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Patel quits
over Israel
furore
» Prime Minister loses
second Cabinet member
in a week as International
Development Secretary
is forced out
THURSDAY
9 NOVEMBER 2017
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Maxine Peake
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to UK from African trip and
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» Vulnerable Government
weakened further by loss
of key Brexit supporter
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history of art
Why Facebook
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See p.43
The day at
a glance
INQUEST
THURSDAY
9
NOVEMBER
Quote of the day
When you come to a fork
in the road, take it
YOGI BERRA
Birthdays
Delta Goodrem (below),
pop singer, 33; Lou
Ferrigno, actor, 66;
Alessandro Del Piero,
retired footballer, 43;
Caroline Flack, presenter,
38; Bryn Terfel, opera
singer, 52
Monday 9 Nov 1970
France mourns the death
of one of its greatest
figures, General Charles
de Gaulle, following a
heart attack at the age
of 79. The wartime hero
and former president
was playing Patience and
watching television when
he collapsed in his chair.
EDUCATION
NATURE
Email sent in error
to 61,000 ‘teachers’
Bittern population
hits record high
An inquest was told how a British
boy died during a school trip to
the French Alps. Kieran Brookes,
14, from Bovey Tracey, Devon,
was strangled when his backpack
became entangled in the mechanism
of the ski lift in Chatel in 2011. John
Tomalin, deputy coroner, recorded a
conclusion of unlawful killing.
Nurseries and childminders should
not take away climbing frames or
avoid trips to the park due to health
and safety fears, the head of Ofsted
has said. Amanda Spielman said she
was concerned about the creation of
“overly risk-free environments” and
that young children need to be able
to discover the world.
The university admissions service
Ucas congratulated tens of
thousands of prospective students
for accepting teacher training places
– even though they had not applied.
A Ucas employee mistakenly sent
the email to more than 61,000 people
who had applied for any degree
course next year.
The population of Britain’s loudest
bird, the bittern, has reached a
record high. Conservationists
said numbers of the wetland
bird, thought extinct in the 1870s,
increased this year. Experts used
the booming call of the males to
record at least 164 birds at 71 sites,
compared to 162 at 78 sites last year.
LITERATURE
UNITED STATES
CULTURE
ENVIRONMENT
Final ‘Paddington’
Gossip Girl actor in
book to be published ‘rape’ investigation
Grasshopper found
in Van Gogh canvas
No snow, no problem
for Scottish resorts
The last Paddington Bear book,
Paddington At St Paul’s, by Michael
Bond is being published. In the
last of more than 150 stories by
the author, the bear is mistaken
for a choirboy during a visit to the
landmark. The announcement was
made days before a service is due to
take place at St Paul’s. PAGE 19
A grasshopper has been found
embedded in a Van Gogh painting,
128 years after it was completed. Van
Gogh’s Olive Trees was painted in
1889, but curators at Nelson-Atkins
Museum of Art in Kansas City have
only just discovered the insect,
which can be clearly seen embedded
in the foreground of the landscape.
Three of Scotland’s ski resorts are
guaranteeing snow by producing
it in “factories”. TechnoAlpin’s
Snowfactories are expected to be at
CairnGorm Mountain and Glencoe
Mountain next month, and at Lecht
in February. Glencoe’s factory will
be positioned wherever there is no
natural snowfall.
Police in Los Angeles are
investigating a claim filed against the
former Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick,
days after an actress accused him
of raping her. The British actor said
in a social media post: “I have never
forced myself in any manner, on
any woman. I certainly have never
committed rape.”
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Citying pretty: where’s
best for tourists
1 Hong Kong: 26.6 million
2 Bangkok: 21.2 million
3 London: 19.2 million
4 Singapore (below): 16.6 million
5 Macau: 15.4 million
6 Dubai: 14.9 million
7 Paris: 14.4 million
8 New York: 12.7 million
9 Shenzhen: 12.6 million
10 Kuala Lumpur: 12.3 million
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Maternity units have been urged to
investigate after figures revealed
differences in care for mothers and
babies across Britain. Findings
from the National Maternity and
Perinatal Audit show the number of
babies requiring additional support
differs across services.
Schoolboy strangled Ofsted chief: let
in ski lift accident
children take risks
The cities that welcomed the most
international tourists in 2016 have
been revealed – and London is
third with more than 19 million
arrivals last year. Here are the
top 10 destinations:
Anniversaries
SOCIETY
Care of mothers and
babies ‘varies in UK’
Wear more layers
35%
Put a thicker
duvet on the bed
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ThePage3Profile
TRANSPORT
‘THE CATERING GIRLS’,
EUROMILLIONS LOTTERY WINNERS
Uber to start testing
flying taxis in 2020
Michael Day
Commuters of the future could
get some relief from congested
roads if Uber’s plans for flying taxis
work out. The ride-hailing service
hopes to start using them for
demonstration flights in 2020 and
deploy the taxis for ride-sharing by
2028. The aircraft have wings and
rotors and are battery-powered.
Thankfully, Trump
is not forever
UNITED STATES
First transgender
politician elected
A transgender candidate has
defeated a Virginia Republican
delegate who sponsored a bill that
would have restricted which toilets
she could use. Danica Roem, a
Democrat and former journalist,
will make history as the first openly
transgender person elected in a
state legislature in the US. PAGE 21
ZIMBABWE
Mugabe: fired deputy
used witch doctors
They look ever so happy!
It’s a champagne celebration for six
hospital caterers who won more
than £25m in the EuroMillions. The
colleagues, known at Neath Port
Talbot Hospital in south Wales
as “The Catering Girls”, were in a
syndicate for six years until their big
win. They received £25,476,778.30
from the 3 November draw.
What a shock?
Yes, The Catering Girls are still
reeling. They each got more than
£4.2m, enabling them to quit their
jobs, save for one member, Jean
Cairns, 73, who retired last year.
Syndicate organiser Julie Saunders,
56, said: “We will miss many of our
colleagues as we have all worked
there a long time.”
Who picked the winning numbers?
It was bride-to-be Louise Ward, 37,
who was thinking about downsizing
her wedding to cope with the costs.
She said: “I was actually thinking
about stopping playing earlier
in the year as I have been saving
up for my wedding in March and
needed the extra cash. Imagine if I’d
stopped, we’d never have won.”
She plans to spend her winnings
on a dream wedding, replace her
broken tumble dryer and buy new
mattresses for her children.
An extraordinary day?
The day after the draw, Mrs
Saunders visited her father who
told her one sole ticket had won
the EuroMillions jackpot. Mrs
Saunders jokingly said, “It could
be us as we haven’t checked yet” –
unaware the winning ticket was
in her living room cabinet. When
she checked the numbers later that
day, she verified the win before she
called the others to tell them the
good news.
How did they react?
They’re all elated and plan to spend
their winnings on holidays and
early retirement. The six winning
members are Mrs Saunders,
Miss Ward, Ms Cairns, Doreen
Thompson, 56, Sian Jones, 54, and
Julie Amphlett, 50. Mrs Saunders
said: “We will celebrate together
properly after the excitement has
died down.”
The grandmother-of-two is a
huge Elvis fan and is planning to
go on holiday to Las Vegas with her
winnings. “Dreams really do come
true,” she said. “This win is lifechanging for us all and the size of
the win is still sinking in. We are all
so emotional but very, very happy.”
Valerie Browne
Robert Mugabe has fired his
deputy for scheming to take power
and having consultations with
witch doctors. The Zimbabwean
President, 93, told thousands
of supporters yesterday that
Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, had
plotted to take over since becoming
a vice-president in 2014.
FRANCE
Man jailed over Bin
Laden football shirt
A man from Normandy has been
jailed for six months for wearing
a football shirt with “Bin Laden”
on the back. Chakib Limane, 34,
was arrested in June after being
spotted wearing the Barcelona shirt.
Police found extremist material on
his computer. He was convicted of
glorifying terrorism by a Caen court.
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Letter from the
Foreign Editor
i@inews.co.uk
It has been a year since Donald
Trump’s shock election victory. The
world’s still turning – if getting inexorably hotter thanks to the fossil fuels
on which the US President is so
keen. In the short term, though, most
of us are more worried about the
possibility of nuclear Armageddon
than overheating.
Last month, the Republican Senator
Bob Corker of Tennessee, feared the
Republican President’s “recklessness”
could put the US “on the path to
World War III”.
Trump is not as stupid as many
suppose (although nowhere near as
clever as he believes himself to be), at
least in his dealings with Kim Jong-un.
His threats of “fire and fury” against
Pyongyang are interspersed with
more measured remarks calling for
dialogue. Such comments preceded
his current trip to China, where Trump
is renewing his “friendship” with Xi
Jinping, China’s most powerful and
ruthless dictator for decades.
Trump, a six-time bankrupt,
considers himself the master of the
deal, and getting China to turn the
screws on Pyongyang is high on the
agenda. But he has met more than his
match in Xi.
The Chinese leader has no intention
of seeing the Kim regime collapse to
leave a US-friendly state on its eastern
border. But at least while the US is
willing to talk, the threat of conflict is
kept in check.
Andrew Nathan, a China expert at
Columbia University, says Trump’s
“infatuation” with Xi is reminiscent
of Henry Kissinger’s fascination with
Zhou Enlai, the first premier of China.
“For Trump, Xi is wish fulfilment:
[Trump thinks] ‘I wish I could be as
powerful as that guy!’” says Nathan.
Thanks to America’s democracy
he isn’t and never will be. And thanks
to the very same system, he won’t be
around that long. Which is more than
we can say for his opposite number
in Beijing.
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NEWS
DIPLOMACY
Johnson denies mistake in Iran UK prisoner case
By Padraig Flanagan
The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson remained defiant yesterday
despite the continuing furore over
his gaffe that could see a British
woman’s jail term in Iran increased.
Mr Johnson came under fire
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
her prison sentence
over allegations of
involvement in
“propaganda against
the regime” could be
doubled to 10 years.
After an outcry,
Mr Johnson (inset)
returned to the
Commons earlier this
week to “clarify” his remarks.
When asked whether he
had erred when he made
his original statement
he said: “I think
you’ll find I went
into that in great
detail in the House
of Commons and
clarified the matter, I
think perfectly.”
World Focus, page 25
Priti Patel arrives
in Downing Street
yesterday. Her
resignation letter
(above) AFP/GETTY
COVER STORY
May loses second
Cabinet member
in a week as Patel
is forced to resign
By Richard Vaughan
Theresa May lost the second member
of her Cabinet in a week last night as
Priti Patel was forced to resign over
her decision to hold a string of secret
meetings with Israeli politicians.
Ms Patel had to cut short an official
visittoUgandaafterbeingsummoned
by the Prime Minister (inset) to
Downing Street to explain
herself. The resignation
plunges Mrs May’s fragile
government into yet
more disarray, raising
fresh doubts as to
whether it will last the
full term.
The pair had a
30-minute meeting
during which the
International Development
Secretary handed in her
resignation and apologised for failing
to disclose meetings she had while on
a family holiday in Israel in August.
The departure of Ms Patel comes
days after the former Defence
Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, was
forced to step down in the wake
of the sleaze scandal that still
grips Westminster.
In a letter to the Prime Minister,
Ms Patel said: “I accept that in
meeting with organisations and
politicians during a private holiday
in Israel my actions fell below the
high standards that are expected of
a secretary of state.
“While my actions were meant
with the best of intentions, my
actions also fell below the standards
of transparency and openness that I
have promoted and advocated.
“I offer a fulsome apology to
you and to the Government
for what has happened and
offer my resignation.”
Ms Patel had already
apologised to the
Prime Minister on
Monday after failing
to disclose a series of
12 meetings with senior
Israeli figures. It has since
emerged that she then held
two additional meetings, one in the
UK and one in the US.
Under intense media scrutiny,
including thousands of people
following the progress of her plane
on a flight tracking website, Ms Patel
arrived back in the UK on a Kenya
Airways flight to London.
As the plane touched the tarmac
at Heathrow, news helicopters were
scrambled just in time to capture Ms
Patel’s final trip in a ministerial car.
NEWS
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5
CONSERVATIVES
PM desperate to avoid
backlash in new reshuffle
By Richard Vaughan
Theresa May is facing a fresh Cabinet crisis in the wake of Priti Patel’s
forced resignation as International
Development Secretary.
The Prime Minister is now battling to maintain stability as Ms Patel
became the second Cabinet member to go after Sir Michael Fallon
stepped down as Defence Secretary
last Wednesday.
Mrs May could lose more Cabinet
members as her closest ally and defacto deputy Damian Green has yet
to learn the outcome of a Cabinet Office investigation into his behaviour
as part of the sleaze scandal that is
sweeping through Westminster.
Major question marks also hang
over the Foreign Secretary Boris
Johnson, who was under pressure
to resign for a blunder which could
condemn a British woman to another
five years in an Iranian jail.
Reports emerged yesterday that
Tory backbenchers have gathered
about 40 names of MPs who may
She was then forced to wait for
three hours as Mrs May carried on
with her diary meetings until 6.30pm.
Ms Patel arrived via Downing
Street’s back entrance before
handing in her resignation letter
and bringing an end to her Cabinet
career after less than 18 months.
Ms Patel’s early return to the UK
followed the disclosure that she met
Israeli public security minister Gilad
Erdan in Parliament on 7 September,
and foreign ministry official Yuval
Rotem in New York on 18 September.
It is understood that Downing Street
was told about the breakfast with Mr
Rotem when Ms Patel revealed the
details of her trip to Israel, but No 10
learned only on Tuesday about the
later meeting with Mr Erdan.
No British officials were present
and, like her meetings in Israel, she
did not report them to the Foreign
Office or officials in the usual way.
Labour’s Shadow International Development
Secretary Kate Osamor welcomed
Ms Patel’s resignation, adding:
“We still need to know what was
discussed in these meetings and
what No 10 knew and when”.
push for Mrs May to stand aside
amid concerns her Government is in
decay. But the Prime Minister now
faces the immediate headache of trying to find a suitable replacement for
Ms Patel that will avoid upsetting the
various factions within her party.
Mrs May faced a major backlash
after replacing Sir Michael as Defence Secretary with Gavin
Williamson and will hope
that her latest enforced
change is met with
a more positive response from the Tory
party ranks.
Ms Patel was a
passionate supporter
of Brexit, so Mrs May
will be expected to find
someone who holds similar
views while also maintaining the
gender balance around her Cabinet
table. Among those that most closely
fit the bill is Penny Mordaunt (inset),
the work and pensions minister who
was widely viewed as a contender for
the Defence Secretary job. It would
BACKGROUND
Timeline
Patel’s fall from grace
13-25 August Priti Patel has 12
meetings with Israeli politicians
during her “family holiday”.
24 August Israeli opposition leader
Yair Lapid mentions their meeting.
7 September Ms Patel meets the
Israeli public security minister
Gilad Erdan in Parliament.
18 September She meets an
Israeli foreign ministry official,
Yuval Rotem, in New York.
3 November Ms Patel tells a
newspaper that Boris Johnson knew
about her visit to Israel beforehand.
6 November She admits she held
meetings in Israel and backtracks
over comments that the Foreign
Secretary knew about the visit in
advance. Thresa May summons
Ms Patel to No 10 Downing Street,
where the minister is rebuked and
reminded of her “obligations”.
7 November Ms Patel takes an earlier
flight for an official trip to Uganda,
thereby missing an urgent question
in the Commons about her actions.
8 November Fresh details emerge
about Ms Patel’s other meetings with
Israeli officials. Mrs May demands
her return from Uganda.
Analysis
Why did she
defy protocol
to visit the
Golan Heights?
By Richard Vaughan
Priti Patel may have lost her job
last night but she had effectively
written her resignation letter
in August when she attended a
series of unauthorised meetings
in Israel.
When news of the secret trip
broke on Friday, Ms Patel said she
was there on a family holiday, and
had taken the opportunity to meet
Israeli politicians. But just what
the International Development
Secretary was doing scheduling
a dozen meetings with Israeli
government officials and
charities in a private capacity has
yet to be explained.
In a further development
yesterday, the Israeli Haaretz
newspaper reported that she
Fallen star only
interested in her
own development
Israeli military near the Israel-Syria
border in the Golan Heights GETTY
visited an Israeli military field
hospital in the occupied Golan
Heights, breaking government
protocol. Britain, like other
members of the international
community, has never recognised
Israeli control of the area seized
from Syria in 1967.
Ms Patel was accompanied
to the meetings by Lord Polak,
the honorary president of
Conservative Friends of Israel, an
influential lobby group.
During her visit, she even
met the Israeli Prime Minister,
Benjamin Netanyahu –
unbeknown to Theresa May, who
hosted him at Downing Street
last week.
POLITICS
No 10 denies telling minister to conceal secret meetings
By Richard Vaughan
Downing Street denied yesterday it
had instructed Priti Patel not to disclose details of secret meetings with
Israeli government officials.
Fresh details emerged that Ms
Patel had attended two extra meetings with Israeli representatives
since she travelled to Israel in August. The news led to speculation
about what No 10 knew about Ms
Patel’s Israel meetings before Friday
when the news broke about her holiday, during which she took part in a
dozen meetings with Israeli officials.
According to Theresa May’s
spokesman, Downing Street knew
about a meeting between Ms Patel
and the Israel foreign ministry official Yuval Rotem, which took place
in New York in September after her
Israel trip. It was not included in the
list of 12 meetings by the Department for International Development
(Dfid) as it took place weeks later.
Reports claimed Downing Street
instructed Ms Patel not to publicise
the Rotem meeting, because it would
be embarrassing to the Foreign
Secretary Boris Johnson. A Jewish
Chronicle article suggested Mrs May
knew about Ms Patel’s meeting with
also give Mrs May the opportunity
of replacing Ms Patel with another
female Brexit-backer.
Another name being tipped for
the job is Alistair Burt, who already
works in DfID and stepped into the
breach in the Commons on Tuesday
when Ms Patel was absent, but was a
staunch Remainer in the EU referendum. Sir Alan Duncan, currently
Boris Johnson’s deputy in the
Foreign Office, is also in
the frame, but is another
prominent Remainer.
Rory Stewart has the
diplomacy experience,
having been a soldier
and diplomat. Currently
a joint DfID and Foreign
Office minister, it would be
a seamless promotion. Other
contenders are the hero MP from
the Westminster attack, Tobias
Ellwood, a junior minister in the
Ministry of Defence, and Tom Tugenhadt, a Brexit-backing former
soldier who chairs the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.
Benjamin Netanyahu last month,
claims denied by Downing Street.
A Downing Street spokesperson
said: “It is not true that the Prime
Minister knew about the International Development Secretary’s
meeting with PM Netanyahu before
3 November. It is equally untrue to
say No 10 asked Dfid to remove any
meetings from the list they published this week.”
Andrew
Grice
T
he fall of Priti Patel,
a rising Tory star,
came as no surprise in
Whitehall. Since she
moved to the Department for International Development last year, the word among
officials has been that the only
development she is really interested in is of her own career.
Patel’s overweening ambition
was on display at last month’s
Tory conference, with a “look at
me” speech comparing herself to
Margaret Thatcher. Her hopes
of following in her heroine’s
footsteps have now been dealt a
heavy blow by her slow-motion
departure from the Cabinet.
The arch-Eurosceptic will be
free to criticise Theresa May
from the back benches – notably
on Brexit. Warnings by Patel’s
allies that she could inflict “hard
damage” failed to save her skin.
Her lack of judgement in her
first Cabinet post will dent her
prospects in the Tory leadership
race when May stands down.
By technically resigning
before she was sacked, Patel will
hope to bounce back one day. But
the damage could be fatal. “She
tried to run before she could
walk and was exposed as out of
her depth,” one senior Tory
told me. THE INDEPENDENT
6
NEWS
HEALTH
NHS ‘needs ‘£30bn more a
year’ to avoid long delays
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
More than five million people will
soon be on NHS waiting lists unless
the health service receives urgent
funding, the head of NHS England
has warned.
In an extraordinary speech,
Simon Stevens said between £20bn
to £30bn more per year needs to be
spent to avoid one in 10 people facing
long delays for treatment. On current
levels of funding, the NHS will not be
able to make improvements in cancer
care or mental health, he added.
Speaking at the NHS Providers conference in Birmingham, Mr
Stevens said: “We have a care fragmentation problem and a funding
problem. Some may say ‘aren’t we
spending at the European average?’
Well only if you think that bungling
A financial assessment
by The King’s Fund, The
Nuffield Trust and The Health
Foundation has estimated next
year’s NHS funding gap at £4bn.
austerity-shrunken Greek and Portuguese health spending should help
shape the benchmark for Britain.
“If instead you think that modern
Britain should look more like Germany or France or Sweden then we
are underfunding our health services
by £20bn to £30bn a year. The Government has rightly supported the
NHS through difficult times, it protected the NHS budget immediately
after the financial crash, and funded
modest growth ever since. But that
growth rate is set to nosedive next
year and the year after.”
The speech was immediately welcomed by leading doctors, trade bodies and health charities.
Royal College of Surgeons president, Professor Derek Alderson,
said: “We cannot allow the NHS to
descend into the disgracefully long
waiting times of past decades. It has
now reached the point that we are expecting [staff] to perform miracles.
The NHS needs more money.”
NHS
League tables for hospitals coming
By Paul Gallagher
Hospitals will be put into league
tables to help them compare
prices and save money, Jeremy
Hunt has announced.
The Health Secretary said some
NHS trusts are paying up to 47
times more than others for exactly
the same items used on wards.
One trust was found to have
spent 35p on a pack of 12 rubber
gloves while others fork out
£16.47, Mr Hunt said. Other NHS
organisations spend £1.68 on 100
plasters while some spend £21.76.
The league tables will showcase
best procurement practice and
save trusts £300m a year, Mr
Hunt told the NHS Providers
conference in Birmingham.
The Department of Health said
that, in future, the health service
would be able to flex its buying
power through an improved
national NHS supply chain.
The real strong and stable PM
Waxworks of Theresa May and
Boris Johnson have been unveiled
by Madame Tussauds.
The figures of the Prime
Minister and the Foreign
Secretary will join fellow
world leaders, including the US
President Donald Trump and
the German Chancellor Angela
Merkel, at the London attraction’s
Downing Street set.
Mrs May is depicted stepping
out of Number 10 wearing a red
power suit, donated by British
designer Amanda Wakeley. It
is the same outfit she wore on
election night and for her first
meeting with Mr Trump. REUTERS
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MEDIA
Antonio Carluccio,
the ‘godfather of
Italian cooking’,
dies at age of 80
Sky News ‘could
be closed down
if Fox’s takeover
bid is blocked’
By Laura Harding
Jamie Oliver led tributes to the “charismatic charming don of all things
Italian” Antonio Carluccio, who has
died aged 80.
The celebrity chef and
restaurateur Carluccio died after a
fall at his home yesterday.
The chef, dubbed the “godfather of
Italian gastronomy”, had more work
in the pipeline and was planning a
trip along Italy’s Amalfi Coast next
year, his representative said.
He was also working on a number
of books and was in talks to appear on
the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen.
Oliver, who worked with Carluccio
in the 1990s, shared a message on
Instagram. He wrote: “He was my
first London boss at the Neal Street
restaurant 25 years ago which was
an institution and Mecca of wild
mushrooms, where I had the pleasure
of working for him.
“He was such a charismatic
charming don of all things Italian!!
Always hanging out the front door of
the restaurant with a big fat cigar, a
glass of something splendid and his
amazing fuzzy white hair.”
The former Saturday Kitchen host
James Martin said in a statement: “It
was a privilege and an honour to have
met and worked with Antonio, one of
the true greats of TV chefs.
“His passion and commitment to
both the restaurant business and to
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television was lifelong. He was a giant
in the food world and he helped bring
Italian food to the masses around
the world.”
Carluccio was known for his
restaurant chain Carluccio’s and for
appearing on BBC Two series Two
Greedy Italians along with the chef
Gennaro Contaldo.
He opened the Neal Street
Restaurant in Covent Garden in
1981, when he was named runner-up
Sunday Times Cook of the Year.
The restaurant was patronised
by the Prince of Wales and Sir Elton
John, and launched Oliver’s career
before it closed 10 years ago.
He co-founded the high street
restaurant chain Carluccio’s in 1999
and was awarded the AA hospitality
lifetime achievement award in 2012.
Brought up in Italy’s north-west as
one of six children, Carluccio briefly
worked as a journalist in Turin before
moving to Vienna and then Germany,
and eventually to London to work as
a wine merchant, before devoting
himself to restaurants.
Carluccio received the
Commendatore, the
equivalent of a knighthood, from
the Italian government in 1998
for services to Italy and in 2007
he was appointed an OBE for his
services to the catering industry.
Antonio Carluccio, who set up the eponymous restaurant chain, appeared
in the series ‘Two Greedy Italians’ with Gennaro Contaldo LAURA EDWARDS
Sky News could be shut down if 21st
Century Fox’s £11.7bn takeover bid
for Sky is blocked.
Fox’s bid for Sky is being
investigated by the Competition
and Markets Authority (CMA),
with particular reference to its
commitment to broadcasting
standards, and the deal’s impact on
media plurality.
At the end of September, the
Culture Secretary Karen Bradley
referred the proposed deal to the
CMA on public interest grounds. In
a submission made to
the CMA last month
but published by
the regulator on
Tuesday, Sky said
it “would likely
be prompted
t o rev i ew ” i t s
position “in the
event that the
continued provision
of Sky News in its current
form unduly impeded corporate
opportunities available in relation
to Sky’s broader business”. It
added: “The CMA should not in
its assessment simply assume the
‘continued provision of Sky News’
and its current contribution to
plurality, ‘absent the transaction’.”
The CMA also faces the task of
delving into claims of misconduct
at Fox in the US. 21st Century Fox is
controlled by the Murdoch family –
Rupert (inset) and his sons Lachlan
and James – and the deal is aimed at
seizing control of the 61 per cent of
Sky it does not already own.
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ENVIRONMENT
TRANSPORT
Weather station returns to
Ben Nevis after 103 years
Five rail networks hampered by strikes
By Conor Riordan
Conditions on the UK’s highest
mountain are being recorded for the
first time in more than a century.
A team of scientists scaled Ben
Nevis to install a weather station on
its summit to keep track of wind,
pressure, temperature, precipitation and humidity.
Such data has not been
kept since 1904, when a
Victorian observatory
staffed by volunteers
closed down.
Dr Barbara Brooks,
from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), said: “This is
a temporary weather station,
which for four weeks will do the same
work as the Victorian weathermen
all those years ago. Thankfully, technology has moved on so there’s no
need for our team to be stationed on
the summit over the winter months.
“Having access to Ben Nevis’
records through Operation Weather
Rescue means we will be able to start
making comparisons, looking for any
patterns and better understand the
conditions on our mountain tops.”
Operation Weather Rescue: Ben
Nevis was launched in September to
try to digitise two million “lost”
measurements taken by
the Victorian volunteers
known as the Weathermen of Ben Nevis. The
weather enthusiasts
had recorded the data
by hand, every hour on
the hour, each day of the
year, from 1883 to 1904.
Dr Brooks hopes
t h e n e w, t e m p o r a r y
weather station will produce
comprehensive data to be compared
with these Victorian records. It took
the team five hours to reach the 1,345metre summit on Tuesday. From
next week, the information will be
available for the public to view in real
time on the NCAS website.
By Padraic Flanagan
Hundreds of thousands of commuters were hit by the worst rail
strike for years yesterday as guards
walked out on five networks.
Hardest hit were the 100,000 people who pour into Waterloo in central London during the rush-hour
peak, with South Western Railway
hit for the first time in a dispute over
changing the role of guards.
Members of the RMT union on
Southern, South Western Railway
and Greater Anglia will strike for a
second day today, while a 24-hour
walkout went ahead at Merseyrail
and Arriva Rail North yesterday.
There was some hope for Southern passengers when drivers voted
by a margin of 4-1 to accept a deal to
end their long-running dispute over
driver-operated trains.
Members of the Aslef union
backed the deal, which includes a
28.5 per cent pay rise over the next
five years by a majority of 79 per
cent. Turnout in the ballot was 87
per cent.
Yesterday, South Western was
running a third fewer trains owing
to industrial action over the future
of guards on trains. The RMT described participation as “rock solid”.
The Department for Transport
said the large majority of services
were running, while the rail operators also sought to minimise the impact of the strike.
PEOPLE
Fresh allegations of assault made against Spacey
By Alanna Durkin Richer
A former US news anchor has
accused Kevin Spacey of sexually
assaulting her teenage son.
Heather Unruh told reporters
the actor had bought her
son “drink after drink” at a
restaurant in Massachusetts
in July 2016 before allegedly
sexually assaulting him.
It is the latest accusation made
against Mr Spacey, who is being
investigated by police in the UK
over an alleged sexual assault in
Lambeth in 2008.
Ms Unruh said her son had
not reported the alleged assault
at the time because he was
embarrassed. He filed a report
with police last week, she added.
A lawyer for Mr Spacey was
contacted for comment but did
not return calls.
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EDUCATION
Europe rejects UK’s
offer on citizens’
rights after Brexit
University fees
are subsidising
research
By Jon Stone
The European Parliament has
rejected Britain’s brand-new offer on
the rights of EU citizens living in the
UK after Brexit.
The Government released a
technical paper on Tuesday spelling
out the details of a two-year grace
period for EU nationals to
apply for settled status
once the UK leaves the
bloc so that they can
continue their lives
in the UK. But the
parliament’s cross-party
Brexit steering group
said yesterday there were
still “major issues” to be
resolved while the Brexit coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, criticised
the “inadequate” proposal.
The rebuttal came less than 24
hours before today’s resumption
of the next round of Brussels
talks, which will be key to Britain
moving to trade talks before its new
December deadline.
“EU citizens in the UK and UK
citizens in the EU were told that
nothing would change because
of Brexit. The fact that the UK
Government needs 25 paragraphs
to explain how they lives will change
proves this was a fabrication,” said
Mr Verhofstadt (inset).
“It’s hard to believe this proposed
new system will be smooth and
efficient. The European
Pa r l i a m e n t r e m a i n s
deeply concerned about
the lack of progress
o n c i t i z e n s ’ r i gh t s
issues. It is erroneous
to say a deal is ‘within
touching distance’.”
On Tuesday, the UK
said it would make the
process of applying for settled
status as seamless as possible, also
ensuring that it cost no more than
an application for a UK passport,
and that anyone rejected would
have the right to appeal. It also said
the conditions for obtaining settled
status would be enshrined in the
withdrawal agreement negotiated
with the EU. THE INDEPENDENT
By Alison Kershaw
Students are subsidising university
research through their tuition fees, a
report suggests.
Research at UK universities is
significantly underfunded, according
to a study by the Higher Education
Policy Institute (HEPI). This
shortfall is being plugged by money
for teaching, particularly fees from
international students.
The study urges the Chancellor
Philip Hammond to find an extra
£1bn for research in his Budget
this month. In 2014-15, there was a
deficit of almost £3.3bn across UK
higher education, which has been
“filled from non-publicly funded
teaching surpluses” – money
from international students and
consultancy work.
Nick Hillman, the director of the
HEPI, said: “Students want to know
where their fees are going. Are these
cross-subsidies sustainable? And
if they are, there is still a massive
shortfall in research funding.”
A spokesman for the Government
said: “We have announced an
additional £4.7bn for research. This
funding will support universities
across the UK.”
A little coaching goes long way
Charles Bowman, who will become
the 690th Lord Mayor of London
at the traditional Silent Service
today, waves from the Lord
Mayor’s State Coach as it passes
St Paul’s Cathedral yesterday.
He was taking part in a
pre-dawn rehearsal for the
Lord Mayor’s Show, which
will take place on Saturday.
Mr Bowman, the alderman of
Lime Street ward in the City of
London, is a former tax expert at
PriceWaterhouseCoopers who
says he enjoys golf, tennis, art,
architecture and “the countryside”
– including acting as shepherd to a
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SOCIETY
Quarter of young adults still live with parents
By May Bulman
The number of young adults living
with their parents has reached an
all-time high, with more than a quarter of people aged 20 to 34 still living
at home, new figures have revealed.
Data released by the Office for
National Statistics (ONS) shows
that the percentage of young adults
living with their parents in the UK
has risen from just over a fifth (21 per
cent) in 1996 to 26 per cent in 2017,
rising from 2.7 million to 3.4 million
in the past two decades.
Young men are considerably
more likely to still be living with
their parents than their female
counterparts. The figures show that
Emily Knipe, of the ONS, said:
nearly a third (32 per cent) of males “Social and demographic reasons
aged 20 to 34 years are currently
could explain why more males
a re l i v i n g w i t h t h e i r
living with their parents,
compared with only a fifth
parents than females –
(20 per cent) of females in
for example forming
the same age group.
relationships
The ONS suggests
or
marrying
that the larger
w o m e n y o u n ge r
The proportion of
numbers of young
than themselves.
young men living
with parents,
adults tending to stay
“ Fo r y o u n ge r
compared with 20
women, if they have
at home for longer may
per cent of women
a child and are a single
be explained by staying
parent they are classed
in education and training
as a family of their own.
fo r l o n ge r, fo r m a l i s i n g
Even if they are within their
relationships and having children at
older ages, and the increased costs parent’s household still, this means
they would not be included as a
of renting or buying a property.
32%
young adult living with their parents
in our statistics.
“Thisislikelytodisproportionately
affect women because the data tells
us that lone parents are more likely
to be women.”
The ONS data also shows that the
number of people aged 45 to 64 who
live alone increased by 53 per cent
between 1996 and 2017.
This is partly due to the increasing
population aged 45 to 64 years in the
UK over this period, but the increase
could also be due to a rise in the
proportion of the population aged
45 to 64 years who are divorced or
single and never married.
Those aged 65 to 74 years living
alone also underwent an increase
of 15 per cent over the two decades.
The number living alone aged 75 and
over also increased, by a percentage
of 24 per cent.
In contrast, the number living
alone in the 25 to 44 age group fell by
16 per cent between 1996 and 2017.
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Shelter predicted in 2014
that the proportion of
young adults living with their
parents would pass 50 per cent
within a generation unless
radical action was taken.
CONSUMER
HEALTH
Must-have Christmas
toy is already sold out
Daytime
wounds heal
more quickly
By Elizabeth Anderson
By Padraic Flanagan
BUSINESS EDITOR
Play list Top gifts
The top 12 toys for Christmas were
unveiled yesterday – but one of the
most popular has been dropped
from the list.
Luvabella, a lifelike doll that
talks, giggles and is capable of
learning 100 words, has been
widely touted as this year’s musthave toy. However, the doll has
been so popular that many stores
have already sold out.
DreamToys, the annual list of
the top 12 toys predicted to be
best-sellers each Christmas, has
therefore excluded Luvabella
this year in order to reduce
the number of disappointed
parents and children.
“The Luvabella dolls
are really popular. We
excluded them from the
top 12 toys as they’re so
difficult to get hold of,”
said Linzi Walker, the chief
toys buyer at Argos and a
member of DreamToys’
selection committee.
Luvabella, which
costs £99.99, is
n Enchantimals Playhouse Panda Set,
Mattel, £32.99
n Fingerlings (inset below),
Jazwares/WowWee, £14.99
n FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, Hasbro, £134.99
n Hatchimals Surprise, Spin Master
Toys, £74.99
n Laser X – two-player pack,
Character Options, £49.99
n L.O.L. Surprise
Series 2, MGA Entertainment, £9.99
n Nerf Nitro Longshot Smash, Hasbro,
£21.99
n Paw Patrol Sea Patroller, Spin
Master Toys, £69.99
n PJ Masks Headquarters Playset,
Flair Leisure Products, £49.99
n Star Wars: BB-8, Lego,
£84.99
n The Original Stretch
Armstrong, Character
Options, £21.99
n Toilet Trouble, Hasbro, £17.99
Luvabella dolls have
been excluded from the
DreamToys list because
they are unavailable at
many shops GETTY
made by Spin Master, the toy
company behind Hatchimals
– last year’s Christmas
best-seller.
HEALTH
Across
Breast cancer ‘can remain
dormant for 15 years’
By John von Radowitz
Breast cancer can resurface after
remaining dormant for 15 years following successful treatment, a study
has found.
Patients who appear cancer-free
when they stop therapy may relapse
many years later with tumours
spreading through their body. Scientists analysed data from 88 clinical trials involving 62,923 women,
all of whom had the most common
form of breast cancer fuelled by
Wounds such as cuts and burns suffered during the day heal about 60
per cent faster than night-time injuries, according to a new study.
Researchers have discovered our
internal body clocks regulate wound
healing by skin cells to optimise repairs during the day. The scientists,
from the Medical Research Council
Laboratory of Molecular Biology at
Cambridge University, say their findings could help the development of
drugs to improve wound healing.
In the study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers found that wounds to the
skin suffered during the body clock’s
“daytime” healed much quicker than
wounds incurred at night. The researchers analysed the records of 118
patients with burn injuries. Burns
that happened at night took an average of 60 per cent longer to heal than
burns that occurred during the day.
Night-time burns – suffered between 8pm and 8am – were classed
as 95 per cent healed after an average of 28 days, while those suffered
between 8am and 8pm took only 17
days to reach the same state.
the hormone oestrogen. Every
patient received treatments
such as tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors which
block the effects of oestrogen or shut off the
hormone’s supply.
After five years of
therapy, their cancers
had gone. But monitoring
the women’s progress revealed recurrences of the disease up to 15 years later – 20 years
after initial diagnosis.
Lead researcher Dr Hongchao
Pan, from Oxford University, said:
“It is remarkable that breast cancer can remain dormant for so
long and then spread many years
later, with this risk remaining the
same year after year and still
strongly related to the size
of the original cancer and
whether it had spread to
the [lymph] nodes.”
Women who started
off with large tumours
and cancer that had
spread to four or more
lymph nodes faced a 40
per cent risk of recurrence in
a different part of the body 15 years
after stopping treatment.
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As You Like It – a
tragedy originally
by Shakespeare?
(2,4)
3
Singer about to
quit (6)
4
Quiet rivulet’s
become earsplitting (6)
Down
1
Prevents vaster
disruption (6)
2
O’Neill transferred
Messi perhaps (6)
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TECHNOLOGY
Facebook asks for
users’ nude photos
to stop revenge porn
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Facebook is asking users to send in
nude photographs of themselves
to prevent the same images being
shared on the social network as
so-called revenge pornography.
Users who fear that intimate
images of themselves will end up on
the social network are being invited
to send the photos using Facebook’s
Messenger app. The images will be
“hashed”, which applies a unique
identifier code to the file.
If anyone tries to upload the
picture once it has been hashed,
Facebook is able to check the code
against its database and block it.
The content is also blocked from
Messenger and Instagram.
The US company is testing
the technology in Australia in
partnership with the office of the
government’s electronic safety
commissioner, Julie Inman Grant.
“It would be like sending yourself
your image in email, but obviously
this is a much safer, secure end-
to-end way of sending the image
without sending it through the
ether,” Ms Inman Grant said.
“They are not storing the image,
they are storing the link and using
artificial intelligence and other
photo-matching technologies. So if
somebody tried to upload that same
image, which would have the same
digital footprint or hash value, it will
be prevented from being uploaded.”
Australian users are being
encouraged to alert the
commissioner about the image they
are concerned about by completing
a form on her website, and send it to
themselves on Messenger.
The commissioner’s office will
notify Facebook of the submission,
before a community operations
analyst accesses it and hashes it.
Facebook then stores the image
for a short amount of time before
deleting it. The sender is then also
recommended to delete the image.
By September last year, more
than 200 people in the UK had been
prosecuted under a new revenge
porn law introduced in 2015.
Lamborghini’sTerzo Millennio is typically sleek but its most remarkable features have yet to be invented
TRANSPORT
Lamborghini speeds into future with self-repair car
By Padraic Flanagan
The luxury carmaker
Lamborghini has unveiled its
latest vision of the future of
motoring – an all-electric,
self-driving supercar with
self-repairing bodywork.
The Italian marque’s
designers teamed up with the
Massachusetts Institute of
Technology to come up with
its Terzo Millennio, or Third
Millennium, car of the future.
True to Lamborghini tradition,
the car has a lean, windswept
design and the brand’s trademark
Y tail lights. But the most
remarkable features have yet
to be invented. It will do away
with normal batteries, with
MIT investigating the use of
supercapacitors to allow each
vehicle to generate its own power.
The car – made of carbon fibre
– will feature a four-wheel-drive
with a motor in each wheel.
This, says Lamborghini, allows
for lots of torque for drivers to
enjoy. Lamborghini and MIT
also want the Millennio to selfheal, by automatically detecting
cracks and damage in the carbon
structure and repairing them via
micro channels in the bodywork
filled with “healing chemistries”.
“We are inspired by embracing
what is impossible today to
craft the realities of tomorrow,”
Lamborghini CEO Stefano
Domenicali said at its unveiling in
Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Oxford and Cambridge
invest offshore
Britain ‘failing to
stop corruption
in shell firms’
By Cahal Milmo
CHIEF REPORTER
Hundreds of UK-registered “shell
companies” have been used to
facilitate corruption and money
laundering cases around the world
and Britain’s system for preventing
such abuse is failing, according to
a watchdog.
Transparency International
said it had found more than 750
instances where companies
registered across Britain – nearly
all of which consisted of nothing
more concrete than a mailbox –
had been used as part of a complex
layering process to hide illegal or
suspicious money passing through
the international financial system.
A report by the campaigning
group has found that, while
attention has been focused on the
use of so-called offshore secrecy
jurisdictions such as Panama to
facilitate tax avoidance, a system
is in place on the British mainland
which, it is claimed, facilitates
criminal wrongdoing worth billions
of pounds.
The study found that 766
c o m p a n i e s , m a ny o f t h e m
registered to front addresses that
house thousands of enterprises
at any one time, have been used
in 52 cases of alleged or proven
large-scale money laundering
and corruption with proceeds
approaching some £80bn. Most
of the cases occurred over the
past decade and a quarter of the
companies remain active.
Transparency International said
a large part of the problem was
due to Britain’s poor scrutiny of
the process of creating companies,
which can cost as little as £12 to
register in procedures taking 15
minutes. While the vast majority
of these companies are legitimate,
campaigners argue the system
is wide open to exploitation by
individuals seeking to hide stolen
funds. Shell companies registered
in Britain have been implicated
in corruption scandals in at least
13 countries, including Ukraine
and Azerbaijan.
Duncan Hames, director of policy
at Transparency International,
s a i d : “A s f i n ge rs p o i n t t o
jurisdictions like Panama and
Bermuda, it shames the UK that
companies are being set up under
our noses, with the sole purpose
of laundering illicit wealth; money
very often stolen from some of the
poorest populations in the world,
Oxford and
Cambridge invested
in a fund to develop
oil exploration and
deep-sea drilling
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starving them of vital resources.
The UK is home to industrious
company factories from which
unscrupulous individuals provide
the corrupt with the means to hide
their ill-gotten gains.”
Foreign-based companies
known as trust and
company service providers are
able to set up enterprises and
circumvent laundering checks.
EUROPE
UK tried to thwart tax haven crackdown
By Jon Stone
IN BRUSSELS
The British Government tried to
water down parts of an EU crackdown on corporate tax havens at
a European Council meeting this
week, days after the Paradise Papers revealed more evidence of tax
dodging in UK overseas territories.
Ahead of Tuesday’s Ecofin
meeting of European finance
ministers, the EU commissioner
Pierre Moscovici had called for
countries to “rapidly adopt a
European tax haven list” in light of
the revelations, as well as arguing
that such a list should be enforced
with sanctions.
The UK, however, is reported by
the website Politico to have teamed
up with Luxembourg and Malta
to push back against the inclusion
of such sanctions, which would
probably include British territories
such as Bermuda and the Caymans.
“This time we have to point
the finger at Britain,” said Sven
Giegold, the European Parliament
Green group’s finance spokesman.
“With its overseas territories,
Great Britain dominates the map
of tax havens. Within the EU,
the British government has for
years been slowing down the EU’s
fight against tax avoidance and
money laundering.”
The British Green MEP Molly
Scott Cato said: “Once again, the
UK and its offshore territories are
at the heart of things. This makes
it all the more outrageous that
the UK is among the countries
blocking progress on the future EU
blacklist.” THE INDEPENDENT
change deals after the Duchy of
Cornwall invested in an offshore
carbon credit trading company.
David McClure, the
author of Royal Legacy
– an investigation into
royal finances – said
the same rules
should apply to the
Prince as to MPs,
who are required
to declare their
financial interests.
“When Prince
Charles makes a variety
of speeches on ecological
issues, while at the same time
he has had a shareholding in
companies, we know nothing
about it,” Mr McClure told the
BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire
programme.
“Maybe it is totally
innocuous, but it
would be far better
if [the Prince] just
registered all his
interests. What is
he hiding?”
A Duchy
spokesman said:
“The Prince has
never chosen to speak
out on a topic simply
because of a company that the
Duchy may have invested in.”
ROYAL FAMILY
Charles should
register interest,
says expert
By Padraic Flanagan
The Prince of Wales should
register all his interests to
prevent secrecy surrounding his
private estate, a royal financial
expert has warned.
The Prince (inset) was named
in the Paradise Papers leak after
it was reported that he lobbied
for a change to two climate
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universities have invested tens
of millions of pounds in offshore
funds, leaked documents from the
Paradise Papers reveal.
The files reveal that the
universities invested in a joint
venture to develop oil exploration
and deep-sea drilling in a fund run
by Royal Dutch Shell, the AngloDutch oil and gas company.
Leaked documents also show
that both universities have
committed funds to multibilliondollar private equity partnerships
based in the Cayman Islands.
The money is routed through
what are known as “blocker”
corporations. This means the
universities can avoid a US tax
on hedge fund investments to
receive dividends tax-free. One
of the largest contributors to the
fossil fuel-linked partnership was
the UK university sector’s main
pension scheme, the Universities
Superannuation Scheme, with
$88m (£67m) invested.
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MEDICINE
History of art rewritten as scientists
unearth 3,500-year-old carving
Modified skin
saves life of
‘butterfly boy’
By Padraic Flanagan
A seven-year-old with a devastating
inherited disease has been given a
new, genetically modified skin that
covers 80 per cent of his body.
Three operations were performed
on Hassan, who lives in Germany, to
save him from the life-threatening
condition junctional epidermolysis
bullosa, which caused his skin to
blister and tear at the slightest touch
and left it as fragile as a
butterfly’s wings.
In a world first, an
Italian team took
a sample of skin
from Hassan (right),
whose full name is
being withheld, and
corrected a gene defect
within its cells. The tissue
was then grown into grafts that
were used to replace 80 per cent of
his skin in three operations.
After 21 months, Hassan, who was
admitted to hospital close to death,
seems to be fully recovered. His new
skin no longer blisters and he is able
to heal normally. His father said:
“Hassan feels like a normal person.
He is being active, enjoying his life
and he’s not the way he was before”.
A 3,500-year-old carving unearthed
from the treasure-laden tomb of a
Bronze Age Greek warrior is set to
rewrite the history of art.
The thumb -sized sealstone
depicts a fierce hand-to-hand
battle between three warriors in
anatomical detail previously thought
beyond the skill of artists at the
time. Experts say the stone’s design
is so intricate it may have required
a magnifying glass to carve. It is
regarded as one of the finest works
of prehistoric Greek art.
The Pylos Combat Agate, named
after the battle it depicts, has
forced experts to reconsider Greek
art in the Bronze Age because its
craftsmanship was so far ahead of
its time, say researchers from the
University of Cincinnati.
“What is fascinating is that the
representation of the human body is
at a level of detail and musculature
that one doesn’t find again until the
classical period of Greek art 1,000
years later,” team member Professor
Jack Davis told the university’s UC
Magazine. “It’s a spectacular find.”
Experts believe the Pylos
Combat Agate may depict
the mythological war between the
Trojans and Mycenaeans, which
was told in Homer’s epic poem
The Iliad hundreds of years later.
The anatomical detail in the thumb-sized sealstone has amazed researchers
In 2015, the tomb of the so-called
Griffin Warrior was discovered near
the ancient city of Pylos, south-west
Greece, containing the remains of a
powerful Mycenaean warrior and a
treasure trove of burial riches.
Dating from around 1500BC, the
grave also held an intricately carved
gem, or sealstone. Measuring 1.4
inches long, it would have been
stamped into clay or wax but was
found covered in limestone.
Now after a year of careful
restoration, the underlying scene
has been uncovered. It depicts
an ancient battle in which a bare-
chested warrior plunges a blade
into the neck of an assailant, while a
second enemy corpse lies at his feet.
The stone’s carver may have used
a magnifying glass to create the
details, but the researchers claim
that no type of magnifying tool from
this time period has ever been found.
“Some of the details on this are
only a half-millimetre big – they’re
incomprehensibly small,” said
Professor Davis. “It seems that they
were producing art of the sort that
no one ever imagined they were
capable of producing.”
The tomb contained more than
3,000 objects arrayed on and around
the warrior’s body. An ivory plaque
adorned with a griffin was also
buried with the warrior, leading
archaeologists to dub him The
Griffin Warrior.
By John von Radowitz
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PRITI PATEL’S
DEPARTURE
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KIM JONG-UN
US GUN
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PUTIN’S
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‘MOTHERLAND’
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Replacing her
is last thing
May needs
Possible sale
of family
business
Talks the
answer to
nuclear issue
Americans
need action
on firearms
Russian
tentacles go
worldwide
BBC2 show
captures
motherhood
Bloomberg
TheNewYorkTimes
Washington Post
Sky
The Daily Mail
TheNew Statesman
While Patel’s approach
to aid is controversial
in the department, she
had an interest in the
sector, having written
about the policy area
before as one of the
Britannia Unchained
Tories advocating new
ideas who arrived in
2010. Replacing this
like-for-like will be
tough, and this is the
last thing May needs.
(Anoosh Chakelian)
It’s not all bad for Sky
investors. The current
situation is that talks
with Disney came to
naught. On that basis,
Murdoch may be even
more committed to
the Sky buyout if this
reverts to being Plan A.
In the meantime, Sky’s
staff and management
just have to carry on
running the business.
(Chris Hughes)
The Guardian
This upsets the balance
that Rupert Murdoch
seemed to have gained
by splitting Fox from
News and placing
James and Lachlan in
the management of the
two companies. The
structure worked for
two sons; demolishing
it would not.
(John Gapper)
Mr Johnson’s egotism
is well-known. But Ms
Patel runs even Mr
Johnson close. Neither
of these ministers
deserve a place in
a Cabinet based on
competence, loyalty
and Mrs May’s agenda
that claims to offer a
fair deal. (Editorial)
Financial Times
Quote of
the day
The United States
should understand
that growing talk
of military options
will only strengthen
Pyongyang’s resolve,
not undermine it.
Given the danger of
a nuclear war, that
would be a serious
mistake.
(Suzanne DiMaggio)
The Daily Telegraph
The US cannot accept
a nuclear North Korea,
and nobody believes
that Kim Jong-un
can be persuaded to
dismantle his nuclear
weapons. A mainly
defensive war would
cost far fewer lives
than an invasion
of North Korea,
which China would
never accept.
(Tim Willasey-Wilsey)
Dimming the spotlight
won’t solve the
epidemic of mass
shootings. A problem
of such an American
nature needs a
response that brings
Americans together,
rather than drives us
apart. And that will
require a change of
heart on both sides of
the gun-rights divide.
(David Von Drehle)
Chicago Tribune
Are we supposed to
be OK with 26 people
killed before the
good-guy-with-a-gun
arrives? Trump has no
idea what he’s talking
about. He’s just pulling
words out of thin air to
gin up a hypothetical
that honours the
almighty gun.
(Rex Huppke)
In a world in which
purveyors of news
are smeared as “false
news” collaborators,
what would the
reaction of antiEuropean Britons be
if it was found that the
Leave campaign was
infiltrated by Russia?
Would the mob cry
“false news”? Putin
hopes so. (Sam Kiley)
CNN
A Trump-Putin
meeting is going to
require a lot of work –
analysis of what Putin
really wants, talking
points that speak
to Putin’s Cold War
zero-sum perspective
of the world, and
the restraint to not
get thrown by any
subtle traps.
(Samantha Vinograd)
Motherland (BBC2) is a
comedy that captures
those moments of
parental misery and
magnifies them. A
pilot last year proved
an instant success,
winning shrieks of
noisy recognition
from viewers.
(Christopher Stevens)
The Times
My friend has a word
to describe any adult
who professes to enjoy
attending a children’s
birthday party. That
word is “liar”. Judging
by Motherland she’ll
find no argument from
its writers. Returning
for a six-part series
after a pilot, it takes
every rosy idealisation
of motherhood and
laughs in its face.
(Carol Midgley)
LifeInBrief
GEORGE YOUNG MUSICIAN AND SONGWRITER
We tend to put
inexperienced
people into
senior jobs with
no induction
or training and
they finish up
making these
mistakes
Bernard Jenkin
The Tory MP tries to
explain Priti Patel’s
behaviour
George Young, who has died aged
70, was a musician, songwriter and
producer who became one of the iconic
figures of the Australian music scene
after his family emigrated there when
he was in his teens.
He was a core member of the 1960s
garage rock band the Easybeats and the
1970s new wave group Flash and the
Pan, both of which were internationally
successful. Some of the pair’s greatest
successes were early productions for
AC/DC, the group formed by Young’s
younger brothers Malcolm and Angus.
Despite the huge success of his
brothers’ band in later years, Young was
the first in his family to achieve fame as
a musician.
Formed in 1964 in Sydney, the
Easybeats were the Australian Beatles
(their screaming teenage fans were
said to be suffering from “Easymania”),
before their 1966 song “Friday on
my Mind” brought them global
success. They moved to London in the
same year, although a hit of similar
magnitude escaped them, and they split
in 1969. “Friday on my Mind” was later
covered by David Bowie on his 1973
covers album Pin-Ups and by Bruce
Springsteen during his 2014 Australian
tour, among many other versions.
One of a number of reasons for the
band’s end had been the increasing
closeness of guitarists and songwriters
Young and Harry Vanda as the steering
force behind the Easybeats, and with
the group’s demise they carried on as
the songwriting and production duo
Vanda & Young. They wrote the 1977 hit
“Love is in the Air”, performed by John
Paul Young.
They recorded in London under
a number of unsuccessful aliases,
including Paintbox, Tramp and
Grapefruit, the latter featuring
George’s elder brother Alex (of seven
young brothers and one sister, Alex
was the only one who hadn’t emigrated
to Australia).
George Redburn Young was born
in Glasgow in 1946, the sixth child of
eight born to William, a labourer, and
Margaret, a housewife whose maiden
name was also Young. They grew up
on Skerryvore Road, and emigrated en
masse to Australia in 1963 under the
Assisted Passage Migration Scheme,
where they were placed in the Nissen
huts of the Villawood Migrant Hostel in
a Sydney suburb.
Although the Youngs soon found
their own home, George, the young
Dutchman Vanda and the other
Easybeats (a cultural melting pot of
Scots, Dutch and English musicians) all
had their roots in Villawood.
Retiring from full-time music
production in the late 1990s, George
was twice inducted into the Australian
Recording Industry Association Hall of
Fame, with Vanda & Young in 1988 and
the Easybeats in 2005. Yet, much like
his younger brothers, he was fiercely
protective of his privacy, and details of
his family life and cause of death have
never been elaborated upon.
In his later years he retired to Lisbon
in Portugal, grateful for the anonymity
afforded him in the city.
Born 6 November 1946
Died 22 October 2017
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Ministers indulged for too long
Unwritten norms of democratic behaviour are being eroded
T
he Austrian physicist
Erwin Schrödinger
once set out a thought
experiment: you
place a cat, a vial of
airborne poison, and
a radioactive isotope in a sealed
container. Once an internal monitor
detects atomic decay, the flask
shatters, and the cat dies. Quantum
theory suggests that there will be
a moment at which the cat is both
dead and alive.
Say what you like about
Conservative governments but
they do add a touch of class to
everything: the cat in the box is
out and the Cabinet minister in an
aeroplane is in. As I was writing this,
Priti Patel was still airborne and her
ministerial career was at once, both
dead and alive.
There’s an echo here:
Schrödinger created his famous
cat to illustrate what he saw as the
ridiculousness of quantum theory,
and it is now most commonly used
to explain it. Theresa May promoted
Patel to bring balance and stability
to her government by elevating
enough pro-Brexit ministers to
keep backbenchers happy, but she
provided probably the biggest of
May’s many headaches.
In widening her holiday to include
a tête-à-tête with the Israeli Prime
Minister, a lobbyist and a couple
of other Israeli politicians into the
bargain, Patel rode roughshod over
the laws and codes of international
diplomacy. She met security
officials of another state without
British personnel present.
While Downing Street is
currently at war with the Jewish
Chronicle about exactly when Patel
revealed what she did last summer,
there is no dispute about the central
fact: that while on a personal
holiday she embarked on a bout
of personal diplomacy, a careerending offence for any diplomat.
She should have been sacked
last week, forget about when her
aeroplane actually landed.
Breathing a sigh of relief during
the unfolding chaos is Boris
Johnson. Having invented the
quantum Secretary of State for
International Development, Britain
is also pioneering in the field of the
implausible Foreign Secretary. In
case you missed the latest Johnson
howler: he told a parliamentary
select committee that Nazanin
Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British citizen
currently incarcerated in Iran, was
there “training journalists”. She
was in fact there on holiday and
Johnson’s blunder risks extending
Priti Patel was
allowed to resign,
while Boris Johnson’s
future remains in
doubt GETTY
her time behind by bars by a further
five years.
Now the word at Westminster is
that if Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe does
end up facing a longer prison term,
Johnson will surely have to resign.
Perhaps I’m becoming unbearably
prissy as I get older, but surely at
the point at which there is even the
possibility that a minister’s careless
lips have put a British citizen at risk,
they should have to resign.
If, instead of this week’s column,
my editor instead plonked a stream
of violently racist limericks down
in its place, I doubt very much
that i would wait to see if anyone
cancelled their subscription before
disciplinary action was taken.
It has become a cliché to
say that the indulgence that
was extended too long to Patel
before her resignation and is
still, inexplicably, being afforded
to Johnson is a result of May’s
political weakness. The truth is
that, thanks to the Tory fear of
Jeremy Corbyn, May has a great
deal of freedom to sack ministers,
particularly as neither Johnson
nor Patel have a particularly large
following in the parliamentary party.
Johnson’s
survival is a
result not of
May’s weakness
but her character
Johnson’s survival is a result
not of May’s weakness, but her
character: the same character that
has seen the status of a Freedom
of Information request degraded
throughout the public realm, that
likens parliamentary opposition to
sabotage, and that sees dissent as
an intolerable insult.
It allows Gavin Williamson,
formerly Chief Whip and now
Britain’s newly minted Defence
Secretary, to boast of his undefeated
record in the House of Commons,
despite the fact that Williamson
was only “undefeated” because the
Government has developed a tactic
of retreating in advance of a loss and
simply ignoring Parliament when it
votes a way it doesn’t like.
It has all contributed to a state of
affairs where the United Kingdom’s
unwritten norms of democratic
behaviour – including, for instance,
that a minister engaging in private
diplomacy or who endangers a
British citizen has to quit their post
– are gradually and without noticing
being eroded.
It might be an idea if the
Conservatives allowed their fear
of Corbyn to extend to some kind
of serious assessment about the
size and unchecked power of the
executive; that their incompetence
and shamelessness seems set to
hand him a landslide at the
next election.
The writer is special correspondent
for ‘The New Statesman’
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Johnson is
clever, but...
Boris Johnson
intelligent? To misquote
Eric Morecambe: “Clever
with words, but not
necessarily at getting
them in the right order.”
WILL FULLER
LEWES, EAST SUSSEX
I’m compiling
a boycott list
Having readi’s extensive
coverage of the Paradise
Papers I have decided
not to buy Apple’s new
iPhone or vote for a party
funded by tax avoiders
or buy tickets for the
British Grand Prix. As
there is no suggestion
of wrongdoing by
Sheryl Crow her latest
album can remain on
my Christmas list.
Fortunately I am not a
fan of U2 or Mrs Brown’s
Boys. Is anybody else
prepared to boycott
tax avoiders?
RICHARD LOTT
CHEPSTOW
Politicians’
septic promises
While recently following
a tanker through my
home county of Devon
I could read of its septic
tank emptying service,
much needed in rural
communities. Across
the rear in large very
smart signwriting it read:
“This tanker is full of
politicians’ promises.”
JOHN COLE
Parliament to
the people
I quite agree with your
correspondent Pauline
Lambert. The present
Houses of Parliament
are, we are told, badly
in need of renovation.
Brady’s ashes
with mine? No
What better time for
a new purpose-built
parliament building, but
not in Milton Keynes. It
should be in the north,
perhaps York, Newcastle
or Lancaster.
ELIZABETH
LONKHURST
FOLKESTONE
Like Dave Bradley (Your
View, 7 November) I also
was in the Merchant
Navy, as a radio/
electronics officer. I am
no angel but the thought
of my ashes being cast
into the oggin after those
of Ian Brady have been
fills me with uneasiness
and discomfort. Brady’s
ashes should have
quietly been buried
in some landfill site
anonymously with
no fuss.
PHIL WEBSTER
DERBY
Shops need
stick ‘parking’
I am 86 years old, and
need to walk with two
sticks to avoid a fall.
Whenever I check out
at a supermarket, there
is nowhere to park the
sticks. I almost always
find myself grovelling
around on the floor to
pick them up, before
another customer trips
over them. The first shop
that provides a simple
and cheap parking
mechanism will get my
custom for life.
ALAN PEACEGOOD
Bullying must
be addressed
Mark Wallace has raised
a very pertinent matter
in his article on bullying
(i, 7 November). However,
like sexual harassment
the problem exists in
all workplaces. I had to
endure a particularly
nasty period of bullying
during my career in
banking. I stood firm
against the perpetrator
although the people in
HR offered little support.
This happened some
25 years ago but the
Ewe beauty: sheep recognise the faces of celebrities – as well as their own species
memory still causes
mental anguish on
my part. Bullying and
sexual harassment are
scandalous and need to
be treated as such with
proper safeguards in
place to enable victims to
raise their concerns.
NAME AND ADDRESS
SUPPLIED
The power
of prayer
Regarding Grace
Dent’s article on the
pointlessness of prayer
(i, 7 November), and Dr
Nick Maurice’s letter (i,
8 November) pondering
the difference between
prayer and meditation,
could I very seriously
and respectfully
recommend George
Muller’s diaries. Founder
of Muller’s Homes in
19th-century Bristol, he
looked to the almighty
for the help needed to
look after countless
orphans. Reading this
amazing story kept me
from losing faith, and
has encouraged many to
believe that “prayer does
change things”.
RAY BROMHAM
SWANSEA
for which I have little
sympathy. The fact
that she was, at kindest
evaluation, economical
with the truth is hardly a
ringing endorsement for
a high-profile person in
the Cabinet. This is fast
turning into a shambolic
government which if it
wasn’t so serious would
be laughable.
JUDITH A. DANIELS
GREAT YARMOUTH,
NORFOLK
Patel’s holiday
booking fail
Face it: sheep
are clever
I have to agree with
Simon Kelner (i, 8
November) that Priti
Patel’s “off piste” holiday
in Israel may indeed turn
out to be her downfall,
So, sheep can recognise
images of celebrities (i,
8 November). They are
clearly more clever than
I am.
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Still standing
Elton John and
Bernie Taupin
In conversation
with Cameron
Crowe
Many thanks to Yasmin
Alibhai-Brown for
“Put the future in the
hands of the youth” (i, 8
November), echoing so
exactly my feelings and
those of many of my
friends. But please can
the word “oldies” be left
out? I am in my eighties
and passionate about
letting youth have more
respect and power that
they are going to need
when they inherit the
mess we’ve made. Greed,
personal ambition
and intolerance has
produced a society some
of us are not proud to
be part of. Let some
younger members of our
dysfunctional country
have a voice.
SHIRLEY WEBB
NORWICH
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Unhappy place
Owing to a
production error we
mixed up Britain’s
happiest and saddest
places in yesterday’s
page 2 graphic.
Craven should have
been labelled the
happiest place, while
Hertsmere was
the saddest.
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Drake’s wizard
plan for wife
When you’re as rich as Drake – an
estimated $90m (£68.7m) – you’ve got
to start thinking outside of the box
on how to spend your cash. And after
dropping a reputed $3m to buy his
next-door neighbours’ house so he no
longer gets complaints about noise,
he’s now going to splash some serious
cash on a work of fiction.
The rapper has revealed
he is a huge Harry Potter
fan, and wants to buy a first
edition of Harry Potter and
the Sorcerer’s Stone (the US
title of the first book in the
series), on sale for a thrifty
$160,000. He said: “I should
get it. My birthday’s coming up. I’ll
buy it for myself as a treat.”
He also revealed that not only
has his future wife the pleasure of
marrying Drake, but there would
also be a bonus waiting for her once
she walks down the aisle – a whole
wardrobe of Hermès Birkin bags.
The “Hotline Bling”star has been
collecting them for years for “the
woman I end up with”.
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Be whatever you wannabe, says Beckham
PAUL WETHERELL
Victoria Beckham has revealed
the driving force behind the girlband singer-turned-fashionista’s
career: her parents. She tells the
December issue of British Vogue
– on sale tomorrow – that,“my
family brought me up telling me I
could achieve absolutely anything.
Whenever I said I can’t do it, my
dad, he just wouldn’t hear it. He’d
say, what do you mean you can’t
do it? Why? Why? And I do that to
my own children as well”. Ah, that
might explain Brooklyn’s efforts
in “photography”.
Chip on Liam’s
shoulder
The life and times of Liam Gallagher
took an even odder turn on Tuesday
night, when a man turned up with a
potato and a peeler and put it into
action while the ex-Oasis singer
performed on stage.
To be clear, Liam (inset) had put out
a request for someone to prepare
the vegetable while he played, when
he tweeted earlier in the day: “I’m
looking for somebody to
peel some spuds live on
stage tonight at this
gig in Bethnal Green.
Must have own
peeler.”This was yet
another dig at his
brother Noel, who
he calls a potato, and
after Gallagher senior
featured someone playing
the scissors during his recent set on
Later... with Jools Holland.
And sure enough, a fan called
Craig McKenna obliged, securing
himself the legacy as “The Peeler” –
and hopefully enough raw fodder
for a plate of post-gig chips, too.
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unhappy? Uncertainty
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falling value of sterling? The fear of
a terrorist attack? A government
falling to pieces before our eyes? The
threat of Donald Trump launching
the Third World War? Not any of
this touches the sides, apparently,
and people in the UK are happier
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than they were this time a year ago.
I find that rather hard to believe,
but maybe I’m just a depressive
type. The only thing that has
cheered me up recently has been the
majestic football of Manchester City
and everywhere else I look, I see only
misery, misfortune and, because I
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leave the EU have been beset with
difficulties, and public confidence
in this government’s ability to get
a good deal could hardly be lower,
I simply refuse to believe that
there is a sudden rush of positivity
towards our political future. Even
for the diehard Brexiteers, we are
no closer to taking back the control
they wanted.
No, I think there
is something more
profound at work here.
As life becomes more
atomised, people lose
sense of the collective
and the corollary of
this is a diminishing
interest in the bigger
things which affect our
lives. Of course, we are
concerned when these issues
touch our personal wellbeing, and
particularly our financial health, but
the cult of the individual is so strong
these days that our own welfare
comes first and foremost – and
wider societal problems come a long
way second. We see that in times
of tragedy – Grenfell, for instance
– communities can pull together in
a moving and effective way, but, by
and large, The Big Society never
really did take off.
I am pleased people feel happier.
Yes, I really am. But the policymakers and the futurologists
should not read very much into this
research. Come back in a year’s time
and see how we all feel then.
CONSUMER
condiment on a regular basis
probably isn’t a gastronome…
Why haven’t companies learnt
from history about the “if it ain’t
broke” approach? When Coca-Cola
introduced “New Coke” in 1985,
it provoked fury. The company’s
Atlanta HQ received 40,000 calls
and letters of complaint. Protests,
boycotts and lawsuits followed,
before the classic formula was
quietly reinstated three months
after New Coke’s launch.
Ferrero, the makers of Nutella,
even have their own cautionary
tale – they are the makers of the
controversial new gappy Toblerone.
That time they replaced their cocoa
and nuts with… fresh air, so fans
had good reason to be miffed. Jaffa
Cakes, Walnut Whips and Cadbury’s
Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut bars and
Creme Eggs have also been changed,
provoking a backlash. Cadbury lost
£6m in 2015 after Creme Egg-gate. Is
nothing sacred?
It boils down to this – people like
to know which side their bread is
buttered (or Nutella’d) and they fear
change. At least they had plenty of
characters with which to express
their disdain for the move on social
media – although the 280-character
move on Twitter has caused its
share of upset too. People fretted
that it would mean twice as much
drivel, twice as much Trump.
In an age of global turmoil, climate
change and Trump-on-Twitter, it’s
no wonder we just want a little bit of
a constant in our lives. Let us have
our chocolate-based condiments,
dammit. It’s all we have.
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Norton
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condiments
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at the moment, and according to the
Office for National Statistics, which
has been measuring the nation’s
wellbeing since 2011, four of the five
least happy areas in the UK are in,
or around, London. (By contrast, the
happiest people in Britain live in the
Yorkshire district of Craven, where
the rolling Dales (inset) and the
beautiful Forest of Bowland
form the backdrop to their
daily lives.)
The annual survey of
levels of wellbeing in
the UK was instituted
by David Cameron,
who wanted to find a
way other than GDP to
measure the health of
the nation. Its purpose,
beyond that, is to inform
government policy-making. We
now have the first full year of data
since we voted to leave the European
Union and it shows – rather
remarkably, in my (admittedly
jaundiced) view – that we feel
more upbeat about life than we did
pre-Brexit. Speak for yourself, I feel
the urge to say.
But there it is: there are
statistically significant increases in
life satisfaction reported since the
referendum, although this is largely
driven by respondents in England,
who clearly feel more optimistic
about life outside the EU than those
in the other areas of Britain.
What are we to make of this?
Given that the negotiations to
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orget the Paradise Papers,
forget Sexminster, there’s
another controversy afoot,
and people are going, well,
nuts. While we were busy being
outraged at world events, the sneaky
devils behind Nutella were quietly
changing its recipe.
They might have got away with,
too, if it wasn’t for a pesky German
consumer group. The spread, it
emerges, now contains more sugar –
up to 56.3 per cent from 55.9 per cent
– and more skimmed milk powder.
Twitter erupted with howls
of protest. Were they upset by
the fact that Nutella is slightly
less healthy than it was before?
Doubtful – anyone who consumes
a chocolate-based condiment on
a regular basis is hardly worried
about its nutritional content. The
fact that the taste and texture has
changed? Perhaps, although anyone
who consumes a chocolate-based
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TELEVISION
Queen talks trees with Attenborough
By Georgina Stubbs
The Queen and Sir David Attenborough will appear together in
a documentary during which the
monarch offers a glimpse of her
concerns about the state of plants
in the Buckingham Palace garden.
The Queen’s Canopy, made by
ITN and to be shown next year,
follows the progress of the Queen’s
Commonwealth Canopy project
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at Buckingham
Palace in 1997 PA
Last adventure of
Paddington Bear
to be published
By Sherna Noah
The last Paddington Bear book written by Michael Bond is being published. The author, who penned more
than 150 books, died in June, aged 91,
following a short illness.
He was inspired to write Paddington at St Paul’s, a picture book,
after getting involved in the National
Service of Thanksgiving to mark the
Queen’s 90th birthday.
His Reflection on the Passing of the
Years was read at the service in St
Paul’s Cathedral by Sir David Attenborough, who, like Bond, was born in
the same year as the Queen.
In Paddington at St Paul’s, chaos
ensues when the bear is mistaken for
a choirboy during a visit to the London landmark.
The announcement of the new
book was made days before a memorial service is due to take place for the
author at the cathedral.
Bond’s daughter, Karen Jankel,
said: “If the outpouring of wonderful
messages of condolence we received
from my father’s fans is anything to go
by, there will be many people who will
be delighted to learn there is another
Paddington book to look forward to.
“Our family feel immensely proud
that we will be honouring his life at St
Paul’s Cathedral and the fact that this
is the setting for his final story makes
it very special indeed.”
HarperCollins children’s books executive publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh said: “We are deeply honoured
to be publishing the final Paddington
story from our most cherished author, Michael Bond.
“Paddington at St Paul’s is Michael’s
parting gift to all his fans – a simply
classic Paddington story, brimming
with curiosity, charm and affectionate exuberance. It is illustrated by
Bob Alley, who worked closely with
Michael Bond for many years.”
Bond became a beloved giant of
children’s literature after his first
book, A Bear Called Paddington,
about the bear from Peru who loves
marmalade, was published in 1958.
Bond, who completed his
first short story in Egypt
in 1946, was inspired to write
his first Paddington story after
buying a bear glove puppet in
1957. It took him 10 days.
SOCIETY
Share your sofa with an older viewer
By Katie Grant
The TV viewing public is being
asked to make space on the sofa
for an elderly guest to help combat
social isolation.
As winter approaches, the
charity Volunteering Matters
is joining with the TV Licensing
authority in calling for people to
volunteer for an hour a week’s
companionship.
“Over-75s consume more TV
each day than any other age
group, so the weekly TV schedule
can provide a great opportunity
for volunteers to share their
favourite regular programme in
the company of an older person,”
said Jason Hill of TV Licensing.
Age UK estimates that about 10
per cent of the British population
aged over 65 – over 900,000 people
– is lonely all or most of the time.
And two-fifths of that age group
– about 3.9 million people – say the
TV is their main form of company,
according to a 2014 survey.
to protect the world’s trees,
launched two years ago. Part
of the show will feature a
conversation between
the Queen and the veteran presenter.
Inspecting and discussing the various
forms of plant life, the
Queen (inset) turns to Sir
David and states how they
“won’t look at that one”, as she
highlights a tree that “does not
seem to be doing very well”.
Sir David can be seen
chuckling, and the
Queen addresses
someone off camera as
to whether the plant is
“meant to be like that?”
“Somebody sat on it, I
think, at a garden party”,
the Queen adds as the camera cuts to the bent sapling.
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CHINA
Trump banks on rapport with Xi
to drive North Korea negotiations
£7bn in trade deals signed
By Jonathan Lemire
IN BEIJING
President Donald Trump declared
himself wowed by Beijing’s lavish
greeting at the start of a two-day visit
in which he aims to employ flattery
and cajolery to press the Asian superpower on trade and North Korea.
A visit sure to include tough negotiations on multiple policy fronts
began with a full-on display of diplomatic niceties: the President and first
lady Melania Trump were greeted
at the airport by dozens of children
who waved US and Chinese flags and
jumped up and down.
The couple sipped tea with Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, and
received a private tour of the Forbidden City, Beijing’s ancient imperial
palace, including a performance by
opera students before dinner. At one
point Mr Trump threw open his arms
and appeared to exclaim “wow”.
Before arriving in Beijing, Mr
Trump urged “responsible nations”
to unite and to stop supporting North
Korea. “You cannot support, you cannot supply, you cannot accept,” he
said, calling on “every nation, including China and Russia,” to fully impleMr Trump flew to within
five minutes of the
North-South Korea border but
the fog was too thick to safely
land and the helicopter returned
to Seoul.
US and Chinese companies have
signed business deals valued at
$9bn (£6.84bn) during President
Donald Trump’s visit in a move aimed
at blunting criticism of Beijing’s
trade practices.
China’s biggest online retailer
said it pledged to buy American beef
and pork worth $1.2bn, but no other
details were released of the 19 agreements signed at a ceremony attended
by the US Commerce Secretary
Wilbur Ross. Such contracts are a
fixture of visits by foreign leaders to
China and often involve agreements
negotiated weeks or even months in
advance which Beijing has saved to
showcase its importance as a market.
Mr Trump has made narrowing the
multibillion-dollar US trade deficit
with China a priority for his administration. He is due to hold talks with
the Chinese President Xi Jinping.
China’s trade surplus with the
US in October widened by 12.2 per
cent from a year earlier to $26.6bn,
according to Chinese customs data.
Song and dance:
Donald Trump meets
opera performers in
Beijing’s Forbidden
City palace AP
ment recent UN Security Council
resolutions on North Korea.
China’s reluctance to pull the rug
from under the Kim Jong-un regime,
for fear of seeing it replaced by a
pro-American regime, with which it
would have to share a border, is unlikely to disappear.
Nonetheless, Mr Trump is expected to demand that China curtail
its dealings with Pyongyang and
expel North Korean workers. Mr
Trump arrived in Beijing after two
days in Seoul, where he avoided the
inflammatory rhetoric that has defined his approach to Pyongyang.
The White House is banking on Mr
Trump’s personal rapport with Mr Xi
to drive the negotiations.
He has frequently showered praise
on Mr Xi, as he did when the Chinese
premier visited Mr Trump’s Mar-
a-Lago estate in Florida for a summit. “Trump keeps portraying his
relationship with Xi as great pals but
that’s wildly naive,” said Mike Chinoy,
an expert on East Asia policy at the
US – China Institute at the University of Southern California.
“The Chinese have figured out
how to play Trump: flatter him. And
there’s nothing the Chinese do better
than wow foreign diplomats.”
CHINA
Three US university basketball players arrested for shoplifting
By John Ruwitch
IN SHANGHAI
They could not have picked a worse
time to get arrested in China – although they might be hoping the
presence of the their commanderin-chief will afford them a degree
of leniency.
Three American university basketball players have been arrested
in China for shoplifting on the eve of
President Donald Trump’s visit, it
has emerged.
The University of California, Los
Angeles, declined to confirm the
arrests but said it was “aware of a
situation involving UCLA studentathletes in Hangzhou, China”.
It added: “The university is co-operating fully with local authorities on
this matter, and we have no further
comment at this time.”
The UCLA team had arrived in
China on Sunday with plans to play
Georgia Tech in both teams’ regularseason opener on Saturday, according to statements from both teams.
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They travelled to Hangzhou, about
three hours by bus from Shanghai, to
visit the campus of the e-commerce
giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd,
sponsor of the annual Pac-12 games in
China. The players have been named
in the US media as LiAngelo Ball,
Cody Riley and Jalen Hill.
A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry said: “China is handling this case in accordance with the
law and will guarantee the lawful
rights in accordance with the law of
those involved in this case.” REUTERS
Student athlete: LiAngelo Ball
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UNITED STATES
Virginia
elects first
transgender
legislator
By Maya Oppenheim
A transgender heavy metal
singer has beaten a right-wing
politician and self-declared
homophobe who penned
Virginia’s anti-trans bathroom
bill in a local election.
Danica Roem defeated Bob
Marshall, one of Virginia’s
most socially conservative
delegates, to become the first
openly transgender candidate
to be elected in Virginia.
With 19 or 20 precincts
reporting, Ms Roem
(inset) had 54 per
cent of the vote.
In last year’s
presidential
election,
Hillary
Clinton won
the district, by
54 per cent to
40 per cent, over
Donald Trump.
Ms Roem is believed to be
the first openly transgender
person to be elected to a state
legislature in the US.
Mr Marshall, who had been
elected 13 times over 26 years
according to his website, has
previously called himself
Virginia’s “chief homophobe”.
Mr Marshall, 73, wrote the
Physical Privacy Act – a piece
of legislation similar to the
controversial “Bathroom Bill”
which passed in North Carolina
last year. The bill would have
required people to use the
restroom that corresponds
with the gender on their
original birth certificates.
Ms Roem, 33, is not just the
first transgender person to
run for the Virginia House of
Delegates but also appears
to be the first member of a
metal band to do so. “Just
because I sing in a heavy metal
band while spinning my head
in circles and getting paid
to do it, why can’t I run for
government?” she said.
“Why would I have to change
who I am in order to run for
government? I’ve already had
to go through transformative
change.” THE INDEPENDENT
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EU plan to
cut vehicle
emissions
‘falls short’
By Leo Cendrowicz
IN BRUSSELS
An EU plan to slash vehicle carbon dioxide emissions over the next decade
was criticised by environmentalists
yesterday for not going far enough in
pushing for electric vehicles.
The measures, proposed by the
European Commission, say carbon
dioxide emissions from cars and
vans must be cut by 30 per cent by
2030 and 15 per cent by 2025, compared with 2021. They pile pressure on carmakers to develop more
hybrid and electric vehicles, with
incentive schemes for zero- and
low-emission cars.
The proposal, which must be approved by the 28 EU member states
and the European Parliament, is
aimed at bolstering the 2015 Paris
climate agreement and helping the
EU compete with China on electric
car production.
“We need to act to meet our global
climate commitments and cut our oil
dependence,” the EU Climate and
Energy Commissioner, Miguel Arias
Cañete, said. He added that the EU
had to “restore consumers’ trust”
after Volkswagen’s diesel cheating
scandal two years ago.
But climate campaigners complained the so-called “clean mobility” package had been toned down,
as planned mandatory quotas of
zero-emissions vehicles were removed from the final proposal. It was
described as “an early Christmas
present to the car industry” by campaigners Transport & Environment,
as it fails to apply penalties for missing the 30 per cent target for zeroemission vehicles.
Some of the planned measures
were reportedly softened after lobbying from Matthias Wissmann,
head of the German car lobby
association (VDA).
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ITALY
Arrested man’s trouser snake was 35cm python
By Tom Lansdell
Trouser snakes do exist – in Germany, at least. A man arrested by
police was found to be carrying a
python in his trousers.
After receiving reports of a disturbance late on Tuesday night,
Darmstadt police arrived to find
two men arguing on the street.
During attempts to resolve
the dispute, one of the men, who
Giant vessels will no longer be allowed to pass St Mark’s Square GETTY
Huge cruise ships
banished from
Venice’s canals
By Padraic Flanagan
After years of concern from Venetians and environmentalists, giant
cruise ships are to be banned
from sailing past the fragile city’s
St Mark’s Square, the Italian government has said.
It means gondolas and water taxis
will no longer have to vie for space on
Venice’s waterways with huge floating pleasure palaces that dwarf its
Gothic and Byzantine churches.
Under the new restrictions, which
follow a temporary limit imposed
three years ago, those ships weighing 100,000 tonnes or more will have
to take a less glamorous route to the
industrial port of Marghera, far from
the Grand Canal.
Venice mayor Luigi Brugnaro welcomed the move to answer the pleas
of residents, businesses and conservation groups who have repeatedly
raised concerns about damage to the
city’s shallow lagoon and canals.
“We want it to be clear to Unesco
[the United Nations cultural heritage
agency] and the whole world that we
have a solution,” said Mr Brugnaro
after the meeting of the governmental committee charged with saving
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Venice. “This takes into account all
the jobs created by the cruise industry, which we absolutely couldn’t afford to lose, and we can start to work
seriously on planning cruises.”
Passengers from the cruise ships,
which can carry up to 5,000 people,
will be ferried to Venice in smaller
boats, or in coaches, along the narrow
land bridge that connects the city to
the mainland.
Smaller cruise vessels, those of
55,000 tonnes or less, will be allowed
to continue using the present route.
Announcing the move, Graziano
Delrio, the transport minister, said
the new measures will not come into
effect for three or four years.
“After years of study, we have
found a viable solution for a sustainable route through the lagoon, without penalising the tourism industry,
which is so important for Venice,” the
minister said.
Ships weighing more
than 96,000 tonnes were
banned from the Giudecca canal
in 2013, but that legislation was
overturned at the end of 2015.
POLAND
Poles are told to
‘breed like rabbits’
By Tom Lansdell
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The Polish government is
encouraging citizens to go forth
and multiply – like rabbits.
The health ministry of Poland,
which has one of the lowest birth
rates in Europe, has put out a
short film praising rabbits.
The YouTube video shows
rabbits munching on lettuce,
while a narrator reveals the
secret of their big families –
exercise, a healthy diet and little
stress. Viewers are told: “If you
ever want to be a parent, follow
the example of rabbits.”
was very drunk, became increasingly aggressive and was
arrested. Before taking
the 19-year-old into
custody, the police officers had just begun
a routine search when
they noticed a “considerable bulge” below the
man’s waist.
When challenged, the
man informed the officers that he
was carrying a snake in his trousers and he then proceeded
to pull out a 35cm-long
baby king python.
The Darmstadt resident was taken to a
sobering cell and the
snake was put in a box.
Police are now investigating whether the inappropriate transport of the
animal broke welfare laws.
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PHILIPPINES
The Philippines’ President Rodrigo
Duterte has said he will tell President
Donald Trump to “lay off” if he raises
the issue of human rights when they
meet next week.
Mr Trump will be in Manila on
the last leg of his 12-day Asian trip,
which includes visits to Japan, South
Korea, China, and Vietnam. Mr
Duterte, who brooks no criticism of
his human rights record and war on
drugs, offered a comment on what
he would tell Mr Trump if he raised
human rights. “You want to ask a
question, I’ll give you an answer. ‘Lay
off. That is not your business. That is
my business,’” he said. REUTERS
INDIA
Delhi ordered to
tackle poisonous
levels of pollution
By Aditya Kalra
IN NEW DELHI
India’s federal government has
urged the capital city Delhi and
the surrounding northern states
to immediately tackle dangerous
levels of pollution that have even
forced schools to close.
Pro-separatist strike causes
traffic chaos in Barcelona
By Alasdair Fotheringham
Annaud in
Duterte: Trump
Paradise Papers should lay off
French filmmaker JeanJacques Annaud, the maker
of Mirage fighter jets and oil
giant Total SA are among
high-profile French names
defending themselves after
leaked documents showed they
used tax havens.
As part of the Paradise
Papers global investigative
reporting, French media
reported yesteday, that
Annaud used accounts in the
Cayman Islands and Hong
Kong. His directing credits
include The Name of the Rose
and Seven Years in Tibet. AP
SPAIN
Thick smog enveloped Delhi,
where pollution readings peaked
at 500, the most severe level on
the government’s air-quality
index, which measures the
number of poisonous particles.
“Every possible step required
to tackle the situation has been
already identified, and the need
of the hour is to put them into
action,” Environment Minister
Harsh Vardhan said.
Delhi has become a “gas
chamber”, its chief minister
Arvind Kejriwal said, as his
government ordered schools
closed until Sunday.
A pro-independence general strike
in Catalonia has seen dozens of the
regions’ roads blocked by protesters
and its education sector affected.
As early as 6am yesterday,
demonstrators began moving onto
around 60 roads across Catalonia,
causing massive traffic jams on
several key routes. A large number
of the protests centred on the main
accesses in and out of Barcelona,
as well as a number of city centre
avenues and roundabouts.
Authorities urged commuters not
to travel by car. The region’s local
Chicago
The former US President and
Harvard-educated lawyer,
Barack Obama arrived
yesterday at court in Chicago
for jury duty.
Wearing a sports coat and
shirt, but no tie, Mr Obama
waved as he walked near the
Richard J Daley Centre in
Chicago. Timothy Evans, the
Cook County chief judge, told
commissioners weeks ago
that Mr Obama would serve
in November, but would not
say when.
On Tuesday, Secret Service
agents were at the courthouse
in anticipation of Mr Obama’s
appearance. The former
President was in line to be
paid the same $17.20 (£13) a
day which others receive for
reporting for jury duty – but he
was discharged from serving
soon after he arrived at the
courthouse . It is not the first
time the 56-year-old has been
summoned in recent years;
however, it would have been
the first time he was eligible to
receive the daily payment.
In 2010, he was also called to
serve in Cook County, where he
owns a home, but he declined
due to a busy schedule.
Mr Evans had said the court
service would be prepared
to make adjustments to
accommodate Mr Obama’s
security personnel if he had
been picked for jury service.
“His safety will be uppermost
in our minds,” he said.
THE INDEPENDENT
Lucy Pasha-Robinson
police, the Mossos D’Esquadra, took
charge of physically removing the
banner-waving protesters from the
roads to allow traffic through. Despite
THE INDEPENDENT
Typhoon
floods hit
Vietnam
People cross a flooded
street in Hoi An
yesterday, following
days of heavy rains
after Typhoon Damrey
hit Vietnam. The
downpours and floods
have wreaked havoc
along Vietnam’s southcentral coast and the
death toll stands at 69,
authorities said. GETTY
MYANMAR
Suu Kyi: UN warning may harm Bangladesh talks
Myanmar has warned that a scolding
delivered by the United Nations could
“seriously harm” its talks with Bangladesh over returning home more
than 600,000 people who fled to escape a Myanmar military crackdown.
On Monday, the UN Security
Council had urged Myanmar to
“ensure no further excessive use of
military force” and expressed “grave
concern over reports of human
rights violations and abuses in
Rakhine state”.
Responding, Myanmar’s de
facto leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi
said the issues facing Myanmar
and Bangladesh could only be
resolved bilaterally.
A senior Bangladesh foreign
ministry official said, however,
that the United Nations should be
involved in the process to resolve
the recurring problem of fleeing
Rohingya. REUTERS
ISRAEL
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UKRAINE
By Simon Cameron-Moore
IN YANGON
Postcard
From...
Pro-independence Catalans block one
of the roads into Barcelona AP
some minor scuffles, the atmosphere
seemed largely peaceful, with one
photo showing two demonstrators
playing chess on a folding table in the
middle of a motorway.
Trade union sources said that
education was the other sector
seriously affected by the general
strike, with all of Catalonia’s
universities and around half the
schools reported closed.
However, despite the road traffic
chaos, the overall level of support
was reported to be lower than the
previous pro-independence general
strike, held on 3 October, shortly after
a tumultuous banned referendum.
TV exec resigns
Macron joins in Call for weaponry
to fight rape claim Louvre opening to be pulled back
An Israeli media mogul has
resigned as president of the
Keshet Media group amid sexual
assault accusations.
Alex Gilady said he is
“temporarily stepping aside”
until he proves his innocence.
The accusations began last
week when Channel 10 TV
journalist Oshrat Kotler said he
made an “indecent” proposal 25
years ago. Mr Gilady denied the
rape accusations. AP
The French President Emmanuel
Macron has joined Arab leaders to
inaugurate the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
The new museum in the capital
of the United Arab Emirates was
unveiled yesterday. The museum
marks a major cultural achievement
for the UAE after a decade-long wait
and questions about the condition
labourers on the project faced.
Artwork at the new Louvre offers
a brief history of the world and its
major religions. AP
The Organisation for Security
and Co-operation in Europe has
called on both sides in eastern
Ukraine’s conflict to pull back
tanks and other heavy weapons
after five people were injured and
a nine-year-old child was killed
last weekend.
A ceasefire between Ukraine
and the region’s pro-Russian
separatists is regularly violated,
and violations have spiked in
recent weeks. REUTERS
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Why did the Iranians
throw a British
mother into prison?
Husband says Tehran wants to
make point to UK. By Oz Katerji
A banner for the
former Lebanese
prime minister,
Saad Hariri, still
hangs in Beirut
following his
resignation GETTY
Effect of Crown Prince’s purge
goes beyond Saudi Arabia
Heir wants to be kingmaker in the
troubled region. By Kim Sengupta
W
hat is going on in
Saudi Arabia’s
corridors of power?
The night of the
long knives was
followed by the sudden appearance
of Saad Hariri in the kingdom,
announcing that he was resigning
as Prime Minister of Lebanon.
Then came the news that
the Palestinian leader
Mahmoud Abbas had
been summoned to
Riyadh. The 32-year-old
Crown Prince of Saudi
Arabia (inset) is seeking to
exert control both at home
and abroad, in the process
ratcheting up tension in an already
volatile Middle East.
Mohammed Bin Salman al Saud
wants to consolidate authority in
Saudi Arabia in his hands and, at
the same time, be the kingmaker in
other lands.
Members of the royal family
have been instructed not to leave
the country. Dozens of rivals and
opponents have been arrested. So
the Crown Prince’s path to supreme
power and, with it, the ability to
bring about the reforms he wants, is
seemingly assured.
Then we have the curious case of
Mr Hariri. He made his resignation
speech not in his home country, but
in Riyadh, on Saudi TV. He accused
Iran and its Hezbollah Shia militia
allies of holding Lebanon hostage,
and destabilising the Arab region.
This is also the Saudi position.
Riyadh never liked the fact
that Hezbollah was a
member of Lebanon’s
ruling coalition. This
dislike has grown as the
militia sent thousands
of fighters for combat
alongside Tehran’s forces
to prop up Bashar al-Assad.
That Lebanese government
will now collapse. Mr Hariri,
say his critics, is now effectively a
hostage in Saudi Arabia.
Mr Abbas was the next to go
to Riyadh. The Saudis have been
trying to wean Hamas away from
their Iranian backers. Mr Abbas
recently took on Hamas by imposing
sanctions on Gaza. There has now
been a “reconciliation” between the
two sides.
Will this foreign policy foray work
for Prince Mohammed? Adding to
the drama in Saudi Arabia was a
missile attack launched from Yemen
into the kingdom by the Houthis.
Riyadh accused Iran, which backs
the Houthis, of being responsible
and called the attack “an act of war”.
The war in Yemen was the
brainchild of the Crown Prince. It
has been a disaster, with no sign of
a victory, with hospitals and schools
bombed and a cholera epidemic
breaking out.
All in all, events point to an
extraordinarily high-risk strategy,
and one even the seemingly uberconfident young Prince would
not have embarked on without a
powerful outside sponsor.
He appears to have found one.
Donald Trump expressed support
for the purge in a phone call to
King Salman. The US President’s
son-in-law, Jared Kushner, visited
Riyadh a few days ago. But this
support is likely to have come at a
price. Mr Trump has tweeted that
he wants the $2trn float of Saudi
oil firm Aramco to take place in
New York. The President raised the
matter in the call to the Saudi king.
The UK would be the loser in
the byproduct of this. London was
hoping to get the flotation, bringing
with it a massive post-Brexit boost.
The journeys of supplication by
Theresa May may have been in
vain. It remains to be seen whether
Prince Mohammed’s meteoric rise
continues or whether he crashes and
burns. THE INDEPENDENT
F
oreign Secretary Boris
Johnson has faced
mounting pressure to
resign over comments
he made on the
imprisonment of British citizen
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe by the
Iranian government.
But who is Nazanin ZaghariRatcliffe and why has she been
jailed? Before her arrest Ms
Zaghari-Ratcliffe (inset) was
employed as a project manager by
the Thomson Reuters Foundation,
the London-based charitable
arm of the Canadian
news agency, and had
previously worked
for the BBC media
development charity
BBC Media Action.
Ms ZaghariRatcliffe moved to
the UK from Tehran
in 2007, marrying her
husband, Richard Ratcliffe,
in 2009 after which she gained
dual British-Iranian nationality.
The 39-year-old was in Iran on
a two-week holiday visiting her
family when she was arrested while
boarding a flight at Tehran airport
on 3 April 2016.
Accused by Iranian authorities
of trying to topple the regime,
she was sentenced to five years’
imprisonment to be served in
Evin prison.
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s family
strongly deny all charges against
her and, despite maintaining her
innocence, she lost her final appeal
to have her conviction overturned
at the Iranian Supreme Court
in April.
While addressing a
parliamentary committee last
week Mr Johnson claimed that
she had been detained by Iran
for “simply teaching people
journalism”. The comments were
condemned by her family and her
employers, who insisted: “Nazanin
has never trained journalists at the
Thompson Reuters Foundation.”
Mr Johnson was forced to
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backtrack on his comments in a
phone conversation with Iranian
foreign minister Javad Zarif.
Mr Johnson’s comments were
immediately seized upon by the
Iranian government and were
used as justification for her
imprisonment. Shortly after the
Foreign Secretary’s gaffe, Ms
Zaghari-Ratcliffe was brought
before an Iranian judge for a
second time under charges of
“spreading propaganda against the
regime”, with her family claiming
that the Iranian authorities
were threatening her
with a significantly
increased sentence.
“Today was one of
the worst days of the
past 20 months. I felt I
have no power against
all their nonsense
games. Where is the
justice in the world?”
she said soon after in a
statement released by her
family. “I just kept thinking – how
can they do this, and I can’t defend
myself? They didn’t allow me to
speak last time. They didn’t allow
me to speak today.”
Theories and rumours continue
to circulate on why, even but its
cruel standards, the regime in
Tehran is treating the Ms ZaghariRatcliffe so vindictively.
Mr Ratcliffe said: “Nazanin is
not being held for anything she
has personally done. It is deeply
misleading by both governments
to suggest or even half imply
otherwise. It is that Iran wants
something from the UK, and
Nazanin is being used as a pawn
by the IRGC [Iran’s Revolutionary
Guards] to make that point.”
And, underlining the appalling
blunder made by Mr Johnson, he
said: “It is of course no coincidence
that Nazanin was taken to trial the
first working day after the Foreign
Secretary condemned Iran.
“Nazanin is being punished
to make a point to the
British government.”
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who caught
Peake
attention
The actress-turned-playwright
tackles the turbulent tale of the
Hull woman who fought for
safety at sea. By Sarah Freeman
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W
hile Maxine Peake
is best known for
her acting roles,
having played
Myra Hindley and
Hamlet, and starred in the likes of
Dinnerladies, Shameless and Silk,
her new play The Testament of
Lillian Bilocca is not her first foray
into playwriting. In 2014 Beryl, her
take on the life of Leeds cycling
legend Beryl Burton, premiered
at the West Yorkshire Playhouse
and before that Queens of the Coal
Age, a radio dramatisation of four
women who attempted to save pits
from closure by occupying a mine,
gained critical acclaim.
Some playwrights do the bulk
of their research in a library,
hunched over a computer. Not
Peake (below). For her latest
project she instead found
enlightenment in the back of a
succession of Hull taxis.
The Last Testament of Lillian
Bilocca is inspired by the story of
the Hull fishwife, who along with
Christine Jensen, Mary Denness
and Yvonne Blenkinsop, stepped
out of quiet 1960s domesticity to
campaign for better safety at sea.
Known as the Headscarf
Revolutionaries, the quartet
were moved to enter the political
arena following the sinking of
three Hull trawlers, found not
to be fit for purpose, which left
just one survivor among the
58 crewmen.
“These women
mobilised a campaign,
they picketed the
docks and they went
to parliament to get
the ear of ministers,”
says Peake. “You read
what they did and
think, ‘Surely these
women should be
local heroes’,
but I quickly
discovered a
darker side. I
spent a lot of
time in Hull
researching
the story and
whenever I
hopped in a
taxi I would
ask, ‘Have
you heard
of Lillian
Bilocca?’
Often they
had, but the reaction wasn’t what I
expected. I was really taken
aback by how much hate and
anger there was still surrounding
what happened.”
While the campaign was
successful – 24 hours after the
women’s visit to the House of
Commons new health and safety
regulations were introduced –
the victory almost immediately
became tainted.
Unhappy at being dictated to
by a woman, some of the trawler
companies claimed the cost of
improvements was prohibitive and
as a result the four, and Lillian in
particular, became scapegoats for
an industry already in decline.
“It was the Cod Wars which
really did for Hull’s fishing
industry, but that was a threat
without a face,” says Peake.
“Lillian, on the other hand, had
become particularly recognisable.
There was a definite feeling that
not only had she got above her
station, but she had brought the
fishing community into disrepute.
“Hessle Road, where most of the
fishing families lived, was a town
within a city. It had its own rules
and it didn’t want to be scrutinised
by outsiders.”
In recent years, much has been
done to restore the reputation of
Lillian. Last year, a huge mural
was unveiled in the streets which
she called home, but outside
of the city she remains
largely unknown.
“I only found out about
her story a couple of
years ago when I came
across Brian Lavery’s
book The Headscarf
Revolutionaries,” says
Peake. “I was intrigued
by the title and the more
I read, the more I
thought ‘Why
don’t I know
about this?’
I originally
pitched it as
an idea for
the Royal
Exchange
Theatre in
Manchester
where I am
an associate
artist and it
was they who
encouraged
me to pitch
NATURE
Blessed be the wild animals
An encounter with a real-life Bagheera inspired a life of
conservation, the actor and explorer tells Chris Bond
F
or as long as he can
remember, Brian Blessed
has been fascinated
with animals. But while
you or I might settle
for providing a home for cats
and dogs, the irrepressible actor
and adventurer has rescued
everything from horses to a
particularly ungrateful fighting
cock. Over the years, he’s provided
sanctuary for an array of exotic
creatures including an ageing boa
constrictor called Bo Bo and a lion.
Blessed recounts these wildlife
encounters in his new book, The
Panther in My Kitchen.
The story concerning the
panther in question dates back
to when Blessed was living in
Richmond, North Yorkshire. “I was
a plasterer in my youth and I was
restoring an old house,” he says.
“The minister for agriculture and
fisheries at the time knew about
my love of animals and told me
they were running a programme
to send wild animals back to their
country of origin and, because I
had a big garden, he said we could
set up a quarantine there for the
animals which could stay for a few
days before being sent back home.
“One day a famous circus man I
became friendly with called Nyoka
came to see me and said, ‘I want to
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it as part of the Hull UK City of
Culture programme. “I called it
The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca
because I wanted to give her back
her voice. After the campaign,
she was shunned. She was even
turned down for a job in a seamen’s
mission and ended up working as a
cloakroom attendant.
“These four women didn’t know
each other before 1968. They came
together for a couple of weeks to
do what they thought was right,
but it came to overshadow the
rest of Lillian’s life, which ended
prematurely in 1988 aged just 59.”
She adds: “Working on the
trawlers was a hard life. The
industry operated on what today
we would call zero-hours contracts.
If you upset the skipper you
wouldn’t work, so even when the
men wanted to complain they often
didn’t. It was a real master and
servant relationship. But it was just
as hard for the women. The men
went to sea for three weeks and
It was the Cod Wars which
really did for Hull’s fishing
industry, but that was a
threat without a face
would return for just three days.
And of course, some didn’t come
back and with no body to mourn or
say goodbye to, I do wonder how
they managed that grief.”
When we speak, Peake is in the
middle of previews and she says
the early response to the play has
been incredibly moving.
“After one performance I was
stopped by a woman who said, ‘How
did you know that’s how we felt?’.
I am an outsider. Before I started
working on the play, I hadn’t been
to Hull. However, I am from Salford
so I know only too well about living
somewhere people automatically
have a negative opinion of. I do feel
an affinity with Hull.
“I want to tell the story of
ordinary women who have lived
extraordinary lives. It’s important
because those roles of strong,
opinionated women have largely
been airbrushed from theatre and
film and I think it’s time we brought
them back.”
‘The Last Testament of Lillian
Bilocca’, Hull Guildhall, to
November 18. For returns go to
hull2017.co.uk
introduce you to a friend of mine’
and I turned round and he’d put
this great big female black panther
called Kali on the kitchen table. My
dad was there at the time and he
nearly had a heart attack.
“I said ‘this is great, Dad’
because he’d once taken
me to see The Jungle
Book, the Alexander
Korda film. The
great star is
Bagheera and here
was Bagheera on my
kitchen table. It was
a huge black panther,
but quite tame, and I
rubbed it with a great
big brush and that was the
panther in my kitchen.”
Blessed (inset) was born in
Mexborough, South Yorkshire,
and it was here where his lifelong
passion for animals began. “The
Sheffield area was my stomping
ground but as children we didn’t
know anything about wild animals.
Then there was an amazing shock
in Bolton upon Dearne when
the circus came to town,
which was unheard of
in the war years. My
parents took me
along and I couldn’t
believe it because
there in front of us
were dozens of lions
in the flesh. It was
utterly bewitching
and it gave me a great
incentive to want to see
them in the wild.”
It’s a passion he’s shared with
his wife, Hildegarde, and together
they have helped as many as 3,000
animals from their home in Surrey.
“They’re mostly domestic
animals and we rescue cats and
dogs and goats and donkeys,” he
says. “There’s been times when you
couldn’t even find space to sit in the
living room.”
Blessed is a vociferous animal
conservationist and has supported
a number of charities including
World Animal Protection and the
Born Free Foundation, travelling to
far-flung places in the process.
“I’m 50 per cent explorer, 50 per
cent actor, and this has taken me
to Everest, to Aconcagua in South
America and all over Asia, and even
the Arctic where I chased a polar
bear away. My relationship with
animals is astronomical.”
The Panther In My Kitchen – My Wild
Life With Animals (published by
Sidgwick & Jackson, £20) is out now
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SOUTH KOREA
Threat from north
casts pall over
Winter Olympics
Ticket sales are low, but locals claim fears
are exaggerated. By Adam Taylor
W
ith fewer than
100 days until
South Korea’s
PyeongChang
Winter Olympics
are due to start, builders are in the
final sprint and this once-sleepy
village is buzzing with activity.
The Olympic stadium is nearing
completion. Roads are being
widened to deal with the expected
surge in visitors, while landscapers
plant flowers and trees along the
pavement.
There’s excitement in the air –
but also worrying signs that the
PyeongChang games are running
into trouble. Ticket sales have been
low – 35 per cent of what was hoped
for at this point. And a large amount
of work still needs to be done.
These concerns aren’t necessarily
unusual for an Olympic host. But
the PyeongChang games also have
a more unusual issue: a nuclearweapons minded North Korea
that sits around 50 miles from the
Olympic venues.
When South Korea won the
contest to host the 2018 Winter
Olympics seven years ago, the North
Korea factor looked like little more
than an inconvenience. There was
even serious talk of South Korea
co-hosting the event with North
Korea as a sign of goodwill.
Now, with just weeks to go
until the event, North Korea
could be a major problem. It has
made significant progress with
weapons programmes recently,
testing missiles and conducting
an underground nuclear bomb
test in September despite
international condemnation.
In September, the French sports
minister suggested that the country
would keep its team at home if their
safety could not be assured.
Last week, a British official told
the BBC that the country had an
evacuation plan for the games and
that “welfare” officers would be
travelling with the athletes.
The North Korea issue comes
amid other big problems unique
to the PyeongChang games,
including the political scandal that
led to the impeachment of South
Korea’s President this year and a
diplomatic spat with China over the
deployment of a US-made missile
defence system. It’s a worrying
combination for organisers. The
South Korean President Moon
Jae-in has tried to calm nerves,
telling reporters that “a successful
hosting of the PyeongChang games
People outside Korea are
concerned about the North
Korean threat, but there have
been threats for decades
Lighting the way: South Korean figure
skater You Young carrying the torch
would erase worries over security.”
But the situation is complex: to be
reassuring, organisers often have
to remind people of the very threat
they want them to forget.
Choi Moon-soon, governor of
Gangwon province, which contains
PyeongChang, has told local
media that the worries could lead
to the games becoming a “global
humiliation” for South Korea.
Some suggest that the risk
of conflict with North Korea is
exaggerated. “People outside Korea
are concerned about the North
Korean threat, but there have been
threats for many decades,” says
Lee Kean-hee, 34, who runs a shop
opposite the Olympic stadium.
“Koreans living here are not so
concerned, so you don’t need to be.”
Experts think that any attack at
the games themselves is unlikely. “I
think the Olympics will be safe,” says
Robert Kelly, an expert on North
Korean security issues at Pusan
National University.
Notably, two North Korean
athletes – the figure skaters Ryom
Tae-Ok and Kim Ju-Sik – have
qualified for the games, and many
hope they will serve as an insurance
policy against any provocations. Sim
Jae-kook, mayor of PyeongChang
county, said that although it is
unclear whether North Korea
will participate in the games, it
has said it will send a team to the
PyeongChang Paralympics.
Choi Kang, vice president of the
Asan Institute for Policy Studies,
says that he does not expect any
provocative actions during the
games but that North Korea may
stage a missile test in the coming
months. “I’m not surprised the
ticket sales are low,” Kelly says.
“North Korea generates a lot of
unnecessary hysteria in the West.”
THE WASHINGTON POST
Television Thursday 9 November
CRITIC’S
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GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
The Murder Of Becky
Watts: Police Tapes
9pm, ITV
When 16-year-old Becky Watts went
missing from her home in Bristol in
February 2015, it sparked a major
police investigation to find the
teenager. But only two people knew
where she was: her stepbrother,
Nathan Matthews, and his girlfriend,
Shauna Hoare. In this latest entry in
ITV’s growing canon of real-life
crime documentaries, Susanna Reid
(left) gains unprecedented access to
extraordinary police interview room
footage to reveal the strategy
involved in catching Becky’s killers.
There is also first-person testimony
from the officers involved, while
Reid talks to Becky’s family about
the impact of this appalling crime.
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International Football
7pm, Sky Sports Main Event
While England and Scotland play
friendlies (Gareth Southgate’s
Russia-bound men tomorrow
against Germany, while tonight the
non-qualified Scotland face the
Netherlands), Northern Ireland begin
a vital double-header against
Switzerland to see whether they can
qualify for their first World Cup
since 1986. While the Swiss are the
highest-ranked team left in the
play-offs, Michael O’Neill’s side will
be happy to have avoided Italy.
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Sam Smith At The BBC
8pm, BBC1
Following last week’s Harry Styles
showcase, another extended free
BBC advertisement for a pop star’s
new album – this one being The
Thrill Of It All by the falsetto-voiced
Sam Smith (backed by the BBC
Concert Orchestra). Between
numbers, Fearne Cotton lobs the
friendly questions.
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The Week The Landlords
Moved In
9pm, BBC1
Inequality is a growing theme for
documentaries (see Rich House,
Poor House on Channel 5 at 9pm
for another example). The delayed
final episode of this revealing
life-swap series about the winners
and losers in the private rental
market meets two more decentseeming if blithely unaware
landlords and their tenants.
6.00 The Hairy Builder
(R) (S). 6.30 Women At
War: 100 Years Of Service
(R) (S). 7.15 Getting The
Builders In (R) (S). 8.00
Sign Zone: Council House
Crackdown (R) (S). 9.00
Victoria Derbyshire (S).
11.00 BBC Newsroom
Live (S). 12.00 FILM: The
Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
(Norman Z McLeod 1947)
Comedy, starring Danny
Kaye (S). 1.45 Permission
Impossible: Britain’s
Planners (R) (S). 2.45
Family Finders (S). 3.15
Operation Stonehenge:
What Lies Beneath (R) (S).
4.15 Hebrides: Islands On
The Edge (R) (S). 5.15 Put
Your Money Where Your
Mouth Is (R) (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 Dickinson’s Real
Deal (R) (S). 3.00 Tenable
(S). 3.59 ITV Regional
Weather (S). 4.00 Tipping
Point (S). 5.00 The Chase
(S).
6.20 The King Of Queens
(R). 7.10 The King Of
Queens (R). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R).
8.05 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 8.35
Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 9.05
Frasier (R) (S). 9.35 Frasier
(R) (S). 10.05 Ramsay’s
Hotel Hell (R) (S). 11.00
Undercover Boss USA (R)
(S). 12.00 Channel 4 News
Summary (S). 12.05 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 1.05
My Kitchen Rules (S). 2.10
Countdown (S). 3.00 A
Place In The Sun: Summer
Sun (R) (S). 4.00 Coast Vs
Country (S). 5.00 Four In
A Bed (S). 5.30 Steph And
Dom’s One Star To Five
Star (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 The
Wright Stuff 11.15 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors
(R) (S). 12.10 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.15 The
Hotel Inspector Returns
(R) (S). 1.10 Access (S). 1.15
Home And Away (S). 1.45
Neighbours (S). 2.20
NCIS (R) (S). 3.20 FILM:
The Wish List (Kevin
Connor 2010) Romantic
comedy, with Jennifer
Esposito and David
Sutcliffe (S). 5.00 5
News At 5 (S). 5.30
Neighbours (R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads Quiz
show, hosted by
Jeremy Vine (S).
6.30 Strictly Come
Dancing – It
Takes Two (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
The family
recalls stories
about disasters
at sea (R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
6.00 Home And Away
Ben and Maggie
rush Coco to
hospital (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 Meet The Lords
Alf Dubs tries to
push through an
amendment to
the Immigration
Bill (R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Harassment:
Uncovering The
Truth? Tonight
(S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
(S).
7.30 EastEnders
Michelle invites
Tom round for
dinner (S).
8pm
8.00 Sam Smith At
The BBC The
singer performs
and chats to
Fearne Cotton
(S).
8.00 MasterChef: The
Professionals
The first six
quarter-finalists
create their own
unique dish
using spices (S).
8.00 Emmerdale
Bernice makes
a shocking
discovery (S).
8.30 Paul O’Grady:
For The Love Of
Dogs (S).
9.00 The Week The
Landlords
Moved In
Landlords
spends a week
living in their
own rentals (S).
9.00 Exodus: Our
Journey
Continues (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 Question Time
(S).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Women At War: 100
Years Of Service (S).
10.00 Homes Under
The Hammer (S). 11.00
Getting The Builders In
(S). 11.45 Fugitives (S).
12.15 Bargain Hunt (R) (S).
1.00 BBC News At One;
Weather (S). 1.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
(S). 1.45 Doctors (S). 2.15
Impossible (S). 3.00 Escape
To The Country (R) (S). 3.45
Money For Nothing (R) (S).
4.30 Flog It! (R) (S). 5.15
Pointless (R) (S).
6pm
9pm
10pm
11pm
Late
===
Exodus: Our Journey
Continues
9pm, BBC2
More stories of migrants and
refugees who came to Europe in
2015 include Israa and her family,
first featured in the documentary
Exodus: Our Journey To Europe. They
risked their lives escaping Syria and
are now living in a flat in Germany.
Less fortunate are Latif and the
heavily pregnant Nazifa, still stuck in
Greece by Europe’s hardening
borders, with the Hungarian frontier
patrolled by armed guards and dogs.
===
Trump: An American Dream
9pm, Channel 4
A new series charting Donald
Trump’s extraordinary journey as
‘Exodus’ revisits some
refugees such as Nazifa
9pm, BBC2
6.00 The Cube: Celebrity
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
Coronation Street (R) (S).
9.00 Coronation Street
(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 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 1.20
Coronation Street (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).
6.00 Dress To
Impress Three
singletons
try to win the
affections of
footballer Roger
(R) (S).
Sam Smith sings some
of his songs and chats
to Fearne Cotton in a
special BBC showcase
8pm, BBC1
Donald Trump’s rise in
‘An American Dream’
9pm, Channel 4
7.00 All New Traffic
Cops An insight
into the working
life of officers
patrolling
Britain’s roads
(R) (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days News and
analysis from
Washington DC
and London (S).
7.30 Top Of The Pops:
1984 (R) (S).
7.00 FILM: X-Men
(Bryan Singer
2000) Sci-fi
comic-book
adventure,
starring Hugh
Jackman (S).
8.00 Ugly House To
Lovely House
With George
Clarke (S).
8.00 BargainLoving Brits
In Blackpool
Blondie tribute
artist Fiona
tries to make
her name (S).
8.00 Empire Of The
Tsars: Romanov
Russia With
Lucy Worsley
The downfall
of the Russian
dynasty (R) (S).
9.00 The Murder Of
Becky Watts:
Police Tapes (S).
9.00 Trump: An
American
Dream How
Donald Trump’s
rise reflects the
story of modern
America (S).
9.00 Rich House,
Poor House
Families from
Wolverhampton
swap homes
and budgets for
a week (S).
9.00 Russia’s Lost
Princesses Part
one of two. The
lives of the four
daughters of
the last Tsar,
Nicholas II (R).
10.00MOTD: The
Premier League
Show Magazine
programme (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News (S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.40 Undercover:
Inside Britain’s
New Far Right
(S).
10.00Angry, White
And American
(S).
10.00Bad Habits, Holy
Orders The
girls are sent
home to put the
lessons they
have learned to
work (S).
10.00Russia’s Lost
Princesses The
final four years
in the lives of
Tsar Nicholas
II’s daughters (R)
(S).
11.45 Life And Death
Row A look
at capital
punishment
through the
eyes of young
people (R) (S).
11.15 Trust Me, I’m A
Doctor: Mental
Health Special
(R) (S).
11.45 The 18-30
Stone Holiday
Cameras
follow eight
overweight
British tourists
(R) (S).
11.05 999: What’s
Your
Emergency?
Incidents
related to the
large military
population (R).
11.05 Borderline
The annual
inspection
looms (S).
11.35 Borderline Last
in the series (S).
11.00 Russia 1917:
Countdown To
Revolution (R)
(S).
11.40 FILM: Odd
Thomas
(Stephen
Sommers 2013)
Thriller, starring
Anton Yelchin
(S).
11.20 Family Guy (R)
(S).
11.45 American
Dad! Stan is
kidnapped
during a CIA
mission (R) (S).
12.50 BBC News (S).
12.15 Peaky Blinders
(R) (S). 1.15 Sign Zone:
Panorama (R) (S). 1.45
Sign Zone: The Human
Body: Secrets Of Your Life
Revealed (R) (S). 2.45 Sign
Zone: This Farming Life (R)
(S). 3.45 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.35 Jackpot247 3.00
Harassment: Uncovering
The Truth? Tonight (R) (S).
3.25 ITV Nightscreen 5.05
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
12.05 Random Acts (S).
12.35 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R). 1.30
Grand Designs: House Of The
Year (R). 2.25 The Fight For
Mosul (R). 3.20 Unreported
World (R) (S). 3.45 Trouble
On The Trains (R) (S).
12.00 SuperCasino (S).
3.10 Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit (R) (S). 4.00
Get Your Tatts Out: Kavos
Ink (S). 4.45 House Doctor
(R) (S). 5.10 House Busters
(R) (S). 5.35 Wildlife SOS
(R) (S).
12.00 Top Of The Pops: 1984
(R) (S). 12.40 Empire Of The
Seas: How The Navy Forged
The Modern World (R) (S).
1.40 British Art At War:
Bomberg, Sickert And Nash
(R). 2.40 Beautiful Thing: A
Passion For Porcelain (R) (S).
1.35 FILM: 52 Tuesdays
(Sophie Hyde 2013) Drama,
starring Tilda CobhamHervey and Del HerbertJane (S). 3.55 Close
12.15 American Dad! (R)
(S). 12.40 The Keith Lemon
Sketch Show (R) (S). 1.10
Celebrity Showmance (R)
(S). 2.10 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 2.25 Teleshopping
5.55 ITV2 Nightscreen
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed!
Gold Top 100
Shockers
Including a dog
on a slide (R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Alan’s
girlfriend
Melissa moves
in (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: X-Men
2 (Bryan
Singer 2003)
Superhero
adventure,
starring Hugh
Jackman (S).
9.00 Family Guy (R)
(S).
9.30 Family Guy (R)
(S).
10.00Celebrity Juice
(S).
10.50 Family Guy (R)
(S).
NEWS
2-27
businessman, developer, media star
and politician before reaching the
White House. The series also
considers how the President’s rise
reflects modern America.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Angry, White And American
10pm, Channel 4
In a sort of double-bill with Trump:
An American Dream, journalist Gary
Younge travels across the US to
explore the issue of race, talking to
white Americans to find out why
many are in angry retreat. He drives
from Maine to Mississippi and
explores why Trump’s appeal to
white people helped him secure
victory in the former Democrat
heartlands, and has an explosively
revealing exchange with “alt right”
leader Richard Spencer.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
FILM OF THE DAY
===
11.35pm, TCM
(Darren Aronofsky, 2008)
Mickey Rourke (left) gives a careerbest performance as an ageing and
battered pro-wrestler, sporting a
peroxide mullet and a hearing aid, still
going through the same old violent
pantomime in New Jersey’s fleapit
theatres and school gymnasiums.
He is a likeable lunk without any
bitterness or pretensions, and has
an easy charm that may remind
you of another blue-collar sporting
underdog, Rocky Balboa. But in most
ways The Wrestler is the anti-Rocky:
a realist drama about a man blowing
what few chances life gives him. What
makes it so touching and true is that it
makes us understand how wrestling
continues to seem like his only choice.
10pm, Sky Cinema Select
(Sam Mendes, 2005)
Based on the memoir of Anthony
Swofford, a 20-year-old US Marine
sniper during the Gulf War, Jarhead is
the war movie as Beckettian theatre
of the absurd. Jake Gyllenhaal stars.
The Wrestler
Jarhead
===
Severance
10.45pm, Horror Channel
(Christopher Smith, 2006)
A standard lost-in-the-woods slasher
film scenario is given a satisfying
twist: the British victims out on a
team-building weekend are from the
sales division of an arms firm; the
killers are eastern European former
soldiers, turning the victims’ own
weapons against them.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
6.55 Heartbeat (R) (S). 7.55
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).
12.35 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 Heartbeat A
new bobby
arrives (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
enters the
boxing world (R)
(S).
8.00 Foyle’s
War Foyle
stumbles on an
international
cover-up (R) (S).
10.05 Lewis A college
dean is found
bludgeoned to
death (R) (S).
12.00 Inspector Morse (R)
(S). 2.05 ITV3 Nightscreen
2.30 Teleshopping
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). 2.50 Come Dine With
Me (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 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet A
young cockapoo
is hit by a
lawnmower (R)
(S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Milo
panics that his
plan has got out
of hand (S).
7.30 Streetmate (R)
(S).
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 NCIS: Los
Angeles (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 The British (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).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
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 Seani B 1am Toddla T
3.00 Toddla T
6.00 Futurama
The gang
accidentally
freezes Santa
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R).
6.00 House The
team treats an
elderly woman
suffering from
a mysterious
disease (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Bart creates a
range of novelty
T-shirts (R).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A chef meets a
grisly end (R) (S).
8.00 Arrow Black
Siren launches
another attack
on Star City (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Robert Lewis
obtains new
evidence
against Danny
(R) (S).
9.00 2 Broke Girls (S).
9.30 GameFace
A hungover
Marcella goes
on a date with
Jon. Last in the
series (S).
9.00 The Three Day
Nanny Last in
the series (S).
9.00 Living The
Dream Tina
and Freddie
struggle to get
to grips with life
in high school
(S).
9.00 Tin Star Jack
sets out to take
his revenge.
Last in the
series.
10.00The
Inbetweeners
(R) (S).
10.35 The
Inbetweeners
(R) (S).
10.0024 Hours
In A&E A
headteacher
arrives having
been involved
in a collision
with a bus (R).
10.00The Russell
Howard
Hour Topical
comedy and
entertainment
show (S).
10.00Vice Principals
A plot to
sabotage a
standardised
test jeopardises
Russell’s job (S).
10.35 Room 104 (S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 The Handmaid’s
Tale Offred
discovers
several shocking
secrets (R) (S).
11.00 The Simpsons
(R).
11.30 The Simpsons
Homer
discovers
a talent for
styling hair (R).
11.10 Last Week
Tonight With
John Oliver (R)
(S).
12.00 A League Of Their
Own (R) (S). 1.00 The Force:
North East (R) (S). 2.00
Ross Kemp In Search Of
Pirates (R) (S). 3.00 Brit
Cops: War On Crime (R) (S).
4.00 Stop, Search, Seize
(R) (S).
12.00 Curb Your
Enthusiasm (R) (S).12.40
Dice (R) (S). 1.10 Tin Star
(R). 2.10 The Wire (R) (S).
3.15 Californication (R).
3.45 Californication (R).
4.20 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.10 The West Wing (R) (S).
12.00 Rude Tube (R) (S).
1.00 The Inbetweeners
(R) (S). 2.10 GameFace (R)
(S). 2.35 2 Broke Girls (R)
(S). 3.00 First Dates (R)
(S). 3.55 Black-ish (R) (S).
4.20 Black-ish (R) (S). 4.45
Charmed (R) (S).
6.30am 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 BBC Radio 1’s Residency
– Kolsch 12mdn’t BBC Radio 1’s
Residency – Helena Hauff 1.00
Toddla T 3.00 Radio 1’s Artist
Takeover With 4.00 Adele
Roberts
BBC Radio 2
7.55 Grand Designs
A couple build
a unique family
house in the
rural hills of
Pembrokeshire
(R) (S).
12.15 8 Out Of 10 Cats
Does Countdown (R) (S).
1.20 24 Hours In A&E (R)
(S). 2.20 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
3.20 8 Out Of 10 Cats
Uncut (R) (S). 3.55 Close
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48-55
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Ore Oduba 5.00 Simon
Mayo 7.00 Bob Harris Country
8.00 Radio 2 In Concert 10.00
The Radio 2 Arts Show With
Jonathan Ross 12mdn’t The
Craig Charles House Party 2.00
Radio 2’s Tracks Of My Years
Playlist 3.00 Radio 2 Playlist:
Have A Great Weekend 4.00
Radio 2 Playlist: Feelgood
Friday 5.00 Nicki Chapman
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. Classical
breakfast show. 9.00 Essential
Classics. Broadcaster Bridget
Kendall talks about her
cultural inspirations. 12noon
Composer Of The Week:
Soviet Russia (1917-1953).
Donald Macleod talks about
Shostakovich and Kabalevsky.
1.00 News 1.02 Radio 3
Lunchtime Concert. Pianist
Anna Vinnitskaya performs
Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich
and Prokofiev. 2.00 Afternoon
Concert. Rimsky-Korsakov’s
opera The Golden Cockerel.
5.00 In Tune. With baritone
Florian Boesch and string
quartet Meta4. 7.00 In Tune
Mixtape. An imaginative,
eclectic mix of music. 7.30
Radio 3 In Concert. The Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra
perform Tchaikovsky and
Rimsky-Korsakov live at Hull
City Hall. 10.00 Free Thinking.
Author Boris Akunin and
writer Zinovy Zinik discuss
Russian art and exile. 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 In Our Time
9.45 Living With The Gods
10.00 Woman’s Hour 11.00
From Our Own Correspondent
11.30 A Portrait Of 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: Blue
Glory 3.00 Open Country 3.27
Radio 4 Appeal 3.30 Bookclub
4.00 The Film Programme 4.30
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ONDEMAND
Acquitted
All4 Walter Presents
Season two of the Norwegian
drama about a murder suspect
who returns to his home town.
The Frankenstein
Chronicles
ITV Hub
Sean Bean’s Victorian horror,
now two eps into a fresh run.
The Sinner
Netflix
Cop Bill Pullman investigates
why a woman (Jessica Biel)
murders a stranger.
BBC Inside Science 5.00 PM
5.57 Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock
News 6.31 Alexei Sayle’s
Imaginary Sandwich Bar. New
series. The comedian considers
Britain’s place in the world.
7.00 The Archers. Elizabeth
is put on the spot. 7.15 Front
Row. Arts programme. 7.45
Living With The Gods. The role
of pilgrimage in Christianity,
Buddhism and Islam. 8.00 Law
In Action. Proposals for new
acid and corrosive offences.
8.30 The Bottom Line 9.00 BBC
Inside Science. Presented by
Adam Rutherford. 9.30 In Our
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Frozen in time
Journeying deep beneath Antarctic waters with
the ‘Blue Planet II’ team offered fascinating
glimpses of how marine life would have looked
millions of years ago, writes JonCopley
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t has always been our
ambition to get inside
that white space, and
now we are there the
space can no longer be
blank,” wrote the polar explorer
Captain Scott, on crossing the
80th parallel of the Antarctic
continent for the first time in 1902.
Fast-forward more than a century
– and the deep ocean floor around
Antarctica still offers a “white
space”, beyond the reach of scuba
divers, only partially mapped
by sonar from ships and seldom
surveyed by robotic vehicles.
So I jumped at the chance to
join the BBC on an expedition to
the Antarctic Peninsula for Blue
Planet II, as a scientific guide.
Thanks to the crew of the research
ship Alucia, we dived in minisubmarines to 1km deep in the
Antarctic for the first time. And
while we didn’t face anything like
the physical hardships endured by
early polar explorers on land, those
dives did give us the opportunity
for some unique science.
Because Antarctica is pushed
down by the weight of its ice
sheets, the submerged continental
shelf around it is deeper than
usual, around 500m-600m deep
at its edge rather than 100m-200m
deep. It’s also cut by even deeper
channels close inshore, some
plunging more than 1km, scoured
out by larger ice sheets in the past.
So although the continent itself
is remote, we can reach the deep
ocean close inshore here – handy
for us diving in mini-submarines,
despite the need to dodge icebergs.
There’s a gateway to the deep
for marine life here, too. Some
deep-sea animals come into much
shallower depths than usual
around Antarctica, because the
temperature near the surface is
similar to the cold temperatures
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elsewhere in the deep ocean.
And in the past, shallow-living
ancestors of some deep-sea
animals spread out across the
deep oceans from the Antarctic,
via this cold gateway between the
shallows and the deep.
One of my favourite animals
that we saw was the octopus
Graneledone antarctica, whose
ancestor ventured down from
the shallows 15 million years ago,
when the water temperature at
the surface cooled to the same
chilly temperature as the deep.
Her descendants then spread
out across the abyss like wagontrain pioneers, giving rise to
several different species of deepsea octopus found around the
world today. Some stayed behind,
becoming the species that we saw.
Boulders that
fall from icebergs
provide ‘islands’
of rocky habitat
The ocean around Antarctica is
also the lungs of the deep. Much
of the life-giving oxygen in deep
waters across the world begins
its journey from the atmosphere
here. As seawater freezes around
the white continent in winter, it
leaves behind very cold and salty
water that sinks and flows into
the depths of the Atlantic, Indian
and Pacific Oceans – even the
deepest water in the ocean, at the
bottom of the Marianas Trench
14,000km away, came from here.
As this deep water flows out from
the Antarctic, it carries oxygen,
dissolved from the atmosphere
at the surface. So the Antarctic
is where the world’s deep oceans
breathe in – and its waters are
Parents are
repeatedly told to
watch what they are
feeding their children,
but they must also
keep a keen eye on
how much of it they
are serving.
Being obese or
overweight begins at
home. Child portion
control has become
so much of a problem
that the World Health
Organisation (WHO)
has declared that
limiting food portions
is critical to childhood
weight management.
Few studies have
been done into
parents’ portion
among the most oxygen-rich on
our planet.
Another of my favourite animals
from our dives takes advantage of
those oxygen-rich waters: giant
sea spiders, with legspans up to
40cm across. Sea spiders lack a
respiratory system, which usually
limits their size, but can grow
much larger in the oxygen-rich
conditions here.
Diving in the Antarctic is also a
journey back in time, to glimpse
what ancient ocean ecosystems
were once like. Fish dominate
as predators in most marine
ecosystems today, but few fish
species can cope with the minus
1.5°C conditions where we were
diving. The “ice dragonfish”,
Cryodraco antarcticus, is an
exception, and another of my
favourite animals – with antifreeze
proteins that stop its blood from
icing up. Its blood is also clear,
without the oxygen-carrying
haemoglobin that gives ours its
red colour – in the cold waters,
enough oxygen dissolves directly
in the fluid of the fish’s blood to
keep it alive.
But there are few fish with
adaptations like the ice dragon,
so invertebrates have diversified
to dominate as predators in the
deep ocean here, just as they
did throughout the oceans more
than 350 million years ago. A
final favourite from our dives
epitomises that: the Antarctic
sunstar Labidiaster annulatus,
which is a relative of the familiar
five-armed starfish. Nicknamed
“the Death Star” by those who
watched its behaviour, it has up
to 50 arms and grows larger than
a dinner plate. It uses those arms
like fishing rods, holding them
up off the seabed to snag passing
krill, thanks to tiny pincers on its
skin that snap shut when anything
behaviours, however.
We conducted a
series of group
discussions with
22 parents from
across the UK –
mainly mothers
with overweight
children above the
age of five – along
with four family
weight management
case workers.
So far, efforts
to explain the
consumption
of large portion
sizes have focused
mainly on how the
shape and size of
dinnerware provides
visual prompts
that influence
consumption, as well
as the availability
of low-cost, high
energy foods. But our
findings suggest that
parents’ emotional
responses and beliefs
are also potentially
important influences.
The parents
who took part in
our research had
limited knowledge
about what healthy
portion sizes were for
themselves and their
family members. This
is not surprising as
there is very little
official public health
guidance on portion
A feather
star
dances in
the deep
waters
of the
Antarctic
Sound
in ‘Blue
Planet II’
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brushes past them. Unlike other
starfish, L annulatus can wave its
arms to catch prey here because
there are relatively few predatory
fish to chew them off.
Seeing the Antarctic sea floor
close up from our minisubs
should help us to understand how
“dropstones” shape the pattern
of life here. “Dropstones” are
car-sized boulders that fall from
passing icebergs – they provide
sizes. They, and the
case workers, also
said that they found
it difficult to talk to
the children about
the need for smaller
portion sizes to
manage weight.
This partly arose
from parents’ fear
of lowering their
children’s confidence
and causing anxiety,
particularly among
older children.
In addition, the
parents revealed that
alongside the fear
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Invisible health hazards
lurk at cosmetics counters
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Once you know what micro-organisms are found
in beauty products, you’ll never want to share
make-up again, writes Amreen Bashir
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“islands” of rocky habitat for
species that otherwise don’t get
a look-in on the soft mud of the
Antarctic seafloor. But where
the dropstones settle depends on
the terrain. As we found on our
dives, they slide down steeper
undersea slopes, actually scraping
off marine life. But if you’re at
the bottom of a gully, then lots of
dropstones end up there, giving
a boost to local biodiversity. That
of causing eating
disorders and guilt at
restricting food, they
worried their children
would dislike them.
Some parents
believed that
measuring portion
sizes required too
much effort. Some
worried about waste,
admitting that if they
cooked too much
food, they would
overfeed, rather than
not serve it.
The parents in the
study also had low
confidence in their
ability to manage
their children’s weight
through portion
pattern of life is hard to see from
samples collected by nets or trawls
in the past, so our first minisub
dives to 1km deep in the Antarctic
should help to make that “white
space” no longer such a blank.
Jon Copley is associate professor
in Ocean Exploration & Public
Engagement at the University of
Southampton and was a scientific
advisor for ‘Blue Planet II’
control due to their
own failed attempts
at weight loss.
The parents said
they found it difficult
to provide healthy
portion sizes when
the little ones moved
to adult sized plates.
Further research
is needed, but there
are some solutions
that could be easily
implemented,
drawing on parents’
own knowledge, skills
and motivations.
Family weight
programmes should
provide parents with
ideas for simple
ways for measuring
healthy portions,
such as using hands
as a guide, whereby
children’s hands are
used for measuring
children’s portions
and adult’s hands for
adult portions.
Parents could also
be helped to improve
their communication
skills and problem
solving techniques in
order to address their
own emotional issues
with food.
Dr Kristina Curtis is a
research fellow
in eHealth and
behaviour change at
Coventry University
woman in the US is
suing a cosmetics
store because she
claims that she
caught herpes from
their lipstick tester. In case
you’re wondering if this is even
possible, as a microbiologist,
I can tell you that it most
certainly is. And it’s not just
herpes that can lurk in make-up.
But let’s look at herpes first.
This very common virus is
mainly spread by skin-to-skin
contact, kissing and sex, but
it can also be transmitted
in droplets of spit left by an
infected person on towels, cups,
cutlery and, yes, lipstick.
Globally, it’s estimated that
67 per cent of people are
infected with the herpes simplex
virus (HSV-1). But it’s a hidden
enemy – a person doesn’t need to
have visible signs of the virus to
spread the infection. The virus
lives in facial tissues, where it
can shed and spread.
It doesn’t always show up on
the skin as a blister immediately
after it has infected a person.
Instead, it can stay hidden
and appear a few months
later. Because of this, it’s
impossible to say with certainty
if the American woman caught
herpes from the store tester
or elsewhere.
Herpes causes blisters on the
lips and around the mouth that
can last up to 10 days. Lipsticks
and make-up brushes that touch
these parts of the face can then
spread the infection to others.
Fortunately, herpes is a
fragile virus and typically only
survives outside the body for
10 seconds. But it can survive
longer in warm and moist
environments, such as in sweat.
It can also survive between two
to four hours on plastic, chrome
and water. There is no cure for
a herpes infection, although
treatments are available that
will reduce the length and
severity of outbreaks.
Microbiologists have known
about the link between beauty
products and pathogens since
the mid-1940s, when talcum
powder contaminated with
Clostridium tetani bacteria
caused the death of a newborn
baby. Since the 1960s,
contamination linked to other
opportunistic pathogens,
including salmonella, Klebsiella
pneumoniae and Pseudomonas
aeruginosa, has been reported
across the globe.
Cosmetics contain
preservatives to help slow down
the growth of microbes, but
they can become contaminated
if people use non-sterile
applicators or fingers to apply
them, or if they are poorly
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handled and stored – for
example, in warm and humid
or damp conditions, such as
the bathroom.
Make-up brushes also have
the potential to act as suitable
homes for bacteria to thrive.
Often, beauty blenders and
brushes are dampened to help
the application of eyeshadows
or foundation. But this
environment has the potential to
promote rapid bacterial growth.
In 2015, it was reported that
an Australian woman became
paralysed after contracting
an MRSA infection that
attacked her spine. She used
a brush to apply make-up that
belonged to a friend who had a
staphylococcus infection on her
face, and became contaminated
with the organism.
Staphylococcus is a common
bacteria that doesn’t typically
cause harm and lives on the
skin or in the nose. However,
MRSA (methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus) is an
antibiotic-resistant strain.
Mascara wands and eyeliners
can cause irritation and
conjunctivitis, caused by both
bacteria and viruses, including
herpes simplex. Studies have
revealed that 43 per cent of
eyeliners and mascara wands
contain contaminants. I know
many friends who have been
left with a “pink eye” after
sharing mascara or using
ancient mascara that had been
sitting in their make-up bags.
Symptoms of pink eye include
redness, watery discharge and,
in extreme cases, blindness.
Lashes aren’t just there to
make us look pretty – they
block out dirt and bacteria, and
using products on the eyes can
contaminate the product. With
time, bacteria can build up in the
cosmetic container, increasing
the risk of eye infection every
time the product is used.
So stay away from sharing
make-up among your friends
and especially in cosmetic
stores. You just don’t know what
infections other people could be
carrying on their skin.
Always keep your own
cosmetic products clean and
use single applicators where
possible. You wouldn’t share
your toothbrush with strangers,
so why share your cosmetics?
Amreen Bashir is a lecturer
in biomedical science at
Aston University
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How to teach tolerance
All schools must
help protect pupils
from radicalisation.
A new classroom
tool aims to make
that delicate task
easier, reports
Matilda Battersby
I
n the aftermath of recent attacks by
home-grown terrorists in the UK,
there is mounting pressure on schools
to identify and engage with students
who may be at risk of radicalisation.
But this is something that teachers can feel
reluctant to take on. They may not always
see it as relevant to their schools, and can it
find awkward and difficult to tackle, encompassing as it does issues of race, privilege
and sometimes religion.
Under the Government’s Counter-terrorism and Security Act 2015, all local authority-maintained schools and care providers
are subject to Prevent duty, which is an obligation to proactively prevent students from
being drawn into extremism.
Aside from teaching what are euphemistically described as “British Values,” how can
teachers do this practically? In a climate
where children can easily come across terrorist propaganda and information on Facebook, Twitter and Google, there is a real
need to provide counter-narratives.
One method is to bring the subject of extremism into the curriculum as part of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
lessons and to ask students directly about
their views.
Bethany (not her real name), an English
teacher at an academy school in West Yorkshire, says: “The school I work in serves a
demographic that is predominantly white,
working-class, and underprivileged. There
is a lot of inherent bigotry because our students are socialised in racist households.
Therefore, we explicitly teach tolerance and
discourage extremism.”
Bethany feels confident challenging the
racist views of her students and providing
them with counter-narratives in literature,
with books such as To Kill A Mockingbird.
However, not all teachers will feel this way
and in an environment where discussions
of far-right, radical Islam and other forms
of extremism can be emotionally and politically charged, it might help to have a positive
starting point and a constructive means of
guiding students through a debate. That is
the idea behind Extreme Dialogue, a counter-narrative model being launched in UK
schools this week.
Extreme Dialogue takes real-life counternarratives and puts them squarely in front
of young people. How? By filming hard-hitting interviews with former extremists of
varying ideologies, the families of dead terrorists, and others affected directly by hate.
Among the interviewees is Adam, whose
description of being recruited by the British
Islamist group al-Muhajiroun sounds like a
scenario many young people could relate to.
Then there’s Billy, who describes pulling
the trigger, committing murder as a teenager, in vengeance for the killing of his father
by the IRA. There’s also the heartbreaking story of Christiane, whose son Damian
The Extreme Dialogue counter-extremism
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Clairmont was 22 when he died fighting for
Isis in Syria.
The filmed testimonies and accompanying teaching materials can be used as
a starting point for a series of lessons that
get children talking about extremism, but
also about identity, tolerance and hate. It
takes away the bogeyman figure of a terrorist, giving them real faces and names,
which can help children understand how
someone might become radicalised – and
that it could happen to them, too. “The idea
is to give young people the tools they need
to develop resilience to extremism and
radicalisation,” says Lucie Parker,
programme coordinator of Extreme Dialogue.
Alan Fraser, assistant
headteacher at Cranford
Community College in
London, the first UK school
to pilot Extreme Dialogue,
says: “We wanted to do
something specific in terms
of preventing the risk of
radicalisation. I had a look into
it and I couldn’t find anything of
quality at all. There were one or two
things but they came in the form of Power
Point presentations and Clip Art and just
didn’t seem to speak to young people.”
Having discovered Extreme Dialogue,
Mr Fraser organised a training session and
10 teachers gave up a Saturday to find out
how to use the resources. “We started with
Year 10 and we’ve now moved on and are
delivering it to Year Nine and Year 12, and
we’ve also developed a peer-to-peer model
where older students deliver Extreme
A stark example of how the
fear of radicalisation can
impact on education is the
so-called “Trojan Horse”
scandal in Birmingham. The
“discovery” of a planned
takeover of school governing
bodies by Islamists led to a
media and political frenzy
that has been described as a
witch-hunt.
Around 25 schools were
investigated, five of which
were placed in special
measures in snap
Ofsted investigations,
despite some
having been
previously rated
Outstanding.
The implicated
teachers and
governors have
denied there
was a plot to
“Islamise” schools
and the original claims
have been discredited. No
evidence of an organised
campaign by Islamists has
been found.
But a 2014 report for
the DfE did find “a number
of people in a position
of influence who either
espouse, or sympathise
with or fail to challenge
extremist views”.
Dialogue to younger students. This has
been incredibly successful. I think it really
hits home when the students can discuss
it among themselves. The reason the students are going for it is that Extreme Dialogue is different. Straight away it grabs
their attention and teachers seem more
confident having these conversations with
students as a result.”
Bethany’s students learn about propaganda in History and English lessons. “But
I don’t think propaganda in the news would
be obvious to them,” she says.
The Home Office-funded Resilient Families programme is another framework for
delivering on Prevent duty, particularly
with regard to online safety. A key aspect is
to teach young people how to detect if they
are being manipulated online, or if what they
are reading is true.
“We’re not saying everyone who uses the
internet is at risk of radicalisation. We know
that statistically you’re more vulnerable
if you know someone offline who has been
exposed to radical content,” says Sophie
Linington, deputy CEO of Parent Zone, the
organisation behind Resilient Families. “But
what makes you vulnerable online is having
questions about your place in the world:
your sexuality, your religion, your politics.
All teenagers have these.”
Since 11 September 2001, more than half
of those arrested in the UK for terrorismrelated offences have been under 30, of
whom four per cent were under 18. “Things
like Brexit have created these divisions in
society. Not just extremism but hate and
prejudice,” says Parker. “Using the experiences of former extremists, we hope to not
only educate young people to prevent radicalisation, but to also inform young people
who are scared and might want to know how
someone would want to bomb the UK.”
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Single malt whiskies
Scottish distilleries from Islay to Speyside offer a distinctive
smoky taste to savour in the winter, writes Brendan Hodrien
{1} LAGAVULIN 16-YEAR-OLD,
43% ALCOHOL
Our first whisky hails from
the island of Islay. The island’s
whiskies are best known for
being heavily peated, giving
them that smoky spine.
Lagavulin’s 16-year-old
expression is no exception.
The palate delivers on the
nose’s promises of smoky
bacon, engulfing your mouth
with what verges on charcoal.
Despite charcoal not sounding
appetising, it entirely works
– there is a reason this is
regarded as one of the best
single malts in circulation.
£55.45, thewhiskyexchange.com
{2} BRUICHLADDICH
BLACK ART 5.1 1992
24-YEAR-OLD,
48.4% ALCOHOL
This offering from Scotch
stalwart Bruichladdich is as
delicious as it is enigmatic,
with the recipes for each
whisky a closely guarded
secret. The nose is an
entanglement of citrus, vanilla
and sweet earthiness. The
palate is deep and complex
with a light smokiness before
a long, creamy finish. It’s a
whisky that warrants its price.
£269, thewhiskyexchange.com
{3} GLENMORANGIE SIGNET,
46% ALCOHOL
The first popular high-street
distillery to appear on the
list does so with one of
its premium expressions.
Glenmorangie Signet is
arguably the most decadent
whisky to feature on the list,
with the nose bringing a punch
of cocoa and burnt citrus peels.
A perfect Christmas whisky.
£138, thewhiskyexchange.com
4. GLEN GRANT 18-YEAR-OLD,
43% ALCOHOL
This has been showered with
honours, with whisky guru Jim
Murray naming it his Scotch of
the year. The nose is made up
of mother’s cooking, homely
and warm, and it can be broken
down into oaky tones mixed
with hints of spice. The palate
is sweet, characterised by a
dominant vanilla and caramel
marriage. A truly top-drawer
whisky which could well cost a
lot more than it does.
£120, thehouseofwhisky.com
{5} ABERLOUR 18-YEAR-OLD,
43% ALCOHOL
This delicate expression by
Speyside distillery Aberlour
was only available to the
French market before 2008.
The nose is a vanilla and
orange medley, as smooth
as the whisky’s age would
indicate. The palate follows
through with the vanilla and
orange and introduces notes of
caramel and apple.
£117, thewhiskyexchange.com
{6} TALISKER 10-YEAR-OLD,
45.8% ALCOHOL
The Talisker 10 is no exception
to Islay’s smoky tendencies
and this dominates the nose.
Punches of thick smoke are
joined by suggestions of
garden fruits. This is a great
whisky for taking the edge off a
long day, but it’s certainly not
for the faint of heart.
£38.75, thewhiskyexchange.com
{7} GLEN SCOTIA VICTORIANA,
51.5% ALCOHOL
The first whisky from the
Campbeltown region is
characterised by a gorgeous
oakiness that begins with the
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15-YEAR WHISKY, 43%
This Islay expression is
matured in sherry casks and
this bleeds through into the
nose with sherry aromas
dominating over an orgy of
exotic spice. The palate is
incredibly rich and thick, with a
butterscotch skeleton fleshed
out by caramel and syrup.
£52.99, drinksupermarket.com
{10} THE ARDMORE LEGACY,
40% ALCOHOL
A whisky distilled to celebrate
the Highlands region, the
Ardmore Legacy attempts
to encapsulate that mystical
Scottish landscape. The
finish is dry and citrusy and
concludes an easy-going,
smooth pour.
£31.95, thewhiskyexchange.com
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nose, alongside touches of
sugar and fruit. The palate
is smooth and dominated
by dark fruits before you
meet a subtle cocoa during
the smooth finish. It’s got the
strongest ABV on our list, but
this is a whisky that is all too
easy to drink.
£77.15, thewhiskyexchange.com
{8} GLEN GARIOCH
12-YEAR-OLD, 48% ALCOHOL
Our second Speyside malt
is the impressive Glen
Garioch 12. The nose offers
an abundance of guilty
pleasures, with dark chocolate
and honey to the forefront.
This is a whisky with a
complexity and maturity
way beyond its 12-year aging
process and is one of the
finest 12-year-olds available.
£44.55, thewhiskyexchange.com
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The Rules
of Magic
BY ALICE HOFFMAN
Practical Magic
was released in
1995, spawning
the Hollywood
film about two
sisters and their
complicated
relationship
with magic. In
The Rules Of Magic, Hoffman
explores Aunt Frances and
Aunt Bridget’s awakening
to the craft in the 1960s.
Each of their gifts grow, but
can they use them to break
the family curse?
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CERTIFICATE 15,
105 MINS
Jennifer Aniston
plays a
hard-nosed CEO alongside
Jason Bateman in this
tinsel-strewn workplace
comedy. For fans of
The Hangover genre.
The £1m
question
Inspired by the
‘Who Wants To Be
A Millionaire?’
cheating scandal,
James Graham’s
new play explores
the unbeatable
drama of the quiz.
By Simon O’Hagan
E
ven watching it again
now, more than 16
years on, the heart
races. “A number one
followed by a hundred
zeros is known by
what name?” The words are
uttered by Chris Tarrant, the host
of the blockbuster ITV quiz show
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?,
and he’s milking the moment for
all it’s worth.
In the chair opposite him sits
Charles Ingram, a then 38-yearold army major. Amid unbearable
tension, he risks going for one
of the four answers on offer – a
googol – and sensationally gets
it right. He thus wins a million
pounds, only the third person
to achieve the ultimate goal on a
show which, at the time, held the
nation in its thrall. Tumult erupts
as Tarrant gets up and embraces
Ingram, telling him he’s the most
amazing contestant the show has
ever had.
And of course he was. Just not
how Tarrant meant it. Ingram was
cheating. He had accomplices in
the audience. They were his wife
Diana and a friend of theirs called
Tecwen Whittock; they coughed
at strategic moments, signaling
correct answers, including the
answer to the million-pound
question. In 2003 all three were
convicted of “procuring the
execution of a valuable security
by deception”, fined and given
suspended prison sentences.
Numerous attempts to have the
convictions overturned failed.
It’s one of the most famous
cheating scandals in quiz show
history, rivaling the episode on
1950s US TV that was the basis
of the 1995 movie Quiz Show. That
scandal saw contestants being
secretly assisted by producers.
Among the millions watching
at home as Ingram pulled
o f f h i s a p p a r e n t m i ra c l e
was a then 19-year-old Hull
Un i ve rs i ty s t u d e n t c a l l e d
James Graham, now one of our
leading playwrights and the man
behind hits including This House,
Ink and Labour of Love.
His latest play is Quiz – it opens
this week at the Minerva Theatre,
Chichester – and is inspired by the
Charles Ingram moment.
“I was gripped, like everyone
was,” Graham says.
Graham has made a specialism
of finding the drama in recent
history – This House is about the
Labour minority government in
the late 1970s, Ink about Rupert
Murdoch’s reinvention of The Sun
earlier in that decade – and he has
done the same with Quiz.
Why now?
“What I’m currently obsessed
with, both in life and my writing,
is the concept of truth,” Graham
says. “We’re in a climate where we
are all getting very anxious and
nervous, and it’s hard to maintain
an objective sense of reality.
“What was the reality of the
coughing scandal? I always enjoy
finding fun ways to explore these
sorts of themes and I think this
episode provided me with one.
“There are still differing
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Last night’s
g
television
It was a great vessel
into which to pour all
my anxieties about
the nature of truth
opinions about what was real and
not real about the whole thing,
and the trial itself turned into
a great piece of theatre. It was a
great vessel into which to pour
all my anxieties about the nature
of truth.”
From Millionaire to Mastermind
to The Weakest Link to Pointless
to Countdown, it’s the drama
inherent in a great quiz show that
makes them so addictive and such
a staple of TV’s output. Throw in
large sums of money, or even not
very much money, and things
are taken to a whole other level.
Audiences discovered this way
back in the 1950s with the huge
ratings success that was ITV’s
Take Your Pick! – widely regarded
as British TV’s first quiz show.
The show presaged Millionaire
with its moment of excruciating
dilemma – “Open the box or take
the money!” – which for those of a
certain generation remains a
catchphrase, possibly even a
philosophy of life, to this day.
Ranging across time, Quiz
explores this period in TV
quiz history. “Charles
Ingram is the driving
narrative,” Graham
explains, “but
I also wanted
to look at
ga m e s h ow s
going further
back and in
particular the
setting up of
ITV in the 1950s
and the part that
quiz shows played
in it.
“What fascinated me
was how those early quiz shows
were really the first time on TV
that you saw normal people on
our screens – people with certain
skills, or no skills at all. It was a
time of huge cultural and societal
change.” Graham identifies a
moment in the 1990s when he felt
that quiz shows were giving way
to more reality-based challenges,
but then with the deregulation
of prize money – along with the
creation of the National Lottery –
pure quizzing returned.
IQ
30-39
BERNADETTE MCNULTY
Contrary to what many people
might think, the first time anyone
won a million pounds on a
British quiz show wasn’t on Who
Wants To Be A Millionaire?, but on
Chris Evans’s breakfast show on
Virgin Radio in 1999.
Clare Barwick, aged 35, from
Worthing in West Sussex, saw off
her rivals to reach the final stage of
the contest and correctly answer
the question: “Which of these
two writers was really a woman
– George Eliot or T S Eliot?” A
rather easier question than the
one Ingram was confronted with,
most people would agree.
John Lloyd, creator of the hit
BBC2 show QI, thinks that the
power of Millionaire – with more
money on offer in each round,
but an attendant risk of losing it
– in part lay in the moral lesson
it offered: “You don’t have to
be greedy.” People watch quiz
shows as much to see people lose
as to see them win but that’s a
side of the genre Lloyd is
uncomfortable with.
“I’m not one of those who
thinks that on school
sports day all shall
have prizes,” he
says, “but there
is something
corrosive about
the emphasis
placed on
people losing.”
He prefers
the gentler
fare of Pointless,
whose format
L l oyd d e s c r i b e s
as “addictive”.
Graham says he loved
how “people became obsessed
with Millionaire, and how it
created whole networks between
people and it cut right across
class.” In preparing the drama, he
has met both Charles and Diana
Ingram but he hasn’t “worked
with them” on it.
And what about Graham’s own
quizzing? For someone so steeped
in the kind of historical detail that
informs his plays, it’s a surprise to
hear him say that he doesn’t think
he has one of those brains that
easily retains bits of information.
He regularly attends a pub quiz
near where he lives in Kennington,
south London, but says he often
finds it stressful and frustrating.
We discuss what makes a great
quiz question, agreeing that the
best ones are really a story. I
try him with one that I reckon
is right in his ballpark, which is,
“Which two post-war British
prime ministers were born in
the same year?” He liked that the
answer is Harold Wilson and Ted
Heath, “just because they were
such rivals”.
R i gh t n o w, t h o u gh , t h e
best stories seem to be
James Graham’s.
‘Quiz’, Minerva Theatre,
Chichester, to 9 December
(01243 781312)
Crooks’ metalhead
comedy is full of
tender moments
» Detectorists BBC4, 10pm
» The Rebel Gold, 10pm
I
t is ironic that the man who
invented the telephone was also
the man who invented the metal
detector. For many, Alexander
Graham Bell’s communication
breakthrough destroyed any
sense of individual peace and
quiet. Yet to plenty of enthusiasts,
the seemingly strange hobby of
wandering around fields with
oscillating sensors and headphones
looking for something you don’t
even know is there, is one of the
most blissfully restful pastimes
imaginable.
Mackenzie Crook’s comedy
about two such enthusiasts,
Detectorists, is back for what he
says is a final, third, series. While
hapless man children have been
the lifeblood of comedy since
Laurel and Hardy, Crook’s take on
this dynamic has been one of the
most understated yet, and all the
better for it. His beta-male metal
detecting duo, Andy Stone (Crook)
and Lance Stater (Toby Jones),
aren’t full of rage, lust or ambition.
They merely crave a little love, a
certain purpose in life, but more
so, the near silent companionship
of their fellow obsessives out in the
open fields with nothing but the
birds tweeting in the sky and the
dream of gold in the ground.
Andy has returned from his
voluntary service year and Lance’s
teenager daughter is living with
him, but it is at the cost of their
own sanctuary – and possibly
sanity. Andy is lodging with his
Crook punctuates
the pregnant silences
with exquisite, almost
musical exchanges
mother-in-law, the brilliantly
withering Diana Rigg (real mother
of his screen wife Becky, played
by Rachael Stirling) and pines for
the solitude of his man-cave shed.
Lance too is trying to embrace
sharing his space with his sulky
teen who is turning his flat into
a squat, eating the corners of
his cheese and scandalising the
neighbours by dropping her keys
outside the door late at night.
Meanwhile, bigger forces
threaten Danebury’s tranquillity.
Andy’s archaeological survey
of a new development is being
subtly hijacked by the bullying
site manager and in a strange,
Apprentice-style opening sequence,
we see city investors plotting a
giant solar energy farm on the
metal detecting club’s field.
Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook as
the ‘beta-males’ in ‘Detectorists’ BBC
This leads to the one clunky bit
of dialogue when Lance patiently
explains to the other club members
some of the misconceptions
around solar energy. It only stands
out because one of the greatest
pleasures of Detectorists is how
Crook punctuates the perfectly
pregnant silences not with gags
but exquisite, almost musical
exchanges between the characters.
Not a word is wasted or expended
unnecessarily. The music of folk
sisters The Unthanks takes over
completely when Andy discovers
an old hawker’s whistle, unleashing
a dream of more romantic
times in the country. Long live
the death of masculinity if it
produces melancholy comedy this
tenderly funny.
There was plenty of melancholy
in The Rebel too, mostly from
Harry Palmer still mourning his
wife. Simon Callow plays retired
mod radical Palmer, with plenty
of rage rather than resignation,
mainly directed at the banks and
estate agents trying to make him
sell his home so he can save his
daughter from homelessness. Best
friend Charles (Bill Paterson) has
been seduced by Mammon and in
turn, is trying to seduce Margaret
(Anita Dobson).
The jokes in this pensionersbehaving-badly sitcom, based on
Andrew Birch’s cartoon strip,
sometimes have an arthritic
creek about them. But the spirit
of anarchic silliness is still strong
enough to sweep you along, like the
breeze on the Brighton seafront,
as is the depth of character
and sheer fun being had by this
A-list cast.
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Arts
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Rachel Whiteread
TATE BRITAIN, LONDON SW1
Samuel Anderson and
Adam Deacon play
contrasting brothers in
Sam Bain’s debut play
CRAIG SUGDEN
THEATRE
The Retreat
PARK THEATRE, LONDON
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The credentials are impeccable.
This new comedy drama, set at a
Buddhist retreat in the Scottish
Highlands, is written by Sam
Bain, Bafta-winning co-creator
of the all-conquering Peep Show
and Fresh Meat, and directed by
comedy legend Kathy Burke.
It makes for 90 minutes that
are both amusing and biting, but
a rather static scenario means
that it stops some way short of
greatness.
Luke (Samuel Anderson),
a former City high-flyer,
has hidden himself away up a
Scottish mountain. He wants to
convince the world, and most
importantly himself, that he has
seen the error of his former ways,
and Bain is very perceptive about
the ease with which we can become
hooked on cures.
Luke, formerly high on the
buzz of long hours, big bucks
and hookers, is now addicted to
meditation. He’s certainly not
expecting the arrival of his less
successful brother Tony (Adam
Deacon), who arrives with some
cocaine, a large Toblerone and a
salutary dose of home truths.
Tara (Yasmine Akram), a fellow
retreater dressed as a green
goddess in body paint and a tiara,
completes the set-up which,
agreeable as it is, takes too long to
move on from its initial premise.
There are some laugh-outloud lines but others, for all their
cleverness, sound a little strained
and inorganic on the tongue.
Deacon, best known for the
films Kidulthood and Adulthood,
is terrific value as he delivers
Tony’s constant stream of canny
incredulity at what he sees and
discovers; his determination
to puncture this hermetic little
bubble is pleasingly double-edged.
The brothers know each other’s
weak spots, how best to needle,
and they’re not going to pull any
punches. Tony, seemingly an
interloper in paradise, might yet
redeem himself.
To 2 December (020 7870 6876)
FIONA MOUNTFORD
EVENING STANDARD
A welcome retrospective of the
first woman to win the Turner
Prize, in 1993, the same year she
made her most famous piece,
House, a life-sized cast of the
interior of a condemned terraced
house in London’s East End.
The show brings together wellknown works such as Untitled
(100 Spaces) 1995 and Untitled
(Staircase) 2001 alongside
new pieces that have never
been previously exhibited.
(020 7887 8888) to 21 Jan
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PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY,
CHICHESTER
The gallery marks the 60th
anniversary of David Bomberg’s
death, illustrating the
development in the artist’s own
work as well as his achievement
within British Modernism through
more than 60 works representing
all significant periods of his career,
including his times at the Slade as
part of the “Crisis of Brilliance”
generation and his role as a
war artist in both World Wars.
(01243 774557) to 4 Feb
May Morris: Art & Life
WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY,
LONDON E17
The most comprehensive survey
of May Morris to date, bringing
together more than 80 works
from collections around the UK,
many of which have never been on
public display, and revealing the
breadth of her creative pursuits,
featuring wallpaper, embroidery,
jewellery, dresses, book designs,
sketches and watercolours.
(020 8496 4390) to 28 Jan
FILM
COMEDY
Michael
McIntyre
and Friends
PALLADIUM, LONDON
HHHHH
For six years, Michael McIntyre
has compered a fundraiser
for children’s hospice Julia’s
House. This year’s bill was the
strongest yet. McIntyre was on
fine form, discussing everything
from his favourite batteries (AA,
apparently) to North Korea’s
military ambitions: “My plan is
to blend in,” said the black-suited
comic, who does have a hint of Kim
Jong-un about him.
Elsewhere, Russell Howard
confessed to confronting people
taking photos of him only to
discover they were snapping a
Pokémon alongside him. Joel
Dommett tried to be cool while
The Last Leg’s Adam Hills publicly
sang Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of
You” with his daughter, only
realising how inappropriate it was
mid-verse.
The irrepressible McIntyre was
the linchpin who held everything
together though, keeping
proceedings moving with a neverending supply of quickfire quips.
BRUCE DESSAU
EVENING STANDARD
DANCE
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
15, YORGOS LANTHIMOS, 121 MINS
Birmingham
Royal Ballet
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, middleclass America whose world is
crumbling, while Nicole Kidman
stars as his ophthalmologist wife.
Nationwide release.
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON
HHHHH
Ruth Brill’s new ballet, Arcadia,
has a lush atmosphere and a
splendid star performance from
Brandon Lawrence. Playing the
god Pan, Lawrence is by turns
animalistic, lyrical and lively, with
a gorgeous flow of movement.
This triple bill celebrates
Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB)
as a creative company, with two
commissioned works and one by
its artistic director, David Bintley.
The success of Brill, a BRB dancer,
is also a reminder that this
company has a strong record in
performing the works of female
choreographers, something too
unusual in the dance world.
Arcadia is her first large-scale
work, with a score by saxophonist
John Harle and bright designs
by Atena Ameri. Lawrence’s
Pan moves through the forest,
worshipped by villagers and
encountering nymphs and the
goddess of the moon.
Brill creates bouncy steps for
the ensemble, while Pan’s dances
show a fine range of moods, from
arrogance with the villagers to
reverence in his dances with
TALKS & POETRY
Ways with Words
VARIOUS VENUES, SOUTHWOLD
Céline Gittens as Selene and Brandon Lawrence as an ‘animalistic,
lyrical and lively’ Pan in Ruth Brill’s new ballet, ‘Arcadia’ TY SINGLETON
Céline Gittens’ moon goddess.
Her storytelling is less clear; she
could do more to dramatise Pan’s
changes of heart. Arcadia is an
appealing, confident work from a
choreographer to watch.
I’d call Stravinsky’s Le Baiser
de la fée a rare work, but two
companies have revived versions
of it this spring. Michael Corder
creates attractive steps, but not
much variety. Jenna Roberts
dances with bold attack as the
fairy who chooses a child and
comes to reclaim him as an adult.
The evening ends with Bintley’s
Still Life at the Penguin Café, an
eco-cabaret with dancers playing
endangered animals. Maureya
Lebowitz is elegant as the Utah
Longhorn Ram, while Brill shows
fleet footwork as the Great Auk
and Tyrone Singleton grandeur as
the Southern Cape Zebra.
ZOE ANDERSON
THE INDEPENDENT
On the bill this year are Rosamund
Young, Matthew d’Ancona, Roman
Krznaric, Craig Brown, Jenny
Uglow, Martin Bell, Vince Cable,
Peter Stanford, Blake Morrison,
Polly Toynbee and David Owen.
(01803 867373) to Sun
Jenny Uglow
DAUNT BOOKS, MARYLEBONE
HIGH ST, LONDON W1
In Mr Lear, the writer chronicles
the life of the artist and nonsense
poet Edward Lear, whose
humour and good nature
masked episodes of epilepsy,
depression and loneliness.
She talks about the book here.
(020 7224 2295) tonight 7pm
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THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
Rachel Reeves
LSE, LONDON WC2
The Labour MP for Leeds West
talks about her new book, Alice
in Westminster: the Political Life
of Alice Bacon, a biography of the
first woman MP for Leeds, who
was a powerful force behind the
social reforms of the Labour
governments in the 1960s but has
largely been overlooked by history.
(020 7955 6043) tonight 6.30pm
COMEDY
Ed Byrne
BREWERY, KENDAL
In Spoiler Alert, Ed Byrne finds
fertile observational ground in
the cosseted lives of his two young
sons. (01539 725133) tonight and Fri
Jordan Brookes
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
Combining confessional
storytelling, clowning and the
perpetual sense that his shows
are about to fall apart, Jordan
Brookes is a wonderfully unique
comic. His latest show – about
his late Gran, but really about
so much more – is Body of Work.
(020 7478 0100) to 25 Nov
Katherine Ryan
VARIOUS VENUES
Brimming over with zinging
put-downs, wise advice and a
wonderfully contradictory stance
on celebrity culture – she skewers
it and obsesses over it – Katherine
Ryan hits the road with Glitter
Room. Engine Shed, Lincoln (0871
220 0260) tonight; Warwick Arts
Centre, Coventry (024 7652 4524) Fri
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 Scrapes, on tour with the
comic here. Leadmill, Sheffield
(0114 2727 040) tonight; Little
Theatre, Chorley (01257 264362) Fri
JAZZ
Tim Berne’s Snakeoil +
Mark Trounson Group
VORTEX JAZZ, LONDON N16
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
DANCE
The Royal Ballet
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON WC2
Twyla Tharp’s career has crossed
from contemporary dance to
Hollywood and beyond. In The
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Illustrated Farewell, she expands
her 1973 piece As Time Goes By
for the Royal Ballet. Arthur Pita’s
new The Wind is based on Dorothy
Scarborough’s novel and the
celebrated silent film. (020 7304
4000) tonight, Fri and Mon 7.30pm
in Paul Miller’s satisfyingly simple
production, set in a sparsely
furnished waiting room where
a middle-aged man is joined by
his former wife after many years
apart, are deeply felt. (020 8940
3633) to 2 Dec
Darbar Festival
Beginning
Akram Khan curates the dance
strand for the festival of classical
Indian performance. He performs
a rare solo recital tonight at
6.30pm. (020 7863 8000) to Sun
David Eldridge’s new play is a wry,
funny and touching meditation on
the loneliness of the singleton in
the era of the dating app, written
with a depth of insight, humour,
compassion and a keen sense
of the ridiculous, unfolding in
real time over 80 minutes. Sam
Troughton and Justine Mitchell
star. (020 7452 3000) to Tue
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON EC1
POP
Spoon
JUNCTION, CAMBRIDGE
“We come to mesmerise,” claims
Britt Daniel on his cult-ish Austin
power-pop minimalists’ ninth
album. They also come to worship
at the altar of the alterna-disco
groove on Hot Thoughts.
(gigsandtours.com) tonight
Shabazz Palaces
BELGRAVE MUSIC HALL, LEEDS
Two albums, one future-jazz
hip-hop vision. Back with
Born on a Gangster Star and
Quazarz vs the Jealous Machines,
Seattle duo Tendai Maraire
and Ishmael Butler channel
the influence of George Clinton
into their own strain of woozily
conceptual cosmic outreach.
(seetickets.com) tonight
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First
Chance
Opening
this week
NT: DORFMAN, LONDON SE1
The Band
FILM
Paddington 2
PG, PAUL KING, 90MINS
Paddington Bear returns to the
screen in a superior sequel full of
charm and good humour. Opens Fri
TALKS & POETRY
Woodstock Poetry Festival
WOODSTOCK METHODIST CHURCH
MAYFLOWER THEATRE,
SOUTHAMPTON
Writer Tim Firth’s piece about
Take Thate is an infectious
homage to the music of Britain’s
best-loved boy band and the
power of youthful friendship.
The on-stage action never takes
itself too seriously as it journeys
from 1990s suburban teenage
bedroom to the present day.
(thebandmusical.com) to 11 Nov
Douglas Dunn, Anne Stevenson,
George Szirtes, David Harsent, Peggy
Seeger and Bernard O’Donoghue are
on the bill. (01993 812760) opens Fri
JAZZ
London Jazz Festival
VARIOUS VENUES, LONDON
Manu Dibango, Pat Metheny and
Tomasz Stanko perform on Friday.
(efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk) opens Fri
Ghostpoet
ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON NW1
“I’m howling at the moon,” raps
London mood-scapist Obaro
Ejimiwe on album four. After three
sets of dispatches from modern
life’s muddle, Ghostpoet brings
fresh bite to Dark Days + Canapés,
dishing up jazzy grooves, nervy
beats, state-of-the-now rhymes
and wry wit in roughly equal
doses. (gigsandtours.com) tonight
11 day
from ons
l
£1,990ppy
Wolf Alice
APOLLO, MANCHESTER
TRUSTEES OF THE CECIL HIGGINS ART GALLERY
If you only see
one thing today
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.
(gigsandtours.com) Thur
THEATRE
Trestle
SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE, LONDON SE1
VISUAL ARTS
A Walk in the Woods: a Celebration
of Trees in British Art
THE HIGGINS, BEDFORD
The role of trees and woodland in British landscape painting,
with pieces drawn from the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection.
Among the 40 watercolours, drawings and prints from the past
two centuries are works by George Price Boyce (At Binsey, Near
Oxford, from 1862, above) John Constable, John Sell Cotman,
Edward Lear, Samuel Palmer, Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland
and Lucian Freud. (01234 718618) to 25 Feb
Stewart Pringle’s play, the winner
of this year’s Papatango New
Writing Prize, is an 80-minute
two-hander that is perfectly
proportioned to its material. Set
in a drab hall in a Yorkshire village,
it’s small-scale but brimming with
quiet insight and humour as it
explores the relationship between
two characters who meet
in the autumn of their lives.
(020 7407 0234) to 25 Nov
Poison
ORANGE TREE THEATRE, RICHMOND
Lot Vekemans’ play about the
effects of grief premiered in 2009
and has since then travelled
widely, yet is only now receiving its
UK premiere. The performances
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RETAIL
M&S to speed up clothing
and home cost-cutting plan
By Holly Williams
Marks & Spencer is speeding up plans
to close under-performing clothing
stores and will slow expansion of its
Simply Food chain as it battles to
restore its high street fortunes.
The group said it would further
“reshape” the clothing and home
arm to focus on the most successful
locations, while also driving more
online sales.
It will also slow down its Simply
Food store opening programme
amid “difficult” trading, and launch
a “significant” cost review under the
next push of its turnaround plan.
Half-year figures showed a 5.3
per cent fall in underlying pre-tax
profits to £219.1m for the six months
to the end of September. Bottomline profits jumped to £118.3m from
£25.1m a year earlier thanks to a
boost from its international arm after
exiting loss-making markets.
Like-for-like sales improved in its
embattled clothing and home arm,
down by a better-than-feared 0.1 per
cent in its second quarter after a
1.2 per cent fall in the previous
three months.
M&S said revenues overall had
stopped falling in the division, while
its action to cut the number of
clearance sales saw full-price sales
surge by 5.3 per cent.
Shares in M&S rose 1.6 per cent to
M&S announced last year
that it would shut 30 of its
larger UK stores, with a further
45 being downsized or converted
to food-only, while also axing 53
loss-making international stores.
333p as investors were encouraged
by the update. Food sales came as
a disappointment though, down 0.1
per cent in the second quarter, as the
group admitted it needed to review
prices and ranges.
“That the business is on a better
course is clear to us but that there
is a quick fix, as we have seen at
Tesco for example, is also so,” said
Clive Black, a research analyst at
Shore Capital.
Chief executive Steve Rowe
said: “The business still has many
structural issues to tackle as we
embark on the next five years of
our transformation, in the context
of a very challenging retail and
consumer environment.”
The group also confirmed it has
launched the hunt for a successor
to finance chief Helen Weir, who is
leaving to pursue a “plural career”
Marks & Spencer will slow down its
Simply Food store opening plan
and seeking a variety of board
positions and advisory roles.
She will remain in the role until a
successor is found.
The group’s curtailed plans for the
food business will now see it open
80 Simply Food shops this financial
year, having previously aimed for
90 stores.
Mr Rowe said the chain’s food
range was “too complicated and
availability is still not good enough”.
CONSTRUCTION
Persimmon
shares fall
after hints at
flat sales
By Kalyeena Makortoff
Quote of
the day
As CEO, these
thefts occurred
during my
tenure, and I
want to sincerely
apologise to each
and every one of
our users
Marissa Mayer
The former Yahoo! boss
responds to two massive
data breaches at the firm
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Briefing
SNAPCHAT
Snapchat has had a troubled year
but the social media giant had some
positive news yesterday.
The number of people who use
Snapchat daily has grown by 16 per
cent to 178 million in the past year,
the social app’s parent company said.
Snap Inc said daily active users rose
from 153 million the year before.
But it wasn’t all positive.
The technology giant announced
it had written off $39.9m (£30.5m)
in relation to unsold stock of
Spectacles, the firm’s video
camera-enabled sunglasses.
Meanwhile, Snap’s quarterly
revenue was up by 63 per cent on
the same quarter last year, rising to
$207.9m. This figure, along with the
number of daily active users, was
below analysts’ expectations. Shares
in Snap have fallen by 15 per cent
since Tuesday to around $13.
What now?
Snap Inc’s chief executive Evan
Spiegel said the firm was preparing
to redesign the Snapchat app to
make it “easier to use”. Snapchat
has come under increased pressure
from Facebook, which owns
WhatsApp and Instagram as well as
its social network. It was announced
yesterday that Chinese internet firm
Tencent, owner of messaging app
WeChat, has bought a 12 per cent
stake in Snap.
How does Snapchat compare to
its rivals?
Instagram has introduced a “story”
feature similar to that of Snapchat,
which has already gained 200
million users. Snapchat recently
announced plans to create its own
TV shows to promote within its app
in an effort to win new customers.
Facebook has 1.37 billion active daily
users on its social network.
Shares in Persimmon fell yesterday
after the housebuilder issued a
thinly detailed trading update which
suggested flat sales for the quarter.
The company swapped out its
standard measure of private sales
per site per week for one that counted
total sales per site for the entire period from 1 July to 7 November, saying they were “in line with the prior
year”. It noted that the comparable
figures from a year earlier were particularly high – up 14 per cent from
2015 – due to “particularly strong
sales post the 2016 EU referendum”.
The housebuilder said that, while
total sales outlet numbers were 10
per cent lower over the autumn period to date, customer activity had
“strengthened in line with traditional
seasonality” and consumer confidence was “resilient”.
Persimmon said it was fully sold up
for the current year and had around
£909m in forward sales reserved
beyond 2017, marking a 10 per cent
increase from 2016. But it was not
enough to buoy Persimmon’s share
price, which tumbled 3.6 per cent, or
102p, to 2,772p yesterday.
Robin Hardy, a research analyst
for Shore Capital Markets, said the
third-quarter trading update was
“light on detail and has a much more
rhetorical tone”.
He added: “There is no mention
of sale rates, pricing or margins,
with the only figure mentioned
being the forward sold position excluding the current year, which is
not a figure for which we have a
meaningful comparison.”
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Hedge fund boss steps up
row with stock exchange
By Russell Lynch
The hedge fund billionaire Sir Christopher Hohn has stepped up his
acrimonious public battle with the
London Stock Exchange as he demanded that the gagged chief executive Xavier Rolet be allowed to speak
out about his departure.
Mr Rolet’s apparently agreed departure in late 2018 was announced
by the LSE last month. But Mr Hohn
– whose TCI fund is the fourth-biggest shareholder in the LSE – went
public last week accusing the chairman Donald Brydon of forcing out
the Frenchman on learning of a
confidentiality agreement between
both parties which prevented either
side speaking.
The LSE insists it followed “proper
governance procedures” in its handling of Mr Rolet, whom Mr Hohn
wants to stay on until 2021. But in a
strongly worded letter to Mr Brydon
released yesterday the hedge fund
boss slated the LSE’s governance
practices as well as the presence of
the confidentiality agreement.
He insisted that there was a
“major” corporate governance issue
at the LSE and wrote: “It is imperative that shareholders now hear
directly from Xavier Rolet as to
whether he is willing to remain as
chief executive long term if the board
were to invite him to do so.
The departing
chief executive of
the London Stock
Exchange Xavier
Rolet AFP/GETTY
“Confidentiality agreements
which prohibit proper explanations
to shareholders are bad corporate
governance. Hence we refute your
assertion that you followed proper
governance procedures on succession planning.”
TCI has a 5 per cent shareholding,
which is enough to call an extraordinary general meeting of the LSE in a
bid to oust Mr Brydon as chairman
and retain Mr Rolet as chief executive. Mr Hohn’s letter adds that “it
is our firm belief that the majority
of shareholders support the [chief
executive] staying long term and
cannot understand your reasons for
his removal”.
The LSE declined to comment on
the TCI letter. EVENING STANDARD
During Mr Rolet’s eightyear stint, LSE’s market
value has risen from £1bn to
£14bn, but there have been clashes
between him and Mr Brydon.
Rising wage pressure bolsters rates decision
UK wage pressure is finally picking
up, according to indications from
the latest survey from the Bank of
England’s network of regional agents.
T h e age n t s re p o r t e d t h at
expectations among firms surveyed
Outlook
JAMES
MOORE
Discount Brexit
UKs corporate
brand is Primark
I
f each country had a corporate
symbol, what would it be? For
America under Barack Obama
it might have been Google.
Innovative, inclusive, ambitious,
outward-looking, with, let’s not
forget, a sizeable slug of self-regard
and self-interest at the same time.
Under Donald Trump? He’d like it
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ENERGY
Rivals SSE and
Npower to
merge into
single business
By Josie Cox
PAY
By Ben Chu
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were for wage rises to be “clustered”
around 2.5-3.5 per cent in 2018, up
from the 2 -3 per cent range this year.
The data is likely to bolster the
confidence of the Threadneedle
Street policymakers that they were
right to raise interest rates last week.
The Bank raised interest rates for
the first time in a decade last week,
from 0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent, in
order to rein in inflation, which hit 3
per cent in September.
But considering inflation is
curently running at 3 per cent, most
people are finding that their real
wages are falling.
to be the Trump Organisation, but a
better analogue might be a polluting,
backward-looking oil major. But one
that could still clean up its act if the
CEO were to be fired.
Which brings us to Britain. I
don’t doubt the choice of the navalgazing Brexiteers who dominate the
establishment and the country right
now: HSBC.
Headquartered here, but with its
feet planted firmly in the electric
economies of South East Asia, it
slots into their fantasies of a “global
Britain” shorn of the EU (where it
doesn’t do much). The colonial roots
of the business also chime with their
imperialist fever dreams.
As for its dark side – the money
laundering allegations that plague
the bank, the controversy over the
involvement of its Swiss unit in tax
avoidance? That also seems about
right, if we’re being honest. After all,
what do you think the City of London
will turn to when the international
banks have all disappeared off
to Frankfurt?
So HSBC might work. But it’s
big and rich. That doesn’t reflect
the reality of the Britain those
Europhobes are creating. That
requires a rather different symbol:
how about Primark?
It makes sense on several levels.
It’s a discount retailer for a discount
country. It’s a business that will go on
expanding in a Britain whose citizens
Whatever you might think
off it, Primark is a very, very
good business run by some
very, very smart people
have already been made poorer, with
the prospect of worse to come, and so
can’t afford posher shops. Under the
Conservative Party we are a Primark
nation. We’ll probably have about
as many rights as the people in the
factories that make its clothes by the
time the Government’s done too.
SSE and rival Npower are to merge
their British retail energy businesses
in a major move that will change the
face of the UK’s energy landscape.
The Scottish company SSE
confirmed it will demerge its retail
arm and combine it with Npower to
create a £3bn independent, listed
business, with 11.5 million customers.
T h e n ew l y m e rge d e n e rg y
supplier will need to be approved by
regulators including the Competition
and Markets Authority. It will be the
UK’s second-biggest energy supplier
after British Gas. It will also cut the
Big Six incumbent energy suppliers
down to five.
Innogy, Npower’s parent company,
will own 34.4 per cent of the group.
Innogy’s chief executive, Peter Terium, described the move as a “logical
step” considering the challenges facing the UK energy market.
Analysts at Swiss bank UBS added
that investors would probably react
positively to the news.
“Restructuring creates potential
for large synergies in retail and
for a revaluation of the non-retail
businesses,” they said in a note to
clients. “But regulatory approval
could be a hurdle.”
The announcement came as SSE
posted a 14 per cent fall in first-half
profits to £409.6m. The company said
these results were broadly in line with
its previously stated expectations
that earnings would be lower for this
financial year than for last.
The company raised its interim
dividend 3.6 per cent to 28.4p. The
shares fell almost 1 per cent to 1,398p
yesterday. THE INDEPENDENT
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%
The fall in
first-half
profits for
SSE
But there are some respects in
which the retailer as the business
symbol of Britain fails, just as HSBC
does. Whatever you might think
of it, Primark is a very, very good
business, run by some very, very
smart people. That, unfortunately
for those of us that live here, is not
something that can be said of the
executives in charge of UK plc. Our
board of directors, the Tory cabinet,
is made up of a squabbling, backbiting bunch. Parts of it are lobbying
for the removal of one of its few semicompetent directors (Chancellor
Philip Hammond), which speaks
volumes. Primark is also increasingly
acquiring a global reputation. The
nearly 20 per cent rise in revenues,
evidenced in the just released results,
was driven by the company’s growing
international clout.
Primark has garnered that
through being focused and very clear
about what it is and what it does.
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Paramount’s $1bn
deal scrapped
The LA Times
In the latest sign of
retrenchment by Chinese
investors in Hollywood,
Paramount Pictures’ $1bn
(£762m) film-financing deal
with China’s Huahua Media
has collapsed. The studio
announced the pact in January,
but the deal was scuttled
because of China’s clampdown
on foreign investments. It is a
blow to Paramount, which has
endured financial losses.
Petrol prices rise
three times a week
The Dominion Post
Motorists in many parts of
the country have been hit by
the third petrol price increase
in a week. Stations in central
Wellington and many parts of
the South Island show regular
petrol is now NZ $2.129 (£1.124)
a litre, marking a nine cent a
litre rise in eight days. Petrol
companies have partly blamed a
sinking New Zealand dollar for
the recent increases.
Cleaning up banks
‘to take two years’
The Moscow Times
Cleaning up the Russian
banking sector is likely to take
two years, Elvira Nabiullina,
chairman of the Central Bank
of Russia, has said. Over the
past four years, the regulator
has revoked the licences of
about 350 lenders, bringing the
number of banks in Russia to
about 600 and removing weak
players or banks with dubious
business models.
‘Small firms need
financing help’
China Daily
Premier Li Keqiang has called
for more effort to solve the
financing difficulties facing
China’s small businesses. He
said more effort should be made
to deepen financial reforms and
let the market play a decisive
role in allocating resources to
firms. China has been working
hard to reduce the financing
burden on small firms and on
Monday announced tax breaks
to cut the corporate burden on
small and micro businesses.
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BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
FTSE 100 up 16.6 at 7529.7
599.5
1680.0
950.1
558.5
2335.0
1216.0
3996.0
411.3
792.5
547.5
175.5
437.2
1103.0
432.1
4237.0
2286.0
574.6
246.6
1963.0
1367.0
3839.0
119.7
1602.0
1351.0
182.0
2297.7
3066.0
5780.0
1946.0
328.4
906.4
1380.0
1052.0
221.4
295.2
245.0
1336.0
Markets
FTSE 100
7529.7
+16.6
FTSE 250
20300.2
-6.9
FTSE All Share
4137.5
+7.0
FTSE Eurofirst300
1551.8
-0.1
Dow Jones *
23563.0
+5.8
S&P 500 *
2592.4
+1.8
+10.4
Nasdaq *
6778.2
DAX
13382.4
+3.1
CAC 40
5471.4
-9.2
Hang Seng
28907.6
-86.7
Nikkei
22913.8
-23.8
High
Hammerson
Hargrve Lans
HSBC Hldgs
IAG
Imperial Brands
Informa
IntCont Htls
Intertek
ITV
Johnson Matth
Kingfisher
Land Secs
Legal & Gen
Lloyds Bk Gp
Lon Stock Ex
Marks&Spen
Mediclinic Intl
Merlin Ent
Micro Focus Intl
Mondi
Morrison (Wm)
National Grid
Next
NMC Health
Old Mutual
PaddyPwrBetfair
Pearson
Persimmon
Prudential
Randgold Res
Reckitt Ben
RELX
Rentokil Initial
Rio Tinto
Rolls-Royce
RBS
Shell A
521.5
1592.0
738.1
602.5
3162.5
702.5
4330.0
5350.0
161.4
3449.0
310.9
953.0
268.0
66.8
3770.0
333.1
606.5
376.2
2658.0
1845.0
217.3
928.3
4404.0
3059.0
191.2
8500.0
699.5
2772.0
1836.5
7005.0
6530.0
1726.0
325.0
3773.0
959.5
275.8
2459.5
+2.0
+2.0
+5.2
-8.0
+62.5
+1.0
+31.0
-35.0
+3.1
-3.0
+3.4
+4.0
-1.6
-0.5
-3.0
+5.3
+12.5
-1.3
+20.0
+42.0
+2.3
+9.4
+36.0
-140.0
+1.2
+145.0
+2.5
-102.0
-9.5
+85.0
+4.0
+2.0
+0.5
+39.5
-16.5
-0.6
+10.0
614.5
1597.0
772.0
679.8
3956.5
725.0
4492.0
5470.0
221.8
3511.0
371.2
1217.1
279.9
73.6
4069.0
397.8
941.5
537.5
2887.8
2145.0
254.4
1174.3
5355.0
3211.0
229.8
9219.8
832.5
2901.0
1893.5
8255.0
8110.4
1751.0
338.8
3831.5
994.5
290.5
2516.3
Low
512.0
1122.0
518.2
358.3
3019.0
480.0
3088.5
3037.4
152.4
2681.0
269.6
945.5
204.1
54.0
2611.0
306.7
577.0
355.0
2098.7
1495.0
210.2
895.9
3565.0
1277.2
182.3
6572.5
552.0
1600.0
1290.0
5410.0
6473.7
1273.0
204.5
2775.0
635.0
180.0
1922.5
EURO/
POUND
DOLLAR/
POUND
Company
Price
Chg
High
Shell B
RSA Insur
Sage
Sainsbury(J)
Schroders
Scot Mort Inv Tst
Segro
Severn Trent
Shire
Sky
Smith&Neph
Smiths Gp
Smurfit Kappa Grp
SSE
Stan Chart
Standard Life Aber
St James Place
Taylor Wimpey
Tesco
TUI AG
Unilever
United Utilities
Vodafone
Whitbread
Ferguson
Worldpay Group
WPP
2489.5
607.5
762.5
233.5
3458.0
457.0
550.5
2174.0
3613.0
934.0
1376.0
1543.0
2353.0
1398.0
734.0
425.8
1165.0
197.4
176.8
1328.0
4279.5
841.0
215.9
3614.0
5345.0
404.1
1304.0
+2.5
+4.0
+2.0
+2.5
+4.0
+0.5
+3.5
-7.0
-82.0
+4.0
-12.0
-6.0
+27.0
-12.0
+11.1
+0.5
-14.0
-3.7
+0.8
-12.0
+59.0
+0.5
-0.8
+3.0
-5.0
+1.9
—
2580.5
672.5
807.5
283.6
3535.0
459.1
556.5
2575.0
5186.0
1050.0
1442.0
1685.0
2441.0
1588.0
860.0
448.6
1245.0
208.6
219.4
1374.0
4557.5
1078.0
233.9
4333.0
5400.0
435.2
1928.1
Low
2006.0
511.0
595.0
224.1
2712.4
302.1
384.5
2047.0
3435.5
747.5
1064.9
1358.0
1712.7
1341.0
609.6
322.8
896.0
135.2
165.3
934.4
3050.5
817.0
186.5
3365.0
4151.7
255.7
1259.2
For enquiries call +44 (0)20 7825 8300
GOLD
Per troy ounce,
London pm fix
– $0.05
975.0
2184.0
1534.5
1071.0
3387.0
1983.0
5520.0
570.5
1030.0
682.5
267.3
705.5
1518.5
529.0
5643.6
4003.0
675.5
400.7
2472.0
2024.0
5435.0
236.9
2682.0
1765.9
349.1
3342.0
4275.0
7595.0
2616.5
411.3
1444.0
1708.0
1864.0
342.6
379.3
388.2
1724.5
Chg
$63.71
-0.5
+1.0
+13.5
+11.0
-113.0
+21.0
-30.0
-2.9
+4.5
-9.0
-1.9
-16.5
+20.5
-0.6
+24.0
-15.0
+1.5
+2.6
+12.0
+14.0
-41.0
+3.6
-34.0
-4.0
-1.6
+63.0
+56.0
-10.0
+9.0
-0.1
-43.0
+9.0
+20.0
-6.0
+4.8
+2.8
+19.5
Price
$1,285.6
951.5
1846.0
1502.5
999.0
3105.0
1967.0
4994.0
497.1
821.0
570.0
179.4
635.0
1476.5
524.1
4956.0
3666.0
596.5
251.2
2316.0
1985.0
4919.0
172.5
2561.0
1642.0
188.0
2761.0
4262.0
7380.0
2570.5
355.8
1262.0
1618.0
1312.0
260.5
326.5
371.2
1362.5
Company
+ $9.76
3i Group
Admiral
Anglo Amer
Antofagasta
AB Foods
Ashtead Group
AstraZeneca
Aviva
Babcock Intl
BAE Systems
Barclays
Barratt Dev
BHP Billiton
BP
BAT
Berkeley Grp Hldgs
British Land
BT
Bunzl
Burberry
Carnival
Centrica
Coca-Cola HBC
Compass
ConvaTec Group
CRH
Croda Intl
DCC
Diageo
Direct Line Ins
Easyjet
Experian
Fresnillo
G4S
GKN
Glencore
GSK
Low
– 0.40c
High
$1.3109
Chg
– 0.48c
Price
€1.1305
Company
OIL
Brent crude,
per barrel
STEEL
ENGINEERING
Tata to put £30m
into Port Talbot
Ex-Rolls-Royce
staff in bribes case
Tata Steel is to invest £30m
to help secure the future of
steelmaking in South Wales.
Work at the Port Talbot plant
includes replacing cranes and a
500-tonne steelmaking vessel.
It is part of a series of planned
investments Tata Steel is
making to strengthen reliability
and allow the development of
high-performing steels.
Britain’s corruption watchdog
has said it will continue to
investigate individuals linked
to Rolls-Royce, after US
authorities charged five people
with bribing government
officials to help secure a
major contract. Three former
employees of its now defunct
energy operation have been
accused of bribery.
RETAIL
ENERGY
Gallagher label
gets £10m boost
Customers desert
E.On after bill hike
Pretty Green, the luxury
menswear label founded by the
former Oasis frontman Liam
Gallagher, has received £10m
from a new private-equity
backer. Rockpool Investments
has bought a minority stake
in the retailer, which was
founded by the singer in 2009.
The retailer has 30 shops and
concessions in the UK.
E.On has admitted losing
200,000 British customers
this year, adding that energy
price hikes did not help shield
its British business from the
effects of “fierce” competition
and the weaker pound. E.On
hiked its standard variable dual
fuel prices by an average of
8.8 per cent in late April. Total
group sales came in at £7.4bn.
TECHNOLOGY
EMPLOYMENT
Sophos benefits
from hacking rise
Remote working
‘improves output’
Cyber security group Sophos
has raised its forecast for
new business for the second
time this year, as more
companies look for software
to block hacking attacks and
ransomware. Chief executive
Kris Hagerman said demand for
cyber security was accelerating:
“The attacks keep coming.”
Flexible and remote working
is likely to motivate staff more
than financial incentives.
A survey of 1,000 small
businesses found most believed
working remotely improved
productivity. HSBC said flexible
working was offered to a third of
workers in the South East, but
just one in five in Wales.
REGULATION
INSURANCE
FCA to investigate
wholesale broking
esure shares up on
record premiums
Britain’s financial watchdog has
launched an investigation into
the £68bn wholesale insurance
broking market following
“significant changes” in the
sector. The Financial Conduct
Authority said its study is aimed
at ensuring that competition
works in the interests of clients.
Insurer esure has secured
record third-quarter premiums.
The FTSE 250 group said gross
written premiums climbed 25
per cent to £625.8m for the nine
months ending in September,
with third-quarter premiums
clocking an all-time high of
£233m. Shares rose 5p to 262p.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 ended the day
higher by around 0.22 per cent
or 16.61 points at 7,529.72 points,
boosted by a 0.5 per cent drop in
the value of the pound against
the dollar; it was worth $1.3109
yesterday evening.
***
Brent crude prices continued to
trade at their highest levels since
June 2015, but ended slightly down
at $63.71. In UK stocks, Persimmon
shares were one of the worst
performers on the FTSE 100,
falling 102p to 2,772p. On the FTSE
250, Wizz Air was down 9.3 per
cent to 3,024p despite reporting
strong half-year profit figures.
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CURRENCIES
Björk to accept bitcoin
payments for new album
By Ben Chapman
The Icelanic singer-songwriter
Björk has announced that fans will
be able to buy her latest album with
the cryptocurrency bitcoin.
The musician is also accepting three lesserknown types of the
currency: litecoin,
dash, and AudioCoin.
Traditionalists can
still pay using credit
cards or PayPal.
Known for being innovative, Björk (inset)
has received critical
acclaim for her often experimental music and, in 2011, she
released the album Biophilia in the
form of an interactive app.
Her record label, One Little
Indian, has teamed up with the
London-based blockchain specialist Blockpool to allow bitcoin payments. One Little Indian said the
decision came in response to requests from fans.
The forthcoming album, Utopia, goes on sale on 24 November
but pre-orders are available now.
Those who pre-order will receive
100 AudioCoins (worth about
20p) that can be deposited
in e-wallets, exchanged
for other digital currencies or used to buy
more music.
Other artists have
flirted with the idea of
selling their work for
bitcoin. Former Spice
Girl Mel B announced a
deal with bitcoin mining firm
CloudHashing in 2013 to accept
cryptocurrency payments for her
comeback single “For Once In My
Life”. It is unclear whether the bitcoin payments ever actually happened, however.
Bitcoin remains largely shunned
by big banks but has become in-
creasingly widely accepted by several retailers.
The travel booking service Expedia began taking bitcoin payments in June 2014 and Microsoft
users can use the virtual currency
to buy content in the Windows and
Xbox stores.
It’s also possible to buy property
with bitcoin. In September, the lingerie entrepreneur Baroness Mone
began selling property worth a
total of $250m (£192m) in Dubai to
be paid for in bitcoin.
Last month, a mansion in Notting Hill, west London, went up
for sale for £17m, payable exclusively in the cryptocurrency.
THE INDEPENDENT
The value of a bitcoin
has soared to $7,500
in the past week, but there are
concerns about a change to the
infrastructure, known as a “fork”.
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The 895-pub chain,
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sales at watering
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Rivals, meanwhile,
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A steam journey to remember
Tuesday, 12th December, 2017
Departing London Victoria 10.30, returning 17.20 (times approx)
Enjoy the scenic views through your carriage window and a leisurely festive lunch as our
steam train travels to the Sussex coast hauled by historic locomotive Black 5 No. 45305. The
Sussex Belle route crosses the Weald, an ancient area of woodland scattered with farms and
villages, and joins the East Coastway Line at Lewes. We will steam through the South Downs
to Eastbourne, where there will be time to explore the Victorian seafront, pier and bandstand
before leaving diesel hauled for Hastings to re-join our steam loco for the return journey
through Crowhurst, Battle and Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Price Includes...
daily
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The price of a basket of groceries
is creeping up ahead of Christmas
with seasonal broccoli and carrots
leaping in price compared with this
time last year, figures show.
A basket of 35 popular items cost
£85.22 in October, up from £84.90
in the previous month, according
to the mySupermarket monthly
groceries tracker.
Shoppers are now paying 2 per
cent more for their groceries than a
year ago, with the total basket now
£1.94 more expensive than it was in
October last year.
Household staples such as pasta
and frozen pizza have fallen in price
compared with last month, while
apples were 2 per cent cheaper.
***
September was a record
month for retail fund sales,
according to figures from the
Investment Association.
Investors put £5.6bn into funds.
The overwhelming majority of this
money went into fixed income
asset classes such as bonds.
Tracker funds saw a net inflow
of £1.1bn last month. They now
have a market share of 13.6 per
cent, compared to 12.8 per cent in
September 2016.
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Games&Puzzles
daily recipe
Fish pie
Kakuro
NEW Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 49
RHYME LETTERS
3
23
17
9
RACKET
17
19
TWO
6
9
16
10
BUT
26
16
11
12
30
3
17
17
TOILET
POLAR
7
7
CO
FOMF
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MEANING
29
3
ROW
6
3
9
11
3
BOILER
15
3
STEAL
31
13
SERVES 4
3
10
250g fresh smoked haddock
280g fresh salmon fillets
250g fresh cod fillets
3tsps dried parsley
440g jar lasagne sauce
100ml double cream
15ml lemon juice
650g mashed potato (pre-made)
30g grated Cheddar cheese
200g petit pois
200g sweetcorn
Defrost the mashed potatoes and mix
well. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/
gas mark 6.
Take the skin off the smoked haddock
and salmon fillets. Chop all the fish into
medium size chunks. Put them into an
ovenproof dish.
Mix the cream, lasagne sauce, lemon
juice and parsley together, then pour
over the fish and mix well.
Spread the mashed potato over the
fish, sprinkle with the grated cheese and
then bake in the oven for 40 minutes
until golden brown.
Meanwhile, cook the peas and
sweetcorn in salted boiling water as
instructed on the pack, and serve these
alongside the fish pie.
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Tomorrow
Roasted sausage bake
7 3
Killer Sudoku No 1129
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
15
12
16
12
14
7
15
4
10
8
11
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15
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∧
>
>
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<
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∧
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2
9
13
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0
0
1 2 1
2
3
2
0
0
2 2 4 4
1
4 3 2 0
6
17
∧
How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
2
3
2
0
9
12
8
2 <
∨
MEANING
1
13
5
15
∧
15
14
16
PUZZLES
12
17
15
7
11
8
8
INQUISITOR
14
LETTERS
Minesweeper
2
2
1
1
8
14
CONCH
Futoshiki
How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
STRIP
GIRTH
RHYME
8
5
DRYER
5
8 1
NIL
3
TIME
How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
3
5
4
Jigsawdoku
6
5
4
CRAB
BLUBBER
Recipe from aldi.co.uk/recipes
The country’s
best barred crossword
every Saturday
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NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1850
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 49.
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Brennan loses
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By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Paddy Brennan has lost the ride on
Cue Card following the 11-year-old’s
second fall in three starts in last Saturday’s Charlie Hall Chase and is set
to be replaced by teenager Harry
Cobden in the Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday week.
The 36-year-old jockey instantly
struck up a successful rapport with
the popular and durable campaigner
when winning the Wetherby contest
two years ago and they went on to
win five Grade Ones together, including two Betfair Chases and, most
thrillingly, the 2015 King George VI
Chase at Kempton.
But there have been lows, too, in
particular Cue Card’s fall at the third
last in the 2016 Cheltenham Gold
Cup when he had just taken the lead;
victory there would have landed connections a £1m sponsors’ bonus.
The gelding appeared beaten
when falling at the same fence in this
year’s Gold Cup.
Trainer Colin Tizzard told Attheraces TV yesterday: “Paddy’s
MARKET RASEN
1.30
2.00
2.35
Paddy Brennan, pictured winning on Cue Card at Ascot back in February, has
now lost the ride and will be replaced by Harry Cobden GETTY IMAGES
had a good go on him and fell a few
times, so we’re going to try something different.
“It’s no judgment on Paddy, but we
owe the horse and sometimes you
have to say enough is enough.”
Cobden, 19 this month, was the
runaway champion conditional
jockey last season when he also rode
his first Grade One winner, Irving, in
Newcastle’s Fighting Fifth Hurdle
RUGBY BETTING AT 188BET HANDICAP CHASE
(CLASS 5) £5,000 added 2m 3f
TOWER OF ALLEN A Hales 6 11 12 .................. Kielan Woods T
BUBSY BURBIDGE N Mulholland 6 11 6........................N Fehily
ELKSTONE Mrs C Bailey 6 11 6...............................Sean Bowen H
PRETTY RECKLESS D Skelton 4 11 4.............................H Skelton
FLICHITY (C) J Cornwall 12 10 0............................................B Poste B
- 5 declared BETTING: Evens Pretty Reckless, 5-2 Elkstone, 5-1 Tower Of Allen, 6-1
Bubsy Burbidge, 100-1 Flichity.w
PLAY CASINO AT 188BET HANDICAP HURDLE
(CLASS 4) £8,000 added 2m 3f
1
20121- MR SNOOZY (C) M Walford 8 12 0................................H Brooke C
2
4-1U60 CROOKSTOWN (CD) B Case 10 11 12.............................N Fehily B
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474-54 HATEM N Littmoden 4 11 11.....................................................J Quinlan
4
0P1121 SHRUBLAND (C) D Skelton 4 11 10 .............................H Skelton C
5
56-46 SIMPLE AS THAT Jonjo O’Neill 6 11 5...................A Coleman T
6
507968 DOLLAR AND A DREAM M Mullineaux 8 10 12... C Ring (3) C,T
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25-534 URBAN KODE Miss L Russell 9 10 3......... T Willmott (10) V
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4573-2 TOARMANDOWITHLOVE S Corbett 9 10 1.... J Corbett (5) T
- 8 declared BETTING: 7-4 Shrubland, 4-1 Mr Snoozy, 5-1 Toarmandowithlove, 8-1
Hatem, Urban Kode, 10-1 Crookstown, 12-1 others.
3.10
GET 1/4 ODDS AT 188BET JUVENILE HURDLE
(CLASS 4) 3YO £6,000 added 2m 1f
1
21 KNIGHT DESTROYER Jonjo O’Neill 11 4..................A Coleman
2
NUBE NEGRA D Skelton 10 12 ...............................................H Skelton
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PRECIOUS ROCK J O’Keeffe 10 12 ................................ Joe Colliver
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TEN IN THE HAT T R Gretton 10 12.......................T Dowling (7)
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25 ORTENZIA (BF) C Longsdon 10 5................................J M Davies T
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225 SATIS HOUSE S Corbett 10 5....................................... J Corbett (5) T
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THE LADY RULES M Walford 10 5........................J Hamilton (3)
- 7 declared BETTING: 4-7 Knight Destroyer, 7-2 Ortenzia, 6-1 Nube Negra, 12-1 Satis
House, 33-1 Precious Rock, 50-1 The Lady Rules, 66-1 Ten In The Hat.
SHERWOOD MARQUEES MARES’ MAIDEN HURDLE
(CLASS 4) £5,000 added 2m 5f
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9 FINE ARK H Daly 4 10 12................................................................A Tinkler
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62- JOLIE FRANCINE C Longsdon 5 10 12 ........................J M Davies
3
222412 LUCCA LADY (BF) Katy Price 6 10 12 ................................... B Poste
4 3343P- MIRS CHOICE A Carroll 7 10 12 ....................... Miss S Bowen (7)
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80 MISS AMELIA M Walford 4 10 12..........................J Hamilton (3)
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24/2-2 RAISED ON GRAZEON J J Quinn 6 10 12....................... N Fehily
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41415- REDEMPTION SONG Kevin Frost 5 10 12..................B Hughes
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PP-547 ROMANN ANGEL M Mullineaux 8 10 12 ..............C Ring (3) H
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312F-8 ROSIE MCQUEEN Jonjo O’Neill 5 10 12....................A Coleman
- 9 declared BETTING: 9-4 Redemption Song, 3-1 Rosie McQueen, 7-2 Raised On
Grazeon, 4-1 Lucca Lady, 8-1 Jolie Francine, 25-1 Fine Ark, 33-1 Mirs
Choice, 66-1 Miss Amelia, Romann Angel.
188BET.CO.UK BUD BOOTH MARES’ CHASE (LISTED)
(CLASS 1) £30,000 added 3m
1
F1114- ANTARTICA DE THAIX (BF) P Nicholls 7 11 4
Sean Bowen H,T
2
2F412- DESERT QUEEN (CD)(BF) H Fry 9 11 4.......................N Fehily T
3
113PP- BRIERY BELLE H Daly 8 11 2.....................................................A Tinkler
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394-11 DEBDEBDEB (D) D Skelton 7 11 0......................................H Skelton
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591-11 MIA’S STORM (D) A King 7 11 0................................W Hutchinson
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/322P- TREATY GIRL (D)(BF) B Pauling 6 11 0..................C Shoemark
- 6 declared BETTING: 11-4 Mia’s Storm, 3-1 Debdebdeb, 7-2 Desert Queen, 4-1
Antartica De Thaix, 6-1 Briery Belle, 20-1 Treaty Girl.
1STSECURITYSOLUTIONS.CO.UK HANDICAP CHASE
(CLASS 4) £10,000 added 3m
1
F113-0 KAP JAZZ Miss V Williams 7 12 1.............................C Deutsch (3)
2
P131-3 ULTIMATUM DU ROY (CD) A Hales 9 12 0.... H Bannister T
3 2PU2-P THEMANFROM MINELLA (D) B Case 8 11 12
Max Kendrick (7) C,T
4
122443 SHADY GLEN (C)(D) G McPherson 8 11 8Kielan Woods B,T
5
P26631 CLUBS ARE TRUMPS (D) Jonjo O’Neill 8 11 7A Coleman C
6
62/41- FEAST OF FIRE (D) Miss J Foster 10 10 3.Sean Quinlan C
- 6 declared BETTING: 9-4 Clubs Are Trumps, 3-1 Ultimatum Du Roy, 7-2 Shady Glen,
6-1 Kap Jazz, 8-1 Themanfrom Minella, 10-1 Feast Of Fire.
1.00
BEST BET
Middle Kingdom
(7.15pm, Chelmsford)
Rarely seen so far, but has the
talent to reach a higher grade.
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for his boss Paul Nicholls. Brennan
has been riding plenty of winners for
Fergal O’Brien recently and the unbeaten Cap Soleil looks like another
in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at
Newbury today.
Mares also take centre stage at
Market Rasen in a listed Chase and
I fancy Henry Daly’s Briery Belle, at
her best this time last year, to bounce
back to winning form.
- 12 declared BETTING: 4-1 Terry The Fish, 11-2 Captain Buck’s, 8-1 Just Milly, Dell’
Arca, Beneagles, 10-1 Laurium, Onefitzall, Whataknight, 12-1 others.
DAWNUS HANDICAP CHASE
(CLASS 3) £12,000 added 2m 4f
1
62U13- CROSSPARK (D) Mrs C Bailey 7 12 1............................ R Johnson
2
02069- HENRI PARRY MORGAN P Bowen 9 11 12
James Bowen (7) C,T
3
335F1- WILLIE BOY (D) Miss V Williams 6 11 11............. L Treadwell
4
222240 EXXARO (D) C Tizzard 7 11 10..................................R M Power B,T
5
P2331- GREYBOUGG (D) N Hawke 8 11 10.............................................D Cook
6
4-026P WEST WIZARD Mrs S Leech 8 11 7...................T Scudamore T
7
/11P3- COLIN’S BROTHER N Twiston-Davies 7 11 5
S Twiston-Davies
8
315-53 FORTUNATE GEORGE (D) Miss E Lavelle 7 11 4... L Aspell
9
11U-61 MR MEDIC (D) R Walford 6 11 3.......................................James Best
10 5F52-2 GORES ISLAND (D) G L Moore 11 10 10..........Joshua Moore
- 10 declared BETTING: 7-2 Mr Medic, 5-1 Crosspark, 6-1 Greybougg, Willie Boy, 8-1
Henri Parry Morgan, Colin’s Brother, 10-1 Gores Island, 12-1 Exxaro,
Fortunate George, 16-1 West Wizard.
CSP MARES’ NOVICES’ HURDLE
(CLASS 2) £20,000 added 2m
1
63-411 DRINKS INTERVAL C Tizzard 5 11 6.......................R M Power T
2
5151-1 DAME ROSE (D) Richard Hobson 4 11 3 .............................D Cook
3
328-61 MONAR ROSE (D) B Case 5 11 3.....................................L Aspell H,T
AGETUR UK NOVICES’ HURDLE
4
111- CAP SOLEIL (C)(D) F O’Brien 4 10 12........................... P Brennan
(CLASS 4) £7,000 added 2m
5
31211- COUNTISTER N Henderson 5 10 12.........................B J Geraghty
172-24 OSCAR ROSE (D)(BF) F O’Brien 5 10 12..................A P Cawley
1
ARCHIMENTO P Hide 4 10 12................................................. L Aspell T 6
P- ROSA DAMASCENA A King 4 10 12............................... A P Heskin
2
16235- CLAIMANTAKINFORGAN (D) N Henderson 5 10 12...Nico De Boinville 7
- 7 declared 3
/2483- FAHEEM Mrs L Richards 6 10 12.................................M Goldstein
4
4 FILEMON J Snowden 5 10 12............................................ G Sheehan T BETTING: 13-8 Countister, 15-8 Cap Soleil, 7-1 Drinks Interval, 10-1
5
11055/ FLY DU CHARMIL (CD) W Greatrex 6 10 12 ........ A P Heskin Oscar Rose, Dame Rose, 16-1 Rosa Damascena, Monar Rose.
6
4-2 LOSTINTRANSLATION C Tizzard 5 10 12..............R M Power
KKA-HIGHPOINT BEGINNERS’ CHASE
7
16/ MERE IRONMONGER (D)(BF) B Powell 5 10 12......B J Powell
(CLASS 3) £10,000 added 2m 6f
8
0 THE MANUSCRIPT Jonjo O’Neill 4 10 12..............K Moore (3)
9
0-8 WINDSHEAR Mrs S Leech 6 10 12................................. P Brennan 1
/6-2FF BEAT THAT N Henderson 9 11 5 ................... Nico De Boinville
10
15-00 ODELLO (D) W Greatrex 6 10 5.............................T Greatrex (7) T 2
611P2- STRONG PURSUIT P Hobbs 7 11 5................................... R Johnson
- 10 declared 3
1/142- TOPOFTHEGAME (D)(BF) P Nicholls 5 11 5.... S Twiston-Davies T
BETTING: 4-7 Claimantakinforgan, 5-2 Lostintranslation, 16-1 Fly Du 4
200-84 MORELLO ROYALE C Tizzard 7 10 12...................R M Power T
Charmil, Mere Ironmonger, 25-1 Filemon, 33-1 others.
- 4 declared BETTING:
6-4 Beat That, 9-4 Strong Pursuit, Topofthegame, 12-1 Morello
PERTEMPS NETWORK HANDICAP HURDLE
Royale.
(CLASS 2) £15,000 added 3m
CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP HURDLE
1
26-037 WHATAKNIGHT (D) H Fry 8 11 12......................Mr M Legg (5) T
(CLASS 3) £10,000 added 2m
2
1110-4 TOBEFAIR (CD) Mrs D Hamer 7 11 10............................T Whelan
3
01-244 DELL’ ARCA (D) D Pipe 8 11 10.......................... T Scudamore B,T 1
0-F110 UTILITY (D) Jonjo O’Neill 6 11 12 ...............................K Moore (3) T
4
1551P- LAURIUM (D) N Henderson 7 11 8 ............... Nico De Boinville 2
53119- CHTI BALKO (D) D McCain 5 11 10..........................L Murtagh (3)
5
4/215- ONEFITZALL (C) P Hobbs 7 11 7.......................................... R Johnson 3
41P12- POPPY KAY (D) P Hobbs 7 11 4 .......................Sean Houlihan (8)
6
21563/ CLOSING CEREMONY (D) Miss E Lavelle 8 11 5 .....N Scholfield 4
457231 BARMAN (D) N Henderson 6 11 2(7ex)....Alan Doyle (10) H
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3-1112 TERRY THE FISH Jonjo O’Neill 5 11 3.......................K Moore (3) 5
45111- SEA WALL (D) C Gordon 9 10 9..................James Bowen (3) H
8
/1U1P- MINELLA ON LINE (D) O Sherwood 8 11 2.................... L Aspell 6
3232-4 VOLPONE JELOIS (D) P Nicholls 4 10 8...........A Thorne (8) C
9
P2215- BENEAGLES (BF) A King 5 10 11...........................................T Cannon
- 6 declared 10 2141-2 CAPTAIN BUCK’S P Nicholls 5 10 8..... S Twiston-Davies T BETTING: 5-2 Barman, 3-1 Poppy Kay, 4-1 Sea Wall, 9-2 Chti Balko, 7-1
11 23-622 JUST MILLY J Mackie 6 10 8............................James Bowen (7) H Volpone Jelois, 10-1 Utility.
12 111P5- COURT FRONTIER (D) Christian Williams 9 10 7...A P Heskin
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NEXT BEST
Briery Belle
(2pm Market Rasen)
Stable in form and this race
might be set up for her by some
trailblazing rivals.
ANTE-POST
Kylemore Lough, having his first
run for Harry Fry, is 8-1 clear
favourite for Cheltenham’s
BetVictor Gold Cup on Saturday
week.
John Gosden’s lightly-raced but
well-regarded Middle Kingdom could
be a cut above the rest in the Betfred.com Handicap at Chelmsford
this evening.
CHILDS FARM STANDARD OPEN NH FLAT RACE
(CLASS 5) £4,000 added 2m
BIGDEAL G L Moore 4 10 12.........................................Joshua Moore
32- BURROWS EDGE N Henderson 4 10 12..............B J Geraghty
CUDDLES MCGRAW F O’Brien 4 10 12..................... P Brennan
5- DON’T ASK W Greatrex 4 10 12.......................................... G Sheehan
DU DESTIN N Henderson 4 10 12................. Nico De Boinville
FIELD MASTER Miss E Lavelle 4 10 12.................N Scholfield
HEYDOUR M Channon 4 10 12 ........................................... A P Heskin
IRISH PRINCE D Pipe 4 10 12........................................T Scudamore
6P6- ROYAL MAGIC Sam Thomas 5 10 12..................................A Nicol T
SAVANNA ROAR B Pauling 4 10 12....Mr A R Ferguson (7)
SOJOURN A Honeyball 4 10 12...................................D G Noonan T
STORMY MILAN C Longsdon 4 10 12 .......... Paul O’Brien (5)
THE LAST OF THEM Tom Lacey 5 10 12....S Twiston-Davies
TIDAL FLOW P Hobbs 4 10 12............................................... R Johnson
2 TOUCHY SUBJECT Miss J Davis 4 10 12......................T Cannon
WHAT’S OCCURRING O Sherwood 4 10 12................. L Aspell
- 16 declared BETTING: 7-2 Burrows Edge, 6-1 Tidal Flow, 7-1 Du Destin, 10-1 Don’t
Ask, Savanna Roar, Irish Prince, 12-1 others.
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BET TOTEEXACTA AT BETFRED.COM HANDICAP
(CLASS 2) £19,000 added 1m 2f
PETITE JACK (CD) Archie Watson 4 9 10 ........J Mitchell C 4
ICKYMASHO (CD) J Portman 5 9 5......................... R Kingscote 2
PACTOLUS (CD) S C Williams 6 9 3 ....Oisin Murphy H,T 6
MIDDLE KINGDOM (D) J Gosden 3 8 13.................R Havlin T 3
RAINBOW REBEL (D) M Johnston 4 8 10 ............ J Fanning 5
PLUTONIAN C Hills 3 8 9..............................................P J McDonald 1
THA’IR (D) M Appleby 7 8 7.................................................L Morris H 7
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132170 KENSTONE (CD) A Wintle 4 9 8 .......... Finley Marsh (5) C 14
4 799042 PEARL SPECTRE (CD) P McEntee 6 9 7 ....Nicola Currie (7) 10
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531144 LUNAR DEITY (C) S C Williams 8 9 5....... Oisin Murphy T 8
6 706698 OUTER SPACE (CD) J Osborne 6 9 4 ......................D Costello 12
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11-053 TROPICAL ROCK R Beckett 3 9 4............................. R Kingscote 3
8
127093 CALL OUT LOUD (D) M Appleby 5 9 3 ........... A Rawlinson 13
9 040740 HAMMER GUN (C)(D) D Shaw 4 9 2......................P Mathers V 1
10 0-7362 MIDNIGHT MACCHIATO (D) D Brown 4 8 13.... J P Spencer 4
11 494127 ROUGE NUAGE (D) C Allen 7 8 13........................................J Quinn 5
12 258839 TAI SING YEH (D) C Hills 3 8 12...................................D Probert T 6
13 635313 MIRACLE GARDEN I Williams 5 8 12................S Donohoe B 9
14 095373 TADAANY Mrs R Carr 5 8 9 ............................................J P Sullivan 2
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Racing results
CHEPSTOW
Going: Soft
12.55 1. TRIOPAS (C Gethings) 4-1; 2. Classico Dais
4-1; 3. Balkinstown 10-1. 8 ran. 15-8 fav Market
Road (Fell). 41/2l, 7l. (Tom Lacey).
1.25 1. THE LAST DAY (A Wedge) 15-8 fav; 2.
Mahlermade 9-2; 3. Mon Eldorado 5-1. 14 ran.
5l, nk. (E Williams).
2.00 1. ITSHARD TO NO (R Johnson) 6-1; 2. Swift
Crusador 7-2 fav; 3. Thisonetime 5-1. 9 ran. nk,
2l. (Kerry Lee).
2.35 1. CHOOSEYOURWEAPON (A Wedge) 9-1;
2. Gowiththeflow 6-1; 3. Now Mcginty 13-2; 4. The
Devils Drop 12-1. 16 ran. 3-1 fav Western Honour
(8th). hd, 12l, 23/4l. (E Williams).
3.10 1. STEELY ADDITION (M G Nolan) 4-1; 2.
Waterloo Warrior 7-1; 3. Red Rising 7-4 fav. 11
ran. 10l, 3/4l. (P Hobbs).
3.40 1. PADDY THE OSCAR (C Ring) 10-1; 2.
Flaming Charmer 10-1; 3. Alf ‘n’ Dor 12-1. 12 ran.
evens fav Daklondike (4th). 2l, 8l. (Grace Harris).
4.15 1. GOOD BOY BOBBY (S Twiston-Davies)
6-1; 2. Tossapenny 8-1; 3. West To The Bridge 20-1;
4. Queenohearts 33-1. 16 ran. 11-8 fav Sunset
Showdown (5th). ns, 3/4l, 3l. (N Twiston-Davies).
Placepot: £153.50. Quadpot: £37.00.
Place 6: £131.76. Place 5: £57.75.
KEMPTON
Going: Standard
4.40 1. ESPADRILLE (W Buick) 4-7 fav; 2. Ruffina
11-2; 3. Ceilidhs Dream 7-1. 12 ran. 11/2l, 1l. (C
Appleby).
5.10 1. CECCHINI (R Kingscote) 9-4; 2. Bubble
And Squeak 13-8 fav; 3. Heather Lark 7-1. 12 ran.
11/4l, 3l. (R Beckett).
5.40 1. LUSH LIFE (D Costello) 16-1; 2. Briscola
15-2; 3. American Endeavour 11-2. 12 ran. 5-2 fav
Light Relief (11th). 13/4l, 11/4l. (J Osborne).
6.10 1. ELSAAKB (N Mackay) 10-1; 2. Lady Of Aran
9-4 cofav; 3. Motown Mick 9-4 cofav. 5 ran. 9-4
cofav Prestbury Park (4th). shd, 23/4l. (J Gosden).
6.40 1. CASTLELYONS (Oisin Murphy) 11-2; 2.
Isaac Bell 9-1; 3. Berrahri 22-1. 8 ran. 6-4 fav
Alqamar (8th). 1l, 3l. (Robert Stephens).
7.10 1. BIRD FOR LIFE (Nicola Currie) 11-2; 2.
Iley Boy 9-1; 3. Mistress Viz 12-1. 12 ran. 2-1 fav
Spiritofedinburgh (4th). nk, ns. (M Usher).
7.40 1. VOLTURNUS (N Mackay) 25-1; 2. Mister
Chow 5-1; 3. Casemates Square 11-10 fav. 6 ran.
23/4l, 2l. (J Osborne).
8.10 1. LOVEATFIRSTSIGHT (D Muscutt) 11-4
fav; 2. Binky Blue 5-1; 3. Warba 10-1. 12 ran. 1l, 1l.
(J Chapple-Hyam).
Placepot: £177.40. Quadpot: £155.00.
Place 6: £195.96. Place 5: £159.30.
MUSSELBURGH
Going: Good-good to firm in places
12.45 1. FLY VINNIE (Steven Fox) 7-1; 2. Buckled
9-4 fav; 3. Waltz Darling 6-1. 9 ran. 7l, 14l. (A
Whillans).
1.15 1. MULLAGHMURPHY BLUE (A E Lynch)
evens fav; 2. Running In Heels 10-1; 3. King Golan
20-1. 8 ran. 6l, 11l. (J Dreaper (IRE) ).
1.50 1. BEYOND THE CLOUDS (B Hughes) 2-5
fav; 2. Golden Jeffrey 10-3; 3. Kelpies Myth 20-1.
14 ran. 8l, 14l. (K Ryan).
2.25 1. JOHN WILLIAMS (Rachel McDonald) 15-8
fav; 2. Muwalla 13-2; 3. Chestnut Ben 6-1. 8 ran.
2l, 11/4l. (A M Thomson).
3.00 1. SUPERIOR COMMAND (Derek Fox) 8-1;
2. Wot A Shot 6-1; 3. Vercingetorix 5-1. 11 ran.
7-2 fav Sindarban (8th). nk, 21/4l. (Miss L Russell).
3.30 1. BLUE KASCADE (Rachel McDonald) 11-8
fav; 2. Bright Prospect 2-1; 3. No Such Number 9-2.
5 ran. 8l, 13/4l. (A M Thomson).
Placepot: £8.70. Quadpot: £3.90.
Place 6: £9.53. Place 5: £5.91.
NOTTINGHAM
Going: Soft-heavy in places
12.35 1. REGULAR INCOME (J Quinn) 6-1 cofav;
2. Marble Bar 6-1 cofav; 3. Creel 20-1. 11 ran.
6-1 cofav Milan Reef (5th), 6-1 cofav Blacklooks
(RanOut). 23/4l, 3/4l. (Adam West).
1.05 1. MY LORD AND MASTER (Daniel Tudhope)
4-1; 2. Young Rascal 9-1; 3. Hipster Boy 12-1. 14
ran. 3-1 fav Rhode Island (5th). 6l, 1/2l. (W Haggas).
1.40 1. KINAESTHESIA (Oisin Murphy) 4-1; 2.
Qawamees 33-1; 3. Glencadam Master 3-1 fav. 14
ran. shd, 21/4l. (R Beckett).
2.15 1. PERFECT PASTURE (D Allan) 5-2 fav; 2.
Clem Fandango 9-2; 3. Green Door 16-1. 9 ran.
11/4l, 1l. (M W Easterby).
2.50 1. QUICK LOOK (D Allan) 9-2 jt-fav; 2. Fantasy
Keeper 5-1; 3. Jabbarockie 6-1. 10 ran. 9-2 jt-fav
Memories Galore (8th). 3/4l, 1/2l. (M W Easterby).
3.20 1. EBITDA (J Gormley) 6-5 fav; 2. Angel
Palanas 6-1; 3. Coiste Bodhar 8-1. 9 ran. 11/4l,
3
/4l. (S Dixon).
3.55 1. TOPAMICHI (Mr J Kendrick) 6-1; 2. Attest
11-1; 3. Maraakib 9-1. 11 ran. 11-4 fav England
Expects (7th). 11/4l, 3/4l. (M Appleby).
Jackpot: £10,000.00.
Placepot: £73.10. Quadpot: £7.10.
Place 6: £37.36. Place 5: £15.17.
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Stoneman insists Cook’s form is no
issue as England batsmen fall short
ENGLAND
Malan 63, Stoneman 61, Root 58
Fallins 4-71
278-8
Adelaide scoreboard
England batsman
Dawid Malan on
his way to a half
century in Adelaide
yesterday AFP/GETTY
CRICKET AUSTRALIA XI
By Chris Stocks
AT THE ADELAIDE OVAL
Mark Stoneman has played down
concerns over Alastair Cook’s form
after his opening partner failed for
the second successive innings during the opening day of this pink-ball
warm-up match against a Cricket
Australia XI.
Cook had been dismissed for a second-ball duck in England’s first tour
match against a Western Australian
XI in Perth last weekend. And he fell
for just 15 in Adelaide yesterday after
edging seamer Jackson Coleman
behind in the seventh over.
England reached the close on 278
for 8 after Stoneman, captain Joe
Root and Dawid Malan all scored
half-centuries. But there was a late
collapse, too, as Chris Woakes, Craig
Overton and Malan fell in quick succession to the second new ball under
the Adelaide floodlights.
This day, though, really belonged
to 21-year-old leg-spinner Dan Fallins, who claimed the scalps of Stoneman, James Vince, Root and Jonny
Bairstow to return figures of 4 for 71
on his first-class debut.
“The way things are going he’s getting a couple of decent balls, early
on,” Stoneman said of Cook. “That’s
the nature of opening the batting. We
can’t guarantee that we will spend
much time together but things feel his international career in the threegood. There’s a decent level of
match series against West
chemistry with the batIndies at the end of the
ting and how we are in
English summer, this was
the middle.
a second half-century
“Early in your inin as many innings
nings, it’s not a good
after his 86 in Perth
Half-centuries
time to get such a
last weekend.
scored by Mark
delivery. The longer
But despite that,
Stoneman
in
as
he can spend in the
the Surrey opener
many
innings
middle the happier he
was disappointed not
for England
will be. We have had a
to reach his maiden
decent day, shame about
hundred for England.
the ending.”
“The rhythm and timing
For Stoneman, who started
has been there, and I’m happy
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Down: 1 Averts*, 2 Lionel*
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log, loin, long, lot, lout, not, noting, noun, oil, oiling, out,
outing, toil, toiling, ton, toning, union, unto
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with how things are progressing,” he
said. “It would have been nice to give
it a further lift with a hundred. It was
pretty disappointing.
“There was a chance there to get
a big score and really get myself into
the tour. We need to be scoring big
hundreds. There are lessons to be
learned from today.”
This was the first chance for England’s batsmen to experience the pink
Kookaburra ball in a match situation.
The Kookaburra is believed to
offer more movement, especially
under lights – which might explain
those three late wickets by a fairly
pedestrian attack.
Stoneman said of the pink ball:
“It’s fine. There was the odd one that
seamed early on but not a great deal
of movement. It’s a slow wicket and a
considerably slow outfield, so 278 is
probably worth 320.” THE INDEPENDENT
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I will fight Wilder but it must
be on my terms, says Joshua
By Declan Warrington
Anthony Joshua has warned Deontay
Wilder they will fight on “my terms”
after revealing Eddie Hearn will
make an offer to the WBC heavyweight champion.
The 28-year-old Joshua, who defeated Carlos Takam by TKO to retain his world heavyweight titles last
month, insists potential opponents
only talk of fighting him without making an official approach.
Most recently, Wilder accused
Joshua’s promoter Hearn of delaying
negotiations regarding a potential match-up and WBO champion
Joseph Parker described him as his
“preferred option”.
Before Wilder stopped Bermane
Stiverne inside a round in his sixth
WBC heavyweight title defence,
Hearn had spoken of plans to make
him an offer to fight Joshua’s rival
Dillian Whyte.
However, Joshua said: “If Wilder’s
not making an offer we’ll do it on my
RUGBY LEAGUE
Bennett rings
the changes
for France
By Ian Laybourn
IN PERTH
England coach Wayne Bennett
says his team for the knockout
stages of the World Cup is still
“open for negotiation”.
Bennett is ringing the changes
for Sunday’s final group game
against France in Perth in order
to give all members of his squad
some game time before the
quarter-finals.
Mark Percival,
S co t t Tay l o r,
Mike
McMeeken and
Kevin Brown
will make their
first appearances of the
tournament, with
Ryan Hall, Josh
Hodgson, Elliott Whitehead, Kallum Watkins and Chris
Heighington all rested.
“It’s just about giving everybody
the opportunity to play,” Bennett
said. “They get disheartened if
they don’t get that opportunity.”
As for who will be back for the
quarter-final, which is expected
to be against Papua New Guinea,
in Melbourne on 19 November,
Bennett insisted: “It’s all open for
negotiation.”
Meanwhile, winger Jermaine
McGillvary has been cleared of
biting Lebanon captain Robbie
Farah and so will be free to play
against France.
Results service
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
Iceland (0)...................................1 Czech Republic (1)....................2
K Finnbogason 77
Soucek 19
Sykora 65
BOXING
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ADELAIDE (Day 1 of 4): England have scored 278 for 8
wickets against Cricket Australia XI
Cricket Australia XI won toss
ENGLAND — First Innings
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
15 0
1 28 27
A N Cook c Paine b Coleman
61 0 6 130 200
M D Stoneman c Carder b Fallins
33 0 3 64 83
J M Vince b Fallins
58 0 4 89 119
*J E Root c Gibson b Fallins
63 0
7 128 171
D J Malan c Short b Coleman
9 0
1 21 24
†J M Bairstow c Paine b Fallins
33
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1 67 94
C R Woakes c Gibson b Coleman
0 0 0 9 15
C Overton c Carder b Sandhu
0 0 0
1 3
M S Crane not out
Extras (lb5 nb1)
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Total (for 8, 89.2 overs)
278
Fall: 1-24, 2-85, 3-155, 4-178, 5-195, 6-271, 7-278, 8-278.
To bat: J T Ball, J M Anderson.
Bowling: J R Coleman 20.2-4-66-3, G S Sandhu 21-3-55-1,
S Milenko 19-6-49-0, D Fallins 21-1-71-4, M W Short 5-019-0, J J S Sangha 3-1-13-0.
Cricket Australia XI: J Carder, J R Coleman, M W Short, D
Fallins, R J Gibson, N C R Larkin, S Milenko, *†T D Paine, G
S Sandhu, W J Pucovski, J J S Sangha.
Umpires: Simon Fry and David Shepard.
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Anthony Joshua (top) says
Deontay Wilder must make
an offer if he wants to fight
terms. Present him with an offer, and
see how they feel about that offer.
“That only goes to the champions:
Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker.
It’s the same situation to both of them.
“It’s no problem if Wilder wants to
fight early next year, but no offers have
been made to me. There has never
been an offer. Everyone says they
want to fight, and then sits back and
waits for me to do all the homework.
“What we then have to do – which
Eddie’s doing – is fly out to the United
States to make time. No offers have
been made from their or our side; we
had a mandatory in place, and now
we’re taking the time and effort to
get the ball rolling.
“There’s one thing talking and
acting, but negotiations don’t happen
over social media. We’re now making
the moves forward,” Joshua added.
“I’m serious about becoming undisputed heavyweight champion of the
world. We’re just making sure that a
lot of these guys who are making noise
will back up what they’re saying.”
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chester FC (0)........................ 0 Wrexham (1)...................................1
Att 4,079
Pearson 43
PRESS AND JOURNAL HIGHLAND LEAGUE
Keith 1 Wick Academy 1; Lossiemouth 0 Buckie
Thistle 3; Nairn County 2 Huntly 5; Clachnacuddin
2 Fort William 1.
BOSTIK PREMIER DIVISION
Leatherhead 1 Folkestone Invicta 2.
EUROPEAN U21 CH’SHIP Q’FYING GROUP ONE
Croatia U21 (1).......................5 San Marino U21 (0)................0
CHECKATRADE TROPHY NORTHERN GROUP A
Carlisle 1 Fleetwood Town 2.
GROUP C
Bury 3 Stoke U21 1.
GROUP H
Grimsby 1 Sunderland U21 1
(Sunderland U21 win 7-6 on penalties).
GROUP C
Bristol Rovers 2 Swindon 4.
WOMENS CHAMPIONS LGE - RND OF 16, 1ST LEG
Chelsea 3 Rosengard 0.
GOLF
BLUE BAY LPGA, HAINAN ISLAND, CHINA, First
round scorers (USA unless stated, par 72): 65
S Young Yoo (S Kor); 66 X Sui (Chin); 67 N Yeon
Choi (S Kor); J Eun Lee (S Kor); P Lindberg (Swe);
Lee-Anne Pace (SA); A Buhai (SA); L Salas (US); 68
A Ernst (US); A Munoz (Sp); Pei-yun Chien (Chin);
S Hyun Park (S Kor); 69 A Jutanugarn (Thai); M
Jutanugarn (Thai); A Sharp (Can); A Lee (US); M
Jung Hur (S Kor); S Feng (Chin); 70 (a) Lei Ye (Chin);
C Masson (Ger); Y Pan (Chin); Y Zhang (Chin); 71 E K
Pedersen (Den); N Korda (US); S Gal (Ger); A Uehara
(Japan); M Khang (US); M Lee (Aus); C Kung (Twa);
K Icher (Fr); H Joo Kim (S Kor); L Duncan (US); N
Broch Larsen (Den); P Phatlum (Thai); J Shin (US); J
Korda (US); H Nomura (Japan);
SNOOKER
188BET CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS RICOH ARENA COVENTRY Group 3: M Selby (Eng) bt L Wenbo
(Chin) 4-3; L Brecel (Bel) bt J Trump (Eng) 4-0.
FIXTURES (7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
FIFA WORLD CUP EUROPEAN QUALIFYING PLAYOFFS FIRST LEG
Croatia v Greece...........................................................................................
Northern Ireland v Switzerland....................................................
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
Romania v Turkey (6.15) ........................................................................
Scotland v Netherlands ........................................................................
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SPORT
RUGBY UNION
Daly fit to
take place
on wing for
England
By Duncan Bech
Anthony Watson and Elliot Daly
are poised to start England’s opening autumn international against
Argentina on the wings.
Daly’s rapid recovery from the
knee ligament damage suffered
on Wasps duty last month enables him to line up on the left wing,
with Semesa Rokoduguni offering
cover if Jonny May is ruled out.
“Jonny hurt his hamstring
in Portugal. He’s made a lot of
progress but remains unlikely for
Argentina,” forwards coach Steve
Borthwick said. “Daly wasn’t with
us in Portugal but joined the squad
on Sunday. We didn’t initially
know how severe the injury was
but he’s made great progress and
has trained well.”
With the wing picture becoming
clearer, the outstanding issues are
We didn’t initially know
how severe Daly’s injury
was but he has made great
progress and trained well
in the midfield and back five of the
forwards.
One of Alex Lozowski, Henry
Slade and Owen Farrell must
be withdrawn from the 26 retained at the squad’s Surrey
training base when the team is
announced today.
Tom Curry and Sam Underhill
are duelling for the openside flanker spot, but both could be included
in the 23 if Eddie Jones decides to
rest Maro Itoje from the four locks
selected.
Jones named all 10 of his available British and Irish Lions in the
26 despite previously stating he
would stand them down for all or
part of the autumn due to their
involvement against New Zealand.
“Every day we monitor the
Lions players closely. We ran several different training programs
last week according to what they
needed on an individual basis,”
Borthwick said.
Elliot Daly has recovered quickly
from knee ligament damage
WALES
Australia
clash
will be
a game
changer
for me
Scarlets full-back Leigh
Halfpenny tells Jack de
Menezes he is going on
the attack this autumn
to help end a dismal run
I
f Australia win at the
and being the last line of defence
Principality Stadium on
rather than his ability to unlock
Saturday, their unbeaten streak defences.
against Wales will stretch to an
But Halfpenny, 28, knows that
embarrassing 13 Tests.
if he is to prevent Williams from
It is a run that returns to haunt
ousting him from the No 15 shirt,
Warren Gatland’s side every
he needs to up his game.
autumn, yet this time there is
“For me, something that I’ve
genuine optimism that Wales have
come into this season looking at
the game plan to thrive
personally is to bring
against the Wallabies.
that attacking game
Gatland’s squad selection
into my own game,
I’v
ve been
for the Tests against
working hard and I’m really looking
Australia, Georgia, New
to make gains and
at Scarlets
Zealand and South Africa
improvements in that,”
and
we
play
suggests a change in
said Halfpenny (right).
tactics – two play-making a really
He is certainly in
fly-halves at 10 and 12 who exciting brand the right place to do
can unleash a wealth of
that. After returning
of attacking
attacking options.
from the Lions tour,
rugby which
One of those is the
Halfpenny left Toulon to
I’m
enjoying
Saracens wing Liam
join the Scarlets.
Williams, who lit up the
“I’ve been working
summer for the British and Irish
hard at the Scarlets, and at the
Lions and created one of the most
Scarlets we play a really exciting
mesmerising tries in the side’s
brand of attacking rugby which
129-year history.
I’m really enjoying playing in
But another hoping to prove his
and I’m looking to continue
worth as an out-and-out attacker
that attacking game and that
is full-back Leigh Halfpenny. This
mindset,” he added.
might raise a few eyebrows, given
“You want to make good
he is known for his goal-kicking
decisions on the ball, especially
given the defence in front of you,
but when the opportunity arises
we’re looking to make the most
that chance.
“I’m loving being back home
in Wales and really enjoying it at
the Scarlets. The boys and the
coaching staff really made me feel
welcome and helped me settle in
pretty quickly and we’re pretty
happy with how we’ve started in
the PRO14.
“There’s expectation there but
it’s what we expect of the squad
ourselves by working hard each
day in training to keep improving
and keep going forward as a team.”
While Halfpenny has his own
targets to hit over the next month,
Gatland claimed last week that
Wales are capable of challenging
for the World Cup in 2019.
But as they take on the
Southern Hemisphere’s “Big
Three”– and having never beaten
the All Blacks, along with the
unwanted streak against the
Wallabies – there is a lot to do
before the Welsh can dream of
World Cup glory.
Halfpenny knows that and
he will not allow himself or any
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testing series against
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FOOTBALL
I owe comeback
to Cockerill,
admits McInally
I want to show exactly what I’m
about at West Ham, says Moyes
By Will Jackson
By Mark Critchley
Scotland hooker Stuart McInally
has credited Edinburgh coach
Richard Cockerill with turning
his game around.
McInally (below) is likely to line
up against Samoa at Murrayfield
on Saturday following injuries to
Ross Ford and Fraser Brown.
He has made a bright start to
the Guinness PRO14 season under
Cockerill, who has already made
an impact on his thrower.
“Just playing more is helping
my confidence,” said McInally, 27.
“I owe a lot to Richard Cockerill,
he’s taken a bit of a
gamble on me at the
start of the year
and has been
happy for me to
play a lot and
that was great
for me to play
week in week
out.
“The good thing
about Richard is
he knows about being a
hooker and the pressure you’re
under at set-piece and everything,
but he doesn’t put heaps of
pressure on me even if I lose the
odd line-out.”
Should McInally start, it will
be his first Scotland appearance
since the tour to Japan in 2016.
He added: “I feel for Ross and
Fraser, especially Ross, who I see
day-to-day and how hard he works
and how desperate he is to play for
Scotland.
“I’ve been in that position, such
as in the World Cup (in 2015),
where you get lengthy injuries at
inconvenient times.”
David Moyes has admitted he has “a
point to prove” as the new manager
of West Ham United after making
a mistake by joining Sunderland at
the start of last season.
The former Everton and Manchester United manager resigned
from the Wearside club in May after
a dismal campaign ended in relegation from the Premier League.
Despite his struggles at Sunderland, Moyes has been appointed as
Slaven Bilic’s successor in east London and his first task will be to steer
third-bottom West Ham away from
the drop zone.
David Moyes is keen to improve
“I do have a point to prove, yes,” fitness levels in his squad
Moyes said during his unveiling at
the London Stadium yesterday. “I bottom of the class when it came to
think maybe I have to do that and sprints and distance covered.
show it. Sometimes you have to reBut Moyes, who is in talks to
pair things and maybe I
bring in former Hammers
have a bit to repair.”
defender Stuart Pearce as
If you ask part of his coaching staff,
“For me, I didn’t do
enough due diligence [be- where my best says there will be no easing
fore taking the Sunderland attribute is,
up on his watch.
job],” he said. “I want to get it’s out on the
“If you are asking me
back and I want to win. I grass training where my best attribute is,
want to get back to show
it’s out on the grass training
exactly what I’m about and with the
with players, but we need
West Ham is as good a club players, but
the players to show it,” he
the players
as any to do that at.”
said. “Once they know they
Moyes has already over- to show it
are running the least and
seen two gruelling training
sprinting the least they
sessions since he was apneed to take responsibility.
pointed manager on Tuesday.
“The sessions will be tough for
Questions were raised about the them but hopefully they will enjoy it
fitness levels of the squad under Bilic, too. We are working them hard and
with statistics showing they were trying to get the best we can out of
SAMOA
member of the squad to think beyond
Saturday’s match with Australia.
He added: “Obviously it’s a big
campaign this autumn series for us.
We’re really looking to put a marker
down in this campaign. As a squad
we want to go into every game with
the goal and belief that we can win,
and it’s a case of taking it one game
at a time, so up first it’s Australia.”
“We want to test ourselves against
the best in the world but we want to
be competing against the best in the
world and this campaign certainly
gives us that opportunity to do that.
We’re looking to really put a marker
down and for it to be a successful
campaign for us as a squad.
“The All Blacks are a top quality
side and they’ve got quality all
across the park. For us, we know
it’s a huge challenge to come up
against them, but there’s guys that
have experience playing the All
Blacks. It’s a huge game but like all
the games that we’re playing in this
campaign we’re looking win it.” THE
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Tuilagi: Donate
£75,000 straight
to the players
By Duncan Bech
Manu Tuilagi has urged England
to pay their goodwill gesture of
£75,000 straight to Samoa’s players
rather than the bankrupt union.
The Pacific island’s prime
minister Tuilaepa Sailele
Malielegaoi has said their union,
of which he is chairman, is
“insolvent” due to being unable to
“pay off our debts with the banks”.
Rules prevent the RFU from
complying with Samoa’s request
for a share of revenue generated
from the Test on 25 November –
more than £5m.
Tuilagi, who was born in
Samoa, fears that the money will
be squandered if it is presented to
the governing body.
“The boys are getting paid the
same or less now than in 1991. You
cannot develop a rugby team like
that,” said Tuilagi.
them. If anything they are anxious to
show the new manager what they can
do. But there will be no favours, if they
don’t do the running they won’t play.”
Moyes made headlines during the
final weeks of his reign at Sunderland after video footage emerged
of him threatening to slap Vicki
Sparks, a BBC journalist who asked
a question to which he objected.
The 54-year-old Scot was fined
£30,000 by the Football Association
for the remark and was chided in a
newspaper column by West Ham
vice-chairman and businesswoman
Karren Brady.
Moyes insisted that, despite
Brady describing his behaviour as
“belittling” and “disrespectful”,
her criticism of him had not been
discussed during the appointment
process.
“It’s Karren who I spoke to on the
phone and Karren who I had the
meeting with,” Moyes said. “I’ve said
many times I made a mistake, I apologised for the mistake right away.
“We talk with journalists like this
all the time, sometimes it can go the
wrong way, but I apologised for that
at the time.
“She didn’t discuss it all because
as you said it was written six months
ago,” he added. “I don’t think there
was any need to do it.
“I’ve had two or three conversations with Karren, they’ve been
very good. I’ve actually quite enjoyed listening to her, so hopefully
we can have a good relationship.”
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TOTTENHAM
2022 WORLD CUP
We will have
Kane back to
face Arsenal
– Pochettino
Qatar forced by
UN to improve
workers’ rights
By Matt Slater
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
Mauricio Pochettino said that Harry
Kane will be fit to play for Tottenham against Arsenal on Saturday
week.
Spurs’ star striker pulled out of
the England squad for the friendlies
against Germany tomorrow and
Brazil next Tuesday after injuring
his knee in last Sunday’s 1-0 win over
Crystal Palace.
But Pochettino, speaking at the
launch of his book Brave New World
at Spurs’ Enfield training base this
afternoon, predicted that Kane
would recover for the game in 10
days’ time.
“Harry Kane is OK,” Pochettino
said. “You can see in the last game
he received a kick to his knee, but he
will be available for the next game.”
Kane was withdrawn from Gareth
Southgate’s squad largely as a precaution and Pochettino explained
on Sunday night that he would have
to be managed. Kane missed the 1-0
defeat at Old Trafford on 28 Octo-
Harry Kane (left) will be fit to face
Arsenal says Maurico Pochettino
ber also as a precaution with a hamstring injury.
There are two other Tottenham
absentees from this weekend’s
games, with Harry Winks and Dele
Alli both out of Southgate’s squad.
Alli did not join up after missing
Spurs’ game with Palace with a
hamstring injury, but Pochettino is
confident that he too will be fit for
the Arsenal game.
Then there is Winks, who took
a kick on the ankle in the first half
against Palace, was scanned on
Monday at Enfield.
He was withdrawn from international duty but the injury is not
understood to be bad and he is expected to be able to face Arsenal next
Saturday as well. THE INDEPENDENT
Qatar’s efforts to improve
the conditions for its migrant
workers have resulted in the
United Nations closing its
complaint against the Gulf state.
The International Labour
Organisation, the UN’s agency
for workers’ safety, submitted
a complaint three years ago
following media coverage
of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup
construction boom.
Concerns about the human
rights of the 1.6 million migrant
workers in Qatar centred on
health and safety issues on
construction sites.
But most controversial is the
system under which foreign
labourers have to have a Qatari
sponsor. It means workers must
get permission to change jobs or
to go home and is open to abuse
by unscrupulous employers.
Under pressure, the Qataris
banned stadium contractors
from using the system and
forced them to improve
conditions for their workers.
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FOOTBALL
INTERNATIONALS
Young reclaims England
place after character test
By Kevin Garside
CHIEF SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
Ashley Young had been out of the
picture for so long he thought the
joke was on him when the Manchester United media staff told him to
pack his bags for St George’s Park.
Four years after his previous call-up,
five since he last played, he’d almost
stopped believing.
Funny how a career can turn
around at 32. Compelled by circumstance to be filling holes at Old Trafford, his versatility has made him
invaluable to Gareth Southgate,
who spent much of this week sorting through sick notes.
Pity one of them was from Dele
Alli. It might have been a giggle to
witness the reconciliation after the
machismo contretemps at Old Trafford, where the two traded insults
nostril to nostril. “Things happen
on football pitches. Once the game
is finished, you don’t need to talk afterwards. That’s just how it is. He’s a
confident player. That gives him that
edge,” Young said.
Young’s last contribution in an
England shirt was a missed penalty
in the shoot-out defeat by Italy at the
European Championship in 2012. It
might not have been so costly were
it not followed by the post-Sir Alex
Ferguson period at United.
Injuries to hamstring and groin
proved almost as disruptive as
Jesse Lingard
(top) welcomes
United teammate Ashley
Young back into
the England fold
during training
PA
managerial change. He began Jose that should have been the prelude
Mourinho’s first season as a pe- to a sustained England career, yet
ripheral figure and yet in April he after 30 caps the phone fell silent.
captained United to victory at
“If you ask any English playOld Trafford against eveners who have represented
tual champions Chelsea.
their county before who
With Mourinho’s sancare then not involved
tion Southgate reconfor a few years, like
sidered Young for
me, then of course
England caps won
England. And here
yo u l o o k at t h e
by Ashley Young, the
he is. “I got told by
squads and there’s
last
of
which
came
in
our press officer just
disappointment,” he
the
defeat
by
Italy
at
before the squad was
said.
Euro 2012
announced. I didn’t ac“But it’s the way you
tually believe her.”
bounce back from it. The
He was 27, theoretically
way you turn things around,
at his peak at the point of the
having that determination, that
spot-kick disaster in Kiev. As a title hunger and drive to want to be back
winner at United the following year in the England squad. It’s a test of
in Ferguson’s last season in charge, your character.”
Young is not the easiest interviewee. Perhaps the career scrutiny over
the issue of diving, resurrected after
Arsène Wenger’s claims about Raheem Sterling last week, has taken a
toll. It was put to him whether diving
associations might have held back
his England career.
“A lot of people talk about diving and what-not, but it’s just one
England and Germany
of those things. If the referee gives
players will wear black
a foul then it’s a foul. That’s just
armbands bearing poppies for
how I see it.” Was it a United thing?
tomorrow’s friendly at Wembley.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinFA chief executive Martin Glenn
ion. Anyone can say anything, but
described the move as “a show of
no, I don’t dive.”
solidarity and unity”.
Had he spoken to Sterling? “No.
But I’m sure we’ll catch up soon. It’s
about having a thick skin. I think
referees have a tough job. It’s hard
for them to make a split-second
decision. Sometimes decisions go
against players and go against teams
but you just have to get on with it.”
Young returns among friends,
accompanied by United team-mates
Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and
Phil Jones. “You get taken into the
squad with welcome arms. You see
a lot of the younger boys here now.
If I can bring my experience to them
and help them then maybe they can
help me. I think it will be brilliant.”
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Video assistant
referee to be used
at Wembley
Vardy: Leicester form can
earn me a World Cup place
A video assistant referee will be
used in England’s friendly with
Germany at Wembley tomorrow
night – the first time it has been
used in an official game in the
UK, the FA has confirmed.
Last year a two-year trialling
of the VAR system was approved
by the International Football
Association Board.
It sees video assistant referees,
watching a game on TV screens,
being available to review four
types of situation: goals, penalty/
no-penalty decisions, red cards,
and mistaken identity.
It is only to be used “to correct
clear errors and for missed
serious incidents” in those
“match-changing” situations,
the IFAB has said.
By Simon Peach
England’s Jamie Vardy knows his
standards need to be high if his
dream journey from non-league to
the World Cup is to become
a reality.
T h e 3 0 -ye a r- o l d ’s
fairy-tale ascent is
well-documented, having rapidly gone from
spearheading Stocksbridge Park Steels to
Leicester’s remarkable
Premier League triumph.
Vardy’s performances have
led him to become an England regular, scoring six goals in 17 appearances and earning a place in the Euro
2016 squad. The forward is now hoping to add a World Cup chapter to
his remarkable story, but knows he
has to be performing well after seeing Gareth Southgate cut regulars
struggling for minutes and form.
“It’s massive,” Vardy (left) said of
the prospect of going to Russia. “I know first and foremost I’ve got to be doing
well for my club to be
within a chance of being
selected. First and foremost I’ve got to put in all
my effort for Leicester
when I am obviously not
on international breaks and
hopefully my performances will
make me warrant that place.
“I think [my form this season]
started off all right and kind of
slowed a bit, but all-in-all I think it
has gone OK.”
Shane Duffy
turned his back on
Northern Ireland
to play for the
Republic GETTY
S
hane Duffy lifts up his
looking knee in the ribs from
hoodie to reveal the
goalkeeper Adrian Walsh left him
six-inch, L-shaped scar
out cold and rushed to hospital.
beneath. It stretches, in a
The collision had sliced open his
chilling white streak, down
liver, causing him to lose three litres
the ribcage and across to his right
of blood. Duffy was left in a coma.
waist. The memories have faded
And though he does not think about
with time. But the scar is always
his brush with death that often, he
there, reminding him of the moment does realise why people keep asking
when he was nearly gone.
him about it.
These days, Duffy is Brighton and
“This wasn’t an injury you would
Ireland’s first-choice centre-half.
expect to sustain on a football field,”
He has been one of the surprise
he says. “The doctors said it was what
successes of this season’s Premier
you expect to see in a car crash.”
League, becoming a firm favourite
After painstaking surgery and
on both sides of the Irish Sea with
two agonising days, Duffy pulled
his courage and resilience.
through. “It was harder
Now, just two games
for my parents in many
It was
against Denmark separate
ways,” he says. “It was clear
him and his Ireland team- harder for my pretty quickly how serious
mates from a first World
parents. It was this was.
Cup since 2002.
“My dad was told he
clear pretty
And so at the age of 25,
could lose me. I have two
quickly
how
a belated celebrity has
kids of my own now, so I
been bestowed upon Duffy, serious this
appreciate what that must
who initially failed to make was. My dad
have been like. The doctors
the cut at Everton. There was told he
and the surgeons did
is even a certain retro
could lose me something amazing for me
appeal there, a folk hero in
that day. I will forever be
a league where traditional
grateful to them.
centre-halves occasionally feel like
“If that match was being played
an endangered species. He gets
somewhere else in the world, I don’t
stuck in. He puts his body on the line. think I would have had the same
All that sort of stuff.
outcome. I consider myself lucky.”
Except seven years ago, when
When Duffy returned to football
Duffy was just 18 and taking part
several months later, though,
in his first Ireland training camp,
something had changed. He had
these were no mere clichés. During
lost a lot of weight and for a player
a practice match, an innocuousreliant on his physical strength, that
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SCOTLAND
‘The doctors
and surgeons
did something
amazing for
me that day.
I will forever
be grateful
to them’
Shane Duffy has come back from
a life-threatening injury to become a
key figure in an Irish side on the brink
of World Cup qualification. He tells
Jonathan Liew why, come what may,
he will always consider himself ‘lucky’
was a problem. “My body wasn’t
pass it as well!” he jokes. “And I’m
ready to come back when I did,”
not, like, a dirty centre-half where I
he says. David Moyes had plucked
would want to try and hurt someone.
him out of Sunday League football
It’s who I am, and I realised that
in Northern Ireland, but
quite early in my career. I do
as Duffy admits: “I was
really enjoy throwing my
very raw.”
body around to try to
What he did have,
save a goal, or put my
in industrial-sized
head in to stop a ball.”
quantities, was spirit
Duffy has also had
Number of litres of
but when Moyes
to fight battles off the
blood Shane Duffy
left for Manchester
pitch.
As a Derry boy
lost in the injury he
United his successor
who played schoolboy
suffered as an 18
Roberto Martinez,
football for Northern
year old
preferred defenders
Ireland before switching
who could slip easily
to the Republic, Duffy has
into his style of possession
always attracted more than
football, including a promising
his fair share of online attention.
young defender called John Stones.
Despite turning his back on
So Duffy took to the road. A year
Northern Ireland, he wishes them
on loan at Yeovil was followed by a
well ahead of their own play-off
permanent move to Blackburn. In
against Switzerland. “It was difficult
2016, Chris Hughton identified Duffy
for me,” he said of his decision to
as the gritty centre-half needed to
play for the Republic. “It’s great to
bolster Brighton’s promotion charge, see them doing so well. Michael has
and forked out £4m for him. With
done an amazing job there with the
Duffy and Lewis Dunk forging an
squad he’s got. Personally, I hope
instant rapport at the back, Brighton
they get there as well.”
claimed second place with the jointNow for Denmark and
meanest defence in the division.
the next chapter in Duffy’s
The same skills are now
remarkable story.
working a treat in the Premier
“I believe that I can
League and his admirers
play at this level,”
include Jamie Carragher,
he says. “I wouldn’t have
who has waxed lyrical
believed, a couple of years
about his “traditional
ago, that I could be playing
defending”. Duffy
in these games again. It’s
understands the point, but
been a great journey for me.”
he rejects the subtext. “I can
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3
Armstrong forgets Moscow miss
to focus on push for Euro 2020
By Stephen Halliday
Stuart Armstrong clearly isn’t the
sentimental sort.
Having grown up in Aberdeen,
where he attended Hazlehead
Academy and began his footballing journey with Dyce Boys Club,
the midfielder might be expected
to experience some emotion as he
returns to the city to play for his
country. Apparently not.
“No, this is obviously where I went
to school but I have been around the
block since and it doesn’t really hold
anything special,” was Armstrong’s
deadpan response to that particular
line of enquiry.
But the Celtic man was more
forthcoming about some of the familiar faces from his younger days Stuart Armstrong trains to face Netherlands in Aberdeen tonight REUTERS
who will line up alongside him for
Scotland against the Netherlands at strong missed the last two games in Scotland
Pittodrie tonight.
the group through injury as a place
They include his club-mate Ryan in the play-offs slipped away and
Christie, on loan at Aberdeen, and Strachan’s time as manager came to
Gordon
Ryan Jack of Rangers ,who will both an end last month.
make their full international debuts.
“It was a disappointing end for
Berra
Tierney Robertson
Jack
“Ryan Christie’s dad (Charlie) the team and not being involved was
used to take one of the teams below frustrating for me,” added Armmine in Inverness when I went up strong, who hopes to become an inMcGregor Forrest
McLean
there,” said Armstrong. “So I’ve tegral part of a revamped Scotland
Christie
known him a good few years and he squad for Euro 2020.
Armstrong
is a nice friendly face around the
While the search for a new
Phillips
squad. I’m close pals with
manager continues, he
him and it’s good to have
has been impressed
him about the team this
with the input of inPromes
Babel
Depay
week.’
terim head coach
“I’ve also known
Malky Mackay. “We
Stuart Armstrong
Jacko a long time,
are looking forward
Propper Wijnaldum
Strootman
scored his first goal
from my younger Abto the new objecfor Scotland in
erdeen days, as well as
tives and a new
the
qualifying
win
Graeme Shinnie. I had
campaign,” he said.
Blind
Van Dijk De Ligt Veltman
over Lithuania in
five years at Dyce Boys
“For the players and
September
Club. I have very good
staff, it definitely feels
Cillessen
memories of my time there
like a new venture.
and played some good football
“Malky has been very good.
Netherlands
with some good boys.”
The training has been really enjoyArmstrong will win his fifth cap able. It’s been a short time together, Possible teams for tonight’s match at Pittodrie
Kick-off 7.45pm;
TV Sky Sports Football (7.30pm).
for Scotland tonight, having proved only a couple of days. We’ve been Referee
R Buquet (Fr)
a catalyst for the upturn in per- getting used to a new style but it’s
formances which revived hopes of been good.
qualification during the second half
“It’s a chance for new individuals Armstrong is wary of the challenge
of the 2018 World Cup qualifying coming into the squad and team. posed by a Dutch squad who also
campaign.
The boys who were part of the last missed out on the World Cup fi nals.
His debut against Slovenia at campaign are here with a desire to
“We are under no illusions they
Hampden in March was hailed by go one better next time.”
are a quality team,” he added. “They
Gordon Strachan as the best he had
As Scotland look to end their also have very good individual playever seen for Scotland. But Arm- 2017 schedule of fixtures unbeaten, ers so it will be a tough game for us.”
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WALES
King out to impress Puel against France
By Phil Blanche
Wales midfielder Andy King is on a
Paris mission to impress Leicester’s
new French manager Claude Puel.
The Dragons meet France for the
time in 35 years tomorrow night
after missing out on next summer’s
World Cup in Russia.
And Leicester midfielder King
plans to seize the opportunity after
starting the first two games of Puel’s
Foxes’ reign on the bench.
“I haven’t spoken to him [Puel]
about the game,” King said ahead of
the Stade de France friendly. “But I
am aware that he will probably be
watching and supporting France
[tomorrow]. So hopefully if I can
put in a good performance against
his team, he’ll give me a go
at Leicester.
“I’ve worked with a lot
of managers at Leicester and from what I’ve
seen in the last couple
of weeks, Claude is up
there with some of the
best we’ve had at the club.
“He has the players right
behind him straight away and
I’ve been really impressed by him.”
Wales start the healing process
of World Cup elimination with two
friendlies in five days. The visit to
France is followed by a home game
against surprise World Cup finalists
Panama next Tuesday.
“It will be good for us to
get back out there and try
to put the disappointment of not making the
World Cup behind us,”
King (left) said.
“France are one of the
top teams in the world,
possibly even favourites
going into the World Cup. I
think we’ve earned the right to be
playing against those sort of teams
with the form we’ve shown recently.”
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Evans can’t help
letting emotions
show as Northern
Irish feel the
pull of history
Swiss ‘favourites’ stand in the way of
first World Cup finals in a generation
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Halfpenny on
why he’s going
on the attack
against Aussies
Jonny Evans said he is “really composed”. He said the mood in the camp
is “relaxed” and that “we’re just carrying on our preparation as normal.”
Then Northern Ireland manager
Michael O’Neill invites his squad to
the video room and Evans changes:
“You feel yourself getting emotional,”
he said.
Northern Ireland’s players in Belfast are in the happy position of being
caught between apprehension, calm
and excitement.
The team O’Neill has forged is a
tight unit with self-knowledge and
the experience of clinching Euro
2016 qualification on an unforgettable
night at Windsor Park two years ago.
But a play-off against Switzerland
brings the prospect of World Cup history, a first-in-a-generation moment
and O’Neill is not slow to remind his
players of the stir they can cause in
the streets beyond Windsor Park.
Evans is trying to maintain his
equilibrium. Given that he burst
into tears when the Irish defeated
Ukraine at Euro 2016 – tears met
with indifference by his younger
brother Corry – and that he thinks
reaching Russia would “eclipse”
being in France last summer, it is a
task to contain himself.
“To achieve something second
time around always feels better and
I’m sure we will look at it as a bigger
achievement,” the older Evans said
of following Euro 2016 qualification
with a place at the World Cup.
“We have to reproduce the hunger
Northern Ireland
McGovern
McLaughlin McAuley
J Evans
C Evans
Davis
Magennis
Dallas
Brunt
Norwood
Washington
Seferovic
Mehmedi
Dzemaili
Freuler
Rodriguez Elvedi
Shaqiri
Xhaka
Schar Lichsteiner
Sommer
Switzerland
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Referee O Hategan (Rom)
and desire to go through it again.
For a team like us to be able to do it
would be a real achievement, and I
think it will eclipse that [Euro 2016].
We’re all really composed and that’s
a good sign. We can’t wait for it. I
still get emotional. It’s a weird thing.
Every time you play an international
Michael [O’Neill] puts these motivational videos on – you feel yourself
getting emotional.
“At various times over the week
and they won the first nine of their
qualifiers in Group B, only to lose
2-0 against Portugal in the last game
and drop into the play-offs on goal
difference.
The Swiss have recognisable talent in Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri, Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and
the Juventus full-back Stephan
Lichtsteiner. Their points total in
qualification was higher than five
of the group winners. They are the
bookmakers’ favourites. But Switzerland’s group was not terrifying and O’Neill is hopeful that final
O’Neill is 180 minutes from Moscow
By Michael Walker
IN BELFAST
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you can feel that emotion. I think
playing for your country does that,
and a lot of the lads have been playing together for years and have been
through a lot together.”
Evans appreciates the reality that,
as so often, Northern Ireland are underdogs. The last time the Irish were
at a World Cup was in 1986, whereas
Switzerland have been to the last
three finals. In Brazil in 2014, the
Swiss went out to Argentina in the
last 16, only after extra-time.
Switzerland’s modern pedigree
extends to their Fifa ranking – 11 –
Michael O’Neill has transformed the
fortunes of Northern Ireland
Michael O’Neill’s managerial career
could hardly have started in less
glamorous surroundings or in
worse circumstances: April 2006,
Brechin City versus St Johnstone,
Scottish First Division, Glebe Park,
attendance 876.
O’Neill, then 36, had taken charge
of a Brechin team that had won only
one of its previous 31 league games
but which amazingly had not been
relegated. After a 2-0 defeat though,
Brechin were down.
“The pay was all right and I got
a car,” O’Neill says of his curious
decision to take over a club in such a
predicament.
Eleven years on and he has
guided Northern Ireland into
tonight’s World Cup play-off against
Switzerland. O’Neill has already
seen them into the European
Championship for the first time and
taken them from 129th to 23rd in the
Fifa rankings.
Some faces have changed since
O’Neill’s first international more
than five years ago but many have
remained the same. He has changed
their style, attitude and, ultimately,
their results.
“A culture of standards,” is Aaron
Hughes’s description of the Irish
environment O’Neill has created and
some of it goes back to those days
at Glebe Park. “Brechin was a great
grounding,” O’Neill says.
There was some relief in
Belfast when they drew the Swiss
rather than Italy or Croatia, yet
Switzerland are ranked above
both: 11th in the world. Defeating
them would be like lifting Northern
Ireland from Pot 5 in the Euro
2016 draw to group winners. It will
O’Neill’s greatest task has
been to not let players
consider Euro 2016 as the
peak but to go again
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TENNIS
Federer to play
Sock first up
Roger Federer will take on the
American Jack Sock in the
opening game of next week’s
ATP Finals in London. The
Swiss second seed will also play
Alexander Zverev and Marin
Cilic in the Boris Becker group at
the O2 Arena. Top seed and world
No 1 Rafael Nadal will play David
Goffin in his opening match. The
Spaniard also faces Dominic
Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov in the
Pete Sampras group.
RUGBY UNION
FOOTBALL
Test novices set to
start for Wales
No Super League
for Watford Ladies
Wales coach Warren Gatland
looks set to field three home
Test match debutants in the
starting line-up for Saturday’s
clash against Australia. Scarlets
wing Steff Evans, Gloucester
back Owen Williams and Cardiff
Blues flanker Josh Navidi, who
have just six caps between them,
are all probable starters at the
Principality Stadium. Scarlets
flanker Aaron Shingler is also
thought to be in contention.
Watford Ladies will not be seeking
to join the new full-time Women’s
Super League next season. The
Lady Hornets will instead apply
to play in the existing FA Women’s
Premier League – the third tier of
women’s football. Manager Keith
Boanas said: “It took me as much
by surprise as anyone. I had been
retained on the assurance we
would be applying. I am severely
disappointed on behalf of the
players and staff.”
Gareth McAuley
leads the way
during Northern
Ireland training in
Belfast yesterday
game, the loss to Portugal, is still
troubling them.
“To win nine games and miss out
on automatic qualification is, I’m
sure, not a particularly pleasant
situation for a coach or a group of
players to be in.” O’Neill said. “Their
game against Portugal was almost
a play-off. They are now in one with
Every time you play,
Michael puts these motivational videos on – you feel
yourself getting emotional
us. They have been very consistent,
their strength is in the collective like
us, they have a lot of good players, we
know obviously of Xhaka, Shaqiri,
[Haris] Seferovic.”
What O’Neill also knows is that
this is a 180-minute contest and
that for all the possible milestones,
tonight is not all-or-nothing. Away
goals count – after extra-time in the
second leg – and there is the menace
of yellow cards to consider.
Fifa have not cancelled bookings
from qualification, which means
Northern Ireland have eight players
one card away from missing Sunday’s
match in Basel. All five of O’Neill’s
likely midfield begin on a yellow.
Switzerland have seven yellows, but
only two of their possible starting XI
have one.
Northern Ireland are the smallest
of the eight countries in the play-offs,
the Swiss population is four times
bigger. But with Steven Davis set to
win his 100th cap, his 50th as captain,
with players both cool and emotional
and a stadium bound to be rocking,
they have a chance to take a step towards Russia, a step towards history.
thanks to skills he honed at Brechin
require exceptional motivational
he succeeded Nigel Worthington,
skills that O’Neill, 48, first revealed
although they won only one of their
at Brechin – three days after
first 18 under O’Neill.
relegation, they went to
He observed their losing
Dundee, the biggest
culture and examined the
club in the division,
nature of the defeats.
and won. It was
He saw ill-discipline,
a statement of
red cards and
O’Neill’s intent and
suspensions and, as
Points won by
ability. That overhe says, “when I lose
Switzerland would
have put them top of
achievement has
players, I am bringing
five
other
European
been replicated at
in replacements from
qualifying groups
Shamrock Rovers,
League One.”
whom he took to the
So discipline was
group stage of the Europa
improved, which led to
League, and continued with
greater continuity of personnel
Northern Ireland, who had won two
and after a breakthrough victory
of their previous 24 games when
in Hungary in the first Euro 2016
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qualifier there was belief and
momentum.
Arguably O’Neill’s greatest task
has been to maintain it; to not let
players consider Euro 2016 as the
peak but to go again.
Where he goes next is another
question – the Scottish Football
Association is looking longingly.
The Swiss can be influential in
that. They have Xherdan Shaqiri,
just as Wales have Gareth Bale and
Poland have Robert Lewandowski.
Germany have many stars but
Northern Ireland have no such
individual. But as their tireless
manager says: “Our work ethic is
our match-winner.”
FOOTBALL
Kirby and Co put Chelsea in command
Chelsea put one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-0
win over Rosengard in the first leg of their last-16 tie at Kingsmeadow.
Fran Kirby, Ramona Bachmann and Gilly Flaherty were all on target as the
Londoners proved too strong for their Swedish visitors. England striker
Kirby (above) rewarded Chelsea for a bright start by opening the scoring
with a left-foot shot after 33 minutes and Bachmann doubled the lead
against her former club after the hour. Flaherty made certain of victory 17
minutes from time by firing home after a Kirby effort was blocked.
FOOTBALL
Forest owner faces
match-fixing trial
Nottingham Forest and
Olympiakos owner Evangelos
Marinakis has been charged
with match-fixing in Greece. The
shipping magnate, who bought
the Championship side in May,
is also charged with forming
a match-fixing ring. He denies
any wrongdoing but is one of 28
people facing trial next year for
match-fixing in Greece.
Sport on tv
Golf: Nedbank Golf Challenge
Sky Sports Main Event, 7am
Snooker: Champion of Champions
ITV4, 12.45pm
Tennis: Next Gen ATP Finals
Sky Sports Arena, 1pm
Golf: OHL Classic at Mayakoba
Sky Sports Golf, 6pm
Football: N Ireland v Switzerland
Sky Sports Main Event, 7pm
Football: Scotland v Netherlands
Sky Sports Football, 7.30pm
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