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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
FR DAY
Countdown
to the
World Cup
starts here
FILM OF
THE WEEK
★★★★★
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Idris Elba
PLUS
on Luther
season 5
and his new
family sitcom
Giggs era begins
with Bale breaking
the Welsh goal
scoring record
BOOKS ● TV ●
FILM ● MUSIC
‘My life will
never be the
same again’
FRIDAY
23 MARCH 2018
Number 2,286
UK
threatens
Facebook
with
£1bn fine
» Salisbury police officer who was
poisoned by nerve agent thanks the
doctors who saved him – as he’s
discharged from hospital after 18 days
» Former Russian spy and his daughter
are still battling for their lives
» High Court judge says: ‘Medical tests
indicate that their mental capacity might
be compromised to an unknown degree’
P6
Return of the
classical Brits
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PLUS MARK STEEL
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EXCLUSIVE
Nick Clegg in
Ireland
How to preserve our
precious peace
1 in 3 doctors
convicted of
sex offences is
still free to
practise
medicine
Interest rate rise on
the cards in May
P4
P48
Tracy
Beaker
is back
P29
P17
I DEMENTIA MYTH-BUSTING – BRYAN CRANSTON
P13
I PUZZLES
P52
The
News
Matrix
LEGAL
Why have
badgers’ sex
lives closed a
British road?
See p.13
The day at
a glance
FRIDAY
23
MARCH
Quote of the day
GORDON ATKINSON
A US shopping chain has won
copyright battle with a Scottish
couple after they named their hair
salon “Macys”. Jon and Kirsty
Nelson, from West Lothian, named
their business after their daughter,
but have had to change its spelling to
“Maciz” because of the action.
POLICE
BUSINESS
SOCIETY
PEOPLE
Save-trees protester
set off rape alarm
Passport maker to
fight for £490m deal
Glasgow may open
drug-taking rooms
Lord Bird: I hit my
violent father
A protester who accused council
contractors of “raping the trees” has
been arrested for blowing a plastic
trumpet and setting off a rape alarm
in a Sheffield street. The 57-year-old
woman was arrested after a
protest against a long-running
and controversial tree-felling
programme in the Yorkshire city.
The current British passport
manufacturer is contesting a deal
for the new blue post-Brexit UK
passport issued from October
2019 to be made in France. Martin
Sutherland, the boss of the current
burgundy UK supplier De La Rue,
said a Franco-Dutch firm, Gemalto,
had won the £490m contract. PAGE 7
Glasgow officials are considering
opening the first drug consumption
rooms in the UK. Health Protection
Scotland say HIV is spreading faster
in the city than anywhere else in
the UK. Almost every new case is a
heroin addict. One solution could be
the opening of clinics where addicts
are provided with clean needles.
Big Issue founder Lord Bird has
admitted to beating his father after
finding him pouring hot water over
his mother. In a debate on domestic
abuse, Lord Bird said: “I beat my
father to the ground... and said: ‘If
you touch my mother again I shall
kill you’. For the next nine years he
didn’t touch my mother.”
NATURE
Sparrows bounce
back at old colliery
You can forget a lot of
things, but you cannot
forget a woman’s name
and claim to love her
Macy’s wins UK
name change battle
Rare tree sparrows have bounced
back at a nature reserve created on
the site of an abandoned colliery.
The birds were “red-listed” in the
UK after numbers fell by 93 per cent
from 1970-2008, but at The Leas
and Whitburn Coastal Park in South
Tyneside, numbers have grown from
just one pair to 120 birds this winter.
MOTORING
Dacia makes
the running
A survey into the most affordable cars in the
UK takes into account the cost of buying the
vehicle, day-to-day running costs, as well as
depreciation over three years and 30,000
miles. Dacia claims the top three spots.
Cheapest cars to buy and run in the UK over a three-year period
Monthly running cost
3-year ownership cost
Dacia Duster 1.6 SCe 115 Air 5dr
£171.92
LEGAL
Cosby lawyers ask
judge to step aside
Actor Bill Cosby’s lawyers are asking
the judge in his forthcoming sexual
assault retrial to step aside, arguing
he could be seen as biased because
his wife is a social worker who has
described herself as an “advocate for
assault victims”. They claim some of
Judge Steven O’Neill’s rulings could
be influenced by his wife’s work.
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Birthdays
Damon Albarn, musician,
50; Sir Mo Farah, athlete,
35; Chaka Khan (below),
singer, 65; Sir Chris
Hoy, cyclist, 42; Michael
Nyman, composer, 74
TELEVISION
The List
Britain’s most
popular pets
Just under half of households
in Britain have a least one pet.
These are the most popular types
of animals, and the proportion of
owners who have them:
Anniversaries
Saturday 23 March 1839
The initials “OK” are first
published in The Boston
Morning Post. Meant
as an abbreviation for
“oll korrect”, a popular
slang misspelling of “all
correct” at the time, OK
steadily made its way into
everyday American speech.
1 Dogs (23%)
2 Cats (18%)
3 Fish (7%)
4 Rabbits (2%)
5 Indoor birds (1%)
6 Guinea pigs (1%)
7 Hamsters (1%)
8 Tortoises or turtles (0.8%)
SOURCE: PET FOOD
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Journalist shot dead
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Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
The BBC is bringing back some of
its most popular cooking shows on
the BBC iPlayer at Easter, including
Delia Smith’s Cookery Course. Other
series being brought back include
Fanny Cradock Invites You To... A
Cheese and Wine Party (Cradock
is pictured below) and Ken Hom’s
Chinese Cookery.
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TV & Radio...........38
Homes......................44
Business..................48
Puzzles.....................52
Weather...................54
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A journalist in Mexico’s Gulf coast
state of Veracruz who ran a news
website has been shot dead. The
body of Leobardo Vazquez, 48, was
found dead near a taco stand he also
ran in the town of Gutierrez Zamora.
Vazquez’s site covers general news
and crime in the town, which is
known for drug cartel activity.
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NEWS
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23 MARCH 2018
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ThePage3Profile
HISTORY
TANIA HENZELL
TARTAN CREATOR
Museum tribute to
Dennis McMenace
Oliver Duff
A museum is to be renamed the
McMenace Gallery as part of
the Beano’s 80th anniversary
celebrations. The McManus
in Dundee will be showing an
exhibition from June to October
charting the comic’s history. Its
temporary new name is a nod to the
much-loved character Dennis.
Fleet Street send-off
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s
great-great-great grandson
Harry Chamberlain and
great-great granddaughter
Tania Henzell
ISRAEL
Paddington goes
kosher for Passover
Paddington Bear has started eating
his marmalade on matzo in Israel.
On posters advertising the film
Paddington 2, the character is given
a kosher-for-Passover makeover.
Matzo is the unleavened bread eaten
during Passover. During the season,
bread and other items made from
yeast disappear from store shelves.
ROMANIA
Dead man driving:
court returns licence
Is Ms Henzell a Sherlock Holmes fan?
She is much more than that. She is
the great-great granddaughter of
Sherlock Holmes author, Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle. In honour of the
author, this Edinburgh-based fashion
designer created a special Sherlock
Holmes tartan which launched
yesterday. The tartan design takes
inspiration from Tania’s ancestor and
his famous fictional detective.
“Creating the tartan has been quite
an emotional and nostalgic process,
but also very rewarding,” she said.
What makes it Holmesian?
The tartan is predominantly
green and blue, reflecting Conan
Doyle’s Irish and Scottish heritage,
highlighted by a lighter blue line to
represent the Reichenbach Falls – the
Swiss waterfall where the author
found inspiration and a death place
for his hero in the battle against
Professor Moriarty. Finally, a yellow
line represents the “deductive clarity”
of Holmes.
“It was a fascinating experience
coming up with a pattern that reflects
who Arthur Conan Doyle was, as well
as tying in elements that are entirely
Sherlock,” Tania said.
Is it an official tartan?
Yes. Sherlock Holmes has become
the first literary character to have his
own tartan approved by the Scottish
Register of Tartans. Tania worked
with Scottish weavers from the
House of Edgar to finalise the design.
“My background is in fashion
design, so I’m thrilled to be able to use
my knowledge to create this unique
family tartan,” she said.
Elementary, my dear Watson…
Sherlock Holmes’s distinctive style
owes much to the character’s early
cinema portrayals. Actor Basil
Rathbone is often considered the
quintessential Holmes, playing the
detective in a string of classic movies
in the 1930s and 40s.
The deerstalker cap and Inverness
cape became so much a part of the
image of Holmes that a contemporary
retelling of the story, Sherlock, starring
Benedict Cumberbatch, makes ironic
reference to the headwear.
Tania says garments made from
her uniquely Scottish textile are
perfect for sleuthing on the moors,
uncovering grisly deeds in stately
homes or whiling away an evening in
a Baker Street apartment.
Valerie Browne
A court has ruled that a man who
died last year should get his driving
licence back after it overturned a
ban imposed on him. The court in
the Romanian city of Iasi said that
Valerian Vasiliu should have his
licence returned and be reimbursed
for a speeding fine. Before he died Mr
Vasiliu had appealed the ban.
UNITED STATES
Liberal Vermont not
a beacon of equality
Vermont is now the only US state
to have never sent a woman to
Congress. The state considered to
be one of the most liberal is in the
position after Mississippi Governor
Phil Bryant appointed fellow
Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith to
serve out the term of Senator Thad
Cochran, who has retired.
Letter from
the Editor
i@inews.co.uk
To St Bride’s yesterday, the
journalists’ church just off Fleet
Street, for a service celebrating
the life of our former science
editor Steve Connor.
As i readers will know, Steve
died in November, stopped in his
prime. At last week’s Press Awards
he won Science Journalist of the
Year for his scoops for i.
After the service, friends met in
the Punch Tavern to share stories.
Steve’s quality was obvious to
his readers and colleagues. Not so
much to his zoology professors at
Oxford, it turns out. Lord Krebs,
who tutored Bootle boy Steve at
Pembroke College, remembers
his former student: “His essays
were pretty second rate. After he
graduated I saw him selling ice
creams from a Mr Whippy van. I
told him that I thought he’d found
his niche.” Lord Krebs adds: “Just
shows how wrong I was!”
Within a few years of leaving
university, Steve had rewritten
the history of HIV. American
scientist Robert Gallo was
credited with discovering the
disease. Then Steve revealed
how a rival team led by Luc
Montagnier had a much stronger
claim to have isolated the virus.
Montagnier and his colleague
Françoise Barré-Sinoussi were
subsequently awarded the Nobel
Prize in Medicine. The first of
many exclusives that reverberated
around the world. Thanks, Steve.
****
We aim to please. “Ainsley Harriott
recommends his mum’s Red Bean
Stew for the Big Lunch,” writes i
reader Jo Selwood of Oxford. “At
the risk of getting him into trouble
for divulging his mum’s secret,
might we have a recipe?”
We asked Ainsley – and he
sent over the winning formula,
which he credits with many happy
shared meals. “Peppy’s Red Bean
Stew” is printed on page 52.
4
NEWS
HEALTH
Nearly 1 in 3 doctors convicted of
sex offences is still free to practise
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Almost one in three doctors
convicted of sex offences over
the past five years are still free
to practise medicine, the health
regulator has admitted.
Since 2013, 73 doctors have been
subject to fitness to practise proceedings following convictions, but
the General Medical Council (GMC)
has erased only 50 of them from the
medical register, leaving the remaining 23 able to practise.
The GMC refused to say if it knew
whether the 23 convicted sex offenders are still working in medicine and,
if so, in which areas of the NHS.
Sarah Green, co-director of the
End Violence Against Women Coalition, described the revelations as
“alarming” and urged the GMC to
clarify its policy.
“It is alarming to hear that convicted sex offenders are potentially
working as doctors today,” Ms Green
said. “Doctors are in positions of
enormous trust, where they build relationships with patients who can be
vulnerable. It is hard to understand
how this could be the case when the Commons, arguing they show inconsistency at the GMC in dealother caring professions, such
as teaching, would never
ing with doctors who have
allow it.”
criminal convictions.
Dr Minh AlexanThe FoI request was
der, an NHS whistlemade after the regublower and former
lator said it had no
Doctors with
consultant psychiachoice but to strike
convictions for
trist who campaigns
off Dr Hadiza Bawasex offence in past
on patient safety,
Garba in light of her
five
years
who
uncovered the figures
conviction for gross
have not been
using Freedom of Innegligence manslaughstruck off
formation requests.
ter. Campaigners mainShe has sent the figures
tain she was treated unfairly.
to Sarah Wollaston and col“The GMC is clearly more
leagues on the Health Committee at open to questions of arbitrariness
23
Doctors Governance
Police forces inform the General
Medical Council (GMC) when a
doctor is charged, cautioned or
convicted of a criminal offence.
Doctors are also required to
inform the GMC directly about these
matters. GMC guidance explains
when and what doctors must report
if they are involved in a criminal or
regulatory proceeding, within or
outside the UK.
The British Medical Association
says it is important that the GMC
takes “prompt and appropriate
action to protect patients when
a doctor’s fitness to practice is in
question”. This would probably
result in a tribunal hearing and
potential striking off. The GMC
regulates individual doctors, not GP
surgeries. That is carried out by the
Care Quality Commission.
and discrimination in the absence of
a clear policy,” Dr Alexander wrote.
“It seems a peculiar and unjust state
of affairs when the GMC overrides
its own tribunal to strike off a doctor
[Bawa-Garba] who made errors that
the tribunal considered were not
made recklessly, but it applies lesser
sanctions to doctors who have been
convicted of wilful, often premeditated, criminal sexual offences.”
A GMC spokesperson told i :
“There are a small proportion of
doctors on the medical register
with convictions, some dating back
many years and pre-dating our right
to appeal a Medical Practitioners
Tribunal decision.
“Any doctor who receives a custodial sentence is automatically
referred to the tribunal, and for serious convictions, such as serious
sexual offences, we will now always
call for the doctor to be struck off.
“We are also seeking powers to
remove doctors from the register
without the need for a hearing if they
have committed very serious offences – for example rape and murder.
We believe these are incompatible
with practising as a doctor.”
Floral tributes
to mark the
anniversary were
left in Parliament
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WESTMINSTER
PEOPLE
Public marks
anniversary
of terror attack
Raging Rev Coles hits out
at BBC over ‘unfair’ tax
By Sherna Noah
By Richard Wheeler
Victims of the Westminster terror
attack have been remembered at
a vigil. The ceremony in Westminster Hall was held to mark the first
anniversary of the attack and was
attended by politicians, senior police officers and people involved in
the incident.
Five people were killed, including PC Keith Palmer, and dozens of
others were injured when 52-yearold Khalid Masood launched a car
and knife attack on Westminster
Bridge and the Palace of Westminster before he was shot dead.
Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin,
the Speaker’s chaplain, told the
vigil: “A year ago today on this estate and on Westminster Bridge
we were visited by what I regard
as evil.”
Earlier yesterday, MPs observed a minute’s silence as
Speaker John Bercow asked members in the House of Commons
chamber at the start of the day’s
business to pause “in respectful
memory” of those who died on 22
March last year.
MPs from different parties
stood to pay their respects.
Radio 4 presenter Reverend Richard Coles has hit out at
the BBC over its tax
arrangements.
The former Strictly Come Dancing
star (inset), who cohosts BBC Radio
4 s h ow Saturday
Live, started a Whats
App group over the issue.
He said that he and his fellow
BBC stars were not “lavishly paid
luvvies moaning about having to
pay tax” and he called on the broad-
5
caster to be “fair”. “The overwhelming majority of people in our group
are not lavishly paid, and all of us accept our tax responsibilities,” he
wrote in The Guardian.
“But forming PSCs [personal service companies]
was forced upon us by the
BBC, which must take responsibility for that.”
MPs looking into the
issue were told the broadcaster saved around £10m a
year on national insurance contributions alone by paying presenters through personal companies
rather than as members of staff.
LITERATURE
Black Lives Matter book wins prize
By Laura Harding
A debut novel inspired by the Black
Lives Matter movement and the
rapper Tupac Shakur has won the
Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.
The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, is about a teenage girl confronting police violence and racism.
Ms Thomas, from Jackson, Mississippi, originally wrote it as a
short story but was inspired by the
Black Lives Matter movement to
turn it into a full-length novel.
She was announced as the winner of the £5,000 prize by Children’s
Laureate Lauren Child at a ceremony in London yesterday.
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NEWS
COVER STORY
‘Life will never
be the same,’
says poisoned
police officer
By Cahal Milmo
CHIEF REPORTER
The police officer treated for exposure to the nerve agent used in
Salisbury said yesterday that “‘normal’ life for me will probably never
be the same” as he was discharged
from hospital.
Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey
said he had been through a “completely surreal” experience after
falling seriously ill from the Novichok agent used to poison Sergei
Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
A High Court judge yesterday
revealed that the mental capacity
of the former Russian intelligence
officer and his daughter, who remain in comas, may have been compromised to an unknown degree by
the toxin and it is not possible to say
that they will recover.
In a statement read by Wiltshire
Chief Constable Kier Pritchard, Det
Sgt Bailey said he had been overwhelmed by public support since
he fell ill. The police officer was one
of the first members of the emergency services to respond to the
emergency involving the Skripals
on 4 March and may have come into
contact with the nerve agent at the
former double-agent’s home.
The officer will continue to receive medical help including psychotherapy as he continues his
recovery at home with his wife,
Sarah, and his children.
The statement gave no information on the officer’s long-term recovery but he is likely to be closely
monitored by specialists for months
and even years to come.
Vil Mirzayanov, the Russian scientist who exposed the existence of
the Novichok programme during
the Soviet era to develop a class of
new and ultra-toxic nerve agents,
has warned of their potential abil-
Novichok effects
There are more than 100
formulations in the Novichok family
which are among the most deadly
nerve agents ever created. They
were developed by the Soviet Union
in the 1970s and 1980s.
Novichok agents are dispersed as
an ultra-fine powder rather than a
gas or vapour. They can be inhaled,
ingested, or absorbed through
the skin. The chemicals block
acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme
active in the nervous system.
This results in the involuntary
contraction of all muscles, leading
to cardiac arrest and asphyxiation.
Some have been designed to
be resistant to standard antidote
therapy.
ity to inflict prolonged damage. A
second scientist who was himself
exposed to one version of the nerve
agent in an accident in the 1980s described a succession of debilitating
symptoms including nerve damage
and epilepsy. Andrei Zheleznyakov
died six years after being exposed
to a Novichok agent.
The development came after the
High Court heard details of the condition of the Skripals as a judge decided whether to give permission for
blood samples to be taken from the
father and daughter by independent
experts investigating the attack.
Mr Justice Williams, sitting in the
Court of Protection which decides
cases where individuals are unable
to act for themselves, said: “The
precise effect of their exposure on
their long-term health remains unclear, albeit medical tests indicate
that their mental capacity might be
compromised to an unknown and so
far unascertained degree.”
BRUSSELS
May warns EU of Russian threat to democracy
By Lewis Smith
Theresa May was in Brussels last
night to urge her European counterparts to follow Britain in expelling Russian diplomats. She updated
them on the investigation into the
“brazen and reckless” chemical
weapon attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury earlier this month.
After briefing Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel (inset) and French
President Emmanuel Macron, Downing Street said in a statement: “The
pointing the finger of blame at Moscow for the attack.
Mrs May was also expected to address EU
leaders on her belief that
Europe faces a challenge from Russia that
will last many years and
represents a threat to the
Continent’s democracy.
Wearing a white ribbon
in commemoration of terror attacks in Westminster and Brussels,
she said: “It is clear that the Russian
threat doesn’t respect borders.”
DIPLOMACY
Nazi remark was ‘insult to Russian people’
Det Sgt Nick Bailey Statement to public
By Tom Embury-Dennis
“People ask me how I am feeling
- but there are really no words
to explain how I feel right now.
Surreal is the word that keeps
cropping up – and it really has been
completely surreal.
“I have been so very overwhelmed
by the support, cards and messages
I have received – everyone has been
so incredible. Some days we’ve had
about 300 messages from officers,
the wider police family and the
public. The level of support has
been unbelievable and I’ve tried to
respond to what I can, but I want to
say I have really appreciated every
single message.
“As for what happens now – we
are just taking each day as it comes.
I recognise that ‘normal’ life for me
will probably never be the same –
The Russian ambassador to the UK
has hit back at Boris Johnson for
comparing the upcoming World Cup
in Russia to the 1936 Olympic Games
under Adolf Hitler.
Alexander Yakovenko told reporters that the Foreign Secretary’s
words were an “insult” to the “Russian people who defeated Nazism and
lost more than 25 million people”.
The ambassador also claimed Britain had stores of the Novichok nerve
agent before the poisoning of Sergei
Skripal and said the accounts around
the events in Salisbury were so complicated it would take someone like
the fictional detective Hercule Poirot
to solve the crime.
Mr Skripal, who is a former spy,
and his daughter, Yulia, are in a critical condition after collapsing on 4
and [my wife] Sarah and I now need
to focus on finding a new normal for
us and for our children.
“What I need now is time
to regroup, recover and most
importantly spend time with my
loved ones. Thank you so much for
all of your support.”
UK, Germany and France reaffirmed
that there is no plausible explanation other than that the
Russian state was responsible. The leaders agreed on
the importance of sending
a strong European message in response to Russia’s actions and agreed to
remain in close contact in
coming days.”
Foreign ministers of the 28-nation bloc issued a statement on Monday voicing “unqualified solidarity”
with the UK, but stopping short of
March. Britain accuses Russia of attempted murder but Russia denies
any involvement in the incident.
The ambassador, who wished the
Skripals a “speedy recovery”, said
Russia was unaware of the “motivation” of the British Government.
“This case is so complicated, we
need, let’s say, some wisdom of a per-
Russia’s ambassador to the UK,
Alexander Yakovenko REUTERS
son like Poirot to investigate,” he said.
Mr Yakovenko accused the UK of a
“bad record of violating international
law and misleading the international
community,” adding: “History shows
that British statements must be verified. We demand full transparency
and full cooperation with Russia.”
He even hinted that Britain may
have produced the nerve agent used
in the attack. “How that was possible
that the British authorities managed
to designate the nerve agent used as
so-called ‘Novichok’ and its origin
so quickly? Could it mean it is highly
likely the British authorities already
had this nerve agent in their chemical
laboratory in Porton Down?”
He linked other Russian deaths
on UK soil to British secret services
and suggested that the Government
had given residence to Russian serial killers.
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REACTION
Lithuania
threatens to
expel Russians
By Lewis Smith
Lithuania’s President has said she is
considering whether to expel Russian diplomats over the nerve-agent
attack in Salisbury.
Asked if Lithuania would take
similar action to the UK, Dalia
Grybauskaite said: “We are considering such measures.” Slovakia’s prime
minister, Peter Pellegrini, suggested
that he would be happy to expel Russian diplomats as part of a wider
European measure but would not do
it alone. Boyko Borissov, Belgium’s
prime minister, and Greek prime
minister Alexis Tsipras were among
several European leaders unwilling
to commit themselves before meeting Mrs May and hearing more about
the evidence against Russia.
But Ireland’s prime minister Leo
Varadkar promised to “stand right
beside the UK”. He added: “An attempted assassination or a chemical
attack – no matter who does it, no
matter where it happens – is something we are going to condemn and
condemn outright.”
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LIB DEMS
BUSINESS
Cable’s second
referendum
call in tatters
Making new blue
passports abroad
‘will save £120m’
By Richard Vaughan
He’s behind you:
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Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince
Cable was left humiliated yesterday
after eight European Union leaders
denied giving their support to his call
for a second Brexit referendum.
The Lib Dems issued a statement
claiming the backing of eight liberal
prime ministers from EU countries,
such as Belgium, the Netherlands
and Denmark, only for the group to
distance themselves hours later.
Embarrassingly, Miro Cerar, one
of the leaders named as giving his
backing, stood down as prime minister of Slovenia earlier
this month.
Belgian PM
Charles Michel did
not even attend
the lunch in Brussels where it was
claimed he had
given his support.
In the original
statement, the Lib
Dems claimed that the leaders from Belgium, the Netherlands,
Slovenia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland,
Luxembourg and the Czech Republic
had publicly backed another referendum on the terms of a Brexit deal.
But the party was forced to backtrack after the EU leaders disowned
claims. A statement issued by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for
Europe (ALDE) group, said: “ALDE
leaders met in Brussels on 22 March
2018 at the Egmont Palace. At the
meeting, liberal leaders showed their
support to the leader of the Liberal
Democrats Vince Cable (inset).
“However, no statement was
agreed upon or issued at the meeting. If there would have been such a
statement it would have been done in
their capacity as Party Leaders, not
as Prime Ministers.”
A Lib Dem spokesman later said
that the statement had been “verbally agreed” at the meeting.
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
The selection of a Franco-Dutch
company to produce the new postBrexit dark blue passport will
save taxpayers around £120m, the
Government insisted in the face of
growing anger over the choice.
The decision was denounced by
pro-Brexit MPs – and the British
firm that currently makes UK passports attacked the move to shift production of a national “icon” abroad.
Paris-based Gemalto won the 11year contract to manufacture the
new documents ahead of De La Rue,
which is based in Gateshead and
has the current £490m contract to
make passports.
But the Home Office said the
winning bid came in £120m below
its closest rival. It also disclosed
that some of the production of the
new passports would take place in
factories in Fareham in Hampshire
and Heywood, Greater Manchester,
creating up to 70 jobs.
It is understood that Gemalto’s
winning bid proposed manufacturing the basic booklets in France but
adding biometric information about
travellers in its UK plants.
The UK
passport
as it is now
and (far
right) how it
is envisaged
post-Brexit
The blue cover was
first used in 1921. At
the time the change of colour
was announced, Theresa May
said the document was an
“expression of our independence
and sovereignty”.
The Home Office said the Government had selected the preferred
bidder following “a rigorous, fair
and open competition”. There will
now be a 10-day grace period before
the contract is finalised.
In December the Government
announced that the UK passport
would change from the standard
EU burgundy colour to a blue-andgold design after leaving the bloc.
De La Rue’s chief executive,
Martin Sutherland, told the BBC:
“I think we have heard over the
last few weeks and months ministers more than happy to talk about
the blue passports and the fact
that the blue passport is an icon of
British identity.
“Now this icon of British identity is going to be manufactured
in France.”
Tory MP Sir Bill Cash, chairman
of the
th Commons European Scruttiny Committtee, attacked
t he decision,
s aying it was
“ssymbolically
completely
w
wrong”.
Liberal Democrat Brexit
spokesman Tom
Brake said: “The
blu
ue passport
sag
ga is turning
intoo a farce.”
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Stately
home’s
£32m refit
Mental health warning
for 80,000 families in
temporary housing
By Richard Vaughan
Ministers were accused of allowing
homelessness to “spiral out of control” after official figures revealed
that the number of households in
temporary accommodation has
soared by 64 per cent since 2010.
On 31 December last year, 78,930
households were in temporary accommodation, up from a low of 48,010
on the same date in 2010.
The figure was also up 4 per cent
on the previous year, when there
were 75,740, statistics released by the
Ministry of Housing, Communities
and Local Government show. The
rise has led to calls for ministers to
do more to reduce homelessness.
Jon Sparkes, the chief executive of
the homeless charity Crisis, said temporary accommodation can have a
“devastating impact on people’s lives
and mental health”.
“This can’t go on. Temporary accommodation can be an important
short-term measure, but when so
many people are finding themselves
stuck there it’s clear that the Govern-
ment must invest more in schemes
to prevent homelessness in the first
place – and ultimately to end it once
and for all,” he said.
The figures showed that the
number of households accepted as
statutorily homeless in England fell
to 13,640 between 1 October and 31
December last year, from 15,280 on
the previous quarter and 14,420 on
the same quarter of 2016.
These are households that are
owed a main homelessness duty to
secure accommodation as a result of
being unintentionally homeless and
in priority need, the report found.
Shadow housing minister Melanie
Onn said: “These latest figures are a
terrible reminder of the consequences of the Conservatives’ eight years of
failure on housing.”
The Homelessness
Reduction Act 2017,
which will be implemented on
3 April, will introduce a broader
definition of homelessness.
The Duke and Duchess
of Devonshire enjoy
a stroll around
the grounds of
Chatsworth House.
Their stately home
in Derbyshire will
reopen its doors to
visitors this weekend
following the largest
renovation of the
estate since the 1820s –
one that has taken
10 years and cost £32m
to complete.
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Third of cancers ‘avoidable by lifestyle changes’
By Karl McDonald
More than 37 per cent of all cancers
diagnosed each year in the UK could
be prevented by lifestyle changes,
according to Cancer Research UK.
That equates to more than 135,000
cases a year – or 2,500 a week. The
percentage rises to 41.5 per cent in
Scotland. Smoking remains the biggest preventable cause of cancer,
despite fewer people sparking up.
Tobacco smoke caused 17.7 per
cent of all cancer cases in men and
12.4 per cent of those in women, figures from 2015 show.
Excess weight is the second-biggest preventable cause, with obesity
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PEOPLE
PEOPLE
Surfer Sophie Hellyer, who ditched
bikini, calls sport ‘hyper‑sexualised’
‘Clumsy’
Rowling liked
tweet mocking
trans women
By Lewis Smith
A professional surfer has ditched
bikinis in favour of body-covering
wetsuits after accusing the sport of
being “hyper-sexualised”.
Sophie Hellyer, a former British
junior champion, has travelled the
world to compete and has appeared
in numerous modelling photoshoots
for brands including Toyota, Hunter
Boots and Finisterre, often dressed in
skimpy bikinis.
However, she grew increasingly
unhappy at the way photographers
seem to concentrate on the way
female surfers look, rather than how
they perform in the sport.
Since deciding to stop appearing in
bikinis for the cameras, she says she
has received less media coverage.
“I wish what swimsuits the women
were surfing in was irrelevant,” she
said. “If they would zoom in on a man
doing that manoeuvre to talk about
the technicality, then fine.
“If they wouldn’t normally zoom in
on a guy doing that manoeuvre, they
are probably doing it for the wrong
reasons. I don’t want to bad-mouth
anyone for surfing in a thong – surf in
whatever you want.
“I just want to see a fairer
representation of the actual female
Sophie Hellyer said she received less media attention after switching to wetsuits
surfing community, wetsuit hoods
and all.”
T h e 3 0 -ye a r- o l d ad d e d : “ I
personally don’t like surfing in
bikinis, its impractical – they come
down all the time, I get sunburn, wax
rash, slip-off from sun cream and
always cut myself on the reef.
“I also don’t like my bum floating so
close to teenage boys’ faces. It feels
weird. Give me some coverage any
day, but that is my personal choice.
“These are beautiful, strong,
skilled women who are positive role
models for many – let’s celebrate
them for that. [Whether] they choose
to surf in a bikini or leggings or a onepiece should all be irrelevant.”
Hellyer, who is originally from
Westward Ho! in Devon but now lives
in Ireland, complained that she was
treated as “a glorified bikini model”
and strongly suspected that the
decline in her media attention was
because of the way she dressed.
The issue of the portrayal of women
in surfing came under the spotlight
recently when photographers on
tours were told not to zoom in on
women in bikinis.
“I definitely get a lot less coverage
in the media now that I’m wearing a
5mm wetsuit all year,” said Hellyer.
“Is that linked? Probably. When was
the last time you saw a woman in a
full wetsuit in a surf mag?
“I wish it were not a big deal,
but it does need to be talked
about. Regardless of whether it’s
the right decision, I’m glad that it
has opened up the conversation,
although it does seem to be mainly
men discussing it. Where are the
women’s voices in this?”
HEALTH
Breakthrough for MS patients after three-year new drug trial
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
A new drug has become the first to
slow the progression of a severe
form of multiple sclerosis (MS) and
experts have hailed the results of a
large-scale trial as “big news”.
The trial involved more than 1,000
patients, aged 18 to 60 and from
31 countries, with moderate or advanced disability. A larger group was
given 2mg of the drug, siponimod,
once a day, with a smaller group given
a placebo.
The three-year trial is the largest
of a treatment for secondary progressive MS – for which there is no cure
and which causes symptoms to worsen steadily – to date. Siponimod was
shown to reduce the risk of disability
progression by between 21 and 26 per
cent, compared with a placebo.
The reduction in brain volume was
also less severe. Loss of brain volume
is a marker for tissue damage in MS.
The MS Society described the
results, published in The Lancet, as
“exciting news” as people with this
form of MS do not currently have any
treatment options. Dr Susan Kohlhaas, director of research at the MS
Society, said: “These results bring us
closer to the first ever treatment for
people with secondary progressive
MS – so it’s big news.
“This trial showed that siponimod
had a modest but significant effect in
slowing disability progression, which
is incredibly encouraging.”
By Katie Grant
JK Rowling experienced a
“clumsy and middle-aged moment” when she appeared to endorse a Twitter post branding
transgender women as “men in
dresses”, a representative for the
author has said.
The Harry Potter creator was
accused of transphobia after she
liked a tweet discussing the status
of transgender women in the leftwing Labour Party.
Some voices within Labour
have criticised the inclusion of transgender
wo m e n o n a l l women shortlists
for parliamentary selections
and
have
threatened to
resign from the
party if it does
not agree implement a ban.
“I was shouted at
by men at my first Labour Party
meeting aged 18 because I asked
them to remove a Page Three
calendar,” stated the post Rowling (inset) liked. “I’ve been told to
toughen up, be louder, stronger,
independent. I’ve often not felt
supported,” it continued. “Men in
dresses get brocialist solidarity I
never had. That’s misogyny!”
“Brocialist” is a slang term
used to describe a male socialist
or progressive who downplays
women’s issues or displays a
“macho” attitude.
Rowling surprised a number of
her 14.3 million followers by seemingly endorsing the post. But, following criticism, representatives
told Pink News she had not intentionally liked the post and blamed
it on clumsiness.
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POLITICS
EDUCATION
Corbyn targets
Tory austerity in
local elections
More pupils
taking holidays
in term-time
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
Jeremy Corbyn said Labour would
be a “human shield” against Conservative “slash and burn” cuts as he
launched its local election campaign.
The Labour leader said the voters
“pay more for less” under Theresa
May’s government and austerity was
a “political choice”.
Privatisation had “failed to deliver”, he said. Mrs May had told MPs
during Prime Minister’s Questions
on Wednesday that “Conservative
councils cost you less”.
Speaking in Conservative-run
Elections are taking place
in 32 London boroughs
and 119 councils around England
on 3 May, alongside mayoral
ballots in Hackney, Lewisham,
Newham, Tower Hamlets,
Watford and Sheffield.
Trafford, Greater Manchester, Mr
Corbyn said voters could send an
“unmistakable message to this government that enough is enough”.
He said: “When your children’s
school is losing teachers and sending begging letters to parents, or
their youth centre is closed, that’s
because the Conservative priority is
tax breaks for big business.
“And when your elderly relatives
are neglected for lack of social care,
that’s because the Conservatives
want another tax giveaway for a few
people at the top. It doesn’t have to
be like this – Labour in government
would do this very differently.”
Mr Corbyn contrasted Labour
councils which pay the “living wage”,
citing Islington, Camden and Salford
with Tory authorities which, he said,
do not. He said the “deepening”
housing crisis meant 120,000 children were in temporary accommodation with homelessness doubling.
Labour-run councils would build
more homes, he added. “Labour
By Alison Kershaw
Jeremy Corbyn launched Labour’s local election campaign in Greater
Manchester yesterday, saying the Tories’ priority was for tax breaks GETTY
councils are clearing up the Tories’
mess time and time again, and acting
as a human shield against damaging
Conservative cuts.
“It’s a different story when it
comes to Conservative councils.”
He said the Conservative-run
county council in Northamptonshire had gone bust after outsourc-
ing services. But he said this same
“slash-and-burn model” was still
being used by Barnet Council, which
is also run by the Conservatives.
He added: “People are paying
more for less. That’s what you get
with the Tories – you pay more for
less so that their super-rich backers
can take a cut for themselves.”
About one in six pupils missed lessons last year for term-time holidays,
official figures reveal.
Statistics show a rise in the number
of youngsters taking at least half a
day out of school to go away with
their families, while at the same time,
the proportion of parents fined for
taking their youngsters out of school
without permission fell. In total, 16.9
per cent missed at least half a day of
lessons during the 2016-17 academic
year for authorised and unauthorised
holidays, compared with 14.7 per cent
the year before.
Separate data from the Department for Education shows the
number of penalty notices issued to
parents for their child’s unauthorised
absence dropped by 5.4 per cent between the two academic years.
The latest figures cover the period
after a father, Jon Platt, won a High
Court case in 2016 over taking his
daughter out of school on the Isle of
Wight for a holiday to Disney World,
Florida, without permission.
The case was referred to the Supreme Court, where Mr Platt lost in
April last year.
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UK threatens to fine Facebook £1bn over data
By Adam Sherwin
Suspicious
package at
Analytica
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Facebook could be slapped with a
£1bn fine under tougher rules to protect people’s data online, Matt Hancock has warned.
The Digital, Culture, Media and
Sport Secretary said he understood
why users were deleting their Facebook accounts after the social media
giant apologised for mistakes that led
to 50 million people having their data
exploited by a political consultancy.
He also said that the Information
Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham,
would be given beefed-up powers to
investigate abuses by social media
firms, following the revelations about
Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.
The Government’s Data Protection Bill, currently making its way
through parliament, allows Ms Denham to fine social media platforms “if
they don’t play by the rules”.
Ms Denham was yesterday frustrated in her attempt to enter Cambridge Analytica’s London offices by
the delayed approval of a warrant in
the High Court. She will be given the
right to “go in faster into an organisation against which she has an information notice” under amendments
to the Bill.
Mr Hancock (inset) said the scandal marked a “turning point” in people’s attitudes to their online
data. The minister told
a Westminster lunch:
“After this week’s revelations I think it is time
that social media platforms come clean with
what data they really
hold on people.”
He added: “You can’t
just let the companies decide what is the balance between
privacy and use of data and innovation. That is a decision for society,
reflected in the laws that we pass
here. We are going to require much
more transparency in how data is
held by the big platforms, and transparency around how advertising
spend is used on them.
“This old idea that because they’re
global companies, and because
they’re really big, therefore you can’t
regulate them here in Britain, is to-
The headquarters of
Cambridge Analytica
was evacuated after
a suspicious package
was found.
Police closed off
roads surrounding the
building it shares with
other firms in London’s
New Oxford Street.
Officers were called
shortly before 1.30pm
yesterday.
“The package was
assessed,” a police
spokeswoman said. “It
was deemed not to be
suspicious. No injuries
were reported.”
tally for the birds.” Meanwhile, the
culture select committee has recalled
Alexander Nix, the suspended chief
executive of Cambridge Analytica, to attend a further
hearing of the committee’s Fake News inquiry.
Committee chair
Damian Collins MP
suggested that Mr Nix
had given “false statements” to MPs when he
said that the company did
“not work with Facebook
data”. Misleading the committee was a “very serious matter”, Mr
Collins said.
The data are alleged to
have originally been
collected by Alexandr Kogan, a
Cambridge University professor
who surveyed more than 270,000
Facebook users through an app
he created.
Hancock app criticised
Matt Hancock received complaints
after the app he set up for
constituents and supporters mined
data, he said yesterday.
The Culture Secretary said
he received complaints after his
eponymous app asked for access to
photos and other data. Some users
received alerts reading “Matt Hancock
would like to access your camera”.
“We updated the privacy settings
on that app after getting the feedback
that came with the launch,” he told ITV.
“We significantly strengthened the
privacy settings because of this sort
of feedback.”
He said his own experience gave
him insight into the problems facing
Facebook. The Matt Hancock
app caused a stir after its launch
in February, offering users a
Facebook-style news feed, friend
lists, live streaming and images of Mr
Hancock himself.
POLITICS
Private emails
‘hacked to
sway elections’
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Israeli hackers are reported
to have offered Cambridge
Analytica material taken
from politicians’ private
emails for use in election
campaigns in Nigeria
and St Kitts and Nevis.
Senior directors at the
consultancy firm, including suspended chief executive Alexander Nix (inset), ordered
staff to handle the data in 2015,
which some refused to do on the
grounds it had been obtained illegally, according to The Guardian.
The company was paid £2m by a
Nigerian billionaire to support the
re-election of Goodluck Jonathan,
which he lost to opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari in March
2015. There is nothing to suggest
that Mr Jonathan knew about the
operation. SCL Elections, Cambridge Analytica’s parent company,
denied stolen personal information
from the individuals had been
used in either campaign.
T h e h ac ke rs p re sented workers with a
USB stick containing
what appeared to be
hacked personal emails,
which senior directors
instructed them to comb
for incriminating material to
damage opposing campaigns.
“It made everyone feel really uncomfortable,” one worker told The Guardian. “They
wanted people to load it into their
email programmes.”
CONSUMER
Advertisers give Facebook final warning
By Ben Chapman
Facebook has been warned that
“enough is enough” by top advertisers as the company faces an increasing backlash from the Cambridge
Analytica scandal.
UK ad industry representatives
will meet Facebook’s European
vice-president Steve Hatch today to
demand answers about allegations
that millions of profiles were harvested and used to influence voters.
The meeting comes as Mozilla,
the company behind the Firefox
web browser, became the first major
organisation to announce that it is
to suspend advertising on Facebook.
The trade body ISBA, which
represents more than 3,000
brands, wants a full account of what
happened as well as reassurances
over how users’ personal data
is secured.
“When we meet with
Facebook we want to
understand the scope
of the inquiry Mark
Zuckerberg (inset) announced yesterday,” said
Phil Smith, director general of ISBA.
“We want reassurances that
it will get to the bottom of the issues
and any implications for the public
and for advertisers.”
If Facebook cannot instil confidence that people’s personal data
is safe, more advertisers will start
threatening to pull their content
from the platform, the boss
of one of the UK’s highestprofile ad agencies said.
“I don’t think they’re
bluffing. They are going
to exert real pressure,” M&C Saatchi’s
chief executive, David
Kershaw, told the BBC’s
Today programme.
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come to a point, quite rightly, where
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Car and energy
bills drive up
household costs
Lobster
on the line
By Katie Grant
Salvador Dali’s ‘Lobster
Telephone (White
Aphrodisiac)’. The
Government has placed a
temporary export ban on the
£850,000 work which was
created in London, following
a recommendation by an
Arts Council body.PA
EDUCATION
Using calculators ‘makes teenagers better at maths’
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
Using calculators in the classroom
does not harm children’s maths
skills and can actually boost understanding, a major study has found.
Calculators were banned from
maths SATs tests for 11-year-olds
in 2014, amid concerns by minis-
ters that primary-school pupils can
become overly reliant on them.
But a report commissioned by the
Education Endowment Foundation
(EEF) and the Nuffield Foundation
suggests that while primary-school
students should not use calculators
every day, those at secondary school
should have “more frequent unrestricted access” to them.
When they are a part of teaching
pupils mental and other maths skills,
calculators can help to improve students’ maths abilities, the study says,
and pupils are more likely to use
them less, but in a better way.
EEF chief executive Sir Kevan
Collins said: “Calculators can actually boost pupils’ fluency and understanding of maths.”
Energy, car insurance and home
insurance bills have jumped since the
EU referendum vote and the average
UK household is paying almost £100
more per year than in June 2016,
analysis has revealed.
Energy bills have risen most
sharply, with every UK region
experiencing a price hike of at least
eight per cent. Scottish households
have been subjected to the largest
rises: the typical cheapest price
quoted on a standard dual fuel tariff
in Scotland shot up by 13.59 per cent.
Car insurance prices have also
For those living in
Scotland and the North
East and South East of England,
some prices have actually fallen,
saving some residents as much
as 5.39 per cent on their home
insurance policies.
risen sharply, while UK householders
are more likely than not to be paying
more to insure their homes.
Since June 2016, the average price
quoted on a combined buildings
and contents policy has increased
by 1.3 per cent, rising from £116.91
to £118.43.
The UK’s collective bill has
increased by more than £2.6bn in
these three categories, according
to research published by a price
comparison website.
Moneysupermarket analysed
historic car and home insurance and
energy bill data and observed price
rises in all three categories.
Kevin Pratt, a spokesman for consumer affairs at Moneysupermarket,
said that while the reasons behind
rising energy prices and insurance
premiums are “many and complex”,
and the blame “cannot be categorically laid at Brexit’s door”, a climate
of economic uncertainty is going to
persist for the foreseeable future and
may intensify.
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£7m look
at the life
of Brunel
Tunnelling
badgers
close road
‘until July’
An interactive museum
exploring the life and
legacy of the Victorian
engineer Isambard
Kingdom Brunel opens
in Bristol today.
The £7.2m “Being
Brunel” project, next
door to Brunel’s ship
SS Great Britain,
contains six galleries
and 150 artefacts
owned by the visionary
builder of dockyards,
railways, steamships,
bridges and tunnels.
It incorporates
the Great Western
Steamship Company’s
dock office, a Grade
II-listed building
where Brunel once
worked and which has
been restored. PA
By Karl McDonald
PEOPLE
Cranston calls on viewers to ‘share
an orange’ for Alzheimer’s charity
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Dementia myths
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston
has appeared in a film for a campaign
addressing people’s misconceptions
about dementia.
The actor calls for the nation to
“Share The Orange” in a poignant
clip for Alzheimer’s Research UK
that uses an orange to symbolise how
the disease can affect the brain.
The two-minute film, created by
Aardman Animations, the makers of
Wallace and Gromit, uses stop-motion
and CGI animation to show the orange being stripped away, representing memories disappearing.
The brain of a person with Alzheimer’s can weigh 140g less than a
healthy brain – about the weight of
an orange.
Cranston, whose mother, Audrey
“Peggy” Sell, died from Alzheimer’s
disease in 2004, said he was “honoured” to join forces with the charity.
Early treatment can reverse it
Reality The deterioration of the
brain associated with dementia is
irreversible, but early diagnosis and
treatment can give those with the
disease and their families more time
to plan for future needs.
Rapid loss of communication ability
Reality Generally, the progress of the
disease is gradual and the individual
will lose spoken language skills
slowly.
It is part of the ageing process
Reality Some memory loss is
expected due to ageing. But the
significant memory loss associated
with Alzheimer’s disease and
dementia is not due to ageing.
It is genetically inherited
Reality Only 5 per cent of Alzheimer’s
– early onset disease, generally before
the age of 65 – can be passed from one
generation to another.
Cranston said he felt ‘honoured’
to appear in the campaign PA
“Alzheimer’s took my mother’s life
– but our loved ones hopefully could
be saved from the same fate,” he said.
“With advanced scientific research,
hard work and generous support,
Alzheimer’s Research UK, one day,
could make finding a cure a reality.”
The ShareTheOrange campaign,
which debuted in 2016 with backing
from former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston, aims to challenge
Tomorrow,
in your
As the Royal Air Force prepares to
celebrate its centenary, Second World
War Spitfire ace Allan Scott tells i why
he is still flying high at the age of 96
the widespread belief that dementia
is a natural part of ageing.
A recent YouGov survey commissioned by Alzheimer’s Research UK
found that 23 per cent of Britons
mentioned brain disease or degeneration when speaking about dementia.
In the video, Cranston says: “It all
starts with the brain. Everything we
are, everything we were, everything
we ever will be is held inside these
precious cells.
“So if the brain is at risk, everything we are is at risk.
“Dementia is caused by diseases
– most commonly, Alzheimer’s. It
physically destroys cells, breaking
the connections that shape our abilities, our relationships, ourselves.”
Hilary Evans, chief executive of
Alzheimer’s Research UK, said the
actor’s support would “help bring global attention to an important truth –
that dementia is not an inevitability
of age, but is caused by diseases that
we can fight”.
Tunnelling badgers have forced
the closure of a road which has
started to sink.
Conservation rules mean the
road, in Suffolk, may have to
remain shut until the breeding
season ends this summer.
Suffolk County Council received reports that Flowton Road,
in Somersham, was “sinking due
to animal activity” and evidence
of a live badger sett was observed.
An emergency road closure was
put in place last week.
“As badgers are a protected
species, Suffolk Highways has a
legal obligation to seek a licence
from Natural England to undertake road repairs in the vicinity
of badgers,” a spokesman for the
council said.
“To ensure that badgers are not
disturbed during their breeding
season, Natural England usually
only issue licences between 1 July
and 30 November.
“The necessary repair works
are likely to be undertaken during the summer. It will therefore
be necessary to keep this emergency road closure in place until
we are able to carry out these
repair works.”
Badger cubs are born between
January and March, in litters of
around three. They stay underground in the sett for around six
weeks, and remain with their
mother for a month after that.
The road in Suffolk will be closed
until the end of the badgers’
breeding season in the summer
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Return of Classic Brits
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Trampolining
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By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Classical music will get its own “Brit
Awards” once again, with video game
and film soundtracks celebrated in a
televised ceremony set to annoy
elitist “snobs”.
Axed after its 2013 edition, the Classic Brits returns in June with a new
ITV format, featuring performances by Britain’s Got
Talent winner Tokio Myers
alongside the bass-baritone
Sir Bryn Terfel.
Presented by Myleene Klass and
Alexander Armstrong, the Royal Albert Hall show will honour the best
work in video game soundtrack. This
move comes after a Classic FM proThe boundaries between
classical and pop crumbled
again after tenor Andrea Bocelli
duetted with Ed Sheeran on his
Christmas no 1, “Perfect”.
gramme showcasing the genre become a big hit for the station.
Dame Vera Lynn, who celebrated
her 101st birthday this week, will
receive the Lifetime Achievement
Award. The organisers hope the lrenowned wartime singer will attend the event.
ITV committed to a “refreshed” awards in June
after the Official Charts
Company reported a 52
per cent rise in classical
music “streams” during
2018. New stars including
teenage cellist Sheku KannehMason and “mash-up” pianist Myers
have brought a young audience to
classical. Controversially, the Classic
Brits also embraces Michael Ball and
Alfie Boe, the chart-topping duo, who
will perform, and Andrea Bocelli.
Klass (inset), a classically trained
pianist, admitted the awards might
shock some people. “Some people
might be snobby about reflecting
the great classical talent coming
out of reality TV shows,” the Classic
FM presenter said. “But the purists
By Josie Clarke
Jess Gillam, 19, is in the running to be named best performer under 30
should understand that Mozart’s
Magic Flute was the popular music of
its day before opera became canonised for people in tuxedos.”
The Classic Brits will invade BBC
Young Musician of the Year territory
with a poll to discover the best performer under 30. Contestants include
Jess Gillam, 19, from Cumbria, who
was the first saxophonist to win the
Woodwind Final of the competition.
“Popular music has always borrowed devices from classical,” said
Klass, who enjoyed pop success with
the band Hear’Say. “Celine Dion’s ‘All
By Myself’ is based on the second
movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano
Concerto No 2.”
Adults trying out children’s
activities such as trampolining
are contributing to a bounce in the
leisure market, figures show.
Fun-loving Britons are expected
to spend £129bn on leisure
pursuits this year – 17 per cent
more than five years ago – with
activities such as trampolining
and outdoor assault courses
seeing a surge in interest among
adults, the consumer analyst
Mintel reported.
Twenty-eight per cent of adults
have tried trampolining. Interest
was greatest among 25- to 34-yearolds (37 per cent), although 8 per
cent of over-55s said they were
keen on the activity.
Fifteen per cent of adults have
tried an outdoor assault course.
Other activities to capture
adults’ interest include immersive
theatre, with 13 per cent having
tried it, virtual reality theme park
rides (11 per cent) and escape
room challenges (10 per cent).
Ten-pin bowling has also made
a comeback, recording 28 per cent
growth since 2012.
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FISHING
FOR BREXIT
MACRON’S
FRANCE
SOCIAL MEDIA
SETBACK
NHS PAY
INCREASE
BLUE
PASSPORTS
THE SECRET
HELPERS
Industry’s
heyday
has passed
President’s
new-found
optimism
Facebook
will survive
this crisis
Hammond
should be
wary
Symbol of
Brexit is
broken
Uplifting
television
on the box
TheScotsman
New YorkTimes
The Spectator
The Independent
Financial Times
Daily Mirror
The days of the great
herring fleets are
never coming back.
Not just foreign boats
but foreign crews now
often operate. Unlike
mining it’s not entirely
disappeared but, as
with that great sector,
I can’t help think of
the phrase “lions led
by donkeys”.
(Kenny MacAskill)
France feel lucky, as
they watch Britain
march off a plank, and
read about American
children being killed
at school. Voters still
have grievances, and
many are reserving
judgement. But in the
French context, that’s
practically euphoria.
(Pamela Druckerman)
City AM
Europe is trying to
preserve the freemarket order, while
trying to impose new
rules on it. It is a hard
equation to get right.
“France has taught
many lessons to other
nations,” declared
Roosevelt. Macron’s
response to populism
will test whether
this can be another.
(Editorial)
We all, of course,
recognise the
very valuable and
dangerous work our
fishermen do, and are
rightly proud of our
fishing industry.
However, we must
keep a sense of balance,
even amid the hypercharged emotional
hubbub of Brexit.
(Bruce Dear)
The Economist
Quote of
the day
Perhaps the politicians
of the future will be
those with a talent for
vagueness, because
that leaves maximum
scope for algorithmbased targeted
messaging. What’s
terrifying about all this
is not how outrageous
it is, but how normal
it has already become.
(Jamie Bartlett)
The Government
should adopt the same
approach when the
rest of the five million
public sector workers
join the queue for the
pay rise they deserve,
too. Otherwise,
ministers will be
accused of giving with
one hand and taking
with the other.
(Editorial)
The Times
Daily Mail
A “delete Facebook”
hashtag posted on
Twitter on Tuesday has
been retweeted more
than 10,000 times.
Facebook will survive
this crisis. But until
it recognises that it
is doing more to tear
the world apart than
bring it together, the
next one is inevitable.
(Editorial)
With interest rates
set to rise, a spending
splurge would be
devastating. To his
credit, Chancellor
Philip Hammond
acknowledges this
threat. These coming
months will be a test
of his mettle. For our
livelihoods he must
stick to his resolve.
(Editorial)
The UK needs to get
used to the realities
of cross-border
service provision.
Blue passports were
supposed to be a
quick win, symbolic
of the UK taking back
control. They are
instead an emblem of
how little control the
government is going
to have.
(David Allen Green)
New Statesman
Protectionist
complaints
demonstrate the
hypocrisy of the Tory
Brexiteers. The Leave
position, libertarian
and protectionist,
shows the ideological
confusion that Brexit
has wrought on the
Conservative Party.
(George Eaton)
The Secret Helpers
was an absolute gem
of a programme. The
premise of the show
sounds bizarre but
it works: “Imagine if
during the toughest
week of your life you
could have the support
of wise strangers in
your ear.”
The BBC quaintly
called the strangers
“sages” – and these
sages really knew
their onions
(Ian Hyland)
The Guardian
As television it’s a bit
of a dog’s dinner. It’s
a mess, an ambitious
idea that doesn’t appear
to have been properly
thought through. Even
if the ideas behind it are
nice ones.
(Sam Wollaston)
LifeInBrief
SIR RICHARD BODY POLITICIAN
I don’t have my
certificate from
the Department
of Lesbian
Affairs. But in
my defence,
there is a lot
of paperwork
involved
Cynthia Nixon
The ‘Sex and the City’
actress launches her
political campaign
It is not often that anyone, especially
a politician, is proud of being called a
“bastard”, but Sir Richard Body bore
the label with a strange satisfaction.
His accuser was John Major, who, in
one of the all-time great “I thought the
mic was off” moments, used the word
to describe the Eurosceptic MPs who
hounded his premiership. Sir Richard
was unfazed, even amused. “It was great
fun,” he later commented.
Sir Richard Body, who has died aged
90, was a leading Eurosceptic voice in
the Conservative Party, a distinguished
parliamentarian for more than 40
years, and a successful pig farmer. Born
and raised in rural Buckinghamshire,
he was an old-fashioned right-winger.
By the age of 12 he was determined
to become an MP, and at 16 he was
bunking off school to preach the
faith from a soapbox in a corner of
Hyde Park. At 18, he turned down a
place at Cambridge to focus on his
parliamentary campaigns.
After contesting several unwinnable
seats, he was elected MP for Billericay
in 1955, later switching to the
constituency of Boston and Skegness.
Body was a classic “conviction”
politician. He embraced the principled
stand, regularly ignored the whips and
took few prisoners. But he was not a
one-trick pony; a farmer who grew up
surrounded by horses, his interest in
environmentalism was decades ahead
of its time and he wrote the original
Muckraker column in Private Eye. He
was a staunch defender of small British
farms, first against EU encroachment,
and later against the farmers’ own
union. “I’d sooner have a farmworker’s
vote than a farmer if they’re a bad
employer,”. he wrote.
Body’s relentless independence
made him at times unpredictable; this
apparently true-blue Tory campaigned
vociferously against the death
penalty, and voted for the legalisation
of marijuana. On one occasion he
unceremoniously dumped a petition
concerning food additives into the
waste-paper basket. As with many
ideologues, he was not always skilled in
the delicate art of diplomacy.
Though his career may have been a
touch divisive, Body always conducted
himself with a sense of humour and
a commendable willingness to get
his hands dirty. In 1977, in response
to the recurring allegation that
educational standards were slipping,
he determined that the only course of
action was to take the English O-Level
himself. He came away with a C grade,
and assured critics that the exams
were quite hard enough.
Despite his distinguished, if at times
turbulent, career in the Commons,
Body never coveted the Cabinet. He
was happy on the sidelines, indulging
his passions and fighting his corners; a
breed of battle-hardened backbencher
from a bygone era who seemed
increasingly out of sync with the career
politicians of the modern age.
“It’s an awful parliament,” he
remarked on his retirement in 2001,
“full of damned ambitious people. I was
never ambitious.”
Born 18 May 1927
Died 26 February 2018
Luke Rix-Standing
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Protect this precious peace
Brexit has put the Good Friday Agreement in grave danger
O
n a visit to Dublin
with Michael
Heseltine and
Andrew Adonis, I
find myself in the
Irish Department
of Finance. Black-and-white
photographs of former ministers
line the walls. Among them is
Michael Collins, who led a bloody
insurgency against British rule
and ultimately negotiated a
treaty, in 1921, which led to nearindependence for most of Ireland,
but also the partitioning of the
mostly unionist north-east, which
became Northern Ireland and
remained in the UK. In many
ways we have been working out
the difficulties and tensions in our
relationship ever since.
How to deal with the Irish
question tormented successive
British prime ministers. Yet when
the Conservative-Liberal Democrat
coalition was formed in 2010, David
Cameron and I were handed a
precious inheritance. The Good
Friday Agreement, an international
treaty, underpinned by common
European Union membership, had
been signed in the spring of 1998.
It created a power-sharing
arrangement in Northern Ireland
and performed the delicate
balancing trick of removing
the Republic’s territorial claim
over Northern Ireland while still
allowing people there to identify as
Irish, British or both – and claim
citizenship as such. The border
became less relevant in people’s
minds. Improved security and the
decline of paramilitarism removed
the need for military checkpoints
– but it was EU integration that
removed the customs posts.
I was lucky. The Good Friday
Agreement meant the Irish
question was not one that I, as
deputy prime minister, had to
grapple with in the all-consuming
way previous governments had.
Now, extraordinarily, the current
incumbent of No 10 seems prepared
to open it up once again.
Why does this matter? Because
our countries, and their peoples,
are intimately connected. We are
more than simply neighbouring
countries, there are intense bonds
of family, culture – and, yes, history.
The distance between Holyhead
and Dublin is around 50 miles,
Stranraer to Belfast closer to 20, and
for thousands of years, people have
made the journey, in both directions,
across the Irish Sea – including two
British prime ministers who were
born in Ireland.
According to the 2001 census,
Despite protests, a
border with customs
checks could become
unavoidable GETTY
one in four Britons claims Irish
heritage, with the same census
showing that more than 800,000
people born in Ireland were living in
Great Britain at that time. Official
figures suggest that there were up
to 3.7 million visits from the UK to
Ireland last year. Even if you don’t
have an Irish relative or ancestor,
everyone reading this article will
have a friend in, or from, the island
of Ireland. It is the same in the
other direction: almost all the Irish
politicians and business leaders
that we have met this week have
relatives in Britain, have studied
and worked in Britain, and continue
to visit regularly.
We also share responsibility for a
precious peace in Northern Ireland.
But too many ministers, including
the Prime Minister, have treated
these obligations as inconvenient
obstacles on the way to the hardest
of Brexits.
It was the same situation during
the referendum, when leading
Brexiteers were quick to dismiss
any concerns about the Irish
border. But there is no avoiding the
obvious consequences of the British
Government’s determination to
interpret the 2016 referendum
result as a mandate to take the UK
out of the single market and the
customs union. Doing so will see a
land border created between the
EU and the UK for the first time,
and if the tariffs, standards and
regulations adopted by the UK
diverge from that of the EU, then
a working border, with customs
checks, will be unavoidable.
Brexit has placed an intolerable
burden on the island of Ireland. The
Republic of Ireland didn’t ask for
it. The people of Northern Ireland,
the majority of whom backed
remaining in the EU, didn’t vote for
it. The economic consequences are
painfully apparent. Above all – as
was repeated to us by everyone we
met – no Irish government of any
political persuasion could risk a
return to border controls. It would
No Irish
government
of any political
persuasion could
risk a return to
border controls
have a profound effect on the social,
economic and political equilibrium
established in the island of Ireland
which had been so carefully
assembled by previous Irish and
British governments.
Theresa May insists that
she would never allow such a
retrograde step. But Boris Johnson,
the Foreign Secretary, was rather
more candid when, in a leaked
memo to the Prime Minister, he
told her that the Government’s
role should be to minimise border
checks, rather than to keep the
border free of them altogether.
The only way to avoid a hard
border is for Northern Ireland
to retain EU customs and single
market arrangements, but to do so
would mean that the UK’s border
with the EU shifts to the Irish Sea.
That outcome is unacceptable
to the DUP – the Brexitsupporting party whose 10 MPs
give Mrs May the majority she
needs to govern at Westminster.
It is an insoluble situation,
however much Brexiteers waffle
about technological solutions
or, disgracefully, try to pass
responsibility on to Ireland and
the EU.
So with the Prime Minister
too weak to do the right thing
for Ireland, the Good Friday
Agreement is in grave danger.
The question was sidestepped
once again when the UK secured
a conditional agreement on a
transition period with the EU
earlier this week. But it cannot
be ducked for much longer. The
stakes – of peace and stability in
the island of Ireland – could not be
higher. If the Government is unable
or unwilling to act wisely, then MPs
must place this at the forefront of
their minds when they come to vote
on the Government’s final Brexit
deal towards the end of this year.
For people like me, who believe
that the only way out of this Brexit
mess is for Parliament to reject
that deal, the question is one of
arithmetic: will there be enough
MPs courageous enough to do
so? One solution, which has been
mooted, is for Sinn Féin, whose
MPs historically abstain from
taking their seats, to send their
MPs to Westminster and vote
against the deal.
I would urge them to stay away.
Their presence would create a
ferocious reaction amongst other
parties and many MPs would,
unsurprisingly, find it difficult to line
up in the same lobby as Sinn Féin.
The presence of six anti-Brexit Sinn
Féin MPs would, I fear, lose as many
votes as it would gain.
Instead, the House of Commons
as it is must make the right
judgement for the country.
That includes the MPs who
remember the Troubles, the
ministers who inherited the
Good Friday Agreement, and
the parliamentarians whose
constituents’ friends and relatives
travel freely across a peaceful
Ireland today.
Those who called for Brexit
said we had to take back control,
but instead we risk losing control
of a carefully and painstakingly
structured peace in Northern
Ireland and an invisible border.
The people of Ireland don’t
need Sinn Féin to stand up against
Brexit. They need MPs of all parties
to do the right thing.
When the Queen visited Dublin
on an historic state visit in 2011, she
eloquently acknowledged the weight
of our shared history, pointing to
“things we wish had been done
differently or not at all”. MPs have
the chance to avoid adding a hard
Brexit to that list of regrets.
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of driverless car
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It’s not just technical
problems Uber will
need to iron out with
driverless vehicles.
Ethical ones may prove
more problematic.
Imagine an autonomous car approaching
a zebra crossing with
schoolchildren on it. The
brakes fail. If it continues
on its way, their lives are
at risk. At this point the
car’s moral sensor comes
into play. It can avoid the
collision by swerving
onto the pavement and
collide with just one old
lady and her shopping, or
it can swerve across the
road and hit an articulated lorry.
If it operates on
utilitarian principles,
it will take the decision that produces the
“greatest happiness for
the greatest number”
and potentially decide to
steer into the lorry. But
who will buy a car that
pays such scant regard
for its owner’s life?
ANDREW MAYNARD
BATH
communication skills
and I am very pleased
to be able to use a
computer and email
rather than pen and
paper and snail mail.
Having dyspraxia is
not all bad. You just have
to take us as we come!
ROSIE JARRETT
NOTTINGHAM
Feeling blue
about passport
Listening to the news
yesterday morning, I
had to check the date as
the headlines seemed
to be more appropriate
to April 1st. Printing the
new blue passport in
France is madness and
an insult to those who
voted for Brexit.
RICHARD FORD
BIDEFORD, DEVON
I was quite looking
forward to a new postBrexit passport! I never
cared for that dull red
and I have several old
blue ones, gold coat of
arms on the front still
Don’t stop
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friends in EU
Luton Town manager Nathan Jones featured in our Faith in Football series, which
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shining, corners cut off,
in my bottom drawer.
ANNIE TAYLOR
LONDON
The icing
on the cake
Like Val Gaize (Your
View, 22 March), I too
mourn the passing of
the traditional royal iced
wedding cake. However,
having wrestled with
various ideas of how to
produce a cake for my
daughter, I have decided
to do what I do best and
make a fully royal iced
rich fruit cake confection
complete with pillars
for the tiers. For a royal
wedding, what better?
KAREN WILLIAMS
EXETER, DEVON
Dealing with
fraudsters
Further to the article in i
(21 March) about people
being swindled out of
their money by coldcalling fraudsters, I have
had six such calls, from
people all claiming to be
from Microsoft. Surely
there is something we
can do other than put
the telephone down?
Any suggestions?
JOHN BOWNESS
LEICESTER
Not letting
Peck off hook
I found Tom Peck’s
snide article (22 March)
attempting to downplay
the fishermen’s protest
irritating. The fact
that some politicians
hitched themselves to
this “showboat” is not a
surprise, but pointing
out that the EU policies
on quotas had reduced
Britain’s fishing industry
to the level of the pet
insurance trade does
underline how bad the EU
has been for the British
fleet. His argument only
reinforced that of the
fishing industry. Maybe I
missed the point and that
was what he intended.
ROGER HAMPSHIRE
DUMFRIES &
GALLOWAY
their communities and
their god, and we hear
nothing of them. Well
done ifor trying to
redress the balance.
ARNIE WRAY
SHROPSHIRE
Faith and
football
Dyspraxia – it’s
far from all bad
Well done on your
Faith in Football series.
Religion gets such bad
press, and it is great to
see “my paper” publish
articles which feature
wonderful people whose
faith has given them such
positive lives.
We read and hear so
much about individuals
claiming to do dreadful
things in the name of
their god, yet these are a
tiny minority. Meanwhile,
thousands of others, with
a real faith, are serving
I would like to thank
Alexandra Murrell
for her letter about
dyspraxia (22 March). I
also struggle with mild
dyspraxia, which is one
of the reasons I now
enjoy writing so much.
I have above-average
Bernadette: a
special person
I never knew Bernadette
NcNulty, but reading “A
Life In Words” made me
really wish I had. What
a loving, and lovely,
celebration of a very
special person.
IAN MOWBRAY
SUNDERLAND
Theresa May has got a
nerve telling European
countries that they must
stay united in the face of
the Russian threat. Has
she forgotten she is in
the process of rejecting
the rest of Europe? EU
countries would be
entitled to tell her to
“shut up and go away”.
NICK PRITCHARD
SOUTHAMPTON
Ant’s mistake
must be noted
I enjoy Simon Kelner’s
views, as they are
thoughtful and well
balanced. But his column
(22 March) on the plight
of Ant McPartlin had
something missing. It
was full of reasons to feel
sorry for the extremely
wealthy entertainer –
and no one would wish
to stick the boot in as we
all make mistakes. But
the mistake McPartlin
made, and which Kelner
failed to mention, is that
he put people’s lives at
risk by drink driving.
PAUL BRADLEY
OLD COLWYN,
NORTH WALES
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‘Will’ star Eric
dashes ‘Friends’
reunion hopes
Harry’s ex
appeal is good
for Meghan
The Will and Grace reunion has been
warmly received by fans who spent
seven years pining for its return. It
may have also, however, given fans
of the almost suffocatingly popular
Friends false hope that it would one
day be making a similar comeback.
This is not going to happen,
reveals Will and Grace star
Eric McCormack (inset,
with Debra Messing) who
says he bumped into
Friends actor David
Schwimmer who told
him that he has ruled
out ever returning to
his role as Ross Geller.
“[The cast and I] were in
New York when we were
relaunching the show,”McCormack,
who plays Will, tells i. “We bumped
into David Schwimmer and he said;
‘You know I envy you guys, because
we could never make this happen. The
logistics of a Friends reunion are just
too off the charts’.”
Prince Harry is said to be inviting
three of his ex-girlfriends to his
wedding to Meghan Markle in May.
He has stayed on close terms with
Cressida Bonas (far left), Chelsy
Davy (left) and Ellie
Goulding (inset),
who he was seen
kissing at a polo
match in 2016.
He split from
Davy in 2011
and Bonas
in 2014.
People are
quick to raise their
eyebrows at those
who maintain close friendships
with their exes, but it’s actually
a positive signal to Meghan that
Harry’s never veered so far on the
wrong side of his past girlfriends
that they wouldn’t want to
celebrate his marriage with him.
It’s if they never wanted to see him
again that she should be worried.
Rod’s reason
to disbelieve
Elton John loves a good feud with a
fellow celebrity, so he will enjoy this
dig from Rod Stewart who has taken
umbrage with John’s drawn out “farewell tour”, insisting it’s about money
– not saying goodbye to his fans.
“Talking about retirement,” Stewart
told Andy Cohen on Watch What
Happens Live. “I’ve never spoken
about retirement, and if I do retire,
I won’t make an announcement. I’ll
just fade away, I don’t think this big
deal, ‘I’m going to retire’ – it stinks of
selling tickets… it’s dishonest. It’s not
rock’n’roll.” Sir Elton will embark on
the huge three-year tour, called Farewell Yellow Brick Road, in September.
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KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
I
have just become of an age
where I qualify for a rail pass to
get a third off train fares, plus
a Freedom Pass to travel free
around London; and I can play in
the seniors’ competitions at my golf
club. I don’t take advantage of any of
these particular benefits of getting
older, partly because I can afford to
pay my way on the Tube and I feel it
is my civic duty to do so, and partly
because I am not psychologically
ready to admit to myself that I am, in
fact, a senior citizen.
I certainly try to behave in a way
that concedes little to the ageing
process, although I occasionally find
myself exhaling loudly when I either
sit down or get up from a chair, and I
spend too much time looking for my
glasses, or wondering why I’ve gone
upstairs. But I am also in full-time
employment, and have never once
considered stopping working.
Which is just as well, really,
because the idea of early retirement
is as much a thing of the past as
a penny farthing or Cambridge
Analytica. The perfect storm
of inexorable rises in the state
pensionable age (which will probably
hit 70 by 2050), the collapse of final
salary pension schemes, and, not
least, higher life expectancy means
that a rapidly decreasing number
of people will now be able to retire
before they are 65.
Official statistics show that, in
the past seven years, the number
of early retirees in the British
workforce has fallen by a third, and,
according to insurance and savings
company Aviva, by 2035 almost no
one under the age of 65 will be able
to stop work. We may be fit and
healthy for longer, but we’ll be wage
slaves for most of our active lives.
This is, I hardly need say, a
significant shift in the conditions
of society, and needs urgently
to be addressed. Not least is the
imperative that most professionals
will have to find more than one
career. Going through one’s working
life in one job, or even sector, will
also be a thing of the past, and the
Government needs to put proper
money and effort into retraining
programmes for middle-aged
workers so they can be useful in
later life, and to give them the range
of skills that might allow them to
compete with younger people, or
even robots.
There is a tendency to think of
this scenario as depressing, and
certainly the thought of working
until we drop is not an altogether
happy one. But I like the idea that,
at my age and in my own little way,
I am useful to someone, that I have
a value. For those of us who find it
difficult to give in to the ravages of
age, the feeling that we have outlived
our usefulness is slightly too much
to bear.
I hope I am spared so that I can
work until I’m 70, or beyond. I can’t
imagine what life would be like
without work, and I can’t be alone
in that. Retirement is a more scary
prospect than working for ever. It
is a young person’s world, for sure,
and this was always so. But we
dedicated, energetic, hard-working
oldies are going nowhere. We’re here
for the long haul. Now where did I
leave my glasses?
FOOTBALL
the best foods for high performance.
But isn’t it all rather joyless?
Southgate clearly has never heard
of carb-loading, surely the best part
about doing strenuous exercise.
If you can’t enjoy a large mochachoca-frappuccino with whipped
cream when you regularly run
around for 90 minutes, then when
the hell can you?
The war on sugar may be at its
height, but there are plenty of us
mere mortals who regularly quaff
drinks with a hefty dollop of caramel
in them, and treat blueberry muffins
like one of our five a day. We know it’s
not very healthy but we do it anyway.
Surely the athletes on the England
team deserve a little more credit?
These are, after all, professionals,
with a job to do, on a world stage.
They don’t want a cronut paunch
any more than the next person,
but they have more of an incentive.
Harry Redknapp ridiculed the
ketchup ban put in place
by Fabio Capello in
2008, asking if bosses
planned to “follow
a player home to
check if his missus is
giving him steak and
kidney pie”.
Good point: if they
can’t be trusted to give
the hotel Starbucks a
swerve, then who knows
what they might be capable
of? Being papped fastening their
bibs at an illicit all-you-can-eat
Chinese buffet? Slipping a bribe to
the Dominos guy for a covert delivery
with stuffed crust and extra cheese?
Then again, nutrition is a delicate
beast, and we want our players to
be in tip-top form. Perhaps they can
hold off on the the creamy coffees,
and celebrate a World Cup win with
a venti caramel choc-chip latte
instead of Champagne this year?
Siobhán
Norton
Trust players
to sidestep
Starbucks
P
ity the poor England
footballers. Yes, yes, they
might have millions in the
bank and legions of adoring
fans, but today you could waft an
almond croissant in their direction
and watch their spirit crumble
right in front of you.
Manager Gareth
Southgate has banned
the Starbucks in their
hotel from serving
any food as his squad
ramps up training
for the World Cup
this summer. Players
won’t be tempted by
any sugary snacks or
carb-laden sandwiches,
and syrups in drinks are also
off-limits.
It’s not unusual to put star athletes
on a strict dietary regime – after all,
they are being paid a lot of money to
be in the best shape. Nevertheless,
the beautiful game has changed in
the past few decades: previously
you could practically have a half of
bitter and a quick ciggie at half-time.
These days, nutrition is carefully
monitored and considered, with
dietitians and doctors advising on
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HEALTH
Mend footpaths and potholes
to transform public health
By Jennifer Cockerell
Councils should improve the quality
of footpaths to encourage people to
become more active, a health body
has said.
Local authorities should repair
potholes, keep motorists from parking on pavements and ensure street
lighting is working to help improve
routes for cyclists and pedestrians,
according to guidance published by
the National Institute for Health and
Care Excellence (Nice).
The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents 370
councils in England and Wales, said
local authorities were already implementing such measures but “significant funding pressures” meant the
list issued by Nice was “more idealistic than realistic”.
Recent guidance on
air pollution from the
National Institute of Health and
Clinical Excellence advised that
smoother driving would reduce
fumes and improve air quality.
Best foot forward Four great cycle and walking routes
Doncaster to Conisbrough,
South Yorkshire
A traffic-free route covering six
miles between Doncaster
and the 12th-century
Conisbrough Castle.
Lower Bann Cycleway, Co Antrim
A 45-mile route from Toome, near
Lough Neagh, to the Atlantic
coast at The Barmouth,
near Castlerock.
Aber Valley, Caerphilly
A 2.5-mile walking and
cycling path through green
fields and woods carpeted with
bluebells in spring.
Alloa Hillfoots Loop,
Clackmannanshire
A 12-mile route (inset) from
Alloa that loops through
Cambus, Alva and Tillicoultry,
with great views of the Ochil Hills.
Research has shown that more
than a quarter of adults in England
are classified as inactive, as they
undertake less than 30 minutes of
physical activity a week. Increasing
physical activity can prevent more
than 20 serious health conditions,
including cancers, coronary heart
disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.
The Nice guidelines state that
footpaths and cycle routes must be
convenient, safe and attractive to
use and maintained to a high standard, including the removal of any
hazards, such as tree roots. Professor Mark Baker, of Nice, added: “People with limited mobility need extra
help from their surroundings, such
as adapted crossings, public transport that can be used with a wheelchair, and step-free access. With a
little thought, these measures can
be designed into our public spaces to
help everyone be more active.”
Nicealsorecommendsthatplanned
hospital and university sites should
be linked by accessible walking and
cycling routes.
Kate grabs a pizza the action
The Duchess of Cambridge at her
final royal duty before starting
maternity leave.
She and Prince William helped
out at this year’s Commonwealth
Big Lunch at a community centre
in Islington, north London,
yesterday. She revealed that
she enjoys making pizza dough
with her children, George and
Charlotte, because “they like
getting their hands messy”. GETTY
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TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Pro-gun video bloggers have announced plans to move their
content to a porn website after
YouTube banned footage of
the manufacture or modification of guns.
Google-owned
YouTube will prevent
users from uploading
videos promoting the
sale of guns and accessories, alongside content on how to assemble
and fire them.
The move has angered gun
enthusiasts, including Karl Kasarda
and Ian McCollum, who run the
channel InRange TV on YouTube.
They said they will instead start
sharing videos on the PornHub site.
“YouTube’s newly released
vague and one-sided firearms policy makes it abundantly clear that
YouTube cannot be counted upon to
be a safe harbour for a wide variety
of views and subject matter,” the
pair wrote on Facebook.
PornHub is the internet’s largest
free porn site, receiving more than
28.5 billion visitors in 2017 and averaging 81 million visitors per day
and 800 searches made per second.
More than four billion videos were
uploaded by users last year.
“We routinely make updates
and adjustments to our enforcement guidelines across all of our
policies,” a YouTube spokeswoman
said. “While we’ve long prohibited
the sale of firearms, we recently no-
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Mark
Steel
Colour me
blue, say
Brexit heroes
O
ne of the joys of Brexit
is how it brings out the
classic British tradition
of thoughtful debate
that makes us proud to
be British in the first place. So we
unpick the complex issues of trade
and human rights, by stating: “The
main thing is I want a passport
that’s a nearly blue colour, not a
scummy purple foreign colour
tified creators of updates we will be
making around content promoting
the sale or manufacture of firearms
and their accessories.”
The ban comes in the wake of the
high school shooting in Parkland,
Florida, in which 17 people
were killed. US gun owners shared footage and
photos of themselves
destroying their guns
in response, and the
National Rifle Association has since filed
a lawsuit in an attempt
to block legislation that
will place stricter controls
on the sale of guns in Florida.
Gun lobbying group the National
Shooting Sports Foundation said it
feared the ban would be extended
beyond the gun-related topics stated in YouTube’s guidelines.
“We see the real potential for the
blocking of educational content that
serves instructional, skill-building
and even safety purposes,” it said.
“Much like Facebook, YouTube
now acts as a virtual public square.
The exercise of what amounts to
censorship, then, can legitimately
be viewed as the stifling of commercial free speech.”
YouTube has been
criticised for the way
it manages content, which is
largely decided by algorithms
and not humans, making it easier
for inappropriate material to
feature on the platform.
what was invented in Denmark
or something.”
This is because “nearly blue”
is the colour of Britain,
whereas Europe
enslaved us by
forcing us to have
passports that
are nearly red, the
tyrants. And you
name me one thing
in Britain that’s
traditionally red.
Our flag is nearly
blue, white and
blue, our postboxes
are nearly blue,
our phone boxes
are nearly blue, our
flower is the nearly
blue rose of England.
To show how
British these nearly
blue passports are,
the contract for making them
is being taken off a company in
Britain, and given to a firm in a
far more British place – which
is France.
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SCIENCE
YouTube ban
forces pro-gun
bloggers to aim
for porn website
By Rhiannon Williams
i FRIDAY
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New type of
battery holds
five times
more power
By Karl McDonald
The safety driver
was unable to
prevent the
collision AP
UNITED STATES
Driverless car’s fatal
crash caught on camera
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Police have released footage of the
moment a self-driving Uber struck a
woman crossing a road, who later died
of her injuries.
The incident in Tempe, Arizona, was
captured by interior and frontfacing cameras on the Volvo
SUV as it struck Elaine
Herzberg while driving
in autonomous mode on
Sunday evening.
The car’s sensors appear not to register Ms
Herzberg as she pushed
her bicycle across the road
in the dark (inset), as it did not
slow down or move to avoid her.
Safety driver Rafaela Vasquez is
seen glancing downwards in the seconds before the collision, before her
expression changes to shock (above).
Ms Herzberg’s death is believed to be
the first pedestrian fatality involving a
The row over passports is part
of a pattern, in which many people
seem really angry about Brexit,
but the people who
supported Brexit
and won are angrier
than the people who
supported Remain
and lost.
So every week
they’re in the
audience on
Question Time,
screaming “We
voted to come out,
so never mind
talking we should
just come out, and
then we should
go back in so we
can come out
again, and keep
doing it twice
a week, that’ll
teach ’em to be Belgian.”
Then someone shouts: “It’s been
nearly two years since we voted
to come out, but we’ve not built
one wall of breeze block round
self-driving car, and has raised questions over the safety of Uber’s system,
which users a combination of sensors,
radar and lasers to “see” obstacles.
Tempe police chief Sylvia Moir
told the San Francisco Chronicle that
Ms Vasquez had little time to react:
“The driver said it was like a flash, the
person walked out in front of
them. Her first alert to the
collision was the sound of
the collision.”
The officer added:
“It would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode
[autonomous or humandriven] based on how she
came from the shadows into
the roadway.”
Uber stopped all autonomous testing in North America in the wake of
the accident. The company said: “The
video is disturbing and heartbreaking
to watch, and our thoughts continue to
be with Elaine’s loved ones.”
the country and covered it in anticlimb paint so no one can get in,
not one, even though that was what
it said on the ballot paper, we’ve
been betrayed.”
A spokesperson for this ideal was
on a LBC radio phone-in, hosted by
James O’Brien, and he was adamant
we should walk away with no
agreement on anything, asserting
our case by making Europeans wait
for hours at passport control. So the
host said: “But then they’ll do the
same if you want to go to France,”
and the caller said: “Yes, but I don’t
want to go to France.”
And this is surely the basis on
which we should plan the country’s
economic direction, on where this
bloke wants to go on holiday. For
example, car manufacturers can
announce at their AGM: “Our sales
to France this year were a little
disappointing, down from £35m
profit in the year ending April 2017,
to nothing. This was due to the new
regulations in which no contact with
France is permissible, following
measures introduced because a
Scientists have finally designed
a new battery that is believed to
be able to hold up to five times
more power than the ones
that currently power phones,
laptops and electric cars.
Lithium-air batteries have
been tantalising researchers
for years because of their
advantages over present
lithium-ion technology.
Now, researchers at the
University of Illinois at
Chicago and Argonne National
Laboratory have created a
version that still works after a
record-breaking 750 charge and
discharge cycles.
“Our lithium-air battery
design represents a revolution
in the battery community,” said
Amin Salehi-Khojin, co-author
of the paper.
“This is an important step
toward what we call ‘beyond
lithium-ion’ batteries, but we
have more work to do in order to
commercialise it.”
The new type of battery
could provide major benefits
for phone users who are tired
of always charging their
inadequate batteries, and also
to companies such as Tesla and
Nissan experimenting with
cheaper and higher-performing
electric cars.
Lithium-air batteries work
by combining lithium in the
battery with oxygen in the air to
create lithium peroxide, which
is broken down to lithium and
oxygen again while charging.
The report first appeared in
the journal Nature.
Europe forced us
to have passports
that are nearly
red, the tyrants
bloke from Watford doesn’t want to
go to France.”
So it makes sense that we should
all celebrate when our passports are
redesigned in a colour we choose, so
we can proudly look at them, as we
wonder why we need them seeing as
we don’t want to go anywhere.
Next, our English football
team will no longer play in white
with those lions the Europeans
imposed on us, but in a strip with
a magnificent nearly blue cross
on it, along with a striking yellow
background and they’ll be made by
a flag company in Sweden. Then
the Queen’s face on the stamps can
be nearly blue, and designed by the
Belgians that made the Smurfs. Bit
by bit, we’re getting our country
back. THE INDEPENDENT
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WORLD FOCUS
Norway’s drug laws
‘could set example
for rest of the world’
Drug use is no longer a criminal matter but
one of public health, writes Shebab Khan
N
orway’s drug laws could
be an example for the
rest of the world, leading
healthcare and police
officials from around the
world have said. Drug policy in the
Scandinavian country is no longer
a criminal matter but one of public
health – a move that has been widely
praised by experts.
Around the world, an increasing
number of governments are turning
to health and harm-reduction
strategies to deal with drugrelated problems. Now, a group of
policymakers and stakeholders from
10 countries across the globe have
outlined further reforms to ensure
that the policy platform can work
as an even better template for other
countries to follow.
In a joint letter sent to Norway’s
health minister, Bent Høie, they
provide a number of suggestions
to minimise the stain of drug use
on society. The letter calls for the
decriminalisation of non-violent
drugs offences and investment
in treatment programmes and
aftercare facilities, along with drug
substitution therapies.
“We hope that the minister of
health in Norway, as well as the
global community, will consider
these recommendations in their
important effort to change both
Norwegian and global drug policy
reform initiatives,” the letter states.
One of the letter’s signatories,
Steve Rolles, a senior policy analyst
at the Transform Drug Policy
Foundation, said the reforms should
inspire change in the UK.
He said that decriminalisation
approaches were “more than just
a change in the law, they need to
be part of a wider reorientation
towards a health-led approach and
away from the failings of the punitive
enforcement model”.
He added: “Change is already
happening in the UK with several
police forces piloting de facto
decriminalisation, or ‘diversion’
schemes, but as yet central
government has been very
much opposed.”
The changes are already under
way in Norway, which voted at the
end of last year to “stop punishing
people who struggle [with drug
use] and instead give them help
and treatment”. This should
“add [to the] pressure” on other
governments, Mr Rolles said.
He said the British Government
had been opposed to reforms
despite recommendations from the
Advisory Council on the Misuse
of Drugs, the Royal Society of
Public Health, the World Health
Organisation, the British Medical
Association and publications
including the British Medical Journal
and The Lancet.
“Even public opinion is in favour,
so it is hard to understand what the
obstacles are,” he said.
“Still, Norway’s reforms will
undoubtedly add to the pressure for
change – so it is very welcome.”
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Something fishy going on...
US researchers have developed a
soft underwater robot that looks
and moves like a fish, offering a
vehicle for observing marine life
that is less conspicuous to other
sea creatures than humans in
diving gear.
MIT’s Computer Science and
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
says SoFi (soft robotic fish) does
not have any noisy propellers, but
relies on the same tail movements
that fish use to accelerate and
pivot in the water. REUTERS
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ISRAEL
Workers take to streets to denounce
Macron’s public sector reforms
Rabbi causes
outrage with
‘monkey’
racial slur
By Ingrid Melander
IN PARIS
If President Emmanuel Macron had
a political honeymoon, it appears to
be over now.
Police fought with protesters in
Paris yesterday, and fired tear gas
and water cannon in the western city
of Nantes, as strikes broke out across
France in a challenge to the French
leader’s economic reforms.
Train conductors, teachers and
air traffic controllers walked out to
join more than 150 mostly peaceful
marches in cities and towns – the
first time public sector workers have
joined rail staff in protests since Mr
Macron came to office in May.
“It’s a real mess,” said Didier
Samba, who missed his morning
commuter train to the suburbs and
had more than an hour’s wait for the
next at Gare du Nord in Paris.
Sixty per cent of fast trains, 75 per
cent of inter-city trains, and 30 per
cent of flights to and from Paris airports were cancelled.
About 13 per cent of teachers
walked out, the education ministry
said, closing many primary schools.
Electricity generation dropped
by more than three gigawatts, the
equivalent of three nuclear reactors,
as workers joined the strike, stoking
government fears that the work stoppages could spread.
Public sector workers are angry
about plans to cut 120,000 public
sector jobs by 2022, including via
voluntary redundancies, and about
the introduction of merit-based pay.
Railway workers are worried by
government plans to scrap job-forlife guarantees, automatic annual pay
rises and generous early retirement.
By Luke Rix Standing
Railway workers
demonstrate
in Paris against
plans for greater
competition AP
“Discontent and worry are spreading very quickly,” said Jean-Marc
Canon of UGFF-CGT, one of the
largest unions.
Rail workers plan a three-month
rolling strike from 3 April. Public
sector workers will meet next week
to consider further action.
“Public sector workers are very
mobilised,” Laurent Berger, the head
of France’s largest union, the CFDT,
told RTL radio.
Opinion polls reveal a paradox: a
majority of voters back the strike, but
an even bigger majority back the reforms, including cutting the number
of workers and introducing meritbased pay. REUTERS
Ministers might have
in mind the May
1968 revolt that convulsed
France and started with a
student protest at Nanterre
University. It triggered unrest
that blocked France for weeks.
TECHNOLOGY
CLIMATE
Slippers that
come to heel
Severe weather costs peak as
temperatures hit record highs
By Luke Rix-Standing
Motor giant Nissan has turned its
attention away from the road to
home footwear.
It has created a pair of
“self-parking” slippers that
return to a pre-programmed spot
of their own accord.
Users can remove the slippers
anywhere in the house, and then
watch as they navigate obstacles
to return to the bedside.
In a demonstration at a
Japanese inn, the robotic
footwear displayed an impressive
knack for parallel parking,
reversing smoothly into a neat
line by the door.
Sadly, they won’t be appearing
in retailers any time soon. They
have been created by Nissan to
raise awareness for a new brand of
self-parking car.
By Alister Doyle
IN OSLO
The past three years were the hottest on record and heat waves in
Australia, freak Arctic warmth
and water shortages in Cape Town
provide further evidence of harmful weather extremes in 2018, the
United Nations has said.
Atlantic hurricanes and monsoon
floods in India contributed to make
2017 the most costly year on record
for severe weather and climate
events, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says in its
annual report on the global climate.
The study, out yesterday, confirmed a provisional finding that
2016 was the warmest year in
records dating back to the 19th
century, with 2017 and 2015 tied for
second place in a warming trend the
Hundreds died as floods hit Nepal,
India and Bangladesh last year AFP
WMO blames on man-made emissions of greenhouse gases.
Last year was the hottest year not
influenced by an extra boost from
an El Niño event that releases heat
from the Pacific Ocean.
WMO secretary-general Petteri
Taalas said unusually high temperatures in the Arctic in 2018 contrasted with bitter winter storms in
Europe and North America.
And so far in 2018 “Australia and
Argentina suffered extreme heatwaves, whilst drought continued in
Kenya and Somalia, and Cape Town
struggled with acute water shortages,” he added.
The WMO said that levels of carbon dioxide were now above 400
parts per million of the atmosphere
– far above natural variations in the
past 800,000 years and backing up
mainstream scientific findings that
humankind is the cause.
The report found that German reinsurer Munich Re estimated total
disaster losses from weather and
climate-related events in 2017 at a
record $320bn (£227bn). REUTERS
One of Israel’s chief rabbis has provoked outrage by referring to black
people as “monkeys” during his
weekly sermon.
Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef’s comments
were denounced as ”racially charged”
and “utterly unacceptable” by the
Anti-Defamation League, a New
York-based organisation devoted to
battling anti-Semitism and racism,
while British Jewish organisation
The Board of Deputies accused the
rabbi of “betraying his office”. “He
should be working to eliminate all
forms of racism,” said
President of the Board
Jonathan Arkush.
In his sermon,
the rabbi (inset)
used a derogatory
Hebrew term for a
black person, and
said “in America
you see one every five
minutes”. He mentioned meeting black people with white parents and went on
to call a black person a “monkey”, according to footage published by the
Ynet news site.
His office said he was citing a section from the Talmud – the book of
Jewish law. The passage concerns the
blessing of “an unusual person” such
as a red, white, or black one, but Rabbi
Yosef argued there were too many
black people for this to be realistic. Instead, he suggested, “you make it only
on a person with a white father and
mother... they had a monkey as a son,
so you say the blessing on him”.
Though one of the offensive words
in question, kushi, comes from the
Talmud, in modern Hebrew it is used
as a racial slur.
Mr Yosef represents Israel’s
Sephardic Jews of Middle Eastern
and North African descent. He has
previously argued that non-Jews
should not be allowed to live in Israel
except to serve the Jewish state, and
said secular women behave like animals because they dress immodestly.
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AUSTRALIA
THE PHILIPPINES
Police kill
13 suspected
drug dealers
By Luke Rix-Standing
Philippines police say they have
killed 13 suspected drug dealers and
arrested more than 100 people in 24
hours of raids in a province with a
record of bloody crackdowns.
Police Senior Superintendent
Romeo Caramat said the 13
Hundreds of rebels leave
defeated Eastern Ghouta
By Firas Makdesi
IN DAMASCUS
MIDDLE EAST
Two die in Great Hamas kills PM
Barrier Reef crash bomb suspect
A helicopter carrying
American tourists crashed
at a coral-viewing site on
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef,
killing two passengers from
Hawaii and injuring two others
from Colorado, police said.
The helicopter pilot pulled
one passenger from the
wreckage after Wednesday’s
crash but desperate attempts
to revive the 65-year-old
woman failed, Police Inspector
Ian Haughton said yesterday.
A 79-year-old man also died
despite bystanders’ attempts
to resuscitate him. AP
SYRIA
A man wanted for a bombing that
targeted the Palestinian prime minister’s convoy in Gaza last week was
killed in a firefight yesterday with
Hamas forces, the militant Islamic
group that rules the territory said.
The Interior Ministry in Gaza said
the suspect, Anas Abu Khousa, 26,
refused to surrender when Hamas
surrounded his hideout. It said he
was killed in the exchange of fire
along with two Hamas policemen.
Last week, a roadside bomb struck
a convoy carrying Rami Hamdallah
after he crossed into Gaza. Mr Hamdallah was unhurt but the explosion
injured some of his bodyguards. AP
suspected drug dealers were killed
on Wednesday in battles with police
in a city and eight towns in Bulacan
province, seven miles north of the
capital Manila. More than 70 raids
were launched by the police in
Bulacan in one day, leading to the
arrests of 109 people, including 92
suspected drug dealers and users.
The latest violence raises the
death toll in President Rodrigo
D u t e r t e ’s b r u t a l a n t i - d r u g
crackdown to 4,239 since it was
launched in July 2016. The US and
European countries have joined
civil rights groups in expressing
alarm over the killings. AP
The Syrian government moved
closer to ending rebel resistance in
Eastern Ghouta as civilians streamed
out of one of its besieged towns
yesterday and insurgents prepared
to surrender another.
The army assault on Eastern
Ghouta, just outside Damascus,
has been one of the most intense in
Syria’s seven-year-old war, killing
more than 1,500 people in a relentless
bombardment with war planes, shells
and rockets.
A Reuters witness said 15 buses
had driven into the town of Harasta
Mazar-i-Sharif
Three years ago, a schoolgirl
in rural Afghanistan took out
a small loan and bought two
beehives. In her first year
she harvested 16kg of honey,
enough to repay the loan and
leave her with a small profit.
In 2016 Frozan, who is now in
her final year at school, earned
120,000 afghanis (£1,400) from
the 120kg that her burgeoning
collection of 20 beehives
produced – a sizeable sum given
that the country’s GDP per
person is around £450 a year.
“It is unique for a girl in a
rural area like mine to have
a private business and make
a considerable income, but
I trusted myself, took the
chance, worked hard and made
a success of it,” the 19-year-old
said by phone from the city of
Mazar-i-Sharif.
Frozan, who goes by one
name, is the first schoolgirl
in northern Balkh province’s
Marmul district to keep bees.
A beekeeping novice three
years ago, Frozan was taught
by the charity that provided
the loan how to look after them.
“It is not time-consuming. I
do my daily chores at home, I
go to school and I can look after
the beehives,” she said.
Her story is unusual in other
ways, too. Women and girls in
Afghanistan are discriminated
against on a regular basis, says
UN Women, and that includes
facing severe restrictions on
working and studying outside
their home. REUTERS
Zabihullah Noori
to transport fighters and their
families to opposition areas in northwestern Syria in a deal brokered by
the government’s ally Russia.
Brazil
rations
its water
Lorena Horrara brings
home a bucket of
water she collected
from an improvised
reservoir after a day of
rationing was imposed
in Ceilandia, a suburb
of Brasilia. As the
World Water Forum
met in Brazil’s capital
yesterday, 900 of the
country’s 5,570 regions
were in the grip of their
worst drought for 100
years. REUTERS
CHINA
Beijing ‘must prepare for military action over Taiwan’
Beijing should prepare for military
action over self-ruled Taiwan, a staterun newspaper said yesterday.
The suggestion in The Global
Times followed Chinese President
Xi Jinping’s aggressive statements
about Taiwan and Hong Kong earlier
this week. Beijing was infuriated
last week when Donald Trump
signed legislation encouraging the
US to send officials to Taiwan, and
vice versa.
During a visit to Taiwan’s capital,
Taipei, on Wednesday, the US Deputy
Assistant Secretary of State, Alex
Wong, said America’s’ commitment
to Taiwan had never been stronger
and the island was an inspiration to
the rest of the Indo-Pacific region.
The Global Times said China had to
“prepare for a direct military clash
in the Taiwan Straits”. China claims
Taiwan as its own and considers the
island a wayward province. REUTERS
JAPAN
MALDIVES
CRIME
Hikers rescued
after late snow
45-day state of
Europol smashes
emergency lifted trafficking ring
Thirteen tourists hiking along
a mountain trail near Tokyo had
to be rescued yesterday after
getting trapped overnight by a
late-season snowfall.
Seven who were unable to
descend on their own were
airlifted off the hillside. Television
news reports showed people being
lifted up to helicopters hovering
above snow-covered woods. Some
were injured, but their condition
was not life-threatening. AP
The President of the Maldives,
Abdulla Yameen, has lifted the 45-day
state of emergency he imposed after
the island nation’s Supreme Court
overturned criminal convictions
against nine of his opponents.
Mr Yameen’s office said he had done
so “in an effort to promote normalcy”.
M r Ya m e e n’s h a l f- b ro t h e r,
former president Maumoon Abdul
Gayoom, two judges and a judicial
administrator are charged with trying
to topple the government. REUTERS
By Ben Blanchard
IN BEIJING
Postcard
From...
A child in the civilian evacuation from
Eastern Ghouta yesterday GETTY
Meanwhile,theSyrianObservatory
for Human Rights monitoring group
said more than 4,000 people had fled
the larger rebel-held town of Douma
since Wednesday, crossing over into
government-held territory.
The Ahrar al- Sham group’s
decision to surrender Harsata leaves
only Douma and another rebel pocket
in Eastern Ghouta that includes the
towns of Jobar, Ein Terma, Arbin and
Zamalka. They are all that remain of
the main insurgent stronghold near
the Syrian capital.
Air strikes still pummelled parts
of Eastern Ghouta yesterday,
killing 19 people, according to the
Observatory. REUTERS
The European Union’s law
enforcement agency says
police have smashed a Nigerian
organised crime ring in one of
the largest European operations
against human trafficking.
Europol said the gang trafficked
victims to Europe through Libya
and Italy, forcing women into
prostitution. It added that 89
people were arrested in Spain and
Manchester, and 39 victims were
rescued. AP
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PEOPLE
World’s two biggest
economies prepare
for a trade war
Playground politics in bickering over fight
By Paul Wiseman
IN WASHINGTON
Shares slumped in the US as Donald
Trump slapped tariffs on $60bnworth (£42.5bn) of Chinese imports
to punish Beijing for what he said was
an “out of control” trade deficit and
the theft of American technology.
The US President said the trade
gap of $504bn between the China and
the US was “the largest deficit of any
country in the history of our world.
It’s out of control”.
He added: “We have a tremendous
intellectual property theft situation
going on, which likewise is hundreds
of billions of dollars.”
After, the Dow Jones average recorded its fifth biggest drop in its
history – ending the day with a fall of
more than 700 points.
China has already warned it will
take “all necessary measures” to
defend itself, raising the prospect of
a trade war between the world’s two
largest economies.
“The sanctions are a very big deal,”
says Mary Lovely, a Syracuse University economist and senior fellow
at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “The Chinese see
them as a major threat and do not
want a costly trade war.”
The White House said Mr Trump
would direct the Office of the US
Trade Representative to publish a
list of proposed tariffs for public comment within 15 days.
Dozens of industry groups sent
a letter last weekend to Mr Trump
warning that “the imposition of
sweeping tariffs would trigger a
chain reaction of negative consequences for the US economy, provoking retaliation”.
But a trade war between America
and Europe appears to have been
averted for now after the US government said it was ready to exempt the
Until now, Donald Trump
and Chinese President Xi
Jinping appeared to have got on
well. But a long-standing trade
deficit could scupper that.
Donald Trump holds up a signed
memorandum aimed at what he calls
Chinese economic aggression GETTY
US ‘Pro-life country’
An official appointed by President
Donald Trump said during a
closed-door United Nations meeting
that the “US is a pro-life country”,
even though US law and public
opinion support a woman’s right to
access legal and safe abortion.
Bethany Kozma, a senior adviser
in the office of Gender Equality
and Women’s Empowerment at
the US Agency for International
Development, made the statement
while countries negotiated the final
document of the ongoing, annual
women’s rights conference.
Two diplomats at the UN were able
to confirm the comment.
28-country bloc from tariffs on steel
and aluminium.
EU leaders, who had threatened to
retaliate to any new US tariffs with
restrictions on American goods,
gave a cautious welcome to news of
the exemption.
“A trade war would have damaged
both sides,” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz tweeted from a summit
of leaders in Brussels.
US Trade Representative Robert
Lighthizer said that the EU would be
exempt, along with Canada, Mexico,
Australia, Argentina and Brazil. AP
INVESTIGATION
Trump’s Russia probe lawyer resigns
By Chad Day
IN WASHINGTON
President Donald Trump’s lead lawyer for the special counsel investigation into Russia interference in the
2016 election has resigned.
John Dowd said: “I love the President and wish him well.”
Mr Dowd said he made the decision voluntarily and he denied that
his departure had to do with Mr
Trump ignoring his advice.
Other reports speculated that Mr
Trump had lost confidence in Mr
Dowd’s ability to handle special counsel Robert Mueller.
It was already a delicate time in the
investigation as Mr Trump’s lawyers
have been negotiating with Mr Mueller over the scope and terms of an
interview of the President.
Mr Trump has said he is eager to
speak with Mr Mueller, but Mr Dowd
has been far more apprehensive, and
the lawyers have not publicly committed to making Mr Trump available for questioning. AP
By Luke Rix-Standing
Donald Trump and the former US
vice president, Joe Biden, have
been bragging about who would
win if the pair had a fist fight.
Reacting to comments that Mr
Biden made about him at an antisexual assault rally, the President
wrote on Twitter yesterday: “Crazy
Joe Biden is trying to act like a
tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both
mentally and physically, and yet he
threatens me, for the second
time, with physical assault.
“He doesn’t know me,
but he would go down
fast and hard, crying all
the way. Don’t threaten
people, Joe!”
At a Florida university
on Tuesday, Mr Biden
(right) cited lewd comments
that Mr Trump made in 2005
about touching women sexually
without their consent. “If
we were in high school, I’d
take him behind the gym
and beat the hell out of
him,” said Mr Biden,
a potential Democrat
election rival in 2020.
He said any man who
disrespected women was
“usually the fattest, ugliest
SOB [son of a bitch] in the room”.
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EDUCATION
Illiteracy costs the global economy £1.05trn a year, according to
a report.
“Functional illiteracy” costs the
UK £35bn a year, with nine million
adults – or one in four – struggling
to read or write, the World Literacy Foundation estimates.
This is the third-highest
amount in Europe, after Germany
(£51.77bn) and France (£36.5bn).
The report states that nearly
750m people worldwide lack the
basic literacy skills needed to accomplish simple tasks such as
reading a medicine label or filling
out a job application.
Andrew Kay, author of the
report, described illiteracy as
a “disease that we are aiming
to eradicate”.
He added: “We need to understand that early intervention can
avert a lifetime of hardship, poverty and pain [for someone] who
is struggling to read or write.
“While the proportion of illiterate people has declined over the
past 70 years, the absolute number
has remained unchanged.”
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LITERATURE
The growing pains
of Tracy Beaker
Super-fan Chloë Hamilton
welcomes her controversial
return as a mum on benefits
S
ome children’s book
characters stay with you
long into adulthood, etched
on your heart and in your
memory. Winnie the Pooh.
Peter Rabbit. Dumbledore. Mog.
For me, Tracy Beaker – the
obstinate protagonist in Jacqueline
Wilson’s The Story of Tracy Beaker,
which was later adapted and turned
into successful TV show – is one of
those characters.
That frizzy-haired, bolshy
10-year-old, who lived in
a children’s home she
referred to as “the
dumping ground”,
stomped furiously into
my imagination when I
was a child and set up
camp. I was enthralled
by this awkward,
troubled, funny little girl
and returned to the book
time and time again until
the edges of the pages were grubby
and soft from having been thumbed
so often.
So, naturally, the recent news
that Wilson (inset) is bringing
back the character as an adult, 27
years after she first committed
Tracy to paper, piqued my interest.
According to the children’s author,
we will rejoin Tracy as a single mum
living on a council estate struggling
to get by on benefits. The book, My
Mum Tracy Beaker, will be told from
the perspective of Tracy’s young
daughter, Jess.
Wilson recently revealed that
Tracy had “haunted” her over
the years. Her decision to bring
her back came about after seeing
mothers who had read the book as
10-year-olds, encouraging their own
children to pick it up.
“When I realised how long ago
it was since I wrote the first Tracy
Beaker book, I thought: if we were
in real time, Tracy herself would be
in her thirties,” she said. “And I’ve
always thought that, even though
Tracy had lots of problems in her
life and a pretty rubbish mum who
was never there for her, Tracy
herself would be a good mum.”
But there has been
a growing backlash
following the
announcement, with
the fact that the
character – who grew
up in and out of care –
is now to be found on a
council estate scraping
by on benefits, angering
a number of fans who have
taken umbrage with the suggestion
that children in care are destined to
live difficult lives.
I suspect that the former
children’s laureate will be unfazed.
Wilson’s books have often played
chicken with controversy,
turning gritty subject matter into
accessible children’s stories. Teen
pregnancy in Dustbin Baby. Eating
disorders in Girls Under Pressure.
I’v
ve always thought that,
even though Tracy had lots of
problems... she herself would
be a good mum
Child bereavement in Vicky Angel.
Disability in Sleepovers. It is work
that has always struck me as ahead
of its time. Wilson published the
The Story of Tracy Beaker in 1991,
writing about care homes and the
youngsters trapped inside them in a
way that made them moving but not
maudlin; funny but not flippant.
In 1994, she wrote about domestic
abuse and homelessness in The Bed
and Breakfast Star, and, in 1999, she
brought mental health to the pages
of a children’s book in The Illustrated
Mum, which is about a child whose
mother has bipolar disorder.
Wilson’s writing is contemporary,
realistic, and relevant in a genre
where it is all too easy to disappear
off into a magical, make-believe
world. I’d argue that far from
suggesting all children in care
will end up on benefits, Wilson is
simply using an already established
and beloved character to highlight,
for young readers, the very real
issue of an entire life lived at the
mercy of the state.
The truth is, life is often harder
for adults who grew up in care. In
England and Wales, children leave
care from the age of 16 onwards.
Statutory support continues
until they are 25 but without
financial support from a family,
care-leavers are more likely to
rely on help from the social
security system. Most
care-leavers like Tracy will submit
a benefits claim around their
18th birthday.
According to a 2016 report from
the Department for Education,
40 per cent of care-leavers aged
19 to 21 are also not in education,
employment or training compared
with 14 per cent of all 19- to
21-year-olds.
This could be for a number of
reasons: a disrupted education
leading to a lack of qualifications,
The teenage
Tracy Beaker
played by
Dani Harmer
in the BBC
children’s
series
low self-esteem, not having the
support, skills, or experience
required to find a job.
Care-leavers are less likely, too,
to be in higher education – this
according to a 2016 report from the
Centre of Social Justice – with only
6 per cent of them accessing higher
education compared to 47 per cent
of the general population.
Turning Tracy Beaker into an
X Factor super star, a high-flying
human rights lawyer, or a self-made
entrepreneur might have made for
an aspirational children’s story but
it wouldn’t be realistic.
And if there’s one thing Wilson
has always been, it’s realistic. For
that, I think, she deserves the
utmost praise.
FOOD
‘Black women have so much to bring to the table’
Food writer Jerrelle Guy tells her story
in a new cookbook. By Ella Walker
Y
ou may not have heard
of food writer and stylist
Jerrelle Guy yet, but once
you see it, you’ll want to
jump right into her debut
cookbook, Black Girl Baking.
Packed with recipes that are both
decadent and vegan-friendly – from
banana bread to a fudgy flourless
brownie pie – the US-based baker,
born in South Florida, grew up
watching the Food Network (“It was
my Saturday morning cartoon”),
studied gastronomy at Boston
University, and writes recipes
alongside her partner, Eric, on their
blog “Chocolate For Basil”.
The 27-year-old (inset) wrote
Black Girl Baking “Because it was
my reality, and I wanted to share
what I’d learnt about myself, food,
African-American food-ways and
my spirituality. It just felt right
and honest, and a creative way to
tell my story. I also hadn’t
heard a lot of people
talking about baking or
blackness the way I
was experiencing it.
“Black women have
so much to bring to
the table – and have
historically built the
table American food
rests on – and those
contributions should be
acknowledged and celebrated.”
She hopes to inspired home
cooks with her recipes. “I’d like
for them to be adventurous in
the kitchen, make mistakes
with self-compassion,
explore, get lost and
find themselves, and
be inspired to do their
own soul-searching
through cooking and
experimentation,
without getting caught
up in perfection.
“For me, baking should
be more about the process
and about enjoying the solo
journey in the kitchen; everyone’s
response to your masterpiece
can be the icing, but the real work
happens in solitude – you gotta do
the dirty work on your own.”
And what is her advice to anyone
who finds the thought of baking
stressful? “Focus on the process
and get lost in that.
“Whatever you make will taste
exactly like how you are feeling
when you make it, so stop feeling
stressed and stiff and just let
yourself feel good.”
‘Black Girl Baking’ by Jerrelle Guy,
Page Street Publishing, £16.99
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Like father,
like son
He’s best known for playing
tough guys – but now Idris Elba
is returning to British TV
to play his own dad in an
old-fashioned, feel-good
sitcom. By Craig McLean
S
pring 2018, and Idris Elba is back
– finally – on the small screen. For
a while, the Londoner who rose
to fame as Stringer Bell on The
Wire, David Simon’s magisterial
Baltimore-set series, was “lost” to movies. Mandela, Beasts of No Nation, Thor:
Ragnarok, Star Trek: Beyond, The Dark
Tower, The Mountain Between Us, Molly’s
Game – his film options have been wide, his
choices (mostly) judicious. And, still full of
the ambition that propelled him 25 years
ago from the Ford Dagenham assembly
line and bit parts on British telly to try his
luck as an actor in New York, he’s run fulltilt at Hollywood.
Having relocated back to the UK three
years ago after two decades largely based
in the US, he’s now plugging into home turf
for inspiration with renewed vigour.
First, the return of DCI John Luther.
After a hiatus since the end of 2015’s
truncated, two-episode fourth series –
during which time there was talk of both
a US version and big-screen outing for the
big man in the big coat – Elba is now filming a four-episode fifth series on the brutally murderous London streets imagined
by creator Neil Cross (Hard Sun).
“I am in the middle of doing that, yes,”
admits Elba. “We’re five weeks into it and
it’s going fine.” Is it good to put Luther’s
overcoat back on? “Absolutely, yeah.”
Beyond that, Elba is keeping his counsel
about the return of a character for which
he’s won a Golden Globe and multiple
Emmy nominations. “If you don’t mind I’d
rather talk about In the Long Run.”
This is Elba’s other new TV project.
Forget cops and killers, warlords and lawyers, superheroes and assassins. With In
The Long Run, the actor is playing very
much against type, starring in an
old-fashioned, feel-good sitcom.
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The Sky comedy – made by Elba’s
production company Green Door
– is based on Elba’s early life in
Hackney, north-east London. Set
in the early 1980s, it sees Elba play
Walter, a version of his late father,
and Sammy Kamara (Damilola,
Our Loved Boy) playing Kobna, an
incarnation of young Idris. The
10-year-old’s cosy life with his
immigrant parents and best
friend upstairs is turned on its
head by the arrival from Sierra
Leone of his party-loving uncle.
The inspiration, the 45-year-old
says, was “wanting to find some
of the humour in growing up in
the 1980s – and, as a performer,
just wanting to do more comedy. I
lived on a council estate, in a community, and the whole show is focused around that, my family and
my neighbours.”
Walter’s neighbour and friend is
Bagpipes (comedian Bill Bailey).
The two men work together at a
car factory – another fact drawn
from Elba’s life. His dad was a
shop steward at Ford Dagenham,
which is how the young Idris
ended up there, albeit briefly.
“A lot of [my dad’s] life was
there – he was nearly 30 years in
Dagenham. He had lots of stories
about the people he worked with
that we drew on.”
There are more autobiographical elements in the soundtrack.
Elba is an occasional DJ and musician, and has spun two “character”
albums from roles he’s played, for
John Luther and Nelson Mandela.
It’s an enthusiasm that was forged
in childhood, and the sitcom’s
music choices both set the scene
and establish the cultural mix that
formed the young Elba’s tastes.
The first music viewers hear is
a tune about Sierra Leonean independence. Then it’s on to Toto’s
“Africa”, Eddy Grant’s “Electric
Avenue” and Status Quo’s “Rockin’ All Over the World”.
“We focus on the years where
I wanted to be a DJ,” he explains.
“We use 1980s pop, reggae, a lot
of Congolese, Nigerian, Sierra
Leonean music. It embeds the
audience into the world we’re
talking about. And it’s quite a
mixed world – from African music
to David Bowie is quite a big jump.
But that’s what my experience of
the 1980s was like. My mum and
dad listened to all sorts of music.
I wanted the audience to get the
sense that this is what was going
on in my house.”
To help underpin and amplify
his aspirations for his first full
comedy project – one that was
shot “very quickly” – Elba hired
comedy veteran Declan Lowney,
experienced director of Father
Ted and Little Britain.
“I grew up with the [classic]
sitcoms, Only Fools And Horses, all
those shows. And they are a formula. It’s not just gag and gag and
gag. There’s some heart. You care
about the characters. And when
you’re watching those shows, you
feel like you’re in their world.
“Declan definitely was able to
set up worlds and character and
backstories. It’s set in the 1980s,”
he reminds us, “so the feel and the
set-up of the show, and the style of
performance and jokes, are very
much a nostalgic salute.”
In The Long Run is nostalgic
in potentially more problematic
ways. In terms of racial issues,
notes Elba, “We take it on as it
was. Back then people would say
all sorts of offensive things, but to
be honest be less offended. So racism seemed to have less of an impact. You’d get someone say: ‘You
black bastard’, and it wasn’t like
there was going to be a riot. We’re
quite honest about that.
“We don’t take it lightly,” he
clarifies. “We consider every single racial slur or racist storyline
really seriously in the show – but
we don’t overcook it, we’re not
overly sensitive about it. And I’ll
stand by that… because that’s
what it was like back then.”
It’s about truth, he says, both
to his own childhood, and also the
era and the city that made him. It
speaks, too, to the founding ethos
of diversity and inclusion that informs the projects he’s pursuing
at Green Door.
“In this show it’s a real joy to
have Bill Bailey and his family and
his ethnicity and culture represented alongside my culture, my
family. Which is very much what
I think London is about – cultures
clashing with each other. I’ve always said: if we want to be honest about who we are, we have to
show it in our stories.”
Here’s to the London of In The
Long Run. A safer place, for sure,
than the London of Luther.
‘In The Long Run’ starts on Sky
One at 10pm on 29 March
At home with the Elbas As Walter, with Sammy Kamara (left) as Kobna
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UNSANE (15)
HHHHH
Steven Soderbergh, 98 mins, starring:
Claire Foy, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins,
Amy Irving, Jay Pharoah
Reviews by Geoffrey Macnab
Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane was
shot on an iPhone 7 Plus. That may
make it sound like a gimmick, and
early on, you can’t help but think
that the film has been done on the
cheap. Thankfully, once the story
hooks you, you quickly forget
about the technology behind it.
This is a chilling, darkly funny and
ingeniously scripted thriller that
benefits from a wonderfully fiery
performance from Claire Foy.
ALSOSHOWING
MARK FELT: THE MAN
WHO BROUGHT DOWN
THE WHITE HOUSE (12A)
HHHHH
Peter Landesman, 103 mins, starring:
Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Marton
Csokas, Tony Goldwyn, Ike Barinholtz
The Watergate scandal has been
covered exhaustively in books
and films over the past 40 years.
Peter Landesmen’s effort offers
a fresh perspective. Events here
are seen not from the point of
view of journalists or politicians,
but of the senior FBI officer
known as “Deep Throat”.
Liam Neeson plays Felt in the
way Gary Cooper portrayed
the marshal in High Noon. He
is doggedly loyal to the agency,
though his hard-drinking, very
unhappy wife Audrey (Diane
Lane) keeps reminding him they
haven’t treated him very well.
The film might have worked
better if it had taken a more
nuanced view of Felt, whose FBI
career ended in ignominious
circumstances: the man
renowned for his integrity
was himself convicted of
conspiracy for ordering unlawful
break-ins against the Weather
Underground radical group.
The suspicion remains that
Felt’s story is more complicated
than Landesman wants to
acknowledge. He was a tragic
figure as much as a heroic one.
PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING (12A)
HHHHH
Steven S DeKnight, 111 mins, starring:
John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Adria
Arjona, Tian Jing, Charlie Day
As a cinemagoing experience,
this is the equivalent of being
clattered over the head with a
pair of dustbin lids for close on
two hours. It’s crash, bang, wallop
film-making par excellence.
Whenever battle is
commenced, the humanoperated robots and the huge
monster kaijus knock down
buildings, bridges and roads as
if they’re all made of powder.
The violence is deliberately
cartoonish. So are the
performances. Clearly, little of
its reported $150m budget has
been spent on plot or character
development, but it has a likeable,
tongue-in-cheek quality that
you don’t find in Michael Bay’s
horribly bombastic Transformers
movies. If you like films that are
very noisy, very brash and have
storylines that revolve around
prolonged, meaningless wrecking
sprees, Pacific Rim: Uprising
won’t let you down.
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be committed to an asylum. The
centre runs its own scam, institutionalising “sane” people for profit
and keeping them locked up until
their health insurance runs out.
The film-makers deliberately
confuse the audience about her
state of mind. One moment, she
appears rational and sympathetic,
the next, her behaviour is erratic,
violent and neurotic. She makes
seemingly wild allegations that
one of the warders (Joshua Leonard) is the stalker who has been
tormenting her for two years.
Sawyer’s bed is next to that of
the vengeful and malicious hellcat
Violet (Juno Temple), who starts
threatening her the moment she
arrives. Other inmates’ faculties
are dulled by all the medications
they’re given. Sawyer’s one friend
and ally is a recovering drug
addict (Jay Pharoah), who tries to
As a satire
about American
healthcare, it feels
frighteningly real
Bouncing off the
walls Claire Foy is
trapped inside a
mental institution
She plays Sawyer Valentini, a
self-reliant businesswoman who
has taken a new job at a financial
company. She goes on dates but
her anxiety issues prevent her
from establishing meaningful
relationships. Only very slowly
do we learn why: she has been a
victim of stalking. She is alone in
a strange city and never feels safe.
Sawyer books herself an appointment with a therapist at a
behavioural centre. She patiently
explains what she is going through
and admits she has occasionally
had suicidal thoughts. The therapist asks her to sign some papers.
She does so unthinkingly and, before she knows it, discovers she
has just agreed to allow herself to
Film
Matrix
tell her how to play the system and
get back her freedom.
The film stands as a cautionary
tale about stalking. Sawyer has
become so accustomed to it that
she rearranges every aspect of
her life to keep away from the man
terrorising her. It is also a satire
about an aspect of profit-driven
American healthcare that feels
frighteningly real.
In its latter scenes, Unsane veers
off into serial-killer territory,
with gruesome torture sequences
and lots of unseemly goings-on
in padded basements. It is hard
to believe that men and women
would be put in the same wards,
with no distinctions made between placid patients and the
violently deranged. But what
Unsane does portray brilliantly is
the nightmarish world in which
Sawyer suddenly find herself.
The cinematography is functional rather than eye-catching.
But what Soderbergh proves is
that if the storytelling is dramatic
enough, the technology fades into
the background. THE INDEPENDENT
A YA fairy tale that
steps too softly
A WRINKLE IN TIME (PG)
HHHHH
Ava DuVernay, 110 mins, starring: Storm
Reid, Levi Miller, Reese Witherspoon,
Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael
Peña, Oprah Winfrey, Zach Galifianakis
Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel A
Wrinkle In Time is regarded as an
American classic. The book is far
less well known internationally,
one reason why Ava DuVernay’s
new adaptation hasn’t created
such fevered expectation here.
As the advance publicity has reminded audiences, this is the first
$100m blockbuster to have been
directed by an African-American
woman. It marks a radical change
of direction for DuVernay after
her rousing civil rights drama
Selma, and her Oscar nominated
documentary 13th.
Sadly, the film turns out to be
as soft-centred and treacly as any
of the other fantasy adventures
made by Disney over the years.
Oprah Winfrey gives a striking
performance as Mrs Which, a benign sorceress whose blonde wig,
silver lipstick and garish costume
give her the look of a 1970s disco
diva. Reese Witherspoon enjoys
herself as the flame-haired and impulsive Mrs Whatsit, and Mindy
Kaling is in ingratiating form as
the eccentric Mrs Who, the third
of the cosmic trio. They’re not on
screen for long, though. The main
character here is Meg Murry
(Storm Reid), an unhappy, bullied
teenager whose astrophysicist father (Chris Pine) disappeared in
a puff of smoke four years before.
Previously a model student, Meg
has become distracted and hostile. The only one who stands up
for her in the school playground is
her precocious six-year-old brother, Charles (Deric McCabe).
With the help of the three
witches, Meg sets off across galaxies and universes in search of her
dad. Sympathetic school friend
Calvin (Levi Miller) and Charles
come along for the ride.
S ome elements rekindle
memories of the wonderful world
of Oz. There’s some pantomimestyle clowning from Zach Galifianakis as a guide to the travellers.
Chaos and evil are represented
by the forces of “it” (voiced by
David Oyelowo).
Yet the film tries so hard to
provide an uplifting message that
dramatic tension is in very short
supply. Too much of the dialogue
sounds as if it comes from a book of
motivational speeches. We know
right from the outset that Meg
will be able to “face the darkness”
and “bring the best of herself” to
the world. When characters utter
toe-curling lines such as “I wanted
to shake hands with the universe,
when I should have been holding
yours,” it is little wonder that any
lingering sense of magic disappears. THE INDEPENDENT
REEL
= TALK=
JESSICA BARRETT
Mob wives film
adds third star
Elisabeth Moss (above) will join
Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany
Haddish in an adaptation of a DC/
Vertigo comic book. The Kitchen
is about Irish mob wives living in
Hell’s Kitchen in the 1970s who
take over the business when their
husbands are arrested.
DuVernay links
up with DC Comics
Another DC adaptation arrives
in the form of New Gods, directed
by Ava DuVernay (above), who
is riding high on the back of her
directorial debut for Disney,
A Wrinkle in Time. The Warner
Bros production will be written
by Kario Salem.
Ford puts on his Indy
hat for fifth time
Every witch way Meg and Charles meet Reese Witherspoon’s Mrs Whatsit
WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NEW RELEASES
UNSANE (15)
A WRINKLE IN TIME (PG)
MARK FELT (12A)
PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING (12A)
“A timely movie about the
unwanted attention women
receive, and the consequences of
trying to speak up about it.”
The Wrap
“Feels decidedly of-themoment, a primer for the little
brothers and sisters of the
#NeverAgain generation.”
The Washington Post
“A lacklustre staging of a
fascinating episode in US history.
Despite Neeson’s presence, this
deep throat never finds its voice.”
Empire
“DeKnight delivers spectacle,
even if the plot doesn’t strain
too far from the original’s
crash-bang formula.”
Total Film
“Shrewdly paced. Quiet interludes
let the audience breathe, followed
by stretches that escalate to the
edge of a viewer’s endurance.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“The movie continually reduces its
source material and becomes less
and less convincing as Meg rather
too rapidly saves the day.”
Globe and Mail
“It hits the ground running
– but then feels more like a steady
jog through the past than
a fast-paced thriller.”
Chicago Sun-Times
“It is a fast movie. Too fast. I
remember being confused by the
plot, but I didn’t really care - so
long as the robots fought.”
Village Voice
Harrison Ford (above) will return
as Indiana Jones for the fifth
instalment of the franchise, which
Steven Spielberg has revealed
will go into production next year.
Spielberg also confirmed this
week that he would be shooting
the film in the UK.
A-list trio sign to
Netflix blockbuster
Netflix’s latest big-budget project
will star Ben Affleck (above),
Charlie Hunnam and Oscar
Isaac. Triple Frontier is about five
friends who reunite to take down
a drug lord. Director JC Chandor
has rewritten the film’s script
which was originally by Zero Dark
Thirty writer Mark Boal.
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What we’re listening
to right now
PEARL JAM
CAN’T DENY ME
Released to members of their
official Ten Club only (though you
can find a preview on Twitter),
the band’s first new material in
five years appears to take aim at
Donald Trump. They perform at
The O2 in London on 18-19 June.
New Breed From
left: Josephine
Wiggs, Kim (also
inset below) and
Kelley Deal and
Jim Macpherson
MARISA GESUALDI
LILY ALLEN
TRIGGER BANG
Following the announcement that
she will release a new album, No
Shame, out on 8 June, the “LDN”
artist (below) shared two new
tracks, including this trappy
collaboration with Giggs. Don’t be
fooled by its laid-back production,
the lyrics are brilliantly assertive.
PARQUET COURTS
WIDE AWAKE!
The New York Rough Trade
signees have announced a new
album by sharing its title track.
Accompanied by a video showing
the band having a good time at
Mardi Gras, it’s a jazzy jam.
BEACH HOUSE
DIVE
The latest single from the
dream-pop two-piece’s seventh
album, aptly titled 7, is a slowmoving but powerful tune. The
album is out on 11 May. The band
play The Troxy, London E1,
on 18 October.
LANA DEL REY &
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
YOU MUST LOVE ME
This fantastic, if unlikely,
collaboration takes the Evita
song and strips it back to Del
Rey’s calming voice and beautiful
strings. Streaming now.
DREAM WIFE
F.U.U.
Featuring the popular women’s
pro-wrestling team EVE in the
track’s video, this is a disarmingly
great tune from the punk rockers.
Catch the band on tour with
The Vaccines this month.
I WON’T HURT YOU
THE WEST COAST POP ART
EXPERIMENTAL BAND
This cut of American psychedelia
is on the soundtrack to Wes
Anderson’s new film Isle of Dogs.
A calming, off-kilter, lo-fi tune.
Giles Bidder
‘The music industry would
disappear if it couldn’t be sexist’
As twins Kim and Kelley Deal reunite with their defining
Breeders bandmates for their first album in a decade, they
talk to Ben Walsh about rehab, Alzheimer’s and #MeToo
“O
h my God, are
you kidding me,
I couldn’t even
imagine what the
music industry
would look like if it wasn’t sexist,”
says Kim Deal, frontwoman for
The Breeders, after being asked
about the #MeToo campaign.
“It wouldn’t even exist, it would
just disappear if it couldn’t be
sexist. The whole thing would
just collapse in on itself.
“Misogyny is the structure of
the music industry. People think
it’s pay or streaming; it’s not, it’s
misogyny that’s holding it all up.”
Deal’s bandmates, her twin
sister and guitarist Kelley, drummer Jim Macpherson and bassist
Josephine Wiggs (also renowned
for being with alt-rockers The
Perfect Disaster), giggle at their
leader’s outburst. We’re at their
UK record label, where I spend
a sometimes uncomfortable
morning in the company of one of
America’s most venerated indie
bands (Kim Deal was also bassist
and lyricist for another, Pixies).
They’re an act who have been
lauded by the likes of Nirvana’s
Kurt Cobain – “The main reason
I like them is for their songs, the
way they structure them, which
is totally unique, very atmospheric” – whom The Breeders toured
with on their 1992 European tour.
“My first actual big show out
side the US was opening for
Nirvana in Dublin,” says the affable Macpherson, who is also
a carpenter. “I’d only played a
200-seater place in Dayton, Ohio,
before, then I played our first
show in Dublin in front of 15,000
people and everything was surreal and Kurt [Cobain] got his
ass kicked by security while we
were playing on stage because he
wasn’t wearing his lanyard.
“Everything was so new. I liked
Nirvana’s music and everything
was fantastic,” he enthuses.
“It was an exciting time in
music,” concurs Wiggs, dryly,
who describes, in some detail,
giving a hickey to baffled chatshow host Conan O’Brien in 1993.
The Breeders have had many
incarnations (which originally
included Throwing Muses’
Tanya Donelly) and fallings out
(Kim and Macpherson didn’t talk
to each other for 15 years. “Isn’t
that horrible?” the former admits), but sitting here is the defining one, the line-up for 1993’s
hugely successful Last Splash, a
record that went platinum and
spawned the enduring rock-pop
gem “Cannonball”.
The quartet is here to promote their upliftingly accomplished fifth album, All Nerve,
which comes 28 years after their
debut, Pod. The first three tracks
– “Nervous Mary”, single “Wait
in the Car” and “All Nerve” – are
giddy, explosive blasts of divine,
dissonant guitar (with typically
oblique lyrics) that teeter around
the two-minute mark.
During “Wait in the Car”, Kim
wails “Mother wants to hold me
down”; does that refer to the
Deals’ own mother?
“Yes, it’s my mother, and she
wants to hold me down,” admits
Kelley, who cares for her mother
in Dayton, Ohio. “It’s everybody’s
mother, really, isn’t it? I love my
mother… but she has advanced
Alzheimer’s and she’s non-verbal
now and pretty much immobile.”
Kelley is refreshingly open,
while Kim is more circumspect.
Both have had well-documented
addictions and spells in rehab,
with Kelley attending in 1995
after being hooked on heroin. Kelley hasn’t drunk alcohol (which
Kim has also had issues with)
since 1995, but has had a problem
with painkiller addiction.
“I kicked alcohol and I feel really good about that, but then
later, in the late 1990s, after the
12 Step stuff that I needed to do,
I would have backache, or my period, or cramps and I’d be offered
some Nurofen or the Nurofen
with codeine,” she explains. “I
took the one with codeine and I
know it sounds ridiculous now,
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I never equated
codeine with drug
addiction. It took me
a while to realise,
‘Oh, this is heroin...’
but I never equated codeine –
this gentle prescription – with
drug addiction. It took me a
while to realise, ‘Oh, this is heroin, I’m just getting re-addicted
to heroin’, even though it’s not
actually heroin.”
Kim cuts in, not enjoying
where the conversation is going.
For about 10 seconds the
56-year-old utters
gibberish “to the
gee to the gah to
the goo”.
“I’ve talked
about it before,
haven’t I?” responds Kelley.
“I just think
it’s [the interview’s] going a
little granular is
all,” says Kim.
“I think it’s important, especially with
people dropping dead from it,”
counters Kelley.
There’s silence before the subject is changed.
There have been sizeable gaps
between albums (nine years between Last Splash and 2002’s
Title TK and a 10-year one between 2008’s Mountain Ballads
and All Nerve) due, in small part,
to Kim rejoining Pixies in 2004
(the band originally parted acrimoniously in 1993) before quitting them again in 2013, after
penning “Bam Thwok”.
However, the current Breeders line-up bristles when it’s suggested that they’ve spent large
amounts of time apart. “It’s a
misconception,” retorts Wiggs.
“We got back together at the
end of 2012 and we practised
religiously every third weekend
or something until we went on [a
20th anniversary tour for Last
Splash] in 2013. We toured for
eight months and at the end of
that, we decided we’d like to keep
going and we have been working
pretty solidly ever since.”
Kim and Kelley shun digital for
analogue, which takes longer to
record and means the band all
have to be in the same room for
the recording process.
“It’s my fault,” insists Kim,
who had a studio with an eighttrack half-inch reel-to-reel tape
as a teenager and “loves the
tediousness of studio work and
working out whether a chord
is working”.
We’re back on safe ground,
discussing Wiggs’ interest in
film editing, who killed JR in
1980s soap Dallas, movie scores,
American newspapers (Kelley:
“Journalists are doing really well
now, and The Washington Post is
phenomenal”) and Kelley’s views
on Donald Trump.
“Kim gets on to me for talking
about politics,” Kelley maintains.
“Make sure to say that this is
Kelley talking,” Kim interrupts.
“This is Kelley talking,” her
twin replies, leaning into the
Dictaphone. “In the great long
list that I take issue with, I know
that the sexual assault and degradation and misogyny that
Trump perpetuated on men
and women is important, but
on my list – and this is just my
list – I think it’s down here [she
motions with her hand]. It’s not
way down, but I’d make it
fourth in terms of important stuff. Russia is way more
important, and
racism and economics… He
needs to be out
of office.”
As our time
comes to an
end, I ask Kim
the meaning
behind her lyrics again and in particular her plea that “I
won’t stop/I’ll run you down” on
“All Nerve”.
“I love how literal you are,”
Kim snaps. “I mean, I won’t stop
chewing gum before putting it in
the bottom of my car, I mean you
really want to know what “won’t
stop” means?
“He has a specific action item
[agenda],” she says, addressing
her bandmates. “He’s very basic,
I think.”
‘All Nerve’ is out now.
The Breeders tour the UK
from 28 May, starting at The
Liquid Room in Edinburgh
(thebreedersmusic.com)
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ALBUMREVIEWSByAndyGill
JACK WHITE
Boarding House Reach
HHHHH
Album
ofthe
week
Download: Connected
By Love; Corporation; Over and
Over and Over; Ice Station Zebra
Who does Jack White think he
is? Well, judging by the cover to
Boarding House Reach, a smoothly
airbrushed simulacrum of Keanu
Reeves, which rather flatters
both men. But the question
remains pertinent due to White’s
restless probing of musical
boundaries, with each release
wrong-footing listeners by
shifting from blues to pop to prog
to goth to whichever new cloud
his head is in. So, who does Jack
White think he is this time?
Hard to tell from the single
“Connected By Love”, which
opens with a slow, momentous
synth buzz burring behind
White’s passionate entreaties
to the object of his affection; it’s
a sort of electro-blues, which
gradually expands via gospelly
backing vocals, strident organ
solo and one of Jack’s signature
bursts of splintered guitar, into
something genuinely unique,
in touch with his blues roots
but straining for some new
expression of emotion.
Things become a bit clearer
with “Corporation”, which finds
him squealing with delight
about the prospect of starting
a corporation over a shuffling
funk-fusion groove of clavinet
and congas. Having expanded
his accompanists with a plethora
of seasoned soul, funk and jazz
session players, White’s clearly
had great fun jamming with
them, recording the results on
CHRIS SMITHER
Call Me Lucky
NINA SIMONE
The Colpix Singles
Download: Blame’s On
Me; Maybellene; Nobody
Home; Everything on
Top; Lower the Humble
Download: Willow Weep
For Me; Summertime;
Work Song; Blackbird
HHHHH
Chris Smither may be
Americana’s most underrated
talent, offering acute
observations about life’s bitter
ironies in a baritone drawl as
worn as antique leather, its weary
tone belied by the sprightliness
of his fingerstyle guitar. The
sardonic album title is reflected
in the wry humour of tracks
such as “Blame’s On Me” and
“Lower the Humble”, where
he advises that “the lower the
humble, the shorter the fall” – a
precariousness returned to
in the carousel metaphor of
“Everything on Top”.
HHHHH
Nina Simone’s early success with
“I Loves You, Porgy” earned her
a contract with Colpix Records,
who promptly ignored her unique
blend of jazz, gospel, classical and
blues influences by releasing the
cantering country-pop oddity
“Chilly Winds Don’t Blow” as
her label debut. A delicious
much the same basic analogue
gear he used as a teenager.
There’s an ever-present feel
of the extempore about these
tracks, which sometimes seem
to succeed through sheer
persistence, and sometimes
struggle to coalesce into
something worthwhile. The
choogling funk clavinet returns
for “Ice Station Zebra”, alongside
declamatory piano chords and
tumbling drums, epitomising
White’s rap about pursuing
one’s individual direction; but
the blending of electric piano,
organ, cuica, choral voices and
synth-sheet backdrop over the
shuffling Latin rhythm of “Get In
The Mind Shaft” just results in a
bit of a mess.
Overall, it’s an entertaining,
multi-faceted set, albeit
weakened by a tendency to
pursue slim ideas and dead-end
notions – a clutter of synths, a
gypsy fiddle, a Dvorak melody,
a comedy announcement – that
give Boarding House Reach a
rather fragmentary character.
Which, I suppose, reflects Jack
White’s own at this moment.
THE INDEPENDENT
pairing of the gospel standard
“Children Go Where I Send
You” with an oozingly soulful
“Willow Weep For Me” quickly
restored Simone’s direction;
but her vocals were of such
richness that arrangers were
often tempted to swaddle them
in lush orchestrations. Covers
of “Work Song” and “I Got It
Bad (and That Ain’t Good)”
cemented her reputation as a
bluesy interpreter, but the pareddown talking-drum, hand claps
and vocal arrangement of this
two-CD set’s closing “Blackbird”
reflects Simone’s expanding
artistic maturity in the 1960s.
COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS
May Your Kindness Remain
HHHHH
Download: May Your
Kindness Remain; Lift
The Lonely From My
Heart; Rough Around
the Edges
Courtney Marie Andrews
takes depression as her theme,
citing the widespread human
fall-out caused by failure to
fulfil the fanciful promises of
the American Dream. The
characters in songs such as
“Kindness of Strangers” and
“Rough Around the Edges” are
paralysed by isolation, social
ineptitude and the lingering
wounds of failure. Though
hobbled by the occasional cliché,
it’s an album with its heart in the
right place, most articulately
presented in the title track,
a testament to empathy.
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FR DAY
1
SANTA CLARITA DIET
FROM TODAY, NETFLIX
On paper, this comedy-horror
really shouldn’t work: Drew
Barrymore plays Sheila, a
suburban estate agent who
contracts a virus which turns
her into a flesh-eating zombie.
It’s strangely watchable,
however, both warm and funny
– mostly thanks to Barrymore.
As the second series begins, we
find Sheila struggling to contain
her desire for fresh human
flesh, despite the best efforts of
her husband Joel and daughter
Abby. Now the virus is spreading
around Santa Clarita, too.
2
THE DEFIANT ONES
FROM TODAY, NETFLIX
The improbable partnership
between Jimmy Iovine, who
went from cleaning a music
studio floor to becoming the
head of Interscope Records,
and Dr Dre, the Compton
rapper who co-founded NWA, is
documented through the eyes of
their friends and collaborators.
Iovine and Dre set up Beats by
Dre together in 2008, a company
they sold for $3bn four years
later. According to confidant
Eminem, who crops up
throughout the four part series:
“Jimmy Iovine is the levitator,
Dre is the innovator.”
3
REGGIE YATES: SEARCHING
FOR GRENFELL’S LOST LIVES
SUN 9PM, BBC2
The presenter meets people
whose lives have been
devastated by the Grenfell fire.
THIS WEEK’S
Tento
watch
Chosen by
Jessica Barrett
Through their families and
friends in the local community,
Yates also learns about some of
the individuals who lost their
lives including a young British
Moroccan, Yasin El-Wahabi,
who is thought to have run back
into the tower to save his family,
and a Syrian man, Mohammad
Alhajali, who escaped war only
to die in the fire.
4
HOSPITAL
MON 9PM, BBC2
The story of the health service
in unprecedented times, filmed
during the worst winter on
record for the NHS. For its third
series, the documentary turns
its attention to Nottingham
University Hospitals, one
of the country’s biggest and
busiest trusts. We witness staff
reactions as operations are
cancelled en masse and many of
the hospital’s theatres grind
to a halt.
5
RUSSELL HOWARD AND
MUM – USA ROAD TRIP
MON 10PM, COMEDY CENTRAL UK
The start of the second series
sees comedian Russell and his
mum Ninette travel to more
well-known US locations. This
time they’re off to Portland,
where they investigate the legal
cannabis industry, learn how
it’s harvested and then try some
for themselves.
6
COME HOME
TUES 9PM, BBC1
Clockwise from top Christoper
Eccleston and Paula Malcolmson
in ‘Come Home’; Lily Brazier in
‘Wannabe’; Drew Barrymore in
‘Santa Clarita Diet’
Christopher Eccleston stars as
Greg, a single father to three
children in this drama from the
makers of Happy Valley. Greg’s
wife Marie (Paula Malcomson)
walked out on the marriage
after 19 years, leaving him
and his kids to negotiate life
without her. Told first from
Greg’s point of view, then from
Marie’s, the story is full of
flashbacks and intrigue as the
viewer pieces together how their
relationship fell apart.
7
WANNABE FROM THURS,
BBC3 ON IPLAYER
New comedy starring the scenestealing Miche from People Just
Do Nothing, aka Lily Brazier. She
plays Maxine Hancock, a former
member of mediocre girl band
Variety who, despite Maxine’s
claims, never quite hit the big
time. Maxine now manages
Sweet Gyal, though when
they threaten to drop her,
she imagines making
a pop comeback of
her own.
8
INDIAN
SUMMER
SCHOOL
THURS
9PM,
CHANNEL 4
Five
British boys
who have
failed their core
GCSEs are given
a second chance at
a rather different
school. Inspired
by studies which
suggest that white
working-class
boys do better
academically
in ethnically
mixed
classrooms,
they take
part in
a study
programme at The Doon
School in India. With the
school’s exam pass rate of 100
per cent, head teacher Matthew
Raggett believes he can
transform the boys’ prospects
in just six months.
9
BILLIONS
THURS 9PM, SKY ATLANTIC
As we return for a third series
of the US drama, Paul Giamatti’s
US Attorney Chuck Rhoades
and Damian Lewis’s dastardly
hedge fund manager Bobby
Axelrod are still finding time
to try to destroy one another.
Crucial to the drama is
Chuck’s wife (played by
Maggie Siff), who also
happens to be Axelrod’s
performance coach
and is party to
each of their
darkest secrets.
10
IN THE
LONG RUN
THURS 10PM, SKY ONE
Set in 1980s London,
this new comedy
was created by Idris
Elba, based on his own
childhood on an estate
in Hackney. It follows
the Easmon family, who
have settled in England
having recently arrived
from Sierra Leone. Elba
plays patriarch Walter,
who works in the local
factory alongside friend
and neighbour Bagpipes
(played by Bill Bailey).
Interview, page 31
Television Friday 23 March
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
Daytime
GERARD GILBERT
6pm
7pm
7pm & 10.35pm, BBC1
and 10pm, BBC2
Ballroom-dancing footballers,
celebrities going head-to-head in the
boxing ring, Andy Murray having
pranks played on him by a giggling
Michael McIntyre, Kylie Minogue
promoting her new album… It can
only be Sport Relief, the biennial
fundraising extravaganza being
hosted from Salford by Claudia
Winkleman, Ore Oduba, Gary Lineker
and Davina McCall (left). Between
sketches, songs and other hijinks,
there are two ongoing challenges:
Zoë Ball’s attempt to cycle from
Blackpool to Brighton, and Robbie
Savage’s Allstars’ stab at playing 12
hours of five-a-side. 03457 910 910
or bbc.co.uk/sportrelief to donate.
7.30pm, ITV
Netherlands v England (kick-off is at
7.45pm). With the talismanic Harry
Kane out of action until April, this
will be a good moment for Gareth
Southgate to explore his other
attacking options as England
warm-up for this summer’s World
Cup by visiting Amsterdam. The
Dutch may have failed to qualify for
Russia, but with a new manager
(former Everton boss Ronald
Koeman) wanting to make his mark,
this could be a revealing contest.
Live International Football
===
Britain’s Favourite Food
8pm, Channel 4
A slightly misleading title for what
is essentially a nostalgia trip about
convenience foods from the 1970s,
a well-worn subject you can’t help
feeling. But if butterscotchflavoured Angel Delight, Zoom and
Fab ice lollies and Blue Nun wine
send you into a Proustian reverie,
then Simon Rimmer is your man.
The chef talks to advertising experts,
food scientists and celebrities who
grew up in the 1970s (Johnny Vegas
and Susan Calman among them)
as he explores the secret of the
brands’ success.
===
Gardeners’ World
8.30pm, BBC2
Just when the “Beast from the East”
seemed to have gone west, Britain
has experienced another cold snap.
But with the clocks going forward
this weekend, gardeners can perhaps
now feel safe to head outdoors and
plan for summer. That’s exactly what
Monty Don is doing at Longmeadow,
nudging dahlias and other perennials
into action and sowing annual
climbers to brighten up the borders.
===
Pilgrimage:
The Road To Santiago
9pm, BBC2
The seven celebrities, or at least
the three strongly atheist ones, are
showing no sign of having their
views changed by the arduous slog
along northern Spain’s pilgrimage
route (“I’m having no ‘road to
Damascus’ moments,” as Neil
Morrissey puts it), but at least they
are starting to open up about
themselves. Morrissey himself relays
the story of how he was parted from
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Gareth Southgate leads
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pre-World Cup friendly
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2018 Stars
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of sport and
entertainment
gather for the
fundraiser (S).
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Sea In Tenby,
police searching
for a boat thief
call for lifeboat
assistance. Last
in the series (R).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Live
International
Football
Netherlands vs
England. Kickoff is at 7.45pm.
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
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Show Jon
Bentley asks
couples to test
out smart tech
bathroom scales
(S).
7.00 World News
Today; Weather
(S).
7.30 Top Of The Pops:
1985 Featuring
the Conway
Brothers (R) (S).
8.00 David
Attenborough’s
Natural
Curiosities (S).
8.30 Gardeners’
World (S).
8.00 Britain’s
Favourite Food
Part one of two.
Branded foods
that found fame
in a different
era (S).
8.00 Sandringham:
Holidaying With
The Queen The
royal family’s
Christmas (R)
(S).
8.00 Fleetwood Mac
– Don’t Stop A
profile of the
rock band (R) (S).
9.00 Pilgrimage:
The Road To
Santiago (S).
9.00 Gogglebox
The armchair
critics review
the week’s
television (S).
9.00 Jane McDonald
& Friends The
Overtones and
Russell Watson
join the host (S).
9.00 Better Than
The Original:
The Joy Of The
Cover Version
The stories
behind 10 cover
songs (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: R.I.P.D
(Robert
Schwentke
2013) Fantasy,
with Ryan
Reynolds and
Jeff Bridges (S).
10.55 FILM:
Anchorman:
The Legend Of
Ron Burgundy
(Adam McKay
2004) (S).
9pm
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.25 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.35 Sport Relief
2018 (S).
11pm
Late
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Sport Relief 2018
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Holding Back The Years (S).
10.00 Homes Under The
Hammer (R) (S). 11.00 The
Sheriffs Are Coming (S).
11.45 Caught Red Handed
(R) (S). 12.15 Bargain Hunt
(S). 1.00 BBC News At One;
Weather (S). 1.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
(S). 1.45 Doctors (S). 2.15
A Place To Call Home
(S). 3.00 Escape To The
Country (S). 3.45 Money
For Nothing (S). 4.30 Flog
It! (R) (S). 5.15 Pointless
(R) (S).
8pm
10pm
PICK OF THE DAY
1.00 Zoe Ball’s Hardest
Road Home (R) (S). 2.05
BBC News (S).
Simon Rimmer looks
back at 1970s food
8pm, Channel 4
10.00A Question Of
Sport Relief (S).
10.40 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At Ten
(S).
10.35 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 International
Football
Highlights (S).
10.00The Last Leg
Hosted by
Adam Hills, Josh
Widdicombe
and Alex
Brooker. Last in
the series (S).
10.00Will & Grace (S).
10.30 Lip Sync Battle
UK: Aston
Merrygold Vs
Chris Ramsey
(S).
10.00Pop Charts
Britannia: 60
Years Of The
Top 10 The
evolution of the
British singles
chart (R) (S).
11.15 The
Assassination
Of Gianni
Versace:
American
Crime Story (R)
(S).
11.50 Play To The
Whistle Sportsbased comedy
panel show,
hosted by Holly
Willoughby (R)
(S).
11.05 Rude Tube
Including
a bulldog
addicted to
licking his
owner’s head (S).
11.05 Greatest Ever
Celebrity
Wind Ups
Joe Pasquale
narrates more
celebrity pranks
(R) (S).
11.30 Top Of The Pops:
1985 Featuring
the Conway
Brothers,
Eurythmics,
Opus and Bruce
Springsteen (R).
12.10 FILM: The Ones
Below (David Farr 2015)
Thriller, starring Clemence
Poesy (S). 1.30 Sign Zone:
Britain’s Equal Pay Scandal
– Panorama (R) (S). 2.00 Sign
Zone: Civilisations (R) (S).
12.40 Jackpot247 3.00
Take On The Twisters (R)
(S). 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
12.10 FILM: The Net (Irwin
Winkler 1995) (S). 2.10
Damned (R) (S). 2.35 Electric
Dreams: Autofac (R) (S).
3.30 The Question Jury (R)
(S). 4.25 George Clarke’s
Amazing Spaces (R) (S). 5.20
Coast Vs Country (R) (S).
12.00 SuperCasino (S).
3.10 GPs: Behind Closed
Doors (R) (S). 4.00 The
X-Files (R) (S). 4.45 House
Doctor (R) (S). 5.10 House
Busters (R) (S). 5.35
Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
12.00 Ultimate Covers At
The BBC (R) (S). 1.00 Better
Than The Original: The
Joy Of The Cover Version
(R) (S). 2.00 Guitar Heroes
At The BBC (R) (S). 3.00
Fleetwood Mac – Don’t
Stop (R) (S). 4.00 Close
6.00 The Planet’s Funniest
Animals (R) (S). 6.20
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 6.45
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 7.10
Who’s Doing The Dishes?
(R) (S). 7.55 Emmerdale
(R) (S). 8.20 Emmerdale
(R) (S). 8.55 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 9.25 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show (R)
(S). 10.20 The Bachelor (R)
(S). 12.15 Emmerdale (R)
(S). 12.45 Emmerdale (R)
(S). 1.15 Coronation Street
(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).
Digging in: Monty Don
in ‘Gardeners’ World’
8.30pm, BBC2
6.20 FILM: The Way
Back (Peter
Weir 2010)
Drama, starring
Ed Harris (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed!
Funniest 100
(R) (S).
8.00 FILM: Crazy,
Stupid, Love
(Glenn Ficarra,
John Requa
2011) Comedy,
starring Steve
Carell (S).
10.20 Family Guy
Brian and
Stewie embark
on an epic
journey (R) (S).
10.50 Family Guy (R)
(S).
11.20 Family Guy
Peter’s mother
and father get a
divorce (R) (S).
11.50 American Dad!
(R) (S).
12.45 FILM:
Nymphomaniac: Volume
I (Lars von Trier 2013)
Part one of a two-part
drama, starring Charlotte
Gainsbourg (S). 3.10 Close
12.20 American Dad! (R) (S).
12.50 The Cleveland Show
(R) (S). 1.20 The Cleveland
Show (R) (S). 1.45 Totally
Bonkers Guinness World
Records (R) (S). 2.15
Teleshopping 5.45 ITV2
Nightscreen
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his parents at the age of 10, while
there’s an unpleasant moment at
one hostel where Heather Small
senses racism – the others in the
group rallying in support.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Rough Justice
9pm, More4
Clattering around Antwerp in her
heels, Liese (Hilde De Baerdemaeker)
investigates the murder of a civil
servant and discovers his unusual
“pastime” while simultaneously
being faced with some murky
practices in the narcotics division.
Though it is not as compelling as
the subtitled police show it most
resembles, Spiral, Liese is an
intriguing character, the stories are
crisply told and her dysfunctional
team continues to show promise.
FILM OF THE DAY
Anchorman: The Legend
Of Ron Burgundy
10.55pm, Film4
(Adam McKay, 2004)
The pompous, chauvinistic buffoon
Ron Burgundy, 1970s San Diego’s
favourite local newsreader, is the
character most perfectly fitted to
the talents of Will Ferrell (left), while
Christina Applegate, as the female
news anchor who turns Burgundy’s
world upside-down, is a perfect foil
for his absurdist bluster. Which makes
this riff on old battle-of-the-sexes
comedies the most consistently
hilarious and perfectly balanced of
Ferrell’s semi-improvised movies. It
exaggerates the idiocy and illogic of
male chauvinism until the world it
creates is cartoonish and bizarre, but
it does so in vivid and specific style.
===
Crazy, Stupid, Love
8pm, ITV2
(Glenn Ficarra, 2011)
A sweet and funny modern-day
La Ronde in which Steve Carell and
Julianne Moore are separating. Their
son is in love with his babysitter, who
is in love with Carell, who takes dating
advice from Ryan Gosling, who is
smitten by Emma Stone.
===
The Net
12.10am, Channel 4
(Irwin Winkler, 1995)
Nothing dates faster than an upto-the-minute cyber-thriller, and
few have dated as much as this one
starring Sandra Bullock as an IT
worker who falls foul of a conspiracy.
It’s terrific fun, though.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
6.55 Heartbeat (R) (S). 7.55
The Royal (R) (S). 9.00
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.25
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.20
Inspector Morse (R) (S).
12.40 The Royal (R) (S).
1.40 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 3.50 On The Buses (R)
(S). 4.20 On The Buses
(R) (S). 4.55 You’re Only
Young Twice (R) (S). 5.25
Rising Damp (R) (S). 5.55
Heartbeat (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
trails a killer in
Kentucky (R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S). 6.30
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). 9.30 New Girl
(R) (S). 10.00 2 Broke Girls
(R) (S). 11.00 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S). 11.30
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R)
(S). 12.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 12.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 1.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 1.30 The Big
Bang Theory (R) (S). 2.00
How I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 2.30 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 3.00 New
Girl (R) (S). 3.30 New Girl
(R) (S). 4.00 Brooklyn NineNine (R) (S). 4.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.30 A Place In The
Sun: 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 (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
A rare breed of
bulldog with
multiple issues
(R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
Farnsworth
makes a robotic
version of Leela
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House A priest
is admitted
claiming he saw
a vision of Jesus
(R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks (S).
7.30 Rude(ish) Tube
Shorts (R) (S).
7.45 FILM: School Of
Rock (Richard
Linklater 2003)
(S).
7.55 Grand
Designs An
experimental
house in south
London (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
The Rolling
Stones request
Homer’s help (R)
(S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation (R)
(S).
8.00 The Simpsons
8.30 Modern Family
The family
gathers at the
roller rink (R) (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Eddie arrests
a loathed
acquaintance
from college on
questionable
charges (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 British (R) (S).
7.00 Urban Secrets (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 The Official Chart With
MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Radio 1’s Dance Anthems With
MistaJam 7.00 Danny Howard
9.00 Pete Tong 11.00 Monki
1am B.Traits 4.00 Radio 1’s
Essential Mix
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Sian Anderson 10.00
Ace 12.45pm Newsbeat 1.00
Yasmin Evans 4.00 Seani B
5.45 Newsbeat 6.00 Seani B
7.00 DJ Charlesy 9.00 Semtex
11.00 Sir Spyro 1am Kan D
Man And DJ Limelight 4.00
Diplo And Friends
BBC Radio 2
8.00 Agatha
Christie’s
Marple
The sleuth
investigates
a poison-pen
letter (R) (S).
9.00 Rough Justice
A civil servant
is killed in his
girlfriend’s
home. In
Flemish (S).
9.00 Jamestown
Jocelyn makes
an enemy of
Yeardley. Last in
the series.
9.00 Game Of
Thrones Robb is
betrayed (R) (S).
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Tony Blackburn’s Golden
Hour 8.00 Friday Night Is
Music Night 10.00 Sounds Of
The 80s 12mdn’t Anneka Rice:
The Happening 2.00 Radio 2’s
Funky Soul Playlist 3.00 Radio
2 Playlist: New To 2 4.00 Radio
2 Playlist: 21st Century Songs
5.00 Huey On Saturday
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. With Petroc
Trelawny. 9.00 Essential
Classics. 12noon Composer
Of The Week: Debussy. 1.00
News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert. 2.00 Afternoon
Concert. 5.00 In Tune. 7.00
In Tune Mixtape. An eclectic
non-stop mix of music. 7.30
Radio 3 In Concert. Steven
Osborne joins the BBC NOW in
Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 27.
10.00 The Verb. 10.45 The Free
Thinking Essay. 11.00 World
On 3. A session by the Scorpios.
1am Through The Night.
The Wroclaw Philharmonic
Orchestra, under conductor
Andzrej Borejko.
BBC Radio 4
10.00The Security
Men One-off
comedy about
shoppingcentre security
guards (R) (S).
10.00Five Star Hotel
The happy
couple are less
than delighted
as their
wedding nears
(S).
10.0024 Hours In
A&E A 78-yearold man who
suffered a
cardiac arrest at
the gym (R) (S).
10.05 The Late Late
Show With
James Corden:
Best Of The
Week Highlights
of the talk show
(R).
10.15 Game Of
Thrones Roose
Bolton decides
what to do with
Jaime (R) (S).
11.00 Killer Women
With Piers
Morgan (R) (S).
11.05 The Big
Bang Theory
Bernadette
shares some
news (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E A fouryear-old boy
rushed in
with a broken
thighbone (R) (S).
11.05 The Russell
Howard Hour
With Roisin
Conaty (R).
11.25 Game Of
Thrones
Melisandre
reveals a secret
to Gendry (R)
(S).
12.00 Vera (R) (S). 1.50 A
Touch Of Frost (R) (S). 3.30
Million Dollar Princesses
(R) (S). 4.25 On The Buses
(R) (S). 4.50 Rising Damp (R)
(S). 5.15 Judge Judy (R) (S).
5.35 ITV3 Nightscreen
12.00 First Dates (R) (S).
1.05 Five Star Hotel (R)
(S). 2.10 Tattoo Fixers
On Holiday (R) (S). 3.05
Timeless (R) (S). 3.45 Rude
Tube (R) (S). 4.15 Rules Of
Engagement (R) (S). 5.00
Rude(ish) Tube (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 24 Hours In A&E (R)
(S). 2.05 24 Hours In A&E
(R) (S). 3.10 8 Out Of 10
Cats (R) (S). 3.50 Close
12.05 Ross Kemp: Extreme
World (R) (S). 1.05 Brit
Cops: Law & Disorder (R)
(S). 2.00 Most Shocking (R)
(S). 3.00 The Force: Essex
(R) (S). 4.00 It’s Me Or The
Dog (R) (S). 5.00 Futurama
(R) (S).
12.40 Mosaic (R). 1.40
Dexter (R) (S). 2.50 Dexter
(R) (S). 4.00 The West Wing
(R) (S). 5.00 The West Wing
(R) (S).
6am Today 9.00 Desert Island
Discs 9.45 Keywords For Our
Time 10.00 Woman’s Hour
11.00 The Charity Business
11.30 A Normal Family 12noon
News 12.04 Home Front 12.15
You And Yours 12.56 Weather
1.00 The World At One 1.45
Book Of The Week: The Wood
2.00 The Archers 2.15 Drama:
Suggs: My Mad-Life Crisis 3.00
Gardeners’ Question Time
3.45 Short Works 4.00 Last
Word 4.30 Feedback 4.55 The
Listening Project 5.00 PM 5.57
Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 The Now Show. A satirical
look through the week’s news,
with guests Marcus Brigstocke
and Jess Robinson. 7.00 The
Archers. Brian’s nightmare
continues. 7.15 Front Row.
Presented by Gaylene Gould.
7.45 Based On A True Story. By
Delphine de Vigan. 8.00 Any
Questions? Topical discussion
from Romsey in Hampshire.
8.50 A Point Of View. Kamila
Shamsie offers a reflection
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ON DEMAND
Santa Clarita Diet
Netflix
Returning comedy about
an estate agent who also
happens to be a zombie.
The Funeral Murders
BBC iPlayer
Recalls the killings sparked
by the SAS’s shooting dead
of IRA members in Gibraltar.
Damned
All4
Jo Brand’s social worker
sitcom fires on all cylinders
in the brilliant second series.
on a topical issue. 9.00 Home
Front Omnibus. Parts 11-15. By
Katie Hims. 10.00 The World
Tonight. With Razia Iqbal. 10.45
Book At Bedtime: Reservoir 13.
By Jon McGregor. 11.00 A Good
Read. Harriett Gilbert’s guests
are Bernardine Evaristo and
Jolyon Rubinstein. 11.30 Today
In Parliament. Mark D’Arcy
reports from Westminster.
11.55 The Listening Project.
Amanda and Mark discuss
football. 12mdn’t News
And Weather 12.30 Book Of
The Week: The Wood 12.48
Shipping Forecast 1.00 As BBC
World Service 5.20 Shipping
Forecast 5.30 News Briefing
5.43 Prayer For The Day 5.45
IPM
BBC Radio 4 LW
8.31am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast 1am
Test Match Special 5.30 Test
Match Special
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am The Unpleasantness At
The Bellona Club 6.30 The
High Street Handicap 7.00 The
Emerald Green Show 7.30 In
And Out Of The Kitchen 8.00
I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again
8.30 Brothers In Law 9.00 The
Motion Show 9.30 Kathmandu
Or Bust 10.00 Pinkerton 10.45
David Attenborough’s Life
Stories 11.00 Short Works: The
World Of Somerset Maugham
11.15 In Extremis 12noon
I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again
12.30 Brothers In Law 1.00
The Unpleasantness At The
Bellona Club 1.30 The High
Street Handicap 2.00 The
Norfolk Mystery 2.15 Laurence
Llewelyn-Bowen’s History Of
Home 2.30 The Old Curiosity
Shop 2.45 The North (and
Almost Everything In It) 3.00
Pinkerton 4.00 The Motion
Show 4.30 Kathmandu Or
Bust 5.00 The Emerald Green
Show 5.30 In And Out Of The
Kitchen 6.00 The Destruction
Factor 6.30 Mastertapes 7.00
I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again
7.30 Brothers In Law 8.00 The
Pick
ofthe
day
Book At
Bedtime:
Reservoir 13
10.45pm,
BBC Radio 4
Lee Ingleby reads
this tale by Jon
McGregor (above)
of the mystery
and intrigue
surrounding the
disappearance
of a young girl.
Unpleasantness At The Bellona
Club 8.30 The High Street
Handicap 9.00 Podcast Radio
Hour 10.00 Comedy Club: In
And Out Of The Kitchen 10.30
Comedy Club: The Show What
You Wrote 10.55 Comedy Club:
The Comedy Club Interview
11.00 Comedy Club: Kevin
Eldon Will See You Now 11.30
Comedy Club: Chain Reaction
12mdn’t The Destruction
Factor 12.30 Mastertapes
1.00 The Unpleasantness At
The Bellona Club 1.30 The
High Street Handicap 2.00
The Norfolk Mystery 2.15
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’s
History Of Home 2.30 The Old
Curiosity Shop 2.45 The North
(and Almost Everything In
It) 3.00 Pinkerton 3.45 David
Attenborough’s Life Stories
4.00 The Motion Show 4.30
Kathmandu Or Bust 5.00 The
Emerald Green Show 5.30 In
And Out Of The Kitchen
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
Chiles On Friday 1pm The
Friday Sports Panel 2.00
Kermode And Mayo’s Film
Review 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00
5 Live Sport 7.45 5 Live Sport:
International Football 2017-18
10.00 Stephen Nolan 1am Up
All Night 5.00 5 Live Boxing
With Costello & Bunce 5.30
Under The Weather 5.55 5 Live
Formula 1
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Steve Lamacq 7.00 Iggy
Pop 9.00 Tom Ravenscroft
12mdn’t Nemone’s Electric
Ladyland 2.00 6 Music Classic
Concert 3.00 6 Music Live
Hour 4.00 You’ll Never Be 16
Again 5.00 Chris Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm AnneMarie Minhall 5.00 Classic FM
Drive 7.00 Smooth Classics
At Seven 8.00 The Full Works
Concert. Catherine Bott
celebrates the Orchestre de
Paris. 10.00 Smooth Classics
1am Katie Breathwick 4.00
Jane Jones
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00
Dave Berry 7.00 Absolute 80s
With Claire Sturgess 10.00
Sarah Champion 4am Ben
Burrell
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Club Classics 10.00 Lilah
Parsons 1am James Stewart
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast With Ally McCoist
10.00 Max Rushden, Perry
Groves And Bob Mills 1pm
Hawksbee And Jacobs 4.00
Sam Matterface And Darren
Gough 7.00 Kick-off 10.00 The
Two Mikes 1am Extra Time
With Tom Latchem
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Visual Arts
VICTORIAN GIANTS: THE BIRTH
OF ART PHOTOGRAPHY
National Portrait Gallery, London WC2
The first exhbition to examine
the relationship between four
groundbreaking Victorian artists
– Julia Margaret Cameron (181579), Lewis Carroll (1832-98), Lady
Clementina Hawarden (1822-65)
and Oscar Rejlander (1813-75) –
with material drawn from public
and private collections. (020 7306
0055) to 20 May
WHEN WE WERE YOUNG
Scottish National Portrait Gallery,
Edinburgh
This display documenting the
experience and representation of
childhood uses photographs from
the gallery’s collection to explore
how the portrayal of children has
shifted over the past 170 years,
featuring daguerreotypes from
the 1840s to digital prints from
2017. (0131 624 6200) to 13 May
ANTHONY MCCALL:
SOLID LIGHT WORKS
Hepworth, Wakefield
Anthony McCall is best known
for his large-scale, immersive
sculptural light installations. This
is the first major UK exhibition
of his art in more than a decade,
including the British premieres
of three “solid light” installations.
Entry is free. (01924 247360 ) 3 Jun
Pick
ofthe
day
Talks
IRVINE WELSH
Town Hall, St Andrews
Dead Men’s Trousers, the writer’s
new novel, returns again to the
quartet from Trainspotting.
(01334 585111) tonight 8pm
Comedy
DARA O BRIAIN
Newcastle City Hall
The Mock the Week host gets
cracking with a UK tour that’ll
THEATRE
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
Wyndham’s Theatre, London WC2
Richard Eyre’s revival of Eugene O’Neill autobiographical drama will leave you drained, but in that state of
elation which only true tragedy, confronted searchingly, can bring. Jeremy Irons plays the actor-patriarch
James, while Lesley Manville is brilliant as Mary, the morphine-addicted mother. (0844 412 5120) to 7 Apr
keep him busy until December.
Smart routines on fake news,
virtual reality and terror are on
the cards in Voice of Reason – but
look out, too, for some inspired
to-and-fro with the audience.
(0844 811 2121) to Sat
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SIMON EVANS
Soho Theatre, London W1
Simon Evans, one of comedy’s
most lacerating performers,
takes laser-guided aim at the
dumbed-down modern world in
Genius. (020 7478 0100) to Sat
MARK STEEL
ARC, Stockton-on-Tees
As you might expect, piercing
i columnist Mark Steel has a
thing or two to say about modern
politics in his latest show – but
he turns inward to talk about
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his recent, painful divorce, too,
in Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be
Alright. (01642 525199) tonight
Jazz
BOBBY MAIR
The Basement, York
ROBERT MITCHELL
Stratford Circus Arts Centre,
London E15
(0871 902 5726) tonight
1001) tonight
Unfettered Canadian Bobby
Mair continues to exercise little
control over his spleen in Loudly
Insecure, giving rise to deliciously
spiky routines about marriage,
bloodlines and politics.
For this E15 Jazz Sessions event,
the pianist and his band perform
new music to mark the release
of his latest album, A Vigil for
Justice, a Vigil for Peace, with
dancer Masumi Endo. (020 8279
Dance
Classical
RICHARD ALSTON DANCE
COMPANY
Sadler’s Wells, London EC1
CARDUCCI QUARTET
St John’s Smith Square, London SW1
Richard Alston celebrates
50 years as a choreographer
this year. His new Mid Century
Modern draws on the five
decades of his musical, lyrical
choreography. Plus Carnaval, to
music by Schumann, and Martin
Lawrance’s new Cut and Run.
(020 7863 8000) to Sat
RAMBERT
Theatre Royal, Brighton
The flagship contemporary
dance company are marvellous
in Ben Duke’s extraordinary
Goat, which faces current events
with courage, comedy and
vulnerability. The repertory also
includes Christopher Bruce’s
much-loved Ghost Dances.
(0844 871 7650) to Sat
Pop
YOUNG FATHERS
Ritz, Manchester
The Mercury-winning Edinburgh
trio undertake more thrilling
adventures in wrong-footing
art-rap on their third album.
Rough beats, abrasive noises,
vigorous melodies and tirelessly
questioning lyrics propel them
back to the alterna-hop frontline
on Cocoa Sugar. (axs.com) tonight
DREAM WIFE
Stereo, Glasgow
Riot grrrl’s spirit lives in the
hands of this often marvellously
messy London-based trio.
Between its Kathleen Hannaesque shrieks, righteous rage,
lurching melodies and splendidly
potty-mouthed take-downs,
Dream Wife’s self-titled debut
album is a bracing proposal.
(livenation.co.uk) tonight
LILY ALLEN
King Tut’s, Glasgow
Four years after the careerresurrecting Sheezus, Lily Allen
returns with a fourth album.
The reflective “Trigger Bang”,
melancholy “Higher” and sweetly
touching “Three” – written from
Allen’s daughter’s perspective
– offer promising teasers for No
Shame. (seetickets.com) tonight
FIELD MUSIC
Foundry, Sheffield
Sunderland’s intelli-pop brothers
return with brains, grooves and
beefs to spare on their best
album yet. Peter and David
Brewis face down first-world
moaning, Brexit, gender
stereotypes and more on Open
Here. (ticketweb.co.uk) tonight
Reframing the
queer experience
BFI Flare is set to give a platform to LGBTQ+ cinema
that reveals homosexual life as it really is – unlike so
many recent fêted gay films, says David Levesley
The Carduccis perform Philip
Glass’s complete string quartets
(Nos 1 to 5). (020 7222 1061) tonight
7.30pm
Folk & Roots
THE YOUNG’UNS: THE BALLAD OF
JOHNNY LONGSTAFF
Maldon Town Hall
Twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award
winners, the Young’uns present
the tale of Johnny Longstaff, a
political fable encompassing
Teesside’s shipyards, the Battle
of Cable Street and the Spanish
Civil War. (01621 857373) tonight
LADY MAISERY
St Peter’s Church, Malvern
The singularly and collectively
brilliant Hazel Askew, Hannah
James and Rowan Rheingans
reconvene from various other
projects as the wonderful Lady
Maisery, purveyors of some of
UK folk’s finest vocal harmonies.
(01684 892289) tonight
KNIGHT & SPIERS
The Pound, Corsham
Steeleye Span and Gigspanner
fiddle player Peter Knight first
teamed up with ex-Bellowhead
melodeon master John Spiers at
FolkEast in 2016, and the results
were so impressive they’re now
on a full UK tour, with a debut
album, Well Met, out now.
(01249 701628) tonight
Theatre
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
A taut adaptation by Craig
Warner of the Patricia Highsmith
novel/Hitchcock film. Chris
Harper is chilling as Bruno, a
man with no discernible ethos
beyond complete self-regard,
and John Middleton delivering a
calmly astute Arthur Gerard, a
retired private investigator who
turns out to be not the plodding
buffoon that Bruno takes him for.
(atgtickets.com) to Sat
THE FERRYMAN
Gielgud Theatre, London W1
Jez Butterworth’s new play is
a triumphant show that fully
justifies the hype. Directed by
Sam Mendes and set in Northern
Ireland in the early Eighties,
it’s a complex family portrait,
played out against the backdrop
of the Troubles, starring the
fiercely uncompromising Paddy
Considine. (theferrymanplay.com)
to 19 May
Class act ‘Love,
Simon’ is a
heartfelt highschool romcom
I
n 120 BPM, a French movie
about a gay couple who meet
as members of Paris’s ACT
UP Aids activism movement,
I saw something I thought I
might never see in a movie: two
men using lube before they had
anal sex. I have never seen such a
quotidian experience so accurately captured in a non-pornographic
movie. I don’t know if I’ve ever
even seen a condom put on before.
When you see a moment on film
of people living your experience,
the hunger for more is all-consuming: you don’t realise how exhausting it is to translate stories into
your own experience until someone does the heavy lifting for you.
It’s one of the reasons I am excited
for the BFI’s LGBTQ+ film festival
Flare, two weeks of movies where
queer life is writ large on screen.
120 BPM will be among the big
hitters at Flare, alongside films
such as God’s Own Country, about
a Yorkshire farmer and a Romanian immigrant forming a relationship during lambing season.
It is one of a new elite squad of
small-budget, big-impact movies
about gay men, including Moonlight, Beach Rats and Call Me By
Your Name.
But, to use the parlance of our
community, here’s the t: all four
of these award-winning heavyweights tell similar stories, of men
struggling with their masculinity.
And, within that, relationships
with men play a part. In fact, to
my memory, no characters in
any of these movies ever identify
as gay or bisexual. In Beach Rats
this is an active dismissal; the
other three just leave it hanging.
When these men do then engage
in homosexual relationships, they
always take place in secluded,
Wonderland-esque places in deliberate isolation.
Exploring the stories of men
incidentally attracted to men is
valid and interesting, but there is
a trend here that needs bucking:
movies that explore only nonidentifying, newly homosexual
(or bisexual) men is a bit like highschool movies focusing only on the
first day of reception.
Other art forms are already
killing it. Looking, for all its faults,
was an amazing TV drama about
long-term gays navigating the
world (same goes for Queer as Folk
and Cucumber). High Maintenance
featured plotlines so savvy about
modern-day queerness that I
audibly gasped while watching.
Authors such as David Levithan
and Hanya Yanagihara are delving deep in literature, while the
musical Fun Home (which comes
to London this summer) has the
most astonishing insight into
the queer condition, drawn from
Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel.
Exploring only
newly gay men is
like high-school
movies focusing
only on the first day
Enter Flare, an august institution that now has the opportunity
to show us the nuanced, intriguing
gay stories we should be throwing
the pink pound behind next. The
festival is showing Love, Simon, a
gay high-school romance movie
that already has people sobbing
and swearing fealty all over the
internet. Gays in the boondocks
get their moment to shine via
Alaska is a Drag and the Brazilian
movie Hard Paint, which explores
the ever-growing phenomenon
of young gay men straddling the
line between amateur modelling
and amateur pornography. Love,
Simon gets a foil in the campy teen
film Outsider, based on a novel by
club kid legend James St James.
Meanwhile, I’m particularly excited for Martyr, exploring the male
body and bereavement in Beirut.
It is liberating and empowering
to see a generation of filmmakers
make movies that aren’t about
white upper-class men in the 1930s
trying to suppress those blasted
desires of theirs. It is thrilling to
see movies where people experience what it is to be gay in a continuum of homosexuals rather
than seemingly becoming the first
ever queer. There’s still a lot to be
done – especially for the L, B and T
of the community – but the signs
are there that maybe, just maybe,
when the next generation feels lost
and alone, there will be a movie
that tells them they aren’t.
BFI Flare runs until 1 April
(bfi.org.uk)
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BOOKS
Where there’s a will, there’s affray
THE EXECUTOR
Blake Morrison
(Chatto & Windus, £16.99)
Review by Allan Massie
A
young Irish novelist
recently asked me
why so few of us today
write “about life as
it is lived by mature
human beings, in all their immaturity”. It’s a good question: so many
novelists today prefer to fly to fantasy or retreat into oddity.
Well, Blake Morrison’s new
novel is concerned with just what
my Irish friend demanded. It’s
not fashionable. The characters
are white, British, middle-class.
Moreover, the two principals are,
like Morrison himself, writers: one
a poet, the other a novelist who
works as an assistant editor on the
books pages of a failing newspaper.
He is married with three young
children; the somewhat older poet
is also married, but childless. If
it’s not quite the sort of novel that
used to be contemptuously dismissed as being about adultery in
Islington or Hampstead, you might
say it’s not so different.
The outline is simple. The narrator, Matt, is asked by the poet,
Rob, to be his literary executor.
Rob is a dozen years older than
Matt, but not old – 60 being nothing these days. They’ve known
each for years, meeting when
Matt was a graduate student at an
American university where Rob
was teaching. They became good
enough friends for Rob to tell Matt
how he had got into trouble over
a relationship with a mature student at his previous university.
Back in England, they see less of
each other. Both are now married.
Matt’s wife, Marie, a strong-minded girl from Belfast, dislikes Rob;
Rob’s wife, Jill, has little interest
in literature, and is uneasy with
Rob’s friends. Is it because of her
that he has moved out of London
to a dull village? Or is it just that
he likes to keep different sides of
his life in different compartments?
Matt, for instance, doesn’t even
know that Rob and Jill have a Labrador to whom he is devoted.
Then Rob dies, suddenly, and
Matt has to take up his duty as literary executor. Jill is uncomfortable with the whole business; she
is grieving and regards Matt as
an intruder. Then, going through
the papers, he comes on a number
of unpublished poems. They are
more direct and apparently more
personal than the austere poems
with which Rob made his reputation. They are not only personal;
they are erotic, and, though some
are apparently addressed to Jill,
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or are about Jill, others evidently
arise from encounters with other
women; whether before or after
his marriage isn’t clear.
Naturally, tensions develop,
Matt clear in his duty to follow
Rob’s instructions, Jill unhappy,
Marie disapproving of Matt’s
readiness to put Rob’s play for poetic immortality before the hurt
the publication of these poems will
inflict on Jill. We have the poems,
by the way, skilfully written with,
I surmise, a peculiar pleasure by
Morrison. Some seem to me rather good, and the unravelling of the
novel’s moral perplexity is both
ingenious and persuasive.
In short, for those who like fiction to treat the stuff of ordinary
life, this is a pleasing and very
satisfying novel. Of course, some
people have a dislike of literary
novels peopled by literary men,
or indeed literary women. Morrison is sufficiently aware of this
to have offered justification in advance, quoting a passage from one
of Dr Johnson’s essays in which he
defended literary biography on
the grounds that, “An author partakes of the common condition of
humanity… nor can I conceive why
his affairs should not excite curiosity as much as the whisper of a
drawing-room”. Quite so. In this
novel, Blake Morrison both excites and satisfies such curiosity.
ALSORELEASED
DEAD MEN’S
TROUSERS
Irvine Welsh
(Jonathan Cape, £16.99)
It’s hard, reading Irvine Welsh’s
final sequel to his 1993 novel
Trainspotting, to recall how fresh
and vital the original book once
felt. On the cover, Jeff Torrington
wrote about Welsh’s “mimetic
gift” for “gutter patois and junkie
jargon”. As literature, it was
controversial, largely because
many of the gatekeepers of
literary criticism were not fluent
in the banter of Leith. The author
didn’t seem to care much about
that, preferring to talk about
more democratic art forms, such
as rock’n’roll or film.
It was appropriate, then, that
Trainspotting’s reputation should
be cemented by Danny Boyle’s
1996 film, which was powered
by a soundtrack of Iggy Pop and
Underworld, lusting for life and
shouting “lager lager lager”.
The timing is tricky, coming
so soon after Boyle’s movie T2,
which landed Welsh’s characters
in awkward middle age. Welsh’s
book Porno has been repackaged
Top5
Books
as the novel of T2, which is only
half-true. Conversely, Dead Men’s
Trousers feels like a screenplay
at times, albeit one which would
require a large travel budget,
to raves and illicit hospitals in
Berlin, to the West Coast of the
US, London, Glasgow and Leith
in Edinburgh, where the gang
reunite in an implausible auctionhouse showdown.
There are two things you
need to believe. First, that Mark
Renton has become a successful
manager of house DJs, earning
enough money to pay back his old
pals the vast sums of money he
has stolen from them. That might
be believable if he had undergone
a personality transplant, but he
hasn’t, beyond a vague sense
of putting things right due to
a “rehabilitation and personal
atonement plan”.
Mad thing #2: Francis Begbie,
the psychopath, is now a mildmannered, successful artist,
living in America, and has put
his violent past behind him.
Possibly that’s believable.
There have been at least two
reformed murderers pursuing
art careers in Edinburgh, so
stranger things have happened.
Except, who really believes
it? Turning Begbie into a polite
middle-class person is like
reimagining Rambo as a butterfly
collector. And so it proves.
Franco’s brutish essence is intact,
though he does pause to upbraid
himself for using the word
“poofs” while battering a pair of
neds for sport in the backstreets
of Edinburgh’s New Town.
Plot? There is one. But
never mind. It’s mostly there
because without it there
would be nowhere to hang the
spunky interior monologues of
Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and
Spud, which are all the same
– though they vary slightly in
their pornographic intensity –
because Welsh’s men think with
their knobs and endure furious,
pathetic lives of crumbling
erections and interrupted
blowjobs, while fantasising about
torpedo-titted vixens.
There are drugs, too. A new
one, which is so powerful that
its effects are rendered as comic
strips and psychedelic splats on
the page. It’s all quite exhausting.
Somebody dies. But not quickly
enough. EVENING STANDARD
1. Brain Freeze Tom Fletcher (Puffin)
2. Oi Goat! Kes Gray (Hodder Children’s)
3. Paddington Turns Detective Michael Bond (HarperCollins Children’s)
4. My Book About Me by Mr Silly Adam Hargreaves (Egmont)
5. The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog Clare Balding (Puffin)
Alastair McKay
PIE AND MASH DOWN
THE ROMAN ROAD
Melanie McGrath
(Two Roads, £18.99)
It’s the quintessential London
meal, redolent of the old East
End. Yet the traditional Cockney
lunch of pie and mash (served
with or without jellied eels) is not
indigenous. It was the Romans
who first brought meat pies to
England, around the time they
founded the city of Londinium.
So, “like most Londoners”, as
Melanie McGrath observes, the
local dish “is an immigrant”.
Pie and Mash takes a whistlestop tour of London history, from
the battles between Boudicca and
the Roman legions right through
to the 2012 Olympics.
While ostensibly a kind of
institutional biography of just one
establishment – G Kelly’s Noted
Eel and Pie Shop on the Roman
Road – in reality, the scope of the
book is much broader. Through a
mixture of impeccable historical
research and interviews with
former Kelly’s employees and
customers, McGrath weaves a
social history of the East End that
never loses sight of the richness
of individual experience – even
as it touches on such epochal
local topics as the first night of
the Blitz, the Kray twins’ reign
of terror and the Battle of Cable
Street. EVENING STANDARD
Duncan Barrett
UPSTATE
James Wood
(Jonathan Cape, £14.99)
Wood is the English-born,
American-based literary critic of
The New Yorker. His novel, like his
life, straddles northern England
and the US, and is set across
six wintry days in upstate New
York. The writing is beautiful,
the location snow-crunchingly
real, and a vague note of menace
thrums as property developer
Alan Querry is momentarily
born again in the company of his
grown-up daughters. A cleareyed novel about family.
Julian Cole
ASYMMETRY
Lisa Halliday
(Granta, £14.99)
Halliday’s debut is structured
in two seemingly unconnected
novellas, followed by an interview
pointing to the link between them.
Imbalances of power are a theme
throughout, with characters
questioned by a doctor, a jury
official, immigration officer and
the presenter of Desert Island
Discs, and thus the novel asks
its own questions about who we
are answerable to, and through
whose eyes we see stories.
Lucy Whetman
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Finding
favor
THE PRODIGAL TONGUE
Lynne Murphy
(Oneworld, £16.99)
Review by Jeff Robson
I
n all the “Pedants’ Corner”
correspondence I receive,
the thing that steams people up more than anything
is undoubtedly the use
of “Americanisms”.
Our style guide, like that of many
newspapers and broadcasters in
the UK, prefers “British English”
spellings and formulations. But
the amount of copy we process
from countries where “American
English” is more prevalent means
we have to be constantly vigilant
for “color”, “center”, “meet with”
et al. (My favourite was a reference to a “bathroom” on an aeroplane – if only…) We know that any
that slip through will be pounced
on by some of our readers.
It’s been a matter of strong feeling and polarised opinion for as
long as the two countries have existed. And for anyone who’s ever
wondered why, Lynne Murphy
offers a forensic but entertaining
demolition of some of the myths
and assumptions that “British
English” advocates in particular
take to be empirical facts.
I suspect that, if pressed, most
Mathematical problem Is maths really a plural in English? GETTY
people who regard “American
English” as pernicious would
contend that its increasing use is
another front in the culture wars,
where victory for the US would
be to have its way of doing things
reign supreme in every country –
including its old colonial master.
Murphy is a professor of linguistics at Sussex University, author of
the blog “Separated by a Common
Language” and a dual British/
American citizen. As such, she is
ideally placed to cast a neutral eye
on the subject, and concludes that
the relationship between the two
forms is healthier than either side
might care to admit.
On the way, she slaughters a
few sacred cows (if “math” is such
an abomination because “mathematics” is a plural, why do we
say “maths is a useful subject”,
not “maths are”?), illustrating
that ideas of “right” and “wrong”
usage are often more a matter
of personal preference. She also
points out that many words and
phrases described as Americanisms (“brunch”, “alpahabetize”
and “wait on” instead of “wait
for”) are English in origin, while
“shambles” “skive” and “know
your onions” are as American
as mother’s apple crumble.
These become springboards
for a fascinating and surprising
analysis of the relationship between the two “languages”, and
the countries themselves.
I never knew, for example, that
many early Americans wished
to abandon English, as another
unwanted symbol of the oppressor (French, Greek and Hebrew
were considered as alternatives
for the official language). Or that
Noah Webster, compiler of the first
American dictionary in 1828, introduced spellings such as “favor” and
“center” as a deliberate attempt to
rescue the Anglo-Saxon purity of
English from such Frenchifications
as the “ou” and “re” formations.
He also believed that the two
Englishes would diverge so much
that eventually a native of the US
would not be able to converse with
a Briton. That this never happened
is, Murphy concludes, because the
two nations and their languages
have always shared more cultural
similarities than differences.
The question of whether or not
to adopt has been one of taste and
preference, not diktat, and far
from one-way traffic (statistics
show the “-ise” ending is increasingly popular in America).
Sometimes her analysis is a
little too technical, and her more
general comments on the “downto-earth” nature of the American
character betray a tiny hint of
bias. But for the most part, this
is a witty and erudite celebration
of the English language, in all its
forms – constantly evolving and
endlessly fascinating.
COFFEE
TABLE
CHOICE
ONEMINUTE
WITH…
Sarah Perry, author
Where are you now and
what can you see?
I am presently looking after two
elderly cats in a Gothic rectory.
I am sitting at a scrubbed oak
table on which (legend has it)
Joan Collins once danced.
What are you currently reading?
Hera Lindsay Bird’s eponymous
debut collection of poetry. For a
long time I avoided contemporary
poetry as if it were a co-worker
with a foul cold: it seemed either
posturingly ironic and insincere,
or horribly earnest and selfimportant. But this is irreverent,
erotic, funny and dark, though
always very deeply meant.
Who is your favourite author
and why do you admire her/him?
Hilary Mantel. I suppose it is
because she so far outpaces –
intellectually and artistically
– anything I have ever achieved,
and anything most writers have
ever achieved, that she both
terrifies me and drives me on.
Describe the room where
you usually write…
I have just moved house. Soon I
shall have a new study, with an
open fire and books ordered by
genre and A-Z by author, but at
present my most familiar writing
room is “my” desk at Gladstone’s
Library, up in the gallery, with a
bust of Gladstone peering over
my shoulder as I work.
Which fictional character
most resembles you?
I suspect I am half Jo March,
half Mr Casaubon: rather
an unattractive combination,
come to think of it.
Who is your hero/heroine
from outside literature?
All the fun, glamour and grime of the fair is captured in Pamela Littky’s ‘American Fair’ (Kehrer Verlag, £35). The Los Angeles-based
photographer spent the summer of 2015 travelling across 15 US states, from California to Florida, capturing in giddy colour the gaudy neon
rides, excitable crowds and cotton candy stalls at out-of-town fairgrounds. And what did she find, apart from a lot of sequins and stuffed toys?
A sense of community, at a time when America seems more divided than ever. Above, rodeo princesses in Bladen, Nebraska.
I am always very drawn to those
who made advancements in
medicine. I will never forget being
first told how John Snow halted
a cholera outbreak by having the
handle taken off the Broad Street
water pump in Soho in 1854, or
reading how Ignaz Semmelweis
worked himself to insanity trying
to persuade doctors to wash their
hands between the mortuary and
the labour ward.
Sarah Perry is chair of judges for
the 2018 Desmond Elliott Prize.
The longlist is announced today.
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Twinning
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When architect Fred Guttfield
decided to design a light-filled
extension to his home, he and
his wife were pleased with the
result – as were their neighbours.
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S
ome new ideas are so
good you wonder why
everyone doesn’t do it.
In classic commuter belt
Twyford, Berkshire, just
40 minutes from Paddington, architect Fred Guttfield has built a
steeply angled extension on the
back of his Victorian three-bedroom terrace house. Fred and his
wife, Laura, who works in HR, live
in a conservation area.
The terrace is in traditional
wire-cut red brick. When the
neighbouring couple, who were
away during the build, came home
to see the smart pitched extension with its huge sliding windows
to the garden, and big airy kitchen-living room replacing a poky,
cramped kitchen dogleg, they
promptly asked Fred, 36, to design
them a mirror-image extension on
their own home.
The resulting symmetrical pair
are now nicknamed the Berkshire
Twins. Instead of being the usual
hodgepodge of extensions we’re
all used to seeing, this snappy
double act raises the value of the
individual properties more than
any mismatched extensions ever
could. Each extension adds 20 per
cent more space as well as creating a fourth bedroom and a second bathroom out of pre-existing
space. The two homes were extended and fully refurbished two
years apart, all on tight budgets.
Fred and Laura, 32, made the
now-classic decision of marry-
I get a real buzz
out of seeing how
good design changes
people’s lives
ing Ikea kitchen carcasses with
expensive worktops. Fred designed the smart open storage
racks in their kitchen and the very
covetable modern dining table.
Their white goods came from a
budget supplier.
With Fred running the project
and mucking in with the builders,
their extension was done
in a super-fast four
months. He enjoyed
it while learning
new skills and
how to organise
things efficiently
– all invaluable to
an architect and
to their clients.
“I get a real buzz
out of seeing how
good design changes
people’s lives,” he says.
The couple met online in 2010
while both were renting. Engaged
in 2011, they soon realised that
they were priced out of anything
except a small flat. So they went
house-hunting further afield.
Because their two families are
out west, and because Fred likes
fishing, each weekend they took
a Great Western train along the
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The dual extensions raised the value of the properties more than any
mismatched addition could (top); the new design included storage racks
in their kitchen (inset) and a modern dining table (above) FRED GUTTFIELD
river to a different station, got
off, and looked around. They had
almost decided on Maidenhead,
because of Crossrail, but it was
already too expensive.
Then Laura spotted the Twyford house online. It had two
rooms downstairs, with the narrow dogleg kitchen and an uncomfortably cold loo at the end – all
pine. There was no scope for an
attic conversion, but Fred knew
he could rearrange the top floor to
create a bathroom out of a wasteful landing, and a fourth bedroom
where the old bathroom was.
Those changes were relatively
simple. The big change
would be scrapping the
old kitchen and loo
and extending outwards and across.
They bought the
house in 2013, and
Fred got drawing.
He worked hard to
get the conservation officer on board
with the more modern of his ideas.
At the back, he excavated down, so that the extension’s side wall wouldn’t spoil his
other neighbour’s light. But the
neighbour loved the privacy that
the new wall would bring so much
that they actively supported the
planning application.
Fred and Laura got to know the
people in their street so well that
one nearby householder offered to
put them up during the build. Because of that, Fred could be on site
early every day. By contracting all
the trades himself, he kept up the
speed and kept a lid on costs.
When Fred designed his extension he rather hoped his neighbours would want one, too. That
they did go for it proves how good
the house looked, inside and out
now being wider, lighter, brighter
and bigger. As soon as it was finished, the Guttfields threw a party
and their next-door neighbours
were able to see the inside of the
conversion for the first time. It
was that first impression that
made them ask for the same thing.
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Y
ou constantly come
across them online, in
magazines – and on the
page to my left. Beautiful
Victorian houses with
luxurious extensions, where the
entire ceiling is made of glass and
large clear doors open out on to a
perfect garden.
In all honesty, an extension is
neither something that is a priority
in my house nor something I have the
money for. Having my own space at
all is still a novelty and a total luxury.
There is a long list of things that need
time and expense to get the place
even habitable (the cost of installing
heating and electrics is not small,
as I am discovering) never mind the
further outlay on an extension.
So why am I even pausing to look
at these stunning architectural pieces
on homes I could never afford?
The motivation came after
a friendly question from my
neighbour: what would I think of
him using the party wall in the alley
outside my kitchen as part of an
extension? Maybe I’d be interested in
doing one at the same time?
This is not something I had
anticipated in my dreams of home
ownership, but his request is
perfectly logical. Others in the street
have already extended into their
alleys – mostly staying clear of their
shared walls and wasting space.
I really want to be accommodating,
but I know that whatever he builds I
am likely to spend 20 years staring
at. And if I ever do want to extend in
the future, that party wall will affect
45
Reimagining the space: Ben’s
sketch of how his kitchen could look
and how the alley is now (below left)
any (as yet unconsidered) plans of my
own. So, maybe I shouldn’t write off
the idea. Wouldn’t it be much better
to do it now, while the house is a
mess, the builders are soon arriving
and floors, heating and plumbing can
be done with an extension in mind?
I start thinking: what would I
actually want in the unlikely event
that I ever went ahead? At least then
I’ll know what to say about changes
to the wall. A few quick internet
searches help me visualise something
that would add to the house’s
Victorian beauty rather than just
add space.
They say the houses you grow up
in influence the choice of the ones
you want to live in later in life, and
I quickly realise the same must be
The houses you
grow up in influence
the ones you want
to live in later in life
true of extensions, as the examples I
alight on randomly all turn out to be
a stone’s throw from where I grew up
in east London.
I find myself daydreaming about a
large, perfectly square glass window
that could punctuate the Victorian
brick of the original back wall. My
dank alley could be transformed into
functional living space with sheets of
glass high above a dining room table;
the current exterior kitchen wall
could have openings to allow for one
art-gallery-like polished concrete
floor. As I said, all daydreams. I
quickly discover the costs for these
projects were in the hundreds of
thousands – more than many houses
or flats in Margate. I dial down my
thoughts to something simpler:
a green roof, maybe, with a few
skylights? I can find the rectangular
sheets of glass for around £1,000
online, and the project begins to
seem more affordable. Mick, my
builder, also gives a more reasonable
estimate. But as I tot up my spending
on heating, bathrooms, rotten floors
and leaking roofs, an extension
doesn’t have a fighting chance.
So, I plan to break the news to my
neighbour when I next see him, rather
hoping that he, too, forgets about the
idea and the myriad complexities
it will involve. The exercise isn’t
a complete waste of time though,
as in our conversation about the
extension Mick says he knows a
place to pick up glass discarded from
other projects. So if I can be flexible
about the exact size, and I am willing
to have a wooden frame that he
can build for me, rather than a thin
aluminium one, then maybe at least
that perfectly square feature window
in my blank back wall could become
a reality.
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progress on Instagram
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anticipate interest rate rise
By Ben Woods
The pound rose yesterday as traders
anticipated an interest rate rise could
be on the way as soon as May.
The Bank of England kept
interest rates on hold at 0.5 per cent
yesterday, but it was revealed two of
the nine policymakers on its board
had voted for an immediate hike.
Minutes of the latest Monetary
Policy Committee (MPC) meeting
showed the two voted to raise rates
to 0.75 per cent amid concerns over
inflation as wage growth has started
to pick up.
While the 7-2 vote means rates
remain unchanged, the report
confirmed the Bank’s view that
“ongoing tightening of monetary
policy” would be needed to bring
inflation back to its 2 per cent target.
The Bank said there had been
“few surprises” since its last set
of quarterly forecasts last month,
although it noted that inflation fell
by more than it expected to a sevenmonth low of 2.7 per cent in February.
But another steady increase in
wage growth, to 2.8 per cent in the
year to January – the highest since
September 2015 – meant inflationary
pressures were building, it added.
For the two dissenters on the
MPC – Ian McCafferty and Michael
Saunders – this was enough to trigger
the need for an immediate rate rise,
James Smith, an
economist at trading firm
ING, said a May rate hike was still
firmly “in play”, while Brexit talks
could sway the case for a second
rise in the autumn.
xaccording to the minutes. The Bank
said these policymakers believed
a “modest tightening of monetary
policy at this meeting could mitigate
the risks from a more sustained
period of above-target inflation that
might ultimately necessitate a more
abrupt change in policy and hence
a greater adjustment in growth
and employment”.
The decision was the first split vote
on the MPC since rates were raised
last November, from 0.25 per cent to
0.5 per cent. Bank Governor Mark
Carney has already warned that
rates will need to rise “somewhat
earlier and by a somewhat greater
degree” to get inflation back to target.
Experts widely believe rates will
rise in May and possibly again in
November, with another due in 2019,
which would mean rates will climb to
1.25 per cent next year.
Mark Carney has already warned
that an earlier rate rise is needed PA
The pound enjoyed a short-lived
rally against the euro, reaching the
highest level since June 2017 past
€1.15 at one stage, after the decision
and minutes of the meeting, before
falling to €1.146 by the end of the day.
Against the dollar, the pound was
up almost half a cent on the previous
day at $1.411. The Bank noted the
recent Brexit transition deal at the
rates meeting, but gave no comment
on its effect on the economic outlook.
PROPERTY
Housebuilder
crestfallen
after investor
backlash
By Holly Williams
Quote of
the day
Lack of finance is
partly to blame.
But the main
reason is the
bureaucratic
planning system,
which is a huge
obstacle for SMEs
Steve Morgan
The founder of
housebuilder Redrow
says he couldn’t start his
business today
The 30
Second
Briefing
ADNAMS
Anyone for a beer? Probably not.
Suffolk-based brewer Adnams has
reported disappointing results
for 2017, blaming the fact that
Britons are drinking less beer. The
company said it was now focusing
resources on developing premium
non-alcoholic drinks – but warned it
was already a competitive market.
What were the figures?
Adnams said operating profit
dropped 45 per cent to £2.2m
in 2017. As well as the change in
drinking habits, the brewer spent a
significant amount on investments,
including a renovation of the Swan
Hotel in Southwold.
What are we drinking instead?
Alcohol consumption in the UK has
been falling since the turn of the
21st century, but the drop in beer
consumption goes back further, to
the 1970s. People are also changing
how they drink – fewer people are
visiting pubs, choosing to drink at
home instead. More than half of beer
produced is now drunk at home.
“The markets in which Adnams
competes have changed radically in
recent years,” said Jonathan Adnams,
the company’s chairman.
Figures published last month by
industry group the British Beer and
Pub Association showed Britons
drank 88 million fewer pints last
year compared with 2016, as sales in
pubs and bars fell 2.4 per cent.
What now?
Adnams plans to introduce an
alcohol-free version of its Ghost
Ship beer in May. “Pubs and drinks
suppliers have generally not catered
well for this market,” the company
said. “Alcohol-free beers are far from
recent. However, many would agree
that the quality of these products
has not been high.”
Housebuilder Crest Nicholson has
said it is “disappointed” after nearly
a third of its shareholders failed to
back boss Stephen Stone’s appointment as executive chairman.
At its annual general meeting yesterday, 21 per cent of investor votes
were cast against former chief executive Mr Stone taking on the role.
A further 9.5 per cent withheld
their vote amid concerns over his
planned length of tenure and executive capacity.
The protest comes despite the
group holding “extensive” talks with
shareholders ahead of the meeting as
part of efforts to win greater backing
for the move.
It also follows a major investor revolt over Crest’s pay plans for senior
managers last year, when 58 per cent
of votes went against the scheme.
While Mr Stone’s appointment
was passed, with 79.2 per cent of
votes made in support, the company pledged to continue talks
with shareholders.
Crest said: “We are disappointed
that over 20 per cent of shareholders
were not supportive.”
The housebuilder also updated
on trading, confirming good sales
growth. Demand for new homes
remains strong and the property
market continues to be supported
by government policies such as Help
to Buy.
Crest recently reduced its exposure to central London, where sales
have slowed, and is targeting the suburbs instead. The company is targeting £1.4bn in sales by next year.
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CATERING
Restaurants facing ‘perfect
storm’ of financial distress
By Holly Williams
More than 11,000 UK restaurants
are suffering financial distress,
according to research that warns of a
“perfect storm” hitting the industry.
The latest Begbies Traynor Red
Flag Alert, which monitors the
financial health of UK companies,
has revealed that the number
o f re s t a u ra n t s ex p e r i e n c i n g
“significant” financial distress surged
to 11,091 in March – up 8 per cent on
a year earlier.
It follows a raft of rescue deals
being struck to save chains across the
industry, with a number of high-profile
company voluntary arrangements,
including celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s
Jamie’s Italian and upmarket burger
bar Byron, while another is being
voted on this week for Prezzo.
Begbies warned that, with
thousands of restaurants teetering on
the brink ahead of quarterly rent bills
due this week, many could be tipped
into the red as they also face soaring
costs and weaker consumer spending.
Julie Palmer, a partner at Begbies
Traynor, said: “The UK restaurant
sector is facing a perfect storm
of pressures ahead of this week’s
quarterly rent day, with growing
labour costs from the national
living wage, subdued consumer
spending and fierce competition
from established high-street chains,
Jamie’s Italian is
one of the chains
to have suffered
financial troubles
this year GETTY
coming together to cause a spike in
financial distress across the industry.”
Restaurant chains and retailers
are among firms that have been hit
hardest following the Brexit vote, with
surging inflation and weak consumer
confidence adding to higher wage
costs and steep business rate rises.
This has come after many
restaurants expanded rapidly
to cater for a pre-Brexit jump in
demand for eating out, which has
since tapered off. “UK consumers
are proving increasingly cautious
when it comes to their discretionary
spending, meaning that there is even
more pressure on restaurants to put
on margin-squeezing meal deals to
entice diners through their doors,”
said Ms Palmer.
Restaurant insolvencies
rose by a fifth last year.
Figures from the Insolvency Service
show 984 restaurants went under
in 2017, up from 825 in 2016.
Sales increase, but high street doubts remain
Retail sales beat expectations in
February, but doubts remain about
the resilience of demand in 2018.
The Office for National Statistics
(ONS) said sales volumes were up
0.8 per cent last month, double the
Outlook
RUSSELL
LYNCH
Brexit risks may
upset the calm
waters of sterling
P
icture the scene: a
grim-faced Sir Graham
Brady, chairman of the
Conservatives’ all-powerful
1922 Committee, has bad
news for Theresa May: he’s got 48
letters calling for a confidence vote
in the PM.
Brexiteers trigger the vote as a
BUSINESS SPORT
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i FRIDAY
23 MARCH 2018
INVESTMENT
Star fund
manager
Woodford falls
short on returns
By Kalyeena Makortoff
RETAIL
By Ben Chu
TV
38-39
0.4 per cent that City of London
analysts had pencilled in. However,
this followed a 0.2 per contraction
in volumes in January, which was
revised down from a previous
estimate of 0.1 per cent growth.
That left volumes down 0.4 per
cent on a quarterly basis, the weakest
performance on this measure in just
under a year.
“February was a better month for
the high street than January and
December but that was not difficult
and the retail picture remains
extremely weak,” said Jeremy Cook,
of currency trading firm WorldFirst.
wipe-out in this May’s local elections
is followed by one compromise too
many on a trade deal with the EU,
which leaves the European Court of
Justice in effect calling the shots.
The PM loses, the Eurosceptic
party membership puts Boris
Johnson in 10 Downing Street, but
overwhelming pressure to go to the
country leaves Jeremy Corbyn’s
Labour the largest party after an
election early next year. He takes
power, backed by the SNP.
It may sound fanciful, as fear
of Corbyn appears to be the
main glue holding this fragile
government together.
But speaking to a few Citywatchers this week, they put the
chance of it happening at a 4/1 or a
3/1 shot, and there were plenty of
winners setting off on longer odds at
the Cheltenham festival last week.
Transition or no transition, there
are still landmines such as the
Northern Irish border issue, kicked
into the grass again this week. If that
doesn’t get sorted and forces the
Unionists to withdraw their support
from the Government, then it can’t
pass a Budget. And don’t forget
those 13 Scottish Conservative MPs
angered by another compromise, this
time over EU fishing rights – another
potential source of rebellion.
The point is that despite this week’s
welcome news on transition, the
world is still a very uncertain place.
Sterling volatility is now
roughly back to where it was
before markets started to
focus on the referendum
But you wouldn’t think that to
look at sterling markets. If you
look at the implied volatility for the
pound against the dollar over the
next 12 months, the market thinks
it’s likely to trade within a range
8.7 per cent either side of the present
forward price.
Star fund manager Neil Woodford’s
equity income fund has fallen
short on a benchmark measure for
investor returns.
The £7.7bn LF Neil Woodford
Equity Income Fund failed to deliver
a higher income than the FTSE All
Share Index over a rolling threeyear period, having come in just shy
of the 3.6 per cent yield threshold at
3.5 per cent.
It means the fund, run by the star
investor (inset), will now be knocked
out of the Investment Association’s
UK Equity Income sector into the IA’s
UK All Companies list.
B u t Wo o d fo rd Inv e s t m e n t
Management played down the
effective demotion,
saying the fund’s
focus was not
on yield but
on delivering
a
certain
level of pence
per pound.
“Throughout
his 30-year
investment career,
Neil has focused on
delivering positive long-term total
returns through a combination of
income and capital growth for his
flagship equity income funds.
“He believes this strategy is in
the best interests of his investors
and he has never been willing to
sacrifice capital to supplement
income in the short term and his
portfolio construction isn’t dictated
by yield considerations.”
The top 10 holdings of the fund
include tobacco giant Imperial
Brands, pharma company
AstraZeneca and financial firms
such as Lloyds and Legal & General,
as well as housebuilders Barratt
Developments and Taylor Wimpey.
UK stocks make up more than
90 per cent of its holdings.
But that figure is actually lower
than the average price of 10.3 per cent
over the past decade.
S t e rl i n g v o l a t i l i t y i s n o w
roughly back to where it was in
early November 2015, just before
financial markets started to focus on
the referendum.
Other market watchers are
pointing to the fairly predictable
behaviour of the Bank of England,
which has so far done nothing to put
markets off the strong possibility
of a rate rise in May after its nudge
in February.
The transition deal and a little
more certainty should be good
news for sterling, one of the bestperforming major currencies beside
the euro in the past year. And the
chances of a disorderly Brexit have
certainly diminished.
It feels like the big banks are taking
a bit of a risk. And if a “week is a long
time in politics”, then a year is an
eternity. EVENING STANDARD
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From the
business
pages
Economic growth
rate ‘distorted’
The Irish Times
The government and the Central
Statistics Office have been
urged to adopt a separate set of
national accounts. The Economic
and Social Research Institute
think-tank said headline growth
and its components were being
distorted by large transactions
involving a select number
of firms. Data said the Irish
economy grew by 7.8 per cent
last year but the actual rate was
probably closer 4 per cent.
Overseas investing
cooled in 2017
China Daily
Chinese companies’ overseas
investments cooled in 2017
in terms of case number and
transaction volume. Chinese
companies made 400 overseas
mergers and acquisitions in
2017, down 1.7 per cent from
2016. Among these investments,
312 disclosed their transaction
volume, which has declined
28 per cent year-on-year to 960
billion yuan (£107bn).
Record number of
people employed
Copenhagen Post
There are a record number of
people in work in Denmark.
About 2,728,800 people are
employed – an increase of
187,900 since September 2012,
according to official figures.
“Employment is not only back
to the level we saw before the
financial crisis, there is also talk
of the highest rate ever” said the
country’s employment minister,
Troels Lund Poulsen.
New tax mulled for
imported parcels
The West Australian
Australians buying clothes,
books or health products from
overseas could be slapped with
a tax on top of the general sales
tax. The proposal suggests
a new flat-rate levy on all
imported parcels worth less
than A$1,000 (£545). The plan
seeks to balance the cost of
security screening for the rising
number of small parcels. Close
to 40 million goods valued under
A$1,000 were imported into
Australia in 2016-17.
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RETAIL
PEOPLE
A further 66 jobs
go at Maplin
Richest Asians see
16% rise in wealth
Administrators to collapsed
electronics retailer Maplin
have made a further 66 staff
at the company’s head offices
redundant, with the fate of
2,500 more jobs still uncertain.
The group, which is owned by
private equity firm Rutland
Partners, has now made 129
employees redundant since
last month.
The wealth of Britain’s richest
Asians has risen 16 per cent in
the past year, as roaring global
commodities and stock markets
helped to swell their fortunes.
The annual Asian Rich List
reveals the 101 richest British
Asians are worth £80.3bn,
up £11bn from last year. The
Hinduja brothers, whose family
wealth is £22bn, topped the list.
HEALTHCARE
RELOCATION
Pull-out boosts
Reckitt Benckiser
Investor’s anger at
Unilever move
Reckitt Benckiser rose to the
top of the FTSE 100 yesterday
after the company announced
that it has ended talks to
acquire Pfizer’s consumer
healthcare business. Investors
took the news as a signal that
Reckitt will begin focusing on
reorganising its own business.
The shares rose 4.8 per cent, or
269p, to 5,895p.
A major Unilever shareholder
has lashed out at the company’s
lack of engagement over its
decision to move its corporate
headquarters from London
to Rotterdam. Columbia
Threadneedle, a top 10
shareholder in the consumer
goods giant, said Unilever needs
to do more to convince investors
about the move.
CONSULTING
AVIATION
Accenture trims
profit forecast
Flybe hits a spot
of turbulence
Consulting services firm
Accenture trimmed its annual
forecast for profit margins,
sending its shares down in US
trading yesterday. Accenture
expects its operating margin –
profit as a proportion of revenue
– to be 14.8 per cent, flat on 2017.
It blamed lower profits from
healthcare and the public sector.
Investors took flight from Flybe
yesterday after the owner of
London Southend airport,
Stobart, said it had scrapped
plans to buy the struggling
regional carrier. The shares
dropped 26 per cent, or 12p, to
34.6p. Shares in the company
had surged last month following
news of a potential takeover.
GROCERIES
BANKING
M&S brings in
new food director
Customer surge
aids Secure Trust
Marks & Spencer has
drafted in Steinhoff UK boss
Stuart Machin to become
managing director of food as the
high-street chain presses ahead
with a sweeping overhaul under
group chief executive Steve
Rowe. Mr Machin will join the
company next month.
Secure Trust Bank reported a
rise in full-year profit after the
group successfully moved away
from the high-risk consumer
credit market. The challenger
bank posted 29 per cent increase
in pre-tax profits to £25m in 2017,
helped by a 33 per cent surge in
customer numbers to 989,528.
the
markets
Protectionist threats from the
US sent global stocks into the red
yesterday, having sparked jitters
over a global trade war.
The FTSE 100 ended the day
down 1.2 per cent, or 86.38 points,
at 6,952.59 points, while peers like
the French Cac 40 and German
Dax also slumped, 1.4 per cent and
1.7 per cent, respectively.
***
The biggest risers on the FTSE 100
were Reckitt Benckiser, up 269p
at 5,895p, Coca-Cola HBC, up 80p
at 2,529p, and Just Eat, up 11.2p
at 717.6p. The biggest faller was
Micro Focus International, down
60.8p at 911.8p.
NEWS
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Tomorrow, in your
RETAIL
‘Beast from East’ takes bite
out of Ted Baker sales
Nadiya
Hussain
Writing
a novel
doesn’t
make me
greedy
By Caitlin Morrison
Shares in Ted Baker dropped
yesterday after the fashion chain
warned of a “Beast from the East”
hit to spring sales.
The group said unseasonable
weather across the UK and Europe – as well as on the East Coast
of America – had knocked recent
trading and warned over “challenging” conditions in many of its
global markets.
The comments caused the
shares to fall 13 per cent to 2,556p
on the FTSE 250 yesterday.
Despite the warning, Ted Baker
reported an 11 per cent rise in annual sales to £591.7m, while pre-tax
profit rose 12 per cent to £68.8m.
The company has proposed a
dividend rise of 12.1 per cent, making a total of 60.1p per share for
the year.
Ted Baker’s founder and chief
executive, Ray Kelvin, said: “The
Ted Baker has 532
stores and concessions,
including 195 in the UK, 113 in
Europe, 127 in North America,
88 in the Middle East, Africa and
Asia, and nine in Australasia.
daily
money
Around 45 per cent of adults are
enrolled in a pension and more
than half of families receive some
form of state support in the form
of benefits, according to the latest
The group warned
of ‘challenging’
conditions in many
of its global markets
group’s good performance demonstrates the strength of the brand as
well as the quality and appeal of our
collections. We have a clear strategy for growth across both established and new markets.”
The firm plans to spend £30m
on expansion plans over the year,
which will go towards continued investment in new IT systems and more store openings
and refurbishments.
Charlotte Pearce, retail analyst
at market researcher GlobalData,
said: “Ted Baker’s latest results
provide a glimmer of hope as the
premium lifestyle brand continues
to build on its successes.
“By generating a decent proportion of sales from international
markets, Ted Baker will be more
protected considering the tough
UK retail climate.”
Mr Kelvin opened his first Ted
Baker store in Glasgow in 1988. It
was originally a shirt shop before
expanding into other clothing.
THE INDEPENDENT
snapshot of the UK’s finances.
The Family Resources Survey, from
the Office for National Statistics,
shows that 55 per cent of UK
families receive at least one form
of income-related benefit, such
as tax credits, housing benefit or
child benefit.
Meanwhile, 45 per cent of adults
of working age are saving into a
pension. The figure is higher among
employees, at 66 per cent. But
just 16 per cent of self-employed
workers are saving into a pension.
Payday loans have been identified
as the “unhealthiest” form of credit
in a new report, with unauthorised
overdrafts coming second.
More than 500 borrowers were
asked about the impact different
forms of credit had on them for
health education charity the Royal
Society for Public Health.
Doorstep loans and weekly
payment stores were also
criticised.
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from on
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daily recipe
Peppy’s red bean stew,
by Ainsley Harriott
Kakuro
Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 57
RHYME LETTERS
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16
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many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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2
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8
18
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Courgette burgers
7
3
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Minesweeper
16
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7
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15
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How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
8
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Futoshiki
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and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Cover the beans in cold water and soak
overnight. Drain and rinse the beans. In
a large saucepan, fry the onions, garlic,
green pepper, thyme and bay leaves over
a moderate heat for about 5 minutes
until soft.
Add the drained kidney beans, ham
hocks, Scotch bonnet pepper, stock and
creamed coconut. Stir well to combine
the ingredients.
Bring to the boil, cover and then
simmer over a very low heat for 2 ½ to
3 hours, stirring occasionally until the
beans are soft and tender. Be careful not
to split the Scotch bonnet pepper as the
seeds are searingly hot.
Gently push the meat off the ham hock
bone and discard the bone.
Take out the Scotch bonnet pepper, and
using a potato masher, crush up some
of the tender beans to make the stew the
required consistency. Serve and enjoy.
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Coming from the Caribbean my mother
believed it was important to embrace her
British community. She was always cooking
and inviting people in for a bite to eat or a
bit of a natter. So you can see where I get it
from! Our household was a melting pot of
cultures and shared meals. It’s one of the
main reasons I got into cooking, because
I saw how it brought people together and
the joy they got from sharing her famous
red bean stew. That feeling will always stay
with me.
TUCK
4
DINGHY
16
5
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10
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12
9
16
500g/1lb dried red kidney beans
2 ham hocks
1 onion, finely chopped
2 stalks spring onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 green peppers, deseeded and finely
sliced
2 sprigs fresh thyme or dried thyme
2 bay leaves
400g tinned chopped tomatoes
1 Scotch bonnet pepper
1.5 litres/3 pints light chicken stock
100g/4oz grated creamed coconut
Salt and pepper
West Indian hot pepper sauce to serve,
optional
MEANING
25
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NEWS
2-29
VOICES
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FRiDAY
31-43
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1964
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 57.
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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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appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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WEDNESDAY A band of
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Frost closer to
National ride
on Milansbar
making history as the first woman to
ride the winner of the world’s most
famous steeplechase.
It’s a good job Bryony Frost is
She would also be following in
comfortable in the spotlight bethe boot-steps of her father
cause there’s going to be no
Jimmy, who won the big
hiding place these next
race in 1989 aboard Litfew weeks now she
tle Polveir.
has been booked to
It seems such a
ride Milansbar in the
daunting prospect,
Grand National.
but the happy-goNumber of female
It’s not quite a done
lucky 22-year-old has
jockeys to have
contested the Grand
deal – five horses need
taken each headline
National
to come out for Neil
success so far in her
King’s 11-year-old to be
stride and one can only
guaranteed a place beimagine her savouring
hind the tapes at Aintree on
every moment.
14 April.
She has had two rides over
But that’s more likely to happen the National fences, both in the Fox
than not and then Frost will have the Hunters’ Chase as an amateur. She
chance, albeit slim, to cap what has was unseated at the seventh in 2015,
already been a sensational season by but finished a close fourth aboard
BEST BET
Quick Pick
(3.25pm, Sedgefield)
Dual course winner. Stuck in
the mud in stronger company at
Sandown last time.
RACING EDITOR
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GOING:STANDARD
7.45
Bryony Frost has been booked to ride Neil King’s 11-year-old Milansbar, a
50-1 shot for the Grand National on 14 April GETTY
her Cheltenham Festival winner,
Pacha Du Polder, last year.
Milansbar is a 50-1 shot, but he
beat a decent field in the Betfred
Classic Chase at Warwick in January – won last year by subsequent
National hero One For Arthur –
and would be no forlorn hope if the
ground turns out to be as wet as it
was at Cheltenham last week.
32RED HANDICAP (CLASS 4)
£11,600 added 1m
BETWAY HANDICAP (CLASS 5)
£7,021 added 6f
1
0020-7 BELIEVE IT (CD) R Hughes 6 9 9.......Nicola Currie (5) B,T 5
2
30400- SECRET ART (CD) W Knight 8 9 7..................................J Crowley 9
3
5/323- NEW AGENDA P Webber 6 9 7...............................Fran Berry H 8
1
29-882 ALKASHAAF (D) D Loughnane 4 9 8........E J Walsh (3) B,T 3 4
/4197- MAMILLIUS G Baker 5 9 6................................................ L Keniry H 11
2
66-397 PIAZON (D) J Butler 7 9 7 ...................Joshua Bryan (5) B,E,H 5 5
2-6454 GEORGIAN BAY (CD) K Burke 8 9 5......................... M Harley V 1
3
216263 PULSATING (D)(BF) Archie Watson 4 9 7......O Murphy B 8 6
13620- BADENSCOTH (CD) D Ivory 4 9 3..................... J Duern (3) H 10
4
233351 STRATEGIC HEIGHTS (D) J Osborne 9 9 5 ....D Costello V 2 7
478-21 OUD METHA BRIDGE (CD) J Feilden 4 9 3........ Shelley Birkett (3) 4
5
328-55 DREAM FARR (D) Ed Walker 5 9 5.....Adam J McNamara (3) T 9 8
51776- SIR PLATO (CD) B Millman 4 9 2...................................O Murphy 6
6
67-293 MADRINHO (D) A Carroll 5 9 4..................................Hollie Doyle 4 9
31081- DRAGONS VOICE (D) P Hide 4 9 2.............................................G Lee 2
7
2475-8 FATHER MCKENZIE (D) J Eustace 4 9 4 .........................R Tate 1 10 4424-6 ZLATAN (D) E De Giles 5 8 13..........................C Shepherd (3) C 3
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037-70 RED TYCOON (D) K C-Brown 6 9 3................................H Crouch 6 11 8360-9 PROFESSOR W Knight 8 8 8...................................................L Morris 7
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80-953 KINGLAMI (C)(D) J G O’Shea 9 9 2................................L Morris C 7
- 11 declared - 9 declared BETTING: 7-2 Oud Metha Bridge, 5-1 Dragons Voice, 6-1 Sir Plato, 7-1
BETTING: 11-4 Strategic Heights, 10-3 Pulsating, 5-1 Madrinho, 8-1 New Agenda, 8-1 Zlatan, 10-1 Georgian Bay, 12-1 others.
Kinglami, Alkashaaf, 10-1 Dream Farr, Piazon, 12-1 others.
32RED.COM HANDICAP (CLASS 4)
2.10
BETWAY LIVE CASINO HANDICAP (CLASS 2)
£19,000 added 1m 4f
3.50
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050438-5895
1-7322
11166-124
9-3233
3-1154
NOBLE GIFT (CD) W Knight 8 9 10...............................J Crowley 6
FIRE FIGHTING (D) M Johnston 7 9 9..............................A Kirby 7
ROYAL RESERVE (C)(D) D O’Meara 5 9 6.....K Shoemark C 3
GOLDEN BIRTHDAY (D) H Fry 7 9 5..................Fran Berry T 1
AY AY (C)(BF) D Elsworth 4 9 2.................................Hollie Doyle 5
LAWLESS SECRET S Crisford 4 9 0....................O Murphy H 4
FEARSOME (CD) N Littmoden 4 8 10...........................L Morris 2
- 7 declared BETTING: 11-8 Golden Birthday, 5-1 Royal Reserve, 11-2 Ay Ay, 6-1 Noble
Gift, 10-1 Fire Fighting, Lawless Secret, 12-1 Fearsome.
32RED APPRENTICE HANDICAP (CLASS 5) 3YO
£7,021 added 1m
4.55
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4324-2323
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HOLY TIBER G Scott 9 13....................................................T Saunders 5
ILLUSIONAL (D) M Johnston 9 13(6ex).....O Stammers (5) 1
HARMONICA Sir M Prescott 9 9.................Gavin Ashton (7) 6
CARP KID (CD) J Flint 9 7................................................Jordan Uys C 4
POLLY’S GOLD Miss K George 8 13................Rhiain Ingram 2
ICONIC BOY D Elsworth 8 13 ................................................J Watson 3
- 6 declared BETTING: 7-4 Harmonica, 3-1 Illusional, 4-1 Holy Tiber, 6-1 others.
KEMPTON
8.15
£11,600 added 1m 4f
WILLIAM HUNTER (D) A King 6 9 7...............................M Harley 8
COUNTERFEITER M Bosley 8 9 7..........................R Havlin B,T 1
TAKE TWO (D) A Hales 9 9 6 ...................................................L Morris 5
SOGHAN (D) R Hughes 4 9 6 ....................................... S W Kelly T 11
MUHTARIS (D) I Williams 8 9 6................................G Downing 10
LADY VALDEAN (D) J Santos 4 9 1...........Rossa Ryan (5) H 9
LIGHTLY SQUEEZE P Hide 4 9 1.......................................G Lee H,C 3
NATIVE FIGHTER (CD) S Dow 4 9 0..........................O Murphy 6
DEDUCE J Eustace 5 8 10..................................................................R Tate 4
TAN ARABIQ (D) M Appleby 5 8 9..........Josephine Gordon 2
INTERMODAL (C) J Tuite 4 8 6.................Nicola Currie (5) T 7
- 11 declared BETTING: 3-1 Soghan, 4-1 Native Fighter, 9-2 Take Two, 7-1 Deduce, 10-1
Muhtaris, William Hunter, 12-1 Tan Arabiq, 14-1 others.
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FORM VERDICT
SOGHAN has slowly got the hang of things, was last seen winning a
Wolverhampton maiden over this trip in December and may yet have
scope for further improvement on his handicap debut for Richard Hughes.
Take Two is a model of consistency who got back to winning ways at
Lingfield on his latest start, while Muhtaris is interesting on his return
from an absence for Ian Williams and a market check is warranted.
NEWBURY
GOING:STANDARD
GOING:SOFT
BE WISER INSURANCE NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 3)
£9,600 added 2m 4f 118yds
1
3521F7 DE RASHER COUNTER E Lavelle 6 11 7................N Scholfield
1
72-1 KATH’S LUSTRE R Hughes 9 7 ...........................................S W Kelly 7 2
35721 EUXTON LANE O Sherwood 6 11 7........................................ L Aspell
2
0-52 PAK CHOI A Balding 9 6........................................................... O Murphy 1 3
423212 MOLINEAUX (BF) C Tizzard 7 11 7..........................T Scudamore
3
912-43 CRISTAL PALLAS CAT (CD) R Ingram 9 4......Rhiain Ingram (5) C 2 4 P1-043 HUNT POLITICS W Greatrex 6 11 1................................ R Johnson
4
5-822 FLORA TRISTAN M Botti 9 4...................... M Monaghan (3) H 5 5
4442 OSCARS LEADER Miss J Davis 5 11 1..............J Sherwood (3)
5
28-524 ELITE SHADOW Miss G Kelleway 9 1.......Aaron Jones (3) 4 6
48 PANDINUS IMPERATOR Martin Smith 5 11 1......T Cannon
6
365 WIDE ACCLAIM J Tate 9 0....................................................L Morris H 6 7
7P7 WALLACE SPIRIT N Henderson 5 11 1...................J McGrath C
7
4080- SUPERSYMMETRY D Loughnane 8 13...... Laura Coughlan (7) 3
- 7 declared - 7 declared BETTING: 11-10 De Rasher Counter, 4-1 Molineaux, 9-2 Euxton Lane,
BETTING: 13-8 Pak Choi, 4-1 Flora Tristan, 9-2 Kath’s Lustre, 6-1 Wide 7-1 Oscars Leader, 12-1 Hunt Politics, 20-1 Wallace Spirit, 25-1 Pandinus
Acclaim, 7-1 Cristal Pallas Cat, 12-1 Elite Shadow, 25-1 Supersymmetry. Imperator.
7.15
100% PROFIT BOOST AT 32REDSPORT.COM HANDICAP
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LINGFIELD
FRIDAY
23 MARCH 2018
2.00
2.30
“I’ve been saying for three years
he is the perfect horse for the race,”
said King. “And it also looks like we
could get a soft-ground National,
which would help him a lot, so it’s
very exciting.”
Frost will be the 16th woman to
ride in the National with only Katie
Walsh and Nina Carberry taking
part since 2005.
BE WISER INSURANCE HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3)
£12,435 added 2m 6f
1
6-43PP BALLY LONGFORD C Tizzard 10 12 0 ............................H Cobden
2
11/732 HALO MOON N Mulholland 10 11 12 .............................N Fehily C
3
-52542 PRIVATE MALONE (D) E Lavelle 9 11 11..............G Sheehan V
4
2P-416 DR ROBIN (BF) P Bowen 8 11 10 ...............................J Bowen (3) V
5
13-028 KAP JAZZ Miss V Williams 8 11 9 ...............................C Deutsch B
6
36-3PP MYSTICAL KNIGHT Miss R Curtis 9 11 9 ..........A Coleman T
7
/46211 KINCORA FORT Noel Williams 9 11 9.........W Hutchinson T
8
-46216 HIGHBURY HIGH N Mulholland 11 11 4..T Scudamore C,T
9
5/4-1U CHURCH HALL Miss E Baker 10 11 4................J Bargary (3) T
10 2-2614 SPEEDALONG J Scott 7 11 4..........................................N Scholfield T
11 17-6P4 MORNING REGGIE O Sherwood 9 11 1........................L Aspell B
- 11 declared BETTING: 11-4 Kincora Fort, 10-3 Halo Moon, 5-1 Private Malone, 8-1
Church Hall, 10-1 Dr Robin, 12-1 Highbury High, 14-1 Morning Reggie,
16-1 Kap Jazz, Bally Longford, 20-1 others.
NEXT BEST
Georgian Bay
(7.45pm, Kempton)
Won here three times. Running
back into top form and nicely
handicapped again.
ANTE-POST
Last year’s Lincoln winner
Bravery is 20-1 for a repeat after
making the cut for tomorrow’s
Doncaster showpiece.
Walsh, who came closest to
winning when third on Seabass in
2012, will this time partner Baie
Des Iles for her husband, trainer
Ross O’Sullivan.
FORM VERDICT
DIEG MAN faltered when having his sights raised at Ascot last time and he
can get back to his best in calmer waters around a course he thrived at in
November. Blottos has three lengths to make up with the selection on their
Catterick encounter, while Black Art provides Sue Smith with a more than
handy second string in the race. Quick Pick has won twice at this venue in
novice contests and is another who shouldn’t be dismissed.
NAVAN
GOING:HEAVY
IRISH RACING WRITERS KINGSFURZE NOVICE HURDLE
(LISTED) (CLASS 1) €24,336 added 2m
1
11 NESSUN DORMA (D) W P Mullins 5 11 9..............P Townend
2
4115 ANOTHER BARNEY (D) Mrs J Harrington 5 11 6........R M Power
3
/0-1P4 ARTICULUM (D) T O’Brien 8 11 6.............................. D E Splaine T
4
214 CARTWRIGHT (D) G Elliott 5 11 6...........................Jack Kennedy
5
1-9621 CELTIC RISING (D) H de Bromhead 6 11 6...............A E Lynch
6
4-12 DRACONIEN (BF) W P Mullins 5 11 6.......................D J Mullins
ROSEMARY APPEAL NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP
7
1-133F ROARING BULL (D) G Elliott 5 11 6........................D N Russell C
CHASE (CLASS 3) £12,700 added 2m 7f
8
31 ROCK DE BAUNE J E Kiely 4 10 8...............................B J Geraghty
1
3-3152 ICE COOL CHAMPS (D) P Hobbs 7 11 8....................... R Johnson
- 8 declared 2
U/3214 LE BOIZELO R Walford 7 11 4.............................................James Best BETTING: 11-4 Rock De Baune, 10-3 Cartwright, 5-1 Nessun Dorma, 6-1
3
0-4243 JOE FARRELL Miss R Curtis 9 11 1 .....................................A Wedge Draconien, 7-1 Articulum, Roaring Bull, 12-1 others.
4 -84F5F BOBO MAC T Symonds 7 11 0..............................................J M Davies
TOALS.COM BOOKMAKERS WEBSTER CUP CHASE
5
-04161 SOMEWHERE TO BE M Keighley 6 10 11......... A Coleman V
(GRADE 2) (CLASS 1) €39,823 added 2m
6
4-5P01 ANOTHER FRONTIER N Twiston-Davies 7 10 8......J Bargary (3) C
- 6 declared 1
/1111- GREAT FIELD (D) W P Mullins 7 11 12..........Jody McGarvey
BETTING: 5-2 Somewhere To Be, 10-3 Another Frontier, 4-1 Bobo Mac, 2
7-2372 ALISIER D’IRLANDE (D) H de Bromhead 8 11 8......A E Lynch T
5-1 Ice Cool Champs, 13-2 Le Boizelo, 8-1 Joe Farrell.
3
-21011 DOCTOR PHOENIX (D) G Elliott 10 11 8 ......D N Russell C,T
4
0-9504 TELL US MORE (D) G Elliott 9 11 8 ................K M Donoghue B
BE WISER INSURANCE HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 2)
5
1F-323 AMERICAN TOM (D) W P Mullins 7 11 5...........P Townend T
£15,000 added 2m
6 26029F KILCARRY BRIDGE (D) J Ryan 11 11 5 .................D E Mullins T
1
-12F24 CURIOUS CARLOS (D) P Bowen 9 11 12 .................J Bowen (3)
- 6 declared 2
-23411 MOABIT (D) P Nicholls 6 11 12 ......................Bryony Frost (3) T BETTING: 11-10 Great Field, 13-8 Doctor Phoenix, 13-2 others.
3
P51-PP SIZING GRANITE (D) C Tizzard 10 11 9 ...................H Cobden T
IRISH
STALLION
FARMS EBF NOVICE HANDICAP
4
-22100 RAVEN’S TOWER (D) B Pauling 8 11 8................................D Jacob
CHASE FINAL (GRADE B) (CLASS ) €57,522 added 3m
5
121176 MCGROARTY (D) Dr R Newland 7 11 3 .....S Twiston-Davies T
6
324566 SOLSTICE STAR (D) M Keighley 8 11 2....................T Bellamy T 1
-12P5P WOODS WELL G Elliott 7 11 9..................................Mr R James (7)
7
133- EARLY DU LEMO G L Moore 5 10 11...................Joshua Moore 2
12P-21 AUGUSTIN W P Mullins 8 11 7 ..........................................P Townend
- 7 declared 3
532121 FITZHENRY (D) Paul Nolan 6 11 4........................B J Geraghty C
BETTING: 7-4 Moabit, 5-2 Curious Carlos, 4-1 Early Du Lemo, 8-1 Sizing 4
-5123F WITHOUT LIMITES Miss E Doyle 6 11 4.................D Meyler C
Granite, 10-1 Mcgroarty, 16-1 Raven’s Tower, 20-1 Solstice Star.
5
5F5852 LAST ENCOUNTER Margaret Mullins 8 10 11.....D E Mullins
6
464213 GLENCAIRN VIEW (D) A Mullins 8 10 10 ..............D J Mullins
GOING:SOFT
7
-14458 ALTO ESQUA C Byrnes 8 10 6................................................A E Lynch
8 P-PF65 POSITIVE APPROACH J J Walsh 10 10 3 ...............P T Enright
BETFRED ‘SUPPORTS JACK BERRY HOUSE’ HANDICAP
9 FU3414 OSCAR LANTERN C Byrnes 9 10 2 ..................................M Enright
HURDLE (CLASS 2) £30,000 added 2m 4f
10 P09206 GEORGES CONN J Ryan 10 9 10 .................................L P Dempsey
1
-21119 DIEG MAN (CD)(BF) N Mulholland 5 11 12.........H Reed (5) T
- 10 declared 2
F1211P BLOTTOS (CD) Mrs S Smith 6 11 6...........................................D Cook BETTING: 9-4 Augustin, 10-3 Fitzhenry, 9-2 Last Encounter, 7-1
3
2U3119 QUICK PICK (CD) Jennie Candlish 7 11 3.....................S Quinlan Glencairn View, 10-1 Without Limites, 12-1 Alto Esqua, 14-1 others.
4
-24211 BLACK ART (C) Mrs S Smith 6 11 2.......................Will Kennedy
FORM VERDICT
5
2-2425 HENRY’S JOY D McCain 5 10 8...............................................B Hughes
6
-3343F IT’S YOUR MOVE B Ellison 6 10 8..................................H Brooke C FITZHENRY was a battling winner at Naas last time when getting the better of
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2F6788 IOLANI Mrs D Sayer 6 10 0............... Ross Chapman (3) H,C,T Last Encounter and Paul Nolan’s six-year-old is backed to get the upper hand
once again at the finish here having looked like there was plenty of improvement
- 7 declared BETTING: 9-4 Dieg Man, 10-3 Blottos, 5-1 Quick Pick, 11-2 Black Art, 13-2 still to be seen. Augustin scored well at Clonmel last time, while Gigginstown
Henry’s Joy, 8-1 It’s Your Move, 25-1 Iolani.
House Stud rely on Woods Well and it would be foolish to rule him out.
3.00
3.40
3.35
4.10
4.05
SEDGEFIELD
3.25
Results service
CHELMSFORD CITY
Going: Standard
5.45 1. MALAYSIAN BOLEH (C Shepherd) 6-1;
2. Magicinthemaking 25-1; 3. Mr Potter 10-1.
11 ran. 9-4 fav Mimic’s Memory (6th). 1/2l, 2l.
(P McEntee). Tote: £7.10; £2.20, £8.50, £3.40.
Exacta: £283.70. Tricast: £1482.33. Trifecta:
£2620.10. CSF: £153.91. NRs: Binky Blue, Harbour Patrol, Mossy’s Lodge, Prince Jai.
6.15 1. TILSWORTH LUKEY (F Norton) 11-4
fav; 2. Lady Of York 7-1; 3. Sharp Operator 5-1.
11 ran. nk, 13/4l. (J R Jenkins). Tote: £3.00; £1.10,
£2.30, £1.80. Exacta: £24.70. Tricast: £95.22.
Trifecta: £112.60. CSF: £22.91.
6.45 1. NONIOS (M Harley) 6-5 fav; 2. King
Kevin 11-4; 3. Van Huysen 3-1. 5 ran. 1/2l, 1l. (D
M Simcock). Tote: £1.70; £1.10, £1.30. Exacta:
£5.80. Trifecta: £7.10. CSF: £4.72. NR: Laqab.
7.15 1. GLORY AWAITS (M Harley) 7-1; 2.
Cainhoe Star 4-1; 3. Pearl Spectre 7-1. 9
ran. 7-2 fav Zefferino (6th). 1l, 1/2l. (D M
Simcock). Tote: £8.70; £2.20, £1.10, £2.80.
Exacta: £37.00. Tricast: £206.83. Trifecta:
£171.00. CSF: £35.84.
7.45 1. KION (D Costello) 6-4 fav; 2. Kodiac
Express 11-1; 3. Jungle Room 4-1. 9 ran. 3/4l,
11/2l. (J Osborne). Tote: £1.90; £1.10, £2.20, £1.60.
Exacta: £16.00. Trifecta: £50.90. CSF: £20.79.
NRs: Capla Demon, Macgregor’s Pal.
8.15 1. MYTHICAL SPIRIT (P Mulrennan) 3-1;
2. Clear Water 6-1; 3. Good Business 11-4. 5
ran. 13/4l, 1l. (Julie Camacho). Tote: £2.90;
£1.60, £2.00. Exacta: £11.90. Trifecta: £38.70.
CSF: £11.75. NR: Temeraire. Temeraire was
withdrawn. Rule 4 applies to all bets, deduction 25p in the pound.
8.45 1. MIDNIGHTLY (M Harley) 9-1; 2. Something Lucky 5-1; 3. Jorvik Prince 3-1. 8 ran.
2-1 fav Jack The Truth (5th). hd, 2l. (R Guest).
Tote: £10.60; £2.70, £1.70, £1.60. Exacta:
£28.90. Tricast: £171.04. Trifecta: £252.60.
CSF: £54.58.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £11,757.12 carried
over to Lingfield.
Placepot: £28.70. Quadpot: £5.40.
Place 6: £71.82. Place 5: £14.68.
CHEPSTOW Going: Soft
2.20 1. FLIGHT TO NOWHERE (L Heard) 11-1;
2. Under The Woods 4-1; 3. Kayf Charmer
12-1. 10 ran. 5-2 fav Mr Lando (4th). 4l, 5l.
(R J Price).
2.50 1. DINOS BENEFIT (H Cobden) 9-4; 2.
Kupatana 1-2 fav; 3. Kilcullen Bellamy 20-1.
7 ran. 31/4l, 4l. (C Tizzard).
3.25 1. KILFILUM CROSS (D Crosse) 7-2; 2.
This Is It 9-4; 3. Chooseyourweapon evens
fav. 4 ran. 21l, 10l. (K Bailey).
4.00 1. LOOKS LIKE POWER (T Whelan)
10-1; 2. Lac Sacre 9-2 jt-fav; 3. Streets Of
Promise 9-2 jt-fav. 11 ran. 13/4l, 11/2l. (Mrs
D Hamer).
4.35 1. HELUVAGOOD (C Gethings) 5-1; 2.
Minellatillmorning 15-8 fav; 3. Iniesta 16-1.
5 ran. 10l, 12l. (V Dartnall).
5.05 1. BATTLE DUST (Mr Alex Edwards)
3-1; 2. Tinkers Hill Tommy 9-2; 3. Vasco Du
Mee 11-4 fav. 8 ran. 1l, 10l. (Philip Rowley).
NR: Charlie Breekie.
5.35 1. MEEP MEEP (T Scudamore) 5-2 jtfav; 2. Viva Vittoria 5-2 jt-fav; 3. Cavok 7-2. 8
ran. 33/4l, nk. (Tom Lacey).
Placepot: £135.00. Quadpot: £27.80.
Place 6: £99.17. Place 5: £21.69.
LUDLOW
Going: Hurdle: soft-good to soft in
places; chase: good to soft-good in
places
2.30 1. MICHAEL’S MOUNT (T J O’Brien) 1-5
fav; 2. Veiled Secret 9-2; 3. Come On Charlie
20-1. 7 ran. 33/4l, 6l. (I Williams).
3.00 1. CAP’N (B J Powell) 20-1; 2. Tree Of
Liberty 1-20 fav; 3 ran. 21/2l. (Miss C Dyson).
3.35 1. SILVER KAYF (D Bass) 13-8 fav; 2.
Dans Le Vent 7-4; 3. Stage Summit 7-2. 7 ran.
11/4l, 13l. (K Bailey). NR: Lara Trot.
4.10 1. TORNADO IN MILAN (R Johnson) 11-8
fav; 2. Just Cameron 9-4; 3. Notarfbad 2-1. 4
ran. 31/4l, 54l. (E Williams). NR: Space Oddity.
4.45 1. MR MERCURIAL (Mr H Crow) 3-1; 2.
Real Milan 9-2; 3. Opening Batsman 9-4 fav.
10 ran. 7l, 11l. (Mrs S Crow).
5.15 1. FLASHING GLANCE (R T Dunne)
9-2; 2. Cyrius Moriviere 10-1; 3. Awake At
Midnight 4-1 fav. 9 ran. 3l, 2l. (Tom Lacey). .
5.50 1. ROUGE VIF (G Sheehan) 9-2; 2. Ballinahinch 12-1; 3. Herecomestheboom 5-4 fav.
8 ran. 11/4l, 7l. (H Whittington). NR: Inheritance
Thief. Placepot: £117.10. Quadpot: £4.20.
Place 6: £87.47. Place 5: £83.42.
WOLVERHAMPTON Going: Standard
2.10 1. NEWSTEAD ABBEY (J Hart) 11-4 fav; 2.
Swendab 9-1; 3. Fuel Injection 9-1. 7 ran. 1l, nk.
(M Herrington). NRs: Equally Fast, Krystallite,
Powerful Dream, Tina Teaspoon.
2.40 1. DRAKEFELL (G Mahon) 2-1; 2. Global
Academy 4-9 fav; 3. Tivra 25-1. 4 ran. 13/4l,
11/2l. (R Hannon).
3.15 1. THA’IR (O Murphy) 4-7 fav; 2. Barnaby
Brook 7-4; 3. What Usain 14-1. 5 ran. 6l, 21/4l.
(M Appleby).
3.50 1. DELEYLL (A Kirby) 5-1; 2. Steel Helmet
14-1; 3. The Juggler 3-1 jt-fav. 9 ran. 3-1 jt-fav
Cockney Boy (6th). 41/2l, 11/4l. (J Butler).
4.25 1. RAAKID (S De Sousa) 9-2; 2. New
Abbey Angel 4-1; 3. Templemary Boy 2-1 fav.
9 ran. 21/2l, 21/4l. (M Appleby).
4.55 1. OREGON GIFT (S De Sousa) 11-4
jt-fav; 2. Pour L’Amour 10-1; 3. Conkering
Hero 12-1. 10 ran. 11-4 jt-fav Widnes (5th).
41/2l, 3/4l. (C Mann).
5.25 1. WAZIN (G Lee) 9-1; 2. Gabrial The
Devil 8-1; 3. Global Excel 5-4 fav. 10 ran. 1/2l,
21/2l. (S Crisford).
6.00 1. ARLECCHINO’S LEAP (J Watson)
13-2; 2. Scribner Creek 11-8 fav; 3. Scrutiny
10-1. 13 ran. shd, shd. (M Usher). Tote: £6.20;
£2.20, £1.30, £3.00. Exacta: £16.20. Tricast:
£96.42. Trifecta: £133.80. CSF: £15.10.
Placepot: £91.80. Quadpot: £10.30.
Place 6: £39.14. Place 5: £14.58.
56
Cricket
SPORT
NEW ZEALAND v ENGLAND FIRST TEST
6-1
6-2
16-3
One day in and
rain is already
England’s only
ray of hope
Alastair Cook fails
to move his feet and
edges left-armer Trent
Boult to second slip
ENGLAND
Boult 6-32, Southee 4-25
NEW ZEALAND
Williamson 91
Captain Joe Root
attempts a drive and
is bowled between
bat and pad by Boult
Dawid Malan
is Boult’s third
victim, edging to
keeper BJ Watling in front of first slip
18-4
18-5
Mark Stoneman
is the next to
feed the slips,
off Tim Southee’s bowling
Boult again. Clips
the top of Ben
Stokes’ stumps,
sending him to the shed for nought
58 Auckland scoreboard
175-3
By Chris Stocks
AT EDEN PARK
The good news for England is that
there is rain forecast for much of the
remaining four days of this first Test
against New Zealand.
But the bad news is surely not even
that can save them from an ignominious defeat after they were blown
away in 94 minutes as they registered their country’s sixth-lowest
total in 141 years of Test cricket.
Even the official England cricket
Twitter account admitted: “We’ve
had a shocker.”
Given they were 27 for nine at one
stage, things could have been even
worse. England’s lowest Test total
is still the 45 they managed against
Australia at Sydney in 1887.
The fact that record still stands is
down to an unbeaten 33 from Craig
Overton, who scored more than half
his team’s runs from No 9 after being
picked only because Ben Stokes’ bad
back meant he was selected as a specialist batsman.
Trent Boult was England’s chief
destroyer, the left-arm seamer
taking a career-best 6-32. He was
supported by Tim Southee, whose
return of 4-25 meant the new-ball
pair became only the eighth in history to bowl unchanged throughout a
Day 1 of 5: New Zealand are leading England by 117 runs
with 7 first-innings wickets in hand
New Zealand won toss
ENGLAND — First Innings
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
5 0 0 21 15
A N Cook c Latham b Boult
M D Stoneman c Watling b Southee 11 0 2 20 40
0 0 0 6
7
*J E Root b Boult
2 0 0 6
7
D J Malan c Watling b Boult
0 0 0 8 9
B A Stokes b Boult
0 0 0 4
7
†J M Bairstow c & b Southee
0 0 0 8 17
M M Ali b Southee
5 0 0 9 6
C R Woakes b Boult
33
1 5 25 32
C Overton not out
S C J Broad c Williamson b Southee 0 0 0 6 10
1 0 0 11 19
J M Anderson c Nicholls b Boult
Extras (lb1)
1
Total(20.4 overs)
58
Fall: 1-6, 2-6, 3-16, 4-18, 5-18, 6-18, 7-23, 8-23, 9-27.
Bowling: T A Boult 10.4-3-32-6, T G Southee 10-3-25-4.
NEW ZEALAND — First Innings
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
J A Raval c Bairstow b Anderson
3 0 0 23 29
T W M Latham c Woakes b Broad
26 0 3 112 147
*K S Williamson not out
91
1 10 177 255
L R P L Taylor c Woakes b Anderson 20 0 3 35 51
H M Nicholls not out
24 0 2 67 88
Extras (lb6 w5)
11
Total(for 3, 69 overs)
175
Fall: 1-8, 2-92, 3-123.
To Bat: †B J Watling, C de Grandhomme, T D Astle, T G
Southee, N Wagner, T A Boult.
Bowling: J M Anderson 13-4-32-2, S C J Broad 15-4-241, C Overton 15-4-43-0, C R Woakes 15-5-36-0, M M Ali
11-1-34-0.
Umpires: P R Reiffel and B N J Oxenford.
Test innings. What Boult and Southee might have achieved with the pink
ball under lights in this day-night
Test doesn’t bear thinking about.
Stokes had missed England’s 4-0
Ashes humbling in Australia thanks
to the legal issues that will see him
face trial for affray in August.
This two-Test series against New
Zealand, with the talismanic allrounder restored to the squad, was
meant to herald a fresh start for the
team after a chastening Ashes tour.
But this humiliation surpassed anything England endured in Australia.
After the hosts reached the close
Fleetwood back after ‘awful’ day
European No 1 Tommy Fleetwood
bounced back in style from an
“awful” opening defeat to keep
his hopes of a first World
Golf Championships title
alive in the Dell Technologies Match Play.
Fleetwood (right) lost
3&2 to fellow Englishman Ian Poulter on day
one in Austin, but it was
a different story yesterday
as he cruised to a 7&6 victory
over American Kevin Chappell. “I
walked off the course [on Wednes-
5
taking his 400th Test wicket could
sugar-coat the day as the hosts
ended it with a lead of 117.
Perhaps the happiest member of
England’s squad was James Vince,
dropped after a poor Ashes series.
That saw Root move to his unfavoured position of No 3. But he could
do little about the ball from Boult
that swung in and hit his off-stump.
That came after Alastair Cook
was caught second slip to a full delivery from Boult , who was in the
middle of a spell perhaps the best
England had faced all winter.
The pressure applied to Eng-
Results Service
GOLF
By Phil Casey
on 175 for 3 in reply, home captain and needs time to stamp his mark on
Kane Williamson, unbeaten
this team.
on 91, closing in on a New
For all the talk of lack
Zealand-record 18th
of preparation – EngTest century, England
land had just a pair
look destined for a
of two-day warm-up
ninth defeat in 11
matches ahead of this
Number of batsmen
away matches.
series – there can be
out for ducks in the
They have not won
no
excuses for a batinnings, equalling
overseas since beatting performance that
an England record
ing Bangladesh in
can only be described
Chittagong in October
as pathetic. Actually
2016 and have one away
that’s not fair – pitiful, feeseries success since 2012.
ble, wretched and lamentable
Something needs to change, yet would also be accurate.
Joe Root is a year into his captaincy
Not even the sight of Stuart Broad
day] really disappointed in myself,” Fleetwood said. “Not to take
anything away from Ian because he
played solid and did what he needed
to do, but I putted really poorly
and felt like I gifted everything to him all day.
“You just sit there for
an hour and think ‘that
was awful’.”
World No 1 and defending champion Dustin Johnson crashed out
of the tournament after
going down to his second defeat in a row – this time losing 4&3
to Canada’s Adam Hadwin.
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
China PR (0).................0 Wales (4).......................6
Bale 2, 21, 62
Vokes 38, 58
Wilson 45
Denmark 1 Panama 0.
UNDER 21 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
Rep of Ireland 3 Iceland 1.
European U21 Championship Qualifying
Group Two N Ireland 3 Spain 5.
BASKETBALL
NBA:Brooklyn 105 Charlotte 111;
Chicago 102 Denver 135; Cleveland 132
Toronto 129; Miami 119 NY Knicks 98;
Milwaukee 120 LA Clippers 127; Philadelphia 119 Memphis 105; San Antonio 98
Washington 90.
CRICKET
THIRD TEST MATCH
South Africa v Australia, Cape Town:
South Africa 248-6 (77.1 overs; D Elgar
115no, A B de Villiers 64, P J Cummins
4-64). Australia.
ICC WORLD CUP QUALIFIER SUPER
SIXES, UAE V ZIMBABWE, Harare: UAE
235-7 (47.5 overs, Shahzad 59); Zimbabwe
226-7 (Williams 80). UAE win by 3 runs
(D/L Method).
CYCLING
TOUR OF CATALUNYA, SPAIN, STAGE 4
(Llanars to La Molina, 170.8Km), 1 A Valverde (Sp) Movistar Team 4hrs 25mins
54secs. Overall: 1 A Valverde 17hrs
00mins 58secs, 5 S Yates (GB) at 01m
12s, 9 Hugh Carthy (GB) at 01m 24s.
GOLF
WGC-DELL TECHNOLOGIES MATCH
PLAY, Austin, Texas, 1st rnd (USA unless
stated): A Noren (Swe) bt T Pieters (Bel) 5
& 4, T Finau bt K Na (US) 3 & 2, J Spieth
(US) bt H Li (Chn) 4 & 2, T Fleetwood
(Eng) bt K Chappell 7 & 6, I Poulter (Eng)
bt D Berger 2 & 1, J Dufner (US) bt J Day
(A) 3 & 1, J Hahn bt L Oosthuizen (SA) 3
& 1, A Hadwin (Can) bt D Johnson 4 & 3,
K Kisner bt B Wiesberger (Aut) 5 & 4, P
Reed bt C Schwartzel (Sa) 1 up, B Watson
bt M Leishman (A) 3 & 2, B Grace (SA) bt
J Suri 2 & 1, R McIlroy (NIrl) bt J Vegas
(Ven) 2 & 1, B Harman bt P Uihlein 3 & 2.
RUGBY LEAGUE
BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE
Widnes (6) ............. 24 Salford (10).............16
Widnes: Tries: Dean, Inu, Burke,
Heremaia. Goals: Inu (4). Salford: Tries:
Kopczak, Hauraki. Goals: Lui (4).
St Helens
Wigan
Wakefield
Leeds
Widnes
Warrington
Castleford
Hull K R
Hull
Salford
Huddersfield
Catalans D
P
6
5
5
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7
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136
98
90
141
102
69
106
111
110
82
60
A Pts
72 10
72 8
66 8
82 8
125 6
107 6
84 6
112 4
120 4
154 4
146 4
142 2
TENNIS
MIAMI OPEN, MIAMI, FLORIDA:
Men’s 1st round: L BROADY (GB) bt B
Fratangelo (US) 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 . Women’s
2nd round: (5) K PLISKOVA (Cz Rep) bt E
Makarova (Rus) 7-5 7-5; (10) A KERBER
(Ger) bt J Larsson (Swe) 6-2 6-2.
TODAY’S FIXTURES
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
Egypt v Portugal, France v Colombia.
Germany v Spain, Holland v England, Italy
v Argentina, Norway v Australia, Poland v
Nigeria, Russia v Brazil , Scotland v Costa
Rica, Turkey v Rep of Ireland, Uruguay v
Czech Republic.
CRICKET
FIRST TEST MATCH—SECOND DAY OF
FIVE: New Zealand v England (Auckland,
01.00am).
THIRD TEST MATCH—SECOND DAY OF
FIVE: South Africa v Australia (Cape
Town, 08.00am).
GOLF
WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS - DELL
TECHNOLOGIES MATCH PLAY (Austin
Country Club, Austin, Texas).
USPGA TOUR CORALES PUNTACANA
RESORT & CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
(Dominican Republic).
RUGBY LEAGUE
BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE (7.45): Hull v
Catalans Dragons, Hull K R v St Helens
(8.0), Leeds v Castleford, Warrington v
Wakefield, Wigan v Huddersfield (8.0).
BETFRED CHAMPIONSHIP (7.45):
Rochdale v Toronto Wolfpack.
RUGBY UNION
AVIVA PREMIERSHIP RUGBY (7.45): Bath
v Exeter.
GUINNESS PRO14 (7.35): Connacht v
Edinburgh, Glasgow v Zebre, Newport
Gwent D’gons v Cheetahs.
GREENE KING IPA CHAMPIONSHIP
(7.45): Bristol v Yorkshire Carnegie.
NEWS
2-29
18-6
23-7
Southee takes
a sharp catch
to snare Jonny
Bairstow off his own delivery
Chris Woakes
is beaten while
trying to defend
another Boult inswinger
VOICES
16-20
FRiDAY
31-43
23-8
Moeen Ali
somehow
misses
Southee’s low full toss and is bowled
TV
38-39
BUSINESS SPORT
48-51
55-63
27-9
Superb diving
catch from Kane
Williamson
sees off Stuart Broad
i FRIDAY
23 MARCH 2018
57
58
James Anderson ends
England’s 10th-wicket
stand of 31, spooning
Boult to gully
Embarrassed Bayliss cannot
explain batting collapse
By Chris Stocks
Trevor Bayliss admitted he was at a
loss to explain England’s shambolic
collapse to 58 all out in the first
session of this opening Test against
New Zealand.
Shocking batting by Joe Root’s
team in bright sunlight ensured
there was daylight between the
teams by the time the hosts closed
on 175 for three, a lead of 117.
England were blown away in
94 minutes as Trent Boult took a
career-best 6-32 and Tim Southee
followed up with four wickets.
Asked to explain the batting
horror show, England’s coach said:
Kane Williamson
dives spectacularly
to catch out Stuart
Broad at Eden Park
yesterday GETTY
land was also producing naïve,
feeble strokeplay.
Dawid Malan, excellent in the
Ashes, edged behind after being
squared up by Boult before opener Mark Stoneman, on 11, did the
same to Southee. And 18 for 4
became 18 for 6 when Stokes and
Jonny Bairstow fell.
The tourists were pushed to the
brink of a record low score when
Chris Woakes was bowled by Boult
and Moeen Ali’s miserable Test
winter continued as he was bowled
by a full Southee delivery.
Broad was the victim of a bril-
liant catch by Kane Williamson Latham and Root dropped Jeet
off Southee, the fifth duck
Raval. New Zealand went
of the innings, equalling
to tea on 88 for one but
an England record.
England fought back,
Overton ensured
Latham chipping to
total humiliation
mid-wicket to get
was avoided before
Broad to his landRuns by which
James Anderson
mark and Anderson
England beat their
fended Boult to
dismissing
Ross
all-time low Test
point to wrap up
Taylor for 20.
score of 45, which
the innings.
With Williamson
was at Sydney
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on 64, Woakes was
in 1887
was summed up early
convinced he’d run him
in New Zealand’s reply
out. Replays proved inconwhen sub fielder Liam Livingstone clusive, though, and Williamson
missed a chance to run out Tom survived. THE INDEPENDENT
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“I can’t, it was a very poor effort – it
wasn’t good enough. I thought New
Zealand bowled extremely well and
we batted equally as badly.”
Bayliss admitted he was
embarrassed, saying: “Certainly,
and I probably wasn’t the only one
in the England change-room either.”
England have failed to win any of
their past 11 overseas Tests and will
surely not prevail in this one either.
Bayliss knows he is ultimately
responsible for results and the
Australian admitted: “Whenever
you don’t do well it does hurt. So, all
we can do is take it on the chin, work
out what we can do better and go
back and work as hard as we can.”
58
SPORT
FOOTBALL
FORMULA ONE
All eyes on Ricciardo as Aussie
faces pivotal season at Red Bull
make his point, which, were they to have a strong weekend, however,
strapped to a Mercedes, or a Fer- would set a statement for the year
rari, as they yet might be, would and show we would be fighting for
Appearing as the only driver at yield guaranteed fruit. It is hoped the championship. It would be aweyour home grand prix can be a lit- the upgrades demonstrated at the some to get off on the right foot.”
tle like your wedding; almost every back end of last year have applicaRed Bull team principal Christian
soul in the building has come to pay tion in the halo period. The Red Bull Horner would re-sign Ricciardo in
homage to you. Don’t get me wrong, certainly shifted in winter testing, the blink of an eye. If Renault finally
Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel but it’s true pace relative to
specs up to match Mercedes
and Max Verstappen are not brides- title rivals is unlikely to
and Ferrari power, Horner
maids in Melbourne, but neither are shake out until the enhas a card to play. “It
they loved like Daniel Ricciardo.
gine upgrades start to
[the engine] is the only
It is a big season for Red Bull’s feed through when
bit he misses that we
rapid smiler from Perth. At 28, he the cars return to
can’t give him the
Years left on Daniel
is approaching his peak. Like those Europe five races in.
answer to and that
Ricciardo’s contract
heroes of Hollywood, Ricciardo is
As ever the first
he needs to see for
at
Red
Bull
fast and furious. He is also in the last race is laced with
himself how things
year of his contract, a thread that unknowns, the times
progress,” Horner
will spread through this season.
set down in Barcelona
said. “His confidence
His difficulty is the power deficit are a job to fully evaluin the team, the way the
that pertains to the Renault engine ate for the standard reateam fits his personality and
down the straights and the pre- sons; mystery fuel loads and
the freedom that he has, which is
ternatural ability of the boy on the engine settings, for example.
so important to get the best out of
other side of the gaffe. Verstappen
For now Ricciardo is optimis- any individual, is there.”
is not only quick, he is poster-boy tic. “There’s a lot more confidence
Horner points out the decision is
quick, a 20-year-old Bieber of the within the team. Every year we have not only Ricciardo’s to make. “We
track appealing to an audience be- worked hard to build a fast car, but are relatively relaxed because we
yond Ricciardo’s reach.
come testing we have not really had have some great options available
Ricciardo must, therefore, fall a lot to show for it, but this winter to us.
back on traditional attributes to we had a bit more,” he said. “For us
“We want people and we want
drivers that want to be in the team.
It doesn’t feel right to have to go and
force an issue, or to force a decision.
“Daniel knows what the position
of the team is. We want to continue
with him. The door is open but it
won’t stay open forever.
“There will come a point in time
that it is: ‘OK, it is either get off the
fence or we will have to take up our
own options’.”
The point was re-inforced in
avuncular fashion by Hamilton, sitting alongside Ricciardo in the opening media session of the year.
“An important thing really is to
look at things that drivers have said
in the past, and try not to alienate
the team that you’re in,” he said.
“There’s a lot of people in our
teams and it’s really important
to keep them encouraged and focused on you as a driver, to help you
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Lack of diversity in F1 gives
Hamilton cause for concern
By Philip Duncan
Lewis Hamilton has taken aim
at Formula One by accusing the
sport of lacking diversity ahead
of the start of the new season.
The 33-year-old British driver
had appeared alongside his
rival Sebastian Vettel at the
sport’s official press conference
to answer questions on his
championship defence.
But moments after he left the
press conference room at Albert
Park in Melbourne, Hamilton
posted a video to his Instagram
account in which he suggested
F1 should do more to encourage
participation from a wider range
of ethnic backgrounds.
Four-time champion Hamilton
is the sport’s first and only
black driver and has six million
followers on Instagram.
Hamilton (below) accompanied
the clip with the words: “There’s
barely any diversity in F1.
“Still nothing’s changed in
11 years I’ve been here.
“Kids, people,
there’s so many jobs
in this sport of which
anybody, no matter
your ethnicity or
background, can make
it and fit in.”
He ended the post with
two hashtags, ‘diversity’,
and ‘you can do it’.
Formula One elected not to
comment on Hamilton’s remarks.
It is not Hamilton’s first run-in
with the sport over race issues.
In 2011, he said: “Maybe
it’s because I’m black. That’s
what Ali G says,” after he was
penalised by stewards at the
Monaco Grand Prix.
Hamilton is bidding to become
only the third driver in F1 history
to win the championship more
than four times. The Stevenageborn racer delivered some of the
best displays of his career last
term, beating Vettel to the
championship with two
rounds to spare.
And he fired an
ominous warning to his
rivals on the eve of the
new campaign. “I plan
to go to another level
and that is what I have
been working towards,”
Hamilton said.
“Mercedes is right and Lewis
is right to be the favourite this
year,” Vettel added. “[But] we
have reasons to be confident.
Based on testing, we are in
good shape.”
Muslim stars
who’ve become
role models on
and off the pitch
In part three of our series on faith,
Sam Cunningham looks at how bigname players are changing attitudes
M
ohamed Salah and
Sadio Mané visit
a local Liverpool
mosque each week
after training for
Jumu’ah, the Friday prayer. It is an
obligatory prayer for Muslim men,
who are encouraged to wear their
smartest clothes for the occasion.
The football-supporting Muslims
— especially the children — are
blown away by their presence.
The players mingle. They pose for
pictures. In a recent photograph,
Mané, who grew up in the small
village of Bambali, south Senegal,
within a deeply-religious family,
is wearing a wonderful emerald
green kaftan, a long top, with two
youngsters.
People have posted on social
media that they want to convert
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matches alone, but at the start of
remain wary that causing any kind
the millennium she would go with
of inconvenience because of their
her two older bothers. They are big
religion could damage their chances
guys; big enough to dissuade any
of earning a professional contract.
would-be assailant.
“Clubs are taking a look at how
By the mid-2000s
to accommodate needs of
Akhtar, former captain
Muslim players,” she says.
of the British Muslim
From grass “If you’re an Özil, an Emre
Women’s football team,
Can, a Salah, you will have
roots to the
grew tired of hiding her
support of the club in
academy
into
identity and started
every way, shape or form,
the first team, but when a Muslim player
wearing the hijab to
games. It was difficult for how do we
is born or brought up in
make sure
her brothers, she says,
Britain, at an academy
because they wanted to
the inclusion they might struggle to get
protect her and were
what they need, they will
happens for
concerned. Largely, bar a everyone?
worry that if they identify
few stares here and there,
as Muslim and make
she was not subjected to
special requests it might
any serious feelings of animosity
affect there chance of a professional
from her own or other fans. But,
contract. A lot of adjustments have
as they did around 9/11, things
been made, but they’ve been made
have worsened again for Muslim
at first-team level.
supporters.
“I use the multi-faith room
“Part of me wonders, if my
at Anfield; it’s brilliant, easily
brothers weren’t around would I
accessible. People are in and out
have had to deal with more? I do feel all the time. How do we take it to
I would have. In more recent times,
next level? From grass roots to the
the increasing Islamophobia and
academy into the first team, how do
Muslim hatred in society is filtering
we make sure the inclusion happens
into football. I’ve not had physical
for everyone?”
attacks, but there have been verbal
attacks about my presence at a
any significant
game. If I get a ticket and someone
changes have been
doesn’t, they will take it out on me.
made already, even
“I won’t repeat the words, but
if more are needed.
they are questioning how I can get
The face of English
into a game and they can’t. I feel
football has changed unimaginably
I’m almost lucky I’ve not had to
through the impact of Islam since
deal with a physically intimidating
the league’s inception in 1992, when
situation.”
Tottenham’s Nayim was its only
She knows of Liverpool
practising Muslim.
supporters who had to deal with
The Professional Footballers’
anti-Muslim intimidation from
Association give lectures to players
West Ham fans at the old Boleyn
at all 92 clubs about crossing
Ground when they were praying
the line between “dressingunder some stairs at half-time in a
room banter” and unacceptable
game. At Anfield, a father and son
behaviour towards team-mates and
were praying in the stadium and
opponents of different cultures and
somebody took a picture of them
religions.
and posted it on Twitter, calling
At Arsenal’s London Colney base
it a disgrace. Others on the site
and Liverpool’s Melwood training
branded the poster a disgrace in
ground, they serve only halal
return.
chicken in the canteen. At Liverpool
they have a special chef to cater for
khtar believes around
the Muslim players. Prayer rooms
the time of Mido joinhave opened up at the Emirates
ing Middlesbrough,
Stadium and Newcastle’s St James’
post 9/11, when bomber
Park.
chants and others relatThe game has evolved over the
ing to Islamophobic abuse began,
years as some of the world’s best
people started to realise there
players have arrived at clubs, their
were prominent Muslim players in
faith needing accommodating.
the Premier League and Football
Allardyce, now Everton manager,
League. “Newcastle had a number
and Pardew, now at West Bromwich
there under Alan Pardew,” she says. Albion, were two managers who
“And Sam Allardyce at Bolton. This
led the way in recruiting Muslim
movement of players coming into
players: attracted by their attitudes
the top leagues has had a positive
and discipline, the way they
impact. A lot of them had to deal
conducted themselves, avoided
with abuse from fans, though. Given vices such as alcohol and gambling
the background, geopolitical
and generally kept out of trouble. At
issues, it was particularly
Bolton, Allardyce could sometimes
difficult for a Muslim
be found accompanying goalkeeper
player to be accepted
Ali Al-Habsi to the mosque.
unless they were the star
When Liverpool won the 2012
player.”
Carling Cup final, before spraying
Now, she explains,
champagne around their Wembley
there is a Muslim
dressing room, they made sure
chaplain working with the
head of medicine, Dr Zafar Iqbal,
Premier League, starting to
who openly shared his religion with
travel across the country to clubs,
the players, was not present.
providing information on Ramadan,
The Premier League had to stop
fasting and how that might impact
giving champagne as a man-of-theplayers from the first-team to the
match award because Manchester
academy.
City’s Yaya Touré kept winning it.
She is concerned, still, that
They changed it to a trophy instead.
while clubs go out of their way to
The Muslim faith has had a
accommodate the biggest players,
profound effect on English football,
younger Muslims at academies
and will continue to do so.
M
to Islam because of these players.
It’s not only about the goals they
are scoring – particularly Salah,
the Premier League’s outright top
scorer on 28 goals – but because
they are spreading the message
of what the Muslim faith is about:
being open, welcoming, among
the people; being humble and not
thinking about oneself – which for a
star footballer generally bucks the
trend.
There are numerous Anfield
terrace songs about “Egyptian
King” Salah, including: “If he’s good
enough for you/He’s good enough
for me/If he scores another few/
Then I’ll be Muslim too,” which
ends: “He’s sitting in the mosque/
That’s where I want to be.”
Manchester United midfielder
Paul Pogba is known to regularly
donate to charity. At the club’s
player of the season awards last
year, the midfielder donated
a substantial sum to pay for
11-year-old United supporter
Samuel, who has cerebral palsy,
to be a mascot. On Pogba’s 25th
birthday last week, he implored his
6.9million followers on Facebook to
donate to Save the Children. Giving
to charity is a staple of Islam.
Riyad Mahrez, of Leicester City,
and Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante are
also well-known, among certain
FAITH IN
FOOTBALL
communities, for their charitable
donations.
Many of the Premier League’s
greatest players nowadays are
practising Muslims.
Y
et while Muslim players
are adored and idolised
by supporters today,
the same respect is not
always reserved for fellow supporters who share the same
beliefs. Attitudes have changed
over the years, but not remained
on a steady trajectory towards acceptance; rather reactions in the
terraces and around stadiums on
matchdays have reflected the geopolitical environment of the time.
Rimla Akhtar, 35, was the
first Muslim woman to sit on the
Football Association Council.
She has always been involved in
football: from finding it a safe space
as a child in a racially-troubling
time, to becoming a leading figure
in developing role models and
ambassadors to encourage Muslim
women to engage with the game,
to working for the FA. Faith and
football, the subject of i’s series this
week, has been at the forefront of
her work.
Akhtar is a Liverpool supporter.
She has worn the hijab, the veil
worn by some Muslim women in
public, since 1992, but when she
started going to matches she
would take it off and wear
a Liverpool scarf around
her neck and baseball
cap on her head.
“I didn’t think I’d
be accepted as hijabwearing woman of colour
in that place,” Akhtar
(right) tells i. “Part of that
was perception, part of it was the
actualities of what was going on
around the time: 9/11 happened,
there was a lot of anger and hatred
building towards the Muslim
community. There was a real risk
for someone like me to be visibly
Muslim at a game.” Her family did
not want her attending football
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Coleman says
his return was
never in doubt
By Damian Spellman
IN ANTALYA
Republic of Ireland captain
Seamus Coleman always believed
he would return to the top of his
game after suffering a horrific
double leg fracture.
The Everton full-back is likely
to play for his country tonight for
the first time a day short of a year
since his leg was shattered in a
challenge with Wales defender
Neil Taylor during a World Cup
qualifier in Dublin.
It has been a long road back for
Coleman, but he always believed
he would be back as good as ever.
Coleman (below), 29, said: “That
never crossed my mind from day
one or any way through the injury.
I knew if I did everything I was told and
the work I needed
to do in the gym,
I’d be back in
the football
pitch.
“I’ve been
back now for
five or six games
and I’ve felt very
good in the games, and
hopefully I can do the same in the
Irish shirt.
“But never for a second did I
doubt that I’d be back playing
football, no.”
Coleman is one of a handful of
Martin O’Neill’s senior players
among a new-look squad of 25
which flew out to Turkey on Monday, but his inclusion has come
as a boost on and off the pitch as
the manager begins the process
of rebuilding in the wake of the
nation’s World Cup qualification
disappointment.
O’Neill said: “Naturally I’m delighted to see him back. I sometimes think he doesn’t know
himself how influential he is, not
only in the dressing room, but on
the field of play.”
The boss could hand debuts to
some of the eight uncapped men
in his squad, but there will be a
second international appearance
for Bradford keeper Colin Doyle.
Bale breaks Wales goals record
as Giggs era is off to flying start
CHINA
WALES
Bale 2, 21, 62, Vokes 38, 58, Wilson 45
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By Phil Blanche
Ryan Giggs insisted there would be
no let-up in his new Wales regime
after marking his first game in charge
with a thrashing of China.
Gareth Bale’s record-breaking hattrick, a Sam Vokes double and a goal
for birthday boy Harry Wilson saw
Wales cruise through in front of a
noisy 36,000-plus crowd in Nanning
to set up a China Cup final date with
the Czech Republic or Uruguay. It
was an impressive start to the Giggs
era, albeit against timid Chinese
opposition, but the former Manchester United star is determined to raise
the competitiveness in his squad.
“We want to get that strength in
depth,” Giggs said. “Sometimes that
has been an Achilles heel – if we have
two or three players out we struggle.
We don’t want that any more.
“We want a competitive squad. If
someone is missing through injury or
suspension then we have someone to
come in.
“There were some really good
performances, Declan John was out-
strike – the midfielder scoring on his
21st birthday and on a night when
he won his second cap more than
four years after becoming Wales’
youngest-ever player – made it 4-0 by
half-time.
It was six by the 62-minute mark
as Vokes added another and Bale
standing and it was a great night for
completed his first Wales hat-trick,
a lot of individuals.
in the process becoming his
“That’s what we want,
country’s record goalsplayers looking over
corer by eclipsing Ian
their shoulder.
Rush’s 28-goal mark.
“I was brought up
“It is a tremendous
in an environment
achievement for GaGoals scored by
where training was
reth, to be the top
Gareth Bale for
sometimes more difgoalscorer in front of
Wales - surpassing
ficult than the games
someone like Ian Rush
Ian Rush’s 28 (four
and that is the kind of
– a legendary goalscorgames quicker)
atmosphere that I want
er and probably one of
to generate.”
the best I have ever seen,”
Bale fired Wales ahead at
Giggs said.
the Guanxi Sports Center within two
“Probably once upon a time it was
minutes and had added his second a record that many people thought
before the first quarter was up.
would not get beaten.
Vokes’ first and a terrific Wilson
“But Gareth has not only beaten it,
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China
Yan
Zheng
Feng
G He
Wang
Huang
Hao
Gao
By Alan Pattullo
AND Gavin McCafferty
Wu
Wei
D Yu
Alex McLeish believes he and his
players are duty-bound to take Scotland back to a major finals and restore pride in the international side.
McLeish has outlined to the squad
they have the opportunity to become
national heroes and he hopes fans
will get on side at tonight’s friendly
with Costa Rica.
Just over 20,000 tickets had been
sold by close of play yesterday and
Hampden Park is set to be only halffull, at best, for the clash.
In the only previous meetings
between the countries Scotland suffered a shock defeat in their opening
game at the 1990 World Cup, which
McLeish played in.
Scotland have qualified for just
three major finals since, the last
time in 1998.
McLeish came close to leading Scotland to Euro 2008 in his Charlie Mulgrew will captain the Scotland team at Hampden tonight PA
first spell in charge but suffered an
agonising qualifying defeat to Italy of Scotland as “like starting again”. Euro 2008], and sometimes you
in front of a packed Hampden.
He considers himself to be a better find it is the right answer. It is a mix
“We are aware it is our duty to manager than in his first spell, when of everything.”
try and restore that fervour,” said he won seven out of ten games.
McLeish has named 32 year-old
McLeish. “Winning helps that, ob“I have been out of the game for Blackburn Rovers centre-half Charviously, but we need to give a good a couple of years,” he said. “I did a lie Mulgrew as captain tonight. “We
performance level.”
couple of stints abroad, I don’t have will see what happens in the next
The former Rangers manager too shabby a record in England.
game,” he said, with the injured Celtalso said he wants to bring a “swag“I feel I am better equipped, have ic defender Kieran Tierney many
ger” back to Scotland’s play.
a little bit more common sense and people’s tip to be named skipper
“We want to qualify for the can apply that as much as possible. when the competitive action begins
Euros,” McLeish said. “That’s our Sometimes you go on a whim, like later this year.
No 1 goal and we will never have that we did in the last campaign [for
Manchester United midfielder
out of our minds. It’s not something
Scott McTominay is set to start for
to worry about, it’s something to
the first time after opting to play
face head on and embrace.
for Scotland over England. One of
Scotland
“We want to get a bit of bravado
Jason Cummings or Oli McBurnie
back into people’s mentality and bewill
likely lead the line – most probMcGregor
lieve they can compete with the best
ably the latter, currently on loan at
teams in Europe and the world.
Barnsley from Swansea.
Hanley
Mulgrew
“I’ve felt in recent years that we
“We are going to have to see what
Paterson
Robertson
maybe haven’t had that swagger. I
the strikers can do, and if they can
Cairney McTominay
don’t think that’s the only difference
bring it within this structure or
we want to try and make.
whether we have to find goals from
Forrest
Christie
Armstrong
“We went through the last year
somewhere else,” he said.
undefeated and we were so close to
“But we have to give respect to
McBurnie
the play-offs, but we have got to find
the strikers we have brought into
a way to go one better than that.”
the squad and look to see if they can
Possible team to face Costa Rica at Hampden tonight
Kick-off 7.45pm Television Sky Sports Main Event
McLeish described preparing for Referee
be potential important goalscorers
T Stieler (Ger)
his second debut match in charge
for Scotland.”
Vokes
Bale
King
Wilson
Allen
John
Gunter
Davies
Williams
Chester
Hennessey
Wales
Substitutions: China Li (Wang, h-t), Liu (G He, h-t), C
He (Huang, h-t), H Yu (Gao, h-t), Zhao (D Yu, h-t), Deng
(Feng, 71); Wales Evans (Allen, 63), Woodburn (Bale, 63),
Bradshaw (Vokes, 63), Mepham (Davies, 70), Lockyer
(Chester, 71), Watkins (Wilson, 71).
Booked None
Man of the match Bale
Match rating 6/10
Possession: China 46% Wales 54%
Attempts on target: China 3 Wales 10
Referee Mohd Amirul Izwan Yaacob (Malaysia)
Gareth Bale completes his hat-trick
against China, becoming Wales’
record scorer in the process AP
he will carry on scoring as he is a tremendous talent.
“It’s a fantastic moment for Gareth, he fully deserves it, and I saw
things we can work on.
“We only had two days to prepare and it was difficult because of
the travelling. But I was delighted
and it was great to see Chris Gunter
become the most-capped outfield player. That is a great
achievement for Chris.”
China coach Marcello
Lippi was shocked by his
side’s performance.
“Losing the match
is not unexpected
because we know
the opponent is a
very strong team,”
said Lippi, who
guided Italy to
World Cup glory
in 2006. “But
what I did not expect was the per-
McLeish aiming to bring a
‘swagger’ back to the team
formance of the team and that is my
responsibility.
“In one month I will be 70 years
old and I still work as head coach because I love this job. But I need to see
the good spirit of the players – and
when you don’t see this mentality and
spirit it is going to be very hard.”
The two nations had never met before and 45
spots separated 65thplaced
China from
Wales in the FIFA
world rankings. That
gap was more like a huge
chasm as Giggs enjoyed a stressfree start to management.
Giggs (left) had to wait two
months for his first match following his January appointment and
the opportunity build on the work of
Chris Coleman.
Like Coleman, Giggs used wingbacks – and Bale in the free role.
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Southgate: We have
no concerns about
security in Russia
Netherlands
Sam
Cunningham
Cillessen
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Muslim stars
making a
difference on
and off the pitch
De Ligt Van Dijk
If it doesn’t work out for Gareth
FosuAke
Mensah
Southgate as England manager, he
should give it a go as foreign secretary.
Wijnaldum Propper
Strootman
Or perhaps Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson might try it after he
retires from playing. Both were able
Promes
Depay
Babel
to discuss yesterday the worsening
situation between Russia and England ahead of the World Cup there,
without generating a whirlwind of
Rashford
Vardy
hysteria – or mentioning Adolf Hitler.
Unlike current incumbent Boris
Rose
Johnson, who is doing his best to
Alli Henderson Dier Walker
stoke fiery relations between the
two countries, Southgate faced the
Maguire
Tarkowski
Stones
inevitable questions about the politically sensitive tournament with
a hose in one hand and a bucket of
Pickford
water in the other.
Inevitable, of course, when a major England
tournament will commence there
teams for match at the Johan Cruyff Arena
in less than three months and John- Possible
Kick-off 7.45pm GMT
Television ITV
son is likening Russian President Referee J Gil Manzano (Sp)
Vladimir Putin to Hitler.
The only fire in Southgate’s words
“Personally, I would [go to the
on the subject were directed at Johnson himself. “It’s little interest to me World Cup], I have spent some time
what the foreign secretary thinks in Russia and felt incredibly comfortabout it,” Southgate said ahead of able there. But for every individual, it
playing the Netherlands tonight is up to them what they want to do.
“The situation is developin one of his remaining four
ing so we don’t know what
friendlies before the tourit will be like in June,
nament. “I was in Russia
but on the situation
last year for the Confedcurrently, it wouldn’t
erations Cup and there
were about 15,000 fans
stop me from going.”
The last time
Johnson said there
from Chile, an incredEngland beat the
would be an “urgent
ible atmosphere in the
Netherlands – 4-1
stadiums. It felt like the
conversation” with
in the group stage at
Russia about the
other World Cups I’d
Euro ’96
been to.
safety of supporters.
Henderson, in contrast,
“It means I have to anwas able calmly to explain:
swer different questions but
there has been no suggestion we
“At the moment, everything seems
won’t go to the tournament. The pretty good [security wise for us and
things that are uppermost in our our families].
“My family want to go and be part
minds are security and safety – and
of the World Cup. As a squad, we’ve
we have no concerns about that.
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Aussies fight back
South Africa opener Dean Elgar
struck an unbeaten 121 before
Pat Cummins led a late Australia
fightback on the opening day of
the third Test in Cape Town. The
Proteas decided to open the batting
and reached 220 for two courtesy
of Elgar and AB de Villiers (64).
But a dramatic collapse followed as
Cummins ripped through the middle
order, taking four wickets to help
reduce South Africa to 266 for eight
at the close.
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
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out for with England
At the back
One of the overriding issues for
Gareth Southgate is who plays
in goal. Jordan Pickford took a
step in front of his rivals by being
named as goalkeeper to face
Holland. “I know who the keeper
would be if we played the tournament tomorrow,” Southgate said,
“but it’s a very tight call.”
In the middle
Jack Wilshere’s withdrawal
from the friendly has opened up
space in central midfield. Jordan
Henderson is captain tonight, a
big chance for him.
Up top
If Harry Kane is fit there is no
question the Spurs striker starts.
But who floats around him or is
on the bench? Danny Welbeck,
Jamie Vardy and Marcus
Rashford all have a chance.
spoken about the security aspect. All
seems fine so far but whether that
changes down the line, we’ll have to
wait and see.”
Southgate also called for calm from
England’s supporters, and encouraged them not to add to the political
tensions, as they have been known to
in the past. “It’s important that our
fans come and enjoy the game, but I’d
strongly urge them to behave in the
right way and respect our opponents
and the country they’re in,” he said.
“They’re representing our country,
like we are. They mirror the country
they’re from.”
If only Southgate’s England squad
was as good as his diplomacy. So close
to the tournament, there are still
questions around his goalkeeper, defence, midfield and, if Harry Kane isn’t
fit, attack. Apart from that, the starting XI picks itself when England kick
off their tournament against Tunisia
on 18 June at the Volgograd Arena.
Matters were not helped by an
injury to midfielder Jack Wilshere,
who did not travel with the squad to
Amsterdam after feeling a twinge in
a tendon in his knee. Given Wilshere’s
injury history, concerns had grown
earlier in the day, but Southgate explained it is an issue the player has
been managing for some time and
that he could have brought him along.
BOXING
Frampton closes on Valdez fight
Carl Frampton’s fight with Nonito
Donaire on 21 April will be
for the WBO interim
featherweight title.
The winner of the
fight, at Belfast’s SSE
Arena, will therefore
earn the right to
challenge defending
WBO featherweight
champion Oscar Valdez
of Mexico.
Frampton (above), 31, is
expected to next fight the winner
of May’s match-up between Josh
Warrington and IBF champion
Lee Selby should he overcome
35-year-old Filipino Donaire.
But he said: “Oscar
Valdez must face the
interim champion when
he is ready and that’s a
big incentive.
“The winner of SelbyWarrington would be a big
fight in the UK but a fight
with Valdez would be a huge
one worldwide.”
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NETHERLANDS
Koeman admits he
needs time to deal
with Dutch decline
By Sports Staff
These are troubling times for followers of Dutch football and especially for fans of their national team.
Traditionally one of the powerhouses of European football – they
have reached three World Cup finals
– they have long been admired for
their distinctive brand of sophisticated, attacking football. But they won’t
be at this summer’s World Cup, having failed to qualify for Euro 2016. So
they take on England in Amsterdam
tonightunderanewmanager,Ronald
Koeman, and in a state of crisis.
“It is a big and difficult challenge.
Everybody knows this and it is going
to take time,” Koeman said. That
Ronald Koeman is contemplating a
Koeman was available to coach the
recall for Robin van Persie, 34
national team is perhaps another
sympton of Dutch failure in that the likes of Arjen Robben, Wesley SneiPremier League began this season jder and Robin van Persie, was getwith two clubs managed by Dutch- ting old and was not being replaced
men, Koeman at Everton and Frank by comparable talents.
de Boer at Crystal Palace. By
It says everything about
the end of October both
their current predicament
had been sacked.
that Koeman is open to
The most strikthe possibility of a reing thing about the
turn by Van Persie,
Netherlands’ dedespite the fact he is
cline is how quickly
34 and has become a
The Netherlands
have failed to
it has happened,
peripheral figure in
qualify for the
given how well the
European football.
last two major
Dutch were doing
There is still talent in
tournaments
just a few years ago.
the Dutch squad, notaThey were semi-finalbly Liverpool’s Virgil van
ists at the 2014 World Cup
Dijk and Georginio Wijnalin Brazil and finalists four
dum and Roma midfielder
years earlier in South AfKevin Strootman (when he
rica, though in neither
is fit), but nowhere near as
Memphis
tournament did they Depay is the
much as their once was.
have sides that compared only Dutch
Robben, who announced
with the great teams of
his retirement after the
forward
who
their past. But still they
World Cup failure, is the
were there and capable has scored a
last Dutchman still in the
of producing great per- goal in any of Champions League while
formances, notably when Europe’s top
Memphis Depay is the
they beat Spain 5-1 in a five leagues
only Dutch forward who
group game in 2014.
has scored a goal in any
this
season
But it was clear someof Europe’s top five major
thing had gone badly
leagues this season.
wrong when they failed to qualify
A rare rising star is Bournefor Euro 2016, finishing in fourth mouth’s Nathan Ake. “This is the
place in the qualifying group, seven moment when we have to build up
points behind Iceland who beat again,” Ake said ahead of tonight’s
them twice. By then it was clear game, “for the up-coming seasons,
that the latest generation of great for the next tournament. And it
footballers, one that included the starts with this game.”
2
Wilshere could still rejoin the squad
on Saturday for the preparations to
play Italy at Wembley on Tuesday.
“He’s more experienced with it
than I am,” Southgate said. “But it’s
definitely not a big problem. We just
It’s disappointing for Jack
but given the injuries he’s
had over the past 18 months,
he’s made huge strides
have to see how it settles. It’s ongoing. It’s not uncommon at all for
players to experience it. It’s disappointing for him in terms of the game,
but given the injuries he’s had and the
progress over the past 18 months,
he’s made huge strides.”
Southgate insisted the setback
would not rule Wilshere out of his
squad this summer, although the
signs are unpromising. “It’s certainly not an ideal situation for Jack,”
Southgate said. “But there’s a bigger picture. He’s still a young player
who’s come back from serious injuries. His progress over the past year
has been notable.
“Whatever happens over the next
few months, there’s a longer future
that’s just as important as the next
few months. We’d want a player of his
talent available and fit, but he’s had to
overcome injuries and we have sympathy with that.”
RUGBY LEAGUE
TENNIS
FOOTBALL
Williams faces fine
for press no-show
Derby face no action Late tries secure
as Cardiff refund fans win for Widnes
Five West Ham fans
given lifetime bans
Serena Williams could face a fine
after opting out of a post-match press
conference following her Miami
Open defeat to Naomi Osaka on
Wednesday night. The former World
No.1, playing in just her second WTA
tournament back after maternity
leave, went down in straight sets to
Osaka, losing 6-3, 6-2 in 78 minutes.
“I learn something each time I
play,” she said in a statement issued
through the WTA. “I look forward to
continuing my return.”
The English Football League will
take no further action over Derby’s
decision to postpone last week’s visit
of Cardiff. The EFL, who contacted
both clubs for observations, said
Derby could have given a clearer
explanation and had been reminded
of their responsibilities. Cardiff,
whose manager Neil Warnock called
the weather-related postponement
“scandalous”, are to refund
supporters who travelled to the
Midlands on official coaches.
West Ham have issued lifetime bans
to five supporters who invaded the
pitch during their Premier League
match against Burnley. The club
said it had taken “swift and decisive
action” against individuals who
were found to have committed “acts
of severe violence and physical
aggression”. The match was marred
by a series of pitch invasions and
widespread supporter unrest, which
also saw co-owner David Sullivan
being struck by a coin.
Widnes bounced back from
successive Super League defeats
with a 24-16 victory over Salford at
the Halton Stadium. The Red Devils
held a slender lead heading into the
final 10 minutes but late tries from
Greg Burke and Aaron Heremaia
secured Widnes’ third win of the
season. The win lifts them up to fifth
in the table. Salford remain on four
points after they failed to build on
last week’s surprise 24-8 success at
home to Hull.
FOOTBALL
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BT Sport 1/Sky Sports Arena, 3pm
Golf: Match Play Championship
Sky Sports Golf, 6pm
Rugby union: Bath v Exeter
BT Sport 1, 7pm
Football: Netherlands v England
ITV, 7.30pm
Rugby League: Leeds v Castleford
Sky Sports Action, 7.30pm
Football: Scotland v Costa Rica
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