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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
Tens of thousands
stolen from my
account – and
bank said they
could do nothing
Revealed: bank
thieves behind
19% increase
in fraud
Expelled Russian
diplomats, families and
pets say, ‘Do svidaniya’
to life in Britain
P7
P5
The dementia drug race
Effective Alzheimer’s
treatment could be
available in three years
P4
WEDNESDAY
21 MARCH 2018
Number 2,284
The joys and
and dangers
of being a
Muppet master
Katy Balls
A resurgent
PM presents a
problem for the
Tories
P15
UK demands
answers from
Zuckerberg
INTERVIEW P26
» Facebook
founder called
to Parliament
to give evidence
on privacy and
fake news
» Monday night
deadline for
chief executive
to respond on
data grab
allegations
P9
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Eco-friendly
recipes that
taste great
P30
Tap and pray Church of England
introduces electronic collection
plates in every diocese
P6
PLUS DONCASTER SHEFFIELD PLAN TO BOOST NORTHERN POWERHOUSE
Britain’s best
independent
bookshops
P13
I PUZZLES
P44
P34
The
News
Matrix
NORTHERN IRELAND
It was a hard
day’s knight for
which musician
yesterday?
See p.19
The day at
a glance
ROYALTY
My, my, my, Regina...
Queen’s party plans
Union official Jennie Formby has
become Labour’s new general
secretary, only the second woman
to hold the post. The South East
regional secretary of Unite was
chosen by the party’s national
executive ahead of her rival, the
former National Union of Teachers
leader Christine Blower.
The Scottish Youth Theatre has
been saved from closure after lastminute funding. Although due to
close this summer, the Scottish
Government has now given £150,000
to match private sponsorship which
will ensure the Glasgow-based
theatre, whose alumna include
Gerard Butler, remains open.
A man whose head had reportedly
become wedged under the footrest
of a cinema seat in Birmingham
has died. Cinema chain Vue
International said the man, who has
not been named, died on 16 March
a week after the incident. The man
is believed to have been trying to
retrieve his mobile phone.
Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue and
Sting are some of the stars who
will perform at a Royal Albert Hall
birthday concert for the Queen, the
BBC has announced. The Queen
will attend the event staged on her
birthday – April 21 – which is part
of a series of BBC programmes
marking her 92nd year.
ENVIRONMENT
ENTERTAINMENT
PEOPLE
ISRAEL
Lord rubbishes
litter-pick idea
‘Black Panther’
sets Twitter record
Eurovision host
Katie Boyle dies
Scrap of Dead Sea
Scroll on display
A Tory ex-minister’s call for children
to litter-pick during school hours has
been branded “foolish” in the Lords.
Lord Robathan said including litter
picking in the National Curriculum
would encourage civic responsibility.
But Lord Winston warned of
children being put in “unnecessary
danger doing foolish things”.
The pop-culture hit Black Panther
has set another record: the most
tweeted about film ever. Twitter
said the box-office smash has been
tweeted about more than 35 million
times. That pushes it ahead of
previous record-holder, Star Wars:
The Force Awakens. The most recent
Star Wars film, The Last Jedi, is third.
Former Eurovision Song Contest
host and actress Katie Boyle, Lady
Saunders, has died “peacefully at
home”, aged 91. Lady Saunders
was best known for presenting the
music spectacular in the 1960s and
1970s. The Italian-born British star’s
career started as a model, before she
became a BBC continuity announcer.
A fragment of a Dead Sea Scroll has
gone on display at Jerusalem’s Israel
Museum for the first time since its
discovery 70 years ago. The Genesis
Apocryphon, the sole copy of a Jewish
text elaborating on stories from the
Bible, dates to the first century BC
and was among the first seven scrolls
found in the Judean Desert in 1947.
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Crossword.............22
TV & Radio...........28
Travel.........................32
Business..................38
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
90%
In September 2016, European
prisons were near the top of
their capacity, holding on
average over 90 inmates per
100 prison places.
35
NORTHERN
IRELAND
54,195
68,687
7,657
FRANCE
1. Chocolate
2. Curry
3. Fish and chips
4. Steak
5. Burger
6. Pizza
7. Ice cream
8. Chocolate brownie
9. Cheese and biscuits
10. Pasta
SOURCE: GIRAFFE WORLD KITCHEN
SCOTLAND
94,291
Anniversaries
Number of individuals in prison or immigration detention in 2016 (selected European countries)
UK
The nation’s top 10
‘happy’ foods
Go to jail: UK
tops EU table
192,627
The List
The foods that bring the nation
the most joy have been revealed
in a poll. They reflect almost an
equal balance between sweet and
savoury tastes. These are nation’s
top “happy” foodstuffs:
Thursday 21 March 1963
Alcatraz prison, on an
island in San Francisco
Bay, closes down and
transfers its last prisoners.
At the peak of its use in the
1950s, “The Rock” housed
more than 200 inmates in
a maximum-security jail.
The UK has the highest prison population in the EU with nearly 100,000 people
locked up, a new report has revealed. Snapshot figures from 2016 show 94,291
people were either in jail or immigration detention in England, Wales, Scotland and
Northern Ireland. Of more than 40 administrations which took part in the analysis
published by the Council of Europe, only Turkey had more inmates, with 192,627.
JUSTICE
TURKEY
Gary Oldman, actor,
60; Rochelle Humes
(below), presenter, 29;
Timothy Dalton, actor,
71; Ronaldinho, retired
footballer, 37; Rani
Mukerji, actress, 40
ITALY
In many cases, the more
you try to compete, the
less competitive you
actually are
KATHY SIERRA
PEOPLE
Man dies after head
wedged in footrest
60,687
Quote of the day
ARTS
Last-minute deal
saves youth theatre
SPAIN
MARCH
POLITICS
64,397
21
Northern Ireland’s top civil servant
yesterday admitted personal
responsibility for failings in the
Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
scheme. David Sterling told the RHI
inquiry that he now felt he should have
asked the then enterprise minister,
Arlene Foster, not to go ahead with it.
Formby is Labour’s
general secretary
GERMANY
WEDNESDAY
Top civil servant
admits RHI failings
Average
age of
European
prison
population.
1,500
ENGLAND
& WALES
85,134
Prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants
ENGLAND & WALES
146.4
SCOTLAND
142.4
NORTHERN IRELAND
80.7
EUROPEAN AVERAGE
127.2
SOURCE: COUNCIL OF EUROPE
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
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21 MARCH 2018
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AUSTRALIA
CLAIRE PTAK,
ROYAL WEDDING CAKE MAKER
‘Cyborg’ fined over
travel card breach
Oliver Duff
A self-described “cyborg” has been
fined by Transport for New South
Wales for “not producing the card
on request”, after he surgically
implanted the chip from his travel
card into his hand. The 34-year-old
from Sydney is an advocate of
“body-hacking technology”, and
intends to challenge the ruling.
Faceplant
ITALY
Vatican’s woodland
chapels in Biennale
The Vatican is planting 10 chapels in
the woods of one of Venice’s lagoon
islands for its first-ever contribution
to the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the
Vatican’s culture minister, unveiled
plans for “Vatican Chapels”, saying
the project was inspired by the
“Woodland Chapel” in Stockholm.
CHINA
Museum makes 2km
ticket queues history
Did someone mention cake?
Oh yes – and a royal one, no less.
With the countdown to Prince
Harry and Meghan Markle’s
wedding well and truly under
way, Kensington Palace has
revealed who will be making the
all-important sponge. The couple
have turned to pastry chef and
food writer Claire Ptak, owner of
the trendy Violet Bakery in east
London. Meghan, who used to run
her own lifestyle website thetig.
com, had previously interviewed
Claire for her blog.
A traditional fruit sponge?
Not this time. The couple have
opted for something slightly
lighter in the form of a lemon and
elderflower sponge, which will be
covered in buttercream. Unlike
rich fruit cakes – which can be
made well in advance and keep for
a long period – Harry and Meghan’s
cake will be made just a short time
before their 19 May celebration.
No pressure then.
Claire seems to be taking it
all in her stride, saying she was
“delighted” to have been chosen.
The California-raised baker said
she was excited to be working
for a couple who shared her
values on “food provenance,
sustainability, seasonality and,
most importantly, flavour”.
What are her baking credentials?
Claire has previously worked as
a pastry chef for chef and food
activist Alice Waters at Chez
Panisse in Berkeley, California.
After moving to London, she
worked at The Anchor and Hope
gastropub near Waterloo station,
before opening her organic bakery
in 2010. She has also written for
The Guardian and authored the
Violet Bakery Cookbook.
Any other famous clients?
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver seems
to be a regular customer, with the
baker having previously shared
a picture of a gluten-free mocha
cake commissioned by Oliver as a
present for his wife Jools. It isn’t
the only time she has cooked for
the family, with an earlier photo
showing an “autumnal” birthday
cake for River, one of the couple’s
five children.
Florence Snead
The National Museum of China has
discarded paper tickets, bringing
to an end queues stretching as far
as 2km. Admission to the museum
has been free since 2012, but 26,000
visitors queue for tickets every
day. Visitors may now enter with
identification such as an identity
card or a passport.
JAPAN
Women busted for
smuggling gold
Three Taiwanese women have been
arrested in a Japanese airport after
trying to smuggle in £5.6m worth of
gold inside their bras. The bust took
place in Hakodate, Hokkaido, when
the bowl-shaped pieces – measuring
11cm and weighing 1.75kg each –
were discovered stuffed down the
front of the womens’ shirts.
3
Letter from
the Editor
i@inews.co.uk
Mark Zuckerberg needs to stop hiding
behind his Facebook page.
The sell-off of shares in his company
continued yesterday, wiping about $40bn
(£28.6bn) off its value in just two days
– equivalent to the entire economy of
Slovenia, Jordan or Tunisia.
Zuckerberg’s own personal worth has
dropped $6.8bn in 48 hours to $67.7bn,
according to Forbes’ “real time” live
tracker of the world’s richest people.
Still enough for generous philanthropy
and a lavish lifestyle, but can Facebook’s
reputation recover?
Most of us are lax with our privacy
and security online. The threat is not
serious when your personal data is used
to encourage you to buy a car, washing
machine or pair of jeans.
But once this data is used to sell
politics, not products, and to industrialise
production of fear and outrage – the
most potent political emotions – our
democracy is in danger.
Democracy does not stop liars,
cheats and fraudsters from playing
the game. But public debate and
accountability, of the type driven by
media and political opposition, unearths
deceit and exposes corruption. The action
is in plain sight.
When that political discourse becomes
invisible – if tens of millions of people
have their Facebook data harvested and
are then targeted with misinformation
– the threat is insidious and sobering.
This is the power to intervene almost
imperceptibly in other nations’ politics.
Powered by social media, the lie has
become a weapon of mass destruction.
Regulators in Britain and the US are
losing patience with Facebook and its
evasion. This week’s explosive revelations
will force an exec to come to Parliament.
Don’t hold your breath for contrition.
Tighter regulation is not inevitable,
but it is necessary. We are blessed to live
in a connected age which entertains and
informs us. Yet it is not right to profit
from fakery or hate. There is no longer
anything virtual about a world of pixels.
Twitter: @olyduff
4
NEWS
HEALTH
ACCIDENT
New Alzheimer’s
drugs ‘available
in three years’
Two-year-old girl
drowns after car
rolls into river
By Dean Kirby
By John von Radowitz
Slowing down the disease
A dozen Alzheimer’s drugs that can
halt, slow or reverse the disease
could be available to patients in
three years, a report has revealed.
All of the 12 treatments are in late
stage phase III trials, the final hurdle
before a new medicine is licensed.
If any of them live up to expectations, demand from
patients will be “instant
and huge”, according to one leading UK
dementia consultant.
And the sudden appearance of advanced,
effective and costly
Alzheimer’s drugs could
land like a financial bombshell on the NHS.
The report from dementia charity Alzheimer’s Research UK warns
that the Government and NHS
must be ready to cope with the cost
of new Alzheimer’s treatments –
and associated diagnostic procedures – that could run into billions.
Further down the line, experts
hope to see vaccine-like preventative
Alzheimer’s drugs introduced within
the next decade that could be given
to every 50-year-old in the UK.
On its own, such an approach
would cost around £9bn per year –
but could slash almost £13bn off the
overall cost of dementia to health
services and the economy.
Alzheimer’s Research UK comSeveral vaccine-like
treatments – which
work more like a “statin for the
brain” than a true vaccine – are
currently at an earlier stage of
development, undergoing phase
I and II trials, said the experts.
At the moment, there is no treatment available that can alter the
progress of Alzheimer’s.
But the 12 drugs coming down
the pipeline are “disease modifying”.
Generally, the drugs target sticky
clumps of beta-amyloid, a
protein building block that
is thought to trigger the
death of neurons.
Research has shown
that Alzheimer’s may
begin to germinate in
the brain years before
the onset of symptoms,
so such drugs would
have to be given as early as
possible, when the first signs
of mild dementia are showing.
missioned experts at the London
School of Economics to model the
impact of five hypothetical Alzheimer’s treatments.
But the report, entitled Thinking Differently, also highlighted
progress in the real world, with 12
disease-modifying drugs due to be
completing phase III trials by 2021.
If they achieve their therapeutic
goals, the new medicines will be
available in as little as three years.
Report co-author Professor
Jonathan Schott, from University
College London, said: “The availability of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease is a ‘when’ and not an
‘if’. Our patients are desperate for
new treatments. When the media
reports any hint of a new treatment... our clinics are inundated.
“When we have a successful trial,
and I say when, this will be headline
news around the world and the demand will be instant and huge.”
Toddler Kiara Moore pictured with her mother Kim Rowlands
A two-year-old child died after
being pulled from a car found in a
river close to her family’s outdoor
pursuits business.
Kiara Moore was found in the
River Teifi in Cardigan on Monday.
Her father said she had been left in
the car while the driver got out to get
cash from the office.
When the driver returned, the car
was missing, initially feared stolen. A
subsequent police search discovered
the car under the water just under
two hours later, with Kiara inside.
In a post on social media, since deleted, her father Jet Moore suggested
the death was an accident after the
car had rolled down a slipway into
the river. Her mother, Kim Rowlands,
also posted on social media that her
“beautiful baby girl” had died, adding: “Due to my own stupidity, I will
have to live with the guilt for the rest
of my life. Mummy loves you baby girl
and I’m so sorry.”
The post has also since been deleted. Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed
it was not looking for anyone else in
connection with its investigation.
TRAVEL
French strikes to cause chaos for holidaymakers
By Simon Calder
Travellers to, from, through and over
France face disruption over the next
few days and weeks.
At 6pm British time today, some
French air traffic controllers will
begin a strike that continues to 5am
on Friday.
The action will severely disrupt
flights tomorrow, one of the busiest
days of the week. According to Eurocontrol, the French authorities have
ordered a 30 per cent reduction in
arrivals and departures at the main
Paris airports, Charles de Gaulle and
Orly, as well as Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes and Toulouse.
During previous strikes, hundreds
of flights from the UK to other countries, particularly Spain, Portugal,
Switzerland and Italy, have been cancelled or severely delayed.
Ryanair responded angrily, describing the unions as “holding European consumers to ransom”.
However, the European Transport
Workers’ Federation said: “Air traffic
management staff causes less than
one per cent of flight delay in Europe
while the airlines are responsible for
over 50 per cent.”
Before the air-traffic strike ends,
Air France workers will begin a
strike. Several unions representing
the airline’s staff have called a stoppage for Friday.
On the railways, staff working for
the national train operator, SNCF,
are planning to strike between this
evening and Friday.
Eurostar has cancelled two roundtrips to the French capital on Thursday and one Paris-London service on
Friday. THE INDEPENDENT
NEWS
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VOICES
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TV
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IQ
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BUSINESS SPORT
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POLITICS
i WEDNESDAY
21 MARCH 2018
5
POLITICS
at
Hugs and tearful goodbyes mark Corbyn
odds with
expulsion of Russian embassy staff Labour ally
over Russia
By Cahal Milmo
By Nigel Morris
CHIEF REPORTER
Carried out in public with cameos
for domestic pets and even the odd
Waitrose bag, it was a diplomatic expulsion like no other.
A total of 80 Russians, including
the 23 embassy staff expelled by
Britain as undeclared spies, left their
country’s embassy yesterday as Britain’s reprisals against Moscow for
the Salisbury poisonings were put
into action.
A day before the expiry of Prime
Minister Theresa May’s week-long
deadline for the near two-dozen
“undeclared intelligence agents” to
leave the country, a tearful farewell
was witnessed outside the Russian
embassy on one of London’s most
expensive thoroughfares as the 23
diplomats and their families boarded
a convoy of buses and cars bound for
the airport.
In contrast to the Cold War expulsions carried out beyond the public
gaze, this episode – emblematic of
a steep dive in Anglo-Russian relations – was apparently seized upon
by Moscow to underline its public
protestations that it had no involvement in the attack on Sergei and
Yulia Skripal.
Cameras were allowed to witness
those boarding the buses, including
children and at least one domestic
pet in a travel cage, as embassy staff
at the mission next to Kensington
Palace Gardens hugged and bade
them farewell.
The expulsions formed the backdrop to continued denials from
Moscow that it had retained stocks
of the so-called Novichok class of
nerve agents, which the UK accused
the Russian state of deploying in
Salisbury. Responding to claims
from the Foreign Secretary, Boris
Johnson, that Russia had stockpiled
the weapons for a decade, Dmitry
Embassy staff
and their family
members say their
final goodbyes in
London AP
Peskov, President Vladimir Putin’s
spokesman, said yesterday: “Russia
has no stocks of chemical weapons
of any kind.”
The Metropolitan Police officer
leading the investigation into the
Salisbury attack, acknowledged
that the painstaking work at several
sites in the cathedral city was “frustrating” but said he was optimistic
“those responsible would be found”.
A Russian-built Ilyushin
96 jet carrying the
departing embassy staff took off
yesterday from Stansted Airport
shortly after 4pm for Moscow.
POLITICAL EDITOR
EUROPE
Juncker’s letter to Putin criticised
By Cahal Milmo
Jean-Claude Juncker, the
president of the European
Commission, was criticised yesterday for sending an effusive letter of
congratulation to Vladimir
Putin that failed to mention the Salisbury nerve
agent attack.
Mr Juncker (inset) was accused of
“appeasing” the Russian President
on his election victory by promising
his support to Mr Putin in reestablishing a “co-operative
pan-European security
order”. The letter, which
the former Luxembourg
prime minister posted online, was widely criticised
by MEPs in the European
Parliament. EU foreign ministers had issued a statement
demanding Moscow answer British questions about the poisoning.
Jeremy Corbyn and his closest
ally were at odds after the Labour
leader refused to pin the blame for
the Salisbury attack squarely on
the Kremlin.
He said “all fingers” pointed
towards Russia being behind
the poisoning of the former double agent Sergei Skripal and his
daughter Yulia.
But Mr Corbyn (inset) said there
needed to be an “absolutely definitive answer to the question where
did the nerve agent come
from”. He said: “I
asked the Russians
be given a sample so
that they can say
categorically one
way or the other.”
His comments
were in contrast to
the shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell,
who has said that the Russian President Vladimir Putin “has
questions to answer because this is
highly likely this could have been a
state execution”.
In a BBC interview, Mr Corbyn insisted that there had to be a relationship with Russia.
“Would I do business with Putin,
sure? And I’d challenge him on
human rights in Russia, challenge
him on these issues and challenge
him on that whole basis of that relationship,” he told the BBC.
Mr Corbyn has faced fire from
ministers as well as some of his own
MPs after he warned last week not
to “rush ahead of the evidence” in attributing blame for the attack.
Other Labour politicians have
made similar comments to Mr McDonnell, leading to claims Mr Corbyn is isolated on the issue.
REACTION
AVIATION
‘Laughable failure’ was not
work of Russia, says scientist
Private flights under intense scrutiny
By Nigel Morris
By Andrew Osborn
IN MOSCOW
A Cold War-era scientist laughed
off suggestions the Russians were
to blame for the poisoning, claiming
they wouldn’t have botched it by leaving anyone alive.
Professor Leonid Rink told the
RIA news agency the attack did not
look like Moscow’s work because
Sergei and Yulia Skripal had not
died immediately.
“It’s hard to believe that the Russians were involved, given that all of
those caught up in the incident are
still alive,” he said. “Such outrageous
incompetence by the alleged [Russian] spies would have simply been
laughable and unacceptable.”
He did, however, acknowledge he
had helped create the nerve agent
that the UK says was used in the attack. This contradicted Moscow’s
insistence that neither Russia nor
the Soviet Union ever had such
a programme.
Professor Rink said he worked
under the Soviet Union at a chemical weapons facility where the Novichok military-grade nerve agent
was developed. Asked if he was one
of Novichok’s creators, he told RIA:
“Yes. It was the basis for my doctoral dissertation.”
Rink told RIA he had worked at a
Soviet chemicals weapons research
facility in the town of Shikhany in
Russia’s Saratov region for 27 years
until the early 1990s. REUTERS
Tough checks on private flights
used by multi-millionaire
travellers, including Russian
oligarchs, have been introduced
in response to the “reckless
and brazen” Salisbury nerve
agent attack, Downing Street
has announced.
The Government is holding off
from ordering fresh sanctions
against the Kremlin in an
apparent desire not to ratchet up
diplomatic tensions with Russia.
Theresa May told a National
Security Council meeting that
checks on arrivals at private
airfields such as Biggin Hill in
south-east London have been
stepped up, with individuals and
cargo facing extra scrutiny.
Theresa May says further measures
are being actively considered
Immigration and customs
officers have been redeployed to
the smaller airports used by rich
individuals in a move designed to
be felt by wealthy Russians.
There had been reports
that Mrs May could order
fresh measures after Moscow
responded to British action
by expelling 23 UK diplomats,
withdrawing permission
for a consulate to open in St
Petersburg and closing the
British Council in Russia.
But the Prime Minister’s
immediate priority is to build
international backing for the
UK’s stand against Russia and to
turn declarations of support into
co-ordinated action.
However, she told the NSC that
further measures were being
actively considered.
Legislation to target the
wealth of foreign nationals linked
to human rights abuses – the
so-called “Magnitsky powers” – is
also being prepared.
6
NEWS
RELIGION
BROADCASTING
Let us pay... Church of England
to accept contactless donations
BBC ‘bullied
staff into
freelance
contracts’
By Rhiannon Williams
St Nicholas’s Cathedral,
Newcastle, costs around
£2,000 a day to run. “We know
that more and more people tend
not to carry cash, so we would
like to respond to that,” said Chris
Dalliston, dean of the cathedral.
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
The Church of England will accept
contactless donations in thousands of
churches and cathedrals in England,
as the Church seeks to tap into more
modern forms of payment.
Portable card readers from commerce firm iZettle will be set up in
more than 16,000 churches, 42 cathedrals and other religious sites,
which can accept both contactless
and chip-and-pin payments, alongside Apple Pay and Google Pay
mobile transactions.
Visitors will be able to use the
readers to pay for events including
weddings, christenings and church
fêtes, booking spaces and for one-off
donations, which will be handled by
financial company SumUp.
Contactless technology allows
consumers to make payments simply by waving their debit or credit
card, smartphone or other smart
device in front of a payment reader
thanks to an inbuilt chip that emits
radio waves.
The terminal picks up the signal
and processes the payment through
radio frequency identification
technology.
The new scheme, which is called
Martyn Taylor,
rector at
St George’s
Church,
Stamford,
Lincolnshire PA
Parish Buying, is the result of a successful trial of contactless terminals and hand-held machines which
took place in around 40 churches
last summer.
“There is a clear need for our
parishes to introduce card and
contactless facilities, and we are excited to make this available through
Parish Buying,” said John Preston,
national stewardship officer of the
Church of England.
“How we pay for things is changing fast, especially for younger
church-goers who no longer
carry cash.”
The vast bulk of regular donations
to the Church will continue to be
made via standing order, he added.
Readers may be passed around
the congregation in the second
phase of the project, in tandem
with other technology facilitating
charitable donations.
Contactless payment technology
has soared in popularity since its introduction in 2007, with more than
108 million contactless debit and
credit cards on issue in the UK as of
April 2017.
Around £370m in contactless payments were made in the first half
of 2017, according to payment
processing firm Worldpay, with twoin-three debit cards issued having
contactless capabilities.
GERMANY
Shropshire pensioner investigated over link to the Holocaust
By Dean Kirby
A pensioner from Shropshire has become the first person from Britain to
be investigated in Germany over his
alleged role in the Holocaust.
Stanislaw Chrzanowski, 96, died
in October without learning he was
being investigated in Munich for the
murder of civilians in his home town
of Slonim in Belarus. The case has
been hailed as a turning point for
Nazi war-crime investigations as it
now means anyone who served in a
German unit can be prosecuted regardless of their nationality as long
as there is an accusation of murder.
Following this case German prosecutors are combing through immigration records for possible new
suspects in the UK, the BBC reports. Mr Chrzanowski, who lived
in Telford, moved to the UK after
being taken a prisoner of war and
joining the Allied forces. His case
was brought to the attention of British police when his stepson, John
Kingston, sent evidence to the Metropolitan Police’s war-crimes unit.
Mr Kingston went to Slonim in the
1990s and met people who claimed
his stepfather, who worked with invading Nazi troops, shot prisoners.
Mr Chrzanowski was questioned
by the Metropolitan Police but there
was insufficient information for a
prosecution. Mr Kingston, who died
last week, had told the BBC: “It’s good
that Germany should... do something
to try to put the past to right.”
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
The BBC presenter Kirsty Lang
said she was forced to work
throughout her treatment for
breast cancer because the corporation made her move to a freelance contract without sick pay.
She told a Commons Culture
Committee hearing on the BBC’s
tax arrangements that she had to
“work the whole way through” her
radiotherapy treatment, or she
would stop receiving an income.
Ms Lang (inset), who copresents the Radio 4 arts show
Front Row, said this was a result
of the BBC requiring her to
enter into a freelance
arrangement in 2013.
It meant that she
was unable to take
bereavement leave
when her step daughter died. She
even had to host
a show before the
funeral.
The BBC has been
called a “bullying employer” by
presenters, who want it to foot sixfigure tax bills they received, after
the BBC told them they had to
be paid through personal service
companies (PSCs).
Liz Kershaw, the BBC 6 Music
DJ, told the committee she worked
for the BBC for six months without being paid “a penny”. She
declined to create a PSC for her
salary to be paid into.
One presenter said the stress
caused was so great that she contemplated suicide.
The BBC has set up an independent committee to examine individual cases and decide whether
it is liable to pay some of its presenters’ retrospective tax bills.
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fades as people
put on weight
Children worry
about image
‘from age of five’
By Sally Guyoncourt
Piling on the pounds is not only
bad for your health, it may also damage your sense of taste, scientists
have discovered.
Researchers in the US found obese
mice have 25 per cent fewer taste
buds than their lean counterparts.
Previous studies had shown weight
gain can reduce sensitivity to taste
but this is the first time scientists
have been able to prove that the
number of taste buds actually decreases as a result of inflammation
caused by weight gain.
Assistant Professor Robin Dando,
from Cornell University, New York
State, said: “There is a lot of evidence
A taste bud is made up of
50 to 100 cells of three
types designed to distinguish
between salt, sweet, bitter, sour
and savoury.
that taste starts to weaken with
obesity, from sensory testing of
humans. Our study puts forward
a mechanism for what could actually be happening to people when
they put on weight; namely that
their taste buds are being degraded
due to inflammation from their state
of obesity, thus meaning taste input
is reduced.”
The research, published in the
journal PLOS Biology, by Professor
Dando and graduate researcher Andrew Kaufman, looked at the number
of taste buds in mice fed a normal diet
compared with those given a fat-rich
diet over an eight-week period.
Mice on the normal diet ate 14 per
cent fat compared to the mice on the
fatty diet, which contained 58 per
cent fat. At the end of the eight weeks,
the mice on the fat-rich diet had 25
per cent less taste buds than those on
a normal diet.
Taste bud cells have a quick turnover, with an average lifespan of
around 10 days.
By Sally Guyoncourt
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The Queen visited the Royal
Academy of Arts yesterday to
mark the end of a redevelopment
project, designed by Sir David
Chipperfield RA, supported by
the National Lottery. The gallery
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Children as young as five are imageconscious and worry about their social status, researchers have found.
Alex Shaw, assistant professor of
developmental psychology at the
University of Chicago, said: “Psychologists have been long interested
in how we construct our identities
and the sorts of strategies that we use
to present ourselves in society. We’re
finding that the kinds of complex and
strategic self-presentation behaviour
we see in adults appear at a much
younger age than previously known.”
In a review, published in the journal
Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Mr Shaw
and doctoral student Ike Silver looked
at how our fascination with social
status begins at around five years old
when children start to consider how
they are viewed by others and behave
in a certain way to create a positive
reputation. It was previously thought
this began at about the age of nine.
Toy sharing, team work and
listening to a teacher all provide
opportunities for children to learn
about what constitutes a good reputation and how to develop strategies
to achieve one, they found.
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Mark Zuckerberg has been asked to
appear before a parliamentary committee to provide evidence on how
the social network’s partners gather
and hold user data.
Damian Collins, chairman of the
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Committee, wrote a letter to the
Facebook co-founder accusing his
company of “misleading” the committee over their techniques and
asking whether personal data was
gathered without user consent.
“It is now time to hear from a senior Facebook executive with the sufficient authority to give an accurate
account of this catastrophic failure
of process,” he wrote. Facebook has
been contacted for comment.
Mr Zuckerberg has yet to make
a public statement about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which
the consulting firm is alleged to have
harvested the data of 50 million
Facebook users in the US in an effort
to target them with personalised
political messages.
Mr Collins, who first mentioned
writing to the 33-year-old tech mogul
earlier this week, said the committee
had “repeatedly asked” Facebook to
provide insight into how companies
acquire and hold on to user information, with emphasis on whether data
had been obtained without consent.
“Your officials’ answers have consistently understated this risk, and
have been misleading to the committee,” he wrote.“There is a strong public
interest test regarding user protection. Accordingly we are sure you will
understand the need for a representative from right at the top of the organisation to address concerns. Given
your commitment at the start of the
new year to ‘fixing’ Facebook, I hope
that this representative will be you.”
Mr Collins gave a response deadline of 26 March.
Whistle-blower Christopher Wylie
alleged Cambridge Analytica gained
unsanctioned access to millions of
Facebook accounts in interviews with
The Observer and The New York Times.
An additional exposé from Channel 4 showed undercover footage
of the company’s chief executive
Alexander Nix claiming the firm had
secretly campaigned in elections
across the world and suggesting he
could use women to ensnare politicians on behalf of their rivals. Mr
Nix was suspended from his role last
night pending an investigation, the
company said.
Mr Wylie is due to appear before
the committee on 27 March, while Mr
Nix has also been invited to appear
alongside Mr Zuckerberg, Mr Collins
said. Both Facebook and Cambridge
Analytica deny wrongdoing.
Mark Zuckerberg
has yet to make a
public statement
about the scandal
Elizabeth Denham,
the Information
Commissioner, said she was
applying for a warrant to search
Cambridge Analytica’s offices to
see how data was processed or
deleted on their servers.
multiple meetings with the social
network in the UK and US in the past
over its strategy on fake news.
He claims that the company failed
to supply evidence relating to the
relationship between Facebook and
Cambridge Analytica in a hearing
scheduled for 8 February, and that
the previous witnesses Facebook
had sent had avoided answering
difficult questions “by claiming not
to know the answers”. Mr Zuckerberg
would face robust questioning on
Facebook’s failure to alert users to
the alleged data abuses, what the
company knows about the data third
parties collect after it leaves the
social network and how companies
such as Cambridge Analytica were
allowed to abuse user trust.
According to Mr Collins’ letter
summoning Mr Zuckerberg,
previous responses from Facebook
officials “have consistently understated the risk” of companies taking
data without users’ consent.
Rhiannon Williams
PEOPLE
Firm suspends CEO after undercover exposé
By Sally Guyoncourt and
Benjamin Butterworth
The firm at the centre of a row
over the abuse of Facebook data
suspended its chief executive
last night.
In a statement, Cambridge
Analytica’s board of directors
said Alexander Nix had been
suspended following an
undercover investigation by
Channel 4 News.
He was seen leaving the
company via a fire exit yesterday
evening but declined to comment.
The statement read: “The
board of Cambridge Analytica
announced it has suspended
CEO Alexander Nix with
immediate effect, pending a full,
independent investigation.
“In the view of the Board, Mr
Nix’s recent comments secretly
recorded by Channel 4 and other
allegations do not represent the
values or operations of the firm
and his suspension reflects the
seriousness with which we view
this violation.”
Dr Alexander Tayler, the
company’s chief data officer,
has been appointed to lead
the firm while an independent
investigation led by Julian
Malins QC is carried out.
This is just part of something much
bigger than Cambridge Analytica and
even bigger than Facebook. Trading
in our personal information is the
business model of the internet, so it’s
something we should all know about
to make sure we’re happy with what’s
being bought and sold.
How worried should I be?
With Cambridge Analytica, most
people don’t need to worry too much
about their personal information being
compromised: the data harvested
was based on public profiles and was
targeted at US citizens.
But unless we’ve been very careful
about privacy settings and reading the
small print every time, it’s likely our
own data is being traded somewhere,
by someone.
How can I find out what data companies
have on me?
Some of the biggest online sites and
social networks make it possible for
you to access and download a lot of
the information they hold on you – but
not everything. Facebook includes a
guide to downloading your data from
it, while Google will let you access most
information across its services.
For other sites, there is a way to
get hold of the data they hold on you,
provided you’re an EU citizen. Use a
Subject Access Request, which is part
of data protection laws: email or write
to the company (or government body)
you’d like the data from. They have 40
days to provide it to you.
A robust grilling Questions Zuckerberg would face
Should Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg choose to
appear before the Commons Digital,
Culture, Media and Sport Select
Committee, he will be grilled on the
data collection and retention practices of his company’s partners.
Tory MP Damian Collins, who
chairs of the committee, has held
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MPs summon Zuckerberg to explain
‘catastrophic’ mining of user data
By Rhiannon Williams
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Alexander Nix leaving Cambridge
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Mr Nix boasted, in secret
footage filmed by Channel 4
News, of the firm’s pivotal role in
securing US President Donald
Trump’s election victory.
He reportedly said: “We did all
the research, all the data,
all the analytics, all the
targeting, we ran all the digital
campaign, the television
campaign and our data informed
all the strategy.”
And he appeared to claim that
his team used a self-destructing
email system which leaves no
trace. “There’s no evidence,
there’s no paper trail, there’s
nothing”, he is recorded saying.
Is all this legal?
In the case of Cambridge Analytica
using people taking a quiz to harvest
information on their friends, this is
contentious. The company argues
such collection was allowed under
Facebook’s rules at the time, though
Facebook subsequently disputed this.
The broader business model of data
trading is more strictly regulated in
the UK and EU than it is in the US, but
broadly speaking if you consented
in terms and conditions, most of
what happens is legal. However, new
consumer rules later this year may give
us more control over our data.
What action can I take to take control of
my online privacy?
Check your privacy settings across the
sites you use most often. Information
may have already been sold, and
unticking boxes can’t reverse that
– but the more vigilant you are
in future, the more outdated that
information gets. It’s never too late
to take back some control of your
personal information.
On Facebook, most users have an
easy way to check and update their
settings, their posts, which apps have
access to Facebook information,
and basic privacy settings. Click
the question mark icon (top-right
on desktop) and scroll to “privacy
check-up”.
If you want to control which third
parties have access to your data, go to
your app settings, select “apps”,
then look at the “Logged In With
Facebook” section.
Remove the third party apps you no
longer want to grant access by hovering
over and clicking the “x”. Alternatively,
click edit to control the app’s
permissions rather than completely
revoking them.
James Ball
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ENTERTAINMENT
Red Arrows
engineer killed
in ‘fireball’ crash
Foy and Smith get
apology over pay
By Georgina Stubbs
An engineer with the Red Arrows
aerobatic team died yesterday
following a crash at RAF Valley in
North Wales.
The pilot of the plane managed to
eject safely from the stricken aircraft
before the plane was engulfed by a
fireball, eyewitnesses said.
Reading a statement at the Royal
Air Force base, Group Captain Nick
Tucker-Lowe,describedthecrashasa
“tragic accident” and said the families of the engineer and the pilot had
been informed.
“The pilot of the aircraft survived
the incident and is currently receiving medical care.”
Based at RAF Scampton
in Lincolnshire, all
Red Arrows pilots have flown
operationally in frontline aircraft
before joining the display team.
Eyewitness has described seeing a
“big fireball” after the crash.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed
a Hawk aircraft was involved in the
accident at the Anglesey base, where
pilots and aircrew are trained.
Caterer Anne Wilson works at the
Anglesey Golf Club, situated at the
end of the runway at RAF Valley, and
saw the aftermath of the crash.
Ms Wilson, 52, said: “There was a
big fireball and lots of smoke... quite
a few of the members actually saw it.
“They said the plane came in quite
steeply and saw a pilot eject, but that
it was very low to the ground when
they ejected.”
Sian Rebecca Williams, an 18-yearold student from Rhosneigr, north
Wales, said she was at Rhosneigr
train station when the jet flew overhead. She added: “I saw the parachute of one pilot open and then the
plane hit the runway with a bang
and a crumbling noise. Then it just
burned bright orange and there was
smoke everywhere.”
By Benjamin Butterworth
Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth and Matt Smith as Prince Philip in ‘The Crown’
The production company behind Netflix blockbuster The Crown has apologised for paying Matt Smith more
than his female co-star Claire Foy.
Left Bank Pictures said it takes
full responsibility for paying Foy, who
portrayed a young Queen Elizabeth
II, less than it paid former Doctor Who
star Smith.
“We want to apologise to both
Claire Foy and to Matt Smith,” Left
Bank said in a statement. “We are absolutely united with the fight for fair
pay, free of gender bias, and for a rebalancing of the industry’s treatment
of women.”
COURTS
Man convicted of hate crime over dog’s ‘Nazi salutes’
By Paul Gallagher
A man who filmed a pet dog
giving Nazi salutes before
putting the footage on social
media has been convicted of
committing a hate crime.
Mark Meechan, 30, from
Coatbridge, Lanarkshire,
recorded his girlfriend’s
pug, Buddha, responding to
statements such as “gas the
Jews” and “Sieg Heil” by raising
its paw. The film was viewed
more than three million times
but police later arrested him
for allegedly committing a
hate crime.
Mr Meechan, who denied
the charge, told Airdrie Sheriff
Court he only made the video to
annoy his girlfriend, Suzanne
Kelly, 29.
But Sheriff Derek O’Carroll
found him guilty of a charge
because it was “anti-Semitic and
racist in nature”.
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Social care costs
are far from fair,
admits Hunt
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
The EUwill be able
to set quotas for
almost two years
after Brexit GETTY
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Gove ‘understands’ anger
over EU fishing quotas
By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
Fishermen have a right to feel disappointed at the Government’s failure
to secure a better Brexit transitional
deal, the Environment Secretary
has admitted. Michael Gove said he
SECURITY
MPs sound warning on terror co-operation
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Jeremy Hughes, chief
executive of the
Alzheimer’s Society, said:
“Without the necessary funding,
vulnerable people will continue
to struggle needlessly... We need
urgent action.”
understood the anger felt by fishing
communities after ministers agreed
to give the EU the ability to set quotas
for almost two years after Brexit.
But he stressed that the UK will
regain full control over its fishing waters for the first time in 40 years after
the transition period, urging the in-
dustry to keep its “eyes on the prize”.
Under the deal reached between
David Davis and Michel Barnier in
Brussels, the UK will still be subject
to EU rules over fishing when it formally leaves the bloc in March next
year. It will only have the right to be
“consulted” on the allocation of EU
fishing quotas during a 21-month
Brexit transition period.
“There is disappointment in fishing
communities... I completely understand how fishing communities feel
about this situation,” Mr Gove said.
Ministers have been accused by MPs
of complacency over moves to forge
security and policing links with the
European Union after Brexit.
They warned that Britain was “at
risk of sleep-walking” into a crisis
unless the Government accelerated
talks on co-operation on combating
terrorism and serious crime. Theresa
May is aiming to negotiate a security
treaty that replicates Europol, the
EU law enforcement agency, and the
European Arrest Warrant. She also
wants to continue data-sharing with
the bloc about crime and terrorism.
Home Affairs Select Committee members welcomed her aims,
but said ministers were dragging
their heels in facing up to the “com-
plex technical and legal obstacles to
achieving such a close degree of cooperation as a third country”.
They said Britain and the EU
should be prepared to extend the
transition period for security arrangements beyond the proposed
end-date of December 2020.
An official spokesman said negotiations on security co-operation would
begin shortly.
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A cap on the “punitive” costs faced
by people requiring social care is
to be included in the latest government plan for reform of the system
in England, Jeremy Hunt indicated yesterday.
The Health and Social Care Secretary acknowledged there was
an “illness lottery” that
left people suffering
from conditions such
as dementia facing far
bigger bills than others
who need hospital treatment for cancer.
He said fixing the broken social
care system “will take time” and acknowledged there had been “stalled
reform programmes” in the past as
he set out plans for reform.
The question of how to fund care
for Britain’s ageing population has
been politically difficult to answer,
with Theresa May forced into an
embarrassing U-turn over planned
reforms announced during the 2017
general election campaign.
Giving his first speech since his
department was given full responsibility for social care in January,
Mr Hunt said the solution will be
found in embracing the “changes in
technology and medicine that are
profoundly reshaping our world”.
Mr Hunt told an audience of social work leaders in London: “The
way that our current charging system operates is far from fair. This is
particularly true for families faced
with the randomness and unpredictability of care and the punitive consequences that can come
from developing certain conditions
over others.
“If you develop dementia and
require long-term residential care,
you are likely to have to lose a significant chunk of your savings and the
equity in your home to pay for that
care. But if you require long-term
treatment for cancer you won’t find
anything like the same cost.
“So people’s financial
wellbeing in old age ends
up defined less by their
industry and service in
their working lives and
more by the lottery of
which illness they get.
“We therefore need a
system that includes an
element of risk pooling.”
Asked if that meant a cap
on costs would feature in the plans,
Mr Hunt (inset) replied it would.
And he acknowledged the financial
pressures on the system since 2010.
Setting out the seven principles
to reform social care which will be
detailed in a paper to be published
in the summer, Mr Hunt admitted
health and social care workers are
faced with “fragmented services”
and “unprecedented pressure”.
Niall Dickson, chief executive of
the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the
healthcare sector, said:“The signs
are that the Secretary of State understands what is needed – but the
challenge of convincing his cabinet
colleagues remains.”
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Doncaster airport plan to create
‘aerotropolis’ with global links
Cities in North
and Midlands
experiencing
fastest growth
By Mark Casci, Rob Parsons
and Arj Singh
By Dean Kirby
Doncaster Sheffield Airport has
unveiled a plan to become an
international transport hub with its
own East Coast Main Line railway
station and the capacity to provide air
travel to more than 25 million people.
Airport bosses will today publish a
document laying out plans to create
an “aerotropolis” for the north of
England that would generate 73,000
jobs and hand a £3.2bn economic
boost to the region over the next
two decades.
In addition to boosting passenger
capacity, the airport wants to
increase the volume of cargo it
handles to 250,000 tonnes a year and
host the construction of 8,500 new
homes within its site.
Seeking to take advantage of the
airport’s 1,600-acre size, the plan
lays out a vision for an aerotropolis
development, tapping into the
Advanced Manufacturing Research
Centre, Doncaster’s logistics hub,
an air cargo campus, residential
zones and a plaza of retail outlets,
restaurants and hotels.
The increase in cargo freight in
particular is something the plan
says could be of huge benefit to the
country, saying it “can facilitate
major freight expansion supporting
international trade at a crucial
time in the country’s development
post-Brexit”.
Robert Hough, chairman of the
airport’s owner, Peel Holdings, said:
“If we are seriously talking about
rebalancing the economy and the
Northern Powerhouse, this sort of
scheme should have full support. It is
understandable, it is deliverable, it is
not that expensive.”
The plan has been welcomed by
business leaders, MPs and transport
bosses, with Nigel Brewster, vicechairman of the Sheffield City Region
Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP),
calling upon “residents, businesses,
and politicians from all parties
to get behind these ambitious yet
deliverable plans”.
He said: “Doncaster Sheffield
Airport and its partners have a clear
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
The upgraded
airport would be
within reach of 25
million people
aim in mind and tangible plans in
place to make it a reality. We must
come together with Peel, Doncaster
Council, and Transport for the North
– and the city region must also do our
own part through investment in local
transport infrastructure.”
Sir Nigel Knowles, chairman of the
Sheffield LEP, said: “With a single
piece of infrastructure, one of the
region’s biggest employment centres
would be achieved, stimulating
high-value business investment,
new housing, tourism, and regional
international and connectivity.”
The required upgrades
would come with a
£280m price tag, to be funded
by a mixture of private and
public money procured
from both regional and
national government.
TRANSPORT
Railway holds key to
airport’s expansion
By Mark Casci, Rob Parsons
and Arj Singh
Central to the Doncaster airport
expansion plan is to directly link the
airport to London and Leeds with a
newly created railway station along
the East Coast Main Line, a move
it says will put almost nine million
people, from the suburbs of London
northwards, within 90 minutes of
the airport.
Airport chiefs say the new station
could be operational by 2025 and
would alleviate congestion around
the capital by reducing the need to
travel to Heathrow or Gatwick.
Meanwhile, a promise of travel
between London and Leeds by
rail in under two hours is unlikely
to become a reality by May 2020,
according to transport experts in
West Yorkshire.
Virgin Trains East Coast, which
is set to quit the East Coast Main
Line franchise early, promised that
the shortened journey would be one
of a number of improvements when
it took over the service in 2015.
But a report by West Yorkshire
Combined Authority on the future
of the East Coast Main Line says the
much-needed improvements are
now in doubt as the infrastructure
works on the route will not now be
complete until 2021 at best.
News in brief
City centres in the North and
Midlands are outperforming the
rest of the UK in attracting people
and jobs, it is claimed.
Manchester, Birmingham.
Liverpool and Leeds are soaring
when it comes to city centre
growth in comparison to other
places, according to a report by
the Centre for Cities think-tank.
But the Competition for Space
report warns that planning
reforms are needed to enable
these cities to provide the housing
and new business premises they
need in order to thrive.
The chief executive of Centre
for Cities, Andrew Carter
(inset), said: “The urban
renaissance has brought
opportunities for
people and it’s vital
it continues. But
for that to happen,
cities need to take
tough decisions
on how to sustain
the growth of their
commercial centres,
while also providing the
homes their residents need.”
Manchester city centre’s jobs
boom outpaced all other cities
in England and Wales, including
London. Liverpool saw the biggest
city centre population growth,
followed by Birmingham, Leeds,
Manchester and Newcastle. But
the report argues that urban
growth could be undermined by
planning policies that prioritise
residential development.
A Ministry of Housing,
Communities and Local
Government spokesman said:
“For too long, we have not built
enough properties and permitted
development rights are an
important tool to boost housing
supply. Councils can remove
the power to convert properties
where there are local concerns
about the change of use.”
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City blackbirds live longer but are
less healthy than their country
counterparts, a study has found.
For the blackbird, the benefits
of urban living include better
access to food and less chance
of being killed by a predator,
scientists believe.
The downside is that city
birds age faster and are generally
less fit.
The findings appear in the Royal
Society journal Biology Letters.
Problem debt is at
“epidemic levels”,
the Archbishop of
Canterbury, Justin
Welby, has said in a
report by the Christians Against
Poverty charity. Most RevWelby
(inset) writes: “Achieving
economic stability together
with economic justice for all is
too easily overlooked,” adding:
“The scale of problem debt in our
country is at epidemic levels.”
British scientists are to play a
leading role in a European Space
Agency mission to study the
atmospheres of planets beyond the
solar system, science minister Sam
Gyimah said.
The Ariel space telescope, due to
be launched in 2028, will spend four
years observing 1,000 “exoplanets”
orbiting distant stars.
It will carry out the first
large-scale survey of exoplanet
atmospheric chemistry.
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Time for
Zuckerberg
to testify
Fixed-odds
terminals are
addictive
Russians
do prefer
Putin
Returning to
rehab was the
right move
The health
consicous
may be wary
A film by
a fan, for
other fans
The Times
The Daily Mail
TheNew Yorker
The Sun
The Guardian
BBC
We are here thanks to
an unwitting alliance
between politicians
and pundits, who
didn’t understand
enough technology
to grasp what was
happening out there,
and technological
innovators who didn’t
understand enough
politics to grasp why it
was a problem.
(Hugo Rifkind)
I’m not against
gambling per se.
There’s nothing at all
wrong with having a
flutter on a horse. But
the spread of these
terminals has made me
reconsider the strong
support I expressed
several years ago in
favour of New Labour’s
decision to liberalise
gambling legislation.
(Peter Oborne)
To the naked –
which is to say very
uninformed – eye, the
election might have
looked like a real one.
There were polling
stations, booths, ballot
boxes, and the ballots
themselves, with
the names of eight
different candidates.
The Kremlin allowed
seven ostensible
challengers to Putin.
(Masha Gessen)
While drink-driving
is a serious offence
which endangers other
road users, the man
has a problem. But
he has done the right
thing and cancelled
every TV commitment
to return to rehab
and sort out his longterm health.
(Editorial)
Younger men are far
more health conscious
than their 1960s
liberal grandparents
ever were – with
both drinking and
drug-taking on the
down, and fitness on
the up. As younger
generations express
a desire to take better
care of their bodies, the
male pill may be just
too hard to swallow.
(Nichi Hodgson)
If any film should be
allowed to let its geek
flag fly, it’s this one,
which aims to be the
ultimate celebration of
the fanboy and fangirl
mindset. If pop culture
is eating itself, this
is the feast to end all
feasts. You could also
argue that Spielberg
is the godfather of this
kind of couch-potato
cross-referencing.
(Nicholas Barber)
WashingtonPost
Portsmouth News
It’s more than past
time for Mark
Zuckerberg to testify
to Congress about
Facebook’s role in the
2016 elections.
And I mean Mark
Zuckerberg. Not a
Facebook lawyer, like
the one the company
sent to Congress last
year. (Helaine Olen)
We are pleased that the
Gambling Commission
has acknowledged
the problem these
machines pose, but we
hope the Government
will go further and
impose a £2 maximum
stake for fruit-machine
style games and £10
for casino games.
(Editorial)
EveningStandard
NME
Men by definition
have less skin in the
game when it comes
to contraception and
are in fact more likely
not to forget but to lie.
If it comes down to
his word against your
potential gestation, it
gets tricky.
(Dan Jones)
It’s a film to watch
and enjoy once, but
probably not to return
to again and again,
like Spielberg’s best.
It’s fixated on Easter
eggs and it’s like an
Easter egg itself:
shiny and pretty, but
ultimately hollow.
(Olly Richards)
Forbes
Although Russia is
home to political
mysteries, intrigue,
and violent corruption,
it is safe to say that
at least half the
population prefers
Putin’s strongman
leadership style to a
return of communism.
(Kenneth Rapoza)
Daily Star
After his admission
to rehab, we were
left wondering if he
would ever be back.
Let’s hope he is able to
banish his demons for
good this time. We all
want to see him and
Dec on our screens
again, but his health is
more important and
he should not rush
back before he’s better.
(Editorial)
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the day
It was hell to
do, I can tell
you that
Tony Blair
The former prime
minister on
Prime Minister’s
Questions
EMILY NASRALLAH NOVELIST
When she was awarded Germany’s
Goethe prize last year, Emily Nasrallah
said, “I am delighted to be so greatly
appreciated, a village farmer like me
from south Lebanon.”
Born in the town of Kfeir at the foot
of Mount Hermon, Nasrallah, who has
died aged 87, would often refer to her
humble roots as the unlikeliest place
from which a woman could aspire to
become a novelist. “I used to help my
father and mother in the fields,” she
said. “It was hard work, and maybe this
is what made me eager to learn, to get
away from this harsh life.”
Before turning six, the age when
children started school, she got her
mother to get a sympathetic teacher
to allow her to sit in on class. The
teacher agreed on condition that “you
disappear before the inspector comes”.
She remained in the third grade of
elementary school for three years as
a teenager, only because there was
no further class to graduate to. It was
thanks to her uncle, a businessman who
was in West Virginia, that she managed
to secure a place in the International
School of Choueifat in Beirut.
She started writing for a women’s
magazine and then wrote regularly for
a political title call Al Sayyad.
She graduated from the American
University of Beirut in 1958 with a
degree in education and literature. The
year before, Emily – born Daoud Abi
Rached – had married Philip Nasrallah,
a chemist. Her uncle’s move to the US
was, perhaps, typical of the migration
she observed as a child. Lebanon is “a
land that does not hold its people”, she
recalled her grandmother saying of
their war-torn country.
Leaving is a theme that informed
her 1962 novel Birds of September.
Considered a classic of Arabic
literature, it tells the story of Muna, a
village girl, who watches boys leave,
girls stay and a boy who stays and
grows up with the sensibilities of a girl.
She wrote seven novels and
published short story collections
and volumes of essays on pioneering
women, both of the East and the West.
Among these is Days Recounted in
which she recalls a journey that Philip’s
uncle attempted to make to America
in 1912. He was among 123 passengers
who perished on Titanic.
Emily recalled the words of that
uncle’s mother: “The seaweed grows
where your body lies / Precious pearls
rest in your eyes / Mermaids dance
around you madly…”
Philip and Emily had no intention to
emigrate and chose to stay put when
the Lebanese civil war started in 1975,
with their four children, Ramzi, Maha,
Khalil and Mona, who survive them
both. The war raged on throughout
the Eighties, the family’s home and
possessions were destroyed but still
they refused to go into exile.
Nasrallah was one of the Beirut
Decentrists, a group of women, which
included Hanan Al-Sheikh, who wrote
in Arabic, English and French and
whose work “bore the unmistakable
stamp of the civil war” as writer Miriam
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Defiant PM may yet fight next election
May’s bounce back in the polls presents a problem for Tories
W
ho would have
thought that a
humiliated Tory
prime minister
could stagger
on for almost
five more years, tormented by their
party over Europe and bereft of a
domestic agenda? Well, John Major
did – and the odds on Theresa May
doing the same are falling rapidly.
As a statesmanlike May enjoys an
uptick in popularity following her
response to a suspected chemical
weapon attack by Russia on British
soil, MPs are beginning to ask: could
she lead the Tories into the next
election after all? The most striking
thing isn’t that Theresa May’s allies
are asking this question – they’ve
been pushing the idea for months
– rather, it is that an increasing
number of her Tory critics fear that
she will.
Since the disastrous snap
election, there has been a consensus
that May would lead the party
only until the end of the Brexit
negotiations. Once Brexit was out of
the way, a Tory leadership contest
would follow and a shiny new leader
would be picked in time to establish
themselves before the next election.
The completion of Brexit combined
with the new leader’s charisma
would be enough to squash Labour
and restore a Tory majority.
There are, however, several big
flaws to this plan. Firstly, it’s not
clear when – if ever – Brexit can be
described as being “done”. There’s
talk that May could exit soon after
Britain officially leaves in March
2019. But as this week’s transition
agreement showed, the UK won’t be
out in practical terms until at least
2020. Equally, the trade agreement
between the UK and the EU – which
is where the really important tradeoffs will be – won’t be negotiated
until the end of 2020 at the earliest.
The prospect of a leadership
challenge before things are “done”
is unappealing for two reasons.
First, at a time of such importance
in the negotiations, any long (and,
most likely, bloody) leadership
battle would be seen as a matter
of gross self-indulgence by the
general public.
Second, those who do wish to
indulge fear that they will have a
better chance once Brexit is off the
table. Figures like Amber Rudd
or Boris Johnson are too attached
to a Brexit position to take charge
while negotiations are ongoing.
The candidate seen as being best
able to appeal to both Remainers
and Leavers is Jeremy Hunt, a
Theresa May at the
Commonwealth
Service at Westminster
Abbey earlier this
month REUTERS
Remainer turned Brexiteer. Would
it really be worth a bruising contest
to replace a bland unifier with
another bland unifier? When Hunt
tried to run in 2016, he couldn’t find
enough Tory MPs to make him a
viable candidate.
It’s not even clear that any of
May’s rivals would fare better at
the ballot box. Among Conservative
members, it’s Jacob Rees-Mogg and
a candidate by the name of ‘“other”
who regularly top “next leader”
polls. Stretch that out to the general
public, though, and May comes
out on top, with a YouGov poll in
January finding that the alternative
candidates are more likely to
drive support away from the
Conservative Party. Although Boris
Johnson would entice 11 per cent of
those surveyed to turn blue, another
20 per cent said they would be less
likely to vote for the party. May’s
defensive cabinet reshuffle means
there’s little prospect of an “other”
candidate emerging anytime soon.
Then there’s the polls. With the
Conservatives consistently neckand-neck with Labour, it’s hard to
justify a challenge as things stand.
The local elections are seen as a
danger point for her premiership
but given that expectations are
so low, she’ll be able to survive
anything other than a total wipeout.
If May does succeed in getting a
Brexit deal through Parliament,
she may well get a poll bounce. If
the Tories are consistently ahead
in the polls a year out from the
We could
accidentally find
ourselves in a
position where
it’s too late to
change things
next election, wouldn’t May have a
strong case for staying?
The problem for May’s critics is
that this appears to be an argument
that holds weight in No 10. May’s
closest advisers insist that she is
serious when she says she wants to
fight the next election. They say that
she wants to prove that she can do
it. So, if she won’t choose to go and
there’s not a clear point to push her,
the Tories could get to 2021 with
May still in place and an election a
year away. “I worry that we could
accidentally find ourselves in a
position where it’s too late to change
things,” says one backbencher.
Given the huge challenges May
must overcome in the coming
months and years on Brexit, this
may all sound pie in the sky. But
Tories point to Major and the 1997
election. After Black Wednesday,
when the Conservative government
was forced to withdraw sterling
from the European Exchange Rate
Mechanism, few predicted that not
only would Major cling on but that
he would also lead the party into
another election.
Likewise, after the disastrous
snap election, few thought that
May could continue for a year – yet
she remains in place. Her sheer
perseverance and doggedness has
seen her popularity gradually begin
to rise again.
But before we get carried away
by the faint whiff of May-mania, it’s
worth recalling what happened in
that 1997 election. Labour won in
a landslide and the Conservatives
suffered their worst defeat since
1906. The Conservatives cannot risk
drifting to such a scenario. If May
really wants to lead the Tories into
the next election she will need to
win her party round – not just lead
them blindly to a point of no return.
Katy Balls is political correspondent
for ‘The Spectator’ magazine
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Out of the
mouths of babes
I read with interest that
the Welsh Government is
to ask children as young
as seven for their views
on Brexit (i, 19 March).
There are many adults
that didn’t know what to
vote for and still have
no idea what it’s about!
I can’t wait to read what
the children have to say.
COLIN EDWARDS
HEREFORD,
Let Northern
Ireland choose
Actually, there is a solution to the Irish border
question. Put the matter
to a plebiscite of all
those entitled to vote
in Northern Ireland,
including everyone
aged 16 and over. List
the options and require
the vote in order of
preference 1,2,3, etc.
The people of Northern
Ireland are the ones who
would suffer most from
a hard border; it should
be their choice.
DUNCAN STEWART
HENLLAN,
DENBIGHSHIRE
How did this red
line disappear?
It looks very likely , that
the Government has
“sold out “ the fishing
industry! Therefore I
would like to know how
this red line was erased,
especially considering
it was probably the only
legitimate cause among
the whole Brexit brigade?
ROBERT BOSTON
KINGSHILL, KENT
Game, set and
match to Mac
I am a keen armchair
tennis fan when it gets
round to Wimbledon,
and have been for many
years. My perception
is that John McEnroe
is significantly more
active in the number of
appearances, interviews,
commentaries etc, than
Martina Navratilova,
in fact I struggle
to remember any
appearances from the
latter. If my perception
is correct, then surely
McEnroe should be paid
in proportion to the
amount he contributes to
the viewer’s enjoyment
of the tournament,
regardless of gender.
BERNARD SINCLAIR
CUTTHORPE,
DERBYSHIRE
We deserve
to be heard
As a 58-year-old woman,
Jenny Eclair’s article
(i, 20 March) spoke to
my heart.
I am often angry.
But just because that
anger is felt by an older
person does not mean
that it is not justified.
And just because it
is not expressed in a
deep, masculine, voice
does not mean that it is
without authority.
Over my 58
years I have cared
and supported and
contributed. I have
observed and I have
learnt. My grey hair
and blemished face are
badges of honour, not
symbols of redundancy,
and I deserve to be heard.
JACKIE TURPIN
YORK
The Prince’s
good work
Harry Mount’s
nit-picking of Prince
Charles is unfair in the
extreme (i, 20 March).
OK, the Prince
employs many staff, but
he is a very busy man
who runs a business
at Highgrove and, the
jewel in the crown, his
Patrick Cockburn should
be congratulated for
reporting on Afrin when
few others are AFP/GETTY
Prince’s Trust, which has
helped and will help in
the future very many
young people to make
something of their lives.
Charles could live
a charmed princely
playboy life but chooses
not to do so.
JOSEPHINE ROBINSON
COLNE, LANCASHIRE
Are we just
chemical scum?
Now that the tributes
have subsided, I note that
none of them described
the magnificently
inspired and inspiring
Stephen Hawking as
just another “piece of
chemical scum”.
Of course not. Why
would they? Only,
perhaps, because that
was the description
the professor himself
once gave of the entire
human race, which
demonstrates how
profoundly mistaken
even a uniquely brilliant
physicist can be when
he leaves the world of
science for the realm of
human values.
REV KIM FABRICIUS
SWANSEA
The late
breakfasters
With reference to school
breakfast clubs can I
point out that there is
another reason that this
service is needed.
My eight-year-old
granddaughter has
breakfast at school not
because of lack of cooking
skills by her parents or
even lack of funds to
provide this, she simply
is not hungry before she
leaves home at 8:25 am –
all she wants at this time
is juice. Not everyone
wants to eat as soon as
their eyes are open.
ANN CRAIG
RAMSGATE, KENT
Reporting
on Afrin
Patrick Cockburn is to
be congratulated on his
reporting on the Turkish
assault on Afrin, when
few others are doing so.
President Erdogan
misrepresents Afrin
as if the Kurds were
interlopers. In fact they
have been the principal
ethnic group in the
district for at least 500
years. Mr Erdogan is
simply paranoid about
their presence in Syria.
DAVID McDOWALL
RICHMOND, LONDON
Depriving
the Welsh
I agree completely
with Bill Giles in his
criticism of the new BBC
weather map (Your View
20 March). The word
“Birmingham” stretches
from that city to Ireland,
covering the centre of
Cardigan Bay, and thus
depriving those of us
living in mid-west Wales
of the forecast we used
to have. The advance of
science? No thank you.
JOHN B ARMSTRONG
CARDIGAN,
CEREDIGION
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Gay teen romcom is overdue
A romcom featuring a gay,
teenage lead was long overdue
years before Love, Simon
was made.
Yet remarkably, the new film,
which stars Nick Robinson
(below), Josh Duhamel, and
Jennifer Garner, marks the first
major studio production to focus
on a same-sex teen love story.
Based on Becky Albertalli’s
2015 novel Simon vs the Homo
Sapiens Agenda, it features a high
school student with a dog called
Bieber and “a huge-ass secret”:
he’s gay.
The very notion that
cinema screens may have
room for stories about
teenagers discussing their
sexuality is already beginning
to instil that confidence in
viewers themselves.
In the US, where the film
opened last week, droves of
LGBT teens have been tweeting
about their own coming-out
stories. Many are live-tweeting
their decisions to tell their
parents and loved ones that they
are gay, citing Love, Simon as
their inspiration.
One teen even came out
to family members during a
screening of the film.
Teens deserve a teen-led gay
story which isn’t a subplot to a
straight romance. Love, Simon
isn’t an Oscar-worthy gay drama
like Call Me By Your Name or
God’s Own Country but it’s a huge
milestone for mainstream high
school drama.
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Delicious taste
of royal scandal
A visit to any US drugstore will
reveal front covers of tabloid
magazines like National Enquirer
and Globe dedicated to their own
soap operatic version of the Royal
Family’s lives. Variously, according to
these titles, the Queen has abdicated,
died and been given months
to live. We can scoff
at the American
public’s thirst for
royal scandal all
we like: we’re not
much better. A new
book by biographer
Tom Bower has
claimed that the
Queen once described
Camilla Parker Bowles
as “that wicked woman,” and said: “I
want nothing to do with her” after
Prince Charles asked her if she would
consider letting Camilla be part
of their family following Princess
Diana’s death. It’s precisely the sort of
delicious detail we can expect to be
rehashed by writers of The Crown in a
few series’ time…
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Hidden persuaders give way to the online influencers
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Simon
Kelner
I
t was more than 60 years ago
that Vance Packard wrote a
seminal book called The Hidden
Persuaders, which explored the
way advertisers used consumer
research and psychological
techniques to exploit people’s
desires, fears and needs and to get
them to behave in a certain way – in
essence, to buy stuff they never
knew they wanted.
So there’s nothing new in the
proposition that the public can be
persuadable. Cambridge Analytica
have merely taken this idea to
another dimension in attempting
to bend the democratic process to
their will. Buy me, vote for me. It’s
essentially the same process. And
the pervasiveness of the digital world
offers many different ways in which
sellers can communicate with buyers.
There is a whole panoply of
political and commercial activity
taking place without many of us
being aware of it. For example,
some of the most powerful figures in
modern marketing are people whose
fame exists purely in the digital
realm, and for that reason might be
unknown to a fairly large section of
the British public.
Jim Chapman, Tanya
Burr, Caspar Lee, Louise
Pentland: these are
some of the big names
in this area, but they
could walk down any
high street largely
unrecognised. You may
have heard of Zoe Sugg,
better known as Zoella
(inset), but would you pick
her out in an identity parade?
Once we had the hidden
persuaders. Now we have the
influencers. They communicate with
their public unmediated, through
social media. They have a speciality
in a particular discipline and a
marketing campaign for a consumer
product in these categories would
most likely include the engagement
of an influencer. A single Instagram
post by a relevant figure can shift
units in a way that, previously, only a
big television campaign could do.
The other attraction of this form
of persuasion is that it is relatively
unregulated. There are strict
parameters attached to traditional
advertising, but the digital world
is something of a free-for-all. It is
considered best practice that, if a
celebrity influencer is being paid to
promote a product, they should add
the hashtag #ad or #sponsored, or
something equally explicit.
Any flouting of this technically
breaks consumer law, but the rules
are rarely enforced. I think we can
work out when we are being
overtly sold to, but the
blurring of lines between
editorial and advertising
is something the
Advertising Standards
Authority is rightly
exercised about: it
is talking about a
crackdown on illicit
promotion.
There has been a
significant rise in complaints
about social media adverts over
recent years. We are increasingly
concerned about the use of our
personal data, and many of us are
exasperated about the impossibility
of avoiding being sold to. Maybe it
was ever thus. Packard identified
the insidious nature of advertising
at a time when we had relatively
few media outlets. But now the
dam has burst, and we are deluged
by messages, whether it’s from
unscrupulous political lobbyists, or a
personality urging us to buy jeans.
If the Cambridge Analytica
allegations have shown us anything,
it’s that we need to know how, why and
by whom we are being influenced.
TECHNOLOGY
I’ve ridden in an Audi Q5
driverless car around Silicon Valley,
and driven a partially automated
Tesla Model S on autopilot
towards Slough, two very different
experiences which required me to
place my trust in the judgements of
a software system. While I believe
that driverless cars will liberate
the elderly and disabled, ease
congestion, improve air quality (as
most self-driving cars are electric)
and make our roads safer, they are
also only as safe as the systems that
power them. There are, on average,
1,700 deaths or serious injuries on
UK roads each year, and human
error is a factor in up to 94 per cent
of accidents, studies have concluded.
The wealth of data from the
sensors and cameras of the
vehicle in the Arizona case should
determine the cause of the accident
soon. Police have already said there
was no indication the driver was
impaired or that the car slowed
down significantly. Uber has
suspended driverless trials in North
America in the meantime.
For now, this incident should
not be used as a stick to beat the
companies and policymakers
behind driverless cars with, but as a
learning opportunity. If Uber’s selfdriving system is found to be at fault,
the company must overhaul it.
We put our lives in the hands of
machines every day: lifts, escalators,
planes, parts of the Tube, all of
which have become ordinary parts
of our days. With the right testing
and technology, self-driving cars
could still join their ranks.
Rhiannon
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laine Herzberg was pushing
a bicycle across the road in
Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday
evening when she was struck
by a car. Though the Volvo SUV
had a driver behind the wheel, it
was driving in autonomous mode. It
was one of Uber’s self-driving fleet,
which was being tested in the city.
The 49-year-old was taken to
hospital but died of her injuries.
She is the first pedestrian known to
have been killed by a self-driving car,
a tragic moment which will prove
pivotal in the future of self-driving
technologies and the question of how
widely they should be tested before
they can be used in public spaces.
While self-driving cars arguably
need to become a regular sight on
our roads before we can accept them
as viable modes of transport, there’s
little point in companies funnelling
billions into developing them if we’re
too scared to ride in them.
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MEDIA
Ringo Starr at
Buckingham
Palace yesterday,
where he received
a knighthood
Act now or plastic
pollution ‘will
treble in decade’
Smart speakers
‘pose a threat to
radio stations’
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Smart speakers could undermine
radio listening by suggesting personalised song playlists for users after
learning their musical tastes.
The popularity of Amazon’s Alexaenabled Echo system and rival
devices will fuel a new wave of growth
for the music industry, a report by
the BPI and Entertainment Retailers
Association found.
An estimated 27 million smart
speakers were sold last year and
listening to music is already the most
popular activity for owners.
The report, Everybody’s Talkin’,
said that the new technology is
likely to change the music we listen
to, as well as how we listen to it.
It found that 39 per cent of smart
speaker owners say time listening
to the device is replacing time spent
listening to radio stations.
It found that “smart speakers may
fuel more casual interaction with
music – with generic requests to play
music creating greater dependence
on the personalisation algorithms of
speakers’ assistants”.
Record companies would also
need to target the changing moods
of music fans. “The emergence of
programmed playlists on streaming
services is making ‘context’ a hot
topic – such as music to work-out to,
cook to, etc,” the report added.
By Emily Beament
The amount of plastic ending up in
our oceans will treble in a decade
unless action is taken to curb the
problem, a major report has warned.
Plastic is one of a number of
environmental concerns facing the
world’s seas, along with warming
and rising water levels, and metal
and chemical pollution, said the
Foresight Future of the Sea report,
commissioned by the Government.
But it also cited opportunities for
the UK to cash in on the global “ocean
economy” – which will double to
$3trn (£2trn) by 2030 – in areas such
as offshore wind resources.
The scientists behind the report
also warned of the danger of the
oceans being “out of sight, out of
mind”, with more known about the
surface of Mars and the Moon than
the deep sea bed.
However, the health of our oceans
is potentially hugely important to the
UK, with 95 per cent of the country’s
international trade produce being
carried by sea, sub-sea cables
being used for technology and the
oceans themselves storing carbon
dioxide and heat and producing
oxygen and food.
Clean
oceans
There are also major opportunities
for robotics, artificial intelligence and
automated technology to fill gaps in
our understanding of the oceans
and how best to manage them, the
authors of the report said.
Work is now taking place to look at
the impact of plastic in the oceans, as
experts are still not sure what threats
it may pose, said Professor Ian Boyd,
the chief scientific adviser to the
Department for Environment, Food
and Rural Affairs.
The toxic effects on land, sea or
marine animals and organisms from
degrading plastic pollution are not
clear, he said. “Even in the absence
of research, there is a precautionary
principle to take here,” he added.
The report suggested that
efforts to reduce plastic pollution
should focus on preventing it from
entering the seas, introducing new
biodegradable plastics and public
awareness campaigns.
PEOPLE
Sir Ringo enjoys his return to Palace
By Henry Vaughan
More than 50 years on from
receiving an MBE with his
Beatles bandmates, Ringo Starr
was knighted at Buckingham
Palace yesterday.
“It means a lot,” said Starr,
77, who received the honour
under his real name, Sir Richard
Starkey. “When the letter came I
was so surprised.”
Referring to the 1965 honour,
he said: “The four of us came
here and it was a thrill then.”
“It was crazy because we
were just four lads who played
music and then suddenly we’re
at the palace.”
Sir Paul McCartney was
knighted in 1997.
Starr was joined by War Horse
author Sir Michael Morpurgo,
74, in receiving a knighthood.
SCIENCE
Hawking to be buried near Newton in Westminster Abbey
By Tess De La Mare
Professor Stephen Hawking’s ashes
will be interred close to the remains
of another of Britain’s greatest
physicists, Sir Isaac Newton, in
Westminster Abbey later this year.
He will join Charles Darwin and a
host of other famous names following
a Service of Thanksgiving later this
year, staff at the abbey said.
Professor Hawking died last week
at the age of 76, having become one
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of the most renowned scientists in
his field despite dealing with motor
neurone disease for the greater part
of his life.
The Dean of Westminster, the
Very Rev Dr John Hall, said: “It is
entirely fitting that the remains of
Professor Stephen Hawking are to
be buried in the Abbey, near those of
distinguished fellow scientists.
“Sir Isaac Newton was buried in the
Abbey in 1727. Charles Darwin was
buried beside Isaac Newton in 1882.
Professor Hawking died
last week, aged 76
We believe it to be vital that science
and religion work together to seek
to answer the great questions of the
mystery of life and of the universe.”
Following his death, Cambridge
University described him as “an
inspiration to millions”.
Professor Hawking’s children
Lucy, Robert and Tim said of
their father: “He was a great
scientist and an extraordinary man
whose work and legacy will live on for
many years.”
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FRANCE
INDIA
Sarkozy in custody over claims that
Gaddafi funded his campaigning
Smog-filled
Delhi angry
over Modi’s
air purifiers
By Brian Love
Mr Sarkozy’s predecessor
as President, Jacques
Chirac, was convicted in 2011 of
misusing public funds to keep
political allies in phantom jobs.
IN PARIS
The former French president,
Nicolas Sarkozy, was in custody
yesterday for questioning by
prosecutors who are investigating
whether his 2007 election campaign
was partly financed by the Libyan
leader Muammar Gaddafi.
It is the second major judicial
investigation to centre on Mr
Sarkozy, who served as president
from 2007 to 2012. He already faces
trial on separate charges of illicit
spending overruns during his failed
re-election campaign in 2012.
The 63-year-old centre-right
politicians has dismissed the Libya
allegations as “grotesque” and a
“crude manipulation”.
Magistrates opened an inquiry into
the case in 2013 following reports by
the French website Mediapart, based
on claims by a Franco-Lebanese
businessman, Ziad Takieddine. Mr
Takieddine said he had transferred
€5m (£4.4m) from Gaddafi’s former
intelligence chief, Abdullah Senussi,
to Mr Sarkozy’s campaign director.
Months after he took office in 2007,
Mr Sarkozy was criticised for hosting
a state visit by Gaddafi during
which the Libyan leader pitched his
President Nicolas Sarkozy greets Muammar Gaddafi in Paris in 2007 AP
trademark Bedouin-style tent next to
the President’s official residence, the
Élysée Palace in Paris.
Gaddafi’s first visit to a Western
leader in decades, which was accompanied by the signing of several busi-
ness deals, came after Mr Sarkozy
helped to secure the release from a
Libyan jail of five Bulgarian nurses
accused of infecting Libyan children
with HIV.
But Mr Sarkozy, like the former
Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, had a complex relationship with
the Libyan tyrant. Both European
leaders assiduously courted Gadaffi
before finally turning on him. Later,
Mr Sarkozy was one of the chief advocates of a Nato-led military campaign
that resulted in Gaddafi’s overthrow
and killing at the hands of rebel forces in 2011.
French judicial procedure allows
for investigators to hold a person
for questioning for up to 48 hours,
after which magistrates must say
whether they have grounds for
turning a preliminary inquiry into a
full investigation. The latter can, but
does not always, lead to a trial.
The inquiry into Libyan funding
appeared to have gone quiet until
January, when Alexandre Djouhri,
a French businessman who is
suspected of funnelling money from
Gaddafi to finance Mr Sarkozy’s
campaign, was arrested in Britain on
a warrant issued by France. REUTERS
CAMBODIA
Briton escapes jail term for ‘pornographic dancing’ at party
By Luke Rix-Standing
A British man has been given a
suspended sentence in Cambodia for
dancing “pornographically”.
Daniel Jones, 31, was handed the
punishment after a judge ruled that
photos used to promote his “Let’s Get
Wet” pool party fell foul of indecency
laws. Jones, from Essex, was one of
10 tourists accused of “pornographic
dancing” and of posting lewd
photographs online, after police
raided a private villa in the resort
town of Siem Reap, near the Angkor
Wat temple complex.
All 10 denied the charges, claiming
that the photos depicted a different
group from years before. Nine
suspects were freed, but Jones was
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could be freed today, having served
one month and 22 days in jail on
remand, with the rest of his sentence
suspended, an official said.
As part of a “crackdown on
immoral behaviour” the government
of the conservative Buddhist country
has banned skimpy outfits at Angkor
Wat and deported several tourists
for stripping off there. Jones insisted
that no sex or nudity took place at his
event. But prosecutors successfully
argued that the promotional images
encouraged sexual behaviour,
regardless of whether or not Jones
himself had taken them.
“I did not understand Cambodian
law,” Jones said in his defence. “I am
very sorry for that.”
By Aditya Kalra
IN NEW DELHI
Even as the inhabitants of India’s
smog-ridden capital Delhi lamented the lack of government action
to improve their air quality, Prime
Minister Narendra Modi’s offices
and at least six other government
agencies were splashing out on an
elaborate system of 140 air purifiers, it has emerged.
The city’s schools were denied
such systems and merely advised
to keep their windows closed.
Delhi’s chief minister, who
belongs to an opposition party,
called the city a “gas chamber”
last year as levels of airborne
PM2.5, tiny particulate matter
that can reach deep into the lungs,
far exceeded levels classified
as “hazardous”.
The British medical journal The
Lancet has estimated air pollution
was responsible for almost 10 per
cent of the total disease burden in
India in 2016.
Each year, when pollution levels
shoot up in the winter months, the
capital’s schools are often forced
to shut. Yet a federal body that
manages more than 45 schools in
the capital said it had no plans to
buy air purifiers.
“Offices are generally air
conditioned, so air purifiers will
function. Our schools aren’t air
conditioned, windows are open,
so air purifiers won’t make a
difference,” said Santosh Kumar
Mall, commissioner of the body,
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan.
The federal government,
however, spent 3.6m rupees, or
about £40,000, to buy air purifiers
for Mr Modi’s offices and at least
six federal departments between
2014 and 2017, according to
government data. REUTERS
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World loses last male northern white rhino
By Luke Rix-Standing
Only in-vitro fertilisation techniques
can save the northern white rhino,
after the last surviving male of the
species died following months of
poor health.
Sudan, who was 45, lived at the
Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.
He was put to sleep on Monday
after age-related complications
worsened significantly.
His death leaves only two females
– his daughter and granddaughter –
of the subspecies alive in the world.
D e s p i t e ye a rs o f co a x i n g,
conservationists found that Sudan
was either unable, or stubbornly
unwilling to mate. “He was a gentle
giant,” said one of his keepers. “He
had an amazing personality... there
was nothing mean about him.”
Conservationists must now put
their faith in artificial insemination
to save the species. The process
– combining eggs from one of two
remaining female rhinos, Najin, 27,
and Fatu, 17, with samples of frozen
sperm collected from now-deceased
males – has proven difficult.
“[Sudan’s death] is a cruel symbol
of human disregard for nature and it
saddened everyone who knew him,
but we should not give up,” said Jan
Stejskal, of Dvur Kralove Zoo in
the Czech Republic. “It may sound
unbelievable, but thanks to the newly
developed techniques even Sudan
could still have an offspring.”
Scientists still face a race against
time to identify an effective method
of insemination before the species
vanishes entirely. White rhinos have
been driven to the edge of extinction
by poachers. The animals’ horns can
be worth £37,000 per kilo, making
them more valuable than gold.
Northern white rhinos once
roamed Chad, Sudan, Uganda,
Congo and the Central African
Republic but were vulnerable
because of armed conflicts in the
region. Other species, including
the southern white rhino and black
rhino, are under pressure.
Southern white rhino numbers
dipped below 100 about a century
ago, but efforts by conservationists
have seen their population increase
again to about 20,000.
Sudan, the world’s last male
northern white rhino, had to be put
to sleep in Kenya on Monday AP
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MEDICINE
‘Acupuncture’ therapy using
live bee stings kills woman
By Tom Embury-Dennis
A woman died after she was given a
quack acupuncture treatment that
used bee stings instead of needles.
T h e 5 5 -ye ar- ol d had been
receiving “apitherapy” acupuncture
about once a month for two years,
in an attempt to treat her tight
muscles and stress. But during
one session, the unnamed Spanish
woman “developed wheezing,
dyspnea [shortness of breath]
and sudden loss of consciousness
immediately after a live bee sting,”
according to a report in the Journal
of Investigational Allergology and
Clinical Immunology. Although she
was taken to hospital and given
adrenaline and antihistamines in
an attempt to stop the reaction,
she died several weeks later after
suffering from mlltiple organ failure.
Apitherapy, also known as
“bee acupuncture”, involves
a practitioner placing a bee
somewhere on a patient’s body. Then
they pinch the insect’s head until its
sting emerges. The creatures die
shortly afterwards.
Proponents claim that it is
effective at treating various diseases
and alleviating pain. “We have
treated patients with dozens of
diseases, from arthritis to cancer,
all with positive results,” Wang
75p
Menglin, a bee acupuncturist, told
Australia’s ABC News in 2013.
The technique is most popular in
China and Korea and, despite little
evidence of its effectiveness,
the technique has been
introduced elsewhere.
Reporting on the
Spanish woman who
died, scientists Paula
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and Ricardo MadrigalBurgaleta, of the Ramon
y Cajal University Hospital
in Madrid, wrote: “Although
some benefits of apitherapy have
been reported, published evidence of
its effectiveness and safety is limited.
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Sarin gas attack
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‘Any attempt to
split China is
doomed to fail’
Beijing warning for separatists in Taiwan
and Hong Kong. Gillian Wong reports
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hina’s newly installed
dictator for life, Xi
Jinping, has warned
that he will never allow
“one inch” of territory to
be separated from the mainland,
in a less-than-veiled warning to
Taiwan and Hong Kong. Mr Xi
said “achieving total unity” was
the “collective hope of all Chinese
people” and any attempts to divide
it were “doomed to fail”.
The Chinese President made the
gung-ho comments in his closing
address to the National People’s
Congress in Beijing, which had
earlier abolished fixed-term limits
a p i t h e ra py m ay exce e d t h e
presumed benefits, leading us to
conclude that this practice is both
unsafe and unadvisable.”
A separate review of
apitherapy, by the scientific
journal PLOS One, found
that adverse effects were
common, ranging from
“trivial skin reactions
that usually resolve
over several days to
life-threatening severe
immunological responses
such as anaphylaxis”.
It reported on another fatal case,
that of a 65-year-old South Korean
woman who died in 2011.
on his rule. Mr Xi said the Chinese
people were now “closer now than
at any time in history to realising
the great rejuvenation of the
Chinese nation”. Referring to selfgoverning Taiwan, Mr Xi said the
mainland would continue outreach
to advance the cause of “peaceful
unification” with the island, whose
23 million residents are strongly in
favour of maintaining their de facto
independent status. But he added:
“Maintaining national sovereignty,
territorial integrity and complete
unification of the motherland is the
common aspiration of all Chinese.
“In the face of national
By Mari Yamaguchi
IN TOKYO
A delegate arrives for the final session of the National People’s Congress in
Beijing yesterday, where Mr Xi spoke of the ‘great rejuvenation’ of the nation AP
righteousness and the tide of
history, all attempts or tricks aimed
at dividing the motherland are
doomed to failure. All will receive
the condemnation of the people and
the punishment of history.”
Democratic Taiwan, backed by
US military support, has accused
China of not understanding how
democracy works, pointing out that
Taiwan’s people have the right to
decide its future. Mr Xi said that
China would uphold Hong Kong’s
high degree of autonomy but would
also seek to increase “national
consciousness and patriotic spirit”
in the Asian financial centre.
Willy Lam, an expert in Chinese
politics at the Chinese University
in Hong Kong, said that now he was
president for life, Mr Xi seemed
determined to bring Taiwan under
Beijing’s control, something that
would place him in the history
books alongside Mao Tse-tung.
That increased the potential for
provocative, dangerous actions,
possibly drawing in the US which is
legally bound to defend Taiwan.
“Xi is consumed by hubris,” he
said. “Now that he’s made himself
emperor for life, he might be feeling
impregnable on the foreign policy
front and this is very dangerous.” AP
Thirteen Japanese cult members
are facing imminent execution
for a deadly 1995 sarin gas attack
on the Tokyo subway system and
other crimes.
It is uncertain when the
hangings will take place, but it is
widely believed by media outlets
that they will happen soon.
Yesterday marked 23 years
since members of the Aum
Shinrikyo cult released sarin
nerve gas inside the train
carriages, killing 13 people and
leaving thousands of other ill.
Ringleader Shoko Asahara,
63, and a dozen followers were
sentenced to death for that and
other crimes which killed 27
people in total.
As with all executions in Japan,
when and where they will be
hanged will not be made public,
even to family or lawyers. AP
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NORWAY
MALDIVES
Islands ‘will not
extend state
of emergency’
By Bharatha Mallawarachi
IN COLOMBO
A state of emergency imposed
after a court ordered the
release of jailed politicians
will be allowed to expire
tomorrow, “barring very
unusual circumstances such
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Cairo
Even by the standards of
the Middle East, Egypt’s
imminent presidential election
is farcical. Just days ahead
of polling, Moussa Mostafa
Moussa, the only opposition
candidate, has said that he
supports the incumbent
dictator, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Mr Moussa’s presidential
bid seemed to come as a
surprise even to his own party.
Hours before the deadline for
nominations closed in January,
a member of his team was
seen running to the election
commission to hand in his
papers. Until then, the obscure
leader of the Ghad party was
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An Amish leader named Samuel
Mullet is trying to overturn a jail
sentence imposed on him for hair and
beard-cutting attacks.
A lawyer for Mullet, 72, who is
serving an 11-year jail term, said that
his client’s previous attorney made
mistakes during his trial and appeals.
But prosecutors in Ohio insisted
yesterday that there had been no
such errors, and that a judge should
reject his request.
Mr Mullet’s lawyers say that the
hair- and beard-cutting attacks in
2011 stemmed from family disputes.
Hair and beards have spiritual
significance in the Amish faith. AP
as widespread violence”, the
Maldives’ ambassador to Sri
Lanka, Mohamed Hussain
Shareef, said yesterday.
On 1 February, the Supreme
Court ordered the release of
several of the President’s jailed
political opponents because of
due-process violations during
their trials.
Clashes between security
forces and anti-government
protesters followed and the
Maldives declared an emergency
that gave police sweeping
powers, including searching and
seizing property. AP
organising events to endorse a
second term for Mr Sisi.
Mr Moussa denies
suggestions that he is running
just to provide a candidate
other than Mr Sisi in the
election, but is still vocally
supportive of the former
general and army commander
and has said he hopes he wins.
“We have a positive role to
play in the competition, so [our
bid] comes not just due to our
nationalistic motivations – we
also think we have ideas to
offer,” Mr Moussa said.
Supporters of Mr Sisi say
he has made Egypt more
secure since 2013, when as
army chief he overthrew the
Islamist president Mohamed
Morsi. But critics point to his
brutal crackdown on political
opponents, activists and
independent media. REUTERS
Nadine Awadalla
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Corruption whistle-blower
seeks protection in Greece
IN ATHENS
UNITED STATES
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MALTA
A whistle-blower who worked with
the murdered Maltese journalist
Daphne Caruana Galizia has handed
herself in to police in Athens after
claiming that her life was in danger.
Maltese prosecutors had filed a
European warrant for the arrest
of Maria Efimova, a Russian who
left Malta for Greece last year, on
suspicion of embezzlement.
In 2016, Ms Efimova was employed
for three months by the Malteseregistered Pilatus Bank, which
accused her of stealing. She denies
all charges and has counter-sued
Daphne Caruana Galizia was blown up
by a car bomb in Malta in 2017
the bank for failing to pay her salary.
Ms Galizia, an investigative reporter
who was killed by a car bomb last
October, named Ms Efimova as the
source of internal bank documents
which, she claimed, indicated that
Michelle Muscat, the wife of Malta’s
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat,
owned a secret company in Panama.
Mr Muscat and his wife have
denied the accusations.
The MEP Stelios Kouloglou, who
was helping Ms Efimova with an
application for residency in Greece,
said: “She called me last night from
the police station. She told me she
turned herself in because she was
afraid. Her husband called this
morning. He said she was terrorised
and saying she was going to die.”
Three men have been charged with
killing Ms Galizia, but police have yet
to suggest a motive. REUTERS
Going out
in a blaze
of glory
Fireworks and flames
mark the end of the
traditional Las Fallas
fiesta in Valencia,
southern Spain,
where large and often
satirical papier-mâché
figures are carried
around the streets
before being burnt.
ALBERTO SAIZ/AP
IRAQ
Bodies of 39 Indians abducted by Isis are recovered
Iraqi authorities say they have found
the bodies of 39 Indian labourers who
were abducted by militants in 2015.
The kidnapped workers, most of
whom were from northern India,
were employed by a construction
company near the northern city of
Mosul when militants overran the
area in June 2015. Relatives said they
received phone calls from some of
the workers five days after the city
was captured, in which they begged
for help.
Around 10,000 Indians were living
and working in Iraq at the time.
India’s external affairs minister
Sushma Swaraj said yesterday that
the bodies were found buried near
Badush, a village north-west of Mosul
which Iraqi forces recaptured from
Isis last July.
Search operations led to a mass
grave in an area where local residents
said bodies had been buried by Isis
fighters, Ms Swaraj added.
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UNITED STATES
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Minister quits in Amish leader
terrorism row
fights jail term
A senior government minister
quit yesterday after writing on
Facebook that the opposition
Labour Party was more
interested in protecting
the rights of terrorists than
protecting Norwegian people.
The comment by Sylvi
Listhaug, the justice minister,
touched a raw nerve in a
country still tormented by
memories of an attack by a
far-right terrorist, Anders
Behring Breivik. He opened fire
at a Labour-run youth camp
on Utoya island in July, 2011,
killing 69 people. AP
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Pyongyang to
Tycoon wants
host Seoul artists Obama in court
Mild winter hits
oil production
South Korea is planning to send a
160-member artistic delegation to
North Korea, including about 10
pop singers.
In a statement issued after
representatives of the two regions
met yesterday, Seoul said its
artists would visit Pyongyang,
from 31 March to 4 April and give
two concerts.
The development is the latest
example of improving relations
between the two countries. AP
The warmest winter on record
in Alaska’s Arctic region has
hit oil production, with high
temperatures hampering
machines designed to optimise
output when conditions are frigid.
Production of North Slope-grade
crude oil has averaged about
518,000 barrels per day (bpd)
during the current fiscal year,
down from the about 533,000
bpd predicted last autumn, said a
state official, Sheldon Fisher. AP
An internet entrepreneur has filed an
application for former US President
Barack Obama to appear in court
in relation to a damages claim over
the defunct file-streaming website
Megaupload, when Mr Obama visits
New Zealand this week.
Kim Dotcom is wanted by US
officials on copyright and moneylaundering claims related to
Megaupload, which was shut down in
2012 while Mr Obama was president.
Mr Dotcom was indicted that year. AP
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hile the name
Frank Oz may
not be instantly
recognisable,
his characters
certainly are. Miss Piggy, Fozzie
Bear, the Cookie Monster, Grover,
even Yoda, are all the result of Oz
sitting below a stage, contorting
his body to bring a puppet to life.
“I tried to put a bit of myself
into every character,” he tells me.
“When I created Miss Piggy I
was a lot more neurotic than I am
now, so all these different layers of
internal conflict helped to create
her. She has massive insecurities,
yet covers it all up with this
tremendous bravado.”
Now 73, Oz is talking to me
about his documentary Muppet
Guys Talking, which offers insight
into life working under legendary
Muppets creator Jim Henson.
Directed by Oz, the documentary
sees original Muppet performers
Oz, Jerry Nelson, Fran Brill,
Dave Goelz and Bill Barretta
reflecting on The Muppet Show,
which at its height pulled in 245
million viewers.
Oz’s parents were Holocaust
refugees who fled across Europe
before briefly settling in England,
where Oz was born in Hereford in
1944. The pair used to entertain
their children with marionette
shows. It was a hobby Oz carried
through to being a teenager in
Oakland, California, and at the
age of 17 he caught the attention
of Henson while performing at a
puppet convention in Los Angeles.
To hear Oz reflect on working
with Henson, who died in 1990
aged 53, is an emotional
experience, with his
mentor clearly just as
much a father figure
as a boss. “Some
generals sit on the
mountaintop with
a telescope looking
down at their
troops and others
lead from the front,
and the latter was Jim,”
Oz explains. “How do you
say no to someone who is that
inspiring? We would have followed
Jim anywhere!”
Which might explain why Oz
and the original performers put
themselves in such dangerous
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Matthew
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Norman
n
£30 bet limit
won’t stop
the misery
I
magine a dystopian future
in which a tax-greedy
government is the willing
accomplice of dealers
peddling a destructive drug,
and turns a blind eye to the lives
being destroyed. But you don’t
situations while
working on the
show. During the
documentary, they
reflect on a John
Denver special, where
the Muppets sang songs with
the folk star while sitting around
a campfire.
Henson dug a hole for the
propane tank lighting the fire,
unaware this made it sit just
inches away from the faces of
the puppeteers, who were
hidden underground.
“It could easily have blown up
in our faces!” says Oz, laughing.
“There was another time where
we shot in the New Mexico desert
and Fozzie, Gonzo and Kermit
were doing this scene in a hot air
balloon. Me, Jim and Dave [Goelz]
were in a helicopter with remote
controls controlling the puppets
need your imagination because
this is the reality now.
The drug is gambling;
specifically, the game that has
seeped out of casinos into the high
streets and laptops of Britain.
Roulette, as this week’s
pitifully half-hearted Gambling
Commission report about fixed
odds betting terminals (FOBTs)
acknowledges, is no harmless
amusement. It is the crack cocaine
of gambling: one exhilarating hit,
and you could be hooked.
That hit came for me in an
Algarve casino in 1981. For my
very first spin, I put a 50p chip on
the line between 17 and 20. When
the ivory ball landed into 20, the
croupier pushed £85 towards me.
In my innocent confusion about
chip colourings, I’d bet a fiver.
It paid off at 17 times the stake,
but beginner’s luck it was not. I
was hooked.
The ensuing years brought less
profitable nights. In Cannes, after
blowing two months’ wages, I
swore an oath never to play again.
At 6pm the next day, I was outside
waiting for the casino to open.
Such disasters followed me
around the world, but never here.
Sensibly, restrictive gaming laws
prevented you from ambling into a
British casino. You had to apply for
membership and wait three days.
Then, under a Labour
government, roulette hit the high
street in an even more addictive
form. In casinos, what with the
placing of chips and paying out of
winning bets, each spin takes a
few minutes. On an FOBT, it takes
20 seconds. Psychochemicals –
adrenaline, serotonin, dopamine
– flood the brain.
You didn’t have to be clairvoyant
to see the future in 2003. All you
needed was to watch a guy take an
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Frank Oz (inset left)
performed as Miss Piggy
(pictured, with Kermit
the Frog) from her debut
in 1976 until 2002
as well as the trajectory of the hot
air balloon. The helicopter and
the hot air balloon must have been
racing through the skies to well
over 1,000ft. We almost crashed,”
he pauses, “but Jim didn’t put
us in danger on purpose. He was
just so focused he forgot about all
the risks; getting the perfect shot
meant absolutely everything.”
The documentary also
clears up some of the public’s
misconceptions around the
Muppets. Namely, that the original
puppeteers didn’t also do the
voices of the characters.
“The truth is that underneath
it all that’s three years of training
and it’s extremely physical work as
you’re not just controlling Fozzie
Bear but also giving him a voice.
But when as an actor am I ever
going to be cast as a ballerina or a
dog? Those puppets allowed us to
hour to blow the £1,200 he’d been
saving for years to take his kids to
meet their grandparents in Tirana.
The Albanian man I observed at a
neighbouring machine was betting
no more than £20 a time. So in
recommending to the government
that the maximum bet per spin
be reduced from £100 to £30, the
Gambling Commission is as guilty
of irrelevance as cowardice.
The £2 maximum it was
expected to advocate would make a
real difference. Bringing the stakes
and potential jackpots in line with
a fruit machine’s would replace the
exhilaration with something closer
to relaxedness. Crack would be
downgraded to weed. But even that
would miss the point. FOBTs have
been joined by online casinos.
A recent relapse found me betting
irresponsibly with Bet365. Avoiding
the bookies had been hard enough,
but avoiding the few computer
The Gambling
Commission
is guilty of
irrelevance
clicks needed to transport me to the
virtual roulette table proved, for a
few weeks, impossible.
There, a spin need not take 20
seconds. The addict can click on
“stop” immediately after “play”
to bring up the predetermined
winning number – and instantly
click “rebet and play” to start the
next sequence. In a few minutes, I
did several hundred quid.
In one respect, I am a lucky
gambler. I seem able to draw back,
just about, from the edge of the
abyss. Others are less fortunate.
Addicts in shops and online
are predominantly the young,
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transform our bodies into anything
we wanted them to be.”
Oz admits he hasn’t laid hands on
a Muppet for more than a decade:
“Disney owns the characters now
so I couldn’t [perform] even if I
wanted to. Really, the reason I’m
not performing is because no one is
asking me to. I believe it’s difficult
to have Muppets performed by
new people as they have none of
the history.”
However, Disney did recently
get Oz back to control his Yoda
puppet, with the green Jedi master
appearing as a ghost during 2017’s
Star Wars: A Force Awakens.
“Yoda is like putting on an old
pair of shoes that are very difficult
to walk in – it’s not just me but a
total of four people controlling the
puppet and that’s tough. But it was
an absolute joy doing Yoda’s voice
again.” So, would Oz be open to
returning for further Star Wars
sequels? “When George [Lucas]
had Yoda in CGI it was the best
thing for the story as a puppet
couldn’t do backflips fighting
Count Dooku. I’m a slave to the
story so if they think the puppet is
right for the picture then I’d love to
come back.”
Kermit and the Muppets will
be performing at the O2 Arena
in London this summer – their
first ever UK show - while the
characters continue to pop up
everywhere from movies to
Warburton’s bread adverts. Oz
believes the characters have
endured because their message
of “inclusivity” is exactly what’s
needed in these divisive times.
“We need a message of
acceptance and community right
now, and that’s exactly what shows
like Sesame Street provided. People
don’t think of them as puppets
but as humans. They’ve become
transcendent, and that’s all down
to the genius of Jim.
“I don’t want to make it sound
like we were lovely little Christmas
elves, f**k that! If we were only
peaceful, warm and fuzzy then I
would have vomited. The Muppets
were performed by adults who
were clowning around on set like
adults, and that’s what gave them
their edge.”
‘Muppet Guys Talking’ can be seen
online at MuppetGuysTalking.com
working-class males at whom
the commercials during sports
channels’ ad breaks are targeted.
Some will lose their jobs and
marriages – and some will steal
to fund the addiction. Collateral
damage includes homelessness,
domestic violence and terrorised
children robbed of whatever life
chances they had.
“When the fun stops, stop,” runs
one online gaming firm’s mantra.
But there is no fun in addiction, and
less in being the partner or child
of an addict. What needs to stop
is the policy of cynically enabling
these firms to capitalise on frailty.
The only reason this government
tolerates it, as its predecessors did,
is that it calculates the increase
in the sum of human misery as
worth less than the increase of its
revenues. But then, whoever heard
of a drug dealer who didn’t?
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‘Being London’s
Mayor is still the
world’s best job’
Sadiq Khan marks two years in office. By
Charlotte Edwardes and Pippa Crerar
I
t’s nearly two years since Sadiq
Khan first moved into this
office, here at the capital’s City
Hall. Boris Johnson had lined
it with books and a bust of
Pericles; Khan brought Muhammad
Ali prints and London Underground
posters in the Gay Pride colours.
When he first arrived, he told
everyone that Mayor of London was
“the best job in the world”. He was
going to change the world. Instead
the world changed.
In those two years, Khan has
watched Brexit being forced down
the throats of a Remain-voting city.
He’s seen David Cameron replaced
by Theresa May, with whom it’s
been “frustrating” and “an uphill
battle” to get any power at all. He’s
seen the election of a US President
who singled him out for his Islamic
faith. And he’s seen a succession
of atrocities: Westminster Bridge,
London Bridge, Finsbury Park,
Parsons Green and the terrible fire
at Grenfell Tower.
And yet, he says, “It is still the best
job in the world”.
Khan is trying to secure the
softest possible Brexit for his voters
by convincing London’s 11 Tory MPs
who backed Remain to vote to stay
in the customs union, or see their
party punished at the ballot box in
the local elections on 3 May.
He adds he is “really encouraged”
by his own party’s “evolution of
our policy to being as close as we
possibly can be to being members of
the single market”.
Still, one senses there is a tug of
war going on with Jeremy Corbyn.
They last met one-on-one on
2 February, but their offices speak
“very regularly”, Khan says.
Although evidently not close, they
get on. “He’s actually – and it can’t
be said for all my flock when I was
his whip – a very, very nice man:
thoroughly decent, good sense of
humour. Mischievous... He’s got a
twinkle in his eye.”
He also praises Momentum, once
seen as the enemies of the centre
left, for getting more young people to
join the party.
Khan talks at 400mph, skipping
through the topics: other metro
mayors (“I don’t think them having
more powers and me having less
is bad. They should have as much
power as they can – we should
too”); his fight to save the capital
as a financial services centre in
Europe (“I’ve been trying to make
the Government understand that
for the country to prosper and
I’v
ve been trying to make
the Government understand:
for the country to prosper
and thrive, London needs to
Sadiq Khan tries to maintain a healthy
work-life balance
thrive, London needs to prosper
and thrive”); and French President
Emmanuel Macron (“a source of
optimism and hope. And he’s not too
tall as well, which is good”).
On Russia, in the wake of the
Salisbury poisonings and the
Government’s response, he says:
“It’s a sad indictment of the lack
of action from the Government
that London is seen as the moneylaundering capital of the world...
Action should be taken to make it far
more transparent when it comes to
buying property, when it comes to
getting involved in business.
Elsewhere he’s been fighting
online hate. Last week at the SXSW
festival in Austin, Texas, he gave a
speech in which he read out some of
the racist tweets he receives.
Khan occasionally gets rattled, for
instance when asked if his role under
May feels like more PR rather than
anything with teeth. He says the
question is deliberately “pejorative”.
The only time Khan slows his
machine-gun pace is to tell us about
his new dog, Luna, a six-month-old
golden Labrador who is an addition
to his family after 16 years of
badgering from his two daughters,
Anisah and Ammarah. Khan – a
former boxer, comedian and
lawyer – describes himself as a fully
converted “dog person”.
The only way to cope with his
“all-encompassing” job, he says, is
by keeping fit and having “a healthy
work-life balance”. He tries to run
10km a week and plays football on
Sunday with friends.
He’s also given up on high-sugar
and salty food, such as the doner
kebab he used to have late in the
evening. “From the Tube to my home
there is a fish and chip shop, so I used
to buy a bag of chips and walk home
while eating them. That’s gone.”
EVENING STANDARD
Television Wednesday 21 March
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
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===
Zoë Ball’s Hardest Road Home
The Secret Helpers
9pm, BBC1
It’s Sport Relief week, which can only
mean one thing: a seemingly unlikely
celebrity busting a gut to complete a
monumental challenge (David
Walliams swimming the Thames,
Eddie Izzard running 43 marathons,
Jo Brand walking across Britain and
so on). This time it’s Zoë Ball (left),
cycling from her birthplace in
Blackpool to her home in Brighton
– a 350-mile, five-day pedal during
which the presenter will aim to raise
awareness about mental health. Her
effort is particularly poignant
because last year her partner, Billy
Yates, took his own life after a long
struggle with depression. “He
couldn’t make sense of what was
happening to him,” says Ball.
8pm, BBC2
This is an odd new concept for a
TV show, but it is quite effective. Ten
individuals facing a particularly
difficult week are linked by an
earphone to a gaggle of worldly wise
strangers – two retired New York
cops, an Irish nun, a Danish lifestyle
guru, South African healers and a
brace of Italian mamas. They can see
what the person is going through
and dish out advice as required, but
the subject’s nearest and dearest
don’t know this is happening.
First up are Dan, who has suffered
two massive strokes and is now
preparing for his wedding, and
Brett, who is looking after newborn
twins while his wife recovers from
major surgery.
The Assassination Of Gianni
Versace: American Crime Story
9pm, BBC2
This horribly compelling drama now
moves to Minneapolis and back to
the beginning of Andrew Cunanan’s
killing spree, when he lured a mutual
friend to the apartment of Cunanan’s
lover, architect David Madson
(played by Cody Fern) – implicating
Madson in what happened next and
persuading him to flee to Mexico.
Darren Criss’s Cunanan is terrifying,
although his motives still remain
opaque. Perhaps they always will.
===
One Born Every Minute
9pm, Channel 4
Sunny and Shay (not to be confused
with a similar sounding 1960s
6.00 The Repair Shop (R)
(S). 6.30 Holding Back
The Years (R) (S). 7.15 The
Sheriffs Are Coming (R)
(S). 8.00 Sign Zone: Great
British Railway Journeys
(R) (S). 8.30 Sign Zone:
Classic Mary Berry (R) (S).
9.00 Victoria Derbyshire
(S). 11.00 BBC Newsroom
Live (S). 11.30 Daily
Politics (S). 1.00 Lifeline
(R) (S). 1.10 Coast (R) (S).
1.30 Yes Chef (R) (S). 2.15
Monty Halls’ Great Irish
Escape (R) (S). 3.15 Planet
Earth (R) (S). 4.15 Spy In
The Wild (R) (S). 5.15 Put
Your Money Where Your
Mouth Is (R) (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 Judge Rinder (S).
3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal
(R) (S). 3.59 ITV Regional
Weather (S). 4.00 Tipping
Point (S). 5.00 The Chase
(S).
6.00 Countdown (R) (S).
6.45 3rd Rock From The
Sun (R) (S). 7.10 3rd Rock
From The Sun (R) (S).
7.35 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 8.30
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 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). 2.15 NCIS
(R) (S). 3.15 FILM: McBride:
The Chameleon Murder
(Kevin O’Conner 2005)
Crime drama, starring
John Larroquette (S).
5.00 5 News At 5 (S). 5.30
Neighbours (R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads (S).
6.30 The Repair
Shop A clock
made from the
propeller of a
World War One
plane (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
Homer is
recruited to
be a deacon by
the trendy new
reverend (R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
6.00 Home And Away
Maggie awaits
her biopsy
results (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 The One Show
Hosted by Matt
Baker and Alex
Jones (S).
7.00 Saving Lives At
Sea A family of
five are caught
out while
sightseeing a
mile off shore
(R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale Liv
receives lifechanging news
(S).
7.30 Coronation
Street Tyrone
smacks Ruby (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
8.00 MasterChef The
last group of
seven amateur
cooks enter the
MasterChef
kitchen (S).
8.00 The Secret
Helpers New
series. Ten
people welcome
the support
and advice of
strangers (S).
8.00 Britain’s
Brightest
Family (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street Fiz
opens up to
Tyrone (S).
9.00 Zoë Ball’s
Hardest Road
Home Zoe
embarks on a
cycle ride from
Blackpool to
Brighton (S).
9.00 The
Assassination Of
Gianni Versace:
American
Crime Story (S).
9.55 Live At The
Apollo (R) (S).
10pm
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 A Question Of
Sport (S).
11pm
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Holding Back The Years (S).
10.00 Homes Under The
Hammer (R) (S). 11.00 The
Sheriffs Are Coming (S).
11.45 Caught Red Handed
(R) (S). 12.15 Bargain Hunt
(R) (S). 1.00 BBC News At
One; Weather (S). 1.30
BBC Regional News;
Weather (S). 1.45 Doctors
(S). 2.15 A Place To Call
Home (S). 3.10 Escape To
The Country (R) (S). 3.45
Money For Nothing (S).
4.30 Flog It! (R) (S). 5.15
Pointless (R) (S).
6pm
7pm
8pm
9pm
Late
singing duo) fell in love while
working as extras on a Bollywood
film – and they’re now due back in
front of the cameras, these ones
recording the neo-natal activities at
Birmingham Women’s Hospital.
===
Make! Craft Britain
9pm, BBC4
“Britain is a nation of crafters,”
Martha Kearney assures us at the
start of a new series (the last one
was in 2016) where groups are
followed as they learn a new skill. In
Bamburgh, Northumberland – one of
the finalists in the recent village of
the year competition – six students
make “hooky rugs”, which involve
tugging colourful strips of fabric
through hessian, while elsewhere
others learn the art of letterpress
Denise (Georgie Glen)
has a shock in ‘Damned’
10pm, Channel 4
6.00 The Planet’s Funniest
Animals (R) (S). 6.20
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 6.45
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 7.10
Who’s Doing The Dishes?
(R) (S). 7.55 Emmerdale (R)
(S). 8.20 The Cube (R) (S).
9.25 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (R) (S). 10.20 The
Bachelor (R) (S). 12.15
Emmerdale (R) (S). 12.45
You’ve Been Framed!
Gold (R) (S). 1.45 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (S). 2.35
The Jeremy Kyle Show (R)
(S). 3.40 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (R) (S). 4.50 Judge
Rinder (R) (S). 5.50 Take Me
Out (R) (S).
Martha Kearney invites
six students to learn a
new skill in the return
of ‘Make! Craft Britain’
9pm, BBC4
Cody Fern appears in
in ‘The Assassination
of Gianni Versace’
9pm, BBC2
7.00 MotoGP
Highlights The
MotoGP Grand
Prix of Qatar (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Secret
Knowledge:
The Private
Life Of A Dolls’
House (R) (S).
6.55 FILM: About A
Boy (Paul Weitz,
Chris Weitz
2002) Romantic
comedy, with
Hugh Grant and
Toni Collette (S).
8.00 The Supervet
Professor Noel
Fitzpatrick
treats a
Labrador puppy
with an elbow
disease (S).
8.00 GPs: Behind
Closed Doors
Telisha and
Mark bring in
their baby boy
for a post-natal
check-up (S).
8.00 Metalworks!
– The Golden
Age Of Silver
The importance
of metals in
British history
(R) (S).
9.00 Benidorm Joyce
is furious with
Monty after a
chaotic evening
of magic (S).
9.00 One Born
Every Minute
A couple await
the arrival of
their fourth
child together
(S).
9.00 FILM: A Walk
Among The
Tombstones
(Scott Frank
2014) Crime
thriller, starring
Liam Neeson (S).
9.00 Make! Craft
Britain New
series. A
programme
celebrating
all things
handmade (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At Ten
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 EasyJet: Inside
The Cockpit (R)
(S).
10.00Damned Rose
and Dennis
wake up in bed
in Denise’s
house (S).
10.35 Damned Last in
the series (S).
11.15 Film 2018 (S).
11.45 FILM: Short
Term 12 (Destin
Cretton 2013)
Drama, starring
Brie Larson (S).
11.15 Famously
Unfit For Sport
Relief Four
well-known
faces attempt
to regain their
fitness (R) (S).
11.45 Heathrow:
Britain’s
Busiest
Airport Heavy
fog throws
Heathrow into
turmoil (R) (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
Police Custody
Police believe
a couple have
exploited a
vulnerable
woman (R) (S).
11.20 FILM: The
Equalizer
(Antoine
Fuqua 2014)
Action thriller,
starring Denzel
Washington (S).
11.00 Britain’s
Outlaws:
Highwaymen,
Pirates And
Rogues Sam
Willis examines
piracy (R) (S).
11.25 FILM: RoboCop
(Jose Padilha
2014) Sci-fi
thriller remake,
starring Joel
Kinnaman (S).
11.25 Family Guy
Lois becomes a
sex education
teacher (R) (S).
11.55 Family Guy
Part two of
three (R) (S).
1.20 BBC News (S).
12.15 David
Attenborough’s Natural
Curiosities (R) (S). 12.45
Sign Zone: MasterChef
(R) (S). 1.45 Sign Zone:
The World’s Most
Extraordinary Homes (R)
(S). 2.45 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.35 Stuck On You: The
Football Sticker Story
(R) (S). 1.25 Jackpot247
3.00 Tenable (R) (S). 3.50
ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.05 999: On The
Frontline 1.00 Pokerstars
Championship 1.55 FILM:
Love & Other Drugs
3.50 Coast vs Country
4.45 Location, Location,
Location 5.40 Kirstie’s
Handmade Treasures
1.45 SuperCasino (S).
3.10 Secrets Of The
National Trust With Alan
Titchmarsh (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).
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
1.40 FILM: Eyes Without
A Face (Georges Franju
1960) French horror,
starring Pierre Brasseur
(S). 3.35 Close
12.25 American Dad! (R)
(S). 1.20 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S). 1.50 Two And
A Half Men (R) (S). 2.15
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 2.25
Teleshopping 5.55 ITV2
Nightscreen
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Walden
encounters
Bridget (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: The
Wolverine
(James Mangold
2013) Superhero
adventure spinoff, with Hugh
Jackman (S).
10.00Carved
With Love:
The Genius
Of British
Woodwork
(R) (S).
9.00 Hell’s Kitchen
USA There is
an immediate
fallout after
Josh and Robyn
switch teams
(S).
10.00Hell’s Kitchen
USA The chefs
go head-to-head
creating pizzas
(S).
10.55 Family Guy
(R) (S).
NEWS
2-27
printing from wry typographer
Kelvyn Smith. The pleasure and
pride experienced by the novices
is palpable.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Damned
10pm, Channel 4
Slightly underwhelming in its first
series, Jo Brand and co-writers’
comedy has truly flowered into
something wonderful, unblinkingly
realistic in its depiction of the sorts
of issues faced by social workers
while maintaining its comic
personality. This week, the
unpopular Nitin (Himesh Patel) visits
two junkies whose young daughter is
living in squalor, while on the more
familiar sitcom front, Rose (Brand)
wakes up in bed with Dennis (Clive
Mantle) in boss Denise’s house.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-36
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
FILM OF THE DAY
===
Blade Runner:
Theatrical Version
Short Term 12
9pm, Sky Cinema Sky-Fi
(Ridley Scott, 1982)
Having been supplanted by various
“director’s cuts,” the original theatrical
version of Scott’s exquisite 1982 sci-fi
thriller and philosophical mood piece
is not seen very often these days, but
in several regards it is preferable.
Adapted from a novel by Philip K Dick,
it stars Harrison Ford as a man (and
don’t listen to those who’ll tell you
otherwise) who has grown tired of
his job as a bounty hunter tracking
and killing enslaved androids. It is
so fully and beautifully realised that
every subsequent cinematic vision
of the future has owed it a debt,
but its genetic heritage is classical
Hollywood and pure film noir.
11.45pm, BBC1
(Destin Cretton, 2013)
A beautifully acted US indie set in a
short-term foster facility for at-risk
or troubled teens, focusing on the
heroic efforts of the supervisors
– who are not much older than the
kids, and in some cases hardly less
damaged. Brie Larson stars.
Eyes Without A Face
1.40am, Film4
(Georges Franju, 1960)
This brilliant black-and-white
mad-scientist B-movie by French
surrealist Franju takes a cool and
deliberate approach to gothic horror,
but is also filmed with an eye for the
dreamy, the uncanny and the sublime.
BBC Radio 1
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). 9.20
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.50
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.15
Inspector Morse (R) (S).
12.35 The Royal (R) (S).
1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 3.45 On The Buses (R)
(S). 4.15 On The Buses
(R) (S). 4.50 You’re Only
Young Twice (R) (S). 5.25
Rising Damp (R) (S). 5.55
Heartbeat (R) (S).
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 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory Penny’s
dad pays a visit
(R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
A Great Dane
comes to the
clinic needing
major spinal
surgery (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama Part
one of four. Fry
finds he can
hear people’s
thoughts (R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House The
doctor treats
a girl who
collapsed at
a Christmas
pageant (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote A fan
poses as Jessica
(R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Leela
hears some
devastating
news about Peri
(S).
7.30 My Hotter Half
(S).
7.55 Grand Designs
Kevin McCloud
revisits
one of the
programme’s
first projects
(R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
The family all
have biblical
dreams (R).
7.30 The Simpsons
Homer becomes
an artist (R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A deaf man dies
in an apparent
car accident
(R) (S).
8.00 Endeavour
The detective
discovers dark
secrets in a
supermarket (R)
(S).
8.00 The Goldbergs
Adam and
Murray fall out
(S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.00 DC’s Legends
Of Tomorrow
Damien and
Nora Darhk
kidnap Ray.
8.00 Blue Bloods
A dangerous
convict strikes
a deal with
Danny (R) (S).
6.00 Monkey Life (R)
(S). 6.30 Monkey Life (R)
(S). 7.00 RSPCA Animal
Rescue (R) (S). 7.30 RSPCA
Animal Rescue (R) (S). 8.00
Motorway Patrol (R) (S).
8.30 Motorway Patrol (R)
(S). 9.00 Road Wars (R) (S).
10.00 Warehouse 13 (R) (S).
11.00 Forever (R) (S). 12.00
NCIS: Los Angeles (R) (S).
1.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S).
2.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S).
3.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
(S). 4.00 Stargate SG-1 (R)
(S). 5.00 The Simpsons (R)
(S). 5.30 Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 The Guest Wing (R)
(S). 7.00 Storm City (R)
(S). 8.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 9.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
10.00 The West Wing (R)
(S). 11.00 House (R) (S).
12.00 House (R) (S). 1.00
Without A Trace (R) (S).
2.00 Blue Bloods (R) (S).
3.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
4.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.00 House (R) (S).
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James 7.00 Phil
Taggart 9.00 The 8th With
Charlie Sloth 11.00 Huw
Stephens 1am Benji B 3.00
Radio 1 Comedy – Niki And
Sammy’s Peachy Podcast 4.00
Radio 1’s Early Breakfast Show
With Adele Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Sian Anderson 10.00
Ace 12.45pm Newsbeat 1.00
Yasmin Evans 4.00 MistaJam
5.45 Newsbeat 6.00 MistaJam
7.00 DJ Target 9.02 The 8th
With Charlie Sloth 11.00 1Xtra
Residency – Snoochie Shy 1am
Benji B 3.00 1Xtra Playlists
4.00 1Xtra Residency – Kenny
Allstar
9.00 Don’t Tell The
Bride A groom
organises a
ceremony on
the theme of
royal Africa (S).
9.00 Vet On The Hill
An English bull
terrier is put on
a weight loss
regime (S).
9.00 A League Of
Their Own
With Joe Hart,
Kevin Pietersen
and Josh
Widdicombe
(R) (S).
9.00 Save Me
A recording of
a 999 call from
Jody is traced to
Streatham (S).
10.00Law & Order:
UK A skeleton
is found in the
boot of a car (R)
(S).
10.00Five Star Hotel
The celebrities
host a 21st
birthday party
(S).
10.00Britain’s Polar
Bear Cub
Efforts to breed
the nation’s first
polar bear cub
for 25 years (R)
(S).
10.00Bliss Last in the
series.
10.30 A League Of
Their Own:
Unseen Series
eight out-takes
(R) (S).
10.00SMILF (S).
10.35 SMILF Rafi and
Tutu baptise
Larry without
Bridgette’s
consent (S).
11.00 Law & Order:
UK Natalie
Chandler’s
father is
accused of
murder (R) (S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.55 First Dates
(R) (S).
11.05 8 Out Of 10
Cats Does
Countdown
With Seann
Walsh, Danny
Dyer and Bill
Bailey (R) (S).
11.00 The Force:
Essex Cops in
Southend carry
out a series of
dawn drugs
raids (R) (S).
11.10 Here And
Now Farid is
troubled by his
connection to
Ramon (R).
12.05 Unforgotten (R) (S).
1.05 Unforgotten (R) (S).
2.00 ITV3 Nightscreen 2.30
Teleshopping
1.00 Five Star Hotel (R)
(S). 2.00 Tattoo Fixers On
Holiday (R) (S). 2.55 Don’t
Tell The Bride (R) (S). 3.45
The Goldbergs (R) (S). 4.10
Rules Of Engagement (R)
(S). 4.50 Rude(ish) Tube
(R) (S).
12.10 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 Vet On The Hill (R) (S).
2.10 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does
Countdown (R) (S). 3.10 8
Out Of 10 Cats Uncut (R)
(S). 3.50 Close
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W
hen you eat in cafés
or restaurants, are
you trashing the
planet? All too often
t h e un p a l at able
answer is “yes”, with ingredients
linked to diminishing rainforests,
eroding soils, climate change and
poor animal welfare. But this week,
eco-minded restaurants including
Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir, Skye
Gyngell’s Spring, Bristol’s The Ethicurean and others will be ensuring
we can eat out in a way that nurtures
both the planet and our health.
As part of a campaign organised
by the Sustainable Restaurant Association, restaurants across Britain are featuring a super-sustainable
One Planet Plate on their menus –
visit oneplanetplate.org to see which
restaurants are involved.
One Planet Plate is timed to coincide with Earth Hour between
8.30pm and 9.30pm this Saturday,
during which people and businesses
across the globe set aside an hour
to host events, switch off their
lights and campaign for climate
change action.
Chefs have a free rein in developing their plates but they aim to: use
local, seasonal and non-intensively
farmed produce; avoid food waste;
use less but high-welfare meat; shift
the protein towards plant-based
ingredients; ensure their fish has
been sustainably caught.
Rob Howell, head chef at Bristol’s
Root, says: “The One Planet Plate
ethos matches our own. We focus
mainly on vegetables, with meat and
fish playing second fiddle. We’re all
about making it tasty, but ensuring
we’re smart about it and use every
scrap. This is not only good for the
planet and for our customers, but
makes business sense, too.”
Less is
moreish
Meals with less meat, less waste and locally
sourced ingredients are still delicious. Chefs
share their recipes with ClareHargreaves
SEA BUCKTHORN, HONEY AND
THYME RE-MILLED CRUMB CAKE
By Hannah Thomas
The Ethicurean, Wrington, Bristol
theethicurean.com
“This cake repurposes our leftover
sourdough bread, which reduces our
food waste. Most of the other ingredients, except the sugar, are sourced
locally. Sea buckthorn grows wild in
Britain and is a low-carbon alternative to imported citrus fruits.”
Serves 14
For the cake
275g organic butter
200g golden caster sugar
6tbsp honey (local preferable)
4 organic/free-range eggs
100g ground hazelnuts
200g white sourdough bread
2tsp baking powder
4tsp lemon thyme, chopped
2tbsp sea buckthorn juice (try your
local deli/health food shop)
For the syrup
6 tbsp honey
6 tbsp sea buckthorn juice
3 sprigs lemon thyme
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BREAD SOUP WITH
VEGETABLE TRIMMINGS
By Skye Gyngell
Spring, London
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“This is a wonderful way for us to
use up yesterday’s bread. Stalks and
hearts of green vegetables have a
wonderful flavour so it’s a shame to
discard them.”
Serves 4
4 slices of stale bread
5 cups water ( if you have a carcass to
hand, make a simple stock)
Dried red chilli
3 bay leaves
2 cloves garlic
The rind of any cheese ( Parmesan
works really well)
The stalks of any green vegetables
(we use cauliflower outer leaves,
broccoli stems, cavolo stalks, hearts
of cabbage)
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Wash and chop all stalks finely. Place
a little oil in a large saucepan. When
oil is warm, add vegetables, chilli,
garlic and a little salt and sweat over
a very low heat, stirring frequently,
for 10 minutes. Then add the water,
turn up the heat slightly and cook
until almost all the water is absorbed.
Tear the bread and add to the soup.
Turn off the heat, drizzle over plenty
of oil and grate over the rind. Serve in
warm bowls.
Skye Gyngell, top, and her bread soup with vegetable trimmings,
middle, with Hannah Thomas’s honey, sea buckthorn and thyme
re-milled crumb cake, above
To re-mill the bread, remove the
crusts and slice. Place in a dehydrator or oven overnight at 40°C. The
following day it should have dried
out; blitz in a processor until as fine
as possible. Any surplus will keep
well in an airtight container.
Heat oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.
Grease an 18cm springform cake tin,
and line with baking parchment.
Beat butter in a large mixing bowl
until creamy. Add sugar and honey
and beat until light and fluffy. Add
eggs one at a time, along with a
spoonful of bread flour with each.
Beat thoroughly after each addition.
Combine remaining bread flour
with ground hazelnuts and baking
powder and carefully fold into
the butter, sugar and egg mixture.
Finally, stir through the lemon thyme
and sea buckthorn juice.
Pour mixture into the prepared tin
and spread out evenly with the back
of a spoon. Bake for 45-50 minutes
until the cake is golden brown.
Meanwhile, make the syrup. Put
the honey and sea buckthorn juice
into a saucepan, bring to the boil,
then simmer until reduced by half.
Remove from heat and add lemon
thyme sprigs. Keeping the cake in
its tin, prick all over, about ¾ of the
way through, with a cocktail stick.
Drizzle over the syrup. Allow cake to
cool before removing from tin. Delicious served with a dollop of organic
Greek-style yogurt.
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a blender and blitz until the oil turns
green. Strain the oil and keep in a
suitable container – this keeps very
well in the fridge.
Roasted beetroots, blackberries
and hazelnuts: Preheat the oven to
170°C/gas mark 3. Place the 10 whole
beetroots onto a tray and roast in the
oven for 6 hours. Allow to completely
cool. Peel, roughly chop and put
aside. Roughly chop the blackberries
and roasted hazelnuts, leave in separate bowls and place aside.
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To serve: To complete the dish, take a
mixing bowl and add equal amounts
of both the roasted and fermented
beetroot, add roughly the same
amount of hazelnuts and blackberries and combine the mixture.
Using a ring/pastry cutter, stack
the mixture inside until full, then
remove the ring to reveal the puck
of beetroot mix. Place the thin discs
of pickled beetroot on top and finish
with a drizzle of the seaweed oil and
pickle liquid.
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Root, Bristol
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“We chose this dish as one of our most
popular – and one that champions an
ingredient that can easily be sourced
locally and stored for many months
of the year. It also encourages a trip
to your nearest bramble hedge for a
spot of foraging…”
SALTED CARAMEL FONDANT
By Tim Bouget
Ode, Shaldon, Devon
odetruefood.com
This fondant uses organic eggs from
the Teign valley, flour milled in the
traditional way in mid-Devon and
dairy from the organic pastures of
Riverford farm.
Serves 6
360g Montezuma white chocolate
252g Riverford farm butter, melted
325g Billington’s organic sugar
350g organic Orchard Farm eggs
225g Stoates Devon white flour
15g Cornish sea salt
Melt butter over low heat. Burn 175g
sugar to 216°C in a thick-bottomed
pan. Add melted butter to the burnt
sugar, mix well using a whisk, turn to
caramel and boil for 1 minute.
Separately, beat the egg and 150g
sugar together. Place white chocolate
in a large bowl. Pour caramel mixture
over white chocolate and whisk. Add
beaten eggs and fold in flour. Allow
caramel mix to cool. Use a tablespoon
to half-fill buttered 6x5cm soufflé
moulds.
Cook at 190°C/gas mark 5 for 10
minutes until top is just set. Leave to
rest for 1 minute before turning out
of moulds.
Serve immediately to ensure the
centre is soft and runny.
Serves 6
For the ferment
1kg beetroot (peeled and grated)
20g sea salt
For the pickle
60ml white wine vinegar
40g fairly traded caster sugar
10ml water
2 beetroots
For the seaweed oil
100ml rapeseed oil
2 sheets of nori
For the veg, fruit and nuts
10 beetroots
100g roasted hazelnuts
1 punnet of foraged blackberries
Ferment (allow five days): Take the
peeled and grated beetroot and
place in a large tray or bowl. Add salt,
massaging it into the beetroot, and
squeeze to release the juice from the
vegetable. Continue until the grated
beetroot is covered with juice.
Place the mix into a container and
cover with parchment paper. Place
another container on top of the
parchment to press the beetroot.
Leave in a cool, dry place (perfect
temperature is 18-23°C) for five
days to ferment. Once completed,
keep the mix in the fridge in an
airtight container.
Pickle: Bring all ingredients to the
boil and set aside to cool. Slice beetroot thinly. Sit the discs in the liquid
to pickle.
Seaweed oil: Heat rapeseed oil to 80C
and pour over the nori sheets. Allow
seaweed to infuse and oil to cool.
Place the oil and seaweed sheets into
Salted caramel
fondant with
added rhubarb
and honeycomb
ice cream, left,
and beetroot
with blackberry
and hazelnut,
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flowers, wool carpets and charming
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family home. Bedrooms are a treat,
one with green views on two sides.
Breakfast is good too, with eggs
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discover Georgian Richmond, a hop
away; return to a delicious simple
supper, with veg from the garden.
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Harlington Manor,
Harlington, Bedfordshire
Off a busy street find this ancient
dream of a manor house. David’s
home is a dramatic trove of antiques,
art, rich colour and gorgeous
bedrooms; be swept along by
his enthusiasm and generosity
and marvel at the attention to
detail. Breakfast is served in the
magnificent Tudor dining room
at one long table: continental with
compotes and yogurt, home-baking
and tea in heirloom china. David’s a
good cook, and dinner with the family
might include a harpsichord recital.
Staying power
Alastair Sawday
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and Saturday’s
National B&B Day,
with a break in the
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Halzephron House,
Helston, Cornwall
The coastal path runs through the
grounds of this former smugglers’
house and the view stretches to St
Michael’s Mount on a clear day. Be
greeted with home-made treats
by Lucy and Roger before heading
to your contemporary and quirky
suite. Throw open the drawing
room to a private deck where you
can soak up the sunsets and drift
off in an antique French bed to
the sound of the waves. This is a
07788 742209, doubles from £88
landscape for creatives and you’ll
be in good company; the guest book
flows with the words of actors,
musicians and authors, including
AA Milne and Arthur Conan Doyle.
01326 240517, doubles from £130
Manor House,
Richmond, North Yorkshire
Welcome to the most handsome
house in the village. Your host,
Annie, invites you in to spacious
interiors that are elegantly painted
and artfully cluttered. Tall,
Halzephron House
(above) in Helston,
Cornwall, and Coombe
Farm (below) in
Barnstaple, Devon
Wood House,
Cockermouth, Cumbria
Wood House sits quietly in a sea
of green, reached over stunning
mountain passes where sheep cling
to the roadsides, with Crummock
Water at the end of the valley.
Tony is an affable host and gives
you an elegant drawing room with
open fire, art and antiques, and
comfortably furnished bedrooms
w i t h wo n d e r f u l l a ke v i ew s .
Breakfast is a Cumbrian spread
with great sausages, granola and
home-made bread; there’s dinner
too if you want. Wordsworth House
is nearby, or find a private woodland
path to the lake and Tony can sort
canoeing, guided walks, mountain
biking and more.
01768 770208, doubles from £130
Abbots Court House,
Winterborne Kingston, Dorset
This gourmet heaven is set in
five acres, with a large kitchen
garden and roaming chickens and
pigs. There’s an outstanding local
menu on offer, packed with homegrown, local and freshly-foraged
ingredients. There’s a snug for
romantic pre-dinner drinks. Dine
in front of the fire and get a good
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full Dorset spread breakfast, head
out in the surrounding countryside
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acres of beautiful gardens, with
great walks and nearby vineyards to
visit. Bedrooms are welcoming, and
breakfast is generous, served next to
the Aga with plenty of local produce.
Make time to explore the interesting
garden; there’s a willow house by one
of the ponds where you can sip wine
on summer evenings. Sandy runs
arts, crafts and horticultural courses
from the B&B, too.
Dunhill Barn,
Petersfield, Hampshire
This rustic B&B has a friendly and
relaxed vibe. Arrive to owner Jan’s
home-made cake and feel instantly
at home. Inside, you’ll find wood fires,
quirky pieces and plenty of soothing
natural tones. Bedrooms brim with
beamy character; Cartshed is ideal
for a sharing party, snug Granary is
on two floors. Tuck into a breakfast
of home-baked banana muffins
and granola before heading out to
explore the South Downs National
Park, or nearby Petersfield with
plenty of good pubs for dinner.
07771 655 862, doubles from £115
01730 268179, doubles from £100
Park Farm House,
Frome, Somerset
Park Farm, the former Home Farm to
OrchardleighEstate,wasbuiltin1863
by George Devey a British architect
notable for his work on country
houses and their estates. Today,
its owner Katherine has lovingly
restored this Bath stone house into
a contemporary B&B. There are
walks from the door, a swimming
pool and tennis court to make use of.
Expect a breakfast of homemade granola and local bacon and
sausages. Bedrooms have crisp
white linen and there’s a drawing
room with an open fire for relaxing in
the evening. Nearby Frome has good
pubs and restaurants.
Harlington Manor in
Bedfordshire (above)
and Dunhill Barn
(left) at Petersfield,
Hampshire
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is below. Electricity and hot water
are solar-powered, while rainwater
is recycled. There are good walks
on the doorstep and nearby
Canterbury is fun to explore.
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doubles from £110
The Beeches, Lewes, East Sussex
This country house is set in eight
Coombe Farm, Barnstaple, Devon
Easy-going, foodie, country-lovers
fit right in here. Lisa and Matt,
passionate about food, cook homegrown dinners; charcuterie is a
speciality. Their fine old Devon long
house sits in a green fold of farmland
and you’re free to wander the
garden, chat to the pigs and plunge in
the invigorating pool. The dramatic
Blue Room has a fab bathroom; the
smaller, equally comfy Cloud Room,
eponymous wallpaper; and the
inviting Green Room has a woodburner. There’s a snug sitting room
full of art; continental breakfast can
be in your room if you want. Exmoor
walks and cycle routes are close by
and the coast is 20 minutes.
01271 324919, doubles from £75
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& Wine Bar, Cardiff Bay; Kenilworth
Books, Kenilworth; Warwick Books,
Warwick; Griffin Books, Penarth;
Book-ish, Crickhowell
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Five Leaves is Nottingham’s
independent bookshop, and was the
first to open in any UK city centre
this century. Its roots are radical
and literary, and it specialises in
social history, politics, landscape
and cityscape, fiction, international
writing, poetry, LGBT and
counterculture.
It runs events (often two or three a
week) and has its own mini-festival,
Bread and Roses. Five Leaves also
collaborates with others to put on the
States of Independence, a one-day
free book festival in Leicester, and
Lowdham Book Festival’s Last
Saturday free events.
14a Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH;
fiveleavesbookshop.co.uk
Insomniac City:
New York, Oliver
Sacks and Me
BY BILL HAYES
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The British Book Awards have chosen the best
independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland.
Drop in and have a browse, says Philip Jones
W
hat makes a good bookshop?
T h e b o o k s i n s i d e, o r
the people on the shop
floor? The best combine
an understanding of
their customers with the
knowledge to supply the right read at the right
time. These eight bookshops have one thing in
common: they are all growing their businesses in
a market that is flat, and difficult.
Over the past 20 years the number of
independent bookshops on the high street has
halved – yet at 868 you are still as likely to find an
BOOKS
Hayes, a
photographer,
takes half a
sleeping pill.
When he wakes
up, his partner,
Steve, is dead
from a heart
attack. Then he moves to
New York, where he meets,
and falls in love with, the
famous neurologist Sacks.
Hayes tells us about New
York, about his relationship,
and about Sacks’s cancer
diagnosis and death.
Shelf
expression
independent as you are an outlet of Waterstones.
A good indie does more than sell books, of course.
The independent bookshops that feature on
these pages thrive by making their shops centres
of discussion, venues for book launches, oases
for authors. They are active participants in their
communities, forging links with schools, libraries
and other local institutions, and providing space
for book readers to gather.
The regional winners will now go on to contest
the overall prize for the Independent Bookshop
of the Year at the British Book Awards in May.
Philip Jones is editor of ‘The Bookseller’
East England
THE BOOK HIVE
South West England
WESTBOURNE BOOKSHOP
Norwich
Also shortlisted: Bookmark, Spalding;
Rogan’s Books, Bedford; Kett’s Books,
Wymondham
Bournemouth
Also shortlisted: Mrs Middleton’s Shop
and The Rabbit Hole, Isle of Wight; Owl and
Pyramid Children’s Bookshop, Seaton;
The White Horse Bookshop, Marlborough;
Hunting Raven Books, Frome; The Edge of
the World Bookshop, Penzance
Westbourne Bookshop has traded in the
buzzing urban village of Westbourne,
Bournemouth, since 1994. Now owned by
the Angel family, who also run Gullivers
Bookshop in Wimborne Minster, the
shop was refurbished in 2016 after
receiving a James Patterson Grant.
Westbourne Bookshop is a busy
general bookstore with a popular
children’s section and an inviting,
friendly atmosphere, a helpful staff
and a dog called Poppy.
65 Poole Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth
BH4 9BA; westbournebookshop.co.uk
The infamous ‘illiberal bigots’ of
Norwich (the phrase is from a
Michael Gove tweet in support of
author Susan Hill, who cancelled a
book-signing event last year because
of the shop’s anti-Donald Trump
stance). This is a multi-award winning
indie that celebrates the beauty of
printed material and the pleasures of
alternative curation.
With decor combining the charm
of the original space with a sense of
play, the overall effect is an invitation
to browse, linger and discuss – not
just buy. Regular author events, local
business partnerships and a weekly
“detox reading” hour, as well as its
own imprint, Propolis, help make this
place unique.
53 London Street, Norwich, Norfolk,
NR2 1HL; www.thebookhive.co.uk
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Scotland
THE EDINBURGH BOOKSHOP
Also shortlisted: Far From the Madding
Crowd, Linlithgow; Golden Hare Books,
Edinburgh; The Orcadian Bookshop,
Orkney; The Highland Bookshop, Fort
William
This shop has a loyal community of
book lovers of all ages, from toddlers
to nonagenarians. Despite being little
bigger than two double-decker buses,
the shop offers an eclectic range of
some 6,000 books to be discovered in
a relaxed and friendly environment; it
also has the all-important sofa and a
story-time corner.
219 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh EH10
4DH; edinburghbookshop.com
London
PAGES OF HACKNEY
North
Also shortlisted: Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street; The
Alligator’s Mouth, Richmond; The Kew Bookshop,
Richmond; London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place; Al
Saqi Books, 26 Westbourne Grove
DRAKE – THE BOOKSHOP
Pages of Hackney sells an eclectic mix of books in the
areas of literary fiction, politics, feminism, as well as
philosophy, psychology, nature writing, music and
children’s books. Their priority is to be a welcoming
community bookshop that feels inclusive: they want
customers to feel that the bookshop is for them and do
their best to give individual customers as much time
and thought as they can. It’s also important to them to
support the issues and authors they believe in and to
give a platform to marginalised voices.
70 Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 0RN;
pagesofhackney. co.uk
Stockton-on-Tees
Also shortlisted: The Little Ripon
Bookshop, Ripon; The Grove Bookshop,
Ilkley; Linghams Booksellers, Heswall;
White Rose Book Cafe, Thirsk
Despite being open for only two-anda-half years, Drake has already been
shortlisted twice for the regional round
of Independent Bookshop of The Year.
They are passionate about creating a
community hub in Stockton for reading
and writing. They have created four
reading groups including Teen Readers
and Young Bookworms, are a key part of
Stockton Book Festival, and this year’s
Stockton Children’s Book of the Year.
27 Silver Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18
1SX; drakethebookshop.co.uk
South East England
RED LION BOOKS
Colchester
Also shortlisted: Chicken and Frog Bookshop, Brentwood;
The Bookshop East Grinstead; Mostly Books, Abingdon;
The Book Nook, Hove
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, this shop is a true
book lovers’ destination and has a very loyal following.
The shop champions quality, filling the shelves
with the very best new titles each week, thoughtfully
selected and attractively displayed. With four
flourishing book groups, author events, a commitment
to supporting local writers and a gallery space for
art work, Red Lion Books has been at the heart of
Colchester’s cultural life for over two generations.
125 High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1SZ;
redlionbooks.co.uk
Ireland
WOODBINE BOOKS
Also shortlisted: The Blessington Book
Store, Co Wicklow
Located in the picturesque town
of Kilcullen, Co Kildare, Woodbine
Books has become a community hub,
known for stocking an eclectic range
of books, offering recommendations
to customers, tracking down hard-tofind books and generally going that
extra mile for customers. It also has
good coffee.
Woodbine Books, Lower Main
Street, Kilcullen, Co Kildare, Ireland;
woodbinebooks.ie
A travelogue full of
dazzling colour – and
that was just Portillo
» Great Indian Train Journeys BBC2, 8pm
W
atching Michael
Portillo mounting
the Himalayan Queen
Express (a train), I
was filled with envy. There he was,
completing the final leg of a rail
journey that, just from an inventory
of its stops, sounds ridiculously
exotic, romantic and redolent of
British imperial history: AmritsarLudhiana-Ambala-ChandigarhKalka-Shimla. Each stop could
fill an hour of TV on its own, but
Portillo and the team managed,
like an old-time Indian train with
the passengers piled on the roof, to
accommodate everything and still
keep things moving at a tidy clip.
There were some of the usual
clichés in Great Indian Train
Journeys. Portillo, vibrant and
colourful as any Indian bazaar, had
his own citrine-shaded kurta jacket
run up for him, complete with
pajama breeches and an exquisite
silk over-waistcoat. Indeed, he
added decisively to the dazzling
displays of traditional dress with
outfits sourced from his own
British outfitter. I catalogued – in
this one episode – combinations
of mint and magenta, lemon and
violet, aquamarine and strawberry,
all set off with, variously, a white
Panama hat, maroon slippers and
an orange Sikh headdress.
The “teeming” crowds around
the Golden Temple at Amritsar,
really did teem for India. They and
the holy place were a breathtaking
sight and remarkable that it was
constructed back in 1588, when
British building achievements
were rather more modest.
Portillo was also mostly
engulfed by the organised
bureaucratic chaos that
still characterises aspects
of Indian life to this day.
Yet, for all its antique
touches, Portillo’s
travelogue was spiced with
glances at a modern,
mature, self-confident
India, with historians
filling him (and
us) in about what
exactly the reality
of British rule
meant to them,
then and now.
There was a
stark contrast, for
example, between
old Shimla up in the
Michael Portillo
recalled the dark days
of British colonialism
in ‘Great Indian Train
Journeys’ BOUNDLESS
Himalayas and the model city of
Chandigarh. Both deserve their
Unesco listings and the attention
of international tourists. Shimla,
because for six to eight months
every year, when the old capital,
Calcutta, or Delhi were too hot, the
entire apparatus of the Raj was
moved by bullock cart or narrow
gauge rail and dumped in a town
about the size of Guildford and
with much the same look and style
of life. From what looked to be a
big hotel, hundreds of millions of
subjects of the British monarch
were governed by a Viceroy who
effectively oversaw a territory that
comprises today’s nations of India,
Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka,
and Burma/Myanmar plus, even
more remotely, the United Arab
Emirates, Yemen and Singapore.
Well, it didn’t last, not least
because of the British massacre of
peaceful protesters and bystanders
at Amritsar in 1919, a moment of
brutality and mass murder that
Fo
or all its antique
touches, it was spiced
with glances at a
modern, mature India
Portillo rightly determined marked
the beginning of the end of the Raj.
The trains Portillo enjoyed
taking such a relaxed ride on
were also once moving targets for
communal killings in the twin mass
exoduses after partition in 1947
– Sikhs and Hindus to India, and
Muslims to Pakistan, numbering
perhaps 10 million.
Contrast Shimla with the Le
Corbusier-designed 1950 model
Modernist masterpiece of
Chandigarh. It is an impressive
sight and a symbol, as Nehru
intended, of what India could
be. With the fastest
growth rate of any
major economy,
India is, at long
last, fulfilling its
vast potential, and
Portillo promises to
show us that, too.
Portillo displays
a sense of balance,
perspective and
sheer humanity
that make him an
excellent guide.
Next stop: Portillo
tries to outshine
the Taj Mahal.
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thriller, which unfolds
in Japan and North
Korea, is beautifully
acted MARK DOUET
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THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
VISUAL ARTS
Rambert
FASHION AND TEXTILE MUSEUM,
LONDON SE1
The company are marvellous
in Ben Duke’s Goat, which faces
current events with courage,
comedy and vulnerability. (0844
871 7650) to Sat
A private collection of Vivienne
Westwood T-shirts from the
early days of Let It Rock and Sex
through to the designer’s most
recent work. (020 7407 8664)
to 6 May
Arts
FILM
reviews
The Square
15, RUBEN ÖSTLUND, 151 MINS
Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or
winner stars Claes Bang as an
art gallery curator incapable of
dealing with what real life has to
throw at him. Nationwide release
THEATRE
TALKS & POETRY
NATIONAL THEATRE, LONDON
DANCE
Ballet Black
BARBICAN, LONDON
HHHHH
Ballet Black’s new programme is
the company’s finest yet. It is an
evening of triumphant ambition,
conjuring two entirely different
worlds with just seven dancers.
Founded in 2001 by director
Cassa Pancho, Ballet Black was
created to offer role models for
young dancers of black and Asian
descent. It has always punched
above its weight in terms of
choreography, commissioning
works from an impressive range
of creators.
Inspired by Can Themba’s short
story, Cathy Marston’s The Suit
is a tale of a collapsing marriage.
CLASSICAL
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BARBICAN HALL, LONDON EC2
Sakari Oramo conducts the
London premiere of Anna Clyne’s
This Midnight Hour. (020 7638
8891) tonight 7.30pm
FOLK & ROOTS
Imogen Hermes Gowar
we watch the systematic
attempts to reconstruct Hanako
as a devout North Korean and
her shifting relationship with the
trainee spy, Jung Sun (Tuyen Do),
whom she is training to pass as
unimpeachably Japanese.
The play sensitively intertwines
the intimacies of private pain and
the pressures of international
politics. The Japanese foreign
office obstructs the efforts of the
families of the abducted, arguing
that the country cannot afford to
antagonise North Korea, and wary
about country’s war-crimes, such
as the so-called “comfort-women”
forced by the Imperial Japanese
Army to work as sex slaves in
the occupied territories, whom
Hanako is now hearing about for
the first time.
There is never any glib
attempt at false equivalence
here. Over the quarter century
depicted, Kirsty Rider ages
very movingly, as Hanako’s
memories of her original family
are complicated by the demands
of the family foisted on her by a
protective member of the regime
– an arranged marriage with an
orphan of tainted “hostile” lineage
by whom she has a daughter.
Questions of identity, of
siblinghood and personal
responsibility are raised with
speed and acuity in Indhu
Rubasinhgham’s remarkably
fluent and beautifully acted
production.
We are whisked from location to
location by Tom Piper’s excellent
rotating paper design, with
swirling videos of waves provided
by Luke Halls.
An excellent drama, begun three
years ago and now granted an
acute degree of topicality.
To 14 April (020 7452 3000)
PAUL TAYLOR
Philemon finds his wife Matilda
in bed with another man, who
flees, leaving his clothes behind.
As revenge, Philemon refuses to
acknowledge the situation, but
insists on treating the abandoned
suit as an honoured guest.
Using music by the Kronos
Quartet, Marston starts with the
couple’s apparently happy life. As
José Alves’ Philemon gets up, he
switches off an alarm clock evoked
by a dancer’s fluttering hand;
another echoes his movements as
he shaves. After a fond goodbye to
Philemon, Cira Robinson’s Matilda
stretches in sensuous anticipation
of her lover’s arrival. Undressing
Mthuthuzeli November, she
stretches out a long leg to
nudge down his trousers, every
movement slow and heated.
Alves is a heartfelt Philemon
and Robinson is magnificent
as Matilda.
Arthur Pita’s delightful A Dream
Within a Midsummer Night’s
Dream, created in 2014, starts as a
formal tutu number. Then Isabela
Coracy’s Puck, a psychedelic
Boy Scout with any number of
mind-altering enchantments,
pops up to turn everything on
its head. Marie Astrid Mence’s
Hermia falls for Sakaya Ichikawa’s
delighted Helena, turning virtuoso
footwork into giddy declarations
of love. Robinson’s Titania finds
unexpected tenderness with
November’s Bottom.
It’s a knockout – and the whole
company is marvellous in it.
Touring to 26 June
(balletblack.co.uk)
ZOE ANDERSON
WATERSTONES, NORWICH
The novelist discusses her debut
novel, The Mermaid and Mrs
Hancock, set in Georgian London.
(0843 290 8519) tonight 7pm
COMEDY
VARIOUS VENUES
Steeleye Span fiddle player
Peter Knight teams up with
ex-Bellowhead melodeon master
John Spiers. Ashcroft Arts Centre,
Farnham (01329 223100) tonight;
Anvil, Basingstoke (01256 844244)
Thur
THEATRE
Miss Saigon
Kerry Godliman
PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER
VARIOUS VENUES
Boublil and Schonberg’s great
sung-through drama from 1989
is a gripping piece of ensemble
theatre, which relocates the story
of Puccini’s 1903 opera, Madam
Butterfly, to 1970s Saigon during
the Vietnam War. (miss-saigon.
com) to 12 May
Charming, straight-talking Kerry
Godliman ponders such timeless
conundrums as why there’s
always a Buddha at the garden
centre. Leadmill, Sheffield (0114
2727 040) tonight; Lowry, Salford
(0843 208 6000) Thur
If you only see
one thing today
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Premiered in this engrossing
co-production with the Tricycle
Theatre, Francis Turnly’s epic
thriller unfolds in Japan and
North Korea. It begins in 1979 with
the disappearance of 17-year-old
Hanako (Kirsty Rider) during
a storm. At first, the Japanese
authorities assume the girl has
been murdered, then that she was
drowned by the great wave.
Unwilling to accept that she is
dead, her devastated sister Reiko
and their mother Etsuko (Kae
Alexander and Rosalind Chao)
spend the next 25 years searching
for answers. In parallel scenes, we
see Hanako’s actual fate.
Turnly’s play is, in part, based
on real-life stories of Japanese
civilians being abducted to North
Korea. So at the same time as we
witness her mother and sister
gradually stirred to activism by
the mystery of her disappearance,
THEATRE ROYAL, BRIGHTON
Knight & Spiers
The Great Wave
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POP
Fever Ray
ALBERT HALL, MANCHESTER
After the drip-fed anxieties of her debut album as Fever Ray in
2009, the Knife’s Karin Dreijer makes a piercing return. Between
its slippery synths, sinewy electronics, forthright radicalism and
giddy euphoria, Plunge challenges and exhilarates, usually to
equally thrilling effect. (gigsandtours.com) tonight
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ECONOMY
UK inflation rate falls to
its lowest level since July
By Josie Cox
The rate of inflation across the UK
fell to its lowest level since July
last month, in yet another sign that
the post-Brexit-vote hit to living
standards caused by a slump in the
pound is easing.
The Office for National Statistics
said yesterday that consumer price
inflation on a 12-month basis was 2.7
per cent in February, down from 3 per
cent in January and the lowest level
since last July, when inflation stood at
2.6 per cent.
The largest downward
contributions came from transport
and food prices, which rose less than
they did last year. Falling prices for
accommodation services also had a
downward effect, the ONS said.
Average petrol prices fell by 0.2p
per litre between January and
February, which compares with a rise
of 1.6p between the same two months
a year ago.
The price of an average overnight
hotel stay also fell, while food and
non-alcoholic beverage prices rose
by 0.1 per cent between January
and February.
Inflation climbed steadily in the
aftermath of the UK’s June 2016
vote to quit the EU as the pound
fell sharply against a slew of other
global currencies.
That translated into higher import
UK house prices also
dipped by 0.3 per cent from
December to January, figures
from the Office for National
Statistics suggest, but increased
by 4.9 per cent year on year.
costs, which in turn forced a rise
in the price of goods, constraining
consumers’ spending appetites and
bruising broader economic growth.
But since then the pound has
tentatively stabilised and many
forecasters have said that inflation
has probably peaked.
“Looking ahead, it is likely that
UK inflation will continue to recede,”
said Ed Hutchings, a portfolio
manager at Aviva Investors,
adding that uncertainty around
Brexit negotiations had been
“somewhat reduced”.
Tej Parikh, senior economist at
the Institute of Directors, agreed
that “the peak impact of sterling’s
depreciation on inflation now appears
to have largely washed through”.
He added that yesterday’s figure
also furthers the case for the
Bank of England to hold fire on an
The price of food and non-alcoholic
beverages rose by 0.1 per cent
interest-rate rise at its meeting later
this week.
The Monetary Policy Committee
(MPC) raised interest rates in
November from 0.25 per cent to
0.5 per cent, the first increase in a
decade, in order to stop inflation
getting out of hand and to bring it
back down to the Bank’s official 2 per
cent target.
The Bank is expected to increase
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PORSCHE SE
The maker of snazzy sports cars?
Not quite. Porsche Automobil
Holding SE – usually shortened
to Porsche SE – is a German
holding company with a number
of investments in the automotive
industry, including majority stakes
in both Volkswagen and Porsche
AG, which actually makes the cars.
Both the carmaker and the holding
company take their name from
founder Ferdinand Porsche.
How is it doing?
Financially speaking, life is good at
Porsche SE: the firm issued guidance
yesterday that it expected net profit
to increase to between €3.4bn (£3bn)
and €4.4bn (£3.85bn) in 2018, up
from €3.3bn in 2017.
But not elsewhere?
As the major shareholder and
majority voting rights holder in VW
too, Porsche SE has come under
a degree of scrutiny in light of the
German automaker’s involvement in
the 2015 emissions scandal over the
past few years. It magnanimously
referred to ongoing investigations
as “continuing uncertainties”, in
relation to its expectations for
future business.
The emissions scandal is ongoing?
VW confirmed yesterday that
German prosecutors once
again searched its Wolfsburg
headquarters in early March, seizing
documents and computers to see
if the firm had understated carbon
emissions on 36,000 new vehicles.
What do the markets think?
They think both firms are a good bet.
Porsche SE’s stock grew 2.26 per
cent in a day to hit €67.88 per share
while VW’s hit €161.30 at market
close yesterday.
One in seven businesses from
European Union countries with a
presence in Britain have moved parts
of their business out of the country
because of concerns about disruption
after Brexit, according to a Chartered
Institute of Procurement and Supply
(Cips) survey.
Some 14 per cent of EU firms with
assets in Britain, such as offices,
warehouses or factories, have scaled
back their business, the survey of
2,418 supply chain managers found.
Furthermore, 11 per cent of EU
companies had moved staff out of the
UK since the Brexit vote in 2016.
The survey was conducted before
Monday’s announcement of a 21month transition deal that will leave
Britain’s access to EU markets
unchanged until the end of 2020.
But John Glen, an economist with
Cips, said companies were more
worried about the lack of clarity
about the long-term relationship
between Britain and the EU.
“There comes a moment when
companies need to put contingency
plans into place,” Mr Glen said. “We
need to start getting real about what
will actually happen.”
It also found that almost one in
four British firms with suppliers
in the EU was having difficulties in
securing contracts that run beyond
Britain’s scheduled departure
from the EU in March 2019. In
response, a third of British supply
chain managers with EU suppliers
said they were already looking for
alternative suppliers inside the UK.
THE INDEPENDENT
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-36
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
TECHNOLOGY
EMPLOYMENT
Instagram launches option
to ‘click and buy’ products
Boots staff 78%
female, but they
are paid 21%
less than men
i WEDNESDAY
21 MARCH 2018
39
From the
business
pages
By Laurie Havelock
Instagram is launching a new scheme
that enables users of the social
network to buy products that feature
in photographs published to the
platform with the click of a button.
Businesses will be able to tag
products in their organic posts with
pricing and product details, allowing
Instagram window-shoppers to tap
on the desired item and be taken
directly to a brand’s website – all
without any searching.
A pilot scheme is under way in
the UK alongside three beta test
partners – the high street chain
Marks & Spencer, beachwear
specialist Heidi Klein and luxury
slipper maker mahabis – who were
given special access to the platform.
The social network’s head of
business, Jim Squires, said people
already used Instagram to browse
and make purchases. “We want
that to be a seamless experience,”
he added.
The news comes as the Advertising
Standards Authority (ASA) has
warned that social media celebrities
could face tougher rules on how
they advertise products in their
Instagram posts.
The regulator said online ads on
any social media network must be
“obviously recognisable” but that socalled influencers on many platforms
Instagram’s
pilot scheme
involves Marks
& Spencer
broke regulations by blurring
lines between editorial and adverts.
The ASA chief executive, Guy
Parker, said: “Social influencer and
native advertising might be relatively
new but the advertising rules haven’t
changed – people shouldn’t have
to play the detective to work out if
they’re being advertised to.”
Several Instagram celebrities
have come under the ASA’s scrutiny
after posting thinly disguised ads on
the network. The former reality TV
star, Stephanie Davis, was warned
in January over posts she made
regarding vitamin supplements
produced by Convits, after the
company sent the Celebrity Big
Brother contestant a range of
health products.
Simon Kelner, page 18
The ASA has already
intervened on posts
by Made in Chelsea star Millie
Mackintosh, TV presenter AJ
Odudu and blogger Sheikhbeauty.
ENGINEERING
City welcomes Michelin’s £1.2bn Fenner swoop
By Laura Onita
The City yesterday welcomed
French tyremaker Michelin’s £1.2bn
swoop for Fenner, one of the oldest
engineers in Britain.
The shares jumped 121.9p, or 25
per cent, to 612.5p, slightly above the
Outlook
JIM
ARMITAGE
A good cocktail
shouldn’t cause
a hangover
A
fund manager friend
phones, in need of a stiff
drink. He’s just been in
to see brokers trying
t o s c ra m b l e £ 1 3 0 m
of rescue cash for Bargain Booze
owner Conviviality.
You’ll recall that this is the retail
and distribution business that
610p offer, but at a premium of more
than 30 per cent to Friday’s closing
price. Fenner’s investors, including
activist fund Telios Capital and asset
manager JPMorgan, will also get
a dividend of up to 2.1 per cent per
share.
Michelin said the enlarged
business would help burnish its
credentials in the mining industry, as
it will combine its tyres and conveyor
belts offerings with the FTSE
250 engineer’s.
Fenner, in the Yorkshire town of
Hessle, traces its roots to the mid19th century. EVENING STANDARD
suddenly discovered a £30m tax bill
it couldn’t afford.
Don’t you hate it when
that happens?
The shares, tipped by one eminent
investment mag a couple of weeks
ago at 305p (ouch), fell to 120p and
were suspended at 102p. My man
was invited in by Investec to hear
its spiel about why he should buy
into a rescue share issue at… wait
for it… 10p. His response was still a
resounding “no”. To him, even with
CEO Diana Hunter out of the picture,
this is a booze and fags retailer with
Rizla-thin management capabilities.
The chief executive quit yesterday,
a n d c h a i r m a n Dav i d Ad a m s
stepped up temporarily. My guy
rather cruelly summarises his CV
as: “House of Fraser, Jessops, JJB:
hardly confidence boosters.”
Adams specialises in going into
already damaged businesses, so it’s
unfair to condemn him for it, but I’m
told potential investors want him
to follow Hunter out of the door as
soon as a replacement is found. Also,
the newish finance director, Mark
Moran, is the chap who failed to spot
the tax bill. A man with such a good
grip on the numbers that he bought
120,000 shares with his own money,
just one day before the tax crisis
announcement.
So, no non-exec chairman, no
permanent CEO and an FD with
questionable decisions.
Fo
or my money, if you
wanted to back a corporate
refinancing, there are safer
offers than Bargain Booze
That absence of management is
why my man fears there’s not enough
worth saving. Banks are owed £150m
at a company whose equity is worth
little more than a tenth of that.
They’re in charge here.
There’s an alternative view.
Those close to the process say its
By Laurie Havelock
Boots has revealed that its female
staff are paid 21 per cent less than
their male counterparts despite
women making up the majority of
its workforce.
A report published yesterday
stated that the mean pay gap – the
difference in pay between the average
male and female hourly rates for
UK employees – was 21 per cent,
despite 78 per cent of the company’s
employees being female.
The firm’s median pay gap was only
5 per cent, however, suggesting that
once one-off outliers among the best
and worst earners are removed that
pay disparity is “significantly better”
than the UK average of 18.4 per cent.
Boots said that the
main reason for
this disparity is
how staff are
distributed
around the
organisation.
Higher male
representation
in more senior
r o l e s i s a ke y
factor for this, the
report explains, an outcome that
it attributes to “variations in the
proportion of males and females in
different functional areas”.
Women make up 68 per cent of
Boots’ highest pay quartile, and
they occupy 78 per cent of HR roles.
Only 28 per cent of the best-paid
IT roles are taken up by female
employees, however.
“We welcome the introduction
of gender pay gap reporting as it’s
an opportunity to identify the root
causes of any gaps that exist within
our business,” the firm’s managing
director Elizabeth Fagan said.
UK businesses and charities with
more than 250 employees have until
5 April this year to publish their
gender pay gap data.
advisers are not considering putting
it into administration as some have
speculated. They say there’s plenty
of interest in the fundraiser, and
are confident of positive news in the
coming days. I doubt they’d spin such
a story without substance.
Meanwhile, there’s been some
takeover interest in the Matthew
Clark distribution arm for which
Conviviality paid £200m in 2015.
Other parts of the business seem
operationally healthy too.
For my money, though, if you
wanted to back a corporate
refinancing, there are safer offers.
Capita, soon to raise £700m in a
rights issue, may have lost its way,
but strong new management is
cutting costs and making disposals
to reinvest in its core businesses.
Decent management and a flow
of high-value contracts: that is a
cocktail that shouldn’t leave you
with a Bargain Booze hangover.
EVENING STANDARD
Outcry over hiring
of Goldman chief
Deutsche Welle
The appointment of Jörg
Kukies, the former co-head of
Goldman Sachs in Germany
and Austria, as deputy
finance minister in Chancellor
Angela Merkel’s new coalition
government has sparked
outcry in the Bundestag. Fabio
de Masi, deputy leader of the
Left Party, wrote on Twitter
that the appointment was
akin to “making the arsonists
the firefighters”.
Bread price scandal
hits confidence
TheGlobe and Mail
Canadian consumers have less
faith in food retailers today
than a year ago, a study by
Dalhousie University’s faculty of
management has found, thanks
to what commentators have
described as “an industry-wide
conspiracy” to fix the price of
bread. The country’s largest
supermarket group, Loblaw,
admitted its complicity in pricefixing efforts in February.
US law threatens
call centres
The Times of India
New legislation filed by Ohio
Senator Sherrod Brown could
endanger employees in Indian
call centres as they mandate
helpline staff to disclose their
location to callers. The rules
will also allow customers to
be transferred to a US service
agent if desired and could give
preference on federal contracts
to companies that have not
shipped these jobs overseas.
Burgers take over
from baguettes
Le Parisien
Though of no surprise to “les
hipsters” of Paris, restaurant
consultancy Gira Conseil has
revealed that the humble burger
has become more popular than
the baguette among the city’s
restaurants. Hamburgers are
sold in 85 per cent of French
restaurants and sales across the
country reached 1.5 billion in
2017 – up 9 per cent on last year
– compared with just 1.2 billion
ham and cheese sandwiches, a
traditional French staple.
40
BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
FTSE 100 up 18.3 at 7061.3
+11.2
+13.5
+10.6
-0.6
-3.0
+12.5
+20.5
+0.6
+3.4
-1.1
+7.0
+19.2
+4.2
-42.0
+54.0
+4.6
-2.2
+27.0
+8.5
+30.0
-3.0
-21.0
-4.5
+4.0
+14.0
-75.0
+3.5
+3.9
+9.5
+7.0
+9.5
+38.0
-21.5
+0.1
+0.6
-1.0
-4.4
975.0
2184.0
1870.0
1071.0
3387.0
2185.0
5520.0
550.0
682.5
233.2
705.5
1662.4
536.2
5643.6
4270.0
695.0
337.1
2472.0
2024.0
5435.0
221.0
2682.0
1765.9
2955.0
4668.0
7762.5
2735.5
411.3
1698.7
462.6
1708.0
5722.0
1746.0
342.6
449.5
416.9
1724.5
694.0
1766.0
950.1
11.1
2472.0
1476.0
4260.0
482.2
533.5
177.3
6.3
1103.0
436.9
3961.5
3031.0
587.0
222.7
1918.5
1481.5
4437.0
119.7
1979.0
1396.5
27.0
3461.0
6490.0
2186.5
332.5
977.4
169.8
1428.0
4427.0
1165.5
246.0
3.0
270.0
1235.2
Price
Chg
High
Halma
Hargrve Lans
HSBC Hldgs
IAG
Imperial Brands
Informa
IntCont Htls
Intertek
ITV
Johnson Matth
Just Eat
Kingfisher
Land Secs
Legal & Gen
Lloyds Bk Gp
Lon Stock Ex
Marks&Spen
Mediclinic Intl
Micro Focus Intl
Mondi
Morrison (Wm)
National Grid
Next
NMC Health
Old Mutual
PaddyPwrBetfair
Pearson
Persimmon
Prudential
Randgold Res
Reckitt Ben
RELX
Rentokil Initial
Rio Tinto
Rolls-Royce
RBS
Shell A
1180.0
1748.0
699.1
629.2
2372.5
719.0
4516.0
4989.0
144.8
3177.0
715.0
337.7
947.2
264.4
67.9
4036.0
272.0
570.8
991.4
1925.5
208.8
761.3
4752.0
3408.0
247.5
7425.0
764.0
2551.0
1903.0
5884.0
5634.0
1473.5
269.4
3658.5
903.4
263.5
2198.5
+4.0
+24.0
+3.5
+4.4
-41.5
-1.0
+7.0
+65.0
-0.7
+53.0
-20.6
+0.2
+10.4
+3.4
+0.7
+77.0
-0.6
-8.2
-19.6
+8.5
+0.6
-4.6
+43.0
+20.0
+4.7
-220.0
-1.2
+19.0
+24.5
+14.0
-43.0
-7.5
+4.5
+47.0
+11.0
+5.9
+23.0
1341.0
1935.0
798.6
680.6
3956.5
773.0
4944.0
5470.0
221.8
3511.0
906.0
369.8
1217.1
279.9
73.6
4114.0
397.8
890.2
2970.5
2145.0
254.4
1174.3
5355.0
3558.0
259.6
8967.0
775.8
2901.0
1992.5
8255.0
8110.4
1784.0
338.8
4226.6
994.5
304.2
2579.5
+18.3
FTSE 250
19723.6
+28.8
FTSE All Share
3907.7
+9.2
FTSE Eurofirst300
1468.9
Dow Jones *
24695.5
+7.8
S&P 500 *
2711.9
-1.1
Nasdaq *
7341.8
-2.4
DAX
12307.3
+90.3
CAC 40
5252.4
+29.6
Hang Seng
31549.9
+36.2
Nikkei
21381.0
-99.9
+84.5
+0.40c
7061.3
€1.1418
Markets
FTSE 100
EURO/
POUND
Low
956.5
1258.0
618.0
516.0
2372.5
624.5
3656.0
3826.0
142.8
2681.0
544.0
285.3
900.2
241.7
61.8
2995.0
271.5
495.4
26.8
1684.0
205.0
733.0
3565.0
1726.0
184.2
6027.4
563.0
2058.0
1612.1
5760.0
5562.0
1399.0
238.2
2882.5
733.5
221.8
1982.5
DOLLAR/
POUND
Company
Price
Chg
High
Shell B
Royal Mail
RSA Insur
Sage
Sainsbury(J)
Schroders
Scot Mort Inv Tst
Segro
Severn Trent
Shire
Sky
Smith&Neph
Smith (DS)
Smiths Gp
Smurfit Kappa Grp
SSE
Stan Chart
Standard Life Aber
St James Place
Taylor Wimpey
Tesco
TUI AG
Unilever
United Utilities
Vodafone
Whitbread
WPP
2229.5
525.0
630.0
669.2
233.5
3405.0
460.6
622.2
1726.0
3084.5
1310.0
1314.5
487.5
1558.0
3042.0
1212.0
749.7
375.1
1134.5
187.9
206.9
1568.0
3767.5
677.4
196.7
3811.0
1146.0
+28.0
+0.8
+5.4
-1.0
+0.1
+16.0
+3.4
+3.4
-19.0
+3.0
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-5.5
-1.2
-2.0
-36.0
-7.5
-5.1
+2.2
+17.0
+2.9
+0.3
+35.0
-8.5
-12.8
-1.9
-11.0
-25.0
2617.0
575.0
672.5
825.2
339.9
3784.0
479.2
623.6
2575.0
5021.0
1378.0
1442.0
565.0
1697.0
3254.0
1554.0
864.2
448.6
1279.5
211.9
217.3
1687.9
4557.5
1078.0
239.7
4333.0
1774.0
Low
2037.0
367.8
568.5
613.0
222.4
3002.0
354.0
447.8
1664.0
2940.5
11.4
1173.0
5.3
1442.0
1712.7
1176.5
678.8
339.7
1008.0
173.0
165.3
934.4
3678.5
648.6
195.8
3499.9
1121.4
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GOLD
Per troy ounce,
London pm fix
+$1.20
904.4
1892.0
1705.6
944.6
2494.0
1983.0
4868.0
514.6
585.2
215.9
534.2
1407.8
463.9
3988.0
3825.0
652.6
223.5
2059.0
1678.5
4765.0
132.8
2470.0
1528.0
2435.0
4590.0
6730.0
2417.5
388.4
1679.5
418.3
1610.5
5272.0
1166.0
247.7
424.8
368.2
1297.4
Company
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Admiral
Anglo Amer
Antofagasta
AB Foods
Ashtead Group
AstraZeneca
Aviva
BAE Systems
Barclays
Barratt Dev
BHP Billiton
BP
BAT
Berkeley Grp Hldgs
British Land
BT
Bunzl
Burberry
Carnival
Centrica
Coca-Cola HBC
Compass
CRH
Croda Intl
DCC
Diageo
Direct Line Ins
Easyjet
Evraz
Experian
Ferguson
Fresnillo
G4S
GKN
Glencore
GSK
Low
$1,310.5
High
–$7.75
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$1.3992
Company
OIL
Brent crude,
per barrel
TRANSPORT
FINANCE
Ryanair buys into
Lauda airline
Aberdeen takes
50% Virgin stake
Irish aircraft operator Ryanair
has bought a 24.9 per cent –
rising to 75 per cent – stake in
LaudaMotion, the Austrian
airline founded by former F1
champion Niki Lauda. The
€50m (£43m) deal comes
just two months after British
Airways’ owner IAG also tried
to snap it up. Lauda said that he
was “thrilled” to sign the deal.
Aberdeen Standard
Investments is to buy a 50 per
cent stake in Virgin Money
Unit Trust Managers in a deal
worth £40m by the end of 2018.
Aberdeen’s investment arm will
combine with Virgin Money
Holdings in a joint venture to
provide asset management
services to the challenger
bank’s customers.
SERVICES
ENERGY
Mears revenues
hit by Grenfell
Wood Group says
worst is over
Social housing maintenance
company Mears announced
a decline in its revenues
yesterday, with pre-tax profit
for 2017 dropping by 7 per
cent to £37.1m. Though it had
no involvement in the Grenfell
Tower fire the firm said the
disaster caused delays in its
own projects and had prompted
a widespread safety review.
Scottish energy firm the Wood
Group made a pre-tax loss of
$30m (£21.4m) for 2017, though
it says better fortunes await.
The FTSE 100 group’s CEO,
Robin Watson, said that “the
worst of the downturn is now
behind us” after the firm’s
£2.2bn takeover of Amec Foster
Wheeler and a tricky three
years for the oil industry.
RETAIL
PROPERTY
Ocado to raise
more to expand
Hansteen returns
cash to investors
Online supermarket Ocado
said yesterday it will ask
shareholders to foot the bill
for its ambitious expansion
plans after raising £143m
from a new offering last
month. Finance chief Duncan
Tatton-Brown said investors
were “very supportive” of the
fundraising plans.
Industrial warehouse company
Hansteen will return £145m
to its shareholders after
selling a number of buildings
caught in the path of HS2, the
Government’s long-planned
high speed railway. The payout,
which represents an extra 35p
per share for investors, will be
returned later this year.
REGULATION
EMPLOYMENT
Crackdown on
‘reckless’ bosses
Employers fail to
help stressed staff
The Government says it will
crack down on “reckless”
bosses at failed companies and
provide more protections for
affected workers and suppliers,
including reclaiming lost wages
by reversing “asset stripping”,
to prevent collapses similar to
those seen at Carillion and BHS.
Almost half of employees are
not being well served by their
employers regarding workplace
stress, research by employee
benefits firm Perkbox suggests.
One in four respondents to a
survey of employed British
adults say they “struggle” at
work when stressed.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 made modest
gains yesterday after Monday’s
downturn, kicking up by 0.26 per
cent or 18.34 to hit 7,061.27 at the
close of trading. Though stocks
like Fenner, which grew by 24.85
per cent to reach 612.50p per
share, meant that the index grew,
companies such as De La Rue
(down 13.79 per cent to 519p) and
Sophos Group (down 9.24 per cent
to 416.6p) meant it was almost a
neutral day’s trading.
***
New inflation stats saw the pound
fall against both the dollar (down
0.05 per cent) and euro (down 0.39
per cent) despite a late rally.
i WEDNESDAY
21 MARCH 2018
41
CURRENCIES
De La Rue in sharp drop
as finance chief quits
By Michael Bow
Money-printer De La Rue suffered a
share price blow-out yesterday after
it warned of weaker profits and the
finance chief resigned.
The company, which makes the
new polymer £5 and £10 notes for
the Bank of England, fell by 21
per cent but recovered later
to settle down 11 per cent
at 536p, its biggest share
move in three years. By
the close of trading, the
stock’s price settled
at 519p.
CFO Jitesh Sodha will
step down from the board
immediately but stay on as
finance chief until September.
The company, led by chief
executive Martin Sutherland, also
said profits would be at the lower end
of a £71m to £73.5m range.
The business – which also makes
the British passport – said Mr Sodha’s
departure and the lower profits were
unconnected. De La Rue posts results
Glencore
buys Rio
coalmines
next month and Accendo Markets’
Mike van Dulken said the lack of
detail in yesterday’s statement was
“even more intriguing”.
However, JPMorgan analyst
Alexander Mees said there was
nothing to read into the state of De
La Rue’s business or its prospects
from Mr Sodha’s departure,
and that the move was a
personal decision.
Investec’s Thomas
Rands also said the
share price drop was
an “over-reaction” and
offered an opportunity
to buy the shares.
Before Mr Sutherland
took over, De La Rue had
a track record of noisy profit
warnings, including a 25 per cent
share price drop three years ago
when it warned of lower profits.
Since then, the firm has managed
to get back on its feet, winning a
string of new contracts and slimming
down its bloated operations.
EVENING STANDARD
Anglo-Swiss mining giant Glencore has bought
two Australian coalmines, Hail Creek and Valeria,
for $1.7bn (£1.2bn) from Rio Tinto. Last year, Rio
Tinto decided to focus on iron ore, copper and its
aluminium division. The deal confirms Glencore’s
dominance of Australian coal. Its shares fell 1p.
daily
money
British actor Michael Sheen is spearheading a scheme to provide “fairer
alternatives” to payday lenders and
rent-to-own companies. Speaking on
BBC Radio, the Frost/Nixon and The
Damned United star said that the
End High Cost Credit Alliance
which he backs is aiming to invest
in not-for-profit companies to
compete against more expensive
providers. Sheen announced he had
quit acting in 2016 to become a
“full-time activist”.
***
Sainsbury’s is investing £150m to
cut the price of 930 everyday grocery
products in its stores. The firm’s
CEO, Mike Coupe, says the average
customer would save 8 per cent – or
£5 – on a typical weekly family shop,
with discounts extending to its own
range and branded favourites.
***
The Government has launched new
rules to reduce the size of car insurance claims in a bid to rein in recordhigh premiums. The reforms will also
change the system used for making
whiplash claims – requiring sufferers
to submit medical evidence before
claims are settled – and change the
way that compensation is calculated.
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Your questions
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Dear Harry,
I have been in receipt of my
pension for a year. My husband
is unable to work due to ill health
and we get pension credits to help
us manage. My husband is eligible
to claim his pension soon and we
have been trying to find out what
our situation will be with regard
to council tax as we are presently
exempt. Will we then have to pay
the whole amount charged, or can
we get a reduction?
Anne Gibbons
Harry says: It’s possible that your
husband’s increased income, in
the form of his state pension,
will change your entitlement to a
council tax reduction. Those on
low income may be eligible for a
council tax reduction of up to 100
per cent, as I assume is the case
for you at present. Assuming your
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may no longer meet the criteria.
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You could also
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To check, start with a visit to the
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A grandparent looking after a grandchild could add £230 a year to their pension
PENSIONS
Increase in grandparents
claiming insurance perk
By Vicky Shaw
There has been a seven-fold surge
in the number of grandparents
claiming valuable credits which
could boost their state pension
because they are looking after
grandchildren, according to a
mutual insurer.
Royal London, which obtained the
data, said despite the increase, the
number claiming still only represented about one in 10 of those who
may be entitled to do so.
A year ago, Royal London obtained
HMRC figures which showed that
just 1,298 grandparents or other
family members had claimed this
national insurance credit in the year
from October 2015 to September
2016. But it said that after publicity
surrounding “poor take-up”, interest
had surged.
An FOI response showed that
there were 9,486 applications in the
year to September 2017 – a seven-
fold increase in a year. When a grandparent is looking after a grandchild
and this allows the child’s parent to
get back to work, the grandparent
may be entitled to a national insurance credit to help them build up a
full state pension.
A grandparent who looks after
a grandchild for one year could
add about £230 per year to the
amount of state pension they get in
retirement. Over a typical 20-year
retirement, this could be worth more
than £4,500.
Sir Steve Webb, a former pensions
minister who is now director of policy at Royal London, said it is “right
and proper” that more grandparents
could safeguard their pensions in
this way.
“But we believe that there are
tens of thousands more grandparents who could be entitled to benefit
and would encourage more of them
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How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 49
RHYME LETTERS
11
14
11
5
MEANING
24
MALLOW
16
18
GNAT
24
24
13
17
YELLOW
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6
ATTIC
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FORK
LETTERS
Futoshiki
How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
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∨
2
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<
∨
>
∨
MEANING
>
3
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∨
>
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Killer Sudoku No 1241
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
Tip If you can’t get Thai basil use a
mixture of basil and mint.
Recipe from lakeland.co.uk
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Chicken, lentil and
pumpkin curry
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How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
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squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Heat half the oil in a pressure cooker pan;
brown the chicken in batches, remove
from the pan and set aside.
Heat the remaining oil, add the curry
paste and stir for two to three minutes
until fragrant, then return the chicken to
the pan with the coconut cream. Put the
lid on, bring the pan to high pressure and
cook for five minutes. Add the courgettes,
return to high pressure and cook for a
further two minutes.
Stir in the fish sauce, lime juice, sugar
and half the herbs and season to taste.
Sprinkle with the remaining herbs and
the spring onion and serve with rice.
5
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How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
5
2
6 1
GALA
4
PING
5
5
4
SERVES 4
1tbsp groundnut or vegetable oil
1kg chicken thighs, boned, skinned
and quartered
75g green curry paste
250ml coconut cream
2 medium courgettes, thickly sliced
1tbsp Thai fish sauce (Nam Pla)
1tbsp lime juice
1tbsp soft light brown sugar
4tbsp chopped fresh coriander
4tbsp chopped Thai basil
Salt and pepper, to season
2 spring onions, finely sliced
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1962
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
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Solution to yesterday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Autumn, 4 Attic (Automatic), 8 Mimic, 9 Celsius, 10 Sly, 11 Baby buggy,
12 Expenditure, 16 Daredevil, 18 See, 19 Lexicon, 20 Blunt, 21 Toddy, 22 Tyrant.
DOWN 1 Almost, 2 Tummy, 3 Macabre, 4 Ad-lib, 5 Trigger, 6 Cushy, 7 Scuba diving,
13 Xeroxed, 14 Tallboy, 15 Sextet, 16 Delft, 17 Decry, 18 Sauna.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 22;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 13; One-Minute Wijuko, page 19
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6
4 6
4
9
8
4
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7
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Tomorrow: Easier
CHAT
Concise Crossword No 2284
ACROSS
1 Defects (5)
4 Singing voice (4)
7 Close to the
action in a
boxing match (8)
8 Revered person (4)
9 Evasive
stratagem (10)
11 Fearful (6)
13 Parcel (6)
15 Type of
butterfly (3,7)
19 Cougar (4)
20 Menace (8)
21 Run away (4)
22 Taking of
property (5)
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Sudoku Harder
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How to play
Convert the word
at the top of the
ladder into the
word at the bottom
of it, using only
the four rungs
in between. On
each rung, you
must put a valid
four-letter word
that is identical
to the word above
it, apart from a
one-letter change.
There may be more
than one way of
achieving this.
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C
A
A
C
B
B
C
C
B
A
B
B
A
C
Word Wheel
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48
RACING
BOXING
Anibale Fly looking for an Irish double
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
With the Cheltenham Festival over
and done with for another year,
thoughts have quickly turned to the
Grand National, still three and a half
weeks away, but into the spotlight
following yesterday’s latest acceptance stage.
Only one National winner in the
past 10 years has been trained in
Ireland – Mouse Morris’s Rule The
World in 2016 – but even so, it’s
not hard to imagine another one
after such a dominant week in the
Cotswolds.
And ominously, several who
starred at Cheltenham remain
committed to Aintree’s main event,
spearheading battalions from the
stables of Willie Mullins and Gordon
Elliott, who, between them, were
responsible for more winners over
the four days than everyone else put
together.
Mullins, whose one National
triumph came courtesy of Hedgehunter back in 2005, could field six
this time, among them Rathvinden,
who won Cheltenham’s four-mile
SOUTHWELL
top
tips
BEST BET
Hills Of Dubai
(3.15pm, Haydock)
Lightly-raced nine-year-old
rewarding patience and making
up for lost time over fences.
NEXT BEST
Donjuan Triumphant
(3.40pm, Southwell)
Classy on turf. Yet to break
all-weather duck, but this slower
surface should suit.
ONE TO WATCH
Chesterfield ran a cracker in
the County Hurdle on ground
softer than ideal and looks set
for another productive spring
campaign
GOING:STANDARD
SUNBETS.CO.UK HANDICAP (CLASS 2)
£20,000 added 7f
4.20
HOWDENS JOINERY VETERANS’ HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4)
£11,400 added 2m 7f
SPOOKYDOOKY Jonjo O’Neill 10 12 1......................................... Jonjo O’Neill (7) T
UNTIL WINNING T R George 10 12 0................................................Mr N George (7)
KATENKO Miss V Williams 12 11 12 ................................................................A Coleman
1
9118-5 DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT (D)(BF) A Balding 5 9 7..................O Murphy H 7
SOLID STRIKE Paul Collins 10 11 7................................................Ross Chapman (3)
2
61306- LOVE DREAMS (D) M Johnston 4 9 5.................................................P J McDonald 6
TOP CAT HENRY N Alexander 10 11 6.........................Mr K Alexander (5) C,T
3
816-46 MUTAWATHEA S Crisford 7 9 5..................................................................... F Norton C 5
WHISKEY CHASER (CD) D McCain 10 11 5 ................................Will Kennedy V
4 31008- WAR DEPARTMENT (D) K Dalgleish 5 8 12 ......................................C Beasley V 1
SHOCKINGTIMES
J Snowden 11 11 4...................................................T J O’Brien B,T
5
7-2692 HOLIDAY MAGIC (CD) M W Easterby 7 8 7................................ Nathan Evans 3
SWING HARD (BF) Mrs S Smith 10 11 4................................................................D Cook
6
48-111 MISTER MUSIC (CD) A Carroll 9 8 7.......................................................E J Walsh (3) 4
BUFFALO BALLET N Alexander 12 11 0......................................G Cockburn (3) C
7
4-7144 HAMMER GUN (CD)(BF) D Shaw 5 8 6................................................. P Mathers V 2
- 9 declared - 7 declared BETTING: 10-3 Buffalo Ballet, 9-2 Until Winning, 5-1 Solid Strike, 6-1 Shockingtimes,
BETTING: 9-4 Donjuan Triumphant, 4-1 Holiday Magic, 5-1 Love Dreams, Mister Swing Hard, 8-1 Spookydooky, Katenko, 14-1 Whiskey Chaser, 33-1 Top Cat Henry.
Music, 8-1 Hammer Gun, Mutawathea, 12-1 War Department.
3.40
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
National Hunt Chase, and Total
Recall, who remains 12-1 joint favourite with Nigel Twiston-Davies’s
Blaklion after falling at the third last
fence (when surely beaten) in the
Gold Cup.
Elliott, pretty much unheard of
when he landed the 2007 National
with Silver Birch, might have a
smaller team, but it includes Tiger
Roll, who gained a third Festival win
in the Cross Country Chase, and last
year’s Aintree runner-up Cause Of
Causes.
But it is an Irish challenger who
perhaps best advertised his National claims – Tony Martin’s Anibale
Fly, who finished best of the rest behind the big two, Native River and
Might Bite, in the Gold Cup.
Meanwhile, Sandy Thomson can
be excused if he’s getting a little
twitchy as he continues his search
for somewhere to give Seeyouatmidnight the race he needs to qualify for
the National after abandonments at
Kelso (twice) and Carlisle.
The Borders trainer is taking no
chances this weekend, having entered Scotland’s big hope at both
Newbury and Ascot.
37P-58
67/512
F/P86/41-53
0P-45P
2-1566
P/FR2U
12-33P
-24522
KEMPTON
FORM VERDICT
MISTER MUSIC has been a revelation since switching to the Fibresand having
won his last three starts at the track and the son of Singspiel could potentially
have more to offer. Holiday Magic has shown his best recent form at the
track with two second-placed finishes in 2018 to his name, while Donjuan
Triumphant is an interesting contender on his first outing at the course.
HAYDOCK
3.15
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GOING:SOFT-GOOD TO SOFT IN PLACES
HOWDENS JOINERY CHASE (NOVICES’ LIMITED H’CAP) (CLASS 3)
£16,400 added 2m 5f
-27211
2-F421
7-1542
11-422
-62U61
233-11
HOGAN’S HEIGHT J Snowden 7 11 8............................................................G Sheehan T
BOLLIN ACE (D) T Easterby 7 11 6.....................................................................H Brooke C
BEGGAR’S WISHES P Bowen 7 11 4............................................................S Bowen C,T
BAKO DE LA SAULAIE Mrs R Dobbin 7 11 0 .......................................Craig Nichol
JUST GEORGIE Mrs S Smith 8 10 9.............................................................................D Cook
HILLS OF DUBAI (D) D McCain 9 10 9................................................................B Hughes
- 6 declared BETTING: 9-4 Hills Of Dubai, 7-2 Hogan’s Height, 5-1 others.
3.50
HOWDENS JOINERY NOVICES’ HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 4)
£11,400 added 2m 3f
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16935
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563113
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SECRET LEGACY I Williams 7 11 12................................................................. T J O’Brien
DOC CARVER Henry Oliver 7 11 11......................................................................J McGrath
ABSOLUTELY DYLAN Mrs S Smith 5 11 7............................................................D Cook
SUBCONTINENT Miss V Williams 6 11 5....................................Mr H Nugent (7)
SNOUGAR D McCain 5 11 5 ............................................................................................B Hughes
OUTNUMBERED C Grant 5 11 2.......................................................................C Bewley (3)
MIGHTY THUNDER Miss L Russell 5 11 1.............................................. Derek Fox T
LORD COUNTY (BF) Oliver Greenall 4 11 1...........................Ross Turner (7) C
EAGLE RIDGE N Alexander 7 10 13....................................................... G Cockburn (3)
RANDY PIKE T Easterby 8 10 10 ................................................Mr W Easterby (7) T
- 10 declared BETTING: 11-4 Absolutely Dylan, 4-1 Secret Legacy, 5-1 Snougar, 13-2 others.
7.45
GOING:STANDARD
MATCHBOOK CASINO HANDICAP (CLASS 4)
£11,200 added 7f
1
08034- REPTON R Hannon 4 9 9..................................................................................James Doyle 11
2
112-82 UNFORGIVING MINUTE (CD) J Butler 7 9 9 .................................................A Kirby 7
3
1-4302 SHYRON (D) G Margarson 7 9 8 ............................................................Jane Elliott (5) 5
4
02-689 INTRANSIGENT (CD) A Balding 9 9 7.................................. Joshua Bryan (5) V 9
5
825-02 POETIC FORCE A Carroll 4 9 6....................................................................G Downing T 8
6
-15312 ARNARSON (D) E Dunlop 4 9 5.......................................................................M Harley C 4
7
312514 SPARE PARTS (CD) P McEntee 4 9 5........................................ Nicola Currie (5) 3
8
3-4113 OUTER SPACE (CD) J Flint 7 9 4 .................................................................... W Cox (5) C 1
9
4035-0 PLANT POT POWER (CD) R Hughes 4 9 0...............................................S W Kelly 6
10 9-5259 MEDICI BANCHIERE K Burke 4 8 13.....................................................S De Sousa B 2
11 113-61 MAGIC MIRROR (CD) M Rimell 5 8 8...................................................R Hornby C 10
- 11 declared BETTING: 4-1 Unforgiving Minute, 9-2 Magic Mirror, 6-1 Shyron, 7-1 others.
8.15
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MATCHBOOK BETTING PODCAST HANDICAP (CLASS 4)
£11,200 added 6f
161-71
074513006-5
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3515-2
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513375630-5
1907-6
855-31
132121
230-32
SPARKALOT (CD) S Dow 4 9 7.................................................................................L Morris 5
RELATED (CD) P Midgley 8 9 7.................................................................. O Murphy B 10
LITTLE PALAVER (CD) C Cox 6 9 7........................................................................ A Kirby 6
MERHOOB (D)(BF) J Ryan 6 9 5 ............................................................................ R Powell 1
DARK SIDE DREAM (CD) C Dwyer 6 9 4 ...........................................S De Sousa C 7
BORN TO FINISH (CD) J Osborne 5 9 3.................................................D Costello C 9
NINJAGO (CD) P Midgley 8 9 2.......................................................................... J Fanning 11
BAHAMIAN DOLLAR (D) P Evans 5 9 2 .............................................. Fran Berry 12
TUNDRA (D) A Carson 4 9 1................................................................................................R Tate 3
GLORY OF PARIS (C)(D) B Millman 4 9 1 .................................................W Carson 8
BERNIE’S BOY (C)(D) P McEntee 5 8 12............................Nicola Currie (5) C 4
MAJOR VALENTINE (CD) J G O’Shea 6 8 10.....................Ben Robinson (5) 2
- 12 declared BETTING: 3-1 Sparkalot, 11-2 Born To Finish, 6-1 Dark Side Dream, 7-1 Related, 8-1
Bernie’s Boy, 10-1 Glory of Paris, Major Valentine, 12-1 Little Palaver, 14-1 others.
Results service
NEWCASTLE
Going: Standard
5.35 1. AMERICAN GIGOLO (Fran Berry) 5-2; 2.
Stargazer 16-1; 3. Dubawi Fifty 5-6 fav. 6 ran. nk,
nk. (H Fry). Tote: £3.20; £1.50, £6.60. Exacta: £32.10.
Trifecta: £79.00. CSF: £36.76.
6.05 1. VELVET VISION (P Mulrennan) 11-2; 2. Bobby K
8-11 fav; 3. Arch Gold 11-4. 5 ran. 1/2l, hd. (M Tompkins).
Tote: £4.50; £1.60, £1.10. Exacta: £10.20. Trifecta:
£14.80. CSF: £9.97. NR: New Britain.
6.40 1. MYBOYHENRY (Ben Curtis) 15-2; 2. Bengali
Boys 5-1; 3. Vj Day 5-2 fav. 7 ran. 3/4l, hd. (K Burke).
Tote: £8.00; £3.30, £2.50. Exacta: £45.10. Trifecta:
£162.30. CSF: £42.22.
7.15 1. BALLYMORE CASTLE (A Mullen) 7-1; 2. Exchequer 4-1; 3. Ballynarry Lady 100-1. 7 ran. 6-4 fav
Mujassam (4th). 11/4l, 2l. (R Fahey). Tote: £7.80; £3.40,
£1.80. Exacta: £44.50. Trifecta: £793.70. CSF: £34.38.
7.45 1. RUDE AWAKENING (L Morris) 10-3; 2. Taifbalady 6-1; 3. Starboy 7-2. 7 ran. 3-1 fav Odds On Oli
(4th). 2l, 13/4l. (Sir M Prescott). Tote: £3.00; £1.30, £3.70.
Exacta: £22.90. Tricast: £67.57. Trifecta: £183.70. CSF:
£21.51. NR: Sincerely Resdev.
8.15 1. VENTURA GOLD (P Hanagan) 11-2; 2. Viking
Way 12-1; 3. Elixsoft 4-1. 6 ran. 6-4 fav Musbaq (5th).
hd, 1/2l. (R Fahey). Tote: £6.10; £2.30, £5.10. Exacta:
£42.00. Trifecta: £228.20. CSF: £60.82.
8.45 1. ATHOLLBLAIR BOY (L Edmunds) 7-4 fav; 2.
Russian Realm 6-1; 3. Tommy G 11-2. 12 ran. 1/2l, 11/4l.
(N Tinkler). Tote: £2.10; £1.10, £2.50, £2.30. Exacta:
£12.60. Tricast: £47.56. Trifecta: £39.70. CSF: £10.04.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £5,748.65 carried over
to Kempton.
Placepot: £1,621.70. Quadpot: £519.20.
Place 6: £1,444.98. Place 5: £477.23.
WETHERBY
Going: Heavy-soft in places
2.00 1. LITTLE BRUCE (T Dowson) 5-4 fav; 2. Saucysioux 11-8; 3. My Brown Eyed Girl 66-1. 6 ran. 15l,
5l. (P Kirby). Tote: £1.90; £1.60, £1.10. Exacta: £3.80.
Trifecta: £24.50. CSF: £3.04.
2.30 1. SAINTE LADYLIME (S Bowen) 5-6 fav; 2.
Progress Drive evens; 2 ran. 31/4l. (K Bailey). Tote: £1.70;
3.05 1. FINAL CHOICE (Ben Hicks) 4-1; 2. Quest For
Life 10-3; 3. Monfass 5-2 fav. 7 ran. 11/2l, 1l. (W Greatrex). Tote: £5.60; £3.10, £2.00. Exacta: £17.50. Tricast:
£35.13. Trifecta: £48.30. CSF: £16.47. NR: Big Thunder.
3.40 1. EMINENT POET (C Deutsch) 9-2; 2. Warthog
7-2; 3. Roycano 8-1. 5 ran. 5-2 fav Dedigout (5th).
23/4l, 11/2l. (Miss V Williams). Tote: £5.00; £1.80, £2.00.
Exacta: £21.90. Trifecta: £99.60. CSF: £18.73. NR:
Tomngerry.
4.10 1. ALLMYOWN (A Nicol) 5-2; 2. Newberry New
2-1; 3. Square Viviani 12-1. 4 ran. 7-4 fav Bandon
Roc (4th). 11l, 8l. (P Kirby). Tote: £4.80; Exacta: £11.70.
Trifecta: £23.00. CSF: £7.61. NRs: Doktor Glaz, Just
Georgie, Special Wells, Top Cat Henry.
4.45 1. MAIN FACT (C McCormack) 25-1; 2. Lastin’
Memories 3-1 jt-fav; 3. Gogo Baloo 11-1. 8 ran. 3-1
jt-fav Instingtive (5th). 3/4l, 3l. (Mrs D Sayer). Tote:
£10.80; £4.70, £1.40, £2.30. Exacta: £96.90. Tricast:
£862.24. Trifecta: £645.50. CSF: £95.12. NRs: Classical
Sound, Wig Wam Wiggle.
5.15 1. GOOD BOY BOBBY (S Twiston-Davies) 1-2 fav;
2. Manon 20-1; 3. Lough Legend 66-1. 6 ran. 33/4l, 10l.
(N Twiston-Davies). Tote: £1.20; £1.10, £7.90. Exacta:
£9.40. Trifecta: £149.80. CSF: £11.74.
Placepot: £226.10. Quadpot: £131.60.
Place 6: £170.83. Place 5: £157.60.
Lucas Browne is preparing for his first fight since a doping ban ended GETTY
Whyte and Browne
fight their demons
for a shot at Joshua
a fighter’s life forever. However,
it is also likely to be a memorable
slugfest between two men desperate
not to be forgotten in a heavyweight
business that has been transformed.
Anthony Joshua has generated
couple of years ago,
incredible numbers at his recent
Lucas Browne won a
fights in Britain and there is bold
version of the world
talk of going to America. Meanwhile,
heavyweight title in
after a long lean period in the States,
Grozny. He was trailing
there is some heavyweight fever
heavily on points before finding a
with the emergence of Deontay
punch to ruin Ruslan Chagaev in
Wilder, who holds one of the belts,
round 10. Browne, a former bouncer
is unbeaten and genuinely a threat.
from Sydney, then failed a routine
The love is back for the big lads.
drug test and was stripped of
A year after his ban was lifted
his title.
Whyte met Joshua for the British
A year earlier, in an
heavyweight title; that
ornate hall opposite King’s
Whyte was night in a mean fight
Cross station, Dillian
Joshua found a single
fighting for
Whyte (below) ended his
punch to end it in seven.
own forced exile from the nothing at
Their rivalry is fierce
the Camden
ring with two stoppage
after Whyte had won
wins on consecutive Friday Centre and his their amateur fight and
nights, watched by a few
career was in as professionals they
hundred spectators.
great danger had been separated in
Whyte was fighting for
of falling into a gym. A Whyte win on
nothing on those nights at
Saturday keeps him in the
darkness
the Camden Centre, and
Joshua business.
his career at that time was
Browne has been
in great danger of falling
hollering for justice since
into darkness. He needed
his portion of the world
a quick fight or two to
title was taken from
lose the ring rust and
him. “I’ve had to be a
get a few wins under his
patient man,” he says.
expanding belt line.
“So many fights have
“That was a bad time
fallen through – I want
for me,” says Whyte.
a bit of respect.” At 38
“I had some offers but
he is one of heavyweight
nothing was clear. I never
boxing’s hardest options. If
stopped believing but it was not
Browne wins then he will be in the
easy.” Whyte had been suspended
Joshua business.
from boxing for two years after
Joshua must first beat the
testing positive for an over-theundefeated Joseph Parker next
counter supplement. Whyte and
Saturday in Cardiff to make sure
Browne, who also claimed his failure he is still in his own business. A few
was due to a commercial product,
weeks later Hughie Fury fights Sam
have maintained their innocence.
Sexton for the British heavyweight
This Saturday at the O2 Arena,
title. However, it is the circling
Browne and Whyte meet in a brawl
presence of Tyson Fury, cousin of
that will hopefully leave the winner
Hughie, still, apparently, no closer
in a commanding position in the
to agreeing a return to the ring, that
heavyweight lottery, which is a
offers the unknown sparkle to a
serious game that can transform
thriving division. THE INDEPENDENT
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North disciplined but will
see out season with Saints
By Jack de Menezes
George North has been disciplined
by Northampton Saints for missing a training session and refusing
to play for the club this month, but
will not leave the Premiership side
early after it was announced that the
wing will see out the remainder of his
contract at Franklin’s Gardens.
North, who has already agreed a
national dual contract with the Welsh
Rugby Union to return to Wales in the
summer, missed a training session
ahead of Northampton’s Premiership
defeat by Sale Sharks on 3 March.
Technical coaching consultant Alan
Gaffney confirmed afterwards that
he only selected a team that “wanted
to play” for Saints.
The match was played during the
Six Nations fallow week, when Wales
are duty-bound to release their Premiership players. Evidently, North
was reluctant to play for Saints that
weekend as he continued his return
from injury for the national side.
It is believed that North had an
agreement with Jim Mallinder,
Saints’ former director of rugby,
that he was not selected during the
off-weeks in the Six Nations. Either
that was not known by Gaffney and
interim head coach Alan Dickens, or
it was ignored.
Northampton confirmed in a
statement that disciplinary action
has been taken against North, but
that he will be considered again for
selection for the rest of the season.
“Following a meeting on Monday,
George North accepted responsibility for missing a training session,
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By Matt McGeehan
England netball head coach Tracey
Neville hopes to share knowledge
with her twin brother Phil now he
is England Women football coach.
The pair have barely had
a chance to talk since Phil’s
appointment due to his team’s involvement in the She Believes
Cup and the forthcoming
World Cup qualifiers.
Tracey’s Roses squad,
meanwhile, are in final
preparations for the
Commonwealth Games,
which open on 4 April in
Gold Coast, Australia.
“It’s a conversation that
we will have when we can find
at least 10 minutes to sit down,”
Tracey said. “But we’re not [just]
coaches, we’re brother and sister.”
Tracey (above), England netball
head coach since 2015, has worked
informally with Football Association coaches in the past and hopes
the relationship continues.
New Zealand, Malawi and
Uganda are likely to challenge
England in Pool B for the top two
spots and qualification for the
semi-finals.
Wales and Scotland – England’s
first opponents – are also in
Pool B, while sharp-shooters
Australia, South
Africa and Jamaica are
in Pool A.
England will hope to
benefit from the experience of Geva Mentor, who
is playing at her fifth Commonwealth Games and was
the star player in the Australian league in 2017.
“Looking at form and going into
the competition, our biggest challenges are New Zealand, Uganda
and Malawi,” Neville added.
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ahead of Saints’ Aviva Premiership
clash with Sale Sharks, and has been
disciplined internally,” it read.
“North, who returned to training
on Monday, will be available for
selection for Saints’ five remaining
matches, starting with this weekend’s
clash against Newcastle Falcons.”
North is yet to announce which
Welsh province he will join, but
Northampton chief executive Mark
Darbon said: “George has enormous
affection for this club and its supporters, and is fully committed to helping
the club finish the Aviva Premiership
season as strongly as possible.”
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BUSINESS SPORT
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NETBALL
RUGBY UNION
4
IQ
30-36
25
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Y G L R B H Q A M U
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Northampton (1).....1 Shrewsbury (0)................1
Facey 45
Nolan 67
Att 4,788
Rochdale (0) ..................0 Fleetwood Town (0)... 2
Madden 63
Hiwula 90
Att 2,403
P W D L
F
A Pts
Blackburn
37 22 10 5 70 35 76
Shrewsbury
37 22 9 6 50 28 75
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
Fleetwood Tn 37 11 9 17 48 57 42
Wimbledon
37 11 9 17 37 48 42
Oldham
36 10 10 16 50 62 40
Northampton 38 10 10 18 36 61 40
MK Dons
37 9 11 17 37 51 38
Rochdale
35 7 13 15 34 44 34
Bury
37 7 9 21 31 55 30
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Crewe (1)...........................3 Forest Green (0)..............1
Bowery 44, 61
Grubb 64
Kirk 59
Att 3,274
Morecambe (0) ..........0 Colchester (0).....................0
Att 893
Port Vale (0)...................0 Exeter (1)..................................1
Storey 24
Att 3,138
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Dundee Utd 2 Queen of South 3; Brechin 0
Dunfermline 3.
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE
Airdrieonians 2 Alloa 2; Albion 2 Ayr 3.
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Edinburgh City 0 Clyde 3; Elgin 0 Stirling 2;
Stenhousemuir 1 Cowdenbeath 2.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Solihull Moors 2 Bromley 0.
RUGBY LEAGUE
LADBROKES CHALLENGE CUP 4TH ROUND
Halifax (0)......................... 6 Oldham (12) .................27
Featherstone (22).68 North Wales C (6)....6
SNOOKER
LADBROKES PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP,
LLANDUDNO; 1st rd: M Williams (Wal) bt Y
Bingtao (Chin) 6-2; R Day (Wal) bt M Selby
(Eng) 6-3
Imperial Cities
Prague, Vienna & Budapest
TENNIS
ATP & WTA MIAMI OPEN, MIAMI, FLORIDA:
Women’s 1st round: B Haddad Maia (Br) bt
H WATSON (GB) 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.
TODAY’S FIXTURES
(Football 7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Walsall v Wigan................................................................
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Crawley v Wycombe....................................................
P W D L
F
A Pts
Accrington
37 23 5 9 64 40 74
Luton
38 20 11 7 79 40 71
Notts County 38 18 12 8 60 39 66
Wycombe
37 19 9 9 70 52 66
Mansfield
37 16 15 6 56 38 63
Exeter
37 19 6 12 47 40 63
Coventry
37 18 7 12 43 31 61
Lincoln City
37 16 12 9 53 40 60
Swindon
37 19 3 15 58 55 60
Carlisle
38 15 11 12 55 48 56
Newport C
37 13 14 10 47 47 53
Crawley Town 37 15 8 14 44 46 53
Colchester
38 13 13 12 46 43 52
Cambridge Utd 38 13 11 14 38 50 50
Cheltenham
38 11 12 15 53 54 45
Stevenage
37 11 11 15 50 55 44
Yeovil
37 11 9 17 47 57 42
Morecambe
37 9 13 15 37 47 40
Crewe
38 12 4 22 47 62 40
Port Vale
38 9 11 18 41 54 38
Forest Green 38 10 7 21 45 67 37
Grimsby
38 9 10 19 32 57 37
Chesterfield
36 8 7 21 37 65 31
Barnet
38 7 9 22 34 56 30
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Hartlepool, Maidstone Utd v Macclesfield.
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CRICKET
Stokes’ return
a huge boost for
England at end of
torrid Test winter
Captain Root delighted to welcome
back ‘our three best players in one’
By Chris Stocks
IN AUCKLAND
Joe Root knows England’s recent
overseas record is decidedly average but is hopeful the presence of
Ben Stokes for the two-Test series
against New Zealand can make all
the difference.
England’s Test winter has been a
bleak one so far, the 4-0 Ashes series
defeat in Australia pockmarked by
the distraction of Stokes’ absence
thanks to a late-night incident in
Bristol back in September and
his subsequent suspension by the
England & Wales Cricket Board.
New Zealand, perhaps the least
high-profile tour of the lot, is the
perfect setting for Stokes to return
to Test cricket, although a charge of
affray still awaits this August.
It’s debatable whether Stokes
would have made much difference
to the result in Australia but his
presence has given England a muchneeded boost. He has, however, been
replaced as Root’s deputy by James
Anderson, who also did the job
during the Ashes.
The good news is that Stokes
appears to be over the back injury
he sustained in the recent one-day
series in New Zealand and, after
coming through a net session at
Eden Park, is ready to play a full part
when the opening day-night Test
starts in the early hours tomorrow.
Eden Park details
First Test (from 1am GMT tomorrow)
Probable teams:
New Zealand KS Williamson (capt),
JA Raval, TWM Latham, LRPL Taylor,
HM Nicholls, BJ Watling (wkt), C de
Grandhomme, TD Astle, N Wagner,
TG Southee, TA Boult
England JE Root (capt), AN Cook, MD
Stoneman, JM Vince, DJ Malan, BA
Stokes, JM Bairstow (wkt), MM Ali, CR
Woakes, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson
Ben Stokes warms up for his Test return during England nets at Eden Park yesterday GETTY
Umpires B Oxenford (Aus) & P Reiffel
(Aus)
Weather Warm and mainly dry, with
chance of showers. Max temp: 22C
TV Sky Sports Cricket, midnight
“He’s been an instrumental part
of our team for a while, hasn’t he?”
Root said of Stokes. “You get three
players with Ben and, certainly on
his day, probably the best three players within the side, all in one.
“It is a huge boost to have him
coming back into the team. It gives
us a really good balance.
“He pulled through really well
from his net session yesterday and
hopefully that can progress over the
next couple of days and we can see
him being able to do all three facets
of the game in this first Test.”
Despite the impending court case, attitude – so desperate to come back
Root insists Stokes has not been in and prove a point and do well.”
Stokes is only one demerit point
unduly affected. “He’s been quite
relaxed. He is such a good character away from a ban after clashes duraround the dressing-room. When he ing England’s tours of Bangladesh
and India last winter. One more
speaks about the game, he gets
transgression will mean he
everyone’s attention and
misses a Test and Root
people listen.
acknowledged that
“He’s very focused
Stokes has a fine line
on what he needs to
to tread. “You’re aldo. Credit to him, he’s
ways aware of that,”
been able to manage
Months since Ben
he said. “He’ll have to
that really well.”
Stokes played a Test
be on best behaviour.”
This will be Stokes’
match – against
West Indies
This series offers
first Test for six
at Lord’s
Root a chance to start
months, since Enghis second year in the job
land beat West Indies at
– he was appointed Alastair
Lord’s in September.
Cook’s successor in February
“It’s been a while since he’s
had the chance to play red-ball crick- last year – on a winning note after
et,” said Root. “He’s just so excited. It a first 12 months that brought home
is really good to see players with that series wins against South Africa and
6
Wagner looking to call tune when
he squares up to team-mate Cook
By David Clough
IN AUCKLAND
Alastair Cook’s friendly reunion
with New Zealand seamer Neil
Wagner will have to be put on
hold when the serious business of
the first Test starts in Auckland.
England’s national record
run-scorer has already had a few
convivial chats with his Essex
team-mate about county championship-winning days together at
Chelmsford et al.
But feisty left-armer Wagner
(right) has a job to do against his
old chum at Eden Park, so the
good humour will resume for
the start of the new season when
Essex set out to defend their
Specsavers Division One title.
“It will be quite an interesting
battle – then afterwards we can
apparent return to full fitness.
sit down, have a laugh and talk
Stokes was able to bowl as
about it,” said Wagner, who has a
well as bat in the nets yesterday,
high regard for Cook, on and off
without discomfort from his stiff
the pitch.
back, and his return to
“He’s a great lad – I
Test cricket as England’s
T
h
ere’s
loved spending time
all-rounder is on
been some
with him in the Essex
track again.
funny banter
changing-room.
His presence will be
“He’s a top man...
between [us] significant, individually
there has been some
and for a team bereft of
even before
funny banter between this series got Stokes’ services for so
[us] even before this
much of the winter as
close, so I look he waited until the new
series got close, so I
forward
to
look forward to playing
year to hear whether he
playing him
against him.”
would be charged with
England’s chances of
affray after an alleged
arresting their miseraaltercation outside a
ble away form in Test cricket, and Bristol nightclub last September.
trying to banish memories of this
Craig Overton remains on
winter’s 4-0 Ashes defeat, have
stand-by as the extra seamer,
been bolstered by Ben Stokes’
should Stokes be able to play only
as a specialist batsman after all.
Like Stokes, the Somerset
bowler was preparing in the
Auckland nets as if he will be
involved in New Zealand’s inaugural day-night Test, starting tomorrow.
“That’s always the
aim,” said Overton.
“You don’t know till
the day before what
the side is, so you’ve
just got to prepare as
if you’re going to play
and hope you get the
nod when it comes.”
The 23-yearold is back in
contention
after a cracked rib
interrupted an
encouraging start
to his international
career in the
second and third
Ashes Tests.
“Obviously, it was
frustrating after the
injury in Perth, but
West Indies but was overshadowed
by the Ashes. England have also won
just one away series – in South Africa three winters ago – since 2012.
“It has been a year of ups and
downs, really,” said Root. “I thought,
throughout the summer, we played
some really good cricket. It has
been tough until now, but we have
two Test matches to put a different
stamp on this winter and change our
momentum going into the summer.
“It is a big series for us, coming
from a big defeat like the Ashes, so
we need to make sure we put that
right and come away with some success overseas, because it’s not happened for a while.
“It is a good opportunity for us to
try to turn the corner and make sure
we change our recent history outside
England.” THE INDEPENDENT
you’ve got to bounce back
from that,” said Overton.
After his debut in the
day-night Test at Adelaide,
he predicts that exaggerated movement from the
pink ball may again
accelerate the
contest here.
“You want to be bowling
in that twilight period, and
at night, with the new ball.
“You’ve seen in games already, where captains have
declared seven and eight
down and had a go to try to
get three or four wickets
that night.
“It’s going to happen at
some point and you’ve got to
be prepared for that.”
Wagner disagrees.
“There’s been a lot of talk
about it, but I’ve not seen it
do anything too much different,” he said, dispelling, too,
any suggestion Joe Root’s
tourists may be easy pickings
after their Ashes humbling.
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FORMULA ONE
Wolff says breakaway series is ‘realistic’ possibility
By Philip Duncan
his famous Italian team will quit if
F1’s American owners do not revise
their future plans.
Ferrari are unhappy with the
A breakaway championship to
rival Formula One has gathered proposed redistribution of prize
money, and the concept of a
further momentum after
simpler engine.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff
And, while Wolff
warned that it is a “realistic” possibility and
stressed that he was
keen for the sport’s
“could happen”.
major players to
Wolff (below), the
The value in
executive director
work together and
millions of pounds
for Mercedes, is the
seek consensus
of champion Lewis
sport’s first team prinon the correct way
Hamilton’s new
cipal to reveal that a
forward, the Ausdeal, taking him to
the end of 2020
rebel series could be on
trian could not rule
the cards with the new seaout the prospect of a
son only days away.
breakaway championship.
Bernie Ecclestone, who gov“The prospect of doing
erned Formula One for four
something else is a realistic
decades, claimed last
one, and it could happen if
we don’t achieve to align
month that disgruntled
our vision,” said Wolff.
Ferrari chairman Ser“Marchionne has
gio Marchionne had
a clear vision of what
already staged talks over
Formula One should
a rival championship.
represent for Ferrari,
Ferrari are disappointwhich is a purist sport
ed with Liberty Media’s
that isn’t a shopping chanvision for the sport beyond
nel. I would strongly encourage
the expiration of the Concorde
Agreement – a deal which binds the all of the sport’s stakeholders not to
teams and stakeholders together try and provoke him.
“I agree with most of the things
until the end of 2020 – with Marchionne warning several times that Sergio says because Formula One
The prospect of doing
something else is a realistic
one, and it could happen if
we don’t achieve our vision
IN MELBOURNE
40
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes team-mates, gear up for the
new F1 season that starts in Melbourne this weekend GETTY
has a certain DNA and it is a sport
that needs to stick to its roots.
“So, don’t mess with Sergio Marchionne. Formula One needs Ferrari much more than Ferrari needs
Formula One.
“I will give it everything to align
the vision among us by seeking consensus and accepting compromise.”
The new campaign gets under way
here in Melbourne on Sunday and
Wolff’s Mercedes team will start as
the favourites to win a record-equalling fifth consecutive constructors’
championship, following a strong
showing in pre-season testing.
Leading their charge will be Lewis
Hamilton, who could sign a new
£40-million-a-year deal taking him
until at least the end of 2020, before
the curtain raiser at Albert Park.
The 33-year-old Englishman is
also bidding to become only the third
driver to win the title more than
four times.
“Lewis came back strong from the
winter and in a good frame of mind,”
Wolff added. “He is looking forward
to the start of the season and he even
enjoyed driving at the tests in Barcelona, so that was a novelty. For me, all
the signs are positive.
“What makes you happy are the
key objectives, and Lewis is at a
stage in his life where he is settled in
the team and well accepted.
“He is a strong pillar for Mercedes
and gets on with Valtteri [Bottas] as
well as you can with a team-mate.”
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SPORT
Football
t
FAITH IN
FOOTBALL
athan Jones grew up
in a small coal mining
community in the
Rhondda Valleys, with a
population of less than
2,000 and four practising churches.
The Christian faith was an
integral part of life: Sunday School
each week, turning to church as
he became older, regular prayer
meetings at his family’s home. “The
Chapel Life, they call it,” Jones
tells i.
He was a promising young
defender, constantly asked to attend
trials for his county and the Wales
national team but unable to as
they were always on Sundays. As
were the training sessions and the
games. He had coaches tell him he
was wasting his talent, throwing
his career away. “Not one point did
I think it was going to hinder my
career,” he says.
“At 16, my parents handed my
Christian life over to me. If I wanted
to continue in the faith I could, if I
didn’t it was my own choice. Once
you’ve seen the strength it gives you
it wasn’t any kind of difficult choice
or thought process for me. I was
a happy Christian, a very blessed
Christian and I’ve continued
ever since.
“I went to Cardiff and they had
games on Sundays. I went to God
and said, “I believe you brought
me to this opportunity, I need to
play.” It was done in good faith. It
was a necessity then. I believe God
understands that.”
Today, Jones welcomes i into his
office at Luton Town’s suave new
training complex – all glass walls
and pin-coded doors – to discuss
how God has guided him every
step of the way, how Christianity
has touched football and led to the
44-year-old, challenging for the
League Two title, being one of the
minutes for a poor challenge. He
most promising young managers
is devastated.
outside the Premier League.
“I went to God after the game
Much like with Christianity, Jones
and said, ‘Why did you
does not have physical
do that?’ It was a big
evidence to prove God’s
moment. And all he said
influence, but he has plenty
I went to
of stories about when he
God after the was: ‘Be still and know
felt God’s guidance and
game and said that I am God.’ I read it
that day, during my daily
was directed along the way.
‘why did you
reading: be still and know
do
that?’
And
t is May 2007: Jones
that I am God.” During
all he said was his quiet time with God,
is captaining Yeovil
Town in their League ‘be still and
the passage, from Psalm
One playoff semi46:10, jumped out at Jones
know that I
final first leg against
completely at random.
am God’
Nottingham Forest; they
“All I kept thinking
are standing in the tunnel,
about all week was: be still
about to walk on to the pitch, when
and know that I am God. Be still. We
Forest’s players begin to chant
went to the City Ground, 2-0 down
“win, win, win” under their breaths. after the first leg, we’re coming out
It riles him up, angers him. They
again, their players were all: “Win,
are the underdogs and he feels
win win.” Saying it one after the
it is his duty to do something. He
other; sporadic. We won 5-2. No one
vociferously gees up his team-mates has ever gone to Forest and won 5-2
before the game kicks off. Then
like that, apart from Real Madrid in
he gives away a penalty within 15
the European Cup.”
N
our
s
m
l
in
s
Sam Cunningham
, e
a
ide
I
ones is homesick at
Luton Town as a
young player in the
mid-1990s, his first
experience of football outside Wales. An opportunity arises in Spain,
at Numancia. He turns
to God and says, “Show
me if this is the right
move” and has a feeling
it is and goes there. His
homesickness isn’t cured,
but it is far more manageable in Spain. He improves
as a footballer and learns
to speak fluent Spanish.
Almost 20 years later, he
makes the first big move in
his coaching career, joining
Brighton and Hove Albion
as assistant manager to
Oscar Garcia.
“One of the reasons I got
the job is because I spoke
Spanish,” he says.
J
“I’ve never made a bad decision
in my career. I’ve made a few in my
life, but never in my career. I’ve
done everything with God, said
‘Show me is this the right move’
and I’ve followed God’s word.
“Others will say it’s
your gut feeling. No it’s
not: it’s the feeling I get
from my faith in God.
And I believe that he
guides me. Kept me
safe, blessed me with
so much.
“Why me? I
come from a mining
community in Wales
where no other
footballers have come
from. I’ve had not far off a
30-year career in football.
Why me? I can relay many
different stories where
I felt the hand of God,
the guidance of God in
my life.”
ones is feverishly proud of
his faith. He has been the
butt of “friendly banter”
about it – even his friends
away from football sometimes call him a “bible basher”
– during his playing career but he
has never felt it has overstepped the
mark. “I haven’t been persecuted
for God in football,” he says. “It
never hindered me in my career or
caused me any discomfort. I’ve been
blessed in that way.”
He finds that football can make
practising his faith harder: the
frequent moving from place to
place, the demands of the game,
the never-ending nature of being
a manager. “In football, there are
a lot of temptations. My faith has
enabled me to stay somewhat on
a straight-and-narrow path, or
enabled me to come quickly back
to the straight-and-narrow if I’ve
strayed. It’s given me a strength
and faith to try and do things
J
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Mulryne free REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
after giving Kelly ‘keeping options open’
after snubbing O’Neill’s squad
up all for
He said: “I think [he] wants
priesthood
to keep his options open at this
By Damian Spellman
By Sam Cunningham
Luton Town manager Nathan Jones,
who has led his club to the upper
echelons of League Two, and (below)
during his playing days with Yeovil
TERI PENGILLEY/GETTY
and to be the best I can.
on the pitch. I don’t think there’s a
“To keep a group of 27
real stigma attached now.”
testosterone-filled, egotistical
Jones has religious tattoos
footballers happy is nigh
daubed all over his
on impossible. To keep
incredibly lean body:
their respect and to keep
The foreign Jesus on his shoulder, the
their focus, that’s the thing players are
cross, an angel, part of the
I have to concentrate on.
Sistine Chapel across his
a
lot
more
If I’m treating someone
back; of Michelangelo’s
outward
with
unfairly, I can’t ask them to
The Creation of Adam,
their
Christian
respond to me. Christianity
illustrating the Book of
beliefs. I don’t Genesis in which God gives
enables me to be honest,
have an equilibrium and be think there
life to man. “I’m proud of
a manager they might not is a stigma
Christianity and I show
like, but respect.”
that,” he says.
attached
now
Jones believes the
“Galatians says the
influence of players from
marks on my body show
abroad who outwardly express the
I belong to God and that’s why I
Christian faith has increased its
have them.
acceptance. “There’s not a stigma
“I don’t look back and think,
in this day and age, and that’s a lot, I
I could’ve been this or that. I’ve
think, because of the foreign influx
surpassed any dream that I ever had
of players and people – they’re a lot
and I’m very blessed, and in God’s
more outward with their Christian
will I did those things. If I hadn’t
beliefs, you see a lot more players
done all of those things, who’s to say
doing the crucifix when they come
if I’d be here?”
Philip Mulryne tired of the
nightclubs, the drinking and the
money: so much of it he could buy
four cars every year.
He had lived the stereotypical
life of a wealthy footballer, the
glamour-model girlfriend and the
glitzy parties, but as the former
Manchester United and Norwich
midfielder drifted into his late
20s he felt vacant, dissatisfied,
unfulfilled.
His 27-cap Northern Ireland
international career came to end
after breaking a curfew by going
out drinking.
Something was missing,
until, from nowhere, the
desire to become a priest
manifested within.
Catholicism was
part of his life
as a child; he
went to Mass
on Sundays
and regularly
prayed, but
Mulryne (right)
had given it less
thought after
moving to United’s
academy at 14 years old, drawn
away from his religion by the
Red Devils. When the pull of the
church arrived it was so strange
for him he knew it had come
from God.
At 31, in 2009, he was invited by
the bishop of Down and Connor to
enter the priesthood. He enrolled
in the Dominican Order, declared
bankruptcy, taking a vow of
celibacy and poverty. From being
able to own anything in material
terms, Mulryne owned nothing.
He was free.
Eight years later, he was
ordained by the Archbishop of
Dublin, Diarmuid Martin.
He prays five times a day and
teaches religion at a school
south-west of Dublin. He is often
asked about being a professional
footballer by the students and
will tell them about his career
as a player. He believes there are
many crossovers, especially the
discipline involved to make it at
the highest level.
He has given up everything, but
feels he has so much more.
TOMORROW
Jonathan Barnett
Sam Cunningham speaks to
the super-agent who has
Gareth Bale, among
others,
on his books,
but turns
his phone
off every
Friday to
mark
Shabbat
Reading midfielder Liam Kelly
has told Martin O’Neill he wants
to keep his options open in case
England come calling after
declining a call-up to the
Republic of Ireland
squad.
The 22-year-old was
named in a 30-man
party for the Republic’s
training camp near
Antalya this week
ahead of Friday’s friendly
against Turkey, but was not
among the final 25 who flew out
from Dublin on Monday.
O’Neill revealed Basingstokeborn Kelly (above), who
represented Ireland at Under-18
and Under-21 levels, had declined
the offer to join up.
minute. He’s born in England and
wants to keep those options open
and that’s fine.
“I’ve always said it’s the
player’s choice and if he
wants to think England
might come in, that’s
entirely his decision.”
Kelly is one of a
new group of players
to whom O’Neill has
turned as he attempts
to reshape his squad
after missing out on World
Cup qualification. Of those who
did make it on the plane, there are
eight uncapped players: Aaron
McCarey, Kieran O’Hara, Matt
Doherty, Declan Rice, Darragh
Lenihan, Derrick Williams, Enda
Stevens and Scott Hogan.
SPAIN
Morata miffed at missing
out on call-up – Alonso
By Sports Staff
Marcos Alonso said his Chelsea
team-mate Alvaro Morata was not
happy to be left out of the Spain
squad for their upcoming friendlies.
Alonso, who has received his first
international call-up at the age of 27,
was speaking before Spain’s matches against Germany and Argentina.
Morata has endured a frustrating
spell with Chelsea, having failed to
score in the Premier League in 2018
and been left on the bench for the
last three league outings.
He netted for Chelsea in the FA
Cup win at Leicester on Sunday,
however, and will hope to win back
favour with Spain manager Julen
Lopetegui before the World Cup in
the summer.
“Obviously Alvaro wasn’t happy,”
Alonso said. “He’s had a couple of
difficult months because of a back
problem. He’s now 100 per cent, the
other day he returned to scoring.
He’s very important and I hope he
is in the World Cup.”
On his own Spain call, Alonso
said: “Whether it’s been delayed or
not, the important thing is that I’m
here.”
Alonso played under Lopetegui
early in his career while with Real
Madrid Castilla, the club’s reserve
team, and is relishing their reunion.
“It’s an opportunity to show what
I can do,” he said. “The coach knows
me well from my time at Castilla
and from all these years, and I’m
sure he continues to follow all the
Spanish players.”
NORTHERN IRELAND
Former runner Lewis fast
tracks to international bow
By Sports Staff
Jamal Lewis is set to make his
Northern Ireland debut just
three months after his senior
football bow, yet the former
800m runner is taking
his meteoric rise in
his stride.
The 20-year-old
Norwich defender
was still six weeks
away from his first
club appearance when
Northern Ireland were
last in action against
Switzerland back in November.
However, having quickly
established himself in the
Canaries’ first team after
Christmas, Michael O’Neill called
Lewis’ progress “phenomenal”
and selected a player who qualifies
through his Belfast-born mother
Catrina in his squad for Saturday’s
home friendly with South Korea.
“I was just delighted,”
Lewis (below) said of his
international recognition.
“Everything’s moving so
quickly, I’m just trying
to take it all in my
stride. It was a really
proud moment for me.
My mum was going
ecstatic, she was crazy!
“I’m just trying to
take everything in my
stride, club football’s going
well and to get called up for
your national team as well, it’s a
great honour.
“I’m just taking it game by
game really, just really enjoying it.
These are the kind of moments you
dream about when you’re younger.”
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From milk
deliveries to
keeping goal
for England
Burnley keeper Pope’s remarkable
rise from basement of the pyramid
years, something that in academy
football is impossible.
“It allowed me to get into the
men’s game and play men’s football
at
that young age which helped me
FOOTBALL
CORRESPONDENT
springboard and helped me grow as
The prospect of one day receiving an a player.”
England call-up could not have been
Pope, 25, has been almost as far
further from Nick Pope’s mind as he down the football pyramid as a
rose at 4am and set off on his round player can before rising back up to
on a milk float around Soham, Cam- the pinnacle of an England call. The
bridgeshire, at 10mph. Nor when 6ft 3in keeper remembers turning
he was working as a sales assistant out in the Ryman Premier for Bury
in Next; serving behind a till sell- and Harrow, and playing in the Essex
ing clothes, manning the changing and Suffolk Border League for Bury
rooms, greeting people at the sliding Town reserves.
front doors.
He thinks it was the seventh
It paid nowhere near
tier, but it is so far down he
the sort of salary he
cannot be sure. “Some
has been on in the
places you needed a map,”
Premier League
he says. “Ten people and
w i t h B u r n l e y.
a dog. Brightlingsea was
The age Nick Pope
“I didn’t get
a rough one. I hope the
was released by
enough money!”
people of Brightlingsea
Ipswich before
he says. “It didn’t
don’t mind. Little Oakstarting his rise up
pay much.”
ley.” He adds: “I think I
the football pyramid
Po p e w a s r e won the reserve version of
leased by Ipswich as a
the Suffolk Senior Cup. The
16-year-old and joined the
club have the trophy. I might
West Suffolk Sports Academy
have a medal, hopefully.
and Bury Town, studying two years
“I have worked through the
of business marketing and one year leagues. There were some cold and
of sports science. He needed the dark ones in the Ryman League.
extra money to get by.
Even lower than that. Also League
“When you get released by Ips- Two and in the Conference and
wich at that age you think making Conference South. You think the
it is a faraway possibility. But I was National League would be too far
lucky enough to go to a college and away, almost.”
a set-up that suited me down to the
The tough, trying conditions have
ground with the people I met and prepared Pope for anything, and
came across.
there really is little that could sur“The set up that was in place al- prise him now, even the prospect of
lowed me to play 150 games in three becoming England’s No 1 only a few
Sam
Cunningham
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Rabada two-match
ban overturned
South Africa paceman Kagiso
Rabada has been cleared to play
in this week’s third Test against
Australia by the International
Cricket Council. The 22-year-old’s
two-match ban has been overturned
after his charge of making
‘inappropriate and deliberate
physical contact’ with Australia’s
Steve Smith during the second Test
in Port Elizabeth was downgraded
to ‘conduct that is contrary to the
spirit of the game’ on appeal.
months before the World Cup begins. “It will help me have no fear,” he
says. “This Premier League season
has taught me to go and enjoy it and
forget about all the noise around it.
It is just 90 minutes on some grass.
Go and show what you are about.
That is something I have learnt since
Burnley – don’t be scared of the challenge, embrace it and show what you
are about.
“I hope people see it as a pathway
and a possibility. To play Conference
and lower and get called up is great.
“It’s been a hard ride. Aldershot
I hope people see it as a
pathway and a possibility. To
play Conference and lower
and get called up is great
was a tough spell. Six weeks, some
sticky patches. For me it was something you have to get through. You
have to prove yourself at every level
to get to the next one.”
Since being handed the chance by
Sean Dyche in Burnley’s first team
with Tom Heaton out injured, Pope
has convinced the England manager
Gareth Southgate that he has the potential to earn a first cap against the
Nertherlands on Friday.
If the probability of Pope getting
from where he has been to where he
is today is slim, the odds of becoming
England’s World Cup goalkeeper are
narrowing, with the position so uncertain so close to the tournament.
One player who won’t feature on
Friday is Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand, who withdrew from the squad
last night with a back injury.
“Now that I am here I would like to
BOXING
RUGBY LEAGUE
Saunders fight delayed by injury
Bradford handed
potential Wolves tie
Billy Joe Saunders’ WBO
middleweight title defence
against Martin Murray has
been postponed until
June after he suffered a
hand injury.
The fight has been
moved from 14 April
to 23 June with Terry
Flanagan’s bout with
America’s Maurice
Hooker for the vacant
WBO light-welterweight title
also postponed. Injury to 28-year-old
Saunders (below) undermines his
pursuit of the winner of the 5 May
fight between Saul Alvarez
and Gennady Golovkin.
“I felt my hand go during
a session this week and
sought medical advice
immediately,” Saunders
said. “Unfortunately I’ve
been told that I can’t punch
anything for four weeks so
we’ve been left with no choice
but to withdraw.
» Steve Bunce, p48
Five-time winners Bradford could
face Warrington in the fifth round
of the Challenge Cup following last
night’s draw. The Wolves, one of four
Super League clubs entering at this
stage, will have home advantage
against either the Bulls or Hunslet,
who have yet to play their fourthround tie. Widnes host Coventry or
Pilkington Recs, the only surviving
amateur club, while Hull KR visit
Halifax or Oldham. The ties take
place on the weekend of 21/22 April.
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SCOTLAND
McBurnie out to
make more than
fashion statement
the match, so ever since then it has
been more of a superstition.
Born in 1996, Oli McBurnie was just
“I keep the socks down and my
two years old when Scotland last shin pads are not that big. I’m quite
qualified for a major tournament, superstitious. If I score one week,
under Craig Brown. Which is just as I will keep wearing the same boots
well, since he would never have sur- and trainers leading up to the next
vived the former Scotland manager’s game. If I don’t score then I will
stringent views about appearance.
change it all. But it’s fashion with the
Even on the pitch, Brown
socks,” he concedes. “I get
was a stickler for his playhammered for it!”
ers maintaining high
McBurnie, 21, is a genuWe were
standards, which meant brought up
ine partner-in-crime for
shirts tucked in and socks to celebrate
Jason Cummings, his inpulled up. McBurnie, by
ternational room-mate
contrast, is a throwback to when England and pal. They are a pothe days of Paul Sturrock; got knocked
tential Scotland forward
socks rolled down, shirt out of the
pairing in the upcoming
untucked. He does con- World Cup. I
friendlies against Costa
sent – indeed, must do due didn’t really
Rica and Hungary.
to rules – to wearing shin have any say
Like Cummings,
pads, but even these are
McBurnie is partial to a
micro-sized.
tattoo or seven – he has the
“When I was 17, I was on loan at face of Tony Montana, from the film
Chester in the Conference,” he ex- Scarface, etched on his left arm. “I
plains. “They didn’t have a lot of kit, think I’ve got about six or seven tatso I had a big, baggy shirt and shorts. toos in total,” he says. “But Jason has
All the elastic had come out of the more.”
socks. I’m not the biggest guy now,
It’s good to have McBurnie outline
but I was even skinnier back then so such distinguishing features since
these socks kept falling down.
some Scotland supporters could re“After the third game, I gave up quire help recognising someone who
and kept them down. I scored my has played all his club football south
first professional goal and got man of of the Border. McBurnie has been
By Alan Pattulo
Nick Pope trains with
England. This is his
first call-up for the
senior squad and he
is hoping to play in
Russia PA
WALES
Gunter denies players put
pressure on Coleman to stay
think my ambitions are greater than
just being in a squad,” Pope added.
“You have to be hungry and this is
the first time I have been called up to
a squad, but I want to prove myself.
To play for England is the end goal.
“Throughout your career you set
different goals – when I signed for
Charlton they were in League One
but my career ambition then was to
play one game in the Championship.”
Repeatedly setting targets has got
him from the milk round to England
within 10 years – and who knows
where else.
CRICKET
Scotland welcome
Windies challenge
Scotland are “ready to embrace
the occasion” as they prepare
for a World Cup qualifier decider
against West Indies. The Saltires
will qualify for next year’s World
Cup if they can see off the Windies
in Harare today and reach the
final of the qualifiers. Captain Kyle
Coetzer said: “The guys are ready
to embrace the occasion and the big
day. It’s nothing to be afraid of and
we can’t wait.”
» Stokes boost for England, p50
By Phil Blanche
Chris Gunter has denied that
player power tried to keep
Ryan Giggs’ predecessor, Chris
Coleman, as Wales manager.
Wales’ new era under
Giggs starts tomorrow as the
Dragons kick off the China Cup
against the hosts in Nanning,
with the Czech Republic and
Uruguay also involved in the
four-team tournament.
It is the first time the Wales
squad has been together since
Coleman – who guided the
country to the semi-finals of
Euro 2016 – surprisingly chose
to end his six-year stay as
national-team boss in November
and take over at Championship
strugglers Sunderland.
Gunter was among a group of
senior players who reportedly
lobbied Coleman to remain, but
he said: “It was made out that
there was a group of players who
were knocking at his hotel door
Oli McBurnie has been called-up to the Scotland squad for the up-coming
friendly matches against Costa Rica and Hungary GETTY
a regular at both age levels, scoring twice in 10 appearances for the
Under 21s. Currently on loan until
the end of the season at Barnsley,
where he has scored five goals in his
last six appearances, he will return
to Swansea, where he has another
year left of his contract.
Despite being born and raised in
Leeds there was never any doubt
about which international team
to play for – his Glaswegian father,
Neil, made sure of that. McBurnie
satisfies such Tartan Army stipulations as cheering when England are
knocked out of the major finals.
“I never really had any choice
with my old man,” he explains. “My
brother [Zander] and I always got
brought up as being Scottish. We
would go into school when it was a
dress-down day and we would be
wearing our Scotland tops. It seems
weird to me when people are saying
‘you’re English’. I’m like ‘I’m Scottish, I’ve always been Scottish’.
“We were brought up Scottish. We
were brought up to celebrate when
England got knocked out of the
World Cup. I didn’t really have any
say in the matter. All my family are
from Glasgow.
“When I told my grandma about
the call-up, she said that was enough
for her. No matter what else happened in football, if I got called up
for the Scotland first-team, I would
have done her proud.”
and begging him to stay. It wasn’t
quite like that because players
don’t really have an influence on
what happens above.
“I know that’s been said in the
past about this group of players,
but it’s not the case.
“We wanted the
manager to stay, because
he was a massive part
of Welsh history and
everybody loved playing
under him.
“But, in this case, I
think we were the last to
know what was going on.”
Gunter (right) is now
looking forward to working
under Giggs, a team-mate at the
start of his Wales career and a
direct opponent when he was a
Tottenham youngster.
“My second game for
Tottenham was in the cup
away to [Manchester] United,”
Gunter recalled.
“I came on after about 60
minutes and I remember
saying something like ‘do
me a favour’.
“Two minutes after
I came on – it was 1-1
at the time – Michael
Dawson got sent off
for a handball, gave
away a penalty, and
we were 2-1 down with
a three-man defence!”
The Reading defender,
28, is set to win his 86th cap
against China and set a new
Wales record for an outfield
player, eclipsing the mark of
former manager Gary Speed.
RUGBY UNION
FOOTBALL
Vunipola doubt for Leinster game
Bale trains after
marathon journey
Billy Vunipola could miss Saracens’
Champions Cup quarterfinal against Leinster
after director of
rugby Mark McCall
revealed his fitness
remains unclear.
The England No 8
(right) fractured
his arm in January,
missing the Six Nations,
and was pencilled in to
return in time for the trip to
Dublin on 1 April. It was the latest
setback of a torrid 18-month spell
that also included lay-offs for knee
and shoulder surgery and
McCall will not gamble on
his fitness.
“It’s a little bit uncertain,
Billy is in a race against
time to be ready,” McCall
said. “We’ll make a call on
what the surgeon says. If
the arm isn’t right to play
then we won’t risk him. We
don’t want to re-injure him.” »
Saints discipline North, p49
Gareth Bale trained with Wales’
China Cup squad just two hours
after completing a marathon
7,500-mile trip from Madrid. Bale
was a scoring substitute in Real’s
6-3 La Liga victory over Girona on
Sunday night before taking a private
jet to Luton Airport after the game.
The 28-year-old spent the night in
Richmond and was at Heathrow
early on Monday morning to board
an 11.10am 10-and-a-half hour flight
to Guangzhou.
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The Luton Town
manager Nathan
Jones, who is a
committed Christian
TERI PENGILLEY
Froome case will drag on past Giro, admits UCI chief
By Lawrence Ostlere
Chris Froome will almost certainly
be on the start at the Giro d’Italia
in May as the consequences of his
adverse analytical findings are still
unresolved, according to the head
of world cycling, David Lappartient.
Lappartient recently said that
such a scenario at the Tour de
France in July would be a “disaster” for cycling and insisted Team
Sky should have removed Froome
from racing while the case
remains open. Froome responded by criticising the
UCI president’s decision
to voice his concerns
through the media.
Team Sky insist they
would like a resolution as
soon as possible. Froome
was found to have double
the permitted limit of the asthma
P55
drug Salbutamol in his system following a stage of his Tour of
Spain triumph in September. However, anti-doping
rules do not allow the
UCI to set any time limits for the case and it
could conceivably drag
on for months.
“When will it end?
I don’t know, to be honest. I hope as soon as possi-
P51
ble. I said I hope before the Giro
d’Italia, but I don’t think so and
I’m not sure that this is possible,”
Lappartient said.
“We’re pushing for as soon as possible. That would be the best thing for
the rider, the team, race organisers
and the UCI, but it is not simple and
needs time. The procedure is long,
questions have to be answered, documents have to be studied. Both sides
have powerful lawyers and the case
is more complicated than usual.”
Lappartient added that technical
details between the respective legal
teams are slowing the process: “I’m
not authorised to say much, out of
respect for the Wada code. The case
is at the Lads (Legal Anti-Doping
Services), and our lawyers and the
rider’s lawyers are in discussion.
“Before going to the next phase, we
have to be sure to have responded to
every question.” THE INDEPENDENT
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