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The day at
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ECONOMY
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NOVEMBER
Quote of the day
EDMUND BURKE
Birthdays
Tim Rice (below), lyricist,
73; Hugh Bonneville, actor,
54; Miranda Lambert,
country singer, 34; Neil
Gaiman, author, 57; Eddie
Irvine, ex-racing driver, 52;
Nigel Evans, Tory MP, 60
The number of homes repossessed
has risen this year, prompting
concerns for those borrowers living
“on the margins” as interest rates
rise. There were 1,900 repossessions
in the third quarter, 100 more
than in the previous three months,
according to the findings of the trade
body UK Finance.
Longer waiting times for surgery
may be putting patients’ welfare at
risk, the Royal College of Surgeons
has warned. More than 150,000 NHS
patients had been waiting more than
six months in September, new figures
show – up 40 per cent on the previous
year. This could have a “serious
impact” on a patient’s quality of life.
UNITED STATES
The US premiere of a film produced
by the comedian Louis CK was
abruptly cancelled yesterday due
to “unexpected circumstances”.
The New York screening of I Love
You, Daddy was scrapped amid
reports The New York Times would be
publishing a potentially damaging
story about the comedian. PAGE 10
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Crossword.............22
TV & Radio...........38
The 10 Best...........47
Business.................48
Puzzles.....................52
Weather...................54
A 13-year-old girl sobbed in court as
she told a judge about her father and
sister who died in a fire started by a
burglar trying to destroy evidence of
a break-in. Mia Broadhead described
her father Andrew as “the world’s
greatest superhero” and her sister
Kiera as “the world’s brightest star”
at Leeds Crown Court yesterday.
The global Women, Peace and Security Index has been launched by The
Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Peace
Research Institute of Oslo. It measures women's wellbeing by assessing
various factors such as inclusion, justice and security in 153 countries.
20 highest ranked
20 lowest ranked
133 Swaziland
.575
2
Norway
.879
135 Guinea
.573
3
Switzerland
.871
136 Mauritania
.566
4
Slovenia
.861
137 Sierra Leone
.563
At least 200 arrested
in ‘corruption’ sweep
5
Spain
.86
138 Congo
.559
6
Finland
.855
138 Egypt
.559
More than 200 people in Saudi
Arabia are being questioned
in a major investigation into
embezzlement and corruption
allegations, says the country’s
attorney general. Saud al-Mojeb said
that seven people have been released
without charge, leaving 201 people
still detained. AP PAGE 26
7
Canada
.854
140 Somalia
.555
SAUDI ARABIA
1
Iceland
The Scottish Episcopal Church has
appointed its first female bishop. Rev
Canon Anne Dyer has been elected
as the new Bishop of Aberdeen
and Orkney. Canon Dyer said she
was “delighted” to be elected. The
General Synod of the Scottish
Episcopal Church voted to allow the
election of female bishops in 2003.
JAPAN
Women’s place in the world
.886
Abe slipped up badly
but Trump missed it
TV Tokyo has broadcast a clip of
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe trying
to hit his ball out of a steep bunker
during a round of golf with Donald
Trump. After Mr Abe finally makes
the shot, he slips and does a backflip
into the sand. But the drama goes
unnoticed by Mr Trump, who has
already turned and walked away.
MUSIC
Happy Mondays
‘help ease mad world’
Happy Mondays frontman Shaun
Ryder says he wants to bring people
of different backgrounds together in
the group’s new UK tour. Ryder said:
“The world is gone f****** mad at
the moment, ain’t it? The more we
can get people together and enjoy
music and enjoy life, then we’re
doing something right.”
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Netherlands
.854
141
7
Sweden
.854
142 Cameroon
10
Belgium
.846
143 Lebanon
.547
10
Singapore
.846
144 Niger
.538
12
Denmark
.845
145 Sudan
.521
12
Germany
.845
146 Mali
.505
12
UNITED KINGDOM
.845
147 Iraq
.500
15
Austria
.841
148 DR Congo
.486
15
Luxembourg
.841
149 Central African Rep.
.474
17
Australia
.827
150 Pakistan
.441
ITALY
18
New Zealand
.826
151
Yemen
.407
CHILE
Actress Lollobrigida
was sexually abused
19
Ireland
.823
152 Afghanistan
.385
.822
152 Syrian Arab Rep.
.385
Tyson kicked out
over criminal past
Anniversaries
Monday 10 Nov 1980
The Labour Party picks the
outspoken left-wing MP
Michael Foot as its new
leader. In the second round
of voting by party MPs,
Foot defeated his main
rival, Denis Healey, by
139 votes to 129.
SCOTLAND
Patients affected by First female bishop
surgery waiting time in Episcopal Church
Film premiere pulled
over ‘damaging story’
He who wrestles with us
strengthens our nerves
and sharpens our skill. Our
antagonist is our helper
HEALTH
Thousands of British children and
teenagers have been flagged up to
the Prevent anti-terror programme.
The Home Office analysis reveals
more than 2,000 of those referred to
the government scheme in 2015-16
were under 15, including more than
500 girls.
Home repossessions Girl, 13, tells judge of
increase by 1,900
‘superhero’ father
SOCIETY
FRIDAY
COURTS
Anti-terror scheme
flags up thousands
Italian film star Gina Lollobrigida,
90, has revealed that she was
sexually abused twice during her
career. “I think they should have
reported it a long time ago but they
didn’t have the courage,” said the
actress about Harvey Weinstein’s
alleged victims. “But I didn’t have
the courage either.”
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
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Chilean authorities have denied
former heavyweight champion Mike
Tyson entry to the country and sent
him back to the US. Chile said that
Tyson didn’t meet requirements for
entry because of his criminal record.
Tyson served three years in the
1990s for raping a teenage beautypageant contestant.
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THE VATICAN
GEOFF EDWARDS,
FORMER ‘BIG ISSUE SELLER’, NOW CAMBRIDGE STUDENT
Holy smoke! Pope
bans cigarette sales
Oliver Duff
Pope Francis is finally saying
“Just Say No” to cigarettes. The
Vatican announced yesterday that
it would no longer sell cigarettes to
employees in its duty-free shop –
giving up an estimated €10m (£8.9m)
a year in profit. The Pope made
the decision because “the Holy See
cannot contribute to an activity
that clearly damages the health of
people,” the Vatican said.
The British don’t like
queuing this much
An extraordinary undergrad?
Yes. A Big Issue seller went from
living on the streets to studying at
Cambridge. Geoff Edwards’s lifelong
passion for reading has earned him
a place at Hughes Hall, Cambridge
University, to study English literature
as a mature student.
“Going to Cambridge University
was a dream of mine,” Mr Edwards, 52,
told Cambridge News. “This is what I
have always wanted to do, but no one
in my family had been to university,
so I didn’t consider it.”
A comfort in books?
Yes. Despite the hardship of living
on the streets, he maintained his
interest in reading, getting his
literature from libraries and charity
shops. He particularly enjoys books
by the authors Jack Kerouac and John
Steinbeck. “It’s a brilliant way of just
escaping, really,” he said.
A difficult past?
Mr Edwards finished school in
Liverpool with two O-levels and
an “unclassified grade” in English
literature. He then travelled
nationwide, from Scotland to Kent in
efforts to find work, only managing
to get short spells as a farm hand,
earning so little he was forced to
live in a tent. He finally landed in
Cambridge where he’s lived on and
off the streets for decades – selling
The Big Issue to get by.
A change for the better?
After several unsettled years, Mr
Edwards decided he wanted to
achieve more. “I realised things
needed to change so I went to the
local college to see if I could get back
into education,” he said.
From there, he took gateway and
access courses at Cambridge Regional
College, where his impressed tutor
encouraged him to step up to the
storied university.
A tough road ahead?
Of course, it’s no secret reading
English at Cambridge will be
challenging. Mr Edwards said he
will take the workload in his stride:
“It’s like a 40-hour week of
reading and writing. It does feel a
bit weird.”
He added: “They are trying to
encourage people from more
different backgrounds to study at
Cambridge, and good on them.”
Valerie Browne and
Karl McDonald
ZIMBABWE
Woman bailed over
‘insult’ to Mugabe
A US citizen charged with
subversion in Zimbabwe and
accused of describing President
Robert Mugabe as a “sick man” on
Twitter should be freed on $1,000
(£760) bail, a judge has ordered.
Martha O’Donovan, 25, faces up to
20 years in prison if convicted on the
subversion charge. She has denied
the charges, describing them as
“baseless and malicious”.
KENYA
‘Lions don’t learn gay
sex watching films’
A Kenyan official has claimed that
male lions in a safari park have
copied gay visitors having sex. The
claim emerged after a photograph
emerged of the amorous lions.
“Probably they have been influenced
by gays…” tweeted Ezekiel
Mutua, head of the Kenyan Film
Classification Board. “They must
have copied it somewhere. These
animals do not watch movies.”
UNITED STATES
Trump’s business to
hire 70 foreign staff
Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort
has received permission from the
federal government to temporarily
hire 70 foreign employees during its
busy season. The Florida resort’s
managers claimed there were
not enough Americans available
to do the work. During last year’s
presidential campaign, Mr Trump
criticised companies for moving jobs
out of the United States.
Letter from
the Editor
i@inews.co.uk
“One-in, one-out” has never been
a popular policy among people
waiting in a nightclub queue,
and so it is for Tory MPs outside
Theresa May’s cabinet.
The Prime Minister does not
plan a proper reshuffle despite
losing two top ministers in a week
and her Foreign Secretary also
disgracing himself. She should.
Her government will die from
ministerial scandal, incompetence
and – most dangerous – fatigue,
without an injection of energy and
ideas at the highest level.
Doing this now is vital for her
credibility at home and abroad,
where some counterparts
estimate her survival at weeks,
and are nastily briefing the media
to that effect.
Mrs May continues to serve
from an admirable sense of
duty and a lack of faith in any
alternative. Her natural caution,
which served her so badly during
this year’s election campaign after
the initial miscalculation to go to
the polls, paralyses her now, when
there is less left to lose.
The Prime Minister is belatedly
learning from the lack of grace she
showed enemies back in July 2016.
(Exhibit A, George Osborne.) A
reshuffle will send angry victims to
the backbenches, yes. Quietly dare
them to bring down her government – as she did with her warning
to European leaders before last
month’s EU summit – and to put
Jeremy Corbyn in No 10 and John
McDonnell at the Treasury. Ask
how that would go down among
blue supporters in the shires.
Political parties normally try to
regenerate when enjoying the
luxury of opposition. Younger
Tories must now contemplate this
while in office.
Despite the momentous times
in which she governs, the PM’s
choice is, at its essence, a simple
one. Persevere and try to weather
further damage to her authority as
best she can. Or promote a rising
generation – bound to have flaws
like any other – in the expectation
it is more capable of tackling the
challenges facing Britain in 2020
and beyond. Twitter: @olyduff
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NEWS
Harry honours
fallen soldiers
Prince Harry honoured Britain’s
war dead yesterday, and fuelled
engagement rumours by joking
about taking Meghan Markle next
year. The Prince, 33, laid a wooden
cross at Westminster Abbey’s Field
of Remembrance for Armistice Day
tomorrow.
He also stopped to talk to sevenyear-old Harrison Degiorgio-Lewis
(left) whom he met at the Abbey
last year. JEREMY SELWYN/EVENING
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EQUALITY
ENVIRONMENT
Scotland considering officially
recognising people as ‘non-binary’
New diesel
cars to face
higher taxes
in Budget
By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
Scotland is set to become the first
part of the UK to create a legally
recognised third gender for people
who don’t identify as male or female.
Young children who have not yet
reached puberty could also be allowed to legally change their gender
under radical plans set out by the
Scottish Government. The proposals were warmly welcomed by gender equality and trans groups, but
others described them as an “outrage” and an “attack on the family”.
Ministers want to reform the Gender Recognition Act 2004, which
states that people in the UK have
to be over 18 and apply to a panel in
order to change their gender.
A consultation paper published
yesterday says this “intrusive and
onerous” process should be simplified in Scotland and the minimum
age lowered to at least 16. It also suggests removing the need for applicants to provide medical evidence.
Other, more radical options are
also being considered, such as making Scotland one of the first countries in the world to recognise people
as “non-binary”. Officially recognising this gender, which applies to
those who identify as neither male
nor female, would mean non-binary
people could amend their birth certificates later in life.
Giving recognition to a non-binary
gender would be a “significant legal
step”, the document acknowledges,
as it could require amendments to
equality, marriage and criminal law.
The UK Government announced
plans to review gender recognition
legislation in July, but a consultation
is not expected until next year.
The Scottish proposals also suggest that children under the age of 16
could be allowed to change their gender, but only if they had the “capacity
to understand the consequences”.
Equality Secretary Angela Constance said the law in Scotland must
be reformed so it treated transgender and non-binary people with “dignity, fairness and respect”.
The Scottish Trans Alliance welcomed the plans, describing the
current process of legally changing
gender as “a humiliating, offensive
and expensive red-tape nightmare”.
But Simon Calvert, of the Christian Institute, said the changes
could lead to children legally changing their gender and then regretting
the decision. “If this proposal by the
Scottish Government means freezing out parents from one of the most
life-changing and controversial decisions of their children’s lives then
there will be outrage,” he said.
EDUCATION
Student loans chief sacked
after claims over conduct
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
The chief executive of the Student
Loans Company (SLC) has been
sacked after a lengthy investigation
into his conduct and performance.
The company has terminated
Steve Lamey’s contract. He was
suspended in July as part of an
inquiry into allegations around
“aspects of his management and
leadership”.
Student loans are coming under
intense public scrutiny due to young
graduates’ level of debt.
Tuition fees became a major
political football during the
general election and it is widely
expected that the Chancellor, Philip
Hammond, will announce changes
to the system in his Budget later
this month.
In recent years the SLC has
been dogged by complaints of poor
customer service, inefficiency
and “unseemly practices”, such as
sending threatening letters from a
made-up debt collection agency. It
was savaged by MPs in 2014 after it
emerged debt collection letters had
been sent between 2003 and 2014
under a false name.
Under Mr Lamey’s stewardship
this year, tens of thousands of
people paid back £51m more than
was necessary on their student
debt. This is despite consumer
experts such as Martin Lewis, of
the MoneySavingExpert website,
urging graduates not to pay back
more than is necessary each
month as the debt is wiped
off after 30 years.
The SLC administers
£100bn in loans to six
million students on
behalf of the Government. Peter Lauener,
a s e n i o r E d u c at i o n
Department official, will
assume interim control. Mr
Lamey (inset) took up the role
as SLC chief executive in June 2016,
having formerly held senior roles at
HM Revenue & Customs.
Value for money?
Graduates’ debt burden
Graduates leave university with
£51,000 of debt on average. The
poorest students leave with the
highest levels of debt, after the
maintenance grants were
replaced with loans.
A student living away
from home starting
a three-year degree
this year in London
can expect to graduate
with just under £61,000
worth of debt. According
to the Institute for Fiscal
Studies, proposed changes to
the student loans system would will
result in 83 per cent of graduates
never paying back their loans.
By David Connett
Higher taxes will be placed on new
diesel vehicles in the UK in this
month’s Budget, it was reported
last night.
Ministers have been debating
whether to raise taxes to fund
new air quality initiatives or make
cuts in other budgets in a bid to
fund the government’s Clean Air
Strategy, launched in July.
The Financial Times last night
reported that government aides
said Chancellor Philip Hammond
had decided that tax increases
on diesel cars was the best option
and will announce the move in the
Budget later this month.
It is not yet clear whether he
will increase VAT on diesel sales
or choose to create a new levy, the
newspaper reported.
Environment Secretary
Michael Gove suggested a diesel
tax when he launched the Clean
Air Strategy, which promised
an end to sales of all non-hybrid
petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
Sales of diesel cars have already
fallen sharply, dropping 14.9
per cent in the year to October,
according to the Society of Motor
Manufacturers and Traders.
Earlier this month Sadiq Khan,
the Mayor of London, imposed
an additional £10 daily charge on
older diesels in the city centre.
Motoring organisations have
criticised plans to tax diesel
owners, pointing out that most
are already planning to switch to
cleaner vehicles.
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ENVIRONMENT
HEALTH
Experts welcome Gove’s backing for
Europe ban on bee-killing pesticide
World’s first
test-tube
baby in plea
for tolerance
By Tom Bawden
ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT
The UK is calling for tougher curbs
on nerve-agent pesticides, in a
reversal that has been welcomed by
scientists and campaigners.
The pesticides – neonicotinoids
– have been linked to widespread
declines in bee populations, and are
partially banned across the EU.
The Government has previously
opposed the ban, claiming there was
insufficient evidence that they posed
a risk to bees and other pollinators –
although British farmers observed
the prohibition.
But Environment Secretary
Michael Gove said yesterday there
was growing evidence to justify
the ban and backed an EU move to
extend it.
“The weight of evidence now
shows the risks neonicotinoids pose
to our environment is greater than
previously understood,” Mr Gove
said. “I believe this justifies further
restrictions on their use. We cannot
afford to put our populations at risk.”
Experts praised him for listening
to the evidence but cautioned that
he needed to watch what farmers
replaced them with.
“If the neonicotinoid industry
simply replace them with some new
Flying low Gove influenced by insect disaster
By Ella Pickover
A German study released last month,
which Michael Gove said strongly
influenced his view of neonicotinoids,
found that the number of flying
insects at key agricultural sites
had fallen by three-quarters in 25
years. The widespread use of such
pesticides was thought to be a
primary factor, along with habitat
destruction from development.
Neonicotinoids are the biggest
factor in the slump in British
farmland bird populations. Numbers
of grey partridge have halved since
1995, and the turtle dove has declined
by 95 per cent. The pesticides
also severely damage wild bee
populations, having wiped out nearly
a third of worst affected species.
Britain’s gala apple growers spend
£5.7m a year to replace the work of
lost natural pollinators.
generation of pesticides, we will not
have made progress but will simply
be repeating mistakes we have made
over and over again for 70 years,”
said Professor Dave Goulson, of the
University of Sussex.
“We need to encourage farmers
to move away from reliance on
pesticides as the solution,” he added.
Friends of the Earth chief executive
Craig Bennett said: “Michael Gove is
to be congratulated for listening to
the experts. But lessons also need to
be learnt. We now need to move away
from chemical intensive farming
and instead boost support for less
damaging ways of tackling persistent
weeds and pests.”
Neonicotinoids are banned in the
EU on flowering crops such as oilseed
rape. The European Commission
wants a total ban on their use, except
in greenhouses, and a vote will be
held next month.
TECHNOLOGY
Computers learn to solve problems – with a little help from CSI
By Katie Grant
Computers are learning to solve
problems by watching TV.
Researchers are training artificially intelligent machines to
identify the perpetrators in episodes
of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
The popular crime drama depicts
fictitious teams of elite forensic
scientists building cases, revealing
the circumstances behind events
and unmasking offenders. Scientists
from Edinburgh University tasked
the computers with identifying the
on-screen killers.
The machines were programmed
to assimilate information from
images, audio and transcribed
dialogue, according research
published in the journal Transactions
of the Association for Computational
Linguistics. The computers correctly
identified the perpetrator during the
final minutes of an episode 60 per
cent of the time. People were able
to identify who was responsible 85
per cent of the time, the study found.
“Pinpointing the perpetrator in a
TV show is a very difficult task for
computers,” said lead author Dr Lea
Frermann. “We hope our findings will
aid the development of machines that
can take on board – and make sense
of – large streams of information in
real time.”
The woman who was the world’s
first “test-tube baby” says she
hopes that families who undergo
cutting-edge fertility treatments
– such as “three-parent” babies
– are not subjected to the same
harassment her family received.
Louise Brown’s family was
bombarded with hate mail after
she was born. Ms Brown is still
subject to “cruel and ill-informed”
comments online from time to
time. She added that she hopes
people who undergo modern
pioneering fertility treatments
–such as mitochondrial
replacement therapy
– do not suffer the
s a m e b a r ra ge
of negativity.
Exactly
40 years ago
today, on 10
November
1 9 7 7, L e s l e y
Brown, who
with her husband
John had been
trying to conceive for nine
years, became pregnant after
undergoing in-vitro fertilisation
(IVF). Nine months later, their
daughter Louise was born – the
first baby born through IVF.
Sixmillionbabieshavebeenborn
thanks to the technique, pioneered
by the British scientist Robert
Edwards and his obstetrician
colleague Patrick Steptoe.
Ms Brown (inset) said: “People
put cruel and ill-informed
comments online just about
whenever there is a story about
me. But I just ignore it.”
Asked if she thought families
who used the “three-person baby”
technique would get similar mail,
she replied: “I hope they don’t.”
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NEWS
LABOUR
Watson demands to know who suppressed what
By David Hughes
Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson
has written to Theresa May demanding further details of Priti Patel’s meetings in Israel.
Mr Watson said he had been told
that the then International Development Secretary met officials from
the British consulate general in Jerusalem, which, he said, made clear
that the Foreign Office was aware of
her presence in the country.
He demanded to know
whether the Prime Minister or the Foreign Office had “suppressed”
information about the
supposed meeting.
Speaking to the BBC,
Mr Watson (inset) said:
“I would like to know the
facts of this case, because it
is very unusual. I was told that
the Foreign Office deliberately
asked Downing Street to remove details of the briefing she received from
Foreign Office officials
when she was in Israel.
“If true, it shows that
there was knowledge
that Priti Patel was running a sort of independent foreign policy earlier,”
he added.
Penny Mordaunt arrives
in Downing Street
yesterday to be confirmed
as the new International
Development Secretary PA
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Mordaunt makes
a splash as May
picks her to
replace Patel
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Theresa May avoided controversy
as she promoted Brexit-supporting
Penny Mordaunt to the Cabinet, in
succession to Priti Patel.
After losing her second senior
minister in a week, Mrs May opted
for a safety-first approach in her
choice of Ms Patel’s successor
as the International
Development Secretary.
The move brought the
Prime Minister a brief
respite from multiple
crises, including an
investigation into the
conduct of her de facto
deputy, Damian Green.
B o r i s Jo h n s o n , t h e
Foreign Secretary, also faces
growing questions over his mistaken
claim that a British woman jailed in
Iran had been training journalists.
Ms Mordaunt’s appointment
helps Mrs May to retain the
balance between Remain and Leave
supporters in her top team. It follows
warnings from Eurosceptic MPs that
Ms Patel (inset) should be replaced by
another pro-Brexit minister.
Ms Patel, who was forced to resign
over secret meetings with Israeli
politicians and officials, tweeted her
“congratulations to my dear friend”.
A Royal Navy reservist, Ms
Mordaunt had also been linked to
the post of Defence Secretary
after Sir Michael Fallon
stood down over sexual
harassment allegations.
To the consternation
of many Tory MPs,
that job went to
G av i n Wi l l i a m s o n ,
the Chief Whip, who
had no obvious defence
experience. By contrast, Ms
Mordaunt’s appointment was
widely welcomed by Conservative
backbenchers as well as aid groups.
K at e O s a m o r, t h e s h ad ow
International Development
Secretary, said Ms Mordaunt faced
the “immediate challenge of restoring
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The Cabinet’s newest member is
also one of the Government’s most
colourful ministers. Penny Mordaunt
is best known to the public for putting
on a swimsuit three years ago (below)
for the reality television show Splash!,
in which she was trained to dive by the
Olympian Tom Daley.
The MP for Portsmouth North also
caused parliamentary ripples after
admitting she had smuggled repeated
mentions of the word “c**k” into a
speech as a bet with fellow Royal
Navy reservists.
David Cameron failed to see
the funny side during the Brexit
campaign when Ms Mordaunt, a
passionate Leaver, claimed Britain
could not stop Turkey joining the EU.
He said his minister was “absolutely
wrong” on the matter.
She has a long involvement in
Tory politics, working for Sir John
Major and Lord Hague, as well as
in communications, business and
charity, before becoming an MP. Her
experience volunteering in hospitals
and orphanages in Romania should
serve her in good stead in her new job.
integrity to British international
development policy”.
The Home Office minister
Sarah Newton took over from
Ms Mordaunt as the minister for
disabled people, while Victoria
Atkins replaced Ms Newton.
The latest ministerial reshuffle
comes as the sense of crisis
surrounding the May government
intensified. She has the daunting
challenge of conducting the most
complex negotiations confronting
a prime minister in living memory,
with the Brexit talks appearing to
proceed at a glacial pace.
At home, Philip Hammond, the
Chancellor, is under intense pressure
to produce a Budget on 22 November
which responds to demands to ease
austerity, pay public sector workers
more and dramatically boost housebuilding levels.
It was reported yesterday that
European Union leaders are
preparing for the scenarios of Mrs
May being replaced and a new
election being called.
Labour has been on permanent
stand-by for the collapse of the
Government – and another election
– for several months.
Although Mrs May’s minority
government appears to be on life
support, it would take some major
unforeseen turn of events for the
Tories to be forced into a snap
election they would be likely to lose.
Brexit balancing act Remainers and Leavers
Penny Mordaunt’s appointment
restores to seven the number of
Leave voters around the Cabinet table.
Of the 27 MPs now able to attend
Cabinet, 20 said they backed Remain
and seven backed Leave in a poll
carried out before the referendum on
23 June last year.
Remainers
Theresa May Prime Minister
Damian Green First Secretary of State
Philip Hammond Chancellor
Amber Rudd Home Secretary
Gavin Williamson Defence Secretary
Jeremy Hunt Health Secretary
David Lidington Justice Secretary
Justine Greening Education Secretary
Greg Clark Business Secretary
Sajid Javid Communities Secretary
David Mundell Scottish Secretary
James Brokenshire
Northern Ireland Secretary
Alun Cairns Welsh Secretary
Karen Bradley Culture Secretary
David Gauke
Work and Pensions Secretary
Sir Patrick McLoughlin
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Liz Truss Chief Treasury Secretary
Julian Smith Chief Whip
Jeremy Wright Attorney General
Brandon Lewis Minister of state for
immigration
Leavers
Boris Johnson Foreign Secretary
David Davis Brexit Secretary
Liam Fox International
Trade Secretary
Michael Gove Environment Secretary
Chris Grayling Transport Secretary
Penny Mordaunt International
Development Secretary
Andrea Leadsom Leader of the
House of Commons
PEOPLE
The ‘plots’ that
led to Patel’s
downfall
By Richard Vaughan
Priti Patel’s forced resignation on
Wednesday evening has sparked a
furious blame game over who was
responsible for her downfall.
Ms Patel had to cut short an
official trip to Uganda after she
was recalled by Theresa May to be
given her marching orders over
secret meetings she held with
Israeli politicians.
But reports soon emerged that
“friends” of Ms Patel believed
that it was the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office (FCO)
behind the leaks of her meetings,
including one with Israel’s Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Times suggested the FCO
took the decision to allow details
of her trip to the Middle East to
appear in the media to kill off
Ms Patel’s attempts to change
government policy on helping
Israel on the Syrian border.
According to The Jewish
Chronicle, the FCO knew about
Ms Patel’s meeting with Mr
Netanyahu “within hours” but
No 10 became aware only last
Friday. Downing Street was
forced to deny it had instructed
Ms Patel not to disclose details
of additional secret meetings to
avoid embarrassing the FCO.
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PM to raise offer
of EU divorce bill
to move talks on
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Theresa May is ready to increase
Britain’s “divorce bill” offer to the
European Union in an effort to
break the Brexit deadlock.
The Government has already
signalled that it is prepared to hand
over €20bn (£17.8bn) to cover the
costs of withdrawal.
Downing Street is now working
through various scenarios under
which the offer from the Prime
Minister (inset) could be raised in
return for Brexit talks moving on
to their second major phase, in
the New Year.
The issue is set to
come to a head at a
meeting of EU leaders
in five weeks’ time.
“The money isn’t
the problem,” one
senior minister told
the Financial Times.
“The real problem is
deciding what our end-state
relationship with the EU will be.”
The Government has been
reassured by indications that some
Eurosceptics are prepared to pay
a little more for ensuring Britain
heads out of the door.
However, ministers are also
aware that too large an offer would
infuriate many MPs, and could lead
to a backlash among voters.
The sixth round of formal Brexit
negotiations got under way in
Brussels yesterday before the
leaders’ summit on 14-15 December.
Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief
negotiator, said the moment
was approaching for a “real
clarification” of Britain’s position
on the financial settlement, as well
as EU citizens’ rights and the Irish
border. His talks will continue today
with the Brexit Secretary David
Davis. Whitehall sources have told
i that progress is being made over
the “divorce bill” as UK lawyers
pore the detail of the EU demands.
They insist that the atmosphere
is improving in Brussels. No
move on offering extra cash is
expected before the Chancellor
Philip Hammond’s Budget on 22
November.
Downing Street described
reports of fresh government
flexibility over the
exit payments as
“speculation”.
L o r d Ke r r, t h e
architect of the Article
50 process, will argue
today that the British
people are in danger
of being “misled” by
government claims that
Brexit cannot be reversed.
The former UK ambassador to
the EU will insist that Mrs May’s
letter invoking Article 50, the law
allowing Britain to leave, does not
mean Brexit is inevitable.
“We can change our minds at any
stage of the process,” he will say.
The Government
said it would table
an amendment to the EU
(Withdrawal) Bill, which returns
next week to the Commons,
spelling out that Britain will
leave at 11pm on 29 March 2019.
EUROPE
‘Chance of a deal next
year’, says Italian minister
By David Hughes
Sandro Gozi, Italy’s Europe minister, has said he believed there is
a chance of reaching a trade deal
within the next year.
Mr Gozi (inset), who met the
Brexit Secretary David
Davis during his visit
to Rome earlier this
w e e k , o f fe r e d a n
upbeat assessment
of the likely outcome
of talks. “I do believe
there is a chance. I
think there is a chance
in December of starting
negotiations for a positive
trade relationship,” he said.
“I also think that we must start
to talk as soon as possible about
the transition period, which is very
important for the business sector.”
His remarks came as negotiations
were set to resume in Brussels, with
the UK hoping to achieve progress
in order for trade talks to be given
the green light before Christmas.
Mr Davis has visited European
capitals in an attempt to build
support for the UK’s position before
the gathering of EU leaders
on 14 December.
In Poland on
Tuesday, Mr Davis
said the “historic and
deep relationship”
b e twe e n t h e two
countries would
continue after leaving
the European Union.
“We are approaching
the discussions in a spirit of
goodwill and, at the December
European Council, we hope to rely
on the support of our friends in
Poland in progressing discussions
to the next stage,” he said.
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PEOPLE
Welsh leader defends suspension
of minister who was found dead
Seagal sexually
harassed me,
claims de Rossi
By Serina Sandhu
By David Hughes and Johanna Carr
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones
has said he acted “by the book” and
had “no alternative” over allegations
against former assembly member
Carl Sargeant, who was found dead
on Tuesday.
MrJonesfacedcallstoquitafterMr
Sargeant’s family claimed the former
Welsh Government minister had
been denied “natural justice” because
he was unaware of the detailed nature
of the allegations against him. Mr
Sargeant is understood to have taken
his own life.
In a statement in Cardiff, Mr Jones
said: “I quite properly did all that I
could to make sure that everything
was being done by the book. I had
no alternative but to take the action
that I did and I hope that people will
understand that.”
Mr Sargeant, 49, was facing
allegations of “unwanted attention,
inappropriate touching or groping”
and was sacked from his ministerial
role by Mr Jones and suspended by
the Labour Party on Friday. The Alyn
and Deeside AM’s family said Mr
Sargeant’s distress at being unable
Mr Jones said: “Carl was
my friend. In all the years I
knew him I never had a cross word
with him. For 14 years we worked
together. He was a great chief
whip and a minister who served
his country with distinction.”
Carl Sargeant (left) was said to have suffered from the ‘toxic culture’ in
the Welsh Government led by First Minister Carwyn Jones (right)
to defend himself properly meant he
was not afforded “common courtesy,
decency or natural justice”.
A friend of Mr Sargeant said on
Wednesday Mr Jones’s treatment of
him had been “unforgivable” and he
should “do the right thing and resign”.
But Mr Jones resisted the calls
for his head, saying: “There is a
legal process to go through and I
am obviously acting within that. I
welcome any scrutiny of my actions
in the future and it is appropriate for
that to be done independently.”
Leighton Andrews, a Labour
former minister in the Welsh
G overnment, said there was
“immense anger” in Wales at what
had happened to Mr Sargeant.
He strongly criticised Mr Jones
for commenting publicly on the
allegations against Mr Sargeant
after he had referred the matter to
the Labour Party. “That is not due
process. I think it was a serious
mistake,” he told BBC Radio 4’s PM.
He said that Mr Sargeant had
suffered from the “toxic culture”
which had existed in the Welsh
Government, and which Mr Jones
had failed to tackle. “It is quite clear
that there was at times a toxic culture
on the fifth floor – the ministerial
floor – in the Welsh Government,” Mr
Andrews said. “Over a period of time
– and the First Minister is aware of
this – Carl Sargeant was subject to
persistent personal undermining.”
He said he and other ministers had
tried to raise the issue of the fifthfloor culture with Mr Jones. “We tried
to get the First Minister to address it.
It was not addressed,” he said.
Arrested Development actress
Portia de Rossi has accused actor
and producer Steven Seagal of
sexual harassment.
De Rossi alleged Seagal (inset)
sat her down and unzipped his
trousers during an audition for
a film. “My final audition for a
Steven Seagal movie took place
in his office,” she said. “He
told me how important it
was to have chemistry
off-screen as he
sat me down and
unzipped his leather
pants. I ran out and
called my agent.”
The claims by
de Rossi, who is
married to chat show
host Ellen DeGeneres,
follow similar allegations from
three other women. Seagal has
not yet responded to requests
for comment.
Five women have accused
comedian Louis CK of sexual
misconduct, while Amazon
Studios is investigating claims
relating to Jeffrey Tambor.
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Johnson under growing
pressure after Iranian TV
seizes on his ‘confession’
By Richard Vaughan
Pressure is mounting on Boris
Johnson after Iranian state TV
claimed that his blunder about a
British mother imprisoned in Iran
was an “unintended confession”.
A news report surfaced on social
media on Wednesday night saying the
Foreign Secretary’s incorrect claim
about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
proved she was guilty of attempting
to topple the Iranian government.
Mr Johnson had already come
under fire on all sides of the House
of Commons on Tuesday after he
wrongly told MPs last week that Ms
Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British citizen,
was training journalists in Iran. She
had been visiting her Iranian parents
to show them their new grandchild.
A court in the capital, Tehran, has
cited Mr Johnson’s remarks which
it claimed proved she was involved
in spreading “propaganda against
the regime”. It is now considering
doubling Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s
prison sentence to 10 years.
Heaping further pressure on Mr
Johnson, the state-controlled TV
news reported that Mr Johnson’s
gaffe was an inadvertent admission
of guilt. According to a translation
of the report by BBC Persia’s Hadi
Nili, Mr Johnson’s comments were
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, pictured
with her daughter Gabriella, could
have her five-year sentence doubled
an “unintended confession of the
UK Government about the real plot”
behind her visit to Iran. It added that
his words were “proof” of the Islamic
Revolutionary Guard Corps’ charges
against Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
In an appearance in the Commons,
Mr Johnson admitted that he “could
have been clearer” in his choice of
words, but stressed that they gave
no justification for lengthening Ms
Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s detention.
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband
Richard said the broadcast showed
that Mr Johnson’s actions so far “do
not look sufficient”. In a statement,
the Free Nazanin Campaign said:
“Iranian state TV evening news ran
a long feature on Nazanin, using the
Foreign Secretary’s words last week
to discredit Nazanin and negate the
efforts to release her. Assurances
given this week do not look sufficient.
“The UK Government should not
be in denial about the gravity of the
situation or the abuse Nazanin is
suffering at the hands of the Iranian
authorities. The Government’s first
duty – both governments’ first duty
– is to protect its citizens.”
On Tuesday, Downing Street
insisted Theresa May believed Mr
Johnson was “doing a good job”
and Cabinet colleague Liam Fox
described his comments as a “slip
of the tongue”. Nassim Papayianni,
an Iran researcher at Amnesty
International, said: “Ms ZaghariRatcliffe is a charity worker who’s
imprisoned on a five-year sentence
after enduring solitary confinement
and a deeply unfair trial.”
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Mr Johnson flew to
Washington this week –
ironically to keep the pressure on
the US to maintain Iran’s nuclear
deal – where he remained defiant
despite the continuing furore over
his mistake.
UNITED STATES
Lavish praise for Trump’s ‘rambunctious’ tweets
By Ashley Cowburn
Boris Johnson has lavished
praise on Donald Trump
during an interview
with Fox News, lauding
the US President for
“penetrating corners of
the global consciousness”.
The Foreign Secretary
told the right-wing news
channel the US President was
“one of the huge great global brands”.
Asked about perceptions of
Mr Trump from outside the US,
Mr Johnson (inset) said his
method of tweeting early in
the morning “no matter
h o w ra m b u n c t i o u s ”
was an effective way
of communicating.
He added: “And yes, a
lot of people don’t like it
and a lot of people relate to
it. In an age when people have
been turned off politics it’s more
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direct and it’s more communicative
than a lot of previous presidents.”
“I think you’ve got to realise the
American President is just one of
the huge great global brands – he is
penetrating corners of the global
consciousness that I think few other
presidents have ever done.”
As the interview ends, the presenter
praises Johnson, adding: “Boris, you
were made for television – I like the
way you... thought about things, you
are a great guest.” THE INDEPENDENT
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The bongs are
back – but don’t
set your watch
by Big Ben
By David Hughes
The chimes of Big Ben have
rung out around Westminster
for the first time in almost
three months.
The famous bongs were
heard at 9am yesterday, and
the bell continued its regular
peals through the day in
preparation for Armistice Day
commemorations tomorrow,
then Remembrance Sunday.
However, politicians and
tourists have been advised
not to set their watches by
Big Ben in the next few days,
as parliamentary authorities
expect “slight inaccuracies” in
its time following its 11-week
break for conservation work.
Palace of Westminster
clockmakers have been
adjusting the bells to ensure they
strike at exactly the right time
for ceremonies this weekend.
The bells will be disconnected
after ringing the hour at 1pm
on Sunday.
Its chimes are due to resume
for a period over Christmas.
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Tory MP tells Hammond
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By Andrew Woodcock
A Conservative former minister
has called on Chancellor Philip
Hammond to use this month’s
Budget to declare an end to the “age
of austerity”.
Nick Boles, a close ally of David
Cameron and who served in his
administration from 2012 to 2016,
warned that the Government
was looking “wobbly” and said
Conservatives cannot expect to be
re-elected if they persist with the
target of eliminating the deficit by
the middle of the next decade.
H e s a id t h e move s h oul d
permit a “massive boost” to
public investment.
“The Government cannot, after
seven or eight years, say that the
policy we had eight years ago is going
to be the only policy we can offer to
the British public for another eight
years,” the Grantham and Stamford
MP told the BBC.
“We can’t expect to be re-elected
if we have no new story to tell and no
Down
Philip Hammond was urged to forget
eliminating the deficit by Mr Boles
new direction. Our urgent problem
in this economy is that wages aren’t
growing.” Investment in the public
and private sectors needed to be a
priority, he added.
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Air pollution ‘raises risk
of sudden bone fractures’
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
Exposure to air pollution increases
the risk of sudden and unexpected
bone fractures – and raises the
possibility of an early death,
according to a study.
US researchers have found
that even a small increase in the
concentration of tiny particulates
contained in vehicle exhausts and
other smoke can reduce a bone’s
density,makingitmorelikelytobreak.
The study, by Columbia University,
discovered that communities with
elevated levels of traffic pollution had
higher rates of hospital admissions
for bone fractures – with the risk of
osteoporosis greatest among lowincome people.
Traffic fumes reduce the amount of
the parathyroid in our bodies, a key
hormone which strengthens bones by
boosting calcium levels.
An estimated 3 million people in
the UK have osteoporosis, a disease
in which bones become brittle and
weak as the body loses more bone
mass than it can rebuild. About a
tenth of sufferers in the UK will break
Dr Baccarelli reported
this year that vitamin B
can diminish the effects of air
pollution-related cardiovascular
disease. He said it was unclear if it
aided osteoporosis.
Traffic fumes were found to reduce
the amount of a bone-strengthening
hormone in our bodies
a bone in any given year – costing the
NHS millions of pounds a year.
“Osteoporosis represents one of
the most important public health
problems worldwide because
fracture is associated with increased
mortality,” said Professor Andrea
Baccarelli, of Columbia University.
“It is now clear that genetic factors
account for a modest proportion of
fractures. Among the many benefits
of clean air, our research suggests,
are improved bone health and a way
to prevent bone fractures,” he added.
There are typically no symptoms
before a break, which often happens
spontaneously or from something as
gentle as a hug. In the year after an
older adult has a bone fracture, the
risk of them dying increases by 20
per cent as activity levels decline and
muscles weaken.
The study is published in journal
The Lancet Planetary Health and
involved a study of osteoporosisrelated fracture hospital admissions
among 9.2 million people in the US
between 2003 and 2010. They also
analysed eight years of follow-up
appointments among nearly 700
adults living around Boston.
Either way, the best way to prevent
air-pollution-related diseases is to
push through policies to improve air
quality, Dr Baccarelli said.
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Grantham, Lincolnshire, took to the
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for Sick Animals (PDSA). She was
hoping to go wing walking but she
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began supporting the PDSA when she
was seven and hopes to raise £250 from
her paragliding effort in Spain. She said:
“I have a cat and know how important
pets are, particularly as you get older.”
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British surfer
breaks back in
50ft wipeout
Psychedelic Amazonian drink
‘may help to treat depression’
By Anna O’Donohue
By Barbara Speed
A British surfer broke his back
after wiping out as a 50-foot
wave crashed down on him.
Andrew Cotton, 36, from
Braunton in Devon, had to be
rescued by lifeguards after the
impact knocked him in to the
water off Nazaré, Portugal.
The part-time plumber and
lifeguard said he had misjudged
the wave in a split-second
decision, but that the accident
had not put him off surfing.
He said in a post on his
Facebook page: “So you’ve
probably seen by now, I had
a ‘significant’ wipeout. Split
second decisions are neither
right or wrong, but they can
have consequences.
“I’m so grateful to everyone
in the sea and on land who did a
textbook rescue to get me safely
to hospital without further
injury. I can’t name them all but
will thank everyone properly
soon when I’m able to.
“I’ve got a dodgy vertebrae
but no complications so will
heal quickly.”
A psychedelic brew used as
traditional spiritual medicine
in the Amazon could be used to
treat depression and alcoholism,
scientists have found.
Researchers examined responses
from 96,000 people and found
that users of ayahuasca reported
better wellbeing than other
respondents, and struggled less
with alcoholism than those who
took LSD or magic mushrooms.
Ayahuasca, brewed from a jungle
vine, is used by tribes and religious
groups in South America (inset),
as well as visiting tourists,
but its active ingredient,
d i m e t hy l t r y p t a m i n e
(DMT), is currently
banned as a class A
drug in the UK.
The study’s lead
author, Dr Will Lawn
of University College
London, said the findings
implied that the blend could
be “an important and powerful
tool in treating depression and
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alcohol use disorders”. However,
he warned that his preliminary
research did not prove a
definitive link between
wellbeing and ayahuasca
use. He added: “It is
important to note that
these data are purely
o b s e r vat i o n a l a n d
do not demonstrate
causality.”
The online Global Drug
Survey asks people around
the world about drug use and
other aspects of their lives.
HEALTH
No-show patients should be fined, say GPs
By Alex Matthews-King
More than half of GPs would back
plans to fine patients for not turning
up to appointments in a bid to
address the almost £1bn a year that
no-shows cost the health service.
According to a poll, by Pulse
magazine, 51 per cent of family
doctors said “patients should
be fined for not attending GP
appointments”. A total of 37 per
cent of the 821 GPs who responded
said they would be totally against it,
while 12 per cent were undecided.
In 2015, Jeremy Hunt, the Health
Secretary, said that he approved
of a fine “in principle” but the
Government rejected the idea. A
GP in Kent told the magazine: “We
cannot continue to pretend that this
is not a problem.”
A GP in north-west Surrey said:
“When some services appear
‘free’, some patients do not always
appreciate the true costs to provide
that service.”
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Lineker bought Barbados
home though offshore firm
By Katie Grant
TV football host Gary
Lineker is one of a number
of high-profile Britons revealed to have bought a
holiday home in Barbados
using an offshore company, the latest Paradise Papers data leak reveals.
Purchasing the property in
this manner allowed the former England football captain to potentially
avoid paying hundreds of thousands
of pounds in tax when he sold it.
Under Barbadian law, when a
home bought by an individual or a
local company is sold, the owner is
liable for 1 per cent stamp duty and
2.5 per cent in transfer taxes. But
sales can be tax-free if the property
is owned by a company in the British
Virgin Islands.
Former England cricketer
Mike Gatting also owns a
Barbados property through an
offshore company. Any tax due
would be paid, he said.
As the Match of the Day host
(inset) bought his holiday home
through his offshore company
Goalhanger Inc, based in
the British Virgin Islands
(BVI), he was not obliged
to pay the levy. The Paradise Papers show Lineker’s
Barbados property was sold
by Goalhanger in 2010.
Mr Lineker’s representatives
said there had been “no tax irregu-
larity”, according to The Guardian.
Earlier this week the presenter responded to a Twitter user speculating as to how well the pundit would
sleep in light of the Paradise Papers,
saying: “I’ll sleep very soundly. I rather doubt I’ll be mentioned as I happily
pay my taxes.”
Mr Lineker said the property was
“paid for with earnings already taxed
in UK” and said the arrangement was
“transparent and above board”.
POLITICS
Brexit backers named in tax leaks
By David Connett
Several powerful supporters of
the Brexit campaign are among
the latest named following the
leak of hordes of documents from
an offshore company.
Last night the latest leaks
of the Paradise Papers show
businessman Arron Banks,
who gave millions to Nigel
Farage’s Brexit campaign, Lord
Magan, a former Conservative
Party Chairman, together with
Tory donor Lord Edmiston,
all mentioned in connection
with offshore companies they
operate. Newspaper proprietors
the Barclay brothers, and Tory
MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, are also
mentioned in the leaks because of
their offshore dealings.
There is nothing illegal about
their arrangements and Mr
Rees-Mogg has publicly defended
offshore tax havens.
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A monster Christmas hit from John Lewis
The John Lewis Christmas advert
HHHHH
In order to watch the new John
Lewis Christmas advert, I am led
into a darkened room, surrounded
by three company publicists
and directed to sign a five-page
contract binding me to silence
until the campaign is officially
unveiled. I am not asked to sign
in blood, but it doesn’t feel far off.
Even Julian Assange would think
twice about leaking this.
A decade ago, it might have
seemed ridiculous to go to these
lengths over an advert. But since
2011, when the department store
chain unveiled an epic 90-second
film called The Long Wait which
portrayed a young boy impatient
for 25 December to arrive, and
was set to a cover of a Smiths
song by Slow Moving Millie, the
arrival of the John Lewis advert
has become synonymous with the
start of the Christmas.
The cute pay-off – the boy is
waiting to give his parents a
present – might have nodded to the
idea of the season of goodwill, but
really it symbolised that Christmas
is the season of buying. It laid
the ground for the UK’s biggest
retailers and supermarkets to
battle it out each year to open our
hearts and our purses, with John
Lewis invariably winning.
But in 2015, just as the never
knowingly undersold company’s
profits started to wobble, so
Jingling all they way
Other festive adverts
M&S The chain has teamed up with
the creators of Paddington 2 to create
a heartwarming campaign that shows
the little bear unwittingly thwarting a
thief’s efforts to spoil Christmas.
Lidl Short clips focus on different
Christmas guest personas, including
Cavalier Carver, Mince Pie Maverick
and Cheeseboard Champion.
Tesco A typical chaotic
Christmas kitchen
scene focuses on the
different ways to
cook and carve
a turkey.
Aldi Kevin the carrot is
back, and this time, he’s
finding love on a luxurious
sleeper train.
did its Christmas performance.
First there was the Man in the
Moon “sadvert” and then, last
year, Buster the Boxer manically
bounding on the kids’ trampoline.
With Marks and Spencer already
unleashing Paddington Bear in
its campaign, will John Lewis find
its Christmas mojo again?
Thankfully, the answer is yes.
Returning to the narrative of a
little boy waiting for the big day,
this time around there is a lovable
monster under his bed. Like a
snaggle-toothed cousin of the
beasts in Maurice Sendak’s Where
the Wild Things Are, Moz and the
boy stay up at night playing, until
Christmas Day arrives.
The boy finds a badly wrapped
present under the tree, a night
light from Moz. That evening, the
boy turns out the light to find that
Moz has finally left him. But when
he turns on the night light, Moz, or
at least his memory, returns.
John Lewis has the ingredients
right this year. The director,
French Oscar-winner Michel
Gondry, gives the film a quirky,
naturalistic feel. The icing on the
cake is the song, a perfect cover of
the Beatles’ “Golden Slumbers”
by Elbow. It’s funny and sad
without trying hard to be either.
It’s the salve that consumerism
owes us in these darkening days.
Bernadette McNulty
Asda A girl (inset) and her grandfather
visit a Christmas “Imaginarium”
workshop as viewers discover the
secrets behind Asda’s festive ranges.
Coca-Cola A fleet of twinkling CocaCola trucks is still making its way
across a snowy landscape, as it has
done since 1995.
Barbour The boy from 1982’s The
Snowman is grown up and celebrates
the return of his magical snowman
friend with the gift of a Barbour coat.
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All shook up: Presley’s
divorce papers up for sale
‘Public back striking rail workers’
By Claire Hayhurst
Divorce papers signed by Elvis
Presley and his former wife Priscilla
are expected to fetch up to £25,000
when they go up for auction.
The papers, from August 1972,
have been signed three times by
Elvis and four times by Priscilla as
well as by their lawyers.
They specify how the couple
were married in Las Vegas in 1967
and had one daughter, Lisa Presley,
the following year. As part of the
settlement, Elvis signed over to
Priscilla his 1971 Mercedes Benz,
1969 Cadillac Eldorado, HarleyDavidson motorbike and $100,000.
The sum was to be paid in two
sections – $50,000 within five days
of the agreement and $50,000 on or
before 20 August 1973.
Priscilla would also receive half of
the income from the couple’s three
residences in Beverly Hills, Los
Angeles and Palm Springs.
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge
described the papers as “a fabulous
piece of showbusiness history”.
“These are exceptional examples
Tomorrow, in your new
More in-depth news features
PLUS 7 Days, the essential
review of the week
By Alan Jones
Elvis Presley and Priscilla at their
wedding in Las Vegas GETTY
of Elvis’ signature, being both bold
and large. It is extremely rare to
have Elvis sign in his full name,
Elvis Aaron Presley, and also Aaron
with two ‘A’s, as it was written on his
tombstone,” Mr Aldridge said.
Rail workers have staged a second
day of strikes in disputes over the role
of guards and driver-only trains.
Members of the RMT union on
Southern, South Western Railway
and Greater Anglia continued with
industrial action. Picket lines were
mounted outside stations and the
union said support was solid.
The union’s general secretary,
Mick Cash, said the public was
backing its campaign and he accused
the Government of blocking talks – a
claim denied by ministers.
He said: “Our members know what
is at stake and are not prepared to
abandon the disabled, the vulnerable
and women travelling alone to their
fate on a railway run solely for profit.
“Social media shows that public
support is flooding in as our
communities choose to stand by their
guards against the financially and
politically motivated drive to throw
safety-critical staff off our trains.”
A spokesman for the Department
for Transport said on Wednesday:
“This dispute is not about jobs
or safety – employees have been
guaranteed jobs and salaries. The
independent rail regulator has said
driver-controlled trains are safe.”
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COMMENT FROM HOME & ABROAD
PRITI
PATEL
ART OF
APOLOGY
THERESA
MAY
SAUDIS AND
TRUMP
A YEAR AFTER
US ELECTION
HUNTING
FOR TV GOLD
Resignation
shrinks May’s
authority
Why is sorry
the hardest
word to say?
PM’s Cabinet
is a total
shambles
Comparisons
are easily
reached
Has America
taken to
Trump?
‘Detectorists’
strike it rich in
new series
The Sun
The Pool
TheGuardian
The Spectator
CNN
Daily Telegraph
We like Priti Patel.
But she had to go.
There’s no harm in
fierce ambition. [But]
it was the last thing a
government already
in disarray needed.
We hope Priti learns
from her mistakes
as she returns to the
back benches.
(Editorial)
When was the last time
someone apologised
to you? It seems to me
that genuine remorse
is a lost art, with
people deliberately
swerving it in favour of
convoluted linguistic
tactics designed to
save themselves
without having to
accept guilt.
(Sali Hughes)
It’s the Tories’
rotten ideology that
lies at the root of
this government’s
existential crisis. The
task ahead – which will
prove one of the most
challenging missions
in British history – is
to build a new social
order instead.
(Owen Jones)
The crown prince is
frank about the risks.
Young Saudis can
create a new Saudi
Arabia if empowered.
By his own admission,
it’s quite a gamble.
But one which the
British Government
fully supports.
(Fraser Nelson)
For a while, it seemed
as if a great many
Americans were
willing to stand where
Trump stands and
agree to see what he
sees. But more and
more, it seems the
President stands
alone, wounded by
reality and bleeding
credibility.
(Michael D’Antonio)
It’s almost compulsory
in Detectorists reviews
to say the show
unearthed comic
gold. Indeed it did.
If you’re yet to join
the Danebury Metal
Detecting Club, treat
yourself. Treasures
await. (Michael Hogan)
Daily Mirror
May’s hesitation
underlined her
observer status in
No 10. By letting
Patel resign instead
of being fired, the PM
chipped away another
bit of what was left of
her authority. Move
over, May. We need
strong leadership,
which the Tories are
incapable of providing.
(Editorial)
Quote of
the day
Government
is like a
bicycle: unless
it is moving
forwards, it
falls over.
Nick Boles
The Tory MP makes
the case for a stable
government
Financial Times
Sky
Evening Standard
What we need is not
more apologies but
better ones. The kind
that really grapple
with what went wrong,
enable the recipient to
move on and, as a less
important side-effect,
even enhance the
apologiser’s reputation
to boot. Sorry, but
what’s not to like about
that? (Ellen E Jones)
It would be more
surprising than not
if there were no
more ministerial
resignations
this month. The
real business of
government resumes
over the next fortnight.
It was difficult enough
without self-inflicted
wounds. How much
longer can things go on
like this? (Faisal Islam)
Trump could have
made a statement
about America’s values
on his way to Asia.
Instead, he stopped
off at the Trump hotel
in Hawaii. It showed a
president who cannot
tell the difference
between the national
interest and his family
business – the kind of
self-dealing you would
expect from a Saudi
royal. (Edward Luce)
Politico
The electorate is larger
than Trump’s base, and
Tuesday’s Democratic
landslides were
political notifications
that the rest of
America isn’t buying
what Trump is selling.
Populism, after all,
happens to be popular.
Trump knows what’s
really happening here.
(Michael Grunwald)
Daily Mail
Sitcom used to be a
byword for mania.
Detectorists runs at a
different speed. As this
bucolic comedy set in
East Anglia returned,
about two middleaged male friends who
share an enthusiasm
for metal-detecting,
the camera zoomed
downwards to
observe a grasshopper
inching its way along
the greenery.
(Christopher Stevens)
LifeInBrief
ANTONIO CARLUCCIO CHEF AND RESTAURATEUR
Antonio Carluccio, who has died
aged 80, was known for his chain of
restaurants that served his classic
home style of Italian cooking. They
earned him the title of “godfather of
Italian cuisine”.
He worked in the industry for more
than 50 years; for him mushrooms, root
vegetables and foraging ruled, with a
focus on simple recipes passed down
through families.
Antonio Carluccio was born in the
village of Vietri sul Mare on the Amalfi
coast, one of six children. His father was
a station master and the family moved
north to Piedmont. One of his earliest
memories was seeing his father return
to the station platform and running
home to tell his mother to boil the pasta.
Inspired by his surroundings,
Carluccio spent time foraging for
mushrooms with his father and
learnt recipes from his mother. After
completing his compulsory year
serving in the Italian navy, he worked
as a journalist in Turin on the daily
newspaper La Stampa, before moving
to Vienna, aged 21.
It was not until 1975, at the age of
38, that he moved to the UK. During
this period, French cuisine reigned.
Carluccio found work as a wine
merchant, using his knowledge of
Italian wines, and it was during this
period that he met his wife, Priscilla
Conran, sister of the designer Terence
Conran. They were married in 1980.
The next year, the Carluccios
opened the Neal Street Restaurant
in London’s Covent Garden, where
Jamie Oliver learnt his trade. In
1998, Carluccio was appointed
Commendatore by the Italian
government – the equivalent of
a knighthood in the UK.
The year after, he co-founded
the Carluccio’s chain. It has become
a reliable part of the high street,
recognisable for its royal blue and
white sign and window displays of
Italian produce.
In 2005, he sold the chain for a
reported £10m, and was invited back
on to the board as a consultant in 2009.
In 2008, he checked into The Priory, a
mental health clinic, after reportedly
stabbing himself in the chest at his
home in Fulham. He denied that it was
self-harm: in an interview the following
year he said it was an accident.
His most recent – and most well
known – TV series was Two Greedy
Italians in 2011, with his friend and
fellow Italian chef Gennaro Contaldo
(they made amends after a long feud).
The pair returned to Italy together for
the programme, more than 40 years
after leaving their home country.
Carluccio was appointed OBE in
2007, and in 2012 he received the AA
Hospitality Lifetime Achievement
award. He believed that anyone could
improve the quality of their life through
cooking: “No matter the budget! Even,
say, baked beans, fried in a little oil,
with some salt, garlic and chilli, can
transform an ordinary meal into
something special and can provide you
with a sense of purpose, achievement.
Hey, I should know.” THE INDEPENDENT
Born 19 April 1937
Died 8 November 2017
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The worst is yet to come
To put today’s chaos into perspective, it is worth recalling the 1970s
Commuters affected
by Southern Rail
strike action earlier
this year. The unions
are getting restive
again AFP/GETTY
F
or many months now, I
have been repeating to
myself Dickens’s famous
opening line to A Tale
of Two Cities: “It was
the best of times, it was
the worst of times.” My emphasis
has been, of course, on the second
phrase. Now is the worst of times,
isn’t it? Now is surely the “age of
foolishness”, as Dickens went on
to write. We did indeed once have
“everything before us” and now we
have “nothing before us”.
Look at what has been going on
this week. The Prime Minister,
Theresa May, has lost not one
but two members of her Cabinet
– Sir Michael Fallon for sexual
impropriety, Priti Patel for
conducting a sort of freelance
foreign policy in Israel of all places.
Then the Prime Minister made
matters worse as only she knows
how. She replaced Sir Michael with
an inexperienced chief whip, Gavin
Williamson, and attracted further
criticism from within her own party.
Meanwhile, it is unclear how
well or badly the Brexit talks are
going with the oh-so-relaxed David
Davis in charge. Theresa May,
imprisoned in her immobility,
seems scarcely involved.
But she can still be obstinate.
For example, Amber Rudd, the
Home Secretary, wants to remove
students from the Government’s
immigration targets. But the
Prime Minister blocks this sensible
move. She is apparently implacable
in her resistance to any change
in policy. Sheer obstinacy can
have its advantages, but it is not
always wise.
But having said all that, and
adding that I voted to remain in
the European Union, I have to say
that these times are not the worst I
have experienced in British politics.
Because once I was not so much
despairing as literally frightened
at the way the government of the
country was going.
I refer to the “three-day week”
announced by the then Prime
Minister, Edward Heath, in
December 1973. Britain had been
experiencing very high rates of
inflation following a massive jump
in oil prices. Consumer prices had
been rising at more than 25 per
cent per annum. This could have
transmuted into hyperinflation
such as Germany experienced in
the 1920s.
To tackle this, the government
capped public sector pay rises.
The unreformed trades unions
of the day, led by the National
Union of Mineworkers, objected.
The national conference passed
resolutions for a 35 per cent
wage increase, regardless of
any government guidelines. In
November, the miners started an
overtime ban; the government
began to fear that before long they
would stop work altogether. So on
13 December, Heath announced
a series of measures to conserve
fuel. For a fortnight from 17 until
30 December, industrial and
commercial energy users would
be restricted to only five days of
energy consumption. From the
start of 1974, the restrictions would
be increased to only three days of
consecutive energy consumption
a week – essentially enforcing a
three-day working week.
At the time, I was the editor
of a weekly magazine, Investors
Chronicle. The editorial offices were
in the City but every Wednesday we
went to the magazine’s printers in
St Albans in Hertfordshire to read
proofs and get everything ready for
publication. But suddenly the first
question was whether power to
run the printing presses would be
available or not.
The moment when I actually felt
frightened was when walking up St
James’s Street in central London
It felt like
wartime. What
had Britain come
to? That for me
was the very
worst of times
one evening. Everything was dark.
It felt like wartime. What had
Britain come to? That for me was
the very worst of times.
Then Heath attempted to
strengthen his hand by calling
a general election at the end
of February. He addressed the
country on television on the
evening of 7 February, and asked:
“Do you want a strong
government which has clear
authority for the future to take
decisions which will be needed?
Do you want Parliament and the
elected government to continue
to fight strenuously against
inflation? Or do you want them
to abandon the struggle against
rising prices under pressure from
one particularly powerful group
of workers? This time of strife has
got to stop.”
I remember thinking at the time
that we were being asked two
questions rather than one: first, who
governs the country, Parliament or
the Trades Unions Congress? And
second, do we approve of Heath’s
record? My answer to the first was,
of course, Parliament; my answer
to the second was no. Inevitably, the
electorate’s answer was muddled.
Labour won 301 seats to the
Conservatives’ 297. Labour under
Harold Wilson formed a minority
government and came back to
the electorate eight months later
to be rewarded with an overall
majority of three.
Five years later, Margaret
Thatcher won her first general
election. She successfully took on
the miners at the so-called Battle
of Orgreave. This was a violent
confrontation in 1984 between
police and pickets at a British Steel
Corporation coking plant. And she
passed legislation that substantially
weakened the trades unions.
But now the trades unions are
getting restive again. Heath’s
three-day week isn’t just ancient
history from a bygone era. It is still
relevant. Be warned.
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Mordaunt’s
sole mission
Penny Mordaunt
faces big challenges in
replacing the disgraced
Priti Patel. She must
start by affirming that
the sole mission of
her department is to
eradicate global poverty.
No longer should the
aid budget be seen as a
tool for securing trade
deals and promoting
British business, nor
should the department
be used as a platform for
waging Brexit.
The UK should
also be championing
international action to
stop tax-dodging,
not continuing its
shameful recent record
of blocking it.
We have repeatedly
warned over the past
year that Priti Patel was
unfit to manage the
UK’s aid programme.
She didn’t appear to
understand the purpose
of aid or even believe
in her department’s
mission. As well as the
secret meetings, her
suggestion of aid for the
Israeli army was deeply
inappropriate, and it
is right that she has
stepped down.
JONATHAN STEVENSON
GLOBAL JUSTICE NOW
Perhaps the press can
now calm down after
all the over-excitement
at the so-called Cabinet
crisis. Theresa May
secured the resignations
of two ministers who had
proved to be not up to the
standards demanded of
high office, and replaced
them with two new faces
who seem to be far better
qualified for the posts.
Win-win, I’d say.
JOHN PAYNE
LANCASTER
There was one aspect I
kept expecting to hear
discussed in the Priti
Patel debacle, but I never
did: however did she
think she could get away
with it?
Either she thought
she would be able to
effectively cover up
everything (hubris) or
she assumed that, even
if things came to light,
she could ride out the
storm (arrogance).
How fortunate that
she is no longer in a
position of potential
power and influence.
JENNY ADAMS
CARDIFF
My simple solution
for Mr Peacegood’s
predicament is to collect
a small shopping trolley.
The sticks can be laid
inside the trolley, which
also acts as an extra
support, and provides
housing for the shopping.
SHEILA KIRK
ASHFORD CARBONELL,
SHROPSHIRE
Wouldn’t it be a good
idea if – instead of a
code of conduct harking
back to the days of
gentlemen MPs who did
the right thing according
to unwritten rules of
behaviour hung over
from their public schools
and clubs – we had a
strict code, written into
a contract, which all MPs
had to sign before taking
their seats?
Then, instead of
having to wait to see if
the prime minister of the
day had the gumption
to act when the contract
was broken, the law
would be invoked and
they would be marched
off the premises with all
benefits removed.
KATE ROBERTS
DEVON
I am fortunate not to
need a walking stick, but
may I add the need for a
“brolley park”?
The times I have
carefully placed a wet
umbrella out of the
way in a store, then
wandered off without it
are innumerable.
RICHARD BROOM
ENFIELD
Walking sticks and supermarket trolleys have proved tricky companions GETTY
Newcastle is in
the midlands
Waste worse
than ashes
I agree with
Elizabeth Lonkhurst’s
suggestion that a new
purpose- built UK
parliament is required.
However, while I
have no problem with
her nomination of
York, Newcastle or
Lancaster, I take issue
with the notion that all
three are “in the North”.
Orkney or Shetland
or Sutherland are in
the North; the others
are better located as
the gentle midlands of
the UK!
ALLAN McDOUGALL
GLASGOW
Considering all the
rubbish that we humans
dump into our oceans
on a daily basis, Brady’s
ashes should be the least
of our worries. Ian Brady
was evil, but his ashes are
just that – ashes.
PHIL COUGHLIN
TYNE & WEAR
As i reports (9 November)
that Priti Patel is “only
interested in her own
development”, she would
be an ideal celebrity to
start off a new TV series
entitled Who Does She
Think She Is?
STEPHEN DAVIES
CHESHIRE
Is austerity
over already?
When I saw Priti’s
letter referring to her
“fulsome apology”,
I thought “fulsome”
means “hypocritical and
overdone”. If she’s hoping
to make a comeback
any time soon, then
“sincere and heartfelt”
might have been a better
turn of phrase!
VAL GAIZE
STUDLEY, STRATFORD
You report (i, 9
November) that one
of the must-have
Christmas toys this year
– Luvabella, costing £100
– has been dropped from
the list because it has
sold out already in
many stores. Is this
another indication
that “austerity” is now
at an end?
PETER CATLOW
WIGAN
While I agree with Mr
Peacegood (Your View,
9 November) providing
“parking for sticks” would
be useful at supermarket
checkouts, may I suggest
he buys two walking stick
clips (under £2 in most
disability-equipment
shops or online).
He can then “park”
his sticks anywhere
that there is a flat
waist-height surface.
SARAH PLAYFORTH
SEAFORD,
EAST SUSSEX
I understand Alan
Peacegood’s problems as
I am also in my eighties
Richard Lott’s letter
(i, 9 November)
asking for others to
join his campaign in
boycotting tax avoiders
reminds me of the
1970s, when, to avoid
supporting apartheid,
warmongers and
most right-wing
governments, I had
a boycott list so long
we were in danger
of starving!
KEITH BELLINGER
BRENCHLEY, KENT
Cash is like
politicians
Here in Shropshire,
my family refer to
the new £5 and £10
notes as politicians’
promises “because,
no matter how many
there are, granddad,
you can always see
through them”.
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Routine is just
a Blur when
you’re stoned
Spears uses
flower power to
redefine image
It’s a wonder Damon Albarn manages
to be such a prolific musician. He has
revealed his daily routine, which is
so laid back that he must be permanently horizontal. The Blur frontman
and Gorillaz mastermind said: “I
honestly just get up in the morning,
get stoned — I get up. I do yoga.
Have a little bit of breakfast.
Go to the studio. Get
stoned. Work. Leave
at five.”
He recalls making
an EP in 2003 at 5am
for a month: “Sounds
like the f****** mad
clattering insides of
someone’s brain, but
that’s good for what that is.”
As for creating a new
masterpiece, he says: “Literally,
you are the future. You can see the
future everywhere. We think we can’t
see into the future, but we can see
everywhere. Also the past.” OK, that’s
enough weed for today, Damon.
Britney Spears: snake-charmer,
owner of that diamond necklace the
old lady had on the Titanic and now a
highly coveted artist. No, really.
The ex-Disney pop princess has
recently turned her hand to throwing
some paint on a canvas – mainly
flowers and butterflies, since you ask
– and now an original Spears creation has sold at auction for £7,600.
The artwork in question was
donated by Spears for the Vegas
Cares auction, which raised funds for
the victims of the Las Vegas shooting
last month, and she was on hand
to explain the meaning behind the
painting: “The flowers in my painting
represent a new beginning, and it’s in
that spirit that we move forward.”
The singer, 35, has also been
posting footage on Instagram of her
painting one of her masterpieces,
soundtracked by Mozart.
Somewhere, someone from Frieze
Art Fair clears a little space on their
2018 event floorplan...
Kate protests too
much, methinks
Kate Winslet says one of the biggest
misconceptions about her is that
she’s posh. And she’d really like you to
know that she isn’t. But then, isn’t that
what someone posh would say?
She told the Los Angeles Times:
“I didn’t come from privilege or
money. When I say that, nobody
ever quite believes me because I
speak quite well and I’m English, so
therefore surely I’ve grown up having
people bring me tea in china cups?
Our house was full of things from
coupons out of the paper.”
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Welcome to the new zero-tolerance Hollywood
KELNER’S VIEW
K
evin Spacey has won two
Oscars, for Best Actor in
American Beauty and for
Best Supporting Actor
in The Usual Suspects. There are
a host of talented and prominent
actors of the modern generation
who have never received both of
those accolades from the Academy
of Motion Pictures Arts and
Sciences – Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise,
Simon
Kelner
Leonardo DiCaprio, and Johnny
Depp among them.
But, as Spacey studies those two
little gold statuettes, which once
represented his ultimate validation
by the film industry, he has time to
reflect on the ephemeral nature of
success. And how, in a make-believe
world, reality has an awful habit
of intruding. Spacey (inset), who
has a string of allegations of gross
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sexual misconduct against him, has
been dropped by his agent and his
publicist, been axed from the next
series of House of Cards, and now,
in the ultimate indignity, has been
excised from a forthcoming film only
a month before it was due for release.
Hollywood is in the midst of
revisionist fervour. Those who once
feted him are now shunning
him, even though the
exposure of his terrible
behaviour came,
apparently, as no
surprise to anyone.
The American sitcom
Difficult People,
produced by the
peerless Amy Poehler,
has been pointing its
finger at Spacey for years. In
one episode, one of the characters
even says: “Maybe I should just give
up trying to find love. I’m going to
go the Kevin Spacey route. Just stop
trying to be a human being, focus on
getting famous, and then after I get
my own Netflix show, focus all of my
frustrations on a boyfriend young
enough to be my own son.”
It’s hard to imagine anything
more direct, and yet Netflix, which
presumably was aware of the
rumours of Spacey’s behaviour on
the House of Cards set, is happy to
turn a blind eye and make him the
focus of promotional activity.
Now that a number of brave
people have come forward, Spacey is
a non-person, which may be well and
good for his employers, desperate to
launder their reputation, but where
does it leave us, the viewing public?
Will we never see a Spacey film
again? Is his brilliant performance
as the sleazy narcotics officer
Jack Vincennes in LA Confidential
destined for the rubbish bin? Will
his outstanding period as artistic
director of the Old Vic never
be talked about again?
If every delinquent
film actor, producer
or director (or maybe
even studio head)
was subject to the
same revisionism,
movie history would
have to be rewritten.
The charges against
Spacey are of a very serious
nature, and we must hope due
process is observed. And yet his
work consists of his playing an
imaginary character, and we are not
watching Kevin Spacey, but Frank
Underwood. Now, however, we
will find it hard not to look beyond
the mask and see someone whose
private behaviour is unacceptable,
and possibly criminal.
I suppose it is inevitable Spacey’s
work – which, at the time, everyone
hurried to acclaim – will soon be
rendered to ashes. Others may follow.
It may smack of expediency, even
hypocrisy, but I expect the past – as
well as the present and the future
– will be subject to this new zerotolerance climate.
POLITICS
proclaimed that the Tories need
to, borrowing my favourite phrase,
“get a grip”. Mr Gove, it seems, has
taken that to heart. Lately, he’s got a
grip on ivory trading, the banning of
microbeads, neonicotinoids (which
threaten our precious bees), and
has upped the sentences for animal
cruelty. There is little to argue about
in any of this. It is, to borrow a word
from the metropolitan elite “centrist
Dad” rank, “sensible”.
In any normal political
environment, none of this would
seem noteworthy. Indeed, it
would be nothing more than basic
competence. In this climate, alas,
anything above ineptitude looks
impressive, and Mr Gove is no
exception. Even George Monbiot,
the left-wing environmental writer,
describes him as “the one spot of
light in a terrible government”,
which is a long way from various
descriptions of his colleagues of late.
Yesterday afternoon, Ladbrokes
announced that the odds on Mr
Gove becoming the next Tory leader
had been shortened to 20-1. At the
time of writing, these were the same
for those of Dominic Raab MP, the
backbench Brexiter MP for Esher
and Walton, who is frequently seen
as an up-and-coming contender.
Maybe Ladbrokes is nothing to go by.
Ordinarily, suggesting that a
minister’s star might be on the rise
is the kiss of death, but perhaps, in
these extraordinary times, it just
might shine. And, boy, do we need
a Gove-shaped star.
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n my graduation day in
2014, I received a text
from a friend. “The Gove
is gone, long live the Gove,”
it read. I’ve never forgotten it. It
made me laugh, but then I felt a
little sad, because it meant that the
then Education Secretary had been
sacked – demoted to Chief Whip, a
job that at that time seemed to hold
a lot less power than it does today, in
our era of razor-slim majorities and
Machiavellian manoeuvres.
Now, Michael Gove is back.
In a column in June, I wrote, on
his appointment, that Mr Gove
would prove to be a “first class”
Environment Secretary. Few
agreed, but now, it is looking like
a very good idea indeed.
Quietly, away from the screaming
car crash that is the public face of
the Government, the Environment
Secretary is getting on with things.
This week the Daily Mail has twice
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Distinct retro feel but a diverse
approach from Enninful
British Vogue
HHHHH
They said it felt like the cat had won
at Crufts when Edward Enninful
scored one of the most coveted jobs
in fashion.
“They” being the highly qualified
applicants who had eyed up the
position of editor at British Vogue
when Alexandra Shulman stepped
down. But Enninful (inset) made
history to become the first man and
first black person to take the helm,
and the December issue, his first,
hits newsstands today.
He has pledged his editorship will
be about championing diversity, in
every sense: gender, body shapes,
race, class, religion and age.
Model of the moment and activist
Adwoa Aboah is Enninful’s first
cover star. She looks sensational
in her Marc Jacobs dress
and turban.
The cover has a retro
Seventies feel. Its sense
of warmth may seem
unexpected coming
from Enninful, the man
who dressed Kate Moss
as a nun for W magazine.
The cover is branded
“Great Britain”, and the
features inside celebrate the
nation and its cultural melting pot.
The magazine has generally
steered clear of politics, and its
journalism (or lack thereof) has led
critics to describe it as little more
CULTURE
Saved for the nation by
V&A: 1970s council flats
By Sherna Noah
A three-storey section of one of
Britain’s most controversial council estates has been acquired for
display by a museum.
Robin Hood Gardens, a 1970s
east London concrete block, is
known for its Brutalist style of architecture. The dilapidated estate
is being knocked down but the
Victoria & Albert Museum will be
putting a three-storey section of
the estate, measuring almost 9m
high, more than 5m wide and 8m
deep, on display in its galleries.
The section includes two maisonette flats – complete with doors,
kitchen units, wardrobes, panelling
and skirting boards – from the seventh floor of the estate, along with
façades and two interior staircases.
The museum would not disclose
how much it paid for the section,
but said that it contributed to the
costs of its extraction.
The estate, in Poplar, was designed by advocates of the “Clock-
The Brutalist Robin Hood Gardens
estate in Poplar, east London PA
work Orange” style of Brutalist
architecture, husband and wife
Peter and Alison Smithson.
In 2008, the Government said
that it had decided against listing
the block and the site is now under
development to replace the 252
flats with at least 1,500 new homes.
Dr Neil Bingham, the V&A’s curator of contemporary architectural collections, said that the idea
to save a section of the estate came
“when demolition of the social
housing project was imminent”.
“The V&A’s acquisition of a section
of Robin Hood Gardens will motivate new thinking and research
into this highly experimental period of British architectural and
urban history,” he said.
Dr Christopher Turner, keeper
of the design, architecture and
digital department, said: “This
three-storey section of Robin Hood
Gardens, complete with ‘street in
the sky’, is an important piece of
Brutalism, worth preserving for future generations. It is also an object
that will stimulate debate around
architecture and urbanism today.
It raises important questions about
the history and future of housing.”
Eighty per cent of the
estate’s 600 tenants
supported plans to demolish it
and build new homes in its place,
despite a campaign by architects
such as Lord Rogers and Lord
Foster to get it listed.
CONSUMER
Burberry to close non-luxury shops
By Laura Harding
Burberry has announced it will
close some of its stores to focus exclusively on luxury shoppers.
The plans are part of new chief
executive Marco Gobbetti’s vision
for the company, in an effort to
“sharpen” the brand’s positioning.
Burberry did not say how many
stores it will “rationalise” or the
number of staff affected, but the
closures will mainly affect
its wholesale arm, which
represents 30 per cent of
the group’s business, and
will initially focus on the
US and Europe.
“To ensure our distribution is consistent with
our brand positioning, we
will rationalise non-luxury
wholesale and retail doors, with
an initial emphasis on the
US and then EMEIA [Europe, Middle East, India
and Africa].”
Burberry will ditch its
outlets within department stores, and close
shops that are not found
in or near communities of
luxury shoppers.
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than a picture book. But this first
issue sees model Naomi Campbell
interviewing Mayor of London
Sadiq Khan, and writer Zadie Smith
discussing the Queen as a lower
middle-class person.
Old Vogue took itself seriously.
New Vogue knows how to have fun.
There is a sticker activity where
readers can dress up the models
on the pages, while a picture
feature of an orangutan in Dior
and Valentino is whimsical
and joyful.
There is marked
increase in the number
of models of colour
throughout the book.
For me, Enninful’s effort
to include more diversity
does not feel contrived or
clumsy. So the cat can have
his cream – for now. Because the
December issue is just a starting
point for reform. Much more needs
to be done.
Serina Sandhu
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PEOPLE
Royal Marine carries comrades on his back
By Claire Hayhurst
A former Royal Marine has had
seven poppies tattooed on his
back in memory of comrades he
lost in Afghanistan.
Rob French’s back (inset) features silhouettes of seven Royal
Marines killed in the conflict in
2008 and 2009, framed by seven
large poppies. The men became
known as the “magnificent seven”.
‘Siamogale melilutra’ lived six million years ago and weighed about 50kg PA
Wolf-sized otter
would have been
king of the river
By John von Radowitz
An ancient otter that lived six million
years ago was the size of a wolf and
would have been able to crack the
shells of clams, analysis has shown.
Siamogale melilutra weighed in at
about 50kg and would have been one
of the dominant predators of the rivers and wetlands it inhabited. It had
a powerful bite, which would have allowed it to crush mollusc shells or the
bones of birds and small mammals.
Dr Jack Tseng, from the University of Buffalo in New York, who led
a study of the prehistoric otter’s fossilised skull, said: “We don’t know
for sure, but we think that this otter
was more of a top predator than living species of otters are. Our findings
imply that Siamogale could crush
much harder and larger prey than
any living otter can.”
The researchers carried out computed tomography (CT) scans of the
otter’s skull and those of 10 of its modern relatives to see how they compared. From the scans, they created
3D virtual computer models which
revealed a relationship between jaw
stiffness and animal size.
The research showed that
Siamogale melilutra had jaws six
times sturdier than expected. Paired
with its size, the powerful jaws would
have made it an impressive hunter.
Dr Xiaoming Wang, of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
County, said the presence of large
clams could have led to the otter’s
jaw strength. “Carnivores are known
to evolve powerful jaws, often for
the purpose of cracking the bones
of their prey,” he said. “It’s possible
that an abundance of big clams drove
these giant otters to acquire their
rare traits, including their crushing
teeth and robust jaws.”
Co-author Dr Denise Su, from the
Cleveland Museum of Natural History, said its diet in part of what is now
Shuitangba, southern China, could
have included “fish, crab, molluscs,
turtles and frogs, as well as many different species of water birds”.
The research is published in the
journal Scientific Reports.
Many modern-day otters
can use tools, notably
stones which they use to smash
their way to the meat of shellfish.
ENVIRONMENT
Woodlands along HS2 route
to get a £5m sweetener
By Katie Grant
The Government will invest
£5m in woodlands in England, in
what could be seen as an attempt
to offset opposition to new
high‑speed railway.
The Department for Transport
has announced the creation of the
HS2 Woodland Fund to support “a
network of new wildlife habitats
along the route”. The project
includes nearly seven million new
trees and shrubs on HS2’s first
phase.
Transport minister Paul
Maynard said: “HS2 is more
environmentally responsible than
any other major infrastructure
project in UK history.”
Last month, animal experts
warned HS2 in London would
lead to one of city’s few hedgehog
colonies being disrupted.
Mr French, 35, served as a
Royal Marine from 2006 to
2013, when he was medically discharged having
reached the rank of
lance corporal.
The father of two,
from Weston-superMare, Somerset, is raising money in aid of the
Royal British Legion.
“Around this time of year, the
public start wearing poppies …
but for me and all the other
servicemen and women
who have been to war,
every single day is Remembrance Day,” the
swimming instructor
said. Mr French, who
has been diagnosed with
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), began his tattoo in November 2015.
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Pilgrims progress with Isis on the run
Millions of Shias are converging on Kerbala for the Arbaeen. By Patrick Cockburn
M
illions of black-clad
Shia pilgrims are
converging on the
holy city of Kerbala
for the Arbaeen
religious commemoration – the
largest annual gathering of people
anywhere on Earth. The event
has become an overwhelmingly
powerful display of Shia belief
and solidarity.
This year the Arbaeen coincides
with the final defeat of Isis, the
movement that slaughtered Shia in
their tens of thousands and aimed
to overthrow the Shia-dominated
government in Baghdad. The
Syrian army announced yesterday
that it had captured the last Isisheld town in Syria, Albu Kamal, its
victory coming a few days after Isis
was driven from western Iraq.
The Arbaeen is a symbol of
the rise of the Iraqi Shia, a highly
significant development in the
Middle East; but it has happened
only recently. Karim, 48, a tribal
leader from the southern city of
Najaf, who provides free food for the
pilgrims, recalls that when he first
took part in an illegal Arbaeen walk
in the Saddam era “We had to take
a roundabout route by the river
[Euphrates] and try to keep hidden
because, if we were caught, we
would put in prison or executed.”
The Arbaeen has provided many
martyrs, murdered by Saddam,
al-Qaeda and Isis, but its purpose is
to mourn the martyrdom of Imam
Hussain, the founding father of
the Shia faith, who was killed in
the battle for Kerbala in 680AD.
The long ritual walk to his goldendomed shrine – some walkers spend
10 or 12 days on the road from Basra
or Kirkuk – comes on the 40th day
of the mourning period, as religious
fervour reaches its peak.
Shia cities, towns and villages
all over Iraq empty out as people
take to the roads in an elaborately
organised and well protected mass
movement not seen anywhere else
in the world. Estimates vary of the
total attending, from a high of 15
to 17 million to a low of six to seven
million, which includes at least two
million Iranians, whose numbers
are easier to calculate because
they require documentation to
Shia pilgrims
gather at the
shrine to Imam
Hussain in
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enter Iraq. Mohammed al-Hilli,
the author of Arbaeen: The Walk,
says that “The city of Kerbala can
only contain two or three million
people at one time, but since
pilgrims are coming and
going over a long time,
the total attending
will be much higher.”
The pilgrims
carry black, green,
red and white flags,
with the black flag of
mourning for Imam
Hussain by far the most
common. Vast numbers of
them decorate permanent brick
buildings and temporary tents
which are used for praying, eating
and sleeping along the three main
routes leading to Kerbala. Once,
pilgrims were lucky if they got
rice and bean stew – “there was
nothing but muddy water to drink”
recalls one early participant – but
everything is now highly organised
with copious supplies of food, small
clinics and even dentists all working
free of charge. The care of pilgrims
is regarded as a religious duty.
This year there are more red,
white and black Iraqi national flags
evident than before, indicating a
shift towards greater identification
with the Iraqi state by the Shia,
traditionally marginalised by the
Sunni since Ottoman times
and before.
When the Shiadominated government
took power in Iraq in
2005, it was the first time
the Shia had held power
in any country in the Arab
world since the Fatimids
in Egypt were overthrown
by Saladin in the 12th century.
It is only lately that they have
started to look comfortable in their
new role.
All religions have their martyrs,
but for the Iraqi Shia they come
from the present as well as the
distant past. Lamp-posts 50 yards
apart along the 45-mile NajafKerbala road each have a different
picture of a soldier or civilian killed
by Isis or al-Qaeda. The same is true
of other routes to the holy city. Once
pilgrims risked death from Isis
ambushes, but the roads are more
secure. Major General Qais Khalaf,
military governor of Kerbala,
Najaf and Diwaniyah provinces,
says: “There was just one suicide
bombing in this area 18 months ago,
when three people were killed.”
He believes Isis no longer has base
areas or the level of support it needs
to launch big attacks.
The mood of the pilgrimage is
one of intense piety and communal
solidarity; Shia clerics emphasise
that the pilgrimage is dedicated to
peace. Asked if the Iraqi security
forces’ victory over Isis, had
had an effect on the gathering,
they said that there had been an
improvement in morale and selfconfidence. “Who does not want
more security?” asked Kamil Kadar,
a pilgrim taking part in the walk.
But, after 40 years of wars and
emergencies, Iraqis are in wary of
good news, always suspecting that
developments will turn sour, as they
have so often done in the past.
Sayyid Alaa al-Moussawi, a
senior Shia cleric who is head of the
Office of the Shia Endowment, says
that Iraq seems to be entering a
period “of greater harmony with its
neighbours, notably Saudi Arabia,
Turkey and Iran”.
Iraqis see this as crucial, because
it is the combining of domestic
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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have
arrested at least 30 dual nationals
during the past two years, mostly
on spying charges, according to lawyers, diplomats and relatives. This is
twice as many as earlier reported by
local or international media.
The news comes as concern
mounts in the UK over the fate of
joint British-Iranian citizen Nazanin
Zaghari-Ratcliffe (inset), who is currently serving five years in an Iranian prison for unspecified crimes.
The 39-year-old mother of one was
in Iran on a two-week holiday visiting
her family in March 2016 when she
was arrested while boarding a flight
at Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport on 3 April.
Her family and supporters fear that
suggestions from Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson that she was training
journalists when she was
arrested may lead to a
significantly increased
prison sentence.
Despite Mr Johnson’s
blunder, Britain is among
those countries arguing that
maintaining a low profile is in the
insurgency with the financial and
military support of foreign states
that has kept Iraq in a permanent
state of war and emergency.
Pilgrims arrive from all over
the world, Iranians being by far
the most numerous. But they
also come from Pakistan, India,
Azerbaijan, Lebanon and places
where the Shia community must
be tiny. Many of the pilgrims are
teenagers or in their twenties.
Asked what the pilgrimage meant
to him, one 19-year-old visitor from
London said: “It means my whole
life to me. It means one small step
towards Heaven.”
Shia identity is beginning to
blend with Iraqi national identity,
as Iraq looks less like a failed state.
There is strong sympathy for Shia
struggles in countries such as Syria,
Lebanon, Bahrain and Yemen.
Inside Iraq, there is strong popular
backing for the Hashd al-Shaabi or
Popular Mobilisation Units as a sort
of Shia national guard. Nationalism
may be on the rise but it is still
trumped by religion as a cause
Iraqis will die for. Asked about the
Hashd, one observer said: “I don’t
think you could have defeated Isis
without using ideologically driven
fighters like the Hashd.”
The first time I saw Arbaeen
walkers was in April 2003, when
US soldiers looked on perplexedly
and with suspicion at bands of
young men, often carrying green
palm fronds rather than flags,
walking to Kerbala from all over
Iraq. This happened just after
the US invasion, and the pilgrims
were walking unconcernedly
past burned-out Iraqi tanks and
military vehicles. The incoming
administrators of the US-led
occupation paid the walkers no
attention, though they were an
early sign of the Shia piety and
determination which was to shape
the future of the country.
The US shows little sign of having
learned much about the Iraqi
Shia community in the 14 years
since the invasion. It certainly still
underestimates them. The Arbaeen
was not a victory rally for the Shia
as Isis is defeated, but they may well
feel that in Iraq that their day has
come. THE INDEPENDENT
best interests of the detainees, according to a UK government source.
Detainees’ relatives and lawyers
have said the Guards use the detainees as bargaining chips in international relations and to
put off European firms that
seek to do business in Iran.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has vast
business interests as well
as being Iran’s most powerful security force and has criticised the government for handing
contracts to foreigners. REUTERS
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Marine Le Pen has been stripped of
her immunity from prosecution by
France’s parliament over a series of
grisly images she posted on Twitter.
A row erupted after the far-right
French politician posted images
that showed the decapitated body
of Isis victim James Foley and captioned it “Daesh [the Arabic acronym for Isis] is this”.
The pictures were later deleted
after there was an outcry on social
media, including from Foley’s family.
She also uploaded images of a
man shown in a cage before being
burned alive and another of a man in
Although her father, and
former National Front
president, Jean-Marie Le Pen,
has convictions for making racist
comments, this would be the first
prosecution of its kind for her.
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an orange jumpsuit being run over
by a tank. Now a cross-party committee in the French parliament has
removed the protection Ms Le Pen
receives by being a deputy in the National Assembly.
In theory, Ms Le Pen could face a
fine or even imprisonment if found
guilty of the crime of “publishing violent images”. She responded to the
decision by tweeting: “Better to be a
jihadist returning [to France] from
Syria than an MP who denounces
the abasement of Islamic State: one
takes fewer judicial risks.”
It is not the first time Ms Le Pen
has had her immunity stripped. The
European Parliament took similar
steps when she was an MEP. She
was placed under investigation for
alleged misuse of European Parliament funds, something she denies.
Since she became National
Front’s president in 2011, she has
pursued a largely successful strategy of “de-demonising” the party by
avoiding outright race-baiting and
Catalan official:
declaration not
legally binding
By Jesus Aguado
IN MADRID
stressing economic, social and antiEuropean themes. Despite a strong
showing in the initial stages of her
campaign to become president of
France, Ms Le Pen’s fortunes have
foundered since.
She lost badly to Emmanuel Macron and her party then fared badly
in legislative elections. She has lost
her trusted deputy, Florian Philippot, once the Front’s ideological
guide, who left the party to start his
own breakaway faction. The French
media carries new accounts nearly
every week of squabbling within the
party. THE INDEPENDENT
More cracks appeared in the Catalonian independence campaign last
night when the region’s parliamentary speaker admitted to a court in
Madrid that the declaration of independence was not legally binding –
apparently in a bid for her freedom.
Carme Forcadell, a vocal critic of
the Madrid government’s takeover of
the region that the declaration triggered, made the remark in an appearance before Supreme Court judges.
She and five other Catalonia officials were answering charges of
rebellion and sedition for their roles
in the independence drive. Court
sources said they told the hearing
that the declaration on 27 October,
which followed a referendum banned
by Madrid, was not legally binding.
But significantly, the concession
may also increase their chances of
being conditionally released, which
would enable them to campaign freely for regional elections on 21 December. The Catalan independence push
has divided Spain, dragging it into its
worst political crisis since the return
of democracy in 1975. REUTERS
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VIETNAM
Trump criticises ‘very one-sided
and unfair’ trade relationship
President’s visit
stirs emotions
of US veterans
By Matthew Tostevin
By Jill Colvin
Canada’s
man of
the people
IN BEIJING
President Donald Trump has been
careful to present a united front
with Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader,
following two days of meetings –
despite lingering differences over
trade and North Korea.
The US President (inset) criticised the “very one-sided and unfair” trade relationship between the
US and China.
China “must immediately address
the unfair trade
practices” in
what he said was
a “shockingly”
large trade deficit, along with
barriers to market
access, forced technology transfers and
intellectual property theft.
But, significantly, Mr Trump
stopped short of blaming the
Chinese – and appeared to suggest
that US administrations should
shoulder the blame.
“But I don’t blame China,” he
said. “After all, who can blame
a country for being able to take
advantage of another country
for the benefit of its citizens?” To
The US and China had
just signed agreements
valued at more than $250bn for
products including US-made jet
engines, auto parts and beef.
While Donald Trump
was surrounded by tight
security and hordes of
journalists during his
official visit to China,
2,000 miles away
Canada’s Prime Minister,
Justin Trudeau was
making a much more
low-key trip to Vietnam.
He took a break on the
second day of his official
tour to visit a coffee
shop in Ho Chi Minh
City with Nguyen Cong
Hiep, the chauffeur
for the Canadian
consulate-general.
Mr Trudeau lived in
Vietnam as a student in
1995 but it was his first
official visit as prime
minister. AP
applause, Mr Trump said: “I give
China great credit.”
Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of
State, offered a blunter assessment
of China’s trade surplus with the US,
which in October widened by 12.2 per
cent from a year earlier, to $26.6bn
(£20bn). The total surplus with the
United States for the first 10 months
of the year was $223bn.
“I think the best way to characterise
it is that... the things that have been
achieved are pretty small,” Mr Tillerson told reporters in Beijing.
Mr Tillerson also acknowledged
that there were differences in “tactics and the timing and how far to go
with pressure” on North Korea. But
he insisted the two countries were on
the same page. “There is no disagreement on North Korea,” he said.
The comments came during
President Trump’s second and final
day in China.
Mr Trump was warmly welcomed
by his Chinese hosts and was feted
at a state dinner that featured a
video montage of the President’s
visit, as well as footage of his granddaughter, Arabella, the daughter of
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner,
singing a traditional Chinese song
in Mandarin. AP
IN DANANG, VIETNAM
As part of his Asia tour,
Donald Trump flies into the
Vietnamese resort of Danang
this morning for a summit of
Asia-Pacific leaders, landing in
a city that for many Americans
of his generation was their first
sight of Vietnam – and of war.
But not for Mr Trump – he
avoided the draft until that
conflict was over. “He’ll finally
be able to put on his resumé
that he was in Vietnam,” said
veteran David Clark, 68, who is
originally from Akron, Ohio, and
calls Mr Trump “a joke”. After
serving in Vietnam from 1968 to
1969 with the Marine Corps, he
has now returned to Vietnam to
help with projects to address the
legacy of the conflict.
Mr Trump received five
deferments during the
Vietnam War, including one for
bone spurs in his heel, it was
reported last year. The New
York Times quoted Mr Trump
as saying the bone spurs had
been “temporary”.
The seaside resort of
Danang has a special place in
US-Vietnamese history: it was
here that the first US ground
troops disembarked in 1965.
Mr Clark came back in 2013
for a year and is still in Danang,
busy with projects to destroy
unexploded US bombs and help
families affected by the Agent
Orange chemical linked to
illness and deformity. REUTERS
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Driverless shuttle bus crashes on its first day
By Regina Garcia Cano
IN LAS VEGAS
A driverless bus was involved in a
minor crash with a lorry less than two
hours after it made its debut on the
streets of Las Vegas on Wednesday in
front of cameras and celebrities.
But police say the driver of the lorry
was at fault. “The shuttle did what it
was supposed to do, in that its sensors
registered the truck and the shuttle
stopped to avoid the accident,” the
police statement said.
“Unfortunately the delivery truck
did not stop and grazed the front
fender of the shuttle. Had the truck
had the same sensing equipment that
the shuttle has, the accident would
have been avoided.”
The shuttle, developed by the
French company Navya, can transport up to 12 people. It has an attendant and computer monitor, but no
steering wheel and no brake pedals.
Before it crashed, dozens of people
had lined up to get a free trip on a 1km
loop in Las Vegas. City spokesman
Jace Radke said the shuttle took two
more loops after the crash. AP
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n the Spanish village of
Villanueva del Rosario,
not far from Málaga, is an
awe-inspiring cave. This
limestone formation is a
sweep of smooth overhanging
rock, dappled orange and grey,
curving like a curtain to its full
height some 100 metres above
the ground.
It is in this imposing
atmosphere that 31-year-old
Angela Eiter last week achieved a
historic milestone, completing a
climb so difficult that it is the first
time a woman has scaled a route
of this grade.
Its significance is impossible
to overstate. For most of us, the
sheer complexity of the physical
and mental challenges it would
require are hard to grasp. Ms
Eiter (inset) now joins a tiny group
of ultra-elite climbers, who until
now were all male.
She had spent more than two
years working on the grade 9b
Planta de Shiva route, aiming to
climb it in one attempt, from the
ground to the top of the cliff, with
no assistance from a rope or other
artificial means.
When I asked her what it took
to achieve something like this,
Ms Eiter, from Imst in Austria
– where she runs a climbing
school with her husband – told
me: “During the whole two years
I returned seven times… The
process taught me that if I was
going to succeed, I had to give
absolutely 100 per cent.”
It sounds simple enough, but
when you look at the context, the
magnitude of what she has done
becomes clear.
Fewer than a dozen people – all
men – have climbed this grade
of rock before. Only two men,
American Chris Sharma and
Czech Adam Ondra, have ever
climbed a harder grade.
And although Ms
Eiter plays down the
significance of being
the first woman to
do this – saying
“climbing is not
a question about
gender” – it’s
difficult to think
of a comparison in
which a female athlete
stands toe-to-toe with all her
strongest male counterparts, in
a sport that depends on physical
power, stamina and rigorous
technique. When you consider this
against the disparity between the
sexes in so many sports,
Ms Eiter’s achievement
begins to take on a
new shape.
Although she
comes from a
competition climbing
background – she
was world champion
four times – a discipline
in which man-made
routes can be “set” differently
for men and women, climbing on
rock is the ultimate leveller. No
one gets to change the position
or quality of the holds to suit
their style or size. For the vast
majority of its practitioners,
climbing demonstrates an
inherent and enviable equality
between genders.
Perhaps it’s this equality that
is partly behind the decision to
include climbing in the Tokyo
2020 Olympics. Climbers will
compete for one medal each
for men and women, with the
competition being divided
between three equally weighted
disciplines (lead, speed and
boulder) and just one male and
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How dragons’ blood is aiding
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Scientists want to harness incredible anti-bacterial
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he extraordinary
lengths being
taken to fight the
spread of deadly
superbugs is revealed
in a new exhibition at London’s
Science Museum.
It highlights work by US
researchers who are using the
blood of Komodo dragons (inset) to
treat bacterial infections.
A team at George Mason
University in Virginia discovered
a molecule in the reptiles’ blood
which has strong anti-bacterial
properties and synthesised it
for use in wound treatment.
The exhibition also shows how
dangerous hospital-acquired
infections can be.
One patient at the Royal
Marsden cancer hospital in
Chelsea spent five months in
isolation after antibiotics failed to
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female representative from each
country. The reaction within
the climbing community to
adoption as an Olympic sport was
overwhelmingly positive.
Climbing is undergoing a
boom. Analysis from the British
Mountaineering Council (BMC),
the representative body for
climbers and walkers in the UK,
shows that participation is on a
meteoric rise.
In fact, the organisation
believes that today more adults
regularly take part in the sports
they represent – indoor climbing,
outdoor climbing, mountaineering
and hillwalking – than all the
regular participants in golf, tennis
and rugby combined.
And it seems it is women who
are leading this charge, especially
when it comes to climbing indoors.
The BMC estimates that although
women account for up to 40 per
cent of indoor climbers, they make
up almost two-thirds of “new”
climbers – those who have been
doing it for only a few years.
One could be forgiven for
thinking that the outlook is
abundantly rosy for the sport
of climbing. And it is true that
there is much to applaud. But
treat an infection caught
during surgery.
The show recreates work at St
Mary’s hospital labs in Paddington
by Sir Alexander Fleming in
1928-29 that led to the
discovery of penicillin,
the first massproduced antibiotic.
There are now
26 antibiotics
available for
human use but
none have been
developed since
1987. Superbugs
kill almost 700,000
people a year globally
and by 2050, this could rise
to 30 million.
A total of 1.3 million people catch
bacterial infections in UK hospitals
each year. Notable cases include
that of the former Holby City and
Men Behaving Badly star Leslie
Ash, who has campaigned for
greater awareness.
The show illustrates how, in
the case of tuberculosis,
treatment differs in
patients depending
on those who have
become resistant
to antibiotics.
Those who are not
resistant require
450 doses. Those
who are, require
14,000.
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which seeks a tool to
quickly diagnose the difference
between a viral and bacterial
infection, are also shown.
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a concerning undercurrent
must be addressed if the sport
is to continue demonstrating
its potential as both a symbol
of equality and a vehicle for the
change required to make that
equality a reality.
Ms Eiter’s ascent last week
received almost zero media
coverage outside the climbing
world. In one sense this is
unsurprising – climbing is quite a
niche topic. But it is indicative of a
bigger, unresolved problem about
how we cover the achievements
of women in the press and
broadcast media.
It is surprising that at the time
of writing, no other major UK
news outlet has covered her story,
because the fact is that climbing
does make headlines quite
regularly – it’s just that the stories
are all about men.
Adam Ondra climbed the
world’s new hardest route this
year, a story picked up by at least
two national papers. Just a few
months before that, newspapers
on both sides of the Atlantic and
beyond went wild for photos of
Alex Honnold’s ropeless ascent
of one of the most famous rock
formations on the globe, the
1km-high El Capitan in Yosemite
National Park.
Laudable achievements both;
they deserved fanfare. But Ms
Eiter’s achievement represents an
equally – if not more significant –
stretching of the athletic envelope,
something akin to a woman
running a sub-10-second 100m.
And it is all the more exciting
because there is a group of
female climbers clamouring at
her heels with a bevy of almost as
impressive achievements.
Climbing is an activity that
offers a vehicle for a kind of
equality not often found within the
all-too-frequently macho confines
of organised sport. It can be an
exercise in colourful indoor fitness
fun – something that has garnered
it a very cool reputation in Britain’s
metropolises – or it can be an
adrenaline-fuelled adventure on
windswept mountains and crags.
There is always more that
can be done to make sport as
representative as possible. And if
female athletes are not celebrated
in the same way as men, how can
we expect women to aspire to the
same heights? THE INDEPENDENT
treated with antibiotics and the aim
is to prevent GPs mistakenly giving
antibiotics for viral infections.
Visitors to the exhibition can
also see 12 real bacteria colonies,
including nine bacteria the World
Health Organisation (Who)
classifies as being a significant
threat to health.
Curator Sheldon Paquin
says: “We want to acknowledge
[superbugs] as incredible creatures
that are everywhere, that are
powerful and resilient against
drugs and worth respect.
“They are able to evolve so
much faster than anything we can
develop to combat them.”
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Lock and quay:
my top journeys
Timothy West has enjoyed holidaying
on canals with his wife Prunella Scales
for many years. The actor reveals his five
favourite routes to Hannah Stephenson
1 The Kennet and Avon
This canal’s 87-mile route from the
Thames at Reading to the River
Avon at Bath, and then on to Bristol,
was reopened in 1990.
“This was our first love and we
were very much involved when it
was being reclaimed,” says Timothy
West, who has presented Channel
4’s Great Canal Journeys with his wife
Prunella Scales since 2014. “We did
a bit to help with its restoration. It
leads to Bristol, my home town, and
is a very beautiful canal.
“Visually it has the amazing Caen
Hill flight of 16 locks in a staircase,
which is quite extraordinary, as
well as aqueducts and 200-year-old
pumping stations.”
2 The Canal du Midi, France
The Midi, which was declared a
Unesco World Heritage Site in
1996, provides a route from the
Atlantic at Bordeaux to Sète on the
Mediterranean.
“We first went on it on a hotel boat
a few years ago from Marseillan up
to Carcassonne,” recalls West. “It
was a very long narrowboat... I tried
to help the crew, being bossy, but I
was in the way.”
On the next visit, the couple came
upon the city of Beziers, birthplace
of the canal’s creator Pierre-Paul
Riquet, where there is a statue of
him. “There’s a handsome theatre
here, too, and up the winding streets
to the top of the hill you find the
beautiful cathedral perched upon a
rock over the gorge.”
3 The Gota Canal, Sweden
The Gota Canal links two lakes
and was created to allow vessels to
travel from the Baltic in the east to
Kattegat in the west. It has 58 locks
to navigate and part of the route has
been christened “The Divorce Ditch”,
due to the navigational difficulties
faced by couples venturing on a
trip. “We went part of the way from
Gothenburg on this lovely ship, the
Juno, the oldest registered passenger
ship in the world.”
From Sjotorp, they transferred to
a cabin cruiser and set out along the
Gota. En route, they encountered a
Victorian paddle steamer, a floating
sauna and Lake Malaren. “There’s
a lot of woodland on the route,”
Tim muses. “Somebody once said,
‘Sweden is really a clearing in the
forest’ and it does feel like that
some of the time.”
4 The Crinan Canal, Scotland
This canal cuts through an area of
virtual wilderness and was built to
save boats heading from Glasgow
to the Hebrides, an 85-mile voyage
through the treacherous waters
around the Mull of Kintyre. It links
Loch Fyne with Jura, creating a
pathway for ships through the
Kintyre Peninsula en route to the
Western Isles.
West and Scales braved the bad
weather in an old herring fishing
boat with a crew, and island-hopped
their way through the Hebrides to
reach the nine-mile route known as
the world’s most beautiful shortcut.
Once at the small port of Crinan,
they transferred on to a Clyde
“puffer”, a steam ship. “The puffers
were built in Glasgow at the end of
the 19th century and were used to
take goods and occasionally people
to the outlying islands,” explains
Tim. “They would take cows, post,
provisions, furniture and all sorts
of things.”
5 The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal
The couple, who both performed
in theatre at Stratford-uponAvon, have had many happy
times picnicking on the bank in
Shakespeare’s Forest of Arden.
Their route started at Kingswood
Junction and ended at Stratfordupon-Avon, although you can go
north to Kings Norton where it
meets the Worcestershire and
Birmingham Canal.
“It has quite a large number of
locks which are quite hard work,
but it wriggles its way through the
countryside. You finally go under a
road bridge and come out of the other
side where you can see the Royal
Shakespeare Theatre in front of you.”
‘Our Great Canal Journeys’ by Timothy
West (£20, John Blake) is out now
Ambling along:
Timothy West
and Prunella
Scales enjoy
life on the the
open water
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IN BRASILIA
UNITED STATES
Police in mass
Isis round-up
Asia-bound
rower rescued
Turkish police have detained
111 people suspected of having
links to Isis and have arrest
warrants for a further 245
suspects in the capital, Ankara,
and the surrounding province.
The state-run Anadolu
news agency said 1,500 police
officers were taking part in
the operation, raiding 250
addresses. No further details
were immediately available.
The private broadcaster
CNNTurk said police in the
north-western city of Bursa
detained 27 suspects, including
several Syrians. REUTERS
Coastguards in Hawaii have rescued
a Chinese man who was rowing from
California to Asia.
Ruihn Yu, was picked up on
Tuesday about 35 miles north-east of
the island of Maui.
Mr Yu, 32, left California on 9
June and was heading for China
and Taiwan when his 18ft vessel
developed communication failures
and a damaged rudder, said a
spokesman for the US Coast Guard.
Mr Yu said he planned to stay on
Maui while a friend sends him parts
for repairs. He plans then to continue
rowing towards his final destination
of Australia. AP
EU deal agreed
on carbon
market reforms
By Alissa de Carbonnel
IN BRUSSELS
After months of dogged talks
European negotiators yesterday
agreed a compromise deal on
carbon market reforms.
The EU was keen to finalise the
deal this week in order to show
Evangelicals front move to
impose ban on all abortions
By Anthony Boadle
TURKEY
BELGIUM
BRAZIL
leadership at the UN climate
talks in Bonn.
Agreement was reached after
talks between EU nations, the
European Parliament and the
EU executive about reforms to
the EU emissions trading system
after 2020.
The system is the EU’s flagship
tool for reducing greenhouse
gases and meeting its climate
goals by regulating emissions
at some 12,000 industrial and
power installations.
But negotiations had been
stuck over the uses of a new
clean technology fund. REUTERS
Fears are growing that a growing
climate of conservatism in Brazil
could lead to the introduction of a
complete ban on abortion.
A congressional committee led by
evangelical Christians has voted to
ban abortion in Brazil in all situations,
including cases of rape and where the
mother’s life is in danger. The single
vote against the ban was cast by the
only woman present at the session,
Erika Kokay, of the Workers Party.
Abortion is illegal in predominantly
Catholic Brazil except when
the pregnancy is the result of a
Stingrays and other
fish swim in the
Sunshine Lagoon
tank at Sunshine
Aquarium in Tokyo.
The aquarium partially
reopened following
the death of 1,235 fish
– more than 94 per
cent of the creatures
in the largest tank . The
deaths were believed to
have been caused by a
lack of oxygen. Only 73
fish survived. AP
ITALY
Vatican conference seeks to ease Korean tensions
Pope Francis is seeking to defuse
nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula and to boost support for disarmament with a Vatican conference
that will bring together 11 Nobel Peace
Prize winners, UN and Nato officials,
and representatives from several
countries with atomic weapons.
For some, the pontiff’s address at
the gathering today will provide a
break in the war of words between US
President Donald Trump and North
Korean leader Kim Jong-un as Mr
Trump continues his first trip to Asia.
The Vatican hopes the conference
will discredit atomic weapons’ status
as a boon for global security. “For
some people, it’s pie in the sky,” said
papal adviser Monsignor Silvano
Tomasi. “But at this time, I think it’s
very important to alert public opinion
that the presence in the world of
thousands of atomic bombs doesn’t
guarantee the security of anyone.” AP
SWITZERLAND
CAMBODIA
UNITED STATES
IN VATICAN CITY
Singapore
Singapore’s proudly-held
reputation of being the
Switzerland of the east has
suffered a blow.
Questions marks about the
efficiency of its public services
are still being asked, a month
after rainwater flooded a
mass rapid transit service
tunnel, leading to the partial
suspension of weekend trains.
A public apology by transit
bosses and an assurance from
the government that the cause
was clear and the repairs not
complicated have done little to
appease the public.
Singapore residents are
highly dependent on public
transport. It is one of the
world’s most expensive places
to own a vehicle and it recently
announced that it will not
allow any growth in its car
population from February.
The People’s Action Party
has ruled Singapore, one of
the richest and most stable
countries in the world,
without interruption since
independence in 1965.
Desmond Kuek, chief
executive of transit operator
SMRT, was quoted in an email
to staff as saying this week
should have been a celebration
marking the 30-year
anniversary of the operations.
“Instead, we were awash
in collective shame because
a few of our staff had let us
down,” Mr Kuek said in the
email, according to the Straits
Times. REUTERS
Fathin Ungku
rape or puts the mother’s life at
risk. In 2012, the Supreme Court
authorised the abortion on foetuses
with anencephaly. More than one
Return of
Tokyo’s
stingrays
By Nicole Winfield
Postcard
From...
Pro-abortion protesters demonstrate
against the Catholic Church GETTY
million abortions are carried out
at clandestine clinics each year in
Brazil and thousands of women
end up in hospital as a result of
botched procedures, according to
government estimates.
But even the limited circumstances
where abortions are legal have been
targeted by a growing evangelical
group in Congress.
The move to ban all abortion would
require two-thirds of the votes in
both chambers of Congress.
But the measure could clear those
hurdles as part of a trade-off for other
legislation the governing coalition
is seeking to pass, such as pension
reforms. REUTERS
Prosecutors drop Independence
Polanski inquiry day celebrated
Flights cancelled
over volcano ash
Swiss prosecutors have dropped
an investigation into the film
director Roman Polanski after
finding the statute of limitations
did not allow pursuing allegations
by a former German actress and
model that he raped her in 1972
when she was 15.
Renate Langer made the
allegations to Swiss authorities
in September. A lawyer for the
director said it was an attempt to
generate media attention. REUTERS
An ash plume drifting from a
Russian volcano has prompted
flight cancellations in northern
Alaska this week.
Airlines cancelled flights to and
from Kotzebue and Deadhorse,
the supply hub for the Prudhoe
Bay oil fields. The Alaska Volcano
Observatory said the cloud
originated from the Shiveluch
Volcano, 1,350 miles south-west
of Kotzebue, on Russia’s
Kamchatka peninsula. AP
Cambodians have marked the
64th anniversary of the country’s
independence from France by
releasing doves and balloons into the
sky at the Independence Monument
in the capital, Phnom Penh.
The late King Norodom Sihanouk
declared independence in 1953 after
seizing power in a bloodless coup.
Yesterday’s independence ceremony
was attended by the current King,
Norodom Sihamoni, and Prime
Minister Hun Sen. REUTERS
10.11.2017
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We’re still standing
HERB RITTS, 1989
As Elton John releases an album of his greatest hits,
the singer and his long-term writing partner Bernie Taupin
tell Cameron Crowe the secret to their relationship
Cameron Crowe You two met in
’67, when Bernie answered an ad
in the New Musical Express newspaper for a writing job at Liberty
Records. Elton answered the
same ad. Neither passed the audition, but you came together as
collaborators, just about 50 years
ago. Knowing what you now
know about each other, would
you go back and repeat this same
relationship again?
make-up in our characteristics,
it probably wouldn’t have lasted.
Bernie Taupin Undoubtedly. I
think one of the things that kept
us together for so long is the vast
differences in our personalities;
anybody who’s followed our careers would see that pretty easily. If we had been at all the same
Elton John I love Bernie more
than I’ve ever done and I think
he feels the same way about me,
because we’ve led separate lives.
We don’t live in each other’s back
pockets. We are totally different.
He is the Brown Dirt Cowboy, and
I am Captain Fantastic. That’s
how it turned out and I wouldn’t
have it any other way.
CC Were you looking to collaborate, or were you both lone
wolves on that day [in 1967]?
BT There was a sense of
desperation for me. I was
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‘The hardest
thing to write
is an upbeat
uplifting song’
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raised on a small farming community in the north of England, and I
left school when I was 15. I didn’t
go to college or university. So everything I learned, I learned in the
next 20 years on the road.
EJ Me too. I was playing in a band
called Bluesology with a guy
called Long John Baldry who’d
just had a hit with “Let the Heartaches Begin” – and consequently
our venues changed from great
R&B clubs to supper clubs. I just
thought there had to be more to
music than playing to people who
are not interested and just eating fish and chips or chicken and
chips. I look back at myself then
– I was quite chubby and very insecure, but I loved music.
CC You once said that when you
get a new set of lyrics from Bernie,
it’s like a script from your favourite director. I wondered, have you
always been that visual?
BT I was raised on Western mov-
ies; the music I listened to when
I was a kid was basically traditional country. The people who
inspired me were people like
Marty Robbins, who told stories;
Johnny Cash with the Western
albums that he did; Johnny Horton, “North To Alaska”. Where I
came from, there was very little
opportunity, and my play time, my
down time, was always immersing
myself in stories of fictional lands.
CC Elton, are there lyrics you
won’t sing?
EJ Bernie and I have written
hundreds of songs. I haven’t
sung every lyric he’s given to me;
sometimes I have a block and just
can’t do it, no matter how many
times I’ve tried, even it’s been a
good lyric. I can squeeze more of
his words into a line than most
other artists, because he didn’t
start off writing in verse/chorus/verse/chorus, they were just
lyrics. As he became educated
and got more musical and wrote
and recorded his own songs, it
became far more sophisticated.
BT I sometimes try to steer him, I
give him pointers, references, like
“this could be a Ray Charles typething”, or “this could be a Tom
Petty”; and he totally ignores me.
EJ It’s extraordinary that we’ve
never had an argument or a difference of opinion over a song. It’s
quite touching. When you consider all the wonderful relationships
that have broken up because of
personal or professional differences, and relationships that have
prematurely come to an end – Bacharach and David spring to mind
– we have learned to give and take.
CC You found success pretty
early on and acclaim from your
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If I’m in a hotel,
I always go up to
the piano player
and ask, ‘How are
you doing?’ Because
there, but for the
grace of God, go I
favourite artists, including Bob
Dylan and Leon Russell. You
were invited to Brian Wilson’s
house because he was in love with
“Your Song”.
EJ We were like kids in a candy
store. This was the land where
all the great music came from.
Brian was a genius. Danny Hutton
of Three Dog Night told us that
Brian would like to play us the 16track of “Good Vibrations”. One
night – we went to his house…
BT …it was a big pink house in
Bel-Air…
EJ …with drum kits up the drive-
way. We knocked on the door and
we stood there, so frightened. And
Brian opened the door and went:
“Oh! I hope you don’t mind, I hope
you don’t mind.” And went [affects
terrified voice]: “Ohhh, we’re from
England and we’re very nervous.”
BT He had the dressing gown on.
EJ And the sandpit was in the
dining room; we stayed there till
1.30 and we finally got to hear
[“Good Vibrations”].
BT He kept turning it off!
EJ It was extraordinary. The secret is that we are fans of music
and fans of great artists; when we
hear something that’s great, it inspires us. Every artist will tell you
the same. We’re listeners.
CC True or false: don’t write a love
song when you are in love, write a
love song when it’s over?
BT It’s more fun to do it that way.
I’ve always maintained that the
underbelly of life and heartbreak
is much more satisfying to write
about; the hardest thing for me is
to write an upbeat, uplifting song.
FRIDAY
10 NOVEMBER 2017
EJ I totally agree. I love misery.
“Sorry Seems to be the Hardest
Word” is so much more enjoyable
to sing in a way than “Sad Songs
(Say So Much)”.
CC True or false: too sentimental
is condescending in a song; a little
sentiment is timeless?
BT I think there are times in our
career where maybe we have
been a little overly sentimental. If
you go all out, then you have a tendency to make it overblown and a
little sugary.
CC Elton, you’ve said: “I know
that people have their little time
in the sun when they can do no
wrong; it lasts maybe four or five
or six albums, and then, someone else comes in – in my case,
Phil Collins, Madonna, Prince,
U2, the Police – all those people.
I knew I was good enough to
maintain a career, because I’m
a good live performer, but I said
I’m not going to be number one
for all time; and thank God, I had
the common sense to know that.
People like Michael Jackson,
who said: ‘I need to sell more
records than Thriller’, I worried,
I thought you’ve got to be joking,
you might be setting yourself up
for a fall.” It’s a very wise perspective on yourself – did that
come painfully?
EJ I’ve always been fascinated
by charts. I could run a record
company very, very well, except
that I’m terrible at business,
but I’m fascinated by what I do.
I have three books: DVDs, books,
CDs. I go on [the music website]
Pause&Play, which says which
albums are coming out in the
next two months, I write down
the ones I want, I order them in
America. I write down the ones
I want in England, and I order
them in England. I do it with
books and DVDs, because I want
to be at the front of the cultural
movement that’s going on all the
time. I’m not going to look back; I
want to be there now.
CC How do you write a hit?
BT I’ve always maintained that if
you can play an instrument, you
have the potential to write a song.
EJ Writing has changed so much
these days. Eleven people wrote
“Uptown Funk”. If you’re an artist, or if you want to be an artist,
you go and play – you get a band
together or you go and play live.
Ed Sheeran, who is signed to our
management company, started
out playing in people’s living
rooms and busking. You cannot
buy experience. Go out if you’ve
got a guitar or piano; play in a bar,
in a hotel. If I’m in a hotel, I always
go up to the piano player and say:
“How are you doing?” Because
there, but for the grace of God, go I.
BT It’s like Bruce Springsteen
said: I learned more from a threeminute record than I ever learned
in school.
‘Diamonds - the ultimate greatest
hits collection of Elton John’, is out
today on UMC
ALBUMREVIEWSByAndyGill
Sentiment
keeps Corrs
earthbound
THE CORRS
Jupiter Calling
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SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS
Soul of a Woman
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a Winner; Just Give Me
Your Time; Searching
For a New Day; Rumors;
Sail On!
Album
ofthe
week
Download: Son of
Solomon; Chasing Shadows;
Bulletproof Love; SOS
In “Dear Life”, Andrea Corr
sings of wanting to “live life
like I’m losing, and holding on
for dear life” – a neatly turned
expression of constant striving,
though not one reflected much in
Jupiter Calling, which still relies
too heavily on routine romantic
fluff such as “Hit My Ground
Running” and the glutinous
“Butter Flutter”.
T-Bone Burnett has been
drafted in as producer, and brings
his usual taste and expertise to
songs such as “Son of Solomon”,
which opens with delicate guitar
picking reminiscent of Simon
& Garfunkel’s “Scarborough
Fair/Canticle” before expanding
through touches of flugelhorn,
fiddle and so on.
Just as important is Caroline
Corr’s slap-beat command of
rockier tracks such as “Chasing
Shadows” and “Bulletproof
BLITZEN TRAPPER
Wild and Reckless
REM
Automatic for the People
Download: Rebel; Wild
and Reckless; Joanna
Download: Man
on the Moon;
Everybody Hurts; The
Sidewinder Sleeps
Tonight; Drive
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Wild and Reckless was born out of
a musical of the same name that
Blitzen Trapper staged in their
hometown Portland, a sci-fi rockopera dealing with such weighty
themes as heroin, love and
western power structures. The
opening “Rebel” sets the tone
with a country-style tale of how
a good-hearted man’s attempt
to live up to his father’s ideals
backfires to leave him a criminal,
losing his beloved’s respect and
affection in the process. From
there, the journey swings between
ebullient celebrations of life
and sombre tales of misfortune,
with the shadow of Springsteen
looming large over songwriter
Eric Earley’s material.
REM’s brooding masterwork
notched up 18 million sales –
remarkable for an album that
tackles mortality and mercy.
And not a little playfulness too,
the sombre mood tempered
by references to childhood
games, rhymes and singalong
melodies. This 25th anniversary
release features the usual
bonus demos, outtakes and live
tracks. It’s an album of shadows
and contrasts: “Drive”, for
instance, opens proceedings by
imparting youthful rebel spirit
with a warning sense of duty for
the future, before “Try Not to
Breathe” offers an extraordinary
image of an old person eager to
leave the world to the young.
JIM WHITE
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
PETER OREN
Anthropocene
Download: Prisoner’s
Dilemma; Playing
Guitars; Reason to Cry;
Silver Threads
Download: Burden of
Proof; Anthropocene;
Falling Water; River
and Stone
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Former catwalk model, pro surfer
and cab driver Jim White brings
a diverse wealth of worldliness to
his arcane observations, which
here finds Americana tropes and
sounds given his distinctive twist.
Traditional country/folk forms
are subtly shaded in songs such as
the troubling “Reason to Cry”, in
which melancholy is characterised
as a contagion of the soul. He
augments country modes with
different musical colours – most
notably in “Prisoner’s Dilemma”,
where blaxploitation flutes and
brass underscore the jailbird’s
blaming of the “rotten tooth of
my wasted youth” and ultimately
God for making him the way he is.
HHHHH
I don’t know much about Peter
Oren, and I get the impression,
listening to Anthropocene, that he
likes it that way. These 10 songs
are like soundings from between
the cracks, faint echoes from
an inveterate wanderer whose
revulsion at our anthropocentric
ruination of the world leads
him to ever-darker places.
“How will we escape this hell?”
he wonders in the title track,
before conceding defeat in the
closing “Welcome/Goodbye”.
Ornamented by subtle drumming
and spare shards of brilliant
guitars, Oren’s simple guitar
stylings make a solid setting for a
haunting baritone.
Love”, a mandolin-led folkrocker in REM vein.
It’s not all romantic, though:
the undulating roll, combined
with fiddle and whistles, of
“SOS” disguises the underlying
theme of what is apparently
a refugee plaint, while the
song to an unborn child, “No
Go Baby”, raises thorny but
timely issues of termination.
THE INDEPENDENT
All the Dap-Kings contribute
songs to Sharon Jones’ final
album, but none come closer to
pinpointing her position than
guitarist Joe Crispiano and
drummer Homer Steinweiss
on “Searching For a New Day”,
where she sings proudly of
being “a brand new superstar,
once an ordinary girl”. It’s
this modest, late-blooming
charm that illuminates Soul of a
Woman, as Jones rides the slinky
guitar motifs and horn riffs of
smart, funky struts such as the
optimistic “Sail On!” or quietly
negotiates the dramatic dynamic
of the brooding “Just Give Me
Your Time”.
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FILM
FR DAY
Early on, all is well with Paddington and his adopted family,
the Browns, in their cosy corner
of west London. The bear has become an integral part of his local
community, brightening up the
lives of all the neighbours – with
the exception of the curmudgeonly Mr Curry (Peter Capaldi).
Paddington needs money to pay
for the pop-up book and so works
part-time, with predictably destructive results, as a barber and
a window cleaner. He’s a stickler
for manners and basic decency,
and Ben Whishaw voices him in
wonderfully emollient fashion.
Hugh Grant plays Phoenix
Buchanan, a once-distinguished
actor now reduced to doing
gourmet dog food commercials.
Buchanan is a cash-strapped narcissist who wants the pop-up book
because he thinks it will lead him
The film-makers
strike just the
right note between
knowing and naive
Doing porridge
Paddington ends
up in the kitchens
while imprisoned
Filmof
theweek
A bear who
charms –
even when
behind bars
PADDINGTON 2 (PG)
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Dir. Paul King, 95 mins, voiced by/
starring: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant,
Brendan Gleeson, Sally Hawkins,
Hugh Bonneville, Noah Taylor
Reviews by Geoffrey Macnab
Paddington Bear returns to the
screen in a superior sequel full of
charm and good humour. True,
the sentimentality is just as pronounced as in the first Paddington
film, the relentless foregrounding
of London landmarks risks becoming wearisome, and the marmalade-themed jokes are spread
a bit thick, but this doesn’t make
the film any the less appealing.
Director Paul King, who cowrote the script with Simon
Farnaby, is faithful to the spirit
of Paddington’s creator, Michael
Bond, while also filling the movie
with slapstick sequences invoking
memories of Charlie Chaplin and
Buster Keaton. If the storytelling
were too knowing and ironic, the
magic would disappear. If it were
too naive and childlike, the film
would become mawkish. King
strikes just the right balance.
Plot-wise, Paddington 2 is flimsy.
The drama revolves around Paddington’s attempts to get hold of a
pop-up book of London to give his
aunt for her 100th birthday. But,
from trivial beginnings, the filmmakers create a full-blown epic.
to a hidden hoard of gold and jewellery. Such booty may help him
pay for a new one-man show.
Thanks to Buchanan’s trickery, Paddington ends up behind
bars. The bear has misadventures in the prison laundry and
in the kitchens. Of course, he
charms all the prisoners and
makes them share his love of
marmalade sandwiches.
King has filled Paddington 2
with character actors and comedians (Joanna Lumley, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent and Jessica
Hynes) who are all given their bits
of comic business. In its zanier
moments, the film takes on the
momentum of a Coen brothers’
screwball comedy.
In the final reel, there is a great
train chase and Paddington seems
to be turning into Jason Bourne in
a duffel coat. His most appealing
trait, though, isn’t his heroism
but his decency. He is a movie
hero without a shade of cynicism,
who never loses either his stickypawed innocence nor his idealism.
THE INDEPENDENT
ALSOSHOWING
PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE
WONDER WOMEN (15)
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Angela Robinson, 108 mins,
starring: Rebecca Hall, Bella
Heathcote, Luke Evans
Psychology professor William
Moulton Marston (Luke Evans)
is lecturing at Radcliffe College
(part of Harvard). It is 1928. He
is in a tweed suit. His female
students are dressed as formally
as he is. His wife and fellow
teacher Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall)
sits on a window ledge during
her lectures. Only when she
first speaks do we realise how
mischievous writer-director
Angela Robinson’s intentions
are. Elizabeth complains about
the “cocksuckers” who’ve denied
her a professorship. She is being
discriminated against because
she “has a vagina”.
There has been controversy as
to how accurately the film reflects
Marston’s real life. The film is
“based on a true story”, but his
relatives have complained that
it takes liberties with Marston’s
complicated private and creative
life. What it does offer is a playful,
poignant and surprising account
of the birth of Wonder Woman.
Much of the film is jaunty and
Rebecca Hall plays Elizabeth in
wonderfully imperious fashion.
She is the real Wonder Woman
here. Luke Evans’ Marston is a
dashing figure, a former spy who
enjoys conspiracy and adventure.
It is never quite clear whether
Wonder Woman is a way for
him to make money after his
academic career hits the reefs or
whether the comics give him the
chance, as he memorably puts
it, to inject his ideas about sex
and submission “right into the
thumping heart of America.”
The humour and the social
comment sometimes rub
uncomfortably together, but the
film is funny and startling.
THE FLORIDA PROJECT (15)
HHHHH
Sean Baker, 111 mins, starring:
Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince,
Valeria Cotto, Bria Vinaite
This is one of the best films about
childhood in recent years. It is
also the antithesis of a Disney
movie, even if it is set in a motel
very near to Walt Disney World.
The main protagonist is
mischievous six-year-old Moonee
(Brooklynn Prince), who lives
with her delinquent single
mum Halley (Bria Vinaite) in a
seedy motel run by the kindly
but always exasperated Bobby
(Willem Dafoe.) It’s high summer.
Moonee doesn’t have anything to
do but is far too inventive to give
in to boredom. Who needs Disney
World when you can spend the
day spitting on cars or burning
down homes abandoned after
the subprime mortgage crisis?
Moonee is like a modern-day
Huck Finn, prowling round with
her friend Scooty. Her mom
Halley can barely scrape the rent
together but has the same lust for
life as her daughter.
We know, though, that the
idyllic world they create for
themselves can’t last. Bobby tries
to protect them, but Halley’s
behaviour grows ever more
erratic. Yet the bleakness of the
final scenes doesn’t take away
at all from the utterly magical
moments earlier in the movie.
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ONLY THE BRAVE (12A)
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Joseph Kosinski, 133 mins, starring:
Josh Brolin, Jennifer Connelly, Jeff
Bridges, Miles Teller, Taylor Kitsch
This rugged ensemble piece
about firefighters putting out wild
fires in Arizona is based on a grim
true story. Either the firefighters
will curb the next blaze or they
won’t – and we know there will
be fatalities. From this starting
point, the film-makers celebrate
the best in blue-collar heroism
while offering insight into the
lives of all the protagonists.
The fires themselves are
frighteningly realistic and there’s
a strain of morbidity in the story
which counters its sentimentality.
That’s why it leaves a strange and
bitter aftertaste. Its real subject,
it turns out, is death, not survival.
THE INDEPENDENT
i FRIDAY
10 NOVEMBER 2017
REEL
= TALK=
JESSICA BARRETT
‘I was 30ft from my car,
unconscious and bloody’
‘Whiplash’ star Miles Teller talks to Gill Pringle about the crash that nearly
killed him, his military friends who’ve died, and his latest, trailblazing role
Mulligan to portray
feminist activist
Carey Mulligan will play civil
rights activist Gloria Steinem in
An Uncivil War. The film, which
will be directed by Dee Rees
(who worked with Mulligan on
Mudbound), focuses on Steinem’s
efforts to ratify the Equal Rights
Amendment in 1972.
Spacey replaced in
oil tycoon biopic
Sony is reshooting all scenes
featuring Kevin Spacey in its
John Paul Getty film All the Money
in the World, a month before its
release. Spacey is being replaced
in the lead role by Christopher
Plummer. The film is being
directed by Ridley Scott (above).
Ned Kelly’s gang
assembles
Ned Kelly and his gang are the
subject of new drama The True
History of the Kelly Gang, starring
Russell Crowe (above), Nicholas
Hoult and George MacKay. It’s
adapted from the book by Peter
Carey. Director Justin Kurzel
said, “[Kelly’s] story is one of the
great odysseys in history.”
Lily Collins gets up
close to serial killer
Lily Collins has been cast as
Ted Bundy’s girlfriend Elizabeth
Kloepfer in the forthcoming indie
film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly
Evil and Vile. It was Kloepfer who
eventually turned the murderer
into the police in 1975. Bundy will
be played by Zac Efron.
L
ess than 50 miles outside
of Los Angeles, the Anaheim Hills wildfires are
blazing out of control as
Miles Teller discusses
his experience portraying an elite
firefighter in the action drama,
Only the Brave. He plays Brendan
McDonough, a heroin addict who
takes a shot at redemption by joining the Arizona firefighting team
Granite Mountain Hotshots – only
to become the lone survivor of
the deadliest firefighting disaster in the US since 9/11. The 2013
Yarnell Hill fire took the lives of
19 firefighters.
“I grew up in a rural town in
Florida, and the town of Prescott, where these firefighters
were based, reminded me a lot of
that kind of small town. Walking
around Prescott, the wounds were
still fresh,” he says. “Firefighting
would have been the kind of job opportunity my friends and I would
have had. We wouldn’t even have
thought we were risking our lives.”
Ten of his high-school friends
joined the military. “Me? I wanted to be a professional baseball
player, but I was too small, so that
didn’t work out,” he smiles.
Instead, he went to New York
to study drama, receiving his first
major break seven years ago opposite Nicole Kidman in Rabbit
Hole, and quickly earning a reputation as a nuanced performer
with roles in The Spectacular Now
and the Divergent franchise.
Firefighting
would have been
the kind of job
opportunity my
friends and I had
With sleepy, melancholic eyes
that can convey deep emotion and
pain, he has found his own niche
of complicated heroes and underdogs, as demonstrated in his subtle performance as a browbeaten
drummer in Whiplash.
“There’s an extra obligation
when you’re playing a real person,” says the actor, referring to
McDonough. He also played world
champion boxer Vinny Pazienza
in Bleed for This two years ago,
and will star as Iraq War veteran
Adam Schumann in the upcoming
drama Thank You for Your Service.
Teller underwent a vigorous
boot camp in preparation for Only
the Brave, and spent extended
periods with McDonough, forming a friendship. “Friendship isn’t
a requirement; it’s not by playing a person that we’re gonna be
friends. But I’ve been lucky to get
to know some pretty incredible
people and, for me, it doesn’t stop
when filming is done.”
Where there’s
smoke… Teller
as heroin addict
turned firefighter
Brendan
McDonough in
‘Only the Brave’
He didn’t spend any time in
detox clinics to grasp the process
of coming off heroin. “Brendan
was the source for me on that. It’s
not something he is proud of, but
he made it through hotshot boot
camp while detoxing off some
heavy drugs. I went through a version of that boot camp and came
into it healthy – and it was still
pretty tough.”
“Hotshot” is the name given
to the country’s top wildland
firefighters. “The way they fight
fires is very different: they don’t
carry water; they fight fire with
fire,” explains the film’s director
Joseph Kosinski. “They dig lines
and cut down trees and try to establish a border. They light fires,
back burns, that they use to battle
against the wildfire.”
Teller filmed at 10,000ft, and did
miles of hiking, carrying a heavy
45-60lb pack. “There’s a lot of endurance and being uncomfortable
in uncomfortable situations, and
the fire was very hot.”
Teller lives in LA with his fiancée, the model Keleigh Sperry; he
proposed on safari in Africa two
months ago. “We’ve been together
four-and-a-half years and been living together for three years, and
we’d just gotten a dog, and she
was like: ‘Well, you can commit to
a house and a dog but I’m the only
thing in your life that you can’t
commit to’?” he recalls.
He plays a father in both of his
upcoming films. Might life imitate art soon? “Inevitably it is the
next step and it’s a step I am really looking forward to. I turned
30 earlier this year. I think your
twenties are a time that you
should be selfish – not in a disruptive way, but it’s a time to enjoy
yourself. Then, as you get older,
hopefully you get more and more
selfless, putting a person, or a
child before you.”
Teller was recently detained
in San Diego for public drunkenness while visiting a service friend
who was about to be deployed. His
friends mean everything to him,
he says. He almost always wears
a green bracelet that says “Buckle
up for Bo” in honour of a friend
who died in a car crash just a year
after Teller himself survived a
near-fatal car crash in 2007, leaving him with multiple scars on his
face and neck.
“I got ejected out of the window of a car going at 80mph that
flipped and rolled. We flipped
eight times. When the car stopped
rolling, I was 30ft from it, unconscious, covered in blood.”
For a young man, he has already
experienced much loss. “One of
my really good buddies, a former
Marine, passed away a few years
ago although it wasn’t combatrelated. He was a riding his motorcycle and got hit by a car.”
He is proud to honour his family in Thank You for Your Service,
which is due for release early next
year. “My grandfather was a Marine. My grandmother’s brother
was a Marine who took the beaches of Normandy. My uncle has a
Silver Star from the Army; he was
in the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. Some of my closest friends
are Navy Seals. It takes a certain
kind of person to hear gunfire and
walk towards the bullets.”
He is now looking forward to
a relatively settled nine-month
period while shooting Nicolas
Winding Refn’s TV crime drama,
Too Old to Die Young. “Nic is an
intense dude and an incredibly
magnetic director and writer,”, he
says. “This is not a TV series. Nic
described it as a 10-hour movie.”
‘Only the Brave’ is in cinemas now
35
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TELEVISION
FR DAY
1
LADY DYNAMITE
FROM TODAY, NETFLIX
Comedian Maria Bamford’s
mission to turn her life into a
“bingeable” entity continues
with the second series of her
bonkers Curb Your Enthusiasmstyle sitcom. The premise is
true to life. The first series saw
her returning to Los Angeles
after being treated for bipolar
disorder for six months. At
the beginning of the second,
Bamford and her manager
(played by Ana Gasteyer) vow
to use the show to “focus
on mental illness and…
destigmatise it for ever”.
2
BLUE PLANET II
SUN 8PM, BBC1
This week’s instalment turns
to coral reefs, which are home
to a quarter of all marine
species. Their habitat is
increasingly endangered as
rising temperatures lead to one
of the most devastating coral
bleaching events in history.
But there is hope: super-macro
time-lapse cameras capture
a huge spawning event during
which corals and fish release a
snowstorm of eggs in one night.
There’s also, remarkably, a fish
which uses sign language to
communicate with an octopus.
THIS WEEK’S
Tento
watch
Chosen by
Jessica Barrett
5
families are all from different
social classes and backgrounds,
but their stories intertwine and
ultimately converge at Howards
End, the country home of the
Wilcox family.
4
THE BOY WITH THE TOPKNOT
MON 9PM, BBC2
“Mum cried while she told
our story. I cried as I wrote it.”
So says journalist Sathnam
Sanghera of his memoir. This
TOFFS, QUEERS
AND TRAITORS: THE
EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF GUY
BURGESS MON 9PM, BBC4
In June 1951, the Government
was forced to admit that two
Foreign Office diplomats had
disappeared. One of them,
Donald Maclean, had slipped
through their fingers three
days before he was due to be
questioned for passing secrets
to the Russians. The other, Guy
Burgess, turned out to be part of
a ring of privileged Cambridge
students who had secretly joined
the Communists in the 1930s.
6
PASSIONS: PHILIP LARKIN
BY ANDREW MOTION
TUES 9PM, SKY ARTS
Former poet laureate Sir
Andrew Motion heads to Hull,
the city both he and Larkin
once called home. Both were
employed by the University
of Hull – Motion as an English
teacher, Larkin as the university
librarian. As he explores
Larkin’s legacy, Motion also
reveals how Larkin became
his friend and mentor.
3
HOWARDS END
SUN 9PM, BBC1
EM Forster’s novel was first
adapted by Merchant Ivory
in 1992. This is being touted
as a far sexier version. Hayley
Atwell plays female protagonist
Margaret opposite Pride &
Prejudice’s Matthew Macfadyen
as her love interest. The
Schlegel, Wilcox and Bast
BBC adaptation of his story
of growing up as a secondgeneration Indian in Britain
stars Sacha Dhawan. Having left
Wolverhampton for Cambridge
University and then London,
Sanghera plans to reveal to
his family that he is going to
defy their expectation of an
arranged marriage.
Clockwise from top ‘Lady
Dynamite’; two Bognor recruiters
in ‘British Workers Wanted’;
Hayley Atwell in ‘Howards End’;
Cillian Murphy in ‘Peaky Blinders’
7
PEAKY BLINDERS
WEDS 9PM, BBC2
The fourth series of the
Birmingham gangster drama
is its most action-packed and
intense so far. Tommy Shelby
(Cillian Murphy), is
now estranged
from his family,
focusing only on
his business.
He receives a
mysterious
letter and is
forced to flee
his house to
return to Small
Heath. There,
he tries to settle his
differences and save
the Shelby family.
8
SCANDAL
WEDS 10PM, SKY LIVING
We left Olivia Pope (Kerry
Washington) taking on the
role of chief of staff to the
newly elected President Mellie
Grant (Bellamy
Young), and also
becoming the
new head of the
covert agency
B613. Now,
100 days
into Grant’s
presidency,
Olivia is
proving
her power.
Meanwhile,
Olivia’s
former
position has
been filled
by her old
associate
Quinn
Perkins, who
is struggling
to fill the
shoes of
her former
boss. This
episode marks the beginning
of the seventh and final
series of Shonda
Rhimes’ show.
9
LOVE
LIES AND
RECORDS
THURS 9PM,
BBC1
Writer Kay
Mellor has said
that she wanted
to make sure that
her new drama,
set in an immigration
office, was anti-Brexit. After
the referendum result, Mellor
revisited the scripts to ensure
they reflected her views as
a Remainer. Its heroine is
registrar Kate Dickenson,
played by Ashley Jensen, whose
job revolves around births,
deaths and marriages, as well
as confronting the issue of
sham marriages being used by
immigrants as an illegal means
to stay in the UK.
Interview, tomorrow in
iWeekend
10
BRITISH WORKERS
WANTED THURS 10PM,
CHANNEL 4
Opus Loco is one of Bognor
Regis’s busiest recruitment
agencies, run by two of the
seaside resort’s ballsiest and
most outspoken women. But
they’re in trouble. Unless they
can find Brits to replace their
trusted Eastern European
workforce, who are now starting
to head home, their agency could
be forced to close. The women
set out to drag the citizens of
Bognor into work, but things
don’t quite go to plan.
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PICK OF THE DAY
Extreme Wives With
Kate Humble
9pm BBC2
The title might sound like
something that one of the lesserwatched digital channels might
dream up, but this is a seriousminded new series in which
Humble aims to show how “the
everyday roles of women reveal
a society” by travelling to Israel,
India and, tonight, Kenya. Visiting the
cattle-herding Kuria tribe, among
whom woman-to-woman marriages
are common, Humble discovers that
the Kuria practise female genital
mutilation. Joining anti-FGM
campaigners, Humble confronts
tribal elders who say they can’t
support the ending of circumcision
as it will anger their god Eresa.
===
Live International Football
7.30pm, ITV
After topping their World Cup
qualifying group in less than
inspiring fashion, Gareth Southgate’s
England now have back-to-back
friendlies with two of the giants of
the modern game, Germany and
Brazil. World champions Germany
are the first visitors to Wembley
Stadium, and England will need to
move up a few gears following their
unconvincing victories here over
Slovenia and Slovakia.
===
Unreported World
7.30pm, Channel 4
Reporter Yousra Elbagir visits the
Mowasah hospital in Jordan, where
surgeons from Médecins Sans
Frontières, aka Doctors Without
Borders, are offering innocent
victims of the wars in Syria, Iraq and
Yemen life-changing surgery to help
them restart their lives. It’s the only
hospital of its kind in the Middle
East, and as well as battling their
injuries, patients have had to make
extraordinary journeys to get there.
===
Travel Man: 48 Hours
In Stockholm
8.30pm, Channel 4
Sally Phillips is released from the
Taskmaster studio to join Richard
Ayoade in the Swedish capital built
on 14 islands – or, as Ayoade puts it
in his inimitable style, “Baltic-based
ballast that was frankly irrelevant
until the formation of Abba in 1972”.
On which subject, the duo visit the
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: Gardeners’
World (R) (S). 9.00 Victoria
Derbyshire (S). 11.00 BBC
Newsroom Live (S). 12.00
FILM: On The Waterfront
(Elia Kazan 1954) Drama,
starring Marlon Brando
(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 (R)
(S). 1.10 Access (S). 1.15
Home And Away (S).
1.45 Neighbours (S).
2.15 NCIS (R) (S). 3.15
FILM: The March
Sisters At Christmas
(John Stimpson 2012)
Drama, starring Julie
Marie Berman (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 Strictly Come
Dancing – It
Takes Two
Analysis of
the couples’
progress (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
With the voice
of Frances
McDormand (R)
(S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
6.00 Home And
Away Marilyn
and Irene offer
Brody a job at
the diner (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 The One Show
The final edition
of the week (S).
7.30 Sounds Like
Friday Night (S).
7.00 Meet The Lords
The House
becomes the
centre of
attention as the
Lords vote on
Brexit (R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Live
International
Football
England vs
Germany. Kickoff is at 8pm (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7.30 Unreported
World (S).
8.00 EastEnders Fi
tries to prove
a point to her
father (S).
8.30 Porridge Last in
the series (S).
8.00 Mastermind (S).
8.30 Only Connect
The Meeples
and Belgophiles
return for this
round two game
(S).
9.00 Have I Got
News For You
Satirical quiz
(S).
9.30 Tracey Breaks
The News Last
in the series (S).
9.00 Extreme Wives
With Kate
Humble New
series (S).
10pm
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.25 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.35 The Graham
Norton Show
(S).
10.00QI With Bill
Bailey, Jan
Ravens and
Grayson Perry
(S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
11pm
11.25 Josh A quiet
night in eludes
Josh. Last in the
series (S).
11.50 The Apprentice
(R) (S).
12.55 BBC News (S).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Women At War: 100
Years Of Service (S).
10.00 Homes Under The
Hammer (R) (S). 11.00
Getting The Builders In (S).
11.45 Fugitives (S). 12.15
Bargain Hunt (S). 1.00 BBC
News At One; Weather (S).
1.30 BBC Regional News;
Weather (S). 1.45 Doctors
(S). 2.15 Impossible (S). 3.00
Escape To The Country
(R) (S). 3.45 Money For
Nothing (R) (S). 4.30 Flog It!
(S). 5.15 Pointless (R) (S).
6pm
7pm
8pm
9pm
Late
city’s Abba Museum and the hotel
that was formerly the bank whose
hostage siege gave birth to the
expression “Stockholm syndrome”.
===
Have I Got News For You
9pm, BBC1
After Jo Brand’s wonderful rebuke
to last week’s all-male panel about
their belittling of the Westminster
abuse scandal, this week’s line-up
has a slightly more equal balance
of the sexes, as host Victoria Coren
Mitchell is joined by Sara Pascoe.
===
Storyville: How The Beatles
Rocked The Kremlin
9.30pm, BBC4
Director Leslie Woodhead, whose
two-minute 1962 film about
Sally Phillips in Sweden
with Richard Ayoade
8.30pm, Channel 4
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
Emmerdale (R) (S). 9.00
Planet’s Got Talent (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
Emmerdale (R) (S). 1.20
Planet’s Got Talent (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
suitors try to
impress makeup artist Chanel
(R) (S).
Gareth Southgate’s side
welcome world champs
Germany to Wembley
for a friendly game
7.30pm, ITV
‘How The Beatles
Rocked The Kremlin’
9.30pm, BBC4
7.00 The Gadget
Show Jon
Bentley
assesses home
DNA kits (S).
7.00 World News
Today; Weather
(S).
7.30 The Good Old
Days Old-time
cabaret show (R)
(S).
6.05 FILM: The
Hunger Games
(Gary Ross 2012)
Adventure,
starring
Jennifer
Lawrence (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Top 100 Senior
Moments (R) (S).
8.00 Food
Unwrapped (S).
8.30 Travel Man:
48 Hours In
Stockholm (S).
8.00 The World’s
Greatest
Bridges The
Iron Bridge
in rural
Shropshire (S).
8.20 Top Of The Pops:
1984 Featuring
Nik Kershaw,
Eurythmics,
Slade and Tina
Turner (R) (S).
8.50 The Killing Of
A Sacred Deer
Interview
Special
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Alan starts
a new job so he
can move out
(R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 Gogglebox The
households’
opinions
on recent
television (S).
9.00 Eight Days That
Made Rome:
Crossing The
Rubicon (S).
9.00 Top Of The Pops:
1984 (R) (S).
9.30 Storyville: How
The Beatles
Rocked The
Kremlin (R) (S).
9.00 FILM:
Predestination
(Michael
Spierig, Peter
Spierig 2014)
Thriller, starring
Ethan Hawke.
9.00 FILM: Knocked
Up (Judd
Apatow 2007)
Romantic
comedy,
starring Seth
Rogen (S).
10.15 ITV News;
Weather (S).
10.50 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.00The Last Leg
Harry Hill joins
the regulars (S).
10.00Conspiracy:
Murder At The
Vatican (R) (S).
10.30 Sgt Pepper’s
Musical
Revolution –
With Howard
Goodall (R) (S).
11.05 Snowfall (R) (S).
11.45 Peaky Blinders
Last in the
series (R) (S).
11.05 International
Football
Highlights
England vs
Germany (S).
11.05 First Dates An
Old Etonian and
a blogger bond
over a shared
respect of
Michelle Obama
(R) (S).
11.05 Babel: The Real
Stairway To
Heaven The
truth behind the
Biblical story of
the Tower (S).
11.30 Arena: Magical
Mystery Tour
Revisited The
impact of the
Beatles’ 1967
television film
(R) (S).
11.00 FILM: Dredd
(Pete Travis
2012) Sci-fi
thriller, starring
Karl Urban (S).
11.30 Family Guy
Peter and his
cronies decide
to confront God
(R) (S).
12.45 Sign Zone: Panorama
(R) (S). 1.45 Sign Zone:
Louis Theroux: Dark States
– Murder In Milwaukee (R)
(S). 2.45 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.00 Play To The Whistle
(R) (S). 12.35 Jackpot247
3.00 Storage Hoarders (R)
(S). 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
5.05 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (R) (S).
12.10 FILM: Silver Linings
Playbook (David O Russell
2012) (S). 2.15 Electric
Dreams: Human Is (R) (S).
3.10 Man Down (R) (S).
3.35 Humans (R) (S). 4.30
Phil Spencer (R) (S). 5.25
Kirstie’s Vintage Gems (R).
12.00 SuperCasino (S).
3.10 Rich House, Poor
House (R) (S). 4.00 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors (R)
(S). 4.45 House Doctor (R)
(S). 5.10 House Busters (R)
(S). 5.35 Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
12.30 Top Of The Pops:
1984 (R) (S). 1.10 Sings
The Beatles (R) (S). 2.10
Storyville: How The
Beatles Rocked The
Kremlin (R) (S). 3.10 Close
12.50 FILM: Bound
(Lilly Wachowski, Lana
Wachowski 1996) Thriller,
starring Jennifer Tilly and
Gina Gershon (S). 3.10
Close
12.00 Family Guy (R) (S).
12.30 American Dad! (R).
1.25 Ghosted (R). 1.55 The
Keith Lemon Sketch Show
(R) (S). 2.20 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 2.30 Teleshopping
5.50 ITV2 Nightscreen
i FRIDAY
10 NOVEMBER 2017
Liverpool’s Cavern Club helped
launch The Beatles, made this 2009
documentary after being surprised
by the effect that the Fab Four had
on the Soviet Union. Denounced as
“bugs” by the Soviet authorities,
banned smuggled records helped
launch a thousand rock bands across
the USSR, as young people fell in
love with the culture of the Cold
War enemy. Did The Beatles prepare
the cultural way for the fall of the
Berlin Wall?
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
The Graham Norton Show
10.35pm, BBC1
Hugh Grant helps promote his
latest movie, Paddington 2, in which
he plays “a vain, charming acting
legend whose star has fallen
somewhat in recent years”.
FILM OF THE DAY
===
12.10am, Channel 4
(David O Russell, 2012)
If people acted in real life as they do
in Hollywood’s romantic comedies,
they would appear quite mad. In this
film, the characters played by Bradley
Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence fall in
love and act impulsively, obsessively,
unpredictably – but then they really
do have mental health issues. He is
diagnosed as bipolar during a courtordered stay at a psychiatric unit
and she is less easily diagnosed but
perhaps equally unstable. Unlike a
standard indie movie romance, then,
Silver Linings has both a Manic Pixie
Dream Guy and Manic Pixie Dream
Girl in the lead roles. It also has an
endearingly unruly quality, and
flat-out refuses to conform to type.
9pm, ITV2
(Judd Apatow, 2007)
A broke, bong-clutching arrested
adolescent (Seth Rogen) and an
upwardly mobile TV presenter
(Katherine Heigl) have a one-night
stand which results in an unwanted
pregnancy. They make a go of things
in a bracing and frequently perceptive
comedy of contemporary manners.
Silver Linings Playbook
Knocked Up
===
No One Lives
11pm, Horror Channel
(Ryuhei Kitamura, 2012)
A gang of scuzzy bad guys choose
the wrong man to kidnap from a
backwater diner: an ice-cold psycho
played by Luke Evans. An effective,
unpretentious splatter movie.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
6.55 Heartbeat (R) (S). 8.00
Wild At Heart (R) (S). 8.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.25
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.20
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 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 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 Send In The
Dogs Australia (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) (S). 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).
BBC Radio 2
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet A
Labrador that
has become
lame on both its
front legs (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
Leela is named
Orphan of the
Year (R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R).
6.00 House The
team faces an
ethical dilemma
involving a
teenage patient
(R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
investigates a
famous artist’s
death (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Ryan
is struggling to
decide where
his feelings lie
(S).
7.30 Streetmate (R)
(S).
7.55 Grand Designs
Restoring a
100-year-old
blacksmiths in
Co Antrim (R)
(S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Hour-long
episode (R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
(R) (S).
8.00 Midsomer
Murders
A country
magazine
owner is
suspected of
murder (R) (S).
8.00 FILM: Iron Man
2 (Jon Favreau
2010) Superhero
adventure
sequel, with
Robert Downey
Jr (S).
8.30 Modern Family
Jay and Gloria
celebrate
their 10th
anniversary (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Frank faces
backlash after
disciplining a
disrespectful
cop (R) (S).
12.00 Mr Selfridge (R) (S).
1.05 FILM: The Constant
Gardener (Fernando
Meirelles 2005) (S). 3.10
Inspector Morse (R) (S).
4.55 Judge Judy (R) (S). 5.20
Judge Judy (R) (S). 5.40
ITV3 Nightscreen
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am A.Dot 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Maya Jama 4.00
Sian Anderson 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Sian Anderson 7.00
Seani B 9.00 Semtex 11.00
Toddla T 1am Kan D Man And
DJ Limelight 4.00 Diplo And
Friends
6.00 Heartbeat David
decides to make
a will (R) (S).
10.05 Lewis A parcel
bomb claims the
life of a genius
mathematician
(R) (S).
6.33am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 The Matt
Edmondson Show 4.00 BBC
Radio 1’s Dance Anthems With
MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
BBC Radio 1’s Dance Anthems
With MistaJam 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 Pete Tong 11.00 Danny
Howard 1am B.Traits 4.00
Radio 1’s Essential Mix
9.00 Professor T
Part two of two.
Daan fights
for his life. In
Flemish. Last in
the series (S).
9.00 Sing: Ultimate
A Cappella
The final of
the singing
competition,
hosted by Cat
Deeley (S).
9.00 Game Of
Thrones Tyrion
makes an
unlikely ally (R)
(S).
10.30 The Big Bang
Theory Leonard
and Howard
send Sheldon
on a train trip
(R) (S).
10.05 24 Hours In
A&E A 71-yearold is rushed
to A&E after
falling head
first onto a tiled
floor (R) (S).
10.15 A League Of
Their Own US
Road Trip Outtakes, pranks
and wind-ups
from the series
(R) (S).
10.00Game Of
Thrones
Tyrion’s fate is
decided (R) (S).
11.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.25 Tattoo Fixers At
Halloween (R)
(S).
11.10 24 Hours In
A&E A man
is rushed to
St George’s
with internal
bleeding (R) (S).
11.10 The Simpsons
(R).
11.40 The Simpsons
Three spooky
tales from
Springfield (R).
11.00 Game Of
Thrones Jon
and the Night’s
Watch face
their biggest
challenge (R) (S).
12.30 Rude Tube (R) (S).
1.35 First Dates (R) (S). 2.40
GameFace (R) (S). 3.05 Rude
Tube (R) (S). 4.00 Black-ish
(R) (S). 4.25 Black-ish (R) (S).
4.50 Charmed (R) (S).
12.15 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.10 24 Hours In A&E (R)
(S). 2.15 24 Hours In A&E
(R) (S). 3.15 8 Out Of 10 Cats
Uncut (R) (S). 3.55 Close
12.10 A League Of Their
Own: Unseen (R) (S). 1.10
The Force: North East (R) (S).
2.05 Ross Kemp In Search Of
Pirates (R) (S). 3.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 4.00 Road
Wars (R) (S). 5.00 The Dog
Whisperer (R).
12.00 FILM: Captivated:
The Trials Of Pamela
Smart (Jeremiah Zagar
2014) (R) (S). 2.00 The Wire
(R) (S). 3.30 CSI: Crime
Scene Investigation (R) (S).
4.20 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.10 The West Wing (R) (S).
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Ore Oduba 5.00 Simon
Mayo 7.00 Tony Blackburn’s
Golden Hour 8.00 Friday Night
Is Music Night 10.00 Sounds
Of The 80s 12mdn’t Anneka
Rice: The Happening 2.00 Radio
2’s Funky Soul Playlist 3.00
Radio 2 Playlist: New To 2 4.00
Radio 2 Playlist: 21st Century
Songs 5.00 Huey On Saturday
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. 9.00
Essential Classics. 12noon
Composer Of The Week:
Soviet Russia (1917-1953).
1.00 News 1.02 Radio 3
Lunchtime Concert. 2.00
Afternoon Concert. Works
by Tchaikovsky, Elgar and
Shostakovich. 5.00 In Tune.
Music marking the centenary
of the Russian Revolution.
7.00 In Tune Mixtape. An
imaginative, eclectic mix of
music. 7.30 Radio 3 In Concert.
EFG London Jazz Festival’s
opening night gala. 10.00 The
Verb. Writing and performance
showcase. 10.45 The Essay: Ten
Artists That Shook The World.
11.00 Jazz Now: London Jazz
Festival 2017. 1am Through
The Night.
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Desert Island
Discs 9.45 Living With The
Gods 10.00 Woman’s Hour
11.00 Military Memory, And
The Sacred Space 11.30 Big
Problems With Helen Keen
12noon News 12.04 Brexit: A
Guide For The Perplexed 12.15
You And Yours 1.00 The World
At One 1.45 Book Of The Week:
Life In The Garden 2.00 The
Archers 2.15 Drama: Tommies
3.00 Gardeners’ Question Time
3.45 Short Works 4.00 Last
Word 4.30 Feedback 4.55 The
Listening Project 5.00 PM 5.57
Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 The Now Show. Guests
David Quantick, Grainne
Maguire and Vikki Stone join
Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis.
7.00 The Archers. Jolene’s
fears are confirmed. 7.15 Front
Row. Arts programme. 7.45
Living With The Gods. Neil
MacGregor focuses on special
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ON DEMAND
Lady Dynamite
Netflix
Maria Bamford’s sitcom
is a brilliant oddity.
The Murder Of Becky
Watts: Police Tapes
ITV Hub
The 16-year-old’s killers
are nailed in extraordinary
interview footage.
The Truth About
Slim People
All4
They don’t snack, drink alcohol
or deprive themselves of sleep.
gatherings and how they shape
a communal identity. 8.00 Any
Questions? Political debate
from Meopham in Kent. 8.50
A Point Of View. 9.00 The
Unabomber. How a 17-year
manhunt sparked an enduring
debate about media ethics
in the US. 10.00 The World
Tonight. With Razia Iqbal. 10.45
Book At Bedtime: First Person.
By Richard Flanagan. 11.00 A
Good Read. Rick Edwards and
George Lamb join Harriett
Gilbert to talk favourite books.
11.30 Science Stories. Naomi
Alderman tells the story of 18th
century comet spotter and
singer, Caroline Herschel. 11.55
The Listening Project. Hannah
and Emma discuss diabetes.
12mdn’t News And Weather
12.30 Book Of The Week: Life
In The Garden 12.48 Shipping
Forecast 1.00 As BBC World
Service 5.20 Shipping Forecast
5.30 News Briefing 5.43 Prayer
For The Day 5.45 IPM
BBC Radio 4 LW
9.45am Daily Service 10.00
Test Match Special 10.45
Woman’s Hour 12.01pm
Shipping Forecast 5.54
Shipping Forecast 3.15am Test
Match Special 5.30 Test Match
Special
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am The Blackburn Files 6.30
Walter Kershaw: The UK’s First
Street Artist? 7.00 Safety
Catch 7.30 More Money Than
Sense 8.00 I’m Sorry I’ll Read
That Again 8.30 Albert And Me
9.00 The Rest Is History 9.30
Kalangadog Junction 10.00
Home Front Omnibus 11.00
The Axe 11.15 Solo Behind
The Iron Curtain 12noon I’m
Sorry I’ll Read That Again
12.30 Albert And Me 1.00 The
Blackburn Files 1.30 Walter
Kershaw: The UK’s First Street
Artist? 2.00 Regeneration 2.15
Cosmic Quest 2.30 A Kind Of
Loving 2.45 The Horologicon
3.00 Home Front Omnibus
4.00 The Rest Is History 4.30
Kalangadog Junction 5.00
Safety Catch 5.30 More Money
Than Sense 6.00 Earthsearch
Pick
ofthe
day
Military
Memory, And
The Sacred
Space
11am, BBC Radio 4
Giles Fraser
(above) explores
the importance of
memorialisation
in mourning
those who died
in the Battle of
Passchendaele.
I 6.30 Soul Music 7.00 I’m
Sorry I’ll Read That Again
7.30 Albert And Me 8.00 The
Blackburn Files 8.30 Walter
Kershaw: The UK’s First Street
Artist? 9.00 The Axe 9.15 Solo
Behind The Iron Curtain 10.00
Comedy Club: More Money
Than Sense 10.30 Comedy
Club: Bleak Expectations 10.55
Comedy Club: The Comedy
Club Interview 11.00 Comedy
Club: Absolute Power 11.30
Comedy Club: Chain Reaction
12mdn’t Earthsearch I 12.30
Soul Music 1.00 The Blackburn
Files 1.30 Walter Kershaw:
The UK’s First Street Artist?
2.00 Regeneration 2.15
Cosmic Quest 2.30 A Kind Of
Loving 2.45 The Horologicon
3.00 Home Front Omnibus
4.00 The Rest Is History 4.30
Kalangadog Junction 5.00
Safety Catch 5.30 More Money
Than Sense
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00 5
Live Daily With Emma Barnett
1pm The Friday Sports Panel
2.00 Kermode And Mayo’s Film
Review 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00
5 Live Sport 7.45 5 Live Sport:
International Football 2017-18
10.00 Stephen Nolan 1am Up
All Night 5.00 5 Live Boxing
With Costello & Bunce 5.30 5
Live Sport: The Friday Football
Social
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Steve Lamacq 7.00 Iggy
Pop 9.00 Tom Ravenscroft
12mdn’t Nemone’s Electric
Ladyland 2.00 6 Music Classic
Concert 3.00 6 Music Live
Hour 4.00 The First Time
With Mark Ronson 5.00 Chris
Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm Bill
Turnbull 5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics At Seven
8.00 The Full Works Concert.
Catherine Bott presents
a concert by the Oxford
Philharmonic Orchestra. 10.00
Smooth Classics 1am Katie
Breathwick 4.00 Jane Jones
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00
Dave Berry 7.00 Absolute 80s
With Claire Sturgess 10.00
Sarah Champion 4am Richie
Firth
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Club Classics 9.00
Annaliese 1am James Merritt
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast With Ally McCoist
10.00 Jim White 1pm
Hawksbee And Jacobs 4.00
Adrian Durham And Darren
Gough 7.00 Live International
Football 10.00 Sports Bar
1am Extra Time With Tom
Latchem
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AGENDA
What’sontoday...
Visual Arts
TOVE JANSSON (1914-2001)
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London SE21
See the Moomin creator Tove
Jansson in a different light, with
a survey of her work as a painter.
Her legacy as an illustrator and
author is formidable, but her
true passion was fine art and
she created some astonishing
paintings. Her self-portraits
are regal and poised, and her
landscape paintings are an
evocative portrayal of her
home country of Finland.
(020 8693 5254) to 28 Jan
DEGAS: A PASSION
FOR PERFECTION
Fitzwilliam, Cambridge
A free show marks the centenary
of the death of Edgar Degas with
pieces from his entire career,
including paintings, pastels,
drawings, watercolours, prints,
counterproofs and sculptures in
bronze and wax, made up from
the Fitzwilliam’s own holdings as
well as 60 loans from private and
public collections. In a section
exploring his artistic legacy
are Walter Sickert, Pablo
Picasso, Lucian Freud, Frank
Auerbach, RB Kitaj, Ryan
Gander and Francis Bacon.
(01223 332900) to 14 Jan
REFLECTIONS: VAN EYCK AND
THE PRE-RAPHAELITES
National Gallery, London WC2
This fascinating exhibition
focuses on one of the National
Gallery’s greatest treasures, Jan
van Eyck’s “Arnolfini Portrait”,
and the impact this modest
and mesmerising work had on
students Dante Gabriel Rossetti,
William Holman Hunt and
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Funeral Plans
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Now £2,845
John Everett Millais, who a few
years later were to found the
Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
The show provides an unmissable
opportunity to study Van Eyck’s
masterpiece at close quarters
(it is hung lower than usual,
without its customary barrier)
as well as enjoy a number of
major Pre-Raphaelite works.
(0800 912 6958) to 2 Apr
ED RUSCHA
Scottish National Gallery of Modern
Art, Edinburgh
Ed Ruscha has lived and worked
in Los Angeles for most of 60
years and the city has been
his constant inspiration, both
directly in his photographs,
and less directly but also more
pointedly, in his paintings.
This free show of more than 60
artworks from the Artists Rooms
collection includes photographic
series, paintings and drawings
dating from the early 1960s to the
2000s. (0131 624 6200) to 29 Apr
CANALETTO AND THE
ART OF VENICE
Queen’s Gallery, London SW1
Venice’s most sought-after scene
painter, Giovanni Antonio Canal
(1697-1768), captured the drama
of the city like no other. His art,
though, was not a documentary
record of Venice: these are
manipulated, dramatised vistas,
intent on emphasising the power
of the scenes with the vast open
sky. Nor does Canaletto ever
attempt to capture the city in
mist or twilight, when it can
be at its most spectral and
magical. But still, in his pomp,
as this excellent show proves,
he could be magnificent.
(royalcollection.org.uk) to 12 Nov
TURNER PRIZE
Ferens Gallery, Hull
The Turner Prize moves from
London to Hull for 2017, with
a free exhibition of the four
shortlisted artists for the
£25,000 prize. This is the
first year that older artists
have been considered, with
a list including two over the
age of 50: British painter
Hurvin Anderson is 52, while
Lubaina Himid, who was born
in Zanzibar, is 62. German artist
Andrea Buttner and PalestinianEnglish artist Rosalind
Nashashibi are both in their
forties. (01482 300 300) to 7 Jan
Talks
LOUDER THAN WORDS
Palace Hotel, Manchester
First up this evening at the
music-themed literary festival
are Jah Wobble (6.30pm) and
Paul “Smiler” Anderson (9pm).
Later in the weekend are Paul
Morley, Steve Ignorant, Jordan,
Travis Elborough, Jennifer Otter
Bickerdike, Kieron Tyler and Rat
Scabies. (louderthanwordsfest.
com) to Sun
WOODSTOCK POETRY FESTIVAL
Woodstock Methodist Church
Douglas Dunn and Jim Carruth
open the festival this evening
with readings from their work,
while Anne Stevenson, George
Szirtes, David Harsent, Caroline
Bird, Keith Jarrett, Peggy Seeger
and Bernard O’Donoghue
follow over the weekend.
(01993 812760) to Sun
Comedy
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 – about his
late Gran, but really about so
much more – is Body of Work.
(020 7478 0100) to 25 Nov
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
NATALIE PALAMIDES
Soho Theatre, London W1
This year’s Edinburgh
Best Newcomer brings
her extraordinary Laid –
in which countless eggs are
messily sacrificed onstage
in a clownish, surrealist show
about parenthood – to Soho.
She’ll be returning regularly
until the middle of January.
(020 7478 0100) to 18 Nov
KATHERINE RYAN
Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
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.
(024 7652 4524) tonight
JAMES ACASTER
Little Theatre, Chorley
“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. (01257 264362) 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
Illustrated Farewell, she expands
her 1973 piece As Time Goes By for
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ofthe
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THEATRE
ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London SE1
After her bumpy ride with the board of Shakespeare’s Globe, Emma Rice bows out as artistic director with
this toothsome treat. It proves to be a gracious, big-hearted swansong – a musical adaptation of the 2010
French-Belgian rom-com Les Emotifs Anonymes about two cripplingly shy chocolate-makers who meet and
fall in love. Carly Bawden (above) and Dominic Marsh star. (020 7401 9919) to 6 Jan
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FILM
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
Pop
RUN THE JEWELS +
DANNY BROWN
Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
Killer Mike and dystopian
hip-hop pessimist El-P
refresh their pitch with hints
of warmth and livid production
details on Run the Jewels 3, a
melee of concussive sounds
and pertinent near-future
prophecies. Atrocity Exhibition
rapper Danny Brown tags along
for a tour-pairing to reckon with.
(gigsandtours.com) tonight
BIG THIEF
Islington Assembly Hall, London N1
Brooklyn’s indie-strafed folkrockers navigate extremes of
tender beauty and tarnished grit
on album two. With Adrianne
Lenker’s voice matching
instinctive feeling to great range,
Capacity is a cathartic beauty:
sometimes sweet, sometimes
sharp, always intoxicating.
(islingtonassemblyhall.co.uk)
tonight
Classical
FLORIAN BOESCH
Wigmore Hall, London W1
The baritone offers a recital of
songs by Schubert, Schumann
(the Eichendorff cycle, Op 39)
and Wolf, accompanied by pianist
Justus Zeyen. (020 7935 2141)
tonight 7.30pm
Opera
LA TRAGÉDIE DE CARMEN
Wilton’s Music Hall, London E1
The Royal Opera’s Young
Artists slum it down at Wilton’s
Music Hall with a recreation of
Peter Brook’s fabled cut-down,
sexed-up version of Bizet’s opera
(originally staged in the equally
dilapidated Bouffes du Nord).
(020 7304 4000) tonight 7.30pm
THE ENCHANTED PIG
Jacksons Lane Theatre, London N6
Hampstead Garden Opera
presents a new production
of Jonathan Dove’s delightful
and family-friendly fairy tale
opera, scored for a quirky
ensemble of accordion, harp,
cello, double bass, trombone,
percussion and piano, and
originally produced by the Young
Vic. (0800 411 8881) tonight 7.30pm
Jazz
LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL
Various venues, London
From Manu Dibango at Ronnie
Scott’s through Pat Metheny at
the Barbican and the opening
Jazz Voice gala the Southbank
Centre, London Jazz Festival
kicks off in high gear, along with
Tomasz Stanko at Cadogan
Hall and a Basquiat and jazz
night at LSO St Luke’s. (efg
londonjazzfestival.org.uk) tonight
Folk & Roots
KATHRYN TICKELL + THE LAKE
POETS + BALTIC CROSSING
Sage, Gateshead
Showcasing new compositions
and collaborations, Kathryn
Tickell hosts a Magnetic North
East concert of Martin Longstaff
(the Lake Poets) and Baltic
Crossing’s mix of players and
tunes from the UK, Finland and
Denmark. (0191 443 4666) tonight
Life in the shadow
of Disney World
Sean Baker’s film about America’s ‘hidden homeless’,
starring a clothes designer he found on Instagram, is the
break-out indie movie of the year, says James Mottram
World Music
Street smart Bria
Vinaite as Halley
with Brooklynn
Prince as her
daughter Moonee
DARBAR FESTIVAL
Sadler’s Wells, London EC1
The second night of the superb
festival of classical Indian music
and dance features the beautiful
sarod of Debasmita Bhattacharya
and stunning vocals from Indrani
Mukherjee for midnight ragas
into the early hours tonight.
(darbar.org) tonight
Theatre
MAMMA MIA!
Empire Theatre, Sunderland
The latest touring version of
Phyllida Lloyd’s production
of the great Abba tribute
musical looks as fast-moving
and brilliant as ever. As scripted
by Catherine Johnson, it’s the
absolute queen of jukebox shows,
and the one that demonstrates
just how it should be done.
(atgtickets.com) to Sat
HEDDA GABLER
Theatre Royal, Norwich
Henrik Ibsen’s drama is one of
the great portraits of a soul in
crisis. Lizzy Watts stars in the
title role, as a passionate woman
who rebels against the numbness
of a stifling marriage, spots
vulgarity unerringly yet dreads
the prospect of scandal. Ivo van
Hove’s National Theatre staging,
which uses a crisp yet somewhat
colourless new text by Patrick
Marber, sets out to make this
frequently performed play seem
unfamiliar. (01603 630000) to Sat
THE TIN DRUM
Bristol Old Vic
Writer Carl Grose cuts a selfassured operatic path through
Günter Grass’s sprawling
picaresque tale of a little boy
called Oskar who, horrified by
the adult world, refuses to grow
up. Young Oskar is brought
unsettlingly to life by puppet
director Sarah Wright and
Charles Hazlewood’s sublime
electronica score performed live
on stage is the stand-out feature.
(0117 987 7877) to 18 Nov
OSLO
Harold Pinter Theatre, London SW1
Bartlett Sher’s quick-witted
staging of JT Rogers’s new
play, which pulls us into the
nine stressful months of secret
negotiations that led to signing of
the Oslo Accords between Israeli
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
and PLO leader Yasser Arafat
in 1993. There is a Byzantine
complexity that gives the show
the grip of an intellectual thriller.
(0844 871 7627) to 30 Dec
F
rom Little Miss Sunshine
to Beasts of the Southern
Wild, every year a breakout indie movie muscles
its way into the mainstream – into critics’ top 10 lists,
award voters’ minds and audiences’ hearts. Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is that film this year. It
has a strong social message and
even stronger breakout performances. It’s heart-warming and also
heart-wrenching, with its tale of
poverty-line families scraping by
in a real-life motel, the Magic Castle, situated in the shadow of Walt
Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
The Florida Project tells of the
fictional Halley (Bria Vinaite),
barely out of her teens and already the mother to a six-year-old
girl, Moonee (Brooklynn Prince).
While Moonee and her friend
Jancey (Valeria Cotto) play makebelieve amid the lurid purple walls
of the Magic Castle, Halley is left
to make ends meet, turning tricks
and scamming tourists. With real
residents of the Magic Castle
just as desperate, Baker was first
alerted to this very real problem
by his co-writer Chris Bergoch.
“I was intrigued,” says Baker.
“The more I researched, the more
I realised it was a national issue
– the hidden homeless. You have
people who can’t secure permanent housing, and they’re using
other ways to keep a roof over
their head. They haven’t resorted
to shelters or the streets yet.”
The experience deeply affected
Baker’s leading lady Vinaite, born
in Lithuania, but raised in New
York since she was six. “I spent a
lot of time with two of the women
who lived in these motels,” she
explains. “I used to talk to them a
lot. There would be times that I’d
come home from set and just cry.”
Since it premiered in Cannes
this year to sensational reviews,
Baker and his team have been
festival-hopping to support the
film, but also shine a light on
those real-life equivalents of Halley and Moonee. “I want it to be
a social campaign,” says Baker.
“Right now, the state and the
local government aren’t providing funding.”
He points out that the Walt
Disney World Resort donated
$500,000 in 2015 to the Homeless Impact Fund to help families
in Orange and Osceola counties,
and that The Florida Project is not
“disparaging” to Disney. “The villain, if anything, is the recession of
2008,” says Baker, who points out
that the corporation is only referenced once, when two high-maintenance Brazilian honeymooners
arrive at the Magic Castle by accident. There’s also a scene where
Moonee and Jacey run into Disney
World, shot clandestinely on an
iPhone. “We just ran with the kids
up Main Street. We haven’t had
any legal issues.”
Baker’s methods recall his 2015
film Tangerine, his breakout tale of
transgender sex workers, which
was filmed entirely on an iPhone.
This time, Baker went for the
You have people
who can’t secure
permanent housing
but haven’t resorted
to shelters yet
more traditional 35mm film stock
“for many reasons”, he says, “one
being that I was considered the
‘iPhone guy’ now”.
He used internet services such
as Vine and Soundcloud on Tangerine, too, and cast people using
YouTube. “It’s a new world and
there are these new tools that are
there at film-makers’ fingertips,”
he says. On The Florida Project,
he found his lead after he came
across her Instagram page. “She
had a youthful energy,” says Baker.
“She was self-deprecating. She
was funny. She was obviously a
little rebellious; the fact she would
be smoking [marijuana] blunts!
So there was that – she had that
physicality going on.”
Back then, she was peddling her
own fashion creations online. Now
her Instagram page is full of shots
of her at premieres and hanging
out with Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project’s one star name, who
plays Magic Castle motel manager
Bobby. Baker made Vinaite work
with an acting coach on set. “She
needed a month to get her to those
[emotional] places – she’s 100 per
cent green,” he says.
The irony is, Vinaite is now
entering Hollywood’s own Magic
Castle. But what of those left behind? The two motel women who
inspired Vinaite were invited to
the Orlando premiere. “For them
to say that they felt it was done in a
tasteful, beautiful way made me so
happy, because their opinion really mattered to us,” smiles Vinaite.
“We really wanted to tell a story
about what’s going on over there.”
‘The Florida Project’ opens in
cinemas today
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BOOKS
From ‘Mad Men’ to obsessed men
HEATHER, THE TOTALITY
MatthewWeiner
(Canongate, £12.99)
Review by Alice Jones
M
atthew Weiner has
glided from Mad
Men to psycho pathic men in this,
his literary debut.
Now 52, Weiner began writing it in
2015, in the empty months following the end of the show that made
his name. He is now working on a
new eight-part series for Amazon,
The Romanoffs, about the modernday descendants of the Russian
royal family. So this probably represents more of a diversion, a stylishly packaged bagatelle (the book
itself is slim, gold and would look
good on any mid-century modern
coffee table), than a wholesale
career change.
Certainly, it’s a toe in the water
rather than a big splash. In Mad
Men and The Sopranos, Weiner has
been behind the two great American television series of our times.
Heather, The Totality, on the other
hand, is not a great American
novel. At 134 generously spaced
pages, it is barely a great American novella. It is a slip of a thing,
but it grips like a box set.
The narrative is split and told
from various, deadpan, perspectives. On one side is the story of
the Breakstones, a rich New York
family, told from the first date of
Karen and Mark, through to the
birth of their daughter, Heather,
up to the silent, separate-bed doldrums of marriage. On the other
side is Bobby, a young man from
New Jersey (of course), who grows
up in squalor, the abused son of a
heroin addict, acts out violently,
goes to prison and attempts to get
his life back on track.
The hinge of these two stories is
Heather, a captivating young girl,
“who was so beautiful that when
she would inevitably become the
centre of attention in a park or
a store, her newly won friends
would look at Karen, or Mark and
Karen together, and be unable to
hide their surprise that this child
belonged to these people”.
Everyone in the book – there are
only, really, four characters – is obsessed with Heather. Her mother
refuses to have another child
because it would be unfair. Her
father uses his insomnia as an excuse to watch Heather sleep and
guards their weekend coffee dates
like a jealous teen. Bobby, the wolf
in their satin-velvet upholstered
midst, is more prosaically, dangerously fixated on her “soft thighs”,
Investigating psychopathy Matthew Weiner explores three characters’ infatuation with a young girl GETTY
teenage scent and what he might
do to her body.
The stage is set for a noirish
showdown, with all three adults
desperate to have all of Heather,
in one way or another. The characters are stock – an uncharismatic
but wealthy businessman scared
of losing his bonus, a bored wife
with too much time on her hands
who is unable to shake the notion
that she married for money, a damaged young thug and an innocent
Lolita – but Weiner fleshes them
out in odd little ways. Karen’s jealousy of her husband’s burgeoning
friendship with Heather is played
out via a $1,200 Italian handmade
coffee machine that only she can
use. Bobby, by contrast, feels more
roughly sketched.
As for Heather, she is merely a
pretty, kind cipher for the other
characters’ hopes, dreams and
desires. The slow reveal of her
personality – including a slightly
creepy episode on the subway
where, as a five-year old, she
makes a woman cry with kindness
– dangles the tantalising prospect
that she, like Bobby, might one day
use her innate insight into what
makes humans tick for bad.
Weiner’s prose is spare, jumpcutting between perspectives and
times, keeping the reader guessing about who will crack first.
When the four characters finally
come into contact with each other,
the story accelerates to its longheralded violent end. A satisfying
binge read.
ALSORELEASED
SEVEN DAYS OF US
Francesca Hornak
(Piatkus, £12.99)
This is the time of year when
both publishers and readers
spend a lot of time searching for
the perfect Christmas read. You
know the type of thing: warm,
addictive, funny, the sort of book
you snuggle up with when you’re
avoiding your family on Boxing
Day. A book, in fact, just like
Francesca Hornak’s debut,
Seven Days of Us.
Her premise is simple but
winning: idealistic medic Olivia
Birch has been treating an Ebolastyle epidemic abroad and must
spend a week in quarantine. It
just so happens it’s Christmas
and thus Olivia must spend that
week with her family down in
“deepest, darkest Norfolk” (as
Olivia’s father Andrew, a caustic
food critic, puts it).
Unfortunately, not only has
Olivia spent a great deal of
time avoiding said family in
recent years, she’s also hiding
a pretty big secret: a forbidden
relationship with fellow medic
Top5
Books
Sean. Meanwhile, Andrew has
been receiving mysterious
letters, mum Emma is visiting
the doctor on the sly and younger
sister Phoebe is obsessed with
her engagement. Throw into
the mix a mysterious American
stranger with a secret of his
own and the stage is set for a
Christmas showdown.
Hornak made her name with
the sharp, smart and very funny
Sunday Times Style column
“History of the World in 100
Modern Objects”, and her eye
for the small but telling details
of middle-class life is used to
great effect here. Laid-back
American Jesse frets about the
difficulty of finding vegan food
in Norfolk and his “obsessive
compulsive sharing syndrome”,
aka a tendency to tell complete
strangers every tiny detail of his
life. Meanwhile, Olivia sighs over
her family’s materialism even as
Phoebe counts her Instagram
followers and worries about
whether Sexy Fish will be over by
the time she has her engagement
dinner there.
While Hornak is merciless in
her dissection of modern foibles,
she is also adept at switching our
sympathies and ensuring that
the entire Birch family – even
the sharp-tongued Andrew – are
fully rounded characters with
fully realised flaws.
The prickly, self-righteous
Olivia makes for an interesting,
not always entirely comfortable,
heroine while, like many a
younger sibling, Phoebe might
be spoilt but she is also very
entertaining. There is genuinely
earned sorrow amid the laughs
and, as in all the best comfort
reads, an ending that is both
bittersweet and life-affirming.
It’s that sense of recognition
which makes Hornak’s book
such a pleasure to read. We may
not be exactly like the Birch
family, we may not have their
traditions or indeed their country
pile to escape to, but we all
spend our Christmases locked
in loving bickering, desperate
to see each other yet equally
desperate for time apart.
Seven Days of Us expertly
captures the joys and the
tensions of spending any time
with those who know you best.
It thoroughly deserves to be
this year’s big Christmas hit.
1. Bad Dad David Walliams (HarperCollins)
2. La Belle Sauvage Philip Pullman (Penguin/David Fickling)
3. Origin Dan Brown (Bantam)
4. 5 Ingredients – Quick & Easy Food Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph)
5. Uncommon Type Tom Hanks (William Heinemann)
Sarah Hughes
MOTHER LAND
Paul Theroux
(Hamish Hamilton, £20)
This book is essentially a
500-page rant that could be
summarised in a single sentence:
“I came from a large, nasty, bitchy
family – and my mother was the
worst of us.” It ought to come
out as a confused mix of idle selfindulgence, yet it is, by turns,
hilarious, infuriating, poignant
and endlessly enthralling.
Jay Justus, the narrator, is a
fading writer living out his last
good years in the shadow of his
ageing yet indestructible mother,
and in close and toxic proximity
to his six siblings. Even in middle
age, the seven spend much of
their time finding new ways to
denigrate and upstage each other.
Mother is the cynical charmer of
this viper’s nest, forever playing
favourites, and dispensing
favours on a whim.
One daughter is secretly
bequeathed the family house, one
son gets a piece of land, while the
narrator gets nothing; Mother
won’t even read his novels.
Meanwhile. Floyd, the poet
brother, writes a bitterly personal
attack on Jay, and Fred, the
lawyer brother, accuses Mother’s
nurse (and Jay’s girlfriend) of
trying to steal Mother’s things
and edge her way into the will.
Dan Brotzel
THE WHITE BOOK
Han Kang
(Portobello Books, £10)
South Korean writer Han Kang’s
third book to be translated into
English carries a huge weight
of expectation after she won
last year’s Booker Prize with
The Vegetarian. It is the most
autobiographical of her books,
written when she was on a
retreat in Warsaw. Instead of any
kind of coherent narrative, it is a
meditation on the colour white.
Kang evidently has a masterful
turn of phrase, but it ultimately
feels a little directionless.
Prudence Wade
A SHORT HISTORY
OF DRUNKENNESS
Mark Forsyth
(Viking, £12.99)
“Human ingenuity can always
navigate the labyrinth of religion,
so long as it is whipped onward by
thirst.” So claims Mark Forsyth,
the best-selling author of The
Etymologicon in a memorable
chapter detailing the Middle
East’s historically difficult
relationship with alcohol. The
verbose Forsyth dispels some of
the myths surrounding medieval
merry-making and even Jesus’s
position on water versus wine.
James Cann
i FRIDAY
10 NOVEMBER 2017
On a
public
revolt
WTF
Robert Peston
(Hodder & Stoughton, £20)
Review by Nigel Morris
A
cross the West, the
voters are in revolt.
They dismissed forecasts of economic
doom if Britain left
the European Union to back
Brexit. They confounded opinion
pollsters to produce a surge of
support at the general election
for an untested party leader opposed by most of his MPs. They
voted a former reality TV star
into the White House and a man
who set up his own party into the
Élysée Palace.
WTF represents a candid admission by Robert Peston that,
like the vast majority of political
commentators, he failed to appreciate the extent of the popular
backlash against the perceived
ruling class.
But it is far more than that: a
very personal howl of despair over
the depth of division and disillusionment exposed by the turmoil
of the past two years.
Under pressure Peston calls Theresa May the ‘weakest PM for decades’
“I was ashamed because I had
been so comfortable in my cosy,
smug north London ghetto that I
had not noticed how alienated millions of people, especially poorer
people, had become with an economic and political system that
suited only a few of us,” he writes.
Or to put it more concisely:
“What the f**k?”
Peston, ITV’s political editor,
argues that the uprising has been
fuelled by resentment over a system “massively tilted” against the
poor, with inequality widening, social mobility falling and continuing anger over boardroom excess.
Peston deploys a welter of statistics to illustrate growing social divisions and economic pressures as
the expectation fades of each generation being better off than the
last. But it is far from a dry tome,
as he draws on his experiences
– his left-wing parents’ commitment to comprehensive education, the family acquiring its first
colour television – to illustrate
that personal is political.
The veteran journalist is unsparing in his focus on the decline
in the influence of traditional
media, and highlights the skill of
pro-Brexiteers, Corbynistas and
Trump supporters in harnessing
new ways of reaching out to the
disillusioned and disenfranchised.
He also raises the alarm over the
march of social media platforms,
with algorithms designed to attract clicks on articles no matter
how spurious and unchecked. And
he fears the prospect of technology, with the ability to “scrape the
internet for precious details about
our fears, hopes and vulnerabilities”, being used to fix elections
rather than enhance democracy.
Peston is withering about the
current crop of leaders at this
watershed moment. It will be an
interesting encounter when he
next interviews Theresa May, the
“weakest PM for decades”, whom
he lambasts for the “wilful act of
vandalism” of prematurely triggering Article 50 to leave the EU.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn has
a “charming if naive conviction that
the state can solve everything”.
However, this gripping and persuasive account of the mess facing
liberal democracy ends with some
optimism that politicians will rise
to the challenge of responding to
the tide of hopelessness. In Britain, that means making the best of
Brexit, certainly not trying to overturn the result, and responding to
disquiet over immigration levels.
Peston also advocates the biggest house-building drive for decades, shaking up a schools system
too focused on exam results and
higher taxes on the super-rich.
His solutions will be seen in
some quarters as too radical, but
he believes the stakes could not
be higher as the West faces its last
chance to reform capitalism to
make it fairer.
ONEMINUTE
WITH…
Jon Ronson,
author
Where are you now and
what can you see?
I’m at the St David’s Hotel in
Cardiff. My father died three
weeks ago and I’m here for his
funeral. I can see the Cardiff
Docks; the Millennium Centre;
an old Norwegian church on the
water; Penarth, where I went to
school. The teachers used to beat
the shit out of us.
What are you currently reading?
Hillary Clinton’s What Happened
and Katy Tur’s Unbelievable.
They’re both very good but
I don’t think either will be the
great Trump-era book. I have
a feeling that Maggie Haberman
and Glenn Thrush, the New
York Times White House
correspondents, will write that.
Who is your favourite author
and why do you admire her/him?
Raymond Carver. It’s all in the
Isaac Babel quote from Carver’s
introduction to Where I’m Calling
From: “No iron can pierce the
heart with such force as a period
put just at the right place.”
Describe the room where
you usually write…
A small office in my apartment in
the Upper West Side in New York.
Some mornings I choose to sit in
the office chair, other mornings
in the reclining chair. It’s a very
exciting decision for me.
Which fictional character
most resembles you?
Billy Pilgrim. I have also become
unstuck in time.
Who is your hero/heroine
from outside literature?
COFFEE
TABLE
CHOICE
The idea of dried flowers might conjure childhood memories of pressing soggy daisies in encyclopedia
pages or wicker baskets of dusty potpourri in grandma’s toilet. But artist Rebecca Louise Law has been
transforming the concept for the past 13 years with her jaw-dropping, large-scale installations around
the world. Her latest creation for Kew Gardens (on until 11 March), which shares the name of her book
‘Life in Death’ (Kew Publishing, £25), allows visitors to walk through 375,000 suspended flowers and
experience their slow decay, a glorious distillation of both the beauty and ephemerality of nature.
Right now, the DREAMers
– the kids who were brought to
America as children by their
undocumented parents and are
fighting for legal status. What
they’ve overcome is incredible.
I was at a community college
in California not long ago and
I met one. She’s on the bus four
hours every day so she can attend
lectures. They may actually
convince Trump and Congress
and win a path to citizenship.
Jon Ronson’s ‘Psychopath Night’
tours the UK from tomorrow to
Wednesday (lakinmccarthy.com)
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Homes & Design
Straw?
Blimey!
I
n an era when most young
people struggle to get on the
property ladder, 27-year-old
Sam Atkinson reckons he is
fortunate to own his home.
Yet luck only played a small part in
what is a remarkable achievement.
Hard graft, determination and
a tremendous amount of skill
went into the straw bale house,
which Sam designed and built for
himself and his wife Charlotte.
The seeds for his self-build
odyssey were sown by his mother,
Carol. She was inspired by a
straw building at the Centre for
Alternative Technology in Wales
which prompted a diversification
into eco holiday homes on her
family’s 160-acre beef farm, near
Howden, East Yorkshire. Helped
by a friend, she created a straw
cabin in 2006. Three years later,
she made plans for a straw bale
cottage and Sam gave up his
carpentry job in Hull to build it.
He says: “I got orders on the back
of that and I’ve been straw bale
building for the past eight years.”
Trained by Yorkshire-based
Barbara Jones, the UK’s leading
authority on straw builds, he
was enthralled by a method
of construction regarded as
mainstream in Canada and North
America. “They’re eco-friendly,
relatively easy to construct and
theirinsulatingqualitiesaresecond
to none,” says Sam, who has since
developed his own hybrid building
Carpenter Sam Atkinson has
found a novel way to own an
eco-friendly, affordable home
– he simply built one himself
from straw. SharonDalereports
Sam Atkinson in
the home he built
from bales of straw
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system. A conventional straw
build involves stacking the bales
like giant bricks. They are held
together by hazel rods and topped
with a timber plate. This means
construction is often hampered
by wet weather. Sam’s method
involves erecting a timber frame to
hold the bales. This is topped with
an overhanging roof before the
bales are slotted into place.
“I spent five weeks in Canada
and saw something similar there,
which I’ve adapted to suit this
country,” he said. “Getting the
roof on quickly and being able to
work in all weathers makes a big
difference to build times.”
His bales are trimmed and then
get three coats of breathable lime
render and the roof is insulated
from the inside with sheep’s wool
or recycled plastic. On an average
house, it takes seven weeks to do
the foundations, frame and roof
and another week to slot the bales
into the frame.
So far, Sam has constructed
about 20 buildings, including
a barn, bird hides, an outdoor
classroom, houses and extensions.
His latest innovation is a £23,000
straw glamping pod, complete
with a kitchen and bathroom.
“Ideal for farmers who want to
diversify into holiday lets, for
existing campsites or as home
offices,” he explains.
T h e h o m e h e b u i l t fo r
himself took just 10 months
from foundations to being fully
fitted out. It is on the site of the
family farmhouse, which his
grandparents had lived in. The
old property was, he says, in a
dreadful state. The site is almost
at sea level and the building was
so low lying that rising damp had
crept four feet up the walls. The
planners were happy for it to be
demolished to make way for a new,
energy-efficient house.
The bricks from the house were
used to help create a higher-than-
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average foundation plinth for
the timber skeleton, which was
topped with a roof of clay pantiles.
The 364 bales of wheat straw he
needed were from Chantry’s Farm
at nearby Newsholme and their
straw is cut with an old combine,
which leaves it long and easier to
render. The straw walls were then
rendered outside and inside with
a lime, hemp and sand mix before
being painted with lime wash.
The hemp is from another
local business, the Voase family
farm. The internal dividing
walls downstairs are built from
concrete blocks, which act as a
heat store, while upstairs they
are timber. “I didn’t use bales for
the internal walls as they take
up a lot of space,” says Sam, who
used his carpentry skills to do
all the joinery himself, from the
doors to the kitchen units and the
beautifully crafted dressers and
built-in units.
He also made the windows,
which sit in the deep rounded
recess created by the bales, and
a porthole “truth window” which
shows the straw. Downstairs,
there is a kitchen, separate
dining room, large sitting room
and a utility area. Upstairs,
there are four bedrooms and
two bathrooms. The insulation
provided by the bales means
there is rarely any need to turn
the heating on and the house
is also damp and condensation
free. “The lime plaster soaks up
moisture and that is wicked away
by the straw to the outside wall
where it is released.
“The straw remains bone dry.
It doesn’t hold water,” says Sam,
whose only regret is putting in
underfloor heating fed by a pellet
boiler. The boiler should generate
a pay-back via the government
feed-in tariff but, says Sam: “The
house is so thermally efficient, it
gets too hot with the heating on,
so we don’t use the boiler enough
to generate a feed-in tariff.”
He funded the build, which
includes a garage clad in larch,
by selling his previous house,
though getting a mortgage on
straw bale properties is possible.
“They aren’t mainstream yet but
there are a lot more of them and
there are lenders who will let you
borrow,” says Sam. Insurance is
also no problem, the bales are so
tightly packed that they are slow
to combust so they surpass the fire
tests set by building regulations.
The cost to clients for a similar
home, fully fitted and ready to
move into, would be £180,000. It’s
a very keen price that could lead to
a rush of orders – something Sam
is keen to avoid.
“I am a one-man band who hires
in a plumber, an electrician and a
roofing contractor. If the business
got bigger then I’d be mass
producing when what I really
enjoy is working with my handson individual, bespoke builds. I’m
also a stickler for quality and if I
do things myself I know they’ve
been done right,” he says.
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ROBERTSON TERRACE,
HASTINGS, TN34
Price: £349,000
They say: This refurbished
and spacious character flat
is located in the converted
Queens Hotel, which offers
beautiful seaside views in
Hastings. It includes two
bedrooms and a balcony.
Call: 01245 409116
DANE ROAD, ST LEONARDS
Price: £500,000
They say: A stunning,
new-build town house
located in a prestigious part
of St Leonard’s. The spacious
accommodation offers an
open-plan living area, a
modern fitted kitchen and
three bedrooms.
Call: 01424 839073
ST HELENS PARK ROAD,
HASTINGS, TN34
Price: £600,000
They say: This detached,
renovated cottage is nestled
behind Sandrock Hall in a
protected conservation area.
It is believed to date to the
1800s when Sandrock Hall
was a convent.
Call: 01424 839678
MERCATORIA PLACE,
ST LEONARDS
Price: £700,000
They say: This beautiful
Georgian conversion
was formerly used as a
carpentry workshop and
offers stunning Georgian
design and plenty of more
modern features.
Call: 01580 468908
Sam Atkinson, straw bale building
specialist, sacarpentry.co.uk;
Carole’s straw bale holiday lets are
at homegrownhome.co.uk
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Price: £900,000
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northern edge of Hastings.
The house has spacious
accommodation spread
over three floors.
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This rainbow-shaped mirror will
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Brits know this retailer for its
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If you’re looking for a mirror that
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The bargain-filled home range at
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This eye-catching mirror has a
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UK growth forecast slashed
by European Commission
By Ben Chu
The European Commission has
slashed its forecast for UK GDP
growth, citing Brexit-related
uncertainty. In its autumn 2017 round
of forecasts, it is now projecting
growth for Britain of 1.5 per cent this
year, down from 1.8 previously.
The latest 2018 forecast is for 1.3
per cent growth, falling to 1.1 per cent
in 2019, the year Britain is scheduled
to leave the EU. This slowdown
is based on assumptions of weak
business investment, disappointing
export growth and a moderation in
UK household spending.
Meanwhile, the Commission
has raised its GDP forecast for the
eurozone in 2017 to 2.2 per cent,
up from its previous estimate of 1.7
per cent. This would be the single
currency area’s fastest rate of growth
since 2007. It expects eurozone
growth next year to be 2.1 per cent
and 1.9 per cent in 2019.
R e fe r r i n g t o t h e U K , t h e
Commission said: “Investment
growth is forecast to weaken in 2018,
as many firms are likely to continue
deferring investments in the face
of uncertainty”.
It added that its forecasts were
based on a “purely technical
assumption” that UK-EU trade will
continue undisrupted after 2019.
“This is for forecasting purposes
UK GDP growth picked up
slightly to 0.4 per cent in
the third quarter, according to
the Office for National Statistics,
having grown by just 0.3 per cent
in the first two quarters.
only and has no bearing on the talks
under way in the context of the
Article 50 process,” it said.
The Commission’s forecasts for the
UK are close to those of the OECD,
which forecast last month for UK
GDP growth to be 1.6 per cent this
year, before slumping to just 1 per
cent in 2018.
However, the OECD’s projections
are based on the assumption that
the UK will leave the EU without a
trade agreement.
The Bank of England’s latest UK
GDP forecasts are considerably
rosier than either the Commission’s
or the OECD’s. It expects GDP
growth this year and next of 1.6 per
cent, climbing to 1.7 per cent in 2019.
This is based on the assumption of a
“smooth” Brexit.
The Treasury’s official forecaster,
the Office for Budget Responsibility,
The Treasury is due to publish its own
projections later this month GETTY
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alongside the Chancellor’s Budget on
22 November.
The year-on-year growth rate of
UK GDP in the third quarter was just
1.5 per cent, the lowest since 2013.
GDP growth since the Brexit vote
has mainly been driven by household
spending, which has come under
pressure this year as rising inflation
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SUPERDRY
High-street fashion company
Superdry has seen its global brand
revenues grow by 25 per cent in the
six months to October to £756m.
The British company’s street-wear
look is faring well with international
shoppers. Since launching in 2003,
it has expanded to 23 countries. Its
owner, Supergroup, said the strong
figures were helped by sales of its
jackets and its Varsity range, aimed
at younger consumers.
Are its jackets a real source of pride?
It would seem so. Supergroup said
it remains an “authority” on the
garment. In 2009, it reached an
out-of-court financial settlement
with Primark after which the
discount retailer stopped selling
a jacket that Superdry said had
elements copied from a signature
Superdry item that was worn by
David Beckham.
What’s been its secret to success?
Experience must have helped.
Before starting Superdry, its
founders had been working on
retail enterprises since 1985. That
was the year Julian Dunkerton
co-created Cult Clothing, which
started with a store in Cheltenham
before expanding across the
country. Meanwhile, James Holder
founded a clothing brand called
Bench, before he joined forces
with Dunkerton.
Sounds pretty rosy. Have their been
any bumps in the business?
Well, last year Dunkerton sold off
almost £50m of Superdry’s shares
to fund his divorce and stepped
down as CEO, although he remained
the biggest shareholder. It has
weathered a couple of sales dips
over the years, but now seems to be
going strong.
Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s
has revealed sharply slowing sales
growth and a 9 per cent fall in halfyear profits following moves to keep
prices low in the face of inflation and
cost pressures.
The group reported underlying
pre-tax profits of £251m for the six
months to 23 September, against
£277m a year earlier.
Falling sales across general
merchandise and Argos resulted in
like-for-like sales growth pulling back
sharply to 0.6 per cent in the second
quarter, down from 2.3 per cent in the
first three months.
Total general merchandise sales
dropped 1.6 per cent in the second
quarter, the group said.
Chief executive Mike Coupe said
the market remained “competitive”,
but insisted that the group was
seeing “clear results” of its threeyear plan.
He said: “We have delivered a good
performance across the group in the
last six months, with more customers
choosing to shop at Sainsbury’s in the
first half than ever before.
“We are now three years into
delivering our differentiated strategy
and are seeing clear results.”
He added the group remained
focused on its strategy and was on
track for full-year expectations.
The figures come just a month
after Sainsbury’s announced 2,000
jobs will go, mainly from human
resources and payroll staff. This
added to 1,000 head-office job cuts
in August, as part of efforts to cut
another £500m of costs.
NEWS
4-30
VOICES
16-20
FRiDAY
31-43
TELECOMS
CityFibre shares rise 26%
thanks to Vodafone deal
By Kalyeena Makortoff
Shares in CityFibre soared after
the company announced a major
partnership with Vodafone that
will create another competitor to
BT’s Openreach.
The deal means one million homes
and businesses across 12 towns and
cities will be connected to the new
fibre network during the first phase
of development, with construction
set to start in 2018 and be “largely
completed” by 2021.
The two companies will then have
the right to extend their agreement
to cover another four million sites
across 50 towns and cities by 2025.
Vodafone and CityFibre have not
revealed which regions will be in
the first phase of the project, but
said a list would be released over
the coming months. BT’s Openreach
currently dominates fibre infrastructure across the UK, with Virgin also
emerging as a rival.
CityFibre’s AIM-listed shares
rocketed 26 per cent, or 11.45p, to
54.7p in morning trading. Vodafone’s
gains were more subdued – up 0.9 per
cent or 2.05p at 217.95p.
The wholesale agreement between the two firms gives Vodafone
exclusive rights to market broadband
services over the network, which
will be built, operated and owned
by CityFibre.
Nick Jeffery (left),
CEO of Vodafone
UK, and Greg Mesch,
CEO of CityFibre, are
taking on Openreach
The first phase of the project is
expected to be worth more than
£500m over 20 years, according to
the announcement.
The deal will has been welcomed
by the Government, which has been
pushing to increase high-speed internet connectivity across the nation.
Matt Hancock, the minister for
digital, said: “We warmly welcome
this new partnership between CityFibre and Vodafone as an important
step to drive investment and help
build a full-fibre Britain.
“Reaching an additional five
million premises by the middle of
the next decade would be a significant contribution to connecting
modern Britain and meeting our
manifesto commitments.”
In September, Mr Hancock
said the Government
was on track to make superfast
broadband available to 95 per cent
of the UK by the end of 2017.
Halfords blames share slide on weaker pound
Shares in Halfords slumped after
the retailer revealed that half-year
profits, up to the end of September,
took a knock from increased costs
linked to the Brexit-hit pound.
The bicycle and car parts chain
Outlook
RUSSELL
LYNCH
Brexit will bring
out the Scrooge
in many of us
I
f you can’t smell the panic out on
the high street yet, you soon will.
The first sale signs are already
up in some quarters as twitchy
retailers blink first on prices.
The real question is whether hardpressed shoppers want to spend at
all. Welcome to Brexit Christmas.
Last year was the phoney war
BUSINESS SPORT
48-51
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10 NOVEMBER 2017
EMPLOYMENT
More women in
top FTSE jobs
– but progress
branded slow
By Josie Cox
RETAIL
By Ravender Sembhy
TV
36-39
said that pre-tax profits fell 6.4 per
cent to £36.6m, while underlying
pre-tax profits slipped 9.8 per cent
to £36.8m. Sales rose 3.8 per cent
to £588.7m, but there was £15m
in additional costs as the pound’s
descent since the referendum meant
its purchasing power plummeted.
The retailer said that it will cope
with a £25m increase in costs this
year thanks to Brexit, although
it plans to mitigate the impact by
increasing some bike prices.
In common with most British
retailers, its products are sourced
in dollars.
as retailers pulled out the stops to
protect consumers from the effect
of the pound’s fall after the Brexit
vote. But with official figures already
showing the biggest price rises on
the high street since March 2012 (up
3.3 per cent as wages trail behind at
2.1 per cent), they will struggle to pull
off that Houdini act again.
The City is already in a funk, punishing big names such as Next for
warnings over “volatile” consumers with big share-price falls. And
while the FTSE 100 has reached
new records in recent sessions, the
FTSE-350 general retailers’ index,
which includes some of the biggest
names in the sector, is down nearly
8 per cent in the past six months.
Retailers are always twitchy about
the festive season because they generate the lion’s share of profits in the
mad dash on 24 December. But this
time around, it’s hard to think of a
worse combination of circumstances.
For starters, last week’s rate rise,
which has barely been passed on to
savers but promises to take about
£15 a month out of the pockets of anybody with a variable mortgage.
As the Bank’s latest inflation report points out, borrowers are more
sensitive to changes in rates: they
tend to cut spending by about £10 for
every £20 extra in interest payments.
Savers, on the other hand, shell out
merely £2 more for every £20 extra
racked up in interest income.
Th
here’s also a big hurdle
ah
head in the shape of the
Budget. The Chancellor will
have no room for largesse
It isn’t just mortgages going up:
for retailers, it’s a particularly unfortunate time for oil to be hitting $64
a barrel and lifting petrol prices. In
contrast with two years ago – when
oil prices were on their way to a low
of $27 – the cost of a litre of fuel is almost 20p higher; the post-Brexit fall
The UK’s 100 biggest publicly listed
companies have collectively more
than doubled the proportion of
board positions occupied by women
in the past six years – but a major
government-backed review has
found that much more still needs
to be done to achieve real gender
diversity across corporate Britain.
The Hampton-Alexander Review,
published yesterday, shows that
almost 28 per cent of board positions
at FTSE 100 companies are now
occupied by women, up from just 12.5
per cent in 2011.
But Sir Philip Hampton, who
chaired the review with the late
Dame Helen Alexander
(inset), said that
corporations need
to quicken the
pace of progress
to achieve real,
notable change.
He urged
t h e r e v i e w ’s
voluntary
33 per cent target
for women in senior
positions at FTSE 100
companies by 2020, to be extended to
senior executive leadership positions
across the whole of the FTSE 350.
Over the next three years, he
said that at least 40 per cent of all
appointments to senior positions
would have to be filled by women if
FTSE 350 firms are to hit the target.
Since 2011, the number of all-male
FTSE 350 company boards has
already fallen from 152 to just 10.
“Some of our largest companies
have made significant progress
towards meeting these challenging
targets, both on boards and in their
leadership teams. We should be
seeing all FTSE companies now
making strides to improve the gender
balance at the top,” Sir Philip said.
THE INDEPENDENT
in sterling has added some 15 per cent
to the wholesale cost of the petrol,
too, in another unavoidable squeeze
on the household budget.
There’s also a hurdle ahead in the
shape of the Budget. Alongside an avalanche of bad news on public finances, Chancellor Philip Hammond will
have no room for largesse, despite the
British Retail Consortium’s optimistic call for a “shopper’s Budget”.
It might be that “it’ll be all right on
the night” for the high street this year,
but I wouldn’t bet on it. The BRC has
already had its weakest growth in
sales for six years, and Barclaycard
figures (based on actual card spending) show the weakest growth since
before the referendum.
Meanwhile in Europe, shoppers
are in fine fettle: retail sales are growing three times as fast as those here,
and their economy is on course for its
best year in a decade. Doesn’t it feel
great to be taking back control?
EVENING STANDARD
49
From the
business
pages
Investors move out
of housing market
Sydney Morning Herald
Investors are being pushed out
of Australia’s housing market
with government regulations
generating a 6 per cent drop
in investor loans as first home
buyers record “strong growth”
for the first time in years. In
Victoria, the number of loans to
first home buyers grew by 57 per
cent since June, with a 32 per cent
increase in New South Wales,
figures from the Australian
Bureau of Statistics show.
Massage parlours
tax break queried
Bangkok Post
The Revenue Department has
been urged to remove massage
parlours from the list of goods
and services qualified for a
year-end tax break. National
Legislative Assembly member
Wallop Tangkananurak called
for the department to review
the benefits of having massage
parlours on the list. He said that
the move could become a target
for criticism.
India’s demand
for gold falters
Times of India
India’s gold consumption is likely
to drop to its lowest in eight
years in 2017, hit by government
moves to make bullion trading
more transparent and faltering
demand from some rural areas,
the World Gold Council said
yesterday. Evidence of a weaker
appetite could be a drag on
global prices that have been
hovering near their highest in
three weeks.
Construction
companies boom
NZ Herald
The Bay of Plenty’s ZB Homes is
the first construction company
to take top spot in the Deloitte
Fast 50 Index for New Zealand.
Amid a nationwide construction
boom, ZB Homes experienced an
impressive 1,583 per cent growth
in revenue over the past three
years. Next on the list was digital
money lender Moola.co.nz,
which saw 1,013 per cent revenue
growth. Crimson Education was
next, followed by online payment
company Pushpay.
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BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
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FTSE 100 down 45.6 at 7484.1
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
940.0
1854.0
1484.0
977.0
3112.0
1926.0
4962.0
495.1
818.5
564.0
179.4
612.0
1429.5
514.6
4950.5
3588.0
598.0
249.0
2308.0
1787.0
4950.0
168.1
2593.0
1638.0
189.0
2725.0
4225.0
7420.0
2570.5
357.2
1270.0
1629.0
1323.0
259.9
321.6
363.0
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-4.9
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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
Low
599.5
1680.0
950.1
565.0
2335.0
1216.0
3996.0
411.3
792.5
548.0
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
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Price
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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
528.5
1583.0
742.3
596.0
3154.0
731.5
4298.0
5350.0
156.4
3407.0
309.8
949.5
265.7
66.7
3733.0
325.2
611.0
378.6
2635.0
1803.0
217.1
904.2
4369.0
2973.0
191.8
8570.0
695.5
2662.0
1838.5
6950.0
6538.0
1727.0
323.1
3678.0
939.0
273.7
2455.5
+7.0
-9.0
+4.2
-6.5
-8.5
+29.0
-32.0
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-42.0
-1.1
-3.5
-2.3
-0.1
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-7.9
+4.5
+2.4
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-0.2
-24.1
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-86.0
+0.6
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-110.0
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+8.0
+1.0
-1.9
-95.0
-20.5
-2.1
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614.5
1597.0
772.0
679.8
3956.5
735.5
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
9195.0
832.5
2901.0
1893.5
8255.0
8110.4
1751.0
338.8
3831.5
994.5
290.5
2516.3
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512.0
1122.0
518.2
358.3
3019.0
480.0
3088.5
3037.4
152.4
2681.0
269.6
944.5
204.1
54.0
2611.0
306.7
577.0
355.0
2098.7
1495.0
210.2
894.6
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
4108.4
-228.3
-29.1
FTSE Eurofirst300
1534.9
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23365.1
-17.0
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2572.9
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6705.0
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13182.6
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5407.8
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29136.6
+229.0
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22868.7
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-21.4
-84.1
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SSE
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Tesco
TUI AG
Unilever
United Utilities
Vodafone
Whitbread
Ferguson
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WPP
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612.5
750.0
229.2
3442.0
453.5
548.5
2175.0
3547.0
920.0
1360.0
1520.0
2283.0
1394.0
732.6
413.0
1146.0
191.7
176.8
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840.0
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DIGITAL
FOOD
Singles poised to
boost online sales
Dairy firm churns
out higher profits
Singles Day, a 24-hour
shopping event run by chinese
e-commerce giant Alibaba,
takes place tomorrow. Last year
Alibaba recorded sales of more
than $14bn (£10.6bn) and deals
are expected to grow this year.
About 200 countries join in. It
started out as a day for single
people to celebrate by shopping
for themselves online.
Dairy Crest has recorded an
871 per cent increase in halfyear profits after eliminating a
pension deficit and seeing high
returns from its Cathedral City
cheeses. Pre-tax profits rose
to £151.4m in the six months to
the end of September, up from
£15.6m a year earlier, since
when the firm has changed how
it calculates pension payouts.
EMPLOYMENT
TRANSPORT
Securitas to pay
‘real’ living wage
Strikes disrupt
rail services again
Security firm Securitas has
added its name to the list of
employers that have committed
to paying staff the “real” living
wage, a voluntary rate that is
significantly higher than the
government figure. On Monday,
the living wage was upped to
£10.20 from £9.75 an hour in
London and £8.75 outside the
capital, a rise of 30 pence.
Rail passengers faced a second
day of disruption yesterday
caused by strike action.
Members of the Rail, Maritime
and Transport on Southern,
South Western Railway and
Greater Anglia continued with
industrial action, setting up
picket lines at stations. They
are in dispute over the role of
guards and driver-only trains.
WEALTH
CARMAKING
Three richest men
worth £190bn
Honda alert over
no-deal Brexit
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates,
Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and
financier Warren Buffett have
a combined wealth of $248.5bn
(£190bn), according to a report
by the Institute for Policy
Studies. The research found
that America’s top 25 wealthiest
people now hold more than
$1trn in wealth.
Japanese car company Honda
says it cannot afford the 10 per
cent export tariff that would
be imposed on its cars built in
Britain if the UK had to work on
World Trade Organisation rules
after Brexit. The carmaker’s
Swindon plant builds around
8 per cent of the 1.7m cars made
in Britain every year.
RETAIL
RETAIL
Adidas runs away
with sales rise
Revenue falls at
Macy’s stores
German sportswear giant
Adidas has seen a boost in sales
thanks to strong growth in
China and the US. Its operating
profit grew to €795m (£702m)
in the third quarter of 2017 and
revenues were up by 12 per cent.
The company claimed market
share from rivals such as Nike.
US retailer Macy’s has reported
a larger-than-expected revenue
drop in the third quarter of 2017.
Revenues at stores open for
more than 12 months were down
by 3.6 per cent. US department
stores have been struggling
because of extra competition,
including from Amazon.
the
markets
Burberry shares weighed on the
FTSE 100 as they fell by 10 per
cent after it announced plans to
close stores and focus its efforts
on the higher end of the luxury
market. London’s blue-chip index
ended the day down 0.6 per cent,
or 45.62 points, at 7,484.1
***
The fashion brand was the
biggest faller on the FTSE
100, with Persimmon, Barratt
Developments and BHP Billiton
also down. The biggest risers
were Informa, up 29p to 731.5p,
Vodafone Group, up 5.9p to 221.8p,
Hammerson, up 7p to 528.5p, and
Coca-Cola HBC, up 32p to 2,593p.
51
AVIATION
Flybe profits nosedive as
IT and aircraft bills soar
By Holly Williams
Regional airline Flybe has revealed
half-year profits nearly halved after
it was hit by higher-than-expected
aircraft maintenance and IT costs.
The firm, which warned over interim earnings last month, posted
underlying pre-tax profits of £8.4m
for the six months to 30 September,
down from £15.9m a year earlier.
But shares edged higher as the
result came in towards the top end
of the range given in the group’s October profit alert, when it said profits could fall by up to 69 per cent.
The carrier’s results were
knocked by a drive to improve the
reliability of its planes – in particular, the Bombardier Q400 turboprop – as well as additional IT costs
of £6m linked to the development
of a new digital platform. The weak
pound also took its toll.
Chief executive Christine
Ourmières-Widener said: “While
half-year profits are lower than
last year, due to the one-off IT contract costs, higher maintenance
expenses and the impact of the
fall in the value of sterling,
I am confident that we
are on a clear path to
sustainable profitability through the
investments and improvements we are
making at Flybe.”
She added that the
group would focus in its
second half on improving
its cost base and reliability
performance, as well as ploughing
on with investment in its new online system.
But Flybe, which carries around
8.8 million passengers across 199
scheduled routes, warned that the
European airline market remains
“challenging”. Half-year figures
showed it has slowed its UK seat
capacity, with growth pairing back
to 3 per cent, while passenger numbers rose 8.8 per cent to 5.2 million.
Its load factor – a key measure
of how well it fills it planes – improved as a result, to 76 per
cent from 72 per cent a
year earlier.
Flybe added that
trading remained
“encouraging” in
the start of the second half so far, with
54 per cent of seats
sold, against 50 per cent
a year ago. The group was
sent swinging to a loss last
year following slowing consumer
demand and over-capacity.
The Exeter-based
low-cost airline posted a
£19.9m pre-tax loss in the year
to 31 March compared with a
profit of £2.7m the previous year.
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HOUSING
Redrow shares fall 5% in sales slowdown
Shares have sunk in the housebuilder Redrow and estate agency
group Countrywide after the two
firms flagged a slowdown in the UK
housing market.
Redrow tumbled 5 per cent in
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bringing its barrel
aged beer, Bourbon
County Brand Stout
2017, to the UK.
On 24 November,
the 14.1 per cent beer,
which is brewed in
bourbon barrels for
eight to 12 months,
will be sold in select
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in London, Leeds
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How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
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has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 57
RHYME LETTERS
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SERVES 4
For the berry jam
1tbsp oil
1 onion, peeled and finely sliced
2 pears, peeled, cored and sliced
2tbsp cranberry sauce
2tbsp water
150g blackberries or other seasonal
berries
1tsp ground ginger
TRUCE
LEAF
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6 British pork sausages
3 cloves garlic, crushed
Butternut squash, cut into thin
wedges or cubes
5g rosemary
2tbsp olive oil
450g new potatoes, halved
2 large parsnips, peeled and cut
into quarters
1tsp dried chilli flakes (optional)
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SEEK
How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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WEATHER
LOST
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DIRE
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30
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HUNK
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Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas
mark 5.
In a large roasting pan toss together
the sausages, garlic, butternut squash,
rosemary, olive oil, new potatoes,
parsnips and dried chilli flakes.
Bake in the oven for 40 to 50 minutes
until the sausages are golden brown and
the butternut squash is soft.
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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
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To make the berry jam
Heat the oil in a heavy-based pan, add
the onion and cook slowly until softened
and browned.
Add the remaining ingredients and
cook for a further five minutes, stirring
as necessary.
Cover the pan and cook, on a reduced
heat, for about 10 minutes.
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Killer Sudoku No 1130
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
Recipe from aldi.co.uk/recipes
In tomorrow’s iWeekend
Marcus Wareing
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squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Codeword No 1851
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
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in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 57.
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appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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4 Apportion (4,3)
5 Make a general
appraisal (4,5)
6 Solitary (4)
10 Articulate (9)
11 Example (8)
13 Cane syrup (7)
16 Lavishly appointed
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column. Each row and column has two
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column indicate which of the letters is the
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ACROSS
1 Used an oar (5)
4 Courage (6)
7 Egg-based
liqueur (8)
8 Considerate (4)
9 Catching (10)
12 Vigorous (6)
14 Difficult (6)
15 Miserly person
(Informal) (10)
18 Volcanic rock (4)
19 In a lying position
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22 From this place (5)
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How to play
Convert the word
at the top of the
ladder into the
word at the bottom
of it, using only
the four rungs
in between. On
each rung, you
must put a valid
four-letter word
that is identical
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As sons of Nick Skelton, whose long
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6-3336 MISS CRICK A King 6 11 0.............................................................T Cannon
2
441-8P SHENEEDEDTHERUN M Scudamore 7 11 0................ B Poste
3
/1933- SURTEE DU BERLAIS O Sherwood 7 11 0 ..................... L Aspell
4
U/33- TACENDA A Honeyball 5 11 0.....................................................N Fehily
5
12121- TWO SWALLOWS B Pauling 7 11 0............ Nico De Boinville
- 5 declared BETTING: 13-8 Surtee Du Berlais, 11-4 Two Swallows, 10-3 Miss Crick,
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........................................................................................................Fergus Gregory (7) T
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..............................................................................................................................D Sansom (7)
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3252D/ LADY OF LAMANVER H Fry 7 11 9 ..................................N Fehily T
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7
641/2- LEGEND LADY O Sherwood 6 11 4......................................... L Aspell
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Promising return recently and
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Paddy Brennan rides Cap Soleil to an impressive victory in the Mares’ Novices
Hurdle at Newbury yesterday afternoon GETTY IMAGES
tity among Dan’s 160-plus Warwickshire team, including talented young
chasers like North Hill Harvey, rated
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- 8 declared BETTING: 3-1 Western Jo, 4-1 Jump For Dough, 9-2 Dubai Devils, 11-2
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- 11 declared BETTING: 10-3 More Madness, 4-1 Alices Man, 5-1 Atlantic King, 7-1
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- 14 declared BETTING: 4-1 Waarif, 5-1 Pouvoir Magique, 11-2 Alexandrakollontai, 8-1
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ALEXANDRAKOLLONTAI (CD) A Whillans 7 9 4..........................
....................................................................................................................J P Sullivan B 11
MY AMIGO (C) K Burke 4 9 3.............................P J McDonald C 14
WAARIF (D) D O’Meara 4 9 2........................ Daniel Tudhope T 7
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TESTA ROSSA (CD) J Goldie 7 9 1................S Mooney (7) B 12
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................................................................................................................ Sean Houlihan (7)
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P HE’S A TOFF Miss J Davis 10 12 .............................. J M Davies B,T
7
4 HERNANDES I Williams 10 12 ............................................T J O’Brien
8
NATIVE SOLDIER J Flint 10 12................................................I Popham
9
NIGH OR NEVER Miss R Curtis 10 12.........Jonathan Moore
10
3 PADLEYOUROWNCANOE C Tizzard 10 12...............H Cobden
11
POET’S CHARM M Hill 10 12...........................................K Edgar (3) H
12
7 TEMIR KAZYK Henry Oliver 10 12.......................J Sherwood (3)
13
5-44 WE HAVE A DREAM N Henderson 10 12..........................D Jacob
14
ETAMINE DU COCHET D Skelton 10 5..........................H Skelton
15
PACOFILHA J Flint 10 5....................................................................A Wedge
16
WHATALOVE M Keighley 10 5...........................................A Tinkler H
- 16 declared BETTING: 9-4 We Have A Dream, 5-1 Crucial Moment, 6-1 Hernandes,
7-1 Fields Of Fortune, 15-2 Padleyourowncanoe, 8-1 Etamine Du Cochet,
14-1 Harbour Force, 20-1 Pacofilha, 25-1 others.
CASHLA BAY J Gosden 3 9 7 ..............................................R Havlin T 2
TILLY TROTTER D Carroll 3 9 6 .....................Daniel Tudhope 5
VEENA (CD) D M Simcock 4 9 5......................................... L Morris 4
FRUIT SALAD (C) J Bethell 4 9 4........Josephine Gordon C 6
PENNY POT LANE (D) R M Whitaker 4 9 4 .........................................
..................................................................................................................... L Edmunds (3) 1
6
751212 ECONOMIC CRISIS (D) A Berry 8 9 0 ...................J P Sullivan 8
7
721152 NUNS WALK (C)(D) T Easterby 3 8 7.....................D Fentiman 7
8
122507 FRENCH (D) A Brittain 4 8 4 ............................................. C Hardie C 3
- 8 declared BETTING: 7-2 Veena, 4-1 Cashla Bay, 5-1 Nuns Walk, Fruit Salad, 6-1 1
Penny Pot Lane, 8-1 Tilly Trotter, 10-1 Economic Crisis, 14-1 French.
2
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4
1
2
3
4
and Positively Dylan, two of his four
opponents in the Integral Chase at
Warwick this afternoon, reached
a similar level of form over hurdles
but Shantou Rock has found his true
calling as a chaser and I fancy he can
successfully concede them weight
before going on to better things.
The three and a quarter miles of
the Warwick Novices’ Hurdle is a
bit of a slog for greenhorns, but Kim
HY-KLEEN OF WARWICK NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4)
£7,000 added 3m 2f
BILL AND BARN (BF) P Nicholls 6 10 12......S Twiston-Davies
BOSS MANS LADDER B Pauling 5 10 12...........................D Jacob
HATCHET JACK P Henderson 5 10 12 ........................T J O’Brien
NO BUTS (C) D Bridgwater 9 10 12................................................................
...............................................................................................Callum Mckinnes (10) C
5
9 SARTENE’S SON N Twiston-Davies 4 10 12..J Bargary (3)
6
1F1-13 STATION MASTER K Bailey 6 10 12.......................................... D Bass
7
/113-2 JUST A THOUGHT Miss R Curtis 5 10 5...Jonathan Moore
- 7 declared BETTING: 7-4 Just A Thought, 10-3 Bill And Barn, 4-1 Station Master, 5-1
No Buts, 7-1 Boss Mans Ladder, 25-1 Sartene’s Son, 50-1 Hatchet Jack.
INTEGRAL NOVICES’ CHASE (CLASS 3) £15,000 added
2m
1
211F-1 SHANTOU ROCK (D) D Skelton 5 11 6.......................H Skelton T
2
/4218- FULL IRISH (D) Miss E Lavelle 6 11 1..........................A Coleman
1.20
116/43
P6F-27
41-P72
1.50
NEXT BEST
Shantou Rock
(1.50pm, Warwick)
Decent hurdler, even better
chaser, judged by his striking
debut win.
ANTE-POST
Newbury winner Cap Soleil is
the new favourite (8-1) for the
Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at the
Cheltenham Festival.
Bailey’s Station Master, the winner
of two point-to-points and a bumper,
shaped as though it would bring out
the best in him when placed on his recent debut over timber.
3
4
5
P430-5 OZZIE THE OSCAR (D) P Hobbs 6 11 1 ........................ R Johnson
3-1133 POSITIVELY DYLAN (D) E Williams 6 11 1..................A Wedge
6F51-2 RAMONEX (D) Richard Hobson 6 11 1 ........................R T Dunne
- 5 declared BETTING: 10-11 Shantou Rock, 7-2 Ozzie The Oscar, 4-1 Positively Dylan,
8-1 Full Irish, 16-1 Ramonex.
2.20
TRIAL RACING UK FOR FREE NOW HANDICAP HURDLE
(CLASS 4) £7,000 added 2m
1
9/132- OXWICH BAY (BF) E Williams 5 11 12...............M Bastyan (5)
2
1-13 INN THE BULL (D)(BF) A King 4 11 11 ...............W Hutchinson
3
33-193 ONE FOR BILLY (D) D Skelton 5 11 10......................H Skelton T
4 44P1-2 MEGABUCKS Henry Oliver 6 11 10................................J M Davies
5
3-1359 I’LL BE YOUR CLOWN (D) S D Dixon 6 11 9.....Mr G Treacy (7)
6
6442-6 SPIRITUAL MAN Jonjo O’Neill 5 11 9..........................A Coleman
7
642-31 ZEN MASTER C Mann 5 11 8................................................. A P Heskin
8
4335 AMADOUE Tom Lacey 4 11 8............................................R Johnson H
9
3/146- MASTER VINTAGE (D) R Phillips 9 11 5.........D Hiskett (5) H
10 227-86 BLUE BULLET J Snowden 6 11 2................................... G Sheehan T
11 26-530 MAOI CHINN TIRE (D) J Candlish 10 11 1...Sean Quinlan C
12 243P-7 TINTED ROSE C Longsdon 5 11 0..........................................J J Burke
- 12 declared BETTING: 11-4 Oxwich Bay, 4-1 Inn The Bull, 6-1 Zen Master, 13-2
Megabucks, 8-1 One For Billy, 12-1 Amadoue, 14-1 Spiritual Man, Blue
Bullet, 16-1 others.
2.50
RACING UK FREE FOR A MONTH HANDICAP CHASE
(CLASS 4) £8,000 added 3m 1f 100yds
1
821-1P BRONCO BILLY (C)(D)(BF) Jonjo O’Neill 7 12 1...............................
....................................................................................................................... K Moore (3) C,T
2
P-4386 BILLY TWO TONGUES (D) J Scott 9 12 1..................M Griffiths
3
35223- SAROQUE Miss V Williams 10 12 1 ..........Mr H F Nugent (7)
4
62551- ZERACHIEL I Williams 7 12 0 .........................................T J O’Brien C
5
8145-1 LUNAR FLOW J Snowden 6 11 12..................................... G Sheehan
6
13P3F- WATER WAGTAIL (D) Miss E Lavelle 10 11 2...................................
........................................................................................................................... N Scholfield C
7
551P-4 SNOWBALL (D) D Arbuthnot 10 10 0....................F Penford (7)
- 7 declared BETTING: 9-4 Lunar Flow, 10-3 Bronco Billy, 4-1 Zerachiel, 5-1 Saroque,
15-2 Water Wagtail, 12-1 Billy Two Tongues, 20-1 Snowball.
3.20
RACINGUK.COM/FREETRIAL HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS
4) £8,000 added 2m 4f
1
363P0- ALLOW DALLOW Mrs N Evans 10 12 0.......Rob Williams (3) C
2
6F9-5P RIVERSIDE CITY (D) Jonjo O’Neill 8 11 13..............A Coleman
3
-15114 BESTWORK (D) C Longsdon 6 11 13...................................J J Burke
4
011/P- NATIVE ROBIN (D) J Scott 7 11 12 ................................N Scholfield
5
2323-6 JARLATH J W Mullins 6 11 11..................................Kevin Jones (5)
6
3435-0 SHANTY TOWN David Dennis 8 11 9............................ G Sheehan
7
11332- NO CEILING I Williams 7 11 8.........................................T J O’Brien H
8
76424P WALDEN PRINCE Mrs S Leech 10 11 6..........P Brennan C,T
9
1P7-44 ZAYFIRE ARAMIS (D) M Scudamore 8 11 3..... L Treadwell
10 PP111- ANTI COOL R Dickin 8 10 10.......................................................Doubtful
- 10 declared BETTING: 9-4 No Ceiling, 11-2 Native Robin, Bestwork, Zayfire Aramis,
8-1 Jarlath, 10-1 Riverside City, Walden Prince, Shanty Town, 20-1
others.
Results service
CHELMSFORD CITY
Going: Standard
5.15 1. BRIGAND (Daniel Tudhope)
8-11 fav; 2. Maypole 4-1; 3. Alba Del
Sole 7-2. 8 ran. 1/2l, hd. (W Haggas).
5.45 1. VEGAS BOY (D Costello) 9-2;
2. Blackheath 16-1; 3. Image 12-1. 9
ran. 15-8 fav Procedure (4th). 1/2l, 1l.
(J Osborne).
6.15 1. GRONKOWSKI (S Levey) 4-1; 2.
Big Kitten 11-8 fav; 3. Revolutionary
Man 10-1. 11 ran. 41/2l, 6l. (J Noseda).
6.45 1. PHOTOGRAPHER (R Havlin)
7-4 fav; 2. Silverbook 3-1; 3. Supernova
7-2. 6 ran. 11/4l, 21/4l. (J Gosden).
7.15 1. PLUTONIAN (P J McDonald)
12-1; 2. Pactolus 12-1; 3. Middle Kingdom 11-10 fav. 7 ran. hd, 1/2l. (C Hills).
7.45 1. PEARL SPECTRE (Nicola Currie) 8-1; 2. Miracle Garden 7-1; 3. Summer Icon 8-1. 14 ran. 7-2 fav Tropical
Rock (10th). nk, 3/4l. (P McEntee).
8.15 1. IFUBELIEVEINDREAMS (S
Levey) 13-8; 2. Domitilla 5-6 fav; 3.
Manaahil 6-1. 7 ran. 3l, 31/2l. (I Mohammed).
Placepot: £276.00. Quadpot: £63.50.
Place 6: £336.76. Place 5: £294.68.
LUDLOW
Going: Good
1.20 1. DANDY DAN (D Bass) 7-2; 2. If
You Say Run 2-7 fav; 3. Shadow’s Boy
16-1. 6 ran. 1l, 11l. (K Bailey). Tote: £4.10;
£1.40, £1.10. Exacta: £6.10. Trifecta:
£16.00. CSF: £5.29.
1.50 1. ROBINSHILL (Mr Z Baker)
5-2 fav; 2. Joueur Bresilien 7-2; 3.
Free Stone Hill 12-1. 7 ran. 5l, 7l. (N
Twiston-Davies). Tote: £3.00; £1.80,
£1.90. Exacta: £10.50. Trifecta: £76.60.
CSF: £11.53.
2.20 1. TEMPURAN (C Hammond) 9-2
fav; 2. Little Chunk 5-1; 3. Muthabir 8-1.
12 ran. 7l, 5l. (A Ralph). Tote: £4.70;
£1.90, £2.30, £2.50. Exacta: £30.00.
Tricast: £175.82. Trifecta: £206.80.
CSF: £26.02.
2.55 1. MONBEG CHARMER (J J
Burke) 11-4 fav; 2. Marcilhac 8-1; 3.
Cut The Corner 7-2. 7 ran. 13/4l, 4l. (C
Longsdon). Tote: £3.60; £3.50, £2.50.
Exacta: £23.10. Trifecta: £74.60. CSF:
£23.77.
3.30 1. BOLLIN LINE (A Anderson)
10-1; 2. Oscar’s Song 16-1; 3. Bring
Back Charlie 4-1. 10 ran. 10-3 fav
Dizzey Heights (6th). 21/4l, nk. (Lucinda
Egerton). Tote: £11.00; £2.70, £4.70,
£1.50. Exacta: £178.00. Tricast: £751.00.
Trifecta: £936.40. CSF: £152.18. NRs:
Honour A Promise, Luca Brazi.
4.05 1. VINNDICATION (R Condon)
8-1; 2. Court Royale 7-2; 3. Sonic 8-1.
11 ran. 2-1 fav Black Kalanisi (4th).
3
/4l, 21/4l. (K Bailey). Tote: £8.50; £2.00,
£1.50, £2.30. Exacta: £44.80. Trifecta:
£308.70. CSF: £36.20.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £4,288.49
carried over to Warwick.
Placepot: £207.80. Quadpot: £77.10.
Place 6: £73.87. Place 5: £69.65.
MARKET RASEN
Going: Good to soft
1.00 1. NUBE NEGRA (H Skelton)
15-2; 2. Knight Destroyer 2-9 fav; 3.
Satis House 14-1. 7 ran. 9l, 4l. (D Skelton). Tote: £14.40; £3.20, £1.10. Exacta:
£16.80. Trifecta: £56.70. CSF: £10.53.
1.30 1. REDEMPTION SONG (B
Hughes) 4-5 fav; 2. Lucca Lady 9-2; 3.
Raised On Grazeon 10-3. 9 ran. 4l, 13l.
(Kevin Frost). Tote: £1.60; £1.10, £1.70,
£1.70. Exacta: £5.80. Trifecta: £11.00.
CSF: £5.28.
2.00 1. MIA’S STORM (W Hutchinson) 9-4; 2. Antartica De Thaix 11-2; 3.
Desert Queen 2-1 fav. 6 ran. 13l, 11/2l. (A
King). Tote: £3.00; £1.70, £3.10. Exacta:
£12.30. Trifecta: £32.20. CSF: £14.28.
2.35 1. SHADY GLEN (Kielan Woods)
4-1; 2. Kap Jazz 5-2 fav; 3. Ultimatum
Du Roy 10-3. 6 ran. 2l, 10l. (G McPherson). Tote: £5.10; £2.20, £1.40. Exacta:
£18.30. Trifecta: £58.20. CSF: £13.92.
3.10 1. PRETTY RECKLESS (H Skelton) evens fav; 2. Elkstone 9-4; 3. Tower
Of Allen 9-2. 5 ran. 1l, 24l. (D Skelton).
Tote: £1.80; £1.10, £1.60. Exacta: £3.80.
Trifecta: £6.40. CSF: £3.79.
3.45 1. MR SNOOZY (H Brooke) 7-2; 2.
Urban Kode 15-2; 3. Shrubland 2-1 fav.
8 ran. 31/2l, 1/2l. (M Walford). Tote: £4.30;
£1.40, £2.10, £1.10. Exacta: £30.10. Tricast: £63.95. Trifecta: £105.90. CSF:
£28.25.
Placepot: £7.00. Quadpot: £5.90.
Place 6: £6.07. Place 5: £5.17.
NEWBURY
Going: Good to soft-soft in places
12.40 1. CLAIMANTAKINFORGAN
(Nico De Boinville) 0-0 fav; 2. Lostintranslation 5-2; 3. Windshear 33-1.
9 ran. 21/4l, 16l. (N Henderson). Tote:
£1.10; £1.02, £1.10, £7.20. Exacta: £1.40.
Trifecta: £13.50. CSF: £1.81. NR: Mere
Ironmonger.
1.10 1. DELL’ ARCA (T Scudamore) 7-1;
2. Whataknight 9-2; 3. Beneagles 4-1
fav. 12 ran. 6l, 1/2l. (D Pipe). Tote: £8.00;
£2.20, £2.00, £1.60. Exacta: £41.00.
Tricast: £141.84. Trifecta: £222.40.
CSF: £37.92.
1.40 1. WILLIE BOY (L Treadwell)
10-1; 2. Henri Parry Morgan 7-2 fav;
3. Mr Medic 6-1. 10 ran. 2l, 3/4l. (Miss
V Williams). Tote: £8.50; £2.80, £1.40,
£1.70. Exacta: £32.00. Tricast: £231.60.
Trifecta: £326.90. CSF: £45.64.
2.10 1. CAP SOLEIL (P Brennan) evens
fav; 2. Countister 3-1; 3. Dame Rose 7-2.
6 ran. 7l, 41/2l. (F O’Brien). Tote: £1.90;
£1.10, £1.80. Exacta: £5.20. Trifecta:
£9.10. CSF: £4.29. NR: Oscar Rose.
2.45 1. STRONG PURSUIT (R Johnson)
4-1; 2. Morello Royale 20-1; 3. Beat
That 7-2. 4 ran. 4-6 fav Topofthegame (Fell). 23/4l, 22l. (P Hobbs). Tote:
£3.90; Exacta: £19.30. Trifecta: £98.10.
CSF: £35.59.
3.20 1. POPPY KAY (Sean Houlihan)
5-2 fav; 2. Sea Wall 6-1; 3. Chti Balko
8-1. 6 ran. 33/4l, shd. (P Hobbs). Tote:
£2.60; £1.30, £3.20. Exacta: £15.50.
Trifecta: £69.90. CSF: £16.43.
3.55 1. TIDAL FLOW (R Johnson) 8-1;
2. Burrows Edge 7-4 fav; 3. Don’t Ask
12-1; 4. Sojourn 33-1. 16 ran. 5l, 5l, 31/2l.
(P Hobbs). Tote: £7.90; £2.50, £1.50,
£3.50. Exacta: £28.60. Trifecta: £270.50.
CSF: £21.04.
Placepot: £66.80. Quadpot: £26.30.
Place 6: £43.35. Place 5: £38.94.
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10 NOVEMBER 2017
57
CYCLING
CRICKET
Sutton returns
to Manchester
as China coach
By Matt Slater
Jake Ball hits
the ground
after his ankle
gives way
before his
team-mates
gather round
GETTY
Ball injury casts
more doubt over
Ashes line-up
of the tour match against a Cricket
Australia XI.
He was bowling well, taking the
wicket of Ryan Gibson in his third
over, and looking as if he was going
to take the final seamer’s slot for the
first Ashes Test in Brisbane. But Ball
broke down bowling shortly before
the tea interval when his right ankle
buckled on impact with the turf.
After collapsing in agony, the Nottinghamshire bowler was taken off
and will play no further part in the
293
& 5-0
233-9dec
ENGLAND
CRICKET AUSTRALIA XI
Paine 52, Milenko 50
Crane 3-78
By Chris Stocks
AT THE ADELAIDE OVAL
Jake Ball has handed England another injury scare after he sprained
his right ankle during the second day
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LEFT TO RIGHT:
walk; truck; page;
dirt; pace; muck;
face; fake; mock;
front; clock; frost;
timer; hunt; cloak
5-CLUE CROSSWORD
Across: 1 Hamlet, 3 R-wand-A, 4 Direct*
Down: 1 Ha-T-red, 2 Ten-an-t
WORD WHEEL
NINE-LETTER WORD appointed
OTHER WORDS aid, aide, appoint, detain, die, diet, din, dine,
dint, dip, edit, idea, inept, into, ion, iota, nip, nipped, nit,
opiate, opine, opined, paid, pain, pained, paint, painted, patio,
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match. The injury scare is a concern
for England given it comes just two
days since Middlesex seamer Steven
Finn was ruled out of the tour with a
knee injury.
The tourists’ bowling stocks were
already depleted by the absence
of Ben Stokes, suspended after his
late-night altercation in Bristol in
September, and the injured Toby
Roland-Jones and Mark Wood.
England confirmed they would assess Ball, 26, overnight before deciding whether a scan is necessary.
If Ball were to miss the first Test
at the Gabba in a fortnight’s time it
would almost certainly mean a place
in the XI for Craig Overton, the Somerset seamer who is also playing
in this day-night warm-up game in
Adelaide.
With Moeen Ali missing this match
with a side strain and Tom Curran,
Finn’s replacement in the squad, yet
to arrive, England currently only
have 13 fit players in Australia. That
meant fielding coach Paul Collingwood, who retired from Test cricket
at the end of the 2010-11 Ashes tour,
was forced to don his whites in case
he was needed as an emergency substitute fielder.
Ball’s fellow pace bowler Chris
Woakes said: “Jake didn’t really know
the extent of it, but just said it was
quite sore.
“He’s been bowling nicely on this
trip so far, so when you see a fellow
fast bowler go off the field – particularly the way he did it, falling under
himself – it’s quite frustrating for him
and us as a team.
“It’s never nice to see one of the
fast guys go off injured, particularly mid-game, and losing Finny
to go home is obviously really sad
for him, with such a big series coming up. But we have to deal with it,
build as a unit and move forward.”
THE INDEPENDENT
Beaumont
takes the
long view
Tammy Beaumont
feels England must
learn to be patient
in the inaugural
day-night Ashes Test
against Australia.
Beaumont (left) hit a
maiden half-century
and captain Heather
Knight contributed
62 to help England’s
women reach 235 for
seven after the hosts
had produced a late
recovery with the pink
ball under the lights at
the North Sydney Oval.
It was a first Test
match for both countries since their 2015
encounter at Canterbury, where England
lost by 161 runs.
Beaumont said: “I
found myself wanting
to get on with it and
thinking I was doing
the wrong thing.”
Shane Sutton will be “decked
out” in China’s colours at
the Track World Cup in
Manchester this weekend
when he returns to the
velodrome he quit last year
amid claims of bullying and
discrimination.
The 60-year-old Australian
resigned in April 2016 within
hours of being suspended
for alleged comments
about para-cyclists and the
furore surrounding Jess
Varnish’s removal from the
Olympic programme.
That ended a hugely
successful 14-year association
with the GB team for Sutton,
who only agreed to take
the Chinese head coach job
last month.
He said: “I’m excited to be
back and what’s been really
nice is the reception I’ve had.
“A few people came over to
say ‘hello’ when we unloaded
the bikes on Monday but we
were training on Tuesday and
there were lots of hugs and
handshakes from the GB guys.
“But I’ll be all decked out in
China colours [today] and it
should be fun.”
Results Service
FIFA WORLD CUP EUROPEAN QUALIFYING
PLAY-OFFS FIRST LEG
Croatia (3).......................................4 Greece (1).........................................1
Modric 13 (pen)
Papastathopoulos 30
N Kalinic 19, Perisic 34
Kramaric 49
Northern Ireland (0)..........0 Switzerland (0)........................1
Rodriguez 58 (pen)
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
Romania (1)....................................2 Turkey (0)......................................0
Scotland (0)..................................0 Holland (1) .....................................1
Att 17,838
Depay 41
CRICKET
TOUR MATCH
England v Australia Invitational XI, Adelaide:
England 293 (95.0 overs; D J Malan 63, M D
Stoneman 61, J E Root 58; D Fallins 5-73) & 5-0
(5.0 overs). Australia Invitational XI 233-9dec. (76.0
overs; T D Paine 52, S Milenko 50).
WOMEN’S FIRST ASHES TEST
England v Australia, Sydney: England 235-7 (100
overs; T T Beaumont 70, H C Knight 62).
GOLF
NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE, SUN CITY, SOUTH
AFRICA: First round (GB & Ireland unless stated):
67 B Wiesberger (Aut); 68 V Dubuisson (Fr); J Suri
(US); B Grace (SA); S Jamieson; 69 A Noren (Swe); C
Schwartzel (SA); H Tanihara (Japan); G Storm.
SNOOKER
CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS, RICOH ARENA: Group
Four: R O’ Sullivan (Eng) bt N Robertson (Aus)
4-1; J Higgins (Sco) bt A McGill (Sco) 4-0. Final: R
O’Sullivan (Eng) bt J Higgins (Sco) 6-0.
TODAY’S FIXTURES (Football 7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
FIFA WORLD CUP EUROPEAN QUALIFYING
PLAY-OFFS FIRST LEG
Sweden v Italy................................................................................................
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
Belgium v Mexico.......................................................................................
England v Germany (8)...........................................................................
France v Wales (8).......................................................................................
Japan v Brazil (12)........................................................................................
Poland v Uruguay.......................................................................................
Portugal v Saudi Arabia (8.45)..........................................................
China PR v Serbia (11.35).......................................................................
South Korea v Colombia (11)..............................................................
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Newport Co v Port Vale.........................................................................
EUROPEAN U21 CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING,
Group Two: Albania v N Ireland (5.0). Group Four:
Scotland v Latvia (7.30), Ukraine v England (4.0).
Group eight: Wales v Bosnia-Herzegovina (6.0).
CRICKET
TOUR MATCH (Third day of four): Australia
Invitational XI v England (Adelaide, 3.30am).
FIRST TEST MATCH (Second day of four): Australia
v England (Sydney, 3.30am).
RUGBY LEAGUE
WORLD CUP GROUP STAGES (8.40am): Fiji v Italy.
RUGBY UNION
ANGLO-WELSH CUP (8.0): Bath v Leicester (7.45),
Ospreys v Wasps (7.30), Sale v Saracens.
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Captain Alun
Wyn Jones
and Warren
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announcement
of the Wales
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will feature
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Gatland warns his rookies
about ‘direct’ Australia...
By Andrew Baldock
Wales coach Warren Gatland is
braced for a “direct” approach
from Australia in tomorrow’s
autumn series opener.
The Wallabies are chasing
a 13th successive victory over
Wales, and they will face a side
containing three home Test
debutants in wing Steff Evans,
centre Owen Williams and
flanker Josh Navidi.
Jones sees sense and gives
Itoje and Farrell a break
By Hugh Godwin
RUGBY UNION CORRESPONDENT
There was a shaft of common sense
sunlight shining through Eddie
Jones’s selection yesterday for England’s opening international of the
season against Argentina at Twickenham tomorrow, as he left Owen
Farrell and Maro Itoje out of the team
to face the Pumas.
Rugby’s cluttered fixture schedule is not a problem of the making of
Jones, the head coach, nor of Farrell
and Itoje. But the pair are being given
a rest, for reasons cited by Jones as
ranging from an analysis of urine
samples and psychological tests to a
“gut feel for what they need”.
Farrell’s customary Test position of second playmaker and inside
centre alongside George Ford will
be filled by Henry Slade of Exeter,
who will make his first Twickenham
start for England since the World
Cup warm-up match with France
two years ago. Meanwhile Itoje will
watch on as Courtney Lawes, George
Kruis, Chris Robshaw and Nathan
Hughes make up a mostly familiar
back five, bolstered by the 21-year-old
tackling machine, Sam Underhill, for
his second cap. Sam Simmonds, the
Wales have also not won the
opening game of an autumn
campaign for 15 years.
“Looking at the Australian
team, I don’t think they’re going
to be too worried about throwing
the ball around,” Gatland said. “I
think they are going to be pretty
direct.”
Wales team L Halfpenny; L Williams, J Davies, O
Williams, S Evans; D Biggar, G Davies; R Evans, K
Owens, T Francis, J Ball, A W Jones (capt), A Shingler, J Navidi, T Faletau.
Replacements: K Dacey, N Smith, L Brown, C Hill, S
Cross, A Davies, O Watkin, H Amos.
IRELAND
Earls could miss series
with hamstring injury
By Nick Purewal
Keith Earls could miss Ireland’s
entire autumn campaign due to a
hamstring injury. Munster wing
Earls suffered the blow in training
on Tuesday and has been ruled out
of tomorrow’s November series
opener against South Africa in
Dublin.
Andrew Conway has stepped up
to start in Earls’ place to face the
Springboks, with Darren Sweetnam primed for his Test debut off
the bench.
New Zealand-born Bundee Aki
will also make his Ireland bow this
weekend, forging a formidable centre pairing with Robbie Henshaw.
“Keith picked up the injury on
Tuesday, and it was a surprise to
him and us,” said Ireland head coach
Joe Schmidt. “It’s going to make it
certainly a struggle for next week,
and potentially the week after. So
he will be a doubt for the series at
this point. We’re disappointed and
so is he; he was sensational for us in
Japan in the summer.”
Ireland team R Kearney, A Conway, R Henshaw, B
Aki, J Stockdale, J Sexton, C Murray, C Healy, R Best
(capt), T Furlong, I Henderson, D Toner, P O’Mahony,
S O’Brien, CJ Stander.
Replacements R Herring, D Kilcoyne, John Ryan,
James Ryan, R Ruddock, K Marmion, J Carbery, D
Sweetnam.
SCOTLAND
Prop Marfo makes his debut
for Scots against Samoa
By Will Jackson
Darryl Marfo is one of four
players set to make their debut
for Scotland against Samoa
tomorrow.
The Bath prop has been
named in the starting
XV for the first time
as Gregor Townsend
prepares for his first
Test on home soil
after taking charge of
the summer tour.
George Turner,
Jamie Bhatti and Chris
Harris have been named on
the bench for the first time, while
Stuart Hogg and Jonny Gray
are notable inclusions following
long-term injuries suffered in
the summer. John Barclay will
lead the side at Murrayfield,
despite only just returning from
a head injury for Scarlets last
weekend.
Townsend (left) said: “It’s
great that four players
could make their debuts
this weekend.
“They have earned
this call through
their performances
for their clubs and
the energy they have
trained with over the
past couple of weeks.”
Scotland team S Hogg; T Seymour, H Jones, A Dunbar, L Jones; F Russell, A Price; D Marfo, S McInally,
W Nel; B Toolis; J Gray; J Barclay (capt), H Watson,
R Wilson.
Replacements G Turner, J Bhatti, Z Fagerson, T
Swinson, C Du Preez, H Pyrgos, P Horne, C Harris.
Landajo convinced
Argentina’s isolationist
policy will pay off
By Hugh Godwin
As masterplans aimed at success on
the global stage go, Argentina’s currently looks more like madness than
any coherent methodology.
Their ruling that only players
based at home can be selected for
the national team has coincided
with a shocking run of results for
the team who finished fourth at the
last World Cup. But Martin Landajo
is keeping the faith. “We had a great
World Cup [in 2015], then lots of
players stayed in Europe, and we had
lots of young kids coming in, and the
transition has been difficult,” says
the scrum-half who will earn his 76th
cap against England at Twickenham
tomorrow. “But in Argentina’s
history, this has happened lots of
times. We have a good World Cup,
then two bad years. Then nearer
the World Cup we start winning and
have a good World Cup again.”
Landajo was among the stars of
that 2015 campaign when the Pumas
ran New Zealand close in a pool
match at Wembley and thrashed
Ireland in a Cardiff quarter-final
before falling to Australia in a thrilla-minute semi. Fast forward to more
recent times and Landajo’s experience is drastically less joyous.
The 29-year-old’s 15 Tests since
June 2016 have all been defeats.
He missed Argentina’s solitary win
of 2017, against Georgia, but went
through the six matches of the Rugby
Championship from August to October, gaining not a single point. By
way of contrast, Landajo’s imminent
English opponent, Ben Youngs, has
won 17 of his last 18 Tests.
Still Landajo (right) says he agrees
with the player policy that rules
out the top-notch likes of flanker
Facundo Isa, tighthead prop Juan
Figallo and wing Juan Imhoff for as
long as they pursue their lucrative
contracts with Toulon, Saracens
and Racing 92 respectively, instead
of representing the Pumas and
Argentina’s Super Rugby franchise,
the Jaguares.
“If they want to play, they have to
come back,” says Landajo. “I could
have gone to [a club in] France for
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for a debut from the bench after the
withdrawal of Sale’s Tom Curry with
a wrist injury.
The 23-year-old Itoje has played 72
times for Saracens, England and the
Lions since the summer of 2015, and
he and Farrell featured in all three
Lions Tests during the summer.
“They’ve had exceptional workloads and we feel it’s in their best
interests to do some conditioning
work,” said Jones, before likening
himself to a racehorse trainer: “You
get all this information – wellness
stats, urine stats, psychological stats,
reload and re-form stats, GPS stats…
You’ve [also] got to look at the person
and see what they are ready to do. I
think I’ve always been a reasonable
selector, but I’ve got better with age.”
Kruis and the Bath centre Jonathan Joseph have been brought straight
back into England’s starting line-up
after touring with the Lions. The
same is true of Mako Vunipola, Dan
Cole, Lawes, Anthony Watson and
Elliot Daly – the latter having made
such a rapid recovery from a minor
tear of a medial collateral ligament
that Joseph dubbed him “Lazarus”.
England M Brown; A Watson, J Joseph, H Slade, E
Daly; G Ford, B Youngs; M Vunipola, D Hartley (capt),
D Cole, C Lawes, G Kruis, C Robshaw, S Underhill, N
Hughes.
Replacements J George, E Genge, H Williams, J
Launchbury, S Simmonds, D Care, A Lozowski, S
Rokoduguni.
Eddie Jones puts
his England side
through their
paces at Bagshot
yesterday GETTY
much more money and then the Jaguares would play with 10 kids and
amateur people, maybe. But, no, I
stayed, I made the effort.”
Landajo broke his leg in January
but he returned in May, winning half
his six Super Rugby matches, which
was useful as Argentina’s other principal No 9, Tomas Cubelli, broke
his neck last month. They
play for a team that never
splits up. Give or take the
odd player, the Argentina
squad who gather in
June and from August
to November is the same
as the Jaguares who are
together from pre-season
training in January through to
May and again in July.
So is it possible to summon up
the necessary national pride, just
by swapping a tracksuit? “It happens, magically, I promise you,” says
Landajo. “The systems of playing are
similar, but the coaches are different.
And with the national team, we try
to be on time all the time, and spend
more time together. We say ‘you are in
the Pumas now, and the Pumas train
better, sleep better, eat better’. With
Jaguares, I’d be in London, with two
or three of my team-mates, maybe
having a drink or going to the theatre.
With the Pumas we’re all together this week, thinking about
England all the time.”
And what is the verdict? “New Zealand is the
best team in the world,”
says Landajo. “They
play more full rugby and
you don’t know what is
going to happen. England
are much easier to analyse,
more precise.”
He has, however, lost all five of his
meetings with England – who will be
in Argentina’s pool in Japan in 2019.
“The one I have to win is the World
Cup,” says Landajo. “That’s the only
thing that counts for Argentina.”
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The Upshot
Tim Wigmore
Can Fifa’s bold reforms ease global
football’s ongoing existential angst?
I
nternational football returns
and, for England football fans,
so does a collective shrug.
Never mind that Germany and
Brazil are visiting Wembley.
Both are coming for friendly games
and it is hard to feign excitement.
Of course, some teams this week
are playing for huge stakes. Peru
are eyeing up a first World Cup
appearance since 1982, Northern
Ireland their first for 32 years, and
one of Italy and Sweden must fall.
There will be plenty of drama to
savour. The mix of ambivalence and
antipathy towards internationals in
England is not shared throughout
the globe.
Yet there remains a sense
of existential angst about
international football. Just
look at the seemingly ceaseless
reforms to the game. The World
Cup’s expansion to 48 teams was
confirmed in January. Uefa’s
Nations League is launching
next September. Now, Uefa also
supports introducing a Global
Nations League, from as soon as
2020. As with the Uefa Nations
League, the idea is to replace
friendlies with competitive games
between evenly-matched teams.
The instinctive reaction here is
to mock – and, yes, all these new
leagues are confusing. But the
broader point here is that those
who run international football
accept that the status quo simply
isn’t working.
Since 1992 – the year of football’s
double Big Bang, when both the
Premier League and Champions
League were formed – the relative
value attached to club and
international football has diverged.
Club football today generates a
higher proportion of football’s total
revenue than any time since 1945,
believes Rob Wilson, a football
finance expert.
The World Cup, and even the
European Championship, used to
double as festivals to discover new
talent, watch the best players from
abroad and witness new tactics.
Bar two years in New York, Pele
played his entire club career for
Santos in Brazil, so the only time
European fans could even watch
him on TV was in the World Cup.
Now, globalisation means that
the best players are concentrated
in Europe’s super clubs. Because
the best clubs now scour the globe
for talent, and are able to work with
their players so much more than
national teams, the raw quality in
the final stages of the Champions
League trumps that in the World
Cup.
In a sense international football
has been a victim of forces beyond
its control. It is hardly the fault of
those who run the international
game that fans no longer need to
wait until a World Cup to see an
exotic rising star for the first time.
Neymar will
visit Wembley
on Tuesday with
Brazil, but fans are
finding it harder to
get excited about
international
football GETTY
The greater allure of club matches
in football has only foreshadowed
similar changes in rugby and, more
recently, cricket, pointing to deeper
reasons – fans’ desire to see the
best international talent grouped
in domestic teams, and how global
urbanisation has increased the
appeal of city-based teams.
But international football has
also not done enough to reform
itself. “We have to admit we haven’t
done a lot for national teams,” Uefa
competitions director Giorgio
Marchetti admitted at the Leaders
in Sport summit last month.
Too much international
qualifying now feels predictable.
The expansion of international
tournaments – the European
Championship went from eight to
24 teams from 1992 to 2016 – has
gone a long way to removing the
jeopardy in qualifying.
And so to the future. The Global
Nations League would be the
biggest reform to international
football since 1930, when Jules
Global Nations League
How the proposed tournament
might work:
l Modelled on the Uefa Nations
League, starting next year
l Idea is to replace friendly
matches with competitive games
l World Cup qualifiers would
remain separate
l All 223 Fifa members will take
part, in groups of a similar level
l Teams will be in regional
groups, of three or four sides
each, playing home and away
l Promotion and relegation
between the divisions
l Group winners – three from
Europe, two from South
America, and one from North
America, Asia and Africa - will
meet in a knockout tournament,
in 2021, in what is essentially a
mini-World Cup
Rimet had the idea of a World Cup
after seeing how popular football
was in the Olympic Games.
As ever in modern sport, the
motives are commercial. The
Global Nations League would
create more clashes between the
best teams that actually mean
something. The denouement – a
straight knockout mini-World Cup
between eight leading sides – could
be especially lucrative.
The reform is privately
welcomed by broadcasting
insiders. Giving matches context
and meaning makes them more
appealing to fans and broadcasters
and ultimately more lucrative.
“The Global Nations League
appears to be a major play for
market territory and the associated
revenue streams,” believes Simon
Chadwick, Professor of Sports
Enterprise at the University of
Salford. Broadcasting rights
would be sold centrally, meaning
that every nation could be
better off. That, in turn, could
help federations invest more in
development.
There could also be wider
sporting benefits. It would
introduce more unpredictable
match-ups, breaking up the tedious
monotony of the same old fixtures
being played out over and over
again in qualifying.
It would stop countries gaming
the system to boost their world
ranking and seeding – Poland,
Switzerland and Wales have all
scheduled very few friendlies,
increasing their world ranking,
as friendlies count for less than
competitive matches. And it
would give all 223 members of Fifa
promotion within their league of
evenly-matched teams to aim for.
It remains tempting to deride
all these reforms to international
football as the desperate last spin
on the roulette wheel of a drunk
who has already lost far too much.
But it would be remiss not to try.
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Club to star
in fly-on-wall
series on
Amazon Prime
Williams not calling it
a day yet, despite his
World Cup heartache
By Simon Peach
Manchester City have confirmed
their widely anticipated deal with
Amazon for a behind-the-scenes
documentary series.
The Premier League table-toppers, managed by Pep Guardiola
(below), have dominated much of
the debate in the early stages of a
season that is being followed for
a multi-episode Amazon Prime
original series.
The documentary series will
launch on the on-demand video
service next year in more than
200 countries and territories
after City agreed what is understood to be a lucrative deal with
Amazon.
City chief executive Ferran Soriano said: “Amazon Prime Video
is the perfect home for a groundbreaking project that will offer a
unique and authentic inside view
into Manchester City’s
season like never
before.
“This is an
extremely exciting time
for Manchester City and
through Amazon’s world-class
service, we will be
able to share it with
football fans all over the world.”
Juventus in Italy have a similar
agreement with Netflix to produce a four-part documentary
series, while Amazon have produced two series of All Or Nothing
following the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams.
There is a widespread expectation that the likes of Amazon
and Facebook will enter the bidding war when the next round of
Premier League television rights
comes up for tender.
City’s series follows Liverpool’s
fly-on-the-wall six-part documentary series, Being: Liverpool,
which was broadcast on Channel
Five in 2012. It was regarded as a
success.
ENGLAND
By Phil Blanche
Wales
IN PARIS
Hennessey
Ashley Williams insists he has not
considered retiring from international football and is prepared to
Gunter
Davies
Chester A Williams
lead Wales into the next cycle of
competitive matches.
Allen
King
Ledley
Williams turned 33 in August and
manager Chris Coleman called him
Ramsey
Lawrence
a “broken man” after Wales’ defeat
to the Republic of Ireland last month
Vokes
ended their hopes of playing in next
Possible team for tonight’s match at Stade de France
summer’s World Cup.
Kick-off 8pm
TV BBC1 (in Wales only)
James Collins – a year older than Referee M De Sousa (Por)
Williams to the day – subsequently
called time on his international caAnd Williams admits he is excited
reer after that defeat.
by the prospect of taking on Didier
But Williams says he remains Deschamps’ side at the Stade de
committed to the Wales cause, even France – the first meeting between
though he will be nearly 36 when the the two sides for 35 years.
finals of Euro 2020 are played.
“Some of these players I’ve never
“It was devastating to go out of the played against before, some of them
World Cup,” said Williams, who is set are the best in the world,” he said.
towinhis76thcapagainstFrance
Wales are without Gareth
in tonight’s Paris friendly.
Bale due to the calf injury
But as I sit here I’m enjoywhich ruled the forward
ing the camp and as long
out of their final two
as it stays like that I’m
World Cup qualifiers.
willing to give my servBut Coleman plans
Number of Wales
ices.As hard as that
to name a strong side
caps for Ashley
[Republic] defeat was
tonight and a more
Williams,
who
is
33
to take, I can’t wait to
experimental line-up
years old
be involved.”
at home to Panama
Everton defender Wilon Tuesday.
liams has had a difficult
These friendlies take
season for club and country
place ahead of Coleman
having been guilty of making some
resuming talks with the Foothigh-profile mistakes. But Coleman ball Association of Wales over a new
defended his captain last week by contract. He said: “It’s either going to
saying Williams’ “character” would happen or it’s not – and that time will
get him through this period.
come after this camp.”
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O’Neill given Danish double boost
IN COPENHAGEN
Jeff Hendrick has handed his Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill
a major boost for tomorrow’s World
Cup play-off with Denmark as the
Burnley midfielder returned to train-
By Kevin Garside
CHIEF SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
By Damian Spellman
Loftus-Cheek gets
central role as
Southgate takes
German lesson
ing after shaking off a gluteal muscle
injury. He was joined on the training
pitch by club-mate Stephen Ward,
with the full-back having been rested
as a precaution earlier in the week.
David Meyler is suspended for the
first leg and James McCarthy is also
out, with a hamstring problem.
The story of Ruben Loftus-Cheek is
a parable that might serve England
well should Gareth Southgate do
as he has done and take fate by the
throat tonight.
Loftus-Cheek (right), temporarily
relocated to Crystal Palace from the
Chelsea nursery, is one of the three
debutants tipped to start at Wembley. Having worked with him at the
Under-21s Southgate is familiar not
only with his powerful contributions,
driving into the box, but also a temperament cast in iron.
Loftus-Cheek reminded journalists of that at St George’s Park when
asked if playing for England at Wembley might be the height of pressure,
to which he smiled sympathetically,
reminding the audience that as one
identified as the most likely to succeed at the Chelsea academy, he knew
all about dealing with expectation.
“As a footballer that’s just normal,
playing with pressure. Even from a
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Vardy
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Rashford
Werner
Draxler
Götze
Rudy
Sané
Khedira (capt)
Halstenberg Süle
Rüdiger Kimmich
Ter Stegen
Germany
Possible teams for tonight’s match at Wembley
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Referee P Raczkowski (Pol)
VAR P Gil (Pol)
Ashley Young (centre) is among
the England players stretching
themselves in training yesterday PA
young age I’ve been used to it. I was
tipped to be the one to break through,
so it’s nothing new to me,” he said.
Like the other newcomers,
and returnees for that matter, there was no personal
greeting from the coach.
“I found out [about his
squad call-up] because my
phone was just lighting
up. I was just thinking,
‘What is going on now,
trouble, man. But it was
just family members
saying well done after
Sky Sports put it out.”
Loftus-Cheek, 21,
is that young warrior
on football’s frontline
seeking to convert academy investment and England youth success into meaningful gain in the
Premier League, and thus prove
an asset to Southgate. With only
limited opportunity at Chelsea, he took the initiative and
pushed for a move.
“It was not so much a tipping
point but I was starting to feel
when I was playing for Chelsea I was
doing well. You can only improve so much in training.
Games and training are
completely different. So
for me to get to that next
level I needed to play regular football, whether it
be Premier League
or in Germany.
“I feel like I
have definitely
improved and
eased into
the Premier
League role.
I’ve had a few
injuries which
have not been
so good. I’ve
had a couple of
games then an
injury, but that
is just my body
adapting to 90
minutes of Premier League
football because
I haven’t played
regularly for two years.” To a degree City wideboy Leroy Sané. It appears
Southgate’s hand is forced following Southgate is on message. “We’ve had
the herd of injured heavyto change plans because we
weights departing the
It is a great had an idea of players we’d
scene early.
have liked to play. But it is a
opportunity
The reinforcements
great opportunity for playcalled up, Jake Livermore for players
ers coming in,” he said.
and Jack Cork, hardly in- coming in.
“I’ve really enjoyed the
spire awe, making it easier We have to
week. And I’ve learned a lot.
for Southgate to take a risk. experiment
We’ll take more from these
Not that he should need in this period
games than any of the qualipersuading. Tammy Abra- before the
fication games.
ham has been Swansea’s
“This period between
most dangerous out-ball World Cup
qualification and the finals
all season and Joe Gomez
has to have an element of
has at times been the only
experimentation. If we don’t
plausible defender at
try things in these games,
Liverpool.
when are we going to try
And if there were any
things?
concerns about going
“Germany took a reNumber of Premier
with youth, Southally young team to the
League appearances
gate has a powerful
Confederations Cup
Ruben Loftusadvocate in Joachim
[which they won]. I
Cheek has made for
Löw, who has consistthought it was brilliant
Chelsea since 2014
ently promoted German
what they did. That’s
tyros, and brings to Wemhow they work. They’re
bley, fresh off the conveyor
brave enough to take decibelt, Julian Brandt, Joshua Kimsions that might get them results,
mich, Timo Werner plus Manchester but might not.”
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his issue is only with a small
minority of England fans, while
the vast majority conduct
themselves properly.
“I want to be very specific, because we’re talking about individuals,” Southgate said. “The
massive majority of supporters
are brilliant.”
Meanwhile, Southgate dismissed “nonsense” talk of a club
versus country row after revealing Danny Drinkwater (below)
turned down the chance to link up
with England.
Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph
and Jordan Henderson have
pulled out of the squad, following the withdrawals of Dele Alli,
Harry Winks and Harry Kane.
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino’s suggestion that
Kane will be fit in time for next
week’s derby with Arsenal raised
eyebrows, intensifying murmurings of a potential issue between
clubs and country. Howe v e r, S o u t h ga t e
could scarcely
have been firmer
in dismissing
such talk.
“I’m hearing
there’s talk of
club v country
– it’s a nonsense.
The players are
injured. With some
of the players it’s 100 per
cent clear, there’s a scan. With a
couple of the other lads, there’s
ongoing injury issues with them.
“I have man-to-man discussions with them around ‘where
are you at with it?’ ‘How much
risk do we want to take?’
“If Danny didn’t feel he wasn’t
ready for that I can understand
given the amount of minutes he’s
had and didn’t play at the end of
the season with Leicester either.”
England suffered a further injury blow yesterday when goalkeeper Jack Butland was ruled
out with a broken finger.
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Ref leaves
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NORTHERN IRELAND
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Rodríguez pen 58
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By Michael Walker
McLaughlin McAuley J Evans
AT WINDSOR PARK
Xherdan Shaqiri previewed the
match by saying how much he was
looking forward to a party in Basel
on Sunday night, and unless Northern Ireland turn up with an eviction
notice, Shaqiri will have his Swiss
wish granted.
Switzerland not only have home
advantage, they have a goal advantage. It is courtesy of a controversial
penalty awarded 13 minutes into the
second half by Romanian referee,
Ovidiu Hategem.
Shaqiri was centrally involved,
belting a 20-yard volley straight at
Corry Evans. Evans was only two
yards away and tried to turn his body
to avoid the very outcome the referee
reached. There were Irish protests
but Ricardo Rodriguez converted
the kick coolly. Few inside Windsor
Park could dispute that Switzerland
deserved to win, but they did not
deserve to win this way. The referee
became the pivotal figure.
It leaves Michael O’Neill’s team
with the proverbial Alp to climb, but
there was some hope to be drawn
from O’Neill’s second half substitutions. Jamie Ward’s introduction
was a spark and Conor Washington
and George Saville both added to the
Irish performance.
But this was one hard night for
O’Neill’s admirable players. Jonny
Evans and co stayed on the pitch at
the end to rouse the crowd as best
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Davis
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Dallas
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Zuber
Dzemaili
Zakaria
Shaqiri
Xhaka
Rodriguez Akanji
Schär Lichsteiner
Sommer
Switzerland
Subs: Northern Ireland Ward (Dallas, 52) Saville (C
Evans, 65); Washington (Lafferty, 78).
Switzerland Embolo (Seferovic, 77); Frei (Dzemaili,
83); Mehmedi (Zuber, 87).
Booked: N Ireland C Evans; Switzerland Schär.
Man of the Match Shaqiri Rating 5/10.
Posession: N Ireland 35% Switzerland 65%.
Attempts on target: N Ireland 0 Switzerland 2.
Referee O Hategan (Rom).
theycould.Itis,afterall,onlyhalf-time.
There had been such optimism. It was
one of those Belfast nights with electricity in the air, and flares and smoke
and songs. “Hello, hello, we’re off to
Moscow, where we’ll sing and we’ll
dance, like we did it in France,” they
were chanting as they trooped down
Tate’s Avenue towards Windsor Park.
Inside it was sea of green and silver
foil, which worked in its own way. The
GOLF
Fleetwood well off
the pace in Sun City
Tommy Fleetwood endured a
disappointing first day at the
Nedbank Golf Challenge after
shooting a 73 to leave him six shots
behind leader Bernd Wiesberger.
The Englishman, who will secure
the Race to Dubai title with a win
this week, hit two birdies and three
bogeys to leave him with plenty of
work to do in Sun City. Scotland’s
Scott Jamieson was a shot behind
Austria’s Wiesberger after signing
for a 68.
atmosphere was stoked and the Irish
began at a pelt. In the fifth minute Fabian Schär felled Stuart Dallas on a
charge down the home left and was
booked. The crowd were up.
Free-kicks are an important piece
of the Irish repertoire, but the menace did not translate into action, the
Swiss cleared and began to assert
themselves in midfield. Revolving
around Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and
Dennis Zakaria, a strong and skilful 20 year-old playing for Borussia
Monchengladbach, Switzerland
were anything but overawed by the
occasion. In fact, they had risen to it.
Ranked 11th in the world and with a
squad featuring plenty of Bundesliga,
Serie A and Champions League experience, the Swiss revealedtheircalibre.
Whattheydidnotdointhefirsthalfwas
score. Rodriguez and Steven Zuber
were combining on the Swiss left to
give the Irish right – Conor McLaughlinandJoshMagennis–muchconcern.
Four times in the opening 20
minutes Switzerland were through.
Twice Xhaka skied shots from the
RUGBY LEAGUE
McGillvarry gives England a boost
England captain Sean O’Loughlin
says Jermaine McGillvary’s
success in fighting a biting
charge has given the
whole team a lift.
The Huddersfield
winger (right) was
cleared of a charge of
contrary conduct by
a disciplinary panel in
Sydney on Wednesday,
freeing him up for Sunday’s
final World Cup group game
against France in Perth. McGillvary
could have been banned for up to 12
weeks had he been found guilty of
biting Lebanon captain Robbie
Farah during last Saturday’s
match at the Sydney
Football Stadium, but he
was exonerated.
“I think all the boys
were pumped just for
Jerry,” O’Loughlin said.
“He was obviously worried
where things were. To get him
back... is great for him and the boys
all around him as well.”
Ricardo Rodriguez scores the penalty
to give the Swiss victory in Belfast
last night GETTY
The World Cup
play-off second leg
between Switzerland and
Northern Ireland takes place on
Sunday at St Jakob-Park in Basel,
kick-off 5pm, and will be shown
live on Sky Sports Football.
WINTER OLYMPICS
Four more Russian
dopers banned
The International Olympic
Committee has disqualified four
more Russian cross-country skiers
for doping at the 2014 Winter
Olympics in Sochi. The quartet –
Yuliia Ivanova, Alexey Petukhov,
Evgeniya Shapovalova and Maxim
Vylegzhanin – have also been given
life bans. Of these, Vylegzhanin is
the most significant as she claimed
three silver medals at the Games,
in the 50 kilometres freestyle, 4x10
kilometres relay and team sprint.
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AT PITTODRIE
D over the bar, once Gareth McAuely made a last-ditch clearance and
lastly Michael McGovern saved from
a Haris Seferovic effort that looked
goalbound. Shaqiri had created that
chance with a superb cross.
In return Northern Ireland offered
the odd joust but Davis was unable
to get on the ball and dictate the
rhythm. O’Neill had work to do in the
dressing room, but he chose to make
no changes. Nor unsurprisingly, did
the visitors and just 25 seconds into
the second half, Shaqiri was inches
away from giving the Swiss the lead
they deserved. After Chris Brunt had
missed a cross, Shaqiri bent a a beautiful effort just over.
Windsor Park let out a collective
gasp when it saw the replay. It let out
another eight minutes later when
Seferovic was a stud’s length away
from converting a low centre from
Blerim Dzemaili. And it cried thrice
when referee Hategan judged Corry
Evans to have handled Shaqiri’s volley. The Stoke City playmaker will be
planning that party. THE INDEPENDENT
FOOTBALL
SKELETON
Croatia put one step
in finals after rout
Croatia last night thrashed a woeful
Greece side 4-1 to take a commanding
lead after the first leg of their World
Cup qualifying play-off in Zagreb.
Luka Modric put Croatia in front
with an early penalty which was
quickly followed by a Nikola Kalinic
tap in. Sokratis Papastathopoulos’
fine header gave Greece some hope
on the half hour but Ivan Perisic
headed Croatia’s third before halftime. Andrej Kramaric made it four
just after the break.
Scotland stumbled at the final hurdle while seeking to complete a full
calendar year unbeaten for the first
time since 1970. It would have been a
small crumb of comfort in any case.
Malky Mackay inherited a
seven-match unbeaten run from
Gordon Strachan. However, Dick
Advocaat’s side ensured what could
prove Mackay’s one and only match
in charge of the national side ended
in defeat.
Stewart Regan, the Scottish
Football Association chief executive, confirmed the interim manager was not being considered for Memphis Depay celebrates with team-mates after his goal last night GETTY
the full-time post in an interview
yesterday. Scotland were stung by a
able to call on Leigh Griffiths, who
breakaway goal five minutes before Scotland
was unavailable due to injury.
half-time from the Dutch finished off
Not so long ago Scotland meetby Lyon’s Memphis Depay.
ing the Netherlands in a World Cup
Gordon
A team dominated by Scots-based
play-off looked a realistic possibility.
players did their best to lift the
Instead this was a clash of World
Berra
Tierney Robertson
gloom following failure to reach this
Cup outcasts in a stadium where
Jack
summer’s World Cup. There were
Scotland tend to take games that are
some positives to warm a crowd of
either lacking appeal or are marking
McLean
McGinn
nearly 18,000 on a cold night at Pitnew eras.
McGregor
todrie. Ryan Fraser, an Aberdonian,
Last night ticked both boxes. The
Forrest
Christie
almost scored shortly after coming
Netherlands are in a deeper funk havmidway through the second-half, a
ing failed to qualify for two successive
Phillips
brilliant first touch taking him past
tournaments for the first time since
Bournemouth teammate Nathan
the 1980s. Apathy was starkly illusBabel
Promes
Aké. His eventual shot flashed just Memphis-Depay
trated by the numbers following the
past Japser Cillessen’s post.
Netherlands.Normallyguaranteedto
Fellow substitute Jason Cumtake thousands with them, a hundred
Wijnaldum
Strootman
mings, one of four Scotland debuor so at best were scattered around
Blind
tants, should have equalised with
the Pittodrie away section.
his first touch four minutes from the
The home crowd was healthier,
Ake
Rekik
Van Dijk Fosuend after being teed up by Matt Phillured, perhaps, by the presence of
Mensah
lips. Cummings’ shot was too near
two Aberdeen players in the startCillessen
the goalkeeper.
ing line up in Ryan Christie and
Skipper Kieran Tierney, Scotland’s
Kenny McLean. Aberdonian Ryan
Netherlands
youngest captain at 20 years and six
Jack, meanwhile, was one of three
months, almost broke the deadlock in Subs: Scotland Mulgrew (Berra, 45), Fraser (Forrest,
debutants in the starting XI, along
Cummings (McGregor, 87);
the first-half after bursting forward 71),
with
Christie and Callum McGregor.
Netherlands Veltman (Fosu-Mensah, 72), Berghuis
from centre-back but saw his 20-yard (Promes, 76).
A young Scotland side offered
Booked: Scotland McGinn; Netherlands Strootman.
shot beaten away by Cillessen.
glimpses of hope, specifically in the
Man of the Match Tierney. Rating 5/10.
The experiment of moving Phil- Possession: Scotland 38% Netherlands 62%.
shape of John McGinn and McGreAttempts on target: Scotland 4 Netherlands 2.
lips from wing to centre-forward did Referee
gor and, to a lesser extent, Christie,
R Buquet (Fra).
not pay off and underlined how lack- Attendance 17,833.
while Tierney underlined why he is
ing in options Scotland are when unconsidered Scotland’s shining star.
Yarnold starts season with bronze
Lizzy Yarnold has won a bronze
medal at the opening race
of the new skeleton
World Cup season in
Lake Placid.
The reigning
Olympic champion
moved up from fifth
place after her first
run to finish third, 0.33
seconds behind winner
Janine Flock of Austria.
In an encouraging start in
New York state for the British team,
Yarnold’s Great Britain team-mate
Laura Deas was fifth, a further
0.23secs behind Yarnold.
The 29-year-old Yarnold
(left) will bid to become
the first British athlete to
retain a Winter Olympic
title in Pyeongchang
in February.
Canada’s Elisabeth
Vathje won the silver medal,
while Russia’s Elena Nikitina
fell from second after the first run
to finish fourth.
FOOTBALL
Friedel will lead
the Revolution
Former Blackburn and Aston Villa
goalkeeper Brad Friedel has been
named as the new head coach of the
New England Revolution. Friedel,
who also had spells at Liverpool
and Tottenham in a Premier
League career spanning almost
two decades, had been coaching the
United States’ under-19 team prior
to accepting the job with the Major
League Soccer team. Friedel, 46,
played in three World Cups for the
United States.
Sport on tv
Golf: Nedbank Golf Challenge
Sky Sports Main Event, 8am
Formula One: Brazilian GP practice
Sky Sports F1, 11.45am & 3.45pm
Cycling: World Cup
Eurosport, 5.30pm
Tennis: ATP Next Gen Finals
Sky Sports Arena, 6pm
Snooker: Champion of Champions
ITV4, 6.45pm
Football: England v Germany
ITV, 7.30pm
Rugby union: Bath v Leicester
BT Sports 1, 7.30pm
SCOTLAND 0 NETHERLANDS 1
New manager – but same old
story for disappointing Scots
Match report, p63
Sport
Irish agony
Controversial penalty gives Swiss upper hand as O’Neill’s men
struggle to make home advantage count in World Cup play-off
» Northern Ireland 0 Switzerland 1, match report, p62-63
10.11.17
P57
CRICKET
Ball is latest
injury worry
for England
ahead of Ashes
Corry Evans of Northern
Ireland (right) cannot
believe the decision after
referee Ovidiu Hategan
awards a penalty against
him for handball, from
which the Swiss scored the
winning goal last night PA
P58
RUGBY UNION
Jones rests
Itoje and
Farrell against
Argentina
War songs ‘totally unacceptable’, warns Southgate
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
P60
FOOTBALL
Williams not
retiring from
Wales despite
World Cup pain
Gareth Southgate has told any fans
who taunt Germany about the Second World War that they do not represent his England team.
With England hosting Germany
at Wembley tonight, Southgate and
the Football Association are desperate to avoid a repeat of March’s
embarrassing scenes, when some
England fans sang the inflammatory “10 German bombers” song and
even performed Nazi salutes. The
FA have given life bans to some fans
and suspended more from the England Supporters’ Club – and are now
demanding there is nothing like that
at Wembley tonight.
After that game in March, Southgate was asked about the behaviour
of the England fans but gave an
equivocal answer. He admitted at
his press conference at St George’s
Park yesterday that he should have
been firmer and told the minority
of England fans who do sing about
the war that their behaviour is
“totally unacceptable”.
“I was asked about this immediately after the game in Dortmund
and, to be honest, I wasn’t aware
at the time what had been said, it
was hearsay,” Southgate said. “So I
wasn’t as strong as I’d liked to have
been on it, really.”
“It’s unacceptable, completely
unacceptable,” Southgate said of
the Nazi taunts. “We have a huge
percentage of fans who follow us
brilliantly. We experienced that in
Lithuania, when we went over to the
supporters at the end of the game.
“But an element, things that were
shouted that night, were totally unacceptable. We’ve moved on from
those times, or should have moved
on from those times. They don’t represent us as a team, the people who
do that.” Southgate emphasised that
» Continued on p51
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