chance estimates.
“These increased costs and uncertainty threaten to reduce profitability and pose existential threats to
some businesses,” the report stated.
Britain’s relationship with the EU
would revert to World Trade Organisation rules if no deal is in place
by the end of a transitional period,
which is set to begin after the official
Brexit deadline in March next year.
Just five sectors – finance, automotive, agriculture, food and drink,
and consumer goods – would bear 70
per cent of the burden of additional
costs resulting from this scenario,
according to the report.
If the UK remains in a comprehensive customs union with the
EU that provides market access
(broadly equivalent to current arrangements), the costs arising from
tariffs would be avoided and some
of the border costs reduced, said
the report.
In the House of Commons last
month, Prime Minister Theresa
May said remaining in the customs
union would “betray the vote of the
people”. The Government has ruled
out remaining in the customs union
because it would prevent the UK
from negotiating trade deals with
other nations. THE INDEPENDENT
The industries expected
to bear the biggest burden
are clustered in particular
areas, such as financial services
in London.
Audi growth accelerates
The German carmaker Audi, which
is a member of the Volkswagen
Group, saw its car sales rise by 4.6
per cent in February, year-on-year
figures revealed.
Sales growth was driven by
increased demand in China and
North America. In China, sales
increased by 22.4 per cent while
daily
money
International money transfer service
Azimo has launched an improved
money transfer service to China that
will allow customers to send money
to individual bank accounts in the
country from 24 European countries.
The transfers will be delivered to
accounts in local currency. Azimo’s
current transfer fee is £10.32.
they were up by 13.1 per cent in
North America.
Popular models that had helped
to drive sales worldwide included
the Audi Q5 and the brand’s latest
luxury SUV, the Q2.
In the UK, Europe’s second
largest car market, sales were up
by 17.4 per cent.
***
NS&I has increased the rate on its
junior ISA to 2.5 per cent tax-free/
AER. The account is only available
online at nsandi.com and has a
maximum annual subscription limit
of £4,128 for 2017-18, increasing to
£4,260 for 2018-19.
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increased substantially. Mortgage
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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 45
RHYME LETTERS
24
9
35
18
17
16
19
3
13
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10
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5
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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
1
2
3
2
2
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Killer Sudoku No 1234
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
JAM
LETTERS
>
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
RID
WEIR
Futoshiki
10
3
HOLLOW
5 7
3
8
EDGE
3
6
3
15
3
5
How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Tomorrow
Trio fish kebabs
4
5
PUCK
Jigsawdoku
13
SKUNK
4
LORRY
8
4
5
17
4
Recipe from aldi.co.uk
FLUNG
15
13
Peel the garlic and the ginger. Chop them
finely and put into a bowl.
Add the lime juice, chilli powder and
the coconut milk, season with a little salt
and pepper and mix well.
Cut the mangetout and the sweetcorn
in half lengthways.
Cut the peppers into strips – discard
any white pith and seeds.
In a large wok add some oil and heat.
Add the sliced vegetables and stir fry
for five minutes; add the noodles and
cook for another couple of minutes
until the noodles are loosened – add the
coconut mixture and heat through.
Meanwhile cook the sea bass as per
instructions on the pack.
Serve the sea bass on a bed of the
Asian hot salad drizzled with the
lemongrass butter.
4
6
11
2 packs sea bass with lemongrass and
chilli butter
1 pack ready to wok noodles
100g coconut milk
15g piece ginger
2 cloves garlic
Juice ½ lime
½ tsp chilli powder
4 mini peppers
135g baby sweetcorn
135g mangetout
5g fresh coriander
Sea salt and black pepper
A little rapeseed oil
JUST
BLEAT
5
17
MEANING
11
4
3
2 4
2
5
3
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0
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2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1955
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 45.
14
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How to play Each numeral from 1 to 9 must
appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
1
8
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2 Extinct bird (3)
3 On time (6)
4 Sports vehicle (6,3)
5 Heartfelt (7)
6 Trifling sum of
money (Slang) (7,4)
7 The main focus of
attention (6,5)
11 Artificial
language (9)
13 Qualify (7)
15 Spread out
irregularly (6)
17 Proclamation (5)
20 Vase (3)
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13 See you, 14 Air traffic, 18 Slab, 19 Zeppelin, 20 Artery, 21 Lathe.
DOWN 1 Bearskin, 2 Rip up, 3 Eardrum, 4 Lasso, 5 En suite, 6 Emmy, 10 Conceive,
12 Amiable, 13 Scalpel, 15 Tizzy, 16 Fleet, 17 Slur.
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WALES
Jones defends squad selection but
admits playing style needs to change
By Hugh Godwin
What I’m saying is that the
game has changed and we’re
struggling to adapt to it.
That’s my responsibility
RUGBY UNION CORRESPONDENT
England’s head coach Eddie Jones
insisted he would not have picked a
different squad for the Six Nations
Championship, even if he had known
his players were going to be caught
out by a swing in the contest for
possession.
Elliot Daly joined back-rowers
Courtney Lawes and Nathan Hughes
as fresh additions to England’s injury
list yesterday after the Wasps wing
hurt a foot against France in last
Saturday’s second successive Six Nations defeat, but Dylan Hartley was
running again after a calf problem
and the captain looks set to be recalled to face new champions Ireland
at Twickenham this weekend.
The position as Jones sees it after
his first back-to-back losses with
England is the game of rugby union
goes through a never-ending cycle of
continuity vying with contest.
He quoted statistics that this year’s
Six Nations matches have seen 20
per cent more rucks than previous
internationals, and the intensity of
the rucks has gone up by 15 per cent,
which apparently has caught out his
players, all of whom play for clubs in
the domestic Premiership.
Given that Jones insists he has no
influence with the clubs over how
they play – unlike, say, the close cooperation between Ireland and their
four provinces – he can only use the
short time the England players are
together in national camps, plus
selection, to make the necessary
adjustments.
Don Armand has been brought in as back-up to Sam Simmonds GETTY
“All I can do it coach the team,”
Jones said. “I don’t strategise the future of English rugby. What I’m saying is that the game has changed and
we’re struggling to adapt to it. That’s
my responsibility.”
Asked whether he would have
picked a different squad if he had
been in possession of this knowledge,
Jones said: “No, I think we’ve got
the best players. And we’ve got good
players. It’s just a matter that sometimes you’ve got to change the way
you do things.
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fl unk; stark; fail;
stack; pile; pale;
track; dim; truck;
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5-CLUE CROSSWORD
Across: 1 Defile, 3 Nepali*, 4 De-CID-e
Down: 1 Darned, 2 E-MP-ire
WORD WHEEL
NINE-LETTER WORD curvature
OTHER WORDS acute, auteur, cruet, cue,
cur, curare, curate, cure, curer, curt, curve,
cut, cute, recur, rue, rut, tau, truce, true,
truer, urea
YESTERDAY’S CODEWORD 1954
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“You have great runs but you know
you’re probably not as good as everyone makes out. You lose some games
and that highlights where you need to
work on.”
Exeter’s Don Armand was called
up by England on Sunday, and was
said by Jones to be the back-up to
club-mate Sam Simmonds at No
8, in the absence of Billy Vunipola,
Hughes and Zach Mercer, despite
the 29-year-old Armand starting 20
of his 22 Chiefs matches this season
as a flanker.
Armand stands 15th on the Premiership chart for the number of
carries this season although as Jones
is keen to get across, it is what the
player supporting the carrier does
that affects the success or otherwise
of the breakdown.
“Everyone is obviously a bit down,”
Armand said after training with England yesterday for the first time since
his solitary cap to date, in Argentina
last June. “But they are kind of leaving that behind and trying to focus on
the weekend ahead. We’re trying to
get the positive energy back in. ‘Hungry’ would be a good word.”
England need to win this Saturday to regain their No 2 world ranking, but Jones rejected revenge as
a motivation against the Irish, who
are chasing the Grand Slam, having denied England the same prize
by beating them in Dublin this time
last year.
“It [losing] affects different people individually,” said Jones, who is
seeking to improve England’s attack
coaching, without putting a timeframe on it.
“Some people get upset by it. Some
people carry it around. Some people’s
mothers ring them up, some people’s
wives ring them up. My mother rings
me up, god bless her soul. She hasn’t
got a great knowledge of rugby. She
just gets upset.”
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PREMIER LEAGUE
Stoke (0).......................0 Man City (1)...............2
Silva 10, 50
Att 29,138
P W D L F A Pts
Man City
30 26 3 1 85 20 81
Man Utd
30 20 5 5 58 23 65
Tottenham
30 18 7 5 59 25 61
Liverpool
30 17 9 4 68 34 60
Chelsea
30 17 5 8 52 27 56
Arsenal
30 14 6 10 55 41 48
Burnley
30 11 10 9 27 26 43
Leicester
30 10 10 10 45 43 40
Everton
30 10 7 13 35 49 37
Watford
30 10 6 14 39 50 36
Brighton
30 8 10 12 28 40 34
Bournemouth 30 8 9 13 35 48 33
Newcastle
30 8 8 14 30 40 32
Swansea
30 8 7 15 25 42 31
Huddersfield 30 8 7 15 25 50 31
West Ham
30 7 9 14 36 57 30
Southampton 30 5 13 12 29 44 28
Crystal Palace 30 6 9 15 28 48 27
Stoke
30 6 9 15 28 56 27
West Brom
30 3 11 16 23 47 20
CRICKET
SECOND TEST MATCH
Australia v South Africa, Port
Elizabeth: Australia 243 (71.3 overs;
D A Warner 63; K Rabada 5-96) & 239
(79.0 overs; U T Khawaja 75; K Rabada
6-54). South Africa 382 (118.4 overs;
A B de Villiers 126no, D Elgar 57, H M
Amla 56) & 102-4 (22.5 overs). South
Africa beat Australia by 6 wickets.
INTERNATIONAL TWENTY20 SERIES
Sri Lanka v India, Colombo: Sri Lanka
152-9 (19.0 overs; B K G B K G Mendis
55; S N Thakur 4-27). India 35-2 (4.3
overs).
CYCLING
TIRRENO-ADRIATICO, NUMANA FANO - 153KM: Stage Six: 1 M Kittel
(Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 3h 49m 54s,
15 G Thomas (GB) Team Sky, 21 A
Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott, 44 S
Thwaites (GB) Dimension Data, 55 R
Mullen (Rep Ire) Trek-Segafredo all
same time, 128 C Froome (GB) Team
Sky +4m 31s. Oveall: 1 M Kwiatkowski
(Pol) Team Sky 25h 21m 22, 4 Thomas
+29s, 6 Yates +36s, 35 Froome +13m
31s, 55 Thwaites +24m 8s.
GOLF
USPGA VALSPAR CHAMPIONSHIP,
PALM HARBOUR, FLORIDA: Final
round (US unless stated): 274 P Casey
(GB) 70 68 71 65; 275 T Woods 70 68
67 70; P Reed 71 69 67 68; 276 S Garcia
(Sp) 70 72 69 65; 277 R Sabbatini (SA)
70 71 67 69; J Rose (GB) 70 69 66 72.
HORSE RACING
Carew 3-1JF. 7 ran. 31/2l, 10l. (M
Roberts). NRs: At First Light, Little
Millie. 4.20 (3m1f152yds h’cap ch): THE
LION DANCER (G Sheehan 10-3) 1;
Sounds Of Italy (7-4F) 2; 6 ran. 29l. (C
Mann). 4.50 (1m7f195yds h’cap hdle):
MR LANDO (G Lavery 9-4) 1; Lubatic
(13-8F) 2; Landscape (8-1) 3. 7 ran.
11l, 31/2l. (J Farrelly). NR: King Cnut.
Placepot: £112.10. Quadpot: £28.00.
CHELMSFORD Going: Standard
STRATFORD
5.45 (1m h’cap): ARLECCHINO’S Abandoned due to waterlogging
LEAP (J Watson 2-1F) 1; Squire (5-1) TAUNTON Going: Heavy
2; Roman De Brut (5-2) 3. 7 ran. 13/4l, 2.10 (2m7f198yds h’cap hdle):
nk. (M Usher). NR: Naralsaif. 6.15 GARRANE (N Scholfield 7-2F) 1;
(1m h’cap): BOOK OF DREAMS (P J Admiral Blake (22-1) 2; De Bene Esse
McDonald 9-2) 1; Sir Hamilton (4-1) 2;
Shuhood (8-1) 3. Artieshow 2-1F. 5 ran.
shd, 13/4l. (M Johnston). 6.45 (1m h’cap):
ABLE JACK (S Levey 5-1) 1; Qaffaal
(9-4F) 2; Poet’s Society (6-1) 3. 10 ran.
1l, ns. (S C Williams). 7.15 (1m2f h’cap):
CAPTAIN PUGWASH (L Keniry 7-2)
1; Nonios (11-4) 2; Bluff Crag (8-1) 3.
Rainbow Rebel 5-2F. 8 ran. shd, 1/2l.
(H Spiller). NRs: Echo Brava, Tha’ir.
7.45 (5f nov): STONE OF DESTINY (O
Murphy 1-5F) 1; Angel of The South
(4-1) 2; Admissible (80-1) 3. 3 ran. 11/4l,
20l. (D M Simcock). NR: Kodiac Express.
8.15 (6f h’cap): HARAZ (A Kirby 2-1F) 1;
Black Truffle (16-1) 2; Monarch Maid
(7-1) 3. 7 ran. shd, 2l. (J Osborne). NRs:
Fareeq, Tasaaboq. 8.45 (6f h’cap):
GRECIAN DIVINE (O Murphy 9-4F)
1; Alfonso Manana (3-1) 2; Malaysian
Boleh (7-1) 3. 9 ran. 1/2l, nk. (J Tuite).
Placepot: £38.50. Quadpot: £6.00.
PLUMPTON Going: Heavy
2.20 (2m4f114yds nov hdle): LARRY
(Jamie Moore 4-11F) 1; Seaston Spirit
(9-4) 2; Solstice Twilight (33-1) 3.
4 ran. 20l, 20l. (G L Moore). NRs:
Dell
Oro,
Shouldagonetovegas.
2.50 (2m3f164yds h’cap nov ch):
DUHALLOW LAD (T J O’Brien 3-1F)
1; Le Coeur Net (4-1) 2; 6 ran. 50l.
(A Jones). 3.20 (3m217yds h’cap
hdle): TAMBURA (Mr Z Baker 7-1) 1;
Ballyheigue Bay (4-1) 2; Clondaw Bisto
(4-1) 3. Sandhurst Lad 3-1F. 6 ran. 6l,
1
/2l. (G C Maundrell). 3.50 (2m4f114yds
h’cap hdle): SNIPPETYDOODAH (T J
O’Brien 10-1) 1; Iconic Sky (5-1) 2;
Loves Destination (3-1JF) 3. Molly
(33-1) 3. 13 ran. 11l, 21/4l. (J Scott). NRs:
Classula, River Dun. 2.40 (2m104yds
mdn hdle): NELSON’S TOUCH (N
Scholfield 2-1F) 1; Flight To Milan (8-1)
2; Tierra Verde (7-1) 3. 11 ran. 1l, 9l. (J
W Mullins). NRs: Ilewin Geez, Kings
Inn, Luma’s Gift. 3.10 (2m104yds h’cap
hdle): KALARIKA (H Cobden 9-2) 1;
Grania O’Malley (3-1F) 2; Miss Tynte
(7-2) 3. 7 ran. 21/4l, 7l. (C Tizzard). NRs:
Comragh, Kristal Hart, Versifier. 3.40
(3m4f85yds h’cap ch): REGAL FLOW
(Sean Houlihan 4-1F) 1; Theatrical Star
(6-1) 2; Bells Of Ailsworth (7-1) 3. 7 ran.
3l, 11/4l. (R Buckler). NR: Wotzizname.
4.10 (2m3f1yds h’cap hdle): VADO
FORTE (R T Dunne 6-1) 1; Caviar
D’Allen (8-1) 2; Martabot (12-1) 3. Triple
Chief 4-1F. 15 ran. 9l, 9l. (Tom Lacey).
NRs: Dalaman, Man Of Plenty. 4.40
(2m12yds h’cap ch): ROYAL ACT (T
Phelan 10-3) 1; Show’s Over (3-1F) 2;
Tikkinthebox (7-2) 3. 5 ran. 1l, 11/2l. (S-J
Davies). NR: Jackthejourneyman. 5.10
(2m104yds nh flat): CEDAR VALLEY
(R Johnson 5-1) 1; Mechelen (12-1) 2;
Rosy World (evs F) 3. 9 ran. 6l, 13/4l.
(P Hobbs). NR: Definitelyanoscar.
Jackpot: £10,000.00. Placepot: £245.30.
Quadpot: £32.00.
NETBALL
VITALITY SUPERLEAGUE: Wasps
Netball 54 Severn Stars 43.
TENNIS
ATP & WTA BNP PARIBAS OPEN,
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA: Men’s
Third round: (1) R FEDERER (Swit) bt
(25) F KRAJINOVIC (Serb) 6-2 6-1; J
Chardy (Fr) bt (20) A MANNARINO (Fr)
7-5 4-6 6-1.
Women’s Third round: (7) C GARCIA
(Fr) bt (26) D GAVRILOVA (Aus) 7-5
6-4; (2) C WOZNIACKI (Den) bt A
Sasnovich (Bela) 6-4 2-6 6-3.
TODAY’S FIXTURES
(Football 7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND
OF 16 SECOND LEG
Man Utd (0) v Sevilla (0) ........................................
Roma (1) v Shakhtar Donetsk (2).....................
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Aston Villa v QPR.......................................................
Barnsley v Norwich.................................................
Brentford v Cardiff...................................................
Ipswich v Hull................................................................
Sheffield Utd v Burton..........................................
Wolverhampton v Reading...............................
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Blackpool v Charlton ..............................................
Bury v Peterborough..............................................
Milton Keynes Dons v Rotherham.............
Rochdale v Southend .............................................
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Coventry v Luton.......................................................
Exeter v Yeovil..............................................................
Barnet v Port Vale (8) ..............................................
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
FC Halifax v Dagenham & Redbridge......
Gateshead v Solihull Moors.............................
Leyton Orient v Torquay.....................................
Boreham Wood v Maidenhead Utd ...........
THE WILLIAM HILL CUP
SIXTH ROUND REPLAY
Kilmarnock v Aberdeen ........................................
LADBROKES CHAMPIONSHIP
Dumbarton v Brechin............................................
Dunfermline v Inverness CT ...........................
Livingston v Morton ...............................................
Queen of the South v Dundee Utd..............
LADBROKES LEAGUE ONE
Airdrieonians v Stranraer .................................
Albion v Queen’s Park.............................................
Alloa v East Fife...........................................................
Forfar v Raith.................................................................
LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO
Berwick v Stirling......................................................
Clyde v Elgin...................................................................
Edinburgh City v Cowdenbeath....................
Montrose v Annan Athletic...............................
Peterhead v Stenhousemuir ...........................
Liam Williams was replaced after
receiving yellow card against Italy
Gatland tells
Williams he
must control
his emotions
By Sam Peters
Liam Williams has been told he
must work harder at keeping
his cool or risk jeopardising his
chances of flourishing on the
world stage.
The Saracens star was
fortunate to escape with only
a yellow card against Italy
on Sunday when he launched
himself at Azzurri full-back
Matteo Minozzi on the stroke
of half-time, striking his
opponent’s head with his
shoulder in the act of tackling
him over the line.
Williams, 26, who could
yet be cited by Six Nations
officials, played no further
part in the game as frustrated
Wales coach Warren Gatland
replaced him on 50 minutes
over fears another rash
act would leave his side
permanently reduced to 14
men.
Wales eventually won the
game at a canter, moving above
England into second place in
the Six Nations table in the
process, but Gatland had stern
words for a player blessed
with enormous natural talent
but occasionally prone to
hot-headedness.
“No, it is about getting a
balance,” Gatland said when
asked if Williams moment of
madness could cost him his
place against France.
“It is about Liam controlling
that emotion. In the first half
things were not going as well as
he would have liked, there are
a couple of errors in there and
you see him get frustrated.
“He gave away what I thought
was a penalty that did not need
to be given away at a breakdown
and the tackle at the end – I
understand what he was trying
to do, he was trying to hit him
as hard as he could – there was
just a bit of frustration. If he
makes that tackle a bit lower
there is no problem, but he
catches him high and it possibly
could have been a red card. THE
INDEPENDENT
46
SPORT
CRICKET
GOLF
Stokes to
miss Test
because of
trial date
By Jack de Menezes
Ben Stokes has pleaded not guilty
to a charge of affray and will miss
the second Test between England
and India at Lords after a trial
date was set for 6 August.
The England all-rounder appeared at Bristol Crown Court on
Monday via video link from New
Zealand, where the international
cricket team are currently based
for their ongoing series with the
Black Caps.
After confirming his name and
date of birth, Stokes (below) pleaded not guilty to the charge,
with his co-accused
Ryan Ali, 28, and
Ryan Hale, 26,
also pleading
guilty to the
same charge
on grounds of
“s e l f- d e fe n ce
and defence of
another”. All three
defendants have been
granted unconditional bail.
The England and Wales Cricket
Board has already confirmed that
Stokes will remain available for
selection while the case continues, having decided to lift his suspension ahead of the ODI series in
New Zealand.
It means that Stokes will be
available for the two-Test series
with New Zealand that begins
on 22 March, as well as the summer Test series against Pakistan
and ODI games with Australia
between the end of May and June.
But while he will be eligible for
selection in the ODI series with
India which begins on 3 July, he
could miss both the second and
third Tests depending on how long
his trial lasts, with the estimation
being between five and seven days
from 6 August. THE INDEPENDENT
Tiger Woods was in
contention throughout
last weekend’s Valspar
Championship
USA TODAY SPORTS
Get your ear plugs
at the ready if
Tiger returns to
winning ways
Kevin
Whitaker to go Garside
in selection
overhaul
By Sports Staff
England selector James Whitaker is to leave his post as part of a
major overhaul within the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Whitaker, an England selector
for a decade, will step down at the
end of the month as the ECB plans
a new approach to picking players for all forms of international
cricket.
Under its revamp, England will
bring in a scouting system with a
minimum of 12 “discipline-specific
scouts”.
They will provide information
to a panel made up of a new national selector, a full-time independent England selector and the
head coach.
CHIEF SPORTS
CORRESPONDENT
Imagine the din had Tiger Woods
rolled in the birdie putt at the last
and proceeded to muller Paul Casey
in a play-off.
What had passed over four days
at the Valspar Championship in
Florida was already sufficient
to guarantee the build-up to the
Masters three weeks hence would
be resplendent in Tigerwash.
Consider this a first coat. To begin
with a mea culpa. I thought Woods
was cooked as a serious player. A
generation of golfers almost 20 years
his junior were just too good and
proven major winners.
With the medical resume of a
man twice his age, plus a police
video in his locker shot only last
May that showed him unable to
walk in a straight line so intoxicated
was he with prescription drugs,
the obstacles appeared just too
deep-rooted.
The Tiger comeback has been
a feature of the past five years.
After successive lower lumbar
operations – there have been four
in total, each more profound than
the last – Woods would pitch up at
tournaments telling the world he
was here for the “w” before leaving
by a side door, helped into a waiting
SUV clutching his back.
Only last autumn he told
journalists he had no idea when he
would be able to resume golf activity.
Then in November a first Twitter
video of his swing appeared after
being cleared for take-off.
Though it looked like the old Tiger,
an uninhibited, jargon-free swipe
at the ball, there was no sense that
his fused spine would survive the
rigours of tournament play.
Nor was one video snippet
evidence that the swing issues he
suffered in the interests of pain
avoidance would not return under
pressure, particularly the chipping
yips of late 2016 that seemed to
point to a fractured psyche as much
as bad bio-mechanics.
When he missed the cut at his
“He’s swinging hard, he’s
first outing of this year at the
swinging with confidence. Knowing
Genesis Open in January, golf
that his back is going to be fine.
shrugged, a gesture that accepted
You can plan things and look to
this was now the territory Woods
occupied. How could it be otherwise them with excitement instead of
going week to week wondering if
given his recent record, which
something is going to break.
before the Valspar amounted to
“He has that energy believing his
22 events since 2013?
body is back and he has
Then a flare went up at
the talent and he’s done
the Honda Classic. Woods
I’m
m seeing the work.”
not only made the cut
Not only has he left
but at one point closed to the normal
within four shots of the
Tiger, the Tiger physical discomfort behind,
Woods
has also parked
lead before finishing in
I’ve known
the coach. He is his own
12th place.
for
24
years.
swing mentor, trusting the
Hysteria began to bubble
He’s swinging instincts that made him – at
among Woods devotees
hard, he’s
his 11-year peak from 1997 –
purring at the pain-free
purity of the swing.
swinging with the most prolific winner the
game has seen.
After a week in repose,
confidence
Woods didn’t have
Woods crossed the
to win the Valspar to
panhandle to Tampa,
demonstrate plausibility,
and on a demanding
he just had to shove
Innisbrook track that
his nose on the
spat out Jordan Spieth
leaderboard and keep
and Rory McIlroy at
it there for four days.
halfway, contended
PGA Tour wins
He goes again at Bay
from the off.
Tiger Woods has
Hill this week.
There is nothing
to his name - the
We shall all need
like a man in red
last coming in
ear plugs if he makes it
making the ball
August 2013
PGA Tour win No 80 at
disappear from 40 feet
Arnie’s place. The game
to get the crowd at it on a
could pay no greater tribute
Sunday. This Woods did at
to Arnold Palmer than a Woods
the penultimate hole to close
victory on Sunday.
within one of Casey’s lead. We
“I keep getting just a little bit
were back in 1999. Even Casey
better and a little bit sharper,”
was cheering him on.
Woods said after falling narrowly
Four-time major winner Ernie Els
short in pursuit of Casey.
likes what he sees from Woods too.
“I’m seeing the normal Tiger, the
“Today I wasn’t quite as sharp
Tiger I’ve known for 24 years,” said
as I would’ve liked, but I had a
Els. “The Tiger that was not quite the good shot at winning the golf
same guy was because of the injuries. tournament. A couple of putts here
It must have been so disappointing to and there and it could’ve been a
him. Who knows how bad it was?
different story.”
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Brady will leave West
Ham turmoil to keep
her speaking date
By Sam Cunningham
FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
Karren Brady is set to keep her date
as the keynote speaker at the Institute
of Directors Open House conference
this morning, despite the chaos ensuing at West Ham United.
Brady, West Ham’s vice-chairman,
led an emergency meeting between
the London Stadium’s stakeholders
yesterday morning to discuss major
security issues, following the debacle
in their defeat to Burnley on Saturday when there were four separate
pitch invasions and co-owner David
Sullivan was hit in the face by a coin.
Hundreds of supporters overpowered stewards to congregate beneath Karren Brady’s talk is about the ‘top
10 ingredients for success’
the directors’ box in protest.
A series of further crisis meetings
are planned, which will include repre- London Stadium has been called into
sentatives of West Ham, the London question, but they are currently the
Legacy Development Corporation responsibility of LS185, and is part of
and LS185, the stadium’s operators, the £2.5million rent West Ham pay
but Brady, 48, has decided not to can- them for use of the stadium each year.
cel her talk on the “top 10 ingredients
The uprising at the weekend was a
for success” at 10am on the
result of rising tension bemain stage at 116 Pall Mall, a
tween supporters and those
The dislavish Grade 1 listed building.
who run their football club,
Brady is the three-day turbances at
with West Ham teetering
event’s marquee speaker the London
above relegation. West Ham
and advertising has been Stadium were do not play at home again
based heavily around her disgraceful
until Southampton visit at
attendance.
the end of the month after
and
there
The Football Associathe international break.
cannot
be
a
tion have asked for West
Mayor of London Sadiq
repeat
of
the
Ham’s observations on
Khan condemned the viowhat happened and will ugly scenes
lence and called on West
use the report from referee
Ham to take action. “The
Lee Mason before deciding
disturbances at the London
on whether to charge them, as ex- Stadium were disgraceful and it’s
pected. But while the club could be clear that there cannot be a repeat
forced to play further home matches of the ugly scenes witnessed on Satbehind-closed-doors it is more likely urday,” a spokesman said. “It is up to
that they will be hit with a significant West Ham to carry out a thorough infine. Aston Villa were fined £200,000 vestigation, together with stakeholdfor failing to prevent a pitch invasion ers, and take proper action against
during an FA Cup match at Villa Park those supporters who misbehaved.”
against West Bromwich Albion.
West Ham did not respond when
The aptitude of stewards at the contacted for comment.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Kane’s ankle too swollen to
assess full extent of injury
By Ed Elliot
There will be no update on the severity of Harry Kane’s ankle injury until
later today at the earliest, Tottenham
Hotspur have said.
England striker Kane is due to
undergo a scan after limping off during the first half of Spurs’ 4-1 win at
Bournemouth on Sunday.
It is understood that swelling
around Kane’s right ankle needs to
reduce before the extent of the injury
can be determined.
A spell on the sidelines for the
24-year-old could have serious ramifications for both club and country.
Spurs face an FA Cup quarterfinal at Swansea next weekend, while
England manager Gareth Southgate
will on Thursday name his squad for
the forthcoming friendlies against
the Netherlands and Italy, with the
World Cup three months away.
Kane left the Vitality Stadium on
crutches and wearing a protective
boot after sustaining the injury in
the process of scoring a 29th-minute
disallowed goal.
Kane suffered ligament damage to
the same ankle twice last season. He
was sidelined for seven weeks and
missed 10 Spurs games due to the initial injury, picked up against Sunderland in September 2016. However, he
then returned to action within a month
of sustaining a similar problem in an
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No sense of belonging – why
stadium move is a disaster
T
here are posters
up around London
Underground stations at
the moment declaring:
“How to beat 2018, Baroness
Brady shares her vision”.
West Ham vice-chairman
Karren Brady is the marquee
speaker at the Institute of
Directors Open House annual
conference this year, which
started yesterday and finishes
tomorrow.
In a teaser for the event,
published last month, Brady
“provides 10 invaluable tips
that have helped her to become
successful in business”. Under
No 4, Brady writes: “We took a
massive leap of faith [at West
Ham] in bidding to move to the
Olympic Stadium.”
As it stands, they are
plummeting back towards earth
and are well short of the ledge on
the other side. Waiting beneath
them are a baying mob of West
Ham supporters angry to have
been forced away from their
home.
Brady adds in the article, on
the IOD’s website: “The hardest
A West Ham fan expresses his anger during Saturday’s defeat REUTERS
fights are the ones really worth
winning.” Which sounds a lot like
the FA Cup or Europa League,
When Arsenal moved
the sort of thing that would’ve
stadiums, they went to a purposeor qualify for it; £375,000 if they
been said in Nathan’s Pies and
built site down the road, from
finish in the Premier League’s
Eels before Millwall used to visit
Highbury to the Emirates.
top five. So that is an awful lot
Upton Park. This is a fight West
Chelsea are building their new
of money the public purse is not
Ham are losing badly.
stadium on the site of Stamford
going to see anytime soon.
From a business perspective,
Especially if they are relegated, Bridge, their current one. So,
the move from the Boleyn
too, are Tottenham, paving over
and this could become a reality
Stadium to the Olympic Stadium
White Hart Lane with a far bigger
this year: West Ham, on 30
— renamed the London Stadium
version.
points, are only three points
— was a stroke of genius by
That comes with its own
above 18th-place Crystal
Brady. West Ham currently pay
complications; when local
Palace. They are two ahead of
£2.5million per year to rent the
businesses object to them
Southampton. They still have
stadium from the London Legacy
Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester building over their garage which
Development Corporation. If
has been passed down the family
City to play. They face Stoke and
West Ham are relegated into
line for generations; or rich
Southampton at home. They
the Championship, they
residents object to the sunlight no
could have to play some
will pay half the annual
longer reaching the garden bench
of these behind-closedSupporters doors if the Football
rent to call the London
at 11am when they like to enjoy
are protesting Association comes
Stadium their home, as
their morning coffee.
against a move down hard on them for
stated in their 99-year
But all these can be overcome,
lease agreement.
by the government simply forcing
the chaotic disruption
which, they
It costs around
the
nuisance parties to roll over,
last
weekend.
They
feel, has stolen
£220,000 per game to run the club’s
and in the mean time you can
have lost four of their
the place, so by six home
borrow the national stadium
last five matches.
soul and is
Championship games
anyway.
Should they go down,
stripping
away
into next season, around
At West Ham, the supporters
manager David Moyes
mid-October, the stadium its meaning
are protesting against a move
will have relegated
would be running in debt,
which, they feel, has stolen the
Sunderland and West
funded by the taxpayer.
club’s soul and is stripping away
Ham and still have a
Why the risk was not placed
its meaning. Supporters who have
year left to run on the contract
back on West Ham here is
been behind the club for decades
he signed at Manchester United
baffling, but then so are some
-- whose dad was a supporter and
in 2013.
of the incentives to sweeten the
their dad before them -- believe
From a footballing perspective,
deal: the LLDC gobbled up, on
that they no longer belong.
the Brady-led move to the new
the taxpayers’ behalf, the vision
While chaos ensues, this
stadium has been an unmitigated
Brady sold to them of West Ham’s
morning Brady will stand up in
disaster, and however much the
bright future.
front of business leaders and
chairmen and owners try to tell
We’ll be £1m better off if West
discuss the “top 10 ingredients
everyone, business and football
Ham win the Champions League
for success”. Whatever the
are different things. At West Ham,
and quarter of a million if they
they failed to grasp the importance concoction, it has created a sorry
qualify for it; £100,000 if they win of geography and home.
mess at her football club.
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SOUTHAMPTON
PREMIER LEAGUE
Pellegrino gets the sack as
Saints run out of patience
By Nick Mashiter
Southampton have sacked manager
Mauricio Pellegrino, the south coast
club have announced.
Saints were beaten 3-0 at
Newcastle on Saturday to leave
them just one place and one
point above the Premier League
relegation zone.
Assistant manager Carlos
Compagnucci and assistant firstteam coach Xavier Tamarit have
also parted company with the club.
A Southampton statement read:
“We would like to place on record
our thanks to Mauricio, Carlos and
Xavier for their efforts during their
time with Southampton, and wish
them well for the future.
“The club will look to appoint
a new management team as soon
as possible, with the search for a
replacement already under way.”
Southampton have won just one
of their last 17 league games and
face a trip to League One Wigan
Athletic in the FA Cup quarterfinals on Sunday.
Pellegrino, 46, succeeded Claude
Puel as Southampton boss in June
2017 having previously managed at
Valencia and Alaves.
Meanwhile West Brom’s underfire boss Alan Pardew, is expected
to hang on to his job for now as
the club continue to review their
situation.
The 56-year-old is under increas-
The club will look to
appoint a new management
team as soon as possible
with the search under way
Mauricio Pellegrino has been sacked
after a dismal run of form
ing pressure with the Baggies set
to be relegated from the Premier
League.
The former Crystal Palace chief
had said he would speak to the owners – and that they may want to sack
him – following Saturday’s 4-1 home
defeat to Leicester, the Baggies’ seventh-straight loss.
Conversations have taken place
over the weekend and are expected
to continue with the managerial
Fans’ mockery
and anger that
signalled the
end was nigh
Southampton’s pathetic display at the
weekend made it clear the club were in
deep trouble. Michael Walker reports
M
ockery is often one
of the staging posts
a modern manager
must pass on the way
to dismissal and for
Mauricio Pellegrino – sacked last
night by Southampton – it came
in the wake of the 3-0 defeat at
Newcastle on Saturday.
As he paused before boarding the
team bus leaving St. James’ Park,
Pellegrino was the subject of chants
from travelling Southampton fans,
a group of whom wore fancy dress.
Ali G was shouting: “Two up front!
Two up front!”
It was a bizarre scene but as
one dejected Southampton player
followed a sour-faced one onto that
bus, the oddness was mixed with
seriousness. There figurehead
club chairman, Ralph Kreuger, was
made to wait almost an hour for
all of the squad to join him, the last
two, Ryan Bertrand and Nathan
Redmond, looking seriously peeved.
Pellegrino had just accused some
of his players of giving up during a
vital match against relegation rivals,
one in which they were behind after
64 seconds.
Pellegrino did not question his
situation at The Hawthorns an increasingly fluid one.
Albion feel there are a lack of current viable alternatives and there is
little point changing manager when
relegation is virtually certain. Even
if he does see out the season, Pardew
is unlikely to be at The Hawthorns
beyond that despite signing a twoand-a-half year deal in November.
Albion are looking for a long-term
strategy and feel more managers
would be available in the summer.
Leicester assistant boss Michael
Appleton, who played for Albion between 2001 and 2003 and was briefly
caretaker manager in 2011, would be
a candidate.
After Saturday’s thrashing,
Pardew admitted that owner Lai
Guochuan might believe a “change
is a better thing”.
“I will continue to fight because
that is in me. That has always been
in me,” Pardew said.
“I have been through more difficult times than this by the way at
other clubs so I have been there. I
am an experienced manager.
“I had a fan shouting ‘You don’t
care’ at me from the sidelines. He
couldn’t be more incorrect.”
squad’s ability, instead he focused
Southampton can go down.
on its character and personality.
The cliché is that the table
“I observed for some players who
does not lie, but it can mislead.
gave up,” Pellegrino said.
Saturday’s was the first
“I must apologise to our
of six Premier League
What has
supporters because we did
fixtures of nine away
not represent the club well been apparent from home. At St. Mary’s
enough.
the visitors to come are
to the Saints
“You can have good
Chelsea, Bournemouth
fanbase for
players, and a budget, but
and Manchester City.
months
is
without spirit you can’t
When they defeated
now
clear
to
compete at this level.
West Brom 1-0 at home in
everyone else: October the Saints were
At this level, we have to
compete with a different
Southampton 10th in the league under
attitude.”
Pellegrino who was seen to
can go down
Pellegrino succeeded
have made a cautious but
Claude Puel, who was
good start.
dismissed last June following an
Since then, however, fans have
eighth-place finish in the Premier
become increasingly irritated by his
League and a spirited performance
tactical conservatism – they want to
in the League Cup final against
see two strikers – and empty seats
Manchester United.
are a common sight at St. Mary’s.
Puel came in after Ronald
They have won only two of
Koeman had been approached by
21 league games from October
Everton, Koeman having replaced
the Tottenham-bound Mauricio
Southampton’s Wesley Hoedt shows
Pocchetino.
his frustration during Saturday’s
Southampton have made some
defeat to Newcastle GETTY
good managerial appointments,
this is the Saints’ sixth consecutive
season the Premier League. They
have been no lower than eighth for
four seasons. Two years ago under
Koeman, Southampton won 63
points. So the slump is pronounced.
The club was subject to an 80
per cent takeover last August by
Chinese businessman Gao Jisheng
for £210m – this will be the first
appointment by the new regime
and it will need to act smartly –
Premier League table
PW D L
Man City 30 26 3 1
Man Utd 30 20 5 5
Tottenham 30 18 7 5
Liverpool 30 17 9 4
Chelsea
30 17 5 8
Arsenal
30 14 610
Burnley
30 11 10 9
Leicester 30 10 1010
Everton
30 10 713
Watford 30 10 614
Brighton 30 8 10 12
B’mouth 30 8 913
Newcastle 30 8 814
Swansea 30 8 715
Hudd’field 30 8 715
West Ham 30 7 914
So’ton
30 5 13 12
C Palace
30 6 915
Stoke
30 6 915
West Brom 30 3 1116
F
85
58
59
68
52
55
27
45
35
39
28
35
30
25
25
36
29
28
28
23
A Pts
20 61
23 65
25 61
34 60
27 56
41 48
26 43
43 40
49 37
50 36
40 34
48 33
40 32
42 31
50 31
57 30
44 28
48 27
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Quick Silva at the double as City
continue march towards title
STOKE CITY
0
MANCHESTER CITY
Silva 10, 50
2
By Mark Critchley
Stoke City
Butland
Bau r Zouma Martins Indi St fyd’s
AT BET365 STADIUM
Allen
David Silva
fires his second
goal past Stoke
keeper Jack
Butland GETTY
but while locally dismay grew,
neat timidity, but that was the effect.
Southampton stayed off the back
The club has continued to sell
pages as crisis gripped other clubs
players, most notably to Liverpool,
such as West Brom and a series of
Virgil van Dijk being the latest.
draws kept the points tally ticking
While that has caught up with the
over, albeit slowly.
Saints, they still possess quality and
But by Saturday supporter
on Saturday at St James’ £19million
dissent was obvious and the players
striker Guido Carrillo was replaced
looked uninspired by what they were by £14m Manolo Gabbiadini as £16m
hearing from Pellegrino.
Sofiane Boufal remained on the
Take in the final eight matches
bench.
of last season, when there was one
Still in the FA Cup, Southampton
win, and in their last 38 games
travel to Wigan on Sunday and
Southampton have taken 34 points.
then have a fortnight until their
That is the sort of team they
next league game. It is huge – West
look and 34 points will have
Ham away, with all the unknown
them marching into the
implications of the London
Championship.
Stadium. Both teams
“Everyone needs to
– both clubs – will be
look in the mirror,”
desperate for a win.
said midfielder
After that it is
Pierre Hojbjerg,
another away game,
The last team
adding: “It doesn’t
at
Arsenal. The new
relegated with 40
mean the big picture
manager will need
or more points was
West Ham, 15 years
is broken.”
to hit the ground
ago, in 2003
Fans disagree. The
running.
1,600 who travelled
Benitez said last Friday
to St. James’ saw the
he thought “40 points will
Gallowgate End stage a
be OK, but you never know.”
display pre-kick-off. “United” it said,
But the last time a team went
which is something at a club where
down with 40 points or more was
they know a thing or two about
West Ham in 2003. Birmingham
disunity.
City were relegated with 39 points
Newcastle then produced a
in 2010-11.
measured, pragmatic performance
West Brom will not reach that
that reflected Rafa Benitez’s nous tally and, playing as they did on
and Southampton didn’t.
Saturday, nor will Southampton.
Pellegrino, a former Benitez
They have gambled, just as West
player at Valencia and assistant at
Brom, Palace, Stoke and Swansea
Inter Milan, presumably did not
have and decided that the manager
instruct his side to play with such
is the best thing to change.
15
Twenty-seven down, perhaps just
two more to go. This was not the
most dominant win of Manchester
City’s Premier League campaign,
nor their prettiest, but this comfortable evening’s work against a struggling, spirited Stoke City puts them
within touching distance of what
Pep Guardiola calls their “most important” title.
Two unanswered David Silva
goals coming early in each half extended City’s lead at the top of the
table to 16 points. It could, perhaps
should have been more as Leroy
Sane and the returning Raheem
Sterling ran their hosts ragged at
times.
Victory in their next league fixture, at Goodison Park at the end
of the month, and the crown will
then be there for the taking in the
Manchester derby at the Etihad on
7 April. There would be no sweeter
way to win it. The night began with
a goal as slick and sophisticated as
any City have scored this season
and Sterling, on his first appearance
since returning from a hamstring injury, played a major part in it.
Nine minutes in, the winger
played an exquisite one-two with
Gabriel Jesus that slipped him in behind the Stoke line. His low, drilled
cross into the penalty area was
Shaqiri
Cameron
Jese
Sane
D Silva
Ndiaye
ChoupoMotin
Sterling
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andin
De Bruyne
Zinche ko Otamendi Kompany
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Manchester City
Subs: Stoke City Crouch (Rodriguez, 63), Sobhi
(Cameron, 88); Manchester City Bernado Silva
(Sterling, 85), Gundogan (Jesus, 90). Booked: Stoke
City Allen; Manchester City None.
Man of the Match Silva. Rating 7/10.
Possession: Stoke City 24% Manchester City 76%.
Attempts on target: Stoke City 0 Manchester City 6.
Referee Jonathan Moss (Horsforth).
Attendance 29,138.
weighted perfectly for Silva, who finished past Jack Butland at the first
time of asking.
If there was to be a response from
the relegation battlers, it was likely
to come through the talents of their
talisman Xherdan Shaqiri, who
found himself up against not only
a raw and unversed youngster but
NEWCASTLE UNITED
SWANSEA CITY
We’re fighting
together in
battle to stay
up, says Gayle
Swans not to
appeal against
Ayew red card
By Phil Blanche
By Damian Spellman
Dwight Gayle is backing a united
front to ease Newcastle to
Premier League safety.
The 27-year-old striker played
a key role in the Magpies’ 3-0
victory over Southampton on
Saturday which eased them five
points clear of the drop zone.
There is still work to be done
with eight games remaining
and the club still as many
points shy of manager Rafael
Benitez’s target of 40, but Gayle
is confident that the sense of
togetherness which has got them
to this stage will prove decisive.
He said: “Everybody is just
pulling in the same direction and
everybody is focused on the main
goal, which is to stay up. You can
see that from everybody.
“We scored three goals on
Saturday and none of them
a makeshift left-back in Oleksandr
Zinchenko. Having intercepted
one of the Ukrainian’s slack passes
to initiate a Stoke counter, Shaqiri
then nutmegged his marker and
crossed from the byline to Badou
N’Diaye, but the January signing
from Galatasaray could only drag a
deflected effort wide.
Then one long kick out of the
back by Butland was misjudged by
Vincent Kompany, whose error released Jese Rodriguez through. Kyle
Walker nipped in to cover but his intervention only sent the ball looping
towards goal and Ederson just about
managed to tip it over.
Five minutes after the restart, another fine piece of interplay resulted
in another clinical finish. Sterling’s
industrious work in the middle of
the park started the move and again
Silva finished it, playing a one-two
with Jesus before guiding the glorious, lofted return pass around Butland and in.
Sterling could have found the goal
his performance deserved minutes
later with a show of close control
that beat Kostas Stafylidis all ends
up, evaded Geoff Cameron’s sliding
challenge and then brought him
within point-blank range, but his
shot was blocked by Butland’s legs.
After City then allowed Stoke to
win a drop ball, the winger nipped in
to tackle N’Diaye and move through
on goal one-on-one. But Sterling
hesitated slightly, allowing N’Diaye
to recover and dispossess him.
By that point, Stoke could not
alter the result. From the moment
Silva’s first hit the net, City’s victory
had seemed certain. Two more will
be enough. THE INDEPENDENT
Dwight Gayle played a key role in
Saturday’s defeat of Southampton
came from the strikers, but we
are all working hard and that’s
a reflection of people pulling in
the same direction. The defence
was fantastic, as they have been
for the last few months, and long
may that continue. Hopefully we
can keep pushing up the table
and get to a position of safety.
Newcastle do not play again
until 31 March when they take on
Huddersfield at St James’ Park.
In the meantime, Benitez will take
his players to Spain for a four-day
training break.
Swansea have “reluctantly decided”
not to appeal against Jordan Ayew’s
red card at Huddersfield.
Ayew was sent off for an 11thminute challenge on Terriers midfielder Jonathan Hogg on Saturday
by referee Michael Oliver.
The Swans held on for a 0-0 draw
and manager Carlos Carvalhal later
suggested the decision was harsh,
arguing after the game that both
players had made similar challenges.
“Swansea City have reluctantly
decided against appealing the red
card shown to Jordan Ayew at Huddersfield on Saturday,” said a club
statement. “The Swans were conscious that if an appeal is deemed
frivolous by the Football Association, suspensions can be extended.”
Ayew will be banned for three
matches including the FA Cup quarter-final at home to Tottenham on
Saturday and the Premier League
trips to Manchester United and
West Brom.
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Mourinho:
De Boer is
worst boss
in PL history
By Mark Critchley
Jose Mourinho has hit back at Frank
de Boer for criticising his treatment
of Marcus Rashford, describing the
Dutchman as the “worst manager in
the history of the Premier League”.
De Boer, who was sacked by
Crystal Palace earlier this season
after losing his four league games
in charge without a goal scored,
claimed that it was “a pity” that a
talented young player like Rashford
was managed by Mourinho.
Rashford scored a brace in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday after making his
first league start since the turn of
the year.
“It’s a pity that the manager is
Mourinho because normally [Rashford’s] an English player you want to
give him time and he can then make
mistakes,” De Boer said. “But Mourinho is not like that. He wants to get
results.”
While previewing United’s Champions League knockout tie with
Sevilla, Mourinho shot back at De
Boer and claimed that if he coached
Rashford, the youngster would only
“learn how to lose”.
“I read some quote from the worst
manager in the history of the Premier League, Frank de Boer – seven
matches, seven defeats, zero goals.
He was saying it’s not good for Marcus Rashford to have a coach like me.
“If he was coached by Frank he
would learn how to lose because he
lost every game.”
De Boer managed Palace for four
league games – not seven, as Mourinho claimed – though he does hold
the record for the lowest points won
Manchester United
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Kick-off 7.45pm;
TV 7pm (BT Sport 2).
Referee D Makkelie (Neth)
by any manager in the history of the
Premier League.
Before starting from the off on
Saturday, Rashford had been limited
to just 173 minutes of league football since Boxing Day, while he only
made a 15-minute cameo in the first
leg against Sevilla three weeks ago.
The 20-year-old’s only starts of
If he [Rashford] was coached
by Frank he would learn how
to lose. He lost every game
2018 had come against Derby County and Yeovil Town in the FA Cup,
which led England manager Gareth
Southgate to meet Mourinho at
United’s Carrington training ground
to discuss his lack of playing time.
“I try to give the best to the kid,”
Mourinho added. “I have to be honest and give the credit to the people
of the academy that was responsible
for his formation, to Mr Van Gaal
who was responsible for his first
season. But if you go to his numbers
and how many matches he played
with me last season and this I would
say probably he’s in the top five players with more matches in the two
seasons.” THE INDEPENDENT
Carrick to retire at
season’s end after 13
years at Old Trafford
By Smin Peach
Manchester United captain
Michael Carrick has announced
his intention to retire at the
end of the season and join Jose
Mourinho’s coaching staff.
The 36-year-old is the longest-
serving player at Old Trafford,
having joined from Tottenham
in 2006 and gone on to win the
Champions League and five
Premier League titles, among
many other trophies.
Carrick, capped 34 times by
England, has looked likely to
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McLeish predicts big things
for new boy McTominay
player to make his own decision. McTominay is now set to feature as ScotAlex McLeish has tipped Scott Mc- land play friendlies against Costa
Tominay to have a “massive future” Rica and Hungary later this month.
“Jose didn’t want to get involved
with Scotland after selecting him in
his first squad since taking over again. in that side of it, but he was very
The Lancaster-born Manchester complimentary about S cott’s
United midfielder is one of six players performance level, his maturity,”
receiving first call-ups after he
the former Aston Villa and
pledged his international fuBirmingham manager said.
“He thought if he chose
ture to the native country
us we would be getting a
of his Glaswegian father,
fantastic acquisition.”
despite an approach
McLeish has picked
from England.
nine uncapped players
Jose Mourinho has
for the friendlies alonghanded the 21-year-old
side McTominay.
starts in crucial games
Hearts goalkeeper Jon
against Sevilla, Chelsea
McLaughlin, Wolves leftand Liverpool in recent
back Barry Douglas, Abweeks and McTominay
erdeen defender Scott
(right) has helped United
He had
McKenna and Hibernian
secure positive results a fantastic,
midfielder Dylan Mceach time.
mature
Geouch join striker Oli
McLeish said: “I went
McBurnie, who has scored
to see him against Crystal game against
five goals in seven matches
Palace and Jose took him Liverpool.
off at half-time and maybe We believe he since joining Barnsley on
people would jump on the has a massive loan from Swansea.
Millwall goalkeeper Jorback of that and say, ‘Why future with
dan Archer, Fulham midare we picking him?’.
Scotland
“But he had a fantastic
fielder Kevin McDonald
game at the weekend
and Rangers winger Jamie
against Liverpool, such a mature Murphy have all been given another
performance. We believe he has a chance to win their first caps.
massive future with Scotland.”
McLeish said: “It is a fresh start. I
McLeish spoke to Mourinho about really feel they are capable. The big
McTominay’s international future key to step up is mentality and I have
but the United manager allowed the seen it in a lot of the players.”
By Gavin McCafferty
Marcus Rashford
prepares before the
Champions League
second leg against
Sevilla REUTERS
leave United in recent summers
only to pen extensions at a club
that rewarded his fine service
with a testimonial last year.
He was handed the captain’s
armband last summer after the
exit of Wayne Rooney but has
only made three starts in all
competitions this season.
It has long been expected that
Carrick would hang up his boots
at the end of the campaign –
something the veteran confirmed
yesterday, along with his
intention to take up Mourinho’s
offer to join the coaching staff.
“There comes a time when as
much as you like it or don’t like it,
Carrick’s Career
Domestic league
West Ham (1999-2004)
136 appearances six goals
Swindon Town (loan, 1999)
Six appearances two goals
Birmingham City (loan, 2000)
Two appearances
Tottenham Hotspur (2004-2006)
64 appearances two goals
Manchester United (2006-2018)
315 appearances 17 goals
National team
England (2001-2015)
34 appearances
your body tells you it’s time to stop
playing football,” Carrick (below)
said.
“So that’s pretty
much where I’m at,
which is fine. It’s
something you’ve
got to accept so
that’s where I
am at.
“It’s kind of
been sorted out
[for a coaching
role]. We’re still
talking about it, to
be honest, so there’s nothing to
totally confirm as yet.
“But, yeah, it’s looking likely.”
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WINTER PARALYMPICS
i TUESDAY
13 MARCH 2018
51
TENNIS
Djokovic loses to
109th in the world
Novak Djokovic lost on his return
to competitive tennis to Taro
Daniel in the BNP Paribas Open
at Indian Wells. Daniel, ranked
109 in the world, claimed the
biggest win of his career as the
qualifier prevailed 7-6, 4-6, 6-1.
“It felt like first match I ever
played on the tour. Very weird. I
completely lost rhythm,” said the
Serb. “He obviously wasn’t in his
top form,” Daniel said. “So I was
able to take advantage of it.”
CRICKET
GB curlers see off
Rabada gets ban
champions Canada for misconduct
Great Britain’s wheelchair
curling team crushed defending
champions Canada to move up
to joint-second place
in the round-robin
phase at the
Paralympics in
PyeongChang.
Aileen Neilson
and her teammates secured
an emphatic
8-1 win over
the favourites,
following on from
their 6-1 win over struggling
Sweden in their opening match
on Monday. Neilson (above) said:
“It’s been a good day at the office,
you can’t ask for much more
than two victories so we’re really
delighted.”
Kagiso Rabada’s fourth 10-wicket
haul in 28 Test matches propelled
South Africa to a six-wicket
victory over Australia
– in what will be
his last action in
the four-match
series. The
22-year-old
(right) claimed
six for 54
from 22 overs,
bringing an
end to Australia’s
second innings at 239.
That left the hosts chasing 101 for
victory, which they did with the
loss of four wickets. But Rabada’s
behaviour throughout the second
Test in Port Elizabeth earned him
two conduct breaches, and he is
banned for the final two matches.
RUGBY UNION
Sport on tv
England biting
complaint rejected
England have had a complaint
of alleged biting against France
flanker Yacouba Camara
dismissed by Six Nations
officials. England referred the
incident involving forward Maro
Itoje during last Saturday’s
game in Paris to the citing
commissioner after the match.
However, it is understood a full
investigation found no clear
evidence of a bite.
» Jones defends selection, p45
Cycling: Tirreno-Adriatico
Eurosport 2, 12.30pm
Racing: Cheltenham Festival
ITV1, 1pm
Tennis: BNP Paribas Open
BT Sport 1, /Sky Sprts Arena, 6pm
Football: Brentford v Cardiff City
Sky Sports Football, 7.30pm
Football: Man United v Sevilla
BT Sport 2, 7pm
Football: Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk
BT Sport 3, 7.30pm
Winter Paralympics day five
Channel 4, 12.15am [tomorrow]
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