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QUA L I T Y, C O N C I S E – T H E F U T U R E O F I N D E PE N D E N T JOU R NA L I S M
FR DAY
Jeff Goldblum
Isle of Dogs
★★★★★
Alexandra Burke
FRIDAY
30 MARCH 2018
Number 2,292
May’s grand tour
of Britain P4
Easter travel and
weather P7
Poison spy’s
daughter
‘impro
oving
rapidlly’
» Yulia Skripal makes ‘incredib
ble’
recovery at Salisbury hospitall
» Target of nerve agent attack, father
Sergei, still remains critically ill
» Police reassure residents afte
er high
levels of poison are found at ho
ome
LABOUR IN CHAOS
P8
I MARK STEEL
P17
I AUSTRALIAN CRICKET’S TEARS
P64
The
News
Matrix
BUSINESS
Why might
Christ’s thorn
jujube tree
become a sign of
hope, not pain?
See p.23
The day at
a glance
FRIDAY
30
MARCH
Quote of the day
Let us have a care not
to disclose our hearts
to those who shut up
theirs against us
FRANCIS BEAUMONT
PEOPLE
TECHNOLOGY
CRIME
TELEVISION
‘Firm had access to
MoD information’
Satanist desecrates
Catholic church
Pablo makes his way
to North America
A woman has died after being hit
by a pallet of bricks that fell from a
building site crane. The 29-year-old,
who has not been named, was struck
by debris while walking next to the
construction site for a new housing
development in Tower Hamlets,
east London. A post-mortem
examination will be carried out.
The parent company of Cambridge
Analytica – which has been
criticised for harvesting personal
information from Facebook – had
clearance to view secret UK security
information. SCL Group worked for
the MoD and other departments,
a dossier from whistle-blower
Christopher Wylie shows. PAGE 12
A Catholic church has been attacked
for a second time by a man who
lit fires and left satanic images.
The incident at St Mary’s in Great
Yarmouth was recorded on CCTV.
Footage showed a man trying to burn
a sacred icon from the altar that he
replaced with a picture of a satanic
figure. Police are investigating.
A British-made children’s show
about a boy with autism has been
snapped up by broadcasters in North
America. Pablo, a live action and
2D animation series written and
produced by Belfast-based Paper
Owl Films, has been bought by the
US network Universal Kids and the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
TELEVISION
ANIMALS
NATURE
Anniversaries
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Crossword.............22
TV & Radio...........38
Homes......................44
Business..................48
Puzzles.....................52
Weather...................54
UNITED STATES
Government funding Help! Ringo needs
Dolphins ‘forced to
for S4C to switch off
somebody… anybody compete for food’
Judge in Cosby trial
refuses to step aside
Direct Government funding for
Welsh language TV station S4C will
end in 2022. S4C funding will then
be entirely from the licence fee. The
Government currently provides
8 per cent of the £84m budget
(£6.6m), with 90 per cent coming
from the licence fee and 2 per cent
from S4C’s commercial income.
A judge hearing Bill Cosby’s sexual
assault trial rejected demands from
the actor’s lawyers that he step aside
because his wife is a social worker
and advocate for assault victims.
Judge Steven O’Neill said the claim
that he shared the same views as his
wife, or was influenced by her, was
“faulty, plain and simple”.
A puppy named after The Beatles
drummer Sir Ringo Starr was forced
to twist and shout when he got stuck
in a cabinet. Owner Verity O’Neill,
from Birkenhead, Merseyside, found
her miniature Yorkshire terrier with
his head stuck in a hole in the unit.
Ringo was freed with a little help
from his friends at the RSPCA.
EDUCATION
The List
Fishing nets are suffering six times
more damage than normal because
dolphins are forced to enter them
in search of food in areas where
overfishing occurs. Researchers
found that bottlenose dolphins
off Cyprus had been forced into a
“vicious cycle” of competing with
trawlers and fishing boats for fish.
Bottom of
the class
A survey conducted by the teachers' union the NASUWT reveals that
many teachers feel pupils are being taught in inadequate buildings.
Pupils are being taught in schools that are damp, have mould, or are
simply not big enough due to increasing class sizes.
Fish and chips that
batter the rivals
600,000 or more
rise in number of secondary
school pupils in England by 2023
The best fish and chip
restaurants in the UK according
to Fry Magazine are
(in alphabetical order):
Monday 30 March 1981
President Ronald Reagan
is shot in the chest outside
a hotel in Washington
DC by a deranged drifter,
John Hinckley Jnr. The US
President had just finished
addressing a labour
meeting and was walking
to his limousine.
The battle over the future of one
of Britain’s biggest companies,
the engineering group GKN, has
resulted in a successful hostile
takeover. Melrose bought the group
for £8.1bn yesterday following a vote
from investors. Share values of both
companies increased. PAGE 15
Woman killed
by falling bricks
Birthdays
Celine Dion, pop singer,
50; MC Hammer, rapper,
56; Robbie Coltrane, actor,
68; Eric Clapton (below),
guitarist, 73; Piers Morgan,
53, journalist; Norah Jones,
jazz singer, 39
Melrose completes
takeover of GKN
Bizzie Lizzie’s
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Colmans Seafood Temple
South Shields, Tyne & Wear
Fylde Fish Bar
Southport, Merseyside
Knights of Pontefract
Pontefract, West Yorkshire
Longsands Fish Kitchen
Tynemouth, Newcastle upon Tyne
Papa’s Fish and Chips
Bilton, Hull
Quayside Whitby, North Yorkshire
Simpsons Fish and Chips
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
The Ashvale Fish Restaurant
Aberdeen
The Big Chip Café
Carnforth, Lancaster
The Elite Fish & Chip Company
Lincoln, Lincolnshire
The Trawler Golspie, Sutherland,
The Highlands
The Scallop Shell
Bath, Somerset
Wetherby Whaler Guiseley, Leeds
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
22%
37%
primary schools
are full or in
excess of
capacity
1 in 6
7 in 10
staff suggested that there are signs of leaks,
damp or mould around their school
55%
72%
staff suggested the same about
their classrooms.
said class sizes had
become larger
21%
of the members polled rated the
physical condition of the buildings
they work in as poor
36% described them as adequate
27% said they were good or very good
secondary schools are full or in excess of capacity
48%
said that the number of pupils at their school
had significantly increased in the last five years
16%
said that the number of pupils had decreased
36%
said that the numbers had stayed the same
said temporary classrooms had been created, or other
areas of the school used
SOURCE: NASUWT
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DANIEL HOCKADAY,
FORMER ‘MIRACLE BABY’
Fancy a pizza with
111 types of cheese?
A restaurant in Berlin has created a
Guinness World Record of making
the world’s cheesiest pizza, baked
with 111 different types of cheese.
Made by an American chef at the
Berlin restaurant Vadoli Pizzeria,
the pizza is topped with 288.6g of
cheese. The dish, impressively, has
been kept regular size.
UNITED STATES
Cannabis company
predicts $50bn sales
Golden Leaf Holdings is taking
the first step to becoming the
Starbucks of marijuana in the US.
The cannabis company is expanding
a chain of marijuana stores in
Oregon called Chalice Farms, which
have been earning approximately
$400,000 (£280,000) a month. It has
predicted sales of $50bn by 2026.
MEXICO
Drug lords seek junk
food cost cuts in jail
Hello, birthday boy…
Daniel Hockaday thinks himself
lucky to have celebrated his 18th
birthday this week. The teenager
was born 13 weeks prematurely
in 2000 and weighed just 1lb 3oz
(538g). Full-term babies typically
weigh between 6lb (2.7kg) and 9lb
(4kg). Any infant weighing less
than 5.5lb is considered to have a
low birthweight.
He must have needed a lot of care.
He did. At his birth, medics
warned his parents, Alison and
Joe Hockaday, to prepare for the
worst. Daniel remained in an
incubator for four months and in
hospital for five months but he
managed to pull through.
Has he been OK health-wise?
“He has been in and out of
hospital over the past 18 years
because he has had educational
problems, health problems and
genetic problems,” Mrs Hockaday
told the Hartlepool Mail. “But he
has achieved so much, though,
and I’m bursting with pride
looking at him now.”
What are his biggest
accomplishments?
Daniel, of Wingate, Co Durham,
attends East Durham College in
Peterlee, where he is studying for
qualifications in gym instruction
and management, works parttime as a lifeguard and recently
passed his driving test.
His mother said: “I would go
through every bit of pain and
worry again. Daniel is our
miracle baby, and I hope that his
story inspires other parents of
premature babies.”
Did the family enjoy his birthday?
“It was an emotional day for us,
particularly my parents,” Daniel
said. “They have helped me so
much and I can’t thank them
enough for everything they have
done over the last 18 years. My
mum was crying when I woke up
on my birthday because it was
obviously a big occasion. I just
hope I can carry on making my
family proud.”
Katie Grant
Mexican drug barons irked by a
price hike on junk food in prison
have found an ally in the country’s
consumer protection agency. Its
boss said they should be able to buy
products at the same price as the
regular market. Vicente Carrillo
Fuentes, ex-boss of the Juárez cartel,
is among those complaining.
ROMANIA
Order to shoot bear
with taste for brandy
Romanian hunting authorities have
given their approval to shoot a bear
that has been breaking into homes
and helping itself to food and locallymade blackcurrant brandy. The
brown bear has smashed windows
and broke wooden doors in the
remote village of Suseni. The bear
also likes sugar, sweets and lard.
i FRIDAY
30 MARCH 2018
3
Letter from the
Assistant Editor
Andrew Johnson
i@inews.co.uk
Democracy in action
It was “take your news editor to Parliament
day” on Wednesday (unofficially, of course).
I spent much of the morning and early
afternoon with i’s political editor, Nigel Morris,
in the august but crumbling Gothic-revival
building in Westminster to watch Prime
Minister’s Questions.
I always feel Parliament is a bit of a parallel
universe: part Hogwarts with its school-like
atmosphere and rules and regulations (I had to
borrow a jacket to sit in the press gallery, and
one several sizes too big added to the schoolboy
feeling), but also an imposing seat of power.
As I sat there “star” spotting (there’s Ken
Clarke. Isn’t that Michael Fabricant? There’s
Rees-Mogg whispering in someone’s ear) and
musing about who would be in Slytherin and
who in Hufflepuff, I couldn’t help thinking how
the surprisingly small chamber and warren of
wood-panelled corridors encapsulates Britain
in all its grandeur and eccentricity.
It’s dominated by white men, including in
the press rooms. A glimpse of the Financial
Times office reveals a huge photograph of
Che Guevara chatting to Fidel Castro. I saw
some MPs who have moved seamlessly from
the stone corridors of Eton, to the stone
corridors of Oxbridge to the stone corridors
of Westminster with hardly any time to come
up for real-world air. But then there are those
(on both sides) who have clambered to the
top via council estates, care work or a life
dedicated to public service.
I also couldn’t help noting that the Tory side
tended, to a fault, to be well-dressed and that
Labour MPs were more comfortably attired.
And the building is a decaying edifice in
desperate need of shoring up.
Importantly, however, it is free and open
to the public. Democracy in action. The show
wasn’t one of the best. Jeremy Corbyn tamely
tackled Theresa May over the very important
issue of mental health, but with a year to
go before Brexit, and the anti-Semitism
row engulfing Labour, it felt a bit timid and
end-of-term from the PM and Leader of the
Opposition. But then it was the end of term.
Here at i, some of us will know no Easter
break – your daily news digest will be available
throughout the holiday to entertain and inform,
whether you are stuck in traffic, planning a big
family dinner, going to church, doing up your
kitchen, or all of the above. Happy Easter.
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BREXIT: ONE YEAR TO GO
POLITICS
May confident of
opportunities
but refuses to say
Brexit is ‘worth it’
By Andrew Woodcock
and David Young
Theresa May conducted a whistlestop tour of the four nations of the
United Kingdom yesterday to mark
a year until Brexit day, and called on
Britons to “come together” to seize
the “great opportunities” she expects as a result of EU withdrawal.
Mrs May said additional money
will be available to spend on priorities such as the NHS and schools
once Britain is no longer sending
“vast sums” annually to Brussels.
But, in a BBC interview, she
steered clear of repeating Boris
Johnson’s term “Brexit dividend”
and twice ducked the question of
whether she believes Brexit will be
“worth it”.
“There are real opportunities for
the United Kingdom,” she told interviewer Laura Kuenssberg.
“I think it’s a bright future out
there. And yes, I think Brexit is
going to deliver a country that will
be different, but I think there are
real opportunities for us as an independent nation for the future.”
Speaking earlier in the day to
LBC radio, Mrs May said she was
“looking forward” to Brexit day on
March 29, 2019.
The Prime Minister kicked off
her tour with a visit to a textile
company in Ayr, before attending a mother and toddler group in
Newcastle and taking lunch with
farmers near Belfast in the North
Down constituency.
She also travelled to Barry in
South Wales for a round-table discussion with businesses, before
completing her tour in west London
Weetabix Healthy future
Breakfast cereal Weetabix could be
in for a bump in trade after Brexit,
MPs have heard.
International Trade Secretary
Liam Fox, asked by Tory MP
Philip Hollobone about the future
prospects of the British brand,
told the Commons there were “big
possibilities” for food exporters.
Dr Fox said: “Our exports are
determined largely by the growth
of markets and the IMF says that
90 per cent of global growth in the
next 10 to 15 years will be outside
the European continent, that is
where the big possibilities for UK
exporters are including in food
and drink.”
with a group of Polish citizens who
have made the UK their home.
Asked whether she was looking forward to her Easter break in
Wales and whether she had any big
decisions to make, Mrs May said:
“I think the big decisions will be
where to walk each day and which
wet weather gear to wear.”
Mrs May was asked if it was a
problem for businesses, farmers
and fishermen, whether leavers or
remainers, that there was still so
much uncertainty and they still did
not know what the deal looked like.
Speaking to ITV Wales, she said:
“Regardless of whether somebody
voted leave or remain I think now is
the time, and this is the message I
get from most people, they want to
come together and look to that future, look to it with optimism.”
Clockwise from top left: Theresa May at a parent and toddler group at Heddon-on-the Wall St Andrew’s
C of E Primary School in Newcastle; at Fairview Farm in Bangor, County Down; at Aston Martin’s facility in
Barry, South Wales; and with textile producers in Ayrshire GETTY; AFP/GETTY; PA
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NORTHERN IRELAND
Border visit not a priority
before leaving EU, says PM
By David Young
The Prime Minister faced criticism
yesterday for failing to visit the Irish
border during her whistle-stop tour
of the UK.
But Theresa May suggested it
was more important that she understood the issues related to the
border – the future of which is one of
the biggest Brexit stumbling blocks
– than to see it in person.
On the third leg of her tour, Mrs
May visited a farm between Bangor
and Belfast, in the constituency of
North Down, which sits more than
50 miles away from the nearest section of the 310-mile frontier.
Mrs May was pressed on why she
had not taken the opportunity to
visit communities closer to the border with the Irish Republic.
“I absolutely understand how
important this issue is for people
generally in Northern Ireland – but
obviously particularly for those who
are living close to and, in some cases,
may have homes that are across the
border,” she said.
But the Prime Minister declined
to give a commitment to visit the
border before the UK leaves the EU.
When asked whether she would
Theresa on tour
Ayrshire
Bangor
s
Met
businesses
in South
Wales
Visited
textile
factory
Newcastle
Dropped in on
a parent and
toddler group
Barry
be prepared to go to the border
in the next 12 months and see for
herself the potential issues concerning people, Mrs May replied:
“My diary over the next year hasn’t
yet been set, but all I am saying is
I understand.
“I think it’s not a question of just
whether I actually go and stand on
the border – it’s a question of: ‘Do
I understand the impact that has
for people?’
“What I am doing here today is
actually listening to farmers here
in Northern Ireland. Listening to
representatives of the agri-food industry, hearing what they want to
see coming out of Brexit, what are
the opportunities for Northern Ireland in the future – that’s what I have
been doing.”
Farmers’ representatives also
stressed that they did not want a
new border created in the Irish Sea,
obstructing important trade links
with Great Britain.
Mrs May told them Brexit presented opportunities.
“I think one of the things that will
come out of Brexit is the opportunity
for agriculture here but across the
UK to really – out of the CAP (EU’s
Common Agricultural Policy) – to
set our own way of doing things,”
she said.
She told farmers that on a recent visit to China she had learned
of potential opportunities for milk
exporters in the UK. “There’s lot of
opportunities to find ways of doing
these things,” Mrs May said. She
added: “We are absolutely committed to ensuring there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and
Ireland to ensure that free flow.”
POLITICS
Sturgeon calls for Brexit ‘cheating’ investigation
By Lynsey Bews
Scotland’s First Minister has
called for a “serious and in-depth
investigation” in to claims the officially designated Brexit campaign
“cheated” during the European
Union referendum.
Nicola Sturgeon said allegations of breaches of election rules
by Vote Leave were “deeply and
profoundly concerning”.
Speaking at First Minister’s
Questions at Holyrood, she also
condemned the outing of one of the
whistle-blowers at the centre of the
claims by one of the Prime Minister’s
aides, describing Theresa May’s response as “woefully inadequate”.
Vote Leave has repeatedly denied
allegations of collusion or deliberate overspending made by former
campaign volunteer Shahmir
Sanni and former Cambridge Ana-
lytica employee Christopher Wylie.
Ms Sturgeon said: “I think many
of the revelations we’ve heard, and
many of the allegations we’ve heard
over the last couple of weeks are
deeply and profoundly concerning.
“I think there has also been some
very serious questions raised over
the past number of days about the
conduct of the Leave campaign...
I think those questions merit very
serious and in depth investigation.”
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SOCIETY
£30m scheme aims to cut
homeless number quickly
By Nigel Morris
The Department for Work
and Pensions announced
yesterday that it would reverse
its decision to withdraw housing
benefit for 18- to 21-year-olds.
POLITICAL EDITOR
A £30m scheme is being launched to
cut numbers of rough sleepers within
months following a spate of deaths on
the streets during the winter.
The cash will be used to target
long-term homeless people, some of
whom have drug abuse and mental
health problems.
i understands that today’s announcement by Sajid Javid, the
Communities Secretary, has been
brought forward by several months
amid alarm among ministers over
the steady increases in levels of
rough sleeping.
It coincides with legislation coming into force next week which places
extra duties on councils to help homeless people.
The plight of England’s estimated
4,700 rough sleepers was highlighted
by several deaths during recent subzero temperatures, including a Portuguese man whose body was found
at an underground entrance to the
Houses of Parliament.
The Government has already set
the target of halving rough sleeping
The Government has pledged to halve
rough sleeping numbers by 2022 GETTY
within the next four years and eliminating it altogether by 2027.
The £30m fund will be spent in
2018-19 in areas with high numbers
of rough sleepers, with extra cash
promised for the following 12 months.
Mr Javid said: “No one should ever
have to sleep rough and this government is determined to break the
homelessness cycle once and for all.”
The crisis, which Theresa May has
described as a tragedy, has been discussed at cabinet level. But critics say
ministers bear the blame for a 169 per
cent increase in rough sleeping since
2010 because of cuts to services for
vulnerable people.
John Healey, the shadow Housing Secretary, accused ministers of
a “pitiful response”, adding: “You
can’t help the homeless if you won’t
provide the homes, and the money
announced here is less than one per
cent of the Conservatives’ annual cut
to funding for new low-cost housing.”
Greg Beales, campaigns director at
Shelter, said: “The money and manpower will make a genuine difference,
but... you cannot break the cycle of
homelessness without putting in
place proper safety nets to keep people off the streets in the first place,
and without thinking about where
they will live in the long-term.”
Prince Philip
misses
service
The Duke of Edinburgh did not join
the Queen at the Maundy Service at St
George’s Chapel in Windsor because of
a problem with his hip, it is understood.
Prince Philip, 96, who has effectively
retired from royal duties, was hoping
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to join the monarch at the centuriesold event at the chapel – where Prince
Harry is due to marry Meghan Markle
in May. Buckingham Palace would not
comment on the Duke’s health, but it is
not thought to be a serious problem. PA
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POLICE
TRAVEL
Royal wedding
visitors face
tight security
Rail closures and airline strikes
hinder Easter weekend getaway
By Tony Jones
By Simon Calder
Royal wedding revellers will face
airport-style security checks
while metal barriers to deter vehicle attacks will be in place around
Windsor, the force policing Prince
Harry and Meghan Markle’s big
day has announced.
Tens of thousands of spectators
are expected to flock to the Berkshire town for the event on 19 May
which is expected to be the largest
event Thames Valley Police will
have dealt with.
Assistant Chief Constable,
David Hardcastle, strategic commander for the wedding, said: “We
are proud to police the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
“The Force has a long history of
policing royal events from the annual Windsor Garter Ceremony
to state visits and the Queen’s
90th birthday.
“The wedding of Prince Harry
and Ms Markle is no exception.
“We are working with our
partners, local businesses and
the community to deliver a
safe, secure and happy event
for everyone.”
The Easter getaway will be impeded
by strikes by airline staff as well as
widespread closures of the rail network, including several key stations.
Thousands of British travellers
are likely to have their plans scuppered by the Air France strike today,
after negotiations broke down between the company and unions.
In Britain, no trains will run to
or from three key UK stations over
Easter. Bristol Temple Meads, the
busiest station in the west of England, will have no trains from today
until Wednesday. The Great West-
ern line to the city from London Pad- the Great Western line is also disdington and Bath will be closed, as rupted between London Paddington
will the CrossCountry line conand Reading.
necting Exeter and TaunThe Association of Britton with Cheltenham and
ish Travel Agents (Abta)
Bristol. Normally, more
estimates that 2.1 milthan 25,000 passenlion people will fly out
Estimated number
gers use the station.
of the country for the
of
people
who
will
Manchester VictoEaster Bank Holiday
fly out of the UK for
ria station is completeweekend. Motoring
the Easter Bank
ly closed from today
organisations warned
Holiday weekend
until Monday; London
of heavy traffic on the
Euston is closed on Eastroads, with the AA sayer Sunday. The main line
ing: “This bank holiday
south-east from Charing Cross
weekend is likely to be one of
to Dover and Hastings is closed the busiest on the roads in recent
for the whole long weekend and years.” THE INDEPENDENT
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WEATHER
Spring is here… so wrap up warm for rain, wind and snow
By Jamie Johnson
Forecasters are predicting a wet and
windy Easter weekend, with snow
expected in some parts of the UK.
Outbreaks of rain across southern
England will spread northwards
during the day today, falling as sleet
or snow over higher ground.
“Heavy rain coming from the
south will meet the cold air coming
from the north, and there could be
significant snowfall in the Midlands,
Wales and the north of England,”
said Martin Bowles, a spokesman
for the Met Office.
Tomorrow will turn drier,
brighter and colder with a brisk
north-easterly wind, paving the way
for a widespread frost across much
of the country on Easter Sunday.
Rain will return on Easter
Monday, again bringing the potential
of further snowfall on the northern
hills and in Scotland.
Weather, page 54
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NEWS
POLITICS
SOCIAL MEDIA
MPs attack Leave.EU’s ‘disgusting’ tweet
By Jenn Selby
MPs have mounted a serious protest over a “distasteful and offensive” tweet posted by the Leave.
EU campaign.
The tweet appears to suggest
Labour did not want to tackle anti-Semitism because supporting
Muslims would mean more votes.
The all-party parliamentary
group on British Muslims reacted
strongly, saying: “This tweet is
thoroughly distasteful and offensive. It is also nothing to do with
leaving the EU.
“It is however proof that Leave.
EU is a front organisation for a
far-right group more interested
in spreading hatred and creating
division than upholding British
values of respect and tolerance.”
Labour MP Wes Streeting said
Muslim and Jewish communities
day
s
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u
T
s
d
En
would be “disgusted” by the
attempt to “stir up hatred and
division” and Jess Phillips MP
branded the tweet “horrendously racist”. The Board of Deputies
of British Jews demanded the
tweet be deleted.
Leave.EU co-founder Arron
Banks last night said: “You don’t
need a degree in rocket science to
work out why the anti-Jewish feeling is so strong in Labour.”
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Labour MPs line up
to challenge Corbyn
on anti-Semitism
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Jeremy Corbyn was facing demands
from Labour MPs to sack a close
ally from the party’s ruling body to
prove his commitment to tackling
anti-Semitism. In an email to Labour
members last night, he declared
there would be “zero tolerance” for
anti-Semitism under his leadership.
The Labour crisis grew after
Christine Shawcroft gave her backing to a council candidate who was
accused of sharing a Facebook post
that claimed the Holocaust was a
hoax. She resigned as chair of the
National Executive Committee’s disputes panel and apologised for sending a “wrong and misguided” email
opposing the activist’s suspension.
But Ms Shawcroft, a director of the
pro-Corbyn Momentum group, remains a member of the NEC.
Labour MPs challenged Mr Corbyn
to intervene to force her resignation
from the NEC. Louise Ellman, the
Liverpool Riverside MP, said: “This is
the first test of Jeremy Corbyn’s sincerity in addressing anti-Semitism.
“The recent revelations question
the credibility of Labour’s processes
for dealing with anti-Semitism.”
Ian Austin, MP for Dudley North,
a long-standing critic of Mr Corbyn,
said: “He has defended the most appalling extremists and anti-Semites
in the past. It is because of these issues that I think he shouldn’t have
been the leader.”
Mr Corbyn tried to defuse the
storm by giving an interview to Jewish News in which he pledged to challenge anti-Semitism, denouncing it
as a “cancer in our society”. But the
newspaper attacked his comments as
“not good enough”.
The party faces around 70 out-
Christine Shawcroft has resigned as
chair of the NEC’s disputes panel BBC
standing cases involving claims of
anti-Semitism. It suspended a former
branch secretary in Sheffield, Marianne Tellier, who sent out a picture
of a Job Centre Plus sign doctored to
read “Arbeit Macht Frei” – the slogan
displayed by the Nazis on the gates
of Auschwitz.
Earlier, shadow Chancellor John
McDonnell described the furore facing the party as “worrying”. He told
the BBC: “Any form of anti-Semitism
will not be tolerated in our party. We
are bringing forward mechanisms.
They should have been implemented
ages ago but they will be now.”
In his email to members,
Mr Corbyn said: “Zero
tolerance for anti-Semitism
means what it says. We will not
accept this. We have to get this
right, all of us. Because divided
societies cannot achieve justice.”
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of failure to tackle problem
By Joe Watts
Tony Blair accused Jeremy Corbyn’s
inner circle of failing to accept the
urgency of Labour’s anti-Semitism
crisis. The former prime minister (inset) said the leader’s
close advisers do not “really take [the problem]
this seriously” and even
believe it is part of a plot
to oust Mr Corbyn.
He argued unless the
leader now acted swiftly
to “root out” and eliminate
anti-Semitic people in the party,
Mr Corbyn would fail a key test of his
leadership: “The trouble is there are
people around the leadership who I
don’t think really take this seriously.
I think they think it’s really all just a
plot to get at Jeremy Corbyn... They
are not coming to the disciplinary
questions with the attitude in mind
that they should.
“Where this thing starts properly is with a determination
in the leadership, and I
don’t just mean Jeremy
Corbyn, but that group
of people around him;
this is a serious problem that needs to be
dealt with. This is not
a media management
issue, it’s not keeping people pacified by token actions,
it’s actually understanding that there
is a sort of politics that has come into
the Labour Party in these last few
years that has got to be put back out
again.” THE INDEPENDENT
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DIPLOMACY
By Cahal Milmo
UK’s allies
deliver ‘a
wake-up call
to Moscow’
Yulia Skripal no longer critically ill
after ‘improving rapidly’, say doctors
The condition of Yulia Skripal, who
was targeted along with her father
in the Salisbury nerve agent attack,
has “improved rapidly” and she is no
longer critically ill, said doctors.
The 33-year-old Russian has spent
nearly a month under sedation in intensive care after she and her father,
former MI6 agent Sergei Skripal, fell
gravely ill from the Novichok chemical which may have been smeared on
the front door of his home.
Earlier this week, relatives of the
pair said they believed that their
chances of recovery were slim. But
doctors caring for them at Salisbury
District Hospital announced that the
prognosis for Yulia was now significantly more positive and that she is
in a stable condition and is talking.
Dr Christine Blanchard, the hospital’s medical director, said: “I’m
pleased to be able to report an improvement in the condition of Yulia
Skirpal. She has responded well to
treatment but continues to receive
expert clinical care 24 hours a day.”
The hospital added that Mr Skripal, 66, who is assumed to have been
the main target of the attack on
4 March, remained in a critical but
stable condition.
The chief constable of Wiltshire
Police described the improvement in
Yulia as “incredible”. In a tweet, Kier
Pritchard said: “Such a positive positive position and incredible news.”
Ms Skripal was visiting her father
from Moscow and had arrived in Britain on the day before she fell gravely
ill. It was unclear yesterday whether
she had regained consciousness or is
able to communicate.
Few details have been provided
about the treatment received by the
father and daughter, who, it was initially believed, may have suffered a
drug overdose.
Traditional treatment for exposure to a nerve agent is centred
around the administration of two
antidotes – atropine and pralidoxime
– but it is not known if they are effective against Novichok agents, which
were developed in the Soviet era to
resist known antidotes.
Scotland Yard has announced
that the highest concentration of the
nerve agent recorded during its vast
investigation had been found on the
front door of Mr Skripal’s house close
to the centre of Salisbury. The disclosure has prompted speculation that
Yulia Skripal,
pictured with her
father Sergei in
2016, has spent
nearly a month
under sedation in
intensive care
Novichok could have been smeared
on a door handle which was then
touched by the pair as they entered
or left the property.
A High Court judge was last week
told by doctors caring for the Skripals that their mental capacity may
have been impaired and they may
never fully recover.
Deadly chemical Novichok
Experts at the Defence, Science and
Technology Laboratory at Porton
Down identified the nerve agent used
against the Skripals as part of the
Novichok group.
The deadly chemicals attack the
nervous system and can kill victims
by paralysing the respiratory system,
causing oxygen deprivation and
eventual suffocation.
Andrea Sella, professor of
chemistry at University College
London, told the Financial Times that
Novichok agents are “variants on
traditional phosphorus-based nerve
agents” that had been developed by
the Russians “to get one up on the
Americans during the Cold War”.
INVESTIGATION
Children’s play area near
spy’s home cordoned off
By Cahal Milmo
A children’s play area close to the
Salisbury home of the poisoned
former spy Sergei Skripal was cordoned off ahead of a search by police yesterday.
Senior officers said the measure, put in place nearly a month
after the nerve-agent attack on
Mr Skripal and his daughter, Yulia,
was precautionary.
The Metropolitan Police announced on Wednesday night it
was now focusing its investigation
in and around Mr Skripal’s fourbedroom home in a quiet cul-de-sac
after the highest concentrations of
the Novichok chemical used against
the father and daughter were found
on the front door.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner
Dean Haydon said: “I would like to
reassure residents we have placed
the cordons around the park, and
officers will be searching it, as a precautionary measure. I would like to
reiterate Public Health England’s
advice that the risk to the public
is low.”
It is believed Detective Sergeant
Nick Bailey, the police officer who
fell seriously ill after coming into
contact with the nerve agent, did
so after visiting Mr Skripal’s house
in the immediate aftermath of
the attack.
One theory it is thought investigators are pursuing is that the toxic
chemical was smeared on the handle of the front door.
The latest developments add to
questions raised about whether
the public was given enough information and protection in the
early stages.
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By Sean Connolly
The nerve agent attack in
Salisbury has crystallised a
“global wave of revulsion” against
Russia, Boris Johnson has said.
He used a major foreign policy
speech in London to praise
the friends and allies who had
surprised Moscow with their
strong support for the UK.
The Foreign Secretary (inset)
said: “Never before has there been
a collective expulsion of Russian
diplomats on the scale that we
have seen over the last few days.
It seems clear that the Kremlin
underestimated the strength of
global feeling.
“I do not for one moment believe
that this global wave of revulsion
has been prompted solely
by Salisbury, let alone
a sentimental love
or affection for
the UK.” He
added that the
concerted global
action should be
a wake-up call
for Moscow.
“If they believed
that no one would
give a fig about the
suffering of Sergei and Yulia
Skripal, or that we would be
indifferent to the reckless and
contemptuous disregard for
public safety… If they believed
that we had become so morally
weakened, so dependent on
hydrocarbons, so chronically risk
averse and so fearful of Russia
that we would not dare to respond,
then this is their answer.
“Frankly there are countries
that have taken action that
are more vulnerable to Russia
than we are, whether through
geography or their energy needs.”
Mr Johnson said the
international support bodes well
for Brexit: “I believe there are
many British people who have
found it immensely reassuring
to learn we may be leaving the
EU in exactly a year but we will
never be alone, and in part that
commitment to Britain reflects
Britain’s reciprocal commitment
to our friends.” The UK would still
reach out and “extend the hand of
friendship to the Russian people”.
DIPLOMACY
Russia to shut down US embassy in St Petersburg
By Jenn Selby
Russia’s foreign minister has said
Moscow plans to expel the same
number of diplomats from the nations that have expelled Russian
diplomats over the poisoning of an
ex-Russian spy in Britain.
Sergey Lavrov summoned US ambassador Jon Huntsman to the for-
eign ministry, where he was told that
Russia is responding quid pro quo to
the US decision to send 60 Russian
diplomats home. Moscow is also expected to shut down its Russian consulate in Seattle – and to close the
US consulate in St Petersburg.
Moscow said US diplomats must
leave Russia by 5 April. It added the
US must leave the consulate in St
Petersburg no later than tomorrow.
The foreign ministry warned the
US against further “hostile actions”
against Russian missions, saying it
would respond in kind. “We invite
the US authorities who are encouraging a slanderous campaign against
our country to come back to their
senses and stop thoughtless actions
to destroy bilateral relations,” it said.
And Mr Lavrov (right)
said Russia would take
identical action against
nations that expelled
Russian diplomats.
More than 150 have
been ousted in total.
Referring to one of the
victims of the Salisbury
nerve agent attack, Mr Lav-
rov said Russia had “again
demanded to be guaranteed access to Yulia
[Skripal] as she is a Russian citizen.
“I hope the British side can fulfil its
obligations under the
Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations.”
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EDUCATION
Headteacher’s
£270,000 pay
is ‘pure greed’
By Richard Vaughan and Alex Green
A headteacher is under fire after she
was awarded a pay rise of at least
£50,000, while teachers at the school
are forced to ration paper.
Lois Reed, the head of Ashlawn
School in Rugby, Warwickshire, took
home a salary last year of between
£270,000 and £280,000. This was
an increase from pay of between
£210,000 and £220,000 in 2016.
It comes at a time of sustained cost
pressures in the school system and
when teachers have been subjected
to either a salary freeze or 1 per cent
cap on pay rises since 2010.
Staff at the school have been instructed to cut down on printing,
while wider cutbacks on stationery
have forced teachers to pay for basic
resources out of their own pockets.
Teachers’ leaders condemned the
salary increase as “pure greed”.
Ms Reed is also the chief executive
of the Transforming Lives Education
Trust, which along with Ashlawn
School, runs Ashlawn Teaching
School and the Henry Hinde Infant
school. Her salary places her among
the highest paid academy CEOs in
the country, despite only running
three schools.
One parent praised the school, but
added that the “salary is ridiculous”.
Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education
Union, urged the Government to
get a grip on “rampant” pay rises
for academy CEOs. “It is just pure
greed,” Dr Bousted said. “These salaries are being given at a time when
there is a teacher retention crisis,
and when there is a funding crisis.
Paying a CEO £270,000 for running
three schools? That’s money you’re
not spending on books, classroom resources or supporting teachers.”
Stewart Jardine, chairman of
Transforming Lives Educational
Trust said a “salary of this level clearly needs robust justification”. He said
an independent governance review
has been commissioned.
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A British-born sailor presumed lost
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during a yacht race.
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Southern Ocean, around 1,400
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say the team searched for several
hours in high wind and big waves,
although deteriorating conditions
forced the crew to resume course
toward South America.
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Kai/Scallywag said Mr Fisher had
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A comedian is facing pressure to
cancel a show about autism after
critics accused her of mocking
children with the condition.
The Australian performer Nikki
Osborne has written a show about
her experiences of raising her
six-year-old son, who is on the
autistic spectrum.
OnTheSpectrum is due to be staged
at the Melbourne International
Comedy Festival, which kicked off
this week, but some parents are
calling for it to be cancelled.
The comedy website Chortle
reported that opponents of
Osborne’s show at the Kingston
Arts venue had urged the local
council to ban it, with one critic
accusing her of “inviting people to
laugh at a child’s disability”.
The Bendigo Autistic Advocacy
and Support Service said the
performance should be cancelled to
prevent “harm to our community”.
Osborne, a former model and
television presenter, defended
her work and denied making fun
of disabled children. “It would be
very counter-productive to do a
show that would make life more
difficult for my son,” she told the
Sydney Morning Herald. “I have very
honourable intentions. It’s about my
[personal] experience as a parent
and overcoming the upset of [an
autism] diagnosis through humour.
“If we can’t learn to laugh through
our struggles, we’re stuffed.”
Another performer on the
festival’s line-up, Ryan Smedley, who
has Asperger syndrome, supported
Osborne and argued that, as the
parent of a child on the autistic
spectrum, she was entitled to make
jokes about her experience.
“The reaction seems ridiculous
and over the top,” he said. “What we
don’t need is people being banned
from a performance by people who
haven’t seen the show. If it’s unfunny
or in poor taste, then people won’t
go to see it.”
The organisers said: “Melbourne
International Comedy Festival does
not censor artists’ work. Hundreds
of events are presented under
the Melbourne Comedy Festival
umbrella each year, and there
will be many views expressed and
sometimes offence caused.
“Melbourne audiences have the
intelligence to make calls about
the work of various comedians and
either support them or hold them to
account for their views.”
‘MoJ should
accept partial
blame for
Worboys case’
By Hayden Smith
Nikki Osborne
denied that her
show poked
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ENTERTAINMENT
Britons to lose out on Netflix benefit in post-Brexit world
By Nick Mitchell
Britons will soon be able to watch
UK Netflix from Europe – but only
for a year until Brexit kicks in.
New EU legislation, which comes
into effect this Sunday, will allow
people from the UK to access the li-
brary that they would normally find
at home while in Europe.
Currently, if you visit France, for
example, you can only watch the
French version of Netflix.
British citizens are expected
to lose out on this benefit after 29
March next year, although it’s not yet
clear whether the rules will continue
to apply to the UK during a transition period.
The European Commission has
confirmed that UK citizens will not
be able to take digital subscriptions,
such as Netflix, with them on holiday after the withdrawal date on 29
March, 2019, as reported by the website Politico.
New “cross-border portability” rules are being rolled out to
allow citizens to access their online
subscriptions to films, TV, sports
events, eBooks, video games and
music while travelling in Europe.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) must
shoulder some of the blame over the
John Worboys case, the outgoing
head of the Parole Board has claimed.
Professor Nick Hardwick stood
down as chairman of the board
after its decision to order the black
cab rapist Worboys’s release was
quashed by the High Court.
In his first interviews since his departure was announced, Professor
Hardwick revealed he did not resign
“willingly” and argued the ministry
was equally culpable for shortcomings in the episode.
The MoJ pointed out that Justice
Secretary David Gauke had apologised to Worboys’s victims and acknowledged the department’s failings
after the judgment was handed down.
Professor Hardwick
(inset), who was told
by Mr Gauke his position was untenable in a meeting
on Tuesday, said:
“I don’t think the
Ministry of Justice is being correct
in this.
“I absolutely accept
the Parole Board was at
fault in these matters. I don’t accept
we were any more at fault than the
Ministry of Justice and I don’t believe
the right lessons will be learned from
this case if the only people accepting
any responsibility for the things that
went wrong here is us.
“I don’t think the Secretary of
State should resign. I do think the
Secretary of State should, as I’ve
done, accept responsibility for the
mistakes that were made because
that is the only way that things will
be put right.”
Professor Hardwick told the BBC
the MoJ failed to include all the necessary information in a dossier of evidence assessed by the three-member
panel that concluded Worboys was
safe to be released. He pointed out he
had no personal role in the decision.
TELEVISION
Across
Trump calls Roseanne after
sitcom reboot proves a hit
By Adam Sherwin
Donald Trump called Roseanne
Barr in person to congratulate the
comedian on the US relaunch of her
hit sitcom Roseanne.
The return of Barr’s cult 1990s
show after 20 years away drew an
audience of 18.4 million on Tuesday.
The revived sitcom’s nine-episode
run is reintroducing Barr’s bluecollar heroine, Roseanne Conner, as
a Trump-supporting grandmother.
John Goodman has returned
as her husband Dan, alongside
regulars including Laurie Metcalf
and Sara Gilbert.
Two back-to-back episodes
screened on Tuesday night gave the
ABC network its best prime time
audience since 2006, More than 16.6
million Americans watched the 1997
finale of the original Roseanne, which
was famed for its honest portrayal of
working-class life in the US.
The new series directly addresses
the current ideological divide within
many American families. Barr, who
is well known as a Trump supporter,
told ABC’s Good Morning America
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Comedian faces
calls to cancel
show about her
son with autism
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Conner is a Donald Trump supporter
programme that the call from the
President was “pretty exciting”
and a “friendly conversation about
working in television and ratings”.
She added: “I’ve known him for
many years, and he’s done a lot of
nice things for me over the years.”
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Firm linked to data-sharing
scandal worked for MoD
By Andrew Woodcock
A strategic communications company caught up in the controversy over
alleged breaches of Facebook users’
privacy had security clearance to
view secret UK information, it has
been disclosed.
Details of SCL Group’s work for
UK Government departments was
revealed in documents released by
the parliamentary inquiry into fake
news. A 122-page dossier provided
by whistle-blower Christopher Wylie
shows how SCL provided training to
Ministry of Defence psychological
operations experts and also conducted a behavioural study in Pakistan for
the Foreign Office.
After the Pakistan project, which
produced recommendations for public awareness campaigns to tackle
violent jihadism, one Foreign Office
official described the company as “a
joy to work with”.
The papers were handed to the
Commons Digital, Culture, Media
and Sport Committee by Mr Wylie,
who has made a series of allegations
about the work of SCL and its sister
company Cambridge Analytica (CA).
Mr Wylie’s allegations centre on
CA’s supposed use of Facebook users’
personal data to target campaign
messages for Donald Trump during
the US presidential election campaign. But its work for the MoD and
the Foreign Office was far removed
from political contests.
The 2008 study in Pakistan involved a six-month analysis of potential audiences for violent extremists,
developing recommendations for
communications to encourage be-
havioural change. An official from the
Foreign Office said: “In a difficult operating environment, they were the
only contractor to deliver actionable
recommendations.”
Meanwhile, a letter from the MoD
psychological operations in 2012 said
SCL had been chosen to provide
“measurement of effect” training
to defence scientists and senior soldiers. The letter noted that SCL was
cleared for “routine access of UK secret information”.
SOCIAL MEDIA
Facebook ‘is beyond self-regulation’
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Tim Cook, the chief executive
of Apple, has rebuked Facebook
for its method of compiling
detailed user profiles from
individuals’ data.
In an interview with the US
network MSNBC and tech site
Recode, Mr Cook said that while
he believed tech firms should
self-regulate, it was too late
for Facebook. “I think the best
regulation is no regulation, is selfregulation,” he said. “However, I
think we’re beyond that here.
“We could make a ton of money
if we monetised our customer.
We’ve elected not to do that.
We’re not going to traffic in your
personal life.” Facebook has been
rocked by claims that the data of
50 million US-based users were
collected without their knowledge
by a third-party app.
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Gallery in Washington, DC,
yesterday. The show brings large-
scale artwork from the Nevada
desert gathering to Washington
for the first time and runs until
next January. It will also feature
costumes and jewellery from the
cultural movement. AFP/GETTY
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Amazon will sponsor the next series
of The Great British Bake Off, having
agreed a deal worth £5m.
The online retail giant will use
short clips around Channel 4’s
most popular show as a vehicle to
promote its Echo speakers and Alexa
voice assistant. Bake Off’s huge popularity among viewers aged 16 to 34
makes the series hugely attractive to
the online giant.
The deal is a major coup for Channel 4, which paid £75m to poach the
hit show from the BBC. Last year,
brands were sceptical Channel 4
Netflix has announced
that it is making the first
seven series of The Great British
Bake Off, which launched on
BBC Two, available to viewers
as an “Easter treat”.
could make the format a hit, after
refreshing the programme with a
mostly new presenting line-up led by
judge Prue Leith.
Its 2017 headline sponsorship
package was split between baking
brands Dr Oetker and Lyle’s Golden
Syrup, each of which paid £2m. Channel 4 was able to strike an improved
deal after the rebooted series was a
critical and commercial hit, with 11
million viewers watching the final.
The Amazon sponsorship will extend across Bake Off: An Extra Slice,
the festive specials and Bake Off: The
Professionals.
Jonathan Lewis, Channel 4’s head
of digital and partnership innovation,
said: “It’s a great testimony to the
success of Bake Off’s debut on Channel 4 last year that Amazon will sponsor the Bake Off programme brands
this year. We’re looking forward to
working with Amazon as we build towards the launch of one of the biggest
TV events of the year.”
The programme’s popularity is
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to promote Alexa
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such that Love Productions, the
team which created the format, may
attract bids from Netflix and Amazon
to premiere future series exclusively
with a streaming platform, when the
Channel 4 contract ends.
Although the 2017 Bake Off final
was watched by 11 million – six million
down on the ratings for the 2016 final
on BBC One – it was the fourth biggest audience in Channel 4’s 35-year
history, according to analysis by the
Press Association of the top 40 biggest audiences of 2017.
The eighth series of Bake Off was
won by Sophie Faldo.
London’s Ritz Hotel is releasing a
cook book aimed at epicureans hoping to recreate a fine dining experience in the comfort of their own home
without the hefty bill.
The Ritz London: The Cookbook will
be the hotel’s first cook book, guiding
gourmands through dishes served at
its Michelin-starred restaurant.
The book, by Ritz executive chef
John Williams, is divided into the four
seasons, with each section featuring
“a unique cocktail and canapé pairing”, along with first courses, main
courses and desserts.
Recipes such as wild garlic soup
and salt-baked celeriac, venison Wellington and crêpes Suzette are interspersed with “special features” on
subjects including tea and truffles,
and behind-the-scenes glimpses into
the hotel’s kitchens.
Mr Williams said: “I have always
had a great love for the Ritz and for
its time-honoured traditions, and it
is a real privilege to have the opportunity to share some of my favourite
recipes.”
The book is to be published in September by Mitchell Beazley.
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beastly
for Easter
Giant waves batter
Cullercoats on the
North Tyneside coast
as the weather is set to
take a cold turn over
the Easter Weekend.
Met Office chief
meteorologist Andy
Page said: “The Easter
period will bring
a variety of spring
weather from sunshine
and showers, to more
prolonged cloudy and
wet conditions, along
with some snow in the
north – chiefly over the
hills. So, there will be
opportunities to get
outside and enjoy the
weekend.”
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BUSINESS
Government urged to intervene after
Melrose wins hostile GKN takeover
By Ravender Sembhy
Melrose has succeeded in its hostile bid to take over the engineering group GKN for £8.1bn, in what
was described as a win for investment banks at the expense of
British industry.
A small majority
(52.43 per cent) of investor votes were in favour
of the deal, as the voting
deadline drew to a close
yesterday. The victory
brings to a close a bitter battle that has raged
since January.
However, there are likely
to be renewed calls for the Business
Secretary, Greg Clark (inset), to intervene in the deal. He has already
called for “binding” agreements over
Melrose’s proposals for GKN.
“The real winners are the investment banks, financial PR consultancies and the media, who are treated
Maker of iconic Spitfire
Guest, Keen & Nettlefolds was
formed in the early 1900s, though
the Guest family can trace its roots
in the iron industry to 1759. it
produced military materials
for British forces in both
world wars.
GKN was paid £18.7m
for its assets in Labour’s
nationalisation of the
steel industry in 1951,
but bought them back for
just under £12m from the
Conservative government
in 1955.
A decade later, Harold Wilson’s
Labour government was elected with a
mandate to renationalise the industry.
When completed in 1967 it left GKN
with some steel interests, but sparked
the company’s withdrawal from the
sector and into areas including,
industrial services and aerospace.
to a bitter public fight,” said John Colley, a business professor at Warwick
Business School.
Melrose has stressed its commitment to improving “not only GKN,
but the UK economy”, committing to
keeping the firm listed in London and
headquartered in the UK as part of a
five-year pledge.
But the takeover will spark fears
for jobs after Airbus, GKN’s largest
customer, earlier warned it could not
give any new business to the firm if
the deal with the turnaround specialist went ahead. Unions and MPs have
also warned of asset stripping and
flagged national security concerns,
claims which Melrose has rejected.
Paul Everitt, chief executive of
the UK’s aerospace and defence
trade association ADS, said: “This
is a worrying time for GKN, its
employees, pensioners, suppliers
and customers.”
GKN was instrumental in wartime
manufacturing and has a history that
dates back to the 1900s. During the
First World War, it was heavily involved in making steel for military
purposes, such as shells. After the
outbreak of the Second World War,
GKN produced Spitfires and specialised tanks for the D-Day landings, as
well as millions of helmets.
GKN became a target following
profit warnings in October and November after problems at its US aerospace division sent shares tumbling.
It has its biggest factory in Filton
near Bristol, where it employs 1,454
workers, with other plants in Cowes,
Birmingham, Luton and Telford.
Shares in GKN jumped
9.5 per cent to 463p
yesterday, making it the top riser
on the FTSE 100, as investors
cheered the deal. Meanwhile
shares in Melrose were up almost
3.5 per cent to 231p.
TAKEOVER
Pensions
trustees hope
for guarantees
By Caitlin Morrison
GKN’s pension scheme was one of
the key issues wrangled over during the bidding process.
Last week, Melrose pledged
to inject £1bn into the FTSE
100-listed firm’s pension scheme,
although GKN executives blasted
Melrose for making “misleading”
comments about the group’s pension obligations.
Yesterday, the chairmen of
the GKN Pension Schemes said:
“The trustees of the GKN Group
Pension Schemes note the result
of the shareholder vote and look
forward to working with Melrose
Industries, the new sponsors of
the schemes, to deliver the agreed
package of mitigation measures.”
GKN ultimately attempted in
vain to fight off Melrose’s advances, despite chief executive Anne
Stevens describing the takeover
as “high-risk” and the offer not reflecting true value.
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CATALONIA
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JEREMY
CORBYN
KIM JONG-UN
IN CHINA
SHEFFIELD’S
TREES
One year to
go until we
leave the EU
Justice for
Worboys’
victims
Strong
leadership
needed
Party failing
to root out
anti-Semitism
Is there an
ulterior
motive?
Campaign to
save the trees
has worked
TheGuardian
TheSun
New YorkTimes
The Economist
The Atlantic
Financial Times
The New Yorker
The Times
Leaving the EU will
not enhance Britain’s
place in the world. In
an age of aggressive
nationalism, when a
spirit of contempt for
international rules
roams the White
House, it is hard to
see the virtue in
withdrawal from a
project conceived to
protect nations.
(Editorial)
Daily Mail
The heroes of this saga
are the British people,
who have seen through
the lies churned out
by politicians. This is
cause for hope. When
we leave the EU in a
year’s time, there will
be untold millions
who believe in a great
future for this country.
(Stephen Glover)
Quote of
the day
I don’t think
being macho
is about
banging your
chest. It’s a
much quieter
thing
Bear Grylls
The adventurer on
what it means to
be a man today
The Worboys ruling
is a victory for the
victims who bravely
challenged his parole
– and for women
everywhere who
will remain safe
from a remorseless
and patently still
dangerous predator.
Justice has at last
been done, for now.
Worboys must be
kept off the streets
for many more years.
(Editorial)
Daily Mirror
For serial sex attacker
Worboys staying
where he belongs, we
must thank inspiring
campaigners who
refused to give up
when the Justice
Secretary threw in
the towel.
(Editorial)
Berlin would do
well to tell Madrid
that treating the
ill-conceived Catalan
independence drive
as treason gives the
movement a moral
authority it does not
warrant. A gesture
toward Catalonia
would do far more to
defuse a confrontation
that has gone too far.
(Editorial)
Jews are often hated
because they have
succeeded where other
marginalised groups
have failed. The danger
is not that Mr Corbyn
will continue to ignore
anti-Semitism after
this week’s protests.
It’s that he doesn’t
understand what
anti-Semitism is.
(Bagehot)
TheScotsman
Labour could expel
anybody using
anti-Semitic language,
and restate, forcibly,
that it believes that
Israel has a right to
exist as a viable, safe,
democratic Jewish
state as part of a
two-state solution.
But will any of this
happen? Of course not.
(Allister Heath)
The EU needs to
ensure there’s a
political solution in
Catalonia, not allow
abuse of legal process
by Spain. Scotland,
though, isn’t Catalonia,
even if a Scottishtype referendum
now seems the only
viable solution.
(Kenny MacAskill)
Daily Telegraph
If the April meeting
between Kim Jong-un
and Moon Jae-in
produces a statement
on denuclearisation, it
could show the Trump
administration there
may be a path forward
with North Korea.
Where might this path
lead? To a destination
between “complete
denuclearistion” and
disastrous nuclear war.
(Ankit Panda)
Kim Jong-un and
Xi Jinping have
re-scrambled the
loyalties that will
shape any encounter
between North Korea
and the US at the
negotiating table.
There may be more
handshakes to come.
(Evan Osnos)
Nothing provokes
a feeling of lack of
control like watching
trees come down
outside your house
while being restrained
by a security guard.
Tackling populism
depends on renewing
the British sense
of community. In
Sheffield, the fightback
has begun by rescuing
those “useless” trees.
(Sebastian Payne)
When Michael Gove,
the Green Party, Jarvis
Cocker, Nick Clegg,
Jeremy Corbyn and
every UK newspaper
thinks you’re mad,
start talking and stop
chopping. Not just until
the furore dies down
(it won’t) but for good.
(Janice Turner)
LifeInBrief
JOHAN VAN HULST DUTCH SAVIOUR OF 600 JEWISH CHILDREN
An inspector from the Dutch
education ministry arrived at Johan
van Hulst’s teacher training institute
in Amsterdam on 19 June 1943. He
noticed some youngsters and, with SS
soldiers standing nearby, asked: “Are
those Jewish children?” Dr van Hulst
replied: “You don’t really expect me to
answer that, do you?”
The garden of Dr van Hulst’s
Reformed Teachers’ Training College
bordered the garden of a Jewish
nursery. Under Dr van Hulst’s
supervision, hundreds of Jewish infants
and children had been passed across
the hedge and hidden in his school.
Dr van Hulst, who has died aged
107, was credited with saving more
than 600 Jewish youngsters during
the Second World War. His school
was opposite a theatre used by the
Nazis as a way-station for Jews sent to
the Westerbork transit camp. Jewish
children under 12 were separated from
their parents and sent to the nursery
across the street. When there were
too many children for the facility, the
authorities asked if they could use a
spare room in the teachers’ academy.
With Walter Süskind, a Germanborn Jew, and Henriëtte Pimentel, who
ran the nursery, Dr van Hulst set up a
system by which children would vanish
from the administrative records after
they had been separated from their
parents. If 30 children were transferred
to the nursery, they only wrote down
25 names. Scholars estimate this
operation saved about 600 children.
In the spring of 1945, one of the
collaborators in the operation was
arrested and tortured into giving up Dr
van Hulst’s name. He went into hiding
until the Netherlands was liberated by
Allied forces in May.
After the war, he turned to politics,
standing as a member of the Dutch
Senate from 1956 to 1981. He refrained
from talking about his role in the
resistance to German occupation.
Johan Wilhelm van Hulst was born
in Amsterdam in 1911. His father
was a furniture upholsterer, and
his mother was a home-maker. He
graduated in 1929 from a pedagogical
academy in Amsterdam and, at Vrije
University, received a master’s degree
in philosophy, a second master’s in
pedagogy and a doctorate.
For all the attention he later received
for his success at saving lives, Dr van
Hulst said he was traumatised by
memories of those he could not rescue.
He recalled that in September 1943, he
found out that the Jewish child-care
centre was about to be closed.
He was asked how many of the
remaining children he could smuggle
to safety before they fell into the hands
of the Germans. “Now try to imagine
80, 90 or 100 children standing there,
and you have to decide which children
to take with you,” Dr van Hulst said,
according to the Yad Vashem Holocaust
memorial centre. “That was the most
difficult day of my life… You know for a
fact that the children you leave behind
are going to die. I took 12 with me.
Later on I asked myself: ‘Why not 13?’ ”
THE WASHINGTON POST
Born 28 January 1911
Died 22 March 2018
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Dream on, Remaining elite
A second referendum will change nothing
One year from now,
will the fruit in
Britain wither on
the vine once the EU
workers leave? GETTY
I
n one year we’ll be free – free
from the slavery of the EU,
and we must celebrate every
year on this day by holding a
festival, in which we sing our
new national anthem: “Let
tyrants be forgotten. Now we’ve
struggled to be free. And may all
our fruit go rotten as no Pole picks it
off our tree.”
Then we can create an annual
game to rejoice, in which everyone
from the community writes
promises they’ll never keep on the
side of a bus, such as: “Now we’re
out of the EU, I’m going to travel
everywhere by llama”, or “I’m
going to spend the money I save
from leaving the EU on growing an
extra head”.
But we’ll still accept immigrants.
We’ll keep them in pens so that for
each festival we can release one
into the drains and all the kids can
play “hunt the Romanian”, until an
excited girl screams “found him,
found him” and splashes about in
the sewer, which she’ll be allowed to
do at last as we won’t have to abide
by EU health and safety twaddle.
Then we can start working on
becoming even more free, by leaving
other restrictive bodies that force
regulations on us, such as the
International Time Zone. What
right do these people have to tell us
when we can have our afternoon? If
we want to start the day when it gets
dark we bloody well can, and then
we can put the clocks back eight
hours when it gets light and start the
day all over again, and go back like
that every day until it’s 1975.
The problem is Britain is still
hugely divided over the issue and
many people who wanted to remain
in the EU are still searching for
a way of staying. So every day
there’s a desperate article by one of
them, saying something like: “Now
that Fifa has accepted the Video
Assisted Refereeing system for
close football decisions, we should
reclassify the referendum as a
football match.
“Then the result will have to be
passed to the video referee, who will
watch the whole thing thousands of
times, still unable to make his mind
up, meaning we stay in the EU for at
least another 30 years.”
Campaigners for a second
referendum love finding loopholes,
such as: “The referendum result
was only advisory”, or: “We can get
the result annulled because Boris
Johnson’s hair is illegal”.
Their argument is the result
shouldn’t stand, because the Leave
campaign lied to the voters. They
did lie spectacularly, but the trouble
is, so did the Remain campaign.
George Osborne told us if we voted
to leave, there would have to be an
emergency budget and taxes would
have to go up. This was in spite of
the fact he’d spent five years telling
us raising taxes doesn’t bring in any
extra money, and causes your pets
to catch fire.
Their point seems to be the
result shouldn’t count, because the
Leave campaign was dishonest and
cynical. And it is a puzzle why so
many people in struggling areas
were persuaded to vote against
the trustworthy and reliable types
who led the Remain campaign,
people who were never dishonest
The Leave
campaign did
lie to voters,
but the trouble
is, so did the
other side
or cynical and understood their
everyday problems, such as David
“pint of whelks” Cameron.
The problem with the campaign
to overturn the result is many
angry people voted to leave because
“we don’t feel we’re being listened
to”. So while I’m no psychologist,
I wonder how someone like that
might react if you let them have
a vote and then said “thank you
very much for your opinion, but
I’m afraid you talk sh*t so we’re
ignoring it”.
I expect they’d accept it with good
grace, and make the most of staying
in the EU after all, by recruiting
some Bulgarians to work in a chain
of experimental upmarket Weetabix
restaurants across Stoke.
Disdain for the “elite” was a major
factor in the Brexit vote. This must
be why the campaign for a second
referendum is led by Baron Adonis,
whose “working-class touch”
endears him to a wide layer of
common barons.
One possible strategy that
opponents of Brexit could try
would be to engage with people
who voted Leave and work out how
to address their worries. You can
witness valiant attempts to open
up discussions in this way across
Facebook and Twitter, as people
write messages such as: “Brex-sh*t
moron idiots literally destroyed
this country, you slugs, I hope your
stupid town in Lincolnshire is
washed away in a flood and lands
in Belgium!!!!!”
But across the Western world,
millions of people feel disillusioned.
So the traditional parties known
as the “centre”, which would
always win for ever, have been
battered. In one country after
another, spokespeople for the “Keep
Everything Nice and Cosy As It Is”
Party find themselves on television,
explaining they’re disappointed
at losing all their seats, “but we
reject the accusation that we held
the voters in contempt, it’s just
we couldn’t get through to the
dozy tw**s”.
So I fear a second referendum
won’t solve anything. Instead we
need a referendum every week, and
the result announced on Saturday
evenings after the lottery. Some
weeks we’ll be in and some weeks
out. At Christmas we can make it
interesting by voting to be part of
Iceland, and at last the country will
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More discipline
is necessary
Reading Margaret
Rodgers’ letter (Your
View, 29 March) got me
wondering about why
there should have to be a
uniform change for girls
to avoid “upskirting”?
The change should be
with the behaviour of the
boys who are responsible
for doing this disrespectful act. Where is the
discipline of the parents
and schools?
MARGARET SILLETT
MARLBOROUGH,
WILTSHIRE
Your
View
TWEETS
AND EMAILS
All that glitters
is not good
Ella Risbridger says the
best thing she read last
year was that 2018 was
going to be the year of
glitter (i, 29 March). Let’s
hope instead that it is
the year that sees the
end of the sparkly stuff.
She says that glitter runs
through her partner’s
veins and this may well
be close to the truth.
With everything we
are hearing about plastic
in our bodies, as well as
everywhere else, it may
be possible that glitter,
which I believe contains
plastic, could be with
you for ever both inside
and out.
Surely it is time Ella
had a rethink about if
there is anywhere she
does want glitter free.
H BECKETT
I am all for Ella’s desire
to cheer everyone up on
this wonderful planet,
but can we leave microplastics out of the plan?
At present you could
probably avoid spending
£16.50 on jars of glitter
and just immerse yourself in the ocean. You
would then have money
Get a sweet deal on
Pick & Mix at
soap itself. I have always
maintained if liquid soap
had come first then the
introduction of soap
bars would have been
seen as a money-saving
improvement, as much of
the shower gel and hand
wash in use goes straight
down the plug hole.
Also, soap bars can be
wrapped in recyclable
paper so it would be
better for the environment and your pocket.
G BERRIDGE
CARDIFF
The price charged for visiting York Minster is just as stunning as its interior PA
to donate to a marinelife charity, or the bus
fare to get to a beach and
help with a clean-up.
I have been lucky
enough to introduce
both my daughters to the
joys of whale watching.
Seeing their faces during
a cetacean encounter
displayed all the sparkle,
shine and sapphire blue
that you could wish for.
ANDY SMITH
LEICESTER
More battles for
the same cause
If Lord Adonis is going to
use battles as an analogy
(Quote of the day, 29
March), we lost painfully
at Dunkirk but fought
more battles for the
same cause.
DAVID BUCKINGHAM
LEAMINGTON SPA
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are in the North
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As a lifelong Londoner
now living in Dorset I
agree entirely with Pat
Jones (Your View, 29
March) about restaurant
culture in the North.
My daughter moved
from Dorset to Yorkshire
about 18 months ago
and my wife and I make
regular visits. We’ve
found the standard of
food in pubs and restau-
rants to be far higher.
I’m still not quite sure
whether this makes up
for their colder weather,
but I certainly look
forward to my visits.
LES WRIGHT
WAREHAM, DORSET
BBC4. Of the nine hours
of viewing, only 30
minutes was not a repeat
– and that was about
the weather.
DAVID WALLAS
NEWCASTLE UPON
TYNE
Brexit is still not
a done deal
Breathtaking
cathedral fees
On top of yesterday’s
front page it read:
“Britain will leave the
EU on 29th March 2019.”
I think it would be more
correct to substitute
“may” for “will”, as one
year in politics can see
much change, and there
is no done deal.
COLIN HAYWARD
FAREHAM, HAMPSHIRE
Sir Tony Robinson (i,
27 March) says: ”Most
people visiting a town
pop inside the cathedral,
gasp and then come back
out again.” I did exactly
that at York Minster
when asked for £8 per
person to look around.
This was a few years
ago; no doubt it costs
more today!
COLIN HEATH
CARDIFF
Weathering
BBC4 repeats
Yesterday morning,
I looked at tonight’s
television programmes
to see what was on
my favourite channel,
Plastic deposits
are rewarding
It is not only the plastic
which is a waste, (Your
View, 29 March) but the
With the excellent
suggestion of deposits
on plastic bottles, as
I have experienced in
Germany and Austria
and always admired, is
it possible that people
will now start searching
roadsides for plastic
bottles to save up and
cash in when the deposit
scheme commences,
hence organising a
massive nationwide
litter-pick which many
communities have been
trying to do for years?
J LEEMING
AUSTWICK,
LANCASHIRE
Crying foul on
football cheats
Now that, under
pressure, Cricket
Australia have agreed
that ball-tampering
may be termed cheating,
perhaps football
commentators will stop
referring to “professional
fouls” and “taking a card
for the team”.
Deliberately fouling an
opponent to gain advantage is cheating and
should be described and
sanctioned as such.
DEREK NICHOLLS
CAMBRIDGE
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Kylie’s nan
helps to keep
her serene
All eyes are on Madonna
Madonna has hinted that there
might be some lost recordings
of her and the late rapper
Tupac Shakur – and that she
is considering making them
available to fans soon.
The Material Girl and the
hip-hop star (above) dated
in 1993, three years before
Shakur was murdered in a
drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.
And while the pair did
record a version of “I’d Rather
Be Your Lover” for Madonna’s
1994 album Bedtime Stories,
Shakur’s rap verse was cut,
reportedly because the record
label did not want to face
controversy when Shakur was
arrested on assault charges.
A fan posted a clip of the
original duet on Twitter on
Wednesday. Madonna then
retweeted it, saying: “This is so
cool!! One day I will release the
song we did together.”
She did not say whether she
meant the previously known
song, or another version.
Madonna first revealed
in 2015 that she and Shakur
had dated. Last year, intimate
letters from the rapper to her
almost ended up going under
the hammer at auction, until
the singer intervened and a
judge said that the items had
to be removed from sale.
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People had assumed that
Kylie Minogue worked
through the grief of breaking
up with her fiancé, the British
actor Joshua Sasse, by heading
into a recording studio in
Nashville, as evidenced by her
new country and westerninspired album Golden.
But the Australian singer,
49, has revealed that she
employs an odd tip from an
elderly relative to deal with
heartbreak and anxiety.
She said: “My 98-year-old
grandma said years ago: ‘What
you need to is lie flat, and you
put your arms up and you just
lie like that for 10 minutes’.
And she’s so right, so I will.
“On a video day, during lunch
I’ll go: ‘Right, phone off, dim the
lights’ and try to just be still.”
Minogue added: “There are
a lot of voices in my head. I
guess part of that is our brains:
Parker fails
to get behind
Nixon’s run
Cynthia Nixon may be running
for governor in New York
state, but her Sex And The City
co-star Sarah Jessica Parker
hasn’t exactly given her the
most glowing endorsement.
Parker seems to doubt
whether friends and politics
really mix. She said: “Cynthia
has been my friend and
colleague since we were little
girls. I look forward to talking
to her about her New York
state gubernatorial bid.”
Nixon (below right, with
Parker), an education activist
for years, will stand against
incumbent Andrew Cuomo in
a Democratic primary.
they are problem-solvers…
tick, tick, tick, tick, tick.”
She does have a more triedand-tested way to deal with
anxiety, as she told the gay
lifestyle magazine Attitude:
“I put the kettle on and make
a cup of tea. But if I knew the
answer I would do it and I
would have no anxiety.
“They say that the fast
track to happiness is
gratitude and it’s true, just
think that thought.”
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Britain still has clout but let’s not get carried away
FOREIGN POLICY
Mary
Dejevsky
A
triumph for UK diplomacy
is how the expulsion of
more than 100 Russians
from more than 20
countries is being presented by the
Prime Minister and her Foreign
Secretary.
And, in a way, it is. Those which
have given marching orders to
Russian diplomats include most of
our European Union partners, the
US, Canada and Australia, as well as
Nato headquarters.
Things have come to a pretty pass
when the tally of expelled diplomats
is seen as a benchmark of diplomatic
success. One reason – perhaps the
reason – why this is being touted
as such a triumph is that it allows
Brexiteers to counter one of the most
insistent charges of the Remainers:
that the UK’s international clout
will be severely diminished by its
departure from the EU. Some of the
most bullish in the Leave camp even
argue it will be enhanced. At a time
when both Theresa May and Boris
Johnson were politically under the
weather, you can understand why the
chorus of Russia-bashing comes as
music to their ears.
How close, though, are
appearance and reality? Persuading
a quorum of Western countries to
expel some Russians is probably not
that hard, especially not if you couch
the arguments in the right way, with
the clincher being “it won’t cost you
much”. Which it won’t – not even
the UK. On the same day Mrs May
was announcing the expulsions and
other measures, the Russian energy
behemoth Gazprom was raising a
€750m Eurobond in the City. And
no sooner had Germany told four
Russians to go than it gave the
go-ahead to the contentious second
Nordstream gas pipeline that will
allow Russian gas exports to
bypass Ukraine.
One conclusion that could be
drawn is that anyone can exert
influence on others, so long as the
message chimes with their interests
and there is little or nothing to pay.
But another is that UK diplomacy
will probably have to work much
harder in the time of Brexit.
It is probably true that the UK
will retain some clout in the area of
security and intelligence, though
that could be more problematic if
transatlantic relations are cool.
Not only will the UK have to work
harder, but size and perceived
allegiances will matter. Russia can
cope with expulsions, especially
if it gets its way on Gazprom and
Nordstream. Is there not a danger
that the UK could get “picked on”,
not just by Russia, if its commercial
alliances are all ad hoc?
The UK looks set to be a
country too big to be a plausible
intermediary but too small to be
a great power. It is worth asking
whether all Brexiteers will regret
this. Not everyone who voted Leave
did so in the hope of making Britain
great again. For some, “taking back
control” meant the UK being its own
master, not only in who it lets in, but
in what it does outside its borders.
For this group of Leave voters
at least, the diplomatic lessons
of the past month may not be too
disheartening. A country that feels
smaller in its reach, has lowered its
international ambitions and has to
work hard to build coalitions might
be one where a good number of
Brexiteers and Remainers could
actually converge.
TELEVISION
than 25 per cent last year. Meanwhile,
more 15- to 34-year-olds listened to
online music services such as Spotify
than to BBC radio last year.
When the BBC director-general,
Lord Hall, warns that it could
become increasingly irrelevant
unless it can attract younger
audiences back from Netflix, is he
being a little disingenuous? Netflix is
producing a strong roster of original
kids’ shows such as Luna Petunia,
“a little girl who learns she can do
anything”. But teenagers using
Netflix are just as likely to watch
shows from the BBC catalogue, such
as Doctor Who, as they are to view
Netflix’s own content, such as Queer
Eye. Of course, Hall wants viewers to
stay loyal to the BBC, on whichever
platform they choose, but audiences
couldn’t care less which service
offers the shows they want to watch.
The bigger threat to the BBC’s
mission to champion quality British
content comes from YouTube,
which is viewed regularly
by 73 per cent of UK
children aged eight to
11. The most-watched
programming is
anodyne, short-form
lifestyle features,
designed to boost
the commercial
prospects of
YouTube “influencers”.
The budgets available to
Netflix, Amazon and Apple dwarf
that of the BBC. The way to stop
young viewers deserting the BBC
is for it not to see tech giants as
enemies but to partner with them,
as it does on adult drama, to produce
enticing new shows with the
BBC’s distinctive mark of quality,
whichever platform screens them.
Adam
Sherwin
BBC ought to
join Netflix,
not fight it
F
ive years ago, Ted Sarandos,
the boss of streaming upstart
Netflix, made a plea to the
BBC: let us show children’s
favourites like In The Night Garden
(inset) and we’ll pay you a huge
amount of cash which you can use to
make the next generation of hits.
But the BBC sent the
digital interloper packing.
It wouldn’t change
commercial licensing
restrictions, which
meant that UK
streaming services
had to wait five years
before they could
screen its children’s
shows. So Sarandos spent
his billions of dollars on US
children’s programmes targeting
British viewers instead.
Fast forward and the BBC is now
warning that young people aged 16
to 24 now spend more time watching
Netflix than BBC TV, including
iPlayer reruns. Most worryingly, the
average weekly reach of CBBC has
fallen from 40 per cent in 2012 to less
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Signal jammers have been placed inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London to prevent WikiLeaks founder
Julian Assange having access to the
internet or social media, it is claimed.
The Ecuadorian government took
the step earlier this week as well as
refusing him any visitors to the embassy where he has been living since
June 2012 for fear of extradition to
the United States.
The measures follow the publication of an article in the Ecuadorian press concerning Mr Assange’s
tweets about the arrest of former
Catalan president Carles Puigdemont in Germany earlier this week.
In a phone call to Mr Assange’s
lawyer on Tuesday, an adviser to
Ecuadorian foreign minister Maria
Fernanda Espinosa said the WikiLeaks founder must stop tweeting
about the Catalan issue.
He was also asked to erase a tweet
which said: “In 1940 the elected presi-
dent of Catalonia, Lluis Companys,
was captured by the Gestapo, at the
request of Spain, delivered to them
and executed. Today, German police
have arrested the elected president of
Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, at the
request of Spain, to be extradited.”
Mr Assange did not delete the
tweet. His lawyer was told a decision
had been taken to isolate him “by
order of the president”, say sources.
The Ecuadorian government said:
“The measure was adopted due to
Assange not complying with a written promise which he made with the
government in 2017, by which he was
obliged not to send messages which
entailed interference in relation to
other states.”
Musician Brian Eno and
ex-Greek minister Yanis
Varoufakis said “extraordinary
pressure” from the US and Spain
was behind the move.
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HEALTH
Ecuador blocks
Assange from
outside contact
By Alan Jones
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Weight-loss
surgery ‘affects a
patient’s love life’
By Paul Gallgher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Celebrating Glasgow Style
An exhibition celebrating Glasgow’s
“greatest cultural icon”, Charles
Rennie Mackintosh, is to open as the
city marks 150 years since his birth.
The show, at Kelvingrove Art
Gallery and Museum, spans the
architect and designer’s lifetime,
1868-1928, and presents works that
have not been shown in the city for
more than 30 years.
Mackintosh is considered to be
one of the principal exponents of
the Glasgow Style, a distinctive
variant of Art Nouveau. PA
Weight-loss surgery can not only
have a life-changing effect on your
body, but also your love life, according to a study.
Two Swedish studies have found
that for those who were single,
having the surgery meant they
were more likely to start a new relationship or get married.
But for those who were already
in a relationship, bariatric surgery
was associated with an increased
rate of divorce and separation.
Those who lost the most weight
were most likely to have a change
in their love lives, according to
researchers from the University
of Gothenburg.
The researchers said the observational nature of their study
means that they cannot prove
cause and effect. And the authors
were unable to tell who initiated
the relationship changes, the
people who lost the weight or
their partners.
But the study indicates changes
in weight can affect more than
just physical size, as a person’s
behaviour changes.
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Bumble
and Tinder
set for date
in court
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
The mobile dating app Tinder faces
a legal challenge from a rival which
claims that Tinder is planning to copy
its key feature.
Mandy Ginsberg, the chief
executive of Tinder’s owner Match
Group, confirmed last month that
it planned to change its messaging
strategy so that women can choose
to receive messages from men they
have said “yes” to. Such a move
would bring it into line with rival app
Bumble, whose signature feature is
that female users can choose whether
they want to initiate all conversations
with future matches.
Bumble, founded by former Tinder
employee Whitney Wolfe Herd, is
seeking $400m (£285m) damages
and an injunction to prevent Match
Group from using trade secrets that it
disclosed during talks about Match’s
potential acquisition of Bumble.
“Tinder has lost significant ground
and market share to Bumble, a
fact that Tinder’s owner, Match, is
keenly aware of,” Bumble said in its
lawsuit. “This is why Tinder recently
announced that it intends to copy
Bumble’s core women-make-thefirst-move feature.’’
Match, meanwhile, has said that
it plans to sue Bumble for allegedly
copying Tinder’s swipe-left-for-no,
swipe-right-for-yes feature.
Bumble responded by placing
an advert in the New York Times to
accuse Match of “multiple attempts
to buy us, copy us and intimidate us”.
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UNITED STATES
Teenager Snapchats up a free sea cruise
By Luke Rix-Standing
Darian Lipscomb with one of the signs bearing his name CARNIVAL CRUISES
Carnival Cruises turned up in
a small Virginia town this week
on the hunt for a local teenager
and his coveted Snapchat handle
@CarnivalCruise.
The company surprised 15-yearold Darian Lipscomb at his home
in Prospect, Virginia, on Tuesday
night after peppering the town with
signs asking: “Hey Prospect, does
anyone know Darian?”
The Richmond Times-Dispatch
newspaper reported that the
company offered to trade Lipscomb
a free trip for his family aboard its
newest ship, Carnival Horizon, in
exchange for his Snapchat handle.
The net worth of the trip is about
$5,000 (£3,550). Organisers said
Darian would receive customised
surprises throughout the trip, which
will be documented on the cruise’s
social channels.
The company said the trade was
a fun way to claim the handle and
reward a “superfan”.
“When I was nine years old, I went
on a cruise and got really excited and
wanted to share it with my friends,”
Darian told the newspaper.
He created the Snapchat handle
@CarnivalCruise in 2012 and has
used it to share snaps of his cruise
experiences, including tubing and
zip-lining. “I answered the door,
walked outside and saw my name on
a big truck. I was really surprised,”
he said.
He accepted the offer and on
Saturday, he and his family will head
to Barcelona for the maiden voyage
of the ship.
Darian has not yet decided what
to choose for his new handle. “I’ll
have to think up another. Maybe
another company name,” he added.
ENVIRONMENT
Shifting sands of
the Sahara alarm
climate scientists
By Tom Bawden
ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT
The Sahara Desert has expanded by
10 per cent over the past century and
is now the same size as the US.
Researchers said they were
alarmed to discover that the world’s
biggest desert had grown significantly
since 1920, largely because of rising
temperatures and lower rainfall
caused by climate change.
The finding suggests that other
major deserts will also have grown
substantially, raising concerns about
the world’s ability to produce enough
food in the future.
“The study’s results have farreaching implications for the future
of the Sahara, as well as for other
subtropical deserts around the world,”
said Professor Sumant Nigam, of
The Sahara Desert, which
spans North Africa from
the Red Sea in the east to the
Atlantic Ocean in the west,
covers about 3.6 million square
miles, whereas the US covers
3.8 million square miles.
the University of Maryland. “As the
world’s population continues to grow, a
reduction in arable land with adequate
rainfall to support crops could have
devastating consequences.”
Deserts typically receive annual
rainfall of less than five inches
(127mm), but many are getting less
and less rain each year because of
global warming.
“The trends in Africa of hot
summers getting hotter and rainy
seasons drying out are linked with
factors such as increasing greenhouse
gases and aerosols in the atmosphere,”
said Professor Nigam. “These trends
have a devastating effect on the lives
of African people, who depend on
agriculture-based economies.”
The American findings are
published in the Journal of Climate.
A separate study in January
warned that if temperatures rose
by 2°C, more than a quarter of the
planet’s surface would become
significantly drier, with much of the
affected areas turning to desert.
However, the report in the journal
NatureClimateChange suggested that
if climate change could be limited to
1.5°C, about two-thirds of these areas
could avoid aridification.
Dr Shabtai Cohen
studies a Christ’s
thorn jujube tree
in Beit Dagan,
Israel REUTERS
ISRAEL
‘Crown of thorns’ tree hailed as saviour
By Rinat Harash
IN NEOT KEDUMIM
The “crown of thorns” tree,
immortalised as the bush used in
the crucifixion of Jesus, could help
to mitigate the effects of climate
change, Israeli researchers say.
While pilgrims prepare to
converge on the city this weekend
to commemorate Easter, scientists
are at work in the surrounding hills
studying Ziziphus spina-christi, an
evergreen commonly known as
Christ’s thorn jujube.
Dr Shabtai Cohen, of Israel’s
Volcani Agricultural Research
Centre, believes it is a “pioneer”
in the fight against desertification
because its hardiness makes it
resilient to rising temperatures and
aridity. It draws water from deep
below ground and retains the ability
to photosynthesise even when
MEDICINE
British man has first case of ‘super-strength gonorrhoea’
By Florence Snead
A British man has fallen ill with
what is believed to be the world’s
first case of “super-strength
gonorrhoea” – a strain of the
infection which has resisted the
usual treatment with antibiotics.
The man had a regular female
partner in the UK but caught the
disease from a woman in Southeast Asia, Public Health England
(PHE) reported yesterday. It said
efforts to get rid of the sexually
transmitted infection (STI) with
the recommended combination of
the antibiotics azithromycin and
ceftriaxone had not worked.
Dr Gwenda Hughes, the head of
health agency’s STI section, said:
“We are investigating the case [of
a man] who has gonorrhoea which
was acquired abroad and is very
resistant to the recommended
first-line treatment. This is the
first time that a case has displayed
such high-level resistance to both
of these drugs and to most other
commonly used antibiotics.”
The man visited a health clinic
for treatment earlier this year.
If left untreated, gonorrhoea
can lead to infertility. Symptoms
in men may include a burning
sensation while urinating,
discharge from the penis, or
testicular pain.
Public Health England said
the man’s UK partner had tested
negative for the infection. Fears of
antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea
spreading prompted officials to
trace the man’s sexual partners.
Dr Hughes added: “PHE
actively monitors, and acts on, the
spread of antibiotic resistance
in gonorrhoea and potential
treatment failures, and has
introduced enhanced surveillance
to identify and manage resistant
strains of infection promptly to
help reduce further spread.”
exposed to high temperatures and
solar radiation. Just as that crown
is associated with suffering and
death followed by resurrection, the
researchers hope the tree, which
provides sustenance to bees and
insects, could help to support life in
areas threatened by deadly heat.
“Studying its attributes and its
traits is going to help us to breed
species we want in future,” said Dr
Cohen. REUTERS
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NORTH KOREA
North and South’s leaders
plan rare border meeting
By Lee Jin-Man
IN PAJU
The North Korean leader, Kim Jongun, will meet South Korean President
Moon Jae-in at a border village on
27 April in a rare meeting that
could be crucial in efforts to
resolve the decades-long
stand-off over the North’s
nuclear programme.
Leaders of the two Koreas have held talks only
twice since the 1950-53
Korean War, in 2000 and
2007, under previous liberal governments in South
Korea. The Korean Peninsula
was divided in 1945 into a US-dominated south and Soviet-backed north
which became sovereign nations
three years later.
The announcement of the April
summit was made after officials of
the two countries met at the border
village of Panmunjom yesterday.
The unification minister, Cho
Myoung-gyon, one of three South
Korean participants, told reporters
beforehand that setting up discussions between the leaders on the
First Wives club
Any mentions of North Korea’s First
Lady, Ri Sol-ju, have been removed
from Chinese social media after
she travelled to Beijing with
her husband for a surprise
visit – and was judged
more glamorous that the
Chinese leader’s wife.
Kim Jong-un’s meeting
with China’s President
Xi Jinping, was his first
foreign trip since he came
to power in 2011.
Ms Ri (inset) and Peng
Liyuan, China’s First Lady,
were often photographed during the
two-day trip. Social media pundits
decided Ms Ri was “prettier and
better dressed” than Ms Peng.
Seoul officials have already
brokered a potential
meeting between Mr Kim and US
President Donald Trump, who
said he hopes to meet the North
Korean leader “by May”.
North’s nuclear disarmament would
be a critical point.
After yesterday’s meeting, Mr Cho
told South Korean reporters there
was a “sufficient exchange of opinions” on the agenda for the summit,
but didn’t provide a clear answer on
whether discussions of the nuclear
issue will be included.
He said: “Both sides will continue
working-level discussions while focusing on the issues surrounding
the denuclearisation of the Korean
Peninsula, the stabilisation of peace
and the development of relations between the South and North.”
Meanwhile, China continues to
make its renewed presence felt in the
North Korea crisis. A senior Chinese
official visiting South Korea said yesterday that the North Korean leader’s
visit to Beijing this week should help
ease tensions and lead to the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
“[Mr Kim’s] visit will help the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula,
ensure peace and security... and resolve problems,” Yang Jiechi said in
opening remarks during a meeting
with South Korea’s National Security
Office head, Chung Eui-yong. AP
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match…
The Cigdem Akin show at
Mercedes Benz Fashion
Week in Istanbul, Turkey.
More than 20 designers
present their clothes on
the runway this season.
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Sacked secretary
fires a parting
shot at Trump
Italy ‘breached EU sanctions’ by
meeting Assad’s security chief
By Hope Yen
By Josephine McKenna
The latest member of Donald Trump’s
cabinet to be sacked fired a parting
shot at the President yesterday.
David Shulkin, the Veterans Affairs
Secretary, said figures within the
administration intended to privatise
veterans’ healthcare, and he lost his
job because he opposed the plans.
Mr Trump replaced Mr Shulkin
on Wednesday with the White House
doctor, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson.
This month, the President has fired
his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson,
and National Security Adviser, HR
McMaster. His senior economic
adviser Gary Cohn has quit and the
White House communications chief
Hope Hicks’ last day was yesterday.
Mr Trump announced Mr Shulkin’s
sacking on Twitter and thanked him.
Butinacolumnforthe NewYorkTimes,
Mr Shulkin wrote: “As I prepare to
leave government, I am struck by a
recurring thought: it should not be
this hard to serve your country.”
He said the environment in
Washington had turned “so toxic,
chaotic, disrespectful and subversive
that it became impossible” for him to
accomplish his “important” work.
IN ROME
A key figure in Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad’s regime sneaked
into Rome earlier this year for secret
talks with the Italian authorities in a
flagrant breach of European Union
sanctions, it is claimed.
Ali Mamlouk, the head of the Syrian secret services, met Alberto
Manenti, the head of Italy’s spy
agency AISE, in the Italian capital in January, the French daily Le
Monde reported. The news has angered a group of MEPs led by Ma-
rietje Schaake, with the Democrats
66 party from the Netherlands, who
began demanding answers from the
EU when reports of the visit
were first published in the
Lebanese daily, Al-Akhbar,
in February.
“The Assad regime
continues to kill innocent
people and Syrians are
on an EU sanction list
after thorough scrutiny
and unanimity from member
state governments,” Ms Schaake
(inset) told i yesterday. “If Italy
indeed violated sanctions, there
should be consequences. I would imagine people in Italy want answers.”
Le Monde claimed that news
of the meeting had been
confirmed by “three
well-informed sources”. Mr Mamlouk
reportedly came to
Rome “on a private
jet made available by
the Italian authorities” to discuss immigration, terrorism and
security. Tellingly, Italy has
refused to confirm or deny that the
visit took place.
NETHERLANDS
Dutch double down in battle against food waste
By Thin Lei Win
First it was a supermarket aisle free
of plastics, now the Netherlands has
notched up another novel solution in
its fight against waste and pollution
– products made with food that otherwise would be chucked in the bin.
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VENEZUELA
Sarkozy will face
trial over abuse
of power claims
By Samuel Osborne
Nicolas Sarkozy will face trial over
charges he misused his influence to
secure leaked details of an inquiry
into alleged irregularities in his 2007
election campaign.
Earlier this month, the former
French president was taken into police custody over claims he received
millions in euro in illegal election financing from the regime of the late
Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi.
Mr Sarkozy’s lawyers say he will
appeal against the decision to send
him to court. He has dismissed the
allegations as “grotesque”.
Mr Sarkozy’s lawyers
had argued magistrates
investigating the alleged Libyan
funding had gone on a “fishing
expedition” by tapping his
conversations with them in
2013 and 2014.
The case came about after investigators used phone-taps to examine
separate allegations that Gaddafi
funded Mr Sarkozy’s campaign, and
began to suspect he had kept tabs on
a separate case through a network
of informants.
One of the 63-year-old’s lawyers
and a magistrate will also face trial
over attempts to secure leaked details of an inquiry into alleged irregularities in his election campaign.
The probe is part of a five-year
investigation into the funding for his
victorious presidential election campaign in 2007.
It was launched to investigate
alleged misuse of power, forgery,
abuse of public money and money
laundering.
In 2012, the investigative news
website Mediapart published documents suggesting Libya made cash
payments to Mr Sarkozy’s campaign
of up to (£44m). The legal campaign
funding limit at the time was €21m
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investigation
into jail deaths
By Tibisay Romero
IN VALENCIA
Relatives of 68 inmates killed at the police station jail in Valencia are
demanding to know how such a tragedy could have happened REUTERS
Anguished relatives of 68 people
killed in a fire at a Venezuelan police
station jail are demanding explanations on how so many died.
Human rights groups and opposition politicians are already blaming
the government of President Nicolas Maduro for overcrowding in the
country’s notoriously violent prisons.
Deadly riots are common in Venezuela’s lawless jails, where inmates
often openly wield machine guns and
use drugs. But the death toll in the decrepit city of Valencia – once a thriving industrial hub – during a riot was
particularly shocking.
The United Nations human rights
office called on authorities to carry
out a speedy investigation and to provide reparations to victims’ families.
“We urge the Venezuelan authorities to carry out a prompt, thorough
and effective investigation to establish the cause of these deaths, provide
reparations to the victims’ families
and, where applicable, identify and
bring those responsible to justice, the
office of the UN High Commissioner
for Human Rights said. REUTERS
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SOCIETY
‘Happiest day of
my life’: Malala
back in Pakistan
By Kay Johnson
IN ISLAMABAD
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala
Yousafzai broke down in tears during an emotional return to her native
Pakistan yesterday, six years after
she was shot in the head by Taliban
gunmen for advocating greater education of girls.
Ms Yousafzai, travelling with her father and younger brother, met Prime
Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in
the capital, Islamabad, before giving
a brief speech on national television.
It was Ms Yousafzai’s first visit
to her homeland since she was shot
in late 2012 and airlifted abroad for
medical treatment. “For the last five
years I have dreamed that I can set
foot in my country,” she said, wiping
away tears.
“It’s the happiest day of my life.
I still can’t believe it’s happening,”
added Ms Yousafzai.
She said that if it had been up to her,
she would never have left Pakistan.
“I don’t normally cry ... I’m still 20
years old but I’ve seen so many things
in life,” she said.
At the age of 17, in 2014, Ms Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of
the Nobel Peace Prize for her education advocacy. She also became a global symbol of the resilience of women
in the face of repression.
Malala Yousafzai
spoke on television
after meeting
Pakistan’s Prime
Minister AFP/GETTY
Ms Yousafzai spoke of the importance of education and about the efforts of her charitable foundation to
help girls, often switching between
English, Pashto and Urdu.
“Welcome home,” Mr Abbasi told
Ms Yousafzai. “We are very happy our
EGYPT
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Sisi headed
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with over
90% of votes
Archaeologists
ban BBC from
Poseidon temple
The Pakistani Taliban
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for the attack on Ms Yousafzai,
after a blog she wrote
advocating girls’ education.
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The initial results of Egypt’s presidential election suggest a landslide
win for dictator Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who faced no serious challenge,
and a turnout hovering at just
40 per cent, according to pro-government media.
Counting began after polls closed
late on Wednesday. Egyptian authorities went to great lengths to
bolster turnout in a bid to give the
election legitimacy. Official results
are expected on 2 April.
Provincial governors and other
officials promised incentives and
financial rewards, and in some
cases resorted to threats to get people to the polls. Anyone boycotting
the election was threatened with
a fine of £20, but similar warnings
have been made in the past without
being widely enforced.
daughter has come back. She has returned as the most prominent citizen
of Pakistan.”
She is unlikely to travel to her home
region of Swat because of security
threats against her, according to security sources. REUTERS
Officials count ballots for Mr Sisi
and his little-known opponent,
Mousa Mustafa Moussa AFP/GETTY
Local media, which is dominated
by pro-Sisi commentators, also
urged people to vote, portraying it
as a national obligation and warning against foreign plots to undermine stability.
The website of the state-run
newspaper Al-Ahram said around
25 million of the country’s 59.7 million eligible voters cast ballots, with
the overwhelming majority going
to Mr Sisi. It said Mr Sisi leads with
around 92 per cent, with his littleknown opponent, Moussa Mustafa
Moussa, getting just 3 per cent. AP
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The Greek government has
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archaeological council for denying
the BBC permission to film an
adaptation of a John le Carré novel
at the site of a temple to Poseidon.
Lefteris Kretsos, the general
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communication, said the Central
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of a BBC request to record part
of The Little Drummer Girl at Cape
Sounion “highlights once again the
issues we have as a country”.
The rejection came days after
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Greek sites requires a permit from
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BREXIT
From catch of the
day to red herring
Grimsby’s fishermen tell Dean Kirby that their
enthusiasm for Brexit is beginning to go off
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O
n the windswept dock
wall at Grimsby, the
crew of the Sweetwaters
fishing boat are tending
to a stack of lobster
pots that were badly knocked about
when the Beast from the East came
rampaging across the North Sea.
Today, as the crew prepares to
head back out to sea, the boat’s
owner, Darren Kenyon, of Fastline
Shellfish, is more worried about the
Government’s strategy for quitting
the EU than about the weather.
The lifelong fisherman, whose
boat is one of the last floating
bastions of what was once a
700-strong Grimsby fishing fleet,
was among 70 per cent of people in
North East Lincolnshire who voted
to leave the EU.
In June 2016, just days before
the Brexit referendum, Mr Kenyon
and his crew took a rare day off
from catching shellfish and steered
their vessel up the Humber to join a
Leave flotilla, amid calls for the UK
to retake control of its waters and
claims from campaigners that the
EU had decimated the Lincolnshire
town’s fishing industry.
To them, the Government’s recent
announcement that the UK will
remain in the Common Fisheries
Policy until 2020, the end of the
transition to the post-Brexit era,
feels like a betrayal.
“I was quite excited about Brexit,”
Mr Kenyon tells i as he stands on the
dock. “But the way the Government
is going, I can’t see them helping
fishermen. If they were going to help
the industry, they would be doing it
now and not waiting until 2020.”
The relationship between
Grimsby and the sea is deeply
rooted in history. The town, said
to have been named after a Viking
fisherman named Grim, was home
to the world’s largest fishing fleet
by the mid-20th century. Grimsby
Town football fans even chant
“fish” repeatedly from the stands in
recognition of the importance of
fish in their lives.
But the age-old
industry went into
decline after the
Cod Wars – a series
of confrontations
between the UK
and Iceland over
fishing rights from
the 1950s to the
1970s. The Common
Fisheries Policy and the
Government’s management
of quotas and grants have also
been blamed locally for forcing
skippers to scrap their boats.
Environmentalists also believe the
fish these men make their living
from are moving farther north due
to climate change.
Signs of change can be seen at
Grimsby docks beside the obvious
dearth of trawlers. In a hidden
village of eerie streets, buildings that
once employed thousands of men
stand empty. The huge ice factory –
once the world’s largest, producing
1,200 tonnes of ice a day to keep
catches fresh – stands derelict.
On Fish Dock Road, along a row of
boarded-up shops, stands a solitary
chandler’s store selling wellington
boots and rigger gloves, which has
been in business for five generations.
The owner, Fraser Taylor, says
“hundreds” of fish merchants used
to have their businesses along the
road. The distinctive chimneys of
former fish curing works can be seen
among the surviving businesses.
“I still think voting to leave
Europe was the right thing to do,”
says Steve Parkinson (below), a
fourth generation fish seller in a
nearby shop. “We can’t go back.
Fish used to be a cheap meal, but it’s
expensive now. People will still eat it,
but it will never be cheap again. I’d
like to see UK fishing coming back
to Grimsby, but we just don’t
have the boats.”
Alan Armour,
a wholesale fish
merchant, says Brexit
is “becoming a farce”.
“We’re going to get
nothing,” he says. “It’s
a joke. What they said
we were going to do
and are actually doing
are different things. I would
vote Leave again, but I wouldn’t
be voting Tory.”
Yet figures show that, while
fishing has declined in Grimsby,
other aspects of the industry have
survived and thrived, highlighting
the huge complexities of Brexit.
In 2016, just 31 UK boats landed
fish or shellfish at Grimsby. Only one
tonne of fish was landed here by UK
vessels in January this year, along
with 163 tonnes of shellfish.
But the large fish market at the
dock, where merchants gather
around tubs of fish at an early
morning auction, remains one of
the most important in Europe and
handles around 20,000 tonnes of
fresh fish a year. Around 90 per cent
comes not from Grimsby boats, but
from Iceland or Norway. Data from
industry body Seafish shows the fish
processing industry in Humberside
is at its biggest in a decade, with
4,900 full-time equivalent jobs.
Supermarket chain Morrisons
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UGANDA
‘I am living on
bitcoin because
there are no jobs’
Some Africans are ready to take a risk
by investing. By Rodney Muhumuza
I
In 2016, just 31 UK
boats landed fish or
shellfish in Grimsby
MARK PINDER
has its fish processing plant here,
producing more than 250 tonnes
of fish a week, while Grimsby has
been home to Young’s seafood for
more than 50 years. Fish processing
bosses last year even went as far as
calling for the port to have free trade
status – a suggestion mocked by
Remainers as “double standards”.
There are fears processing hubs
in Europe could undercut Grimsby
businesses if the EU were to slap
high charges on seafood from the
UK. The industry also relies heavily
on EU workers – a third of the
workforce here comes from Europe.
The skipper
‘Quotas have been the death of fishing’
DARREN KENYON, 50, has fished both
white fish and shellfish during his
long career.
“I’ve worked on the docks since I
was 13,” he says. “The dock used
to be full of boats. You could buy
anything down here – a new suit, a
pair of shoes. We had three banks
and a clinic which dealt with our
fish filleting wounds.
“You could get the sack from
your job in the morning and get
a new job day or night. The old
men were tough. They would give
you a heavy hand around the ear.
But they were not picking on you.
They were trying to teach you – to
keep you safe when you went to
sea. I can’t believe it’s all gone.
“EU quotas have been the death
of this industry. We can’t fish in
our own waters any more and
we’re getting by hand-to-mouth.
“There’s no point fishing for fish
any more.”
Melanie Onn, the Labour MP
for Great Grimsby, says fish
processing firms will “welcome the
certainty” that temporary transition
arrangements will provide. But she
adds: “The decision to continue with
the Common Fisheries Policy will
bring cold comfort to coastal fishing
communities that were promised
a revival of fortunes. Many people
believed the Leave campaign’s vision
of the UK fishing fleets once again
dominating the high seas.”
A Government spokeswoman told
i: “We recognise the importance of
fishing to ports like Grimsby, which
is why we are seeking the best deal
for the UK fishing industry when we
leave the EU. As part of this, we are
committed to securing the freest
possible trade in goods between the
UK and the EU, helping maintain a
sustainable and profitable industry.”
The complexities of Brexit are not
lost in Grimsby’s Riby Street, a road
lined with fishmongers’ shops.
Fishmonger Mark Eaton, who
has been in the business 42 years,
says the fishing industry will have to
adapt. “Everyone in Grimsby used to
have an uncle working on the docks,”
he says. “It would be good to see the
boats come back, but I don’t think it
will happen in my lifetime.”
Back at the docks, Mr Kenyon
says UK fishermen need to know
what they will be able to catch after
Brexit so they can make decisions
on investment. He wants to expand
to a bigger boat and for British
fishermen the have the right to fish
in their own waters.
“Thousands of fishermen voted
to leave Europe, but I don’t think
we’re going to get any help,” he says.
“People talk about the fish being
scarce. There are plenty of fish,
but British fishermen are the real
endangered species.”
n a sleek new high-rise in
Kampala, Uganda’s capital,
an enthusiastic lecturer
is describing his financial
success while his earnings
are projected on to a screen. It’s all
down to one thing: bitcoin.
“What I have earned in one-anda-half years from bitcoin is more
than I earned in 10 years as a
teacher,” Richard Bagorogo tells
his audience.
Many financial institutions and
governments have warned about
the volatility of bitcoin investment
and the dangers of it proving to be
a bubble. But plenty of tech-savvy
Africans are embracing the virtual
currency, believing they have little
to lose in the face of corruption and
high unemployment.
The allure is obvious in Uganda,
where the average annual income
is £500. Many bitcoin adoptees
When I tried to bring
my cousins on board, they
called my father and said:
‘Your son has gone mad’
here are professionals aiming to
supplement their salaries; others
are jobless.
Bagorogo says: “I am living on
bitcoin because getting a job in this
country is not easy.”
Bagorogo preaches “the gospel
of bitcoin”. Not everyone is
convinced, he admits. “When I
tried to bring my cousins on board,
they called my father in the village
and said: ‘Your son has gone mad’.”
Once, Bagorogo could not
afford to enrol his children in the
international school where he
taught. Now, he says, his lifestyle
has changed: he recently went on
holiday to Dubai and has more than
enough money to help his father.
Bagorogo encourages people to
invest in one of more than two
dozen global bitcoin mining pools.
For many who can’t afford to buy
large amounts individually, the
potential returns, including
dividends, can seem promising.
However, there are doubts about
whether such facilities are genuine,
and some countries have warned of
money laundering and the threat
to government-backed currencies.
In China, where a substantial
amount of the world’s supply of
bitcoin originates, the government
ordered a shutdown of all
cryptocurrency mining operations
in January. The crackdown, plus
hacking attacks, leading to the
theft of hundreds of millions of
dollars’ worth of bitcoin from
Japanese transfer Coincheck,
contributed to the volatility of the
value of a single unit of bitcoin,
which rose to $19,000 in December
but has since fallen below $9,000.
However, the independent
virtual currency is now being
accepted by many businesses in
this part of the world, making it a
more practical option than in other
places. At least one restaurant
in Kampala now accepts bitcoin,
with owner Jennifer Birungi
saying she had to put it “on the
menu” to get more comfortable
with cryptocurrencies.
Birungi is a registered user of
the exchange platform BitPesa,
which serves 6,000 customers
in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and
Nigeria. They can cash out their
bitcoin in return for local currency,
which can be sent directly to their
mobile phones’ bitcoin wallets
or wired to their bank accounts.
Other enthusiasts cite the relative
convenience of the cryptocurrency
in financial transfers.
“I used to want to buy medical
equipment online, but it was
becoming hard,” says Moses
Semulya, a doctor at a Kampala
hospital. “Transacting online is
very expensive in Uganda with all
the fees. Bitcoin is changing that,
making things easier and faster.”
Semulya rues a missed
opportunity to invest in bitcoin
in 2016 when it was still relatively
cheap. Now he holds nearly £570
worth of it in his digital wallet, an
amount he hopes will swell as more
people in Africa and elsewhere
turn to the cryptocurrency.
“Right now, I would rather invest
in bitcoin and watch this space
than buy a plot of land,” he says. AP
A Ugandan
bitcoin miner,
Godfrey
Kabaka Mumpe,
offers an
introduction
to the
cryptocurrency
in Kampala AP
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KENYA
Deported activist
says: I was beaten
and drugged
By Tom Odula
IN NAIROBI
A Kenyan opposition activist
claims he was beaten and
drugged before being forcibly
removed from the country for
a second time. The deportation
of Miguna Miguna came hours
AUSTRALIA
A magistrate has closed a month-long
preliminary hearing into whether
the most senior Vatican cleric ever
charged over sexual abuse in the
Catholic Church should stand trial.
Judge Belinda Wallington, sitting
in Melbourne, said she would decide
whether Australia’s highest-ranking
Catholic, Cardinal George Pell,
should face a jury after lawyers make
their final submissions on 17 April.
Mr Pell, who was Pope Francis’s
finance minister, was charged last
June with sexually assaulting victims
in his home state of Victoria. Details
of the allegations against the cardinal,
76, have yet to be made public. AP
after a court held senior officials
in contempt for failing to release
him from the airport where he
was being held.
Kenyan officials have argued
that the lawyer, who holds dual
Canadian nationality, is not a
Kenyan citizen. His attempt to
enter Kenya led to him being
detained in a toilet at Nairobi
airport for more than a day
Mr Miguna said: “I was
dragged, assaulted, drugged and
forcefully flown to Dubai. I woke
up in Dubai and the despots are
here insisting that I must travel
on to London.” AP
Ivory Coast
Park rangers in the world’s
leading cocoa producer, Ivory
Coast, are waging a campaign
to protect national forests
from the illegal farming of
chocolate’s raw ingredient.
Last year the governments
of Ivory Coast and Ghana,
another main producer, along
with food giants Nestlé, Mars
and Hershey, pledged to work
together to end deforestation
in the West African nations.
The president of the World
Cocoa Foundation, Richard
Scobey, called it a landmark
decision and an “important
environmental achievement”.
Last year an investigation
by the Mighty Earth
environmental group found
that many of Ivory Coast’s
national parks and protected
areas “have been entirely or
almost entirely cleared of
forest and replaced with cocoagrowing operations”. One of
them, Mont Peko National
Park, is home to endangered
species such as chimpanzees
and pygmy hippopotamuses.
Chocolate-producers should
“really give customers peace
of mind that chocolate eating
isn’t contributing to killing
chimps or elephants”, said
Etelle Higonnet, a campaign
director for Mighty Earth.
On a recent patrol in the
Mont Peko park, it didn’t
take long for rangers to find
cocoa growing illegally. Using
machetes, the team set to work
to remove it. AP
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Mistrust and anger grow as
mall fire victims are buried
The funerals of some of the victims
of the shopping mall fire in Russia
which killed 64 people, many of them
children, have taken place in the Siberian city of Kemerovo.
The city of half a million people
2,000 miles east of Moscow is
paralysed by grief over the fire last
Sunday that engulfed the mall, killing
dozens, including some locked inside
a cinema. An investigation into the
fire is still ongoing.
While families were burying their
loved ones, local residents in another
part of the city were taking flowers to
a makeshift memorial.
A mourner weeps at a funeral for one
of the victims of the blaze REUTERS
The deadly fire caused an
outpouring of grief and indignation
against local authorities. Many locals
mistrust the investigators and fear
authorities might be hiding the real
scale of the disaster.
“We still don’t know what really
happened, and no one takes the
responsibility,” said 37-year-old
nurse Valentina Skripchenko, who
brought three roses to the makeshift
memorial outside the mall.
And Tatyana Stupel, whose
neighbour’s daughter died at the
mall, had a poster she had placed
at the memorial along with flowers
taken away by an unknown individual
in plain clothes.
She said she had written “No one
takes the responsibility” on a piece of
paper because locals “didn’t get the
answers” about what happened. AP
Sea change
in Bolivia’s
history
Bolivian soldiers
re-enact the battle of
Canchas Blancas, which
took place during the
Pacific War in 1879
when Bolivia lost to
Chile and in effect lost
its access to the sea.
Bolivia is currently
waging a legal battle
at The Hague’s
International Court
of Justice to regain
the lost Pacific coastal
lands from Chile. AP
CAMBODIA
‘Anti-government’ journalists hit with porn charge
A Cambodian court has charged two
journalists with producing pornography in addition to espionage charges
they already face for filing news reports to a US-funded radio station.
Washington-based Radio Free Asia
(RFA) was shut in Cambodia last year
amid a crackdown on the opposition
and media by the government of
Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has
accused the United States of trying
to end his rule of more than 33 years.
A Cambodian human rights group
said the new charges against former
RFA journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang
Sothearin were another attack on the
free press. The pair deny the charges,
which carry a possible one-year jail
term. Pro-government media have
published pixelated images of people
in sexual positions and said that
they are related to the case, but the
accused are not identifiable in any of
the images. REUTERS
INDIA
UNITED STATES
FRANCE
Facebook asked
about voter data
Armed guards
Vegan’s ‘zero pity’
rising at schools for siege victim
India’s government has sent
a notice to Facebook asking
whether the personal data of
Indian voters and users has been
compromised by the UK-based
Cambridge Analytica or any other
downstream entity.
A similar notice was sent to
Cambridge Analytica last week
following media reports that
it had misused data to profile
Indians and influence their
elections. AP
A US government study says armed
security officers are becoming more
prevalent at schools.
According to data from the
National Centre for Education
Statistics, armed officers were
present at least once a week in 43 per
cent of all public schools during the
2015-16 school year, compared with 31
per cent of schools a decade before.
Last month’s mass shooting at
a Florida high school put renewed
focus on the role of armed guards. AP
By Prak Chan Thul
IN PHNOM PENH
Postcard
From...
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By Yuras Karmanau
US envoy upsets Cleric’s abuse
Palestinians
hearing ends
Palestinian officials criticised
the US ambassador to Israel for
warning that the Palestinian
President, Mahmoud Abbas,
could become irrelevant if he
keeps shunning the US as a
broker for Middle East peace.
David Friedman reportedly
said that if Mr Abbas was not
interested in negotiating “I
am sure somebody else will”,
adding that “vacuums tend to
be filled”.
Nabil Abu Rdeneh, an aide
to Mr Abbas, said the remarks
were a “blatant interference in
Palestinian affairs”. AP
VOICES
16-20
A vegan who posted a Facebook
message offering “zero sympathy”
for a butcher killed by an Islamist
militant during last week’s
supermarket siege in the town of
Trèbes has been given a sevenmonth suspended sentence.
The vegan, who has not been
officially named, was charged with
condoning terrorism. A left-wing
activist has received a one-year
suspended sentence for hailing the
death of another victim . REUTERS
30.03.2018
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Film
Music
Comedy
Theatre
GoingOut
Staying In
Television
Books
I keep trying
to upgrade
my behaviour
Jeff Goldblum talks to Kaleem Aftab
about working with fellow eccentric
Wes Anderson, his growing sense of
mortality, and the importance of shoes
J
eff Goldblum and director Wes
Anderson seem like a match made
in wacky heaven. Both are known
for the idiosyncracy of their aesthetic, quirky charm and sardonic
humour – and, to the delight of audiences,
they keep falling into each other’s arms.
They first worked together in 2004 on
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, in which
Goldblum played a smugly successful oceanographer, then again in 2014, in The Grand
Budapest Hotel, in which Goldblum excelled
as a batty attorney. Now they are turning
up the cuteness factor several notches
with the animated adventure Isle of Dogs.
It’s quite literally a shaggy dog story. Set in
the near future in Japan, the plot – about
the banishment of dogs after the outbreak
of a dog flu virus – thinly veils a tale about
immigration, fear and the rise of extremist
politics. Many who saw it on the opening
night of the Berlin Film Festival viewed it
as a comment on the Trump presidency
and the global rise of nationalism.
It’s funny that Anderson should have
chosen dogs as his animal of choice. His
mistreatment of man’s best friend in his
oeuvre thus far – they randomly die or are
maimed – led The New Yorker to ask in 2012:
“Does Wes Anderson hate dogs?”
Isle of Dogs seems to be his astutely
timed, barking response. Goldblum plays
Duke, a jubilant husky who loves to gossip.
He is part of a pack of hounds who try to
help a 12-year-old boy, Atari, find his mutt
on Trash Island.
When I meet Goldblum in Berlin, he
looks like top dog, dressed in a killer
blue Prada suit over a polo shirt with his
customary thick-rimmed black rectangular glasses. His grey hair is slicked back
and he looks far younger than his 65 years.
When he arrives, he is preening. “Wes saw
this suit as we were passing in the hall and
he was like, ‘Oww, delicious Candy’!”
Goldblum has always been into his
clothes. Growing up in Pittsburgh during
the 1960s, the son of a radio broadcaster
and a doctor, “I was wearing different
things to other people in my little school,”
he says. “I had this notion that I needed a Nehru jacket, which was kind of
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trendy. But I’ve thrown away a
lot of clothes. I’ve had bad ideas. I
like to try things on.”
As an actor, he feels that part
of his job is to find and give his
character the right attire. The
most important part? “Finding
the right shoes. How you walk in
them. How they make you feel.”
He clearly loves working with
Anderson, whom he describes as
“Mr Detail, as well as Mr Brilliant
and Mr Genius.” On the day they
met on the set of The Life Aquatic,
he was delighted that the director
knew exactly what his character’s
wardrobe should be. This time,
Goldblum literally phoned in his
voice performance, sitting in a
Los Angeles booth, as Anderson
sat listening in New York.
Anderson first floated the
project to Goldblum four years
ago. In the intervening period, the
film has found a new context, as
the Obama presidency has given
way to Trump’s.
“Probably more now than
when we started, this film seems
ripped from the headlines,” says
Goldblum. “[Wes] and I are from
a similar political sensibility.
And he has, I think, a passion, an
urgent call for gentleness, compassion, inclusiveness, diversity
and tolerance.”
The other seismic political
change has taken place in Hollywood, following the Weinstein
revelations. One of Goldblum’s
two ex-wives (and three times
co-star) is Geena Davis, who
has for many years led the discussion about Hollywood’s lack
of opportunity and interesting
roles for actresses.
And one of his finest hours as
an actor was starring alongside
the now-disgraced Kevin Spacey
in a 2008 Old Vic revival of the
David Mamet play Speed-ThePlow. The theatre has been accused of facilitating Spacey’s
behaviour in the years that he was
artistic director there.
“I wasn’t aware of particular
stories that are famous now,”
says Goldblum of the allegations.
Indeed, he argues that the world
of acting provided a haven from
the bullying he suffered in early
life. “When I found my pack,
so-called artists, or people who
wanted to make lovely things,
for me that has always been a
place of freedom and expression,
not hostility.”
Jovial when discussing his
clothes, now he searches for
words as he talks about #MeToo.
“Well, what can I say about it that’s
contributive in any way as a man?
The best I could probably do is
listen and learn. Be supportive of,
and inspired by, the women who
have come forward and bravely
articulated their experience.”
He has also reassessed his own
behaviour. “I check out any part of
my own interactions, inter-gender
or interspecies, or with my own
children or infants, that is anything less than… ideally and optimally respectful and sensitive.
And keep trying to upgrade that
and enhance it.”
We return to Duke, his gossip hound. Goldblum recalls the
time there was an internet rumour that he was dead. Dying on
screen, he says, “everyone likes.
You can have good death scenes.”
When people think you’ve actually died, it’s different; his mother
and his publicist both called him
in a panic. “It was a nasty rumour,
which of course brings us to the
mill of information-spreading that
is not based on facts. That can be
alarming and poisonous, and we
should be very vigilant about rejecting it.”
He has started to think about
his own mortality a lot more recently, “because I’m 65 and one of
my children is two-and-a-half and
the other is 10 months”.
His third wife, and mother of
his two children, is the retired
Canadian gymnast Emilie Livingston. “Well, I keep doing the
math, and keep extrapolating
where they’re going to be, and
where I’m going to be. And when
I buy a watch, I wonder who’s
going to get it.”
Yet he believes it was the right
time for him to become a father.
“I’m glad I waited. It feels great
to do it right now, because all the
things I’m considering are perfectly suited to the big questions
and challenges of having kids, and
what you want to expose them
to. What you want to leave them
with, what life is, and what kind of
life you contribute to them.”
‘Isle of Dogs’ (PG) is out today
Top dog Goldblum at the Berlin Film Festival’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ premiere AFP
Doggy
dystopia
scratches
offbeat itch
Filmof
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ISLE OF DOGS (PG)
HHHHH
Wes Anderson, 101 mins, voiced by:
Bryan Cranston, Live Schrieber,
Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson
Reviews by Geoffrey Macnab
“Whatever happened to man’s
best friend?” That’s the question
asked in Wes Anderson’s enrapturing stop-motion feature.
Like all of his work, this Japanset fable is stylised, quirky and
characterised by its dry and often
ironic humour. Gorgeous to look
at, it deals with some weighty
themes (ethnic cleansing, fascism
and corruption), but does so in
idiosyncratic fashion.
ALSOSHOWING
JOURNEYMAN (15)
BLOCKERS (15)
Paddy Considine, 92 mins, starring:
Paddy Considine, Jodie Whittaker
Kay Cannon, 101 mins, starring:
Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz,
John Cena, Kathryn Newton
HHHHH
Considine made Journeyman
with support from the Wellcome
Trust, which invests in films
whose themes are “relevant
to biomedical research”. The
storyline revolves around a
brain-damaged fighter whose
condition makes him behave
erratically and aggressively
towards those he loves.
In spite of its very bleak
themes and moments of brutality,
the movie eventually turns into
as much of a feelgood affair as
any other Rocky-style yarn – and
feels as contrived. It’s a love
story in which the hero battles
enormous odds to keep his family
together. The main difference is
that his fight is outside the ring.
HHHHH
Three teenage girls, who
have known each other since
kindergarten, are planning a sex
pact: to lose their virginity on
prom night. Their parents are
determined to stop them.
Sticky bodily fluids are to the
fore and most of the humour is so
lowbrow that the film’s attempts
to pass itself off as a comingof-age story or a study in parental
angst fall horribly flat.
“We didn’t do ‘it’ and if we did,
it would be none of your business,”
a daughter chides her father.
The line sums up the central
problem: there is something very
odd about the way the unhappy
adults snoop on their kids.
THE ISLANDS AND
THE WHALES (12A)
HHHHH
Mike Day, 84 mins
This impressive documentary
profiles the pilot-whale hunters of
the Faroe Islands. Mike Day shot
the film over a period of five years
and was clearly accepted by the
islanders. The documentary
is even-handed in its analysis
of the islanders’ predicament.
Many are wedded to a way
of life which stretches back
hundreds of years, yet now they
are confronted by animal rights
activists and the knowledge that
the blubber which still forms an
important part of their diets is
contaminated by high levels of
mercury. Day fills the film with
beautiful imagery of seascapes
and mountain ranges, but the
story he is telling is bleak.
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Back on the mainland, some
of the dogs’ owners are pining
for them. One, 12-year-old Atari,
Kobayashi’s nephew, makes a daring journey in a tiny plane to the island in search of his beloved Spot.
Anderson’s screenplay is structured like a complicated shaggy
dog story. It throws in flashbacks
and multiple sub-plots as well as
narration from the sagacious old
Jupiter (F Murray Abraham).
At times, Alexandre Desplat’s
hypnotic score, heavy on the martial drumming, gives the action
the feel of an old Kurosawa samurai movie. Anderson is inventive
with language, switching from
English to Japanese – and not always providing subtitles.
Away from their masters,
the dogs are evolving their own
form of canine democracy. Chief
(voiced by Bryan Cranston) is
the alpha-male type, a stray who
It deals with ethnic
cleansing, fascism
and corruption in
idiosyncratic fashion
Left to rot
Dog flu leads to
Nagasaki’s mutts
being confined
to Trash Island
The film is set in the near future.
Dog flu has ravaged the canine
population, prompting a wave of
anti-dog hysteria. Kobayashi, the
strong-man mayor of a futuristic
Nagasaki, has banished all the
poor mutts to “Trash Island”,
where they are fighting to stay
alive in deprived circumstances.
Former pampered household
pets are living like strays amid
mountains of garbage, tussling
with each other over scraps of
maggot-infested food, and growing weaker, sadder and angrier:
Kobayashi and his fellow politicians are far more predisposed toward cats than they are toward
dogs, and there are suspicions of
a feline conspiracy.
Film
Matrix
wants to lead the gang. The other
dogs, though, like to make their
decisions by consensus. At the
most dangerous moments, they
will take time out to debate what
plan of action they should follow.
Isle Of Dogs has some strange
shifts in tone. Moments of comic
whimsy – a kid taking a ride at an
abandoned funfair, say – sit next to
grim, brooding scenes, where we
see Kobayashi and his followers
behaving like Stalinist thugs.
It is not entirely clear why the
film is set in Japan – and Anderson isn’t above stereotyping and
cultural clichés. Nonetheless,
the film possesses considerable
charm. The director knows just
how to milk pathos from scenes
involving, for example, the runt of
the litter, which needs to be bottle-fed, or the hardened stray who
discovers he has a brother.
Anderson is clearly a dog lover
himself, and his film is bound to
appeal to anyone who shares his
passion. All in all, it’s quite a treat.
THE INDEPENDENT
Spielberg critiques his
own cultural legacy
READY PLAYER ONE (12A)
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Steven Spielberg, 140 mins, starring:
Tye Sheridan, Hannah John-Kamen,
Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance,
Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg
Review by Alistair Harkness
There’s a moment in Ready Player
One in which Steven Spielberg
demonstrates why none of the
slavish pretenders to his blockbuster throne will be usurping him
any time soon. It involves his own
slavish tribute to a film-maker he’s
revered since childhood.
In the sequence in question – and
those who don’t care about spoilers can Google it easily enough
– Spielberg doesn’t just pay homage to the film, he puts us inside
it in a way that reveals something
unsettling about the mutual act of
possession that occurs when a film
connects with a fan.
In lesser hands, the reference
could be dismissed as a piece of
artistic vandalism – a winking pop
culture gag in a virtual reality-set
fantasy world where nostalgia has
become a form of currency.
But Spielberg isn’t some cinematic remixer intent on delivering an ersatz version of another’s
work. In this one, audacious sequence – and it’s the best in the film
– he slyly draws attention to the
emptiness of a world beholden to
the past, a world stunted socially
by pop culture’s propensity to
endlessly gorge on itself.
Unfortunately, the problem
with Ready Player One is that too
much of the film trades so heavily
on the sort of easy appeal to geek
culture that this subtle critique
can’t help but feel undermined.
Built around a Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory-style plot, in
which control of the virtual-reality
fantasy world everybody inhabits
is up for grabs, the film follows the
quest of a bunch of gamers – led by
Tye Sheridan’s somewhat annoying Wade Watts – to win the elaborate challenge posthumously set
by the inventor of the so-called
Oasis (Mark Rylance).
These challenges revel in
the spectacle of pitting, say,
the DeLorean from Back to the
Future against King Kong in a
city-levelling car race, but the uncanny valley nature of the virtualworld avatars are a drag and the
hero’s dysfunctional family life
lacks authenticity.
Where the old Spielberg magic
comes into play are the points
at which the virtual game world
starts spilling into the real world.
The surreal sight of people functioning like gods in one realm
while looking vulnerable and
puppet-like in another conveys
the underlying theme of the film
far more effectively than its exposition-spouting protagonist does
during the rather cornball ending.
Virtual virtuoso Tye Sheridan is plunged into a series of VR challenges
REEL
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LAURA MARTIN
Joe Wright lines up
psychological thriller
Fresh from the success of Darkest
Hour, Joe Wright (above) will
direct The Woman in the Window.
Dr Anna Fox spends much of
her time in her New York flat
drinking and spying on her
neighbours – and witnesses
something she shouldn’t. The
Pulitzer Prize-winning Tracy
Letts will write the script.
Reno called up
for war drama
Jean Reno (above) will join
Anjelica Huston and Stranger
Things’ Noah Schnapp in the
Michael Morpurgo adaptation
Waiting for Anya, a Second World
War tale about a shepherd who
helps to smuggle Jewish children
across the Spanish border.
Whitehall joins The
Rock for Disney film
Jack Whitehall is to team up with
Dwayne Johnson for the Disney
film, Jungle Cruise. The movie,
also starring Emily Blunt (above),
is inspired by a theme-park ride.
The company hopes it will turn
into a popular franchise.
WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NEW RELEASES
ISLE OF DOGS (PG)
READY PLAYER ONE (12A)
JOURNEYMAN (15)
BLOCKERS (15)
“It’s a film about scapegoating,
political hysteria and deportation.
But it is also, at its best, a film about
dogs. May they never go unpetted.”
The Atlantic
“It unfolds like unstructured
free time for Hollywood’s biggest
kid, unleashed in a playground
he helped construct.”
AV Club
“Buoyed by an unshakeable
faith in the knockout power
of love, Journeyman is as
earnest as they come.”
The List
“It isn’t really about these girls
losing their virginity, but how they
seize control of their destinies,
one lewd zinger at a time.”
Variety
“A wicked smart satire of
moronic local politicians that
fits in snuggly with Anderson’s
eclectic oeuvre.”
New York Post
“Defines dystopia as nothing
less than a marketplace of
trademarked, cross-promotional
intellectual property.”
Slant
“Undeniably bleak, retaining
Tyrannosaur’s social realism, not
least in the rehab scenes, which
subvert the training montage trope.”
Empire
“Somehow manages to be
sweet and progressive, as well
as a timely release in the era of
#MeToo and Time’s Up.”
Total Film
Bacon to sizzle
in horror thriller
Kevin Bacon (above) is to produce
and star in a horror-thriller, You
Should Have Left. Based on a
best-selling novel by the German
author Daniel Kehlmann, a writer
based in a remote part of the Alps
experiences strange occurrences
that begin to mess with his mind.
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What we’re listening
to right now
SNAIL MAIL
PRISTINE
Snail Mail, aka Lindsey Jordan
(below), is a lo-fi bedroom projectturned-phenomenon. Her 2016
EP Habit was brilliant and, now
signed to Matador, her debut
album will come later this year.
The first single is a philosophical
indie tune.
THE MAGIC GANG
CAROLINE
The Brighton quartet of indie
prodigies released their debut
album earlier this month. It’s
hard to single out a track from its
solid collection of bangers, but
this is a good place to start.
SUPERORGANISM
HAVANA
The UK collective walks the
fine line between night-out and
at-home listening with their often
tongue-in-cheek electro-pop.
Their new self-titled album is out
now, while this single (a cover of
Camila Cabello’s smash hit) has
just been released online.
VANESSA CARLTON
CALL YOUR GIRLFRIEND
A wickedly groovy cover of
Robyn’s electro-pop track.
Featuring members of Deer
Tick as a backing band, it’s an
arresting listen. Stream it today.
LET’S EAT GRANDMA
FALLING INTO ME
The British duo just announced
their new album I’m All Ears, out
29 June, and have shared a new
track. “Falling Into Me” is an
echoey slice of electronic indie.
HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER
PASSING CLOUDS
The borderless folk artist’s new
single is a steady flow of indiefolk. All proceeds of the track go
to gun-control charity Everytown
For Gun Safety.
NERD
LEMON (DRAKE REMIX)
Featuring Rihanna and Drake,
Pharrell Williams and co have
put out a recreation of this track
originally heard on the band’s
latest album No_One Ever Really
Dies. Drake’s remix offers a more
laid-back approach.
Giles Bidder
T
ime isn’t always kind
to X Factor winners
– they’re either overshadowed by the runners-up and wackier
contestants, or swallowed up by
obscurity. But since beating boy
band JLS in 2008’s final, Alexandra Burke has barely paused for
breath. She’s had No 1 hits, making chart history as the first British female solo singer to score a
million-selling single, followed
by a reconfiguration as a leading lady, where she secured rave
reviews in the West End for The
Bodyguard and packed-out theatres in a touring revival of Sister
Act. Then she returned to the
bright lights of Saturday night
and a spot in the final of BBC’s
Strictly Come Dancing. And now,
after a musical break of six years,
she has returned with her third
album, The Truth Is.
But this step back into the
limelight has been blighted by a
series of body blows. Her mother,
the singer Melissa Bell, died from
kidney disease just as Burke’s
Strictly stint was about to begin.
It had been Melissa’s dream to
see her daughter dance on Strictly. Despite being consumed by
grief, Burke carried on. Since her
X Factor win, however, the talent
show landscape had changed,
and – unusually for such a positive, feel-good show – several contestants in 2017’s Strictly felt the
wrath of the nation’s social media
muscle, along with the accompanying tabloid evisceration. Burke
ended up bearing the brunt.
Her always-up, confident,
emotional personality divided
viewers. Judgements on whether
she should have continued after
her bereavement, assertions she
was fake and a slew of hysterical
headlines took their toll.
“Nobody believes someone
can be that happy and positive
all the time, that’s the problem,”
says Burke. “Even in the darkest hour, I’ll still find something
that’s positive.”
Since her mother’s death, however, she has struggled, throwing
herself into work as a coping
mechanism. “I want to keep busy.
I’ve never gone through losing a
parent before, so… I don’t know.
I’m keeping busy because singing
gives me joy.”
“I’ve not had the strength to
talk about my mum in a deep
way,” she tells me, but our conversation comes back to her mother
many times. It’s a thread Burke
can’t resist pulling – she seems
torn between wanting to move
on and wanting to hang on to the
happy memories. This is the reality of grief: you want to talk about
the people you miss and keep
them fresh in your mind, only to
find their presence there quickly
becomes painful.
Burke is heartbroken. She relives her early days on Strictly
shortly after her mum’s death,
and the tears that have threatened to come finally take over her.
As her fiancé, Josh, who is sitting
in on the interview, hands her a
tissue, she concludes emphatically: “Grief is a f*cker. I hate it. I
wouldn’t wish it on anyone.”
Perhaps unwisely, she tried
valiantly to keep a lid on her
‘I’ve not
had the
strength
to talk
about my
mum’
It’s been a
turbulent year
for Alexandra
Burke – but she’s
back with a new
album and a
major West End
role. She talks to
Justin Myers
about grief,
trolling and
moving on
grief every Saturday night – not
always succeeding. But even
her trauma left many armchair
critics unmoved. “It was hard to
go through the trolling,” she says,
blinking away tears, “but you
can’t be everyone’s cup of tea –
that’s what my mum used to say.”
At the time, she brushed aside
suggestions that racism was a
factor, but she now reveals that
she felt unable to react while still
on the show in case it opened her
up to more abuse: she ran the risk
of being seen as the stereotypical
“angry black woman”, hindering
her chances even further.
“So many people were scared
to talk up, including me. Including me! It became something
where I didn’t know how to react
on TV. I couldn’t do anything
right,” she reflects sadly.
When she injured her hip, it
was glossed over, lest she be accused of milking it. After she
was seen yowling in pain when
the show ended one week, tabloids accused her of having a
meltdown. When she celebrated
going through to the final, after
dodging elimination twice, the
knives were out again.
“I got so much shit for screaming!” she exclaims, rolling her
eyes in resignation. “I got my first
40 [out of 40 from the judges],
which took weeks to get.”
The eventual winner was Holby
City star Joe McFadden, but
Burke dismisses any notion that
she was robbed. “End of conversation, Joe won the show,” she
says. “He did an amazing job.”
As much as Burke enjoyed
the show and subsequent live
tour, it exacerbated her anxiety. She’s nervous every time
she goes on stage and, since her
bereavement, she has developed
confidence issues, questioning
herself and becoming more bodyconscious: “I’m trying to fix it.”
Perhaps it’s hard to believe
that someone who aces everything they do could lack selfbelief, but Burke has tasted
disappointment before – her first
X Factor attempt in 2005 stalled
at the stage before the live finals
– and knows only too well how
quickly life can change.
“I’ve lost that one person I relied on for everything, and I’m
hurting because of it,” she says.
“Many people go through heartbreak, it’s not just me. Anyone
that doesn’t understand grief…
you’re never going to get it.”
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This album
bares my heart and
soul. I’ve realised
that vulnerability
is a strength
Rocked by grief
Her mother died
while Burke
was preparing
for Strictly’; on
stage earlier this
month (below)
GETTY
Her mother was
a huge driving force,
using tough love and
reverse psychology to
motivate her daughter when she felt she
couldn’t go on.
“She’d say to me:
‘Do you think I raised
a quitter? Well, you’d
better leave’!” laughs
Burke. With her mother
gone, however, nobody
is telling her off from
the side of the stage,
and she misses it. Luckily, she still has Josh
– they got engaged
earlier this year – to
encourage her.
She’s always had
her wobbles. She
turned down The
Bodyguard when first asked,
and shot down talk of taking the
more prominent role of Florence
in the revival of the 1980s musical
Chess, which opens in April. Instead, she will play Svetlana, the
role sung by Barbara Dickson on
the million-selling Elaine Paige
duet “I Know Him So Well”. In
preparation, she’s been revisiting
Whitney Houston’s 1987 cover,
for which Houston duetted with
her mother, Cissy. “It’s gonna
be so different for me,” Burke
says quietly. “I really hope I can
execute it.”
Burke is a perfectionist: while
making the new album, she insisted on re-recording a single
word on a song because it didn’t
sound right. It is more to do with
a need to please and with being
her own harshest critic than
the media’s much-reported diva
demands. If a male star did the
same, he’d be lauded as a true
artist, a difficult genius.
Her new album is a soulful
departure from her chart-topping pop bangers, including the
Rag’n’Bone Man-esque single
“Shadow”, a stirring duet with
an unrecognisable Ronan Keating, and a slinky cover of French
electronic duo Air’s blissed-out
ballad “All I Need”.
“It’s like a diary, explaining
what I’ve gone through in the past
few years, ” she says. While largely a happy album, it’s certainly a
journey, from the raw dismantling of what she sadly describes
as “a very public break-up, on the
front of every paper – that’s how
I found out he cheated”, through
an emotional reflection on her
mother’s passing and then an expression of uplifting and optimistic hopes for the future.
“The album is baring my
heart and soul,” Burke says. “I’ve
become quite vulnerable and
I’ve realised vulnerability is a
strength, not a weakness.”
The sleeve notes conclude with
a dedication to her mother, reading: “I do this for you.”
As we hug our goodbyes, I suggest that while she can’t win them
all, she could have a crack at another talent show. “Yeah! We’ll
try for another. What’s next?”
How about Dancing on Ice?
She winces at the thought.
“I’m a bit scared of my
fingers getting chopped
off by someone else’s
blade.” Plus, all that
falling over probably
wouldn’t help her hip. She
creases up laughing. “Nah,
I’m cool for the bruises – I
got enough on Strictly.”
She certainly did. Looks
like they’re finally fading,
though. Better times
ahead. Onward.
‘The Truth Is’ is out now.
‘Chess’ is at the Coliseum,
London, from 26 April to
2 June (020 7845 9300)
ALBUMREVIEWS
Country star
having a
high old time
KACEY MUSGRAVES
Golden Hour
HHHHH
Album
ofthe
week
Download: Slow Burn,
Space Cowboy, Lonely Weekend,
Butterflies, Rainbow
whip-smart tongue is still there
beneath her wistful vocals.
“Love is a Wild Thing” shows her
marvelling at the strength of the
bond that ties her to the one she
loves. Her voice sits ahead of the
sparse instrumentation on the
bittersweet “Lonely Weekend”,
telling herself “Even if you got
somebody on your mind/It’s all
right to be alone sometimes.”
“High Horse” is disco western
in Musgraves’ most radical
departure from her earlier
sound – it’s a Kylie Minogue
circa 2001 bop that builds on
summery guitar strumming
and her sweetly lilting vocals
that hold just a hint of menace.
The lightness returns on
“Butterflies”, with its cheerful
bass line and her dreamy vocals,
and closing number “Rainbow”.
At a time when mainstream
artists seem almost forced into
making a statement about the
state of the world, Golden Hour
is a reminder that sometimes,
life is still beautiful. You get the
feeling that Musgraves could
find the beauty in anything.
Kacey Musgraves alarmed some
fans when she revealed she’d
been tripping on acid when she
started writing “Mother” for this,
her third album. “Opens my heart
and mind,” she tweeted to a fan
who fretted she would make LSD
sound “cool”. The results are
clear to see on Golden Hour.
The 29-year-old, Grammywinning Texan ranges between
wide-eyed country pop and
disco electronica, all of which is
riven through with a feeling of
lightness. Musgraves floats along
on a candid sigh of revelations,
marvelling at nature and love and
the universe as she melds
the traditional and futuristic.
A little of her bolshy attitude
has been pared back to make way
for some of her most personal
lyrics. Exquisite opener “Slow
Burn” recycles a line from her
song “Burn One with John
Prine” – “Grandma cried when
I pierced my nose” – but recalls
the memory in a way that’s tinged
with sadness rather than the
cheek of the earlier version.
On “Space Cowboy”, she
uses icy calm wordplay to cut
down the subject as though he
were a silly boy, showing that
THE VACCINES
Combat Sports
KATE NASH
Yesterday Was Forever
FRANKIE COSMOS
Vessel
Download: Luck of
the Draw, Nightclub,
Out on the Street
Download:
Drink About You
Download: Carmelize,
Jesse, Ballad of R&J,
Ur Up
The Vaccines have crammed in
radio-friendly pop-rock tracks
full of youthful, frenetic energy
on their fourth LP. There’s an
offhand sense of fun to it all.
A touch of The Smiths in “Luck
of the Draw” sees singer Justin
Young adopt a wonderfully
affected drawl over buzzing
guitar, while “Young American”
takes a page right out of one of
Pete Doherty’s many notebooks.
“Nightclub” recalls Blondie’s
“One Way Or Another” and “Out
on the Street” is as uplifting as
Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer”.
Kate Nash’s winning formula
in 2010 was blunt honesty
delivered in the form of spoken
word-style poetry. Attempts
to return to this on her crowdfunded return, however, are
marred by lazy rhymes and a
delivery that’s often more just
her speaking erratically over
the track. There are references
aplenty to 1990s culture, and
while she tries to take a sincere
approach to themes such as
mental health and self-image,
the sonic mess piles up like an
impenetrable wall.
The fourth album by Brooklyn
singer-songwriter Greta Kline,
known by her stage name Frankie
Cosmos, is her most confessional
yet, fusing prolific poetry with
her own struggles of ending a
relationship and professional
burnout. On “My Phone”, she
muses on the importance of not
being dependent on technology
to sustain relationships. This is
a return to form, bringing the
sincerity of her early releases to
the fore, from the loose count-in
on “Being Alive” to her eruption
of laughter on “Ur Up.”
SONS OF KEMET
Your Queen is a Reptile
MOUNT EERIE
Now Only
HOLY WAVE
Adult Fear
Download: My Queen
is Harriet Tubman, My
Queen is Anna Julia
Cooper, My Queen is
Nanny of the Maroons
Download: Distortion,
Earth, Tintin in Tibet
Download: Adult Fear,
Nation in Regress, How
Was I Supposed to Know
The Afro-Caribbean rooted,
Mobo-winning Sons of Kemet’s
third album compares David
Icke-style conspiracy theories
to the equal absurdity of having
hereditary power at all. Every
song title starts “My Queen is…”
and nominates black women
made royal by their deeds, from
Harriet Tubman to Doreen
Lawrence. Modern jazz is
providing rhythm-friendly forms
for young crowds indifferent
to genre. This album’s intricate
urgency keeps Sons of Kemet at
the head of that movement.
Phil Elverum’s wife died of cancer
in 2016. He was left to raise their
daughter, and wrestle with her
memory. His eighth album as
Mount Eerie, A Crow Looked At
Me, began a public remembrance
continued here. The themes and
bare anti-folk style of his one-man
musical outlet perfectly suit the
subject of surviving a loved one’s
death. That subject has in turn
ensured Mount Eerie’s greatest
success, an irony picked through
in the title track, when festivals
invite him “to play these deathsongs to young people on drugs”.
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Roisin O’Connor
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THE INDEPENDENT
Ilana Kaplan
HHHHH
Nick Hasted
Psychedelia as passed through
My Bloody Valentine’s mantric
thunder remains an underground
perennial. The afterglow of 1960s
idealism, and the confluence of
the era’s blissed music and its
hallucinogenic equivalents is
something this album maintains
a keyboard-heavy adherence to.
There are hints of the political
travails now felt in their liberal
Texan outpost in “Nation in
Regress”, though a hopeless
shrug is all they can muster at
politicians’ pointlessness on
“How Was I Supposed to Know”.
Nick Hasted
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TELEVISION
FRIDAY
30 MARCH 2018
37
FR DAY
1
THE NINETIES
TODAY 9PM, SKY ARTS
If the producers of this series
about the 1990s wanted to make
us feel old, well, it’s worked,
with the dawning realisation
that the decade began almost
30 years ago. The first in this
eight-parter examines the role
of hit TV shows of the time and
their lasting impact on popular
culture, from the feathered
“Rachel” haircut to The
Sopranos, which is often cited
as the original box set show.
2
EPISODES
TODAY 10PM, BBC2
It’s the final series of Episodes
and all the characters have
had their Hollywood dreams
well and truly shattered. “TV’s
Joey” – aka Matt Le Blanc
– is losing the will to live by
fronting a ridiculous reality
TV show, in which contestants
are forced to live in glass
cuboids and punish each other.
Meanwhile, Sean and Beverly
Lincoln (Stephen Mangan and
Tamsin Greig) are in their own
purgatory after cashing in their
UK sitcom to be remade for
Americans, watching it warped
at an excruciating pace by their
annoying nemesis, Tim.
THIS WEEK’S
Tento
watch
Chosen by
Laura Martin
grave of three children their
mother lost during childbirth,
and discovers his family’s links
to a local slave plantation. The
mood lightens when he hangs
out with reggae star Chronixx
and athletes Rasheed Dwyer
and Sashalee Forbes.
4
TRAVEL MAN:
48 HOURS IN BRUSSELS
MON 8.30PM, CHANNEL 4
Think of Brussels, and after
beer, mussels and chips, that
odd little statue they have of a
5
THE ISLAND WITH BEAR
GRYLLS MON 9PM, CHANNEL 4
If you were stranded on a desert
island, would your ability to
cope be determined by whether
you came from a rich or poor
background? That’s the question
the fifth series of The Island…
poses, as 16 people are hauled off
to a Pacific isle but – plot twist –
are split into two groups and
abandoned on opposite shores
according to whether they’re
rolling in cash or earning below
the average UK wage. Keep an
eye out for the two contestants
who think they’re appearing
on Love Island and start up
a tropical romance.
6
KISS ME FIRST
MON 10PM, CHANNEL 4
3
LENNY HENRY: THE
COMMONWEALTH KID
MON 9PM, BBC1
Sir Lenny Henry has been a
staple figure in British comedy
since the 1980s. But it’s far from
all laughs in this emotional
documentary, which sees him
return to the Caribbean to look
into the history of what made
his family move from the West
Indies to the West Midlands in
the 1950s. He meets his older
brother Seymour, visits the
small boy peeing might come to
mind. But, as a garishly suited
Richard Ayoade and his guest,
comedian Lee Mack, discover on
their mini-break to the Belgian
capital, there are also lady and
dog figures to be found doing
their business in public in the
city. It sets the tone for the first
episode in the new series of this
quirky travel guide that also sees
the friends visit a mini theme
park and watch an extensive
puppet show in French.
Clockwise from top Tallulah
Haddon as Leila in ‘Kiss Me First’;
Matt LeBlanc in ‘Episodes’;
Lenny Henry visits Antigua
in ‘The Commonwealth Kid’
In a month when the sinister
side of social media has been
revealed, this innovative drama
about the problems of retreating
to an online world couldn’t
come at a more relevant time.
The story focuses on Leila, a
teen whose mum has just died,
who channels her grief and
loneliness into a virtual reality
game that has some seriously
shady undertones. In a groundbreaking first, the show – by
Skins creator Bryan Elsley –
blends state-of-the-art CGI with
live action to give it more than
a hint of Black Mirror. It’s an
unsettling first episode, but with
enough drama to make you want
to tune in to the next instalment.
7
SAVE ME
WEDS 9PM, SKY ATLANTIC
It’s the finale of this fraught
drama about the disappearance
of a young girl, Jody, and her
family and neighbourhood’s
search to find her. Her
estranged dad is forced to
stage a lock-in at their local pub
when he confronts one of the
regulars about their role in her
disappearance – and he puts his
own life at risk, too.
8
MY DAD, THE PEACE
DEAL AND ME
WED 9PM, BBC1
One of the biggest problems
to arise from Brexit is how to
handle the issue of the borders
between Northern Ireland and
the Irish Republic. With the 20th
anniversary of the Good
Friday Agreement coming
up, Patrick Kielty returns
home to Dublin to examine
exactly why it was so
important, what it achieved
and why it’s at risk again.
Kielty has devastating
personal experience
in the era known
as The Troubles,
as his father
was murdered
by loyalist
paramilitaries
when he was 16.
9
FIRST DATES,
WEDS 10PM,
CHANNEL 4
“Love,” the silkyvoiced French
manager Fred Sirieix coos in
the intro to this show, “is all
around.” We just need to know
where to look, apparently. So it’s
all eyes back on his restaurant
for the 10th series of this
reality show, which matches up
couples to see whether sparks
fly. The enduring appeal of
the programme often lies in
the back stories of the guests.
This week’s tear-jerker comes
from a jack-the-lad financial
manager, Jay, whose cheekychap personality hides a trauma
from his past. Meanwhile, an
ex-husband and wife decide that
it’s time for them both to cast the
net out for new romances – and
go on dates at the restaurant
at the same time. Which is as
awkward as it sounds.
10
SILICON VALLEY THURS
10.10PM, SKY ATLANTIC
The digital geeks are back –
and determined to conquer in
this fifth series of the hit US
comedy show. OK, so previously
their video compression
engine was the victim of
industrial espionage, their
user platform turned out to
be less than user-friendly
and their video chat app
broke the Children’s
Online Privacy
Protection Act.
However, as their
“decentralised
internet” is
about to debut, it
seems like things
might finally
be swinging in
the underdogs’
favours. But as
we know now, with
great digital power
comes even greater
responsibility…
Television Friday 30 March
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
===
10pm, Channel 4
We haven’t had a good comedy about
builders since Auf Wiedersehen, Pet,
although this funny new semiimprovised sitcom from Miles
Chapman and Mark O’Sullivan is
a very different hod of bricks. The
writers play lifelong best mates and
partners in Stevenage’s Deanlee
Construction Solutions, Lee
(Chapman) having a way with the
ladies while the poetic Dean
(O’Sullivan) just wants to spend time
with his mate, the sweet bromantic
simplicity of their relationship upset
when Lee gets a new girlfriend. The
white-van milieu and banter is well
done and the series will follow the
duo through poetry nights, barkrubbing competitions and stag dos.
8.30pm, BBC1
Phil Wang braves the boos to make
a case for nominating actor Tom
Hiddleston. “We already have Eddie
Redmayne and Benedict
Cumberbatch”, he says, “they all
serve the same purpose and two of
them are superfluous.” Stephen
Mangan likewise divides the
audience with his proposal for
binning The Archers, starting with
the music: “Not so much a theme
tune as an early warning system”.
Lee And Dean
Room 101
===
Pilgrimage: The Road
To Santiago
9pm, BBC2
“It’s beginning to feel like the Camino
theme park,” observes the comedian
Ed Byrne as the seven celebrity
pilgrims reach the final 100km
stretch of the road to Santiago de
Compostela in north-western
Spain, and the merchandising
opportunities begin multiplying.
It was probably ever thus with
pilgrimages. While none of the
walkers have experienced a burning
spiritual awakening, they are all
obviously benefitting from the
experience (except Debbie McGee’s
badly blistered feet), their humour
intact despite the sweltering heat
and Helen Small apparently snoring
“like a cat drowning in porridge”
(Byrne again). Not to be outdone,
Neil Morrissey provides a good line
on their previous night’s boozing.
“Two bottles of wine between four
people? That’s not drinking, that’s
homeopathy.”
6.00 Money For Nothing
(R) (S). 6.45 Escape To
The Country (R) (S). 7.30
Nature’s Weirdest Events
(R) (S). 8.30 FILM: Tinker
Bell And The Secret
Of The Wings (Roberts
Gannaway, Peggy Holmes
2012) Animated adventure
(S). 9.40 FILM: Muppets
Most Wanted (James
Bobin 2014) Comedy (S).
11.15 Six Puppies And Us
(R) (S). 12.15 Growing Up
Wild: Natural World (R)
(S). 1.15 Coast (R) (S). 1.50
Canterbury Cathedral
(R) (S). 2.50 Epics: Talking
Pictures (S). 3.35 FILM: The
Robe (Henry Koster 1953)
Historical drama (S). 5.45
Put Your Money Where
Your Mouth Is (S).
6.00 CITV 9.25 FILM: K-9
(Rod Daniel 1989) Police
comedy, starring James
Belushi (S). 11.15 FILM:
King Ralph (David S Ward
1991) Comedy, starring
John Goodman (S). 1.15
Countrywise (R) (S). 1.40
ITV News; Weather (S).
1.50 ITV Regional News;
Weather (S). 2.00 Judge
Rinder (S). 3.00 Dickinson’s
Real Deal (R) (S). 4.00
Tipping Point (S). 5.00 The
Chase (S).
6.00 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 6.30
Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 6.55
Frasier (R) (S). 7.20 Frasier
(R) (S). 7.50 FILM: Animals
United (Reinhard Klooss,
Holger Tappe 2010) (S).
9.40 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 10.05 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 10.35 The
Simpsons (R) (S). 11.05
The Simpsons (R) (S). 11.35
The Simpsons (R) (S). 12.05
FILM: Romancing The
Stone (Robert Zemeckis
1984) Comedy adventure
(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 11.10
Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It
Away (R) (S). 12.05 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.10 Home
And Away: Buried Alive
(S). 12.40 Neighbours (S).
1.10 FILM: Shenandoah
(Andrew V McLagen
1965) American Civil War
Western, starring James
Stewart (S). 3.15 FILM:
The Searchers (John Ford
1956) Western, starring
John Wayne (S). 5.30
Neighbours (R) (S).
6.30 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.50 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 Eggheads Quiz
show, hosted by
Jeremy Vine (S).
6.00 Paul O’Grady:
For The Love Of
Dogs (R) (S).
6.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
6.45 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
Marge joins a
women’s group
(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks Myra
offers Sienna
some advice (S).
6.00 Home And
Away: Buried
Alive (R) (S).
6.25 5 News (S).
6.35 Kensington
Palace: Fit For
A Princess (S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
The final edition
of the week (S).
7.40 FILM: The Silent
Child (Chris
Overton 2017)
Premiere (S).
7.00 The Repair
Shop Last in the
series (S).
7.30 Mastermind:
The Final Last
in the series (S).
7.00 Emmerdale
Vanessa
discovers her
fate (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7.30 Food
Unwrapped
Revisiting past
investigations
(S).
8pm
8.00 EastEnders (S).
8.30 Room 101
Stephen
Mangan, Phil
Wang and Holly
Walsh share
their gripes (S).
8.30 Gardeners’
World Monty
Don begins
to mark out a
brand new area
at Longmeadow
(S).
8.00 Love Your
Garden (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street Eileen
confronts Pat,
calling him a
murderer (S).
8.00 Britain’s
Favourite Food
Part two of two.
How the UK
became a nation
of conveniencefood lovers (S).
9pm
9.00 MasterChef The
nine cooks vie
for three semifinal places (S).
9.30 Mrs Brown’s
Boys (R) (S).
9.00 Pilgrimage:
The Road To
Santiago The
celebrities near
the end of their
journey. Last in
the series (S).
9.00 FILM: Fast
& Furious 7
(James Wan
2015) Premiere.
Action thriller
sequel, starring
Vin Diesel (S).
10pm
10.00BBC News (S).
10.20 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.30 FILM: Spooks:
The Greater
Good (Bharat
Nalluri 2015) (S).
10.00Episodes (S).
10.30 The
Assassination Of
Gianni Versace:
American
Crime Story
(R) (S).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.00
Painting The Holy Land
With Lachlan Goudie (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 (S). 1.00 BBC News
At One; Weather (S). 1.15
BBC Regional News;
Weather (S). 1.25 FILM:
102 Dalmatians (Kevin
Lima 2000) Disney family
adventure sequel, starring
Glenn Close (S). 3.00
Escape To The Country
(R) (S). 4.00 Money For
Nothing (S). 4.45 Flog It! (R)
(S). 5.45 Pointless (R) (S).
6pm
11pm
12.15 BBC News (S).
Late
===
Episodes
10pm, BBC2
The final series of Friends creator
David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik’s
comedy starring Matt LeBlanc as a
heightened version of himself joins
the characters several months after
season four left them, with the
plausibly sadistic game show that he
presents, The Box, a runaway success
– but leaving Matt worrying that he
is no longer thought of as an actor.
Meanwhile, Sean and Beverly
(Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig)
have been lumbered with the
talentless Tim as their boss, who
tells them: “Comedies don’t have to
be funny any more… they just have
to finish after 30 minutes”. Are
Crane and Klarik trying to tell
us something?
Debbie McGee continues
along the Camino route
9pm, BBC2
6.00 The Planet’s Funniest
Animals (R) (S). 6.15 Totally
Bonkers Guinness World
Records (R) (S). 7.00 Who’s
Doing The Dishes? (R) (S).
7.55 Emmerdale (R) (S).
8.55 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 9.25 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold (R) (S). 9.55
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S).
10.05 FILM: St Trinian’s
2: The Legend Of Fritton’s
Gold (Oliver Parker,
Barnaby Thompson 2009)
Comedy sequel (S). 12.15
Emmerdale (R) (S). 1.15
Coronation Street (R) (S).
1.45 You’ve Been Framed!
(R) (S). 2.10 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 4.30
FILM: Hop (Tim Hill 2011)
Part-animated comedy (S).
6.20 FILM: The
Amazing
Spider-Man
(Marc Webb
2012) Superhero
adventure
reboot (S).
Sean (Stephen Mangan)
despairs of his and
Beverly’s new boss as
‘Episodes’ returns
10pm, BBC2
When Bob Dylan was
born again in the 1980s
10pm, BBC4
7.00 World News
Today; Weather
(S).
7.30 Top Of The Pops:
1985 Featuring
Dire Straits and
Go West (R) (S).
6.05 FILM: The
Hunger Games:
Catching
Fire (Francis
Lawrence 2013)
Sci-fi adventure
sequel (S).
8.00 Britain’s Great
Cathedrals With
Tony Robinson
New series.
The actor visits
York Minster (S).
8.00 The Kate Bush
Story: Running
Up That Hill
Documentary
exploring the
singer’s career
(R) (S).
8.50 Paddy
Considine:
Journeyman
Interview
Special (R) (S).
9.00 Gogglebox The
households’
opinions
on recent
television (S).
9.00 Jane McDonald
& Friends Elkie
Brooks and Lee
Mead join the
host (S).
9.00 Johnny Cash:
The Man, His
World, His
Music Robert
Elfstrom’s 1969
documentary
(R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Pride
And Prejudice
And Zombies
(Burr Steers
2016) Premiere.
Comedy
adventure (S).
9.00 FILM:
Bridesmaids
(Paul Feig
2011) Comedy,
starring Kristen
Wiig (S).
10.00Lee And Dean
New series (S).
10.30 8 Out Of 10 Cats
With Natalie
Cassidy and
Tom Allen
(R) (S).
10.00Will & Grace (S).
10.30 Football
On 5: The
Championship
Colin Murray
presents
highlights (S).
10.00Arena: Bob
Dylan – Trouble
No More
Hitherto unseen
performance
footage from
the 1980s (S).
11.25 FILM: The Way
(Emilio Estevez
2010) Comedy
drama, starring
Martin Sheen
(S).
11.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
11.49 ITV Regional
Weather (S).
11.50 Bear’s Mission
With Anthony
Joshua (R) (S).
11.15 Rob Beckett’s
Playing For
Time New
series (S).
11.50 Rude Tube
A classroom
prank (S).
11.30 Football On 5:
Goal Rush All
the goals from
the latest games
in Leagues One
and Two (S).
11.00 Sings Dylan 2
Cover versions
of Bob Dylan
songs from the
BBC archives
(R) (S).
11.10 FILM: Dead
Man’s Shoes
(Shane
Meadows
2004) Thriller,
starring Paddy
Considine (S).
11.30 Family Guy Lois
runs for mayor
(R) (S).
1.25 Sign Zone:
Civilisations (R) (S).
2.25 Sign Zone: The
Assassination Of Gianni
Versace: American Crime
Story (R) (S). 3.10 This Is
BBC Two (S).
12.40 The Durrells (R) (S).
1.30 Jackpot247 3.00 Take
On The Twisters (R) (S).
3.50 ITV Nightscreen
12.45 FILM: The Woman
In Black: Angel Of Death
(S). 2.25 Electric Dreams:
Safe And Sound (R) (S). 3.25
Damned (R) (S). 3.50 The
Question Jury (R) (S). 4.45
Coast vs Country (R) (S).
5.40 Streetmate (R) (S).
12.00 SuperCasino (S).
3.10 GPs: Behind Closed
Doors (R) (S). 4.00 The
X-Files (R) (S). 4.45 House
Doctor (R) (S). 5.10 Great
Artists (R) (S). 5.35 Wildlife
SOS (R) (S).
12.00 Top Of The Pops:
1985 (R) (S). 12.30 Music
For Misfits: The Story Of
Indie (R) (S). 3.30 Top Of
The Pops: 1985 (R) (S). 4.00
Close
1.00 FILM: One-Armed
Swordsman (Chang Cheh
1967) Martial arts action
drama, starring Jimmy
Wang (S). 3.25 Close
12.00 Family Guy (R) (S).
12.30 American Dad! (R) (S).
1.25 The Keith And Paddy
Picture Show (R) (S). 2.20
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 2.30
Teleshopping
i FRIDAY
30 MARCH 2018
===
Arena: Bob Dylan –
Trouble No More
10pm, BBC4
“I didn’t come here to hear sermons…
I go to church for that,” was a typical
grumble when Bob Dylan became a
born-again Christian in 1979. For the
next two years the singer toured
relentlessly, spreading the word with
the help of a band and gospel
singers. Here, for the first time in 37
years, is concert footage from the
period, including tracks from his
LP Slow Train Coming. When Dylan
was approached to make this
documentary, he apparently
suggested the commissioning of
sermons to be preached between
tracks – and these are duly delivered
by the actor Michael Shannon.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
FILM OF THE DAY
===
10pm, 5Star
(Jonathan Demme, 1990)
Overfamiliarity may have lessened
the degree to which the aesthete
psychiatrist and cannibal serial killer
Hannibal Lecter, played here by
Anthony Hopkins (left), is able to be
terrifying. He has now featured in
five films and a TV series, and
most people can do a passable
impersonation of Hopkins’ “fava
beans and chianti” line. But Silence
Of The Lambs remains an impeccable
procedural thriller, with just the right
amount of prurient fascination with
criminal psychopathy. And Jodie
Foster’s performance as the toughyet-vulnerable rookie FBI agent
Clarice Starling deserves to take
more of the plaudits anyway.
3.15pm, Channel 5
(John Ford, 1956)
John Wayne is a very ambiguous
hero in this great Western: an
ex-Confederate soldier who devotes
himself to revenge during the grim
five years he spends in search of the
Comanches who kidnapped his niece.
The Silence Of The Lambs
The Searchers
===
Romancing The Stone
12.05pm, Channel 4
(Robert Zemeckis, 1984)
Romance novelist Kathleen Turner
and fortune hunter Michael Douglas
have an adventure in South America.
There’s a treasure map, some
swashbuckling, swinging jungle vines.
Nothing Raiders Of The Lost Ark didn’t
do better, but lots of fun.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Judge Judy (R) (S).
6.20 Lewis (R) (S). 8.30
FILM: Man About The
House (John Robins 1974)
Comedy, starring Richard
O’Sullivan (S). 10.15 FILM:
On The Buses (Harry Booth
1971) Comedy, starring Reg
Varney (S). 12.00 FILM:
Are You Being Served?
(Bob Kellett 1977) Comedy,
starring John Inman (S).
2.00 FILM: The Likely Lads
(Michael Tuchner 1976)
Comedy based on the
television series, starring
James Bolam and Rodney
Bewes (S). 3.50 FILM: That
Riviera Touch (Cliff Owen
1966) Comedy, starring
Morecambe and Wise (S).
5.50 Morecambe And Wise
Forever (R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S). 6.30
Hollyoaks (R) (S). 7.00
Rules Of Engagement
(R) (S). 7.30 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). 10.30 2 Broke Girls
(R) (S). 11.00 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S). 11.30
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) (S).
12.00 The Goldbergs (R) (S).
12.30 The Goldbergs (R) (S).
1.00 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 1.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 2.00 The
Big Bang Theory: Weird
Science (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).
6.55 Morecambe And
Wise Forever
Part two of
two. Eric’s son
Gary makes an
emotional trip
home (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory: Weird
Science (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory: Weird
Science (R) (S).
6.55 The Secret Life
Of The Zoo An
outbreak of
disease in the
penguin colony
leaves one chick
in peril (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama The
Planet Express
crew celebrates
a trio of
holidays (R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House Part
one of two.
The doctor is
treated for drug
addiction (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks
Sienna
surprises Joel
with a gift (S).
7.30 Extreme Cake
Makers (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A Miami-style
beach house
in south Devon
(R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Maggie
becomes
obsessed with
Moe (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A scuba diver’s
death arouses
suspicion (R) (S).
8.00 The Simpsons
Homer and
Marge recall
their past.
8.30 Modern Family
Luke’s date is
ruined (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Baez’s life hangs
in the balance
(R) (S).
9.00 Rough Justice
A body is found
in a forest, with
the victim shot
directly through
the heart. In
Flemish (S).
9.00 In The Long Run
Comedy (R).
9.30 In The Long Run
Walter arranges
a job interview
for Valentine
(R).
9.00 Game Of
Thrones Davos
demands to
see proof of
Melisandre’s
power (R) (S).
10.00Five Star Hotel:
The Finale The
celebs vie for
ratings at the
end of season
party. Last in
the series (S).
10.05 24 Hours
In A&E An
86-year-old
woman is found
to have lost five
pints of blood
(R) (S).
10.00The Late Late
Show With
James Corden:
Best Of The
Week Highlights
of the talk show
(R).
10.15 Game Of
Thrones Lord
Walder Frey
plays host to a
long-awaited
wedding (R) (S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory Amy
and Sheldon
have an
argument (R) (S).
11.10 24 Hours In
A&E A 15-yearold boy is
brought to A&E
following a
daredevil stunt
(R) (S).
11.00 A League Of
Their Own
James Corden
hosts the sports
quiz (R) (S).
11.20 Game Of
Thrones Joffrey
stands up to his
grandfather (R)
(S).
12.00 First Dates (R) (S).
1.05 Five Star Hotel:
The Finale (R) (S). 2.10
Tattoo Fixers (R) (S). 3.05
Gogglebox (R) (S). 3.55
First Dates Abroad (R) (S).
4.20 Rules Of Engagement
(R) (S).
12.15 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.15 24 Hours In A&E (R)
(S). 2.15 24 Hours In A&E
(R) (S). 3.15 8 Out Of 10 Cats
(R) (S). 3.55 Close
12.00 Ross Kemp: Extreme
World (R) (S). 1.00 Brit
Cops: Law & Disorder (R).
2.00 Most Shocking (R) (S).
3.00 Most Shocking (R) (S).
4.00 It’s Me Or The Dog (R)
(S). 5.00 Futurama (R) (S).
5.30 Futurama (R) (S).
8.00 Agatha
Christie’s
Marple
The sleuth
investigates
an infanticide
case (R) (S).
10.00Hattie Drama,
starring Ruth
Jones as
comedy actress
Hattie Jacques
(R) (S).
12.00 Morecambe And
Wise Forever (R) (S). 2.00
FILM: That Riviera Touch
(Cliff Owen 1966) (S). 3.40
FILM: The Likely Lads
(Michael Tuchner 1976) (S).
5.10 Rising Damp (R) (S).
5.35 ITV3 Nightscreen
8.00 FILM: Fantastic
Four (Tim Story
2005) Sci-fi
comic-book
adventure,
starring Ioan
Gruffudd (S).
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 Road Wars (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 Radio 1’s Greatest
Hits With Alice Levine 10.00
Clara Amfo 12.45pm Newsbeat
1.00 The Matt Edmondson
Show 4.00 The Official Chart
With MistaJam 6.00 Radio 1’s
Dance Anthems With MistaJam
7.00 Annie Mac 9.00 Pete
Tong 11.00 Danny Howard
1am B.Traits 4.00 Radio 1’s
Essential Mix
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Dotty 10.00 Ace 1pm
Yasmin Evans 4.00 Sian
Anderson 7.00 DJ Charlesy
9.00 Semtex 11.00 Sir Spyro
1am Kan D Man And DJ
Limelight 4.00 Diplo And
Friends
BBC Radio 2
12.45 Mosaic (R) (S). 1.45
The Sopranos (R) (S). 2.45
Dexter (R) (S). 4.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 5.00 The
West Wing (R) (S).
6.30am Sara Cox 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Andrew Lloyd
Webber At The BBC 2.00 Alan
And Mel On Good Friday
5.00 Simon Mayo 7.00 Tony
Blackburn’s Golden Hour 8.00
At The Foot Of The Cross 10.00
Sounds Of The 80s 12mdn’t
Anneka Rice: The Happening
2.00 Radio 2’s Funky Soul
Playlist 3.00 Radio 2 Playlist:
New To 2 4.00 Radio 2 Playlist:
21st Century Songs 5.00 Huey
On Saturday
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast 9.00
Essential Classics 12noon
Composer Of The Week:
Gesualdo 1.00 News 1.02 Radio
3 Lunchtime Concert. Malcolm
Martineau, Simon Keenlyside
& Kitty Whately celebrate a
life in song. 2.00 Afternoon
Concert. Jordi Savall’s new
reconstruction of JS Bach’s
lost St Mark Passion. 5.00
In Tune. Sean Rafferty. 7.00
In Tune Mixtape 7.30 Radio
3 In Concert. Elgar’s Dream
of Gerontius, performed
live from King’s College,
Cambridge. 10.00 The Verb. Ian
McMillan visits the celebrated
psychoanalytic writer and
therapist Adam Phillips. 10.45
The Essay: Is Music A Civilising
Force? 11.00 World On 3 1am
Through The Night
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Desert Island
Discs 9.45 The Channel 10.00
Woman’s Hour 11.00 The
Patch: Codicote 11.30 When
The Dog Dies 12noon News
12.04 Home Front 12.15 You
And Yours 12.56 Weather
1.00 The World At One 1.45
Encounters 2.00 The Archers
2.15 Bread And Butter 3.00
Good Friday Meditation 3.30
Soundstage 3.45 Short Works
4.00 Last Word 4.30 Feedback
4.55 The Listening Project
5.00 PM 5.57 Weather 6.00
Six O’Clock News 6.30 The
Now Show. A satirical look
through the week’s news. 7.00
The Archers. One villager
makes a shocking admission.
7.15 Front Row. John Wilson
presents. 7.45 Judas. By Lucy
Gannon. Last in the series.
8.00 Any Questions? From the
Radio Theatre at Broadcasting
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ON DEMAND
The Dangerous
Book For Boys
Amazon Prime
Bryan Cranston’s adaptation
of the hobbyist manual sees
the sons of a dead inventor
inheriting a magical book.
Picasso’s Last Stand
BBC iPlayer
Explores the final 10 years
of the Spanish artist.
Damned
All4
Jo Brand’s darkly funny
social-worker sitcom.
House London. 8.50 A Point
Of View. With John Gray. 9.00
Home Front Omnibus. Parts
16-20. By Katie Hims. 10.00
The World Tonight. With James
Coomarasamy. 10.45 Book
At Bedtime: Reservoir 13. By
Jon McGregor. 11.00 Late
Night Woman’s Hour. Lively
conversation, with Lauren
Laverne. 11.55 The Listening
Project. Damian and Aine
discuss parenthood. 12mdn’t
News And Weather 12.30
The Channel 12.48 Shipping
Forecast 1.00 As BBC World
Service 5.20 Shipping Forecast
5.30 News Briefing 5.43 Prayer
For The Day 5.45 IPM
BBC Radio 4 LW
7am Today 8.31 Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast 10.30
Test Match Special 5.30am Test
Match Special
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am The Unpleasantness
At The Bellona Club 6.30
Brandreth’s Pills 7.00 The
Emerald Green Show 7.30 In
And Out Of The Kitchen 8.00
I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again
8.30 Brothers In Law 9.00 The
Motion Show 9.30 Kathmandu
Or Bust 10.00 Sons And Lovers
11.00 Man About The House
11.15 Bowen And Betjeman
12noon I’m Sorry I’ll Read
That Again 12.30 Brothers In
Law 1.00 The Unpleasantness
At The Bellona Club 1.30
Brandreth’s Pills 2.00 The
Norfolk Mystery 2.15 Laurence
Llewelyn-Bowen’s History Of
Home 2.30 The Old Curiosity
Shop 2.45 Hellhound On His
Trail 3.00 Sons And Lovers
4.00 The Motion Show 4.30
Kathmandu Or Bust 5.00 The
Emerald Green Show 5.30 In
And Out Of The Kitchen 6.00
The Willows 6.30 Mastertapes
7.00 I’m Sorry I’ll Read That
Again 7.30 Brothers In Law
8.00 The Unpleasantness
At The Bellona Club 8.30
Brandreth’s Pills 9.00 Podcast
Radio Hour 10.00 Comedy
Club: In And Out Of The Kitchen
Pick
ofthe
day
Andrew Lloyd
Webber At
The BBC
12noon,
BBC Radio 2
Michael Ball
celebrates the
career of the
composer and
musical theatre
impresario (above),
with the help of the
BBC archives.
10.30 Comedy Club: The
Show What You Wrote 10.55
Comedy Club: The Comedy
Club Interview 11.00 Comedy
Club: Kevin Eldon Will See
You Now 11.30 Comedy
Club: A Look Back At The
Nineties 12mdn’t The Willows
12.30 Mastertapes 1.00 The
Unpleasantness At The Bellona
Club 1.30 Brandreth’s Pills
2.00 The Norfolk Mystery 2.15
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’s
History Of Home 2.30 The Old
Curiosity Shop 2.45 Hellhound
On His Trail 3.00 Sons And
Lovers 4.00 The Motion Show
4.30 Kathmandu Or Bust 5.00
The Emerald Green Show 5.30
In And Out Of The Kitchen
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
Chiles On Friday 1pm Kermode
And Mayo’s Film Review 2.30
5 Live Sport 3.15 5 Live Sport:
5 Live Rugby League 5.30 5
Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport:
The Friday Football Social 9.30
At Home With Colin Murray
10.00 Stephen Nolan 1am Up
All Night 5.00 5 Live Boxing
With Costello & Bunce 5.30
Under The Weather
BBC 6 Music
6am A Brief History Of Time
7.00 Mary Anne Hobbs 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe 4.00 Steve Lamacq
7.00 Sam Mendes 9.00 Tom
Ravenscroft 12mdn’t 6 Music
Recommends 2.00 6 Music
Classic Concert 3.00 6 Music
Live Hour 4.00 The Beach Boys
Story 5.00 Chris Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 The Classic FM Hall Of
Fame With Tim Lihoreau
12noon The Classic FM Hall
Of Fame With Anne-Marie
Minhall 3.00 The Classic
FM Hall Of Fame With John
Brunning 6.00 The Classic FM
Hall Of Fame With Catherine
Bott. The broadcaster plays
more of the nation’s favourite
tracks. 9.00 Blowers Around
Britain. New series. Henry
Blofeld celebrates a wealth of
great classical music. 10.00
Smooth Classics 1am Katie
Breathwick 4.00 Jane Jones
Absolute Radio
6am Andy Bush 10.00 Sarah
Champion 1pm Ben Burrell
4.00 Dave Berry 7.00 Absolute
80s With Claire Sturgess
10.00 Chris Martin 4am Jay
Lawrence
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Club Classics 10.00 Lilah
Parsons 1am James Stewart
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast With Ally McCoist
10.00 Jim White, Perry Groves
And Bob Mills 1pm Matchday
Live 5.00 The Full Time Phonein 7.00 The Season Ticket With
Danny Kelly, Laura Woods And
Ryan Mason 10.00 The Two
Mikes 1am Extra Time With
Tom Latchem
FR DAY
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Visual Arts
DAVID MILNE: MODERN PAINTING
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London SE21
A major show of one of
Canada’s greatest modern
painters, David Milne (18821953), featuring oils alongside
watercolours, drawings and
photographs that demonstrate
how, through periods of intense
experimentation, often working
in solitude in the wild, the artist
developed an extraordinary
body of landscapes, fusing
influences from Monet,
Matisse and Cezanne into a
modernist language of his own.
(020 8693 5254) to 7 May
ANDREAS GURSKY
Hayward Gallery, London SE1
The gallery reopens after a
two-year refit with the first major
retrospective in a UK institution
of the German photographer,
featuring around 60 of the
artist’s images from the 1980s
through to his most recent
work, including Paris,
Montparnasse, an immense
photograph showing a seemingly
endless block of flats, and Rhine
II, a sleek, digitally tweaked vision
of the river as a contemporary
minimalist symbol.
shipping to a close. Between
these two vessels a whole
transport culture is on display,
from fabulous posters for the
liners to archive film clips,
showing how the golden
age of ocean travel helped
shape the modern world.
OCEAN LINERS: SPEED & STYLE
V&A, London SW7
More than 100 paintings,
sculptures and works on paper
charting Scottish modernism,
from the early years of the
century when JD Fergusson
and SJ Peploe experienced at
first-hand the radical new work
produced in Paris by artists
such as Pablo Picasso and
Henri Matisse, to the turn of the
1950s, when emerging Scottish
artists such as Alan Davie,
Doris Zinkeisen, William Gear,
Margaret Mellis, and Eduardo
Paolozzi were at the forefront
of European contemporary art.
(020 3879 9555) to 22 Apr
This exhibition, the most
comprehensive ever about
international ocean liners, is
bookended by two ships: Brunel’s
groundbreaking Great Eastern of
1859, which transformed ocean
travel, and the Queen Elizabeth
II of 1969, which brought the era
of great ocean-going passenger
15 day
from ons
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(020 7942 2000) to 17 Jun
A NEW ERA: SCOTTISH MODERN
ART 1900-1950
Scottish National Gallery of Modern
Art, Edinburgh
(0131 624 6200) to 10 Jun
DRAWN IN COLOUR:
DEGAS FROM THE BURRELL
National Gallery, London WC2
Edgar Degas was set apart from
his Impressionist colleagues by
both his distaste for painting
outdoors and his late-career
preference for pastel over oil.
Examples of his pastels, plus the
occasional oil, lent by the Burrell
Collection in Glasgow, make up
the bulk of this show. Initially
the galleries seem gloomy
because of the low light needed
to protect these fragile pictures,
but slowly Degas’ riot of colour
sings from the walls, making for
a quietly breathtaking show.
(020 7747 2885) to 7 May
POP! ART IN A CHANGING BRITAIN
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
How a generation of artists led
by Eduardo Paolozzi, Richard
Hamilton, Peter Blake and
Patrick Caulfield in Britain in
the 50s and 60s responded to
rapid social change, challenging
current thinking about art and
mass media and questioning
the traditional division between
high and low art. It includes
works such as Peter Blake’s The
Beatles, 1962, Richard Hamilton’s
Swingeing London, Jann
Haworth’s Cowboy and Eduardo
Paolozzi’s As Is When (1965).
(01243 774557) to 7 May
VIRGINIA WOOLF
Tate, St Ives
This exhibition takes the writings
of Virginia Woolf, in particular
the pioneering feminist text A
Room of One’s Own, as a prism
through which to explore feminist
perspectives on landscape,
domesticity and identity in
modern and contemporary art,
with works from 1850 to the
present by more than 80 artists,
including Laura Knight, Gwen
John, Vanessa Bell, Winifred
Nicholson, Sandra Blow,
Barbara Hepworth, Claude
Cahun and Dora Carrington.
(01736 796 226) to 29 Apr
ELISABETH FRINK: SCULPTURE,
DRAWINGS, PRINTS
Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury
A free exhibition marking the
25th anniversary of Elisabeth
Frink’s death in 1993 and the
40th anniversary of the life-sized
sculpture of a black horse that
stands outside Lloyds Bank in
Milton Keynes, commissioned in
1978 as part of a major public art
scheme. Her devotion to themes
associated with nature, including
horses, heads, human figures,
animals and birds, are explored
through magnificent bronze
sculptures, prints and drawings.
(01296 331441) to 21 Apr
Comedy
JOHN ROBINS
Gala Theatre, Durham
John Robins’ heartfelt,
probing The Darkness of Robins
tells the tale of his break-up
from fellow comic Sara Pascoe
– and bagged him last year’s
Edinburgh Comedy Award.
(03000 266600) tonight
SARA SCHAEFER
Soho Theatre, London W1
New York comic Sara Schaefer
knows a thing or two about the
fundamentalist surge in the US:
she was brought up as a Bible
camp-attending Christian –
and tales of her formative years,
and the current state of things
across the pond, fill Little White
Box. (020 7478 0100) to Sat
Dance
SADLER’S WELLS
FAMILY WEEKEND
Sadler’s Wells, London EC1
An Easter weekend of familyfriendly dance, including
BalletLorent’s Rumpelstiltskin (a
collaboration with poet laureate
Carol Ann Duffy), and Australian
company upsidedowninsideout’s
exploration of the theatre’s
hidden spaces.
(020 7863 8000) to Sat
HELEN MURRAY
California &
the Golden West
Pick
ofthe
day
Selected departures up to November 2018
Your tour includes...
✓ Sightseeing tour of Los Angeles, the City of Angels, with its many famous highlights
including Beverly Hills, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Sunset Strip
✓ Tour of sunny San Diego, the classic southern California city
✓ Experience the stunning beauty of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion and
Yosemite National Parks
✓ Visit timeless Monument Valley, a masterpiece of ancient erosion
✓ Drive through the iconic Mojave Desert
✓ Visit glitzy Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world
✓ Guided tour of cosmopolitan San Francisco, dominated by the instantly
recognisable Golden Gate Bridge
✓ Return flights from the UK, plus all hotel transfers. Premium economy flight
upgrades available at a supplement
✓ Hand-picked accommodation rated three to four stars
✓ The services of our experienced and
insightful tour manager throughout
Prices are based on two people sharing and are correct at time of print. Single
supplements may apply. This holiday is operated by and subject to booking
conditions of Riviera Travel, ABTA V4744 ATOL 3430 protected. Subject to
availability. Additional entrance cost may apply. Images used in conjunction with
Riviera Travel. For further information please write to Riviera Travel, New Manor,
328 Wetmore Road, Burton upon Trent, Staffs, DE14 1SP.
The hot topics of race and cultural stereotyping fizz and dart about this lively and innovative piece of work,
written by and starring Arinzé Kene, which is part-play, part-gig and part-spoken word event.
Omar Elerian’s production bursts with life and is wholly compelling as, like the similarly provocative An
Octoroon, it worries at what it means to be a black playwright today. (020 8743 5050) to 21 Apr
For more information or to book,
please call: 01283 523447
www.ipariviera.co.uk
THEATRE
MISTY
Bush Theatre, London W12
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Pop
FRIENDLY FIRES
Waterfront, Norwich
St Albans’ joint-jumping guitarfunk gang unpack the cowbell
for the comeback tour. The
Fires have been quiet since
the sunshine synth-funk of the
second album, 2011’s Pala, but
the liquid-hipped fluoro-pop
rumpus of old starts again here.
(gigsandtours.com) tonight
NO AGE
Buyers Club, Liverpool
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.
(seetickets.com) tonight
SUNFLOWER BEAN
Gorilla, Manchester
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,
its retro touchstones (dream-pop,
Fleetwood Mac-ish folk-rock,
strutting glam-rock and more)
kept fresh and tight under
singer Julia Cumming’s lead.
(ticketweb.co.uk) tonight
Folk & Roots
JOSIENNE CLARKE AND
BEN WALKER
Sage, Gateshead
The duo launch their excellent
new album of all-original songs,
Seedlings All, that are songwriter
Clarke’s most autobiographical
to date, mixing lyricism and
imagistic panache with an aching
melancholia and some superb
musical settings from Walker.
(0191 443 4661) tonight
Theatre
SUMMER AND SMOKE
Almeida Theatre, London N1
Patsy Ferran is a genuine marvel,
as hilarious as she is heartbreaking, in Tennessee Williams’
rarely performed 1948 play, as a
dutiful minister’s daughter who’s
so nervous she’s prone to panic
attacks. Rebecca Frecknall’s
production has a ballsy
confidence in its non-naturalistic
approach, rescuing Williams’
play from polite fussiness,
but there’s also delicacy and
precision. (020 7359 4404) to 7 Apr
LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN
Vaudeville Theatre, London WC2
Kathy Burke directs this second
major production in the yearlong celebration of Oscar Wilde’s
work that Dominic Dromgoole
is bringing to the West End.
This revival helps to rejuvenate
the play with some sparky
casting – including Samantha
Spiro and Jennifer Saunders
– and by pouring real feeling
into the creaky melodramatic
conventions from which Wilde
was unable to free himself. (0330
333 4814) to 7 Apr
JULIUS CAESAR
Bridge Theatre, London SE1
This thrilling promenade
production resoundingly
confirms two things: Nicholas
Hytner is the pre-eminent
interpreter of Shakespeare in
modern dress; and the Bridge
Theatre, the new base he has
created by Tower Bridge, has
extraordinary spatial flexibility.
The performances are excellent
across a company that includes
Ben Whishaw, David Morrissey
and David Calder in the title role.
(0843 208 1846) to 15 Apr
Black renaissance
needs funding to last
From Daniel Kaluuya to John Boyega, Stormzy to Little
Simz, the ascent of black, British, working-class cultural
hotshots has been remarkable. Yet the next generation of
potential stars is being let down, says Yomi Adegoke
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY
Harold Pinter Theatre, London SW1
Ian Rickson marks the 60th
anniversary of the first staging
of Harold Pinter’s drama
with a starry, meticulous,
beautifully considered revival
that demonstrates the play’s
undiminished power. Toby Jones,
Zoë Wanamaker, Peter Wight,
Stephen Mangan and Tom
Vaughan-Lawlor star
in a production that finds
fresh colours in the play.
(0844 871 7622) to 14 Apr
BLOOD BROTHERS
Sands Centre, Carlisle
Bill Kenwright and Bob
Tomson’s much-loved touring
production of Willy Russell’s
musical about twins separated at
birth, with Lyn Paul’s wonderful
voice soaring through it all,
singing out the joy and pain of
mother-love with a passion.
The brilliant theatrical flow and
energy of this great production
remains as irresistible as ever.
(01228 633766) to 31 Mar
THE YORK REALIST
Sheffield Crucible
A pitch-perfect, impeccably
acted production by Robert
Hastie, of Peter Gill’s beautiful
2002 play, a convincing gay love
story in which it is the conflicting
aspirations of the lovers rather
than societal prejudice that
drives the two men apart. Ben
Batt’s George runs bracingly
against gay stereotype, while
Jonathan Bailey is a more uptight
John. (0114 249 6000) to 7 Apr
MISS SAIGON
Palace Theatre, Manchester
Laurence Connor’s production
of Boublil and Schonberg’s great
sung-through drama from 1989
is a brilliant musical for our time
and a breathtakingly spectacular
and gripping piece of ensemble
theatre, which relocates the story
of Puccini’s 1903 opera, Madam
Butterfly, to 1970s Saigon during
the Vietnam War. Sooha Kim
gives a soul-stoppingly powerful
and poignant performance as
the Saigon bar-worker whose
passionate romance with a
US soldier ends in tragedy.
(miss-saigon.com) to 12 May
OF MICE AND MEN
Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells
Richard Keightley and Matthew
Wynn deliver a beautiful pair of
performances as migrant farm
workers on the road in California
during the Great Depression in
Guy Unsworth’s staging of
John Steinbeck’s 1937 drama.
(atgtickets.com) to Sat
Global recognition
‘Get Out’ star
Daniel Kaluuya
won a Bafta
and was Oscarnominated this
year GETTY
B
lack British identity is
stronger than ever – a
culture that once appeared at odds with society becoming central
to it. And it’s in part because of a
renaissance occurring in the arts,
especially among the black working class, which is now more visible than ever.
Stormzy recently secured a
pair of overdue Brit awards for
his music, while Michaela Coel
has become a household name for
Chewing Gum, a show documenting a young black women’s coming
of age on a north London estate.
John Boyega, a proud product of
Peckham, was one of last year’s
highest-grossing actors.
It’s a win for racial diversity,
but also shows how important it
is to invest in the art of disadvantaged communities. In his recent
Bafta acceptance speech, Daniel
Kaluuya described himself as
“a product of arts funding in the
UK” and thanked those who supported “mainstream arts and
grass roots levels”. As a child in
Camden, Kaluuya took classes at
Anna Scher Theatre for a fiver;
he gelled with “people who were
from the estates, who loved being
creative but weren’t flowery”. His
Bafta address, unapologetically
peppered with inner-city London
slang, resonated with many.
Rapper Little Simz recently
spoke about being indebted to
arts funding, too, honing her craft
at Islington community centre St
Mary’s Youth Club. Youth clubs
and centres were integral to the
genesis of the entire grime genre,
providing a space for MC battles,
guidance and equipment. Yet it
was announced in 2016 that Tower
Hamlets would be closing twothirds of its youth centres.
The internet has done much
to democratise the creative industries – it’s unlikely the Chicken Connoisseur would have
landed his TV show without securing millions of hits online first,
and Ramz’s ode to long-distance
links, “Barking”, peaked at No 2
after a social media campaign.
For many, though, their route
into the arts is thanks to grassroots groups, something that the
next talent-rich, money-poor generation will likely have less access
to than their predecessors.
Figures show that £9m less is
now spent on the arts than at the
peak of the last Labour government. When the Coalition government came into power, there were
854 regularly funded arts organisations. There are now 663 – a decrease of 22 per cent in six years.
For most black, working-class
children, a job in the creative
There are now
22 per cent fewer
regularly funded
arts organisations
than six years ago
sector is posited as a luxury, the
preserve of those who are connected and can afford unpaid
internships. To ensure the financially secure future many of them
didn’t have, it’s common for parents to steer their children to more
immediately lucrative careers.
Michael Dapaah, the comedian
known for portraying the fictional
rapper Big Shaq, said his parents
wanted him to be a lawyer or doctor. He only realised his passion
for comedy at 16, after trying to
make his peers laugh during a
stint in prison. When he left, he
studied drama at college and then
at university.
When you couple the cuts with
continually depleting budgets for
the arts, erosion of scholarships
and bursaries as well as fee increases at university, studying
creative subjects is becoming an
increasingly risky choice. Figures
from last year show 17,000 fewer
students have chosen to take creative subjects than the year before.
Yet Little Simz described Black
Panther’s Letitia Wright as “another young black woman from
‘ends’ that’s just made it work”,
and the sentiment was the same
when Stormzy shouted out
Jourdan Dunn, J Hus and Kaluuya in his freestyle at the Brits.
The success feels contagious and
the dreams feel tangible. Despite
neglect, there is a wave of creative
kids making good. If the next generation receives the right support,
the sky seems a modest limit.
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BOOKS
Gossip Girl goes to rehab
CLEAN
Juno Dawson
(Quercus Children’s, £7.99)
Review by Rebecca Armstrong
I
love addiction memoirs.
Love, love, love them. When
I gave up alcohol for a month
recently, I swapped pints for
print, averaging a book a day
by addicts with a variety of habits.
During this binge I read Clean, a
young adult title by Juno Dawson.
I was aware of Dawson’s journalism and trans activism but hadn’t
encountered her books – so popular that she was crowned Queen of
Teen, the now sadly defunct award
for YA writers, in 2014. And, despite being almost two decades
older than her target audience, I
will be working through her back
catalogue on the strength of Clean.
While it’s pacy, funny and in
parts very touching, Clean is most
definitely not subtle. We meet Lexi
Volkov in the back of a BMW after
an accidental overdose. She is convinced she has been kidnapped,
but actually her brother Nikolai
has bundled her into the back seat
and driven her to a rehab facility
for young people located on an
island off the English coast.
“‘Put me down, you c**t!’ I
scream… They ignore me so I just
start screaming ‘C*t’ over and
over again because it’s the worse
word I know.”
Lexi is a teenage socialite, scion
of a Russian family of hoteliers.
And she is great company. Sweary, cynical and quick with a comeback, she feels real. Some of the
Russian details, however, are laboured (“I wonder what Babushka
would think of me now?”).
What feels spot-on are the
group dynamics and fledgling
friendships that take place once
Lexi has undergone eight painful
days of detox and joins group therapy sessions. The other residents
have a variety of reasons for being
there – eating disorders, drug use,
OCD. The three who really stand
out are Sasha, a damaged and dangerous young woman who scared
the hell out of me, trans woman
Kendall, frail but determined and
with a great sense of humour, and
Guy, an OCD sufferer with parents
who are palpably and constantly
disappointed in him.
It’s a neat idea for a book: a residential unit for the under-21s on
an island it’s extremely difficult to
escape from – a cast of outcasts in
isolation together.
Unlike the majority of facilities
I read about during my marathon
memoir sessions, Lexi’s is seriously glamorous – Jacuzzis, equine
therapy, en-suite bathrooms, TV
Talking cure Juno Dawson puts her outcasts in therapy EIVIND HANSEN
on demand – which makes for a
much more fun backdrop. If you
have to give up the smack and look
at the reasons why you were taking it, Dawson’s reasoning seems
to go, it might as well be somewhere fabulous. Gossip Girl goes
to rehab, if you will.
I thoroughly enjoyed the flashbacks to Lexi’s lavish life before
her sojourn on addiction island
and her disastrous but captivating relationship with Kurt, apart
from some heavy-handed mystery
surrounding Lexi’s former best
friend. The bitchy social whirl of
her world is captured with gossipy gusto, but it’s the glimpses of
a Lexi who is cleverer and more
thoughtful than her public persona allows that stayed with me.
Sometimes it’s hard to believe
she is 17 – when Kurt, whose middle name should be trouble in caps
lock, asks her how old she is, she
replies, “In socialite years? About
28” – but with the family fortune
to play with and divorced parents
who seldom know which country
their children are in, Dawson just
about gets away with it.
As, indeed, does Lexi, whose
path through rehabilitation has a
number of twists before she becomes more heroine than heroin.
Look elsewhere for nuance, but
for a rambunctious read about
teen addiction, Clean hits the spot.
ALSORELEASED
TANGERINE
Christine Mangan
(Little, Brown, £14.99)
This atmospheric psychological
thriller is set in 1950s Tangier,
Morocco, during a time of
political turbulence, but it is
the personal turbulence of the
protagonists that the author
most powerfully portrays.
The gripping story switches
between the perspectives
of two former friends, Alice
Shipley from America and
Lucy Mason from England, who
were roommates at Bennington
College, where they had dreamt
of being writers.
They lost touch when a
shocking accident tore them
asunder. In Tangier, their paths
fatefully, and fatally, cross once
again. (“There she was: my past,
made corporeal, made tangible,
or whatever other fancy words
I was certain she would use to
describe it”, narrates Alice.)
The manipulative Lucy
“carefully reinserted herself”
back into Alice’s life with
no mention of the painful
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past and her part in it – but
throughout, the story of the
tragedy that occurred seeps
through in some skilfully handed
narratorial flashbacks.
Alice has not found her feet in
her new life in Morocco, where
she has moved with her husband
John on account of his job.
Instead, she often stays holed
up in her flat, trying to forget
the past and worrying that she
has made “a complete and utter
mess” of the present.
Lucy, however, acts as if
“she was entirely certain of
who she was” and is in her
element in Tangier, her
excitement captured in some
descriptions – albeit clichéd –
of “electrifying” souks.
“As if Donna Tartt, Gillian
Flynn and Patricia Highsmith
had collaborated in a screenplay
to be filmed by Hitchcock”,
declared Joyce Carol Oates of
Mangan’s debut novel, which was
reportedly bought for $1.1m; it is,
indeed, soon to be a major film,
produced by George Clooney and
starring Scarlett Johansson.
Like Highsmith, Tartt
and Flynn, the author excels
in portraying the troubled
boundaries between selves
through themes of obsession,
stalking, and otherwise crossing
the line in close relationships.
Much of the considerable
tension in this novel is created
by Lucy’s obsession with Alice
and their skewed, claustrophobic,
and ultimately destructive
friendship. The reader feels a
chill down the spine when Lucy
introduces herself as Alice to
a stranger (“The word slipped
from my mouth easily, as though
it were true”).
The author is most adept
at creating a strong feeling
of foreboding, a sense of
disjuncture, that life is “strangely
unsettling”. This is achieved
through eerie details such
as when Lucy glimpses John
through a mirror on the wall,
“his image distorted”. When
John goes missing, Alice becomes
unmoored, questioning her
own sanity.
The twists and turns of the
plot can at times feel predictable,
but the author’s attention to
the minutiae of her characters’
minds engages the reader to the
bitter end.
1. Brain Freeze Tom Fletcher (Penguin)
2. Oi Goat! Kes Gray (Hodder Children’s)
3. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins)
4. The Venetian Game Philip Gwynne Jones (Constable)
5. Paddington Turns Detective Michael Bond (HarperCollins)
Anita Sethi
THE IMMORTALISTS
Chloe Benjamin
(Tinder Press, £16.99)
The premise of Chloe Benjamin’s
second novel is intriguing: how
would you live your life if you
knew the day you were going to
die? This is the problem troubling
the four Gold children, after a
mysterious gypsy reads their
fortunes in a sweltering New
York apartment in 1969. Each
child interprets the information
differently, and the novel is
broken into four short stories
focusing on each in turn.
We meet Simon, a young
gay man who escapes to San
Francisco (the scenes that handle
the start of the Aids epidemic in
the 1980s are some of the book’s
most powerful); Klara, a wannabe
magician in Vegas; military
doctor Daniel; and Varya, who is
working on an anti-ageing study.
In its scope and themes, The
Immortalists brings to mind
Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life.
The problem is, while that book
had flawed yet lovable characters,
The Immortalists tends to focus on
the flaws, and it’s hard always to
root for the siblings.
A strong ending is almost
redemptive, but it’s hard not to
finish the book hoping you’re
never given advance warning
of your death.
Sam Priddy
DIVIDED
Tim Marshall
(Elliott & Thompson,
£16.99)
Veteran foreign correspondent
Tim Marshall drily highlights
attempts made in the world to
stall flows of people, money and
ideas. Donald Trump’s plan to
shut the US off from Mexico is
a better-known example. More
interesting are those less well
known, not least China’s battle
with the internet and India’s
hardline approach to Bangladeshi
economic migrants. It’s a very
knowledgeable, timely book, if a
bit dessicated and methodical.
David Wilcock
RED CLOCKS
Leni Zumas
(The Borough
Press, £16.99)
Women leading lives of quiet, and
not-so-quiet, desperation are at
the heart of this dystopian novel.
Reminiscent of the nightmarish
world of Gilead in The Handmaid’s
Tale, the book is set in a US in
which abortion is banned and
IVF has been made illegal. Four
women from a small Oregon town
try to make sense of these new
rules. Together, the stories form
a deeply touching exploration of
women’s lives past and future.
Verena Vogt
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The
drivel of
despots
DICTATOR LITERATURE
Daniel Kalder
(Oneworld, £16.99)
Review by Michael Burleigh
T
he inspiration for Daniel Kalder’s book about
very bad books came
from watching T V
one night in Moscow.
Kalder saw a report from Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan,
which had been a Soviet republic
until 1991. It featured a monument comprising a 30ft-tall green
and pink book adorned with the
golden silhouette of the author’s
profiled head.
He was Saparmurat Niyazov,
the former Communist Party
general secretary, who became
Turkmenbashi – “Leader of all
ethnic Turkmen” – and, from 1991
to 2006, president for life.
His book – he actually wrote it
– was a weird fusion of autobiography, history and religion called
Ruhnama, or “book of souls”. If
read three times from beginning
to end, it allegedly guaranteed
entry into paradise. “Ruhnama”
replaced the month of September
in the country, while January was
Red mist The author found Mao’s philosophising intolerable GETTY
rechristened after Turkmenbashi
himself. You get the idea.
This story gave Kalder the
original idea of writing about
the books of infamous dictators.
He decided to immerse himself
in what he calls “mind-numbing
drivel” to provide “glimpses of the
ultraboredom of totalitarianism”.
Confronted with the turgid
challenge of Mao’s On Practice
(1937), Kalder waited for a bout
of flu “in the hope that engaging
with Mao’s ‘philosophy’ through a
hallucinatory fog would make
the experience more tolerable. It
didn’t, nor did the text improve
when I reread it in a lucid state.”
Kalder’s was evidently a
masochistic task, since Lenin’s
collected writings alone run to
55 volumes.
Only one of the dictators – the
former journalist Mussolini –
emerges as a writer of talent,
though Stalin had gifts as a ruthless simplifier, and Mao was not
bad as a classical poet.
Yet, for obvious reasons, these
men’s execrable books were
among the best-sellers of their
age, with 10 million copies of Hitler’s Mein Kampf in circulation in
Germany by the end of the Second World War. He earned about
8m Reichsmarks in royalties,
along with the fees for his face on
stamps. In all cases, book sales
directly correlated with their authors’ rise to absolute power.
What general truths does Kalder seek to convey? The first is
that one should avoid allowing
journalists, which some of his
subjects were, anywhere near political power. They have magpie
minds, strike moralising postures
and confuse their glib certainties
with complex realities. They are
prone to vicious feuds, too.
One can appreciate Kalder’s
frustrations with the rotted timbers he uses to build his literary
house. Of one book by Mao he
writes: “It contains no wisdom,
and were it to somehow vanish
from time and space, the history
of the printed word would be enriched by its absence.” After a
while, he takes to retroactively
aborting the authors themselves,
or at least wondering how better
the world might have been had
Stalin become a priest or lived and
died as a bandit in the Caucasus.
But then he reminds us that the
current ever-increasing list of the
world’s autocrats – Kalder misses
Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plays or
Xi Jinping’s copious writings –
don’t even bother with the written
word, preferring four-hour telemarathons in the case of Putin or
a stream of tweets in the case of
Donald Trump. EVENING STANDARD
COFFEE
TABLE
CHOICE
ONEMINUTE
WITH…
AL Kennedy,
author
Where are you now and
what can you see?
I’m in a hotel right now, which
is pretty much where I live.
It’s a nice hotel and I’m not
complaining. For years it was
B&Bs and while they can be
lovely, they can also be dodgy
(as can the hotels). I can see four
hotel walls and a big telly and
a mini kettle – the usual. But
posh tea bags.
What are you currently reading?
The Orchid and the Wasp by
Caoilinn Hughes. It’s a beezer of a
thing – a really lovely first novel.
Who is your favourite author
and why do you admire her/him?
That’s too hard. It tends to come
back often to Anton Chekhov
and Robert Louis Stevenson –
fantastic, neat, feeling writers
and also people who did good
in the world. But so did Martha
Gelhorn. There are just so many
great people out there.
Describe the room where
you usually write…
Honest answer – it’s a hotel room
or a train carriage. I have a lovely
study at home; I get very excited
when I actually manage to write
in it. Books, red walls (you have
to have red walls), nice views for
when I need to look out, and a
balcony, for when I need to lean
out. No desk. I hate desks.
Which fictional character
most resembles you?
I have no idea. I have a soft spot
for Captain Ahab. I like that he
basically kidnaps a shipload
of folk and straps them in for a
ride they did not anticipate. Like
a novelist. Only reading won’t
drown you – except in a good way.
Who is your hero/heroine
from outside literature?
I really admire [the theoretical
physicist] Richard Feynman and
Daniel Ellsberg [who released
the Vietnam-related Pentagon
Papers], but I’m not sure if there
are heroes. There are people in
the right place at the right time to
do the right thing.
Is it a pencil? Is it a train? It’s both, actually and it’s the creation of Jasenko Dordevic, one of 24 artists whose minuscule
artworks are collected in ‘Think Small: The Tiniest Art in the World’ by Eva Katz (£10.99, Chronicle Books). There are 200
images of miniature masterpieces, from dioramas floating in test tubes to ceramic vases smaller than dice.
Essex Book Festival runs until
tomorrow (essexbookfestival.org.
uk). AL Kennedy’s ‘Uncle Shawn
and Bill and the PajimminyCrimminy Unusual Adventure’
is published on 5 April (Walker
Books, £8.99)
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Homes & Design
On reflection
Cleverly placed mirrors can make
your garden seemingly grow,
creating an illusion of a much
greater space. By AlexMitchell
S
ometimes the simplest
tricks are the best. At a
house in Hammersmith
with a courtyard just
16ft long, the impression
when you look through the back
doors is of a far bigger garden.
It’s all down to a mirrored panel
covering the back wall, seeming to double the space and its
colourful planting.
“When I first saw the garden it was a very gloomy,
derelict space,” says
the designer, Joanna Archer.
The “before”
picture shows a
cramped yard
with an uninspiring wooden fence and
a n e i gh b o u r ’s
roof dominating
the view.
Archer put up a
free-standing MDF panel
in front of the original fence and
attached the mirror panel. The
canopy of a pleached evergreen
magnolia grandiflora hedge planted just in front of it not only hides
the offending roof but adds depth
to the garden as the glossy foliage
is reflected.
Archer used Venetian repro-
duction antique mirror panels
from Preedy Glass. Their slightly
dull, speckled finish gives a warmer, softer reflection than a completely shiny mirror which can
seem harsh in a garden setting.
The glass came in three panels
and was installed on site. Off-thepeg horizontal slatted fencing
from Garden Trellis Company
down the sides of the garden, reflected, seems to go on and on.
Bright planting
around the sawn
sandstone seating area is similarly supersized,
with repeating
groups of orange achillea
terracotta, geranium Wargrave
Pink, astrantia
major Alba and
p u r p l e c l e m at i s
Warszawska Nike.
The overall effect is like
being in a beautiful, mirrored
jewel box and the client loves it.
“It has become a whole new room
for the house,” Archer says. “It’s
a great relaxing and entertaining
space and we also put in lots of festoon lighting and uplighters near
the stems of the trees, wafting up
a soft glow.”
Anyone can use mirrors to
make a garden appear larger, but
think about what you are reflecting. There is little point positioning a mirror to showcase bins or
a rusty barbecue. Place them to
reflect a view, beautifully planted
pots or garden greenery. You want
to create the illusion your space
extends beyond its actual boundaries, or to introduce interesting
and surprising angles.
Finding the perfect position may involve a bit of jiggling
around, so don’t be too hasty to
bang nails into the fence until
Finding the
perfect position
may involve a
bit of jiggling
around, so don’t
be too hasty
you have seen the mirror from all
angles, including from inside the
house. You can always lean large,
heavy mirrors up against a wall
if you want to keep your options
open. Even slight angle changes
can make a huge difference. A
central path leading to a back
fence, for example, can be made
to appear double the length if a
mirror is hung at the end, tilted
slightly downwards.
In his book Garden Design Solutions, designer Stephen Woodhams has plenty of garden mirror
tips. Use a large mirror behind a
day bed and it will look twice as
deep and luxurious. Break up a
monotonous fence by placing a
mirror – or even a series of three
– along its length, reflecting a skyline or collection of pots.
Big country gardens often feature round openings in internal
walls to provide a vista beyond.
Create the same effect in a small
urban garden by placing small
round mirrors on a fence so they
reflect an interesting feature.
You could use any old mirror
but be aware that, unless they
are designed for the outdoors,
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What they say: This
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they may not look pristine for
long. If rain gets in, the silvering
can come away from the backing,
making dark areas on the glass.
On the other hand, this weathered
effect may be just what you’re
looking for.
If budget allows, it’s always best
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Homes & Design
Doing up
the dream
Ben Alden-Falconer
For me the
‘Beast from the
East’ was about
water, not snow
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I
always knew that doing up
a wreck would include a
few problems, but already
there have been more nasty
surprises than I had hoped
for. I wanted to inspire others to
take the plunge and try to make
their dream happen, showing
what can be achieved without
crazily high budgets but with a
bit of hard graft. But some people
might think the whole process
sounds like a nightmare.
I had a plan for the first
weekend in March. I was meant
to pick up a cast-iron roll-top
bath after stalking them on eBay
for months. Finally one came
up within an hour’s drive. After
ripping out my old one, I was
under no illusions about how
heavy it would be, so this time
I roped in a friend to help me.
We would head out first thing
Saturday morning and risk
squeezing it in the back of the car
(no, I wasn’t certain we would be
able to close the boot). Then the
“Beast from the East” arrived.
As the reports of passengers
stuck overnight on trains and
cars stuck in snow continued, my
friend understandably got cold
feet, and the seller was worried
about the ice on his steep drive,
too. The pick-up was abandoned,
to be rescheduled, depending on
weather conditions, the following
day. As it happened this was
lucky, as by 7am on Saturday my
neighbour was calling about a
damp patch on his living room
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An eBay find:
the cast-iron
roll-top
bath (below
left); and
the ruined
wallpaper
Luckily my house
wasn’t filled with
family photo albums
ruined by the flood
wall: did I have a sink in the first
floor room at the front of the
house? There had been one, but
we had removed it and sealed
the pipes. Friends at work had
already told me their horror
stories of burst pipes during
the week and I had feared in an
unheated house I might suffer the
same fate. This did not bode well.
It was worse than I feared:
water was pouring through the
ceilings. Cracks appeared in the
plasterwork and puddles on
numerous floors. The first step
was ensuring the electrics and
the mains water were off, but
then we had to identify the leak. It
wasn’t the sink in the front room
as my neighbour had feared – that
room was remarkably dry and our
plumbing had held. It turned out
to be the only bedroom we hadn’t
removed a sink from.
Clearly the pipes had frozen
and fractured some ancient joint,
and in the early morning, as the
temperature rose, they began
to leak. The stream had flowed
through the ceiling into the room
below, down the stairs, along
joists, into numerous rooms and
all the way down to the cellar.
It was a disaster, but initially
there was no time to think – just
to ensure that no more water was
going to leak from the tank in the
attic, and then get mopping to
stop as much as possible soaking
into the floors. Floorboards
47
sopping, vintage wallpaper
crinkled and beds saturated,
it was a pretty demoralising
morning and incredibly cold. We
could see our breath in the icy
rooms. Eventually, I phoned up a
friend nearby to ask if we could
retreat to her house; without
water or electricity it was hard to
think what more could be done.
The next day I organised for a
“man with a van” to help me pick
up the bath, Driving through
clear roads with snow piled
high on each side and the sun
shining, I was in a more positive
frame of mind. Luckily my house
wasn’t filled with family photo
albums ruined by the flood. And
I was about to get the builders
to replace the water and the
electrics anyway – it would have
been much worse if this had
happened just after the building
work. With a small lorry and
a helping hand, collecting the
bath was much more simple than
I had feared.
The seller asked if I would
also like a sink and bathroom
radiator that were destined for
the skip. The basin had fun shellshaped soap holders, and there
was plenty of space in the lorry,
so I said “yes” to both. I forgot
about the water damage for a
moment, and bathed in the glory
of my bargains.
Follow Ben’s renovation
progress on Instagram
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Business
Business Editor Elizabeth Anderson
+4420 7361 5718
business@inews.co.uk
RETAIL
Bargain Booze owner may be sold as it
fails to raise £125m from shareholders
By Florence Snead
The owner of the discount off-licence
chain Bargain Booze intends to
appoint administrators within a
fortnight, putting 2,600 jobs at risk,
in a major turnaround for a company
that was a stock market darling only
a few weeks ago.
Conviviality, which also owns Wine
Rack and supplies pub operators
including JD Wetherspoon, said it
would continue to trade in the hope
of preserving “as much value as
possible” for its shareholders.
In a statement, Conviviality said:
“Following discussions with its
lending banks, the board has resolved
to file notice of intention to appoint
administrators to the company.
“Unless circumstances change,
and in accordance with statutory
requirements, the board intends to
We will have the
ability – which we
don’t have at the
present time – to
negotiate future
trade agreements
with countries
outside the EU
Liam Fox
The International Trade
Secretary on noticeable
differences post-Brexit
2,600
Its net debt stands at £95m
following an acquisition spree that
included the drinks wholesaler
Matthew Clark.
Bargain Booze’s decline is the
latest blow to the retail sector, after
Toys R Us and Maplin filed for
administration in January.
Earlier this month, the fashion
retail chain New Look announced
plans to close stores, while in
the restaurant industry, Prezzo,
Byron and Jamie’s Italian are all
shutting branches.
Conviviality has 2,600 staff
and more than 700 stores
trading primarily as Bargain
Booze, Select Convenience
and Wine Rack, alongside 352
franchised branches.
COURTS
Barclays
settles US
mortgage
case for $2bn
By Ben Chapman
Quote of
the day
appoint administrators within 10 market flotation that year. She also
business days.”
oversaw a number of acquisitions,
The company said it would keep including Wine Rack, Matthew Clark
working alongside advisers and and Bibendum.
that it was exploring “a number of
Her place has been taken by the
inbound enquiries regarding
non- executive chairman,
a potential sale of all or
David Adams, until
parts of the business”.
further notice.
Conviviality has
Conviviality floated
issued two profits
in London at 100p a
warnings and
share five years ago.
disclosed a £30m tax
The shares were
bill, which resulted in
trading at highs of
The number of jobs
the resignation of its
424p just five months
at risk if Bargain
chief executive, Diana
ago, and were worth
Booze goes in to
Hunter. The company
about 303p earlier
administration
sought to raise £125m
this month.
from its shareholders but
They crashed by almost
it has been unable to convince
60 per cent in an hour when the
them of its long-term future. Ms first profits warning was announced
Hunter, a former Waitrose director, on 8 March, and they were suspended
had been chief executive since 2013 a week later when the firm issued a
and led the business through its stock second profits warning.
B arcl ays h a s ag reed to pay
$2bn (£1.4bn) to settle a US civil
action related to the mis-selling
of residential mortgage-backed
securities in the run-up to the
financial crisis.
Two former Barclays executives
also agreed to pay $2m to resolve
claims brought against them, the US
Department of Justice said.
The complaint, filed in December
2016, alleged that Barclays caused
billions of dollars in losses to investors
by engaging in a fraudulent scheme to
sell $31bn-worth of these securities,
and that it misled investors about the
quality of the mortgage loans backing
those deals.
The complaint alleged that
Barclays’ investment banking
division, Barclays Capital, had
committed mail fraud, wire fraud,
bank fraud, and other misconduct.
Securities backed by sub-prime
housing debt sold by Barclays and
many other banks were the major
trigger of the 2007-2008 financial
crisis. Barclays did not admit liability
in the case.
“This settlement reflects the
o n go i n g co m m i t m e n t o f t h e
Department of Justice, and this
office, to hold banks and other
entities and individuals accountable
for their fraudulent conduct,” said
US attorney, Richard Donoghue.
Barclays shares edged up 0.2 per
cent to 206.5p in the wake of the
announcement.
The bank said it still intends to
pay a dividend of 6.5 pence for 2018.
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The 30
Second
Briefing
JIGSAW
High-street retailerr Jigsaw has
succeeded in landing new investment
at a critical time…
Jigsaw is poised to offload a stake to the
founder of Carphone Warehouse as it
finalises a plan to re
eboot the business,
according to reportss. The womenswear
firm is said to have secured a £20m
injection, with entre
epreneur David
Ross stumping up £5m in exchange for
a significant shareho
olding.
What does this mean
n?
The deal – reported by Sky News – means
majority shareholde
er John Robinson will
push a matching £5m
m into Jigsaw, while
a further £10m will come from Secure
Trust Bank as it repllaces Barclays as
Jigsaw’s predominan
nt lender. The group
has been searching for fresh investment
to help shield itself from the bitter
conditions battering
g the UK high street.
So Jigsaw has bucked
d the trend?
The bleak start to the
e year for British
retailers has sparked
d a raft of rescue
deals, with New Look and Carpetright
seeking CVAs, and Mothercare locked in
financing talks. Suit retailer Moss Bros
has also warned ove
er profits. Jigsaw has
around 80 stores in the UK, as well as an
online store.
Why are so many strruggling?
Retailers have come
e under sustained
pressure as rising bu
usiness rates hit
margins and cash-sq
queezed consumers
feel the pinch. The laatest slew of
economic data this week pointed to an
added blow from Brritain’s cold snap, with
high-street and online shoppers slowing
their spending.
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FINTECH
CME agrees
£3.9bn takeover
of Nex with job
cuts to come
By Holly Williams
NexGroup, aUKfinancial-technology
firm, has agreed to a £3.9bn takeover
by US futures exchange giant CME,
but the pair warned over plans to cut
around 750 jobs after the deal.
Nex and CME confirmed around 16
per cent of the combined workforce
would be axed and said there could
be office closures.
The London headquarters of Nex
– which employs around 2,000 staff
worldwide – will be merged with
CME’s, which is based in Chicago.
However the firms said their
European HQ will be in London – a
boost to the City amid Brexit talks.
Michael Spencer (inset), Nex’s
founder and chief executive and a
former treasurer of the
Conservative Party,
will join the CME
board and will
remain with the
combined group
as a s p ecia l
adviser.
He will also
act as ambassador for the
combined company,
working with key clients,
regulators and officials in Europe, the
Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The deal, which follows weeks of
talks, will create a global markets
giant, combining the world’s
largest futures exchange with Nex’s
expertise in currency and sovereign
debt markets.
Nex – formerly known as Icap
– also owns assets that process
millions of derivatives, equities
and currency deals. The deal is
expected to be completed in the
second quarter of this year.
Icap was founded by Mr Spencer
in 1986 and was the world’s largest
interdealer brokerage – which
involves brokering deals in complex
derivatives products between banks.
Outlook
JIM
ARMITAGE
We have a right to
know how our
money is spent
F
unny how a bit of pressure
from the media can loosen
mandarins’ tongues. Last
week I discovered what
appeared to be a concerted
cover-up by Whitehall departments
of how much they were spending
on external consultants to prepare
for Brexit.
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ECONOMY
Households’ savings ratios
drop to record low of 4.9%
By Ben Chu
The share of income that households
save is at its lowest since records
began, figures show.
The UK’s household “saving ratio”
fell to just 4.9 per cent in 2017, down
from 7 per cent in 2016 and the lowest
annual reading since the series began
in 1963.
Total incomes grew by 3.5 per
cent, while expenditure was up by 3
per cent. But it was a difficult year
for consumers’ wallets, as inflation
spiked to above 3 per cent in 2017,
mainly due to the slump in the value
of sterling in the wake of the June
2016 Brexit vote.
Average real wages began falling in
April, although there are indications
that pay growth is now rising above
the cost of living again.
There have been concerns from
regulators and campaign groups
over the extent to which households
have been dipping into their savings
and increasing their debts in order to
make ends meet.
Separately, the Bank of England
reported that the annual growth rate
of unsecured consumer credit ticked
up again to 9.4 per cent in February.
Within this, credit card borrowing
rose 9.6 per cent.
“Household spending power has
been flat-lining for the last two years.
That has forced consumers to run
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from the East’
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down savings and borrow more
just to sustain sluggish growth in
spending,” Ian Stewart, an economist
at Deloitte, said.
The total household debt-toincome ratio in 2017 stood at 133 per
cent according to the ONS.
The ratio fell steadily in the wake
of the financial crisis, after peaking
at 150 per cent in 2007, but has been
rising again since 2015.
The Bank of England has already
warned over a “Beast from the East”
hit to the first quarter of 2018, which
could see growth slow to 0.3 per cent.
But Howard Archer, chief economic
adviser at the EY Item Club, said
a bounce back to 0.5 per cent in
the second quarter was probable.
THE INDEPENDENT
Households were net
borrowers last year,
meaning they borrowed more
than they saved, for the first time
since records began in 1987.
BT fined £90,000 for putting public at risk
British Telecom has been fined
£90,000 by Transport for London
(TfL) for putting the public at risk
during street works in the capital
last year.
TfL said BT had failed to properly
O ut of 19 key government
departments to which I sent Freedom
of Information requests about the
issue, most refused to divulge the
information, citing loopholes or
technicalities. This struck me as a
flagrant breach of the public interest
in the right to know how much the
Deloittes, PwCs and McKinseys of
this world were earning from the
taxpayer for our EU exit.
Particularly weasly was the way
the Brexit department claimed
to have spent nothing, referring
us back to a document from last
summer which said there had been
no spending on external advisers.
“Outrageous,” was how Nicky
Morgan, the Treasury Select
Committee chairwoman, described
it. This week, as if by magic, it looks
like matters might be finally moving.
The Department for Exiting the
European Union has issued details of
a jumbo consultancy project totalling
£1.9m it awarded McKinsey.
From the
business
pages
‘Suspicious’ casino
transactions drop
TRANSPORT
By Josie Cox
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sign and guard the work area
while also using the wrong traffic
management methods.
Despite repeated demands by
TfL, the company also failed to take
actions to improve the situation,
which TfL said led to unsafe
conditions for road users including
pedestrians and cyclists. BT pleaded
guilty to the charges at Westminster
magistrates’ court.
In addition to the £90,000 fine,
the company was ordered to pay a
further £3,394 in court costs.
TfL has prosecuted BT for street
works offences 47 times since 2010.
That’s the biggest Brexit contract
yet to be disclosed. Quite what the
work entails is hard to tell because
the contract, spotted by the tenders
researcher Tussell, is largely
redacted. But at least it’s a start.
Another thing: the contract was
awarded last April. So why deny it
until now? It may be awkward to
admit that the Civil Service can’t
handle Brexit without spending
taxpayers’ funds on outside help, but
pocketing another fortune from
selling Nex. He built this company
from scratch, risking a chunk of his
own money along the way.
Not only that, but he’s insisted on
the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
making London its European HQ,
despite Brexit. Patriotic to the last.
Whether such a demand would
survive a rival bidder adding 20p
a share to the bid price, only time
will tell. The lack of a break fee in
yesterday’s deal could encourager les
autres, as Spens might say.
Including the money he coined
selling his voice-broking division to
Tullett Prebon, he’s now sitting on
the thick end of £850m from exiting
his Icap empire.
Just one thing, though; I expect
he may be feeling slightly sore about
having to stick around for two years
working for CME chief Terry Duffy.
After all, it’s the first time he’s had
a boss to answer to for 32 years.
It may be awkward to
admit that the Civil Service
can’t handle Brexit without...
outside help
mandarins should remember: this is
the public’s money, not theirs.
We have a right to know what
they’re spending it on, and how much
this Brexit is really costing us.
A sting in the tail for Spencer
Good on Michael Spencer for
EVENING STANDARD
“Suspicious” casino-cash
transactions plummeted
in British Columbia after a
crackdown, the Attorney
General has said. David Eby
said suspicious transactions
to British Columbian casinos
fell to C$200,000 (£110,000)
in February from a high of c
$20m in July 2015. January saw
tighter restrictions on cash
flowing into casinos and beefedup regulatory oversight.
Small farms receive
more funding help
The Rio Times
Rio Rural, a programme
initiated by the Secretariat of
Agriculture, has announced
it is supporting over 45,000
small-holding and family
farmers throughout the
state of Rio. Farmers have
received an average of R2,600
(£557), which is being used
to promote self-management
of natural resources through
sustainable practices.
US urged to scrap
aluminium tariffs
The Asahi Shimbun
Japan’s aluminium industry
has called for the US to scrap
import tariffs on aluminium as
they are against international
rules and pose a serious
problem. The US excluded six
countries. “We are also worried
that aluminium products that
are shut out by the US may flood
the Asian market,” said Mitsuru
Okada, chairman of the Japan
Aluminium Association.
Airports ordered to
sell water for €1
El Pais
Spanish airports will soon have
to sell bottles of water for €1
(88p), as authorities introduce
new conditions to address
passenger complaints about
the exorbitant price of water.
Spanish airport authority
Aena has already imposed the
condition in 19 shops at six
airports. There are 134 vending
machines inside six airports
where 500ml bottles are sold for
€1. More free drinking fountains
are also being installed.
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ENERGY
ADVERTISING
BP boss Dudley
enjoys 13% rise
Car hire websites
‘must show costs’
BP chief executive Bob Dudley
has seen his pay rise 13 per cent
to $13.4m (£9.5m) after a year
in which it doubled profits due
to rising oil prices. Last year,
Mr Dudley took home a $1.85m
salary, $7.78m in performance
shares, a bonus of $1.49m,
deferred shares worth $1.49m,
and a pension worth $746,000.
BP made a $6.2bn profit in 2017.
The competition watchdog
has forced three UK car-hire
websites concealing the real
cost of renting a car to comply
with the law. P&P Associates,
an online travel agent which
operates as weholiday.co.uk,
along with Affordable Car Hire
and Flexiblecarhire.com have
committed to include all costs in
their advertised charges.
RETAIL
UTILITIES
Alliance backs
small bookshops
SSE has ‘no clarity’
on price cap
More than 130 independent
booksellers have joined a
new alliance to promote their
sector and give them access to
the same tax breaks as large
retailers. The Independent
Bookshops Alliance aims to
back the fight for literacy,
support libraries and
“breathe life” back into the
high street.
Energy supplier SSE has
warned over the impact of a UK
energy cap. Britain’s Big Six are
braced for a raft of regulatory
changes after it was announced
last year that a price cap will be
put on poor-value energy tariffs.
SSE said said it was expecting
a year of “major transition and
change”, but said it had received
no clarity on the cap.
TECHNOLOGY
EMPLOYMENT
MoneySupermarket
buys rival for £40m
Lifetime gender
pay gap £223,000
MoneySupermarket.com has
struck a £40m deal to buy price
comparison rival Decision
Technologies. Employing
40 staff in London, Decision
Tech focuses on broadband
and mobile phone products.
MoneySupermarket.com said
the strategy was part of a move
to increase market share.
Women earn £223,000 less than
men over a lifetime, according
to research from the Young
Women’s Trust. The pay gap
emerges as soon as a woman
starts work, with those aged
22 to 29 being paid an average
of £1,500 a year less than their
male colleagues, rising to £7,600
when they are in their fifties.
LEGAL
HEALTHCARE
Solicitors firm
plans flotation
New boss gives
Mediclinic boost
Knights Law, a London-based
solicitor which traces its roots
back to 1759, plans to float on
the London Stock Market in
June. The company is expected
to list on Aim with a valuation of
£100m. Last year, Knights Law
generated £8.1m in profits on
revenues of £37m.
Shares in Mediclinic surged
after the healthcare services
firm named Dr Ronnie Van
der Merwe as its new chief
executive. The shares rose 5.1
per cent to 601p yesterday after
confirming the 55-year-old will
succeed Danie Meintjes at the
beginning of June.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 ended up almost 12
points at 7,056.61, with GKN
leading the index after it was
confirmed the engineering firm
had lost its attempt to block a
hostile takeover by Melrose.
Shares in GKN ended the day up
more than 9 per cent, at 463p.
The second-highest riser was
Mediclinic, up 29p to 601p as a new
chief executive was announced.
The biggest faller was Prudential,
down 3.3 per cent to 1,778.5p.
***
On the FTSE 250 the biggest riser
was IP Group, up 6.7 per cent to
114.6p. The biggest faller was
Capita, down 4.6 per cent to 144p.
NEWS
2-30
VOICES
16-20
FRiDAY
31-43
TV
38-39
BUSINESS SPORT
48-51
55-64
i FRIDAY
30 MARCH 2018
51
CONSUMER
Growth in house prices at seven-month low
By Vicky Shaw
Annual house price growth fell to a
seven-month low in March amid subdued consumer confidence, according to the latest Nationwide house
price index.
Across the UK, average values
increased by 2.1 per cent to £211,625
year-on-year in March, the weakest
annual growth since August 2017.
On a monthly basis, prices dipped
for the second month in a row. The
0.2 per cent month-on-month decrease in March came after a 0.4 per
cent fall in February.
Northern Ireland recorded the
strongest annual house price growth
in the first quarter of 2018, with a
7.9 per cent increase, taking the average price there to £137,965. Average
house prices in Northern Ireland are
Charged emotions over Genesis
Carmakers were showcasing their
next-generation models yesterday,
at the New York Motor Show.
Hyundai-owned luxury brand
Genesis was among those exhibiting
new vehicles. The South Korean
company unveiled the Essentia,
an all-electric sports car with
a battery-powered motor that
daily
money
Pet insurance costs can vary by
hundreds of pounds depending on the
breed of the animal, says research.
A survey of 1,300 Which? members
found the average price for an annual
lifetime policy has reached £472 for a
dog and £285 for a cat.
Which? found that the breed of pet
you own can also make a difference.
promises to get the car from
stationary to 60mph in 3 seconds.
Meanwhile Japanese carmaker
Subaru revealed its all-new
Forester, offering new techology
that alerts drivers if they are getting
distracted or fatigued on the road.
Other brands at the show include
Volkswagen, Nissan and Toyota.
The consumer group averaged
the five cheapest quotes for eight
popular dog and seven cat breeds on
a comparison website for lifetime
policies with a Cambridge postcode.
French Bulldogs (£358) were the
most expensive of eight popular
breeds of dogs compared – costing
over £200 more to cover than a
Jack Russell Terrier (£133). For cats,
a Maine Coon (£114) was the most
costly, followed by a Bengal (£105).
***
The Islamic Bank of London and The
Middle East (BLME) has increased the
rate on its three-year fixed rate bond,
which now pays 2.30 per cent a year.
Savers must invest from £25,000
up to a maximum of £2m. Early
access to funds is not allowed.
still 38 per cent below 2007 levels,
compared with the UK generally
where house prices are 16 per cent
above pre-crisis levels on average.
Wales had the second-strongest
annual growth, with a 6.1 per cent increase there pushing average prices
to £151,971. The 6.1 per cent annual
increase was the strongest in Wales
since 2014.
The West Midlands had the
strongest price growth among the
English regions, with prices up
4.9 per cent year-on-year to reach
£184,727 on average.
In London, average house prices
were down 1 per cent annually,
standing at £473,776, making it the
weakest performing part of the UK
for annual house price growth.
The next weakest growth was
in Scotland, where prices were 0.2
per cent higher than a year earlier,
standing at £144,250 on average in
the first quarter of 2018.
Robert Gardner of
Nationwide said:
“Consumer confidence has
remained subdued, due to the
squeeze on household finances.”
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Games&Puzzles
daily recipe
Pasta carbonara with
rosy red salad
Kakuro
Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 57
RHYME LETTERS
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3
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22
24
15
7
4
11
RT
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EA
HURT
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BURP
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VERGE
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Side salad
4 salad tomatoes, quartered
500g pack beetroot, drained and
quartered
1 pack radish, halved
CURB
CLINCH
6
6
5
WELCH
11
30
SERVES 4
400g spaghetti or your favourite
shaped pasta
250g reduced salt back bacon, roughly
chopped
1tbsp olive oil
1 garlic cloves, crushed
½ bunch spring onions, trimmed and
chopped
100g Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated
4 large eggs
4tbsp single cream
A little parsley, chopped, to serve
CLASP
9
4
3
MEANING
17
5
POETRY
24
12
6
9
16
24
17
6
4
4
17
16
4
GEAR
5
5
PAINT
4
5
4
PHOBIA
Jigsawdoku
BLEED
How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
6
5
GRUNT
DEEP
5
INFECT
RHYME
HAGGARD
LETTERS
MEANING
1 2
1 4
Salad dressing
2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2tsp lemon juice
1tbsp fresh basil leaves, shredded
salt and ground black pepper to taste
Futoshiki
5
2
Bring a large pan of water to the boil and
add the pasta.
Stir, then cook on a rolling boil for
around 8 minutes until al dente.
Fry the bacon in the olive oil until
almost crisp, then add the garlic and
spring onions, cooking for a couple more
minutes. Remove from the heat.
Beat together the eggs and cream with
a little black pepper and set aside.
As the pasta finishes cooking mix
together the tomatoes, beetroot and
radish in a serving dish. Whisk together
the dressing ingredients then pour over
the salad, stirring to mix.
Drain the cooked pasta and return
to the hot pan. Stir in the cooked
bacon followed by two thirds of the
Parmigiano Reggiano.
Pour in the egg mixture, immediately
stirring through the pasta – the heat
from the pasta will cook the eggs to give
a creamy sauce. Sprinkle with chopped
parsley, serving immediately with the
remaining Parmigiano Reggiano.
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3
5
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7
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8
Killer Sudoku No 1249
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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13
14
11
10
11
10
8
Recipe taken from aldi.co.uk
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On Monday
Middle Eastern panzanella
with tahini dressing
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How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
0
17
7
8
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11
18
22
14
6
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Minesweeper
4
12
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How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
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0
1
1 1 1 1 3
2
3 2 3
2 1
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3
2 1
1
3
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3
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3
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2
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NEWS
2-30
VOICES
16-20
FRiDAY
31-43
TV
38-39
Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1970
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 57.
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Castleford grind
out a win in the
rain to go third
WAKEFIELD
Try: Jones-Bishop
Goal: Finn
CASTLEFORD
Try: McMeeken; Goals: Gale (3)
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By Ian Laybourn
AT BELLE VUE
Castleford demonstrated their
tough side to grind out a victory over
Wakefield and go third in the Super
League with a fifth successive win.
With both sides scoring one try,
the outcome was determined by the
boot of England scrum-half Luke
Gale, who kicked two late penalties
Wakefield ’s Keegan Hirst gets to grips
with Paul Mcshane of Castleford last
night PA
to add to a first-half drop goal. Wakefield made their best start to a Super
League season with four straight
wins but have now suffered three
consecutive defeats and have lost
nine in a row to their nearest Super
League neighbours.
The Tigers are known for their
free-flowing rugby but, in difficult
conditions at a soggy Belle Vue, they
showed they can also tough it out
when necessary.
Castleford coach Daryl Powell
sprung a surprise by bringing in
teenager Jake Trueman and playing him at full-back, with Ben Roberts reverting to stand-off, and the
moves worked well. Wakefield cre-
ated the first try-scoring opportunity against the run of play but prop
Anthony England lost the ball going
for the line and it was no surprise
when the visitors struck first, England second rower Mike McMeeken
taking Roberts’ short pass to go over
for the game’s first try on 16 minutes.
The hosts had their moments, with
winger Ben Jones-Bishop forced into
touch after a threatening run and
substitute prop David Fifita losing
the ball as he made a charge for the
line.Wakefield had a try disallowed
for a foot in touch by winger James
Clare and the only other score of the
first half was a drop goal from Luke
Gale to add to his conversion.
The home side enjoyed more possession in the third quarter and
Keegan Hirst was held up over the
line before they broke the deadlock
on the hour with Ben Jones-Bishop’s
fourth successive try against the Tigers. He won a foot race with Clare
to touch down Liam Finn’s speculative kick from halfway and the halfback stretched his scoring run to 32
matches by landing the conversion.
That cut Castleford’s lead to a single point but Gale gave them further
breathing space with a 67th-minute
penalty and added another for good
measure eight minutes later.
Tom Johnstone went desperately
close to scoring what might have
been a dramatic winner but the visitors hung on for victory.
My best is yet to come, claims in-form
Tomkins ahead of table-topping clash
By Ian Laybourn
In-form Sam Tomkins insists
there is more to come from him
as he prepares to play in his first
Good Friday derby for five years.
The Wigan full-back has
re-discovered the form that
brought him 23 England caps,
after putting two injury-riddled
seasons behind him, and his
head-to-head with St Helens ace
Ben Barba promises to provide a
fascinating sideshow to the clash
between the teams sitting first
and second in the Super League.
But Tomkins, now in his second
spell with his home-town club,
after an aborted stint in the NRL,
says his best is yet to come and he
is hoping he can still catch the eye
of England coach Wayne Bennett
in time for the end-of-season Test
series with New Zealand.
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“I’m happy with my form. I think
there’s more to come. I’m not
playing any perfect 80 minutes
yet, but I’m comfortable
with how I’m playing.
“It’s always a goal
of mine to represent
my country and I’ll
always be putting
my hand up. I’ve got
plenty of good rugby
in me and, hopefully, I
can show that and put
the England jersey on
again.”
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Wane says Tomkins
has not yet reached
the heights of
2012, when he was
Number of England
named Man of
caps Sam Tonkins
Steel, but insists
has won – a tally he
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is eager to add to
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named Man of Steel in 2012
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managed only 10, before Natalie
Sciver, captain Heather Knight
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at lucrative All-Weather Finals Day
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Until very recently Good Friday was
a traditional and welcome day off for
many in the racing community. Now
it’s one of the most eagerly awaited
dates in the calendar, especially for
the ever-growing band of All-Weather devotees.
Lovely, leafy Lingfield Park will be
rammed this afternoon, a sell-out
holiday crowd of more than 10,000
enjoying what is billed as a funpacked day out for all the family. But
out there on the synthetic track, it
will be very serious indeed, as highgrade thoroughbreds race for a total
of £1million on the fifth All-Weather
Championships Finals Day.
And it is a classy do. This branch
of the sport has come a long way in
a short space of time and today’s
showpiece features many horses
bought primarily to race on artificial
surfaces and, if they’re good enough,
on this special occasion.
But what this day is definitely not
is an opportunity for swanky cousins
from the Turf to clean up, like some
Olympic sprinter rocking up for
the egg-and-spoon race at a village
sports day.
And anyway, to guarantee a place
at this top table, time needs to have
been served qualifying on the winter
circuit.
BATH
Gifted Master races today having won at Lingfield in November GETTY
The afternoon starts in relative
modesty with a £50,000 apprentice
handicap before building up through
five £150,000 championship races
to the climax, the £200,000 Easter
Classic, in which all but two of the 10
runners are rated 100 or above.
The first four editions of the race
GOING:SOFT
DRIBUILD GROUP HANDICAP (CLASS 2) 3YO £60,000
added 1m 4f
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16221- LYNWOOD GOLD M Johnston 9 7.................................... F Norton 2
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54114- RASTRELLI C Appleby 9 4...................................................G Wood (3) 1
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3122- BAILEYS EXCELERATE M Johnston 8 9.............S De Sousa 4
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162-2 YABASS Archie Watson 8 7...........................................T Marquand 3
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084-11 AIYA (D) A Balding 8 7.............................................................M Dwyer H 8
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501-4 JACKFINBAR H Dunlop 8 3 .....................................................K O’Neill 6
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5041- BAGHDAD M Johnston 8 2.......................................................A Mullen 9
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06-2 BILLY RAY M Channon 8 2 ....................................................R Da Silva 5
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0-33 BETJEMAN H Morrison 8 2.....................................................R Powell 7
- 9 declared BETTING: 7-2 Rastrelli, 5-1 Lynwood Gold, Baileys Excelerate, Aiya, 7-1
Yabass, 8-1 Baghdad, 10-1 Jackfinbar, 12-1 Billy Ray, 16-1 Betjeman.
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FIRST SELECTION S Crisford 5 9 1........................J Mitchell H 8
EXAMINER (D) S C Williams 7 8 13................ K Shoemark T 4
GOSSIPING (D) G L Moore 6 8 12...............................S W Kelly C 1
CONSTANTINO (D)(BF) R Fahey 5 8 8 ...............P Mathers B 3
BERKSHIRE BOY (C) A Balding 4 8 7..................... M Dwyer B 6
MEDBURN DREAM (D) P Hedger 5 8 3.....................F Norton 9
OUTER SPACE J Flint 7 8 2...............................Aaron Jones (3) C 2
SIR RODERIC (D) B Millman 5 8 1.................................... K O’Neill 5
- 9 declared BETTING: 11-4 Tony Curtis, 5-1 Constantino, 11-2 Berkshire Boy, 7-1
First Selection, Examiner, 8-1 Medburn Dream, 10-1 Others.
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were won by the hot favourite, but
this time it’s more open with more
than half the field holding realistic
claims.
It features a rematch between Mr
Owen and Master Of The World, who
crossed the line in that order in last
month’s Winter Derby at the course,
33-1 Haines, 66-1 Rock On Dandy.
FORM VERDICT
Watersmeet bids to go one better than when second in this last year and
arrives on a four-timer, having warmed up with a front-running success
from Curbyourenthusiasm over 2m at Kempton. The suspicion, however, is
that he may be vulnerable in the closing stages if he tries to lead up at this
track, so the verdict goes to MOUNTAIN BELL, who was outpaced over 1m4f
when fourth behind Red Verdon in the Wild Flower Stakes at Kempton in
November but appeared to relish the step up to 2m when beating both
Watersmeet (third) and Lord George (fourth) at Newcastle last time out.
She’s a Listed winner on turf at Chester, offering hope she’ll be effective
around this similarly sharp track. French raider Funny Kid stayed 2m fine
when a neck second to the first-named at Wolverhampton in January and
is another with strong place possibilities.
FILLIES’ AND MARES’ CHAMPIONSHIPS
CONDITIONS STAKES (CLASS 2) £150,000 added 7f ITV4
BINT DANDY (CD) C Dwyer 7 9 0.. Josephine Gordon B 12
CAROLINAE (C)(D)(BF) C Fellowes 6 9 0...........S Donohoe 1
DIAGNOSTIC (D) W Haggas 4 9 0...........................James Doyle 2
LUCYMAI (D)(BF) D Ivory 5 9 0..............................................J Duern 3
MAKE MUSIC (CD) A Balding 5 9 0...............................R Hornby 6
MIA TESORO C Fellowes 5 9 0.............................................A Atzeni 7
NIVVO (D) Tracey Collins (IRE) 5 9 0.............. R P Whelan 10
PATTIE (CD) M Channon 4 9 0..........................................J Fanning 9
ROSE BERRY (C) C Dwyer 4 9 0.........................L Edmunds H 13
SOUL SILVER (D) D M Simcock 4 9 0 ...................O Murphy 11
SUMMER ICON (CD) M Channon 5 9 0 ...................... C Bishop 5
TITAN GODDESS (D) Mike Murphy 6 9 0..........Fran Berry 4
ZEST (C) J Fanshawe 5 9 0...................................................D Muscutt 8
- 13 declared BETTING: 4-1 Diagnostic, 9-2 Zest, Soul Silver, 5-1 Summer Icon, 7-1
Carolinae, 8-1 Lucymai, 10-1 Mia Tesoro, 16-1 Make Music, 25-1 others.
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quite rightly, in the stewards’ room.
Gifted Master
Star Archer is the lowest rated
(3.05pm, Lingfield)
in the line-up, but that’s misleading.
Group class on Turf and looked a
Hugo Palmer’s gelding looked like he
very smart All-Weather recruit
was going places after two wins, but
when winning here.
needs a good pace to settle behind
and was scuppered by a slow early
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tempo at Kempton last time.
Red Verdon
Palmer could be in for an ex(2pm, Lingfield)
tremely productive day. Gifted MasIn good form on All-Weather.
ter, group class on the Flat, took
Step up to two miles should suit.
that form seamlessly to this surface
when winning a listed contest in NoEACH-WAY
vember and with the speedy Caspian
Star Archer
Prince again opposing in the Sprint,
(4.40pm, Lingfield)
is sure to get the strong pace he
Below form last time, but likely
needs.
stronger pace should play to his
This is arguably the best race of
strengths.
the day. Kachy is another classy
sprinter who has taken to Polytrack
like a duck to water; last year’s win- Turf Sprint fourth at Wolverhampner Kimberella returns in good
ton in December, but overcame
form again; and if they go
trouble in running then
off like scalded cats up
and has much scope for
front, the late-arriving
improvement.
Atletico may pick
Jeremy Noseda’s
up the pieces and
Gronkowski, taking
Prize money
change his run of bad
another step along the
on offer at the
luck.
Kentucky Derby trail
All-Weather
Another distinct
in the Listed Burradon
Championships
Palmer possibility is
Stakes, headlines an exFinals Day at
Never Back Down in
cellent all-weather card
Lingfield
the Conditions Sprint.
at Newcastle, while Bath
He probably met Corinthia
is back after parts of the turf
Knight on a rare off day when
track were damaged by an infestabeating the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile tion of chafer bugs last September.
£1m
in a Wolverhampton handicap last time. Another big performance
AW MIDDLE DISTANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS CONDITIONS
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from him could be in the offing now he’s returned to his optimum
STAKES (CLASS 2) £200,000 added 1m 2f
trip. Intisaab, a local Group 3 winner in Qatar in February, despite
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ABE LINCOLN (CD)(BF) J Noseda 5 9 5..P Hanagan B,T 10
his stable’s barren run domestically over the winter, is another who
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6966-2 BATTALION (CD) J Osborne 8 9 5.................................D Costello 2
could be finishing with a late rattle.
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16-433 BATTLE OF MARATHON J Ryan 6 9 5.............................A Kirby 1
4
0127-1 MASTER THE WORLD (CD) D Elsworth 7 9 5...S Levey C 9
3 YO AW CHAMPIONSHIPS CONDITIONS STAKES
ITV4 5 331-2D MR OWEN D M Simcock 6 9 5.........................................O Murphy 6
(CLASS 2) 3YO £150,000 added 6f
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-32322 PACTOLUS (C)(D) S C Williams 7 9 5...........D Muscutt H,T 5
421-65 PETITE JACK (CD) Archie Watson 5 9 5....Hollie Doyle B 8
1
672-24 ALBISHR S Dow 9 5........................................................................A Kirby B 4 7
16/113 STAR ARCHER (BF) H Palmer 4 9 5Josephine Gordon H 3
2
2-11 BREATHLESS TIMES (D) R Charlton 9 5..Adam J McNamara 9 8
483-16 UTMOST (CD) J Gosden 4 9 5 .................................................A Atzeni 7
3
43-111 CORINTHIA KNIGHT (C)(D) Archie Watson 9 5.....O Murphy 6 9
4
913-11 COUNT OTTO (CD) Mrs A Perrett 9 5.....................J Haynes H 8 10 912-12 VICTORY BOND (D)(BF) W Haggas 5 9 5.......James Doyle 4
- 10 declared 5
2-1151 DESERT DOCTOR (CD) Ed Walker 9 5..........................A Atzeni 3
6
41-142 GLOBAL ACADEMY (BF) Miss G Kelleway 9 5 ....G Mosse C 10 BETTING: 3-1 Master The World, 7-2 Victory Bond, 4-1 Mr Owen, 6-1
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4-2133 HELVETIAN (D) M Channon 9 5 ......................................... C Bishop 1 Utmost, 8-1 Star Archer, 12-1 Abe Lincoln, 14-1 Petite Jack, 20-1 Pactolus,
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336-43 LAKE VOLTA (D) M Johnston 9 5.................................... J Fanning 5 Battle Of Marathon, 25-1 Battalion.
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21651- NEVER BACK DOWN (D) H Palmer 9 5....Josephine Gordon 7
1-1111 ROCK ON BAILEYS (C)(D) C Dwyer 9 0..........L Edmunds B 2
- 10 declared BETTING: 13-8 Corinthia Knight, 7-2 Breathless Times, 6-1 Rock On
Baileys, 7-1 Never Back Down, 10-1 Desert Doctor, 12-1 Count Otto, 20-1
Albishr, 25-1 Global Academy, Helvetian, Lake Volta.
FORM VERDICT
FORM VERDICT
Winter Derby Trial winner Utmost holds the key to this race as
he’s a likely front-runner and is one who could ensure there is a
genuine gallop for the closers to chase down. He was swamped by
Master The World (first), Mr Owen (second) and Battle Of Marathon
(third) when sixth in the Winter Derby last time, however, and may
struggle to reverse the form with those reopposing foes. Although
he was second behind Utmost back in February in the Trial,
VICTORY BOND could be the one to be on, though. Undone by the
tactical nature of that contest, he would be expected to reverse the
form with his conqueror in a truly run race. Arriving here fresh,
having missed the Winter Derby itself, he’s also expected to exact
revenge on Master The World, who beat him Churchill Stakes here in
November when enjoying a clearer run to the line late on.
CORINTHIA KNIGHT has been in fine order this year, demonstrating
versatility to win conditions races over 6f and 5f at Kempton
and Newcastle, respectively, and then bagging a hat-trick when
plundering a 6f Listed race on a foray to France earlier this month.
There could be further improvement in the pipeline from Archie
Watson’s charge, though, on all known form, a repeat of either of
his last two performances would make him tough to beat anyway.
GOING:STANDARD
Breathless Times is going the right way, Never Back Down overcame
a troubled passage to win a Fast Track Qualifier at Wolverhampton
GOING:STANDARD
FORM VERDICT
BETWAY HANDICAP (CLASS 2) £85,000 added
in December and could feasibly have improved again in his time off
ITV4
The tentative vote in an open heat goes to ZEST, who boasts placed the track, while there is good reason to think C&D winner Desert
1m 4f
SUNBETS AW CHAMPIONSHIPS APPRENTICE
ITV4 course form at Listed level (over 1m) and had Summer Icon (second), Doctor could finish closer to the selection than he did over 5f at
HANDICAP (CLASS 2) £50,000 added 7f
1
03020- SOFIA’S ROCK (D) M Johnston 4 9 6..........P J McDonald H 2
Carolinae (fourth) and Bint Dandy (fifth) in arrears when warming Newcastle previously, now locking horns over this longer trip.
2
6/003- SHABEEB R Varian 5 9 3.............................................David Egan (3) 7
1
2089-1 WAHASH (C) R Hannon 4 9 11(6ex)....................... G Mahon (3) 7 up with a conditions victory over 1m here in February. James
3
2135/2 STARGAZER P Kirby 5 9 2 .............................................................K Stott 9
2
13-264 EARLY MORNING (CD) H Dunlop 7 9 10................W Cox (3) 6 Fanshawe’s charge needs to prove that she has the speed for this
AW MILE CHAMPIONSHIPS CONDITIONS STAKES
3
-73415 RECKLESS ENDEAVOUR (C)(D) J Osborne 5 9 10.......................
ITV4 4 22-443 AL HAMDANY (D) M Botti 4 9 2............................................J F Egan 1
shorter trip but travels well enough through her races to think it
(CLASS 2) £150,000 added 1m
5
13-112 ISLAND BRAVE (D) Mrs H Main 4 9 1..........................L Morris 5
.................................................................................................................J Dinsmore (7) 10 shouldn’t be an issue. Distance winner Diagnostic has a tendency
6
035-21
COSMEAPOLITAN (D) A King 5 9 0......................... J P Spencer 3
4 00180- SQUATS (D)(BF) W Haggas 6 9 9..........................Georgia Cox 13 to pull hard, including when tried over 6f in a conditions sprint at 1
801-11 ARCANADA (CD) T Dascombe 5 9 5 ................R Kingscote C 3
1-7322 ROYAL RESERVE (D) D O’Meara 5 8 12 ..................P Makin C 8
5
0-2211 ELJADDAAF (CD) D Ivory 7 9 7..........................................J Duern H 9 Kempton last time, but she has the ability needed to impact on these 2
/336-1 CAPTAIN JOY (CD) Tracey Collins (IRE) 9 9 5.....R P Whelan 4 7
02907- NICHOLAS T J Goldie 6 8 10 ...................................P Mulrennan 13
6
03-503 SUZI’S CONNOISSEUR (D) S C Williams 7 9 5L Edmunds H,T 11 terms if settling. Summer Icon has place claims for 2016-winning 3 811636 CHEVALLIER (CD) Archie Watson 6 9 5............... O Murphy 2 8
41669- EURO NIGHTMARE K Dalgleish 4 8 10 ................................G Lee 4
7
13211- EL HOMBRE K Dalgleish 4 9 4 ................................................. R Scott 8 trainer Mick Channon while Soul Silver would be no forlorn hope if 4
3-2384 GABRIAL (D) R Fahey 9 9 5................................................ P Hanagan 8 9
10 51-337 SNOWY WINTER (CD) Archie Watson 4 8 10...E Greatrex T 12
8
32248- WAR GLORY (D) R Hannon 5 9 4 ..................Rossa Ryan (3) 12 able to break alertly from a wide draw.
5
611-11 GORING (CD) Eve J-Houghton 6 9 5.........................C Bishop V 6
11 1924-3 AMAZING RED (D) E Dunlop 5 8 10............................R Havlin 11
9
658-11 MASTER SPEAKER A McGuinness (IRE) 8 9 4R P Downey 3
6
3237-1 KING MALPIC (D) T Lemer (FR) 5 9 5 ................O Peslier T 11
12 3391-1 LEXINGTON LAW (CD) A King 5 8 10...Connor Murtagh (5) C 14
AW SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIPS CONDITIONS
10 2142-4 TAKE THE HELM (CD) B Meehan 5 9 3...Adam J McNamara 5
7
14-435 LUCKY TEAM (D) J Boisnard (FR) 6 9 5..........T Bachelot C 7 13 46740- EYE OF THE STORM (D) K Dalgleish 8 8 8.......D Probert 10
ITV4
11 -21205 SWIFT APPROVAL (CD) S C Williams 6 9 3.C Rodriguez B 1
STAKES (CLASS 2) £150,000 added 6f
8
48-329 MR SCARAMANGA (CD) S Dow 4 9 5..............................A Kirby 9 14 121-54 VELVET REVOLUTION (D) M Botti 5 8 8.........................R Tate 6
12 1290-2 GALLIPOLI (D) R Fahey 5 9 2................................... S Woods (5) H 4
622-31 SACRED ACT (D) M Bell 7 9 5........................................A Atzeni C 10
1-2222 ATLETICO (D)(BF) R Varian 6 9 5..........................................A Kirby 7 9
- 14 declared 13 5-4602 MYTHICAL MADNESS D O’Meara 7 9 2......Shelley Birkett C 14 1
10
2651-1 SECOND THOUGHT (C)(D) W Haggas 4 9 5 James Doyle 1 BETTING: 11-2 Cosmeapolitan, 6-1 Al Hamdany, 7-1 Amazing Red,
2
2102-1
CITY
LIGHT
(D)
S
Wattel
(FR)
4
9
5..........................T
Bachelot
9
14 1642-6 SILENT ECHO (CD) P Hedger 4 9 2.... Ben Robinson (3) H 2
3
5214-7 DOUBLE UP (CD) R Varian 7 9 5................................O Murphy T 8 11 514158 SPARE PARTS (C) P McEntee 4 9 5..................Nicola Currie 5 Lexington Law, 8-1 Island Brave, Shabeeb, 10-1 others.
- 14 declared 71181- GIFTED MASTER (CD) H Palmer 5 9 5........James Doyle B 3
- 11 declared BETTING: 5-1 Master Speaker, 11-2 Silent Echo, 6-1 Eljaddaaf, 8-1 Early 4
32RED BURRADON STAKES (LISTED) (CLASS 1)
5
11-701 GRACIOUS JOHN (C)(D) P Evans 5 9 5.................Fran Berry 6 BETTING: 11-8 Second Thought, 3-1 Arcanada, 6-1 Goring, 14-1 Sacred
ITV4
Morning, 10-1 Squats, Gallipoli, 12-1 others.
3YO £100,000 added 1m
6
1172-5 GULLIVER (C)(D) H Palmer 4 9 5.............................A Atzeni B,T 1 Act, King Malpic, Captain Joy, 16-1 Mr Scaramanga, 20-1 others.
MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS CONDITIONS
7
421-44 INTISAAB (D) D O’Meara 7 9 5........................................M Harley C 2
1
13231- ANOTHER BATT G Scott 9 5 ..............................Daniel Tudhope 4
ITV4 8
FORM VERDICT
202-11 KACHY (CD) T Dascombe 5 9 5 ................................... R Kingscote 5
STAKES (CLASS 2) £150,000 added 2m
2
4143- DARK ACCLAIM M Botti 9 2............................................. David Egan 7
9
487-26 KIMBERELLA (CD) R Fahey 8 9 5............................... P Hanagan 4 With an eye-catching late burst, SECOND THOUGHT couldn’t have
3
13 DE MEDICI (D)(BF) Archie Watson 9 2 ................. E Greatrex 3
1
6-9322 CURBYOURENTHUSIASM D M Simcock 7 9 5..A Atzeni 5
- 9 declared won any more impressively after being dropped into the rear in the 4
1415-3 FORTUNE’S PEARL A Balding 9 2.................................D Probert 8
2
1331-2 FUNNY KID C Ferland (FR) 5 9 5................................M Guyon T 4 BETTING: 5-2 Kachy, 4-1 Kimberella, 9-2 Gifted Master, 7-1 Gracious
103-93 FREESCAPE D Marnane (IRE) 9 2......................P Mulrennan 9
3
695-23 HAINES (D) A Balding 7 9 5.............................................. R Hornby C 8 John, 8-1 Intisaab, 10-1 Atletico, 14-1 City Light, Double Up, 16-1 Gulliver. Lady Wulfruna Stakes at Wolverhampton last time out. Victorious 5
in the 3-Year-Old sprint on this corresponding card 12 months 6
13246- GREAT PROSPECTOR R Fahey 9 2..........................T Hamilton 2
4 424-14 LORD GEORGE (D)(BF) J Fanshawe 5 9 5......D Muscutt V 1
ago, William Haggas’ four-year-old is proven at the track, while 7
721-11 GRONKOWSKI (CD) J Noseda 9 2.....................J P Spencer B 10
FORM VERDICT
5
6321-1 RED VERDON (C) E Dunlop 5 9 5............................James Doyle 2
2813-1 ICONIC SUNSET J Tate 9 2 .........................................................L Morris 5
6 641-44 SOLDIER IN ACTION (D) M Johnston 5 9 5................A Kirby 6 KACHY rates the one to beat, having followed up his handicap his Listed victory in the Hyde Stakes at Kempton in November 8
1413- PURSER (BF) J Gosden 9 2 ........................................................R Havlin 1
7
23-111 WATERSMEET (CD) M Johnston 7 9 5......................J Fanning 7 victory here in January with a Listed win from another bad draw dispelled any doubts over his stamina for the trip. Goring has won 9
8
15-616 ROCK ON DANDY (D) F Birrane (IRE) 4 9 2D P Linehan T,V 3 in the Cleves. Berthed more favourably here, he may be able to take each of his last four starts in C&D handicaps and has viable place 10 16329- NYALETI M Johnston 8 11............................................................J F Egan 6
- 10 declared 9
2/441- MOUNTAIN BELL (D) R Beckett 5 9 0......................O Murphy 9 a lead off Golden Rose Stakes winner, Gifted Master, and Gracious claims, though the main danger to the selection is Arcanada, a dual
- 9 declared John before pouncing at the finish. Kimberella, who was victorious C&D winner who only has 2lb to find with the selection on official BETTING: 9-4 Gronkowski, 3-1 Purser, 7-2 Nyaleti, 7-1 Great Prospector,
BETTING: 11-4 Watersmeet, 3-1 Red Verdon, 4-1Funny Kid, 9-2 Mountain in this contest 12 months ago, was only a short-head behind the figures and has won all three starts to date since being fitted with 12-1 Fortune’s Pearl, 16-1 Another Batt, Dark Acclaim, 25-1 Freescape, De
Bell, 8-1 Soldier In Action, 10-1 Lord George, 25-1 Curbyourenthusiasm, selection in the Cleves and found the drop back to 5f against him cheekpieces.
Medici, 33-1 Iconic Sunset.
LINGFIELD
NEWCASTLE
3.20
1.30
4.10
3.05
2.00
3.55
NEWS
2-30
VOICES
16-20
FRiDAY
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TV
38-39
BUSINESS SPORT
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Andy Murray says Rosmalen is perfect preparation for Wimbledon GETTY
Since then, Murray has been
making steady progress in his
comeback. He began it in the gym but
has been back on court in recent days.
The decision to practise at the
Mouratoglou academy is a significant
step forward in his recovery.
The other possibilities for Murray’s
first comeback tournament before
Rosmalen would be a new indoor
hard-court Challenger event in
Loughborough starting on 19 May and
the Surbiton Trophy, which begins
on 2 June and marks the start of the
grass-court season. He is keeping an
open mind about those events and
could yet make a late decision to play
in one or both of them, depending on
how his recovery goes.
Although the Lawn Tennis
Association is putting on an
additional hard- court indoor
Challenger tournament in Glasgow
starting on 28 April, it is likely to be
too early into Murray’s rehabilitation
programme. THE INDEPENDENT
US Open champion Sloane
Stephens clinched a spot in the
Miami Open final after coming
from a set down to defeat
Victoria Azarenka.
The American recovered
from a disappointing opening
set to take the match 3-6, 6-2,
6-1 and advance to her first
final since winning at Flushing
Meadows last September.
Belarusian
Azarenka, 28, also
took the first two
games of the
second set but
Stephens won
10 games in
a row to turn
the tie around.
“I knew I
had to stay in
it. Victoria is a
great champion,” said
the world No 12 (above). “I
kept battling and got a little
momentum in the second set.
“Growing up in South
Florida, this is so incredible to
be in the final,” the 25-year-old
added of her debut Miami
showpiece. “I had to focus on
my side of the court and be
solely focused on myself.”
She will now face the winner
of the other semi-final, between
qualifier Danielle Collins – who
beat Venus Williams in the
last eight – and French Open
champion Jelena Ostapenko,
which was taking place in the
early hours of this morning.
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Murray plots June
return to be fully
fit for Wimbledon
champion, and grass court specialist,
Andy Murray is a great reward.”
Andy Murray is set to make his return
No singles champions at Rosmalen
to the men’s tour in the Netherlands have ever gone on to win at Wimblein the week immediately after the don in the same year, though Michael
French Open.
Stich, Richard Krajicek and Lleyton
The former world No 1, who has Hewitt all lifted both titles at different
not played in a tournament for nearly stages of their careers. Pat Rafter, the
nine months because of a hip injury, champion in 2000, went on to reach
has entered the grass-court event at the final at the All England Club the
Rosmalen, near ’s-Hertogenbosch, following month.
which begins on 11 June.
Murray is stepping up his rehabiliAs soon as he had surgery
tation this week by practising
on his right hip early in
at Patrick Mouratoglou’s
January Murray targeted
academy near Nice.
the grass-court season
On social media he
for his competitive
has posted an image
return. He could still
of himself on the court
Andy Murray
start his comeback
hitting with Aidan
has not played a
in Challenger events
McHugh, a 17-yeartournament
for
before Rosmalen, but
old Glaswegian he has
nearly nine months
the Dutch tournament
been mentoring.
looks
almost
Murray first felt his
certain to be his first
hip problem in his French
tour-level competition.
Open semi-final against Stan
“I am looking forward to
Wawrinka last summer. Although
getting back on the grass and to struggling physically, he still reached
play in Rosmalen for the first time,” the quarter-finals at Wimbledon,
Murray said. “I’ve heard lots of good but has not played competitively
things about the tournament and the since then.
courts are meant to be very good. It’s
The 30-year-old Scot pulled out
the perfect way for me to prepare of last summer’s US Open less than
for Wimbledon.”
48 hours before the tournament
Marcel Hunze, the tournament was due to start and also made an
director at Rosmalen, said: “In the aborted trip Down Under at the
past years, we invested heavily in the start of this year, withdrawing from
quality of the tournament and the the Brisbane International at short
grass courts.
notice and then deciding not to play
“The participation of Wimbledon the Australian Open.
i FRIDAY
30 MARCH 2018
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SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Blackburn (0)............... 2 Bradford (0) ................ 0
Dack 68
Att 13,433
Conway 80
Gillingham (1)..............1 MK Dons (1)...................2
Nasseri 41
Aneke 34
Att 5,540
B Williams 85
P W D L F A Pts
Blackburn
38 23 10 5 72 35 79
Shrewsbury
38 23 9 6 51 28 78
Wigan
36 23 8 5 68 23 77
Rotherham
38 20 5 13 63 45 65
Scunthorpe
39 15 14 10 56 47 59
Peterborough 38 15 12 11 60 48 57
Plymouth
38 16 9 13 47 47 57
Portsmouth
38 17 4 17 48 47 55
Charlton
37 15 10 12 46 46 55
Bradford
38 16 5 17 49 56 53
Bristol Rovers 38 15 6 17 54 57 51
Southend
38 13 11 14 45 55 50
Gillingham
38 12 13 13 43 43 49
Blackpool
38 11 14 13 44 48 47
Doncaster
37 11 13 13 45 44 46
Oxford Utd
37 12 9 16 52 57 45
Fleetwood T
38 12 9 17 50 57 45
Walsall
38 11 11 16 47 57 44
Wimbledon
38 11 9 18 37 49 42
MK Dons
39 10 12 17 39 52 42
Oldham
36 10 10 16 50 62 40
Northampton 39 10 10 19 36 63 40
Rochdale
36 7 14 15 35 45 35
Bury
38 7 9 22 31 57 30
EVO-STIK NORTH PREMIER
Shaw Lane 3 Sutton Coldfield Tn 1.
FA WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE 2
Oxford Utd L London Bees L; Watford P
Brighton P
CRICKET
OTHER MATCH
Essex v MCC, Barbados: Essex 187 (70.0
overs; R J Gleeson 5-50) & 26-1 (8.0
overs). MCC 408-8dec. (114.0 overs; S R
Hain 140no, D M Bess 107).
RACING
CHELMSFORD CITY Going: Standard
2.20 (1m2f h’cap): ZEPHYROS (Poppy
Bridgwater 7-1) 1; Huddersfilly Town (9-2)
2; Sharp Operator (9-4) 3. Stringybark Creek
5-4F. 4 ran. 11/2l, 4l. (D Bridgwater).
2.55 (1m2f nov): ESPADRILLE (James
Doyle 4-5F) 1; Heeyaam (9-4) 2; Amourice
(5-1) 3. 9 ran. 21/2l, 11/4l. (C Appleby).
3.30 (1m2f h’cap): NONIOS (M Harley
7-2) 1; Greatest Journey (14-1) 2; Kyllachy
Gala (7-2) 3. Noble Gift 11-4F. 7 ran. ns,
11/2l. (D M Simcock).
4.05 (1m h’cap): LUNA ECLIPSE (O
Murphy 15-8F) 1; Poet’s Prince (6-1) 2;
Bobby Biscuit (10-1) 3. 7 ran. 1/2l, 21/2l.
(A Balding).
4.35 (7f h’cap): SONNET ROSE (S Woods
7-2F) 1; Chetan (10-1) 2; Tellovoi (8-1) 3. 8
ran. 11/4l, 31/4l. (C Allen). NRs: Haraz, Mr
Andros, Palawan.
5.05 (1m6f h’cap): VOLTURNUS (D
Costello 5-1) 1; Marshall Aid (7-1) 2;
Smooth Operator (22-1) 3. Captor 7-4F. 7
ran. 8l, 1/2l. (J Osborne).
5.35 (5f h’cap): LA FORTUNA (C Bishop
5-1) 1; Culloden (10-1) 2; Hurricane Alert
(7-1) 3. Monarch Maid 9-2F. 10 ran. 1l,
2l. (C Wallis).
6.05 (5f h’cap): MIGHTY ZIP (R Da Silva
5-1) 1; Waneen (3-1) 2; Black Truffle (114F) 3. 10 ran. 2l, 41/2l. (Mrs L Williamson).
Placepot: £551.20. Quadpot: £51.10.
TOWCESTER
Going: Heavy-soft in places
2.10
(1m7f151yds
mdn
hdle):
PHOENICIANA (Maxime Tissier 11-4) 1;
Sunday In The Park (16-1) 2; Bean Liath
(28-1) 3. The Crazed Moon 6-5F. 11 ran.
18l, 9l. (Mrs L Wadham).
2.45
(3m102yds
h’cap
ch):
DONTMINDDBOYS (J Quinlan 11-4F)
1; Onurbike (5-1) 2; Midnight Mustang
1
(7-1) 3. 8 ran. 2 /4l, 26l. (R Dickin). NR: Big
Time Frank.
3.20 (1m7f151yds h’cap hdle): LLANTARA
(B Poste 7-1) 1; Grams And Ounces (14-1)
2; Undisputed (7-2F) 3. 10 ran. 15l, nk. (T
Symonds).
3.55 (2m20yds h’cap nov ch): SKIPPING
ON (P Cowley 15-8F) 1; Prairie Town (9-2)
2; Burrenbridge Hotel (11-4) 3. 4 ran. 14l,
13l. (Laura Morgan).
4.25 (2m3f34yds nov hdle): DR DES (J M
Davies 4-5F) 1; Piton Pete (evs ) 2; 3 ran.
18l. (Henry Oliver).
4.55 (2m3f179yds h’cap ch): THE BAY
BIRCH (S Sheppard 10-11F) 1; Indian
Native (6-1) 2; Riddlestown (14-1) 3. 5 ran.
27l, 11/2l. (M Sheppard).
5.25 (1m7f151yds mdn nh flat): CAPTAIN
DRAKE (Mr M Legg 5-2F) 1; J’ai Froid
(16-1) 2; Yesandno (5-1) 3. 11 ran. 13/4l, 22l.
(H Fry). NRs: Chequered View, Pomme
De Nuit.
Placepot: £64.80. Quadpot: £10.00.
WOLVERHAMPTON
Going: Standard
5.45 (1m1f104yds h’cap): CASIMA
(E Greatrex 6-1) 1; Braemar (15-8F) 2;
Cherubic (16-1) 3. 12 ran. 11/4l, nk. (Archie
Watson). NR: Pact Of Steel.
6.15 (1m142yds h’cap): ZAFARANAH (J
Fahy 3-1) 1; Ramblow (9-4F) 2; Hawatif
(7-1) 3. 6 ran. 3/4l, 31/4l. (Mrs P Sly).
6.45 (1m142yds mdn): MARTINEO (A
Atzeni 4-7F) 1; Grecian Spirit (3-1) 2;
Teaser (10-1) 3. 9 ran. 1/2l, 1/2l. (W Haggas).
NRs: Cashel, Deolali, New Graduate,
Shanghai Silver.
7.15 (1m1f104yds): THA’IR (Josephine
Gordon 8-11F) 1; Barnaby Brook (2-1) 2;
Thecornishbarron (66-1) 3. 6 ran. 11/4l, 1l.
(M Appleby). NR: Start Seven.
7.45 (1m1f104yds h’cap): COPPER
BAKED (C Lee 33-1) 1; My Fantasea
(7-2CF) 2; Rubensian (14-1) 3. King
Kevin 7-2CF, Dutch Uncle 7-2CF. 8 ran.
1
/2l, 1l. (K Burke). NRs: Mouille Point,
Woodukheleyfit.
8.15 (5f21yds h’cap): SOMETHING
LUCKY (A Rawlinson 2-1F) 1; Zamjar
(7-2) 2; Yorkshiredebut (12-1) 3. 7 ran. 13/4l,
1
/2l. (M Appleby).
Jackpot: £10,000.00. Placepot: £17.30.
Quadpot: £6.00.
WETHERBY
Going: Soft-good to soft in places
2.00 (2m mdn hdle): COSY CLUB (H
Skelton 5-4) 1; Pirate Look (4-5F)
2; Specialist (20-1) 3. 6 ran. 1l, 14l. (D
Skelton).
2.30 (2m3f154yds sell hdle): ROCK OF
LEON (N Moscrop 4-1) 1; Bygones For
Coins (50-1) 2; Away For Slates (0-0F) 3.
6 ran. 19l, 1l. (P Kirby).
3.05 (1m7f36yds h’cap ch): APPLAUS (S
Quinlan 11-1) 1; Caraline (6-1) 2; Roxyfet
(15-2) 3. Glance Back 7-2F. 8 ran. 11/4l, 13/4l.
(M Hammond).
3.40
(2m5f56yds
h’cap
hdle):
ALLFREDANDNOBELL (J Colliver 25-1)
1; Lough Salt (14-1) 2; Transpennine
Star (8-1) 3. Isle Of Ewe 15-8F. 13 ran.
31/4l, 11/4l. (M Hammond). NR: Ascot De
Bruyere.
4.15 (3m26yds nov hdle): BOB MAHLER
(R Johnson 4-6F) 1; Hills Of Connemara
(40-1) 2; Rhaegar (2-1) 3. 7 ran. 4l, 29l. (W
Greatrex). NR: Sunny Destination.
4.45 (3m45yds h’cap ch): GONALSTON
CLOUD (A Wedge 14-1) 1; Goodtoknow
(4-1) 2; Silver Tassie (11-1) 3. Wings
Attract 2-1F. 7 ran. 33/4l, 10l. (N Kent). NR:
Dueling Banjos.
5.15 (3m26yds h’cap hdle): WITNESS
(Miss Becky Smith 5-1) 1; Border Victor
(7-1) 2; Floramoss (4-1F) 3. 10 ran. 4l, 13l.
(M Hammond). NR: Aniknam.
Placepot: £1,263.70. Quadpot: £206.10.
RUGBY LEAGUE
BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE
Wakefield (0) ............6 Castleford (7)......... 11
Wakefield: Tries: Jones-Bishop. Goals:
Finn. Castleford: Tries: McMeeken.
Goals: Gale (3). Drop Goals: Gale.
P W D L F
A Pts
St Helens
7 6 0 1 207 78 12
Wigan
6 5 0 1 184 82 10
Castleford
6 5 0 1 105 114 10
Wakefield
7 4 0 3 128 111 8
Leeds
6 4 0 2 114 107 8
Warrington 8 4 0 4 136 131 8
Hull
7 3 0 4 153 136 6
Widnes
7 3 0 4 141 125 6
Hull K R
7 2 0 5 112 142 4
Salford
7 2 0 5 110 154 4
Huddersfield 7 2 0 5 92 194 4
Catalans
7 1 0 6 76 184 2
TENNIS
ATP & WTA MIAMI OPEN, MIAMI,
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STEPHENS (US) bt V Azarenka (Bela)
3-6 6-2 6-1.
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(Football 3pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Barnsley v Bristol City...............................................
Brentford v Sheffield Utd........................................
Cardiff v Burton...............................................................
Derby v Sunderland (7.45).......................................
Leeds v Bolton...................................................................
Middlesbrough v Wolverhampton (5.30)...
Millwall v Nottingham Forest (1) ......................
Norwich v Fulham..........................................................
Reading v QPR (5.30) ....................................................
Sheffield Wednesday v Preston........................
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wimbledon v Fleetwood.............................
Blackpool v Doncaster ...............................................
Bristol Rovers v Bury .................................................
Northampton v Charlton.........................................
Oxford Utd v Scunthorpe (12.45).......................
Plymouth v Southend.................................................
Rochdale v Shrewsbury............................................
Rotherham v Peterborough...................................
Wigan v Oldham (1)........................................................
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Barnet v Crewe .................................................................
Cambridge Utd v Crawley.......................................
Cheltenham v Carlisle ................................................
Colchester v Luton ........................................................
Grimsby v Stevenage ..................................................
Lincoln City v Exeter...................................................
Mansfield v Accrington.............................................
Newport Co v Coventry ............................................
Notts County v Wycombe ......................................
Port Vale v Chesterfield ............................................
Swindon v Morecambe..............................................
Yeovil v Forest Green..................................................
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE: AFC
Fylde v FC Halifax, Boreham Wood v
Barrow, Bromley v Wrexham, Chester FC
v Torquay, Dover v Tranmere, Eastleigh
v Ebbsfleet Utd, Gateshead v Dagenham
& Redbridge, Guiseley v Leyton Orient,
Maidenhead Utd v Sutton Utd, Maidstone
Utd v Hartlepool, Solihull Moors v
Aldershot, Woking v Macclesfield.
RUGBY LEAGUE
BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE (3.0):
Huddersfield v Leeds, Hull K R v Hull
(12.50), Salford v Catalans Dragons (12.0),
St Helens v Wigan (3.15), Warrington
v Widnes.
RUGBY UNION
EUROPEAN RUGBY CHAMPIONS CUP
QUARTER-FINALS (5.30): Scarlets v La
Rochelle.
ANGLO-WELSH CUP FINAL (2.30): Bath
v Exeter.
EUROPEAN RUGBY CHALLENGE CUP
QUARTER-FINALS (8.0): Newcastle v
Brive, Pau v Stade Francais.
GREENE KING IPA CHAMPIONSHIP (5.0):
Richmond v Nottingham.
BRITISH & IRISH CUP QUARTERFINALS (3.0): Jersey v Doncaster,
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BOXING
Sale wing Solomona charged
over alleged homophobic slur
Anthony Joshua
enjoys fans’
attention before a
workout in Cardiff PA
By Duncan Bech
England wing Denny Solomona will
appear before a disciplinary hearing
next week after being charged with
verbally abusing a Worcester player
during Sale’s Premiership victory
over the Warriors last Saturday.
Fly-half Jamie Shillcock complained to referee Andrew Jackson
that he had twice been the target of
an alleged homophobic slur made by
Solomona shortly after the pair had
been involved in a second-half fracas
at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The offence of verbally abusing an
opponent about their religion, colour, sexual orientation, national or
ethnic origin carries the sanction of
a ban ranging from six to 18 weeks.
Both Sale director of rugby Steve
Diamond and Worcester counterpart Alan Solomons said after the
game that they had not seen or
heard the incident.
The Rugby Football Union said:
Denny Solomona was involved in
fracas with Jamie Shillcock
“Denny Solomona of Sale Sharks
will appear before an RFU disciplinary panel charged with conduct
prejudicial to the interests of the
union or the game, contrary to RFU
rule 5.12. In the weekend’s Premiership match between Sale Sharks
and Worcester Warriors, Solomona
allegedly verbally abused a Worcester Warriors player.”
Rugby league convert Solomona
faces the three -person RFU
disciplinary panel in Stockport
next Thursday.
The 24-year-old won both of his
caps as a replacement during last
summer’s tour to Argentina and has
been on the periphery of England’s
training squads since.
He was sent home early from an
England pre-season training camp
in August 2017 because of “team culture issues”, which were understood
to be alcohol related.
Earlier this year France centre
Mathieu Bastareaud received a
three-week ban for calling Sebastien
Negri, the Italy flanker, a “f***ing
faggot” during a Champions Cup
game and missed the start of the Six
Nations as a result.
England judo injury forces
flanker Jones to retire at 26
director of rugby for 16 years,
out. He was destined to be a
unfortunately it’s not the first
Wasps legend and a club captain
time I’ve known a player retire
and I’m sure those things would
Sam Jones has been forced to
through an injury, but Sam’s
have led to many England caps.”
retire after Wasps confirmed
situation has really hit me hard,”
Jones represented England
an horrific multiple injury
Wasps coach Dai Young said.
from Under-16 to Saxons levels
sustained while performing
“When I came into
having worked his way
judo on England duty has failed
the club we had a lot
through the Wasps
to heal.
of retirements and
academy, making his
It’s awful
Jones suffered an ankle
injuries. We needed
news. It’s not club debut in 2010 and
dislocation, a fracture of the
someone to step up and the first time
going on to accumulate
fibular bone, a rupture of the
lead from the front and
118 first-team
I’ve
known
medial ligament and significant
Sam Jones was that
appearances.
a
player
to
damage to ankle cartilage during man. He was... someone
“Unfortunately, the
retire through injury was a complicated
a training camp held in Brighton
I could rely on – he’s
in the build-up to the 2016
been a rock for me
injury, but this one and my rehab wasn’t
autumn series.
throughout my tenure situation has
progressing the way we
The uncapped 26-year-old,
at Wasps.
wanted, with multiple
hit me hard
who incurred the injury while
“Not only is he a
set-backs along the way,”
wrestling with Maro Itoje, has
fantastic rugby player,
Jones said.
been unable to play since and –
but he is a fantastic bloke as well.
“I’ve therefore reluctantly had
having undergone a number of
His maturity and work ethic on
to listen to medical advice and
operations – has been advised to
the field shone off it as well.
retire from rugby.
hang up his boots.
“His physicality in everything
“The decision was made for me,
“It’s awful news. Being a
he did on the field really stood
which was tough to hear. But it’s
a decision that I understand is in
my best interests.
“I’d like to thank the players
who have kept me going through
this long spell. Being injured can
be extremely difficult, but having
them around has made the
process a lot easier to cope with.
“I must also thank the medical
and conditioning staff at Wasps
who have invested time in trying
to mend me. It was an unenviable
task and I’m sure they won’t be
too sorry to see the back of me.
“I gave it everything and don’t
have any regrets from my time
playing. I’ve made mates and
memories for life.
“I can now switch focus to the
future, whatever that holds,
which is exciting and daunting in
Sam Jones (left) made 118 first-team appearances for Wasps GETTY
equal measure.”
By Duncan Bech
Joshua must
set traps for
Parker – and
keep chin down
Speed is key for Kiwi, who is far less
experienced in handling big occasion
Kevin
Garside
CHIEF SPORTS
CORRESPONDENT
If, as Larry Holmes claimed ahead
of the Carlos Takam fight last
November, Anthony Joshua would
have sconed a peak Mike Tyson, what
chance does Joseph Parker have
tomorrow night in Cardiff?
If only it were that easy; fighter A,
who lost to D, beats fighter B. Fighter
C whacks D, who lost to B, therefore
fighter A beats C. You following?
Don’t worry, boxing logic does not
take the linear path.
Holmes was biased to a degree,
having been bounced by Tyson at the
end of his career. How would Tyson
have coped with a younger, active
Holmes when that piston jab was at
its most chillingly efficient? That’s
one for the pub later.
The Holmes premise was based
on the kind of front-on threat Joshua
offers, throwing big, powerful combi-
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Bould refuses to be
drawn on Wilshere
with deal no closer
By Ed Malyon and Jon West
nations off a productive jab. Tyson,
coming up out of that crouch, would,
argues Holmes, have been fodder for
a big man with good movement. The
devil’s advocate questions whether
Joshua’s movement would ever have
been good enough to becalm the rag­
ing Tyson during the Cus D’Amato­
Catskills period.
Which brings us to Parker. David
Price, fighting on the Cardiff under­
card against Alex Povetkin, is right
to advance the view that speed is the
silver bullet for the Samoan Kiwi.
“Parker has got to try and frustrate
Joshua for the first six rounds and
box on the back foot, circle around
him, and try and dart in with his fast
feet and land some quick shots on the
way in,” Price said.
Joshua talks of setting traps for
Parker, of adding variations to his
muscular attacks. He is in his 10th
year as a boxer, completing a suc­
cessful Olympic cycle against the
best amateurs in the world before
turning over in 2013.
With 10,000 hours under is belt we
are unlikely to see much that we have
not seen before, which means he is
probably stuck with the flaws as well
as the strengths.
The great Barry McGuigan notes
how Joshua still falls episodically into
the trap of fighting like he is peeping
over a fence, in other words with his
chin exposed. For a demonstration
of that check out the knockdown also know that Joshua has the tem­
executed by Wladimir Klitschko perament to handle the big occasion.
11 months ago, crashing a big right This is only the second time Parker
hand through the guard in the sixth. has fought outside New Zealand. He
Either the left hand is too low or, might train in Las Vegas but the emo­
when throwing out the jab, the chin is tional tension in Cardiff will be of a
too high. Klitschko was good
higher order than anything he
enough and big enough to
has experienced thus far.
expose the weakness.
The truth is there are
Joshua was also
too many unknowns
wobbled by Dillian
about Parker to prop­
Whyte in a domestic
erly assess the scale of
Tomorrow night
adventure that
the threat he brings.
will be the first time
turned into a rough­
two heavyweight
What we do know
world champions
house brawl.
is he holds the WBO
have fought in
Jo s h u a a l l o w e d
heavyweight belt, be­
Britain
Whyte to dictate the
lieves sincerely in his
rhythm, to make it a
ability to win the fight and
messy, ill­disciplined show of
at 6ft 4in and 17st­plus has
machismo. That lowered
the size to trouble any chin
Joshua’s guard still
on earth if he connects
further. Ultimately
with purpose. Follow­
neither Klitschko
ing operations on both
nor Whyte could not
elbows last Novem­
Joseph
Parker
repel the stuff that
ber his trainer, Kevin
will be the fifth
Joshua is brutally
Barry, says Parker
undefeated boxer
good at, unloading
is hitting harder and
that Joshua has
the power shots ei­
faster
than ever.
faced
ther at distance or in
“I don’t think he [Josh­
the wheelhouse. For a big
ua] needs to worry about
man that uppercut is one tidy
Joseph Parker’s elbows,”
tool.
Barry said. “He needs to worry about
To win Parker will have to walk Joseph Parker’s hands smacking
through the storm at some point. against his face.” All good stuff, and a
We know Joshua can survive a crisis, theory that will be thoroughly tested
which is a skill in itself. Parker has under the roof of the Principality
yet to demonstrate that quality. We Stadium.
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5
Steve Bould refused to speak about
Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal future as
the midfielder’s contract ticks down
and an agreement looks further
away than ever.
Bould, Arsenal’s assistant man­
ager, was standing in for Arsène
Wenger at this week’s press confer­
ence because the Frenchman has
lost his voice. And when it came
to the tough questions over
Wilshere’s future, Bould
did too.
“I’m not here
to answer those
questions,” he said. “I’m
sitting in for Arsène
to talk about the Stoke
game, I’d much prefer you
talk about football.”
Wilshere’s £125,000 per week
contract with his boyhood club
Arsenal expires at the end of the
season and talks over an extension
have been unproductive.
For their part, the Gunners are
keen to emphasise that they ex­
tended an offer to the player, but his
entourage are wholly unhappy with
the terms being put forward by the
club which include a significant pay
cut of 25 per cent.
Speaking in Milan after Arse­
nal’s recent Europa League vic­
tory, Wilshere (above) made it clear
that the two sides were “not close”
to finding a deal for the England
midfielder to stay with the club he
has played for since 2001, when he
joined as a nine­year­old boy.
Wilshere is, at least, fit to play
this weekend. And despite reports
that the north London club were
angry with the way England had
treated Wilshere, Bould was keen
to clarify that he knew nothing of
it: “Not that I’m aware of,” he said.
“I’m not sure where the reports are
coming from. Jack had a bit of a
knee problem, he’s come back and
is fine.”
Bould, meanwhile, insists
Wenger’s determination to win
trophies with Arsenal is as strong
as it has ever been.
The 68­year­old had been vocal
over the international break, how­
ever, claiming that his many critics
were guilty of age discrimina­
tion in their demands that
he should walk away from
the club he has managed
since 1996.
No Premier League
crown since 2004 and
a current campaign in
danger of falling short of
Champions League qualifi­
cation for a second successive
season, means that Wenger’s posi­
tion will remain under close scruti­
ny, from supporters if not the club’s
curiously easy to please board.
But Bould, who helped the Gun­
ners to a league and cup Double in
1998 as the type of no­nonsense cen­
tre­back currently lacking at the
Emirates Stadium, was adamant
age had not withered his gaffer’s will
to win in any way.
“He’s remarkable,” he said. “Be­
hind closed doors I have never met
anybody who is as hungry and de­
termined to win football games. It’s
as big as I’ve ever seen, yes, for sure.
“I admire him immensely. He
takes unbelievable stick off an awful
lot of people. He’s just one of the
great managers. It’s a pleasure for
me to sit next to him.
“He’s doing a great job as far as
I’m concerned. And he’s done a
great job for an awful long time.”
THE INDEPENDENT
UEFA
Batshuayi frustration after
racist abuse case is closed
By Gareth Cox
Michy Batshuayi has expressed
his frustration after Uefa decided
to close its investigation into
alleged racist abuse
aimed at the Borussia
Dortmund striker
during last month’s
Europa League tie at
Atalanta.
European football’s
governing body opened
an investigation after
Batshuayi, on loan at
Dortmund from Chelsea,
claimed monkey chants had been
directed towards him from home
supporters during the second leg of
the last­32 tie on 22 February.
The game in Italy ended in
a 1­1 draw to send the German
side through 4­3 on aggregate.
Atalanta faced charges of racist
behaviour, the setting­off of
fireworks, throwing of objects
and blocked stairways, while
Dortmund were also charged
with the setting­off of
fireworks and throwing
of objects.
Uefa have fined the
Serie A side €34,000
(£38,771) for the other
incidents, but offered no
explanation as to why the
racial abuse proceedings
were dropped.
Batshuayi (left) retweeted a
news post about the investigation
being closed and added: “LOL.
Must be my imagination”. He then
added: “Its just monkey noise who
cares ? 2018 guys ...”
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PREMIER LEAGUE
‘Small possibility’ Kane could be fit for
Spurs clash with Chelsea on Sunday
By Jonathan Liew
and Jonathan Veal
Mauricio Pochettino says there is a
“small possibility” that Harry Kane
could make a startling recovery
in time to feature in Tottenham’s
Premier League game away to
Chelsea on Sunday.
Kane has been out of action since
the ankle injury he suffered in the 4-1
win at Bournemouth three weeks
ago, which forced him out of England’s recent friendlies with the
Netherlands and Italy.
Initially, the injury was expected
to put him out for over a month. And
the likeliest outcome remains that
Kane will be eased back into firstteam action, perhaps for the trip to
Stoke City a week tomorrow.
But Pochettino paid tribute to the
speed of his recovery, his strong base
level of fitness and his mental toughness, admitting that he may yet be
able to play some part in this weekend’s crunch London derby.
“A small possibility,” the manager said when asked about Kane’s
chances of involvement. “He is very
positive and doing very well. Every
day he is improving. We need to assess in the next few days. It’s difficult
now to say yes or no.
“It’s not about his body, it’s about
his brain. The most important muscle that he has is his brain. He’s
so determined, so positive. After
Bournemouth, everybody believed
it would be a long period out, but the
resolution has been fantastic.”
“He uses now the benefit of what
he does every day, when he is fit,”
said Jesus Perez, Pochettino’s assistant and a specialist in strength
and conditioning. “When he’s injured, none of the routines change.
The fitter you are, the quicker you
recover. He is doing his rehab, he is
doing well.”
Victory at Stamford Bridge for the
first time since 1990 would put Spurs
Harry Kane
injured his ankle
in Spurs’ 4-1 win
at Bournemouth
three weeks ago
eight points clear of Chelsea in the player,” Pochettino said of Kane, who
race for a Champions League spot, has scored 24 Premier League goals
and even a half-fit Kane or
this season and won the last
bench cameo would give
two Golden Boots. “That’s
Antonio Conte’s side
what makes him special.
pause for thought.
He wants to score and
There is also the
the consequence can
small personal matbe that he wins troPremier
League
ter of the Golden
phies, but most imgoals
for
Harry
Kane
Boot race, in which
portant is he wants to
this season – four
Liverpool’s Mohamhelp
the team.”
behind Mohamed
ed Salah has taken
Pochettino, who
Salah at Liverpool
a decisive lead over
ranks Spurs’ rivalry
Kane after his four goals
with Chelsea on a par with
against Watford before the
Arsenal, does not think it is a
international break.
winner-takes-all game. “I think it’s
“It’s not in his mind that the pri- always a massive game because it’s
ority is to catch Salah or another a London derby,” he said. “It will be a
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massive game for both teams. When
you play this type of game, the pressure is for both teams.
“There is still a lot of games to play,
this is not a final, this is not a decisive
game, but always it is important for
your confidence, your motivation.
“I think to compare with Arsenal,
it is similar in everything. Arsenal
and Chelsea always are tough games,
because they are derbies, and for me
it is a similar type of opponent. But
for us, three points will be fantastic.”
Harry Winks will miss out
with an ankle injury on Sund ay a f t e r n o o n , b u t B e l g i a n
defender Toby Alderweireld is hoping to be involved. THE INDEPENDENT
CHELSEA
Conte fears for
top-four hopes
if Spurs win
By Lawrence Ostlere
Antonio Conte admits Chelsea will
struggle to qualify for next season’s
Champions League if they fail to beat
Tottenham on Sunday.
Chelsea are currently fifth in the
Premier League, five points behind
Spurs and seven behind Liverpool
with a game in hand on the latter, and
the manager believes defeat to Mauricio Pochettino’s team at Stamford
Bridge would be a major blow to the
Blues’ top-four ambitions.
“For sure this is an important game
for us,” said Conte. “Our target is to
try and take a place in the Champions
League and reach the final of the FA
Cup and to win if we are able.
“Sunday is an important game
because if we win we go very close –
otherwise we continue to stay not so
close and with seven games to go it
will be difficult to take a place in the
Champions League. Nothing is impossible. In this run I put Liverpool
as well. For us, we have to try to win
every game and not make mistakes.”
Alvaro Morata is expected to return to the starting line-up and Conte
has backed the Spanish forward to
play a leading role in Chelsea’s runin. Morata has struggled for form and
fitness in recent months, having not
scored in the Premier League since
December, but Conte insists he is now
“100 per cent fit”.
“This period for Alvaro was very
important,” said Conte. “In the last
week he has worked very well. He
needed to work hard because he was
out for one month for his back problem. Now he’s really fit, 100 per cent.
He’s ready for an important final of
the season for Chelsea and then for
the chance to play in the World Cup.”
Morata’s striking counterpart
Harry Kane will undergo a fitness
test tomorrow before the game at
Stamford Bridge, following ankle ligament damage, and Conte described
the forward as “one of the best strikers in the world”. THE INDEPENDENT
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ASTON VILLA
FULHAM
NOTTINGHAM FOREST
Riversider (Friends of Fulham)
The season is petering out
but with safety secured
it offers the chance to
experiment, with several
names playing for their place.
Millwall are in good form and have
something to actually play for still
today. Ross Hunter
BARNSLEY
HULL CITY
PRESTON NORTH END
Northern (BBS Fans Forum)
bum_chinned_crab (Not 606)
With his record, Agbonlahor shouldn’t get a
testimonial, be regarded a
legend and should have left
or been sacked years ago. Baines
scored more as left-back in the last
eight years than pro striker Gabby.
Embarrassing. Ingram85 (Villa Talk)
By Jim van Wijk
Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis
hopes his side can put a dent in
Wolves’ Championship promotion
charge and boost their own play-off
chances today.
Leaders Wolves head to
the Riverside Stadium for
the televised clash looking to keep themselves
ahead of Cardiff and the
rest of the chasing pack.
Boro go into the Easter
schedule in sixth place, but
with several sides close on
their heels.
Pulis knows it will be a tough challenge against Nuno Espirito Santo’s
men, who won their last two matches
before the international break, but
which Boro intend to meet head on.
“We’re looking forward to the game.
It’s one where we can see where we are
against one of the best if not the best
in the league,” Pulis said. “We have
to work as hard as we possibly can to
make sure we’re properly prepared.
“Wolves have been the best team
in the league this year, and rightfully
they sit where they sit in the table.
“They’ve invested in some quality players, and they look good on
and off the ball. We know it will be a
tough game.” Cardiff host relegation
battlers Burton earlier this afternoon, when the Bluebirds, who hold
a match in hand, will be looking to
eat into Wolves’ current six-point
lead If the Welsh club were to go up,
manager Neil Warnock (left)
believes it would be the
“biggest achievement in
my career”.
Warnock said: “This
group may even be the
best I’ve ever had. I don’t
know how far they can
go, because we’ve only just
started on the journey.”
Fulham will be out to extend their
16-match unbeaten run at Norwich. Cottagers manager Slavisa
Jokanovic though warned against
any sense of complacency. “Norwich
have a chance to fight for a play-of
spot, so we can’t be relaxed,” he said.
Millwall host Nottingham Forest in
the lunchtime encounter, while Bolton travel to Leeds and Preston are
away at Sheffield Wednesday. Bristol
City will be looking to kick-start their
push for the top six when they head to
Barnsley, while Sheffield United are
at Brentford.
New Reading manager Paul Clement will take charge of his first game
at home against QPR.
IPSWICH TOWN
McCarthy to leave at end of season
By Ed Malyon
Mick McCarthy will leave Ipswich
Town at the end of the season by
mutual consent after both parties
believed it was time to look at
“different options”.
The former Republic of Ireland
manager has saved Town from
relegation trouble and took them
to the Championship play-offs
during his spell in charge but will
move on after a disappointing
campaign.
Club owner Marcus Evans and
McCarthy met on Wednesday
evening for discussions before
announcing the move yesterday.
“I had a good discussion with
Marcus and we feel this is the
right thing to do for me and for
Ipswich Town,” said McCarthy.
“I have loved my time here and I
am proud of what I have achieved
over the last six years.
“I won’t be leaving with any
regrets. I have given everything
for Ipswich Town and I will see
out my contract in the same way.”
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show how far we’ve
come, says Pulis
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My prediction today:
Barnsley 0-865 Bristol.
We can’t muster an XI
who want to play for
Jose; those that do, score own goal
after own goal to make the point
how crap everything is. Extremely
Taking my son to see
this one. He is a jinx. I
must have taken him to
see around 30 games over the years
– many away games, granted – but
you can count on the fingers of one
hand how many times he has seen
us win. Jimbo Ram (DCFC Fans)
Millwall away. Surprised
to see that we are doing a
coach to a fixture in London
– and staggered to see that,
with booking fee, the cost is £21.50!
Who the hell would pay that for
such a short trip?
Don’t want to speak for
anyone else but I’d be
surprised if anyone thought
Steve Bruce (below) was
perfect. He made a lot of bad and
even pointless signings, but the
majority were good.
With mid-table inevitable,
today’s game presents an
opportunity to get one
over our long-term bogey
team. Maddison’s admirers seem
to be forever growing, we hope the
£25m+ fee being touted is not wide
of the mark. Jack Muchlinski
I can’t recall when the
schedule changed back
to Good Friday but it’s
not that long ago that we
played Saturday/Monday at Easter.
I won’t be there today but hope to
leave church to good news.
wld (PNE Online)
BIRMINGHAM CITY
QUEENS PARK RANGERS
BOLTON WANDERERS
READING
Garry Monk could be the
man to mend the cracks
and take our club forward.
His genuine optimism
yet natural realism is a breath of
fresh air and it appears as though
the players are buying into his
philosophy. Joe Wykes
For the first time in many
a year, the international
break was a bit of a pain.
We’ve been absurdly
brilliant in the last fortnight,
upsetting Terry and Fulham’s
promotion pushes within days.
Wonderful scenes. Nick Friend
Difficult one this. QPR
are so good at pressing
high up. They should
have beaten Fulham.
Question is: How does Clement play
it? Does he keep some of the tippy
tappying or get forward faster?
I was supposed to be
going to Leeds but the
kids have picked up a
virus and if I go the away
end will likely catch the plague off
me. If I hear any more moaning I
might go and cough on everyone.
Ascotexgunner (Hob Nob Anyone?)
GhostoftheBok (The Wanderer)
BRENTFORD
IPSWICH TOWN
SHEFFIELD UNITED
BRISTOL CITY
LEEDS UNITED
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
BURTON ALBION
MIDDLESBROUGH
trevor1946 (Cloughthemagicdragon)
Humpty (One Boro)
Easter is a time of
new beginnings and
hopefully the extended
time Coleman has had
with the players will lead to a surge.
A tough trip to Derby means the
revolution’s start might be delayed
another week. Billy Proudlock
MILLWALL
WOLVES
Ex-Bees Mawson
and Tarkowski’s
England call-ups were
overshadowed by the
Bjelland sticker in the World Cup
album. The Dane could be the first
active Brentford player to appear
in the Finals. Anthony Mahoney
Four very excited kids
in my house today! 80p
a pack of stickers is a far
cry from the 12p I was
paying in 1986. Still, convinced it’s
helped their number recognition
and geography (that’s how I justify
it!) 054123 (One Team In Bristol)
What a nice rest, watching
friendlies, a bit like
pre-season. Tension
beginning to rise and we
visit Wales in our quest for survival
in this league. Good Friday yes,
what a challenge for the Brewers.
CARDIFF CITY
New life given to the fan
base for the final push.
Burton at home could
offer the opportunity for
Gunnarsson’s return as he played
45 minutes for Iceland against
Mexico, which was played in San
Francisco. Naturally. Ben Morse
Thanks Mick. I do feel sad,
although it’s the right thing,
unfortunately. I’ll have
nothing but respect for
him for saving my club and making
me excited to go to football again,
regardless of how the last year or so
panned out. chrisswailes (TWTD)
Hecky’s gotten his excuses
in early, ‘they’re in good
form and stuff’ blah. No
excuses, no good form
nonsense. Bolton have three wins
in 10 and average only just over a
point per game.
Cjay (Marching On Together)
Momentum counts for
a lot in this league. We
and Wolves both have the
quality to pick up where
we left off but they have a season
of consistency in their back pocket
to rely on in terms of confidence.
Archer didn’t play a
minute with the sweaties
so should be fresh as a
daisy to take his place
between the sticks. Gregory and
Morison can’t wait to get on and
score. Elliott will have to accept the
bench. silverlion (Millwall Online)
If we want to get in the
top six this is the sort of
game we have to win. It’s
a hard game but so is just
about every other game we have
left. Don’t want to go into Cardiff
game on the back of a defeat and
under pressure. Ricky (S24SU)
We seriously need a squad
clear out, medical staff that
don’t wait months to send
players to specialists and
a coaching staff that have a clue
what is happening with their whole
squad of players.
room0035 (Owls Talk)
SUNDERLAND
Bang up for [today’s
game]. I’m even on G&T
instead of neat Jack
so my head isn’t fuzzy
ahead. Got a good feeling – only
disappointment in not selling out
is fewer fans will see a famous win.
Dukinfieldwolves (Molineux Mix)
62
Cricket
SPORT
BALL-TAMPERING SCANDAL
‘Heartbroken’
Bancroft and
‘gutted’ Smith
both apologise
I made a serious error of judgement
and I now understand the conseSteve Smith broke down in tears quences. It was a failure of leaderyesterday as he urged the children ship, of my leadership.
who idolised him to avoid the mis“I will do everything I can to make
takes that have cost him his job as up for my mistake and the damage
captain of Australia.
it has caused. If any good
Speaking for the first
can come of this, if it can
I will do
time since he was banned
be a lesson to others, then
for one year by Cricket everything I
I hope I can be a force for
Australia for his role in can to make
change.
the cheating scandal that up for my
“I know I will regret this
has rocked the sport,
for the rest of my life. I am
Smith struggled to keep mistake and
absolutely gutted. I hope
his composure and cried the damage.
in time I can earn back reopenly at the end of his I hope I can
spect and forgiveness.
six-minute press confer- be a force for
“Cricket is the greatence in Sydney.
est
game in the world. It’s
change
Smith went along with
been my life and I hope it
the plan by David Warner,
can be again. I am sorry
who has also been suspended for 12 and I’m absolutely devastated. I
months and stripped of the vice- don’t blame anyone. I [was] the capcaptaincy, to use sandpaper on the tain and it was on my watch.”
ball during the Cape Town Test
Warner said on Twitter he would
against South Africa last Saturday. speak publicly in a short time, after
Looking pale and drawn and with consulting friends, family and
his father, Peter, comfortadvisors.
ing him as he fought to
Meanwhile, Cameron
control his emotions,
Bancroft, who carried
Smith was asked
out the tampering and
what he had to say
was banned for nine
to youngsters who
months, admitted he
Number of
had made him their
had lied to cover up
international
hero. He replied:
the scheme and, after
fixtures that Steve
“Whenever you
apologising, said his
Smith and David
think about making a
mistake would affect
Warner will miss
questionable decision,
him forever.
think about who you’re
He said: “All I can do is
affecting. You’re affecting
ask for forgiveness. I have
your parents and to see the way
let down everyone in Australia
my old man’s been…and my mum, it and it is something I will regret for
hurts.” At that point, Smith started the rest of my life.
to cry.
“I lied about the sandpaper. I panHe insisted “to his knowledge” icked. I have never been involved
Australia had never doctored the with tampering with the ball before.
ball before Cape Town and said: It clearly compromises my values,
“To fans of cricket all over the and what I stand for as a player
world and in Australia who are dis- and person. The thing that breaks
appointed and angry – I’m sorry. I my heart the most is that I’ve given
want to make clear that as captain up my spot in the team for free.”
of Australia I take full responsibility. EVENING STANDARD
Darren Lehmann
leads the Australia
team before
the fourth Test
against South
Africa, which
begins today AP
By Tom Collomosse
15
The
Sport
Matrix
The stories you
need to know
FOOTBALL
No British referee in
Russia this summer
There will be no British referee
at the World Cup in Russia this
summer. Fifa has published its list
of 36 referees and 63 assistants to
stand in the tournament – but none
are from the United Kingdom. It will
be the first time since 1938 there has
been no British official at a World
Cup finals tournament. Europe
will be represented by referees
from Germany, Turkey, Russia,
Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Serbia,
Italy, Slovenia and France.
If cricket makes the right choices now,
this sordid affair might be for the best
Jonathan
Liew
L
et’s get this straight right
from the outset: the Australian ball-tampering
scandal is, at its very heart,
extremely funny. The
dawning, slow-motion dread on the
faces of Australia’s Three Stooges as
their misdemeanour is replayed on
the big screen. Cameron Bancroft
hiding the fateful sandpaper down
his trousers, in the hope that it will
somehow save him from indignity.
England being bowled out for 58 and
somehow not being the most ridiculous Test side of the week.
And yet something extremely
funny can simultaneously be extremely serious. The inconsolable
Smith and the incorrigible David
Warner (right) have been banned
for a year, Bancroft for nine months,
which is fine by me. I’d have argued
for two years, perhaps four.
Amid millions of words that have
already been expended on this, the
wave of initial revulsion (how dare
they!) and the subsequent counterwave of arch derision (lol, look at
all these people getting angry!),
there seems to be an entire aspect
to l’affaire sandpaper that has only
CYCLING
Rowe return a ‘dream come true’
Team Sky’s Luke Rowe is looking
forward to the Tour of Flanders
on Sunday, just seven
months after being
told he might never
race again.
Rowe (right) broke
his right leg in 25
places after jumping
into a shallow section
of water, while rafting
on his brother’s stag party
in Prague in August. Doctors
initially said he was facing at least a
year out of action, with a chance of
never racing again. But the Welsh
rider returned to racing at the
Abu Dhabi Tour in February
and is now ready to take
on the cobbled streets
of Belgium.
He told BBC Radio 5
live’s Bespoke podcast:
“I feel like I’ve come full
circle, it’s a dream come true
just to be on the start line at
Flanders. It’s been a pretty grim
six or seven months.”
been lightly addressed. It always
strikes me as rather curious when
people attempt to contextualise the
current scandal by saying ball-tampering has been going on for years.
Old pros – even some former
England captains – have dutifully
lined up to chunter knowingly about
how rife it was in their day: bottletops, sneakily-picked seams, Ambre
Solaire and the like. You might speculate that the fact cricket has tolerated this sort of premeditated cheating
for so long should be a source of deep
shame. Instead, weirdly, it is being
offered as mitigation.
I think I know why this is happening. Over the last decade or so,
FOOTBALL
Stadium ban for
gun-toting owner
The owner of Greek Superleague
club PAOK has been given a threeyear stadium ban and fined €100,000
£88,000 after carrying a gun onto
the pitch during a match with
AEK Athens. Ivan Savvidis tried to
confront the referee when a late goal
was allowed then disallowed. The
match was suspended with officials
calling the fixture a 0-0 draw. PAOK
have been docked three points
and will start next season with a
two-point deduction.
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has been boorish’
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cricket has undergone a process that
affects all medium-sized sports in
the internet age: contracting into its
own self-contained universe. A rich
subculture with its own argot, its own
moral code and a healthy disdain for
outside interference. You either get it
or you don’t. And so ball-tampering
has become a sort of bellwether, a
way of showing you’re on the inside.
And as everyone has turned a
blind eye, a deeply unsatisfactory
circular logic has emerged. Everyone does it, so it’s fine. And it’s fine,
so everyone does it.
Throw in the three corroborative
facts – reverse swing is entertaining to watch, even a tampered ball
requires a large degree of skill to
use properly and ball manipulation
is a necessary corrective to a game
increasingly weighted in favour of
batsmen – and you have essentially
enacted a cheat’s charter by stealth.
This is how we have reached a point
where the International Cricket
Council can extract 75 per cent of
Bancroft’s match fee for roughing up
the ball, whilst fining Faf du Plessis
50 per cent of his for wearing unsanctioned shoelaces, as they did in 2013.
Enough. There comes a point
where precedent will only get
you so far. There comes
a point where a sport
can no longer be its
own moral arbiter.
Had it been Bangladesh or New Zealand
or the West Indies
doing this, it might not
have been as big a story.
But it would have been no
less scandalous.
The fact that ball-tampering
receives a pitifully weak sanction
doesn’t make it okay. It means the
sanction is pitifully weak, and cricket has been too complacent for too
long about a venality that has run
BASKETBALL
FOOTBALL
James equals Jordan
10-points record
LeBron James has equalled Michael
Jordan’s all-time record of scoring
at least 10 points in 866 consecutive
regular season NBA games. The
33-year-old tied the record in the
first half of the Cleveland Cavaliers’
118-105 win over the Charlotte
Hornets, who are owned by Chicago
Bulls legend Jordan. “It just means
I’ve kept my body in tune, in shape,
throughout all these years, all
these games – 866,” James told Fox
Sports Ohio.
through the game’s bloodstream for
decades, if not centuries.
To tamper with the ball is essentially to tamper with the central part
of the game. It is an attempt to skew
the balance between bat and ball via
premeditated, underhand means.
It seeks to achieve roughly the
same effect as doping – essentially, subverting the
fundamentals of the sport
to gain an edge.
So cricket is at a crossroads. Rarely has the disconnect between how it
sees itself and how others
see it been more starkly exposed. And yet if it makes the
right choices, perhaps this whole sordid affair will have been for the best.
Perhaps we will look back at this as
the point at which cricket, confronted
with its own tarnished reflection,
finally opened the curtains and let a
little light in. THE INDEPENDENT
Tevez injured in prison kickabout
Former Manchester United and City
striker Carlos Tevez has picked
up an injury while taking
part in a prison yard
kickabout, according to
reports in Argentina.
Tevez (right) was
said to be visiting
his half-brother Juan
Alberto Martinez
– who is serving a
16-year sentence for
armed robbery – at Bouwer’s
maximum security prison in
Cordoba this week. The 34-year-old,
who has just returned for a third
stint at Boca Juniors in
January, took to the prison
yard for a game of football
with inmates and managed
to pick up a calf injury.
Reports suggest he
played for around 20
minutes before being
chopped down. He then lied
to Boca’s coaches about how
he had sustained the injury, which
could rule him out for a month.
that the three men involved
“must face serious consequences” but pointed out his opinion
that they had “made a grave mistake”, they “are not bad people”.
Mickey Arthur, Lehmann’s
predecessor as Australia coach,
said that the former batsman
was the wrong choice to lead a
“boorish” national side when he
was appointed in June 2013.
Writing on the Players Voice
website, Arthur said: “Darren
Lehmann was brought in to
replace me. I’ve got a lot of admiration for Darren. I think he’s a
damn fine coach.
James Sutherland insisted he would
“But the impression I got was,
continue as Cricket Australia head
at a period in time where they
could’ve been addressing the
it has not only the full respect
broader issue of team culture,
but the pride of the Australian
Cricket Australia were instead
community.”
intent on bringing in an Aussie
He said that Lehmann had
knockabout for beers at the bar
“provided fantastic service” as
at 6pm, telling stories about yescoach.
teryear, everyone sitting around
Sutherland added: “I’ve seen
the campfire and having
at first hand the pride
a laugh and going to bed
in which he has gone
L
e
hmann
happy.
about his work, the
has
provided
“It was going to be
love he has for the
hard to make meanjob and his incredfantastic
ingful change in that
ible work ethic, and
service. I
environment.”
one of the things that
have seen
Arthur added: “I have
strikes me about Darfirst-hand
the
been bitterly disapren and his character
pride in which as a coach is the way
pointed watching the
Australian cricket team he has gone
he genuinely cares for
about his work and loves his players. I
over the last few years.
The behaviour has been
have huge regard and
boorish and arrogant.
respect for the way
The way they’ve gone about their he’s gone about his job.
business hasn’t been good, and it
“It’s been clearly a difficult
hasn’t been good for a while.”
week for him, the players and for
Sutherland, meanwhile, insist- everyone involved in the Australed he would remain in his job at
ian cricket team and Australian
the top of Cricket Australia. “I’m cricket more broadly.”
absolutely committed to my job,”
he said. “My employment and
tenure is a matter for Cricket
Cameron Bancroft will
Australia but I’m not resigning,
not be joining Somerset
and what’s happened over last
as planned because of his role
few days has only strengthened
in the ball-tampering saga.
my resolve to ensure AustralSomerset director of cricket
ian cricket and the Australian
Andy Hurry said “a very dark
cricket team gets back on track
cloud” had overshadowed cricket
and gets back in a place where
TENNIS
Del Potro makes it 15
wins in a row
Juan Martin del Potro came from a
set down to beat Milos Raonic and
book a place in the semi-finals at the
Miami Open. Del Potro dominated
two tie breaks to secure a 5-7, 7-6,
7-6 victory. The Argentine – who is
now on a 15-match winning streak
– will now take on John Isner in
this afternoon’s semi-final. The
big-hitting American eased past
South Korean Chung Hyeon 6-1, 6-4
to reach the last four.
» Stephens in Miami final, p57
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FOOTBALL
Pochettino:
Kane could be
back in action
on Sunday
P58
BOXING
The flaws
Joshua has to
hide against
Parker
Clockwise from top left: Australia coach Darren Lehmann announces his resignation; David Warner and family arrive back in Sydney; Steve Smith breaks down
in tears; Cameron Bancroft reads a statement in Perth accompanied by Western Australian Cricket Association chief executive Christina Matthews GETTY; AFP
Now the tears come
» Lehmann resigns as Australia coach to facilitate culture change
» Smith breaks down as he apologises for ‘leadership failure’
By Matt Butler
P57
TENNIS
Murray targets
June return as
he seeks fitness
for Wimbledon
Darren Lehmann will step down
as Australia cricket coach after
the fourth Test against South
Africa as he feels his departure
will help bring about a necessary
change of culture in the wake of the
ball-tampering scandal.
Lehmann, who has escaped sanction over the botched plot to alter
the ball with sandpaper during a
Test match, had earlier vowed to
stay on. Captain Steve Smith and
vice-captain David Warner have
been banned for a year, while batsman Cameron Bancroft has been
handed a nine-month suspension.
But the coach changed his tune
after witnessing emotional press
conferences from Smith and Bancroft yesterday, at which both fought
back tears.
Lehmann also broke down at his
press conference ahead of today’s
fourth Test, saying: “I’m ultimately
responsible for the culture of the
team. I’ve been thinking about my
position for a while.
“Despite telling media yesterday
that I’m not resigning, after reviewing Steve and Cameron’s hurting it’s
only fair that I make this decision.
“This will allow Cricket Australia
to complete a full review into the
culture of the team and allow them
to implement changes to regain the
trust of the public. This is the right
thing for Australian cricket.”
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland insisted on
Tuesday that the coach had no prior
knowledge of the plot to doctor the
ball using sandpaper during last
week’s third Test in Cape Town.
Lehmann, though, accepted
that “as a team we know we’ve let
so many people down and for that
we’re truly sorry”.
The Australia coach also agreed
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