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MENTAL HEALTH
Children’s services
‘not child-friendly’
WEDNESDAY
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NOVEMBER
Quote of the day
Children with mental health issues
fear they need to attempt suicide
before they will get adequate help,
the Children’s Commissioner has
suggested. Speaking at the Health
Select Committee, Anne Longfield
also told MPs that mental health
services for children and young
people are “not very child-friendly”.
NORTHERN IRELAND
Irish unity helped by
crises – US diplomat
I don’t know why we are
here, but I’m pretty sure
that it is not in order to
enjoy ourselves
LUDWIG
WITTGENSTEIN
Birthdays
Scarlett Johansson (below),
actress, 33; Terry Gilliam,
writer/director, 77; George
Alagiah, newsreader, 62;
Jamie Lee Curtis, actress,
59; Frank McAvennie,
former footballer, 58
A former US diplomat who chaired
previous negotiations in Northern
Ireland has predicted the current
crisis could bring a push for
Irish unity. Richard Haass said a
combination of poor leadership,
Brexit and failure to deal with the
legacy of the past had created the
problems facing Stormont.
ENERGY
Consumers ‘dealt bad
hand’ over Hinkley
Consumers have been dealt a “bad
hand” by the Government over
the nearly £20bn Hinkley Point C
nuclear power station, facing costs
running to many times the original
estimate, MPs have warned. The
Public Accounts Committee said
consumers are “locked into” an
expensive deal lasting 35 years.
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TWICE AT
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ASSOCIATION
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AWARDS 2017
i’s Investigations Team – which
links i reporters with expert
Johnston Press regional
journalists at our sister titles
around the UK – was shortlisted
for 2017 News Story of the Year,
for the major series exposing
secret NHS cuts.
Judges praised the “in-depth
investigation into the biggest
health service shake-up in a
generation, which revealed the
closures of 19 major city and
community hospitals, the loss
of over 2,000 beds, radical
changes to A&E and maternity
services, and new rationing for
operations in an attempt to
plug a £22bn black hole in health
service finances.”
They added: “i’s NHS story is
an important and well-researched
old-school investigation with
great relevance for the British
audience.”
i was also shortlisted for
Science Story of the Year for
Steve Connor’s world exclusive
on the dawn of designer
babies. Connor revealed that US
researchers had successfully used
Crispr gene editing technology on
a human IVF embryo for the first
time – meaning science could begin
to offer safe and effective human
Judges said this world exclusive and
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germline genetic engineering
and the prospect of geneticallymodified babies. The story
has profound implications for
bioethics and humanity. Judges
described the front page report
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and topical”.
News Story of the Year was
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investigation into Nigeria’s
“Chibok Girls” and the ransom
paid to free them, with Science
Story going to Reuters for a
cancer scandal.
The FPA was set up 129 years
ago after European reporters
were dispatched to London
to cover Jack the Ripper. The
Italian senator and former prime
minister Mario Monti delivered
the awards ceremony’s keynote
speech. An anglophile, Mr
Monti expressed his dismay at
Brexit and argued that the EU
should make English its common
language after Brexit as a
tribute to everything the UK had
contributed to the union.
Not even the world’s fastest shark, the shortfin mako, can outswim the threat posed by
overfishing, according to a recent study which assessed stocks in the North Atlantic as
depleted. Conservationists want them protected from commercial, recreational and
accidental fishing. The International Commission for Conservation of Atlantic Tunas
believes only a complete ban on catching the species if it is to recover.
NATURE
Net closes on
fastest shark
Shortfin Mako shark
Sought for meat, fins (for
sharkfin soup), and sport.
Also accidentally caught
on tuna fish hooks.
There are no international
limits on catching them
MUSIC
Stolen Lennon items
recovered by police
A cigarette case, a handwritten
musical score and two pairs of
metal-rimmed glasses were among
stolen goods belonging to Beatles
star John Lennon found in Germany.
Berlin police called the recovery of
about 100 Lennon items a “great
success” for the music world and
also for Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono.
19
15-18
years for females
to reach maturity
50mph
Estimated
burst speed
of shortfin
mako
months
gestation
usually once every 3 years
Adult length
up to 3.8m
(12ft6in)
Average
UK man
1.75m
(5ft9in)
85
3
were
fatal
Equivalent to
650
sharks.
Shortfin makos live in all the temperate waters, with
larger concentrations in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian
oceans and in the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.
42
mako attacks
on humans
since 1980
metric tonnes of
mako shark were
caught in the North
Atlantic in 2016.
Atlantic
Ocean
Pacific
Ocean
Pacific
Ocean
Indian
Ocean
Distribution
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GRAPHIC: NICK COLES, WORDS: PASCALE HUGHES, SOURCE: ICCAT, ECOLOGY ACTION CENTRE
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i WEDNESDAY
22 NOVEMBER 2017
3
Letter from the
Assistant Editor
ThePage3Profile
UNITED STATES
SACHA BARON COHEN, COMEDIAN
Pixar boss on leave
over ‘unwanted hugs’
Andrew Johnson
Pixar co-founder and Disney
Animation chief John Lasseter,
one of the most powerful figures in
Hollywood, is taking a six-month
sabbatical after confessing to
“missteps” with employees. The
director of Toy Story and Cars has
apologised to some staff for any
“unwanted hug or gesture”. PAGE 13
Cheers to safer drinking
COURTS
Graduate sues Oxford
for low-class degree
A graduate’s failure to get a top
degree at Brasenose College, Oxford,
cost him a lucrative legal career, the
High Court has heard. Faiz Siddiqui,
from Bayswater in west London, says
“inadequate” teaching for part of his
history course resulted in him getting
a low upper-second degree in June
2000. The case continues.
CULTURE
The London-born creator of Borat,
fictional Kazakh TV presenter and
fan of jaw-dropping beachwear?
The very same. And it’s Borat’s lime
green mankini – first featured in the
2006 film Borat: Cultural Learnings
of America for Make Benefit Glorious
Nation of Kazakhstan that has thrust
him back into the headlines.
your details and proof that it
was you, and I’ll pay your fine,”
he wrote on Facebook. He then
created a special email account,
arrestedforwearingyourmankini@
gmail.com, for the tourists to get
in touch.
For crimes against fashion?
More like crimes against decency.
Six Czech tourists were arrested
in Kazakhstan for wearing nothing
but mankinis. The authorities
stepped in when the travellers,
also sporting Borat wigs, posed for
photos in their barely there bathers
in the capital, Astana. They were
fined 22,500 tenge (£51) each for
their “indecent” appearance.
Surely Borat has helped put the
central Asian state on the map?
To a degree, but not without
controversy. The latest incident has
sparked a lively debate on Kazakh
social media. Journalist Assem
Mirjekeeva asked on Facebook:
“How would the Czech authorities
react if our citizens did the same in
their country?” One tweeter wrote:
“They should have had a criminal
charge for insulting the honour of
the nation.”
How did he get dragged into it?
The British star caught wind of
the incident and has offered to
pay the fine. “To my Czech mates
who were arrested. Send me
So Kazakhstan is still sensitive
about its most famous – if
fictional – star?
You could say that. After Baron
Cohen released his comedy, which
follows Borat as he travels to
the US to make a documentary,
Kazakhstan banned the film and
sales of the DVD. The government
also threatened to sue Baron
Cohen. Although the scenes set in
Kazakhstan were mainly filmed
in Romania, Kazakh officials felt
the movie portrayed the country
as racist, sexist and primitive.
However, in 2012, the Kazakh
foreign minister publicly thanked
Baron Cohen for boosting tourism
in the central Asian state.
What next for the 46-year-old?
He had been set to star as Freddie
Mercury in the forthcoming
biopic of the Queen star’s life, but
fell out with Brian May during
pre-production. He said May
wanted to “protect their legacy as
a band” and was “not a great movie
producer”, while Cohen wanted a
more “warts ’n’ all” approach. May
disputes his account.
Padraic Flanagan
Vatican and China in
parallel art shows
The Vatican and China are planning
an exchange of artworks to help
overcome decades of diplomatic
estrangement. Parallel exhibitions
in March in the Forbidden City in
Beijing and at the Vatican will follow
an exchange of 40 works of art from
the Vatican’s collection of Chinese
pieces and 40 works from China.
SWEDEN
Women-only festival
a Statement of intent
A Swedish comedian has launched a
women-only music festival, after the
country’s largest event, “Bravalla”,
was cancelled due to rape and sexual
assault claims. Emma Knyckare
said “Statement” will be held next
summer in Gothenburg and will
allow women to party “without
having to look over your shoulder”.
i@inews.co.uk
Many years ago, a few friends and I
went to Israel to spend the summer
on kibbutz. In Tel Aviv we were told
the four of us would have to split up
as none of the communes would take
a group of English. “You get drunk and
fight,” was the reasoning.
The reputation of the English – and
Scots and Welsh and Irish to be fair
– goes far and wide. Whether it’s the
boozing of sports fans, young revellers
in Mediterranean resorts or wineswilling Bridget Jones types, we do like
to tipple. But it seems our reputation
depends on the type of alcohol we
imbibe (page 4). Spirits, for example,
make us aggressive.
This explains a lot about British
culture. Red wine makes people feel
sexy. I don’t know about you, but the
drinking of copious amounts of alcohol
has long helped Brits get over their
reserve in matters of romance – all
drinkers report increased confidence
(which isn’t to play down the dangers
of drinking too much and issues of
consent). Wine, ironically, also makes
us feel sleepy. The researchers didn’t
need to question thousands of people
to learn this. The porter in Macbeth said
that drink provokes desire “but it takes
away the performance”.
We shouldn’t forget the dark side,
however. Ask any paramedic, or police
officer, and they will tell you that
Friday and Saturday nights are the
worse for A&E admissions and public
disorder – those injured have probably
drunk beer well as spirits.
Scotland’s minimum pricing for
alcohol – the date for its introduction
was announced yesterday – will, the
SNP claims, lead to an 81 per cent
reduction in premature deaths and
reduce alcohol-related death by 120
per cent a year.
The survey is a global one, and other
nations have their own stereotypical
relationships to alcohol. It’s always
best to be in control. Knowing which of
our emotions can be stimulated will
perhaps help us make wiser choices as
the festive season gets under way.
4
NEWS
SCIENCE
SOCIETY
Drinking really
can give you
Dutch courage,
scientists say
Girls ‘work
better together
than boys’ to
solve problems
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
By Padraic Flanagan
Booze Feeling relaxed?
A quarter of wine drinkers feel sexy Spirits were the least likely to be
after a couple of glasses but the ma- associated with feeling relaxed (20
jority just feel tired, according to a per cent); red wine was the most
new study which suggests the same likely to elicit this feeling (just under
drink can elicit various emotional 53 per cent) followed by beer (50 per
responses.
cent).
Spirits have an even
Drinking spirits was
greater effect on selfalso more likely to draw
esteem with 40 per
out negative feelings.
cent of people who
Nearly a third (30 per
enjoy vodka, gin or
cent) of spirit drinkers
rum claiming they
associated the drink
percentage of those
felt sexier as a result.
with feelings of
who enjoy spirits
said they felt sexier
Fewer than 1 in 5 (19
aggression compared
as
a
result
per cent) beer drinkers
with around 2.5 per cent
reported similar feelof red wine drinkers.
ings, according to research
But spirits were more
published in BMJ Open.
likely to elicit some positive
Spirits were also the type of feelings than either beer or wine:
alcohol most likely to bring on 59 per cent associated these
tearfulness among drinkers when drinks with feelings of energy and
compared to red wine, white wine confidence.
and beer drinking, according to
data from the Global Drug Survey,
an online questionnaire provided men to associate each feeling exin 11 languages. Just under 30,000 cept for aggression with all types
18- to 34-year-olds from 21 countries of alcohol. Also more likely to aswho had drunk each of the specified sociate drinking with aggression
types of alcohol within the past year, were those categorised as heavy or
and who had filled in all the relevant dependent drinkers, who were six
sections of the questionnaire, took times more likely to do so than lowpart in the study.
risk drinkers.
Their answers showed that they
The researchers from Public
attributed different kinds of emo- Health Wales and King’s College
tions – energised, relaxed, sexy, London conclude: “Understanding
confident and tired, aggressive, ill, emotions associated with alcohol
restless, and tearful – to different consumption is imperative to adtypes of alcohol.
dressing alcohol misuse, providing
Men and women also react dif- insight into what emotions influferently to the same drinks. Women ence drink choice between different
were significantly more likely than groups in the population.”
40%
Chancellor Angela Merkel, pictured yesterday, faces fresh uncertainty AP
GERMANY
Merkel’s allies give parties
three weeks to find a solution
By Madeline Chambers
IN BERLIN
Two veteran allies of Chancellor
Angela Merkel have appealed to
Germany’s parties to compromise
and form a stable government
that could drag Germany out of a
political impasse.
The collapse of talks between
Ms Merkel’s conservative bloc,
the pro-business Free Democrats
(FDP) and environmentalist
Greens has thrown Germany into
political uncertainty.
It has also cast some doubt
over whether Ms Merkel will
serve a fourth term after her
conservatives lost support to
the far-right in the September
election, though it still won the
most seats.
There are wider implications,
too, for Europe since the collapse
of talks means the eurozone’s
ambitious plans for deeper
economic integration could now
be put on hold.
Parliamentary president
Wolfgang Schäuble said
compromise was the order of the
day, while Chancellery chief Peter
Altmaier gave parties three weeks
to sort out the problem. REUTERS
Girls are better at co-operating with
each other to solve problems, outperforming boys in every country, international research suggests.
In the UK, the gender gap on collaboration in favour of girls is one of
the largest, according to a study by
the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
into problem solving.
It found that girls show more positive attitudes towards relationships,
meaning that they tend to be more interested in others’ opinions and want
others to succeed.
Boys, on the other hand, are more
likely to see the benefits of teamwork
and how collaboration can help them
work more effectively and efficiently.
The Paris-based think-tank introduced a test, taken by 15-year-olds,
on problem-solving as part of its
long-established Pisa programme,
which looks at performance in reading, maths and science.
It found that around a fifth of UK
teenagers struggle to work with others to solve problems while one in
eight reached the highest levels.
Overall, the UK ranked 15th out of
more than 50 countries that took part
in the OECD’s first assessment of collaborative problem-solving.
Teenagers sat computer-based assessments in which they interacted
with simulations of humans and
were asked to make decisions to solve
problems. The UK performed above
the OECD average, at similar levels
to their peers in Denmark, Germany
and the United States, but behind
others such as Japan and Hong Kong.
Just over a fifth (22 per cent) of UK
students performed below Level Two
– meaning that, at best, they were
able to complete tasks with low problem complexity and limited collaboration complexity, the OECD said.
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i WEDNESDAY
22 NOVEMBER 2017
5
DIPLOMACY
Johnson slammed over ‘major failure’ at UN court
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Boris Johnson has been accused by a
senior Conservative MP of presiding
over a “major failure for British
diplomacy” after the UK withdrew
its candidate to sit on the main
United Nations court.
For the first time in its 71-year
history of the International Court
of Justice (ICJ), Britain will not be
represented on the 15-strong bench.
Christopher Greenwood, running
for re-election to serve another nineyear term, was unable to secure
enough support for the post and gave
way to an Indian judge.
In the Commons, the Foreign
Secretary faced a pointed personal
challenge from a fellow Tory over the
unwelcome landmark.
Robert Jenrick, the parliamentary aide to Home Secretary Amber
Rudd, told him: “The loss of a British
judge on the ICJ is a major failure for
British diplomacy.
“What lessons will the Foreign
Office learn to ensure this doesn’t
happen again?”
His attack raised eyebrows
because as a Private Parliamentary
Secretary Mr Jenrick is on the first
rung of government.
Mr Johnson replied: “I don’t
think I can quite agree with the
construction you place on events.”
He added: “It has been a longstanding objective of UK foreign
policy to support India in the UN.”
Emily Thornberry, the Shadow
Foreign Secretary, described the
absence of a UK judge as a “shocking indictment of Britain’s declining
international standing”.
She accused Theresa May and
Boris Johnson of leaving the country
“increasingly isolated and ignored”.
World focus, page 23
EDUCATION
Deprived schools
to get ‘teacher
training premium’
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
Teachers in some of the most
deprived schools in the country
will receive a multimillion-pound
“training premium” in a bid to
raise standards, under plans to be
unveiled by the Chancellor.
Philip Hammond will use his
Budget speech to announce a pilot
that will give £1,000 to teachers in
underperforming schools to be used
on extra teacher training.
The “teacher development
premium” will come from a £42m pot
of cash due to be revealed as part of a
wider set of education policies in his
Budget speech.
The announcement comes as
schools have undergone the biggest
cut to their budgets since the early
1990s, leading to many headteachers
being forced to appeal to parents for
donations just to make ends meet.
Some headteachers have even
been forced to work as caretakers
and site managers as they cannot
afford to replace their staff.
According to the Treasury, the
initiative will target areas that have
“fallen behind”, giving teachers
across all subjects the opportunity
to access additional training.
The proposals also include
£177m-worth of funding to improve
the take-up of maths in schools.
The money will be used to provide
schools and sixth forms with an
extra £600 for every extra pupil
who takes maths or further maths
A-levels and core maths.
Government figures show that
students that study maths earn up
to 10 per cent more in their early
thirties compared with those who
took other subjects.
However, nearly three-quarters of
students who gained a C or above in
maths GCSE chose not to study the
subject at A-level or similar.
A further £84m will be used to
triple the number of fully qualified
computer science teachers.
The plans form part of the
Government’s wider efforts to make
the future workforce “Brexit-ready”.
The promise to boost teacher
training will do little to appease
headteachers and their staff around
the country, however, who have
repeatedly urged the Chancellor
to increase the schools budget by
around £2bn.
Theissueofschoolfundingbecame
a major political battleground
during the general election, and
led to Education Secretary Justine
Greening giving £1.3bn in extra cash
over the summer.
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CHILDCARE
Nurseries ‘in crisis’ because of 30 free hours promise
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
Childcare providers have warned
the Chancellor that the sector
is at “crisis point” as a result of
the Government’s 30 hours free
care pledge.
The offer to double free
childcare for working parents
from 15 to 30 hours a week
was thought to be a factor in
the Conservatives securing a
majority in 2015. But the policy
has come under fire since its
introduction in September due to
lack of funding and delays.
Official figures show that
more than 1,000 nurseries and
childminders have had to close
as a result of the 30-hours policy.
More than 600 nursery owners,
managers and childminders have
written urging Philip Hammond
to increase funding for the sector.
They said it was “extremely
difficult, and in some cases
impossible” to deliver quality
childcare and early education for
the funding provided.
POLITICS
Across
Ireland vows to veto Britain’s Brexit offer
1
Gamine somehow
creating a
mystery (6)
3
Asian plane
I diverted (6)
4
Irish novelist
describing eating
French cheese (6)
By Richard Vaughan
Theresa May’s hopes that paying a
bigger Brexit divorce bill would open
the way for trade talks were quickly
dashed by Ireland’s foreign minister.
Mrs May is expected to raise her
offer to the EU to around £40bn in
an attempt to break the deadlock in
the negotiations and move forward
to trade arrangements.
But Simon Coveney (inset), the
Irish foreign minister, gave a stark
warning that Ireland would use
its power to veto the talks moving
forward unless assurances are
made over the border with Northern
Ireland. “Anybody who thinks that
just because the financial settlement
issue gets resolved... that
somehow Ireland will
have a hand put on the
shoulder and be told:
‘Look, it’s time to move
on.’ Well, we’re not going
to move on,” he told the
London Evening Standard.
“This is a much bigger
issue than trade. This is about
division on the island of Ireland. I will
not be an Irish foreign minister that
presides over a negotiation which is
not prioritising peace on the island
of Ireland.”
His comments follow those of
Ireland’s Taoiseach, Leo
Varadkar, who made clear
on Friday that talks would
not progress unless the
UK would give written
assurances there would
benohardborderbetween
the North and the South.
MPs were to vote last
night on an amendment to the
EU (Withdrawal) Bill that would bind
Britain into the commitments of the
EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
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Solution, page 49
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BUDGET 2017
BUDGET
HOUSING
Hammond to
focus on homes
and technology
Flagship plan for first-time
buyers lacks foundations
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Philip Hammond will today set out
plans for major investment in house
building and a “technological revolution” as he moves to prepare the
economy for Britain’s departure
from the European Union.
The Chancellor will mark a shift
in direction as he eases austerity
measures in selected areas, but will
also warn that the Government is
still committed to bearing down on
spending and cutting the deficit.
His room for manoeuvre is limited by a challenging economic
backdrop demonstrated yesterday
by an unexpected £500m increase
in public-sector borrowing.
Mr Hammond also faces the
weight of expectations from Tory
MPs desperate for voter-friendly
measures that will restore the party’s fortunes. He will seek to strike
an optimistic note, insisting the Government is determined to make Brit-
ain “match-fit” for life after Brexit.
Mr Hammond has already said he
wants to increase the number of
houses built from 217,000 a year to
300,000. He is expected to commit
£5bn for building projects, helped
by a change in accounting rules to
take housing association debts off
the Government’s books.
Cash will also be allocated to
research and development as Mr
Hammond pledges to “invest to secure a bright future for Britain”.
Mr Hammond will also try to
shake off his reputation as a Brexit
sceptic by pledging to work for a
“global Britain”.
By Joe Watts and Ben Kentish
Mr Hammond wants to increase the
number of new homes to 300,00 GETTY
the Chancellor, Philip Hammond,
will again pledge to carry out, as he
makes housing a key plank of his
Budget today.
John Healey, Labour’s shadow
housing minister, highlighted data
suggesting the number of homeowners aged under 45 has fallen by
904,000 since 2010. “If hot air built
homes, Conservatives ministers
would have fixed our housing crisis.
“Three years after they pledged
a big new programme of Starter
Homes for first-time buyers, not a
single one has been built,” Mr Healey
said. THE INDEPENDENT
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Warning: 1p rise in diesel duty could ‘hurt white van man’
By Nigel Morris
Business, page 38
Labour leader Jeremy
Corbyn urged Mr
Hammond to boost business and
industry: “UK manufacturing
growth remains sluggish,” he said.
A flagship Government programme
to deliver 200,000 discounted new
homes to first-time buyers has not
led to a single one being built.
The 2014 Starter Home initiative was touted as part of “a major
push” to help people on the housing
ladder, but officials admit delivering
any properties under the scheme remains an “ambition”.
It promised to achieve its target by
pushing councils and developers to
bring forward unused land and build
on old industrial sites, measures that
Conservative MPs have fought a
rearguard action to try to dissuade
Philip Hammond from increasing
the duty on diesel for the first time
in six years.
The Chancellor has been considering raising the levy on diesel by 1p a
litre in a move to encourage drivers to
switch to less-polluting vehicles. The
tax on petrol now looks certain to be
frozen again in today’s Budget.
Rob Halfon, a former minister, who
has led talks with Mr Hammond on
the issue, warned any increase would
“hurt white van man”.
Campaign group FairFuelUK said
more than 30,000 supporters had
emailed the Chancellor in 48 hours
urging him not to hit families and
businesses who are “struggling to
make ends meet”.
They argued that any rise would
hit the most vulnerable who could not
afford to buy a new car or van.
“We already pay the highest fuel
duty in the world for diesel. So, please
don’t increase the tax on diesel just to
look green,” the mass email said.
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SCIENCE
Chancellor under pressure to spend
Rhiannon
Williams
Ben
Chu
Hammond will defray the overall
package of cuts. A key number to
look out for is whether the £12bn of
savings projected to come from the
welfare budget over the next five
years actually comes down or not
on Wednesday.
Infrastructure investment
T
he political bomb that went
off at the June general
election has scrambled
politics and created huge
pressure for more spending. Even
many Conservatives are calling for
the Chancellor to ease austerity and
take the wind out of the sails of the
Labour Party. The personal stakes
are high, the economic outlook is
uncertain and the political scene is
unusually fluid. These are the big
issues – and how Philip Hammond is
likely to approach them.
Housing
The Communities Secretary
Sajid Javid has been lobbying for
a substantial increase in public
borrowing to deliver more homes.
The Treasury has flown a kite
of a stamp duty cut for first-time
homebuyers. But what really
matters is how much state money
will be put into supporting housing
construction, after the modest
sums announced in October were
dismissed as inadequate. Housing
associations will be looking for more
to build social housing for rent.
In the March Budget public sector
net investment was pencilled in to
go from around 2 per cent today to
2.3 per cent in 2021-2022. Labour’s
manifesto, by contrast, pledged to
take it up to 3 per cent of GDP. Will
the Conservatives match Labour?
Fiscal policy
Philip Hammond works on his speech in Downing Street yesterday GETTY
Public sector pay
Young people
The Conservative government’s
1 per cent cap on public sector
pay has already been lifted for
prison officers and police. But the
pressure to ease it for teachers,
nurses and other public servants is
now intense.
Lifting the cap will not be
cheap. The Institute for Fiscal
Studies calculates that allowing
wages to grow in line with
inflation would cost around £6bn
extra by 2019-20. But the unions
are demanding even more – a 4 per
cent rise.
Labour enjoys a huge polling lead
among the under-40s. There have
been some suggestions that the
Chancellor might cut national
insurance contributions for
younger workers, financing it by
restricting pension tax relief for
older workers.
Welfare cuts
There have been signals the
Chancellor will cut the contentious
six weeks that recipients of
universal credit must wait.
The bigger question is whether
The Chancellor’s fiscal rule
requires him to run a structural
deficit of no more than 2 per cent
of GDP in 2020-21. The big-picture
macroeconomic question for the
Chancellor is whether he scraps
or modifies his 2 per cent target in
order to spend and borrow more on
all the areas discussed above.
There is a strong economic
argument that doing this would help
support overall GDP growth at a
time of weak private-sector demand
and growing Brexit headwinds.
When Labour has argued for such
a relaxation of spending cuts in the
past the Government has always
batted it away with the claim that
the bond markets would panic if
they deviated from the fiscal plan.
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Tech sector to
receive boost
T
echnology is expected
to be one of the major
benefactors from this year’s
investment pot, as the
Government seeks to bolster the
country’s workforce in the face of
Brexit uncertainties.
Owners of diesel vehicles look
set to be hit with higher taxes,
after government aides hinted
Mr Hammond has decided higher
taxes on diesel vehicles are the
best way to fund the Government’s
Clean Air Strategy. And £100m
will be invested in training 8,000
new computer science teachers,
supported by a new National Centre
for Computing, helping to address
the UK’s digital skills gap.
Another £9m will be used to
fund an artificial intelligence
(AI) advisory body in the UK.
Tech leaders, including the Tesla
founder Elon Musk, have warned
of the importance of advisory
and ethics boards to help govern
AI development to avoid a “third
revolution in warfare”.
Mr Hammond is also expected
to announce 5G testing on roads in
the near future. This technology
is essential in the development of
driverless cars.
HOUSING
Give young buyers a break – cut stamp duty
Ryan
Shorthouse
T
he price of housing is
uniquely expensive in many
areas of the UK, especially
in the South of England.
The increase in the average price
of a house has far outstripped
the increase in average wages
for decades.
How housing is taxed in this
country has not helped. Compared
to other developed countries, the
UK has relatively high levels of
taxation on property, especially on
transactions. Stamp duty, which
has existed in this country since
1694, has become increasingly
progressive thanks to recent
reforms, with those with the most
expensive or second properties now
paying much more.
But a significant number of
people still have to pay this upfront
tax. In London, the buyer of an
average priced home faces a stamp
duty bill of £12,000. In the 1990s,
including in London, purchasers of
an averagely priced home paid less
than £1,000.
Stamp duty makes it harder for
first-time property purchasers,
but disincentivises mobility in
the housing market. The often
criticised Help to Buy scheme
has contributed to the increase in
housing prices for everyone while
only benefitting the lucky few who
qualify for it. But the scheme is
subsiding first-time buyers for the
more expensive mortgages they
now face.
The cutting of stamp duty
for nearly all first-time buyers
would reduce their escalating
financial burden.
It would support younger people,
who face, compared with previous
generations, uniquely expensive
living costs.
The Chancellor must be bold, and
give young people a better reason to
vote Conservative.
Ryan Shorthouse is director of Bright
Blue, a Conservative think-tank
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Nimesh
Shah
We need a stable
pensions strategy
W
hile this has been billed
as a Budget for the
next generation, for
Philip Hammond to
leave pensions alone would be no
bad thing. It would be disappointing
to see the Chancellor tinker with
the annual allowance rates for the
purpose of revenue generation. Any
changes should be driven by the
strategic objective of encouraging
pension saving (and this should be
pursued, irrespective of income
levels). The Government’s approach
should be driven by providing
a stable legislative platform for
individuals when it comes to
pensions, enabling people to plan
long term.
The Chancellor should not
make this a “Budget for the next
generation”, but a Budget for all
generations, keeping things as fair
as possible for all age groups.
Nimesh Shah is a partner at the Blick
Rothenberg accountancy firm
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NEWS
MUGABE QUITS
ZIMBABWE
Joy in Harare after
Mugabe finally steps
down after 37 years
Rumours of immunity deal for ousted President
By Kim Sengupta
IN HARARE
After 37 years ruling Zimbabwe – and
running it into the ground – Robert
Mugabe resigned as President
yesterday just as the country’s
parliament began impeachment
proceedings against him to open the
way for prosecution.
His departure, after a stand-off
lasting days following a military
coup, brought an end to the reign
of a man who was Africa’s longestserving head of state and one of
the most controversial figures in
international politics.
The announcement of the
resignation came with the drama
that had been one of the hallmarks
of this extraordinary saga.
The motion of impeachment
was being debated by the National
Assembly and the Senate, with
speaker after speaker lining up to
denounce the President, when the
news came that he had gone.
Therewasamomentofsilencewhen
speaker Jacob Mudenda adjourned
the debate and gave the reason why.
There was then pandemonium,
with clapping, shouting, cheering
and hugging. The noise was soon
matched and surpassed by roars from
outside followed by the noise of car
horns and music across
the capital, Harare.
There was relief
among many in
Zanu-PF that the
matter had not
dragged on longer
than it already
had. Critics say
that skeletons from
the party’s decades
in power may have come
tumbling out if the impeachment
process had run its full, long course.
Mr Mugabe would also have faced
more humiliation. Lovemore Matuke,
the chief whip, said: “I am very happy
that the President has chosen to go
voluntarily. This would have ended in
serious embarrassment.”
The former vice president
Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had
been sacked recently by Mr Mugabe,
at the instigation, it is claimed, of
his wife, Grace Mugabe, will be
appointed president in the next 48
hours, the ruling party announced.
Mr Mnangagwa yesterday accused
Mr Mugabe of being behind a plot to
murder him.
Zanu-PF had removed Mr Mugabe
as its leader, replacing him with Mr
Mnangagwa, last week. According
to the constitution it should be the
current vice-president Phelekezla
Mphoko who takes over, but she is a
supporter of Grace Mugabe and thus
out of the running.
In his resignation letter, Mr
Mugabe stated: “My decision to
resign is voluntary on my part and
arises from my concern for the
welfare of the people of Zimbabwe
and my desire for a smooth, nonviolent transfer of power.” But his fate
and that of his wife, who is accused of
abuse and corruption and nicknamed
“Gucci Grace” and “DisGrace” for her
lavish spending, remains unclear.
The President is believed to have secured immunity from prosecution for
himself and his family in negotiations
with the military. THE INDEPENDENT
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MEDIA
Mugabe – the biopic Joyful locals jostle
(with Don Cheadle?) Sky News team
The political earthquake
triggered by Robert Mugabe’s
resignation sent shock waves that
were felt as far as Hollywood.
Social media users were quick
to suggest that his downfall could
be a suitable subject for a biopic,
starring Don Cheadle as the longserving despot and Halle Berry,
Idris Elba and Will Smith in
supporting roles.
A mock-up poster was created
and circulated which caught the
attention of the actor. Cheadle,
52, retweeted the picture with
no comment, apart from three
crying-with-laughter emojis.
Despite reporting from the world’s
hotspots for more than 20 years, Sky
News’s senior correspondent, David
Bowden, struggled to maintain his
composure last night.
The reporter, broadcasting live
from the streets of the capital,
Harare, was mobbed by a large crowd
of good-natured but boisterous
locals, as he ventured out in the
immediate aftermath of Robert
Mugabe’s resignation to find out
what his departure would mean for
ordinary citizens.
The camera operator was also
jostled, making it difficult for the
reporter to remain in view.
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EYEWITNESS
People celebrate the
news outside the
parliament building
in Harare yesterday
BEN CURTIS/AP
‘There’s an enormous
amount of relief that
this day has come’
By Michael Day
FOREIGN EDITOR
SUCCESSION
New leader is part of ‘the
sad past, not the future’
By Andrew Meldrum
IN JOHANNESBURG
Emmerson Mnangagwa, the new
leader Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF
party, was last night poised to take
over as the country’s president.
The man nicknamed “The
Crocodile” has engineered a
remarkable comeback, using skills
that he no doubt learned from his
mentor Robert Mugabe (right).
Mr Mnangagwa served for decades
as the former President’s enforcer –
a role that gave him a reputation for
being astute, ruthless and effective
at manipulating the levers of power.
He is more feared than popular. Piers
Pigou, the southern Africa expert for
the International Crisis Group, said
the 75-year-old (below) was smart
and skilful but asked: “Will he bring
good governance and economic
management?”
In recent years, Mr Mnangagwa
has promoted himself as an
experienced leader who will
provide stability. But his promises
to return Zimbabwe to democracy
and prosperity are viewed with
scepticism by many experts. “He has
successfully managed a palace coup
that leaves Zanu-PF and the military
in charge. He’s been Mugabe’s bagman for decades,” said Peter Godwin,
a Zimbabwean author.
Todd Moss, of the Centre for Global
Development in Washington DC, also
expressed reservations: “Despite
his claims to be a business-friendly
reformer, Zimbabweans know
Mnangagwa is the architect of the
Matabeleland massacres and that he
abetted Mr Mugabe’s looting of the
country,” he said. “Mnangagwa is part
of its sad past, not its future.” REUTERS
As news of Robert Mugabe’s
resignation broke yesterday
afternoon, one excited Zimbabwean
told i: “Tonight we’re going to
be celebrating!”
Gus Le Breton, 50, a businessman
in the capital, Harare, said:
“There’s this enormous
sense of relief – that this
day has finally come.
We’ve been on the
cusp for the past week,
and now it’s finally
happened. I think we’re
all in shock – especially
after the non-resignation
speech he gave on Sunday,
when we were all expecting
him to quit.”
He noted the doubts about Mr
Mugabe’s immediate successor,
former vice president Emmerson
Mnangagwa, who is linked to many
of the most egregious episodes of
the Mugabe years, from massacres
in Matabeleland to vote rigging. But
he remained upbeat.
“We are all phenomenally excited
about the future. Yes we know
it’s early days and that there’s a
long way to go. But I think that all
Zimbabweans believe things can’t
go back to the way they were before.
After all we’ve been through, after
WORLD REACTION
May welcomes end of oppression
By Guy Faulconbridge
Robert Mugabe’s resignation
as Zimbabwe’s leader gave the
country the chance to forge a new
path, free from oppression, Theresa
May declared last night.
The Prime Minister added that
Britain, as “Zimbabwe’s oldest
friend”, would do all it could to
support the country.
The US embassy in Zimbabwe
c a l l e d P r e s i d e n t M u ga b e ’s
resignation “historic”, saying that
it was an opportunity for the nation
to “set itself on a new path” that will
lead to free and fair elections. The
US was a fierce critic of Mr Mugabe.
South Africa’s main opposition
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all this country has suffered, we
won’t allow the same things to
happen to us again. The country
overall is feeling really positive.
Tonight we’re going to celebrate.”
Similar hopes and fears were
expressed on the streets of Harare.
Samuel Demba, a 23-year-old
university student, said he was
concerned that “the old
ways” might continue.
But at this point two
friends, who had come
running, draped a
Zimbabwean flag
around his head.
“The time to
worry about all that
will come later,” said
Amanda Katsande. “We
need to enjoy ourselves
tonight. This will be a time everyone
will remember. Zimbabwe does
not make news for that many good
things. But what happened today is
really good; we have shown we can
bring change to our country.”
There was also debate about
whether Mr Mugabe and his cohort
should be tried.
“Yes, absolutely, that should
happen,” was the view of Matthew
Basopo. “Mugabe helped [his wife]
Grace to steal from Zimbabwe,
there were others who then
benefited from her crimes. Now
they must face the music together.”
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Democratic Alliance welcomed Mr
Mugabe’s resignation after 37 years
in power, saying that a “liberator”
had turned into a “dictator.
It added: “This is a victory for
the people of Zimbabwe who have
suffered greatly under the latter
years of Mugabe’s reign.
“The story of Robert Mugabe
is not a unique one, and is all too
familiar on our continent.”
The Zimbabwe opposition leader
Morgan Tsvangirai, who was often
targeted by the Mugabe regime, told
the BBC he hoped the country was
on a “new trajectory” that would
include free and fair elections. He
said Mr Mugabe should be allowed
to “go and rest for his last days”.
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MUGABE QUITS
POLITICS
What next for the world’s
longest-serving despot?
By Padraic Flanagan
Amid the jubilation on the streets
of the capital, Harare, triggered by
Robert Mugabe’s resignation, few
Zimbabweans were giving much
thought to what the future holds
for the 93-year-old tyrant and his
despised wife, Grace.
Some observers suggested that
the former President will, in the
coming days, go into exile, possibly
in Singapore, where he has been
receiving medical treatment,
believed to be for prostate cancer,
for years.
The fate of the former first lady is
even less clear. One Zanu-PF official
told reporters that Mrs Mugabe
is to be prosecuted along with a
“number of others”, although he did
not specify any charges.
The 52-year-old (pictured) has not
been seen since the takeover, but
is thought to have been held with
her husband under house arrest
at the presidential residence in
the capital.
In recent days, ZanuPF accused Mrs
Mugabe of “preaching
hate, divisiveness and
assuming roles and
powers not delegated
to the office”. She was
also removed as head
of the women’s league.
A controversial figure,
known as “Gucci Grace”
because of her spending habits,
she had been positioning herself
as a successor to her husband and
had called for the removal of VicePresident Emmerson Mnangagwa.
MEDIA
Dancing in the streets – but
fairy-tale transition doubted
By Padraic Flanagan
News of Robert Mugabe’s
resignation spread rapidly
via social media video feeds,
triggering scenes of wild
jubilation in the streets.
Men danced, women sang and
many were in tears, brandishing
national flags as the news began
to sink in.
Robyn Lee Kriel, a Zimbabwean
news anchor for CNN, took to
Twitter to highlight just how long
Mr Mugabe had been in power,
writing: “For the first time in my
life, Robert Gabriel Mugabe is
not my president. I have a former
president. A former leader. I’m
34 years old.”
South Africa’s The Star
newspaper said the events
marked an “extraordinary end
for the world’s oldest head of
state after 37 years in power”.
It quoted Ronak Gopaldas, a
consultant with the Institute
for Security Studies in Pretoria.
“Zimbabwe is at a crossroads.
Although regime change may yet
yield positive results, the exact
manner in which this is achieved
is important and will set the tone
for what comes next,” he said.
“At this stage, it seems unlikely
that the country will spiral
into a cycle of anarchy, but it is
equally unlikely that a fairy-tale
transition will occur.
“Chances are rather that the
transition will end up being
something in between.”
The couple, who now have
three children, married in a lavish
ceremony in 1996 after having an
affair while Mr Mugabe was still
married to his first wife, Sally, who
was terminally ill at the time.
Grace had been working as
a typist for Mr Mugabe.
She was named head
of the Zanu-PF party’s
women’s league in
2014 and had been
tipped to become Vice
President next month.
A secret Zimbabwean
intelligence cable suggests
that African leaders had
been urging Mr Mugabe to step
down even before the army began
moves last week to oust him. The
cable, dated 23 October, from the
Central Intelligence Organisation
(CIO) to an unknown recipient,
also reports that Mr Mugabe spoke
to Jacob Zuma, the South African
President, about his rivalry with
Mr Mnangagwa.
The cable said the 16-country
Southern African Development
Community, led by Mr Zuma, was
pressuring Mr Mugabe to resign and
Mr Zuma had suggested offering
him a senior African Union role to
ease him out. Bongani Ngqulunga,
Mr Zuma’s spokesman, dismissed
the account as “completely untrue
and scandalous”.
“President Jacob Zuma did
not communicate with President
Mugabe about former Vice President Mnangagwa at all about
the issues you mention,” he said.
Robert Mugabe’s
resignation at the age of 93
means that the Queen, 91, is now
the world’s oldest head of state,
ahead of Tunisia’s 90-year-old
President Beji Caid Essebsi, who
took office only in 2014.
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Analysis
Revolutionary hero who
became ruinous dictator
The ‘thinking man’s guerrilla’ turned on his comrades
and ruined a promising economy. By Charlie Wood
F
or decades, Robert
Mugabe has been
regarded by himself – and
many of his supporters –
as the African continent’s
revolutionary hero. He led
Zimbabwe’s struggle for liberation
from British colonial rule and
colonial rule. And he effectively
became the only leader the country
has known since it became an
independent nation in 1980. After
almost four decades of 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 single-minded patriotism.
A former primary school teacher,
educated by Jesuit priests, 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 – he was known as the
“thinking man’s guerrilla” – 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
(backed by the North Korean army)
set up a concentration camp to
carry out beatings, torture, and
executions. At least 20,000 people
Flashback:
Robert Mugabe
and his wife,
Grace, attend
a Zanu-PF
election rally in
2005 (top);
Zimbabweans
celebrate the
President’s
resignation
on the streets
of Harare
yesterday
REUTERS; AP/
BEN CURTIS;
AFP/GETTY
Robert Mugabe, then regarded as a
guerilla leader, attends talks about
Rhodesia’s constitution, convened
by the UK and held in London in 1979
CENTRAL PRESS/GETTY IMAGES
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 the “rule of law”
of 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
quiet 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 slapped travel bans on
him and his cronies, and assets
were frozen (although he twice
circumvented them, attending
a UN Food and Agriculture
Organisation meeting in Rome,
and Pope John Paul II’s funeral).
He was seen as a world pariah.
Even African neighbours began
THE IDEAL CUT DIAMOND
to keep 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.
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, it must regularly import
food to feed its population. It has
been blighted by hyperinflation,
rampant unemployment,
corruption, a shrivelled economy
and plummeting life expectancy.
None of the land seizures did
anything to help turn the economy
around. Far from it: it hit a nadir
in 2008, when the central bank
printed Z$100 trillion notes and
prices doubled every 24 hours. The
hyperinflation only ended when
Mr Mugabe agreed a coalition
government led by his political
rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, from the
Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC). Mr Tsvangirai stopped
printing Zimbabwe’s worthless
currency, and instead began using
the US dollar.
Zimbabwe’s economy remains in
a precarious state. Zimbabwe was
159th out of 190 countries surveyed
in the World Bank’s “Doing
Business” report and 124th out of
137 surveyed in the World Economic
Forum’s global competitiveness
report. But with Mr Mugabe finally
out of power, there is now hope that
Zimbabwe can recover and fulfil the
promise of its liberation in 1980.
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Dark clouds loom as another
lavish royal tour commences
‘The Crown’ Series Two
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The storm clouds are gathering
for the Queen and Prince Philip
when Netflix’s lavish royal drama
returns for its second run. In
contrast to this week’s platinum
anniversary celebrations, a
thunderstorm greets Golden Globe
winner Claire Foy’s monarch
as she prepares for a post-tour
“reunion” showdown with Prince
Philip in Portugal. A ravenous
press pack is feeding on rumours
that their marriage is on the rocks.
If the first series of the £100m
drama established the Queen as
a politically astute figurehead
and a working mother, the latest
episodes are darker, exploring the
much-debated question of Prince
Philip’s faithfulness.
The fractured marriage
plays out against the backdrop
of the Suez crisis as Britain’s
humiliation on the world stage
ends the nation’s pretensions to
great power status.
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Foy is understandably sulky.
Having sent Matt Smith’s Duke of
Edinburgh on a five-month world
trip she is tortured by suggestions
of his infidelity. She torments
herself with a visit to the ballet to
see Galina Ulanova, the Russian
Bolshoi sensation who may have
caught Philip’s eye.
There is sister Margaret’s
excessive drinking to deal with but
Elizabeth must put aside domestic
strife to keep a fretful eye on the
Suez crisis. Jeremy Northam’s
Anthony Eden is a cocky figure
who believes it is the right of Old
Etonians to rule the world.
When Foreign Office minister
Anthony Nutting warns that it
would be disastrous to launch
an “illegal” intervention in
Egypt without the support of a
UN coalition, the parallels with
Tony Blair’s Iraq misadventure
couldn’t be clearer.
A scene in which the slippery
Eden is outsmarted by the Queen
at their weekly meeting echoes
The Audience, writer Peter
Morgan’s hit play starring Dame
Helen Mirren. Viewers will
savour the pitch-perfect Foy’s
performance before she hands
over the tiara to Olivia Colman for
Elizabeth II’s “middle age”.
At her summit with Philip, the
Queen asks her husband what his
“price” is for making the union
work, since divorce is not an
option. The sophomore season of
The Crown will reveal the answer.
Adam Sherwin
The second series of ‘The Crown’ will
air on Friday 8 December
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‘Likely Lad’ Rodney Bewes dies aged 79
By Padraic Flanagan
Actor Rodney Bewes, best known
as the co-star of The Likely Lads in
a career spanning six decades, has
died aged 79.
Bewes was much loved for
his role as Bob Ferris in the
1960s BBC sitcom, and its 1970s
sequel, Whatever Happened to the
Likely Lads?
Describing him as a “true one
off” and a “brilliant storyteller”,
Claire Foy and Matt Smith
at the premiere of the
second series of ‘The Crown’
yesterday, accompanied
by two four-legged cast
members (inset left)
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his agent, Michelle Braidman, said:
“He had a funny anecdote for every
occasion. Our thoughts
are with his family and
friends at this sad
time. We will miss
him terribly.”
Despite
the
p o p u l a r i ty o f The
Likely Lads – at its peak
it would draw audiences
of up to 16 million – Bewes
(inset) did not enjoy an off-
screen friendship with his co-star,
James Bolam.
The pair were reported
to have had a 35-year feud
after Bewes, originally
from Bingley in Yorkshire
but who moved to Luton
as a child, accused Bolam
of condemning fellow
cast members to poverty
through his refusal to grant
permission for the series to be
repeated on network television.
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A drugs firm overcharged the NHS by
millions after it hiked the price for an
essential thyroid treatment by almost
6,000 per cent, the competition
watchdog has provisionally found.
The Competition and Markets
Authority (CMA) said the health
service spent more than £34m on
Concordia’s drug liothyronine – up
from £600,000 in 2006. The amount
it paid per pack rose from £4.46 in
2007 to £258.19 by July 2017.
The CMA said in its provisional
findings that it believes the Canadian
firm may have “abused its dominant
position”, and forced the NHS – and
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been a breach of competition law.
Pixar boss on ‘sabbatical’ after ‘missteps’
Pixar co-founder and Disney
Animation Studios chief John
Lasseter, regarded as one of the
most powerful figures in the
entertainment industry, is taking
a leave of absence after confessing
to “missteps” with employees.
In a company memo, leaked
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Uber to cure car sickness with seat vibrations
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Uber has patented a technology
designed to counter motion sickness
among car passengers.
The patent, which is likely to be
used in its future fleet of self-driving
vehicles, is based around a sensory
simulation system to trick the brain
out of feeling the nausea some
people experience when reading in a
moving car, according to information
made public by the US Patent and
Trademark Office.
The system uses sensors to alter
the back seat environment, vibrating
the seats and blasting air to help
combat sickness.
Many people experience
sickness in vehicles when they are
passengers, but not while they are
Kew lights up for festive season
An archway forms part of an
illuminated after-dark festive
trail, opening today at Kew
Gardens in London. More than
a million lights illuminate trees
and buildings throughout the site.
There are fantasy exhibits and
projections, a North Pole village
and a vintage fairground ride.
Refreshments include toasted
marshmallows and mulled wine or
hot chocolate. PA
HEALTH
City living ‘may affect male fertility’
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
City living could be ruining the
chances of having a baby for millions of couples because air pollution damages the quality of sperm, a
study suggests.
Exposure to air pollution “may
serve as a risk factor of male reproductive health”, researchers concluded after examining thousands of
sperm samples.
They assessed the number of
sperm in each sample and checked
their shape, size and movement be-
fore cross-referencing them to where
the men lived.
The study found a strong association between fine particulate pollution, which has been heavily linked to
diesel vehicle emissions, and abnormal sperm shape.
While the study, published in the
BMJ journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, was carried out
among 6,500 Taiwanese men aged 15
to 45, the findings are expected to be
mirrored among men worldwide.
Air pollution in the UK is of growing concern – especially in cities,
where it tends to be worse.
driving themselves. This poses a
specific barrier to the widespread
adoption of driverless cars.
Riders feel sick when their
vestibular system, which senses
movement, is out of sync with what
their eyes are seeing.
“With the advent of autonomous
vehicle technology, rider attention
may be focused on alternative
activities, such as work, socialising,
reading, writing and task-based
activities,” the patent outlined.
While just proposals at this stage,
Uber’s patent could be an ambitious
first step in minimising the issue.
An interior light bar displaying
coloured light once the car
completes a manoeuvre, such as
braking, acceleration or change of
direction, could also help, it suggests.
Similarly, customised air flow
and short blasts aimed at the rider
during manoeuvres could also help
combat motion sickness.
Uber will team up with
Volvo to produce 24,000
cars, integrating them with its
own self-driving software to
create an autonomous fleet.
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ALLEGATIONS
BLACK
FRIDAY
A Budget
of limited
importance
Who is calling
the shots in
the EU?
Her loss will
weaken
Europe
Cult leader
was a white
supremacist
Can morality
triumph
over tribe?
It has no
relevance
to the UK
TheTimes
New Statesman
Daily Mail
The Daily Telegraph
Washington Post
The Guardian
Financial Times
TheNewYorkTimes
Just as we might
want to downplay the
severity of historical
offences because we
admire them, so we
may be tempted to
dismiss accusations
about contemporary
allies because they are
politically unwelcome.
This is a dangerous and
unethical game to play.
(Bonnie Kristian)
Atlanta JournalConstitution
HuffingtonPost
Philip Hammond has
been asked to produce
a “game-changing”
budget, but this is an
impossible task – the
real match is being
played on another
pitch. Whatever he
has to say, it will have
far less impact on the
country’s economic
fortunes than the
terms of the UK’s
departure from the EU.
(Rachel Sylvester)
TheSpectator
The Government’s
plans to build more
houses are crucial
in the long term to
helping younger
generations get on
the housing ladder.
However, a railcard that
makes the commute
cheaper is helpful to
that cause. (Editorial)
Quote of
the day
No MP believes
that animals
do not have
feelings. There
is no argument
about the
principle
Zac Goldsmith
The Tory MP
explains his position
on animal rights
May is doing an
unnoticed good job in
gradually moving the
centre of Conservative
gravity to a realitybased place on Brexit:
on money, and on the
need for a transition
period. But what she
has failed to do is
court public opinion in
the EU27.
(Stephen Bush)
TheSun
Who exactly is calling
the shots in the EU?
Barnier, who had
declared that May
had done enough to
open trade talks, only
to be overruled by
the German PM? We
doubt anything the
UK offers will ever be
enough to satisfy the
EU. Yet in 16 months
we are out. (Editorial)
Germany’s problems
can be summed up
as the Three Ms:
migration, money and
Merkel. It is clear the
EU project has not just
stalled – it is sinking.
The crew are pulling
in all directions. Some
calling for even greater
integration, others for
letting everyone set
their own course.
(Mark Almond)
No conceivable
replacement for Ms
Merkel is likely to
embrace Mr Trump,
or the Euroscepticism
of the Brexiters. But
it is clear that the
German Chancellor’s
difficulties stem from
the rise of the far-right
and far-left.
(Gideon Rachman)
Even if the Sixties
was just reaping what
had been sown in the
loveless decades that
came before, it didn’t
have to make things
so much worse by
defanging its police
and insisting that
everything is political
and everything
is justified by the
glimmer of celebrity.
(Tim Stanley)
Manson had more
in common with
far-right groups than
anarchist lefties. If
anything, he was a
backlash against the
civil rights movement
and a harbinger of
white supremacist
race warriors like
Dylann Roof.
(Baynard Woods)
Roy Moore has built
a long, disgraceful
career out of smarmy
religiosity spiked with
tribal grievance. Moore
is not invincible. He
can be defeated — but
only if Alabamians
decide that honour,
and morality are more
important than tribe.
(Eugene Robinson)
It makes no sense
for Black Friday to
be transplanted to
Britain. There is
nothing special about
the day in the British
social calendar. Even
in the retail calendar
it falls squarely in the
middle of the run-up to
Christmas, which starts
some time in early
October. (Editorial)
It’s human, to feel
worried about
missing out when
you’re surrounded by
messages claiming
that you need to take
advantage of these
amazing deals. Give
yourself the gift of
taking a moment to
shift from unconscious
to conscious consumer.
(Peter Turner)
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LORD HUTCHINSON BARRISTER
Jeremy Hutchinson, Lord Hutchinson,
who has died aged 102, was no ordinary
lawyer. He excelled as a silver-tongued
goad to Britain’s society circles and a
devilish advocate for spies and drug
smugglers. He fought legal battles
during the Sixties and Seventies that
set important precedents for freedom
of speech in this country.
Born into a wealthy family who
dined with poet TS Eliot and members
of Bloomsbury set, Hutchinson was
among the last of Britain’s lawyercelebrities: bewigged barristers whose
courtroom performances rivalled those
of showbiz for press attention.
His clients included Christine Keeler,
the model convicted of perjury for her
role in the Profumo affair in 1963, and
the Soviet spies George Blake and John
Vassall, for whom he unsuccessfully
sought leniency. He defended the late
drug-smuggler-turned-author Howard
Marks, making the argument that his
client had been working for MI6. He was
equally successful in arguing that a bus
driver who stole Goya portrait from
the National Gallery hadn’t “stolen” the
painting but had planned to give it back
after a ransom was paid to charity.
Hutchinson was junior counsel for
his best-known case, when he defended
Penguin Books against obscenity
charges in 1960 for publishing an
uncensored version of DH Lawrence’s
Lady Chatterley’s Lover. He sought to
make a case for the novel’s literary
merit, pressing for the inclusion of
female jurors. “I found that women
were far more sensible,” he said later,
“and had very much less baggage than
men on matters of sex.”
When prosecutor Mervyn GriffithJones asked the jury, “Is it a book that
you would even wish your wife or your
servants to read?” several jurors burst
out laughing, and after rendering a
verdict of not guilty, Lady Chatterley’s
Lover sold 200,000 copies on its first
day of publication.
Lord Hutchinson studied at Oxford
before beginning his legal career in
1939. He served in the Royal Navy in
the Second World War, surviving a
bombing run that sank his vessel during
the Battle of Crete. Floating in the
water for hours before rescue, he sang
to maintain morale alongside the ship’s
commander, Louis Mountbatten.
Hutchinson’s first marriage to
actress Peggy Ashcroft ended in
divorce; his wife of 40 years, the
former June Osborn, died in 2006.
He is survived by a son from his first
marriage, Nicholas Hutchinson, and
several grandchildren.
In 2011, Hutchinson took the
unusual step of retiring from the
House of Lords, choosing to spent his
final years serving as a trustee and
chairman for the Tate and helping to
establish Tate Liverpool.
In recent years, he lamented changes
in the legal system, particularly
funding cuts to legal aid. “The result,”
he told BBC Radio 4, shortly after
celebrating his 100th birthday, “is the
criminal bar will only serve people who
have enough money to pay for it.”
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Died 13 November 2017
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The power of progressive Muslims
School inspectors are quite right to question girls about the veil
S
pare a thought for
progressive UK Muslims
of multiple identities
and allegiances. We
are many, but you
wouldn’t know that. We
follow Islam (in our own ways),
yet are keen advocates of secular
democracy, the separation of
state and faith in all matters. Our
equality struggles, anti-racism
and human rights activism extend
to community and religious
subjugation. That maddens racists
as well as conservative Muslims.
We are caught between the Devil
and the deep blue sea. Criticism of
fellow Muslims is seen as treachery
because it encourages racism.
Furthermore, reasonable, wellintegrated Muslims are regarded
with suspicion because they
disrupt the well-rehearsed script of
Britishness, of them and us.
For the sake of a quiet life, most
have stayed out of the feverish
disputes about Islam, Muslims,
integration and all that. This
willed silence has only emboldened
the reactionaries.
Now, modernists are finding the
courage to take on their dogged
adversaries. The way they are
attacked for their temerity speaks
for itself. Conservative Muslims
never compromise, expect no
criticism, demand tolerance of
retrograde practices.
One such issue flared up last
week when Ofsted head Amanda
Spielman said inspectors would
question primary school girls in
headscarves. Up jumped Harun
Khan of the (deeply conservative)
Muslim Council of Britain. It was
“deeply worrying” that the girls
who “choose” the headscarf were
being treated as “second-class
citizens”. Really, Mr Khan? Those
children freely chose to hide their
hair? And if only girls cover up and
not boys, who is making the secondclass citizens? Know this: When a
girl child is covered up, she is being
sexualised in exactly the same way
as a girl child in a padded bikini
top or belly-dancing outfit (both of
which are on sale).
This Ofsted decision came about
after a campaign by a group of
feisty, liberal Muslim women. In
September they wrote an open
letter and asked for a meeting with
the chief inspector “to discuss the
unacceptable rise of the classroom
hijab in state-funded primary
schools. Female Muslim children
as young as five are increasingly
veiled and schools are sanctioning
this by including it as part of school
uniform policies. This is an affront
to the historical fight for gender
equality in our secular democracy
and is creating a two-tiered form
of non-equality for young Muslim
girls. At a time of rising religious
extremism (from all faiths)
around the world, this is not a
time for the state to diminish our
collective rights but to robustly
defend hard-won freedoms and
progressive values… These beliefs
are subject to interpretation and
highly politicised. These issues have
to be understood in a global Islamic
context. The covering of women
is a key battleground and part of
a push for systematic regressive
practices of gender inequality. As
women, we would legally have to
cover in Iran, Saudi Arabia and
the Aceh Province, Indonesia. We
would be pressured to cover in most
Muslim countries just because we
are female.”
Among the signatories were
‘Second-class citizen’? A woman
wearing a niqab in Blackburn
CHRISTOPHER FURLONG/GETTY IMAGES
The covering
of women is a key
battleground and
part of systematic
practices of
gender inequality
Amina Lone, co-director of
the Social Action & Research
Foundation, Henna Rai, Director
of Women Against Radicalisation
Network, Gina Khan, part of One
Law for All, Amber Lone, a writer,
Tehmina Kazi, a human rights
expert, Zehra Zaidi, a former
Conservative PPC and Iram
Ramzan, a journalist. I do hope this
is the start of a sustained movement
against the creeping Wahabiisation
of Islam in this country and globally.
It won’t be easy. We are subjected
to atrocious online attacks and live
abuse too.
Women like them or me are
not seen as “real” Muslims by
politicians and the media, even
though we are more knowledgeable
than many so-called religious
leaders. When writing my book,
Refusing the Veil, I studied the
Koran. There is no injunction to
females to cover their hair or faces
anywhere in the text. Those orders
are man-made, not God-given. As
the scholar Ziauddin Sardar writes
in Introducing Islam, “ ‘modest’
behaviour for women in public
has been interpreted as a rigid
dress code, despite the openness
and much wider significance
of the Koranic verses and their
deliberate vagueness which are
meant to allow the time-bound
changes that are necessary for the
social and moral growth of society.
In a total perversion of Koranic
advice, dressing modestly has been
interpreted as dressing like a nun.”
Depressingly, millions of Muslim
women do not question male
authority and instead succumb to it
and are now making their daughters
obey. Ofsted is protecting the
liberties of those girls. Sometimes
the state needs to override parents.
Progressive Muslims should be
grateful for these small mercies.
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It’s a jungle out
there, Kezia
Kezia Dugdale may face
backstabbers, snakes in
the grass and some very
venomous creatures but
that’s what Holyrood and
Scottish Labour is all
about these days. When
she gets to the jungle
in I’m a Celebrity... Get
Me Out of Here! she will
be in a relatively safe
environment and may
well stay there.
DENNIS FORBES
GRATTAN
ABERDEEN
At ease? Not in
my army days
I refer to the photo of
members of the Royal
Tank Regiment (1 21
November). When I
was serving in the
Army I was taught that
“at ease” or “easy” one
stood with one’s hands
behind one’s back. Arms
crossed on one’s chest
was unthinkable. The
language of our drill
corporal of the Kings’s
Royal Rifle Corps would
have been picturesque...
JOHN HUNT
ROSS-ON-WYE
‘Tampon tax’
must go
In 1961 I was a cadet
on a ship that called
at Pitcairn. The Chief
Steward told me the
first thing the islanders
wanted us to put ashore
were boxes of Tampax.
The islanders felt that
it was civilisation’s
greatest product. It was
a lesson in not looking at
the world from a man’s
point of view.
Is there any product
used only by men
which is taxed? The
tax must go.
JOHN CLARK
Thanks for Amy
the orangutan
Thank you for publishing
the story of Amy
the orangutan (i 21
November). It’s nice to
see something that isn’t
politics and also a piece
of information with a
happy ending.
CARRIE POWER
New voting
system’s snag
Will those who
advocate the idealistic
but impracticable
proportional
representation voting
system please take a
close look at the political
mess Germany is in?
Look and learn. First
past the post may not
be perfect, but at least
it gives us strong and
stable government. Er,
no, let me rephrase that...
TERRY HAMILTON
also worse than the deal
we have now? 3) A £40bn
payment, to buy a deal
that’s worse than the deal
we have now? Surely it’s
a no brainer.
IAIN MCKINNA
Can’t pay, won’t
pay the EU bill
Adventurers
lose the plot
We have decided to leave
the EU in 2019. When
I leave associations
or clubs I merely stop
paying my subscriptions.
If the UK did this we
should play as normal
like anyone else, unless
we are offered privileges
for which a contract
is formed. There is no
“divorce settlement”.
ED SCHOON
I totally agree with
Graeme Massey (Your
View, 21 November). I’ve
never understood why
“adventurers” don’t apply
their energy to doing
something useful, such
as joining mountain
rescue teams or the
lifeboat service. I suspect
it’s because such work is
done by really brave but
anonymous people and
does not massage the ego
or publicise a book.
I hope he does repay
the cost of his rescue,
K WEBSTER
LEAMINGTON SPA
I do not understand why
there is an argument
about the amount we
“owe” the EU. If the EU
cannot produce an
itemised invoice then
surely the Treasury
should know what we
have committed to.
If we have committed
to £40bn then we should
pay £40bn and move
on to getting out of
the increasingly bitter
European Union.
STEVE CLARK
Let me try to get this
straight. Brexit is now a
choice between: 1) A bad
deal, worse than the deal
we have now? 2) No deal,
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Well done, the
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banned long-winded,
History lesson
on Brexit
Jenni Murray (“War? It’s
simply couldn’t happen....”
i 21 November) gives a
timely reminder that the
principal reason for the
EU was to end wars in
Europe.
We are told that Brexit
will allow Britain to
return to glories of the
past. In mid-Victorian
times, Britain was at the
height of its powers. Our
exports went all over the
world and free trade was
the mantra.
The reality was that
most of the population
did not have a vote and
right-wing policies
were dominant. For
most people, abject
poverty was their lot.
Life expectancy in
Manchester was 17.
Dissent was crushed
mercilessly and we were
often at war.
GILL MCKAIGUE
Women need
power in work
Stefano Hatfield (i, 30
October) ends with the
words “Women must
have more financial,
managerial and strategic
power in the workplace if
its culture is ever going
to change.”
Since setting up my
own business, I attended
a workshop offering
sessions on interview
skills, utilising inner
strengths and social
media, whilst an array of
employers were on hand.
I see these workshops
as wonderful
opportunities for women
to recognise the skills
acquired over the years,
many of which are not
identified as transferable
or indeed worthwhile.
UNA LEAHY
SALFORD
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Victoria’s secret
– only drink
expensive wine
Portman: I was
called a Lolita
Victoria Beckham reckons she
wouldn’t like to drink a bottle of wine
that costs less than £10. Speaking to
Alison Hammond on This Morning,
the Spice Girl turned fashion
designer and her friend Eva Longoria
were discussing what they’d spend
their last tenner on (perish the
thought). Longoria said a bottle of
wine, at which Beckham scoffed: “For
£10? I don’t think you’d like it!”
Posh doesn’t seem
to have gleaned the
now widespread
knowledge that a
massive price tag
doesn’t automatically equal a good
bottle - didn’t she
see the news about
a £10 bottle of
Prosecco from Spar
that was named the
best own-brand
fizz in the country
this week?
Bey tops Jay in
take-home pay
She’s been on maternity leave for
most of this year, looking after baby
twins Rumi and Sir, yet Beyoncé
has still managed to secure the
position of Highest Paid Woman in
Music. According to Forbes magazine,
which is the go-to source for such
calculations, Beyoncé earned over
$105m in the last year thanks to
her Formation tour (which grossed
a quarter of a billion dollars). In
contrast: Beyoncé’s husband, rapper
Jay Z, is said by Forbes to have earned
just $42m in the last year. The sort
of paltry sum which isn’t even worth
getting out of bed for.
Natalie Portman found fame as
a child when she appeared in Luc
Besson’s Léon: she was just 11 when
she was cast opposite Jean Reno and
Gary Oldman. She has now admitted
that she was intimidated
by how quickly she
became sexualised
by people working
in Hollywood, and
in the media, after
the film came out.
Speaking at the
Vulture festival
in Los Angeles,
Portman said: “There
was definitely a period
where I was reluctant to
do any kind of kissing scenes, sexual
scenes. Because for my first roles,
the reaction people would [give] in
reviews was to call me a Lolita and
things like that, and I got so scared by
it.” She added, “I think that’s also got
to be part of our conversation now...
what do we close ourselves [off from]
or diminish in ourselves because we
want to protect ourselves?”
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B
efore Brexit, can you think
of any instance where there
was such a concerted effort,
across the UK’s academic,
media and political classes, to
undermine the British position in a
major negotiation?
I’m not asking about previous
situations where there was
opposition to a UK government
policy. Neither do I mean cases in
which there was scrutiny or probing
of the coherence of British policies
and positions.
No, I mean, cases where it was
argued publicly that the British
position was weaker than the
government claimed; that the
government would fail in all its
objectives; that the other countries
we were negotiating with were
always or almost always right and
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the UK government’s interpretation
of events or points of dispute wrong;
and that the UK government should
publish confidential documents
that it said would undermine its
negotiating position.
These endeavours are all the
more remarkable given that most
of the things the UK Government
says it is seeking in the
Brexit negotiations, such
as a new free-trade
agreement with the
EU, are things that its
most vocal opponents
claim they want, too.
Perhaps some of them
imagine that if they can
sufficiently sabotage the
Brexit talks, voters will
“think again” and we’ll never
leave the EU. But, superficially, at
least, it’s downright perverse.
A little of it may have gone
on during David Cameron’s
negotiations in 2015-16. Many
commentators did argue back then
that a serious renegotiation would
just not be possible.
But most of us either actively
wished Cameron well or tried
publicly to defend the positions
he claimed to be arguing for, or
suggested that if he could get
anything substantial at all, he
was likely to win the referendum,
whether we agreed with him or not.
There was definitely agitation in
the run-up to Maastricht. There was
opposition to John Major and an
attempt to get him to commit to not
signing up for the euro. But was it on
the scale of current antipathy? Not
that I remember.
We have to go even further
back to find anything remotely
similar. Maybe even as far back
as opposition to appeasement in
the 1930s. There was widespread
opposition to Neville
Chamberlain (inset) and
his negotiating strategy
with Hitler and some
undermined him by
suggesting Britain
might not honour
commitments he
had made.
An element of
scrutinising the
British Government’s
negotiating position is entirely
legitimate. In certain cases
attempting to undermine it might
even be legitimate – today, most
would regard the opponents of
the appeasement strategy as in
the right.
But those attempting to
undermine the Government’s
position should be careful what
they wish for. The most plausible
consequence of undermining
Theresa May’s strategy would be to
have her replaced by a government
that cared less than she does about
securing any deal with the EU at all.
FOOD
Americans, according to research
by the body. Its report looks at how
the US agriculture industry can be
improved to stymie climate change
without causing deleterious effects
on the population’s health.
The bottom line, it says, is that it
would be catastrophic for a nation
to have a population that is totally
vegan. One of the authors of the
report suggests: “Very simply, there
are some nutrient requirements that
we cannot get just from consuming
plant-derived foods. It rather speaks
to us as omnivores.”
The idea that vegan food just
“doesn’t taste very nice and is hard
to source” is outdated – nowadays,
it’s everywhere. Pizza Express has
launched a delicious vegan pizza,
and Wagamama’s vegan katsu curry
is a sell-out hit. On Monday night,
Nigella, the woman who once baked
ham in cola, baked a vegan cake
instead. Even the rapper Professor
Green has put his dog on a plantbased diet. There are half a million
vegans in the UK.
I’ve tried to lead by example
but found I was just desperately
unhealthy. When I went veggie for
two weeks I ate so much dairy I
developed eczema.
But I’ve got no excuse – my office
is a short walk from Whole Foods,
and although everything costs a
fortune, it’s not like I don’t have an
option to eat animal-free.
Veganuary is on the horizon.
Will you be curing that New Year’s
Day hangover with a spinach
smoothie, or a bacon sarnie?
Laura
Weir
I’m looking
forward to
Veganuary
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me being so vegan-gelical
that I’m practically a cherry
tomato. By Wednesday I’ve
had at least one ham sandwich –
and come Sunday I’m practically
swimming in beef shin.
I’m faddy by nature, yet I’m on
constant high alert for hypocrites
and hate the idea of being one
myself. A vegan who’s wearing a
leather watch strap? I want you in
Brighton-made, hemp-based wellies
or you’re against the moral ropes.
But that’s where my negativity
ends, as I admire anyone who not
only has the desire to end cruelty
but also the willpower to begin that
quest with every mouthful.
Who could possibly think
there’s anything wrong with such
an objective? The US National
Academy of Sciences, that’s who.
Living the vegan dream would
be a nutritional nightmare for
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£10,000 a month for life in latest Lottery game
By Padraic Flanagan
Helen Dunmore,
who died of cancer
in June, has been
nominated for her
poetry collection
‘Inside the Wave’
Camelot, the National Lottery
operator, is planning to introduce
a new game which offers winners
£10,000 a month for the rest of their
lives, instead of taking a lump sum.
Camelot said it was testing a
number of options for changes
next year to its best-selling game
to give players “a better winning
experience” in an effort to increase
ticket sales. It announced the
changes alongside a 3.2 per cent
drop in overall ticket sales on last
year’s first-half performance to
£3.2bn for the six months to 23
September. It follows total ticket
sales falling 8.8 per cent to £6.9bn
for 2016-17 from a record £7.5bn the
previous year.
Changes to the Lotto draw in 2015
saw the number of balls increase
from 49 to 59 and the chance of
winning the jackpot decrease from
one in 14 million to one in 45 million.
The cost of playing EuroMillions
increased by 50p to £2.50 a line, and
players had to choose from an extra
number under changes introduced
last year that decreased the odds of
winning the jackpot but promised
bigger prizes.
In the US, payouts of $10,000
(£7,500) a month for life are a
regular feature of local lotteries.
In the UK, since 1994 10
millionaires have blown their
winnings, out of 4,750 winners.
Poetry from the
edge of life wins
Costa nomination
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
The poet Helen Dunmore, who died
this year, has received a posthumous
Costa Book Awards nomination for
her final collection.
Dunmore is recognised for Inside
the Wave, a collection of poems
“concerned with the borderline
between the living and the dead”. The
judges said: “We were all stunned by
these breathtaking poems.”
Dunmore, who died of cancer in
June aged 64, was an award-winning
poet, who published 15 novels and
three books of short stories.
The Poetry category also includes
Useful Verses, the debut collection
from Richard Osmond, a wild food
forager who searches for plants,
fruits and fungi among the forests
and hedgerows of Hertfordshire.
Fragile Lives, the memoirs
of the renowned heart surgeon
Professor Stephen Westaby, makes
the Biography category. The book
details some of his most poignant
cases, including a baby who suffered
multiple heart attacks and a woman
with Locked-In Syndrome.
The First Novel category includes
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman, which is to be
adapted for the big screen. The story
of a young woman set apart from
society because of a trauma she
has suffered was “tender, touching,
endearing and heartbreaking in
equal measure”, the judges said.
Former winner Stef Penney is
shortlisted in the Novel category for
Under a Pole Star, about a woman
attempting to throw off Victorian
convention as an Arctic explorer.
Jon McGregor, Kamila Shamsie and
Sarah Winman are also nominated.
The all-female Children’s Book
Award shortlist includes former
comedy producer Lissa Evans, Sarah
Crossan, Katherine Rundell and
Kiran Millwood Hargrave.
The overall winner – selected from
among the five category winners
– will receive a £30,000 prize at a
London ceremony in January.
The shortlists Costa awards 2017
Novel
Reservoir 13 (right),
by Jon McGregor
Under a Pole Star, by
Stef Penney
Home Fire, by Kamila
Shamsie
Tin Man, by Sarah
Winman
First novel
The Clocks in This
House All Tell Different
Times (right), by Xan
Brooks
Montpelier Parade, by
Karl Geary
Eleanor Oliphant Is
Completely Fine, by
Gail Honeyman
The Haunting of Henry
Twist, by Rebecca F John
Poetry
Kumukanda, by Kayo
Chingonyi
Biography
Once Upon a Time
in the East: A
Story of Growing
Up (left), by
Xiaolu Guo
A Bold and Dangerous
Family, by Caroline
Moorehead
In the Days of Rain, by
Rebecca Stott
Fragile Lives: A Heart
Surgeon’s Stories, by
Stephen Westaby
Inside the Wave, by
Helen Dunmore
On Balance, by Sinéad
Morrissey
Useful Verses, by
Richard Osmond
Children’s book
Moonrise (left),
by Sarah Crossan
Wed Wabbit,
by Lissa Evans
The Island at
the End of Everything,
by Kiran Millwood
Hargrave
The Explorer, by
Katherine Rundell
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Water companies are using divining rods to locate underground
pipes – despite there being no
scientific evidence that the centuries-old tools work, a scientist
has found.
Sally Le Page, an evolutionary
biologist at Oxford University,
said that her parents “couldn’t
believe their eyes” when a technician they called to their property
from the utility company Severn Trent began slowly walking
around holding two “bent tent
pegs” to locate a mains pipe in the
West Midlands.
Typically, a dowser will hold the
rods, usually shaped like the letter
“Y”, while walking over land in the
belief that any movement of the
rods could indicate the presence
of water underground.
She also contacted Scottish
Water, Yorkshire Water, United
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Water, South West Water, Northumbrian Water, Welsh Water and
Anglian Water. All confirmed that
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‘Losing this seat shows Britain’s reduced status’
By Leo Cendrowicz
There are whisperings in the corridors of global power that Britain
passed a turning point on Monday
when it lost its seat at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). As Brexit beckons, this moment could be a
harbinger of more diplomatic defeats.
The ICJ decision means for the
first time since it began in 1946, Britain will lose its place among the 15
judges on the bench at the UN’s main
legal body. Sir Christopher Greenwood had hoped to be re-elected for
a second nine-year term, but the UK
Government withdrew his candidacy
after six rounds of votes.
Based in The Hague, at the grandiose Peace Palace, the ICJ’s job is
to settle disputes between states.
The UK itself played a key role in
its founding: in 1943, Sir William
Malkin hosted a committee of legal
experts from around the world that
established the principles of what
would become the ICJ, the world’s
highest court.
Losing this court seat is a symbol
of Britain’s reduced status on the
world stage, according to Jeremy
Shapiro, a research director at the
European Council on Foreign Relations. “Perception is everything,”
The ICJ is based at
the Peace Palace,
in The Hague
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he says. “It is safe to assume that
Brexit represents a loss of standing
amongst Britain’s peers. People in
the US and the rest of Europe feel
that the UK is not as interested and
engaged as it was.”
Had Britain not been on the way
out of the EU, it could have counted
on the other 27 members to back
its candidate, according to Frances
Burwell, a fellow at the Atlantic
Council think-tank. “Some EU countries will think that the British are
already halfway out, so they don’t
need to support them in these diplomatic efforts,” she says, adding
that by leaving the EU, Britain has
squandered a unique power amplifier. “This incident is a foretaste of
things to come. British influence is
not going off a cliff but it will gradually fade as people realise how selfabsorbed it is.”
It may seem premature to suggest
a single incident in one obscure, international body heralds a new era,
but this was a vote that the UK was
expected to win easily. Officials said
that when the Indian government
began an aggressive lobbying campaign for its candidate, Britain could
not respond with similar vigour.
Boris Johnson and his ministers
attempted to win support in the UN
General Assembly, but appeared
stymied. Other countries referred
to the fading powers of the British
brand. British diplomats who have
traditionally been revered as RollsRoyce negotiators in global arenas
were seen to have lost the power to
twist arms and call in favours.
As much of Britain’s diplomatic
energy is now being redirected
into Brexit, other foreign policy
priorities will suffer, according to
Charles Kupchan, a senior fellow
at the Council on Foreign Relations
in Washington.
“For the foreseeable future, the
UK’s political establishment will be
focused on negotiating Brexit and its
aftermath; there will be little time
and energy left over to focus on other
issues,” he says.
“The international community is
already devaluing Britain’s international sway. Outside observers see a
country that will be tied up in political
knots for the foreseeable future as it
engages in a sad act of self-harm and
self-isolation.”
In Brexit’s wake
Top jobs under threat
Britain could also lose another top
job when it comes up for renewal
soon, that of the deputy supreme
allied commander, Europe, one of
the most important Nato military
positions. The UK has held this post
almost continuously since 1951, with
Field Marshal Bernard
Montgomery (inset).
If Britain does lose
the job, it will be
another sign of its
Brexit-driven loss
of global clout.
France is
reportedly hoping
to take Britain’s
senior position in
Nato, amid claims the
UK’s role in the alliance could be
under threat after Brexit.
“There is already some discussion
of the possibility that the assignment
of the position… might have to be
transferred to a Nato member that
is a member of the EU,” Professor
Malcolm Chalmers, the Royal United
Services Institute’s deputy directorgeneral, wrote in a briefing on postBrexit foreign and security policy.
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PANAMA
Drug seizures on
track for ‘record
level’ this year
By Elida Moreno
IN PANAMA CITY
Panama is on track for record
drug seizures this year after
police apprehended two tons of
cocaine near the border with
Colombia at the weekend.
The total confiscations by
Millions at risk of cholera
outbreak, warns Red Cross
By Stephanie Nebehay
IN GENEVA
CHINA
Ukraine official Flights to North
handed EU ban Korea scrapped
The EU has slapped a travel
ban and asset freeze on
the governor in the city of
Sevastopol, which Russia
annexed in 2014, along with
Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.
Dmitry Vladimirovich
Ovsyannikov was added to a
list of those accused of “actions
undermining or threatening
the territorial integrity,
sovereignty and independence
of Ukraine”. Mr Ovsyannikov
was appointed governor of
Sevastopol, home to Russia’s
Black Sea fleet, by President
Vladimir Putin in 2016. AP
YEMEN
The state-owned airline Air China
has suspended flights between
Beijing and North Korea because
of a lack of demand, deepening the
North’s isolation amid mounting
UN sanctions over its nuclear and
missile programmes.
The move followed US President
Donald Trump’s decision to add
Pyongyang to a list of governments
that support terrorism. But there
was no indication that was what had
prompted Air China’s decision.
The suspension left North Korea’s
Air Koryo as the only airline with a
regularly scheduled international
service to the North. AP
the end of 2017 are expected to
surpass the previous annual
record of 72 tons confiscated
last year, the security minister,
Alexis Bethancourt, said.
He added that the increase
stemmed from better
co-ordination among local law
enforcement agencies as well as
help from “friendly countries”.
President Juan Carlos Varela
has previously complained
that a peace deal between the
Colombian government and the
Marxist Farc rebel group has led
to a spike in drug trafficking and
violence in Panama. REUTERS
Up to 2.5 million Yemenis now lack
access to clean water in crowded
cities, “putting them at risk of
another major outbreak of waterborne disease”, and other cities are
running out of fuel, the International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
has warned.
The capital Sana’a and al-Bayda
have joined the list of Yemeni cities
without clean water because of the
blockade by a Saudi-led coalition
which has cut off supplies of fuel
for pumping, ICRC spokeswoman
Iolanda Jaquemet said.
Florida
A 6ft crocodile was captured
on a beach as hundreds of
spectators and local police
gathered to watch the reptile
sitting motionless on the sand
as waves crashed around it.
An officer from the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission snared the
crocodile by the neck and
dragged it up the beach in
the town of Hollywood as the
reptile remained motionless
with its mouth open. Officials
then tied its mouth shut
with black tape. It was
placed on a truck and driven
off as beachgoers cheered
and applauded. “It will be
evaluated, tagged and released
into a suitable mangrove
habitat,” said a spokesman.
Joann Hussey, of the city
council in Hollywood, on
Florida’s east coast south of
Fort Launderdale, said the
animal was first spotted in the
sea near a pier before it drifted
south and came ashore near
the Margaritaville Hollywood
Beach Resort. The reptile
may have been tired out by the
rough surf. “It was very rough
out there,” Ms Hussey added.
“The wind was blowing.”
When the crocodile came
aground, it reportedly began
to enjoy the nice weather. “It
was kind of right on the edge
of the shores where the waves
are breaking,” Ms Hussey said.
“When the sun came out, it was
kind of sunning itself.”
THE INDEPENDENT
Alexandra Wilts
Since April, 940,768 people in
Yemen have been infected with
cholera, a water-borne disease, in
the world’s worst epidemic in a single
Crowds
say final
farewell
The funeral of
Kashmiri militant
Adil Chopan is held
in Tral, southern
Kashmir. He was killed
during a gunfight with
Indian government
forces, officials said.
Soldiers in Indianadministered Kashmir
killed three suspected
rebels yesterday
during an exchange of
fire in Handwara.
AFP/GETTY
NIGERIA
Teen suicide bomber kills 50 worshippers at mosque
A teenage suicide bomber killed at
least 50 worshippers yesterday as
they gathered for morning prayers at
a mosque in north-eastern Nigeria.
Bloody debris covered the floor of
the building in the town of Mubi, in
Adamawa state, where worshippers
had arrived at about 5am. Outside,
people gathered around the dead.
A police spokesman said officers
were “still trying to ascertain the
number of injured because they are
in various hospitals”. A witness,
Abubakar Sule, said it appeared the
bomber was part of the congregation.
While there was no immediate
claim of responsibility, suspicion fell
on the Islamist group Boko Haram,
based in neighbouring Borno state.
More than 20,000 people have been
killed in its eight-year insurgency.
Yesterday’s attack was the first
since Mubi was liberated from Boko
Haram insurgents in 2014. AP
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TURKEY
ISRAEL
By Sam Olukoya
IN LAGOS
Postcard
From...
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year that has killed at least 2,200,
and cases of dysentery are being
reported, she said. “The situation for
dialysis patients is now critical,” Ms
Jaquemet added.
The Saudi-led coalition closed all
air, land and sea access to Yemen on 6
November following the interception
of a missile fired towards the Saudi
capital, saying it had to stem the
flow of arms from Iran to its Houthi
opponents in the war in Yemen.
The United Nations has appealed
for the blockade to be lifted, saying
it could spark the largest famine the
world has seen in decades. Seven
million people are already on the
brink of famine. REUTERS
Putin hosts Syria’s Three years in
Assad for talks
jail for tweet
Knesset’s special
session for Sadat
Vladimir Putin has hosted the
Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad
for three hours of talks to lay the
groundwork for a new push by
Moscow to end Syria’s conflict
now that Isis has been overrun.
Mr Putin also spoke on the
phone with US President Donald
Trump, as well as Saudi Arabia’s
King Mohammad bin Salman,
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan and President Hassan
Rouhani of Iran. AP
Israel’s parliament held a special
session yesterday to mark 40
years since the historic visit of
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
President Sadat’s address to
the Knesset in 1977 is credited
with paving a path for peace
between the countries.
Two years later, Israel and
Egypt signed a formal peace
accord and Israel withdrew
from the Sinai peninsula it had
captured in the 1967 war. AP
A Turkish court has convicted
Oguz Guven, the online editor of the
opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, of
engaging in “terrorist propaganda”
and sentenced him to three years and
one month in prison.
Mr Guven, who is responsible for
the newspaper’s Twitter account,
was charged over a tweet reporting
the death in a road accident of
a prosecutor who filed the first
indictment against the network of
Fethullah Gülen, a US-based cleric. AP
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SOUTH KOREA
North Korea ‘bans partying’ as sanctions bite
By Jon Sharman
North Korean dictator Kim Jongun (inset) has banned drinking and
singing parties as economic sanctions begin to bite, South Korean
spies have claimed.
The South’s National Intelligence
Service (NIS) told parliament that
Pyongyang was trying to prevent
dissent among its citizens as UN
sanctions, imposed after repeated
missile and nuclear weapons tests,
begin to affect its economy.
According to the Yonhap news
agency, the NIS told MPs: “[The
North] has devised a system where-
by party organs report people’s economic hardships on a daily basis,
and it has banned any gatherings related to drinking, singing and other
entertainment and is strengthening
control of outside information.”
The report comes as China’s ambassador to the UK called sanctions
“a means, not a purpose”, adding
that more rounds should not be imposed for their own sake.
China has consistently voted to
support UN sanctions since 2006,
and 16 such restrictions have been
imposed in that time, Liu Xiaoming
told Robert Peston on Sunday.
US President Donald Trump
UNITED STATES
Disposing of cult leader
Manson’s body poses
problem for prison staff
By Andrew Buncombe
IN NEW YORK
Prison officials in California are trying to decide how to dispose of the
body of Charles Manson and help
ensure the remains of the late cult
leader do not become part of a
ghoulish shrine.
Manson, 83, who orchestrated the murders of the
pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other
people in Los Angeles in
the summer of 1969, died
in hospital, having been
taken there suffering from
gastrointestinal bleeding.
He had been incarcerated most
recently at the Protective Housing
Unit at California State Prison at
Corcoran, 180 miles north-west of
Los Angeles.
Manson (inset) was convicted in
1971 of first-degree murder for plotting the killing of seven people, who
were slain by his followers, known
as the so-called Manson Family.
Many of those followers remain in
prison, where their appeals for pa-
role have been repeatedly refused.
“People are saying that this should
be some kind of relief, but oddly
enough, it really isn’t,” Sharon Tate’s
sister, Debra Tate, told ABC News
following Manson’s death on Sunday.
“While Charlie may be gone, it’s
the ones that are still alive that
perpetrated everything, and
it was up to their imaginations for what brutal
things were going to be
done. In an odd way, I
see them as much more
dangerous individuals.”
Vicky Waters, a spokeswoman for the California
Department of Corrections
and Rehabilitation, said it had
yet to be determined what will happen to Manson’s remains. According
to state regulations, if no relative or
legal representative claims the body
within 10 days, it is up to the department to determine whether Manson’s
body is cremated or buried.
It is also unclear what will happen to his property, which is said
to include artwork and at least two
guitars. THE INDEPENDENT
named China and Russia specifically
during his recent tour of the Asia-Pacific region as countries that should
sever trade ties with North
Korea “entirely”.
He has previously criticised China for failing to
do enough to persuade
its Communist neighbour to abandon its nuclear ambitions.
The NIS said that
while there had been no
sign of preparations for a
new nuclear test in the North, it
believed that, depending on the
“determination” of the North Ko-
rean leader Kim Jong-un (inset),
a test was “possible any time”.
The Trump administration is
expected to announce new
sanctions on North Korea,
after declaring it a state
sponsor of terrorism. It
joins Iran, Sudan and
Syria on America’s terror blacklist – a largely
symbolic step as the
administration already
has the authority to impose virtually any sanctions
it wants on Mr Kim’s government.
As part of its “maximum pressure” campaign, Mr Trump said the
Treasury Department would impose
more sanctions on North Korea and
“related persons”, without hinting who or what would be targeted.
The move is part of rolling efforts
to deprive Pyongyang of funds for
its nuclear and missile programmes
and leave it internationally isolated.
THE INDEPENDENT
North Korea was
previously on the terror
list for two decades because of
its involvement in international
terrorist attacks in the 1980s.
RUSSIA
Padukone has
faced threats
for her role in
‘Padmavati’
‘Extremely high’
levels of
radioactive
isotope found
STR/AFP/GETTY
By Harriet Agerholm
INDIA
Minister offers bounty for film pair
By Muneeza Naqvi
IN NEW DELHI
A member of India’s Hindu nationalist ruling party has offered 100m
rupees (£1.2m) to anyone who
beheads the lead actress and the
director of an unreleased Bollywood
film, Padmavati, rumoured to depict
a relationship between a Hindu queen
and a Muslim ruler.
Suraj Pal Amu, a Bharatiya Janata
Party leader from the northern
state of Haryana, offered the bounty
against actress Deepika Padukone and film-maker Sanjay Leela
Bhansali on Sunday. The film’s
release has now been postponed. AP
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Russia has said it
found “extremely high”
concentrations of a
radioactive isotope in some
parts of the country in
September, amid reports of a
nuclear accident.
The announcement
confirmed findings earlier this
month by a French nuclear
safety institute, the IRSN,
which detected a cloud of
radioactivity above Europe.
Russian officials had
previously denied any
knowledge of a nuclear
accident that could have caused
the cloud.
On Monday, the country’s
meteorological service,
Rosgidromet, said “probes
of radioactive aerosols from
monitoring stations... were
found to contain radioisotope
Ru-106 [Ruthenium-106]”
Ruthenium-106 is a product
of splitting atoms in a reactor
and does not occur naturally.
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he first question I ask
Steve Critchley is
whether he watches The
Detectorists, and what
he thinks about it. The
third series of this gentle comedy,
written by and starring Mackenzie
Crook with Toby Jones, as two odd
friends united by a shared passion
for metal detecting, has just
started on BBC4, and has focused
the spotlight on this very British
activity. What could be more
quintessentially of these isles,
than the silhouette of a lone figure
sweeping a detector back and
forth in contemplative solitude in
some remote English field?
“I do chuckle,” admits Critchley.
He’s been metal detecting for 40
years, and served for 16 of those
as the chairman of the National
Council for Metal Detecting. Now
he acts as policy adviser to the
body. He is pretty impressed with
the way the sitcom portrays his
pastime, and the nuances of the
hobby it touches upon. He adds:
“I’ve a lot of experience of metal
detecting clubs, and a lot of what
they show is very true to life. It
does raise a smile.”
Critchley now ploughs his
metal-detecting furrows in
Cambridgeshire, and at least a
couple of weekends a month he’ll
be out with his kit, seeing what
he can see. “There are those who
think it’s a way to make some
easy money. I tell them they’re
better off putting a pound on the
lottery – the odds are much better
than expecting to find something
valuable while metal detecting.”
Critchley’s high point could
be said to be a small hoard of 49
Roman coins he turned up a few
years ago, but for him and the
thousands of other detectorists
who turn out every weekend, it’s
not about finding something of
monetary value; it’s more about
the thrill of the chase.
Although “thrill” might be
the wrong word to use. Metal
detecting is an often solitary, slow
pastime, which more often than
not turns up little more than a few
buttons or a sewing needle. But
wait, for in such innocuous items
buried in the soil, there’s a picture
of an England lost to time.
Buttons, hairclips, loose change
– that’s what detectorists like
Critchley call “casual losses”.
Things not buried deliberately, but
just accidentally discarded. And
through such finds, stories can be
told across the chasm of years.
“Imagine finding a bit of loose
change, then some more further
along, and some more,” says
Critchley. “Then it emerges that
there was probably a path across
this field at some point in the past.
Or say you find some buttons. You
can imagine men working the
field on a hot day, taking off their
waistcoat, a button pinging off. A
little further away you’ll perhaps
find a needle, lost by one of the
farmworker’s wives who sat at the
edge of the field, sewing, while the
men worked.”
These are visions of a time long
gone that will never be turned up
by professional archaeological
digs, which mainly take place at
sites where there is some hard
evidence of a major find, or at
the behest of developers who are
asked to carry out a historical
survey before starting work, say,
on a new housing estate.
So if your curiosity for history
– or hunger for a million-pound
trove – has been whetted, what
should you do? The answer is
not to rush out and buy a metal
detector. “I get so many inquiries
from people saying they’ve
bought a detector and now want
to know where they can go,” he
says. “That’s what you should be
SOCIETY
Why bootleg tobacco is
costing Britain a packet
The rise of under-the-counter products harms the
young and fuels crime, writes Andrew Russell
M
ore than half of all
teenage smokers
in the North East
of England have
bought illegal
tobacco, figures show. The 2017
North East Illegal Tobacco Survey
found that 55 per cent of children
aged 14 and 15 who smoke say they
buy illegal tobacco from shops or
“tab houses” – while 73 per cent
say they have been offered illegal
tobacco at some point.
Illegal tobacco is either
smuggled, counterfeit, bootlegged
or illegally manufactured. Here’s
what you need to know about those
illegal cigarettes.
TOBACCO SMUGGLING HAS BEEN
LINKED TO TERRORISM
Although the illicit market in the
UK is complex and fast-changing,
many cases that come before the
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finding out first before you spend
any money.”
The kit for metal detecting can
cost anything from a couple of
hundred pounds, to a couple of
thousand. Buying the gear isn’t the
problem; finding somewhere to
use it might be. What you can’t just
do is head off into the countryside
and start swinging your detector
around. All land is owned by
someone, and to detect on it you
need permission.
“There’s only one way to do that,
and that’s by knocking on doors
and asking,” says Critchley. But
even then, it’s not so simple. That
farmer’s field might already be the
turf of one or more detectorists;
they’re unlikely to want the
competition, and the farmer won’t
want more people than he’s happy
with turning up on to his land at
the weekends.
Detectorists such as Critchley
build up a relationship with the
owners of the land on which they
detect. Sometimes a gentleman’s
agreement is shaken upon; other
times, contracts will be drawn up.
For finds that are not classed as
treasure trove, the ownership falls
to the landowner, no matter who
finds it.
It might be possible to agree
to share everything 50-50, or to
give the landowner first refusal
on whether any items are kept.
courts are linked to other activities
such as drug dealing, alcohol and
people trafficking.
Tobacco like this has also been
linked to organised crime and the
funding of terrorism. Illicit sales
bring criminal activity to
people’s streets.
hours, or in secret operations which
produce millions of cigarettes a day.
LEGAL FACTORY
STAFF IN ON THE ACT
On top of well-known
brands smuggled
from one country to
another, there can also
be counterfeit tobacco
products and so-called
“cheap whites”. These
are new brands manufactured in
one country but intended mainly
for illegal sale in another. Illegal
manufacturing often takes place
in either regular factories out-of-
SOME TOBACCO FIRMS HAVE
BEEN COMPLICIT IN SMUGGLING
There is plenty of evidence to show
that tobacco companies
have been complicit
in smuggling. This
persists in many lowand middle-income
countries. It doesn’t
matter to tobacco
companies whether
their products are sold
“tax paid” or “tax free”
– and if the latter means
they sell more, then that’s so
many more people hooked.
ILLEGAL USE IS DECLINING
Despite some spurious reports,
statistics from HM Revenue and
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Most of the time, as with buttons
or scatterings of coins, the farmer
will be happy for the detectorist to
keep them – but it’s something that
needs thrashing out beforehand.
Detectorists and landowners,
especially farmers, can develop a
relationship of mutual trust and
respect. Critchley will be popping
in to see many of his farmers for
a sociable Christmas drink. They
know who he is, when he comes
to the fields. He can keep an eye
out for illegal practices on the
fields: people hanging about farm
buildings who shouldn’t be there,
hare-coursers or poachers.
Sometimes farmers might
charge a fee for detectorists to use
their land, a practice Critchley
doesn’t agree with. Sometimes
they might allow practically free
access, which can lead to mild
competitiveness.
Critchley says: “Sometimes
when that happens, one group or
individual will try to out-gun the
other, maybe taking the day off on
Friday to detect on a site when they
know the other people can only go
at the weekends.”
But largely, it’s a civilised,
agreeable activity. And for those
who can’t obtain access to fields
themselves, there’s a growing
number of detecting rallies across
the country, where detectorists are
charged an admission fee to access
a site in relatively large numbers.
Metal detecting has grown in
popularity; even Mackenzie Crook,
since he began writing and acting
in The Detectorists, has taken up
the hobby. Critchley says: “The
high point was probably the 1980s,
and then it dropped off a bit in the
1990s. The past four or five years,
though, it’s absolutely shot up.”
Perhaps that’s to do with The
Detectorists; perhaps it’s the
interest in archaeology from
shows such as Time Team (now
an artefact of television history)
and its successors; or perhaps, for
thousands of those who spend their
weekends in a muddy field like
Steve Critchley, it’s because being
a detectorist offers the chance to
get down and dirty with real-life
history. THE INDEPENDENT
For more information, contact
the National Council for Metal
Detecting at ncmd.co.uk
‘Detectorists’, BBC4, 10pm tonight
Customs show that illegal tobacco
produce now makes up just 13
per cent of the overall market –
compared to 21 per cent in 2000.
Latest estimates also show that
just 10 per cent of cigarettes in
Britain today are sold illegally,
though the figure is 39 per cent for
hand-rolling tobacco.
An EU products directive, which
came into force in 2016, includes a
“tracking and tracing” system that
makes it much easier to identify
supply chains and the legal status
of tobacco on sale in the UK. But
that won’t immediately help the
teenagers getting hooked by using
illegal tobacco. THE CONVERSATION
Andrew Russell is an associate
professor and a fellow of the Wolfson
Research Institute for Health and
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SOCIETY
Bradford game
that changed a
mother’s life
Female fans inspired Nudrat Afza to take
their photographs. By Sarah Freeman
Moments of drama, and ‘a magical time for the club’ © NUDRAT AFZA
B
efore Nudrat Afza took
her seat to watch her first
Bradford City match, she
didn’t know much about
football. “My daughter,
Khadijah, has special needs, and
a couple of years ago, her carers
asked her if she would like to go to a
football match,” Nudrat says.
“She loved it so much that
I thought: ‘Right, I am going to have
to take her’. That day it was my
daughter who led me up the steps.
She was confident, and had a sense
of purpose as she guided me. Our
usual roles were reversed.
“The atmosphere was amazing,
people were so friendly and it was
a wonderful experience.”
For Nudrat, who moved to
Bradford from Pakistan in the 1960s,
the score wasn’t important that day.
What was important, and what she
remembers, was the atmosphere.
I waited outside with my
camera. As the crowds began
to pour out, I began to stop
some female supporters…
“When I first came here, there
was a lot of racism on the football
terraces in England,” she says.
“Cricket was the game I grew up
with. I knew nothing about football,
so stepping into Valley Parade was a
first. People imagine that there is a
lot of aggression, but nothing could
have been further from the truth.
What instantly struck me was the
feeling of the community. When
you are sat in the stadium with the
fans singing their chants, which are
almost like hymns, it’s impossible for
your morale not to be lifted.”
The other thing that struck her
was how many women there were
in the stands. “I have always taken
photographs,” she says. “I started
talking about the female supporters
with my daughter and her friends,
and they suggested I should turn
my lens on them. I wasn’t sure… But
then Bradford played Chelsea.”
For those not au fait with City’s
fortunes, Nudrat is referring to the
FA Cup match at Stamford Bridge in
2015, when the Yorkshire side were
understandably the underdogs.
Despite having snuck a goal back
just before half time, with Chelsea
two up, an upset seemed unlikely –
and then the unthinkable happened.
“I had given my ticket for the
match away,” says Nudrat. “It’s a
decision I still regret now. Instead,
I waited outside the ground with my
camera. As the crowds began to pour
out I began to stop some of the female
supporters and asked if they would
mind having their picture taken.
“They looked so happy, and when
I asked what the final score was
I couldn’t believe it. Bradford had
fought back to win 4-2. I thought:
‘Right, this is going to be the start
of something.’ ”
And it was. Over the next two
years, Nudrat began taking her
camera to every home match,
initially taking a series of images
outside Valley Parade. However,
when the club gave her permission
to photograph inside the ground,
and Keighley-born Oscar-winning
screenwriter Simon Beaufoy gave
her a high-quality Hasselblad XPan
camera, the project really took off.
Now, her first exhibition, City
Girls, has just opened at the national
Science + Media Museum in
Bradford. It features more than 70
black-and-white images, which show
women of all ages and backgrounds
over the course of a match day,
from portraits taken before or after
the game to goal celebrations and
reactions to moments of drama.
“I have taken them with blackand-white film partly because that’s
the medium I am most familiar
with,” she says. “I am unashamedly
old-school, but also I think it lends a
timeless quality to the photographs.”
Both Nudrat and her daughter are
now season ticket holders and the
club has become an important part
of their lives.
“The past few years have been a
magical time for the club and for me.
I feel so fortunate to have been there
at that time, and not only that – now
I can stand and shout along with the
rest of the fans.”
‘City Girls’ is at the Science +
Media Museum, Bradford,
until June 2018. 0844 856 3797,
scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk
Television Wednesday 22 November
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
Mary Berry’s Country
House Secrets
8pm, BBC1
When Mary Berry meets Fiona, the
Countess of Carnarvon, it’s not clear
who should bob more deeply, the
abdicated queen of Bake Off or the
chatelaine of Highclere Castle in
Berkshire (this isn’t the sort of
precedence about which Debrett’s
has anything useful to say). It’s
Berry’s first series away from the
baking tent, a cross between cookery
show and stately home gawping as
she prepares hearty dishes between
being given a guided tour of the
Gothic pile that doubled for
Downton Abbey. “I feel just like
Lady Mary,” she says, descending the
staircase to take afternoon tea with
the Countess and her seven dogs.
===
The Apprentice
9pm, BBC1
On the subject of dogs, pampering
them is apparently big business, and
the would-be apprentices have to
win a slice of this canine-servicing
bounty. One team selects obedience
classes as well as a pooch
photoshoot, and the other underestimates the scale of a pooperscooping contract. Whichever wag
writes Lord Sugar’s script has a field
day with dog-related puns.
===
Peaky Blinders
9pm, BBC2
As Game of Thrones aficionados will
know, the Irish actor Aidan Gillen
can contain more menace in his little
finger than most can muster with
the whole arsenal of actorly tricks,
and he brings a similar sly,
understated threat as Aberama Gold
– a new character who is initially an
ally of the Shelbys. With Adrien
Brody’s New York mafioso also now
in play, as witnessed in last week’s
shocking finale, the fourth series of
Steven Knight’s Brummie gangster
saga is shaping up to be a bruiser.
===
Raped: My Story
9pm, Channel 5
Nine women and one man forgo
their legal right to anonymity to talk
about their experience of rape and
the devastating impact it had on
their lives. It is estimated that only
3 per cent of the annual 97,000 rapes
in the UK end in conviction, and this
is a vivid picture of why.
6.00 Island Parish Sark
Winter (R) (S). 6.30
Claimed And Shamed (R)
(S). 7.15 Royal Recipes
(R) (S). 8.00 Sign Zone:
Nigella: At My Table (R)
(S). 8.30 Sign Zone: Caught
Red Handed (R) (S). 9.00
Victoria Derbyshire (S).
11.00 BBC Newsroom Live
(S). 11.30 The Budget (S).
3.30 WPC 56 (R) (S). 4.15
Wartime Farm (R) (S). 5.15
Put Your Money Where
Your Mouth Is (R) (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.20 The
Chancellor’s Budget 2017:
An ITV News Special;
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). 7.10
The King Of Queens
(R) (S). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R)
(S). 8.00 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
8.35 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 9.05
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 Kirstie’s
Handmade Christmas (R)
(S). 2.10 Countdown (S).
3.00 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (S). 4.00 Coast
Vs Country (S). 5.00 Four
In A Bed (S). 5.30 Come
Dine With Me (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 The
Wright Stuff 11.15 Access
(S). 11.20 FILM: Chasing
Christmas (Ron Oliver
2005) Fantasy comedy,
starring Tom Arnold (S).
12.50 Chinese Food In
Minutes (R) (S). 1.10 5
News Lunchtime (S). 1.15
Home And Away (S). 1.45
Neighbours (S). 2.15 NCIS
(R) (S). 3.15 FILM: A Snow
Globe Christmas (Jodi
Binstock 2013) Festive
fantasy, starring Alicia
Witt (S). 5.00 5 News At
5 (S). 5.30 Neighbours
(R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads Quiz
show, hosted by
Jeremy Vine (S).
6.30 Strictly Come
Dancing – It
Takes Two (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(S).
6.30 Hollyoaks
Mandy panics
when Luke goes
missing (S).
6.00 Home And Away
Mason cannot
bear to attend
Beth’s funeral
(R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 Celebrity
Antiques Road
Trip Anna
Chancellor and
Holly Aird take
to the antique
shops (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street Michelle
takes matters
into her own
hands (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
Hosted by Matt
Baker and Alex
Jones (S).
8pm
8.00 Mary Berry’s
Country House
Secrets New
series (S).
8.00 MasterChef: The
Professionals
The chefs have
to prepare and
cook a pigeon
crown (S).
8.00 Gino’s Italian
Coastal Escape
(S).
8.30 Coronation
Street (S).
9.00 The Apprentice
The candidates
are tasked
with running
a selection of
services for dog
owners (S).
9.00 Peaky Blinders
The Shelbys
come to terms
with shocking
events (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 A Question Of
Sport (S).
10.00The Apprentice:
You’re Fired
Interview with
the show’s
freshly rejected
candidate (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
11.15 Junior Doctors:
Blood, Sweat
And Tears (S).
11.45 Live At The
Apollo (R) (S).
11.20 Britain’s Cycling
Superheroes:
The Price Of
Success (R) (S).
12.20 BBC News (S).
12.20 Sign Zone: The Week
The Landlords Moved In
(R) (S). 1.20 Sign Zone: Eat
Well For Less? (R) (S). 2.20
This Is BBC Two (S).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Claimed And Shamed (S).
10.00 Homes Under The
Hammer (R) (S). 11.00 The
Housing Enforcers (R)
(S). 11.45 The Sheriffs Are
Coming (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 Armchair
Detectives (S). 3.00 Escape
To The Country (S). 3.45
Royal Recipes (S). 4.30
Flog It! (S). 5.15 Pointless
(R) (S).
6pm
9pm
10pm
11pm
Late
===
Digging For Britain
9pm, BBC4
Alice Roberts returns with the
occasional archaeology series, just
the sort of programme you can
imagine Andy and Lance from
Detectorists avidly watching. Anyway,
Roberts is down among the earthsifters of Wiltshire and
Staffordshire, where finds include
a Viking camp and ancient gold.
===
Man Down
10pm, Channel 4
There’s a scene in tonight’s episode
involving a character called Milky
Sue, a guide dog and Dan’s infant
baby which will have you wondering
whether you just dreamt it. It’s this
reckless lack of restraint that is the
Aidan Gillen appears in
‘Peaky Blinders’
9pm, BBC2
6.00 The Cube (R) (S).
6.45 Dinner Date (R) (S).
7.35 Emmerdale (R) (S).
8.00 The Cube: Celebrity
Special (R) (S). 9.00 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show (R)
(S). 9.50 Dinner Date (R)
(S). 10.50 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of Here! (R) (S).
11.50 Planet’s Got Talent
(R) (S). 12.20 Emmerdale
(R) (S). 12.50 You’ve Been
Framed And Extreme!
(R) (S). 1.50 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (S). 2.45
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S). 3.50 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 4.55 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
6.00 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of
Here! Celebrity
survival
challenge (R) (S).
Andy (Mackenzie Crook)
and Lance go to great
lengths to protect their
land in ‘Detectorists’
10pm, BBC4
Alice Roberts is again
‘Digging For Britain’
9pm, BBC4
7.00 All New Traffic
Cops The police
deal with a
suicidal man
with mental
health problems
(R) (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Great
Continental
Railway
Journeys
(R) (S).
6.35 FILM: Beautiful
Creatures
(Richard
LaGravenese
2013) Fantasy,
starring Alden
Ehrenreich (S).
8.00 The Secret Life
Of The Zoo The
keepers try to
work out why
male red panda
Jung is losing
weight (S).
8.00 GPs: Behind
Closed Doors
Two teenagers
seek help in
coping with the
stresses of their
home lives (S).
8.00 How The Wild
West Was Won
With Ray Mears
(R) (S).
9.00 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of
Here! Celebrity
survival
challenge (S).
9.00 Violent Men:
Behind Bars
Following men
serving long
sentences
for crimes of
violence (S).
9.00 Raped: My
Story Ten
people share
their personal
experiences of
rape (S).
9.00 Digging For
Britain New
series. Alice
Roberts visits
archaeological
digs (S).
10.00ITV News At Ten
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 Uefa Champions
League
Highlights (S).
10.00Man Down (S).
10.30 8 Out Of 10
Cats Does
Countdown
With Henning
Wehn (R) (S).
10.30 #MeToo: The
Debate Issues
raised by Raped:
My Story (S).
10.00Detectorists (S).
10.30 The League Of
Gentlemen Mr
Chinnery has an
accident with a
tortoise (R) (S).
11.35 999: What’s
Your
Emergency? (R)
(S).
11.30 I’m 20 But
Look 60:
Extraordinary
People (R) (S).
11.00 Sleuths, Spies
& Sorcerers:
Andrew Marr’s
Paperback
Heroes Last in
the series (R) (S).
11.20 FILM: Ghost
Rider: Spirit
Of Vengeance
(Mark
Neveldine,
Brian Taylor
2011) (S).
11.00 Family Guy
Peter befriends
actor James
Woods (R) (S).
11.30 Family Guy
(R) (S).
12.30 Pokerstars
Championship (S). 1.25
The Simpsons (R) (S). 2.15
FILM: Intruders (Juan
Carlos Fresnadillo 2011)
(S). 3.55 Phil Spencer:
Secret Agent (R) (S). 4.50
Draw It! (R) (S).
12.30 Criminals: Caught
On Camera (R) (S). 1.00
SuperCasino 3.10 Law &
Order: Special Victims
Unit (R) (S). 4.00 Witch
Hunt: A Century Of
Murder (R) (S). 4.45 House
Doctor (R) (S).
12.00 FILM: Peggy
Guggenheim: Art Addict
(Lisa Immordino Vreeland
2015) (S). 1.30 How The
Wild West Was Won With
Ray Mears (R) (S). 2.30
Digging For Britain (R) (S).
3.30 Close
1.10 FILM: Young
Detective Dee: Rise Of The
Sea Dragon (Hark Tsui
2013) Mystery adventure
prequel, starring Mark
Chao (S). 3.30 Close
12.00 American Dad!
(R) (S). 12.30 American
Dad! (R) (S). 1.00 Ghosted
(R) (S). 1.30 The Keith
Lemon Sketch Show (R)
(S). 2.00 The Keith Lemon
Sketch Show (R) (S). 2.30
Teleshopping
12.10 Heathrow: Britain’s
Busiest Airport (R) (S).
1.00 Jackpot247 3.00 May
The Best House Win (R) (S).
3.50 ITV Nightscreen 5.05
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Cowboys
& Aliens (Jon
Favreau 2011)
Sci-fi Western,
with Daniel
Craig (S).
9.00 Family Guy (R)
(S).
9.30 Family Guy
Peter helps Joe
to publish a
book (R) (S).
10.00I’m A Celebrity:
Extra Camp
With guest
Maya Jama (S).
NEWS
2-27
making of Greg Davies’s sitcom.
Anyway, proud to be left in charge of
his son for the day, Dan is hurt by the
baby’s refusal to look at him.
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Detectorists
FILM
CHOICE
10pm, BBC4
The tone of Mackenzie Crook’s
sitcom couldn’t be more different to
that of Man Down, the latest episode
starting with a sweet fantasy
sequence involving a perfectly
judged cameo. Lance (Toby Jones)
awakes from his dream to become
embroiled in an early-morning chase
to the field against a scooter-riding
Terra Firma, Crook’s camera halting
in mid-pursuit in order to settle on a
rabbit munching grass. Detectorists
has found an ideal niche on BBC4,
the home of “Slow TV”.
VOICES
16-20
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
FILM OF THE DAY
===
6pm, Sky Cinema Select
(Joel and Ethan Coen, 2016)
Throughout their careers, the Coen
brothers have paid tribute to the
1940s and 1950s studio-era of
Hollywood film-making, but here
they really go for it, fashioning a
loose story around a day in the life
of studio fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh
Brolin) as he oversees the
concurrent production of half a
dozen films. It has more depth than
first appears, but mostly it’s an
excuse to have George Clooney in
the Ben-Hur-style epic of the title;
Scarlett Johansson doing an Esther
Williams-style mermaid number;
Channing Tatum tap-dancing in a
musical… In short, it’s a celebration
of all the joys of movies.
6.10pm, Sky Cinema Comedy
(Penny Marshall, 1988)
The best of all the 1980s “body swap”
comedies, Big is a sweet and funny
family film about a 12-year-old
kid who wishes he were older, then
wakes up one day in the adult body
Tom Hanks had when he was in his
absolute prime as a comic actor.
Hail, Caesar!
Big
===
Ordinary People
1.30pm, Sky Cinema Select
(Robert Redford, 1980)
Redford’s directorial debut is about
an affluent suburban family – father
Donald Sutherland, mother Mary
Tyler Moore and teenage son Timothy
Hutton – quietly coming apart
following the death of an older son.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
6.55 Heartbeat (R) (S). 8.00
Wild At Heart (R) (S). 8.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.25
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.20
A Touch Of Frost (R) (S).
12.35 Wild At Heart (R)
(S). 1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 3.45 A Touch Of Frost
(R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
6.30 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). 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 Heartbeat The
police station is
broken into (R)
(S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
and Penny bond
as they miss
Leonard (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet A
golden retriever
puppy with
horrific facial
injuries is
brought in (R)
(S).
6.00 Futurama (R)
(S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House A day
in the life of
Cuddy (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Guest
starring Patrick
McGoohan (R)
(S).
7.00 Hollyoaks (S).
7.30 The Goldbergs:
Who You Gonna
Call? Adam
abandons Pops
to go trick-ortreating (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A revisit to an
experimental
amphibious
house (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Homer tells the
story of his first
love (R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A bank robbery
leads to tragedy
(R) (S).
8.00 Doc Martin
A secret
admirer leaves
Ruth feeling
uncomfortable
(R) (S).
8.00 FILM:
Ghostbusters II
(Ivan Reitman
1989) Comedy
sequel, starring
Bill Murray (S).
8.00 DC’s Legends
Of Tomorrow
A messedup timeline
traps Helen of
Troy in 1930s
Hollywood (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Eddie and
Jamie become
involved in a
complicated
adoption case
(R) (S).
9.00 Walks With My
Dog Celebrities
explore
the British
outdoors while
walking their
dogs (R) (S).
9.00 Marvel’s
Inhumans
Maximus
makes a gamechanging move
(S).
9.00 Band Of
Brothers
Winters is
promoted to a
desk job (R) (S).
10.10 The Big Bang
Theory: Who
You Gonna Call?
(R) (S).
10.0024 Hours In
A&E A man
arrives in A&E
with a piece
of driftwood
lodged in his
eye (R) (S).
10.00Bounty Hunters
Barnaby and
Nina try to steal
the statues back
(S).
10.35 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
10.15 Band Of
Brothers Easy
Company
experiences a
grim Christmas
(R) (S).
11.05 Blue Murder
Detective
Janine Lewis
returns to work
following her
maternity leave
(R) (S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory Howard
seduces one of
Penny’s friends
(R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 Kinky Britain
The world of
bespoke online
fetish video
production (R)
(S).
11.00 The Simpsons
(R).
11.30 A League Of
Their Own (R)
(S).
11.40 The Sopranos
Gossip is rife
about Vito’s
secret life (R) (S).
12.35 A Touch Of Frost (R)
(S). 2.30 Teleshopping
12.05 Rude Tube (R) (S).
1.10 Gogglebox (R) (S). 2.10
The Inbetweeners (R) (S).
2.40 The Inbetweeners
(R) (S). 3.10 Rude Tube (R)
(S). 4.05 Black-ish (R) (S).
4.25 Black-ish (R) (S). 4.45
Charmed (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 Ramsay’s Hotel Hell
(R) (S). 2.00 24 Hours In
A&E (R) (S). 3.05 8 Out Of
10 Cats Uncut (R) (S). 3.45
Close
12.30 Road Wars (R) (S).
1.00 The Force: North East
(R) (S). 2.00 Night Cops (R)
(S). 3.00 Brit Cops: Law &
Disorder (R) (S). 4.00 Stop,
Search, Seize (R) (S). 5.00
The Dog Whisperer (R).
12.50 The Sopranos (R) (S).
2.00 The Wire (R) (S). 3.20
Californication (R). 4.00
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
9.00 Endeavour
Morse hunts
a multiple
murderer who
is strangling
married women
(R) (S).
i WEDNESDAY
22 NOVEMBER 2017
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
6.00 Monkey Life (R) (S).
6.30 Monkey Life (R) (S).
7.00 Animal 999 (R). 7.30
Animal 999 (R). 8.00 Send
In The Dogs (R) (S). 9.00
The Dog Whisperer (R) (S).
10.00 Monkey Life (R) (S).
10.30 Monkey Life (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) (S). 3.00 NCIS:
Los Angeles (R) (S). 4.00
Stargate SG-1 (R) (S). 5.00
The Simpsons (R) (S). 5.30
Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 7.00
Urban Secrets (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).
6.33am 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 Huw Stephens 1am
Benji B 3.00 BBC Radio 1 And
1Xtra’s Stories 4.00 Jordan
North
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am A.Dot 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target
9.02 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Sian Anderson 1am
Benji B 3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00
Sian Anderson
BBC Radio 2
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 The Folk Show With
Mark Radcliffe 8.00 Jo Whiley
10.00 The Songs And Shows
Of World War I 11.00 Marcus
Mumford 12mdn’t Pick Of The
Pops 2.00 Radio 2 Playlists:
Country Playlist 3.00 Radio
2 Playlist: Easy 4.00 Radio 2
Playlist: Radio 2 Rocks 5.00
Vanessa Feltz
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. With
Clemency Burton-Hill.
9.00 Essential Classics.
12noon Composer Of The
Week: Monk. 1.00 News 1.02
Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert.
2.00 Afternoon Concert.
Stuart Flinders presents the
BBC Philharmonic live at
MediaCityUK in Salford. 3.30
Choral Evensong. 4.30 New
Generation Artists. . 5.00 In
Tune. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape.
Music from Piazzolla, Steve
Reich and Stravinsky. 7.30
Radio 3 In Concert. The London
Philharmonic Orchestra
performs Beethoven, Prokofiev
and Tchaikovsky. 10.00 Free
Thinking. Kelly and Zach
Weinersmith share visions of
the future with Rana Mitter.
10.45 The Essay: Desperately
Seeking Eternity. Novelist
Naomi Alderman’s thoughts on
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Just brew it!
A home-brewing
festival in Norway
EIRIK HOLAND
Travel
Walk this way
The new trail that
unites three beautiful
Balkan countries
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For Norwegian
beer lovers who
balk at £9 a pint
in a pub, the
answer lies in
their kitchens.
By JonnyGarrett
Arts
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The much-loved portrait
painter has been given a
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I
was midway through my second
sip when he said it. “And this
beer has no hops, instead I used
bog myrtle. It can be poisonous,
but this shouldn’t be.”
As th os e two fi nal words
reverberated around my head, I
decided against swallowing. I had
tried some unusual ales that evening,
but this was one experiment too far.
I was at a homebrew festival in the
small town of Mosjoen, just on the
edge of the Arctic Circle in Norway.
As an avid homebrewer I had heard
that Scandinavia has one of the best
scenes in the world, but nothing
could have prepared me for this.
Twenty brewers lined the edges of
a centuries-old wharf, each pouring
their own draught beers. From
helles lagers to New England IPAs,
via oud bruins and chilli stouts, the
range and quality was astounding.
What’s more, despite the biting
October wind and thick snow, it
felt like the whole town had turned
up. It was a far cry from the secret
homebrew meetings in dingy pubs
that I was used to. But drink in an
actual Norwegian pub and you start
to see why.
Norway has the second-highest
tax rate in the world for alcohol.
You’ll be lucky to pay less than £9 a
pint, and if you want to take home
anything stronger than 4.7 per
cent you’ll need to go to a state-run
bottleshop. As a local in Oslo once
told me when I winced at the cost of
a round: “It’s not easy to be a beer
lover in Norway.”
But Norwegians are nothing if not
practical. In the UK we like to think
of beer as the drink of the people,
and Norway is the same, but mostly
because they are literally the ones
making it. Faced with sky-high prices
and limited imports from exciting
Homebrewing
has been a strong
tradition for centuries
at Norwegian farms
brewing nations like the UK and US,
they have taken matters into their
own hands. From the south-west
peninsula to where Norway’s icy tip
prods at Russia, you’re as likely to
strike homebrew as you are oil.
According to acclaimed
Norwegian beer writer Espen
Smith, it’s always been this way.
“Homebrewing goes far back to
our Viking century, and has been a
strong tradition for centuries at the
farms all over Norway. The craft
beer revolution underscores this
tradition, and our proudness for high
quality. In Norway men enjoy taking
part in the kitchen, so why not brew
beer there as well?”
It used to be law that farms would
have to produce an ale for the locals,
and modern changes to discourage
alcohol abuse have only driven more
people to make it at home. But it’s not
just the pricing that inspires people
to brew at home, it’s become a great
way to meet like-minded people too.
Espen Olsen Reines, one of the board
members of Mosjoen’s homebrew
society – that’s right, they have a
board – says it is one of the main
social hubs for the town.
“It’s how we make friends. You
meet a guy in a bar and say: ‘Hey,
what are you drinking?’ But then it
always seems to become: ‘What are
you brewing?’”
The tradition of homebrewing has
become a country-wide network. The
national homebrewing association,
Norbrygg, has thousands of
members and runs competitions all
over Norway, and in communities
like Mosjoen collaboration is
common. Many of the brewers there
are engineers who built their own
kits, and the crowdsourcing of such
information is how the locals explain
the astonishing beers.
With so many talented amateur
brewers, it’s striking how few turn
professional. The high tax rate
means it’s difficult for a brewery to
get off the ground, and in such a long
country the next sales call can be up
to three flights away.
Eskild Barstad, one of Mosjoen’s
best homebrewers (and the man
who tried to poison me) has recently
taken a volunteer role as head brewer
at the town’s only professional
brewery, Vikgarden, but even he
doesn’t intend to go full time.
For some though, the lure is
too great. Andreas Myrvold,
owner of Bådin brewery further
north in Bodø, was only around 10
homebrews in when he and some
friends decided their destiny was to
found their own brewery.
“We knew that we still had lots
to learn,” he admits, “so we asked
the best homebrewer in town if
he wanted to join us, but he knew
exactly how much work it is to run a
production brewery and quickly said
“no”. But we had seen the brewery
scenes develop in the neighbour
A taste of Norway in the UK
LERVIG LUCKY JACK
The beer that initially
divided its hometown of
Stavanger but ended up
igniting the Norwegian
craft beer revolution. Its
traditional sardine-tininspired branding belies
a modern American pale
ale. A light cracker-dry
malt body layered with
grapefruit, pine and a little
sweet resin.
AMUNDSEN DESSERT
IN A CAN (CHOCOLATE
MUD CAKE)
Amundsen is an Oslo-based
brewpub with a second
production-only site to
make more adventurous
beers and bigger batches.
Their dessert in a can comes
in many forms, the best
being the Chocolate Mud
Cake, which along with
hints of alcohol and roasted
coffee tastes exactly like it
says on the tin.
LINDHEIM JACOBS HAGE
In the Norwegian tradition,
Lindheim is a farmhouse
brewery that mostly makes
wild fermented beers.
Jacobs Hage is a sensational
raspberry Gose (an ancient
wheat beer style from
Goslar, Germany) – a slightly
tart, salted beer with lots
of jammy raspberries. It’s
puckering, lemony and
refreshing with lots of fresh
fruit flavour.
NØGNE Ø PORTER
Nøgne Ø were one of the
founders of the Norwegian
craft brewing scene along
with Lervig, and are best
known for their dark beers.
This porter has a gorgeous
malted biscuit aroma,
backed by soft notes of
freshly ground coffee and
slightly burnt toast.
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countries and realised that this
was the time to start.” Initially only
brewing for a pop-up pub once a
month, the brewery went full-time
in 2015, and now Myrvold spends
as much time on the road selling his
beers as he does in the brewhouse.
As well as plumbing skills and
planning laws, you have to learn to
sell hard too. Growth has been slow
but his fantastic beers do most of
the talking.
One brewery has seen real success
though, again thanks to the locals.
In 2003, the local lager brewery
in Stavanger, south-west Norway,
was bought out and closed by
Carlsberg. Faced with the closure of
their only brewery, a few residents
decided to found a new one, and
Lervig was born.
Initially only making a pilsner
similar to that of the old brewery,
business didn’t exactly boom.
As funds got critical the owners
convinced one of the leading lights of
craft brewing to up roots and move
to Norway. Philadelphia-born Mike
Murphy arrived in 2010, and his
first new beer, an American pale
ale called Lucky Jack, is credited
with starting the Norwegian
craft beer movement. Lervig is
now ranked among the top 100
in the world by RateBeer, but
even Murphy is impressed by
Norway’s homebrewers.
“The homebrew here is
pretty advanced,” he admits.
“They have so many brew
clubs and virtually every
man over the age of 35
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Sounds good, but how
do you brew it yourself?
Homebrewers
at Mosjoen in
Norway (right); the
American brewer
Mike Murphy
(below) arrived in
Norway in 2010,
and helped to start
Norway’s craft
beer movement
Homebrewing in the UK is nowhere near as popular as it is in
Norway, but it’s a fantastic hobby, as therapeutic as baking.
There are lots of resources to help you get started.
BRAD EVANS; LERVIG
will admit to making homebrew
at least once in his life. They make
impressively clean and easy drinking
styles mostly, but every time I make
an exciting new beer I get 1,000
recipe requests in the first week.”
Lervig’s success has spurred on
countless other breweries across
Scandinavia, with breweries like
Lindheim, Dugges and Omnipollo
getting international acclaim. While
Murphy welcomes new breweries,
he is concerned about recent
bankruptcies and, with no sign of the
government relenting on alcohol tax,
it seems most homebrewers are set
to stay where they started, at home.
Given the incredible beers I’ve
tasted up there, there’s no shame
in that.
BEGIN WITH AN OFFICIAL
HOMEBREW KIT
SPEAK TO YOUR
LOCAL BREWERY
READ EVERYTHING YOU
CAN, BUT TAKE IT WITH
A PINCH OF SALT
BE SYSTEMATIC
AND CLEAN
There are a few companies
that provide all the
ingredients you need
and even some of the
equipment. But the real
benefit is that they are often
based on a brewery’s beer
– everything from Punk
IPA to Brooklyn Lager – so
you can see how good your
results are by comparison.
They’re available on
homebrew websites and in
some bottleshops.
Brewing is definitely a
science, but like cooking,
there is an art to it too. There
are lots of different ways to
achieve different flavours
and effects, so read up online
at places like brewersfriend.
com and homebrewtalk.com,
but remember you might
have to do things differently
on your kit, and the people
giving you the information
may be misinformed.
Brewers by their nature
aren’t the most social people,
but if there is one thing they
love to talk about, it’s beer.
They will all be homebrewers
as well as professionals, so
you can bend their ear on any
part of the brewing process
on all scales. Many breweries
are also happy to give you
ingredients, from hops and
malt to their own house
yeast, so don’t be afraid
to ask.
Even with a specific
homebrew kit things can
quickly go wrong, and it’s
usually down to a simple
lapse in concentration
or cleanliness. You need
to be over-cautious with
everything you do, from
disinfecting the equipment
to getting your timing
right during the brew.
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over the next few weeks
of fermentation.
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The high life: climbing to the top of the
Albanian mountain Maja e Zorzit part of the majestic 120-mile Peaks
of the Balkans trek; facing page: the
Grunas Waterfall in Theth, Albania
R FAHRIG/ZBULO
I
am hiking along the Ropojana
Valley, in Prokletije – the socalled “Accursed Mountains”
which make up the rugged
borderlands of Montenegro,
Albania and Kosovo. It’s an evocative
name, but one which fails to do the
area justice, since it’s a spectacularly
beautiful place – jagged limestone
peaks, rolling green pastures, high
passes and wonderfully hospitable
mountain villages.
The trail I’m following is the Peaks
of the Balkans – an epic, 120-mile trek
through some of the finest scenery
this corner of Europe has to offer. A
circular route which almost joins in
the middle like a figure-of-eight, it
takes around 10 days to walk, with
accommodation and meals provided
by a scattering of village guesthouses.
Few parts of Europe are so little
known, or so little visited.
At the head of the valley I pass the
bed of an empty lake – fed only by
snowmelt, it has a habit of vanishing,
phantom-like, without a trace. I
leave Montenegro and slip across
the unmarked border into Albania,
following a path up through forest, to
open pasture, then beside a narrow
ravine, climbing steadily as the
morning cloud gradually dissipates.
The trail meanders past a couple of
dome-like concrete bunkers – some of
the half a million built by the former
Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha
across the country.
Given that the route ho ps
backwards and forwards over the
border between the three countries,
and this still being a sensitive border
area (a nearby stretch of border
between Montenegro and Kosovo
remains disputed), you do need
a permit to hike the Peaks of the
Balkans. However, that’s easily done
via a local agency – Zbulo and Zalaz
are two excellent local outfits that
were both involved in setting up the
trail in the first place, and know the
area better than anyone else.
Travel
Unravelled
BY SIMON
CALDER
The path
of least
resistance
The Peaks of the Balkans trail
takes in sensitive but beautiful
borders. By Rudolf Abraham
Airlines are
Q
free to fill
empty seats
as they please,
even if you
paid for them
Four hours after leaving the
Ropojana Valley I reach the 1,707m
Pëjë Pass, a notch in the rock above
a huge cross, overlooking the Theth
Valley. The cliffs on my right plummet
in a sheer, dizzying leap from nearby
Mount Arapit to the valley floor – a
vertical drop of some 800m (2,600ft)
– but the path is a broad, wellengineered mule track which zigzags
left below a towering rock face.
It’s early evening by the time I reach
the remote village of Theth, scattered
along the valley floor beside the
river, and find my way to the friendly
Polia guesthouse.
While there’s something very
satisfying about completing a longdistance route such as the Peaks of
the Balkans, you don’t need to walk
the whole thing – some of the more
accessible bits can be done as day
walks, or since it’s a circular route you
can create shorter circuits or various
“highlights” itineraries, with transfers
provided by local travel agencies such
as Zbulo and Zalaz. THE INDEPENDENT
I feel ripped off, or at least
treated badly. I flew back
from Turkey on Monday evening
with Thomas Cook. I had booked
and paid for three seats, but
unfortunately I ended up flying
on my own. I imagined I would
get three seats to myself. When I
reached my seat, two strangers
were sitting in the adjacent seats
I had paid for. At the very least I
expected the extra room, seeing
as I had paid for the seats. I
took this up with a stewardess
who said the plane was fully
Travel essentials
Getting there
Ryanair flies direct from
Stansted to Podgorica,
from where there are
buses to Plav. Germania
flies direct from Gatwick
to Pristina, from where
there are regular buses
to Pëje, a short bus or taxi
ride from the trail.
Staying there
The Polia Guesthouse has
doubles from €69, B&B.
More information
The first complete
English guidebook to the
Peaks of the Balkans (by
the author of this article)
is to be published shortly
by Cicerone. The trail’s
official website has brief
route descriptions, but
some of the information
is out of date.
booked. I’m very annoyed and
feel mugged.
Sarah M
A
I fully appreciate how
annoyed you must feel,
and understand the argument
that: “We’ve paid for three seats,
so even though I’m now on my
own they should be reserved
for me”.
But I’m afraid that the airline
business does not work like that.
When a passenger is a “no
show”, the airline is free to do
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In this Saturday’s
Peaks of the Balkans:
best routes to hike
SEVEN-DAY CIRCUIT
To reduce the Peaks of the
Balkans to a slightly shorter,
seven-day circuit, start
in Plav (Montenegro) or
Theth (Albania) and follow
the main route via Theth,
Valbona and Dobërdol in
Albania, but turn north at
the Zavoj Pass and descend
to Babino polje and Plav in
Montenegro, rather than
continuing to Milishevc.
Best for: Views, serious
hikers, adventure seekers
Level: Medium/Difficult
Time needed: 7 days
THREE PASSES ROUTE
Starting in Vusanje
(Montenegro), hike up the
Ropojana Valley and over
the Pëje Pass, to Theth
(Albania). The following day
hike over the Valbona Pass
to Valbona. Finally from
Valbona, follow a steep trail
up to the Prosllopit Pass
beside Maja Kolata, then
beyond this follow the path
down to Vusanje.
Best for: Views, serious
hikers, adventure seekers
Level: Medium/Difficult
Time needed: 3 days
The cliffs on my
right plummet in a
sheer, dizzying leap
to the valley floor
Journey’s end:
the remote village
of Theth offers a
fine welcome
R FAHRIG/ZBULO
what it wishes with the seat that
has become available. For many
carriers, overbooking is common
practice (though not, as far as I
am aware, Thomas Cook Airlines),
and they will simply fill the seats
with other paying passengers.
In your case, the unwelcome
occupants may have been
standby travellers, who perhaps
wanted to fly home early, or
airline staff.
At Barcelona airport earlier
this year, I was on a British
Airways flight to Heathrow that
TETH WATERFALL
AND KULA
A good way to spend a spare
couple of hours. From the
Polia guesthouse walk past
17th-century stone tower
house (kula), then cross
the bridge over the stream,
and follow a path on the
left bank of the River Theth
downstream before hiking
up to the Grunas Waterfall,
which plunges 30m over a
cliff into an iridescent pool.
Best for: Views,
history, families
Level: Easy
Time needed: 2hrs
GRBAJA VALLEY
Not actually on the POTB but
a worthy detour. The head
of the Grbaja Valley, 7km
from Gusinje, is surrounded
by spiky peaks with names
such as Ocnjak (“Fang”) and
Koplje (“Spear”). There’s a
straightforward trail up to
Volušnica, from where there
are staggering views of the
Karanfili peaks.
Best for: Views
Level: Medium
Time needed: 4hrs
was delayed because a passenger
whose husband was not able to
travel with her refused to allow
anyone else to occupy his seat;
only after the captain came and
explained the rules to her did the
flight depart.
Incidentally, the same
annoying principle applies to
luggage allowances.
Even if you are on a booking
with a passenger who has
a baggage entitlement, an
allowance applies only for people
who turn up for the flight.
Nobu Matsuhisa
“I said ‘raw
fish’ and they
said ‘yucky’
and ‘wow’”
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Arts
Friends,
models,
lovers
An astonishing new show at Tate
Modern reveals there was more
to Modigliani than his famous
nudes. By Claudia Pritchard
If you’re
staying
in...
BOOKS
Two Kinds
of Truth
BY MICHAEL CONNELLY
Harry Bosch,
a retired
Los Angeles
detective, now
works cold cases
more or less
full-time for the
San Fernando
police department.
However, when a father
and son are shot dead in a
pharmacy, he soon finds
himself going undercover
as a “pill shill” to nail
Santos, an elusive drugs
baron otherwise known
as “the Howard Hughes of
hillbilly heroin”.
B
y the early 20th
century Haussmann’s
e l e ga n t v i s i o n fo r
Paris had pretty much
become reality, but
t h e Mo n t p a r n a s s e
area was a work in progress. When
a recent arrival to the city, Amedeo
Modigliani, virtually abandoned
painting in 1911 for sculpture, he
and fellow sculptors had only to
hang around its building sites and
befriend a foreman to bag some of
the limestone on which the city was
founded. Fashioned into the facades
of new mansions or lugged up on to
the bench in the studio, it was all the
same, useful stuff.
For the Italian-born Modigliani,
direct carving was in his blood as
much as the long artistic heritage
which underpinned his evolving
style. Born into a comfortable
household that lost its money, he
was nonetheless – partly because
of indifferent health that eclipsed
formal education, partly because his
cultivated mother considered the
art sites of the world an adequate
classroom – intellectually fully
formed by the time he was drawn to
DVD/BLU-RAY
The Villainess
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Jung
Byung-gil’s
adrenalinepumping
action thriller
hacks and
slashes
furiously in
a similar vein to La Femme
Nikita and Kill Bill.
Nine of the 100 works on show are
sculptures, from Modigliani’s brief
affair with limestone – these two date
from 1911-12 HARVARD ART MUSEUMS
the heady heights and depths of Paris,
with a passion for poetry classics that
he could recite from memory.
One of relatively few Italians on the
scene dominated in the early 1900s
by Picasso, he rubbed shoulders and
shared tables with other migrants
to the city, painted their portraits,
accepted their help. The Romanianborn Constantin Brancusi found
him a studio; Modigliani painted his
portrait (1909) on the back of The
Cellist, recycling this canvas; he found
materials costly. Already a prolific
painter, under Brancusi’s influence
he declared his real ambition was to
work in stone.
Of the 100 works at Tate Modern
in the country’s biggest show devoted
to Modigliani, and amid the portraits
of friends, studies of solemn-faced
models and lovers, saleable nudes
and a rare, singular landscape,
nine are sculptures from that brief,
intense affair with limestone. Aloof
and dignified in their individual
display hoods – you can get right
round each, not hover frustrated
at the edge as with Tate’s recent
cluster of Giacometti heads – they are
modern and timeless.
Only 20 or so of these sculptures
survive in the world – long-necked,
they are fragile, and Modigliani’s
legacy is dogged by fakery – and so it
is worth getting to know these rare
creatures while you can. Some have
generous seraphic smiles; others’
mouths are pinched and punctured
buds. Flattened nostrils disappear
as the brow goes higher and higher,
until the gap between the bridge of
the nose and the lips is a vertiginous
sheer drop. Eyes are simply incised
almonds, or heavy brows above two
tiny dents, or have protruding, insectlike sockets. And bundled over the
mix-and-match features is hair,
untamed and curly, smoothed into a
chignon, or snipped into a fringe.
Some heads were shown at the
Salon d’Automne in 1912, as recorded
in a scene-setting video projection
that sets out to illustrate the frenzy
of Paris in Modigliani’s time. (It
moves too quickly: sit through a
second showing to catch all the
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Modigliani’s paintings ‘Self-Portrait
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artist’s famous friends; and it is more
instructive overall than a virtual
reality experience, towards the end
of the show, recreating Modigliani’s
Ochre Atelier.)
The sculptures are among the 40
loans to the exhibition that come
from private collections and are
hitherto unseen in public, or that
rarely travel. And their bearing on
the later paintings in this short, fast
life are clear, those elongated features
becoming Modigliani’s trademark.
His portraits of artists tap into their
own souls – Picasso’s, with coalblack eyes, has his name scrawled
extravagantly over the sitter’s head,
like a halo.
It is the painting of models and
lovers with their sightless gaze
that many will go to see, but Tate
is sensitive to the record-breaking
collection of frank nudes, at pains
His
cultivated
mother
considered
the art sites
of the world
an adequate
classroom
to point out that models were better
paid than factory hands, and that the
new-fangled colourful make-up they
wear both indicates their economic
power to buy their own things, and
their self-determination: with newly
marketed lipstick and rouge they
make themselves in their own image.
That’s one view, but there is no
getting away from the fact that the
nudes were aimed at male buyers
and also that, untrammelled by often
curtailed limbs, the model’s breasts
and luxuriously furry pudenda are
the main attraction. It is posited
that because the same models are
also painted clothed that lessens the
sensuality of the nudes, an argument
that would have put strippers out of
business decades ago.
For all the commercial possibilities
of the nudes, and a succession of
gallerists, Modigliani struggled for
lasting wealth. Dispatched for health
reasons to the south of France in 1918
by his dealer Leopold Sborowski, he
painted in the vibrant yellows and
blues of his sunny new home: this
late chapter in the story suggests a
happy ending, despite his first oneman show being partially closed the
year before by police who considered
tufts of pubic hair indecent.
But a year later he was back in
Paris, with Jeanne Hebuterne and
their baby daughter, who was nursed
away from their dank lodgings.
Pregnant again, Jeanne blossoms
under a sail-like white chemise in the
Met’s portrait of 1919. Jeanne killed
herself shortly after Modigliani’s
death at 35 on 24 January 1920. He
died of tubercular meningitis; or
poverty; or bad choices – too much
alcohol, not enough coal; or all three.
And yet the Self-Portrait of 1919,
unlike the tragi-comic Self-Portrait
as Pierrot (1915) that opens the show,
shows an artist comfortable in his
own space, relaxed in the business
of painting, the colours on the
palette in his pose repeated in the
portrait itself. Only the blue jumper
wrapped around his neck hints at the
imminent demise of an artist now
among the most loved in the world
to whom this astonishing show does
great honour.
‘Modigliani’, Tate Modern,
London, 23 November to 2 April
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SEAN O’GRADY
An iconic musical era
destroyed by Hitler
because it was Jewish
» Passions: The Music Hitler Banned Sky Arts, 9pm
» The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds Channel 4, 8pm
I
n Passions: The Music Hitler
Banned, the comedian Barry
Humphries told a story of how,
as an adolescent with a passion
for performance, he once placed a
freshly roasted chicken and a bottle
of Champagne in a bin near a bus
stop in Melbourne. After a queue
had formed he, dressed as a tramp,
started rummaging through the
rubbish, extracted the delicious
chicken and started gnawing at
it. Then he extracted the bubbly,
popped it open and took a few
swigs. The onlookers were duly
bemused, if not entertained, by
the spectacle.
This was 1920s European
Dada-ism transplanted to
suburban Australia in the early
1950s, a world of “gladioilis, cake
and niceness”, as Humphries
summarised it. His comic
creations Dame Edna Everage
and “Sir” Les Patterson, the
chundering Australian “cultural
attaché to the Court of St James”,
were not far behind. He noted
that Dame Edna herself bears a
striking resemblance to a figure
in a painting by the pioneering
Dadaist Marcel Duchamp. How
about that, possums?
We learned all about Humphries’
intellectual hinterland as he probed
(a very Dame Edna word, that)
the febrile cultural life of Europe
between the First World War and
the rise of fascism.
Humphries stumbled across all
this stuff in the unlikely setting
of a Melbourne music shop in the
early 1950s, when names such as
Korngold, Grosz, Schreker and
Krenek were rather more obscure
even than they are today. Most of
us do know the catchy charm of
“Mac the Knife”, as popularised by
Louis Armstrong in his 1959 hit,
and maybe The Threepenny Opera
(1928) whence it came, but there
was much, much more where that
came from.
The trouble was, and is, that
Hitler and the Nazis effectively
buried it, and exiled or murdered
its creators, leaving it for dead
obscurity. It was especially
poignant to find that the first man
to sing “Mac the Knife”, Kurt
Gerron, a brilliant actor and film
director, wound up on one of the
last transports to Auschwitz. Kurt
Weill, who wrote the music for the
opera, was also an Austrian Jew.
That so many of the musicians
of the time were Jewish, and
specifically Viennese Jews, was
brought home even more violently
when Humphries examined an
official Nazi directory of banned
composers and performers,
an embarrassingly (for the
authorities) substantial affair.
It was with a remarkable lack
of irony that the Nazis compiled
this directory of outstanding
mid-century talent, just as it was
when they organised, in 1937,
two landmark exhibitions of
un-German art and music.
As Humphries commented:
“The rising Nazi party described
it as degenerate, rather accurately
because some of it is degenerate.
And, paradoxically, regenerate.
It represented liberation,
experiment, adventure – this was
everything the Nazis loathed.”
It’s often the case that lots of
shows that are basically variations
of “kids say the funniest things”
add a thin veneer of science to
justify the schmaltzy contents.
There’s no need, though. The Secret
Life of 5 Year Olds was enthralling
enough, and a light dusting of child
developmental psychology from a
few talking heads was all that was
required. The cameras, hidden and
otherwise, caught the activities of
a gang of lively five-year-olds, and
it was fascinating to see how much
of their adult personalities were
“baked in” by such an age.
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Barry
Humphries
explored the
‘degenerate’
music that
inspired his
own career
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The exhilarating show
features a superb
chorus drawn from the
local community
Arts
STEPHEN CUMMISKEY
VISUAL ARTS
The Working Artist:
the East London Group
BOW ARTS: NUNNERY GALLERY,
LONDON E3
Writer Michael Rosen and filmmaker Emma-Louise Williams
curate a fascinating free exhibition
of art by the interwar group of
working men and women who
attended art classes (Walter
Sickert was one of their teachers)
and showed their paintings while
also holding down day jobs. The
two have selected more than 50
works, with a focus on little-known
pieces by Albert Turpin, a window
cleaner and fireman who also
served as mayor of Bethnal Green.
(020 8980 7774) to 17 Dec
FILM
Arts
Mudbound
15, DEE REES, 134 MINS
reviews
THEATRE
The Suppliant Women
YOUNG VIC, LONDON
HHHHH
There’s a pulsating urgency in this
vision of civil war and democracy.
A chorus of young women flee
the threat of enforced marriage
in Egypt and travel to the Greek
city of Argos. Seeking asylum, they
flourish symbolic olive branches,
but their spirit is one of defiance
and protest.
DANCE
Kyle Abraham
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON
HHHHH
Abraham is a rising star in
American dance, creating
works for big names such as
Alvin Ailey American Dance
Theatre. Pavement is a powerful
introduction to his work and
company, showing both his
technical command and his
exploration of African American
experience.
Inspired by the 1991 film Boyz n
the Hood and by his own youth in
Pittsburgh, it moves confidently
from floating, stylised moves to
naturalistic gesture, from jazz and
Vivaldi to police sirens.
A video screen shows flashes
of city streets, but the focus is
on the seven dancers, led by
Abraham. He fluently combines
classic contemporary dance –
there’s a clear influence from Paul
Taylor and Mark Morris – with
theatre, hip-hop and a sharp
political sensibility. Dancers will
acknowledge each other with
easy camaraderie, naturalistic
finger points or waves building
into full-bodied steps. All seven
dancers move with juicy ease
and authority.
ZOE ANDERSON
THE INDEPENDENT
David Greig’s version of
Aeschylus’s 2,500-year-old
play is satisfyingly dynamic. It’s
musically charged, too, with John
Browne providing an earthy yet
haunting score that accentuates
the story’s elements of ritual
– and makes striking use of the
ancient wind instrument known
as an aulos.
But the defining feature of
this 90-minute show is the
whirling and often exhilarating
movement of the women. With
the exception of superb chorus
leader Gemma May they’re
highly committed volunteers
drawn from the local community
– in this case Southwark and
Lambeth – and so are most of
the other performers.
Boldly choreographed by
Sasha Milavic Davies, they
switch from candlelit swaying
to gut-wrenching lamentation.
At times their seismic energy
even calls to mind the video for
Beyoncé’s song “Formation”.
A co-production between
Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum
Theatre and Ramin Gray’s Actors
Touring Company, The Suppliant
Women was a hit when it
premiered in Scotland last year.
Given the increasing debate
around both the status of refugees
and the assertion of women’s
rights, it now feels even more
rousingly topical.
To 25 November (020 7922 2922)
HENRY HITCHINGS
EVENING STANDARD
POP
Queens of the
Stone Age
Ingrid Goes West
15, MATT SPICER, 98 MINS
Like a cross between Single
White Female and All About Eve,
this is a mix of dark comedy and
psychological thriller re-imagined
for the WhatsApp generation.
Aubrey Plaza, who also produced,
plays the heroine, a mentally
unstable, social media-obsessed
narcissist fresh out of the
psychiatric hospital who stalks the
seemingly perfect Taylor Sloane
(Elizabeth Olsen) on Instagram.
Limited release
COMEDY
Rob Brydon
WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON
VARIOUS VENUES
Panel-show mainstay and serial
Ronnie Corbett impersonator
Rob Brydon offers some welcome
edge (and some choice audiencebaiting) in I Am Standing Up.
Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223
357851) tonight; Royal & Derngate,
Northampton (01604 624811) Thur
HHHHH
The surprising involvement
of Mark Ronson in their latest
album might have suggested that
Queens of the Stone Age were
going pop, but as the first of two
London arena shows proved,
the Californian band still have
rock’n’roll running through them
like, well, a stick of rock.
Louche frontman Josh Homme
smoked on stage, repeatedly
reeled off a list of recreational
drugs during their early single
“Feelgood Hit of the Summer,”
and gave short shrift to security
guards preventing fans from
sitting on each other’s shoulders.
“Remember, you work for me
tonight,” he scolded.
The new album, Villains, became
the long-running band’s first UK
number one in September. It’s far
from poppy but does encroach on
that interesting middle ground
where guitars can sound like
synths and synths can sound
like guitars.
“Feet Don’t Fail Me” turned a
long intro into a sharp-elbowed
groove. “The Way You Used to
Do” was a frantic hip-shaker
Carey Mulligan and Mary J Blige
star in a stirring drama with an
old-fashioned feel, the kind of film
you could imagine King Vidor
or William Wyler making in the
1940s, the period in which it is
set. It tells stories of two families,
one white and one black, whose
existences become intertwined
as they work on the same soggy
Mississippi land. Limited release
Greg Davies
VARIOUS VENUES
Josh Homme was
as fearless and
magnetic as ever
at Wembley
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that picked up the pace still
further. The streamlined sound
occasionally gave way to
old-fashioned rock indulgences,
such as Troy Van Leeuwen
switching to a twin-necked
guitar and a long drum solo from
Jon Theodore.
The memorable light show
suited them better, a set
of floor rods that could be
kicked and smacked to make
them wave around for a bit of
violent showmanship.
Homme remained as magnetic
as ever, a rocker unafraid to
try new things. And crucially,
still untamed.
Tomorrow, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
(0131 228 1155)
DAVID SMYTH
EVENING STANDARD
More generous, warm-hearted
tales – about gigantic, terrifying
teddy bears, about his mum and
dad, about excruciating sexual
encounters – as Greg Davies
tours You Magnificent Beast. City
Hall, Hull (01482 300 300) tonight;
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
(029 2022 4488) Fri and Sat
James Acaster
VARIOUS VENUES
“To err is human; to err enough
to fill a book isn’t” runs the telling
strapline to James Acaster’s
memoir-of-misadventures,
Classic Scrapes, on tour with the
comic here. Phoenix, Exeter
(01392 667080) tonight; Colchester
Arts Centre (01206 500900)
Thur; Engine Shed, Lincoln
(0115 896 0030) Fri
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YOU HAVE TO SEE
Sofie Hagen
VARIOUS VENUES
Dead Baby Frog is another
cracking slice of unflinching
storytelling from Sofie Hagen.
It’s the tale of being brought up
in Denmark under the shadow
of a controlling grandfather – a
former Nazi. Lowry, Salford (0843
208 6000) tonight; Old Fire Station,
Oxford (01865 263990) Thur; Artrix,
Bromsgrove (01527 577330) Fri
Simon Amstell
TOWN HALL, CHELTENHAM
Simon Amstell may have found
love, but don’t expect any fuzzy
edges to soften the angst, as
he worries (hilariously, for our
pleasure) over fidelity, coming
out and celebrity in What Is This?
(0844 576 2210) tonight
CLASSICAL
London Philharmonic
Orchestra
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON SE1
Michail Jurowski (father of
the LPO’s principal conductor,
Vladimir Jurowski) pairs the everfresh lyricism of Tchaikovsky’s
Winter Daydreams Symphony
(No 1) and Frank Bridge’s rarely
heard tone-poem Summer with
the acerbic wit and dynamism
of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto
No 3, featuring dazzling young
Italian pianist Beatrice Rana.
(020 3879 9555) tonight 7.30pm
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ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON WC2
Joyce DiDonato stars as the
murderous and unwittingly
incestuous Babylonian queen in
David Alden’s new Royal Opera
staging of Rossini’s Voltaireinspired epic, conducted by
Antonio Pappano. Also starring
Daniela Barcelona, Lawrence
Brownlee and Michele Pertusi.
(020 7304 4000) tonight 6.30pm
POP
King Krule
VARIOUS VENUES
Peckham punk poet Archy
Marshall returns with more
blurry dispatches from the murky
side of south-east London’s nightlife on his second album as King
Krule. Marshall grabs a barstool
somewhere between Tom Waits
and Jamie T on The Ooz, a rich,
heady cocktail of indie-rock,
jazz and dubstep. Koko, London
NW1 (gigsandtours.com) tonight;
University, Leeds (luu.org.uk) Thur
Metz
Now melodically enhanced,
Toronto’s post-hardcore power
trio return with their strongest
album yet. The dissonant assaults
of old gain in punch from the
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birthed a quarter of a century
ago, in Blake Morrison’s fine
updating of Alain-Rene Lesage’s
Turcaret, set in a once grand
1920s Yorkshire sitting room.
(0151 709 4776) to Sat
Depeche Mode
HALL FOR CORNWALL, TRURO
Previously more noted for
stormy studies in inter-personal
power plays, the Mode adopt
politicised positions on the back
of a biting, bitter 14th album.
Here, the revolutionised stadium
juggernauts bring the synth-rock
gospel of Spirit to the arenas.
(livenation.co.uk) tonight
FOLK & ROOTS
Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
VARIOUS VENUES
Bruce Molsky’s crack trio of
Mountain Drifters comprise
the mean fiddler himself, plus
Allison de Groot on banjo and
guitarist Stash Wyslouch, and
the promise of “tradition steeped
in possibility”. Greystones,
Sheffield (0114 266 5599) tonight;
Barn at Baston, Peterborough
(01778 560497) Thur; St George’s,
Bristol (0117 929 4929) Fri
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new-found tumult of top tunes, but
if you want noise there’s plenty of
that, too, on Strange Peace. Garage,
London N5 (ticketweb.co.uk) tonight;
Fleece, Bristol (bristolticketshop.
co.uk) Thur; Brudenell Social Club,
Leeds (crashrecords.co.uk) Fri
02 ARENA, LONDON SE10
OPERA
VARIOUS VENUES
VOICES
16-20
The Tin Drum
Writer Carl Grose cuts a selfassured operatic path through
Günter Grass’s sprawling tale
of a little boy called Oskar who,
horrified by the adult world,
refuses to grow up. Young Oskar
is brought unsettlingly to life by
puppet director Sarah Wright,
and Charles Hazlewood’s sublime
electronica score performed live
on stage is the stand-out feature.
(01872 262466 ) to Sat
DANCE
Men in Motion
LONDON COLISEUM
Ivan Putrov’s celebration of
the male dancer includes Irek
Mukhamedov in a new work by
Arthur Pita, plus works by
Mikhail Fokine, Ludovic
Ondiviela and Christopher Bruce.
(020 7845 9300) tonight and Thur
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Opening
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FILM
Battle of the Sexes
12A, VALERIE FARIS AND
JONATHAN DAYTON, 121MINS
Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in
the tennis drama.Opens Fri
TALKS & POETRY
Cambridge Winter
Literature Festival
VARIOUS VENUES
Among this year’s highlights are
Robert Webb, Claire Tomalin and
Jackie Kay. (01223 357851) opens Fri
DANCE
Sylvia
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON WC2
The Royal Ballet dance Frederick
Ashton’s extravagant tale.
(020 7304 4000) opens Thur
Jim Moray
RED LION FOLK CLUB, BIRMINGHAM
Jim Moray tours his acclaimed
2016 album, Upcetera, with its
radical new settings for ancient
ballads such as “Fair Margaret
and Sweet William” and “Lord
Franklin”. (0121 472 4253) tonight
5 day
from ons
ly
£629pp
THEATRE
For Love of Money
LIVERPOOL PLAYHOUSE
Barrie Rutter, the indomitable
leader of Northern Broadsides,
treads the boards for his final
outing with the company that he
If you only see
one thing today
Rome – Ancient & Baroque
VISUAL ARTS
Gluck: Art and Identity
BRIGHTON MUSEUM
This exhibition explores the life and
work of the 20th century trailblazer
of gender fluidity, who mixed with
the Newlyn School and adopted the
name Gluck, creating a masculine
identity incorporating men’s
tailoring, barber-cut short hair
and a mannish demeanour.
As well as portraits, landscapes
and flower paintings (including
Convolvulus, from 1940, left),
the show features clothing,
accessories, photographs, press
cuttings and personal ephemera.
(brightonmuseums.org.uk) to 11 Mar
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ECONOMY
Higher deficit hampers
Hammond’s spending
By Ben Chu
The deficit came in wider than
expected in October, in disappointing
news for Chancellor Philip Hammond
on the eve of his autumn Budget.
The Office for National Statistics
(ONS) reported yesterday that public
borrowing was £8bn in the month,
higher than the £7bn pencilled in by
City of London analysts and up on the
£7.5bn borrowed in the same month
in 2016.
However, borrowing over the 201718 fiscal year to date (£38.5bn) is
still better than in 2016-17 (£42.6bn),
leaving the Chancellor on course to
undershoot the Office for Budget
Responsibility’s March estimate
of £58.3bn.
The ONS reported that
government debt interest costs were
£6bn in October, up on £4.8bn in the
same month in 2016, reflecting the
spike in inflation in the wake of the
Brexit vote.
“A jump in interest payments was
the main driver of the pick-up in
year-over-year current government
expenditure,” said Samuel Tombs
of Pantheon.
The Chancellor had set himself
a target of reducing the structural
deficit to less than 2 per cent of GDP
in 2020-21.
He had an estimated £26bn of
leeway against that target in March,
but that cushion is expected to
The UK national debt
continues to grow, despite
Conservative austerity policies
implemented by then-Chancellor
George Osborne in 2012.
be slashed today as the Office for
Budget Responsibility (OBR) cuts
its expected tax revenues over the
coming years due to productivity
growth forecast downgrades.
“Given the expected downward
revisions to the OBR’s economic
growth forecasts, a pretty poor
medium-term outlook for the public
finances should therefore restrict
the Chancellor’s ability to provide
a significant giveaway, if he wants
to stick to his fiscal rules,” said Paul
Hollingsworth of Capital Economics.
VAT receipts in October grew by
2.3 per cent, a slowdown from the
4 per cent rate over the fiscal year
so far.
Corporation tax receipts were
down slightly on the same month in
2016 at £4.3bn. However, income tax
and capital gains receipts were up 6.9
per cent at £12.8bn.
Budget blues: There is less money in
the coffers for Chancellor to spend
John McDonnell, the shadow
Chancellor, said the figures showed
that the seven years of Conservative
spending cuts had caused “pain and
misery for millions with little to show
for it”.
Mr McDonnell added: “It
further highlights why it is so vital
that we see a change of course
in the Budget tomorrow, ending
their failed austerity policies.”
THE INDEPENDENT
MEDIA
Peppa Pig’s
Chinese fans
boost eOne’s
sales by 71%
By Holly Williams
Quote of
the day
As these new facts
emerge people
are entitled to
keep an open
mind about
whether this is the
right course for
our country
Chris Leslie
The Labour MP on ONS
numbers showing Brexit
is damaging the economy
The 30
Second
Briefing
TRUMPCHI
What exactly is Trumpchi?
A Chinese carmaker that hopes to
start selling in the US has drawn
attention because of its name, which
is eerily reminiscent of a certain
US President.
Just a coincidence, surely?
That’s what Trumpchi is claiming,
that the name dates from 2010,
well before Donald Trump set
out to become president. It is
reportedly considering a name
change to something with fewer
political connotations.
Who owns the brand?
Trumpchi is owned by GAC
Group, a Chinese state-owned car
manufacturer based in Guangzhou.
Zhang Fan, GAC motor design
director, told Reuters that the
company only noticed the similarity
when they saw photos on social
media of people taking pictures of
themselves next to the Trumpchi
branding. “When we read all that
feedback, we realised it might not be
a very positive promotion,” he said.
Are there other examples of Trump’s
name being taken in vain?
Yes, in fact, it turns out to be quite
a popular sport in China. During
the 2016 election campaign
there were many incidents
of companies borrowing the
family name, most amusingly a
Trump Toilets.
What is Donald Trump doing
about it?
Not much, but the Trump
Organisation, which is being run
by Trump’s children while he’s in
office, has registered 38 trademarks
in China in March, in addition to the
70 it already owns, as it goes on the
offensive against companies using
the name.
Entertainment One has posted a
jump in half-year profits thanks to its
popular children’s television shows,
as Peppa Pig takes China by storm
and PJ Masks becomes a global hit.
The group posted a 53 per cent
hike in underlying pre-tax profits
to £36.4m for the six months to 30
September, as its TV arm offset
losses in the film business.
Entertainment One’s family TV
business notched up a 71 per cent
jump in retail sales to $1.2bn (£907m),
driven by Peppa Pig’s growing
fanbase in China, while revenue in
Disney Junior’s PJ Masks cartoon
increased by more than 600 per cent.
The group said it saw “very strong
potential” for PJ Masks as the show
catches up with its established
favourite, Peppa Pig.
Underlying earnings for the family
arm rose 54 per cent to £62.1m, with
better-than-expected sales across
China, where Peppa Pig is now
broadcast nationwide on the CCTV
network and has gained more than
34 billion views on Chinese social
media platforms since the launch of
the brand in September 2015.
The group said the film release
of Peppa Pig: My First Cinema
Experience was also a highlight,
raking in £3.6m in box-office takings
in the UK, as well as another
A$2.2m (£1.3m) in Australia and
New Zealand.
Earnings in its overall television
arm – which includes eOne Television,
the Mark Gordon Company, its music
business and digital content studio –
rose 11 per cent to £20.6m.
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
16-20
TV
28-29
EDUCATION
University support staff
launch landmark legal bid
By Josie Cox
Support staff at the University of
London are launching a landmark
legal challenge over pay and the
conditions under which they work, in
a case that could change the lives of
outsourced workers across a range of
industries nationwide.
The Independent Workers’
Union of Great Britain (IWGB)
filed the case yesterday on behalf of
receptionists, security officers and
porters who work at the University
of London.
The union will argue that the
workers, who are technically
employed through a facilities
management company, have the
right to collectively bargain over
pay and conditions directly with
the university.
Denying these workers the right
to collectively bargain with their de
facto employer is a breach of article
11 of the European Convention on
Human Rights, the union will argue.
The case is being filed before the
central arbitration committee.
If the IWGB is successful the case
could open the doors for workers
throughout the UK to collectively
bargain with their de facto employer
as well as their direct employer,
it said.
“When it comes to the most
important elements of pay, and terms
University of
London support
workers are fighting
to bargain directly
with their
de facto employers
PAWEL LIBERA
and conditions for the outsourced
workers, it is the University of London
and not [facilities management
company] Cordant which calls the
shots,” said IWGB general secretary
Jason Moyer Lee.
“In order for these workers’
collective bargaining and human
rights to mean anything, we need
to be able to negotiate directly with
the university, not the glorified
middle man.”
Henry Chango Lopez, who is a
porter at the University of London,
said that despite working for
the university just like any other
employee, “even to the point of being
given orders by the institution’s
managers”, he is “denied basic rights
and treated like a second-class
worker”. THE INDEPENDENT
Under current law,
workers are only allowed
to collectively bargain with their
direct employer.
RETAIL
Screwfix props up Kingfisher as B&Q struggles
By Kayleena Makortoff
Kingfisher has said it remains on
track to meet full-year profit targets
as strong growth at its Screwfix
business helped offset falling sales
at B&Q and a weak performance
in France.
Outlook
JIM
ARMITAGE
Delays make
Brexit transition
period essential
A
t last, we’re getting
somewhere. Even
the most extremist
Brexiteers are finally
giving up on the idea
that we can welch on our debts to the
EU and still obtain decent deals on
long-term trade.
Having held up talks to the point
Kingfisher notched up a 3 per cent
rise in total sales to £3bn for the third
quarter, helped by a 16.6 per cent
jump in Screwfix revenues.
But B&Q sales lagged behind
sister outlet Screwfix, with total
sales falling 2.8 per cent in the UK &
Ireland, and dropping 1.9 per cent due
to a recent store closure programme.
Poland was a bright spot across its
international operations, with sales
rising 11.9 per cent to £379m for the
period, compared with a year earlier.
Chief executive Véronique Laury
assured that the company was still
set to hit annual targets.
where we have only 16 months to
agree on, prepare for, and implement
our exit, one wonders if the Leave
extremists are running a laboratory
experiment on British businesses’
endurance capabilities.
Turn up the stress levels another
notch, Professor Rees-Mogg. They’re
still breathing.
It would have been far more
intelligent for the Government to
have gone to the EU straight after
triggering Article 50, respectfully
asked what they thought was a
reasonable divorce bill (perhaps a net
£50bn or so), agreed a compromise,
and got on with the more important
issue of trade talks.
Instead, the Brexit radicals huffed
that we wouldn’t pay a penny.
They slagged off the enemy
Europeans and brayed about how the
EU’s population of 511 million need us
more than we need them.
The result of all this trash talk?
Eight months of the two-year
negotiating period have been wasted
and we’re closing in on a divorce bill
of £40bn anyway, not far off what
Brussels would have asked for in the
first place.
As a result of this delay, as Institute
of Directors chief Stephen Martin
said at his annual dinner last night,
companies are running out of time to
prepare; to reorganise supply chains,
agree new contracts and work out
their employment strategies.
Are the Leave extremists
running a laboratory
experiment on businesses’
endurance capabilities?
So, it is ever more important that
a transition period guaranteeing
unchanged terms of cross-border
trade must be agreed by next March
at the latest.
If not, with only a year to go,
companies will have no choice but to
implement contingency plans. For
IQ
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BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
i WEDNESDAY
22 NOVEMBER 2017
SERVICES
Veteran chief
of Eurotunnel
Gounon seeks
to extend term
By Angela Jameson
Eurotunnel’s veteran chairman and
chief executive Jacques Gounon will
ask shareholders if he can stay on for
at least three more years from April
2018 to guide the Channel Tunnel
operator through Brexit.
Mr Gounon (inset), who has been
chairman and chief executive since
2005, turns 65 next year, the point at
which the company’s bylaws state he
must retire.
“I plan to be around to take us
through this important phase,” Mr
Gounon told the Evening Standard.
Eurotunnel yesterday changed its
parent company name to Getlink as it
attempts to evolve into an infrastructure operator, with the opening of its
€500m (£444m) interconnector bringing
electricity from
France to the
UK in 2020.
The change
of name is to
signal that
the Eurotunnel group owns
more than just
the Folkestone-Calais shuttle. Train passengers will continue to book with
the Eurotunnel’s Le Shuttle service.
Mr Gounon insisted that Getlink
would carry on growing, despite
Brexit, and that there will be no hit to
traffic between France and the UK,
whatever deal is achieved between
the UK and the EU.
The interconnector is expected to bring earnings of €80m to
€100m a year, underlining the company’s transformation from a debtridden financial basket case in the
mid-Noughties.
“With France and the UK both
having GDP growth, I have no doubt
there will be additional traffic growth
and trade through the tunnel,” Mr
Gounon said. EVENING STANDARD
some, that means relocating to the
Continent. And, as with the European
medicines and banking agencies, lost
to Amsterdam and Paris, once gone,
they won’t be back.
MCCALL’S LEGACY
Farewell, Dame Carolyn McCall.
When you arrived seven years ago,
easyJet punctuality was worse than
Air Zimbabwe’s.
Passengers were treated more like
self-loading freight than humans. The
vision for the future was foggy.
You invested in crew and aircraft,
offered scrum-free allocated seating,
and flew to more premier airports,
rather than dusty fields in the middle
of nowhere.
Customers benefited while rivals
suffered. Brexit and terrorism have
made for tougher times lately, but
shareholders have enjoyed £1.2bn
in dividends.
One classy dame, indeed.
EVENING STANDARD
39
From the
business
pages
HSBC Private Bank
fined record £39m
South China Morning Post
HSBC Private Bank has been
fined a record $51.2m (£39m)
by the Securities and Futures
Commission after losing its
appeal against a 2015 ruling for
misconduct relating to the sale
of structured products linked
to Lehman Brothers. The fine
is the largest ever issued by
the SFC. HSBC Private Bank
also had one securities licence
suspended and one partially
suspended for one year.
Rate increases
expected next year
South African Star
Markets have pencilled in a
resumption of rate hikes in
South Africa next year, a move
that would put an end to the
central bank’s shortest easing
cycle on record. Such tightening
would be a response to currency
and inflation risks posed by the
country’s political uncertainties.
The central bank cut rates in
July for the first time in five
years in a bid to boost growth.
Renault to produce
cars in Pakistan
Le Monde
Renault is expanding in emerging markets. The French car
manufacturer has reached an
agreement with Al-Futtaim, a
Dubai-based conglomerate , to
manufacture Renault in Pakistan. The group, led by Carlos
Ghosn, sells no cars in Pakistan
at present. It will be the first
European car manufacturer to
install an industrial production
site there.
Housing and utility
costs rise rapidly
The Irish Times
Housing and utility costs in
Ireland are rising at one of
the fastest rates across the
European Union, according
to new figures published
yesterday, which also show that
we spend more on alcohol – but
less on clothes – than other
European households. Between
2006 and 2016, the proportion
of Irish households’ expenditure
that went on housing, water,
electricity, gas and other fuels,
rose by 3.8 per cent.
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BUSINESS
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TRANSPORT
SERVICES
‘Super-commuter’
cities come to fore
£490m passport
deal up for grabs
New “super-commuter” cities
including Sheffield, Nottingham
and Liverpool will potentially
save workers thousands of
pounds. Jobs website Adzuna
found that the electrification
of Great Western Railway and
construction of HS2 will open
up opportunities for people
to live in cheaper parts of the
country but work in London.
British printer De La Rue is in
a race to produce the first UK
passport after Brexit. The firm,
which makes the £5 and £10
notes and the current passport,
will compete against Gemalto
from Holland and France’s
Oberthur Technologies for
the £490m contract. Some
people want the blue passport,
abolished in 1988, to return.
MEDIA
RETAIL
Financial service
attracts capital
AO World slips
to half-year loss
Financial news wire Alliance
News is gearing up for
further growth after securing
investment from two large
European media organisations.
PA Group – the owner of
the Press Association – and
Germany’s Deutsche PresseAgentur have taken a near 8 per
cent stake in the service, as it
plots its expansion.
Electricals retailer AO World
has swung to a half-year pre-tax
loss of £9.6m, having reported
a profit of £2.3m in the same
period a year earlier. The
company blamed increased
marketing spend in the UK,
as well as investment in its
European expansion. Revenues
for the period to 30 September
rose from £324.7m to £368m.
RECRUITMENT
BANKING
Employers fear
staff shortage
Clydsdale sees
surge in profits
One in three employers
fear there won’t be enough
permanent workers when
they look to recruit staff, a
study shows. A survey of 600
employers by the Recruitment
and Employment Confederation
found that four out of five have
no or little spare capacity for
more work without hiring.
The Clydesdale and Yorkshire
banking group (CYBG) has
notched up a near-250 per cent
surge in annual profits, but
warned over price pressures
in the “competitive” lending
market. Glasgow-based CYBG,
which demerged from National
Australia Bank last year, saw
pre-tax profits leap to £268m.
TAX
TELECOMS
Forex trader told
to pay £114m duty
AT&T to fight
takeover block
The polo-playing currency
trader in the middle of
Switzerland’s biggest tax battle
has been ordered to pay more
than £114m in unpaid duty to
the Zurich authorities. Urs
Schwarzenbach is accused of
failing to pay taxes due from his
art trading business.
US telecoms giant AT&T is set
for a court battle with the US
Department of Justice over
its $85bn (£64bn) bid for Time
Warner, owner of CNN and
HBO. The department said it
would sue to block the deal,
warning it could push up prices
for consumers.
the
markets
HAZEL SHEFFIELD
EasyJet shares closed up 68.08p
at 1,346.08 despite a 17 per cent
fall in full-year profits as it said
revenues had improved thanks to
the demise of rival Monarch and
struggling Air Berlin and Alitalia.
NMC Health PLC closed up 23.31p
at 2,753.31p.
***
The FTSE 100 was driven higher
by easyJet shares, closing up 21.88
points at 7,411.34.
***
Babcock was the biggest faller,
losing 20.90p to close at 733.60p
after it warned that a UK defence
spending review could hit revenue.
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BREXIT
EasyJet profits dive by 17 per cent
after ‘difficult year’, says McCall
Government told
it has months to
avert ‘chaos’
By Holly Williams
A top business lobby group set out a
stark warning to the Government on
Brexit yesterday, saying it has just
months to avert chaos with a deal.
The Institute of Directors (IoD)
said Theresa May must “pull out
all the stops” to break the deadlock,
or else the body will start advising
members to relocate from the UK.
Stephen Martin, the insitute’s
director general, told members
at the IoD annual dinner: “We
have not yet achieved ‘sufficient
progress’ in talks with Brussels to
move on to discussing our long-term
relationship with the EU.”
He added: “The Government
has a small window of opportunity
between now and the end of the first
quarter of next year to secure a firm
political agreement on transition.
“If we don’t have this commitment
by the end of March, then business
will come under pressure to
implement contingency plans,
even perhaps as far as relocating
operations. Clearly, we don’t want
this to happen. The message from
business is that all we want for
Christmas is progress on Brexit.”
EasyJet said its annual profits
nosedived by 17 per cent after it took
a £101m hit from the weak pound, but
it said it was boosted by the demise
of rivals and recent woes at Ryanair.
In her last set of results before
taking on the top job at ITV, the
budget airline’s chief executive,
Dame Carolyn McCall, said it
had been a “difficult” year for the
industry as she posted headline pretax profits of £408m, down from
£494m the previous year.
The pound’s plunge since the
Brexit vote took its toll, while a price
war also left revenues per seat falling
7.8 per cent with currency changes
stripped out.
But the blow to its profits was not
as bad as first feared thanks to a
record performance in the final three
months after a shambolic showing
from rival Ryanair, which has had
to cancel hundreds of flights after
miscalculating pilot leave.
The group also said trading so far
in its new financial year has been
“encouraging” thanks to last month’s
collapse of Luton-based carrier
EasyJet said it flew a record
80 million passengers in
the year to 30 September, with its
highest annual load factor – how
much of the airline’s passenger
carrying capacity is used – of
92.6 per cent.
Price war: easyJet’s revenues per seat fell 7.8 per cent after currency changes
Monarch, as well as the demise of Air
Berlin and Alitalia’s administration.
Forward bookings are higher than
a year earlier, at 88 per cent for the
first quarter and 26 per cent up for
the second quarter, while it now
expects revenue per seat to grow by
“low to mid-single digits” in the first
half. However, the group stressed
the outlook for the second half of the
year was “very limited”.
It also cautioned over costs of its
deal to buy up to 25 aircraft from
now-defunct Air Berlin as well as
recruit up to 1,000 staff from the
group, with the operation in Berlin
Tegel expected to make a headline
loss of £60m, plus around another
£100m in other one-off costs.
Dame Carolyn said: “EasyJet
delivered a robust performance
during a difficult year. Our planned
approach of achieving number-one
or -two positions at Europe’s leading
airports, friendly and efficient
customer service and a continuous
focus on sustainable cost control has
put easyJet at a strategic advantage
during a period when there have
been bankruptcies and some airlines
have struggled operationally.”
The group had already said last
month that full-year profits were
set to come in at the top end of
its forecasts.
By Simon English
EVENING STANDARD
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The Monday following Black
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My future state pension
is less than I expected
What can I do about my national insurance shortfall?
Dear Harry,
I’m approaching state pension age,
and recently inquired about the
amount I’m due to receive, but was
surprised to learn it would be less
than I expected.
I was told that it had been
reduced because of a shortfall of my
national insurance contributions
from the time when I was looking
after my children and not earning.
I thought that claiming child
benefit entitles you to NI credits,
but I was told that I was not eligible
for these because our child benefit
was in my wife’s name. Is there
anything I can do?
Paul, London
Harry says: Under the new state
pension system, you need to
have built up 35 years of national
insurance contributions to get the
full amount – £159.55 a week – and
10 years to get anything at all.
As you say, child benefit can help
Ask
Harry
Your questions
about money
a parent build up state pension
entitlement even if they’re not
working. If the child is under 12,
you’ll automatically qualify for
national insurance credits towards
your state pension.
However, credits are given to the
person who claims the child benefit,
so in your case they were given to
your wife. It is possible to transfer
these credits between partners,
but only for years where the person
who claimed the child benefit
earned a qualifying year through
other means (if they were working,
for example). Unfortunately,
there’s also a strict timeframe in
which these transfers are possible
– basically, you have to apply to
transfer credits earned in one tax
year, before the end of the next one.
There’s more at gov.uk – search for
“national insurance credits”.
WHO GETS NATIONAL
INSURANCE CREDITS?
Generally, those who qualify for
national insurance credits are
not making national insurance
contributions, because they are not
in paid employment.
As in your case, this can be
because they are taking time out to
look after children, but it can also
be because they are unemployed
or ill. You can also receive national
insurance credits when you are
on an approved training course or
doing jury service.
Parents (aged over 16) who
receive child benefit and are
caring for a child under the age
of 12 receive national insurance
credits automatically.
Those on carer’s allowance
or income support also qualify.
These credits are known as class 3
national insurance credits.
Grandparents and other family
members, aged over 16 but under
state pension age who provide care
for a child aged under 12 may also
be able to get class 3 specified adult
national insurance credits.
These are not credited
automatically and need to be
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at the middle or highest rate,
the attendance allowance or the
constant attendance allowance.
If you are not also receiving a
carer’s allowance, you have to apply
for national insurance credits.
If you are not working, you can
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daily
money
HAZEL SHEFFIELD
Nutmeg has become the first online
wealth manager in the UK to reach
£1bn assets under management. The
company has doubled its customers
in the last 12 months and now has
around 48,000. Nutmeg set out
with an idea to democratise wealth
management using technology and
improving access to services such as
Isas and pensions. It is five years since
Nutmeg launched its fully managed
portfolios which it says have
outperformed high-networth managers by
between 3.3 per cent
and 10.3 per cent.
Martin Stead, CEO of
Nutmeg, said the way
people save, invest and
manage their money
is changing. “When we
started Nutmeg, there
was no such thing as online
wealth management in the UK. Five
years on, our model is now becoming
a mainstream option for smart
investors,” he said.
***
MoneySuperMarket has conducted
research showing the cheapest places
in the UK to buy a house, proving
that buyers can get a lot more for
their money if they are prepared
to venture outside overpriced
hotspots. The research showed that
for the £1,127,500 it costs to buy
a one-bedroom flat in the most
expensive part of London, buyers
If you’re concerned about how much
you will be entitled to when you
reach state pension age, the best
starting point is to find out exactly
what your national insurance
contribution history is and what
you’re due to receive.
If you reach state pension age in
less than 30 days, you can check
your eligibility via gov.uk. If you’re
further away from your retirement
date, contact the Future Pension
Centre on 0345 3000 168.
Best
Buy
Harry Rose is editor of ‘Which?
Money’ magazine. To have your
question featured on this page, email
business@inews.co.uk.
can afford a six-bedroom house in
any other city in the UK, with the
exception of Birmingham.
MoneySuperMarket has developed
a tool for buyers to put in their
property size, value and location to
find out what it is worth elsewhere in
the country.
Kevin Pratt, consumer affairs
expert at MoneySuperMarket,
said: “This is useful information
for anyone relocating, perhaps
because of a change in job or family
circumstances. Should they cast
their property-hunting net that bit
wider, or maybe throw it in another
direction, so that they get more
bang for their buck with their rent or
mortgage payments?”
***
Nearly one in four people
feel under pressure
to spend money
on Black Friday,
research suggests.
Some 23 per cent
of shoppers said they
feel under pressure
to buy something on
the discount day - with
clothing, coffee machines and
gadgets among the top Black Friday
shopping regrets.
The study from Gumtree found
that women are more likely to feel
pressured to buy something on Black
Friday compared with men, spending
£59.06 each on average.
Despite this, men in fact spend
more, with each man splashing out
£63.80 on average.
More than one in 10 buy items on
Black Friday only to find they already
have something similar at home. Black
Friday falls this week – on November
24 – although many retailers are
already offering “special deals”.
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going to want to keep it protected. Here are Jon Axworthy’s choices
{1} GREENWICH BLAKE FOLIO
CASE WITH CARD SLOT
A premium case in super-tactile
bull leather, this is hard-wearing
and easy to grip. The carbon-fibre
lining is more than capable of
keeping it intact and scratch-free.
The snap back folio cover has a
card slot and is magnetically lined
so you can go hands-free.
£129, proporta.co.uk
{2} MUJJO LEATHER
WALLET CASE
With a two-card pocket, this case
protects the X from scratching
without impacting on the edgeto-edge screen. Available in four
different colours.
£38.50, mytrendyphone.co.uk
{3} GRIFFIN SURVIVOR EXTREME
Sleek enough to make sure
that you can take a call quickly,
the screen shield easily slides
on and off and polycarbonate
guarantees survival from falls of
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A detachable belt clip rotates to
act as a stand.
£47, griffintechnology.com
{4} NODUS ACCESS CASE
Available in four different leathers,
this contains a pad inside that
bonds to the back of the phone
and keeps it in place. The fact
that there is no cradle means the
design brilliance of your X can
be revealed in all its glory.
£49.99, noduscollection.com
{5} UAG TROOPER
The military look may not be
to everyone’s taste but the case
makes good on its claim to be drop
tested to 1.21 metres. The back
clips open, with room for up to
four credit cards or notes.
£29.99, mobilefun.co.uk
{6} CASETIFY IMPACT CASE
This snap-on will add some colour.
The dual layer construction, made
from shockproof material, gives
excellent protection and also
allows for a liquid glitter effect.
£39, casetify.com
{7} APPLE LEATHER FOLIO
The phone wakes up when you
open the leather case and goes
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With a soft microfibre lining.
£99, apple.com
{8} OTTERBOX STRADA
SERIES FOLIO CASE
A sturdy leather folio with a slit
opening at the top which means
that once you’ve answered or
dialled a call, you can close the case
and continue your conversation.
£34.99, amazon.co.uk
{9} SNAKEHIVE WOOD
BACK CASE
Wood may not seem like the
most obvious material to use, but
it is hard-wearing and durable.
The phone itself is held in place
in a rubberised cradle, which
improves grip and, in combination
with the wood, offers excellent
protection against pocket drops.
Choose from sustainably sourced
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and cherry.
£12.95, snakehive.co.uk
{10} MOUS LIMITLESS
This crowd-funded shell is the
star of a video that shows it being
thrown high up in the air and
hurled along the pavement outside
an Apple store without any
ill-effects to the iPhone X inside.
We found that after multiple
drops from head height the phone
was intact and scratch-free. The
case adds very little thickness to
the phone and comes in a range of
finishes, from wood to leather.
£34.99, mous.co
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How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
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Solution, page 49
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Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Wash
your potatoes and then place a fork in the
top of each for air. Place in the oven and
bake for an hour until soft inside, then
wrap in foil to keep them warm and turn
off the oven.
Meanwhile, fry the onion in the oil
until it goes soft but before it goes brown.
Roughly chop one of the baked potatoes
and then place it in a food processor with
the milk, cheese, onion, dill, rosemary
and salt; blend until smooth.
Pour the soup mixture into a pan, cook
on a medium heat for 5 minutes and then
season with black pepper. Meanwhile, fry
the bacon pieces until they turn crispy.
Roughly chop the remaining baked
potato. Divide the soup into four bowls
and top with the divided potato, bacon
and sprigs of dill.
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¼ small onion, sliced
1tsp oil
480ml skimmed milk
40g Cheddar cheese, grated
½tsp dried dill
½tsp dried rosemary
½tsp salt
55g bacon, chopped into small pieces
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How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
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shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
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in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
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ACROSS 1 Cyst, 3 Earn (Cistern), 8 Nairobi, 9 Noble, 10 Police officer, 11 Swoon, 13 Ghost,
16 Outboard motor, 18 China, 19 Fall guy, 20 Dear, 21 True.
DOWN 1 Canopy, 2 Spiel, 3 Editor, 4 Run-of-the-mill, 5 Hot chocolate, 6 Abacus, 7 Near,
12 With-it, 14 Prefer, 15 Groyne, 16 Ouch, 17 Tiger.
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It’s no accident
that Agent can
rule at Kempton
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Eve Johnson Houghton has enjoyed
a splendid season, whichever way
you look at it. A first half-century,
a best prize-money tally and, perhaps most impressively of all, the
fourth time in seven years that her
runners have shown an overall level
stake profit.
Without doubt, the star of the
show has been Accidental Agent.
Last year he rounded off his juvenile campaign with a victory in a
valuable sales race at Newmarket
and he has done his Oxfordshire
trainer proud again this time
around by winning a huge Ascot
handicap pot.
I doubt he’s finished yet, either.
Johnson Houghton is planning to
run him at Group level next season,
but in the meantime there are big
prizes to be won on the all-weather
this winter, starting with the Hyde
Stakes at Kempton tonight.
This £40,000-listed mile event has
attracted 13 runners, all but one of
which are rated over 100, but none
BEST OF WARWICK
12.35
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2
3
4
5
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7
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11
12
1.40
PJ & KR SMITH-MAXWELL ‘NATIONAL HUNT’ NOVICES’
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £7,000 added 2m
084U2/33P2-85
013-6
0-8
3
5/P-6
24-4
4/27F3-36
3/6644-9
ABSOLUTELY FRANKIE M Bosley 7 10 12.........C Shoemark
BORN FOR WAR (BF) T R George 5 10 12............. A P Heskin
CHEER’S DELBOY R Dickin 4 10 12.........................................C Poste
DESTINED TO SHINE (D)(BF) Kerry Lee 5 10 12....Joshua Moore
ECHNATON Mrs L Wadham 4 10 12.........................L Aspell H,T
FAIRWAY FREDDY N Gifford 4 10 12 ..................... L Treadwell
GENERAL BUX Olly Murphy 6 10 12.............................D England
HAREFIELD A King 4 10 12 ...........................................W Hutchinson
SANTO DE LUNE D Skelton 7 10 12 ..................................H Skelton
SHANROE SAINT B Case 5 10 12................................................D Jacob
ST MERRYN B Summers 6 10 12..................C Hammond (7) H
LA FILLE FRANCAISE R Dickin 4 10 5 ...........................J Quinlan
- 12 declared BETTING: 13-8 Santo De Lune, 4-1 Harefield, 5-1 Born For War, 11-2
Destined To Shine, 10-1 Fairway Freddy, 14-1 others.
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2
3
4
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7
BEST BET
Royal Reserve
(7.10pm, Kempton)
No disgrace when runner-up
here last time and has less to
beat now.
Accidental Agent wins the Totescoop6 Challenge Cup at Ascot last month GETTY
has been progressing at the rapid
rate of Accidental Agent these past
two months.
We know Kempton’s all-weather
surface suits him because he won
easily at the track in September,
while he has since shown himself
to be equally at home over this
evening’s mile as he was over that
seven furlongs.
Invariably held up well off the pace
and played late, his regular partner
Charles Bishop may need to nego-
THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION MARES’
NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4) £7,000 added 2m 5f
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AM I APPROPRIATE B Pauling 4 10 12...............................D Jacob
GINGE DE SOPHIA N Twiston-Davies 4 10 12........J Bargary (3) T
INCH LALA N Mulholland 5 10 12 .......................................... N Fehily
LITTLE MILLIE N King 5 10 12..................................................T Whelan
MOLLY THE DOLLY (BF) D Skelton 6 10 12.............H Skelton
NO NO JOLIE O Sherwood 5 10 12.......................................... L Aspell
POTTERS SAPPHIRE Mrs L Wadham 4 10 12D G Noonan
- 7 declared BETTING: 7-4 Molly The Dolly, 5-2 Ginge de Sophia, 6-1 Potters Sapphire,
8-1 Little Millie, 10-1 Inch Lala, Am I Appropriate, 16-1 No No Jolie.
tiate traffic problems to deliver his
challenge from an inside draw, but
granted normal luck I think Accidental Agent will be hard to stop.
There are plenty of dangers, of
course, in a race of this quality and
the biggest threat may come from
Second Thought if William Haggas’s
colt can be as effective over a mile as
he has been over shorter distances.
David O’Meara’s Royal Reserve
proved no match for the massive improver Ply in a hot Kempton handiFORM VERDICT
Bought for 40,000 pounds after a Flat win in France, ENEKO ran out an
easy winner on his hurdling bow for Keith Dalgleish at Perth before
struggling in a Listed contest at Wetherby. Back down in class, he
can resume his progress and get back into the winner’s enclosure,
possibly at the main expense of Level Of Intensity. The former
Jim Bolger inmate made a good start to his hurdling career when
landing a moderate contest at Sedgefield last month and is open to
improvement. Cornerstone Lad can pick up the bronze medal.
12.55
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2
3
4
5
6
7
VISIT HEXHAM RACECOURSE WEBSITE NOVICES’
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4) £5,800 added 2m
3312-F
6778R-5543
23/464
221-2P
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JUST MINDED (BF) Mrs S Smith 6 11 12............................D Cook
CHATEAU CHINON Rebecca Menzies 5 11 1............ T Kelly H
FORM VERDICT
NINEPOINTSIXTHREE Sam England 7 11 0....J England H,C
MOLLY THE DOLLY shaped with promise in two bumper outings for
CELTIC FLAMES Miss L Russell 7 10 10 ...................Derek Fox
Ian Williams last term and is worth monitoring closely in the betting
CHARLIE SNOW ANGEL Miss S Forster 8 10 2.....T Dowson (3) T
now debuting over hurdles on her first start for Dan Skelton. Ginge de
PADDLING M Hammond 6 10 0............................................ H Brooke
Sophia stepped up on her comeback third at Newton Abbot when fourth
MR WITMORE Kenny Johnson 7 10 0 ..Mr K Yeoman (7) B
over 2m at Uttoxeter and may appreciate this step up in trip, while Neil
FORM VERDICT
- 7 declared BETTING: 6-5 Just Minded, 7-2 Celtic Flames, 4-1 Ninepointsixthree,
Santo De Lune has only had one start since making his debut here in King’s new recruit, point winner Little Millie, completes the shortlist.
2013 and is worth monitoring closely in the betting, though a safer
10-1 Chateau Chinon, 14-1 Paddling, 16-1 Charlie Snow Angel, 20-1 Mr
HIGHFLYER/MILLION IN MIND 4-Y-O & 5-Y-O NOVICES’ Witmore.
option appears to be HAREFIELD, who is expected to step up on
his reappearance fourth at Exeter, which was also his hurdles bow.
CHASE (CLASS 3) £15,000 added 2m
FORM VERDICT
Destined To Shine was went off favourite for a similar contest at
369-12 SCEAU ROYAL (CD)(BF) A King 5 11 7...................................D Jacob JUST MINDED looked on a fair mark for his handicap/chase debut but
Carlisle last month and merits a market check, likewise Tom George 1
2462-8 SAN PEDRO DE SENAM G L Moore 4 10 9Joshua Moore T fell four out at Carlisle 17 days ago. A winner over hurdles and in a
representative Born For War, who is making his seasonal/hurdles bow. 2
bumper, he is bred to do well in this sphere and looks worth another
- 2 declared WHITSON BLOODSTOCK LTD MARES’ NOVICES’
chance with less on his plate and with that pipe-opener under his belt.
BETTING: 1-12 Sceau Royal, 7-1 San Pedro De Senam.
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4) £8,000 added 2m 4f
Ninepointsixthree left his chasing bow well behind when a three-length
FORM VERDICT
third ay Ayr latest and, with possibly more to come, looks most likely
1
1241-7 SPARKLING RIVER (C) Henry Oliver 7 11 12............D Crosse
2
2108-6 SAME CIRCUS (BF) D McCain 6 11 11.................Will Kennedy This should be a penalty kick for the classy SCEAU ROYAL. Alan King’s to capitalise if the selection falters. The Lucinda Russell-trained Celtic
3
1100-7 MISS TONGABEZI P Webber 8 11 10............R McLernon H,T five-year-old was a Grade Two winner over hurdles and has made a Flames is respected now switched to larger obstacles having shown
4
42365- CHELTENHAM Oliver Greenall 5 11 9 ................I Popham H,T highly promising start to his career over fences, winning easily at this some promise over timber.
5
/1210- SISTER SIBYL H Morrison 6 11 8.....................................T J O’Brien venue before roughing up North Hill Harvey at Cheltenham. He should
BRITISH STALLION STUDS EBF ‘NATIONAL HUNT’
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72231- GRACE TARA (D) M Scudamore 8 11 7.......................R T Dunne have little trouble adding to his CV today. French import San Pedro De
7
3313-4 INDIAN NATIVE (D) A Hales 7 11 7......................... Kielan Woods Senam was a fair performer on his native soil but his UK debut offering
NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4) £5,500 added 2m
8
9126-6 MERIBEL MILLIE (D) N Mulholland 6 11 3 .............N Fehily T
at
Sandown
was
nothing
special.
1
1-2
ECHO EXPRESS (BF) N Richards 5 10 12 .....................R Day (3)
9
-62242 MISS MASH (D) H Daly 6 11 1....................................................A Tinkler
2
3-9P HOOVES THE DADDY Mrs S Smith 4 10 12....................D Cook
10 41-8P5 SHENEEDEDTHERUN (D) M Scudamore 7 11 0.....L Treadwell
3
3985-4 JACARNO A Crook 5 10 12............................................................ H Brooke
11 4P/5-0 BALLYBROWNEYBRIDGE Miss V Williams 7 10 2......A P Cawley
4
8- JOHNNY PEDLAR A M Thomson 6 10 12..Mr Alex Chadwick (7) H
- 11 declared HAPPY RETIREMENT BRIAN TOWNS JUVENILE
5
3- LE FRANK (BF) Miss L Russell 5 10 12...................Derek Fox T
BETTING: 3-1 Sister Sibyl, 7-2 Grace Tara, 5-1 Miss Mash, 6-1 Indian
HURDLE (CLASS 4) 3YO £5,000 added 2m
Native, 8-1 Same Circus, 14-1 Miss Tongabezi, Ballybrowneybridge, 16-1
6
465-P5 STORM WARNING T Reed 5 10 12......Rachel McDonald (7)
Sparkling River, Meribel Millie, 20-1 others.
7
/753-8 STRIKE WEST M Hammond 5 10 12.......................F O’Toole (5)
1
14 ENEKO (D) K Dalgleish 11 5 .........................................................B Hughes
8
522-3 TEESCOMPONENTS LAD G Boanas 4 10 12Miss E Todd (7)
FORM VERDICT
2
1 LEVEL OF INTENSITY N Hawke 11 5..................................D Cook T
9
6F21-1 THE DUBAI WAY (D) H Whittington 5 10 12... H Bannister
Sister Sibyl was well held in a Grade 2 handicap hurdle at Newbury 3
ALADDIN SANE H Hogarth 10 12................................................ T Kelly 10
0-75P WAR JOEY Mrs A Hamilton 4 10 12............................B Hughes T
when last sighted in March and is worth monitoring in the betting 4
CORNERSTONE LAD M Hammond 10 12................... H Brooke 11
42-0 THE DELRAY MUNKY I Jardine 5 10 5....Ross Chapman (5)
ahead of her return to action. With the benefit of a recent run to her
5 THE LADY RULES M Walford 10 5........................J Hamilton (3)
- 11 declared name, Carlisle fourth INDIAN NATIVE is expected to step up on that 5
- 5 declared BETTING: Evens Echo Express, 11-4 The Dubai Way, 5-1 Teescomponents
effort and take closer order. Miss Mash has been in good order over
hurdles of late and is another to consider now tackling the larger BETTING: 5-6 Eneko, 2-1 Level Of Intensity, 13-2 Cornerstone Lad, 12-1 Lad, 8-1 Le Frank, 12-1 The Delray Munky, 25-1 War Joey, 50-1 Johnny
obstacles for the first time.
Pedlar, Hooves The Daddy, 66-1 others.
Aladdin Sane, 66-1 The Lady Rules.
2.10
1.05
1.30
BEST OF HEXHAM
12.25
NEXT BEST
Accidental Agent
(6.40pm, Kempton)
Has gone from strength to
strength this autumn and
probably hasn’t finished yet.
ONE TO WATCH
Misterton went down with
all guns blazing in the
Greatwood Hurdle at
Cheltenham and there’s
clearly more to come.
cap a fortnight ago, but he stayed on
stoutly to beat the rest and is fancied
to go one better now stepped up to
two miles for the 32Red Handicap.
HEXHAM IS BRITAINS MOST SCENIC RACECOURSE
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4) £7,500 added 4m
SHAKE IT UP M Hammond 8 11 12....Miss Becky Smith (7)
ONDERUN G Bewley 8 11 5 .................................................J Bewley (3)
HATTONS HILL (C) H Hogarth 8 11 1..............J Hamilton (3) C
MOORLANDS MIST Sara Ender 10 10 8....N Moscrop (5) V
LOWANBEHOLD (C) Miss S Forster 10 10 5T Willmott (7)
CORSKEAGH EXPRESS M McNiff (IRE) 6 10 0Derek Fox
- 6 declared BETTING: 5-4 Hattons Hill, 7-2 Shake It Up, 6-1 Onderun, 7-1 Corskeagh
Express, 8-1 Lowanbehold, 10-1 Moorlands Mist.
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HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 5) £4,500 added 2m 4f
1
533-33 WAZOWSKI (C) D McCain 8 11 12......................................... A P Lane
2
62136- MASTER RAJEEM (C) Mrs A C Hamilton 8 11 11....J Hamilton (3) C
3
666P73 BINGO D’OLIVATE Gemma Anderson 6 11 11 .....Steven Fox (5) H
4
539-9 LASTIN’ MEMORIES Miss S Forster 5 11 10T Dowson (3)
5
6536-U SKYWARDS REWARD M Hammond 6 11 9 ............ H Brooke
6
37/4P- ALONG CAME THEO A Crook 7 11 8.................Ross Turner (7)
7
734230 SNOWED IN Mrs B Butterworth 8 11 5......................... A Nicol C
8
2FP-65 TOPHAM BAY Miss L Russell 5 11 1........B Campbell (5) C,T
9
/0477- THE JUNIOR MAN J Norton 6 10 13.............C McCormack (3)
10 647-5P OUR MORRIS G Bewley 6 10 12.....................................J Bewley (3)
11 4F8P-9 CLASSICAL SOUND Mrs R Dobbin 5 10 11 .......Craig Nichol
12 4-5879 WIG WAM WIGGLE M Hammond 5 10 10 .......F O’Toole (5)
13 573-24 TOARMANDOWITHLOVE S Corbett 9 10 9 J Corbett (5) T
- 13 declared BETTING: 4-1 Wazowski, 6-1 Toarmandowithlove, 7-1 Bingo D’olivate,
Master Rajeem, 8-1 Snowed In, Topham Bay, 12-1 Our Morris, 14-1
Skywards Reward, Classical Sound, Wig Wam Wiggle, Lastin’ Memories,
16-1 others.
2.00
1
2
3
4
5
6
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4P5P-7
11-111
343U35
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97-5F0
3.40
BEST OF KEMPTON
6.40
BRITISH STALLION STUDS EBF HYDE STAKES (LISTED)
(CLASS 1) £40,000 added 1m
1
252301 STORMY ANTARCTIC (D) Ed Walker 4 9 5 J P Spencer 10
2
-15191 KHAFOO SHEMEMI (CD) R Hannon 3 9 3.................. S Levey 9
3 050405 BATTLE OF MARATHON J Ryan 5 9 2.....................D Muscutt 7
4
14-126 KEYSTROKE (C)(D) J Noseda 5 9 2.......................................A Kirby 8
5
517418 LONDON PROTOCOL (D) K Burke 4 9 2 ...................T Piccone 3
6
61-773 MR OWEN (D) D M Simcock 5 9 2......................Oisin Murphy 1
7
255424 SO BELOVED (D)(BF) D O’Meara 7 9 2 ....Daniel Tudhope 4
8
31-143 VIA VIA J Tate 5 9 2............................................................................ L Morris 6
9
571214 ACCIDENTAL AGENT (C) Eve J-Houghton 3 9 0C Bishop 2
10 121711 ARCHETYPE (D) S Crisford 3 9 0.............................S De Sousa 11
11 -51406 GLASTONBURY SONG (D) G M Lyons (IRE) 3 9 0 ...J Crowley 12
12 847986 MR SCARAMANGA (D) S Dow 3 9 0.....Josephine Gordon 14
13 111265 SECOND THOUGHT (C) W Haggas 3 9 0........ James Doyle 5
14 742235 HOME CUMMINS (D) R Fahey 5 8 11...................Doubtful C 13
- 14 declared BETTING: 5-1 Stormy Antarctic, 11-2 So Beloved, 6-1 Accidental Agent,
7-1 Khafoo Shememi, 8-1 Second Thought, Keystroke, 10-1 Glastonbury
Song, Archetype, 12-1 others.
Racing results
FAKENHAM
Going: Good to soft
12.50 1. OCCASIONALLY YOURS (J Quinlan) 9-4; 2.
Serenity Now 7-4; 3. Minstrel Royal 6-4 fav. 3 ran.
13/4l, 13l. (A Blackmore). Tote: £3.10; Exacta: £4.90.
Trifecta: £4.40. CSF: £6.07. NRs: Cliffside Park,
Nautical Nitwit.
1.20 1. KAYFLEUR (R Johnson) 7-4; 2. Armedandbeautiful 12-1; 4 ran. 8-11 fav Maid Of Milan (Fell).
9l. (H Daly). Tote: £3.20; Exacta: £11.70. Trifecta:
£10.50. CSF: £14.76.
1.50 1. MULLAGHBOY (Mr L Stones) 6-1; 2. Chilli
Romance 15-8; 3. Bardd 10-11 fav. 4 ran. 13/4l, 11/4l.
(Olly Murphy). Tote: £6.40; Exacta: £15.90. Trifecta:
£26.40. CSF: £16.56.
2.20 1. HOLBROOK PARK (T Whelan) 7-4; 2. Red
Hanrahan 8-15 fav; 3 ran. 3l. (N King). Tote: £2.40;
Exacta: £3.70. Trifecta: £2.20. CSF: £3.16. NR: Kingston Mimosa.
2.50 1. SAUCYSIOUX (R Johnson) 7-4 fav; 2. Broadway
Belle 2-1; 3. The Golden Hour 13-2. 6 ran. 21l, 19l. (Olly
Murphy). Tote: £2.80; £1.80, £1.20. Exacta: £5.40.
Trifecta: £14.40. CSF: £5.68.
3.20 1. MOVIE LEGEND (L Aspell) 5-2 jt-fav; 2. Bach
De Clermont 5-2 jt-fav; 3. Brother Bennett 25-1.
5 ran. 1/2l, 14l. (Mrs L Wadham). Tote: £3.70; £1.80,
£1.50. Exacta: £9.50. Trifecta: £53.80. CSF: £8.90.
NR: Chestnut Ben.
Placepot: £209.10. Quadpot: £30.30.
Place 6: £442.32. Place 5: £127.11.
LINGFIELD
Going: Standard
12.40 1. RAJAAM (S Levey) 7-1; 2. Key Player 16-1; 3.
Sweet Charity 22-1. 11 ran. 5-4 fav Kassar (6th). 3/4l,
3l. (R Hannon). Tote: £7.50; £2.10, £3.80, £6.10. Exacta:
£95.50. Trifecta: £4226.90. CSF: £98.78. NR: Bedivere.
1.10 1. LAKE SHORE DRIVE (S Donohoe) 6-1; 2.
Ding Ding 5-1 fav; 3. Wintour Leap 6-1. 12 ran. 41/2l,
1l. (J Farrelly). Tote: £10.00; £3.50, £2.40, £2.00.
Exacta: £51.90. Tricast: £189.92. Trifecta: £341.10.
CSF: £35.64.
1.40 1. GORGEOUS NOORA (L Morris) 11-4 fav;
2. Rose Berry 9-2; 3. Diamond Lady 25-1. 10 ran.
1
/2l, 1l. (L Cumani). Tote: £3.60; £1.60, £1.80, £5.30.
Exacta: £21.20. Tricast: £259.36. Trifecta: £333.40.
CSF: £15.13. NR: Sir Ottoman.
2.10 1. FAYEZ (Daniel Tudhope) 10-1; 2. Brex Drago
33-1; 3. Emenem 8-1. 13 ran. 11-10 fav Middle
Kingdom (4th). nk, 13/4l. (D O’Meara). Tote: £10.40;
£2.30, £6.90, £2.10. Exacta: £314.40. Tricast: £2751.10.
Trifecta: £5886.30. CSF: £302.94. NR: First Flight.
2.40 1. UNFORGIVING MINUTE (A Kirby) 9-4 fav;
2. Nezar 11-2; 3. Dutiful Son 14-1. 11 ran. 1/2l, 1/2l. (J
Butler). Tote: £2.90; £1.30, £1.90, £3.10. Exacta: £16.30.
Trifecta: £116.90. CSF: £14.78. NR: Play The Blues.
3.10 1. JOEGOGO (Fran Berry) 5-4 fav; 2. Dotted
Swiss 3-1; 3. Inuk 9-2. 5 ran. 1l, shd. (P Evans). Tote:
£2.40; £1.60, £1.30. Exacta: £5.40. Trifecta: £11.40.
CSF: £5.21. NR: Global Academy.
3.40 1. WHAT A WELCOME (C Bennett) 13-8 fav;
2. Kohinoor Diamond 7-2; 3. I’m Running Late 6-1.
10 ran. 3/4l, 23/4l. (P Chamings). Tote: £2.50; £1.20,
£1.50, £2.30. Exacta: £7.30. Tricast: £26.91. Trifecta:
£35.00. CSF: £6.94.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £3,566.95 carried over to .
Placepot: £2,401.70. Quadpot: £56.10.
Place 6: £271.79. Place 5: £28.87.
SOUTHWELL
Going: Good-good to soft in places
12.30 1. CHASMA (H Bannister) 6-1; 2. Manwell
8-1; 3. Pretty Reckless 11-4 jt-fav. 7 ran. 11-4 jt-fav
Captain Mowbray (5th). 1l, 31/4l. (M W Easterby).
Tote: £6.80; £2.80, £3.20. Exacta: £40.00. Trifecta:
£157.40. CSF: £44.68.
1.00 1. FOUNTAINS WINDFALL (A Coleman) 13-8;
2. Stowaway Magic 11-8 fav; 3. Forth Bridge 16-1. 5
ran. 11l, 42l. (A Honeyball). Tote: £2.10; £1.40, £1.10.
Exacta: £3.80. Trifecta: £18.50. CSF: £4.14.
1.30 1. HOKE COLBURN (H Bannister) 12-1; 2. Chilly
Miss 16-1; 3. Scooby 5-1 fav. 14 ran. 21/2l, 1l. (H
Whittington). Tote: £14.80; £4.70, £5.70, £2.20. Exacta: £162.60. Tricast: £1090.02. Trifecta: £2202.50.
CSF: £173.96.
2.00 1. EQUUS SECRETUS (D Jacob) 11-8; 2. Another
Stowaway 4-6 fav; 3. Allmyown 28-1. 5 ran. 6l, 99l.
(B Pauling). Tote: £2.00; £1.02, £1.10. Exacta: £2.50.
Trifecta: £4.70. CSF: £2.63. NR: Bekkensfirth.
2.30 1. BANJO GIRL (D G Noonan) 11-4; 2. Passing
Call 8-15 fav; 3. Mountain Path 12-1. 7 ran. 1/2l, 12l.
(Mrs L Wadham). Tote: £3.80; £1.80, £1.10. Exacta:
£5.60. Trifecta: £14.90. CSF: £4.34.
3.00 1. HEY BOB (C Bewley) 9-1; 2. Vado Forte 4-1;
3. Maid Of Tuscany 17-2. 10 ran. 3-1 fav Hallingham
(6th). 21/4l, 31/4l. (C Grant). Tote: £6.90; £1.80, £1.60,
£2.50. Exacta: £43.20. Tricast: £316.57. Trifecta:
£808.90. CSF: £43.98.
3.30 1. EVERLANES (A Coleman) 6-1; 2. Jane Lamb
9-4 fav; 3. Quine des Champs 14-1. 13 ran. 11/4l, 41/2l.
(A Honeyball). Tote: £6.50; £1.90, £1.40, £4.40. Exacta:
£24.40. Trifecta: £181.60. CSF: £18.88.
Placepot: £61.90. Quadpot: £8.30.
Place 6: £74.12. Place 5: £7.18.
NEWS
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VOICES
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RUGBY UNION
Hughes ruled out of
Samoa test with injury
By Jack de Menezes
England No 8 Nathan Hughes has
been ruled out of Saturday’s final
autumn international against Samoa
after suffering bruising to the bone
in his right knee, with the Wasps
forward set for at least three weeks
on the sidelines.
The blow leaves England head
coach Eddie Jones without his two
leading No 8s, with Billy Vunipola
already absent through a knee injury
of his own, meaning that Exeter Chiefs
back-row Sam Simmonds is poised for
his first start for the red rose in what
will be only his third appearance.
Jones has retained 25 men for
Saturday’s Test with the Pacific Islanders, with another noticeable
omission being the outside centre
Jonathan Joseph, who has been sent
back to Bath for the weekend as one
of eight players deemed surplus to
requirements.
Anthony Watson joins Joseph in
heading back to the West Country
– along with hooker Tom Dunn and
flanker Zach Mercer – while George
Kruis returns to Saracens and Marcus Smith is sent back to Harlequins.
The final player released for the
weekend is the Sale Sharks wing
Denny Solomona, who has missed
Nathan Hughes
has bruised a
bone in his knee
Eddie
Jones is now
without
his two
leading No 8s
with Billy
Vunipola
already
absent with a
knee injury
out on a place in the squad despite
Watson’s omission.
It means that Mike Brown is almost certain to return at full-back
after recovering from a concussion
suffered in the 21-8 victory over
Argentina.
The other player that will be
dropped will be one of the three
loosehead props in the squad, with
Mako Vunipola, Joe Marler and Ellis
Gene all in contention to feature.
With no Hughes in the side, the
back-row is likely to see Maro Itoje,
Chris Robshaw and Simmons line-up
in an untested combination.
Wales, meanwhile, have suffered
another major injury blow with the
loss of Saracens back Liam Williams
for their meeting with world champions New Zealand on Saturday.
Williams has been released from
the Wales squad due to an abdominal
injury suffered during last Saturday’s
laboured 13-6 victory over Georgia.
Wales are already without centre
Jonathan Davies, who is battling to
play again this season due to the foot
injury sustained in Wales’ autumn
opener against Australia.
Cardiff Blues winger Alex
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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP E
Sevilla (0) ...............................3
Liverpool (3) ...............3
Ben Yedder 51, 61 (pen) Firmino 2, 30
Pizarro 90
Mane 22
Spartak Moscow (0)...1
Maribor (0)...................1
Ze Luis 82; Att 42,920
Mesanovic 90
GROUP F
Man City (0).........................1
Sterling 88
Napoli (0)................................3
Insigne 56, Zielinski 81
Mertens 84
Feyenoord (0)..........0
S Donetsk (0) .............0
GROUP G
Besiktas (1)...........................1
Anderson Talisca 41
Monaco (1).............................1
Falcao 43
Besiktas
FC Porto
RB Leipzig
Monaco
FC Porto (1) ..................1
Felipe 29; Att 36,919
RB Leipzig (4)............4
Jemerson 6 (og)
Werner 9, 31 (pen)
Keita 45
P W D L F
A Pts
5 3 2 0 9
4 11
5 2 1 2 10 11
7
5 2 1 2 9 11
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5 0 2 3 4 11
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GROUP H
Apoel Nicosia (0) ...........0
B Dortmund (1) ...............1
Aubameyang 31
Real Madrid (4)....... 6
Modric 23
Benzema 39, 45
Nacho 41
Ronaldo 49, 54
Tottenham (0)...........2
Kane 49, Son 76
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
P W D L F
A Pts
Wolverhampton 17 12 2 3 31 15 38
Cardiff
18 11 4 3 25 13 37
Sheff Utd
18 12 0 6 31 20 36
Aston Villa
18 9 5 4 26 17 32
Bristol City
18 8 7 3 27 18 31
Derby
17 8 5 4 26 20 29
Nottm Forest 18 9 0 9 26 27 27
Middlesbrough 17 7 5 5 22 15 26
Leeds
17 8 2 7 26 20 26
Ipswich
16 8 1 7 28 24 25
Preston
18 6 7 5 21 20 25
Sheff Wed
17 6 6 5 21 19 24
Brentford
18 5 8 5 26 24 23
Fulham
18 5 8 5 24 24 23
Norwich
18 6 5 7 16 22 23
QPR
18 5 6 7 20 26 21
Barnsley
17 5 5 7 23 23 20
Millwall
18 4 7 7 19 19 19
Reading
17 5 4 8 20 23 19
Hull
18 4 6 8 30 32 18
Birmingham 17 4 3 10 9 25 15
Burton Albion 18 3 5 10 12 35 14
Bolton
18 2 7 9 15 31 13
Sunderland
18 1 8 9 23 35 11
Aston Villa (1)....................2
Sunderland (0).........1
Barnsley (0).........................0
Cardiff (0).......................1
Bolton (2)................................2
Reading (0) ...................2
Brentford (0).....................1
Burton Albion (0).1
Bristol City (0).................1
Preston (1).....................2
Derby (1) ..................................2
QPR (0)..............................0
Millwall (0)...........................0
Nottm Forest (0)............1
Sheff Utd (2).........................4
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Blackpool (1).......................1
Bradford (1).........................1
Bury (0)....................................1
Charlton (1)..........................2
M K Dons (0) ........................1
Oldham (0) ............................0
Oxford Utd (1)....................2
Peterborough (0)..........2
Plymouth (1).......................2
Walsall (2)..............................4
Wigan (2).................................3
P W
Shrewsbury
18 12
Wigan
18 12
Scunthorpe
19 10
Charlton
17 10
Bradford
19 10
Blackburn
17 9
Peterborough 18 8
Oxford Utd
19 7
Rotherham
18 8
Blackpool
18 7
Portsmouth
19 8
Fleetwood Tn 19 7
M K Dons
19 6
Southend
18 6
Walsall
18 5
Oldham
18 6
Bristol Rovers 18 7
Doncaster
19 5
Wimbledon
19 5
Gillingham
19 4
Northampton 19 5
Rochdale
18 3
Plymouth
19 4
Bury
19 4
Hull (0)..............................0
Norwich (0).................0
Fulham (3) .....................5
Gillingham (0)...........1
Scunthorpe (1)..........2
Shrewsbury (0)......0
Rochdale (1) .................1
Southend (1)................1
Wimbledon (0)........0
Blackburn (3) ............4
Portsmouth (0).......1
Northampton (0)..0
Fleetwood Tn (1)....2
Doncaster (0)............0
D L F
A Pts
4 2 26 12 40
3 3 33 11 39
5 4 24 14 35
4 3 27 19 34
3 6 28 22 33
4 4 28 14 31
4 6 29 25 28
5 7 33 26 26
2 8 31 25 26
5 6 24 23 26
2 9 24 24 26
5 7 29 30 26
6 7 21 27 24
6 6 21 28 24
7 6 25 27 22
4 8 30 36 22
0 11 26 33 21
5 9 19 24 20
5 9 14 20 20
7 8 15 22 19
3 11 15 32 18
8 7 18 24 17
5 10 15 28 17
4 11 19 28 16
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
P W D
Luton
19 11 5
Notts County 19 11 5
Accrington S 19 11 4
Exeter
19 10 3
Swindon
19 10 2
Coventry
19 9 4
Mansfield
19 8 7
Wycombe
19 8 6
Colchester
19 8 5
Newport C
19 7 6
Lincoln City
19 7 6
Carlisle
19 7 5
Stevenage
19 7 5
Grimsby
19 7 5
Cambridge Utd 19 7 5
Cheltenham
19 6 5
Crawley Town 19 5 5
Yeovil
19 5 5
Crewe
19 6 2
Forest Green 19 5 4
Port Vale
19 5 3
Morecambe
19 4 6
Barnet
19 4 5
Chesterfield
19 4 4
England
secure
series win
England women ran out
comfortable winners
against Canada,with
their 49-12 win at
Twickenham Stoop
sealing the series with a
game to spare. Although
not as one-sided as their
79-5 win in the first
Test at Allianz Park,
England still ran in
eight tries with Rachael
Burford and Ellie
Kildunne both scoring
twice and Jo Brown
(left) also amongst
the scorers. The final
game is at Twickenham
on Saturday.
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Accrington Stanley 1 Wycombe 0; Cheltenham 0 Cambridge Utd 0; Chesterfield 3
Forest Green 2; Colchester 1 Lincoln City
0; Crawley Town 3 Exeter 1; Grimsby 3
Swindon 2; Luton 3 Carlisle 0; Morecambe
0 Crewe 1; Newport County 1 Barnet 2; Port
Vale 0 Mansfield 4; Stevenage 1 Coventry 1;
Yeovil 1 Notts County 1.
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Dunfermline 1 Morton 1; Inverness CT P
Brechin P (Postponed - due to a waterlogged
pitch).
THE WILLIAM HILL SCOTTISH CUP THIRD
ROUND REPLAY
Queen of South 2 Montrose 1.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
AFC Fylde P Guiseley P (Postponed - due to
waterlogged pitch); Bromley P Aldershot P
(Postponed - due to an electrical fault); Dag
& Red 1 Dover 0; Eastleigh 2 Maidenhead
Utd 2; Gateshead 1 Barrow 2; Hartlepool 4
FC Halifax 0; Leyton Orient 2 Chester FC 2;
Macclesfield 2 Tranmere 2; Maidstone Utd
0 Boreham Wood 4; Sutton Utd 0 Torquay
1; Woking 1 Ebbsfleet United 0; Wrexham 1
Solihull Moors 0.
CRICKET
WOMEN’S ASHES THIRD T20 INT’NAL
Australia v England, Canberra: Australia
178-2 (20.0 overs; B L Mooney 117no).
England 181-6 (19.0 overs; D N Wyatt 100,
H C Knight 51). England beat Australia by 4
wickets. (Series tied 8-8)
SNOOKER
NORTHERN IRELAND OPEN: BELFAST:
SELECTED 1ST RD: J Perry (Eng) bt G
Greene (N Ire) 4-3; A Carter (Eng) bt C Zhe
(Chin) 4-0; Z Yuelong (Chin) bt G Dott (Sco)
4-3; S Carrington (Eng) bt J Trump (Eng)
4-2; T Ford (Eng) bt F O’Brien (Rep Ire) 4-2;
S Maguire (Sco) bt B Eltahhan (Eg) 4-0; M
Stevens (Wal) bt L Fernandez (Rep Ire)
4-0; Y Sijun (Chin) bt A McManus (Sco)
4-1; M Williams (Wal) bt J Wattana (Thai)
4-0; J Higgins (Sco) bt N Bond (Eng) 4-2; R
O’Sullivan (Eng) bt L Kleckers (Ger) 4-2.
FIXTURES: (Football 7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP A
Basel v Man Utd, CSKA Moscow v Benfica (5).
GROUP B
Anderlecht v B Munich, Paris SG v Celtic .
GROUP C
A Madrid v Roma, Qarabag v Chelsea (5).
GROUP D
Juventus v Barcelona, S Lisbon v Olympiakos.
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Ipswich v Sheffield Wed, Middlesbrough v
Birmingham, Wolverhampton v Leeds.
RUGBY LEAGUE
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP POOL MATCHES
(7am): Australia v Canada (5am), England v
Cook Islands (2.45am), New Zealand v Papua
New Guinea.
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THE ASHES 2017-18
Guide to the teams
England
Alastair Cook (age 32, Test Caps
147) England’s leading Test runscorer is nailed on to open the
batting.
Mark Stoneman (30, three) Still
with a lot to prove in the Test arena.
James Vince (26, seven) Repeatedly
fallible driving outside off stump.
Joe Root (captain, 26, 60, below)
Captaincy does not appear to be
affecting his form.
Dawid Malan (30, five) Showing a
certain gumption and grit at No 5.
Jonny Bairstow (28, 45) Vastly
improved player with bat and
gloves.
Chris Woakes
(28, 18) Closest
England now
have to Stokes.
Moeen Ali (30,
44) First-choice
spinner, first-class
batsman and potential match-winner.
Jake Ball (26, three) England will
hope his ankle injury is recovered.
Stuart Broad (31, 109) His
experience will be vital.
James Anderson (vice-captain, 35,
129) Question marks will be asked
over his stamina.
Australia
David Warner (31, 66) If he fires at
the top of the order, England will
be in trouble.
Cameron Bancroft (25, 0) Recent
form is good.
Steven Smith (captain, age 28, 56
Test caps, below) One of the best
batsmen in the world.
Usman Khawaja (30, 24) Stylish
left-hander.
Peter Handscomb (26, 10) Made an
impressive start to his Test career.
Shaun Marsh (34,23) Recalled for
the eighth time in his Test career.
Tim Paine (32, four) Selection of
wicketkeeper has mystified many.
Mitchell Starc (27, 36) Potentially
the star of this series.
Pat Cummins
(24, five) Injuries
have restricted
him to just five
Test caps.
Josh Hazlewood
(26, 31) England’s
batsmen can
expect Hazlewood to
give them nothing.
Nathan Lyon (30, 69) Australia’s
greatest current off-spinner.
Reliability has made him a
crowd favourite.
CRICKET
Which of these flawed sides
Australian taunts
have papered
over weaknesses,
while England
also have issues
Usain Bolt puts the
Australians through
their paces ahead of the
first Test GETTY IMAGES
Tim
Wigmore
A
series of five matches,
each consisting of five
days? Anyone proposing to invent such a new
sport today would meet
the wrath of every market researcher. And this is the charm of the Ashes,
which revels in being gloriously out of
kilter with the modern world.
Yet, rather than an antidote to the
world around it, the build-up to the
2017-18 series has instead been utterly
in sync with the grubby discourse that
permeates so much of modern life.
Nathan Lyon, normally considered
one of Australia’s more mild-mannered cricketers, has bragged about
how his side could “end the careers”
of some England players, deriding
the entire team as “scared” during
the 5-0 whitewash in 2013-14. Josh
Hazlewood has talked of opening up
England scars from that series.
Such bravado is rooted in Australia’s phenomenal record in Brisbane,
where the series starts tonight and
they have not lost for 29 years. It is
also underpinned by the belief that
ferocious pace bowling and a rowdy
crowd will ensure that England suffer
an opening defeat as ignominious as
that four years ago, when they were
eviscerated by Mitchell Johnson: the
entire series in microcosm.
And yet it is possible to see some
of these crass taunts as hiding the
insecurities of the schoolboy thug. It
is only a year since Australia’s run of
five straight Test defeats culminated
in an innings thumping by South Africa in Hobart, when Australia were
bundled out for 85 and 161. Five players were dropped after that mauling,
none of whom have ever played again.
So Australia’s bluster conceals
very real vulnerabilities. Even their
vaunted pace attack – Hazelwood, the
metronome, in alliance with Mitchell
Starc and Pat Cummins, a pair of
braying quicks – threatens to be better in the imagination than reality.
The Australian newspaper this week
declared the trio “our greatest Ashes
pace attack”. They are yet to play a
Test together.
Australia’s selection policy is also
haphazard. Wicketkeeper Tim Paine
has been called up for his first Test
since 2010 – and spent the last game
before his recall fielding at first slip
for his state Tasmania while Matthew Wade, who played Australia’s
last Test, was keeping wicket.
Shaun Marsh – with more comebacks, but rather fewer knockout
blows, than Sugar Ray Leonard – also
returns to bat at No 6. Brisbane will
be his 24th Test, and his eighth recall.
The upshot is that England, while
indubitably underdogs, have some
genuine reasons to be optimistic.
Warm-up matches tend to mean
little while being analysed much, but
at least England have avoided any unwanted injuries.
All the top six who will play in Brisbane have made runs this tour. Most
impressive, with three consecutive
half-centuries and then 111 last week,
has been Mark Stoneman.
The 30-year-old has the technique
to thrive in Australia, and marries
that with a combative, mature tem-
It is possible to see some
of Australia’s crass taunts as
hiding the insecurities of the
schoolboy thug
perament. For inspiration he might
look to Stuart Broad’s father, Chris,
who was a 29-year-old with five
Test caps when he toured Australia
in 1986-87. He returned with three
centuries in consecutive Tests and
having lifted the urn.
How England would love Stoneman to produce something similar –
and so reduce their over-dependence
upon Joe Root and Alastair Cook,
who is now on his 12th opening partner since Andrew Strauss retired five
years ago. Cook has become a little
less prolific in recent years; Root, for
all his nonchalant ease at the crease,
has a conversion record – just 13 of
his 45 half-centuries have been hundreds – that does not do him justice.
Warner worry for otherwise bullish Australians
» Continued from back page
this week also included an attack on
Root, with the Australian saying he
would like to see the England captain
endure such a terrible run of form
that he is dropped like he was for the
final Test of the 2013-14 series.
Root, who in the early years of his
career played club cricket with Lyon
in Adelaide, said: “It is a bit bizarre.
I think you can sort of see through it
a little as well. Whether that’s come
from him or it’s maybe a team strategy or he’s just taken it upon himself
to do that, who knows, but he’s definitely got some attention out of it.
“But the more guys talk going into
a series the more they put pressure
on themselves.”
In a worrying development for
the hosts, David Warner is set to
undergo a fitness test after a neck
injury made him a doubt for the
first Test. The Australia vice-captain, one of his team’s star batsmen
alongside captain Steve Smith, did
the damage taking a high catch
during fielding practice at the
Gabba and was able to face only two
deliveries in the nets.
Warner will have more treatment
and appears confident he can play –
“I don’t think a sore neck is going to
keep me out,” he said – but the news
sent a shiver through an otherwise
bullish Australia team. Warner and
Smith will be expected to score most
of the runs for the home side, whose
selection has been criticised by
former players.
The other members of the probable top six – Cameron Bancroft,
Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb
and Shaun Marsh – have 11 Test
centuries between them, compared
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will produce a bolt from the blue?
Root: Last time out was rock bottom
– but it made me the player I am now
By Danny Hall
Steve Smith, his opposite number ment when the ball does not swing.
as captain has converted 20 of his 41 Broadhas shown more signs of de­
half­centuries.
cline and, no matter his big match
For all the middle­order fluency of chutzpah, is a concern.
Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali,
It is not very hard to see the
something has gone badly
attraction of Ben Stokes
awry in England’s ability
returning mid­series.
to produce top­order
For cricketing rea­
Test batsmen.
sons, it would be wel­
So, once again, the
come: Stokes would
Number of
onus will fall upon
elevate the quality
Tests
Australia’s
England’s pace bowl­
of the series, a mid­
much-vaunted pace
ers. James Anderson
table clash between
bowling trio have
is fresh from the best
two flawed sides.
played together
summer of his career,
For England, the
but the suspicion remains
unsalutary truth is that,
that, besides with the new
when two flawed sides
ball and under lights in Adelaide,
meet in modern Test cricket, the
he might be restricted to contain­ home team almost always wins.
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WOMEN’S ASHES
Danielle Wyatt’s 100 set up England
for victory in their final T20
Four years have now passed
since Joe Root’s nightmare tour
of Australia and in the time since,
much has changed in his life.
The 26­year­old is a father, to
baby Alfie, and fiancé to partner
Carrie. He has ascended from
a promising junior player to a
proven superstar, now the England
Test captain. As if to confirm his
maturity, Root has even made
a breakthrough with facial hair,
posing with the Ashes urn at
Lord’s last month with a noticeably
stubbly chin.
Alongside the modifications,
though, there’s a constant; a
nagging feeling of needing to put
a record straight. In 2013­14 Down
Under, Root was 22 years old with 11
Test matches’ worth of experience
when he, like each of his England
colleagues, found Australia’s
Mitchell Johnson too hot to handle.
England lost all 20 wickets in
each of the five Tests for the first
time in history. Unbeaten in 13 Tests
beforehand, a nightmare tour saw
them lose 5­0 to an Australian side
that had lost seven of their previous
nine. Root found himself shunted
from No 6 in the order, up to three.
He averaged 27, managed a best of 87
and was dropped for the final Test.
“It’s something I never want
to experience again,” Root tells
i, the usual ever­present smile
disappearing from his face as he
remembers being left out of the
England side in Sydney.
“I’d had a taste of playing for
England and I didn’t know if it
would ever come again. But sport
will give you hard times and that
was something I had to overcome. I
had a tough tour and found it quite
hard over there, I can’t deny that.
“I had to come away and find a
way to get myself back in the team. I
learned a lot about myself about my
game, I knew what I needed to do to
get back into form and back into the
side and I took my opportunity.
“Since then, I’ve not looked
back. So, hopefully, it’ll be slightly
different this time around.” The
stats tell the story of how he has
bounced back, scoring 4,369 Test
Lehmann, who played for Yorkshire
runs – at an average of almost 60
when the England captain was
– since coming back into the side.
coming through the Headingley
He’s been there ever since, twice
age­groups and later granted
topping the world Test rankings.
Root a scholarship at his Adelaide
In 2015, his next meeting
academy in 2010.
with Australia – this time
But he has been denied
on English soil – he was
a reunion with English­
man of the series as
born Matt Renshaw,
England reclaimed
who was left out of
the urn. Now, he’s
the Australian squad
Joe Root’s average
leading the charge to
for the first Test.
in the 2013-14
retain it.
Renshaw was born
Ashes. His top score
“Last time out [in
in Middlesbrough
on
that
tour
was
87
Australia] was rock
but his family moved
bottom,” Root admits.
to New Zealand when
“Nothing in cricket
he was young, before
could be worse than that,
settling in Brisbane.
so it made me a better player.
Ian Renshaw, Matt’s father,
I’m a different player and person to
spent a season playing with
the last time I went there. And that
Sheffield Collegiate and opened the
excites me.”
batting with Joe’s dad, Matt.
England have had their share of
“I haven’t seen Matt since he was
issues ahead of the series – with a
about seven or eight,” Root smiles.
spate of injuries and the continued
“He got a bit stroppy when I got him
absence of Ben Stokes – but at
out back then, but I think he might
least Johnson has now retired.
have grown up a little bit since then.
Instead, they face the likes of Josh
To be fair, I was probably hogging
Hazelwood, Pat Cummins and
the bat a bit much as usual.
Mitchell Starc, a former team­mate
“The time at Darren’s academy
of Root’s at Yorkshire.
was great. I spent six months in
Root also has a familiar face in the Adelaide and came back from that
form of Australian coach Darren
winter and ended up making my
first­class debut for Yorkshire.
[Within a year, Root was called up
It’s something I never
for England.]
want to experience again. I
“It was a really good experience
had a tough tour and found
for me, and really developed me a
it quite hard over there
lot as a player and as a person.”
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Historic T20 century for Wyatt leads to drawn series
England made the highest successful
run chase in a Women’s T20 Inter­
national to draw their multi­format
Ashes series with Australia at 8­8.
The hosts had already retained
the Ashes, but the tourists finished
on a high after Danielle Wyatt hit
her side’s first T20 century to help
England reach their target of 179 with
four wickets and one over to spare.
Beth Mooney had earlier been im­
pressive in scoring 117 not out off 70
balls to become the second Austral­
ian to make a T20 hundred – and only
the fifth player ever – as the home side
made 178 for 2 at Canberra.
After England had suffered a
late wobble, losing captain Heather
Knight (51), Wyatt (100) and Kath­
erine Brunt (5) in quick succession
from 169 for 3, Fran Wilson scooped
the winning boundary.
That earned England a 2­1 victory
in the T20 matches, although hold­
ers Australia retain the Ashes.
Knight was named player of the
series, one her team began uncon­
vincingly as they lost the chance to
win the Ashes, and she told BT Sport:
“I didn’t start the T20 series how I
wanted, but to finish like that and play
second fiddle to Danni was brilliant.
“What a series it’s been. Beth
Mooney was outstanding. For her
to be on the losing side, it shouldn’t
be that way. It’s been a long seven
weeks, but to come away and finish
like that, we can be proud.”
Wyatt was player of the match
after hitting 13 fours and two sixes
in her stunning 57­ball knock. She
added: “I’ve been in the nets for five
weeks so I was ready. It’s surreal, I
still can’t believe what happened.”
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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: GROUP A
‘Top defender’ Smalling takes full
advantage of England omission
By Sam Lovett
Manchester United
IN BASEL
Teenager Ryan Sessegnon scored
three as Fulham beat Sheffield United
Sessegnon hits
hat-trick to keep
Blades in check
By Matt Butler
Fulham came out on top in
a nine-goal thriller to knock
Sheffield United out of the top
two on a dramatic night in the
Championship, when Chris
Coleman watched his Sunderland
side slip to yet another defeat.
Ryan Sessegnon scored a
hat-trick for Fulham, while Leon
Clarke did the same for United
at Bramall Lane, as the Blades
began strongly knowing a win
would put them top of the league.
Clarke put the hosts ahead on
six minutes, but Sheyi Ojo and
Sessegnon replied for Fulham.
Clarke equalised again, only for
Sessegnon and Ojo to restore the
visitors’ lead.
In the end, Cardiff City’s
1-0 win at Barnsley put the
Welsh side into the automatic
promotion spots, as Sheffield
United came up just short with
Samir Carruthers and Clarke’s
hat-trick goal putting the score at
5-4 to Fulham.
Coleman, in his first game
since taking over as Sunderland
manager, travelled to Aston
Villa, where goals from Albert
Adomah and Josh Onomah helped
keep his new club bottom of the
Championship table.
Lewis Grabban replied for
Sunderland in the 2-1 defeat –
extending their winless run in the
league to 16 matches.
Cardiff left it late at Barnsley
to secure victory, with Callum
Paterson striking seven minutes
before time to send the side into
second, one point behind Wolves,
who play Leeds United tonight.
Derby County moved into the
promotion places with a 2-0 win
over Queens Park Rangers, who
are still without an away win in
the league.
Matej Vydra scored his eighth
goal of the campaign for Derby,
before Tom Lawrence doubled
the home side’s lead shortly after
the half-time break.
Bolton missed a huge chance to
ease their relegation fears as they
threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2
at home to Reading. Reece Burke
and Darren Pratley had Bolton
in control, but Liam Moore and
Leandro Bacuna earned Reading
a share of the points.
De Gea
Chris Smalling has brushed off his
recent omission from Gareth Southgate’s England squad and backed
Darmian
Blind
Smalling Lindelof
himself as a key figure in Manchester United’s defence.
Fellaini
Pogba
The 27-year-old was recently overlooked for England’s two friendlies
Lingard
Martial
Mata
against Germany and Brazil, both of
which ended goalless, with manager
Lukaku
Southgate admitting that the defendteam for tonight’s match at St Jakob-Park
er did not fit into his vision of football. Possible
Kick-off 7.45pm
TV BT Sport 2
Smalling spent the international Referee D Orsato (It).
break with the United squad instead
and returned to action last weekend Group A details
in his side’s 4-1 defeat of Newcastle
United, in which he scored the secP W D L F A Pts
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Man Utd
4 4 0 0 10 1 12
The Englishman is poised to fea- Basel
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6
ture again in the Champions League CSKA Moscow4 2 0 2 5 8
6
match against Basel in Switzerland Benfica
4 0 0 4 1 10
0
tonight, with a point enough for the
visitors to secure a last-16 spot.
Remaining fixtures: Man U: Tonight
Smalling admitted he was sur- Basel (a); 5 Dec CSKA Moscow (h).
prised by his England omission but
argued he remains a “top defender”
Mourinho added that he hopes
nonetheless. “Was I surprised? Yes I Smalling doesn’t get a recall for the
was, but you don’t play for one
England squad in light of Phil
of the biggest clubs in the
Jones’s recent injury on
world as long as I have
international duty.
without being able to
“I hope he doesn’t get
do all the things a top
an international recall
defender can do,” he
because they always
Chris Smalling has
said yesterday.
come back injured, I
scored one goal –
“As a team we have
mean real injuries,”
against
Newcastle
one of the best defenthe United manager
United
last
weekend
sive record this year
said. “Not injuries
– so far this season
and I am very proud to
that keep people out of
be a part of that. Whilst
friendly games and then
I’m playing regularly under
they start on the Saturday.
Jose, then I am happy enough.
“When I say I hope he doesn’t
“I used the break to my benefit, I get a recall, I say it from a selfish
then had a full week training leading perspective, that isn’t even a real
up to the Newcastle game, I got my perspective. I want my players to be
goal so it paid off.”
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Conte claims schedule
is against English sides
in Champions League
By Matt McGeehan
IN BAKU, AZERBAIJAN
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte
thinks Premier League fixture
schedulers are hindering English
clubs’ chances of winning the Champions League.
Chelsea this week are embarking
on their longest Champions League
journey – it is almost 2,500 miles
between London and Baku, further
than the November 2015 trip to Israel – before facing Liverpool in the
Premier League on Saturday. The
Blues need a win over Qarabag to
guarantee their progress to the last
16 and can ill afford to drop points at
Anfield as their deficit to Manchester City is nine points after 12 games.
Conte said: “If you ask me if we’re
ready to catch up Manchester City,
whoever prepares the fixtures must
try to change something. I think this
is the best way for English football.
“I’m talking for all the teams in
the Champions League, not just
for Chelsea. For a lot of time, there
isn’t an English team playing a final
in the Champions League. Why is
this? The teams are very strong and
every team has the possibility to go
through to the path to the Champions League final.
“I don’t like to find excuses or alibis, but this is the reality. I think it’s
right to give respect for our job.”
Chelsea, who won the European
Cup in 2012, are the last English
team to have reached the final. Baku
is four hours ahead of London, but
Chelsea are staying on Greenwich
Mean Time to limit the effects of jet
lag. The Blues expect to return to
Jose Mourinho said he hopes his defender Chris Smalling (right) does not win a
recall to the England squad REUTERS
Noisy Lukaku avoids going to jail
By Sam Blewett
IN LOS ANGELES
Manchester United striker
Romelu Lukaku will avoid
the prospect of jail time by
compensating police in Los
Angeles for their repeated callouts
over loud parties in the summer.
Police said they arrested
the Premier League footballer
after responding to five noise
complaints in as many days at a
Beverly Hills residence where
he was staying. The parties were
held while the 24-year-old was on
the verge of a £75m transfer from
Everton to the Old Trafford side.
The Belgium international will
pay $450 (£340) to reimburse the
force as part of a deal that will
see the charge reduced from a
misdemeanour which could have
carried six months in jail, a Los
Angeles court was told yesterday.
Commissioner Jane Godfrey,
overseeing the case, said: “They
are reaching a disposition in this
case that the first thing that
must happen is the defendant
must pay Beverly Hills Police
Department $450 for multiple
response calls.”
The city will then reduce the
charge to a disturbance of the
peace infraction, which carries
a $100 fine plus other costs and
penalties, she said.
Chelsea
Courtois
Azpilicueta
Christensen
Zappacosta Drinkwater
Kante
Morata
Willian
Cahill
Alonso
Hazard
Possible team for tonight’s match v Qarabag at Bakı
Olimpiya Stadionu
Kick-off 5pm
TV BT Sport 2
Referee M De Sousa (Por).
Group C details
Roma
Chelsea
At Madrid
Qarabag
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4
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8
7 4
7
2 3
3
2 9
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Remaining fixtures: Chelsea: Tonight
Qarabag (a); 5 Dec At Madrid (h).
Antonio Conte insisted he was not
just talking on behalf of Chelsea
London at around 4am tomorrow
morning. Liverpool, who played Sevilla in Spain last night, have an additional day’s recovery time.
The Blues lost to City following
their win at Atletico Madrid in September, when City had played at
home 24 hours earlier. “I’m a bit surprised because, this season, it’s the
second time,” Conte said.
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Hoops playing for
pride against the
‘best of best’ PSG
Manchester City
Ederson
Walker Otamendi Mangala
By Ronnie Esplin
Brendan Rodgers believes Celtic will
be coming up against the “best of the
best” when they take on Paris SaintGermain tonight.
The Parkhead side lost 5-0 on
match day one of their Champions
league campaign to the big-spending
French club who, with four Group B
wins out of four, have already qualified for the knockout stages along
with second-placed Bayern Munich.
The French club handed the Hoops
their heaviest home European defeat
and speaking at the Parc de Princes,
manager Rodgers put his side’s task
into context while admitting another
heavy defeat could happen again.
He said: “We certainly hope we can
get a better performance and result.
We have taken encouragement as the
games have gone on.
“Our last performance against
Bayern Munich [losing 2-1] was excellent. If you don’t get the result, for
us, it is about taking pride in the performance. So that is something we
hope we can achieve.
“We understand that we are playing against a team that is arguably
the best of the best which is a huge
challenge for every team they come
up against, not just us.
“Their team has a hell of a chance
of winning the competition, they have
big game experience and quality in
every position and that includes the
bench as well.
“When you have the goal threat
that this team have, with Neymar,
Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and
Kylian Mbappé and this type of quality you can go anywhere knowing you
can score goals and win games.
“But there is always optimism in
the game because there is always so
much intent that you can take from
them and for us it is about having that
personalty and pride in how we play.
“We would like to obviously put up
a better show in relation to performance and the scoreline. That is key for
us and hopefully we can do that.”
Celtic
B Silva
Larsson
Vilhena
Haps
Armstrong
Forrest
Brown
Tierney
McGregor
Sinclair
Dembélé
Possible team for tonight’s match v PSG at Parc des
Princes
Kick-off 7.45pm;
TV BT Sport 3
Referee T Sidiropoulos (Gr).
Group B details
P
PSG
4
Bayern Mun 4
Celtic
4
Anderlect
4
W
4
3
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0
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0
0
0
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3
4
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8 4
9
4 10
3
0 15
0
Remaining fixtures
Celtic: Tonight PSG (a); 5 Dec Anderlecht (h).
Aguero
Boetius
De Bruyne
Sterling
Berghuis
Toornstra
Van Beek
Danilo
Tapia
Amrabat
Diks
Jones
Feyenoord
Subs: Man City Jesus (De Bruyne, 64), Foden (Touré,
75), Dias (Sterling, 90); Feyenoord Jorgensen (Boetius,
69), Nieuwkoop (Diks, 72), Basacikoglu (Berghuis, 82).
Booked: Man City Mangala, De Bruyne, Danilo;
Feyenoord Vilhena, Jones, Toornstra, Amrabat.
Man of the Match Sterling. Rating 7/10.
Possession: Man City 76% Feyenoord 24%.
Attempts on target: Man City 4 Feyenoord 2.
Referee J Kruzliak (Slovak).
Attendance 43,548.
Raheem Sterling lifts the ball over
Feyenoord keeper Brad Jones to
score a late winner for City AFP/
Sterling’s quick
thinking seals
progress for
perfect City
MANCHESTER CITY
Sterling 88
FEYENOORD
1
0
AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM
Boyata Simunovic
Touré
Gundogan
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Gordon
Lustig
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The result was exactly what you
might have expected. Manchester
City won their fifth straight Champions League fixture to ensure they
will go into the knockout phase as
group winners. It was, however,
rather more of a struggle than Pep
Guardiola’s side have been used to
this season.
Feyenoord, whose record of five
straight losses is a mirror image
of City’s, were a minute away from
a goalless draw full of guts and endeavour when Raheem Sterling’s
beautiful chip on the run rendered
even these thin hopes redundant.
It was a decent night for Guardiola’s young Englishmen. Perhaps
the night’s most significant moment
came 15 minutes from the finish
when Phil Foden, the jewel of the
England Under-17 World Cup triumph, came on to a huge ovation.
It is dangerous to pile too many
expectations on young footballers.
In the final of the 2009 European
Championship, the German goalkeeper was Manuel Neuer, the lad
between the sticks for England now
turns out for Hartlepool. However,
Foden looked utterly at home among
the elite of Europe.
At the finish, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s footballers went over to
the thousands who had travelled
from Rotterdam knowing they were
likely to witness a rout. They deserved their ovation.
In September, at the De Kuip,
Manchester City had given the first
indication that they were serious
contenders for the European Cup,
scoring three times in the opening
35 minutes. There was little respite
Group F details
Man City
Sh Donetsk
Napoli
Feyenoord
P
5
5
5
5
W
5
3
2
0
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0
0
0
L
0
2
3
5
F A Pts
13 3 15
7 8
9
10 9
6
3 13
0
Remaining fixture
Man City: 6 Dec Shakhtar Donestk (a).
GETTY IMAGES
in the opening exchanges now but been more than satisfied with FeyFeyenoord coped far more effec- enoord’s resilience.
tively than they had in their own
Things were not quite happening
stadium. While Guardiola had sug- for Manchester City. Danilo’s cross
gested he would make some serious was scuffed on the volley by Aguero,
changes for this game, there was still a shot from De Bruyne flew wildly
room for Kevin de Bruyne, Sergio over. Guardiola took off his overcoat
Aguero and Sterling – and figures of and began gesticulating wildly.
76 per cent possession.
On the hour mark, De Bruyne did
Yet for all the probing and the
something his manager would
pressure and some lovely
have wanted. He got himself
touches centred around
booked, meaning he is susAguero, the breakpended for the meaningthrough almost came
less final group game
Feyenoord’s way.
in Ukraine which in
With 25 minutes
December would not
Total number of
gone, Ederson tried
be an enticing journey
goals scored by City
and failed to control
– but available when
against Feyenoord
a back-pass that was
the serious business
in this season’s
Champions League
struck rather too hard.
begins in February.
Jean-Paul Boetius,
However, Guardiola
a winger turned striker,
would not have wanted him
seized the ball, appeared to
to have brought down Steven
take it past City’s keeper and fell in Berghuis on the very edge of the City
the area. It might have been a red area. Larsson’s free-kick was drivcard, it might have been a penalty, it en over. Moments later, Berghuis,
could have been neither and televi- standing where Bernardo Silva had
sion replays were inconclusive.
been in the first half, should have put
The benefit of the doubt went Feyenoord ahead.
rightly to City but it was a warning
In between, De Bruyne had shot
and 10 minutes later there came an- wide, Yaya Touré had sent a lanother as Sam Larsson twisted inside guid free-kick past the post while
a defensive screen of blue shirts that Aguero, turned, twisted, fell and
included the lumbering, vulnerable shot in the same movement. On
figure of Eliaquim Mangala and sent another night they all might have
a shot fizzing past Ederson’s post.
beaten Jones but this, unusually for
Had Bernardo Silva taken the Manchester City, was a night rather
best chance of the first half all of this more ordinary. THE INDEPENDENT
would have been academic. Sterling
presented him with the ball eight
yards out at a slight angle.
Napoli kept their hopes of
The shot was feeble and straight
qualifying alive with a 3-0
at Brad Jones. Standing on the
home victory against Shakhtar
touchline, doing some half-time
Donetsk. A wonder goal from
analysis for Dutch television, Louis
Lorenzo Insigne gave Napoli the
van Gaal, who took the opportunity
lead. Piotr Zielinski and Dries
to rule himself out of contention to
Mertens made the game safe.
be Everton’s manager, would have
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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: GROUP E
Liverpool
throw away
chance of
safe passage
SEVILLA
Ben Yedder 51, 60 pen; Pizarro 90
3
LIVERPOOL
Firmino 2, 30; Mané 22
3
By Mark Critchley
AT THE RAMON SANCHEZ PIZJUAN STADIUM
However far Liverpool progress in
this season’s Champions League, it
will surely not be dull. After a string
of dominant performances against
lesser opponents domestically, this
was a return to the harum-scarum
that we have come to expect when
Jürgen Klopp’s side meet opponents
of a similar calibre.
Victory over Sevilla here would
have been enough to win Group E
and for just short of 90 minutes, Liverpool had all three points in their
hands. Yet in a spectacular secondhalf collapse, the same defensive
frailties that so often scupper this
side came back to haunt them again.
Two goals for Roberto Firmino and another from the head of
Sadio Mané, all before the interval,
should have been enough to wrap
this contest up, but Sevilla revived
themselves after the break and Alberto Moreno suffered a nightmarish evening against his boyhood club.
The full-back was at fault for both
Yassim Ben Yedder strikes – a free
header and a penalty – that brought
the Andalusians back from the brink
but it was a collective failure that
led to the late equaliser, with Guido
Pizarro levelling from a corner in the
dying minutes.
Liverpool must now avoid defeat
to Spartak Moscow at Anfield in a
fortnight’s time in order to reach the
knock-out phase..
The Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan did
its level best to intimidate the visitors, but Liverpool silenced all but
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Sevilla
Rico
Geis
Mercado
Lenglet Escudero
N’Zonzi Banega Pizarro
Sarabia
Ben Yedder
Nolito
Coutinho Henderson
Moreno
Salah
Firmino
Mané
Klavan
Wijnaldum
Lovren
Gomez
Karius
Liverpool
Subs: Sevilla Vazquez (N’Zonzi, 45), Muriel (Nolito,
73), Correa (Ben Yedder, 81); Liverpool Milner
(Moreno, 63), Can (Coutinho, 63), Oxlade-Chamberlain
(Salah, 87).
Booked: Sevilla Mercado, Banega; Liverpool Moreno,
Henderson, Can.
Man of the Match Ben Yedder. Rating 8/10.
Possession: Sevilla 70% Liverpool 30%.
Attempts on target: Sevilla 6 Liverpool 7.
Referee F Brych (Ger). Attendance 39,495.
the most boisterous section of the
home support two minutes after the
kick-off. From a Philippe Coutinho
corner, Georginio Wijnaldum rose
well and flicked the ball on from the
front post to the far, into just enough
space for an on-rushing Firmino to
collect and convert past Sevilla’s
helpless goalkeeper Sergio Rico.
This Liverpool side, however,
rarely looks confident when needing
to protect a slim lead. Sevilla took a
while to regroup but once they did
they could and should have drawn
CRICKET
Derbyshire sack
shamed Thakor
Derbyshire have terminated the
contract of Shiv Thakor after the
all-rounder was found guilty of
exposing himself to two women.
The 24-year-old was convicted at
Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’
Court last week and is awaiting
sentencing on Friday. The County
Championship Division Two side
announced their decision yesterday.
Thakor, a former England Under-19
captain, made his first-class debut
for Leicestershire in 2011.
level, with two clear cut chances in
quick succession.
Yet Liverpool’s second came from
another Coutinho corner, another
red shirt unmarked at the back post.
It was Mané, this time, on hand to
hit a diving header into the corner of
Rico’s net.
If that was easy, Firmino did
not even need to look in the right
direction while he scored his side’s
third. Mané’s attempt on goal was
parried into Firmino’s path. In front
of a gaping goalmouth, he took a
moment, turned his head to the left
and fired straight ahead.
Six minutes into the second half,
Moreno gave his former fans reason
to cheer. It was the left-back’s cheap
foul that conceded Ever Banega’s
free-kick from the right and then
Moreno lapsed again, allowing Ben
Group E details
Liverpool
Sevilla
Spar Moscow
NK Maribor
P
5
5
5
5
W
2
2
1
0
D
3
2
3
3
L F A Pts
0 16 6 9
1 11 11 8
1 1 1 6
3 1 15 1
Remaining fixtures
Liverpool: 6 Dec Spartak Moscow (h)
TENNIS
Shot clock set for Grand Slams
Tennis stars will come under a
25-second shot clock in Grand
Slam tournaments starting
at the Australian Open in
January. The shot clock
is just one of a number
of changes ratified by
the sport’s Grand Slam
Board this week.
It was trialled at both
US Open qualifying and
the recent Next Gen Finals
in Milan. World No 1 Rafael Nadal
(above) is a staunch opponent of the
move, insisting it would ruin the
chances of future epic matches.
Another change involves
the introduction of a
potential fine for a player
who either withdraws
late or performs below
what are deemed by the
GSB to be “professional
standards”. The GSB
confirmed that all Grand
Slam tournaments will revert
to 16 men’s and women’s seeds from
the 2019 competitions onwards.
Yedder to ghost in front of him and
head into the far corner past Karius.
Sevilla embarked on a long, sustained period of pressure. Eventually, they exploited their old boy
Moreno again, with the full-back
penalised for treading on Ben YedSpartak Moscow’s bid
to reach the Champions
League knockout stages took a hit
as Maribor’s Jasmin Mesanovic
hit a stoppage-time equaliser to
draw 1-1. Mendes Ze Luis scored
for Moscow.
RUGBY UNION
Savea in isolation
because of mumps
New Zealand back-row forward
Ardie Savea has been isolated at
the All Blacks’ Cardiff team base
after contracting mumps. But All
Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster
said there was no concern that the
highly-contagious viral disease
might spread. New Zealand play
Wales on Saturday. Savea is thought
to have contracted mumps from
New Zealand wing Rieko Ioane, who
received treatment for the illness
earlier during the All Blacks’ tour.
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GROUP H
Spurs seal top spot after Kane and
Alli show their class in Germany
BORUSSIA DORTMUND
Aubameyang 31
1
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Kane 49, Son 76
2
Borussia Dortmund
Burki
Toljan
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
Bartra
AT THE SIGNAL IDUNA PARK
THE INDEPENDENT
Tottenham Hotspur last night completed an achievement no-one gave
them the slightest chance of doing
– winning their Champions League
group with one game left to spare.
They beat Borussia Dortmund for
the second time in this phase which,
combined with the four points they
took from Real Madrid, means that
they cannot be caught at the top of
Group H, even with their easiest
game – Apoel Nicosia at Wembley –
left to play.
It is the ultimate sign of how far
Spurs are still improving and learning in this, the fourth year of Mauricio Pochettino’s management of the
club. And that achievement means
more than this game itself, an enjoyable, high-quality but rather lowtension 2-1 win at Signal Iduna Park.
Spurs went 1-0 down to Dortmund
in the first half after Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang’s goal, but they came
back hard in the second half.
Harry Kane equalised with a
trademark finish before Heung-Min
Son put the winner in the top corner.
Both goals were assisted by Dele Alli,
the second with real quality touch.
Given Mauricio Pochettino could
easily have rested Kane and Alli for
this game, it was a vindication of his
decision, especially if they continue
this form into Saturday’s game with
West Bromwich Albion.
It is the Premier League where
Spurs must now focus but they can
be proud of the fact that when the
last-16 draw is made on 11 December,
they will be among the seeds. Given
how poor they looked in Europe last
year, that is some achievement.
The reward for doing so well in
their first four games was that all the
pressure was taken off.
This gave Pochettino the freedom to rest and rotate here, but he
decided to stick with the big names
who looked undercooked at Arsenal
on Saturday. Dortmund, who have
FOOTBALL
BOXING
Roberto Firmino
scores Liverpool’s
third goal – and
his second – while
looking the other
way GETTY IMAGES
der’s foot inside the box. Yedder went
right from the spot-kick, Karius went
left but referee Felix Brych ordered a
retake. This time, Ben Yedder went
left, Karius went right and Liverpool
would not be reprieved.
Moreno was quickly hooked for e
James Milner, Emre Can was introduced to central midfield and gradually, Liverpool managed to halt their
hosts’ momentum.
Sevilla searched on for their equaliser and in stoppage time, another
slice of unassertive defending told
for Klopp’s side. Pizarro turned the
ball in. The collapse was complete.
Everton to contest
Niasse ‘dive’ charge
Everton are to appeal against
striker Oumar Niasse’s diving
charge. The Senegalese became
the first Premier League player to
be charged with simulation by the
Football Association, after he won a
controversial spot-kick in Saturday’s
Premier League draw at Crystal
Palace. Referee Anthony Taylor
awarded the penalty after Niasse
went down under after minimal
contact from Scott Dann, who
reacted angrily to the decision.
Kagawa
Weigl
Götze
Yarmolenko Aubameyang
Rose
Alli
Guerreiro
Son
Kane
Eriksen
Winks
Vertonghen Sanchez
Aurier
Dier
Lloris
Tottenham Hotspur
Subs: B Dortmund Castro (Kagawa, 66), Toprak
(Zagadou, 78), Weidenfeller (Bürki, 90); Tottenham
Dembélé (Alli, 81), Sissoko (Eriksen, 85, Llorente
(Kane, 86). Booked: B Dortmund Schmelzer;
Tottenham None.
Man of the Match Alli. Match rating 7/10.
Possession: B Dortmund 50% Tottenham 50%.
Attempts on target: B Dortmund 3 Tottenham 6.
Referee C Turpin (Fr).
Attendance 65, 849.
Harry Kane celebrates after scoring for Tottenham last night AP
taken one point from their last five
Bundesliga games, had to ease their
way into the game. But when they did
so, Peter Bosz’s side showed why they
are still a force to be reckoned with.
First Andriy Yarmolenko tested
Hugo Lloris from the edge of the box,
then Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Group H details
Tottenham
Real Madrid
B Dortmund
Apoel
P
5
5
5
5
W
4
3
0
0
D
1
1
2
2
L
0
1
3
3
F A Pts
12 4 13
14 5 10
5 10
2
2 14
2
Remaining fixtures
Tottenham: 6 Dec Apoel (h).
Groves-Eubank set for Manchester
George Groves’ WBA supermiddleweight title defence
against Chris Eubank Jnr
will take place at the
Manchester Arena on
17 February.
The highlyanticipated World
Boxing Super Series
semi-final sees
28-year-old Eubank Jnr
(right), who will fight for a
recognised world title for the
first time, face his most dangerous
Zagadou Schmelzerr
fight to date. A mutual rival of
Eubank Jnr and the 29-year-old
Groves, IBF champion James
DeGale, returns to the ring
against America’s Caleb
Truax on 9 December
and has spoken of his
desire to fight the WBSS’
overall winner.
Fellow Briton Callum
Smith is scheduled to fight
Germany’s Jürgen Brähmer in
the other semi-final, on a date and
location that is still to be confirmed.
raced onto a through ball, beating
the offside trap, but stabbed his finish just wide.
Spurs had been warned but there
was nothing they could do to stop the
opening goal, on 30 minutes. Raphael
Guerreiro darted a pass to Yarmolenko. He backheeled it into Aubameyang’s path who finished low into the
net. Spurs, were trying to go long to
Real Madrid thrashed
Apoel 6-0 in Cyprus last
night. First-half goals from Luka
Modric, Karim Benzema (2) and
Nacho put Real in total control.
Cristiano Ronaldo added two
more after the break.
RUGBY UNION
Phillips set for shock
Scarlets return
Former Wales star Mike Phillips
is set to come out of retirement
and play for the Scarlets. The
35-year-old, who only retired at the
end of last season following a spell
at Sale Sharks, will help out the
Scarlets who have been left with
only one scrum-half due to injuries
and international call-ups. Phillips
has been named in their squad for
the Guinness Pro14 games in South
Africa against the Southern Kings
and the Cheetahs.
Son and Kane but could not find their
range. Four minutes into the second
half, though, Spurs were level. And
no prizes for guessing who scored.
Dele Alli cut in from the left and
rolled a pass to Kane, loitering just
outside the Dortmund box. He got
the ball out from his feet and stroked
it past Bürki and into the bottom
corner. It was Kane’s sixth goal in
five Champions League games,
although it was also his first for
Spurs in a month – a drought by his
predatory standards.
Spurs continued to push and their
tirelessness was rewarded with the
winner, 14 minutes from the end.
Alli wriggled through two tackles,
holding off Marc Bartra as he made
his way into the box. Swarmed by defenders, Alli still found Son just inside the box, who finished superbly.
A third nearly arrived soon after
when Danny Rose’s cross from the left
found Eriksen, who could not quite
head on target. THE INDEPENDENT
Sport on tv
Snooker: Northern Ireland Open
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Football: Qarabag v Chelsea
BT Sport 2, 4.30pm
Football: PSG v Celtic
BT Sport 3, 7pm
Football: Basel v Man United
BT Sport 2, 7.15pm
Football: Ipswich v Sheffield Wed
Sky Sports Football, 7.30pm
Football: Juventus v Barcelona
BT Sport/ESPN, 7.30pm
Cricket: Australia v England
BT Sport 1, 11pm
CHAMPIONS
LEAGUE
B DORTMUND 1 2 TOTTENHAM
MAN CITY 1 0 FEYENOORD
Kane ensures
Spurs finish top
of their group
Sterling winner
maintains City’s
perfect record
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Sport
Indefensible
Questions once again for Liverpool’s back four as
Reds give up 3-0 half-time lead to draw with Sevilla
» Sevilla 3-3 Liverpool, p54
22.11.17
Guido Pizarro
scores Sevilla’s late
equaliser against
Liverpool AFP/GETTY
P52
FOOTBALL
Smalling admits
his surprise at
criticism from
Southgate
P52
FOOTBALL
Coleman
makes losing
start to life at
Sunderland
Root reminds Aussies who has Ashes upper hand
By Chris Stocks
IN BRISBANE
P49
RUGBY UNION
Knee injury
rules Hughes
out of Samoa
game
Joe Root has accused Australia of
trying to brush their 2015 Ashes
defeat under the carpet after the
talking-up of supposed “scars” that
still exist from England’s whitewash
on their last tour here four years ago.
Australia players past and present
have been quick to remind England’s
captain and the rest of his squad of
the 5-0 defeat in the 2013-14 Ashes,
which was orchestrated by fast bowler Mitchell Johnson’s 37 wickets.
Spinner Nathan Lyon was the
latest when he accused England of
being “scared” four years ago and
predicted Australia’s current fast
bowlers Mitchell Starc and Pat
Cummins would “end careers” in the
forthcoming series, which starts at
the Gabba at midnight tonight.
Root, though, was quick to remind
Australia that it is England who have
had the upper hand in four of the
past five Ashes campaigns, saying:
“You hear a lot about these scars
but it’s a series which happened four
years ago, we’ve won four of the last
five Ashes.
“Coming off a great series in England, we’ve got a lot of guys who
were part of that squad and have
very fond memories of 2015.
“I don’t know whether they are
just trying to brush that under the
carpet or what, but for me it’s completely irrelevant what happened
four years ago. It’s a completely
different bowling attack, those guys
– Cummins, Starc and Josh Hazelwood – I don’t think have played an
Ashes series in Australia themselves.
“So they are going to be under
pressure as well, so it’s about making sure the lads are aware that it’s
not just you that is going to be feeling
the heat, it is those guys as well.”
Lyon’s extraordinary outburst
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