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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
Jenny Eclair
I have discovered
the secret to
ageing happily
P15
‘I feel so lucky to have
been given my sight back’
‘I wasn’t going
to be driven
out by racists’
Former police
officer tells
his story
FERGUS WALSH/BBC
P26
Nerve agent
investigation
focuses on
daughter
Major step to curing most
common form of blindness
P6
TUESDAY
20 MARCH 2018
Number 2,283
The woman
who died
fighting in
Syria
PLUS
Patrick Cockburn
on Turkey’s war
P11
P4
Britain takes
a big step
towards
Brexit deal
» UK and Brussels agree transition agreement that eases
withdrawal from European Union and avoids cliff-edge exit
» Davis says UK can now begin trade talks ‘as soon as possible’
» Government accused of ‘massive sell-out’ of Scots fishing industry
» Future of Irish border still remains unresolved
P8
COMMENT
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Prince Charles
needs an
attitude makeover
before he can
become king
Harry Mount
How to take plastic
out of your life
P30
PLUS
Easter eggs
with less
waste P13
P18
PLUS YASMIN ALIBHAI-BROWN
P18
I JONATHAN POWELL
P21
I TV GUIDE
P28
I PUZZLES
P44
The
News
Matrix
POLICE
Why might
literally being
up to your neck
in red wine be
good for you?
See p.26
The day at
a glance
TUESDAY
20
MARCH
Quote of the day
PETER McWILLIAMS
HEALTH
COURTS
LITERATURE
Man charged with
double murder
Addiction account on Highest fixed-odds
bet ‘should be £30’
Wellcome shortlist
Hospitals should make it easier
for carers of dementia patients to
stay with their loved one outside of
visiting hours, the Women’s Institute
has said. The National Federation
of Women’s Institutes survey of 250
carers found just 38 per cent said
they were able to visit their loved
one outside of normal visiting hours.
A man has been charged with the
murders of a mother and daughter
in St Leonards, East Sussex. Craig
Savage, 35, of no fixed abode,
was charged over the shooting of
Michelle Savage, 32, and Heather
Whitbread, 53. He is due to appear
at Brighton magistrates’ court via
videolink today.
A novel that gives a “breathtaking
account of addiction” and a story
exploring the heartbreak of
infertility are among the works on
the shortlist for the Wellcome Book
Prize. The award caters for books
that engage with medicine, health or
illness. The winner will be revealed
on 30 April.
WALES
Children in Wales aged as young as
seven will get the chance to have a
say on the Brexit process, the Welsh
Government has said. A consultation
is being launched to help ministers
understand the views of the younger
generation and ensure they are
represented in decisions about the
future after the UK leaves the EU.
SOCIETY
Slough: the youth
capital of Britain
62%
of people aged
18-34 live in
cities
Birthdays
Spike Lee (below), film
director, 61; Steve
McFadden, soap actor,
59; David Thewlis, actor,
55; Dame Vera Lynn,
singer, 101; Yvette Cooper,
politician, 49
Anniversaries
Monday 20 March 1995
During the morning
rush hour in Tokyo, five
two-man terrorist teams
from the Aum Shinrikyo
religious cult, riding on
separate subway trains,
converge at Kasumigaseki
station and release
lethal sarin gas into the
air, killing 12 people and
injuring more than 5,000.
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Business.................40
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
Police investigating the death of an
engineering student in Nottingham
have said an assault on her was
not racially motivated. Mariam
Moustafa was attacked on 20
February and died from her injuries
on 14 March. The 18-year-old was
allegedly punched by six women.
‘Let carers stay in
hospital after hours’
Children to give
their views on Brexit
If you want peace, stop
fighting. If you want peace
of mind, stop fighting with
your thoughts.
Students death ‘not
racially motivated’
38
The List
40
The town of Slough has emerged as
having the UK’s youngest population
with an average age of 33.9, while
Blackpool is the oldest with an average of
43.2, new figures show. According to the
latest data from The Centre for
Cities think-tank the average
age of a UK resident has
risen by two years to 40
over the past two decades,
with the average ‘city’
dweller now 38 years old.
average
age of a UK
resident
average age
of a UK city
dweller
GAMBLING
46%
of people aged
over 65 live in
cities
Sunderland 7
1. “Don’t count the days, make the days
count” – Muhammad Ali (20%)
2. “What doesn’t kill you makes you
stronger” – Kelly Clarkson, after
Friedrich Nietzsche (18%)
3. “Our greatest glory is not in never
falling, but in rising every time we fall”
– Confucius (15%)
4. “I would rather be a rebel than a
slave” – Emmeline Pankhurst (14%)
5. “There is no substitute for hard work”
– Thomas Edison (12%)
6. “We make a living by what we get;
we make a life by what we give” –
Winston Churchill (10%)
7= “Turn your wounds into wisdom” –
Oprah Winfrey (9%)
7= “Patience is a key element of
success” – Bill Gates (9%)
7= “If your dreams don’t scare you they
are too small” – Richard Branson (9%)
7= “Success is no accident” – Pelé (9%)
SOURCE: LINKEDIN
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
PEOPLE
Disgraced Scottish
cardinal dies
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, 80, the
first cardinal in history to recuse
himself from a papal election over
a personal scandal, has died. Once
Britain’s highest-ranking Catholic,
he resigned as archbishop of St
Andrews and Edinburgh in 2013
after priests alleged that he acted
inappropriately toward them.
ENVIRONMENT
UN taps into rapper’s
humanitarian efforts
The Grammy Award-winning
rapper Pitbull is heading to the UN
to discuss the global water crisis on
World Water Day on Thursday. He
will be named Clean Water Here
Ambassador at the event in New
York. Pitbull (below) will receive the
2018 World Water Champion Award
for his global humanitarian efforts.
Quotes that made
an indelible mark
7 Bradford
9
Blackburn 9 Wakefield
8 Barnsley
Birkenhead 5
Mansfield 10
Blackpool 1
The majority of young
professionals think it’s acceptable
to display a tattoo at work. A third
of those aged 25-35 with tattoos
have picked an inspirational
phrase. Here are some of the most
popular quotes for tattoos:
The Gambling Commission has
recommended that the maximum
stake for fixed-odds betting
terminals (FOBTs) be cut to £30 or
less to protect the most vulnerable
players. It is, however, a much higher
cap than campaigners called for.
FOBTs have allowed players to stake
up to £100 every 20 seconds. PAGE 41
10 Leicester
Coventry 5
Swansea 6
Oxford 2
8 Cardiff Slough 1
Bournemouth 3
4 Cambridge
3 Luton
4 Southend
6
London
2 Worthing
THE CENTRE FOR CITIES LOOKS AT BUILT-UP
URBAN AREAS WITH 135,000 OR MORE PEOPLE.
Youngest towns and cities
Oldest towns and cities
AVERAGE AGE
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Slough
Oxford
Luton
Cambridge
Coventry
London
Bradford
Cardiff
Blackburn
Leicester
33.9
34.4
35.1
35.4
36.2
36.5
36.7
36.7
36.9
36.9
AVERAGE AGE
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Blackpool
Worthing
Bournemouth
Southend
Birkenhead
Swansea
Sunderland
Barnsley
Wakefield
Mansfield
43.2
43
42.8
42.1
41
41
40.9
40.8
40.8
40.8
SOURCE: NOMIS, FIRST PUBLISHED BY BBC NEWS
UNITED STATES
Actress Nixon gets
selected in the city
Sex And The City actress Cynthia
Nixon has is running for governor
of New York. The actress posted a
message on Twitter saying she has
been selected to challenge Governor
Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic
primary in September. She wrote:
“Something has to change. We want
our government to work again.”
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NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
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20 MARCH 2018
ThePage3Profile
UNITED STATES
SARA AND JOHN LUND,
NEWLY-WEDS
Carrey’s ‘monstrous’
work draws criticism
Paul Gallagher
Jim Carrey has been criticised for
a portrait that is believed to be of
White House press secretary Sarah
Huckabee Sanders. He tweeted:
“This is the portrait of a so-called
Christian whose only purpose in life
is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!”
Some said it was unflattering. Others
were critical of his use of “Christian”.
Stem cell vision
FOOD
France cheesed off
over Canadian rival
French newspapers have lamented
the “humiliation for France”, as a
Canadian variety of Camembert was
named the world’s best. The winner
at the annual World Championship
Cheese Contest in Wisconsin – was
Quebec-made cheese L’Extra,
known for its creamy texture, and
hazelnut-and-mushroom flavour.
SPACE
‘Cigar’ asteroid came
from two-star system
A rescue centre in Devon is hardly the
most romantic place to spend your
wedding night.
Well, newly-weds John and Sara
Lund were left no choice. Instead of
spending their first night as a married
couple at a luxury hotel in Cornwall
as planned, the pair, who had been
travelling from Bristol to Newquay
on Sunday, were stranded on the A30.
What happened?
A fresh battering from the “Mini Beast
from the East” left the couple stuck
after heavy snow fell on the north
side of Dartmoor. The Lunds, along
with 80 other people, were forced
to decamp to the improvised rescue
centre at Okehampton College.
“We were heading down to
Watergate Bay in Newquay for what
would have been a very luxurious
honeymoon in a beautiful bridal
suite with bouquets of flowers – but
we, like a number of other people,
got caught in the A30 just outside
Okehampton,” John said.
John said, and “everyone was full of
congratulations”. The couple said they
were “lucky” as several people were
stranded in their cars.
John added: “The lovely people of
Devon County Council have looked
after us very well.”
That must have been disappointing
for them.
“Sleeping on the floor with a medical
blanket and a few coats wasn’t the
most romantic night at all,” said
John. But the Lunds were fairly
upbeat about swapping the Newquay
nuptials for a more crowded affair,
sleeping on the “rock-hard” floor of a
French classroom.
The fact that they were newly-weds
helped keep morale high in the camp,
It was clearly a night to remember.
“I didn’t imagine there would be snow
in March, to be perfectly honest with
you, but we certainly didn’t expect to
spend our first night in a college,” said
John. “We are laughing about it. It was
not the start of the honeymoon we
were expecting.”
The couple were hoping to start
their honeymoon yesterday.
Jane Clinton
An interstellar “visitor” last autumn
probably came from a two-star
system, say astronomers. The
University of Toronto said the cigarshaped object that traversed our
solar system may be an asteroid from
a system where two stars orbit a
common centre. It was likely ejected
from its system as planets formed.
ZIMBABWE
1,800 ‘corruption’
suspects named
Zimbabwe’s new leader has publicly
named more than 1,800 companies
and individuals accused of illegally
stashing hundreds of millions of
dollars overseas, mainly in China.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa
has vowed to fight corruption after
the resignation of Robert Mugabe in
November 2017. PAGE 23
3
Letter from the Health
Correspondent
i@inews.co.uk
The ability to see is something
the vast majority of people take
for granted. It can be devastating
to suddenly lose one’s sight – as
Douglas Waters did in his right
eye when he was in his eighties.
Mr Waters is one of 600,000
people in the UK who have
age-related macular degeneration
(AMD), the most common cause of
sight loss which can lead to a rapid
loss of central, or reading, vision.
Now 86, Mr Waters has spoken
of his delight at being one of only
two patients in an early clinical
trial to have their sight restored
thanks to groundbreaking
treatment derived from stem
cells (page 4). “I can now read the
newspaper and help my wife out
with the gardening,” he said.
The research, published
yesterday, contains the first
description of a complete
engineered tissue that has been
successfully used in this way.
The study investigated whether
diseased cells at the back of the
affected eyes could be replenished
using the stem cell-based patch. A
specially engineered surgical tool
was used to insert the patch under
the retina, in an operation lasting
one to two hours.
The study is also a major
milestone for the London Project
to Cure Blindness, a partnership
between Professor Pete Coffey,
from University College London,
and Professor Lyndon da Cruz, a
retinal surgeon at Moorfields Eye
Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Medical research is often
misleadingly described as
being a “game-changer”, but Mr
Waters could not be criticised
for describing this study as such.
One expert said an “off-the-shelf”
treatment for AMD could even be
ready within five years. That does
feel optimistic, but Moorfields
will surely not be short of
volunteers for the next stage of
the clinical trials after today.
4
NEWS
HEALTH
Patients regain sight after
breakthrough treatment
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Two patients suffering from the most
common form of sight loss in the UK
have successfully regained their
reading vision after a groundbreaking clinical study.
Douglas Waters, 86, from Croydon,
south London, and a woman in her
early sixties received a new stem cell
treatment for age-related macular
degeneration (AMD), a condition that
leads to a rapid loss of central vision.
“I feel so lucky to have been given
my sight back,” said Mr Waters, who
developed severe AMD in his right
eye three years ago.
The macular is the part of the eye
that allows you to see straight ahead
– whether to recognise faces, watch
TV or read a book.
“In the months before the operation my sight was really poor and I
couldn’t see anything out of my right
eye. I was struggling to see things
clearly, even when up close,” he said.
“After the surgery my eyesight
improved to the point where I can
now read the newspaper and help
my wife out with the gardening. It’s
Douglas Waters is delighted to have
his sight back FERGUS WALSH/BBC
brilliant what the team have done.”
The study investigated whether
the diseased cells at the back of the
patients’ affected eye could be replenished using a stem cell patch.
A specially engineered surgical tool
was used to insert the patch under
the retina in the eye of each patient in
an operation lasting one to two hours.
The patients – who went from not
being able to read at all, even with
glasses, to reading 60-80 words per
minute with normal reading glasses –
were monitored for 12 months and reported improvements to their vision.
It is the first time an engineered
piece of tissue has been successfully
used to treat people with sudden
severe sight loss. Experts hailed the
results as an exciting step forward in
medical research with some saying it
could lead to an “off-the-shelf” treatment within five years.
The study is a major milestone for
the London Project to Cure Blindness, a partnership between Professor Pete Coffey from University
College London and Professor Lyndon da Cruz, a retinal surgeon at
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Professor da Cruz said: “The results suggest that this new therapeutic approach is safe and provides
good visual outcomes.”
Professor Coffey said: “This study
represents real progress in regenerative medicine and opens the door
on new treatment options for people
with age-related macular degeneration. We hope this will lead to an affordable ‘off-the-shelf’ therapy that
could be made available to NHS patients within the next five years.”
SCIENCE
HEALTH
‘Bumpy’ labels to reduce food waste
Over-70s make
efforts to stay fit
By Florence Snead
“Bumpy” labels designed to give
consumers a better idea of when
food has gone off are being tested
in the hope they will help to
reduce wastage.
The labels, developed by UK
start-up company Mimica, aim to
give people a tactile indication of
when food has spoiled through the
use of small bumps.
It is hoped the labels, which are
being tested by dairy firm Arla
Foods UK, will make it easier for
consumers to know if they can eat
something without relying on a
use-by date, and result in less food
being thrown away prematurely.
The label reacts to changes
in the packaged food and to
temperature changes, which
break down a gelatine layer and so
turns the surface from smooth to
bumpy. While it is still smooth it is
safe to eat.
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Millions of the country’s exerciseconscious elders are giving younger
people a run for their money by hitting the gym, striking yoga poses and
playing sports.
Royal Voluntary Service research
found 79 per cent of over-70s exercise regularly, with playing a sport
and fitness classes popular activities.
Renée transformed as Judy
A first-look image has been
revealed of Renée Zellweger in
character as Judy Garland for a
new biopic.
The Oscar-winning actress
starts filming ‘Judy’, based on
the true story of Hollywood
star Garland’s final concerts in
London, in the capital next week.
Zellweger, 48, looks a world
away from her usual self, with
her blonde hair changed to a dark
shade of brown and teased into a
1960s style.
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
i TUESDAY
20 MARCH 2018
5
WEATHER
TELEVISION
Spring finally on its way with rise
in temperatures forecast for today
McPartlin
back in rehab
after car crash
and arrest
By Jane Clinton
It may not feel like it but spring finally looks to be on its way.
Temperatures will begin to climb
from today and there will be bright
sunshine as the “Mini Beast from the
East” ebbs away.
Martin Vowles, a meteorologist at
the Met Office, said: “Monday was
the last really cold day. Spring is
definitely on its way. From Tuesday
the temperatures will ramp up quite
rapidly and most of the country will
have spring-like weather. There will
be sunny weather across the UK and
especially in Northern Ireland.”
Snow across the country will
thaw amid the warmer conditions
and temperatures in the South East
could reach 10°C – just one degree
off the average for this time of year.
Scotland can expect maximum temperatures of 8°C. Manchester could
see 9°C and the South West will hit
8°C. This will mark the beginning of
better weather and on Wednesday
the maximum temperatures will be
around 11°C.
“We can then expect normal
temperatures for spring,” added
Mr Vowles.
The good weather will come as a
relief to many following the wintry
blast which swept across most of the
country at the end of last week and
the weekend. It caused travel chaos
and on Sunday more than 80 people,
including a newly married couple,
John and Sara Lund, were stuck in
thick snow on the A30 near Okehampton, Devon.
Although there will be a slight
blip in the weather as we approach
the weekend it will be nothing like
the extremely cold weather of the
past few weeks. It will get a little
cooler towards the end of the week
and there may be cloud and rain in
Scotland but it will not be as wintry
as it has been and temperatures are
likely to be 7°C or 8°C.
By Lucy Mapstone
Living on
the edge
Residents of a coastal village where
houses are on the brink of falling into the
sea have called on the Government to
help them. Thirteen cliff-top homes on
“The wintry weather will be finished apart from in the mountains
of Scotland where they can expect
snow next week,” Mr Vowles said.
Newborn lambs will have
been hit by the cold snowy
conditions, farmers have warned.
The cold has also prevented
spring grass growth, leaving
farmers reliant on expensive
silage to feed to ewes.
The Marrams in Hemsby, Norfolk, remain
in a “precarious position” after residents were evacuated at the weekend.
JOE GIDDENS/PA
Storm warning Giles lashes new BBC forecast
Bill Giles, the veteran BBC weather
presenter, has slammed the corporation’s forecast redesign which he
said has “downsized” the UK and
left viewers unable to distinguish
between sunshine and rain.
Giles, who led the BBC weather
team for 17 years, said the stateof-the art graphics, launched last
month, were “as disappointing as a
downpour in high summer”.
He advised viewers to watch
Channel 5 weather instead, which
retained clear maps and graphics.
Giles, 78, told Radio Times: “The
truth is, the old weather maps were
better, but they were a feature of
the forecast when the Met Office
provided the forecasts.
“Much of the forecast still comes
from the Met Office, so the accuracy
is not in question – but the clarity is.”
Ant McPartlin is stepping down from
his television commitments and will
return to rehab after his arrest on
suspicion of drink-driving.
Saturday Night Takeaway, which
McPartlin (inset) hosts with presenting partner Declan Donnelly, will not
air this weekend as scheduled.
McPartlin’s publicist said, in a
statement: “Ant has decided to go
back into treatment and step down
from his current TV commitments.
“He has spoken with Dec and ITV
today and asked for time off for the
foreseeable future.”
An ITV spokesman said: “ITV has
taken a joint decision with Ant and
Dec’s team not to broadcast Saturday
Night Takeaway this weekend.
“We will be reviewing options for the
last two episodes of
the series which
would not feature
Ant, who is taking time off to
seek treatment.”
McPartlin, 42,
was involved in a collision with two other
cars while driving his
Mini in Richmond, west London, and
was arrested at 4pm on Sunday after
failing a roadside breathalyser test.
A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said that he was “taken to a south
London police station for questioning
and has since been released under investigation” and that inquiries continue. Police previously confirmed that a
number of individuals were treated at
the scene for minor injuries.
McPartlin entered rehab last year
after struggling with an addiction
to painkillers following a knee operation. He separated from his wife,
Lisa, earlier this year after 11 years
of marriage.
6
NEWS
RUSSIA & THE WEST
CRIME
Police seize truck used
to pick up Yulia Skripal
By Cahal Milmo
CHIEF REPORTER
The pick-up truck used to collect
Yulia Skripal from Heathrow airport
the day before she and her father fell
gravely ill was confiscated for forensic testing yesterday.
Police and military personnel
clad in protective clothing loaded
the vehicle belonging to a friend of
the former spy Sergei Skripal on to
a military truck at a cement works
north of Salisbury where it had been
parked for a number of days.
The focus on the vehicle suggested
that police are still pursuing the possibility that Yulia unwittingly brought
the nerve agent used against her and
her father into Britain with her when
she arrived from Moscow on 3 March
for one of her regular visits.
If traces of the Novichok nerve
agent used against the Skripals were
Yulia Skripal may have brought the
nerve agent from Russia AFP/GETTY
found in the pick-up it would strongly
suggest that the chemical was with
Yulia – possibly packed in her luggage or even dusted on to her clothing – before she came into contact
with her father.
INVESTIGATION
Suspected nerve agent
set for testing overseas
By Jane Clinton
Former Russian spy Sergei
Skripal and his daughter Yulia
remained in a critical but stable
condition as chemical inspectors
were set to investigate the
substance which is alleged to have
poisoned them.
Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey,
who fell ill after tending to Mr
Skripal and his daughter, was now
no longer in a critical condition
and was stable and conscious,
NHS England said.
Chemical weapons experts
from the Organisation for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
(OPCW),were meeting scientists
from the UK’s Defence, Science
and Technology Laboratory at
Porton Down. The OPCW experts
are due to take samples of the
poison, identified as Novichok by
the Porton Down scientists, for
testing in laboratories overseas.
According to the Prime
Minister’s official spokesman, the
testing process could be expected
to take “no less than two weeks”.
“The OPCW inspectors are
here,” said the spokesman
yesterday. “They will be meeting
with officials and police to discuss
the process of collecting samples.”
The team of independent
investigators from The Hague
was invited by the Government
last week to verify analysis of the
nerve agent used in the attack.
Ross Cassidy, who had become
a close friend of Mr Skripal since
the Russian’s arrival in Salisbury,
collected Yulia at around lunchtime on 3 March and drove her
back to her father’s house in the
cathedral city.
According American intelligence
sources, police are looking at several
theories about how the Skripals were
exposed to the military-grade nerve
agent, including that it was placed in
the form of an ultra-fine powder in
the ventilation system of Mr Skripal’s
BMW car.
As political recriminations over
the attempted murders continued
to reverberate between London
and Moscow, counter-terrorism
police revealed that they had found
no evidence of forced entry at the
south-west London home of Nikolai
Glushkov, 68, the Russian businessman murdered about eight days after
the attack on the Skripals.
The Metropolitan Police announced on Friday that it was treating Mr Glushkov’s death as murder
after a post-mortem examination
found he had died of compression to
the neck.
It is believed that the exile, who
was a close ally of the former arch
critic of the Kremlin Boris Berezovsky, was found hanging at his
home in New Malden when he was
discovered by his daughter last Monday evening, suggesting his killer or
killers had tried to make the death
look like suicide.
Police yesterday repeated their insistence that they had found no link
between Mr Glushkov’s killing and
the attack on the Skripals.
Police have declined to
comment on reports that
the bodies of several Russian
exiles who died suddenly in
Britain could be exhumed.
What we know How events unfolded
Saturday 3 March
14.40 Yulia arrives at Heathrow
airport and is driven to Salisbury by
a family friend in a pick-up truck.
Sunday 4 March
9.20 Yulia and her father arrive at
the London Road cemetery in
Salisbury where Mr Skripal’s wife,
Lyudmila, is buried along with the
ashes of his son, Alexander, who
died last year. The pair lay flowers.
13.30 Mr Skripal’s BMW is seen on
CCTV footage driving from his home
towards the city centre.
13.40 Both Sergei and Yulia arrive
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RUSSIA
A vexed Europe
fails to salute
Putin’s victory
By Luke Rix-Standing
The missing four hours
Police have appealed for witnesses to
fill in the four hours between the
Skripals leaving the cemetery on
Sunday morning and driving into
Salisbury city centre.
Vladimir Putin probably didn’t expect gushing congratulations from
Western powers after his presidential election victory on Sunday – and
he didn’t get them.
Vexed by Moscow’s interference in other country’s elections,
its aggression in Ukraine and the
suspected nerve agent attack in
the UK, European’s response to another Putin poll victory was muted,
at best.
In a phone call with Mr Putin
yesterday, French President
Emmanuel Macron noted his
commitment to a “constructive
dialogue” between Russia, France
and Europe.
But he called on Russian authorities to offer clarity regarding their
role in the nerve-agent poisoning of
a former spy in Britain and to “firmly take back control of potential
programmes” not declared to the
Organisation for the Prohibition of
Chemical Weapons.
Germany’s foreign minister
Heiko Maas said: “The result of the
election in Russia surprised us just
as little as the circumstances of this
election – we certainly can’t talk in
every aspect about a fair political
contest as we know it.”
The Organisation for Security
and Cooperation in Europe’s observer mission noted that Sunday’s
vote “took place in an overly controlled legal and political environment
marked by continued pressure on
critical voices”.
Video footage has emerged appearing to show Russian election
officials stuffing ballot papers
into boxes at polling stations
around Russia.
In a congratulatory message
ENERGY
CONFLICT
Police don protective
coveralls on the
grounds of a cement
plant in Durrington,
near Salisbury,
yesterday AFP/GETTY
at the upper level car park of Sainsbury’s supermarket in the Maltings
shopping centre. They head to the
Bishop’s Mill pub in the city centre.
14.20 The pair arrive at Zizzi’s restaurant and eat a meal, leaving at 3.35pm.
Witnesses describe Mr Skripal as
becoming agitated during the meal.
16.15 A 999 call reports finding two
people in a catatonic state on park
bench close to the restaurant.
Mr Skripal is found conscious
but staring into space while Yulia
is unconscious. Both are taken
to hospital but it is not until the
following day that it is realised they
have been poisoned with
DIPLOMACY
a nerve agent and a major incident
is declared.
Russia hiding needle of truth Threat to UK’s
in haystack of lies – Johnson gas supply is
negligible
By Shaun Connolly and Aine Fox
Theresa May hit back at Vladimir
Putin’s dismissal of the British
Government’s claim that Russia
was responsible for the Salisbury
spy poisoning.
The Prime Minister said Russia had the capability, motive and
intent to carry out such an attack, adding that there can be “no
other conclusion”.
Mrs May’s comments followed
strong words from Boris Johnson,
after Mr Putin dismissed the idea of
Russian responsibility as “nonsense”.
Arriving for a meeting with EU
counterparts in Brussels, the Foreign Secretary (inset) said Moscow’s
denials over the incident were “in-
creasingly absurd” as he accused the
Kremlin of changing its story regarding the Novichok nerve agent Britain
says was used in the attack.
“I think what people can see is that
this is a classic Russian strategy of trying to conceal the
needle of truth in a haystack of lies and obfuscation,” he said.
The gathering of the
EU Foreign Affairs Council declared its “unqualified
solidarity” with the UK over
the incident. Mrs May, visiting
Birmingham, said: “I’m clear that
what we have seen shows that there is
no other conclusion but that the Russian state is culpable for what happened on the streets of Salisbury.”
By Tom Bawden
Russia supplies less than 1 per
cent of the UK’s gas, meaning that
any move to cut supplies
would have little impact
on the country’s
energy security.
While Russia supplies
37 per cent of the gas
used across Europe,
only a tiny fraction of
that goes to Britain.
This means that the
political leverage Russia is able to
exert by threatening to cut off gas
supplies is likely to be far greater
among our allies in the EU than
in Britain.
Vladimir Putin has been re-elected
as Russian President REUTERS
Unwitting helper?
Britain’s claim that the Putin
regime was responsible for the
Salibury nerve agent attack helped
the Russian President at the polls, it
has been claimed.
An election campaign spokesman
drew a direct line between the
victory and the poisoning of
former spy Sergei Skripal. “The
West did not take our mentality
into account,” he said. “The Skripal
scandal has mobilised the nation,
increased turnout and consolidated
citizens around Vladimir Putin.”
Last night, Mr Putin described
allegations of Russian involvement
in the spy poisoning affair
as “nonsense”.
to Mr Putin, China’s president Xi
Jinping said: “Currently, the ChinaRussia comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership is at the best
level in history.”
The leaders of Turkey, Iran, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba were among others
who sent their best wishes.
Rivals told: Russia
desires love, not war
By Jack Stubbs
Russia has no desire for a new arms
race and will do everything it can to
resolve differences with other countries, while defending its national
interests, President Vladimir Putin
said yesterday
Mr Putin, at a meeting with the
opponents he defeated in Sunday’s
presidential election, said Russia
wanted constructive dialogue with
its international partners. “But of
course that doesn’t depend on us
alone,” he added. “Just as in love,
both sides must show an interest or
there will be no love.” Saying there
would be no “arms race”, he promised to cut defence spending.
Despite the landslide victory, Mr
Putin faces enormous challenges.
He needs to diversify an economy
that is still heavily dependent on
oil and gas and to improve medical
care and social services in regions
far from Moscow.
Mr Putin also needs to make
a strategic decision: whether to
groom a preferred successor, or
try to stay at Russia’s helm beyond
2024, either by scrapping term
limits, as China has recently done,
or by shifting into a new position
of power.
When asked if he intends to
initiate changes in the Russian
constitution that could eliminate
term limits, Putin answered that he
has no such plans “yet”.
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NEWS
ENTERTAINMENT
COVER STORY
Channel 4 reveals 28.6% gender pay gap
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Channel 4 has revealed a gender
pay gap of 28.6 per cent, three
times the disparity at the BBC.
T h e s i z e o f t h e ga p i s
embarrassing for a channel which
is committed to championing
diversity on screen and has a
female chief executive, Alex
Mahon (inset).
The channel said its pay gap was
due to the “large number of
women” working at its
lower-paid levels. “The
majority of employees
in the highest-paid
quartile are men,” the
broadcaster said.
The organisation,
which has a 59 per
cent female workforce,
said there was no evidence of
gender bias in its pay awards.
“While confident that we
pay our employees fairly,
we do have a gender pay
gap and we are committed to taking steps to
address this,” it said.
Channel 4’s pay gap
compares poorly with
the BBC, where men earn
an average of 9.3 per cent
more than women.
Barnier hails
‘decisive step’ as
UK and EU agree
transition deal
By Jon Stone
IN BRUSSELS
UK and European Union negotiators
have agreed the terms of the Brexit
transition period during which the
UK will temporarily remain in Brussels’ orbit after leaving the EU.
The two sides reached a compromise, with the EU conceding the UK
would be able to sign its own trade
deals during the transition. Simultaneously, the UK caved in on full free
movement rights for EU citizens who
arrive during the period, as well as
automatically implementing new EU
rules drawn up without UK input.
Experts said the transition deal
contained stronger assurances that a
cliff-edge exit would be avoided next
year and it was hailed as one of the
most valuable breakthroughs for UK
business since talks began.
The EU chief negotiator, Michel
Barnier, said the deal was a “decisive
step” towards an overall deal on an
orderly withdrawal. However, he reiterated warnings that continued failure to resolve the Irish border issue
could put the whole agreement in
jeopardy, stating that “all the points
are part of the same agreement and
have to be agreed together” and that
“nothing is agreed until everything
is agreed”.
The two sides jointly published
a draft withdrawal treaty showing
areas where they agreed and disagreed. Different paragraphs were
highlighted in either green, yellow, or
white – representing areas where full
agreement had been reached, political agreement had been reached but
more clarity was needed, or where
discussion was still ongoing.
The deal that was struck also commits the UK to staying under the auspices of the EU’s fishing policy until
the end of the transition – a development that infuriated elements of the
fishing industry.
EU national leaders will assess the
Timetable What next?
After Britain and the European Union
agree the transition arrangements
on Thursday, Theresa May has just
seven months to reach an outline
agreement on the UK’s post-Brexit
relationship with the bloc.
The EU has set a deadline of
October to complete negotiations
resulting in a “withdrawal agreement”
and a declaration on the “framework
for the future relationship”. That
leaves six months for the deal to be
ratified by UK and EU parliaments.
Mrs May says the Commons and
Lords will be given a “meaningful
vote” on the agreements.
Britain leaves the EU at 11pm on
29 March 2019. The “implementation
period” lasts until 31 December 2020.
Meanwhile the EU (Withdrawal)
Bill is going through the Lords.
deal at a meeting of the European
Council in Brussels on Thursday and
Friday, where they are expected to
confirm it and lay out guidelines for
negotiating the future trade relationship between the EU and UK.
Speaking at the European Commission building, where talks have
mostly taken place, Mr Barnier said
the joint legal text “constitutes, in my
mind, a decisive step”.
“We were able this morning to
agree, after all those days and nights
of hard work, a large part of what will
make up an international agreement
for the ordered withdrawal of the
United Kingdom,” he told reporters
in Brussels.
Brexit Secretary David Davis said:
“The deal we have struck today,
on top of that agreed in December,
should give us confidence that a good
deal for the United Kingdom and
the European Union is closer than
ever before.” THE INDEPENDENT
SCOTLAND
Fishing industry rails against ‘sell-out’
By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
The Government has been accused of
a “massive sell-out” of Scotland’s fishing industry after ministers agreed to
give the EU the ability to set quotas
for almost two years after Brexit.
Under the deal reached between
Brexit Secretary David Davis and
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier
in Brussels, the UK will not regain full
control over its fishing waters when
it formally leaves the EU in March
next year.
Instead, it will merely be “con-
sulted” on the allocation of EU fishing quotas during a 21-month Brexit
transition period, which is set to last
until the end of December 2020.
The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) said the agreement
fell “far short” of an acceptable deal
and would leave the industry subject
to the “whim and largesse” of the EU
for another two years.
Chief executive of the SFF Bertie
Armstrong said the UK was effectively agreeing to hand back sovereignty over its seas “a few seconds”
after leaving the EU, adding: “Our
governments have let us down.”
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(left) and EU chief negotiator
Michel Barnier in Brussels
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Government
to investigate
Facebook
data misuse
By Dan O’Donohue and Jon Vale
ESSENTIALS
The route to an ‘independent coastal state’
The key points
addressed by the
transition deal
RIGHTS OF EU CITIZENS
In a major climbdown by the UK
Government, EU citizens will continue to be able to live and work and
keep all existing rights in Britain
during the transition period. Theresa May had hoped to introduce separate immigration rules in that time,
but has only secured the introduction of a new registration scheme
– something that could have been
done as an EU member state.
NEW TRADE DEALS
A significant success for the UK
negotiators is the agreement that
Britain can seek, sign and ratify new
trade deals, while keeping the benefits of EU trade arrangements. But
the UK will not be able to implement
any trade deals that might be signed
during the transition. But most trade
deals take far longer to hammer out
than the 21-month period agreed between the EU and UK.
IRISH BORDER
The agreement ensures the so-called
“backstop” solution – which will essentially draw the border along the
Irish Sea, thereby keeping Northern Ireland in full regulatory alignment with the Republic – is written
into the legal text of the Withdrawal
Agreement. But both sides have said
the issue has yet to be settled.
GIBRALTAR
The Rock is explicitly included in
the scope of the agreement, but
so too is Spain’s veto on any future
trade relationship. It means that any
trade deal between the UK and EU
can only incorporate Gibraltar once
there has been bilateral agreement
between the UK and Spain.
FISHING QUOTAS
Despite demands that Britain must
leave the Common Fisheries Policy
from March 2019, the UK will now
merely be “consulted” on quotas that
the EU will continue to set for 2019,
although Britain’s share of the total
catch cannot change. From 2020 the
Government states it will be able to
set its own terms as an “independent
coastal state”.
IRELAND
ELECTIONS
Border issue unsolved but
‘backstop’ option agreed
Support around
country could
help May survive
By Jane Clinton
The EU and UK failed to reach
agreement on the Irish border despite “decisive” progress on other
Brexit issues.
The so-called “backstop” option
for the Irish border remains a sticking point. That option means essentially Northern Ireland remains in the
single market and customs union if no
other border solution can be found.
The EU and UK agreed to maintain the conditions for continued
North-South co-operation, including in the areas of environment,
health, agriculture, transport,
education and tourism, as well as
energy, telecommunications, broadcasting, inland fisheries, justice
and security, higher education and
sport. Brexit Secretary David Davis
said it remained the UK’s intention
to achieve a partnership that was
so close it did not need Northern
Ireland-specific measures.
The Democratic Unionist Party
said it was not concerned by yesterday’s announcement. “The border
issue has not been resolved at this
stage and we didn’t expect it to be,”
said a party statement.
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson
said the announcement meant “the
British Government is accepting
the agreements made, including the
‘backstop’ option, which would see
the north remaining in the customs
union and significant elements of the
single market”.
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Theresa May’s hopes of survival
in Downing Street will be
boosted thanks to the
Conservative vote
holding up outside
London in May’s English
local elections, a polling
expert has forecast.
Lord Hayward
said Tory support was
heading for a record low
in the capital, but the collapse
would be partly compensated by
stronger performances elsewhere
in the country.
LENGTH OF TRANSITION
In her Florence speech, Mrs May
said the “implementation” period
would last “around two years”, while
the Government’s position paper last
month said it would last as long as it
needed to “prepare and implement
the new processes”. But the EU has
stated it will end three months early,
on 31 December 2020, making the
transition just 21 months. This has
been welcomed by Brexiteers.
DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN POLICY
Britain will be able to opt in to justice
and home affairs legislation if it sees
fit. But the UK will also be able to opt
out of foreign policy decisions made
by the EU during the transition on a
“case-by case” basis.
Richard Vaughan
Labour is expected to be the
biggest winner in the contests
in 151 councils on 3 May, the first
major test of public opinion
since Jeremy Corbyn deprived
Mrs May (inset) of her Commons
majority. In the local elections
four years ago, Labour won 2,278
seats against 1,410 for the Tories,
470 for the Liberal Democrats
and 163 for Ukip.
Lord Hayward said a dramatic
split in voting patterns was
emerging between London,
where Labour support
is surging, and other
parts of the country.
He said the picture
was more mixed in
other parts of the UK,
with a key question
about which party
would benefit most from
Ukip’s disintegration. And
he said of Labour: “For a party in
opposition they should be doing
far better outside London.”
The UK’s Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said she
will seek a warrant to look at the databases and servers used by British
data firm Cambridge Analytica.
A former employee, Christopher
Wylie, claims the company used
data from 50 million Facebook
users to influence the US presidential election. The firm denies
the allegations.
Downing Street last night described the allegations as “very
concerning” and called on both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica
to co-operate with the Commissioner’s investigation.
Former attorney general Dominic Grieve warned yesterday
that UK laws to crack down on
companies that harvest data are
entirely inadequate, He told ministers there needed to be more
“draconian” penalties.
Culture Secretary Matt Hancock
branded Facebook “outrageous” for
blocking whistle-blower Mr Wylie’s
account, adding that the social
media firm had “serious questions
to answer”.
Christopher
Wylie said his
Facebook and
Instagram accounts had
been disabled.
Mr Grieve
(inset), speaking
after an urgent
question in Parliament, said: “It’s been apparent for a long time the obtaining
of data, the use that can be made
of it, whether for commercial or
political purposes, is a gold mine
for those who wish to breach the
law and the sanctions that can be
visited on those who do this are
entirely inadequate.”
He added: “The financial incentives are far too great... the penalties... insufficient and ultimately
we’re going to have to be much
tougher if we’re going to stop this
sort of behaviour.”
Mr Hancock said he was surprised by Facebook’s actions: “I
thought it was outrageous. Facebook has got some serious questions to answer here.”
The shadow digital minister
Liam Byrne earlier accused the
Government of creating a “permissive environment” that had allowed
the data giants to be “careless and
carefree” in their misuse of data.
He called for Companies House
and the Fraud Office to investigate
Cambridge Analytica, adding: “If
these people need to be struck off,
they should be struck off forthwith.”
Mr Hancock denied the Government was dragging its feet on
this issue.
Facebook’s share price fell nearly five per cent yesterday, wiping
$25bn (17.8bn) from its value as investors reacted to the news.
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SCIENCE
Seeing red? A colourful guide to
emotions written all over our face
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
People really do go blue in the face
when they have a heated argument
or go white with terror, a new study
reveals.
Although we are typically not conscious of changes in people’s facial
colouring, touches of red, green, blue
and yellow are constantly giving us
subconscious clues about their emotions. This phenomenon is thought
to be peculiar to humans among primates – although scientists do not
know for sure because our cousins
are so hairy.
These colour changes are based
on subtle shifts in the flow of blood
around the nose, eyebrows, cheeks
or chin. Angry people, for example,
go blue at the sides of the forehead
and red in the centre of the forehead
– while around the eyes there are
patches of blue and red.
“We identified patterns of facial
colouring that are unique to every
emotion we studied,” said Professor Aleix Martinez, of Ohio State
University.
“Not only do we perceive these
changes in facial colour, but we use
them to correctly identify how other
people are feeling, whether we do it
consciously or not,” he added.
He believes these colour patterns
are due to subtle changes in blood
flow or blood composition triggered
by the central nervous system.
And they are so effective that
people are able correctly to identify
other people’s feelings up to 75 per
cent of the time based solely on subtle
changes in colouring.
Researchers also built computer
algorithms that correctly recognise
human emotion via face colour up to
90 per cent of the time.
To give some further examples of
emotional colouring, people who are
disgusted have a blue-yellow cast
around the lips, with a red-green cast
around the nose and forehead. If a
smiling person has red cheeks and
temples and a little blue around the
chin we read their emotion as happy.
But the same face with a slightly redder forehead and slightly less blue
chin registers as surprised.
The researchers are patenting the
computer algorithms, and hope they
will enable future forms of artificial
How facial colour changes with emotion
Disgust
Blue and yellow around
the lips but with a
red-green cast around
the nose and forehead.
Happy
Red cheeks and
temples and a little
blue around the chin.
Surprised
The same but with
slightly redder
forehead and slightly
less blue chin.
SOURCE: OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
intelligence to recognise and emulate
human emotions.
Regardless of gender, ethnicity
or overall skin tone, everybody displayed similar patterns when expressing the same emotion.
The study is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Professor Martinez said:
“People have always said
that we use make-up to look
beautiful or younger, but I think it
is possible that we do it to appear
happier or create a positive
perception of emotion.”
SOCIETY
‘Raise paternity
leave for fathers
to help pay gap’
By Katie Grant
Working fathers should be given
up to 12 weeks of paid paternity
leave to help improve the gender
pay gap, MPs have urged.
By encouraging men to take a
greater role in providing childcare, challenging the “macho
culture” that leads to gender stereotypes, MPs argued that society
would become less accepting of
differences in the way men and
women are paid.
The Women and Equalities
Committee said workplace policies must be reformed to allow
fathers better to balance their
parental responsibilities and
working life Less well-off fathers
in particular are being let down,
despite the Government’s “good
intentions”, the committee states
in a report published today.
The Government has said it
wants to “enable families to share
caring roles more easily” but
fathers, mothers, employment
organisations and other experts
have indicated that current policies “do not deliver what they
promise”, the report says.
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British woman dies while fighting with Kurds
By Flora Thompson
A British woman who died fighting
with a Kurdish armed unit in Syria
has been described as an “inspiration” and a “hero”.
Anna Campbell is the first British woman, and the eighth Briton so
far, to have been killed in Syria while
working with Kurdish forces.
The 26-year-old, from Lewes,
East Sussex, died in Afrin on 15
March while fighting with the
Kurdish Women’s Protection Units
(YPJ), her father, Dirk Campbell,
said. It is feared she was killed by
Turkish air strikes.
Mark Campbell (no relation), cochair of the Kurdistan Solidarity
Campaign, said: “Anna is a woman
who seemed to have more humanity
in her little finger than the whole of
the international community. She is
an inspiration and a hero.”
Ms Campbell’s father told the BBC
his daughter “wanted to create a bet-
ter world and she would do everything in her power to do that”.
He added: “I told her of course
that she was putting her life in danger, which she knew full well she was
doing. I feel I should have done more
to persuade her to come back, but
she was completely adamant.”
The YPJ is an all-female brigade
of the Kurdish People’s Protection
Units (YPG), which has 50,000
Kurdish men and women fighting
against Isis in Syria.
Mr Campbell told the BBC he
understood his daughter joined her
Kurdish comrades when they left
the fight against Isis to defend Afrin
from Turkish forces. Conflict between Turkey and Kurdish groups
has been raging since January.
He described his daughter as an
“incredibly principled, brave, determined, committed woman” whose
death had left him “in pieces”. “She
was determined to live in a way that
made a difference to the world and
Analysis
T
urkey has completed its
capture of the town of
Afrin in northern Syria
from Kurdish forces.
Now, to the alarm of
both Syria and the US, Turkish
president Recep Tayyip Erdogan
is threatening to follow up the
capture of the Kurdish enclave by
launching an across-the-board
military offensive against the
remaining Kurdish-held areas
in northern Syria and the main
Yazidi population centre in the
Sinjar region of Iraqi Kurdistan.
He claimed that the next
target of Turkish troops would
be the cities of Manbij, which the
Kurdish People’s Protection Units
(YPG) captured from Isis in 2016,
and Kobani, which withstood a
famous siege by Isis that ended
in 2015. Unlike Afrin, both places
are protected by the US Air Force
backed by 2,000 US specialised
ground troops.
Mr Erdogan undoubtedly
intends in the long term to
eliminate the de facto Kurdish
state that developed in northern
and eastern Syria as the result of
the advance of the YPG, backed by
US air power, in the war against
Isis. But it is unlikely that he will
seek a confrontation with the
US, which is sending out patrols
of armoured vehicles into the
frontlines around Manbij, a
strategically placed city between
Aleppo and the Euphrates.
Speaking soon after the Turkish
invasion of Afrin on 20 January,
General Joseph Votel, commander
of the US Central Command, said
that withdrawing US forces from
Manbij was “not something we are
looking into”.
The Turkish leader threatened
that Turkish troops could cross
into Iraq to drive out Kurdish
militants from Sinjar, if the Iraqi
government did not oust them
from there. The area is under the
strong influence of the YPG which
intervened militarily there in 2014
to protect the Yazidi community
who were being massacred, raped
and enslaved by Isis, which was
then at the peak of its power.
The threat of a wider offensive
against Syrian Kurdish forces
is probably a manoeuvre by Mr
Erdogan to divert attention from
the situation in the Kurdish
enclave of Afrin, which Turkish-
Ms Campbell, who was
involved in human rights
activism in the UK, was a qualified
plumber. She travelled to Syria in
May 2017 to help the Kurds.
backed forces captured on
Sunday. There is a mass exodus
of more than 200,000 people,
according to a senior Kurdish
official. “The people with cars are
sleeping in the cars, the people
without are sleeping under the
trees with their children,” said
Hevi Mustafa, a leading member
of the Kurdish civil authority in
the Afrin area.
There may be less than meets
the eye in a Turkish promise
to leave Afrin once military
operations are over.
“We are not permanent there
[in Afrin] and we are certainly
not invaders,” according to Bekir
Bozdag, a deputy prime minister.
“Our goal is to hand the region
Turkey’s vow to leave
Afrin little comfort to
‘200,000 who have fled’
Patrick
Cockburn
she was determined to act on that
and do whatever it took,” he told the
BBC. “She was prepared to put her
life on the line. There aren’t many
people who do that.”
It is unlikely that
Mr Erdogan will seek a
confrontation with the
United States
Anna Campbell, a 26-year-old from East Sussex who joined the Kurdish
Women’s Protection Units, is thought to have died in a Turkish air strike AP
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clearing it of terrorists.”
The reference to “real owners”
may refer to a Turkish claim that
many Arabs have been driven
out of Afrin in the past and will
now recover their homes, a form
of enforced “re-Arabisation”
which would take advantage
of the flight of much of the
Kurdish population.
A Turkish military withdrawal,
even if it took place, would not
mean much because Turkey and
Turkish-controlled territory
surrounds Afrin on three sides
and the Free Syrian Army (FSA)
units, which would presumably
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Thorntons, Lindt and Mars are the
brands behind some of the most popular Easter eggs – but the amount
of packaging their chocolate treats
come wrapped in may leave a sour
taste in consumers’ mouths.
A consumer watchdog has weighed
the packaging of the top 10 best-selling branded Easter eggs, revealing
which ones will leave the recycling
bins of chocolate lovers overflowing.
Which? weighed all of the Easter
eggs in their packaging and then
again completely unwrapped.
Thornton’s Classic Large Egg had
the highest proportion of packaging,
tipping the scales at 418g in its wrapping, but weighing a considerably less
“The UK produces around
11.5 million tons of
packaging waste every year,”
said Nikki Stopford, director of
research at Which?.
substantial 264g without. The packaging of this egg accounts for more
than a third (36.4 per cent) of the entire product’s weight.
This was followed by Lindt’s Lindor
Milk Chocolate Easter Egg, which
weighed in at 420g with its packaging
and 302g without, meaning 28.1 per
cent of the product’s weight can be attributed to the cardboard, plastic and
foil wrapping. Mars Milk Chocolate
Easter Egg and Chocolate Bar came
in third, measuring 188g with packaging and 142g without, a difference of
25.1 per cent.
The Cadbury Creme Giant Egg,
a perennial favourite, came just behind with 168g worth of packaging,
accounting for 25.1 per cent of the
product’s total 668g weight.
Cadbury was also responsible for
the egg with the least amount of packaging. Cadbury’s Twirl Large Easter
Egg weighed 362g when wrapped and
290g afterwards, with the packaging
making up 18.8 per cent of its weight.
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internet entrepreneur Martha Lane
Fox has warned.
Speaking to pupils from Duke’s
Aldridge Academy in Tottenham,
London, Baroness Lane Fox encouraged pupils to embrace rather than
fear technology, but to be aware of
the compromises they may be required to make digitally.
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try and understand technology,” she
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of what the digital world is – how it
works, what the internet is, what it
means when you’re using all these
services on your phone.”
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2011 by the ITV political editor Robert Peston. In partnership with i, the
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that you may have on whatever
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what’s happening when you use
their services, to think about the
data that you’re giving them, what
your identity is online, all of the issues around what means something
is real on the internet, and when it’s
not real,” she said. “I encourage you
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CORBYN’S
HAT
PRINCE
CHARLES
LABOUR AND
RUSSIA
BEAST FROM
THE EAST
RUSSIAN
ELECTION
THE
DURRELLS
BBC vs
Twitter’s
hard left
King in
waiting, with
work to do
Corbyn’s
masks slips
over Russia
Winter
weather
continues
No hopes of
revolution for
Putin’s state
Peaceful
programme
back on TV
The Guardian
Daily Telegraph
Financial Times
The Times
Daily Mail
“Hat-gate” thunders on.
Corbyn supporters are
right to worry and, for
their own purposes, to
try to intimidate the
BBC into never again
using such an image
of their beloved leader.
(Dominic Lawson)
Labour List
The hard left seems
preoccupied with
an allegation that
Jeremy Corbyn’s hat
was photoshopped
by the BBC to make
him look more Soviet.
People will be in a
position to complain
about being portrayed
as “Soviet” if they
make changes to their
behaviour. Until then,
the media is going to
portray you how you
present yourselves.
(Luke Akehurst)
Daily Beast
Charles might find
he has more support
than is imagined. But
if he tries to make
Camilla queen by
stealth, to magic her
on to a bamboozled
public in the days after
his mother dies, he
may find the reaction
markedly less than
sympathetic.
(Tom Sykes)
The Sun
If he was a pleasureseeker who spent
his days playing
backgammon, people
would have every right
to be angry. He isn’t
– he is the hardestworking man I know,
one who has devoted
his life to trying to
make things better
for people.
(Arthur Edwards)
Quote of
the day
Even the most pure
prime minister has
to take action in
less than optimal
circumstances. On this
basis, Corbyn looks
distinctly ill-suited to
the job he believes will
be his very soon. Putin
must be delighted.
(Matthew d’Ancona)
WashingtonPost
When confronted
with his government’s
conclusion that Russia
was responsible for
what amounted to a
military attack on his
country, the Labour
leader said the right
response was “robust
dialogue”. In other
words, Corbyn echoed
almost exactly the line
advanced by Putin’s
own propagandists.
(Jackson Diehl)
We had thought we
had seen the back of
the Beast from the
East. A pattern has
been set for future
winters. What used to
be regarded as weather
for the season will
now be accompanied
by some apocalyptic
epithet. In the words of
the Eagles song “Hotel
California”, we just
can’t kill the beast.
(Editorial)
The Gorbachev years
were the most free in
Russia since the early
1920s. But that cuts
little or no ice with
today’s Russians who
have no memories
of that era. Whatever
change comes to
Russia, it is unlikely
to resemble the
liberalisation of the
late 1980s.
(Tony Barber)
Daily Mirror
No country has been
prepared to impose
on Russia the kinds of
sanctions that appear
to have worked with
North Korea. Only
one sanction is likely
to have an existential
impact on today’s
Russia – targeting its
export of oil.
(David A Andelman)
Complaining about the
weather is a national
pastime, be it fair or
foul. So when winter’s
last defiant blast is
over, we can look
forward to griping
about it being too hot
and hosepipe bans in
our gardens.
(Editorial)
CNN
Watching The Durrells
is like taking a warm
dip in the Ionian Sea
after a glass of robola.
Three series in, the
Durrells barely speak
a word of Greek while
most of the locals speak
near-perfect English.
(Carol Midgley)
The Arts Desk
Profundity is not the
ambition of Simon
Nye’s dramatisations of
Gerald Durrell’s books.
In our age of knotty
thrillers, The Durrells
seems breathtakingly
facile. Its depiction
of a family of English
eccentrics trying to
rub along under the
same roof with a bit of
help from colourful
Greek islanders is
relentlessly agreeable.
(Adam Sweeting)
LifeInBrief
OSKAR GRÖNING ‘BOOKKEEPER OF AUSCHWITZ’
The office
of Prime
Minister is
done as a
duty, not as a
bit of a laugh
Jacob Rees-Mogg
The Tory MP
explains that
likeability isn’t
everything when
it comes to leading
the country
Oskar Gröning, who has died aged 96,
was a German SS guard known as the
“Bookkeeper of Auschwitz”, who was
convicted in 2015 of being an accessory
to the murder of 300,000 Hungarian
Jews at the Nazi death camp during the
Second World War.
Gröning was born in 1921, in
Nienburg, Germany. He was four when
his mother died, and he was raised by
his father, a factory worker. Gröning
joined the Hitler Youth in his early
teens. After training as a bank clerk, Mr.
Gröning joined the Waffen SS in 1939
when he was 18. He spent more than
two years at Auschwitz, where more
than one million people were killed.
One of his jobs was to retrieve the
luggage of Holocaust victims and
confiscate their money. He recorded
the amounts for the camp’s “foreign
currency department”, and sent it to SS
headquarters in Berlin.
Gröning was one of about 6,500 SS
guards at Auschwitz. He was the 50th to
be convicted of war crimes.
As a self-described “small cog in the
gears” who said he was not an active
participant in killing, Gröning believed
he would not be prosecuted. “Where
would you stop?” he said in 2013.
“Wouldn’t you also have to
charge the engineer who drove the
trains to Auschwitz?”
He had been cleared of charges by a
war crimes tribunal in 1948. His case
was reopened after the 2011 conviction
in Germany of John Demjanjuk, a
former guard at the Sobibor camp in
occupied Poland.
At Gröning’s trial in 2015, he was
charged with complicity in the murder
of 300,000 Hungarian Jews between
May and July of 1944. “Because of my
job in Auschwitz, I am without question
morally complicit in the killing of
millions of people, most of whom were
Jews,” he said during his first day on
the stand. “I ask them for forgiveness.
Whether I am legally guilty is a matter
this court must decide.”
Later, after encountering Holocaust
deniers among his fellow Germans,
Gröning became one of the few
death-camp guards to describe what
he had witnessed.
“I see it as my task, now at my
age, to face up to these things that
I experienced and to oppose the
Holocaust deniers who claim that
Auschwitz never happened,” he told
the BBC in 2004. “I want to tell those
deniers I have seen the gas chambers,
I have seen the crematoria, I have
seen the burning pits – and I want you
to believe me that these atrocities
happened. I was there.”
In 2015, Gröning was found guilty,
and in November 2017, a German court
determined that he was fit to begin
serving his four-year sentence.
In a 2014 interview with the Daily
Mail, Gröning said he was forever
haunted by what he saw at Auschwitz.
“Every night and every day I
remember it for the nightmare it was,”
he said. “Down the years I have heard
the cries of the dead in my dreams and
in every waking moment. I will never be
free of them.” THE WASHINGTON POST
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The glory and horror of being 58
I’m not old-old, and I do know things. But there is a downside …
‘I’ve noticed that
women walking
dogs look the
happiest’ PATRIK
STOLLARZ/AFP/GETTY
I
am 58 years old, which means
I am writing this in a font size
20 and I got a Lakeland plastic
film dispenser for my birthday.
Oddly enough, both things
are related.
Six months ago I developed dry
eye disease, which means I can’t
lubricate my own eyeballs and have
to use artificial tear drops every
couple of hours. It also means that
my eyes get tired quicker, hence the
massive font. As for the plastic film,
every night, I put myself to bed with
squares of the stuff over my eyes to
create “moisture chambers”, which
prevent my eyes turning to pumice
stone while I’m asleep.
Apparently it’s quite common in
women “of my age”.
It’s weird when something goes
wrong with you; some people cope
better than others. I spent two
months in a state of paralysed
shock, convinced my life was over;
now I just get on with it. Yes, it’s
annoying and upsetting, but at my
age it’s an occupational hazard.
Being in your late fifties is a funny
time. You’re on the cusp of people
offering you their seat on public
transport – sometimes I can see
young people on the Tube eyeing
me up, in the same way I sometimes
eye up young women when I’m
not sure whether or not they’re
pregnant. I can see them thinking,
“Yeah, she’s knocking on a bit but
she’s not that old.”
And I’m not, I’m not “old-old”
– but then my mother, who is 88,
doesn’t think she is “old-old” either.
Properly old people, it would seem,
are always a few years older than
you are.
What I am is firmly “middleaged”, which is something that
I find both glorious and a teeny
You have
to manage
your anger,
because it’s very
important that it
never runs out
bit horrific. On the plus side, I am
very secure in my own skin. I can’t
remember the last time that I felt
properly, deeply embarrassed and I
know how vital it is to have a hobby.
When you are young, all you
really want to do is get off with boys
– hobbies are for losers. Now I know
that there are hordes of women out
there all busily knitting, crafting,
sewing and painting, quietly
keeping themselves sane by keeping
their hands busy – otherwise, who
knows, we might rise up and start
killing in our droves.
Anger has been a huge part of my
life since turning 50. Obviously you
have to manage your anger, because
it’s very important that it never
runs out. Fury can be a positive
driving force: I feel very much that I
have to keep waving a flag for older
women in comedy, for instance. The
day I retire will be the day I wake up
and don’t feel monumentally pissed
off about something. Anyway, I’ve
decided I’m actually at my prettiest
when I’m furious – I have a sort of
rosy pink-cheeked glow about me
and I kind of sparkle.
The downside of being 58 is the
sudden realisation that one has no
idea what the future holds. I don’t
know how many holidays I have left;
I don’t know how much money I’m
still going to have to earn to “see me
right”. It’s a bit like being in your
early twenties again and wondering
how the hell this is all going to make
any sense in the end.
I’m also very aware of how other
women are dealing with ageing. I’m
suddenly really jealous of women
who are fitter than me and have
sussed out their diet and exercise
regimes. My sister is 60 and a size
eight, but these days I’m fatter than
my mum. I keep bumping into old
mates who have given up sugar
and/or booze and are back in jeans
they bought in 1993, and I’m furious
at myself for letting the yoga go
because I used to be amazing. I’m
livid that all my trousers need to
be elasticated and yet I can’t quite
bring myself to go to the gym. I
sabotage myself on a daily basis.
The race is dividing – the ones
in Lycra are pulling ahead, and I’m
with the chubby puffers at the back.
We never really leave the school
playing field, do we? Nevertheless,
recently I have started watching
women of my age more closely and
I’m not just checking out their body
mass index (whatever that is) – I’m
looking to see who looks contented.
At the moment I’m rehearsing
a show in Clapham, a delightful
and leafy place presently in the
grip of a vegan epidemic, which
is fine, because there is also a
brilliant butchers’, and what I’ve
noticed is that the women walking
dogs look the happiest. It doesn’t
seem to matter what kind of dog
it is, although there is a woman
who walks a black Scottie who is
positively radiant, and this, I’m
beginning to suspect, is the key.
I need a dog; I need something to
drag me off the sofa and round the
block. Just a little one who doesn’t
like big walks and only does small
poos. Dear reader, my dachshund
cravings are almost out of control. I
shall keep you posted.
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who count the votes
decide everything”.
DEREK COLE
BRIDGNORTH,
SHROPSHRIE
Your
View
Uplifting tale
of success
TWEETS
AND EMAILS
Martina Navratilova’s
£1,000-a-day fee is
still far more than the
average licence-fee
payer earns GETTY
Inequality is
not sporting
I’ve checked and
rechecked and although
we are told John
McEnroe’s age (59) in
the item about the pay
gap between Martina
Navratilova and him (i,
19 March), at no point are
we told her age. I think we
should be informed.
ROBERT SMITH
MERSTHAM, SURREY
Concerning the
current furore over
gender inequality, can
anyone explain why in
championship tennis,
women are referred to
as Mrs, Miss or Ms as
appropriate whilst men
are simply referred to by
their surnames.
GERALD PITT
LEOMINSTER,
HEREFORDSHIRE
I am sure our collective
hearts bleed at the
thought that Navratilova
“only” earns £15,000
for a couple of weeks
“work” sitting in a studio
at Wimbledon chatting
about tennis matches.
That equates to over
£1,000 per day, an
amount which many
mere mortals could only
dream about. Yes, these
people are experts, but
they are also greedy.
The BBC needs to look
carefully at how much
all these commentators
and pundits earn, and
consider carefully how
these salaries compare
to the salaries earned by
the average licence-fee
payer, whether they be
for men or women.
DAVID BULL
BATH
What is
democracy?
Ian Birrell’s passionate
and robust defence of
democracy (My View, 19
March) is a view I agree
with and which has to
be made as frequently
as possible. Would
you please therefore
ask Mr Birrell why he
refuses to accept the
democratic vote to leave
the EU. Regretfully, he
undermines himself.
GEOFF GRAY
BANBURY,
OXFORDSHIRE
Ian Birrell refers to
democracy requiring
defending: for most
of my adult life I
have been effectively
disenfranchised by living
in constituencies where
to vote for anything
other than Tory was a
wasted vote. Until we
update our first-pastthe-post system we do
not have an effective
democracy.
DENNIS DAVIS
BIDEFORD, DEVON
Russian
election tactics
If the Putin supporters
who allegedly stuffed
ballot boxes had known
something of their
country’s history, they
could have rested
confident in his victory.
As Stalin once said:
“Those who cast the votes
decide nothing; those
What a wonderful
story of courage and
dedication regarding
Menna Fitzpatrick and
Jen Kehoe winning Gold
at the Winter Olympics
(Profile, 19 March). Truly
heart-warming to read
of this really committed
pair of athletes.
I just cannot imagine
what it must be like
speeding down the
slopes at high speeds
with impaired vision.
This story made my day!
BARRY BENTLEY
RADCLIFFE ON TRENT,
NOTTINGHAMY
Nannying is no
solution
I agree it is appalling that
so many children are
sent to school without
breakfast. However, I
am not convinced that
the best way to tackle
this problem is through
school breakfast clubs.
Surely it would be
better to spend the
money on teaching
parents how to make
both breakfast and other
cheap nutritious meals.
A bowl of porridge
made from budgetprice porridge oats
costs pence, far cheaper
than a chocolate bar. It
is time parents were
encouraged to take more
responsibility for their
children’s welfare. More
and more nanny state
intervention is not a
long-term answer.
SUSAN LOWIS
NORTHAMPTON
May damned if
she does...
When did the level
of political debate
become so petty? The
Prime Minister goes to
Salisbury: if she does it
is taking advantage, if
she doesn’t she is cold
and unfeeling. It’s a
catch-22. I presumed that
Jeremy Corbyn went to
Grenfell Tower with a
genuine concern for the
victims and assume that
Mrs May would go to
Salisbury to show that it
is safe to do so.
Mean-minded cattiness belittles the level
of debate that we should
expect in a democracy.
E PARKES
STOURBRIDGE, WEST
MIDLANDS
Drones are a
serious menace
Further to your note on
danger from collision
with drones (19 March),
the danger is greater
than generally realised.
Unlike unmanned
aircraft, which are
required to be designed
to rigorous reliability
standards, and tested
for hundreds of hours to
demonstrate reliability,
drones, which are no
more than toys, have no
such background and can
fail at any time.
The manufacturers
confirm this. Records
show that there have
been many unreported
drone crashes.
Imagine the mayhem
should a runaway drone
hit the windscreen of a
coach on a motorway!
PROF R G AUSTIN
BRACKNELL,
BERKSHIRE
Wheelchair
obstacle course
I too have passport and
will travel (Your View, 19
March). I would love to
travel to France, or on a
river cruise in Europe.
We wheelchair would-be
travellers will need, in
particular, wetrooms
instead of bathrooms
and, of course, easy
access to properties
and boats.
MARION ROGERS
MAESTEG, WALES
We do need more
travel information for
wheelchair users. So
often do articles appear
about places to visit, to
stay and to eat which fail
to mention access.
It would be good if i
could be less discriminatory by default and
set an example by
being more inclusive in
travel writing.
DIANNE WATTERTONE
GREASBY, WIRRAL
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Rushdie pens
great review
for Penn
Smith urged to
donate over
Crown pay gap
Sean Penn’s debut novel, written
under the pseudonym Pappy
Pariah, features a dastardly
president called Mr Landlord.
Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff
follows a protagonist living
in California who is a “man of
many trades - sewage
specialist, purveyor of
pyrotechnics, [and]
contract killer for
a mysterious
government
agency that pays
in small bills”.
The novel by
Penn (left), out
next month, has
already been praised
by Salman Rushdie,
who wrote: “It seems wrong
to say that so dystopian a novel
is great fun to read, but it’s true.
I suspect that Thomas Pynchon
and Hunter S Thompson would
love this book.”
Almost 25,000 people have signed
a petition urging Netflix and Matt
Smith, star of The Crown, to make
up for the sexist pay gap that was
revealed between him and his
co-star Claire Foy.
The Care2 petition suggests
that Smith contribute the
difference between his and
Foy’s salaries to the Time’s Up
Legal Defense Fund, which helps
survivors of sexual harassment
and abuse. Foy, who is yet to
comment on the pay disparity,
was reportedly paid £28,000 per
episode for the first two series, in
which she played the Queen.
It is unclear how much Smith
was paid, though Netflix has
confirmed it was higher.
The show’s co-producer,
Suzanne Mackie, has now said
there will be no difference in pay
between stars of the third series,
which will feature Olivia Colman
as the Queen.
Mystery of
‘Mr Brightside’
The Killers have just celebrated their
200th week in the UK top 100 singles
chart with “Mr Brightside” - 14 years
after it was originally released.
The song has been streamed 45
million times in the last year alone
and is the most streamed song
released before 2010.
No one can explain this
phenomenon – we can only presume
hordes of ageing millennials are
finding it impossible to move on
from their short-lived heyday.
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Ms Zafirakou is a piece of golden good news for Britain
EDUCATION
Yasmin
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H
ard winter in springtime.
Daffodils have perished,
my jasmine buds have
shrivelled. Cold gets
into the bones. Imagine how the
homeless and poor are coping
with the punishing snow and icy
indoor temperatures.
The rest of the world also feels as
if it is on the verge of violence and calamity. From Russia to Turkey, the US
to the EU, the Middle East and South
Asia, the worst of humans are crushing the rest, the best. Never have so
many felt so disillusioned and dejected. After many disturbed nights, I’m
taking herbal sleeping tablets.
Then, yesterday, a really good
news story, like a shaft of golden
light, unexpectedly broke through
the greyness. Andria Zafirakou,
an arts and textile teacher at the
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Alperton Community School in
north-west London, won the Varkey
Foundation Global Teacher prize.
This year’s million-dollar educator
is the first in the UK to win the
award, which she picked up at a
ceremony in Dubai attended by
former vice presidents and prime
ministers and various celebs.
Imagination, not a lottery
win, got her here. What
a lesson for her pupils.
Zafirakou was ecstatic
and philosophical: “I’m
going to be patient, I’m
going to reflect.”
We should all reflect,
too. This win and
winner have meaning
and messages that need to
be processed.
The school – where I was
invited to speak many years back – is
in one of the poorest areas in the
UK. Cultural and racial diversity
gives the school its strength but,
like other schools nationwide, there
are challenges thanks to miserly
state school funding from Coalition
and Conservative governments.
Successive ministers have spent on
free schools and academies.
Zafirakou is the daughter of
Greek Cypriot migrants. Theresa
May, in her toadying words to the
winner, unsurprisingly did not
mention the “M” word. Under her
watch as Home Secretary and now
Prime Minister, Mrs May has, for
politically cynical reasons, denied
immigrants and refugees dignity
and justice and, more damagingly,
tacitly allowed xenophobia to grow.
That “Go Home” slogan painted on
a van during the 2015 election drove
through Brent, maybe passed this
very school.
This teacher represents the
generous and liberal heart of
the nation. She actually
learnt some of the home
languages to get close
to the families. What
a welcome riposte
to the stubborn
monolingualism of
native Brits. She used
the arts to awaken and
liberate her pupils from
their inherited destinies.
Zafirakou embodies the
values of a noble profession
that is being emasculated. State
school teachers are beaten down,
unappreciated, overworked and
stressed out. They have to teach and
satisfy parental and inspectorial
standards whilst being social
workers, counsellors, family support
workers and youth carers. This
newspaper supported the Magic
Breakfast breakfast club initiative,
which is brilliant, but government
contributions are too little, too late.
Let us congratulate the
exceptional Zafirakou and stand up
for all that she represents. Let’s hope
she can shame the Government
to better fund our most deprived
children, so their talents can flower.
ROYALTY
electric fire blazing in the grate.
Once Prince Charles succeeds to the
throne, that’ll be on the scrapheap.
In the grand scheme of things,
that little fire – and the savings it
makes on a smart central heating
system – are neither here nor there.
The Queen still wears couture
dresses, but we admire her attitude.
We admire her for apparently going
round Buckingham Palace late at
night to turn off the lights.
Just for a second, the Queen’s
interests in not wasting time or
energy chime with ours, when we
use up that last bit of mouldy cheese
in the fridge or wear a tatty old shirt
just one more time.
Prince Charles preaches austerity,
chiefly when it comes to saving the
planet, and he preaches much more
than his mother. But in his practice,
he fails to follow suit. He can’t attack
global warming and then prefer to
take private jets, as Bower alleges.
Nor, as Bower alleges, can he send
trucks ahead of him, when staying
with friends, loaded with his bed, his
linen, radio, lavatory seat, Laphroaig
whisky, and two landscapes of the
Scottish Highlands.
The Prince has spoken out
on many affairs, not least on
architecture and helping out the
disadvantaged, and he has followed
through in his own private charities.
The moment he tells his subjects
to behave in one way, while doing the
opposite himself, the Prince risks his
popularity nosediving.
Harry
Mount
Charles fails
to practise as
he preaches
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rince lives in royal splendour!
Shock horror! On the face of
it, Tom Bower’s revelations
about Prince Charles’s lavish
expenditure aren’t that outrageous.
He has four valets, so that two are
always on duty, and he sometimes
changes his clothes five times a day.
There’s more. His travelling staff
extend to a butler, chef, private
secretary, typist and bodyguards. A
little de trop, perhaps, but then he is
a prince. We expect the Royal Family
to live on a stately scale.
After all, very few people, apart
from staunch republicans, object to
the Queen shuttling from palace to
castle to country house for 91 years.
The difference is all in the attitude.
When the Queen entertained Prince
Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi
Arabia at Buckingham Palace
last month, she was flanked by a
Gainsborough and a Canaletto. But
she also had her trusty two-bar
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beloved dishes
under threat
Spielberg conjures
up a nerd’s delight in
virtual reality world
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Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player
One is a nerd’s delight. It is a
sci-fi film crammed so full of pop
culture references it could easily
have risked sagging under the
weight of its own nostalgia.
The nods to 70s and 80s music
and films are never-ending.
Tasters of everything from
Atari video games to Stanley
Kubrick’s The Shining, from
John Hughes’ bratpack movies to
Saturday Night Fever, from John
Boorman’s Excalibur to King
Kong, are thrown in to the mix.
The intentions behind the
film aren’t clear. This is either a
celebration of the mind-bending
possibilities of virtual reality
or a dark and despairing satire
about the addictive nature of
computer gaming.
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This is an adaptation of Ernest
Cline’s 2011 novel. The film
opens in a grim and dystopianlooking Columbus, Ohio, in the
2040s. The US has gone through
drought and the “bandwidth
riots”. Citizens are living in slumlike conditions but they all still
play “Oasis,” the ultimate VR
computer game. Once they put on
their headsets, they can change
gender and appearance.
The game was designed by
James Halliday (Mark Rylance),
who died some years before. He
has set players a challenge: there
are three magic keys lurking
within the game. Whoever can
discover them and then track
down the hidden Easter egg will
inherit his fortune. Unhappy
youngster Wade Watts (Tye
Sheridan) is a brilliant player
but hasn’t come anywhere near
finding even the first clue. Nor
have all the professional players
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English actress
Olivia Cooke,
who plays
Samantha, at
the premiere
AFP/GETTY
hired by the shadowy Sorrento
(Ben Mendelsohn).
Spielberg cuts between dull,
muddy “reality” and the hypercharged world of VR. Some of the
special effects are astounding.
Mendelsohn makes an enjoyably
sleazy villain but this is a kids’
adventure and the filmmakers
pull their punches whenever the
storytelling risks becoming too
disturbing. THE INDEPENDENT
Geoffrey MacNab
Fish and chips and chicken tikka masala are among the dishes that could
be facing extinction thanks to climate
change, environmentalists warn.
According to a report by the WWF,
a succulent battered cod might end
up being replaced by an anchovy-like
substitute by 2050 as rising sea temperatures threaten to kill off the nation’s favourite fish.
The price of chicken could shoot up
if soy production is affected by warmer weather and rainfall changes, forcing poultry farmers to fork out on
alternatives such as algae and insects
to feed the birds instead.
Meanwhile, other key ingredients
of the British curry – including rice
and tomatoes – will probably be
more expensive.
Similar changes to a classic cheese
ploughman’s, Welsh lamb stew and
the millennial favourite, avocado on
toast, can be expected in the near future thanks to global warming.
“The threat to these classic dishes
just shows that climate change could
impact every aspect of our lives in future if we don’t act now,” the WWF’s
Gareth Redmond-King said.
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ISRAEL
By Darlene Superville
Soldier
wins early
release
from prison
Trump renews attack on inquiry
into Russian election meddling
Mr Trump may have felt
emboldened after the
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
fired former FBI deputy director
Andrew McCabe on Friday. Mr
Trump had repeatedly called for
Mr McCabe to be dismissed.
IN WASHINGTON
President Donald Trump kept up
his attack on the escalating Russia
investigation yesterday, insisting
in a new tweet that it was “a total
WITCH HUNT with massive conflicts of interest!”
The comment came a day after a
senior White House lawyer tried to
calm speculation that the President
was considering firing the special
counsel leading the inquiry.
The President’s renewed attack
on Robert Mueller’s inquiry into
Russian interference in the 2016 US
presidential election came despite
warnings from senior Republicans
that dismissing the special counsel
would not be tolerated by Congress.
The Republican Senator Lindsey
Graham said Mr Mueller should be
allowed to proceed without interference, and that many Republicans
shared his view.
He also warned Mr Trump against
any attempt to dismiss Mr Mueller.
“If he tried to do that, that would be
the beginning of the end of his presidency, because we’re a rule-of-law nation,” Mr Graham said.
The House Speaker, Paul Ryan,
said through a spokeswoman that
“Mr Mueller and his team should be
able to do their job”.
Another Republican, Senator Jeff
President Trump called the investigation a ‘total witch hunt’ AFP/GETTY
Flake, a frequent Trump critic, fears
that Mr Trump’s latest comments
might signal the imminent 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... We can’t in Congress accept that,” he told CNN.
In a series of weekend tweets, Mr
Trump jabbed directly at Mr Mueller
by name for the first time. The President challenged the investigation’s
existence and suggested political
bias on the part of Mr sMueller’s investigators. Mr Trump has long been
frustrated by the lengthy and intensifying investigation. He insists his
campaign did not collude with Russia
to influence the election in his favour.
“There was no collusion and there
was no crime,” he wrote in a tweet
late on Saturday.
The New York Times reported last
week that Mr Mueller had subpoenaed the Trump Organisation for
Russia-related documents.
Mr Trump had said the Mueller
investigation would be crossing a red
line with such a step. “Why does the
Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans?” he
tweeted on Sunday.
Some of Mr Mueller’s investigators have contributed to Democratic
political candidates, but Justice Department policy and federal service
law bar discrimination in the hiring
on the basis of political affiliation. Mr
Mueller is a Republican supporter. AP
UNITED STATES
Texas police hunt for serial bomber after fourth explosion
By Jon Herskovitz
IN AUSTIN
Four bombs that have gone off this
month in and around Austin, Texas,
with the latest injuring two men, have
similarities that lead investigators to
believe they are the work of a serial
bomber, police said yesterday.
Sunday’s bomb may have been
Another
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Jonathan
Powell
A hard border
dilemma with
no solution
L
ast weekend, British and
EU negotiators grappled
desperately yet again with
the conundrum of the
Northern Ireland border.
They failed to find a solution – again.
That is because there is no solution
activated by a trip wire, a more advanced design than the previous
explosions that were set off when victims handled packages that were left
on doorsteps. Those packages killed
two people earlier this month.
“We are clearly dealing with what
we expect to be a serial bomber at
this point,” Austin police chief Brian
Manley said.
– at least, not one that is acceptable
to the coalition keeping Theresa
May in power.
May’s latest Brexit speech failed
even to suggest a practical way
forward. The Government has been
negotiating with itself for
the past two years rather,
than paying attention
to the position of its
negotiating partner.
Whether this is
from ignorance or
the importance of
maintaining this uneasy
coalition is hard to say.
But the Government needs
to distinguish between what
the Chancellor dismissed as the
EU’s “negotiating strategy” and
its bottom line if it is going to make
progress. There is, of course, a
reason why the British Government
has not put forward practical
proposals. It is because neither
“We have seen similarities in the
devices that exploded here last night
and the other three devices.”
The men, one aged 22 and the other
23, suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to hospital after
they found a suspicious device on the
side of a road in a residential area.
Agents from the FBI and the US
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire-
option will avoid a hard border. But
the real problem is the impact it
will have on the peace process. The
Good Friday Agreement was all
about identity. People in Northern
Ireland could feel British, Irish
or both because there was
no visible border. Once
we put in checkpoints,
we reopen the issue
of identity. That does
not mean we are
automatically tipped
back into the Troubles,
but it does mean we
force Northern Ireland
back into identity politics.
May has committed the
worst possible sin a negotiator can
commit. She has boxed herself in.
She may hope that she can again
fudge the issue, by pretending the
border is soft rather than hard. But
the fudge does not work any more.
The Government will have to agree
arms and Explosives were still at the
scene of the incident yesterday.
Investigators are trying to identify the person or people behind the
three parcel bombs that exploded in
the three earlier separate east-side
neighbourhoods in Austin, killing two
African American males and leaving
a 75-year-old Hispanic woman fighting for her life. REUTERS
May has boxed
herself in – the
worst possible sin
for a negotiator
the legal text of a divorce treaty in
October if we are to leave by March
next year. And legal texts are not
susceptible to ambiguity. She will
be faced with either accepting
the current EU draft and losing
the support of the 10 DUP MPs
who sustain her, or alternatively
accepting that the whole of the UK
remains in the single market and
the customs union, in which case
she will lose the support of the 62
backbench Brexit Tories.
She may hope she can instead
persuade the EU and the Irish
Government to delay the issue
By Chris Baynes
An Israeli military court has
agreed to the early release of a
soldier imprisoned for shooting dead a wounded Palestinian,
according to reports.
Elor Azaria (inset) will walk
free in May after serving nine
months of a 14-month jail term for
the manslaughter of Abdul Fatah
al-Sharif in the West Bank city of
Hebron, the Israel Defence Forces
(IDF) said.
Sharif, 21, was
lying injured and
motionless on
the ground
after stabbing an Israeli
solder when
Azaria shot him
in the head.
His death, in
March 2016, was
f i l m e d a n d p ro m p t e d
outrage when the footage was
released by a human rights group.
A zaria’s initial 18-month
sentence was reduced to 14
months following an intervention
in September by IDF chief of staff
Gadi Eisenkot.
It was cut further yesterday by
the army’s prison parole board
after military prosecutors agreed
to Azaria’s request for early
release. He will be freed on 10 May
after serving less than two-thirds
of his sentence.
The sergeant’s imprisonment –
following the first manslaughter
prosecution for a serving member
of the IDF in more than a decade –
split public opinion.
There have been protests in
support of the soldier, as well as
high-profile calls for a government
pardon. However, Palestinians
and human rights activists have
criticised Azaria’s punishment as
far too lenient. THE INDEPENDENT
for further negotiation during the
two-year transition. But, so far, the
Irish have been adamant that the
border must be resolved now while
they still have leverage, and the rest
of the EU has stood with them. It
would be a colossal gamble for the
Government to stake everything on
being able to break that united front
at the last moment. And if they do
not, we risk crashing out of the EU
without an agreement at all.
May’s speech may have
temporarily united the Tory party
but it has not solved the problems.
Indeed, her problems on Brexit may
only have just begun and it may
turn out that the Northern Ireland
border is the issue that brings the
entire negotiation crashing down.
THE INDEPENDENT
Jonathan Powell was chief
government negotiator in Northern
Ireland from 1997 to 2007
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Intelligence leads to greater success than personality traits such
as being conscientious or generous, a study has found.
Researchers at the universities
of Bristol, Minnesota and Heidelberg devised a series of games to
discover which factors led to cooperative behaviour at work and
during leisure time.
They discovered that people
with a higher IQ displayed “significantly higher” levels of co-operation, which allowed them to earn
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Those with lower intelligence
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consequences of their actions, researchers said.
Trust, generosity, agreeableness and conscientiousness affected behaviour but to a lesser extent
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By Mari Yamaguchi
IN TOKYO
Nelson Chamisa
speaking in
Chinhoyi on
Sunday AP
‘Charismatic’ lawyer and pastor to
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Ahead of Zimbabwe’s crucial elections this year, the biggest opposition party has selected a charismatic
lawyer and pastor to challenge the
military-backed President in the
first vote since Robert Mugabe was
removed from power.
It will be a hard road for 40-yearold Nelson Chamisa, who became
head of the MDC-T party this month
after the February death from cancer of Morgan Tsvangirai.
He will face President Emmerson
Mnangagwa, who replaced Robert Mugabe after a bloodless coup
in November.
Mr Chamisa is banking on sympa-
thy for Mr Tsvangirai, a prominent
figure who challenged Mr Mugabe’s
tyranny and later joined a troubled
coalition with him.
“Tsvangirai has been our best foot
forward. He had a lot of goodwill and
I am inheriting all the positives,” Mr
Chamisa said. Whatever happens at
the polls expected in the middle of
the year, Zimbabwe will be experiencing something new.
Mr Mugabe, 94, was the nation’s
only leader since independence from
white minority rule in 1980, a period
that descended into economic turmoil and repression as the ageing
ruler clung to power.
Mr Mnangagwa, a veteran of the
1970s war against white minority rule and a long-serving cabinet
member, is under pressure to deliver
fair elections in order to restore international ties after years of sanctions. He has said elections will be
held “as scheduled” between July
and August.
Mr Chamisa, who is 35 years
younger than the president, said
the “generational issue” was central to the election. “I represent
the new. Mnangagwa represents
the past,” he said. At his first rally
as MDC-T president and presidential candidate early this month, Mr
Chamisa promised wide-ranging
economic and democratic reforms
and an upgrading of the once-prosperous country’s technology.
Thousands attended the rally in
Chinhoyi, which is in Mr Mugabe’s
home province. Supporters roared
with disapproval when Mr Chamisa
announced he was shortening his
speech because of a heavy downpour.
But internal party divisions could
cost Mr Chamisa “big time”, said
Harare-based political analyst Alexander Rusero. He added that Mr
Mnangagwa’s experience wold provide the youthful Mr Chamisa with a
“major headache”. AP
Zimbabwe’s political
landscape is still plagued
by disunity. The electoral
commission says there are more
than 100 parties in a country
with 5.3 million voters.
Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe,
was grilled by opposition politicians
in parliament yesterday over a growing school land sale scandal linked
to his wife, as his cabinet’s approval
ratings plunged to their lowest levels.
Opposition MPs renewed demands
for Mr Abe’s wife and senior officials
involved in the land sale to be summoned to testify in parliament. Mr
Abe has denied wrongdoing.
The scandal, smouldering for a
year, erupted last week after finance
ministry officials acknowledged
tampering with land deal
documents, including
deleting references
to the First Lady,
Akie Abe, following a newspaper
report in early
March. The tampering is under
criminal investigation by prosecutors.
Tetsuro Fukuyama, of
the Constitutional Democratic Party
of Japan, has accused Mr Abe (inset)
of betraying parliament for nearly a
year. “The Abe government’s attitude
is entirely called into question,” Mr
Fukuyama said.
Meanwhile, four media polls
showed cabinet approval ratings falling to the 30 per cent range, the lowest since Mr Abe took office in 2012.
Thousands of protesters have
gathered almost every day, demanding that Mr Abe step down.
The sharp drop in popularity could
endanger his chances for a third term
as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
A “yellow light” is blinking on Abe’s
third term, the conservative Sankei
newspaper, known for its support of
his policies, wrote on its front page. AP
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UNITED STATES
Uber self-driving
car knocks down
and kills woman
By Rhiannon Williams
DENMARK
UGANDA
Embassy attack Fake hepatitis B
suspects sought vaccines found
Danish police say they are
searching for at least two
people suspected of attacking
the Turkish embassy in
Copenhagen with firebombs.
Henrik Moll, head of
Copenhagen police, said no
one was injured in the early
morning attack that caused
minor damage to the building.
He said police officers partly
witnessed the incident and saw
two people fleeing from the
scene. A criminal investigation
has been launched.
The bombs were apparently
Molotov cocktails. AP
DIPLOMACY
EU ‘must discuss
Iran’s role in Syria
as part of deal’
By Robin Emmott
IN BRUSSELS
The European Union must
discuss Iran’s role in Syria and
Yemen, as well as its ballistic
missiles programme, France
said yesterday, as it seeks to
preserve the 2015 nuclear accord
Ugandan authorities say they have
found fake hepatitis B vaccines at
some health facilities, including in the
capital, Kampala.
A statement from the Ministry of
Health says the fake vaccines were
discovered during routine checks at
facilities in four districts.
The scandal has fuelled concerns
about corruption in a health sector
long plagued by malfeasance. Fake
drugs are a common problem across
Africa. A Ugandan lawmaker died of
complications related to hepatitis B
last year, bringing more attention to
the virus, which attacks the liver and
can cause chronic illness. AP
by a 12 May ultimatum set by the
US President Donald Trump.
“We must not exclude
Iran’s responsibility in the
proliferation of ballistic missiles
and in its very questionable role
in the near- and Middle East,”
France’s foreign minister JeanYves Le Drian told reporters as
he arrived at a meeting with his
counterparts to discuss Iran.
Britain, France and Germany
have proposed fresh EU
sanctions on Iran over its
ballistic missiles and its role in
Syria’s war, it was reported last
week. REUTERS
A woman has died after being hit by a
self-driving car belonging to Uber in
Arizona, prompting the ride-hailing
app to halt all autonomous vehicle
testing in North America.
Elaine Herzberg was crossing a
road in the city of Tempe when she
was hit by the car, which was in selfdriving mode but had a human safety
driver behind the wheel at the time,
police said.
She was taken to hospital but later
South Sudan
In the early morning, smoke
from burning cow dung rises
over hundreds of animals
sleeping tightly side by side.
Children, dotted between
them, warm their hands in
the smoke, their faces covered
in white ash to fend off flies
and mosquitoes.
The cattle camps – where
South Sudan’s nomads migrate
to find pasture during the
December to May dry season
– are some of the world’s most
remote, nestled between the
arms of the Nile in the swamps
of Lakes state.
“My days are busy,” says
24-year-old Mary Amal,
holding her baby, Gok, in her
arms. “I came here with my
brother to take care of our
cows and I’m expected to clean
up the camp’s cow dung and
prepare food, while also taking
care of my daughter.”
The camp is full of children
who work as herders, cooks
and cleaners. For many, it is
also their first chance to learn
to read and write, calculate
sums and learn about hygiene.
Aid agencies are starting to
provide mobile education in
the remote cattle camps amid
fears that South’s Sudan’s
latest civil war is creating
another “lost generation” of
uneducated adults, with the
country at risk of becoming a
failed state. Education rates
among young pastoralists are
particularly low because they
are often on the move.
Stefanie Glinski REUTERS
Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s CEO, said
the news was ‘incredibly sad’ GETTY
Volvo SUV was left on its side. No one
was hurt. The first death linked to a
self-driving car was reported in 2016,
when 40-year old Joshua Brown was
killed after his Tesla Model S vehicle
failed to detect a truck blocking its
path and drove into it.
A cool
house by
the sea…
The “Mini Beast from
the East” weather
system took a firm
grip on this house in
Faxe Bay, south of
the Danish capital
Copenhagen.
Thanks to strong
Arctic winds, water
washed over four
houses near the sea
front and the freezing
temperatures covered
the buildings in layers
of thick ice. AP
WEST BANK
French consulate worker ‘smuggled weapons’
Israeli police said they had arrested
a French citizen, an employee of
France’s consulate in Jerusalem,
on suspicion of using a diplomatic
car to smuggle guns from the
Islamist Hamas-controlled Gaza
Strip to Palestinians in the occupied
West Bank.
Held since 15 February, Romain
Franck is accused of moving a total
of 70 pistols and two assault rifles
between the Palestinian territories
on at least five occasions.
“This is a very serious incident in
which the immunity and privileges
granted to foreign diplomatic
missions in Israel were cynically
exploited to smuggle dozens of
weapons that may be used for
terrorist attacks against Israeli
civilians,” the statement said.
Mr Franck, 23, was yesterday
charged with arms trafficking, fraud
and criminal conspiracy . REUTERS
UNITED STATES
PAKISTAN
SOUTH KOREA
Cirque du Soleil
performer dies
Vaccination
workers killed
Former president
faces prosecution
A Cirque du Soleil performer has
died after falling during a show in
Tampa, Florida.
Yann Arnaud fell while
performing an aerial straps
number during the show, Volta.
He was taken to hospital but later
died. Cirque du Soleil cancelled
its final two Tampa shows while
authorities investigate.
Mr Arnaud had been a
performer with the company for
more than 15 years. AP
Militants have ambushed a polio vaccination team in a tribal region in
Pakistan, killing two people and seriously wounding another two.
The gunmen also attacked security
forces when they responded to the attack on Saturday, killing one paramilitary and wounding another.
Polio workers have come under attack on several occasions since it was
revealed that the CIA used a polio
vaccination campaign as a ruse to get
information on Osama bin Laden.
South Korean prosecutors
have requested an arrest
warrant for the former
president, Lee Myung-bak, over
corruption allegations.
Mr Lee, who ruled from 2008
to 2013, is the latest leader to
be entangled in scandals. Seoul
Central District Court is expected
to decide by tomorrow whether to
issue an arrest warrant.
Mr Lee said the allegations were
politically motivated. AP
By Dan Williams
IN JERUSALEM
Postcard
From...
died of her injuries. The accident is
believed to be the first pedestrian
death involving a self-driving car.
Uber’s chief executive Dara
Khosrowshahi said the woman’s
death was “incredibly sad news”.
The company has paused all
autonomous testing in the Phoenix
area, alongside Pittsburgh, San
Francisco and Toronto.
Uber first suspended its selfdriving car programme in March
last year, following an accident in
which the company’s self-driving
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Back from the dead: remarkable
rebirth of precious coral reefs
Adelle Kalakouti reports from Beau Vallon, in the Seychelles
B
eneath the crystal-clear
waters of the Indian
Ocean, off the island
nation of the Seychelles,
a fight is growing to save
the coral reefs that shelter a range
of creatures from climate change
– from tiny invertebrates to the
sprawling octopus.
The fragile reefs act both as a
protective barrier for coastlines
and an attraction for the tourists
who keep the country’s economy
going. But the reefs are also
one of the first victims of rising
ocean temperatures.
The Seychelles in some areas
lost up to 90 per cent of its coral
reefs in 1998 in an environmental
event known as bleaching,
where coral in warming waters
expel the colourful algae that
live within their skeletons
and, without their nutrients,
starve. Another bleaching event
occurred in 2016 after the reefs
had partly recovered, said David
Rowat, chairman of the Marine
Conservation Society Seychelles.
With further threats including
overfishing and pollution, coral
reefs around the world will reach
their tipping point before the end
of the century, disappearing more
quickly than they can restore
themselves, according to a study
published in Science last month.
The Seychelles government
announced a pioneering deal this
year where it swapped part of its
sovereign debt for investment in
marine protection areas.
Already, conservationists have
launched a number of coral reef
restoration projects around the
nation’s 115 islands. In one, more
than 50,000 coral fragments have
i TUESDAY
20 MARCH 2018
Demand for
water ‘to go up
by a third’
By Megan Rowling
IN BARCELONA
Demand for water is expected to increase by nearly one-third by 2050
as the planet’s population expands,
according to the World Water Development Report 2018 from the
United Nations.
To provide enough water for drinking, growing crops, generating power
and other uses, governments and
businesses should work more closely
with nature, which controls the water
cycle, the report found.
Incorporating more green space
into cities, conserving wetlands,
and farming in ways that keep the
soil healthy are examples of the
“nature-based solutions” backed by
the report.
These can also help protect people
from floods, it concluded. REUTERS
AUSTRALIA
The Seychelles
lost up to 90 per
cent of its reefs to
bleaching in 1998 AP
been nurtured and transplanted by
a local charity, Nature Seychelles,
in what the organisation
calls the world’s largest coral
restoration programme.
The Marine Conservation
Society has both land- and oceanbased coral nursery sites.
On a recent afternoon, an
employee at one site in Beau Vallon
painstakingly cleaned a nursery
tank with a toothbrush. She and
the project leader Chloe Pozas
spent the morning transferring
tiny coral fragments, once collected
from the sea floor, from the tanks to
an underwater “rope nursery” or
improvised skeleton.
“When the corals are big enough,
they are going to be outplanted
back on the reef,” Pozas said.
About 1,700 miles away off the
island of Curieuse, the Seychelles
National Park Authority has been
moving corals grown in another
rope nursery.
Divers delicately transfer the
tiny corals to a degraded reef in a
national marine park, then attach
them using non-toxic epoxy resin.
After the 2016 bleaching event,
experts noticed that some corals
were more resilient than others.
Those “super corals” were chosen
for regrowth and transplanting.
“Restoration is really only a tool
to try to help the reef to recover
faster, especially because coral
bleaching is projected to happen
annually by 2050,” Pozas said.
The Seychelles government is
working with Nature Seychelles
to secure funding for a proposal
to upscale coral farming efforts to
a larger operation. Those whose
livelihoods rely on tourism are
watching the efforts with interest.
“We have divers and snorkellers.
If we can continue to have healthy
reefs and lots of fish, we have
got happy divers, they do lots of
dives, the dive centre makes more
business, the government gets
more tax money and everybody
is happy,” said Glynis Rowat,
who manages a diving centre in
Beau Vallon. AP
Giant duck found
in Indian Ocean
after going astray
By Luke Rix-Standing
IN TORONTO
More plastic was spotted in the Indian Ocean last week.
It seems Daphne the giant inflatable duck could be heading home after
blowing away from a beach in Western Australia. Following an online appeal and a week of frantic searching,
Daphne eventually reappeared in the
care of a local fisherman, Tony Gibb.
The mascot of a local swimming
club, Daphne was meant to be helping mark out a swimming course before her bid for freedom, but broke
loose after seconds on the water.
“She just bolted,” recalled the
club’s president, Peter Marr, who
swam after Daphne.
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Heard on grapevine: boozy
baths may be good for skin
By Katie Wright
It’s well known that drinking wine
has health benefits, as long as it’s in
moderation. But is bathing in plonk
good for your skin? Apparently so.
The theory goes that a substance
called polyphenol – which red
wine is rich in – helps to tone
and exfoliate your skin,
while antioxidants fight
damage caused by nasty
free radicals.
“Winetherapy” began
in Bordeaux, has become
popular in Japan (inset) and
Ella Di Rocco Medispa in west
London has now become the first
place in the UK to offer a wine spa
treatment. “It’s not the alcohol that’s
good for you, it’s the grapes,” explains
therapist Catherine Oswiecinska as
I dangle my feet in a warm foot bath
with rose petals.
I lie down on a massage bed to
begin the 90-minute treatment. Oswiecinska uses a pair of dry brushes
to sweep away dead skin, improve
circulation and banish cellulite.
This is followed with a natural
body scrub made with cornflour, red
vine leaves and red wine to open
up my pores for the deep
bath. It’s filled with warm
water, two bottles of sangiovese and merlot wine
plus virgin grape juice,
leaving the dark purple
waters steaming and fragrant. I’m given a glass of
merlot to sip and left to soak
for around 20 minutes. Whatever
the truth of the science, I do feel all
the tension in my muscles melt away.
Then I have a grape seed oil massage to replenish my skin with moisture. A boozy bath that rejuvenates
body and mind? I’ll drink to that.
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‘I was
hated by
fellow
officers’
A former sergeant tells how he
was driven out of the police
W
hen two police
officers turned
up on Gurpal
Virdi’s doorstep
and said they
wanted to speak to him about an
alleged assault dating back 28
years, the former Metropolitan
Police sergeant assumed it was a
misunderstanding that would soon
be cleared up.
After the police interview
– when he learnt that he was
accused of attacking a black
teenager in the back of a police van
– he realised it wouldn’t be so easy.
“I’m being stitched up again,”
he told his wife when he returned
home from questioning – for it was
not the first time he’d faced such
an accusation during his 30-year
career at Britain’s largest force.
Mr Virdi has been wrongly
accused of racism, shunned by
colleagues and had attempts at
promotion turned down, he tells
i, as he launches a book about his
latest – successful – attempt to
clear his name.
Mr Virdi says his card was
marked after he gave evidence to
the public inquiry into the 1993
murder of the black teenager
Stephen Lawrence by a group of
five white youths. The inquiry had
concluded that Britain’s biggest
force was “institutionally racist”.
He had recounted a similar
episode about an attack on two
young students, one Iraqi and one
of Asian origin, by white youths,
and his frustration that it was not
treated as a racist incident.
How had his fellow officers felt
about him? “Hated. I was hated
by quite a few officers,” he says.
“Rather than acknowledging my
commitment to making London a
better place, I got attacked.”
The attempt to frame him for
the attack in the back of the van
was just the latest effort to punish
him, he says. Two decades ago,
he was sacked after being falsely
accused of sending racist mail to
colleagues at Ealing police station
in west London. Mr Virdi was
one of 13 black and Asian officers
who received a printed image of
a black man accompanied by the
message: “Not wanted. Keep the
police force white, so leave now or
else.” Scotland Yard erroneously
claimed that Mr Virdi himself had
sent the mail, sparked by anger at
being turned down for promotion.
After the force apologised, paid
damages and Mr Virdi returned
to work, he was shunned and sidelined for a decade. He took every
opportunity to take secondments
that would take him away from the
atmosphere at Scotland Yard until
he finally left.
“I wasn’t going to be driven out
by racists and bigots,” he says.
“I was one of the very few who
spoke out against racism and
discrimination.”
Still, he had not expected the
I wasn’t going to be
driven out by bigots. I was
one of the few who spoke
out against discrimination
campaign against him to continue
into retirement.
He is serving as a councillor
in west London, sitting as an
independent after being dropped
by the Labour Party and his thenmentor, the capital’s current
Mayor, Sadiq Khan, when the
Metropolitan Police made public
the news that he had been charged
with indecent assault.
His accuser claimed that he
had waited nearly three decades
to come forward but had become
emboldened by the exposure of
Jimmy Savile as a paedophile.
He told police that Mr Virdi
‘Bogus charges’ MP’s campaign for inquiry
An MP will today call for an
inquiry into the “bogus charges”
laid against Gurpal Virdi, who was
acquitted of assaulting a teenage
suspect in a police van more than
30 years ago.
Mr Virdi was charged with
abusing the black youth in 2014,
two years after he retired from
the Metropolitan Police, having
spoken out against racism
and discrimination.
Mr Virdi believes he is the victim
of a vendetta at senior levels
within Scotland Yard after he
criticised the force at the inquiry
into the 1993 murder of the black
teenager Stephen Lawrence.
Conservative MP Sir Peter
Bottomley, who campaigned in
the Lawrence case, has written
to the Prime Minister and the
Home Secretary, as well as
police and justice officials, to
investigate events surrounding the
prosecution of Mr Virdi.
“How was it possible that such
an impressive officer would be
persecuted and prosecuted in both
service and in retirement?” Sir
Peter asks in the prologue to Mr
Virdi’s new book. “The accusations
were absurd and unjustified. The
best way forward would be... to
conduct an official inquiry now.”
Sir Peter plans to submit
questions today asking for
meetings with the responsible
ministers and the police and
prosecution authorities. He will
also put in an Early Day Motion
asking for a parliamentary debate.
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Does the audiobook sound
the death knell for text?
Digital media makes it possible to listen to whole novels, and
writers are adapting their styles to the form. By Andy Martin
D
Sergeant Gurpal Virdi
says he was targeted
after giving evidence
to the Stephen
Lawrence inquiry
had attacked him and shoved a
retractable police baton up his
backside. The only problem? It
wasn’t true. Such batons were
not in use in Britain at the time of
the alleged attack – but the case
still made its way to a crown court
before a jury cleared the former
officer in less than an hour in 2014.
“If this case had dropped on my
desk, it wouldn’t have gone any
further. It didn’t add up,” says Mr
Virdi. “This had to be a personal
attack on me. They target an officer
without any evidence.”
Mr Virdi suspects a conspiracy
at senior levels of Scotland Yard
for the prosecution. When I ask
him about the circumstances of his
accuser coming forward, Mr Virdi
swiftly interjects. “Did he come
forward?” Who put him up to it,
then? Mr Virdi shrugs.
Mr Virdi joined the force in the
early 1980s, when it was a “common
feature” for black suspects to be
beaten up, according to Mr Virdi.
He said he sometimes intervened,
or reported officers involved in the
abuse, but nothing was ever done.
He says this area of police
conduct has improved. But he
claims that ethnic minority
officers who complain about their
treatment are still targeted by
senior officers with Scotland Yard.
A spokesperson for the
Metropolitan Police (MPS) would
not comment on Mr Virdi’s case
last night but told i that the service
“has made significant strides in
ensuring that we have a more
diverse and inclusive workforce”.
The spokesperson said that
following recommendations made
by the Equality and Human Rights
Commission in 2016, the Met
has created “dedicated teams of
specialists to respond to internal
complaints of discrimination”,
adding: “The MPS is also investing
in improvements to the way it
records internal discrimination
complaints so that it is better able
to identify victimisation.”
This is too late for Mr Virdi,
however. The affair has taken a toll
on him and his family. He has not
worked for two years – a simple
online search of his name highlights
the baggage that travels with him.
Both he and his wife have suffered
significant health problems, he
says, from the stress and strain of
trying to clear his name.
His son and nephew both gave
up on the idea of joining the police
because of his treatment. His
parents died before he had a chance
to clear his name. He considered
suicide at his lowest points.
Now he wants heads to roll over
what has happened to him. “If you
don’t deal with them, they will
just carry on,” he says. “It’s the
reputation of the Metropolitan
Police at stake.”
‘Behind the Blue Line: My Fight
Against Racism and Discrimination
in the Met’ by Gurpal Virdi (Biteback
Publishing, £20) is out now
o you ever try to read a
book on the train at rush
hour? Just opening it is
a major challenge given
that one of your hands
is usually attached to a pole or a
strap. And even if you do get it open,
you are going to annoy a fellow
passenger who doesn’t fancy having
it shoved in their face.
My reading-while-commuting
problems were solved this week
when I finally swapped the written
text for headphones, listening to
an audiobook. Of course, many
people have been doing this for
years. But pressing play on the
narration of Matt Wesolowski’s Six
Stories, I was glad to find I could
get through stations, up and down
escalators, not at any point far
from the madding crowd, and yet
simultaneously remain glued to the
aural page.
“We are living through a golden
age of audio,” said Rachel Mallender.
She used to be a producer at BBC
Radio 1 and is now head of audio
books at Harper Collins, which has
a “total audio policy”, meaning all of
its books are also released on audio.
“A large percentage of people use
audio books to relax,” Mallender
tells me. “It’s the theatre of the
mind. If you’re rushing around, and
stressed, this gives you the chance
to switch off. And it’s an opportunity
to not look at a screen for a change.”
Listening to audio on your
headphones is an intimate
experience – the narrator is
speaking to you and no one else.
Can it work for all styles of
writing? I resisted the largely
interior monologue of Gail
Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant Is
Completely Fine for a while, but I
admit I surrendered eventually and
fell in love. With the narrator. So
I phoned her up. I just wanted to
listen to her voice some more.
Her name is Cathleen McCarron
and she lives in Stratford-uponAvon, where she is voice coach
at the RSC. She was born in
Edinburgh and has a lilting
Scottish accent, but she can do
any accent under the sun. For
Eleanor Oliphant, she had to tone
down her “rhoticity” (the rolling
of the “r”) and use longer a’s (as in
“bath” and “path”) and elongate
her monophones (in “won’t” and
“don’t”). But it’s a hybrid, and
deliberately hard to locate, because
she wanted to get a mix of London
and Scotland in there.
McCarron trained as an actor in
Glasgow, but then took an MA in
voice studies at the Royal Central
School of Speech and Drama in
London. She got into audiobooks
when someone fell ill and they
needed a good Scottish accent.
She has a new release, Bring Me
Back, by BA Paris, even while she
is masterminding accents in The
Duchess of Malfi.
Listening to an audio book through
headphones can be an intimate and
relaxing experience AFP/GETTY
McCarron wants everyone to
have “their own voice” and not
have to sound like someone else.
She embraces “dissonance” and
“diversity of accent,” saying: “Every
accent is valid.”
The point of Eleanor Oliphant,
she says, is the “disparity between
how she appears on the outside and
what she’s like on the inside”. There
are certain physical tricks you can
play to sustain a voice that is not
your own. To do the protagonist,
“I found it helped me to keep my
mouth small, not very open. So she
sounds self-contained.”
Another great narrator is
Leighton Pugh, whom I watch
recording Andrew Taylor’s
historical novel Fire Court in the
cubicle of a studio in London. He
is a voice virtuoso, a real one-man
band. He can flip in an instant
from uppercrust Lady Somebody
Podcast-inspired novel
Matt Wesolowski’s novel, Six Stories,
and the sequel, Hydra, incorporate
the form of the podcast. Each book
is written as if it is made up of
recordings of voices.
Just as some books used to be cinematic, using “cuts” and “zooms”, now
we have a book that explicitly refers
to iTunes and listeners and whose
resolution depends on the subtle
tweaks to a voice.
“I structured it very similar
to Serial, which was the first big,
episodic true crime podcast I got
into,” says Wesolowski, who lives in
Newcastle. “I liked how the interviews
were interspliced with narration and
wondered if it would work in book
form. I also liked how each episode
focused on someone different. It was
definitely a new way of writing for
me – I didn’t know if it would work.”
to an old man with a “bit of the
ague”, to a woman who is basically
Cockney but with upwardly mobile
aspirations and apt to slip in a bit of
French (“effroyable”).
Even though he’s sitting there,
looking at his e-reader on a
pedestal, his whole body seems to
metamorphose and for a moment
he is incarnating yet another one of
a cast of thousands. But the mark
of the true voice artist is this: he
can say “Chapter 19” and you’re
still hooked.
Books had to be abridged for their
audio versions in the past. You just
couldn’t get that much on a CD or
cassette – though you could buy
boxsets of full novels if you really
wanted. Digital changed all that.
Now I can listen to the whole of
War and Peace if I feel like it. Patch
Macquaid, director of ID Audio,
says: “People used to go around
saying: ‘This is the death of the
book!’ Now it’s all about having
more choice.”
And it’s true. There are millions
of podcasts. I can stream books
on Storytell. And at the same
time I still like to feel a real book
in my hands. There is no real
incompatibility between audio
and text.
It’s the theatre of
the mind… And it’s an
opportunity to not look at
a screen for a change
This, I suspect, is bringing about
a shift in the zeitgeist and in the
structure of literary language.
Eleanor Oliphant, for example,
sounds like a woman speaking to
herself. Not quite like a diary, in
the manner of Bridget Jones – it’s
more oral than that. And Matt
Wesolowski admits the style and
structure of his novel Six Stories was
inspired by listening to podcasts.
It’s not the end of the book,
but the text is becoming aural
or audiofiled, even before it gets
recorded. It’s possible the age of the
text is, if not over, at least entering
the twilight zone.
The oral preceded the text by
around 100,000 years or so. And
it will still be around when the
text is sitting only on the shelves
of ancient libraries. It’s easier if
you’re dyslexic (or illiterate) and it
leaves your hands free. Then again,
there are some voices that are more
“engaging” than others. I had to
ask Cathleen McCarron what she
thought about the Prime Minister’s
voice. “Her voice is the least of her
worries,” she says.
THE INDEPENDENT
Andy Martin is the author of
‘Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child
and the Making of Make Me’ and is a
lecturer in French at the University
of Cambridge
Television Tuesday 20 March
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
===
10pm, BBC2
Regulars to Stefan Golaszewski’s
brilliant comedy will want to know
the follow-up to last week’s standoff in the kitchen when Cathy (Lesley
Manville) appeared to rebuff Michael
(Peter Mullan, left) after he finally
managed to declare his love. Well,
they are about to see each for the
first time in two months as Michael
delivers some of his late mother’s
unwanted possessions, including a
toaster that Derek has his eyes on (“A
dead woman’s toaster?” hisses
Pauline. “Best buy on Which?,” Derek
hisses back). And we get to see a
more human side to the
curmudgeonly Reg (Karl Johnson)
as he waits for news of the
hospitalised Maureen.
8pm, BBC2
Michael Portillo’s trademark
colourful outwear meets its match
as he takes the train around India in
this new series, starting on the
stretch between Amritsar and
Shimla by way of the world’s biggest
free kitchen.
Mum
Great Indian Railway Journeys
===
The World’s Ugliest Pets
8pm, ITV
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,
and for some pet owners that means
hairless Chinese crested dogs,
hairless guinea pigs and giant slugs
as Caroline Quentin searches for “the
beauty in the beast” and chooses one
to take to this year’s Ugly Dog
contest in California. Crufts it ain’t.
===
The Great Celebrity Bake Off
For Stand Up To Cancer
8pm, Channel 4
If the above mouthful of a title was a
recipe it would be for a dog’s dinner,
but happily the finished article is far
more familiar and straightforward
as the leader of the Scottish
Conservative Party, Ruth Davidson,
follows fellow Tory (one assumes)
and former contestant Samantha
Cameron into the tent, along with
Tim Minchin, Made In Chelsea’s Jamie
Laing and singer Ella Eyre.
===
Amazing Hotels:
Life Beyond The Lobby
9pm, BBC2
Ashford Castle in Co Mayo was built
800 years ago by Anglo-Norman
knights and has been owned by the
Guinness family. The building has
had a rocky history, however,
including being put into receivership
as recently as 2011. Now the
imposing grey castle, with its
neo-Gothic wings, has had a
£50m makeover, offering visitors
(according to the manager) “not your
plastic Irish type of experience”.
Giles Coren and Monica Galetti roll
up their sleeves and muck in.
===
Who Do You Think You Are?
USA
9pm, W
Students of medieval history might
be able to tell you exactly what went
on at Berkeley Castle in
Gloucestershire in 1327, a clue to
which is included in a note written
6.00 Flog It! Trade Secrets
(R) (S). 6.30 Holding Back
The Years (R) (S). 7.15
The Sheriffs Are Coming
(R) (S). 8.00 Sign Zone:
Celebrity Antiques Road
Trip (R) (S). 9.00 Victoria
Derbyshire (S). 11.00 BBC
Newsroom Live (S). 12.00
Daily Politics (S). 1.00 The
Super League Show (S).
1.45 Coast (R) (S). 2.30 Yes
Chef (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). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
8.00 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 8.30
Frasier (R) (S). 9.00 Frasier
(R) (S). 9.35 Frasier (R) (S).
10.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
11.00 Undercover Boss
USA (R) (S). 12.00 Channel
4 News Summary (S).
12.05 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 1.05 Posh
Pawnbrokers (R) (S). 2.10
Countdown (S). 3.00 A
Place In The Sun: 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 (S). 11.15
Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It
Away (R) (S). 12.10 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.15 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors (R)
(S). 1.10 Access (S). 1.15
Home And Away (S). 1.45
Neighbours (S). 2.20 NCIS
(R) (S). 3.20 FILM: Dead
Over Heels (Terry Ingram
2016) Premiere. Mystery,
starring Candace Cameron
Bure and Yannick Bisson
(S). 5.00 5 News At 5 (R) (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 The team
restores a toy
fire engine (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks
Damon and
Brody prepare
for Maggie’s
funeral (S).
6.00 Home And Away
Justin discovers
Robbo is hiding
out in Tori’s
garage (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 Saving Lives At
Sea A paraglider
crash-lands at
the bottom of
steep cliffs in
Aberystwyth
(R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale
Debbie gives
in to Joe’s
demands (S).
7.30 100 Year Old
Driving School
(S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
Live chat (S).
7.30 EastEnders The
locals gather at
the Vic to raise
money for Kat’s
funeral (S).
7.00 Reinventing
The Royals:
Elizabeth –
Our Queen
Examining
Elizabeth II’s life
since 2000 (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Secret
Knowledge:
The Art Of The
Vikings (R) (S).
6.25 FILM: Beautiful
Creatures
(Richard
LaGravenese
2013) Fantasy,
starring Alden
Ehrenreich (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Comical clips
(R) (S).
8pm
8.00 Holby City Ric
Griffin finally
stands trial,
accused of
manslaughter
(S).
8.00 Great Indian
Railway
Journeys New
series. A rail
journey from
Amritsar to
Shimla (S).
8.00 The World’s
Ugliest Pets
Caroline
Quentin meets
unattractive
pets (S).
8.00 The Great
Celebrity Bake
Off For Stand
Up To Cancer
With Tim
Minchin and
Jamie Laing (S).
8.00 Secrets Of The
National Trust
With Alan
Titchmarsh The
host visits The
Workhouse in
Southwell (S).
8.00 Immortal Egypt
With Joann
Fletcher The
peak of ancient
Egyptian
civilisation
(R) (S).
8.50 The Counsellor
Interview
Special Ridley
Scott and the
cast discuss
the film.
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Jake asks
Walden for
money (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9pm
9.00 Shetland
Perez’s
judgement
is called into
question. Last
in the series (S).
9.00 Amazing Hotels:
Life Beyond The
Lobby Working
in Ireland’s
Ashford Castle
(S).
9.00 100 Years
Younger In
21 Days The
results are
announced. Last
in the series (S).
9.15 Seven Year
Switch The
switched
couples have to
re-enact a past
argument (S).
9.00 Wild Britain:
Untamed
Coasts Cameras
follow dramatic
events at a grey
seal colony in
Norfolk (S).
9.00 Madame
Tussaud: A
Legend In Wax
The story of the
woman behind
the waxworks
empire (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: The
Second Best
Exotic Marigold
Hotel (John
Madden 2015)
Comedy drama
sequel (S).
9.00 FILM: Paul
(Greg Mottola
2011) Sci-fi
comedy, with
Simon Pegg and
Nick Frost (S).
10pm
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 This Country (S).
10.00Mum Maureen
is in hospital (S).
10.25 The
Archiveologists
(S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At
Ten; Weather (S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 The Cruise:
Voyage To
Alaska (R) (S).
10.20 Gogglebox
The critics
review Sir
Bruce: A
Celebration
(R) (S).
10.00FILM: The
Expendables 3
(Patrick Hughes
2014) Action
thriller sequel,
with Sylvester
Stallone (S).
10.00The
Prosecutors:
Real Crime And
Punishment
Cases include
two domestic
murders (R) (S).
11.10 Rehab: Addicted
Lives Cameras
explore a
residential
rehabilitation
centre in
Somerset (S).
11.15 Gareth Thomas’
Silver Skydivers
For Sport Relief
The Rugby
veteran faces
his fear of
heights (S).
11.10 Four Days That
Shook Britain
The stories of
people affected
by last year’s
terror attacks in
Britain (R) (S).
11.20 Before We Die
Blanka makes
a stunning
discovery (S).
11.00 Britain’s
Outlaws:
Highwaymen,
Pirates And
Rogues With
Sam Willis
(R) (S).
11.30 FILM: The
Counsellor
(Ridley Scott
2013) crime
thriller, starring
Michael
Fassbender (S).
11.10 Family Guy
Stewie resolves
to join the army.
With Louis
Gossett Jr (R) (S).
11.35 Family Guy
(R) (S).
12.40 BBC News (S).
12.15 Sign Zone:
MasterChef (R) (S). 1.15
Sign Zone: Amazing
Hotels: Life Beyond The
Lobby (R) (S). 2.15 This Is
BBC Two (S).
12.30 Jackpot247 3.00
Loose Women (R). 3.50
ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.30 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA 1.20 The
Supervet (R). 2.20 Scruffts:
Britain’s Favourite Dog (R).
3.15 My Baby’s Life: Who
Decides? (R). 4.10 Coast Vs
Country (R). 5.05 Location,
Location, Location (R).
12.00 Treasures Of
Ancient Greece (R) (S). 1.00
Top Of The Pops: 1982 (R)
(S). 2.00 A History Of Art
In Three Colours (R) (S).
3.00 Britain’s Outlaws:
Highwaymen, Pirates And
Rogues (R) (S). 4.00 Close
1.45 FILM: Requiem For A
Dream (Darren Aronofsky
2000) Drama, starring
Jared Leto and Ellen
Burstyn (S). 3.55 Close
12.05 American Dad! (R) (S).
1.05 Two And A Half Men
(R) (S). 1.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S). 1.55 Totally
Bonkers Guinness
World Records (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 (S). 11.00 The
Sheriffs Are Coming (S).
11.45 Caught Red Handed
(R) (S). 12.15 Bargain Hunt
(R) (S). 1.00 BBC News At
One; Weather (S). 1.30
BBC Regional News;
Weather (S). 1.45 Doctors
(S). 2.15 A Place To Call
Home (S). 3.05 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
12.20 Weather Terror:
Lightning Strike (R) (S).
1.15 SuperCasino 3.10
GPs: Behind Closed Doors
(R) (S). 4.00 Tribal Teens (R)
(S). 4.45 House Doctor (R)
(S). 5.10 House Busters (R)
(S). 5.35 Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
Biscuit heir Jamie Laing
competes in ‘Bake Off’
8pm, Channel 4
Michael Portillo heads
from Amritsar to
Shimla in ‘Great Indian
Railway Journeys’
8pm, BBC2
Courteney Cox looks
into her ancestry
9pm, W
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
Dating game
hosted by Paddy
McGuinness (R)
(S).
NEWS
2-27
by Thomas de Berkeley, the 18-times
great-grandfather of former Friends
star Courteney Cox (which makes
sense; there was always something
of the Wasp about Monica). Cox is
over in England from California in
search of ancestral roots which she
ends up comparing to the storylines
from Game Of Thrones.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
This Country
10.45pm, BBC1
The lack of rural transport and
cutbacks at minor-injuries units are
on the agenda in this week’s visit to
the Cotswolds as Kurtan Mucklowe
(Charlie Cooper) struggles to get to
Swindon in time for the new stock
arriving at TK Maxx, and cousin
Kerry (Daisy May Cooper) injures
herself during football practice.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
FILM OF THE DAY
===
6pm, Sky Cinema Drama
(Scott Cooper, 2009)
Bad Blake (played by Jeff Bridges) is a
59-year-old alcoholic and carousing
former country and western star who
continues to ply his trade in small
bars across America’s heartland,
and who knows he won’t get many
more chances at love or redemption
after the one offered to him by his
latest conquest (Maggie Gyllenhaal).
Country music is apparently littered
with such individuals, and Crazy Heart
certainly isn’t the first time that US
cinema has told this kind of story.
So Bridges deserved the Oscar he
was finally given (having previously
been nominated five times) for
making Blake such a credible,
intriguing and whole character.
11.25pm, TCM
(Robert Rodriguez, 1996)
Two kinds of B-movie are welded
together here: a sweaty crime thriller
about bank robbers hitching a ride to
the Mexican border, and a
gore-spattered exploitation
extravaganza featuring rock ’n’ roll,
bikers and vampire strippers.
Crazy Heart
From Dusk Till Dawn
===
Requiem For A Dream
1.45am, Film4
(Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
As filmed by Aronofsky, Hubert Selby
Jnr’s 1978 my-junkie-hell novel
became a dizzying, even euphoric
visual experience, yet still one of the
most harrowing anti-drugs films ever
made. Jared Leto stars.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S). 7.00
Rules Of Engagement
(R) (S). 8.00 How I Met
Your Mother (R) (S). 9.00
New Girl (R) (S). 10.00 2
Broke Girls (R) (S). 10.30 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). 12.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 1.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 1.30 The Big
Bang Theory (R) (S). 2.00
How I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 2.30 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 3.00 New
Girl (R) (S). 3.30 New Girl
(R) (S). 4.00 Brooklyn NineNine (R) (S). 4.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 5.30 The
Goldbergs (R) (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.30 A Place In The
Sun: Home Or Away (R)
(S). 10.30 A Place In The
Sun: Home Or Away (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).
3.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
(S). 4.00 Stargate SG-1 (R)
(S). 5.00 The Simpsons (R).
5.30 Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory Leonard
vows to be
more confident
(R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
A senior
neurologist
treats a
Chihuahua born
with fluid on
the brain (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
With the guest
voice of Elton
John (R) (S).
6.00 House The
miserable
medic is taken
hostage (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote The
sheriff of Cabot
Cove is arrested
for murder
(R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks (S).
7.30 My Hotter
Half Two more
couples take
part (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
Kevin McCloud
revisits Pru and
Richard Irvine
in Midlothian
(R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Lisa has to
share a room
with Bart (R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A baby is
kidnapped
(R) (S).
8.00 Midsomer
Murders An
old family feud
resurfaces
in Midsomer
Parva (R) (S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory The
boys take up
fencing (R) (S).
8.00 The Flash
Amunet
strikes a deal
to buy all the
metahumans in
Iron Heights.
8.00 Blue Bloods
Henry suffers
a heart
attack during
Thanksgiving
(R) (S).
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 6.50 Heartbeat (R) (S).
7.55 The Royal (R) (S). 8.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.25
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.50
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.20
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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
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Annie Nightingale 3.00 Radio
1 Comedy – Scott & Chris 4.00
Radio 1’s Early Breakfast Show
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6am Dotty 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat
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9.02 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Jamz Supernova 1am
Annie Nightingale Presents
3.00 1Xtra Playlists 4.00 Jamz
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BBC Radio 2
9.00 Tattoo Fixers:
X-Rated A look
back at the
rudest tattoos
the artists had
to deal with (S).
9.00 24 Hours In
A&E The team
treats a girl
who has had
an accident at
school (R) (S).
9.00 The Blacklist Liz
questions Red’s
motives when
they team up
to find Tom’s
killers.
9.00 Here And
Now Farid is
troubled by his
connection to
Ramon.
10.00Scott & Bailey
Rachel helps
DCI Murray
on a rape and
murder case (R)
(S).
10.00Five Star Hotel
A new staff
member causes
a stir on her
first breakfast
shift (S).
10.00999: What’s
Your
Emergency?
People who
have severe
mental health
issues (R) (S).
10.00The Late Late
Show With
James Corden:
Best Of The
Week Highlights
of the talk show.
10.10 Divorce Robert
and Frances
reminisce.
10.45 Crashing
Comedian Bill
Burr offers Pete
his guest room.
11.00 Scott & Bailey
The duo
investigate the
murder of an
eight-year-old
boy (R) (S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
is driven to
distraction
(R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
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Cats Does
Countdown
With Sarah
Millican and
Roisin Conaty
(R) (S).
11.00 The Force: Essex
Officers pursue
a joyrider in
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11.20 SMILF Comedy,
starring Frankie
Shaw (R) (S).
11.55 SMILF Bridgette
fantasises about
being a wealthy
mother (R) (S).
12.05 A Touch Of Frost (R)
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2.30 Teleshopping
12.05 First Dates (R) (S).
1.10 Five Star Hotel (R)
(S). 2.10 Tattoo Fixers:
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12.10 24 Hours In A&E
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Your Emergency? (R) (S).
2.15 Ramsay’s Kitchen
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12.00 Ross Kemp: Extreme
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Cops: Law & Disorder (R)
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West Wing (R) (S).
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Jamie Cullum 8.00 Jo
Whiley 10.00 Bill Kenwright’s
Golden Years 11.00 Nigel
Ogden: The Organist Entertains
11.30 Listen To The Band
12mdn’t Sounds Of The 80s
2.00 Radio 2’s Folk Playlist 3.00
Radio 2 Playlist: 90s Hits 4.00
Radio 2 Playlist: Wednesday
Workout 5.00 Vanessa Feltz
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. 9.00
Essential Classics. 12noon
Composer Of The Week:
Debussy. 1.00 News 1.02
Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert.
Performances of work by
Debussy and Pizzetti at LSO
St Luke’s in London. 2.00
Afternoon Concert. Some of
the Ulster Orchestra’s most
recent recordings. 5.00 In Tune.
Katie Derham’s guests include
conductor Robin Ticciati. 7.00
In Tune Mixtape. 7.30 Radio 3
In Concert. A new review of the
work of Stephen Sondheim.
10.00 Free Thinking Festival.
Anne McElvoy and guests at
Sage Gateshead. 10.45 The Free
Thinking Essay. Islam Issa on
arguments about Shakespeare
in 1916 Egypt to Arabic pop.
11.00 Late Junction. With the
conductor Ilan Volkov. 12.30am
Through The Night.
ON DEMAND
Ken Dodd: Talking Comedy
BBC iPlayer
Doddy in his own words in this
collection of interviews.
Ricky Gervais: Humanity
Netflix
The Office creator’s first
stand-up act in years is also his
most self-revealing.
Electric Dreams:
Kill All Others
All4
A worker in a futuristic North
American state starts seeing
disturbing billboard messages.
Archers. 7.15 Front Row. 7.45
Based On A True Story. 8.00
File On 4. 8.40 In Touch. 9.00
Inside Health. 9.30 Civilisation:
A Sceptic’s Guide. 10.00 The
World Tonight. 10.45 Book At
Bedtime: Reservoir 13. 11.00
Time Spanner. 11.30 Today
In Parliament. 11.55 Four
Seasons. 12mdn’t News 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 4 LW
8.30am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am A Charles Paris Mystery:
An Amateur Corpse 6.30
Sibelius: A Symphony That
Burned 7.00 Stockport, So
Good They Named It Once
7.30 Sara Pascoe: The Modern
Monkey 8.00 The Ken Dodd
Show 8.30 The Men From
The Ministry 9.00 The Now
Show 9.30 Turf Wars 10.00
The Raj Quartet 11.00 Short
Works: The World Of Somerset
Maugham 11.15 Tommies
12noon The Ken Dodd Show
12.30 The Men From The
Ministry 1.00 A Charles Paris
Mystery: An Amateur Corpse
1.30 Sibelius: A Symphony
That Burned 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 The
Personality Test 4.30 Such
Rotten Luck 5.00 Stockport,
So Good They Named It Once
5.30 Sara Pascoe: The Modern
Monkey 6.00 The Destruction
Factor 6.30 Pioneers 7.00
The Ken Dodd Show 7.30 The
Men From The Ministry 8.00
A Charles Paris Mystery: An
Amateur Corpse 8.30 Sibelius:
A Symphony That Burned 9.00
Short Works: The World Of
Somerset Maugham
Pick
ofthe
day
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Civilisation:
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One 9.45 Keywords For Our
Time 10.00 Woman’s Hour
11.00 Aftermath 11.30 Perfect
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12noon News 12.04 Home
Front 12.15 Four Seasons
12.17 Call You And Yours 12.57
Weather 1.00 The World At
One 1.43 Four Seasons 1.45
Book Of The Week: The Wood
2.00 The Archers 2.15 Drama:
The Ferryhill Philosophers
3.00 Short Cuts 3.30 Costing
The Earth 4.00 Four Seasons
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Seasons 6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 Love In Recovery. 7.00 The
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11am, BBC Radio 4
In the last of the
documentary
series, Alan Dein
(above) investigates
the aftermath of
the 1971 Ibrox
stadium disaster,
when 66 people
were killed in a
crush at an Old
Firm derby match.
9.15 Tommies 10.00 Comedy
Club: Sara Pascoe: The Modern
Monkey 10.30 Comedy Club:
Elvis McGonagall Takes A
Look On The Bright Side
10.45 Comedy Club: Richard
Marsh: Love And Sweets 10.55
Comedy Club: The Comedy
Club Interview 11.00 Comedy
Club: Warhorses Of Letters
11.15 Comedy Club: Poets’
Tree 11.30 Comedy Club:
Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash
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Factor 12.30 Pioneers 1.00
A Charles Paris Mystery: An
Amateur Corpse 1.30 Sibelius:
A Symphony That Burned
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 The
Personality Test 4.30 Such
Rotten Luck 5.00 Stockport,
So Good They Named It
Once 5.30 Sara Pascoe:
The Modern Monkey
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00 The
Emma Barnett Show With
Anna Foster 1pm Afternoon
Edition 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00
5 Live Sport 8.30 5 Live Sport:
Euro Football 9.30 5 Live
Boxing With Costello & Bunce
10.30 Phil Williams 1am Up All
Night 5.00 Morning Reports
5.15 Wake Up To Money
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Steve Lamacq 7.00 Marc
Riley 9.00 Gideon Coe 12mdn’t
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Tom Ravenscroft 1.00 Punk
Lyrics With Murray Lachlan
Young 2.00 The Ocean 2.30 6
Music Live Hour 3.30 6 Music’s
Jukebox 5.00 Chris Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm Aled
Jones 5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics At Seven
8.00 The Full Works Concert.
Highlighting the work of the
Bavarian Radio Symphony
Orchestra. 10.00 Smooth
Classics 1am Sam Pittis
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Andy Bush
4.00 Dave Berry 7.00 Danielle
Perry 10.00 Pete Donaldson
1am Chris Martin
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Sian Welby 10.00 Kat
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4.00 Jenni Falconer
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast With Ray Parlour
10.00 Jim White, Micky Gray
And Bob Mills 1pm Hawksbee
And Jacobs 4.00 Adrian
Durham And Darren
Gough 7.00 Kick-off 10.00
Sports Bar 1am Extra Time
With Adam Catterall
J
Nature
Real big fish
Whale sharks may be huge,
but little is known about
their mysterious lives
Page 33
Arts
‘Ghost Stories’
We visit the set of what
could be the scariest UK
horror film in years
Page 36
Reviews
James Bay
The troubadour plays to a
noisy Brixton crowd
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ust as it appears you can’t
take a dip in the sea without
encountering a plastic bottle
or shopping bag these days,
so it seems as if we can’t look
at the news at the moment without
another shocking statistic emerging
about how our throwaway lifestyle is
causing all this pollution.
If our current levels of pollution
continue, the amount of plastic in
the oceans around the world – which
was brought home to many people
last year by shocking scenes in David
Attenborough’s Blue Planet II – will
weigh more than all the fish by 2050.
Even when we put our plastic in
a recycling bin, that doesn’t mean
it won’t harm the environment. In
2014, 800,000 tonnes of plastic waste
from Britain was sent abroad to be
recycled, but reports suggest most
of this ended up being burnt because
it was contaminated.
T h e p r o b l e m a f fe c t s o u r
waterways at home too. The River
Tame, near Manchester, was
recently revealed to have the highest
level of microplastic pollution to
be discovered so far anywhere in
the world.
Now t h e G ove r n m e n t h a s
announced a plan to eliminate all
avoidable plastic waste within 25
years – though environmentalists
say this must be done quicker – and
a consultation is being launched
to consider actions such as a tax
on coffee cups, crisp packets and
chewing gum.
But our wasteful approach to the
sorts of single-use plastic objects
which become poisonous bird feed
and turtle gallows in oceans far away
can be redirected now, with very
little effort – especially by taking the
advice of experts like Tara Button.
She is the author of A Life Less
Throwaway and founder of the smart
How to go
plastic-free
To avoid becoming part of the Blue Planet’s
environmental problems, take some tips
from the experts, says SophieMorris
consumer website BuyMeOnce.
com. Button launched her site as a
protest against throwaway culture
in 2016, after a career in advertising
exposed her to the dark truths
of consumerism.
She has tried and tested many
hundreds of products to present
a range of the most durable items
on the market, from toasters
(Dualit) to children’s toys (Green
Toys), tweezers (Pathfinder and
Tweezerman) and laptops (Lenovo).
“I’m very optimistic,” she says.
“When people are given a good and
an easy way to change, they will do
it. Guilt doesn’t work.”
To beat single-use plastic offences,
for example, Button recommends
buying a metal travel mug to fill up
in cafés and sandwich shops and
carrying a titanium spork to eat
with. Instead of plastic film, which
isn’t recyclable, buy the brilliant
bee’s wrap (see our shopping guide),
a beeswax-coated cloth.
Our love of coffee creates 25,000
tons of waste from 2.5 billion coffee
cups each year, but you’ll have
noticed an increased interest in
shoppers carrying around their own
cups for hot drinks. Pret has knocked
50p off the price of any of its hot
drinks for customers who bring their
own cup. Until January it was 25p, in
line with Starbucks, Costa and Paul,
How to reduce your plastic footprint
Invest in one or two of these
single-use plastic hacks to
improve your ecological
footprint, or do it for free by
reusing plastic packaging and
carrying cutlery with you
wherever you go.
Botanic Infuse water bottle,
£12.99, waterbobble.uk
The clever refillable plastic
bottles from Bobble have a
carbon filter built into the
cap, which prevents you
from drinking chlorine and
other nasties.
With the Infuse model you can
remove the filter from the cage
and replace it with fruit, herbs
or tea – anything you fancy to
flavour your water.
Moskito menstrual cup, £17.99,
BuyMeOnce.com
Mooncup is the best-known
menstrual cup on the market, but
Tara Button has chosen Moskito
as the most durable brand of
reusable sanitary products. It’s
made of medical-grade silicon,
can be used for up to 12 hours,
and won’t dry you out like a
cotton tampon.
Turtle Bags string bag, £5,
turtlebags.co.uk
If your tote is always full to
bursting at the checkout and
you have to waste money
and guilt on a plastic bag,
you need a retro-style
string bag which will hold
all your groceries. This
one comes in black or beige and
will carry up to 40kg, if you’re up
to the challenge.
Ladybird sandwich wrapper,
£6.99, re-wrap-it.co.uk
Instead of packing up sandwiches
in wasteful clingfilm or foil, try
a reusable wrapper which wipes
clean and doubles up as a plate.
‘The Wrapper’ comes in many
designs, including checks, spots,
skulls and this cute ladybird
print. I use a napkin or tea towel,
which is cheaper and better for
the environment than
buying a new
product, but
doesn’t protect
your sandwich
the way these do.
Animal Crackers bunting,
from £16.50 for five flags,
huntingforbunting.co.uk
Balloons are made of latex or
rubber and are as dangerous to
animals and oceans as plastic.
Instead of decorating your
house with disposable
balloons next time you’re
celebrating, invest in (or
hire) cute patterned
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This Saturday, in your
When people
are given a good
and an easy way
to change, they
will do it. Guilt
doesn’t work
while Greggs offers a 20p discount
and Nero rewards customers with
extra loyalty stamps.
Straws have been drawing ire
recently too, with dozens of bars and
restaurants – including Fortnums,
Pizza Express, Leon and Young’s
pubs – banning the use of plastic
straws and offering paper or
reusable metal ones instead.
Supermarkets are a major
offender. They might have got on
bunting. Hunting for Bunting
also makes bespoke designs.
Kids Humble Brush, £3.99,
Waitrose.com
It’s hard to find eco-friendly
toothbrushes because even
expensive electric brushes
require new replacement
heads regularly.
Bamboo brushes, although
disposable, are at least
biodegradable, and
finally available at a
mainstream retailer: you
can find the Humble brush
at Waitrose.
The company promises that
for every brush sold, a child in
need will also receive a brush or
relevant oral care.
Our throwaway
culture: single-use
plastics can be replaced
with reusable options,
such as metal travel
mugs for hot beverages
board with the plastic bag ban – once
the law forced them to in 2015 – but
many food items are sold cloaked in
layers of unnecessary plastic.
M&S has successfully redesigned
much of its convenience food
packaging to slash plastic use, only
to be called out for selling slices of
plastic-wrapped cauliflower, and
three apples in a tube.
Asda oddly stopped selling loose
fruit and veg last summer, but then
backtracked after customer anger.
Aldi says it recycles 100 per cent of
its cardboard and plastic. Waitrose
says it has thinned plastic packaging
on some products by 50 per cent.
All the major retailers have
ex t e n s i ve p l a s t i c re d u c t i o n
policies in place, but Greenpeace
UK has said that a more radical
and comprehensive approach
is required.
There has been some pushback
against the wholesale shaming of
plastic straws and ready-prepared
foods packed in plastic, because
these items can be integral to the
independence of some disabled
people, but that’s no excuse for
anyone else.
Better-quality items tend to
be more expensive up front but,
according to Button, buying once
can save three or four times over
a lifetime, and the dependence on
cheap plastic items is damaging for
people as well as for the environment,
trapping them into a cycle of poverty
where they will always buy cheap
products that break easily.
“People need to say: ‘Bollocks
to what other people think’,” says
Button. “I’m going to bring in my
Tupperware and my mug, and that’s
the way I’m going to do things.
“They might look at you as
if you’re a little bit mad, but it
starts a conversation.”
Delivery vegbox
Avoid the supermarket packaging
scandal by ordering a vegbox.
There’s a box to suit everyone,
from the £5 Morrison’s box,
which doesn’t require a
subscription, to established
organic brand Riverford, and The
Organic Pantry. I use Nethergong
Nurseries, which sources
produce from Canterbury and
around East Kent, from £8.
William Morris Ecoffee cup
£11.89, Amazon.co.uk
Ecoffee makes its reusable cups
from biodegradable bamboo.
There’s a design to suit every
mood, but choose once, and
choose wisely.
Bee’s Wrap, £15 for 3-pack,
thewisehouse.co.uk
Hearing about Bee’s Wrap is
one of those “eureka” moments
for anyone wondering how
they’d find a decent replacement
for clingfilm.
It’s an organic muslin cloth
coated in beeswax and oil, which
will cover and protect all sorts
of foods from bowls of leftover
soup and stew to bits of fruit
and cheese.
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A scientist checks on a satellite tag
mounted on a whale shark’s fin in
the Galapagos Islands AP
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shark has a unique configuration
of dots that acts like a fingerprint.
More than 8,000 sharks have been
logged so far.
Because scientists can only
afford to spend a few weeks in the
Galapagos each year, they depend
on photos taken by visiting divers
to figure out what the animals are
up to. So far, none of the sharks
spotted in the Galapagos has been
seen anywhere else.
A crucial location
In search of the
world’s biggest fish
Despite their size, whale sharks are some of the most
mysterious creatures in the ocean – and among the
most endangered. By MariaCheng
I
t’s the biggest shark – and
the biggest fish – in the sea,
often found roaming in warm
waters around the globe
with its huge mouth agape in
search of dinner.
Ye t d e s p i t e i t s h u l k i n g
appearance, the whale shark
has tiny, almost useless teeth,
and is sometimes so docile that
entire boatloads of people can
swim alongside the enigmatic,
spotted beast.
After years of being
overhunted, the fish
are endangered and at
risk of extinction. The
species is also one of
the least understood
in the oceans.
In an attempt to
solve some of the most
enduring mysteries, a
group of scientists recently
spent several weeks diving with
whale sharks in the Galapagos
Islands. They tried some neverbefore -used techniques on
the species in the wild, taking
blood samples and performing
ultrasound exams, all while
swimming furiously beside
them underwater.
Here’s what we know so far
about these massive marine
animals – and what scientists are
still trying to find out.
Whale or shark?
Though they are comparable in
size to whales, whale sharks are
indeed sharks. They typically
grow to be bigger than a doubledecker bus – from 6 to 16 metres
long (20 to 52 feet) – and weighing
more than 20 tons. However, as
filter feeders, the enormous whale
sharks are dangerous only to
the plankton, fish eggs and
tiny fish they chomp on.
They have broad, flat
heads and their entire
dark-blue bodies are
covered in dots that
act as camouflage
underwater.
Hangout spots
Whale sharks prefer warm
waters and are often found feeding at locations around the world
such as Australia, the Philippines
and Mexico – and even in the oil
fields off the coast of Qatar.
Hundreds of the creatures,
mostly young males, congregate
in these areas at certain times of
the year to scoop up fish eggs. It’s
unknown where adult females are
feeding at this time.
The vastness of the ocean
usually makes the shy animals
hard to find. Jacques Cousteau
only ever saw two in his decades
of sea exploration.
Tracking the animals
Marine biologists have been
tagging whale sharks in recent
years to track their movements
but it’s a tough job. The pressure
of deep water can cause tags to
drop off if the sharks dive below
2,000 metres, which they often
do if they are travelling long
distances or giving birth.
Other scientists are trying to
answer questions about their life
and reproductive cycles. Only one
known pregnant whale shark has
ever been found. In 1995, a dead
whale shark was found off the
coast of Taiwan with 300 embryos
inside, all at different stages
of development.
“The million-dollar questions
are where are they mating, where
are they hunting and where do
their young live?” says Jonathan
Green, director of the Galapagos
Whale Shark Project.
An international database is
used to identify as many whale
sharks as possible through their
distinctive dot pattern. Each
The Galapagos Islands are among
the few places in the world where
whale sharks that scientists
believe to be pregnant – although
they cannot confirm this – are
regularly seen. More than 99
per cent of the sharks identified
in the volcanic archipelago are
female, and many have a swollen
abdomen that suggests they may
be expecting.
S o m e s c i e n t i s t s b e l i e ve
pregnant whale sharks are
cruising through the Galapagos –
perhaps to extreme depths close
to the northernmost island or to
the open ocean near the equator
– to give birth. Either location
would probably ensure the safety
of their offspring from predators
until they grow big enough to
survive on their own.
Just the beginning
Green and his team successfully
tagged seven sharks during their
trip last year. However, because
of the difficulty of conducting a
medical exam on a free-swimming
whale shark, researchers have
obtained just two blood samples,
neither of which have been tested,
while ultrasound exams have
been inconclusive.
“When we first started studying
these large animals, nobody
knew how to go about it,” says
Green. “Now that we have better
technology and more experience,
we will hopefully be able to
answer some of the fundamental
questions soon.”
The scientists are planning
further expeditions to the
Galapagos later this year to
continue their research, including
obtaining more blood samples and
performing satellite tagging.
Why these fish matter
Whale
sharks have
tiny, almost
useless teeth,
despite their
hulking
appearance
In the past 75 years, most whale
sharks have been hunted for
food and their numbers are still
dropping, according to Simon
Pierce, chief scientist at the
Marine Megafauna Foundation.
Some biologists worry climate
change could hurt the sharks by
reducing their food supply. Rising
ocean temperatures could mean
less plankton.
“If we do the things that are
necessary to conserve the whale
sharks, we’ll be conserving the
ocean itself,” says Simon Thorrold,
of the Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institute in Massachusetts.
For Green, it’s more personal.
“Even after years of diving with
whale sharks, I still get goose
bumps every time I see that huge
blue shadow in the water,” he says.
“It’s an incredibly emotional
experience.” AP
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or the screen of his mobile phone.
We are beside a nightwatchman’s
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The comic actor Paul Whitehouse
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shattered by something dreadful
lurking in the shadows.
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Whitehouse heads into the cabin with
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tins and other clutter.
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ceiling. The duo of directors calls
“action”. Tony bustles about. A
CD machine plays “I’ll Never
Let You Go”. Then Tony notices
his coffee cup has mysteriously
moved. As he puzzles over
it there is a bang and Tony
nervously clicks on the radio
to contact a colleague.
“Marek? I can see you!
Marek, is that you? Marek?”
He doesn’t expect the response he
receives: the reedy, faraway voice of
a little girl. “Daddy? Daddy?”
Brandishing his torch, Tony
emerges into a dank gallery scattered
with rubbish, broken pallets, an
upended chair and sundry remnants
of a past industrial life. His voice, like
the torch beam, wavers: “You have
two minutes to get out of this building
before I come after yer!” Fighting to
maintain an ebbing bravado as his
flashlight struggles to cut through the
all-pervading mildewed murkiness,
he edges forward. Suddenly,
something comes into view…
“Cut then. Lovely. Sit tight for 10
minutes.” Jeremy Dyson breaks the
mood and joins co-writer and codirector Andy Nyman in a huddle
around a monitor as they watch the
scene being played back.
“They’re joined at the hip in a
creative sense,” observes Gutch
who, with Claire Jones, is an on-set
representative of Sheffield-based
Warp Films. For Warp, the company
behind FourLions, KillList, Snowtown,
’71, This is England and Made of
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with Ghost Stories was a no-brainer.
“In some ways Ghost Stories is a
continuation of Warp tradition,”
Gutch says. “That’s both working
in the genre and with directors that
are new to features. Ghost Stories is
not like Snowtown, which was quite
hard viewing. It’s fun: disturbing in
an entertaining way.
Opening at the Liverpool Playhouse
in 2010 before transferring to the
Lyric Hammersmith, Ghost Stories
focused on a parapsychologist’s
lecture as he related three perplexing
tales involving ghostly apparitions.
It became a theatrical phenomenon
that paralleled Anthony Shaffer’s
Sleuth back in the 1970s: those who
watched it kept its secrets, and
critics’ reviews were spoiler-free.
Adapting the play for the big
screen “was like starting again”,
says a woolly-hatted and whiskered
Dyson, best known for being the nonperforming quarter of The League of
Gentlemen. “It took a lot of drafts to
get from the stage version to what’s
ended up as the film.
“Certain elements of it will be
familiar but we have deliberately
built in stuff that’s completely new.”
Terrifying in an exciting
way: ‘Ghost Stories’ is
made up of three tales,
Alex Lawther is a troubled
young man (main), Martin
Freeman takes the role of
an obnoxious banker (top)
and Paul Whitehouse plays
a nightwatchman (bottom);
Andy Nyman (left)
It took a lot
of drafts to
get from the
stage version
to what’s ended
up as the film
The film of Ghost Stories is built
upon three different tales, giving it an
anthology feel. Alex Lawther plays a
neurotic young man who has had an
intense experience from which he
can’t recover. Martin Freeman is a
slightly obnoxious banker who meets
unquiet spirits in his supposedly
perfect dream house. And security
guard Whitehouse has a haunting
encounter when alone in a sprawling,
empty depository.
Much of the vibe can be traced
back to the directors’ childhood
fascination with horror movies. Best
friends since the age of 15, Leeds-born
Dyson and Nyman, from Leicester,
have enjoyed a lifelong obsession
with multistory “portmanteau”
pictures. Several, including Tales
from the Crypt and From Beyond the
Grave, were made in the 1970s by
Amicus Films.
“With The League of Gentlemen we
were always obsessed with them,”
confesses Dyson as Nyman sits close,
flicking through a Rubik’s Cube.
“I love that Scheherazade-like
form of stories within stories. Amicus
would get brilliant, heavyweight
leading actors and put them in From
Beyond the Grave, which is one of our
favourites. You get David Warner,
who was the Hamlet of his generation,
Donald Pleasence, Ian Carmichael,
Diana Dors, Peter Cushing… they’re
all great actors.”
Enter Whitehouse. For 20 years a
sidekick to Harry Enfield, in Ghost
Stories he’s playing it with a mixture
of poker face and perturbation. He
says he was flattered to be asked to
take part.
“I very rarely venture out unless
it’s for football or fishing, so I never
actually saw the play of Ghost Stories.
But a lot of people I know who did go
and see it raved about it.
“Jeremy and Andy come with a
good pedigree, don’t they? They’re
very well qualified to write something
like this: steeped in the paranormal,
toying with your mind and what’s real
and what isn’t. Although there’s an
element of humour in it, it’s a straight
role. The guy gets very frightened.”
‘Ghost Stories’ is on nationwide
release from 6 April
or those of us who saw
it – in all its harrowing
detail – on the TV news,
the lynching of British
Army corporals David Howes and
Derek Wood by IRA supporters
and militia 30 years ago yesterday
remains a uniquely horrifying
spectacle. It was the culmination
of a month of violence that saw
the Troubles plumb new depths
of depravity. Those murders and
their lingering effects are explored
in film-maker Vanessa Engle’s The
Funeral Murders.
The spiral of violence began on
6 March in Gibraltar when the
SAS shot dead three unarmed
IRA members who were planning
a bomb attack on the British
overseas territory. At their joint
funeral in Milltown 10 days later,
loyalist gunman Michael Stone
attacked mourners, killing three
and injuring many others.
Just 72 hours after, at the funeral
of a Milltown victim, the corporals
inexplicably drove into the path
of the cortege. Unable to escape,
they were dragged out of the car,
disarmed, stripped and beaten
by the crowd, then driven away,
tortured and shot dead by the IRA,
while journalists and a Catholic
priest were shoved away.
In interviews with bereaved
relatives, security force members,
republicans and loyalists who
witnessed the violence, we see
how unhealed trauma and mutual
suspicion persist in Northern
Some of those
interviewed are still
willing to justify, even
celebrate, the killings
Ireland today. Some of those
interviewed are still willing to
justify, or even celebrate the
killings. A rare ray of light comes
from a Catholic mother, who
reveals how, repulsed by the
murder of the soldiers and driven
by pity, she named her baby son
after the dead men.
As a reminder of the dreadful
things humans are capable of in
the right – or wrong – conditions,
the film should be required viewing
for some on the fringes of British
politics, who speak of the Good
Friday Agreement as if it were an
outdated local ordinance and not
a painstakingly crafted agreement
that ended a period of horror.
Alan Yentob’s documentary
Imagine, timed to coincide with
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s own
John Murray, who was killed by
Michael Stone, with his baby son
memoir, reveals the composer’s
bohemian upbringing, runs
through the well-known triumphs
and some of the surprising
inspirations behind them,
including a final, frail appearance
by a drug-addled Judy Garland
which was one of the inspirations
behind Evita.
A curiously self-deprecating
Lloyd Webber, 70 this year, has
lived long enough to see his
reputation go full circle. The sneery
label “middlebrow” stuck to him for
a long time. But as this programme
shows, it doesn’t do credit to his
skills as a tunesmith – or his vision
in transforming unlikely subjects
such as Eva Peron into hit musicals.
It glosses over the later flops.
Remember Love Never Dies? It
was dubbed Paint Never Dries by
the punters who ventured into the
theatre despite the savage reviews.
And Lloyd Webber’s synergy with
wordsmith Tim Rice is never
suggested as a reason for the
superiority of this earlier work.
Lloyd Webber describes how
he nearly killed himself in his
teens. He felt supplanted in his
mother’s affections by the brilliant
young classical pianist John Lill.
The documentary fails to dig any
deeper and investigate the effect,
for good or ill, the presence of that
talented cuckoo in the nest has had
on Lloyd Webber.
His enduring delight in his craft
– the art of melody – is still going
strong, though. That’s how he’s
entertained millions of ordinary
people. And Shostakovich,
apparently, who loved Jesus Christ
Superstar so much he went two
nights. In a row.
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THEATRE
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: A Reimagining
SAM WANAMAKER PLAYHOUSE, LONDON
HHHHH
What an enjoyable spiral of
reinterpretations this is. In
2012, the composer Max Richter
“recomposed” Vivaldi’s Four
Seasons, hoping to liberate the
1721 work from elevator-music
over-familiarity. Now, the
OPERA
puppet company Gyre & Gimble
presents this “Reimagining” of his
version: Bunraku-style puppetry
is used to find a story within
Richter’s rewrite.
The score is reworked to suit
the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse:
while Richter augmented Vivaldi’s
James Bay
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Daniel Kramer’s new production
opens in a dazzling palace of
tawdry bling suggestive of a
glorified Essex pool-party, in
which a pullulating crowd of
semi-naked figures are indulging
in every kind of perverted
sex. However, Claudia Boyle’s
Violetta and Lukhanyo Moyake’s
Alfredo are hard to keep track of
in the melee, as neither has the
requisite vocal heft. It’s only when
the stalwart Alan Opie comes
on as Germont that we enter a
believable operatic reality, in
response to which both Boyle and
Moyake raise their game.
In Act Three Violetta digs her
own grave, rather than dying in
bed, and finds a suitably etiolated
sound. Meanwhile, despite some
toe-curling bits of choreography,
Moyake induces us to believe in
his grief and desperation. Finally,
this bold reading of the plot
works dramatically.
A cack-handed production is
redeemed by refined orchestral
playing and the valiant
performance of the chorus.
To 8 April (020 7836 0111)
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
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La Traviata
COLISEUM, LONDON
orchestral arrangements with
extra synths and strings, here
the Globe’s director of music Bill
Barclay has whittled it down to an
arrangement for just six musicians.
They are using Baroque
instruments, nodding back to
Vivaldi, and to the fact that the
show is set in a Jacobean-style
playhouse. The show debuts their
new harpsichord – although there
is still the odd wash of ambient
electronica here too.
Gyre & Gimble takes the
seasonal thing as inspiration
to look at the cyclical nature of
human life. Their puppets are
bare and expressionless, simple
wooden articulated miniature
humans, moved by up to four
puppeteers at a time. Emotionally,
however, they’re far from blank:
this vastly skilled team imbues
every tiny, sensitive movement
with meaning and feeling.
Silently, they speak volumes.
The plot is not always
crystal clear, but it seems to
go: boy-meets-girl; they start a
family; family is torn apart by
war. The son grows up, but is still
haunted by loss, before finding
new hope in his own boy-meetsgirl moment.
Within that simple structure,
there are some dreamier, more
abstract moments. The cast
manipulate pieces of cloth so
that they blossom into heavenly
butterflies or crackle into
attacking bat-like bad memories.
There is also a puppet cat, which is
ridiculously cute.
The performance does fit the
music well: the fizzy energy of
childhood springs from the violins
as much as the little puppet;
urgency runs through both music
and movement in a sequence
where the father runs through a
war zone.
The show sits somewhere
between the theatre and a
concert, with the strengths
and weaknesses of both. But it
seems a fitting reinvention of a
reinvention.
To 21 April (0207 401 9919)
HOLLY WILLIAMS
PETWORTH HOUSE AND PARK
Sussex was the only area
outside London where William
Blake ever lived, settling with
his wife in a cottage in Felpham,
which he described as “the
sweetest spot on Earth”. This
exhibition uses more than 50
loans, complemented by works
from the Petworth collection, to
tell the story of the artist-poet’s
three years living in the county
between 1800 and 1803.
(nationaltrust.org.uk) to 25 Mar
FILM
The Square
15, RUBEN ÖSTLUND, 151 MINS
The director of 2014’s
Force Majeure turns to the
contemporary art world in his
new Palme d’Or winner, in which
Claes Bang stars as a gallery
curator incapable of dealing with
what real life has to throw at him.
In spite of its lengthy running time
and the darkness of its themes,
the film is frequently very funny
– but it is only partly tonguein-cheek, feeling as much like
an insider’s view as a lampoon.
Nationwide release
Sweet Country
15, WARWICK THORNTON, 113 MINS
Hamilton Morris gives a
performance of dignity and
wry fatalism in this Australian
western about an Aboriginal
man who has “shot a white fella”
and knows he has no chance of
a fair trial. It’s a film of immense
power and pathos, helped by the
presence of such dependable
and battle-hardened old-timers
as Sam Neill and Bryan Brown.
Nationwide release
A Fantastic Woman
15, SEBASTIÁN LELIO, 104 MINS
The transgender heroine of this
rousing Chilean melodrama fully
lives up to the film’s title. Marina
(Daniela Vega) is a wonderfully
complex, defiant and passionate
character 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 loved one.
Limited release
ELECTRIC BRIXTON, LONDON
After James Bay won the Brits
Critics’ Choice award in 2015,
people spent as much time talking
about his hair and fedora as they
did his music. As he took to the
stage, the singer was almost
unrecognisable — his hair was
short and the hat was nowhere to
be seen.
Bay is attempting a reinvention
in music as well as fashion. Last
night, he made a concerted effort
to engage more with the audience
— something he struggled with
while touring his debut album,
Chaos And The Calm.
This short set showcased
music from his latest record,
Electric Light, as well as his hits. As
openers “Wasted On Each Other”
and “Pink Lemonade” illustrated,
he has opted for a guitar-heavy
approach, similar to Harry
Styles’s solo outing.
He appeared more comfortable
with this style, but it veered
between the Americana balladry
characteristic of his debut and an
80s guitar-rock parody.
The juxtaposition was often
lost the audience, with many
chatting loudly during songs.
Older tracks such as “Hold Back
VISUAL ARTS
William Blake in Sussex:
Visions of Albion
TALKS & POETRY
Luca Veste
WATERSTONES, HIGH ST, BIRMINGHAM
The thriller writer talks about
his latest novel, The Bone Keeper,
the first in a new series of
investigations set in Liverpool.
He is joined at this event by Jenny
Blackhurst and Gillian McAllister.
(0121 633 4353) tonight 6.30pm
Joanna Scutts
BLACKWELL, EDINBURGH
Unrecognisable: James Bay’s music and fashion has changed GETTY
The River” and “Let It Go” fared
better, as did infectious new song
“Just For Tonight” which was
delivered with energy, passion
and belief. The set needed more
songs like this as Bay again
struggled to assert a distinctive
musical identity.
ELIZABETH AUBREY
EVENING STANDARD
In The Extra Woman: How Marjorie
Hillis Led a Generation of Women to
Live Alone and Like It, the writer
explores the live-alone movement
of independent working women in
America during the interwar and
post-war years. She talks about
the book here. (0131 622 8222)
tonight 6.30pm
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THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
Paddy Considine
CURZON SOHO, LONDON W1
The actor takes part in a Q&A
session following a screening of
the boxing drama Journeyman,
which he wrote, directed and
stars in. (curzoncinemas.com)
tonight 6.40pm
Fiona Sampson
ROSSITER BOOKS, ROSS-ON-WYE
The writer-poet discusses her new
book, In Search of Mary Shelley,
which tells the story of the creator
of Frankenstein using letters,
diaries and archive records.
(01989 564 464) tonight 7pm
DANCE
The Winter’s Tale
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON WC2
Based on Shakespeare’s late
romance, Christopher Wheeldon’s
work for the Royal Ballet moves
from wintry Sicilia to lush
Bohemia in a tale of jealousy,
loss and redemption.
(020 7304 4000) tonight and Wed
COMEDY
Teenage Cancer Trust:
an Evening of Comedy
ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON SW7
Peppy crowd-pleaser Russell
Howard hosts this huge annual
fundraiser. Doing the business
alongside him are Sara Pascoe,
Greg Davies, Dara O Briain, Paul
Chowdhry, Desiree Bunch and Mo
Gilligan. (020 7589 8212) tonight
Simon Evans
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
Wither in the company of one
of comedy’s most lacerating
performers, as Simon Evans takes
laser-guided aim at the dumbeddown modern world in Genius.
(020 7478 0100) to Sat
POP
Young Fathers
VARIOUS VENUES
The Mercury-winning Edinburgh
trio undertake more thrilling
adventures in wrong-footing
art-rap on their third album.
Rough beats, abrasive noises,
vigorous melodies and tirelessly
questioning lyrics propel them
back to the alterna-hop frontline
on Cocoa Sugar. Institute,
Birmingham (axs.com) tonight;
Roundhouse, London NW1
(roundhouse.org.uk) Wed; Trinity,
Bristol (axs.com) Thur; Ritz,
Manchester (axs.com) Fri
Dream Wife
VARIOUS VENUES
Riot grrrl’s spirit lives in the hands
of this often marvellously messy
London-based trio. Between
its Kathleen Hanna-esque
shrieks, righteous rage, lurching
melodies and splendidly potty-
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
mouthed take-downs, Dream
Wife’s self-titled debut album is a
bracing proposal, streaked with
affirmative energies. Exchange,
Bristol (stargreen.com) tonight;
Heaven, London WC2 (wegottickets.
com) Wed; Stereo, Glasgow
(livenation.co.uk) Fri
Lily Allen
VARIOUS VENUES
Four years after the careerresurrecting Sheezus, Lily Allen
returns with a fourth album
and another shift of pace. The
reflective “Trigger Bang”,
melancholy “Higher” and sweetly
touching “Three” – written from
Allen’s daughter’s perspective
– offer promising teasers for
No Shame. Gorilla, Manchester
(seetickets.com) tonight; Dome,
London NW5 (seetickets.com) Wed;
King Tut’s, Glasgow (seetickets.
com) Fri
Tune-Yards
ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON NW1
Four years on from the fervent
self-analysis of Nikki Nack, Merrill
Garbus returns with her vision
expanded for the fourth TuneYards album. Joined by new
bandmate Nate Brenner, Garbus
channels themes of power and
politics into hybrids of springy
Afropop and squelchy synthfunk on I Can Feel You Creep into
My Private Life. (roundhouse.org.
uk) tonight
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FOLK & ROOTS
The Young’uns: The Ballad
of Johnny Longstaff
VARIOUS VENUES
Twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award
winners, the Young’uns present
the tale of Johnny Longstaff, a
political fable encompassing
Teesside’s shipyards, the Battle
of Cable Street and the Spanish
Civil War. Leicester Guildhall (0116
253 2569) tonight; Chapel Arts
Centre, Bath (01225 461700) Wed; St
Mary in the Castle, Hastings (01424
715880) Thur; Maldon Town Hall
(01621 857373) Fri
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First
Chance
Opening
this week
VISUAL ARTS
Queen Victoria in Paris:
Watercolours from
the Royal Collection
THE BOWES MUSEUM, BARNARD CASTLE
Paintings created for and by Queen
Victoria. (01833 690606) opens Sat
POP
Krept & Konan
The Band
FORUM, LONDON NW5
GRAND THEATRE, LEEDS
Writer Tim Firth’s musical
about Take That is an infectious
homage to the music of Britain’s
best-loved boy band and the
power of youthful friendship.
The on-stage action never takes
itself too seriously as it journeys
from 90s suburban teenage
bedroom to the present day.
(thebandmusical.com) to 31 Mar
The south London “road rap” duo
are at the Forum for two nights.
(seetickets.com) opens Wed
DANCE
Rambert
THEATRE ROYAL, BRIGHTON
Ben Duke’s Goat alongside
Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances.
(0844 871 7650) opens Wed
15 day
from ons
£2,649plpy
JAZZ
Electric Lady Big Band,
Snowpoet, Ivo Neame
and Others
RONNIE SCOTT’S, LONDON W1
A 50th-anniversary celebration
of Jimi Hendrix’s masterpiece,
Electric Ladyland, with an all-star
16-piece big band, inspired by
Gil Evans’ 70s interpretations,
playing the album in sequence.
(020 7439 0747) tonight and Wed
If you only see
one thing today
THEATRE
Legally Blonde
MARLOWE THEATRE,
CANTERBURY
Lucie Jones stars in
Anthony Williams’s
brilliantly energetic and
witty production of the
legal musical, based on
the 2001 film and telling
the story of how an
apparently air-headed
California valley blonde
goes to Harvard Law School
and becomes a seriously
brilliant lawyer, without
ever giving up on her right
to wear pink at all times.
(legallyblondethemusical.
com) to Sat
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ACQUISITIONS
CONSUMER
Melrose sweetens GKN bid
with £1bn pension promise
Squeeze on
households will
see spending cut
By Michael Bow
THE GKN-Melrose takeover saga
remained on a knife-edge last night
as both sides tried to convince the
City to swing behind them with a
string of fresh pledges.
Melrose confirmed that it
would inject £1bn into the
GKN pension scheme to
soothe pension trustee
concerns, in what it
described as “a clear
example of what
Melrose does which is
good for pensioners and
shareholders alike”.
It added that the gesture
“shows we are a good custodian for
all stakeholders”.
The investment firm, a specialist
i n acq u i r i n g a n d i m p rov i n g
underperforming companies in the
Gavin Patterson
Chief executive of BT
on its new defined
benefit scheme
It has already earmarked £150m
for the scheme but threw in an extra
£300m yesterday. The rest will come
by breaking up GKN further down
the track.
G K N ’s m a n a g e m e n t a l s o
sweetened its tie-up with Dana by
launching a secondary UK listing of
the new shares.
It says this will allow GKN
shareholders who can only own
UK stocks to stay invested in the
company. But Melrose called the
move a “fudge” and disputed the
claim. EVENING STANDARD
Melrose bosses were
also confronted by
representatives from the trade
union Unite, who demanded
clarity on 31 points of concern.
Growth in consumer spending is
expected to slow to around 1.1 per
cent in 2018, according to PwC’s
latest UK Economic Outlook,
thanks to inflation squeezing
households’ spending power.
Housing and utility costs will
also account for a rising share of
consumer budgets by 2030.
But the growing trend of
automation could benefit
customers in the long term,
says PwC chief economist John
Hawksworth, despite that sector’s
growth having the potential to
take away retail jobs.
“Growth could return to its
long term trend rate of around 2
per cent if the UK can negotiate
a favourable future deal with
the EU and automation boosts
domestic productivity growth and
holds down prices,” he added.
CONSTRUCTION
Step up
for John
Lewis
Two former
Carillion
directors
face probe
Paula Nickolds,
managing director
of John Lewis, which
opened its 50th
shop at White City,
Westfield London,
yesterday, says that
the modern-day
department store is a
“place to shop, do and
learn”. She also said
to those attending the
launch that news of the
high street’s demise
were “overstated”,
but agreed that in
light of low consumer
confidence “all
retailers will have to be
at the very top of their
game” to survive.
By Josie Cox
The 30
Second
Briefing
These changes
bring far more
financial certainty
for the company
in terms of our
future pension
arrangements
manufacturing sector, has been
pursuing the engineering outfit
since last January. GKN, which is
one of the UK’s largest aerospace
specialists and makes parts for
Airbus and Boeing, promised
yesterday that it would pursue
a secondary London listing
of shares in its car shaft
s p i n - o u t w i t h r i va l
Dana, a US automotive
m a n u fac t u re r. T h e
move is expected to
leave GKN to focus on
its aerospace division.
The £8bn battle over
the engineering firm is
entering its final stages before
a shareholder vote deadline on 29
March. Melrose plans to double
the £528m of pension contributions
promised under a rival deal struck by
the current GKN management.
By Laurie Havelock
MICRO
FOCUS
The biggest software company on
the FTSE 100?
That’s right - Micro Focus is also
the 7th biggest pure software firm
in the world. Or, at least, it was
before yesterday’s events. Its 5,800
engineers specialise in prolonging
the lifespan of clients’ legacy
IT systems.
Used to be?
The tech giant’s shares dipped by
more than 46 per cent in a day
after CEO Chris Hsu announced
his resignation in an analyst call,
alongside news that sales for the
past year were falling faster than
expected: a 9 per cent slump for
the year up to October 2017. Micro
Focus blames this downturn on its
£6.8bn deal for Hewlett Packard’s
software division in 2016.
a delayed new IT system and a
growing attrition rate of sales staff
in North America hit the firm’s
revenues hard, however.
But that was a good move, surely?
Commentators agreed at the time
that the deal was a big win for the
UK tech industry, as Micro Focus
had bagged a large US competitor’s
business. Teething problems in
integrating the two businesses,
What’s next?
Mr Hsu has resigned with immediate
effect and foregone any bonus or
stock options, though executive
chairman Kevin Loosemore told
analysts he “remained confident” in
the firm’s ongoing strategy.
How did the markets react?
Not well. Micro Focus’s sliding
share price has dragged with it the
FTSE 100 index, which dropped
121.21 points, or 1.69 per cent, to
7,042.93, on the day, abetted by
underperforming mining stocks.
The UK’s accountancy watchdog has
launched an investigation into two
former finance directors of collapsed
construction firm Carillion.
The Financial Reporting Council
said that the investigation, which
will examine the conduct of Richard
Adam and Zafar Khan, will be carried
out by its executive counsel and
enforcement division.
It will look at Carillion’s financial
statements for 2014, 2015 and 2016,
and for the first six months of 2017,
as well as the reporting of other
financial information.
The FRC said that it was liaising
closely with the Official Receiver,
the Financial Conduct Authority,
the Insolvency Service and the
Pensions Regulator “to ensure that
there is a joined-up approach to the
investigation of all matters” arising
from the scandal.
The regulator said earlier in
the year that it was conducting a
separate investigation into how
KPMG audited the accounts
of Carillion.
Former bosses at the firm, which
was one of the government’s most
important contractors, have also
come under fire for the massive
salaries that they continued to
receive while Carillion headed
towards bankruptcy.
Last week the Official Receiver,
the body which is handling Carillion’s
liquidation, said 8,521 jobs had been
saved since the company went into
liquidation. But more than 1,500
workers have already lost their jobs.
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CONSTRUCTION
Accounts show
Persimmon
trio shared
£104m last year
By Russell Lynch
Previous gambling
terminals allowed
players to bet up
to £100 every 20
seconds GETTY
g
d
d
Commission calls for £30
maximum fixed-odds stake
By Josie Cox
The Gambling Commission has
recommended that the maximum
stake for fixed-odds betting terminals
(FOBTs) is cut to £30 or below – a
move designed to protect the most
vulnerable players but a much higher
cap than many campaigners had
hoped for.
Until now, FOBTs have allowed
players to stake up to £100 every
20 seconds, which means that they
could theoretically lose up to £18,000
an hour.
Concluding a consultation into the
issue that was launched in October,
the commission recommended that
the stake limit for FOBT non-slot
games, such as roulette, be set at a
maximum of £30, and the limit for
FOBT slot machines be fixed at £2.
The recommendations have been
summarised in a letter to Matt
Hancock, the Secretary of State for
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Outlook
JIM
ARMITAGE
Barclay’s new
investor needs to
divulge his plans
J
ust as Barclays employees
stopped feeling like
unfortunates trapped in Pol
Pot’s permanent revolution,
along comes an aggressive
New York activist to threaten yet
more change.
Over the past six years, three management teams have been through
It is now up to ministers to decide
whether to implement the changes.
“We’ve put consumers at the
heart of our advice – advice which is
based on the best available evidence
and is focused on reducing the
risk of gambling-related harm,”
said Gambling Commission chief
executive Neil McArthur.
The commission also
recommended banning the facility
for machines to allow different
categories of games to be played in a
single session, and has said that there
is “a strong case” to make tracked
play mandatory across certain
machine categories.
In the lead-up to the publication of
the recommendations, campaigners
In response to yesterday’s
decision, shares in
bookmakers William Hill and
Ladbrokes Coral rose by 4.21 per
cent and 2.87 per cent, respectively.
this bank. Every analyst and hedge
fund in Wall Street and London has
pored over its every molecule. Every
banker on the planet has formed a
view on how he or she would turn the
thing around.
Finally, under Jes Staley, the place
has started to improve. Morale is on
theup.Dividend increases are coming
back, the endless restructuring
charges are finally coming to an end.
Ringfencing of the retail bank is done.
The investment bank – starved near
to death by Antony Jenkins – has
some blood back in it, albeit in a grim
period for global investment banking.
Unfortunately for Staley, the
share price remains stuck in the
doldrums, but what does Edward
Bramson think he can achieve that
hasn’t already been tried before?
Wind down investment banking
again? Move back into Africa? Yet
more streamlining on top of the £6bn
of cost-cutting Staley has already
pushed through? I just can’t see it.
had widely pushed for the limit to be
fixed at £2 for all types of FOBTs.
“Many people will feel let
down today,” said Mike Dixon,
chief executive of Addaction, a
charity that supports people with
addiction problems.
“It is hard to understand why the
Gambling Commission isn’t backing
the £2 limit when so many lives
are being ruined by FOBTs. These
machines pile up profits for the
gambling industry at the expense of
those who can least afford it.
“ We n e e d m u c h s t r o n ge r
regulation and proper funding for
treatment so people can get help,”
he added
But Grant Humphrey, who
specialises in the betting and gaming
industry at professional services
firm EY, described the move as
“progressive” and said that it “rightly
recognises the different risk to
players of each type of game”.
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Whatever Bramson’s thoughts,
even with the 5 per cent of stock he
now holds, he has to build a quorum
of support from shareholders.
Watch out for stake-building by his
fan club of fund managers: Invesco,
Ameriprise, Aviva and Fidelity.
But even with powerful friends
like them, Bramson still has to come
up with a silver bullet idea to slay
Barclays’ demons. On past record,
we may have to wait a while to hear
Just sitting back while Barclays
staff face being destabilised and
demoralised yet again is not an
acceptable course of action
it. Barclays’ staff face yet another
round of uncertainty and turmoil as
we await his thoughts.
Meanwhile, if the Bank of England
isn’t twitchy about Bramson, it should
be. Here is a short-term investor
with no experience in UK banking
throwing serious disruption into
The extent of the controversial pay
windfall at Persimmon became clear
yesterday as the housebuilder’s
annual report showed that three
board members earned £104m
between them last year.
Chief executive Jeff Fairburn
picked up £47.1m in pay last year,
with £44.9m coming from the share
bonus scheme introduced in 2012 –
provoking fury from politicians and
industry alike.
Finance director Mike Killoran
earned £36.9m, while group
managing director Dave Jenkinson
landed £20.4m.
In total, the bonus scheme
accounted for £99m of the payout,
and there will be more
riches to come when
a second chunk
of shares vests,
ev e n t h o u gh
the board
The rise in
lopped £50m
Persimmon’s
off the value of
share price
the notorious
since the start
scheme earlier
of 2012
this month.
The company has
reassured stakeholders that
the trio’s pay will be frozen this year
and their regular bonuses distributed
to staff.
Persimmon appointed a new
chairman, Roger Devlin, this month
following the resignation of his
predecessor, Nicholas Wrigley, who
was widely criticised for his decision
to award generous bonuses to
senior staff.
The company’s incentive plan
linked directors’ bonuses to the
housebuilder’s share price, which has
risen by nearly 400 per cent since the
start of 2012.
Some investors have described
executives’ pay packets at the
co m p a ny a s “ p re p o s t e ro u s ” .
400%
EVENING STANDARD
one of our biggest, most structurally
important financial institutions.
Not only that, but he’s probably
done it with minimal investment.
Though it’s true that he’s bought
£700m of shares – 1.9 per cent of
Barclays’ stock – the other £1bn worth
of his supposed 5 per cent has been
bought through derivatives on which
he’s probably only spent £106m. Yet
he gets to strut around the City as
though he’s a top-five shareholder.
The Bank should consider very
closely if it’s right that a guy with
relatively little skin in the game, and
zero experience in too-big-to-fail
banking, should have such power.
It should move quickly to demand
what the notoriously secretive
investor is planning. Just sitting
back while Barclays staff face being
destabilised and demoralised yet
again is not an acceptable course
of action.
Time for a word from the Governor
in Bramson’s ear. EVENING STANDARD
41
From the
business
pages
Trade body warns
against tariffs
The Wall Street Journal
A group of US trade
associations has urged the
Trump administration to
back out of plans to levy tariffs
on Chinese firms. Imposing
measures suggested by the
administration would, the
trade groups say, “trigger a
chain reaction of negative
consequences for the US
economy” including retaliatory
tariffs and a loss of revenue
for businesses.
Kiwi production
ripe for a boost
NZ Herald
New Zealand’s kiwi fruit
industry will need a NZ$1bn
(£510m) boost to keep pace with
demand from abroad, according
to Zespri, the company that
markets the country’s entire
export crop. The chief executive
Daniel Mathieson says that
annual sales could double to
NZ$4.5bn by 2025, with growers
and suppliers needing extra
infrastructure needed to cope.
New central bank
chief appointed
The People’s Daily
China’s leadership has
appointed Yi Gang, an
economist who earned his PhD
from the University of Illinois,
to take over as governor of the
People’s Bank of China from the
outgoing boss Zhou Xiaochuan.
Mr Yi is a veteran deputy
central banker already known
among foreign companies and
investors as the head of China’s
foreign exchange regulator.
US equity firm may
buy football club
France 24
The owners of Ligue 1
football club Bordeaux are in
advanced talks to sell up to a
US investment group thought
to be led by Joseph DaGrosa
Jr, co-founder of 1848 Capital
Partners, after he was spotted
at a home match against Nice
in February. The club’s main
shareholder, the French media
group M6, are reported to be
actively searching for a buyer
and have set an asking price of
€70m (£61m) for the team.
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The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
FTSE 100 down 121.2 at 7042.9
www.FinBets.com
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19694.8
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Tesco
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ITV
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Land Secs
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Lloyds Bk Gp
Lon Stock Ex
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Micro Focus Intl
Mondi
Morrison (Wm)
National Grid
Next
NMC Health
Old Mutual
PaddyPwrBetfair
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BP
BAT
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British Land
BT
Bunzl
Burberry
Carnival
Centrica
Coca-Cola HBC
Compass
CRH
Croda Intl
DCC
Diageo
Direct Line Ins
Easyjet
Evraz
Experian
Ferguson
Fresnillo
G4S
GKN
Glencore
GSK
Halma
Hargrve Lans
HSBC Hldgs
IAG
Imperial Brands
Informa
IntCont Htls
€1.1378
Company
OIL
Brent crude,
per barrel
CONSTRUCTION
INVESTMENT
Lord Mayor leads
Beijing pitch
Sherborne takes
5% Barclays stake
London’s Lord Mayor, Charles
Bowman, is visiting Shenzhen,
Hong Kong, Shanghai and
Beijing to push the case for
British firms to build Beijing’s
answer to Canary Wharf.
Mr Bowman and 20 senior
delegates from the City will
speak of the importance of
building a digital “silk road”
through British innovation.
Activist fund Sherborne
Investors, led by corporate
raider Edward Bramson,
has taken a 5 per cent stake
in Barclays, cheering other
shareholders who wait in hope
of a shake-up at the British
bank. The move prompted a
climb in the bank’s share price
by 3.58 per cent, to reach 217p at
close of trading.
TECHNOLOGY
RETAIL
Regulator calls for
‘global sandbox’
Hammerson turns
down £5bn bid
The Financial Conduct
Authority has called for
the creation of an alliance
of regulators, to encourage
growth in fintech by allowing
companies to test new products
without going through a full
approval process. A so-called
“global sandbox” would include
regulatory bodies in Europe, the
US and Far East.
Shopping centre operator
Klépierre has reported
that its £5bn bid to buy UK
rival Hammerson has been
rejected, despite an offer of
615p per share, a markup of
40.7 per cent on last Friday’s
closing price. The UK firm
says the offer “significantly
undervalues” its worth and was
“entirely opportunistic”.
MANUFACTURING
RETAIL
Accrol shares
take a tumble
Hunter to quit as
Conviviality boss
Shares in toilet roll maker
Accrol continued to nosedive
yesterday after the firm issued
a dismal trading update. The
AIM-listed company’s share
price fell by 17.75 per cent, to
10.25p, at close of trading after
the company said it would be
a “demanding task” to meet
terms with lenders.
The CEO of Conviviality, Diana
Hunter, will step down on the
back of a sobering two weeks
for the alcohol wholesaler
and retailer in which it issued
a profit warning after an
“arithmetic error”, failed to
account for an unpaid tax bill
of £30m and ceased trading
its shares.
BANKING
TECHNOLOGY
Profits surge at
Aldermore
Facebook hit by
data claims
Challenger bank Aldermore
has enjoyed a 20 per cent jump
in pre-tax profits for 2017,
following its £1.1bn acquisition
by South African bank
FirstRand and appointment
of Pat Butler as chairman.
Underlying return on equity at
the bank reached 18.5 per cent.
Social media giant Facebook’s
shares slipped significantly
after claims an analytics firm
hired by the Trump presidential
campaign, Cambridge
Analytica, harvested the data
of 50 million users without their
consent, outpacing a wider fall
in tech stocks.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 finished down 121.21
points or 1.69 per cent yesterday,
closing at 7,042.93, thanks largely
to the software company Micro
Focus, the day’s biggest faller with
a 46.35 per cent drop by closing to
end the day at 1011p per share.
The largest riser of the day
was Barclays, up 3.58 per cent to
reach 217p.
***
The pound made rallying gains
against the dollar following the
announcement of a provisional
Brexit transition deal today, up 0.6
per cent at 1.403. It was also up by
over half a per cent to reach 1.143
against the euro.
43
i TUESDAY
20 MARCH 2018
EUROPEAN UNION
Brexit deal is ‘victory
for common sense’
By Laurie Havelock
Business leaders have welcomed
the announcement yesterday that
a “large part” of a post-Brexit
transition deal had been agreed.
The Confederation of British
Industry described the agreement
reached by Brexit Secretary David
Davis and the head European
Union negotiator Michel
Barnier as a “gift of
time and victory for
common sense”.
Carolyn Fairbairn
(inset), director-general
of the business lobbying
group, said she hoped the
deal would give companies
the confidence to put
contingency planning on hold and
to keep investing in UK firms.
She added: “A year ago both sides
ruled out an early transition deal;
today both sides have agreed one.
The voice of prosperity and evidence
from the business community is
being heard.
“This spirit of compromise
must be maintained, as tough
daily
money
LAURIE
HAVELOCK
Running a car has become more
expensive for the poorest families,
official figures show. Car-owning
households in the lowest 10 per cent
disposable income bracket spent
an average of £58.20 per week on
motoring in 2016-17 – a 37 per cent
increase compared with just £42.50
during the previous year.
choices lies ahead on the route to
a final deal.” Mike Cherry, national
chairman of the Federation of Small
Businesses, said that the deal would
give firms “some certainty” and
protect the British economy from
“a damaging cliff-edge moment”.
The Food and Drink Federation
(FDF) said that the Government still
needed to provide reassurances
that a functional customs
agreement and other
systems would be ready
in 21 months’ time.
Ian Wright, the FDF’s
director-general, said
that though some
businesses would be
ready, any transition should
wait “until the bulk of the
industry is ready”.
The debate surrounding the UK’s
fisheries continued as the Scottish
Fishermen’s Federation described
the transition agreement as “far
short of an acceptable deal”. The UK
had been expected to withdraw from
the Common Fisheries Policy but
under the transition agreement talks
will continue.
***
People who borrow money from
doorstop lenders should be as well
protected as those who take out
payday loans, Citizens Advice has
argued. The group said that rules
similar to those that stop payday
loans being rolled over repeatedly
could stop others falling into a spiral
of debt if properly applied. Home
credit loans are used by more than 1.6
million people in the UK.
The group said: “We intend to
publish our conclusions in May and
take action where we find harm. In
the meantime we expect all lenders
to check loans are affordable for
customers rather than just assessing
the credit risk to themselves.”
Public Notices
IN TOMORROW’S
INTERNATIONAL BID Nº 005/GAL/2018
The Head of the Brazilian Aeronautical Commission in Europe
(“CABE”), hereby notifies, to whom it may concern, that the
Logistics Support Group, located at Estrada do Galeão, n.
3300 – Ilha do Governador 21941-352 - Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil, shall carry out a international bidding of type Lowest
Price at regime of indirect execution and global price, for hiring
a company specializing in the execution of improvement in the
avionics system of 50 (fifty) FAB aircraft T-27, as per
Announcement.
The meeting to receive the envelopes shall be held on April
17rd, 2018 at 10:00 am (Brasilia’s time) at Meeting Room of
the Logistics Support Group, located at Estrada do Galeão, n.
3300 – Ilha do Governador 21941-352 - Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil.
The Bid Announcement and any additional information
regarding this Bid may be obtained from the Logistics Support
Group, at the address mentioned above, from Monday through
Friday, between 08:30 and 15:30 (Brasilia’s time), or at the
Email licitacoes.gal@fab.mil.br
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Head of BACE
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daily recipe
Moroccan chicken with
olives and lemons
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 48
RHYME LETTERS
6
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4
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27
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MEANING
Futoshiki
20
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MASH
TEAM
IMPOSTOR
How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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6
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4
6
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and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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HAZE
Tomorrow
Thai green chicken curry
5
4
15
5
Recipe taken from lakeland.co.uk
BEAST
6
10
Heat olive oil in a tagine, then fry onion
and garlic until soft and golden. Add
chicken pieces along with saffron in its
water, ginger, salt and pepper.
Baste the chicken with the liquid and
add ½ pint of water. Cover and cook
for 1½ hours on a low heat, basting
occasionally and adding more water to
stop the dish drying out.
When chicken is cooked, remove to
a warm plate, cover and allow to stand.
Add olives, lemons, herbs and season
again if needed. Boil sauce until it
thickens. Add chicken pieces back to the
tagine, coat with the sauce and serve
immediately.
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Chicken pieces for 4, rubbed with salt and
white pepper
1tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
pinch of saffron soaked in 2tbsp hot
water
1tsp ground ginger
handful of pitted olives, washed
1 preserved lemon, rinsed and chopped
handful of fresh parsley, chopped
handful of fresh coriander, chopped
salt and pepper to season
½ pint of water
MEANING
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How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
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IQ
30-39
Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1961
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 48.
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RACING
Nicholls eager
to get Cliffs
of Dover back
over hurdles
By Nick Robson
Cliffs of Dover set up a possible
crack at the Scottish Champion
Hurdle when winning his
second race on the Flat this
month at Lingfield. Trained
by Paul Nicholls, the fiveyear-old rattled up a sequence
in juvenile hurdles two seasons
ago, but injury meant he missed
the whole of the last campaign.
He returned in the Kingwell
Hurdle at Wincanton, but
found the ground too soft, and
was back to winning ways this
month when ridden by the
trainer’s daughter, Megan.
The pair teamed up again in
the Betway Stayers Handicap,
and while the 1-2 favourite had
a fair bit of ground to make up
having been trapped wide on
the bend as Age Of Wisdom
clung to the rail, he was
ultimately a smooth winner.
“He just keeps progressing,”
said Nicholls of his threequarters of a length scorer.
“We’re desperate to run him
over hurdles again, but he must
have better ground. We just
thought with the ground still
as it is, we’d run him in another
Flat race to keep his fitness up.
“Once the ground comes
good he’ll probably have an
entry in the Scottish Champion
Hurdle, races like that. He was
obviously well handicapped
last time and this race was
ideal to enable him to keep
progressing.”
Nicholls added: “There’s
nothing really for him at
Aintree as the only one I can see
is over two- and-a-half miles for
conditional jockeys on the last
day and I’m not sure he wants
to be going that far yet.
“He might get an entry,
but there’s Ayr and the
Swinton Hurdle, too. The
most important thing is good
ground.”
William Cox was in double
form, with a cosy win on Saeed
bin Suroor’s progressive
filly Beautiful Memory the
highlight. Cox had earlier won
on John Flint’s Air of York.
NEWCASTLE
5.35
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2
3
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5
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GOING:STANDARD
BETWAY STAYERS’ HANDICAP (CLASS 2) £25,000
added 2m
114-11
32135/
211
327-25
1960-5
6645-3
DUBAWI FIFTY (CD) K McLintock 5 9 12.............. J Fanning C 4
STARGAZER (BF) P Kirby 5 9 11...............................P J McDonald 6
AMERICAN GIGOLO H Fry 6 9 4 ..........................Fran Berry H,T 5
SUEGIOO R Fahey 9 9 3 ....................................................... T Hamilton C 2
SWASHBUCKLE D McCain 5 9 2..................................... A Mullen C 1
CONTINUUM P Hedger 9 8 12.................................... T Marquand V 3
- 6 declared BETTING: 6-4 Dubawi Fifty, 7-4 American Gigolo, 7-1 Stargazer, 10-1
Continuum, 12-1 Swashbuckle, 14-1 Suegioo.
6.05
32RED CASINO NOVICE STAKES (PLUS 10) (CLASS 4)
3YO £8,000 added 1m 2f
1
2
3
4
5
6
913 BOBBY K S Crisford 9 8 ................................................................O Murphy 6
34- ARCH GOLD M Johnston 9 2.......................................... P J McDonald 5
NEW BRITAIN P Kirby 9 2.............................................Phil Dennis (3) 2
ZARJAZ K Ryan 9 2......................................................................................K Stott 1
55 PRETTY MOI J O’Keeffe 8 11......................................................J Garritty 3
2 VELVET VISION M Tompkins 8 11.......................... P Mulrennan 4
- 6 declared BETTING: 5-4 Bobby K, 3-1 Zarjaz, 7-2 Velvet Vision, 7-1 Arch Gold, 20-1
New Britain, 25-1 Pretty Moi.
6.40
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2
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32RED CASINO HANDICAP (CLASS 2) 3YO £25,000
added 6f
2214-5
85614256-48
1344-2
11728-12172
563-21
BENGALI BOYS R Fahey 9 11..............................................S Woods (7) 7
REBEL ASSAULT (D) M Johnston 9 8...............................F Norton 2
GHOST SERGE (D)(BF) Archie Watson 8 13 .....O Murphy C 3
PRESTBURY PARK (D) M Johnston 8 12 ....................J Fanning 1
MYBOYHENRY K Burke 8 8 ....................................................Ben Curtis 5
LORD OF THE GLEN (C) J Goldie 8 5............Phil Dennis (3) B 4
VJ DAY (CD) K Ryan 8 5.................................................................... A Mullen 6
- 7 declared BETTING: 9-4 Vj Day, 4-1 Bengali Boys, 5-1 Ghost Serge, 11-2 Prestbury
Park, 8-1 Lord Of The Glen, Rebel Assault, 10-1 Myboyhenry.
7.15
BETWAY CLAIMING STAKES (CLASS 6) £6,640 added 6f
-32044 EXCHEQUER (BF) R C Guest 7 10 0 ...... Connor Murtagh (5) C 2
-63205 MUJASSAM (D) D O’Meara 6 9 13 ...............Daniel Tudhope B 4
BALLYNARRY LADY M W Easterby 4 9 9.....Nathan Evans 7
-97462 MAJOR CRISPIES (CD) D O’Meara 7 9 9......................S James B 5
3674-5 STERLING SILVA (D) B Haslam 4 9 8....................Fran Berry C 3
2440-7 MISHAAL (D) M Herrington 8 9 6 ............................P Mulrennan 1
51-048 BALLYMORE CASTLE (D) R Fahey 6 9 5 ................A Mullen B 6
- 7 declared BETTING: 2-1 Mujassam, 5-2 Exchequer, 6-1 Major Crispies, 7-1 Ballymore
Castle, 8-1 Sterling Silva, 10-1 Mishaal, 16-1 Ballynarry Lady.
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32RED.COM HANDICAP (CLASS 5) 3YO £7,600 added 1m
4173671-732
08551586933-25
6548004-2322
DOUBLE REFLECTION K Burke 9 8 ......................................C Lee (3) 6
PAPARAZZI (D)(BF) Miss T Waggott 9 8..................J Hart B,T 8
STARBOY G Scott 9 7.......................................................................O Murphy 5
RUDE AWAKENING Sir M Prescott 9 6......................... L Morris 2
AMITY ISLAND O Pears 9 1....................................................A Mullen C 4
SINCERELY RESDEV P Kirby 8 12........................... P J McDonald 1
TAIFBALADY M Johnston 8 11...............................................J Fanning 7
ODDS ON OLI R Fahey 8 7......................................................... P Hanagan 3
- 8 declared BETTING: 11-4 Rude Awakening, 4-1 Odds On Oli, 5-1 Starboy, 11-2
Double Reflection, 6-1 Paparazzi, 10-1 Taifbalady, 12-1 Sincerely Resdev,
14-1 Amity Island.
8.45
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
BETWAY SPRINT HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £9,750 added 6f
4159-3
3056728412462164623492-245
969-37
13-212
RUSSIAN REALM (D) P Midgley 8 9 10.................................G Lee 12
LEXINGTON TIMES (D) Mrs R Carr 6 9 9.............J Garritty C 5
BUCCANEERS VAULT (D) P Midgley 6 9 7.....P Mulrennan 2
ZEBULON (D) Mrs R Carr 4 9 7............................................B McHugh 1
HAROME (D) Roger Fell 4 9 7.............................................T Hamilton 3
RAZIN’ HELL (D) J Balding 7 9 6....................Daniel Tudhope V 9
RICH AGAIN (C)(D) J Bethell 9 9 5..................P J McDonald B 10
ATHOLLBLAIR BOY (CD)(BF) N Tinkler 5 9 4........................................
..........................................................................................................................L Edmunds (3) 8
9
42069- LUIS VAZ DE TORRES (D) R Fahey 6 9 4 .......P Hanagan H 11
10 17888- MESHARDAL (D0) Mrs R Carr 8 9 3 ..Connor Murtagh (5) 7
11 85-245 TOMMY G J Goldie 5 9 0..................................................Phil Dennis (3) 4
12 2623-7 LOGI (BF) Rebecca Bastiman 4 8 13 ...............................P Makin B 6
- 12 declared BETTING: 10-3 Athollblair Boy, 4-1 Russian Realm, 7-1 Buccaneers Vault,
8-1 Lexington Times, 10-1 Zebulon, 12-1 Logi, Harome, Luis Vaz De
Torres, 14-1 others.
WETHERBY
2.30
GOING:HEAVY
WATCH RACING UK IN STUNNING HD NOVICES’ CHASE
(CLASS 3) £12,800 added 3m
1
2
15-421 PROGRESS DRIVE (D) N Richards 7 11 3 .........................B Hughes
-1U222 SAINTE LADYLIME (D) K Bailey 7 10 10..............................S Bowen
- 2 declared BETTING: 4-5 Sainte Ladylime, Evens Progress Drive.
3.05
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
BET AT RACINGUK.COM HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 4)
£8,320 added 2m
232273
440-36
32251P
7-8133
63-R32
22/1-9
825562
QUEST FOR LIFE M Walford 6 11 12................................J Hamilton
FINAL CHOICE (D) W Greatrex 5 11 10 .......... Ben Hicks (10) C
BRAVE SPARTACUS (D) G Boanas 12 11 9.....Miss E Todd (7)
MONFASS Mrs R Dobbin 7 11 9................................L Murtagh (5) H
BIG THUNDER M Hammond 8 11 3...............................F O’Toole (3)
BONNE QUESTION (D) Miss V Williams 9 10 13..C Deutsch
DARK AND DANGEROUS (D) S Waugh 10 10 10................................
.......................................................................................................................Miss A Waugh (7)
8 0P1540 SNOWED IN (D) Mrs B Butterworth 9 10 0...........S Quinlan C
- 8 declared BETTING: 3-1 Quest For Life, 4-1 Monfass, 11-2 Dark And Dangerous, 6-1
Bonne Question, Final Choice, 8-1 Big Thunder, Brave Spartacus, 16-1
Snowed In.
3.40
1
2
3
4
5
6
RACINGUK.COM HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 2) £18,500
added 3m
/2F441
4-3F33
951376
26-3P3
531U3/
886422
TOMNGERRY (C)(D) B Ellison 8 11 12 .................................B Hughes
ISAACSTOWN LAD (D) N Richards 11 11 9.............Craig Nichol
EMINENT POET Miss V Williams 7 11 9 ........................C Deutsch
WARTHOG (D) D Pipe 6 11 4...........................................T Scudamore T
ROYCANO (D) M W Easterby 8 10 13...........................H Bannister
DEDIGOUT (D)(BF) M Hammond 12 10 11...........J Colliver C,T
- 6 declared BETTING: 5-2 Tomngerry, 3-1 Isaacstown Lad, 7-2 Dedigout, 9-2 Warthog,
7-1 Eminent Poet, 14-1 Roycano.
4.10
1
2
3
4
5
6
Cliffs of Dover was victorious at
Lingfield yesterday
-62U61
-33113
144-56
1-P7P2
-3FP44
0P-45P
RACING UK PROFITS RETURNED TO RACING
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4) £8,800 added 2m 5f
JUST GEORGIE (C) Mrs S Smith 8 11 12...................................D Cook
NEWBERRY NEW (C) Harriet Bethell 6 11 12 .. A Coleman C
SPECIAL WELLS (C) Mrs S Smith 9 11 10 .................... S Quinlan
BANDON ROC K Bailey 7 11 7.......................................................... D Bass V
SQUARE VIVIANI M Hammond 7 11 7........................F O’Toole (3)
TOP CAT HENRY (CD) N Alexander 10 11 7..............................................
.......................................................................................................Mr K Alexander (5) C,T
7
-42351 DOKTOR GLAZ (C) Mrs R Dobbin 8 11 2...........L Murtagh (5) V
8 P39534 ALLMYOWN P Kirby 7 10 4....................................................................A Nicol
- 8 declared BETTING: 11-4 Just Georgie, 3-1 Bandon Roc, 5-1 Newberry New, Doktor
Glaz, 8-1 Special Wells, 10-1 Square Viviani, 12-1 Allmyown, 25-1 Top
Cat Henry.
CRICKET
Forget the bad blood
and just remember
how good Pietersen
and England were
Jonathan
Liew
A
t 11am on 12 May, 2015,
Andrew Strauss was
unveiled as the new
director of England
cricket on the Lord’s
balcony, in front of a horseshoe of
photographers and camera crews.
At exactly the same time, on
the other side of London, Kevin
Pietersen was walking out to bat for
Surrey against Leicestershire at the
Oval, 326 not out overnight. By the
time Strauss had finished his first
interview with Sky Sports News,
explaining why he was extinguishing
Pietersen’s last realistic hope of
playing international cricket, the
man himself had moved on to 351.
It underlined the basic and
inalienable Pietersen trait, one
that will likely follow him to the
grave: his immaculate sense of
occasion. Scarcely, if ever, has there
been a cricketer who timed his
interventions to such devastatingly
maximal effect.
“You’re not God,” he memorably
told Yuvraj Singh during the Mohali
Test of 2008. “You’re a cricketer. And
I’m a better one.” Here again, on a
glorious spring morning in London,
Pietersen was once again proving
that whatever you had to say, he
could – and would – say it louder.
With England turning its back on
Pietersen, Pietersen turned his back
on England, spending the last three
years of his career travelling the
world playing Twenty20. St Lucia
Zouks, Dolphins, Melbourne Stars,
Quetta Gladiators, Rising Pune
Supergiants, Surrey: over time, they
all began to blend into each other,
the same adoring crowds, the same
airport departure lounges, the same
arcade game of thrill or bust.
By the end of the professional
career he brought to an end this
week, he was a good T20 player, not
a great one. The rapidly-evolving
format was beginning to leave him
behind. Pune, his Indian Premier
League franchise, released him
at the end of 2016 and with little
interest ahead of the 2017 auction,
Pietersen decided to pre-emptively
withdraw rather than risk the
humiliation of going unsold.
Most remarkably, Pietersen
never won any of the franchise
competitions he competed in: not
the Big Bash or the IPL, not the
Caribbean Premier League or
the Blast, not the Ram Slam or
the PSL. Here, perhaps, lies the
Puzzle solutions
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SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Doncaster (0)...............2 Bradford (0) ................ 0
Marquis 75, 90
Att 7,369
P W D L F A Pts
Blackburn
37 22 10 5 70 35 76
Shrewsbury
36 22 8 6 49 27 74
Wigan
34 21 8 5 63 23 71
Rotherham
37 20 5 12 63 43 65
Scunthorpe
38 15 13 10 55 46 58
Plymouth
37 16 9 12 47 45 57
Peterborough 37 15 11 11 59 47 56
Portsmouth
37 16 4 17 45 47 52
Charlton
36 14 10 12 44 46 52
Bristol Rovers 37 15 5 17 53 56 50
Bradford
36 15 5 16 48 54 50
Gillingham
36 12 13 11 42 40 49
Southend
37 12 11 14 43 55 47
Doncaster
37 11 13 13 45 44 46
Blackpool
37 11 13 13 44 48 46
Oxford Utd
36 12 9 15 52 54 45
Walsall
37 11 11 15 47 54 44
AFC Wimbledn 37 11 9 17 37 48 42
Oldham
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Pietersen’s England career
Tests
Matches 104
Runs 8,181
Average 47.28
100s 23 50s 35
Highest score 227 v Australia in
Perth, 2010
100s nine 50s 25
Highest score 130 v Pakistan in
Dubai, 2012
Twenty20
Matches 37
Runs 1,176
Average 37.93
100s none 50s seven
Top score 79 v Zimbabwe in the
Twenty20 Championship in
South Africa
ODIs
Matches 136
Runs 4,440
Average 40.73
it slaps you around the face, kicks
got to travel the world. He won caps,
you in the groin, demands that
broke records. He got to captain
you acclaim it. That was as true
his country and thrill millions.
of Pietersen off the field as it
Pietersen won, too.
was on it. Having left home as a
“It’s your nation, not mine,”
teenage off-spinner and fought his
Pietersen once quipped to a British
way to the very top of the game,
interview in a magazine interview.
he was ruthlessly intolerant of
And it is no surprise, really, that as
anybody who didn’t share his fierce
his relationship with the English
work ethic and relentless
game began to unravel, he
standards.
began to seek refuge in
He never really
his wildlife projects,
understood the point
his family, his social
of county cricket. He
media sycophants,
never really learned
the golden fist bump
Kevin Pietersen
to hold his tongue
of the global T20
scored
the
fifth
and keep his opinions
community. Pietersen
highest number
to himself.
and English cricket
of Test runs for
Pietersen was
were too different
England – 8,181
English cricket’s
in temperament
ultimate outsider: by
and culture ever to
turns painfully awkward,
be more than a fleeting
wracked by self-doubt and yet
entanglement.
capable of great generosity.
The miracle, really, is that they
Ultimately, England got almost a
managed to keep the show on the
decade of service out of a brilliant
road for so long. And as the dust
player who helped them win four
finally settles on one of the great
Ashes series, an India tour and a
England careers, perhaps that will
global tournament. When they had
ultimately be Pietersen’s epitaph.
had enough, they simply discarded
When it all came together, nothing
him. They won.
on earth could compare. Remember
What of Pietersen? He got to play
him that way, not the way it ended.
a game he loved for two decades. He THE INDEPENDENT
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greatest irony of all. Pietersen’s
only winner’s medal in the format
came in England blue, at the
World Twenty20 in 2010. His only
triumph was also ours. For all
the bad blood and the rancour, all
the fraught meetings and snide
briefings, the essential truth about
Pietersen and England was this:
they were stronger together, and
weaker apart.
You don’t need me to talk you
through Pietersen’s greatest
innings for England. You know
them already: the 202 and the 186,
the 149 and the 227, the 91 off 65,
the 158, the 158, the 158. But the
innings Pietersen always rated as
his greatest was the 151 he made
against Sri Lanka in Colombo in
2012, in 45 degree heat and 100
per cent humidity, with a bat that
was slipping in his gloves, a haze so
intense it was blurring his vision.
Great art has dreadful manners,
as Simon Schama puts it. Perhaps
the same applies to great sport:
GOLF
Masters sparked into
frenzy with McIlroy’s
timely return to form
By Kevin Garside
CHIEF SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
He’s back, twirling clubs and holing
putts. No, not Tiger Woods, but Rory
McIlroy, the golfer invited to fill the
space we thought Woods had vacated. The wait was worth it. It always
is, 539 days in fact. McIlroy did the
audit himself, informing us via twitter the scale of the ache between his
previous win at the Tour Championship in September 2016 and this glorious thumping of a high-class field
at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on
Sunday.
Those who believe we are all just
players on a stage governed by a
higher authority will see significance
in the calendar coupling with the
man known as the “King”, McIlroy’s
Tour Championship success coming on the day Palmer took his leave
of us, and his next at the very event
Palmer developed into a PGA Tour
staple at Bay Hill. And guess what?
He shot a closing 64 on each occasion to win. Spooky.
“It means a lot,” McIlroy said. “It’s
sort of come full circle since that day
in September of 2016.” It also means
Masters frenzy. With the first major
of the season less than three weeks
away, McIlroy joins a who’s who of
winners in 2018, including Dustin
Johnson, Jason Day, Justin Thomas,
Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm, Bubba
Watson and Phil Mickelson. The
only names absent are Woods and
Jordan Spieth, both of whom have
green jackets hanging on their name
pegs at Augusta National.
The place will go bonkers should
Woods triumph. Of course it will.
The viewing figures in the States a
fortnight ago when Woods was contending at the little heralded Valspar
Championship were higher than for
any major in 2017 outside the Masters. But if not him, then the game’s
It was awesome to feel
the buzz of being around the
lead on the back nine... I have
missed it, I really have
Rory McIlroy
celebrates after a
birdie putt on the
15th at Bay Hill on
Sunday GETTY
stakeholders will have everything
crossed that McIlroy comes home to
complete another circle.
Incredibly, for the first time since
he entered the major winners’ circle
as a 22-year-old pup at the US Open
in 2011, McIlroy was not booked to
participate in the regular media
sweep required of the game’s ticket
sellers before tournaments. That’s
how far he had slipped from view.
There was nothing new to report,
and after missing the cut at the
Valspar, little prospect of McIlroy
resurrecting the storyline of becoming only the sixth player to win all
four majors with victory at Augusta.
There is now.
“I kept telling everyone I was close.
Nobody would believe me but I knew
it,” he said. “I had a rough patch at
the start of the Florida swing but in
golf it is never that far away, just as
when you are playing well you’re not
far away from playing badly. I had a
really good weekend of practice after
missing the cut last week and it has
paid off right away. It was awesome
to feel the buzz of being around the
lead on the back nine. I have missed
it, I really have. To play the golf I did
under that pressure I’m so proud of
myself and so happy to get the win.
I think I gave myself a chance for
birdie on almost every hole. I played
a perfect round of golf.”
Remarkably, after the first five
holes of his final round McIlroy was
the only player on the leaderboard
not to hole a birdie and had slipped
four shots off the lead. Then at the
sixth he rolled one in from 10 feet.
Two more would follow to give
him a share of the lead on 13 under.
A back nine surge, completed in 31
strokes, included five birdies in his
closing six holes. His lustre restored,
and his top-10 world ranking (seven),
McIlroy goes again tomorrow at the
WGC-Dell Match Play in Texas. All
but Woods of the Masters contenders are in the elite 64-man field. Welcome to golf’s big push up sport’s
leaderboard as spring hoves into
view. Amen to that.
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SIX NATIONS OVERVIEW
England the big
losers after a
championship
that heralded a
new world order
Rhys Webb, Dan Biggar, Jake Ball,
Dan Lydiate and Rhys Priestland.
England began with tries among
their back-three flyers in a big
RUGBY UNION
win in Italy, but the warning signs
CORRESPONDENT
were hoisted at home to Wales.
hen four of the
A fantastic start, full of snarling
teams in the
aggression, knocked the Welsh
Six Nations
back. England led 12-0 after 20
Championship
minutes. And that was pretty much
are reckoned to
the last anyone saw of them as a
be anything from quietly satisfied
consistent force. If your preferred
to deliriously happy with their
explanation of their sharp decline
performances, and even Italy in
is over-playing or over-training,
bottom place were able to finish
you could see it in Edinburgh and
with panache in a close tussle with
Paris where Scotland and France
Scotland, the odd men out look
were more vital and quicker to the
as exposed as a freshly-sheared
punch. England’s penalty count of
lamb facing down the Beast from
59 across their five matches speaks
the East. England are those odd
of a poor attitude but it can also
men out, and the energy from the
occur through desperation to make
hand-wringing over their fifthsomething happen.
placed finish could defrost many an
Last Saturday, a very good,
unseasonal icicle.
cohesive and direct Ireland finished
Championship tables were
England off at Twickenham, and
unofficial back in rugby’s
completed the Grand Slam.
amateur days of 1987,
By the way, you may
but based on the
have noticed the term
current rules,
“Hartley’s men” above.
that was the year
Some would say the
when England last
England team belongs
Years since England
found themselves
to Eddie Jones as
last finished below
beneath all of
the head coach. And
Ireland, Wales,
Ireland, Wales,
goodness knows we
Scotland and France
Scotland and
see and hear enough
France. If it was not
of the spiky Aussie to
for Italy now, Dylan
imagine it is all about him.
Hartley’s men would be
Jones makes great copy for
scooping up humble pie with a
newspapers. But his humorous digs
wooden spoon at the bottom of
such as saying Scotland had put
European rugby’s top tier.
10,000 on the gate at Murrayfield
It is a giddying fall from grace.
with “side to side” rugby may have
England had finished first or second left a feeling of emptiness among his
in the Six Nations in nine out of the
own players when the Scots won so
previous 10 years, and third in the
magnificently.
other one. In 2018 they had injuries
And as the distance grows from
to key players – Billy Vunipola, Ben
this championship, Jones’s theory
Youngs and Jack Nowell among
of being caught unawares by
them – but so did most of the other
referees at the breakdown will grow
teams. Wales, who finished second,
weaker. England are still third in
spent various periods without
the world but bruised and doubting
Sam Warburton, Jonathan Davies,
themselves.
Taulupe Faletau, Liam Williams,
Buoyant Ireland have regained
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the world ranking of second, and
while they have never done much
at a World Cup, they are currently
an impressive sight. Johnny
Sexton’s drop goal to beat France
was a hallmark of excellence from
arguably the world’s finest fly-half,
and the game plan led by Kiwi
coach Joe Schmidt was clear. The
kingpins of Tadhg Furlong, Rory
Best, Pete O’Mahony, Conor Murray
and Sexton allowed Ireland’s
smiling assassin, Jacob Stockdale of
Ulster, to pile up seven tries on the
Jones makes great copy
but his humorous digs
may have left a feeling of
emptiness among his players
wing – a Six Nations record, and one
short of the all-time Championship
best set by Cyril Lowe in 1914 and
Ian Smith in 1925. Or as the Irish
comedian Neil Delamare put it:
“If North Korea let off a nuclear
missile, Jacob Stockdale would
intercept it”.
Scotland, Wales and France now
stand fifth, seventh and eighth in
the world rankings.
Translated to a World Cup, that is
no better than a quarter-final. But
they all enjoyed good times in this
Six Nations.
There is popular talk of building
a statue of Alun Wyn Jones such is
the esteem for the Wales captain.
The Scots did not just beat England,
they did it in a style rooted in their
heritage, of canny alertness to
opportunity at the breakdown, and
rapid support of the ball-carrier in
attack or tackler in defence. Fly-half
Finn Russell continues to walk a
dangerous line between dazzle and
disaster but, blimey, he and Stuart
Hogg are fun to watch.
And the French? Somehow they
put together a team, or nearly two
teams in the wake of eight players
being dropped after a night out,
who went within a few very tight
calls of winning a Grand Slam
under a gutsy captain in Guilhem
Guirado.
On the eve of the Six Nations,
this pundit tipped England
for the title, while celebrating
the Championship’s inevitable
imponderables. Being half-right has
rarely felt so good.
was “not good” and the player’s club
have confirmed the severity of the
problem.
Watson, who had rehabilitation
work on another Achilles injury
last year, had only just displaced
Mike Brown for the No 15 shirt and
the injury is a big blow to England,
as he will now be rated a doubt for
England’s three-Test summer tour
of South Africa.
It will also deny Bath a key player
for their Premiership run-in.
Anthony Watson is now a doubt for
England’s tour of South Africa
ENGLAND
Injury rules out Watson for rest of season
By Sport Staff
England and Bath winger Anthony
Watson’s season has been ended by
an Achilles injury.
The 24-year-old was hurt during
the first half of England’s Six Nations
defeat to Ireland on Saturday.
Bath confirmed yesterday that
Watson would miss their run-in as
they seek a place in the Premiership
play-offs.
The club’s director of rugby Todd
Blackadder said: “Anthony has
been in superb form this year, and
we’re obviously really disappointed
to have lost him at a critical part of
the season.
“However, he is in great hands
here with the support of the medical
team at Bath Rugby, and we will be
working to ensure he is back to full
fitness as soon as possible.”
Watson, who has scored 15 tries
in 33 Tests for England, was driven
off the pitch on a buggy in the 34th
minute at Twickenham.
England head coach Eddie Jones
said post-match that Watson had
suffered an Achilles injury which
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WINTER PARALYMPICS
Fitzpatrick makes it a golden
Games as Team GB hits target
By Matt McGeehan
Great Britain’s Winter Paralympics team returned to London
yesterday celebrating the biggest
haul of medals in 34 years, with all
seven won by two 19-year-old skiers. Menna Fitzpatrick claimed
the solitary gold in the women’s
slalom and Millie Knight was
third in the same event on Sunday’s final day as Britain met their
target, set by UK Sport.
Fitzpatrick, guided by Jen
Kehoe in the women’s visually
impaired skiing classification,
became the most successful British Winter Paralympian. She also
took silvers in the super-combined and giant slalom and bronze
in the super-G. “It’s completely
unbelievable,” said Fitzpatrick,
from Macclesfield. “It’s been such
a massive whirlwind. It’s been so
much fun. I felt so proud to be up
there and singing the national anthem. To win the gold at the very
end is just absolutely amazing. It
hasn’t quite sunk in yet. We just
wanted to do our country proud
and I’m so glad to say that we did.”
It had looked like Henrieta Farkasova would win her fifth gold
from five events on Sunday. But
Kehoe watched as the Slovakian
failed to overhaul the Briton’s
Millie Knight with her three
Winter Paralympic medals
time, with Fitzpatrick oblivious,
and the celebrations began. “Jen
was watching the split times,”
Fitzpatrick added. “As soon as her
time came up with two on it, for
second place, she jumped on me. I
had no idea. I thought it would be
another silver.”
Knight won three medals with
her guide Brett Wild. “It’s fantastic to be part of such a successful
team. It’s something really special,” said Knight, who claimed
downhill and super-G silver.“I
learnt so much from these Games,
going into Beijing [in 2022] we’ll
be so much more prepared.”
Knight, who made her Paralympics debut aged 15 four years
ago, was surprised by her slalom
podium place behind Fitzpatrick.
“All season we’ve been coming
sixth, seventh and we got our best
results at the Games,” she added.
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Best newcomer Jacob Stockdale the
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for this slight indulgence.
But...we won 3 in 5 years
[in the 1990s]. Quite proud
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Last time they lost three matches in the
Six Nations Championship was in
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final the following year.
Quality try longest in the making
Ireland’s brilliant set-piece score by
CJ Stander (below) v England was
reckoned to have last been attempted v
England in 2015.
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planted a kiss on Eddie
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for his country due to a rule change,
announced by the Welsh Rugby Union
shortly after he had agreed a threeyear deal with the French Top 14 side.
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Ospreys scrum-half Rhys Webb has
played his last game for the club after
being ruled out for the rest of the
season with a knee injury.
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MANCHESTER UNITED
Young caps
return to
form with
new deal
By Andy Hampson
Manchester United have triggered a one-year option to retain
the services of Ashley Young for
another season.
The 32-year-old’s deal was due
to expire this summer but United
have confirmed they have activated a clause to extend the contract
by 12 months.
Winger turned full-back Young
is enjoying a career renaissance
having become an integral part of
Jose Mourinho’s side and regained
a place in the England squad.
Young had been out of the
international set-up for four years
before being called up by Gareth
Southgate last November.
His inclusion in the latest squad
for friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy this month suggests he now has a strong chance
of featuring in this summer’s World Cup in
Russia.
Young has successfully reinvented himself
The number
as an attacking
of caps Ashley
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Young has for
Mourinho havEngland
ing played further up the field for
most of his career.
Young joined United
from Aston Villa in 2011 and featured in the side that won the Premier League in 2013.
He had a spell out of favour
under Louis van Gaal and he was
also used sparingly in Mourinho’s
first campaign in charge last
season.
Indeed, he was linked with a bigmoney move to China in January
2017 but he stayed on to fight for
his place at Old Trafford and is
now reaping the rewards.
News of the contract extension
could have implications for leftback Luke Shaw, whose future is
reportedly uncertain after he was
criticised by Mourinho following
Saturday’s FA Cup tie against
Brighton.
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Shaw dogged by
old fitness woes as
Mourinho pushes
him closer to exit
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Ashley Young has successfully
reinvented himself as a left-back
he biggest fear among
coaches at Southampton’s
famed academy
when Luke Shaw
was being prepared
to play for the first team at only
16 years old was that he did
not have the temperament to
handle men’s football. His ability
was unquestionable: in Shaw
Southampton knew they had a star
on their hands, that with a ball at
his feet he was streaks ahead of
his peers and already some of the
seniors, but they were wary that
mentally he was more fragile than
the average young footballer.
They need not have worried.
Shaw made his first-team debut
in January 2012, in an FA Cup tie
against Millwall. He signed his first
professional contract that same year
when Southampton won promotion
to the Premier League and became
the youngest Saints player to start
a top-flight match shortly after his
17th birthday.
Less than two years later, with
50-plus Southampton games to his
name, Chelsea-supporting Shaw
was coming on for his England
debut, replacing idol Ashley Cole. He
was the youngest player to feature in
the 2014 World Cup, when he played
against Costa Rica, and England’s
third-youngest squad member in a
World Cup, following Theo Walcott,
to sign Luke Shaw, we are dead,”
who was 17 at the 2006 Germany
Mourinho said after they lost him to
World Cup and Michael Owen, who
United, the club he would take over
was 18 in France 1998.
two years later.
Everybody, including Chelsea
“We would have killed our
who released him as a teenager
stability with financial fair play and
because he was too small, wanted
killed the stability in our dressing
Shaw and Manchester United
room, because when you pay
made him the third most
that much to a 19-year-old
expensive defender in
kid – a good player,
history at the time, and
fantastic player – but
most expensive British
when you pay that
teenager ahead of
amount of money,
Luke
Shaw’s
age
Wayne Rooney.
the next day, we
when he made his
Then the problems
would have had
Southampton
began.
players
knocking on
debut against
Part of the problem
our door. They would
Millwall in an
was that Shaw was not
have been saying,
FA Cup tie
really signed by anyone. He
‘How is it possible I play
joined Manchester United
200 games for this club,
for £27m, potentially rising
won this and that, yet a
Part of the 19-year-old comes here and
to £31m, in June 2014;
problem is
David Moyes had left the
gets more money than I
club two months before
get?’”
Mourinho,
and Louis van Gaal would but part of the
Mourinho’s subsequent
take charge a fortnight
bullish approach, the
problem
is
later. Caretaker manager
publicly humiliating
Shaw – fitness substitutions and
Ryan Giggs was left to
is an issue that disparaging post-match
comment on his signing.
has blighted
Part of the problem
comments, have done
is Jose Mourinho. The
nothing to help a player
his career
Portuguese had already
in need of confidence,
formed an opinion about
requiring an arm around
the attitude of the young leftthe shoulder more so than the
back who had rejected him when
average.
Mourinho tried to sign him at
Part of the problem is Luke Shaw
Chelsea. “If we pay to a 19-year-old
himself. Staff at Southampton
boy what we were being asked for,
noticed Shaw had put on weight
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SCOTLAND
Jose Mourinho and Luke
Shaw have a strained
relationship and a
parting of the ways
seems inevitable GETTY
McLeish plots to
lure Gunn away
from England
Bryan, who he appointed to a player
recruitment role with Norwich City
Peter Grant has welcomed moves to while manager at Carrow Road.
prise goalkeeper Angus Gunn from
“I’ve known Angus a long time,”
England as Alex McLeish prepares said Grant. “I knew him as a kid.
another raid south of the border.
When I was at Norwich, Angus was
Fresh from successfully poaching a baby there, playing in the youth
Manchester United midfielder Scott teams before he went to Manchester
McTominay, it has been reported City. He’s a top-quality goalkeeper.
Gunn is next on McLeish’s
England seem to have a lot
list as he recruits Englishof top-quality goalkeepers,
H
e’s
a
born talent for Scotland.
they keep saying.
top-quality
The 22-year-old Man“So it will be interestchester City player is on goalkeeper.
ing. With Angus, you are
loan at Norwich City in If he came
always wondering ‘can I
the Championship. “If he to Scotland
get away with playing for
decided to come to Scot- you would
England anyway?’ You’ll
land, you would obviously
never shut that door until
embrace him with open embrace him it’s impossible for him
arms,” said new Scotland with open
because he’s a top-quality
arms
coach Grant.
goalkeeper”.
McLeish is a former
Gunn, who was born
teammate of Gunn’s father
in Norwich but whose
Bryan at Aberdeen and he will hope goalkeeper father won six caps for
the personal connection helps con- Scotland, was called up to Gareth
vince Angus to switch nations.
Southgate’s England squad as
Grant did not deny Gunn was on recently as November for the friendMcLeish’s radar and believes his ly with Brazil.
own association with the family
He is free to change countries so
might help.
long as he has not played a competiLike McLeish, Grant is a friend of tive ‘A’ fixture for England. There is
By Alan Pattullo
after a holiday during the summer
following his first full season at the
club. They put it down to youthful
naivety, yet fitness is an issue that
has blighted his career.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino
played a huge part in Shaw’s
development at Southampton but
was not convinced that the player
was prepared to make the sacrifices
to reach the highest level.
Van Gaal criticised Shaw’s fitness
when he returned from an horrific
leg break in a match against PSV
Eindhoven, suffered when he was
playing his best football for the
club. The Dutchman was worried
enough to put him on a special
training programme to work on his
fitness, with United’s head of athletic
development Tony Strudwick.
Former England manager Roy
Hodgson, despite handing Shaw his
national team debut, also discussed
the player’s surprising lack of
fitness, explaining he had to work
“very, very hard on that aspect of
the game”. Four separate managers
cannot be wrong.
Mourinho can get it wrong,
however much he has achieved
in the game. He got it wrong with
Mohamed Salah and he got it wrong
with Kevin De Bruyne. He is getting
it badly wrong with Shaw. If the
22-year-old does not continue his
career elsewhere, he will have got it
badly wrong, too.
Goalkeeper Angus Gunn has already featured for England Under-21s GETTY
continued uncertainty surrounding
the England goalkeeper position due
to the poor form of Joe Hart and the
fact he rarely plays for his club West
Ham.
However, Gunn was not picked by
Southgate for this month’s friendly
games against the Netherlands and
Italy. Burnley’s uncapped goalkeeper Nick Pope has been called up, as
has Hart, Jack Butland and Jordan
Pickford. Only three goalkeepers
will be included in the squad for the
World Cup finals in Russia. Gunn,
who represented England from the
Under-16s to Under-21s, could still
opt for the homeland of his parents.
“He’s doing exceptionally well for
Norwich,” added Grant.
“I’m fortunate that I get to see him
quite a bit. If he did decide to come
to Scotland, you would obviously
embrace him– there is no doubt
about that.
“I’m not sure about his English
accent though!”
PREMIER LEAGUE
CHAMPIONSHIP
Hughes gets Bertrand’s backing
for Southampton’s survival fight
Derby called off
Cardiff clash, not
us, say police
By Mike Whalley
By Sports Staff
Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand sees Mark Hughes’ Premier
League experience as just what
the club need to avoid relegation.
Hughes arrived as manager last
Wednesday, with a contract until the
end of the season. He replaces the
sacked Mauricio Pellegrino, with
Saints in the relegation zone.
Hughes began with a 2-0 FA Cup
quarter-final victory at Wigan on
Sunday, and gave an indication he
may try a more attacking approach
to keep Southampton up. He abandoned the 4-2-3-1 set-up preferred
by Pellegrino, and fielded two strikers, Manolo Gabbiadini and Guido Mark Hughes has indicated he will
Carrillo, while giving the midfielders take a more attacking approach
and full-backs licence to go forward.
Southampton have struggled for ever he can share with us, we hope
goals this season, with only
we can use and do what we
29 in 30 Premier League
need to do. We’ve just
matches. But Bertrand
been working on the
is confident Hughes will
basics. Just refining
get the balance right.
the basics and upHe said: “My initial
ping our levels, our
The
Premier
League
impressions have been
intensity and our
goals Southampton
very good. I’m looking
attitude towards
have scored this
forward to playing the
the
game. For us, it’s
season from their
remainder of the season
about
just getting a
30 games
with him.
win and taking confi“He’s been there and
dence from that.”
done it. Even as a player, he’s
Hughes won two Premier
vastly experienced as well and whatLeague titles, four FA Cups, three
29
My initial impressions
are very good – he has been
there and done it and is
vastly experienced
League Cups as a player, as well as
the European Cup Winners’ Cup
twice, and has 14 years’ experience
at the top level.
He arrives at Southampton, having been dismissed by their relegation rivals Stoke in January following
an FA Cup third-round defeat at
League Two side Coventry. Having
secured his new club a semi-final
place for the first time since 2003, he
turns his attention to pulling them
clear of relegation trouble.
Saints have won one of their
past 17 league matches, with Bertrand suggesting the blame has to
be shared between the players and
Pellegrino. The full-back said: “It’s a
shared responsibility, from the manager to the players. But when push
comes to shove unfortunately it’s the
manager that gets the bad end of it.”
Southampton visit relegation
rivals West Ham in the League
after the international break. “It’s
definitely a massive game, and so
it’s something you might as well look
forward to,” added Bertrand. “There
is no other way.” THE INDEPENDENT
Cardiff remain unhappy with
Derby’s decision to postpone
Sunday’s Championship game at
Pride Park.
The English Football League
has contacted both clubs for their
observations on the decision,
which Derbyshire Police have
said was taken “independently”
by County because of concerns
over the safety of fans travelling
to the ground.
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock
described Derby’s decision to call
off the game as a “disgrace”.
And the club’s chief executive
Ken Choo added on the club’s
official website yesterday: “I
completely understand the
frustrations of our supporters,
particularly those who travelled
to Derby this past weekend.
“We look forward to the EFL’s
response and will update our
supporters in due course.”
An EFL statement said on
Sunday that the decision was
made “following discussions
between Derby County,
Derbyshire Police and the local
safety advisory group”.
But Derbyshire Constabulary
have said they were not involved
in the final decision.
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Football
ABUSE IN FOOTBALL
Game prepares
to pick up the
bill for misery of
its terrible past
produce their own. Compensation
could take years to arrive if claims
are disputed and will range from
a few thousand to hundreds of
thousands.
FOOTBALL
CORRESPONDENT
Manchester City are continuing
he compensation bill
a “comprehensive” review into
could run into 10s
allegations involving individuals
of millions, experts
working for them, including Barry
predict, and football
Bennell, (below) sentenced to 31
has to shoulder the
years at Liverpool Crown Court
responsibility for decades of pain,
last month for 50 counts of child
misery and depression it has
sexual abuse at City and Crewe
caused. The cost of broken lives
Alexandra, and John Broome, who
and ruined careers is high. For
is dead. Chelsea are conducting an
those seeking adequate, deserved
extensive enquiry into former
retribution, the process could
chief scout Eddie Heath, who
be long and unpleasant.
died in the 1980s. Charlton
Football is in a mess that
opened an investigation.
will take years to clean
Queens Park Rangers
up and even then a stain
and Southampton
will be left that will
have assisted police.
never leave its jersey.
Crewe continue to
However long ago,
deny any culpability
however distant in the
and have become an
memory, however much
embarrassment to the
the current regimes — the
country.
owners, the management,
The FA have spoken to
I
f
everyone
the staff, the players, the
more than 100 victims and
who comes
facilities — no longer
are studying 6,000-plus
resemble what a football
documents from 1970 to
forwards
club used to look like back with a claim
2005 from their archives
then, it was their name,
gets £10,000 that can help determine
their brand, their essence then you are
what they and clubs knew
attached to the individuals
about potential abuse.
running
into
who used their position
By the end of last year,
substantial
to sexually abuse young
police Operation Hydrant
footballers. Sometimes for numbers
figures revealed that they
years on end. Under their
had spoken to more than
guise, the young lives of
800 survivors and almost
footballers following a schoolboy’s
300 suspects.
dream were stolen away and never
More than 300 clubs were
returned; lost forever.
reported to have been touched
There are civil cases underway
by the scandal (not necessarily
for victims seeking compensation
under investigation) and more than
and floods more are expected when
2,000 referrals had been made to
the Football Association publishes
the operation. One solicitor has
a report on their own enquiry into
told i that it is not unrealistic to
the impact of the scandal across the predict that 1,000 victims will seek
game, and individual clubs start to
compensation at the lower end of
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Cunningham
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The stories you
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TENNIS
Del Potro ‘shaking’
after beating Federer
Juan Martin Del Potro saved two
match points before beating Roger
Federer at Indian Wells, ending the
Swiss player’s perfect record in 2018
and clinching his first ATP Masters
title at the BNP Paribas Open. The
Argentinian, who triumped 6-4, 6-7,
7-6, said: “I’m still shaking. I cannot
believe I’m here with this trophy,
beating Roger after a great battle.
I just want to enjoy this moment,
it’s so big for me. I think it’s time to
celebrate for a little bit.”
the scale at £10,000. The total fee
could be £10m, as a starting point.
Yet if a former player can
successfully argue that they would
have become the equivalent of
David Beckham but for the abuse
they suffered that cut short their
career, the figures would become
astronomical.
Issues can arise because of the
size of an organisation: a Premier
League side will have the finances
or insurance to cover significant
claims, yet a local, volunteer-led
club, equally as culpable, could have
nothing to offer victims who were
abused there. Somebody must pay.
Paula Jefferson, partner at BLM
Law which advises clients facing
claims of non-recent sexual abuse
allegations, told i: “Big clubs have
got the money to deal with these
things but at local level it’s more
difficult.
“A redress scheme could be
implemented by the FA. What
that would do, if they could get it
right, is if anyone has got a claim
CRICKET
My time is coming, says Broad
Stuart Broad says his time is about
to come again, whether or not
Joe Root wants him to
continue opening the
bowling for England.
Broad (right), who
is one wicket short
of 400 in Tests as
a two-match series
against New Zealand
begins in Auckland this
week, regards himself as a
“streak bowler” who changes
games in unstoppable spells.
“Yes, I haven’t had that streak
for a bit of time, but I do feel like
my time is coming,” he said.
“Whether it’s in these two
Tests or whether it’s in
England, it is coming.”
While England were
away playing limitedovers cricket against
Australia and New
Zealand, Broad was working
on his action. “I’ve got that
buzz back,” he added.
» Jonathan Liew, p48
they make it to the FA and it’s
down to the FA to recover it from
clubs or insurance firms. You can
have government-backed redress
schemes.
“Lambeth Council put in place
a redress scheme for anyone
abused at a Lambeth home. The
range of damages was from £5,000
to £100,000. That’s potentially
towards the lower-to-middle end of
damages.
“That’s not based on people
saying if they weren’t abused
FOOTBALL
Gregory rewarded
for Indian title win
Former Aston Villa manager John
Gregory has signed a new contract
at Chennaiyin FC after becoming
the first English manager to win
the Indian Super League. The
63-year-old led Chennaiyin to the
title following a 3-2 victory over
Bengaluru. Gregory, who took
charge in July last year, has been
rewarded for his success with a
one-year contract extension. He
described his first season in India as
“an incredible journey”.
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FA CUP
‘I think
it’s been
handled
very badly’
Willian looks more valuable
than ever to Conte’s men
» Continued from back page
The only surprise, at the end of another brilliant Willian performance
in the bitter cold at Leicester City on
Sunday afternoon, was that eventually he ran out of steam.
Two minutes into extra time, Antonio Conte had to do something he
is not used to, hauling Willian off
to bring on Pedro, the man whose
header eventually put Chelsea into
the semi-finals.
But Conte admitted afterwards
that after all his recent exertions,
Willian was “very tired, very, very
tired”, having run so hard at the Nou
Camp on Wednesday night. Even supermen have their limits.
Before then, it had been yet another performance of combined athletic, technical and tactical excellence
from a man who is one of the most
complete, selfless, unfussy attacking
midfielders in the division.
“Willy played a fantastic game
with the ball, without the ball,”
Conte said. “He is in a fantastic
physical condition and I’m very
pleased with his commitment and
his contribution.”
Willian is not going to win play- Willian is shining for Chelsea with his selfless displays and proving why he is
er of the year this season, not up one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League GETTY
against Harry Kane, Mohamed
Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and David to make Willian’s time out of the who can accelerate like that in posSilva. But his excellence, under the side look like one long mistake. Just session while staying in control of
radar in an under-performing team, as in what Conte has scathingly the ball.
is all the more impressive for his
dubbed ‘the Mourinho season’,
Or remember the game at Old
lack of plaudits.
Willian was Chelsea’s best Trafford last month where Willian
At the start of this seaperformer, so too has put Chelsea ahead, again burstson, Willian was not even
he made the most ing through on the break and then
first choice for Chelsea,
of difficult circum- doing what few others can, beating
as Conte preferred a
stances recently.
David De Gea at his near post. Or
3-5-2 system, pairing
Combining re - when he gave Chelsea another
Willian’s goal
Eden Hazard and Allentless
running
up
crucial lead – which they could not
tally in all club
varo Morata up front
and down his wing hold onto – against Barcelona. Or his
competitions this
season so far – his
and adding an extra
with ruthless tech- deadliness from the edge of the box,
best ever return
man in the midfield. Wilnical execution in as felt by Hull City, Crystal Palace
lian was the unfortunate
the final third, Willian or Brighton.
victim, starting just two
has shown again why he
This is probably the best Willian
games out of six in October and
was so important to the very Chelsea have ever seen. So as Cheltwo out of five in November as Conte athletic, organised, incisive Chelsea sea head into another summer of
looked for different solutions.
team that won last year’s title.
renewal and recruitment, and more
But as Morata faded, Conte knew
Take Sunday, for example, when questions about their recent signthat he needed more power in the he set up Morata’s opener by run- ings, Willian looks more valuable
front line, and more help for an in- ning half of the length of the pitch, than ever, and the £30m they paid
creasingly isolated Hazard. So he away from Marc Albrighton, away for him five years ago looks smarter
went back to the 3-4-3 and put Wil- from Wilfred Ndidi, before playing and smarter. Even if he sometimes
lian back in the team.
the perfect pass to Morata. There still has to start the season fighting
The result has been a run of form are not many other players around for his place.
they would’ve been the next David
Beckham. You only need one of
those and you’re looking at very
large figures.
“If everyone who comes forwards
gets £10,000 you’re running into
substantial numbers.
“If you get someone saying they
were on a trajectory and doing well,
that they could’ve made it, the losses
would be compared to salaries back
then, and you’re entitled to interest
on the money.”
It is the least football can do.
though he was not present in the
meeting. He was 15-years-old at
the time.
When the player challenged
the interviewer about the
statement, he was told he could
rewrite it before signing and
sending back. But he had already
lost confidence when the first
statement sent to him to sign did
not accurately reflect what he
had said.
He mentioned that the
first time he had seen Andy
Woodward, who was the first
victim of the sexual abuse
scandal to come forward, on
the news he told his wife that
it had happened at Chelsea. “I
was surprised that hadn’t been
included. I don’t know why that
was left out, it’s important,” he
said, adding: “I think it’s been
handled very badly.”
Gary Johnson, who was the
first former Chelsea player
to reveal publicly that he was
sexually abused hundreds of
times by Heath during the 1970s,
has had a similar experience. He
was surprised that everything
was conducted on paper, rather
than electronically, and added:
“They didn’t contact me for
months and months after they
opened the enquiry. I thought
they would’ve got in contact
with me straight away. I’ve
little faith in the process of the
investigation.” Johnson believes
that the final report is due out
later this month.
Chelsea have promised to pass
on any relevant information
to the Football Association,
which is conducting its own
investigation into the wider
issue across the game, and any
other relevant authorities.
It is understood that a lot of
time, effort and care has been
put into Chelsea’s investigation,
which is independently led by a
QC and a review team made up
of very experienced people in
this field.
BOXING
GOLF
Ex-Chelsea star
Gary Johnson,
who suffered
sexual abuse, in
action in 1979
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Crolla to take on
Ramirez in Cardiff
Anthony Crolla is to fight Mexico’s
Edson Ramirez on the undercard
of Anthony Joshua’s world
heavyweight unification title fight
against Joseph Parker in Cardiff’s
Principality Stadium on 31 March.
The 31-year-old continues his
attempts to rebuild, following
successive defeats by Jorge Linares,
in his pursuit of another world
lightweight title. “Cardiff is the first
fight in that plan,” said Crolla, from
Manchester.
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
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Davies ‘silences’ retirement talk
England’s Laura Davies recorded
her best finish since 2007
as she held on to tie for
second place at the
Founders Cup.
The 54-year-old
(right), who is in her
32nd year on the LPGA
Tour, carded a final
round of three-under
69 to give her 14 under
par for the tournament.
It left her five shots behind
winner Inbee Park and tied for
second with America’s Marina Alex
and Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn.
Davies, who had not posted
a top-10 finish since 2014,
started round four well
in contention, having
recorded a spectacular
nine-under 63 in the
previous round.
“This is incredible,
really,” she said. “Now people
might stop asking me when
I’m going to retire – that’s the best
thing about it.”
FOOTBALL
Allen back at Barnet
for the fifth time
Barnet have appointed Martin Allen
as manager for a fifth time after
sacking Graham Westley. Allen’s
fourth spell in charge ended in 2016
when he left to take over National
League side Eastleigh. Westley
was handed the Barnet reins in
January but was unable to steer the
Bees away from the foot of League
Two. Allen’s return is Barnet’s 20th
managerial change since 2010. The
Bees are bottom of League Two,
seven points from safety.
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Pogba ‘can’t
be happy’
with life at
United, says
Deschamps
By Gareth Cox
Paul Pogba “cannot be happy” with
his situation at Manchester United,
according to the France manager,
Didier Deschamps.
The 25-year-old midfielder, who
has been called up by Deschamps
for France’s friendlies against Colombia and Russia this month, has
missed several important games for
United in recent weeks. Pogba did
not feature when Jose Mourinho’s
side beat Liverpool in the Premier
League, came on as a late substitute
in the Champions League defeat
to Sevilla and was absent against
Brighton in the FA Cup.
Deschamps told L’Equipe: “This
is a situation that he must not
appreciate because of everything
he would have been able to offer.
There must be numerous reasons.
He cannot be happy with what he
is going through with his club.”
Pogba returned to United
from Juventus for £89m in 2016
and won the Europa League
and League Cup last season.
However, he has only made 27
appearances for United this term.
» The problem with Shaw, p52
Sport
Golden girls Fitzpatrick and Kehoe show off
their medals after tasting Paralympic glory
» Winter Paralympics
Report, p51
Visually-impaired
slalom gold medalist
Menna Fitzpatrick
(right) and her guide
Jennifer Kehoe after
arriving back in England
yesterday GETTY
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Why we should
remember the
the good times
with Pietersen
P49
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Former player ‘angered’ by
Chelsea handling of abuse
Claims that testimony about chief scout Heath were misrepresented by club
Exclusive
By Sam Cunningham
P50
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Chelsea have been criticised for the
handling of their investigation into
historical sex abuse at the club.
Chelsea first opened an inquiry 16
months ago into allegations against
former chief scout Eddie Heath, who
died in the 1980s.
One former player, who has not
spoken publicly about his experiences and requested to remain anonymous to protect his family, took part
in the investigation and relayed his
experience of being groomed by
Heath while a youth player at Chelsea, and how his father confronted
the then-Chelsea manager about
what was going on.
But the next day he was sent a
statement to sign saying the complete opposite of his testimony. The
statement, forwarded to i, read:
“[The player] states his Dad did not
talk to [the manager] about Heath…
[The player] does not think anything
was reported…”
The player told i: “I was astonished the following day to receive
that statement in the post trying to
get me to sign away that I’ve got no
recollection of my dad speaking to
the manager.
“My sole intention was to help
people. I’m angry with the statement they sent me.”
The former player was interviewed at his home and in a followup telephone call, when he was
asked about his father confronting
the manager about what Heath was
doing with his son. He told the enquiry that he knew why his father
had spoken to the manager, even
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