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DIPLOMACY
Mongooses
use what to
stop fights
over food?
See p.24
The day at
a glance
WEATHER
HEALTH
Yellow warning for
?mini-Beast? snow
Girls? early puberty
?can lead to obesity?
Defence Secretary Gavin
Williamson has announced a further
cut to the pro?t defence ?rms are
allowed to make from single-source
contracts. The so-called baseline
pro?t rate will be set at 6.81 per cent
in 2018-19. It marks the latest cut in
pro?t margins on non-competitive
contracts with the MoD.
Microplastics have been found in
samples of bottled water analysed
from around the world. The
microscopic particles, which come
from sources including cosmetics,
clothing and industry, were detected
in almost all of the bottles tested at
a university in New York. There has
been no warning of a risk to health.
Yellow warnings have been issued
by the Met Of?ce with a ?mini-Beast
from the East? set to hit Britain.
Temperatures will tumble as a bitter
blast brings the potential for up to
5cm of snow in some parts and 20cm
on higher ground. Snow is expected
for north-east Scotland and northeast England this afternoon. PAGE 52
Girls who start puberty earlier
are more likely to be overweight
as adults, a study suggests.
Researchers at Imperial College
London said their ?ndings
strengthen existing evidence
of a link between the onset of
puberty and a woman?s body mass
in adulthood.
Anniversaries
Tuesday 16 March 1976
Harold Wilson, the Labour
leader for 13 years and
Prime Minister for almost
eight, stuns the political
world by announcing his
resignation. Mr Wilson,
who turned 60 ?ve
days before, said he had
taken the decision to
quit in 1974.
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WOMEN
13% 30%
MEN
1. France 2hrs 13mins
2. Italy 2hrs 7mins
3. Spain 2hrs 6mins
4. South Korea 1hr 45mins.
5. China 1hr 40mins
6. Germany 1hr 35mins
7. Japan 1hr 33mins
8. Australia 1hr 29mins
9. India 1 hr 24mins
10. United Kingdom 1 hr 19mins
Video from Thailand
confirms Goldie plea
SCOTLAND
Lions take part
in fire safety test
1
3
5
10
Years after graduating
1
3
5
10
Years after graduating
SOURCE: DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION
FIGURES FOR 2015-16 UK DOMICILED GRADUATES FROM ENGLISH HIGHER AND FURTHER EDUCATION
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
Almost a fortnight after inconclusive
national elections, Italians are no
closer to knowing the make-up of the
next government and some pundits
say a return to the polls is possible.
The election on 4 March ended in a
hung parliament, with a right-wing
coalition group winning a combined
37 per cent of the vote.
Musician Goldie has appeared in
court via FaceTime from Thailand
to plead guilty to assaulting a
security guard at Glastonbury. The
52-year-old from Walsall was due
at Bristol magistrates? court but
the performer (real name Clifford
Joseph Price) sent a video chat
con?rming his guilt on FaceTime.
Meals take a bite out
of Britons? daily lives
Many people don?t take time to sit
down to proper meals at a table
any more, preferring to eat at their
desk at lunchtime or have dinner
on the sofa while watching TV.
But how long do we actually take
to eat each day? Data from the
OECD shows that British people
spend, on average, one hour and
19 minutes eating their meals on a
daily basis.
ITALY
Second vote may be
solution to impasse
COURTS
82.8%
82.3%
MEN
11%
The List
index
Crossword.............24
TV & Radio...........38
Books..........................42
Business..................46
Puzzles.....................50
Weather...................52
WOMEN
9%
Graduates in further study,
employment or both
86.2%
84.3%
Theo Walcott (below),
footballer, 29; Flavor
Flav, rapper, 59; Jenny
Eclair, comedian, 58; Andy
Hamilton, darts player, 51;
Blu Cantrell, singer, 42;
Erik Estrada, actor, 69
Median earnings after
graduation and pay gap
GAP
Birthdays
Learning a
hard lesson
87.6%
85.1%
Parents have been warned to keep
head lice treatments away from
naked ?ames due to the risk of
them igniting children?s hair. The
Medicines and Healthcare products
Regulatory Agency has advised
pharmacists to tell people about
the risk of ?res when they discuss
options to treat head lice.
Female graduates are likely to be paid less than
men from the very start of their careers, and
the pay gap is probably going to grow over time.
New government figures found that women
earned less than their male counterparts at
one, three, five and 10 years after graduating.
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Manuscript: something
submitted in haste and
returned at leisure
OLIVER HERFORD
EMPLOYMENT
87.6%
84.6%
HEALTH
Fire warning over
head lice remedies
�,100
Quote of the day
CONSUMER
Microplastics found
in bottled water
�,500
�,800
MARCH
DEFENCE
�,800
�,200
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North Korea?s foreign minister
arrived in Sweden yesterday for
talks with his Swedish counterpart.
The surprise trip could be a step
toward a proposed meeting between
US President Donald Trump and
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
taking place in Sweden.
Cut in profits for
MoD suppliers
�,300
�,900
FRIDAY
Kim aide?s visit a clue
to Trump talks?
A pride of lions has been put through
a ?re safety test in a rare exercise
at a safari park. Staff at Blair
Drummond, near Stirling, simulated
a car ?re inside the lion enclosure to
test the response of animal handlers
and the ?re service. This kind of
accident happened at Longleat in
Wiltshire in 2014.
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ITALY
CHLOE LENNON,
INTERNET SENSATION
Quake-hit churches?
stolen art on display
Oliver Duff
Police have exhibited 37 artworks,
many of which were stolen in
the aftermath of central Italian
earthquakes in 2009. Thieves had
stripped canvases of ?inestimable
historic, artistic, and religious value?
from church walls in 16 robberies
over 20 years. The haul was found in
villas on the Amal? coast.
Broad church
Who is this young star?
A ?ve-year-old girl with Down?s
syndrome has captured hearts around
the world after her mother posted a
video of her to raise awareness for
World Down?s Syndrome Day.
Chloe Lennon?s video, urging viewers
to wear odd socks to celebrate the day on
21 March, got almost 10 million views on
Facebook and has been shared more than
330,000 times across the world.
Just an ordinary little girl...
Chloe?s mother Jade, from Irvine,
Ayrshire, said she ?lmed the clip to
change perceptions of children with the
condition and break down stereotypes.
Jade told BBC Scotland: ?Chloe is just
like any other ?ve-year-old and it is
heartbreaking when people take one look
at her and assume she is not intelligent
and she is not capable.
?She is capable, as are all people with
Down?s syndrome.?
Did it work?
Yes, and better than anticipated. Jade
said she had been contacted by people
from around the world ?inspired? by the
video of her daughter. She said: ?I?ve had
7,000 comments and so many messages.
I am so proud of Chloe for being such
a positive in?uence.?
In the past, Jade said she had
experienced ?a few horrible comments?
about Chloe?s condition, both online and
in person.
Who got in touch about the video?
Jade was contacted by well-wishers and
lots of couples who had been told there
was a chance their babies would be born
with Down?s syndrome.
One American mother-to-be said
she had been battling with a dif?cult
decision about whether to continue
with her pregnancy after doctors
had diagnosed her baby with Down?s
syndrome at 20 weeks. Jade said: ?She
didn?t know what to do. She told me she
came across the video of Chloe, talked
to her partner and showed it to him ?
and they have decided to go ahead with
the pregnancy.?
Valerie Browne
UNITED STATES
Health plan will cut
nicotine in cigarettes
US health of?cials are taking
the ?rst step in a sweeping antismoking plan to cut nicotine levels in
cigarettes so they are not addictive.
The Food and Drug Administration
estimates its plan could reduce the
number of smokers in the population
from 15 per cent to one per cent in
just a few years.
TECHNOLOGY
Beam me up, Scotty
? but in Klingon
The language-teaching mobile app
Duolingo has teamed up with a Star
Trek-mad Swede to create a course
in Klingon. Felix Malmenbeck is
?uent in the tongue of the Starship
Enterprise?s sworn enemies, but
found it dif?cult to practise with
others since he began learning in
2006, as there were so few speakers.
AUSTRALIA
Back after 50 years:
missing marsupial
A species of marsupial has returned
to the wild in mainland Australia
for the ?rst time in 50 years. The
eastern quoll was once found along
the east coast until its numbers were
devastated by foxes. Now 20 eastern
quolls from Tasmania have been
released into a national park in New
South Wales.
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Letter from
the Editor
i@inews.co.uk
A ?zzing inbox. ?I am 14,? writes
i reader Johnny Hebron, from
Cambridge, ?and I am shocked to
see that we as a nation will still be
paying the Brexit bill in 46 years?
time. At this point I?ll be 60 and
my kids will be paying for it.? He
blames Boris Johnson, Liam Fox
and Michael Gove for this
unwelcome interruption to class.
Johnny adds, in response to my
queries: ?For the last term at
school I?ve been learning in history
about failed political systems and
events that have changed the course
of history.? We would be happy
to hear from any Brexiteering
14-year-olds, for the purpose of
lively and balanced debate.
From Cambridgeshire to Hants:
another distressed i reader. ?I read
with dismay,? writes Basingstoke?s
Bryn Strudwick, who may or may
not be 14, ?the headline, ?Strong
handshake is a healthy heart?. I
already dread shaking hands with
men hell-bent on proving their
masculinity by crushing my hand,
particularly before a bowls match.
Now it?s going to get even worse!?
Eastbourne?s Judith Goodman
meanwhile tells me: ?I was looking
forward to reading i?s new beauty
column, as advertised. I was,
therefore, disappointed to ?nd no
reference to it in Thursday?s paper.?
I apologise to any readers similarly affected ? and I should have
?agged this yesterday. We rejigged
our ??atplan? (running order) after
Stephen Hawking died to create
the special edition. Ella Risbridger?s
?rst column runs next Thursday.
In Ella?s absence, Derek
Brundish of Horsham steps in to
?ll the sartorial void. ?Oliver Duff
bemoans the losing struggle to do
up the trousers of his dress suit.
I advise the course I took. Use a
large safety pin to bridge the gap
and overlay with a cummerbund.?
We?re back tomorrow with a
lively edition of iweekend.
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NEWS
EDUCATION
Strike throws university exams into chaos
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
Tens of thousands of university students face having their end-of-year
exams disrupted after external examiners were asked to join strike action as part of the pensions dispute.
Union leaders are calling on examiners to resign from their roles
until the row is resolved. The move
comes just days after the University
and College Union (UCU) rejected
a proposed deal. The offer, which
would have introduced a three-year
hiatus for any changes to staff pensions, was snubbed following pressure from members. The union has
walked away from the talks until an
improved offer is submitted.
External examiners, who are usually lecturers from other universi-
ties, agree the setting of questions,
moderate exam results and ensure
that institutions? assessment procedures are rigorous. UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: ?No
student or university will want the
quality of their degree called into
question, so we advise universities?
representatives to get back round
the table with us as soon as possible
to get this dispute resolved.?
The dispute centres on plans to
slash the benefits of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)
pension scheme. UCU says this
would leave a typical lecturer almost
�,000 a year worse off in retirement than under the current set-up.
The change in tactics has left
universities scrambling to come up
with contingency plans as they try
to manage the logistical headache of
marking thousands of exam scripts.
Universities are also facing the prospect of compensating students for
the lectures they have missed during
the 14 days of strikes which come to
an end today.
Universities UK, which represents employers, declined to comment on the latest move but has
called on the union to return to the
negotiation table to end the dispute.
Cathy Newman said she and other presenters were ?not going to let this go?
MEDIA
News presenter?s anger over
20% gender pay gap at ITN
By Joe Nerssessian
The Channel 4 News presenter
Cathy Newman has hit out at her
employer ITN after it revealed its
19.6 per cent gender pay gap.
The media company, which
makes daily news programmes
for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5,
also announced a bonus gap of
77.2 per cent.
Newman was not ?wholly
surprised? by the revelations, but
was ?shocked at the extent of the
disparity ? worse than the national
average, and worse than the BBC.?
She said ITN?s chief executive
John Hardie had briefed staff
on Wednesday and ?both men
and women expressed palpable
anger?. Mr Hardie has vowed to
cut the pay gap in half within ?ve
years and ensure 50 per cent of
senior roles are ?lled by women.
Newman said that she and
the women at ITN were ?not
going to let this go, and we will be
pressing management to deliver
on their promises?.
She added: ?The irony is
journalists at ITN have been
robust in tackling the BBC on
this issue. We?re employed to ask
tough questions: now our own
bosses are having to answer
some themselves.?
HEALTH
Prince Harry
tells of shock at
veterans? ordeal
By Tony Jones
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
were left ?shocked? by the stories
they heard from military veterans
during a private visit to Colchester
Garrison in Essex, he said.
Giving a keynote speech at King?s
College in London to a conference
about veterans? mental health,
Prince Harry, who served as an
of?cer in the Army for 10 years, said:
?I have seen those I have served with
suffer, struggling to seek out the help
they desperately need. And we know
there are more just like them who
continue to suffer in silence.?
He and his fianc閑 visited the
garrison to learn more about the
North Essex Veterans Mental
Health Network, a collaboration
between the NHS, charities and the
Ministry of Defence.
The Queen gave her formal consent
to the marriage of Prince Harry and
Meghan Markle at a Privy Council
meeting on Wednesday.
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LITERATURE
Walliams
up against
Pullman for
book prize
Inverewe Gardens
and Estate doubled
its visitor numbers
last year
By Alina Polianskaya
Wish ?ewe were here? Highland estate
with touch of tropics is tourist hotspot
By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
A botanical garden in the Scottish
Highlands has become one of
the UK?s fastest growing visitor
attractions thanks to its location on
the route of a stunning coastal drive.
Inverewe Gardens and Estate,
near the village of Poolewe in Wester
Ross, saw a 109 per cent increase
in visitors last year, according to
?gures published today.
The garden, which is owned by the
National Trust, contains an unusual
array of exotic plants despite
its northerly latitude due to the
warming effect of the Gulf Stream.
The property also lies on the route
of the North Coast 500 (NC500), a
scenic driving route of the Scottish
coast that has been popular with
tourists since it was created in 2015.
The National Trust acknowledged
that the NC500 had been a ?big
factor? in Inverewe?s rising
popularity. The property attracted
more than 191,000 visitors in 2017.
Titanic to Tolkien Fastest growing UK attractions
Mary King?s Close, Edinburgh
(9 per cent rise, 245,700 visitors)
The attraction on the Royal Mile
takes visitors on an hourlong tour of underground
streets which have been
effectively frozen in time.
Shakespeare?s New Place,
Stratford-upon-Avon (191 per cent
rise , 142,325 visitors) Shakespeare?s
family home from 1597 and
the place he died in 1616.
The site has been reconstructed at a cost of �.
Titanic, Belfast (right)
(13.4 per cent rise, 771,038
visitors) Extending over
nine interactive galleries
including special effects,
rides and reconstructions, visitors
can explore the story of the ill-fated
vessel in the city where it was built.
Sarehole Mill,
Birmingham (28 per
cent rise, 23,977 visitors)
A 250-year-old working
watermill famous for its association with Lord of the Rings author
JRR Tolkien, who said its surroundings partly inspired Middle Earth.
Inverewe?s 800-hectare estate
also attracts wildlife spotters
because of its abundance of red
deer, eagles, pine martens, otters
and red squirrels.
The adjoining Inverewe House
was also opened to the public for
the first time at the end of 2016,
allowing visitors to learn about how
the gardens were established in
the 1860s.
The annual figures from the
Association of Leading Visitor
Attractions (Alva) also show that
The British Museum
maintained its position
as the most popular UK tourist
attraction despite suffering an
8 per cent drop in visitors to 5.9m,
ahead of Tate Modern (down 3
per cent to 5.7 million) and the
National Gallery (down 16.5 per
cent to 5.2m).
visitor numbers fell at London?s most
popular tourist attractions last year.
The British Museum, Natural
History Museum, Tate Modern
and National Gallery welcomed a
total of almost two million fewer
people in 2017 compared with the
previous year. The Alva director,
Bernard Donoghue, said the
downward trend could be down
to economic concerns, with many
people deciding they were unable to
afford a trip to the capital. He noted
that some people also have been put
off visiting major cities because of
global terror attacks.
Comedian David Walliams will be up
against Philip Pullman at the British
Book Awards as they compete for
children?s book of the year.
Pullman is nominated for La Belle
Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume
One, the sequel to the renowned His
Dark Materials trilogy and explore
concepts of free speech and address
questions of consciousness.
The award-winning series for
which he is best known is set in a
fantasy world of parallel universes,
exploring everything from physics to
philosophy. His new book is the ?rst
in a brand new trilogy.
Walliams (inset) is nominated for
his 10th children?s novel, Bad Dad ?
about a boy who hatched a plan to
break his father out of prison.
The Little Britain star
began his venture
i n t o c h i l d r e n?s
literature in 2008
with The Boy
in the Dress. A
number of his
books, including
Gansgta Granny
a n d Bi l l i o n a i re
Boy, have since been
turned into ?lms.
Q uentin Blake, who
illustrated Roald Dahl?s children?s
books, has illustrated a number of
Walliams?s novels.
The two authors are up against
Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo?s
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Kes
Gray?s Oi Cat!, Robert Macfarlane?s
The Lost Words and Angie Thomas?
The Hate U Give.
In the non-fiction category, Ask
an Astronaut ? UK astronaut Tim
Peake?s guide to life in space ? has
been nominated for the narrative
book of the year award, up against
Reni Eddo-Lodge?s groundbreaking
Why I?m No Longer Talking To White
People About Race.
Seven panels of judges will decide
on winners for each of the seven
categories, at the British Book
Awards, which were launched in
2016. The winners announced will be
at a ceremony in London on 14 May.
LEGAL
CONSUMER
Saudi princess ?wanted for questioning?
Tricked into transferring �6m
By Emmanuel Jarry
IN PARIS
A French judge has
issued an international
arrest warrant for
the daughter of Saudi
Arabia?s King Salman
bin Abdulaziz in relation
to an attack on a worker
in her Parisian ?at by her
bodyguard, a source said.
Princess Hassa bint Salman is
the sister of Crown Prince Moham-
med bin Salman (inset) and is wanted
for questioning related to alleged
armed violence, kidnapping,
theft and death threats by
a member of her security
team, the source said.
The warrant, issued
in December, comes
at a sensitive time.
Under former president
Fran鏾is Hollande,
France nurtured close ties
with Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia,
because of its tough stance on Iran in
nuclear negotiations. However, the
32-year-old Saudi crown prince has
in past months emphasised closer
ties with President Donald Trump
of the United States, just as France?s
President, Emmanuel Macron, has
in turn sought to improve relations
with Iran, Saudi Arabia?s Shia rival
for regional in?uence.
Crown Prince Mohammed is
expected to visit Paris at the start of
April, although the date has already
been pushed back several times.
REUTERS
By Vicky Shaw
A total of �6m was lost last
year due to people and ?rms
being tricked by fraudsters into
transferring money to them.
Financial providers didn?t
return nearly three-quarters of
the total value of these losses to
the victims.
Trade body UK Finance
compiled the data on losses due
to authorised bank transfer
scams ? also known as authorised
push payment (APP) scams. The
?gures showed there were 43,875
reported cases of APP scams with
a total value of �6m.
Nearly nine in 10 (88 per cent)
of this total were consumers, who
each lost an average of �784. The
remainder were businesses which
lost an average of �,355 each.
Unlike many other payment
methods, victims conned into
transferring money by bank
transfer have no legal right to get
their money back from their bank.
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NEWS
WEST & RUSSIA
COVER STORY
Western powers unite to accuse
Russia of Salisbury nerve agent attack
By Cahal Milmo and Nigel Morris
Britain has dramatically ratcheted
up international pressure on Russia
over the Salisbury nerve agent
attack after an unprecedented
joint statement was issued with
the leaders of America, France
and Germany laying blame for the
poisoning at Moscow?s door.
After days of lukewarm
support from key capitals, the
u n co m p ro m i s i n g d e c l a rat i o n
recognising the first offensive use
Russia?s national
security council has
voiced ?grave concern? over the
?destructive and provocative
position? of the UK.
of a nerve agent in Europe since the
Second World War as ?an assault
on UK sovereignty? represented a
diplomatic coup for London and a
signi?cantly strengthened challenge
to Russian denials that they were
behind the attack.
The statement by the leaders of
the four countries said there was ?no
plausible alternative explanation?
to Russia having been behind the
attempted murders of Sergei and
Yulia Skripal, adding that the attack
?threatens the security of us all?.
The statement issued by Downing
Street followed British efforts to
secure international support. On
Wednesday, the German Chancellor
Angela Merkel (left) had
said that the EU would
present a common
stance over the attack.
With talks last
night also taking
place at Nato, the
declaration threatens
to put relations
between Vladimir Putin
and the West on their most
confrontational footing since the
Cold War. Donald Trump, who had
been notably quiet on the affair,
said later: ?It certainly looks like the
Russians were behind it.?
The apparent transatlantic
willingness to square up to Moscow
was bolstered by the announcement
from Washington that it had placed
sanctions on 19 Russians and five
organisations, among them Russia?s
intelligence services, for meddling in
the 2016 presidential election and a
two-year campaign of cyber attacks
on the American power network,
including nuclear facilities. Noting
the gravity of the incident as the ?rst
use of such a feared class of chemical
weapon since they were tested by
the Nazis on concentration camp
prisoners, the joint statement said:
?It threatens the security of us all.
?The UK thoroughly briefed its
allies that it was highly likely that
Russia was responsible for the
attack. We share the UK assessment
DEFENCE
Poisoning is part of
wider threat from
Moscow, warns Nato
By Robin Emmott
IN BRUSSELS
Nato has accused Russia of trying to
destabilise the West with new nuclear
weapons, cyber attacks and covert
action ? including the nerve
agent attack in Salisbury ?
which had blurred the line
between peace and war.
The military alliance?s
secretary-general, Jens
Stoltenberg, said that
the use of the Novichok
nerve agent against
Sergei Skripal and his
daughter ?happened
against a backdrop of a reckless
pattern of Russian behaviour over
many years?.
Russia has denied any involvement
and says it is Nato that is a risk to
peace in Europe. But Mr Stoltenberg,
who will meet the Foreign Secretary,
Boris Johnson, in Brussels on
Monday, said Russia was mixing
nuclear and conventional weapons
in military doctrine and exercises,
which lowered the threshold
for launching nuclear
attacks, and increasingly
deploying ?hybrid
tactics? such as soldiers
without insignia.
Mr Stoltenberg
(inset), a former prime
minister of Norway,
l i s t e d Ru s s i a?s 2 0 14
annexation of Crimea, its
direct support for separatists
in Ukraine, its military presence
in Moldova and Georgia, meddling
in Western elections and its
involvement in the war in Syria as
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RUSSIA
Moscow to expel
UK diplomats
in retaliation
By Euan Hammond
Kim Sengupta, page 20
Moscow will ?definitely? expel
UK diplomats ?soon? in reaction
to London?s decision to kick out
23 Russian Embassy staff from
the UK, Russia?s foreign minister
Sergey Lavrov said last night.
Russia continues to deny any
involvement in the poisoning of ex�
spy Sergei Skripal.
Mr Lavrov yesterday
acc u s e d L o n d o n o f
behaving in a ?boorish?
way and suggested
this was partly due to
the problems Britain
faces over its planned
exit from the European
Union next year.
He said he hoped Mr
Skripal recovered from the
attack so that he could shed light on
what happened.
Russia has refused Britain?s
demands to explain how Novichok,
a nerve agent ?rst developed by the
Soviet military, was used to strike
down Mr Skripal and his daughter,
Yulia, in Salisbury.
The deputy foreign minister,
Sergei Ryabkov, said yesterday
that neither Russia nor the Soviet
Union had run a programme to
develop the Novichok that Britain
says was used to poison a former
double agent.
A foreign ministry
spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova,
attacked the UK Government for
what she claimed were ?absolutely
insane accusations made by the
REACTION
DIPLOMACY
Johnson: obvious
Kremlin directed
nerve agent use
Go away and shut up,
Williamson tells Russia
By Richard Vaughan
By Sam Lister
The Foreign Secretary said it was
?overwhelmingly obvious? that
the Kremlin was behind the attack
in Salisbury.
Boris Johnson said the use of
the nerve agent Novichok made it
clear that it was Russia behind the
assassination attempt.
?There is a reason for
choosing Novichok. In its
blatant Russian-ness, the nerve
agent sends a signal to all who
may be thinking of dissent in
the intensifying repression of
[Vladimir] Putin?s Russia,? he
wrote in The Washington Post.
Mr Johnson told the BBC: ?I?m
also very struck by the kind of
smug sarcasm with which the
Russians are denying it because
they want, effectively, to have it
both ways,? he said. ?They want to
say ?not us? but they also want the
world to know that it is them.?
Russia should ?go away and should
shut up?, the Defence Secretary
said, as Britain prepares for
retaliation from Moscow for being
blamed for the Salisbury attack.
Gavin Williamson (inset) said
relations with Russia were in
an ?exceptionally chilly?
period and called for
the whole country to
unite behind Theresa
May. However, his
remark provoked
a series of acerbic
comments on Twitter,
mostly comparing his
behaviour to that of a
small child.
?He?s like a kid shouting
names in the playground then
running away, it?s so easy to talk
tough when you don?t have to face
them,? said one. Another posted:
?Russia better take heed. If they?re
Vladimir Putin speaks
at a youth forum in
Moscow yesterday while
campaigning for this
weekend?s election AP
there is no plausible alternative
explanation, and note Russia?s failure
to address the legitimate request
by the UK government [to account
for the existence and use of the
Novichok agent] further underlines
its responsibility.?
The robust declaration is in
contrast to some of the language
evidence of Russia?s threat. He cited
the development of new nuclear
weapons, which President Vladimir
Putin unveiled in a speech on 1 March,
as another worrying development.
He also accused Moscow of a
?blurring of the line between peace,
crisis and war?, which he said was
?destabilising and dangerous?.
Britain?s ambassador to the
alliance briefed Nato on Wednesday.
While Mr Stoltenberg stressed
that there had been no request from
London to activate the Western
military alliance?s mutual defence
clause, he said Russia must be
previously used by Britain?s close
allies, particularly France, where
a presidential spokesman stated
bluntly on Wednesday that Paris
did not indulge in ?fantasy politics?.
Russia now faces pressure to
engage with the Organisation for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
(OPCW), the body which oversees
deterred. He added: ?The UK will
respond and is responding in a
proportionate and measured way...
I fully support there is a need for a
response, because there must be
consequences when we see actions
like those in Salisbury.?
Nato has deployed significant
ground forces to the Baltic countries
and Poland to dissuade Russia from
repeating any Crimea璴ike seizures.
But Mr Stoltenberg said there was
little for Nato as an alliance to do
immediately in response to the nerve
agent attack, beyond giving Britain
strong political support.
What now? Ways to put pressure on Putin
The European Union and United
States imposed sanctions on the
Kremlin in 2014 over the annexing of
Crimea from Ukraine.
What further measures could be
taken over the Salisbury attack?
n Economic sanctions Further
restrictions could be imposed on
Russian state banks and corporations
to increase pressure on Vladimir Putin.
n Asset freezing Mr Putin?s allies
could be barred from accessing the
cash they have in Western banks, or
the properties they own.
n Travel bans Russian government
and military ?gures could be added
to visa blacklists.
n Expulsions Countries could
expel embassy attaches suspected
of spying.
n Scaling back diplomatic ties
High-level contacts with Russia could
be reduced across the EU.
UK Prime Minister against Russia
and its entire people.? She added
that London was reluctant to
share ?any factual information on
the [Skripal] case? for instance,
samples of the substance retrieved
from the crime scene?.
In his ?rst public reaction to the
UK measures against Russia in
Mr Skripal?s poisoning, President
Vladimir Putin said he was
?extremely concerned?
by the ?destructive and
provocative? stance of
the UK.
A
?detailed
discussion? of the
c u r re n t c r i s i s i n
Russian璘K relations
was held when Mr Putin
met senior of?cials from
the Russian government,
military and security services
yesterday, the President?s press
secretary said.
Russian is largely preoccupied
with this weekend?s election,
which Mr Putin is expected to win
comfortably. Leading opposition
figure Alexei Navalny has been
barred from taking part in the
election. REUTERS
implementation of the international
ban on nerve agents.
The Foreign Secretary, Boris
Johnson, confirmed that Britain
would provide a sample of the
substance used in Salisbury for
analysis by the OPCW.
Mr Putin, who came to
power in 1999, has tried
to claw back some of the clout
that Moscow lost when the
Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
He says the West has repeatedly
tried to undermine Russia.
not careful Gavin won?t let them
play on his PlayStation either.?
During a visit to Bristol, Mr
Williamson said: ?It is absolutely
atrocious and outrageous what
Russia did in Salisbury.
?Frankly, Russia should go away
and should shut up.?
Home Secretary Amber Rudd
chaired a meeting of the
G overnment?s Cobra
emergencies committee
in London to discuss
the situation. And
Environment Secre�
tary Michael Gove led
a cross璯overnmental
ministerial recovery
group looking at support
for the people of Salisbury.
Boris Johnson confirmed
that the UK will submit a sample of
the nerve agent to the Organisation
for Prohibition of Chemical
Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague for
it to carry out its own tests.
NEWS
8
WEST AND RUSSIA
REACTION
MEDIA
Corbyn calls for calm as shadow
ministers criticise his response
My Russia Today
programme is
independent,
insists Salmond
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Jeremy Corbyn is struggling to
maintain Shadow Cabinet unity
after senior frontbenchers signalled
their dismay over his response to the
Salisbury poisoning and the crisis in
UK-Russia relations.
The Labour leader has come
under ?re from many of his own MPs
for his failure to blame the Kremlin
explicitly for the attack, which left
Sergei Skripal and his daughter,
Yulia, critically ill.
His internal critics have pointedly backed Theresa May?s decision to expel 23 suspected Russian
spies and attacked his spokesman,
Seumas Milne, for warning of the
?problematic? history over the use
of intelligence by politicians.
Several shadow ministers are
known to have been angered by their
leaders? tone, triggering speculation
that Mr Corbyn could face resignations from his top team.
Nia Grif?th, the shadow Defence
Secretary, took a swipe at Mr Corbyn?s controversial Commons appearance, when he was heckled by
Jeremy Corbyn meeting street cleaners during a visit to Carlisle yesterday PA
Tory MPs and experienced barely
veiled criticism from his own side.
Ms Grif?th told the BBC: ?Some
of us perhaps speak in different
ways, and I perhaps speak in a more
plain-speaking way but he has made
it very clear... that we are fully supportive of the Government?s actions,
because clearly we accept that the
Prime Minister has said that Russia
is responsible.?
Owen Smith, the shadow Northern Ireland Secretary, tweeted his
support for a newspaper article that
described the Labour leader?s position as ?dispiriting?.
A Commons motion accepting
Russian culpability has been signed
by 18 of Mr Corbyn?s Labour critics. The Labour leader defended his
stance yesterday, stressing he ?totally condemns? the Skripal attack
and saying ?the evidence points towards Russia? being responsible.
He urged the Government to take
a ?calm, measured? approach ? and
warned against the drift towards a
?new Cold War? with Russia. But he
also said the possibility the nerve
agent attack was carried out by
Russian-linked gangsters could not
be excluded. And he warned Theresa May not to ?rush way ahead of
the evidence? ? highlighting the way
international crises such as the Iraq
War had led to ?clear thinking? being
overwhelmed by ?hasty judgements?.
The shadow Home Secretary
Diane Abbott said his comments had
been misreported, while the shadow
Justice Secretary Richard Burgon
protested over a ?cynical misrespresentation? of his position.
A Sky Data poll suggested 57 per
cent of people thought Mr Corbyn
was doing a bad job over his approach to Russia.
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By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
Alex Salmond has called for solid
evidence to be provided of Russian
state involvement in the Salisbury
nerve agent attack.
Speaking on his show on
the Kremlin-backed
television channel RT,
the former Scottish
First Minister said
the case against
Vladimir Putin?s
regime had to be
?cast iron?.
Mr Salmond
(right) also denied
that the broadcaster is a
?propaganda station? for the
Kremlin, insisting that his news
and current affairs show was
independently produced.
However, Nicola Sturgeon
distanced herself from her
predecessor?s views, telling MSPs
that the security evidence she
had seen led her to conclude that
Russia had ordered the attack.
Mr Salmond condemned the
attack on the former Russian spy
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CRIME
Paramedics ?first
treated poisoned
spy and daughter
for drugs use?
By Scott D?Arcy
A paramedic who was among the
?rst to respond to Sergei Skripal and
his daughter told the Prime Minister
that they had initially treated the pair
for drugs.
The medic was among members of
the emergency services and military
who met Theresa May at Salisbury?s
Guildhall, where she thanked them
for their response to the nerve-agent
attack. The man, named Ian, said
he had been in the ?rst ambulanceservice response car on the scene.
Mrs May asked him: ?At that stage
you could only treat for what you
can see??
The Salisbury MP John Glen
interjected to say he had heard
initial reports the incident was drugrelated, to which the paramedic
replied: ?Absolutely that?s what I was
treating for, that?s what we treated
them for initially.?
Mrs May also met Alex Way and
Alex Collins, two Wiltshire Police
of?cers who were ?rst to respond to
the emergency call. PC Collins told
the Prime Minister they had believed
the incident was ?a routine call?.
He said: ?It was a routine call, two
people on a bench, slumped over,
which is nothing out of the ordinary.?
Mrs May remarked: ?You had no
Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia,
are being treated in hospital after the
attack in Salisbury last week
Theresa May ?st-bumped
a member of the public
yesterday but her former aide Nick
Timothy hinted that it was not the
?rst time she had done so. He said
that No 10 adviser Sheridan Westlake was also a fan of the greeting.
idea what you were dealing with.
Thank you, what you did was what
police do day in and day out. A routine
call and you don?t know what?s there.
You did a great job.?
Asked about their colleague
Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who
remains in hospital after suffering
exposure to the nerve agent, PC
Collins said: ?Obviously our best
wishes go to him.?
Mrs May said: ?I?ve been down here
today thanking all the emergency
services for the work that they
have been doing here, meeting the
local community, hearing about the
impact on the local community and
seeing what a great city it is to come
and visit.?
Asked if she could guarantee the
public was safe, Mrs May said: ?Well,
Public Health England have been
giving public health advice to people
here in Salisbury, as has the chief
medical officer and their advice is
clearly that the risk to public health
is low.
?What I?ve heard from the people
here in Salisbury today, what I?ve
heard from businesses here in
Salisbury today, is that they do want
to see support, which they will be
given both by the council but also
by the Government, to ensure that
the city can recover, that we see
tourists coming back to this city in
the numbers we?ve seen previously.
?Salisbury is open for business, it?s
business as usual here. It?s a great
city, it?s a wonderful place to come
visit ? historic, beautiful.?
Theresa May visits Salisbury
yesterday with the Wiltshire
Chief Constable, Kier Pritchard
(centre) and MP John Glen (left)
TOBY MELVILLE/GETTY
INVESTIGATION
Attack may have been carried
out at Sergei Skripal?s house
By Cahal Milmo
Investigators pursuing the attackers
of Sergei Skripal and his daughter
yesterday sealed off the area around
the home of the police of?cer who
was also exposed to the nerve agent.
Specialist officers clad in
protective suits covered two cars
used by Detective Sergeant Nick
Bailey and his family in plastic
sheeting before winching the
vehicles on to a military lorry at the
family home in Alderholt, Dorset.
The development raised the
possibility that DS Bailey, who was
one of the first to respond to the
collapse of the Skripals, may have
unwittingly brought home traces
of the nerve agent used to try to
murder the double agent and his
daughter, Yulia.
DS Bailey, a father of two, remains
Military
personnel
outside DS
Bailey?s house
in Alderholt,
Dorset GETTY
in a serious but stable condition
following his exposure to Novichok.
He is thought to have gone to Mr
Skripal?s home in Salisbury.
This has raised the possibility
that the Skripals were poisoned at
or near the 66-year-old former spy?s
house, rather than in the centre
of Salisbury.
Last week police removed the
police car used by DS Bailey from
outside Salisbury District Hospital.
Scotland Yard said that 38 people
have received a medical assessment
in connection with the attack. Of
these, 34 have been given the allclear and one individual continues
to be monitored as an outpatient.
SALISBURY
Across
?It?s a ghost town? as shoppers
steer clear of the city centre
By Maya Oppenheim
Traders describe it as a ?ghost
town? and mothers refuse to take
their children into the centre
as fear continues to pervade
Salisbury more than a week-anda-half after a former Russian spy
and his daughter were poisoned.
Residents are staying away
from the centre of the Wiltshire
city to avoid the perceived threat
of the ?military grade? Novichok
nerve agent.
Vicky Bleaney, who runs
a mother and baby group in
Salisbury, said many mothers
were too anxious about the attack
to venture into town at all. The
mother of a two-year-old and a
three-year-old she said: ?I think
they are panicking because not a
lot is known.?
Traders said sales had
plummeted in the wake of the
attack. Party Seasons, a fancydress shop just metres from
police tape that surrounds the
bench where Mr Skripal and
his daughter were found, said
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3
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Markets in Salisbury remain quiet ?
apart from the police presence PA
sales were down by 75 per cent.
Victoria Marsh, the shop?s
manager, said: ?The walkway is
closed so we are losing customers
walking past. I think a lot of
people are avoiding town. If
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NEWS
EDUCATION
O?Leary
takes flight
with prize
One in four state
secondary schools
?can?t balance books?
Ryanair boss Michael
O?Leary celebrates the
?rst victory by one of
his horses in the Ryanair
Chase, which his airline
has sponsored for 12
years. Balko Des Flos
and two other horses
from Mr O?Leary?s
Gigginstown House Stud
won the ?rst three races
held at the Cheltenham
Festival yesterday.
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
The number of secondary schools
in England with budgets in the red
has nearly trebled in just four years,
according to research.
Just over one in four secondaries
is now in arrears, with an average
de?cit of �4,990.
The number of primary schools in
de?cit has also gone up over the same
period (from 2013-14 to 2016-17), with
an average hole in their budgets of
approximately �7,962.
The study, published by the
Education Policy Institute (EPI),
reveals approximately 1,250 schools
are running arrears as increasing
numbers of headteachers fail to make
ends meet.
Ministers have insisted that
more money is going into schools,
although earlier this month Damian
Hinds, the Education Secretary, did
acknowledge that funding is ?tight?.
The study analysed the balance
sheets and budgets of 1,136 secondary
and 13,404 primary schools in
England over seven years. David
Rising birth rate heaps
pressure on admissions
Secondary schools are facing a boom
in pupils, with numbers set to rise by
more than 600,000 over the next few
years, according to data published by
the Department for Education.
They are seeing an increase in
numbers prompted by a spike in the
birth rate in the early 2000s.
In 2016-17, there were 3.13 million
pupils of secondary school-age in
England. This is forecast to rise to
3.8 million by 2023-24.
Laws, the EPI?s executive chairman,
said the figures were ?striking?,
adding: ?Many schools will need to
?nd savings ? it will not be easy to do
this without reducing staff numbers.?
Secondary schools in the Southwest are the most likely to be in the
red, with 34.9 per cent in trouble. The
proportion of council-run secondaries in de?cit in the East Midlands
and South East was around 22 per
cent. In London it was 28.5 per cent.
Racing, see pullout
SECURITY
Europol: 1,000 jihadists could be heading home
By Hayden Smith
More than 1,000 Isis jihadists could
try to return to Europe, according to
the police agency Europol.
About 5,000 to 6,000 EU nationals
are thought to have made the
journey to join the militant group
after its emergence in 2014.
Around a third of those who
travelled may have died in ?ghting,
it is believed, while a similar
proportion have already returned
to their home countries.
Rob Wainwright, the executive
director of Europol, the EU?s law
enforcement agency, said that
left a large number who were
unaccounted for.
?That?s one of the big intelligence
questions right now, about where
these people are,? he added. ?Have
they come back without our
noticing? I think that?s unlikely in
the main. Maybe more have died
than we thought.
?Then there?s the final scenario
which is that maybe most of them
are still there and committed to this
cause of martyrdom.?
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SCIENCE
Hawking?s family and college plan tributes
to life and career of the ?wheelchair waltzer?
By Tom Bawden
Last TV appearance is a
warning to humanity
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
Stephen Hawking?s family and his
old Cambridge University college
are planning a series of events and
memorials to pay tribute to his life.
As tributes continued to ?ood in
for Professor Hawking, who died
in the early hours of Wednesday
morning, a spokeswoman for
Gonville and Caius College said
plans to celebrate his life and career
were being discussed.
Nothing has been finalised but
his death is likely to be marked by
?some combination of events and
other form of memorial? ? which will
be organised between the family, the
college and Cambridge University as
a whole, she said.
The college, where Professor
Hawking spent 52 of his 76 years,
has opened a book of condolences
which has been signed by more than
1,000 people already.
Academics at Gonville and Caius
paid tribute to Professor Hawking?s
playful, joking side yesterday.
They recalled how he would attend
dinners at the college, where he was
treated like a rock star by students
and academics, who would queue up
for photos ? but did not take himself
too seriously.
?While admirers around the world
celebrate his brilliant mind... at Caius
he will always be ?Stephen? ? the
man whose wicked sense of humour
enlivened High Table dinners and
Stephen Hawking was ?intertwined? with Gonville and Caius College for 50 years, said its Master, Sir Alan Fersht AFP
saw him spinning uproariously
around Hall in his wheelchair to the
strains of a waltz at a college party,?
said Professor Sir Alan Fersht, the
Master of Caius.
?Caius is Stephen ? they have been
intertwined for over 50 years,? added
Sir Alan, who first met Professor
Hawking in 1965.
Professor Tim Pedley, also of
Caius college, has memories of him
dancing in his wheelchair. ?Stephen
got his new wheelchair on to the
dance ?oor, and somebody said: ?Can
you do a waltz?? He put it on ?go and
turn? and he went whizzing around in
circles ? he enjoyed that.
?So his sense of humour was not
just a donnish, academic one: it was
a sense of the absurd.?
The Caius development director,
James Howell, remembers Professor
Hawking giving an exclusive talk to
a select group of people about his
life?s work ? at which he described
the ?eureka? moment in his study of
black holes as being ?as good as sex,
but lasting much longer?.
Elsewhere, people continued to
pay tribute to Professor Hawking.
Kaley Cuoco, who stars as Penny
in the hit US sitcom The Big Bang
Theory, in which Professor Hawking
appeared several times, said:
?He made us laugh and we made
him laugh.?
Professor Hawking is to appear in
a documentary about colonising a
planet which will be broadcast
on the Smithsonian Channel in the
US next month.
The late academic opens the ?lm
with a prediction and a warning,
saying: ?I am convinced that humans
need to leave Earth and make a new
home on another planet,? he says. ?We
must do it now before humanity is
overtaken by some disaster that we
can neither anticipate nor control.?
The ?lm explores what we need
to do to ?nd habitable planets and
develop rockets powerful enough to
transport us to them.
?It will take more than explorers
to colonise a planet. To create a selfsustaining colony, astronauts would
need to build habitats, farm food,
and mine and process the planet?s
resources,? he says.
?Perhaps robots would prep the
location for the arrival of the ?rst
settlers. Establishing a colony in
space would require incredible
ingenuity, but the documentary
demonstrates that ingenuity is a
resource humans have in abundance,?
Prof Hawking adds.
?Our species? natural curiosity is
what will drive us to these distant
planets. In the next 100 years, we
will embark on our greatest ever
adventure. Our destiny is in the stars.?
CRIME
?Monster? gets 30 years for murdering Aldi worker in revenge attack
By Dave Higgens
A man stabbed an Aldi supermarket
worker to death in front of horri?ed
shoppers in a ?cold-blooded public
execution? because he blamed her
for his break-up with her mother, a
court heard yesterday.
A judge told Neville Hord, 44, that
he might never be released as he
jailed him for life with a minimum
term of 30 years. Hord murdered
Jodie Willsher, 30, at the Aldi branch
where she worked in Skipton,
North Yorkshire, four days before
Christmas last year.
Hord, a plumber who had been
in a relationship with Ms Willsher?s
mother, Nicole Dinsdale, spent two
weeks planning the killing ? ?tting
a tracking device to his victim?s
car, buying two knives, an axe, a
crossbow and even making enquiries
about a buying a gun.
Peter Moulson QC, for the
prosecution, told Bradford Crown
Court that Hord stabbed Ms
Willsher, a mother of one, several
Nveille Hord spent two weeks
planning to kill Jodie Willsher
times before he was jumped on by
members of the public who wrapped
him in cling ?lm and restrained him
with a belt before police arrived.
Mr Moulson described the
murder as a ?cold-blooded public
execution perpetrated for the
purpose of revenge?. He told the
court how Hord went into the busy
supermarket with the knife and went
out again to get his axe for ?back up?,
stopping for a coffee in the nextdoor McDonald?s before returning
to attack Ms Willsher.
He told police she smiled at him as
he approached her.
Mr Moulson said Ms Willsher
was stabbed multiple times by Hord
and the attack continued as they
both fell to the ?oor and onlookers
intervened. The court was told the
frenzied attack was caught on CCTV
footage so shocking a judge has
ordered it should never be released.
A month before the attack, Ms
Dinsdale told police about an attack
on her by Hord which left her with a
broken arm.
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NEWS
Royal Mail
reaches for
the skies
Ten commemorative Royal Mail stamps were
unveiled yesterday to mark the centenary of the
creation of the Royal Air Force.
The stamps feature artworks by the renowned
aviation artist Michael Turner. The aircraft depicted
are the Sopwith Camel, the Hawker Hurricane,
the Avro Vulcan, the English Electric Lightning,
the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod and the
Euro?ghter Typhoon.
Another set of four stamps shows the world-
famous Red Arrows in full formation. The RAF was
formed on April 1 1918 following the merger of the
Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.
The stamps will be available online and at 7,000
post of?ces from next Tuesday.
MEDICINE
INVESTIGATION
Ministers fear US-style opioid crisis
could reach UK as overdoses soar
Grenfell Tower
fire doors failed
safety tests
By David Cohen
Hospital admissions for opioid
painkiller overdoses have rocketed
in the UK, ?gures reveal, sparking
fears of a public health crisis.
Last year, hospitals in England
took in 20,130 patients for overdoses
linked to opioids except heroin
? an 85 per cent rise in 10 years,
according to NHS Digital ?gures.
Public health minister Steven
Brine warned the UK must not let
the issue reach the same crisis levels
seen in the US, where there were
16,800 deaths in 2016 related to
prescription opioid overdoses
getting hooked after being
prompting President
legally prescribed opioid
Donald Trump to
analgesics for medical
declare a ?public
reasons, such as
health emergency?.
tackling pain from
Opioid-related
an injury.
deaths in England
The Government
patients treated for
and Wales have also
has announced
opioid overdoses in
risen by more than
a review into the
hospitals in England
half in four years,
way such drugs are
last year ? an 85 per
with latest figures
prescribed
and highcent rise in 10 years
at 2,038.
lighted the imporConcerns have been
tance of understanding
raised about growing
how many addicts there
levels of addiction in the UK,
are. The number of addicts is
with increasing cases of patients unknown, with estimates ranging
20,130
HEALTH
Study deflates myth of the ?obesity paradox?
By Jennifer Cockerell
The idea that it might be possible
to be overweight or obese, but
not at increased risk of heart
disease, has been challenged.
Researchers at the University
of Glasgow said their ?ndings
dispute the ?obesity paradox?
that being overweight or even
obese might not have any
effect on the risk of death from
cardiovascular disease (CVD)
or other causes, and may be
protective, if a reasonable level
of ?tness is maintained.
Their study, which analysed
the data of nearly 300,000
people, found the risk of heart
and blood vessel problems
increases as body mass index
(BMI) rises beyond 22-23, even
though a BMI of up to 25 is
usually considered healthy. The
risk also increases steadily the
more fat a person carries around
their waist.
Lead researcher Dr Stamatina
Iliodromiti said: ?Any public
misconception of a potential
?protective? effect of fat on heart
and stroke risks should be
challenged. This is the largest
study that provides evidence
against the obesity paradox in
healthy people.?
from tens of thousands to 300,000.
Hospitals are seeing up to 60 admissions a day, including those with
drug poisoning from synthetic opioids. Hospital admissions for these
types of drugs, including tramadol,
buprenorphine and fentanyl, have
risen by 550 per cent to 5,486.
Drug charity workers warn that
the number of people addicted
to prescription opioid painkillers
has been rising for years and that
the problem could soon spiral out
of control.
Some experts say the problem
is amplified as many do not know
where to get help, as they do not see
themselves in the same category as
illegal drug addicts.
Mr Brine said: ?We cannot be
complacent. This is a huge problem
in the US and we must be absolutely
sure it doesn?t become one here.?
EVENING STANDARD
New data show 3.1 million
people in England alone
were prescribed opioids last year
at a cost of �3m. Prescriptions
of fentanyl, said to be 100 times
more potent than morphine,
increased 80 per cent.
By Jack Hardy
Fire doors at Grenfell Tower could
only hold back flames for half the
time they were supposed to, investigators have found.
In revelations described as ?shocking? by survivors, experts tested an
undamaged door from the block and
discovered it could only withstand a
blaze for 15 minutes ? not the 30 for
which it was designed.
The Housing Secretary Sajid Javid
said the Government would carry
out further tests, but there was ?no
evidence this is a systemic issue?, and
the risk to public safety was low.
The Metropolitan Police announced the developments as the
force continues a ?comprehensive?
investigation into the tragedy which
left 71 people dead last June.
Three glazed ?re doors provided
by the same company were found to
offer less protection than guidelines
recommend. It is understood they
were installed as front doors to ?ats
in the west London block between
2011 and 2012.
Natasha Elcock, a representative
of the bereaved and survivors? group
Grenfell United, said: ?It?s shocking ?rst the cladding and insulation then
the doors. Who knows what else is
putting people?s lives at risk??
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POLITICS
Post-transition global trade deals
on the cards as Davis gives ground
MPs warned over
using ?misleading?
social media clips
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
David Davis has insisted he is ?confident? that a deal will be struck
over Britain?s post-Brexit transition
arrangements at next week?s European Union summit.
An agreement is emerging
following signals that Brussels
is ready to drop its opposition to
Britain signing trade deals during
the transition period which will
begin after Brexit next March.
Mr Davis, the Brexit Secretary,
has bowed to the EU?s insistence
that the period should end three
months early on 31 December
2020, three months earlier than the
Government had wanted.
He told MPs that the
Government?s immediate aim was
to agree a ?strictly time-limited
implementation period? at the
Brussels summit.
?This is crucial to helping us build
a bridge from where we are to where
we want to be on our exit,? he said.
Britain and the European
Commission are also working to turn
a joint report agreed in December
over the terms of Britain?s departure
into a legally-binding text.
Mr Davis (inset) added: ?We
are con?dent that both of
these aims are in reach.?
The European
Commission is
understood to have
agreed to the UK?s
position, and the latest
draft version of the
proposed transition deal
to be discussed in Brussels
contains its concessions.
Mr Davis has conceded that
Britain could ?live with? the
proposed arrangement ending
in December 2020, rather than
March 2021 as suggested by
Theresa May.
He said his priority
was to reach a deal next
week, saying: ?That
is more important to
me than a few months
either way. So I?m not
bothered too much
about the question of
whether it is Christmas
2020 or Easter 2021.?
Asked if he could live with the
transition ending in December
2020, he said: ?I would live with
that. We are still in the middle of a
negotiation. Frankly, what I would
not do is delay the decision in order
to get a month or two more.?
H e p l ay e d d o w n w o r r i e s
expressed by the Tory MP Jacob
Rees-Mogg, an arch Brexiteer, that
Britain would be a ?vassal state?
during the transition as most EU
laws take two years to pass.
Mr Davis is to hold talks with
the EU?s chief negotiator Michel
Barnier on Monday. He said his
team had been working ??at out? in
negotiations with the Commission.
NORTHERN IRELAND
Time running out to prevent hard border
By Richard Vaughan
Too little time is left to ?nd a technical solution to avoid a hard border
in Ireland before the UK leaves the
European Union, MPs have warned.
In a withering assessment of
ministers? efforts, the Northern
Ireland Affairs Committee said
the Government had provided ?no
evidence? that a technical solution to
the border problem could be found.
In its report, the committee
concluded that the Government?s
proposals for the border were
?imaginative but that it will not
have the time to implement a
new non-visible customs regime
before withdrawal day?. The MP
Andrew Murrison, who chairs the
committee, said Brexit?s success
?hinges on the UK-Ireland border?.
?Everyone agrees that the border
after Brexit must look and feel as it
does today,? he said. ?However, we
have heard no evidence to suggest
that there is... a technical solution.?
By Jon Vale
The House of Commons Speaker,
John Bercow, has warned MPs
about using selective clips to give
?inaccurate? impressions about
parliamentary business.
It followed complaints from the
Commons Leader, Andrea Leadsom,
that a ?misleading impression?
had been created about
changes to free school
meals through
universal credit.
Leading Labour
politicians have
argued that plans
to bring in a means
test for families
claiming universal
credit to receive free
school meals would mean more
than one million children missing out.
But ministers say it was never their
intention for these arrangements to
remain in place.
Speaking at Business Questions,
Ms Leadsom (inset) said: ?While
the use of social media is broadly to
be welcomed, members should take
care to ensure that usage of selective
clips of debates does not create a
misleading impression.?
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TECHNOLOGY
AI translates Chinese into
English ?as well as humans?
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Microsoft has trained an AI system
to translate news articles from Chinese into English as accurately as
humans, hailing the achievement as
a ?major milestone?.
Teams from the company?s Beijing
and Washington labs created the
process after being inspired by how
humans learn through trial and error.
The system was able to compare
translations of around 2,000 sentences from Chinese to English before translating it back into Chinese,
a process known as dual learning.
A second method called deliberation networks taught the AI system
to revise and edit its own translations
as a human would. ?Hitting human
parity in a machine translation task is
a dream that all of us have had,? said
Microsoft trained an AI
capable of beating a human
in reading and comprehension
tests, scoring 82.650 compared to
the 82.304 managed by people.
Xuedong Huang, a technical fellow
leading Microsoft?s speech, natural
language and machine translation efforts. ?We just didn?t realise we?d be
able to hit it so soon.?
Part of the difficulty in achieving parity with humans in machine
translation is that two people may
translate the same phrase differently,
but technically correctly, said Ming
Zhou, head of a natural language
processing group that worked on the
project. An ideal result in terms of
speech recognition would be human
and machine presenting the same
translation. ?People can use different words to express the exact same
thing, but you cannot necessarily say
which one is better,? he added.
The AI used deep neural networks
(a software system designed to replicate the activity of a human brain
to classify and order information) to
produce more ?uent translations.
Siobh醤 Norton, page 20
Just the word Translation apps
Google Translate has long been
regarded as the leading digital translation service, but many others have
thrown their hat into the interpretation arena in an effort to become the
ultimate foreign-holiday companion.
Microsoft Translator has long
played second ?ddle to Translate, but
is likely to offer a greater degree of
accuracy following Microsoft?s latest
AI breakthrough.
Free app Waygo translates
Chinese, Japanese and Korean
characters into English by simply
pointing your smartphone?s camera
at menus and signs, and has ambitions to add other languages to
its roster.
TripLingo is another app designed
to make picking up local slang a
doddle by connecting you to a live
translator or by instantly translating
your voice.
TextGrabber analyses text from
images and live video in order
to translate it into more than
100 languages, with no internet
connection required.
Goalkeeper saved by sport
A former Rwandan goalkeeper
who survived the genocide
because he was captain of one of
the country?s most popular football clubs, has collected an MBE
from Buckingham Palace.
Eric ?Toto? Murangwa, 42,
received his award insignia from
the Prince of Wales yesterday in
recognition of his bravery and for
founding two sporting charities to
promote peace and unity. PA
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COMMENT FROM HOME AND ABROAD
RUSSIA AND
SPY POISONING
TELFORD
SCANDAL
STEPHEN
HAWKING
SPEND A
PENNY
MIKE
POMPEO
SAVE THE
BULLDOG
Corbyn won?t
condemn
Putin
Political
correctness
dominates
Great loss to
science
community
It may be
time to ditch
copper coins
Is new Trump
aide good
news?
Catherine
Tate?s dog
rescue quest
Evening Standard
The Spectator
TheSun
The Guardian
New YorkTimes
Daily Mail
The Russian
government bears
direct responsibility
[for the Salisbury
attack]. The refusal
to say so is alarming
enough coming
from a Leader of the
Opposition. Were
a Prime Minister
to behave this way,
the damage would
be catastrophic.
(Editorial)
It would be tragic
if Parliament were
to lose sight of girls
who depend more
than most on social
services. This subject
might be off-putting,
dif?cult to debate
and report. But this is
why we have a public
service broadcaster,
and politicians.
(Editorial)
What a blow to lose
two great men of
numbers ? Stephen
Hawking, then Jim
Bowen. One asked
crucial questions
about our universe.
So did the other, in A
Brief History of Time.
We salute Professor
Hawking for the many
incredible insights
and the courageous,
epic resilience to his
condition. And Jim, for
years of Bullseye fun.
(Editorial)
May?s response to
the coin crisis lacked
mettle. What shoppers
don?t thank you for is
a pile of shrapnel in
change. Supermarkets
realise this and have
mostly abandoned
99p pricing. Today?s
kids don?t go into
Primark or Tiger
with piles of 1p and
2p coins. Everything
in those stores is
already rounded.
(Patrick Collinson)
The State Department
may at last get a leader
who can restrain
the President, and
make diplomacy
effective again in
an administration
otherwise governed
by Twitter.
(Bret Stephens)
Catherine?s heart was
in the right place, but
it takes more than a
well-known face with
a sincere delivery to
make absorbing TV.
This show wheezed
along like an
overweight pug, with
frequent slumps and
pauses. All the material
for a documentary
was here, but it needed
more work.
(Christopher Stevens)
New Statesman
Sky
On Russia, Mr Corbyn
cut an isolated ?gure
in the Commons as he
regressed to his former
role of contrarian
backbencher. In a
moment that called
for statesmanship, Mr
Corbyn reverted to
being parsimonious
and partisan.
(Beth Rigby)
Quote of
the day
Frankly,
Russia should
go away and
shut up
Gavin
Williamson
The Defence
Secretary?s
unorthodox
approach to
international
diplomacy
When working-class
victims and carers in
cases such as Telford
have spoken for
themselves, men in
positions of power
have disbelieved
them. What use is one
woman?s testimony
if it can?t be used
to discredit that of
another?
(Victoria Smith)
The Times
Daily Mirror
Overcoming a disease
that could have
killed 50 years ago,
Hawking was also a
humanitarian. Lacking
self-pity, Hawking will
be spoken of in awe for
millennia to come.
(Editorial)
News?ash: we?ve just
heard the penny is
to be reprieved and
the penny is thrilled.
?The truth is, I do kind
of hope to swim with
dolphins one day,?
said the penny. ?Or a
manatee.?
(Deborah Ross)
New YorkMagazine
It?s hard to see how
an Islamophobe
transplanted from the
CIA, whose chances
of survival in his role
may depend on his
willingness to validate
Trump?s instincts,
will convince the
diplomats who have
left the department to
come back. The issue
is that the President
doesn?t think the work
they do matters.
(Jonah Shepp)
Daily Telegraph
Tate took to her brief
with an impressive
commitment to report
on the latest research.
In between each visit to
a specialist or scientist,
she would do an update
on her feelings, which
veered between hope
and gloom.
(Jasper Rees)
LifeInBrief
REYNALDO BIGNONE ARGENTINE DICTATOR
Reynaldo Bignone, who has died aged
90, was the last president of Argentina?s
dictatorship of 1976 to 1983. He died
in prison, serving multiple sentences
for crimes against humanity, including
murder and the abduction of babies
from alleged dissidents.
Bignone played a central role in a
regime that de?ned itself as a defender
of Christian civilisation during the
Cold War, in a ?ght against communist
radicals and leftist guerrillas.
Years of economic turmoil and
violence by left-wing groups gave
initial legitimacy to the junta, which
ended President Isabel Per髇?s erratic
rule over South America?s secondlargest country. The military leaders,
who maintained Per髇?s murderous
paramilitary security apparatus,
promised to stamp out subversives and
return the country to order.
The US was among the ?rst countries
to recognise the new regime, but
subsequently became critical of it
when president Jimmy Carter declared
preservation of human rights a US
priority in foreign policy.
Despite paying lip service to
reducing such abuses, the junta
continued to run concentration camps
and clandestine torture centres.
Women who gave birth in these
institutions were reportedly killed and
hundreds of their children were then
given to military families.
Bignone was credited with paving a
way for a return to democracy, but not
before orchestrating the shredding of
documents that could implicate the
junta in atrocities and declaring an
amnesty covering military of?cials.
He stepped aside soon after Ra鷏
Alfons韓, a centrist civilian politician,
was elected in late 1983. Argentina?s
supreme court overturned all
amnesties in 2005. Two years later, an
Argentine federal judge ordered the
prosecution of Bignone.
The ageing general was convicted
of human rights violations in 2010 and
was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
He received further sentences for
overseeing a secret torture centre and
for his role in the seizure of 34 babies
from alleged subversives.
In 2016, he was sentenced to 20 years
in prison for taking part in ?Operation
Condor,? an effort among right-wing
Latin American regimes to eliminate
political opponents even when they
?ed across borders.
Reynaldo Benito Antonio Bignone
was born in Mor髇, a city in the
Argentine province of Buenos Aires,
on 21 January 1928. He graduated from
Argentine military and war colleges
and rose through the ranks, becoming
secretary general of the army under
president Jorge Videla. His selection
as president was controversial, with
the navy and air force making their
objections known publicly in the wake
of the Falklands defeat.
Bignone?s wife, the former Nilda
Bel閚, with whom he had three
children, died in 2013. Towards the end
of his life, Bignone defended his actions
as necessary in the ?battle against
terrorism?. THE WASHINGTON POST
Born 21 January 1928
Died 7 March 2018
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JamesChapman
Last of the disenfranchised
The three million EU citizens who live in the UK should win the vote
I
t is a century since women
won the vote in Britain, an
anniversary that has been
rightly and widely celebrated.
Today, the campaign
for votes at 16 appears
unstoppable, with teenagers
already allowed to vote in local
elections and elections to the
Scottish Parliament.
And in Westminster, the
Government is backing moves to
allow British expats to continue
to vote in general elections for
as long as they like, rather than
losing that right after living abroad
for 15 years or more. Yet there
is one disenfranchised group
whose electoral rights are barely
discussed, though, with Brexit
looming, they are more relevant
now than at any time in our history.
Many EU nationals in the UK
have been here for decades, they
pay British taxes, they speak the
language of the land and respect its
laws and customs.
A large number are married to
or in relationships with British
citizens, and contribute to our
economy and society as much as
anyone else.
Yet while their British partners
and children enjoy that most basic
of rights ? the freedom to cast their
votes in general elections ? the three
million EU nationals who are here
do not. They were also excluded
from the 2016 EU referendum,
though the result will directly
impact the future of each and every
one of them.
Indeed, local elections taking
place in many parts of England
in May will provide the ?rst
opportunity for EU nationals to
demonstrate their feelings at the
ballot box since the EU referendum.
With Brexit negotiations
continuing at a snail?s pace, the
Home Of?ce has not yet guaranteed
that EU citizens? current right
to vote in local elections will be
maintained after Britain leaves
the EU. It simply says that the
Government?s view is that voting in
local elections ?helps EU citizens
in the UK and UK nationals in
the EU contribute to and feel a
part of the local communities in
which they live? and that it will
explore ?bilateral arrangements
on voting rights with individual EU
member states?.
The situation is very different
for the citizens of nearly 50
Commonwealth countries,
British Dependent Territories
and the Republic of Ireland. The
Representation of the People Act
The other half: EU nationals,
even those with British
partners and children,
cannot vote in general
elections AFP/GETTY
1918 decreed that only British
subjects could register as electors.
However, the term ?British subject?
included any person who, at that
time, owed allegiance to the Crown.
This means than more than a
million Commonwealth citizens in
Britain, including those with Indian,
Pakistani, Canadian, New Zealand
and Zimbabwean passports, have
the right to vote in general elections
alongside British citizens from the
moment they arrive.
EU nationals can be granted
the right to vote if they apply for
and receive British citizenship,
which they are entitled to if they
have lived in the UK for ?ve years
without leaving for more than a
total of 450 days, have no serious
criminal offences and meet tests on
knowledge of the English language
and society. But con?dent of their
right to live and work freely in the
UK because of EU rules, very few EU
nationals living here have done so.
Now, if Brexit goes ahead, they
know they will have to apply for
a new ?settled status?, a process
that will include the controversial
requirement for them to provide
the Government with their
biometric data.
With this new settled status
should come the right to vote. Chile
operates such a system for foreign
residents and New Zealand ? the
It cannot be
right we should
continue to
impose taxation
without national
representation
?rst country in the world to grant
women the vote ? allows residents
of 12 months or more to take part in
national elections.
Such a move would send a
powerful message to the EU and the
world that despite Brexit the UK
continues to welcome and respect
those who come here and play a full
part in our country.
Polling suggests it would also
command strong public support.
A recent survey found that 48 per
cent of people back extending
voting rights to the three million
EU nationals after Brexit, while 25
per cent support the status quo of
voting only in local elections and
just 10 per cent support the option
of removing their voting rights.
A century on from women?s
suffrage, it cannot be right that for
just one group of people who have
been here for years, contributing
to our society and economy, we
should continue to impose taxation
without national representation. As
Professor Rob Ford, the University
of Manchester psephologist, puts
it: ?All those with a stake in political
decisions, regardless of where they
originally came from, should have a
voice in those decisions.?
If ministers are serious about
building a global Britain after
Brexit, they should start by
promising to enfranchise the
millions who they will make apply
for settled status. It is time they had
a say in the national government of
their country.
James Chapman is former director of
communications at HM Treasury and
chief of staff at the Department for
Exiting the EU
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Toys R Us is not
the high street
Copper still coin
of the realm
It seems rather odd to
refer to the failure of
Toys R Us (i, 15 March)
as the demise of another
?high street name? when
they were responsible
for the death of many
high street toy shops by
opening out-of-town
warehouse stores.
MICHAEL COOPER
ASHCOTT, SOMERSET
I see we are to keep
copper coins after a
Government aboutturn in only 24 hours.
I carried out a rough
calculation, and if I had
2p for every U-turn
this administration has
made, I would nearly
have enough to buy a
copy of the i newspaper
next week.
ROBERT BOSTON
KINGSHILL, KENT
Low wages
cause this crisis
Josie Cox (i, 15 March)
is wrong to refer to a
productivity crisis. The
true crisis is low wages.
Public spending suffers
as low wage earners
pay little or no taxes.
Productivity won?t
increase until wages do.
RICHARD WOOLLER
LYDNEY,
GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Corbyn and
?British values?
Some Labour MPs
don?t think that Jeremy
Corbyn?s stance on
the Salisbury outrage
re?ects ?British values?
(i, 15 March).
Those of us who
still subscribe to the
principle of ?innocent
until proven guilty? and
8 days
from on
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believe that relations
between states should
be governed by law, may
beg to differ.
MARK ROBERTSON
EXMOUTH, DEVON
Jeremy Corbyn is, I?m
sure, a decent man
with values we can
identify with.
Unfortunately
his response to Mrs
May?s statement on
Russia con?rmed he
lacks the gravitas and
statesmanlike qualities
that this country
requires from a leader.
We are faced with the
conundrum that many
agree with his policies
but cannot support Mr
Corbyn as the leader to
carry them out.
I can?t be the only
one who squirmed with
embarrassment at his
response when unity
was so clearly called for
by the electorate. It was
misjudgement of the
worst kind.
F PATTISON
KENDAL, CUMBRIA
I watched the whole
debate on Wednesday
and the Leader of Her
Majesty?s Opposition
did not once question
the evidence: i) he
condemned this
?appalling act?; ii) he
sought clarity about
what was known; iii) he
asked what investigative
actions had been
taken; and iv) he, in
effect, asked what the
evidence was, rather
than the likelihood and
assumption.
It is highly likely that
Russia was involved in
some way, but that is
not evidence.
MIKE SMITH
HOWDEN,
EAST YORKSHIRE
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Defence policy
under fire
In view of the advice to
Vladimir Putin from
Gavin Williamson to
?Go away and shut
up?, isn?t it proof of the
suspicion that we have a
teenage mind in charge
of our defence policy?
Michael Fallon resigned
following allegations of
misconduct ? surely it?s
clear that the UK is now a
distant outlier among the
nations of the world in
these respects. Mr Putin
must be rolling with
laughter and disbelief.
KEN GODDARD
MUSBURY, DEVON
Remembering
Hawking
What a ?ne tribute to
Stephen Hawking (i,
15 March). Hawking
challenged the thinking
of scientists about
what preceded the
Big Bang, although
understanding the laws
of thermodynamics
does not allow for the
?probability? that nothing
existed. A fascinating
scientist, whom I admired
deeply for his principled
turning down of a
knighthood and his ?rm
defence for a continuing,
publicly funded NHS.
His was a great
scienti?c and moral
brain to be lost in this
very uncertain world.
FRANK WILLIAMS
Stephen Hawking was
very nearly right about
Byron House School
in Highgate. I learnt
virtually nothing there,
but the lessons on clay
modelling, resting and
documentary ?lms were,
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I came out and I was shut
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Ellen DeGeneres has described
how she was shut out of the
Hollywood community 20
years ago, when her sitcom
was cancelled after she came
out during an episode. ?This is
a long, long story ? but they
really didn?t want me to come
Social media app Snapchat is currently enduring a
swift and sudden fall from grace.
Having lost $1bn (�7m) of its market value
last month when in?uential television personality
Kylie Jenner declared on Twitter that she was
?sooo over? Snapchat, the networking app is now
the subject of Rihanna?s ire. It?s because an advert
for a game posted on Snapchat earlier this week
asked followers to vote whether they would rather
?slap Rihanna? or ?punch Chris Brown?
? Rihanna?s ex-boyfriend (inset) who
was convicted of assaulting her in
his car in 2009.
Although Snapchat has now
apologised and removed the
advert, Rihanna (left) is ? quite
rightly ? still angry. She wrote a
message to Snapchat on Instagram
yesterday, saying: ?You spent money
to animate something that would bring
intentional shame to [domestic violence] victims
and made a joke of it!? She added: ?Shame on you.?
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lip, and has described the assault as ?terrifying?.
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DIPLOMACY
Kim
Sengupta
T
he UK Government has
declared that it has the full
backing of its international
allies in the confrontation
with Russia. There will, we are
told, be a united front in the robust
retaliation which will follow against
Vladimir Putin.
We will have to wait to see
whether this is the case. Previous
expressions of international
solidarity following the murder of
Alexander Litvinenko, in which the
Kremlin was again held culpable,
came to nothing much at all.
The initial reaction from the
West was hardly encouraging. On
Wednesday, Benjamin Griveaux,
Emmanuel Macron?s spokesman
was almost withering when asked
about Russian culpability, and after
another telephone call from Mrs
May on Thursday morning, the
蒷ys閑 Palace issued a statement
saying: ?Everything leads us to
believe that the responsibility [for
the attack] is attributable to Russia?.
Mr Macron will, it said, announce
measures in the coming days. One
obvious step would be to cancel his
visit to Russia in two months? time.
One should not hold one?s
breath on that happening;
we are more likely than
not to see Mr Macron
shaking hands with Mr
Putin in Moscow.
In Italy, Matteo
Salvini, who may
become the next prime
minister, responded
to the allegations of
Moscow?s involvement with:
?We see and hear a lot of fake
news? and that ?in 2018 you don?t go
around poisoning people?.
The US stridently supported
the UK at the UN Security Council
meeting on Wednesday, with
ambassador Nikki Haley (inset)
talking of exposing ?Russia?s crime?.
Ms Haley, however, has become well
known since her arrival at the UN as
someone who competes in ?oridness
of language with the man who
appointed her to the post, Donald
Trump. Her diatribes have seldom
been followed up by ?rm action.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump, who
had furiously tweeted about
Muslim terrorist attacks, real and
imaginary, in the West had been
personally remarkably silent on the
Salisbury poisoning. He almost had
to be dragged initially to make a
statement, ?nally coming out with:
?It sounds like they believe it was
Russia.... I would certainly take that
?nding as fact?.
After Mrs May?s Commons
statement on Wednesday, Iain
Duncan Smith raised the
issue of the Nord Stream
2, a project involving
Berlin and Moscow
in which a pipeline
will take Russian gas
to Germany.
Germany maintains
that the ?10bn (�n)
project will buttress
Europe?s energy security
by ensuring steady gas
supplies at a time when the
Continent?s energy resources are
dwindling. But Poland and some
Eastern European states are deeply
concerned that it will give Moscow
great and dangerous strategic
leverage over Europe.
He asked if the Prime Minister
could ask the German government
to withdraw from the project as part
of the concerted action?
All Mrs May could offer in
response was that Nord Stream 2
has been discussed with European
allies in the past. We shall, again,
have to wait and see just how far
solidarity of the allies reaches in
Britain?s new Cold War with the
Kremlin. THE INDEPENDENT
LANGUAGE
enough to know that it wouldn?t be
without its pitfalls.
Of course, translation mistakes
precede technology. They have
resulted in embarrassments
throughout history, spawned urban
legends and even sparked diplomatic
incidents. French-US relations hit
a stumbling block in 1830 when the
verb ?demander?, which is ?to ask?
in English, was misinterpreted as ?
you guessed it ? ?to demand?. When
Jimmy Carter visited Poland in 1977,
he informed the nation he was happy
to grasp at its private parts. Or at
least that?s what his interpreter, um,
interpreted ? he actually said he
was happy to be in Poland. He also,
thanks to his translator, told the
crowd he had ?left the United States,
never to return?, and that he wanted
to learn about the Polish people?s
?lusts? (rather than ?desires?).
Eventually the interpreter lapsed
into silence, perhaps sparing the
president any more blushes.
Many people, of course, don?t even
attempt to speak the language when
they travel. It?s one way to avoid
a gaffe, but talking louder in your
native language is, I ?nd, employed
exclusively by English speakers.
Perhaps we could all learn from
the president?s interpreter ? silence
is golden if you don?t know what
you?re doing. A wide smile and a lot
of pointing and looking helpless will
usually bear fruit. And, of course,
most people around the world have
more languages at their disposal
than us lazy monolingual lot. So
forgive them if their dessert menus
offer freshly churned ass-cream.
Siobh醤
Norton
The perils of
getting lost in
translation
I
t?s a favourite internet pastime ?
trawling through holiday snaps
of unintentionally hilarious
signage translations. Whether
the restaurant owners used a
translation app or a class dunce to
write menus inviting diners to taste
their sugared craps or vagitarian
options is anyone?s guess, but it
keeps us entertained on a slow
afternoon in the of?ce.
So as Microsoft announces it
has created a machine capable
of translating Chinese sentences
? properly ? it is something of
a disappointment.
I love the idea of having a little
Babel Fish in my ear that helps
me ask for directions in a foreign
city, or something on my phone
that would prevent a plate of fried
locusts arriving in front of me in a
restaurant. But I?ve fallen on my
face enough times with the help of
a phrasebook or Google Translate
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Producer sued
over ?To Kill a
Mockingbird?
adaptation
By Adam Lusher
The estate of To Kill a Mockingbird
author Harper Lee is suing the
producer of a Broadway adaptation
of the novel, claiming the play strays
too far from the spirit of the book.
The West Wing creator Aaron
Sorkin?s script for the play, which
is being produced by the Oscarwinner Scott Rudin, deviated too
much from the content of Lee?s
novel, the lawsuit claims.
It alleges the play adds two new
characters, changes the character
of lawyer Atticus Finch to make him
initially na飗e to racism and ?did
not present a fair depiction of 1930s
small-town Alabama? because it
introduced elements of today?s
social climate.
Lee died in February 2016 at the
age of 89, but the lawsuit filed in
an Alabama court refers to a copy
of a contract signed by her about
Harper Lee signed a contract eight
months before her death in 2016
eight months before her death, in
which Rudin?s theatrical production
company, Rudinplay, agreed to pay
her $100,000 (�,775) to adapt the
novel for the stage,
The lawsuit says the contract
also obliged Rudinplay to remain
faithful to the spirit of the book and
its original characters.
Asking the southern district
court of Alabama to rule that the
play ?violates? the contract, the
lawsuit cites interviews about
the play, which is due to open on
Broadway in December, with Jeff
Daniels as Atticus Finch.
The lawsuit ? filed by attorney
Tonja B Carter, the executor of
Lee?s estate ? quoted Sorkin telling
the entertainment website Vulture
in September 2017: ?As far as
Atticus and his virtue goes, this is a
different take on Mockingbird than
Harper Lee?s or Horton Foote?s
[the screenwriter of the 1962 film
starring Gregory Peck].
?He becomes Atticus Finch
by the end of the play, and while
he?s going along, he has a kind of
running argument with Calpurnia,
the housekeeper, which is a much
bigger role in the play.
?He is in denial about his
neighbours, and his friends and the
world around him, that it is as racist
as it is? He becomes an apologist
for these people.?
A statement issued on behalf of
Rudinplay said Sorkin?s script ?is
a faithful adaptation of a singular
novel which has been crafted
well within the constraints of the
signed agreement?. It also alleged
a ?history of litigious behaviour? by
Lee?s estate. THE INDEPENDENT
Monument to a species on the brink of extinction
?The Last Three?, billed as the world?s largest rhino
sculpture, by artists Gillie and Marc, is seen during
a ceremony at Astor Place in New York yesterday.
Gillie and Marc Schattner have recreated the last three
northern white rhinos in the world ? Sudan, Najin, and
Fatu ? in a 17-foot bronze sculpture in the hopes of
making an impact on the illegal rhino poaching trade.
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ARCHAEOLOGY
Early humans were keen traders, study finds
By Alina Polianskaya
Early humans may have been
trading with each other much
earlier than previously thought,
research suggests.
Scientists excavated ancient
artefacts at Middle Stone Age sites
dating back around 320,000 years at
the Olorgesailie Basin, in southern
Kenya. They uncovered weapons
made of materials that could not be
found there, suggesting hominins at
the time may have exchanged goods
with others.
There was evidence of weapons
made from obsidian, which was not
available locally. The study suggests
it may have been traded with nearby
populations, as there were obsidian
sources at a number of sites as far as
50km away. There were also 46,000
obsidian ?akes at the site, indicating
it was brought in as a raw material
and crafted into weapons there.
These ?ndings date back to around
the time when early Homo sapiens
were evolving.
The study was published in the
Science journal.
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Briton apologises for ?pornographic dancing?
By Euan Hammond
A Cambodian court has begun the
trial of a British man accused of
?dancing pornographically? with a
group of foreigners.
Daniel Jones, who has been
charged with producing pornography, appeared before the Siem Reap
provincial court. He was among 10
Westerners arrested in January for
allegedly posting the photos from a
party, and faces up to a year in prison
if convicted.
One of the lawyers for the defendant, Ouch Sopheaktra, said
Mr Jones, 31, from Essex was not
granted bail and is the only one on
trial because he organised the party.
The other nine were released on bail
and were ordered to be deported
last month.
Siem Reap provincial court
spokesman Yin Srang said the court
has set a one-day trial, but he did
not know whether the verdict would
be issued the same day. He said the
charges against the other nine have
already been dropped. The 10 Westerners ? ?ve from the UK, two from
Canada and one each from Norway,
the Netherlands and New Zealand ?
were detained when police raided a
commercially organised party at a
rented villa in Siem Reap town and
found people dancing by a swimming pool at an event described as
a pub crawl.
Siem Reap is near the famous
Angkor Wat temple complex. Police
said those caught in the raid had
been ?dancing pornographically?
and offended Cambodian standards
of morality.
Mr Jones (inset) told the
court that he did not know
that the pictures he posted
on Facebook would offend
Cambodian culture. ?I
don?t understand about
Cambodian law and I am
very sorry,? he said.
He denied that anyone had
sex or used drugs at the party
on 25 January. Mr Sopheaktra said
there was not enough evidence to
convict Mr Jones because the case
relied on the posted photos.
?As a foreigner, my client thinks that the pictures that were posted
on social media were
not unlawful, as he
thought those photos
were used only as advertisements,? he said.
?I also don?t see those
photographs as basis for
the court to use as the main evidence to accuse and convict him.?
UNITED STATES
Six dead as new bridge
collapses after five days
By Zachary Fagenson
IN MIAMI
At least six people were killed when
a newly erected pedestrian bridge
spanning several lanes of traffic
collapsed at Florida International
University yesterday, according to
Florida Senator Bill Nelson.
Eight vehicles were trapped in the
wreckage of the 950-ton bridge and
eight people were taken to hospitals.
Emergency services working with
sniffer dogs searched for signs of life
amid the wreckage of concrete and
twisted metal of the collapsed structure, which had fallen across one of
the busiest roads in South Florida,
crushing several vehicles.
The Florida Highway Patrol said
several people were killed but declined to con?rm the exact death toll.
Several vehicles were trapped under the collapsed pedestrian bridge in Sweetwater, Florida, yesterday GETTY
At one point, police requested television helicopters to leave the area
so rescuers could hear any sounds of
people crying for help, a Miami TV
station said.
The integrity of the remaining
bridge made rescuers? job more
difficult, with parts of the structure remaining off the ground but
tilting downwards.
The 174-foot long bridge connects
the university, which has 55,000 students, with the city of Sweetwater in
Dade County. It was erected over the
eight-lane highway last weekend in
six hours.
The bridge was meant to provide
a safe walkway over the highway.
Last year, an 18-year-old female student from San Diego was killed while
trying to cross the street. ?We have
a national tragedy on our hands,?
said Sweetwater?s mayor, Orlando
Lopez. The ?accelerated bridge construction? method was supposed to
reduce risks to workers and pedestrians and minimise traf?c disruption, the university said.
Florida Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, who spoke at a ceremony
celebrating the bridge?s construction, said there were going to be a lot
of questions about what happened.
CHINA
ITALY
Warming Korean relations
leads President to poetry
Businessman accused of
running macrobiotic food sect
By Christine Kim
IN SEOUL
President Xi Jinping of China has
used poetic language to express his
appreciation of the thaw between
North and South Korea, according
to a Seoul of?cial.
During the past week, Chung Euiyong, head of Seoul?s National Security Of?ce, briefed of?cials in Beijing
and Moscow following his dramatic
success in arranging summits between the North Korean, South
Korean and US leaders.
?Xi Jinping offered a Chinese
phrase that says ?once hard ice melts,
spring comes and ?owers bloom? to
describe the situation on the Korean
peninsula, and expressed his willingness to support the current situation,? Mr Chung said.
North Korean leader Kim Jongun told the South Korean delegation
that he was open to addressing denuclearisation with the US, an offer
that led to President Trump agreeing to meet Mr Kim for a summit
expected to happen in May. There
is growing speculation that they
By Euan Hammond
Xi Jinping ?supports the current
situation?, South Korea says GETTY
will meet in Sweden after its foreign
ministry announced North Korea?s
foreign minister Ri Yong-ho was
arriving for talks. REUTERS
Police in Italy are investigating ?ve
people who ran a ?sect? which forced
members with mental health issues
to eat a strict macrobiotic diet.
The suspects include well-known
Italian businessman Mario Pianesi.
The ?ve are accused of maltreatment
and tax evasion.
It is alleged Mr Pianesi brainwashed followers of his rice-andbean diet into cutting off contact with
friends and family and forcing them
into slavery. One woman?s weight was
reported to have dropped to 35kg
(?ve stone, 7lb) as a result of Mr Pianisi?s regime of malnutrition.
Mr Pianesi claimed his diet could
provide a cure for cancer, but it is alleged he manipulated members into
working long hours with little pay. Police were noti?ed of the sect?s activities in 2013 after a woman ?escaped?.
The macrobiotic diet was invented
in the 1920s and encourages removing all animal-based foods and eating
predominantly whole grains.
Experts say there is no evidence to
support claims that it cures cancer.
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Mongooses living in large groups
develop ?specialist? diets so they
do not have to ?ght over food, research shows.
Banded mongooses in Uganda
cooperate closely but are also
prone to violence ? both between
groups and within them ? and
competition for food increases as
a group grows.
To get round this, individual
mongooses ?nd a dietary ?niche?,
according to researchers from Exeter and Roehampton universities.
The findings suggest specialisation is one way to prevent groups
being torn apart by ?ghting.
Their diet includes millipedes,
ants, termites and beetles, and
sometimes vertebrates, such as
frogs, mice and reptiles.
?Our research shows that banded mongooses respond to this
competition by developing specialised foraging preferences. It
helps to explain why animals vary
so much in their foraging behaviour, even when have access to the
same food,? said Professor Michael
Cant, of the University of Exeter.
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Life in
the ruins
of Mosul
Eight months after
US-backed forces
drove Isis ?ghters from
Mosul, Iraq?s secondlargest city, the United
Nations warns that
unexploded bombs
and mortars still litter
the streets.
The UN says most of
them are buried under
an estimated 11 tonnes
of destroyed buildings.
It warns removing
them could take ?many
years?. The months
of ?ghting that ended
the Isis occupation
destroyed most of
the historic section
of Mosul.
Thousands of homes
are still little more
than rubble. There
is no electricity or
running water. Debris
blocks the entrance to
houses. Even now the
decomposing bodies
of some Isis ?ghters
are strewn among
the rubbish. AFP/GETTY
SYRIA
Assad facing dangerous territory in
his quest to take back ?every inch?
By Ellen Francis
As the conflict in Syria enters its
eighth year, the civil war continues
to tear the country apart.
Hundreds of residents of the
Kurdish enclave in northern Syria
under Turkish assault were trickling out of Afrin?s centre toward
neighbouring villages yesterday, as
the offensive intensi?ed.
Turkish forces increased their
shelling of Afrin after Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said he
hoped to encircle the town.
Shells hit the town centre on
Wednesday night, killing at least
seven people and deepening the fear
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of a ground assault. Meanwhile, a
convoy delivering aid to thousands
of displaced Syrian families entered the besieged rebel-held region
of eastern Ghouta, as Russia announced an extended ?humanitarian
pause? in ?ghting.
Experts claim the war is reaching
a point at which President Bashar
al-Assad will not be able to win back
much more territory without risking conflicts with foreign powers
that have sent military forces to
the country.
The expected conquest of eastern
Ghouta will be another milestone in
Mr Assad?s effort to crush the rebellion in the country, and he has Rus-
sia and Iran still ?rmly behind him.
But the map of the con?ict suggests
difficulties ahead for Mr Assad
in his quest to recover ?every inch?
of a country fractured by a war
that has caused the death of around
500,000 people and driven 5.4 million abroad.
The US military is in much of the
east and northeast, which is controlled by Kurdish groups that want autonomy from Damascus. It has used
force to defend the territory from
pro-Assad forces.
Turkey has sent forces into the
northwest to counter those same
Kurdish groups. In the southwest,
Mr Assad faces the risk of con?ict
IRAQ
Kurdistan?s
airports reopen
to global flights
By Maher Chmaytelli
IN BAGHDAD
The International
Committee of the Red
Cross said Russia?s extended
?humanitarian pause? in ?ghting
was ?just a little of what the
thousands of [displaced Syrian]
families need.?
with Israel, which wants his Iranianbacked allies kept well away from
the frontier.
?I don?t think victory is as near
as the Syrian government perceives it to be,? said David Lesch,
an expert on Syria, noting that Mr
Assad was now facing ?a diplomatic
quagmire?. REUTERS
Airports in the semi-autonomous
Kurdistan region of Iraq reopened
to international air traffic yesterday, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider
al-Abadi announced.
International flights to and from
the region?s two main airports, in
Erbil and Sulaymaniyah, were halted
on 29 September 2017 as part of sanctions imposed on the Kurds after they
held an independence referendum
four days earlier in de?ance of Baghdad and voted for separation.
Kurdish authorities have agreed
that the airports should come under
federal control. REUTERS
In tomorrow?s
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IN ROME
RUSSIA
Factions unite
against PM
Plane dumps
gold on runway
Small political parties are
banding together against
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
for next year?s general election.
Opposition strategists
say the only way the PM?s
Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) can be stopped is to join
forces in a ?Modi versus the
rest? election. That strategy
seemed to have paid off when
two bickering factions worked
together in the country?s most
politically important state,
Uttar Pradesh in the north, to
defeat Mr Modi?s party in two
by-elections this week. REUTERS
The hatch of a Russian cargo
plane carrying precious metals
accidentally ?ew open upon take-off
? scattering at least three tons of gold
on the runway.
An investigation is under way
after the incident yesterday at the
airport in the far east city of Yakutsk,
according to the Tass news agency.
An An-12 plane operated by
the airline Nimbus took off for
Krasnoyarsk carrying over nine tons
of gold and other precious metals.
Damage to a door handle caused it to
?y open and spill some of the metal.
Authorities recovered 172 gold
bars weighing 3.4 tons. AP
Protesters clash
with security
forces over aid
By Zakia Abdennebi
IN RABAT
Moroccan protesters have
clashed with security forces
in a poor mining town
where people have been
demanding government help to
tackle poverty.
UN aid for Palestinians
falls short after funding cut
By Nicole Winfield
INDIA
MOROCCO
UNITED STATES
The town of Jerada in the
remote north-east has had
protests since two artisan
miners were killed in an
accident in December. But
demonstrations calling for state
aid and alternative jobs had
remained peaceful until now.
Protesters set ?ve police cars
on ?re and clashed with police
on Wednesday. An unspeci?ed
number of police of?cers were
wounded and brought to a
hospital in Oujda, the main city
in the north-east.
Nine people had been detained,
of?cials said. REUTERS
A $300m funding shortfall for the UN
relief agency for Palestinians risks
cutting critical services that could
?push the suffering in disastrous and
unpredictable directions?, the UN
secretary-general warned yesterday.
Antonio Guterres addressed an
emergency funding conference in
Rome after the US administration
slashed tens of millions to the UN
Relief and Works Agency this year,
prompting the greatest funding crisis
in its 68-year history.
The agency, the oldest and largest
UN relief programme in the Middle
Hong Kong
Hong Kong?s notoriously
expensive housing makes
owning an affordable home a
pipe dream for many residents.
Now a local architect
has proposed a novel
idea to help alleviate
that problem:
building stylish
micro-apartments
inside concrete
drainage pipes.
James Law?s OPod
Tube Housing is at the
conceptual stage, but it has
attracted attention as an
innovative if untested way to
deal with housing shortages.
At 100sq ft the tube houses
are not that much smaller than
Hong Kong?s infamous ?cubicle
homes? ? older apartments
subdivided into cramped living
spaces. They are roomier
than other types of tenement
housing, such as so-called
?cof?n? and ?cage? homes.
The idea came to Mr Law
when he spotted leftover
storm sewer drain pipes at a
construction site, which could
be converted into ?really
cute micro-living
architecture,? he said.
He has only built
a prototype but has
received inquiries
from around the
world. It consists
of two sections of 8ft
diameter pipes with glass
doors at both ends. A living
area includes a bench that
converts into a bed AP
Josie Wong
East, provides healthcare, education
and social services to an estimated
?ve million Palestinians in the West
Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria
Better
than the
real thing?
Children at a primary
school in Xiangxi Tujia
and Miao Autonomous
Prefecture, in northwest China, try out
virtual reality headsets
REUTERS
IRAN
Tehran halts provocations of US Navy in Gulf
Iranian naval forces appear to have
deliberately halted their provocations
of US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf
in recent months, the Pentagon says.
According to Commander William
Urban, a spokesman for US Naval
Forces Central Command, there have
been no ?unsafe and unprofessional?
actions by Iranian naval forces in the
Gulf since August 2017.
Prior to that, Iranian vessels
had periodically made high-speed
approaches to US ships that were
considered dangerous provocations.
?It seems like they?ve absolutely
made a conscious decision to
give us more space,? he said.
?That is definitely a change in
their behaviour.?
The last tense encounter between
the US Navy and Iranian forces in the
Persian Gulf was when an unarmed
Iranian drone shadowed the USS
Nimitz aircraft carrier at night. AP
ITALY
SENEGAL
SOUTH KOREA
Suspect arrested
over pipe bomb
Helicopter
Skiers banned for
crash kills eight team-mate assault
Italian police, acting on a tip
from the FBI, have arrested a
24-year-old man suspected of
preparing a pipe bomb.
The Italian citizen of Latvian
origin had used social media to
praise Sayfullo Saipov, charged
with killing eight people with a
speeding truck in New York last
year, the FBI said. Bomb-making
material was found by police in
his home in the city of Viterbo, 50
miles north of Rome. REUTERS
A military helicopter crashed in
south-west Senegal, killing eight
people and injuring 13 others, the
army said yesterday.
A Senegalese army spokesman,
Abdou Ndiaye, said the Mi-17
helicopter was travelling from the
southern Casamance region to the
capital, Dakar, on Wednesday with
20 passengers aboard when it came
down near the village of Missira. An
army statement said the helicopter
had issued warning signals. REUTERS
By Robert Burns
IN MANAMA
Postcard
From...
UN chief Antonio Guterres said the
funding cut could be ?disastrous? AFP
and Lebanon. Mr Guterres told the
conference, which was sponsored
by Jordan, Egypt and Sweden, that
investment in UN programmes addresses the despair and other factors
?that lead to radicalisation? among
young Palestinians.
The Trump administration announced in January it was slashing
$65m (�m) this year, more than
halving its contribution. But the
UN said the actual cut was around
$300m because the US had led the
agency to believe it would provide
$365m in 2018.
In announcing the cuts in January, the US State Department said it
wanted reforms at the agency. AP
South Korea?s skiing federation
has banned for life two male
mogul skiers who competed at
the PyeongChang Olympics for
harassing and assaulting two
female team-mates at a World Cup
event last week in Japan.
The federation noti?ed Choi
Jae-woo and Kim Ji-hyun of their
bans this week, an of?cial from
the Korea Ski Association said
yesterday. The pair have a week to
appeal against the ban. AP
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RWANDA
Mosques banned from
broadcasting call to prayer
By Euan Hammond
Saudi Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman
says his country wants
to develop nuclear
technology GETTY
SAUDI ARABIA
Crown prince?s warning of
nuclear arms race with Iran
By Stephen Kalin
IN RIYADH
Saudi Arabia will develop nuclear
weapons if its arch-rival Iran does
so, the kingdom?s crown prince declared yesterday, raising the prospect of a nuclear arms race in a
region already riven with con?ict.
?Saudi Arabia does not want to
acquire a nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, if Iran developed a
nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as
soon as possible,? Prince Mohammed bin Salman said.
The Sunni Muslim kingdom has
been at loggerheads with revolutionary Shia Iran for decades. The
countries have fought a long-running proxy war in the Middle East
and beyond, backing rival sides in
armed conflicts and political crises including those in Iraq, Syria,
Lebanon and Yemen.
Prince Mohammed, who also
serves as Saudi defence minister,
said last year that the kingdom
would make sure any future struggle between the two countries ?is
waged in Iran?, prompting Iranian
threats to hit back at most of Saudi
Arabia, except the holy cities of
Mecca and Medina.
Riyadh has criticised the 2015
deal between world powers and
Tehran under which economic
sanctions on Iran were lifted in return for the Islamic Republic curbing its nuclear energy programme.
US sanctions will resume unless
Saudi Arabia has
previously said it wants
nuclear technology only for
peaceful uses, but has left it
unclear whether it also wants to
enrich uranium to be used in the
production of nuclear weapons.
President Donald Trump issues
fresh ?waivers? to suspend them
on 12 May.
The comments by Prince Mohammed also have implications for
Israel, another US ally which neither con?rms nor denies that it has
the region?s only nuclear arsenal.
Israel has long argued that,
should Iran develop nuclear
weapons, it would trigger similar
projects among Iran?s Arab rivals
and further destabilise the region.
It has never joined the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
(NPT) and has said it would consider inspections and controls under
the NPT only if was at peace with
its Arab neighbours and Iran.
Saudi Arabia is stepping up plans
to develop a civilian nuclear energy
capability as part of a reform plan
led by Prince Mohammed to reduce the economy?s dependence on
oil. REUTERS
Mosques in the Rwandan capital
of Kigali can no longer use
loudspeakers in their daily call
to prayer after a ban aimed at
curbing noise pollution.
The mosques? calls echo out ?ve
times a day but are said to have
been disturbing residents of the
Nyarugenge district, where the
biggest mosques are situated.
The majority of Rwandan
citizens are Christian and around
5 per cent are Muslim.
A Muslim of?cial has criticised
the move, arguing that they
should have been asked to
simply lower the volume of
the loudspeakers.
In February, around 700
churches were forced to close
after they failed to comply with
building regulations and respond
to complaints of noise pollution.
The government says that the
Muslim community have ?begun
to respect the ban?.
One local of?cial, Havuguziga
Charles, told the BBC?s Great
Lakes service: ?It has not stopped
their followers from going to pray
according to their praying time.?
The Rwandan government,
whose citizens are among the
unhappiest in the world according
to the UN?s new World Happiness
Report, has been accused of
sti?ing free speech after clamping
down on Pentecostal churches.
Six pastors from Pentecostal
churches were arrested earlier
this month for holding ?illegal
meetings with bad intentions?
following the closures.
The government claims
preachers were attempting to
?deceive their congregation with
misleading sermons?, according
to news agency AFP.
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Siobh醤 Norton revisits her complex
relationship with Irish pubs and finds out
how they?re winning new fans globally
I
vowed I?d never become one of
them. Those Irish who moved
abroad and became more Irish
than they?d ever been before.
The type who spent weekends
crammed into an Irish bar, listening
to diddly-eye music, sinking pints
of the black stuff, and getting
misty-eyed while crooning along to
Christy Moore.
Except, then, I did. I?ve jostled
with green jerseys while watching
a rugby match (I?m not a fan of the
sport, really, but you can?t beat the
atmosphere). I?ve watched openmouthed as, in the early hours of
Christmas Eve in The Swan in
Stockwell, a band of leprechauns
stormed the dance ?oor and
stripped to their shamrocked
skivvies (and beyond). I?ve even
gone to a Christy Moore gig. And
crooned along, misty-eyed.
But stick me on the Costa del Sol,
or in darkest Peru, and I wouldn?t
be caught dead in an Irish bar.
Many are tacky or old-fashioned,
and in no way resemble the ?Irish
bar? I would frequent back in
Dublin or Cork. On times I?ve
popped in (to use the loo, I swear!),
I normally encounter an in?atable
leprechaun or three vying with
generic Celtic-style bric-a-brac,
and the unmistakable smell of stale
Guinness and despair.
Many of my Irish friends agree.
A
signi?cant
driver
behind Irish
tourism
are the
great pubs
developed
over the
past 20
years in 153
countries
by unpaid
ambassadors
Yet Irish bars have endured
around the world, some in the most
far-?ung reaches, from Mongolia
to Nepal to Uganda. When Irish
bar and restaurant Nuala opened
in trendy Shoreditch in London
late last year, it was an instant
sensation. Who is drinking in
them? Irish holidaymakers? The
(admittedly large) diaspora? Or
everyone else who is charmed by
that elusive magic of ?the craic??
?Ireland may have a population
of just under ?ve million, but there
are millions upon millions more of
Irish descent worldwide, due in part
to the Irish diaspora that peaked
in the 1800s,? says Nancy HoalstPullen, professor of geography
at Kennesaw State University in
Georgia. She and her colleague, Dr
Mark Patterson, have written the
National Geographic Atlas of Beer
? and they say Irish pubs are very
much on the map.
?It?s really no surprise that with the
mass migration of the Irish over the
centuries, cultural aspects of home
came with them,? says Professor
Hoalst-Pullen. ?This included the
local pub, which for many was a
place not only to have a pint, but
to celebrate life, mourn loss, talk
politics, and share gossip and news.
?And while the legacy of the
public house has been at times
commodi?ed, there is reason for
PEOPLE
Pyjamas and brunch for
US fans of royal nuptials
Despite the time
difference, there will
be plenty of people
up to watch Harry and
Meghan tie the knot.
By Leanne Italie
S
ome will be watching in
their pyjamas; others will
don their own wedding
gowns. Breakfast may be
a high tea ? or even a bit of
early-morning bubbly. However they
choose to mark the occasion, fans
of the Royal Family living around
the world are already making
preparations to watch the nuptials
of Prince Harry and one of their
own, Meghan Markle.
The wedding will be held at
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the over-abundance of shamrock
bunting who they are.?
So what makes a great Irish bar,
that real Irish people want to spend
time in? Rebekkah Dooley, of New
York?s Dead Rabbit, which was
recently ranked as the best bar in
the world, says there is no magic
formula. ?A great Irish pub needs to
combine unpretentious hospitality
and a genuine welcome,? she says.
?Of course, a great Irish whiskey
selection and solid pint of Guinness
won?t hurt either.?
Dead Rabbit opened in 2013 in
Manhattan?s ?nancial district. The
brainchild of Jack McGarry and
Sean Muldoon, who had worked
together at The Merchant Hotel
in Belfast, it is named after the
Irish-American street gang that
controlled the area in the 1850s and
serves high-end cocktails, as well as
a decent full Irish breakfast. Designwise, it is cluttered with curiosities
across its three storeys, and mixes
memorabilia with modern murals
and a piece of art from Belfast artist
Terry Bradley. It is certainly more
trendy than twee.
?Irish pubs are warm and
welcoming,? says Dooley. ?The
Irish are known the world over for
our hospitality and in Irish pubs
everyone is treated the same. We
have a sign outside The Dead Rabbit
stating that everyone is welcome,
regardless of their age, gender,
wealth or social stature. As long
as you pay your way and behave
yourself, you can be at home in an
Irish pub. We hope that we?re ?ying
the ?ag for real Irish hospitality.?
A quick straw poll of friends
indicates that while they would
never visit an Irish pub abroad
while on holiday, they have been
known to pop in for a pint if they are
living abroad and feeling homesick.
?I wouldn?t go to ?Irish bars? per se,
but I would often seek out the same
kind of bar ? with dark wood and
comfortable seating to just sit, enjoy
uncomplicated drinks and chew the
cud,? says Orna Cunningham, who
now lives in Toronto.
Irish/American Kim Porcelli says
she used to think that going to a bar
was the ?saddest, most provincial
thing imaginable?. ?I no longer think
that. I was on tour in New York with
a theatre company and there was
an Irish bar down the street from
the theatre. It was like... an embassy,
with booze. Very homey. It was like
an outpost of the Murphia.?
There is certainly a strange charm
in an Irish bar when you?re an expat.
And perhaps it?s less about the
decor than the clientele. A brilliant
Irish bar, depending on the time of
day, will have an aul fella nursing a
pint and checking the racing pages
at the bar with one eye out for a
friendly face to chat to, or a throng
of drunken 30-somethings, solemnfaced and rigid-armed, dancing
along to Riverdance (badly).
When Nuala arrived in east
London I was sceptical: the bar?s
logo was of a ?ame-haired woman
(Nuala, I presume), and the menu
featured several potato-based
sides. Would I encounter a sea
of shamrockery and generic
Paddywhackery on my visit? But no,
it was nice. Modern, plain, but dark
enough and comfy enough, with
obligatory snugs, to be considered
a genuine Irish boozer. I didn?t
spy an aul fella at the bar. But it
did ? almost ? feel like home. Oh...
Lisdooooonvarna....
Melissa Uhte, the Aristocrat?s
general manager, says the place
usually opens for breakfast at 8am.
but she?ll open an hour early for the
wedding. Reservations are ?lling up
for a royal brunch.
?I?m going to try to squeeze into
my wedding dress. I might have to
wear a sweater to cover the back
of it. It?s been nearly 15
years,? Ms Uhte says
with a laugh.
Esha Dev, 31, plans
to host a viewing
party, complete with
mimosas, English
tea and pastries,
for a small group
of friends in her
tiny one-bedroom
apartment in
Philadelphia. It
will be ?come
as you are?, fascinators provided.
For the well-heeled, hotels are also
gearing up. The Brazilian Court
Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, has
on offer the ?Royal Romance Suits
You? package for $24,000 (�,180)
with a four-night stay in its
Brando Suite.
Upon arrival, guests
will receive a bottle of
Tignanello and a banana
cake ? reputedly Ms
Markle?s favourite wine
and the ?avour chosen
for their wedding
cake, the hotel says.
They also get the
Strathberry tote
bag that sold out
after Ms Markle
was pictured
carrying it, and an
introductory
helicopter lesson to honour Harry?s
service in that department.
A yachting excursion, a bespoke
necklace modelled after Meghan?s
engagement ring, afternoon tea,
traditional English breakfast in
bed and dinner are included, with
5 per cent of proceeds going to the
couple?s favourite charities.
Kristin Contino in Philadelphia
will be marking the occasion in
Windsor. She?s ?ying over to the UK
for the wedding, husband in tow.
?I grew up loving the Royal
Family,? she said. ?My mum was
a big fan of Princess Diana. My
sister?s name is Diana, if that gives
you an indication. I missed going
over for William and Kate?s wedding
so my husband said ?if Harry ever
gets married we?ll go?. He honestly
thought Harry would never get
married.? AP
that - people want to experience a
place where they can eat and drink
and feel at home... a place with
a particular look and feel that is
welcoming, friendly, comfortable, and
even reminiscent of a better time.?
Irish pubs often have a few things
in common. A ?Guinness is Good
for You? poster with the traditional
toucan image; an olde-worlde till
that no one knows how to open.
There?s a good reason they all
feel a little familiar: you can order
your style of Irish bar in its entirety.
Like the Ikea for bars, the Irish
Pub Company offers bar owners
a menu of styles to choose from,
including ?Shop Style?, ?Victorian
Style? or ?Modern Irish & Gastro?.
The company works in conjunction
with The Irish Pub Concept, an
advisory resource originally set up
by Guinness for people wanting to
open their own Irish bar.
Donal Ballance, of the Irish Pub
Concept, argues that while the Irish
pubs they work with are curated,
they are not inauthentic. ?The
Irish Pub abroad almost seems a
source of embarrassment to Ireland
Inc,? he says. ?There have been
many articles scorning McPubs
and the laughable ?authenticity?
of any pub outside of Ireland. Yet
on Tourism Ireland?s site, the two
biggest tourism magnets are?
wait for it?. yes, pubs and the
Guinness Storehouse. A signi?cant
driver behind that tourism are
the great pubs developed over
the past 20 years in 153 countries
by hard-working but unpaid and
unappreciated ambassadors.?
Ballance says the company helps
Irish and non-Irish people around
the world try to capture the essence
of an Irish pub. ?They visit Ireland,
they have the pub designed and
built-out professionally, they talk
endlessly to people who have done
it before and they gain insights into
what makes a pub tick. They don?t
always get it right? and we can tell
from the loa?ng leprechauns and
Irish pubs, such as PJ O?Brien?s in
Sydney, Australia, have become a
global phenomenon
midday in Windsor Castle, but
it will be 7am for those following
events on the eastern coast of
the United States. Viewing party
plans are in the works, however,
as are pricey hotel packages and
bar meet-ups, organised through
Facebook groups. Some have even
cajoled less-enthused spouses to
jet across the pond to watch the
pomp in person from a spot on the
carriage route.
Julie Brillhart, a hardcore royal
enthusiast who lives in Hurricane,
West Virginia, says she ?red up her
Harry and Meghan Facebook group
to connect fans with parties back in
November, ?the minute I woke up
in the morning and found out they
were engaged?. The group now has
nearly 5,000 members.
?We are in love with Meghan
Markle,? says Brillhart, a former
logistics specialist in the US
army. ?She will always be our
American princess.?
The group?s members share
wedding updates and plans for
gatherings. They live in 91 countries
on six of the seven continents.
?We?re actively looking for contacts
in Antarctica,? says Brillhart. A
recent poll shows 19 per cent of
Americans are very or extremely
likely to watch the ceremony.
Legal assistant Kelly Bentley, who
lives in Indianapolis but is married
to a man from North Yorkshire, will
be the one in a crown as they sit
at the bar of the Aristocrat Pub &
Restaurant as the wedding unfolds.
?He doesn?t get as excited as I do,?
Bentley admits of her husband.
She says she got up early for the
wedding of William and Kate, and
for Charles and Diana.
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IRISH PUB OF THE YEAR 2017
Ireland Slatterys, Beggar?s Bush,
Dublin
UK Waxy O?Connors, London
Europe Scholars Lounge, Rome
North America Irish Times, Victoria,
Canada
Rest of World McGettigan?s, Dubai
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Ireland The Lep Inn, Dublin
UK The Liffey, Liverpool
Europe O?Casey?s, Den Haag,
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Film
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GoingOut
Staying In
Television
Books
?We?re dealing
with the last
crumbs
of a wicked
society?
Pop star, philanthropist, tech guru,
comic book author and
?bringer of things?, will.i.am talks
exclusively to Nick Levine about
conquering the world, civil rights and
how he got Obama elected
Y
ou probably know will.i.am
as a member of the Black
Eyed Peas and a coach on
ITV?s The Voice. But the
42-year-old Los Angelean
is billed on his personal website as a
?multi-faceted entertainer and creative innovator?. Today, he tells me he?s
?a bringer of things, pretty much?.
Whenever will.i.am wants to check
a historical fact, he says ?question?
into his smartphone and asks something like: ?When was Franklin D.
Roosevelt President?? A robotic
voice then offers an answer, but the
tech seems a bit glitchy and sometimes he has to repeat the same question. I ask him if it?s a bespoke app
his developers have made for him.
He replies cryptically: ?Oh it?s not an
app? it?s some other stuff. Can?t talk
about it.?
What he does want to talk about
today is Masters of the Sun ? The
Zombie Chronicles, an augmented
reality (AR) comic book he and his
fellow Black Eyed Peas (now a trio
following Fergie?s departure) have
made with Marvel.
The project has been a seven-year
labour of love for the man born William James Adams Jr. He wrote it as a
?lm screenplay, but when the Oscarwinning actor Jamie Foxx failed to
bite, will.i.am went back to the drawing board and hired a crack squad
of coders and developers to turn it
into an innovative tech-comic book
hybrid with a score by Hans Zimmer.
As we sit at a table in a smart London hotel, will.i.am seems restless,
initially. Then his manager brings
the comic book and shows me how
the AR technology works: when he
scans a page with his smartphone, its
2D characters become walking, talking figures on screen, voiced by an
all-star cast including Mary J Blige,
Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg.
He?s keen to show me pages
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32
MUSIC
?We went
everywhere. If
you don?t, you
are in the dark?
Social allegorists
will.i.am (centre)
with fellow Black
Eyed Peas Taboo
and apl.de.ap
Continued from page 31
featuring Foxx, who eventually
said ?yes?, and the famed Marvel
Comics creator Stan Lee.
According to the blurb, Masters
of the Sun is a ?social allegory? that
tells ?the heroic tale of a hip-hop
group from East LA who must
battle an ancient, alien god sent to
Earth to continue a ?black curse?
which turns drug dealers and
gangsters into zombies?.
I ask will.i.am whether he
thinks the story feels even more
timely following the Black Lives
Matter movement. ?Unfortunately it?s been a subject that?s been
going on for many years,? he says,
before explaining how he thinks
technology has catalysed the US
civil rights movement.
?Think of the rise in television
in the 1950s and how that brought
up tensions again because we saw
exactly what was going on in the
South with Jim Crow,? he says.
?And now here we are in 2018, and
the world is knit together tighter
than it ever was. When people
went to work in the 1950s, they?d
have eight hours without seeing
their wife and kids. Now we can?t
go an hour without checking in
with somebody.
?We?re knit so tight together
than an hour seems like forever,
and it?s bringing up issues that are
yet to be resolved. And those issues are the last crumbs of a wicked society where we judge folks
on colour and gender. It?s the last
growing pain, the lactic acid in the
muscle. I believe if we work that
muscle a little more, and stretch
it, we?ll be a stronger society.?
For most of our time together,
will.i.am looks me right in the eye
and gives long, careful answers
which often reveal how staggeringly well-connected he is. He says
he rarely gets nervous, but felt intimidated when he met Masayoshi
Son, a Japanese CEO worth an
estimated $23bn.
?It took all my workings in the
world of music: working with
Michael Jackson, Prince, Quincy
Jones. Having conversations and
collaborations with my heroes
gave me the confidence to request a meeting with that man,?
he explains.
?Not even performing at the
Grammys, the Super Bowl, the
World Cup, the Queen?s Jubilee,
nothing has given me the intense cotton mouth and angst as
speaking in front of Bill Gates on
my work in inner cities, teaching
kids about robotics and computer science. I didn?t wanna mess
up because I was representing
my kids.?
In 2009, he set up the i.am.angel
foundation to help children from
low-income families go to college
and pursue opportunities in science and tech education. Its work
focuses on Boyle Heights, the
humble LA neighbourhood where
he grew up. ?When you?re doing
that kind of work, you need all the
support you can get. If I mess up
on stage, that?s me, I?ll ?x it later. If
I mess up for my foundation, that?s
affecting lives that I?ve signed up
to bring opportunities to.?
Where does his drive come
from? ?My mom encouraging me
early on. ?Willie, show Nanny your
grades, make Nanny proud.? At
the end of the day, it?s as innocent
as that: that kind of encouragement at the centre of the family
builds a person?s character. That?s
what we try to do at my school:
offer encouragement.?
His drive helped Black Eyed
Peas become, for a time, the biggest band in the world. In 2010,
they topped the US singles chart
for 26 consecutive weeks with
the electro-rap hits ?Boom Boom
Pow? and ?I Gotta Feeling?. When
I ask how they did it, will.i.am?s
response shows off his impressive
memory. ?By going everywhere,?
he says after a pause. ?Spending time in Slovakia, going to
Lithuania, going to the Czech
Republic, doing all the freaking
performances that they asked us
to do in Germany. Going to Spain,
spending time in the UK, going to
Brazil ? and not just to Rio. But
Recife, Porto Alegre, Fortaleza,
Florianopolis, Curitiba, Bel閙,
Brasilia, S鉶 Paulo. Going every
single place we could.?
He?s not finished. ?Going to
Nicaragua, Chile, Peru, Costa
Rica. Knowing the divide and
how sensitive Nicaraguans and
Costa Ricans are, because they
share the same coast. Going to
Hispaniola and seeing how that
island is split between Haiti and
Not even the
Grammys gave me
the same angst as
speaking in front
of Bill Gates
[the] Dominican Republic, and
how you can connect hearts and
minds with music. Going to Russia, travelling to Holland ? and not
just Amsterdam, but Rotterdam
and Haarlem. Going to Japan and
Thailand and Indonesia. And the
Philippines and South Korea and
China and Taiwan.
?After going to all those places,
it?s like, ?I Gotta Feeling? is the
song that sums it all up. ?Boom
Boom Pow? is the song that everybody we?ve ever come across is
going to move and groove to.?
?You get it?? I nod. ?But if you
didn?t see the world, then you?re
aiming in the dark.?
He says the song he?s most
proud of is still ?Where is the
Love??, Black Eyed Peas? socially
conscious 2003 breakthrough single. ?When songs like that come,
it?s like they come from nowhere,?
he says. Another didn?t come until
2007, when he wrote ?Yes We Can?
after being impressed by a speech
Barack Obama gave while campaigning against Hillary Clinton.
?That song went on to tip the
election to where Obama became
the Democratic nominee because
it galvanised the youth,? he says.
?I don?t like using the term ?virus?,
because anyone can catch a virus.
I say ?baton?, because a baton
means effort: you have to run to
the nearest person as fast as you
can to pass it to them.
?That song was baton-able and
people shared it, and it was the
first time a political figure running for of?ce had a piece of content that got seen 20 million times
in a weekend, and he became the
Democratic nominee after that.?
With that thought, he?s whisked
out the room. Just imagine
who will.i.am might be meeting
with next.
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ALBUMREVIEWSByAndyGill
CREEP SHOW
Mr Dynamite
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hipster tones are sailing over the
squelchy electrofunk groove and
?zzing synth tendrils of ?Modern
Parenting?; the next, Mallinder?s
answering the PA machinevoices of ?Tokyo Metro? with
soft, subtly treated responses
in Japanese. Then Grant?s
back for the bustling techno of
?Endangered Species?, warning
that it?s not other species that are
endangered, but ultimately our
own. On the title track, so pitchshifted is the montaged greeting
Download:
Mr Dynamite; Modern Parenting;
Tokyo Metro; Fall; Safe and Sound
You?ve probably seen the TV
advert for BBC 6Music, in which
sundry lounging uber-cool
hipsters in shades cite their
favourite listening tastes.
Early on, a luxuriantly bearded
John Grant (right) mutters just
?Cabaret Voltaire?, an in?uence
clearly in evidence on his past
two albums. Now, Mr Dynamite
records what happens when
that in?uence is pursued further
still, the Creep Show pseudonym
uniting Grant with former
Voltaire frontman Stephen
Mallinder alongside Phil Winter
and Benge, Mallinder?s current
partners in electro trio Wrangler.
The result is a full-blown, fun
and fearless blast of analogue
synthesis spawned, according to
Mallinder, from ?spores of 70s
sci-?, post-punk electronic music,
bad taste, broken synthesisers,
luscious ?lm soundtracks, and
dubious band T-shirts?.
At the heart of Creep Show?s
aesthetic is the contrast between
Grant?s upholstered croon and
Mallinder?s more fragmentary
vocals, as heavily treated here
as in Cabaret Voltaire. With
both vocalists adopting several
personae, it?s a crowded and
frequently confusing experience:
one moment, Grant?s droll,
THE DECEMBERISTS
I?ll Be Your Girl
MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO
Ventriloquism
Download: Cutting
Stone; Severed; We All
Die Young; Rusalka,
Rusalka/Wild Rushes
Download: Sometimes
it Snows in April;
Waterfalls; Atomic Dog;
Private Dancer
In which the folk-rockers take
on a surprising new direction
by employing electropop riffs
in?uenced by Roxy Music and
New Order. Opener ?Once In
My Life? uses expansive synth
textures to underpin the band?s
familiar folk-rock sound, while at
its most extreme, the mordant
pessimism of ?We All Die Young?
is delivered as a glam stomp,
further estranged by a children?s
chorus. It makes for some
intriguing collisions of ancient
and modern: ?Cutting Stone? is
a murder ballad set to bustling
synth arpeggios, while the
menacing harbinger of ?Severed?
is borne on ?zzing electronic riffs.
As her 2012 tribute to Nina
Simone demonstrated,
Meshell Ndegeocello is a
skilled interpreter whose cover
versions seek out an unusual
equilibrium between empathy
and originality. Those featured
here relate speci?cally to her
own development, forged in the
white heat of 1980s nu-soul. Her
questing spirit leads Ndegeocello
in some strange directions, such
as ?Private Dancer? done as
a slow waltz, but it often pays
huge dividends. A slow acoustic
take on TLC?s ?Waterfalls?, for
instance, acquires a lush, folksy
charm. The results are frequently
transformative, always enjoyable.
YO LA TENGO
There?s A Riot Going On
THE RESIDENTS
Duck Stab/Buster & Glen
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Seemingly befuddled by the
state of things, this album
seeks to apply a cooling salve to
the furrowed brow, through a
succession of drifting ambient
throbs and gentle, folksy
strummings whose melodies
persist in evading capture. Which
doesn?t really seem much of an
ambition. ?You Are Here? sets
the tone, a nearly six-minute
shuf?e of sleigh bells and
amorphous keyboard textures.
The occasional cut slices through
the general blandness ? the lilting
?Shades Of Blue? is a winsome
folk-pop lollop ? but overall
this seems more escapist than
reactive, not much help at all.
The Residents reissues
programme reaches its most
welcoming stage with this
expanded edition of 1978?s Duck
Stab/Buster & Glen, which the
new sleevenote describes as the
?gateway drug? into the band?s
absurdist world. It?s their most
pop-conscious album, with the
band?s cast of cartoonish voices
applied to singalong nurseryrhymes, their narratives driven
less by logic than assonance and
alliteration. As nursery rhymes,
they blend the sinister with the
simple. Sonically, it?s an enticing
mix of oddball amusements,
from brief musical jokes to eerie,
tingling masterworks.
Download: Shades of
Blue; For You Too
Download:
Constantinople; Sinister
Exaggerator; Laughing
Song; Birthday Boy
?Hullo! I?m Mr Dynamite? that it
could be either, or both, of them
essaying its curiously catchy
alienation over the few abject,
wistful wisps of electronic tones.
Behind their voices, the album
asserts the great variety and
malleability of electronic music,
from the electro breakbeat of
?Lime Ricky? to the languid
offbeat groove of ?Pink Squirrel?.
The most satisfying piece may
be the classic cosmic-electronica
of ?Fall?, a sumptuous space-
scape rooted in Man-Machine-era
Kraftwerk. It offers a calm
prelude to the album?s nineminute closer ?Safe and Sound?,
on which Grant proclaims his
faith in his aesthetic direction,
over a warm, engaging squelchy
synth groove coloured with
background electronic tints.
?I?m exactly where I was meant
to be,? he asserts, ?safe and sound
in the arms of my destiny.? On the
strength of Mr Dynamite, who?d
gainsay him? THE INDEPENDENT
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(Walton Goggins), than with a
screenplay that gives her so little
to work with.
As Lara heads east in search
of her father, Norwegian director
Roar Uthaug does a fair job with
the action set pieces. These range
from a chase across the harbour
in Hong Kong to a huge storm at
sea: en route to an uninhabited
island off the coast of Japan, Lara
is caught in the middle of the tempest, and tossed this way and that,
bobbing like a cork on the waves.
Himiko has been entombed
on the island. The evil forces of a
shadowy organisation want to locate her burial place and harness
her destructive powers. Just what
they plan to do with them is one of
the many details the screenwriters decline to share.
But Tomb Raider lacks a proper
villain. Goggins is a reliable character actor who excels at playing
Vikander knows
how to take a tumble
and brings some
humour to the role
Stick ?em up!
Vikander?s Croft
turns up trouble
while searching
for her father
Filmof
theweek
Lara battles
a goddess
? and the
screenplay
TOMB RAIDER (12A)
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Roar Uthaug, 118 mins, starring:
Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins,
Kristin Scott Thomas, Dominic West
Reviews by Geoffrey Macnab
The latest reboot of Tomb Raider
begins in novel and engaging
fashion as a story of ?Lara Croft:
hipster Hoxton cycle courier?.
As first encountered here, Lara
(Alicia Vikander) is delivering
food and living as cheaply as she
can. She is the heiress to a fortune
but to come into the money, she
needs to acknowledge that her
beloved father (Dominic West) is
dead. He has been away for seven
years but she clings to the hope
that he might return.
These London-set scenes are
by far the freshest part of a ?lm
which quickly degenerates the
moment that Lara heads abroad.
There is nothing in the latter part
of the movie that we haven?t seen
countless times before.
Vikander acquits herself well
enough as the tank top-wearing
action heroine. A former ballet
dancer, the Swedish actress is
clearly athletic and knows how
to take a tumble. She also brings
some leavening tongue-in-cheek
humour to proceedings. But
her real battle here is less with
Himiko, the goddess of destruction, or with the thuggish Vogel
varmint-like cops or weasel-faced
cowboys. He is a serviceable
henchman, but not a criminal
mastermind. Himiko herself has
been dead for thousands of years.
Lara is left without the antagonist
she deserves.
The ?ght sequences are strictly
routine. Characters yell lines like:
?Get the guns!? From time to time,
Lara is able to show off her Katniss Everdeen-like skills with a
bow and arrow, but the most impressive stunts are those in which
she takes on the natural world,
trying desperately to stay alive in
the jungle or dangling at the top of
a raging waterfall.
Parts of the film feel very oldfashioned indeed. It may be based
on a video game but we could be
back in the world of Ray Harryhausen B-movie matin閑 adventures of the 1960s.
Vikander is striking enough as
Lara Croft to banish memories of
Angelina Jolie and make the role
her own, but the film itself is by
the numbers. THE INDEPENDENT
ALSOSHOWING
PETER RABBIT (PG)
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Will Gluck, 95 mins, starring: Rose
Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, voiced by:
James Corden, Margot Robbie,
Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki
It?s Beatrix Potter, but not as we
know it. Anyone coming to this
computer-animated/live-action
version of Peter Rabbit looking for
gentle Lake District whimsy is
likely to be startled.
Peter (James Corden) is a
buck-toothed rebel, always ready
to goad Farmer McGregor (Sam
Neill) and steal his vegetables.
Director Will Gluck strikes a
frantic pace. Peter and the other
bunnies, Flopsy (Margot Robbie),
Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki) and
Cottontail (Daisy Ridley), are
always rushing somewhere.
You can?t help but admire the
anarchic glee of the storytelling
as the animals leave the farmer?s
house looking like a bomb site.
The human performances are
as broad as those of the animated
animals. Rose Byrne plays the
would-be artist Bea, who lives
next door to the McGregor
house. Domhnall Gleeson is
in smirking form as Farmer
McGregor?s nephew, who hates
the countryside but swoons at
the sight of Bea. This makes
Peter jealous and sparks full-on
warfare, involving lots of violent
slapstick, some explosions and
some shock treatment.
The ?lm?s riotous approach
won?t appeal to anyone hoping to
spend a few soothing moments in
the company of Jemima PuddleDuck. But in an era when so many
animated features are cloying,
the slapstick, malice and offbeat
humour here is refreshing.
MARY MAGDALENE (12A)
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Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix,
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ariane Labed
Where is the People?s Front of
Judea when you need it most?
This very earnest ?lm about
Mary Magdalene (Rooney Mara)
would have bene?ted from a little
of Monty Python?s ribaldry.
This is the story of Mary?s
spiritual awakening. It makes the
argument that she was at least
as important to Jesus (Joaquin
Phoenix) as his male disciples.
Director Garth Davis ?lls the ?lm
with tear-stained close-ups of her
and shots of a dreamy-looking
Jesus, preaching to his followers.
Early on, we are told that
?sedition is rising?, but we barely
get to see the Romans. Judas
is played by Tahar Rahim in
strangely sympathetic fashion.
Chiwetel Ejiofor?s Peter is as
redoubtable as you?d expect. He
may be the rock on which the
church is built but his character,
like those of the other disciples,
is very skimpily drawn.
Some of the imagery is very
striking, but what?s missing is any
sense of dramatic con?ict. The
?lm?s beauty notwithstanding,
this is a torpid affair.
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Ruben 謘tlund, 151 mins, starring: Claes
Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West
In spite of the darkness of
its themes, Swedish director
Ruben 謘tlund?s ?lm, which won
the Palme D?Or at Cannes, is
frequently funny, lampooning the
publicly subsidised art world.
Throughout the ?lm, liberal,
well-intentioned art lovers
perform all sorts of contortions
in the name of tolerance and
democracy. They cherish the idea
of free expression. This means
that when a man with Tourette?s
yells obscenities during a Q&A
with an important artist, they
agree ?everyone is welcome,
irrespective of views?.
The self-obsession of the
protagonist, art gallery curator
Christian (Claes Bang), stops
him from seeing the damage his
actions cause others. He is as
much a victim of his own actions
as anyone else, turning into a
?gure of pity as well as of scorn.
The plot meanders and the
?lm has an emptiness at its core,
but 謘tlund extracts an unlikely
pathos from Christian?s search
for meaning in his life.
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16 MARCH 2018
Film
Matrix
WHAT CRITICS
ARE SAYING
ABOUT THE
NEW RELEASES
?Nature is all we have. We are
animals, freaks, monsters?
Tilda Swinton talks to Kaleem Aftab about being a ?storytelling ape?, why she
trusted Wes Anderson to turn her into a dog, and her love of improvisation
TOMB RAIDER (12A)
?Vikander imbues her action
performance with a physicality
that transcends most action stars,
giving Tomb Raider an edge
within the genre.?
Den of Geek
?If the production had asked as
much of its plot as it does of
Vikander and co-star Daniel Wu,
the end result might have been
a different matter.?
Screen International
PETER RABBIT (PG)
?Clever, funny, and moves as fast
as a tyke on a sugar bender. If you
squint hard enough, you?ll also
?nd some of the author?s signature
generosity and warmth, too.?
Entertainment Weekly
?The animals are cute and Gleeson
is game. What keeps Peter from
Paddington-style delight is a
self-conscious need to distance
itself from its source material.?
Empire
MARY MAGDALENE (12A)
?It ripples with interesting ideas,
but the overall effect is glassy and
inert, with Rooney Mara?s Mary
an oddly elusive presence in the
?lm that carries her name.?
Time Out
?Hushed, deliberate and realised
with considerable care and beauty,
the ?lm has its heart in the right
place; its pulse, unfortunately, is
far harder to locate.?
Variety
M
oments after Tilda
Swinton starts to
talk at the Cartagena Film Festival,
a Catholic sermon
begins. The noise threatens to
drown out her voice, but even the
congregation seems deferential to
the actress?s ethereal charm, singing at a level where it manages to
serve as a perfect backing track.
It is Swinton?s ?rst visit to Latin
America. Next year she will return to Colombia to star in Palme
d?Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul?s Memoria, an exploration of colonial history and how
collective memory can lead to fear.
Swinton says she and the director have talked about making
the ?lm for more than a decade.
Fast friends, they curated the
2012 Thai ?lm festival Film on the
Rocks Yao Noi together.
She admits she was surprised
when a Colombian citizen asked
whether she really was going to
act in a ?lm made in the country.
?I was struck by the fact that
this person assumed I was maybe
going to drop it for another job,?
she says. ?But I learnt something
from this comment: that we are
used to actors moving from ?lm to
?lm in a detached way, or that they
are looking over their shoulder for
amoreinterestingproject,ormore
money. But that is not how I approach things. I need to work with
people I can trust.?
It is for this reason that Swinton?s CV is full of repeat visits to
directors. She put herself in front
Bowie was the
leader of the tribe.
Even if he wasn?t
there at the time,
he was around
of Derek Jarman?s camera seven
times in nine years after she burst
on to the screen playing Lena
in 1986?s Caravaggio. Later this
month she lends her voice to Oracle, a dog who might be able to see
into the future in Wes Anderson?s
Isle of Dogs, in what will be her
third outing with the director.
There have also been revisits to
the Coen Brothers, Jim Jarmusch
and Bong Joon-ho. And Call
Me By Your Name director Luca
Guadagnino has called on her for
a fourth time for his upcoming reinterpretation of Dario Argento?s
surreal horror classic Suspiria.
?I always choose the people
?rst,? she says. ?I knew from the
beginning that out of fellowship
comes conversation, and then
comes the project.?
Guadagnino used the personal
touch when he ?rst tried to persuade Swinton to collaborate
In good faith
Swinton has
worked with
Wes Anderson
(below) three
times GETTY, AFP
with him. ?I approached her in
1995 through her agent,? he says.
?You get a letter from an unknown
Italian who is not even writing in
proper English, to ask for one of
your most brilliant performers
that you represent ? what do you
expect him to say? Then I read in
a newspaper that she was in Rome
to present a collection of independent British ?lms. I went there
to talk to her. She was so open to
me that we started a conversation
that is still in the making.?
Swinton reveals that she has
also secretly been reprising another collaboration with a director that began more than three
decades ago. Back in 1986, an unknown Swinton starred in British
director Joanna Hogg?s graduation film Caprice. She has also
worked on Hogg?s upcoming ?lm
The Souvenir, which stars Robert
Pattinson and Ariane Labed.
The Souvenir is the ?rst of a proposed two-part project. Swinton
sees similarities in Hogg?s approach to the way Jarman used to
improvise. ?She is an interesting
director who lets you improvise
and I loved working on it. There
are some directors who love to do
1,000 takes, and I love that too.?
Born Katherine Matilda Swinton in 1960, the performer has
aristocratic roots. She can trace
her family tree back to the Middle
Ages and she was a classmate of
Diana, Princess of Wales. But
from her time in boarding school, she knew
she wanted another
life. ?I grew up in a
happy environment but I knew
I needed to ?nd a
different world.?
She wanted
collective experience and to tell
stories. She joined
the Communist Party
while at Cambridge University and, after graduating, she
landed roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company. She was living in
London and had entered the world
of artists; Nick Cave and John
Maybury were among her peers.
It was an era lived in the shadow
of David Bowie, whose gender
fluidity and performances were
as challenging as they were spectacular. Swinton was inspired.
?Bowie was the leader of the tribe.
Even if he wasn?t there at the time,
he was around.?
She, too, has challenged gender norms throughout her career,
following her work with Jarman
with Sally Potter?s adaptation of
Orlando. Swinton played the immortal nobleman who one day
wakes up to discover he is a
woman. For Swinton, it?s not the
androgynous change that is most
interesting, but the way artists are viewed according to their gender:
?Virginia Woolf ?s
interest was not in
the nature of androgyny. She talked
about the nature
of genius being
beyond gender.?
Her latest film,
Isle of Dogs, is set in
the near future in Japan,
where dogs have been banished to an island by humans. It
won praise at the Berlin Film Festival for its comment on the rise of
fascism and the animalistic side
of human nature. ?I think we are
storytelling apes rather than wise
apes,? she says. ?We need to tell
stories about our day and our lives,
we need structure and to ?t in the
world we live in.
?I feel more and more that nature is all we have,? she adds. ?We
are animals and freaks and monsters ? and the better and sooner
we acknowledge that, the happier
we will be.? THE INDEPENDENT
?Isle of Dogs? is out on 30 March,
?Suspiria? and ?The Souvenir? will
be released later in the year
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i FRIDAY
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TELEVISION
37
FR DAY
1
ON MY BLOCK
FROM TODAY, NETFLIX
Net?ix could never be accused of
ignoring the success of Stranger
Things. Now that they know just
how much people like quirky
high-school dramas, they keep
making more. After last month?s
1990s nostalgia-fest Everything
Sucks! comes this millennialfocused series about a group of
kids starting out at an inner-city
Los Angeles school. Tagline:
?In Squad We Trust?.
2
SCRUFFTS: BRITAIN?S
FAVOURITE DOG
FRI 8PM, CHANNEL 4
They are overlooked by Crufts,
but crossbreed dogs don?t go
uncelebrated thanks to this
alternative competition. Alan
Carr talks us through the stories
of the canines who have made
it through to the semi-?nals of
the Scruffts Family Crossbreed
Dog of the Year competition.
Prepare to meet the sockeating Child?s Best Friend
winner and re-homed star of
stage and screen Golden Oldie,
and homeless shelter therapy
dog Honey.
THIS WEEK?S
Tento
watch
Chosen by
Jessica Barrett
of the keepers? attempts to
breed one of the world?s most
endangered animals.
4
THE DURRELLS
SUN 8PM, ITV
We return to Corfu for the
third series of the endearing
3
BRITAIN?S POLAR BEAR CUB
SUN 7PM, CHANNEL 4
A look at the efforts of the staff
at Highland Wildlife Park in
Scotland which culminated in
the ?rst birth of a polar bear
cub in Britain for 25 years. As
keepers at the park did their
best to convince Arktos to mate
with Victoria, the cameras
reveal the highs and lows
drama, which follows the Durrell
family?s various travails as they
attempt to earn a living and
?t into local life. This time it?s
Leslie?s turn to be more focused
on his love life than on helping
his family out. Louisa decides to
help him choose between them
by having each member of the
family invite their favourite girl
to afternoon tea. Meanwhile,
Margo gets a new job, and Aunt
Hermione arrives for good.
5
ESCAPE TO THE CHATEAU
SUN 8PM, CHANNEL 4
It?s been three years since
Dick and Angel Strawbridge
swapped their ?at in
Southend for a dilapidated
19th-century chateau in the
Loire. They?ve made progress
but it?s painstaking, and there
is still a lot to do. In this series,
they take on the stables ?
destined to become home
for Angel?s parents
? while continuing
to grow their events
business. It might not
sound like much, but
this is the sweetest,
most engaging
renovation show
on television.
6
Clockwise from top ?On the
Block?; Trevor McDonald treads
in the footsteps of Martin Luther
King Michael Portillo takes to the
tracks in India; Zo� Ball takes on
a cycling challenge
DISPATCHES: THE
TRUTH ABOUT YOUR
PAY MON 8PM, CHANNEL 4
As the deadline for
disclosing the average
difference between the
pay of male and female
employees approaches,
this is an investigation
into how companies could
arti?cially close their gender
pay gap. Undercover
reporters meet the
?gender pay gap
consultants? who
reveal loopholes
that could allow
?rms to protect
their own
reputations,
instead
of tackling
differences in pay.
7
THE STANDUPS FROM
TUES, NETFLIX
A second batch of halfhour comedy specials
hits Net?ix, featuring
stand-up sets from
Gina Yashere, Rachel
Feinstein,
Kyle Kinane,
Aparna
Nancherla
and Brent
Morin, all
?lmed at
the Globe
Theatre
in Los
Angeles.
8
GREAT
INDIAN
RAILWAY
JOURNEYS
TUES 8PM,
BBC2
Over the
past decade
Michael
Portillo has
somehow become the nation?s
go-to expert on railways.
This time he is off to
India, to take the
train 225 miles
from Amritsar
to Shimla,
guided by his
Bradshaw?s 1913
Handbook of
Indian, Foreign
and Colonial
Travel. He helps
to feed people
at the world?s
largest free kitchen,
and travels the railway
routes used by millions of
migrants during Partition.
9
ZOE BALL?S HARDEST ROAD
HOME WEDS 9PM, BBC1
The presenter embarks on a
gruelling ?ve-day, 300-mile
cycle ride from Blackpool,
the place of her birth, all the
way to her beloved home,
Brighton. Raising money
for Sport Relief, she aims to
highlight how the charity?s cash
helps support mental health
projects across the UK.
10
MARTIN LUTHER KING
BY TREVOR MCDONALD
THURS 9PM, ITV
Fifty years since the
assassination of MLK, Trevor
McDonald travels to America?s
Deep South to ?nd out more
about the civil rights leader,
including speaking to a former
member of the Ku Klux Klan
and interviewing an expert on
lynching in the 20th century.
Television Friday 16 March
CRITIC?S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
===
9pm, BBC2
It?s boom time for celebrities, with
documentary-makers lining up to
send groups of them to foreign
climes. This series, running in
the three Fridays to Easter, has a
spiritual dimension. Seven celebs,
from Gogglebox priest Kate Bottley
and lapsed Catholic and grieving
widow Debbie McGee to atheists
Ed Byrne (left, with Heather Small
and McGee), Neil Morrissey and
journalist (and once wrongfully
convicted prisoner) Raphael Rowe,
walk the Camino de Santiago, the
800km Christian pilgrimage route in
north-west Spain. ?I don?t feel closer
to God, but I de?nitely feel closer to
death,? quips a puffed-out Morrissey.
8pm, Channel 4
After last week?s pedigree showcase
Crufts and Catherine Tate?s expos�
of how inbreeding is adversely
affecting bulldogs, a welcome
celebration of crossbreeds. Alan Carr
follows the six canines in the
semi-?nals of the Scruffts Family
Crossbreed Dog of the Year
competition, from the sock-eating
Child?s Best Friend winner and
re-homed star Golden Oldie, to
homeless shelter therapy dog Honey.
Pilgrimage: The Road
To Santiago
Scruffts: Britain?s
Favourite Dog
===
Requiem
9pm, BBC1
?You?ve burnt so many bridges to
be here, how could you back away
now?? asks Tara FitzGerald?s
antiques dealer and leader of the
coven seemingly preparing
diabolical sacri?ce at Dean Hall,
as she lures Matilda (Lydia Wilson)
towards her date with destiny.
My only quibble with the ?nal part
of Kris Mrksa?s otherwise hugely
impressive supernatural drama is
that more might have been left to
the imagination in the concluding
scenes. Not perhaps the greatest
advertisement for holidaying in the
more remote corners of Wales.
===
The Irish Rock Story:
A Tale Of Two Cities
9pm, BBC4
A St Patrick?s Day Eve repeat for this
2015 documentary that attempted to
squeeze the story of Dublin and
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(S). 6.30 Holding Back
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Grampa revisits
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Ash burns down
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(S).
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Angellica Bell
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week (S).
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At Sea A father
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in danger
after trying to
rescue a dog in
Ilfracombe (R).
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Street Josh and
David hit the
town together
(S).
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7.30 Winter
Paralympics
Today A roundup of action
from day seven
(S).
7.00 The Gadget
Show A new
model laser
projector is
pitted against
a top-notch
television (S).
7.00 World News
Today; Weather
(S).
7.30 Top Of The Pops:
1985 (R) (S).
8pm
8.00 EastEnders (S).
8.30 Room 101 Bill
Bailey, Una
Stubbs and
Alice Levine
share their
gripes (S).
8.00 Mastermind
Specialist
subjects include
the X-Men
Films (S).
8.30 Gardeners?
World (S).
8.00 Love Your
Garden (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street Josh
takes a drunken
David back to
his ?at (S).
8.00 Scruffts:
Britain?s
Favourite Dog
(S).
8.00 The Yorkshire
Steam Railway:
All Aboard The
busy summer
season poses
staff problems
(S).
8.00 Songs Of Ireland
A concert
featuring Brian
Kennedy, Cara
Dillon and
Finbar Furey (R).
9pm
9.00 Requiem
Matilda ignores
Sean?s warning
that her life is
in danger. Last
in the series (S).
9.00 Pilgrimage:
The Road To
Santiago Seven
celebrities
tackle a
medieval
pilgrimage (S).
9.00 Lethal Weapon
Murtaugh and
Riggs are called
to a homicide
only to ?nd the
victim is an old
friend (S).
9.00 Gogglebox The
households?
opinions
on recent
television (S).
9.00 Jane McDonald
& Friends
Bonnie Tyler
joins the host
(S).
9.00 The Irish Rock
Story: A Tale
Of Two Cities
Documentary
(R) (S).
10pm
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.25 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.35 The Young
Offenders Last
in the series (S).
10.00QI With Nish
Kumar, Holly
Walsh and
Cariad Lloyd (R)
(S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News (S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 FILM: The
Fast And The
Furious: Tokyo
Drift (2006) (S).
10.00The Last Leg
With guests
Claudia
Winkleman
and Cuba
Gooding Jr (S).
10.00Will & Grace (S).
10.30 Lip Sync Battle
UK: Robert
Webb Vs Sally
Phillips New
series (S).
10.00Here Comes The
Summer ? The
Undertones
Story Pro?le of
the new wave
band (R) (S).
11.10 FILM: Shanghai
Knights (David
Dobkin 2003)
Martial arts
comedy sequel,
starring Jackie
Chan (S).
11.05 The
Assassination Of
Gianni Versace
11.55 FILM:
Hitchcock?s
Shower Scene:
78/52 (S).
11.05 Winter
Paralympics
Highlights The
best of the
action from
day seven in
PyeongChang.
11.00 Greatest
Celebrity WindUps Ever! (R) (S).
1.05 BBC News (S).
1.20 Sign Zone:
Civilisations (R) (S).
2.20 Sign Zone: The
Assassination Of Gianni
Versace: American Crime
Story (R) (S). 3.10 This Is
BBC Two (S).
12.20 Winter Paralympics
Live (S).
12.00 Cruising With Jane
McDonald (R) (S). 12.15
SuperCasino (S). 3.10
FILM: Dallas Buyers Club
(Jean-Marc Vallee 2013) (S).
5.00 House Doctor (R) (S).
5.25 House Busters (R) (S).
5.50 Access (R) (S).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Holding Back The Years (S).
10.00 Homes Under The
Hammer (R) (S). 11.00 The
Sheriffs Are Coming (S).
11.45 Caught Red Handed
(R) (S). 12.15 Bargain Hunt
(S). 1.00 BBC News At One;
Weather (S). 1.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
(S). 1.45 Doctors (S). 2.15
A Place To Call Home
(S). 3.00 Escape To The
Country (S). 3.45 Coast
And Country Auctions (S).
4.30 Flog It! (R) (S). 5.15
Pointless (R) (S).
6pm
11pm
Late
12.45 Jackpot247 3.00
Take On The Twisters (R)
(S). 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
Belfast?s separate rock-musical
developments into one hour ? from
the travelling 1950s showbands that
eventually begat Van Morrison and
Rory Gallagher to Thin Lizzy, The
Boomtown Rats, The Undertones
(but no Stiff Little Fingers) and
Sinead O?Connor.
===
Rough Justice
9pm, More4
Driving a tatty old yellow Mercedes,
bashing the hell out of a drum-kit
to unwind and wearing the most
impractical shoes for a policewoman
(great for warning her subordinates
of her arrival, less good for
running after suspects), Hilde De
Bardemaeker nevertheless imbues
her character, Antwerp detective
Liese Meerhout, with enough
Matilda?s story draws iii
to a close in ?Requiem?
9pm, BBC1
Every dog has its day:
Alan Carr celebrates
the best crossbreeds
in ?Scruffts?
8pm, Channel 4
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 Emmerdale
(R) (S). 8.55 You?ve Been
Framed! Gold (R) (S). 9.25
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
(R) (S). 10.15 The Bachelor
12.05 Emmerdale (R) (S).
12.35 Emmerdale (R) (S).
1.05 You?ve Been Framed!
(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).
Liese dispenses ?Rough
Justice? in a new case
9pm, More4
6.50 FILM: Small
Soldiers (Joe
Dante 1998)
Children?s
adventure, with
Kirsten Dunst
(S).
7.00 You?ve Been
Framed! Gold
Featuring a
seemingly
possessed
toddler (R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: The
Mechanic
(Simon West
2011) Action
thriller remake,
starring Jason
Statham (S).
9.00 FILM: Paul
(Greg Mottola
2011) Sci-?
comedy, with
Simon Pegg and
Nick Frost (S).
11.00 Van Morrison
Live At Eden (R)
(S).
11.55 Top Of The Pops:
1985 (R) (S).
11.00 FILM: Ghost
Rider: Spirit
Of Vengeance
(Mark
Neveldine,
Brian Taylor
2011) (S).
11.10 Family Guy
Burglars break
into the Grif?ns?
home (R) (S).
11.35 Family Guy Meg
becomes Mayor
West?s intern (R).
12.25 The Irish Rock Story:
A Tale Of Two Cities (R)
(S). 1.25 Here Comes The
Summer ? The Undertones
Story (R) (S). 2.25 Songs
Of Ireland (R) (S). 3.25 The
Beauty Of Anatomy (R) (S).
3.55 Close
12.50 FILM: Future Shock!
The Story Of 2000AD
(Paul Goodwin 2014)
Documentary about the
British sci-? comic (S).
3.05 Close
12.05 American Dad! (R)
(S). 12.35 American Dad!
(R) (S). 1.05 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S). 1.35 Two And
A Half Men (R) (S). 2.05
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 2.30
Teleshopping
i FRIDAY
16 MARCH 2018
hard-bitten ballsiness to make up
for her rather self-conscious quirks.
This week?s mystery involves the
owner of a Chinese restaurant
who is found trampled to death
in a racing stable.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Here Comes The Summer
? The Undertones Story
10pm, BBC4
If The Irish Rock Story (left) whetted
your appetite for something deeper,
Chris Wilson?s ?lm charts the history
of the Londonderry new wave group
whose career began in the depths of
the Troubles with the 1978 rock
anthem ?Teenage Kicks?. A bit like the
C4 sitcom Derry Girls, they focused
less on the surrounding violence
than on the universal themes of
adolescence and growing up.
FILM OF THE DAY
===
5pm, TCM
(Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, 1952)
Kelly stars in this graceful and clever
insider comedy about Hollywood?s
awkward adjustment to the arrival
of the talkies in the 1920s: he plays
a silent movies matin閑 idol who
falls for the vocal stand-in (Debbie
Reynolds, left with Donald O?Connor
and Kelly) his studio turns to when
the public don?t take to the voice of
his on-screen co-star (Jean Hagen).
It?s the Technicolor MGM musical in
which the song-and-dance routines
are most deftly integrated into the
narrative. And what sublime routines
they are. Even people who don?t like
musicals like this one ? it?s cheery,
fresh, funny, romantic and jumpingin-puddles joyous.
8pm, E4
(Alex Proyas, 2004)
In this sleekly designed action ?lm,
humanoid robots are an everyday
household commodity. Luddite cop
Will Smith isn?t impressed, and
suspects one of the newest models
of having committed murder.
Singin? In The Rain
I, Robot
===
Carnival Of Souls
1.15am, Talking Pictures
(Herk Harvey, 1962)
This atmospheric and enduringly
creepy 1962 drive-in B-movie
was the only feature ?lm by the
documentary-maker Harvey. It?s a
Cocteau-like dream of a ?lm that
was an inspiration to both George
Romero and David Lynch.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 6.55 Heartbeat (R) (S).
7.55 The Royal (R) (S). 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).
1.40 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 3.45 On The Buses (R)
(S). 4.15 On The Buses
(R) (S). 4.55 You?re Only
Young Twice (R) (S). 5.25
Rising Damp (R) (S). 5.55
Heartbeat (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
is kidnapped (R)
(S).
8.00 Vera Two
murder victims
are placed
in water and
surrounded by
?owers (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) (S). 10.00
Warehouse 13 (R) (S). 11.00
Forever (R) (S). 12.00 NCIS:
Los Angeles (R) (S). 1.00
Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S). 2.00
Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S). 3.00
NCIS: Los Angeles (R) (S).
4.00 Stargate SG-1 (R) (S).
5.00 The Simpsons (R) (S).
5.30 Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 The Guest Wing (R)
(S). 7.00 The Guest Wing
(R) (S). 8.00 Richard E
Grant?s Hotel Secrets (R)
(S). 9.00 The West Wing (R)
(S). 10.00 The West Wing
(R) (S). 11.00 House (R) (S).
12.00 House (R) (S). 1.00
Without A Trace (R) (S).
2.00 Blue Bloods (R) (S).
3.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
4.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.00 House (R) (S).
6.00 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). 10.30
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).
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). 1.10
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 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
tries to extend
his lifespan (R)
(S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
A mastiff
undergoes
surgery on a
bone tumour in
its leg (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama Part
three of four (R).
6.30 The Simpsons
Homer is
possessed by an
evil toupee (R)
(S).
6.00 House Thirteen
is forced to take
her one-night
stand to the
hospital (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks
Mandy and
Luke get ready
for their trip to
Florida (S).
7.30 My Hotter Half
(S).
7.55 Grand Designs
An update on
a couple who
transformed a
cottage into a
modern home
(R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Homer becomes
a hippie (R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
The team
reopens an old
kidnapping case
(R) (S).
8.00 The Simpsons
8.30 Modern Family
Phil shares
the secrets of
selling houses
on school
career day (R).
8.00 Blue Bloods
A case turns
personal for
Danny when he
works to protect
a nurse (R).
9.00 Rough Justice
The bruised
body of Viviane
Chen is found
at a farm. In
Flemish (S).
9.00 Jamestown
Maria is driven
to commit a
terrible crime.
9.00 Game Of
Thrones Arya
encounters the
Brotherhood
Without
Banners (R) (S).
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
The Of?cial Chart With Greg
James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Radio 1?s Dance Anthems With
Greg James 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 Pete Tong 11.00 Danny
Howard 1am B.Traits 4.00
Radio 1?s Essential Mix
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Dotty 10.00 Reece
Parkinson 12.45pm Newsbeat
1.00 Yasmin Evans 4.00 Sian
Anderson 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Sian Anderson 7.00 DJ
Charlesy 9.00 Semtex 11.00
Sir Spyro 1am Kan D Man And
DJ Limelight 4.00 Diplo And
Friends
BBC Radio 2
8.00 FILM: I, Robot
(Alex Proyas
2004) Sci-?
thriller, starring
Will Smith (S).
10.00The Good
Karma Hospital
Ruby makes
a shocking
decision as the
monsoon begins
(R) (S).
10.00Five Star
Hotel News
of Ashley?s
antics reaches
the hotel and
all hell breaks
loose (S).
10.0024 Hours In
A&E A 50-yearold mechanical
engineer is
rushed in with a
suspected heart
attack (R) (S).
10.05 The Late Late
Show With
James Corden:
Best Of The
Week Highlights
of the talk show
(R).
10.15 Game Of
Thrones Jaime
strikes a deal
with his captors
(R) (S).
11.00 Killer Women
With Piers
Morgan (R) (S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory The
boys take up
fencing (R) (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E A 56-yearold man is put
on life support
following a
cardiac arrest
(R) (S).
11.05 The Russell
Howard Hour
With Juan Mata
(R) (S).
11.25 Game Of Thrones
Arya is brought
before the
commander of
the Brotherhood
Without Banners
(R) (S).
12.00 A Touch Of Frost
(R) (S). 2.00 Million Dollar
Princesses (R) (S). 2.50
On The Buses (R) (S). 3.45
Rising Damp (R) (S). 5.00
Judge Judy (R) (S). 5.20
Judge Judy (R) (S). 5.40
ITV3 Nightscreen
12.00 First Dates (R) (S).
1.05 Five Star Hotel (R)
(S). 2.10 Tattoo Fixers (R)
(S). 3.00 Timeless (R) (S).
3.45 Rude Tube (R) (S). 4.10
Couples Come Dine With
Me (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay?s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 24 Hours In A&E (R)
(S). 2.05 Grand Designs (R)
(S). 3.10 8 Out Of 10 Cats
(R) (S). 3.55 Close
12.05 Ross Kemp: Extreme
World (R) (S). 1.05 Brit
Cops: Rapid Response (R)
(S). 2.00 Most Shocking (R)
(S). 3.00 The Force: Essex (R)
(S). 4.00 It?s Me Or The Dog
(R) (S). 5.00 Futurama (R)
(S). 5.30 Futurama (R) (S).
12.35 Mosaic (R). 1.35
Billions (R) (S). 2.45 Dexter
(R) (S). 4.00 The West Wing
(R) (S). 5.00 The West Wing
(R) (S).
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Tony Blackburn?s Golden
Hour 8.00 Friday Night Is
Music Night 10.00 Sounds Of
The 80s 12mdn?t Anneka Rice:
The Happening 2.00 Radio 2?s
Funky Soul Playlist 3.00 Radio
2 Playlist: New To 2 4.00 Radio
2 Playlist: 21st Century Songs
5.00 Huey On Saturday
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. With
Petroc Trelawny. 9.00
Essential Classics. 12noon
Composer Of The Week:
Haydn. 1.00 News 1.02 Radio
3 Lunchtime Concert. 2.00
Afternoon Concert. The BBC
Philharmonic in works by
Rachmaninov and Sibelius.
5.00 In Tune. 7.00 In Tune
Mixtape. 7.30 Radio 3 In
Concert. SWR Symphony
Orchestra performs Beethoven
at London?s Cadogan Hall.
10.00 The Verb At Free
Thinking. With guests Joanna
Trollope, Hollie McNish,
the Unthanks and Kirsty
Taylor. 10.45 The Essay:
New Generation Thinkers.
Alastair Fraser talks about
teenagers, street life and ?lling
time. 11.00 World On 3. 1am
Through The Night.
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Desert Island
Discs 9.45 An Alternative
History Of Art 10.00 Woman?s
Hour 11.00 The Charity
Business 11.30 A Charles
Paris Mystery: Dead Room
Farce 12noon News 12.04
Home Front 12.15 You And
Yours 12.56 Weather 1.00 The
World At One 1.45 Horse Story
2.00 The Archers 2.15 Drama:
School Drama 3.00 Gardeners?
Question Time 3.45 From Fact
To Fiction 4.00 Last Word 4.30
Feedback 4.55 The Listening
Project 5.00 PM 5.57 Weather
6.00 Six O?Clock News 6.30
The Now Show. A satirical
look through the week?s news.
7.00 The Archers. Emma is
concerned. 7.15 Front Row.
Kirsty Lang presents. 7.45 A
Small Town Murder. By Scott
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ONDEMAND
On My Block
Net?ix
A snappy coming-of-age
comedy set in Los Angeles.
Strike: Career Of Evil
BBC iPlayer
A severed leg kicks off another
mystery for Tom Burke?s PI and
Holliday Grainger?s sidekick.
Four Days That
Shook Britain
ITV Hub
Witnesses and survivors relive
the terrorist attacks in the UK
between March and June 2017.
Cherry. Last in the series.
8.00 Any Questions? Topical
discussion from the English
Martyrs Catholic School in
Leicester. 8.50 A Point Of View.
Re?ections on a topical issue.
9.00 Home Front Omnibus.
Parts 6-10. By Sarah Daniels.
10.00 The World Tonight. 10.45
Book At Bedtime: The Long
Drop. By Denise Mina. 11.00
A Good Read. Harriett Gilbert,
Nina Stibbe and Kit de Waal
discuss their favourite books.
11.30 Today In Parliament.
Mark D?Arcy reports from
Westminster. 11.55 The
Listening Project. Friends
Adrian and Peter examine the
impact that fatherhood has
had on their lives. 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
Brie?ng 5.43 Prayer For The
Day 5.45 IPM
BBC Radio 4 LW
8.31am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am The Adventure Of The
Clapham Cook 6.30 In Search
Of The Singing Postman 7.00
The Emerald Green Show 7.30
In And Out Of The Kitchen 8.00
I?m Sorry I?ll Read That Again
8.30 Brothers In Law 9.00 The
Motion Show 9.30 Kathmandu
Or Bust 10.00 The Raj Quartet
11.00 Five Stories By Penelope
Fitzgerald 11.15 Stream, River,
Sea 12noon I?m Sorry I?ll Read
That Again 12.30 Brothers
In Law 1.00 The Adventure
Of The Clapham Cook 1.30
In Search Of The Singing
Postman 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 Motion Show 4.30
Kathmandu Or Bust 5.00 The
Emerald Green Show 5.30 In
And Out Of The Kitchen 6.00
Pick
ofthe
day
Sounds Of
The 80s
10pm, BBC Radio 2
Fresh from
presenting the
timewarp TV
series Back In Time
For Tea, Sara Cox
(above) invites Joe
Elliott and Rick
Savage of Def
Leppard to recall
the 1980s.
Pattern Recognition 6.30
Mastertapes 7.00 I?m Sorry I?ll
Read That Again 7.30 Brothers
In Law 8.00 The Adventure
Of The Clapham Cook 8.30
In Search Of The Singing
Postman 9.00 Podcast Radio
Hour 10.00 Comedy Club:
In And Out Of The Kitchen
10.30 Comedy Club: Ian D
Montfort Is: Unbelievable
10.55 Comedy Club: The
Comedy Club Interview 11.00
Comedy Club: Listen Against
11.30 Comedy Club: Chain
Reaction 12mdn?t Pattern
Recognition 12.30 Mastertapes
1.00 The Adventure Of The
Clapham Cook 1.30 In Search
Of The Singing Postman
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
Motion Show 4.30 Kathmandu
Or Bust 5.00 The Emerald
Green Show 5.30 In And Out Of
The Kitchen
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
Chiles On Friday 12noon
Kermode And Mayo?s Film
Review 1.00 The Cheltenham
Festival 4.00 5 Live Drive
7.00 5 Live Sport: The Friday
Football Social 10.00 Stephen
Nolan 1am Up All Night 5.00
5 Live Boxing With Costello &
Bunce 5.30 Fit & Fearless
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Steve Lamacq 7.00 Iggy
Pop 9.00 Tom Ravenscroft
12mdn?t Nemone?s Electric
Ladyland 2.00 6 Music Classic
Concert 3.00 6 Music Live
Hour 4.00 The Radiohead
Story 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.
Catherine Bott introduces
music by the Orpheus Chamber
Orchestra. 10.00 Smooth
Classics 1am Katie Breathwick
4.00 Jane Jones
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O?Connell?s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00
Dave Berry 7.00 Absolute 80s
With Martyn Lee 10.00 Sarah
Champion 4am Jay Lawrence
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Club Classics 10.00 Lilah
Parsons 1am James Stewart
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast With Ally McCoist
10.00 Jim White, Perry Groves
And Bob Mills 1pm Hawksbee
And Jacobs 4.00 Adrian
Durham And Darren Gough
7.00 Kick-off 10.00 The Two
Mikes 1am Extra Time With
Tom Latchem
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Visual Arts
YTO BARRADA: AGADIR
Barbican Curve, London EC2
Yto Barrada, the 46-year-old New
York-based Moroccan artist, is
a force of life and her new show,
an interweaving of bits and
pieces, is a delight. There are live
performances, a mural, collages,
wickerwork sculptures and an
eight-minute movie, taking as
their starting point the 1967 novel
Agadir, by Moroccan author
Mohammed Kha飏-Eddine.
(barbican.org.uk) to 20 May
REFLECTIONS: VAN EYCK AND
THE PRE-RAPHAELITES
National Gallery, London WC2
This fascinating exhibition
focuses on Jan van Eyck?s
?Arnol?ni Portrait?, and
the impact this modest and
mesmerising work had on
students Dante Gabriel Rossetti,
William Holman Hunt and
John Everett Millais, who a few
years later were to found the
Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
The show provides an unmissable
opportunity to study Van Eyck?s
masterpiece at close quarters
as well as enjoy a number of
major Pre-Raphaelite works.
(0800 912 6958) to 2 Apr
WINNIE-THE-POOH:
EXPLORING A CLASSIC
Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7
The ultimate feel-good show
for the devoted Pooh Bear fan,
telling the story behind the
creative partnership of writer
AA Milne and illustrator
EH Shepard through
sketches, letters, photographs,
cartoons, ceramics and fashion.
(020 7942 2000) to 8 Apr
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ROY LICHTENSTEIN
Tate, Liverpool
More than 20 works chart the
artist?s career, from his early
interest in landscape to his pop
paintings in?uenced by comic
strips and advertising imagery.
The display also presents a
three-screen installation, his
only work with ?lm, which was
made after he spent wo weeks
at Universal Studios in 1969.
(tate.org.uk) to 17 Jun
ELISABETH FRINK: SCULPTURE,
DRAWINGS, PRINTS
Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury
A free exhibition marking the
25th anniversary of Elisabeth
Frink?s death in 1993 and the
40th anniversary of the life-sized
sculpture of a black horse that
stands outside Lloyds Bank in
Milton Keynes, commissioned in
1978 as part of a major public art
scheme. Her devotion to themes
associated with nature, including
horses, heads, human ?gures,
animals and birds, are explored
through magni?cent bronze
sculptures, prints and drawings.
(01296 331441) to 21 Apr
Talks
BRISTOL WOMEN?S
LITERATURE FESTIVAL
Watershed, Bristol
On the bill are Joanna Scutts,
Samira Ahmed, Rhiannon Lucy
Cosslett, Sheila Rowbotham,
Nimco Ali, Bidisha, Louise
Doughty and Joanna Walsh.
(0117 927 5100) to Sun
KING?S LYNN FICTION FESTIVAL
Town Hall, King?s Lynn
With Peter Benson, Guinevere
Glasfurd, Rachel Crowther, Louis
de Berni鑢es, Sally Emerson,
Rachel Hore and DJ Taylor.
(lynnlitfests.com) to Sun
ALAN PARKER
BFI Southbank, London SE1
Following a screening of his 1987
?lm, Angel Heart, the director
takes part in a Q&A session.
(020 7928 3232) tonight 6.05pm
Comedy
JOSEPH MORPURGO
Soho Theatre, London W1
Hammerhead is another feat of
ambitious, multimedia brilliance
from the character comic, here
playing a wonderfully conceited
luvvie getting bogged down in his
own reimagining of Frankenstein.
(020 7478 0100) to Sat
JESS ROBINSON
Komedia, Bath
Impressionist Jess Robinson,
blessed with a belting voice,
brings Beyonc�, Kate Bush,
Judy Garland and a host of
other female icons to very
funny life in Here Come the Girls.
(01273 647100) tonight
GOOD GIRL
Trafalgar Studios, London SW1
Good Girl is a wonderful mesh of
comedy and theatre ? a comingof-age tale in which Naomi
Sheldon lays bare the pressures
of growing up as a young woman.
(atgtickets.com) to 31 Mar
MILTON JONES
Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay
In a nod to the prevailing mood,
the one-liner man gets some
purchase from Brexit and
nationalism in Milton Jones Is Out
There, but the show is really still
all about his endless store of daft
quips. (01803 328385) tonight
ARI ELDJARN
Soho Theatre, London W1
Pardon My Icelandic, begs Ari
Eldjarn, but nothing funny is
lost in translation as this slick
observationalist gets stuck into
rich routines about his frosty
homeland, alien British customs
? and attempting to appease his
despotic toddler daughter.
(020 7478 0100) to Sat
Dance
BALLET BLACK
Barbican Theatre, London EC2
Celebrating dancers of black and
Asian descent, Ballet Black has
built a reputation for incisive new
work. This double bill pairs Cathy
Marston?s The Suit, based on Can
Themba?s South African fable,
with Arthur Pita?s riotous Dream
Within a Midsummer Night?s
Dream. (020 7638 8891) to Sat
MACBETH
Wilton?s Music Hall, London E1
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
RAMBERT
Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
The contemporary dance
company offer a varied
programme, from the samba
party of A Linha Curva to
Ben Duke?s Goat, which faces
current events with courage,
comedy and vulnerability.
(0844 871 7607) to Sat
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THEATRE
FANNY AND ALEXANDER
Old Vic, London SE1
Stephen Beresford has scripted a deft three-and-half-hour stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman?s semiautobiographical family saga. Penelope Wilton is superb as the grandmother and head of the household
of Ekdahls, a well-to-do clan in Uppsala in the ?rst decade of the 20th century who run, and perform in, a
moderately successful theatre. Michael Pennington stars as her former lover. (0844 871 7628) to 14 Apr
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Classical
SWR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
STUTTGART
Cadogan Hall, London SW1
Roger Norrington conducts his
vibrato-free German radio band
in an all-Beethoven concert
featuring the Prometheus
Overture, Piano Concerto No 3
(with young Swiss-Italian soloist
Francesco Piemontesi) and the
Promethean Eroica Symphony.
(020 7730 4500) tonight 7.30pm
Opera
LA TRAVIATA
London Coliseum, WC2
ENO?s artistic director, Daniel
Kramer, directs Verdi?s demimondaine romance, with Irish
soprano Claudia Boyle as
Violetta, South African tenor
Lukhanyo Moyake as Alfredo
and veteran British baritone
Alan Opie as Giorgio Germont.
GWENNO
Rialto Theatre, Brighton
After the science-?ction
Krautrock of 2015?s Y Dydd Olaf,
Gwenno Saunders keeps us on
alert with the follow-up. Singing
in Cornish over psychedelic
dream-pop pulses, Saunders
tours the richly allusive Le Kov,
where lullabies and re?ections
on identity rub shoulders with
celebrations of cheese, no less.
(ticketweb.uk) tonight
FRIGHTENED RABBIT
Forum, London NW5
(seetickets.com) tonight
Theatre
Jazz
WAR HORSE
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Launching his new album, Vista,
on Whirlwind Recordings, the
saxophonist and composer tours
with a powerful quartet of pianist
Liam Noble, double bassist Oli
Hayhurst and drummer Gene
Calderazzo. (01787 211865) tonight
Folk & Roots
The National Theatre touring
production of an elegant
adaptation of Michael
Morpurgo?s children?s novel
about a young Devon farm boy
who, despite being too young to
enlist, heads for the killing ?elds
of the Western Front after his
feckless father sells his beloved
horse to a cavalry of?cer. The
puppetry is breathtaking.
FLASHDANCE
Bridlington Spa
(020 7520 1490) tonight
Pop
AMADEUS
National Theatre: Olivier, London SE1
Chris Wood knows how to write
a story into a song that might
just comprise three verses,
and deliver it where it stays put.
On this Storytelling in Song
concert, the Kentish songwriter
is joined by Jimmy Aldridge
and Sid Goldsmith from a new
generation of storytelling writers.
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN
Troxy, London E1
Twenty years after their
breakthrough EP series, Stuart
Murdoch?s lit-pop classicists tour
last year?s three-EP collection.
A wistful sense of time?s passage
ripples through How to Solve Our
Human Problems, where B&S
redirect their sweetly wistful
melodic know-how to the
tender tune of midlife regret.
(eventim.co.uk) tonight and Sat
TUNE-YARDS
Albert Hall, Manchester
Four years on from the fervent
self-analysis of Nikki Nack,
Merrill Garbus returns with her
vision expanded for the fourth
Tune-Yards album. Joined by new
bandmate Nate Brenner, Garbus
channels themes of power
and politics into hybrids of
springy Afropop and squelchy
synth-funk on I Can Feel You
Creep into My Private Life.
(seetickets.com) tonight
Happy hunting
ground Christie
travelled the
country to ?nd
out how people
have found
contentment
(0115 989 5555) to 7 Apr
Joanne Clifton stars a workingclass Pittsburgh woman who
works as a welder by day and a
burlesque-bar dancer by night
but dreams of one day becoming
a fully trained ?proper? dancer in
this great adaptation of the 1980s
musical. The script and lyrics
are as sharp and witty as ever,
and Matt Cole?s choreography is
smart, sexy and full of explosive
energy. (atgtickets.com) to Sat
CHRIS WOOD
Kings Place, London N1
Two years after she wrote a vehemently anti-Brexit
comedy show, Bridget Christie returns with a plea for unity.
Jay Richardson asks what brought about her volte-face
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
bucketload as Frightened Rabbit
give the 10th-birthday treatment
to 2008?s The Midnight Organ
Fight, a break-up album
couched in stinging speci?cs.
(020 7845 9300) tonight 7.30pm
JULIAN SIEGEL QUARTET
Fleece Jazz Club, Stoke By Nayland
Hotel, Colchester
?It?s so boring, I wish
we could just go now?
Following last year?s run,
Peter Shaffer?s play returns
again to the scene of its original
triumph in 1979. Michael
Longhurst has directed a
thrillingly fresh and imaginative
revival, with Adam Gillen
delivering a moving portrayal
of the dramatist?s version of
Mozart, alongside the superb
Lucian Msamati as Salieri.
(020 7452 3000) to 24 Apr
FROST/NIXON
Shef?eld Crucible
A recreation of the bruising
face-to-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 that
is a model of restraint, disciplined
naturalism and integrity. They,
and the rest of the cast, inhale
Peter Morgan?s script as if it
was nourishing them.
(0114 249 6000) to 17 Mar
W
hen Bridget
Christie wrote
her show Because
You Demanded It
in two months of
feverish frustration after the EU
referendum in 2016, ?it was massive and quite exciting?, she says.
But now, contemplating the rolling
no-news of Brexit, ?it?s this awful,
boring, long-drawn-out thing that
never seems to change?, she sighs.
?Nothing that?s happening is new
or surprising. They?re all things
that we said would happen. And
oh, god, I wish we?d just go now.
I?ve become a passionate Leaver,?
she laughs.
Since winning the Edinburgh
Comedy Award in 2013 with A
Bic For Her, publishing a critically
acclaimed book and cultivating a
global fan base as the ?rst female
British comic to release an international Net?ix special, Christie is
feeling the burden of expectation.
?Every new thing I write, I feel
I can?t do it,? she admits. ?What
I?ve realised is that I think about
things for too long and then only
put them together quite quickly at
the end. It?s stressful, but I probably work best in a bit of a panic.?
Debuting this month, her latest
show, What Now?, is a call to lay
aside the recrimination of recent
political upheavals and for people
to band together. ?It?s about remembering that we?re all human
and we all have the same basic
needs. So let?s focus on those for
a bit. We?re not here for very long.?
Being broadly likeable is often
seen as a pre-requisite for standups. But Christie acknowledges
that ?you can?t be all things to all
people all the time. I ?rst thought
about this with A Bic For Her. I
thought it would alienate 90 per
cent of my audiences. But sometimes, you just have to go for it.
?With this show, I wondered if
I could write something that a lot
of people would enjoy. Strangely, Brexit might actually unite
everyone. We?ve got so much in
common. There were all sorts
of reasons why people voted to
leave the EU, and I don?t think
anyone?s got what they wanted
at the moment. I think it will get
worse before it gets better. But
ultimately, I am optimistic.?
What Now? picks up from Christie?s recent Radio 4 series Utopia,
for which she travelled the country, interviewing people who claim
to have found contentment.
She found that while many
of us suffer from information
overload brought on by addiction
to social media and a constantly
updating news cycle, what people need is a physical feeling
of community.
You can?t not
talk about these
things just because
someone notices
you have a smart car
She is quick to deny that hers
is a privileged, ?rst-world angst.
?I was 42 when I started earning
money from comedy and I?m not
from a rich background. I still
have a right to feel anxious about
things and a right to have an opinion. You can?t not talk about these
things because someone notices
that you have a smart car.?
Despite her success, at 46,
Christie retains a soft spot for the
absurdist, commercially dubious
stand-up she performed before
her 2013 breakthrough, when
she delivered her feminist arguments while dressed as an ant and
she portrayed characters from
Charles II to Japanese knotweed.
She has several TV projects in
development, including a Channel 4 sitcom about a lonely, middle-aged woman who returns to
her home city of Gloucester after
Brexit, a turn her life might have
taken had her career not taken off,
she jokes. ?I don?t think I?ve found
the balance yet between being
quite free, absurd and a bit physical, which is what I used to do, and
what I?m doing now, which is basically just talking a lot,? she admits.
?I?m certain there?s another way of
doing what I?m doing that?s funnier. But I haven?t worked it out yet.?
Bridget Christie, ?What Now??
Citizens? Theatre, Glasgow
tonight and tomorrow
(glasgowcomedyfestival.com);
then touring to 10 November
(bridgetchristie.co.uk)
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BOOKS
Of grief, trauma and male friendships
RESTLESS SOULS
Dan Sheehan
(W&N, �.99)
Review by Larry Ryan
R
estless Souls is a novel
trapped in memories.
Karl, Tom and Baz are
haunted by their pasts,
to which they?re relentlessly borne back. Even glimpses
of better times are served with
regret of what might have been ?
how their lives have failed to live
up to any sliver of prior hope.
It is a book, too, about post-traumatic stress disorder. Literally, in
the case of Tom, who is recovering from the ordeal of a war zone,
though all three friends are grieving for another who killed himself.
The novel plays out across
Dublin, California and Sarajevo
through the mid-1990s. Karl and
Baz are in their twenties, drifting
aimlessly in down-at-heel Ireland:
as we meet them, they are at the
airport to greet Tom who is returning after three years under
siege in the Bosnian War.
Tom?s time in Sarajevo is told
in flashback diary entries interspersed through the book. He
went nominally as a war correspondent, but spends his time
mainly helping out Bosnians
under attack; he falls in love with
a local doctor and becomes enmeshed in her family. The brief
portraits of this wartime life are
well rendered though occasionally
a little hackneyed.
Needless to say, things don?t
turn out well for Tom: his girlfriend is killed and he loses an eye
in shelling. Tom returns to Dublin,
via a rehab centre in England,
with severe PTSD.
His pals hatch a plan to take him
to an experimental rehab-meetsspiritual clinic in California (with
Karl fostering an additional hidden scheme to rekindle a relationship with an old girlfriend who has
emigrated to the west coast).
A ramshackle road trip ensues,
with the lads interspersing banter
and comedy through their troubles, as they attempt to recapture
old rhythms of youth while forging
a new route forward.
All the while, the trio are still
grieving for Gabriel, the fourth
member of their adolescent gang,
who committed suicide some
years before. Everyone blames
themselves, and no one has dealt
with the consequences.
The narrative jumps around
in time and location, showing
how their lives got to this place.
Largely, it is a litany of sadness.
The list of tragedies includes
death by heroin, death by suicide,
Fear and loathing Tom returns from Sarajevo with PTSD after witnessing the horrors of the Bosnian War AFP
death by cancer, death by shelling,
someone almost beaten to death,
someone facing a police charge
for assault, the deaths of several
parents, break-ups, departures,
depression, addiction, sadness,
grief, despair?
This catalogue of trauma is
overwhelming. Perhaps that is the
point ? the perpetuating weight of
it all, being carried on the shoulders of people who have become
too weak to bear it.
The trio are also unable to skip
harsh realities of self. At one point,
they ?nd themselves hanging out
with hippies in the Californian
desert. They warm to the hippies?
open-minded, non-judgemental
approach to the world. But, Karl
observes, ?We, I?ve come to realise, are none of these things?
What we are is afraid.?
Though there is redemption
and hope at the end of it all, the
road is far from clear. These
men want to escape themselves,
but can they?
This is the debut novel by Dan
Sheehan, an Irish writer living
in New York, who, incidentally,
is married to Serbian-American
novelist T閍 Obreht. The writing is at its best with observations about how fond memories
dissipate. Their slipping away is
acutely felt, as is the inability of
anyone to recapture this past or
forge anything new.
ALSORELEASED
FLAMINGO BOY
Michael Morpurgo
(HarperCollins
Children?s, �.99)
Michael Morpurgo has written
more than 150 books for children,
which have sold more than 35
million copies in total. His War
Horse was adapted by Steven
Spielberg. His latest, set during
the last years of the Second
World War, is a tale told to a
teenage boy named Vincent,
who falls ill while exploring
the marshes of the Camargue,
in the South of France. As he
recuperates, his hostess, Kezia,
recounts the story of her youth.
This double-narrator device
gives the book an oddly distant
quality, and it takes a little time to
be drawn into Kezia?s past.
When she was a girl, her
Roma parents ran a carousel
in the town of Aigues-Mortes.
Shunned by her peers, who call
her ?gyppo girl?, it is only when
she meets the autistic Lorenzo
that she ?nds a friend.
Lorenzo is the ?Flamingo
Boy? of the title, whose language
amounts to a handful of words,
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his favourite being ??am
?am?, referring to his beloved
?amingos. While, as a human,
he is strange and awkward,
his imitation of his
favourite birds
is precise and
sublime. He ?could
glide about the
room with such
balletic grace,
honking happily,
a complete
?amingo?.
Flamingo Boy joins
a growing body of
children?s art and literature
in depicting autism. Morpurgo
has an autistic grandson, and
has said that for a long time he
lacked the con?dence to write a
book about him. He need not have
worried; the characterisation of
Lorenzo is delicate and subtle;
his autism is never his de?ning
feature. He is entirely himself.
Lorenzo and Kezia quickly
develop a bond, which deepens
when German soldiers move
in. There is an undercurrent of
menace, but the horror is kept
at a careful arm?s length, as
Kezia and her family are forced
to seek refuge on Lorenzo?s
parents? farm, out in the middle
of the Camargue.
The descriptions of the salt
mashes are as spare and
wonderful as the
landscape itself.
The rising ?ocks
of ?amingos, the
scattered stone
farmhouses and
the incessant
howl of the
mistral wind all
sit in contrast to
the lustre of Kezia?s
lovingly hand-carved
carousel, its colours, bright
lights and the deep joy it elicits
in all who encounter it.
This is a book about fear of
the other, and for all that it has
been set during Europe?s darkest
days, its ultimate vision of the
human spirit is one of optimism.
When the carousel is destroyed
in a storm, its gradual rebirth
through the combined efforts of
the townsfolk, the Roma and the
occupying forces is a powerful
symbol of a shared future. In
these fractured times, books
such as this have never been
more important.
1. Oi Goat! Kes Gray (Hodder Children?s)
2. Brain Freeze Tom Fletcher (Puf?n)
3. Paddington Turns Detective Michael Bond (HarperCollins Children?s)
4. My Book About Me by Mr Silly Adam Hargreaves (Egmont)
5. TheGirl Who Thought She Was a Dog Clare Balding (Puf?n)
Marianne Levy
THE WESTERN WIND
Samantha Harvey
(Jonathan Cape, �.99)
This remarkable novel, a latemedieval mystery novel set in an
isolated village somewhere in the
Midlands, is well enough written
to be called exhilarating, even if
the story itself is anything but.
The richest man in the village
disappears and is found drowned,
though the body is swept away
before it can be retrieved.
The narrator is John Reve, the
village priest, a conscientious,
caring man. He is troubled by
the Dean, who has been sent to
urge a proper investigation of
the case; he urges Reve to hear
the confessions of his ?ock and
report the murderer to him so
that he or she may be dealt with
and disposed of before Lent.
Several proclaim themselves
guilty; Reve will have none of it,
though we have to wait to learn
why. We have to wait, because the
story is told in reverse. It begins
on Shrove Tuesday and covers
the three previous days.
This is awkward, a bit tricksy,
and perhaps irritating, for the
narrator withholds what he
already knows from the reader.
But once you understand why the
narrative has been structured in
this way, you will recognise the
cleverness, and may be satis?ed.
Allan Massie
BOOKWORM
Lucy Mangan
(Square Peg, �.99)
Lucy Mangan is a journalist who
feels books made her the person
she is, from The Very Hungry
Caterpillar via Where the Wild
Things Are, through Enid Blyton,
Roald Dahl and Judy Blume to
name but a few. This funny and
engaging memoir is ?lled with
insights such as why writers
write the way they do and how
illustrators make a difference
to stories. On the downside, the
crammed-in footnotes should be
endearing, but are not.
Sue Barraclough
LOVE AFTER LOVE
Alex Hourston
(Faber & Faber, �.99)
This tale of adultery is ?lled with
sharply observed characters and
darkly evocative prose. Nancy
Jansen is a therapist with an
idyllic life. Only something isn?t
right, and before long she has
embarked on an affair with a
colleague. Nancy thinks she can
keep everything going if she can
keep the different aspects of her
life separate. But inevitably, the
strands get tangled up, resulting
in an involving psychodrama.
Dan Brotzel
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great
divide
THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER
Francisco Cantu
(Bodley Head, �.99)
Review by Lucy Scholes
A
fter studying international relations at university in Washington
DC, Francisco Cantu
makes the unlikely
decision to join the US Border
Patrol. He wants to link theory
and practice, convinced that
?rst-hand experience as a Border
Patrol agent will provide him with
unique insight.
As a third-generation MexicanAmerican who speaks fluent
Spanish, he also believes he?ll be
able to offer the ?good people? who
are crossing ?some small comfort
by speaking with them in their
own language?.
Fine, his concerned mother, a
retired park ranger, warns him,
?but you must understand you are
stepping into a system, an institution with little regard for people?.
Cantu worked as an agent
from 2008 to 2012. And although
his account of these years in the
Friend or foe Cantu had to reconsider his complicity BEOWULF SHEEHAN
fascinating and heartbreaking
The Line Becomes a River is not
overtly political, it?s impossible
not to touch on the wider issues
at stake ? those that have only become more pressing in the age of
Donald Trump.
Initially, we?re presented with
the physical story of the job.
When it comes to Cantu?s day-today experiences of tracking illegal
immigrants and dope smugglers
through the deserts and mountain ranges, never has terminology such as ?on the ground? or
?in the ?eld? been more appropriate. ?Learn to read the dirt,? his
trainer tells him. ?It?s your bread
and butter.?
Cantu presents snapshots of
his experiences, mostly in the
form of the people he apprehends. The two teenagers he ?nds
lost in the desert, dehydrated
and disoriented, the third in their
party ? one of the boys? uncle ? already dead. Cantu has to explain
to them that they can?t simply return to their village with the dead
body, that there are procedures
now in place.
Or the man he takes back to
the station to process for deportation, who asks whether there?s
any work he can do while he waits:
?I can take out the trash or clean
out the cells. I want to show you
that I?m here to work, that I?m not
a bad person. I?m not here to bring
in drugs, I?m not here to do anything illegal. I want to work.?
The black-and-white absolutes
of good and bad come into play
throughout the book. It?s the cartels and the coyotes (the men who
charge large sums to ?guide? migrants across the border) versus
?good? immigrants looking for
better lives.
Understandably, faced with a
steady stream of the latter, Cantu
begins to question his role in the
system. It is only after he has retreated from ?the ragged heart
of the desert?, and a friend of his
? a man who has been in the US
for 30 years, and is married with
three sons ? is caught making the
crossing after returning from visiting his dying mother, that Cantu
is forced to really consider his
own complicity.
?You are no longer severed
from what it means to send someone back across the border,?
his mother explains. ?You know
what is keeping him away, what
keeps him from his family. It?s
something close to you, something
that has become part of you.?
THE INDEPENDENT
ALFRED T. PALMER/LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, PRINTS & PHOTOGRAPHS DIVISION, FSA-OWI COLLECTION
COFFEE
TABLE
CHOICE
ONEMINUTE
WITH?
Edmund de Waal,
artist and writer
Where are you now and
what can you see?
I?m in my studio and I can see
rows of half-?nished pots that I
threw this morning. I?m working
on an exhibition, so there is lots
of early morning throwing in the
studio. I can see a dog bed, a very
cheerful sleeping dog called Isla
and her heap of toys and chews.
There?s an opaque window.
Otherwise my outside view would
be Norwood Bus Garage.
What are you currently reading?
Mr Lear: A Life of Art and
Nonsense by Jenny Uglow. I read
everything she writes, as she has
a rare ability to understand the
uniqueness of different writers
and artists. It?s a fantastic,
engaging examination of the cost
of being funny and gregarious.
Who is your favourite author
and why do you admire her/him?
WG Sebald, for his mixture of
rigour, melancholy and lyricism,
and for creating works that defy
genre. And also Anne Carson.
Not just for her extraordinary
poetry, which is among the most
affecting and beautiful being
written, but her prose. Economy
of the Unlost is an unmissable
book on reading poetry.
Describe the room where
you usually write?
I write everywhere ? at my
kitchen table early in the
morning, on my lap on trains. I
write in an A4 notebook that also
has sketches of installations and
projects. I also use any scrap of
paper and the walls in my studio.
Which ?ctional character
most resembles you?
If you write a memoir, you
create a ?ctional self, so it?s the
protagonist of my last two books.
(Or Edmund in The Chronicles
of Narnia...)
Who is your hero/heroine
from outside literature?
It?s not one person, it?s the
Refugee Council, keeping alive
values of decency and inclusion
in these torrid times.
From astronaut to surgeon, ?Dress Like a Woman: Working Women and What They Wore? (Abrams Image, �.99)
illustrates women?s changing roles over the past century. Among the 300 photographs are famous faces, but it?s the
images of ordinary women that are most fascinating, from a teacher in the Democratic Republic of the Congo holding
a baby as she points to a blackboard (1989) to a woman helping to construct a dive bomber in Tennessee (1943, above).
Edmund de Waal is chairman of
this year?s Wellcome Book Prize
judging panel. The shortlist will
be announced on Tuesday and
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Airbus boss throws doubt
on Melrose?s GKN takeover
By Ravender Sembhy
Further doubt has been cast on
Melrose?s �1bn takeover bid for
engineering giant GKN following
comments from the boss of its largest
customer, Airbus.
Tom Williams, the aircraft maker?s
chief operating officer, warned it
could not give any new business to
GKN if the deal with turnaround
specialist Melrose went ahead.
He said: ?The nature of our
industry is one that requires a
commitment to long-term investment
and strategic vision. The industry
does not lend itself to shorter-term
?nancial investment which naturally
reduces R&D budgets and limits vital
innovation.
?It would be practically impossible
for us to give any new work to GKN
under such an ownership model
when we don?t know who will be the
long-term investor.?
The comments will be a blow to
turnaround specialist Melrose as
Airbus is GKN?s largest customer,
representing 20 per cent of its
aerospace sales last year. Earlier this
week GKN rejected a final �1bn
takeover offer from Melrose, saying
it ?continues to fundamentally
undervalue? the company.
GKN chairman Mike Turner
said: ?The comments from Airbus
that stress the need for long-term
GKN was founded in the
early 1900s, although can
trace its origins back to 1759. The
Worcestershire-based company
employs 50,000 people and has
an annual turnover of �bn.
investment and strategic vision in
our industry emphasise our firmly
held belief that Melrose is not an
appropriate owner of GKN.
?Its management lacks the
relevant experience and its shortterm business model is inappropriate
for GKN?s customers and investors.
?As we have previously stated
winning new business in our markets
would be more dif?cult if customers
were uncertain as to the identity of
their future long-term partners.?
GKN is attempting to press ahead
with a restructure in the face of
Melrose?s overtures, which include
merging its automotive business with
US firm Dana in a $6.1bn (�4bn)
deal. However, Melrose chairman
Christopher Miller hit back,
insisting that the company ?invests
in its businesses for the long-term?.
He added: ?We will be delighted
Airbus represented 20 per cent of
GKN?s aerospace sales last year
to explain to all customers and
stakeholders why Melrose?s ?invest
as if we were to own the business
forever? approach is the right way
forward for GKN.
?We are certain that GKN?s new
strategy of hasty short-term business
break-up will not benefit the longterm requirements of customers.?
Shares in GKN were down 1.7 per
cent yesterday to 430.2p.
PROPERTY
Savills warns
housing
market will
slow further
By Holly Williams
Quote of
the day
The 30
Second
Briefing
There is a ?nal
5 per cent who
don?t have access
to superfast
broadband. But
we?re doing
pretty well
Kim Mears
The head of
infrastructure
at Openreach
CINEWORLD
It was a good year for ?lms in 2017,
which has boosted annual takings at
Cineworld.
Blockbusters like Star Wars: The Last
Jedi, Beauty and the Beast (above), and
Dunkirk helped sales and pro?ts rise
at Cineworld last year. The cinema
chain, which is the second-largest in
the world, said sales rose 12 per cent
to �0.7m and pro?ts were up 23
per cent to �0.5m.
movie, out in April and Fifty Shades
Freed, which is showing in cinemas.
Who?s the owner?
Cineworld is now owned by the
American chain Regal Cinemas,
which took over the business two
weeks ago as part of a �2bn reverse
takeover. This gives the company
access to 9,500 screens in the US, as
well as about 2,200 in Europe.
What about the wider ?lm industry?
The UK cinema market continues to
grow, despite the growing strength
of streaming websites such as
Net?ix. UK cinema admissions in
2017 were 171 million, 1 per cent
higher than in 2016, according to
data from industry group the British
Film Institute.
Total box of?ce takings in the UK
and Ireland were �38bn in 2017,
up 3.7 per cent on the previous year.
The highest grossing ?lm released
in 2017 was Star Wars: The Last Jedi,
with earnings above �m, making it
the ?fth highest grossing ?lm of all
time at the UK box of?ce.
What?s the forecast for this year?
2018 looks like it could be another
strong year for ?lm. Black Panther
is proving a big hit, having taken
more than �n at the box of?ce
since being released a month
ago. Cineworld also has high
expectations for the new Avengers
Estate agent Savills has cautioned
over a slowdown in the housing
market, but cheered the resilience
of its UK arm to post rising
annual pro?ts.
The group reported a 3.5 per cent
rise in underlying pre-tax pro?ts to
�0.5m for 2017, with revenues up 11
per cent to �6bn.
But Savills warned that while it
had made a ?solid start? to 2018, the
property market was set to cool down
over the year ahead. Jeremy Helsby,
group chief executive of Savills, said:
?We anticipate a tempering of the
strong transaction volumes of recent
times in some markets.?
This comes against a ?backdrop
of heightened market uncertainty,
geopolitical risks and rising interest
rates,? he added.
House price growth has been
easing in recent months, with central
London the worst hit.
This has taken its toll on rivals
such as Foxtons, which last month
revealed full-year pre-tax profits
tumbled 65 per cent to �5m in 2017
and said activity in London was at
?near historic lows?.
As well as the property market
slowdown in the capital, the sector
has also been hit by a stamp duty hike
in 2016 on buy-to-let properties and
second homes.
Savills saw property prices fall
in the second-hand homes market
in London, although this helped
drive a 4 per cent rise in the number
of exchanges.
Shares in Savills were marginally
ahead yesterday, up 3.5p to 979p.
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VOICES
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31-43
RETAIL
Unilever?s Rotterdam move
?nothing to do with Brexit?
By Laura Onita
Pressure has been stepped up on
Theresa May to land a Brexit deal
which helps London, after the retail
giant Unilever said yesterday that it
will scrap its London headquarters in
favour of Rotterdam.
Rajesh Agrawal, London?s deputy
mayor for business, said: ?Unilever?s
decision is disappointing for the
capital. It brings into sharp focus the
need for the Government to secure a
Brexit deal that secures London as
Europe?s leading business centre.?
He argued Britain should stay in
the single market and the customs
union to avoid such moves. Unilever,
which sells Dove soap, fended off a
�5bn takeover bid from rival Kraft
Heinz last year.
Paul Polman, Unilever?s chief
executive, was adamant the move
?had nothing to do with Brexit?, nor
with Kraft?s bid and Britain?s more lax
rules on foreign takeovers. Chairman
Marijn Dekkers said both countries
fall under the EU?s takeover directive.
Unilever is also trying to avoid
being kicked out of London?s bluechip index. Mr Dekkers said it was in
talks with the Stock Exchange about
whether Unilever can avoid leaving
the FTSE 100 after overhauling the
structure of the business.
The firm said the shares would
still be traded in London, as well as
Unilever says its 7,300 staff in the UK will be unaffected by the move
Amsterdam and America. However,
it would no longer be eligible to be
included in the FTSE 100 because
its home would be outside Britain. It
argued shares in its existing Dutch
business can be sold more rapidly
without hitting the share price.
Unilever said it would split the
business into three divisions, with
two headquartered in London and
one in Rotterdam, and committed to
�n of annual spending in Britain.
It insisted its 7,300 staff here will
be unaffected. ?We have not spent a
lot of time checking with investors
whether they like it or not,? Mr
Dekkers admitted. City sources
said Unilever?s future in the FTSE
100 would hinge on the opinion of
investors. EVENING STANDARD
Unilever owns almost 50
household brands such as
PG Tips, Flora and Ben & Jerry?s.
It says its products are used by
two billion people every day.
Inflation blamed for Imperial Leather woes
Shares in Imperial Leather owner PZ
Cussons crashed yesterday after the
company issued a pro?t warning.
The group warned full-year pro?t
will fall ?short of expectations?, with
the board pencilling in a range be-
Outlook
SIMON
ENGLISH
Wisdom of
Solomon needed
now at Goldman
D
oes the management
shake-up at Goldman
Sachs indicate a sweeping
change of direction for
the great vampire squid?
On the face of it, you?d think so.
David Solomon has been all but
anointed as successor to Lloyd
Blankfein, with the other top
BUSINESS SPORT
46-48
53-59
i FRIDAY
16 MARCH 2018
OIL
Shell chief?s pay
close to �
as bottom line
profits triple
By Ben Woods
CONSUMER
By Ravender Sembhy
TV
38-39
tween �m to �m. It has blamed
higher inflation for encouraging
shoppers to swap brand-name soaps
for discounted rivals.
The shares dropped 16 per
cent to 231p on the London Stock
Exchange yesterday.
PZ Cussons, which also owns St
Tropez sun tan lotion and Original
Source shower gel, is embarking on
a number of initiatives to get back on
track. These include a reassessment
of its operating model to further
reduce overheads, and a review of
product costs with a focus on areas
such as packaging reduction.
candidate, Harvey Schwartz, leaving
the bank.
Blankfein could never understand
why pay of around $50m (�m)
a year and jocular remarks that
Goldman was just ?doing God?s work?
didn?t endear him to a public coping
with the fallout from the banking
crisis. But that isn?t why he is,
eventually, going. He?s going because
Goldman has lost its way.
The battle for the soul of Goldman
Sachs, if vampire squids have souls,
has been an easy win for the traders
for years. The traditional, old-school
bankers who thought Goldman
should embrace its old philosophy of
being ?long-term greedy?, of looking
after clients and trusting that the
pro?ts would look after themselves,
were ?ghting a losing battle.
Trading was about three-quarters
of Goldman revenues a few years
ago, and traditional investment
banking closer to 10 per cent. If
clients thought the trading arm was
sometimes betting against them,
sometimes actively undermining the
deals on which Goldman had itself
advised, too bad. But lately, it hasn?t
been going so well and Goldman
seemed to ?nd trouble unavoidable.
This year revenues at the
supposedly invincible Fixed Income,
Currencies and Commodities trading
arm tumbled 40 per cent. Goldman
looked like a hapless tipster at
Cheltenham, always backing the
Goldman has always been
perfectly comfortable with
PR disasters, so long as they
made money. This didn?t
wrong horse. Being close to Donald
Trump stopped looking smart
and buying into Venezuelan bonds
back?red horribly.
Goldman has always been perfectly
comfortable with PR disasters, so
long as they made money. This didn?t.
Solomon is a banker, not a trader.
The chief executive of Royal Dutch
Shell has pocketed a near-�0,000
pay rise, lifting his annual package
close to � after resurgent oil prices
boosted group pro?ts.
Ben van Beurden?s total pay packet
climbed 11 per cent to �8m last year,
with his annual bonus jumping by a
quarter to �6m.
It followed a ?strong? annual
performance from Shell, which more
than tripled bottom line profits to
�5bn in response to Brent crude?s
temporary rise beyond $70 a barrel
for the ?rst time in three years.
Gerard Kleisterlee, chair of Shell?s
remuneration committee, said Mr
van Beurden had ?delivered on
a number of fronts?
and had given
?strong leadership? around
its new energy
strategy. His
annual salary
was also marginally higher at
�32m, up from
�29m in 2016.
In Shell?s annual
report, Mr van Beurden
(inset) said higher oil prices and a
?relentless focus on performance?
had increased cash ?ow.
?We also further reshaped and
refined our portfolio through our
divestment programme,? he added.
?We continue to closely control
costs and investment levels, working
to improve our capital efficiency
while improving the quality of our
portfolio through asset sales and
new projects.?
The group?s earnings were also
bolstered by higher production
levels from new oil ?elds, which offset
declines from existing ?elds, as well
as its vast asset-selling programme.
Shares in Royal Dutch Shell B fell
9.5p to 2,220p yesterday.
He likes to do deals that take
months rather than seconds, to
build businesses and relationships.
Unlike other parts of the bank, the
investment banking arm is on the up,
under Solomon?s encouragement.
This is not to say he?s cuddly.
Bankers who have missed out on
a deal say the call from Solomon
demanding an explanation is about
as much fun as an endoscopy.
Blankfein comes across as more
avuncular, but perhaps it is time for
a change of tone. For trading errors
to be called out and for Goldman to
return to its roots.
There?s nothing wrong with
banks making money ? but helping
businesses to grow and boosting the
economy is certainly much closer to
God?s work than high-speed trading,
placing 50 bets a second and getting
out before the other guy.
If Solomon really is wise, he could
be the right man at the right time.
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From the
business
pages
Wellington hostel
turns away Kiwis
The Dominion Post
A Wellington hostel has been
called out for its alleged
discriminatory behaviour,
after a hopeful jobseeker was
told it did not hire Kiwis, or
let them stay there. Rosemere
Backpackers said the ban on
Kiwis was because of ?a lot
of problems in the past?. It
also stressed the hostel was
designed for international
backpackers, not as a boarding
house for locals.
Steel producers
call for safeguards
The Bangkok Post
Local steel producers are calling
on the government to launch
safeguard measures to protect
Thailand?s steel industry, as
they are concerned Donald
Trump?s policies will bring a
?ood of steel. The Thai Steel
Trade Association said the US
plan to impose tariffs of 25 per
cent on steel and 10 per cent
on aluminium will affect the
domestic steel industry.
Back-to-back loss
is a first for Cathay
Gulf Times
Hong Kong ?ag carrier Cathay
Paci?c has booked the ?rst
back-to-back annual loss in its
seven-decade history but said it
was in the black for the second
half and was upbeat about the
next year. The ?rm?s report was
its worst since 2008 during the
global ?nancial crisis, as lowercost Chinese airlines ate into
market share while it took a
major hit from fuel costs.
Housing demand
drops due to rules
Vancouver Sun
The British Columbia Real
Estate Association says tough
mortgage-quali?cation rules are
a key reason for a province-wide
drop in housing demand last
month. On a seasonally adjusted
basis, sales have plummeted
more than 26 per cent since
new federal mortgage rules
took effect at the beginning of
the year. Borrowers who don?t
need mortgage insurance now
have to show they can still make
payments if interest rates rise.
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The
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222.4
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350.5
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521.0
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207.0
536.4
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464.6
4220.0
3923.0
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2045.0
1657.0
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138.7
2548.0
1523.5
2493.0
4558.0
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390.2
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1192.5
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BT
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VOICES
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FRiDAY
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TV
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BUSINESS SPORT
46-48
53-59
AVIATION
RETAIL
Edinburgh-Beijing
route takes off
Tesco boost from
Booker deal
A new air link between Scotland
and China has been launched
by Edinburgh Airport. Hainan
Airlines is to operate the ?ights
from there to Beijing four times
a week from the summer. The
service will begin on 12 June.
Airport bosses said it was part
of an ?innovative? ?ight model
which connects the two cities
and Dublin.
Tesco was one of the highest
risers on the FTSE 100 after
analysts at JP Morgan said the
deal to buy wholesaler Booker
will be ?transformational?. The
deal will allow Tesco to generate
�4bn of free cash ?ow and
reduce its net debt by �2bn by
2020, JP Morgan said. Shares in
the business rose 1.76 per cent
to 214p yesterday.
AVIATION
EQUALITY
Virgin profits take
a dive after woes
HSBC reveals 59%
gender pay gap
Airline Virgin Atlantic
nosedived into the red last
year after taking a hit from
the weaker pound, hurricane
disruption and engine woes that
grounded some of its planes.
The carrier ? founded by Sir
Richard Branson (pictured)
? nursed underlying pre-tax
losses of �.4m for last year,
against pro?ts of �m in 2016.
HSBC has revealed a gender
pay gap of 59 per cent. This is
the widest difference reported
by a ?nancial ?rm so far. All
companies with more than 250
employees have to publish their
gender pay gap by 5 April. The
gap is based on the difference
between the average salary of
men and women, calculated on
an hourly basis.
BANKING
TELECOMS
One?s profits grow
on loan book
Helios dumps
London float
One Savings Bank reported
a rise in full-year pro?ts as it
continued to grow its loan book
in 2017. The challenger bank
saw underlying pre-tax pro?ts
rise 21 per cent to �7.7m, while
its loan book swelled 23 per cent
to �3bn. The rise came despite
a government crackdown on its
core buy-to-let market.
African telecoms ?rm Helios,
whose investors include George
Soros, has pulled a planned
�n London ?oat less than two
weeks after announcing it. The
company, which owns 6,600
towers in Africa, said it had
met considerable interest but
shareholders pulled the plug
without giving reasons.
CONSTRUCTION
LEGAL
Kier shares down
as profits fall
Law firm Mossack
Fonseca closes
Shares in construction group
Kier took a knock yesterday
after the ?rm posted falling
pro?ts. The company?s pre-tax
pro?t fell 6 per cent to �.7m in
the six months to 31 December,
while revenue rose 1 per cent
to �n. The shares fell 3.7 per
cent to 1,038p.
Mossack Fonseca, the law
?rm that was engulfed in the
Panama Papers scandal, is
winding down. The ?rm was
one of the biggest providers
of offshore legal advice until
millions of leaked documents
showed how big companies
used Panama to avoid tax.
the
markets
Investors were feeling bullish
yesterday, with all indices on the
FTSE closing higher.
Leading index the FTSE 100
closed up 7 points to 7,139.76 while
the mid-tier FTSE 250 closed up 8
points to 19,828.41.
***
Standard Life Aberdeen was
the top FTSE 100 riser, up 1.8
per cent to 372.6p on the news
that it will set aside �m for
investment research. The biggest
faller was shopping centre owner
Hammerson, down 4.9 per cent
to 434.4p after Credit Suisse
downgraded it over concerns about
the commercial property market.
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Games&Puzzles
daily recipe
Haddock and kale kedgeree
Kakuro
Zygolex� In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
? eg, a word that rhymes with ?cheek?, has one letter different from ?pear? and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ?peak?. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 53
RHYME LETTERS
16
MONK
14
24
21
7
4
24
17
21
FUR
27
DEIND
LI IA
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T
OBTAIN
4
WHISK
18
19
7
4
5
FAST
7
16
3
10
6
4
11
4
8
2
9
8
7
Killer Sudoku No 1237
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
9
9
11
11
9
8
9
13
11
15
7
15
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15
12
17
3
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3
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4
3
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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
2
13
MEANING
Minesweeper
15
11
11
9
?
11
13
4
13
11
LETTERS
Futoshiki
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
7
7 4
GUARD
RHYME
2 4
5
BRAVER
WARMER
SHIN
7
1 3
9
6
QUIP
2
5
HOLDER
6
4
How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
6
6
4
Jigsawdoku
9
3
4
BRANCH
TWIT
14
RUBS
3
4
4
3
20
3
24
SERVES 4
In Monday?s i
Lentil Bolognese
with courgette spaghetti
BOOBY
5
17
16
Recipe from aldi.co.uk
3
11
29
Place the haddock in a pan and cover with
500ml water and a little seasoning. Bring
to a gentle simmer and cook for around
eight minutes until it easily ?akes.
Remove the ?sh with a slotted spoon,
draining well and set aside.
Stir the rice into the cooking liquor,
cover with a lid and bring to the boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer gently for
10 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave
for a further ?ve minutes so the rice
absorbs all the liquid.
While the rice is cooking, hard-boil
the eggs, then cool a little under running
water and shell. Melt the butter and oil in
a large pan and saut� the onion and kale
until tender. Add the curry powder and
cook for a couple more minutes.
Add the cooked rice, cream, parsley
and seasoning. Remove the skin and ?ake
the ?sh into the rice, add the lemon juice
and cook for a couple of minutes.
Cut the eggs into quarters and add to
the pan. Cover with a lid and heat gently
for two to three minutes until the eggs
are warm.
WET
12
8
16
250g smoked haddock
200g basmati rice
4 eggs
25g butter
1tbsp rapeseed oil
1 small onion, ?nely chopped
100g kale, washed
2tsp curry powder
3tbsp double cream
2tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
2tsp lemon juice
Freshly ground salt and black pepper
MEANING
28
1
2 2
0
4
2 1
3
2
3
4
2
2 2 2
2
1
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1
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1
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NEWS
2-29
VOICES
16-20
FRiDAY
31-43
TV
38-39
Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1958
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 ?ll 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 53.
1
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17
7
25
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19
4
13
21
20
17
25
20
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1
17
3
2
11
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21
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20
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2 Began again (7)
3 Sausage dog (9)
4 Mineral spring (3)
5 Male relative (5)
6 Day bed (6,6)
7 Scottish dance (8,4)
11 Tropical fruit (9)
14 Easily snapped (7)
16 Equine animal (5)
18 24-hour period (3)
1
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Solution to yesterday?s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Sinned, 4 Roam (Syndrome), 8 Lumbago, 9 Aloft, 10 Nett, 11 Very well,
13 In good spirits, 15 Inferior, 17 Fork, 20 Chard, 21 Tankard, 22 Bear, 23 Stress.
DOWN 1 Salon, 2 Name tag, 3 Edam, 4 Ready-mix, 5 Abode, 6 Boxer shorts, 7 Stylus,
12 Joyrider, 13 Idiocy, 14 Isolate, 16 Frame, 18 Kudos, 19 Unit.
Today?s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 24;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 9; One-Minute Wijuko, page 25
Puzzle solutions See page 53 and minurl.co.uk/i
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4
5
2
3 9 7
1
6
6 8
1
1 9 3
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Monday: Harder
CORN
Maths Puzzle,
Word Ladder, Word
Wheel, Kakuro,
Minesweeper,
ABC Logic, Killer
Sudoku, Futoshiki,
Codeword,
Jigsawduko and
Wijuko created by
Clarity Media.
For more
puzzles,
see clarity-media.
co.uk
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6
5
9
7
2 6 7 5 8 9 3 4
Concise Crossword No 2280
ACROSS
1 Raised (4)
4 Origin (6)
8 Fail to catch (4)
9 Solid fuel (8)
10 Our species (4,7)
12 Carriage (6)
13 Astronomical
cloud (6)
15 Loss of water (11)
17 Prepared (6,2)
19 Garden basket (4)
20 Somnolent (6)
21 At any time (4)
1
SIFT
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
48
How to play Each numeral from 1 to 9 must
appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Sudoku Easier
13
3
idoku Exclusive to i
CALM
17
2
N
How to play
Convert the word
at the top of the
ladder into the
word at the bottom
of it, using only
the four rungs
in between. On
each rung, you
must put a valid
four-letter word
that is identical
to the word above
it, apart from a
one-letter change.
There may be more
than one way of
achieving this.
25
1
x
x
14
4
2
10
22
25
20
9
3
8
4
2
12
21
3
13
4
5
4
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x
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25
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17
9
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7
3
Word
Ladder
51
i FRIDAY
16 MARCH 2018
BUSINESS SPORT
46-48
53-59
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PARALYMPICS
England score 319-14 in
warm-up match farce
a New Zealand XI, given each team innings of 88 from Liam Livingwere allotted one day to bat and stone, the Lancashire all-rounder
376 bowl, regardless of the number of for whom this was a ?rst game in
wickets lost.
whites for England.
ENGLAND
The sense of farce was
Livingstone was the only
Livingstone 88, Root 50 no;
Kuggeleijn 4-50
319-14 not helped by the sight
change to the squad hamof England?s batsmen
mered 4-0 in Australia
By Chris Stocks
coming and going
during the Ashes this
IN HAMILTON
with alarming regwinter and is unlikely
ularity against a
to play in the twoRuns scored by
England?s batsmen got their prep- modest attack.
Test series against
Mark
Stoneman
arations for the upcoming Test
Quite how they
New Zealand.
from
his
two
series against New Zealand off will cope when they
But apart from
innings yesterday
to a shambolic start as they lost are faced with Tim
Root, who finished
14 wickets on the ?nal day of this Southee and Trent
the day with an unopening tour match.
Boult in next week?s
beaten 51 after he
The good news is Joe Root?s day-night Test in Auckwas dismissed for one in
team literally couldn?t lose this land is a worrying prospect.
his first innings, Livingstone
two-day pink-ball warm-up against
The one bright spot was an showed up the rest of his more
experienced team-mates.
Most hapless were Mark Stoneman and James Vince, two players
who are lucky even to be on this
tour after their contributions in the
Ashes. Both failed twice in a day,
opener Stoneman making three
runs from his two innings and No 3
Vince out for 14 and 31.
?The first two sessions were
indifferent for us but it was about
getting the guys up to speed and
making them aware they?ve got a
Test next week,? said batting coach
Graham Thorpe.
?It?s the challenge of a short
Test tour. A few of them will be
disappointed they didn?t spend
longer at the crease, but Liam
played very well. He?s not in the potential starting XI but he?s shown
what he?s capable of. His innings is
also a kick up the backside for the
Liam Livingstone was England?s only bright spot yesterday GETTY
other players.? EVENING STANDARD
NEW ZEALAND XI
Blundell 131 (ret), Jamieson 101 (ret);
Anderson 4-56
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Welbeck 39 (pen), 87 Calhanoglu 35
Xhaka 71
Agg: 5-1.
Athletic Bilbao (0)..1 Marseille (1).......................2
Williams 74
Payet 38 (pen)
Ocampos 52
Agg: 2-5.
Dynamo Kiev (0) .....0 Lazio (1)..................................2
Lucas 23
de Vrij 83
Agg: 2-4.
Loko Moscow (1) .....1 Atletico Madrid (1)...... 5
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Correa 16
Saul 47
Torres 65 (pen), 70
Griezmann 85
Agg: 1-8.
Lyon (0)........................... 2 CSKA Moscow (1) ......... 3
Cornet 58
Golovin 39
Mariano 71
Musa 61
Wernbloom 65
Agg: 3-3; CSKA Moscow win on away goals.
Plzen (1).......................... 2 Sporting (0)....................... 1
Bakos 7, 65
Battaglia 105
AET: Score after 90 mins 2-0. Agg: 2-3; .
RB Salzburg (0)........0 B Dortmund (0) .............0
Agg: 2-1.
Z St Petersburg (1) 1 RB Leipzig (1)................... 1
Driussi 45
Augustin 22
Agg: 2-3.
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Billericay 1 Dorking Wanderers 0.
Leading Positions: 1 Billericay P 31 pts 70,
2 Folkestone Invicta (37-70), 3 Dulwich (3569), 4 Margate (37-68), 5 Hendon (35-62), 6
Staines Town (34-60).
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New Zealand XI 376 (TA Blundell 131no,
KA Jamieson 101no, JM Anderson 4-56).
England 319-14 (LS Livingstone 88, JE Root
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UNIBET PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS Nottingham: M Smith (GB) bt P Wright (GB)
7-1, D Gurney (GB) drew with S Whitlock
(Aus) 6-6, R Cross (GB) bt M Suljovic
(Aut) 7-2.
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WALES
Six Nations
ENGLAND
Dan Biggar returns to the ?y-half
position for Wales against France
Second is key
for us, says
coach Gatland
By Andrew Baldock
Warren Gatland has underlined
Wales? fierce determination to
end their Six Nations campaign
strongly by securing the runnersup spot behind champions Ireland.
The Wales head coach has
made seven changes for his
team?s Principality Stadium
a p p o i n t m e n t w i t h F ra n ce
tomorrow, in addition to moving
Saracens? Liam Williams from
full-back to wing. Dan Biggar is
back in the No 10 shirt.
Asked about Biggar?s selection,
Gatland said: ?We are going back
to the experience, and defensively
he is very strong and very good in
the air.
?There was a very lively debate
about the No 10 position, and that?s
a nice place for us to be. We feel we
are in a lot stronger position than
we were three or four years ago
with depth in the squad, and it is
nice to have those dilemmas.
?For us, Saturday is pretty
important in terms of an
opportunity to finish second.
The exciting thing about the
championship at the moment
is how close it is and how many
teams think they are capable of
winning it.
?It would be massive for us to
?nish second. I felt all along going
into this competition we could do
well in the Six Nations.?
Wales v France
Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Kick-off Tomorrow, 5pm
WALES
L Halfpenny
G North
L Williams
15
14
11
13 S Williams
12 T Parkes
D Biggar
10
8
7
T Faletau
G Davies
9
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J Navidi
5
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AW Jones (capt)
J Tipuric
C Hill
3
2
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T Francis
K Owens
R Evans
Replacements: Wales Dee, Smith, Lee, B Davies,
Shingler, A Davies, Anscombe, S Evans..
France B Fall; G Fickou, M Bastareaud (capt), G
Doumayrou, R Grosso; F Trinh-Duc, M Machenaud;
J Poirot, A Pelissie, C Gomes Sa, P Gabrillagues, S
Vahamaahina, W Lauret, Y Camara, M Tauleigne..
Replacements: C Chat, D Priso, R Slimani, B Le
Roux, M Babillot, B Couilloud, L Beauxis, G Palis.
Referee B O?Keeffe (New Zealand)
Cole and Ford
dropped as
England make
seven changes
started last weekend?s 22-16 loss in
France were, including three for
whom it is a very rare experience:
The customary levity was mostly Jamie George, for the simple reason
lacking as Eddie Jones reappeared he had started only once before under
after roughly 20 hours of media scru- Jones, and Dan Cole and George
tiny of a corporate speech he gave Ford, tighthead prop and fly-half,
eight months ago to announce a dras- respectively, and near-enough evertically rejigged England side to meet presents during the Aussie?s tenure.
Ireland at Twickenham.
That trio, along with Joe LaunchSpeaking at the team hotel in bury and Danny Care, were moved
Bagshot ? and you were minded to to the bench, with Dylan Hartley and
be careful how you pronounced that Kyle Sinckler brought into the front
name, given Jones?s much-publicised row as England seek to stave off a
description of Wales ? the England third defeat in one Six Nations for the
head coach apologised for his words ?rst time since 2006.
again and accepted in vague
The season-ending knee interms that he might reconjuries to Courtney Lawes
sider his future speaking
and Nathan Hughes
engagements. Princicontributed to a big
pally, though, Jones
shake-up of the back
was busy explaining
five of the pack, with
England have not
the seven changes to
George Kruis set for
lost three times
England?s starting
only his second start
in one Six Nations
line-up as the Six Nafor Jones since 2016,
campaign
since
tions winners of 2016
and Sam Simmonds at
2006
and 2017 prepare to
No 8. Outside the scrum,
meet Ireland?s new chamJones?s post-match muspions, who are now chasing
ings in Paris on the pressa Grand Slam.
ing need to power England
There was a moment of
up have, as predicted,
I love it.
jaw-jutting defiance from This is what we brought a new midfield of
the 58-year-old Austral- get paid for. It?s Owen Farrell, Ben Te?o and
ian, whose jokey use of
Jonathan Joseph.
the best time
?scummy? to describe the
?We need to get on the
Irish and ?little shit place? in rugby, when front foot against Ireland,?
to describe Wales had pro- you are under said Jones, as he threw
duced every phone-in and the pump
Richard Wigglesworth
social-media reaction from and have to
the No 9 jersey, precisely
?so what?? to the ?hang him produce it
10 years since his last Six
high?. Asked if he relished
Nations start.
the inevitable target on his
Some expect Wigglesback, Jones replied: ?I love
worth to kick, kick and
it. This is what we get
kick again, particularly
paid for as coaches. It?s
if the meteorological
the best time in rugby,
Beast from the East
when you are under
returns alongside IreYears since Richard
the pump and you
land?s Beasts from the
Wigglesworth
have got to produce it.
West. ?We understand
started a Six
And the team feels the
all
the noise that comes
Nations match ?
same way.?
with the match and you
also against
Ireland
Otherwise, the lyrical
need that, otherwise it
witticisms were confined
wouldn?t be a big occasion,?
to describing the arrival on
Wigglesworth said. ?It doesn?t
England?s bench of Don Armand, the really concern us what goes on in the
previously largely-ignored Exeter press, what someone says, [or] hasn?t
back-rower. ?Injury creates opportu- said.?
nity,? said Jones. ?The bus has gone
Jones batted away questions over
past his stop and he has hopped on.?
why England had been allowed to
Jones did raise some eyebrows, train with Marius van der Westbut only among those unfamiliar huizen, one of tomorrow?s assistant
with Antipodean slang. ?No one?s referees, by saying World Rugby had
dropped their bundles,? he said, put forward the South African. The
using a euphemism for panicking or governing body last night announced
giving up hope. ?[The players are] Nigel Owens will replace Van der
good characters and the team?s up for Westhuizen.
the ?ght. That?s what I?ve sensed this
Jones also rejected a suggestion
week. Guys are disappointed their some of his players looked weary. ?I
role in the team?s changed, and that?s don?t need to show you,? he said, ?but
natural. I?d be disappointed if they I have stats from yesterday?s trainweren?t disappointed.?
ing that shows we are in the best
But while no bundles have been [physical] state that we have been in
dropped, five England players who the Six Nations.?
By Hugh Godwin
RUGBY UNION CORRESPONDENT
3
10
Jonathan Joseph
will be part of
a new England
mid?eld against
Ireland GETTY
Yes, Jones got it wrong
but painting him as a
bully is laughable
Matt
Butler
E
ddie Jones?s faux pas ? insulting a couple of countries while in the middle of
a corporate engagement
? reminds me of a joke:
why do seagulls ?y upside down over
Australia? Because it?s not worth
crapping on.
Yes, it is offensive. Yes, it is childish. Yes, some sensitive types may be
offended and it is not the type of gag
you?d wheel out at the funeral of an
Aussie mate.
But in the right context, the insulting of one another?s homeland serves
as a powerful bonding mechanism.
I should know. As a New Zealander,
I grew up hearing sheep-shagging
jokes every time I met anybody from
Australia or England. Some of them
were even funny. But it is jokes like
these that bind different groups
together before they have the tools
or familiarity to speak about topics
with more substance.
Jones (right) was playing to his
audience, attempting to lighten
the atmosphere. There are rules,
of course, when sailing close to the
jocular wind, the main one being
that offensive gags must not be told
about a person or group perceived to
be weaker or who cannot ?ght back.
The one above is OK because
Australians are world-beaters at
self-con?dence. If you replace ?Australia? with ?a school for the deaf?
in my opening gag, it would become
off-limits.
Jones, who was carrying on in
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IRELAND
?Scummy? jibes
irrelevant,
insists Schmidt
By Nick Purewal
Joe Schmidt has sought to
defuse tensions over Eddie Jones
branding his team the ?scummy
Irish? ahead of tomorrow?s Grand
Slam showdown with England
at Twickenham.
Jones apologised on Wednesday
after footage emerged of him
referring to Joe Schmidt?s team as
the ?scummy Irish? and Wales as a
?little s*** place?.
Ireland will chase just a thirdever Six Nations clean sweep with
victory over England in London
? but head coach Schmidt insisted
his players will not be distracted
by the fuss.
?I?m not exactly sure what they
were,? said Schmidt, when asked
about Jones comments in the
Fuso video that had caused some
offence. ?They are not directly
relevant to us to be honest. Those
words don?t impact on how we
play or how his team plays and
that?s our focus.?
Asked if Jones? comments could
hinder Ireland?s preparation for
their tilt at a Grand Slam to add
to the triumphs of 1948 and 2009,
Schmidt said: ?I don?t think so, to
be honest.
?I know it?s probably at the
stage of being boring, which we
don?t want to be described as, but
the bubble we have here allows us
to focus on the task in hand.?
Iain Henderson has dislodged
Devin Toner to start. Peter
O?Mahony, Rob Kearney and Cian
Healy have been passed ?t.
England v Ireland
Twickenham
Kick-off Tomorrow, 2.45pm
ENGLAND
that age-old Australian tradition
of speaking extremely directly, if
obscenely (a case in point: a well
known saying Down Under is ?I am
not here to f*** spiders?, meaning ?I
don?t want to waste my time?), was
addressing an audience
employed by a truck manufacturer about managing a team.
He spoke for around 20
minutes. He was joined on
stage by Mike Lynch, an exSpecial Forces soldier, who
? and this is important
? has Irish heritage.
So when the England head coach
mentioned he
is still riled at
his England
side losing to
the ?scummy
Irish?, he
gestured
towards
his fellow
speaker. It
wasn?t an attack on Lynch
or the country
of Ireland. It was
a joke.
And the idea
that Jones was acting like a bully by
saying the word ?scummy? while
conveying his humorous anger at
losing a game of rugby, while gesturing to a man who has spent almost
20 years in the SAS, is frankly ? if
you?ll pardon the pun ? laughable.
And it is worth remembering
that in the context of a corporate away day, the gags were
clearly deemed OK ? the engagement was last summer;
if someone was offended,
surely they would have said
something sooner, rather than
sit on it until the serendipitous time when Jones is on
the back foot for the ?rst
time as England coach.
When the phrase is
repeated ? especially in
print, where it is shorn
of clues like body language and intonation ?
it sounds bad. As do his
comments about Wales,
when he spoke of his
Japan Under-20s team
losing to a ?shitty little
country with only three
million people?.
But once again, context is key.
A Watson
J May
E Daly
15
14
11
13 J Joseph
12 B Te?o
9 R Wigglesworth
10
O Farrell
8
7
S Simmonds
J Haskell
5
4
G Kruis
M Itoje
2
3
K Sinckler
1
D Hartley M Vunipola
(capt)
1
2
C Healy
3
R Best (capt) T Furlong
5
4
I Henderson
J Ryan
6
P O?Mahony
6
C Robshaw
7
8
CJ Stander
D Leavy
9 C Murray
J Sexton 10
B Aki 12
13 G Ringrose
11
J Stockdale
15
R Kearney
14
K Earls
IRELAND
Replacements: England George, Marler, Cole,
Launchbury, Armand, Care, Ford, Brown.
Ireland Cronin, McGrath, Porter, Toner, J Murphy,
Marmion, Carbery, Larmour.
Referee N Owens (Wales)
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The Upshot
Tim Wigmore
Final frontier in sports
analytics: measuring a
player?s heart and spirit
?T
hey generally have
through it all again.
PhDs, doctorates
While analysing the last game,
in computer
the coaching staff are also handed
science or
a dossier for the following game,
statistics. They?re
tailored to their speci?c role. The
extraordinarily bright computer
paradox is that, as the amount of
programmers and statisticians.?
data to which analysts have access
It sounds like a Silicon Valley
has soared, the volume of data they
startup. Instead, it is the basketball give to coaches has ?shrunk a lot?:
analytics team at the Philadelphia
analysts are learning to ?lter what
76ers, which Alex Rucker leads
really counts. The head coach gets
as vice president of analytics and
a focused six-page dossier, but can
strategy. Rucker learnt about the
access another 12 chapters digitally.
power of analytics while serving
Increasingly, ?players
as a US navy of?cer. There,
approach a game as
he ?was ?rst exposed to
coaches do ? they want
really large datasets.
to understand every
The lesson that
possession and why
really struck home
and how,? Rucker
was the power of
re?ects. Some
Lines of data
grounding complex
players have gained
collected on every
decisions in fact ?
?a graduate-level
National Basketball
Association game ?
and the critical role
understanding of
tracking player and
that data can play in
the game and their
ball movement
helping to establish
own performances.?
that foundation.?
TJ McConnell, a
When Rucker was signed
25-year-old point guard
from the Toronto Raptors in 2016,
for the 76ers, is part of the new
the news was leaked, like a player
generation of professional athletes
transfer, over Twitter.
who grew up with data. ?We watch
Today, the 76ers, regarded as
a lot of ?lm leading up to playing.
possessing one of the NBA?s best
We have a study guide ? what
young squads, believe they have
each player is good at, what their
the biggest analytics team in the
tendencies are.?
league. It has mushroomed from
Analytics have also underpinned
one to 11 people over the past ?ve
the most signi?cant shift in how
years, an emblem of the sport?s
basketball is played in recent years:
rapid embrace of statistics.
the rise of the three-point shot. ?It
Every NBA game, the league?s
has revolutionised the sport,? says
player-tracking system collects
McConnell. ?Analytically, a three is
800,000 lines of data, tracking
a better shot than a long two.?
every single movement of the player
Last season, McConnell?s threeand the ball. This central collection
point success rate was only 20 per
of data is, Rucker believes, the
cent, compared with the league
big advantage the NBA has over
average of 38 per cent. This year,
Premier League football, where
it has more than doubled, to 46
teams collect their own data.
per cent, vindication for spending
And it means that data is only
three hours a day in pre-season
of limited use for scouting. ?If you
relentlessly shooting threes. It
attests to how analytics are driving
players to improve.
Combining mood
The ultimate frontier for
detection with what?s
analytics, perhaps, is to venture
happening on the court will into terrain previously considered
really give a lot of insight
unquanti?able: a player?s heart.
?Eventually it will be possible to
don?t have the technology in Brazil, measure a player?s spirit,? Rucker
I?m not sure how you could use the
says. He cites embryonic facial
technology to better understand
recognition software that can
Brazilian prospects,? he tells i.
gauge players? emotions.
Half an hour after each NBA
?You can detect somebody?s
game, Rucker and his team gain
mood ? are they happy, are they
complete access to this almost
sad, are they frustrated? Being
unfathomable amount of data.
able to combine that sort of
Their job is to ?convert that into
information with what?s happening
basketball,? and quickly turn
on the court will really give a lot of
around a six-page summary for the
insight into how a player?s playing,
coaching staff, analysing how each
why, how are they feeling, how the
line-up combination (basketball
players play together, and start
allows rolling substitutes)
to cross those other thresholds.
performed, at what stages the team Those are important questions
were particularly effective or poor,
and we want to be able to answer
and why. This allows coaches to
them as technology grows.?
focus their post-match analysis on
This is the future of sport in
understanding the crucial phases
America. And where US sports
of the game, rather than sitting
lead, the UK eventually follows.
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ARSENAL
International break,
which always seems
welcome when
coinciding with our
March decline. Even better, we
don?t have an away game for
another month, so blood pressures
should return to normal. Until our
entire mid?eld gets injured playing
for their countries. George Bond
What supporters
are saying
about your club
BOURNEMOUTH
EDITED BY JAMES MARINER
PREMIER LEAGUE
BRIGHTON & HOVE
We tend to struggle
against teams that
press and rush us,
rather than the more
methodical defensive style that
Mourinho seems to favour. We?ll
be massive underdogs with the
bookies at Old Trafford tomorrow,
but we might have a chance.
Mackenzie (North Stand Chat)
CRYSTAL PALACE
While we didn?t deserve
anything, to lose by a goal
and have a legitimate
one ruled out was hard to
take. Fantastic to see Zaha back,
? impressed with how good he
looked from the off. With him and
Sakho back I can?t see anything
but a positive result in a game we
can ill afford to lose. Ollie Potts
LEICESTER CITY
Kant� should be at
a better club than
Chelsea. I always think
he was badly advised.
If he had given us an extra season,
playing in the Champions League
with us, he would now be playing
for Real or Barcelona, a cut above
Chelsea. breadandcheese (Foxes
Talk)
MANCHESTER UNITED
After our 4-0 win at
Swansea in August
Jose spoke about
?letting the horses
run free?. The best we can hope
for is that he has been watching
Cheltenham and deploys a similar
method for our must-win FA Cup
quarter-?nal. Gabriel Counsell
STOKE CITY
BURNLEY
England calls for
Tarkowski and Pope.
Wonderful for the pair of
them! Burnley providing
England players again from
a squad full of internationals!
We?ve come such a long way
from the dark 80s, and under our
own steam.
One of the many
differences between us
and Barcelona: they gave
out plastic ?ags at Camp
Nou and the Catalans waved them
madly throughout. They gave out
?ags at Dean Court last week and
most rolled them up, put them in a
bag/pocket and took them home!
GARYafCb (Up The Cherries)
CHELSEA
Buxtonclaret (Up The Clarets!)
Another disappointing
result means that the
FA Cup and Wenger?s
coveted fourthplace trophy are the only bits
of silverware we can win this
season. We were unlucky against
Barcelona but ultimately you just
cannot make as many mistakes as
we did. Charlie Gould
EVERTON
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
Makes me cringe
every time I hear Sam
Allardyce (above)
talking about planning
for next season. Even the thought
of it makes me completely
uninterested in next season, never
mind this one. He actually thinks
he has done well for us.
Lon (Grand Old Team)
Some embarrassingly
one-sided stats v 10-man
Swansea. A massive
opportunity missed.
However, we take the positives and
move on. Palace at home. Belief
and con?dence remain high ahead
of a game which could provide
breathing space or suck us back
in. I?m scared! Olly Diamond
LIVERPOOL
MANCHESTER CITY
Elliott Charles
Saddleworth2 (Blue Moon)
All Reds will be
disappointed with
last weekend?s result,
especially with so much
hope leading into it. Important to
forget and quickly bounce back if
we?re to secure a top-four spot. No
easy draw in Europe now, but on
our day we can beat anyone.
NEWCASTLE UNITED
No game until the end
of March but fears of
relegation have been
allayed following last
week?s satisfying win over Saints.
Now ?ve points clear of the dropzone, only a few more points
needed to con?rm our PL status
for next season. Joe Donnohue
Don?t really care who we
get in today?s CL draw.
To win it we will need
to beat the best anyway.
Would rather play strength over
two legs than in a one-off ?nal. So
lets beat Bar鏰 in the quarters,
Juventus in the semis and play
Roma in the ?nal.
SOUTHAMPTON
It?s not always about what
you want from a manager,
but what you need. Is
Hughes as glamorous
as Marco Silva? No. Can he save
us from relegation with a more
pragmatic approach? Quite
possibly. Let?s see if Sparky can
reignite our season. Nick Roberts
SWANSEA CITY
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Hugo Parrott
A well-deserved point
after a gritty rearguard
performance last
weekend. On to the
battle of Korea at the Liberty
tomorrow: Ki v Son. Expect a few
changes from both sides. One
win from Wembley but it might
be a stretch and time to focus on
survival. Nye Williams
WATFORD
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
WEST HAM UNITED
Alex Keating
(Westbrom.com)
Stoke need to chew on
some Toffees this week
in yet another must-win
game, only this time it?s
getting desperate! An expected
defeat to Man City left us to linger
second from bottom for another
week. Monday?s no target man,
long-ball game plan must change!
It was a bad time to play
a resurgent Arsenal,
though I thought we
made them look good.
Liverpool is a tougher assignment
in a region of the country in which
we desperately struggle.
EUROPA LEAGUE
Given that it is such a lost
cause, I believe the board
have decided to live with
it and not spend on a
?Red Adair? to try and salvage our
awful position. I can understand
that line of thought. skyclad99
Kane?s relatively short time
on the sidelines is good
news for England but still
bad news for us, and we
will need to hope for Son to
continue his excellent run of form
if we are going to stay in the top
four or progress to the semi-?nals
of the FA Cup at the weekend.
Charlie Taylor-Kroll
The board ? shambolic.
The manager ? clueless.
The team ? spineless.
The entire club rotten,
from top to bottom. Unless
something changes quick, we face
the prospect of a desolate stadium
next year. Joe Light
Welbeck stumbles
on winning ticket
to help Gunners
into quarter-finals
ARSENAL
Welbeck pen 39, 86, Xhaka 71
3
AC MILAN
Calhanoglu 35
1
Arsenal win 5-1 on aggregate
By Miguel Delaney
AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM
Arsenal are through to the Europa
League quarter-finals, and any
humiliating comeback avoided,
although not without a healthy slice
of luck on the night.
Ars鑞e Wenger?s side beat a
depressingly weak AC Milan 3-1
on the night, and 5-1 on aggregate,
courtesy of a dive from Danny
Welbeck to produce a penalty,
and then a howler from Gianluigi
Donnarumma from a Granit Xhaka
long shot.
Whatever the wrongs of either incident, they did come at just the right
times for Arsenal ? when it looked
as though Milan might make a game
of it.
One of the biggest consequences
of this game came in the 11th minute,
and had nothing to do with the result.
That was when Laurent Koscielny
went off, holding his left hip. The hope
is that it is not serious, but it is probably just as well that Arsenal don?t
play again until 1 April.
The feeling at that point was that
this had the potential to be one of
those nights for Wenger; then again,
Milan don?t look like a Milan team,
such is the poverty of their ?rst XI.
Even before Koscielny?s injury,
they had wasted an excellent chance,
when Andre Silva put the ball wide
from close range.
Hakan Calhanoglu did eventually
pull one goal back for Milan through a
bouncing bomb of a long-range strike,
but they could not hold on to their advantage for long.
The equaliser was not entirely
down to the Italians? failings, however. The blame was shared by the
of?cials, speci?cally the one behind
the goalline with the best view when
Welbeck went down under no real
challenge or physical force.
A penalty was given, and Milan?s
momentum was taken away. Welbeck
picked himself up to send the ball into
the bottom left-hand corner.
It was hardly becoming of the
striker, but it did expose Milan?s lack
of nous at this level. You wonder what
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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Confused transfer policy sowed
seeds of Chelsea?s fall from grace
By Sam Cunningham
FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
Danny Welbeck
hits the turf
as Ricardo
Rodriguez
protests his
innocence PA
Arsenal
Ospina
Bellerin
Musta? Koscielny Monreal
Ramsey
謟il
Xhaka
Wilshere Mkhitaryan
Welbeck
Silva
Cutrone
Suso
Montolivo Calhanoglu Kessie
Rodriguez
Romagnoli Bonucci
Borini
G Donnarumma
AC Milan
Substitutions: Arsenal Chambers (Koscielny, 11),
Elneny (Mkhitaryan, 69), Kolasinac (謟il, 79); AC Milan
Kalinic (Cutrone, 67), Bonaventura (Calhanoglu, 70),
Locatelli (Kessie, 79).
Booked: Arsenal Monreal; AC Milan Donnarumma,
Romagnoli, Calhanoglu, Borini, Suso.
Man of the match Welbeck.
Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Arsenal 54% AC Milan 46%.
Attempts on target: Arsenal 9 AC Milan 3.
Referee J Eriksson (Swe). Attendance 58,973.
Arsenal will discover their
quarter-?nal opponents
today, with the draw taking place
at noon in Nyon.
Europa League last eight:
Arsenal, Atletico Madrid,
CSKA Moscow, Lazio, Marseilles,
RB Leipzig, RB Salzburg,
Sporting Lisbon.
Ties will take place on 5 & 12 April
some of their greats of the 1980s and
1990s thought watching this.
They were also giving the ball away
regularly, one such moment presaging a Jack Wilshere a thunderbolt
at goal, only for the 19-year-old Donnarumma ? one of their few coveted
players ? to punch it away.
Arsenal?s frailties meant the Italians were still getting chances, and
Patrick Crutone sent the ball wide
from a few yards after a ?ne chipped
ball from Suso.
With Koscielny off, Milan had identi?ed a very speci?c weakness at the
centre of David Ospina?s defence and,
from one of numerous balls into that
area, substitute Nikola Kalinic headed straight at the goalkeeper.
You might have said the frustration was getting to Gennaro Gattuso,
except that Milan?s coach seems permanently frenetic and irritable. The
referee rebuked him for throwing
the ball aggressively at Nacho Monreal, although he did have the grace
to apologise.
Soon, it was Donnarumma feeling the need to apologise, as he attempted to parry a Xhaka long shot,
only for the ball to spin into the net. It
was a reminder that, for all his talent,
there is also inexperience.
He could also have done with more
protection when Welbeck made it
3-1, heading in from close range from
Jack Wilshere?s cross from the left.
The Italian side?s failings don?t
matter to Arsenal now. All that matters is Koscielny?s fitness and that
his team are in the quarter-?nals of
the Europa League, one step closer
to what might just be Wenger?s ?rst
European trophy.
For all the embarrassments, this
season could yet end with a proper
triumph. THE INDEPENDENT
Whatever they do, Chelsea?s board
can?t get it right. In manager Antonio Conte?s eyes, they spread their
circa �0m transfer spend too
thinly, buying eight players rather
than the two or three he wanted.
Yet, following the crushing 3-0 defeat by Barcelona and exit from the
Champions League, defender Marcos Alonso claimed a lack of squad
depth is why last season?s Premier
League champions are outside the
top four and have only the FA Cup
left for any chance of silverware.
?It?s dif?cult ? so many games this
year and we have not got the deepest
squad; maybe new players this year
[make a difference], I don?t know.
We can only look forward and start
?ghting for fourth spot and to win
the FA Cup,? Alonso said.
The reality likely lies somewhere Chelsea?s �m signing from Arsenal, Olivier Giroud (left), is being asked to
in between. It has been a strange play as a target man by Antonio Conte AFP/GETTY
season in the life of Chelsea. Manchester City spent roughly the same Wednesday, Olivier Giroud, an �m minute that we can play against
amount on Bernardo Silva, Ederson January signing from Arsenal.
any team and now we have eight
and Kyle Walker as Chelsea have
Of their eight signings, Morata is ?nals and we have to make sure we
on their stream of players,
the only you would place in play Champions League next year,?
and the trio have played
the ?world class? bracket, Alonso added.
prominent roles. Last
while Danny DrinkwaGiroud, meanwhile, sporting a
season, however, City
ter, Ti閙ou� Bakay- black eye he put down to being ?part
were far adrift ? 15
oko, Antonio R黡iger, of the job?, con?rmed that his expepoints ? of Conte?s
Davide Zappacosta rience thus far at Chelsea has vindiThe number of points
side. But Chelsea
and the January ad- cated his decision to leave Arsenal.
by which Chelsea trail
lost Diego Costa,
ditions of Giroud,
?I am settling in quite well,? he
fourth-placed
Jo h n Te r r y a n d
Ross Barkley and said. ?I am very pleased with my unLiverpool with eight
Nemanja Matic
Emerson Palmieri derstanding with the boys. Not eveleague games
and replaced none of
have been no match for rything is perfect, but I am trying to
to play
them adequately.
the men they were ex- be the target man that the boss is
The �m summer signpected to replace. Barkley asking me to be. It?s not easy to join
ing, Alvaro Morata, was supposed
has the potential, but to reach it a new club in the winter but I am tryto pick up the reins from Costa, but would require playing football.
ing to adapt as quick as I can.?
has been unable to adjust to life as
Owner Roman Abramovich could
Giroud is con?dent he can reach
a regular starter after a career in chalk this season down as a tran- his peak in the remainder of the
and out of Real Madrid?s team. In- sitionary campaign, but failure to season, although a little luck would
jury has not helped. Against Barce- qualify for the Champions League help. ?Sometimes you close your
lona, Conte turned to Eden Hazard would be disastrous for his ambi- eyes and score but sometimes the
as the forward target and then, on tions. ?We showed until the last goal seems to get smaller,? he said.
4
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MANCHESTER CITY
Irons face cuts to
Guardiola ?confused? by
if fans
FA stance on yellow ribbon capacity
repeat trouble
By Sam Cunningham
Pep Guardiola has branded the
Football Association?s rules on
what they permit managers and
players to wear during matches
?confusing and contradictory?, following his charge
for breaching their
kit and advertising
regulations.
The governing
body yesterday released the written
reasons for ?ning
Manchester City?s
manager �,000 after he
repeatedly wore a yellow ribbon,
a symbol of support for Catalan
independence, over four months.
Guardiola (above) was warned
formally several times and was
eventually charged after City?s
FA Cup ?xture against Wigan.
Guardiola argued that he wore
the ribbon ?in solidarity with the
Catalan politicians imprisoned?
and did not consider it a political
statement. He pleaded guilty to
the charge but requested a
paper hearing.
The independent panel
noted Guardiola?s submission of mitigation
?but did not accept Mr
Guardiola?s explanation
that he had mistakenly
wore the yellow ribbon in
the aforementioned ?xture.
Rather his actions were considered an act of de?ance against
the backdrop of repeated warnings. This is an aggravating factor in this case.?
By Sports Staff
West Ham have been warned they
could face parts of their ground
being closed if there is a repeat of the
crowd trouble that marred their 3-0
home loss to Burnley last weekend.
The London Stadium Safety Advisory Group (SAG) met yesterday
following the shameful scenes on
Saturday, when a number of fans
invaded the pitch during the match
and the club?s co-owners, David
Gold and David Sullivan, were told
to leave for their own safety.
The SAG said there would be an increase in the number of stewards and
a greater police presence at the next
home match, but warned that while
it had stopped short of imposing cuts
to capacity on this occasion, it would
not rule it out in the future.
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Football
ENGLAND
Sport
FA liaising
with security
services over
Russia crisis
By Kevin Garside
England squad
CHIEF SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
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319-14 after
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in New Zealand
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FOOTBALL
Penalty gift
helps Arsenal
reach Euro
quarter-finals
The escalation in tension between
Russia and the UK has not yet
derailed England coach Gareth
Southgate?s World Cup preparations.
The FA are liaising closely with the
relevant government and security
agencies to ensure England?s participation in the competition goes ahead
as planned.
?It?s clearly a really serious matter and it?s developing very quickly,?
Southgate said. ?But my job, as the
England football manager, is to concentrate on the football and prepare
the team. As far as all my brie?ngs
and information is concerned, we?re
preparing to go to the World Cup,
there?s no doubt in our mind that?s
what we should be doing.
?The only thing at this stage that
is of highest importance is the safety
and security of our players, and absolutely of our travelling supporters.
So, they?re the things we?re focused
on, really.?
With Russia preparing its response to the expulsion of 23 diplomats, which includes a threat to ban
the English media, following the poison attack on an ex-Russian spy and
his daughter in Salisbury last week,
FA head of Communications Robert
Sullivan said: ?We are not privy to
all levels of all information and intelligence. Our level of conversation
is around the latest guidance about
the safety and security of individuals
travelling to Russia.
?You saw some of that change with
the Foreign Of?ce yesterday. We have
that ?ow of information coming to us
from within the Foreign Office. We
work closely with the security and
policing services. That is a regular
exchange. There has not been any
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Goalkeepers J Hart, J Butland,
J Pickford, N Pope
Defenders K Walker, J Stones,
H Maguire, K Trippier, D Rose,
J Tarkowski, R Bertrand, A Young,
J Gomez, A Mawson
Mid?elders E Dier, D Alli, J Lingard,
L Cook, A Lallana, J Henderson,
A Oxlade-Chamberlain, J Wilshere,
J Livermore
Forwards J Vardy, M Rashford,
R Sterling, D Welbeck
different position given to us on the
back of the recent days? news to make
any different assessment to the one
you?ve heard earlier.?
Southgate said he would brief the
squad on the Russian situation when
they gather at St George?s Park next
week ahead of the ?xtures with Holland and Italy, and dismissed wilder
concerns about possible attempts
to contaminate food at hotels used
by the England team as they travel
across Russia.
?We always take a chef and his responsibility is to source the produce.
That?s standard procedure with the
senior team. In my personal view,
I?ve travelled the world and been to
countries where I?ve been warned
about where to walk, but I?m not one
to be inhibited. All countries have
areas of dif?culty.
?The players would be the biggest
consideration. If they have any concerns with the spotlight on the issue,
they?ll have questions to ask. I have
to give them the facts, allay fears and
make sure they and their families are
safe. It?s so visible at the moment. It is
important, whenever there is speculation, that you put it into context.?
GOLF
Woods holes 70-foot
putt at Bay Hill
Tiger Woods justi?ed his position
as pre-tournament favourite with
an impressive start to the Arnold
Palmer Invitational yesterday.
Woods, who is seeking a record
ninth victory at Bay Hill, started
the tournament with an opening
round of 68 ? which included a birdie
on the par-three seventh when he
holed a remarkable putt from 70
feet. The 42-year-old was one shot
off the early clubhouse lead, held by
Jimmy Walker.
New boys The uncapped quartet
Nick Pope
Goalkeeper, 25 years old
Club Burnley Under-21 caps None
One of four keepers in the squad, the
Soham-born stopper only made his
Premier League debut in September
following Tom Heaton?s injury but
has kept his place despite his teammate?s recovery. A major part of the
Clarets? ?ne campaign ? only four
goalkeepers have bettered his 10
PL clean sheets this season.
Al?e Mawson
Defender, 24 years old
Club Swansea Under-21 caps Six
Signed from Barnsley 18 months
ago, the centre-back has impressed
at both ends of the pitch and been
a positive in a turbulent season.
Preferred to Jamaal Lascelles and
Gary Cahill, he has played a major
role in the revival under Carlos
Carvalhal, attracting interest from
Everton, Spurs and West Ham.
FOOTBALL
Hughes needs flying start at Saints
New Southampton manager Mark
Hughes accepts his team have
to ?hit the ground running?
if they are to remain in
the Premier League.
The Welshman
(right) took charge of
the squad yesterday
after signing a
contract until the end
of the season to replace
Mauricio Pellegrino.
Southampton head to Wigan
in the quarter-?nals of the FA Cup
on Sunday, with fellow relegation
battlers West Ham next up in
the League, at the London
Stadium on 31 March.
Hughes, who is believed
to be on a bonus of � to
keep the Saints up, said:
?We haven?t got enough
time to do a gradual
process ? we have to hit
the ground running. These
players have the ability to win
games in the Premier League and
that?s what we intend to do.?
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Players? lack of game time leaves
Southgate with familiar problems
Kevin
Garside
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A
By James Mariner
James Tarkowski
Defender, 25 years old
Club Burnley Under-21 caps None
A second uncapped centre-back,
Manchester-born Tarkowski signed
new deal this year after moving
from Brentford in 2016. It was no
coincidence that the Clarets? ?rst
wins of 2018 came in Tarkowski?s
?rst two games back from a six-week
injury absence. Has formed a strong
partnership with Ben Mee.
Lewis Cook
Mid?elder, 21 years old
Club Bournem?th Under-21 caps Five
Moved from Leeds in 2016 but
suffered with an ankle injury in his
?rst year on the south coast. The
diminutive mid?elder captained
England to their Under-20 World Cup
triumph last summer and his technical skills have drawn comparisons
with Jack Wilshere ? a team-mate at
the Cherries last season.
CRICKET
FOOTBALL
Scots in driving seat
after Cross century
A career-best 114 from Matthew
Cross powered Scotland to a
convincing 73-run win in their World
Cup quali?er clash with the United
Arab Emirates. The Saltires kicked
off their Super Six campaign in
style with a commanding win which
puts them in a strong position to
qualify for the ?nal, ahead of next
year?s World Cup. Scotland posted
a mammoth 322 for six and then
bowled out the UAE for 249, with
Chris Sole taking four for 68.
n experimental England squad, including
four uncapped players
and 11 with fewer than
10 appearances, offers
hope to some and casts doubts on
others, with Chelsea?s Gary Cahill joining Manchester United?s
Chris Smalling in the club of
excluded centre-halves looking
for something else to do during
the World Cup this summer.
Call-ups for uncapped James
Tarkowski of Burnley and Al?e
Mawson of Swansea, alongside
the retained Harry Maguire of
Leicester and Liverpool?s Joe
Gomez ? ?ve caps between them ?
demonstrates how far Southgate
is from a settled team.
Not that the England coach appeared concerned about that, nor
the absence of Harry Kane with
an ankle injury.
Southgate pointed out that he
has had Kane available for only
six of his 14 selections. Mind you,
he underlined his value with
seven goals. It is the potential of
Marcus Rashford and Raheem
Sterling in a front three, as
Southgate proposed, that will
excite the fans most.
?I?m very clear. At this stage we
want to be keeping options available because, as you?ve seen with
Harry, something can happen
at the drop of a hat,? Southgate
said. ?Who do we need to look
at, who do we need to learn more
about to be able to replace some
of the ?rst-choice players?
?Players are developing quickly and we have some good young
players who are coming through,
youngsters developing at a rate
of knots. I?m very comfortable
with team I?d pick tomorrow,
but equally I can?t just have that
in my head because, in this job,
things change.?
This would not be England
without a pre-World Cup scare to
a principal ?gure. Kane?s ankle
joins the metatarsals of Wayne
Rooney in 2006 and 2010 and of
Sessegnon earns Under-21 call-up
Fulham?s Ryan Sessegnon has been
handed his ?rst call-up to the
England Under-21 squad.
The 17-year-old, who
has scored 14 goals in
40 appearances for
the Cottagers this
season, is included for
the friendly against
Romania and quali?er
with Ukraine this month.
Left-sided Sessegnon
(right) helped the Under-19s to
European Championship glory last
summer and is joined by Ovie Ejaria,
who won the Under-20 World
Cup last year and is on loan at
Sunderland from Liverpool.
Tammy Abraham and
Dominic Solanke return
to the set-up after making
their senior debuts
last November.
England are unbeaten
and ?ve points clear at the
top of Group 4 as they look to
qualify for Euro 2019, which takes
place in Italy and San Marino.
Gareth Soutgate has picked an experimental England squad PA
David Beckham in 2002, plus
starters and Jordan Henderson
Bryan Robson?s shoulder in 1986,
was dropped for Liverpool?s big
as the focus of medical bulletins.
match at Manchester United.
Ever the optimist, Southgate
?We are experimenting with
does not see Kane as particularly some players we think we need
vulnerable. ?If you look at the na- to know might come into the
ture of the injuries he?s had, they
fringes of the squad. But we also
are contact injuries, ligahave to accept we are not
ment ones, but forced
as far down the path as
through tackles.
Brazil and Germany
?He?s as robust
are in having a more
as any player we
settled team,?
have got, he?s just
Southgate said.
Players
in
the
unfortunate to be
Though the fu27-man
England
in collisions where
ture looks bleak for
squad who have
he?s going in where
Cahill, there was
fewer than 10 caps
it hurts. To score
encouragement for
goals, you have to put
the likes of Ruben
your body on the line.
Loftus-Cheek, the
He is one of the players
Chelsea loanee at Crystal
we are least concerned
Palace who excelled in
about in terms
November, and the
of robustness.?
Manchester United
The lack of expair Phil Jones and
perience in this
Luke Shaw, should
Matches Harry Kane
squad taps into the
they get the requihas been available
eternal thread of
site game time.
for
selection
in
lack of opportunity
?The key for him
Gareth Southgate?s
for English players
[Loftus-Cheek] is
14 games in charge
and a national coach
to get back playing...
forced to row back
because it?s his ?rst
from his premise of seyear, he?s played more
lecting only players appearing
league minutes this year than
regularly for their clubs.
any other time. He?s a serious
Danny Welbeck, Adam Lallana, contender because of the techniGomez, Rashford, Danny Rose
cal ability and physical presence
and John Stones are not regular
he?s got.?
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FOOTBALL
Besiktas charged for
cat pitch invasion
Besiktas have been charged by Uefa
after a cat ran on to their pitch at
Vodafone Park in their Champions
League defeat to Bayern Munich.
The last-16 tie was interrupted on
Wednesday when the cat made its
way onto the pitch shortly after
half-time during the 3-1 win for the
German side. Besiktas were charged
for ?insuf?cient organisation? and
the Turkish side have also been
charged with ?throwing objects and
blocked stairways?.
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Rugby Union: England v Ireland
Sky Sports Action, 5pm
Golf: Arnold Palmer Invitational
Sky Sports Golf, 7pm
Football: St Johnstone v Hibs
Sky Sports Football, 7.30pm
Rugby League: St Helens v Leeds
Sky Sports Arena, 7.30pm
Tennis: Indian Wells
BT Sport 1, 10.30pm
Winter Paralympics: Day eight
Channel 4, 12.20am (tomorrow)
pro?ts
rise 21 per cent to �7.7m, while
its loan book swelled 23 per cent
to �3bn. The rise came despite
a government crackdown on its
core buy-to-let market.
African telecoms ?rm Helios,
whose investors include George
Soros, has pulled a planned
�n London ?oat less than two
weeks after announcing it. The
company, which owns 6,600
towers in Africa, said it had
met considerable interest but
shareholders pulled the plug
without giving reasons.
CONSTRUCTION
LEGAL
Kier shares down
as profits fall
Law firm Mossack
Fonseca closes
Shares in construction group
Kier took a knock yesterday
after the ?rm posted falling
pro?ts. The company?s pre-tax
pro?t fell 6 per cent to �.7m in
the six months to 31 December,
while revenue rose 1 per cent
to �n. The shares fell 3.7 per
cent to 1,038p.
Mossack Fonseca, the law
?rm that was engulfed in the
Panama Papers scandal, is
winding down. The ?rm was
one of the biggest providers
of offshore legal advice until
millions of leaked documents
showed how big companies
used Panama to avoid tax.
the
markets
Investors were feeling bullish
yesterday, with all indices on the
FTSE closing higher.
Leading index the FTSE 100
closed up 7 points to 7,139.76 while
the mid-tier FTSE 250 closed up 8
points to 19,828.41.
***
Standard Life Aberdeen was
the top FTSE 100 riser, up 1.8
per cent to 372.6p on the news
that it will set aside �m for
investment research. The biggest
faller was shopping centre owner
Hammerson, down 4.9 per cent
to 434.4p after Credit Suisse
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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
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Solution, page 53
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How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Lentil Bolognese
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Place the haddock in a pan and cover with
500ml water and a little seasoning. Bring
to a gentle simmer and cook for around
eight minutes until it easily ?akes.
Remove the ?sh with a slotted spoon,
draining well and set aside.
Stir the rice into the cooking liquor,
cover with a lid and bring to the boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer gently for
10 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave
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While the rice is cooking, hard-boil
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Add the cooked rice, cream, parsley
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and cook for a couple of minutes.
Cut the eggs into quarters and add to
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250g smoked haddock
200g basmati rice
4 eggs
25g butter
1tbsp rapeseed oil
1 small onion, ?nely chopped
100g kale, washed
2tsp curry powder
3tbsp double cream
2tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
2tsp lemon juice
Freshly ground salt and black pepper
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How to play Fill the empty squares with
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5 Male relative (5)
6 Day bed (6,6)
7 Scottish dance (8,4)
11 Tropical fruit (9)
14 Easily snapped (7)
16 Equine animal (5)
18 24-hour period (3)
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ACROSS 1 Sinned, 4 Roam (Syndrome), 8 Lumbago, 9 Aloft, 10 Nett, 11 Very well,
13 In good spirits, 15 Inferior, 17 Fork, 20 Chard, 21 Tankard, 22 Bear, 23 Stress.
DOWN 1 Salon, 2 Name tag, 3 Edam, 4 Ready-mix, 5 Abode, 6 Boxer shorts, 7 Stylus,
12 Joyrider, 13 Idiocy, 14 Isolate, 16 Frame, 18 Kudos, 19 Unit.
Today?s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 24;
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ACROSS
1 Raised (4)
4 Origin (6)
8 Fail to catch (4)
9 Solid fuel (8)
10 Our species (4,7)
12 Carriage (6)
13 Astronomical
cloud (6)
15 Loss of water (11)
17 Prepared (6,2)
19 Garden basket (4)
20 Somnolent (6)
21 At any time (4)
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PARALYMPICS
England score 319-14 in
warm-up match farce
a New Zealand XI, given each team innings of 88 from Liam Livingwere allotted one day to bat and stone, the Lancashire all-rounder
376 bowl, regardless of the number of for whom this was a ?rst game in
wickets lost.
whites for England.
ENGLAND
The sense of farce was
Livingstone was the only
Livingstone 88, Root 50 no;
Kuggeleijn 4-50
319-14 not helped by the sight
change to the squad hamof England?s batsmen
mered 4-0 in Australia
By Chris Stocks
coming and going
during the Ashes this
IN HAMILTON
with alarming regwinter and is unlikely
ularity against a
to play in the twoRuns scored by
England?s batsmen got their prep- modest attack.
Test series against
Mark
Stoneman
arations for the upcoming Test
Quite how they
New Zealand.
from
his
two
series against New Zealand off will cope when they
But apart from
innings yesterday
to a shambolic start as they lost are faced with Tim
Root, who finished
14 wickets on the ?nal day of this Southee and Trent
the day with an unopening tour match.
Boult in next week?s
beaten 51 after he
The good news is Joe Root?s day-night Test in Auckwas dismissed for one in
team literally couldn?t lose this land is a worrying prospect.
his first innings, Livingstone
two-day pink-ball warm-up against
The one bright spot was an showed up the rest of his more
experienced team-mates.
Most hapless were Mark Stoneman and James Vince, two players
who are lucky even to be on this
tour after their contributions in the
Ashes. Both failed twice in a day,
opener Stoneman making three
runs from his two innings and No 3
Vince out for 14 and 31.
?The first two sessions were
indifferent for us but it was about
getting the guys up to speed and
making them aware they?ve got a
Test next week,? said batting coach
Graham Thorpe.
?It?s the challenge of a short
Test tour. A few of them will be
disappointed they didn?t spend
longer at the crease, but Liam
played very well. He?s not in the potential starting XI but he?s shown
what he?s capable of. His innings is
also a kick up the backside for the
Liam Livingstone was England?s only bright spot yesterday GETTY
other players.? EVENING STANDARD
NEW ZEALAND XI
Blundell 131 (ret), Jamieson 101 (ret);
Anderson 4-56
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Results Service
EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND OF 16 SECOND
LEG
Arsenal (1)....................3 AC Milan (1)....................... 1
Welbeck 39 (pen), 87 Calhanoglu 35
Xhaka 71
Agg: 5-1.
Athletic Bilbao (0)..1 Marseille (1).......................2
Williams 74
Payet 38 (pen)
Ocampos 52
Agg: 2-5.
Dynamo Kiev (0) .....0 Lazio (1)..................................2
Lucas 23
de Vrij 83
Agg: 2-4.
Loko Moscow (1) .....1 Atletico Madrid (1)...... 5
Rybus 20
Correa 16
Saul 47
Torres 65 (pen), 70
Griezmann 85
Agg: 1-8.
Lyon (0)........................... 2 CSKA Moscow (1) ......... 3
Cornet 58
Golovin 39
Mariano 71
Musa 61
Wernbloom 65
Agg: 3-3; CSKA Moscow win on away goals.
Plzen (1).......................... 2 Sporting (0)....................... 1
Bakos 7, 65
Battaglia 105
AET: Score after 90 mins 2-0. Agg: 2-3; .
RB Salzburg (0)........0 B Dortmund (0) .............0
Agg: 2-1.
Z St Petersburg (1) 1 RB Leipzig (1)................... 1
Driussi 45
Augustin 22
Agg: 2-3.
BOSTIK PREMIER DIVISION
Billericay 1 Dorking Wanderers 0.
Leading Positions: 1 Billericay P 31 pts 70,
2 Folkestone Invicta (37-70), 3 Dulwich (3569), 4 Margate (37-68), 5 Hendon (35-62), 6
Staines Town (34-60).
CRICKET
TWO DAY TOUR MATCH (HAMILTON)
New Zealand XI 376 (TA Blundell 131no,
KA Jamieson 101no, JM Anderson 4-56).
England 319-14 (LS Livingstone 88, JE Root
51no, JM Vince 45, AN Cook 44, Kuggeleijn
4-50). Match Drawn.
DARTS
UNIBET PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS Nottingham: M Smith (GB) bt P Wright (GB)
7-1, D Gurney (GB) drew with S Whitlock
(Aus) 6-6, R Cross (GB) bt M Suljovic
(Aut) 7-2.
RUGBY LEAGUE
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ELITE LEAGUE: Belfast v Cardiff.
MOTOR CYCLING
MOTOGP RD 1, QATAR GRAND PRIX (Losail).
RUGBY LEAGUE
LADBROKES CHALLENGE CUP Fourth
Round: Kells v Toronto Wolfpack (6.15),
Doncaster v Newcastle (8.0).
BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE: Salford v Hull
(8.0), St Helens v Leeds (7.45).
RUGBY UNION
GUINNESS PRO14 (7.35): Edinburgh v
Munster, Cardiff Blues v Benetton Treviso.
NATWEST U20 SIX NATIONS: England v
Ireland (8.0), Italy v Scotland (2.0), Wales v
France (8.15).
NATWEST WOMEN?S SIX NATIONS:
England v Ireland (5.30), Wales v France
(6.0), Italy v Scotland (2.0).
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LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
St Johnstone v Hibernian (7.45pm) ..........................
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INTERNATIONAL TWENTY20 SERIES: Sri
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Gregor Ewan and Bob McPherson?s
fate was out of their hands with a
game still to play. With the Koreans
and Canada having already booked
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SPORT
WALES
Six Nations
ENGLAND
Dan Biggar returns to the ?y-half
position for Wales against France
Second is key
for us, says
coach Gatland
By Andrew Baldock
Warren Gatland has underlined
Wales? fierce determination to
end their Six Nations campaign
strongly by securing the runnersup spot behind champions Ireland.
The Wales head coach has
made seven changes for his
team?s Principality Stadium
a p p o i n t m e n t w i t h F ra n ce
tomorrow, in addition to moving
Saracens? Liam Williams from
full-back to wing. Dan Biggar is
back in the No 10 shirt.
Asked about Biggar?s selection,
Gatland said: ?We are going back
to the experience, and defensively
he is very strong and very good in
the air.
?There was a very lively debate
about the No 10 position, and that?s
a nice place for us to be. We feel we
are in a lot stronger position than
we were three or four years ago
with depth in the squad, and it is
nice to have those dilemmas.
?For us, Saturday is pretty
important in terms of an
opportunity to finish second.
The exciting thing about the
championship at the moment
is how close it is and how many
teams think they are capable of
winning it.
?It would be massive for us to
?nish second. I felt all along going
into this competition we could do
well in the Six Nations.?
Wales v France
Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Kick-off Tomorrow, 5pm
WALES
L Halfpenny
G North
L Williams
15
14
11
13 S Williams
12 T Parkes
D Biggar
10
8
7
T Faletau
G Davies
9
6
J Navidi
5
4
AW Jones (capt)
J Tipuric
C Hill
3
2
1
T Francis
K Owens
R Evans
Replacements: Wales Dee, Smith, Lee, B Davies,
Shingler, A Davies, Anscombe, S Evans..
France B Fall; G Fickou, M Bastareaud (capt), G
Doumayrou, R Grosso; F Trinh-Duc, M Machenaud;
J Poirot, A Pelissie, C Gomes Sa, P Gabrillagues, S
Vahamaahina, W Lauret, Y Camara, M Tauleigne..
Replacements: C Chat, D Priso, R Slimani, B Le
Roux, M Babillot, B Couilloud, L Beauxis, G Palis.
Referee B O?Keeffe (New Zealand)
Cole and Ford
dropped as
England make
seven changes
started last weekend?s 22-16 loss in
France were, including three for
whom it is a very rare experience:
The customary levity was mostly Jamie George, for the simple reason
lacking as Eddie Jones reappeared he had started only once before under
after roughly 20 hours of media scru- Jones, and Dan Cole and George
tiny of a corporate speech he gave Ford, tighthead prop and fly-half,
eight months ago to announce a dras- respectively, and near-enough evertically rejigged England side to meet presents during the Aussie?s tenure.
Ireland at Twickenham.
That trio, along with Joe LaunchSpeaking at the team hotel in bury and Danny Care, were moved
Bagshot ? and you were minded to to the bench, with Dylan Hartley and
be careful how you pronounced that Kyle Sinckler brought into the front
name, given Jones?s much-publicised row as England seek to stave off a
description of Wales ? the England third defeat in one Six Nations for the
head coach apologised for his words ?rst time since 2006.
again and accepted in vague
The season-ending knee interms that he might reconjuries to Courtney Lawes
sider his future speaking
and Nathan Hughes
engagements. Princicontributed to a big
pally, though, Jones
shake-up of the back
was busy explaining
five of the pack, with
England have not
the seven changes to
George Kruis set for
lost three times
England?s starting
only his second start
in one Six Nations
line-up as the Six Nafor Jones since 2016,
campaign
since
tions winners of 2016
and Sam Simmonds at
2006
and 2017 prepare to
No 8. Outside the scrum,
meet Ireland?s new chamJones?s post-match muspions, who are now chasing
ings in Paris on the pressa Grand Slam.
ing need to power England
There was a moment of
up have, as predicted,
I love it.
jaw-jutting defiance from This is what we brought a new midfield of
the 58-year-old Austral- get paid for. It?s Owen Farrell, Ben Te?o and
ian, whose jokey use of
Jonathan Joseph.
the best time
?scummy? to describe the
?We need to get on the
Irish and ?little shit place? in rugby, when front foot against Ireland,?
to describe Wales had pro- you are under said Jones, as he threw
duced every phone-in and the pump
Richard Wigglesworth
social-media reaction from and have to
the No 9 jersey, precisely
?so what?? to the ?hang him produce it
10 years since his last Six
high?. Asked if he relished
Nations start.
the inevitable target on his
Some expect Wigglesback, Jones replied: ?I love
worth to kick, kick and
it. This is what we get
kick again, particularly
paid for as coaches. It?s
if the meteorological
the best time in rugby,
Beast from the East
when you are under
returns alongside IreYears since Richard
the pump and you
land?s Beasts from the
Wigglesworth
have got to produce it.
West. ?We understand
started a Six
And the team feels the
all
the noise that comes
Nations match ?
same way.?
with the match and you
also against
Ireland
Otherwise, the lyrical
need that, otherwise it
witticisms were confined
wouldn?t be a big occasion,?
to describing the arrival on
Wigglesworth said. ?It doesn?t
England?s bench of Don Armand, the really concern us what goes on in the
previously largely-ignored Exeter press, what someone says, [or] hasn?t
back-rower. ?Injury creates opportu- said.?
nity,? said Jones. ?The bus has gone
Jones batted away questions over
past his stop and he has hopped on.?
why England had been allowed to
Jones did raise some eyebrows, train with Marius van der Westbut only among those unfamiliar huizen, one of tomorrow?s assistant
with Antipodean slang. ?No one?s referees, by saying World Rugby had
dropped their bundles,? he said, put forward the South African. The
using a euphemism for panicking or governing body last night announced
giving up hope. ?[The players are] Nigel Owens will replace Van der
good characters and the team?s up for Westhuizen.
the ?ght. That?s what I?ve sensed this
Jones also rejected a suggestion
week. Guys are disappointed their some of his players looked weary. ?I
role in the team?s changed, and that?s don?t need to show you,? he said, ?but
natural. I?d be disappointed if they I have stats from yesterday?s trainweren?t disappointed.?
ing that shows we are in the best
But while no bundles have been [physical] state that we have been in
dropped, five England players who the Six Nations.?
By Hugh Godwin
RUGBY UNION CORRESPONDENT
3
10
Jonathan Joseph
will be part of
a new England
mid?eld against
Ireland GETTY
Yes, Jones got it wrong
but painting him as a
bully is laughable
Matt
Butler
E
ddie Jones?s faux pas ? insulting a couple of countries while in the middle of
a corporate engagement
? reminds me of a joke:
why do seagulls ?y upside down over
Australia? Because it?s not worth
crapping on.
Yes, it is offensive. Yes, it is childish. Yes, some sensitive types may be
offended and it is not the type of gag
you?d wheel out at the funeral of an
Aussie mate.
But in the right context, the insulting of one another?s homeland serves
as a powerful bonding mechanism.
I should know. As a New Zealander,
I grew up hearing sheep-shagging
jokes every time I met anybody from
Australia or England. Some of them
were even funny. But it is jokes like
these that bind different groups
together before they have the tools
or familiarity to speak about topics
with more substance.
Jones (right) was playing to his
audience, attempting to lighten
the atmosphere. There are rules,
of course, when sailing close to the
jocular wind, the main one being
that offensive gags must not be told
about a person or group perceived to
be weaker or who cannot ?ght back.
The one above is OK because
Australians are world-beaters at
self-con?dence. If you replace ?Australia? with ?a school for the deaf?
in my opening gag, it would become
off-limits.
Jones, who was carrying on in
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2-29
VOICES
16-20
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31-43
IRELAND
?Scummy? jibes
irrelevant,
insists Schmidt
By Nick Purewal
Joe Schmidt has sought to
defuse tensions over Eddie Jones
branding his team the ?scummy
Irish? ahead of tomorrow?s Grand
Slam showdown with England
at Twickenham.
Jones apologised on Wednesday
after footage emerged of him
referring to Joe Schmidt?s team as
the ?scummy Irish? and Wales as a
?little s*** place?.
Ireland will chase just a thirdever Six Nations clean sweep with
victory over England in London
? but head coach Schmidt insisted
his players will not be distracted
by the fuss.
?I?m not exactly sure what they
were,? said Schmidt, when asked
about Jones comments in the
Fuso video that had caused some
offence. ?They are not directly
relevant to us to be honest. Those
words don?t impact on how we
play or how his team plays and
that?s our focus.?
Asked if Jones? comments could
hinder Ireland?s preparation for
their tilt at a Grand Slam to add
to the triumphs of 1948 and 2009,
Schmidt said: ?I don?t think so, to
be honest.
?I know it?s probably at the
stage of being boring, which we
don?t want to be described as, but
the bubble we have here allows us
to focus on the task in hand.?
Iain Henderson has dislodged
Devin Toner to start. Peter
O?Mahony, Rob Kearney and Cian
Healy have been passed ?t.
England v Ireland
Twickenham
Kick-off Tomorrow, 2.45pm
ENGLAND
that age-old Australian tradition
of speaking extremely directly, if
obscenely (a case in point: a well
known saying Down Under is ?I am
not here to f*** spiders?, meaning ?I
don?t want to waste my time?), was
addressing an audience
employed by a truck manufacturer about managing a team.
He spoke for around 20
minutes. He was joined on
stage by Mike Lynch, an exSpecial Forces soldier, who
? and this is important
? has Irish heritage.
So when the England head coach
mentioned he
is still riled at
his England
side losing to
the ?scummy
Irish?, he
gestured
towards
his fellow
speaker. It
wasn?t an attack on Lynch
or the country
of Ireland. It was
a joke.
And the idea
that Jones was acting like a bully by
saying the word ?scummy? while
conveying his humorous anger at
losing a game of rugby, while gesturing to a man who has spent almost
20 years in the SAS, is frankly ? if
you?ll pardon the pun ? laughable.
And it is worth remembering
that in the context of a corporate away day, the gags were
clearly deemed OK ? the engagement was last summer;
if someone was offended,
surely they would have said
something sooner, rather than
sit on it until the serendipitous time when Jones is on
the back foot for the ?rst
time as England coach.
When the phrase is
repeated ? especially in
print, where it is shorn
of clues like body language and intonation ?
it sounds bad. As do his
comments about Wales,
when he spoke of his
Japan Under-20s team
losing to a ?shitty little
country with only three
million people?.
But once again, context is key.
A Watson
J May
E Daly
15
14
11
13 J Joseph
12 B Te?o
9 R Wigglesworth
10
O Farrell
8
7
S Simmonds
J Haskell
5
4
G Kruis
M Itoje
2
3
K Sinckler
1
D Hartley M Vunipola
(capt)
1
2
C Healy
3
R Best (capt) T Furlong
5
4
I Henderson
J Ryan
6
P O?Mahony
6
C Robshaw
7
8
CJ Stander
D Leavy
9 C Murray
J Sexton 10
B Aki 12
13 G Ringrose
11
J Stockdale
15
R Kearney
14
K Earls
IRELAND
Replacements: England George, Marler, Cole,
Launchbury, Armand, Care, Ford, Brown.
Ireland Cronin, McGrath, Porter, Toner, J Murphy,
Marmion, Carbery, Larmour.
Referee N Owens (Wales)
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The Upshot
Tim Wigmore
Final frontier in sports
analytics: measuring a
player?s heart and spirit
?T
hey generally have
through it all again.
PhDs, doctorates
While analysing the last game,
in computer
the coaching staff are also handed
science or
a dossier for the following game,
statistics. They?re
tailored to their speci?c role. The
extraordinarily bright computer
paradox is that, as the amount of
programmers and statisticians.?
data to which analysts have access
It sounds like a Silicon Valley
has soared, the volume of data they
startup. Instead, it is the basketball give to coaches has ?shrunk a lot?:
analytics team at the Philadelphia
analysts are learning to ?lter what
76ers, which Alex Rucker leads
really counts. The head coach gets
as vice president of analytics and
a focused six-page dossier, but can
strategy. Rucker learnt about the
access another 12 chapters digitally.
power of analytics while serving
Increasingly, ?players
as a US navy of?cer. There,
approach a game as
he ?was ?rst exposed to
coaches do ? they want
really large datasets.
to understand every
The lesson that
possession and why
really struck home
and how,? Rucker
was the power of
re?ects. Some
Lines of data
grounding complex
players have gained
collected on every
decisions in fact ?
?a graduate-level
National Basketball
Association game ?
and the critical role
understanding of
tracking player and
that data can play in
the game and their
ball movement
helping to establish
own performances.?
that foundation.?
TJ McConnell, a
When Rucker was signed
25-year-old point guard
from the Toronto Raptors in 2016,
for the 76ers, is part of the new
the news was leaked, like a player
generation of professional athletes
transfer, over Twitter.
who grew up with data. ?We watch
Today, the 76ers, regarded as
a lot of ?lm leading up to playing.
possessing one of the NBA?s best
We have a study guide ? what
young squads, believe they have
each player is good at, what their
the biggest analytics team in the
tendencies are.?
league. It has mushroomed from
Analytics have also underpinned
one to 11 people over the past ?ve
the most signi?cant shift in how
years, an emblem of the sport?s
basketball is played in recent years:
rapid embrace of statistics.
the rise of the three-point shot. ?It
Every NBA game, the league?s
has revolutionised the sport,? says
player-tracking system collects
McConnell. ?Analytically, a three is
800,000 lines of data, tracking
a better shot than a long two.?
every single movement of the player
Last season, McConnell?s threeand the ball. This central collection
point success rate was only 20 per
of data is, Rucker believes, the
cent, compared with the league
big advantage the NBA has over
average of 38 per cent. This year,
Premier League football, where
it has more than doubled, to 46
teams collect their own data.
per cent, vindication for spending
And it means that data is only
three hours a day in pre-season
of limited use for scouting. ?If you
relentlessly shooting threes. It
attests to how analytics are driving
players to improve.
Combining mood
The ultimate frontier for
detection with what?s
analytics, perhaps, is to venture
happening on the court will into terrain previously considered
really give a lot of insight
unquanti?able: a player?s heart.
?Eventually it will be possible to
don?t have the technology in Brazil, measure a player?s spirit,? Rucker
I?m not sure how you could use the
says. He cites embryonic facial
technology to better understand
recognition software that can
Brazilian prospects,? he tells i.
gauge players? emotions.
Half an hour after each NBA
?You can detect somebody?s
game, Rucker and his team gain
mood ? are they happy, are they
complete access to this almost
sad, are they frustrated? Being
unfathomable amount of data.
able to combine that sort of
Their job is to ?convert that into
information with what?s happening
basketball,? and quickly turn
on the court will really give a lot of
around a six-page summary for the
insight into how a player?s playing,
coaching staff, analysing how each
why, how are they feeling, how the
line-up combination (basketball
players play together, and start
allows rolling substitutes)
to cross those other thresholds.
performed, at what stages the team Those are important questions
were particularly effective or poor,
and we want to be able to answer
and why. This allows coaches to
them as technology grows.?
focus their post-match analysis on
This is the future of sport in
understanding the crucial phases
America. And where US sports
of the game, rather than sitting
lead, the UK eventually follows.
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SPORT
Football
The
Fan
Matrix
ARSENAL
International break,
which always seems
welcome when
coinciding with our
March decline. Even better, we
don?t have an away game for
another month, so blood pressures
should return to normal. Until our
entire mid?eld gets injured playing
for their countries. George Bond
What supporters
are saying
about your club
BOURNEMOUTH
EDITED BY JAMES MARINER
PREMIER LEAGUE
BRIGHTON & HOVE
We tend to struggle
against teams that
press and rush us,
rather than the more
methodical defensive style that
Mourinho seems to favour. We?ll
be massive underdogs with the
bookies at Old Trafford tomorrow,
but we might have a chance.
Mackenzie (North Stand Chat)
CRYSTAL PALACE
While we didn?t deserve
anything, to lose by a goal
and have a legitimate
one ruled out was hard to
take. Fantastic to see Zaha back,
? impressed with how good he
looked from the off. With him and
Sakho back I can?t see anything
but a positive result in a game we
can ill afford to lose. Ollie Potts
LEICESTER CITY
Kant� should be at
a better club than
Chelsea. I always think
he was badly advised.
If he had given us an extra season,
playing in the Champions League
with us, he would now be playing
for Real or Barcelona, a cut above
Chelsea. breadandcheese (Foxes
Talk)
MANCHESTER UNITED
After our 4-0 win at
Swansea in August
Jose spoke about
?letting the horses
run free?. The best we can hope
for is that he has been watching
Cheltenham and deploys a similar
method for our must-win FA Cup
quarter-?nal. Gabriel Counsell
STOKE CITY
BURNLEY
England calls for
Tarkowski and Pope.
Wonderful for the pair of
them! Burnley providing
England players again from
a squad full of internationals!
We?ve come such a long way
from the dark 80s, and under our
own steam.
One of the many
differences between us
and Barcelona: they gave
out plastic ?ags at Camp
Nou and the Catalans waved them
madly throughout. They gave out
?ags at Dean Court last week and
most rolled them up, put them in a
bag/pocket and took them home!
GARYafCb (Up The Cherries)
CHELSEA
Buxtonclaret (Up The Clarets!)
Another disappointing
result means that the
FA Cup and Wenger?s
coveted fourthplace trophy are the only bits
of silverware we can win this
season. We were unlucky against
Barcelona but ultimately you just
cannot make as many mistakes as
we did. Charlie Gould
EVERTON
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
Makes me cringe
every time I hear Sam
Allardyce (above)
talking about planning
for next season. Even the thought
of it makes me completely
uninterested in next season, never
mind this one. He actually thinks
he has done well for us.
Lon (Grand Old Team)
Some embarrassingly
one-sided stats v 10-man
Swansea. A massive
opportunity missed.
However, we take the positives and
move on. Palace at home. Belief
and con?dence remain high ahead
of a game which could provide
breathing space or suck us back
in. I?m scared! Olly Diamond
LIVERPOOL
MANCHESTER CITY
Elliott Charles
Saddleworth2 (Blue Moon)
All Reds will be
disappointed with
last weekend?s result,
especially with so much
hope leading into it. Important to
forget and quickly bounce back if
we?re to secure a top-four spot. No
easy draw in Europe now, but on
our day we can beat anyone.
NEWCASTLE UNITED
No game until the end
of March but fears of
relegation have been
allayed following last
week?s satisfying win over Saints.
Now ?ve points clear of the dropzone, only a few more points
needed to con?rm our PL status
for next season. Joe Donnohue
Don?t really care who we
get in today?s CL draw.
To win it we will need
to beat the best anyway.
Would rather play strength over
two legs than in a one-off ?nal. So
lets beat Bar鏰 in the quarters,
Juventus in the semis and play
Roma in the ?nal.
SOUTHAMPTON
It?s not always about what
you want from a manager,
but what you need. Is
Hughes as glamorous
as Marco Silva? No. Can he save
us from relegation with a more
pragmatic approach? Quite
possibly. Let?s see if Sparky can
reignite our season. Nick Roberts
SWANSEA CITY
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Hugo Parrott
A well-deserved point
after a gritty rearguard
performance last
weekend. On to the
battle of Korea at the Liberty
tomorrow: Ki v Son. Expect a few
changes from both sides. One
win from Wembley but it might
be a stretch and time to focus on
survival. Nye Williams
WATFORD
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
WEST HAM UNITED
Alex Keating
(Westbrom.com)
Stoke need to chew on
some Toffees this week
in yet another must-win
game, only this time it?s
getting desperate! An expected
defeat to Man City left us to linger
second from bottom for another
week. Monday?s no target man,
long-ball game plan must change!
It was a bad time to play
a resurgent Arsenal,
though I thought we
made them look good.
Liverpool is a tougher assignment
in a region of the country in which
we desperately struggle.
EUROPA LEAGUE
Given that it is such a lost
cause, I believe the board
have decided to live with
it and not spend on a
?Red Adair? to try and salvage our
awful position. I can understand
that line of thought. skyclad99
Kane?s relatively short time
on the sidelines is good
news for England but still
bad news for us, and we
will need to hope for Son to
continue his excellent run of form
if we are going to stay in the top
four or progress to the semi-?nals
of the FA Cup at the weekend.
Charlie Taylor-Kroll
The board ? shambolic.
The manager ? clueless.
The team ? spineless.
The entire club rotten,
from top to bottom. Unless
something changes quick, we face
the prospect of a desolate stadium
next year. Joe Light
Welbeck stumbles
on winning ticket
to help Gunners
into quarter-finals
ARSENAL
Welbeck pen 39, 86, Xhaka 71
3
AC MILAN
Calhanoglu 35
1
Arsenal win 5-1 on aggregate
By Miguel Delaney
AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM
Arsenal are through to the Europa
League quarter-finals, and any
humiliating comeback avoided,
although not without a healthy slice
of luck on the night.
Ars鑞e Wenger?s side beat a
depressingly weak AC Milan 3-1
on the night, and 5-1 on aggregate,
courtesy of a dive from Danny
Welbeck to produce a penalty,
and then a howler from Gianluigi
Donnarumma from a Granit Xhaka
long shot.
Whatever the wrongs of either incident, they did come at just the right
times for Arsenal ? when it looked
as though Milan might make a game
of it.
One of the biggest consequences
of this game came in the 11th minute,
and had nothing to do with the result.
That was when Laurent Koscielny
went off, holding his left hip. The hope
is that it is not serious, but it is probably just as well that Arsenal don?t
play again until 1 April.
The feeling at that point was that
this had the potential to be one of
those nights for Wenger; then again,
Milan don?t look like a Milan team,
such is the poverty of their ?rst XI.
Even before Koscielny?s injury,
they had wasted an excellent chance,
when Andre Silva put the ball wide
from close range.
Hakan Calhanoglu did eventually
pull one goal back for Milan through a
bouncing bomb of a long-range strike,
but they could not hold on to their advantage for long.
The equaliser was not entirely
down to the Italians? failings, however. The blame was shared by the
of?cials, speci?cally the one behind
the goalline with the best view when
Welbeck went down under no real
challenge or physical force.
A penalty was given, and Milan?s
momentum was taken away. Welbeck
picked himself up to send the ball into
the bottom left-hand corner.
It was hardly becoming of the
striker, but it did expose Milan?s lack
of nous at this level. You wonder what
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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Confused transfer policy sowed
seeds of Chelsea?s fall from grace
By Sam Cunningham
FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
Danny Welbeck
hits the turf
as Ricardo
Rodriguez
protests his
innocence PA
Arsenal
Ospina
Bellerin
Musta? Koscielny Monreal
Ramsey
謟il
Xhaka
Wilshere Mkhitaryan
Welbeck
Silva
Cutrone
Suso
Montolivo Calhanoglu Kessie
Rodriguez
Romagnoli Bonucci
Borini
G Donnarumma
AC Milan
Substitutions: Arsenal Chambers (Koscielny, 11),
Elneny (Mkhitaryan, 69), Kolasinac (謟il, 79); AC Milan
Kalinic (Cutrone, 67), Bonaventura (Calhanoglu, 70),
Locatelli (Kessie, 79).
Booked: Arsenal Monreal; AC Milan Donnarumma,
Romagnoli, Calhanoglu, Borini, Suso.
Man of the match Welbeck.
Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Arsenal 54% AC Milan 46%.
Attempts on target: Arsenal 9 AC Milan 3.
Referee J Eriksson (Swe). Attendance 58,973.
Arsenal will discover their
quarter-?nal opponents
today, with the draw taking place
at noon in Nyon.
Europa League last eight:
Arsenal, Atletico Madrid,
CSKA Moscow, Lazio, Marseilles,
RB Leipzig, RB Salzburg,
Sporting Lisbon.
Ties will take place on 5 & 12 April
some of their greats of the 1980s and
1990s thought watching this.
They were also giving the ball away
regularly, one such moment presaging a Jack Wilshere a thunderbolt
at goal, only for the 19-year-old Donnarumma ? one of their few coveted
players ? to punch it away.
Arsenal?s frailties meant the Italians were still getting chances, and
Patrick Crutone sent the ball wide
from a few yards after a ?ne chipped
ball from Suso.
With Koscielny off, Milan had identi?ed a very speci?c weakness at the
centre of David Ospina?s defence and,
from one of numerous balls into that
area, substitute Nikola Kalinic headed straight at the goalkeeper.
You might have said the frustration was getting to Gennaro Gattuso,
except that Milan?s coach seems permanently frenetic and irritable. The
referee rebuked him for throwing
the ball aggressively at Nacho Monreal, although he did have the grace
to apologise.
Soon, it was Donnarumma feeling the need to apologise, as he attempted to parry a Xhaka long shot,
only for the ball to spin into the net. It
was a reminder that, for all his talent,
there is also inexperience.
He could also have done with more
protection when Welbeck made it
3-1, heading in from close range from
Jack Wilshere?s cross from the left.
The Italian side?s failings don?t
matter to Arsenal now. All that matters is Koscielny?s fitness and that
his team are in the quarter-?nals of
the Europa League, one step closer
to what might just be Wenger?s ?rst
European trophy.
For all the embarrassments, this
season could yet end with a proper
triumph. THE INDEPENDENT
Whatever they do, Chelsea?s board
can?t get it right. In manager Antonio Conte?s eyes, they spread their
circa �0m transfer spend too
thinly, buying eight players rather
than the two or three he wanted.
Yet, following the crushing 3-0 defeat by Barcelona and exit from the
Champions League, defender Marcos Alonso claimed a lack of squad
depth is why last season?s Premier
League champions are outside the
top four and have only the FA Cup
left for any chance of silverware.
?It?s dif?cult ? so many games this
year and we have not got the deepest
squad; maybe new players this year
[make a difference], I don?t know.
We can only look forward and start
?ghting for fourth spot and to win
the FA Cup,? Alonso said.
The reality likely lies somewhere Chelsea?s �m signing from Arsenal, Olivier Giroud (left), is being asked to
in between. It has been a strange play as a target man by Antonio Conte AFP/GETTY
season in the life of Chelsea. Manchester City spent roughly the same Wednesday, Olivier Giroud, an �m minute that we can play against
amount on Bernardo Silva, Ederson January signing from Arsenal.
any team and now we have eight
and Kyle Walker as Chelsea have
Of their eight signings, Morata is ?nals and we have to make sure we
on their stream of players,
the only you would place in play Champions League next year,?
and the trio have played
the ?world class? bracket, Alonso added.
prominent roles. Last
while Danny DrinkwaGiroud, meanwhile, sporting a
season, however, City
ter, Ti閙ou� Bakay- black eye he put down to being ?part
were far adrift ? 15
oko, Antonio R黡iger, of the job?, con?rmed that his expepoints ? of Conte?s
Davide Zappacosta rience thus far at Chelsea has vindiThe number of points
side. But Chelsea
and the January ad- cated his decision to leave Arsenal.
by which Chelsea trail
lost Diego Costa,
ditions of Giroud,
?I am settling in quite well,? he
fourth-placed
Jo h n Te r r y a n d
Ross Barkley and said. ?I am very pleased with my unLiverpool with eight
Nemanja Matic
Emerson Palmieri derstanding with the boys. Not eveleague games
and replaced none of
have been no match for rything is perfect, but I am trying to
to play
them adequately.
the men they were ex- be the target man that the boss is
The �m summer signpected to replace. Barkley asking me to be. It?s not easy to join
ing, Alvaro Morata, was supposed
has the potential, but to reach it a new club in the winter but I am tryto pick up the reins from Costa, but would require playing football.
ing to adapt as quick as I can.?
has been unable to adjust to life as
Owner Roman Abramovich could
Giroud is con?dent he can reach
a regular starter after a career in chalk this season down as a tran- his peak in the remainder of the
and out of Real Madrid?s team. In- sitionary campaign, but failure to season, although a little luck would
jury has not helped. Against Barce- qualify for the Champions League help. ?Sometimes you close your
lona, Conte turned to Eden Hazard would be disastrous for his ambi- eyes and score but sometimes the
as the forward target and then, on tions. ?We showed until the last goal seems to get smaller,? he said.
4
WEST HAM UNITED
MANCHESTER CITY
Irons face cuts to
Guardiola ?confused? by
if fans
FA stance on yellow ribbon capacity
repeat trouble
By Sam Cunningham
Pep Guardiola has branded the
Football Association?s rules on
what they permit managers and
players to wear during matches
?confusing and contradictory?, following his charge
for breaching their
kit and advertising
regulations.
The governing
body yesterday released the written
reasons for ?ning
Manchester City?s
manager �,000 after he
repeatedly wore a yellow ribbon,
a symbol of support for Catalan
independence, over four months.
Guardiola (above) was warned
formally several times and was
eventually charged after City?s
FA Cup ?xture against Wigan.
Guardiola argued that he wore
the ribbon ?in solidarity with the
Catalan politicians imprisoned?
and did not consider it a political
statement. He pleaded guilty to
the charge but requested a
paper hearing.
The independent panel
noted Guardiola?s submission of mitigation
?but did not accept Mr
Guardiola?s explanation
that he had mistakenly
wore the yellow ribbon in
the aforementioned ?xture.
Rather his actions were considered an act of de?ance against
the backdrop of repeated warnings. This is an aggravating factor in this case.?
By Sports Staff
West Ham have been warned they
could face parts of their ground
being closed if there is a repeat of the
crowd trouble that marred their 3-0
home loss to Burnley last weekend.
The London Stadium Safety Advisory Group (SAG) met yesterday
following the shameful scenes on
Saturday, when a number of fans
invaded the pitch during the match
and the club?s co-owners, David
Gold and David Sullivan, were told
to leave for their own safety.
The SAG said there would be an increase in the number of stewards and
a greater police presence at the next
home match, but warned that while
it had stopped short of imposing cuts
to capacity on this occasion, it would
not rule it out in the future.
58
Football
ENGLAND
Sport
FA liaising
with security
services over
Russia crisis
By Kevin Garside
England squad
CHIEF SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
16.03.18
P53
CRICKET
England score
319-14 after
warm-up farce
in New Zealand
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RUGBY UNION
Jones wields
the axe as
England make
seven changes
P56
FOOTBALL
Penalty gift
helps Arsenal
reach Euro
quarter-finals
The escalation in tension between
Russia and the UK has not yet
derailed England coach Gareth
Southgate?s World Cup preparations.
The FA are liaising closely with the
relevant government and security
agencies to ensure England?s participation in the competition goes ahead
as planned.
?It?s clearly a really serious matter and it?s developing very quickly,?
Southgate said. ?But my job, as the
England football manager, is to concentrate on the football and prepare
the team. As far as all my brie?ngs
and information is concerned, we?re
preparing to go to the World Cup,
there?s no doubt in our mind that?s
what we should be doing.
?The only thing at this stage that
is of highest importance is the safety
and security of our players, and absolutely of our travelling supporters.
So, they?re the things we?re focused
on, really.?
With Russia preparing its response to the expulsion of 23 diplomats, which includes a threat to ban
the English media, following the poison attack on an ex-Russian spy and
his daughter in Salisbury last week,
FA head of Communications Robert
Sullivan said: ?We are not privy to
all levels of all information and intelligence. Our level of conversation
is around the latest guidance about
the safety and security of individuals
travelling to Russia.
?You saw some of that change with
the Foreign Of?ce yesterday. We have
that ?ow of information coming to us
from within the Foreign Office. We
work closely with the security and
policing services. That is a regular
exchange. There has not been any
The
Sport
Matrix
The stories you
need to know
Goalkeepers J Hart, J Butland,
J Pickford, N Pope
Defenders K Walker, J Stones,
H Maguire, K Trippier, D Rose,
J Tarkowski, R Bertrand, A Young,
J Gomez, A Mawson
Mid?elders E Dier, D Alli, J Lingard,
L Cook, A Lallana, J Henderson,
A Oxlade-Chamberlain, J Wilshere,
J Livermore
Forwards J Vardy, M Rashford,
R Sterling, D Welbeck
different position given to us on the
back of the recent days? news to make
any different assessment to the one
you?ve heard earlier.?
Southgate said he would brief the
squad on the Russian situation when
they gather at St George?s Park next
week ahead of the ?xtures with Holland and Italy, and dismissed wilder
concerns about possible attempts
to contaminate food at hotels used
by the England team as they travel
across Russia.
?We always take a chef and his responsibility is to source the produce.
That?s standard procedure with the
senior team. In my personal view,
I?ve travelled the world and been to
countries where I?ve been warned
about where to walk, but I?m not one
to be inhibited. All countries have
areas of dif?culty.
?The players would be the biggest
consideration. If they have any concerns with the spotlight on the issue,
they?ll have questions to ask. I have
to give them the facts, allay fears and
make sure they and their families are
safe. It?s so visible at the moment. It is
important, whenever there is speculation, that you put it into context.?
GOLF
Woods holes 70-foot
putt at Bay Hill
Tiger Woods justi?ed his position
as pre-tournament favourite with
an impressive start to the Arnold
Palmer Invitational yesterday.
Woods, who is seeking a record
ninth victory at Bay Hill, started
the tournament with an opening
round of 68 ? which included a birdie
on the par-three seventh when he
holed a remarkable putt from 70
feet. The 42-year-old was one shot
off the early clubhouse lead, held by
Jimmy Walker.
New boys The uncapped quartet
Nick Pope
Goalkeeper, 25 years old
Club Burnley Under-21 caps None
One of four keepers in the squad, the
Soham-born stopper only made his
Premier League debut in September
following Tom Heaton?s injury but
has kept his place despite his teammate?s recovery. A major part of the
Clarets? ?ne campaign ? only four
goalkeepers have bettered his 10
PL clean sheets this season.
Al?e Mawson
Defender, 24 years old
Club Swansea Under-21 caps Six
Signed from Barnsley 18 months
ago, the centre-back has impressed
at both ends of the pitch and been
a positive in a turbulent season.
Preferred to Jamaal Lascelles and
Gary Cahill, he has played a major
role in the revival under Carlos
Carvalhal, attracting interest from
Everton, Spurs and West Ham.
FOOTBALL
Hughes needs flying start at Saints
New Southampton manager Mark
Hughes accepts his team have
to ?hit the ground running?
if they are to remain in
the Premier League.
The Welshman
(right) took charge of
the squad yesterday
after signing a
contract until the end
of the season to replace
Mauricio Pellegrino.
Southampton head to Wigan
in the quarter-?nals of the FA Cup
on Sunday, with fellow relegation
battlers West Ham next up in
the League, at the London
Stadium on 31 March.
Hughes, who is believed
to be on a bonus of � to
keep the Saints up, said:
?We haven?t got enough
time to do a gradual
process ? we have to hit
the ground running. These
players have the ability to win
games in the Premier League and
that?s what we intend to do.?
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Players? lack of game time leaves
Southgate with familiar problems
Kevin
Garside
CHIEF SPORTS
CORRESPONDENT
A
By James Mariner
James Tarkowski
Defender, 25 years old
Club Burnley Under-21 caps None
A second uncapped centre-back,
Manchester-born Tarkowski signed
new deal this year after moving
from Brentford in 2016. It was no
coincidence that the Clarets? ?rst
wins of 2018 came in Tarkowski?s
?rst two games back from a six-week
injury absence. Has formed a strong
partnership with Ben Mee.
Lewis Cook
Mid?elder, 21 years old
Club Bournem?th Under-21 caps Five
Moved from Leeds in 2016 but
suffered with an ankle injury in his
?rst year on the south coast. The
diminutive mid?elder captained
England to their Under-20 World Cup
triumph last summer and his technical skills have drawn comparisons
with Jack Wilshere ? a team-mate at
the Cherries last season.
CRICKET
FOOTBALL
Scots in driving seat
after Cross century
A career-best 114 from Matthew
Cross powered Scotland to a
convincing 73-run win in their World
Cup quali?er clash with the United
Arab Emirates. The Saltires kicked
off their Super Six campaign in
style with a commanding win which
puts them in a strong position to
qualify for the ?nal, ahead of next
year?s World Cup. Scotland posted
a mammoth 322 for six and then
bowled out the UAE for 249, with
Chris Sole taking four for 68.
n experimental England squad, including
four uncapped players
and 11 with fewer than
10 appearances, offers
hope to some and casts doubts on
others, with Chelsea?s Gary Cahill joining Manchester United?s
Chris Smalling in the club of
excluded centre-halves looking
for something else to do during
the World Cup this summer.
Call-ups for uncapped James
Tarkowski of Burnley and Al?e
Mawson of Swansea, alongside
the retained Harry Maguire of
Leicester and Liverpool?s Joe
Gomez ? ?ve caps between them ?
demonstrates how far Southgate
is from a settled team.
Not that the England coach appeared concerned about that, nor
the absence of Harry Kane with
an ankle injury.
Southgate pointed out that he
has had Kane available for only
six of his 14 selections. Mind you,
he underlined his value with
seven goals. It is the potential of
Marcus Rashford and Raheem
Sterling in a front three, as
Southgate proposed, that will
excite the fans most.
?I?m very clear. At this stage we
want to be keeping options available because, as you?ve seen with
Harry, something can happen
at the drop of a hat,? Southgate
said. ?Who do we need to look
at, who do we need to learn more
about to be able to replace some
of the ?rst-choice players?
?Players are developing quickly and we have some good young
players who are coming through,
youngsters developing at a rate
of knots. I?m very comfortable
with team I?d pick tomorrow,
but equally I can?t just have that
in my head because, in this job,
things change.?
This would not be England
without a pre-World Cup scare to
a principal ?gure. Kane?s ankle
joins the metatarsals of Wayne
Rooney in 2006 and 2010 and of
Sessegnon earns Under-21 call-up
Fulham?s Ryan Sessegnon has been
handed his ?rst call-up to the
England Under-21 squad.
The 17-year-old, who
has scored 14 goals in
40 appearances for
the Cottagers this
season, is included for
the friendly against
Romania and quali?er
with Ukraine this month.
Left-sided Sessegnon
(right) helped the Under-19s to
European Championship glory last
summer and is joined by Ovie Ejaria,
who won the Under-20 World
Cup last year and is on loan at
Sunderland from Liverpool.
Tammy Abraham and
Dominic Solanke return
to the set-up after making
their senior debuts
last November.
England are unbeaten
and ?ve points clear at the
top of Group 4 as they look to
qualify for Euro 2019, which takes
place in Italy and San Marino.
Gareth Soutgate has picked an experimental England squad PA
David Beckham in 2002, plus
starters and Jordan Henderson
Bryan Robson?s shoulder in 1986,
was dropped for Liverpool?s big
as the focus of medical bulletins.
match at Manchester United.
Ever the optimist, Southgate
?We are experimenting with
does not see Kane as particularly some players we think we need
vulnerable. ?If you look at the na- to know might come into the
ture of the injuries he?s had, they
fringes of the squad. But we also
are contact injuries, ligahave to accept we are not
ment ones, but forced
as far down the path as
through tackles.
Brazil and Germany
?He?s as robust
are in having a more
as any player we
settled team,?
have got, he?s just
Southgate said.
Players
in
the
unfortunate to be
Though the fu27-man
England
in collisions where
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