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Pressure
grows on
Patel over
‘aid to Israeli
army’
PARADISE PAPERS
Charles’s ‘secret’ stake
in friend’s offshore firm
60
p
» Prince lobbied on climate change
without disclosing green investment
» Duke of Westminster property
fund pumped millions overseas
THE
WEDNESDAY
8 NOVEMBER 2017
Number 2,171
News.co.uk
Let’s show
some faith in
the young
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR
P17
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P8&9
WORLD FOCUS: GOING ROGUE IN ISRAEL
BY DONALD MACINTYRE P25
PA P E R – B R I TA I N ’ S F I R S T A N D O N LY C O N C I S E Q UA L I T Y T I T L E
Family’s
tribute to
minister
who took
his life
P11
Kidnapped
British couple
swim Ganges
to escape
Labour of
Louvre
What you can
(and cannot) see
in Abu Dhabi
P27
P11
» Senior Labour Welsh
politician found dead
days after being
suspended from party
» Carl Sargeant was
accused of sexual
harassment by a
number of women
» ‘He was a much
loved husband, father
and friend who held
us together’
INSIDE BRITAIN’S HAPPIEST PLACES
Don’t ewe know
who I am?
Sheep ‘recognise
celebrities’
P34
P5
P2
I FOOD
P30
I PUZZLES
P44
Looking for
something?
The Detectorists
talk to i
I RACING
P48
The
News
Matrix
HEALTH
Nutella fans
have been
spreading the
word. About
what?
See p.11
The day at
a glance
COURTS
WEDNESDAY
8
NOVEMBER
Quote of the day
The best liar is he who
makes the smallest
amount of lying go the
longest way
SAMUEL BUTLER
HEALTH
TELEVISION
Coils could cut risk
of cervical cancer
Collette to star in
BBC family drama
A father has been jailed for life after
murdering his 18-month-old adopted
daughter. Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31,
of Delabole, Cornwall, must spend
at least 18 years behind bars after he
was found guilty of killing Elsie at his
Cardiff home in May last year – just
two weeks after formally adopting
her, Cardiff Crown Court heard.
Farmers should stop using
antibiotics to promote growth and
prevent disease in healthy animals,
the World Health Organisation has
said. The use of the drugs for growth
promotion was banned in 2006. But
the large-scale use of antibiotics to
prevent disease continues to raise
concerns in the EU.
Intrauterine devices, known as
IUDs or contraceptive coils, could
cut the risk of developing cervical
cancer by a third. Researchers in
the US linked use of the coil to a
“dramatic decrease” in the incidence
of cervical cancer. “The pattern
we found was stunning,” said Dr
Victoria Cortessis. PAGE 21
Muriel’s Wedding star Toni Collette
will play a therapist trying
to keep the spark alive in her
marriage in a BBC series about a
multi-generational family by the
playwright Nick Payne. Wanderlust
will also feature The Halcyon’s
Steven Mackintosh and Fresh Meat
actress Zawe Ashton.
IRELAND
SOCIAL MEDIA
TELEVISION
ENTERTAINMENT
Varadkar honours
Twitter goes global
Irish who died in war with larger limit
Biggins made hash
Weinstein banned
of marijuana filming from Emmys for life
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wore an
Irish-themed red poppy badge to
commemorate the island’s war dead
while he addressed parliament
in Dublin yesterday. The move is
symbolic of the greater recognition
now afforded to Irishmen who
fought and died serving in the
British Army in the First World War.
Christopher Biggins has revealed he
collapsed and vomited after taking
edible marijuana for the first time.
The Porridge actor fell ill along with
former darts player Bobby George
after they ate cannabis oil ratatouille
and cannabis ice cream while
filming an ITV documentary on the
legalisation of the drug in the US.
SOCIETY
In a
happy
place?
Twitter’s trial of a 280-character
limit is to be expanded globally. The
company announced an experiment
in September to test the larger limit,
reducing “cramming” and helping
users better express themselves.
The expanded limit will be rolled
out to users in all languages except
Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
The first figures from the Office for National
Statistics to be based on a full year of data since
the EU referendum show there has been a slight
increase in how people in the UK rate their
happiness. However, not everyone is smiling: the
improvements were driven by England - the only
country where quality of life ratings got better in
the 12 months to June 2017.
KEY
Aberdeenshire
No change
Edinburgh
Glasgow
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Belfast
York
3.2
Crossword.............23
TV & Radio...........28
Arts..............................34
Business..................38
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
2011
2013
2015
2017
Happiest place
Liverpool
Hertsmere
Home to BBC Elstree, the
location for the long-running
soap opera ‘EastEnders’.
Average anxiety ratings out of 10
3.0
2.6
Covering much of the southern
Yorkshire Dales, it is not only
beautiful but is also a cultural
hub - its museum in Skipton is
one of only four places in the
world to keep a First Folio of
the works of Shakespeare on
permanent display.
Manchester
Swansea
2.8
index
Craven (North Yorkshire)
7.4
7.2
Happier
Saddest place
Average happiness ratings out of 10
Friday 8 Nov 1895
The German physicist
Wilhelm Röntgen
accidentally discovers
X-rays while testing
whether cathode rays
could pass through glass
at his lab in Wurzburg. He
noticed a glow coming
from a nearby chemically
coated screen.
The organisation that bestows the
Emmy Awards has voted to expel
Harvey Weinstein for life in the wake
of numerous allegations of sexual
harassment and abuse against the
producer. Mr Weinstein is mainly
a film producer but his former
company is responsible for the hit
television series Project Runway.
Less happy
7.6
Anniversaries
Patient safety and quality of care
are at risk due to a workforce gap
in the NHS. Workforce concerns
have become the “single biggest
risk facing services”, according
to NHS Providers, a membership
body that represents health service
organisations.
Father jailed for life ‘Curb antibiotic use
over toddler murder on farm animals’
Birthdays
Sir Ken Dodd,
entertainer, 90; Paul
McKenna, hypnotist, 54;
Roy Wood, musician, 71;
Gordon Ramsay (below),
chef, 51; Parker Posey,
actress, 49
AGRICULTURE
Workforce gap ‘puts
safety at risk in NHS’
Cardiff
Hackney
Kensington & Chelsea
Cornwall
2011
2013
2015
2017
SOURCE: ONS
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NEWS
ENVIRONMENT
DIPLOMACY
Syria climate deal leaves US out in the cold
By Mythili Sampathkumar
IN NEW YORK
Syria has become a signatory of
the Paris climate agreement, leaving the US as the only country in
the world not to support the framework deal to combat greenhouse
gas emissions.
When President Donald Trump
announced that he intended to pull
the US out of the agreement, it
initially meant America would join
Nicaragua and Syria as countries
that were not part of the deal.
The war-torn Middle East nation
made the announcement in Bonn,
Germany, at the COP 23 UN climate
summit. Syria is facing the sixth
year of a civil conflict, which started
with rebel groups fighting against
the government of President
Bashar al-Assad and expanded to
include a battle against Isis.
The Paris accord was signed by
nearly 200 countries in December
2015 in an effort to curb global
greenhouse gas emissions and limit
global warming to within 2°C.
Until recently Nicaragua was
also a holdout nation, but only
because the Central American
country felt the agreement did
not go far enough in putting limits
on emissions and helping poorer
countries. THE INDEPENDENT
Priti Patel is facing calls to resign over meetings with Israeli ministers GETTY
Patel did not tell
May about talks
to give Israeli
army aid money
By Richard Vaughan
Priti Patel was looking increasingly
isolated last night after it emerged
she discussed giving British overseas
aid money to the Israeli army without
informing Downing Street.
The International Development
Secretary faced fresh calls to resign
yesterday over her decision to stage
a string of meetings with Israeli
ministers, including Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, unbeknown to
the Government.
Theresa May only learned of the
meeting last week, nearly three
months after it took place. In a further twist, No 10 was forced to admit
the Prime Minister only became
aware of Ms Patel’s discussions to
change government policy and funnel taxpayers’ money to the country’s
armed forces when the media reported it yesterday morning.
Last night it was alleged that Priti
Patel had breached the ministerial
code by letting a leading figure in a
corporate lobbying group sit in on her
secret meetings with members of the
Israeli government.
The Times claimed that Lord Polak,
honorary president of the Conservative Friends of Israel, set up 12 official
meetings for the International Development Secretary during her family
holiday to Israel in August and sat in
on 11 of them. Last night, Robert Peston, ITV political editor, tweeted: “I
am hearing that Priti Patel is likely to
be sacked within hours.” Downing St
denied Mr Peston’s claim.
Ms Patel provoked further outrage when she failed to turn up to
the Commons to face questions from
MPs, sending international development minister Alistair Burt instead.
The shadow International Development Secretary, Kate Osamor, said
Ms Patel’s non-attendance was “simply unacceptable” and called for her
to face a Cabinet Office investigation
or do “the decent thing” and resign.
Ms Osamor accused Ms Patel of
having “misled” the public with comments she corrected on Monday. “It
is hard to think of a more black and
white case of breaking the ministerial code of conduct but rather than
change the minister, the Prime Minister somehow decided last night that
it is the ministerial code itself that
needs changing,” she said.
The absent minister received little support from her own MPs. One
former Tory minister told i Ms Patel’s actions were “staggering” and a
resigning matter.
Simon Kelner, page 20
World Focus, page 25
Q&A Will she lose her job?
Why is this so damaging?
Beyond making the Government look
dysfunctional, the decision by Priti
Patel to hold secret meetings with a
foreign country is a major security
risk which could have made her
vulnerable to external pressure.
Is this a breach of the
ministerial code?
Downing Street has said the code was
“not explicit”, and rather than sack
Ms Patel asked Cabinet Secretary Sir
Jeremy Heywood to see if it could
be made clearer. However, Labour
has claimed it is a clear breach and
demanded a full investigation.
Will Ms Patel lose her job?
It looks unlikely. Theresa May had the
chance to sack her when details first
emerged and again yesterday when
she heard about Ms Patel’s discussions to change government policy.
What will happen next?
Vey little. According to international
development minister Alistair Burt
the Prime Minister “regards the
matter as closed”.
NEWS
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BUSINESS SPORT
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POLITICS
POLITICAL EDITOR
A senior Labour politician has been
found dead just four days after being
suspended from the party following
allegations of sexual harassment.
Carl Sargeant, who is believed
to have taken his own life, lost his
post in the Welsh Government after
a number of women made claims
about his behaviour.
Mr Sargeant said at the time he
was “shocked and distressed” and
called for an urgent investigation
to give him the chance to clear his
name. It is understood that he had
not received details of the allegations
against him.
He had been a member of the
Welsh Assembly for 14 years and
served in several ministerial posts
in the Welsh Government until First
Minister Carwyn Jones removed
him from office on Friday.
Mr Jones explained that he felt he
had no choice after his office spoke to
the women involved.
Police were called to Mr Sargeant’s
home in Connah’s Quay, Flintshire, at
11.30am after his body was found.
His family said in a statement:
“Carl was a much-loved husband,
father and friend. He wasn’t simply
a part of our family. He was the glue
that bound us together. He was the
heart of our family.
“We loved him so very much.
He was the most kind and caring
husband, father, son and friend. We
are devastated beyond words, and
we know our grief will be shared by
all those who knew and loved him.”
Responding to his former
Anyone affected by issues
from the Carl Sargeant
case can contact the Samaritans
on 116 123 for confidential advice
and support. Bereavement
counselling can also be found
online at www.cruse.org.uk or by
calling 0808 808 1677.
5
Profile
Labour politician
found dead after
harassment
allegations
By Nigel Morris
i WEDNESDAY
8 NOVEMBER 2017
colleague’s death, Mr Jones said:
“Carl was a friend as well as a
colleague and I am shocked and
deeply saddened by his death.”
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader,
said: “This is terrible and deeply
shocking news. My thoughts and
profound sympathy are with Carl’s
family, friends and colleagues.”
The deputy Labour leader,
Tom Watson, said that he had
campaigned with Mr Sargeant for
many years.
“He was a powerful voice for
working people and Wales. He
put community at the heart of his
politics and was respected by his
constituents for it.”
At the time the allegations were
made, Mr Sargeant said: “I met
with the First Minister today and he
informed me allegations had been
made about my personal conduct,
which was shocking and distressing
to me.”
The Assembly member said that
given the nature of the allegations
he agreed to stand aside from
cabinet. He added: “I look forward to
returning to Government once my
name has been cleared.”
Family members consoled each
other outside the mid-terrace former
council house where Mr Sargeant
lived, close to the school where his
wife works as a teaching assistant.
Neighbours and locals spoke of
their shock at the news. Bernie
Attridge, who is a lifelong friend and
fellow Labour Party representative,
said: “I’ve known Carl all my
life. We’ve grown up together in
Connah’s Quay.
“At the end of the day allegations
were made, I’m a great believer
you are innocent until proven
guilty. I don’t know the details of
the suspension, I know he’s a very
loyal man. He fought hard for Alyn
and Deeside. On many occasions if
anyone had any issues Carl was first
on the scene.”
All business at the Welsh
Assembly has been cancelled and
will be rescheduled next week.
Carl Sargeant had risen to the top tier
of Welsh politics before allegations
about his personal conduct led to him
being sacked just days before he was
found dead.
A former chemical process worker
who worked his way up from the
factory floor of a North Wales plant,
Mr Sargeant, 49, from Connah’s Quay,
Flintshire, was elected to Cardiff Bay
in 2003 as Labour AM for the Alyn and
Deeside seat.
Until his removal as cabinet
secretary for communities and
children, he had served in a series
of ministerial roles in the Welsh
government. In 2007 he was
appointed chief whip of the Labour
group before becoming minister for
local government.
Roles as minister for housing
and regeneration and minister for
natural resources followed before he
was named as the cabinet secretary
for communities and children in
May 2016.
The devastation of his local
community following the collapse
of steelmaking at the Shotton plant
in the 1980s, which saw thousands of
people lose their jobs, had inspired a
commitment to social justice.
Mr Sargeant witnessed the impact
of heavy drinking and domestic
Carl Sargeant was found dead at his home (below) in Connah’s Quay, Flintshire, violence on families in the area,
leading him to campaign extensively
yesterday morning. He was facing allegations of sexual harassment PA
on the issue.
A keen football fan, Mr Sargeant
was president of FC Nomads of
Connah’s Quay, the town where he
lived all his life and where he was
found dead.
He was married to Bernie and
they had two children, Lucy and Jack.
They lived on the same council estate
where he had grown up.
A trained industrial fire fighter,
Mr Sargeant was responsible for the
Welsh Government’s response to the
Grenfell Tower tragedy.
REACTION
We need fairer system, urges former minister
By Padraic Flanagan
Former Plaid Cymru AM Rhodri
Glyn Thomas has claimed
Carl Sargeant felt he had no
opportunity to defend himself
against allegations over his
personal conduct.
Speaking to the BBC just
hours after news emerged
of the politician’s death, Mr
Thomas (inset) said: “Carl
clearly felt he had been
found guilty before
he had a chance to
defend himself.”
The former Welsh
Government heritage
minister called for a
“fair” system which
gave those facing
allegations an opportunity
to defend themselves. “I
think we need to develop
a system which is fair
to everybody, which
defends everybody,
but doesn’t place
people in a position
where they feel they
have no opportunity
whatsoever to fight their
cause,” he said.
COURTS
Safeguards against wrongful government spying ‘clearly defective’
By Jon Stone
Safeguards to stop the British
Government’s mass surveillance
programme wrongly spying on
journalists and human rights
groups are “clearly defective”, the
European Court of Human Rights
has been told.
The UK has been taken to court
over its mass spying and surveillance
operation, the extent of which was
first revealed in leaks by former
CIA contractor Edward
Snowden (inset) in 2013.
The Government says
adding extra safeguards
would do “profound
damage to the
capabilities and work
of the UK intelligence
services”. GCHQ, the
spying agency wh ich
conducts the surveillance, “retain
and store very large volumes of
data relating to millions of
people, even when those
individuals are of no
intelligence interest at
all”, Dinah Rose QC,
for the applicants, told
the court.
She said the Regulatory
and Investigatory Powers
Act, which governs the
operation of the programme, was
“complex and opaque” and featured
“clearly defective” safeguards.
The Government neither confirms
nor denies whether it retains
communications content, such as
phone calls, but has admitted it
keeps communications data, such
as numbers dialled, websites visited,
and a list of people emailed.
Ja m e s E a d i e Q C, fo r t h e
Government, accused the applicants
of having falsely conjured up “a
spectre of vast privacy intrusion”.
He said: “These applications raise
issues of the utmost importance
f o r t h e U n i t e d K i n g d o m .”
He added: “If the applicants’
case on the legal requirements for
interception and intelligence sharing
in this context were to be accepted,
the result would be profound
damage to the capabilities and work
of the UK intelligence services.”
THE INDEPENDENT
6
NEWS
HEALTH
Tracing
birth of
America
Record funding
pressures leave NHS
‘stuck in the red zone’
A 510-year-old map
dubbed “America’s
birth certificate” is
to be auctioned at
Christies. Comprising
a set of gores (sectors
of a curved surface)
for a globe, Martin
Waldseemueller’s 1507
map is the first to name
America and could
fetch up to £900,000.
He decided to name
the landmass after
the Italian explorer
Amerigo Vespucci. AP
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
SOCIETY
Teenagers ‘damaged’ by their parents’ alcoholism
By Ella Pickover
Hundreds of thousands of
teenagers’ lives are blighted by the
drinking problems of their parents.
The Children’s Society estimates
that about 700,000 children across
the UK are being “damaged” by
parental alcohol abuse. A survey of
3,000 families with children aged 10
around 13 per cent higher to match
those levels, he said, adding: “In the
end, as my dad used to say, you get
what you pay for.”
Mr Hopson pointed out that, this
year, the NHS in England missed all
four major targets – for A&E, elective
surgery, cancer treatment and ambulance response time – and warned
performance standards could not be
met on current funding levels.
“It sometimes feels like we are in
the middle of an old World War Two
film,” he told the NHS Providers conference in Birmingham yesterday.
“I see the NHS as a Royal Navy
destroyer crashing through a stormy
sea being buffeted by wave after wave
of surging demand. Fuel is running
low. The captain calls for more power.
The needle on the engine room pressure dial goes above 100 per cent, and
becomes stuck deep in the red zone.
“We are now trying to run the NHS
above its sustainable limits, well into
the red zone.
“And there’s a danger we’re trying
to do that permanently, not just for a
short, temporary, period.”
By Paul Gallagher
to 17 found that 12 per cent of parents
had a recent drinking problem. For
three in five of these children (59 per
cent) the same parent also suffered
from depression or anxiety.
The charity said that many teens
are facing problems that would
“floor” adults. It said pressures on
teenagers living in homes where
alcohol or drugs are being misused
can lead to mental health problems.
Such issues have also been linked
to being excluded from school
or running away from home, the
charity added.
It has calculated that 1.6 million
teenagers have a parent with
depression or anxiety and 1.7 million
teenagers are living in homes
struggling with problem debt.
The NHS is experiencing “the worst
of times” as sustained financial pressures leave it permanently in “the red
zone”, a senior health figure has said.
Chris Hopson, chief executive of
NHS Providers, which represents
hospital trusts, warned the health
service was “slipping back” on improvements made in the 2000s.
He blamed the deterioration of
care on the “longest and deepest”
financial squeeze in NHS history.
The argument for additional funding was “clear”, he said, adding that
hospitals in England spent £300 less
per person than in France and £900
less per person than in Germany.
UK health spending needs to be
The UK’s leading health
think-tanks – the Health
Foundation, The King’s Fund and
the Nuffield Trust – say the NHS
needs £4bn more next year.
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i WEDNESDAY
8 NOVEMBER 2017
7
Swimmer
braves icy
dangers
The endurance swimmer Lewis
Pugh swam in the icy, dangerous
waters of the south Atlantic for
19 minutes yesterday to draw
attention to calls for the area to
be protected.
Mr Pugh swam 1km (0.6 miles)
off the coast of South Georgia
(left), whose seas are home to
dangerous predators including
elephant seals, leopard seals,
Antarctic fur seals and killer
whales.
The campaigner has swum
in every ocean, but said the
“cocktail of cold and wildlife”
made it the most dangerous
swim he had attempted.
IRAN
TRAVEL
Johnson refuses to apologise for
blunder in Zaghari-Ratcliffe case
Lack of
language skills
costs British
tourist dearly
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Boris Johnson faces growing demands to resign after he refused to
apologise for a blunder which could
condemn a British woman to another five years in an Iranian jail.
The Foreign Secretary came
under fire on all sides after wrongly
telling MPs last week that Nazanin
Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been in the
country training journalists.
A Tehran court cited his remarks
when it warned Ms ZaghariRatcliffe that her prison sentence,
over allegations of involvement in
“propaganda against the regime”,
could be doubled to 10 years.
In the Commons, Mr Johnson
admitted he “could have been
clearer” in his choice of words,
but stressed that they gave no
justification for lengthening Ms
Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s detention.
“My point was, I disagreed with
Boris Johnson and, top, Nazanin
Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her husband
Richard in happier times PA
the Iranian view that training
journalists was a crime – not that
I wanted to lend any credence
to Iranian allegations that Ms
Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been engaged
in such activity.”
The Foreign Secretary confirmed
that she was in Iran on holiday – as
her family and employers have said
– and announced he planned a visit
to Iran by the end of the year.
He also spoke by phone to the
Iranian foreign minister in an
attempt to correct the record.
Downing Street insisted Theresa
May believed he was “doing a good
job” and his Cabinet colleague Liam
Fox described his comments as a
“slip of the tongue”. But opposition
parties called for him to stand down
during heated clashes.
Emily Thornberry, the shadow
Foreign Secretary, said: “How many
times does the Foreign Secretary
have to insult our international
partners, damage our diplomatic
The jailed woman’s
husband, Richard
Ratcliffe, said the Foreign
Secretary should visit his wife
while he is in Iran, and has asked
for a meeting with Mr Johnson
before he heads to Tehran.
relations, and now imperil the
interests of British nationals?”
Lord Campbell, the former Liberal
Democrat leader, said: “This Foreign
Secretary was never fit for purpose,
should never have been appointed,
and should go now.”
They were echoed by the Tory
former minister Anna Soubry who
said: “This is appalling. In ‘normal’
times Boris Johnson would have
been sacked long ago.”
Mr Johnson accused Labour of
trying to deflect attention from
Iran’s actions in an attempt to score
political points.
PARLIAMENT
Minister accused of ‘gross contempt’ for Brexit delays
By Jon Vale and Richard Wheeler
A Tory MP has accused a Brexit
minister of “gross contempt” after
he said the Government would
publish analysis of the economic
impact of Brexit within three weeks.
Former minister Anna Soubry
also called on Steve Baker to publish
the material “properly and quickly”.
A series of opposition MPs also
accused the minister of contempt,
with the documents having not been
released nearly a week after MPs
backed a motion in the Commons.
Ms Soubry said: “Would the
minister please take this matter
seriously? This is a gross contempt
of this place. The Government was
specifically asked if it wasn’t going to
vote against the motion, then what
was its problem?
“Disclose this material, and
disclose it properly and quickly.”
Later it was claimed that John
Bercow, Speaker of the House of
Commons, is to consider contempt
of Parliament allegations aimed
at the G overnment over its
handling of the release of Brexit
impact assessments.
The SNP’s Commons leader Pete
Wishart confirmed he has written
to the Speaker to formally make an
allegation of contempt for “refusing
to fully comply with a binding vote”
of the House.
Mr Bercow said he has yet to read
the letter, adding he will study it
“most carefully”.
Contempt of privilege describes
any act, or failure to act, that may
prevent or hinder the work of either
House of Parliament.
By Julia Buckley
A British tourist has dubbed a
Venice restaurant “horrible and
disgusting” after being charged
€526 (£463) for lunch.
The tourist from Birmingham
ate with his parents at Trattoria
Casanova in central Venice,
ordering a spread of food and
sharing it between them. But they
had a nasty surprise when the
bill came.
The family started with a plate
of oysters – 20 oysters charged
at €5.50 each – then a
plate of squid-ink
spaghetti (€14.50),
with chips (€5.50)
and grilled
vegetables
(€7.50).
They were
then brought
a pescato misto
(mixed grilled fish)
– a platter of fresh fish,
lobster, scampi and sea bass at
a cost of €297. The tourist said
they did not order the oysters and
questioned it but their concerns
were brushed off.
He admits ordering the fish, but
said: “I ordered it by pointing at
a picture, which showed only one
portion without any name or price
on it. I have to admit it is my fault
that I did not check the price.
“But I did not expect one-and-ahalf lobsters together with other
fish.” None of the family speaks
Italian. THE INDEPENDENT
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PARADISE PAPERS
PARLIAMENT
MPs’ pensions invested in Jersey offshore trust
By Padraic Flanagan
The pension fund of Britain’s MPs
has £6.6m invested through an offshore unit trust in Jersey.
The Parliamentary Contributory
Pension Fund has a further £6m
invested in three US tech giants that
have been accused of tax avoidance:
Amazon, Google-owner Alphabet
and Apple, according to the Financial Times.
The fund, valued at £621m in
March 2016, had £48m invested in
four property funds, three of which
are UK-based. The fourth was the
Jersey-based BlackRock UK Property Fund, in which it invested
£6.6m. Earlier in that financial year
it sold a £14.5m stake in another
offshore fund, the Luxembourgbased Morgan Stanley Global Property Fund.
Several high-profile politicians,
including Labour leader Jeremy
Corbyn, have criticised the use of
offshore tax havens in the wake of
the Paradise Papers leak.
Labour was accused of hypocrisy for demanding an inquiry into
the Queen’s tax affairs while facing
questions over the party’s own arrangements. It emerged that the Labour Party pays rent of £1m a year
for its London HQ to a trust based
in Jersey.
ROYALTY
Charles lobbied
on climate deals
after buying stake
in friend’s firm
By Padraic Flanagan
Prince Charles lobbied to alter climate-change deals without disclosing that his private estate held an
offshore financial interest in the outcome, according to the latest leak of
Paradise Papers.
The documents allegedly reveal
that, in 2007, the Duchy of Cornwall
secretly bought shares worth
$113,500 (worth £58,000 at that time)
in a Bermuda-based company that
would benefit from a rule change.
The Prince was a friend of
millionaire horse breeder and
landowner Hugh van Cutsem, a
director of Sustainable Forestry
Management Ltd (SFM), which
was set up in 1999 to trade in
carbon credits and protect land
from deforestation.
Prince Charles began campaigning
for changes to two important
environmental agreements
weeks after SFM sent his office
lobbying documents.
The Prince’s estate almost tripled
its money in just over a year although
it is not clear what caused the rise
in the share value. Despite his highprofile campaign, the environmental
agreements were not changed.
The minutes of a company board
meeting that approved the Duchy’s
shareholding say: “The chairman
thanked Mr van Cutsem for his
introduction of the Duchy of Cornwall
and the board unanimously agreed
the subscription by the Duchy of
Cornwall be kept confidential except
in respect of any disclosure required
by law.”
Commenting on the allegations,
the Duchy of Cornwall said Prince
Charles has no direct involvement in
its investments.
A Clarence House spokesman said
the Prince of Wales had “certainly
never chosen to speak out on a topic
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PROPERTY
Duke’s empire
pumped millions
into secretive
overseas firms
Sheryl Crow’s songs lost value more
quickly than expected GETTY
MUSIC
By Adam Sherwin
Prince Charles
with his friend
Hugh van Cutsem,
director of the
offshore firm SFM,
in 1986 PA
simply because of a company that it
may have invested in”.
The spokesman added: “In the case
of climate change his views are well
known, indeed he has been warning
of the threat of global warming to our
environment for over 30 years.
He said that Prince Charles
was “free to offer thoughts and
suggestions on a wide range of topics”
and “cares deeply” about the issue of
climate change but “it is for others to
decide whether to take the advice”.
But Sir Alistair Graham, former
chairman of the Committee on
Standards in Public Life, told the BBC
Prince Charles’s actions amounted
to a serious conflict of interest. He
said: “There’s a conflict of interest
between his own investments of the
Duchy of Cornwall and what he’s
trying to achieve publicly. And I think
it’s unfortunate that somebody of his
importance, of his influence, becomes
involved in such a serious conflict.”
The leaked documents held by
the law firm Appleby also show the
Duchy of Cornwall made offshore
investments totalling $3.9m (£3m)
in four funds in the Cayman Islands
in 2007. This is legal and there is no
suggestion of tax avoidance.
A Duchy of Cornwall
spokesman said the Prince
voluntarily pays income tax on
revenue from his estate. Duchy
investments did not receive “any
tax advantage” based on their
location or structure.
BACKGROUND
Hobbyist meddler
or activist heir
to the throne?
By Padraic Flanagan
Prince Charles has been
accused by some of being “a
hobbyist meddler”, pursuing his
enthusiasms for architecture
and the environment in the
corridors of power during his
long wait for kingship.
To others, he is the activist
heir to the throne: engaged
in systematic and extensive
lobbying of ministers, fuelled
by a belief that he speaks for the
disenfranchised in society.
In 2015, publication of his letters
to ministers – dubbed “the black
spider memos” on account of his
distinctive handwriting – exposed
how determined the Prince is to
intervene in national life.
His missives to Whitehall
departments, ranging from
business to farming and health,
showed the broad spectrum of
his interests. He is known for
strong views on fox hunting,
complementary medicine
and architecture. He caused a
row when he spoke out about
GM crops, but also won public
approval by calling for greater
help for community initiatives.
The global property empire of
the dukes of Westminster poured
dividends worth millions of pounds
into secretive companies in
Bermuda and Panama, the latest
Paradise Papers leak reveals.
Hugh Grosvenor, 26, became
Britain’s youngest billionaire after
his father’s death last year. He
inherited the Grosvenor Group
without having to pay the standard
40 per cent death duties.
The Duke of Westminster’s
estimated £9.35bn estate, which
has been passed on between
the generations, has included
holdings in Bermuda and
Panama, The Guardian reported.
Until 1999, the Duke of
Westminster’s Grosvenor
International Holdings
Ltd (GIHL) had assets
worth more than £600m,
with 42 per cent of its
shares held by screen
companies in the tax
havens of Bermuda
a n d Pa n a m a , i t
is claimed.
Tw o o f fs h o r e
c o m p a n i e s ,
i n c o r p o ra t e d i n
1964 and 1977
respectively, held
shares in GIHL before Grosvenor
bought them both out for £40m in
2007. The rest of the £9bn estate
appears to have been in family trusts
which were passed on to Hugh,
now the 7th Duke of Westminster.
There is no suggestion that any
rules were broken.
A spokesman for the Grosvenor
estate said: “Two small overseas
trusts were established over 50
years ago, when it was accepted
common practice to facilitate the
acquisitions of some non-UK assets.
No family member has received any
benefit derived from these
but, as UK residents, if they
ever did then they would
be fully liable to tax in
this country.”
“Our policy is to uphold
the highest standards
of business practice.
We are careful to
ensure that our
ownership of
overseas property
is through vehicles
incorporated in
the same country
as the asset.”
The 7th Duke of
Westminster,
Hugh Grosvenor
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TAX
Lobby group boasted of
major clout at Whitehall
By Richard Vaughan
A lobby group acting on behalf of
overseas companies boasted of its
ability to influence senior levels of
the British Government just before
a G8 summit to usher in greater
transparency to the industry.
The International
Financial Centres Forum
(IFC) claimed it had
“superb penetration”
of UK policymakers
before the summit that
considered tougher
r u l e s o n B r i t a i n’s
overseas territories and
crown dependencies.
The details were
contained in the Paradise Papers.
According to reports, Appleby,
the law firm at the centre of the leak
and a member of the IFC, helped
coordinate the lobbying, which
included meetings with ministers,
senior civil servants, Conservative
MPs and lords.
The then-prime minister David
Cameron spearheaded efforts
for greater transparency among
offshore tax havens, but his
plans were watered down by the
IFC lobbying.
Richard Hay, a leading member of
IFC, trumpeted the successful
lobbying operation.
“UK did not get buyin for the intrusive
and unworkable
proposals… evident
hubris fo r thos e
claiming its adoption
by G8 was inevitable.
“We are credible
and visible in the UK
Government and secured
credible engagement at the
highest levels.
“Our point about possible
loss of leverage with the US was
repeated by PM Cameron as his
reason for not proceeding with
public registers, almost certainly
stimulated by our representations.”
Investors
bought rock
star’s back
catalogue
By Padraic Flanagan
Rock star Sheryl Crow has been
dragged into the Paradise Papers
tax avoidance scandal after it
emerged that an investment fund
run through Jersey owned the
rights to her songs.
The Paradise Papers reveal
that Colonial First State, the
investment banking arm of
Australia’s Commonwealth Bank,
invested $31m (£24m) in the FS
Media Fund, run through an
offshore tax haven in the
Channel Islands.
From 2008, Colonial First
State began buying up the rights
to music catalogues and soon
assembled a portfolio as diverse
as the Trammps’ “Disco Inferno”,
John Denver’s “Take Me Home,
Country Roads”, and the back
catalogue of Crow.
The fund did not incur UK tax
liability, reports The Guardian,
but the investment does not
appear to have been as lucrative
as investors hoped, partly because
Crow’s back catalogue lost value
faster than expected.
The global law firm Appleby
helped to set up the fund’s
structure and provided
administrative support for
the Jersey company, including
preparing accounts and sending
out dividend statements to
wealthy investors.
The fund owned a company in
Jersey, which in turn held the
copyright for songs. Investors
earned returns from licensing
live performances of the songs,
and from royalties when the songs
were played on radio stations.
The added sweetener to the
deal was its tax-free status. If
the rights had been held by a
company in the US – and most of
the earnings came from the US –
the effective tax rate on earnings
would have been 38 per cent.
By using a partnership
structure in the UK and then a
company in Jersey to hold the
rights, the profits of the fund
could be delivered to the investors
with no tax paid, a report by
KPMG on the fund noted.
There is no suggestion of any
wrongdoing by Crow.
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ENVIRONMENT
Gadget can provide breath of
fresh air for cars in heavy traffic
By Tom Bawden
ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT
Drivers and passengers could see
air-pollution levels in vehicles cut
sharply with the creation of a new
device that the makers claim can
remove traffic fumes from cars.
Emissions from vehicle exhausts
are a major source of air pollution,
spewing a mixture of nitrogen
dioxide (NO2) and fine particulates
that result in an estimated 40,000
early deaths in the UK every year.
But the build-up of fumes on
the inside can be even higher, as
emissions seep in from the street.
“What many drivers don’t realise
is these fumes can be just as high in
the car as outside and in some cases
even higher,” Professor Sir David
King, a former government chief
scientific adviser, said this year.
Va rious fil ters h ave b e e n
developed to tackle the problem.
While they have been able to trap
particulates, such as tiny fragments
from diesel exhausts and road
dust, they have not been effective
at removing gases such as NO2,
experts say.
But a device developed in a
collaboration between a private
company, Airlabs, and the University
of Copenhagen is being launched
and researchers say it removes most
NO2 and particulates.
The Airbubbl has been tested by
Enviro Technology Services, which
conducts air-pollution tests and
supplies monitoring equipment to
the Government, in central London.
The firm concluded NO2 was cut by
95 per cent after 10 minutes, while
86 per cent of particulates were cut
in three minutes.
In a trial last year, researchers
from King’s College London, tested
the technology used in the Airbubbl,
but not the final product, and found
that it removed 87 per cent of NO2.
LEGAL
Government sued over pollution
By Emily Beament
Environmental lawyers are
launching legal action against
the Government over its
“stubborn failure” to tackle
illegal air pollution.
ClientEarth, which has won
two court cases against ministers
over failures to meet legal limits
for nitrogen dioxide, said the
latest plans to tackle the problem
still fall short of what is needed.
Air pollution causes an
estimated 40,000 premature
deaths a year in the UK and is
linked to health problems from
childhood illnesses to heart
disease and even dementia.
The Environment Department
(Defra) said it could not comment
on ongoing legal proceedings.
But a spokesman said: “We
have put in place a £3bn plan to
improve air quality and reduce
harmful emissions.”
Walters
becomes
a dame
Julie Walters reckons
that winning Baftas
and being nominated
for Oscars cannot
compare to the honour
of being made a dame.
The actress, 67,
was named Dame
Commander of the
British Empire by the
Queen in a ceremony
at Buckingham
Palace yesterday.
The honour came
almost 35 years after
Walters’ breakout role
in Educating Rita, for
which she received an
Oscar nomination.
Comparing it to her
acting awards, she
said: “The Baftas are
fantastic and really
important but it is
about the business,
and this is too but it’s
also about the country
so it’s special in
that sense.”
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INDIA
Britons escape armed men with Ganges swim
By Padraic Flanagan
A British couple who say they were
held hostage by armed attackers in
India made a dramatic escape down
the Ganges River.
Matthew, 30, and Jessica Kidd,
28, from Glasgow, said they had
set up camp for the night while on
a kayaking trip along the famous
Indian river, revered by Hindus,
when they were set upon by two men.
Mr Kidd, speaking at a news
conference yesterday, said they were
relaxing after pitching their tent on
a secluded island when they were
attacked on Sunday night.
The couple, both school teachers,
said they bargained with the men
using their mobile phones and cash,
but decided to risk their lives and
flee when the attackers allegedly
threatened to sexually assault Ms
Matthew
and Jessica
Kidd said
they tried
bargaining
with their
captors
before
deciding to
escape
Kidd. Mr Kidd, a geography teacher,
threw himself into the Ganges, while
his wife jumped into their kayak and
managed to escape their attackers.
They swam and rowed for a mile
until they reached a village to raise
the alarm.
“We were camping on an island
when two men approached us with
weapons. For an hour one pointed a
gun at us,” Mr Kidd said.
“We managed to escape by
running into the water and we
managed to cross to a village,
where locals phoned the police.”
Police paraded two 22-year-old
suspects before the cameras,
both with their faces covered, and
said that they had been charged
under “offences against foreigners,
looting and molestation charges”,
and would face a speedy trial.
The incident happened in
Pandarak, around 65 miles east
of Patna, in the state of Bihar. The
Kidds were making their way across
the country towards Calcutta,
aiming to reach the eastern city by
mid-December.
The couple reached Kalighat,
where villagers called police
a n d a l e r t e d Pat n a’s S e n i o r
Superintendent of Police, Manu
Maharaj, who said the case was
being taken extremely seriously.
The couple are under the
protection of Patna police, but
The couple have been
rowing up to 25 miles
a day, stopping on islands or
shoreline villages to rest.
they have decided to resume their
journey soon.
As well as teaching, the couple are
travel vloggers who run a website
called tartantravellers.com. They
have been sharing videos, posts and
pictures on various social media
platforms during their long trip.
They reached India on 13
September. After visiting Rishikesh
in the foothills of Himalayas, they
started kayaking along the Ganges
from Haridwar in northern India
on 27 September and were to reach
Calcutta after covering about 1,300
miles in 78 days.
SCIENCE
CONSUMER
Who do ewe think you
are? Sheep recognise
faces of celebrities
Nutella’s
new recipe
doesn’t go
down well
By John von Radowitz
Sheep have a celebrity-spotter’s
ability to recognise the faces of
famous people, including former
US President Barack Obama.
The animals were already
known to respond to familiar
faces, both of other members of
their own species and humans.
In a new study, scientists found
that sheep could be taught to
recognise screen-shot images
of celebrity faces using food as a
reward. The animals were even
able to identify faces seen from
an angle with about the same
success rate as a human.
Researchers also
discovered that
sheep can recognise
images of their
human handlers
without any
previous training.
Shown a portrait
of their handler
alongside that
of an unfamiliar
person, they did a
“double take” before
approaching the face
they knew.
Professor Jenny Morton of
Cambridge University, who led
the study, said: “Anyone who
has spent time working with
sheep will know that they are
intelligent, individual animals
who are able to recognise
their handlers.
“We have shown with our
study that sheep have advanced
face-recognition abilities,
comparable with those of humans
and monkeys.”
The team trained eight sheep
to recognise the faces of four
celebrities – TV journalist
Fiona Bruce, the US actor
Jake Gyllenhaal, Harry Potter
star Emma Watson
and Barack Obama –
from photographic
images displayed on
computer screens.
The findings appear
in the Royal Society
journal Open Science.
The scientists wrote:
“The results of our
study show that sheep
have advanced facerecognition abilities,
similar to those of humans
and non-human primates.”
By Katie Grant and Serina Sandhu
The sheep could recognise the faces of celebrities
(clockwise fom above) Emma Watson, Jake Gyllenhaal,
Barack Obama and Fiona Bruce GETTY IMAGES
To watch a film of
the tests, visit
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sheepfaces
SOCIETY
Yours for £40,000 in St Ives: parking is all that’s included
By Rod Minchin
A parking space in a popular holiday
resort has sold for around £40,000.
The parking space in St Ives,
Cornwall, is close to the town
centre, beach and harbour and
was bought for the guide price of
between £30,000 and £40,000, it has
emerged. Space 19, measuring 4.4
metres by 2.1 metres (14ft 5in by 6ft
11in), is in the Tregenna Hill facility,
which is a private, gated car park.
It has the remainder of a 999-year
lease from January 1988.
Senior auction valuer Katie
Semmens, from auctioneers Clive
Emson, said: “There was very strong
interest in this parking space in one
of the region’s most popular tourist
destinations. The new owner was
very keen to secure the spot and
made a bid which was accepted prior
to the auction.
“They now have easy year-round
and secure parking with access to
the town centre, and thereby its
picturesque beach and harbour.”
The space was auctioned in
arrangement with Harding Laity of
St Ives and went under the hammer
on 3 November in Cornwall.
The makers of Nutella have changed
the recipe of the chocolate and
hazelnut spread – and fans of the
popular toast topping are finding it a
bitter pill to swallow.
Ferrero quietly ushered in the
changes, resulting in a sweeter
product that is lighter in colour.
The proportion of powdered
skimmed milk used has increased
from 7.5 per cent to 8.7 per cent, while
sugar has risen from 55.9 per cent to
56.3 per cent.
Ferrero confirmed the reports
after the consumer group Hamburg
Consumer Protection Centre
revealed on social media that
changes had been made.
“The quality… and
all other aspects
of Nutella remain
the same,” the
company insisted.
It referred to the
updated recipe as
an “adjustment”.
The Hamburg
Consumer Protection
Centre speculated that the
changes to the appearance of the
spread could be attributed to a lower
chocolate content.
Nutella is the latest foodstuff
manufacturers have altered to the
displeasure of consumers. Changes
to Toblerone and Walnut Whips
provoked controversy.
Mondelez International, which
makes the distinctive Toblerone bar,
introduced wider gaps between the
chocolate chunks, blaming rising
ingredient prices.
In August Walnut Whip launched
a new range without the signature
nut topping. They were named
simply Whips.
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NORTH KOREA
Trump urges
Pyongyang to
‘come to the table’
for nuclear talks
By Jill Colvin
IN SEOUL
Donald Trump surprised observers
yesterday by signalling his willingness to negotiate with North Korea to
end its nuclear weapons programme,
as he urged Pyongyang to “come to
the table” and “make a deal”.
In a notable shift from his
aggressive rhetoric toward North
Korea, The US President took a
more optimistic tone in South Korea,
suggesting that “ultimately, it will all
work out”.
And while he said the US would use
military force if needed, he expressed
his strongest inclination yet to deal
with rising tensions with Pyongyang
through diplomacy.
“It makes sense for North Korea to
come to the table and make a deal that
is good for the people of North Korea
and for the world,” Mr Trump
said at a news conference
alongside his S outh
Korean counterpart,
Moon Jae-in. “I do see
certain movement.”
Mr Trump (inset)
said he had seen “a
lot of progress” in
dealing with North
Korea, though he stopped
short of saying whether he
wanted direct diplomatic talks.
Mr Trump also underlined
America’s military options, noting
that three aircraft carrier groups
and a nuclear submarine had been
deployed to the region. But he added:
“We hope to God we never have to use
[the military options]”.
During his first day in South
Korea, Mr Trump lowered the
temperature on his previously
incendiary language about the
reclusive regime of Kim Jong-un.
There were no threats of unleashing
“fire and fury” on the North, as Mr
Uncensored President
can tweet in Beijing
For the Chinese Communist Party,
which is obsessed with imposing
ever greater censorship and state
control, it must seem like a nightmare:
a motormouth, right-wing foreign
leader tweeting like there’s no
tomorrow after landing in Beijing.
With Donald Trump due to
arrive in China this morning,
speculation is mounting about
his ability to communicate in the
heavily monitored state. It’s about
more than cyber security. Knowing
the US President’s penchant for
showmanship, some aides are trying
to build up social media suspense
before Air Force One arrives in Beijing.
White House officials insist,
however, that the President will, in
fact, be able to tweet in China.
The social media platform
is blocked for domestic
users, but foreigners
have had success
accessing it while
using data-roaming
services that connect
to their home
mobile networks.
Trump previously warned.
But he did say the dictator was
“threatening millions and millions of
lives, so needlessly” and highlighted
one of the central missions of his
first lengthy Asia trip: to enlist many
nations in the region, including China
and Russia, to cut off Pyongyang’s
economic lifeblood and pressure it
into giving up its nuclear programme.
Mr Moon, who has been eager to
solidify a friendship with Mr Trump,
said the two leaders had “agreed to
resolve the North Korea nuclear
issue in a peaceful manner” that
would “bring permanent peace”. AP
South Korean supporters of Donald Trump rally in central Seoul before his motorcade arrives yesterday REUTERS
Analysis
Two leaders, two Koreas, and
two views on the way forward
Donald Kirk
T
he motorcade carrying
Donald Trump and his
entourage sped past
mainly older people
cheering and waving US and
South Korean flags and younger
people waving signs saying
“Trump Go Home” and “Peace
not War”. It is unlikely that the
President noticed them as he
sped down the avenue for a lavish
dinner last night with his host,
South Korea’s President, Moon
Jae-in.
But the contrast indicated
the deep rifts in a society
divided between conservatives
preferring a hard line against
the North, and the liberals and
leftists favouring negotiations
– maybe a “peace treaty” – even
if North Korea’s leader Kim
Jong-un does not forswear his
nuclear and missile programme.
The two leaders gave every
outward appearance of having
reached a meeting of minds in
a lengthy summit, after which
Mr Moon praised the “special
bond forged between President
Trump and myself”. Beneath
the surface, though, were signs
of difference in emphasis – if not
outright disagreement.
Mr Moon agreed that “we must
focus on pressure and sanctions”,
but Mr Trump carried the
message considerably further by
noting the presence of
three aircraft carriers and
a nuclear submarine lurking
in nearby waters. The US
President did not talk openly of a
“military option” or “pre-emptive
strike”, both of which Mr Moon
opposes for fear of inviting attack
by North Korea and risking a
second Korean War. Still, Mr
Trump left no doubt that those
threats were still very much alive.
At the same time, Mr Moon
said he and Mr Trump had
“agreed to expand rotational
deployment” of American forces,
meaning that US troops can
move in and out of Korea for
military exercises that invariably
provoke threats from North
Korea along with vows by Mr
Kim to conduct more nuclear and
missile tests. Such talk deepens
fears among many here that
eventually the two Koreas will
come to blows. THE INDEPENDENT
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Saudis accused of forcing Hariri
resignation to target Shia enemies
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IN BEIRUT
Lebanon’s former prime minister
Saad Hariri, who suddenly quit at
the weekend while in Saudi Arabia,
is now effectively a prisoner – and a
pawn – of Riyadh as it ups the ante
against its regional Shia enemies,
according to regional observers.
Officially, little is known about Mr
Hariri’s unexpected resignation,
which stunned Lebanon and threw
its government into disarray. But
the development has prompted
speculation of a Saudi power
play aimed at wrecking a delicate
compromise with the Shia terrorist
group Hezbollah and taking aim at
regional rival Iran.
Yesterday rumours grew that Mr
Hariri has been under house arrest
in Saudi Arabia, or in some way
forced to do the Saudis’ bidding.
The belief that Saudi Arabia was
seeking to address Hezbollah’s
influence on the Lebanon was
underlined by comments from its
foreign minister Adel Jubeir. He said
Hezbollah, with its two ministers,
3
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King Salman welcomes the former
Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri
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had been “calling the shots” in the
Hariri government.
The Hezbollah leader, Sayyed
Hassan Nasrallah, has called for
calm and patience in the face of Mr
Hariri’s resignation. AP
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American
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‘Red Star Over
Russia’ at Tate
Modern marks
the revolution’s
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ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
A remarkable collection of Soviet
art, made by a British Trotsky enthusiast who became obsessed with
images of his revolutionary hero, will
go on display at Tate Modern.
David King, a graphic designer
who visited the Communist state
in 1970, amassed one of the world’s
largest hoards of Soviet-era propaganda posters, photographs
and memorabilia.
The former art editor of The Sunday Times Magazine assembled a
collection of more than 250,000 artefacts by photographers, artists and
designers. He gave pride of place to
a ceramic mug decorated with Trotsky’s face.
King, who died last year, published
two illustrated biographies of the
Russian revolutionary. His collection is now considered an important
visual history of the Soviet Union, ‘A Thunderous Blow’ by Kukryniksy
from the overthrow of Russia’s last Collective (above); ‘Stakhanovites’ by
Tsar to Stalin’s campaign of terror. Aleksandr Deineka (above, right)
King, who also designed Jimi
Hendrix’s controversial 1968 Electric Ladyland album cover featuring
19 nude women, wrote in his 2009
The family of a woman killed
by a 90-year-old motorist
who mistakenly pressed the
accelerator pedal instead of the
brake say they have not had justice
after he was spared jail.
Deborah Clifton, 49,
and her partner
Clare Haslam, 44,
were crushed by
an automatic
car driven by
Philip Bull in
Manchester,
and died from
their injuries. Bull
(inset) was given a
suspended sentence at
Manchester Crown Court as Judge
Martin Walsh ruled it would not be
in the public interest to send him
to custody. He is the carer for his
wife, Audrey, 87.
Bull had admitted causing death
by dangerous driving.
Ms Clifton’s sister, Julie, said she
was “angry and devastated”.
book Red Star Over Russia: “I used
to dream, like all children, how life
would be in the 21st century. If anyone had told me that there would still
be inequality, racism, kings, queens
and religious maniacs stalking the
planet, I would have considered
them crazy.”
The largest presentation of King’s
collection, with over half on public
display for the first time, will feature
in the Tate Modern show, Red Star
over Russia: A Revolution in Visual
Culture 1905-55.
The show, marking the centenary
of the Russian Revolution, explores
how that seismic political event inspired a wave of innovation in art and
graphic design across the country.
Images were displayed in town
squares, factories and homes reflected the social and political revolution
at a time when artists believed art
was a tool for social change.
El Lissitzky and Aleksandr
Rodchenko, who captured
the revolutionary hopes of
a nation with striking visual
material, will feature in the show.
The death of a woman murdered by
her brother may have been prevented
if officers had responded to her 999
call properly, a watchdog has said.
Elizabeth Bowe, 50, was found seriously hurt at her home in St Andrews,
Fife, in September last year and later
died. Her brother, Charles Gordon,
was sentenced to life for her murder.
She had phoned police more than
an hour before the attack using her
brother’s phone to report that he had
stolen her mobile, the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner
(Pirc) report found. She told police
she was a vulnerable person and was
in a “domestic violence situation”.
Her call was initially judged to be
a grade 2 priority, requiring a police
response within 15 minutes.
However, when transferred to Police Scotland’s Area Control Room at
Bilston Glen it was downgraded.
In her report, Pirc commissioner
Kate Frame concluded that Ms
Bowe’s death may have been prevented if police had attended earlier.
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COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR
Put the future in the hands of the youth
They are paying an unfair price for older generations’ carelessness
A message
posted online
accompanying the
Million Mask March
on Sunday read:
“Humanity around
the world is crying
out for change.” PA
H
ey! Oldies! Leave
them kids alone. Our
insubordinate teens
and young adults
are rebuffing arcane
rules and breaking
unspoken social pacts which have
kept an artificial peace for too long.
How I wish my generation had done
more to challenge systems and
power. It is the young who have the
gall and guts and vision. St Paul
wrote in his first epistle to Timothy:
“Let no man despise thy youth; but
be thou an example of the believers,
in word, in conversation, in charity,
in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (4:12).
Our youth today speak and
act with that spirit. I used to
think young Britons were spoilt
and whinged too much. I was
wrong. They are paying the
price for our carelessness, the
structures we created and values
we unquestioningly accepted.
They are suffering the effects of
modern global capitalism and
neo-Liberalism, political failures
which have led to a housing crisis,
environmental pollution, the
lowest of low wages, criminally low
spending on education and youth
facilities. Personally, too many have
to cope with divorce, dystopian
relationships and social Darwinism.
We know rising numbers are
suffering from mental illness
and distress.
Insult is now added to these
many injuries. Oldies have
launched a pernicious ideological
war. They want history to stand
still, to deny their children
and grandchildren agency and
essential liberties. Whether it’s
sexual harassment or patriotism,
university curriculums or economic
models, the young are picked on,
bullied, berated and patronised.
Andrew Pierce is a right-wing,
astute and a very entertaining
political tattler. We get on.
Sometimes the personal can
I used to think
young Britons
were spoilt
and whinged
too much.
I was wrong
xovercome the political. But not
this week. On Thursday, he tweeted
that he had “counted 132 students
going into Guildford University and
only one was wearing a poppy”.
What? Is poppy wearing now being
rigorously enforced? Maybe there
will be council vans driving around
to pick up avoiders. Those students
may not all be British. Those who
were of this land born may have
felt poppies glorify war. Others
may be rebelling against what feels
increasingly like adult injunctions
to pin the red flower to the lapel.
Britons shed their blood in the two
world wars for freedom, which
includes the right to dissent.
Hardened males and females
have also dissed young women
who spoke out after they were
propositioned, harassed, groped
or pushed around by unattractive,
sexually voracious men in high
places. “Oh do stop being victims,
pathetic creatures!” decried
shrieking, ageing bats while
pompous men accused them of
entrapment, stupidity, vengefulness
and manipulation.
These reactions are hideous
and seems to me like punishment
for exposing dirty secrets and
also showing up those of us who
put up and shut up because we
did not want to make trouble.
Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman,
didn’t either. They only joined in
with the outrage when younger
actresses had accused Harvey
Weinstein. The same female apathy
and pusillanimity prevailed in
parliament. It’s not only men like
Michael Fallon who created this
preying culture. Women of a certain
age did not stop them.
University students have been
victims too of oldie disapproval.
When some members of the
student unions called for the
syllabus to be “decolonised”, their
names and faces were splashed
on front pages, stories made up.
Last month, The Daily Telegraph
admitted a report on Cambridge
University being “forced” to drop
white writers from its curriculum
was inaccurate. Such students are
now contemptuously described
as politically correct “snowflakes”
when the modernisation they seek
is long overdue.
I teach at Middlesex University
and am humbled by the idealism
and political vitality of my students.
Some joined the Million Mask
March in London last Sunday. A
message posted to YouTube in
the run-up to the 2017 event said:
“Humanity around the world is
crying out for change.”
That is what motivates and
impels the millennials. A survey by
the consultancy Global Tolerance
discovered that politically aware
jobseekers want to work for ethical
businesses or organisations that
have a positive impact on people
and the environment. Forty-four
per cent of the 2,000 respondents
– all born between 1981 and 1996 –
thought meaningful work was more
important than high salary.
A proportion of young Britons
are on the hard right or overly
nationalistic- Breitbarters, young
Tories, wee Englanders and the
like. But most are internationalists,
pro-EU, committed to equality and
diversity and amazingly audacious.
By kicking against some embedded
iniquities of the present, they will
remake the future and hopefully
transform this godawful world.
Good luck guys and much respect.
And don’t let badly behaved, dismal,
wearisome oldies get you down.
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AND EMAILS
Havens proving
a taxing issue
Try as I might, I have
been unable to find a
tax haven willing to
take me seriously. I have
therefore decided to put
my tax money in a tin
and only hand it over
when I hear that the
Queen and Amazon have
both paid theirs in full.
SUE KNIGHT
PENARTH
Do not expect a
change in law
Tax havens can only
be stopped if laws
are changed. And that
isn’t happening too
soon. These stories are
diversions from what
is actually happening
around the world. There
are other stories to tell,
so let’s stop regurgitating
stories which, frankly, are
tiresome and boring.
KAMLA GURMAIL
LONDON
Languages are
key to trade
It is disappointing to read
of the curtailment of
modern foreign language
teaching in school and
college sixth forms (i,
7 November). Teaching
modern languages is
something at which we
in the UK have become
very weak in comparison
with our EU neighbours. I
should have thought that
our mad dash to leave the
EU would make learning
foreign languages more,
not less, important
if we are to survive
international trade in
the future. No doubt,
schools in the private
sector will continue to
provide foreign language
teaching to A-level, thus
ensuring their pupils
have an advantage over
those in state education.
HOWARD F. THOMAS
CHELMSFORD
Johnson’s
blunder solved
May I propose a solution
to the blunder by Boris
Who controls
complaints?
If a reputable
inspectorate were
this morning to begin
a visitation upon the
Mother of Parliaments,
one wonders what
policies, procedures
and records they would
find relating to a code
of conduct, complaints
procedures and a record
of complaints and their
resolution. One hopes
that all would be found
to be well, that
everything is in place,
but I actually have no
idea. Does anyone?
ANDREW WILLSON
Disposing of
Brady’s ashes
David Bradley (Your
View, 7 November),
says Ian Brady’s ashes
shouldn’t have been
allowed to defile the
sea but should have
been flushed down the
lavatory into the sewer.
Where does he think they
would have then ended
up? Should they have
been thrown into a bin to
end up in a landfill site?
Or blasted into outer
space far away?
JOHN O’NEILL
LIVERPOOL
From prayer to
meditation
Further to Grace Dent’s
interesting article “I’ve
lost faith in thoughts and
prayers” (i, 7 November):
As someone not often
prone to prayer, I am
becoming increasingly
confused about the
difference between
prayer and meditation
IN
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TOMORROW
airport nearby. Also HS2
is likely to pass through
the vicinity. New Houses
of Parliament sited there
could contain individual
seating for the full
complement of MPs, each
with a small desk suitable
for a laptop or notepad.
Also a separate chamber
of no more than 500 seats
for the House of Lords.
The complex could also
house individual offices
for the MPs, a restaurant
and committee rooms –
but no bars.
N. EDWARDS
Johnson – a straight
swap between Nazanin
Zaghari-Ratcliffe and
Mr Johnson? Mrs
Nazanin-Ratcliffe would
be back with her family
and the country could
heave a sigh of relief
that we wouldn’t have to
listen to the bumbling
idiot any more.
LIZ GREEN
MILTON KEYNES
My deep dive
faves
‘Blue Planet’
scientist picks
his top sea
creatures
from filming
expedition
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been detained in Iran since 2016 AFP/GETTY
and mindfulness, these
latter two which seem
to be becoming more
popular. Could someone
unravel for me please?
DR NICK MAURICE
MARLBOROUGH,
WILTSHIRE
Random breath tests
could be used to police
the system, and any
votes cast “under the
influence”would become
null and void.
JOHN CURRY
MODBURY, DEVON
Alcohol limit at
Westminster?
The silent
assassins
I can’t imagine the
bars in the Palace of
Westminster being
phased out – too many
vested interests would
want them retained.
Why not adopt a system
currently used by many
employers, namely an
alcohol limit for when
an employee is deemed
to be “at work”? When an
MP (or support worker)
arrives at work, a chip in
their ID card registers
their arrival, and they are
deemed to be “at work”.
At some point later in
the day, the individual
can decide that they
are no longer “at work”
and swipe their card
accordingly. Between
those two times, the
individual is subject
to a maximum alcohol
limit, just like drivers
on the road. After this
time, that person can go
on a bar crawl to their
heart’s content, but they
are no longer eligible to
vote, give evidence to
or sit on committees, or
do any official business
for the rest of that day.
I was fascinated to
read that, according to
John Lewis-Stempel,
“Some nocturnal owls
can kill by hearing
alone” (i, 7 November).
I feel someone should
investigate the possible
military uses for this
ability. The Owl Service
could finally become a
reality.
MARTYN BEARDSLEY
NOTTINGHAM
Labour’s links to
offshore trusts
I see Jeremy Corbyn is
demanding an apology
from the Queen in
relation to private
investments in offshore
funds. Given that the
rent on the Labour Party
London HQ is paid via a
trust based in Jersey, can
we expect him to lead the
way? Classic socialism:
do as I say and not as I do.
MARK CASADY
TUNBRIDGE WELLS,
KENT
Signs of
intelligence?
We are constantly
being reassured that
Boris Johnson is a very
intelligent man. One
part of that statement
is obviously correct but
I have yet to see any
evidence of the other.
TONY JEFFS
NOTTINGHAM
A new home for
Parliament
While I am in agreement
with Pauline Lambert
(Your View, 7 November)
that Parliament should
be relocated out of
London, I would go
somewhat further north
to somewhere between
Derby and Nottingham.
There are excellent road
and rail connections
with the rest of the
country and a major
How can Patel
be trusted?
In a month of scandals,
Priti Patel’s 12 hidden
meetings in Israel
must be up there with
the best. How on earth
does Theresa May
allow her to keep her
job when everyone
now knows Ms Patel
could never in future be
trusted to tell the truth
about anything?
BRIAN O’REILLY
SUTTON COLDFIELD
Morocco on the
right track
Having watched last
night’s episode of Chris
Tarrant’s Extreme
Railway Journeys
on Channel 5, I was
surprised to discover
that Morocco had a brand
new electrified railway
covering virtually the
length of the country.
How is it that a more
industrialised country
such as Britain cannot
afford to electrify even a
few miles of track from
Chippenham and Bristol
Parkway into the centre
of Bristol?
RICHARD MACKRORY
WELLINGTON,
SOMERSET
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Aboah graces
Enninful’s first
‘Vogue’ cover
The first issue of the
British edition of Vogue
under the editorship
of Edward Enninful is
out this week, with the
cover featuring the model
and feminist activist,
Adwoa Aboah.
She told the publication
that it was without a doubt
“the biggest thing that’s
happened in my career”.
Aboah explained that
she saw being a mixedrace woman in Britain as a
powerful thing, adding that
there was an “understanding
that we’re all in it together”. A whole
generation, the 25-year-old explained,
particularly within her industry,
has a “new-found love and space
for activism”.
It was
announced
in April that
Enninful, who
was made an
OBE for services
to diversity last
year, would
take over the
editor’s role
from Alexandra
Shulman, who
held the job for
25 years.
See the full
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Jensen ‘too old’
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When Ashley Jensen moved to
Hollywood in 2006 to play the role of
Christina in Ugly Betty she felt “too old”
to worry about the pressures to have
cosmetic procedures to look younger.
Jensen, now 48, says, “It’s
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was attempting to sell to
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She wrote on Twitter: “Someone
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It was a bold move, and one she was
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which is thought to have been taken while
she was on private property, it didn’t
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The photograph was released because
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KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
I
n my day job, I work in public
relations. In my relatively short
time practising this dark art,
I have learned one thing: public
relations, particularly when it
relates to managing a crisis, is about
truth, and not about an alternative,
manipulated, version of the truth.
When you tell the truth, nothing
bad can happen to you, as you can
prepare for the repercussions
and there is a good chance of the
punishment fitting the crime. But
when you lie, you open up the gates
of Hell. All manner of unexpected
– and, usually, dire – consequences
will follow, because you can be sure
your lie will be found out.
Which brings me to the Rt Hon
Priti Patel, who, at the time of
writing, is still the International
Development Secretary. Patel
recently took a short break in Israel,
and why not? I’m thinking of doing
the same myself. Perfect for a spot of
winter sun, I say.
My idea of a relaxing holiday in
the Holy Land, however, would not
involve a meeting with Benjamin
Netanyahu, but then I’m clearly not
as much fun when I go away as Patel
(inset), who punctuated her
visit with a trip to see the
Israeli prime minister. In
fact, over the course of
a 12-day holiday with
her family – which
she paid for herself –
she had 12 meetings
with political officials
and business leaders.
Well, they do say
there’s nothing like
spending quality time with
your loved ones.
These encounters were arranged
without the Foreign Office being
aware, which even I know is against
the rules. Not that she did much
to cover up her trip – the leader of
Israel’s centrist party, Yair Lapid,
even tweeted a picture of his
meeting with her. It was inevitable
that her malfeasance would be
revealed, and so it was.
And this is where Patel
contravened another convention
of public relations – or, indeed, of
common sense: if you’re in a hole,
stop digging.
First, she lied to The Guardian
about the Foreign Secretary’s
foreknowledge, claiming that
“Boris knew about the visit”. Then,
when pressed on the issue, she was
forced to put out a statement of
pure sophistry, saying that her trip
could be “misread”, that she “may
have given the impression” that the
Foreign Secretary knew in advance,
and that she “regrets the lack of
precision in the wording
she used”.
No lack of precision,
as far as I’m
concerned. No
“impression”. It was
perfectly clear. She
broke the ministerial
code and then lied
through her teeth.
But the main point
is this. The Defence
Secretary ostensibly lost
his job because he rested his
hand on a woman’s knee 15 years
ago. Another Secretary of State has
flouted the rules in a serious way,
and then lied about it, but kept hers.
Why? Because Theresa May is so
wounded, and her government so
enfeebled, that she cannot afford to
lose another minister. So this is how
the public interest is served. Natural
justice gives way to base expediency.
What message does this convey in
a climate of moral panic and skewed
priorities? That it’s a heinous offence
to be liberal with your hands, but it’s
perfectly OK to be economical with
the truth? And they wonder why we
have lost faith in politics.
SOCIETY
seven decades earlier – not to dodge
unseen threats. Tactical impotence
meant the only solution was to
dominate ground by daily patrolling
and the enemy knew this.
When I hear about the horrors
of war faced by those in Sangin
and elsewhere I feel relief that I
returned home with all my men.
While our families celebrated
our return, others were left with
their lives shattered. The shock
waves of war continue to ripple
out even now that we are no longer
engaged in a combat mission, and
the cost is personal. Families face
a daily struggle supporting their
servicemen and women, and they
deserve help, too.
Thankfully, there is help out there.
The Royal British Legion, famous
as the custodian of remembrance,
is at the heart of a national network
providing welfare support to
veterans, those still serving and
their families. The poppy, which
links us from Flanders to Helmand,
means so much more than
commemorating the dead. It means
that if you are part of the Armed
Forces community you will be
supported forever. It means hope.
The centenary commemorations
remind us that the sacrifices of
the Great War must never be
forgotten. I challenge you to rethink
remembrance and give a few
seconds of your two-minute silence
to those still struggling with the
unseen scars of war today.
Alexander
Owen
The poppy
is a symbol
of hope
I
once heard about a group
of young riflemen, some in
their teens, throwing up on
themselves as they went through
the daily ritual of loading their rifles,
preparing to advance through poppy
fields towards the enemy.
This did not come from a history
teacher describing going “over
the top” in France or Belgium a
century ago, but was told to me by
a friend in 2010, catching up in an
Afghan cookhouse. He had been
serving alongside 3 Rifles in Sangin,
a place heavy in the thoughts of any
Afghanistan veteran.
Sangin epitomised the British
war in Afghanistan. Young men and
women found themselves facing a
type of conflict none of them could
ever have imagined when they joined
up. The threat of IEDs, RPGs and
mortars meant the indiscriminate
maiming of soldiers who were
trained to identify enemy positions
as their grandfathers had done
Major Alexander Owen served for 10
years with the Blues and Royals
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Prawn crayfish cocktail
Knotweed: don’t
bite off more than
you can chew
By Nick Lester
Ministers have ruled out encouraging people to munch on Japanese
knotweed amid a drive to eradicate
the invasive weed – but face calls to
let people eat more American signal crayfish.
While the bamboo-like
stems of the fast-spreading plant are eaten
in Japan, Tory frontbencher Lord Gardiner
of Kimble did not think
it was “a very sensible
proposal for this country”.
The biosecurity minister
made his comments as he faced
demands for action to tackle Japanese knotweed (inset) as well as a
host of other invasive species, such
as ragwort and Japanese seaweed.
The blight of Japanese knotweed
was raised in the House of Lords
Lord Gardiner said: “There
is a list of invasive species
we very much want to manage
and control. The most important
thing is biosecurity.”
by Tory peer Baroness Wilcox who
asked: “Is he aware that when knotweed stems are trimmed they are
eaten by Japanese children?”
Lord Gardiner replied: “We are
discussing an invasive species so
although I am well aware that in
Japan young shoots are consumed I would not advise
it here. I don’t think that’s
a very sensible proposal
for this country.”
Labour former
home secretary Lord
Blunkett said: “There’s
another very invasive species, the US crayfish, which
destroys river banks, destroys
the fish and other life in the river.
“Unlike knotweed it can be consumed. Unfortunately, the licence
to do so is only partial across the
South and part of the Midlands.
“In the North of England, Scotland and Wales they simply have to
be destroyed.”
He called on the Government to
take steps to ensure “we can get a
grip of the US crayfish situation”.
Lord Gardiner promised to look
into the issue.
Tory former Cabinet minister
Ingredients (serves four)
350g/12oz raw tiger prawns
350g/12oz raw crayfish
2 Little Gem lettuces
½ tsp cayenne pepper
2 free-range egg yolks
2 tsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
300ml/10fl oz rapeseed oil
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
1 tbsp brandy
½ lemon, juice only
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Lord Tebbit said there was a legal
duty on local authorities to control
noxious weeds such as ragwort,
which is poisonous to horses.
He added that, despite this “one
can drive along the roads and motorways of this country and see
ragwort growing at the sides of the
roads. They do not comply with
their duty under the law.
“When is something going to be
done about that?”
HEALTH
Contraceptive coil linked
to drop in cancer risk
By Padraig Flanagan
The contraceptive coil could cut the
risk of developing cervical cancer
by a third, according to research.
A study suggests intrauterine
devices, known as IUDs or coils,
may be “quietly offering protection” against the third most common cancer in women worldwide.
Researchers at the Keck School
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of Medicine at the University of
Southern California linked use of
the coil to a “dramatic decrease” of
a third in the incidence of cervical
cancer. Their study, published in
the journal Obstetrics and Gynaecology, is the first to combine figures
from multiple studies on IUDs and
cervical cancer, involving more
than 12,000 women worldwide.
“The pattern we found was stun-
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the study’s lead author, Dr Victoria
Cortessis. “The possibility that a
woman could experience some help
with cancer control at the same
time she is making contraception
decisions could potentially be very,
very impactful.”
The number of women diagnosed
with cervical cancer is steadily rising. According to the World Health
Organisation, 266,000 women
died from the disease in 2012. For
women in developing countries, a
contraceptive that offers protection could have a profound effect,
Dr Cortessis said.
Danny Boyle is drawing
inspiration for his
latest stage project
from an unlikely
source: the football
techniques of the
Liverpool manager
Jürgen Klopp.
The director
(inset) claims that
gegenpressing – the
principle favoured by
the German manager that
encourages players to press
the opposition in their own half
to win back possession rather
than fall back to regroup – can
be applied to theatre as well
as the pitch.
Boyle, who is in New
York rehearsing
for The Children’s
Monologues, said:
“You’re finding
stuff that speaks to
you in some way and
then you’re trying to
make it as compelling
as possible... that’s the
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Remove and cool before peeling.
Place the egg yolks, vinegar and
mustard into a processor and blend.
With the motor running, pour the
oil in gradually until you have a
mayonnaise. Place in a bowl. Mix in
the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce,
Tabasco sauce, brandy and lemon
juice. Season and add the shellfish.
To serve, spoon on to lettuce leaves
and sprinkle with cayenne pepper.
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Ruffling
Trump’s
feathers
Gunman’s history
of violence not put
in FBI database
By Jon Herskovitz
IN SUTHERLAND SPRINGS
The man who carried out one of the
deadliest US mass shootings in history was able to buy guns legally from a
sporting goods store because a prior
domestic violence conviction was
not put into an FBI database used
in background checks, officials
have said.
Devin Kelley (inset),
the gunman in Sunday’s
massacre at a church
in south-eastern Texas,
was convicted by courtmartial of assaulting his
first wife and stepson while
serving in the US Air Force in
2012, according to the Pentagon.
Authorities put Sunday’s death toll
at 26, including the unborn child of a
pregnant woman who was killed. The
dead ranged in age from 18 months to
77 years. Twenty others were wounded, with 10 still in a critical condition,
officials said.
The air force said it had failed to
transmit information about Kelley’s
conviction to the National Criminal
Information Centre, a US government database used by licensed firearms dealers to check prospective
gun buyers for criminal backgrounds.
Kelley died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his getaway vehicle,
where authorities found two handguns, Freeman Martin, a spokesman
for the Texas Department of Public
Safety, said.
The air force has opened an inquiry into how it handled the former
airman’s criminal record, and the
Defence Department has requested
a review by its inspector general to
ensure that other cases “have been
reported correctly,” Pentagon officials said.
The incident marked the
307th mass shooting in
2017, according to the nonprofit corporation Gun
Violence Archive, which
tracks shootings in the
United States.
Americans are more
likely to die from gun violence than many leading causes
of death combined, with about 11,000
people in the US killed in assaults
involving firearms each year. Gun
Violence Archive defines a mass
shooting as a single incident in which
four or more people, not including
the shooter, are “shot and/or killed”
at “the same general time and location”. REUTERS
Data from Gun Violence
Archive shows that more
than 13,200 people have died
from gun-related violence so far
this year and more than 27,000
others were injured.
One campaigner had
a little fun yesterday
ahead of the Virginia
governor’s election
between Democrat
Ralph Northam and
GOP candidate Ed
Gillespie. Democrat
helper Ben Bostwick
took a deep breath
before bringing an
inflatable Donald
Trump chicken to life
in Alexandria, just
south of Washington
DC. The poll,the first
major statewide race
since Mr Trump’s 2016
victory, is expected
to be a bellwether for
the 2018 midterm
elections. REUTERS
UNITED STATES
Weinstein ‘used spies to silence his victims’
and Black Cube, which is run largely
by former Israeli intelligence agents.
The firms allegedly compiled
dossiers on dozens of people. They
included psychological profiles with
information that could be used to
discredit or contradict any claims
made against Mr Weinstein.
The ex-spies allegedly focused on
American actress Rose McGowan,
who signed a legal agreement with
Mr Weinstein promising to stay
silent. She has since accused the
By Padraic Flanagan
Harvey Weinstein hired former
Mossad agents to spy on actresses
he feared would make sexual harassment claims against him, according
to The New Yorker magazine.
The film producer was reportedly
so desperate to suppress any damaging information emerging that he
employed a web of private detectives, lawyers and corporate intelligence companies, including Kroll
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broke. As many as 100 women have
since come forward to accuse the
Oscar-winning producer of sexual
misconduct. He denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.
Mr Weinstein’s spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister dismissed the report,
saying: “It is a fiction to suggest that
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SPAIN
Catalan leader
attacks European
elites’ ‘disconnect’
By Aritz Parra
IN MADRID
ISRAEL
GERMANY
Police question Greens seek
Netanyahu aide Merkel deal
Police have questioned
Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu’s closest associate
over Israel’s purchase of
German submarines.
Isaac Molho was yesterday
identified as the second
prominent lawyer to be grilled
on the case. He joins his law
partner David Shimron, Mr
Netanyahu’s lawyer, who has
long been linked to the affair.
Mr Netanyahu is not a suspect
in the case, relating to a possible
conflict of interest involving
a $2bn (£1.5bn) purchase of
German submarines. AP
YEMEN
Rebels warn of
missile strikes
on airports
By Tom Lansdell
The Houthi army in Yemen has
threatened escalation against
Saudi Arabia and the United
Arab Emirates, saying the rebels
considered the two countries’
airports “legitimate targets”.
Spokesman Colonel Aziz
Leaders of Germany’s Greens may
drop demands for a 2030 deadline
to phase out combustion engines
and shut coal-fired power stations as
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government-building efforts intensify.
Ms Merkel’s conservatives, the
pro-business Free Democrats and
the Greens want to determine by
mid-November whether there is
enough common ground for full
coalition negotiations.
Greens co-leader Cem Ozdemir
signalled that his party would soften
its much-criticised demand to stop
registering new cars with petrol and
diesel engines in 2030.
Rashed has said his military
experts can develop missiles
with ranges in excess of 1,500
kilometres. The threat comes
as part of the mutual escalation
between Houthi rebels, in
control of northern Yemen, and
the oil-rich Gulf neighbours who
went to war against them after
rebels forced the internationally
recognised government to flee
the country in 2015.
Col Rashed said: “We urge all
airline companies and travellers
to avoid airports in Saudi Arabia
and UAE as we consider them
legitimate military targets.”
Catalonia’s ousted leader – currently
awaiting an extradition hearing in
Belgium – has hit out at European
politicians for siding with Spain
against Catalan officials’ attempts to
achieve independence.
Carles Puigdemont told Catalan
public radio there is an “absolute disconnect between the interests of the
people and the European elites” and
that Catalonia’s problem is an “issue
of human rights that requires maxi-
Quito
On the outskirts of Ecuador’s
capital, couples and families
venture into a pitch-black
cave in search of an unlikely
experience: a meal in the dark.
Blind waiters guide guests to
their tables and deliver tangy
fruit juices and appetising
dishes such as caramelised
vegetables and sweet fried
bananas – foods the owner
believes taste even more
delightful when diners can’t
see what they are eating.
La Cueva de Rafa, or Rafa’s
Cave, is the brainchild of Rafael
Wild, an Ecuadorean who
spent years heading an Italian
restaurant in Switzerland.
Gonzalo Solano
yesterday to show their support for
Mr Puigdemont. They raised walking
sticks – the symbol of mayoral power
in Spain – in the air and chanted
“President, president, president” as
they waited for him to come through
the door.
Mr Puigdemont says he stands
ready to campaign for a snap regional
election called for 21 December,
though it is not clear if he will be able
to stand if he has been arrested. AP
Models backstage
before the Haute
Couture Collection
show by designer Hu
Sheguang during
the Mercedes-Benz
Spring/Summer
China Fashion Week
in Beijing.
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AUSTRALIA
Two boys killed after car hits primary classroom
A car has crashed into a Sydney
school classroom, killing two eightyear-old boys and seriously injuring
three children. Police believe it was
an accident, not a deliberate attack.
A sports utility vehicle smashed
through the wooden wall of the school
in Sydney’s west, where 24 primaryage children were in class.
Three girls, two aged eight and
another aged nine, were in a serious
or stable condition in hospital.
Another 17 children and their teacher
were treated for minor injuries.
Police said the driver, a 52-year-old
woman who was not hurt, was taken
to hospital for blood and urine tests
and later charged with two counts of
dangerous driving.
T V images showed the car
punched through the wall and came
to a stop inside the classroom,
which was adorned with children’s
drawings. REUTERS
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Smog forces
school closures
Tech giants told Cyanide bombs
to axe obscenity are withdrawn
Air pollution in New Delhi has hit
hazardous levels, causing schools
to close and a half-marathon due
later this month to be called off.
Yesterday, the air quality index
hovered between 350 and 450,
indicating that the health impact
of breathing it was “severe”.
As winter approaches, smog
routinely envelops north India,
due to factory emissions and the
burning of coal and rubbish as the
poor try to keep warm. AP
Indonesia, the world’s most populous
Muslim nation, says it will summon
representatives from messenger
services and search engine providers
including Google to make them
remove obscene content.
Semuel Pangerapan, director
general at Indonesia’s communication
and informatics ministry, vowed
yesterday to block Facebook’s
WhatsApp Messenger within 48
hours if it did not ensure that obscene
images were removed. REUTERS
IN SYDNEY
On returning to Quito, he
began building a cave and
later decided to turn it into a
restaurant, run by blind people
and serving meals in darkness.
It’s a concept that has
already surfaced in European
cities, including Paris and
Barcelona, as well as in the
United States. But the Quito
restaurant is the only diningin-the-dark establishment
in Latin America, aside from
occasional pop-up events.
The restaurant aims to
provide jobs for the blind,
increase awareness of their
daily struggles and deliver a
unique culinary experience.
According to the World
Health Organisation, there
are between 40 million and
45 million blind people in
the world, including about
5 million in Latin America. AP
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mum attention”. Mr Puigdemont’s
next hearing before a Belgian court
is on 17 November.
Catalan independence is now the
second cause of concern for Spaniards, behind unemployment and
ahead of corruption, according to the
latest government-run poll. Before
the banned independence referendum on 1 October that deepened the
political crisis, the issue was only
ninth in the ranking of concerns by
the CIS survey.
Around 200 Catalan mayors
gathered in a Brussels museum
The US government is to suspend
the use of so-called cyanide
bombs to kill wild animals such
as coyotes on public lands in
Colorado as well as plans to kill
dozens of mountain lions and
black bears there.
M-44s, or cyanide bombs are
spring-loaded devices that emit
sodium cyanide and are blamed
for accidentally killing pet dogs in
Idaho, Wyoming and elsewhere.
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By Mari Yamaguch
Chisako Kakehi amassed £6.6m in inheritances over 10 years AP
Kakehi was fully responsible for her
actions, and that it was a carefully
premeditated crime aimed at amassing inheritance money.
The court ruled that she was
the only person with the victims at
the time of their deaths and immediately applied for her inheritance
each time. AP
Capital punishment is a
legal penalty in Japan. It
is applied in practice only for
murder, and executions are
carried out by hanging. Death
sentences are imposed in cases of
multiple murders
Gangsters’ Facebook posts lead to arrests
Some of Italy’s most feared young
mafiosi are taking to social media to
brag about their crimes.
Police say the network of young
‘Ndrangheta gangsters known as
“Cumps” (accomplices) or “Banco
Nuovo” (new players) has unleashed
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‘Cyanide killer’ will hang
for murdering her lovers
A Japanese court has sentenced a
70-year-old woman, known as the
cyanide killer, to hang for the deaths
of her husband and two other former
partners, and the attempted murder
of a fourth man.
Kyoto District Court convicted Chisako Kakehi over the deaths, which
occurred between 2007 and 2013.
It said she poisoned the victims
with cyanide after becoming the beneficiary of their wills.
She reportedly married at least
three times and had three other partners who died, all within a few years
of starting relationships with her, and
amassed about a billion yen (£6.6m)
in inheritances over 10 years.
The so-called “poison woman” case
surfaced when she was arrested in
2014 over the death of her 75-year-old
husband, who had died in December
2013, a month after they had married.
Kakehi was later charged with
murdering two other men, her
former boyfriends aged 71 and 75, and
trying to kill a fourth, aged 79.
The court said traces of cyanide,
which Kakehi confessed she obtained
while running a printing plant, were
found in all of the victims.
Investigators discovered a small
packet of cyanide buried in a flower
pot that Kakehi allegedly tried to
throw away. The court said she had
the men take cyanide capsules, saying they were health supplements.
The court dismissed her lawyers’
argument that she had dementia.
Her defence also maintained she was
innocent, citing insufficient evidence.
Judge Ayako Nakagawa said
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a “climate of terror” in small towns in
the Calabria region, demanding control of public and private contracts
and thousands of euros in extortion.
Many boasted of their power on
Facebook and other platforms but it
was social media that finally brought
them down as investigators tracked
them and yesterday arrested 50 suspects in a massive sting.
“Most of those arrested are young,
if not very young,” Federico Cafiero
de Raho, the chief anti-mafia prosecutor in Reggio Calabria, said. “They
felt like the absolute and undisputed
uncontrollable bosses.”
They are the sons and grandsons
of established mobsters and have
intimidated local leaders and small
business owners.
t’s a pity that Priti Patel
seems to have had so little
time to enjoy her now
famous “family holiday” in
Israel this summer. It can
hardly have been that relaxing
given that she averaged one
meeting a day with politicians
from Israel’s prime minister
down to officials and voluntary
organisations. Meetings of
which, despite the fact that such
a detailed programme must
have been planned in advance,
she failed to give the Foreign
Office, the British Embassy or
for that matter her own
prime minister, any
prior notice.
Much of the debate
this has provoked –
not to mention the
speculation that, if
Theresa May was
stronger, she would
have actually sacked
the International
Development Secretary
– has concentrated on the gross
breach of ministerial protocol
involved – unprecedented in
the view of the former Foreign
Office permanent secretary
Sir Peter Ricketts. Benjamin
Netanyahu (inset) is not just
any prime minister but one in
a zone of conflict on which the
UK Government is supposed to
have strong views. Any visiting
minister, on holiday or not, would
be expected at the very least
to call up the embassy and say:
“I’m seeing Bibi. Can I come in
for a briefing? Is there anything
I should be saying to him?” And,
of course, to give a full account of
what took place.
But there is another point
about all those meetings which
Patel helpfully, if belatedly,
detailed in her apologetic
statement on Monday: their
remarkable one-sidedness. Patel
heads a department which has
a long history of humanitarian
and development funding
for Palestinians. But under
her tenure, the department
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announced a review last year
which has already resulted
in notable cuts of £17m. This
includes cuts in funding to
Gaza, where humanitarian
and economic conditions are
generally agreed to be at their
direst ever. Things are so
bad that last week the Israeli
military’s general in charge
of civil affairs in the occupied
territories, Yoav Mordechai,
called for a new “Marshall
Plan” of aid for Gaza, without
which he suggested another war
could ensue.
It’s a bit much to expect
Patel to visit Gaza on
her holiday. Yet what’s
extraordinary about
her itinerary is that
at no point did she
even slip across to
Ramallah to bring
herself up to date
on these issues. And,
of course, if this had
been an official visit, it’s
inconceivable that she would
not have been obliged to do
exactly that.
But she seems to have come
back keen on exploring ways
of directing aid to Israel itself.
Is it really UK policy to pay for
projects anywhere, however
worthy, by a well-funded
army charged with enforcing
an occupation of Palestinian
territory which Britain regards
as contrary to international law?
Nor it is easy to see how firstworld Israel meets the criteria
for overseas aid set by the OECD.
There are still unanswered
questions about the visit. Did
Priti Patel tell Boris Johnson
about it before or after one of
her interlocutors, the politician
Yair Lapid, blew her cover by
tweeting her presence on 24
August? More fundamental
however, is whether the
one-sided content of her
programme reflected a shift in
UK policy. If it did, we should be
told. And if it didn’t, should she
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new. Since his
retirement from the
England cricket team aged just
31, he has made a documentary on
depression among sportspeople,
become a TV and radio personality
after appearing on panel shows
and winning the Australian
version of I’m A Celebrity, and he
has even tried his hand at boxing
for a one-off heavyweight fight.
For his next leap into the
unknown, we are being treated
to “Freddie” Flintoff the actor. As
well as appearing in Kay Mellor’s
upcoming BBC drama Love,
Lies and Records, this week he is
making his musical debut in the
stage version of her ITV show Fat
Friends. “I never thought I’d be
doing this in a million years,” he
says, laughing.
It was while he was working
with the scriptwriter on her
six-part BBC series that the seeds
were sown. “I got a part in one of
the episodes and she asked me
if I would be interested in doing
musical theatre and I said ‘yes.’ I’m
always willing to try something
different but I never thought I
would get the part.”
Success brought the dawning
realisation that he really was
going to be singing on stage
which, the odd karaoke night
notwithstanding, was something
he’d never done before. “I’ve
done a few Elvis impersonations
but nothing like this,” he says.
“When I turned up for the first
day of rehearsals, I didn’t know
what to expect and it was a bit
of an eye-opener. The cast all
started singing together as a
vocal warm-up and I didn’t realise
people could sing that well. I just
stood there and mouthed the
words because I didn’t want other
people to hear me singing. I didn’t
have the confidence.”
Mellor then gave him a pep talk.
“She had a chat with me because
she wanted me to feel part of it
and that gave me the confidence
I needed, and after a couple of
weeks rehearsing I loved it – and I
never thought I’d be saying that.”
Given his lack of musical and
theatrical credentials, he was
initially concerned what his fellow
cast members of Fat Friends – The
Musical – which opened in Leeds
I’v
ve done a few Elvis
impersonations but
nothing like this. It was a
bit of an eye-opener
last night and will be touring
nationwide – would make of him.
“I played cricket and I’ve messed
about a bit on telly but I was
coming into their world and I was
a bit worried about the reception
I’d get, but everyone’s been so
welcoming and kind,” he says.
At the same time, it’s been a
steep learning curve and made
him appreciate the hard work that
goes into a stage production like
this. “You realise how hard acting
is, you constantly have to be in the
right place at the right time.”
It’s taken him out of his comfort
zone and he admits it’s a world
away from playing cricket. “The
only thing I can draw on from
my cricket days is, when you’re
playing, you’re part of a team and
there’s one person batting and
bowling, and when you’re on stage
there’s one person delivering their
lines but you have the confidence
of knowing you’ve got the support
of the rest of your team.”
Flintoff played his first
competitive cricket match at
the age of eight and quickly rose,
making his first class debut for
Lancashire in 1995. Both a big
hitter and a fearsome bowler, his
abilities as an all-rounder drew
comparisons with Ian Botham.
He was a key member of the
2005 England side that sent the
Australians, rated one of cricket’s
greatest ever teams, packing.
But it’s now eight years since a
dodgy knee and ankle forced him
to retire from the sport, and he
says he no longer misses the thrill
after a brief comeback in 2014. “If
you’d asked me that question a few
years ago I would have said ‘yes’,”
he says. “I was 31 when I stopped
HEALTH
Gut feeling: how having bacteria
and viruses helps fight winter flu
Maintaining microbiomes is essential. By Liz Connor
C
onsidering the rise in
kimchi, kombucha and
probiotic products, it’s
pretty clear gut health is
something more people
are starting to take seriously –
thanks to increasing research
showing just how important
maintaining a healthy gut is, not
just for physical health but also for
our mental wellbeing.
While people once talked
about fostering a healthy balance
of “good” and “bad” bacteria
in the intestines, now they are
exchanging tips on “microbiomes”.
But many of us may still not be
sure what these actually are.
“Microbiome literally translates
as ‘a small habitat of living things’,”
Dr Dan Robertson, a medical
officer at the website Push Doctor,
says. “In this case, we’re talking
about the billions of good bacteria
– along with some viruses and
fungi – that live in your body, most
of which are found in your gut.”
The microbes that live in the
body are constantly adapting
to our environmental changes,
while health status, stress, diet,
age, gender and everything you
touch, can alter the composition
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got the acting
bug after
auditoning for
‘Prime Suspect’
MARK BICKERDIKE
Old masters but no nudes
at the Abu Dhabi Louvre
The UAE’s lavish new gallery is as much a cultural
marker as an art collection, reports Jon Gambrell
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playing and I still felt I could have
played for another five or six years.
But I can honestly say that, during
the past three years or so, that’s
gone. My kids play now and I take
them to matches and I’ve fallen
back in love with the game.”
Acting only appeared on his
radar a few years ago when he
auditioned for a part in the popular
TV series Prime Suspect. “Lynda
La Plante asked me to audition
and I got down to the last two
but I didn’t get the part,” he says.
Despite missing out, it fuelled his
enthusiasm. “I thought I’d like to
have a crack at this so I did some
acting classes in Manchester.”
On the back of that, he got a part
in Love, Lives and Records. Since it
was announced he was appearing
in a musical, he’s had plenty of
stick, albeit good-natured, from his
friends in the sporting world.
“They take the mickey but they
all want me to do well,” he says. “My
kids think it’s funny, too, though
they find everything I do funny.” For
Flintoff, though, there’s a serious
side to all this. “I want to be the best
that I can be. It’s a funny script and
a brilliant show and I just want to
do it justice, because if you’re going
to do something then you should
give it your all, no half-measures, go
and do it properly.”
It’s another string to his bow as
well as a further opportunity to
broaden his horizons, something
he’s grateful for. “I’ve done so many
different things since I stopped
playing cricket and I’m very lucky,”
he says. “I never thought about
doing theatre but now I’d like to
do more drama and more acting…
though I might feel differently
on the opening night,” he adds,
laughing again.
of your gut bacteria. This complex
community of microbes can help
to govern nearly every function
of the human body in some way
or another, while research has
discovered the microbiome
can affect everything
from asthma and
irritable bowel
syndrome to
anxiety and
depression.
Want to
avoid winter
flu? Start eating
with your gut
in mind. Studies
have discovered
that having a healthy
microbiome is important in
fostering a strong immune system
and keeping us healthy.
“Your microbiome helps regulate
your metabolism, breaks food
down during the digestion process,
protects your body against harmful
infections and produces certain
vitamins,” Dr Robertson says.
The best way to keep your
microbiome ticking over
is to make sure you’re
getting a healthy
blend of probiotics
and prebiotics in
your diet.
You can
easily load up
on probiotics by
feasting on yogurt,
tempeh (soy product),
sauerkraut, kefir
(fermented milk drink)
and miso. Prebiotics come in
the form of raw garlic (inset), leeks,
chicory root, Jerusalem artichoke
and bananas.
‘Love, Lies & Records’ begins at
9pm on 16 November on BBC1; ‘Fat
Friends – The Musical’ is at Leeds
Grand Theatre until 2 December then
touring; fatfriendsthemusical.com
tepping into the Louvre
Abu Dhabi, one of the first
artworks a visitor sees is
a two-headed Neolithic
statue from Jordan, one of
the oldest known in human history.
That duality – looking back and
toward the future, encompassing
both East and West – is a theme
that extends throughout the new
museum, which is opening to the
public on Saturday after a decade
of delays and questions over
labourers’ rights.
The conservative mores of
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the
United Arab Emirates that’s more
buttoned-up than freewheeling
Dubai, can be seen in the relative
absence of pieces depicting nudity.
Still, the artwork offers a brief
history of the world and its major
religions, not shying away from
Judaism in a country that officially
does not recognise Israel.
“Here at the Louvre Abu Dhabi,
we’ve accomplished history,” said
Mohamed Khalifa al-Mubarak, the
chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism
and Culture Authority.
“This museum is a lot more than
just a museum.”
The modernist museum,
designed by the French architect
Jean Nouvel, sits under a
honeycombed dome of eight layers
of Arab-style geometric shapes.
It draws the lapping waters of the
Persian Gulf into its outer corridors,
allowing individual beams of light
that pass through the roof to strike
the surface and cast dancing
reflections across the white walls.
At night, light inside pours out like
tiny little stars from a salt shaker
against the city’s skyline.
“I imagine this metaphor of the
sky, cosmic, cosmographic, with a
random system like the stars itself,”
Nouvel told me. “I imagine that with
not a lot of lighting – just a little bit
– [it is possible] to create a kind of
rain of light.”
That rain has been a long time
coming in this desert country, a
federation of seven sheikhdoms on
the Arabian Peninsula. Authorities
first announced the Louvre Abu
Dhabi project in 2007 as Dubai
feverishly built the world’s tallest
building and other wonders.
Today, much of Saadiyat Island,
envisioned as a cultural district
anchored by the museum, is
still empty. A planned Middle
East outpost of the Guggenheim
remains unbuilt, with just a poured
foundation on the salt flood plain.
Part of the reason is the drop in
global energy prices from over $100
a barrel in 2014 to around $30 in
early 2016. Officials in Abu Dhabi
have not disclosed how much it cost
to build the museum.
What is known is that Abu Dhabi
agreed to pay France $525m for the
use of the “Louvre” name for the
next 30 years, plus another $750m
The Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Jean Nouvel, and, below, ‘Napoleon
Crossing the Alps’ by artist Jacques-Louis David, on display at the museum
What’s on show
Madonna and Child, Giovanni Bellini
The work, on loan from France, may
be the closest visitors get to seeing a
nude at the new Louvre.
Sarcophagus of Princess Henuttawy
An ornate tomb containing the
mummified body of a pharaoh’s
daughter from 10BC.
Big Electric Chair, Andy Warhol
One of a series the artist made from a
photo of an execution chamber.
Composition with Blue, Red, Yellow
and Black, Piet Mondrian
Purchased from Yves St Laurent and
Pierre Bergé in 2009, for $27.9m.
to hire French managers to oversee
the 300 loaned works of art.
During construction, the project
faced intense criticism over
workers’ conditions. A worker was
killed in an accident in 2015, while
another died of “natural causes”
in 2016, according to Abu Dhabi
authorities. Hundreds working on
projects on the island, including
the Louvre, were also deported or
lost their work visas for launching
strikes over their conditions,
according to according to a 2015
Human Rights Watch report .
Strikes are illegal in the UAE.
Jean-Luc Martinez, presidentdirector of the Louvre in Paris, says
the museum spoke “very frankly”
about working conditions. He
described the museum as a bridge
between Asia, Africa and Europe.
“We are not a European museum,”
he said. “It’s a place to see the world
from Abu Dhabi.”
That begins in the first gallery,
where the floor bears an outline
of the UAE with the names of
different world cities in Arabic,
China, English and Hindi. Different
cultures face each other in exhibits:
for example, a French suit of
armour sits directly across from a
Japanese warrior’s outfit.
The museum also makes a point
of putting the world’s religions side
by side. In one exhibit, a Jewish
funerary stele from France in 1250
sits next to a Tunisian Muslim’s
funerary stele and a Christian
archbishop’s stone epitaph from
Tyre, Lebanon. A painted French
stone statue of Virgin and Child
stands by a section of a Syrian
Koran dating to around 1250,
open to a page recounting the
night during the holy month of
Ramadan when Muslims believe
the holy book was revealed to the
Prophet Muhammad.
In a darkened room, a page from
the Blue Koran, one of the oldest
ever found, sits near a Gothic Bible,
Buddhist sutras and a Torah from
Yemen dating to 1498.
In a Middle East still torn by
religious and sectarian conflict,
whether between Sunni and Shia
or Israelis and the Palestinians,
simply putting them side by side is a
major statement.
“By addressing their message to
all humanity without distinction,
Buddhism, Christianity and
Islam transcended local cultural
characteristics and deeply
transformed ancient societies,”
one placard reads. “These religions
shared with Judaism the concept
of monotheism but diverged on the
subjects such as the representation
of the divine.”
Nudity, however, is only lightly
represented, either in bare breasts
on an Italian dish or nude bronze
ballerina statuettes by Edgar
Degas, seemingly dancing in the line
of sight of James McNeill Whistler’s
famed painting of his mother.
Whistler’s painting joins a woman’s
portrait on wood by Leonardo da
Vinci, two works by Pablo Picasso
and a hot-pink Andy Warhol image
of an electric chair. AP
Television Wednesday 8 November
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PICK OF THE DAY
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Detectorists
The Apprentice
10pm, BBC4
“Is there a Nobel Prize for metal
detecting?” wonders Lance (Toby
Jones) at the start of the third and
final series of Mackenzie Crook’s
gentle and loveable sitcom. And
while there obviously isn’t,
Detectorists itself has won a Bafta
and legions of fans attuned to its
pastoral sensibilities and its hobbyist
characters. The series opens far from
their north Essex idyll, as corporate
plans are laid for the UK’s thirdlargest solar farm to be sited on the
fields they have grown used to
scouring. On the domestic front,
Andy feels trapped living with his
mother-in-law (Diana Rigg), while
Lance’s flat is overrun by his
no-longer-estranged daughter, Kate.
9pm, BBC1
The task in which contestants set up
a London tour company is one of the
most memorable episodes, and this
variant finds the teams organising
tours of Bruges. Beer and chocolate
tastings are good on paper, but in
practice are a mix of wrong turns
and forced marches as Elizabeth, the
dominant personality of the series,
is team leader. “We don’t usually see
that forceful a leadership outside of
North Korea,” quips Lord Sugar.
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Big Life Fix: Children
In Need Special
9pm, BBC2
Travel specialist Simon Reeve
broadens his repertoire by
presenting this moving one-off
documentary in which creative
techies of all stripes combine to
design devices to help children with
severe disabilities. Eight-year-old
Josh, for example, was born
completely blind, a condition that
prevents him playing with his
classmates at break time, while
Aman struggles with poor memory
after suffering brain damage.
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Doc Martin
9pm, ITV
Until the day that Tom Cruise
decides he’d like a role in Midsomer
Murders, Sigourney Weaver’s
appearances as “The American” Beth
Traywick in Doc Martin will have to
stand as the most unlikely guest star
on TV. Beth is back, ostensibly to
trace the Cornish branches of her
family tree but really to entice
Martin (Martin Clunes) back to
the US with her, while the GP himself
has his imminent medical hearing to
worry about.
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The Rebel
10pm, Gold
Simon Callow returns as the Victor
Meldrew-ish Henry Palmer in a new
run of Andrew Birch’s so-so sitcom
based on his cartoon strip in The
Oldie magazine. Estate agents and
banks are in the firing line for the
cantankerous septuagenarian as he
tries to raise a loan to help out
daughter Cath (Anna Crilley), while
old hippie chum Charlie (Bill
Patterson with a ponytail) comes
into a small fortune of his own.
6.00 The Hairy Builder
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Sign Zone (R) (S). 9.00
Victoria Derbyshire (S).
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Permission Impossible:
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Hebrides: Islands On The
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King Of Queens (R) (S).
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Frasier (R) (S). 9.35 Frasier
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Undercover Boss USA (R)
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Summary (S). 12.05 Come
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My Kitchen Rules (S). 2.10
Countdown (S). 3.00 A
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Wright Stuff 11.15 GPs:
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Lunchtime (S). 12.15 The
Hotel Inspector Returns
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1.45 Neighbours (S). 2.20
NCIS (R) (S). 3.15 FILM:
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Ingram 2015) Drama,
starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler
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5.30 Neighbours (R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
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6.30 BBC Regional
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(S).
6.00 Eggheads (S).
6.30 Strictly Come
Dancing – It
Takes Two How
the contestants
are shaping up
for Saturday (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
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6.00 The Simpsons
Guest starring
Richard Dean
Anderson (R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks Milo
causes trouble
for Dirk (S).
6.00 Home And Away
Coco collapses
in the garden (R)
(S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 The One Show
Hosted by Matt
Baker and Alex
Jones (S).
7.00 Meet The Lords
Documentary
following life
at the House of
Lords (R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale
Lawrence fights
his emotion (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street Angie
confides in
Toyah (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7.00 Traffic Cops:
Under Attack
Thieves smash
through closed
level crossing
barriers (R) (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Great
Continental
Railway
Journeys (R) (S).
8pm
8.00 DIY SOS: The
Big Build The
team return to
Veterans Street
in Manchester
(S).
8.00 MasterChef: The
Professionals
The chefs have
to create a
perfect fruitbased soufflé
(S).
8.00 Gino’s Italian
Coastal Escape
Gino D’Acampo
sails to Capri
(S).
8.30 Coronation
Street (S).
8.00 The Supervet
Noel Fitzpatrick
operates on a
Bengal cat with
a broken back
(S).
8.00 GPs: Behind
Closed Doors
Dr Elizabeth
Barnard sees a
diabetic with a
blister between
her toes (S).
8.00 Empire Of The
Tsars: Romanov
Russia With
Lucy Worsley
The reign of
Catherine the
Great (R) (S).
9pm
9.00 The Apprentice
Alan Sugar
sends the
candidates off
to Bruges (S).
9.00 Big Life Fix:
Children In
Need Special
Life-changing
solutions for
children with
disabilities (S).
9.00 Doc Martin
Sigourney
Weaver guest
stars in the
series finale.
Last in the
series (S).
9.00 The Truth About
Slim People
An experiment
following
people who
never seem to
gain weight (S).
9.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll
Take It Away
Max and Steve
bid to recover
more than
£21,000 (S).
9.00 Cosmonauts:
How Russia
Won The Space
Race The
Soviet Union’s
role in space
exploration (R).
9.00 FILM: Night At
The Museum:
Secret Of The
Tomb (Shawn
Levy 2014)
Fantasy comedy
sequel (S).
9.00 Celebrity
Showmance
The three
couples stage
embarrassing
break-ups. Last
in the series (S).
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10.30 BBC Regional
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10.45 A Question Of
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10.00The Apprentice:
You’re Fired
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freshly rejected
candidate (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At Ten
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
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10.45 Bear’s Mission
With Rob
Brydon (R) (S).
10.00Man Down Dan
is frustrated by
the universal
lack of respect
for his status as
a father (S).
10.35 Acquitted (S).
10.00Shannon
Matthews: The
Mother’s Story
Documentary
profile of the
abductee’s
mother (R) (S).
10.00Detectorists
New series (S).
10.30 The League Of
Gentlemen
A hiker visits
Royston Vasey
(R) (S).
10.55 FILM: A.C.O.D
(Stu Zicherman
2013) Premiere.
Comedy,
starring Adam
Scott (S).
10.00Family Guy
(R) (S).
10.30 Family Guy
Brian and
Stewie stow
away on a train
(R) (S).
11.15 Junior Doctors:
Blood, Sweat
And Tears (S).
11.45 The Ganges
With Sue
Perkins Last in
the series (R) (S).
11.15 FILM: Louis
Theroux: My
Scientology
Movie (John
Dower 2015)
Documentary
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Britain: Caught
On Camera
Footage of
confrontations
and clashes on
the roads (R) (S).
11.35 Gogglebox:
Celebrity
Special For
SU2C Critiques
of popular
and topical TV
shows (R) (S).
11.05 When Kids Kill:
Catfish Killer
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teenage karate
instructor Tony
Bushby (R) (S).
11.00 Sleuths, Spies
& Sorcerers:
Andrew Marr’s
Paperback
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12.50 BBC News (S).
12.50 Peaky Blinders (R).
1.45 Sign Zone: Anthony
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Life (R). 2.25 Billion Dollar
Deals And How They
Changed Your World (R).
3.25 Eat Well For Less? (R).
4.20 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.35 Jackpot247 3.00 May
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3.50 ITV Nightscreen 5.05
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
12.45 Pokerstars
Championship (S).
1.40 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
2.35 FILM: Piku (Shoojit
Sircar 2015) Premiere (S).
4.40 Escape (R) (S). 5.35
Countdown (R) (S).
12.05 Diced To Death:
Countdown To Murder
1.00 SuperCasino 3.10
Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit 4.00 Get Your
Tatts Out: Kavos Ink 4.45
House Doctor 5.10 House
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Letters (R) (S). 1.00 Pagans
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Holiest Places (R) (S). 1.30
British Art At War (R) (S).
2.30 Cosmonauts: How
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6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Women At War: 100
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10.00 Homes Under The
Hammer (R) (S). 11.00
Getting The Builders In
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12.15 Bargain Hunt (R) (S).
1.00 BBC News At One;
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Money For Nothing (R) (S).
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Pointless (R) (S).
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11pm
Late
Simon Reeve (right)
helps children in need
9pm, BBC2
Lord Sugar sets the
teams a tourism
challenge in Bruges
in ‘The Apprentice’
9pm, BBC1
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Special (R) (S). 6.45
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S).
7.10 Dinner Date (R) (S).
8.00 Emmerdale (R) (S).
8.30 The Cube: Celebrity
Special (R) (S). 9.30 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show (R)
(S). 10.20 Dinner Date (R)
(S). 11.20 Dress To Impress
(R) (S). 12.20 Emmerdale
(R) (S). 12.50 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold Top 100
Holidays (R) (S). 1.50 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show (S).
2.45 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S). 3.50 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 4.55 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
Sigourney Weaver is a
guest in ‘Doc Martin’
9pm, ITV
6.00 Dress To
Impress Three
women select
outfits for a
male actor (R)
(S).
6.35 FILM: Hugo
(Martin
Scorsese
2011) Family
adventure,
starring Asa
Butterfield (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Strikes Back!
The most
off-the-wall
observations
(R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Judith goes
into labour (R)
(S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
11.00 American Dad!
Steve loses his
girlfriend to
another boy (R)
(S).
11.30 American Dad!
(R) (S).
12.40 FILM: Devil’s Due
(Matt Bettinelli-Olpin,
Tyler Gillett 2014) Horror,
starring Allison Miller (S).
2.25 FILM: Of Horses And
Men (Benedikt Erlingsson
2013) Comedy drama (S).
4.00 Close
12.00 Timewasters (R) (S).
12.30 Ghosted (R) (S). 1.00
The Keith Lemon Sketch
Show (R) (S). 1.30 The Keith
Lemon Sketch Show (R)
(S). 2.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 2.30 Teleshopping
NEWS
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The League of Gentlemen
10.30pm, BBC4
In anticipation of the first new visits
to Royston Vasey in 15 years, series
one (from 1999) of the grotesque
comedy written by and starring
Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and
Reece Shearsmith gets a re-run.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Acquitted
10.35pm, Channel 4
This Norwegian drama is one of the
most popular box-sets on All4. In
anticipation of a second season, the
opening episode of the first is being
shown on Channel 4 to entice even
more viewers to catch up with Aksel
(Nicolai Cleve Broch) as he returns to
his home town 20 years after he was
acquitted of murder.
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Welcome To New York
The Inbetweeners Movie
12am, Sky Cinema Select
(Abel Ferrara, 2014)
It doesn’t come out and say so, but the
French financier played by Gerard
Depardieu in this film – an utterly
odious priapic oaf – is Dominique
Strauss-Kahn. The first part of the
drama, which he spends taking drugs
and having sex with prostitutes in a
New York hotel suite, is full-on and
uncomfortably voyeuristic: a horror
movie for the Weinstein era. The
rest, in which he’s treated with the
right amount of contempt by the US
judicial system, is also tough to watch,
but there’s lots of Schadenfreude to be
enjoyed. Strauss-Kahn threatened to
sue the renegade US director Ferrara
for slander, but must have decided
he’d had enough of courtrooms.
9pm, E4
(Ben Palmer, 2011)
Following in a proud tradition of
big-screen sitcom spin-offs, four
school friends go on a package holiday
and get up to the same sort of hijinks
they would have on TV, but with
stronger swear words.
Of Horses And Men
2.25am, Film4
(Benedikt Erlingsson, 2013)
This idiosyncratic film presents a
series of interlinked vignettes – some
bleak, some contemplative, some very
funny – about the people and horses
of a small Icelandic valley. There is
more neighing than there is dialogue,
but the characters ring true.
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
6.55 Heartbeat (R) (S). 7.55
Wild At Heart (R) (S). 8.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.20
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.50
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.15
Inspector Morse (R) (S).
12.30 Wild At Heart (R)
(S). 1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 3.45 Inspector Morse
(R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Charmed (R) (S). 8.00
Charmed (R) (S). 9.00 Rules
Of Engagement (R) (S).
9.30 Rules Of Engagement
(R) (S). 10.00 Black-ish
(R) (S). 10.30 Black-ish (R)
(S). 11.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 11.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 12.00 New Girl (R) (S).
12.30 New Girl (R) (S). 1.00
The Big Bang Theory (R) (S).
1.30 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 2.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 2.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 3.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 3.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
4.00 New Girl (R) (S). 4.30
New Girl (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 5.30 The
Goldbergs (R) (S).
8.55 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 10.00
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 10.30
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 11.05
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 11.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.10
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.45
A Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (R) (S). 1.50 A Place
In The Sun: Winter Sun
(R) (S). 3.50 Time Team (R)
(S). 4.55 Time Team (R) (S).
5.55 The Secret Life Of The
Zoo (R) (S).
6.00 Heartbeat A
newcomer
intrigues the
residents of
Aidensfield (R)
(S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory Howard
returns from
space (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
The vet
must decide
whether a hip
replacement on
a cat is viable
(R) (S).
6.00 Futurama Fry
falls for a robot
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R).
6.00 House The
doctor faces
an apparently
supernatural
mystery (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
helps a friend
arrested for
murder (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Holly
has a decision
to make (S).
7.30 Streetmate
Scarlett is in
Birmingham
(R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A shed-like
home and
workspace
built using
industrial-style
materials (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R).
7.30 The Simpsons
Marge invites
Nelson Muntz
to stay (R).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A taxi driver is
beaten to death
by an angry
mob (R) (S).
8.00 Foyle’s War
A murder mars
the victory
celebration
preparations
(R) (S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory The
gang celebrates
Sheldon’s
birthday (R) (S).
8.00 DC’s Legends
Of Tomorrow
Stein begins
work on a
secret project
(S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
An officerinvolved
shooting
prompts public
outrage (R) (S).
9.00 999: On The
Frontline
An 89-yearold woman
in Coventry
refuses to go to
hospital (S).
9.00 Marvel’s
Inhumans Black
Bolt and his
family hit major
problems (S).
9.00 Band Of
Brothers
Second World
War drama,
starring Damian
Lewis (R) (S).
10.00Obsessive
Compulsive
Country House
Cleaners
Sprucing up
country estates
(R) (S).
10.00Bounty Hunters
Barnaby and
Nina urgently
need £500,000
(S).
10.40 The Simpsons
(R).
10.35 Band Of
Brothers
Winters rallies
the troops (R)
(S).
11.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.30 The Big Bang
Theory The
gang share
Christmas
tales (R) (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E A 12-yearold girl requires
extensive
surgery after
breaking her leg
(R) (S).
11.05 The Simpsons
(R).
11.30 PL Greatest
Games (R) (S).
11.45 A League Of
Their Own
(R) (S).
11.45 The Sopranos
Carmela and
Meadow hold a
vigil at Tony’s
bedside (R) (S).
12.00 Rude Tube (R) (S).
1.00 First Dates (R) (S).
2.05 The Goldbergs (R)
(S). 2.35 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 3.00 Rude Tube (R)
(S). 3.55 Black-ish (R) (S).
4.20 Black-ish (R) (S). 4.40
Charmed (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 999: On The Frontline
(R) (S). 2.05 24 Hours In
A&E (R) (S). 3.15 8 Out Of
10 Cats Uncut (R) (S). 3.55
Close
12.45 The Force: North
East (R). 1.45 Ross Kemp In
Search Of Pirates (R). 2.45
Brit Cops: War On Crime
(R) (S). 3.45 PL Greatest
Games (R) (S). 4.00 Stop,
Search, Seize (R) (S). 5.00
The Dog Whisperer (R) (S).
12.55 The Sopranos (R)
(S). 2.10 Tin Star (R). 3.10
Californication (R) (S). 3.45
Californication (R) (S). 4.20
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.10
The West Wing (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: The
Inbetweeners
Movie (Ben
Palmer 2011)
Comedy,
starring Joe
Thomas (S).
10.05 Lewis The
detective
investigates
when a body is
found in a well
(R) (S).
12.00 Inspector Morse (R)
(S). 2.05 ITV3 Nightscreen
2.30 Teleshopping
6.00 Modern Family (R)
(S). 6.30 Modern Family
(R) (S). 7.00 Monkey Life
(R) (S). 7.30 Monkey Life
(R) (S). 8.00 It’s Me Or The
Dog (R) (S). 8.30 It’s Me
Or The Dog (R) (S). 9.00
The Dog Whisperer (R) (S).
9.30 The Dog Whisperer
(R) (S). 10.00 Zoo Tales (R)
(S). 10.30 Zoo Tales (R) (S).
11.00 Modern Family (R)
(S). 11.30 Modern Family
(R) (S). 12.00 Football’s
Funniest Moments (R) (S).
1.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R).
2.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R).
3.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
(S). 4.00 Stargate SG-1 (R)
(S). 5.00 The Simpsons (R).
5.30 Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 The Guest Wing (R)
(S). 7.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 8.00
Urban 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).
6.33am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 The Matt
Edmondson Show 4.00 Greg
James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Greg James 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Huw Stephens 1am Benji
B 3.00 BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra’s
Stories – Music By Numbers:
Biffy Clyro 4.00 Adele Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am A.Dot 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Nick Bright
4.00 MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target
9.00 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Sian Anderson 1am
Benji B 3.00 Toddla T
BBC Radio 2
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 The Folk Show With Mark
Radcliffe 8.00 Jo Whiley 10.00
George Michael: Red Line 11.00
Marcus Mumford 12am Pick Of
The Pops 2.00 Radio 2 Playlists:
Country Playlist 3.00 Radio
2 Playlist: Easy 4.00 Radio 2
Playlist: Radio 2 Rocks 5.00
Nicki Chapman
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast 9.00
Essential Classics 12noon
Composer Of The Week:
Soviet Russia (1917-1953) 1.00
News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert 2.00 Afternoon
Concert 3.30 Choral Evensong
4.30 New Generation Artists
5.00 In Tune 7.00 In Tune
Mixtape. Ragtime Verdi,
Midsummer Mendelssohn
and Stravinsky Fireworks.
7.30 Radio 3 In Concert. Cedric
Tiberghien plays piano music
by Prokofiev, Philippe Hersant
and Mussorgsky. 10.00 Free
Thinking 10.45 The Essay: Ten
Artists That Shook The World
11.00 Late Junction 12.30am
Through The Night
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Only Artists
9.30 Life Drawing 9.45 Living
With The Gods 10.00 Woman’s
Hour 10.55 The Listening
Project 11.00 The Confidence
Trick 11.30 Mae Martin’s Guide
To 21st Century Addiction
12noon News 12.04 Brexit: A
Guide For The Perplexed 12.15
You And Yours 12.57 Weather
1.00 The World At One 1.45
Book Of The Week: Life In The
Garden 2.00 The Archers 2.15
Drama: Remote 3.00 Money
Box Live 3.30 All In The Mind
4.00 Thinking Allowed 4.30
The Media Show 5.00 PM 6.00
Six O’Clock News 6.30 Andy
Hamilton Sort Of Remembers.
The writer and comedian
focuses on the subject of
animals. Last in the series. 7.00
The Archers. Ian struggles to
make a good impression. 7.15
Front Row. Arts programme.
7.45 Living With The Gods.
Neil MacGregor focuses on
Aztec human sacrifices. 8.00
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Catch up with events in
Weimar Germany in this lavish
new detective drama.
Love And Drugs
On The Street
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BBC iPlayer
Women sleeping rough
in Brighton.
Revolution: New Art
For A New World
BBC iPlayer
How avant-garde art flourished
during the Russian Revolution.
The Moral Maze. Presented
by Michael Buerk. 8.45 Why I
Changed My Mind. A former
Scientologist explains why
he quit what some see as a
dangerous cult. Last in the
series. 9.00 Costing The Earth.
Roger Harrabin travels to the
USA to meet America’s climate
resistance. 9.30 Only Artists
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book At Bedtime: First
Person. By Richard Flanagan.
11.00 Little Lifetimes. Beverley
Callard stars in Jenny Eclair’s
comic monologue about a
60th Birthday party. Last in the
series. 11.15 Yours Truly, Pierre
Stone. Pierre Stone attempts
to strike up a correspondence
with his favourite television
star. 11.30 Science Stories.
Naomi Alderman tells how
William Fox Talbot captured a
moment in time. 12am News
And Weather 12.30 Book Of
The Week: Life In The Garden
12.48 Shipping Forecast 1.00
As BBC World Service 5.20
Shipping Forecast 5.30 News
Briefing 5.43 Prayer For The
Day 5.45 Farming Today 5.58
Tweet Of The Day
Remembers 6.00 Earthsearch
I 6.30 Musical Genes 7.00
The Navy Lark 7.30 Hancock’s
Half Hour 8.00 The Blackburn
Files 8.30 A Fork In The Road
9.00 Infinite Possibilities
And Unlikely Probabilities
9.15 Tommies 10.00 Comedy
Club: Andy Hamilton Sort Of
Remembers 10.30 Comedy
Club: Before They Were
Famous 10.45 Comedy Club:
No Tomatoes 10.55 Comedy
Club: The Comedy Club
Interview 11.00 Comedy
Club: Bridget Christie Minds
The Gap 11.30 Comedy Club:
Radio 9 12am Earthsearch I
12.30 Musical Genes 1.00 The
Blackburn Files 1.30 A Fork In
The Road 2.00 Regeneration
2.15 Cosmic Quest 2.30 A Kind
Of Loving 2.45 The Horologicon
3.00 Home Front Omnibus
4.00 Say The Word 4.30 The Sit
Crom 5.00 The Cavity Within
5.30 Andy Hamilton Sort Of
Remembers
BBC 5 Live
8.31am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
3am Test Match Special 5.30
Test Match Special
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00 5
Live Daily With Emma Barnett
1pm Afternoon Edition 4.00
5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport
8.00 5 Live Sport: Get Inspired
With Darren Campbell 9.00 5
Live Sport: 5 Live Cricket 10.30
Phil Williams 1am Up All Night
5.00 Morning Reports 5.15
Wake Up To Money
BBC Radio 4 Extra
BBC 6 Music
6am The Blackburn Files
6.30 A Fork In The Road 7.00
The Cavity Within 7.30 Andy
Hamilton Sort Of Remembers
8.00 The Navy Lark 8.30
Hancock’s Half Hour 9.00 Say
The Word 9.30 The Sit Crom
10.00 Home Front Omnibus
11.00 Infinite Possibilities And
Unlikely Probabilities 11.15
Tommies 12noon The Navy
Lark 12.30 Hancock’s Half
Hour 1.00 The Blackburn Files
1.30 A Fork In The Road 2.00
Regeneration 2.15 Cosmic
Quest 2.30 A Kind Of Loving
2.45 The Horologicon 3.00
Home Front Omnibus 4.00
Say The Word 4.30 The Sit
Crom 5.00 The Cavity Within
5.30 Andy Hamilton Sort Of
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Steve Lamacq 7.00 Marc
Riley 9.00 Gideon Coe 12am
6 Music Recommends With
Mary Anne Hobbs 1.00 The
First Time With David Byrne
2.00 A Year In The Life: The
Beatles 1962 2.30 6 Music Live
Hour 3.30 6 Music’s Jukebox
5.00 Chris Hawkins
BBC Radio 4 LW
Pick
ofthe
day
George Michael:
Red Line
10pm, BBC Radio 2
In the second
instalment of frank
discussion, George
(above) talks about
going back to the
studio after his
partner Anselmo’s
death, to make his
third solo studio
album, Older.
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm Bill
Turnbull 5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics At Seven
8.00 The Full Works Concert.
Jane Jones presents a concert
recorded at Sage Gateshead
last week. 10.00 Smooth
Classics 1am Sam Pittis
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00
Dave Berry 7.00 Danielle Perry
10.00 Pete Donaldson 1am
Chris Martin
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Sian Welby 10.00 Kat
Shoob 1am Simon Beale 4.00
Jenni Falconer
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast With David Ginola
10.00 Jim White 1pm
Hawksbee And Jacobs 4.00
Adrian Durham And Darren
Gough 7.00 Kick-off 10.00
Sports Bar 1am Extra Time
With Adam Catterall 5.00 Early
Breakfast With Geoff Peters
Merchants
of venison
Travel
‘The king of trains’
How the ‘Orient Express’
brought the height of
glamour to the rails
Page 32
Arts
Going for gold
‘Detectorists’ creator
Mackenzie Crook on his
success in metal detecting
Page 34
Reviews
‘Whirligig of spins’
It’s a night of contrasts,
with two premieres in a
Royal Ballet triple bill
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A
s I carefully plant my
feet in the footsteps
of the person ahead
of me, trying not to
make a sound, I’m
trying to remember if I put any
perfume on this morning. High
up in the Scottish Highlands on
my first ever deer stalk, all I can
think about is the advice that the
deer will “smell you first, then
see you, then hear you”. In that
case, have I given the game away
to every deer in a five-mile radius with my morning ablutions?
While deer stalking remains
a popular sport, I’m not here
for that. I’m here to find out
how venison is sourced. In a
world where much of our meat
is farmed on a massive scale
and killed via a production line,
it seems bizarre that wild deer,
even that sold in supermarkets,
is still obtained in the same way
the Victorians hunted for their
supper. Yet here I am on the
8,000-acre Glenlyon Estate –
one of the estates Sainsbury’s
gets its venison from – chasing
down some deer.
It sounds brutal. And antiquated. Yet many argue that
this “sport” is necessary. With
Wild deer meat was once the
preserve of the privileged few.
Now, we can buy it in supermarkets
– but it’s still sourced the same way
it was centuries ago, as
Ellen Manning discovered when
she went stalking for supper
roughly 1.5 million wild deer in
the UK, there’s an argument
that controlling the population
is vital in order to reduce their
environmental impact.
So while some of us might not
like the idea of statuesque stags
or Bambi-like hinds (females)
being shot in the wild, it may be
a necessary evil. Does it make
sense, then, that the product of
those culls are being put to good
use – as dinner?
Venison was once the preserve of the aristocracy, the privileged few who both hunted and
ate it. But recent years have seen
it become more mainstream.
Now offered in supermarkets
and available all year round
thanks to the development of
deer farms and parks, wild venison’s lean, low-fat credentials
make it an appealing choice for
increasingly health-conscious
consumers. That may be why
Sainsbury’s has seen its total
venison volume grow 13 per cent
year on year.
Wider availability and growing confidence when it comes
to less mainstream products
means people are starting to
recognise venison’s appeal, says
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
16-20
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
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VENISON MEATBALLS, MADEIRA AND WILD MUSHROOM
CREAM SAUCE, BUTTERY SMASHED ROOT VEG
For the sauce
4 shallots, diced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp chopped thyme
1 tbsp chopped parsley
70g porcini mushrooms, dried
400g mixed exotic or
wild mushrooms
500ml fresh chicken stock
300ml Madeira wine
300ml double cream
For the root vegetables
500g mixed root veg
(carrots, sweet potato,
butternut, parsnip)
75g butter
Salt and pepper
Julien Pursglove
(left) and Graeme
Gallimore stalk
wild deer in Fife,
while (above)
Pursglove, a
master butcher,
prepares the
carcass
CRAIG STEPHEN
Julien Pursglove, Sainsbury’s’
technical manager and a trained
deer stalker, licensed slaughter man and master butcher.
“Things like fish, veal, venison,
people historically would see on
a menu and order because they
trusted the person at the restaurant to produce it the optimum
way,” he tells me. “But now more
food programmes, books and
chefs are encouraging people
to eat it in the home. It’s healthy,
naturally low in fat and it’s so
versatile and simple to cook.”
While much supermarket
venison is farmed, premium
ranges are sourced from the
wild and Sainsbury’s’ Taste the
Difference lines are 100 per cent
wild Scottish red deer – the deer
we’re stalking right now.
Pursglove is alongside Glenlyon Estate’s own head stalker
Graeme Gallimore. We’ve been
told to follow in their footsteps,
stay in single file and not make a
sound, as their expert eyes pick
out the right deer to target. Estate owner Iain Wotherspoon
explains that they’re deliberately picking out certain deer as
targets, often the older ones who
are unlikely to survive the winter
on the hill. “There are plenty of
times I’ve gone back down without a deer because I couldn’t find
the right one,” he tells me.
A hand signal from Julien and
Graeme means they have found
an appropriate target. We watch
from afar as they drop to the
ground and crawl out of sight.
The only indication we have of
their success is a muffled shot
ringing out across the Highlands then a radio message that
we can come forward and watch
the next step – the “gralloching”,
or disembowelling .
While things are done slightly
differently with farmed deer
slaughtered at an abattoir, up on
the hill the deer is gralloched by
the stalker. It seems a little gruesome, but speed is important in
order to keep the carcass cool
and avoid the meat becoming
contaminated. It also allows the
Venison is healthy,
naturally low in fat
and it’s so versatile
and simple to cook
stalker to check for any disease.
The carcass, still in its skin, is
then taken back down to the estate’s “larder”, where the rest of
the major organs are removed
and inspected for disease. A few
other steps and the deer is now
officially “larder-dressed” and
ready to be taken to the abattoir and transformed into the
meat we’re more accustomed
to seeing in a butcher’s shop or
a supermarket.
Here, this happens at Downfield Farm – Scotland’s first deer
abattoir and one of just four licensed venison abattoirs in the
UK. Owners Bob and Jane Prentice started off with a facility to
process farmed deer at their
farm just outside Cupar in Fife,
later adding a facility to process
wild venison, and receive deer
from farms and estates all over
Scotland. “We didn’t initially
think about doing the wild,” Bob
Prentice tells me. “But there
is demand for wild as well as
farmed and it makes sense to
be adaptable for both.” The final
part of the process takes place at
Yorkshire-based Holme Farmed
Venison where larger joints are
transformed into the steaks,
loins and diced venison we buy.
Glenlyon’s owner Iain Wotherspoon says that, while part of the
process of getting the deer on his
land off “the hill” and into our
shopping trolleys is the same as
it has been for centuries, much
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thinks has played a part in raising venison’s popularity. “I have
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end product is much better controlled, there’s a better grading
system, better handling systems
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wild venison onto our plates is a
labour-intensive process. And as
fascinating as getting the chance
to join a stalk was, I’m rather
grateful I can get my venison off
the shelf in my local supermarket with far less hard work. It
saves the perfume stress.
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All aboard!
With a new adaptation of
‘Murder on the Orient Express’
currently on the big screen,
Mark Tungate looks back at the
history of ‘the king of trains’
O
n a beautiful Paris
afternoon, a line of
railway carriages
with a familiar royal
blue and cream livery
gleams in the spring sunshine. For
the moment they are empty, but
the usual gaggle of mismatched
characters, thrown together by
fate and the train’s legendary
allure, wait to board.
“D’you think it’s haunted?” a
small boy asks his mother.
“A ghost?” she says, amused.
“The ghost of the Orient Express?”
Nearby, a man in tortoiseshell
glasses shuffles his feet and
surreptitiously jots the exchange
in his notebook. He is by no means
the first writer to have stepped
aboard the train – although
he is certainly among
the least famous.
When, at last,
the visitors are
able to file into
the carriages, it
looks as though
the previous
o c c u p a n t s h av e
left in a hurry. In one
sleeping compartment,
a casually draped fur and
a phonograph. On a table in the
restaurant car, a typewriter, a
stub-filled ashtray, a gin bottle
and an empty glass. It is as if the
train really is haunted: more Mary
Celeste than Orient Express.
The other problem is that the
train will remain stationary. In
fact, the carriages are moored
on a windswept concrete plaza
outside the Arab World Institute.
They are the centrepiece of an
exhibition about the historic train.
The carriages are not even hooked
up to the locomotive, which stands
aloof from them on a dais at the
entrance to the museum, looking
imperious but faintly lost, like an
interloper at a cocktail party. As
well it might: its only connection
with the train is the fact that it
appeared in Sidney Lumet’s film
version of Murder on the Orient
Express (1974).
As the film demonstrates, the
Orient Express was not so much
a mode of transport as a cultural
phenomenon – one of the greatest
travel brands ever to have existed.
The opening scenes of the movie
capture some of its magnetism.
The last passengers scuttle
aboard, the heavy doors banging
like rifle shots. A whistle blows. A
great lamp opens its bright white
eye at the front of the locomotive.
Emerging from its slumber,
the train begins to move.
Ponderously at first,
in clouds of steam,
hissing with effort.
The pistons rise and
fall. A little faster
now. Then faster
still, urged on by the
soundtrack. Finally,
it is flying along,
trailing exhilarating
gusts of music and a silken
scarf of steam. The film has
an all-star cast, but this is the
blockbuster draw.
The exhibition at the Arab
World Institute in 2014 attempted
to define the factors that gave the
Orient Express its remarkable,
epoch-bridging status. And also,
perhaps, to answer the question:
“Was it really as glamorous as
it sounds?”
The father of the Orient Express,
a Belgian engineer named
Georges Nagelmackers, made
sure several journalists were
aboard the train for its inaugural
voyage on 4 October 1883. Women
were not invited, and the men
were advised to pack pistols.
Like many great stories, that
of the Orient Express begins
with conflict. Born in Liège into
a wealthy family of bankers,
Nagelmackers trained as a civil
engineer. He became smitten with
a cousin, but his love remained
unrequited – and his family
strongly disapproved. He was
dispatched to the US in the hope
that travel and adventure would
dissipate his ardour.
Travel meant the railroad –
and Nagelmackers developed a
new passion for the comfortable
Pullman sleeping cars in which
he toured the US for 10 months.
The Belgian saw a business
opportunity: there was nothing
like this in Europe. He contacted
the maker of the carriages, George
Pullman, to suggest a partnership.
Already fabulously wealthy,
Pullman declined. This time,
Nagelmackers was not so easily
deterred from his goal.
Will Virgin be
Travel
Unravelled Brexit-proof –
and what will
BY SIMON
CALDER
no deal mean
for Europe’s
open skies?
There has been talk about
planes being grounded if we
have a “no-deal” Brexit. Given that
Air France has invested in Virgin
Atlantic, surely they don’t see an
issue in regards to the “open skies”
agreement? Would it not be in the
EU’s best interests for UK to have
flight permissions, etc? Matt D
Q
Announcing the sale of
a 31 per cent stake in
Virgin Atlantic to Air France,
Sir Richard Branson blamed the
“negative effect” of Brexit “on the
A
financial performance of both our
holiday company and the airline,
principally due to the collapse in
the value of the pound”.
Delta Airlines is keeping a
49 per cent stake in the airline,
leaving the founder with just
one-fifth of the airline’s equity.
The company, founded by Sir
Richard in 1984, will retain its
identity and independence as a
British carrier with a UK operating
certificate. That means Virgin
Atlantic is effectively Brexit-proof,
assuming that an aviation deal is
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The ‘Venice SimplonOrient Express’
(above and left, below)
is depicted in the new
film of ‘Murder on the
Orient Express’ (left)
starring Kenneth
Branagh; dining on
the ‘Orient Express’
in 1886 (inset)
BELMOND; GETTY
Th
he
founder
died in 1905,
exhausted
financially
and
physically
by his
venture
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By March 1883, the project had
built up steam. Nagelmackers
informed his shareholders that he
had signed agreements with every
major railway operator from Paris
to the Black Sea: he was ready to
launch the Train Express d’Orient.
Finally, on 3 October, the great
announcement appeared in Le
Figaro and Le Gaulois. A “special
inaugural train”, containing only
invited guests, would leave Paris
the following evening, to arrive at
Constantinople on 8 October.
Nagelmackers died in 1905,
exhausted both financially and
physically by his venture. But the
Orient Express, already on its way
to becoming iconic, refused to die
with him. The suspension of the
service at the start of the First
World War should have put an end
to the story – but a new version of
the train emerged in 1919, with the
opening of the Simplon Tunnel
through the Alps. The Venice
Simplon-Orient-Express called at
Lausanne, Milan, Venice, Trieste
and Belgrade, before dividing at
Nis into trains to Istanbul on the
one hand and Athens on the other.
The 1920s were perhaps
the apogee of the literary and
cinematic Orient Express – the
version of the train we daydream
about today. Art Deco styling,
velvet-upholstered seating,
mahogany panels set with crystal
engravings by Lalique, journeys in
the company of Josephine Baker
and the notorious Greek arms
dealer Basil Zaharoff.
One Orient Express train became
stuck in a snowdrift in Thrace for
six days in 1929 – an incident that
would inspire Agatha Christie,
who was not aboard for that
particular voyage, but had
certainly enjoyed others. Murder
on the Orient Express was published
in 1934. The train will be forever
associated with Dame Agatha, but
many other writers have sent their
characters along its rails. Graham
Greene gathered a host of dissolute
and desperate characters together
for Stamboul Train in 1932; Ian
Fleming booked James Bond on to
the Orient Express for the agent’s
climactic battle with the brutal spy
“Red” Grant in From Russia With
Love (1957).
The film versions of these tales –
and many others besides – took the
myth to another dimension.
In 1873 he founded Georges
Nagelmackers & Company, which
quickly became the Compagnie
Internationale des Wagons-Lits
(CIWL). The enterprise was
necessarily based in Belgium,
bearing in mind the financial
backing of Nagelmackers’ family,
not to mention the support of a
very special friend of his father’s
– Leopold II, the King of Belgium.
Having obtained the first
sleeping car concession in
Belgium, Nagelmackers began
convincing railway operators
across Europe to attach his
company’s wagons-lits, lounges
and restaurant cars to their trains.
The next step was evident:
the creation of trains entirely
composed of CIWL carriages.
The first of these left the Gare de
l’Est in Paris for Vienna “early in
the evening” of 10 October 1882.
Transporting 40 travellers, it
made the 848-mile journey in
just under 28 hours, at a speed of
30mph – roughly six hours faster
than existing services.
This is an edited excerpt from
‘The Escape Industry:
How Iconic and
Innovative Brands
Built the Travel
Business’ by Mark
Tungate (£19.99,
koganpage.com)
struck with the US. The airline’s
route network to North America,
the Caribbean and beyond will be
based on bilateral agreements – so,
in the event of no flight deal being
struck between the UK and the EU
before 29 March 2019, Air France’s
investment should be safe.
The wider question of the extent
to which it is in the EU’s interests
to continue the current “open
skies” agreement depends on who
you ask. Spain, Portugal, Croatia
and Greece are very happy for
British holidaymakers to continue
to fly in on any airline. But for
other countries less dependent on
UK tourism, Brexit is seen as an
opportunity for rebalancing traffic.
In terms of intra-European
flying, the UK and Ireland
dominate. And although Ireland
will, of course, remain part of the
EU, the most important market for
Ryanair is flying between Britain
and Continental Europe.
France, Germany and Italy
may insist that their airlines have
a bigger share of the aviation
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‘Detectorists’, the loveliest sitcom on TV, is back.
Alice Jones talks to Mackenzie Crook and Toby
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Mackenzie Crook found
gold. In an inevitable
piece of life imitating
art, the creator of the
Bafta-winning sitcom
Detectorists has taken up metal
detecting. He now owns an XP Deus
and goes out searching on a piece of
farmland, where he turned up a piece
of gold jewellery.
“It’s in the British Museum now –
not on display but they’re researching
it. They can’t quite figure out what it
is – a pendant or an earring – or how
old it is, but they think it’s Roman.”
Did he do the “Gold Dance” – as
detectorist Lance (Toby Jones) did
at the end of series two, when he
found Saxon treasure? “No! It was
getting dark and I honestly didn’t
realise what it was until I got home
that evening and cleaned it up.”
“Hang on,” Jones butts in. “Tell her
what you told me.”
“Oh, OK. I think I knew what it
was, but I sort of pretended to myself
that it was unimportant and I drove
all the way back – two hours – trying
to pretend I hadn’t just found gold.
I was saving the moment, teasing
myself until I got home and then I
got it out, went through all the other
finds first, and then… oh f***. It
was awesome.”
We a r e i n T h e C r o w n i n
Framlingham, Suffolk, the pretty
market town where Detectorists
is filmed. In the show it’s called
Danebury, the home of the lovably
motley members of a metal-detecting
club. There’s Maggie’s giftshop on
the square, there’s Lance’s little
house, and there’s the Scout hut,
which serves as the HQ of the DMDC
(Danebury Metal Detecting Club).
When the producers asked to film in
the hut, the owner had one condition
– that they give his granddaughter
some work experience. She’s now a
full-time member of the crew.
The locals don’t bat an eyelid at
the invasion; they already have one
showbiz son. “Ed Sheeran is the local
celebrity. We’re just some people off
the telly,” says Gill Isles, producer of
the show, whose hits include Peter
Kay’s Car Share.
“We wanted to film far enough
away from London that the crew
would have to stay – to get that
community,” explains Crook, who
writes, directs and stars as Andy.
Certainly, everyone seems very
happy, as befits a comedy which
makes much of the gentle pleasures of
life – a cloudless sky, birdsong, a pint
with a good mate. “I think it’s enviable
isn’t it?” says Jones. “They’ve got
time to talk to each other, to go to
the pub. There are mobile phones
but they’re not in any way enslaved
to them. You don’t see a computer.
It’s the thing that everybody else is
complaining they don’t have – time to
relate to each other. People say, ‘Oh,
Lance is a bit of a loser.’ I don’t think
he’s a loser, I think he’s a winner.”
Crook came up with the idea for
Detectorists back in 1999. He recently
found a page in an old notebook,
headed “The Metal Detectors”. “It
wasn’t a comedy, it was a lot darker
and more grim. But I knew there
was something in the idea of these
obsessive hobbyists.”
Th
hey’ve got time
to talk to each other,
to go to the pub. It’s
enviable isn’t it?
It’s a comedy now, but there is
drama in the ups and downs of
the marriage of Andy and Becky
(Rachael Stirling) and pathos in
Lance’s loneliness, all wrapped up in
an elegiac appreciation of nature and
the English countryside. In all, it’s
lovely proof of what can happen when
a creative mind is allowed to put their
vision on screen, wholesale. “The
BBC never meddled. They never
tried to have a bigger joke count, or
tighten it up, or have less space,” says
Crook. “People have understood from
the beginning.”
Fans of the show adore it. “It’s like
a little bit of treasure that people feel
like they’ve found for themselves,
because it was a bit hidden on BBC4,”
says Crook.
“The thing that always appealed
to me about it was that it wasn’t
desperate for you to laugh at every
single thing,” adds Jones. “It was
saying, ‘You may like these guys.’
Rather than, ‘Isn’t everything they
say funny?!’ I got that from the first
four pages Mackenzie sent me – I
thought, what a relief. It’s not needy
in the way that some comedies are.”
At the beginning of the third series,
Andy has returned from Botswana
with Becky and son Stanley. He
is living with his mother-in-law
(Diana Rigg) and has a proper job,
surveying sites before office blocks
go up. Lance has a new girlfriend and
is living with his long-lost daughter
Kate. Otherwise, it’s more of the
same – domestic woes, rural escape,
underwhelming finds and pub.
Crook wasn’t sure he wanted to
write another series, so he took a
year off. “I realised, yes, I needed to
do some more episodes to finish it
off,” he says. One of his own finds –
a falconer’s whistle – appears in the
first episode of the new series. “It
was full of dirt. I emptied it out, then
I blew and I heard this sound for the
first time in centuries.”
Crook was originally inspired by an
episode of Time Team. “There were
two detectorists and they struck
me as odd fellows with a strange
obsession,” he says. “Then there’s
the clumsy metaphor. What are they
actually looking for? It seemed like
you could fit in a lot of symbolism into
the metal-detecting hobby.”
Really, though, it could be about
any slightly off-the-wall hobby
and the eccentric camaraderie it
engenders. More broadly, it’s about
male friendship and what it means to
be a man. “There’s this idea if you’re
into anything other than sport then
you’re to be ridiculed. But so many
millions of people do have these
hobbies, their own personal private
passion,” says Crook, who collects
coins and tends to his eight acres of
Essex woodland in his spare time.
Jones, a lapsed train-spotter and
vinyl obsessive, agrees. “I read a very
interesting book about how one of
the adjacent effects of Thatcherism
was the growth of football. These
marginal, fringe hobbies – if you
could get rid of them and channel
everyone into mainstream, then you
could make more money.”
Lance and Andy are far from Alpha
Males and the women of the show
are the capable, dominant figures.
“They fumble as men do,” says Jones.
“They want to say the right thing but
they’re not quite articulate. They’re
not metropolitan, they want to be
nice and they form a club.”
Today Crook is directing, not
acting, which is increasingly how he
likes it. “I can see myself doing less
acting,” he says. He doesn’t know
what he will write next, but is fairly
sure that this series marks the end of
the DMDC. “I’ve got this feeling that
I’d like to leave them to get on with
their lives now. Leave them in a good
place – and just wave them goodbye.”
‘Detectorists’, tonight, BBC4, 10pm
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Mackenzie Crook
and Toby Jones
as Andy and
Lance; (below
left), on the set
of ‘Detectorists’;
(below) the DMDC
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SEAN O’GRADY
Craggy Island meets the
Road to Damascus in
a touching spectacle
» Hotel For Refugees BBC1, 10.45pm
» Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico BBC2, 9pm
H
otel for Refugees
was the most touching
television in a very long
time. The arrival of a
couple of hundred Syrian refugees
in a small town in the west of
Ireland with a population of around
1,800 and previously virtually
untouched by immigration might
not have gone well. And yet it did
go extraordinarily well, and so far
as one could see, religion was the
cause – a deeply ironic thing given
what religious differences have
done to the welfare of the people of
the Middle East and the island of
Ireland alike over the centuries.
Then again, the fact that
Ballaghaderreen was unused to
inward migration did not mean that
it had no folk history of migration
out of the town and the country.
Those in the Irish diaspora
understand the man-made and
natural disasters that can drive
people from their homes and
homelands, when they’d have
otherwise no wish to do so. They
also understand the hostility and
racism in “host” populations, all
too ready to stick labels on them
and believe in generalisations. (“No
Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish” was the
notice on the boarding house doors
in the 1950s: the Irish know what it
is to be despised.)
Certainly some of the residents
in Co Roscommon made
reference to their own troubled
history – Mary, for example, who
runs a gloriously old-fashioned
haberdashery. I was struck by
how open the devout Catholics
were to the new arrivals with their
unfamiliar religion.
The government took the
opportunity to turn an abandoned
luxury hotel into a comfortable and
safe home for the refugees. The
residents of the town went out of
their way to show the new arrivals
around and give them presents and
introduce them to the wonders of
the Irish way of life. It takes two,
though, and the Syrian tradition of
Islam is obviously a more inclusive
one than some others, and this
helped. Syrian grannies wanted to
join the knitting circle and to take
their young ones to see Catholic
Mass at Easter and say a few
prayers with the priest.
It was all a bit “Craggy Island
meets the Road to Damascus” and all
the grander for it. The Syrian boys
were keen to be equally Irish and
Syrian within weeks of their arrival
– complete with shamrock facepaint for the Pat’s Day celebrations.
So joyously fine was this account
of Christian and Islamic generosity
that I feared for the future, which
surely cannot be as calm and united
as it is now. Already there were
hate leaflets being anonymously
distributed purporting to tell the
“truth” about 1,400 years of Islam.
You couldn’t listen to a 20-year-old
lad tell how his mother was shot to
death in front of him, dying in his
arms, and not want to help, though.
That’s why programmes such as
this are so important.
Maybe there is an automatic
TV-chef-progamme-formatgenerator software that sits in
commissioning editors’ offices, so
formulaic have things become. I’d
not be shocked, given the existence
of Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico.
There was really only the most
tenuous justification for giving Rick
a seven-episode series following
him and his frying pan from San
Francisco to Mexico City, but that’s
telly in 2017. I admit that Rick was
his usual charming, unpretentious
down-to-earth self, that the
recipes looked tasty, and that I was
enchanted by the wok warehouse
he discovered in Chinatown.
But still… Next up, Nigella’s Taste
of Togo; Jamie Oliver’s Solomon
Islands Kitchen; and Gordon
Ramsay’s Comoros Hell’s Kitchen.
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Arts
Sarah Lamb and
Steven McRae in
a scene from ‘The
Illustrated Farewell’
by Twyla Tharp
TRISTRAM KENTON
Arts
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DANCE
Royal Ballet Triple Bill
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON
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The Royal Ballet’s new triple
bill has two premieres, new
productions by Twyla Tharp and
Arthur Pita, alongside Hofesh
Shechter’s 2015 Untouchable. It’s
an evening of drastic contrast.
Tharp’s The Illustrated ‘Farewell’
is all dazzle on a bare stage, a
virtuoso display that whirls
and dips and strolls. Pita’s The
Wind sets up entire lumbering
mechanisms to tell a weak thread
of story.
The Illustrated ‘Farewell’ is a
new/old ballet. In 1973, Tharp
OPERA
POP
Carmen
Dua Lipa
WILTON’S MUSIC HALL, LONDON
O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON, LONDON
HHHHH
Wilton’s makes the perfect venue
for the Jette Parker trainees of
Covent Garden to show off their
compact Carmen. As director,
Gerard Jones points out, this is
a boiling-down of Peter Brook’s
pocket version, and is given an
almost jazzy spin by the French
composer Marius Constant.
This, says Jones, will be an
“autopsy” of the relationship
between Carmen and Don José,
an attempt to show how toxic a
relationship can be. There are no
minor characters: just the doomed
pair, plus toreador Escamillo and
José’s spurned lover Michaela.
And it works. Michaela’s
passionate plea to Don José
plunges us into the heart of
Bizet’s sound-world, all the more
powerfully thanks to soprano
Francesca Chiejina. When Thomas
Atkins’s Don José answers her,
it’s with commensurate beauty:
in this small space, our proximity
to these brilliant young voices
is thrilling. The Russian mezzosoprano Aigul Akhmetshina’s
Carmen is provocatively sexual.
To 14 November (020 7304 4000)
MICHAEL CHURCH
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made As Time Goes By, for the
Joffrey Ballet – her first ballet
commission and part of a career
that has taken her from postmodernist dance heroine on
to Hollywood, Broadway and
beyond. It was set to the last
two movements of Haydn’s
‘Farewell’ symphony. She’s now
choreographed the first two as a
duet for Sarah Lamb and Steven
McRae. Tharp glories in their
technique, setting ever faster
challenges across a long stretch
of movement.
The ballet starts so quickly that
it’s fully launched almost before
you’re aware of it, with McRae
tearing into a whirligig of spins
and footwork. He’ll turn from a
leap into a loping run, pumping
his arms like a sprinter, goofy
moments in the showstopping
glitz. Lamb has a similar range,
with pointe work, flying leaps and
shimmying hips.
It’s spectacular but hard-edged.
I wanted more spontaneity from
these prodigious games. Tharp
provides it in the earlier material.
Mayara Magri’s solo, danced in
silence, is a blend of classicism
and soft little runs and skips,
playful and courtly. Magri and
Joseph Sissens are outstanding.
Inspired by Dorothy
Scarborough’s novel and the Lilian
Gish silent movie, The Wind shows
a woman coming to the Texas
desert in the 1880s, where she is
driven to madness by predatory
men and the endless wind. Pita
and set designer Jeremy Herbert
frame the stage with huge wind
machines, so the action takes
place in a gale.
Pita’s storytelling is
perfunctory, doing little to
illuminate his tale of rape and
revenge. He adds symbolic
touches, including a horribly
misguided role for Edward
Watson as a Native American
spirit, while his characters get lost
in the elaborate set-up. Natalia
Osipova is vivid as the heroine, but
she deserves better.
To 17 November (020 7304 4000)
ZOE ANDERSON
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“I’ve got new rules, I count ’em,”
Dua Lipa sang on her encore — her
first No 1 single, “New Rules”.
It’s a song about how to behave
around your ex, but it could also
be about the London performer’s
approach to being the biggest
home-grown pop star of the year.
No costume changes or
confetti explosions for this
22-year-old of Kosovar–Albanian
parentage. She tossed her hair and
strutted in front of a drummer, a
guitarist and a keyboard player,
more like the frontwoman of a
band than a formation dancer.
The impressive stage design,
a giant trapezium, recalled
The 1975’s pink box rather than
anything used by the female pop
giants of the US.
Lipa’s low voice and persistent
pout have given her what
passes for an edge in the charts.
Calling the first song on your
debut album “Genesis” certainly
suggests bold ambition.
Here, “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)”
had an enjoyable cockiness
and “Begging” rolled along over
dramatic piano chords.
However, without the glittery
pop show tropes, she had to be
VISUAL ARTS
Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks,
Waiters and Bellboys
COURTAULD GALLERY, LONDON WC2
This show brings together an
outstanding group of pieces by
Chaïm Soutine, one of the leading
painters in interwar Paris. In
the early 1920s, Soutine became
fascinated by the cooks and
waiting staff of French hotels and
restaurants. The resulting series
of portraits offers powerful images
of a new social class of service
personnel. (020 7848 1194) to 21 Jan
A Green and Pleasant Land:
British Landscape and the
Imagination: 1970s to Now
TOWNER GALLERY, EASTBOURNE
A free survey of artists who have
shaped our understanding of the
landscape and its relationship to
identity, place and time, featuring
work by more than 50 artists,
primarily photographers.
(01323 434670) to 21 Jan
FILM
Murder on the
Orient Express
12A, KENNETH BRANAGH, 113 MINS
Kenneth Branagh’s enjoyable
all-star adaptation follows the
formula of the traditional Agatha
Christie whodunit, offering the
old-fashioned pleasures you
expect from a biggish budget
period crime drama but also
going further by revealing the
heartache and despair that both
the detective and his suspects feel.
Nationwide release
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
15, YORGOS LANTHIMOS, 121 MINS
Yorgos Lanthimos follows up The
Lobster with a surrealistic revenge
tragedy that is all the more chilling
because of its absurdist and
macabre humour. Colin Farrell
gives a finely judged performance
as a softly spoken family man in
affluent, middle-class America
whose world is crumbling, while
Nicole Kidman stars as his
ophthalmologist wife.
Nationwide release.
TALKS & POETRY
Gordon Brown
VARIOUS VENUES
The former Prime Minister talks
about his memoir of New Labour
and his early career, My Life, Our
Times. LSE, London WC2 (020 7955
6043) today 1pm; Oxford Town Hall
(01865 792792) tonight 7pm
Andrew Michael Hurley
TOPPING & CO, BATH
Bold ambition
but lacking in
charisma:
Dua Lipa
JOE MAHER/
GETTY IMAGES
The writer follows up his first
Costa-winning novel, The Loney,
with Devil’s Day, which explores
how far people will go to keep
a small community intact.
He talks about the book here.
(01225 428111) tonight 8pm
COMEDY
reliant on charisma, which was
sometimes a struggle — between
songs, she had nothing to say
beyond the usual expressions of
love and gratitude.
A quieter interlude of “Thinking
’Bout You” and “New Love” showed
the undeniable strength of
her vocals.
But it will take something more
to transform her from voice of the
moment to genuine idol.
DAVID SMYTH
EVENING STANDARD
James Acaster
VARIOUS VENUES
“To err is human; to err enough
to fill a book isn’t” runs the telling
strapline to James Acaster’s
memoir-of-misadventures, Classic
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agenda
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
Scrapes, on tour with the comic
here. Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
(029 2023 2199) tonight; Leadmill,
Sheffield (0114 2727 040) Thur; Little
Theatre, Chorley (01257 264362) Fri
Natalie Palamides
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
This year’s Edinburgh
Best Newcomer brings her
extraordinary Laid – in which
countless eggs are messily
sacrificed onstage in a clownish,
surrealist show about parenthood
– to Soho. She’ll be returning
regularly until the middle of
January. (020 7478 0100) to 18 Nov
POP
Girl Ray
VARIOUS VENUES
The spirits of C86 and singersongwriter classicism merge
nicely on Girl Ray’s debut
album, Earl Grey. Mixing pep
and personality with twists
of citrus-y wit, Poppy Hankin
leads the London trio in fresh,
flavoursome shows of DIY charm
and heartache-pop smarts. Green
Door Store, Brighton (seetickets.
com) tonight; Scala, London N1
(ticketweb.co.uk) Thur
Father John Misty
VARIOUS VENUES
His evolution into a foxy showman
complete, the former Fleet
Fox delivers more tart twists
on singer-songwriter basics.
After the plush smut of I Love
You, Honeybear, Josh Tillman
tackles the human condition on
Pure Comedy, gallows humour
and gorgeous craft in perfectly
proportioned doses. Eventim
Apollo, London W6 (eventim.
co.uk) tonight; Dome, Brighton
(brightondome.org) Thur
Big Thief
VARIOUS VENUES
Brooklyn’s indie-strafed folkrockers navigate extremes of
tender beauty and tarnished grit
on album two. With Adrianne
Lenker’s voice matching
instinctive feeling to great range,
Capacity is a cathartic beauty:
sometimes sweet, sometimes
sharp, always intoxicating.
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (wegot
tickets.com) tonight; Patterns,
Brighton (wegottickets.com) Thur;
Islington Assembly Hall, London N1
(islingtonassemblyhall.co.uk) Fri
OPERA
VOICES
16-20
TV
28-29
Orfeo
THE OLD MARKET, HOVE
The Brighton Early Music Festival
retraces the Greek mythological
roots of opera by marking Claudio
Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary
with a new production of his first
music drama, staged by Thomas
Guthrie and with Deborah
Roberts directing the Monteverdi
String Band, English Cornett &
Sackbut Ensemble and a cast of
rising stars. (01273 709709) tonight
8pm, Sat 7.30pm and Sun 3pm
CLASSICAL
London Symphony
Orchestra
BARBICAN HALL, LONDON EC2
Marin Alsop’s second Leonard
Bernstein concert this week
features his biblical Jeremiah
Symphony paired with Mahler’s
First. (0845 120 7511) tonight 7.30pm
London Philharmonic
Orchestra
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON SE1
Alain Altinoglu conducts a
Napoleon-themed pairing of
Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and
Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony,
framing a rare performance
of Schumann’s late and longsuppressed Violin Concerto (with
soloist Patricia Kopatchinskaja).
(020 3879 9555) tonight 7.30pm
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THEATRE
First
Chance
For Love of Money
NEW VIC THEATRE,
NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME
Barrie Rutter, the indomitable
leader of Northern Broadsides,
treads the boards for his final
outing with the company that
he birthed a quarter of a century
ago, in Blake Morrison’s fine
updating of Alain-Rene Lesage’s
Turcaret, set in a once grand
1920s Yorkshire sitting room.
(01782 717 962) to Sat
Coriolanus
BARBICAN, LONDON EC2
The RSC’s four-play Rome miniseason is a fruitful reminder that
dramas written 400 years ago
about events two millennia old
have much to say to us today.
This entry is a hefty, occasionally
unwieldy, beast of a play, but
Angus Jackson’s modern-dress
production steers a clear line
through. Coriolanus (Sope Dirisu)
is a hero out of time, far better
at the old-fashioned game of
soldiering than the new-fangled
world of compromise politics.
(01789 403493) to 18 Nov
Opening
this week
FILM
The Florida Project
15, SEAN BAKER, 111MINS
Willem Dafoe stars in this new drama
by the director of Tangerine. Opens Fri
COMEDY
Ed Byrne
BREWERY, KENDAL
Two nights for Ed Byrne, who finds
fertile observational ground in the
cosseted lives of his two young sons.
(01539 725133) opens Thur
OPERA
The Enchanted Pig
JACKSONS LANE THEATRE, LONDON N6
Hampstead Garden Opera presents a
new production of Jonathan Dove’s
family-friendly fairytale opera.
(0800 411 8881) opens Fri
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Photo by Bob G
JAZZ
Tim Berne’s Snakeoil +
Mark Trounson Group
La Tragédie de Carmen
VORTEX JAZZ, LONDON N16
WILTON’S MUSIC HALL, LONDON E1
Two of the most dynamic
saxophonists on the contemporary
New York scene, Tim Berne and
Mark Trounson, bring their
wares to the UK, with Berne’s new
group featuring Oscar Noriega
on clarinet and bass clarinet
and Matt Mitchell on piano.
(020 7254 4097) tonight and Thur
The Royal Opera’s Young Artists
slum it down at Wilton’s Music
Hall with a recreation of Peter
Brook’s fabled cut-down, sexed-up
version of Bizet’s opera (originally
staged in the equally dilapidated
Bouffes du Nord). (020 7304 4000)
tonight and Fri 7.30pm
IQ
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If you only see
one thing today
Christmas White Rose
109
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A steam journey to festive York
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POP
Wolf Alice
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VARIOUS VENUES
Sometimes biting,
sometimes beautiful,
London’s indie-rock gang
fulfil the promise of 2015’s
debut, My Love Is Cool, on
the follow-up. Between
two-minute tornadoes
(“Yuk Foo”) and tenderly
smitten pop (“Don’t Delete
the Kisses”), Visions of a
Life brims with dynamism,
charisma and mosh-pit fuel.
Academy, Bristol (seetickets.
com) tonight; Apollo,
Manchester (gigsandtours.
com) Thur
Thursday, 23rd November, 2017
From Ealing Broadway 06.25, West Hampstead 06.56, Hitchin 08.00,
Huntingdon 08.30, Peterborough 09.30 arriving York 12.30 (times approx)
A festive day out by steam train featuring two historic locomotives and combining
exciting mainline running and varied landscape with a visit to historic York.
Sit back and relax as magnificent 46233 Duchess of Sutherland hauls this special
train to York. There you can shop along the atmospheric Shambles or visit the fine
Minister or one of the many fascinating museums before steaming for home with
A4 Pacific 60009 Union of South Africa providing the power. Watch out for Father
Christmas and his Elves who will visit the train with presents for the children on
board – please let us know your child’s age when booking.
Price Includes...
Standard £109pp/£332 family – a reserved seat usually at a table for four
First £169pp/£506 family – morning coffee & Danish pastry and afternoon
tea with a savoury dish followed by a selection of fancies and cakes
Premier £259pp/£780 family – a full English breakfast & a four course
dinner silver served at your seat
Enjoy The i £10pp discount when you book using code AOE
Buffet car available. Junior fares available. Tables for two can be guaranteed in First/Premier for a £22pp
supplement subject to availability. Organised by The Railway Touring Company. The Railway Touring Company’s
Standard Conditions of Booking and Travel apply – see website or brochure for details.
For more information or to book, please call:
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Business Editor Elizabeth Anderson
+4420 7361 5718
business@inews.co.uk
RETAIL
New Look and Primark
suffer in high-street gloom
By Laura Onita
The high-street battle for Christmas
spending looked more critical
yesterday after fashion retailer
New Look’s losses racked up, while
shares in the owner of rival Primark
slumped despite a surge in sales.
Ailing fashion chain New Look
became the latest casualty of Brexitfuelled inflation and tough conditions
on the high street.
It plunged £10.4m in the red in the
six months to 23 September, from a
£59.3m underlying profit in the same
period last year.
Alistair McGeorge, who was
parachuted back in as executive
chairman yesterday, said: “The
products have gone too young and
edgy, our supply chain is slower than
we would have liked, the presentation
in store can be improved and we’ve
chased sales a little too hard; there’s
a lot we can do on the cost.”
New Look, owned by South
African billionaire Christo Wiese’s
Brait, said same-store sales tanked
8.4 per cent in Britain, while total
revenue was down 4.5 per cent to
£686m. The fast-fashion company is
reportedly in talks with its lenders
about restructuring as it tries to cut
its £1.2bn debt pile.
“I’m confident we can turn it
around,” said Mr McGeorge, who was
executive chairman between 2011
Non-food sales such
as clothes declined by
a record amount last month.
In-store sales fell 2.9 per cent on
the previous quarter, according to
the British Retail Consortium.
and 2013. “And Brait is committed to
be a long-term shareholder.”
Interim chief executive Danny
Barrasso will step back to his role
as UK managing director. He was
appointed after the sudden departure
of chief executive Anders Kristiansen
in September.
Associated British Foods said
yesterday that annual sales and
profits have surged, boosted by
growth at Primark and in its sugar
business. ABF said pre-tax profit in
the year to 16 September was up 21
per cent to £1.3bn, while revenues
rose 15 per cent at 15.4bn. Despite
this, shares fell 128.21p to 3,214.79p.
Sales at Primark were lifted 19 per
cent on last year by best-sellers such
as its Minnie Mouse and Harry Potter
paraphernalia. However, the fall in
the pound hurt the margin, which fell
from 11.6 per cent to 10.4 per cent.
Primark sales rose 19 per cent on last
year but its margins were squeezed
The company said it would not put
up prices. Chief executive George
Weston said: “We’ve brought our
prices down this year even in the face
of retail inflation. Our average item
sold for less this year than last year.
We’re always going to be the best
value on the high street; if you look at
our history, bringing prices down is
what we do. There won’t be any shifts
in how we operate.”
EVENING STANDARD
PROPERTY
House prices
rise at fastest
rate since
January
By Josie Cox
Quote of
the day
The 30
Second
Briefing
There’s a lot of
arrogance in
economics
Mariana Mazzucato
The prize-winning
economist on the need
for female role models
to improve diversity in
the profession
WILL.I.AM
What’s will.i.am up to?
The American rapper and founding
member of The Black Eyed Peas
has raised $117m (£89m) in venture
funding for his tech startup, I.am+.
That seems like a lot. What is it for?
I.am+ has said it is expanding into
the corporate computing market
with a voice assistant for customer
service called Omega, Reuters
reported. Will.i.am has said Omega
is just the start of his plans for voice
AI products.
Does anyone already use Omega?
I.am+’s first enterprise customer
is Deutsche Telekom, the German
telecommunications giant and
parent company of T-Mobile. Since
July, the company has been using
Omega to power an AI customer
support chatbot and it plans to add a
voice phone system soon, i.am+ said.
What else does i.am+ make?
The company, founded in 2012,
initially focused on consumer
electronics devices such as
headphones. The new artificial
intelligence product, similar to
Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa,
marks a sharp departure for the
firm, which now employs about
300 people. Its most recent funding
round, an $89m investment by
a group including Salesforce
Ventures, closed in March.
Is tech a thing that celebrities
do now?
Will.i.am is not the only one.
Celebrities and athletes including
Jessica Alba, Ashton Kutcher and Joe
Montana have made their way into
the tech sector through investments
and their own start-ups. However,
most have tended to focus on
consumer technology.
House prices across the UK rose at
their fastest quarterly rate since
January in the three months to the
end of October, according to figures
published by Halifax.
Prices in the third quarter were
4.5 per cent higher than in the same
three months a year earlier, the bank
said yesterday.
They rose by 0.3 per cent between
September and October, following a
0.8 per cent increase in September,
taking the average property price
in the UK to £225,826. That’s the
highest on record and 2.8 per cent
higher than where it was in January,
Halifax said.
“The fact that the supply of new
homes and existing properties
available for sale remains low,
combined with historically
low mortgage rates and a high
employment rate, continues to
support house prices and is likely to
do so over the coming months,” said
Russell Galley, managing director at
the Halifax Community Bank.
However he noted that “increasing
pressure on household finances and
continuing affordability concerns are
some of the factors likely to dampen
buyer demand”.
Inflation hit a five-year high of 3
per cent in September, largely as a
result of the slump in the pound in
the aftermath of last year’s Brexit
vote. But Russell Quirk, founder and
chief executive of the online estate
agent eMoov.co.uk, said that even the
recent increase in interest rates was
unlikely to seriously slow momentum
in the market. THE INDEPENDENT
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PERSONAL FINANCE
TOBACCO
Fraud victims lose average
of £3,000 in finance scams
Imperial in new
vaping drive as
cigarette sales
continue to fall
By Vicky Shaw
People who are conned into
transferring money to a fraudster
lose more than £3,000 on average,
while firms typically lose £21,500,
according to figures from trade body
UK Finance.
It said that in the first six months
of 2017, customers collectively sent
£101.2m to criminals after being
tricked by authorised transfer scams.
Financial providers were able to
return nearly a quarter of losses,
at £25.2m.
Industry data shows there were
19,370 cases in the first half of 2017.
Nearly nine in 10 (88 per cent) cases
involved consumers who lost £3,027
on average. The remainder were
businesses, which lost an average of
£21,477. UK Finance said criminals
use a range of tactics including
invoice scams, house purchase scams
and email hacking to target victims.
If a customer authorises the
payment, current legislation does
not cover them for losses – unlike
other financial frauds where the
criminal makes a payment without a
customer’s consent.
UK Finance said that while banks
try to help consumers recover
stolen money, customers typically
only approach their bank after the
payment has been processed, when
they realise they have been duped.
By this time the criminal has often
withdrawn the stolen funds and the
customer’s money has gone.
UK Finance supports a campaign
called Take Five, which encourages
people to pause for thought before
transferring money.
Katy Worobec, head of fraud and
financial crime prevention, cyber
and data-sharing at UK Finance,
said: “These figures confirm that
criminals are enjoying a great deal of
success targeting customers directly
and tricking them into falling for
their scams.
“Raising customer awareness
is one weapon in the fight to stop
these scams.”
The Take Five campaign
advises consumers never
to give out personal or financial
information and to question
uninvited approaches.
Deliveroo
serves up
new offer
Deliveroo has started
a subscription service.
From today, Deliveroo
Plus offers customers
unlimited delivery
for £7.99 a month,
including discounts
at UK restaurants, as
Deliveroo attempts to
keep customers amid
an explosion of homedelivery services.
On Monday, Nandos
started delivering from 34
restaurants across the UK.
McDonald’s, which delivers
through the UberEats app,
credited home orders for a
6 per cent rise in sales for
the three months ending
in September.
Outlook
ANTHONY
HILTON
Carney’s advice is
about prevention
rather than cure
B
ank of England Governor
Mark Carney and the
monetary policy committee
have picked up more than
their fair share of flak in
recent times because so much of
what they forecast turns out not to
happen when they suggest it will.
Now they are under fire after the
first increase in interest rates since
the financial crisis, for making the
move when there was little sign that
inflation was running out of control
or the economy was overheating.
They need to be cut a bit of slack.
Economists across the world are
beginning to realise that they do
not really understand inflation and
what causes it. The International
Centre for Monetary and Banking
Studies has just published a report
that said the relative success of the
past decade came from a bit of policy
making and a bit of luck.
Some of the best economics brains
in Europe fed into this analysis. It
seems a bit unfair to turn on Carney
for appearing occasionally to back
the wrong horse.
Back in April, monetary policy
committee member Gertjan
Vlieghe gave a speech called Good
Policy and Accurate Forecasts, in
which he explained that economic
forecasts were not about predicting
that something would happen on a
given date. Rather they are about
highlighting the direction of travel
and suggesting the likely outcomes.
His analogy was with a doctor who
told a patient to stop smoking, to pay
more attention to his diet and to take
more exercise because if he did not,
he was likely to get a heart attack.
The doctor does not say the heart
attack will occur next Easter or even
in 10 years, but instead that it is likely
A doctor does not say
a heart attack will occur
next Easter or even in
10 years time
to happen, and the policy actions will
make it less likely.
The doctor is not ridiculed if the
patient survives and never has a
heart attack. People assume instead
the advice was broadly right but the
patient was one of the lucky ones.
No patient accuses the doctor of
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8 NOVEMBER 2017
By Ravender Sembhy
Imperial Brands has signalled it is
“stepping up” its expansion into the
vaping market as the tobacco industry comes under pressure from falling cigarette sales.
The company, which owns the blu
e-cigarette brand, announced plans
to press ahead with new e-vapour
launches as well as consumer trials of “heated tobacco products”,
as it looks to cash in on “significant
growth opportunities”.
“E-vapour remains our priority:
in our view, this is by far the largest
next-generation product opportunity
and we believe it offers the greatest
current potential for long-term sustainable growth,” the group added.
Imperial, the brand
behind Davidoff and
Lambert and Butler cigarettes,
is the latest in
a long line of
tobacco companies searching
for additional
revenue streams
as traditional cigarette consumption
continues to fall.
It sold 265.2 billion cigarettes last
year – a decline of 4.1 per cent.
The firm made the vaping announcement alongside full-year
results that saw revenue nudge up
from £7.17bn to £7.76bn.
However, the figures were flattered
by foreign exchange fluctuations and
sales were in fact down 2.6 per cent
on a constant currency basis.
Pre-tax profit came in at £1.86bn,
up from £907m, after the company
reaped the benefit of lower finance
costs. Operating profit rose from
£2.23bn to £2.28bn.
Chief executive Alison Cooper
said: “We have continued to take decisive cost action to mitigate a tough
trading environment.”
inaccurate scaremongering or says
the absence of a heart attack means
the patient need not have stopped
smoking in the first place.
Nor is the doctor roundly criticised
if the patient has a heart attack
anyway – it is assumed the policy
change came too late. But when
that does happen, people turn to the
doctor to intervene and put in place
more policies to aid the recovery.
There are so many moving parts in
a modern economy – as in the human
body – that you can never be certain
how things will turn out. But you
can have a broad idea about what
is likely to happen, with varying
degrees of certainty.
It is quite possible to put in place
policies that are beneficial to the
patient even if the forecasts on which
those policies were based turn out
not to be strictly true.
If we thought of Carney as a doctor,
we would be disappointed a lot less
often. EVENING STANDARD
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From the
business
pages
‘Nike pays 3p tax
on pair of trainers’
Aftenposten (Norway)
Sports company Nike could
have paid 116 million kroner
(£13.7m) more in Norwegian
taxes if it had reported all of its
turnover and profits onshore,
according to a report. Nike
said it operated in accordance
with tax rules. According to
the newspaper report, 82 out
of every 1,000 kroner spent on
Nike shoes goes to wages, rent
and other overheads, while four
kroner is paid in tax.
New city planned
close to Amman
Al Arabiya
Jordan plans to build a new city
east of the capital Amman in
order to ease rising population
density and traffic. The project
to build the city 18.5 miles from
Amman was part of a drive
to stimulate the economy and
attract long-term investment,
the government said. The new
city would be built on a major
highway that links Jordan to
Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
Trump minister to
cut Russian ties
The New York Times
US commerce secretary Wilbur
L Ross Jr has indicated that
he would probably sell his
stake in a shipping company
with business ties to Russian
President Vladimir Putin’s
inner circle, amid fallout from
the Paradise Papers. Mr Ross
retained an investment in
Navigator Holdings, even as he
sold numerous other holdings to
join the Trump administration.
Internet firms ramp
up China’s AI pool
South China Morning Post
The combined initiatives of
Chinese internet powerhouses
Baidu, Alibaba Group Holding
and Tencent Holdings are
helping mainland China chip
away at America’s lead in
artificial intelligence. Ample
government support in terms
of regulation and research
funding, deep pools of AI and
engineering talent and private
sector investment are expected
to help mainland companies
narrow the gap.
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RETAIL
TECHNOLOGY
South African
firm buys Hobbs
Vodafone app
to link devices
Upmarket fashion retailer
Hobbs, which counts the
Duchess of Cambridge as a
fan, has been sold to the South
African owner of clothing
chains Whistles and Phase
Eight for an undisclosed sum.
TFG Brands has bought the
Hampstead-founded firm from
private-equity group 3i. Hobbs
has 140 outlets in the UK.
Vodafone has launched V
for Vodafone, an app to let
consumers link all their mobile
devices in one place. The app
includes a car dongle, a security
camera, a pet tracker and a bag
finder. The phones giant says
linking customers to its global
Internet of Things network will
allow them to make the most of
the digital revolution.
BEVERAGES
POWER
Fever-Tree shares
soar on upgrade
Energy giants
in tie-up talks
Shares in Fever-Tree rocketed
yesterday after the mixer
maker again upgraded its profit
forecasts. The company said
a strong start to the year had
continued into the second half
and, as a consequence, results
for the year will be “materially
ahead” of current market
expectations. Shares rose more
than 13 per cent to 2,228p.
Energy supplier SSE and
the owner of Npower are in
talks about combining their
operations to create a new
company in the UK, containing
SSE’s and Innogy’s household
energy supply and services
business. The discussions
between SSE and Npower’s
parent company, Germany’s
Innogy, “are well-advanced”.
FINANCE
PROPERTY
Pensions problem
in ‘gig economy’
M&G funds homes
for rent project
A “blind spot” in the pensions
system needs to be tackled to
help “gig economy” workers
boost their retirement savings,
according to Zurich, which
recommended expanding
automatic enrolment into
workplace pensions. Five
million people now work in the
gig economy, the company said.
Investor M&G Real Estate has
scored a new property financing
deal in north-west London,
agreeing to plough £67m into
building homes near Wembley
Stadium. It will fund Sunbel
Development’s plan for 148
rental homes near Wembley
Central Tube station, to be
ready in 2019.
EMPLOYMENT
INSURANCE
Short-term jobs
‘lack rights’
Direct Line dips on
impairment news
Workers and employers
believe people in the so-called
gig economy need more
employment rights, a study
shows. Research by jobs
website totaljobs found
that employers predict the
importance of gig jobs will
increase in the coming year.
Shares in insurer Direct Line
dipped after the firm said it
could take a higher impairment
charge linked to its capital
expenditure programme.
Premiums rose 2.8 per cent to
£907m, and in-force policies
grew 5.1 per cent. Shares were
down 2 per cent to 359p.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 closed down 49.2
points at 7,513.1
***
G4S was the biggest faller. Shares
in the securities firm were
down 13.10p at 266.50p after it
downgraded forecasts. Primark
owner AB Foods fell 141.25p to
3,201.74p, despite a rise in profits.
***
William Hill shares were up 11.03p
to 271.83p on the FTSE 250 after
Bank of America upgraded them
to a buy. Ladbrokes Coral rose
2.30p, at 136.30p. Shares in Fevertree rose to 2,228p after it raised
expectations for full-year results.
i WEDNESDAY
8 NOVEMBER 2017
41
INSURANCE
Year of natural
disasters ‘has cost
companies $1bn’
By Holly Williams
Insurer Hiscox has said the
industry’s eye-watering bill for the
recent devastating hurricanes and
string of natural catastrophes is
already starting to push up insurance
premiums by as much as 50 per cent.
The group – a London-listed
international specialist insurer – said
it was seeing signs of a “hardening
market” as insurers are facing
claims of around $100bn (£76bn)
from the hurricanes that hit the US
and the Caribbean, as well as the
earthquakes in Mexico.
It said: “The recent catastrophes
are estimated to have cost the
industry $100bn and follow a decade
of rate reductions.
“Therefore, it is not surprising
that we are seeing signs of a
hardening market.”
Premium prices in the worstaffected insurance business lines are
rising by “between 10 per cent and 50
per cent and sometimes more”, it said.
Hiscox chief executive Bronek
Masojada said: “2017 is turning out to
be an historic year for catastrophes
and Hiscox’s first priority is to help
our customers get back on their feet.”
Trading for the group’s first nine
months of the year showed gross
written premiums rose 12.4 per cent
to £2.09bn as figures were flattered
by the weak pound.
Premium income rose 4.9 per cent
with currency changes stripped out.
Its UK and Ireland business saw
gross written premiums increase by
12.2 per cent in constant currency
to £417.4m, boosted by a television
marketing push after it sponsored
the Channel 4 property development
series Best Laid Plans.
Hiscox confirmed its new European
insurance business, Hiscox SA,
has been set up in Luxembourg in
preparation for Brexit. The group
has started to recruit a small team
of people there to begin writing
business from the second quarter
of 2018.
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TRANSPORT
BA reverses decision to jettison flights’ second meal
By Hazel Sheffield
British Airways has said it will
bring back some meals on longhaul flights after the traditional
second meal on longer routes was
replaced with a snack.
Routes such as those from London to the US West Coast will now
get a full second meal.
Alex Cruz, BA’s chief executive, told an audience at World
Travel Market in London: “We
will upgrade catering so that everyone has better snacks and, on
longer flights, everyone has a full
second meal.”
BA also cut its food service
to economy travellers on flights
under eight-and-a-half hours and
less than seven hours from premium economy passengers in
August 2016.
Mr Cruz introduced a “buy on
board” menu with Marks & Spencer in January 2017, in the hope of
cutting down on waste.
“I know we did not deliver it initially as well as we could have,” Mr
Cruz said about the change, which
was widely criticised.
The decision to reintroduce
some meals comes as part of
£4.5bn in improvements, including
improved Wi-Fi in all cabins and
speedier boarding at Heathrow.
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1
You only continue to own your own home with a lifetime mortgage.
I have always been cautious in my
dealings with banks and consider
myself to be an astute saver, living
within my means and avoiding debt.
For the past 10 years, savers have
been seriously short-changed by
below-inflation interest rates and
other tricks designed to confuse and
lead inexperienced savers up the
garden path.
People don’t seem to realise that
money deposited in a bank today
immediately begins to lose its value,
the opposite of real saving.
My wife and I have now been
informed that the paltry rate (1.01
per cent) on our cash Isas is being
halved. At the same time, our bank
is introducing enhanced rates – still
below inflation – but in fixed-rate
accounts of one and two years. Not
necessarily good sense at my age.
Has the time come to start putting
our money under the bed?
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Harry says: On the face of it, last
week’s interest rate hike was the
first piece of good news for savers in
a decade. But I’m sensing, Robert,
that you didn’t greet it as a bright
new dawn for your cash – and I
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As you say, the truth is that savers
have been short-changed since the
financial crisis and that is likely to
continue in the short and medium
term. That being said, putting your
money under the bed, although
tempting, is never a good idea.
After the credit crunch of 2008,
the Bank of England’s base rate
was cut to just 0.5 per cent, where it
remained until August 2016. Then,
in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, it
was reduced to a new low of just 0.25
per cent. Last week’s decision just
reverses the most recent cut.
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IMPORTANT?
Well, it’s technically the rate at
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savers. The logic of a low base rate
is that if it’s cheap to borrow money,
companies and individuals will do so
and spend it, boosting the economy.
It’s a policy followed by central
banks across the world. Low rates
have been a boon for borrowers
– with some of the best mortgage
deals ever seen on offer – but savers
have now been left holding the short
straw for a long time. In recent
years, the impact has been worsened
by rising inflation, now around
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log in using face ID.
Digital director Grant Bourbousson
said: “We know customers love using
our mobile banking app to quickly and
easily manage their money.
“This is a simple, convenient
and helpful development for Tesco
Bank customers.”
More than one million people have
registered for the mobile banking
app as their preferred method of
accessing their account.
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Yolt, a smart money app backed by
Dutch financial services firm ING,
has integrated with digital challenger
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You want something hot and tasty and easy to make... here is our
pick of the gadgets made to satisfy your hunger for a quick snack
{1} CUISINART 2-IN-1 GRILL AND
SANDWICH MAKER
This stylish machine comes
with two interchangeable plates,
enabling you to use it as a sandwich
toaster as well as a grill. Easy to
clean, both plates can either be
hand-washed or put through the
dishwasher, and there’s a plastic
cleaning device to protect the
non-stick coating.
£89.95, johnlewis.com
Interest rates were increased but not enough to satisfy savers REUTERS
A NEW HOME FOR YOUR SAVINGS
It’s possible to find alternatives to
savings accounts and Isas paying
pitiful rates, but all come with
catches or risks.
One option for those looking to
save new money is to open a regular
savings account. These offer rates of
up to 5 per cent AER, but they come
with a cap on the amount of money
you can deposit each month. What’s
more, the best-rate accounts require
you to also open a current account
with the provider.
First Direct, HSBC, M&S Bank,
Nationwide and Santander all offer
regular savings accounts paying
5 per cent AER, but only to existing
current account customers. First
Direct will let you deposit up to
£300 per month.
HSBC, M&S Bank and
Nationwide will have a maximum
monthly deposit of £250, while
Santander’s monthly limit is £200.
Saffron Building Society has a
regular savings account paying
3.5 per cent AER which is open to
everyone. Its maximum monthly
deposit is £200.
CURRENT ACCOUNTS
Another option is to use current
accounts. Some have offered savers
respite from pathetic rates for some
time, albeit only on small balances.
There is now only one current
account paying an inflation-busting
rate on in-credit balances. That’s
the Nationwide FlexDirect Account,
Starling Bank. Yolt users can now
view their Starling account details
alongside their other bank accounts.
Starling is the first app-only bank
in the UK. Chief executive Anne
Boden said: “Starling was founded to
empower its users to manage their
money more effectively.
“Integrating with Yolt... continues to
fulfil this promise.”
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Trac Technology, a subsidiary of
Lionsgold, has been granted an
which pays 5 per cent AER on up
to £2,500 in the first year, and 1 per
cent AER thereafter.
Tesco Bank and TSB pay 3 per
cent AER on balances of £3,000
and £1,500 respectively. However,
current account customers typically
have to adhere to a number of terms
in order to receive interest – for
example, Nationwide requires you to
deposit at least £1,000 a month into
its account.
TRY STOCKS
Finally, you could do what many
have already done and turn to the
stock market. One danger is that
you’ve missed the boat – frustrated
savers turning to riskier assets have
contributed to increased demand
for years now, pushing up bond and
share prices to record levels.
Of course, it’s impossible to
predict where prices will go next,
but investing does still make sense
as a long-term strategy if you’ve
already got enough cash set aside to
cover emergencies (enough to last
six months, or even a year).
However, it’s crucial to spread
your risk through a diversified
portfolio and you’ll need to be
comfortable with the possibility that
your investments could go down in
value – if you aren’t, stick to cash.
Harry Rose is editor of
‘Which? Money’ magazine. To have
your question featured on this page,
email business@inews.co.uk
electronic money licence by the
Financial Conduct Authority,
allowing it to act as a payment or
e-payment institution. The move will
help Trac provide online accounts for
holding physical gold.
Lionsgold is developing Trac’s
physical gold account into a new
product called Goldbloc – a global
digital currency representing
ownership of physical gold.
Cameron Parry, of Lionsgold, said
the approval was “an important step”
in the lead-up to the product’s release.
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Breville may have invented the
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40 years ago, but is it still the
big cheese? (Sorry!) Well, the
removable non-stick plates felt
good quality, with a pleasing weight
to them compared with cheaper
machines. There’s space to make
two sandwiches, and the plates
were very easy to clean.
£26, johnlewis.com
{3} RUSSELL HOBBS DEEP FILL
3IN1 SANDWICH, PANINI &
WAFFLE MAKER 706/5684
Get more bang for your buck with
this multipurpose machine. As
well as the timeless triangles,
this machine comes with an
interchangeable waffle plate and a
grill (perfect for paninis). Very easy
to remove, plates can be popped in
the dishwasher.
£44.99, argos.co.uk
{4} COOKWORKS 4 SLICE
SANDWICH TOASTER
Ideal for families, this toaster was
the largest we tested, with enough
room to prepare four sandwiches
at a time. Having said that, the
plates felt smaller and shallower
than other models, so it’s best to
buy smaller loaves for a perfect fit
or cut the bread to size.
£24.99, argos.co.uk
{5} TEFAL SNACK COLLECTION
Each of these machines from Tefal
comes with both a toasted triangle
sandwich plate and a waffle grill
plate as standard, which can be
easily swapped over. But if you get
bored with those two, there are a
whopping 16 grill plates to collect,
including ones for bagels, biscuits
and even doughnuts.
£74.99 (machine), £14.99 (individual
set of plates), lakeland.co.uk
{6} DUALIT SANDWICH CAGE
This is a good-value, useful
addition if you already own a
Dualit toaster and you’d rather not
add another bulky piece of kit to
your kitchen. The sandwich cage
allows you to create lightly toasted
sandwiches – but don’t expect the
same oozy, melty toastie you’ll get
from the classic machines.
£15, johnlewis.com
{7} JUDGE MINI SANDWICH
TOASTER
If you’re heading off to uni, you
might want to pop one of these
solo sandwich makers in your case.
Small but effective, this ultracompact machine from Judge heats
up quickly and has space for just
one toastie at a time.
£18.99, amazon.co.uk
Salter machine can handle thick
slices with plenty of filling, useful
if you make your own bread and
don’t want to use standard sizes.
£19.99, robertdyas.co.uk
{8} WARING PRO WOSM2U
DEEP FILL SANDWICH TOASTER
This robust machine comes with
extra-deep plates, allowing for
maximum sandwich filling. Once
you’ve finished cramming them
full of your latest flavour combo,
they can be easily removed and put
in the dishwasher.
£39.50, currys.co.uk
{10} TABLECRAFT
STEAK WEIGHT
Originally designed to keep steak
and bacon flat for a faster cooking
time, this device is equally as
useful when it comes to grilling
sandwiches. If you already have a
griddle pan, simply heat it up while
you prepare your sandwich, taking
care to butter the outside of the
bread, then press down with this
sturdy weight.
£9.84, amazon.co.uk
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Another option for those who like
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By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Shut your eyes and tune in to the
Melbourne Cup post-race interview
and you could be easily excused for
thinking you were listening to Aidan
O’Brien, thanking all “the lads” and
praising everyone but himself after
yet another Group One triumph.
Except that it isn’t Aidan talking,
it’s his 24-year-old son, Joseph, who
at his first attempt, had just become
the youngest ever trainer to
land one of the world’s iconic
races when Rekindling
wore down his father’s
Johannes Vermeer in the
final yards at Flemington
racecourse yesterday
morning.
Being the first and
the youngest is normal for
Joseph (right). In his sensational, if short, career as first jockey at
Ballydoyle, he won his first Classic
at the age of 17, became the youngest
rider to win a Breeders’ Cup race at
18 and won the first of his two Epsom
Derbys at 19.
And this substantial chip off the
old block, just 18 months into his new
role, has very quickly announced
himself on the world stage with a feat
that not even his father (nor anyone
else from England or Ireland, bar
Dermot Weld) has managed to pull
off.
Rekindling, at three, the youngest winner for 76 years, also did his
bit for youth, but he is tough and
experienced for his age – Joseph has
inherited his dad’s knack of sustaining a horse’s form to the end of a long
campaign, or even improving it
– and the colt was not at all
fazed by the razzmatazz
and hurly-burly of a Melbourne Cup.
Johannes Vermeer
was barely off the bridle
when he eased past chief
British hope Marmelo half
way down the home straight
and quickened clear, looking
sure to win, but Rekindling was soon
on his case and in the end just outstayed him by a long neck.
O’Brien Jnr was understandably
beside himself with joy: “Lloyd [Williams, the owner] said he thought
he had a good chance and he’s had a
CHEPSTOW
6.40
LE BEAU BAI & MOUNTAINOUS CHASE (NOVICES’
LIMITED HANDICAP) (CLASS 3) £12,000 added 2m
1
62-133 MUFFINS FOR TEA C Tizzard 7 11 8...........................H Cobden T
2
2/211- SWIFT CRUSADOR E Williams 6 11 8..............................A Wedge
3
0593-P EDDIEMAURICE (D) J Flint 6 11 8 .......................................I Popham
4
1/4-35 ITSHARD TO NO Kerry Lee 8 11 4................................ R Johnson T
5
953-23 CAPSY DE MEE (BF) J Snowden 5 11 1.................. G Sheehan T
6
0/338- ADMIRAL’S SECRET V Dartnall 6 11 1...............N Scholfield T
7
4123-9 YORGONNAHEARMEROAR (D) Henry Oliver 6 11 1...............
..........................................................................................................................J M Davies H,C
8
224-24 THISONETIME (D) D Skelton 6 10 12.........................H Skelton T
9
30F75- AIR DE ROCK Miss V Williams 5 10 5..................... L Treadwell
BETTING: 11-4 Muffins For Tea, 7-2 Swift Crusador, 5-1 Thisonetime, 6-1
Capsy De Mee, 8-1 Itshard To No, 10-1 Air De Rock, 14-1 others.
2.00
BEST BET
Hoof It
(2.15pm, Nottingham)
Popular veteran sprinter, still
more than capable at this level.
NEXT BEST
Quick Look
(2.50pm, Catterick)
Easy Catterick winner fancied to
follow up under a penalty.
ANTE-POST
Cue Card, said to be fine after his
Wetherby spill, is a best-priced
6-1 to win a fourth Betfair Chase.
said: “I couldn’t be any happier. It’s
the perfect result. There was a lot of
cheering and roaring for Joseph and
we now know who the most popular
member of the family is!”
Jockey Corey Brown celebrates winning aboard Rekindling GETTY
Willie Mullins’ Max Dynamite,
placed again, completed a clean
good prep, but I can’t quite believe it. founded the city’s famous Crown sweep for the Irish. It was also
It hasn’t really sunk in yet.”
Casino, but the 77-year-old
pretty much an Australian
The O’Briens’ team ethic perme- businessman, who also
wipe-out with nine of the
ates through the whole staff struc- owns the runner-up, has
The owner first 11 trained overseas, a
ture and after being mentioned poured much of his vast said he had a
humiliating outcome that
glowingly in dispatches, “MJ” fortune into his “glorious good chance
stunned a nation and which
Doran, proudly leading in Rekin- obsession” – winning the
might even provoke a tightdling, was, in turn, quick to pass on Melbourne Cup as many and he has had ening of overseas qualificathe compliment.
times as he can. This was good prep, but tion rules.
“Michael Butler has done all win number six and he I can’t quite
The British contingent
the work with him at home, but says he hasn’t finished yet. believe it. It
still wait for their
unfortunately he couldn’t get a visa
Nobody was shouting hasn’t really
breakthrough, but
to come out here,” he said. “But he louder for Rekindling than sunk in yet
Nakeeta’s fine showing for
told me that this horse would win. the O’Brien family back
Scotland in fifth from a
He’ll be over the moon.”
home in Ballydoyle and
poor draw, will be enough
Proud Melburnian Williams that included proud dad Aidan, who to keep the eternal hope alive.
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1m 4f
1
257480 ELYSIAN FIELDS (CD) Mrs A Perrett 6 9 6..........J Mitchell 7
2
276804 FIRST FLIGHT Mrs H Main 6 9 6.........................P J McDonald 2
3
254735 RYDAN (C)(D) G L Moore 6 9 3.............................H Crouch (3) C 5
4
2-1925 ALQAMAR (D)(BF) C Appleby 3 9 2 ............................W Buick B 6
5
45/480 CASTLELYONS Robert Stephens 5 9 1.. Oisin Murphy H 4
6
744935 DESERT GOD (D) R Hughes 5 9 1................................S W Kelly C 3
7
211034 BERRAHRI (C) J Best 6 8 13..........................Josephine Gordon 8
8
1 ISAAC BELL (CD) A Hales 9 8 11.....................................L Morris T 1
BETTING: 13-8 Alqamar, 10-3 Isaac Bell, 11-2 Rydan, 7-1 Berrahri, 10-1
Desert God, 12-1 First Flight, 14-1 Elysian Fields, 25-1 Castlelyons.
FORM VERDICT
3
3-5616 RUNNING IN HEELS (BF) Rebecca Menzies 8 11 6....................
.....................................................................................................................................T Kelly T,V
-2S433 MULLAGHMURPHY BLUE J Dreaper (IRE) 6 11 5 ......................
..................................................................................................................................A E Lynch T
5 554PUP KING GOLAN Kenny Johnson 6 10 7.....Alison Clarke (7) B,T
6 475P04 MAHLER BAY Kenny Johnson 7 10 3.......Ross Chapman (5)
7
70-P67 IT’S A LONG STORY Mrs B Butterworth 6 10 0...T Dowson (5)
8 P-PPP0 TOP CAT DJ M Barnes 9 10 0..........................................D Irving (3) T
- 8 declared BETTING: 2-1 Mullaghmurphy Blue, 9-4 Final Fling, 3-1 Running In
Heels, 7-1 Devito’sgoldengirl, 20-1 It’s A Long Story, 25-1 Mahler Bay,
King Golan, 50-1 Top Cat Dj.
4
NOTTINGHAM
ALQAMAR looked a non-stayer at Yarmouth in September over 1m6f
when beaten a lot further than the time before at Ascot by the winner
LADY CECIL HANDICAP (CLASS 2) £25,000 added 5f
Great Hall, so the return to 1m4f on the all-weather has the potential
to bring about further improvement. Issac Bell had shown some good
FORM VERDICT
511-78 SPIRITUAL LADY P McBride 3 9 6.............. Daniel Tudhope 7
SWIFT CRUSADOR had posted a number of solid efforts between the form over hurdles but surprised when landing the spoils at 100/1 over 1
500901 PERFECT PASTURE (CD) M W Easterby 7 9 6.....D Allan V 4
flags before landing a Fontwell novices’ hurdle back in March (albeit a C&D last month and, despite those odds on that occasion, must be 2
3
2-4462 CLEM FANDANGO (D)(BF) K Dalgleish 3 9 5.........P Makin 5
shade fortunately) and, likely to improve for this switch to fences, the respected here along with Rydan and Elysian Fields.
unexposed six-year-old is fancied to make a winning return. Muffins
4
606351 GRACIOUS JOHN (CD) P Evans 4 9 4 .........................................................
For Tea is entitled to improve for his chase debut third behind Yanworth
.............................................................................................Katherine Glenister (7) 6
at Exeter and can get a lot closer to the target here, while Itshard To No,
5
844501 TOMILY (D) R Hannon 3 9 2..................................Hollie Doyle (3) 3
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Capsy De Mee and Thisonetime add further spice to the race.
6 340036 GREEN DOOR (D) R Cowell 6 9 2 ...Jonathan Fisher (7) V 8
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £8,000 added 3m
7
-06604 HOOF IT (D) M W Easterby 10 9 2 ......................P Mulrennan 2
515086 ATLETICO (D) R Varian 5 9 2.................................................F Norton 9
1
10/0-P FLY VINNIE (CD) A Whillans 8 11 12...................Steven Fox (5) 8
631731 CLASSIC PURSUIT (CD) M Appleby 6 9 2....G Malune (7) B 1
2
693282 WALTZ DARLING (CD) G Boanas 9 11 7....Miss E Todd (7) C 9
32RED.COM NURSERY (CLASS 3) 2YO £10,000 added 7f
- 9 declared 3
-21314 EBONY ROSE (D) S Corbett 5 11 7....................J Corbett (5) H,T
BETTING:
4-1 Clem Fandango, 9-2 Perfect Pasture, 5-1 Gracious John, 6-1
4
158-31 BUCKLED (CD) A M Thomson 7 11 7.....Rachel McDonald (7)
Tomily,
8-1 Hoof It, Atletico, Classic Pursuit, 10-1 others.
1
71134 PRESTBURY PARK (BF) M Johnston 9 7................... W Buick 1 5
3676-P MARAWEH (CD) Miss L Russell 7 11 1 ...................Derek Fox C
2
854112 MOTOWN MICK R Hannon 9 5.....................................T J Murphy 4 6
-65847 MINNIE MILAN (D) Mrs B Butterworth 8 11 0................................
FORM VERDICT
3
421 LADY OF ARAN (CD) C Fellowes 8 7.................P J McDonald 2
..................................................................................................................Sean Quinlan C,T Tomily recorded an fortunate victory when the pace collapsed at
4 048032 RAINBOW JAZZ M Usher 8 0...........................................K O’Neill V 3 7
220-40 TRONGATE R M Smith 5 10 12..........................................D Irving (3) Doncaster last time and will do well to follow up off 5lb here.
5
8864 ELSAAKB J Gosden 8 0.........................................................N Mackay B 5 8
33315- THE WISE ONE (CD) J Ewart 6 10 12..............Lucy Alexander Preference is for GRACIOUS JOHN, who is only 2lb higher than when
BETTING: 2-1 Lady Of Aran, 3-1 Motown Mick, 4-1 Prestbury Park, 5-1 9 304P6P CLONDAW BANKER (D) F Murtagh 8 10 11 L Murtagh (5)
striking at Leicester last time and remains fairly treated on turf relative
Elsaakb, 11-2 Rainbow Jazz.
BETTING: 9-4 Buckled, 4-1 The Wise One, 11-2 Waltz Darling, 6-1 Ebony to his best all-weather form. The pick of the remainder may be Clem
Rose, 7-1 Fly Vinnie, 10-1 Maraweh, 12-1 Trongate, 16-1 Minnie Milan, Fandango, who was narrowly beaten in a Listed contest at Musselburgh
FORM VERDICT
LADY OF ARAN was a comfortable winner of a C&D event when sent 33-1 Clondaw Banker.
and looks fairly treated now returning to the handicap ranks.
off a well-backed favourite last month and she is backed to follow up
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Prestbury Park and Motown Mick. The latter may be the main danger
added 5f
1-632P DEVITO’SGOLDENGIRL Miss L Russell 6 11 12 .............................
having only missed out on a hat-trick by a nose over this track and 1
051422 MEMORIES GALORE (D)(BF) Roger Fell 5 9 8................................
...........................................................................................................................Derek Fox H,T 1
trip last time, while Rainbow Jazz and Elsaakb look to need a much
2
-72913 FINAL FLING (BF) Mrs R Dobbin 6 11 7......................... A Nicol C
.........................................................................................................................T Hamilton C 1
improved performance to figure.
2.15
MUSSELBURGH
6.10
1.15
EXETER Going: Soft
664810 ROSABELLE (D) A Bailey 3 9 7.................Joshua Bryan (5) B 6
712352 BAHAMIAN SUNRISE (D) J Gallagher 5 9 3 ........................................
.....................................................................................................................H Crouch (3) B 8
4
432061 QUICK LOOK M W Easterby 4 9 3(6ex)............................D Allan 7
5
145535 MUSHARRIF (CD) D Carroll 5 9 2.................Daniel Tudhope 3
6 000521 VAN GERWEN (D) J L Eyre 4 9 2 .................................... J Fanning 5
7
106502 HENLEY (D) Miss T Waggott 5 9 1...........................B McHugh 10
8
344745 LATHOM (D) Julie Camacho 4 9 0.............................. Joe Doyle 11
9 663390 STRAIGHTOTHEPOINT B Smart 5 8 11...............................G Lee 9
10 132872 FANTASY KEEPER (C) M Appleby 3 8 8...................A Mullen 2
11 203161 JABBAROCKIE (CD) E Alston 4 8 7 ................................. N Farley 4
- 11 declared BETTING: 4-1 Memories Galore, 9-2 Quick Look, 13-2 Van Gerwen, 7-1
Bahamian Sunrise, 8-1 Henley, Fantasy Keeper, 10-1 Lathom, Musharrif,
12-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
Van Gerwen relished testing conditions when hitting the bullseye
at Pontefract last time and should go well, despite a 5lb rise, while
Jabbarockie commands respect on the back of his C&D victory from
subsequent winner Awesome Allan. Both may have to be content
with minor roles this afternoon, however, as Tony Fell’s MEMORIES
GALORE drops in grade on the back of his superb second off 2lb lower
in the Catterick Dash.
12.45
KEMPTON
1.00 1. DANCING SHADOW (N Scholfield) 9-1; 2. Just
A Sting 11-10 fav; 3. Golden Sunrise 66-1. 13 ran. 1/2l,
2l. (V Dartnall).
1.30 1. DYNAMITE DOLLARS (S Twiston-Davies) 10-11
fav; 2. Thomas Patrick 100-1; 3. Battle Of Ideas 8-1.
2.00 1. POLITOLOGUE (S Twiston-Davies) 5-2 fav; 2.
San Benedeto 8-1; 3. Gino Trail 6-1.
2.35 1. BALLYOPTIC (S Twiston-Davies) 7-4; 2. Elegant
Escape 7-2; 3. Barney Dwan 6-4 fav.
3.05 1. ASK THE WEATHERMAN (N Scholfield) 10-3;
2. Castarnie 12-1; 3. Royal Palladium 14-1.
3.35 1. THIS IS IT (D Jacob) 5-1; 2. Quinto 16-1; 3. All
2
3
Kings 50-1.
4.10 1. NORSE LIGHT (S Twiston-Davies) 5-1; 2. Justice Knight 25-1; 3. Whiskey John 16-1; 4. Moonlight
Flyer 10-1.
Placepot: £183.10. Quadpot: £70.40.
Place 6: £165.53. Place 5: £93.38.
REDCAR Going: Soft
12.20 1. UP STICKS AND GO (A Mullen) 11-4; 2.
Knighted 15-8 fav; 3. Mametz Wood 10-3.
12.50 1. CATASTROPHE (J Hart) 8-13 fav; 2. Siyahamba
9-1; 3. Orientelle 18-1.
1.20 1. BREAK THE SILENCE (K O’Neill) 6-1; 2. Edgar
2.50
Allan Poe 8-1; 3. Grinty 9-1.
1.50 1. AWAKE MY SOUL (J P Sullivan) 2-1 fav; 2.
Canberra Cliffs 9-2; 3. Gulf Of Poets 14-1.
2.20 1. METRONOMIC (A Mullen) 14-1; 2. Restive 15-8
fav; 3. Outback Blue 9-4.
2.55 1. AFFAIR (T Ladd) 6-1; 2. Jan De Heem 3-1; 3.
Leopard 20-1.
3.25 1. RAJAPUR (L Edmunds) 33-1; 2. Adrakhan 7-1;
3. Captain Swift 4-1.
3.55 1. AWESOME ALLAN (M Cosham) 5-4 fav; 2. Nellie’s Dancer 9-1; 3. Ambitious Icarus 10-1.
Placepot: £36.50. Quadpot: £26.30.
Place 6: £50.09. Place 5: £43.48.
3.20
1
2
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5
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149572
333453
EBITDA (D) S Dixon 3 10 2(6ex)..............................J Gormley (5) 8
FAREEQ C Wallis 3 9 10............................................... B A Curtis T,V 5
AYRESOME ANGEL (D) J Mackie 4 9 7.....................J Fanning 4
CULLODEN (D)(BF) S A Harris 5 9 7.................. Toby Eley (7) 9
KODIMOOR (D) C Kellett 4 9 3 .................................F Norton B,T 6
AMBITIOUS ICARUS (CD) R C Guest 8 9 2...........................................
................................................................................................ Daniel Tudhope E,H,C 3
7 486859 BOROUGH BOY (D) D Shaw 7 9 1....................................P Makin V 2
8
432434 ANGEL PALANAS K Burke 3 9 1 ........Russell Harris (7) C 11
9 705003 COISTE BODHAR (CD) S Dixon 6 8 13..........P Pilley (3) C 10
10 265046 SARABI (D) S Dixon 4 8 12....................................................D Allan C 12
11 760870 DROP KICK MURPHI Mrs C Dunnett 3 8 12................G Lee 13
12 354736 ROBBIAN (D) C Smith 6 8 7.........................................N Garbutt (3) 7
13 724050 CELERITY Mrs L Williamson 3 8 7 .................G Malune (7) C 1
- 13 declared BETTING: 5-2 Ebitda, 5-1 Kodimoor, 7-1 Coiste Bodhar, Angel Palanas,
8-1 Ambitious Icarus, 10-1 Sarabi, Robbian, 16-1 Borough Boy, Culloden,
Ayresome Angel, 25-1 others.
WOLVERHAMPTON
Going: Standard
1.10 1. TOWELRADS BOY (P J McDonald) 15-2; 2. Axe
Cap 3-1; 3. Militia 4-6 fav.
1.40 1. SURFA ROSA (Hollie Doyle) 13-2; 2. Global Spirit
6-1; 3. Medici Oro 17-2.
2.10 1. GREY DESTINY (C Hardie) 15-2; 2. Kafoo 6-1;
3. Swot 10-3 fav.
2.45 1. ALSVINDER (D Nolan) 3-1; 2. Landing Night 9-2;
3. Midnight Malibu 12-1.
3.15 1. CHAMPAGNE PINK (C Lee) 9-2; 2. Power Home
11-4 fav; 3. Bonnie Gals 12-1.
3.45 1. ROCK ISLAND LINE (P Hanagan) 11-2; 2. New
Abbey Angel 16-1; 3. Lord Murphy 14-1. 3. Indiana
Dawn 12-1.
4.20 1. AL KOUT (G Wood) 22-1; 2. Majboor 8-11 fav;
3. Frown 11-2. 10 ran. 11/4l, nk. (Mrs H Main). Tote:
£27.30; £4.80, £1.10, £2.00. Exacta: £52.40. Trifecta:
£280.60. CSF: £37.93.
4.50 1. TOP OFFER (G Wood) 9-1; 2. Jack Of Diamonds
9-4 fav; 3. Dream Free 5-1.
Placepot: £63.80. Quadpot: £18.80.
Place 6: £62.03. Place 5: £50.94.
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RUGBY UNION
No room for Solomona
in Jones’s England squad
By Jack de Menezes
England squad
Denny Solomona’s return to the
England squad was shortlived
Full-backs M Brown (Harleafter the wing was sent back to
quins), E Daly (Wasps), J May
Sale yesterday, with Eddie Jones
(Leicester), S Rokoduguni
leaving him out of his 26-man
(Bath), A Watson (Bath)
squad for Saturday’s opening
Inside backs D Care (Harleautumn international against
quins), O Farrell (Saracens), G
Argentina.
Ford (Leicester), J Joseph (Bath),
Both Elliot Daly and Jonny May
A Lozowski (Saracens), H Slade
have completed rapid recoveries
(Exeter), B Youngs (Leicester)
from injury to feature in the squad,
Back five T Curry (Sale Sharks),
meaning that there is no space for
N Hughes (Wasps), M Itoje
24-year-old Solomona. The rugby
(Saracens), G Kruis (Saracens),
league convert was brought into
J Launchbury (Wasps), C Lawes
the side for last week’s training
(Northampton), C Robshaw
camp in Portugal. He had been
(Harlequins), S Underhill (Bath).
given a second chance by Jones
Front row D Cole (Leicester
following his banishment from an
Tigers), E Genge (Leicester
August training camp when he
Tigers), J George (Saracens),
was involved in a late-night drinkD Hartley (Northampton),
ing session with Leicester centre
M Vunipola (Saracens),
Manu Tuilagi.
H Williams (Exeter)
Having initially feared that both
Daly and May would miss this
weekend’s match, Jones is relieved a break after the summer’s British
that both came through training
and Irish Lions commitments.
at Pennyhill Park , though
May, who has scored 10
it is no guarantee they
tries in nine games this
will play at Twickenseason, has flourham. Three players
ished since moving
will be dropped
to Leicester in the
from the squad to
summer and would
Tries scored by
make up the matchbe able to link up
Jonny May in nine
day side.
with half-back pairgames since joining
The inclusion
ing Ben Youngs and
Leicester in the
summer
of Daly and May
George Ford, while
gives them an extra
Daly offers Jones verday to prove their fitsatility due to his ability
ness, which could result
to cover centre, wing, fullin Anthony Watson being rested back and even fly-half if needed.
should Jones feel that he deserves
The other seven players to miss
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fool; sway; cool;
swap; hop; hip;
switch; whip;
swatch; lash;
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Across: 1 Ri-Di-ng, 3 Ga-Ming, 4 Peru-s-e
Down: 1 Ran-gup<, 2 Gee-gee
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OTHER WORDS ace, acme, aide, aimed, ale, amide, axe, axed,
axle, calmed, came, camel, cede, claimed, climaxed, dace, dale,
dame, deal, decimal, declaim, deem, dice, die, eel, elide, elm,
exam, excel, exclaim, exile, exiled, ice, iced, idea, ideal, idle,
lace, laced, lame, lamed, lea, lead, led, lee, lice, lie, lied, lime,
mace, made, mailed, male, malice, mead, meal, medal, media,
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out on a place are Bath forwards
Tom Dunn and Charlie Ewels, Exeter back-rower Sam Simmonds,
Saracens lock Nick Isiekwe and
Northampton centre Piers Francis, while “apprentice player” Zach
Mercer is also left out and will
return to Bath for this weekend’s
Anglo-Welsh Cup fixtures.
The second-row is also a position
where England are currently overloaded with options, as Jones has
retained Joe Launchbury, George
Kruis, Courtney Lawes and Maro
Itoje. Saracens forward Itoje is
able to play at blindside flanker
along with Lawes, but as Jones
hinted last week that ex-captain
Chris Robshaw will remain the
starting No 6, one of the secondrow contingent stands to miss out.
Tom Curry and Sam Underhill
will battle for the openside flanker
spot in James Haskell’s absence,
with Jones seeking a ball-threatening No 7 who can disrupt opposition possession in the breakdown.
Nathan Hughes looks certain to
feature at No 8, with Robshaw providing back-up after Simmonds
was released back to Exeter.
Dylan Hartley, the England
captain, is in a battle with Jamie
George for the starting hooker
spot, while Ellis Genge will
compete with Mako Vunipola for
the loosehead prop berth after
the former impressed during
Monday’s training session against
Wales. On the other side of the
front-row, veteran Dan Cole is
joined by the inexperienced Harry
Williams. THE INDEPENDENT
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CHECKATRADE TROPHY
NORTHERN GROUP A
Morecambe 2 Leicester U21 2 (Morecambe
win 4-2 on penalties).
Leading Positions: 1 Fleetwood Town P 2
pts 6, 2 Leicester U21 (3-4), 3 Carlisle (2-3), 4
Morecambe (3-2).
GROUP B
Wigan 0 Accrington Stanley 4.
Leading Positions: 1 Blackpool P 3 pts 7, 2
Accrington Stanley (3-6), 3 Wigan (3-5), 4
Middlesbrough U21 (3-0).
GROUP C
Rochdale 1 Blackburn 1 (Rochdale win 5-3
on penalties).
Leading Positions: 1 Rochdale P 3 pts 6, 2
Blackburn (3-4), 3 Bury (2-3), 4 Stoke U21
(2-1).
GROUP D
Oldham 4 Newcastle U21 1; Port Vale 4
Crewe 2.
Leading Positions: 1 Port Vale P 3 pts 8,
2 Oldham (3-7), 3 Newcastle U21 (3-3), 4
Crewe (3-0).
GROUP E
Coventry 2 West Brom U21 1; Shrewsbury
0 Walsall 1.
Leading Positions: 1 Walsall P 3 pts 7, 2
Shrewsbury (3-6), 3 Coventry (3-4), 4 West
Brom U21 (3-0).
GROUP F
Bradford 0 Rotherham 3.
Leading Positions: 1 Bradford P 3 pts 6, 2
Rotherham (3-4), 3 Chesterfield (2-3), 4 Man
City U21 (2-2).
GROUP G
Lincoln City 2 Notts County 1.
Leading Positions: 1 Lincoln City P 3 pts
9, 2 Mansfield (3-6), 3 Notts County (3-3), 4
Everton U21 (3-0).
SOUTHERN GROUP A
Charlton 0 Portsmouth 1.
Leading Positions: 1 Portsmouth P 3 pts 7, 2
Charlton (3-6), 3 Fulham U21 (2-2), 4 Crawley
Town (2-0).
GROUP B
Gillingham 7 Reading U21 5; Southend 2
Colchester 0.
Leading Positions: 1 Gillingham P 3 pts 9, 2
Southend (3-6), 3 Colchester (3-2), 4 Reading
U21 (3-1).
GROUP E
Newport County 1 Cheltenham 2.
Leading Positions: 1 Swansea U21 P 3 pts 9,
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Curran called up for Ashes as
Finn’s luck runs out once more
By Jonathan Liew AND Chris Stocks
Tom Curran has been called up
to England’s Ashes squad. The
22-year-old Surrey all-rounder
will fly out to Australia today as a
replacement for Steven Finn, after
the Middlesex fast bowler was ruled
out of the rest of the tour with a torn
left knee cartilage.
Curran is yet to play a Test match
for England. However, he broke
into the white-ball side during the
2017 season, making his debut in
Twenty20 and one-day international
cricket and impressed the England
management with his attitude.
Coach Trevor Bayliss is known
to be a fan and so Curran has been
preferred to players such as Liam
Plunkett, Tom Helm, George Garton
and Mark Wood as England seek to
bolster their ailing pace-bowling reserves ahead of the toughest series
of them all.
Given the unique demands of
Ashes cricket on fast bowlers, history
suggests that there is at least a decent
chance that Curran will feature at
some point during the series. It is also
likely that Curran will have to cancel
his deal with the Hobart Hurricanes,
with whom he had signed up to play
in this season’s Big Bash.
Curran’s first-class record for
Surrey last season was modest – 24
wickets at an average of 35 – but his
record still compares favourably
with Plunkett, who played just two
County Championship games for
Yorkshire last season and Helm,
who played just five.
Besides, Curran has been
a c o n s i s t e n t p e r fo r m e r a t
Championship level over the past
few seasons and his fiery three-wicket international debut against South
Given the demands on
fast bowlers in the Ashes,
there is a decent chance
Curran will feature
Steven Finn has flown home from
two Ashes tours without bowling
Africa at Taunton in June suggested
that he is a player who relishes the
biggest stage.
The luckless Finn will return to
England within the next 48 hours
after the freak injury he suffered
while batting in the nets in Perth
last Thursday. He will see a knee
specialist to determine whether he
needs surgery.
Either way, it is a cruel twist of
fate for a bowler who has only ever
shown glimpses of his true potential and whose last Ashes tour also
ended in disappointment, flying
home without playing any of the five
Test matches.
An England statement said:
“Steven Finn will miss the remainder of England’s tour of Australia
after scans revealed he has a torn
left knee cartilage.
“The Middlesex seamer will now
return to the UK in the next 48 hours
where he will meet a knee specialist
to ascertain whether he will have an
operation.”
Finn had only been selected as
a late replacement for Ben Stokes,
the all-rounder who has remained
in England while police investigate
his involvement in the late-night
altercation in Bristol during the
one-day series against West Indies
in September.
However, this is another setback in Finn’s career after he was
sent home early from the 2013-14
Ashes tour when he was deemed
“unselectable” by then limited-overs
coach Ashley Giles.
Meanwhile, Joe Root’s vicecaptain for this tour is set to be
announced within the next 48 hours.
With Stokes absent, Root is without a deputy for the Ashes. Alastair
Cook, the Yorkshireman’s predecessor as captain, Stuart Broad and
James Anderson are all in contention for the role.
England coach Bayliss confirmed:
“Rooty and I have had a bit of a chat
over the last few days and you’ll
probably see an announcement in
the next day or two,” said Bayliss.
“There’s probably three or four
guys in the team that could do it –
older guys who play that role anyway as leaders of the team.”
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England
face the
acid Test
England pace bowler
Anya Shrubsole
(centre) leads the side
for a warm-up run at
the North Sydney Oval,
where they will play
Australia in the only
Test of the current
Ashes series, starting
in the early hours of
tomorrow morning UK
time. The four-day Test
is worth four points
in the multi-format
series. Australia lead
4-2 after winning two
of the three one-day
internationals, with
three T20 games
to follow the Test.
England captain
Heather Knight said: “If
we can get those four
points we’ll be set up
very nicely.”
Andy Murray
did not take his
match against
Roger Federer
too seriously last
night GETTY
Murray hopes to
make a return in
2018 – but admits
‘you never know’
By Paul Newman
AT THE SSE HYDRO
Andy Murray is confident he will recover fully from the hip injury which
has kept him out of competition since
Wimbledon but says he will return
only when he is 100 per cent fit.
Murray, who is due to start his
comeback in Australia in January,
was talking before playing a charity
match against Roger Federer.
The “Andy Murray Live” event is
the Scot’s first public appearance
on a court since he limped to defeat
to Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon
quarter-finals four months ago. He
had hoped to return at the US Open
in August but pulled out of the year’s
final Grand Slam event less than 48
hours before it was due to start.
Although he has now been back in
training for several weeks, Murray
did not sound certain that he would
be able to return in the Brisbane
International in the first week in
January.
“I hope I’m there,” he said. “Things
have been going pretty well so far in
the rehab. But you just never know.
You take each week as it comes. You
have setbacks and then things come
on quite quickly as well.
“I’ve been training for a few weeks
now. Some days I’ve felt great, some
days not so good, but I’m getting
there. I’ll come back when I’m ready
and 100 per cent fit.
“I probably made a bit of mistake
trying to get ready for the US Open,
but it was the last major of the year
and I wanted to give it a go. Now it’s
been time to give my body the rest
and recovery it needs and I will come
back when I’m ready.”
Murray did not appear to be in
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Fake pregnancy
claim leads to
four-year drug
ban for Sumgong
Conte has lost a key ally
in Emenalo and it will
be hard to replace him
By Matt Slater
any discomfort as he chased balls number of specialists about his hip
to all corners of the court last night, injury after Wimbledon and added:
although there were moments when “Surgery was not recommended for
he did not appear to move as freely me and obviously that’s great.
as he had before the hip injury. “For
“You never know how you’re going
a first match in four or five months it to come back from surgery. If you
was great,” Murray said.
can go a conservative route it’s bet“I really enjoyed it. I felt pretty ter. So I sat down with my team and
good – not perfect, but I felt like I’m it was like, let’s just take time to get
going in the right direction.”
ready again, do all of the rehab,
Federer, who took off
get yourself as strong as
the second half of last
possible.”
year because of a knee
M u r ray s a i d h e
problem but has made
planned to do his prea stunning return
season training in
Days since Andy
in 2017, said his best
Miami before going to
Murray last played
advice to Murray
Australia earlier than
competitively, in
would be “just to get
he has in the past.
the Wimbledon
fit again”.
“Obviously
coming into
quarter-finals
The Wimbledon
the beginning of the new
champion, who is visiting
year I will be at a bit of a
Scotland for the first time,
disadvantage because I have
explained: “Take your time, however not played matches f or a long time.”
long it takes. When you come back
Murray, who started this year as
you want to be at 100 per cent. world No 1 but fell this week to No
Otherwise the problem is you feel 16, was playing the event for Unicef,
you just can’t beat the best at the big and Sunny-sid3up, a Glasgow-based
tournaments.
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“It’s wise and worthwhile to take
the extra week, extra month maybe,
because I’m sure Andy is going to
Roger Federer won a
have a lot of years left. He shouldn’t
light-hearted encounter
hurry, but as a professional athlete
at the ‘Andy Murray Live’ event in
you always want to come back as
Glasgow last night. The game was
quickly as possible. You need to have
decided by a champions’ tie-break,
goals, but sometimes they need to be
6-3, 3-6, 10-6 as the Scot played
postponed.”
his first match for four months.
Murray said he had consulted a
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Kenya’s 2016 Olympic and London
Marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has been banned for four years
after being found guilty of doping.
The army officer, 32, tested positive for the blood-boosting drug
Erythropoietin (EPO) on 28 February and her ban has been backdated
to 3 April, when she was provisionally
suspended.
Sumgong told a tribunal in Nairobi that her positive test was a result of treatment she received at the
Kenyatta National Hospital on 22
February for an ectopic pregnancy.
She said she did not disclose this
on her anti-doping form or tell her
coach, who is her husband, because of
the “taboo associated with her condition... which would have caused her to
be shunned within her community”.
The tribunal, however, disregarded her claim as the hospital had no
record of her February visit, concluding that the treatment sheets she produced were fake and her account of
her treatment is contrary to hospital
policy and the usual treatment for
ectopic pregnancies.
Sumgong’s lawyer then suggested
the doctor she saw in February may
have been an impostor as there had
been a doctors’ strike at the time.
The tribunal found her evidence
“inconsistent at best” and the AntiDoping Agency of Kenya said: “We
might go so far as to state that the
athlete’s attempt to explain how the
substance entered her body bordered on an attempt to deceive the
panel.”
Their lawyer said Sumgong was
doping to prepare for the 2017 London Marathon and should receive the
maximum sanction for a first offence.
Kenya has an appalling recent
record for doping and more than
40 of its athletes failed dope tests
between 2011 and 2016. Sumgong’s
former training partner Rita Jeptoo
tested positive for EPO in 2014 after
winning the Boston and Chicago marathons and Kenya was only declared
compliant with World Anti-Doping
Agency rules just before last year’s
Olympics.
Olympic champion Jemima Sumgong
will miss the Tokyo Games in 2020
Emenalo was a peacemaker and
supporter of the manager. His ability to maintain positive personal
relationships, most importantly
with Abramovich, explains why he
worked at the club for so long.
oman Abramovich lost
But this summer Emenalo felt
one of his most trusted
as if he had achieved what he inlieutenants on Monday
tended to at Chelsea, having been
with the resignation of
at the club for 10 years. He first
Michael Emenalo, and
wanted to step aside before the
Chelsea lost one of the most imseason but felt this was a more
portant men from their last
suitable time to go, with the
decade of success.
first-team and academy
As fast as managboth in good shape. He
ers have come and
has a young family
gone from Stamford
and after six years in
Bridge, Emenalo
such a demanding
Years
Emenalo
has
has been a constant,
role he wants to see
been at Chelsea. He
getting Abramovimore of them.
was brought to the
ch’s ear in a way that
“I need an opporclub in October 2007
few expected. Now
tunity
to get to see
by Avram Grant
that he has stepped
my young kids grow,
down as technical direcand also to step back
tor – he says to spend more
and reflect on the work
time with his family – Abramthat I have done here,” he told
ovich has lost one of his
Chelsea TV.
most important employ“This is not a kneeees at the club. And
jerk reaction or deciunder-fire manager
sion, it has been on my
Antonio Conte has lost
mind and it has been
a crucial ally.
thoroughly discussed
The rise of Emeamongst friends and
nalo to become one of
colleagues.”
Abramovich’s closest
There is an alternative
advisors is perhaps the
view, though, that power
most intriguing part of
at a football club is a
Chelsea’s recent story.
zero-sum game, and that
Emenalo
While the rest of his inner
the more Granovskaia
offered to step accumulated, the less
circle – Bruce Buck,
Marina Granovskaia and down when
there was for Emenalo.
Eugene Tenenbaum – are Mourinho
Agents dealing with the
all old associates from
club found that it was
returned
Abramovich’s Sibneft
Granovskaia
(above), not
to Chelsea.
days, Emenalo certainly Abramovich
Emenalo who had the
is not. He was brought to
final say and whose word
Chelsea by Avram Grant did not want
meant the most.
when the Israeli replaced him to leave
Now Emenalo has gone
Jose Mourinho as manand Chelsea will have to
ager in September 2007. Grant had think about how to replace him.
coached Emenalo at Maccabi Tel
They will review their structure
Aviv, at the end of his playing days,
before making any appointments.
and wanted to use his utilise his
Because whoever comes in will
football brain to scout for him.
struggle to replace Emenalo’s
Emenalo soon impressed
experience and skill in navigating
Abramovich with his intelligence
Chelsea’s unique internal politics.
and personal skills. In 2010 he
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became assistant first-team coach
and the next year technical director, a job he held until this week. He
oversaw scouting, transfers and
young players, and the attempt
to establish a permanent football
identity even as managers continued to change. He offered to step
down when Mourinho returned to
Stamford Bridge in 2013 – Abramovich did not want him to – and
then became the public face of
the decision to dismiss Mourinho,
famously telling Chelsea TV of the
“palpable discord” Mourinho had
sown in the squad.
Last year Emenalo was a crucial advocate for Antonio Conte
becoming the next Chelsea manager, and was vindicated by the
Italian’s immediate success. Amid
Michael Emenalo impressed Roman
the tension between Conte and
Abramovich with his personal skills
Granovskaia over recruitment,
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Three more join
list of absentees
for Southgate
By Jack Austin
England’s plans to test themselves
against two of the best sides in the
world in Germany and Brazil have
been thrown into farce after three
more players pulled out of Gareth
Southgate’s squad through injury.
Manchester City pair Raheem
Sterling and Fabian Delph have both
withdrawn, along with Liverpool’s
Jordan Henderson.
Sterling played 78 minutes of City’s
3-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday before being replaced in what appeared
to be a tactical decision, while Delph
played the full 90 minutes.
Neither players showed any sign of
a knock but have now been sent back
to Manchester for treatment on their
injuries with their club.
Henderson missed the weekend
win over West Ham and will also return to his club with a thigh injury,
meaning Southgate is now deprived
of both his leading candidates to captain the side in the World Cup after
Harry Kane pulled out of the squad
on Monday.
Dele Alli and Harry Winks also
withdrew on Monday meaning
Southgate is now without five certain
starters for the two friendlies.
West Brom’s Jake Livermore has
now been called up after Everton’s
Michael Keane joined the squad on
Monday but concerns still remain
over Chelsea’s Gary Cahill who
joined up with the rest of the squad
yesterday after being assessed.
England crocks XI
GK: T Heaton Shoulder (out since Sept)
RB: N Clyne
Back (all season)
CB: C Chambers
Hip (since Sept)
LB: F Delph
Calf (this week)
MF: H Winks
Ankle (this week)
MF: J Henderson
Thigh (this week)
MF: D Alli
Hamstring (last week)
RW: R Sterling
Back (this week)
LW: A Lallana
Thigh (all season)
FW: D Welbeck Hamstring (since Sept)
FW: H Kane
Hamstring (this week)
Subs (also injured): R Barkley, N
Chalobah
‘Dad has a massive
flag waving in his
garden. He’s just
mad for England’
Kieran Trippier enjoys highs of playing
for his country – his father does too...
delight in representing his country,
a development which transpired as
late as June this year in the 3-2 defeat
Maybe it’s because all this England by France in Paris.
stuff has come to him later in life, or
The loss was neither here nor
maybe he just has a stronger consti- there. What mattered were the lions
tution, or maybe it is the thought of on his chest and what that might
letting down his dad if he ever left the mean a year down the line when
building early. Whatever the reason, England repair to the World Cup
there is nil chance of Kieran Trippier finals in Russia. “It’s always been a
joining the exodus of frail bodies on dream for me. Obviously playing
the long limp out of St George’s Park. in the Championship I’ve always
The Trippier clan is the exem- dreamed about playing for England,
plar of patriotic virtue. His old man, putting on the jersey.
Chris, a builder, is an England nut,
“I can remember now, it still gives
flies the flag in his garden during me a bit of shivers, the France game,
tournaments in the Mancunian pe- when I put the jersey on and I knew
rimeter town of Bury, despite the
I was going to play for England
protestations of the council.
in my debut. I’m just so
At the age of 27 Trippiexcited, and when I got
er is unfailingly attached
called up (this time)
to the quaint idea that
I was so excited to
playing for England
come here. And it’s
represents a career
the World Cup next
Trippier has two
high and, you suspect,
year, I want to play
senior England
caps to his name
spends his free time
as many games as I
for matches
posting snaps of the
can in club football,
against France and
inner sanctum to his
to hopefully prove that
Lithuania
dad. “In my career I’ve
I can be on that plane to
had to work really hard,
Russia.”
leaving (Manchester) City and
Though the family will be
going to the Championship to work travelling with him should he make
my way back up. I believed I could the cut, reprising the experience
do it and I’m grateful to Burnley and of his junior England days when he
Tottenham for letting me do it in the represented the nation from the 18s
Premier League. I’m 27 now and I’m to the 21s, it might not be good news
just enjoying it. That’s the most im- for the authorities in Bury. “He’s alportant thing.”
ready said he’ll put it (the flag) up
Trippier is articulating a perspec- next summer.
tive that is slowly disappearing in
“The council made him take it
this age of big-club gratification. down, but he didn’t. It’s a massive
Though he is thrilled to be part of pole with a big England flag in the
the Tottenham renaissance, testing garden. He brought the telly in the
his mettle against the Champions garden when it was nice weather.
League elite, he holds on to a boyish They wrote letters to him and eveBy Kevin Garside
CHIEF SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
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rything, but he said: ‘I’m not taking
it down.’ It was brilliant. He’s mad
for England, and Man United. It was
hilarious. We have a bit of banter
about it to this day.
“He’s over the moon for me.
I’ll never forget when we were in
France, they (parents) were both
crying their eyes out. It’s always
been like that, you know, win, lose or
I’lll never forget when we
were in France, my parents
were crying their eyes out.
It’s always been like that
draw for England. He’s always been
a mad England fan and travelled a
lot with me when I was in the youth
set-up. With England it’s a great opportunity for us, with the World Cup
next year, two massive games coming up, hopefully there will be a decent crowd there to support us.”
Trippier credits the progressive
Sean Dyche for his role in restoring confidence and belief after failing to make the cut as a youth at
Manchester City. If ever a career
bore testament to the benefits of
perseverance and hard work it
is Trippier’s, an example to any
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Davis on the cusp of a century of caps and a place in World Cup finals
By Michael Walker
On the cusp. Over the past three
years the Northern Ireland captain
Steven Davis has used this threeword preview so often it could be
his motto. On each occasion it has
been appropriate for his team but
now it applies to him alone.
Tomorrow Davis (right), this selfeffacing, skilful leader of his country
wins his 100th cap. That it comes
against Switzerland in a World Cup
play-off was not always foreseeable.
It has taken Davis 12 sometimes
hard years to reach the landmark,
but from midway through the Euro
2016 qualifying campaign, he began
to be asked about the possibility
of this group of players making
history. “We’re on the cusp,” would
always form part of Davis’s
reply.
It is the difference
between potential and
fulfilment and thanks to the
efforts of Davis, Northern
Ireland made good
on his statement.
Against Greece in
Belfast two years
ago, Davis scored
twice to ensure
qualification.
It was the first
time Northern
Ireland had
reached the European
Championship finals; the first time
in 30 years that they had been to
any finals.
“I think the players who have
been around the squad for longer
know how difficult it is to get
consistent results at international
level,” he says.
“It makes you
appreciate the success
we have had so much
more. Some of the
new additions to the
squad only know
good times.”
Within the
squad Davis, 32,
is cherished for
the example he sets.
As manager Michael O’Neill says:
“There’s all types of captains but for
me Steven epitomises everything
you want.”
An MBE awarded at Buckingham
Palace last week was evidence of
appreciation, but it was typical of
Davis to pass it on to others.
“It is very humbling to be there
and recognise what people have
achieved in their lives,” he says.
“I got an award for doing
something that I have loved, and it’s
We’ve done a lot of
homework on the Swiss. As
soon as we got in, O’Neill had
booklets made up of them
not something I ever expected, but
I’m very proud of.
Davis had earned those 100 caps
and the 101st on Sunday in Basel
could be as special as any of them.
“We’ve done a lot of homework on
the Swiss,” he adds.
“Michael is always well prepared.
As soon as we got in he had little
paper booklets made up of them.
“We all understand the
ramifications of the two results,
but it’s a great position to be in.
We’re exactly where we wanted to
be before a ball was kicked in the
group. I think we have it all to gain.”
Northern Ireland and their
captain are, once again, on the cusp.
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Kieran Trippier
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‘Let’s get the job done, then we
can talk about a longer deal’
Continued from back page
as the club’s, with the 54-year-old
Scot looking to avoid back-to-back
relegations after taking Sunderland
down to the Championship last season before resigning in the summer.
On his deal, which lasts until the
end of the season, Moyes added:
“We’ve done a contract which suits
both parties, we are all comfortable
with it. Let’s get the job done and
then talk at the end of the year.
“The job is to get wins and get ourselves up the league. I’m a football
supporter, everyone has opinions,
and everyone is entitled to that. But
I think my record stands up against
most.
“I’ve managed five clubs and only
the recent one was the wrong choice
by me. Hopefully I can show what
I’m really about. I’ve probably got
one of the best win records in the
Premier League. The job now is to
win games.”
With West Ham currently 18th
in the Premier League, Moyes will
meet the members of his squad that
are not on international duty today
before he faces the media for the
first time since replacing Bilic, and
he at least has 11 days to prepare for
his first game in charge at Watford.
Club co-owners, David Gold and
David Sullivan, issued a statement
that stressed the need for change
after two and a half years under
Bilic, in which the club had slipped
from a seventh-place finish in 2016
whippersnapper having to process
rejection.
“His man-management is brilliant. He helped me a lot on and off
the field. Respect, that’s what you get
from him, and honesty. He demands
a lot and all his players throughout
the years at Burnley have been willing to work for him because of that
honesty. He’s just a good all-round
coach and a great guy too.”
As forward thinking as he is there
might be some technical areas where
Dyche could improve, according to
Trippier, particularly in the measurement of body fat. “I had a really
good percentage. Sean Dyche was
happy. Went to Tottenham and I
was well high. I think they pinch you
tougher at Tottenham. Unless it was
my all-inclusive holiday in Mexico.
Must’ve been the mojitos. I was much
higher than what I was at Burnley,
and I had to lose it all. Which I did.”
And so to Friday night and the joy of
facing world champions Germany, followed four days later by Brazil. “These
arethe friendlygamesthat youwant to
play in the build-up to the World Cup
because these are world-class teams
and individuals. It’ll be a good test for
us and just show what we can do.”
SCOTLAND
Phillips hopes to break goal
duck against Netherlands
By Stephen Halliday
With no goals from his eight appearances for Scotland so far,
Matt Phillips may appear an
underwhelming choice to
lead the line against the
Netherlands at Pittodrie
tomorrow night.
But if, as expected, the
West Bromwich Albion
winger (right) is handed
that role by interim Scotland manager Malky Mackay,
then he will look to draw on advice
from a prolific former Dutch international forward. Phillips worked under
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink at Queens
Park Rangers where he had experience of playing as a central striker.
“Jimmy taught me to be a bit
more off the cuff,” said Phillips. “He didn’t tell me so
much what I had to do,
he just liked the fact that
I naturally liked to run in
behind defences and that
I was quick.
“I had a brief chat
with Malky about playing
up front. I’ve played there
on a few occasions – I did it for
Neil Warnock at QPR, as well as for
Jimmy – but never regularly.”
Moyes’ to-do list
Organise the defence
West Ham have conceded 23 goals
in the league so far this season.
Be unrealistic and dishonest
What he needs to convey is a bit of
bluster and bravado to his players
and tell them they can save themselves, as unlikely as it may look.
Beat the bad teams
They are not going to play their
way to safety, but they might just
scrap their way there.
Get the best out of Manuel Lanzini
Lanzini has the ability to cut teams
open with his incisive passing.
Win the fans’ support back
As long as the London Stadium
feels like an away ground, West
Ham are in trouble.
Slaven Bilic said he was ‘proud’ of
what he achieved at West Ham
to last term’s 11th place and now left a club in this way. It happened
their position in the relegation zone. once before, with Lokomotiv Mos“We need somebody with
cow, but it was more my deexperience, knowledge of
cision. I am very sad, of
the Premier League and
course.
the players in it, and
“I would have loved
we believe David is
to have stayed to finthe right man to turn
ish my contract –
Number of league
things around and
perhaps win a cup
wins for West Ham
get the best out of the
and stabilise the sitso far this season:
players at the club,”
uation – but it didn’t
against Swansea
Sullivan said.
happen and there are
and Huddersfield
Bilic, meanwhile, inno hard feelings. It has
sisted there were no hard
not changed my love for
feelings with West Ham over
West Ham and the people
the manner of his departure.
there. When I look back, I should be
He said: “It is the first time I have proud.” THE INDEPENDENT
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Comment
West Ham fans united in their disbelief at
arrival of Moyes and his prosaic football
Kevin
Garside
CHIEF SPORTS
CORRESPONDENT
The appointment of David Moyes
to replace the sacked Slaven Bilic
at West Ham reflects necessity as
much as desire. A two-and-a-halfyear contract with a break that
might be activated at the end of
this season is the telling detail.
With others who might have
been higher up the wishlist
employed elsewhere: Sean
Dyche at Burnley; Marco Silva at
Watford, for example, Moyes was
very much the pragmatic choice:
the best they could do quickly.
For the fans, the appointment
of Moyes, who took Sunderland
down in his last post and before
that bombed at Real Sociedad
and Manchester United, is
uninspiring.
The owners, David Gold and
David Sullivan, are keen to
trumpet his record at Everton
but even that does not resonate
with supporters who struggle to
rally around a figure identified
with prosaic, utilitarian football
as opposed to the higher values to
which they aspire.
As one West Ham supporter
operating under the handle
Carlton Cole tweeted: “West
Ham fans have been so divided
over the last year or so it is nice
to see us all unite in disbelief that
David Moyes will manage us.”
Another remarked: “David
Moyes is a terrible appointment
by West Ham if true. No risk
taken whatsoever. It’s the
equivalent of (Crystal) Palace
bringing in (Roy) Hodgson.”
The problem for Moyes is
that his style of football at
Goodison Park did not fire the
Many West Ham fans are dismayed
by the appointment of David Moyes
imagination. He established a
talent identification system that
brought in the likes of Kevin
Morales and Marouane Fellaini
but the flavour of the football was
very much meat and two veg.
Sullivan put a gloss on the
appointment, leaving some West
Ham diehards wondering which
David he might be talking about.
He said: “We need somebody with
experience, knowledge of the
Premier League and the players
in it and we believe David can get
the best out of the players.
“He is highly regarded and
respected within the game
and will bring fresh ideas,
organisation and enthusiasm. He
proved with Everton that he has
great qualities and we feel that
West Ham United is a club that
will give David the platform to
display those qualities again.”
Moyes added his own PR sugar:
“I’m really looking forward to
meeting the supporters; being
in the stadium with them. I’m
looking forward to them getting
right behind the team and my
team also. We need their support,
we need everybody with us.”
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FOOTBALL
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
‘People in
the UK have
had enough
and I see it
every day’
Neville Southall
addresses a
Unison rally in
Barry in Wales
last Saturday
TRACEY PADDISON
Neville Southall’s reinvention as a
political activist and LGBT rights
campaigner has surprised many.
He tells Simon Hart the full story
“I
’m a good liar but I’m not
that good,” says Neville
Southall, pondering
whether his reinvention
as a popular online social
activist might lead him more deeply
into the world of politics.
The answer may be typical
Southall – a famously irreverent
figure during his days as probably
the world’s best goalkeeper in the
1980s – but the fact we are even
considering the question
underlines the unlikely
transformation of the
Everton and Wales legend
into a cult figure for a new
generation.
In the smartphone
era, Southall is
less Big Nev than
Red Nev, known
less for his saves
than for his
skeletons – the
series of surreal
tweets with an
anti-austerity
message.
We are sitting
in a café in the
South Wales
town of Barry,
where Southall
The
Sport
Matrix
The stories you
need to know
has just addressed a Unison rally.
In his hand is a cup of hot chocolate.
On the table is a copy of the Morning
Star, the socialist newspaper. “Read
that, you might learn something,”
he says softly.
To an older generation, Southall,
now 59, is the man with most Wales
caps (92) and Everton appearances
(751) in history – winner of two
league titles, two FA Cups and
the European Cup Winners’ Cup
with the Merseysiders. He was
known for speaking his mind,
and perhaps this explains why
today his energies have a focus
outside of football – he works at a
Pupil Referral Unit in Ebbw
Vale, helping youngsters
excluded from mainstream
education.
One recent, gone-viral,
anecdote about him
addressing an Everton
press officer as a “fat
c**t” in front of then
chairman Peter
Johnson to extinguish
his chances of the
manager’s job
captured his plainspeaking approach.
“I don’t remember using the
c-word,” he says of that tale
FOOTBALL
Mirallas apologises
after being dropped
Kevin Mirallas has apologised for
his behaviour in a training session
last week. The 30-year-old was
omitted from the Everton squad for
their 3-2 win over Watford. Mirallas
said: “I was frustrated as I am fully
committed in Everton since arriving
in 2012 and I can’t accept our actual
ranking. I apologise to the president
and owner, my team-mates and
the manager for not being able
to cope at that moment with my
frustration.”
from Faith of Our Families, a new
would surely concur. Today, Everton
oral history of Everton. “But let’s
remain close to his heart but other,
be honest, I’d have lasted a week
varied, concerns come up in our
because I couldn’t do the politics
conversation, including frustration
s**t in the boardroom.”
over funding at his school,
Maybe, but the
where he is both a governor
W
e
have
sharp tongue belied
and Unison rep.
got a horrible
the kindness he was
It was discussions about
known for showing to
the NHS, meanwhile, which
habit of
the younger players
judging people prompted his dive into the
at the club. And the
political debate on Twitter.
in shells, it
Manchester United
“I got a few videos from
shouldn’t be
fans he picked up and
different people about
their
shells
it
drove to a garage when
America where they queue
should be what at three in the morning
he saw them beside
their broken-down car
to try to get to the charity
they are
when driving back from
hospitals to get treatment,”
his man-of-the-match
he explains. ‘That’s not
display in the 1995 FA Cup final,
right. Jeremy Corbyn’s office asked
CRICKET
Second hat-trick for Aussie Starc
Mitchell Starc continued his Ashes
preparation by becoming the
first bowler on Australian
soil to take two hat-tricks
in the same match. The
menacing left-arm
quick rattled through
Western Australia’s
lower order for a
second time yesterday,
capping a 171-run
Sheffield Shield victory for
New South Wales in Sydney.
Australia’s premier paceman had
Jason Behrendorff caught behind
and splayed David Moody’s stumps
with successive deliveries
before Jonathan Wells
nicked to first slip. Starc
(left) also took the final
three wickets in WA’s first
innings from as many
deliveries as he finished
with match figures of
7 for 97, looking in ominous
form ahead of the first Test
against England.
» Currancalled up forFinn,p50
me to tweet a couple of things here
and there, and it grew from there.
“It’s good fun and has put me into
contact with all sorts of people so
I’ve been lucky. I went from 64,000
[followers] to over 100,000 in a very
short space of time but not from
football, from other walks of life.”
The transgender community
is one such example. Southall’s
curiosity led him to engage with
LGBT campaigners, who persuaded
him to become an ambassador for
the Just A Ball Game? organisation
and Bradford City LGBT Fans
group. “We’ve got a horrible habit of
judging people in shells, it shouldn’t
be their shells it should be what
they are,” he says. “I thought if
FORMULA ONE
Russell gets Force
India practice seat
British teenager George Russell
will be handed his grand prix debut
in opening practice at this week’s
Brazilian Grand Prix. Russell,
who was recently crowned GP3
champion, is set to deputise for
Force India’s Sergio Perez at
Interlagos on Friday. Force India
confirmed that 19-year-old Russell
will then drive at the final round
of the season in Abu Dhabi – also
during opening practice – in place of
Perez’s team-mate Esteban Ocon.
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Blues with a red hue
Neville Southall is not
the only member of
Everton’s 1980s cast
list willing to get
political. Peter Reid
called Boris Johnson
a “f**king disgrace” when
meeting him at a charity match after
criticism of the city of Liverpool
appeared in The Spectator magazine
during Johnson’s time as editor. Gary
Lineker’s regular musings on Twitter
have made the former striker (above)
a voice of liberal Britain, while Pat
Nevin helped set up the Merseyside
Against Racism campaign during his
time at the club.
one of my kids at school asked me
funeral directors’ dinner years ago
about something like that I haven’t
in Croydon and thought, ‘What am I
got the answers.” So he started
going to talk about for 20 minutes?’.
asking questions. “I spoke to a
So I’m with the PR talking about
girl the other week – she
making stuff up with the
was once a man, and is
skeletons. That’s where it
E
v
erton’s
playing in a girls’ league
came from.”
philosophy is
and she gets targeted.
As for his involvement
They [opponents] think
with Unison, his presence
in doubt.
it’s unfair. If you go into
at the Barry rally was the
What is the
it, there’s lots of issues at
philosophy of second such address he
junior level now about the
has given. “You can only
the club?
same thing.”
push people so far,” he says
It
doesn’t
What has really captured
of why he got involved with
the imagination, of course, matter about
the public service union.
are Southall’s skeletons.
the managers “They don’t realise that all
The spark, he says, was
over the country people
an after-dinner turn at
have had enough and I see
an event for undertakers. “I did a
it every day. Eventually they will
ATHLETICS
Olympics committee
suspend Fredericks
Former Olympic sprinter Frankie
Fredericks has been suspended
as a member of the International
Olympic Committee. The 50-year-old
Namibian, who has been a member
since 2012, was charged with
corruption and money-laundering
last week by a French judge who
is investigating allegations of voterigging in global sport. Fredericks,
who won four Olympic silver medals
and a world 200 metres title in the
1990s, has denied any wrongdoing.
snap if you keep cutting and cutting
and not giving people a [pay] rise.
“The government today, their
whole identity seems to be to chop
everything away and not give a
s**t under the guise of ‘We don’t
need to pay for that’. What they’re
really saying is, ‘We want to be like
America and privatise everything’.”
The question of identity leads us
back to his beloved Everton. Under
the departed Ronald Koeman, he
saw a team without one. “Nobody
could see the way Everton were
playing,” he says. “You can see
Koeman wanted to play a highpressing game but either the players
weren’t buying into whatever he told
them or they deliberately sabotaged
it or they can’t do it because they’re
not fit enough or quick enough.”
Whoever replaces Koeman has
the problem, until January at least,
of that Romelu Lukaku-sized hole
up front. As Southall notes, both
Sam Allardyce and Sean Dyche,
two names in the frame, favour
a target-man. “We’re left in a
situation where we haven’t got a
focal point – well, we have, bu t not
one who’s experienced. We’ve got
loads of people who can run about
but nobody who can stand still. And
sometimes standing still is a better
option than running about. We’ve
got loads of moths but no light bulb.”
Ultimately, it is the big picture
that interests him most. “For me it’s
the philosophy of the club that’s in
doubt. What is the philosophy? It
doesn’t matter about the managers.
Everton for me is you have to be able
to play a bit, and you have to be able
to fight and you always have to work
hard because that’s what the city is.”
Another blue-collar message. The
skeletons would surely approve.
FOOTBALL
England wear away kit at Wembley
England will play in navy rather
than their traditional white home
strip in Friday’s friendly against
Germany.
It will be just the third time
England have been able to
wear the away kit (right)
since its launch in March
– and the first time they
have worn an away strip
at Wembley since Egypt
visited in 2010.
An FA spokesperson
said: “The Wembley
crowd will have the opportunity to
see England in action in the Three
Lions’ popular midnight navy away
kit when they take on Germany.
Due to kit clashes in recent away
fixtures, the senior men have
been limited to just two
opportunities to wear their
change strip.”
The FA insists it was its
decision to wear the away kit,
not Nike’s. England will wear
their home kit in the friendly
against Brazil next Tuesday.
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55
‘If I don’t tweet for a few
days, I get asked, “What
about the skeletons?”’
For Neville Southall, the leap
from 1985 Player of the Year
to so-called Poet Laureate of
Twitter – as one magazine has
dubbed him – owes everything to
his skeletons, writes Simon Hart.
That is to say, the skeleton
jokes he sends into the
Twittersphere as a form of
social commentary. Indeed,
they have been so popular that
a book is now in the offing, as he
explains: “Someone’s offered me
a book, which I will do.
“The idea is putting all the
skeleton tweets together with
good illustrations, and then sell
it and give a good proportion of
the profits to a charity. They’re
going to try to make it in time
for Christmas.”
On using his skeletons as
a device to criticise those in
power, he adds: “I don’t think
I’m incredibly nasty, to be fair,
but I’m quite harsh sometimes
when I need to be harsh.
“If I said, ‘Me and so and so
weren’t happy’, it doesn’t have
the same effect because you’ve
got the age of the skeletons,
haven’t you?
“I could be in the queue but
the skeleton’s been in the queue
a little bit longer. It’s about them
two sitting on a wall observing
stuff, rather than me. I have no
real age to me. They have.”
He offers an example, saying:
“I put, ‘Two skeletons walked
into a bar, it was an iron bar,
they didn’t say ouch because
they’ve got no feelings
because they’re Tories.’
“It’s an old joke but
it says enough. When
you write them,
they’re a lot harder
than people think
because you’ve got to
get in what you want
to say with a small
number of words.
“I’ve had a good response
and if I don’t do one for two
or three days, I still get
people going, ‘What about the
skeletons?’.”
Southall’s Twitter activity
AWARDS
Laureus to return
to Monaco in 2018
The Laureus World Sports Awards
will return to Monaco for next
year’s ceremony. Taking place on
27 February, the awards will
recognise and celebrate the very
best from across the world of sport
in the past 12 months. It is the
second year in a row the ceremony,
which has previously been held in
Berlin, London, Shanghai and Rio
de Janeiro, will come from Monaco.
Last year’s winners included Usain
Bolt, Simone Biles and Nico Rosberg.
Big Nev’s top tweets
If you’re gay straight trans or
anything else you should be able
to be what u want. Not live a lie
Without discrimination or
prejudice
Good will always beat evil
In this land a new good is coming
The poor will rise
People will care about people
We will return to humans
2 skeletons walk into bar
It was an iron bar
Never said ouch
No feelings
They were Tories
Hi Mr Obama I don’t suppose
you want to come to the Welsh
valleys and help regenerate a
fantastic place with fantastic
people Thanks
By the time Brexit happens will
there be any MPs left
Harassment
Expenses
In fighting
Just tip of iceberg
Rudderless ship Great Britain
@NevilleSouthall
has even extended to a tweet to
former US president Barack
Obama (below), asking his
foundation to support Blaenau
Gwent, the Welsh borough
where the Welshman
works. “I tweeted
Obama the other day.
No response But he
knows about poverty
and we’re in the
same s**t as them [in
America].
“I did think about
starting a petition up
to see if I could get another
100,000 people in Blaenau
Gwent to say, ‘Look, we want
you [Obama] here, it’s a great
place and we’ve got great people
but we need help’.”
Sport on tv
Snooker: Champion of Champions
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Tennis: ATP NextGen Finals
Sky Sports Arena, 1pm
Bowls: Scottish International Open
BBC Two Scotland, 1pm
Racing: Kempton
Racing UK, 4pm
Greyhound Racing: St Leger
Sky Sports Action, 7pm
Football: Chester v Wrexham
BT Sport 1, 7.15pm
Basketball: Celtics v Lakers
BT Sport 1, 1am (Thurs)
What Nev did next
Exclusive interview
with Neville Southall
– football’s unlikely
political activist
» Pages 54-55
TRACEY PADDISON
Moyes issues rallying cry
to West Ham supporters
By Jack de Menezes
Sport
David Moyes has implored West
Ham fans to unite as one to help lift
the club out of relegation danger.
The London Stadium has, at
times, been a vitriolic venue, with
West Ham winning just two of their
11 league games so far this season,
and last Sunday’s 4-1 defeat by Liverpool was marked by a mass walkout while the match was still being
played, before costing Slaven Bilic
his job.
Upon replacing Bilic
y e s t e r d a y m o r n i n g,
Moyes (right) immediately identified a problem between the team’s
performances and the
fans.
And although his appointment was met with a
lukewarm reaction from fans,
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O’Brien’s son keeps it in
the family by winning
Melbourne Cup
the former Manchester United and
Everton manager – whose last
job, at Sunderland, ended
in relegation – urged supporters to play their part.
“I’m really looking
forward to meeting the
supporters, being in
the stadium with them,”
Moyes said, while adding that he was comfortable
about signing a six-month deal.
“I’m looking forward to seeing
them getting right behind the team
and my team also. We need the support, we need everybody with us. It’s
a big job we have in hand now but
with everybody together we can get
the right results between now and
the end of the season.”
Moyes arrives in east London with
his own reputation to rebuild as well
» Continued on p53
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Finn misses out again
as England call up
Curran to Ashes squad
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FOOTBALL
Trippier’s dad is mad
for England. His huge
garden flag proves it
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