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QUA L I T Y, C O N C I S E – T H E F U T U R E O F I N D E PE N D E N T JOU R NA L I S M
Magic Breakfast
secures
sugar tax
funding
St Patrick’s Day shakedown
Many more
children to
benefit after
i campaign
COMMENT FROM CHARITY
FOUNDER CARMEL McCONNELL
MONDAY
19 MARCH 2018
Number 2,282
Don’t call
me selfish
By a single
mum who
used IVF
P26
TECHNOLOGY
My spin in a
driverless pod
P26
i@inews.co.uk
@theipaper
theipaper theipaper
Putin wins
landslide
then lashes
out at British
‘nonsense’
Beast bites back
P4
Facebook
data row
How users’
information
was harvested
P9
Brexit fears
dismissed by
Foreign Secretary
» Russian President says many more would
have died in England if nerve agent had
come from his military arsenal
» Newly elected leader takes
on Salisbury spy poisoning
allegations immediately
after winning fourth term
» Claims Kremlin is willing
to work with UK authorities
» Boris Johnson says
Moscow has stockpiled
chemical weapons
PLUS HAMISH McRAE: 5 THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR THIS WEEK
P11
You cannot
be serious!
McEnroe paid
10 times more
than Navratilova
P5
P6
P27
I WEATHER
P35
I PUZZLES
P44
The
News
Matrix
HEALTH
What modern
battle has
the town of
Hastings won?
See p.19
The day at
a glance
MONDAY
19
MARCH
Quote of the day
If I were two-faced, would
I be wearing this one?
ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Birthdays
Bruce Willis, actor, 63;
Harvey Weinstein, film
producer, 66; Glenn Close
(below), actress, 71; Terry
Hall, singer, 59; Kirsty
Williams, politician, 47;
Nigel Clough, football
manager, 52
Anniversaries
Friday 19 March 1982
An Argentine navy
ship lands a party of 50
workers on South Georgia,
a dependency of the
disputed Falklands Islands
claimed by Britain in 1833,
to dismantle remains of
a whaling station. The
incident led to the fullfledged Falklands War the
following month.
CRIME
NHS whistleblowers would be
protected from discrimination
when applying for another health
service job, under draft regulations
to be introduced. They are part of
efforts to make the NHS “the safest
healthcare system in the world”
for patients. PAGE 4
SOCIETY
PEOPLE
Public raises £1m to
save village pub
German anti-Islamist Italy asks UK for help Festival marmalades
expelled from Britain over student’s death have global spread
A 15th-century village pub that was
saved from being converted into
flats by residents who raised more
than £1m has served its first pint
after reopening under community
ownership. Around 500 residents
contributed to buy the Packhorse
Inn in South Stoke, Somerset, from
property developers.
The German founder of anti-Islam
group Pegida has been prevented
from entering the UK. Lutz
Bachmann was held overnight
at Stansted airport and expelled
from the country yesterday. The
Home Office said his presence was
considered “not conducive to the
public good”.
SOCIETY
CRIME
NORTH KOREA
Italian prosecutors have opened an
investigation into the death of an
Egyptian student in Nottingham.
Mariam Moustafa, 18, who was
born in Rome, died on Wednesday
after she was assaulted by a group
of women on 20 February. A
prosecutor in Rome asked the UK to
share details of its investigation.
More than 2,700 jars of marmalade
from around the world have been
submitted to a competition in
Cumbria. The Marmalade Festival
at Dalemain, near Penrith, received
preserves from 30 countries,
including Australia, Kenya, Taiwan
and Japan. The winning entry will be
sold at Fortnum & Mason in London.
SYRIA
POLAND
D’oh! Fake Homer is
Kim ‘committed to
pulled over by police denuclearisation’
Turkish troops lead
capture of Afrin
Women protest over
call to ban abortions
A driver who was pulled over by
police handed officers a fake licence
bearing the name of Homer Simpson
with a cartoon photo. A spokesman
for the Thames Valley force said
the motorist’s car was seized in
Milton Keynes and he was “reported
for driving with no insurance and
driving without a proper licence”.
The Turkish military and allied
Syrian forces have captured the
northern Syrian town of Afrin,
nearly two months after launching
an offensive on the Kurdish enclave.
Advancing troops faced little
resistance from the Kurdish militia,
which retreated but vowed to resort
to guerrilla tactics. PAGE 23
Women have protested outside
bishops’ residences across Poland
after the Catholic Church urged
the government to ban abortion.
Demonstrators gathered at the
archbishop’s residence in Warsaw
with wire clothes hangers, a symbol
of illegal abortions. They chanted:
“Nothing about us without us!”
Kim Jong-un has “given his word”
that North Korea is committed to
denuclearisation, South Korea’s
foreign minister has claimed. Kang
Kyung-wha said that Seoul had
asked Pyongyang “to indicate in
clear terms the commitment to
denuclearisation” and that Mr Kim
had “conveyed that commitment”.
SOCIETY
The List
Britain’s best
places to live
Happy to
be here
based on Gallup poll data from 2005 to 2017
7,662
Finland
York has for the first time been
voted the best place to live in
Britain. The Sunday Times’ “Best
Places to Live” guide considered
factors ranging from school
quality to broadband speeds and
community when choosing its
top towns and cities.
7,547
Denmark
Overall winner
York (below), North Yorkshire
Greater London winner
Bermondsey, Southwark
Midlands winner
Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire
North and North-east winner
Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear
North-west winner
Altrincham, Cheshire
Norway
7,435
Iceland
7,427
New Zealand
7,286
Australia
7,249
Canada
7,219
Sweden
7,184
7,177
Switzerland
7,031
Mexico
index
SOURCE: WORLD HAPPINESS REPORT
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
Immigrants tend to be happiest in countries where the domestic population
is too — as in Finland, recently named as the happiest place in the world.
However, Mexico ranks as the tenth happiest country in the world for
immigrants, but only 25th for its general population. The United Kingdom
comes in 20th in rankings for happiness among foreign-born people, and
19th for happiness across the whole of society.
Where immigrants are happiest Happiness ranking of foreign-born population*,
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Arts..............................36
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Puzzles.....................44
NHS whistleblowers
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Netherlands
6,945
Israel
6,921
Ireland
6,916
Austria
6,903
United States
6,878
* Foreign-born residents may include short-term guest workers, longer term immigrants
and serial migrants at different stages of their lives and careers
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i MONDAY
19 MARCH 2018
ThePage3Profile
PEOPLE
MENNA FITZPATRICK AND JAN KEHOE,
WINTER PARALYMPICS GOLD MEDALLISTS
Streisand: my nose
saved me from abuse
Barbra Streisand has attributed
to her nose the fact that she has
never been sexually harassed or
abused. During a special televised
tribute to the 75-year-old singer and
actress, she was asked about abuse
in Hollywood, and replied: “I wasn’t
like those pretty girls with those nice
little noses. Maybe that’s why.”
UNITED STATES
Lesbian to lead
California senate
A senator from San Diego will make
history on Wednesday when she
becomes the first woman and the
first lesbian to hold the top job in the
California senate. Toni Atkins will
take over as senate president from a
fellow Democrat, Kevin de Leon. The
move comes as the legislature gears
up for election season.
RUSSIA
Gold flies from cargo
plane as door opens
Who’s this double act?
They are the winners of Great
Britain’s first gold medal at the
Winter Paralympic Games in South
Korea, in the women’s visually
impaired slalom. Menna Fitzpatrick,
19, who has less than 5 per cent vision,
has spent three years training with
her ski guide, army officer Jen Kehoe,
34. They hurtle down slopes together
at speeds of more than 60mph.
A case of teamwork making the
dream work?
Clearly. Fitzpatrick (above right) was
born with congenital retinal folds,
which means she has no sight in her
left eye and limited vision in her right
eye. The teenager, from Macclesfield,
follows Kehoe and communicates
with her using a Bluetooth headset.
Kehoe wears a bright orange vest
and gives instructions on speed
and conditions, while Fitzpatrick
responds with requests to vary the
pace. The pair have described their
task as akin to trying to navigate a ski
slope in a heavy blizzard.
which she now credits for her love of
all ski disciplines. As well as gold, the
pair have two silvers and a bronze
from the Games in PyeongChang.
How does that work?
They have developed a set of
one-word commands, such as
“press” and “roll”, which help them
to communicate at speed. However,
despite their practice, fully formed
words are often replaced with noises.
“The exact words don’t really matter
– it’s more the tone of how we say
things that works,” Kehoe explained.
How did they team up?
Kehoe, a Royal Engineers officer
who has served in Afghanistan,
was competing for the British
Army ski team when she was spotted
by talent scouts. She was paired
up with Fitzpatrick in September
2015 and released from military
duties for two years, which allowed
them to train full-time in the
run-up to the Winter Paralympics.
The pair are sharing a room in
PyeongChang and, according
to Kehoe, their relationship has
developed into a sisterly bond, albeit
“without the fighting”.
William McLellan
That must take some getting used to…
Fitzpatrick began skiing whe she was
five and honed her skills on family
holidays in France, but she didn’t
spend all day on the nursery slopes.
Instead, she followed her father as
he led her through hazardous mogul
fields and over off-piste powder,
Sport, page 47
The hatch of a cargo aircraft
carrying precious metals flew open
on take-off from the eastern Russian
city of Yakutsk, scattering more than
three tons of gold across the runway.
Authorities said that damage to a
door handle caused the cargo door
to fly open, and they had recovered
172 bars weighing 3.4 tons.
SPAIN
Canton model ‘could
work for Catalonia’
Catalonia’s fugitive former
president says that independence
for the Spanish region is not the
“only option” for resolving the
political crisis in the country. Carles
Puigdemont believes adopting
Switzerland’s canton model, which
would provide additional self-rule,
would help all of Spain’s regions.
3
Letter from the Education
Correspondent
Richard Vaughan
i@inews.co.uk
Readers lead the way
Breakfast, we often hear, is the
most important meal of the day.
But for far too many children
it can be a packet of crisps or
a chocolate bar on the way to
school, or worse: nothing at all.
Over the festive period, i
partnered with the charity Magic
Breakfast for its campaign to raise
money and awareness of the fact
that half a million children arrive
at school too hungry to learn.
Thanks to the overwhelming
generosity of i readers, we
smashed our fundraising target of
£100,000 and collected a total of
more than £175,000. That means
that many more children will
receive healthy, nutritious meals
to start their school day.
And in a further victory, the
Government has announced
£26m of funding to enable
another 1,700 schools to offer
their pupils healthy breakfasts,
with the Magic Breakfast team
leading the charge.
Where i readers have led, the
Government has followed.
The money will be targeted
at schools in some of the most
deprived parts of the country,
in an effort to raise academic
standards in the toughest areas.
Having witnessed at first hand
the massive impact that Magic
Breakfast clubs have in schools, I
can only applaud this decision.
For too many children, the
warm bowl of porridge or the
butter-smothered bagel given
to them by Magic Breakfast
volunteers is the first decent meal
they will have had since their
school lunch the day before.
Now, with this cash injection
from the Department for
Education and the money raised
by i readers, Magic Breakfast
will be able to reach many more
children – and hunger will no
longer be such a barrier to their
life chances.
NEWS
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HEALTH
NHS whistle-blowers to be
shielded from discrimination
By Izzy Lyons
NHS whistle-blowers will be
protected from discrimination
when applying for another job
in the health service under draft
regulations introduced by the
Government today.
Part of efforts to make the NHS
“the safest healthcare system in
the world”, the proposed powers
mean NHS employers will not
lawfully be able to discriminate
against job applicants who have
previously blown the whistle on
potential risks to patient safety.
Any applicants who face
discrimination will get
legal protection and NHS
employers will face tough
penalties if applicants’
complaints are upheld.
The move is part of the
Government’s wider drive to
develop a culture of openness and
transparency within the NHS.
Social care minister Caroline
Dinenage, said: “These important
measures should ensure staff
can raise concerns knowing
they are protected by the law
and their NHS career will not be
damaged as a result of wanting
to do the right thing. For too long
we have failed to protect those
brave enough to speak out when
others won’t. We want to make
the NHS the safest healthcare
system in the world so we must
build a culture of openness and
transparency among staff.”
The changes were a key
recommendation in the Francis
Review, which found a number
of people struggled to find
employment in the NHS after
making protected disclosures
about patient safety.
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Britain was set to shiver in a deep
freeze today as forecasters issued
commuters with a national ice alert
after deep snow brought weekend
travel chaos to large swathes of
the country.
The Met Office issued a yellow
severe warning of ice covering the
whole of England and Wales, much
of Scotland and parts of Northern
Ireland for this morning’s rushhour and said there was an increased risk of accidents.
An amber snow warning remained in force for much of southwest England into the early hours
of today. Snow and ice made an
unwelcome return on Saturday,
causing widespread disruption
and leading to the cancellation of
dozens of trains and flights.
The Met Office said bitterly cold
temperatures would feel as low
as -10°C. The meteorologist Mark
Wilson said that people could see
10-15cm of snow, and up to 25cm
over higher ground.
“It will stay windy, and it will stay
very cold indeed. Temperatures
barely above freezing, and in the
wind it will feel like it’s well below
freezing,” he said.
Passengers were rescued from
a bus that skidded off the road
near Rochdale in Greater Manchester as large parts of the north
and south were issued with amber
warnings.
More than 100 flights to and
from Heathrow and Gatwick were
reported to have been cancelled
on Friday night and Saturday and
several sporting events were also
called off, including the Reading
half-marathon. Bristol airport
closed on Sunday morning but had
reopened by midday.
Three snow ploughs were dispatched to the M62 – England’s
highest motorway – after temperatures plummeted and bad weather
brought traffic to a standstill.
Greater Manchester Police’s
traffic unit said conditions were
“bleak” on the M62, with a video
showing blizzard-like conditions. A
water main also burst in Sheffield.
Police in Somerset also urged
people only to travel if essential
after reports that the A37 was
impassable near Bristol. Snow
ploughs were out in force in Devon
after snow piled up to 30cm.
Lincolnshire Police’s assistant
chief constable Shaun West said at
one point 30 vehicles were stranded on the A158, the main road from
Lincoln to Skegness.
“It was a real challenge for police
officers,” he told Sky News. “There
have been some heroic efforts
from farmers.”
Snowfall also caused disruption
across parts of Ireland, with an orange snow-ice warning including
Dublin. A number of St Patrick’s
bank holiday weekend events
were cancelled.
The M25 was gridlocked on
Saturday between junctions 17
and 18 anti-clockwise after an
NEWS
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i MONDAY
19 MARCH 2018
5
MEDIA
Navratilova hits
out over BBC pay
gap at Wimbledon
By Sherna Noah
Clockwise from main, the island of Portland, Dorset,
yesterday; the hills surrounding Merthyr Tydfil in Wales; a
stranded coach near Littleborough in Greater Manchester;
the crocus garden at Wallington in Northumberland
GETTY; PA
ENVIRONMENT
air ambulance attended a crash,
while a collision also closed the M4
westbound in Wiltshire between
junctions 14 and 15. Meanwhile, 11
people were rescued or made their
own way to safety after two rowing
boats and an accompanying safety
boat capsized in the River Stour
in Bournemouth.
The Met Office warning for this
morning said: “Further snow is
likely across parts of the south-west
of England, easing from the north
by morning, with a few light snow
showers for other southern counties for a time.”
Richard Leonard, Highways
England’s head of road safety, said:
“Make sure you keep your distance
and reduce your speed if you need
to travel because, even in conditions that seem normal and when
the snow is not settling, it can be
slippery if ice patches have formed.”
Coastal homes at risk from
high tide as cliffs crumble
Weather, page 35
Today is last cold day of season
Ice warnings are issued
when there is danger of
ice forming on untreated cycle
paths, roads, and pedestrian
paths. This increases the risk of
accidents as well as injuries due
to slips and falls.
By William McLennan
Families living in coastal homes had
to abandon them as strong winds
and high tides left them on the brink
of collapsing into the sea.
People evacuated from properties
in Hemsby, Norfolk, spent Saturday
night in a nearby hall, pub and
holiday chalets. One man whose
home was threated said he felt an
“earthquake” as a cliff gave way.
Stephen Chadwick told the BBC:
“I bought [my home] for beautiful
sea views, and now the sea is taking
it away. I woke up this morning, had
a cup of coffee and I felt... it was like
an earthquake, and the cliff just
went. I’m just in total shock.”
His neighbour, Maurice Broom,
said: “I had 9m of garden five hours
ago – now it’s gone. I was 90m from
the sea two years ago; now I’m a
metre-and-a-half away. I’m going to
need a miracle.
Chris Batten, of the Hemsby
Inshore Rescue Service, said that
five homes were in grave danger
of collapse, with one property
“teetering on the edge of the cliff”.
WEATHER
By Barbara Speed
Today should be the last truly cold
day we see this season, the Met Office has said.
From tomorrow we should expect to see conditions more typical
of March, the forecaster predicted.
Despite the ice, today is forecast
to be a brighter day for many with
sunny spells, and mostly dry with
a chance of showers in the east of
the UK. The bitter easterly winds
will continue throughout, until
temperatures and conditions ease
off tomorrow.
Martina Navratilova has hit out at the
BBC after discovering that her fellow
Wimbledon pundit, John McEnroe, is
paid at least 10 times more than her.
McEnroe’s pay packet, of between
£150,000 and £199,999, was revealed
in a list of the BBC’s highest-paid
talent last summer. But Navratilova,
61, told Panorama that she was paid
about £15,000 for her commentator
role at Wimbledon.
“It was a shock because John
McEnroe makes at least £150,000...
I get about £15,000 for Wimbledon
and unless John McEnroe is doing
a whole bunch of stuff outside of
Wimbledon, he is getting at least 10
times as much money,” she said.
Navratilova said she was told that
she was being paid a comparable
amount to men doing the same job
as her, adding: “We were not told
the truth, that’s for sure… [I’m] not
happy... It’s shocking... It’s still the
good old boys’ network… The bottom
line is that male voices are valued
more than women’s voices.”
Navratilova, who won 18
Grand Slam singles titles and the
Wimbledon women’s singles title a
record nine times, said that her agent
would ask for more money in future.
BBC Sport defended the disparity
in wages, saying: “John and Martina
perform different roles in the team,
and John’s role is of a different scale,
scope and time commitment. They
are simply not comparable. John’s pay
reflects this. Gender isn’t a factor.”
McEnroe, 59, who was the
Wimbledon men’s singles champion
three times, appeared in about
30 broadcasts for the BBC at
Wimbledon last year, compared with
Navratilova’s 10 appearances.
The disclosures came as a former
BBC news presenter said she was
considering bringing a case against
the broadcaster over pay. Maxine
Mawhinney had just left the BBC
Navratilova said John McEnroe was
paid 10 times more than her
after 20 years when the pay list was
published last summer.
She told Panorama: “I do know that
I have sat beside men on TV doing the
same job, probably [with] the same
experience, or I might have been even
more experienced, and I know they
were earning more than me.”
Asked if she would fight a case
against the BBC over equal pay,
Mawhinney, 60, added: “If I find that
I was entitled to have been paid at a
different rate during the time I was
there, of course I would.”
Fran Unsworth, the BBC’s director
of news and current affairs, told
Panorama: “We don’t think we have
acted illegally in regard to equal pay.”
‘Britain’s Equal Pay Scandal
–Panorama’ will be shown on
BBC1 at 7.30pm tonight
A spokeswoman for the
BBC said that McEnroe,
along with Sue Barker, was
“regarded as the face of our
Wimbledon coverage” and “widely
considered to be the best expert/
commentator in the sport”.
TRANSPORT
Near misses between drones
and aircraft triple in two years
By Neil Lancefield
Near misses between aircraft and
drones have more than tripled in just
two years.
Some 92 incidents were recorded
in 2017, according to analysis of UK
Airprox Board data.
This is compared with 71 during
the previous 12 months and 29 in 2015.
Former RAF and British Airways
pilot Steve Landells, flight safety specialist at pilots’ union Balpa, said the
figures were “very worrying”.
He believes the true extent of the
problem could be even more severe
given that pilots struggle to see
drones from cockpits.
“It’s really hard to see something
that small,” he said.
“It’s possible a lot more near misses are not being seen.”
These included incidents near
the London airports of Heathrow,
Gatwick and London City, as well as
Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool
and Bristol.
The Government is due to publish a draft Drone Bill in the coming
months which will require users
of drones to register and sit safety
awareness tests.
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NEWS
ENERGY
National Grid is warned to prepare for cyber attack
By David Connett
Major power generating
companies and the National Grid
have been warned over possible
Russian cyber attacks on the UK.
Officials from the National
Cyber Security Centre are also
reported to have issued advice
to the Sellafield nuclear plant,
Government departments
and NHS trusts over possible
action from Vladimir
Putin’s government.
The head of the NCSC, Ciaran
Martin, warned in January
of the risk of a “category one”
Russian cyber attack on the UK,
which would involve “disruption
of critical systems”.
“They’re contacting all the
critical national infrastructure
operators. They’ve been in
touch with National Grid with
guidance,” a Whitehall source
told The Sunday Times.
The NCSC’s director of
operations, Paul Chichester, told
the same paper: “It is absolutely
right that we give advice to
sectors on defending themselves
from cyber attacks.
“We are vigilant to cyber
threats wherever they come
from and are ready to defend
against them.”
COVER STORY
Putin accuses UK
of ‘nonsense’
after election win
By Denis Pinchuk
IN MOSCOW
Russian President Vladimir Putin
last night dismissed British allegations that Moscow was behind
the Salisbury nerve agent attack
as “nonsense.”
Mr Putin, speaking after securing a landslide re-election victory in
the presidential race, claimed that
Russia did not possess stocks of the
military nerve agent Novichok which
British officials say was used in the
poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, who remain critically ill in hospital.
He referred to the attack on Mr
Skripal and his daughter as a “tragedy,” but added if the British claim
that they were poisoned by the Soviet-designed nerve agent were true,
the victims would have died instantly.
He also claimed that if the attack
had really involved a military grade
toxin then many more people would
be dead.
Striking a conciliatory tone, he said
Russia was ready to co-operate with
the British authorities in investigating the attack. “We are ready to cooperate, we said that straight away, we
are ready to take part in the necessary investigations, but for that there
needs be a desire from the other side,
and we don’t see that yet.
“But we are not taking it off the
agenda, joint efforts are possible.
“As a whole, of course, I think any
sensible person would understand
that it would be rubbish, drivel, nonsense, for Russia to embark on such
an escapade on the eve of a presidential election. It’s just unthinkable.”
His comments came after he acknowledged victory in the presidential race. Results with 60 per cent of
the ballot counted showed Mr Putin
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All the evidence
from Salisbury
points to Russia,
says McDonnell
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Vladimir Putin
celebrates his
presidential election
victory at his campaign
winning more than 75 per cent of the
vote. The victory puts him on track
to become Russia’s longest-serving
leader since Josef Stalin.
The communist candidate Pavel
Grudinin and the ultra-nationalist
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Mr Putin’s
nearest rivals, trailed far behind with
about 13 and 6 percent, respectively.
Addressing thousands of people
who rallied outside the Kremlin, he
thanked people for their support and
promised new achievements.
Speaking to a crowd who attended
a pop concert near the Kremlin
marking his election victory,
Mr Putin hailed those who
voted for him as a “big
national team,” adding that “we are bound
for success.”
He said that the nation needed unity to
move forward and urged
the audience to “think
about the future of our great
motherland”. He then led the enthusiastic crowd to chant “Russia!”
Asked after his victory
whether he would seek
the presidency again in 2030,
the 65-year-old Russian leader
snapped back: “It’s ridiculous. Do
you think I will sit here until I
turn 100?”
REACTION
Russia’s EU
envoy blames
Porton Down
By Paul Gallagher
Russia’s ambassador to the EU has
suggested that the UK’s Porton Down
research laboratory may be the
source of the nerve agent used in
the attack on Sergei Skripal
and his daughter, Yulia.
V l ad i m i r C h i z h ov
(inset) told the Andrew
Marr Show Russia had
“nothing to do” with the
poisoning in Salisbury.
When asked how
the nerve agent came to
be used in Salisbury, Mr
Chizhov said: “Porton Down
is the largest military facility in the
United Kingdom that has been dealing
with chemical weapons research. And
it’s only eight miles from Salisbury.”
Asked if he was suggesting the
G overnment’s laboratory was
responsible, Mr Chizhov said: “I
don’t know, I don’t know. I don’t have
evidence of anything being used.”
The Foreign Office said there was
“not an ounce of truth” in Mr Chizhov’s
suggestion of a link to Porton Down.
John McDonnell has said “all the
evidence” points to Vladimir Putin
being behind an attempted “state
execution” in Salisbury in a significant shift in the Labour leadership’s
stance over the attack.
The shadow Chancellor (pictured)
said: “We support exactly what
the Prime Minister said and we
condemn Russia for this. I
believe this is a pattern of
behaviour we have seen.”
His comments
follow criticism of
Jeremy Corbyn after
he refused explicitly
to blame the Kremlin
for the poisoning and
raised the possibility
of “Russian mafia-like
groups” carrying it out.
Labour MPs have accused the
leader of striking the wrong note
at a moment when political leaders
needed to condemn Moscow.
Mr McDonnell said it was
important to base judgments on
evidence, but added: “There is a
pattern of people being murdered
here. Therefore it leads you to the
conclusion that Putin has questions
to answer because it is likely this
could have been a state execution.”
His remarks echo comments by
the shadow Defence Secretary, Nia
Griffith, and the shadow Foreign
Secretary, Emily Thornberry.
But the shadow Chancellor
defended Mr Corbyn’s approach,
arguing he had given a
“constructive critique” and others
“had misread that”. The shadow
Attorney General, Baroness Shami
Chakrabarti, dismissed suggestions
of splits within the Shadow Cabinet.
“Nia Griffith sent me a good luck
text before I came on here so there
is no difference between us,” she
told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show.
“I am here to make clear that
I am completely at one, not
just with Jeremy, but
with Nia Griffith, Emily
Thornberry and Keir
Starmer [the shadow
Brexit Secretary].”
Asked if she
agreed with France
and
Germany
t h at M r P u t i n wa s
responsible for the attack,
Lady Chakrabarti replied: “The
Russian state is responsible for
its stocks of chemical weapons…
You are responsible whether you
lose control or personally direct
extrajudicial killings.”
The Russian embassy
in London tweeted the
suggestion that Agatha Christie’s
fictional detective Hercule
Poirot was needed. “In absence
of evidence, we definitely need
Poirot in Salisbury!”
CONSERVATIVES
Johnson played tennis in
return for Tory donation
By Nigel Morris
Boris Johnson has confirmed that
he played tennis against the wife
of a former Russian minister in
return for a £160,000 donation to
Conservative coffers.
Lubov Chernukhin, a
banker who is married
to Vladimir Putin’s
former Deputy
Finance Minister,
placed the winning
bid for a match with
Mr Johnson in a Tory
fundraising auction
in 2014.
She also successfully
bid £30,000 this year for a
dinner with Gavin Williamson,
the Defence Secretary (inset). The
Foreign Secretary said the match
had taken place and defended his
party’s decision to take the money,
warning of the danger of a “miasma
of suspicion” against all Russians.
“To be best of my knowledge all
possible checks have been made
and they will continue to be made,”
he said.
Jon Trickett, the shadow Cabinet
Office minister, said the
Conservatives faced some
“serious questions”
over where they got
their money.
He said the party
had taken more than
£3m in Russian-linked
donations since 2010,
including £800,000
under Theresa May’s
leadership. “The Conservative
Party can’t remain silent any longer.
The public have a right to know
what checks, if any, they made to
establish the source of all the wealth
amassed by their donors,” he said.
The BMW owned by Sergei Skripal
INVESTIGATION
Car vents may
have been
used for
poison attack
By Catherine Wylie
The former double agent Sergei
Skripal and his daughter, Yulia,
may have been exposed to a nerve
agent through his car’s ventilation
system, US media reported.
The pair are still fighting for
their lives after being exposed to
Novichok in Salisbury two weeks
ago. ABC News reported that
intelligence officials had claimed
that the nature of the substance
had been established.
The US news outlet said UK
officials now had a clearer
picture of how the attack was
carried out and that the Skripals
may have been exposed to the
substance through his BMW’s
ventilation system.
The development comes as
counter-terrorism police renewed
their appeal for sightings of Mr
Skripal’s burgundy BMW 320D
saloon car, registration HD09
WAO, in Salisbury on the morning
of 4 March.
Assistant Commissioner Neil
Basu, of the Metropolitan Police,
said: “We are learning more about
Sergei and Yulia’s movements but
we need to be clearer around their
exact movements on the morning
of the incident.”
Scotland Yard refused to
comment on the ABC News report.
ABC also reported that
intelligence officials said that
up to 38 individuals in Salisbury
have been identified as having
been affected by the nerve agent,
but the full impact is still being
assessed, and more victims
affected by the agent are expected
to be identified.
This is not the first time the
US media has reported updates
from intelligence officials about
incidents in the UK.
British police temporarily
suspended intelligence-sharing
with the US in the wake of the
Manchester Arena bombing last
May following a series of leaks to
American media.
CBS disclosed the name of the
bomber, Salman Abedi, citing
US sources, at a time when the
British authorities were asking
media to withhold the information
to protect the investigation.
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RUSSIA
Russia has stocks
of nerve agent,
claims Johnson
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Russia has been developing and
stockpiling the deadly nerve agent
used in the Salisbury attack for a
decade with the aim of assassinating
i t s e n e m i e s , B o r i s Jo h n s o n
has claimed.
The Foreign Secretary accused
the Kremlin of lying over its chemical
weapons arsenal as experts arrive in
Britain to investigate the poisoning of
Russian former double agent Sergei
Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. They
are both critically ill.
The Kremlin has denied having
any supplies of Novichok, the nerve
agent developed by Russia and used
in Salisbury. Vladimir Chizhov,
Mr Johnson said Britain
was in the “Kremlin’s
crosshairs” because it has “time
and again called Russia out”.
Russia’s ambassador to the European
Union, said the Porton Down military
research laboratory in Wiltshire,
eight miles from Salisbury, may have
been the source of the substance.
Mr Johnson said that Russia,
which last year declared it had
destroyed all its remaining chemical
weapons, had breached the Chemical
Weapons Convention by producing
and storing Novichok.
“We actually had evidence within
the last 10 years that Russia has not
only been investigating the delivery
of nerve agents for the purposes of
assassination, but also creating and
stockpiling Novichok,” he told BBC1’s
Andrew Marr Show.
The G overnment is set to
announce fresh moves to freeze the
British assets of allies of President
Vladimir Putin. The two countries
have already expelled 23 of each
other’s embassy staff.
Experts from the Organisation for
the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
(OPCW), based in the Netherlands,
Election dogged
by corruption
allegations
By Oliver Carroll
IN MOSCOW
Boris Johnson told ‘The Andrew Marr Show’ yesterday that Russia had
developed nerve agents with the aim of assassinating its enemies PA
will today meet British scientists and
police to begin examining samples of
the nerve agent. Samples will be sent
to international laboratories for tests
expected to take at least two weeks.
The OPCW’s visit to the UK comes
just five months after the watchdog
staged a ceremony to mark the
destruction of Russia’s remaining
chemical weapons.
Britain is attempting to build
an international coalition to back
its stance against Russia. The
Government says it has received
declarations of support from more
than 20 countries, and Theresa May
yesterday briefed the Polish prime
minister, Mateusz Morawiecki.
Downing Street said Mr Morawiecki
had “expressed his full solidarity
with the UK in its response to this
reckless act”.
Ian Birrell, Voices, page 15
In Moscow, where Vladimir Putin is
least popular, polling stations were
certainly busy yesterday. There were
even queues at some, though not
always for the right reasons.
Station 2204 drew attention to
itself for its unusually large numbers
of voters. It was later discovered that
students had transferred their votes
there for the chance of winning a
tablet computer.
The authorities missed few
tricks. For ordinary Russians, it
was a chance to enjoy free salami
sandwiches, cut-price chicken legs,
food tokens and discounted vodka.
There were performances, children’s
singing competitions and concerts.
At one polling station, voters
were offered the chance to load and
unload Stalin-era ammunition before
casting their ballots.
There were multiple claims
of fraud. Observers working for
opposition politician Alexei Navalny
said they recorded “unprecedented”
levels of forced voting, with factory
workers, police, soldiers and students
bussed to polling stations.
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TECHNOLOGY
Facebook users’ data ‘grabbed by analysts’
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Mark Zuckerberg should appear
before MPs and “stop hiding behind
his Facebook page”, a politician has
said. The Facebook founder (inset)
was criticised after it emerged that a
British data firm was suspended
by the social-networking
site over claims that it
harvested personal
details from more than
50 million users in an
effort to target them
with personalised
political messages.
Damian Collins, the
chairman of the Digital,
Culture, Media and Sport
Committee, also accused the chief
executive of Cambridge Analytica,
Alexander Nix, of “deliberately
misleading” Parliament and giving
“false statements” to the committee
following claims that it was passed
personal data from Facebook
apps without the consent of the
individuals. Cambridge Analytica
had a key role in mapping voter
behaviour in the run-up to the 2016
US election and was also used during
the EU referendum campaign.
Facebook’s vice president
and deputy general counsel
Paul Grewal said that
University of Cambridge
professor Dr Aleksandr
Kogan had passed
o n i nfo r m at i o n t o
Cambridge Analytica
and others after
launching a Facebook app
called thisisyourdigitallife.
Despite assurances at the
time this was discovered in 2015 that
the data had been destroyed, the
social media company was informed
in recent days that this had not
happened, prompting the suspension
How was the data collected and why?
How did the company collect the
data? Mr Wylie alleged that the data
grab involved users completing
a survey on the condition they
consented to share personal details
through Facebook. However, the app
allegedly also collected the data of all
of the user’s Facebook friends.
then be used to create messages
tailored to influence them politically.
What did they do with the data? It
was allegedly compared with the
electoral register, and then used to
build an algorithm which analyses
people’s personality traits in relation
to their voting behaviour. This could
Is this legal? It’s not clear. Cambridge
Analytica is being investigated
by the Electoral Commission
for its possible role in the EU
referendum and by the Information
Commissioner’s Office over using
data analytics for political purposes.
It is also being investigated in the US
by special counsel Robert Mueller,
over possible collusion between
Russia and President Donald
Trump’s election campaign.
of the firm on suspicion it had flouted
privacy rules. Christopher Wylie,
a former employee of Cambridge
Analytica, leaked details of the firm’s
controversial profiling techniques to
The New York Timesand The Observer.
Mr Wylie said in a statement
he “helped set up” Cambridge
Analytica and he now feels “a sense
of regret every day when I see where
Cambridge Analytica’s
founder, Alexander Nix,
has said the company was set up
in 2013 “to address the vacuum
in the US Republican political
market” after Mitt Romney was
defeated in the 2012 election.
they have helped take our world”.
At the time, Cambridge Analytica
was headed by the former adviser to
Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, who
was “intrigued by the possibility of
using personality profiling to shift
America’s culture and rewire its
politics”, according to Mr Wylie.
Mr Bannon’s lawyer said his client
“knows nothing about the claims
being asserted”.
Cambridge Analytica said it had
believed the collection practices of
Dr Kogan’s company Global Science
Research had complied with UK law.
CRIME
EDUCATION
Family pays
tribute to
two women
shot dead
International
prize goes to
London teacher
By Sally Wardle
By William McLennan
Two people shot dead at their home
in East Sussex have been named as a
mother and daughter.
Heather Whitbread, 53, and
Michelle, 32, were fatally wounded
at a house in St Leonards-on-Sea
on Friday.
Relatives of the deceased paid
tribute yesterday to two “beautiful
people that filled our family with
laughter”. A 35-year-old man, who
police said was known to the victims,
has been arrested on
suspicion of murder.
In a statement
issued through
police, the
Whitbread
family said:
“Heather and
Michelle were
beautiful people
who filled our
family with laughter.
They were special, generous
and kind people who loved life, but
most of all their family. They will both
be sorely missed leaving a gap that
can never be filled.”
Officers were called to the house on
Friday evening, and led to safety two
other women. One, understood to be
another daughter, was pregnant.
Two hours later the suspect was
arrested and taken into custody. A
firearm was also recovered. Police
said they were not looking for anyone
else in connection with the shooting,
but appealed for any witnesses to
contact the Sussex force.
Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary,
who is the local MP, paid tribute to
the swift response of police and other
emergency services to the incident.
Andria Zafirakou was awarded the $1m Global Teacher Prize at a ceremony in Dubai yesterday AP
An art and textiles teacher from
an inner-city school in the UK has
won a million-dollar prize.
Andria Zafirakou, who works
at Alperton Community School in
Brent, north-west London, won
the Varkey Foundation Global
Teacher Prize. The school is in one
of the poorest areas of the country
and pupils come from a variety
of backgrounds.
Ms Zafirakou has learnt how to
say basic greetings in many of the
35 languages spoken at the school,
including Gujarati, Hindi, Tamil
and Portuguese, so parents feel
welcome and included. She helped
redesign the curriculum to make
it more relevant and set up girlsonly sports clubs for those from
conservative communities.
She said many of her pupils faced
“challenging circumstances” but
“whatever is missing from their
life or causing them pain, our
school is theirs”.
POLICE
Charities lose out after 750 clothing banks go missing
By William McLennan
Police were urged to investigate
claims that charities are being deprived of hundreds of thousands of
pounds in donations after 750 clothing banks were removed from supermarket car parks.
The Textile Recycling Association
(TRA) said that up to 20 clothing
bins went missing each week in the
past year, but no criminal investigations had been launched.
Some donation points are run directly by charities including the Salvation Army, while others are run by
private companies that give an average of £250 to charity for every ton of
clothes collected.
The TRA president Ian Woods
said missing clothing banks had
been rebranded and placed in unauthorised locations. He said: “We
want the police to treat this as a
criminal matter. If somebody walked
into a pub and removed a charity col-
lection box from the bar, they would
be arrested. To my mind, a
textile bank is just a big
charity donation tin.”
He said that on one occasion clothes bins had
been fitted with GPS
trackers that allowed
them to be recovered
but West Midlands Police
chose not to investigate.
Recycling Solutions, which
donates between £5,000 and £6,000
a month to a charity which helps
critically ill babies and children, said that 12 of its
banks were taken from
the Greater Manchester
area last month.
Its director James
Cook said the thefts will
reduce the amount they
donate to charity next
month. West Midlands
Police did not respond to requests for comment.
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The Mayor of London
Sadiq Khan (pictured,
at left) joined the
actress Imelda
Staunton (centre) and
broadcaster Gloria
Hunniford, to lead the
St Patrick’s Day Parade
in London yesterday.
The capital
celebrated the saint’s
feast day, 17 March,
with three days
of events.
Irish band The Script
celebrated by buying a
round of drinks for the
entire audience at their
concert on Saturday
night in Belgium.
By Sam Lister
Around £90m from dormant bank
accounts will be used to tackle high
rates of unemployment among young
people from ethnic minorities, Theresa May has announced.
Youth joblessness blights communities and too much talent and
potential is being wasted, the Prime
Minister said.
She has warned public services
that they must “explain or change”
differences in the way people of different ethnicities are treated after a
racial disparity audit in October.
Mrs May said: “Talent, ability and
hard work should be the only factors
affecting a young person’s ability to
get on in life – not their background
or ethnicity.” Research shows 16- to
24-year-olds from ethnic minority
groups are twice as likely to be unemployed as their white peers.
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EUROPE
Johnson rejects postponement of
Brexit to gain more time for talks
POLITICAL EDITOR
The Government has dismissed calls
from senior MPs to postpone Brexit
to give Britain more time to prepare
for departure.
The Exiting the EU committee
also suggested that the post-Brexit
transition period could be extended.
But some pro-Brexit Tory members
refused to endorse the conclusions,
arguing that a delay would undermine the referendum result.
The row broke out ahead of this
week’s EU leaders’ summit, when
Theresa May will attempt to reach
agreement over the transition period. Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, insisted that she would get a
good deal in Brussels.
“I think what most people in this
country want, whether they voted
Leave or to Remain, they want us
to get on with it,” he told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show.
The majority committee report
argued that “little progress” has
been made on key issues including the future status of
the Irish border.
And it cast doubt on
whether all details of the
post-Brexit relationship
between Britain and the EU
can be agreed by this autumn
in time for the European and UK
parliaments to ratify it before Brexit
on 29 March 2019. The report argued
that it could be necessary to extend
the Article 50 period beyond March.
The Labour MP Hilary Benn
Across
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St Patrick
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Design
extraterrestrial
and his home (6)
3
High Street I visited
finally (6)
4
Cautious about
Councillor’s
rallying slogan (3,3)
Down
1
Log-cutting tool –
it’s held in hand (6)
2
Very little is
drunk (6)
Young voices have a say
Children in Wales as young as seven
will get the chance to have their say
on the Brexit process as part of a
plan designed to help ministers
understand the views of
the young.
The consultation
will also involve the
establishment of a
Brexit Advisory Group
of 12 young people from
Wales and digital and social
media resources to help keep
children and young people informed
about Brexit.
In addition, 15 young people will
deliver 25 workshops in a bid to
engage more than 600 of their peers.
(inset), the committee’s chairman,
said: “We are at a critical stage in
the negotiations, with just seven
months left to reach agreement. The
Government must come forward
with credible, detailed proposals as
to how it can operate a ‘frictionless
border’ between Northern Ireland
and the Republic of Ireland because
the committee is not persuaded that
this can be done.”
But five Tory MPs led by Jacob
Rees-Mogg and a DUP MP refused
to sign off the final version and took
the rare step of issuing a minority report. It argued that a 21-month transition period, ending in December
2020, was “ample” time and warned
that a prolonged transition would be
“difficult for the UK and not respect
the referendum result”.
AVIATION
‘Britain must
follow EU rules
on aerospace’
By Sam Lister
Britain must follow Brussels
rules on aerospace after Brexit to
protect the industry, a Commons
committee has said.
Aligning, harmonising and
participating in the European
Union’s supply chains and its
watchdog is the best way forward
for the sector, according to MPs.
Crashing out of the bloc without
a deal would be “highly costly
and disruptive” for UK aerospace
and aviation, the Business,
Energy and Industrial Strategy
select committee warned. “The
competitiveness of UK aerospace
could be adversely affected
by any additional delays and
bureaucracy encountered at the
UK-EU border,” its report said.
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Breakfast clubs to open
at 1,000 extra schools
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
Appeal £175,000 raised
More than a thousand extra schools
will be able to offer children a healthy
breakfast after ministers announced
£26m worth of funding to run breakfast clubs.
Education Secretary Damian
Hinds announced plans to use the
money raised from the Government’s
soft drinks levy to open breakfast
clubs in around 1,775 schools across
the country.
The news comes after i readers
raised more than £175,000 for the
charity Magic Breakfast as part of its
Christmas charity appeal.
The government cash will be targeted at schools in the most disadvantaged parts of the country, with
Magic Breakfast chosen alongside
the charity Family Action to run the
extra breakfast clubs.
MagicBreakfast’s work was backed by
i’s 2017 Christmas Appeal.
When i launched its appeal last
December, the aim was to raise
£100,000 for Magic Breakfast, enough
to pay for 500,000 healthy morning
meals for pupils. To date the charity
has received generous donations
from readers totalling over £175,000.
The appeal was backed by a number
of celebrity chefs including Jamie
Oliver and Prue Leith, who
said she
was “hugely
chuffed”
to see the
charity
chosen
by i for its
Christmass
campaign..
Comment
Schools have been recogniised
d
as engines of social mobility
Carmel McConnell
MAGIC BREAKFAST FOUNDER
A
12
m O
on n
th ly
co a
nt
ra
ct
s someone who has
campaigned for over a
decade to get a healthy
breakfast to hungry
schoolchildren, this feels like a
major step. It doesn’t solve the
classroom hunger problem for
good, but for the tens of thousands
who will now have a good school
breakfast without worrying about
where it is coming from, this is a
game changer.
We are grateful that the
evidence has been listened to,
that schools have been recognised
as the engine of social mobility,
that teachers have been offered
support so they can be the change
we need them to be. This shows
that, as a country, we are able to
protect the future life chances of
our most vulnerable children by
insisting they have the right food
to be able to learn.
In the 500 schools we support,
children are two months ahead in
core subjects, so this is a fantastic
step up in support for pupils
who risk missing out on the most
important lessons – taught in the
morning – because they have no
food inside them.
Fiona Pickering, headteacher
at Windsor Community Primary
School, Toxteth, Liverpool, said their
breakfast club was “absolutely vital”.
“Children now start the day having
had a healthy breakfast and time to
socialise, meaning that they are emotionally and physically equipped for
the day ahead,” Ms Pickering said.
“It is, without doubt, one of the
best parts of the extended provision
we offer.”
Research shows that a healthy
breakfast can help boost children’s
attainment by improving their
m
memory and concentration.
“This is an excellent investment in these children and
in the future of this country,”
Carmel McConnell, Founder
of Magic Breakfast, said. “Crucially, it will ensure a nutritious breakfast reaches many
more thousands of hungry
schoolchildren, unlocking
up to four hours of learning
each morning.”
The breakfast clubs will be
preedominantly in schools in disadvantaged
d
areas, with a particular
focus on the Department for Education’s “opportunity areas”. The 12
regions, including areas such as
Doncaster, Derby, Blackpool and
Norwich, are being handed a share of
£72m to help raise education standards. Mr Hinds said ensuring children have a healthy breakfast “can
help fuel their concentration” for the
rest of the school day.
“Children only get one chance at an
education and they deserve the best,
whatever their background. That
is why we are giving more pupils in
some of the country’s most disadvantaged areas the chance to go to a
breakfast club,” he added.
“Paid for by the Government’s soft
drinks levy, this investment will help
raise education standards further
and will make sure young people have
happy, healthy childhoods.”
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RUSSIAN
ROULETTE
CORBYN
CAUTIOUS
CONVERSING
IN ENGLISH
PENNY SAVED,
PM BURNT
REALITY OF
LONDONGRAD
BRIEF
ENCOUNTER
How should
UK treat
Moscow?
Laboured
Salisbury
response
Sajid Javid’s
plans for
integration
1p and 2p
pieces will
stay on scene
How the US
views the
UK’s actions
Long-running
affair revived
10 years on
Sunday Telegraph
TheSun
Sunday Mirror
Sunday Express
TheNewYorkTimes
British Theatre.com
In the favourite
word of the Russians
I have met who
speak in defence of
Moscow, this was
all “ridiculous”. The
closest they can come
to any account of these
accusations is that
they are part of some
programme of political
conspiracy to discredit
their blameless nation.
(Janet Daley)
The Sunday Times
Quote of
the day
Clamping down
makes sense. But the
strongest gesture
would be compliance
with international
law and publication
of the evidence that
incriminates Russia
as required by the
chemical weapons
convention.
(Lesley Riddoch)
Defending your
country is beyond
party politics. It should
be instinctive. But
Corbyn will always
kiss the feet of all
those who despise us.
Hamas. The IRA. Putin.
No enemy of this
country sinks too low
for Corbyn.
(Tony Parsons)
The Mail on Sunday
Mr Corbyn has earned
the right to be listened
to, and those who
try to smear him
are not just doing
something morally
wrong. They are
hurting the country.
Look at our repeated
rushes into conflict in
Iraq, Libya, Syria and
Afghanistan. All have
done us damage.
(Peter Hitchens)
His big idea is to use
public money to fund
English conversation
clubs. But the £50m he
wants to spend in five
trial areas will barely
scratch the surface. I
doubt it will benefit
those who need help.
(Saira Khan)
TheObserver
I’ll never forget a
teacher telling me on
a school trip that I was
“Jamaican” and not
“British” - even though
I was born in Reading.
We need a society
that makes space for
the reality of people’s
differences without
overstating them.
Being able to speak
English is vital, but
we need not overstate
the scale of the issue.
(Kimberly McIntosh)
The suggestion
that the days of
copper coins could
be numbered was
absurd. Just because
many of the Cabinet
are millionaires
with supersized pay
packets, it doesn’t
mean we all are.
(Nick Ferrari)
The People
So the PM said: “No
change”. While you’re
at it, why not save our
more valuable coppers
too? The ones battling
a 14 per cent spike
in crime caused by
axing police numbers
by 21,000 since 2010.
Gun and knife attacks,
robberies, burglaries
and sexual offences
are all up. Mrs May,
stop taking the p.
(Rachael Bletchly)
[May’s] government is
reportedly considering
tougher measures,
including seizing
UK-based assets of
Kremlin-connected
oligarchs. Don’t bet on
it. “We’re going to
get very, very cross,”
was what one rueful
Tory member of
Parliament told me
of what he expects of
his government.
(Bret Stephens)
Washington Post
Theresa May doesn’t
understand the
profundity of the
problem — that the
Russian government
treats Britain with
disdain because [it]
thinks it has bought
the British elite. Worse
than that, it may be
right. (Anne Applebaum)
Quite what Coward
himself might
have made of this
strangely wonderful
reimagining of his
story of fraught
middle-class emotions,
who can say? It’s
a lovely, Mills and
Boons-ish fantasy. It
will certainly please
the punters as it settles
in for another long run.
(Julian Eaves)
The Independent
When I saw the play
a decade ago I was
blown away by the
staging; now it feels
that everyone else has
moved on, leaving this
staging behind. Like
failed lovers returning
for past glories, this
production struggles
to reignite the flame.
(Kaleem Aftab)
LifeInBrief
BRENDA DEAN TRADE UNION LEADER
Suspended
by @facebook.
For blowing
the whistle.
On something
they have
known
privately for
2 years
Christopher
Wylie
The data harvesting
whistleblower’s
tweet about being
punished by social
media company
Brenda Dean, the trade union leader
who came to the public’s attention
during the bitter Wapping dispute in
1986-87, has died at the age of 74 after
suffering a stroke.
Dean was in charge of the print union
Sogat, the first woman to lead a major
union, arriving at time of great turmoil.
When Rupert Murdoch moved his
publishing operation in 1986 from
Fleet Street to a plant in Wapping
where modern technology was used
to produce his papers – The Times
and Sunday Times, The Sun and the
News of the World – he announced
large redundancies for journalists,
secretarial staff and printers. It
resulted in a dispute (known as “The
Battle of Wapping”) that took more than
a year to end, with the unions defeated.
“We were beaten,” Dean later wrote
in her memoirs. “That was the harsh
truth of the matter.”
Always a calm leader, Dean sought
to end the increasingly violent
confrontations outside the Wapping
plant, but her pragmatism, while
popular with many in the trade union
movement, effectively ended her
career within it.
Some members denounced her as a
“Judas” for trying to negotiate with Mr
Murdoch, while others derided her as a
“film star” – a reference to the fact that
Dean was always dressed immaculately
and had a well-maintained coiffure.
Born in Salford to working-class
parents, Dean left school at 16 and
worked in a local printing firm as a
shorthand typist. When she complained
she did not have enough work to do,
a colleague suggested she work for
the local union branch. From there,
she worked her way through the ranks
before becoming president of the
Society of Graphical and Allied Trades
(Sogat) in 1983 and then its general
secretary in 1985. In 1991 Sogat
became part of the Graphical, Paper and
Media Union.
Dean was elected a Fellow of the
Royal Society of Arts in 1992 and was
awarded honorary degrees by 10 UK
universities. In 1993 she was elevated
to the Lords – where she continued
to fight the Labour cause and speak
for education reform – as Baroness
Dean of Thorton-le-Fylde. In 2016 she
became a director of Labour Tomorrow,
an organisation that funded groups
which opposed Jeremy Corbyn’s run for
the Labour leadership.
Former prime minister Tony Blair
paid tribute to Dean, saying: “Brenda
was a huge figure in the Labour and
trade union movement. She blazed
a trail for women, becoming the first
female general secretary of a major
union, and through the strength of her
convictions and commitment
to reform, she helped usher in
significant changes, such as those
to higher education through the
Dearing Report.
“I have incredibly fond memories of
Brenda. She was a valued friend and
adviser and she will be sorely missed.”
Dean is survived by her husband,
Keith McDowell.
Born 29 April 1943
Died 13 March 2018
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A ‘democratic recession’
The world is not on an inexorable path towards liberal progress
A
s Russia goes
through another
sham election to
crown its tsar for
six more miserable
years, it is easy to
forget that this mighty nation was
briefly a democracy. After the
collapse of communism, the country
experienced a brief rush of freedom
as it emerged blinking into the
light, before the crooks and spooks
grabbed control again. It was a
flawed, stumbling democracy, far
from perfect. Yet today it is back in
the dark days of dictatorship, one of
only two autocracies still staining
our continent.
Brave figures still fight for the
cause. Some have died, some are
in jail, but others risk everything
for liberal freedoms with recent
protests in dozens of cities. I met
several key opposition figures last
week in New York at a Human
Rights Foundation conference
analysing Vladimir Putin, including
Vladimir Kara-Murza, who has
been poisoned twice in the past
three years. He points out that
Putin’s regime is no different from
the Soviet era with its censorship,
political prisoners and unfair
elections – except the bosses have
so little faith in their own system
they send their children to our
schools and stash their stolen cash
in our banks.
Kara-Murza accepts that he could
probably not survive another poison
attack. He has moved his family to
the United States for protection,
seen close friends such as Boris
Nemtsov murdered and others
jailed. Yet the only time this motormouthed activist paused during
our chat was when I asked why he
carried on fighting a regime that
will clearly do anything to survive.
Then he replied softly that, if he did
nothing, he would be complicit in
the devastation of his country.
Meeting people prepared to
risk lives for freedoms we take
for granted shames those who aid
Putin’s mafia. There is this weird
horseshoe effect, where the far right
and far left both push his cause.
Thus we see nationalists on the
right, such as Nigel Farage, praising
the deadly Russian dictator as an
“operator”, despite all the blood on
his hands as he eliminates rivals and
rips apart other countries. And on
the left, we see the likes of Seumas
Milne, Jeremy Corbyn’s influential
spin doctor, who so detest America
that they fanned Russian lies
with vigour.
Strange bedfellows with shared
The surge
in populism
reflects concerns
over democratic
failures – some
justified
delusions. Yet the same effect can
be seen across Europe. A German
analyst told the conference that
five of the seven parties elected to
parliament last year in his country
are pro-Putin. A majority of votes
cast in Italy in this year’s ballot went
to pro-Putin parties. The far-right
force that made the presidential
run-off in France took money
from Russia.
This shows how deeply crass
populism demeans our continent.
Yet it also underlines something
more profound: the complacency
over democracy in its birthplace,
even as people die for the cause
around the world.
Democracy remains the most
dynamic and tolerant political
system, something to be cherished
for all its faults. I am reminded
of this frequently in my work
reporting around the world,
witnessing conflict and hearing
of gross human rights abuses.
An employee of Russian Railways
casts her vote inside the Kazansky
railway terminal in Moscow
yesterday; Vladimir Putin with his
ballot paper (below) REUTERS
It is one reason I am so angered
by an aid industry that props up
despotism. Yet in the West we see
such cynicism over “the system”,
such loathing of elites and experts,
such casual abuse of freedom, that
Putin’s propaganda machine and
social media trolls do not need to do
much to inflame our wounds.
Yes, many of these lesions
are self-inflicted. The pathetic
tribalism, trotting out of party lines
and ignoring of evidence make it
hard to defend a modern politics
that seems better suited to the
playground. When a prime minister
goes to war on a false premise, then
chases down a fortune advising
repellent regimes, this weakens
faith in Westminster. When the
police lie, papers break the law,
politicians abuse expenses, the
Church covers up paedophilia,
charities tolerate abuse, corporate
titans dodge tax, the health service
hounds whistle-blowers, then key
institutions are left weakened
and hollowed out. These are the
bulwarks of democracy. But at
least we can challenge the crooks,
tackle those flouting rules and fight
freely for a better system. And far
better to have our politicians, our
police, our papers and our priests
than the patsy cheerleaders seen
under Putin, who has bent the state
system so that it serves only him
and his billionaire pals.
Yet this is why it is so alarming to
see Donald Trump offer succour to
dictators with praise for repressive
rulers and attacks on “fake news”
– or indeed, to see how Brexit
exacerbated divisions in our society.
Academics now talk of
“democratic recession”. Even
in Europe we see setbacks in
places such as Hungary and
Poland. Studies show that there is
dwindling support for democracy,
deepening anxieties over its future
and demolishing assumptions that
the planet is on an inexorable path
towards liberal progress.
One survey last year found
that only 36 per cent of people in
Britain are totally committed to the
concept of elected representation,
while one in four supported the idea
of a leader unconstrained by courts
or parliament. There are signs
that support among millennials is
weaker than among their parents
and grandparents.
The surge in populism reflects
concerns over democratic failures
– some justified. Yet the corrosion
of our core values and failure to
defend democracy – including by
repairing key institutions – is deeply
alarming given the challenges we
face – not just from the Kremlin,
but also from an autocratic Chinese
government developing new forms
of technological control. We are
engaged in a fight for our future.
And there is simply no place for
complacency or defeatism in the
struggle to defend democracy.
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May’s ‘Maggie
moment’?
It gives me no pleasure
to make capital out of a
tragedy but when I see
Theresa May performing
a stage-managed visit in
Salisbury, fist-bumping
and baby-cradling,
I’m reminded of the
Falkland crisis landing
in Margaret Thatcher’s
lap (1982) just at the time
when her popularity was
in freefall.
May’s premiership so
far has been a disaster, so
is she taking advantage
of this tragic event to
prove she is “strong and
stable”, and decrying
Jeremy Corbyn’s more
careful and consistent
approach as a danger to
the country should he
become Prime Minister?
RUSSELL MAY
WEST COKER,
SOMERSET
Salisbury
carries on
I was really disappointed
in Friday’s piece in my
favourite newspaper,
describing Salisbury
as a ghost town. We
are saddened by recent
events, and stoical
in the face of the
ongoing disruption, but
determined that it will be
business as usual.
For myself I was
delighted to see on
Market Day last week,
50 yards from the
now infamous bench
where Sergei and Yulia
Skripal were found, a
local resident feeding
the ducks.
ANNE TREVETT
SALISBURY
Beware of the
badgeholder
Following the call for
meaning indestructible.
Tea breaks for everybody
will then be much
more enjoyable.
MICHAEL TWEED
EASTBOURNE,
EAST SUSSEX
Have passport,
will travel
Could we have some
features for wheelchair
users who still long to
travel in this country and
in Europe – there are a
lot of us. Some advice on
travel insurance would
be helpful as well.
PENNY MIVAL
Theresa May
gave a fist bump
in Salisbury last
week GETTY
“menopausal badges”
(i, 17 March), what next?
Badges proclaiming “My
mum died last night”;
“Just had another chemo
session”; “Just learned
my husband/wife is
having an affair”; “Spurs
lost”. The list is endless.
RICHARD FINCH
WIGTON, CUMBRIA
It’s the way he
told them
Re Veronica Lee’s
“Remember to have
a good laugh for St
Patrick’s Day” (i, 17
March). The last laugh
should be for St Patrick
very probably being
a Welshman.
JOHN EVANS
TUNBRIDGE WELLS
Horse deaths at
Cheltenham
Mossback, Report to
Base, Sandsend, Dresden,
North Hill Harvey, Some
Plan: the six horses killed
at this year’s Cheltenham
Festival. Is any
Jon’s reasons
to be cheerful
newspaper or national
media organisation going
to have the courage to
reject the coverage
of horse racing as
a sport within a
civilised society?
KEVIN MARSDEN
VIA EMAIL
I really enjoy i, but
on the first day of the
Cheltenham Festival, two
horses died as a result of
their injuries incurred
during the afternoon’s
racing and your paper
said nothing, whereas
you devoted a whole
page to jockey Ruby
Walsh breaking a leg. He
certainly will not have
to be put down, which is
more than can be said
for Mossbank and Report
to Base.
KATE PHILLIPSON
PRESTBURY, GLOS
As a nation of apparent
animal lovers, what does
the racing fraternity
think should be done in
future to halt the carnage
of horses at big horse-
racing events? Should
the Cheltenham Festival
have been postponed
because of the weather
(and track) conditions?
The jockeys have a
choice as to whether they
ride or not; the horses do
not, and six of them met
their deaths.
PAULINE ROFFE
LEIGHTON BUZZARD,
BEDFORDSHIRE
Double-headed
eagle to blame?
You reported last
week (i, 14 March)
on the mysterious
disappearance of
golden eagles from the
highlands of Scotland. Do
you think the Russians
have poisoned them? It
looks suspicious to me.
EDDIE HANNA
NEWTOWNARDS,
COUNTY DOWN
Practical end to
plastic problem
In 1946, when hungry
families consumed rind
as part of a meagre ration
of cheese, our family
dustbin contained a
few empty tin cans and
that was all.
I don’t wish to turn
back the clock but I
can suggest a small
forward step. Let’s have
products with one of
three simple, readable
markings in a code that
we can all understand:
“R” for recyclable, “C”
for compostable and “I”
I was uplifted by your
Eyewitness report on
Jon Watts (i, 17 March)
who had turned his life
around after enrolling
on a Duke of Edinburgh
Award scheme while
in prison.
These days many
people do not realise
that young people who
get into trouble can
make changes if they are
shown some care and
interest and not just left
locked up and ignored.
Of course this takes
time and money but the
investment would surely
be well worth it rather
than locking them up in
prison for years.
Well done, Jon, and I
agree – rehabilitation is
the key.
MARIE CROUCH
EPSOM, SURREY
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Tina’s anger
towards Ike no
longer the same
Redmayne
and wife have
second child
Tina Turner’s years of suffering
domestic violence at the hands of
Ike Turner is a dark chapter of music
history, She eventually escaped, leaving
him in 1976 - though he insisted until
the day he died in 2007 that he had
never treated her badly. Turner (left)
now says she’s tried to let go of
her anger towards him.
“As an old person, I have
forgiven him, but it would
not work with him. He
asked for one more
tour with me, and I said:
‘No, absolutely not.’ Ike
wasn’t someone you
could forgive and allow
him back in,” Turner told The
Sunday Times, adding: “It’s all
gone, all forgotten. The dreams are
still there — not the violence, the anger.
I wonder if I’m still holding something
in.” The singer, now 78, has been
working on a West End musical based
on her life and music called Tina, which
opens on Wednesday.
Eddie Redmayne and his wife,
Hannah (left), have welcomed
their second child into the world.
They confirmed the news
over the weekend, with a notice
in The Times which read: “On
10th March 2018 to Hannah
(Bagshawe) and Edward, a son,
Luke Richard Bagshawe, brother
to Iris.”
Hannah and Eddie (left) started
dating in 2012 and were married
in 2016. Redmayne has described
fatherhood as “extraordinary”.
He said: “There’s this amazing
thing with children whenever
you’re having a bit of a tired
moment or something, it’s like
[Iris] is always just one stop
ahead of you, smiling you along.”
The Theory of Everything star
added: “You hear a gentle squeak
and you go in and turn on the
light… and the massive grin that’s
like, ‘It’s a whole new day’. That’s
probably the greatest thing.”
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Righton
“Trump is incompetent, racist,
narcissistic, impulsive and he’s
a misogynist. The only silver
lining is the backlash. People
are more engaged. If everyone
gets out and votes — and I
really believe the enthusiasm
is there now — then there will be
massive change in the make-up of
the legislature.” John Legend discusses
President Trump, who has blocked his wife
Chrissy Teigen on Twitter.
Westweighsin
“Male actors have won awards for
parts where they’ve lost a lot of
weight. I’ve worked with a lot
of big female film stars and
the thing that I notice more
than anything is that they’re
starving. It’s just expected.”
Dominic West on a sinister
problem for women in Hollywood.
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In 2014, Rebecca’s husband Nick
was hit by a car and seriously injured.
Here, in one of a series of columns,
she writes about the aftermath of
his accident
I
always feel unaccountably guilty
when the care-home manager
asks to speak to me. Oh God, I
think, what have I or Nick done
now? I live in fear of a blanket ban
on the vast quantities of the cuddly
creatures that live on his bed – the
ones that the carers have to put in
exactly the right place or he gets hot
and cross. This time the chat was
about something I’d been worrying
about myself, though – plug sockets
– so it was good to clear the air.
I’ve read in the past that the police
can tell when someone is growing
marijuana plants because of the vast
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amounts of energy they use. Their
houses would glow like beacons
when viewed through special
cameras. Given how many things
Nick has plugged in at any one time,
I’ve been half awaiting the knock
at the door from the boys in blue.
A gentle suggestion that so many
extension leads and adapter plugs
aren’t a great idea was the only rap
I got over the knuckles, which was a
relief. I’m now awaiting a quote from
a local electrician to find out how
much it will be to add more sockets
and make Nick’s room less of a
health and safety nightmare.
What on earth is filling his existing
sockets, you might be wondering.
While phone and watch chargers,
TV and the fish-tank filter are partly
to blame, the true culprit is Nick’s
addiction to novelty lighting. It’s
not a new obsession. Long before
his accident I lived in fear that I’d
come home one day to find that
he had finally bought a lamp he’d
been banging on about for years. It
was in the shape of a horse, with a
lampshade for a head. And it was
life-sized. We’re talking stallion,
mind, rather than Shetland pony.
I could totally imagine walking
in the front door to see that the
living room had been emptied and
Nick would be straddling the back
of the beast in lieu of a sofa – not
least because there would no longer
be any space for furniture. And
that then he’d start nagging me to
get another one, because the first
would be lonely on its own. He’s
on his second neon flamingo lamp
after the first one gave up the ghost
(we negotiate every week for me
to turn it off at night, because his
room is already akin to Blackpool’s
illuminations); he has a colourchanging Philips lamp that has to be
set to a very specific tone of red.
There’s the star-shaped LED
lamp, the Star Wars overhead light,
the Pac-Man ghost, the projection
clock that casts digital digits across
the ceiling and the light-up unicorn,
although to be fair, that last one
runs on batteries that are nigh on
impossible to buy. I daren’t mention
it to him because he’s forgotten
that it exists, but somewhere on his
shelves is a Batman lamp that spits
out a bat-shaped pattern.
Now, I like a range of options other
than the big light, and in the flat
in London I have a fair few dotted
around the living room. But I reckon
I could quit any time. Nick, on the
other hand, is in the grips of an
addiction. As we begin to ponder
how we can buy our own adapted
property for him to live in, I’ve
already vetoed the life-sized horse
lamp. And its life partner. But I
reckon we’re going to need a hell of a
lot of plug sockets.
HATFIELD’S VIEW
rates – and not just in London. Yet,
only in 2016, YouGov found that
eating out was the UK’s favourite
leisure activity. The sector boomed
on the back of private equity money
and the availability of post-crash
cheap EU labour. What changed?
The introduction of the national
living wage in April 2016, the
national minimum wage and soaring
rents and rates have collided with
Brexit vote consequences: the huge
increase in raw material food costs
because of the pound’s devaluation
and the sudden problems with
attracting EU staff. Business rate
changes next month may prove the
final straw for many.
Over-expansion has not helped.
Private equity likes to expand fast,
control costs and then sell. Quality
is so hard to maintain across dozens
of outlets. There is a lack of
differentiation: Prezzo,
Strada, Zizzi and Jamie’s
Italian are much of a
muchness, particularly
when you learn that
“premium” Jamie’s
used Wetherspoons’
meat supplier.
For consumers, years
of our wages lagging
inflation have begun to bite.
“Casual” isn’t as cheap as it was
and many of us are now cooking
better at home.
It’s for the Government to look at
business rates, but restaurants need
to resist mediocrity; to reassert
the “specialness” of dining out. Is it
food that you cannot cook at home,
served professionally in a welcoming
ambience? The stark alternative is
more casual dining carnage.
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for a meal that was
not a special occasion?
Many of us appear to be
losing the habit. The “casual dining”
sector is in genuine crisis.
Last week, the Casual
Dining Group, owner of
Café Rouge and Bella
Italia, announced an
18 per cent increase in
losses to £60m. Byron,
Prezzo, Jamie’s Italian
and Strada are among
household names to
close multiple sites
this year. Chimichanga is
to disappear. Carluccio’s has
brought in restructuring experts.
The restaurant business has often
been brutal. But something serious
is afoot. Insolvencies increased by
20 per cent in 2017 before these
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even combined to appeal to the
Chancellor ahead of the Spring
Statement to do something,
particularly about soaring business
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Battle is over:
Hastings wins
walking award
By Dean Kirby
The oldest part of Hastings in East
Sussex has been hailed as the best
place to go for a walk following a
public vote. Hastings Old Town
has been crowned by walking charity The Ramblers as Britain’s Best
Walking Neighbourhood. More
than 12,000 people voted for their
favourite urban walking areas.
Anthony Slack, a long-time resident of Hastings Old Town who was
among those that nominated the
area for the award, said: “Whether
it’s simply to visit local shops and
restaurants, or just to admire the
historic buildings, walking is usually the best way to do it here.
“The well maintained green
spaces, the sea views, and the
pleasant places to stop for a rest
and to socialise all combine to make
Hastings’ streets are
crisscrossed by narrow
“twittens”, passages that form
pedestrian routes between the
main streets.
Hastings Old Town a fantastic,
walkable community.”
Hastings Old Town was one of 10
areas to make the shortlist for The
Ramblers’ award. They included
Hackney and Walthamstow in London, Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria,
Salford in Greater Manchester,
Town Moor in Newcastle, Stocksbridge in Yorkshire, Newtown in
Powys, DG1 in Dumfries and Diglis
in Worcester.
More than one in five people who
took part in the poll voted for Hastings Old Town.
The Ramblers say the area’s
streets were “made for walking”
and several factors contributed to
its victory.
Developed before the advent
of the car, it is well designed for
making short journeys on foot.
But new measures have also been
implemented in efforts to prioritise pedestrians, including vehicle
restrictions on some streets during certain times, installing and
improving paving and widening
footways, making the town even
easier to navigate on foot.
The walking charity hopes the
KIZANDTANGO
Hurley to campaign for safer
streets after attack on nephew
Geldof defeat in
dispute over hit
Elizabeth Hurley has vowed to campaign to make the UK’s streets safer
as she posted an update on the
condition of her nephew,
who was stabbed earlier
this month.
Miles Hurley, 21, was
attacked by four men
while with a friend in
London and lost more
than four pints of blood in
the attack on 8 March.
The actress said her sister was caring for Miles, who remains in great pain. She wrote on
Instagram: “We need to make our
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A judge has dismissed Bob Geldof’s
attempt to block expert evidence
being considered in a copyright
dispute with a former Boomtown
Rats bandmate.
Pianist John Moylett, known
as Johnnie Fingers, claims he cowrote the 1979 hit “I Don’t Like
Mondays”. He submitted to the
High Court expert opinion from two
musicians on whether the song was
more likely to have been composed
on a guitar or a piano. Geldof’s application to exclude the opinion was
rejected. The single was at the top
of the charts for four weeks.
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Highlights Huts and hills
Hastings Old Town has been
described by travel writers
at coolplaces.co.uk as a “little
enclave of loveliness snuggled
between two hills”, which looks
and feels separate from the rest
of the seaside town. It is home to a
network of narrow passageways
and a number of boutique shops.
The Stade on the seafront is
home to distinctive clapboard net
huts, which were built to store
fishing gear in the 17th century for
Europe’s largest beach-launched
fishing fleet. Next door stands the
Jerwood Gallery, an exhibition
space for British art.
Visitors can also step on to the
deck of the resort’s last sailing
lugger, Enterprise, when they
visit the Hasting Fishermen’s
Museum or view artefacts from
wrecked vessels at the nearby
Shipwreck Museum.
The best views can be enjoyed
by taking the funicular railway
up to the top of East Hill, which
provides access to Hastings
Country Park.
awards will encourage more local
authorities to think about how they
could make small changes in design
to improve walkability, to help improve the wellbeing of residents.
Hastings Old Town resident
Dean Parker said: “I’ve walked in
Snowdonia, the lakes, the Scottish
Highlands and almost everywhere
in between, hankering for these
places daily. Yet since living in the
Old Town I have no desire to leave.”
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streets safer and I want to be part
of the movement to achieve that. I
hope you will join me.”
Hurley (inset) added: “His wound
is shocking, he remains in
great pain and he can hardly move, but he is slowly
recovering. My sister
is an amazing mother
and is looking after him
and his friend – who was
also stabbed!”
On the day of the attack, Miles, a model, had
paid tribute to his aunt in a post
celebrating International Women’s
Day. The Metropolitan Police said
there have been no arrests.
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Driver injures 13 people
by ‘ramming nightclub’
By William McLennan
A driver who allegedly rammed his
car into a crowd at a nightclub was
detained by customers and door
staff before police arrived.
At least 13 people were injured
when a 4x4 was driven into a crowd
Detective Chief Inspector
David Chewter, of the Kent
and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “This was a frightening
experience for everyone involved...
it is a miracle nobody was killed.”
at Blake’s nightclub in Gravesend, Kent, shortly before midnight
on Saturday.
A Suzuki Vitara ploughed into a
marquee in the smoking area of the
venue, where the rapper Giggs had
been scheduled to perform.
In a statement, the nightclub
praised the “heroic actions of our
door team and guests to apprehend
the individual before further harm
was caused”.
They said that bouncers had
“risked their lives for the safety of
everyone in the venue and according to the police ensured the incident did not become fatal”.
More than 50
firefighters
attended the scene
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BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Reece Parkinson posted a video from inside
the club on Twitter. He said in the
video: “My God I nearly died. A guy
who didn’t get in drove through
the club.”
Kent Police said a 21-year-old man
was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder, adding:
“He is believed to have been asked to
leave the club earlier in the evening
following an altercation.”
Seven people were taken to
hospital, four with minor injuries
and three with serious but not lifethreatening injuries, the South East
Coast Ambulance Service said.
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Small firms
hit by blaze at
five-storey mill
Women to track Pacific pollution
By Paul Gallagher
A mill in Greater Manchester
was left smouldering over the
weekend after fire spread through
five storeys of the building late
on Saturday.
More than 50 firefighters
tackled the blaze at the mill in
Stalybridge. Locals were urged
to keep their windows and doors
closed, while pedestrians and
motorists were told to avoid
the area.
The fire service said they did
not believe anyone was in the mill,
which is believed to be home to a
number of small businesses, at the
time the fire started.
By Rod Minchin
An all-female crew including sailors,
scientists and film-makers will cross
the North Pacific later this year to
study plastic pollution.
The team will set off on 23 June
on a five-week trip across the North
Pacific Gyre – better known as the
“Great Pacific garbage patch” because of the plastic that gathers there
– from Hawaii to Seattle.
They will focus on micro-plastics
and links to environmental and
human health.
The team will be led by the British
skipper and ocean advocate Emily
Penn, and the head of science will be
Emily Duncan (pictured), a PhD researcher at the University of Exeter.
“We are aiming to assess the scale
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Duncan said.
“One of our aims is to consider this
in terms of important sites for
post-hatchling sea turtles.
“We also want to raise
awareness of the devastating effects of
this pollution.”
The team is made up
of 24 women, split over
two voyage legs, travelling over 3,000 nautical
miles through the densest
ocean plastic accumulation
zone on the planet.
Crew members will make daily
trawls for plastics and pollutants and
collect data for a variety of scientific
studies. The crew will be made up
of scientists, students, artists, filmmakers, businesswomen, psychologists, actors, ocean activists and
sustainability professionals, and novice as well as experienced sailors.
Ms Penn, co-founder of the
expedition, said: “We hope
our journey from Hawaii
to the coastlines of British Columbia and the
Pacific north-west will
contribute to important
scientific studies while
inspiring action to protect
these places of outstanding
natural beauty and importance.”
The crew will be sailing on Sea
Dragon, a 72ft scientific exploration
vessel from Oahu, Hawaii, to Vancouver, British Columbia, and then from
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‘What is happening is slaughter – it is revenge’
A white farmer
is murdered
every five days
in South Africa,
activists say.
By Joe Wallen
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hite farmers in
South Africa
believe they are
being targeted in
a brutal series of
attacks over land that are being
overlooked by police, implicitly
encouraged by parliament and
ignored by the rest of the world.
A woman described how she
was gang-raped by three men who
invaded her family home, and a man
whose brother was gunned down at
the age of 21 said he believed race to
be a factor in the killing.
Activist groups promoting the
rights of white people in the country
said there have been 90 recorded
attacks in 2018 so far, with one
farmer murdered every five days on
average. The government strongly
denies that white people are being
deliberately targeted and says farm
murders are part of South Africa’s
wider violent crime problem.
Independent fact-checking
groups say the figures simply do not
exist to confirm or rule out whether
white farmers are more likely to
be victims.
Nonetheless, last month the
South African parliament passed
a motion saying it will consider
amending the constitution to allow
the government to seize farmland
without providing compensation – a
move which the Afrikaner lobbying
group AfriForum claims “projected
and exacerbated” the view that
attacking white farmers is justified.
Speaking this week, President
Cyril Ramaphosa said his
government would not support or
allow violent land grabs against
white-owned farms, of the kind
which led to Zimbabwe’s economic
collapse 20 years ago, calling this
“anarchy”. But observers say his
ANC party is playing a dangerous
game in a bid to win voters from the
more extreme Economic Freedom
Fighters party, which sees land
redistribution as an acceptable way
to right historic colonial wrongs.
“If I cry, my own people tell me
I am a coward,” Gabriel Stols, 35,
says. “If I hate, people tell me I am
from apartheid and if I get mad,
they say I am a racist.”
Mr Stols lives in Bloemfontein.
Kyle Stols, 21, was shot dead by four
men on a farm in October last year
His younger brother, Kyle, 21, was
shot dead by four assailants on a
farm near the city last October.
Mr Stols says the attackers were
black men. “Every night, when I go
to sleep and I close my eyes I can
see my brother’s brown eyes. The
night when I saw his dead body
and I looked into his eyes I could
still see the fear he had before he
was murdered.”
Amid reports of farmers being
tortured for hours by home invaders,
Mr Stols said it was “a relief for me
and my family that my brother was
shot and he died quickly.
“What is happening to us is
torture, it is slaughter, it is brutal – it
is revenge,” he contends. “The world
doesn’t know what is happening in
South Africa.”
No one has been arrested or
charged with the murder of Kyle
Stols. “The police told me they
are still waiting for forensics and
it has been five months,” Mr Stols
said. “We have got no information
from the police – to them it is like it
never happened.”
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Republicans
urge Trump not
to fire Mueller
By Susan Cornwell
IN WASHINGTON
Republican senators warned President Donald Trump yesterday
against firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller and said he must let
federal investigators looking into
Russian meddling in the US election
do their jobs.
The President renewed his Twitter
attacks on both the FBI and Mr Mueller’s inquiry since the firing on Friday of the bureau’s deputy director,
Andrew McCabe, days before he was
eligible to retire with a full pension.
Republican Senator Jeff Flake said
In a series of tweets over
the weekend, Mr Trump
accused the FBI leadership of
lies, corruption and leaking
information. He called the Russia
probe a politically motivated
witch-hunt.
xit appeared the President’s latest
comments were aimed at the firing of
Mr Mueller.
“I don’t know what the designs are
on Mueller, but it seems to be building
toward that, and I just hope it doesn’t
go there, because it can’t. We can’t
in Congress accept that,” Mr Flake
told CNN.
“So I would expect to see considerable pushback in the next couple of
days urging the President not to go
there. He can’t go there.”
“The Mueller probe should never
have been started in that there was
no collusion and there was no crime,”
Mr Trump said on Saturday. On Sunday, he attacked former FBI Director
James Comey and Mr McCabe, senior officials who were involved in the
Russia probe and subsequently fired.
On Saturday, Mr Trump’s personal
lawyer John Dowd urged the Justice Department official overseeing
Mueller, Rod Rosenstein, to “bring
an end to alleged Russia Collusion
investigation”. REUTERS
Bridge crack
‘declared safe’
before collapse
By Zachary Fagenson
IN MIAMI
Paralympics come to a close
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Paralympic Games at South Korea’s PyeongChang Olympic Stadium
yesterday. LINNEA RHEBORG/GETTY
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Engineers and state and university
officials met hours before a new pedestrian bridge collapsed in southern
Florida, killing six people, but concluded a crack in the structure was
not a safety concern, Florida International University said on Saturday.
The meeting on Thursday involved
FIGG, which is the private contractor for the overall bridge design, the
university, Florida Department of
Transportation officials and Munilla
Construction Management, which
installed the £10.2m bridge.
A FIGG engineer “concluded there
were no safety concerns and the
crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge”, the university said.
About three hours after the meeting, the 950-ton bridge collapsed,
crushing vehicles stopped at a traffic
light on the eight-lane roadway below.
Six people died, including five
whose bodies were recovered as
workers pulled out vehicles from
the rubble. Authorities found what
they believe to be the last body on
Saturday. REUTERS
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Eastern Ghouta rebel
group in ceasefire talks
By Suleiman al-Khalidi
and Lisa Barrington
IN BEIRUT
The main rebel group in the southern pocket of Syria’s opposition-held
Eastern Ghouta said yesterday that
it was negotiating with a UN delegation about a ceasefire, aid and the
evacuation of urgent medical cases.
“We are engaged in arranging serious negotiations to guarantee the
safety and protection of civilians,”
said Wael Alwan, the Istanbul-based
spokesman for the Failaq al-Rahman
group. “The most important points
under negotiation are a ceasefire,
ensuring aid for civilians and the exit
of medical cases and injured people
needing treatment outside Ghouta.”
But a general evacuation of civilians and rebels was not on the table,
he added.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad talking with regime forces in Eastern Ghouta yesterday AFP/GETTY
In a month-long assault, proregime forces have marched into
much of Eastern Ghouta, the
last major insurgent stronghold
around Damascus.
Troops have splintered Ghouta
into three besieged zones in one
of the bloodiest offensives of the
seven-year war, with rebels facing
their worst defeat since the battle of
Aleppo in 2016.
After a morning of calm, shelling
and ground battles resumed across
eastern Ghouta yesterday afternoon, the Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights said.
The United Nations Office for
the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Thursday that at
least 20,000 people had left eastern
Ghouta in the past week, most from
the southern pocket through the
Hammouriyeh area, REUTERS
SYRIA
Turkey claims victory in Afrin
By Dominic Evans
and Lisa Barrington
IN ISTANBUL
Turkish forces and their Syrian
rebel allies swept into the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin
yesterday, raising their flags in
the town centre and declaring
full control after an eight-week
campaign to drive out Kurdish
YPG forces.
A spokesman for the rebel
fighters said they entered Afrin
before dawn, meeting no resistance. A war monitor, the Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights,
said pockets of YPG fighters
defied orders to withdraw, but
More than 150,000
people have fled Afrin
in recent days, the Syrian
Observatory said, as Turkey
pressed on with its campaign.
Civilians run for cover from explosions in Afrin AFP/GETTY
Turkish forces were in control.
The fight for Afrin, a once stable
pocket of north-west Syria, has
opened a new front in Syria’s
multi-sided civil war and highlighted the ever greater role of
foreign powers such as Turkey
in the seven-year-old conflict.
Ankara says Syrian Kurdish
YPG fighters are an extension
of a militant group waging an
insurgency inside Turkey, and
vowed to crush what it described
as a “terror corridor” of YPGcontrolled territory along Turkey’s border with Syria.
It began its campaign eight
weeks ago and has threatened
to extend it to another Kurdishcontrolled region further east
BRAZIL
Romario aims to lead Rio out of ‘chaos’
By Oz Katerji
Former footballer and Brazilian senator Romario has announced his bid to become
governer of the state of
Rio de Janeiro.
The 1994 World
Cup champion
has put tackling
violence at the
forefront of his
election campaign.
“In these chaotic
times, change is necessary, change is urgent... Rio
always had safety problems,
but never like now,” said the
52-year-old former striker as
he announced his candidacy for
the centrist party Podemos.
Romario is no stranger to
politics, having been elected
federal deputy of Podemos in 2010 and senator
in 2014.
If he wins the election, Romario (inset)
will be inheriting a
state that is on the
verge of bankruptcy,
and where violence and
crime rates are sky-high.
The situation has deteriorated
to the point that the military has
taken charge of security.
“I don’t have experience of
being in charge. It will be, God
willing, the first time that I’ve
had the opportunity to demonstrate all I have learnt,” he said,
accompanied by ex-teammate
Bebeto; Alvaro Hias, a senator;
and Renata Abreu, the party
president and a federal deputy.
The ex-Barcelona star has
become embroiled in several
scandals in recent years and is
allegedly under investigation
over concealing assets to avoid
debt payment. Romario has
denied these accusations and
avoided answering questions
when he announced his bid.
THINKING OF
where US forces are stationed
alongside the YPG, Washington’s
ally against Isis in Syria.
“Afrin city centre is under
control as of 8.30 this morning,”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan told a rally, adding that
Turkish and Free Syrian Army
flags had been raised in the town
centre. “Most of the terrorists
have already fled… Our special
forces and members of the Free
Syrian Army are cleaning the
remains and the traps they left
behind,” Mr Erdogan said.
A Kurdish official said Kurdish
forces were present across the
Afrin region and would “strike
the positions of the Turkish
enemy and its mercenaries at
every opportunity”.
“Our forces all over Afrin will
become a constant nightmare
for them,” Othman Sheikh Issa,
co-chairman of the Afrin executive council, said in a televised
statement. REUTERS
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Elections to be
held in July
At least 150
killed in clashes
Zimbabwe’s first presidential
and parliamentary elections
since the end of Robert
Mugabe’s rule will take place
in July, President Emmerson
Mnangagwa said on Saturday.
The polls will be the first
major test of the new leader,
who took power in November
after a de facto military coup
forced the 94-year-old Mr
Mugabe to resign. They will
also be the first without Mr
Mugabe’s name on the ballot
since Zimbabwe gained
independence from Britain in
1980. REUTERS
Officials say violence in the
Democratic Republic of the Congo
between the Hema community and
the Lendu ethnic group has killed at
least 150 people and has forced more
than 32,000 people to flee to the
north-eastern city of Bunia, where
humanitarian assistance is strained.
According to the UN Office for
the Coordination of Humanitarian
Affairs, another 28,000 have also
fled from north-eastern DRC into
Uganda. There is a long history
of tensions between the Lendu
and Hema groups, whose ongoing
battles since 1999 have already killed
thousands of civilians. AP
By Jim Gomez
IN MANILA
Philippine President Rodrigo
Duterte has urged other
governments to abandon the
International Criminal Court,
saying the world tribunal, where
he is facing a possible complaint
The West Bank
Each winter, camels lope
around the moon-like desert
landscape of the lowest place
on Earth under the watchful
eyes of their Bedouin Arab
herders, in an ancient tradition
passed from father to son over
the generations.
Ali el-Guran brings his herd
of more than 100 camels from
southern Israel to the Dead Sea
every November to pasture. It’s
birthing season and this year
30 camels are pregnant.
Bedouin lifestyles have
changed dramatically in the
past few decades, with many
leaving their traditional
nomadic ways to settle in
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for the thousands of killings
of drug suspects under his
crackdown, is “rude”.
Although the Philippine
Senate has ratified the Rome
Statute that established the
International Criminal Court,
Mr Duterte said in a speech
yesterday that the treaty was
never enforced in the country
because it was not published
in the government journal as
required by law.
As a result, Mr Duterte said
the Hague tribunal can never
have jurisdiction over him, “not
in a million years”. AP
towns of southern Israel,
trading their camels for
pick-up trucks and living off
tourists instead of goat herds.
But for three months
a year, Mr El-Guran and
the other herders live as
their forefathers have for
generations.
He and the others use the
time to bond with their sons
who have come with them,
away from the distractions of
the contemporary world. They
speak to the camels in a special
language, directing them
where to graze.
It’s a simple life. There are
no modern amenities. The
herders eat mainly bread
and olive oil while drinking
thick black coffee boiled on
campfires. They sleep under
the stars, near the herd, for
weeks at a time. AP
By Oded Balilty
i MONDAY
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NORTH KOREA
Diplomat heads to Finland
for talks with US officials
A senior North Korean diplomat
who handles North American affairs
was heading to Finland yesterday
for talks with the United States and
South Korea.
Choe Kang Il’s trip comes ahead
of a possible meeting between
President Donald Trump and the
North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency
said Mr Choe was at a Beijing airport
yesterday waiting to board a flight
to Finland.
The report cited unnamed
“diplomatic sources” in Seoul as
Choe Kang Il at Capital International
Airport in Beijing yesterday REUTERS
saying Mr Choe would meet former
US diplomats, including the former
US ambassador to South Korea,
Kathleen Stephens, and South
Korean security experts. South
Korea’s foreign ministry said the
gathering would be similar to the
so-called “Track 2” dialogue that has
involved North Korean officials and
former US officials and experts. No
further details were provided.
Mr Choe was in the delegation
North Korea sent to last month’s
Winter Olympics in South Korea.
On Saturday, Sweden’s foreign
minister concluded three days of
talks in Stockholm with her North
Korean counterpart, saying they had
discussed the “opportunities and
challenges for continued diplomatic
efforts to reach a peaceful solution”
to the Koreas’ security dispute. AP
Durban
dance
moves
Isicathamiya
competitors during
a competition held in
Durban yesterday. The
Isicathamiya Festival
is held annually
and more than 100
groups compete in a
genre made known
worldwide by South
African musical group
Ladysmith Black
Mambazo. GETTY
AFGHANISTAN
Suicide bomber in school uniform injures students
An attacker dressed in a school
uniform set off a grenade amid a
group of hundreds of university
students in Afghanistan’s capital,
Kabul, yesterday, killing himself and
wounding five students.
Nasir Nadery, the district police
chief, said the attacker, who slipped
past two guards, was wearing
an explosives vest that failed to
explode properly.
The students were inside a private
school compound where they
were taking classes to prepare for
forthcoming university exams.
The attack took place in a Kabul
district dominated by ethnic Hazaras,
a Shia minority group frequently
targeted by the Sunni extremists.
No one has as yet claimed
responsibility for the attack, but it
resembled previous assaults which
have been carried out by the Isis
militant group. AP
MIDDLE EAST
AUSTRALIA
EGYPT
‘Assailant killed’
after fatal attack
Grass fires force Censors halt play
residents to flee about oppression
An Israeli was stabbed to death
in Jerusalem’s Old City yesterday
and an Israeli television station
said the suspected attacker was
shot dead.
The TV report said Turkish
identity papers were found on
the body of the alleged assailant.
Security forces said the person
was “neutralised”. An ambulance
service spokesman said a person
was stabbed in the upper body and
was in critical condition. REUTERS
Fires forced residents to flee to basketball stadiums and community
centres in the state of Victoria as dry,
hot and windy weather moved across
Australia’s south-east.
The grass fires began on Saturday
evening and burned out of control
in Victoria’s south-west, with
emergency warnings issued across
more than 45 towns by 11:30am local
time yesterday, according to the
Victoria government emergency
website. REUTERS
By Amir Shah
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Egypt’s state censors have
prohibited the performance
of a play on the day of its Cairo
premiere, saying the play cannot
be shown without the removal of
five scenes.
As a result, director Ahmed El
Attar cancelled yesterday’s and
today’s performances of Before
the Revolution, which depicts
oppression and stagnation in
Egypt before the country’s 2011
popular uprising. AP
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Women who have a child without
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magine being single, 38,
desperately wanting children
and knowing your fertility
is on the wane. Do you A:
Shower your nephews and
friends’ children with ever more
love? B: Meet someone as fast as
possible and get pregnant? Or C:
Try to get pregnant and bring up a
child alone?
Figures released last week show
the number of women choosing
option C has increased by a
third in the last two years. I am
one of them, and every day feel
grateful for my now 11-month-old
daughter Astrid.
The alternatives are very tough.
I don’t doubt that I could have
panic-dated, and settled down
with someone I wouldn’t have
considered if I didn’t want a child.
But this, to me, seems a very risky
basis for a relationship. Add in
the pressures of a baby that needs
24-hour care and it’s a great recipe
for resentment and divorce.
And while I love my nephews
hugely, it would have been a
great sadness to not try to have
children myself.
So I chose to try to become a
solo parent. I didn’t know whether
it would be possible for me, and
I feel incredibly lucky that I get
to watch my daughter discover
the world. There will be hard
moments along the way, but I
was happy to give up lie-ins and
lazy days.
I’m grateful for the friends and
family who offer me support;
who share my stories of my
daughter learning to clap, crawl
and make new sounds. Those
who I can turn to in the middle
of the night when my daughter
has a raging temperature and I
don’t know if she needs urgent
An article in the ‘Daily
Mail’ accused us of being
selfish and suggested we
should instead get a cat
medical care. I hope that they will
offer Astrid wise counsel as she
learns to navigate the world ever
more independently.
And I suspect that I will meet a
partner in the future; he will know
that I’m not in it just for his sperm.
I was saddened when I saw
the reaction to the Human
Fertilisation and Embryology
Authority figures, which show
that 1,272 women in England
registered for fertility treatment
without a partner in 2016, up
from 942 in 2014. I am one of the
1,272, which doesn’t include the
many women who go abroad
for treatment – or ask a friend
for sperm.
An article in the Daily Mail
TECHNOLOGY
‘You can feel the vehicle
thinking as it picks a course’
Is the future of motoring an electric driverless pod?
Rhiannon Williams goes for a spin in Greenwich
W
hile debates
over the merits
and safety of
driverless cars
have been raging
for years, the number of people
who have actually ridden in one
has remained relatively low
– until now.
Three autonomous electric
pods have taken up residence
along the public highways of
London’s Greenwich peninsula, the
unassuming area of land circling
the O2 Arena and bordered by
the River Thames, where they’ll
remain until the end of the month
as part of a government-backed
scheme to gauge popular reaction
to driverless vehicles.
Almost 200 members of the
public have stepped inside the
futuristic-looking pods – which
bear a strong resemblance to a
low-riding minibus, but without
the steering wheel or other
conventional driver controls –
since the trial began.
A safety steward is on standby
in case of emergencies, as per
current UK law on autonomous
vehicle testing, but this is set to
change following new guidelines
from the Department for
Transport last week, which allow
future autonomous vehicles
to operate without human
safety drivers.
Unlike many other driverless
pods, the fleet doesn’t run on a
track in a tightly-controlled test
environment; instead it steers and
reacts to the obstacles it senses,
ranging from lamp posts and bins
to buggies and joggers.
“Just a year ago, a pod would
have followed a pre-programmed
path and stopped for an obstacle,
but obstacle-avoidance technology
in the new system allows the pod
to be more free-ranging,” explains
Andy Frost, head of deployment
and trials at Westfield Sportscars’
Autonomous Vehicles, a partner on
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accused us of being selfish and
suggested we should instead get a
cat. It felt like we hadn’t moved on
in a quarter of a century from The
Sun’s 1991 front page dedicated to
Virgin Births, lambasting women
for getting pregnant alone.
I believe that it is only as selfish
as having a child within a couple
(there is nothing selfless about
choosing to procreate, even
though parenting itself involves
considering your child ahead
of yourself).
The effect of solo parenting is
being studied by the Centre for
Family Research at the University
of Cambridge, under Professor
Susan Golombok.
I’ve spoken to Dr Sophie Zadeh,
a fellow in social psychology at
Cambridge University, as part of
my research for a book on solo
mums. Unsurprisingly, she’s found
as much diversity in children of
single mothers using a sperm
donor as in more conventional
families. She says that one thing
these mothers share is being good
parents. “But that’s probably true
of all parents who use assisted
reproduction methods,” she says.
Every child born of donor sperm
or eggs is wanted – so very wanted
– and planned. Overwhelmingly,
she’s seen that solo mums are not
anti-tradition, but see this route to
parenthood as a Plan B.
Dr Zadeh has looked into
whether coming from a one-parent
family is destabilising for children.
To my relief, she told me that unlike
children of divorced parents, who
can suffer because of parental
conflict before, during or after
their parents’ divorce, and from a
drop in financial circumstances,
there is no difference between
children in one-parent and
two-parent families.
I’m glad these “just get a cat”
attitudes are now confined to
small sections of society. Luckily,
I have never felt more supported
than as a mum: by women with
conventional families who have
told me they’d have done the same
in my situation; by older women
without families who have told
me they wished they’d been brave
enough; even – occasionally – by
women with partners who have
told me they wished they’d chosen
my route because it would have
been more straightforward.
We all want a life brimming
with love. Solo parents who are
determined to provide this for
their children deserve as much
admiration as those in couples –
not scorn. Modern families come
in all shapes and sizes, but as long
as they are blended together with
love and security then children will
be in a position to thrive. I’ll always
feel grateful for option C.
the project. “You can feel the vehicle
thinking as it picks a course.”
Each pod (inset) can
accommodate three passengers on
comfortable seats, plus steward,
and navigates its way along the
3.4km route using laser LiDar,
GPS, radar and ultrasound
technology combined
with front- and rearfacing cameras,
sensors and two
blind spot units
to watch out
for “kamikaze
cyclists and
joggers”, jokes
Jim Hutchinson.
Hutchinson is
chief executive of
Fusion Processing,
the Bristol-based
company behind the pod’s
situational awareness software.
The trial is a particularly
important one because of the
open nature of the route to
walkers, runners, cyclists, small
electric vehicles clearing bins,
security vans and animals. He
believes it makes it a “more
complicated situation than an
average highway. It’s taken over
two years to get to this point. It
looks simple, but it isn’t simple.”
The pod’s sophisticated software
means that once it senses a human
walking by, it’ll match their speed
and make an effort to maintain
a distance. It’s also able to sense
humans deliberately jumping
into its path (a common
occurrence), and slow at
a rate of around 2.5m
per second. “We did
a little dance the
other evening with
a rather inebriated
lady who was
on her phone
staggering along
and the pod was
joining her,” Frost
says, laughing.
My own ride is a
mixture of smooth sailing
and speedy halts. The pod appears
overcautious in passing lamp posts,
slowing right down and crawling
past them, but has no problem
rolling past some bemused-looking
walkers at a reasonable speed.
The overall reaction from the
public has been “really positive”,
both men say, with most of the
people who’ve encountered the
pods expressing a desire to try
it themselves.
The majority of negative
feedback has come from “the
occasional irate cyclist”, says Frost.
“But you get that everywhere,
don’t you?”
There are solid precedents to
suggest that as further self-driving
systems are rolled out, people
will begin to feel comfortable with
them very quickly, Hutchinson
adds. “London’s DLR [Docklands
Light Railway], for example, has
no driver.” There will, he and Frost
claim, be a gradual change towards
people warming to the benefits
of putting their lives in the hands
of something that doesn’t drive
after it’s had a row in the morning,
or has had too much to drink, or
is on medication, may fall victim
to a heart attack or take a phone
call. For better or worse, much of
driving’s unpredictability will be
taken out of the equation.
“If the technology works,
brilliant, but if the public don’t like
it, that’s a problem,” Hutchinson
says. “We’re fairly bullish about
when the technology can do it, but
when people are ready to accept it
is a different matter entirely.”
‘Brimming with
love’: Genevieve
Roberts and her
daughter Astrid
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Are UK interest
rates going to go
up this week?
Hamish McRae selects five things
to look out for in a busy week ahead
for central banks and Brexit talks
T
his will be a week where
interest rates and
currencies will climb to
the front, though politics
retains the capacity to
surprise us all.
terms, and if so what does that say
about the morality of money?) Or
housing debt – though here the
UK looks less exposed than some
other markets.
US INTEREST RATE RISE
There will also be implications for
the UK. The Bank of England’s
monetary policy committee meets
on Thursday and the thing that
everyone will be looking for is an
indication of whether the next rise in
UK rates will be in May, as expected.
As well as the implications for the
UK housing market, there will also
be those for the pound.
For a start there will be another
rise in US interest rates after the
Federal Reserve meeting tomorrow
and on Wednesday. This will be the
first rate-setting meeting chaired
by Jerome Powell, so inevitably
there will be a focus on what he says
about it.
Do not expect any comment on the
current administration’s policies,
for that would be improper and
unwise. But do look for a signal as
to whether the Fed is likely to stick
to the present expected path of
three more rate increases this year.
Anything about the strength of the
US economy is always important.
But most telling of all will be the
reaction of the markets.
MARKET REACTION
There are several things to look for
here, and not just in America. There
is a lot of debt around in the world,
and a gradual return to normal
monetary policy means not just
higher central bank rates, but also
higher long-term rates.
Which countries, which banks,
and which segments of the
market are the most vulnerable?
For example, should we be more
concerned about high-yield bonds,
issued typically by higher-risk
borrowers? Or should we focus
more on sovereign debt? (Will
Russia still be able to borrow on the
international markets on favourable
Everyone will be waiting
for an indication of whether
the Bank of England will
raise interest rates in May
WILL THE UK FOLLOW SUIT?
BREXIT FALLOUT
But the pound’s value is not just
about interest rates, for there will
also be a key round of Brexit talks,
and the question there is simply, is a
transition deal in place? If so, expect
the pound to strengthen; if not,
expect a lurch downwards.
STATUS QUO IN CHINA?
Finally, we have a new governor
of the People’s Bank of China. The
present governor, Zhou Xiaochuan,
has been in post for 15 years. His
successor is reported to be the
deputy governor, Li Gang. If this is
confirmed, there will be a general
feeling of comfort around the world.
Chinese monetary policy has been
managed as skilfully as possible
within the wider constraints of
the Chinese political system,
and the expectation, therefore, is
that this reasonable competence
will continue.
This year China passes the
eurozone to become the world’s
second-largest monetary area,
with the effect that Chinese capital
flows have a global impact. There
is widely publicised concern over
the indebtedness of large swathes
of the economy. How that is handled
affects us all. THE INDEPENDENT
Zhou Xiaochuan is leaving his job at the helm of China’s central bank REUTERS
Television Monday 19 March
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PICK OF THE DAY
The Funeral Murders
9pm, BBC2
With Brexit pushing Northern
Ireland to the top of the news agenda
again, film-maker Vanessa Engle
visits Belfast to recall one of the
darkest chapters of the Troubles.
In March 1988, three IRA members
were shot by the SAS in Gibraltar
and, at their subsequent funeral in
Belfast, loyalist paramilitary Michael
Stone launched an attack in the
cemetery that killed three people,
including the IRA’s Kevin Brady. It
was at Brady’s funeral cortège that
two passing British Army corporals
were mistaken for loyalist
paramilitaries and beaten to death
by the crowd. Engle hears from all
sides and discovers that, 30 years on,
views have not softened.
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Britain’s Equal Pay
Scandal – Panorama
7.30pm, BBC1
As the UK’s biggest employers are
having to reveal the average wages
they pay men and women, many,
including the BBC, find themselves
in a battle over equal pay. Jane
Corbin travels across the UK to
meet the workers, from supermarket
staff and council carers to BBC
presenters fighting for equality.
===
Food Unwrapped
8.30pm, Channel 4
“Food… the supermarkets are full of
it,” announces Jimmy Doherty, as
if seized by the satirical spirit of
Chris Morris, in another insanely
enthusiastic edition of the consumer
magazine for all things edible. As
Doherty travels to an industrial
estate near Hamburg to find out
more about the off-putting white
bloom often found on chocolate,
Kate Quilton asks if bedtime teas
can really help us to sleep. It’s hard
to imagine anything helping the
hyper-active Quilton sleep, bar
removing her battery pack.
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24 Hours In Police Custody
9pm, Channel 4
The closely observed Bedfordshire
coppers this week uncover a case of
“cuckooing”, whereby criminals take
over the home of a vulnerable
person and use it as a base for
drug-dealing. The “nest” is a flat
belonging to a young woman with
learning difficulties, and the alleged
dealer is a woman already known to
the officer in charge: she happens to
be the first person he ever arrested.
===
Electric Dreams
10pm, Channel 4
A generally disappointing series
ends on something of a high with
“Kill All Others”, dramatised and
directed by Dees Rees (Mudbound)
and starring Mel Rodriguez as
Philbert, an increasingly dissident
factory worker in a one-party
pan-North American state called
MexUsCan. During an election
campaign in which there is only one
candidate (played by Vera Farmiga,
Norman’s mother in Bates Motel),
signs and subliminal messages start
appearing exhorting people to “kill
all others”. What can they mean?
6.00 The Repair Shop (R)
(S). 6.30 Holding Back
The Years (R) (S). 7.15 The
Sheriffs Are Coming (R)
(S). 8.00 Sign Zone: Hugh’s
Wild West (R) (S). 9.00
Victoria Derbyshire (S).
11.00 BBC Newsroom
Live (S). 11.30 The Week In
Parliament (S). 12.00 Daily
Politics (S). 1.00 Women’s
Six Nations Highlights (R)
(S). 1.30 Yes Chef (R) (S).
2.15 Your Home In Their
Hands (R) (S). 3.15 Planet
Earth (R) (S). 4.15 Spy In
The Wild (R) (S). 5.15 Put
Your Money Where Your
Mouth Is (R) (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 Judge Rinder (S).
3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal
(R) (S). 3.59 ITV Regional
Weather (S). 4.00 Tipping
Point (S). 5.00 The Chase
(S).
6.00 Countdown (R)
(S). 6.45 3rd Rock From
The Sun (R) (S). 7.10 3rd
Rock From The Sun
(R) (S). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
8.00 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 8.30
Frasier (R) (S). 9.35 Frasier
(R) (S). 10.05 Ramsay’s
Kitchen Nightmares USA
(R) (S). 11.00 Undercover
Boss USA (R) (S). 12.00
Channel 4 News Summary
(S). 12.05 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 1.05 Posh
Pawnbrokers (R) (S). 2.10
Countdown (S). 3.00 A
Place In The Sun: Home Or
Away (R) (S). 4.00 A New
Life In The Sun (S). 5.00
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 5.30
Star Boot Sale (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15
The Wright Stuff 11.15
Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It
Away (R) (S). 12.10 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.15 The
Gadget Show (R) (S). 1.10
Access (S). 1.15 Home And
Away (S). 1.45 Neighbours
(S). 2.20 NCIS (R) (S). 3.20
FILM: A Deadly Affair
(David Bush 2017) Thriller,
starring Valerie Azlynn
(S). 5.00 5 News At 5 (S).
5.30 Neighbours (R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads Quiz
show, hosted by
Jeremy Vine (S).
6.30 The Repair Shop
(S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks
Mandy and
Luke get ready
for their trip to
Florida (S).
6.00 Home And Away
Leah learns
the frightening
truth behind
Jasmine’s
arrival (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
7.00 Top Gear Matt
LeBlanc tests
the world’s
fastestaccelerating car
(R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street David is
sickened by the
events of last
night (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
Presented by
Matt Baker and
Alex Jones (S).
7.30 Britain’s Equal
Pay Scandal –
Panorama (S).
7.00 Anglo-Welsh
Cup Highlights
Action from the
final. Last in the
series (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Great Irish
Journeys With
Martha Kearney
Last in the
series (R) (S).
6.40 FILM: Step Up
All In (Trish Sie
2014) Dance
drama, starring
Ryan Guzman
(S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold A
pelican pushes
a boy off a pier
(R) (S).
8pm
8.00 EastEnders (S).
8.30 Classic Mary
Berry A range
of recipes for
entertaining
guests (S).
8.00 Only Connect
(S).
8.30 University
Challenge
The quarterfinal matches
continue (S).
8.00 The Kyle Files
(S).
8.30 Coronation
Street Josh
shows no
remorse for his
assault (S).
8.00 The Truth
About Your
Pay: Channel 4
Dispatches (S).
8.30 Food
Unwrapped (S).
8.00 Extreme Winter
Road Rescue A
team is called
out during
the night to
deal with an
overturned lorry.
8.00 Treasures Of
The Indus Sona
Datta examines
the artistic
legacy of the
Mughal Empire
(R) (S).
8.50 You Were
Never Really
Here Interview
Special With
director Lynne
Ramsay.
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Walden
decides to tell
Kate the truth
(R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9pm
9.00 MasterChef
Seven more
contenders
compete in
the cookery
challenge (S).
9.00 The Funeral
Murders The
deadly series
of events
connecting
two funerals in
Belfast in 1988.
9.00 Marcella The
horrifying
truth about the
scale of the
killer’s crimes is
revealed (S).
9.00 24 Hours In
Police Custody
(S).
9.00 Panic At 30,000
Feet: Airline
Emergency
Exploring what
happens when
flights lose
control (S).
9.00 The Art Of Spain
The golden
age of Spanish
painting (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Thor
(Kenneth
Branagh
2011) Fantasy
adventure,
starring Chris
Hemsworth (S).
9.00 Family Guy
Stewie is
examined
by a child
psychologist (S).
9.30 American Dad!
(S).
10pm
10.00BBC News (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.45 Imagine –
Andrew Lloyd
Webber:
Memories (S).
10.00QI With Aisling
Bea, Joe Lycett
and David
Mitchell (R) (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At Ten
(S).
10.35 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.50 100 Years
Younger In 21
Days (R) (S).
10.00Electric
Dreams: Kill All
Others Last in
the series (S).
10.00Armed And
Deadly: Police
UK Following
operations
carried out by
the UK’s armed
police officers.
10.00Mary
Magdalene:
Art’s Scarlet
Woman (R) (S).
11.15 Pilgrimage:
The Road To
Santiago Seven
celebrities
tackle a
medieval
pilgrimage (R).
11.45 The Kyle Files
Jeremy Kyle
investigates
people’s rising
obsession with
how they look
(R) (S).
11.05 One Killer
Punch
Documentary
exploring
deadly single
hits (R) (S).
11.00 The X-Files
Mulder
and Scully
investigate a
brutal animal
attack on a little
boy (S).
11.00 Mothers,
Murderers And
Mistresses:
Empresses Of
Ancient Rome
Last in the
series (R) (S).
11.15 FILM: Wish
I Was Here
(Zach Braff
2014) Premiere.
Comedy drama,
starring Zach
Braff (S).
11.00 Family Guy (R)
(S).
11.30 American Dad!
(R) (S).
11.55 Plebs (R) (S).
12.15 Sign Zone: Taking
On Putin – Panorama
(R) (S). 12.45 Sign Zone:
Countryfile (R) (S). 1.40
Sign Zone: Imagine –
Philip Pullman: Angels
And Daemons (R) (S). 2.40
This Is BBC Two (S).
12.15 Jackpot247 3.00 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
3.55 ITV Nightscreen 5.05
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
12.05 Seven Year Switch (R).
1.00 One Born Every Minute
(R). 1.55 World Of Weird (R).
2.50 The Question Jury (R).
3.45 Coast Vs Country (R)
(S). 4.35 Location, Location,
Location (R). 5.35 Food
Unwrapped (R) (S).
12.00 Traffic Cops: On The
Edge (R) (S). 12.55 Britain’s
Greatest Bridges (S). 1.15
SuperCasino (S). 3.10
Police Interceptors (R) (S).
4.00 Tribal Teens (R) (S).
4.45 House Doctor (R) (S).
5.10 House Busters (R) (S).
12.00 Treasures Of
Ancient Greece (R) (S). 1.00
Top Of The Pops: 1982 (R)
(S). 1.30 Top Of The Pops:
1982 (R) (S). 2.00 A History
Of Art In Three Colours (R)
(S). 3.00 The Art Of Spain
(R) (S). 4.00 Close
1.25 FILM: I, Frankenstein
(Stuart Beattie 2014)
Fantasy adventure,
starring Aaron Eckhart (S).
3.15 Close
12.30 Two And A Half Men
(R) (S). 12.55 Two And A
Half Men (R) (S). 1.25 Ibiza
Weekender (R) (S). 2.25
Teleshopping 5.55 ITV2
Nightscreen
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 (R) (S). 3.45
Money For Nothing (S).
4.30 Flog It! (R) (S). 5.15
Pointless (R) (S).
6pm
11pm
Late
12.15 Have I Got A Bit
More Old News For You (R)
(S). 1.00 BBC News (S).
Vera Farmiga appears
in ‘Electric Dreams’
10pm, Channel 4
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s
life and work are the
focus of an extra-long
edition of ‘Imagine’
10.45pm, BBC1
Jimmy Doherty gives
us ‘Food Unwrapped’
8.30pm, 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 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 8.55 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 9.25 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show
(R) (S). 10.20 The Bachelor
(R) (S). 12.15 Emmerdale
(R) (S). 12.45 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 1.15
Coronation Street (R) (S).
1.45 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (S). 2.35 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 3.45 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
4.55 Judge Rinder (R) (S).
6.00 Take Me
Out A hotel
receptionist, a
construction
worker and a
model take part
(R) (S).
10.00Action Team (S).
10.35 Family Guy
Brian leads
a protest
against a new
superstore (R)
(S).
NEWS
2-27
===
Imagine – Andrew Lloyd
Webber: Memories
10.45pm, BBC1
The musical theatre impresario is
given an unusually long, 90-minute
Alan Yentob film to help celebrate
his 70th birthday, a milestone he has
also marked by writing the first
volume of his memoirs. “Andrew
Lloyd Webber… the most boring
person I’ve ever written about,” he
says disarmingly but then Evita, The
Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ
Superstar are hard acts to follow. The
best bit is the early life in shabby
post-war South Kensington and
colourful relatives like the aunt who
wrote a “gay cookbook”, along with
the teenage suicide attempt and the
early struggles with lyricist Tim
Rice, who contributes here.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
FILM OF THE DAY
===
8pm, Sky Cinema Select
(Jordan Peele, 2017)
“Do they know I’m black?” Chris
(Daniel Kaluuya, left) asks his white
girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams),
before he is taken to meet her rich
parents at their fancy house. “Should
they?” she replies, and much of the
squirmy unease of this satirical
horror-comedy turns on the answers
to these questions. Rose’s family and
their servants seem so welcoming
of Chris at first but their behaviour
becomes increasingly inappropriate,
micro-aggressions become major
aggressions, and Peele’s Oscarwinning script brilliantly modulates
the escalation of Chris’s interior state
from mild social discomfort to fullblown paranoia to justified terror.
11.15pm, Film4
(Zach Braff, 2014)
Braff’s comedy-drama is about about
fathers and sons, death and grief, and
how to get through life without ever
feeling like you know what you’re
doing. There are enough sincere
moments and good jokes to stop
it being mawkish.
Get Out
Wish I Was Here
===
St Elmo’s Fire
12am, Sky Cinema Drama
(Joel Schumacher, 1985)
The quintessential Brat Pack movie is
a soapy ensemble piece about a group
of friends (Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson,
Ally Sheedy et al) mismanaging their
1980s aspirational lifestyles, love
affairs and post-college hangovers.
Radio
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S). 7.00
Rules Of Engagement (R)
(S). 8.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 8.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
9.00 New Girl (R) (S). 9.30
New Girl (R) (S). 10.00 2
Broke Girls (R) (S). 11.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) (S).
11.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 12.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 1.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 1.30 The Big
Bang Theory (R) (S). 2.00
How I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 2.30 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 3.00 New
Girl (R) (S). 3.30 New Girl
(R) (S). 4.00 Brooklyn NineNine (R) (S). 4.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 5.30 The
Goldbergs (R) (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.30 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 10.30 A
Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (R) (S). 11.35 Four In
A Bed (R) (S). 12.05 Four
In A Bed (R) (S). 12.35 Four
In A Bed (R) (S). 1.05 Four
In A Bed (R) (S). 1.40 Four
In A Bed (R) (S). 2.10 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 2.40
Come Dine With Me (R)
(S). 3.15 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 3.50 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 4.20 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 4.50 A
Place In The Sun: Home Or
Away (R) (S). 5.55 A Place
In The Sun: Home Or Away
(R) (S).
6.00 Monkey Life (R)
(S). 6.30 Monkey Life (R)
(S). 7.00 RSPCA Animal
Rescue (R) (S). 7.30 RSPCA
Animal Rescue (R) (S). 8.00
Motorway Patrol (R) (S).
8.30 Motorway Patrol (R)
(S). 9.00 Road Wars (R) (S).
10.00 Warehouse 13 (R) (S).
11.00 Forever (R) (S). 12.00
NCIS: Los Angeles (R) (S).
1.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S).
2.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S).
3.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
(S). 4.00 Stargate SG-1 (R)
(S). 5.00 The Simpsons (R)
(S). 5.30 Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 The Guest Wing (R)
(S). 7.00 Storm City (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 Micro Monsters With
David Attenborough (R) (S).
2.30 Micro Monsters With
David Attenborough (R) (S).
3.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
4.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.00 House (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory Howard
tries to win
back Bernadette
(R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
Noel treats a
shih-tzu with
severe arthritis
in its hip (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama Part
one of four (R)
(S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Chief Wiggum
enforces a
curfew (R) (S).
6.00 House The
medic treats
an agoraphobic
refusing to
leave his home
(R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote A former
jewel thief is
accused of
murder (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks
Damon and
Brody prepare
for Maggie’s
funeral (S).
7.30 My Hotter Half
(S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A couple who
built a lightfilled glass
pavilion (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
With the guest
voice of Dolly
Parton (R).
7.30 The Simpsons
Homer changes
his name (R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A couple are
murdered in the
street (R) (S).
8.00 Lewis A college
master is found
dead at the
university’s
astronomical
observatory (R)
(S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.30 Young Sheldon
The youngster
fears solid food
after choking on
a sausage (R) (S).
8.00 FILM:
Ghostbusters II
(Ivan Reitman
1989) Comedy,
starring Bill
Murray.
8.00 Blue Bloods
Jackie goes
undercover as
an escort (R) (S).
9.00 Made In Chelsea
Mimi uncovers
more rumours
of Harry’s
inappropriate
behaviour (S).
9.00 Car SOS The
team restores
a 1962 Mini
Cooper (R) (S).
9.00 Hotspots: On
The Frontline
10.00DCI Banks Part
one of two.
The detective
is linked to a
murder victim
(R) (S).
10.00Five Star Hotel
A surprise
celebrity joins
the team (S).
10.00Million Pound
Mega Yachts
Documentary
about the
Monaco Yacht
Show (R) (S).
10.05 A League Of
Their Own The
best moments
from the latest
series of the
comedy quiz (R)
(S).
10.00Last Week
Tonight With
John Oliver
10.35 Our Cartoon
President (R).
11.00 DCI Banks Part
two of two. The
detective breaks
the news of
Roy’s death to
his parents (R)
(S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E Police
suspect a
patient is
concealing a
weapon (R) (S).
11.00 The Force: Essex
Police are called
to a mass brawl
in Southendon-Sea (R) (S).
11.10 Real Time With
Bill Maher The
comedian and
guests discuss
the week’s
events (R).
12.05 Scott & Bailey (R) (S).
1.00 Scott & Bailey (R) (S).
1.55 ITV3 Nightscreen 2.30
Teleshopping
12.00 First Dates (R) (S).
1.05 Five Star Hotel (R)
(S). 2.05 Made In Chelsea
(R) (S). 3.00 Tattoo Fixers
(R) (S). 3.55 First Dates
Abroad (R) (S). 4.20 Rules
Of Engagement (R) (S). 5.00
Rude(ish) Tube (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 Car SOS (R) (S). 2.05
The Madness Of Bedlam:
A Time Team Special (R)
(S). 3.10 8 Out Of 10 Cats
Uncut (R) (S). 3.45 Close
12.00 Ross Kemp: Extreme
World (R) (S). 1.00 Brit
Cops: Rapid Response (R)
(S). 2.00 Most Shocking (R)
(S). 3.00 The Force: Essex
(R) (S). 4.00 It’s Me Or The
Dog (R) (S). 5.00 Futurama
(R) (S).
12.20 Crashing (R). 12.55
Divorce (R) (S). 1.30 Here
And Now (R) (S). 2.40
Dexter (R) (S). 4.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 5.00 The
West Wing (R) (S).
ONDEMAND
Netflix
More movie actors, including
Jane Fonda and Kenneth
Branagh, are interviewed.
Sneaky Pete
Amazon Prime
The return of con artist Marius
Josipovic as he assumes the
identity of a former cellmate.
Being Blacker
BBC iPlayer
Intimate documentary about
Brixton legend “Blacker Dread”
and the wider black experience.
6am Dotty 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target
9.02 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Twin B 1am Radio 1’s
Drum & Bass Show With Rene
LaVice 3.00 1Xtra Playlists
4.00 Twin B
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 4 LW
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 The 8th With Charlie
Sloth 11.00 Huw Stephens 1am
Radio 1’s Drum & Bass Show
With Rene LaVice 3.00 Radio
1’s Specialist Chart With Phil
Taggart 4.00 Radio 1’s Early
Breakfast Show With Adele
Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 The Blues Show With Paul
Jones 8.00 Jo Whiley 10.00 Six
Decades Of British Soul 11.00
Jools Holland 12mdn’t Johnnie
Walker’s Sounds Of The 70s
2.00 Radio 2’s Jazz Playlist
3.00 Radio 2 Playlists: Great
British Songbook 4.00 Radio
2 Playlists: Hidden Treasures
5.00 Vanessa Feltz
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. With Petroc
Trelawny. 9.00 Essential
Classics. 12noon Composer
Of The Week: Debussy.
Donald Macleod looks at the
beginnings of Debussy’s career
as a composer. 1.00 News 1.02
Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert.
Stile Antico perform works by
Byrd, Tallis and others. 2.00
Afternoon Concert. Penny
Gore showcases some of the
Ulster Orchestra’s most recent
recordings. 5.00 In Tune. Music
and arts news. 7.00 In Tune
Mixtape. An eclectic non-stop
mix of music. 7.30 Radio 3 In
Concert. Daniil Trifonov plays
Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto
No 1 with the LPO. 10.00 Free
Thinking Festival. 10.45 The
Free Thinking Essay. 11.00
Jazz Now. 12.30am Through
The Night.
9.45am Daily Service 12.01pm
Shipping Forecast 5.54
Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am A Charles Paris Mystery:
An Amateur Corpse 6.30 The
Body Of Art 7.00 Winston
In Love 7.30 Just A Minute
8.00 Hancock’s Half Hour
8.30 Flywheel, Shyster And
Flywheel 9.00 We’ve Been
Here Before 9.30 King Street
Junior 10.00 The Raj Quartet
11.00 Short Works: The World
Of Somerset Maugham 11.15
Tommies 12noon Hancock’s
Half Hour 12.30 Flywheel,
Shyster And Flywheel 1.00
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Amateur Corpse 1.30 The
Body Of Art 2.00 The Norfolk
Mystery 2.15 Laurence
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Home 2.30 The Old Curiosity
Shop 2.45 The North (and
Almost Everything In It) 3.00
The Raj Quartet 4.00 We’ve
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Street Junior 5.00 Winston In
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The Destruction Factor 6.30
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6am Today 9.00 Start The
Week 9.45 Keywords For Our
Time 10.00 Woman’s Hour
11.00 The Expressing Room
11.30 Ayres On The Air 12noon
News 12.04 Home Front 12.15
You And Yours 12.57 Weather
1.00 The World At One 1.45
Book Of The Week: The Wood
2.00 The Archers 2.15 Drama:
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3.00 Brain Of Britain 3.30
The Food Programme 4.00
The Art Of Now: Return To
Catalonia 4.30 The Digital
Human 5.00 PM 5.57 Weather
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Just A Minute. With Shappi
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Clary and Paul Merton. 7.00
The Archers. Justin calls in a
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programme. 7.45 Based On
A True Story. By Delphine de
Vigan. 8.00 Double-Talk 8.30
Analysis. David Baker examines
the effects of smartphones on
teenagers. 9.00 Aftermath. Alan
Dein examines a 1999 attack on
London’s gay community. 9.30
Start The Week. With Bettany
Hughes and Stephen Walsh.
10.00 The World Tonight. With
Ritula Shah. 10.45 Book At
Bedtime: Reservoir 13. By Jon
McGregor. 11.00 Something
Of The Night. Chat show,
presented by Libby Purves.
11.30 Today In Parliament.
Presented by Susan Hulme.
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12.30 Book Of The Week: The
Wood 12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As BBC World Service
5.20 Shipping Forecast 5.30
News Briefing 5.43 Prayer For
The Day 5.45 Farming Today
5.58 Tweet Of The Day
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
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Model, actor,
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Rhythm and Blues
Orchestra, chatting
about her careers
and playing a
selection of her
favourite music.
A Good Read 7.00 Hancock’s
Half Hour 7.30 Flywheel,
Shyster And Flywheel 8.00
A Charles Paris Mystery: An
Amateur Corpse 8.30 The
Body Of Art 9.00 Short Works:
The World Of Somerset
Maugham 9.15 Tommies 10.00
Comedy Club: Just A Minute
10.30 Comedy Club: A Short
Gentleman 11.00 Comedy
Club: The Now Show 11.30
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Destruction Factor 12.30 A
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1.30 The Body Of Art 2.00 The
Norfolk Mystery 2.15 Laurence
Llewelyn-Bowen’s History Of
Home 2.30 The Old Curiosity
Shop 2.45 The North (and
Almost Everything In It) 3.00
The Raj Quartet 4.00 We’ve
Been Here Before 4.30 King
Street Junior 5.00 Winston In
Love 5.30 Just A Minute
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
The Emma Barnett Show With
Anna Foster 1pm Afternoon
Edition 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00 5
Live Sport: The Monday Night
Club 9.00 5 Live Sport: 5 Live
Rugby 10.00 Flintoff, Savage
And The Ping Pong Guy 10.30
Phil Williams 1am Up All Night
5.00 Morning Reports 5.15
Wake Up To Money
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Jane Jones features the work
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h my God, what
happened – did
you crash? Are
you OK?”
I had just
walked in from my latest driving
lesson. After a several years of
watching me walk into tables, trip
over random objects and drop
literally everything, my partner
probably spends the majority of
my hour-long sessions praying for
my survival.
“I got fired,” I hang my head.
“My driving instructor fired me”.
During my second lesson, while
I was flailing around trying to shift
gears, my instructor asked me if I
had dyspraxia. I said yes, but that
I wasn’t sure how much it affected
me. At the end of the lesson,
she broke it to me that I would
probably never drive a manual
car. I would need to start learning
on an automatic if I were to have
any chance of passing my test.
I was diagnosed with dyspraxia
aged 10, after being assessed
by an educational psychologist.
My mother had first suspected
something might be wrong when
I was much younger. She’d always
been mystified, she tells me, as to
how other parents could afford to
clothe their daughters in woolly
tights when I went through three
or four pairs a week – constantly
falling over and cutting my knees.
There were other signs, too:
my handwriting was practically
illegible, my hands and feet
flapped about when I ran and I
was extremely sensitive to certain
clothing textures and itchy labels
to the point where it caused me
significant distress.
Teachers noticed that my
motor
Having dyspraxia makes navigating
everyday tasks – such as driving – a lot
more complicated. But the disorder is not
insurmountable, writes ElsaVulliamy
at t a i n m e n t i n s c h o o l wa s
negatively disproportionate to
my intelligence level and while
many assumed I was simply
refusing to apply myself, my
mother knew that I was studious
and consistently eager to please
– whatever was preventing me
from excelling was not within
my control.
MovementMatters,anumbrella
organisation representing people
in the UK with co-ordination
difficulties, defines dyspraxia as
a “common disorder affecting fine
and/or gross motor coordination
in children and adults” and
acknowledges that it “may affect
participation and functioning of
everyday life skills in education,
work and employment”.
Dyspraxia manifests differently
in everyone, but most will have
difficulties with physical coordination and motor skills: I
usually describe it to others as a
disconnect between my brain and
my body.
While I can, obviously, move my
body and make it do things, I’ve
never been able to do so as well as
everybody else. It’s not that I don’t
see trip hazards, or tables waiting
to be walked into, I just can’t quite
seem to navigate myself around
them the way others do.
The Dyspraxia Foundation,
a charity that aims to improve
awareness of dyspraxia in the
UK, has expanded the definition,
recognising “non-motor
difficulties that may also be
experienced by people with the
condition and which can have a
significant impact on daily life
activities. These include memory,
perception and processing as
well as additional problems with
planning, organising and carrying
out movements in the right order
in everyday situations”.
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Elsa Vulliamy’s
dyspraxia meant
that she struggled
to follow even the
simplest set of
instructions
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S i n ce c h i l d h o o d , I h ave
struggled to follow even the
simplest set of instructions, as
dyspraxia makes any sort of
sequence difficult to follow. I’ve
had a coffee machine in my house
for more than a year that I still
can’t use and I am exiled from the
world of flat-pack furniture. I have
to leave hours to get ready in the
mornings, because even following
a set of instructions I have given
myself (“I’ll make a piece of toast,
then a cup of tea and then I’ll put
my shoes on”) can be challenging.
And now there’s the driving. As
the Dyspraxia Foundation puts it,
for someone like me “to be able
to steer a car, concentrate, judge
distance, use both hands and feet
together and remember how to
carry out a sequence of tasks all at
the same time is very daunting”.
In the past, I have adapted to
overcome the difficulties that my
dyspraxia has brought me, but
when it came to driving a manual
car I felt out of my depth.
For the first couple of lessons,
I hoped I would adapt to driving
as I had to other tasks – that I
would find ways to overcome my
difficulties. But my instructor
encouraged me to take my
disorder seriously and suggested
that when it came to driving a car
it was best I began to accept it as
a serious and disabling condition.
Her words shocked me, and I
was later surprised to hear other
instructors on the phone describe
my dyspraxia as a “disability” or an
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“access need” that would require
special attention. While I’m aware
of my diagnosis, it has never
occurred to me that I might be
considered disabled. I have learnt
to work around the symptoms, to
the point where I feel able to live
an almost completely normal life.
My experiences demonstrate
the importance of diagnosis.
Dyspraxic children very often
struggle in school. Even the most
intelligent dyspraxic may find that
they simply cannot process what
is going on in the classroom, and
will often be scolded by teachers
I’v
ve had a coffee
machine in my house
for more than a year
that I still can’t use
for their messy handwriting,
apparent inability to follow simple
instructions and consistent failure
to meet expected grade targets.
Research from the Dyspraxia
Foundation shows that 69 per cent
of teachers have not received any
specific training to help identify
the disorder in students, and the
consequences can be dire: “Delays
in accessing professional support
mean children with dyspraxia
are at risk of underachievement,
low self-esteem, anxiety and
depression.” Sophie Kayani, a
parent and chairwoman of the
foundation, says: “Children have
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been dismissed as lazy or naughty,
when in fact they have been
working very hard to try to keep
up with their peers.”
In adulthood, these issues
can persist – with dyspraxic
adults struggling at work and in
higher education, as well with
the learning of important skills
such as driving. My experience
with driving has taught me how
important it is to remain aware of
my difficulties, and to ask for help
when needed.
For dyspraxics thinking about
learning to drive, it is important
to be realistic about what you
might need to help you overcome
your difficulties and pass your
test. As well as choosing to learn
on an automatic, the Dyspraxia
Foundation suggests fitting extra
wing mirrors if required, for
easier parking and reversing, as
well as taking extra time to plan
your route and taking frequent
breaks to help concentration.
I’ve now started having driving
lessons in an automatic car and
I already feel confident that
my motoring days are not over.
Eliminating the gear-shift from
the equation has meant that I
have fewer tasks to complete at
one time, which is easier for me
in terms of physical co-ordination
and mental processing. As a result,
I now have more time to focus
hard on following the important
sequences (mirror checks, and so
on) required for driving and feel
much happier behind the wheel.
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s I lie back in a wooden tub filled with
beer, I ponder the
otherworldliness of
Iceland, the land of
trolls and Northern Lights and
unforgettable landscapes. I am
soaking in a bath of beer and fresh
mountain water infused with
hops, yeast and essential oils.
Outside, two larger tubs overlook
the mountains, Eyjafjord and Hrisey Island. Relaxation is assisted
by Kaldi, a local brew that is quite
literally on tap beside me.
The Bjórböðin Beer Spa, which
opened in the north coast village
of Árskógssandi last summer,
claims that “young” beer is good
for hair and skin. Wellness is a
common theme in the far north,
where Icelanders tell me that
bathing and being outdoors is
good for mental wellbeing. This is
particularly resonant in a country
that’s shrouded by darkness and
cloaked in snow for much of the
winter. The beer spa is just one
of the quirky attractions in this
less-travelled part of the country,
now accessible on direct charter
flights from the UK to the harbour town of Akureyri.
Geothermal pools provide a
more traditional bathing experience so, from Bjórböðin, I travel
south-east to the natural baths at
Lake Mývatn, northern Iceland’s
answer to the tourist-packed
Blue Lagoon. Silica and natural
minerals in the water are said to
nourish the skin, but that’s not
the only draw for visiting these
hot pools.
The temperature is sub-zero
but the water is a balmy 36°C
to 40°C, the contrast reputedly
health-bolstering. I certainly feel
invigorated as I make a dash from
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The raw beauty of northern Iceland
is now more accessible, as
BexBastablediscovers
the lagoon to the steam room. The
panoramic views of the mountainous, lava-sculpted landscape
certainly add to the sensory experience. It is so striking, a battle
scene from Game of Thrones was
filmed here. Fortunately, there’s
no sign of the Army of the Undead
as I sip a cold glass of sparkling
wine while taking a long soak in
the mineral-rich waters.
Nearby at the Dimmuborgir
lava formations, a guide encourages me to spot trolls’ faces in the
rocks. These mythical creatures
loom large in Icelandic culture.
It’s worth asking a local to tell
you the tale of mythical giantess
Grýla – who seeks out naughty
Humpback
whales can
often be
spotted in
the fjords and
out at sea
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children – and her offspring the
mischievous Yule Lads, who leave
gifts in well-behaved children’s
shoes before Christmas, or potatoes if they’ve been bad.
After quite a lot of relaxing,
it’s time to get active. Dettifoss
is the most powerful waterfall in
Europe, but to get there I have to
hike. This means being kitted out
In the far north,
Icelanders say being
outdoors is good for
mental wellbeing
with crampons in order to tackle
the frozen, volcanic landscape of
Vatnajökull National Park, which
is also home to Europe’s largest
glacier outside the Arctic. It is
worth the effort to see the monster in action, with 500 cubic metres of water thundering into a
canyon every second.
About a 25-minute drive north
of Akureyri, on the shores of Eyjafjord, is the fishing village of
Hauganes. From here, I board a
traditional oak fishing boat for a
whale-watching trip out on the
fjord. To combat the icy wind, I
am presented with a boiler suit to
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wear – not particularly fetching,
but it does the job. Sailing north,
we are surrounded by snowdraped mountains and it’s not
long before we are joined by two
humpback whales which come to
the surface to greet us, spraying
water into the air. We are transfixed as the pair accompany the
boat for a memorable half-hour.
Back in Hauganes, I visit Baccala Bar, which serves traditional
salted cod, and neighbouring fish
factory Ektafiskur. Both are run
by the charismatic Elvar Reykjalin, who demonstrates the traditional way to fillet and prepare
salt cod – covering it in salt for
several days and then hanging it
to dry.
Less appetising is the Icelandic delicacy of fermented shark,
which is cured in a sandy hole then
hung to dry for several months,
but home-made schnapps helps to
wash it down. The fresh cod and
chips at Baccala Bar is a welcome
treat after such a peculiar taste.
Although not unique to northern Iceland, the Northern Lights
tend to top the wish lists of most
visitors and when they make
an appearance in the skies over
Akureyri, I’m thrilled. It is around
9pm when I wrap up and venture
out of town on a mini-bus – the
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I don’t have to go far to see the
natural phenomenon. After less
than half an hour of aurora hunting, the night sky is suddenly filled
with dancing strobes of white and
green light.
It is entrancing, like nothing
I’ve seen before. I stay and watch
in awe for about an hour, trying
to capture photographs on my
phone, in an attempt to take a
little bit of the magic of northern
Iceland home with me.
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handsome men of His Picture in Little
(2017) are captured, in three different
places, at three different times, in the
same frame of film. Time travel has
taken place, giving us three possible
versions of the present, just as
Whishaw, Dillane and Warner each
offered three possible versions of the
same character and the same text.
His Picture in Little is the smallest
work in an unprecedented triple hit
for Dean, who this spring is honoured
in three loosely themed exhibitions:
Portrait at the National Portrait Gal-
She lures her
subjects in front of the
lens as if it were a trap,
then takes her time
lery, Still Life at the National Gallery
and (opening mid May) Landscape at
the Royal Academy.
Dean is a trickster and a game
player, so of course, having elected
these themes, does all she can to
subvert them. For Still Life – a free
display at the National Gallery – she
has selected paintings from the collection, which are shown alongside
three of her film works.
Subjects include the head of St
John the Baptist on a plate, an early
16th-century picture of a sparrowhawk by Jacopo de’ Barbari (arguably
a portrait, but of a bird) and a pleasing arrangement of excavated Saxon
grave goods pictured on a rock in a
landscape by Thomas Robert Guest.
Portrait is, on the surface, rather
more straightforward. In chambers
leading off a gallery lined with
photographs of Cy Twombly’s
studio are eight filmed portraits
of notable cultural figures from
the last century. The artists David
Hockney, Cy Twombly, Mario Merz,
Claes Oldenburg and Julie Mehretu;
the poet Michael Hamburger;
actor David Warner and, most
magnificently, the dancer and
choreographer Merce Cunningham.
With the exception of Mehretu,
Dean’s subjects here are all elderly
white men which one might take as a
pointed portrait of the 20th-century
cultural canon. They are pictured
late in their working lives, hands and
minds steeped in decades of creative practice, occupied with the odd
business of creativity. Oldenburg arranges objects on a set of shelves that
he dusts with a paintbrush. Hockney
smokes cigarettes and works on portraits of his own. We see Warner exercising his imagination, acting for us
as though in the exquisite presence
of a hummingbird (which, in the finished film, he is).
On six screens, arranged so that
only three can be seen at one time,
Cunningham appears performing to
John Cage’s composition 4’33”. Cage
was both Cunningham’s lover and his
close creative collaborator. 4’33” is a
work in three movements for any instrument or combination thereof: the
performers are simply instructed not
to play for the duration specified in
the title of the piece. Cunningham is
seen performing a non-performance,
subtly changing his seated position in
a chair twice in each film to reflect the
three movements of the composition.
Hamburger we meet out in his
apple orchard, in which he has two
trees germinated from the pips of
spectacular dark red fruits grown by
his friend Ted Hughes. Shot on 16mm
colour film, we receive every fluctuation of the weather as an event: the
sun dipping behind a cloud sucks colour from the screen like an eclipse.
Images at the exhibitions include
(clockwise from main) Julie Mehretu;
‘Ideas for Sculpture in a Setting’;
‘His Picture in Little’; David Hockney
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Gusts of wind shatter the leaves
against one another.
In this, and perhaps in each of
these works, Dean invites us into the
poet’s realm of close looking, doubling and coincidence. We become
sensitive not just to details but to the
qualities of things: the texture of light
at a given moment; tiny shifts in the
folds of a face; rustling sounds.
Dean is resolutely an artist moving forward. None of her acclaimed
works from the 1990s is included
here. Yet she is also one who looks
constantly to the past: both Portrait
and Still Life argue for the pleasure
to be derived from paying careful attention to often-overlooked subjects
(old people, still life paintings) and
the rewards offered by analogue film,
a medium that has become moribund
within the artist’s working life.
Besides its particular qualities of
sound, colour, clarity and light, working with film is, for Dean, a high-risk
strategy that ensures either that
her every gesture as an artist is meticulously plotted, or that the risk
of failure weighs heavy on the embrace of chance. In the photo series
GAETA (2015) the risk comes in the
responsibility the artist feels toward
the material itself: the images are
printed on the last available batch of
Cibachrome photographic paper.
In His Picture in Little and Providence (the portrait of Warner with the
hummingbird), the risk comes from
Dean’s own technique. A series of 3D
printed “masks” are applied to the aperture of her camera, exposing only
portions of the film at each time. The
film is wound back and a different segment exposed at a different time, in a
different place. In our digital era, CGI
and montage techniques make the inclusion of disparate elements within
the same frame so simple we barely
give it a second thought. Why, then,
fuss around with film in this way?
In part there’s simple virtuosity –
a technical flourish. In part, there is
an undertone of economy: Dean is
exploiting her now precious material
to the maximum, compacting three
separate images into each frame. The
risk itself plays a role too – will she
capture a wild hummingbird in fleeting close up, just as we read Warner’s
face imagining its presence? Will the
three actors in His Picture in Little
turn or smile at the same celluloid
moment? What if the camera fails?
Months of work will be lost.
In Michael Hamburger, the poet
reads aloud lines written on the
death of Ted Hughes. The opening
describes the glow of a hazy half
moon, apt light for the huntress, Artemis: “delicate as a cat/ In her art
of killing, self-contained as a cat,/
Adored for that, seducer to sacrifice.”
These lines ring true for Dean, too.
In her role as portraitist, she lures
her subjects in front of the lens as if
it were a trap, then takes her time,
waiting patiently for the unguarded self to appear. She seduces us
delicately in turn: these portraits in
which so little seems to happen can
evoke fidgety discomfort. We think
we are watching something simple
and still, and yet these films nag and
nag at us. They are restless, hard to
pin down, like the creative act itself.
National Portrait Gallery, London, to
28 May; National Gallery, London, to
28 May; Royal Academy, London,
19 May to 12 August. ‘His Picture
in Little’ is shown as part of the
National Portrait Gallery’s
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The weekend’s
television
BY JEFF ROBSON
Sun-kissed feelgood
nostalgia makes a
welcome return
» The Durrells ITV, Sunday 8pm
» The Good Karma Hospital ITV, Sunday 9pm
I
f your Sunday was somewhat
stressful – DIY disasters, a
fraught lunch with the rellies
or just a general “back to work
tomorrow” malaise – ITV had a
double dose of feelgood evening
telly to send you to bed with a
warm glow.
Two of its biggest ratings
winners returned, and both proved
that there’s nothing wrong with
formulaic drama. Providing, of
course, that it’s well-written, acted
and directed and throws a few
surprises into the mix.
First up was The Durrells,
returning for a third outing and
opening with another gorgeous
tracking shot of Corfu bathed in
sunlight as 1930s widow Louisa
Durrell (Keeley Hawes) wrote a
letter home, handily bringing us
up to date on the past and current
eccentricities of her four children.
The main story thread in the
opener was the acquisition by
Leslie (Callum Woodhouse) of
three girlfriends (“I’m making up
for all the time when I didn’t have
any!”) – all unaware of each others’
existence until the rest of the family
invited their personal favourites to
tea on the same Sunday.
There was equal fun to be had
as Margo (Daisy Waterstone)
announced her latest passion was
soap sculpture; Josh O’Connor’s
self-obsessed novelist Larry
was pondering his publisher’s
suggestion of adopting a
pseudonym (“I’m thinking of
Simon Nye has kept
the stories’ earthy
tone and sense of
eternal childhood
Hieronymous Sloop or Tom
Orange”); and, of course, Gerry
(Milo Parker), whose trilogy of
memoirs inspired the series, was
still busily acquiring specimens of
every animal on the island, much to
his mother’s exasperation.
Simon Nye has done an excellent
job of embellishing the original
stories, keeping their earthy tone
(I found some of the one-liners and
innuendos quite near the knuckle
for pre-watershed), rich supporting
cast and sense of eternal childhood.
Though a subplot about the
post-natal depression of Florence
(Lucy Black), the local doctor’s
wife, was a reminder that expat life
in the pre-war era wasn’t always a
bed of roses.
But the general mood was as
sunny as the landscapes lovingly
Daisy Waterstone and Keeley Hawes
in the third series of ‘The Durrells’
shot by director Roger Goldby. The
ensemble cast are all excellent –
O’Connor brings the pretentious
but endearing Larry to life so
perfectly it’s hard to believe he was
also the dour, conflicted Yorkshire
sheep farmer in God’s Own Country.
And best of all, for anyone who’s
read the books, is the knowledge
that Nye still has some of the best
stories in reserve.
The Good Karma Hospital was
an equally adept mix of drama,
comedy and gobsmackingly
beautiful scenery – in this case
India’s Kerala coast (though it’s
actually filmed in Sri Lanka), where
transplanted doctor Ruby Walker
(Amrita Acharia) has decided
to stay on at The Best Exotic
Marigold Casualty Ward and this
week faced her first night shift.
Naturally, all went far from
smoothly, with a power cut and
a tricky bit of appendix surgery
to deal with. But it yielded the
opportunity for more valuable
advice from Amanda Redman’s
stern-but-saintly mentor Dr
Fonseca, and more “will they/won’t
they” banter with James Krishna
Floyd’s haughty surgeon Dr Varma.
When the series debuted last
year, I felt it ticked the “feelgood
drama” boxes a bit too slickly. But
several million viewers clearly
disagree. Writer Dan Sefton (a fulltime doctor until the success of this
and other projects such as Trust
Me and Delicious forced him to give
up the day job) has fleshed out his
characters nicely and brought a
genuine sense of the unending
drama that hospital routine
provides. And a last-minute twist
concerning Ruby’s absent dad set
up a very promising story arc.
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Arts
Arts
reviews
Christopher Wheeldon’s
‘Corybantic Games’ is set
to Bernstein’s ‘Serenade,
After Plato’s Symposium’
ANDREJ USPENSKI
DANCE
Bernstein Centenary
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON
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The Royal Ballet’s new triple bill
celebrates the music of Leonard
Bernstein, and its own leading
choreographers, but the greatest
celebration is of the dancers.
In bright new works by Wayne
McGregor and Christopher
Wheeldon, established stars and
the rising generation dance with
joyful strength and feeling.
McGregor’s Yugen is set to
Bernstein’s robust, rhythmical
Chichester Psalms, sung in Hebrew
with chorus and treble soloist
William Davies. Eleven dancers,
dressed in flowing red by Shirin
Guild, dart and soar through
it, dipping into wriggles and
exploding into lifts and leaps.
The set by ceramicist and author
Edmund de Waal is a series of tall
boxes, lit up or left dark, framing
a bare stage without wings. It
emphasises McGregor’s striking
use of space, with zigzag angles
of movement. Two or three
soloists will slide into unison,
then go on their way. The steps are
unusually classical for McGregor,
given colour and contrast by his
distinctive twists and squirms.
Like Chroma, one of his biggest
hits, it suggests his delight in
these dancers, a terrific cast led by
Sarah Lamb, Federico Bonelli and
Calvin Richardson.
Bernstein’s most famous
dance connection was with
choreographer Jerome Robbins.
The New York thread is there in
Liam Scarlett’s 2014 production,
The Age of Anxiety, in which four
1940s New Yorkers meet, drink
and worry. Lamb, Alexander
Campbell, Bennet Gartside and
Tristan Dyer bring vivid character
to their roles, though the work still
feels inconclusive.
Wheeldon’s new Corybantic
Games, set to Bernstein’s
Serenade, After Plato’s Symposium,
looks back to ancient Greece while
pondering love. Like the title, the
start of the ballet tries a little too
hard. The balance of aesthetics
and athletics sometimes feels
cute, as when a line of men flip
into shoulder stands.
But as the piece progresses,
it gains in depth. One sequence
features three pas de deux with
tenderness and assurance, each
dance individual but sharing an
intimate mood. Non-heterosexual
pairings are overdue in ballet, and
it’s good to see them danced with
such lyricism. Marcelino Sambé
and Mayara Magri speed through
a duet full of dazzling turns and
jumps, as if they and Wheeldon
are intoxicated by ballet.
Until 9 April.
Box office 020 7304 4000
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VISUAL ARTS
Virginia Woolf
TATE, ST IVES
This exhibition takes the writings
of Virginia Woolf, in particular
the pioneering feminist text
A Room of One’s Own, as a prism
through which to explore feminist
perspectives on landscape,
domesticity and identity in
modern and contemporary art,
with works from 1850 to the
present by more than 80 artists,
including Laura Knight,
Gwen John and Vanessa Bell.
(01736 796 226) to 29 Apr
Charles I: King
and Collector
ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, LONDON W1
Charles I helped build the nation’s
taste with his extraordinary
collection of art. He acquired work
by some of the greatest artists,
but much of it was sold off and
scattered around the world when
he was executed. This exhibition is
formed of more 100 items from the
collection, from huge tapestries
to beautiful miniatures, including
pieces by Titian, Mantegna,
Holbein, Dürer, Van Dyck and
Rubens. (020 7300 8090) to 15 Apr
China’s First Emperor and
the Terracotta Warriors
WORLD MUSEUM, LIVERPOOL
Objects from the discovery in
1974 of the underground army
of life-sized terracotta warriors
guarding the tomb of China’s First
Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, form the
centre of this exhibition, which
includes pieces that have never
been on show in the UK before,
excavated over the past 40 years.
(liverpoolmuseums.org.uk) to 28 Oct
FILM
Sweet Country
CLASSICAL
THEATRE
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON
VAULT FESTIVAL, LONDON
15, WARWICK THORNTON, 113 MINS
Hamilton Morris gives a
performance of dignity and
wry fatalism in this Australian
western about an Aboriginal
man who has “shot a white fella”
and knows he has no chance of
a fair trial. It’s a film of immense
power and pathos, helped by the
presence of such dependable
and battle-hardened old-timers
as Sam Neill and Bryan Brown.
Nationwide release
Maurizio Pollini Brilliant Jerks
HHHHH
Maurizio Pollini launched into
Schumann’s Arabeske in C major
Opus 18 with delicately nuanced
persuasiveness. Then came two
rarely performed Schumann
works: the Allegro in B minor Opus
8 and the Concert sans orchestre.
Both had a driven, improvisatory
quality, but he was up to their
virtuosic demands.
The famous Pollinian artistry
came to the fore with Chopin’s two
Opus 55 Nocturnes, the first singing
ruminatively and the second
shaped with ringing eloquence.
After a standing ovation, it
was as though a switch had been
thrown. A jagged bass threat
erupted, topped by a crashing
chord: Chopin’s Scherzo in C sharp
minor, but now Pollini was the
relaxed master of ceremonies.
Encore number two was
Chopin’s Berceuse, and time stood
still as exquisitely articulated
right-hand figurations were
thrown out over a gentle bass
heartbeat. Pollini at 76 is still one
of the world’s greatest pianists.
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
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Silicon Valley and the theatre
may seem unlikely bedfellows,
but given the remarkable amount
of drama which permeates the
technology industry, there’s no
shortage of source material.
Brilliant Jerks is the brainchild
of freelance i journalist Joseph
Charlton and director Rosy
Banham, drawing on the rich
litany of errors peppering the rise
of Uber, the world’s most valuable
start-up. The play weaves the
tribulations of Mancunian driver
Mia, Irish programmer Sean and
ousted chief executive Tyler
Janowski into a deft ride through
the infamous toxic implications
of the company’s “bro-culture”.
But what could have descended
into cautionary finger-wagging
is instead an engaging tale of
the consequences of power
running unchecked. Sean is
uncomfortably aware of the
preferential treatment he and his
male colleagues receive over their
female counterparts (exclusive
WhatsApp groups, leather jackets),
but remains quietly complicit.
As a woman driver, Mia is at
A Fantastic Woman
15, SEBASTIÁN LELIO, 104 MINS
Luke Thompson
as ousted chief
executive Tyler
Janowski in
‘Brilliant Jerks’
GRETA MITCHELL
the mercy of her drunk male
passengers, which she likens to
being “safe, until you’re not”. The
men Charlton has created aren’t
neatly categorisable psychopaths.
They’re refined examples of a
fragile masculinity fuelled by ego,
greed and an evangelical belief
that technology can change the
world, even if it’s not necessarily
for the greater good. Misbehaviour
is encouraged. If you’re already
brilliant, why not be a jerk?
Luke Thompson is utterly
convincing as Tyler, all wisecracking anecdotes until he
screams in his HR manager’s
face. Mona Goodwin is endearing
as both driver Mia and Tyler’s
girlfriend Clara.
Brilliant Jerks sparkles in its
depiction of humanity at its
most hopeful and hopeless. The
performances are nuanced, the
dialogue razor-sharp.
RHIANNON WILLIAMS
The transgender heroine of this
rousing Chilean melodrama fully
lives up to the film’s title. Marina
(Daniela Vega) is a wonderfully
complex, defiant and passionate
character who, over a few
tempestuous days, experiences
joy and sudden bereavement –
and then fights with admirable
tenacity to be allowed to
grieve properly for her lover.
Limited release
I, Tonya
15, CRAIG GILLESPIE, 119 MINS
Margot Robbie stars in this
comedy-drama purporting to tell
the story of figure skater Tonya
Harding and of her role in the
hammer attack on her main rival,
Nancy Kerrigan, in the run-up
to the 1994 Winter Olympics. At
times, the film comes close to
caricaturing Harding, but Robbie
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OPERA
Wake
B12 WAREHOUSE, DIGBETH,
BIRMINGHAM
Graham Vick directs 200 locals
and a professional cast in
Birmingham Opera Company’s
peripatetic premiere of Giorgio
Battistelli’s new take on the
Lazarus legend. (0121 246 6634)
tonight and Tue 8pm
Everybody’s Talking
About Jamie
POP
Jonathan Wilson
OMEARA, LONDON SE1
North Carolina’s nouveau hippie
continues to expand his horizons
beyond Laurel Canyon revivalism
on his comeback album, Rare Birds.
As cosmic-rock maximalism and
APOLLO THEATRE, LONDON W1
A joyous musical inspired by a BBC
documentary about a Durham
schoolboy with ambitions to be a
drag queen. (0330 333 4809) to 6 Oct
melodious soft-rock merge, the
War on Drugs on a whopping Pink
Floyd bender is about the pleasingly
lush gist of it. (omearalondon.com)
tonight and Tue
Matilda: the Musical
LEICESTER CURVE
COMEDY
Flight of the Conchords
VARIOUS VENUES
Jemaine Clement and Bret
Mckenzie’s sheepish alter egos
come blinking into the light of a
UK arena tour. Eventim Apollo,
London W6 (0844 249 1000) to Tue;
Genting Arena, Birmingham (0844
3388 222) Wed; Manchester Arena
(0844 847 8000) Fri
FOLK & ROOTS
Knight & Spiers
VARIOUS VENUES
Steelye Span and Gigspanner fiddle
player Peter Knight first teamed
up with ex-Bellowhead melodeon
master John Spiers at FolkEast
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Chris Harper chilling as Bruno,
a man with no discernible ethos
beyond complete self-regard, and
John Middleton delivering a
calmly astute Arthur Gerard,
a retired private investigator.
(atgtickets.com) to Sat
If you only see
one thing today
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
has such passion and drive that
she transcends the film’s more
garishly cartoonish elements.
Nationwide release
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FILM
The Square
15, RUBEN ÖSTLUND, 151 MINS
The director of 2014’s Force Majeure turns to the contemporary art
world for his new film, in which Claes Bang stars as a gallery curator.
The film is frequently very funny, but it is only partly tongue-in-cheek,
feeling as much like an insider’s view as a lampoon. Nationwide release
in 2016, and the results were so
impressive they’re undertaking a
full UK tour, with a debut album,
Well Met, out now. Nettlebed Folk
Club (01491 641617) tonight; Ashcroft
Arts Centre, Farnham (01329 223100)
Wed; Anvil, Basingstoke (01256
844244) Thur; The Pound, Corsham
(01249 701628) Fri
THEATRE
Strangers on a Train
WATERSIDE THEATRE, AYLESBURY
An effective and taut adaptation
by Craig Warner of the Patricia
Highsmith novel/Hitchcock film.
It’s exceptionally well cast, with
Matthew Warchus’s colourful
RSC staging of the Roald Dahl
tale about a bookish infant
prodigy is utterly exhilarating.
The troupe of children revel in
the ebullient wit of Tim Minchin’s
tuneful score and in the punchy
verve of choreography by Peter
Darling. (0116 242 3595) to Sat
Frozen
THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET,
LONDON SW1
Bryony Lavery’s award-winning
1998 play takes a close, insightful
look at the moral and emotional
consequences of one horrific case
of child abduction and murder.
In Jonathan Munby’s revival,
Suranne Jones stars as the
mother in what is effectively a
three-hander, concentrating on
her, the paedophile serial killer
and a criminal psychologist.
(020 7930 8800) to 5 May
Business
Business Editor Elizabeth Anderson
+4420 7361 5718
business@inews.co.uk
HOSPITALITY
Costs putting jobs at risk
warns Travelodge chief
By Ravender Sembhy
Soaring business rates and stifling
taxes are putting job creation in the
hospitality sector at risk, the chief
executive of the budget hotel chain
Travelodge has warned.
Peter Gowers said that a string of
costs facing businesses could result
in “unintended consequences”.
He added: “The Government is
putting rocks in our rucksack, with
the national living wage, business
rates, the apprenticeship levy and
pensions changes.
“It is loading costs on to businesses
and they need to be careful of
unintended consequences. The
hospitality sector has created
thousands of jobs over the past few
years – don’t choke it off.”
The hospitality sector generates
£130bn in revenue for the economy,
but parts of it are creaking under
severe cost pressures.
Casual dining firms such as Byron,
Prezzo and Jamie’s Italian have
shut store estates recently, with all
citing soaring costs. Business rates
in particular have been a bugbear
for bricks and mortar firms, with
billions added to bills following a
highly criticised revaluation last year.
Despite cost pressures, Travelodge
booked a 6.6 per cent increase in
revenue to £637.1m last year, with
operating profit nudging up £2.3m to
According to figures
from recruitment agency
Manpower, 24 per cent of staff in
the hospitality sector come from
the EU. Travelodge is pulling out
all the stops to retain them.
£112.4m. Mr Gowers said: “New hotels
are driving sales and more business
travellers are choosing budget hotels
because the quality has rocketed and
they are in good locations now.”
The group plans to open 100
more hotels over the next five years,
creating 2,500 jobs.
The expansion and solid results
mark a continued turnaround from
when Travelodge went through a
painful restructuring in 2012.
I t s aw G o l d e n T r e e A s s e t
Management, Avenue Capital and
Goldman Sachs take control of the
company via a debt-for-equity swap
from Dubai International Capital.
The trio have invested £150m since
then and “remain supportive”, Mr
Gowers said. The group is now on a
secure financial footing, but Brexit is
looming large and posing a threat to
its workers.
Travelodge has plans to open another
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Thirty per cent of Travelodge’s
12,000 employees are EU nationals
and, with the Government committed
to exiting the single market and
ending freedom of movement, Mr
Gowers is taking matters into his
own hands.
He said: “We’re helping those
employees that are eligible with
the cost and process of applying for
permanent residency in the UK.”
INDUSTRY
Siemens
to pump
£27m into
3D printing
By Ravender Sembhy
Quote of
the day
The 30
Second
Briefing
It’s not an
environment to
come into if you
want everything
nicely tied up
with a bow on top
David Wild
The chief executive
of Domino’s Pizza on
hiring the right people
for his business
BEER
DUTY
What is the Campaign for Real Ale
(Camra) complaining about?
It is calling on the Government to
review the taxes levied on pubs. It
says that 18 pubs a week are closing
and that they are facing a “triple
whammy”, including one of the
highest rates of beer duty in Europe,
quickly rising rates and VAT.
How has that affected the cost
of beer?
A third of the price of a pint is now
made up by various taxes, according
to Camra. The British Beer and Pub
Association, another organisation
that campaigns to keep beer duty
low, says that the price of a pint rose
by 40 per cent between 2008 and
2013. It said that an average of 103p
went to the Treasury.
What do campaign groups want the
government to do about it?
Camra says leaving the EU will
provide a chance to support Britain’s
pubs. There could be potential to
lower rates of tax on draught beer,
for example. The organisation’s
national chairman, Colin Valentine,
said yesterday: “As Britain prepares
to leave the EU, there is a unique
opportunity to update the tax
system to better support pubs.” He
suggested that the Government
implement the Australian model
where there is a lower rate of duty
for beer sold in pubs. Radically
changing the business rates
system or charging a lower rate of
VAT for pubs were other options
put forward.
What has been done to save
pubs so far?
Since 2013, beer duty has been cut
or frozen. And the Treasury said that
90 per cent of pubs can benefit from
the business rates relief introduced
in the 2017 Budget.
Siemens is to pump £27m into what
will be Britain’s biggest 3D printing
factory, in Worcester, as it looks to
cash in on the new technology.
The German industrial group
will make the investment through
Materials Solutions, a company it
acquired in 2016. The plant’s opening
in September will lead to the creation
of 55 jobs.
Materials Solutions specialises
in “additive manufacturing”, or
3D printing, serving the aviation,
automotive and motor sports sectors.
Siemens aims for the new
factory to become a “global centre
of excellence” employing topclass engineers, metallurgists and
manufacturing specialists.
Jürgen Maier, Siemens UK CEO,
said: “This significant investment
underlines our belief that there
is huge potential for innovation
and growth within the additive
manufacturing sector.
“It is also the next step towards
achieving our ambition of pioneering
the industrialisation of 3D printing
and demonstrates how we are
leading the way for the fourth
industrial revolution.”
The new facility will be situated
in the Worcester Six Business
Park Development.
The Business Secretary, Greg
Clark, said: “Britain has a proud
m a n u fac t u r i n g h e r i t age a n d
through our industrial strategy the
Government has set out a vision
that will build on this strength and
create an environment that enables
manufacturers to continue to thrive.”
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
Media
IQ
30-39
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
47-56
i MONDAY
19 MARCH 2018
41
on
Monday
IAN BURRELL
Lineker and Co should be wary of being
played in Putin’s World Cup game
A
ttending the football
World Cups in South
Africa and Brazil
were two of the best
experiences of my life,
but I’m staying away from Russia
and will follow this summer’s
tournament via TV coverage hosted
by the BBC’s Gary Lineker and
ITV’s Mark Pougatch.
With Anglo-Russian relations
deteriorating rapidly in the wake
of the attempted murder of former
Russian spy Sergei Skripal and
other suspicious deaths, that
pair might need to read up on
international diplomacy as much as
on VAR goalline technology.
This World Cup is the first in
Eastern Europe and offers Vladimir
Putin a global showcase for
Russian nationalism following his
inevitable re-election as President.
Foreign broadcasters should
consider carefully their roles in his
choreography. TV executives will
already be scoping the best studio
backdrops of the iconic St Basil’s
Cathedral, just as they camped out
under Cape Town’s Table Mountain
and at Rio’s Copacabana beach.
Aside from the brief drama when
economic protesters broke the
glass of the ITV studio in Rio, the
protocol concerns of the pundits
were whether to wear open shirts
and shades like ITV’s Ian Wright
and Glenn Hoddle, or suits and ties
like Lineker and his BBC cohorts
Alan Shearer and Alan Hansen.
The mood at this tournament
will be different. For a start, the
BBC should not expect a warm
welcome in a country where it is
characterised as the propaganda
arm of the British state.
Moscow has already threatened
a blanket World Cup ban on “every
single British news outlet” if the UK
revokes the broadcasting licence of
RT (the Russian broadcaster that is
funded by the Russian parliament,
the Duma) amid growing tension
over the Salisbury poisoning.
Lineker might have seen how his
BBC colleague John Sweeney was
followed by unmarked cars and
then arrested over a trumped-up
accusation as he examined Russian
opposition politics for a Panorama
broadcast last week. That episode
will hardly have endeared the BBC
to the Kremlin. Neither will the
BBC2 documentary Putin: The New
Tsar, in which director Patrick
Forbes skilfully unravelled the
President’s unlikely rise to power.
The Putin regime has made a
weapon of the media, from TV
networks to shady accounts on
social platforms. “If you really take
on the Kremlin here you’ve got to
The BBC should not expect a warm welcome at Russian football grounds such as Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, where the World Cup final will be held AFP/GETTY
fight a dark triangle,” Sweeney
concluded after being hounded.
“The security services, violent
thugs and pro-Kremlin media, they
will be on your case.”
Lineker faced criticism for
hosting the World Cup draw in
Moscow in December, over his
perceived hypocrisy in working
with football’s historically corrupt
governing body Fifa, which he had
previously described as “a revolting
organisation”. He said he would
not have attended if the notorious
former Fifa president Sepp Blatter
remained in charge.
The former England striker has
taken a principled public stand on
social issues, notably the rights
of refugees, to a degree that he
was dubbed “The Voice of Liberal
Britain” in an article in Esquire.
If any World Cup pundit has
the capacity to convey that this
tournament is about more than
putting the ball in the back of the
net, it’s the Match of the Day host.
But he will be in Russia and must
be wary. Critics of this regime
can pay the highest price; witness
the fate of brave journalist Anna
Politkovskaya, who was murdered
in her apartment block in 2006.
The Kremlin scorns accusations
that it sanctioned the attack on Mr
Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.
State TV channel Rossiya 1 claimed
that the British Government
orchestrated the outrage. Moscow
also denied involvement in the 2006
murder of Alexander Litvinenko. A
public inquiry concluded that the
ex-spy was killed with polonium-210
by assassins working for Russia’s
FSB security service, Dmitry
Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoi, now a
Duma MP. The pair claim the case
was fabricated.
Some say that sport and politics
should not mix. But all sections of
the media have responsibility here.
Fifa has struggled to find brand
partners for this World Cup (one
is Russian energy giant Gazprom).
Putin will not let that spoil his
show, just as Soviet leader Leonid
Brezhnev presided at Moscow’s
Central Lenin Stadium over
the 1980 Olympics, which was
boycotted by 66 countries over
Russia’s invasion of Afghanistan.
England might have staged
this 2018 World Cup if the
scandalous Blatter and his Fifa
colleagues hadn’t so hated their
excoriating treatment by British
journalists, particularly the intrepid
investigative reporter Andrew
Jennings and Panorama. If the UK
media is allowed to follow Gareth
Southgate’s team to Russia, it must
continue that scrutiny and not
simply be a compliant conduit for
Putin’s football jamboree.
Twitter: @iburrell
42
BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
RETAIL
CONSUMER
Vision Express
eyes takeovers
Returns rights ‘not
explained clearly’
Vision Express may make
further acquisitions after the
takeover of Tesco Opticians
last year, but its chief executive,
Jonathan Lawson, said it
was not planning to overtake
Specsavers as the largest high
street optician. It has spent
the start of 2018 working to
integrate over 200 Tesco
Opticians sites at a pace of
around 10 locations a week.
Major retailers have not
been spelling out consumers’
returns rights clearly enough
on their websites, a Which?
investigation suggests. The
consumer group assessed the
information on the websites of
46 retailers and found that 45
did not offer information that
was completely accurate and
clear. It said that several had
since updated their information.
WHAT THE SUNDAY PAPERS SAID
GKN bosses to get
bonuses if bid fails
Amigo Loans chief
pays himself £4.1m
Bosses of the engineering giant
GKN could pocket up to £70m of
bonuses if they fend off a hostile
takeover from Melrose. The
revelation comes amid concerns
that, as part of its defence
against the bid, GKN is selling
its automotive arm Driveline on
the cheap. It has cut the price
tag previously placed on the
business by £800m.
The founder of loans company
Amigo paid himself a £4.1m
dividend last year. James
Benamor, who launched the
Bournemouth-based firm when
he was 21, earned £1m in each of
the previous three years. Amigo
lends to people with poor credit
ratings, if a friend or family
member acts as guarantor, at a
standard rate of 49.9 per cent.
Berkeley ‘in talks’
for Earl’s Court site
Pension pots to be
better protected
The housebuilder Berkeley
Homes is eyeing an approach
for the Earl’s Court site owned
by Capital & Countries, the
troubled FTSE 250 property
developer. Berkeley is thought
to have held talks with CapCo
about the west London scheme
this year, but sources said it had
not progressed.
Rogue bosses will face fines
or prosecution for putting the
pensions of their workers at
risk, under planned legislation
to target reckless employers
and protect pension pots when
companies go under. There will
also be measures designed to
target directors who are guilty
of mismanagement.
The Mail on Sunday
FTSE 100 up 24.4 at 7164.1
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19804.9
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3957.1
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1478.2
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24962.7
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2752.0
+89.1
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7478.1
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5282.8
+15.5
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21676.5
-127.4
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-3.6
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437.1
1734.5
707.3
631.8
2454.5
729.6
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147.6
3138.0
749.6
343.4
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601.8
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249.0
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775.8
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1913.5
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1935.0
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5470.0
221.8
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906.0
369.8
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279.9
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2970.5
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254.4
1174.3
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259.6
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775.8
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304.2
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430.4
1258.0
618.0
516.0
2447.0
624.5
3656.0
3826.0
142.8
2681.0
544.0
285.3
900.2
241.7
61.8
2995.0
274.3
495.4
26.8
1684.0
205.0
733.0
3565.0
1726.0
184.2
6027.4
563.0
2046.0
1612.1
5760.0
5562.0
1399.0
238.2
2882.5
733.5
221.8
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POUND
DOLLAR/
POUND
Company
Price
Chg
High
Shell B
RSA Insur
Sage
Sainsbury(J)
Schroders
Scot Mort Inv Tst
Segro
Severn Trent
Shire
Sky
Smith&Neph
Smith (DS)
Smiths Gp
Smurfit Kappa Grp
SSE
Stan Chart
Standard Life Aber
St James Place
Taylor Wimpey
Tesco
TUI AG
Unilever
United Utilities
Vodafone
Whitbread
Ferguson
WPP
2248.5
628.6
687.0
236.1
3410.0
470.0
608.4
1775.0
3205.5
1309.5
1329.0
495.5
1591.0
3158.0
1239.0
767.4
375.1
1141.5
184.2
209.8
1545.5
3787.0
694.4
201.5
3811.0
5264.0
1169.0
-39.0
-6.6
-8.8
-6.9
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-19.0
-62.0
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-11.5
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-2.9
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-5.5
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-35.5
2617.0
672.5
825.2
339.9
3784.0
479.2
613.6
2575.0
5021.0
1378.0
1442.0
565.0
1697.0
3254.0
1554.0
864.2
448.6
1279.5
211.9
217.3
1687.9
4557.5
1078.0
239.7
4333.0
5722.0
1774.0
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2037.0
568.5
613.0
222.4
3002.0
350.5
447.4
1664.0
2940.5
11.4
1173.0
5.3
1442.0
1712.7
1176.5
678.8
339.7
1008.0
173.0
165.3
934.4
3678.5
648.6
197.4
3499.9
4427.0
1121.4
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GOLD
Per troy ounce,
London pm fix
+ $1.05
7164.1
Price
Hammerson
Hargrve Lans
HSBC Hldgs
IAG
Imperial Brands
Informa
IntCont Htls
Intertek
ITV
Johnson Matth
Just Eat
Kingfisher
Land Secs
Legal & Gen
Lloyds Bk Gp
Lon Stock Ex
Marks&Spen
Mediclinic Intl
Micro Focus Intl
Mondi
Morrison (Wm)
National Grid
Next
NMC Health
Old Mutual
PaddyPwrBetfair
Pearson
Persimmon
Prudential
Randgold Res
Reckitt Ben
RELX
Rentokil Initial
Rio Tinto
Rolls-Royce
RBS
Shell A
$66.14
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694.0
1766.0
950.1
11.1
2476.0
1476.0
4260.0
482.2
533.5
177.3
6.3
1103.0
436.9
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2903.0
587.0
224.2
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1481.5
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1396.5
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6490.0
2186.5
332.3
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169.8
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411.3
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449.5
416.9
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-15.2
-23.0
+17.2
+73.2
-97.0
-15.5
+81.5
-1.6
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473.8
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3i Group
Admiral
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Antofagasta
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AstraZeneca
Aviva
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Barclays
Barratt Dev
BHP Billiton
BP
BAT
Berkeley Grp Hldgs
British Land
BT
Bunzl
Burberry
Carnival
Centrica
Coca-Cola HBC
Compass
CRH
Croda Intl
DCC
Diageo
Direct Line Ins
Easyjet
Evraz
Experian
Fresnillo
G4S
GKN
Glencore
GSK
Halma
€1.1336
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OIL
Brent crude,
per barrel
The Sunday Times
The Sunday Telegraph
The Observer
THE WEEK AHEAD
Ocado to release
trading statement
Ted Baker to share
full-year results
Online supermarket Ocado
releases its first-quarter trading
statement tomorrow. It has
seen a strong six months and
secured deals to licence out its
technology to Canadian and
French retailers. According
to Hargreaves Lansdown, the
statement is likely to focus on
underlying trading.
High street chain Ted Baker
will release its full-year results
on Thursday. In its January
trading update, the retailer said
it was happy with how things
were progressing. Hargreaves
Lansdown expects operating
profits in the £77m region, on
revenues of around £445m. A
dividend increase is likely.
Next expected to
report profit drop
Interest rates ‘to
remain the same’
Next is expected to report
a drop in full-year profits
on Friday as the high street
remains under pressure from a
consumer spending slowdown.
City analysts are pencilling
in an 8 per cent fall in annual
pre-tax profits to £725m.
The figures come at a time of
growing concern for retailers.
The Bank of England will
announce its latest interest
rates decision on Thursday.
Its expected rates will remain
unchanged at 0.5 per cent.
Thursday’s meeting will be
watched closely with a rate
increase expected in May. Rates
were lifted for the first time in
10 years last November.
i MONDAY
19 MARCH 2018
43
PROPERTY
The average asking price across Britain was £304,504 in March PA
Asking prices for
homes hit records
as demand surges
By Vicky Shaw
House sellers’ average asking prices
jumped by just over £4,500 in March,
as strong interest from home movers
since the start of 2018 pushes up the
amounts being demanded, a property
website has found.
The average asking price across
Britain was £304,504 in March, an
increase of 1.5 per cent, or £4,503,
compared with February, Rightmove
said. Some parts of the country have
seen new asking price records set
this month.
The average price of newly
marketed property has hit all-time
highs in the East Midlands (£217,952)
and West Midlands (£219,941), and
also in Wales (£187,739) and the North
West (£189,900).
Miles Shipside, director of
Rightmove, said: “Many buyers
entering the traditionally busy spring
market this year face paying more
than ever for their target property,
and having a more limited choice.”
High demand and limited supply
in parts of the country mean that
the average price of newly marketed
property is at its highest level in four
out of 11 regions.
daily
money
EMMA
FEATHERSTONE
The rate of one of Virgin Money’s
three-year mortgages has been
cut by 0.02 per cent, earning it an
outstanding rating from Moneyfacts.
For those looking to borrow at 90 per
cent loan-to-value, it has a marketleading fixed rate of 2.18 per cent
until 1 July 2021.
The deal is being offered to anyone
The average price tags on typical
first-time and second-time buyer
homes also hit new highs, of £189,840
and £272,031 respectively.
First-time-buyer properties are
defined by the study as having two
bedrooms or fewer, while homes
for people taking their second step
on the property ladder have three
or four bedrooms, excluding fourbedroom detached properties.
Mr Shipside suggested that firsttime buyers want to benefit from
recently introduced stamp duty relief
before the savings are swallowed up
by price rises, while buyers who apply
for a mortgage before an expected
rise in interest rates should be able to
borrow more cheaply.
He said: “The first two months
of 2018 saw Rightmove traffic at its
highest ever levels, and this demand
appears to be fuelling the jump in
asking prices this month.”
Rightmove measured
112,693 properties coming
to market in the last four weeks,
down by 5.2 per cent on the same
period a year ago.
with the necessary deposit looking to
move house or remortgage.
***
Many over-55s are struggling to
take care of debts before they retire,
according to Key Retirement. The
retirement planning specialist said
38 per cent of people aged 55 and
over struggled to clear credit card
debt every month, and 14 per cent
had been stuck with card debt for
more than a year.
About 32 per cent had other debts
such as personal loans, car finance
and overdrafts. For those struggling
with pre-retirement debt, Moneyfacts advises finding a competitive
credit card with a 0 per cent introductory interest offer or consolidating debts into one personal loan.
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Games&Puzzles
daily recipe
Lentil bolognese with
courgette spaghetti
Kakuro
Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 47
RHYME LETTERS
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For the bolognese
1tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, peeled
and finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed and chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled and finely diced
1 stick celery, finely chopped
100g button mushrooms, sliced
½tsp sugar
1tsp dried mixed herbs
1 bay leaf
100ml red wine or hot water
400g can chopped tomatoes
2tbsp tomato purée
1 vegetable stock cube
410g can green lentils, drained
Salt and black pepper
CROWD
TURF
20
15
MEANING
10
4
3
WEEK
3
10
3
8
8
16
12
DECORATION
4
3
11
4
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YOKE
4
GRAIN
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Jigsawdoku
TAXI
How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
4
4
BUNS
CAT
2
SHORN
SPRUNG
RHYME
LETTERS
MEANING
9
For the spaghetti
4 medium courgettes, washed,
dried and trimmed at both ends
Juice of ½ lemon
Salt and black pepper
Futoshiki
7
2
For the garnish
2tbsp basil leaves, roughly chopped
Reserved pine nuts, to taste
2tbsp Parmesan cheese, (or vegetarian/
vegan altrnative), grated
8
6
5 2
4
1 3
Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and
garlic and fry gently for five minutes
until softened. Add the carrot, celery and
mushrooms and fry for a further five
minutes. Add the remaining ingredients
except the lentils, cover and simmer
gently for 15 minutes. Stir in the lentils
and simmer for 10 minutes, then season
and remove the bay leaf.
Insert the vegetable spiraliser blade
with the largest triangles and spiralise
the courgette. Separate the strands and
trim to the desired length with scissors.
Bring a large pan of water to the boil
and simmer the courgette spaghetti for
two minutes. Drain, toss in lemon juice
and season to taste. Add to the bolognese
and stir gently. Serve topped with the
reserved pine nuts and fresh basil leaves.
If you want the spaghetti to resemble
pasta, peel the courgettes.
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Killer Sudoku No 1239
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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6
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11
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14 Lutheran, 17 Rich, 19 Clinic, 20 Wombat, 21 Sty, 22 Inch.
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NEWS
2-27
RACING
LINGFIELD
Cliffs Of Dover was a ready winner last time out and can double up
in the Betway Stayers Handicap at
Lingfield today.
A very useful juvenile hurdler
a couple of years ago, the Paul Nicholls-trained gelding was forced to
miss the whole of 2017, returning at
Wincanton last month, where he was
pulled up in the Kingwell Hurdle won
by Elgin.
Nicholls switched him to the level
a couple of weeks ago, where he
won with some authority under the
trainer’s daughter, Megan, who made
full use of her 5lb claim in giving the
five-year-old a smart ride and she is
on again.
On that evidence, there is no reason at all why he should not win again
on the Flat, before possibly going to
Aintree or the like.
Lingfield, on the all-weather track,
is the only domestic fixture to go
ahead today, as snow has forced the
cancellation of meetings at Kelso and
at Southwell.
Any chance of domestic jumps racing tomorrow is solely dependant
upon an improvement in conditions
at Wetherby. The going is described
as heavy and waterlogged in places.
Limerick, who had to call off
its races yesterday due to snow,
is also due to go ahead today and
will stage an 8am inspection on
raceday morning.
The meetings yesterday at Carlisle
and Ffos Las were also abandoned
because of snow.
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sod; rabble;
weep; bauble;
sob; babble;
job; task; talk;
jab; cork; poke;
corn; cab; bung
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WORD WHEEL
BASKETBALL
BBL CHAMPIONSHIP: Glasgow Rocks 72 Sheffield Sharks 81; Leeds Force P Leicester Riders
P; Manchester Giants 68 Worcester Wolves 97
NBA:Brooklyn Nets 114 Dallas Mavericks 106;
Chicago Bulls 109 Cleveland Cavaliers 114;
Memphis Grizzlies 101 Denver Nuggets 94;
Milwaukee Bucks 122 Atlanta Hawks 117; New
Orleans Pelicans 101 Houston Rockets 107;
Phoenix Suns 109 Golden State Warriors 124;
Portland Trail Blazers 100 Detroit Pistons 87;
San Antonio Spurs 117 Minnesota Timberwolves 101; Utah Jazz 103 Sacramento Kings 97;
Washington Wizards 109 Indiana Pacers 102; NY
Knicks 124 Charlotte Hornets 101.
CRICKET
INTERNATIONAL TWENTY20 SERIES
Bangladesh v India, Colombo: Bangladesh 166-8
(20.0 overs; Sabbir Sabbir Rahman 77). India
168-6 (20.0 overs; R G Sharma 56). India beat
Bangladesh (2pts) by 4 wickets.
ICC WORLD CUP QUALIFIER, Harare: Ireland
271-9 (50 overs, Balbirnie 105, N O’Brien 70);
Scotland 246 (47.4 overs, Coetzer 61, Rankin
4-63). Ireland win by 25 runs.
SATURDAY’S CODEWORD 1959
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19 MARCH 2018
47
Fitzpatrick sings and
dances her way to gold
By Sports Staff
Menna Fitzpatrick produced a golden run to shock favourite Henrieta
Farkasova and end Great Britain’s
Paralympics campaign in style.
The Welsh 19-year-old, guided by
Jennifer Kehoe, took the vision-impaired slalom title to add to her two
silvers and a bronze earlier in the
competition, denying Slovakian skier
Farkasova a fifth gold medal.
Millie Knight and her guide Brett
Wild also made the podium with
bronze, taking the British tally in
Pyeongchang to seven medals – their
target for the event – on day nine.
Fitzpatrick, whose had a ski boot
fall on her head earlier in the day,
said: “This morning, I didn’t have
the greatest start, you wouldn’t have
thought it was our day.
“I was exhausted after this whole
period of racing. The nerves and the
emotion were just overwhelming so
that didn’t make for a great start.
“We just sang songs and danced
and it made me feel a lot better and
it seemed to work. We may have been
dancing in the start gate. We just
needed something to make us giggle,
and that calmed me down.”
Farkasova led by 0.66 seconds
after the first run, but Fitzpatrick’s
second attempt saw her eclipse the
leader by 1.32 seconds for a total time
of one minute 51.80 seconds.
The gold made her Great Britain’s
most decorated individual winter
paralympian, her four medals more
than half of Britain’s total haul.
Kehoe said: “Words don’t even
Menna Fitzpatrick on
her way to a slalom
gold medal yesterday
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We may have
been dancing in
the start gate.
We just needed
something to
make us giggle
and that calmed
me down
cover what we’re feeling right now;
it hasn’t properly sunk in. We left
everything out there on that hill, we
fought right to the very end.”
UK Sport chief executive Liz
Nicholl said: “Our best Winter Paralympics Games for 34 years also follows our best ever Winter Olympic
Games earlier this year.
“Winter sports are becoming
ever more accessible with the rise in
snow domes and dry slopes, and it’s
great news that we have been able to
provide more medal moments that
can help encourage anyone to overcome any obstacle and achieve their
dreams in any field.”
Sports minister Tracey Crouch described Great Britain’s performance
at the Games as “inspirational”.
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WINTER PARALYMPICS
Cliffs of Dover
can provide
warmth in face
of snow blast
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NINE-LETTER WORD deflected
OTHER WORDS cede, ceded, clef, cleft, deed, defect,
defected, deflect, deft, delete, deleted, eel, elect,
elected, elf, fed, fee, feed, feel, feet, felt, fete, feted, fled,
flee, fleece, fleeced, fleet, led, lee, left, let, tee, teed
GOLF
ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL, ORLANDO,
FLORIDA, 3rd rnd leaders (USA unless stated,
par 72): 204 H Stenson (Swe) 64 69 71; 205 B
DeChambeau 67 66 72; 206 R McIlroy (GB) 69 70
67; 207 J Rose (GB) 69 71 67; R null Moore 71 67
69; 208 T Gooch 65 70 73; C Hoffman 71 66 71;
Byeong-Hun An (S Kor) 68 68 72; R Fowler 67 71
70; 209 B Cauley 72 67 70; T Woods 68 72 69; G
Murray 71 69 69; P Reed 68 70 71; 210 C Kirk 71
69 70; G McDowell (GB) 69 72 69; O Schniederjans 71 71 68; S Burns 69 70 71.
BANK OF HOPE FOUNDERS CUP, PHOENIX, ARIZONA, 3rd rnd leaders (USA unless stated): 202 I
Park (S Kor) 68 71 63; 203 M Uribe (Col) 68 68 67;
204 A Jutanugarn (Thai) 68 68 68; 205 C Choi (S
Kor) 67 72 66; L Davies (GB) 73 69 63; 206 M Alex
70 66 70; T Joh 70 72 64; B Lincicome 72 66 68;
207 C Inglis 71 68 68; J Ewart Shadoff (GB) 70 71
66; M Khang 71 71 65; H Young Park (S Kor) 68 70
69; 208 J Eun Lee (S Kor) 71 70 67; A Yang (S Kor)
71 71 66; A McDonald 74 69 65; K Icher (Fr) 67 69
72; S Hyun Park (S Kor) 69 70 69; A Olson 72 70
66; L Duncan 71 69 68; J Song 72 68 68; J Korda
69 68 71; E Lee 71 70 67.
FORMULA ONE
ICE HOCKEY
NHL: Arizona 1 Minnesota 3;Buffalo 5 Chicago
3;Carolina 2 Philadelphia 4;Columbus 2 Ottawa
1;Florida 2 Edmonton 4;LA Kings 0 New Jersey
3;San Jose 5 Vancouver 3;St Louis 4 NY Rangers 3 (OT);Tampa Bay 0 Boston 3;Toronto 4
Montreal 0.
RUGBY LEAGUE
BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE
SATURDAY
Catalans D (0) ................. 0
Warrington (14)............26
Warrington: Tries: M. Brown, Clark, MurdochMasila (2), Livett. Goals: Goodwin (3).
Wakefield (L)....................A
Widnes (L)..............................A
Abandoned due to bad weather
Yesterday
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Leeds
5
4
0
1 90
82
8
Warrington 7
3
0
4 102 107
6
Castleford
4
3
0
1 69
84
6
Widnes
6
2
0
4 117 109
4
Hull K R
6
2
0
4 106 112
4
Hull
6
2
0
4 111 120
4
Salford
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4 94 130
4
Huddersfield 6
2
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4 82 146
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1
0
5 60 142
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LADBROKES CHALLENGE CUP FOURTH ROUND
Saturday
Normanton K (4)..........8
Rochdale (20)...................20
Yesterday
Barrow (24).................... 28
Sheffield (6)....................... 16
Batley (4) ..............................4
Leigh (6).....................................8
Whitehaven (20) ........25
Dewsbury (12) ................ 18
Workington (8) ..........20
London B (10)...................22
York (20)............................. 26
Swinton (8).........................12
RUGBY UNION
NATWEST SIX NATIONS
Saturday
England (5)...................... 15
Ireland (21)......................... 24
England: Tries: Daly (2), May.
Ireland: Tries: Ringrose, Stander, Stockdale.
Conversions: Sexton (2), Carbery. Penalties:
Murray.
Italy (17)...............................27
Scotland (12)......................29
Italy: Tries: Allan (2), Minozzi. Conversions: Allan (3). Penalties: Allan (2).
Scotland: Tries: Brown, Barclay, Maitland, Hogg.
Conversions: Laidlaw (3). Penalties: Laidlaw.
Wales (14).........................14
France (10) ..........................13
Wales: Tries: L. Williams. Penalties: Halfpenny
(3).
France: Tries: Fickou. Conversions: Machenaud.
Penalties: Machenaud. Drop Goals: Trinh-Duc.
P W D L
F
A B Pts
Ireland
5 5 0 0 160
82 6 26
Wales
5 3 0 2 119
83 3 15
Scotland
5 3 0 2 101 128 1 13
France
5 2 0 3 108
94 3 11
England
5 2 0 3 102
92 2 10
Italy
5 0 0 5
92 203 1
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Hamilton eager
to keep beating
rivals for years
By Philip Duncan
Lewis Hamilton wants to open the
defence of his fourth Formula One
title by obliterating the opposition
in Australia at the weekend. And
the British driver, now 33, reckons
he can go on doing it beyond 2020.
Hamilton is set to sign a new
contract with Mercedes, possibly
before Sunday’s opener in Melbourne, which could earn him up
to £40m a year. And he said: “It
doesn’t feel like the start of the
final chapter. I’m not sure how I
will feel in two or three years’ time
but I’m back for my 12th season
and I am so excited.
“More than anything currently
in my life, I really, really want to
excel next weekend. I want to kill
it through practice, get pole position and win the race convincingly.
“I don’t know how long this
feeling is going to last when I go
into a new season, but as long
as I am still feeling like this I will
keep going.”
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Talking Points
ANTI-DOPING
What we learnt from
the weekend
BY TEDDY CUTLER
1
Nibali delivers an exciting victory
for the tyrants of Bahrain
Vincenzo Nibali thrilled Italian
cycling fans by winning MilanSan Remo with a daring attack
on the Poggio, the race’s iconic
climb, before grinding to the
finish ahead of a large group
of sprinters. With “BahrainMerida”, the name of his sponsor,
writ large across his jersey, it was
a great win for Nibali
but a greater
propaganda win
for a country
that continues
to abuse
human rights.
2
A week’s a long time in the life of a
football fan (if you support Villa)
Life comes at you fast. Seven
days ago, after beating Wolves
4-1, Aston Villa fans were talking
of chasing down their Midlands
rivals. Two limp defeats later
those of a nervous disposition are
wondering whether Villa have
enough points and a big enough
gap to hold onto a play-off place.
It’s all so very unfathomable, and
painful. And – hurtful as it is to
admit it – the masochism is why
we love football.
3
A World Cup without West Indies
or Afghanistan would be so wrong
Yes, it’s sometimes been a bloated
tournament, but I couldn’t
help wondering while following
Afghanistan’s victory over the
West Indies about the wisdom of
the decision to reduce the cricket
World Cup to 10 teams. There’s a
distinct possibility, right now, that
the West Indies and Afghanistan
could both miss out. And that
doesn’t appear, immediately
anyway, to help anyone, still less
help the spectacle.
4
No happy ending for Luol as Lakers
plot big-money move for LeBron
The career of Luol Deng, Britain’s
most famous basketball export,
looks like it has come to a strange,
unsatisfying end. In 2016 the Los
Angeles Lakers gave Deng, twice
an All Star in the NBA, a vast
contract. Now, even with a squad
down to the bare bones, they
won’t call on him and are looking
for ways to restructure that
contract so they can perhaps sign
LeBron James in the summer.
Russian bobsleigher Nadezhda Sergeeva (far
left) and curler Alexandr Kruchelnitsky tested
positive during the Winter Olympics. The Russia
team was banned but many were allowed to
compete – including the gold medal winning
ice hockey team (top). Doping control (above)
suffers from a lack of resources, which artificial
intelligence could alleviate GETTY
An ultra-modern solution for the
long-standing problem of doping
Sophisticated algorithms can target cheating ahtletes, reports Tim Wigmore
“I
t’s a complex world which
requires complex answers.”
So says Olivier Niggli,
director general of the
World Anti-Doping Agency,
of sport’s inextricable challenge: to
combat doping, which has bedevilled
games since the ancient Greeks.
Hence the excitement that
this very old problem may
have an uber-modern solution:
artificial intelligence. “We’re
having discussions on artificial
intelligence going forward. There’s
a lot of promising things,” Niggli
says. He reveals that Wada are
launching a call for pilot artificial
intelligence projects in the coming
weeks, which Niggli believes could
be transformative in the fight
against doping.
“Anti-doping organisations would
potentially get a lot of intelligence
by being able to analyse a lot of
‘You could analyse this data
and spot signs of cheating’
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collected in anti-doping –
whether it is through the [athlete
biological] passports, through the
tests, through the results of the
athletes,” Niggli said.
“If you manage to create a
system that will meaningfully use
this data I think you can create
some very powerful tools.”
Wada has long believed that
its attempts to quell doping are
undermined by the organisation’s lack of financial and human
resources. Artificial intelligence
could be used to apply algorithms
to identify suspicious patterns
among athletes, automatically
raising red flags.
While these flags would not be
sufficient for athletes to face disciplinary procedures – alone, they
would not constitute conclusive
proof of doping – the alerts would
lead to athletes under suspicion
this data and immediately spotting
anomalies which are signs of
maybe doping.
“Only sophisticated algorithms
would be able to spot the differences,
which would allow the anti-doping
organisations to focus on the right
individuals.”
Embracing artificial intelligence
is a recognition of how sophisticated
dopers have become since Wada was
formed in 1999 to coordinate anti-
doping efforts around the world. “It
is a lot harder to dope today than
it was 19 years ago,” Niggli says.
“Obviously, on the other side, the
cheaters have also gotten more
sophisticated. That’s why we’ve now
reached a stage where everybody
has realised that we now have to
make a real step up by investing
more in the system.”
Wada’s great frustration is that,
for all the rhetoric from sports
facing subsequent testing. Wada
believe that artificial intelligence
could not only sift through the
doping data far more quickly
than human analysts are
able to, but that may also
be able to do so in more
sophisticated ways.
“Only sophisticated
algorithms would be
able to spot the differences, which would
allow the anti-doping
organisations to focus on
the right individuals,” Niggli
(above) added.
“Anti-doping organisations
would potentially get a lot of intel-
ligence by being able to analyse a
lot of this data and immediately
spotting anomalies which are
signs of maybe doping.”
Providing the pilot
programmes go as
planned, Wada hope it
will give them a crucial
advantage in catching
the ever-more sophisticated methods used
by dopers. “I hope that
in five years we will be
much better at analysing all
this data that we already have
and are already collected,” Niggli
said. “It’s a complex world which
requires complex answers.”
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Olympians– including two of those
Russians cleared – failed tests in
PyeongChang.
What is artificial intelligence?
The Court of Arbitration
Machines’ intelligence and
for Sport’s decision to clear 28
ability to analyse and work out
Russian athletes to compete –
problems independently, using
although they remained barred
their own reasoning and logic.
by the International Olympic
Committee – perplexes Niggli.
How could it help anti-doping
“I want to see the decision, I
authorities?
want to understand the reasoning.
The World Anti-Doping Agency
There are a number of things
plan to use artificial intelligence
that I don’t clearly understand
to raise red flags about athletes
but that’s just what it is. The fact
who the technology suspects
there is a lack of evidence on
of doping. When a red flag is
some athletes simply reflects the
raised, it would then trigger
lack of cooperation from Russia.
an immediate additional and
All he got, and all we got is from
targeted testing. At the moment,
a whistleblower.”
Wada collects voluminous data
That whistleblower – Grigory
– but is often unable to analyse
Rodchenkov, the star of Netflix’s
it quickly enough, because of the
Icarus – is currently living under
complexity. The artificial intelprotection in the United States.
ligence would be able to analyse
Two other prominent former
the data virtually instantly,
employees of Russia’s national
highlighting any suspicious
anti-doping agency died in
results.
suspicious circumstances in 2016.
All of this, ultimately, is the best
Could artificial intelligence
case for why anti-doping agencies
alone lead to doping bans?
need proper resources. Doping
No. It would not constitute
is not merely about the integrity
conclusive proof of doping. But
of sport. It is about people’s lives:
artificial intelligence would
not just those who endanger
lead to subsequent testing, and
themselves by exposing chats
perhaps investigations, which
but the athletes themselves. A
Wada considers an increasingly
chilling study of East German
important part of anti-doping
athletes in the 1970s and 1980s –
efforts.
who practised state-sponsored
doping in a way reminiscent of
When could it start being used?
Russia today – found that female
Wada will launch a call for pilot
athletes became 32 times more
artificial intelligence projects in
likely to suffer miscarriages or
the coming weeks, with a view
stillbirths, and their children
to starting to use it as soon as
were far more likely to suffer
possible.
physical deformities.
In 2003-04, eight European
cyclists – from Belgium, France,
eight per cent increase on their
Italy, the Netherlands and Spain –
budget– which comes from the
died suspiciously of heart attacks
Olympic movement and national
in just over a year.
governments – in 2018, taking it
“We are only at the beginning
to $32.1m, Niggli admits this is
of the story because there’s a lot
far from enough.“We
of cases which are now in
just need more
the hands of international
For all
human resources and
federations,” Niggli says,
the
rhetoric
more money.”
defiant that justice will
from
governA month on from the
eventually befall drug
Winter Olympics, Niggli ing bodies
cheats in Russia and
professes to satisfaction on how they
beyond. “We are just at
with how the Games
abhor doping, the beginning of a long
went – and that 168
legal journey here.”
they do not
Russian athletes were
No one would
back this up
cleared to compete,
dispute that.
with
action
under the banner of
Whether Wada, and
Olympic athletes from
national anti-doping
Russia. “All the athletes that were
agencies, receive the financial
there from Russia were ones that
and institutional support they
there was absolutely no indication
need to keep pace with dopers’
or evidence that they could be
skulduggery is altogether
involved in doping.” Still, four
less certain.
An eye on AI
governing bodies about how they
abhor doping, they simply do not
back this up with meaningful
action: enough money. Each year,
sports federations and leagues
generate $54bn in revenue,
according to Plunkett Research.
Yet only $300m is spent on
anti-doping every year: a pitiful
0.006 per cent of the revenue
earned by sports federations and
leagues make.
Wada are currently in
discussions with sports and
governments about greater
investment. Niggli also hopes that
sponsors may be persuaded to
invest in the cause. “Maybe that’s
the next stage – having a small
percentage of what they’re putting
into sports to come and be marked
for sports integrity.”
While Wada have secured an
In Saturday’s
isport
Former world champion
Damon Hill previews the
new F1 season
Cook confident that he can
still deliver on big stage
By David Clough
IN HAMILTON
Alastair Cook admits it is a daily struggle to conquer the self-doubts which
can constrain even his all-time record
run-scoring habits.
Cook(right)willusethiswinter’s
brilliant Ashes double-century
in Melbourne as his crutch in
his 153rd Test against New
Zealand in Auckland.
The opener, about to
embark on his 43rd series,
passed a national-record
12,000 runs in his last
innings - when he was unable
to stop England descending to
a 4-0 defeat under the captaincy of
Joe Root.
One match previously, Cook had
ended a miserable run of form with an
unbeaten 244 in the drawn Boxing Day
Test. “To bat as badly as I did for two
HIGH
pote ncy
months, and then for 10 hours bat as
well as I’ve ever done, is quite strange,”
he said. “It shows I have [still] got it.”
After making a mere 25 – to Root’s
115 – in his final warm-up innings
against a New Zealand XI in Hamilton,
he revisited the same theme.
He said: “You question yourself.
‘Am I still good enough to play
at the real elite level?’
“When you keep piling
the effort in and you’re not
doing very well for two
months in a big series, you
start doubting yourself.”
Melbourne changed all
that – for now, at least.
He added: “I batted like I did
when it was as hard as it could be mentally – because you’re thinking ‘If I get
another couple of low scores, things
are going to get tough for me’. To keep
going like that and then deliver shows
you have something.”
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ENGLAND
Hartley: we ought to learn
from Ireland’s composure
Defeated captain pinpoints shortcomings of the English
By Hugh Godwin
RUGBY UNION CORRESPONDENT
Final table
P W D L F A B Pts
Everywhere you turned at TwickIreland (C) 5 5 0 0 160 82 6 26
enham on Saturday there was a
Wales
5 3 0 2 119 83 3 15
beaming Irish face – from the LonScotland
5 3 0 2 101 128 1 13
France
5 2 0 3 108 94 3 11
don-based expats Instagramming
England
5
2 0 3 102 92 2 10
pictures to the poor unfortunates
Italy
5 0 0 5 92 203 1 1
whose planes from Dublin never
made it through the snow, to Pat
Results
France 13-15 Ireland, Wales 34-7
Whelan, the old Ireland hooker
Scotland, Italy 15-46 England;
who as chairman of the Six Nations
Ireland 56-19 Italy, England 12-6
Championship presented the winWales, Scotland 32-26 France;
ners’ trophy to the current Ireland
France 34-17 Italy, Scotland 25-13
hooker and now Grand Slam immorEngland, Ireland 37-27 Wales;
Ireland 28-8 Scotland, France 22-16
tal Rory Best.
England, Wales 38-14 Italy;
England and their part-time capItaly 27-29 Scotland, England 15-24
tain, Dylan Hartley, who hardly ever
Ireland, Wales 14-13 France
makes it to the end of a match, stoically sucked in the scene, as snowflakes fell like tickertape at a St as he popped Bundee Aki – not the
Patrick’s Day parade, and Ireland decoy Sexton – through a gap before
frolicked on English turf with the the finish by CJ Stander.
cup and the Triple Crown. The Best
With the English, New Zealander
team, in every sense, had won. And and South African elements, it was
as skipper Rory sought out his chil- a United Nations effort to win the
dren Ben and Penny in the crowd, Six Nations, but by all social-media
Ireland joined France in 1981 as the accounts, the Twickers set took
only visiting teams to complete a defeat well, even if former England
Grand Slam at England’s HQ.
captain Will Carling had to remind
Andy Farrell posed with
everyone his side won
the trophies while hugthree Grand Slams in five
When they seasons in the 1990s, as
ging his son Gabriel, who
happens to be the younger got penalties
opposed to Ireland’s three
brother of Owen, the Eng- they were very in 135 years. Everyone
land fly-half and vice-cap- clinical, the
applauded Furlong’s 18
tain. Farrell senior joined
tackles and 12 carries, and
Ireland as defence coach way they took while there were boos for
after his part in England’s their time. It
Schmidt’s England coundoomed crack at the 2015 is something I terpart Eddie Jones it was
World Cup. On his return will take away not clear which side they
to Twickenham he saw from this game came from.
three Irish tries in the first
Jones has bigger probhalf, to lead 21-5, including
lems than any pantomime
a training-ground beauty orches- villainy connected with his jokey
trated by Joe Schmidt, the team’s “scummy” remark at a corporate
inspirational Kiwi head coach.
gig. “There are two deficiencies in
Johnny Sexton veered away from our campaign that we can openly
a line-out, and the consistently talk about – the breakdown and disexcellent tighthead prop Tadhg cipline,” said Hartley, whose team
Furlong left England and their tail conceded 59 penalties in their five
gunner James Haskell flat-footed matches. They also scored three
Jones has just one star
pupil as coach laments
worrying lack of leaders
Hugh
Godwin
E
ddie Jones issued a plea
for more leaders “like
Owen Farrell” in the wake
of England’s worst Six
Nations Championship
performance in 31 years - but it was
not clear the national side’s head
coach has faith in the Premiership
clubs to deliver them. “I’ll go
back to watching club games and
the Under-20s and see how we
can strengthen the squad,” said
Jones, whose next challenge after
England’s fifth-placed finish in the
Six Nations is three Tests away to
South Africa in June.
“We have spoken about having
more leaders on the field. We need
more guys like Owen Farrell. They
[the players] will need to do things
by themselves though.
“We don’t have any jurisdiction at
tries in this match – two by their
outstanding back line talent, Elliot
Daly – while never getting in sight of
victory. “Today I noticed how composed and controlled they [Ireland]
were when they got penalties and
what they did off the back of them,”
Hartley continued. “They were very
clinical, the way they took their time,
and it is something I will take away
from this game.”
England finished fifth in the
Championship for the first time
since 1987, having lost three matches for the first time since 2006, and
Jones talked of it all being good for a
team’s development. But his bosses
at the Rugby Football Union have
antenna that quiver wildly at any
blow to the bottom line of Twickenham’s revenue stream. Keep an eye
out for the words of Steve Brown on
Wednesday when the RFU’s chief
executive gives his verdict.
Plenty of others have offered
theirs. “We are at the bottom of
the rollercoaster,” said Haskell,
“[but] you have to keep your head
and understand this period is all
about learning.” Steve Hansen, the
All Blacks’ coach, offered a decent
overview: “It’s always tough after a
Lions tour, having so many involved
and not much of a break when they
got back.” And Sir Clive Woodward
concurred: “The England players
just looked tired; [Maro] Itoje looked
out on his feet. Knowing Eddie, he
pushes players hard. He’s got to keep
a cool head and not overreact – but
he must reveal more about what the
process is. In the last year England
have been chugging along without
improvements.”
Jones had targeted a record third
straight Six Nations title; Ireland’s
senior players had told each other
before the Six Nations kick-off in
February that they wanted the
Grand Slam. Like an Irish thoroughbred leaving the rest trailing at Cheltenham, there was only one winner.
their clubs. I’m only responsible for
the national team.”
Some may be aghast at Jones’s
lack of influence, given his reported
salary of £750,000 a year, as well
as the suggestion the country’s
best players contain so few
natural organisers.
Jones described how some had
buckled under his demands: “When
you are developing people who
aren’t Owen Farrell and you are
asking them to do other things,
sometimes the weight of those
things affects their performance in
a negative way. So they seem less
energetic, but in fact they are just
trying to cope.”
England lost Bath full-back
Anthony Watson to an Achilles
tendon injury in Saturday’s 24-15
loss to Ireland and although
Saracens’ No 8 Billy Vunipola is
due back from a broken arm soon,
the back-rowers Nathan Hughes
and Courtney Lawes may miss
the South Africa tour with knee
injuries. There may be boosts if
centre Manu Tuilagi and prop Ellis
Genge can recover fitness.
But England acknowledge they
need to cut out silly penalties, such
as the ones for late hits by Farrell
and prop Joe Marler, while Marler’s
fellow Harlequin, Kyle Sinckler,
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SCOTLAND
Proud Sexton
hails Farrell’s
role in Irish
Slam triumph
Laidlaw keeps cool
to earn ‘ugly win’
By Hugh Godwin
suffered by comparison with the
“We don’t want to get ahead
all-round composure of Ireland’s
of ourselves - and you guys
Tadhg Furlong.
shouldn’t either.”
It is possible Jones’s squad will
Gustard’s England predecessor
dial down the talk of winning the
Andy Farrell is now a key figure
next World Cup which will be held
in Ireland’s Grand Slam coaching
in Japan in 2019. Paul Gustard,
cohort, while Stuart Lancaster is
the England defence
busy assisting Leinster
coach, spoke last month
in Dublin, so two victims
W
e
have
of England’s “best game”
of England’s 2015 World
spoken many Cup blow-out are lifting
needing to be on the
times about
World Cup final date of 2
Irish rugby. Jones will
November 2019, but it may having more
not go back to them, but
have made players lose
leaders on the the Australian has said
perspective in the here
he is looking for help in
field of play.
and now.
coaching England’s attack.
We need more
Steve Hansen, the
And while Jones believes
players
like
New Zealand head coach
passionately in training at
Owen
Farrell
and twice a World Cup
Test intensity, the full-on
winner, made that point
pack session with Georgia
when asked on BBC Radio
during a Six Nations fallow
yesterday whether his side would
week was possibly too much to ask,
beat England in the 2019 final.
and he hinted some or all of last
Hansen said: “We’ve got to get out of year’s English Lions tourists will be
our pool first.
rested this summer.
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Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton
gave credit to the influence of
English defence coach Andy
Farrell as the Six Nations
champions revelled in completing
their third Grand Slam in the
competition’s 135-year history by
beating England 24-15.
The cancellation of yesterday’s
homecoming celebration in
Dublin due to heavy snow was
about the only thing that went
wrong in a momentous campaign
for Rory Best’s team as Ireland
completed the clean sweep, to go
with those in 1948 and 2009.
Ireland hit England with three
first-half tries, and although
the home team eventually
accumulated the same number,
Sexton said: “We saved our best
performance for last, which is
always very satisfying, and some
of our defence was incredible.
“We made Andy proud on the
first day back in Twickenham
for him [since he was an England
assistant at the 2015 World Cup].”
Sexton, who came into the Irish
team soon after the 2009 Slam,
also praised New Zealander
head coach Joe Schmidt, saying:
“At times during the week you
are driven demented with him,
but you know he is doing it for a
reason – putting pressure on you
to make sure on Saturday every
box is ticked and all the prep done.
“He is an incredible coach
and his record with Irish teams
speaks for itself. He was three
years with Leinster and got
six finals. Now five years with
Ireland and we have won three
Championships and a Grand
Slam.
“The [2015] World Cup
obviously didn’t go to plan but
there are lots of reasons why.
Hopefully we can have a good
crack at the next one [in 2019].
“It was blatantly obvious to the
older guys – Keith Earls, myself,
Rob [Kearney], Rory [Best] – that
we wanted to win a Grand Slam.
We spoke about it at the start of
the Six Nations and then parked it
and went game by game.”
Ireland’s defence coach Andy Farrell
(left ) with victorious Johnny Sexton
By Iain Morrison
Scotland finished the Six Nations in
third place with three wins to their
name although that didn’t look
likely for much of Saturday’s game
in Rome.
The Scots ended this tournament
as they had started it, playing badly,
and it took two tries in the final
quarter, the first from Sean Maitland, the second from Stuart Hogg,
to secure victory.
Even then Greig Laidlaw’s composure and the
nerves of goodness
knows how many Scottish fans were tested
when the Scots firstly
conceded the lead to
a 76th minute penalty
from man of the match
Tomasso Allan.
Just two minutes later, another hugely effective drive from
the Scottish forwards was halted illegally. Laidlaw (above) stepped up
from wide on the right and a kick to
nothing to save Scotland’s blushes.
Not only did the Italian fans do
their best to put the little scrummy
off his stride but, just as the Scot
was beginning his run up, the stadium commentator asked for quiet
over the loudspeaker system. If it
was cynical, the ploy didn’t work.
“It went between the posts and
over the bar so I was pretty happy,”
said a relieved Laidlaw after the
match. “I hit the ball OK all day
apart from the first one which I was
annoyed about.
“You have to just try and block
everything else out whatever your
technique. Thankfully, it held up
again today although I have said to
the boys, ‘don’t be putting me in that
position too many more times’.
“It is something you get used to
as a kicker, noise is noise. It does
not matter what is happening or what kind of noise it
is. I play in France where
they make noise when
you are kicking so it is
something that is not
new to me.
“It probably helps
playing in France. In
home matches the Clermont
crowd is really loud. It can help
kickers, especially young kickers,
coming through.
“You just block everything and
that is the advice I would give anybody. I was able to do that and hold
my technique. I felt the boys closed
the game out well, it was not just me.
“I don’t think we panicked,”
added Laidlaw. “We played for 80
minutes and came away with an
ugly win.”
WALES
New strength in depth
the Welsh silver lining
By Sam Peters
There was a palpable sense of
“what might have been” after Wales
finished second to Ireland in the
Six Nations table, leaving Warren
Gatland and his men to reflect on a
campaign which faltered after the
opening win against Scotland.
Liam Williams’s first-half try
and three Leigh Halfpenny penalties were all Wales had to show on
the final Saturday for a tough shift
against a heavy-duty France
team who would surely
have won had François
Trinh-Duc kicked a
simple penalty 10 minutes from time.
Some of Gatland’s
players can look forward to time off over the
summer after the coach revealed he would not be taking
his strongest squad to Argentina.
Encouragingly, he can expect several first-choice players to return
before next year’s World Cup after
Sam Warburton and Jonathan Davies missed the Six Nations through
injury. No 8 Taulupe Faletau, who
sat out the opening three games
with a knee injury, is one of those
likely to be stood down for the Argentina trip in June – Halfpenny
and Alun Wyn Jones are others as
Wales look to ensure their top talent arrives at the World Cup in peak
condition.
Faletau (below) is sure Wales will
improve as they get to grips with
changes to their attacking game.
“There is definitely more to come,”
he said. “We are seeing phases of
it, and it has been great to watch,
but to move it on to another level is
about doing it for 80 minutes.”
Three wins from five is a decent
return considering all the
injuries Wales suffered
before the Six Nations.
Several players have
emerged as genuine options over the course of
the tournament.
The blow of Davies’s
absence was softened by
mature displays from Scott
Williams and Owen Watkin
in the No 13 shirt. With Hadleigh
Parkes looking the part at inside
centre, Welsh options in the centre
and back row look especially strong.
Williams, who impressed again
in a scrappy affair on Saturday,
said: “After the first game, we were
hoping for a little bit more. We are
happy with second place but we
were confident we could have won
every game.” THE INDEPENDENT
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LIVERPOOL 5-0 WATFORD
Salah’s not Messi yet,
says happy Klopp
Jürgen Klopp conceded that
Mohamed Salah was “on his way”
to earning valid comparisons with
Lionel Messi after the Egyptian
forward scored four and made the
other in the thrashing of Watford.
But the Liverpool manager also
reminded Salah (below) that he still
has work to do to achieve
such exalted status – and
that his team-mates
have also been vital in
the 36 goals in his debut
season (28 in the Premier
League) that have put him
ahead of Messi and
Tottenham’s Harry
Kane at the top of
the scoring chart
for Europe’s top
five leagues.
“I don’t think
Mo wants to be
compared with Messi,”
said Klopp.
“We will not treat
him like, ‘You don’t
have to train, Mo – just
come on Saturday for the game
and we’ll see you there at Anfield
or whatever.’ He doesn’t want that.
He’s exactly in the moment of his
career but he knows there is a lot
for him to come.”
Klopp believes the work put in
by Saturday’s other goalscorer,
Roberto Firmino, in closing down
opponents, lightens the load on
Salah defensively.
“Roberto loves running and
chasing players,” said Klopp. “He
runs all the time – but then Mo
didn’t stop as well in the other
direction. He took each
sprint like the 100m final
in the Olympic Games.
“He played more on
the wing [for Roma],
where he had a very
dominant striker in
[Edin] Dzeko. Nobody
could know [that he
could play as a striker].
We couldn’t know
for certain but in the
pre-season, we knew.”
HUDD’FIELD 0-2 C PALACE
STOKE 1-2 EVERTON
Having slipped back into the
relegation zone with four straight
defeats, Crystal Palace climbed
out of it again through James
Tomkins’s close-range finish and
Luka Milivojevic’s penalty.
And manager Roy Hodgson said:
“The most important thing was to
come away with a result, ideally a
win, to make certain we could keep
our hopes of staying in the division
alive. Had we not done that, the
gap to teams like Huddersfield gets
greater and we know how difficult
it is – we had to make up eight
points to get out of the relegation
zone the first time.”
Huddersfield coach David
Wagner admitted: “They deserved
this result, even if they scored from
two set-plays. They had enough
other opportunities to win.”
Cenk Tosun (left)
made it four goals
in three games
with the secondhalf double that
gave Everton their
first away win
since 13 December. And the Turkey
forward gave credit for his form to
a famous predecessor.
“I work on my game after
training with Duncan Ferguson,”
said the £27m January signing
from Besiktas. “He was a legend
of Everton and he has helped me
a lot. We work together on my
physique and on my shooting.”
Stoke had Charlie Adam sent
off on the half-hour, but had their
hopes raised briefly when Maxim
Choupo-Moting struck between
Tosun’s second-half goals.
Two-goal Tosun
Tomkins leads
the bounce back credits Ferguson
for his hot streak
for Hodgson
BOURNEMOUTH 2-1 WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Pardew admits fight’s nearly over
Alan Pardew admitted West Brom
were “running out of time” to
save their Premier League
status after they failed to
hold a lead given them by
Jay Rodriguez.
Fine strikes by Jordon
Ibe and Junior Stanislas
made it eight straight
defeats for Albion, with
just seven games left to make up a
10-point gap to a survival place.
“I keep saying to my players
you’ve got to keep fighting and
showing pride in what you
do and that’s what I’m going
to do until such time that
I’m told not to,” Pardew (left)
said. “I’m under contract for
another three years.”
Bournemouth’s first win
in five games lifted them two
places into the top half of the table,
all but securing their safety.
We must be ready
as Mourinho will
always demand
more, warns Matic
By Mark Critchley
Nemanja Matic enjoys playing under
the “special” Jose Mourinho, even if
the Manchester United manager’s
high standards can make him “very
difficult” to work with.
Mourinho (right) watched
his United side respond to
their elimination from
the Champions League
last Tuesday by beating
Brighton & Hove Albion
on Saturday to reach the
FA Cup semi-finals.
The United manager
was, however, unhappy
with the performance from
the majority of his players, who
he accused of lacking “personality”,
“class” and “desire”.
His remarks came a day after an
extraordinary pre-match press conference in which he embarked on
a 12-minute monologue criticising
United’s so-called “football heritage”.
Matic and Romelu Lukaku were
the only outfield United players to receive any praise from that long rant
and the pair of “high level” performers duly scored the goals that earned
Saturday’s 2-0 victory, which takes
United through to a semi-final
against Tottenham Hotspur
at Wembley next month.
Matic conceded that
Mourinho “always wants
more and more” from his
players and that it can
sometimes be challenging
to meet his demands.
“He is special because he
wants to win always,” Matic
said. “You can see when we lose a
game he cannot accept that. That’s
why he won more than 20 trophies.
It is very difficult to work with him
because he always wants more and
more. Even if you win the league he
wants to win again next season.
“The players need to be ready because the pressure is big. Everyone
expects you to win every game.”
When asked whether he enjoys
working under Mourinho, Matic was
unequivocal: “I like when the manager always wants better and better, so
you have to improve always. Always
do your best. I like this kind of work.”
Matic claimed not to have seen
Mourinho’s 12-minute monologue,
but he is already confident that his
manager “respects” the effort he
puts in on the training field and in
matches. “I am happy to work with
him,” the 29-year-old insisted. “I’m
happy to be part of his team. I think
he respects what I am doing every
day, not only in the game, but in the
training sessions.”
Beaten Brighton manager Chris
Hughton, meanwhile, believes Mourinho has “a wonderful way” of dealing
with pressure.
“I don’t think you’ll ever get anybody saying anything detrimental
about Jose. He’s an outstanding manager. He’s praised us when we played
here [at Old Trafford in November’s
League match, which United won
1-0]. He’s a manger that’s managing
a massive club and there are always
different things that come with that
than managing Brighton.”
I like when the manager
always wants better, you
have to improve always. I like
this kind of work.
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Nemanja Matic scores
Manchester United’s second
goal against Brighton on
Saturday GETTY
Hughton added: “At the moment
they’re a team that’s second in the
division and the only reason they
are second is because Man City have
had an outstanding season. This is a
club that will continue to win things.
I don’t see that changing.”
Hughton is not surprised that
Mourinho finds himself under such
scrutiny, though he believes the United manager is more than capable of
handling it.
“It’s Manchester United,” Hughton
said. “Jose has managed at big clubs.
At all of those clubs pressure comes
with the territory. He has a wonderful way of dealing with that pressure.
When you manage these type of clubs
you’ve got to be used to it.”
Despite going down to defeat at
Old Trafford, Brighton matched
their hosts for the majority and
caused United problems on several
occasions. Hughton, in stark contrast
to Mourinho, was pleased by what he
saw from his players.
“I thought our defenders did
great,” he said. “What I was pleased
about was that we were a goal threat,
but you have to defend well.
“We’ve got a back-four and in particular two centre-halves who put in
a lot of blocks. When things are coming through the middle, they’re properly organised.
Hughton added: “When I looked at
the opportunities United had, the last
one was from a set-play and of course
the first goal was from a real quality
ball in; we limited them to minimal
clear chances.” THE INDEPENDENT
Spurs will enjoy home
comforts, says Vertonghen
By Phil Blanche
Jan Vertonghen admits Tottenham
Hotspur have an advantage with the
FA Cup semi-finals being staged at
their temporary Wembley home.
Spurs cruised into the last four
of the competition for the second
successive season by winning 3-0 at
Swansea on Saturday and the Belgian admitted his club could benefit
from their familiarity with the venue
when they take on Manchester United on the weekend of 21-22 April.
“It definitely helps us because
we have played well there,” he said,
knowing that Spurs will be in familiar semi-final and possible final
surroundings in trying to win their
first silverware since lifting the 2008
League Cup at the stadium.”
Tottenham beat Manchester
United 2-0 at Wembley in January’s
League meeting, having lost 1-0 at Old
Trafford in October. “We’ve beaten
some big teams [at Wembley] and
had some very good games, apart
from the start of the season when it
was a bit difficult,” Vertonghen said.
“Juventus [whom Spurs lost to earlier this month to exit the Champions
League] wasn’t great, but Wembley
suits us and we’ve had a good season
there. We really feel at home there.”
Spurs moved into Wembley at
the start of the season as their new
62,000-capacity stadium at White
Hart Lane was still being built.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have
not lost there in the Premier League
since their first home match in August, when Chelsea repeated last season’s FA Cup semi-final success. And
other than a Carabao Cup defeat to
West Ham in October, the only other
time Spurs have lost at Wembley this
term was to Juventus.
But defender Vertonghen does not
believe Tottenham’s FA Cup rivals
should complain about their Wembley advantage. “Everyone agreed
that we had to play at Wembley, so I
don’t think teams would see it that
way,” he said. “At the beginning of the
season everyone was talking about it
Jan
Vertonghen
described
Christian
Eriksen as
a ‘special
player’ after
the Dane’s
two goals at
Swansea
REUTERS
[Spurs’ poor Wembley form] – after
the Chelsea, Burnley [a 1-1 draw] and
West Brom [1-1] games.
“There were a couple of games
which we should have won and we
didn’t. But after the Champions
League games, things turned around
and we felt we could beat everyone
there. I like playing at Wembley now.”
Tottenham’s progress in the FA
Cup was never in doubt on Saturday
afternoon, despite the absence of injured 35-goal talisman Harry Kane
and Pochettino deciding to rest several other regulars.
The outstanding Christian Eriksen
struck twice to make it eight goals in
his last nine games against Swansea,
while Erik Lamela claimed his second
of the season just before half-time to
give Spurs a two-goal lead.
“Christian is a special player and
when he drops into that role he is
different class,” Vertonghen said of
his midfield colleague. “He has taken
his game to the next level and he’s up
there with the best midfielders.”
Swansea had not graced an FA Cup
quarter-final for 54 years, but what
should have been a memorable occasion turned into a damp squib for
the Premier League strugglers. “The
early goal knocked the stuffing out of
us,” Swans captain Kyle Bartley said.
“We were a little off the pace and they
were at the top of their game.”
Warnock blasts Derby postponement
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock
labelled the postponing of his
side’s clash at Derby yesterday
as “scandalous”.
The Premier League
hopefuls were due to meet
the Rams in a lunchtime
kick-off at Pride Park,
where a win would have
taken them to within three
points of leaders Wolves.
The match was called
off at 8.15am following
overnight snow, leaving,
Warnock (right) to lament:
“I’m very disappointed. I’m
not overly surprised. When
I heard [Derby manager]
FA CUP SIXTH ROUND
Man Utd (1)................... 2 Brighton (0) ...............0
Lukaku 37, Matic 83 Att 74,241
Swansea (0).................0 Tottenham (2) ..........3
Eriksen 11, 62,
Lamela 45
Yesterdy
Leicester (0)................1 Chelsea (1)....................2
Vardy 76
Morata 42, Pedro 105
Att 31,792
AET: Score after 90 mins 1-1. .
Wigan (0).......................0 Southampton (0)...2
Hojbjerg 62
Cedric 90
Att 17,110
PREMIER LEAGUE
Bournemouth (0) .. 2
Ibe 77
Stanislas 89
Huddersfield (0) .....0
CHAMPIONSHIP
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Gary [Rowett’s] remarks about ‘if
we can’t get over this weekend’s
injury crisis with this game we
should be all right after the event’.
“It’s a disgrace, quite frankly.
Two weeks ago, against Fulham
here, and you look on the website,
all the Derby fans are saying it
was 10 times worse.”
Derby said the clash had
been postponed due to the
Pride Park stadium and its
surrounding areas being
unsafe. The EFL said the
decision was made “first
thing this morning following
discussions between Derby
County, Derbyshire Police
and the local Safety
Advisory Group.”
West Brom (0) .........1
Rodriguez 49
Att 10,242
Crystal Palace (1)...2
Tomkins 23
Att 23,918
Milivojevic 68 (pen)
Liverpool (2)...............5 Watford (0).................0
Salah 4, 43, 77, 85
Att 53,287
Firmino 49
Stoke (0).........................1 Everton (0)..................2
E Choupo-Moting 77 Tosun 69, 84
Att 30,022
P W D L F A Pts
Man City
30 26 3 1 85 20 81
Man Utd
30 20 5 5 58 23 65
Liverpool
31 18 9 4 73 34 63
Tottenham
30 18 7 5 59 25 61
Chelsea
30 17 5 8 52 27 56
Arsenal
30 14 6 10 55 41 48
Burnley
30 11 10 9 27 26 43
Leicester
30 10 10 10 45 43 40
Everton
31 11 7 13 37 50 40
Bournemouth 31 9 9 13 37 49 36
Watford
31 10 6 15 39 55 36
Brighton
30 8 10 12 28 40 34
Newcastle
30 8 8 14 30 40 32
Swansea
30 8 7 15 25 42 31
Huddersfield 31 8 7 16 25 52 31
Crystal Palace 31 7 9 15 30 48 30
West Ham
30 7 9 14 36 57 30
Southampton 30 5 13 12 29 44 28
Stoke
31 6 9 16 29 58 27
West Brom
31 3 11 17 24 49 20
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Barnsley (0)................0 Millwall (1)..................2
Gregory 24
Att 13,041
Marshall 63
Birmingham (1) .......3 Hull (0)............................0
Jota 12, 59
Att 22,970
Adams 48
Bolton (1).......................1 Aston Villa (0) ..........0
Le Fondre 19
Att 19,304
Brentford (1)..............1 Middlesbrough (1) 1
Macleod 34
Traore 21
Att 11,134
Bristol City (0)..........1 Ipswich (0)...................0
Djuric 64
Att 21,509
Fulham (2)..................... 2 QPR (1)............................2
Cairney 32
Luongo 45
Piazon 45
Wszolek 81
Att 23,347
Leeds (0).........................1 Sheff Wed (0).............2
Grot 86
Nuhiu 71, 90
Att 31,638
Norwich (3).................. 3 Reading (1) ..................2
Vrancic 14
Kelly 32
Hanley 26
Smith 51
Maddison 37 (pen) Att 25,098
Sheff Utd (0)................0 Nottm Forest (0)....0
Att 28,095
Sunderland (0).........0 Preston (0)..................2
Maguire 50
Robinson 63
Att 28,543
Wolves (2)...................... 3 Burton Albion (1)..1
Helder Costa 15
Dyer 44
Afobe 41, 56
Att 29,977
Yesterdy
Derby ..............................P Cardiff .......................... P
Postponed - due to safety reasons.
P W D L F A Pts
Wolves
38 25 7 6 69 33 82
Cardiff
37 23 7 7 58 31 76
Fulham
38 19 12 7 66 41 69
Aston Villa
38 20 9 9 61 37 69
Derby
37 16 14 7 55 34 62
Middlesbrough 38 18 8 12 54 36 62
Bristol City
38 16 13 9 54 42 61
Preston
38 15 15 8 48 37 60
Sheff Utd
38 18 6 14 51 43 60
Millwall
38 15 13 10 46 37 58
Brentford
38 14 12 12 54 46 54
Ipswich
38 15 7 16 47 48 52
Norwich
38 13 13 12 41 44 52
Leeds
38 14 8 16 50 53 50
QPR
38 12 11 15 45 55 47
Nottm Forest 38 13 7 18 43 54 46
Sheff Wed
38 9 14 15 41 52 41
Hull
38 9 12 17 53 59 39
Bolton
38 9 12 17 33 56 39
Reading
38 8 12 18 44 57 36
Barnsley
38 7 12 19 37 56 33
Birmingham 38 9 6 23 28 57 33
Burton Albion 38 7 9 22 27 67 30
Sunderland
38 5 13 20 38 68 28
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Blackpool (1)...............1 Southend (1)..............1
Robertson 45
Fortune 11
Att 3,213
Charlton (0).................0 Fleetwood Tn (0)...0
Att 9,865
Gillingham .................P Blackburn ................. P
Postponed - due to safety reasons.
MK Dons (1) ................. 2 Bury (0)..........................1
Aneke 11 (pen), 57 (pen)Miller 76
Att 9,247
Northampton (0)....0 Rotherham (1)..........3
Smith 17, Ball 62
Att 5,882
Towell 81
Oldham (0)....................0 Portsmouth (2) .......2
Att 4,306
Pitman 29, 42
Oxford Utd (1)............ 2 Peterborough (0) ..1
Dickie 6
Marriott 62
Henry 61
Att 6,804
Plymouth (1) ..............3 Bristol Rovers (2)..2
Ness 34, 48
Lines 12
Carey 85 (pen)
Harrison 36
Att 13,466
Rochdale (1).................1 Wimbledon (1).........1
Cannon 25
Oshilaja 7
Att 2,667
Scunthorpe (1)..........1 Shrewsbury (0).......2
Morris 8
Nolan 51
Payne 59 (pen)
Att 3,824
Blackburn
Shrewsbury
Wigan
Rotherham
Scunthorpe
Plymouth
Peterborough
Portsmouth
Charlton
Bristol Rovers
Bradford
Gillingham
Southend
Blackpool
Oxford Utd
Walsall
Doncaster
Wimbledon
Oldham
Fleetwood Tn
Northampton
MK Dons
Rochdale
Bury
P
37
36
34
37
38
37
37
37
36
37
35
36
37
37
36
37
36
37
36
36
37
37
34
37
W
22
22
21
20
15
16
15
16
14
15
15
12
12
11
12
11
10
11
10
10
10
9
7
7
D
10
8
8
5
13
9
11
4
10
5
5
13
11
13
9
11
13
9
10
9
9
11
13
9
L
5
6
5
12
10
12
11
17
12
17
15
11
14
13
15
15
13
17
16
17
18
17
14
21
F
70
49
63
63
55
47
59
45
44
53
48
42
43
44
52
47
43
37
50
46
35
37
34
31
A
35
27
23
43
46
45
47
47
46
56
52
40
55
48
54
54
44
48
62
57
60
51
42
55
Pts
76
74
71
65
58
57
56
52
52
50
50
49
47
46
45
44
43
42
40
39
39
38
34
30
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Accrington (1)...........3 Forest Green (0).....1
Barnet (0)......................0 Wycombe (0).............2
Cambridge Utd (0).1 Swindon (1)................3
Carlisle (1)..................... 2 Crawley Town (0).2
Cheltenham (0) ........1 Chesterfield (0).......1
Colchester (0)............0 Yeovil (1) .......................1
Crewe (1)........................1 Coventry (2)...............2
Lincoln City (3).........3 Grimsby (1).................1
Morecambe (1).......... 2 Exeter (1)......................1
Newport C (1).............1 Luton (1)........................1
Notts County (1) .....1 Mansfield (0).............1
Port Vale (0)................ 2 Stevenage (1).............2
P W D L F A Pts
Accrington
37 23 5 9 64 40 74
Luton
38 20 11 7 79 40 71
Notts County 38 18 12 8 60 39 66
Wycombe
37 19 9 9 70 52 66
Mansfield
37 16 15 6 56 38 63
Coventry
37 18 7 12 43 31 61
Lincoln City
37 16 12 9 53 40 60
Exeter
36 18 6 12 46 40 60
Swindon
37 19 3 15 58 55 60
Carlisle
38 15 11 12 55 48 56
Newport C
37 13 14 10 47 47 53
Crawley Town 37 15 8 14 44 46 53
Colchester
37 13 12 12 46 43 51
Cambridge Utd 38 13 11 14 38 50 50
Cheltenham
38 11 12 15 53 54 45
Stevenage
37 11 11 15 50 55 44
Yeovil
37 11 9 17 47 57 42
Morecambe
36 9 12 15 37 47 39
Port Vale
37 9 11 17 41 53 38
Crewe
37 11 4 22 44 61 37
Forest Green 37 10 7 20 44 64 37
Grimsby
38 9 10 19 32 57 37
Chesterfield
36 8 7 21 37 65 31
Barnet
38 7 9 22 34 56 30
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Aberdeen (1) ...............1 Dundee (0)...................0
Shinnie 35
Att 15,208
Hearts (3)....................... 3 Partick (0)....................0
Lafferty 17
Att 17,179
Naismith 21
Souttar 44
Rangers (0)..................0 Kilmarnock (0) ........1
Att 49,396
K Boyd 54
Ross County (1)........ 2 Hamilton (0)..............2
Lindsay 23
Imrie 49 (pen)
Davies 76
Ogboe 52
Att 3,586
Yesterday
Motherwell (0).........0 Celtic (0)........................0
Att 8,717
P W D L F A Pts
Celtic
30 20 8 2 59 20 68
Rangers
31 18 4 9 61 36 58
Aberdeen
30 17 5 8 44 33 56
Hibernian
30 14 10 6 43 33 52
Kilmarnock
30 12 10 8 40 38 46
Hearts
31 10 12 9 32 29 42
Motherwell
30 10 6 14 34 39 36
St Johnstone 30 9 7 14 30 43 34
Hamilton
28 8 6 14 40 50 30
Dundee
30 8 4 18 30 48 28
Partick
30 6 7 17 26 50 25
Ross County 30 5 7 18 33 53 22
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Brechin 1 Dumbarton 3; Dundee Utd 1
Inverness CT 1; Dunfermline 0 Morton
0; Livingston 0 Falkirk 0; Queen of South
1 St Mirren 3.
Leading Positions: 1 St Mirren P 28 pts
63, 2 Livingston (28-51), 3 Dundee Utd
(25-44), 4 Morton (29-43), 5 Dunfermline
(28-39), 6 Queen of South (28-38).
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE
Albion 1 Arbroath 2; Alloa 2 Airdrieonians
2; Forfar 0 Ayr 2; Stranraer 2 Queen’s Park
3. Yesterday: Raith P East Fife P
Leading Positions: 1 Ayr P 29 pts 61, 2
Raith (29-58), 3 Arbroath (29-49), 4 Alloa
(29-46), 5 East Fife (29-39), 6 Stranraer
(30-38).
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Annan Athletic 1 Clyde 1; Berwick P
Stenhousemuir P (Postponed - due to
waterlogged pitch); Cowdenbeath 3 Elgin
1; Edinburgh City 2 Stirling 2; Montrose
3 Peterhead 2.
Leading Positions: 1 Montrose P 29 pts
61, 2 Peterhead (30-58), 3 Stirling (28-49),
4 Stenhousemuir (27-44), 5 Elgin (28-40),
6 Annan Athletic (30-37).
FA TROPHY SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG
Brackley (0).................1 Wealdstone (0)........0
Gudger 86
Bromley (1) ................. 3 Gateshead (2).............2
Hanlan 15 (pen)
Peniket 1
Dennis 51, 82
Johnson 35
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
AFC Fylde 3 Hartlepool 3; Boreham
Wood 2 Tranmere 1; Bromley P Dag &
Red P (Postponed - due to FA Trophy);
Chester FC 0 Aldershot 0; Dover 2
Macclesfield 0; Eastleigh 0 Leyton Orient 0; Gateshead P Ebbsfleet United P
(Postponed - new date to be confirmed);
Guiseley 1 FC Halifax 1; Maidenhead Utd
0 Barrow 1; Maidstone Utd 1 Sutton Utd
0; Solihull Moors 1 Torquay 1; Woking 2
Wrexham 2.
Leading Positions: 1 Macclesfield P 37
pts 71, 2 Sutton Utd (38-69), 3 Boreham
Wood (38-65), 4 Tranmere (38-64), 5
Wrexham (38-64), 6 Aldershot (38-64).
54
Football
SPORT
FA CUP
Conte’s men
show ‘desire
and fight’ to
defeat Foxes
LEICESTER CITY
Vardy 76
CHELSEA
Morata 42, Pedro 105
1
(after extra-time)
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
Leicester City
Schmeichel
2
Simpson Morgan
AT THE KING POWER STADIUM
Mahrez
Ndidi
Maguire Chilwell
Iborra Albrighton
The Antonio Conte era at Chelsea
is not done quite yet. It could easily
Iheanacho Vardy
have ended here at Leicester City, in
this FA Cup quarter final played over
two hours in the bitter cold.
Morata
Defeat would have left Chelsea
Hazard
Willian
with just eight Premier League
games left in this disappointing
Alonso Bakayoko Kante
Moses
comedown season and only the pursuit of fourth place to play for.
But instead, these Chelsea playRudiger Christensen Azpilicueta
ers dug deeper than critics might
expect, holding off a serious LeicesCaballero
ter fight-back to win a back-andforth game 2-1 in extra time, thanks
Chelsea
to Pedro’s extra-time header.
Given the reward of facing South- Substitutions: Leicester City Okazaki (Iheanacho, 68),
(Simpson, 105), Silva (Iborra, 105), Gray
ampton in the FA Cup semi-final Diabaté
(Albrighton, 115); Chelsea Fabregas (Bakayoko, h-t),
next month, these players and fans Pedro (Willian, 92), Cahill (Christensen, 101), Giroud
(Morata, 105).
will be pencilling the final on 19 May Booked: Leicester City Maguire; Chelsea Bakayoko,
Moses.
into their diaries already.
Man of the match Kanté. Match rating 7/10.
Alvaro Morata scored for the first Possession: Leicester City 45% Chelsea 55%.
Attempts
target: Leicester City 5 Chelsea 6.
time since Boxing Day with a cool Referee Con
Pawson (South Yorks). Attendance 31,792.
finish, put through after a superb
breakaway run and quality throughball from Willian, to give Chelsea
of the next two months, giving
a half-time lead.
everyone something posiJamie Vardy prodded
tive to aim towards rather
home from close range
than just yet more mis14 minutes from time
erable politics. This
to force the additional
season could yet finish
periods at the King
with a happy farewell.
Chelsea have
Power Stadium.
While there have
reached their eighth
The Pedro winbeen doubts recently
FA Cup semi-final in
the last 13 years
ner, after a misabout the desire of
judgment from
these Chelsea playLeicester goalkeeper
ers, this was another
Kasper Schmeichel alstrong response.
lowed the Spaniard to head
It was a very different occahome, could transform the feeling sion from their noble 4-1 defeat to
8
The
Sport
Matrix
The stories you
need to know
Pedro beats Leicester
goalkeeper Kasper
Schmeichel to the
ball and heads home
Chelsea’s winner
yesterday REUTERS
Barcelona over two legs but, as in
those games, they showed reserves
of focus and skill under pressure.
Especially given how hard they had
to work in defeat in the Nou Camp on
Wednesday night.
The players have also shown that
the uncertainty over Conte’s future
– or some of their own futures - will
not unsettle them.
Not when they have pride, their
reputations and a Wembley final left
to fight for.
Conte said: “We must be pleased
for the character we showed in this
MOTOGP
Dovizioso opens with win in Qatar
Andrea Dovizioso won yesterday’s
season-opening Qatar MotoGP for
Ducati. The 31-year-old Italian (right)
held off late pressure from Spanish
reigning champion Marc Marquez
to seal his ninth race victory by 0.027
seconds from the Repsol rider.
Dovizioso, who qualified fifth on
Saturday, hit the front of the pack
with five laps to go of the curtain
raiser. He then proceeded to record
the fastest lap as he held off fourtimes champion Marquez to claim
the honours.
Yamaha also celebrated a podium
finish as Italy’s Valentino Rossi
came home third, while Britain’s
Cal Crutchlow was in fourth place on
his Honda.
Dovizioso said: “I did three second
positions [in previous years in
Qatar], so before I came here it was
like an obligation to win here.
“We have a little bit better bike
than last year, we confirmed this
winter and this weekend, but it’s
not enough when there are so many
fast riders.”
Semi-final draw
Manchester United v Tottenham
Chelsea v Southampton
Ties to be played at Wembley,
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 April
game against a really good team.
Don’t forget, in the last game at home
we suffered a lot against Leicester.
They’re a really good team with
great players and great talent.
“After a game in the Champions
League, it wasn’t easy for us to play
120 minutes in this way. Tonight, we
fought a lot. We fought a lot against
Leicester and showed a great desire
and will to fight and to go to reach
the semi-finals, and go for the second
time in a row to Wembley.”
Last season, Chelsea beat Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final before
underperforming in the final and losing to Arsenal.
Conte warned that the semi-final
against Southampton would not be
as easy as it might seem, but said
he was motivated to go one better
than last season and win this year’s
TENNIS
Osaka storms to
Indian Wells title
Naomi Osaka ended a memorable
fortnight with another standout
display as she clinched her first
WTA Tour title by thrashing
Daria Kasatkina in the final of the
BNP Paribas Open. The unseeded
Haitian-Japanese had also beaten
Maria Sharapova and world No 1
Simona Halep en route. Osaka
dropped her serve in the opening
game but rarely faltered thereafter,
as she sealed a 6-3, 6-2 win in 70
minutes against the 20th seed.
NEWS
2-27
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19 MARCH 2018
55
Dream start for Hughes as Wigan’s
fine FA Cup run comes to an end
WIGAN ATHLETIC
SOUTHAMPTON
Hojbjerg 62, Soares 90
0
2
By Ian Whittell
AT THE DW STADIUM
Mark Hughes had the desired impact on Southampton’s so-far forgettable season, leading the club into
the FA Cup semi-finals four days
after being appointed as Mauricio
Pellegrino’s successor.
Second half goals from PierreEmile Hojbjerg and Cedric Soares
were enough to take the Welshman through to his first Wembley
cup tie appearance of his long
managerial career.
“This was an important fixture,”
said Hughes. “Though clearly our
Premier League status is a huge
concern for us and we’ve got to retain that.
Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg celebrates scoring their first goal GETTY
“We had to show the qualities and
traits that a good team has to show to give the scoreline a lopsided look,
Wigan Athletic
on a regular basis and maybe they breaking upfield and pushing the
haven’t done that prior to me com- ball past Dan Burn before advancing to the club.
ing and finishing impressively from
Walton
“But the time I’ve been with them, a wide angle.
I’ve see good quality and application
After masterminding a cup run
Burn
Byrne Dunkley
Elder
and maybe they’ve been hurt by the that has seen his side account for
criticism of themselves..
Bournemouth, West Ham
Power
Morsy
“Now Wembley will be a
and mighty Manchester
nice occasion. I’ve been
City already at the DW
Massey Roberts Jacobs
to a few semi-finals as
Stadium this season,
a manager but never
Wigan Manager Paul
Grigg
quite made it to
Cook was proud of
Years since
Wembley.
side’s efforts.
Southampton
last
“We will enjoy it
He said: “It is a difGabbiadini Carrillo
reached the semiand try and take some
ficult one when the
finals of the FA Cup
positives out of it – to
prize is so great for
Boufal
Tadic
Lemina Hojbjerg
hopefully help us in our
a club like ours. I was
league form as well.”
fearful at half-time beThe quarter-final again
cause I felt we had played
Bertrand Hoedt Stephens Soares
showed League One Wigan in a fathat well in the first half and
vourable light as they traded blows hadn’t got enough out of the game.
with a team two divisions above
“The players have been a credit
McCarthy
them. They were undone in the most to the club and represented League
Southampton
routine of ways as Hojbjerg drilled in One really well.
directly from a Dusan Tadic corner,
“You can’t ask for any more than
Substitutions: Wigan Athletic Powell (Massey, 66),
Colclough (Roberts, 66), Hunt (Byrne, 80);
some 15 yards out, on 62 minutes.
four games against four Premier
Southampton Redmond (Boufal, 65), Long (Carrillo,
81), Romeu (Gabbiadini, 87).
Hughes’s debut match might League teams and the Man City
Booked: Wigan Athletic Burn, Dunkley.
have been even more comfortable game will live long in the memory.
Man of the match Hojbjerg.
Match rating 7/10.
had Manolo Gabbiadini not seen
“It’s a massive disappointment
Possession: Wigan Athletic 51% Southampton 49%.
a penalty kick brilliantly saved by to go out so close to Wembley
Attempts on target: Wigan Athletic 2 Southampton 6.
Referee M Oliver (Northumberland).
Christian Walton. Eventually, deep but the focus now is promotion.”
Attendance 17,110..
in added time, Cedric did manage THE INDEPENDENT
15
trophy. “Last season, we reached the
final of the FA Cup and lost,” Conte
said. “Now I can tell you we have
reached again the semi-final. We
have a semi-final to play before the
final, and every game is very difficult.
“It will be very difficult against
Southampton. But we want to try and
do our best in every competition.”
For Leicester manager Claude
Puel, it felt like a missed opportunity.
He said: “I’m a bit upset because we
deserved another result.
“They found a good, clinical edge.
Morata’s goal was the only chance
of the first half, it was harsh to concede just before half-time. But we
came back with more calm and
more quality.
“I’m proud of my players because it
was a game with a high level against a
good team. We improved and we deserve another result.
“Since the beginning, Kasper has
been a fantastic goalkeeper. In goal
there is always a mistake but he has
been fantastic.
“I can’t say anything wrong about
him – he’s a fantastic keeper. We were
unlucky.” THE INDEPENDENT
WEATHER
CYCLING
Snow hits football,
rugby and racing
Derby County’s Championship game
at home to Cardiff City and three
Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals
were postponed as Britain’s sporting
calendar was hit by the weekend’s
heavy snowfall. Rugby union’s
Anglo-Welsh Cup final between
Bath and Exeter at Kingsholm and
the rugby league meeting between
Castleford and Wigan were both
postponed. Racing was snowed off
at both Carlisle and Ffos Las.
» Warnock fumes at call-off, p53
Cavendish suffers another break
Mark Cavendish has broken another
rib in his latest nasty fall on
the road, this time at the
Milan-San Remo.
Cavendish (right),
struck a bollard on the
approach to the climb
of the Poggio with a
little under 10km of the
294km race remaining.
The 32-year-old was sent
flying through the air and
landed on his back.
His team, Dimension Data, said he
suffered bruising and abrasions, and
a possible ankle ligament injury,
as well as breaking a rib on
the same side as one he had
already damaged.
The Manx sprinter was
making his return after
crashing on the opening
stage of the TirrenoAdriatico this month. He
had already missed time
this season after a crash on
the opening stage of the Abu Dhabi
Tour left him with concussion.
RUGBY UNION
Scots women fall to
Italy’s flying start
Melissa Bettoni and Sofia Stefan
launched an early blitz as Italy beat
Scotland 26-12 to claim fourth place
in the Women’s Six Nations. Hooker
Bettoni and winger Stefan both
crossed in the first nine minutes in
driving rain in Padua; flanker Giada
Franco added a third try as the
Italians raced into a 19-0 half-time
lead. Tries by Scotland hooker Lana
Skeldon and replacement Eilidh
Sinclair helped reduce the deficit in
the second half.
Sport on tv
Cricket: West Indies v Zimbabwe
Sky Sports Cricket, 7.15am
Curling: World Championships
Eurosport 2, 1pm
Cycling: Tour of Catalunya
Eurosport, 2.45pm
Snooker: Players Championship
ITV, 6.45pm
Football: Doncaster v Bradford
Sky Sports Football, 7.30pm
Football: Erzebirge Aue v G Furth
BT Sport 1, 7.30pm
Basketball: Bucks v Cavaliers
BT Sport 1, 11pm
Pedro gets his kicks
as Chelsea battle
into FA Cup semis
» Match report, p54
Sport
19.03.18
P52
FOOTBALL
Matic lifts the
lid on working
with ‘difficult’
Mourinho
Pedro celebrates his
extra-time winner
for Chelsea over
Leicester yesterday
by aiming a flying
kick at the corner
flag GETTY
P50
RUGBY UNION
Hartley: We
must learn
from Grand
Slam champs
P54
FOOTBALL
Hughes begins
his Saints reign
with FA Cup
win over Wigan
Wada to use AI in order to
terminate doping scourge
Exclusive
By Tim Wigmore
The World Anti-Doping Agency
plans to use artificial intelligence in
its fight against doping, Olivier Niggli, the organisation’s director general
has revealed to i.
Wada will launch a call for pilot
artificial intelligence projects in the
coming weeks, as it intensifies at-
tempts to use the technology. The
organisation believe that artificial
intelligence can be used to identify
suspicious athletes, raise red flags
and improve how testing is targeted.
“We’re having discussions on artificial intelligence going forward.
There’s a lot of promising things,”
Niggli said.
Under the plans for how to use
the technology, if an athlete was
flagged by artificial intelligence, it
would trigger immediate additional
targeted testing.
Wada intend to use artificial intelligence to identify patterns in
the vast amounts of data that antidoping bodies already collect. The
technology would be able to analyse
the data virtually instantly.
This could then lead to investigations being better targeted and en-
sure that athletes under suspicion
by artificial intelligence undergone
the appropriate drug-testing.
It is understood that Wada are
already conducting research programs on how artificial intelligence
testing could be introduced most
effectively.
“There’s a lot of data that is being
» Continued on p48
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