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Mugabes toppled
» Zimbabwe President’s 37-year reign of chaos and decline brought to
abrupt end after military storms the capital and seizes power
» Reviled wife, nicknamed ‘Gucci Grace’ for her lavish lifestyle, also detained
» Generals acted to prevent her from succeeding the 93-year-old despot
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LEBANON
NAOMI COLEMAN, NURSE
Ex-Prime Minister
‘on way’ to France
Michael Day
A culture clash?
Indeed. British national Naomi
Coleman, 41, experienced a “hellish”
ordeal when she was detained in Sri
Lanka for four days and deported
because she had a tattoo of Buddha.
Saad Hariri, who announced his
resignation as Lebanon’s Prime
Minister while in Saudi Arabia on 4
November, will arrive in France “in
the coming days” with his family, a
source inside the French presidential
palace said last night. President
Emmanuel Macron had reportedly
invited Mr Hariri to France.
Mugabe’s mess
Was she in the wrong?
No. The mental health nurse from
Coventry took legal action and the
country’s Supreme Court ruled
there was “no legal basis” for her
arrest. She got 800,000 Sri Lankan
rupees (£4,000) in compensation.
UNITED STATES
Pizza firm delivers
NFL protest apology
What’s so offensive about
a Buddha tattoo?
Police said they arrested Ms
Coleman for being culturally
insensitive to the Buddhist
Sinhalese but Ms Coleman said
the tattoo hadn’t caused any issues
during her two previous visits.
Pizza chain Papa John’s has said
sorry for comments made by its
chief executive about NFL players
kneeling during the US national
anthem. John Schnatter had said the
protests “should have been nipped
in the bud a year and a half ago.” The
chain has now offered to “find a way
forward with the league”.
A frightening ordeal ...
Whilst detained, the court heard
she had been subject to “degrading
treatment”. One guard had
“made several lewd, obscene and
disparaging remarks of a sexuallyexplicit nature”, while police
officers made her give them money.
EGYPT
Nile comment lands
singer in hot water
Singer Sherine Abdel-Wahab has
been banned from performing
in her native Egypt following an
“inappropriate remark” during a
recent concert in Lebanon. The
singer warned against alleged health
hazards involved in drinking water
from the Nile. “You are better off
drinking Evian,” she said.
Justice served?
Yes. The officers involved in her
arrest were ordered to pay her
compensation. Ms Coleman said:
“I’m very happy. I just wouldn’t want
it to happen to anybody else.”
Valerie Browne
POLAND
HUNGARY
MEDIA
UNITED STATES
‘US interfering in
election via media’
New editor of ‘Gay
Times’ suspended
Call to demolish
Pilot arrested after
gun found in luggage ‘Stalinist skyscraper’
Hungary’s Foreign Minister has
accused the US of meddling in
his country’s upcoming election
campaign by offering to fund
“objective media”. The US said it
wants to “improve the quality of
local traditional and online media
and increase the public’s access to
reliable and unbiased information”.
Josh Rivers, the newly appointed
editor of Gay Times, has been
suspended with “immediate effect”
after it emerged that he posted a
series of offensive tweets in the
past. British-American Rivers joined
the gay men’s magazine last month.
Gay Times said the matter was
being investigated.
A Southwest Airlines pilot was
arrested after a loaded 9mm pistol
was found in his carry-on luggage
before he boarded his aircraft at
St Louis’ Lambert airport. The
Transport Security Administration
said the 51-year-old pilot didn’t have
any authorisation to carry a firearm
on the Las Vegas-bound flight.
Two members of the Polish
government want to destroy the
Palace of Culture, a Stalinist-era
skyscraper that dominates the
Warsaw skyline. Piotr Glinski and
Mateusz Morawiecki hope to purge
symbols of communism from public
life, including the huge structure, a
“gift” from Moscow in 1955.
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Letter from the
Foreign Editor
i@inews.co.uk
Rarely can the saying “absolute
power corrupts” have been used
more appropriately than for
Robert Mugabe’s simultaneous
rise and moral disintegration.
It’s tempting for interested
– and no doubt concerned –
observers here and elsewhere
to gloat at the apparent ousting
of the tyrant, his vile wife and
the rest of the clan that lined
their pockets on illegal diamond
trading and shopped for designer
clothes in foreign capitals while
its economy collapsed.
Besides indulging our
contempt for Mugabe and co,
let’s not forget that perhaps the
most astonishing thing in this
previously wealthy countryturned-Marxist basketcase is that
it still functions at all.
Thanks to the incredible
fortitude of many ordinary
Zimbabweans, the country
has survived and staggered
on. It has a parliament, and a
(cowed) judiciary; schools and a
(compromised) police force, and a
battered health system – by now
on life support. But the country
can be revived.
Britain, as a former colonial
power, and the rest of the world,
including Zimbabwe’s powerful
neighbour, South Africa (led
for now by the deeply flawed
Jacob Zuma), must try to nudge
Zimbabwe in this pivotal moment
towards free and fair elections.
Human rights campaigner
Peter Tatchell, who has been on
the receiving end of Mugabe’s
thugs, spelt out the concerns
yesterday: “The big fear is that
this intervention is merely an
internal fight within the ruling
elite and that it will not lead to
the restoration of democracy and
human rights.”
But that is exactly what
the long-suffering people of
Zimbabwe deserve.
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NEWS
ZIMBABWE CRISIS
ZIMBABWE
Mugabe under arrest after military
strikes against despotic regime
By MacDonald Dzirutwe
IN HARARE
Millions of Zimbabweans were daring to hope last night the arrest of
Robert Mugabe might could spell
the end of decades of corruption,
brutality and economic hardship,
even though no one appeared sure
about who was in charge.
Zimbabwe’s military seized
power early yesterday saying it
was targeting “criminals” around
the increasingly tyrannical Mr
Mugabe, 93, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.
Soldiers seized the state broadcaster and a general appeared on
television to announce the takeover.
Armoured vehicles blocked roads
to the main government offices,
parliament and the courts in central
Harare, while taxis ferried commuters to work nearby. The atmosphere
in the capital remained calm.
Mr Mugabe spoke by telephone to
the President of South Africa, Jacob
Zuma, and told him he was confined
to his home but fine. It was not clear
whether the apparent coup would
bring a formal end to Mr Mugabe’s
rule; the main goal of the generals appeared to be to prevent Mr Mugabe’s
wife Grace from succeeding him. It
was suggested that Grace had fled to
Namibia but reports last night said
that she was under house arrest with
her husband.
The events appear to mark the end
of Mr Mugabe’s era of dominance, the
last of Africa’s state founders still in
power from the era of the struggle
against colonialism.
Mr Mugabe, still seen by many
Africans as a liberation hero, is reviled in the West as a despot whose
disastrous handling of the economy
and willingness to resort to violence
to maintain power destroyed one of
Africa’s most promising states.
He plunged Zimbabwe into a fresh
crisis last week by firing his vice
president and presumed successor.
The generals believed that move was
aimed at clearing a path for Grace Mugabe to take over and announced on
Monday they were prepared to “step
in” if purges of their allies did not end.
The Finance Minister Ignatius
Chombo, a leading member of the
ruling party’s “G40” faction, led by
Grace Mugabe, was detained by the
military, a government source said.
By yesterday afternoon it was
business as usual in Harare’s
suburbs while there was less traffic than normal in the city centre.
Soldiers manned armoured cars but
had relaxed searches on vehicles at
some checkpoints.
Residents spoke in awe of events
that previously seemed unthinkable.
“I don’t support the army but I am
happy to see Mugabe gone; maybe
this country can start to develop
again,” said Rumbi Katepfu, preparing to shut her mobile phone shop
early in Harare. “I did not think this
would ever happen. We used to think
Mugabe and Grace were invincible.”
Diaspora welcomes move
Several million Zimbabweans have
fled the country, mostly to South
Africa, after the economy shrank by
more than a third from 2000 to 2008
following the collapse of the agriculture sector. Many in the diaspora said
they were happy to see change.
“I think it’s a step in the right direction for a political situation which was
now a joke,” Kevin Mpofu, 28, said.
A 30-year-old Zimbabwean
working as a marketing officer in
South Africa who gave his name
as Billy said it was “about time but
it might be 20 years too late”. He
worried that one strongman might
follow another: “We might have
another 37 years ahead of us of a
single person.”
POLITICS
Generals
and ousted
deputy are
calling shots
By Charlie Wood
An alliance of the ousted former
deputy president and senior military
officials appeared to be calling the
shots in Zimbabwe last night.
Monday’s comments by the army
commander warning against a purge
of the deputy president Emmerson
Mnangagwa’s supporters and other
senior war veterans touched off the
current drama.
That statement by the 61-year-old
army chief Constantino Chiwenga
also opened the first public rift between Mr Mugabe and the military.
On Tuesday, armoured personnel
vehicles were seen on the outskirts
of the capital, Harare, leading to the
overnight turmoil in which the army
commandeered the state broadcaster and announced it had Mr Mugabe
and his family in custody.
Mr Mnangagwa, nicknamed “the
Crocodile” for his ruthlessness and
heavy-lidded gaze, had been seen as
Mr Mugabe’s likely successor before he became the target of insults
by the President and his powerful – and ambitious – wife Grace in
recent months.
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PROFILE
Partner in crime
‘Gucci Grace’ will
not be missed
By Catrina Stewart
IN NAIROBI
Troops manned
armoured
vehicles in Harare
yesterday AFP/
GETTY
It was an unlikely union. Grace was
a typist at Zimbabwe’s State House
in the late 1980s, and Robert Mugabe,
41 years her senior, was the country’s
president. Over long tea breaks, a
friendship grew.
At first, the office romance was
shrouded in secrecy, not least because Mr Mugabe’s popular wife,
Sally, was dying from a kidney disease. Even before Sally Mugabe’s
death, the President’s mistress gave
birth to the couple’s first child.
Far from being a shrinking violet,
Grace Mugabe, 51, has in the intervening years metamorphosed from
State House ingénue to political
kingmaker, with designs on the presidency when her ailing 93-year-old
husband dies.
The couple were wed in 1996 in a
ceremony costing a reported $6.5m
as thousands of Zimbabweans were
dying from starvation inflicted by
drought. The lavish proceedings
would set the tone for their union.
The first lady quickly became notorious for her spendthrift ways,
with stories that she splashed out
$120,000 in one Paris shopping trip
in 2003. Her critics nicknamed her
“Gucci Grace” or “DisGrace.”
Widely loathed in the country that
she and her husband have helped reduce to an economic basketcase, Ms
Mugabe has on occasion attempted
to counter negative perceptions. “I’m
not really what they say I am,” she
said. “I’m telling you, I work so hard I
don’t have time for all these things to
pamper myself.”
But in a cable leaked by WikiLeaks,
then US ambassador James McGee
reported she was among a small elite
profiting from an illegal diamond
trade. In 2009, a British journalist
described how a “deranged” Grace
punched him after he attempted to
sneak a photograph, her diamond
rings leaving deep marks.
Two months ago her reputation for
violence was underlined after she was
reported to have viciously assaulted
a young model in a south Africa hotel.
Now it seems the would-be leader has
fled out of the impoverished nation
she wanted to rule. And most of its
inhabitants are probably saying, at
the very least, good riddance.
REACTION
A cautious welcome
for a very orderly coup
The sacking of Mnangagwa, above,
prompted the events, announced
by Maj-Gen Sibusiso Moyo AP
Mr Mugabe sacked him last
week and accused Mr Mnangagwa
of plotting to take power through
witchcraft. Mr Mnangagwa subsequently fled, citing threats to him
and his family. His whereabouts
remain unclear, but many observers suspect he has been in close
contact with army chiefs and may
be planning a swift return, with the
backing of the military.
A Zimbabwean army officer, Major-General Sibusiso Moyo, went
on air and denied there was a coup,
but said the military was targeting
“criminals” around Mr Mugabe.
Last night the military said Robert Mugabe was under house arrest
in Harare. According to the South
African President Jacob Zuma, Mr
Mugabe was “fine”.
People back army as long as it hands over
power, writes Kholwanil Nyathi in Harare
T
he streets of Harare
were generally calm
yesterday after the “soft
coup”, with businesses
open as normal and the
army generally confined to outside
the President’s offices.
There was shooting reported
near the home of the Finance
Minister Ignatius Chombo,
who was reportedly detained in
the early hours but no military
movements were seen as evening
approached.
There was also some panicbuying of staples like bread and
sugar with the army yet to lay out
its full plans – but the presence of
roadblocks and a general sense of
calm appeared to embolden people
to head out on to the streets. Most
appeared to be celebrating the
fact that the army said they were
standing up against the possible
moves by Mr Mugabe to install his
wife Grace as his successor.
Steven Mutero, a newspaper
vendor in Harare’s central business
district, was celebrating the army
takeover saying it was the only way
to stop Mr Mugabe from imposing
his wife as the next leader. “I have
read about coups in countries such
as Lesotho and Nigeria and military
rule is not a good thing but there
was no other way for Zimbabwe,”
he said. “Grace Mugabe was
taking advantage of her old and
frail husband to rule without our
consent. It was a soft coup.”
John Makova, a 52-year-old taxi
driver, said he was happy the coup
had not affected his business so far,
but wanted to make sure the army
kept its word to not take power.
“We work hard to feed our families
in a very difficult economy and I am
happy the intervention has been
smooth,” he said. “If the army keeps
its promise to give back power
to a civilian authority as soon as
possible and not interfere with our
freedoms, we will support them.”
Simon Masvingise who runs a
grocery shop said he was hopeful
the situation will improve after the
military lays out its plans.
“There was no chance of a
smooth transition under Mugabe
and this could be for the best
when it comes to the future of our
country,” he said.
Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace at his birthday celebrations in 2016 AP
DIPLOMACY
UK aims for ‘free and fair’ election
By Guy Faulconbridge
British Foreign Secretary Boris
Johnson said it was still unclear
whether the seizure of power by the
military in Harare marked the downfall of President Robert Mugabe.
“We cannot tell how developments
in Zimbabwe will play out in the days
ahead and we do not know whether
this marks the downfall of Mugabe or
not,” Mr Johnson told Parliament.
He said Britain would do all it could
to ensure that elections next year
were free and fair.
Former Africa minister James
Duddridge said Britain must support Zimbabwe in changing from the
“nasty dictatorship” under Mr Mugabe to a democracy, if that is what
its people want.
South African President Jacob
Zuma, as leader of the 15-nation
Southern African Development
Community, said he had “noted with
great concern” the situation in neighbouring Zimbabwe.
Mr Zuma called for “restraint and
calm” and he urged all members
of the Zimbabwe government and
military to “resolve the political
impasse amicably”.
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NEWS
ZIMBABWE CRISIS
PROFILE
From revolutionary
hero to corrupt
gerontocrat – rise
and fall of Mugabe
Colonial fighter brought Zimbabwe
to its knees. By Leo Cendrowicz
R
obert Mugabe always
saw himself as Africa’s
revolutionary hero.
He led Zimbabwe’s
struggle for liberation
from the British Empire and white
colonial rule. And he became the
only leader the country has known
since it became an independent
nation in 1980. After almost four
decades of brutal oppression and
economic ruin, his legacy is that
of a vain and brutal dictator who
ruled Zimbabwe through extortion
and exploitation.
Mr Mugabe was initially
lionised for his singleminded patriotism.
A former teacher,
he spent 11 years
in prison, followed
by five years
fighting a bush
war, before finally
securing Zimbabwe’s
independence. His
rhetorical flourishes and
haranguing of the West did
much to endear him to the rest of
Africa at the end of the colonial era.
But his aura soon faded. Mr
Mugabe fell out with many fellow
resistance fighters in the 1970s,
many of whom died mysteriously.
Soon after assuming power, he
began using the police, army and
courts to rough up his critics. His
most vicious act was his purge of
the Ndebele-speaking supporters
of his one-time ally Joshua Nkomo.
In 1983, his so-called Fifth Brigade
set up a concentration camp to
carry out beatings, torture, and
executions. At least 20,000 people
died in the 1983 Gukurahundi
massacres, in what is now
labelled a genocide.
Mr Mugabe would later use
more subtle methods to harass
opponents, using courts and
state prosecutors instead of
baton-wielding security forces.
Whereas the 2008 elections were
overshadowed by violent
attacks on opponents,
by 2013 he won the
presidential poll
through vote-rigging.
By the turn of the
century, attitudes
in the West had
hardened. As Mr
Mugabe stepped up his
forced land distributions,
the EU and US imposed
travel bans on him and his
cronies, and assets were frozen. He
was seen as a world pariah. Even
African neighbours began to take
their distance from him.
It took an overnight army coup to
oust Mr Mugabe, but it will take a
long time for Zimbabwe to recover
from the economic hangover.
By any definition, Mr Mugabe’s
stewardship has been abominable.
Robert Mugabe campaigning before elections in 2000, when the dispossession of white farmers was sanctioned. By
2008, the economy was in ruins, with hyperinflation which only ended when the country adopted the dollar AFP/GETTY
When he came to power,
Zimbabwe was the continent’s
second-richest country, blessed
with fertile land as well as rich
deposits of minerals such as
platinum, gold and diamonds.
Today, however, Zimbabwe has to
regularly import food to feed its
impoverished population. It has
been blighted by hyperinflation,
rampant unemployment,
corruption, a shrivelled economy
and plummeting life expectancy.
Of course, none of the land
seizures did anything to help
turn the economy around. Far
from it: it hit a nadir in 2008
when hyperinflation reached an
estimated 90 sextillion per cent.
The central bank printed Z$100trn
notes and prices doubled every
24 hours. The hyperinflation only
ended when Mr Mugabe’s agreed
a coalition government led by his
political rival, Morgan Tsvangirai,
A brief history
1980 Mugabe named prime minister
after independence elections
1982 Regime kills thousands in
Matabeleland in move against
perceived uprising
1987 Mugabe changes constitution
and becomes president
1994 Receives honorary knighthood
2000 Land seizures of white-owned
farms; Western donors cut off aid
2005 United States calls Zimbabwe
an “outpost of tyranny”
2008 Mugabe and opponent Morgan
Tsvangirai agree to share power
after contested election; Queen
Elizabeth II annuls Mugabe’s
honorary knighthood
2011 Prime Minister Tsvangirai
declares powersharing a failure
amid violence
2013 Mugabe wins seventh term;
opposition alleges election fraud
from the Movement for Democratic
Change. Mr Tsvangirai stopped
printing Zimbabwe’s worthless
currency, and instead began using
the US dollar.
Zimbabwe’s economy remains
in a precarious state. This year,
Zimbabwe came in 159th out of 190
countries surveyed in the World
Bank’s Doing Business report
and 124th out of 137 countries
surveyed in the World Economic
Forum’s Global Competitiveness
Report. It was only this May that
Harare secured a deal with the
IMF, World Bank and African
Development Bank about clearing
nearly $1.7bn of debt in arrears,
ending 16 years of exclusion from
international lending.
But with Mr Mugabe finally out
of power, there is now hope that
Zimbabwe can recover and fulfil
what the promise of its liberation
in 1980.
SOCIETY
CHINA
PROFILE
Citizens have paid a high
price under Mugabe’s rule
Trip to Beijing
raises questions
An Anglophile who hated rejection
By Taku Dzimwasha
Ordinary Zimbabweans have paid
the price for nearly four decades of
misrule by President Robert Mugabe and his cronies.
Patience Magondo, 38, prepares
for another shift at a city council
clinic in the capital Harare.
In a country with high unemployment, she and her husband, who
works for a local bakery company,
are fortunate to be in full-time employment, especially because their
two children are both at school.
However, the family has been
struggling because Ms Magondo
has not been paid in more than six
months due to the financial crisis
that has gripped the country.
“I love my job but it is hard to stay
motivated when you don’t know
when you’ll be paid next,” she say.
“They keep telling us that we will be
paid in the next month but when the
time comes we receive nothing.”
Ms Magondo and her children
must rely on her husband’s earnings
to pay for the rent, food and the children’s school fees. She says: “Everyone is under pressure because of
price inflation and the cash shortages, which have made it difficult to
access your own money.”
Street demonstrations, which
were once considered unthinkable
due to President Mugabe’s control
of the security services, and “stay
away protests”, have been challenging his 37-year-old rule. It appears
the army may have removed him but
questions still remain about whether life for people like the Magondo
family will get any better.
By Rohit Kachroo
By Michael Martina
Mystery surrounds a trip to
Beijing last week by Zimbabwe’s
military chief General
Constantino Chiwenga, thought
to be a key player in the coup
against Robert Mugabe.
The meeting was “normal
military exchange”,
China’s foreign ministry
said yesterday, after
the military in the
southern African
nation seized power.
Mr Chiwenga (inset)
met Chinese defence
minister Chang Wanquan
in Beijing on Friday. Mr
Chang expressed a willingness
to promote relations with
Zimbabwe, China’s defence
ministry said in a statement.
Entering Harare’s State House,
Robert Mugabe’s home-cum-office,
felt like walking onto the set of a
TV programme. But which show?
This was one-part Downton Abbey,
one-part The Only Way is Essex. His
home looked like a Hollywood reimagination of how a British
colonialist might live and
a multimillion-pound
expression of disconnection. While many
Zimbabweans were
being brutalised and
impoverished, Mr Mugabe lived in the luxury of
his swish-but-kitsch palace.
It was the eve of elections in
2013 and he had agreed to his first interview with a British journalist for
more than a decade. We were led past
the presidential limousine with ZIM
1 number plates, beyond the ornamental animals, and through sets of
shiny white pillars. Surrounded by a
dozen or so security officials was Mr
Mugabe – frail, short, but certainly in
charge. He would struggle to wipe the
sweat from his forehead. But certain
topics would trigger a blast of energy.
I suspected that he had granted
me this interview for two reasons:
because I am not white, and because
I do not work for the BBC, which he
struggled to disassociate from the
old colonial power. And yet he was a
closet Anglophile.
“I like the Royal Family,” he said.
“The Queen… Prince Charles… Lady
Diana.” Not only was he obsessed
with Britain, he was defined by it. But
like a spurned lover moaning in a pub,
he could not forget the sense of rejection when it imposed sanctions and
annulled his honorary knighthood.
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COURTS
Scotland wins fight to set
minimum alcohol price
By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
Scotland is to become the first country in the world to set a minimum unit
price for alcohol after the UK’s highest court ruled that the plans were
legal and could go ahead.
The ruling is the culmination of a
five-year legal battle over minimum
unit pricing, which was backed overwhelmingly by the Scottish Parliament at a vote in 2012.
Ministers want to set a minimum
alcohol price of 50p per unit, claiming
it will help to curtail alcohol-related
deaths by clamping down on highstrength brands. Under the plans a
bottle of wine of 12 per cent strength
would cost at least £4.50, while four
440ml cans of 5 per cent strength
lager would cost at least £4.40.
A 70cl bottle of whisky could also
not be sold for less than £14, while a
three litre bottle of strong cider of 7.5
per cent strength would cost £11.25.
Ministers said a 50p-per-unit minimum would help tackle Scotland’s
“unhealthy relationship with drink”,
as alcohol is responsible for more
than 1,000 deaths every year.
Seven Supreme Court justices in
London unanimously dismissed an
appeal by the Scotch Whisky Association, which argued minimum unit
pricing is illegal under European law.
The judges ruled that there was
no breach and that the policy was “a
proportionate means of achieving a
legitimate aim”. Their decision was
hailed by the Scottish Government
as being of “global significance” for
public health, with ministers now
aiming to implement the plans “as
quickly as possible”. “This is a his-
toric and far-reaching judgment and
a landmark moment in our ambition
to turn around Scotland’s troubled
relationship with alcohol,” said the
Health Secretary Shona Robison.
Karen Betts, the chief executive
of the Scotch Whisky Association,
said: “We will now look to the Scottish and UK Governments to support
the industry against the negative effects of trade barriers being raised in
overseas markets that discriminate
against Scotch whisky as a consequence of minimum pricing.”
Price set What it means
What is Minimum Unit Pricing?
Minimum unit pricing, or MUP, sets
a floor price for a unit of alcohol,
meaning it cannot legally be sold for
less than that. The more alcohol that
is in a drink, the more expensive it
will be.
Why does the price of alcohol matter?
Health campaigners argue that
when the price of alcohol goes down,
consumption of alcohol goes up. The
more affordable drink becomes,
the more people use it, and the
more harm society experiences
because of it.
What impact could MUP have on harm
reduction?
Alcohol Focus Scotland says that in
the first year alone, minimum pricing
could prevent 60 alcohol-related
deaths, 1,600 hospital admissions and
3,500 crimes.
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By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
David Cameron has turned down
a request to appear on Alex Salmond’s controversial new chat
show over concerns that it is being
broadcast by the Kremlin-funded
channel Russia Today.
The former Prime Minister was
reportedly telephoned by Mr Salmond last week and asked to be a
guest on the show, which will be
shown for the first time today.
A Conservative source said he
had rejected the offer, accusing the
former Scottish First Minister of
having a “total lack of self-awareness” by issuing the invitation.
“There’s no way the former PM
would do a Russia Today chat show
with the nationalist leader,” they
told the PoliticsHome website.
The House of Commons Speaker
John Bercow also decided to pull
out of the show after discovering
that it was on RT, which has been
described as an outlet for Russian
propaganda. A spokesman for
Nicola Sturgeon also confirmed
no Scottish Government ministers
will be appearing on the show.
Mr Salmond has defended his
decision, claiming he will have
“total editorial control” over what
is broadcast.
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A lettings agency in Grimsby has
taken the “extraordinary” step of
issuing hundreds of tenants with a
pre-emptive eviction notice ahead
of the rollout of universal credit.
Gap Property has written to
its tenants warning them that if
they are in receipt of any benefits
under the new system they will
need to prepare their rent payments now or face being ordered
to leave their homes by Christmas.
The note has been issued in
the wake of problems that have
dogged universal credit, which
have led to people waiting a minimum of six weeks without any
benefit payments. Universal credit is due to be rolled out across Lincolnshire from 13 December.
The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn raised the issue during Prime
Minister’s Questions yesterday.
“Does the Prime Minister think
it’s right to put thousands of families, through Christmas, under the
trauma of knowing they are about
to be evicted?” he asked.
Theresa May replied: “What
we see after four months is the
number of people in arrears has
fallen by a third.”
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“blatant bullying” after it described
15 Conservative MPs as “mutineers”
plotting to scupper Theresa May’s
plans for Brexit.
The MPs are understood to oppose
her proposal to enshrine in
law the date of Brexit as 29
March 2019. They argue
that the move will limit
the Prime Minister’s
flexibility if negotiations
with Brussels drag on
until the last minute.
The Telegraph gave
over most of its front
page to photographs of the
15 MPs under the headline:
“The Brexit mutineers.”
A n n a S o u b r y, o n e o f t h e
backbenchers featured, described
the coverage as a “blatant piece of
bullying that goes to the very heart
of democracy”. She told MPs: “None
of the people who have been named
– I take it as a badge of honour –
want to delay or thwart Brexit. We
just want a good Brexit that works
for everybody in our country.” Ms
Soubry said she had reported to the
police five threatening tweets which
she had received since the front page
was published.
The former Attorney General,
Dominic Grieve, who has tabled
several amendments to the EU
(Withdrawal) Bill, said: “There
is a group of us who have
serious concerns about
the Withdrawal Bill and
want to try to improve
it. Anna is absolutely
right when she points
out that the attempt to
characterise us as people
who want to prevent
Brexit from happening is
completely mistaken.”
Heidi Allen, (inset) who was also
pictured on the front page, said: “If
fighting for the best possible future
for our country and our government is
considered mutiny – then bring it on.”
Others listed include the former
Chancellor Kenneth Clarke, the
form er E du c ati o n S e c reta r y
Nicky Morgan, the chairman of
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‘Rubbish female MPs will be a
sign of equality,’ says Butler
By Arj Singh
Parliament will only achieve real equality when there are as many “rubbish
women” as “rubbish men” sitting as
MPs, the shadow Equalities Secretary Dawn Butler has said.
The Labour frontbencher
(pictured) said there needs
to be “political will” and
“drive” to achieve equality
in representation in the
House of Commons, and
suggested women have to be
“spectacular” and “driven” to
be elected an MP, unlike men.
There was a record high of 208
women MPs elected at the 2017 election, but this was only 32 per cent of all
MPs.
Addressing the issue at the Commons Women and Equalities Committee, Ms Butler said: “This might sound
a bit flippant, but more rubbish women,
the Commons foreign affairs
committee Tom Tugendhat and
Sarah Wollaston, the chairman of
the Commons liaison committee.
Downing Street distanced itself
from the coverage.
The newspaper’s attack was
also condemned by the Leavesupporting Brexit minister Steve
Baker. “I regret any media attempts
to divide our party,” he said.
Last night the Government saw
off the latest attempt to amend key
Brexit legislation. With a majority
of 12, the Conservatives, joined by
nine DUP MPs and two former
Tories sitting as independents,
defeated Labour’s bid to make it
harder to change employment
rights, environmental protection
and other EU-derived regulations
post-Brexit. Labour’s new clause 58
was defeated by 311 votes to 299.
‘Out of time’ warning
David Davis has been warned he is
running out of time to ensure Brexit
impact assessments are published.
Speaker John Bercow said talks
“cannot long continue” between the
Brexit Secretary and Hilary Benn,
Labour chairman of the Exiting the
EU Select Committee, over how
the analysis on 58 sectors of the
economy will be released.
MPs have approved a parliamentary motion which pushed the
Government to release such assessments to the committee.
Mr Bercow said: “They’re also
discussing the question of form and
the attitude that the Brexit Select
Committee might take to the form
of publication. Those discussions
cannot long continue.”
HOUSING
May pledges to
build ‘more homes,
more quickly’
By Nigel Morris
A major house-building drive
will form the centrepiece of next
week’s Budget, Theresa May will
signal today as she pledges to
make it her mission to build “more
homes, more quickly”.
She will disclose that she is
taking personal charge of tackling
the housing crisis which has
left millions of young
adults unable to afford
to get a foot on the
p ro p e r ty l ad d e r.
“For decades we
simply have not been
b u i l d i n g e n o u gh
homes, nor have
we been building
them quickly enough,
and we have seen prices
rise,” the Prime Minister will say
during a visit to a north London
housing scheme.
“We must get back into the
business of building the good
quality new homes for people who
need them most.”
Mrs May will warn: “This will be
a long journey and it will take time
for us to fix the broken housing
market, but I am determined to
build a Britain fit for the future.”
The restrictions on housing
association borrowing will be
eased to enable them to build
more properties, the Communities
Secretary Sajid Javid (inset) will
announce today.
He will say: “Without affordable,
secure, safe housing we risk
creating a rootless generation,
drifting from one short-term
tenancy to the next, never staying
long enough to play a role
in their community.”
Warning of the “many,
many faults” in the
housing market, he
will warn: “This is a
big problem and we
have to think big.”
In the Commons
yesterday, Mrs May
played down speculation
the Government was about
to give the go-ahead to more
building on the green belt.
Chancellor Philip Hammond has
been reported to favour relaxing
existing restrictions to boost the
supply of affordable properties.
“We do want to see more homes
being built in this country. It’s
important that we see more homes
being built, particularly in London.
But there are many opportunities
to do that which don’t affect the
green belt,” Mrs May said.
because in terms of women, [they] always have to be quite spectacular and
driven... We know we have reached real
equality when we’ve got as many rubbish women in Parliament as we have
got rubbish men.”
T h e L i b e ra l D e m o c rat
leader Sir Vince Cable told
the committee that after
all-women shortlists and
other institutional changes, the “deeper problems”
of getting women into
high-level jobs need to be
dealt with.
“This involves tackling
things like shared parental leave.
It’s that kind of deeper, cultural thing
that’s blocking the aspirations of a lot
of women.”
The deputy chairman of the Conservatives, Amanda Sater, said more
needs to be done to encourage schoolgirls to consider a career in politics.
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Foreign Secretary
Boris Johnson meets
Richard Ratcliffe
yesterday PA
‘Breakthrough’
drugs give new
hope to breast
cancer patients
By Ella Pickover
Thousands of women with previously
untreatable breast cancer have been
given new hope after health officials
approved two new “breakthrough”
drugs for NHS use.
In new draft guidance, the National
Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has approved palbociclib
and ribociclib for widespread use in
the health service in England.
The drugs have been shown to slow
down advanced cancer for at least 10
months and can delay the need for
chemotherapy – giving women the
chance to live a normal life for longer.
The two drugs work in a similar way
and are a new class of cancer treatment, said the Institute of Cancer
Research (ICR), London. It added the
development of the drugs was one of
the “most important breakthroughs”
for women with advanced cancer in
the last two decades. The new agreement from Nice comes after it negotiated price deals for the medication.
It had previously rejected palbociclib because its cost was too high in
relation to its clinical effectiveness.
Consultants can now prescribe the
two drugs as part of treatment PA
Nice said that women with oestrogen
receptor positive breast cancer who
were diagnosed after the disease had
begun to spread will be eligible for
palbociclib – also known as Ibrance
and manufactured by Pfizer.
Women who meet these criteria,
and who have undergone the menopause, will be eligible for ribociclib
– also known as Kisqali, created by
Novartis. Both drugs are given once
daily and need to be used in combination with an aromatase inhibitor.
Aromatase inhibitors work by
blocking the production of the hormone oestrogen, stopping its ability
to fuel some breast cancers. Palbociclib and ribociclib are the first of a
new type of drug that slows the progression of cancer by inhibiting two
proteins called CDK 4 and 6.
About 8,000 people a year in England would be eligible for treatment
with palbociclib or ribociclib. Once
health officials approve a drug in England, those in Wales may choose to follow suit. The drugs are going through
the appraisal process in Scotland.
Baroness Delyth Morgan at charity
Breast Cancer Now said: “This is a lifechanging step forward in treatment
for many patients with metastatic
breast cancer, potentially offering
thousands of women the closest thing
they’d have to a cure in their lifetime.”
The standard price for
one cycle of palbociclib is
£2,950 for a pack of 21 capsules.
The list price for one cycle of
ribociclib is also £2,950 but this
is for 63 tablets. Nice has agreed
discounts for both of the drugs.
NATURE
IRAN
Husband of Iran captive hopes Johnson
can secure her release before Christmas
By David Hughes and
Shaun Connolly
The husband of jailed British
woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
met Boris Johnson yesterday and
urged him to do more to help her.
Richard Ratcliffe said his hourlong meeting with Mr Johnson
about his wife, who is being held in
Iran, had been “positive and constructive” and he hoped she would
return home by Christmas.
He said his wife was “on the verge
of a nervous breakdown” and her
mental state had suffered since a
gaffe by Mr Johnson about her activities in Iran led to the threat of
further charges.
The Foreign Secretary has
apologised for the “distress” and
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“suffering” he caused by his suggestion that Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe was
training journalists in Iran, which
has exposed her to the threat
of her five-year jail sentence
being doubled.
Mr Ratcliffe also asked
the Foreign Secretary
to try to imagine what
it would be like to share
his wife’s plight.
“That’s the one point
she wanted to make to
the Foreign Secretary
– what it’s like to watch
yourself being called a spy on television every night,” he said.
Mr Ratcliffe has said her detention is being used by the Tehran
government in an attempt to get
the British authorities to pay for a
COURTS
Three-eyed ‘Frankenstein’ New grass tastes Hairdresser
like ‘salt and
found guilty
beetle is genetic marvel
vinegar crisps’
By Sally Guyoncourt
Scientists have developed a threeeyed “Frankenstein” beetle which
may unlock evolutionary secrets.
When researchers deactivated a
gene responsible for head development in scarab beetles, the resulting
creature developed a third eye.
Further tests revealed the new
eye in the centre of the beetle’s head
functioned normally.
Professor Armin Moczek of Indiana University, where the study was
carried out, said: “This study experimentally disrupts the function of a
single, major gene.
“And, in response to this disruption, the remainder of head development reorganizes itself to produce a
highly complex trait in a new place:
a compound eye in the middle of the
head. Moreover, the darn thing actually works!”
“What makes the results so exciting is the relatively simple genetic
technique used to achieve the gene
knockdown”, said IU postdoctoral
researcher Eduardo E. Zattara,
who was lead author on the study
published in the journal Proceedings
of the National Academy of Science.
Now the research team believes
unravelling the biological mechanisms behind this development
could help explain how evolution
uses pre-existing developmental
and genetic “building blocks” to
create new complex traits or “old”
traits in novel places.
in HIV case
By Lewis Smith
By Flora Thompson
Biologists analysing a new
species of grass were taken
aback to discover one of
them tastes like salt and
vinegar crisps.
The grass, one of eight species
identified in Australia, gets
its unusual flavour from tiny
droplets of salty water that form
on the stems.
Researchers from the
University of Western Australia
noticed the taste while studying
the grasses. “Someone licked
their hand at some point and
tasted that flavour,” said
Dr Matthew Barrett.
£400m arms deal with Iran struck
in the 1970s.
He said: “It is important that the
UK honours its international legal
obligations so that Iran can honour
its legal obligations. They are
separate things but it is good
for the atmosphere if they
are all solved.”
The Foreign Secretary
is to travel to Iran and Mr
Ratcliffe said Mr Johnson
was “keen” for him to be in
the travelling party. He said
he was “hopeful” Mr Johnson
“will do everything he can to bring
her home by Christmas”.
Hampstead and Kilburn MP
Tulip Siddiq, who represents the
family, described the meeting
as “encouraging”.
A hairdresser has been found
guilty of deliberately trying to
infect 10 men with HIV after
meeting them on Grindr.
Daryll Rowe was convicted of five counts of grievous
bodily harm with intent, and
five counts of attempting to
do so at Lewes Crown Court.
During the six-week trial, the
court heard that 27-year-old Rowe
embarked on a cynical and deliberate
campaign to target the men he met
on gay dating app Grindr in Brighton
and the North East between October
2015 and December last year.
Rowe, now of no fixed abode but
originally from Edinburgh, repeatedly denied having unprotected sex,
or tampering with condoms, in a bid
to infect others with the virus he had
been diagnosed with months earlier.
He knew he had the virus but
claimed he thought he was cured
and denied ever telling his victims he
was “clean”.
He had also contracted
herpes, the sexually transmitted disease which
makes passing on HIV
more likely.
D o c t o rs b e c a m e
concerned when he
stopped turning up to
appointments and refused antiretroviral treatment which would make him
less contagious.
Health professionals called police
when two victims provided similar
descriptions of the person they had
last slept with.
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PEOPLE
Keith Barron,
‘Duty Free’
actor, dies
aged 83
People celebrate
the result in
Melbourne
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By Joe Nerssessian
Australians vote for gay marriage –
but will MPs enact their wishes?
By Rod McGuirk
IN CANBERRA
Nearly two-thirds of Australians
backed gay marriage in a postal vote
that ensures parliament will consider legalising same-sex weddings.
The conservative government
immediately promised to allow a bill
creating marriage equality to be considered in parliament by the end of
the year after authorities said 62 per
cent of respondents were in favour of
marriage equality.
But the form any law would take
and its allowances for religious objections sparked immediate debate.
A “no” vote would have put marriage equality off the political agenda, perhaps for years. Thousands of
marriage equality supporters with
rainbow flags gathered in city parks
around the country and cheered
when the results was announced.
The mood was relief rather than
exhilaration, said Tanna Winter, 30,
in Canberra. The nation’s capital
demonstrated Australia’s highest
level of support for same-sex marriage, with only one in four responses opposing it.
“The polls said that Brexit
wouldn’t happen, the polls said
that Hillary would win and I sort of
thought this felt like Australia’s time
to show everyone that we’re backward too,” Mr Winter said hours
later over a beer. “We didn’t do it and
we didn’t do it in pretty good fashion.
That’s a nice relief, a nice moment to
be proven wrong.”
His friend Sam James, 31, quipped:
“It’s hard for the Russians to interfere with a paper survey”– a reference to Russia’s suspected meddling
in the US presidential election.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a vocal advocate of marriage
The global picture
Same-sex marriage is legal in
25 countries: Argentina, Belgium,
Brazil, Britain, Canada, Colombia,
Denmark, Finland, France, Germany,
Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands,
New Zealand, Norway, Portugal,
South Africa, Spain, Sweden,
Uruguay, United States.
In Africa, where homosexuality
is a crime in many countries and
can lead to the death penalty, South
Africa alone has granted the same
access to gay couples.
No countries in Asia or the Middle
East, apart from Israel, allow samesex couples to marry or enter civil
unions of any kind. Although, in a
first for Asia, Taiwan’s constitutional
court ruled in May that same-sex
couples can legally marry in future.
Some government
politicians have vowed
to vote down gay marriage. But
the survey found a majority of
voters in 133 of the 150 districts
in the House of Representatives
wanted reform.
equality, called on politicians to heed
the “overwhelming” result and to
commit to legislation for gay marriage by next month.
“They voted ‘yes’ for fairness, they
voted ‘yes’ for commitment, they
voted ‘yes’ for love,” Mr Turnbull
told reporters. “Now it is up to us
here in the parliament of Australia
to get on with it, to get on with the job
the Australian people have tasked
us to do and get this done this year
before Christmas – that must be our
commitment.” AP
Actress Gwen Taylor led tributes
to her former Duty Free on-screen
husband, Keith Barron, following his
death aged 83.
The actor – who also starred in
Dennis Potter’s The Nigel Barton
Plays and 1975 Hollywood film The
Land That Time Forgot – died after a
short illness, his agent confirmed.
Barron enjoyed a “long and varied
career... of which he was immensely
proud”, the statement said, referencing his many roles in television which
included appearances in Coronation
Street, Casualty, DCI Banks, Doctors,
Holby City and Benidorm.
It was 1980s sitcom Duty Free
which made Barron a much-loved
star. Set in Spain, the ITV show ran
for three series from 1984 until 1986
with Barron starring as gruff northerner David Pearce alongside Taylor
as his wife, Amy.
Taylor said: “I have just heard the
news that my old friend
and colleague has died.
Keith was such a kind
and lovely man and
don’t think I’ve met
anyone that would
disagree.
“My thoughts
and prayers go to
his loving wife Mary
and his son Jamie.”
In 2014, Barron toured
with original cast members
Taylor and Neil Stacy in a theatrical
version of Duty Free.
Sunetra Sarker, who starred with
Barron in Casualty, also paid tribute.
She wrote on Twitter: “So sad to
hear of dear friend #KeithBarron
passing away. One of a kind. Guaranteed laughter.”
The actor is survived by his wife
of 58 years Mary and his son, James,
also an actor.
The TV stalwart was born in South
Yorkshire in 1934 and, after national
service in the RAF, joined up with an
amateur dramatics group that was
also attended by Brian Blessed.
ECONOMY
£6.3bn every year to plug England’s
“mortality gap”.
Every £10 drop in spending per
head on social care was associated
with five extra care home deaths
per 100,000 of the population, the
important factor determining prestudy found. Researchers
predict that more than
mature death. The research,
published in the British
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tween 2015 and 2020
the number of deaths in
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of funding.
England fell by an avA spokesman
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of
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for the Departevery year from 2001
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to 2010, but rose by an
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average of 0.87 per cent
NHS does not get
treating more peoa year from 2011 to 2014.
extra cash
ple than ever before
Researchers at the Deand funding is at record
partment of Applied Health
levels with an £8bn increase
Research at University College
London said it would take an extra by 2020-21.”
Across
Austerity has contributed
to 120,000 extra deaths
By Ella Pickover
and Tess De La Mare
The squeeze on public spending since 2010 has contributed to
120,000 unnecessary deaths in England, according to research.
As many as 100 extra deaths a
day could happen from now on if the
NHS does not get an urgent cash injection, researchers warned.
Over-60s and care home residents were found to be the most at
risk, with researchers establishing
nursing numbers to be the most
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BAME
TORIES
AUSTRALIAN
MARRIAGE
‘JUSTICE
LEAGUE’
Voters back
PM despite
everything
Brexit date
will harm
negotiations
A house
deposit is out
of reach
Labour
doesn’t own
the black vote
Political battle
will continue
to rage
DC heroes
defeated on
the big screen
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The Independent
TheGuardian
The Telegraph
BBC News
Vanity Fair
Few people know or
care who the defence
or international
development
secretaries are, even
at the best of times.
So changing them
doesn’t make much
of a political impact.
I’m not saying that it
doesn’t matter if the
defence secretary
gropes women. It is
just that his departure
doesn’t shift votes.
(Daniel Finkelstein)
The pressure
being piled on the
pro-Europeans is
disproportionate to
their alleged offence.
They point out that
setting the exit date in
stone could prevent an
agreement. Everyone
knows the negotiations
will go to the wire;
the EU’s mantra is
“nothing is agreed until
everything is agreed”.
(Andrew Grice)
People in their 20s and
30s are used to the
routine by now. Some
article will suggest that
if you only stopped
going to Pret for oh,
at least half a century,
you’d maybe get on the
housing ladder. Cue
outrage from young
people struggling to
save amid a cost of
living and affordable
housing crisis.
(Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett)
I am a black
Conservative. I don’t
think every offensive
comment is racism.
But when I see real
prejudice I have to call
it out. Too often black
people are confronted
by the idea that there
is only one way to be
black. (Kemi Badenoch)
Now both sides have
to move on. For the
Yes campaign that
means pressing the
government to stick
to its pledge. For
the No campaign, it
means lobbying over
the wording of that
legislation. While
today will see parties
in the streets, both
sides know their battle
is far from over.
(Hywel Griffith)
Once in a while, there
comes along something
so egregiously bad
that trying to find
something good to say
about it is its own kind
of cruelty. And so, dear
Justice League, I must
say that no, the lighting
is not good. The script
is not interesting. The
costumes are not fun.
The film is, plainly
stated, terrible,
(Richard Lawson)
New Statesman
Vice
Courier Mail
RollingStone
This is what mutiny
looks like in 2017
Britain. No handsome
pirates jollying
around with musket.
Just a bunch of polite
but uncomfortablelooking estate agents,
headmistresses and
retired butlers.
(Media Mole)
In many ways, the
conversation is just
a reworking of the
“benefit claimants
shouldn’t have big TVs,
then!” discourse: those
ostensibly With telling
those Without exactly
what to buy and how
to live.
(Joel Golby)
Prime Minister
Malcolm Turnbull
should have embraced
this more emphatically
before the outcome but
now it has happened,
he needs to lead
the battle to get the
change through the
Parliament.
(Dennis Atkins)
The scenes of the
League members
together, bickering
and bonding, spike
the film with humour
and genuine feeling,
creating a rooting
interest in the
audience. Without it,
the film would crumble.
(Peter Travers)
The Spectator
Corbyn is yet to
properly capitalise on
May’s shortcomings.
As things stand, voters
still say the Tories lead
the way on economic
competence, and
there isn’t a moderate
candidate to swing to.
(Katy Balls)
Quote of
the day
EveningStandard
No party is perfect but
there is a prevalent
idea that Labour owns
black and minority
ethnic people, which
I reject. That was the
undertone of Emma
Dent Coad’s statement,
and a toxic reminder
of why Labour has
lost me and many of
my peers. To me, the
Labour Party is all talk
and no action.
(Nimco Ali)
LifeInBrief
KARIN DOR ACTRESS
I’m speaking
today
following
an intensive
course in the
past week on
how to stage
an exit
Priti Patel
The former
International
Development
Secretary speaks
at Prime Minister’s
Questions
Karin Dor, who has died aged 79, was a
German actress best known for her role
as a glamorous assassin tasked with
killing agent James Bond in You Only
Live Twice. But aside from her fame as a
Bond girl, she had a long and successful
career in the worlds of film, television
and theatre in her native Germany and
around the world.
Dor was born Kätherose Derr in
Wiesbaden, near Frankfurt, in 1938.
At school her focus was on acting and
ballet. She began her movie career
early, aged just 17, in the drama
Rosen-Resli in 1954. The film’s director,
Austrian Harald Reinl, became her
first husband.
Throughout the late Fifties and
Sixties she was cast in a number
of films as an innocent ingénue in
peril. She went on to work in more
sophisticated roles in films based
on the stories of Karl May and Edgar
Wallace, often directed by her husband,
Reinl, with whom she had a son in 1955.
Her first international film appearance
was in The Face of Fu Manchu (1965),
an Anglo-German production, in
which she plays Maria Muller, who is
kidnapped by the eponymous villain,
played by Christopher Lee.
Dor’s best known role was in the
James Bond classic You Only Live Twice
(1967), written by the author Roald
Dahl and directed by Lewis Gilbert.
She starred opposite Sean Connery as
a beautiful, red-haired assassin. Her
character, Helga Brandt (alias Number
Eleven), was unsuccessful against the
seemingly indestructible 007. She
was rewarded for her failure by being
dropped into a pool of piranhas by
Bond’s arch enemy, Ernst Blofeld.
Around the same time Alfred
Hitchcock was looking to cast for
1969’s Topaz, his most expensive film
with a £4m budget. Luckily for Dor, the
director’s previous film, Torn Curtain,
had left him keen to use lesser-known
actors. Hitchcock hired Dor to play
double-agent Juanita de Cordoba in
this Cold War story, a reimagining of
the events leading up to the Cuban
missile crisis.
In another dramatic end for one of
her characters she is shot in the back
and falls to the floor, with her purple
dress pooling around her like blood.
Hitchcock later said: “Although it was
a death scene, I wanted it to look
very beautiful.”
During the late Eighties and Nineties
Dor lived in America with her third
husband, the stuntman and actor
George Robotham, who died in 2007.
Her last television roles were in two
adaptations of Rosamunde Pilcher’s
novels in 1997 and 2000. In later life she
continued in film on Ich bin die Andere
(I am the other one, 2006) and in the
theatre production Man lebt nur dreimal
(You only love thrice, 2008), a piece
written specifically for her, hinting at
her earlier Bond girl moment and her
three marriages.
In a German TV interview she
confessed that it was “her” Bond who
remained her favourite. “I prefer
Connery to [Daniel] Craig, as he had a
warmer charisma and more humour in
his eyes.”
Born 22 February 1938
Died 6 November 2017
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NickClegg
May’s cynical offer is unacceptable
This is a thuggish, misleading attempt to shift blame on to MPs
A
s the Government
awards Parliament
“concessions” in its
attempt to push the
EU Withdrawal Bill
on to the statute book,
MPs should not be taken in. Beyond
the parliamentary intricacies of
late-night debates, knife-edge votes
and cross-party amendments there
remains a simple question: will
MPs, at the end of the day, have a
meaningful vote on both the terms
of our departure from the EU and
the details of our future relationship
with the EU? Anything less would
be a dereliction of the duty MPs
have towards their constituents on
such momentous decisions. If the
answer is no, then MPs should not
play ball.
At the moment, Theresa May
and David Davis are lurching
this way and that in an ever more
disorganised attempt to curry
favour with MPs. They have
sought to butter up the Brexiteers
on the Tory back benches by
promising that the Brexit date
would be enshrined in law as part
of the withdrawal Bill. Then they
attempted to win over the likes
of Ken Clarke, Anna Soubry and
Dominic Grieve and a growing
number of concerned Tory MPs by
proposing that Parliament will get
a vote on a Bill enshrining whatever
threadbare deal they manage to
bring back from Brussels.
For the most part, these
concessions are unnecessary,
synthetic and insincere. Putting the
Brexit date – 29 March 2019 – into
legislation is a particularly specious
gesture. It may act as catnip to the
increasingly agitated Brexiteers,
but to our European partners the
sight of the British government
shutting down the possibility of
extending the Brexit talks must
look absurd. As they know, and
as I do from my time working in
the EU, deadlines can be, and are,
frequently missed.
And the suggestion from the
Government that if MPs have the
temerity to reject the Brexit deal
they will be responsible for the
chaos of no deal is as thuggish as it
is misleading – if MPs were to reject
a bad deal, the EU would pause
the Article 50 timetable rather
than push us over the edge of the
Brexit cliff.
There is, however, a longerterm issue which MPs must also
now confront: no one in the EU
negotiation team believes that
there is even a remote possibility of
completing a full deal on Britain’s
Pro-EU protesters:
MPs are likely to be
voting on only an
outline agreement
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future relationship with the
European Union by March 2019.
Instead, the details of the future
relationship will be thrashed out
during a transition period after
we have formally left. So there is
now a high likelihood that MPs will
be asked to give their consent to
Britain’s departure from the EU
before knowing the detail of our
future relationship with the EU. It
will be like buying a house on the
basis of a few grainy photos from a
dodgy estate agent who won’t allow
you to visit the inside.
On a recent trip to Brussels, it
was made quite clear to me that
the two negotiating teams are
aiming for no more than a “heads of
agreement” deal by the time Britain
reaches its Article 50 deadline. This
means that David Davis will return
with little more than an outline of
detail-free pledges on areas like
security and combating terrorism,
and a vague promise to strike a
Canada-style free trade agreement.
The words of such a “heads
of agreement” will no doubt be
warm and refer to how “deep” and
“special” the future EU and UK
relationship will be, but the reality
is that the deal David Davis will
bring back to Parliament will be
intolerably vague.
What assurances will there be
for British farmers once we quit
It would be
like buying a
house from a
dodgy agent on
the basis of a few
grainy photos
the EU? What guarantees will Mr
Davis make to the UK’s financial
services industry about its future,
especially if “passporting” rights
are lost after Brexit? What are the
consequences for our legal services?
What will Brexit mean for crossborder crime-fighting if Britain
is no longer a full EU member
of cross-continental databases
and resources?
And how on earth will “free
trade” be maintained at a time
when we will be retreating from the
world’s most open trading bloc and
replacing it with a far narrower,
inferior trade arrangement which
will reintroduce a barrage of trade
restrictions?
In effect, Mr Davis will be asking
British legislators to nod through
a document that might as well
be made up of blank pages and
question marks. When it comes to
choosing our nation’s future, the
detail matters. Being fobbed off
with a “heads of agreement” will
not do.
So members of Parliament
must hold firm and reject the
Government’s tactics. They must
make it clear that it would be a
profound breach of democracy
for MPs to endorse a blueprint for
Britain’s future which will be made
up of little more than white noise.
As Parliament begins to pick
apart the Government’s legislative
programme for Brexit, members
of Parliament must set aside their
party ties, put country first, and
be clear that they will not accept
anything other than a meaningful
vote on a detailed proposal about
Britain’s future outside the EU.
The Government’s legislative
contortions will continue, but it
must be given nowhere else to turn.
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promise?
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Maybe the next person
to accuse Vote Leave of
promising £350m a week
to the NHS can provide
the quote that contains
this promise – because
I certainly haven’t been
able to find it.
Yes, £350m was the
figure they claimed we
sent to the EU every
week, but although they
invariably followed
this claim with the
suggestion that there
would be more money
available for the NHS if
we didn’t send it, this is
not the same thing as
making a promise.
Vote Leave, after all,
wasn’t a political party
with a manifesto – it
was merely a campaign
group speculating on
what could be possible
should its campaign be
successful and seeing as
we’re still in the EU, then
it hasn’t actually been
proved wrong yet.
BRIAN MATTHEWS
SUTTON
would say: “Have you
spilled this?”
JANET WHITEWAY
NORTH YORKSHIRE
Corruption
abroad
The risks of
limits
Far from bringing
health benefits, isn’t the
Scottish Government’s
attempt to restrict
alcohol consumption to
the respectable middle
classes more likely to
lead to an explosion in
the supply of unsafe,
cheaper bootleg booze
and the gangsterism with
which it is associated?
T HEWITT
Steep prices
for food
I see that food costs are
said to be rising due to
the fall in the value of the
pound but as the fall is
only around 10 per cent,
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I wonder why certain
of our staple foods
are rising at a much
faster rate?
I purchased a pack
of British butter this
morning which cost
£1.45 and I can recall it
costing 85p about a year
ago, so a rise of around
70 per cent.
I have been an
observant shopper for
over 50 years and see
most food prices, even
those produced in the
country, rising by much
more than inflation
plus the adjustment for
the fall in the value of
the pound.
HAZEL POWE
KEYNSHAM
Homer is a
great dad
The Lib Dem ex-minister
Jo Swinson yet again
demonstrates her total
lack of humour (“Homer
Simpson demeans dads,”
i 15 November).
The whole joke of The
Simpsons is that Homer
thinks he’s a hopeless
dad, but he’s actually
brilliant.
He loves his wife and
children and encourages
them in all they want to
do. He also works hard
to provide for them.
His family love him
unconditionally, but
he still feels he’s failed.
This is the pathos that
has ensured the show’s
success for 30 years.
Show me a better dad
than Homer Simpson.
HUGH KIRKBRIDE
BRISTOL
Different types
of wealth
I can see that James
Dyson creates wealth:
his business takes raw
materials and turns
them into valuable
and useful items, but
the same is not true of
Denise Coates (Your
View, 15 November).
Her company extracts
money from the pockets
of the public and
transfers it into the
bank accounts of Bet365.
If anything it is wealth
destruction, preventing
that money being used
for something positive.
RICHARD ADAMS
WAREHAM, DORSET
Spots, swirls
and stripes
Well said, Delia Smith
regarding poncy, overelaborate restaurant
creations (15 November).
If I ever produced plates
of food covered in dots
and swirls and swipes ,
I know what my family
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Girls’ Academy to introduce them to
entomophagy – the practice of eating
insects. In the article, we incorrectly
stated that part of the new Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE contains a
module on “proteins of the future”. The
article may also have implied that entomophagy is a key topic for the
new GCSE. Part of the specification
requires students to learn about food
provenance, environmental impact
and the sustainability of food, which is
where entomophagy could play a part.
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may have caused.
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describes the situation of
sending aid to a country
where viable threats of
murder against anyone
checking on the use of
the aid prevents even
superficial auditing
(i , 11 November).
May I suggest an
alternative? If the
recipients of the aid
had to state where the
buildings, farms etc
were located, with shift
patterns, etc, then the
old spy satellites which
have been superseded
could be used to check
on any building works,
and changes. It would
not solve the problem
of discovering what
happens inside buildings,
but over time would give
a good indication for
some projects of their
actual state.
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Vlogger Zoella says ‘sorry’
for insensitive tweets
The profitable world of
vlogger Zoella has seemed
untarnishable since she first
arrived on Youtube in 2009.
However, the 27-year-old,
real name Zoe Sugg, was
forced to admit “no one is
perfect” yesterday as tweets
were uncovered in which she
had made insensitive and
ignorant remarks more than
seven years ago.
Sugg wrote on Twitter:
“I’m sorry if I have offended
anyone, that was not my
intention. Obviously that is
not who I am today and I’d
like to think I’m a little older
and wiser!
“I’m not perfect and I’ve
never claimed to be, I’m
only human!”
It was a bad day for Sugg, all
in all. That apology came just
as she was fighting fires over
her “Zoella” branded advent
calendars, on sale for the
eye-watering price of £50 in
Boots (it has only 12 doors).
Zoella distanced herself
from the product, insisting
she had no role in its pricing.
The retailer then
announced it had cut the
price of the product – which
contains a cookie cutter, a
small pack of confetti, a packet
of seven stickers, a small bag, a
room spray, a pen and a fluffy
key ring, among other things –
by half, to £25.
The sum total of the
calendar’s contents actually
comes to £20.
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Radiohead
turn gaze
to the stage
Despite claiming they’d all be
hanging up their Radiohead
hats to focus on solo projects
in 2018, guitarist Ed O’Brien
has told Esquire, “Yes, there are
some tour dates being looked
at for Radiohead next year”,
while discussing the recording
of his new solo album.
Having toured to promote
their ninth album A Moon
Shaped Pool last year, the band
will next release a careerspanning new songbook,
featuring lyrics and chords to
tracks covering their 25-year
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T
here they are, nine men and
six women, most of them
smiling, the men wearing
suit and tie and the women
in business attire, looking out on
the world from the front page of
The Daily Telegraph. The Brexitsupporting newspaper would
typically have a picture of a winsome
young actress, model or royal on its
front page, but yesterday they went
for a photographic montage of a
group of middle-aged Conservative
MPs whose news value was that
they, quite sensibly (it seems to me),
have expressed reservations about
the Government pinning a time and
date to our leaving the EU.
The presentation of this story
– under the banner headline “The
Brexit Mutineers” – were as if
this gang had just been convicted
of a massive jewellery heist.
There’s “Suede” Ken Clarke, the
brains behind the operation, and
Dominic “The Attorney” Grieve, his
partner in crime. And then there’s
Nicky and Vicky, and Tom, Paul
and Bob. They’re all part of the
Westminster 15, a crack squad of
anti-establishment troublemakers,
hell-bent on perverting the
democratic will of the
people. At least that’s
what the subliminal
message was, and it’s
a bit disingenuous to
claim anything else.
Such is the febrile
nature of political
exchanges at this time,
and so profound are the
divisions on the subject of
Brexit, that a collection of MPs
taking a principled stand on the
issue is seen in such visceral terms.
The Telegraph editors must have
rued the fact that the Daily Mail had
got there first with their headline
“Enemies of the People” (referring
to the judges who ruled that
Parliament must vote on Article 50).
One of the MPs accused by The
Telegraph, Anna Soubry (inset), has
complained that this was a “blatant
piece of bullying”, and there was the
predictable hue and cry, from both
sides of the divide, on social media.
It only needed JK Rowling, with her
13 million followers, to weigh in: “The
Telegraph is doubtless hoping they
get bullied, but many of us are glad
to have this useful guide to who put
country before party,” she tweeted.
On one level, this was simply a
powerful, well-executed piece of
interpretative journalism that,
while convenient to The Telegraph’s
editorial agenda, was factual and, up
to a point, fair.
But the characterisation of these
respected and senior MPs as
“mutineers” was clearly a
provocation.
The language used
here is important,
and Bill Cash, a
Eurosceptic of long
standing, is quoted as
referring to his fellow
Tory MPs as Labour
“collaborators”. I hardly
need explain the echoes of
such a term.
Elsewhere on social media, they
are called “traitors”. This, I’m afraid,
is what political discourse in Britain
has become, and The Telegraph
certainly has a case to answer in
presenting a complex issue in such
simplistic terms.
Brexit minister Steve Baker
didn’t refer to the paper by name,
but tweeted that he regretted “any
media attempts to divide our party”.
I beg your pardon? Your party
is already divided. The country is
divided. These are difficult times
that must be approached with
caution, and the hurling of insults
across the barricades does no one
any favours.
CHRISTMAS
with a flurry of emojis, sent via a
WhatsApp message.
Perhaps this is why retailers are
desperately trying to market cards
to the under-30s. In a Soho branch
of card shop Scribbler yesterday
afternoon I was faced with rack
upon rack of Christmas cards,
shimmering with millennial glitter.
The festive slogans came thick
and fast: “Merry Christmas, you
prick” read one, from the cartoon
mouth of a tinsel-bedecked cactus.
Forget heaven on Earth, this was
Sodom and Gomorrah.
Life can be mapped out by
the festive cards you choose: at
secondary school it’s a standardissue Paperchase effort, when
standing out means social disaster.
Then come the “humour” years.
Once I’d moved out of home, my
flatmates and I staged a spoof family
Christmas card shoot, sitting under
the tree in Christmas jumpers. I
even included a letter when I sent
them out: “This year has been a
happy and healthy one. Laura nearly
blacked out at The Venue in New
Cross, while Alex pulled 180 girls
this summer, and Luke got a 2:2.”
Nowadays, I get my cards from my
local church. They usually depict a
snowy hedgehog, and a percentage
of sales go to Save the Children.
Christmas symbolises warmth
and togetherness – and when the
world is going to pot, there’s no
comfort like focusing on simple
things we can control, like sending a
Christmas card. EVENING STANDARD
Laura
Weir
The comfort
and joy of a
festive card
T
wo years ago, I received a
Christmas card from David
and Samantha Cameron.
“Happy Christmas, lots of
love from Dave, Sam and the kids,”
it read – or something similar. I
was thrilled. The PM had sent me a
Christmas card! I’d arrived.
Then I noticed the addressee: Ms
Laura Weird.
My face crinkled into a Munchian
scream. There are no tidings of
comfort and joy in No 10 spelling
your name incorrectly. Still, it
remains one of the funniest things
that’s ever happened to me.
Less hilarious is the fact that
Christmas card sales are in terminal
decline – their sales raise £50m for
charity each year. As we become
less intimate with our IRL friends
we send Elf Yourself emails or
Instagram messages instead of
handwritten notes, and wish even
our closest friends happy birthday
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The art
of Essex
woman
Earth-like planet ‘may be a
comfortable abode for life’
By John von Radowitz
Grayson Perry
is to stage a new
exhibition devoted to
the memory of Julie
Cope, a “fictional
Essex woman”.
The Turner Prizewinner has created
woodcuts, ceramics,
tiles and tapestries,
including “In its
Familiarity Golden”
(right), telling the story
of Julie’s “life”.
“The Life of Julie
Cope” is partly
inspired by Perry’s
own experiences
growing up in Essex.
It runs at Colchester’s
Firstsite art gallery
from Saturday.
A newly discovered planet orbiting
a nearby star could provide a comfortable home for life.
The Earth-sized planet, named
Ross 128b, is just 11 light years
away and is thought to have
a “mild” climate, with
temperatures ranging
between an icy -60°C
and a balmy 20°C.
That could mean it
has oceans and lakes
in which life may have
evolved. Ross 128b is
also believed to have a
“quiet” parent star, which
would further benefit animals
and plants.
Like many exoplanets, it orbits
close to a dim and cool “red dwarf”
star. Red dwarfs are prone to deadly
eruptions of ultraviolet radiation
and X-rays. Habitable zone planets
HEALTH
Strangers’ hearts beat as
one at live theatre shows
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
The thrill of a live theatre performance causes audience members’
heart beats to beat in sync, a study
by University College London
(UCL) has found.
The heart beats of strangers will
react in sync to scenes of heightened emotion, and resume their
co-ordination after experiencing a
dip during the interval.
A deep emotional response to a
show can even lead to new friendships after the final curtain. Heart
synchronisation causes people to
bond and like each other more, the
study found.
UCL neuroscientists monitored
the heart rates and skin response
of selected audience members at a
live theatre performance of awardwinning show Dreamgirls. They
found that as well as responding
emotionally to the performance as
individuals, the audience responded in unison through their heart
beats, with their pulses speeding
up and slowing down at the same
rate as each other.
Dr Joseph Devlin, head of experimental psychology at UCL,
said: “Usually, a group of individuals will each have their own heart
rates and rhythms, with little relationship to each other. But during
experiences with heightened levels
of emotion, people’s heart beats
can become synchronised, which
in itself is astounding.”
He added: “Experiencing the live
theatre performance was extraordinary enough to overcome group
differences and produce a common
physiological experience in the audience members.” Research for independent ticket provider Encore
Tickets, which commissioned the
study, found almost two-thirds (59
per cent) of people feel emotionally
affected by a live performance.
The study found synchrony was
maintained in the interval between
groups of friends in the audience
but the synchrony with strangers
declined until the show resumes.
“The unified response seen at the
live theatre performance can help
to break down social differences
and bring people together,” the report suggested.
The visceral power
of theatre was demonstrated when five people fainted
while watching Cleansed, Sarah
Kane’s National Theatre play,
which included graphic scenes
of torture and rape.
COURTS
Bieber ticket fraudster narrowly avoids jail
By Richard Vernalls
A would-be England
sportswoman who duped her
girlfriend in a sales scam to
cheat Justin Bieber fans into
buying fake gig tickets has
avoided jail “by a whisker”.
Zainab Pervaiz also set up
online listings for performances
by Beyoncé and Adele, and in all
defrauded victims out of £9,982
from August 2015 to July 2016.
The 25-year-old paralegal
(inset) used a PayPal account
belonging to her girlfriend’s
grandfather, Sydney Bricknell,
to take payment from
pop fans.
Pervaiz, from
Walsall, in the West
Midlands, admitted
16 counts of fraud by
false representation.
Prosecutor Gary
told Birmingham
Crown Court further
investigations revealed
many victims had not come
forward and that up to £40,000
may have been taken during the
scam. Judge Simon Drew QC
told Pervaiz: “You were
well and truly caught
out. You have come
within a whisker of
imprisonment.”
He suspended her
two-year jail term
on each count for a
period of two years.
Pervaiz, who trained
with the England football
camp, was ordered to pay
compensation to all 16 victims.
around most red dwarfs are likely
to be severely irradiated. However, Ross 128b’s star is much less
volatile than typical red dwarfs and
the planet’s surface receives only
1.38 times more radiation than the
Earth, scientists believe.
Proxima Centauri b is the
closest planet yet detected
outside our solar system
that is in the “habitable
zone”, or at a distance
from its star likely to
provide suitable temperatures for life. However, it is exposed to bursts
of radiation.
Astronomer Dr Xavier Bonfils, from the University of Grenoble, France, who led the European
team behind the new discovery,
said: “It seems that Ross 128 is a
much quieter star, and so its planets
may be the closest known comfortable abode for possible life.”
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NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
Slough may have a reputation for
being a haven of featureless whitecollar office enterprise, but it is the
most productive town in Britain.
New research has put Slough
ahead of London among cities that
are doing well. The report by the
Centre for Cities think-thank says
cities in the greater South East – the
South East, London and the East of
England – are 44 per cent more productive than cities in other parts of
England, Wales and Scotland.
Workers in the greater South East
produced 7 per cent more per hour
than their counterparts in Germany
in 2015 – making it one of the most
productive regions in Europe.
Slough was the most productive
area in Britain in 2015, with an output
of £82,100 per worker. It was followed
by London, Reading, Milton Keynes
and Aldershot.
But the think-tank says the economic under-performance of other
regions of Britain – whose workers
produced 22 per cent less than the
Germans – is driving low national
productivity. “That so many cities
outside the greater South East perform poorly is a big issue for the national economy,” the report warns.
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If all British cities produced as
much as the greater South East, the
think-tank adds, Britain’s economy
would be more than £200bn larger –
the same output as four extra cities
the size of Birmingham.
Andrew Carter, the chief executive of Centre for Cities, said: “This
analysis reveals the stark disparities
in productivity across different parts
of the country, which should be a central concern for policy-makers tasked
with addressing Britain’s sluggish
economic output.
“In particular, Britain’s major cities
should be leading the national economy, but instead they are causing it to
lag behind that of other countries.”
Only 12 of Britain’s 62 cities and
large towns performed above the
national average for productivity in
2015, the think-tank says, and eight of
those were in the greater South East.
Major cities in the North and the
Midlands such as Leeds, Manchester
and Birmingham all fell below the national average.
Dundee was the seventhleast productive city in
Britain, while Aberdeen was the
sixth-most productive. Edinburgh
was the ninth-most productive.
TOP FIVE LEAST
PRODUCTIVE CITIES
KEY
Place
82,100
1 Stoke
41,500
Output per
worker (£)
2 Blackburn
41,500
3 Mansfield
41,800
4 Doncaster
41,900
5 Swansea
42,500
2
TOP FIVE MOST
PRODUCTIVE CITIES
4
1
3
1 Slough
82,100
2 London
73,700
4
5
1 2
3
5
3 Reading
68,900
4 Milton Keynes
64,800
5 Aldershot
61,500
44%
*LONDON, SOUTH EAST AND EAST OF ENGLAND
Cities in the Greater South
East* are 44 per cent more
productive than cities in
the rest of the country.
SOURCE: CENTRE FOR CITIES
ENTERTAINMENT
British backpacker and her
friend found dead in hostel
Video games
act like IQ tests
A young British backpacker and her
Canadian friend have been found
dead in a hostel in Cambodia.
The bodies of freelance make-up
artist Natalie Seymour, 22, and the
27-year-old Canadian, Abbey Gail
Amisola, were found by staff at the
Monkey Republic Guest House in the
southern city of Kampot on Monday.
Staff claimed the women had been
feeling unwell the night before they
died and had gone to a pharmacy to
get medication. The hostel’s manager
said his employees were “devastated
by the tragic deaths of the two young
women” and police were now dealing
with the matter. Cambodian officials
claimed they had been suffering from
severe vomiting and diarrhoea.
Miss Seymour’s family, from Shefford, in Bedfordshire, were told of
her death on Tuesday. Her mother
Wendy Bowler said her daughter had
sent her messages saying she and
her friend were unwell and they were
thinking of getting medication.
Dave Goode, vice-principal at Ms
Seymour’s former school, Samuel
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Natalie Seymour who has been found
dead in Cambodia INSTAGRAM
Whitbread Academy, Shefford, said:
“This is terribly sad news. She was
a lively and positive young lady. Our
condolences go to her family.” The Foreign Office is supporting the family.
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CAMBODIA
By Sally Guyoncourt
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Most and least productive cities
South East is the
most productive
part of Britain
By Dean Kirby
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Two popular video games act like IQ
tests, with the most intelligent players gaining the highest scores.
Both games, League of Legends and
DefenceoftheAncients2, involve chesslike strategic thinking. Scientists
discovered that high levels of skill
in both games correlated with having
a high IQ. Professor Alex Wade, from
the University of York, said: “[These]
games are socially interactive and intellectually demanding.”
The findings appear in the journal
Public Library of Science ONE.
Drinking and
smoking
really will put
years on you
By Sally Guyoncourt
Heavy drinking and smoking
put years on your looks, and
scientists have identified the
worst of the tell-tale features.
A study which looked at the
visible signs of ageing among
adults for more than a decade
found the heavier they drank
and the more they smoked, the
older they looked.
“This is the first study
to show that alcohol and
smoking are associated with
the development of
visible age-related
signs and thus
generally
looking older
than one’s
actual age...
This may
reflect that
heavy drinking
and smoking
increases general
ageing of the body,”
the report authors concluded.
However, neither light nor
moderate drinkers showed any
signs of visibly ageing faster.
Researchers tracked the
heart health and visible signs
of ageing for 11,500 adults for
an average of 11.5 years as part
of the Copenhagen City Heart
Study in Denmark.
The four signs are: earlobe
creases, yellow-orange plaques
on the eyelids (xanthelasmata),
male pattern baldness and
a grey/opaque ring around
the cornea of each eye (arcus
corneae). The average age of
the participants was 51 but
ranged from 21 to 86 among the
women and from 21 to 93 among
the men.
Average alcohol consumption
was 2.6 drinks a week for
women and 11.4 for men, and
just over half the women and
around two-thirds of the men
were current smokers.
Analysis revealed a
consistently increased risk
of looking older than one’s
true age and developing arcus
corneae, earlobe creases, and
xanthelasmata among those
who smoked and drank heavily.
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Farming is the root cause of economic inequality, say researchers.
The largest study of its kind, due
to be published in the science journal Nature, found the rise of agriculture since Neolithic times, with
the domestication of wild plants
and wild animals, increased disparities in wealth and has major
implications for modern society.
Researchers at Washington
State University along with 13
other institutions looked at 63 different archeological sites comparing house sizes within each site.
The hunter-gatherer societies
had less wealth inequality than
large-scale agricultural societies
because their mobility made it
harder to accumulate wealth and
pass it on to future generations.
The study also found there was
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Kohler, lead author and professor
of archaeology and evolutionary
anthropology at Washington State
University, said: “Inequality has a
lot of subtle and potentially pernicious effects on societies.”
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Benedict Allen has
not made contact
since going into
a jungle in Papua
New Guinea PA
Family fears for missing British
explorer on trek to find tribe
By Rod Minchin
The family of a British explorer who
has gone missing on an expedition to
reach a remote tribe in Papua New
Guinea has spoken of its concerns for
his safety.
Benedict Allen was dropped by
helicopter into the jungle three
weeks ago and has not been heard
from since. He was hoping to reach
the Yaifo, a tribe thought to be
one of the last on Earth to have no
contact with the outside world.
The author and BBC TV presenter, who has no mobile phone or GPS
device with him, was due to travel
home at the weekend. Hs sister, Katie
Pestille, told BBC Radio Four’s Today
programme: “He knows all about survival stuff. What worries me is there
are bad people in these jungles.” She
particularly feared drug dealers and
illegal loggers.
Mr Allen’s friend, BBC security
correspondent Frank Gardner, who
travelled to Papua New Guinea with
him twice last year, said: “I would
say the chances are that Benedict is
going to be fine.
“Benedict always expected something like this. I had supper with him
just before he left and he said, ‘Look,
I’m quite certain I’ll probably be out
of contact for quite some time and
people shouldn’t worry about it’.”
Mr Allen’s agent, Joanna Sarsby,
told the Daily Mail: “Goodness knows
what has happened.”
PEOPLE
Twitter users find Postman Pat video for autistic son
By Ed Dracott
The parents of a severely autistic
teenager have praised “the
kindness of complete strangers”
after Twitter users helped them
find a discontinued Postman Pat
video to give him for Christmas.
James and Cindy Dutton, from
Ruislip, west London, went online
after son Thomas, 19, asked for
Postman Pat’s Prize Postbag on
VHS on his handwritten gift list.
Mr Dutton’s post got a huge
response, with more than 7,500
retweets. The couple, who are
no longer married, said Thomas
has “always been obsessed with
children’s characters” and one of
his favourites was Postman Pat.
“Thomas is autistic with severe
learning disability, and finds the
written word easier than speaking
to express himself,” they said.
hen Theresa
May became
Prime Minister,
there were two
absolute truths
about her position: the first was
that she was in the role because
Conservative MPs found the other
options so unappetising, and the
second was that her best asset was
Jeremy Corbyn.
And because so much
has changed since then,
it is easy to forget
that those two truths
remain unchanged.
Of course, back then,
Conservative MPs
thought Corbyn was
her best asset because he
guaranteed a Tory majority
at the next election. Now, it is
because her MPs are frightened
that if they make any sudden
moves, the Government will come
crashing down, ushering in a
Corbyn government.
The unattractiveness of the
alternatives is also still keeping the
Prime Minister in place. Possible
Tory leaders come in two groups
as far as most MPs are concerned:
familiar faces from the top of the
Cabinet, whom they know they find
inadequate; and young pretenders
from outside it, whom they fear will
be found inadequate in turn.
If you sat down with the average
Conservative MP they would
be able to talk in great detail
about the MPs they dislike. Boris
Johnson is seen to have acquitted
himself badly at the Foreign Office,
even among pro-Brexit MPs.
Philip Hammond, the Chancellor,
is variously considered to be too
down on Brexit and too keen
on continuing public spending
restraint. David Davis is too
old; Greg Clark, the Business
Secretary, too low-profile.
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There are only two politicians
who are in receipt of unqualified
praise from their peers. The first
is Michael Gove, perhaps the only
front-rank Conservative politician
who has not entirely blotted his
copybook with one side in the
referendum campaign. (Although
a senior figure in Vote Leave, he
still has Remain allies.) Gove is
also attracting rave reviews for his
work as Environment Secretary.
However, the fear that no swing
voter would give him a second
look means that he is not an
option for those worried about a
Corbyn victory.
That leaves the Home Secretary,
Amber Rudd, the candidate senior
Labour figures say they would least
like to face. One says she has the
air of a “posh, mean but fair mum.
Sort of the same vibe that worked
for David Cameron for a bit”. She
is also a social liberal, a vital asset
after Conservatives repelled so
many socially liberal voters in June.
Ruddmania might not yet
have arrived in earnest, but the
Thatcherite chair of the Centre of
Policy Studies, Maurice Saatchi,
recently introduced her at a
party by playing a word
association game:
“Palmerston, Asquith,
May, Callaghan,
Churchill.” Not his
choices for a five-a-side
team, but a list of Home
Secretaries who went on
to become Prime Minister.
Rudd’s problem is that it
isn’t only Labour that fears her –
Conservative Party activists do,
too. They don’t like that she was
a vocal pro-European before the
referendum and that she always
looks uncomfortable talking up
Amber Rudd
‘has the air of a
posh, mean but
fair mum’
Brexit now. Her allies hope that
once Brexit is “resolved” in March
2019, Tory minds will turn to the
question of how to beat Corbyn.
But the difficulty is that it looks
increasingly unlikely that Brexit
will be resolved in March 2019 or
anything like it. Amber Rudd is
winning over almost everyone in
and around the Conservative Party,
apart from the group that holds her
fate in its hands.
Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the ‘New Statesman’
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IN BONN
KENYA
Ex-PM exempt
from graft trial
Activists win
ballot challenge
A Pakistani judge has
exempted the former Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif from
attending his corruption
trial so that he can visit his
wife as she undergoes cancer
treatment in London.
Mr Sharif’s lawyer, Amjad
Pervez, said the exemption for
Mr Sharif is for one week only
but a month for his daughter.
Mr Sharif, his daughter and
her husband appeared in court
for yesterday’s hearing in the
trial on charges stemming
from documents leaked from a
Panamanian law firm. AP
Kenya’s election board must give
access to election returns to parties
challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in last month’s election,
the Supreme Court ruled yesterday.
Access to the vote tally forms and
a copy of the voter register must be
granted to the petitioners, the judges
said. They denied a request for access
to the electronic devices used in vote
counting. The legal challenges come
after the court nullified Mr Kenyatta’s August victory and ordered a
new election. The current proceedings may be the last chance for legal
scrutiny of the second election, held
on 26 October. REUTERS
Apple to develop
anti-spam mobile
application
By Aditya Kalra
IN NEW DELHI
Apple has agreed to give help
to the Indian government to
develop an anti-spam mobile
application for its iOS platform,
after refusing to do so due to
privacy concerns, according
China and India likely to
mitigate climate change
By Alister Doyle
PAKISTAN
INDIA
ASIA
to documents seen by Reuters.
The company has been locked
in a tussle with India’s telecoms
regulator for more than a year.
Officials complained Apple
dragged its feet on advising the
government how to develop an
app that would allow iPhone
users to report unsolicited
marketing texts or calls as spam.
An industry source said
Apple resisted requests for an
iOS version due to concerns
that a government app with
access to call and text logs
could compromise customers’
privacy. REUTERS
Global warming is likely to be slightly
less severe than previously expected
thanks to stronger climate policies by
China and India that will offset less
US action under President Donald
Trump, a study suggests.
Average world temperatures
are, however, still on track to rise
far above the key goal set in the
2015 Paris Agreement of limiting
warming to “well below” 2°C above
pre-industrial times, it said.
The Carbon Action Tracker report,
by three independent European
research groups, said current
Berlin
Arab musicians in Berlin are
bringing their musical roots
to Germans – with a little help
from American jazz.
At the monthly Arab Song
Jam in the German capital,
musicians use famous Arab
songs as a starting point before
inviting other musicians for a
jam session in a style pioneered
by American jazz musicians
before the Second World War.
“All musicians know these
jazz sessions. So we use that
technique on Arab songs,” said
Moroccan Alaa Zouiten, who
plays the oud, a kind of lute,
and who led a recent session.
“It is a great idea because it
brings popular Arab songs to
life here in Berlin.”
Berlin’s already large Arab
community has grown since
2015 with the arrival of tens
of thousands of refugees
from Syria. That has led
to an increased interest in
Arab culture and music in
the city, said Philippa Ebene,
artistic director of “Werkstatt
der Kulturen” (Cultural
Workshop) – where the jam
sessions are held.
“We have all these new
Berliners from the Arab world
and they brought their music
with them,” she said. “Berlin is
a city that is always hungry for
new culture.”
The Arab Song Jam is part of
a year-long celebration of Arab
culture at the venue, which
also includes poetry readings
and Arab film nights. AP
Jona Kallgren
policies meant the world was headed
for a warming of 3.4°C by 2100,
down from the 3.6°C it predicted a
year ago.
Francis will
auction new
Popemobile
Pope Francis writes
on the bonnet of a
Lamborghini Huracan
donated to him by
the luxury sports
carmaker. The car,
worth £177,000,
will be auctioned by
Sotheby’s, with the
proceeds going to
charities including
one aimed at helping
rebuild Christian
communities in Iraq
that were devastated
by Isis. AP
SRI LANKA
Minister denies Tamil rebels were raped and tortured
Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary has
denied that his country committed
torture and rape of suspected rebels,
as charged by more than 50 men
of the island’s Tamil ethnic minority who are seeking political asylum
in Europe.
Kapila Waidyaratne called the
claims “baseless and unfounded”.
“The government of Sri Lanka
is for zero tolerance with regard to
sexual abuse and so on,” he told a UN
conference in Vancouver.
The allegations were contained
within an 8 November report on the
asylum-seekers and their claims of
being abducted and tortured by Sri
Lanka’s current government.
The International Truth and
Justice Project Sri Lanka, which
has alleged human rights violations
in the country, said it was impossible
to believe the government had
credibly investigated the claims
in a week. AP
GERMANY
GUAM
MEXICO
VW executives
investigated
No wriggle room ‘Old school’ cartel
for tree snakes leader arrested
Investigators have searched
the offices of two senior
Volkswagen executives as part of a
corruption inquiry.
Volkswagen said the offices of
the personnel chief Karlheinz
Blessing, and the chief financial
officer Frank Witter were
searched, along with the employee
council chief Bernd Osterloh’s
office. The proceedings are
unrelated to investigations of the
diesel emissions scandal. REUTERS
Wildlife agencies are meeting in
Guam to provide updates on projects
targeting the invasive brown tree
snake, which has proved detrimental
to Guam’s native bird population.
Increased inspections, awareness
programmes and effective baiting
methods have been discussed.
JamesDixonoftheUS Department
of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services
says that during the past 10 years,
202,033 brown tree snakes have been
captured in four high-risk areas. AP
By Jeremy Hainsworth
Postcard
From...
Progress in Asia on carbon emissions
is likely to counteract US inaction
China was on track to overachieve
its pledge under the Paris Agreement
to peak its carbon emissions by 2030,
it said. And India was also making
progress to limit a surge in emissions
driven by more coal use.
A rise of 3°C in global average
temperatures could cause loss of
tropical coral reefs, Alpine glaciers,
Arctic summer sea ice and perhaps
an irreversible melting of Greenland’s
ice that would drive up world sea
levels, a UN science panel says.
“It is clear who the leaders are
here: in the face of US inaction, China
and India are stepping up,” said Bill
Hare of Climate Analytics, one of the
research groups. REUTERS
Mexican police and military
personnel have arrested an “old
school” Zetas cartel leader who
allegedly co-ordinated a 2010
killing spree that included the
massacre of 72 Central American
migrants in the border state of
Tamaulipas, authorities said.
The 56-year-old suspect
was identified as Martiniano
Jaramillo. Prosecutors said he
was arrested at a hospital near the
Tamaulipas state capital. AP
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Actress sues Weinstein for alleged hotel rape
By Sam Blewett
The disgraced film mogul Harvey
Weinstein is being sued by an actress
who accuses him of raping her in a
Beverly Hills hotel after they discussed a role in one of his shows.
The actress, identified only as Jane
Doe in court papers, is also suing the
studio he co-founded, accusing it of
“deliberate indifference”.
She claims Mr Weinstein first assaulted her in 2015 and then raped
her in the Montage Hotel in spring
last year after he discussed getting
her a role in his Marco Polo TV series.
Later, he telephoned her but she
swore at him and hung up the phone
and she was never given the role despite being told she was a “perfect addition” to the show, it is alleged by the
accuser’s lawyer Gloria Allred.
The woman is suing Mr Weinstein
for damages and compensation for
lost wages for the alleged sexual
battery, as well as suing at the Weinstein Company, which has sacked
the producer.
“With deliberate indifference,
the companies failed to take necessary, proper or adequate measures
in order to prevent the violation
of [the accuser’s] rights,” Ms
Allred wrote.
The firm “did not terminate him
despite knowing, or should have
known of, his long and well-known
history of abusing and sexually
harassing women based on sex”, the
suit added.
A spokeswoman for Mr Weinstein
said he denies “any allegations of
non-consensual sex”, adding: “Mr
Weinstein has further confirmed that
there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing
his advances.”
Police in London, New York and
Los Angeles are investigating the
65-year-old producer, who has been
More than 50 women have
claimed Mr Weinstein
sexually harassed or assaulted
them. The movie mogul has been
expelled from the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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accused by dozens of women of
sexual harassment and assault.
The Weinstein Company is also
being sued by actress Dominique
Huett, who claims she was assaulted
by Mr Weinstein and the firm was
negligent for knowing about his alleged offending.
Mr Weinstein is also suing his
former company for access to his
emails that he believes contain information “exonerating” him.
The New Yorker magazine recently
claimed that Weinstein used private
investigators to cover up sexual
abuse claims.
UNITED STATES
Bush Snr unlikely to face prosecution
By Nomaan Merchant
IN HOUSTON
Allegations that the former President George HW Bush inappropriately touched six women involve
potential crimes punishable by
fines or jail time, but the chances
of a prosecution now are slight, say
legal experts.
All but one of the cases would
be impeded by state statutes of
limitations, and several lawyers
interviewed said that it would be
difficult to win a conviction against
Mr Bush, who has vascular parkinsonism, a rare syndrome that mimics Parkinson’s disease.
“You’re still going to be facing
prosecuting a 93-year-old man in
a wheelchair that’s a former President,” said Toby Shook, a lawyer
who previously served as a pros-
Most of the allegations about
George HW Bush are affected by
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ecutor in Dallas. “I doubt if you
could find a jury that would want to
convict him.”
There is no indication prosecu-
tors are planning to pursue a case
against Mr Bush.
Jordana Grolnick, an actress
who alleged that Mr Bush groped
her behind last year as his wife,
Barbara, stood nearby, told the
Associated Press that she has no
plans to report the 41st President
to authorities.
That appears to be the only incident that has not reached the local
statute of limitations on how long
a crime can be prosecuted after it
occurs.
The six incidents occurred in
three states over a decade. In all
of the cases, the women say Mr
Bush touched their buttocks as
they stood next to him to take
photos.
All three states have laws against
touching someone without their
consent. AP
CHINA
CHINA
Rights group urges ban on
LGBT ‘conversion’ therapy
Envoy sent to
North Korea
By Michael Martina
By Yi-Ling Liu
IN HONG KONG
The Chinese government
should stop hospitals
from subjecting LGBT
people to electroshock
therapy and forced
medication, a human
rights group said.
A report released
by New York-based
Human Rights Watch,
based on interviews with
17 people subjected to widely
criticised techniques since 2009,
comes as awareness has grown
in China regarding the rights
of lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender people.
Homosexuality was removed
from China’s list of mental
illnesses 15 years ago,
but stories of families
enrolling relatives in
treatments seeking
to change their
sexual orientation is
common. Yang Teng,
a Chinese gay rights
activist, claimed a
doctor at a private clinic in
Chongqing city administered
an electric shock to his finger as
he was told to think about a time
he had sex with a man. AP
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ebbie McGee doesn’t
walk. She glides. At
least, that’s what it
looks like as she makes
her way across the
room. At 59, McGee is the oldest
celebrity competitor in this year’s
Strictly Come Dancing.
Not that you’d know that by
watching her on the dance floor.
So far, she’s waltzed all over
the other competitors such as
Mollie King – who is 29 years her
junior – and scored the first 40
of the series for her tango with
Giovanni Pernice.
She’s in phenomenal shape
physically, which she puts down to
yoga and pilates.
“Because I’ve always been in
showbusiness and had to be on
stage in slinky dresses, I’ve always
liked eating, and the only way I
can eat everything I want is to
exercise,” she explains.
“But I’ve never been a gym girl.
I did go to the gym for a couple of
years and it’s the only time I ever
got injured.”
McGee rose to fame as the
sidekick of her late husband,
magician Paul Daniels. The pair
were married for more than 25
years until his death in March
last year.
On 1 April this year, she shared
a picture of them on their wedding
day on Twitter, writing alongside
it: “29 years ago today.”
In 2010, Daniels himself donned
a tuxedo and competed in Strictly,
where he was partnered with
Ola Jordan. He was the second
celebrity to be voted off the show
during that year.
How does it feel to be in the
spotlight without him? “It
changes week by week,” she
says, explaining that a recent
stint of publicity for a Channel 5
programme talking about her late
husband stirred up memories.
“I had a really emotional
previous two weeks to this,
because there was a big tribute to
Paul on Channel 5 and I had to do
a lot of interviews recalling Paul,
and so it got to me... I know how
much he would just love it.
“But because he also did
the show and lots of people on
the show got to know him, his
presence is kind of around and I
think emotionally it’s got to me
more than I thought it would, is
how I could describe it.”
Her flexibility and dancing skills
aside (she trained as a ballerina
until she was 19, a fact that has
caused some consternation among
viewers), McGee also grabbed
headlines following her first
dance on Strictly which saw her
kissing 27-year-old Pernice as their
routine ended.
Days after the kiss, McGee told
ITV’s This Morning that Daniels
would have “loved” the kiss,
adding: “And the fact that I caused,
or appeared to have caused, this
furore with the kiss on Saturday
night... he just loved showbusiness,
and that really was showbiz.”
She laughs when asked
about the headlines suggesting
their friendship could have a
romantic edge.
She explains: “We really have
SOCIETY
Apu from ‘The Simpsons’
made me feel non-American
For comedian Hari Kondabolu, the Indian Kwik-EMart
owner is no laughing matter. By Mark Kennedy
G
rowing up in New York
in the 1990s, comedian
Hari Kondabolu adored
The Simpsons. There
was just one thing
that bothered him about it: Apu,
the Kwik-E-Mart clerk who sold
expired food, ripped off customers
and delivered the sing-songy
slogan: “Thank you, come again.”
Apu is far from the only feeble
character in Springfield; the
place is populated by barflies,
incompetent doctors, clowns
and crazy eggheads. But to
Kondabolu and plenty of other
people of South Asian heritage,
the pot-bellied, heavily accented
Apu led to bullying, self-loathing
and embarrassment. Apu was
one of the only Indian immigrants
portrayed in Western popular
culture and yet he was a buffoon.
“This character – the only
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a close relationship. It’s a special
friendship... it’s not a love affair, it’s
an incredible, deep friendship.”
A few weeks later when we
catch up McGee, she also brushes
off any suggestion she has
become the object of affection to
younger admirers.
“If I have, I haven’t noticed it.
This programme takes over your
life. I don’t see anybody, I haven’t
been going out because it’s so
exhausting. Nobody knows who
they are attracted to or who is
going to ask you out, so I have no
idea!” she says.
With the Blackpool Strictly
spectacular this weekend, which
will see the professionals and their
celebrity partners take to the
dance floor at the Blackpool Tower
ballroom, McGee says she has no
representation that we have – led
a lot of kids who were born and
raised here to feel non-American,”
says Kondabolu. “If you don’t
nip racism in the bud from the
beginning, it mutates
and finds other ways
of surviving.”
The socially
conscious
comedian,
whom British
comedy fans may
know from his
appearance on the
BBC3 series Live
at the Electric and
UK gigs last month, is
now fighting back with
a documentary, The Problem
With Apu, screening in the US this
weekend. It features interviews
with other people of South Asian
heritage who share their own
distaste for the character. One of
them is Vivek Murthy, a former
Surgeon General of the US, who
recalls being bullied in school by a
kid using Apu’s accent.
“It’s not about him
being funny,” says
Kondabolu. “That’s
not the issue. He’s
a flawed character,
based through the
lens of a stereotype.
I think sometimes
people confuse
funny and wrong.”
Some Simpsons
fans argue the cartoon
is an equal-opportunity
offender that mocks various
ethnicities and cultures. But
Kondabolu argues that some
images have a lasting impact.
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idea what to expect from it, but
adds: “I’ve got butterflies like I’m
going to a teenage prom.”
The pressure is on for all of the
couples and McGee says making it
to that stage of the competition is a
nice way of giving back something
to the professional dancers who
work tirelessly alongside them.
She said: “For all the pros, it’s
incredibly special to them and
they’ve worked so hard for us that
if we can get through, it’s our way
of paying them back.
“You have to trust each other
and for us as well, if you are used
to performing on your own, if you
go wrong it’s only you. Although I
worked as part of a double act for
a long time, so it’s a similar sort of
thing, I always knew that whatever
I did, Paul would cover up anyway
and it didn’t matter, so I had an
awful lot of freedom. But on this
I’m really aware that if I go wrong
I am letting Giovanni down. We
are teams and you can’t help that
feeling inside. You feel guilty.”
After Strictly, McGee will
be making the most of her
career renaissance.
She’ll be on stage doing a Beauty
and the Beast-themed pantomime
at the Grand Opera House in York
over the festive season.
And then there’s the BBC2
programme, The Pilgrimage, that
she filmed earlier this year, which
saw her take on the long distance
trek of the Camino de Santiago
in Spain.
She said: “It was amazing. It
kills you, but we did it the hard
way. It prepared me for Strictly
because we walked a hundred
miles in two weeks. It was the most
amazing experience.”
So far, McGee has managed
the unimaginable during Strictly:
her dancing has persuaded the
normally stone-faced judge Craig
Revel Horwood to get down on
bended knee to salute her dancing,
and head judge Shirley Ballas
handing over her “queen of Latin
crown’” to her. She’s also seen her
popularity with the public soar,
leaving behind her retro role as a
magician’s Girl Friday and coming
into her own.
But will she go on to win the
glitterball trophy and crown?
That would be magic.
‘Strictly Come Dancing,’ BBC1,
Saturday, 6.45pm
“If you only have a handful of
representations, each one counts
more because that’s the only
thing you get,” he said. “If you’re a
middle-aged white dude, you can
be anything. You can be a detective,
you can be the crook. You can
be the president, you can be the
assassin.” Brown people, he says,
come in two options: either crafty
terrorists or clerks and cab drivers.
While he’s no fan of Apu,
Kondabolu is adamant he’s not
looking to have Apu removed from
The Simpsons. “What’s the point in
killing him? To me, it’s lazy writing
if they kill him.”
He remains a fan of the animated
series, however, and hopes his film
will prove to be as funny as it is
illuminating – important if you’re
going to war with one of TV’s most
beloved comedy institutions. AP
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‘I know when I’m
going to die... so
every day counts’
Terminal cancer has given Gareth Dunn,
26, a passion for life. By Catherine Scott
G
areth Dunn is a
remarkable man. He is a
talented sportsman; he
is bright, enthusiastic
and popular. His passion
for life is infectious, but he is dying.
The 26-year-old has been given a
year to live and yet he has pledged to
spend what time he has left raising
£100,000 for Cancer Research UK.
It was just as Gareth was about
to start an officer training course at
Sandhurst that he was diagnosed
with cancer and had to have his
leg amputated below the knee. “I
thought I had actually fractured my
foot and just went to get it checked
out,” says Gareth, from Horsforth,
Leeds. “But a scan revealed it was a
massive tumour and I was told they
needed to amputate my leg in order
for me to survive.
“The timing was incredibly cruel.
I had worked hard to get my place at
Sandhurst and had planned my life
as an army officer in the Paras.
People are scared of
talking about cancer and
death. I find that humour is
one way of dealing with it
“I was devastated and you do
go through a grieving process for
the life you had planned, but I soon
realised that I had two choices.
Either fall apart, or get on with life
and deal with the cards that I had
been dealt.”
Gareth focused on joining the GB
Paralympic squad.
Three months after surgery,
he was fitted with a prosthetic
running blade and went on
successfully to apply to train
with the cycling, canoeing and
athletics squad of the GB
Paralympic team.
He also embarked
upon a new career
challenge in international
affairs, with the aim of
joining the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office.
But, just as it seemed he
had his life back on track,
he was dealt the cruellest
of blows.
“I’d been having regular
scans just to check
that the cancer hadn’t
spread,” he says. “You
think that you are
young and healthy,
and even though you
have had cancer, you
Gareth Dunn is aiming to
raise £100,000 for Cancer
Research UK CANCER
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just believe that you will survive.”
However, the scan showed a
massive tumour in his left lung and
14 smaller ones in his right lung. “The
doctors said that it wasn’t curable
and I was going to die, and probably
only had a year to live,” says Gareth.
It is difficult to contemplate how
anyone deals with a terminal cancer
diagnosis but when you are just 26
and have a bright future ahead, it is
even more incomprehensible.
However, after his initial fear and
anger, Gareth again looked to the
positive. “Of course it is petrifying
but in some ways it is liberating,”
he says. “I know roughly when I am
going to die and not many people
have that knowledge. I wish it was
further into the future and that I
would have a career, a wife and a
family, but it’s not and so I have got
to make every day, every moment
count. I do have dark days, but that
is just a waste of time.”
Gareth has set himself the
challenge of raising £100,000
for Cancer Research UK and in
particular research into synovial
sarcoma. With the help of family
and friends, he is already nearly
halfway to his target, and has many
fundraising challenges planned,
including cycling from Leeds to
Istanbul with his brother, Rhys,
hiking the Annapurna Circuit in
Nepal, running the London and
Paris marathons, and doing the
UK Ironman. “I have got to die
somewhere and it may as well be
doing something I love,” he says.
One of the ways Gareth copes
with his prognosis is through
humour and he immediately
puts anyone who meets him
at ease. He writes a blog,
Chemotionally Unstable,
poking fun at cancer
chemotherapy and,
ultimately, death.
“People are scared
of talking about
cancer and death,
but it is important
to talk about it and
I find that humour, for
me, is one way of dealing
with it,” he says. “The blog
is one way of telling people
what I am doing and asking
them to donate to Cancer
Research UK.
“Acceptance is an ongoing
process and I don’t think I
have really grasped that I
am going to die. But it is a
motivator. I don’t want to
waste a moment of the time
I have left.”
n justgiving.com/fundraising/
chemotionally-unstable
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Love, Lies & Records
Acid Attacks: How Scared
Should We Be? Tonight
Trump: An American Dream
9pm, BBC1
An alternative (albeit worse) title for
Kay Mellor’s latest drama might have
been Births, Deaths & Marriages as its
heroine, Kate (Ashley Jensen) is the
newly promoted boss at a Leeds
register office – her opening case
involving all three as she attends a
wedding in a hospice of the parents
of a newborn. This is familiar turf for
Mellor, creator of Fat Friends, The
Syndicate and so much else – a large
ensemble cast full of strong
Yorkshire women and multiple
story strands, including a pregnant
Iranian teenager whose relatives
are in a suspicious rush for her to
marry. Rebecca Front co-stars as
Kate’s resentful, passed-over-forpromotion deputy.
7.30pm, ITV
Flipping scared, especially if you live
in London, the epicentre of this
horrific, life-changing form of
assault whose occurrence has
doubled in the past five years. Fiona
Foster investigates this worrying
trend and Government proposals to
tackle it.
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Exodus: Our Journey
Continues
9pm, BBC2
The final part of this excellent series
sees Latif borrowing €5,000 (£4,483)
in a desperate bid to get his wife and
baby to Germany, and Afghan Sadiq
awaiting his fate in Finland.
9pm, Channel 4
The series continues with Donald
Trump’s business dealings in the
1980s, when against his father’s
advice he entered the casino
business – and went on a massive
spending spree that included a
yacht, an airline, a helicopter and an
American football team. He also
published a bestselling book – The
Art Of The Deal – but as the decade
drew to a close, The Donald’s life
began to unravel.
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Ovid: The Poet And The Emperor
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9pm, BBC4
Publius Ovidius Naso – or Ovid –
died exactly 2,000 years ago while
exiled from Rome on the Black Sea
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(R) (S). 6.30 The Housing
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Getting The Builders In
(R) (S). 8.00 Sign Zone:
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(R) (S). 9.00 Victoria
Derbyshire (S). 11.00 BBC
Newsroom Live (S). 12.00
Daily Politics (S). 1.00
Permission Impossible:
Britain’s Planners (R)
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ATP World Tour Finals
Coverage of the afternoon
session on day five from
The O2 in London (S). 4.45
Ken Dodd: Talking Comedy
(R) (S). 5.15 Street Auction
(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 (R) (S). 5.00 The
Chase (S).
6.20 The King Of Queens
(R) (S). 6.45 The King Of
Queens (R) (S). 7.10 The
King Of Queens (R) (S). 7.35
Everybody Loves Raymond
(R) (S). 8.00 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S). 8.30
Everybody Loves Raymond
(R) (S). 9.00 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:
Best Of Patient Files
(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: Angels
And Ornaments (Alan
Goluboff 2014) Romantic
fantasy, starring Jessalyn
Gilsig (S). 5.00 5 News
At 5 (S). 5.30 Neighbours
(R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads Quiz
show, hosted by
Jeremy Vine (S).
6.30 Strictly Come
Dancing – It
Takes Two Zoe
Ball hosts (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks Tegan
is concerned
about Granny
Campbell
being back (S).
6.00 Home And Away
Mick steals a
photo of Luc
from Irene’s
wallet (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 Celebrity
Antiques
Road Trip
Ore Oduba and
Joanne Clifton
compete (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Acid Attacks:
How Scared
Should We
Be? Tonight
Fiona Foster
reports (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
Live reports (S).
7.30 EastEnders
Ben takes up
Luke’s invitation
to meet his
father (S).
8pm
8.00 Room 101
Highlights from
the series (R) (S).
8.30 EastEnders Ian
hears that Kathy
is planning to
leave (S).
8.00 MasterChef: The
Professionals
The quarterfinalists
demonstrate
their knowledge
of fresh herbs (S).
8.00 Emmerdale
Pollard feels the
pressure (S).
8.30 Paul O’Grady:
For The Love
Of Dogs (S).
9.00 Love, Lies &
Records New
series. Drama
about the staff of
a register office,
starring Ashley
Jensen (S).
9.00 Exodus: Our
Journey
Continues
Featuring an
update on
Sadiq. Last in
the series (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 Question Time
Debate (S).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
The Housing Enforcers (S).
10.00 Homes Under The
Hammer (S). 11.00 Getting
The Builders In (S). 11.45
Fugitives (S). 12.15 Bargain
Hunt (R) (S). 1.00 BBC
News At One; Weather (S).
1.30 BBC Regional News;
Weather (S). 1.45 Doctors
(S). 2.15 Impossible (R)
(S). 3.00 Escape To The
Country (R) (S). 3.45 Royal
Recipes (S). 4.30 Flog It! (R)
(S). 5.15 Pointless (R) (S).
6pm
9pm
10pm
11pm
Late
coast. He had strayed on the wrong
side of emperor Augustus,
witnessing something he shouldn’t
have. He never revealed what, but
left a lot of other writing alongside
his immortal poems – verses that
inspired Chaucer, Shakespeare and,
more recently, Bob Dylan – and
these are read by actor Simon
Russell Beale in a film written and
presented by Michael Wood. You
may balk at Ovid’s The Art Of Love
being described as a “Roman Sex And
The City” but Wood is persuasive on
the poet speaking to
modern sensibilities.
10pm, Channel 4
Bognor Regis recruitment agency
Opus Loco is facing a problem.
Nazifa tries to reach
Germany in ‘Exodus’
9pm, BBC2
6.00 The Cube (R) (S). 6.45
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 7.10
Dinner Date (R) (S). 8.00
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.30
Coronation Street (R) (S).
9.00 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 9.30 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (R) (S).
10.20 Dinner Date (R) (S).
11.20 Dress To Impress
(R) (S). 12.20 Emmerdale
(R) (S). 12.50 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 1.20
Coronation Street (R) (S).
1.50 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (S). 2.45 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 3.50
The Jeremy Kyle Show (R)
(S). 4.55 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (R) (S).
Trump card: how the US
President got to where
he is today in ‘Trump:
An American Dream’
9pm, Channel 4
Opus staff in ‘British
Workers Wanted’
10pm, Channel 4
6.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
6.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
7.00 UK’s Strongest
Man 2017 New
series. Action
from day one
of the quarterfinals, staged
in Belfast (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days News and
analysis from
Washington DC
and London (S).
7.30 The Sky At Night
(R) (S).
6.35 FILM: Charlotte
Gray (Gillian
Armstrong 2001)
Second World
War drama,
starring Cate
Blanchett (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed And
Extreme!
Trampoline
tumbles and
uncomfortable
landings (R) (S).
8.00 Ugly House
To Lovely
House With
George Clarke
Transforming a
1980s redbrick
house (S).
8.00 BargainLoving Brits In
Blackpool Two
men discuss
the local
drag cabaret
scene (S).
8.00 SAS: Rogue
Warriors The
history of the
British Army
special forces
unit (R) (S).
9.00 Serial Killer
With Piers
Morgan The
broadcaster
meets Florida
murderer Mark
Riebe (S).
9.00 Trump: An
American
Dream Donald
Trump’s
business
dealings in
the 1980s (S).
9.00 The King’s Cross
Fire: 6 Hours
That Shocked
Britain Events
surrounding the
1987 fire (S).
9.00 Ovid: The
Poet And
The Emperor
Exploring the
life, works and
influence of the
Roman poet (S).
10.00MOTD: The
Premier League
Show Magazine
show featuring
news and
highlights (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At
Ten; Weather (S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.40 The Late Debate
(S).
10.00British Workers
Wanted Behind
the scenes of
a recruitment
agency (S).
10.35 The Murder
Of Tia Sharp:
My Daughter
Examining the
death of the
12-year-old
in 2012 (R) (S).
10.00Ovid From
The RSC:
The World’s
Greatest
Storyteller
A series of
monologues (S).
11.45 This Week The
past seven days
in politics (S).
11.15 Ireland With
Simon Reeve
Part two of two.
Simon visits
Belfast for the
July 12 parades
(R) (S).
11.10 Parking Wars
The uproar
caused by new
parking meters
in Sandbanks,
Dorset (R) (S).
11.05 Gogglebox The
households’
opinions
on recent
television (R) (S).
12.35 BBC News (S).
12.15 Sign Zone: Chris
Packham: Asperger’s And
Me (R) (S). 1.15 Sign Zone:
This Farming Life (R) (S).
2.15 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.10 Jackpot247 3.00
Acid Attacks: How Scared
Should We Be? Tonight (R)
(S). 3.25 ITV Nightscreen
5.05 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (R) (S).
12.05 Random Acts (S).
12.40 Lifers Behind Bars
(R) (S). 1.35 Angry, White
And American (R) (S). 2.30
Grand Designs (R) (S). 3.25
The Great Housing Scandal
(R) (S). 3.55 Unreported
World (R) (S). To 4.20am.
12.00 SuperCasino (S).
3.10 Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit (R) (S). 4.00
My Mum’s Hotter Than
Me! (S). 4.45 House Doctor
(R) (S). 5.10 Divine Designs
(R) (S). 5.35 Wildlife SOS
(R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men Charlie
and Evelyn hire
an attorney
for Alan (R) (S).
9.00 FILM:
Kingsman: The
Secret Service
(Matthew
Vaughn 2015)
Adventure, with
Colin Firth (S).
9.00 Family Guy
Stewie has a
mishap (R) (S).
9.30 Family Guy Meg
becomes deeply
religious (R) (S).
10.00Celebrity Juice
With Emeli
Sande and Fred
Sirieix. Last in
the series (S).
10.50 Family Guy
(R) (S).
11.00 Handmade In
Hull The craft
traditions that
put Hull on the
map (S).
11.45 Francesco’s
Venice (R) (S).
11.35 FILM: The
Grandmaster
(Wong Kar-Wai
2013) Premiere.
Biopic of Ip
Man, starring
Tony Leung (S).
11.15 Family Guy
Chris learns
he is the heir
to Carter’s
fortune (R) (S).
11.45 American Dad!
(R) (S).
12.45 SAS: Rogue
Warriors (R) (S). 1.45
Ovid: The Poet And The
Emperor (R) (S). 2.45 Ovid
From The RSC: The World’s
Greatest Storyteller (R) (S).
3.45 Close
1.45 FILM: The Guard (John
Michael McDonagh 2011)
Comedy thriller, with
Brendan Gleeson and Don
Cheadle (S). 3.40 Close
12.15 American Dad! (R)
(S). 12.45 The Keith Lemon
Sketch Show (R) (S). 1.15
Release The Hounds (R)
(S). 2.15 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 2.25 Teleshopping
5.55 ITV2 Nightscreen
NEWS
2-27
Ninety-eight per cent of its staff is
from Eastern Europe and many of
them are now choosing to leave the
UK. This documentary follows the
three women who run the agency as
they set out to sign up British
workers ready to take on temporary
work ranging from catering to
general warehouse work. For rather
more exacting employment, see…
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
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Handmade In Hull
11pm, BBC4
Wonderfully relaxing pre-bedtime
viewing – not Slow TV exactly, but
slow-ish – as Hull artist Linda
Brothwell introduces various
disappearing crafts still being
practised in this year’s City of
Culture. Most have a connection to
Hull’s fishing and maritime past.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
FILM OF THE DAY
===
The Guard
Indiscreet
1.45am, Film4
(John Michael McDonagh, 2011)
Brendan Gleeson must be grateful
for the Irish writers, directors and
brothers Martin and John Michael
McDonagh (In Bruges; Calvary), who
have separately given him the best
roles of his career. Here, he plays
Sergeant Gerry Boyle of the Garda
in Galway: a complicated oddball
who projects an image of himself as
a simple rural policeman – partly
because it can be useful to be so
underestimated, but mostly because
it amuses him to be obdurate
and offensive. In similar fashion,
McDonagh’s clever, cine-literate,
very funny film has great fun
subverting the clichés of buddy-cop
movies and Westerns.
11am, Film4
(Stanley Donen, 1958)
Having lit up the screen in Hitchcock’s
Notorious, Cary Grant and Ingrid
Bergman were paired for a second
time in this romantic comedy adapted
from a Broadway play.
===
Kingsman: The Secret Service
9pm, Film4
(Matthew Vaughn, 2015)
The Kingsmen are gentlemen spies,
fighting supervillainy with debonair
repartee, Savile Row tailoring
and weaponised brollies. They’re
played by the likes of Colin Firth
– until, straight from a London
housing estate, in steps cocksure
ruffian Taron Egerton.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
6.55 Heartbeat (R) (S). 7.55
Wild At Heart (R) (S). 9.00
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.30
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.25
A Touch Of Frost (R) (S).
12.35 Wild At Heart (R)
(S). 1.40 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
3.50 A Touch Of Frost (R)
(S). 5.50 Heartbeat (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 Monkey Life (R) (S).
6.30 Monkey Life (R) (S).
7.00 Zoo Tales (R) (S). 7.30
Zoo Tales (R) (S). 8.00
Micro Monsters With
David Attenborough (R)
(S). 8.30 Send In The Dogs
Australia (R) (S). 9.00 The
Dog Whisperer (R) (S).
9.30 Duck Quacks Don’t
Echo (R). 10.00 David
Attenborough’s Conquest
Of The Skies (R) (S). 11.00
Modern Family (R) (S).
11.30 Modern Family
(R) (S). 12.00 NCIS: Los
Angeles (R) (S). 1.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R). 2.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R). 3.00 NCIS:
Los Angeles (R) (S). 4.00
Stargate SG-1 (R) (S). 5.00
The Simpsons (R) (S). 5.30
Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 Storm City (R) (S).
7.00 The British (R) (S).
8.00 Fish Town (R) (S).
9.00 The West Wing (R)
(S). 10.00 The West Wing
(R) (S). 11.00 House (R) (S).
12.00 House (R) (S). 1.00
Without A Trace (R) (S).
2.00 Blue Bloods (R) (S).
3.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
4.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.00 House (R) (S).
6.55 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
researches a
murder from
the past (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory Leonard
and Penny
celebrate
Valentine’s (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet A
springer spaniel
puppy with a
badly deformed
hind leg arrives
(R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
Fry tries to
resurrect
the Star Trek
series (R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House A police
detective
believes he is
cursed (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks
Louis turns to
Leela for help
and Joel gets
a shock (S).
7.30 Streetmate
(R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A family home
inspired by a
giant farm shed
(R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Homer’s
mother asks
for help (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Michael Moore
guests (R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A fatal car crash
poses questions
for Sara (R) (S).
8.00 Arrow Slade
gets Oliver
to help him
track down his
kidnapped son
(S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Frank contends
with a
whistleblower
within the
NYPD (R) (S).
8.00 Foyle’s War
Foyle helps a
man sentenced
to hang for
treason (R) (S).
10.00Endeavour
Morse
investigates
a murder at
a munitions
factory (R) (S).
12.00 A Touch Of Frost (R)
(S). 2.00 ITV3 Nightscreen
2.30 Teleshopping
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory Penny
takes care of
Halley (S).
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16 NOVEMBER 2017
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-55
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Greg James 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 BBC Radio 1’s Residency
– Louisahhh 12mdn’t BBC
Radio 1’s Residency – Jessy
Lanza 1.00 Toddla T 3.00 Radio
1’s Artist Takeover with Wolf
Alice 4.00 Early Breakfast With
Adele Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am A.Dot 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Maya Jama
4.00 MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target
9.02 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Seani B 1am Toddla T
3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00 Seani B
BBC Radio 2
9.00 2 Broke Girls
The friends
are invited
to speak at a
university (S).
9.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
9.00 Great Canal
Journeys
Timothy West
and Prunella
Scales explore
the Norfolk
Broads (R) (S).
9.00 Living The
Dream Freddie
struggles to
find his place
at school. (S).
9.00 Olive Kitteridge
Drama, starring
Frances
McDormand
(R) (S).
10.00The
Inbetweeners
(R) (S).
10.35 The
Inbetweeners
The friends go
clubbing (R) (S).
10.0024 Hours In
A&E A man
arrives after
collapsing in
the street whilst
walking his
dog (R) (S).
10.00The Russell
Howard
Hour Topical
comedy and
entertainment
show (S).
10.15 Vice Principals
Gamby receives
unexpected
company on
spring break (S).
10.50 Room 104
11.10 The Big Bang
Theory Raj
makes new living
arrangements
(R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 The Handmaid’s
Tale Offred
remembers her
family’s escape
attempt (R) (S).
11.00 The Simpsons
Bart goes to fat
camp (R) (S).
11.30 The Simpsons
Lisa enters a
singing contest
(R) (S).
11.25 Last Week
Tonight With
John Oliver
A satirical look
at news and pop
culture (R) (S).
12.05 Rude Tube (R) (S).
1.10 First Dates (R) (S).
2.10 2 Broke Girls (R) (S).
2.35 Rude Tube (R) (S).
3.30 Rude Tube (R) (S).
3.55 Black-ish (R) (S). 4.20
Black-ish (R) (S). 4.45
Charmed (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 Great Canal Journeys
(R) (S). 2.05 24 Hours In
A&E (R) (S). 3.10 8 Out Of
10 Cats Uncut (R) (S). 3.50
Close
12.00 A League Of Their
Own (R) (S). 1.00 The Force:
North East (R) (S). 2.00 Ross
Kemp: Extreme World (R)
(S). 3.00 Brit Cops: War On
Crime (R) (S). 4.00 Stop,
Search, Seize (R) (S). 5.00
The Dog Whisperer (R).
12.00 Curb Your
Enthusiasm (R) (S). 12.40
Dice (R). 1.15 The Wire (R)
(S). 2.30 Californication (R).
3.05 Californication (R).
3.40 Californication (R).
4.15 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.05 The West Wing (R) (S).
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Bob Harris Country 8.00
Radio 2 In Concert 10.00
The Radio 2 Arts Show With
Jonathan Ross 12mdn’t The
Craig Charles House Party 2.00
Radio 2’s Tracks Of My Years
Playlist 3.00 Radio 2 Playlist:
Have A Great Weekend 4.00
Radio 2 Playlist: Feelgood
Friday 5.00 Vanessa Feltz
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast 9.00
Essential Classics. Conductor
Vladimir Jurowski reveals his
cultural inspirations. 12noon
Composer Of The Week: Soviet
Russia (1953-1991). Russian
composers determined to
reach beyond the Iron Curtain.
1.00 News 1.02 Radio 3
Lunchtime Concert. Works by
Rachmaninov, Scriabin and
Glazunov. 2.00 Afternoon
Concert. Prokofiev’s The
Gambler from the Vienna State
Opera. 5.00 In Tune. Sean
Rafferty is joined by brothers
Paul and Huw Watkins. 6.00
News 7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Radio 3 In Concert. The
Hallé orchestra and choir in
a concert of Wagner, Strauss
and Verdi. 10.00 Free Thinking.
Matthew Sweet uncovers
stories of lost and found in
Canterbury, Portsmouth and
London. 10.45 The Essay: Ten
Artists That Shook The World.
Political historian Tariq Ali
recalls a tour of Constructivist
Moscow. 11.00 Late Junction.
A mixtape by Brooklyn
bandleader Darcy James Argue.
12.30am Through The Night
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 In Our Time
9.45 Living With The Gods
10.00 Woman’s Hour 11.00
From Our Own Correspondent
11.30 The Strange Case Of
The Arab Whodunnit 12noon
News 12.04 Home Front 12.15
You And Yours 12.57 Weather
1.00 The World At One 1.45
Book Of The Week: The Dawn
Watch 2.00 The Archers 2.15
Drama: The Rules Of Palship
29
ONDEMAND
Wanted
Netflix
Australian thriller sees two
strangers intervene in a carjacking and end up in the boot.
Children In Need
Rocks The 80s
BBC iPlayer
A who’s who of 1980s pop live
on stage, from Erasure to UB40.
Patton Oswalt:
Annihilation
Netflix
The deadpan US stand-up takes
aim at Donald Trump.
3.00 Open Country 3.27 Radio
4 Appeal 3.30 Open Book 4.00
The Film Programme 4.30 BBC
Inside Science 5.00 PM 5.57
Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 Alexei Sayle’s Imaginary
Sandwich Bar 7.00 The
Archers 7.15 Front Row. Arts
programme. 7.45 Living With
The Gods. Images of Christ and
Buddha with very different
purposes. 8.00 Law In Action.
Legal developments. 8.30 The
Bottom Line. Business issues
that matter. 9.00 BBC Inside
Science. Presented by Adam
Rutherford. 9.30 In Our Time.
The life and work of literary
critic and author Germaine de
Staël (1766-1817). 10.00 The
World Tonight. With James
Coomarasamy. 10.45 Book
At Bedtime: First Person. By
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farewell to the
Cassini spacecraft,
which after 13 years
of faithfully orbiting
Saturn and its moons was directed
to plunge into the giant planet’s
atmosphere. The reason for the
“grand finale” was to guard against
the possibility that Cassini might
crash into one of Saturn’s moons – in
particular Enceladus.
With its curtain of geysers and
internal ocean, Enceladus is unique.
As a result, this small, icy moon is
currently regarded as a potential host
for life, and so no chance was taken
that it might become contaminated
by the Cassini spacecraft. Now
new research, published in Nature
Astronomy, suggests this ocean has
existed within Enceladus for a very
long time – possibly long enough to
create the conditions to develop life.
No wonder it is becoming the
latest target in our search for
extraterrestrial lifeforms. Nasa has
begun thinking about sending a
mission there, and now Breakthrough
Initiatives – a project created by
Russian billionaire physicist Yuri
Milner to hunt for alien life – has
announced that it would like to send
a spacecraft through the geysers.
These are plumes of salty waterice mixed with traces of carbon
dioxide, ammonia, methane and
other hydrocarbons that erupt along
cracks in Enceladus’s south polar
region. “We formed a sort of little
workshop around this idea: can we
design a low-cost, privately funded
mission to Enceladus which can be
launched relatively soon and that
can look more thoroughly at those
plumes and try to see what’s going on
there?” Milner said last week.
It was thanks to the geysers that
scientists were able work out this
moon must have an ocean below its
icy crust and that the ocean is active.
A subsequent observation that
hydrogen was present in the plumes
led to an additional conclusion: that
hydrothermal activity – chemical
reactions due to the interaction of
water and rock – was taking place.
But what scientists have failed to
explain is what heat source could be
powering this activity.
As more observations of the
location of the plumes were made,
the mystery of the missing heat
source increased. The geysers are
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ByEmmaRussell
The geysers on Saturn’s moon
Enceladus are fascinating,
but it’s the way they are
produced that could be
most exciting for
scientists searching
for alien life, says
Monica Grady
In full
plume
associated with features known as
“tiger stripes” – a set of four, parallel
depressions, about 100km long and
500 metres deep. The temperature of
the stripes is higher than that of the
rest of the icy crust, so it was assumed
that they must be cracks in the ice.
There are almost no impact craters
in the tiger stripes region, so it must
be very young, of the order of a million
years old. Any model that purported
to explain the heat source had also to
account for the way it was focused in
one place – if the ocean is global, why
is only the south polar region active?
For several years, scientists have
Email is integral to
the way that we work.
Yet many of us will
experience fatigue
from the sense we
can never keep up
with them.
To examine the
effects of this, and
the best ways for
us all to cope, we
were commissioned
by the workplace
experts Acas to
review the strategies
people use to deal
with the torrent of
work emails.
It became
apparent that there
is no one-sizefits-all approach
favoured the explanation of “tidal
heating” – a result of interactions
between planetary-sized bodies. For
instance, tidal interaction with our
own Moon is responsible for the ebb
and flow of water on Earth.
The shape of Enceladus’s orbit
around Saturn is affected by Dione,
another similar-sized moon, when
they pass by one another. The effect,
however, is insufficient to account
for the power required to keep the
geysers active.
Experts came closer to solving the
puzzle when they studied the internal
structure of Enceladus. The moon
to improve both
people’s productivity
and wellbeing. For
example, catching up
with email outside
of work hours might
help people feel more
in control of their
work, but it does not
tangibly reduce work
overload – and can
create conflict in
families.
However, we
were able to
identify a number
of strategies that
research indicates are
generally beneficial.
Myth 1: we should
check email only a few
times a day
It’s not efficient to
allow ourselves
to be constantly
interrupted by
email alerts. But
this doesn’t mean
we should ignore
email for prolonged
has a density low enough to imply it
is mainly made of ice with a small,
rocky core. Gravity measurements
by Cassini showed that the core had a
low density, which could indicate the
core has pores running through the
rock, filled with ice.
But the new series of calculations
suggest the core’s pores may be filled
with water that could be affected by
tidal forces, which may explain how
Enceladus’s heat is generated.
Assessing how this works and
what the effects might be is tricky.
Scientists must consider how porous
the core is, how easily fluids can move
periods. We found
that workers who
regularly checked
and processed their
emails reported
feeling more
in control and
less overloaded,
regardless of the
volume of email
they received.
Keeping on top of
incoming messages is
important for taming
the inbox and keeping
stress at bay.
Myth 2: email is
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IN ASSOCIATION WITH
Global ocean on Saturn’s
moon Enceladus
Ice crust
Rocky
core
South
polar region
with active jets
With its curtain
of geysers and
internal ocean,
Enceladus is
unique
Even if life
hasn’t developed
there yet, there
are reasons to
be optimistic
a time-wasting
distraction from
real work
This might surprise
some of you, but our
research found that
only a tiny proportion
of email sent and
received at work is
not work-critical.
Most workers say
they would not be
able to get their jobs
done as effectively
without it.
Myth 3: restricting
email outside
work hours will
reduce stress
New employment
law in France gives
through it, and how strong it is – as
well as how runny the water is, its
temperature and composition, as
well as how well it can transport heat.
Having used a fearsome array
of equations to work this out, their
model suggests the amount of heat
produced by the internal tide is
sufficient to maintain Enceladus’s
subsurface ocean for billions of years.
This is very exciting.
Prior to this, it was thought that if
the heat source for the moon’s global
sub-surface ocean was radioactive
decay, the ocean would freeze after
a few million years, which is not long
workers the “right
to disconnect” after
working a certain
number of hours
per day. Yet we
found no significant
evidence that workers
particularly want this,
and instead reports
are that workers like
the flexibility that
email can afford.
That said, it is
considered poor
etiquette to send an
email that arrives
outside of work
hours. But delayed
sending functions
allow staff to
continue to process
email out-of-hours
Global
ocean
Michael Lewis
‘It’s easier to
con people if
you have a
pose of total
certainty’
SOURCE: NASA
enough for life to develop. But if the
source is tidal movements, this could
create a warm global ocean with
a lifetime of several billion years –
creating the right conditions for life.
After all, it took “only” about 640
million years for life to evolve from
microbe to mammal on Earth.
Unfortunately, however, Enceladus
itself may be quite young: a recent
paper proposed that the moon might
only have formed about 100 million
years ago.
Is that a sufficiently long interval
for life to have got going? Possibly.
Life seems to have got going on Earth
within a few hundred million years
of its formation under much more
severe circumstances of impact
bombardment – although it took a
further 3,500 million years or so to
get to the dramatic expansion of life.
So even if life hasn’t developed
there yet, there are reasons to
be optimistic. If its ocean has the
potential to last for billions of
years, could a similar evolutionary
sequence to that on Earth take place
in the depths of an Enceladen ocean?
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Monica Grady is a professor of
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without affecting
those who want to
switch off.
Myth 4: ‘CC’ and
‘reply to all’ are
unnecessary and
irritating
The use of “CC” and
“reply to all” has
different effects on
people, depending
on the culture of
trust in which a
worker operates.
Where there is
a blame culture,
“CC” tends to have a
negative reputation –
seen as a way workers
may use email to
cover their backs, hold
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find a selection of the best
science, environment and
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others accountable,
or engage in boasting,
broadcasting or
presenteeism. Where
there are good work
relationships among
email partners,
however, “CC” is
viewed positively, as
helping workers share
knowledge, keeping
colleagues involved,
and including
colleagues regardless
of their status.
Emma Russell is
a senior lecturer
in occupational
psychology
management at
Kingston University
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“
here’s no way you can
teach this stuff,” he
said. “It just cannot
be taught. You’ve
either got it or not.”
Which was ironic, considering
that the he in this case was a wellknown poet/novelist and the stuff
he was supposed to be teaching
was how to become a well-known
poet/novelist.
This was a few years ago, so
perhaps he’s changed his tune
now. But the fact is creative
writing is now big business
around the world.
There is a new University of
Cambridge Centre for Creative
Writing. Further afield in the US,
the best known creative writing
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) course
is in Iowa, while Todos Santos in
Mexico’s Baja California peninsula
will be hosting a workshop in
February at the “Casa Dracula”.
A friend told me about one
course she had been to on a Greek
island, although she admitted that
consisted mostly of “singing and
shagging Greek waiters”.
The Cambridge centre, based
at Madingley Hall, is designed
to be like the Norwich Writers’
Centre – temples or shrines
where the faithful come to seek
visions and inspiration, as well as
practical qualifications.
But is there a secret to the
business of writing? One that
can only be revealed through a
creative writing course? I think
there is. Let’s be clear though,
nothing is guaranteed. Everything
is done on a wing and a prayer. But
the fact is I’ve been lucky enough
to listen to a lot of great writers
holding forth over the ages, and
even watched one or two actually
write rather than just talk about
it, and the fact is every single one
of them has inspired me one way
or another. For good or ill.
Forget the idea of writing as
a solo act. It isn’t. It’s all about
joining in a conversation. Or
perhaps prayer.
So what is it that writers know
exactly? There are certain writers
who seem to have read everything.
But the reality is that the creative
writing course is less about “the
knowledge” (something London
taxi drivers have – or had) than
passion. The creative writing
course looks at first glance as
if it’s going to be about reverse
engineering. How do things work?
Deconstruct then reconstruct.
I’ve attended one of the
workshops in Norman Mailer’s
name in a far-flung part of the
US. There was a lot to do with
technique. But the talk is never
reduced to the naming of parts.
Rather like rock stars, writers
increasingly make a living out of
live gigs, not just the recordings.
Which reflects something of
a shift in the zeitgeist. As Ian
Rankin said: “You become a
writer because you’re a shy,
nerdy fantasist, and then you do
well and suddenly you have to
become this suave, gregarious
after-dinner speaker.”
writing novels than what he was
supposed to be doing.
I once taught a short course for
Arvon at a phone-free retreat in
Devon. Students wanted to know
what the rules of great writing
were. My fellow tutor and I gave
very serious consideration to the
rules that writers have come up
with over the ages. We looked at
Elmore Leonard’s “Ten Rules
of Good Writing”. Never start
with the weather, for example. Of
course! And yet… sometimes you
really just want to talk about the
weather. Maybe it really was a
dark and stormy night. And what
if it’s a meteorological novel? Or
never use an adverb. But Elmore,
“never” is an adverb! (And yes,
I happen to feel like using an
exclamation mark there, another
thing he advises against.)
Or what about Percy Lubbock’s
classic how-to manual, The Craft of
Fiction? His big thing was “Show,
don’t tell”. OK, good advice Percy,
but in fact sometimes you just
want to tell and not show. And
anyway isn’t “showing” just
“telling” with a different name?
Closely examined, all those great
rules tend to fall apart. It doesn’t
mean they aren’t worth thinking
about and testing out. Creative
writing doesn’t (or perhaps
shouldn’t) teach you the “craft of
fiction” or non-fiction.
The book isn’t the same thing as
a machine. There is no formula or
architecture or winning narrative
structure, like a logarithm that
can simply be fed in, a program
that will generate a lyric poem.
A novel idea:
the creative
writing course
is less about
‘the knowledge’
than passion
The greatest
writers are those
who can forget that
they are writing.
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Have you
got the
write stuff?
The point of a creative
writing course is to get you
over the delusion that there
is such a thing as good
writing, says Andy Martin
Rankin, creator of Rebus,
the rebellious, world-weary yet
unstoppable Edinburgh detective,
was teaching a course not long ago
at the University of East Anglia.
Its creative writing course is
probably the most established
in the UK, and can boast alumni
such as Kazuo Ishiguro, author of
Remains of the Day, who won this
year’s Nobel Prize in Literature.
But Rankin was teaching on the
dedicated crime fiction course,
presided over by Henry Sutton,
author of My Criminal World and
Time To Win. Crime fiction has
been the biggest growth area in
the realm of creative writing.
The way the two-year course
works is to dedicate one year to
theory and one to practice. So
you end up writing a novel for
your MA or PhD.
I think Rankin provides a
more relevant role model than
successful academic writers such
as Saul Bellow and Umberto Eco.
He is now professor of something,
but is actually a failed academic,
which has served him well. He
started a PhD at Edinburgh
University but dropped out
when he realised he was better at
“You have to keep it weird,”
as Eric Felner said. (And added,
more sinisterly: “Don’t worry,
we’ll soon flatten it out for you.”)
The one thing that stops people
being good writers is the myth
that there is such a thing as
good writing.
The point of the creative writing
course is to get you over the
delusion. Brooklyn-based Jeanne
McCulloch, who teaches at the
Todos Santos workshop, says:
“Simplicity is always better than
trying to be ‘writerly’, as whatever
people think being writerly is, it’s
never good and leaves a trail of
forced similes, contrived plots,
purple prose, all the basic bad
boys of bad writing.”
Some say that these courses
are all about instilling self-belief.
Maybe that’s true. But what they
really do is enable you to get over
yourself. The carefully guarded
secret of the writer is that there
is no secret. The greatest writers
are the writers who can forget
that they are writing. “Hey,
Ma, look, I’m writing!” is never
going to fly. Not for long anyway.
The writer is just a reader who
happens to be reading their own
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BUYER BEWARE
The Page 3 Profile in
the 30 October issue
said Second World War
veteran Ron Jones was
still “selling poppies” aged
100. As Howard Brayton
pointed out, British Legion
volunteers do not sell
poppies. They are given to
people who make a donation
to the Poppy Appeal, which
can be as much or as little as
the donor chooses.
Some authors, such as Ian Fleming (above) and Robert Ludlum, appear to
be even more prolific now they are dead EXPRESS/GETTY
stuff for a change. Perhaps these
global writing colonies are a little
like churches or mosques, places for
meditation, but the creative writing
course is the opposite of a mystical
experience in the sense that it gets
you over all the myth and mystique
that has grown up around writing
(a lot of it put about by writers,
admittedly).
I used to think there was only one
rule where writing was concerned
which was that you had to be alive.
But I notice that Robert Ludlum
and even Ian Fleming are even
more prolific now they are dead.
OK then, just one rule, which I
think is the unspoken rule of all
creative writing workshops I’ve
ever come across: avoid the word
“literature”. If you try writing
literature you’re dead in the water.
There is no magic, there is no
muse, only coffee and cigarettes
(or whatever works for you).
In Australia, I recently showed
a brief film of the noir writer Lee
Child writing a short story (and
smoking a lot) to a group of wouldbe writers. They were inspired but
there were two things people kept
coming back to – (a) “Great desk”
and (b) “Oh look, he types with two
fingers. That’s just like me.”
WINGING IT
The Letters page on 1
November included a
suggestion by William
Salaman that “Thought
for the Day” on the Today
programme could be
replaced by birdsong.
But Martin Lowe queried
whether the song of the bird
chosen to illustrate the page
was likely to be familiar to
British listeners as it was a
red-winged blackbird, native
to the Americas.
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The Page 2 graphic in our 1
November issue (“wedded
bliss?”) was prompted by
the forthcoming platinum
wedding anniversary of
the Queen and the Duke of
Edinburgh who, according
to the introductory text,
“said ‘I do’ on 20 November
1947”. Several readers
pointed out that if they had
been following the standard
Church of England marriage
service, they are more likely
to have said “I will”.
CITY LIMITS
The graphic on Page 4 of
the 3 November issue (“The
gender pay gap”) named
High Wycombe as Britain’s
fourth-most sexist city in
terms of the difference in
male and female salaries.
Sandy Phillips rightly asked
why, as well as “that dubious
honour” we had awarded
the Buckinghamshire town
city status.
NAUTICAL HOMOPHONE
A story in the November 4
issue referred to a “hoard”
of Portuguese men-o’-war
being washed up on the
Cumbrian coast.
ISLE DRINK TO THAT
Graham Peers pointed out
that in our “10 Best... Single
malt whiskies” feature on
9 November we described
the Talisker distillery as
being located on Islay rather
than Skye and incorrectly
referred to Glen Garioch
as a Speyside whisky. To
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will conduct a research trip
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{1} CAPITA DEFENDERS OF
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The Roxy Sugar is a solid beginner
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Bantam
BY JACKIE KAY
The first
collection
from Kay since
she became
Scotland’s Poet
Laureate. Of all
the specially
commissioned
poems in this collection,
the one that really deserves
to echo down the ages is
“Threshold,” written for
the opening of the Scottish
Parliament in 2016. A
mighty hymn to inclusivity.
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uplifting
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set in modern-day Istanbul,
which tells the story of
seven of the hundreds of
thousands of Turkish cats
that roam the city streets.
T
aking place 100 years
after the Russian
R evo l u t i o n , Art
Riot: Post- Soviet
Actionism opens at
L o n d o n’s S a a t c h i
Gallery today. The show brings
together contemporary Russian
and Ukrainian artists whose work
is focused on both the power of
political protest and highlighting
censorship. The artists on show
also all demonstrated solidarity
with the Russian protest art group
Pussy Riot during their arrest and
subsequent trial in 2012.
The Blue Noses are an irreverent
art duo who call their style of work
“hooligan improvisation”. Their
best-known work is probably Era
of Mercy: a photo of two Russian
policemen, in full uniform, lips
locked, touching each others’ bums
in a snowy forest. The Siberian
art collective’s contribution to the
show is a series of funny portraits of
naked people frolicking on a futon,
their faces crudely replaced with
cut-out photos of world leaders.
One striking example shows Donald
Trump and Vladimir Putin happily
standing over Kim Jong-un, who is
on all-fours.
Petr “Pyotr” Pavlensky’s selfportraits show him first wrapped in
barbed wire and then with his lips
sewn shut. These are not digitally
manipulated images – he actually
sewed his own mouth together
Pussy Riot are at the heart of a
new show of Russian activist art.
They tell Emily Jupp why it’s
time to shake off our apathy
to demonstrate solidarity with
Pussy Riot. He has since nailed
his scrotum to the cobblestones of
the Red Square as a metaphor for
the “apathy, political indifference
and fatalism” of modern Russian
society.
Pussy Riot’s spirit of anarchic
protest underpins the whole show
and two of Pussy Riot’s members
– Maria “Masha” Alyokhina and
Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova
– have been involved in the project,
which fuses art performances with
photography and video.
The show is relevant, says
Tolokonnikova, as even in the West
our rights are being eroded.
“We started to believe at some
point that somebody else can do
Ev
very time I
interact with the
police, it’s a thrill.
Anything can happen
politics instead of us – and that we
can hire politicians and they can
solve all our issues,” she says. “That
is not the case.”
“Political art is a way to change
the system because it is a way to
ask uncomfortable questions and
only then can we go forward,” says
Alyokhina. “If you see Brexit, or
Trump or Putin’s presidency with
political murders... if you look at
this whole picture, it is impossible to
think this exhibition is not relevant
to today’s world.”
Tolokonnikova suggests part
of the problem is we have become
complacent about our political
systems. “We outsourced our
political decisions and our
political struggle,” she says. “You
can outsource factories, you can
place them in China... but you
can’t outsource political struggle
because at some point you will be
punished for that – and that is what
we got.”
I ask how she would have voted
in the US election, and, considering
she’s a member of a famous feminist
punk group, she is surprisingly
sympathetic to the Trump voters.
“I am one of those who is like,
‘Bernie would have won’. I was
asked constantly by my friends
‘Should we support Hillary or not?’
and that was difficult, because
she is an old political player who
represents everything but change.”
Along with videos by Pussy Riot,
there are two performances which
tell the story of the group’s arrest
and imprisonment following their
protest song, which was performed
inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ
the Saviour in 2012, told from
different perspectives.
Maria Alyokhina will bring a
segment of her Riot Days show,
which retells the story of the “Punk
Prayer” performance that led to
the three core members being
convicted of “hooliganism” and
sentenced to two years in a penal
colony in Siberia.
Another major strand of the
show is Inside Pussy Riot, an
immersive experience which
offers audiences a chance to see
what it’s like to be a member of the
famous punk-art-rock collective –
and then be imprisoned for their
actions. It has been devised by
Tolokonnikova in collaboration
with the immersive theatre group
Les Enfants Terribles.
“It feels like at this moment in
particular, their voices need to be
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BERNADETTE McNULTY
It’s good to have these
Brummie baddies
back on screen
» Peaky Blinders BBC2, 9pm
» The Secret Life of the Zoo Channel 4, 8pm
I
heard,” says Les Enfants Terribles
co-founder Oliver Lansley. “What’s
been great about working with
Nadya is she doesn’t want it to be
a vanity project. Our instinct is to
celebrate Pussy Riot but Nadya’s
is to remind us the reasons around
why the arrest happened – and
what is important and more widely
applicable about Pussy Riot’s story.”
The visitors who choose to
experience the Inside Pussy Riot
strand of the exhibition will
go through “a couple of tough
situations” where they will be
encouraged to stand up for
something they believe in, and then
“imprisoned” for that belief.
The aim is to get audiences to
reflect on the freedom and power
collective protest brings and how
Petr Pavlensky’s portrait
shows him wrapped in
barbed wire
it could be harnessed. “You realise
you have real responsibilities,”
says Lansley. “You have to dig
down and think: ‘What do we want
the audience to come out with?’
It’s important they ask their own
questions and come to their own
realisations.”
“Hopefully it will motivate them
to help other prisoners,” says
Tolokonnikova. “UK prisons are
much better than Russian prisons,
but still I heard that they are not
caring enough about rehabilitation.”
While the Pussy Riot members
are out of prison for now, the threat
of having their rights taken away is
something that is always looming.
“Every time I’m crossing
the border or interacting with
police, man, it is a thrill,” says
Tolokonnikova, “because anything
can happen.”
Maria’s aspiration is to galvanise
those who visit the exhibition into
taking political action. “I want
people to overcome apathy,” she
says. “It’s possible, believe me. Any
action is important, any protest can
change the world. Just go from your
heart, it just needs to be honest.”
‘Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism,’
Saatchi Gallery, London, to 31
December. ‘Inside Pussy Riot,’ to 24
December (insidepussyriot.com).
‘Riot Days’ is at Islington Assembly
Hall, London on 17 November, and
then goes on a UK tour
have to admit that as a
Brummie, I found the accents in
the early days of this interwar
Midlands’ gang saga a little
bit Dick Van Dyke does cockney
in Mary Poppins. Still, to have any
primetime drama set in the second
biggest city in the UK felt like
something to get behind, given the
paucity of cultural attention the
region gets. For once, Brummies
weren’t portrayed as yewling,
dim-witted clowns but as powerful
foes, menacing, calculating and
in the case of lead Cillian Murphy,
swaggeringly dapper.
It’s heartening to find the fruity
accents have mellowed in the
fourth series of Peaky Blinders
while the pulp noir aesthetic that
made it so compulsively enjoyable –
and such a hit both here and in the
US – has definitely not.
Don’t worry if you haven’t been
seduced by the gang drama yet.
The opening episode went back
to the exhilarating ending of the
last season. Murphy’s gang leader
Thomas Shelby’s double bluff of
appearing to sell out his family to
the police has gone badly wrong.
As their necks are plunged into
the nooses it looks like his plan to
use letters stolen from the King
to save them from death and see
him awarded with an OBE and
respectability has gone wrong. But
a last-minute intervention halts the
executions so they can continue
their dirty business.
Peaky Blinders has always been
Th
he fruity accents
have mellowed in the
fourth series of this
pulp noir drama
as much about class and politics
in British society as violent crime
during a period when both were
going through seismic changes.
This time Tommy is facing not just
the rise of the unions, but of women
too, as fiery young agitator Jessie
Eden threatens the factory owner
with a strike on Boxing Day unless
he ups the women’s wages. Some
of the BBC’s female employees
might want to study her take-noprisoners negotiation techniques.
Meanwhile the Shelby way of
life, now seemingly entrenched
in respectability and wealth,
means that much of the action
takes place among country piles
with the trademark darkness and
shadows illuminated with the shine
of polished oak, velvet swags and
cut crystal. Social mobility has left
Social climber: Ada Shelby (Sophie
Rundle) ROBERT VIGLASKY
the brothers shooting at birds and
rather than at each other but it
hasn’t done anything to tone down
the impressive swear rate.
The threat of violence still hangs
over the clan though when they
receive threatening Christmas
cards from Italian mobsters.
A small but delectable shot of
American Oscar-winning actor
Adrien Brody, theatrically lifting
his hat at a Liverpool customs’ man
to reveal that magnificent nose,
promises that The Godfather-like
aspirations of the drama will only
continue as the series goes on.
It’s good to have these Brummie
baddies back.
The second series of The Secret
Life of the Zoo promised a much
cosier view of human and animal
nature. Once seen as prisons for
exotic animals, the series argues
that the zookeepers at Chester Zoo
are keeping endangered species
alive, particularly through their
breeding programmes.
Black rhinos are facing
extinction in the wild, with on
average three killed every day, so
Kitani’s 17-month pregnancy is a bit
of a nail-biter, especially given that
she has lost three babies before.
Ripley’s attempt to conceive – she’s
one of the few female jewel wasp
cockroaches in the zoo’s colony –
were somewhat less romantic. She
pickily swiped left on an intrusion
of eligible bachelors until Carl came
along. After paralysing him with
a sting to the neck, she planted
her embryo into his body, where
it could gestate by eating through
him. Good to see that nature is still
red in tooth and claw, even when
the chips are down.
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Arts
reviews
Wyndham Lewis:
Life, Art, War
IWM NORTH, MANCHESTER
POP
Kesha
An emotional
comeback for Kesha
at Electric Brixton
ELECTRIC BRIXTON, LONDON
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“Because of you, that’s why she
stayed alive,” Pebe Sebert told
the audience at a sold-out
Electric Brixton.
Joining her daughter Kesha on
stage mid-set, she thanked fans
for their support before backing
the singer on their jointly penned
song, “Godzilla”. As mother and
daughter cried, so too did many
of those watching this most
emotional of comebacks.
“You all know what I’ve been
through,” Kesha said, alluding
to a long legal battle with
her ex-producer, who denies
allegations of emotional and
sexual abuse.
While the turmoil was there
in her songs and on stage,
Kesha’s narrative was not one
of victimhood but defiance and
warrior-like survival.
Openings certainly don’t come
more resolute or rebellious than
the cry of “Woman”, from her new
album Rainbow.
“I don’t need a man to be holding
me too tight,” she shouted, before
screaming “I’m a motherf***ing
woman”, Alice Cooper-like. Her
fans, affectionately known as her
animals, chanted her name in
support.
Kesha spanned genres
effortlessly, from the rock’n’roll
Bacon to Doig: Modern
Masterpieces from a
Private Collection
NATIONAL MUSEUM, CARDIFF
A free show of one of the UK’s
most important private collections
of modern British art, created
over a number of decades with
work often being purchased
before the artists were famous.
Featuring pieces by Francis
Bacon, Lucian Freud, Barbara
Hepworth, David Hockney,
Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff,
Peter Doig and Grayson Perry.
(0300 111 2 333) to 31 Jan
Rembrandt:
Lightening the Darkness
CASTLE MUSEUM & ART GALLERY,
NORWICH
blasts of “Boogie Feet” and “Let
‘Em Talk” to the bubble-gum pop
of “Learn To Let Go” and early
multiplatinum hit, “Tik Tok”, and
from impressive balladry on
“Praying” to the Joni Mitchell-like
folk of the gentle “Godzilla”.
Such a mix shouldn’t work
THEATRE
THEATRE
Twelfth Night
Fat Friends:
The Musical
ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE,
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
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The RSC, not usually one to
overindulge audiences with
its sets or costumes, has gone
all-out on a sumptuous design
that positively drips with
opulence, as this most bittersweet
of Shakespeare’s comedies
is updated to the Aesthetic
Movement’s heyday of the 1890s.
The RSC production budget for
the rest of the decade must surely
have been blown.
Christopher Luscombe oversees
a production that is confident,
light-on its-feet and at the more
rumbustiously populist end of the
RSC scale: former Strictly winner
Kara Tointon plays Olivia and
Adrian “Bottom” Edmundson is
Malvolio. Both are passably good.
In the midst of such lightness,
the play’s darker undercurrents
are not caught; the incarceration
of Malvolio is a truncated muddle
and that great act five scene of
explanation and reconciliation
has been too heavily edited.
Still, the japes and revels are an
unending delight. A festive treat.
To 24 February (01789 403493)
FIONA MOUNTFORD
EVENING STANDARD
The largest UK retrospective of
Wyndham Lewis’s work to date
marks the 60th anniversary of
his death and the centenary of
his commission as an official war
artist in 1917, featuring more than
160 artworks, books, journals
and pamphlets. A radical force
in 20th-century British art and
literature, Lewis was a brilliant
draughtsman, innovative writer
and satirist, and leader of Britain’s
only avant-garde art movement,
Vorticism. (0161 836 4000) to 1 Jan
but did, as she offered a
cohesive, assured narrative of
perseverance.
Flanked by dancers, confetti
and glitter cannons, Kesha
told fans: “My personal life
mission is to spread as much
love and equality and glitter
and rock-n-roll as possible.” She
ended the night where she began,
standing up to prejudice, with
“Bastards”, dedicated to bullies
who “make us feel like we should
be ashamed”.
ELIZABETH AUBREY
EVENING STANDARD
FILM
The Florida Project
15, SEAN BAKER, 111MINS
This new feature by the director
of Tangerine is one of the best
films about childhood made
anywhere in recent years. The
main protagonist is a mischievous
and imaginative six-year-old girl
who’s living with her delinquent,
tattoo-covered, single mom in
a very seedy motel just outside
Walt Disney World in Florida.
Nationwide release
GRAND THEATRE, LEEDS
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Kay Mellor’s highly successful
television series has taken to
the stage as a musical. Funny
and popular when it launched
on television back in 2000, Fat
Friends: The Musical comes over
as rather dated. It is not the stuff
that today’s major stage musicals
are made of.
Nick Lloyd Webber’s score
is excellent but has a dearth of
tunes that stay with you after
leaving the theatre. And Mellor’s
script, especially in the early
stages, is rather too wordy.
Once the “Mellor magic” kicks in,
however, the production gathers
pace and energy.
The mainstay of this production
is its dynamic cast who fit
beautifully into their individual
characterisations. The story
revolves around the members of
the The Super Slimmers Group
and, in particular, Kelly, a bride,
desperate to lose weight to fit into
the wedding gown of her dreams.
As Kelly, Jodie Prenger is
outstanding and drives the
whole show. From her body
image and vocals to her comedic
Rembrandt was a supreme
communicator through light
and shadow, whether portraying
divine transcendence or
purely human concerns. This
exhibition focuses on the Dutch
master’s uses of light and
shade, with selections from the
extraordinary collection of 93
etchings held at Norwich Castle.
(01603 493625) to 7 Jan
Marjorie Prime
12A, MICHAEL ALMEREYDA, 97MINS
Jodie Prenger and Andrew Flintoff star in the new musical version of
Kay Mellor’s much-loved television series HELEN MAYBANKS
interpretation her performance is
pure gold.
Andrew Flintoff as her future
husband proves he can do more
than play cricket while Natasha
Hamilton as the scheming
owner of the slimming clubs is
convincing, although at times a
little over the top.
Fat Friends has a strong local
connection, rooted in Leeds
humour. Local audiences love it
but will it be as funny and relevant
to those south of Watford Gap?
To 2 December (0844848 2700);
then touring to 2 June, 2018
(fatfriendsthemusical.com)
LIZ COGGINS
A clever and affecting meditation
on memory, bereavement, love
and remorse pitched somewhere
between a traditional family
melodrama and one of Samuel
Beckett’s absurdist late dramas.
Lois Smith stars as Marjorie,
a woman in her eighties whose
faculties are beginning to
fail along with her appetite.
Limited release
TALKS & POETRY
OUP Philosophy Festival
BLACKWELL, OXFORD
A range of free events, including
the launch of Clare Chambers’
Against Marriage, talks by six
authors who have written for the
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YOU HAVE TO SEE
Very Short Introductions series
of books, and sessions with David
Edmonds, Jeff McMahan, Richard
Marshall and Jonathan Birch.
(01865 792792) to Sun
on the death of his wife (and
mother of their child), Geneviève
Castrée, from cancer in 2016.
(seetickets.com) tonight
Protomartyr
Andrew Michael Hurley
VARIOUS VENUES
BLACKWELL, EDINBURGH
Detroit’s post-punk powerhouses
splice literacy with splenetic
rage on their fourth album. Over
bristling backdrops, magnetic
singer Joe Casey navigates
the surreal and the searing on
Relatives in Descent, a bruised
but brawling album for troubled
times. Cluny, Newcastle (seetickets.
com) tonight; CCA, Glasgow
(seetickets.com) Fri
The writer follows up his first
Costa-winning novel, The Loney,
with Devil’s Day, which explores
how far people will go to keep
a small community intact.
He talks about the book here.
(0131 622 8222) tonight 6.30pm
COMEDY
Always Be Comedy
THE TOMMYFIELD, LONDON SE11
A cracking bill in south London
is topped by Aussie provocateur
Brendon Burns, and there’s
ace stuff, too, from brill
character comic Lolly Adefope,
very smart Fin Taylor and
top-notch storyteller Tom Ward.
(alwaysbecomedy.com) tonight
POP
WORLD MUSIC
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
Assembly Rooms, Leeds (0113 243
9999) tonight; Ropetackle Arts
Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea
(01273 464440) Fri
DANCE
loosely based on the story of the
Supremes, is at long last in the
West End. And, boy, does it hit
the stage as if it means business
in Casey Nicholaw’s full-throttle,
fast-moving blast of a production.
(0844 871 7687) to 10 Feb
Coriolanus
ALHAMBRA, BRADFORD
BARBICAN, LONDON EC2
Ben Duke’s new Goat is inspired by
the work of Nina Simone, with jazz
singer Nia Lynn performing live on
stage. The repertory also includes
Itzik Galili’s samba-flavoured
A Linha Curva and Christopher
Bruce’s much-loved Ghost Dances.
(01274 432 000) to Fri
The RSC’s four-play Rome miniseason is a fruitful reminder that
dramas written 400 years ago
about events two millennia old
have much to say to us today.
This entry is a hefty, occasionally
unwieldy, beast of a play, but
Angus Jackson’s modern-dress
production steers a clear line
through. (020 7638 8891) to Sat
CLASSICAL
Hallé
BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER
Mark Elder contrasts the
spiritual and sexual conflicts of
the Overture & Venusberg Music
from Wagner’s Tannhäuser with
Richard Strauss’s priapic portrait
of the libidinous Don Juan and
Verdi’s late set of Four Sacred
Pieces with Chanáe Curtis.
(0161 907 9000) tonight 7.30pm
i THURSDAY
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BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-55
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39
First
Chance
Opening
this week
VISUAL ARTS
Roger Law: From Satire
to Ceramics
SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR VISUAL ARTS,
NORWICH
Work by the co-creator of the TV series
Spitting Image. (01603 593199) opens Sat
THEATRE
Scrooge
JAZZ
CURVE, LEICESTER
Robert Glasper
BARBICAN, LONDON EC2
The pianist returns to the
London Jazz Festival with new
material and a personal take on
the songs of Stevie Wonder with
a band including singers Bilal,
LaDonna Harley-Peters, Vula and
Brendan Reilly, and guitarist Mike
Severson. (020 7638 4141) tonight
Nikolai Foster directs a musical
version of Dickens’ Christmas classic.
(0116 242 3595) opens Sat
DANCE
Ballet Black
STANLEY & AUDREY BURTON
THEATRE, LEEDS
With Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Red
Riding Hood. (0113 220 8008) opens Fri
THEATRE
Afro Celt Sound System +
Dhol Foundation
The Band
VARIOUS VENUES
VENUE CYMRU, LLANDUDNO
The Afro Celts tour their
20th-anniversary album, The
Source, with Johnny Kalsi’s Dhol
Foundation, who have their own
new album coming. Colchester Arts
Centre (01206 500900) tonight;
Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
(023 9286 3911) Fri
Tim Firth’s piece is an infectious
homage to the music of Take That,
Britain’s best-loved boy band, and
the power of youthful friendship.
The on-stage action never takes
itself too seriously as it journeys
from 1990s suburban teenage
bedroom to the present day.
(thebandmusical.com) to 25 Nov
Mount Eerie
IQ
30-39
SAINT LUKE’S, GLASGOW
Seckou Keita & Omar Sosa
After the elemental awe of earlier
Eerie albums, Washington’s
Phil Elverum is at his most
devastatingly direct on A Crow
Looked at Me, a still, spare,
scrupulously unadorned reflection
VARIOUS VENUES
Dreamgirls
The Senegalese kora player
and Cuban pianist tour their
mellifluous, meditative and very
beautiful new album, Transparent
Water (World Village. Howard
SAVOY THEATRE, LONDON WC2
Travel Offer
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ip
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Thirty-five years after it opened
on Broadway and 10 years
after the movie adaptation was
released, this celebrated musical,
If you only see
one thing today
FILM
Paddington 2
PG, PAUL KING, 90MINS
Paddington Bear returns
to the screen in a superior
sequel so full of charm
and good humour that it
should delight audiences
everywhere. Director
Paul King, who co-wrote
the script with Simon
Farnaby, is faithful to the
spirit of Paddington’s
creator Michael Bond,
who died earlier this year,
while also filling the movie
with slapstick sequences
invoking the memory of
Charlie Chaplin and Buster
Keaton. Nationwide release
Christmas Sussex Belle
A steam journey to remember
Tuesday, 12th December, 2017
Departing London Victoria 10.30, returning 17.20 (times approx)
Enjoy the scenic views through your carriage window and a leisurely festive lunch as our
steam train travels to the Sussex coast hauled by historic locomotive Black 5 No. 45305. The
Sussex Belle route crosses the Weald, an ancient area of woodland scattered with farms and
villages, and joins the East Coastway Line at Lewes. We will steam through the South Downs
to Eastbourne, where there will be time to explore the Victorian seafront, pier and bandstand
before leaving diesel hauled for Hastings to re-join our steam loco for the return journey
through Crowhurst, Battle and Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Price Includes...
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Enjoy The i £10pp discount when you book using code KQJ
Buffet car available. Junior fares available. Tables for two can be guaranteed in First and Premier Dining for a
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Business
Business Editor Elizabeth Anderson
+4420 7361 5718
business@inews.co.uk
ECONOMY
Real wages are still falling
as the job market cools
By Ben Chu
Wage growth disappointed in
the three months to September,
confirming that real wages are still
falling and showing the pick-up in
earnings expected by the Bank of
England has still not materialised.
Weekly earnings grew at an annual
rate of 2.2 per cent, down from the 2.3
per cent rate in the previous period,
figures from the Office for National
Statistics (ONS) showed.
The inflation rate in September, by
contrast, was 3 per cent, showing that
after adjusting for the rising cost of
living, pay packets are still shrinking.
The latest ONS data also suggested
the job market may finally be cooling
after many months of strong growth.
The numbers in employment fell
slightly for the first time in two years,
by 14,000 down to 32 million, and the
inactivity rate increased from 21.3
per cent to 21.6 per cent. However,
the level of people out of work held
steady at 4.3 per cent. The Bank of
England raised interest rates last
week for the first time in a decade,
citing “some signs that wage demand
pressures have increased”.
The pound was steady
yesterday in response
to the employment and wage
figures. There was a sharp spike to
$1.32 when the data was revealed
but later settled to $1.316.
wage growth may not pick up quite
as sharply. For that reason, we
expect the Bank to continue to take a
cautious approach to further interest
rate hikes.”
There was better news on
productivity from the ONS, with an
estimate from the statistics agency
However, two members of the that UK output per hour increased
Bank’s nine-person Monetary Policy by 0.9 per cent in the third quarter
Committee, Sir Dave Ramsden and of 2017, as hours worked fell 0.5 per
Sir Jon Cunliffe, voted against
cent and GDP rose 0.4 per cent
an increase in the cost of
over the same period. It
borrowing, saying that
was the fastest rate of
there was insufficient
quarterly productivity
evidence of wages
growth seen since 2011.
picking up.
However, the annual
annual growth rate
of weekly earnings
“A central pillar of
rate of productivity
in the three months
the Bank’s outlook is
growth was still only
to
September,
down
that wage growth will
0.6 per cent, reflecting
from
2.3
per
cent
in
pick up strongly next
steep falls over the first
the previous
year, amongst other
half of 2017.
period
reasons, because of the
“The medium-term
strength in the jobs market,”
picture continues to be one
said James Smith of ING.
of productivity growing, but at a
“However, with Brexit and political much slower rate than seen before
uncertainty elevated and broader the financial crisis,” said Philip Wales
economic growth slowing, we think of the ONS. THE INDEPENDENT
2.2%
LEISURE
Nintendo
Switch boosts
Game Digital
sales
By Holly Williams
Quote of
the day
This divide
matters hugely
at a time when
millions of people
across the UK face
a daily struggle to
make ends meet
Katy Chakrabortty
Oxfam’s head of advocacy
on the growing gap
between the rich and poor
The success of the Nintendo Switch
gaming console is helping drive a
turnaround at retailer Game Digital.
Game said the UK console market
returned to growth in the second half
of its financial year to 29 July thanks
to surging demand for Nintendo’s
device. It added that the bounce back
had continued, with sales in the first
15 weeks of the new financial year
also ahead of its expectations.
But the recent sales rebound was
not enough to offset a dismal first
half for the group, which saw it swing
to a £10m annual loss from profits of
£1.1m on a comparable 52-week basis.
UK retail underlying earnings
slumped 89.8 per cent to £1.8m after
retail sales by gross transaction value
tumbled 13.4 per cent over the year.
But Game gave hope that its
trading woes are behind it, with retail
sales in the first 15 weeks of the new
financial year up 1.8 per cent.
The brighter sales outlook comes
The 30
Second
Briefing
HOUSING
All is well in the UK housing market or so developers say...
Housebuilders Barratt
Developments and Crest Nicholson
The Nintendo
Switch is expected
to be one of the
best sellers this
Christmas REUTERS
as welcome respite for Game, which
was forced to warn over profits in
June when it was hit by challenging
high street trading and poor initial
stock availability of Nintendo Switch.
have become the latest firms to
shrug off property market fears as
they insisted buyer demand remains
strong despite signs of a flagging
London market. The building giants
said yesterday the “wide availability”
of mortgage finance was helping
support the new-build market in
the face of Brexit uncertainty and a
squeeze on household finances.
What were the figures?
Barratt – the UK’s largest
housebuilder – said it had seen a
“strong start” to its financial year,
Despite the supply issue, the
Nintendo Switch launch has helped
breathe new life into the market.
It is expected to be one of the best
sellers this Christmas, while Game is
having held its sales rate firm at
0.74 reservations per development
a week. Meanwhile, forward sales
are up 8.4 per cent at £2.9bn. Crest
said open-market prices rose by 5.4
per cent over the year to 31 October
to £391,000, while it completed
2,935 homes - up 2.3 per cent on the
previous year. However, the price
rise was sharply lower than the 18
per cent jump in the previous year.
How did the market react?
Investors seemed underwhelmed
by the trading updates, with shares
also putting faith in strong demand for
the recently launched Microsoft Xbox
One X. Shares in Game were down 4
per cent yesterday to 38.5p. A year ago
they were trading at around 60p.
in Crest down 4.4 per cent at 496.2p.
Shares in Barratt were down 1.1 per
cent at 622p.
What about the wider housing
market?
Demand is outstripping supply,
which is keeping prices steady. The
Government’s Help to Buy equity
loan scheme and Help to Buy Isa are
propping up lending among younger
buyers. But interest rates rose
for the first time in a decade this
month, and there are concerns about
affordability if rates continue to rise.
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-55
TELECOMS
CONSUMER
TalkTalk shares tumble
after it posts a £75m loss
Super Noodles
come to the
rescue of
Premier Foods
i THURSDAY
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By Ben Woods
By Joanna Bourke
Shares in TalkTalk dropped 6 per
cent yesterday after the telecoms
group dived to a half-year loss and
trimmed its earnings outlook.
The FTSE 250 firm booked a loss
of £75m for the six months to the end
of September, down from a £30m
profit over the same period last year.
Revenues also dipped 5 per cent
to £828m for the half year, with
headline earnings dropping 34 per
cent to £95m in response to the firm’s
investment drive.
TalkTalk also flagged that annual
earnings would come in at the lower
end of its targets as it pushes through
further investment to capture a
greater share of the market in the
second half of the year. Shares in
the company dropped 11.3p to 178.2p
when markets closed yesterday.
Tristia Harrison, chief executive
of TalkTalk, said: “We expect to
step up our planned investment in
growth in the second half, as we take
advantage of the strong demand we
are seeing for our fixed low-price
plans, fibre take-up and affordable
propositions in both our residential
and B2B markets.”
TalkTalk pulled in 46,000 more
customers during the half-year
period after seeing a drop by 29,000
over the period in 2016.
The group secured double-digit
TalkTalk pulled
in 46,000 more
customers during the
half-year period PA
customer growth across its retail and
wholesale businesses, with customer
demand for its fixed low-price plans
(FLPP) driving the strongest share of
the switching market in three years.
Stronger demand for FLPPs
also slowed the percentage rate of
customers leaving the firm to 1.3 per
cent for the half year, down from 1.5
per cent.
Analysts were broadly positive
about the update. “The big shareprice drop is largely a function of
the group saying profits are going
to be at the bottom end of previous
guidance, but, odd as it sounds, this
year’s profit was never a top priority
for the new management team,” said
George Salmon, equities analyst at
Hargreaves Lansdown.
TalkTalk was hit by a major
cyber attack in November
2015, which involved hackers
accessing the personal details of
nearly 157,000 customers.
FINANCE
Pensions switch could make UK £55bn richer
By Russell Lynch
The UK could be £55bn richer
over the next decade if mortgageslave Britons stuck more cash into
pensions, a think-tank has claimed.
The National Institute for
Economic and Social Research’s
Outlook
JAMES
MOORE
Can ITV survive
in these choppy
and costly waters?
W
here does ITV fit
in a world in which
Amazon can spend
$250m (£190m) just
for the rights to a
Lord of the Rings prequel series?
Production costs are likely to come
in at $100m-$150m per season on top
of that, and while all the ingredients
study of households over 20 years
found those with mortgages typically
had a 15 per cent lower private
pension income on retirement.
Pension savings are also used to
fund business investment, where the
UK lags other advanced economies.
The UK pumps 66 per cent of
its investment spending – 9.2 per
cent of overall GDP – into business
investment, with the rest going into
property. But if that share rose to
80 per cent, like the Netherlands,
NIESR’s modelling suggests the
resulting rise in productivity would
push GDP £55bn higher by 2028.
are there, it still might not be a hit.
The odds are in its favour, but that’s
been true of plenty of expensive flops
in the past.
Thing is, while it would be
embarrassing, the write-off would
be something a corporation such as
Amazon could easily take. ITV might
break. It is a tugboat puffing along in
waters filled with supertankers.
But look at our Christmas ad sales!
Yes, it’s true that the broadcaster
sought to give investors a few crumbs
of comfort earlier this week after
reporting net advertising revenues
(NAR) that fell by 9 per cent over the
first three-quarters of the year.
Some fast-moving consumer goods
makers and grocers are returning to
the market. They’ve spent millions on
those Christmas ads we’ve all been
hearing so much about, and they want
to get them seen. It’s entirely possible
that retailers have realised that, with
the consumer pound under severe
pressure, they’re going to have to
compete hard if they want the postChristmas numbers to look good.
As such, ITV expects that its final
quarter will show an uplift in ad
spending, so the NAR may only be
down by 5 per cent on the full year.
The core problem, however,
remains: ITV has long touted its
ability to deliver the sort of mass
audience the commissioners of those
glossy Christmas ads are after. It just
might not be long before there is no
To
o be fair to the
company, its controlling
brains saw the danger
some time ago
mass audience to deliver. To be fair
to the company, its controlling brains
saw the danger some time ago. Its
new chief executive, Dame Carolyn
McCall, who joins the company in
January, inherits a business that has
been growing revenue at a fair pace.
ITV Studios might not be producing
Student staple Super Noodles has
come to the rescue of Premier Foods,
helping the Bisto gravy-to-Ambrosia
custard maker return to sales growth
and increase profits.
Chief executive Gavin Darby said
customers flocked to buy its latest
“Super Noodles in a pot” product in
the first half, pushing Batchelors’
revenues up 7.8 per cent.
The goods marked the firm’s
entry into the “convenient snacking”
market, and they were produced via
its tie-up with Japanese noodles firm
Nissin, which last year built up a near20 per cent stake in Premier Foods.
Mr Darby also praised a new
partnership with US snacks
giant Mondelez
International,
which allows
Premier Foods to
market Cadbury-branded goodss
to 46 countries .
He added: “Wee
are stronger
d
with Nissin and
Mondelez than we
w
are without.”
Other brands that grew included
Bisto and Angel Delight, helping
group revenues to rise 1.5 per cent to
£353m. Pre-tax profit increased 0.5
per cent to £26.4m. Shares were up
6.2 per cent to 38.8p.
Premier Foods came under fire last
year when Schwartz spices owner
McCormick abandoned its £537m
bid for the business.
Shore Capital analyst Clive Black
said: “Premier Foods has had a
colourful and somewhat varied
history as a listed entity, delivering
much disappointment over the last
decade or so for its shareholders.
“It is genuinely pleasing not to be
recording disappointment and more
stress from Premier.”
EVENING STANDARD
anything like Amazon’s Lord of the
Rings prequel anytime soon, but it
delivered a 9 per cent rise in revenues
all the same.
Helped by a 41 per cent surge in
online viewing, online and pay turned
in growth of 41 per cent. ITV has
21 million viewers registered to its
“hub” which, notably, includes 75 per
cent of the UK’s 16- to 24-year-olds.
So it isn’t simply resting on the
reliably big audiences for shows such
as Britain’s Got Talent and Coronation
Street as it once did. It can’t afford to.
The streamers still account for
a relatively small proportion of the
overall UK viewership but they’re
growing fast, and they’re spending
money with the aim of turbocharging that growth.
IfMsMcCallcankeepITV’stugboat
afloat in choppy waters and is willing
to continue with the investment it
will take to do that, she might even
earn her no doubt grandiose salary
package. THE INDEPENDENT
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From the
business
pages
Actress banned
from markets
China Daily
Billionaire actress Zhao Wei
and her husband Huang
Youlong have been banned
from China’s securities markets
for five years. It relates to
Zhejiang Sunriver Culture Co,
which Ms Zhao’s investment
company sought to acquire in
February this year but failed
due to insufficient funds. The
aborted deal caused significant
fluctuation in the share price of
Zhejiang Sunriver in March.
Supply account
details, PayPal told
The Globe and Mail
PayPal has been ordered to
provide the Canada Revenue
Agency with information about
its business account holders. A
Federal Court order requires
it to supply information about
business accounts that received
or sent a payment between 1
January 2014 and 10 November
2017. PayPal has 6.4 million
active customer account
holders in Canada
Rise in value of
Irish exports
The Irish Times
The value of Irish exports rose
by 1 per cent to €9.3bn (£8.4bn)
in September while imports
fell by 3 per cent to €5.7bn. This
resulted in a trade surplus for
the month of €3.6bn, up €292m
or 9 per cent on the previous
month. The driving force behind
Irish exports was medical and
pharmaceutical products.
The EU accounted for half of
Ireland’s exports in September.
Toyota sells off 95%
of its TV business
The Asahi Shimbun
Troubled Toshiba is selling 95
per cent of its TV and other
visual products subsidiary to
Chinese electronics maker
Hisense Group as part of its
effort to stay afloat. The 12.9bn
yen (£86m) deal is set to be
completed by or after February
2018, pending regulatory
approval. Toshiba is suffering
massive losses from its nuclear
business. Its US nuclear
operations filed for bankruptcy
earlier this year.
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BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
FTSE 100 down 41.8 at 7372.6
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
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540.5
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Price
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ITV
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Turnaround on
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New Look’s South African
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crashed to a 7.98bn rand
(£421m) first-half loss as its
net asset value fell by 36.6 per
cent to 66.62 rand a share. The
firm was dragged down by its
struggling UK assets.
Aerospace group Cobham said
its “challenging” turnaround
remains on track as it confirmed
trading for the first 10 months
of 2017 had been “largely as
expected”. The Dorset firm is
leading an overhaul to address
problems such as charges on
the KC-46 tanker programme
and has warned over profits five
times in less than two years.
RETAIL
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Solid third quarter
for Card Factory
No closer look at
opticians merger
Retailer Card Factory cheered
a solid third quarter, saying the
“strong” sales growth seen in
the first half has continued, with
total sales up by 6.7 per cent in
the nine months of its year so
far. But the 903-strong chain
reiterated warnings over an
ongoing hit to profit margins
from the weak pound and
national living wage.
A merger between Tesco
Opticians and Vision Express
will not face a deeper
investigation after Britain’s
competition watchdog accepted
efforts to address concerns
over the deal. The Competition
and Markets Authority (CMA)
said it had accepted the
undertakings and would not
launch a Phase 2 investigation.
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Experian enjoys
5% revenue jump
Video diary app
wins top prize
Credit checking group Experian
has reported a 5 per cent jump
in half-year revenues, having
seen a customer windfall in the
wake of the rival Equifax’s data
breach. The firm said it had a
“good start” to its financial year,
booking revenues of $2.19bn
(£1.66bn) for the six months to
30 September.
An app developer has scooped
the £30,000 first prize in
this year’s Stelios Award for
Disabled Entrepreneurs after
creating a video diary app that
supports people managing
their mental health. Hannah
Chamberlain from South
London gained the prize for her
app, mentalSnapp.
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Old Mutual in
name change
Bank warns over
productivity
Old Mutual Wealth has unveiled
plans to kill off the name and
rebrand as Quilter when it lists
on the stock market next year.
The move, which will involve
a massive rebrand of the £7bn
wealth firm, is in response to
a break-up of South African
parent Old Mutual.
Brexit is likely to damage the
UK’s productivity and could
well force a more rapid rise
in interest rates, a deputy
governor of the Bank of England
has warned. Ben Broadbent
said damage to the UK economy
would be done “relatively soon”
after Britain leaves the EU.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 closed down 42
points 7,372.61, roughly its lowest
level this month. Meanwhile, the
FTSE 250 closed down 153 points
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military coup in Zimbabwe.
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in the oil price. FTSE 250-listed
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per cent to 350p and Tullow Oil
was down 5.07 per cent at 172p.
TalkTalk was the biggest faller on
the index. FTSE100’s NMC Health
was down 3.5 per cent at 2,750p.
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Airbus shows off its A330neo at the Dubai Air Show yesterday AP
Airbus trumps rival
Boeing with record
$50bn plane deal
By Angela Jameson
Aircraft giant Airbus has trumped its
arch-rival Boeing, unveiling the biggestever commercial aircraft deal at the
Dubai Air Show.
Airbus used the event to unveil a deal
worth $50bn (£38bn) for 430 planes, leaving Boeing in the shade.
The purchaser of Airbus’s latest
A320neo and A321neo energy-efficient
planes is US Indigo Partners, an investor
with a portfolio of four low-cost airlines
including Central and Eastern Europe’s
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Wizz said it would take 146 new planes,
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also pushes the aircraft manufacturer’s
backlog above 7,000 jets.
will need permission from shareholders
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Jozsef Varadi, Wizz Air’s chief executive, said: “We are convinced that the
Airbus A320neo and A321neo will be
game-changer aircraft.”
Indigo’s other airline investments include America’s Frontier, Chile’s JetSMART and Mexico’s Volaris.
The deal is a landmark for Airbus
sales chief John Leahy, who retires
this year after 23 years, having struck
deals for more than 16,000 jets that
have transformed the European aeroplanes maker.
The firm has been struggling with its
A380 super-jumbo model, cutting its production this year. Earlier this week, Boeing began the show with a $15.1bn deal to
sell 40 of its Dreamliners to Emirates, appearing to snub Airbus.
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Kakuro
NEW Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 49
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MEANING
SWELTERING
RUDE
26
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GRIN
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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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8 good quality pork sausages
16 shallots, peeled
1tbsp olive oil
3tbsp runny honey
3tbsp soy sauce
2tbsp flaked almonds (optional)
200g cherry tomatoes on the vine
1 bag of watercress for serving
4
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TATTLE
LETTERS
MEANING
3
Futoshiki
8
Preheat the oven 200C/180C fan/gas
4. Place the sausages and shallots in a
roasting tin, add the oil and turn until
lightly coated.
Cook in the oven for 10 minutes, drain
away any excess fat, turn the sausages
and shallots, drizzle over the soy sauce
and honey.
Continue to cook for another 10
minutes, turn the sausages and shallots
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almonds and add the cherry tomatoes,
cook for another 10 minutes, or slightly
longer until the sauce is sticky and the
almonds lightly golden.
Scatter with watercress and serve with
creamy mashed potato.
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How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
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Killer Sudoku No 1135
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 ukshallot.com
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How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1856
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 49.
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4 Stretch (7)
5 Kindly helper (4,9)
6 Accept (4)
7 Type of shoe (4-2)
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14 Frustrate (6)
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ACROSS 1 New, 3 Clip, 5 Hour (Nuclear power), 9 Wagtail, 10 Let-up, 11 Ornithologist,
12 Pulsate, 18 Crossed cheque, 20 Arson, 21 Replica, 22 Ewer, 23 Eddy, 24 Yet.
DOWN 1 Newton, 2 Wagons, 3 Craft, 4 Ill-considered, 6 Obtain, 7 Repute, 8 Almost,
13 Ursine, 14 Octave, 15 Mousse, 16 Equity, 17 Tenant, 19 Happy.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 22;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 13; One-Minute Wijuko, page 23
Puzzle solutions See page 49 and minurl.co.uk/i
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Concise Crossword No 2178
ACROSS
1 First-rate (5)
4 Rowing crew (5)
8 Opponent of
technological
innovation (7)
9 Cheap wine
(Informal) (5)
10 Architectural
style (12)
11 Snuggle (6)
13 Allow (6)
16 Dunnock (5,7)
19 Punctuation
mark (5)
20 Praise
insincerely (7)
21 Scrap (5)
22 Citrus fruit (5)
How to play Each numeral from 1 to 9 must
appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Sudoku Harder
2
1
16
26
7
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
to the word above
it, apart from a
one-letter change.
There may be more
than one way of
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BUSINESS SPORT
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ABC Logic
How to play Place the letters
A, B and C exactly once in each row and
column. Each row and column has two
blank cells. The letters at the edge of a row/
column indicate which of the letters is the
first/last to appear in that row/column.
Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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SPORT
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top
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Creevytennant
can strike blow
for old-timers
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
When they framed the conditions for
today’s Introductory Hurdle at Ludlow, they surely had in mind horses at
the start of their jumping careers, not
old-timers approaching retirement.
But Gloucestershire trainer Fergal O’Brien has identified this particular contest (restricted to those
who haven’t run in more than one
hurdle) as another winning opportunity for his still-sprightly teenager
Creevytennant, who ran exclusively
over fences throughout his long career before finally making his hurdling bow only seven weeks ago.
Creevytennant won a hunter
chase at Cheltenham in 2011 before
any of today’s opponents were even
born (Creswell Legend was foaled
the day after), since when he has
more than paid his way playing
catch-me-if-you-can, successful on
eight of his 20 starts.
He has been as good as ever this
year, winning twice for amateur
rider Lilly Pinchin, who again takes
the ride this afternoon.
BEST OF CHELMSFORD CITY
TOTESCOOP6 THREE WAYS TO WIN FILLIES’ NOVICE
STAKES (PLUS 10) (CLASS 4) 2YO £11,000 added 1m
1
67 BEAUTIFUL ARTIST J Gosden 9 0........................................... R Tart 1
2
222 BUBBLE AND SQUEAK (BF) S Kirk 9 0...............B A Curtis 10
3
CAPE LIBERTY S Crisford 9 0........................................J Mitchell 11
4
502 COME WITH ME J Gosden 9 0.....................................Doubtful T 16
5
34 DANCE ME S Kirk 9 0......................................................................C Bishop 6
6
8 DESERT DIAMOND Sir M Stoute 9 0 .........................T Durcan 9
7
DIABLERY J Gosden 9 0.........................................................N Mackay 13
8
43 FINAL TREAT W Haggas 9 0...............................Daniel Tudhope 8
9
653342 FLEETING FREEDOM A Bailey 9 0....Josephine Gordon 14
10
6 FLORA SANDES C Appleby 9 0 .......................................W Buick H 3
11
3 JAMAICAN JILL W Muir 9 0................................................F Norton 12
12
73 NORTH BAY SUNRISE E Vaughan 9 0 ........................S Levey 15
13
PERFECTION J Gosden 9 0...................................................... R Havlin 4
14
PHANTASMIC Sir M Stoute 9 0......................................D Probert 5
15
0 QASWARAH E Dunlop 9 0.....................................................J Crowley 2
16
0 SNATTY DANCER H Morrison 9 0....................................L Keniry 7
- 16 declared BETTING: 3-1 Final Treat, 4-1 Bubble And Squeak, 11-2 Perfection,
10-1 Desert Diamond, Fleeting Freedom, Flora Sandes, 14-1 Diablery,
Jamaican Jill, 16-1 others.
TOTESCOOP6 THE MILLIONAIRE MAKER HANDICAP
(CLASS 5) £8,000 added 1m
1
440716 HARLEQUIN STRIKER (D) D Ivory 5 9 10...........C Bishop C 3
2
353132 MIRACLE GARDEN I Williams 5 9 9 ..................S Donohoe V 1
3
810 WILLIAM SAYLE J Gosden 3 9 8................................ W Buick C 10
4 156311 DREAMING TIME (D) J Tate 3 9 8..................................J Fanning 6
5
-21655 HIGHLAND PASS (D) A Balding 3 9 5........................D Probert 5
6
676062 SHAMROKH (D) M Appleby 3 9 4 .................................D Costello 8
7
953799 CARNIVAL KING Miss Amy Murphy 5 9 4...........................................
...........................................................................................................Josephine Gordon 2
8 440182 PINNATA (D) S C Williams 3 9 4.....................................S Levey T 4
9
803213 TITAN GODDESS (CD) Mike Murphy 5 9 2 ....... S W Kelly 11
10 -30552 ZAFARANAH Mrs P Sly 3 8 12 ...................................Rob Hornby 9
11 389217 DASHING POET (C)(D) Mrs H Main 3 8 11......D Muscutt 12
12 514800 MUTHRAAB ALDAAR J Boyle 4 8 9.............................J Mitchell 7
- 12 declared BETTING: 5-1 Miracle Garden, 11-2 Dreaming Time, 6-1 Pinnata, 7-1
Titan Goddess, 8-1 Zafaranah, Shamrokh, William Sayle, 10-1 Highland
Pass, Harlequin Striker, 16-1 others.
TOTESCOOP6 RESULTS AT TOTEPOOLLIVEINFO.COM
HANDICAP (CLASS 5) £8,000 added 7f
1
980143 LADY PERIGNON A Balding 4 9 9................................Doubtful 11
2 346054 FREDRICKA (C) I Furtado 6 9 7.......................Renato Souza V 1
3
431514 WAHAAB (D) Mrs S Leech 6 9 6............................T J Murphy T 8
4 044720 KREB’S CYCLE (BF) I Williams 3 9 6.....Josephine Gordon C 4
5
575611 EAST COAST LADY (CD) W Stone 5 9 4 .C Shepherd (3) 13
6
576950 THAQAFFA Miss Amy Murphy 4 9 4.................D Muscutt C 7
7
516124 DARING GUEST (D) G Margarson 3 9 3 .....Jane Elliott (5) 5
8 023120 LUCYMAI (CD) D Ivory 4 9 3.......................................... J Duern (3) 14
9
29-237 WILD ACCLAIM M Appleby 3 9 1 ...........................A Rawlinson 2
6.55
Pinchin is still a teenager herself,
but racked up several equestrian titles and awards at junior level before
winning her first race under rules at
her local course, Cheltenham, last
May and she is highly regarded in
the O’Brien camp.
It will be another feather in her
cap if she can steer Creevytennant
to both his and her first hurdles victories and even if she can’t (Black
Sam Bella looks the main danger),
the veteran will owe nobody anything, while the young rider can still
look forward to a bright future.
Contented looks like another winner for the in-form Philip Hobbs in
the Maiden Hurdle at Taunton.
Yesterday’s novice chase at Exeter
was meant to be another easy
stepping stone to the spring festivals
for Yanworth, but it’s back to the
BEST OF SOUTHWELL
1.45
BEST OF LUDLOW
1.55
2.25
1
2
3
4
5
6
RACING UK HD INTRODUCTORY HURDLE (CLASS 3)
£10,000 added 2m 5f
CRESSWELL LEGEND (C) K Bailey 6 11 5 ..................... D Bass T
BLOODY NOSE M Bradstock 5 11 0.........................Jamie Moore
CREEVYTENNANT (D) F O’Brien 13 11 0......Miss L M Pinchin (7)
HAUL AWAY N Henderson 4 11 0.......... Nico De Boinville H
SUPAKALANISTIC N Twiston-Davies 4 11 0.....J Bargary (3)
BLACK SAM BELLA (BF) D Skelton 5 10 7................H Skelton
- 6 declared BETTING: 13-8 Black Sam Bella, 7-2 Cresswell Legend, 4-1 Creevytennant,
5-1 Haul Away, 7-1 Supakalanistic, 33-1 Bloody Nose.
/31-71
58-7
2-1312
4
4-35
12-2
3.30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
HEATH FARM MEATS HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3)
£15,000 added 3m 2f
125-5P
-82466
321141
6F44-4
432-30
-3U71P
-32423
NEXT BEST
Resolution Bay
(3.40pm, Taunton)
Decent showing on recent
chase debut and another likely
lad for Hobbs and Richard
Johnson.
Yanworth is led back to the stables after falling at Exeter yesterday GETTY
10 156244 AFRICAN BLESSING (D) C Wallis 4 9 0 .............B A Curtis 12
11 925961 CHAMPAGNE BOB (D) R J Price 5 8 13....................................................
..................................................................................................Jonathan Fisher (7) C 6
BETWAY SPRINT HANDICAP (CLASS 4)
12 700796 MAGGIE PINK (D) M Appleby 8 8 9........................................R Tate 9
£7,250 added 5f
13 480905 EL TORITO (D) J Boyle 3 8 8................................C Bennett (3) C 10
14 /977-0 SYNDEX J Farrelly 4 8 7.............................................................. K O’Neill 3 1 461845 DUNGANNON (CD) A Balding 10 9 7......William Cox (7) B 12
- 14 declared 2
189870 BOSHAM (D) M W Easterby 7 9 7......... P Mulrennan B,T 10
BETTING:5-1DaringGuest,AfricanBlessing,EastCoastLady,8-1Fredricka,
422346 ARZAAK (CD) C Dwyer 3 9 7............... Josephine Gordon B 11
Champagne Bob, Wahaab, 10-1 Wild Acclaim, Kreb’s Cycle, 12-1 others. 3
4
109483 MIDNIGHT MALIBU (D) T Easterby 4 9 6.................... D Allan 9
5
120277 RAZIN’ HELL (CD) J Balding 6 9 5 .......................... B A Curtis V 8
6
-21151 PIAZON (CD) J Butler 6 9 4............................. T Clark (3) B,E,H 14
7
0-0206 MUJASSAM D O’Meara 5 9 4..............................P Vaughan (7) B 3
NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4)
8
455355 MUSHARRIF (D) D Carroll 5 9 2.....................Ger O’Neill (7) B 2
£11,000 added 2m
9
-90850 ALEEF D O’Meara 4 9 1.....................................................................G Lee H 1
1
3/P64- DARK MAHLER Miss E Lavelle 6 11 12..................N Scholfield 10 231980 ALPHA TAURI (CD) C Smith 11 9 1...............................J Haynes 13
2
PP5/3F ITS A STING O Sherwood 8 11 12 ....................................... L Aspell H 11 746984 ZAPPER CASS T Coyle 4 8 13......................................B McHugh T 5
3
39-8PP LEGAL OK Stuart Edmunds 5 11 7....................C Gethings (3) H 12 13U117 GNAAD (CD) A Bailey 3 8 13............................................. Fran Berry 7
4
547-5 CERVIN T Vaughan 5 11 6.............................................................A Johns T 13 790302 TREATY OF ROME (CD)(BF) D Shaw 5 8 11T Hamilton V 6
5
6282-4 FINGERS CROSSED (D) P Webber 7 11 4.......R McLernon T 14 400063 CROSSE FIRE (CD) S Dixon 5 8 8.................................K O’Neill C 4
6
5U-341 GO ON HENRY (C) M Sheppard 9 10 13.....Mr Ed Bailey (7) C,T
- 14 declared 7 6PP-8P ROBIN WHY NOT N Hawke 5 10 10....................................D Cook H BETTING: 5-1 Dungannon, 11-2 Piazon, 6-1 Treaty Of Rome, 8-1
- 7 declared Musharrif, Arzaak, 10-1 Gnaad, 12-1 Razin’ Hell, Mujassam, Aleef,
BETTING: 9-4 Go On Henry, 11-4 Dark Mahler, 7-2 Its A Sting, 6-1 Fingers Midnight Malibu, 16-1 others.
Crossed, 10-1 Legal Ok, 12-1 Cervin, 25-1 Robin Why Not.
7.25
7.55
BEST BET
Contented
(1.35pm, Taunton)
Travelled well when placed last
time and should improve for this
step up in trip. .
3.20
1
2
3
4
BETWAY HANDICAP (CLASS 5)
£4,500 added 1m 4f
270059
235910
457192
516689
THROCKLEY C Dore 6 9 7.................................................................G Lee 11
DEEP CHALLENGER (D) J Osborne 5 9 6.....D Costello T 13
MININGROCKS (BF) C Dore 5 9 3.................. P Mulrennan V 4
THE LOCK MASTER (CD) M Appleby 10 9 2........................................
.................................................................................................................A Rawlinson C 12
5
427 ASSIDUOUS M Johnston 3 9 1.........................................F Norton 10
6
8-7631 TOPAMICHI M Appleby 7 9 1(6ex).................................... C Bishop 1
7
177967 UP TEN DOWN TWO (D) M W Easterby 8 9 0 ....C Hardie 7
8
9262-1 MISTER SHOWMAN (CD) K Dalgleish 4 8 12......T Eaves C 2
9
334748 TRISTRAM J Mackie 3 8 9.........................................................A Mullen 5
10 432535 DAILY TRADER (C) P Evans 3 8 8 ........................M Cosham (3) 6
11 323919 GOOD TIME AHEAD (D) P Kirby 3 8 7..............J Gormley (5) 3
12 57-273 YOUNG TOM (D) Mrs S Smith 4 8 7...............Jane Elliott (5) 8
13 255245 EYREBORN K Dalgleish 3 8 4.............................................J Fanning 9
- 13 declared BETTING:
4-1
Mister
Showman,
9-2
Topamichi,
7-1
Miningrocks, 8-1 Assiduous, 10-1 Deep Challenger, Eyreborn,
12-1 The Lock Master, Throckley, Daily Trader, 14-1 others.
CAULFIELDS VENTURE Miss E Lavelle 11 11 12...L Aspell V
KELVINGROVE Jonjo O’Neill 7 11 11........................A Coleman C
MIAMI PRESENT Harriet Bethell 7 11 10.....Sean Bowen C
PETITE POWER F O’Brien 8 11 9...........................P Brennan C,T
BY THE BOARDWALK K Bailey 9 11 9.....................T Bellamy T
CERNUNNOS T R George 7 11 9............................. A P Heskin B,T
ROYAL PLAZA (BF) Olly Murphy 6 11 7..................................................
..................................................................................................Fergus Gregory (7) H,T
8
-92331 AUNTY ANN C Longsdon 6 11 6............................... Mr J Nailor (7)
9
7222-5 AFTER HOURS (BF) Henry Oliver 8 11 5.............J M Davies C
10 P5-121 THE HAPPY CHAPPY (D) Mrs S Humphrey 6 11 3.....................
SETSQUARE RECRUITMENT NOVICES’ CHASE (CLASS
............................................................................................................................N Scholfield T
3) £12,000 added 2m 7f
11 P-514P ABBEYGREY (D) E Williams 8 10 8................. M Bastyan (5) C
1
5211-1 RIDGEWAY FLYER (C) P Nicholls 6 11 8...........H Cobden H,T
- 11 declared 3743-F NEVER LEARN (BF) C Tizzard 6 11 2 ..............T Scudamore T
BETTING: 4-1 Miami Present, 11-2 Aunty Ann, 6-1 The Happy Chappy, 2
- 2 declared 7-1 Royal Plaza, 8-1 Cernunnos, Petite Power, 10-1 After Hours, 12-1
BETTING: 2-11 Ridgeway Flyer, 4-1 Never Learn.
Kelvingrove, By The Boardwalk, 14-1 others.
BEST OF TAUNTON
1.05
2.35
ONE TO WATCH
Gardefort looked the likely
winner for a long way at Aintree
and has a big handicap chase in
him.
drawing board after Alan King’s
2-9 favourite took a soft fall before
halfway. Both he and jockey Barry
Geraghty were unscathed.
INVEST SOUTHWEST HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 4)
£7,000 added 2m 104yds
1
2
3
455373 CANICALLYOUBACK (D) E Williams 9 12 0.............C Ring (3)
21-377 MIGHTY MISSILE (D) B Barr 6 11 12..........................T Garner (3)
212-90 LORD FENDALE (D) T Vaughan 8 11 12....................................................
................................................................................................Miss Jodie Hughes (7) H
4
364-93 NEW MILLENNIUM P Hobbs 4 11 10............................ R Johnson
5
6-47 LEXINGTON LAW A King 4 11 10 ......................W Hutchinson C
6
20-230 HILL FORT (D) M Sheppard 7 11 10...............................C Poste C,T
7
-12450 BERRY DE CARJAC (D) Grace Harris 6 11 8A Glassonbury
8
16-862 ELYSIAN PRINCE (D) N King 6 11 7...............................T Whelan T
9
11P-6U GOAL (CD) Miss T Watkins 9 11 7....Brodie Hampson (5) C,T
10 P463-0 STATUS QUO H Fry 4 11 4 ............................................K Edgar (3) H,T
11
/8067- GLANCE BACK Miss E Baker 6 11 3 ...................................J Banks T
12 32U47- TOBACCO ROAD D Pipe 7 11 1............................T Scudamore C,T
13 4-U852 SERVEONTIME Mrs H Nelmes 6 10 11....Paul O’Brien (5) C,T
14 P328F2 OSCAR’S SONG D Skelton 6 10 11...Bridget Andrews (3) T
15 445-86 BOUTAN Grace Harris 4 10 9...................................................L Heard C
16 8-680P DRAGOON GUARD Mrs K Stephens 6 10 5.... James Best T,V
- 16 declared BETTING: 7-2 Oscar’s Song, 9-2 New Millennium, 5-1 Lexington Law, 10-1
Tobacco Road, Canicallyouback, 12-1 Status Quo, 14-1 Mighty Missile,
Elysian Prince, 16-1 others.
3.10
MOLLIE COCHRANE CHARITY TBA MARES’ HANDICAP
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £7,000 added 2m 3f
1
523-38 MIDTECH VALENTINE (D) I Williams 6 11 12..... R Johnson
2
05-215 G FOR GINGER (BF) A Honeyball 7 11 12.........D G Noonan T
3
2474-2 PEGGIES VENTURE A King 6 11 9.........................W Hutchinson
4
2F/PP- THE LAST BAR D Skelton 7 11 5.............Bridget Andrews (3)
5
4P5522 LADY OF LONGSTONE (D)(BF) D Pipe 7 11 5.... M Heard (5) C
6
33-35P SURENESS C Mann 7 11 4.............................James Bowen (7) C,T
7
F-F344 MAC BELLA E Williams 5 11 2 ..................................................A Wedge
8
4-6516 DIZZEY HEIGHTS (BF) N King 5 10 7.........................T Whelan H
9
90708- LA MADRINA Mrs K Stephens 5 10 5........................James Best
10 3PP301 MIDNIGHT GYPSY (CD) W Kittow 7 10 3.......A Thorne (7) H
- 10 declared BETTING: 7-2 Peggies Venture, 4-1 Lady Of Longstone, 5-1 Midnight
Gypsy, 6-1 G For Ginger, 8-1 Midtech Valentine, Mac Bella, 10-1 Dizzey
Heights, 12-1 The Last Bar, 16-1 others.
3.40
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
ARTHUR AND PEGGY WHITE MEMORIAL HANDICAP
CHASE (CLASS 3) £12,000 added 2m 6f
/02218
1-5232
31523548-6F
3-3542
621141PF-9P
SPORTING BOY (C)(D) J Farrelly 9 11 12 ........B J Powell B,T
RESOLUTION BAY P Hobbs 5 11 7 ................................... R Johnson
PRINCETON ROYALE N King 8 11 4.............................T Whelan V
THEATRICAL STAR (C)(D) C Tizzard 11 11 3 T Scudamore
NOTARFBAD (D) J Scott 11 11 2...................................M Griffiths H
MONSIEUR CO P Nicholls 4 11 0..........................................H Cobden
FEAR GLIC (D) Miss J Du Plessis 11 10 10............James Best
- 7 declared BETTING: 3-1 Resolution Bay, 7-2 Theatrical Star, 4-1 Monsieur Co, 5-1
Notarfbad, Princeton Royale, 8-1 Sporting Boy, 33-1 Fear Glic.
Racing results
AYR Going: Soft-heavy in places
12.30 1. ACDC (B Hughes) 7-2 fav; 2. Nakadam 4-1; 3.
Presented 13-2. 9 ran. 11/4l, nk. (C Grant). Tote: £4.70;
£1.70, £2.10, £2.40. Exacta: £18.40. Tricast: £86.31.
Trifecta: £83.70. CSF: £18.49.
1.00 1. VICTORIA SAYS (P E Corbett) 3-1; 2. Graystown
14-1; 3. Arctic Vodka 16-1. 11 ran. 10-11 fav Uncle
Alastair (Fell). 31/4l, 5l. (S Crawford (IRE) ). Tote: £3.90;
£1.10, £3.60, £4.00. Exacta: £43.30. Trifecta: £411.20.
CSF: £42.45.
1.35 1. TOO MANY CHIEFS (F O’Toole) 4-1; 2. Chicoria
11-1; 3. Reivers Lodge 11-2. 9 ran. 11-4 fav Spoils Of
War (Unseated Rider). 4l, 11/4l. (Mrs S Watt). Tote: £5.90;
£2.10, £3.30, £1.20. Exacta: £69.30. Tricast: £241.23.
Trifecta: £710.30. CSF: £45.46.
2.10 1. ATTENTION SEAKER (B Hughes) 9-2; 2. Paper
Roses 25-1; 3. Wide Awake 7-2. 11 ran. 10-3 fav Conquer Gold (7th). 5l, 23/4l. (T Easterby). Tote: £5.50; £1.30,
£1.50, £5.50. Exacta: £115.50. Tricast: £443.07. Trifecta:
£321.00. CSF: £112.02.
2.40 1. LOUGH DERG JEWEL (B Hughes) 13-2; 2.
Chateau Robin 9-2; 3. Mac N Cheese 5-4 fav. 6 ran. 11/4l,
hd. (D McCain). Tote: £5.20; £4.30, £1.90. Exacta: £19.80.
Trifecta: £60.00. CSF: £31.28. NR: Ninepointsixthree.
Ninepointsixthree was withdrawn. Rule 4 applies to
all bets, deduction 5p in the pound.
3.10 1. CATAMARAN DU SEUIL (B Hughes) 2-1; 2.
Knockanrawley 15-8 fav; 3. Grandads Horse 14-1. 6
ran. shd, 1/2l. (Dr R Newland). Tote: £3.50; £1.60, £1.10.
Exacta: £6.20. Trifecta: £49.50. CSF: £6.31.
3.45 1. EMISSAIRE (B Campbell) 9-2; 2. Qasr 4-1; 3.
Forewarning 9-4 fav. 6 ran. 21/4l, 2l. (Miss L Russell).
Tote: £5.50; £2.70, £2.30. Exacta: £22.70. Trifecta:
£70.20. CSF: £23.41.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £4,755.64 carried over to
Chelmsford City. Placepot: £139.20. Quadpot: £17.20.
Place 6: £104.28. Place 5: £60.32.
BANGOR Going: Soft-good to soft in places
12.40 1. SIRUH DU LAC (Lizzie Kelly) 11-1; 2. Just
Georgie 4-1; 3. Newberry New 50-1. 11 ran. 6-4 fav
Agamemmon (5th). 11/4l, 10l. (N Williams). Tote: £12.80;
£3.30, £1.90, £8.30. Exacta: £63.50. Tricast: £2131.76.
Trifecta: £3278.70. CSF: £53.78.
1.10 1. LADY BUTTONS (A Nicol) 4-1; 2. Dusky Legend
13-8 fav; 3. Rene’s Girl 15-8. 5 ran. 13/4l, 18l. (P Kirby).
Tote: £5.30; £3.30, £1.10. Exacta: £11.40. Trifecta:
£19.20. CSF: £11.26.
1.45 1. SIR MANGAN (H Skelton) 9-2; 2. Actinpieces
5-1; 3. Battle Of Shiloh 9-2. 8 ran. 9-4 fav Potters
Legend (4th). 11/4l, 2l. (D Skelton). Tote: £4.30; £1.40,
£1.70, £1.90. Exacta: £22.30. Tricast: £103.38. Trifecta:
£90.50. CSF: £26.22.
2.20 1. IF THE CAP FITS (N Fehily) 4-11 fav; 2. Solomon
Grey 9-2; 3. Demon D’aunou 9-2. 13 ran. 31/4l, 5l. (H Fry).
Tote: £1.20; £1.10, £1.60, £1.40. Exacta: £3.50. Trifecta:
£8.00. CSF: £3.28.
2.50 1. DASHING OSCAR (N Fehily) 2-1 fav; 2. Clondaw
Kaempfer 10-1; 3. Midnight Tour 7-1. 9 ran. 13/4l, 1l. (H
Fry). Tote: £3.50; £1.10, £3.20, £2.50. Exacta: £29.70.
Tricast: £120.68. Trifecta: £139.80. CSF: £22.98. NR:
Mister Fizz.
3.20 1. BORN LEGEND (H Beswick) 16-1; 2. Beach
Break 4-1; 3. Snookered 4-1. 9 ran. 11-8 fav Pageburg
(7th). 10l, 14l. (O Sherwood). Tote: £15.00; £2.90, £1.20,
£1.90. Exacta: £103.00. Trifecta: £228.50. CSF: £80.38.
3.55 1. SHANNON BRIDGE (H Skelton) 7-1; 2. Natter
Jack Croak 16-1; 3. Benechenko 11-8 fav. 8 ran. 11/4l,
11/4l. (D Skelton). Tote: £6.50; £1.60, £3.60, £1.10. Exacta:
£83.10. Trifecta: £243.70. CSF: £94.81.
Placepot: £168.60. Quadpot: £14.70.
Place 6: £56.76. Place 5: £16.76.
EXETER Going: Hurdle soft-good to soft in
places; chase good to soft-soft in places
12.50 1. PRESENT TIMES (A Wedge) 16-1; 2. Forgetthesmalltalk 11-4 fav; 3. Clondaw Bisto 8-1. 12 ran.
11/4l, 11/2l. (E Williams). Tote: £11.50; £2.60, £1.20, £3.10.
Exacta: £48.70. Tricast: £390.75. Trifecta: £520.80.
CSF: £56.05.
1.25 1. SPEREDEK (James Bowen) 11-4 fav; 2. Brave
Eagle 10-3; 3. Persian Delight 7-2. 6 ran. 15l, 21/4l.
(N Hawke). Tote: £3.70; £1.80, £1.90. Exacta: £13.20.
Trifecta: £36.00. CSF: £12.39. NR: Unison.
2.00 1. SONOFTHEKING (M Griffiths) 22-1; 2. Paddy
The Oscar 13-2; 3. Talk Of The South 10-1. 11 ran. 15-8
fav Jepeck (Pulled Up). 3/4l, 54l. (Nicky Martin).
Tote: £20.10; £5.70, £2.60, £4.10. Exacta: £231.50. Tricast:
£1541.61. Trifecta: £1966.90. CSF: £154.25.
2.30 1. WOTZIZNAME (N P Madden) 6-1; 2. Another
Venture 4-1 fav; 3. Buster Thomas 6-1. 10 ran. 31/4l,
40l. (H Fry). Tote: £6.00; £1.60, £2.50, £3.20. Exacta:
£33.90. Tricast: £150.92. Trifecta: £205.70. CSF: £30.87.
3.00 1. BRIERY QUEEN (L Aspell) 8-1; 2. Chameron 6-1;
3. Llancillo Lord 50-1. 4 ran. 2-9 fav Yanworth (Fell).
31/4l, 59l. (Noel Williams). Tote: £8.50; Exacta: £24.10.
Trifecta: £56.30. CSF: £41.44.
3.35 1. WAIHEKE (L Heard) 13-2; 2. Drops Of Jupitor
40-1; 3. Timeforben 11-2. 15 ran. 9-4 fav Rosemary
Russet (8th). 9l, 5l. (P Hobbs). Tote: £7.10; £2.00, £10.30,
£2.80. Exacta: £328.20. Trifecta: £3830.00. CSF: £230.72.
4.05 1. WHITE MOON (H Cobden) 13-8 fav; 2. Rhaegar
9-2; 3. Watcombe Heights 20-1. 12 ran. 6l, 21/4l. (C Tizzard). Tote: £3.00; £1.60, £1.80, £4.10. Exacta: £11.30.
Trifecta: £125.60. CSF: £9.81. NR: No Hiding Place.
Placepot: £7,223.00. Quadpot: £371.60.
Place 6: £939.96. Place 5: £397.50.
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result of their “ridiculous riches” at
lock.
Kruis has lost his place in the
25-man squad to Charlie Ewels
following a below-par display against
Argentina, and the indications from
training yesterday morning were
that Joe Launchbury and Lawes
could form the second row for the
Wallabies’ visit, although Maro Itoje
is also in contention after being
rested last weekend.
It continues a disappointing year
for Kruis, who was dropped after the
first Lions Test in New Zealand. He
had previously been viewed as an indispensable line-out technician but
now misses England’s biggest home
game of the year.
“In part George is out because
of load management and in part
because it’s an area that we’ve got
ridiculous riches in,” Hatley said.
“It’s a reflection on how that
group of second rows are training
and pushing each other and getting
better. We’ve got some really good
players and unfortunately some
people have to leave early in the week,
and it’s George’s turn this week.”
GOLF
FA CUP FIRST ROUND REPLAYS
Tranmere (0)................0 Peterborough (2)....5
Lloyd 16, 22, 73
Baldwin 67
Maddison 76 (pen)
Att 4,199
Peterborough away to Woking in 2nd rd
Rose: Fleetwood is still the ENGLAND WOMEN
secure
man to beat in Race to Dubai Players
historic pay
FIFA WORLD CUP — AFC/CONCACAF
Play-off 2nd leg: Australia 3 Honduras 1
(Australia win 3-1 on agg).
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HALL, WOLVERHAMPTON; 2nd rd: M
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G Durrant (GB) bt D Chisnall (GB) 10-8
Across: 1 Sea god*, 3 Ad-J-o-in, 4 Nap-Les
Down: 1 Sp-r-ain, 2 Do-in-gs
Owen Farrell
trains with the
England squad
yesterday
World Rugby chairman Bill
Beaumont denied being
humiliated after the global
game voted against their
recommendation by naming
France as hosts of the 2023
Rugby World Cup.
South Africa was named as
the preferred host nation by
World Rugby’s independent
review two weeks ago, but
France won the right to host
the tournament following a
ballet in London yesterday.
SA Rugby
president Mark
Alexander
admitted he
was: “bitterly
disappointed”
with the
decision and
apologised
to “the people
and government
of South Africa for
raising their hopes.”
Beaumont said he would
follow the recommendation,
but insisted the move was not
embarrassing for the sport’s
world governing body.
“A humiliation for me? I
don’t think so. I don’t think
that at all,” Beaumont (above)
told a media conference.
“Just because it went to
France doesn’t mean there’s
humiliation whatsoever.
“If you look, there wasn’t a
great deal between France and
South Africa in the evaluation
report. It was very close.
“We feel the process has been
absolutely transparent.”
Results service
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Australia Invitational XI v England,
Townsville: Australia Invitational XI
249-9 (Woakes 6-54).
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able to perform at the level he does.
He’s demanding of his team-mates,
Owen Farrell is set to be recalled for but there are a lot of boys like that
Saturday’s Cook Cup clash against and you need those kind of players in
Australia buoyed by recognition from your team, definitely.”
Courtney Lawes over his influence on
Lawes’s own worth to England was
England.
underlined by his strong performFarrell, the son of rugby
ance against Argentina, and the
league great Andy Farrell,
Northampton lock is among
was rested for the 21-8
the Premiership’s form
victory over Argenplayers, having also imtina in last weekend’s
pressed on the British
autumn opener at
and Irish Lions’ tour to
England have won
Twickenham.
New Zealand.
their
last
four
games
However, he is ex“Last season I was
against Australia,
pected to be named in
playing a lot better
only having a better
the matchday 23 when
and I’ve been able to
run (five wins) once,
Eddie Jones unveils his
improve game upon
in 2000-03
team today – and Lawes
game,” Lawes said. “I went
feels his return will have a
on the Lions tour and I was
far-reaching impact.
still able to do it and then
“Owen is a brilliant and
carry that into this season.
O
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en’s
an
exceptional player. He’s a
I have a lot of confidence
player who can change the exceptional
in myself, especially being
course of a game and the player. He’s
able to stay fit for so long.
dynamics of a team,” Lawes a player who
“For me, playing week-in,
said.
week-out is a big thing. I feel
can change
“I’m not surprised by the course of a my form is solid, no ups and
the way he’s developed. It’s game and the
downs, which is perfect. It
because of his heritage that
means I can go into games
dynamics
of
a
he’s very determined and
confident and do what I
team
very focused – one of the
need to for the team.”
most focused players I’ve
Meanwhile, the England
ever come across.
scrum coach Neal Hatley says the
“He understands the game as well decision to drop George Kruis for
as having all the skills he needs to be Saturday’s clash with Australia is a
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Billericay v Leatherhead...........................................
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FIRST TEST MATCH—FIRST DAY
OF FIVE: India v Sri Lanka (Kolkata,
04.00am).
TOUR MATCH—THIRD DAY OF FOUR:
Australia Invitational XI v England
(Townsville, midnight Friday).
GOLF
DP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP,
DUBAI (Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates).
TENNIS
ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS (02 Arena,
London, England).
By Phil Casey
IN DUBAI
Justin Rose concedes Tommy Fleetwood remains a strong favourite to
win the Race to Dubai despite coming
into the final event of the season in
some of the best form of his career.
Long-time leader Fleetwood looked to be cruising
to the title of Europe’s
No 1 until Rose (right)
w o n b a c k- t o - b a c k
events in China and Turkey to slash the lead.
Fleetwood took advantage of Rose’s absence
from the Nedbank Golf Challenge last week to finish in a tie
for 10th and almost double his advantage to 256,738 points, with Sergio
Garcia a distant third.
Garcia needs to win the DP World
Tour Championship to have any
chance of topping the money list
for the first time, although the Masters champion is not a fan of the Jumeirah Golf Estates course and is
using new clubs after his deal with
TaylorMade expired.
Victory for Rose would see him top
the standings. But he said: “I still like
Tommy’s chances. His lead is significant. It means I’ve got to play well.
“All I wanted was to come in here
thinking that if I win, I didn’t want to
betoofarbehindTommysothat
if he finished second, I still
couldn’t win. Controlling
my destiny from that point
of view is important to me.
“I like the fact that I
don’t have to think about
anybody else. Maybe
Tommy does. There’s more
scenarios in play that way,
whereas for me, I think I can just
focus on playing good golf and get
to the top of the leaderboard. That’s
as simple as I’m trying to keep it
this week.”
Rose considered changing his
plans and playing in Sun City after
his victory in Antalya, but ultimately
stuck with his schedule and returned
home to the Bahamas for the week.
deal with RFU
By Duncan Bech
England’s women are to be paid
squad and match fees after a
deal lasting one year was agreed
with the Rugby Football Union.
The new arrangement has
been finalised in time for the
three-match series against
Canada, which opens tomorrow,
and will include the Six Nations.
It is the first time that squad
and match fees – understood to
be worth a total in the region of
£5,000 for a player who features
in every game this month – have
been paid.
Previously, players were
contracted to the RFU for the
duration of a year. An RFU
spokeswoman said: “The pay
deal includes squad and match
fees and is another step forward
in our drive to professionalise
the women’s game in England.”
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CYCLING
Wiggins in the clear as package
inquest ends with no charges
By Matt Slater
UK Anti-Doping’s 14-month investigation into allegations of wrongdoing at British Cycling and Team
Sky has concluded with no charges
being brought.
The investigation was opened in
September 2016 after the Daily Mail
reported that a mystery package
had been delivered to Sir Bradley
Wiggins’s doctor at the end
of the 2011 Critérium du
Dauphiné race in France.
It was later alleged
that the package contained a banned corticosteroid but the
doctor involved, Dr Richard Freeman (right),
claimed it was a legal decongestant called fluimucil.
Despite interviewing 37 current
and former staff at British Cycling
and Team Sky, Ukad has been
unable to prove or disprove Dr
Freeman’s claim and is now closing
the case unless new evidence comes
to light.
In a statement on its website,
Ukad said: “Put simply, due to the
lack of contemporaneous evidence,
Ukad has been unable to definitively
confirm the contents of the package.
The significant likelihood is that it is
now impossible to do so.”
The decision to close the investigation will come as a huge relief
to national governing body British
Cycling, its world-beating road offshoot Team Sky, Freeman, Wiggins
and everybody else involved – perhaps even Ukad, which has
poured resources into this
exercise.
But there will be many
cycling fans left deeply
uneasy about its ambiguous result given revelations by Russian hackers
the Fancy Bears that Wiggins had medical exemptions
to use banned drug triamcinoline at
the 2011 Tour de France, and again
at the 2012 Tour de France and 2013
Giro d’Italia. He became the first
Briton to win the Tour in 2012.
Britain’s most successful Olympian – along with British Cycling and
Team Sky – has always denied any
wrongdoing but the whiff of impropriety has taken this case before two
‘This witch hunt has
been a living hell for
me and my family’
By Matt Slater
Sir Bradley Wiggins has broken
his silence on UK Anti-Doping’s
investigation into allegations of
wrongdoing in cycling, saying it
has provoked a “malicious witch
hunt” that has been a “living
hell” for his family.
Wiggins welcomed yesterday’s
announcement by Ukad that
it was closing a 14-month
investigation into a package that
was delivered to his team doctor
at the end of the 2011 Critérium
du Dauphiné race in France.
But he criticised Ukad for not
issuing an “unqualified finding
of innocence” and said he will
consider his legal options.
Wiggins, who became the first
British rider to win the Tour
de France in 2012, wrote in a
statement that being accused
of doping “is the worst possible
thing for any professional
sportsperson, especially when it
is without any solid factual basis
and you know the allegation to be
categorically untrue”.
He explained he has not
spoken publicly about the
investigation until now “so as
not to undermine it”, although
this has been difficult as there
has been “widespread and
Bradley Wiggins in the 2011 Dauphiné, during which he received the ‘mystery
package’ which prompted the 14-month UK Anti-Doping investigation GETTY
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Due to the lack of
evidence Ukad has been
unable to confirm the
contents of the envelope
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
(DCMS) select committees and cast
a huge shadow over British cycling.
It was at the first of those DCMS
hearings last December that British
Cycling’s bosses admitted they did
not know what was in the package,
only for Team Sky principal Sir Dave
Brailsford to tell the MPs that Dr
Freeman had told him it was fluimucil and it was administered by a nebuliser to treat Wiggins’s allergies.
In response to yesterday’s announcement, Team Sky said in a
statement: “We are pleased that
UK Anti-Doping will not be taking
any further action. We have always
maintained that there was no wrongdoing and we have co-operated fully
with UK Anti-Doping over the last
year. Since 2010 we have continually
strengthened our systems and processes so they best support our commitment to anti-doping.”
unfounded speculation in the
press”. He added that he has been
“hounded” on his doorstep and
pundits and riders have “waded
in without knowing all the facts”.
He wrote: “This has been a
living hell for me and my family,
full of innuendo and speculation.
At times it has felt nothing less
than a malicious witch hunt.
“To say I am disappointed by
some of the comments made
by Ukad this morning is an
understatement. No evidence
exists to prove a case against me
and in all other circumstances
this would be an unqualified
finding of innocence.
“The amount of time it
has taken to come to today’s
conclusion has caused serious
personal damage, especially
as the investigation seems
to be predicated on a news
headline rather than real, solid
information.”
Wiggins then poses several
questions he would like to ask
Ukad, including who was the
source of the original allegation,
why it was considered credible,
how much this investigation has
cost and why it has taken so long.
On the medical care he
received during his career,
Wiggins writes that he placed
his trust in the professional team
he had around him, in this case
British Cycling and Team Sky
doctor Richard Freeman.
Wiggins defended Freeman,
saying he considers him to be
“a very good physician [who]
treated me and others with great
care and respect”.
However, he added: “Had
the infrastructure for precise
record-keeping been in place this
investigation would have never
started.”
Six-wicket haul
leaves Woakes
feeling satisfied
CRICKET AUSTRALIA XI
Short 51, Woakes 6-54
249-9
ENGLAND
By Chris Stocks
AT RIVERWAY STADIUM, TOWNSVILLE
Chris Woakes says he feels ready to
make a big impact in the Ashes after
claiming six wickets on the opening
day of England’s final tour match
against a Cricket Australia XI.
The Warwickshire player took 6
for 54 as England restricted their opponents to 249 for 9 on the first day.
Taylor’s top score
sets foundation
for emphatic win
By Sports Staff
Woakes, who also took six wickets
in the previous tour match against
the same opposition in Adelaide last
week, said: “I’m pleased to pick up
six wickets and a week away from the
first Test it’s good to hit some form.
“It came out nicely and I felt in
decent rhythm. I’m pleased with
where my body is at, and getting
overs in the legs is important. You
don’t want to go in undercooked and
I’m pleased with where I’m at.”
Woakes also played down the injury fears over Jonny Bairstow, who left
the field for just under an hour after
sustaining a bruised middle finger on
his left hand while wicketkeeping.
“We were never too worried,” he
Sarah Taylor’s unbeaten 93 carried
England Women to a 90-run victory
over the Governor-General’s XI as
they geared up for the Twenty20
leg of their Ashes series.
England, who must win all
three remaining fixtures against
Australia if they are to regain the
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Tim Wigmore
ANSWERING SPORT’S OVERLOOKED QUESTIONS
Norway’s equality drive is good for
society – and good for business
“L
said. “I didn’t even go down and see
how he was, which is pretty bad from
me. But the guys didn’t seem overly
worried about him. He came back out
later in the day so I don’t think there’s
too much to worry about.”
In the absence of Ben Stokes, who
is still back at home while police
continue their investigation into his
late-night altercation in Bristol in September, Woakes is also happy to step
up as an all-rounder during the Ashes.
Woakes will move one place up the
order to No 8 for the series against
Australia and, as a man who has
scored nine first-class centuries, is
looking forward to the challenge.
“I’m an all-rounder in this team,
which means I’m under pressure to
score runs and take wickets,” he said.
“All of us have got to step up. My
plan is to do that, and I’ll be trying
my best. I feel like I’m getting some
form under my belt going into the
Test series.”
There was also a taste of the
hostile atmosphere to come at the
Gabba next week from a boisterous
Townsville crowd.
England’s two previous tour match-
es in Perth and Adelaide have been
rather sedate, with small crowds in
big grounds creating little noise.
But the smaller Riverway Stadium, also known as Tony Ireland
Stadium, offered a far more authentic Queensland experience ahead of
the first Test at the ground known as
the “Gabbatoir”, which is the most
hostile in Australia.
As well as regular chants relating
to Stokes, England’s players on the
boundary were subject to plenty of
chat as well. “In Australia you are
always expecting a bit of a heckling,”
said Woakes. “It’s the same when
they come to us. It’s part and parcel,
you have to deal with it. It will go up a
notch going into the Gabba.”
urn, set their hosts 146 for 5 at
Sydney’s Drummoyne Oval.
They overcame the loss of
captain Heather Knight for a
golden duck to the first ball of the
T20 match as Taylor hit 10 fours
off 76 balls. Katherine Brunt then
bowled the Governor-General’s XI
captain Nicole Bolton with her first
delivery of the reply, which never
recovered as four England bowlers
took two wickets each in a total of
56 all out in 15.5 overs.
England resume the Ashes
series with the first T20 at the
North Sydney Oval tomorrow.
THE INDEPENDENT
The latest injury scare of
England’s Ashes tour was
mercifully short-lived as Jonny
Bairstow suffered only a bruised
finger and returned to keep
wicket after less than an hour off
the field.
et’s get women to
play in different and
more feminine garb
than the men,” Fifa’s
then president Sepp
Blatter said in 2004. He advocated
women wearing “tighter shorts”,
because “beautiful women play
football nowadays, excuse me for
saying so”.
That Blatter could remain
Fifa president until 2015 while
holding such views emphasises the
enormity of the recent news from
Norway.
From 2018, the Norwegian FA is
equalising pay for male and female
international footballers. Next year,
the Norwegian FA will spend six
million kroner (£550,000) a year in
total remuneration of men’s players
– and exactly the same on women’s
players. The men’s team, who this
year received a pot twice as large,
agreed to give up £50,000 a year to
help make the deal possible.
And so Norway have been hailed
as pioneers: the first country to
have equal pay conditions for
male and female international
footballers.
The odd thing is what is being
widely acclaimed as a landmark
isn’t quite that. Iceland actually
introduced equal pay conditions for
male and female footballers in 2007.
It’s just that – because of Iceland’s
tiny population, geographical
remoteness and, more than
anything, the lack of interest in
women’s football at the time – no
one appears to have noticed.
While it took a decade before a
country followed Iceland’s lead,
it will be rather less time until
another nation follows Norway.
Their example is forcing other
football associations to ask
themselves: why don’t they have
equal pay for both genders too?
There are hints of a ripple effect.
New Zealand’s FA is in talks with
the country’s players’ association
about creating a single collective
bargaining agreement, which
would not differentiate between the
sexes. FIFPro, the global players’
association, is currently supporting
women’s national teams in
Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands
and Sweden in pushing for equal
pay conditions too. Alas, none of
the national football associations
in the UK currently have any plans
to introduce equal pay (England’s
male footballers give all their fees
for internationals to charity).
Opponents of equalising pay, in
football and other sports, will carp
that, as women’s sport generates
less revenue than the men’s game,
it deserves less cash.
The problem with this argument
is it ignores the underlying reason
why women’s sport has historically
received far less interest and
support. It has not merely been
Guro Reiten and the rest of her Norway international team-mates will be paid
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widely ignored by the authorities
meant to promote their sports; it
has been suppressed by them.
Take English football. The game
was thriving at the start of the
20th century, attracting crowds
of 50,000. Then the FA, in 1921,
declared the sport “unsuitable for
females” and banned clubs from
loaning pitches to women; the ban
remained for a full 50 years. Or
take the Olympics, which barred
women from running more than
200 metres from 1928 to 1960. Even
today, women still don’t make up
half of all athletes in the Games.
Arguments against equalising
women’s pay also ignore the
symbolic importance of sport,
and how it can lead to wider
too often denied the chance to
play. About half of all women’s
football teams did not enter the
current qualification cycle for
the World Cup, and 35 per cent of
national team players are not paid
for playing matches. Argentina,
one of the heavyweights of men’s
football, recently went two years
without playing a single women’s
international. Female players earn
only $8 (£6) per training session,
though FIFPro are lobbying
Argentina about improving
conditions for women footballers.
“Adopting equal pay signals to
the market that a governing body
is serious, about both equality and
its commitment to managing male
and female sports in the same way,”
says Simon Chadwick, professor
of sports enterprise at Salford
Adopting equal pay
Business School. Equal pay leads to
signals to the market that
increased standards which, in turn,
a body is committed to
attracts more commercial partners
treating genders the same
– helping women’s sport become
self-sustainable.
societal change. At a time when
Many of the same arguments
the global gender pay gap
against equalising pay in
at work remains 32 per
international football
cent, eradicating
were once used against
the difference in
doing the same in
sport could be a
tennis. But better
catalyst for wider
pay led to standards
Pounds that the
improvements in
in the women’s
Norwegian
men’s
gender equality.
game soaring, and
football
team
is
And, perhaps
the sport enjoying
giving up to achieve
most relevant
unprecedented
pay equality with
to those who run
interest. So for national
females
modern sport, keeping
football associations,
women’s funding down is
introducing equal pay
ultimately bad business. The
doesn’t just offer a chance of
surge in interest in women’s teams
being on the right side of history.
sport this year – especially cricket
It also offers an opportunity in the
and football – has affirmed that a
language they understand: cash.
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SCOTLAND
O’Neill the leading contender
as official approach is made
By Gavin McCafferty
The Scottish Football
Association has made an official
approach for Northern Ireland
manager Michael O’Neill.
O’Neill (right) has
emerged as the leading
contender to replace
Gordon Strachan
after guiding his team
to the last 16 of Euro
2016 and the recent
World Cup play-offs.
The ball is now in
the court of the Irish
Football Association, which
has O’Neill under contract until
the end of the next European
Championship campaign in June
2020.
The Hampden move has come
soon after Northern Ireland
narrowly missed out on their
first appearance at a World Cup
finals since 1986, following a
controversial two-legged defeat
against Switzerland.
Former Hibernian
and Dundee United
midfielder O’Neill lives
in Edinburgh and
began his managerial
career with Brechin
City, before taking
Shamrock Rovers to
the Europa League
group stage in 2011.
Sunderland and
the United States have
also been linked with a move
for the 48-year-old, as have
Rangers, who say they will draw
up a shortlist for their own
managerial vacancy at Ibrox
next week.
LIVERPOOL
Klopp misses training after
taking himself to hospital
By Carl Markham
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp
missed training yesterday after
being admitted to hospital having
felt unwell. Klopp has undergone
checks by medical staff and was set
to be released yesterday evening.
The full squad returned to Melwood from international duty to
train late yesterday afternoon but
it was without Klopp, who by then
was already at hospital, having decided to admit himself.
“He is being assessed by doctors
and will be absent from training on
Wednesday as a result,” said a statement from Liverpool.
“There are currently no plans
for Jürgen to remain in hospital
beyond his appointment and he will
therefore return home this evening.
However, he may require further
check-ups in the coming days.
“The club urges that the privacy
of Jürgen, his family and other patients is respected while attending
hospital visits.”
Liverpool face Southampton on
Saturday but there is no indication
yet when Klopp, who is scheduled
to face the media tomorrow for his
pre-match press conference, will return to training or whether he will
be in charge at the weekend.
The 50-year-old German, who
last week made a trip to South Africa for a charity event, has missed a
game before, back in February 2016
at home against Sunderland, when
he was hospitalised after suffering
appendicitis.
EVERTON
‘Indecision’ leads Allardyce to
lose interest in manager’s job
By Carl Markham
Sam Allardyce has ruled himself
out of the running to be the next
Everton manager after being put
off by the club’s indecision.
The former Crystal
Palace manager was
linked with filling
the vacancy left by
Ronald Koeman, who
was sacked three and
a half weeks ago.
The former England
manager said a lack of
movement from Everton
convinced him it was best to
withdraw from consideration.
“It never materialised as I
thought it would, unfortunately,”
Allardyce said. “For me such
a long time without a decision
meant I had to make a decision
myself. The decision was it was
probably better it wasn’t me, and
I’d move on to something else. It
would have been a fabulous job,
but it just didn’t feel right.
“When you’re in my
position you want people
to be decisive and feel
like they want you. I
didn’t get that feeling
overall.”
Former Everton
defender Richard
Dunne was also taken
aback by the lack of
progress in finding a new
manager.
“They have had enough time
to sort it out and it is a surprise
coming back into the Premier
League (after the international
break) and them still having no
manager,” Dunne said.
INTERVIEW
In praise of Greg Clarke: ‘It is
good to see he wants change’
FA chairman finds ally in Tom Bosworth, who tells Mark Woods
he hopes football follows athletics in acceptance of LBGT players
S
upport for the Football
Association’s chair Greg
Clarke has been in short
supply in recent weeks, as
one accusation has followed
another over perceived failures
to deal with matters surrounding
duty of care and with failing to
match words advocating an equality
agenda with actual hard deeds.
Backing, however, comes from
the unlikely source of one of the
UK’s still-so-few band of openly gay
sportsmen who sat down with the
embattled figurehead last month
and had his brain picked about just
how the FA can level the playing field
in one of its most barren pitches.
“I know he’s not had great press
lately,” reveals British athletics
walking wonder Tom Bosworth.
“But he was so passionate about
making change in football and that
was good to see. I’m not sure even
he knew how to tackle it at all. But
it’s good when people in power
want to make changes. It does need
education. People can be so easily
prejudiced from what they read
online. Or hear in a football
stadium. Or what’s classed
as banter. It’s all of that
mixed together.”
The 27-year-old
concedes his good
fortune in having a soft
landing when he came
out publicly two years
ago. The pronouncement
was largely met with a smile
and a shrug in track and field where
has emerged since Rio 2016 as a
potential medallist in the art of
pacey pedestrianism by setting a
one-mile world record and utilising
his personality to heave an often-
ignored event towards the spotlight
in Britain.
While in Brazil for the Olympics,
he proposed to his partner on
Copacabana. Yet he acknowledges
that, for others, life is not a beach.
Clarke has at least stated a
desire to make football
a place where those of
diverse sexualities might
feel at ease.
Baby steps, says
Bosworth (left), but
huge jumps are required.
Even if clubs can do more
to rid their stands – or
their changing rooms – of
sexist, racist, sectarian or simply
child-unfriendly verbiage, there is
no one-size-fits-all support system
that might persuade a professional
footballer to proclaim they are
gay, he says. His advice to Clarke?
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Jedinak
treble for
Socceroos
Captain Mile Jedinak
scored a hat-trick as
Australia booked their
place at the World Cup
with a 3-1 victory over
Honduras in the interconfederation play-off
in Sydney. Aston Villa
midfielder Jedinak
(left, centre) broke
the deadlock early in
the second half with
a deflected free-kick,
before adding another
goal from the penalty
spot after 72 minutes
to spark great celebrations among the
77,000-strong crowd
at the ANZ Stadium.
The Socceroos captain
clinched his treble
with five minutes
left when he slotted
a second penalty
past Donis Escober.
Honduras captain
Maynor Figueroa
netted a consolation
for the visitors in stoppage time. Jedinak
said: “It was our duty
as a nation of football
players to get this job
done. We set out on
a task two and a half
years ago – we stuck
to our guns and we got
there. This is special –
to do it in front of our
fans in a do-or-die
contest.”
“Remember than each individual is
exactly that – you can’t just group
people together to come out,” he
said.” I was fortunate with a partner
and family who understood, coming
from a country that was accepting.
“If it’s a footballer playing in this
country, that’s not from Britain, it
might be illegal still [to be gay] where
they come from. They might not have
a partner so there’s no need to come
out. Or their family doesn’t know.
“Each case is individual and that’s
what I wanted to make clear – there
can be support in the clubs and the
charities they work with but they
have to be on point if any footballer or
sportsperson does want to come out.”
It was probably inevitable that
Bosworth would be thrust onto the
stage as a poster boy for gay athletes
but he has seized the opportunity
to be an eloquent and personable
advocate for LBGT rights.
Athletics has shown an open mind
with i revealing last month that the
sport is considering the introduction
of a third gender category in mass
participation races as a tentative
exploration of accommodating all
rather than just many.
It is expected some version of the
concept will be passed although the
complexities are obvious. “We are
watching it with interest,” admitted
London Marathon chiefs.
If nothing else, it has provoked
thought and diverted minds to
issues long ignored. A few will leap
initially, others follow, new trails are
blazed. Shades of what Bosworth
discovered when he stepped out and
found others passing back gratitude
for the lead he had set.
“I didn’t expect to have the
impact I did,” he proclaims. “I never
realised there was an issue. The
messages I had for a long time after
– and still do – it was overwhelming.
That little old me could have a small
impact on so many people. It filled
me with pride and it opened my eyes
to the power of sport.”
A few championships medals
would make him more potent
still. Chances will come in
Team England’s colours at the
Commonwealth Games on the
Gold Coast in Australia next
April and then at next summer’s
European Championships and
following his disqualification from
August’s worlds in London due to a
technical infringement, Bosworth is
motivated to achieve.
His mind, he underlines, is
more focused for being fully out in
the open for the past 24 months.
“I feel better for doing it for so
many reasons. Since then my
performances have exploded. And
I’m sure that’s a factor.”
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WORLD CUP
Eriksen: I owe my form to the
influence of Pochettino at Spurs
By Miguel Delaney
Christian Eriksen has credited the
influence of Tottenham Hotspur and
his club manager Mauricio Pochettino after almost single-handedly
delivering Denmark to Russia 2018
with a hat-trick in a 5-1 win over Republic of Ireland.
The Tottenham playmaker received messages from the Argentine
as well as assistant Jesus Perez and
Eric Dier after the match.
“My career has been going upwards and to be here, scoring a hattrick in a World Cup play-off, means
a lot,” he said. “For Spurs, the success we have had over the last few
seasons has helped me a lot. That is
something you want to take with you
into the game.”
Eriksen is keen to rectify his one
experience from the World Cup in
2010. He was aged just 18 at the tournament, when Denmark went out in
the first round, and only played one
game. But with Eriksen now coming
into his prime, he wants to use his
form to fire his country.
“It did pass me by,” he said of 2010.
“My best memory of that is the Holland game [a 2-0 defeat], my first
game on the biggest stage at the
World Cup. I badly want to be there,
and luckily that’s going to happen.”
Up until this campaign, Eriksen
had faced some criticism for failing
to deliver for his country, and that
resurfaced after a frustrating firstleg display against Ireland, which
ended 0-0.
“It’s football, you get looked at for
every game you play,” he said. “The
game in Parken [Copenhagen] – no
goals, two shots and not much created. Then you do this, three goals,
people will see it differently. But saying a player has gone missing for one
game is not that bad, I think.”
His manager Age Hareide de-
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scribed him as one of the top 10 ted his shock at the manner of the
players in the world. Eriksen re- defeat. Their fate was in their own
sponded with a laugh and said: hands when Shane Duffy headed
“That’s putting pressure… But that’s them into a sixth-minute lead at the
up to you to put me in a table
Aviva Stadium, but that was
with other players.
as good as it got.
“There are so many
Randolph said: “It’s
other players doing
extremely disappointvery well, so it’s diffiing, obviously. We
cult to say if you are
didn’t see that comGoals scored by
in the top 10 or five.
ing whatsoever beChristian
Eriksen
in
I’m just a player who
fore the game. But it’s
11 Premier League
tries to do his best
done now. We needed
games so far this
and be up there. It’s up
to
try and get back
season
to you to write whatevinto the game, so you’re
er you want to write.
going to leave yourself
“We’ll see. I hope so. If I
open. We got punished.
take this game to the tournament –
“They got two goals in quick sucthree goals a game – then yeah, I’ll cession. We had to go and do the
definitely light up the World Cup!”
same but obviously it didn’t pan out
Republic of Ireland goalkeeper that way, and then what happened,
Darren Randolph meanwhile admit- happened.” THE INDEPENDENT
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WALES
FAW urged to pull out the
stops to keep ‘the gaffer’
By Phil Blanche
David Edwards hopes the Football
Association of Wales recognise
Chris Coleman’s “importance” as
the manager resumes talks over a
new contract.
Coleman’s future remains uncertain following the 1-1 friendly draw
with World Cup finalists Panama in
Cardiff on Tuesday night.
The 47-year-old’s contract ends
this month and Coleman said he did
not know whether the Panama game
would be his last in charge.
Coleman (right) – the most successful manager in Wales’ history
after guiding them to the semi-finals
of Euro 2016 – wants certain assurances over his backroom staff and it
remains to be seen if the FAW will
agree to his wishes.
“I think he [Coleman] wants to
stay, but obviously stuff needs sorting
above us,” midfielder Edwards said.
“Hopefully, the FAW can see
his importance and make it
happen, because he’s a huge
part of what’s happening in
Welsh football.
“He genuinely believes
that this team can go on
to another level and
with him at the helm
we definitely can.”
Wa l e s f a n s
showed their support for Coleman from
the opening minutes
at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday, as they
urged him to stay.
Pa n a m a d e n i e d
Wales a victory when
Armando Cooper cancelled out Tom Law-
rence’s solo effort three minutes into
stoppage time.
Coleman later thanked his players for their efforts in a short
post-match address, and Edwards
revealed that the squad responded
with a round of applause.
“I know every single player
wants to keep the gaffer,” Edwards said. “We really appreciate what he’s done for
this country, especially
after taking over in
such difficult circumstances and having
such a tough first 18
months.
“Of course, we’re
bitterly disappointed
we’re not going to the
World Cup. But I still
think there’s plenty
more to come with him
at the helm. The team
spirit we’ve got is like
being at a club and
our best chance of
success is if we can
keep the gaffer.”
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ENGLAND
Watch out old guard,
Sport
The England team that travels to
Russia might look a bit different
to the one that won qualification
Kevin
Garside
My World Cup England XI
Pickford
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FOOTBALL
MICHAEL KEANE Age 24 Senior caps four
P52
Under-fire FA
chairman
Clarke finds
unlikely ally
T
Stones
Maguire
Gomez
he seating plan for the
flight to Russia is looking
Walker
Rose
a lot more tricky to fill
Loftus-Cheek
Dier
Foden
than it was a month ago
when England secured
Alli
their World Cup spot shod in leaden
Kane
boots.
Two of the academy graduates
promoted, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and
“I think we’re going to have to give
Joe Gomez, produced man-of-thehim time to build his resilience. He’s
match displays against Germany
had to go through that as a young
and Brazil respectively. Jordan
player, through the growth spurts
Pickford won’t keep Joe Hart out of
the squad but he might keep him out that he had,” Southgate said. “He’s
already played more minutes this
of goal.
year than he played in the whole of
Hart is one of a number of senior
last season so inevitably there’s going
players forced to adapt to the
to be a little bit of a response to that.
upward thrust of English youth.
“He’s way stronger now than he
Restored to the side at Wembley
was a year, two years ago. It was very
against Brazil, Hart was all about
difficult for him to finish 90 minutes.
finding the full-back with a pass or
“On Friday he did that
throw. The once familiar
comfortably and looked
hoof that saw him exiled
strong at the end. It’s a
by Pep Guardiola at
We took
disappointment for him to
Manchester City was a
some brave
have to come off [against
thing of last resort.
decisions
and,
Brazil] because I think he’d
At the heart of defence
goodness
me,
already shown some really
John Stones, aided
the young
good touches. The 10 days
admirably by the equally
overall have been a massive
mobile Harry Maguire and players have
stride forward for him.”
the outstanding Gomez,
rewarded
England were always
looked like the footballer
me with top
reactive mode against
we always hoped he
performances in
a mature Brazil side. But
might be – a man for all
that does not mean they
circumstances, decisive in
were passive. And in the second
the tackle, brave in the air, fecund in
possession, a leader in every sense.
half when the intensity dropped,
England began to move about the
The one concern with Loftuspitch with purpose, coming close to
Cheek is his brittle body. He was in
obvious discomfort almost from the
a goal at the close when a sweeping
move ended at the feet of another
start against Brazil and lasted only
35 minutes, a suspect back the issue. game tyro Dominic Solanke.
In the space of two revealing
Fragile bio-mechanics have cost him
matches against elite opponents
heaps in a short career already. It is
incumbent on the medics at Crystal
Southgate banked solid intel,
establishing England’s level and
Palace to patch him up because a
testing the viability of our worldreconstituted Loftus-Cheek, full
beating bairns. The performances of
of flair and deft feet, would be a
Pickford, Gomez and Loftus-Cheek
fabulous asset for this team.
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RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK Age 21 Senior caps two
in particular, not to mention Marcus
Rashford, suggests 1966 might not
be the end of English history, even if
Russia is too early for a crack at the
throne.
“We are in the early stages of
piecing this team together and it
gives me huge heart,” Southgate
said. “We took some brave decisions
and, goodness me, the young players
have rewarded me with some top
performances.
“There’s lots for us to improve with
the ball but for me there are really
positive signs. We could put young
players in and go and get beaten
by four and you then question the
decision, but they have really stepped
up in the two matches. The learning
will have been enormous but they can
FORMULA ONE
FOOTBALL
Call for investigation
into Brazil attacks
Ji sends Chelsea
into quarter-finals
Formula One’s governing body,
the FIA, has called for the sport’s
owners to launch an investigation
into the security incidents at last
week’s Brazilian Grand Prix. Eight
members of Lewis Hamilton’s
Mercedes team were robbed at
gunpoint after leaving the circuit on
Friday night. Watches, laptops and
passports were stolen, while one of
the crew had a gun held to his head.
Staff from F1’s tyre supplier, Pirelli,
were also targeted after the race.
Chelsea Ladies strolled into the
quarter-finals of the Women’s
Champions League for the first
time with a comfortable 1-0 (4-0 on
aggregate) victory in the second
leg of their tie against Swedish side
Rosengard last night. A deflected
side-footed shot from Ji So-Yun (left)
gave them an away goal in Malmo.
Rosengard hardly threatened
the Chelsea goal and Ramona
Bachmann, Maren Mjelde and Fran
Kirby all went close for the visitors.
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the young guns are firing
PHIL JONES Age 25 Senior caps 24
Two players under threat
Phil Jones
A talented player and versatile, which
Gareth Southgate values. But as he
has shown with both Manchester
United and England, his body is not
robust enough to sustain his physical
style. Centre-back is a position that
Southgate can cover. If he gets a run of
games for United then Jones will go,
but if not he could lose out.
Michael Keane
The emergence of Joe Gomez and
Harry Maguire spells doom for Keane,
who lacks the mobility and pace of
Gomez and the ability of Maguire
when it comes to bringing the ball
out from the back. Gomez coped well
with Neymar on Tuesday and, though
Maguire was rushed at times against
Brazil, he offers more offensively
than Keane.
PHIL FODEN Age 17 Senior caps 0
Twowhocouldmakeplane
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Composure, good feet, a willingness
to receive the ball in tight spaces and
attack the box – the 21-year-old’s
qualities are just what England need.
He made a huge impression against
Germany and might have done the
same had his back held up against
Brazil. If he can stay fit, Loftus-Cheek
has a busy summer ahead.
Phil Foden
Has not featured yet, but...The world’s
best at under-17 level, Foden has
demonstrated the attributes that have
drawn comparisons with Andres
Iniesta and David Silva of Spain. He
sees the pass, turns on a sixpence,
intuits space, makes a difference and
will be 18 in the summer. A World Cup
wildcard if Southgate is brave enough
to pick him.
also take a huge amount from both
occasions.”
In a squad of 23 there ought to be
space for a wildcard, a player who
might not have passed his exams
but is just too rich a prospect to
ignore. In January Southgate leads a
council of coaches in what Under-21
manager Aidy Boothroyd, doing his
best David Brent, described as a
“player audit”. The idea is to identify
those ready to move up.
Southgate has said the Stockport
Iniesta, Phil Foden, will form
part of that discussion. Ideally
England’s player of the tournament
at the triumphant Under-17 World
Cup in India will find a way into
Manchester City’s team and thus
fulfil the Premier League minutes
OLYMPICS
TENNIS
Rostami sells medal
for quake victims
An Iranian weightlifter has put his
Olympic gold medal up for auction
to raise money for victims of last
week’s earthquake, near the IranIraq border. The quake left 400 dead
and around 8,000 injured. Kianoush
Rostami, who won gold at the Rio
Olympics, is from Kermanshah
province – the worst affected area
where hundreds of homes were
destroyed. Rostami, 26, also said he
was teaming up with several other
athletes to collect aid for victims.
requirement set by Southgate.
Should he fail to finesse David Silva,
Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan or
Bernardo Silva out of the way, Foden
is sufficiently exceptional to warrant
special treatment and inclusion in
the squad to face the Netherlands
and Italy in March. You never know,
he might just do a Loftus-Cheek and
play himself on to that plane.
Murray and Soares cruise to win
Britain’s Jamie Murray and
Brazilian Bruno Soares pulled
progress at the ATP
Finals back into their
own hands after they
cruised to victory over
Marcel Granollers and
Ivan Dodig.
After losing to Bob
and Mike Bryan on
Monday, Murray (right)
and Soares knew defeat
here would end their hopes of
reaching the semi-finals, but they
delivered an emphatic response by
winning 6-1, 6-1.
Murray and Soares can
now guarantee their place
in the last four by beating
Marcelo Melo and Lukasz
Kubot tomorrow, while
Dodig and Granollers are
eliminated regardless.
Earlier, Grigor Dimitrov
thrashed David Goffin 6-0,
6-2 to sail into the knock-out
stages and ensure he steers clear of
Roger Federer in the last four.
Brazil’s stars admit they
found it hard to shine
against defensive wall
By Jack Lang
It’s safe to assume that Brazil, when
they arranged last night’s friendly
against England, didn’t imagine
that they would be faced with quite
such a pick-and-mix team as the one
that ran out in white at Wembley on
Tuesday night.
But while the Portuguese-language Wikipedia pages for Jake
Livermore, Ruben Loftus-Cheek,
Harry Maguire and Joe Gomez
probably got a good airing in the
away dressing room before kick-off,
the feeling in the camp by the end of
a slow-burn draw was unanimous:
Brazil had been in a proper match.
Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus
said: “We know the quality England Joe Gomez was hailed as a ‘great
have: they’re organised tactically, player’ by Philippe Coutinho
good technically and physically
strong. They’re a good team and it “a great test against a really highwas a good test.”
level team” and Coutinho admitted
Brazil had scored 38 goals in the 16 that he and his fellow attackers had
matches before this one, but coach struggled to penetrate an imposing
Tite’s first outing against European defensive wall.
opposition proved to be tough going.
“We knew it was going to be a
As usual, both Neymar and Philippe difficult, competitive game,” said
Coutinho looked happiest
the Liverpool midfielder.
drifting inside from their
“Every national team
We knew
wide berths, but with Engcomes prepared when
it
was
going
land set up in a 3-5-2 systhey play Brazil. They
to
be
difficult.
tem, there was precious
played with three centrelittle space in the middle. They defended backs and two full-backs
“They’re a big side: all really well, so as well.
of the centre-backs are it was difficult
“They defended really
really tall,” said Fernand- to get through. well, so it was difficult
inho, who impressed off
to get through. We tried
the bench for the visitors. We tried
everything to get ahead,
“Our midfielders and at- everything
but we couldn’t convert it
tackers tried to infiltrate
into goals.”
their defence but they were very
Coutinho reserved special praise
well positioned and we had trouble for club-mate Gomez, a surprise
doing so.
starter alongside John Stones and
“Against a team that’s so ‘closed’, Maguire but assured on his first
with a five-man defensive line, per- start for his country. “He is a great
haps the solution was to move the player,” Coutinho said of the 20-yearball around more quickly. In the old. “He has shown that at club level,
first half especially, it was hard to in big matches, and he had a very
create chances.” Paulinho called it good game.” THE INDEPENDENT
FOOTBALL
Ventura pays price
for Italy’s failure
Italy have sacked coach Giampiero
Ventura after failing to qualify for
the World Cup finals for the first
time since 1958. The Azzurri were
beaten 1-0 by Sweden over two legs
and the decision to remove Ventura
has come as little surprise. They
finished second in their qualifying
group, five points behind Spain.
Ventura took over from Antonio
Conte following Italy’s run to the
Euro 2016 quarter-finals, where they
lost on penalties to Germany.
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