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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
8-page special
Pensions Supplement inside
Two-hour delay to
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Report criticises 999 response
to Manchester Arena attack
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WEDNESDAY
28 MARCH 2018
Number 2,290
News.co.uk
» Deposit scheme to tackle waste and boost
recycling will be introduced this year
» Cash rewards could be paid from national
network of ‘reverse’ vending machines
Go on, treat
yourself
NHS to win
funding boost
P10
Alabama rot: is
your dog in danger?
Feared disease kills again
P5
Zuckerberg snubs call
to face MPs
P11
Argentine families
visit Falklands
P23
» Billions of plastic bottles sold in Britain
end up as landfill, litter or being burnt in
incinerators rather than being reused
IN SPORT
P30
Vardy goal caps
fine display
But Italians snatch
draw at Wembley
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PLUS MATTHEW NORMAN
P15
I MIDWEEK MONEY
P43
I TV GUIDE
P28
I PUZZLES
P44
The
News
Matrix
BUSINESS
Why was
Meghan Markle
the best person to
proof-read her
wedding
invitations?
See p.17
The day at
a glance
WEDNESDAY
28
MARCH
Quote of the day
The only rules comedy can
tolerate are those of taste,
and the only limitations
those of libel
JAMES THURBER
EDUCATION
HEALTH
SOCIETY
Obese women less
likely to breastfeed
GOSH to keep cash
‘Make dumping drug
from Presidents Club needles a crime’
Girls are being forced to wear
shorts under their skirts at school to
counteract the rise of “upskirting”
by boys, teachers say. Mary Bousted,
leader of the Association of Teachers
and Lecturers, said that teachers
were becoming increasingly
concerned about levels of sexually
motivated abuse. PAGE 13
Obese women are less likely to
breastfeed than those of average
weight because psychological
factors hold them back, Manchester
University researchers have found.
Larger women tend to have social
networks where friends and family
members do not breastfeed their
babies, the analysis concluded.
Great Ormond Street Hospital
(GOSH) has decided not to give
back £530,000 in donations from
a controversial fundraising event.
Trustees at the hospital have
overturned a decision to return the
money donated by the Presidents
Club, which was hit by scandal and
later closed permanently.
Wednesday 28 March 1979
The worst ever accident
in the US nuclear power
industry begins when a
pressure valve in a reactor
at the Three Mile Island
plant in Pennsylvania fails
to close. Radioactive water
drains from the valve into
buildings and the core
begins to overheat.
PEOPLE
MUSIC
A Tory MP has called on the
Government to “look seriously”
at creating a criminal offence of
recklessly discarding used drug
needles after a young constituent
was injured by “stabby needles” in
a children’s play area. Simon Clarke
said the four-year-old was in a public
play area in Loftus, Cleveland.
POLICE
HEALTH
Illegal to kill bird to
rescue a duckling
Fish tank toxins put
10 people in hospital
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is
a “miserable little worm”, a Foreign
Office minister has claimed. Sir Alan
Duncan said it was of “great regret”
that Mr Assange remains inside the
Ecuadorian Embassy in London,
where he has lived since 2012, and
said it was “about time” that he gave
himself up to British justice.
A man who killed a heron to rescue
a duckling it had just eaten has been
cautioned by police for breaking
wildlife laws. North Wales police
Rural Crime Team said the duckling
was still alive in the heron’s stomach.
A spokesman for the wildlife charity,
the RSPB, explained that all birds
were protected by law.
Ten people, including four
firefighters, have been taken to
hospital with “flu-like symptoms”
and eye irritation after inhaling
“potentially toxic” chemicals
released from a fish tank in
Oxfordshire. The fumes came from a
coral which was being cleared from
an aquarium in Steventon.
Conductor Sir Simon Rattle is to
hold a free concert in Trafalgar
Square with the London Symphony
Orchestra to showcase young
musicians. A crowd of up to 10,000
is expected at the concert on 1 July,
which will also be live-streamed on
YouTube. The orchestra will feature
50 young musicians.
RELIGION
The List
UK’s most
Instagrammed sights
1. Big Ben
2. Anfield
3. Stonehenge
4. New Forest
5. Snowdonia
6. Windermere
7. Edinburgh Castle
8. Glencoe
9. Seven Sisters
10. Giant’s Causeway
11. York Minster
12. Cambridge University
Easter may be a religious festival, marking the death and resurrection
of Christ, but for most this weekend's holiday is more about getting
together with family and eating hot cross buns than going to church.
What Easter
means in 2018
The most popular Easter customs
75%
of people in the
UK celebrate
Easter
Eating hot cross buns/simnel cake
56%
Egg hunt
43%
Painting eggs
27%
Church visit
25%
Egg trail/rolling
15%
Easter parades
9%
Egg tapping/jarping
5%
The most important thing about Easter
43%
18%
14%
7%
7%
Family
coming
together
The religious
meaning
Extended
weekend
Easter
egg hunt
To give small
presents
Subscribe to i at
i-subscription.co.uk
The most popular gifts
Chocolates/sweets
Flowers/plants
Boiled/coloured eggs
index
Crossword.............20
TV & Radio...........28
Arts .............................34
Business..................38
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
PARLIAMENT
Assange ‘a miserable Rattle’s free concert
little worm’ – MP
puts youth in focus
Big Ben is the UK’s most
Instagrammed sight, captured
more than 2.5 million times this
year, according to research by
Expedia. Here are 12 of the most
Instagrammed sights in the UK:
Anniversaries
More than £28bn has been added
to the value of London stocks as
investors were buoyed by signs
that the US and China would avoid
a trade war. The FTSE 100 broke
its losing streak and climbed above
7,000 after the nations said they
were open to negotiation. PAGE 40
Pupils forced to
counter ‘upskirting’
Birthdays
Lady Gaga, pop singer,
32; Sir Michael Parkinson
(below), broadcaster, 83;
Mike Newell, film director,
76; Nasser Hussain, retired
cricketer, 50; Lord Kinnock,
politician, 76
FTSE 100 soars as
trade war fears ease
84%
15%
13%
SOURCE: STATISTA
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
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NATURE
MICHAEL FULLER,
SELF-TAUGHT MUSICIAN
Hunters make bears
nurture for longer
Real-life “care bears” in Sweden
have responded to human hunting
by increasing the time they look
after their cubs, researchers have
found. Over a period of 20 years, the
length of time the brown bear cubs
stayed with their mothers increased
from one-and-a-half to two-and-ahalf years.
CULTURE
Louvre leads the
people to Delacroix
The Louvre in Paris is seeking to
reinterpret the work of Eugène
Delacroix, one of France’s most
famous – but least understood –
masters. The show, which opens
tomorrow, goes beyond his early
years in which he painted “Liberty
Leading the People”, taking in many
of his later masterpieces.
GREECE
Football’s back after
gun-on-pitch episode
Making music with his mind?
He may only be 17 but Michael Fuller
is already making a name for himself
in classical music circles. Michael has
high-functioning autism and can see
the world through sound, finding the
process of making melodies easier
than social interaction. The talented
teenager – who could play Mozart
by ear at the age of 11 – describes his
unusual abilities as “downloading”
music into his head.
How does that work?
It all goes back to his childhood
when he taught himself to play the
piano through a phone app. The app
highlighted notes on a keyboard as
music played and, after taking to a
real piano, Michael realised he could
play complex pieces from memory.
But that must be really hard?
For most people, yes, but for Michael
it’s something he has always been
able to do. In fact, he told the BBC
that the discovery of his unusual
abilities was “very organic”. He
would listen in great depth, the
music would be “implanted” in his
mind and then he could play it, all
without being taught. It wasn’t long
before Michael was composing
his own music. His mother,
Nadine, said even as a child Michael
would “suddenly pop up and say:
‘I’ve got a symphony’”.
So, what does he compose?
All sorts of things. To begin with, he
combined random foreign words
to cover up his struggle with lyrics,
but now he’s written a number of
pieces featuring his own words. He
described composition as “making
music with my mind”and said it
helps him to express emotions which
he can find difficult to put into words.
And in the future?
First he’s got to finish up his
performing arts BTEC at Richmond
College in Twickenham. Then he is
hoping to nurture his songwriting
and one day achieve his goal of
becoming a modern mainstream
classical artist. He said he takes
inspiration from his “idol” Sheku
Kanneh-Mason, the first black
musician to win the BBC Young
Musician of the Year award in 2016.
Florence Snead
The Greek government has lifted
its two-week suspension of the
country’s football league after it
received a commitment from clubs
to reform rules aimed at combating
violence. The suspension was
ordered after PAOK’s chairman
confronted a referee on the field with
a holstered gun strapped to his belt.
UNITED STATES
‘Bare truth’ about
Trump for auction
A naked Donald Trump statue is
going up for auction. Julien’s Auction
in New Jersey says it is the last of a
set that was not destroyed while on
display in New York, San Francisco,
Los Angeles and Cleveland before
Mr Trump was elected. It is
expected to fetch $20,000 to $30,000
(£14,000 to £21,000).
i WEDNESDAY
28 MARCH 2018
3
Letter from the
Business Editor
Elizabeth Anderson
i@inews.co.uk
Battle for Spitfire
maker is significant
A major stand-off is taking place in
corporate Britain. One of the UK’s
biggest engineering firms is fighting
a takeover bid from an investment
company that thinks it can do a better
job of running the company.
Melrose’s £8bn approach for
GKN is the largest hostile bid for a
UK company since Kraft took over
Cadbury in 2010. Since the start of
the year, the two companies have
been locked in battle.
GKN, which once made the Spitfire
and now supplies parts for Airbus
and Boeing, insists the company is
being run well. But Melrose believes
the company is undervalued and
needs to be restructured and sold off
for a profit.
The outcome is important to the
UK. GKN, which traces its roots back
to 1759, operates in 30 countries and
employs almost 60,000 people.
The Government has previously
championed businesses such as GKN
as part of its industrial strategy.
Yesterday, the Business Secretary,
Greg Clark, demanded a longterm approach from Melrose and
expressed concerns about national
security, given GKN’s work for the
Ministry of Defence.
The good news is the battle should
be over by the end of the week, as
shareholders have until tomorrow to
vote on the takeover.
****
Pensions are a source of
never-ending questions from
i readers, so we have launched an
eight-page special supplement
today that hopes to clear up some of
the confusion.
This will be the start of regular
investment commentary in i. With
interest rates remaining low, it’s
important to make sure your savings
are working as hard as they can.
Send your tips, thoughts and
questions to me on email at
elizabeth.anderson@inews.co.uk
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NEWS
COVER STORY
POLITICS
Deposit scheme
aims to boost
recycling of
plastic bottles
Nato throws
out seven
Russian
diplomats
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
A deposit scheme for glass and plastic bottles and aluminium cans is to
be introduced this year in a move to
cut litter and drive up recycling rates.
Ministers are preparing to give the
go-ahead to a national network of “reverse vending machines” which pay
out cash depending on the number of
empty bottles and cans fed into them.
As an incentive to recycle their
drink containers, shoppers could
be asked to pay an up-front deposit.
Under similar schemes, consumers
are charged from 8p in Sweden to 22p
in Germany, getting their money back
when they return their empties.
Alternatively, cash rewards could
be paid for returning drinks containers without a deposit.
Michael Gove, the Environment
Secretary, pledged to press ahead
with a deposit scheme this year following a consultation on the details of
how it will work.
The scheme will apply in England,
but ministers said they wanted to
work with the devolved administrations in Edinburgh and Cardiff to
introduce similar moves in Scotland
and Wales.
More than three billion of the 13 bilA poll for waste and
recycling company Suez
found 74 per cent of people are
likely to return plastic drinks
bottles or cans if they had to pay a
10p deposit to be reclaimed when
returned for recycling.
lion plastic drinks bottles sold every
year in Britain are incinerated, sent
to landfill sites or left to litter streets,
countryside and the oceans.
Experts believe a deposit scheme
could boost Britain’s collection rates
for plastic bottles from 60 per cent
to more than 85 per cent, and reduce
littering from bottles and cans by at
least 70 per cent. They suggested
that deposits could be set at between
10p and 15p to give sufficient incentives to consumers.
Mr Gove said: “We can be in no
doubt that plastic is wreaking havoc
on our marine environment – killing
dolphins, choking turtles and degrading our most precious habitats.
It is absolutely vital we act now to
tackle this threat and curb the millions of plastic bottles a day that
go unrecycled.”
He said the Government had
banned harmful microbeads and had
cut plastic bag use by introducing a
charge for their use.
“Now we want to take action on
plastic bottles to help clean up our
oceans,” he added.
The author Bill Bryson, a former
president of the Campaign to Protect
Rural England, said: “Future generations will look back on this decision
as a piece of supremely enlightened
policymaking, and one that raises the
prospect of the world’s most beautiful
country becoming free from drinks
container litter at last.”
Caroline Lucas, the co-leader of the
Green Party in England and Wales,
said: “After a long delay it is good to
see the Government moving forward
on this issue. This scheme should
have been introduced long ago.”
By Richard Vaughan
The plan could increase plastic recycling from 60 per cent to 85 per cent GETTY
Bring back your empties What happens elsewhere
The Government is drawing inspiration from Norway, where shoppers
pay a deposit of 1 krone (about 9p) for
small plastic bottles and 2.5 krone
(23p) for larger bottles.
Empty bottles are fed into
vending machines in supermarkets
where tickets are issued that can be
exchanged for money or shopping
vouchers. The scheme has helped
to achieve a recycling rate of 96 per
cent which is channelled back into
lower duties on drinks.
More than 90 per cent of bottles
are returned in Germany and
Denmark, which have similar
schemes. Ministers have also studied
a 40-year-old scheme in South
Australia, where people receive a 10c
(about 5p) refund for each bottle or
can which they recycle.
It does not cover wine and spirits
bottles or milk cartons. Around 80
per cent of bottles are recycled in
South Australia – and other states
have followed suit.
Ten American states also
have deposit schemes. Typical is
California, where shoppers receive
5c (3.5p) for smaller plastic, glass and
aluminium containers and 10c for
larger containers.
Nato has thrown out seven Russian diplomats and refused access
to three more as it joined the coordinated response from Western
countries in the wake of the nerveagent attack in Salisbury.
The chief of the international
security agency said the decision
would send a clear signal to Moscow that there would be “costs and
consequences” to its increased
hostility in recent years.
“What triggered this was the
Salisbury attack. But it is part of
a broader response by Nato allies
to a pattern of unacceptable and
dangerous behaviour by Russia,”
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels.
“We have seen the illegal annexation of Crimea, we have seen the
destabilisation of eastern Ukraine,
we have seen cyber attacks, we
have seen hybrid tactics, we have
seen Russia investing heavily in
modern military equipment and
the willingness to use military
force against neighbours.”
It means the Russian Mission
attached to the agency will be
slashed from 30 down to 20.
Nato’s intervention came as it
was revealed that 26 countries
have now joined the UK in removing Russian envoys as part of joint
action against the Kremlin.
Theresa May hailed the “unprecedented series of expulsions”
of Russian diplomats across the
globe following the assassination
attempt against Sergei Skripal
and his daughter, Yulia, earlier
this month.
Downing Street said more than
115 Russian diplomats had been
ordered home by friends and allies. Dublin added one more to the
list yesterday.
NEWS
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BUSINESS SPORT
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i WEDNESDAY
28 MARCH 2018
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NATURE
PEOPLE
Stop the rot: disease strikes fear
into dog owners across Britain
Police given
more money
in Madeleine
McCann case
By Jamie Johnson
A deadly disease which has claimed
the lives of dozens of dogs this year
has struck again, leaving the owner
of a Shih Tzu heartbroken.
The case of the potentially fatal
Alabama rot, also known as “dog’s
black death”, has led to calls for owners to be cautious on muddy walks.
The disease damages dogs’ blood
vessels, cutting off blood supply to
areas of the skin and sometimes the
internal organs, which causes skin
sores and can lead to kidney failure.
It is believed the illness is picked
up in muddy areas and can rot the
flesh of a dog very quickly.
Shannon Wilson, 23, took her shihtzu, Paris, for a walk in Moses Gate,
Farnworth, Greater Manchester,
and noticed a wound on the dog’s
paw a few days later.
Within a week, the wound had
become inflamed and swollen, and
Paris became sick. Blood tests taken
by the veterinary charity PDSA revealed kidney failure. Paris was put
to sleep two weeks after first showing symptoms of the disease.
Ms Wilson said: “We are bereft
after losing Paris. We couldn’t have
had a more loving dog. She deteriorated so quickly, it was incredibly
frightening to see.
“We had no idea what the symptoms were and I’d never even heard
of Alabama rot so it’s been a complete shock to all the family.
“I want to warn other pet owners
of the dangers of this disease and to
take extra care when out walking.
In 2012, six cases were
reported in the UK. The
number grew to 40 in 2017
and there have already been 29
reports of the disease in the first
three months of this year.
By Charlotte Birch
Paris, a Shih Tzu,
was put to sleep
two weeks after
developing Alabama
rot PA
Paris was only four and has gone far
too soon.”
Alabama rot was first identified
in greyhounds in the United States
in the 1980s and has only surfaced in
the UK in the past six years.
Emma Deards, a PDSA vet, said:
“Despite extensive research in this
area, vets are still not sure what
causes the disease and how to prevent it.
“The important thing for owners
to do is check their dogs after every
walk for any unexplained redness or
sores on the skin.”
Signs How to spot killer disease
What is Alabama Rot?
The disease, also known as cutaneous
and renal glomerular vasculopathy
(CRGV), affects the skin and kidneys
of a dog. It damages the blood vessels
and can be fatal.
What are the symptoms?
Skin lesions which look like bites,
sores, wounds or stings. They can
appear on the legs, body, mouth or
tongue, and the dog will lick at them.
Within days, the dog will show signs
of kidney damage including fatigue,
reduced hunger and vomiting.
How do I stop my pet getting it?
Vet Emma Deards said: “Washing
any mud off your dog after a walk
may be of benefit but this has yet
to be proven. The important thing
is to check after every walk for any
unexplained redness or sores on
the skin.”
Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCannin
Portugal are being given more funding for the search. A Home Office
spokesman said: “The Government
remains committed to the investigation into the disappearance of
Madeleine McCann.
“We have briefed the MPS that
its application for Special Grant
funding for Operation Grange will
be granted.”
Government funding for the investigation has been agreed every six
months, with £154,000 being granted
from October last year until the end
of March.
It is thought the latest round of
funding will be as much as £150,000,
it was reported.
Fa m i l y s p o ke s m a n
Clarence Mitchell told
the Daily Mail that
Madeleine’s parents, Kate and
Gerry McCann,
were “incredibly
grateful” to the
Home Office for
granting the money
request.
He said: “They are
very encouraged that the Met
Police still believe there is work
left to be done and they are incredibly grateful to the Home Office for
providing an extra budget for the
investigation.”
More than £11m has been spent so
far on the probe to find the missing
girl, who vanished from the family’s
holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in
Portugal in May 2007, aged three.
The McCanns, of Rothley in
Leicestershire, have vowed never to
give up hope of finding their daughter (inset).
BUSINESS
HISTORY
SOCIETY
Ex-BHS owner Chappell
faces directorship ban
Medieval village
uncovered during
A14 roadworks
Teenage pregnancy rates
at lowest recorded level
By Sam Russell
By Paul Gallagher
By Katie Grant
Dominic Chappell, the former BHS
owner who bought the company from
Sir Philip Green shortly before it
collapsed into administration,
is facing a ban from serving
as a company director for
up to 15 years.
The Government’s Insolvency Service, which
is responsible for tackling
financial wrongdoing, has
told Mr Chappell and three
other former directors of BHS
that following an investigation it
plans to pursue disqualification proceedings against them.
However, retail tycoon Sir Philip
will not be subject to the proceed-
ings. The Arcadia boss sold BHS to
Mr Chappell for £1 in 2015. The business went into administration in
April 2016, leaving a £571m pension
deficit. Sir Philip subsequently
agreed to pay £363m toward
BHS’s pension scheme to
end action against him by
the Pensions Regulator.
The decision brings to
an end regulatory investigations into Sir Philip’s
conduct over the dramatic
demise of BHS.
Mr Chappell, 51, was hit last
month with a bill of around £10m
by the Pensions Regulator after it
launched proceedings to claim back
the cash owed to the failed retailer’s
pension schemes.
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Workers upgrading a stretch of
the A14 near Cambridge have
uncovered a medieval village.
A team of almost 250
archaeologists, working on
Highways England’s £1.5bn
scheme to improve a 21-mile
section of road between
Cambridge and Huntingdon, are
investigating what they believe
is a village abandoned in the
12th century.
The remains of 12 medieval
buildings and the entire layout of
the village is discernible.
Earlier remains of up to 40
Anglo Saxon timber buildings are
also identifiable.
Teenage pregnancy rates have
dipped to their lowest level since
records began almost half a century
ago, according to latest figures.
Fertility rates have been declining across all age groups, except for
women aged over 40. The number
of women giving birth in their late
thirties has more than doubled
since 1990.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that 2016 saw the
lowest under-18 conception rate
in England and Wales since 1969,
when comparable statistics were
first produced. Even year-on-year
figures showed a big dip, with an 11
per cent decrease in the number of
teenage pregnancies in 2016 compared with the previous year.
In 2016, there were 18,076 conceptions to women aged under 18 years
in England and Wales. The under18 conception rate was 18.9 conceptions per thousand women aged 15
to 17 years in 2016.
In 1969, there were 45,495 conceptions to women aged under
18 years, resulting in a rate of 47.1
conceptions per thousand women.
Sex and relationships education,
improved access to contraceptives,
a “shift in aspirations” of young
women towards education and
stigma around teenage pregnancies
may be behind the dip, an ONS
spokesman said.
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NEWS
KERSLAKE REVIEW
INVESTIGATION
Firefighters stayed away from
bomb scene for two hours
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
Firefighters were told to stay away
from the Manchester Arena terror attack for two hours after the
bombing following a breakdown
in communication.
An independent review into how
Greater Manchester dealt with the
attack has hailed the “hundreds if
not thousands of acts of individual
bravery and selflessness” by first responders and ordinary Mancunians.
But it has also highlighted major
lessons for dealing with future attacks including a Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s
(GMFRS) inability to assist with the
removal of casualties.
It says the fire service must
reflect on poor communication and poor procedures.
Sir Bob Kerslake’s report says the
firefighters would have been “much
better-placed to support and, potentially, to accelerate the evacuation of casualties” had they gone to
the scene.
Officers from British Transport
COMMUNICATIONS
Vodafone emergency line ‘failed’
By Florence Snead
The review panel chaired by Lord
Bob Kerslake, the former head
of the Civil Service, said there
was a “complete failure” of the
national emergency response
line provided by Vodafone, which
caused families “considerable
distress” as they were trying to
locate their loved ones.
Due to a technical fault, a single
national telephone number could
not be allocated for the incident.
This meant other police forces’
casualty bureaus could not be
used to help take calls. Vodafone
has apologised for the failure.
Police declared a major incident at
10.39pm – eight minutes after the
bomb exploded. The police duty
inspector in the GMP force control
room declared Operation Plato, a
pre-arranged plan when it is suspected a marauding armed terrorist
may be on the loose.
But GMFRS and the North West
Ambulance Service (NWAS) were
informed an hour and a half later,
and by then Operation Plato was
effectively put on standby as it
emerged the attack was from a single suicide bomber.
The duty inspector was praised
for taking one of the most crucial
“life or death” decisions of the night,
a “key use of discretion” to override
the rules and allow paramedics and
police to continue treating the injured even though they might have
been in danger of further attacks.
But the senior fire officer on duty,
a National Inter-Agency Liaison
Officer, stuck to rules that dictate
keeping emergency responders 500
metres away from any suspected
“hot” zone of danger from a potential armed terrorist.
The review was
commissioned by Greater
Manchester Mayor Andy
Burnham and conducted by Lord
Kerslake’s panel with the input of
the bombing victims’ families.
It was “fortuitous” the NWAS
were not informed – otherwise they
may have pulled out their paramedics, the report stated and instead
they stayed and “lives were saved”.
As the fire officer could not get
through on the phone to the police
duty officer, the response of the fire
service was “brought to the point of
paralysis” to the “immense frustration on the firefighters faces”.
Instead of rushing to the scene,
two fire engines from Manchester
Central Fire Station, less than half
a mile and five minutes from the
Arena (and where firefighters heard
the bomb go off), were moved to
Philips Park fire station – three miles
from the scene – to rendezvous with
specialist fire units trained to deal
with terrorist incidents.
Terror response
22 May 2017, 10.33pm Police
called to Manchester Arena
after report of explosion
EMERGENCY SERVICES
Inquiry offers 50 recommendations
By Dean Kirby
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Lord Bob Kerslake has made 50
recommendations following his
panel’s review into the Manchester
Arena bombing.
The report says Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
should look at its communications
links with Greater Manchester Police and other control rooms.
It also says the brigade and the
Warrington-based North West
Fire Control, which handles the region’s emergency calls, should review their policies for dealing with
bombings and marauding terrorist
firearms attacks.
Lord Kerslake has also suggested
Greater Manchester Police should
review its communication links between its force duty officer and other
agencies’ control rooms. He said single officers should not be required to
manage multiple strategic roles during major incidents.
His report recommends that the
Government scrutinise the National
Mutual Aid Telephony System and
says the Home Office should secure
“appropriate guarantees” from Vodafone that the arrangements are in
place to address the failures of the
phone system.
Lord Kerslake said the Ministry
of Defence should review its procedures for authorising military assistance to civilian authorities and
the Home Office Victims of Terror-
ism Unit should draw on the experiences of the Manchester attack. The
report said the Government should
increase its support for public firstaid training programmes and emergency services should give staff
rapid access to canvas stretchers to
allow quicker evacuations.
Lord Kerslake also says the Independent Press Standards Organisation should review the operation of
its code in the light of the experiences of victims’ families with media.
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Arena
Victoria
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Arndale
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REACTION
‘Our response fell far
short of what people
have a right to expect’
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
Victims: (Top from left) Elaine McIver,
43; Saffie Roussos, 8; Sorrell Leczkowski,
14; Eilidh MacLeod, 14; Martyn Hett,
29; Kelly Brewster, 32; John Atkinson,
28; Angelika Klis, 39; (Middle) Nell
Jones, 14; Olivia Campbell-Hardy; 15,
Megan Hurley, 15; Georgina Callander,
18; Michelle Kiss, 45; Alison Howe, 45;
Marcin Klis, 42; Lisa Lees, 43; (Bottom)
Chloe Rutherford,17; Liam Curry, 19;
Courtney Boyle, 19; Philip Tron, 32;
Wendy Fawell, 50; and Jane Tweddle, 51
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after the bombing
500m
Manchester’s most senior firefighter apologised to the city after
the Kerslake Report found that fire
crews “played no meaningful role”
in helping survivors for two hours
after the bombing.
Dawn Docx, interim Chief Fire
Officer at Greater Manchester
Fire and Rescue Service yesterday
apologised to the people of Greater
Manchester as the region’s mayor
Andy Burnham announced a root
and branch review into the service’s
procedures, governance, leadership
and culture.
“This was Greater Manchester’s
darkest hour and it’s clear that
our response fell far short of what
the people have a right to expect. I
apologise unreservedly for that,”
she said.
She also apologised to fire crews
who were “desperate” to help but
who were let down by “clear failures in leadership and poor decisions made”. “I want to apologise to
all our workforce, who demonstrate
day in and day our their commitment and bravery to keeping the
people of Greater Manchester safe.”
The experts were unable to
say whether earlier arrival of
the fire service “affected any
casualty’s survivability”.
The then £155,000-a-year chief
fire officer, Peter O’Reilly, has now
retired and kept his pension with no
action taken against him. Ms Docx
said: “We are very much a learning
organisation. We are not seeking to
go down a discipline route.”
Mayor Andy Burnham said no
one should be “scapegoated”. “It’s
clear that, on the night, Greater
Manchester Fire and Rescue Service fell well short of the high stand-
ATTACK
On the evening of 22 May last year
Salman Abedi walked into the
foyer of the Manchester Arena
at the end of a packed concert
and detonated a bomb, killing 23
people, including himself.
The 22-year-old suicide bomber
had filled the explosive device
with nails and shrapnel to cause
maximum destruction.
Concert-goers, many of them
teenagers, were flooding out of the
arena after watching American
singer Ariana Grande perform.
They and their waiting parents
crammed the foyer at 10.31pm as
Abedi’s bomb exploded.
The youngest of those killed was
just eight years old.
A further 512 people were
injured in the blast.
Sixty ambulances attended
the scene and local taxi firms and
residents offered free transport
to those trying to escape the arena
and get home.
It was the deadliest terror
attack in the UK since the 7 July
bombings in London in 2005.
Manchester-born Abedi was
found to have had links to Islamist
extremists. Officials believe he
PEOPLE
Burnham asks
for ‘flexible’
protocols
By Dean Kirby
Greater Manchester mayor Andy
Burnham has called on the Government to review the national
protocols for responding to terrorist attacks to ensure they are flexible enough to allow emergency
services to deal with the unique
pressures involved.
The former shadow Home Secretary said he will be writing to
Theresa May and Amber Rudd,
the current Home Secretary,
to ask for national guidance to
be reconsidered.
He said: “As this report makes
clear, there is a danger in applying a
theoretical response rather than responding to the unique reality that
every incident proposes.”
Timeline 22-23 May 2017
Bomb exploded as
young concert-goers and
parents flooded foyer
By Sally Guyoncourt
ards it sets itself.” He praised the
“countless acts of bravery and selflessness” of staff at the arena and
members of the public who “ran
into the devastation and showed
outstanding courage and compassion” and were swiftly followed by
police and paramedics.
The senior fire officer on duty,
believed there was an “active
shooter” threat and stuck to rules
stipulating emergency services be
kept 500m away. While a group coordinating the response gathered
at police headquarters in east Manchester, chief fire officer Mr O’Reilly
focused his senior officers at their
own HQ in Salford.
Emergency services at Manchester Arena after the explosion PA
was trained in bomb-making
techniques in Libya, where his
family originally came from.
The Prime Minister said this
and the Westminster attacks
earlier the same year were
“bound together by the single evil
ideology of Islamist extremism”.
Grande suspended her
Dangerous Woman tour in the
wake of the attack and flew home
to Florida. But she returned to
Manchester on 4 June last year
to host a One Love Manchester
benefit concert for the victims of
the attack.
22:31 British Transport Police at
Victoria station run to sound
of explosion in arena foyer
22:33 First call to Greater
Manchester Police reporting
explosion
22:42 First paramedic arrives at
Victoria station
22:43 First armed police arrive in
the foyer
22:46 Roads closed nearby
22:49 Twelve ambulances arrive
22:58 Movement of injured from
foyer to station commences
00:37 Three fire engines arrive
02:30 Reception Centre at Etihad
Stadium opened by
Manchester City Council
02:46 Injured all moved from scene
04:15 Strategic multi-agency
meeting at GMP HQ
12:00 Police confirm first arrest
16:00 Family liaison officers
allocated at Etihad Stadium
18:00 Vigil in front of Manchester
Town Hall
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Review
panel
members,
including
(left to
right) the
Rev Karen
Lund, Lord
Bob Kerslake
and Alan
Goodwin,
were
‘shocked’ by
the public’s
accounts of
the press PA
NEWS
KERSLAKE REVIEW
MEDIA
Journalists ‘pretended to be
police to get information’
By Florence Snead
Fa m i l i e s o f t h e M a n c h e s t e r
Arena bomb-attack victims
criticised members of the press
for acting in an “intrusive and
overbearing” manner.
Lord Bob Kerslake’s panel said it
was “shocked and dismayed” by the
accounts given by families of their
experiences with some of the media
following the attack last May.
Families spoke of being “hounded”, with some journalists accused
of displaying a “lack of respect”
and of “sneaky” attempts to photograph relatives as they received
bad news.
In one incident a child was given
condolences on the doorstep of her
home about the death of her mother
before being told officially.
In another case, a mother – who
was herself injured along with her
daughter – said the press telephoned
her as she recovered in hospital. A
member of staff on her ward spoke of
a note offering £2,000 for information
that had been given to staff.
Journalists are also alleged to
have pretended to be a bereavement
nurse and a police officer in order to
obtain information.
The report said: “The panel was
shocked and dismayed by the accounts of the families of their experience with some of the media.
“To have experienced such intrusive and overbearing behaviour at
a time of enormous vulnerability
The review panel recommended that the media
regulator the Independent
Press Standards Organisation
(Ipso) review its code of conduct
in light of the “completely
unacceptable” behaviour.
seemed to us to be completely unacceptable. We were concerned to identify what might be done to prevent
this happening again in any future
terrorist event.”
One person told the review a reporter tried to gain access to their
home by “ramming a foot in the doorway”, while those trying to find relatives at hospital described having to
force their way through “scrums of
reporters who ‘wouldn’t take no for
an answer’.”
However, positive experiences
were also noted, with the report
stating that a number of families
had praised the “sympathetic reporting” of the Manchester Evening
News and other papers local to
the bereaved.
The Manchester Evening News
raised more than £1m for the emergency appeal in 24 hours.
What they said Victim submissions to the review
More than 200 concert goers, their
relatives and bereaved families and
friends, contacted the review, to
comment on a wide range of issues.
These are some of their responses:
“The security could have been
better and there should have been
more searches.”
“The problem was on the way
out where barely any security
was present.”
“The sheer stampede after the
explosion was scary because
everyone was just running to the
exit and no one really knew what had
actually happened.”
“I would like to praise a security staff
member who escorted the girls from
the Arena and used their phone to
call me.”
“The stewards were fantastic and
were trying to calm everyone down.”
“The emergency services were
brilliant, I was genuinely shocked by
how fast they got to the Arena, and
they could not have done a better job.”
“The Arena staff who looked after me
were wonderful and a major factor in
saving my life, especially a young lady
in the first aid room.”
“The time it took for me to receive
medical treatment in the Arena is a
mystery; why did it take nearly two
hours to be moved?”
“I feel I waited for a long time for any
emergency assistance.”
“The surgeon who treated me on the
night visited every day I was in [the]
high dependency [unit].”
REPORT
Mental health support is ‘vital’
By Nigel Morris
Mental health support for victims,
their families and those who respond
to the incident should form part of
any emergency plan for future major
incidents, according to the Kerslake
Report’s panel.
It stated: “Emergency plans for
major incidents should incorporate
comprehensive contingencies for the
provision of mental health support
to adults, children and young people,
families and responders.”
Looking at the mental health and
emotional wellbeing support offered in the wake of the attack, the
review found that much of it was
Manchester-based.
Victims and families outside the
area found health providers were
unaware of their needs. There was
also criticism of inconsistency across
NHS and voluntary group services
despite meeting a day after the attack
to co-ordinate responses.
The panel heard that several
months after the incident, many victims were living lives severely altered
by their ongoing difficulties.
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FAMILIES
‘We were thrown into
this situation out of the
blue… we felt at a loss’
Police officers at the
Manchester Arena
after the explosion
PETER BYRNE/PA
By Sally Guyoncourt
The heroes who rushed
to scene of confusion
By Dean Kirby
Among the heroes who ran towards
the foyer at Manchester Arena
where suicide bomber Salman
Abedi had detonated his improvised explosive were officers from
thr British Transport Police.
Four officers from the force who
had been assigned to the Ariana
Grande concert heard the blast and
arrived at the scene of devastation
within 30 seconds.
Fifteen officers from a nearby office, thinking a train had crashed at
Victoria station, also ran to help.
Within eight minutes they had declared a major incident and were
working with Arena staff and others
to provide first aid to victims.
Realising the severity of one
girl’s injuries, they took her
straight to hospital even before
paramedics arrived.
They told the panel of how they
were confronted by confusion and
distress all round the Arena and
continued to help despite fearing
that a second explosive device had
been planted nearby.
Members of the public also ran towards the danger, along with train
station staff, as paramedics arrived
and began to triage casualties and
set up a casualty clearing station,
which enabled patients to be sent to
the right hospitals.
Within 11 minutes of the first
999 call, six armed response vehicles containing 12 firearms officers
had arrived. Greater Manchester
Police’s force duty officer faced
great pressures in dealing with
the incident throughout the night
– including reports of suspect
packages behind Manchester cathedral and at North Manchester
General Hospital.
The civic response by staff at
Manchester city council was praised
by Lord Kerslake as “exceptional”,
while voluntary, community and
faith groups provided a vital role in
supporting those affected.
The panel also praised family liaison officers and bereavement nurs-
Gratitude Nurses comforted grieving relatives
Relatives of victims revealed the
great care taken by medical staff
and police officers to give dignity to
those who died and to return their
belongings to their families.
One statement reads: “The nurse
gave me a little cuddly toy, telling me
it was with him throughout the whole
time he entered the building. We
were given time alone with him and
were allowed to hug and kiss him.
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The nurses were available to comfort
us before and after.”
Another said: “His wallet came
back – the respect that’s been shown
– because not only were his cards
there but there was a little bag in the
wallet that contained every fragment
of every card that was chipped and
broken. They sent it all back, they
haven’t just binned it. They sent
every little particle back.”
es who supported families in their
hour of need. It said it was “deeply
impressed by the care and sensitivity with which the deceased were
removed from the arena and taken
to the mortuary”.
Families also spoke of how well
they were supported in the city’s hospitals, where staff returned to work
and volunteered for extra shifts.
The panel also applauded the ordinary people of Manchester who
raised £20m in an emergency fund.
They included many who queued
outside tattoo studios to pay £50 for
a tattoo of a Manchester bee.
The report adds: “Community
mobilisation was rapid. The day
following the attack saw hundreds
queuing in Manchester to donate
blood. Hospitals and police maintaining the cordon received many
donations of food from private individuals, community groups and
local businesses.”
Others also spoke about the
care they received from hospital
staff, hotel managers and ordinary
members of the public when staying
in Manchester while relatives were
in hospital. “The hospital offered
us a bungalow in the grounds,” said
one. “They couldn’t do enough.”
Another said: “The community
response was really helpful. I was
told not to worry about anything.
Food, toiletries and accommodation
were provided .”
Lord Kerslake said: “We are conscious that we are only touching
the surface of hundreds if not thousands of acts of individual bravery
and selflessness.”
Families of those killed and
injured by the Manchester Arena
bombing have given a mixed
response to the Kerslake report.
Figen Murray, mother of
29-year-old Martyn Hett, who died
in the attack, praised the review
and called for a handbook to be
produced to help those affected by
future atrocities.
“We were thrown into this
situation completely out of
the blue and it’s completely
overwhelming. We felt at a loss
and confused, everything in
chaos,” she said.
“So to have a booklet saying ‘this
is who you need to phone’, ‘this is
what you might experience’, the
different organisations who might
be contacting you, where you go
and get counselling – that would
really help to have something
containing all the relevant
information possible,” she told the
Manchester Evening News.
Mrs Murray, from Stockport,
one of the relatives to contribute
to the report, described it as
“balanced”. She added: “I think
our voice has been heard. Each
family was carefully consulted. It
was very respectful.”
She criticised the media’s
response to the incident. She
described how her 16-year-old
daughter had answered the
door to a reporter at the family
home who offered condolences
and asked if she wanted to
talk about Mr Hett before the
family had officially been told
he was dead. Mrs Murray said:
“To put a young person in that
position is unforgivable, it’s
totally unethical.”
Student Erin McDougle, 21,
a survivor, told the Newcastle
Evening Chronicle: “It was a
unique and extraordinary set
of circumstances. No one would
have been expecting anything like
that. Bearing that in mind, I think
everyone dealt with it quite well.
I remember a quick response
from the emergency services.”
But Martin Hibbert, 41,
from Bolton, who was injured
alongside his teenage daughter
in the bombing, said he was
disappointed as the report had
provided “no answers”.
Ruth Murrell, from Copster
Green in Lancashire, who was
in hospital for almost five weeks
along with her daughter Emily,
described a confusing array of
advice in the aftermath.
“We were being sent in all
different directions… It wasn’t
what we needed. I think the
three months or so that I was
just virtually suicidal needn’t
have happened.”
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HEALTH
May promises
long-term plan
for NHS funding
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Theresa May announced last night
that she will draw up a new “longterm funding plan” before this year’s
spending review to secure the future
for the NHS.
The Prime Minister told MPs on
the Commons Liason Committee
there are “serious cost and demand
pressures” on the health service
and that the Government needed to
get away from annual top-ups of the
NHS budget.
She said: “Funding isn’t the only
answer. There needs to be accountability for every pound spent. There
is another element, which is about
Nearly 100 MPs wrote to
Mrs May this week asking
for a cross-party commission
to tackle the health and
social-care crisis.
looking at how we can all take more
responsibility for our health so pressures on the NHS are reduced.”
She said the Government would
draw up the plan together with
“leaders of the NHS, clinicians and
health experts”.
She added: “We can’t afford to wait
until next Easter. I think in this 70th
anniversary year of the NHS’s foundation we need an answer on this.”
Asked if the NHS would get more
money, she replied: “What I want to
do is develop a long-term plan for
the NHS and then ensure that that is
properly resourced.
“By definition we have already
committed to putting more money
into the NHS over the coming years
so, yes, more money will be going in.”
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens welcomed
the announcement.
He said: “Charting a multi-year
path for modern efficient and sensibly funded health and social care
could mean huge gains.”
The goldfinch
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By Emily Beament
Favourable weather conditions
helped to boost the numbers of
goldfinches and other small garden
birds spotted in its annual survey,
the RSPB said.
More than 420,000 people across
the UK took part in the conservation
charity’s Big Garden Birdwatch in
the last weekend of January, recording 6.7 million birds visiting their
gardens or local park.
There was a surge in sightings of
species such as goldfinches, longtailed tits and coal tits, with good
weather last summer helping deliver a successful breeding season
for the birds to swell their numbers.
The mild autumn and winter
weather in the run-up to the survey made it easier for the birds to
find food than in icy conditions and
helped more to survive the winter.
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Zuckerberg ducks MPs’ data grab questions
By Andrew Woodcock
and Henry Vaughan
Facebook founder Mark
Zuckerberg has turned
down an invitation to give
evidence to a House of
Commons committee
investigating allegations of misuse of the
data of the social media
giant’s users.
But the chairman of the
influential Digital, Culture,
Media and Sport Committee,
Damian Collins, repeated his call for
Mr Zuckerberg (inset) to face a pub-
lic grilling, saying it would be “appropriate” for him to answer MPs’
questions in person or video.
The committee issued an
invitation to the Facebook
billionaire to attend a
hearing of the fake news
inquiry on 20 March,
after whistle-blower
Christopher Wylie revealed how UK-based
data firm Cambridge Analytica harvested details of
50 million users on the social
networking site. The details were
allegedly used to micro-target campaign messages in support of Donald
Trump during the 2016 US presidential election.
In a letter, Facebook said – despite
a request for Mr Zuckerberg to attend in person – the company would
be putting forward chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer or chief
product officer Chris Cox to answer
MPs’ questions. Both are long-serving senior Facebook representatives
and “well-placed to answer the committee’s questions on these complex
subjects” later next month.
Mr Collins said the committee
would be “happy” to issue an invitation to Mr Cox, but made clear he
was not withdrawing the call for Mr
Brexit ‘Cheating’ claims
The Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie claimed
that “cheating” by the Vote Leave
campaign may have swayed the
2016 EU referendum.
The tech specialist told MPs
there had been illegal co-ordination
between the Vote Leave and BeLeave
campaigns. He said AggregateIQ, a
Canadian firm, which was employed
by Vote Leave to provide targeted
marketing, acted as a “franchise”
of Cambridge Analytica, which is
accused of using “hacked data”.
Zuckerberg to give evidence. “We
believe, given the serious nature of
the allegations made around the access and use of Facebook user data,
that it is appropriate that Mark
Zuckerberg should give evidence
to the committee,” said Mr Collins
in response.
Mr Zuckerberg has been
repeatedly criticised
for his failure to speak publicly
about the allegations of data
abuse made in the wake of the
Cambridge Analytica scandal.
SECURITY
‘Prevent’ referrals grow
By Margaret Davis
Hundreds of children and teenagers
have been reported to the counterterrorism programme Prevent over
right-wing extremism.
New figures released by the Home
Office show that in 2016-17 there were
272 under-15s and 328 young people
aged 15 to 20 referred to the Prevent
scheme over their suspected rightwing terrorist beliefs.
Across all ages, 968 referrals were
made linked to right-wing extremism, an increase of more than a quar-
ter on the previous year’s total of 759.
The threat from right-wing extremism has grown in recent years, with
domestic groups in the UK forming
international networks with groups in
Europe. Prevent, which has an annual
budget of about £40m, aims to stop
people being drawn into terrorism.
Security minister Ben Wallace
said: “The Prevent programme is
fundamentally about protecting people who are vulnerable to all forms of
radicalisation and has stopped hundreds of individuals being drawn towards terrorism and violence.
COURTS
Isis ‘teacher’ given life sentence
By Emily Pennink
An unqualified teacher who trained a
“mini militia” of children for terrorist
attacks in London has been jailed for
life with a minimum term of 25 years.
Isis follower Umar Haque, 25,
planned to use guns and a car bomb
to strike 30 high-profile targets including Big Ben, the Queen’s Guard
and the Westfield shopping centre.
He enlisted helpers at the Ripple
Road mosque in Barking, east London, where he brainwashed 16 children as young as 11. The defendant
also showed an Isis film to pupils at
the Lantern of Knowledge fee-paying
school in Leyton, the Old Bailey heard.
Sentencing Haque, Mr Justice
Haddon-Cave said he wanted to do
“something big” and his ambition was
“extreme and alarming”.
Archbishop of
Canterbrewery
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of
Canterbury, visited The Four Candles
micropub and brewery in Broadstairs yesterday to launch a beer
brewed by the local vicar to raise
money for the church.
The Archbishop, who has admitted
he asks his wife to monitor his
drinking, over concerns he might
replicate the alcoholism of his
parents, said he enjoyed the Grid Iron
brew and the microbrewery tour.
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Girls are increasingly being forced
to wear shorts under their skirts at
school in a bid to counter the rise
of “upskirting” by boys, teachers
have said.
Teachers’ leaders also warned that
girls no longer feel safe at school as
they are regularly confronted with
sexual harassment and assault.
The warning comes as the
NSPCC’s Childline revealed that
thousands of young people contacted
the counselling service last year to
seek help after being sexually abused
by one of their peer group, including
some aged under 11.
Dr Mary Bousted, the general
secretary of the Association of
Teachers and Lecturers, said
teachers were becoming increasingly
concerned about the level of sexually
motivated abuse girls were suffering
at school with the issue due to be
raised at the union’s forthcoming
annual conference.
And she warned that girls were
regularly being forced to wear
shorts under their skirts to protect
themselves against upskirting –
boys taking pictures under the girls’
clothing with smartphones.
“It’s an increasing example of the
level of sexual harassment that girls
are experiencing at schools,” Dr
Bousted said.
“Schools for many girls are not
safe places because of the constant
sexual undertones they face. We have
startling statistics from teachers
about how they have heard sexist
language about girls. But also sexual
harassment, inappropriate touching
and pictures being taken.”
Older women teachers
are losing their jobs due to
cost-cutting measures, ageism
and sexual discrimination, the
Association of Teachers and
Lecturers claims. Tighter budgets
have led to experienced teachers
on higher salaries, often women,
being forced out of their jobs.
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counter ‘upskirting’
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diadem for display at
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London. The headpiece,
designed by Prince
Albert, joins a suite
of jewels created for
Victoria and her family
in the Victoria Revealed
exhibition which open
on 30 March. PA
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Health boss blames drunken attack on ‘starvation’ diet
By Tony Palmer
The founder of a health food
chain blamed his “starvation”
diet for a drunken attack on
bouncers at a nightclub, telling
a court that it left him unable to
handle his alcohol.
Vincent McKevitt, 38, had
to be dragged out of Embargo
Republica, in Chelsea, west
London, after being told off for
using a fire exit, and lashed out at
security guards as he was ejected.
One doorman received a black
eye and another was hit on the
back of the head, City of London
Magistrates’ Court was told.
McKevitt, who founded
Tossed in 2005, once boasted in
an interview of his twice-daily
gym routine as he promoted his
chain’s custom-made takeaway
salads and soups.
His lawyer, Hector MacLeanWatt, told the court last week
that the entrepreneur’s diet
could have been to blame for the
nightclub fracas on 9 December.
“He admits he was under the
influence of alcohol at the time,
but his diet is a form of starvation
and lowers alcohol tolerance
considerably,” he said.
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CORBYN
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EXPULSIONS
NHS FUNDING
MODELS
TRUMP SEX
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NOKIA 2
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Lots of other
companies
are spying
A problem
that stems
from a few
A remarkable
show of
solidarity
We should
introduce a
health tax
At last,
something he
won’t tweet
Cheap,
cheerful, but
not very good
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The Independent
New Yorker
Daily Express
The Guardian
TechRadar
The brilliant people
who run these
companies could
have got ahead of all
this and reformed
themselves if they had
really thought about
these issues early
enough. My advice to
them is to think about
what’s coming next
and anticipate it.
(William Hague)
CNN
For every article about
Facebook’s creepy
behaviour, thousands
of other companies are
breathing a collective
sigh of relief that it’s
Facebook and not
them in the spotlight.
Because there are
thousands of other
companies that spy on
and manipulate us for
profit. (Bruce Schneier)
Quote of
the day
She’s been in
that situation
of being an
honorary man
for a very
long time
Princess Anne
The Princess Royal
on the Queen
Corbyn is right.
Labour’s anti-Semitism
problem is confined to
what he calls “pockets”
within the party.
Those on the left of
politics who lack the
intellectual capacity
to prevent their
pro-Palestine views
tipping into the racist
abuse of Jewish people
are few. (Tom Peck)
The Times
Rather than
nebulously promising
to fight anti-Semitism,
Corbyn should ask
himself why people
who dislike Jews seem
to think that his party
is a party for them. He
should ponder how
anti-capitalism has
enticed those who hate
successful minorities.
(Hugo Rifkind)
The fact that several
dozen Russian
diplomats will be sent
packing is not in and
of itself a great loss
for the Kremlin. Such
expulsions, which
were a regular feature
of the Cold War, have
taken on the air of
ritualised formality,
and represent more
symbol than substance.
(Isabel Harding)
BBC News
Whatever the denials,
Britain’s allies have
clearly accepted its
view that the use
of a nerve agent in
Salisbury was “highly
likely” the work of the
Russian state. The
collective expulsions
is a remarkable show
of solidarity.
(Jonathan Marcus)
Few of us really have
any idea of what health
and social care cost
us. We just expect
more and more to
be spent so long as
the burden falls on
someone else. That is
where a dedicated tax
or fee would come in.
It would be clear, just
from looking at our
payslip ,just how much
health and social care
costs us.
(Ross Clark)
Spectator
The cross-party calls
for health and social
care tax rises don’t
seem to interest senior
Tories as much as you
might think. There is a
sense that Parliament
would support higher
funding anyway.
(Isabel Harding)
The political scandal
here is enormous: a
president allegedly
trying to pay off a
woman he had an
affair with; a president
allegedly having
her threatened by a
low-level goon; and
now a president using
the legal system to
bully a citizen with a
story about him.
(Jill Filipovic)
New YorkTimes
President Trump has
finally found two
people he won’t attack
on Twitter: Stormy
Daniels and Karen
McDougal. There has
been no debate among
Mr Trump’s advisers
about the best course
for him: just keep quiet.
(Michael D Shear and
Maggie Haberman)
The Nokia 2 is a basic
smartphone for those
who want something
that doesn’t cost a lot.
We’re fully OK with
the concept of cheaper
phones with basic
specs but the Nokia 2’s
dismal performance
makes it a pain to use.
It is just too slow, even
given the price.
(Andrew Williams)
Expert Reviews
This is a smartphone
that flatters to deceive.
It’s very cheap and has
a nice display, but once
you start digging below
the surface it turns out
it isn’t such a good deal
after all. Performance
is sluggish, internal
storage space limited,
and the cameras
are poor.
(Christopher Minasians)
LifeInBrief
LINDA BROWN SEGREGATION CAMPAIGNER
A woman who became a central figure
in the fight against racial segregation in
US schools has died.
As a girl in Kansas in the 1950s, Linda
Brown’s father tried to enrol her in
an all-white school in Topeka. He and
several black families were turned
away, sparking the Brown v Board
of Education case that challenged
segregation in public schools.
A 1954 decision by the US Supreme
Court followed, striking down racial
segregation in schools and cementing
Ms Brown’s place in history as a key
figure in the landmark case.
Sherrilyn Ifill of the National
Association for the Advancement of
Coloured People (NAACP), said Ms
Brown was one of a band of heroic
young people who fought to end the
ultimate symbol of white supremacy.
“She stands as an example of how
ordinary schoolchildren took centre
stage in transforming this country.
It was not easy for her or her family,
but her sacrifice broke barriers and
changed the meaning of equality in this
country,” Ms Ifill said.
NAACP’s legal arm brought the
lawsuit to challenge segregation in
public schools before the Supreme
Court and Ms Brown’s father, Oliver
Brown, became lead plaintiff.
Several black families in Topeka
were turned down when they tried to
enrol their children in white schools
near their homes. The lawsuit was
joined with cases from Delaware, South
Carolina, Virginia and the District
of Columbia.
On 17 May 1954, the Supreme Court
ruled unanimously that separating
black and white children was
unconstitutional because it denied
black children the 14th Amendment’s
guarantee of equal protection under
the law. “In the field of public education,
the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has
no place,” Chief Justice Earl Warren
wrote. “Separate educational facilities
are inherently unequal.”
The Brown decision overturned
a court decision of 1896 which
established a “separate but equal”
doctrine for blacks in public facilities.
“Sixty-four years ago, a young girl
from Topeka, Kansas, sparked a case
that ended segregation in public
schools in America,” Kansas Governor
Jeff Colyer said. “Linda Brown’s
life reminds us that by standing up
for our principles and serving our
communities we can truly change the
world. Linda’s legacy is a crucial part of
the American story and continues to
inspire the millions who have realised
the American dream because of her.”
Brown v Board was an historic
marker in the civil rights movement,
likely the most high-profile case in the
NAACP’s decade-plus campaign to
chip away at the doctrine of “separate
but equal”.
Oliver Brown, for whom the case
was named, became a minister at a
church in Springfield, Missouri. He died
in 1961. Linda Brown and her sister
founded the Brown Foundation for
Educational Equity, Excellence and
Research in 1988.
Born 20 February 1942
Died 25 March 2018
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Tweeter-in-Chief stays oddly silent
President Trump is looking increasingly like Putin’s puppet
A
ll around the world,
from Norway in the
north to Australia in
the south, political
leaders have
condemned the
Salisbury nerve agent attack with a
remarkably unified voice.
Yet on a certain Twitter account
operated in Washington, the silence
is eloquent.
While Russian diplomats across
the globe, including the 60 in the
United States, begin packing for
the journey home, the American
President is cast against type as the
most famously mute character in
English literature.
“Is there any other point to
which you would wish to draw my
attention?” Inspector Gregory of
the Yard asks Sherlock Holmes in
The Adventure of Silver Blaze.
“To the curious incident of the
dog in the night-time.”
“The dog did nothing in the
night-time.”
“That was the curious incident.”
The incident of the Trump who
doesn’t tweet in the night is also
undeniably curious. After 14 months
of keeping us so intimately informed
about his thinking on the issues of
the day with barrages of pre-dawn
tweets, this week has found his tiny
typing fingers stayed on two fronts.
About Stormy Daniels, he has
nothing more to share (beyond
a single oblique reference to
“fake news”) than he does about
Moscow’s responsibility for the
Novichok attack.
After yesterday’s announcement
about the expulsion of Russian
diplomats and the closure of
Russia’s consulate in Seattle,
the official White House line on
Salisbury was admirably blunt.
A spokesman called the chemical
agent attack “brazen” and
“reckless,” and said it is impeding
Trump’s hopes of building a
constructive relationship with
the Kremlin.
From the Tweeter-in-Chief
himself, meanwhile, not a
dickie bird.
Even before this latest twist in
the saga, Trump’s silence was the
source of intrigue. Last Wednesday,
a certain John Brennan hinted
strongly at blackmail. Asked if
he thinks Trump is frightened of
Vladimir Putin, he said: “He may
have something on him personally…
The Russians, I think, have had
long experience with Mr Trump,
and may have things that they
could expose.”
Brennan isn’t just another
Vladimir Putin
may have material
with which to
blackmail Donald
Trump REUTERS
partisan Democratic congressman
looking to score a point or a hack
trying to turn a buck in the fashion
of Michael Wolff. From 2013 to 2017,
he was the director of the CIA.
Former CIA chiefs aren’t
generally given to speculating
wildly on national television. When
Brennan openly suggests that his
President is being blackmailed
by a hostile foreign power, it feels
pretty safe to assume he is basing
Former CIA
chiefs aren’t
generally given
to speculating
wildly
on national
television
it on something far more solid
than guesswork.
The precise form of any
kompromat remains a mystery
to most of us, if not necessarily
to Brennan. Judging by the
disappointingly anodyne nature
of the Stormy allegations (a little
light spanking, a single unsatisfying
episode of unprotected coitus),
it probably isn’t kinky. We all
desperately want to believe in the
Steele dossier. Of course we do. But
the odds seem against the sexual,
and firmly on the commercial.
While Robert Mueller continues
with his collusion investigation, and
a recent leader of the US spying
community voices suspicions
about blackmail, the walls appear
to be closing in on an ever more
isolated Trump.
He is struggling to find any
top criminal lawyers willing to
represent him in the matter. He
is finding it so hard to recruit
relatively sane senior staff that he
has resorted to making John Bolton,
the pantomime lunatic who would
nuke St Kitts and Nevis for looking
at him funny, his National Security
Adviser. This, despite Bolton being
a ferocious critic of Russia and dead
against any high-level talks with the
North Korean regime.
The mid-term elections in
November threaten to hand control
of the House of Representatives
back to the Democrats, who would
then be in position to launch the
impeachment process.
And hovering over all his other
problems, Brennan seems to think,
is the spectre of a newly re-elected
President of the Russian Federation
whose patience with Trump may
not last much longer.
Putin has his own troubles this
week. He plainly miscalculated
the force and unity of the global
reaction to Salisbury. He will
probably cope with the Australian
threat to boycott his World Cup.
Everyone knows how dedicated
the Aussies are to parading
the highest moral standards
in sport, so the gesture will be
discounted accordingly.
But to be responsible for Theresa
May having a genuine diplomatic
triumph at the EU, at this point
in the relationship with Brussels,
is quite an achievement. If that
doesn’t shake his confidence, the
fact that the US is chucking out 60
diplomats must.
If Trump’s deafening Twitter
silence is intended to send the
message that the expulsions have
nothing to do with him, at its
best that makes him look like the
impotent puppet of anti-Russian
forces in the White House.
So the question is this. Assuming
that Putin does have some juicy
kompromat in his Kremlin safe, as
Brennan apparently believes, will
he weaponise and unleash it as an
instrument of revenge if and when
he concludes that Trump, like other
double agents before him, has been
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All’s well
for now
Ball-tampering
is the norm
It’s a pity that your
columnist Mark Wallace
doesn’t see the real
effects of Brexit
(i, 26 March).
He happily ignores
the underlying trends
of job movement by
companies unsure of
trading possibilities
in an isolated Britain.
He happily ignores the
fact that our only viable
trading option outside
EU is a big expansion
with the US, he happily
ignores the reality that
US has committed itself
to a US-first policy.
And he happily
forgets that even if the
forecast “golden age
free of EU shackles” does
materialise, we will still
be outside, separated,
by choice, from our
neighbours.
BRYAN HAMMOND
Ball tampering has been
going on for years by
almost all, and maybe
all,Test match sides. We
Test match fans have
seen it time and time
again, including one
televised occasion when
an England captain was
clearly seen rubbing mud
into a ball. The Aussies
may have taken a step
beyond, but let’s not be
too hypocritical.
K A WOLFE
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PENRITH
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Monday GETTY
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article about school trips
(i 27 March).
The one I remember
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those chocolate biscuits
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This was followed by
a trip to Henley where
my friend Maggie and
I took a rowing boat on
the Thames. I couldn’t
swim (still can’t), we had
no lifejackets and were
unsupervised, but we
had the most fantastic
time. Happy days.
Can you imagine that
happening now?
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Skiing may turn out to be
a passing fancy for
my 13-year-oldgrandson, as may
school trips to theatres,
concerts and outdoor
survival courses.
He’s currently in
Austria on a ski trip with
40 pupils and enjoying
the experience of being
away from home, coach
and ferry travel, fresh
air and local food and
friendships. It’s character
building as well as
friendship forming and
learning to be part of
a team. All of that will
be a lasting memory,
long after a few falls on
the slopes.
KEN ASHTON
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Corbyn protects
minorities
The saddest thing about
the false accusations of
anti-Semitism is that
many Jewish people
will believe them and
be frightened.
Racist right-wing
groups in Europe are
growing, and may pose
a threat to Jews and
all minorities. Jeremy
Corbyn has spent his
entire life opposing
racism in all its forms,
and if minorities are
attacked they can have
no better champion
to protect them
than Corbyn and the
Labour Party under
his leadership.
SALLY PARROTT
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grammar schools.
Of course they
“prevent surrounding
institutions from
attracting the highest
attaining pupils”
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purpose – to allow
higher attaining pupils
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Why fine a
hospital?
I am yet again astonished
at the lunacy of fining a
cash-strapped hospital
gigantic sums of money
because of failings in
its operation.
When patients have
been badly treated
or even died due to
negligence, the staff
immediately concerned
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their line managers and
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up the line.
Taking such a large
sum from the coffers
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current and future
patients of this hospital,
none of whom are
responsible in any
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incompetent people still
in post.
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well-researched and
well written and its
was clear that faith
and convictions were
at the centre of these
people’s lives. Their
faith shaped their
attitudes and behaviour
and would serve
aspiring footballers as
more than adequate
role models.
BRIAN STOCKS
in a more conducive
academically based
environment.
I notice that the
professors say nothing
about the “social and
economic segregation”
caused by private
fee-paying schools,
which have become the
primary cause for the
present stagnation in
social mobility.
The state has a clear
duty to provide free
academic education
for the most able, in
the interests of the
country as a whole. Let’s
not waste any more
time creating a society
evermore divided
by wealth.
TONY PITMAN
BRADFORD-ON-AVON,
WILTSHIRE
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but not for long
Markle had
a hand in
Thicke’s
wedding
You’d be hard pushed to find
a link between the Queen and
embarrassing misogynistic
manchild crooner Robin
Thicke. But that link is,
somewhat surprisingly,
the royal bride-to-be,
Meghan Markle.
An old interview with Prince
Harry’s fiancé resurfaced in
which she revealed that, when
she was a struggling actress,
she made ends meet by doing a
few calligraphy jobs on the side
– and one of them happened
to be scribing the invites to the
wedding of Thicke to the longsuffering Paula Patton (they
divorced after 10 years).
Markle said: “I went to
an all-girls Catholic school
for six years during the
time when kids actually had
handwriting class. I’ve always
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had a propensity for getting
the cursive down pretty well.
What it evolved into was my
pseudo-waitressing job when
I was auditioning. I didn’t
wait tables. I did calligraphy
for the invitations, for, like,
Robin Thicke and Paula
Patton’s wedding.”
Fortunately, Markle and
the Prince have outsourced
writing their 600 wedding
invitations to royal
calligraphers Barnard &
Westwood, as no bride-to-be
wants a case of RSI before their
big day.
Sometimes, for a celebrity, the most striking
transformation can just come from doing …
nothing. Case in point: Christina Aguilera,
who almost broke the internet on Monday
evening when she revealed a dramatically
make-up-free face for Paper magazine.
The “Beautiful” singer has worked
her way through several extreme looks
over the years, from leather chaps
and two-tone hair hustler to Moulin
Rouge-inspired exotic dancer and the
problematic white cornrows and afro.
Now 37, she says she’s finally able
to embrace a stripped back identity:
“I’ve always been someone that
loves to experiment, loves
theatrics, loves to create a
storyline and play a character.
I’m a performer, that’s who I
am by nature. But I’m at the
place, even musically, where it’s
a liberating feeling to be able to
strip it all back and appreciate who
you are and your raw beauty.”
However, she adds, it’s not the last we’ll
see of her sporting fake lashes and lurid
lippie: “I mean, I’m a girl that likes a beat
face, let’s not get it twisted.”
Barking up
the wrong tree
Wes Anderson’s new film Isle of
Dogs might be dedicated to our
canine friends, but the director has
revealed that he’s not so much of a
dog fan, really.
Speaking to this week’s Time Out,
he said: “I have neither [a cat or dog].
We have a couple of goats in Kent,
but that’s the extent of the animals.
I’m certainly not a goat person. The
truth is, I like dogs as characters in
movies. To me, the dogs in our story
are people. I’m not a diehard dog
person, when you get down to it.”
Right, no Crufts tickets for
Anderson, then.
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KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
M
y daughter and I have
very different tastes
when it comes to eating
out. I like to call up a
restaurant, make a reservation,
and then be shown to a table with
a starched linen tablecloth and
offered an aperitif. My daughter, an
unabashed millennial, likes to go to
places where there are no bookings,
which means she’ll queue up for at
least half an hour and then be given
an uncomfortable seat at a bare
wooden table, which she’ll often have
to share with strangers.
In our own different ways, we
are completely on point as far as
restaurant culture in London (and
therefore Britain) is concerned.
At the luxury end of the market,
business is booming, and the
capital city for the global super-rich
sustains any number of venues
where they can broadly charge
what they want, or at least can
offer a Dover sole for £54. And
at the opposite end, where new,
owner-operated restaurants open,
or “pop up”, every week, it’s solely
(forgive the pun) about an authentic,
stripped-down experience, with
reasonably priced, inevitably
ethnic, street food and
an atmosphere akin
to a night club. This
sector of the market is
growing like Topsy.
But there is a good
deal of trouble in the
restaurant world, and
it’s in the squeezed
middle where most of the
pain is being felt. A report
last week revealed that more
than 11,000 dining establishments in
Britain are suffering financial stress.
This was followed up yesterday
by the news that profits at the top
restaurant groups have fallen by 64
per cent over the past year. Some
well-known high street chains –
Jamie’s Italian, Byron and Prezzo
among them – have announced
closures and restructuring deals.
While the major issue for these
mid-market chain restaurants is
a perfect storm of unfavourable
financial conditions, there is
also the cultural question, as
previously identified. But the
attack on the cost base for these
venues from increased rents,
rebalanced business rates and
rises in the minimum wage (and,
significantly, London’s Living Wage)
is undoubtedly the major reason,
and they have also affected the retail
industry at large.
A further, largely unreported,
factor is the pressure on restaurants
to give a higher proportion, if not
all, of the service charge
they levy to their staff.
Previously, this would
be used, covertly and
unfairly but legally, to
supplement workers’
wages, but the
campaign for greater
transparency in this
area has fundamentally
changed the economics
for some businesses.
The pressure is on to cut costs.
In an uncertain financial climate,
people are eating out less and
are making more informed, more
refined choices. They want a special
experience for their hard-earned
cash, and they seem to have decided
that the major chains, with the same
menu whether you’re in Edinburgh
or Eastbourne, just don’t offer that.
The job losses notwithstanding,
we shouldn’t be too unhappy
about anything that challenges the
homogenisation of the high street
and puts the accent on individuality.
It’s not necessarily about price:
it’s about quality. And that, as the
millennials will tell you, is worth
queuing round the block for.
DATING
later. It’s gruesome when, as an
adult woman, you catch yourself
fantasising about getting a tattoo of
your crush’s lyrics because then he
might notice you on social media.
I was so concerned that I told my
therapist about it. She reassured
me that it was, if not normal, then
at least understandable. But my
faith in my Strong Independent
Womanhood was shaken.
The other thing that happened
is that I got my hair cut. The
hairdresser was a tall, stylish Polish
man, with the most beautiful hands.
I hadn’t been touched beyond a
quick hug in six months. Now here
was this prince, tugging my hair,
dragging his gorgeous fingers over
my cheeks and neck.
When I left the salon, my upbeat
mood quickly plummeted. I was so
single that a bloody haircut had felt
obscenely intimate. And now it was
over, I felt desperately lonely.
So what happened next? The
same thing that always happens. I
downloaded the dating apps again
“just to see”. I matched with a
handsome chap who lived nearby
and BOOM. Had I met the one?
Don’t be stupid. It was over as
quickly as it started.
I don’t think I want to try for 12
single months again. Closing that
part of myself off – denying myself
the opportunity to love and be loved
– made me a bit sad. And dating may
be messy and tedious, but it’s fun.
And I might meet my match yet. And
if that risks shaving a few years off
a potential 116, that’s a gamble I’m
happy to take.
Michelle
Thomas
I’m ready
to meet
my match
A
fter the end of her marriage
in 1938, Emma Morano
never tied the knot again.
She died last year, aged
116. To a serial monogamist such as
myself, this feat of independence
seems positively other-worldly.
The first three months of my selfimposed year-long dating sabbatical,
went well.
I ran a half marathon. I started
taking therapy. I created a
WhatsApp group called “Gym
Bitches” where we, to this day, bully
each other into attending classes. I
felt happier than I had in years.
Then two things happened. First, I
developed a horrible, all-consuming
crush on a pop star whose music I
don’t even like. The last time I’d felt
so infatuated it was with Robson and
Jerome when I was 11: I sent a school
photo of myself to their fan club.
That level of obsession is adorably
dorkish to look back on 20 years
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De Havilland loses court battle over
her portrayal in TV drama ‘Feud’
By Sally Guyoncourt
The veteran Gone with the Wind star
Dame Olivia de Havilland has been
told she “does not own history” after
losing a legal battle over how she was
portrayed in the television series
Feud: Bette and Joan.
T h e 1 0 1 -ye a r- o l d B r i t i s h American actress, a two-times
Oscar winner, had claimed that
Catherine Zeta-Jones’s depiction of
her in the docu-drama breached her
right to privacy and defamed her by
portraying her as a gossip.
But three judges at a California
appeals court unanimously ordered
the dismissal of the case and ruled
that Dame Olivia must pay the legal
fees and costs for the FX Network,
which made the programme.
Judge Anne Egerton wrote:
“Whether a person portrayed in one
Dame Olivia had disputed
the use of the word “bitch”
in describing her sister, Joan
Fontaine, claiming instead she had
referred to her as “dragon lady”.
Kathy Bates portrays Joan Blondell and Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Olivia de Havilland (right) in the drama ‘Feud’ FOX
of these... works is a world-renowned
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not own history. Nor does she or he
have the legal right to control, dictate,
approve, disapprove, or veto the
creator’s portrayal of actual people.”
Ryan Murphy, who created the
series, hailed the decision as a
“victory for the creative community”
and freedom of expression. “Today’s
victory gives all creators the
breathing roomnecessaryto continue
to tell important historical stories
inspired by true events,” he said.
Dame Olivia had demanded
damages from FX and a permanent
injunction preventing the show’s
broadcast because she felt that it was
an inaccurate portrayal of her. The
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actress, who appeared in Gone with
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the courts because of her age.
TheFeud:BetteandJoanchronicled
the backstage rivalry between Bette
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Hundreds of
lost Amazon
villages found
By Claire Hayhurst
Parts of the Amazon jungle
previously thought to have been
almost uninhabited were actually
home to thriving populations of up to
a million people, researchers say.
Archaeologists have uncovered
evidence of hundreds of villages
in the rainforest, away from major
rivers, that were home to different
communities speaking a variety
of languages.
It had been assumed that ancient
communities preferred to live near
these waterways but latest research
suggests that this was not the case.
British scientists say that the
discovery fills a major gap in the
history of the Amazon and provides
further evidence that the rainforest
has been heavily influenced by those
who lived in it.
A team from the University of
Exeter found the remains of fortified
villages and mysterious earthworks
called geoglyphs, man-made ditches
with square, circular or hexagonal
shapes. Some of these earthworks
show no evidence of being occupied
and it is possible that they were used
as part of ceremonial rituals.
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Greenpeace is withdrawing
from the main global group for
certifying sustainable wood,
saying the organisation it helped
found more than two decades ago
is failing to protect natural forests.
It said the Forest Stewardship
Council inconsistently
implements its standards and “fell
short” of its goals of conserving
forests. The FSC mark, a stylised
tree, is sought by paper producers
and other wood users as an
endorsement they can use in the
marketplace to promote their
products as sustainable and
charge a premium.
In Indonesia, which is cutting
down rainforests faster than
any other country, the FSC has
given certifications to Korindo,
a Korean-Indonesian joint
venture that has been clearing
rainforests in the province of
Papua. The council says it has
been investigating Korindo after
accepting a complaint from the
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October. AP
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RUSSIA
Putin promises
harsh punishment
for blaze at mall
By Polina Ivanova
IN KEMEROVO
Vladimir Putin flew yesterday to the
scene of a deadly shopping mall fire
in Siberia which killed 64 people, and
promised angry residents that those
found responsible for the disaster
would be harshly punished.
The blaze at the Winter Cherry
entertainment complex in the city
of Kemerovo killed 41 children,
according to latest estimates, and
the calamitous way it was handled
has stirred anger and focused
attention on corruption and lax fire
safety standards across Russia.
Mr Putin, who was re-elected as
President earlier this month, laid
flowers at a memorial to victims
in the coal-producing city about
2,200 miles east of Moscow, before
chairing a meeting and declaring
that a national day of mourning
would be held today.
“What’s happening here?” he
demanded of shame-faced officials.
“This isn’t war. It’s not an unexpected
methane explosion at a coal mine.
People came to relax… children.
We’re talking about demography
and losing so many people. Why?
Because of some criminal negligence.
Because of slovenliness. How could
this ever happen?
“The first emotion when hearing
Vladimir Putin looks
at floral tributes to
the 64 victims of the
fire in Kemerovo
AFP/GETTY
about the number of dead and dead
children is not to cry but to wail. And
when you listen to what has been
said here, speaking honestly, other
emotions arise.”
Investigators have confirmed that
fire exits were illegally blocked and
children were locked inside cinemas
when the blaze took hold on Sunday
afternoon. Hundreds of protesters
gathered in Kemerovo yesterday. As
the mayor, Ilya Seredyuk, tried to
speak his words were drowned out
by calls for him to resign. REUTERS
The head of Russia’s
Investigative Committee
said the fire alarm system in the
shopping mall had been out of
order for nearly a week.
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By Philip Issa
IN BEIRUT
The exodus of Syrian rebels and
civilians from the eastern suburbs
of the capital, Damascus, continued
yesterday for a sixth day in what is
shaping up to be one of the largest
organised population transfers in
the country’s seven-year civil war.
The population moves,
condemned by the United Nations
as forced transfers of people, are
the result of a Russia-negotiated
evacuation deal between Syrian
rebels and the government amid
a relentless offensive by President
Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Fighters,
their family members and other
civilians totalling more than 13,000
people have been bussed out of
a pocket of the besieged Eastern
Ghouta region, Syrian state media
reported yesterday.
The Sana news agency said 6,749
people, among them 1,620 fighters,
were transported out of the towns
of Arbeen, Ein Terma, Zamalka and
Jobar late on Monday night. They
followed 6,416 people who departed
in the two previous days.
Last week, 7,000 people were
bussed out of a separate pocket of
Eastern Ghouta. They were taken
to the rebel-held province of Idlib
in north-west Syria, where more
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An elderly Jewish woman, who
was found stabbed to death
and burned in her Paris flat,
had survived France’s most
notorious round-up of
Jews during the Second
World War, it was
revealed yesterday.
The body of Mireille
Knoll, 85, was found
dead after a fire broke
out in her flat in Paris’s
11th arrondissement on
Friday night. A post-mortem
examination showed that she
was stabbed several times
before the blaze in a suspected
hate crime, judicial sources
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Syrian news agencies said nearly
7,000 people were transported out
of Eastern Ghouta on Monday night
than one million others have taken
refuge from the violence that has
engulfed the country.
Living conditions in the camps
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the UN. The province is exposed
to regular Syrian, Russian, and
occasionally US air strikes. AP
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said. Two suspects have been
arrested but not yet charged.
France’s chief rabbi described
Ms Knoll’s death as a “horror”
and Jewish leaders have called
for a march in her memory.
As a child, Ms Knoll
(left) had managed to
evade the notorious
round-up by French
police of 13,000 Jews in
Paris in July 1942. They
were detained at the Vel
d’Hiv cycling track before
being sent to their deaths in
Nazi camps. More than 4,000 of
those deported were children.
Fewer than 100 Jews detained
at Vel d’Hiv and then sent to the
camps survived. THE INDEPENDENT
By Aritz Parra
Demonstrators angered by the
detention of the former Catalonian
leader Carles Puigdemont in
Germany have blocked roads in
Barcelona and across Catalonia.
Protesters also stopped traffic
on the main road leading to the city
of Lleida, and a highway between
Tarragona and Valencia.
Mr Puigdemont was detained
on Sunday, shortly after crossing
the border into Germany from
Denmark. Last week, a Spanish
Supreme Court judge charged the
55-year-old politician with rebellion
and misuse of public funds.
Further decisions on his future
appear unlikely before Easter. AP
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Egyptian mummy found in ‘empty’ coffin
By Colin Packham
IN SYDNEY
Australian academics could help
unlock mysteries around ancient
Egypt after revealing that a 2,500year old coffin might contain the
remains of a mummy.
The University of Sydney
acquired the coffin 150 years
ago and a series of academics
incorrectly classified it as empty.
Their error was discovered
only by chance late last
year when more recent
academics removed
the lid to the coffin
(inset) and discovered
the tattered remains
of a mummy.
“We can start asking
some intimate questions
that those bones will hold
around pathology, about diet,
about diseases, about the lifestyle
of that person – how they
lived and died,” said Jamie
Fraser, senior curator at
the Nicholson Museum at
the University of Sydney.
H i e ro gl y p h s s h ow
the original occupant of
the coffin was a female
called Mer-Neith-it-es, who
academics believe was a high
priestess in 600 BC. REUTERS
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WORLD FOCUS
Israel is ‘critically ill’
under Netanyahu,
say ex-spymasters
PM censured before 70th anniversary
of Jewish state. Dan Williams reports
D
omestic criticism of the
Israeli prime minister
Benjamin Netanyahu,
who is already fighting
corruption allegations,
intensified yesterday when six
former spymasters accused him of
jeopardising the country’s future
as it prepares to celebrate the 70th
anniversary of the Jewish state’s
foundation next month.
The surviving former chiefs of
the Mossad intelligence agency
voiced their opinion of their rightwing leader in a joint interview,
excerpts of which were published on
the front page of Yedioth Ahronoth,
Israel’s best-selling newspaper and a
regular Netanyahu critic.
Danny Yatom, who headed
Mossad in the late 1990s, during the
first of Mr Netanyahu’s four stints in
office, called for the prime minister
to be sacked, accusing him and his
aides of “putting their interests
ahead of national interests” as
corruption investigations deepen.
On Monday, police questioned
Mr Netanyahu about his alleged
dealings with the country’s
largest telecoms company,
one of three cases weighing
on his political future. Mr
Netanyahu has denied any
wrongdoing and opinion
polls show that his
popularity is still high.
Mr Yatom also
voiced concern about
“the inertia in the
diplomatic sphere,
which is leading us
toward a binational
state [with the
Palestinians],
which would spell
the end of [Israel
as] a Jewish and
democratic state”.
Negotiations over a “two-state
solution” to Israel’s conflict with
the Palestinians have been frozen
since 2014. Some argue that if Israel
fails to quit occupied territory, it
could one day face a choice between
remaining a democracy or securing
a Jewish majority by denying the
Palestinians voting rights.
Figures cited by Israeli officials
earlier this week showed the number
of Jews and Arabs between the
Mediterranean Sea and the River
Jordan – territory encompassing
Israel, the occupied West Bank and
the Gaza Strip – is at or near parity.
Zvi Zamir, who was Mossad
director from 1968 to 1974, was
quoted by Yedioth as saying: “We
have children and grandchildren and
great-grandchildren here, and I want
them to live in a healthy country –
and the country is sick. We are in a
critical medical state. It could be that
the country had symptoms when
Netanyahu took over, but he has
brought it to the grave condition of a
malignant disease.”
Mr Netanyahu (pictured) had
no immediate response but a
senior member of his governing
conservative coalition brushed
off the censure. The education
minister Naftali Bennett,
a hardliner, took to
Twitter to dismiss the
allegations aired by
the ex-spymasters as
“simply untrue”.
“The country is in an
excellent condition,”
said Mr Bennett, who
has cast himself as a
possible successor to Mr
Netanyahu. “Among most
of our leadership, the good
of the country is first and
foremost… Israel is going in
a good direction.” REUTERS
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A Pakistani journalist has become
the country’s first transgender
newsreader, after being “disowned”
by her family in a country where
discrimination remains common.
Marvia Malik, 21, made her debut
appearance on the Kohenoor TV
news channel days after becoming
the first transgender model on the
catwalk at a prominent fashion show
held annually by the Pakistan Fashion
Design Council.
Transgender people face severe
discrimination in Pakistan and many
struggle to find jobs.
Many hijras – a term given to
transgender people, intersex people
and eunuchs – have been attacked,
murdered, and raped in the country,
as well as other Asian nations such as
India and Bangladesh.
However, campaigners say there
are signs of progress in conservative
Pakistan, where homosexuality is
a crime. Ms Malik, 21, said she had
received an “overwhelming” positive
response after footage of her first
appearance went viral.
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Relatives of
Argentine soldiers
killed during the
Falklands war gather
at their graves AP
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NORTH KOREA
Kim ‘may
have visited
Beijing’ prior
to US summit
By Christopher Bodeen
SOUTH ATLANTIC
Argentine families visit graves of
sons killed in Falklands conflict
By Juan Bustamante
IN PORT STANLEY
Dalal and Carlos Massad knelt in
front of their son Marcelo’s grave
in the Falkland Islands, kissing the
tomb beneath a white cross for the
first time since his death in combat
36 years ago.
For most of that time, the plaque
on Marcelo’s grave read: “Argentine
soldier known only to God.”
But after forensic scientists
identified the remains of 90
Argentine soldiers buried in the
Darwin Cemetery following the
country’s 1982 conflict with Britain, a
group of about 250 relatives made an
unprecedented trip to the disputed
islands on Monday to visit their loved
ones’ graves.
“I found my son, I spoke with
him, I asked him questions, I shared
my feelings with him, my pain,” Ms
Massad said. “I feel at peace because
I know where he is.”
The International Committee of the
Red Cross (ICRC) began interviewing
families of fallen Argentine soldiers
in 2012, and 107 consented to DNA
testing. Scientists analysed 122 sets
of human remains buried in the windswept cemetery in the South Atlantic.
Argentina still claims the islands,
which it calls the “Malvinas”. But the
South American country signed an
agreement with Britain in 2016 to try
to identify the soldiers and divide the
costs. The ICRC forensic scientists
began their efforts last June.
“Speaking for the state, I think
we have taken an enormous step
toward closing a debt we had to
the families and to the heroes
of the Malvinas,” Claudio Avruj,
Argentina’s human rights secretary,
said at the ceremony.
Relatives of the buried soldiers
prayed and comforted each other as
they visited the site of their country’s
biggest military conflict of recent
decades. They listened as Scots
Guards troops played bagpipes
against a backdrop of vast, grassy
plains, and some relatives collected
stones to bring back to the mainland.
“I think it is very, very important
that the families have been able to
come here today to now actually
see a name on a grave and be able to
pay their respects,” said Brigadier
Baz Bennett, the Commander of
the British Forces South Atlantic
Islands. REUTERS
Relatives of fallen soldiers
who have not been
identified, who are buried in
dozens of unmarked graves, also
attended the ceremony.
CANADA
Plan to legalise marijuana ‘within months’, says senior MP
By Harriet Agerholm
Canada should be able to legalise
marijuana for recreational use
within months, an MP has said.
Justin Trudeau’s Liberal
Party vowed to introduce the
measure during the 2015 election
campaign and brought legislation
to the House of Commons in
April 2017. The bill was later
referred to the Senate, where it
has faced stiff opposition from
Conservative MPs.
But, according to Mark
Holland, parliamentary
secretary for the minister of
public safety, the Liberal Party is
“confident” that marijuana will
be legalised quickly.
“We are working closely with
the senate and we feel confident,
at this time, in that timeline of
end of summer that we are going
to see a regime that will control
and legalise cannabis,” he said.
Under the proposed bill,
the government would license
cannabis farms and set standards
of strength and penalties for
abuse. It will also say that buyers
must be at least 18 years old.
Speculation was rife yesterday that
the North Korean dictator, Kim Jongun, had made an unexpected trip to
Beijing ahead of his summit with the
US President Donald Trump.
The visit of a special train to
Beijing and unusually heavy security
at a guesthouse where prominent
North Koreans have stayed in the
past have fuelled talk that Mr Kim
was making his first visit to China as
the North’s leader.
Such a trip would be seen as a
potential precursor to Mr Kim’s
planned summit with the South
Korean President Moon Jae-in in late
April and his anticipated meeting
with Mr Trump this spring.
But analysts questioned whether
Mr Kim (inset) would make the visit
to Beijing himself rather
than send an envoy.
Whoever was
on the train, their
visit to Beijing
appeared to be
short. Yesterday
afternoon, a
ve h i c l e co nvoy
led by a motorcycle
escort headed back in
the direction of Beijing’s
main railway station.
China has been one of North
Korea’s most important allies
even though relations have chilled
recently because of Mr Kim’s
development of nuclear weapons and
long-range missiles.
The Japanese broadcaster NTV
reported that the green and yellow
train appeared very similar to the one
that Mr Kim’s father and predecessor
as North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-il,
took to Beijing in 2011.
Later in the day, the US Defence
Secretary Jim Mattis said it “kinda
looked like” Mr Kim had visited
Beijing, but told reporters at the
Pentagon: “I don’t know.”
China has not confirmed any visit
by a North Korean but has not totally
censored speculation that Mr Kim
might have visited. AP
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UNITED STATES
California county
considers fighting
‘sanctuary’ law
By Amy Taxin
Politicians in the conservative
area of Orange County,
California, may fight a state law
intended to protect immigrants
from stepped-up deportations
under the Trump administration.
The backlash to the state’s
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Art dealers, collectors and
gallery owners are gathering
in Hong Kong for the annual
Art Basel exhibition this
week at a time when fairs are
increasingly driving growth in
the sector and collectors from
across Asia are flocking to the
financial hub.
Asia, which accounts for 23
per cent of global art sales and
15 per cent of private dealer
sales, continues to rely heavily
on mainland Chinese demand
although collectors from
South Korea, Japan and
South-east Asia are helping to
spur growth.
“We also get clients from
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CYPRUS
The President of Cyprus has said
that he would like to have Turkey as
an ally in its effort to exploit potential
offshore gas reserves, but Ankara
must stop its “gunboat diplomacy”
that prevents exploratory drilling.
Nicos Anastasiades said he was
pleased with the European Union’s
expression of solidarity with
Cyprus and “unprecedented strong
condemnation” of Turkey’s move last
month to send warships that blocked
drilling by Italian company Eni.
He said Turkey’s argument that it
was acting to safeguard the interests
of breakaway Turkish Cypriots was
a “cover”. AP
so-called “sanctuary law”
comes a week after the city of
Los Alamitos in Orange County
voted to opt out of the policy.
The county’s all-Republican
supervisors may discuss passing
a resolution in support of Los
Alamitos and whether to join
the US government’s lawsuit
over the law, which bars police
in many cases from turning over
suspects to federal immigration
agents for deportation.
“This legislation prevents
[officers] from removing
criminals from our community,”
said supervisor Shawn Nelson. AP
everywhere in Asia. A large
number of the collectors
come from South Korea,” said
Leng Lin, partner and Asia
president of Pace Gallery,
which has bases in 10 locations
including Beijing, Hong Kong
and Seoul.
Pace Gallery opened a
new space in Seoul last year
and a second outlet in Hong
Kong this month to tap
growing demand.
Dealers are also ramping
up their presence, with 14
galleries from the Americas
and Europe making their debut
at the fair this year.
Chinese buyers have been
a huge boon to the global art
market, with sales reaching
$13.2bn (£9.33bn) in 2017, up
13 per cent from $11.5bn a year
earlier, according to a report
by UBS and Art Basel. REUTERS
Carmel Yang
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MYANMAR
Military chief urges ethnic
rebels to accept ceasefire
T h e c o m m a n d e r- i n - c h i e f o f
Myanmar’s armed forces urged the
country’s ethnic rebel groups to
agree a comprehensive ceasefire and
stop making “impossible” demands.
Speaking at the annual Armed
Forces Day parade, Senior General
Min Aung Hlaing said decades of
armed conflict with rebel groups had
left Myanmar’s development lagging
behind that of its neighbours.
Myanmar’s military ruled for a
half-century in which it was accused
of widespread human rights abuses
before partially handing power to a
civilian government in 2016. It is still
Troops take part in the annual Armed
Forces Day parade REUTERS
in charge of security matters and
still faces accusations of appalling
abuses following the mass exodus of
Rohingya Muslims.
The military has been firmly
behind a formal National Ceasefire
Agreement but only a few of the
ethnic armies have signed up to it.
Several of the most powerful have
refused and want a renegotiation as
they continue to seek greater political
and economic autonomy.
Heavy combat continues
intermittently in areas settled by the
Kachin and the Shan, who insist that
they want a comprehensive political
solution before laying down their
weapons. “Instead of pointing to
the past and finding faults, it is now
high time to learn the lessons of the
past and conduct for the country’s
development,” General Min said.
Windows
on the
world
Palestinian children
look out of the
windows of their home,
marked with shrapnel
and bullet holes, in
the Hamas-controlled
town of Beit Hanoun
in the northern Gaza
Strip yesterday.
AFP/GETTY
UZBEKISTAN
Tashkent offers to host Afghan peace summit
Uzbekistan has offered to host
peace talks between the Afghan
government and the Taliban, in a
move that could make Tashkent a
player in settling the decades-long
conflict in the neighbouring country.
The former Soviet republic is
seeking to raise its international
profile as part of President Shavkat
Mirziyoyev’s campaign to open up the
nation of 32 million people and attract
foreign investment after decades of
isolation and economic stagnation.
“We stand ready to create all
necessary conditions, at any stage of
the peace process, to arrange on the
territory of Uzbekistan direct talks,”
Mr Mirziyoyev told a conference in
Tashkent attended by the Afghan
President Ashraf Ghani.
The EU’s foreign affairs chief,
Federica Mogherini, and the foreign
ministers of Russia, China and
Turkey were also present. REUTERS
EGYPT
UNITED STATES
CHINA
Sisi expected to
win ‘sham’ vote
Fishing crew is
saved in Pacific
Catholic bishop
goes missing
Egyptian authorities pressed
for a high turnout yesterday on
the second day of a presidential
election designed to give
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi a
sweeping victory against no real
competition in a contest dismissed
by critics as sham.
In an effort to dispel voter
apathy, a regional governor
pledged to improve water and
sanitation service to towns with a
high turnout. REUTERS
A fishing boat crew was rescued
after their vessel sank and they spent
hours in a life raft hundreds of miles
off the coast of Hawaii.
The US Coast Guard received an
emergency distress call from the
Princess Hawaii on Sunday about 400
miles north of the Big Island. A few
hours later, a Coast Guard plane crew
saw a flare and found eight people in
a life raft. The longline fishing boat
was mostly submerged with only the
stern above water. AP
A bishop in China’s underground
Catholic church has reportedly
been detained, just as the Vatican
has been laying the groundwork
for him to step aside as part of a
long-sought deal with Beijing over
bishop nominations.
The AsiaNews agency said
Bishop Vincent Guo Xijin and his
chancellor were taken away on
Monday, at the start of Holy Week.
He also disappeared for several
weeks last year around Easter. AP
By Olzhas Auyezov
IN TASHKENT
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Free-speech
Turkey could be
activist arrested an ‘ally’ for gas
A Vietnamese singer and
activist who is an outspoken
campaigner for free speech was
arrested in the capital, Hanoi,
after flying home from Europe,
her husband said yesterday.
Do Nguyen Mai Khoi, often
dubbed the Vietnamese Lady
Gaga because of her activism
and provocative style, was
among dozens of dissidents on
the watch-list of Communistruled Vietnam. At least 129
people are in jail for criticising
or protesting against the
government, according to
Human Rights Watch. REUTERS
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‘I can date a tattoo
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Tattoo removal
experts on the body
ink we regret most
From
cradle
to rave
The wildly popular ‘Stick
Song’ is credited with
getting young dancers
moving – and their parents
too. Sophie Morris looks
at the genesis of the craze
O
ne Saturday earlier this
month, 1,800 clubbers
gathered at the Ministry
of Sound in south
London to experience
a one-off line-up. In addition to the
usual renowned DJs and impressive
light displays, there were live stage
performances, a UV tattoo parlour
and, when it was time to reveal the
headline act on Ministry’s famed big
screen, a giant plush dog spinning
the decks while a raving stick insect
bounced around to its eponymous
anthem: “Stick stick stick stick stick
stick stick stick stick stick stick
stick sticky sticky stick stick.”
This is the dawn of the miniclubber; no folk songs or nursery
rhymes are allowed, and Old Mother
Hubbard is definitely not on the
guest list.
The recent event, which took
place in two sessions at £25 a
pop – much more expensive per
minute than a grown-ups’ club
night – was a Rave-a-Roo event, one
of a number of dance events that
have emerged to cater for parents
desperate for some bass. And this
year’s anthem, “The Stick Song”,
has had all generations reaching for
the glow sticks.
Mumsnetters called for it to be
the Christmas No 1, the clip has
been viewed more than five million
times and a retailer is in talks about
launching a “Stick Song” clothing
line – all this from one track in a
single episode of the CBeebies show
Hey Duggee, an animation narrated
by Alexander Armstrong.
The show has received high praise
from a variety of fans. “Hey Duggee’s
songs are getting so many young
people moving that the soundtrack
has even made its way on to BBC
Radio 6 Music. Even if you weren’t
in a gravel pit with a big speaker
in 1989, we think you’ll like this,”
said Evan Davis, when he closed
an episode of BBC Newsnight with
the track. Comedian Dara Ó Briain
tweeted: “The telly show of the
year is Hey Duggee. I will accept no
argument about this.”
“It was created as a bit of fun,”
explains the series’ executive
producer, Sue Goffe. “Who knew
that saying stick in a number of
ways was going to have such an
impact? It’s great that it has been
so well received. It’s just silly, fun
and unexpected, and seeing all the
videos people post of their kids
dancing around and going nuts is
kind of the whole idea behind the
show – to get kids up and active.”
Sander Jones, the show’s
animation director, is responsible for
the song, says Goffe. “It was actually
his partner, Diggy’s, idea and
they wrote it together. They have
two young kids who are obsessed
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LITERATURE
‘Tiger’ burning
bright – and still
coming to tea
Judith Kerr’s iconic children’s book is
50 years old. By Hannah Stephenson
J
The family rave company
Rave-a-Roo (above and bottom);
Duggee and the stick insect on the
CBeebies show ‘Hey Duggee’ (left)
Who knew saying
stick in a number of
ways was going to
have such an impact?
with the show, and one day their
eldest boy, who is two, picked up a
stick and demanded that it talked.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t a rave
to follow but that was the original
seed of the idea. The stick song came
from Diggy – apparently inspired
by rave nostalgia, back in the days
before parenthood.”
Hey Duggee, created by Grant
Orchard of Studio AKA, takes
place at The Squirrel Club, where a
friendly giant dog, Duggee, helps the
children at the club to have all sorts
of fun. At the same time, they learn
life skills such as being responsible,
working as a team, and even taking
some risks. Each week, the children
earn a badge for their exploits.
In the episode “Hey Duggee:
The Stick Badge”, Duggee and the
Squirrels are preparing a campfire
when one of the children, Roly, finds
that one of his sticks is in fact a
talking stick insect, who begins to
say “stick” repeatedly.
The stick chant is joined by some
music and the story descends into a
joyful rave. The episode premiered
on CBeebies in December and is
released on DVD this week. Ravea-Roo launched 18 months ago and
its founders, Jenny Kane and Ellie
Carter, approached the BBC to work
Hey Duggee into their shows and to
develop an interactive version of
“The Stick Song”.
They’re not alone in the family
rave environment. Big Fish Little
Fish celebrates its fifth birthday this
year and has entertained 150,000
baby ravers in the UK and Australia,
at locations including Glastonbury
and Camp Bestival. On Sunday, it
held an event celebrating 30 years of
acid house, and this weekend it pops
up at Margate’s Dreamland for a
Camp Bestival event.
Cross-generational appeal is the
key to keeping everyone happy.
Visually, Hey Duggee is pared-back,
with characters created from simple
geometric shapes.
“It’s a breath of fresh air when
something comes on that is funny,
bearable and resonates with a wider
audience,” says Goffe. “Duggee’s
graphic aesthetic is instantly
appealing, and the witty scripts and
attention to detail (with a few pop
culture references thrown in) seem
to have gathered parents along the
way. We’re very happy about that.”
Kane says that while it’s great
to see happy children at her Ravea-Roo events, seeing happy parents
can be even more rewarding. She
adds: “One mother came up to me
and said she felt like she’d been
brought back to life.”
‘Hey Duggee: The Stick Badge
and Other Stories’ is out now
on DVD (£4.99)
udith Kerr confesses that
she has a bit of a hangover,
due to a little too much
Prosecco at a party she
attended the night before.
Despite a groggy head, the author,
who celebrates her 95th birthday
in June, is sharp as a knife, with a
quick wit. Acutely aware that she
may not have too many years left,
Kerr says that she appreciates
life more now – although she does
have a “Do Not Resuscitate” notice
should the worst happen.
“The doctor gives you a large
piece of paper which he signs, but
I often worry whether they would
find it,” she says. “Somebody said
that the only way is to have ‘Do
Not Resuscitate’ tattooed on your
chest. But I never know exactly
how to spell ‘resuscitate’.”
This is the type of humour which
peppers the conversation, as we
discuss the 50th anniversary of
The Tiger Who Came to Tea, her
hit children’s book that has sold
more than five million copies since
it was first published in 1968. It
was inspired by a bedtime story
she created for her daughter,
Tacy, after they had been to a zoo
together and seen the tigers.
“I first told this story to my
small daughter long ago. She was
rather critical of my other stories
but used to say, ‘Talk the tiger!’
So, when she and her brother
were both at school and I had
more time, I thought I would make
it into a picture book – and, much
to my amazement, here it still is
50 years later.”
She has gone on to produce 32
other books, including the Mog
series based on the selection of pet
cats she has had over the years,
and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit,
a semi-autobiographical tale about
a young Jewish girl forced to flee
Germany in 1933.
She is one of the few successful
authors who also illustrates her
books, and has always loved
drawing, creating her cats from
her own pets over the years. “I’m
not a writer. I draw, I went to art
school, and that’s what I really care
about,” she says.
Kerr’s fate could have been
bleak had her family not fled Nazi
Germany. Her German-Jewish
father Alfred, a theatre critic and
satirical writer, became a marked
man after he mocked Adolf Hitler,
forcing them to leave Berlin.
“I was nearly 10 when we left.
What I didn’t know at the time
She is one of the few
successful authors who also
illustrates her books, and
has always loved drawing
Judith Kerr’s much-loved story
‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ has
sold five million copies since 1968
is just how hard it was for my
parents. Once we came to England,
and I was a bit older, it became
more visible. My father lost his
language as a writer and could
never keep the family as he would
have wished to support us all. It
was very hard on them both, but
they were very positive.”
Her husband, the late writer
Nigel Kneale, died in 2006, and she
admits that work has helped her
to cope on her own. “You have to
become a slightly different person.
I still miss him. I miss his advice,
because as a writer he always had
very good ideas,” she says. “Of
course, I do get lonely but I’m all
right if I’m working because that
occupies me.”
She is currently concentrating
on another book for eight- and
nine-year-olds, but won’t reveal
details, and another picture book is
coming out in the autumn.
“In patches when I’m not
working, I get very gloomy because
you always think about work even
when you’re not doing it,” says
Kerr. “Going for walks has always
helped me to think. I love looking at
things because if you draw you look
at things all the time. And I think
about the next bit of work.”
In recent years, Kerr has had
several operations. She gets some
backache but walks for an hour
every day to alleviate the aches
and pains. She says: “I can draw
without pain. I’m not very good
at doing up buttons but I can do
everything that really matters.”
The 50th-anniversary edition of
‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ by
Judith Kerr (£6.99, HarperCollins)
is out now; the stage adaptation
opens at the Piccadilly Theatre in
London on 28 June
Television Wednesday 28 March
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10pm, Channel 4
A common perception of autism
is the one portrayed by Dustin
Hoffman in the film Rain Man,
meaning an obsession with data and
figures or, as presenter Georgia
Harper (left) puts it in this lively
documentary, “autistic people have a
superpower that they bring out at
parties”. Harper, a trainee rights
lawyer, and her autistic co-presenter
Sam Ahern investigate exactly what
is meant by the word, how women
with the condition are adept at
hiding it, and how a “lost generation”
have struggled through their lives
undiagnosed. Theirs is a plea for
non-autistic “neuro-typicals” to see
that the autistic brain isn’t broken,
just wired differently.
8pm, BBC2
This new docu-series feels as if it’s
slipping under the radar, so let me
flag it up because, despite its
gimmicky-seeming concept (people
facing a tough week have advice
secretly beamed into their earpieces
by a global network of worldly-wise
strangers), the results are both
moving and enlightening. In this
episode, 55-year-old David lives a
disconnected life in a bungalow in
Kent with his wife, teenage daughter
and bedridden father, who has
Alzheimer’s. Can he re-connect?
Meanwhile, Claire, 25, has a big work
presentation to deliver but her
stammer means she’s “bricking it”
(cue confused-looking New York
cops Mark and Joe). And finally, it’s
Are You Autistic?
The Secret Helpers
unlikely that UK social services will
take up the advice of the South
African healers who prescribe
that babies should be left out in the
rain so that they “find their voices”.
===
MasterChef
9pm, BBC1
While they might be educational for
the contestants, the episodes in
which they get to cook in high-end
restaurant kitchens (exclusively in
London, it seems) can feel like filler
for viewers, especially as there is
little at stake beyond messing up the
odd plate or two for establishments
more than adequately recompensed
by the free advertising on prime time
television. Anyway, we’re down to the
final 12, one entrant going home after
a concluding invention test.
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Holding Back The Years
(R) (S). 10.00 Homes Under
The Hammer (R) (S). 11.00
The Sheriffs Are Coming
(R) (S). 11.45 Claimed And
Shamed (S). 12.15 Bargain
Hunt (R) (S). 1.00 BBC
News At One; Weather (S).
1.30 BBC Regional News;
Weather (S). 1.45 Doctors
(S). 2.15 A Place To Call
Home (S). 3.05 Escape To
The Country (R) (S). 3.45
Money For Nothing (S).
4.30 Flog It! (R) (S). 5.15
Pointless (R) (S).
6.00 The Repair Shop
(R) (S). 6.30 Money For
Nothing (R) (S). 7.15 Escape
To The Country (R) (S). 8.00
Sign Zone: Great British
Railway Journeys (R) (S).
8.30 Sign Zone: Classic
Mary Berry (R) (S). 9.00
Victoria Derbyshire (S).
11.00 BBC Newsroom Live
(S). 11.30 Daily Politics
(S). 1.00 FILM: Wuthering
Heights (William Wyler
1939) Period drama,
starring Merle Oberon
and Laurence Olivier (S).
2.40 Monty Halls’ Great
Irish Escape (R) (S). 3.40
Blitz Cities (R) (S). 4.15
Indian Ocean With Simon
Reeve (R) (S). 5.15 Put Your
Money Where Your Mouth
Is (R) (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 Judge Rinder (S).
3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal
(R) (S). 3.59 ITV Regional
Weather (S). 4.00 Tipping
Point (S). 5.00 The Chase
(S).
6.00 Countdown (R) (S).
6.45 3rd Rock From The
Sun (R) (S). 7.10 3rd Rock
From The Sun (R) (S). 7.35
Everybody Loves Raymond
(R) (S). 8.00 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S). 8.30
Frasier (R) (S). 9.00 Frasier
(R) (S). 9.35 Frasier (R) (S).
10.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
11.00 Undercover Boss
USA (R) (S). 12.00 Channel
4 News Summary (S). 12.05
Come Dine With Me (R) (S).
1.05 Posh Pawnbrokers
(R) (S). 2.10 Countdown (S).
3.00 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 4.00
A New Life In The Sun (S).
5.00 Four In A Bed (R) (S).
5.30 Star Boot Sale (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15
The Wright Stuff 11.15
Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It
Away (R) (S). 12.10 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.15 GPs
Behind Closed Doors:
Best Of Patient Files 2
(R) (S). 1.10 Access (S).
1.15 Home And Away:
Buried Alive (S). 1.45
Neighbours (S). 2.15
NCIS: Catching A Serial
Killer (R) (S). 3.15 FILM:
My Daughter Must
Live (John L’Ecuyer
2014) Thriller, starring
Joelle Carter (S). 5.00
5 News At 5 (S). 5.30
Neighbours (R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads (S).
6.30 The Repair
Shop The team
restores a
painting of a
wintry Parisian
scene (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
Halloweenthemed tales
(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks Glenn
gives Adam a
new order (S).
6.00 Home And Away:
Buried Alive
Alf’s injuries
trigger a heart
attack (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 The One Show
Hosted by Matt
Baker and Alex
Jones (S).
7.00 Mountain:
Life At The
Extreme Life
on the highest
mountain range
on Earth, the
Himalayas (R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale
Vanessa
worries about
an impending
visit (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
8.00 DIY SOS: The
Big Build
Transforming
the home of
twins with global
development
delay (R) (S).
8.00 The Secret
Helpers A man
whose family
life is in crisis
seeks advice
from the Secret
Helpers (S).
8.00 Britain’s
Brightest
Family (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street (S).
9.00 MasterChef The
first group of
contestants head
to the Eneko
restaurant in
Covent Garden,
London (S).
9.00 The
Assassination Of
Gianni Versace:
American
Crime Story (S).
9.55 Live At The
Apollo (R) (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 A Question Of
Sport (S).
===
The Assassination Of Gianni
Versace: American Crime Story
9pm, BBC2
Tom Rob Smith’s sinewy script now
switches back before last week’s
murder of Jeff Trail to focus on
the back story of Andrew Cunanan’s
first victim. Trail (played by Finn
Wittrock) was a patriotic officer
in the US navy who also happened to
be a closeted gay at a time when his
country took an ambiguous line on
homosexuality in the military. It was
his misfortune to encounter
Cunanan in a Minneapolis gay bar.
===
The Real Full Monty: Live
9pm, ITV
Famous faces prepare to flash their
less famous body parts as a new
Another episode in the
tale of Gianni Versace
9pm, BBC2
6.00 The Planet’s Funniest
Animals (R) (S). 6.20
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 6.45
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 7.10
Who’s Doing The Dishes?
(R) (S). 7.55 Emmerdale (R)
(S). 8.20 The Cube (R) (S).
9.25 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (R) (S). 10.25 FILM:
The Flintstones In Viva
Rock Vegas (Brian Levant
2000) (S). 12.15 Emmerdale
(R) (S). 12.45 You’ve Been
Framed!: Top 100 Animals
(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).
Alexander Armstrong
prepares to bare all for
a good cause in ‘The
Real Full Monty: Live’
9pm, ITV
Mark and Joe feature
in ‘The Secret Helpers’
8pm, BBC2
7.00 King Tut’s
Treasure
Secrets The
items found
with the great
Egyptian
pharaoh (R) (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days; Weather
(S).
7.30 Danny Baker
Rocks The
Nineties (A Bit)
(R) (S).
6.40 FILM: Vertical
Limit (Martin
Campbell
2000) Action
adventure,
starring Chris
O’Donnell (S).
8.00 The Supervet
Take That’s Mark
Owen brings his
18-month-old
Doberman into
the surgery (S).
8.00 GPs: Behind
Closed Doors
A patient
suffering from
depression
visits the
surgery (S).
8.00 Metalworks!
– The Knight’s
Tale (R) (S).
9.00 The Real Full
Monty: Live
A special live
performance
from Sheffield
(S).
9.00 One Born
Every Minute
A couple who
met online
await the birth
of their baby
daughter (S).
9.00 Grenfell
Tower: Minute
By Minute
Survivors of the
Grenfell tower
fire share their
stories (S).
9.00 Make! Craft
Britain The
novice crafters
discover the
ancient art of
silver jewellery
making (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
10.00Are You
Autistic? A
documentary
challenging
what people
think they know
about autism (S).
10.00Social Housing,
Social Cleansing
Exploring the
neglect and
regeneration of
council estates
across the UK (S).
10.00Carved
With Love:
The Genius
Of British
Woodwork
(R) (S).
10.00Hell’s Kitchen
USA The chefs
compete in
a game meat
challenge (S).
10.55 Family Guy
(R) (S).
11.15 Film 2018 Last
in the series (S).
11.45 FILM: Jimi: All
Is By My Side
(John Ridley
2013) Biopic of
Jimi Hendrix (S).
11.15 Amazing Hotels:
Life Beyond The
Lobby A visit to
a hotel in South
Africa (R) (S).
11.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
11.20 EasyJet: Inside
The Cockpit
(R) (S).
11.05 999: On The
Frontline
Paramedics rush
to save the life of
a cyclist who has
been crushed
by a lorry (S).
11.05 FILM: Under
Siege (Andrew
Davis 1992)
Action
adventure,
starring Steven
Seagal (S).
11.00 Elegance And
Decadence:
The Age Of The
Regency Last in
the series (R) (S).
11.25 Family Guy
Stewie falls in
love with an old
friend (R) (S).
11.55 Family Guy
(R) (S).
1.40 BBC News (S).
12.15 David
Attenborough’s Natural
Curiosities (R) (S). 12.45
Sign Zone: MasterChef
(R) (S). 1.45 Sign Zone:
The World’s Most
Extraordinary Homes (R)
(S). 2.45 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.15 Heathrow: Britain’s
Busiest Airport (R) (S).
1.05 Jackpot247 3.00
Tenable (R) (S). 3.50 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.05 Live From Abbey Road
Classics (S). 12.30 Seven
Year Switch (R) (S). 1.30
FILM: The Raven (James
McTeigue 2012) (S). 3.20
George Clarke’s Amazing
Spaces (R) (S). 4.15 Coast Vs
Country (R) (S). To 5.10am.
1.05 SuperCasino (S).
3.10 Secrets Of The
National Trust With Alan
Titchmarsh (R) (S). 4.00
Britain’s Greatest Bridges
(R) (S). 4.45 House Doctor
(R) (S). 5.10 Great Artists (R)
(S). 5.35 Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
12.00 Treasures Of Ancient
Egypt (R) (S). 1.00 Top Of
The Pops 1983: Big Hits (R)
(S). 2.00 Metalworks! –
The Knight’s Tale (R) (S).
3.00 The Witness For
The Prosecution (R) (S).
4.00 Close
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men Walden
throws a party
to lift Alan’s
spirits (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Pulp
Fiction (Quentin
Tarantino 1994)
Drama, starring
John Travolta
and Samuel L
Jackson (S).
12.05 FILM: American Ultra
(Nima Nourizadeh 2015)
Action comedy, with Jesse
Eisenberg (S). 1.55 FILM:
The Man With The Iron
Fists (RZA 2012) Martial
arts adventure, starring
RZA (S). 3.50 Close
9.00 Hell’s Kitchen
USA Both teams
are tasked to
replicate six
Hell’s Kitchen
entrees (S).
12.25 American Dad! (R)
(S). 12.50 American Dad!
(R) (S). 1.20 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S). 1.45 Two And
A Half Men (R) (S). 2.15
Teleshopping 5.45 ITV2
Nightscreen
NEWS
2-27
group of male celebrities agrees to
do the Full Monty routine to raise
awareness of prostate and testicular
cancer. Among those stripping
off are chef Ainsley Harriott, The
Wanted’s Tom Parker and actor
John Partridge, while Ashley Banjo
and Alexander Armstrong are
once again the ringmasters.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Make! Craft Britain
9pm, BBC4
Jamie Chalmers discovered the
joys of cross-stitching while
searching for something to do
during a long-haul flight. He’s now a
self-proclaimed “manbroiderer” and
one of this week’s tutors, along with
silversmith Lisa Cain. She is teaching
her sextet of eager amateurs how
to make their own jewellery.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
FILM OF THE DAY
===
11.45pm, BBC1
(John Ridley, 2013)
The makers of this Hendrix biopic –
who include writer-director Ridley,
the Oscar-winning screenwriter of
12 Years A Slave – did not have his
estate’s approval. Which means that
there aren’t any of Hendrix’s own
songs on the soundtrack, but also
that they were under no obligation
to make a hagiography. Instead
we get this kaleidoscopic,
impressionistic portrait of the man
and his times, set during the year
before he played Monterey and
broke big, abuzz with some of the
same raw, untamed creative energy
and bluesy soul as his guitar solos.
André Benjamin (left), formerly of
Outkast, is excellent in the lead role.
1pm, BBC2
(William Wyler, 1939)
Samuel Goldwyn’s romantic
melodrama has a slight studiosystem formality to it, at odds
with the novel’s more elemental
passions. But Laurence Olivier, in
his first Hollywood film, is a suitably
intense and brooding Heathcliff.
Jimi: All Is By My Side
Wuthering Heights
===
Crank
10pm, ITV4
(Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor, 2006)
Jason Statham stars as a hitman
injected with a poison that will kill
him if he lets his pulse drop below
heart-pounding. Cue non-stop action,
violence, drug-taking and sex. Dumb,
adolescent, inventive and wild.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 6.50 Heartbeat (R) (S).
7.55 The Royal (R) (S). 8.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.20
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.50
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.15
Inspector Morse (R) (S).
12.35 The Royal (R) (S).
1.40 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 3.45 On The Buses (R)
(S). 4.20 On The Buses
(R) (S). 4.50 You’re Only
Young Twice (R) (S). 5.25
Rising Damp (R) (S). 5.55
Heartbeat (R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S). 6.30
Hollyoaks (R) (S). 7.00
Rules Of Engagement (R)
(S). 8.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 8.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
9.00 New Girl (R) (S). 9.30
New Girl (R) (S). 10.00 2
Broke Girls (R) (S). 11.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) (S).
11.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 12.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 1.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 1.30 The Big
Bang Theory (R) (S). 2.00
How I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 2.30 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 3.00 New
Girl (R) (S). 3.30 New Girl
(R) (S). 4.00 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (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). 3.45
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 Kirstie And Phil’s Love
It Or List It (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big
Bang Theory
Sheldon’s online
gaming account
is hacked (R) (S).
6.55 The Secret Life
Of The Zoo
Endangered
black rhino
Kitani is
introduced to
new mate (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Homer becomes
the owner of
the power plant
(R) (S).
6.00 House An
environmental
campaigner
collapses
during a protest
(R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
receives
shocking news
about her late
husband (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Ryan
panics about
the decision
regarding
Tegan (S).
7.30 Extreme Cake
Makers (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A woman builds
a curved house
(R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
With the voice of
Eric Idle (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Homer moves
in with a gay
couple (R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
Grissom
investigates
an apparent
suicide (R) (S).
8.00 Endeavour
The detective
investigates the
disappearance
of an au pair
(R) (S).
8.00 The Goldbergs
Barry looks to
secure a spot on
the high school
football team (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.00 DC’s Legends Of
Tomorrow The
team heads out
on a mission to
save rock ’n’ roll.
8.00 Blue Bloods
A woman
claims God
told her who
murdered her
mother (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Star
Trek (JJ Abrams
2009) Sci-fi
adventure, with
Chris Pine
and Zachary
Quinto (S).
9.00 Save Me Nelly
infiltrates a
secret network
that may hold
the key to his
daughter’s
return (S).
9.00 Don’t Tell The
Bride A groom
organises
a Roman
Empire-themed
wedding. Last in
the series (S).
9.00 Vet On The Hill
The team search
to find the
owner of a lost
kitten (S).
10.00Law & Order:
UK The body
of an elderly
woman is found
at a well-known
suicide spot
(R) (S).
10.00Five Star
Hotel A classy
barbecue leads
to a staff revolt
(S).
10.0024 Hours In
A&E The work
of the stroke
team at King’s
College Hospital
(R) (S).
11.00 Law & Order:
UK A newborn
goes missing
(R) (S).
11.05 The Big
Bang Theory
Leonard’s
parents come
to town (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.10 8 Out Of 10
Cats Does
Countdown
(R) (S).
12.05 First Dates (R) (S).
1.10 Five Star Hotel (R) (S).
2.15 Tattoo Fixers (R) (S).
3.10 Don’t Tell The Bride
(R) (S). 4.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 4.25 Rules Of
Engagement (R) (S).
12.10 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.10 Vet On The Hill (R) (S).
2.15 24 Hours In A&E (R)
(S). 3.15 8 Out Of 10 Cats (R)
(S). 3.55 Close
12.05 Unforgotten (R) (S).
1.05 Unforgotten (R) (S).
2.00 ITV3 Nightscreen
2.30 Teleshopping
i WEDNESDAY
28 MARCH 2018
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
6.00 The Dog Whisperer
(R). 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 David
Attenborough’s Conquest
Of The Skies (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
Jordan North 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Jordan North 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 The 8th With Charlie
Sloth 11.00 Huw Stephens 1am
Benji B 3.00 Radio 1 Comedy
– Niki And Sammy’s Peachy
Podcast 4.00 Radio 1’s Early
Breakfast Show With Adele
Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Dotty 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target
9.02 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 1Xtra Residency 1am
Benji B 3.00 1Xtra Playlists
4.00 1Xtra Residency –
Snoochie Shy
10.00SMILF (S).
10.35 SMILF Bridge
tries out for
the Women’s
National
Basketball
Association (S).
11.25 The Force:
North East
Officers race
to a stabbing
outside a pub
in Newcastle
(R) (S).
11.10 The Putin
Interviews
An interview
with Russian
President
Vladimir Putin
(R) (S).
12.25 Ross Kemp: Extreme
World (R) (S). 1.25 Road
Wars (R). 2.00 Most
Shocking (R) (S). 3.00 The
Force: Essex (R) (S). 4.00
It’s Me Or The Dog (R) (S).
4.30 It’s Me Or The Dog (R)
(S). 5.00 Futurama (R) (S).
12.20 The Putin Interviews
(R) (S). 1.30 Save Me (R) (S).
2.30 Here And Now (R).
3.40 SMILF (R) (S). 4.15 The
West Wing (R) (S). 5.05 The
West Wing (R) (S).
BBC Radio 2
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 The Folk Show With Mark
Radcliffe 8.00 Jo Whiley 10.00
Memphis & Martin Luther King
– “They Wouldn’t Treat Me Like
A Man” 11.00 Old Grey Whistle
Test 40 12mdn’t Pick Of The
Pops 2.00 Radio 2 Playlists:
Country Playlist 3.00 Radio
2 Playlist: Easy 4.00 Radio 2
Playlist: Radio 2 Rocks 5.00
Nicki Chapman
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast 9.00
Essential Classics 12noon
Composer Of The Week:
Gesualdo 1.00 News 1.02
Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert. A
selection of works by Schubert
from Schwanengesang,
Mignon Lieder and others. 2.00
Afternoon Concert. Music by
Copland, Mozart, Rossini and
Bizet. 3.30 Choral Evensong.
Live from Westminster
Cathedral. 4.30 New Generation
Artists. Mezzo soprano Catriona
Morison sings Brahms. 5.00 In
Tune. With Sean Rafferty. 7.00
In Tune Mixtape. Music by Part,
Ligeti and Bjrok. 7.30 Radio 3 In
Concert. Robin Ticciati comes
to the end of his tenure with the
Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
10.00 Free Thinking Festival
10.45 The Essay: Is Music A
Civilising Force? 11.00 Late
Junction 12.30am Through The
Night. With John Shea.
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Only Artists
9.30 You’re Doing It Wrong
9.45 The Channel 10.00
Woman’s Hour 10.56 The
Listening Project 11.00 On
And Off The Valley Lines 11.30
Boswell’s Lives 12noon News
12.04 Home Front 12.15 You
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How to
have your
cake and
eat it
The words ‘healthy’ and ‘baking’
may not be natural partners –
but a new breed of bakers aims
to change that. Bread, cakes
and biscuits made with natural
sugars and ancient grains are
deliciously good, discovers
Clare Hargreaves
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MELISSA’S LIFECHANGING CARROT
AND OLIVE OIL CAKE
By Melissa Sharp
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215ml extra virgin
olive oil
250g coconut sugar
4 eggs, beaten
250g spelt flour
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp salt
125g pecans, chopped
500g carrots, grated
Vanilla cashew nut
icing ( below)
Roughly chopped
walnuts, for topping
Preheat the oven to 190C/
fan 170°C/gas mark 5 and
line a 23cm round, deep
loose bottom cake tin
with baking parchment.
In a bowl, mix together
the olive oil, sugar
and eggs until well
combined. In a second
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T
he celebrity contestants
have been hard at it in
the The Great British Bake
Off for the past few weeks
beating, icing – and in
some cases, burning – their creations
in their bids to raise money for Stand
Up To Cancer. And once they hang
up their aprons, it’s only five months
to go until our TV screens will be
filled, once again, with the sugary extravaganzas and soggy-bottom double entendres of the original.
If the viewing figures for the final
of last year’s GBBO are anything to
go by – nearly 11 million – baking remains our national obsession.
Laden with refined sugars and
flours, Bake Off’s confections do not,
of course, pretend to be healthy.
In fact, contestants who dally with
“healthy” ingredients are swiftly
dealt with. Remember when uni
student Michael Georgiou added
matcha green tea to his Genoise, to be
told by an unimpressed Mary Berry
that it tasted largely of “grass”?
Yet health experts are blaming
many of the ingredients of those confections for a vast increase in obesity, now affecting around one in three
Britons. In reaction, a select band of
bakers and chefs are offering an alternative, “healthy”, way of baking.
Bakers such as Melissa Sharp, owner
of Oxford’s Modern Baker café-bakery and healthy baking brand, and
the Irish-born chef and food writer
Jordan Bourke, author of Healthy
Baking: nourishing breads, wholesome
cakes, ancient grains and bubbling ferments (Orion), assert that, provided
you eat it in moderation as part of
a balanced diet, you can have your
(healthy) cake and eat it.
You don’t need to wear a hair shirt,
either. “I believe food should be celebrated, not feared,” says Bourke,
who trained with Skye Gyngell at
Petersham Nurseries.
Instead of demonising specific ingredients or counting calories, these
“healthy bakers” cook breads, cakes
and biscuits from scratch using
natural (not man-made) fats and
ancient wholegrains. They’re also
returning to skills such as fermentation to make their products sources
of wellbeing rather than ill-health.
Naturally, their core offering is
bread, from just four simple ingredients: flour, water, salt and yeast.
Unlike breads from big commercial
bakeries, theirs don’t use processing
aids or artificial additives. For the
real McCoy, try their slow-rise sourdoughs from wholegrain flours and
home-made starters that teem with
wild, air-borne yeasts and beneficial
lactobacilli bacteria. And for ferment fanciers, Modern Baker makes
a sourdough containing sauerkraut
(fermented cabbage), while Jordan
does one with added kimchi juice.
For both breads and cakes, healthy
bakers are using wholegrain wheat
flour (the wholegrain bit matters,
because much of a grain kernel’s nutrition is in its husk), as well as flours
from ancient grains such as spelt,
rye, buckwheat, emmer and gram
(chickpea). There are flours from
chestnuts, crickets, coconut, bananas, the list goes on – and to navigate
your way through it, cookbooks such
as Christine McFadden’s new one,
Flour (Bloomsbury), are on hand.
“We believe gluten and carbs,
which many avoid as being bad for
you, are beneficial if treated correctly,” says Sharp.
“Commercial baking is about
fast baking (usually using refined
flours), and scientists now believe
it’s this speed which accounts for the
growing number of people with socalled gluten intolerance. At Modern
Baker we let our dough ferment for
48 hours, which creates breads that
are easier to digest, have a much
lower glycemic index [which ranks
foods according to how they affect
blood sugar levels] and contain gut-
Gluten and carbs,
which many avoid,
are beneficial if
treated correctly
friendly bacteria.” These gut-friendly bacteria are key. A gut populated
with a diversity of “good”bacteria is,
as scientists are discovering, vital to
general health.
In recognition of this, Modern
Baker has been given nearly £1m in
government grant funding to lead a
two-year research and development
project into improving the nutritional quality of bread, using fermented
sourdough, and producing healthier
loaves on a mass-market scale. It’s
also joined forces with Newcastle
University’s Cell and Molecular
Biosciences department to build a
model gut to test the value of given
foods on gut health.
Sharp’s experiments in healthy
baking began in 2014 when she was
diagnosed with breast cancer. To
build up her body’s ability to cope
with the toxins from chemotherapy,
she replaced unhealthy ingredients
(such as refined sugar and flour)
with more nutritious ones.
But it was a carrot and olive oil
cake (below) that changed her life
for ever. “I had a recipe for the cake
and decided to make it the healthy
way. I halved the stated amount of
sugar, and used organic, low-glycemic-index coconut sugar rather
than refined cane. I used organic
spelt flour, and instead of making a
cream cheese topping, I created one
from cashew nuts. I couldn’t believe
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the outcome. The cake was indulgent
– yet healthy. I was so excited by my
feeling of well-being that eventually
I decided to make healthy baking my
business.”
“In bread, a sourdough starter
adds flavour, texture and health. So
why not use one in cakes as well?”
says Sharp. “Our cake starter has a
fruity, caramelly flavour, and as with
bread starters, you keep some back
for your next cake.”
The bakery’s best-selling sourdough cakes (also stocked in
Selfridges) include an organic Rich
Chocolate and an organic Spiced
Apple. It makes sourdough biscuits,
too – try the tongue-tingling ginger
and turmeric cookies.
In addition, healthy bakers such
as Sharp and Bourke are raiding
their vegetable racks and popping
courgettes, parsnips, beetroot,
you name it, into their bakes. It’s a
deliciously painless way to notch
up several of your five a day, and the
vegetables provide sweetness, fibre
and moisture, too.
“The addition of parsnip to a cake
always draws gasps,” says Bourke.
“But it’s no more unusual than
adding carrot. In fact the chewy
sweetness of parsnips makes them
even more of a kindred spirit to a
dense and moist sponge cake.”
Parsnip and carrot cake were
probably not Queen Marie Antoinette’s tasse de thé. But the famous
“Let them eat cake” quip that’s commonly attributed (without foundation) to her may have had a point.
Provided it’s healthy cake, of course.
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the middle comes
out clean. Allow the
cake to cool in the tin
for 10 to 15 minutes,
then turn it out on to
a cooling rack. When
the cake is cool, top it
with vanilla cashew
nut icing.
VANILLA CASHEW
NUT ICING
We have to get really
creative when it
comes to “icing” our
cakes as we don’t
use icing sugar. This
recipe is one of our
go-to icing recipes.
It’s really easy to
make and absolutely
delicious.
150g unsalted cashew
nuts, soaked for at
least 4 hours but
preferably overnight
300g full-fat
coconut milk
2 tbsp lemon juice
75g maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
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TAHINI AND OLIVE OIL OAT BARS
By Melissa Sharp
Makes 8 bars
150g light tahini
150ml olive oil
100g maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g cooked quinoa
165g oats
50g ground almonds
50g sesame seeds, plus extra for
topping
Pinch of salt
In a bowl mix together the tahini,
olive oil, maple syrup and vanilla
extract. In another bowl combine the
cooked quinoa, oats, ground almonds,
sesame seeds and salt. Add the tahini
mix to the oat mix and thoroughly
combine. Pour the mixture into the
tin, pack it down really well and
sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake for 30 minutes until an even
golden brown all over. Allow to cool
in the tin and once completely cool,
turn out on to a chopping board and
cut into eight bars.
Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/
gas mark 6 and line a 26cm x 20cm
brownie tray with baking parchment.
Recipes from ‘Modern Baker: A New
Way To Bake’ by Melissa Sharp with
Lindsay Stark (Ebury Press, £26)
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morningdeparturewithadozensleepdeprived children and their sleepdeprived parents: three-and-a-half
hours now felt like a long haul to
another continent.
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parents could take comfort in the
fact that while we were flooding the
plane in peak-season proportions,
we weren’t yet paying peak-season
prices. The appeal of shoulderseason travel is binary: holiday plans
are unbothered by intense pricing
and intense heat. Which makes the
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toddler in tow.
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Zante, the name given to this Greek
Ionian island by the Venetians, who
ruled from the 16th to 18th centuries.
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Greece”. Contemporary connotations
of “Zante” are rather less illustrious,
more clubbing than culture. But
this is largely confined to the south
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by our fellow passengers, clubbing
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forested mountains, pines caressed
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Travel essentials
How to get there
Sophie Lam travelled as a guest
of Simpson Travel (020 8003
6557, simpsontravel.com). A
one-week, self-catering stay
at Periyali Crèche & Children’s
Club Zakynthos costs from
£747pp including return flights
and car hire. The crèche and
children’s club at Periyali costs
£230 per child per week for four
morning and four afternoon
sessions – and two evening
sessions. The half-day option
costs £145 per child per week.
A supplement applies for
children of two years and
under. simpsontravel.
com/greece/zakynthos/
periyali-creche-childrens-club
Where to visit
Peligoni Club offers
membership from £140
per week, including access
to its beach club facilities,
restaurants, bars and kids’
club, as well as sport and
spa activities, when booked
alongside accommodation
(peligoni.com).
More information
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each two- and three-bedroom villa
– freshly refurbished for this season
– feels secluded, with its own garden
and pool. Ours, Villa Leto, opened
out to a vine-shaded pergola, from
which we could pluck sweet grapes
and watch hummingbird hawk
moths drawn to the honeysuckle at
sunset, while geckos darted about
the buttercup-yellow walls and an
olive tree provided shade for pool
dips during the day.
The kitchen was stocked with
staples, as well as fresh bread, feta,
tzatziki, Greek yogurt, fruit and
vegetables, cold cans of Mythos
lager and a bottle of refreshing local
chardonnay. But it was too tempting
to decamp to the café for an earlyevening bouyourdi – baked feta with
tomatoes, peppers and oregano –
and plateful of chicken souvlaki by
the pool.
Our fellow guests were all British
and with young children who
relished their days in the friendly and
impressively-run crèche. A poolside
barbecue offered the chance to get
together one evening and swap
recommendations for day trips and
friendly tavernas while the children
ran around the crazy golf course like
turbo-charged Pac-Man monsters.
While geographically isolated,
there’s plenty to occupy a week at
Periyali. A 10-minute walk away is
Gerakas Bay, a sickle-shaped swathe
of golden sand under clay cliffs where
loggerhead turtles come to nest
during the summer months. They live
a fragile coexistence with the tourists
that also flock here, granted a fencedoff section of sand that appeared
unpatrolled when we visited. A
nearby rescue centre offered more
insight, positioning Gerakas as the
most important nesting site in the
Mediterranean. As part of Zakynthos
National Marine Park, there is no
tourist infrastructure on the beach
beyond a limited number of sunbeds
with boats prohibited offshore and
visitors banned after 7pm.
More developed, but no less
tranquil, is Porto Azzuro, around
15 minutes’ drive up the peninsula’s
east coast. As its name suggests, the
water here is a dazzling shade of light
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Zakynthos, Greece,
including Zakynthos
city (above), Periyali
Villas (top) and the
Peligoni Club (inset)
Gerakas is
the most
important
loggerhead
turtle
nesting site
in the region
blue. We parked behind the pines,
then padded down through soft sand
to thatched umbrellas and the gently
lapping water, divided at one end by
rocks that protect a small cove where
swimmers were slathering their
skin with mineral-rich clay.
We found it impossible
to resist the laid-back
b e a c h r e s t a u ra n t
and its bounteous
salads, fresh grilled
octopus, shrimps
and sardines.
There
are
sufficient beaches at
this end of the island
to visit one a day over
a week. Agios Nikolaos
is another highlight, a bay
bookended by a hillside taverna
at one end and a simple church at the
other, whose water was so clear we
could see tiny fish dart about our feet.
At the end of each beach day, there’d
be another taverna to try, welcoming
us with simple dishes, cold beer and,
perhaps most impressively, fencedoff playgrounds in full view of the
dining tables. Towards the end of
the week, we drove 35km to the
north-east coast. The road winds
up into the hills, past olive groves,
cacti, churches, shrines and sleepy
villages where bougainvillea
daubs dry stone walls. As
we crested the top of
one mountain, forest
fires had charred the
landscape but below
lay the dazzling, tiny
crystalline cove and
Xigia beach.
At Mikro Nisi,
shrubland dissolves
into bleachedout rocks and then
invitingly clear water.
A little further north is
the Peligoni Club, which you
can join for a week or the season,
soaking up its secluded rockside
sun-loungers, landscaped pool,
watersports, kids’ club, spa and
restaurant. With a fruit smoothie in
hand and birds chirping contentedly
in the trees, it was hard to imagine a
more serene setting.
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BOOKS
Farewell to
the Horse
BY ULRICH RAULFF
Raulff cites
the historian
Reinhart
Koselleck,
who “splits
the entirety of
history into the
pre-horse age,
the horse age and the posthorse age”. This is the story
of the relationship between
man and horse. A horse is as
strong as seven men, but a
machine can be as strong as
many horses. Superb.
Nerds
strike
back
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CERTIFICATE 15, 107 MINS
The Oscarwinning
Austrian filmmaker Michael
Haneke crafts
another
impeccable
portrait of
a dysfunctional family.
Isabelle Huppert stars.
Steven Spielberg’s nostalgia-filled
venture into virtual reality is a
retrograde project that fails
to ask the right questions,
argues Rhiannon Williams
W
hat does it
mean to be a
nerd in 2018?
In an age
when we all
own a smartphone, coding’s on the curriculum and Game of Thrones is the
world’s favourite TV show, the
line between niche and normality
is thinner than ever.
Being a nerd is no longer a form
of social resistance, but a prerequisite to gaining a place among the
world’s richest men (Bill Gates,
Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg).
Once the underdogs, there’s no
doubt the geeks have indeed inherited the Earth.
The Cambridge Dictionary
defines a nerd as both “a person,
especially a man, who is not
attractive and is awkward or
socially embarrassing” and
“a person who is extremely
interested in one subject,
especially computers, and knows
a lot of facts about it”.
Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player
One is Hollywood’s latest attempt
to define and explore the boundaries of modern-day nerdism,
largely by plundering the past.
Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is
an 18-year old living in a trailer
park on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio, in a dystopian 2045,
following a global energy crisis
which has plunged much of the
world into abject poverty. Watts
and the rest of humanity escape
the drudgery of the real world
through the Oasis, a virtual world
where you can be anyone and do
anything you please.
James Halliday, the reclusive
co-creator of the Oasis, a Steve
Jobs-esque tech hero, announces
a competition on his deathbed to
inherit his vast fortune and control of the entire platform, triggering a worldwide scramble to
solve a series of fiendish clues in
an Easter egg hidden deep within
the Oasis universe.
Watts, in the guise of his online
alias Parzival, encounters mysterious fellow “gunter” (egg hunter)
Art3mis (Olivia Cooke) in his race
to solve Halliday’s clues and save
the Oasis from falling into the
clutches of the shadowy megacorp Innovative Online Industries
(IOI, headed by Ben Mendelsohn
as Nolan Sorrento) in a furious
whirlwind of relentless 1980s pop
culture references.
Video games, TV shows, books,
cartoons, music, films, adverts:
nothing is safe.
Whereas The Matrix was a triumphantly executed cautionary
tale warning of the dangers of
simulated realities, Ready Player
One is both thin and overwrought,
prioritising spectacle over any
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television
Scenes from ‘Ready Player One’,
in which Tye Sheridan (below) is
engaged in a virtual reality quest
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A grim catalogue of
disasters drenched
in black humour
» Come Home BBC1, 9pm
» Mum BBC2, 10pm
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kind of substance and lacking any
kind of menace which could have
underpinned it with a certain
amount of depth. As it is, it’s a never-ending retro I-Spy game. Freddy Krueger? Check. Chestburster
from Alien? Check. Hello Kitty?
Weirdly, also check.
If the 2011 source novel - which
rapidly became a New York Times
best-seller - was a tedious cavalcade of author Ernest Cline’s
sheer eagerness to demonstrate
just how much he knows about
the 80s, the film is even worse.
It differs from the book in almost every major plot point
– not always a bad thing,
given Cline’s predilection
for blow-by-blow descriptions of Watts playing
various games – but
in the process still
manages to make
the entire exercise feel like
being made
to watch
someone
else playing
Xbox for 140
minutes, or
having them
mansplain
why Final Fantasy VII is so
much better than
Final Fantasy VIII.
Ready Player One is a celebration of everything modern
society should be moving away
from: white, heterosexual male
relegation of women into minor
supporting roles, cultural gatekeeping (see also: mansplaining),
toxic masculinity and lazy rehashing of nostalgia presented as art.
In her first encounter with Parzival, Art3mis has any agency she
possessed in the book stripped
away from her as she is recast
from rescuer to helpless princess.
Having rescued Watts from certain doom in the book, in the film,
she becomes the victim in need of
rescuing. 2011’s Art3mis may be
two-dimensional, but to render
her even more helpless in 2018
makes for uncomfortable viewing.
In the Ready Player One universe,
women are only considered equal
if they can reel off inane quotes
and possess an encyclopaedic
knowledge of media popular decades before they were even born.
Given the resounding success of
Wonder Woman and Black Panther,
Ready Player One feels not only like
a step backwards, but culturally
problematic, points out Ryan Broderick, BuzzFeed’s deputy global
news director, and co-host of the
podcast Internet Explorer.
“It feels irresponsible to pander
to men in a post-Gamergate
society,” he says, in reference to the 2014 online
hate-storm over sexism
in video game representation, during which women
received rape and death
threats from men denying the industry
had a problem.
“There’s nothing romantic
about the
white male
nerd, especially when
they’re holding culture hostage.”
Broderick raises
an interesting point.
Nerd culture has
never been more
synonymous with
mainstream interests,
It celebrates
everything modern
society should be
moving away from
and the enormous success of the
superhero films, which dare to
put women and black social issues
centre stage point to a much wider
audience hunger for narratives
and characters outside the male,
pale and stale tropes.
Yet here we are, in 2018, watching a film directed by Steven
Spielberg which references multiple films by Steven Spielberg. The
director has said in an interview
that after he was given the script
he was determined to cut “at least
70 per cent of my own cultural
references,” leaving around 20
per cent from the book. “I pride
myself on my modesty. But I was
part of the 80s, and I know that,”
he added.
It’s also interesting to note the
film is being released at a time
when VR is arguably at its lowest ebb for years. Sony’s PlayStation VR headset has sold briskly,
beating its rivals Oculus Rift and
HTC Vive to be the first platform
to cross the million-unit sales
mark, but a lack of seriously compelling games and price tags too
high for the merely curious consumer, mean VR is still very much
a niche pastime.
Now we’re all cultural and social
nerds, the scope of what it is acceptable to obsess over has considerably widened beyond solely
pop culture and by extension,
technology. Ready Player One is a
wearying, outdated memorial to a
narrow brand of nerdism, which
still panders to a demographic
who refuse to acknowledge
that they are no longer the sole
arbiters of taste.
Plus, the film’s closing line is
“Reality is the only thing that’s
real,” which goes to show that
being a nerd is no guarantee you
are intelligent.
‘Ready Player One’ is on general
release from today
here were many moments
during Come Home when I
wondered just how much
humiliation could be
heaped on Christopher Eccleston’s
lonely and confused single dad
character Greg. Greg, by the way, is
a car mechanic for a living and an
everyman for dramatic purposes.
(The drama happens to be set in
Northern Ireland, too, but with,
thus far, no sectarian or Brexitrelated intrusions).
Having suffered the trauma of
Marie, his wife of 19 years (Paula
Malcomson), leaving him and the
kids behind for (apparently) no
good reason other than that she
“wanted some space”, he tries
internet dating. His first encounter
went from dull to disaster. The
conversation about recycling
regimes at their respective
workplaces left little room for
saucy innuendo but there was still,
one felt, a slim chance. Not, though,
when an unrealistic volume of
condoms tumbled from his wallet
as he went to buy his new friend
another glass of sauvignon blanc.
She scarpered, he was openly
mocked by witnesses, and he
wound up getting into a fight and –
result – drunkenly copping off with
the woman who brings the sarnies
round to his garage. That’s Brenna
Doyle (played by Kerri Quinn with
commendable lustfulness), of
Brenna’s Baps (pun intended).
Even that proved slightly more
problematic than most one-night
It’ss possible that
Greg will confound the
odds, and that’s why I’ll
be watching next week
stands, and the early frisson of
tuna-and-mayonnaise flavoured
romance and enthusiastic lovemaking became overshadowed by
a realisation that this dinner lady
had problems of her own – a violent
(when not absent) husband, a mild
drink problem, and, consequently,
getting a bit too gobby at all the
wrong times to Greg’s young kids.
It all ends with Greg letting
himself into his wife’s new house
for a look around and then being
discovered by her female friend
(lover?) hiding in the shower. That
parodic Hitchcock scene was
followed by an EastEnders style
public shouting match in the street.
Somehow, the formidable cast
made this catalogue of disasters
seem grim, tragic and drenched in
black humour. There is indeed no
Christopher Eccleston as put-upon
Greg in ‘Come Home’ STEFFAN HILL
shortage of autumnal material on
our screens, mirroring the ageing
British demographic. One of the odd
outcomes of people living longer is
that they have much more time to
fall out of love, or lose a partner to
old age, and correspondingly and
cruelly, far fewer opportunities to
fall back in love. It’s possible that
the handsome Greg will confound
the odds, and that’s why I’ll be
watching the next episodes.
One happy ending for a latemiddle aged couple looking for
love arrived in the final episode of
Mum. This gentle sitcom by Stefan
Golaszewski has managed to
sustain its run well. Obviously that
was down to the excellent work of
Lesley Manville as the 60-year old
widow Cathy, and Peter Mullan
as her overly-diffident friend/
suitor Michael. Much to everyone’s
relief, Cathy managed to say some
mushy things to Peter. Even a hardhearted sod like me was lifted by it.
However, the show was, once
again, stolen by Cathy’s megasnob
sister-in-law, Pauline (Dorothy
Atkinson), with Ross Boatman
as her hen-pecked partner. Her
inventory of her class-conscious
tastes was a sharp as any bit of
social observation I’ve heard lately.
As she icily corrected her partner:
“Not a snob, Derek. I just enjoy the
finer things in life. Radio 4. Classic
FM. Anything made by an artisan.
Golf. Wimbledon. Jazz. The Tate.
Sailing. Fountain pens. Skiiing.
Cheese. Seafood. Wine you can’t buy
in the supermarket. Coffee beans.
Manuka honey. Kent.” Pauline and
Derek really need their own show.
I hope Mr Golaszewski can oblige.
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Arts
Food for thought,
plenty of laughs
and fine acting in
Testament’s ‘Black
Men Walking’ ECLIPSE
THEATRE COMPANY
Arts
reviews
THEATRE
Black Men Walking
ROYAL COURT THEATRE, LONDON
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The image of black men in Britain
has been dictated by fear and
stereotypes, which have rewritten
history in a way that demonises,
if not omits, the longstanding
presence and contribution of
black people in Britain.
COMEDY
It’s a burden that is heavier
than the rucksacks on the backs
of chocolate-loving Star Trek fan
Richard (Tonderai Munyevu),
Matthew (Trevor Laird) a phoneobsessed doctor with marital
strife and old man Thomas
(Tyrone Huggins) as they walk
Macbeth
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No other comic is so immersed
in the rhythms and culture of the
internet as Limmy. And this hourlong compilation of his shortform films is far funnier than it
has any right to be.
The cumulative effect of so
many weird, intense clips pulls
you in like an hallucinatory
nightmare. Playing over two
30-minute halves, about 90 per
cent of the clips just feature
Limmy. The majority are like a
particularly twisted Aphex Twin
video crossed with Taxi Driver’s
famous “You Talking To Me?”
scene, with Limmy engaging
himself in close-up dialogue,
violence and erotic come ons.
Many of these feel like him
auditioning potential catchphrases
and characters. Others, such as
those sketches where he spots
something untoward on television,
are deceptively and skilfully
edited. His young son makes
several appearances and there’s
an unsettling contrast between
cuteness and sociopathic fantasies.
It certainly whets the appetite for
Limmy’s Homemade Show, coming
to BBC Scotland next month.
JAY RICHARDSON
THE INDEPENDENT
OPERA
Limmy’s Vines
TRAMWAY, GLASGOW
through the Peak District.
In 2013 archaeologists
discovered the remains of North
Africans, buried in Barnsley during
Roman times. This revelation
is omnipresent throughout
the rapper, beatboxer and now
playwright Testament’s eloquent,
lyrical and erudite Black Men
Walking. As the men walk they
discuss football, race and unpick
their own identity crisis, citing
W.E.B Du Bois’ notion of “double
consciousness” (the sensation
that one’s identity is divided into
several parts - black and British)
making it difficult or impossible
to have one unified identity.
Director Dawn Walton
created Revolution Mix, part of
her Eclipse Theatre Company,
to challenge the notion that
most black stories in British
theatre, film and radio are either
imported, or stories about new
arrivals. In breaking this trope she
toys with stereotypes and visual
imagery even before we meet our
principal protagonists. The first
person on the small turf-laden
stage is a woman in a hijab.
Testament delves into his
hip-hop repertoire to mix melody
with syncopated dialogue to
delightful effect. Inspired by the
Yorkshire-based 100 Black Men
Walk for Health, which promotes
mental health and wellbeing, the
play cites Malcolm X describing
a new type of black man wanting
to walk for himself. There are
echoes of Spike Lee’s Get on the
Bus, a film inspired by the Million
Man March, which took place in
Washington DC in 1995.
Throughout it offers food for
thought, plenty of laughs and
fine acting, but its most salient
points highlight where traditional
arguments have their failings.
The heartbeat quickens
when they encounter young
wannabe rapper Ayeesha
(Dorcas Sebuyange) who offers
a millennial and generational
counterpoint to the male
paradigm.
To 7 April (020 7565 5000)
KALEEM AFTAB
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON
After two of the most abysmal
new productions I have ever seen
– From the House of the Dead at
Covent Garden, and La traviata
at the Coliseum – a revival of
Phyllida Lloyd’s production of
Verdi’s Macbeth comes to remind
us that critical standards are still
intermittently in operation.
Now in its third revival, this
version has grown magnificently
into its skin, with Anthony Ward’s
darkly austere designs and Paule
Constable’s atmospheric lighting
creating a world which compels
total belief.
What most impresses is
the visual economy of this
production, with a few key images
resonating with ever-increasing
power. The imaginary dagger
becomes a jagged sliver of light
coming through a half-open door;
the golden palanquin in which
the king makes his appearance
finds echoes in the gilded cage
of Macbeth’s mind, in the crown
by which Lady Macbeth is
mesmerised, and in the sacrificial
enclosure in which Macbeth
meets his end.
And it’s all superbly performed.
It was of course a bonus to have
VISUAL ARTS
Victorian Giants: the Birth
of Art Photography
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY,
LONDON WC2
The first exhibition to examine
the relationship between four
ground-breaking Victorian
artists: Julia Margaret Cameron,
Lewis Carroll, Lady Clementina
Hawarden and Oscar Rejlander.
(020 7306 0055) to 20 May
George Shaw:
My Back to Nature
ROYAL ALBERT MEMORIAL MUSEUM &
ART GALLERY, EXETER
Artists can be broken by the
weight of being the National
Gallery’s associate artist, but
George Shaw responded to this
trickiest of commissions better
than any participant yet. His new
paintings teem with his passion
for the great art he had the fortune
to immerse himself in at the
National, alongside an inescapable
need to apply it to his personal
history. (01392 265 858) to 8 Apr
Ed Ruscha
SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY OF
MODERN ART, EDINBURGH
Ed Ruscha has lived and worked
in Los Angeles for most of
60 years and the city has been his
constant inspiration. This free
show of more than 60 artworks
from the Artists Rooms collection
includes photographic series,
paintings and drawings dating
from the early 1960s to the 2000s.
(0131 624 6200) to 29 Apr
FILM
Unsane
15, STEVEN SODERBERGH, 98 MINS
Steven Soderbergh’s chilling,
darkly funny thriller – shot on
an iPhone 7 – benefits from a
wonderfully fiery performance
by Claire Foy. She plays a
self-reliant businesswoman
who we slowly learn has been
a victim of stalking – and who
suddenly finds herself committed
to a nightmarish asylum,
institutionalising “sane” people for
profit. Nationwide release
The Square
15, RUBEN ÖSTLUND, 151 MINS
Born to be Lady Macbeth:
Russian soprano
Anna Netrebko
BILL COOPER
Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth;
this Russian soprano now seems
born to sing the role. Proud,
pitiless, and ruthless, she casually
washes her hands at a standpipe
after smearing the guards with
incriminating blood when her
vacillating husband (Zeljko
Lucic) returns, shattered, from
committing the first murder.
Her timbre has the hard
brilliance of polished steel, but in
her sleepwalking scene it takes on
a grave and rueful beauty. Lucic,
alternating between bravado and
craven terror, makes a subtle foil;
in his final aria his singing has a
weary nobility.
Ildebrando D’Arcangelo’s
Banquo is exquisite, while tenor
Yusif Eyvazov turns Macduff’s
lament into a marvel of bel
canto grace.
To 7 April (020 7304 4000)
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
The director of 2014’s
Force Majeure turns to the
contemporary art world in his new
Palme d’Or winner, in which Claes
Bang stars as a gallery curator
incapable of dealing with what real
life has to throw at him. In spite of
its lengthy running time and the
darkness of its themes, the film is
frequently very funny, but it is only
partly tongue-in-cheek, feeling as
much like an insider’s view as a
lampoon. Nationwide release
Sweet Country
15, WARWICK THORNTON, 113 MINS
Hamilton Morris gives a
performance of dignity and wry
fatalism in this Australian w
estern about an Aboriginal man
who has “shot a white fella” and
knows he has no chance of a
fair trial. It’s a film of immense
power and pathos, helped by the
presence of such dependable
and battle-hardened old-timers
as Sam Neill and Bryan Brown.
Nationwide release
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Sunflower Bean
VARIOUS VENUES
As all three members hit the giddy
age of 22, Brooklyn’s Sunflower
Bean mature nicely on their
second album. Twentytwo in Blue
is a full-blossom beauty. Riverside,
Newcastle (seetickets.com) tonight;
Wardrobe, Leeds (seetickets.
com) Thur; Gorilla, Manchester
(ticketweb.co.uk) Fri
No Age
TALKS & POETRY
Ruth Ware
WATERSTONES, LIVERPOOL
The writer is in conversation with
Caroline England about her new
psychological thriller, The Lying
Game. They are joined at this
event by Tammy Cohen, whose
new book is They All Fall Down.
(0151 709 9820) tonight 6.30pm
Philip Hensher
TOPPING & CO, BATH
The Friendly Ones tells the
stories of two neighbouring
families thrown together by
their twisted histories. The
writer talks about the novel here.
(01225 428111) tonight 8pm
COMEDY
John Robins
VARIOUS VENUES
John Robins’ The Darkness of
Robins tells the tale of his break-up
with fellow comic Sara Pascoe.
Cambridge Junction (01223 511511)
tonight; ARC, Stockton-on-Tees
(01642 525199) Thur; Gala Theatre,
Durham (03000 266600) Fri
Joe Lycett
VARIOUS VENUES
Cheeky badinage, daft tales and
hopefully further prank exchanges
with powerful people and
companies, as the comedian gets
going with a tour of I’m About to
Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett.
City Hall, Sheffield (01142 789789)
tonight; Harrogate Theatre
(01423 502116) Thur
Tom Stade
VARIOUS VENUES
Tom Stade’s latest show is called
I Swear – so don’t say you haven’t
been warned. Yet there’s more
to him than his prodigious potty
mouth, including, here, great
routines about the generation gap,
religion and (yes) Saudi Arabia.
Glee, Birmingham (0871 472 0400)
tonight; Slaughter House, Liverpool
(0800 177 7575) Thur
POP
Brigid Mae Power
COLSTON HALL, BRISTOL
After the deep hymnals of her 2016
debut, Brigid Mae Power returns
with The Two Worlds, where she
navigates sweet/stinging extremes
across a set of querulous jazz-folk.
(seetickets.com) tonight
Jarvis Cocker
RAMSGATE MUSIC HALL
With a wiggle of a finger and a
shake of a leg, he returns. After
the Pulp reunion, the Chilly
Gonzales team-up and the
Scott Walker tribute, Sheffield’s
king of corduroy and caustic
insight resumes activities.
(ramsgatemusichall.com) tonight
VARIOUS VENUES
A change, a rest and nappychanging duties work wonders
for LA’s noise-rock duo on their
fourth album. Now both parents,
Randy Randall and Dean Spunt
return with Snares Like a Haircut,
a dynamic reinvention charged
by a core of full-bore feeling.
Hope & Ruin, Brighton (seetickets.
com) tonight; Exchange, Bristol
(seetickets.com) Thur; Buyers Club,
Liverpool (seetickets.com) Fri
OPERA
Ariadne auf Naxos
THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW
Brad Cohen conducts Antony
McDonald’s new Scottish
Opera staging of Richard
Strauss’s Molière-inspired
off-stage/on-stage comedy, with
Swedish soprano Julia Sporsén
as the Composer and great
British baritone Thomas
Allen as the Music Master.
(0844 871 7647) tonight 7.15pm
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but with this unhappy twist:
Tom will eventually remember
none of it. Frances Grey and
Mark Arends are spectacularly
genuine as the central pair.
(020 7407 0234) to 7 Apr
This House
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THEATRE
An outstanding production of
James Graham’s political comedy
about Harold Wilson’s mid-1970s
minority Labour government
struggling to cling on to power.
It romps along at a sprightly
pace and all those flares, wide
ties, bad haircuts and moustaches
are lovingly reproduced.
(0131 529 6000) to Sat
Legally Blonde
THEATRE ROYAL, NORWICH
Lucie Jones stars in Anthony
Williams’s brilliantly energetic
and witty production of the legal
musical, based on the 2001 film
and telling the story of how an
apparently air-headed California
valley blonde goes to Harvard
and becomes a seriously brilliant
lawyer, without ever giving up on
her right to wear pink at all times.
(legallyblondethemusical.com)
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this week
VISUAL ARTS
Munnings and the River
MUNNINGS ART MUSEUM, DEDHAM
Rarely seen landscape paintings by
the British artist Alfred Munnings.
(01206 322127) opens Fri
OPERA
Coraline
BARBICAN THEATRE, LONDON EC2
The Royal Opera’s world premiere
staging of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s
opera. (0845 120 7511) opens Thur
COMEDY
April Fools
VARIOUS VENUES, BARNSLEY
Barnsley’s month-long bash features
Richard Herring, Bobby Mair and
many more. (aprilfoolscomedy.co.uk)
opens Sun
8 days
from on
ly
£ 9 9 9 pp
THEATRE
Old Fools
SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE, LONDON
The especially cruel element of
Tristan Bernays’ one-hour play
on dementia is that it understands
how much memories constitute
romance. On the face of it, it’s a
simple boy-meets-girl yarn about
musician Tom and linguist Vivian,
If you only see
one thing today
POP
Calexico
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IQ
30-37
After a Mexican foray on
Edge of the Sun, Tucson’s
indie-mariachi standardbearers expand their
frontiers for the ninth
album. Recorded on the
North American coast,
The Thread That Keeps Us
adds outreach and drive to
Calexico’s robust story-song
know-how. Trinity, Bristol
(colstonhall.org) tonight;
Shepherd’s Bush Empire,
London W12 (stargreen.com)
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ENGINEERING
Minister seeks guarantees
on Melrose plans for GKN
By Ben Chapman
Business Secretary Greg Clark has
demanded 11th-hour assurances
from Melrose over its planned
hostile takeover of engineering giant
GKN, citing “concerns relating to
national security”.
In a letter to Melrose boss
Simon Peckham, Mr Clark said the
turnaround specialist would have
to agree to binding, “extensive and
clear” commitments on its intended
conduct if the £8.1bn deal goes ahead.
Mr Peckham wrote back with a
number of promises, but the Unite
union branded them “inadequate”,
and said they may not even
be enforceable.
Mr Clark expressed concerns
over the compatibility of Melrose’s
business model with a need for
long-term stability at GKN. He said
Melrose would need to commit to
treating suppliers well and submit
plans for funding GKN’s pension
scheme that satisfy the regulator.
Unions have branded Melrose,
which buys struggling companies
and sells them or their component
parts three to five years later, as an
“asset-stripper”. Earlier this month,
MPs urged the Business Secretary
to block the deal in order to stop the
“dismembering” of GKN.
The 259-year-old company has a
number of government contracts and
supplies parts for Boeing and Airbus,
GKN’s stock suffered a
slight decline, to 430.3p
(down 0.3 per cent) at close of
trading yesterday – but Melrose
improved (223.7p, up 1.2 per cent).
as well as Volkswagen and Ford.
It employs around 58,000 people,
including 6,000 in the UK.
“Interests broader than
shareholder value should be taken
into account,” Mr Clark wrote.
In response, Melrose pledged not
to sell GKN’s aerospace division
for five years, and said it would
maintain GKN’s UK listing and UK
headquarters, as well as ensure that
a majority of its directors are UK
residents. It also promised to keep
research and development spending
at 2.2 per cent of revenues or more.
M r Pe c k h a m s a i d t h e s e
commitmentswere“indirectcontrast
to the fire-sale being undertaken by
the current GKN board”.
H e a d d e d t h a t M e l r o s e ’s
“commitment throughout has been
clear… We are British and work in the
national interest”.
Greg Clark, the Business Secretary,
leaving Downing Street yesterday PA
Unite said Mr Clark’s demands
“may be too little, too late”.
“ T h e a s s u ra n c e s t h a t t h e
Government claims to have secured
are unenforceable, short term and
completely inadequate,” Steve
Turner, Unite’s assistant general
secretary for aerospace, said. “No
deal should be struck on the basis of
false promises.” THE INDEPENDENT
GOVERNMENT
Small firms
‘to miss out
on £33bn of
spending’
By Laurie Havelock
Quote of
the day
These numbers
are disappointing,
and while
they reflect an
improvement,
there is clearly
much work to
be done
David Mathers
Credit Suisse chief
executive on the firm’s
gender pay gap of
29 per cent
The 30
Second
Briefing
UBER
PROTESTS
Didn’t this already happen?
Yes, in January: then London Bridge
was closed for hours as black cab
drivers staged a demonstration
against Uber over their renewed
licence to operate, as issued by
Transport for London. Yesterday
it was the turn of taxi drivers in
Brussels, however: from 5am more
than 500 cabs staged a blockade
of large parts of the EU capital
and brought it to a standstill over
what they termed the planned
“Uberisation” of the city.
What did they want?
The Belgian cabbies were
protesting what they dubbed an
“encroachment” of a private sector
player on to what is seen in the
country as a public utility. The
CSC trade union, which represents
around 1,000 drivers, says that
Brussels city council’s plans to
introduce Uber will put them out
of business, particularly if the ridesharing app is put on equal footing
with local cabs, and vastly increase
the number of for-hire vehicles
in operation within the city’s
metropolitan area. “No to the theft
of our jobs, licences and societies!
No to the Uberisation of society! No
to social dumping!” read one leaflet
distributed by the taxi drivers.
Drivers from other parts of Belgian
and in other European cities also
joined protests in solidarity.
What happens next?
It’s unclear whether Brussels’
mobility minister, Pascal Smet, will
be deterred. He has already been
accused of “not listening” to workers’
demands, with CSC saying it is
prepared to “take tough action” to be
heard. The Belgian Taxi Federation,
meanwhile, has already called for Mr
Smet to resign.
The UK’s small businesses could
be missing out on £33bn worth of
government spending over the next
five years, according to new research.
Though the Government had
previously set a target of channelling
£1 in every £3 of its spending to SMEs
by 2022, an analysis of official data by
the procurement firm Millstream has
found that such spending has only
grown by 1 percentage point – from 10
to 11 per cent – in the past five years.
Millstream estimates that at this
rate, the UK’s SMEs will have missed
out on £33.5bn of lucrative public
contracts by 2022. It adds that the
proportion of funds diverted to SMEs
will grow from 6.5per cent in 2009 to
hit 13 per cent in 2022.
Penny Godfrey, Millstream’s
general manager, said that the figures
belied a “missed opportunity” for
SMEs and that the trends suggested
that not enough SMEs were
tendering for – let alone winning –
government business.
She added: “This is not itself a
criticism of the Government: the
target is there to encourage smaller
businesses to apply for contracts.
Doing so would spread risk for the
Government and improve its access
to specialist businesses.”
The Government’s own figures
from October found that SMEs
benefitted from £12.2bn of
public tenders.
Caroline Nokes, who was then
minister for government resilience
and efficiency, said she was
“confident” at the time of meeting the
2022 target.
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
HEALTH
GSK buys Novartis stake in
consumer products firm
By Josie Cox
GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to
splash out $13bn (£9.1bn) in cash to
buy a 36.5 per cent stake currently
owned by Swiss pharmaceuticals
giant Novartis in a consumer
healthcare joint venture between
the two companies, and has said
that it will launch a strategic review
into some of its other businesses,
including the Horlicks drink brand.
FTSE 100-listed GSK said that,
under the deal, it will take full control
of products including Sensodyne
toothpaste, Panadol headache tablets
and Nicotinell patches designed to
help people stop smoking.
The consumer healthcare joint
venture was formed between
Novartis and GSK in 2015.
“The proposed transaction
addresses one of our key capital
allocation priorities and will allow
GSK shareholders to capture the full
value of one of the world’s leading
consumer healthcare businesses,”
said Emma Walmsley, chief executive
officer of GSK.
She said that it will also remove
“uncertainty” and will allow
GSK to plan to redirect funds
into pharmaceuticals research
and development.
GSK said that it was initiating
a strategic review of Horlicks and
its other consumer healthcare
GSK has agreed to
spend £9.1bn and
is reviewing its
other businesses,
including Horlicks
nutrition products to support
funding of the transaction. Sales of
these products are largely in India
through GlaxoSmithKline Consumer
Healthcare Ltd, which is listed on
the National Stock Exchange and
Bombay Stock Exchange. GSK owns
a 72.5 per cent stake in that company.
Last week, GSK ended its pursuit
of rival Pfizer’s consumer healthcare
business in a deal valued at $20bn.
The Novartis transaction is
expected to complete later this
xyear, pending regulatory approval.
Novartis said that it would use the
cash from the deal to focus on the
development and growth of its core
businesses. THE INDEPENDENT
GSK’s stock price was
buoyed by news of the
deal, growing by 4.8 per cent to
be worth 1,351p a share at market
close yesterday.
Moss Bros reports ‘unsuitable’ sales figures
Suits specialist Moss Bros has
blamed a drop in earnings and
profit in 2017 on a “tough end to
the year” and stock shortages that
hurt sales.
The firm, which issued a profit
Outlook
SIMON
ENGLISH
Just buying the
index is no longer
a sure bet
T
rader Steve is back. If not
from the dead exactly,
then from something like
zombie status. For years,
he’s been clinging on to his
mid-level role at a mid-level broker,
well paid, but struggling to justify that
salary, as colleagues around him got
the pink slip and disappeared, drip by
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
i WEDNESDAY
28 MARCH 2018
TRANSPORT
Stagecoach bus
revenues blown
off course by
wintry weather
By Angela Jameson
RETAIL
By Caitlin Morrison
IQ
30-37
warning last week, posted revenue
of £132m for the year to 27 January
2018, up from £127m. Like-for-like
sales rose 1.6 per cent – against a rise
of 5.3 per cent this time last year –
while pre-tax profits and earnings
per share also dropped. Moss Bros
also slashed its final dividend to 1.97p.
Brian Brick, the chief executive of
Moss Bros, said poor performance at
the close of the year was “frustrating”
after a strong first half of 2017.
Mr Brick added that he was
bracing for “an extremely
challenging retail environment” in
the upcoming year.
drip, month by month. The bonuses
he had enjoyed in the Nineties were
history. He hadn’t had a boost to his
income since the financial crisis.
Lately, a bad situation had begun
to look even worse. Clients not only
stopped returning his calls, they
were disdainful of his talents. They
had index trackers and robot traders
who were cheap and didn’t seem
to require days off sick or have any
interest in lager.
Last week, a funny thing happened.
Something he had been predicting
for years, but increasingly more out
of hope than expectation. Wages
in the UK went up by 2.6 per cent –
enough to mean that interest rates
could start rising.
A few hours later, the US Federal
Reserve put its rates up, increasing
the strong chances that the Bank of
England will follow suit.
Markets stopped going casually
upwards a few weeks ago. Just
buying the index no longer looks
like a sure bet. Clients he hadn’t
heard from in years started calling.
“Got any ideas, Steve?” He resisted
telling them his first idea – stick it up
your elbow – and said yeah, he has.
There’s a few tech stocks that have
got a real chance in the wake of the
Facebook scandal.
Anyone not long on bank shares
isn’t paying attention. If you haven’t
already sold all your retail shares,
you’re an idiot, he offered. Which
Trrader Steve, a dinosaur
awaiting extinction, so most
thought, is suddenly back
in business
tech stocks? Which banks? asked
folks who admitted that they had
noticed their robot traders don’t
always get it right.
In fact, sometimes the robots seem
even stupider than the worst human
traders they had ever dealt with.
It might have been a coincidence
Stagecoach faced heavy weather
today as the buses and rail operator
admitted that the Beast from the
East savaged bus services.
In a trading update issued
yesterday, the FTSE 250 constituent
said that such results illustrated “the
scale of the impact of these extreme
weather conditions”.
During the past month its regional
bus revenues fell 2.5 per cent because
of the extreme winter weather, which
brought much of the country to a halt.
Excluding the recent disruption
buses revenues were virtually flat,
growing just 0.1 per cent.
Despite the impact of snow and
ice, the transport operator is not
changing its forecast
earnings for the full
year, which ends
on 28 April.
US revenues
have also
fallen, partly
due to contract
t i m i n g s
and
more
severe weather.
In response,
Stagecoach’s shares slid
more than 1.2 per cent – or 1.6p – to
129.6p, making it one of the few stocks
in London on the back foot.
Stagecoach’s share price has
fallen by 40 per cent in the past
year as the company has admitted
it cannot run the East Coast Virgin
Trains service profitably.
It added that discussions are
continuing with the Department
for Transport over new contractual
terms for the East Coast business, in
which it is a 90 per cent shareholder.
Stagecoach is likely to exit the
running of the franchise early.
It also revealed it has submitted
a bid for the new Southeastern
franchise, running trains between
Kent and London. EVENING STANDARD
that these calls happened just
after a driverless Uber car killed
a pedestrian (surely, the most
predictable story-in-waiting, ever)
but it might not have been.
Computers are only as clever as
the human who made them, investors
belatedly twigged. A computer that
loses £3m is no less expensive than a
human who does the same.
Trader Steve, a dinosaur awaiting
extinction, so most thought,
including him, is suddenly back in
business. There’s volatility in shares,
interest rates are moving, bonds look
overpriced. In short, there’s stuff to
bet on. Which means, if he plays it
clever, there’s a chunky bonus coming
his way next year.
Steve, a man who tends to spend
money before he has it, has at least
matured. He’s not dreaming of a
speedboat this time, but of the divorce
he hasn’t been able to afford for the
past 15 years. I didn’t say he was a
romantic guy. EVENING STANDARD
39
From the
business
pages
Wall Street bonuses
near record highs
The Washington Post
Wall Street’s bonus packets are
climbing towards record highs
once more, according to US
government data, with average
payouts hitting $184,220 (more
than £130,000) last year – three
times the country’s average
household income and 17 per
cent higher than in 2016. It is the
closest that bonuses have come
to an all-time high of $191,360,
recorded in 2006 before reforms
prompted by the financial crisis.
Amazon to deliver
groceries in Paris
France 24
Monoprix, one of France’s
leading supermarkets, has
announced a deal to make its
products available to Amazon
Prime customers in Paris and
its suburbs. In what is seen as
a coup in France, where online
grocery sales are yet to pick up
as they have in the US and UK,
Prime customers will be able to
receive Monoprix products two
hours after ordering.
Citrus fruit exports
to China soar
The Sydney Morning
Herald
The Australian citrus industry
had another record-breaking
year thanks to rising demand
across Asia, particularly in
China. Exports climbed 41 per
cent on last year – also a record
– to reach A$462m (£253m).
Australian oranges and
clementines were particularly
popular, with exports to the
Chinese mainland up 73 per
cent to a record 72,427 tonnes.
Warehouse staff
strike ‘a success’
El País
Spain’s major labour unions,
UGT and CCOO, have hailed
a 48-hour workers’ strike at
an Amazon logistics centre in
Madrid as a “complete success”
with 98 per cent participation.
The nearly 2,000 warehouse
employees are unhappy at the
terms of an agreement the
company is encouraging them to
sign, citing a potential restriction
of their rights and controls on
how much they are paid.
40
BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
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1766.0
950.1
11.1
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1476.0
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2301.0
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AUTOMOTIVE
BANKING
VW in court over
emissions scandal
City reveals wide
gender pay gaps
German carmaker Volkswagen
was brought to the High Court
in London yesterday over
allegations of emissions fraud
in what has been called “the
biggest consumer class action
in England and Wales history”;
60,000 car owners are accusing
the firm of installing “defeat
devices” to diesel-engine cars
sold between 2009 and 2015.
The gender pay gap is alive
and well in the City, as Credit
Suisse (29 per cent), Bank of
America Merrill Lynch (31 per
cent), Morgan Stanley (43 per
cent) and Citigroup (44 per
cent) all reported disparities in
the average pay for male and
female employees in their UK
operations. Firms have until 5
April to disclose such data.
RETAILING
CHEMICALS
H&M quarterly
profits fall 61%
Akzo Nobel sells
specialty unit
Swedish clothing chain H&M
says that price cuts and cold
weather were to blame for
disappointing profits at the
start of 2018. The firm’s pre-tax
profit slumped by 61 per cent
to hit £108m, with executives
warning that more discounting
would be needed to lift the
group’s flagging sales and
reduce unsold stock.
Dutch giant Akzo Nobel has
struck a $12.6bn (£8.9bn) deal
to sell its specialty chemicals
business to US private equity
firm the Carlyle Group after an
11-month effort to sell the unit.
The sale, which includes debt,
is estimated to bring in around
€7.5bn (£6.6bn) of net proceeds
for the paint maker, which will
be returned to shareholders.
BANKING
SERVICES
Ex-Lloyds chief
wins bonus case
Watchdog bans
new energy firm
Lloyds Banking Group has been
ordered by a judge to award
shares worth £1.35m to Eric
Daniels, its former CEO, who
was at the lender’s helm when
UK taxpayers bailed it out in
2008. Mr Daniels won a legal
claim that his bonus had been
withheld unlawfully despite
meeting targets in his contract.
One of the country’s newest
energy suppliers, Iresa, has
been banned from taking
on new customers by sector
watchdog Ofgem, after being
warned repeatedly over its poor
customer service. It marks the
second time in a year that the
Nottingham supplier has been
reprimanded in such a way.
CRIME
FASHION
Fraud director
to be named
Superdry founder
steps down
The Serious Fraud Office is
likely to name a successor to
its outgoing director, David
Green, this week. Names on
the list include the regulator’s
general counsel Alun Milford,
Sasha Wass QC, and Max
Hill QC, the UK’s terrorism
legislation reviewer.
One of the founders of highstreet clothing brand Superdry,
Julian Dunkerton, is stepping
down from the company’s
board and has donated shares
worth £1.16m to a marine
preservation charity, the Blue
Marine Foundation, as part of
the process.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 closed 111.5
points up yesterday, to reach
7000.14, thanks to a number of
big climbers, including Plumb
Center owner Ferguson (up 6.70
per cent), GlaxoSmithKline (up
4.88 per cent) and Shire (up 3.94
per cent). The index’s biggest loser
was Next, which fell 1.60 per cent
to 4,797p.
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The pound slipped 0.56 per cent
against the US dollar and made
losses against the Swiss franc
and euro yesterday. The dollar
rebounded to gain on most
currencies, growing 0.35 per cent
against the euro.
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FINANCE
Europe tightens curbs
on bitcoin trading
By Simon English
Financial regulators have tightened
restrictions on spread-betting,
especially on the trading of
cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.
The European Securities and
M a rke t s Au t h o r i ty ( E S M A ) ,
backed by the Financial Conduct
Authority (FCA), says contracts
for difference on cryptocurrencies
can only have a leverage limit
of 2:1.
In a further bid to protect retail
investors, ESMA has also banned
binary options, a financial vehicle
where investors can be awarded
another sum of cash if the value of
an agreed underlying asset is above
a certain price at the time when the
option expires.
Steven Maijoor, ESMA chairman,
said that the new measures would
“ensure that investors cannot
lose more money than they put
in, restrict the use of leverage and
incentives, and provide risk warning
for investors”.
The FCA said yesterday that it has
“serious concern” about the market,
in particular the marketing of highrisk products to retail punters. It
also notes that 80 per cent of spreadbetting clients lose money.
IG, the biggest player, said it is
disappointed by the clampdown
which will “unduly restrict consumer
choice” and could force clients to
offshore providers. IG says clients, far
from being naive, are sophisticated
traders who understand the risks
they take. Its shares recovered after
an early fall to reach 820p (up 0.49
per cent).
Peel Hunt advised clients to buy
shares in rival CMC Markets, saying:
“The emergence of regulatory clarity
should be a positive, given overhang
that has persisted for some time.”
EVENING STANDARD
Product Rating:
Largest liner sets sail
The world’s largest cruise ship,
Royal Caribbean’s ‘Symphony of
the Seas’, has set sail from a French
shipyard to Barcelona, where it will
begin its first cruise on Saturday.
The liner, which is 18 floors high
and the length of the Empire
State Building, can carry 6,700
passengers and boasts a laser tag
arena and a 10-storey “racing slide”.
RETAILING
Veteran finance
chief Mason
joins Dixons
By Laura Onita
The musical chairs in retail
boardrooms took another turn
as electrical goods seller Dixons
Carphone poached Jonny Mason, the
finance chief at cycle shop Halfords.
Mr Mason, who joined Halfords
in 2015, had stepped up to interim
chief executive at the company
from September to January while
it waited for Graham Stapleton,
Dixons Carphone’s head of software
business, to arrive as boss.
Ian Livingston, chairman of
Dixons Carphone, said he was “very
pleased” with the latest recruit after
announcing in October that Alex
Baldock, boss of Very.co.uk owner
Shop Direct, will join in the summer
as chief executive.
Dixon Carphone beat forecasts at
the end of last year, as it expanded
market share in electricals and on
strong demand for the new iPhone.
Dixons Carphone’s current finance
director, Humphrey Singer, is leaving
to join Marks & Spencer in the
same role. He will work alongside
Jill McDonald, the former chief
executive of Halfords, who is now the
boss of the retailer’s clothing arm.
Mr Mason was previously finance
chief at Scandi Standard, Odeon and
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BANKING
Your questions
about money
Dear Harry,
I opened a regular savings account
that offered an interest rate of 5 per
cent and I paid in £200 a month. At
the end of the 12-month term, I had
earned around £64 in interest, which
is a lot less than I was expecting. I
appreciate that I accumulated the
final balance of £2,400 over the
course of the year, meaning the
interest wouldn’t be anything like
earning 5 per cent on the whole sum,
but I wasn’t expecting it to be as low
as 2.7 per cent. Is this right?
Name and address supplied
Harry says:
As you point out, in a regular savings
account, you only earn the headline
interest rate on an accumulating
balance. This means your return
will be lower than what you’d get if
you were able to pay in a lump sum
at the beginning of the year. It’s still
not a bad deal, though. To put it into
daily
money
The Bank of England warned
customers about the quality of high
loan-to-value or loan-to-income
products in a financial policy
One in eight
retires with
no private
pension
By Vicky Shaw
perspective, if you put a lump sum
of £2,400 into a one-year fixed-rate
savings account you would earn less
than £50 based on current deals.
FIND THE BEST ACCOUNT FOR YOU
The best regular savings accounts
offer better rates than conventional
accounts, though you’re restricted
in the amount you can deposit. Such
accounts fall into two groups. First,
banks like First Direct, Nationwide
or Santander will pay a headline
interest rate of 5 per cent but are
only open to savers who have the
right type of current account with
the same provider.
Some providers will allow you
to open a new current account
with them to qualify. But expect
to be asked to meet some basic
criteria – you may have to pay a
certain amount in each month or a
minimum number of direct debits.
You can also opt for an account
that’s open to all, often with a lower
interest rate but one that still
outstrips standard savings.
One in eight people retiring this
year have no private pension savings, a study has revealed.
Some 12 per cent of people planning to retire in 2018 have no private pension of their own, rising to
nearly one in five (18 per cent) of
women retiring this year, Prudential found.
Women retiring this year
are more than twice as likely as
men to have no private pension
of their own to fall back on, the
research suggests.
Among men retiring
this year, 7 per cent
have no private
pension, according to the survey
of women
of 1,000 people
retiring this
planning to reyear have
tire in 2018.
no private
One in 10 peopension
ple said they will
be totally or somewhat reliant on the
state pension to fund their retirement, with others having some
other form of savings.
Prudential said this could leave
people starting their retirement
with an income of around £1,452 a
year below the Joseph Rowntree
Foundation’s minimum income
standard for a single pensioner.
The poll, which asked people
planning to retire in a given year
about their finances, found that the
number of people retiring without
any private pension is falling. In
2017, 14 per cent of people retiring
in that year had no private pension, nearly half the 23 per cent
recorded in 2008.
Stan Russell, retirement income
expert at Prudential, said: “While
the state pension is an important part of retirement income, it
shouldn’t be the only part, and those
still in work should if at all possible
be saving towards their retirement.
“It is never too early to start
saving into a pension, and even
a small amount each month can
make a difference.”
18%
Nationwide will pay an interest rate of 5 per cent but, in common with many
providers, only do so if you have the right type of current account with them
Once you’ve opened the account,
remember to make a deposit
every month – missing a payment
could mean you lose the headline
rate of interest. To be sure, set
up a standing order from the
account you’re moving your money
from, so that deposits are made
automatically. Check how much you
can pay into your account. Some
require a minimum deposit each
month, but this can be as little as £1
and usually the maximum is £250.
With a large lump sum, the dripfeeding approach is frustrating, as
you’re not earning the same rate
on money left behind. Consider the
interest-paying current accounts
offered by several high street
banks. For example, Nationwide’s
Flexdirect deal pays 5 per cent in the
first year on up to £2,500.
These accounts don’t have to be
committee meeting chaired by Mark
Carney this week. These products,
which were rife before the financial
crisis, were also branded as “risky”.
The group also said British families
could struggle if interest rates rise to
2 per cent or higher after debts have
accumulated during years of cheap
borrowing costs.
Total mortgage repayments across
the UK amount to 7.6 per cent of total
income, down from 9 per cent before
the crisis, the Bank reported.
Price comparison website
TopCashback is offering members
an additional £15 bonus on top of its
current cashback deals on a range of
Isa products.
New members can gain from
additional bonuses to earn up to
£270 just for opening an Isa with,
for example, Scottish Friendly or
Shepherds Friendly, so long as it is
opened via the TopCashback website.
DRIP-FEED YOUR DEPOSITS
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INVESTMENTS
Why was the
interest paid on
my savings less
than expected?
Ask
Harry
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your main current account, but you
need to meet the provider’s criteria.
REPEAT THE TRICK
One drawback is that such attractive
headline rates are only available for
a year, before reverting to a much
less generous figure. Make sure
you re-evaluate your options in the
month leading up to your one-year
anniversary: if the rate is about to
drop, look elsewhere.
Harry Rose is editor of ‘Which? Money’
magazine. To have your question
featured on this page, email business@
inews.co.uk or askwhich@which.co.uk
***
Speaking of Isas, Moneyfacts has
revealed that the average stocks and
shares Isa grew by4.8 per cent in the
past tax year – a large decline on last
year’s figure of 20.4 per cent but still
a way ahead of the average cash Isa,
which only gained 0.97 per cent in the
same period. The average stocks and
shares Isa has now delivered positive
growth in 12 of the 19 tax years since
its introduction in 1999.
Inside today: Special 8-page
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Mascarpone, pancetta
and Gorgonzola tart
Kakuro
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How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
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1 x 375g pack ready-rolled
shortcrust pastry
1 x 250g tub mascarpone cheese
4 x spring onions
2 x medium eggs
1 x 200g pack pancetta
80g Gorgonzola cheese
Black pepper
A little olive oil
1 x 23cm loose base quiche tin
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Preheat the oven to 190°c/375°f/gas 5.
Roll out the pastry, and line the tin, with
a fork prick the base a couple of times,
line with some foil and bake blind for 6
minutes. Carefully remove the foil. Pop
back in the oven for a couple of minutes
to dry the pastry, allow to cool.
Sauté the chopped pancetta in a little
oil in a frying pan till just golden. Trim,
wipe and slice the spring onions thinly.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together
the mascarpone cheese and the eggs,
season with some black pepper and add
the spring onions.
Drain any fat off the cooked pancetta
and add this to the egg mix, stirring well.
Crumble in the Gorgonzola, stirring
gently. Pour this into the baked pastry
shell. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes
until golden and set. Serve hot or cold.
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Recipe from aldi.co.uk
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
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contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
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9 Common sense (4)
10 Sharp object (5,5)
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RACING
Cloth of Stars
and West Coast
chasing greater
glory in Dubai
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
“First is first, second is nothing,” Bill
Shankly apparently once said, but he
certainly wasn’t talking about horses.
Cloth Of Stars may have been no
match for Enable in last year’s Prix
de l’Arc de Triomphe in Chantilly,
while West Coast was chasing Gun
Runner’s shadow in the Pegasus
World Cup in Florida last January.
But finishing runner-up to two of
the best horses in the world did not
go unrewarded. West Coast won
his owners over £1million, Cloth Of
Stars just shy of a million. Definitely
not nothing.
Even so, winning is better than
losing and both will be
seeking prestigious
victories at Dubai’s
World Cup meeting
in
Meydan
on Saturday.
André Fabre’s
one previous winner on Dubai World
Cup night was in the
2004 Sheema Classic and, with no Enable
to worry about, the master French
trainer (above) is entitled to be optimistic of a belated second success
with Cloth Of Stars in the same race.
Fabre’s Breeders’ Cup Turf winner,
Talismanic, is no also-ran in the
Dubai World Cup either, but he’s up
against hot favourite West Coast,
arguably the best horse in the world
on dirt.
“The vibes are good,” reports West
Coast’s trainer, Bob Baffert, oozing
confidence. “Everything has gone
smoothly. He’s a brute of a horse.”
Meanwhile, Willie Mullins has entered eight for the Grade One Ryanair Gold Cup Chase at Fairyhouse
on Sunday, but not brilliant Arkle
Trophy winner Footpad, who is being
held back for Aintree.
GOING:SOFT
188BET STEPHEN ALLDAY PERPETUAL PLATE CHASE
(CLASS 4) £11,400 added 3m
1
-43312 RED INFANTRY (D)(BF) I Williams 8 11 8..........R T Dunne V
2
9744-2 MILITARIAN Andrew Martin 8 11 7 .................. Mr J Martin (7)
3
272-22 MINELLA SCAMP (D)(BF) F O’Brien 9 11 7...... P Brennan T
4
-44313 CEANN SIBHEAL (C)(D) W Greatrex 9 11 2...... H Bannister B,T
5
P-46P1 CADEAU DU BRESIL (D) J G Cann 6 11 1.................T J O’Brien
6
-02231 SHANTY TOWN David Dennis 9 11 0 ......................G Sheehan C
7 U4-5D1 ONEIDA TRIBE (D) R Dickin 9 10 13.........................A P Heskin B
8
5-43P2 MR LOVE Mrs L Wadham 6 10 9.........................................L Aspell B
- 8 declared BETTING: 7-2 Red Infantry, 4-1 Shanty Town, 5-1 Oneida Tribe, 6-1
Minella Scamp, Ceann Sibheal, 7-1 Militarian, 8-1 Mr Love, 14-1 others.
3.15
FORM VERDICT
RED INFANTRY returned to winning ways over 3m at Doncaster in
January and lost little in defeat when runner-up off this 6lb higher mark
over 3m1f at Catterick last time. There could be further improvement to
come on his fifth start over fences. Shanty Town steps up in trip and
could feasibly defy a 3lb rise for scoring over the extended 2m5f at
Market Rasen. Mr Love finished second behind the last-named that day
and is another to consider now sporting first-time blinkers.
FOLLOW 188BET ON TWITTER HANDICAP HURDLE
(CLASS 4) £8,225 added 3m 2f
BANCO DE LOGOS J W Mullins 7 12 0......Kevin Jones (5) C
FRESH NEW DAWN Olly Murphy 6 11 12 .............. R Johnson
ALBERT D’OLIVATE N Mulholland 8 11 9 ....R T Dunne C,T
TZAR DE L’ELFE R Rowe 8 11 9..............................A Glassonbury
DESILVANO (D) H Evans 9 11 9............................ M Bastyan (5) C
AMBION LANE V Dartnall 8 10 13 ...................... James Best B,T
THE MODEL COUNTY (CD) A Phillips 8 10 7.............S Bowen
YOUNG LOU R Dickin 9 10 5...................Miss T Worsley (7) C,T
RING MINELLA P Henderson 7 10 2........................T J O’Brien T
- 9 declared BETTING: 9-4 Banco De Logos, 4-1 Fresh New Dawn, 9-2 Tzar De L’elfe,
5-1 Albert D’olivate, 12-1 The Model County, Ambion Lane, 14-1 Others.
READ NOEL FEHILY AT 188BET HANDICAP CHASE
(CLASS 4) £9,200 added 3m 5f
1
P55111 ALBERTO’S DREAM T Lacey 9 12 1......Mr Thomas O’Brien (5)
2 F-P3P4 SUNNY LEDGEND A Martin 13 12 1..............Mr J Martin (7) C
3
P2-433 FIGHT COMMANDER O Sherwood 9 11 12.....H Beswick (7) C
4
-12711 THE LAST BRIDGE (CD) S Johnson 11 11 4.......R Johnson C,T
5
-43533 SHANANN STAR G F Edwards 12 10 5.............D G Noonan C
6
/0PFP- CHARMING LAD A Day 13 10 0..................C Hammond (7) B,T
- 6 declared BETTING: 4-5 Alberto’s Dream, 7-2 The Last Bridge, 5-1 Others.
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4.25
FORM VERDICT
The Last Bridge arrives here chasing a hat-trick for Susan Johnson
and Gold Cup-winning rider son Richard, but he might not be open
to as much improvement as ALBERTO’S DREAM, who has gone up a
mammoth 27lb in the last three weeks since joining the Tom Lacey team
and could have more to offer on his first try over this stamina-sapping
distance. Fight Commander ran respectably at Wincanton on his return
from a break last time and looks best of the remainder.
WINCANTON
GOING:SOFT
SMARKETS MARES’ HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3)
£12,900 added 1m 7f
1
12117P FOXY ACT C Down 7 11 12.............................. Miss Page Fuller (5)
2
42-419 LITTERALE CI H Fry 5 11 12....................Miss A B O’Connor (7)
3
-53F19 ROUERGATE Miss V Williams 5 11 10......................A Coleman
4
3-126B APACHE SONG J Eustace 5 11 10.........................................T Whelan
5
0571F SHE’S GINA J W Mullins 5 11 2............................................J McGrath
6
-52462 HOPE’S WISHES (CD) F Brennan 8 10 11................D Crosse C
7
22 SHEE’S LUCKY N Mulholland 4 10 5 ....................T Scudamore
8
389467 BREAN GOLF BIRDIE C J Gray 6 10 0.......Sean Houlihan (5) H
- 8 declared BETTING: 9-4 Rouergate, 3-1 Litterale Ci, 5-1 Shee’s Lucky, 6-1 She’s Gina,
Apache Song, 14-1 Foxy Act, Hope’s Wishes, 50-1 Brean Golf Birdie.
3.05
FORM VERDICT
Rouergate was well beaten in ninth behind Laurina when tried at the
Cheltenham Festival and she will benefit from a drop back down in
grade on her handicap debut. Shee’s Lucky is open to improvement
on her two seconds at Leicester and Ludlow but the vote goes to
LITTERALE CI, who was disappointing when last seen at Cheltenham
behind Remliuc but should find life a lot easier here.
SMARKETS HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3)
£15,072 added 2m 4f
CASPER KING P Hobbs 7 11 12.............................................M G Nolan
SOME ARE LUCKY (D) T R George 7 11 11.......Mr N George (7) C
LITTLE JON (D) N Twiston-Davies 10 11 10..........S Twiston-Davies C
SOMCHINE (CD) J W Mullins 10 11 9........................A Thornton
BRAMBLE BROOK (D) C Tizzard 8 11 8.............H Cobden C,T
CITY SUPREME (D) A Honeyball 8 11 6.......................N Fehily T
VIVACCIO Miss V Williams 9 11 2 ..................................A Coleman
- 7 declared BETTING: 9-4 Some Are Lucky, 5-1 Somchine, City Supreme, 6-1 Casper
King, Bramble Brook, 7-1 Little Jon, 10-1 Vivaccio.
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top
tips
BEST BET
The Cider Maker
(4.15, Taunton)
Has had his problems, but looks
ready to come good again.
NEXT BEST
Darcy Ward
(2.0, Taunton)
Won over hurdles at first time of
asking at Taunton and has more
to offer.
ANTE-POST
A Grand National gamble on
Tiger Roll is gathering pace and
he’s now 12-1 joint favourite in
some lists.
SOME ARE LUCKY looked to appreciate the drop back in trip when
winning at Leicester on his latest start and the handicapper was kind
enough to leave him on the same mark, which he can prove to be very
competitive off. Casper King could potentially improve having had a
wind operation since being pulled up at Sandown on his first try over
fences, while first-time cheekpieces are tried on Bramble Brook after he
disappointing at Hereford last time and they could make a difference.
4.15
SMARKETS HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4)
£9,400 added 3m 1f
1
45/557 ACHILLE Miss V Williams 8 12 0.................................. C Deutsch C
2
4-5654 BLACKMILL David Dennis 7 11 13..................................B Hughes T
3
13/532 THE CIDER MAKER C Tizzard 8 11 13.................J Bowen (3) T
4
5-7124 SONOFTHEKING (CD) N Martin 10 11 12 .......Mr D Edwards (5) C,T
5
5-22F7 PINK GIN N Twiston-Davies 10 11 12 ........................... M Grant T
6 453FU2 INVICTA LAKE (C)(D) S Smith 11 11 11.......J Sherwood (3) C
7
113551 CUCKLINGTON (CD) C Tizzard 7 11 10................H Cobden B,T
8
531135 GORING ONE (CD) Miss A N-Smith 13 10 9......A Thornton C
9 5PP12P GENERAL GIRLING (CD) R Hodges 11 10 8 ....Jamie Moore B
10 0-54U5 TWO HOOTS J Scott 7 10 7....................................................N Scholfield
- 10 declared BETTING: 4-1 Cucklington, 5-1 The Cider Maker, Invicta Lake, 7-1
Blackmill, 8-1 Sonoftheking, 10-1 others.
WOLVERHAMPTON
BOXING
How Joshua the
teen rebel chose
right path instead
of going to prison
AJ’s first trainer tells Jack Austin
about the ‘lovely fella’ who nearly
went off the rails before making it big
I
t’s Monday morning and
Anthony Joshua is pulling
into Finchley Amateur Boxing
Club. The car he is driving is a
lot flashier, as is the watch on
his wrist, while his training gear is
adorned with several multi-million
pound sponsors. But Sean Murphy
still sees the 6ft 6in heavyweight
world champion as the same happygo-lucky teenager that first stepped
into his gym 10 years ago.
“He likes the buzz of the gym,
the atmosphere, the people, and
it’s him coming back to his
roots and where it all
started. He just feels
happy here,” Murphy,
the 28-year-old’s first
boxing coach, says.
Joshua is a creature
of habit and so this
eight-week fight camp
has been the same as the
ones that came before. Ahead
of his potentially historic world
heavyweight unification fight with the
undefeated Joseph Parker in Cardiff
on Saturday, he is dividing his time
Having pocketed £650 by correctly
predicting Dillian Whyte’s sixthround stoppage of Lucas Browne
at the weekend, budding tipster
Anthony Joshua has now revealed
the round in which he expects Joseph
Parker to fall in their anticipated
unification clash on Saturday.
Joshua, who could earn around
£20m at Cardiff ’s Principality
Stadium, had £25 at 25-1 that his
Puzzle solutions
GOING:STANDARD
2
SUNBETS.CO.UK HANDICAP (CLASS 4)
£9,750 added 1m 1f
CUSTARD THE DRAGON J Mackie 5 9 7............J Fanning C 4
GLORY AWAITS D M Simcock 8 9 7(6ex).......... M Harley B 2
DARK ALLIANCE (CD) D Loughnane 7 9 1......... E Greatrex 1
ENERGIA FLAVIO (CD) P Morris 8 8 11 .........Fran Berry C 3
- 4 declared BETTING: 6-4 Glory Awaits, 5-2 Custard The Dragon, 4-1 Energia Flavio,
Dark Alliance.
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SUNBETS.CO.UK HANDICAP (CLASS 4)
£9,750 added 1m
1
2-3551 ZABEEL STAR (CD) K McLintock 6 10 0 .......Connor Murtagh (5) 1
2
06738- WOODY BAY (C)(D) M Walford 8 9 8.................................... J Hart 2
3
4-3042 NEWMARKET WARRIOR (CD)(BF) I Jardine 7 9 8....J Gormley (5) C 4
4
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432-1 HARMONICA (D) Sir M Prescott 3 8 7.........................L Morris 5
- 5 declared BETTING: 10-11 Harmonica, 11-4 Zabeel Star, 4-1 Others.
old rival would put an end to the
previously undefeated Australian
before the fight’s halfway mark.
Now the IBF and WBA heavyweight champion has revealed he has
previous when it comes to getting
things right, especially when predicting his own career.
“I won a cheeky £650 – I was buzzing,” Joshua said. “And, for my last
four fights, I’ve been exactly on, or a
round out.
“So what’s the pick for Saturday?
By Declan Taylor
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NEWCASTLE
Anthony Joshua
squares up to Joseph
Parker at their final
press conference
yesterday before
meeting in the ring on
Saturday GETTY
Londoner revels in ability to
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between the Finchley ABC and the
British Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
The stakes have never been higher.
And yet Joshua is no different.
“He’s got a bit broader now, and a
bit stronger, but apart from that he’s
still the same fella really,” Murphy
explains. “There is no difference. He’s
the same person that came in the gym
at 18. He was just a bit of a joker really.
He was a happy fella, always smiling,
never really down. Just a really nice
fella, to be honest with you.”
But behind that broad smile
were all-too familiar
struggles. Murphy (left), an
experienced coach who
won a gold medal at the
1986 Commonwealth
Games in Edinburgh, has
seen many promising
boxers make the wrong
choices in life – drugs,
violence, prison – and admits
that Joshua had to work hard to
stay on the right path. “He was no
different to any other kid at the start,”
he says. “He could hold his hands
up. He came to me and said he didn’t
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round eight
and nine. I
think Parker
will fade around
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dart; chore; dash; stash;
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The judge said, ‘It’s only
the fact that you’re boxing
which is keeping you out
of a custodial sentence’
know anything about boxing but he
had a little bit of savvy about him.
“I’d be on his back. He was hardworking, but if somebody spoke to
him he’d stop and speak to them –
he was very polite – and I’d always
b*****k him for it. I’d say, ‘What are
you doing talking? Get on with it!’”
Joshua disappeared from the gym
at times. He began mixing with the
wrong people, and his career hung
in the balance in March 2011.
The police pulled over Joshua’s
Mercedes-Benz for speeding
and found eight ounces of herbal
cannabis hidden in his sports bag.
He was subsequently charged with
possession with intent to supply a
class B drug, and faced prison.
He hit rock bottom when he stood
in front of a judge a few weeks later
and pleaded guilty to drug-dealing.
But he was given a second chance
by the judge, who told him: “prison –
or boxing? And a year later he made
good on that chance by winning
Olympic gold for Great Britain.
“I’ve had loads of kids with
predict how many rounds Parker will last
I’m no Muhammad Ali [when it
comes to predicting fights].
“I always say, mentally, I’m ready
to go 12 rounds. But, if everything
goes to plan, I think people fade
between round eight and nine. I
think Parker will fade around eight
or nine.”
Joshua was speaking at the final
press conference prior to the first
meeting of two undefeated world
heavyweight champions on British
soil. But the Londoner’s showdown
with Parker will be the third
learned a lot about how to hantime running he has boxed
dle himself in the face-off
at a stadium.
as a result of his dealParker, the undeings with Wladimir
feated WBO chamKlitschko 11 months
pion, has seemed
ago. “ D u r i n g t h e
This is the first
totally unperturbed.
face-off, I just went
meeting
in
Britain
He even returned
back to when I fought
between
two
for a second face-off
Klitschko,” he said.
undefeated world
with Joshua at the
“When I was facing
heavyweight
traditional post-press
him
off [Parker], it is
champions
-conference stare-down.
about showing no fear but
But Joshua says he
at the same time I thought,
1
‘How long will I stand here for?’”
Klitschko had spoken in the buildup to their clash of an obsession for
winning but Joshua describes his relationship with boxing as something
else. “It’s not so much an obsession –
it’s just life,” said Joshua, who is 20-0,
with 20 wins inside the distance.
“I didn’t choose a career path after
college or go to uni – I chose boxing.
It’s just my career. It’s a challenge to
myself isn’t it? How far can I go?
“Is it an addiction? Yeah. It’s a fun
problems and a lot worse than what
Josh had,” Murphy says. “I’ve got
one of my boys who ended up on
crack and in prison. Some of them
just get away from you. I’m glad I
bumped into Josh when I did and
saw him in the street. His mum also
rang me at one point asking me to
see where he was, because he was
with the wrong crowd.
“He actually went to court and
the judge said, ‘It’s only the fact that
you’re boxing which is keeping you
out of a custodial sentence’. That
was the kick up the bum he needed
to say, ‘hang on, I’ve got something
here, and make something of my
life. Or do I want to go down the
other route and end up in prison?’”
Boxing saved Joshua – and
Murphy feels the full force of his
gratitude to the sport every day.
AJ became a perfectionist, poring
over every little detail of his stance,
his hand position, his range of
punches, his movement. And this
was never more evident than in
defeat, something he is yet to taste
as a professional.
“The worst one was when he got
beaten at the Europeans,” Murphy
remembers. “He rang me from
Germany and we were on the phone
for about an hour. That one hit him
pretty hard .” That meticulous
study has stood Joshua in good
stead and he takes on Parker with
a perfect professional record:
20 fights, 20 wins, 20 knockouts.
Parker will be a difficult opponent,
but the man who turned him into a
world champion is confident. “It will
be exciting while it lasts, but I think
Josh will stop him late on. Round
nine onwards.” THE INDEPENDENT
addiction, though. It’s a challenging
addiction, but it’s fun. I still enjoy it.
“What’s challenging? Finding
ways to improve and new ways to get
better. It’s humbling to know that he
[Klitschko] got beat a few times and
managed to come back.
“But I just think there is no room
for mistakes any more. Why do I
enjoy it? Because I want to be the
best me. Even in these good times,
when I’m winning, we’re not satisfied.” THE INDEPENDENT
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Hungary (0)...................0 Scotland (0) ..................1
Phillips 48
Russia (0)..........................1 France (1).........................3
Smolov 68
Mbappe-Lottin 40, 83
Pogba 49
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‘We understand and share
the anger of Australian fans’
» Continued from back page
support staff had prior
knowledge and this includes
Darren Lehmann, who despite
inaccurate media reports has
not resigned from his position.
He will continue to coach the
Australia men’s team under his
current contract.
“Once the investigation has
concluded, in the next 24
hours, sanctions will
be announced.”
Sutherland
(right) added, when
asked whether he
thought the players
cheated, that it
was a “bad day for
Australian cricket”, but
expressed his hope that the
doctoring of the ball attempted
so clumsily by Bancroft – which
involved some sticky tape with
some grit attached – was an
isolated incident.
Bancroft was caught on
camera on Saturday, during
the Cape Town Test, with tape
hanging out of his pocket, which
The new captain
Tasmanian wicketkeeper Tim
Paine is the only winner in the
ball-tampering scandal, having
been appointed the 46th captain
of Australia. It is a remarkable rise for the man who was
a surprise recall to the side for
last year’s Ashes series, having
been overlooked since his
previous appearance in 2011.
Paine has 10 caps and his top
score is 92.
he then shoved down the front of
his trousers.
He appeared in a press
conference later that day with
Smith, who admitted he and “the
leadership group” had hatched a
plan to doctor the ball.
Sutherland said yesterday:
“The feeling from Iain [Roy,
Cricket Australia’s head of
integrity] in his review is that
it’s an isolated incident, but
again there are things that
I don’t want to go into
too much detail around
right now.
“I certainly hope it’s
an isolated incident,
but it’s certainly one of
significant concern.”
Warner, Smith and
Bancroft have been placed on
report for breaches of Article
2.3.5 of Cricket Australia’s Code
of Conduct, which is concerned
with offences contrary to the
spirit of the game or that could
bring cricket into disrepute.
The article under which they
have been sanctioned is not
specifically concerned with
ball-tampering.
Cricket Australia’s chairman,
David Peever, said in a
statement: “We understand and
share the anger of fans and the
broader Australian community
about the events that unfolded
in Cape Town on Saturday.
“Ultimately, it is about
whether Australians can
feel proud of their national
sporting teams.
“That depends as much on
the way the players conduct
themselves as it does about
winning or losing. It is about how
we play the game.”
Episode has left Bayliss
embarrassed to be Aussie
By David Clough
IN CHRISTCHURCH
England’s Australian coach, Trevor
Bayliss, admits he is embarrassed
by the ball-tampering shame which
has engulfed his compatriots on
their Test tour of South Africa.
Bayliss, who oversaw England’s
4-0 defeat in his native country this
winter, has echoed the insistence
of captain Joe Root and senior
seamer Stuart Broad that
the Ashes tourists had no
reason to suspect any
sharp practice from
their hosts.
Bu t as a fo r mer
mentor of Steve Smith’s
when Australia’s newlydeposed captain was a
young New South Wales allrounder, he has been shocked by
events in Cape Town this week.
Smith was banned by the International Cricket Council for the
final Test in Johannesburg and
fined his match fee for the third
match of four at Newlands after he
and batsman Cameron Bancroft
confessed to a plot to alter the condition of the ball by using tape concealed in the latter’s pocket during
South Africa’s second innings.
“I’m obviously disappointed – and
as an Australian I’m embarrassed,”
said Bayliss (below). “Steve is a lovely young bloke who has made a terrible mistake, and I’m sure Cricket
Australia will work out the course of
action required.”
Bayliss, speaking after
England’s innings defeat
in their first Test against
New Zealand in Auckland, said of the Australians: “They obviously
will be punished, but I’ve
no idea how severe... we’ll
have to see what Cricket Australia come up with.”
Asked if England had any suspicions about Australian ball-tampering during the Ashes, however,
he said: “No. I thought we were outplayed by a much better team.”
Why can’t Sutherland just
admit that it was cheating?
Matt
Butler
J
ames Sutherland would
be ideal company around
your great aunt, given his
reluctance to use the C word.
Except the word in
question that the Cricket Australia
chief executive refused to utter
yesterday evening is not the wellknown obscenity that might be used
to describe one of the more rogue
members of the Australian cricket
team, but “cheating”.
He was asked three times by
members of the assembled media in
Johannesburg whether he thought
the actions of Cameron Bancroft
– and by proxy, the captain Steve
Smith and his deputy David Warner
any time either contrary to the spirit
– could be classed as cheating.
of the game, unbecoming of a player,
The first time he was asked,
harmful to the interests of cricket or
Sutherland stumbled over his words that brings, or could bring, the game
while offering the vanilla
into disrepute.
response of “this is not in
There is an addendum
Coach
the rules... not in the spirit of
to the article in the Code
the game”.
of Conduct which says it
Darren
By attempt No 3, the press Lehmann
is intended to be a “catchofficer barked: “He’s already was either
all provision to cover all
answered the question”,
types of misconduct of a
woefully
while Sutherland stared at
very serious nature that
ignorant
or
his interrogator with the
cannot be adequately
wilfully
look of a man who would
covered by offences set
rather be anywhere than
out elsewhere” in the
economical
discussing the skulduggery with the truth document. It goes on to
of the hitherto proud
provide examples, which
wearers of the Baggy Green.
include any conduct that
What Sutherland did say was
is considered “unfair play”.
that the players are on report for
Ball-tampering is covered
breaches of Cricket Australia’s Code elsewhere in Australia’s Code of
of Conduct – specifically article 2.3.5, Conduct. Article 2.2.9, if you’re
which is concerned with conduct at
interested. So it would follow that
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Bancroft, Smith and Warner are
on report for something worse
– like, deliberate, premeditated
cheating. And it would also follow,
going by the code, that they will
have a very large, very heavy book
thrown at them.
So why couldn’t Sutherland
admit that players under his watch
have cheated? Was it because
that if he did, the sheer gravity
of the episode would hit him like
a juggernaut? Or was it because
he was clinging to the hope that
Australian cricket would salvage
a tiny shred of integrity from
this clumsy attempt to gain an
advantage over South Africa?
Perhaps he just couldn’t bring
himself to admit it.
We may never know. Just like
coach Darren Lehmann had no
idea that three of his players
were plotting to cheat. Lehmann,
of course, has kept his job, even
though his players have been
caught doing things “against the
spirit of the game”, to use Sutherland’s words (I still prefer “cheating”: fewer characters to type).
The notion that Lehmann did
not know Warner, Smith and
Bancroft were planning on sanding
a cricket ball in the middle of a
Test match in Cape Town shows
the coach to be either woefully
ignorant or wilfully economical
with the truth.
Still, this is the state of Australian cricket. It is a sad, sorry state
of affairs, where belief in the side’s
integrity is at an ebb not seen
since Trevor Chappell was told by
his brother to bowl underarm at
the New Zealand tailender Brian
McKechnie back in 1981.
This is Australian cricket.
Where the national team is so entitled and obsessed with themselves
that they think they will get away
with blatant cheating.
One that is coached by a man who
doesn’t know his players planned to
cheat – or refuses to admit that he
knew – and the whole outfit is run
by a bloke who can’t bring himself
to say the C-word. Sutherland has
promised a review into the team
culture to try to win back the public’s trust in the side. He should take
the first step by telling us exactly
what some of them are.
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RUGBY UNION
Konta drops out
of top 20 with
Venus defeat
Cuthbert turns his back
on Wales to sign for Exeter
By Gareth Cox
Australia captain Steve Smith (left),
batsman Cameron Bancroft (top) and
vice-captain David Warner (above) arrive
in Johannesburg through scrums of media.
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Johanna Konta will drop out
of the world top 20 when next
week’s rankings are published,
after her defence of her Miami
Open title ended with Venus
Williams beating the British
No 1 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 in their fourthround match.
Konta started the year
ranked ninth in the world – and
last summer was as high as
fourth – but has steadily fallen
down to her current spot of
No 14, having begun 2018 with
injury worries.
The Miami Open was the
first time that Konta had
made it past the third round
of a tournament this year, but
she was second best to the
evergreen Williams, who was
making her 19th appearance at
the tournament.
Williams, who reached the
quarter-finals for a 13th time
in Miami, enjoyed the vocal
home support as she produced
an outstanding display after
coming off second best in a
wobbly opening set.
She said: “The first set was
definitely all [Konta] and she
came up with some amazing
shots to break me at 5-5. There
was not much I could do there,
except just hope I could keep up
in the second and third sets.”
The 37-year-old will face
fellow American Danielle
Collins in the last eight. Collins triumphed 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
against Puerto Rico’s Monica
Puig, who had seen off world
No 2 Caroline Wozniacki at
the weekend.
Sloane Stephens produced a
powerful display yesterday to
thrash Angelique Kerber 6-1,
6-2. The American took just
over an hour to reach her first
semi-final since her US Open
victory six months ago.
Early yesterday morning,
Jelena Ostapenko defeated an
in-form Petra Kvitova 7-6, 6-3,
in a match delayed by several
rain interruptions.
The Latvian now takes on
Elina Svitolina – who defeated
Australian Ashleigh Barty 7-5,
6-4 – in the quarter-finals.
Premiership champions Exeter
Chiefs have announced the signing
of Wales wing Alex Cuthbert on a
three-year deal.
Cuthbert, who toured Australia with
the British and Irish Lions in 2013, will
move to Sandy Park from Cardiff
Blues at the end of the season.
The switch means the
27-year-old (right) will no
longer be available to play
for Wales, due to rules
announced last year.
Cuthbert has 47 caps,
13 short of the 60 needed to
maintain eligibility after moving outside Wales.
After seven years with the Blues,
Cuthbert is looking forward to a new
challenge. “I’m very excited about the
move. I’ve played all of my rugby in
Wales and I’ve enjoyed some fantastic
times over the years, but I feel I’m at a
stage in my career where I have to try
something different,” he said. “And the
challenge of going to Exeter and trying
to prove myself in a new environment
at the Chiefs is something that really
appeals to me.
“Sitting down with Rob [Baxter]
and Ali [Hepher], I liked what they
had to say and where they said
the club was looking to go in
the future.
“Like a lot of people, I’ve
watched how the Chiefs
have not only developed
into a force within the English game, but also in Europe
over the last few years.”
Cuthbert becomes Exeter rugby
director Rob Baxter’s first signing for
next season.
Baxter said: “We have actually been
looking at Alex for a few years. At this
stage, he is a player who is looking for a
new challenge and that’s the important
thing to us.” PA
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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL
The end of ‘cup-tied’
players among the
new rules from Uefa
Bale: Wales in
good shape
for Euro 2020
qualifiers
By Matt Slater
Teams in Uefa’s club competitions
next season will be able to make a
fourth substitute in extra time and
use new signings who have already
played in the tournament for their
former sides.
These changes were among
several announced by European
football’s governing body yesterday
and they follow decisions made
by Uefa’s executive committee
in February and the game’s
law-making body, the
International Football
Association Board,
earlier this month.
From next season,
clubs that reach the
Super Cup and the
finals of the Champions League and Europa
League will be able to have 12
substitutes on the bench, up from
the usual seven.
In a statement, Uefa said this
will give “coaches more flexibility regarding substitutes, and
facilitate their squad management
for the most important fixture of
the season”.
A fourth substitute in extra time
has already been trialled by Uefa
in age-group tournaments and is
allowed in this season’s FA Cup.
The decision to let clubs register
three new players “without any restrictions” after the group stages,
however, may be more controver-
sial, as it effectively ends the idea of
being ‘cup-tied’. For example, if the
rule was in place this year, Philippe
Coutinho (below) would be able to
play for Barcelona in the Champions League, despite already featuring for Liverpool. But Uefa believes
it is simply bringing its rules into
line with what happens in domestic
leagues across Europe.
The governing body also announced new kick-off times.
Champions League play-offs,
group stage games and
knock-out matches will
now kick off at 8pm, UK
time, but in the group
stages, two of the
games on Tuesday and
Wednesday will start
at 5.55pm, apart from
on the last matchday,
when they will be played
simultaneously.
Europa League games will be
split between these two kick-off
times until the quarter-finals, when
they will all start at 8pm.
These split kick-offs may cause
headaches for domestic fixture
schedules, as nobody will want to
schedule a game against televised
European games.
Two years ago, Uefa was annoyed
when Manchester United’s FA
Cup replay at West Ham was
played at the same time as a
Champions League quarter-final,
and Barcelona have played a league
game in the earlier slot this season.
WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Fatigue worries for City and
Chelsea as last four beckons
utes was the last thing their manager, Nick Cushing, wanted.
Their legs are weary, but the adChelsea have a larger squad, but
vantage is with the players of they were 2-0 down to Reading in
Chelsea Ladies and Manchester the Women’s Super League on SunCity Women as they seek to make day before snatching a 2-2 draw.
history tonight. Both clubs defend That result, and City’s recent slips,
2-0 quarter-final leads as they at- mean Arsenal, who host Chelsea
tempt to clinch England’s
on Sunday, are back in the
best representation
title race.
in the last four of
Subsequently, Chelthe Uefa Women’s
sea manager Emma
Champions League.
Hayes called for the
In the 18 seasons
FA to “do more to
Arsenal are the only
of the competition,
help teams in the
English team to
England have
Champions League”.
reach the final. They
provided eight
She added: “The
beat Sweden’s Umea
semi-finalists, but
players are athletes,
1-0 over two legs
in 2007
never two together.
but they are human.
Manchester City, who
When we have a game
go to Swedish champions
every three or four days, it
Linkoping, reached the last four last puts a lot of pressure and stress on
season. Chelsea, who host French them to always be at their best.”
club Montpellier, are already in
With the draw already made, City
uncharted territory.
could face a repeat of last season’s
Both teams will be grateful for semi-final against champions Lyon.
their first-leg leads. On Sunday, Should Chelsea go through, they
City won their Women’s FA Cup expect to face Wolfsburg, who have
quarter-final at Sunderland, 4-2 in knocked them out for the past two
extra-time, but the added 30 min- seasons. THE INDEPENDENT
By Glenn Moore
By Phil Blanche
Gareth Bale promised Wales would
be ready for the 2020 European
Championship campaign after their
China Cup disappointment.
Wales had to settle for the runnersup spot in Nanning after Edinson
Cavani’s second-half strike gave Uruguay a 1-0 victory in Monday’s final.
The two China Cup games were
manager Ryan Giggs’ first in charge,
and Wales have just a May friendly
against Mexico in Pasadena before
the serious business of the inaugural
League of Nations starts.
Wales are in a group with Denmark and the Republic of Ireland for
autumn matches which precede the
European Championship qualifiers,
which start next March.
“Ultimately, we’re disappointed,
we thought they were there for the
taking,” Bale said. “But when the
major games come around in the
qualifiers, we’ll be ready.
“It’s been important having the
new manager in and everybody settling down, getting to know his ways.
It’ll stand us in good stead for the
future and I’m sure we’ll win many
more games.”
Giggs had started his reign with
a 6-0 thumping of China, with Bale
claiming a hat-trick to become Wales’
record goalscorer. But Uruguay were
always going to present a far more
formidable test, with Cavani and Luis
Suarez linking so well at the focal
point of their attack.
“They’ve got midfielders who are
very good players who can handle the
ball,” Giggs said. “So what we tried to
do was not let them play at their own
rhythm, try and put pressure on the
ball and stop at it source, not get it
to Cavani and Suarez because of the
quality they possess.”
Giggs took the opportunity to
blood several youngsters in the second half, and Connor Roberts and
Billy Bodin both made debuts.
“I’m really pleased with the depth
of the squad,” Giggs said. “I’m really
happy with a lot of players from this
tour, not only in the games but what
they’ve shown in training.”
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Phillips takes the
middle ground to
hand McLeish a
confidence boost
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By Alan Pattullo
AT GROUPAMA ARENA, BUDAPEST
Wales manager Ryan Giggs is pleased
with the depth of his squad
Alex McLeish breathed a sigh of relief as Scotland survived missing a
penalty to gain a confidence building
victory in Budapest.
Scotland had to defend stoutly
after Matt Phillips’ early second-half
strike to preserve the win. In terms of
ensuring the new manager’s reign got
up and running, the result was unusually important for a friendly.
McLeish avoided becoming the
first Scotland manager since Berti
Vogts to lose their first two matches.
He did so courtesy of Phillips, who
struck his first Scotland goal shortly
after half-time.
There was much debate over skipper Charlie Mulgrew’s involvement.
The Blackburn Rovers player is
due to play in a League One fixture
against Bradford tomorrow night. He
wished he hadn’t shown such commendable commitment when watching his penalty five minutes before
half-time saved by Peter Gulacsi.
Much had rested on the shoulders
of Phillips, asked to lead the attack
on a night when reputations were
on the line. The West Bromwich Albion winger was desperate to avoid
another disappointing display in a
Scotland jersey. More importantly,
sensing some agitation among fans
following Friday’s 1-0 defeat to Costa
Rica, McLeish turned to experience.
There was plenty of green in the
visitors’ line up, with the manager
restoring a core of Celtic players –
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ROUND-UP
Argentina stunned
as Spain put six past
them in Madrid
By Gareth Cox
Real Madrid midfielder Isco scored
a hat-trick as Spain put six past
2014 runners-up Argentina at the
Wanda stadium in Madrid.
Spain went 2-0 up when Diego
Costa beat Sergio Romero before
Isco grabbed his first. Argentina,
without injured forward Lionel
Messi, pulled it back to 2-1 through
Nicolas Otamendi’s header.
Isco and Thiago Alcantara made
it 4-1, before Iago Aspas added the
fifth. Isco completed his hat-trick in
the 74th minute.
Kylian Mbappé’s double dealt
hosts Russia’s World Cup preparations another blow as France
claimed a 3-1 friendly win in St
Petersburg.
France took the lead in the 40th
minute when Manchester United
midfielder Paul Pogba threaded a
perfectly weighted pass through
for Mbappé, who checked to lose
his marker and finished well.
Pogba himself scored the second
with a brilliant free-kick he curled
into the bottom corner from 25 yards
out. And although Russia pulled one
back in the 68th minute through
Fyodor Smolov, Mbappé sealed the
win with seven minutes left.
Gabriel Jesus was the Brazil hero
against Germany as the Manchester
City forward earned his side a 1-0
victory in Berlin. Home goalkeeper
Kevin Trapp made a mess of Jesus’s
James Forrest, Callum McGregor
and James Forrest. A fourth, Jack
Hendry, made his debut in defence
and looked very assured.
Hungary’s loss to Kazakhstan,
a country ranked 136 in the world,
on the same pitch five days earlier
heaped more pressure on Scotland.
McLeish’s side avoided a serious
stumble. On a bumpy, rutted pitch,
there was certainly potential for
mishap against the robust hosts. But
aided by John McGinn’s strong performance in midfield, Scotland withstood such roughhouse tactics.
Circumstances helped dictate
seven changes, more than McLeish
had planned. Three were enforced
due to injury to Scott McTominay,
Grant Hanley and Matt Ritchie.
Ryan Fraser came in for his third
cap as wing-back – a deeper lying one
that McLeish might have hoped as
Hungary started brightly. McGregor
played in an advanced midfield role in
support of the strikers, if that is how
we can term Phillips and Forrest.
It isn’t the first time Phillips has
been asked to play through the middle for Scotland. Memories of his
patchy performance against the
Netherlands in November did not inspire confidence, however. He eased
the pressure on both him and his
manager with a well-taken goal, his
first for Scotland in 11 appearances.
Forrest did come close to scoring
too. He pulled a shot wide after being
set up well by Phillips after ten minutes. Just before the interval he failed
Matt Phillips scores the winner
against Hungary with his first goal in
a Scotland shirt PA
Hungary
Gulasci
Fiola
Viera
Otigba
Guzmics
Pinter Kleinheisler Hangya
Edmundsson
Szalai
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Fraser
Robertson
McKenna Mulgrew Hendry
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Scotland
Subs: Hungary Elek (Pinter, 45), Szabo (Hangya, 45),
Nemeth (Dzsudzsak, 58), Patkai (Kleinheisler, 67), Bode
(Szalai, 77), Nikolic (Varga, 83); Scotland Douglas
(Robertson, 67), McLean (Armstrong, 70), Christie
(Forrest, 77), Paterson (Fraser, 82), McBurnie (Phillips,
84), Cummings (McGregor, 90). Booked: Hungary
Otigba, Elek, Szalai; Scotland Mulgrew, McGinn,
McGregor. Man of the Match Phillips. Rating 6/10.
Possession: Hungary 40% Scotland 60%.
Attempts on target: Hungary 5 Scotland 4.
Referee H Lechner (Austria).
to get proper purchase on the excellent Scott McKenna’s cross.
Other than Mulgrew’s missed penalty, this was as close as Scotland
came to scoring. As expected, Hungary seemed particularly desperate
to avoid another setback in front of
their own fans.
The home side were certainly enthusiastic, overly so at times. But the
incident that saw Scotland handed
the chance to take the lead shortly
before half-time was simply clumsiness on the part of Laszlo Kleinheisler, who bundled Fraser over on the
edge of the box.
Brief debate as to who might take
the penalty kick was ended when
Mulgrew grabbed the ball. A setpiece expert, his technique failed
him here as Gulacsi dived to his left
to make a spectacular save.
It might have gone from bad to
worse shortly afterwards for Scotland but Andy Robertson was in the
right place to clear Adam Pinter’s
header off the line and ensure the
half finished goalless. But the scoreline remained like this for only three
minutes of the second period. Fraser
broke down the right and his deflected cross was met by Phillips on the
edge of the six-yard box.
Scotland spent much of the rest
of the game repelling Hungary. The
game petered out later in the half
amid a host of substitutions and
going but Scotland, and McLeish in
particular, gained what they so desperately needed.
diving header and could only parry
the ball over the line in the 37th
minute which meant the Germans
lost for the first time in 23 matches.
This was also the first full meeting between the two nations since
Germany humiliated Brazil 7-1 in
the 2014 World Cup semi-final in
Belo Horizonte.
Belgium, who England take on in
their third match of the group stage
this summer, ran out comfortable
4-0 winners over Saudi Arabia.
Another of England’s group stage
opponents, Panama, were thrashed
6-0 in Switzerland, with Arsenal
midfielder Granit Xhaka among
the scorers with a first-half penalty.
The Central Americans have lost
three and drawn against Wales in
their past four friendlies.
Paul Pogba curls home a free-kick
for France against Russia yesterday
ICELAND
‘Viking clap’ is trademarked
– to anger of supporters
By Evan Bartlett
It was the football chant that
charmed a continent during
Euro 2016, but now the iconic
‘Viking clap’ has caused a bitter
row in Iceland.
A popular cartoonist has been
told he must stop selling T-shirts
bearing the image of an
Iceland fan shouting
‘Hu!’ – because
the word and its
variants have been
trademarked.
Hugleikur
Dagsson says he
first started selling
his merchandise
(right) after Iceland’s
momentous run at Euro
2016 – in which his country
secured a famous victory over
England – and has sold hundreds
via his website in the run-up to
the island nation’s first World
Cup this summer.
But no more. Dagsson claims
he received notice from a man
saying he had registered the
‘Huh!’ patent two years ago
and now wants royalties from
any profits or he will force the
cartoonist to cease production.
Dagsson, who already donates
50 per cent of his profits to
charity, is upset that this piece
of cultural heritage has been
claimed by an individual.
“I think it’s something that
shouldn’t belong to anyone. I
certainly don’t want to
own it,” the cartoonist
told i.
“I’m not surprised
that you can
trademark it. I’m
just surprised
that someone did
so, without either
realising or caring
what a dick move it is.”
‘Huh!’ was
trademarked on 7 July 2016 by
Gunnar Por Andresson and the
patent lasts until 2026.
Nevertheless, Dagsson is
unperturbed and says he will
continue to sell the T-shirts.
“[The Iceland national team]
have changed the kit design
again, so I guess I’ll draw an
updated version of the ‘Hu!’
guy,” he added.
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Lively Vardy
puts case on
decent night
for Southgate
ENGLAND
Vardy 26
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Insigne 87 pen
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Sam
Cunningham
AT WEMBLEY STADIUM
The full introduction of Video Assistant Referees into English football was surely set back years after
it cost England a deserved victory
against Italy.
With three minutes remaining,
Federico Chiesa dribbled between
three England players and even the
replays appeared to show he lost
control of the ball before James
Tarkowski, making his England
debut, trod on the Italian’s foot.
Referee Deniz Aytekin did not
award the spot kick in real time,
but the VAR decided it was a clear
and obvious penalty, which Lorenzo
Insigne smashed in. Whether you
believe it was a penalty or not, there
were enough arguments on either
side to indicate it was neither clear
nor obvious.
It cost England a sixth consecutive clean sheet, although it did not
largely change what England manager Gareth Southgate will have noted
from the experience. There has been
plenty of talk about how Pep Guardiola is influencing this England team,
but against Italy it was a striker
from Leicester who caused the most
problems. Perhaps we are not giving
Claude Puel enough credit.
Jamie Vardy could present a
problem for Southgate in England’s
remaining friendlies before the
World Cup. England’s manager
prefers to play one central striker,
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Walker
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Sterling
Candreva
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Immobile
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Donnarumma
Italy
Subs: England Rose (Trippier, 60), Lallana (OxladeChamberlain, 60), Rashford (Vardy, 70), Cook (Lingard,
71), Henderson (Stones, 73); Italy Chiesa (Candreva,
56), Belotti (Immobile, 64), Gagliardini (Pellegrini, 79).
Booked: England Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walker,
Young.
Man of the Match Walker. Rating 7/10.
Possession: England 48% Italy 52%.
Attempts on target: England 6 Italy 2.
Referee D Aytekin (Ger).
Attendance 82,598.
and if he is fit and well, then Harry
Kane is the first choice. But Kane
is not fit and not well and Vardy
has now scored 11 goals in his last
16 matches.
Kane is a fabulous player – strong
all-round – but you want a Vardy in
your side because he gives the impression he could spend a night dissolving Skittles into three litres of
vodka, drink it all and still turn up at
the stadium the next evening, put a
shift in and probably nick you a goal.
MOTORSPORT
Monger returns in
Formula Three car
Billy Monger, the British driver
who had both his legs amputated
after a horrific Formula Four crash
last year, will return to racing this
weekend when he competes in the
opening weekend of the British
Formula Three campaign at Oulton
Park in Cheshire. Monger, 18, will
race for Carlin, having spent time
testing with the team. He said:
“One race at a time for now but I am
hoping to confirm for the rest of the
season soon.”
Only the red and purple Skittles, obviously – he doesn’t like the orange,
green and yellow ones.
Then where does Marcus Rashford, the young, exciting Manchester United forward, fit in? Oh, to be
England manager.
Vardy made more of a mark on
this match with two touches in the
opening 60 seconds than he did in
his 22-minute substitute appearance
against the Netherlands. In Amsterdam he failed to touch the ball once,
but England’s first chance came
from the whippet-like forward, who
was stopped just as he was about to
get a shot away by Mattia De Sciglio.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went
down easily inside Italy’s penalty
area between two opponents and
was given nothing. Moments later
Raheem Sterling showed the reward
for staying on your feet when he tore
forward with the ball, was tripped,
got back up and threaded a pass into
the path of Vardy’s run, although his
drive was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma’s legs.
The determination to chop Sterling down led to England’s opener.
His legs were taken away twice and
Aytekin finally gave a free-kick. Sterling furiously waved his arms at the
official and Italy’s players looked
FOOTBALL
Noble asks fans to get behind team
West Ham captain Mark Noble has
pleaded with supporters not to
repeat the crowd trouble
which marred the 3-0
defeat by Burnley.
A further protest has
been planned outside
the ground before
Saturday’s crucial
home game against
Southampton but Noble
(right) has urged the fans
to get behind the team during
the match or face the prospect of
dropping into the Championship.
Writing on the club’s website, the
long-serving midfielder said:
“Our last home game against
Burnley was one of my
toughest days in nearly 20
years at West Ham, and I
never want to see scenes
like that again. None of
us do.
“We need everyone to be
together and to be behind the
team, because positive vibes really
do inspire the players on the pitch.”
one way. Jesse Lingard, meanwhile,
stopped the ball with his hand and
popped it instantly to Vardy. He ran
through and lashed the ball into the
top corner.
Sterling and Lingard have been
handed opportunities to prove their
merit in the last two matches and
they strode off down the Wembley
tunnel with them.
This defence will surely get punished by more potent strikers, however. John Stones was asked after
Friday’s victory if there were any
concerns that England’s supporters
would turn on their players when
an error was caused by the high-
TENNIS
Nadal set to return
for Davis Cup tie
Rafael Nadal is set to make his
return from injury in Spain’s Davis
Cup quarter-final against Germany
next month. The 31-year-old has
not played a match since retiring
during the fifth set of his quarterfinal against Marin Cilic at the
Australian Open in January with a
hip muscle injury. The tie between
Spain and Germany will take place
on Nadal’s favoured clay, at the
Plaza de Toros in Valencia, from
6-8 April.
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strength to block the resulting effort.
Defending like that will be tantamount to Russian roulette at the
World Cup, and who knows what call
will be given on any half-contentious
decisions by the official watching
the replays.
FOOTBALL
TENNIS
Solanke header puts
Young Lions on top
Dominic Solanke’s 88th-minute
header earned England Under-21s
a dramatic 2-1 victory over Ukraine
in their European Championship
qualifier. Everton forward Dominic
Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring
before the break at Bramall Lane.
Mykola Shaparenko drew Ukraine
level in the 83rd minute but
Liverpool forward Solanke grabbed
the winner to send England back to
the top of their qualifying group with
four games remaining.
Lewis Cook’s appearance
as a 71st minute substitute
earned his grandfather a £17,000
windfall. Trevor Burlingham placed
a £500 bet in 2014 – at 33-1 – that
his grandson, now 21, would win his
first England cap before turning 26.
aheem Sterling used to
be a full stop for England,
the point at which
promise would grind to
a complicated halt. Now
he is a go sign, a fast-twitch trigger
point of danger.
It has been a good week for
Sterling. Six years into his England
career, yet still only 23, Sterling is
the go-to Pep Guardiola graduate
around whom Gareth Southgate is
building this England team.
The recycling of Sterling as a
central figure under Guardiola
at Manchester City, one who is at
last more appreciative of less-isRaheem Sterling has had a good week
more theory, has given Southgate
up front for England
a serious weapon to offset the
creative deficit at the heart of the
Indeed Pellegrini is just the
England midfield.
kind of artistic presence England
And after an indifferent start it
lack in the middle of the park, a
was the white-hot pace of Sterling
footballer who gets his head up and
that ambushed a dominant
always has time. For 20 minutes
opposition. This was a contest
Pellegrini, Jorge Luiz Jorginho and
that pitched England’s gathering
Marco Parolo created a web of slick
enthusiasm for bossing the ball
passing and movement that had
with ancient Italian penchant for
Southgate scratching his head in
stylish utility. There is
the technical area.
no need to practise that
That cocksure strut
The game
which occurs via instinct
of Amsterdam was not
honed over generations,
a feature here. Like
needed
and for the opening period a player
the Netherlands, this
the carousel was blue
Italian team does not
brim full of
not white.
compare with the aristos
confidence
Italy might not be
of old but the decline
to take hold
present at the upcoming
is not as steep. And
of
it
and
lead.
World Cup but they remain
once those blue shorts
masters of organisation
That man was connect to old rhythms
and, in this generation,
their sense of history is
Sterling
comparatively speaking,
quickly restored.
making a little go a
England were initially
long way.
trapped by an old failing, the gaps in
The anxiety about the failure
the structural framework, between
of Serie A to crank out the next
defence and midfield and between
generation of superstars is not
midfield and attack, too great to
without foundation, as the 2-0
nurture fluency.
defeat to Argentina in Manchester
It needed a player brim full
last week showed. But in players
of confidence to take hold of the
like Lorenzo Pellegrini, the
game and lead. That man was
21-year-old from Roma, who came
emphatically Sterling, who as the
in for Marco Verratti here, there is
half wore on gradually evinced from
a hint of the hip-swaying swagger
those around him the urgency to
classically associated with an
knock Italy out of their stride.
Azzurri midfield.
It was his darting burst at the
Kyrgios rows with ‘salty’ Verdasco
Australian Nick Kyrgios and
Spain’s Fernando Verdasco
had a public row on social
media yesterday after
the former called the
latter “the saltiest
dude” for arguing with
his Miami Masters
opponent Thanasi
Kokkinakis. Kyrgios
added in his tweet,
which he later deleted, that
Verdasco “must be frustrated
at his past success against
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England’s new enthusiasm
Kevin
Garside
risk strategy of passing out from the
back. He scoffed a little, and replied:
“It might not”.
Within three minutes last night he
had made two errors and had to rely
upon his own desperate defending
to recover. After 31 seconds, Stones
tried to execute an offside trap but
Ciro Immobile was at least a yard onside as he burst through. He dallied
enough, though, to allow the Manchester City centre-back to hustle
back. Even worse: Stones tried to
shimmy his way past Immobile but
was tackled by the forward, who
would likely have scored had he been
sharper. As it was, Stones used his
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Australians”. Verdasco had lost
his previous six matches against
Australians, but beat Kyrgios’s
compatriot Kokkinakis 3-6,
6-4, 7-6. The Spaniard
then accused Kyrgios
(left) of lacking courage
for deleting the tweet,
to which the Australian
retorted: “I would honestly
have told it to Verdasco’s
face.” The pair could meet in
the Miami Masters semi-finals.
» Konta to drop out of top 20, p50
RUGBY LEAGUE
Stone sacked by
Huddersfield
Huddersfield’s Rick Stone has
become the first Super League
coaching casualty of the season. The
51-year-old Australian, appointed in
2016, has been sacked by the Giants
just two months into the season
with the team next to bottom of the
table after winning only two of their
opening seven matches. Assistant
coach Chris Thorman has been
placed in temporary charge ahead
of Friday’s home game against
champions Leeds.
heart of the Italian defence that
drew the quick free-kick on which
Jamie Vardy so thunderously fed.
Vardy went 22 minutes without so
much as a touch in the Netherlands.
He hadn’t had many more here,
but once invited to hit the target
there are few who relish the
opportunity more.
This was again a night of
experiment for Southgate and the
changes took time to settle. In this
phase of the global football cycle
England have become accustomed
to mining unconventional
seams. Last night was the turn
of James Tarkowski to make his
introductions at the age of 25. Like
Harry Maguire, who laboured
largely unseen in Sheffield before
the move to Hull brought him to
wider attention, Tarkowski is new
to high elevations, making his first
Premier League start for Burnley
just 11 months ago.
And like everybody else in white,
the world was a better place for
Tarkowski after the goal. Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain began to look
a persistent irritant in midfield,
dovetailing more effectively with
Jesse Lingard, who’s movement
was eventually picked out with the
requisite frequency by the deeplying Eric Dier.
The latter did not start in the
Netherlands and his inclusion
needs some consideration in a
formation predicated on three
centre-backs. His deployment in
midfield is one defensive element
too many. Dier and England
functioned better when he dropped
back into the three to cover for the
injured John Stones.
The rash of second-half
substitutions by Southgate
inevitably sucked the cohesion
out of his team and invited Italy
to finish as they started, the more
purposeful outfit, though without
the contribution of VAR the visiting
team might have gone home
unrequited.
The fixtures against Holland
and Italy mark the end of
experimentation for England.
Southgate’s next two friendlies
against Costa Rica and Nigeria will
be with his World Cup squad. Yes,
we are almost there.
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FOOTBALL
McLeish up
and running
as Scotland win
in Hungary
P51
TENNIS
Konta to drop
out of world
top 20 as slide
continues
Cheating Australians sent
home but Lehmann spared
By Matt Butler
P48
BOXING
Joshua’s first
trainer reveals
how he kept on
the right path
Australia cricket coach Darren
Lehmann will keep his job, despite
leading a team which includes three
players who have been sent home in
disgrace from their tour of South
Africa for cheating.
Lehmann escaped the wrath of
Cricket Australia, whose ashenfaced chief executive James Sutherland announced yesterday that
only three players – captain Steve
Smith, vice-captain David Warner
and opening batsman Cameron
Bancroft – had prior knowledge of
the plot to tamper with balls during
the third Test against South Africa.
The trio will face “significant
sanctions” for offences which have
prompted outrage and disbelief
from the world of cricket and have
even caused the Australian Prime
Minister to express his anger.
Those penalties are due to be revealed later today. The three players
are also due to leave on a plane home
from the Australians’ base in Johannesburg today.
Sutherland, who revealed that
Tim Paine has been appointed
Australia captain, said: “I want to
apologise to all Australians for what
took place. It’s about the reputation
and integrity of Australian cricket
and Australian sport – and whether
Australians can take pride in their
national team.
“The key finding is that prior
knowledge of the ball-tampering
incident was limited to three
players: captain Steve Smith,
vice-captain David Warner and
Cameron Bancroft.
“The three players on report – we
are contemplating significant sanctions, which will reflect the gravity of
what has occurred and the damage
it has done to the standing of Australian cricket. No other players or
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